ISLAMABAD: An important huddle on implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP), as integral part of the ongoing counter-terrorism drive in the country, is underway at the Prime Minister’s House with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in chair.
Security measures in the aftermath of Quetta carnage, progress on implementation of NAP, required funding and effective coordination between military and civilian, federal and provincial security agencies are being discussed in the meeting and a comprehensive strategy is expected to be chalked out, sources told The Express Tribune on Wednesday.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, DG ISI Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar, DGMO Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, DG MI Major General Nadeem Zaki Manj, PM’s National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (retd) Nasser Janjua, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and other top government and military officials are in attendance.
Following Quetta blast on Monday which claimed at least 72 lives following the assassination of President Balochistan Bar Association Bilal Anwar Kasi, the prime minister has chaired separate meetings on internal security in Quetta and Islamabad and has ordered scaling-up countrywide targeted operations with particular focus on Balochistan.
“Terrorists are using innovating measures by hitting soft targets and one must respond in an advanced coordinated way,” Nawaz said Monday while presiding over an emergency meeting at Balochistan Governor Secretariat where he was briefed on the situation triggered by the deadly blast at the Civil Hospital.
Further, the army chief has also ordered combing operations in Balochistan and across Pakistan for which a strategy is also being evaluated in the meet-up.