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Background

  • Terrorism is a global problem, and Pakistan as a country and as a nation in particular has been suffering from it for the past few years. No country had suffered so much from it as Pakistan. “We have lost more than 60,000 innocent lives.
  • Our country has been faced with the threat of militancy and extremism. Our forces and police and civilians have been attacked and martyred.
  • Our bases, police stations, pipelines, railways, hotels, schools, have been targeted.  Even our mosques, churches and religious shrines have not been spared.
  • Our country’s image has been negatively projected. Our economy has had to bear extra burdens. Even the good name of our great religion -- a religion of peace and harmony and love -- has been exploited.
  • The international war against terrorism has caused more agony, deaths and destruction to the people of Pakistan than any other country in the world.

Losses in War on Terror:

  • War on terror has cost Pakistan Rs118.4 billion since 2001.Fata had suffered the most, with losses worth Rs68.5 billion. Sindh was a distant second suffering loss worth Rs16.5 billion. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has suffered losses worth Rs15 billion, while Punjab has suffered Rs13.4 billion in losses, Balochistan has suffered losses worth Rs4.3 billion, Gilgit-Baltistan Rs358.1 million, and AJK Rs12.6 million.

 

 

 

20 points National Action Plan

  • A 20 points declaration, agreed to in the All Parties Conference was announced by the Prime Minister. These points were unanimously agreed in a marathon of leaders of all the Political parties after a session of 11 hours.
  • Implementation of death sentence of those convicted in cases of terrorism.
  • Special trial courts under the supervision of Army. The duration of these courts would be two years.
  • Militant outfits and armed gangs will not be allowed to operate in the country.
  • NACTA, the anti-terrorism institution will be strengthened.
  • Strict action against the literature, newspapers and magazines promoting hatred, decapitation, extremism, sectarianism and intolerance.
  • All funding sources of terrorists and terrorist outfits will be frozen.
  • The defunct outfits will not be allowed to operate under any other name.
  • Establishing and deploying a dedicated counter-terrorism force.
  • End to religious extremism and protection of minorities will be ensured.
  • Registration and regulation of religious seminaries.
  • Ban on glorification of terrorists and terrorist organisations through print and electronic media.
  • Administrative and development reforms in FATA with immediate focus on repatriation of IDPs.
  • Communication network of terrorists will be dismantled completely.
  • Concrete measures against promotion of terrorism through internet and social media.
  • No room will be left for the extremism in any part of the country.
  • Ongoing operation in Karachi will be taken to its logical end.
  • Balochistan government to be fully empowered for political reconciliation with complete ownership by all stakeholders.
  • Action against elements spreading sectarianism.
  • Formulation of a comprehensive policy to deal with the issue of Afghan refugees, beginning with registration of all refugees.
  • Reforms in criminal courts system to strengthen the anti-terrorism institutions including provincial CIDs.

Implementation of National Action Plan:

  • APC which comprise of all parties including those opposing the government had mandated the government to form a united action plan to fight terrorism; therefore the government is taking all the stake holders on board including the armed forces for an effective action plan against the terrorists.
  • NAP is a manifestation of national consensus and Government will ensure its swift implementation. The government aims to continue NAP, and all other initiatives to eliminate extremism and terrorism from the country
  • Apex Committees are working bodies which are chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Therefore every stake holders is on the same page and it is a common purpose, therefore the noble objective should not be diluted.
  • Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif constituted a special committee for the implementation of the National Action Plan for counter-terrorism and personally supervises the implementation of the National Action Plan

Following are the detail:

Special trial courts under the supervision of Army. The duration of these courts would be two years

  • After the devastating terror attack on a Peshawar school, which killed 148 people, most of them children, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif partially lifted the six-year moratorium on executions as part of a 20-point National Action Plan (NAP) to combat terrorism.
  • Pakistan’s legislators passed the 21st amendment to the constitution and the Pakistan Army Amendment Bill to temporarily allow military tribunals to try militants accused of waging war against the state.

Implementation of death sentence of those convicted in cases of terrorism

Executions since December 2014:

  • Nearly 300 death row prisoners have been hanged so far since the government lifted a six-year moratorium on death penalty on December 17, 2014. The terrorists were involved in killing of civilians as well as of personnel of law enforcement agencies. Death sentences for seven more militants for their involvement in the Peshawar school massacre and an attack on a bus carrying members of the minority Ismaili community.

