Pakistan

Govt made the National Action Plan 'a big joke', says Supreme Court judge

ISLAMABAD: A Supreme Court bench yesterday termed the National Action Plan (NAP) ‘a big joke’ over the government’s failure to implement it in the past six months since its inception.

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A bench of the apex court comprises of three judges was hearing a case regarding the activities of NGOs.

Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja in the hearing remarked that NAP was devised to deceive the masses, as no work was done on the plan despite the passage of six months.

The NAP was devised to eliminate terrorism from the country, in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the Army Public School Peshawar on December 16 last yeary that had claimed around 150 lives, most of whom were children.

The bench also comprised of Justice Azmat Saeed and Justice Maqbool Baqar expressed displeasure over the allocation of Rs160 million for the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta). Justice Maqbool Baqir said that only Rs160 million has been allocated for Nacta, which is worthless. He also asked Attorney General (AG) Salman Aslam Butt about the expenditure of Prime Minister House and a raise made recently in this regard.

The bench expressed concern over the foreign funding of NGOs.

Justice Azmat Saeed said under Nacta, terrorist funding had to be disrupted but nothing has been done in this regard.

The bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, asked the federation and provinces to produce details about the total number of registered NGOs, details of their foreign and domestic funding, audit of their accounts and action taken against them till July 22.

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