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National [in]Action Plan

The decline in terrorist attacks because of action against militant in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency has generated an impression that NAP is performing well. But, beneath the surface there are grey areas, which came to surface during the meeting. Execution of the 20 points NAP is moving at snail’s speed, to say the least. Listing the nine weak points, the premier said a lot needs to be done as regards madrassas, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, terrorist financing, reforms in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Afghan refugees, legal amendments, the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta), religious persecution and sectarianism. The cabinet expressed satisfaction over progress in the remaining areas of the NAP. Main challenge to implementation of NAP is posed by criminalization of politics and politicization of crime. As a corollary, there is underlying fear that anti-terror laws shall be used against political workers; even if they are not used, there are ample hoax calls to portray such usage. Hence, there is an undercurrent within mid-level political cadres across the political divide to go slow on NAP. Another closely associated impediment originates from the behavior of political appointees in law enforcing agencies (LEAS); they are more loyal to their appointing personalities and less to pay master—the state/government. Confusion also prevails over what is and what is not ‘terrorism’; leaving much room for the low ranking investigators to terrorize ordinary criminal on the pretext of booking them under terror laws to fleece them; while at the same time intentionally framing weak charge-sheets against actual terrorists, either under duress or incentive. Apparently, criminal-terrorist cartels appear effective in buying time by impeding the pace of NAP implementation in view of sunset clause about military courts. Even though resorting to military courts is not an ideal way of dealing with the situation.Gains achieved by military operations would be lost if NAP implementation does not pick up requisite speed to deny space to terrorists and militants. Military actions involving the use of force should complement the government’s broader campaign to fight against extremism and terrorism, but this is not happening. Gains through military operations would be lost if NAP implementation does not improve immediately and deny space to terrorists and militants.

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