Govt ‘revives’ Nacta and revises National Counter-Terrorism Action Plan: Marriyum – Pakistan

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Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Friday that the government had decided to “relaunch” the National Anti-Terrorism Authority (Nacta) and was in the process of reviewing the national action plan to combat terrorism. terrorism in Pakistan.

In a speech to the National Assembly today, she noted that terrorism is on the rise again in the country. “But we have to note some things here.

“In the past four years, not a single meeting of Nacta, which is chaired by the Prime Minister, has taken place. In 2014, Nawaz Sharif prepared Pakistan’s first national security policy,” he said. she called back.

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After the attack on the Public Army School (APS) in Peshawar, Aurangzeb continued, the government had prepared the National Counter-Terrorism Action Plan which was passed unanimously by the Parliament.

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.

“But for four years the plan was completely ignored because of one person’s (Imran Khan) ego,” she claimed. “Whether it was water, polio or terrorism, this man was not ready to talk to anyone. He never found it necessary.

Aurangzeb said that was the reason why the provinces and the Center had been “detached” for some years. “On terrorism, the federal government can talk at the political level. It can talk about law enforcement agencies. But the role of the provinces is the most important.”

And, she pointed out, this is clearly defined in the National Action Plan. “The whole coordination mechanism [between the provinces and the Centre] was described there,” she said, adding that this was the reason why a drop in terrorist activities was seen in 2015 and 2018.

But under the PTI government, the finances and coordination of the plan were ‘completely cut off’ as ‘Imran Khan thought it was a waste of time’, she claimed, calling it the main reason for the attack -Chinese suicide and other terrorist activities.

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Then the minister said that the first meeting that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired after taking power was on terrorism. “We are again reviewing the national action plan. In the meantime, the Ministry of Interior has completed the infrastructure of Nacta and a meeting will be called next week,” Aurangzeb added.

Concluding her speech, she stressed that in order to develop a strong narrative internationally, it is important to “get the house in order” first and to strengthen the counter-terrorism infrastructure in the country.

Series of terrorist attacks

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 incident happened as a van, carrying staff members, was about to enter the Confucius Institute, located next to the Department of Commerce. The outlawed Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack.

The second attack in the city 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. Like the BLA, the banned Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army (SRA) had claimed responsibility for the attack in a post on social media platforms.

Yesterday, the Deputy Inspector General of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), Syed Khurram Ali, said the alleged mastermind of the attack had been trained in Iran and received instructions and money from the leader of the SRA, Asghar Shah.

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.

The police are investigating the attacks while security in the metropolis has been reinforced.

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.

In a statement, ISPR said Hawaldar Mohammad Sanwar, a resident of Jhelum district, lost his life when an IED blast hit a military convoy in Makeen area.

Meanwhile, the attackers threw a grenade at an examination center for girls in the town of Mirali in the tribal district of North Waziristan. However, no one was injured. In another incident, a bomb attack targeted a vehicle of two Mirali Degree College teachers near the Bakakhel police station on the Bannu-Mir Ali road.

Five days ago, three Pakistani army soldiers and at least three children were killed in a suicide bombing near Miranshah in North Waziristan.

In a brief statement, the military said intelligence agencies were investigating to learn more about [the] suicide bomber and his handlers/facilitators.

Later, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also condemned the suicide bombing and expressed his sorrow for the lives lost.

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