National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) with collaboration of European Union (EU) and UNODC Country Office organized a two days (26-27th October 2017) workshop on “Proactive Approach to Counter Terrorism” at PC Bhurban, Murree. The workshop brought together 32 participants from all the provincial and Federal relevant stakeholders, to discuss and develop a common understanding on threat assessments as a part of a proactive approach to counter terrorism.
During the opening session, Mr. Muhammad Jafer, Director General (Counter Terrorism) NACTA along with Syed Arslan, Advisor for the Pakistan’s Action to Counter Terrorism (PACT) Project thanked the participants and highlighted the importance of the workshop. Later, they delivered a presentation on the organizational mandate and role of NACTA and UNODC.
The facilitators of the Workshop Brigadier (R) Khalid Saleem and Ms. Olivia Hyvrier delivered presentations on the framework for developing threat assessments and apprised the participants on the historical perspective of terrorism in Europe, especially in France. The presentations also focused on increasing the knowledge of participants on present threat and risk assessment models and practices in place by the European Union.
On the second day of workshop the participants were divided into different groups for completing a Case Study by assessing a scenario and identifying appropriate measures at tactical, operational and strategic levels.
During the closing session of the Workshop, UNODC Country Representative Mr. Cesar Guedes appreciated the efforts of Government of Pakistan in combating terrorism and assured the participants of UNODC’s continuous support.
In concluding remarks Mr. Ihsan Ghani, National Coordinator of NACTA thanked all the participants and highlighted upon the recent initiatives undertaken by NACTA. He informed the participants that under PACT project, NACTA would continue to organize such workshops in future also.
As a token of appreciation National Coordinator of NACTA and UNODC Country Representative jointly distributed certificates to the participants.