PESHAWAR - Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said intelligence reports indicate that terrorists are planning to attack soft targets in the country.

“It is not only the responsibility of security forces but also people to ensure that these plans fail.”

Speaking to reporters after the FC passing out parade here, Nisar said the government tried to resolve the issue of terrorism via dialogue but terrorists did not stop their attacks. He added that after repeated attempts for dialogue the government made a decision to tackle terrorism with force. He vowed the fight would continue till the elimination of the last terrorist. The interior minister urged everyone to remain alert in the fight against terrorism.

He said the political and military leadership is on the same page to eliminate terrorism. He said the backbone of terrorists has been broken as a result of the operation Zarb-e-Azb and as a result there is peace in the country. He said the terrorists have fled but not completely eliminated. He expressed the confidence to destroy the capacity of the militants to launch attacks.

Nisar said no religion allows attacks at religious places and atrocities against women and children. He said the nation will have to be alert to foil the designs of the enemies of the country. Answering a question, the minister said the federal government wants to take all provinces into confidence on national issues. He said whether load shedding or economic cooperation with China, whatever the reservations of the provincial governments, they will be addressed. He said the Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has more than once given clarification about Pakistan-China Economic Corridor and they are ready to do it once more.

He said that the loadshedding is not an issue of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa alone but it is all over the country.

Earlier, addressing the passing out parade of Frontier Constabulary, the Interior Minister lauded the role of the force in war against terror. He said the passing out cadets have taken the oath to protest Pakistan and was confident that they would come up to the expectation of the nation.