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Talks first priority with extremists, says Nisar

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has announced that Pakistan’s new national security policy draft has been furnished, which would be made public in a few days – ARY News reports.

Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, Nisar said the draft would be addressing the terrorist threat with dialogue as the first option to deal with.

In case the talks fail, he told that the state would resort to strategic action against terrorists, and eventually, a full fledge operation would be launched if both talks and the strategic action fail.

According to an earlier report, the draft of the National Security Policy 2013 has been prepared by the National Counter Terrorism Authority.

As part of its proposed national security policy, the Government will ask ‘brotherly’ Muslim states, including Saudi Arabia and Iran, to brace down the financers of sectarian and terrorist networks operating here.

The new policy, according to officials speaking earlier this year, observes that clerics have failed to provide the people lessons on peace and as such calls for reforming the educational structure. It notes that the current education structure facilitates an extremist mindset and provides terrorist organizations with potential recruits.

The policy envisages a structured education and awareness campaign to counter the ‘distorted version of Islam’ disseminated by terrorists, and offer a counter discourse based on true Islamic values of peace and tolerance.

The five layers of the national security policy were stated to be: to dismantle, to contain, to prevent, to educate and to reintegrate.

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