(London Post Report – IISS) : – Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Interior, briefed UK-based Pakistani media as well as British media at Pakistan High Commission London. He shared with them Pakistan’s comprehensive strategy to defeat extremism and terrorism. Later, the Minister delivered a talk at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), mainly speaking on Pakistan’s fight against terrorism.
The Minister said that the National Action Plan (NAP) evolved after broad national consensus was being implemented successfully with the objective of eliminating terrorism and extremism. In this regard, the political and military leadership of the country was on the same page, he added.
The Interior Minister called for a stronger and more aggressive regional as well as global response against terrorism and extremism. He underscored the important role West could play in countering the narrative of Islamophobia created by certain groups spreading religious intolerance. The Minister also emphasized on de-linking terrorism and Islam, terming them mutually exclusive. He said that those who connect terrorism with Islam, in fact, follow the agenda of the terrorists. The Minister also updated on government’s efforts to choke terrorist funding from abroad and said that the government was doing the needful in this regard.
The Interior Minister expressed complete satisfaction on the excellent relations between Pakistan and the UK, and appreciated UK’s assistance in socio-economic development of Pakistan. He also informed that Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan had significantly improved and both the countries were working together for regional peace and stability. Commenting on Pakistan’s relations with India, the Minister said that Pakistan wanted to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue.
During the Q&A session at the IISS Dr Shahid Qureshi a senior journalist informed the minister about his research about land mafia’s role in policing and terrorist funding in Pakistan. He told him that criminals and mafias in Pakistan and turned it into Criminalistan. During Zardari’s democratic rule from March 2008 to March 2013 in Pakistan 65,446 murdered, 16,448 women raped (including gang rapes), and 88,161 kidnappings according to National Crime Data (NCD). Dr Qureshi said that he himself is a victim of land mafia and reached to the conclusion that police and law enforcement bodies have become corrupt and SHO, ASI level police officers completely ignore the orders from top and joined in land mafia.
Minister Nisar said, ‘he was not aware with the crime figure of Pakistan and would like to share the research. He also assured to take action against the land mafia gang involved in Qabza of your house.
Dr Shahid Qureshi gave his research on crimes and law and order conducted jointly with Dr M Ilahi a solicitor and former Pakistani Civil Judge at the Institute of Advance Legal Studies, University of London.
The Minister was on a two-day official visit to the United Kingdom. Earlier he visited Washington to represent Pakistan at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is Pakistan’s Federal Minister for the Interior and Narcotics Control. An eight-time member of the Pakistan National Assembly, he took charge of this key portfolio in June 2013. He is a long-time member of Pakistan’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. He previously served as Minister for Water and Power, Minister for Petroleum, Senior Minister (in charge of Communication, Food & Agriculture and Inter-Provincial Coordination), and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly.
This meeting was chaired by Rahul Roy-Chaudhury, IISS Senior Fellow for South Asia. It took place in the Lee Kuan Yew Room at Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX.