Understanding the Counter Terrorism Response – Case Analysis of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Report was launched on July 18, 2017 by United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the Home and Tribal Affairs Department of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and NACTA under a European Union funded program.
The report was completed under the auspices of ‘Pakistan’s Action to Counter Terrorism (PACT)’ with a special reference to KPK project, which is supported by the European Union and aims to build national capacities of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in countering terrorism.
During the launch, H.E Jean-François Cautain, Ambassador of the European Union, stated that security is an important topic in the EU-Pakistan cooperation. The ambassador emphasized that the initial report of the 7 million euros counter terrorism project funded by the EU, which highlights the issues which if overcome can lead to success in fighting terrorism, only by close cooperation of all criminal justice institutions in the country.
Mr. Ihsan Ghani, National Coordinator, NACTA said that coordination, both at federal and provincial levels, is essential when responding to terrorism and NACTA remains committed to assisting provinces in improving information sharing and for developing a collective response.
Chief Justice of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Honorable Yahya Afridi, was the chief guest on the occasion and in his closing remarks he appreciated the efforts of NACTA and assistance of UNODC and the EU. He highlighted the urgency for developing witness protection programs to ensure the safety and security of individuals.