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    Nisar to soon reveal national action plan to hunt terrorists: official

    ISLAMABAD:

    After getting go-ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday for holding the first meeting of all parliamentary groups for an anti-terror action plan on Friday, the government has also sought assistance of the United States anti-terrorism experts to help craft the plan, The Express Tribune has learnt.

    Interior Ministry on Thursday approached American Embassy to send some counter-terrorism experts who are proficient in South Asian security affairs to assist Pakistan’s top counter-terrorism body – the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), said a senior official.
    The development comes after two back-to-back meetings of Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday.

    American security experts, if available in rapid response, will not only assist our security agencies but most likely brief representatives of all political parties at the National Action Plan Committee (NAPC) next week, added the interior ministry official, who did not want to be named.

    The experts associated with American National Counterterrorism Center will assist Pakistan in preparing components of its counter-terror strategy which will lead Islamabad to form a new National Anti-Terrorism Headquarters either at Prime Minister Secretariat or military headquarters in Rawalpindi with a dedicated ‘War Room’ functioning around the clock, he added.

    Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will chair today’s (Friday) meeting while Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt General (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch will represent the government, officials said.
    They stated that the meeting will not be open for the media. The committee will form a National Action Plan within seven days and present it to the government. The plan will also be presented to the public after the approval of political leadership, they added.

    The following MPs will represent their parties to the committee: Dr Shireen Mazari, PTI, Federal Minister for Housing and Works Akram Durrani, JUI-F, Sahibzada Tariqullah, JI, Senator Rehman Malik and Qamar Zaman Kaira, PPP, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, PkMAP, Sheikh Rashid, AML, Anisa Zaib, PPP-Sherpao, Ijazul Haq, PML-Zia, Farooq Sattar and Senator Babar Khan Ghauri, MQM.
    Following the government’s formal request to all parliamentary groups to send the name of their representative for the anti-terror action plan committee, almost all have sent their names.
    In his press conference in Peshawar on Wednesday, the prime minister had announced to draft a national plan of action against terrorists and act upon it immediately.
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    Well-placed sources in the federal government said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, during the all-party confab in Peshawar, had suggested the idea of National Action Plan against terrorism which PM Nawaz, despite reservations shown by other political parties, had immediately approved.

    Premier Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and a few PPP leaders just to appease the PTI chief had endorsed his idea and formed the plan committee, the sources pointed out.
    The sources said that other political leaders told the premier that the government has recently appointed head of NACTA and interior ministry has already made National Security Policy so let them do their work instead of forming another committee in this regard.

    Imran Khan, the sources said, told the APC participants that he had the idea how to deal terrorism, and national plan is mandatory which would be a guide for the government to take action against terrorism in the future.

    PM Nawaz did not raise any objection on this proposal and immediately endorsed it, the sources said, and adding that the plan committee would be another rehearsal of sitting and this was the reason all political parties have nominated their second- or third-tier representatives instead of their top-ranking leaders.

    “If we fail to act now, people of Pakistan will say either our leaders are incompetent or they are cowards. If we don’t act, somebody else will, and we will all be irrelevant and instead of our vision of becoming an Asian Tiger, we will be considered as a ‘paper tiger’,” said Senator Mushahid Hussain who is representing Pakistan Muslim League-Q in NAPC.

    Urging Premier Nawaz, he said, the incumbent government should act in a decisive manner and follow the slogan of Nike, the famous corporate brand, which says ‘Just Do it’.

    Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2014.

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    Re: National action plan: Govt seeks help of US counter-terror experts

    I think Pakistan needs to improve their surveillance throughout the country. There should be outdoor surveillance systems all over the country, and the government and law enforcement agencies need to tighten their grip, and make sure the terrorists do not roam around freely within the country, or communicate with one another.

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    Nisar to soon reveal national action plan to hunt terrorists: official

    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will soon reveal significant details included in the National Action Plan on how the military will hunt down the financiers, abettors, facilitators and aides of terrorists, an Interior Ministry official said on Saturday.

    The interior minister will update the nation about the steps being taken to hunt terrorists, as well as the possible expansion of the military operation in the country, he said.

    He will also provide details of recommendations given by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting held at the military headquarters on Friday, the official added.

    All major political parties will most likely give their input on the National Action Plan to the government today (Sunday) or tomorrow, after which the National Action Plan Committee will discuss the recommendations, the official said.

    Meanwhile, Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rashid has protested against his exclusion by the government in a meeting of the National Action Plan Committee.

    “My party is in the National Assembly, but the government did not include my name to the committee,” he said.

