PM: (PM seeks close coordination among federal, provincial govts)

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has emphasized the need for close coordination among federal and provincial governments for implementation of national counter-terrorism action plan in letter and spirit.

Chairing a meeting to review implementation of the National Action Plan here on Wednesday, the Prime Minister assured that the federal government would extend all possible support to the provinces to combat the menace of terrorism.

He reminded that the plan was prepared in consensus with the political leadership. He said cases are being selected through a process for special trial courts, adding that the apex committees set up in the provinces are also meeting regularly to speed up implementation of the national action plan.

He said effective implementation of National Action Plan was the key to avoid sanctuaries to terrorists on any part of the country. He said capacity building of all law enforcing agencies was government’s foremost priority to achieve this objective.

The Prime Minister directed that transfers and postings in police department should be done on merit in a transparent manner. Earlier, Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries briefed the Prime Minister about progress on the implementation of National Action Plan in their respective provinces.

In his remarks, the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that ‘we have to win the war against terrorism at all costs for the development and prosperity of the country’.

He said the entire nation was united against terrorism and will avenge every drop of blood rendered by the people and security forces in fight against terrorists.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan briefed the meeting about the implementation status of the plan. The meeting also discussed the issues of registration of Afghan refugees.

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