Interior minister orders check on online extremist propaganda

Published: October 3, 2017
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PHOTO: EXPRESS

PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has ordered National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) to closely monitor the activities of extremist elements on social media. The minister said that extremist elements were using social media platforms to spread propaganda.

Iqbal was chairing a meeting on Monday to review NACTA’s performance. He stressed the need for empowering the authority and making it more active.

“It is inevitable to strengthen NACTA and make it more operational to fight against terrorism,” the minister said.

Talking about the NACTA law, Iqbal stressed that the law should be reviewed so that flaws in it could be removed.

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The interior minister laid emphasis on NACTA devising and implementing strategies that would lead to a national counter narrative against extremism.

Successful strategies hinge upon good coordination among institutions and efficient utilisation of resources, he asserted.

He also stated that fake news and assumption based information available on social media sow the seeds of dissension among people. In this connection, he has directed FIA’s cybercrime wing to counter any fake news and its dissemination.

He also urged NACTA to ensure the implementation of criminal justice law in the country.

 

 

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Reader Comments (3)

  • MS
    Oct 3, 2017 - 9:32AM

    When real ones chase you out, pretend running after ghosts.Recommend

  • rajab
    Oct 3, 2017 - 3:13PM

    Where is Resignation ?Recommend

  • Ghulam Nabi
    Oct 10, 2017 - 8:04PM

    By extremists the Minister means ordinary & honest Pakistanis who are exposing the corruption and money laundering of Sharifs,Dars, Zardaris & their lackeys like him.Isn’t he one of persons responsible for the latest and infamous episode of amendment to Constitution? These paid agents of Pakistan Money Launderer Nawaz are just desperate knowing that soon they will have to surrender their ill-gotten wealth and go to jail.Recommend

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