    “I, as a member of the National Assembly, want to give input to this committee,” Rashid said, adding that Ijazul Haq of the Pakistan Muslim League-Zia – who only has one seat in parliament – was a part of the NAPC among others.

    “I will lodge my protest with the speaker of the NA in the upcoming session,” he said.

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2014...ists-official/

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    Nisar to reveal significant details of 'national action plan' to hunt militants

    ISLAMABAD:

    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar will soon reveal significant details included in the National Action Plan on how the military will hunt down the financiers, abettors, facilitators and aides of militants, a senior official of the interior ministry said on Saturday.

    The interior minister will update the nation about the steps being taken to hunt militants, as well as the possible expansion of the military operation in the country, he said.

    He will also provide details of recommendations given by army chief General Raheel Sharif to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting held at the military headquarters on Friday, the official added.
    All major political parties will most likely give their input on the National Action Plan to the government today or tomorrow, after which the National Action Plan Committee will discuss the recommendations, the senior officer of the interior ministry added.

    Rashid protests against exclusion in NAPC

    Meanwhile, Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rashid has spoken out against his exclusion by the government in a meeting of the National Action Plan Committee.
    “My party is in the National Assembly, but [the government] did not include my name to the committee,” he told The Express Tribune.

    “I, as a member of the National Assembly, want to give input to this committee,” Rashid added.
    He added that Ijazul Haq of the Pakistan Muslim League-Zia – who only has one seat in Parliament – was a part of the NAPC among others.

    “I will lodge my protest with the speaker of the NA in the upcoming session,” he said.
    “The NAPC is a national committee. I am ready to give my input if someone invites me,” he added.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/809789/n...unt-militants/

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    Re: Nisar to soon reveal national action plan to hunt terrorists: official

    Marshalllah. Nisar should right down exactly what they are going to do and post a copy to Fazi. Genius at work.

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    Re: Nisar to soon reveal national action plan to hunt terrorists: official

    No announcement need to be made. We would just rather see the results.

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    Anti-terrorism action committee meeting under way in Parliament House

    ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the anti-terrorism action committee meeting on Tuesday, with members of all parliamentary parties in attendance, is under way at the Parliament House in the federal capital.

    The meeting is being headed by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

    The recommendations collected by the recently constituted anti-terrorism working group of counter-terror experts will be brought forward for discussion.

    Earlier, the working group had finalised its recommendations in relation to measures that can be taken for effectively combating the scourge of terrorism. The working group had evaluated the post Peshawar tragedy scenario and discussed laws pertinent to terrorism.

    It is also expected that a proposal or an action plan to fight terrorism will be approved in the meeting.

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    PM summons meeting to review progress on National Action Plan

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned an important meeting on Tuesday to review progress on the National Action Plan (NAP) to curb terrorism.

    The meeting will be attended by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (DG-ISI) General Rizwan Akhtar and other high officials.

    The prime minister had spent Saturday in meetings aimed at devising a concerted strategy to ensure the effective implementation of the 20-point NAP, agreed upon by all political parties.

    Read also: 15 committees tasked with execution of action plan

    The NAP was drafted in the wake of the Peshawar school attack to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism.

    A parliamentary committee had been formed in this regard which evaluated the post Peshawar tragedy scenario and discussed necessary laws and amendments in relation to terrorism.

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    Military courts part of National Action Plan: PM Nawaz

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is chairing a high-level meeting Tuesday to review progress on the implementation of the National Action Plan for countering terrorism in the country.

    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed, Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif, Director General Inter Services Intelligence Gen Rizwan Akhter and Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Major Gen Amir Riaz and Federal Law Secretary Barrister Zafarullah are attending the meeting.

    During the meeting, PM Nawaz expressed confidence over various measures adopted for countering terrorism, and hoped that terrorism would be eliminated from Pakistan through the collective resolve of the government and citizens.

    The premier said the government will refer cases of hardcore terrorists, who are responsible for mass murders of innocent civilians, kids and young soldiers, to special military courts.


    "Special courts are part of the national action plan and are meant to provide an extraordinary solution for an extraordinary problem. All institutions would have to carefully scrutinise cases to be sent for prosecution in the special military tribunals," said the PM.

    He said the formation of a unified action plan was a manifestation of national consensus on the issue of terrorism, adding that the government would ensure its swift implementation.

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    No room for further debate on National Action Plan in NA: Nawaz

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday is chairing a Multi-Party Conference (MPC) at the Prime Minister's House in Islamabad.

