Islamabad, February 10, 2015 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Ch. Nisar Ali Khan today chaired a meeting to review progress on National Action Plan for countering militancy and extremism. The meeting was attended among others by Secretary Interior, NC NACTA, DG-FIA, Chief Commissioner ICT and IG Islamabad. The meeting discussed threadbare the progress made so far on various components of National Action Plan. The meeting also reviewed implementation status of the directives of the Minister during its previous meeting held on 03 February.
NC-NACTA briefed the meeting point-wise on various decisions made during the previous meeting on the subject. The meeting was informed that a bill aimed to make illegal mobile sims a cognizable offence has been tabled in the National Assembly and has been passed on to the concerned sub-committee. It was informed that process was underway to enable PTA block any unwanted activity relating to extremism and militancy on social media.
Regarding developing a national counter terrorism narrative, it was informed that a draft narrative has been prepared which would be finalized soon after its approval from the Prime Minister. The meeting was informed that as far the security of media houses and media persons, the process was underway in the provinces. ICT has already established a Panic Button alert system. It was informed that so far Panic Button System facility has been installed in 10 media houses.
The Minister was informed that ICT had conducted security audit of 76 important buildings and were categorized from yellow to green and red vis-à-vis their security arrangements. The Minister directed ICT administration, Police, CDA and other concerned organizations to take immediate measures for ensuring their security.
While reviewing positioning of QRF in Islamabad, the Interior Minister directed to put in place a robust communication system at all important places in the federal capital to enable Quick Response Force to meet any emergent situation in a shortest possible time. It was informed that work on developing a comprehensive plan on relocation and repatriation of Afghan Refugees was also underway and the provinces have been requested to identify new camps and requisite infrastructure.
The meeting was informed that banks accounts of the foreigners have been identified. The Minister directed that not only the accounts needs to be identified but it should also be ascertained as to how the account was opened and what was the sources of income. As per the directives of minister, on account of Hawala Hundi, a total of 26 cases registered and 32 arrested.
On enforcement of proscription regime, the Minister directed that Interior Ministry to further fine-tune the procedure of proscription and that a proper system should put in place to ensure that such organizations don’t re-emerge with new names and nomenclatures.
It was informed that so far 60 organizations have been proscribed with one on watch-list. The Minister directed Interior Secretary to coordinate with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and reconcile national list with that of the UN list of proscribed organization. The meeting was informed that for combing purposes 16344 operations have been conducted and 218220 were picked up. So far 12462 persons were arrested and 140 out of them had terrorist links.
It was informed that so far 3265 cases of misuse of loudspeaker have been registered with 2065 arrests and 1281 confiscation of equipment. 547 cases have been registered so far with regards to hate speeches and material. Interior Minister directed that the review meeting needs to be done on weekly basis so as to effectively monitor the progress and to overcome any issues encountered.
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