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‘Monitoring task force’ to ensure NAP implementation

The task force will comprise of senior representatives of all concerned departments and agencies of the federal government and the provinces.

The second round of the high-level meeting today opened deliberations on injecting a refresh momentum into NAP.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was leading the discussions at the premier’s residence in the capital with his major security and foreign policy aides.

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Restoration of complete peace and tranquillity shall remain the top priority of the Government and all the state institutions, the meeting resolved.

It was stressed that intelligence agencies perform a vital role in guaranteeing national security and safeguarding national interest for which they will be provided with necessary resources and support.

Prime Minister ordered that no effort be spared to ensure complete and effective implementation of the plan.

He stressed on the need to take result oriented and time bound actions, with a view to completely eliminate and eradicate the menace of terrorism from Pakistan.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Defence Minister Ishaq Dar, Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Director General Inter Services Public Relations Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security Lieutenant General (R) Nasir Khan Janjua were among the attendees of the meeting.

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The participants reiterated that the war against terror would continue nationwide with an aggressive strategy and stern laws.

Centre would support provinces; they all agreed and added that intelligence sharing needed improvements so that terror incidents in the future could be averted.

Earlier, following the Quetta tragedy, Pakistan’s top civil and military leadership agreed on Wednesday to fully implement the National Action Plan in a period of a two-and-a-half month.

However, a new terror incident in Quetta on Thursday, targeting a convoy of the Federal Sharia Court judge Justice Zahoor Shahwani, added urgency to the meeting that injured 14 people including five police officials.

NAP was launched after the heinous attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014 in a bid to deal with the menace of terrorism in the country.

But, after 72 people were killed in Quetta blast on Monday, concerns and questions are being raised over the effectiveness of the NAP.



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