Countrywide Crackdown against Sectarianism Ordered
ISLAMABAD: In a high-level meeting to review progress of the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP), the country’s top civil-military leadership approved a countrywide crackdown against sectarianism.
The meeting of the national apex committee, which was held at the Prime Minister’s House in Islamabad on Thursday, also decided to expedite action against militants in Sindh and Balochistan.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif accorded their approval to civilian law enforcement agencies to start a crackdown against those responsible for spreading sectarian violence in the country, sources privy to the proceedings of the meeting told media.
The meeting also discussed introducing fresh legislation, seeking to completely ban sectarianism and its financiers.
Law enforcers were also directed to start a campaign to purge the country of illegal weapons, they added.
Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan informed participants of the meeting that over 0.5 million weapons were confiscated by law enforcers during an on-going crackdown against those holding illegal weapons.
Further, the civil-military brass discussed the next phase of the on-going security forces’ operation against militants in the north-western areas of the country.
Earlier, Chaudhry Nisar was briefed on the implementation of NAP across the country by all four chief secretaries, home secretaries, interior secretaries and inspector generals of police of all the provinces who are also a part of the meeting.
During the first session of the meeting, the interior minister was shown presentations on the 20 points of the NAP implementation, prepared by the provinces.
The second session of the meeting was presided over by the premier and was attended by army chief General Raheel Sharif, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar, director general Intelligence Bureau (IB), provincial chief ministers and other high-ranking officials.
The leadership of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) also attended the session to review NAP implementation.
On Tuesday, top military commanders discussed future counter-terrorism operations in a move that suggests the ongoing offensive against terrorists will be expanded to the country’s urban centres. A meeting of the corps commanders, presided over by the army chief, was held at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.
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