Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Friday reaffirmed his commitment to the ‘proper implementation’ of the National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism and to continue the operation against terrorists without any hindrance.
The chief minister expressed this resolve during his meeting with the Corps Commander of Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar, who called on him to discuss issues pertaining to the implementation of the NAP and the ongoing operation against terrorists.
According to a communique issued by the Chief Minister House, the two leaders also discussed the decisions taken in the recent Sindh Apex Committee meeting to “further tighten the noose around terrorists”.
The NAP was unanimously adopted by the national leadership as the country’s counter militancy policy in the wake of the December 2014 terror attack on a military school in Peshawar. Later, the apex committees were formed at the federal and provincial levels to ensure the NAP’s implementation.
Qaim told the corps commander that, according to the Apex Committee’s decisions, he had approved the establishment of 10 more Anti-Terrorism Courts (ATCs) in Karachi.
He said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had also been requested to direct wireless broadband companies to register their customers through the biometric system.
Lt Gen Mukhtar voiced satisfaction over the implementation of the Apex Committee decisions and said that with the strengthening of prosecution system, the terrorists would not be able to get away.
Later, the chief minister went to Bilawal House and held a meeting with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
According to CM House spokesperson, Qaim discussed party matters and socio-political issues with the chairman.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2016.