Fri Jun 21, 2013 3:58AM
Pakistan has decided to formulate a new national security policy in an effort to end years of violence due to Washington’s so-called war on terror. Kamran Yousaf has more.
These security checks in the Pakistan’s federal capital Islamabad highlight the heavy price ordinary people are paying in Washington's so-called war on terror. But now there is a hope for common Pakistanis, as the new government is in process to mitigate their suffering. At a high-level meeting attended by the country’s top civil and military law enforcement agencies, the government has decided to overhaul the national security policy. At a news conference, the country’s interior minister told reporters that a new task force is being established to recover the missing persons. Thousands of Pakistanis are believed to have gone missing since the country’s joined the so-called war on terror after 9/11 attacks. A judicial commission is already working to recover the missing persons. However, families of missing persons say the commission has failed to bring back their loved ones. In another major policy decision, the government has decided to withdraw paramilitary forces from the security duties of important personalities except the President, Prime Minister and the country’s Chief Justice. The government says it will formally announce the new national security policy after the approval of the Parliament. Pakistan’s security agencies recently told the Supreme Court that close to 50,000 Pakistanis have died in terrorist attacks ever since the country joined the so-called US-led war on terror in 2001. These figures lead many people here to conclude that pulling out of the US alliance will only restore peace in the country.