Nacta’s role to be reviewed

PM wants a proactive, sophisticated Nacta with well-defined mandate

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Siddeeq Sajid

Islamabad

The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) Board of Governors (BoGs) Tuesday decided to form a committee to review the role and function of the body.

Prime Minister Imran presided over the Nacta BoGs at Prime Minister’s Office. The committee was asked to review the organisation’s working and submit its recommendations to the PM within a week.

The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Minister for Finance Asad Umar, Law Minister Farogh Nasim, Chief Ministers of provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister, Minister of State for Interior, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director-general, interior secretary, Nacta National Coordinator, chief secretaries and police chiefs of provinces and other senior officials.

According to PM’s spokesman, Nacta National Coordinator briefed the meeting about mandate and the role of the organisation since its establishment as a premier body for policy formulation and implementation of national terrorism and counter violent extremism strategy.

The meeting reviewed, in detail, the progress on implementation status of 20-points of NAP.

The prime minister stated that Pakistan has come a long way in its fight against the menace of terrorism and violent extremism.

“In this struggle, we have offered thousands of lives of our civilians and the security personnel.”

He also lauded the services of the armed forces, intelligence agencies, police and other law-enforcement and security agencies. The prime minister observed that improved security situation today was a result of combined efforts of all stakeholders.

Deploring the fact that not even a single meeting of the BoGs of the premier body could be convened since its inception, the PM pointed out that the neglect of the past government resulted in lack of focus on improving the functioning of an important organisation.

The PM said that the new ground realities call for revisiting the role of the organisation in order to make this body truly a proactive and sophisticated body with a well-defined mandate.

It was, therefore, decided during the meeting to constitute a committee for reviewing the role and functioning of the organisation. The committee would submit its recommendations to the PM in a week’s time.

Sources told that ISI DG Lt-Gen Naveed Mukhtar and Military Operations DG Maj-Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza also briefed the meeting regarding implementation of NAP.

The meeting was told that armed forces and intelligence agencies played their role in letter and spirit and intelligence agencies have efficiently broken the nexus of terrorist groups with close coordination and cooperation.

It was urged in the meeting that civil governments should now play their role for the implementation of NAP to defeat terrorism and extremism once and for all.