Prime Minister Imran Khan directs for revisiting role of NACTA

Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed for revisiting the role of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) to make it a truly proactive organisation in view of the new ground realities.

Chairing the first-ever meeting of the Board of Governors of National Counter Terrorism Authority in Islamabad on Tuesday, the Prime Minister constituted a committee for reviewing the role and functioning of the organization and called for formulating its well-defined mandate within a week.

The National Coordinator NACTA briefed the meeting about the mandate and the role of the organization since its establishment as a premier body for policy formulation and implementation of national terrorism and counter violent extremism strategy.

The meeting also reviewed in detail the progress on implementation status of the 20-points National Action Plan.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan has come a long way in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

He said in this struggle Pakistan has offered the highest sacrifice of lives of thousands of civilians and security personnel.

Lauding the services and contributions of the armed forces, intelligence agencies, police, law enforcement and security agencies, the Prime Minister said improved security situation today was the result of combined efforts of all stakeholders.

Imran Khan deplored the fact that not even a single meeting of the Board of Governors of NACTA could be convened since its inception, and said this negligence by the previous government led to lack of focus in improving functioning of an important organization.

The meeting was attended by Ministers for Defence, Finance, Law, Chief Ministers of the four provinces and Gilgit Baltistan, Prime Minister AJK, MoS Interior, DG-ISI, Secretary Interior, National Coordinator NACTA, Chief Secretaries and IGs of Police and senior officials.