6149 terrorists arrested since 2002: Senate told

Islamabad: The Senate was informed Wednesday that six thousand-one hundred and forty nine terrorists have been arrested by law enforcement agencies since 2002.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan informed the House during question hour that 12‚404 people have been killed in the incidents of terrorism.

He said that 413 incidents of terrorism including suicide attacks have taken place in the country since June this year.

The Interior Minister said that 2160 militants and 67 civilians have so far been killed in drone attacks.

He said capital punishment was awarded to 13‚ 223 people since 2002 but 501 of them were hanged.

The Interior Minister said the federal government is providing all possible assistance to the provincial governments to curb the incidents of terrorism.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that necessary amendments have been made in the anti-terrorisms act and investigation for fair trial act‚ 2013 has been promulgated to bring the terrorists to justice.

On the issue of missing persons‚ Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said a Task Force on missing persons has been constituted with the task to monitor the progress in the cases of missing persons and coordinate efforts of all stakeholders working on the issue.

To a supplementary question‚ the Interior Minister said there is no proposal under consideration of the government to convert the death sentences into life imprisonment.