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Supreme Court Petition for National Action Plan Implementation

A petition filed with the Supreme Court seeks the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) to address terrorism and extremism, highlighting the failure of past governments to enforce its directives despite parliamentary approval, prompting a call for comprehensive reforms and a robust government response to enhance national security and stability.

A petition filed with the Supreme Court on Tuesday urges the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) formulated in 2014 to combat terrorism and extremism. The plea, submitted by the Shuhada Forum Balochistan through advocate Hafiz Ahsan Ahmed Khokhar, emphasizes the necessity of adhering to the plan’s directives.

The petition underscores the failure of successive governments to fully implement NAP despite its approval by the parliament in December 2014. It calls for immediate action from federal and provincial authorities to enforce all aspects of the plan, including legal, justice, prosecution, and police reforms.

NAP and Counter-Terrorism Measures

NAP, developed in collaboration with stakeholders, outlined a comprehensive strategy to address terrorism and extremism in Pakistan. The plan’s approval by parliament signified a national consensus on the urgent need for coordinated efforts against these threats.

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Despite significant counter-terrorism operations such as Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad, Pakistan continues to grapple with terrorism-related challenges. Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have particularly borne the brunt of terrorist attacks, as highlighted by recent security reports.

According to the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), these provinces accounted for over 92% of all fatalities and 86% of attacks in the first quarter of 2024. The data underscores the persistent security challenges facing these regions and the imperative of effective anti-terrorism measures.

Government Response and Future Strategies

The incumbent government has acknowledged the need for a robust response to terrorism and extremism. A recent decision to “restructure” Nacta reflects a commitment to modernize counter-terrorism efforts and ensure the full implementation of NAP.

Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi chaired a meeting to devise a comprehensive strategy aimed at eradicating terrorism and extremism. The government’s focus on enhancing security measures and addressing the root causes of terrorism underscores its determination to safeguard national security and stability.

As the Supreme Court deliberates on the petition for NAP implementation, stakeholders await decisive action to bolster Pakistan’s counter-terrorism framework and mitigate the threats posed by terrorism and extremism.