Islamabad – In response to crucial decisions made by the Apex Committee on National Action Plan (NAP) under the federal government’s directives, Pakistan has unveiled an extensive new national action plan aimed at combatting terrorism and ensuring the safety of its citizens. The plan, unveiled during a high-profile meeting on Tuesday, has garnered significant attention and support from various stakeholders.
The event, which took place at the heart of Pakistan’s capital, was attended by key figures including leaders of the armed forces, heads of civilian institutions, and was chaired by Interim Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar and his cabinet members.
The comprehensive new NAP encompasses 14 major actions, each designed to strengthen Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and extremism while prioritizing the safety and well-being of its citizens.
One of the core components of the plan emphasizes that legal action will be pursued against all terrorists without any discrimination. Pakistan is committed to relentlessly combatting terrorism and ensuring justice for those who have perpetrated heinous acts, such as the tragic events in Mastung, with the safety of every Pakistani citizen being a top priority.
The plan also focuses on enhancing the capacity of provincial Counter-Terrorism Departments (CTDs) through training, the provision of modern equipment, and state-of-the-art weaponry. CTDs will play a pivotal role on the frontline of the battle against terrorist organizations.
In addition, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) will devise a revamped strategy for provincial CTDs, with a strong emphasis on coordinated Intelligence-Based Operations (IBOs) to effectively combat terrorism.
Moreover, intelligence sharing among all agencies will be paramount, and substantial modifications have been incorporated into counter-terrorism policies and strategies. NACTA will provide counter-terrorism training and enhance the capacity of CTDs.
To ensure the success of these efforts, the army and Frontier Corps (FC) have committed to extending support to the CTDs and police whenever required. The state will maintain exclusive control over the use of force, and efforts will be made to prosecute extremist groups.
The plan further underscores the importance of safeguarding minorities against violence perpetrated by extremist elements. Robust legal measures will be taken against riverine dacoits along the Indus River, which forms the joint boundary of Sindh and Punjab.
Stringent legal actions will also be pursued against smugglers, while hoarders will face legal consequences. Pakistan’s borders will be vigilantly protected against any unauthorized incursions, and illegal foreigners will be promptly deported.
A significant policy change is the enforcement of a single-document regime with Afghanistan, effective November 1. This regime will allow entry only to valid passport holders while excluding the use of Tazkira. Any foreigner seeking entry into Pakistan will be required to possess a valid visa.
In summary, this new national action plan signifies a resolute effort by Pakistan to combat terrorism comprehensively and safeguard the welfare of its citizens. It represents a unified and determined approach by the government, armed forces, and civilian institutions to ensure a safer and more secure Pakistan for all.