RAWALPINDI - The federal government has praised the police and other law enforcement agencies for maintaining security and fighting terrorism, and vowed to provide them maximum possible resources.

“The police force has rendered countless sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and the nation will never forget it,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Tuesday.

The performance of the security personnel is up to the mark and they are fulfilling their duties honestly and efficiently, he said while addressing a Police Darbar (meeting) of four districts of Rawalpindi Region held at Police Line Number 1.Nisar asked the police officers and lower staff to behave politely with public and solve the cases on merit. “I want to make it clear that police is not a political party, rather, they are the hope of people,” he said.

The minister said police force was backbone of any country and played a key role in maintaining law and order situation. He said that after implementation of NAP, the security situation was under control in all the provinces and police have rendered countless sacrifices in restoration and maintenance of peace.

“The government is implementing National Action Plan (NAP) in its true letter and spirit. Besides Army and other law enforcement agencies, police officers and Jawans are playing vital role in it. The law and order situation has approved in all the provinces after NAP,” he added.

There was no major difference in the working and performance of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan police. Sindh and Balochistan police have killed and apprehended many terrorists, he pointed out.

The minister also praised the armed forces of the country. He said that army was committed in operation Zarb-e-Azb and has achieved great success in NWA and other tribal agencies. It has broken the back of Taliban and other militants.

“Police and Army are doing good to wipe out menace of terrorism from the soil of Pakistan. They are our heroes… Our fight against terrorists is fully in accordance with the Islamic teachings,” he said.

The federal minister said that every operation being conducted in the country was not against any political party but against the hardcore criminals and terrorists. The government would not allow anyone to harm the sanctity of national institutions, he said, adding that Altaf Hussain should stop using provocative language against the armed forces, and law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Nisar said the government was preparing a reference for legal proceedings against MQM chief Altaf Hussain over his speeches against Pakistan Army and Rangers. He said there was no enmity with MQM, and Altaf Hussain's matter was legal and not political. “We will approach the British authorities in the next few days and submit legal documents on the matter… Work is already underway in this regard,” he added.

The minister said that the government had not initiated Imran Farooq murder and the money laundering cases against Altaf. “The cases were not being heard in Pakistani courts. UK authorities lodged them according to their own laws.” However, Pakistan and UK governments were cooperating in both the cases, he added. To a question he said British police had commended Pakistan's cooperation in Dr Imran’s murder case and had written a letter to Pakistani authorities.

He summoned record from journalists and police when some media persons drew his attention to police’s implicating a journalist of an English daily in an alleged fake rape case on the asking of a gang of ‘fake journalists’ in Rawalpindi.

The minister on the occasion announced up-gradation of the dispensary to hospital in Police Line Number 1 to provide better health facilities to policemen and their families. Later, Nisar laid down a floral wreath on martyrs’ monument and offered Fateh. RPO Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja also presented a shield to the interior minister.