ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Friday that the government would soon relaunch the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) and review Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Action Plan.
Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, the federal minister stressed that terrorism was on the rise again in the country. “In the past four years, not a single meeting of NACTA, which is chaired by the Prime Minister, has taken place,” she added.
Marriyum Aurangzeb claimed that terrorist incidents are resurfacing in the country due to the negligence of the PTI government in implementing the national action plan during its four-year tenure.
The minister said that the PML-N government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, gave the country the first-ever national security policy, in addition to finalizing the NAP in collaboration with all stakeholders, including the provinces. , following the tragedy at the Army Public School.
According to this plan, for the first time, all provinces, law enforcement, people of Pakistan and federal units have decided to unite and fight against terrorism, the minister said.
“However, for four years the plan was completely ignored because of one person’s (Imran Khan) ego,” she claimed, adding, “Whether it was water, polio or terrorism, this man was not ready to talk to anyone.. He never found it necessary.
She added that this was the reason why the provinces and the Center had been “detached” in recent years. “The whole coordination mechanism between the provinces and the Center has been described in the NAP,” she said, adding that this is why a drop in terrorist activities was seen in 2015 and 2018.
Then the minister said that the first meeting that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired after taking power was on terrorism. “We are now, once again, reviewing the national action plan. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has completed the infrastructure of Nacta and a meeting will be called next week,” Aurangzeb added.
Marriyum’s comments come as the country has been hit by a series of terrorist attacks. Three bomb attacks have been reported in Karachi in as many weeks.
On April 26, a suicide bombing in front of the Confucius Institute at the University of Karachi (KU) killed four people, including these Chinese teachers.
The second attack in the town took place in the Saddar area on May 12. A bystander was killed and at least nine injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a motorcycle detonated.
The third explosion took place earlier this week on Monday when an IED detonated near Iqbal Market and New Memon Mosque in Kharadar area of Karachi, killing one person and injuring 11.
On Sunday, two Sikh shopkeepers were gunned down on the outskirts of Peshawar. On Thursday, a soldier was martyred in an attack on a security force convoy in the tribal district of South Waziristan.