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.
Faisal Ali Raja
Munir Masood Marath
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