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December 28, 2014

Troops combating terrorism to get legal protection: PM

 
December 28, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured in unequivocal terms that the troops engaged in fighting terrorists will be given legal protection for their actions.
The prime minister said this at a meeting with his legal and political team on Saturday that met to draft a strategy and roadmap for the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP). It was the sixth consecutive day at the Prime Minister’s House where a strategy is being thrashed out for wiping out terrorism.
The first draft of constitutional and legal amendments for the trial in military courts of enemy combatants and hardcore terrorists involved in the execution, abetting and financing of mass murders was presented in the meeting. It was presented by a legal team, along with Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Special Assistant to the PM Khawaja Zaheer and PM’s Assistant for Parliamentary Affairs Barrister Zafarullah.
Prime Minister Nawaz asked the legal team to share the draft with other political parties for consultations. He directed that instances of terrorism or sectarian violence against the minorities should also be included in the schedule of offences against terrorists.
The prime minister formed an umbrella committee and 15 sub-committees on a variety of subjects related to the implementation of the NAP and set a time-frame for all the committees to submit their respective recommendations.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has issued notifications for setting up of the committees. The main committee, tasked with the implementation of the counter terrorism plan will be headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and it will comprise federal ministers Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal, Pervaiz Rashid, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Abdul Qadir Baloch, KP Governor Sardar Mehtab, Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM on Parliamentary Affairs Barrister Zafarullah

Khan.
The prime minister said the government wants to make the country a safer place for every Pakistani regardless of the individual’s faith or ethnicity. He directed the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) to hold its executive meeting on Wednesday. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar will chair its maiden meeting. Following the prime minister’s directive, an administrative meeting of Nacta has been summoned. It will review the anti-terrorism measures taken by the government. 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. Its new chief, Hamid Ali Khan, took charge last month and it is yet to become fully functional. Nacta is expected to play a key role in the implementation of the NAP, which will be monitored by a committee headed by the premier.
The committee consists of Chaudhry Nisar, Khawaja Asif, Pervaiz Rashid, Ahsan Iqbal, Abdul Qadir Baloch and Sartaj Aziz.
The prime minister emphasised on seamless coordination between law enforcement agencies as well as among the provincial governments and the federal government to achieve optimum results with regard to the new counter-terrorism action plan within a short period of time. He said that the government has made an iron resolve to deal with miscreant elements with a heavy hand. “The government is committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure that the blood spilled in the Peshawar school carnage does not go waste,” he said.
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 shocked 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. The NAP was worked out two days ago with the consensus of all the political parties represented in parliament to tackle terrorism and militancy.