    In his opening speech, the premier said it was remarkable how the country's political leadership had gathered for the MPC in Peshawar on Dec 17, despite witnessing a horrific incident of terror on Dec 16.
    Special courts needed due to extraordinary times: COAS

    According to a tweet posted by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesman Major Asim Bajwa on his official Twitter account, Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif said during the MPC that special courts were not desired by the Pakistan Army but they were needed due to extraordinary times.

    No room for further debate on National Action Plan in NA: Nawaz

    PM Nawaz said all political parties had played a major role in preparation of the National Action Plan (NAP) for countering terrorism in the country, adding that everyone would want to see it coming to fruition.

    The PM said there had been adequate debate on the NAP for 15 days. "There is no room for further debate in the Parliament," he said, adding that they would have to give final shape to the NAP today.

    He also said military courts set up to try terror suspects would only be functional in the country for two years.

    Earlier, copies of the constitutional amendment for establishing military courts in the country had been distributed amongst the participants of the MPC in order to get their feedback.
    Ministers attending the MPC include:

    Defence Minister Khawaja Asif
    Finance Minister Ishaq Dar
    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
    Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid
    Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal
    Attorney General Salman Butt
    Barrister Zafarullah
    Federal Minister for State and Frontier Regions General (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch
    Special Assistant to the PM Khawaja Zaheer

    Military is represented by:

    Army Chief General Raheel Sharif
    Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Gen Rizwan Akhtar
    Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Gen Asim Bajwa

    Prominent leaders from PPP include:

    Former president Asif Ali Zardari
    Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah
    PPP leader Makhdoom Amin Faheem
    PPP leader Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan
    PPP leader Mian Raza Rabbani,
    Former interior minister Rehman Malik
    PPP leader Farhatullah Babar
    PPP leader Sherry Rehman
    PPP leader Farooq H. Naik

    PTI is represented by:

    PTI Chairman Imran Khan
    PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi
    PTI leader Shafqat Mehmood
    PTI leader Naeemul Haq
    PTI spokesperson Shireen Mizari

    The meeting is aimed at addressing concerns of political parties over the establishment of military courts in the country to try terror suspects.

    Two main opposition parties — Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — which had earlier endorsed the move — are now having mixed feelings on the subject.

    A day earlier, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah refuted that the establishment of military courts was discussed during the Dec 24 meeting of parliamentary leaders.

    Take a look: Nawaz calls parliamentary leaders to address concerns on military courts

    Shah said that during the meeting, establishment of special courts did come into discussion but not military courts.

    The MPC will also bring into discussion the progress on the implementation of the National Action Plan against terrorism, which had been agreed upon by all major political stakeholders in the country.

    Key cabinet members and chief ministers of all four provinces are also attending the meeting.

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    Suggestion for ‘unscheduled national security emergency’ floated: Nisar

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that a suggestion to impose ‘unscheduled national security emergency’ for two years has been floated, DawnNews reported.

    In a press conference held on Saturday evening, the interior minister said the government needs two years to achieve its goals.

    He stressed that military courts will be used for dealing with terrorists and no ordinary citizen or politician will be victimised.


    “Going to a military court does not mean that a man will be hanged. The accused will be allowed to plead their cases accordingly,” he said.

    “In a place where a war is going on, such steps are taken. The military courts function under a set of rules and regulations too. If someone is innocent, he will get justice in military courts too,” he said, adding that in US, military tribunals were formed after approval from the Supreme Court.

    Talking about the decision regarding military courts, he said it will be detailed while Pakistan’s judicial decision will continue to work as usual. He added that work on the National Action Plan was being done.

    “Each province will have an apex committee under the chief minister. The committees will also include members of police and Rangers. The provinces will have to play a central role in conducting the national plan,” he explained.

    Warding off the criticism on intelligence agencies, he said, “The talks about the failure of intelligence agencies are wrong. Intelligence about Wagah and Peshawar attacks was provided in advance.”

    He further added that armed forces were provided to the provinces whenever a request was placed.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1154858/sug...-floated-nisar

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    No innocent man will be hanged, Nisar says

    ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday said it is the state's responsibility to ensure that no innocent man is hanged by the courts.

    Speaking to reporters about the 21st Constitutional Amendment in the capital, Nisar said, "While it is the state's responsibility that no one guilty of terrorism should be excused, it is also our responsibility that no innocent man is hanged," said Nisar.

    He added that when it comes to pending death sentences, they will be dealt with soon.

