ISLAMABAD: Senators on Monday expressed their concerns over non-implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) and said that government despite cooperation of political parties was not serious on implementing it.

While taking part in debate on resolutions tabled in the house regarding implementation of NAP on Monday, Senator Sehar Kamran said that so many points of NAP have not been implemented so far due to which terrorism in the country could not be eradicated.

“In Sindh, NAP is being implemented while in Punjab and other provinces measures were not initiated in this regard. Similarly, sea roots are not safe from terrorism”, she added and urged the political parties of the country and other state institutions to ensure the implementation on NAP. Currently, political parties were not satisfied regarding NAP.

PPP leader senator Farhat-u-llah Babar said that priorities of government about NAP were not right. The government did not make any decision about militant outfits allegedly involve in terror activities in the country and outside the boarders and has soft corner about the group involve in terror activities abroad.

Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi has alleged that sitting government of PML-N was not serious on the true implementation of NAP. He said that country top political parties had given an action plan and if the government not serious on it how could possible the implemention on it.   

Speaking on a motion moved by Sehar Kamran regarding status of implementation of the National Action and suggest ways and means for its uniform implementation in the country, Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman said that the law and order and security situation has greatly improved and economy is on upward trajectory due to effective implementation of National Action Plan evolved by all the stakeholders unanimously.
He said the Prime Minister himself monitored the NAP to ensure significant progress on it which has resulted reduction of terrorist incidents in the country.

The Minister of State said the government has also released 1.4 billion rupees against the demanded budget of 1.8 billion rupees by National Counter-Terrorism Authority [NACTA]. He said a number of recruitments have been made while numerous others are underway to provide manpower to the authority.

He said an exclusive helpline 1717 was established to receive people's complaints and to this effect about 250,000 calls were received which also covered complaints regarding hate speeches. He said a number of arrests have also been made and substantial hate material confiscated so far.

Baligh-ur-Rehman said counter-terrorism force has been established in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Federal Capital, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir to check militancy in the country.