A meeting on implementation strategy of National Counter Extremism Policy (NCEP) was held at Chief Minister Secretariat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. National Coordinator NACTA and senior officers from NACTA’s Directorate of CVE briefed the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the contours of the NCEP.
NCEP aims to consolidate the recent decline in the incidence of terrorism achieved through law enforcement and kinetic military actions against militants. Integrated efforts of all federal and provincial stakeholders for the implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) were emphasized as prime factors behind the marked decline in terrorist incidents. The Chief Minister KPK was apprised that the policy was not formed in a vacuum rather a multidisciplinary policy making model was followed wherein around 300 plus experts and stakeholders from various walks of life came together to share their input and recommendations towards the elimination of extremism from our society.
NCEP covers key areas including service delivery, people’s engagement, education reforms, enabling environment, rehabilitation, reintegration and renunciation and also the promotion of culture. An in-depth analysis of causal factors of extremism was made, substantiated with evidence. Implementation of NCEP hinges on an integrated implementation approach wherein all departments of provincial governments will coalesce their efforts towards projects aimed at diminishing extremist tendencies. NCEP is a set of programs in the above six fields with an objective to build a strong bond between state and citizenry, empowerment, and the inclusion of youth and marginalized elements, reforming educational streams including religious education and instilling an environment of openness and coexistence. CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa appreciated the efforts and emphasized the urgency of implementation of the policy. CM KPK further highlighted the overall improved law and order situation in the province and urged that there is an emergent need to project the sharp decline in terrorist incidents in KP and across Pakistan.
Tourism Department Government of KP has initiated multiple projects for the promotion of tourism, which will help in improving the image of the province and the country as a prospective tourist destination. The Chief Secretary KP appreciated the integrated implementation approach envisaged in NCEP. In future, an NCEP Centralized Monitoring Unit is to be established at the offices of Chief Ministers to ensure that all provincial and federal agencies are working in close collaboration with each other. CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa expressed hope that the NCEP will soon be translated into an implementable reality in the province of KP and across the country.