    Responding to international criticism regarding death penalties in Pakistan, Nisar stated "We will do what ever is in the best interest of Pakistan. This law is in the US, India and Japan as well, why don't they express their reservations there?"

    The Interior Minister further stated that the masses should also play their role in countering terrorism in Pakistan, and that the toll-free counter-terrorism hotline is not a joke.

    He further said that there should be no misconception that the war is over, and that according to the National Action Plan (NAP), intelligence based operations are persistently taking place.

    Nisar unhappy with provinces' response to National Action Plan
    Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan at an earlier meeting expressed displeasure over the response of provincial law enforcement authorities regarding the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) and warned officials to take the task seriously.

    Chairing a high level meeting at the Interior Ministry which reviewed the NAP, Nisar directed police and security agency officials to adopt a proactive approach on counter-terrorism as the country is in a state of war.

    Officials from National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Federal Capital Police, National Crisis Management Cell and intelligence agencies, along with officials from provincial home departments attended the meeting.

    Although senior officials wanted to give a presentation, they were stopped by the Interior Minister, who asked them to provide him concrete results over the NAP implementation, which in turn embarrassed the officials.

    Financial support to religious institutions from various sources also came under discussion.

    According to sources, Nisar directed officials to complete the process of tracing funding to seminaries and submit a report in order for there to be action.

    Feedback on the National Toll-free Counter-terrorism Helpline also came under discussion. The minister directed concerned officials to streamline the system and detect fake callers.

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    Fazl mobilising religious parties to protest against military courts law

    ISLAMABAD: Following the passage of the controversial 21st Constitutional Amendment by Parliament, dissenting Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has called a consultative meeting of major religious political parties on Thursday.

    According to sources, the JUI-F is trying to convince the religious leaders to unite in protest against the 21st Constitutional Amendment, which was passed unanimously through Parliament on Tuesday and signed into law by the president today.

    The 21st Constitutional Amendment Act and the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Act, 2015 are aimed at setting up constitutionally protected military courts to try civilian terrorism suspects.

    However, leaders of the JUI-F and Jamaati-i-Islami (JI) stuck to their guns and rejected the proposed law in its current form.

    Fazl had expressed his apprehensions over the new legislation, which he claimed was biased and could be used to target religious seminaries and institutions.

    JUI-F officials told DawnNews today that the party chief has called leaders of religious political parties and invited them to a consultative meeting at 11am on Thursday at his Ministers' Enclave residence in Islamabad.

    Religious leaders contacted by Fazl included Jamiat Ahle Hadith leader Prof Sajid Mir, Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP) president Dr Abul Khair Mohammad Zubair, JI chief Sirajul Haq, and leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Samiul Haq group (JUI-S) and the Tanzeem-e-Islami.

    Also invited to the meeting tomorrow are representatives of the Ittehad Tanzeem ul Madaris Pakistan (ITMP), a council consisting of the heads of the five major federations of seminaries, who have also called a separate meeting on Thursday to deliberate on their own course of action.

    Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Fazl said that terrorism should not be linked to religion. He warned that if religious institutions are targeted in the name of terrorism under the new law, it would create controversy and distract the nation from its real target of curbing the menace of militancy and terrorism.

    Meanwhile, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court today challenging the establishment of military courts. The petition states that the contentious amendment to establish military courts in the country is against the basic structure of the Constitution.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1155499/faz...ary-courts-law

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    Re: No innocent man will be hanged, Nisar says

    How is Nisar so clinically sure no innocent will be killed?

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    Over Rs 10 billion in foreign terror funds frozen

    ISLAMABAD: Authorities in Pakistan have frozen a number of accounts used to funnel Rs 10.2 billion in cash to terror suspects, officials overseeing the National Action Plan (NAP) told The Express Tribune.

    Law enforcement agencies also recovered Rs 101.7 million either from clerics or workers of banned organisations, they said.

    These actions — taken with the assistance of the State Bank of Pakistan — are part of the overall efforts to throttle the flow of foreign funding to terrorists and proscribed organisations in the country.

    Nine days after militants mounted a bloody attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, the government formulated the action plan in a bid to purge the country of all kinds of terrorism.

    “To choke terror funding [in all shapes] is our top priority, this is our strategy to weaken foreign-funded militants,” said Hamid Ali Khan, national coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta). Under UN Security Council resolutions 1,267 and 1,373, he explained, Pakistan is bound to stop terror funding.

    Another senior official of the interior ministry said both the UN resolutions bound member states not only to take measures against terrorists but also establish a global sanctions regime against designated individuals and entities associated with notorious global terror networks.

