ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Monday accused the country's social media of playing a "negative role" by spreading rumours, a trend he says is affecting Pakistan's progress in the war on terror.
Addressing a press conference held in the Capital, Nisar said no one knows if a RAW agent or a terrorist is spreading rumours to bring down the morale of our forces. He added that "negative propaganda" spread through the medium brings down the morale of security forces.
However, he lauded the role of the mainstream media and thanked journalists for their support, he criticised social media for what he says is "negative propaganda against security agencies".
The interior minister maintained that the overall security situation in the country has improved through the efforts of security agencies and, referring to the killing of famed qawwal Ajmad Sabri and kidnapping of SHC CJ's son Awais Shah, said terrorists are hitting "soft targets" to hurt the nation.
He negated the impression that Karachi's law and order situation has worsened by saying that the crime rate in the city has decreased considerably in the past few years due to the ongoing operation in the city.
The minister also announced that Karachi's population will be documented on the same pattern as Islamabad and "it will be figured out if a certain person living in the city is a local or a foreigner".
He added that 20,000 more men will be recruited in Sindh police.
Nisar stated Pakistan is winning its war on terror but the nation will have to unite to win the psychological war against the terrorists, in order to take the battle to take it to logical conclusion.
"The odds are against us but I will say that we are winning the fight on ground. Incidents such as Amjad Sabri’s murder and SHC CJ son's kidnapping are acts of frustration by the elements who want to divide us, disappoint us and pit us against each other, we have to unite to win this psychological war," said Nisar