ISLAMABAD: At the end of a six hour long high-level meeting to review progress on the National Action Plan to curb terrorism, Prime Minister Nawaz Sahrif said that all institutions would carefully scrutinise cases before prosecution of special military tribunals.
“We have isolated terrorists with our unity and will make sure that we remain united against those who killed the innocent children.”
The meeting reviewed progress on the implementation of National Action Plan to counter terrorism at the Prime Minister House.
Actions relating to blocking terror financing and breaking terror communication network were reviewed. Progress on action against illegal SIMs was also came under review.
The Prime Minister said only those cases would be referred to the special courts which relate to hardcore terrorists responsible for mass murder of innocent civilians, children and officials of law enforcement agencies.
He said special courts were part of the National Action Plan and an extraordinary solution of an extraordinary problem.
“We will refer cases of hardcore terrorists who are responsible for mass murders of innocent civilians, kids and jawans of security agencies. Special courts are part of the National Action Plan and an extraordinary solution to an extraordinary problem. All institutions will carefully scrutinise cases before prosecution in the special military tribunals. National plan is manifestation of national consensus and we will ensure swift implementation,” said the prime minister while chairing the meeting.
The meeting is being attended by Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Director General (DG) Inter-Services Intelligence Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar among others.
“Our fight is with the forces of hate, violence and intolerance, and as a nation we will win it,” the prime minister said during the meeting.
Actions to block terror financing and breaking terror communication network were reviewed during the meeting.
Further, progress on action against illegal SIM cards was also reviewed.
“A peaceful and secure Pakistan is our future and our ultimate objective, and our armed forces have paved the way for it through Operation Zarb-e-Azb,” Nawaz said.
“The premier has convened the meeting on internal security where progress on the National Action Plan on counter terrorism is being discussed,” an official statement said.
According to sources, the meeting was expected to discuss the final recommendations of the 15 sub-committees on implementation of the National Action Plan and the proposal on the set up of military courts.
Fifteen sub-committees were assigned by the PM on Saturday to prepare a road map of implementation within three days. On Tuesday, the civil-military leadership is weighing on the committees’ recommendations and might distribute it to the concerned authorities for their executions within a fixed time period.
Participants were not only expected to discuss the proposed amendment in the constitution on military courts, but also to discuss and finalise the baseline of military courts — whether they will be established at the district, division, provincial level or at major urban cities.
The meeting was also suppose to discuss ways and means to ensure effective implementation of twenty point national action plan agreed upon by all political parties.
The National Action Plan was adopted in the wake of Peshawar school tragedy to prepare a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism.