NACTA vide section 4 of NACTA Act 2013 and National Internal Security Policy (2014-18) is mandated to frame a National Narrative to counter extremism.
National Internal Security Policy (NISP 2014-18) states that constructing a robust national narrative on extremism, sectarianism, terrorism and militancy is the corner stone of ideological response to non-traditional threats. Such a narrative is essential for coming up with, ideological denominators in a diverse society.
NACTA adopted following formulation model;
The National Narrative Workshop participants worked on the eight themes according to their expertise as under:
The essence of the recommendations of these thematic groups is given as under;
NACTA consolidated the work of experts as per recommendations and Federal Experts Committee reviewed these recommendations and NACTA prepared National Narrative document along with strategies, action plan, activities, budget and operational liabilities. NACTA has submitted this document to the Government in July 2017 for its approval/implementation.
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.
A 20 Points National Action Plan (NAP) for countering terrorism and extremism was chalked out by NACTA/ Ministry of Interior 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.
NAP Implementation Framework:
Consequent upon the approval of 20 points National Action Plan (NAP) on 24th of December, 2014 by a special session of the Parliament, Prime Minister directed the then Minister for Interior, Mr. Nisar Ali Khan to design an implementation and monitoring mechanism for NAP, as implementation of NAP involved both Federal Ministries and Provincial Governments. An implementation framework was thus evolved at the Federal Level on NAP agenda items pertaining to the Federal Government, while Provincial Apex Committees under the Chief Ministers were established for overseeing the agenda points relevant to Provinces.