Operations:

  • Security forces have carried out 54,376 combing operations so far under NAP and as results of these 60,420 arrests were made. Similarly, 3,019 intelligence based operations were carried out and 1,388 intelligence reports were shared with intelligence agencies.

Registration and regulation of religious seminaries

102 Madrassas sealed for stoking sectarianism:

  • The law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have sealed 102 Islamic seminaries for fanning extremism. Moreover, it has also frozen Rs1 billion in funds of proscribed militant groups.
  • The government has closed down 87 madrassas in Sindh and 13 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Two seminaries have been sealed in Punjab where a number of students were found in contact with banned groups. The LEAs have also identified 190 seminaries that receive funds from abroad.

All funding sources of terrorists and terrorist outfits will be frozen

Curbing terror financing:

  • As part of the strategy to choke terror financing, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has frozen Rs1 billion in 126 accounts linked to proscribed organisations. Further, the LEAs have recovered Rs251.2 million in cash which was being traded through Hawala and Hundi. The government also recovered Rs19.77 million from suspects involved in the 2004 ‘Chowk Yadgar Operation’ in Peshawar.

Militant outfits and armed gangs will not be allowed to operate in the country.

Banned groups:

  • The government has put 7,923 people in the fourth schedule in addition to including the names of 188 hardcore militants on the Exit Control List. Movement of 2,081 hardcore militants has also been restricted. Similarly, the government has registered 1,026 cases, while 230 terror suspects have been arrested.

Strict action against the literature, newspapers and magazines promoting hatred, decapitation, extremism, sectarianism and intolerance

Hate speech:

  • Over 1,500 books and other hate material had been confiscated and 71 such shops sealed.
  • One of the areas the government has focused on under the National Action Plan (NAP) has been to curb dissemination of hate speech and material. In this regard, 1,961 suspects have been arrested and 1,893 cases filed against clerics. Of these, 271 have been convicted while 826 cases are still pending before special courts.

Action against elements spreading sectarianism

Misuse of loudspeakers:

  • The government had also cracked down against the misuse of loudspeakers. As many as 7,000 cases have been filed and 6,855 alleged hate-preachers arrested. Of them, 1,482 have been convicted of hatemongering on loudspeakers.

Sim Verification:

  • Under the NAP, 97.9 million SIMs have been biometrically verified and 5.1 million SIMs have been blocked. The process has been completed in just three months.

Formulation of a comprehensive policy to deal with the issue of Afghan refugees, beginning with registration of all refugees

Afghan Refugees:

  • 3,416 Afghan Refugees have been deported including 2,844 from KP, 195 from Balochistan, one in Islamabad and 376 from FATA.

Ongoing operation in Karachi will be taken to its logical end

Karachi operation:

  • The Rangers has arrested over 58,000 criminals. Of them, 9,570 were absconders while 630 were proclaimed offenders. Others apprehended during the operation included 1,731 murderers, 713 terrorists, 517 extortionists and 118 kidnappers. Security forces also recovered 15,612 illegal weapons during the operation.

NAP implemented by Punjab:

  • The National Action Plan (NAP) implemented by Punjab police has produced positive results, as noticeable decrease in terrorism cases was observed in 2015.
  • According to the spokesperson of inspector general (IG) of police during, the last 10 months under NAP, 33,772 combing operations were conducted in which 994,118 people were questioned, 5,549 cases were registered out of which 980 cases were registered under Foreign Act violation.
  • During the period, 6,162 general hold ups were held, in which 24,436 suspect criminals were arrested. Similarly, 122,800 vehicles without number plates, unauthorised and tinted glasses were impounded during the hold ups. Taking action against the display of arms, 2,851 cases were registered while 189 weapons were confiscated during the operation.
  • The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested 40 hardcore activists and detained 69 during the period. On violation of Tenancy Act, 7,328 cases were registered, in which 11,036 were arrested and 1,754 were convicted. On publication of hate material, 547 cases were registered, in which 580 violators got arrested and 35 were convicted.
  • Due to the implementation on NAP, the heinous crime graph also decreased in Punjab. According to details, 27% decrease was recorded in murder cases. In 2014, the reported cases of murder were 5,282, as compared to 3,844 in 2015. Similarly, crime against person was also reduced by 11% to 43,437, which were 48,759 in 2014.
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