Diplomats briefed on Pakistan’s counter-terror efforts

Session organised at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad


Our Correspondent April 03, 2019
Pakistan Foreign Office. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign envoys in Pakistan have been informed that the country’s recent counter-terrorism actions are “concrete, verifiable and irreversible” which will continue until terrorism and extremism is completely eliminated.

A briefing was organised at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday to inform the diplomatic corps on Pakistan’s efforts at implementing the National Action Plan (NAP), an initiative conceived in 2015 to rout extremism from society.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Interior Secretary Major (retd) Azam Suleman Khan jointly briefed the diplomatic corps, said a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

The development came a day after Pakistan Army expressed its resolve to help all state institutions in implementing NAP.

The interior secretary noted that the National Security Committee at its meeting held on January 1, 2019 reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to the fight against terrorism and extremism.

“The NSC decided to expedite the implementation of NAP on which there was a complete national consensus,” the statement read.

Pakistan on alert to foil any Indian ‘misadventure’

The diplomats were informed that the recent actions were mainly focused against all proscribed organisations and individuals, in particular the implementation of the targeted financial sanctions against them.

In this regard, the interior secretary briefed them on the actions to freeze the assets of such entities and individuals.

Major (retd) Khan, the statement said, also apprised the diplomats about the measures to strengthen Pakistan’s administrative and legal framework for countering terrorism and financing of terrorism, in accordance with its international obligations.

As part of efforts at implementing NAP and complying with the regulations of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force which placed Pakistan on its “grey list” in 2018, authorities in February outlawed two charities: Jamaatud Dawa and Falah-e- Insaniat Foundation, which were being run by Hafiz Saeed whom India alleges had masterminded the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

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