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Nacta be made functional with immediate effect: Nawaz

27 December, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday directed that the National Counter Terrorism Authority Pakistan (Nacta) be made functional with immediate effect.

The prime minister was chairing a meeting of the committee to oversee the implementation of the National Action Plan, which was worked out two days ago with the consensus of all political parties represented in parliament to tackle terrorism and militancy.

Following the premier’s directive, an administrative meeting of the Nacta has been summoned for Wednesday. The meeting will be chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

The anti-terror body has largely remained dormant resulting in an absence of coordination among various intelligence and law-enforcement agencies which is critical to monitoring activities of extremist groups operating in different parts of the country.

Nacta is an independent body answerable directly to the prime minister. Although its new chief, Hamid Ali Khan, took charge in November this year, Nacta is yet to become fully functional.

Nacta is expected to play a key role in the implementation of the NAP and which will be monitored by a committee headed by the prime minister. The committee, constituted on Friday, consists of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif, Information Minister Pervez Rasheed, Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch and Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security.

The latest rounds of meetings were set in motion in the aftermath of the attack on Peshawar's Army Public School. The tragedy which claimed over 140 lives plunged Pakistan into deep mourning and shook the country’s political and military leadership into working on a multi-pronged strategy to counter and thwart terror networks operating and acting in the country.ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday directed that the National Counter Terrorism Authority Pakistan (Nacta) be made functional with immediate effect.

The prime minister was chairing a meeting of the committee to oversee the implementation of the National Action Plan, which was worked out two days ago with the consensus of all political parties represented in parliament to tackle terrorism and militancy.

Following the premier’s directive, an administrative meeting of the Nacta has been summoned for Wednesday. The meeting will be chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

The anti-terror body has largely remained dormant resulting in an absence of coordination among various intelligence and law-enforcement agencies which is critical to monitoring activities of extremist groups operating in different parts of the country.

Nacta is an independent body answerable directly to the prime minister. Although its new chief, Hamid Ali Khan, took charge in November this year, Nacta is yet to become fully functional.

Nacta is expected to play a key role in the implementation of the NAP and which will be monitored by a committee headed by the prime minister. The committee, constituted on Friday, consists of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif, Information Minister Pervez Rasheed, Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch and Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security.

The latest rounds of meetings were set in motion in the aftermath of the attack on Peshawar's Army Public School. The tragedy which claimed over 140 lives plunged Pakistan into deep mourning and shook the country’s political and military leadership into working on a multi-pronged strategy to counter and thwart terror networks operating and acting in the country.

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