Government decides to implement NAP, restructure Nacta



Zafar Malik


On the directives of Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan, the Interior Ministry has decided to implement a revised version of the National Action Plan (NAP) in letter and spirit besides making the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) functional in the first phase.

Under the Nacta, intelligence reports will be shared with all the provinces to counter terrorism in the country.

According to the sources, the interior and religious affairs ministries agreed that religious harmony was necessary to root out the menace of terrorism. Both ministries, however, also decided not to stop political parties or any other organisation from peaceful protest demonstration. The sources said that the interior ministry had prepared a summary in this connection which would be sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology for further deliberation.

Under a strategy devised jointly by both the ministries, it was decided that the hate speeches would be prevented in the mosques and protests, political and sectarian gatherings would be banned on roads.

As per details, the Ulmas and Islamic scholars would be asked to limit their speeches on religious matters only to the Friday sermons whereas the political talks and sectarianism evoking sermons would be prohibited.

As per the provisions of the NAP, reforms would be introduced in the seminaries and madrasas and no political or religious organisation would be allowed damage public property under the guise of protests.

According to a document, released by the interior ministry, available with the Daily Morning Mail revealed that on the directions of PM, the ministry of religious affairs had completed homework regarding creating religious harmony.

The NAP comprised policy initiatives aimed at wiping out terrorist outfits across the country, integrating security efforts of the federal and provincial governments by engaging all the stakeholders, dismantling terrorist networks and ensuring deterrence by utilising available capabilities and resources of security organisations to overcome internal threats to state security.

The upcoming version of the NAP is a brainchild of Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi.

According to the document, the interior ministry plans to create a cyber-security organisation to effectively counter the growing threat of cybercrimes.

The ministry is also set to introduce an online passport application facility for overseas Pakistanis and launch e-passports and evening executive passport offices in major cities.

The document revealed that the passport application software had been changed and would prioritise applications of senior citizens (65 years or more).