ISLAMABAD - The backbone of terrorism has been broken but fleeing militants could carry out more attacks in desperation as the country enhances pace of national action plan (NAP) next month, the interior minister said yesterday.

Nisar Ali Khan warned that the next 8 months were crucial in this fight, but claimed that no terrorist networks was now capable enough to operate in the country.

Terrorism in the country has been brought down by 70 per cent overall, the minister claimed, as he laid out an elaborate progress report before a press conference following a briefing to the federal cabinet on NAP implementation.

He said the civil-military relationship in the country had never been better, and credited the civil-military cooperation for the achievement of the feat. He went on to say that no one should discuss civil-military relationship in public, “nor should anyone give out reckless opinions on the subject.”

The government has decided to give top priority to end sectarian violence and religious persecution in the country and a crackdown had been started against hate mongers, the minister said.

Another top priority is stopping terrorist financing, he said, admitting that progress in this area remained slow as only Rs250 million could be frozen under NAP. Similarly, Nacta was being re-activated, he said.

The minister said that performance on madrasa reforms, Nacta activation and repatriation of Afghan refugees also remained low.

But he stressed that terrorism incidents had drastically decreased since the launch of military operation Zarb-e-Azb and the NAP, which “is a strong and detailed policy framework”.

Brushing aside media reports that the progress on NAP remained slow, Nisar said that the performance of the government on key points of the plan was ‘remarkable’.

Enumerating other achievements, he said: In the nine months, since NAP implementation, the government has verified 140 millions SIMs. Today no SIM is used in heinous crimes.

The government has carried out 211 executions and will move on with the capital punishment. Armed militias or groups today cannot use or exhibit arms; while sectarian groups are being targeted.

Speedy trial courts have been established in the form of military courts; nine operational military courts have decided 28 cases, while 46 are under trial. Only jet black terrorists will be taken to military courts and no political pressure will be accepted.

Legal amendments have been drafted and sent to the national assembly after seven recommendations by provinces. For the first time ever, a clear and uniform list of banned organisations has been prepared.

As much as 60-70 percent improvement in crime situation has been recorded as a result of Karachi operation. Ferrari camps are being dismantled regularly in Balochistan, while a substantive dialogue process has begun and a major breakthrough is expected.

Nisar said military operations in past caused surge in terrorism as the previous governments did not make efforts to cope with the aftermath of operations.

“The country was worst hit by terrorism, with 2061 incident in 2010, following a military operations in Swat and South Waziristan Agency in 2009,” he said.

Pakistan faced 1444 terrorists incidents in 2006 followed by 1820 in 2007, 1575 in 2008, 2061 in 2010, 1680 in 2011, 1316 in 2012, 1571 in 2013, 1640 in 2014, he said, adding that only 695 terrorist incidents occurred in eight months of 2015.