Islamabad- Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has said that hundreds of terrorists have been arrested in about five hundred intelligence-based operations, across the country.

Speaking in the National Assembly today, he said that improved coordination amongst the Federal and Provincial governments, and security agencies have helped thwart many terrorist attacks.

He said the entire nation and the political leadership should stand united, to weed out the menace of terrorism from the country once and for all. He said no politics should be done on the issue of national security, as one of the objectives of the terrorists is to divide the nation, besides creating an environment of fear in the country.

Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said the Federal government is fully cooperating with Provincial governments; timely intelligence is being shared with them with regards to any imminent terror threat. He said, the war against terrorism is not an easy one and it might require years to eliminate the menace. He, however, vowed that the war against these cowardly elements will continue till the elimination of last terrorist.

The Minister said the military operation is continuing against the terrorists and they might resort to backlash. Their targets are soft and easy, but we are trying to strengthen our mechanism to foil their nefarious designs.

Taking the House into confidence on the investigations into Shikarpur tragedy, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said one terrorist used five to nine kg of explosive material in the suicide attack, which resulted into the loss of 62 precious lives and injured 53 others. He said only one critically damaged finger of the terrorist has been found which is lying with NADRA for verification.

He regretted there is a sectarian rife in Shikarpur but this area has also emerged a hub for transportation of terrorists to other areas. The security forces are keeping an eye on the area and enhanced its monitoring in the wake of Shikarpur tragedy.

Leader of the Opposition, Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah said that the opposition will continue to extend all possible support to the government on the issue of national security.