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Crushing terrorists: Govt decides to begin next phase of NAP

The decision to this effect was taken during a meeting in Islamabad.

The meeting discussed different aspects of internal security and implementation of National Action Plan.

The meeting is being attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant on National Security and Tariq Fatemi.

The government also amended its constitution to allowmilitary courts to try terror suspects. Despite previously having specific anti-terror courts, cases dragged on for many years and many suspects escaped punishment due to legal loopholes or lack of witnesses, who would often not appear out of fear of repercussions from militant groups.

Pakistan has been battling a homegrown insurgency for over a decade following its decision to side with the US-led coalition against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Its troops have been engaged in a full-scale offensive against Taliban and other militants in North Waziristan and Khyber tribal districts since June last year.




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