The Pakistani government has rolled out what it is calling the South Asian nation’s first counterterrorism policy, but has yet to decide if negotiation or military action against militants is the best approach, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Khan on Tuesday said the nation has not determined to date if this was “our war,” noting that “terrorists are going far ahead” in terms of organization and technology, compared to law-enforcement officials, the newspaper reported.
All Pakistani parliamentary parties will meet this month in an attempt to unanimously decide on the course of action for the policy. The two options are opening a dialogue with Taliban militants or proceeding with military operations, Khan reportedly said.
“If we choose war, it will be a wholehearted war, not halfhearted, and for that, the whole nation will have to be ready,” the minister said.
Islamabad intends to establish two new groups to combat terrorism: a rapid-response force to deal with attacks and a group to manage the intelligence that other Pakistani agencies collect, the Journal reported.
The National Counter Terrorism Authority, which has been largely inactive since being created by the last government of Pakistan, also will be revived, according to the newspaper.
Pakistan has stopped short of signaling that it would cut off support for jihadist groups based in the nation that stage attacks outside its borders, the Journal reported.
The announcement of new counterterrorism activities comes on the heels of increased tensions with neighbor and longtime rival India over violations of a 2003 ceasefire at the Line of Control in the contested region of Kashmir.
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