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Interior ministry defends NAP implementation

ISLAMABAD: A day after Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah criticised the federal government for not implementing the National Action Plan (NAP), the interior ministry responded on Tuesday, claiming that the Centre’s extremism and terrorism policy was “very clear”.

While chairing the 19th meeting of the provincial apex committee on Monday, the Sindh CM claimed that the federal government’s policy on issues like banned outfits, media’s glorification of terrorists and repatriation of illegal immigrants was “not clear”.

He also regretted that the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) was not yet functional.

An interior ministry spokesperson denied the allegations against the federal government that it allowed banned organisations to hold rallies and meetings in public.

“The federal government’s policy towards proscribed organisations is very clear and no banned outfit was allowed to hold rallies or public meetings,” he said.

The spokesperson said that for the first time in the country’s history, the government established a robust mechanism for proscription of organisations and individuals, besides maintaining a digital database.

“Keeping a check on the activities of the banned outfits/individuals and initiation of action for any violation is a provincial responsibility,” he said.

With regard to the objection raised over Nacta’s functionality, the spokesperson said from a merely dormant organisation existing only on paper, Nacta was now fully operational and supplementing state security institutions.

“During the previous government’s tenure, Nacta was housed in a rented building with hardly any human resource and sufficient funds to operate. Under the current government, not only funds were released to Nacta but the issue of infrastructure and human resource was also resolved.”

At present, he said, 104 officers were working in Nacta and the budget of the authority for 2016-17 stood at Rs1.450 billion.

About glorification of terrorists on media, the spokesperson said that the country’s independent and free media displayed great responsibility and maturity vis-à-vis glorification and promotion of terrorism.

He recalled that after a meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, representative bodies of the media — the All Pakistan Newspapers Society, Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors, Pakistan Broadcasters Association and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists — independent media committed to helping black out terrorists. It was a matter of record that media proved true to its commitment, he added.

The spokesperson lamented that a national security issue was used without substantive grounds for scoring political points.

courtesy : dawn news

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