PM to chair broader NAP execution meeting today

Stresses more coord between departments

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad—Following the Quetta tragedy and concerns being expressed by different segments of the society especially political parties over non implementation of NAP, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned today an important meeting on the implementation of the National Action Plan.
According to sources, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan and other senior officials will give a briefing to the prime minister on what has been done and what has not been done under the 20 point NAP.
The sources said there is growing realisation in the government circles over the strict implementation of the NAP and necessary steps have also been taken in this regard to achieve the desired results.
However, the country is faced with multiple challenges both on the external and internal fronts, especially the external powers are bent upon destabilising Pakistan to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
While quoting an intelligence reports, the sources said that there are clear alerts from the intelligence agencies that the foreign spies especially belonging to India may carry out sabotage activities in Balochistan to undermine the multi-billion dollars corridor project.
Meanwhile, chairing a meeting on Tuesday, the Prime Minister reviewed the overall internal security situation and the situation arising out of Quetta tragedy.
The meeting discussed at length the internal security situation of the country and different aspects of NAP.
The meeting observed that after achieving successful results from operation Zarb-e-Azb in FATA, terrorists are now changing their targets other than the state institutions out of desperation.
In his remarks, the Prime Minister said that we are in a state of war with an ideology that wants to change our way of life. He said the government is committed to take all necessary steps to ensure that blood spilled in Quetta carnage does not go waste.
The Prime Minister emphasized on seamless coordination between law enforcement agencies as well as among the provincial governments and the federal government to achieve optimum results within a short period of time.
Nawaz expressed his resolve that we will make Pakistan secure from every kind of terrorism and extremism.
He said the country has embarked upon a right track and we will enable every citizen to reap the benefits of a secure, stable and prosperous Pakistan.
The PM said that terrorists think that they can sow the seeds of disharmony and disunity in the nation. The nation is united and supports the government to stay on the course of completely eliminating the terrorists from Pakistani society.
Minster for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan and National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua briefed the meeting on how terrorist organisations are attacking soft targets.
The meeting was also attended by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Sartaj Aziz and Tariq Fatemi and other senior government officials.

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