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Civil, military leaderships begin talks to reinvigorate NAP

Updated Aug 11, 2016 10:30am

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ISLAMABAD: Civilian and military leaderships on Wednesday opened deliberations on injecting fresh momentum into what is being seen as a faltering National Action Plan (NAP) on counterterrorism.

The discussions held at the premier’s residence are being led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, with his key security and foreign policy aides — Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif, National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Janjua, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, ISI Director General Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry — and other senior officials participating.

This week’s deadly attacks in Quetta added urgency to the meeting — which was being planned for weeks and for which several preparatory sessions, two of which were chaired by Prime Minister Sharif, were held.

It was probably the first high-level security meeting involving the prime minister and the army chief that could not be completed in one session spanning hours. It would, therefore, continue for the second day on Thursday.

Meanwhile, another meeting for which chief ministers have also been invited is planned for Monday.

“Today the problems in NAP’s implementation and other concerns were discussed,” a source said about the meeting.

Key areas of concern are inaction against banned groups, madressah reforms, poor progress towards making Nacta (National Counter Terrorism Authority) operational, loopholes in criminal laws, inadequate capacity of civilian law enforcement agencies, terrorism financing, and little movement towards Fata reforms.

The army chief’s main concern is that the military’s kinetic operations in Fata and supporting actions in the rest of the country have now moved to the consolidation phase, but the civilian agencies are lagging behind. This could compromise the “achievements” made so far.

There is also a perception that implementation of NAP came to a standstill over the past few months due to PM Sharif’s health issues and the political problems he faces, according to a source. “The time thus lost has to be covered,” he added.

At the meeting, the military reportedly expressed concern that it was being subjected to public criticism because of failings of other government agencies with regard to the implementation of NAP.

The last meeting of the corps commanders and one of the security review sessions chaired by the prime minister had stressed the need for involving provincial law enforcement agencies in the next big push against terrorists.

The chief ministers have now been invited to a meeting on Monday for discussing capacity building of the provincial law enforcement agencies.

Published in Dawn, August 11th, 2016

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Comments (16) Closed



asif Aug 11, 2016 07:30am

Yeah sure, maybe we are going to work pn NAP till we lose many more lives.

Rajab Ali Aug 11, 2016 07:39am

Unless the implied interests are put behind, NAP could not be put into full action with full force throughout the country. Political will is equally needed. Provinces should avoid putting hurdles into the devised NAP.

future Aug 11, 2016 08:00am

Politicians impeded progress on NAP . We have had it with this posturing .

khanm Aug 11, 2016 09:34am

sometimes i just wonder who is calling the shots....who is in the driving seat... everyone's job is no one's job... define ambiguity ...cos ambiguity leads to no where...

GUL PASHA Aug 11, 2016 10:27am

It is time for the Government, Opposition, Military, Media and civil society to reset and get united. Shun the differences, leave the personal egos behind, develop and set a national priorities agenda of and work for it diligently in harmony. Only in this way we can overcome the mammoth challenges. Honesty, hard work and unity is the way forward.

Salaam Namaste Aug 11, 2016 10:52am

@GUL PASHA But most important, not differentiating between good and bad terrorist. All the gains are getting nullified due to this

Salaam Namaste Aug 11, 2016 10:57am

This is becoming routine. Reinvigorating NAP after every blast and accusing foreign hand

Merchant Aug 11, 2016 11:05am

Nothing will work until instituitions are re-established and politicians become clean.

Smart Solution Aug 11, 2016 11:38am

Why politicians are reluctant to allow rangers into certain cities or certain provinces. Since police has proven to be ineffective in protecting citizen's life from killers, rangers should be allowed to go after criminals where ever they might be.

Smart Solution Aug 11, 2016 11:43am

@future You are correct. Average pakistani is losing confidence in NAP now. It can be said that politicians are not supporting NAP wholeheartedly. There is politicking with NAP, to keep many areas out of reach for rangers. We know why.

kanwarch Aug 11, 2016 12:28pm

Only solution is to place police under supervision of Rangers for a period of 3 years. This time should be spent in rebuilding police professionally with out political influence and capacity building. Police should not be put at the disposal of politicians full stop. Most of the security problems will be solved that way.

K Aug 11, 2016 12:42pm

British established police force to oppress every voice and rule with stick. Now police need to be protective and service provider. Therefore, police force must be reorganised. Every place must have citizen informers to watch individual with all telephone numbers of forces.

ashar Aug 11, 2016 01:03pm

The nation will surely forget it after some times and will wait for another incident. Achakzai is right.

Amanullah Khan Aug 11, 2016 01:10pm

It is alarming to note that the Civil Government and its responsible agencies abandoned all the most important assignments because of the absence of the PM. How a wrong message they pass on to the enemies? The secrets of good governance are coming up to surface. It is the extreme of the negligence. The responsible must be taken to task.

M Jamal Aug 11, 2016 01:34pm

Why can't we meet, device strategies and cooperate before hand on NAP and why we meet after tragedits?

IRS Aug 11, 2016 02:44pm

The quorum should include Leader of opposition in National Assembly, Chairman of senate and all Chief ministers of Provinces, We can never win this 4th GENERATION warfare without taking all the Stakeholders together. We need to unite now.