PM: (PM chairs meeting to review progress on implementation of National Action Plan)

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting to review progress on the implementation of National Action Plan to eliminate terrorism and extremism from the country here at the PM’s House on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister expressed government’s resolve in eradicating the menace of terrorism and extremism from the country and directed all the provincial governments to take proactive measures for ensuring speedy and effective implementation of the action plan.

He said that government would take strict action against those found in glorification of terrorism and spreading hatred in any way. The meeting was informed that FIRs have been registered against 341 persons involved in hate speech, out of which 251 have been formally arrested while 41 shops disseminating hate material closed.

Action has been taken against nearly 1100 persons on the misuse of loudspeakers. Madaris are also being closely monitored so that spread of terrorist ideology can be checked, while 95 proscribed organizations have been identified in Punjab which are still engaged in spreading terrorism and extremism.

The Prime Minister asked FBR to ensure that funding to proscribed organizations is stopped. He also directed the Ministry of Information Technology to take steps for blocking websites and social media platforms being used by terrorist organizations.

The Prime Minister called a meeting of Chief Ministers of all provinces to comprehensively brief him on the progress made by them on the implementation of the National Action Plan next week. He said federal government would provide all possible resources to the provincial governments but asked them to be proactive in this important matter.

The Prime Minister said that a state-of-the-art rapid response force is being formed to meet the challenges posed by terrorism and extremism. This properly equipped force would be trained on modern lines and given better pay package.

In his briefing Federal Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan informed the Prime Minister that 180 miscreants have been picked up so far from various parts of Islamabad while 48 of them have been formally arrested. Similarly in Punjab 14000 suspects have been picked up out of whom 780 formally arrested and are under investigation, he said.

Other participants of the meeting included Federal Minister Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Pervaiz Rashid, Special Advisor to PM, Barrister Zafarullah; Political Secretary to PM, Dr Asif Kirmani; Secretary Interior and Attorney General, along with other senior officials.

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