Ch. Nisar addresses press conference

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 12 (APP): Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said dialogue is the only option for Pakistan and India to resolve their issues, but India always closed the door for talks and also maligned Pakistan. He said no Pakistani can remain silent over the atrocities being committed against the people of the occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces.
Addressing a press coverage here Friday, he said the people of Pakistan are emotionally attached with the Kashmiris and rightly protested against the recent violence of the Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir.
The Minister told the newsmen that American blacklisted national Matthew Barrett will be deported in the next three days in the light of the findings of joint investigation team’s report.
He said the findings did not suggest that Matthew Barrett was a spy, but he was found in objectionable activities. The Interior Minister said the American national was blacklisted by Pakistan in 2011, and deported. But despite that he was issued visa by Pakistani consulate in Houston. He said action is being taken against the officials, who committed negligence in issuing visa to Matthew Barrett. However, the one who identified him will be given appreciation prize.
Referring to the verification campaign of Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs), Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said over thirty-one million cards have been verified.
He said thirty thousand intruders have been identified so far, who have been blocked.
They will be unblocked if they were verified; however in case of non-verification, action will be taken against them after August 31.
He appealed to the people and the media to make this national campaign a success.
Referring to the Indian Home Minister’s early departure before conclusion of the recent SAARC Interior Ministers’ conference in Islamabad, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said he only defended his country. The Minister said he as a Pakistani responded to the disgraceful remarks of the Indian Minister about Pakistan.
He said the world has recognized Pakistan’s successes in the war on terrorism. He said terrorists are on the run, and they are desperately hitting soft targets. He said twenty thousand intelligence-based operations have been carried out, which helped to prevent several terrorist attacks.
He regretted that the terrorists are getting support from across the border.
The Minister said the opposition is not serious in measures against corruption, but it is exploiting the issue to secure political vested interests.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said undue criticism of the security agencies is no service to the country.
He said it is his duty as Interior Minister to refute the wrong impression created about the security agencies.
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VNS Islamabad