A twenty Points National Action Plan (NAP) for countering terrorism and extremism was chalked out by NACTA/ Ministry of Interior government of Pakistan in consultation with the stakeholders and approved on 24th of December, 2014 by the Parliament. After the National Internal Security Policy 2014, it was the 2nd consensual policy document approved by the Government. The National Action Plan, spelled out the specifics for the counter-terrorism drive in the country.
After Army Public School attack on 16th of December 2014, a national consensus was evolved to come down hard on the the terrorists through a concerted national effort. Whereas the National Internal Security Policy 2014 pointed out the broad policy guidelines and long-drawn reforms in various state institutions, a need to felt to chalk out an Action Plan with specific, mostly quantifiable and ultimately time-bound agenda to curb the scourge of terrorism which had by now started massacring even innocent school-age children.
NAP Implementation & Monitoring Framework:
The Prime Minister directed the Minister for Interior to design and implement a national monitoring mechanism for implementation, as NAP involved a number of Federal Ministries and Provincial Governments. NACTA was assigned and entrusted with the role of monitoring body of the National Action Plan. Within NACTA, Director General (CVE) is entrusted with the monitoring of NAP, who is assisted by a Director NAP and other staff.
The 20 Agenda Items of National Action Plan:
The 20 agenda items of National Action Plan 2014 are:
1. Implementation of death sentence of those convicted in cases of terrorism.
2. Special trial courts under the supervision of Army. The duration of these courts would be two years.
3. Militant outfits and armed gangs will not be allowed to operate in the country.
4. NACTA, the anti-terrorism institution will be strengthened.
5. Strict action against the literature, newspapers and magazines promoting hatred, extremism, sectarianism and intolerance.
6. Choking financing for terrorist and terrorist organizations.
7. Ensuring against re-emergence of proscribed organizations.
8. Establishing and deploying a dedicated counter-terrorism force.
9. Taking effective steps against religious persecution.
10. Registration and regulation of religious seminaries.
11. Ban on glorification of terrorists and terrorist organizations through print and electronic media.
12. Administrative and development reforms in FATA with immediate focus on repatriation of IDPs.
13. Communication network of terrorists will be dismantled completely.
14. Measures against abuse of internet and social media for terrorism.
15. Zero tolerance for militancy in Punjab.
16. Ongoing operation in Karachi will be taken to its logical end.
17. Balochistan government to be fully empowered for political reconciliation with complete ownership by all stakeholders.
18. Dealing firmly with sectarian terrorists.
19. Formulation of a comprehensive policy to deal with the issue of Afghan refugees, beginning with registration of all refugees.
20. Revamping and reforming the criminal justice system.
NACTA derives its mandate from Article 4 of NACTA Act 2013 .
Article 4 of NACTA Act spells out the following functions:
- to receive and collate data or information, or intelligence and disseminate and coordinate between all relevant stakeholders to formulate threat assessments with periodical reviews to be presented to the Federal Government for making adequate and timely efforts to counter terrorism and extremism;
- to coordinate and prepare comprehensive national counter terrorism and counter extremism strategies and review them on periodical basis;
- to develop action plans against terrorism and extremism and report the Federal Government about implementation of these plans on periodical basis;
- to carry out research on topics relevant to terrorism and extremism and to prepare and circulate documents;
- to carry out liaison with international entities for facilitating cooperation in areas relating to terrorism and extremism;
- to review relevant laws and suggest amendments to the Federal Government; and
- to appoint committees of experts from Government and non-Government organizations for deliberations in areas related to the mandate and functions of the Authority (NACTA).
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