Senate: (Bureaucratic bottlenecks hampering NAP implementation: Rabbani)

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on Wednesday said that bureaucratic bottlenecks were hampering implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) to tackle the menace of terrorism effectively.

Entire efforts of the government and Parliament against terrorism are being affected due to “bureaucratic bottlenecks,” he passed these remarks during the question-hour session of the Senate when Minister of State for Interior Mohammad Baligh-ur-Rehman informed the House about the posts laying vacant in the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA).

The minister said NACTA had total 203 sanctioned posts, out of which 48 had been filled and 155 were still vacant, for which the recruitment process was underway.

He said requisition for posting of seven officers on deputation had been sent to the Establishment Division, out of which two officers have joined the authority and the rest were not able to join due to one reason or the other.”Why it is taking so long” the Chairman questioned.

The minister said NACTA has an important role in implementation of the National Action Plan initiated by the Federal government in consultation with all political parties to fight terrorism. He said rules of NACTA had almost been finalized, but yet to be adopted.

To a question, Baligh-ur-Rehman said the National Crisis Management Cell of the Interior Ministry was being merged with NACTA for making the strategy against terrorism more effective.

To another question about appointments in the National Police Academy, he said no initial appointments were made in the academy since 2005 due to imposition of ban on fresh recruitment. However, he said, 14 persons had been appointed/regularized under the Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan package in pursuance of decision of the Cabinet Sub-Committee.

The minister said as many as 964 appointments were made against different posts in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police during last five years, while 448 posts were still laying vacant for which recruitment process was underway.

Responding to another question, he said there was one sanctioned post of Tehsildar (BS-16) and eight posts of Naib Tehsildars (BS-14) in ICT, adding two Naib Tehsildars were working on deputation basis. “No post of Naib Tehsildar is vacant as out of eight posts, three each have been filled by promotion and initial recruitment/transfer, while two by deputation,” he added.