Top civil-military huddle announces crackdown against sectarianism

Published: September 10, 2015
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairs a meeting to review progress on implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) at the PM's House in Islamabad on September 10, 2015. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairs a meeting to review progress on implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) at the PM's House in Islamabad on September 10, 2015. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: In a high-level meeting to review progress of the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP), the country’s top civil-military leadership approved a countrywide crackdown against sectarianism.

“It was unanimously decided during the today’s meeting of the country’s top civil-military leadership that elements challenging the writ of the state would be eliminated,” Nisar said during a press conference after the apex committee’s meeting held at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad.

It has been decided that there will be zero tolerance for hate speech and hate literature, the interior minister said.

Read: NAP implementation: Half of all registered madrassas in Sindh geo-tagged

“There will be no tolerance for calling each other infidel or liable to be killed,” he said. “There is a very thin line between sectarianism and terrorism. They both go hand-in-hand.”

Earlier, the national apex committee met in Islamabad, where key decisions taken were accorded by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.

The meeting discussed introducing fresh legislation, seeking to completely ban sectarianism and its financiers.

DG ISI Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar, DG IB, provincial chief ministers and other high-ranking officials.

The leadership of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) also attended the session to review NAP implementation.

Registration of madrassas

About seminaries, the interior minister said the process of their would continue with consultation of their leadership.

“They will first meet with federal secretary interior and then the provincial leadership,” he said, adding ulemas should portray the narrative of Islam and Pakistan rather of those who kill the innocent.

He said a joint strategy would adopted by the federal and the provincial governments to deal with several issues, i.e. NGOs, arms licences, security companies and sectarianism.

NGOs

“It is the duty of the federal government to keep an eye on international NGOs, and regulate them while at the same time, the provincial governments are also required to regulate the local NGOs, the interior minister maintained.

Nisar said the interior ministry had prepared a regulatory policy for the NGOs in a record time of just 2.5 months after PM Nawaz had announced the government’s decision to regulate the NGOs in June 2015.

“We will issue the policy soon after sharing it with provinces to help them formulate a similar policy document to regulate local NGOs.”

He, however, clarified that regulation on NGOs does not mean putting a ban on any of the good work being done by them in the country.

Arms licenses

On the issue of arms licences, the interior minister said the federal government will introduce a fresh policy for renewing the old arms licences and those who do not get their licences renewed will be cancelled.

Read: Six months on: ‘Implement National Action Plan in its true spirit’

Meanwhile, law enforcers were directed to start a campaign to purge the country of illegal weapons.

Nisar in the meeting said over 0.5 million weapons were confiscated by law enforcers during an on-going crackdown against those holding illegal weapons.

The civil-military brass also discussed the next phase of the on-going security forces’ operation against militants in the north-western areas of the country.

Earlier, Nisar was briefed on the implementation of NAP across the country by all four chief secretaries, home secretaries, interior secretaries and inspector generals of police of all the provinces who are also a part of the meeting.

During the first session of the meeting, the interior minister was shown presentations on the 20 points of the NAP implementation, prepared by the provinces.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • ishrat salim
    Sep 10, 2015 - 5:52PM

    The civilian govt now has no choice but to implement NAP under pressure from the Army. The Army waited too long & when no result, this was the only way. Recommend

  • ZAK
    Sep 10, 2015 - 6:40PM

    Implementation of Rule of law and writ of govt is the only way forward for country’s progress.

    Mafias and groups who make unions and challege rule must be banned.

    Dividing country on the basis of sects is foreign agenda being implemented by some religious groups.Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Sep 10, 2015 - 6:41PM

    Thanks God that army is nudging the politicians in the right direction.Recommend

  • AK
    Sep 10, 2015 - 7:22PM

    The implementation should be time bounded as nothing substantial is done yet. Please speed up.Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Sep 10, 2015 - 7:40PM

    @ishrat Army created most of this! Civilian Govt is doing what it needs to do and army is doing what it needs to do now. There is no competition, I know some of you guys like to think that Govt means nothing but for your own Sake wake up! Civilian govts are the solution to every problem. Looks how Baluchistan is getting better.Recommend

  • A. Mirza
    Sep 10, 2015 - 8:02PM

    Good policy decision but so much of the nations top leadership should not be present in one location in one room for security reasons. Especially COAS, DG-ISI, and PM. They should video conference from separate location especially in a high threat level country like Pakistan.Recommend

  • Abid Shah Mashwani
    Sep 10, 2015 - 9:14PM

    @H Chaudhry Yes civilian government, not civilian thieves, looters and criminals.Recommend

  • pakistani
    Sep 10, 2015 - 11:10PM

    Some crazy mullahs in England beat up a little kid for “short comings” on his Koran reading. They were jailed. We need to adopt a very strict approach to the mullahs here in pakistan who spread hate, abuse children. Enough is enough.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3229593/Teachers-Islamic-school-beat-terrified-10-year-old-boy-sticks-failing-recite-Koran-jailed.htmlRecommend

  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Sep 11, 2015 - 12:14AM

    Something that our civilian authorities should have done years back. Sad that they needed the COAS to sit in the meeting with them to take these decisions.

    Then, they blame the military…Recommend

  • A. Mirza
    Sep 11, 2015 - 1:09AM

    This is a confused nation.
    When we have democracy we want martial law and when martial law we march in streets for democracy. Make up your mind people!Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 11, 2015 - 2:26AM

    What if the constitution of my own country calls me (Ahmadi) an infidel. Would you tackle that too Mr. Nisar? Does that also count as hate?Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 11, 2015 - 4:01AM

    @ZAK:
    All should note that @ZAK somehow neglected to tell all of us just WHOSE “foreign agenda” he is referring to! Possibly because it doesn’t exist!Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 11, 2015 - 4:14AM

    Proof of governments commitment to this cause will be in its dealing with JuD (LeT renamed!)!
    The world will note if the GOOD TALIBAN culture is still alive and well, or not!Recommend

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