    The official, who did not want to be named, revealed that civilian and intelligence agencies have arrested 150 people, half of them clerics, in violation of laws dealing with hawala, hundi, suspicious transactions and anti-money laundering by registering cases against 130 individuals who were getting money from foreign countries including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Australia, the US, the UK, Hong Kong, Qatar, the UAE and Kuwait.

    The agencies held 83 people and registered 64 cases under hawala and hundi, 50 people were apprehended and 57 cases were registered under anti-money laundering and 17 were detained and nine cases registered under suspicious transactions, he added.

    In an ongoing crackdown against those who delivered hate speeches and violators of loudspeakers, the law enforcement agencies registered 5,017 cases against clerics while 4,647 of them were arrested, he said.

    Over 3,758 clerics were held in Punjab, 508 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), 197 Sindh, 94 Islamabad, 86 Balochistan and 30 clerics were detained in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), he said.

    Police have confiscated more than 1,466 instruments from several mosques and madrassas across the country, according to the official. They have also sealed 40 shops that were selling and distributing hate material.

    Senator Col (retd) Tahir Mashhadi of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) believes the law enforcement agencies, particularly the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), need to take tougher action to stop foreign financial support to seminaries/terrorist organisations. “Better financial regulation system can lead us to choke terror funding and this will, for sure, help our law enforcement agencies to net more criminals,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the security agencies held 29,612 suspects who have alleged links with banned outfits since the crackdown started against the militants after the December 16 attack, the interior ministry official said.

    The law enforcement agencies questioned 0.32 million suspects in more than 27,000 raids across the country, sources said. The K-P police took the lead over other provinces by arresting over 16,813 suspects while the security agencies detained 3,466 suspects in Balochistan, they pointed out.

    Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2015.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/858555/n...-funds-frozen/

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    Re: Over Rs 10 billion in foreign terror funds frozen

    Why don’t they try these mullahs and account holders under military court? These people are equally responsible for death of innocents and should be hanged!!!

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    National Action Plan: Over Rs 10 billion in foreign terror funds frozen



    Authorities in Pakistan have frozen a number of accounts used to funnel Rs 10.2 billion in cash to terror suspects, officials overseeing the National Action Plan (NAP) told The Express Tribune.

    Law enforcement agencies also recovered Rs 101.7 million either from clerics or workers of banned organisations, they said.

    These actions — taken with the assistance of the State Bank of Pakistan — are part of the overall efforts to throttle the flow of foreign funding to terrorists and proscribed organisations in the country.

    Nine days after militants mounted a bloody attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, the government formulated the action plan in a bid to purge the country of all kinds of terrorism.

    “To choke terror funding [in all shapes] is our top priority, this is our strategy to weaken foreign-funded militants,” said Hamid Ali Khan, national coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta). Under UN Security Council resolutions 1,267 and 1,373, he explained, Pakistan is bound to stop terror funding.

    Another senior official of the interior ministry said both the UN resolutions bound member states not only to take measures against terrorists but also establish a global sanctions regime against designated individuals and entities associated with notorious global terror networks.

    The official, who did not want to be named, revealed that civilian and intelligence agencies have arrested 150 people, half of them clerics, in violation of laws dealing with hawala, hundi, suspicious transactions and anti-money laundering by registering cases against 130 individuals who were getting money from foreign countries including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Australia, the US, the UK, Hong Kong, Qatar, the UAE and Kuwait.

    The agencies held 83 people and registered 64 cases under hawala and hundi, 50 people were apprehended and 57 cases were registered under anti-money laundering and 17 were detained and nine cases registered under suspicious transactions, he added.

    In an ongoing crackdown against those who delivered hate speeches and violators of loudspeakers, the law enforcement agencies registered 5,017 cases against clerics while 4,647 of them were arrested, he said.

    Over 3,758 clerics were held in Punjab, 508 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), 197 Sindh, 94 Islamabad, 86 Balochistan and 30 clerics were detained in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), he said.

    Police have confiscated more than 1,466 instruments from several mosques and madrassas across the country, according to the official. They have also sealed 40 shops that were selling and distributing hate material.

    Senator Col (retd) Tahir Mashhadi of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) believes the law enforcement agencies, particularly the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), need to take tougher action to stop foreign financial support to seminaries/terrorist organisations. “Better financial regulation system can lead us to choke terror funding and this will, for sure, help our law enforcement agencies to net more criminals,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the security agencies held 29,612 suspects who have alleged links with banned outfits since the crackdown started against the militants after the December 16 attack, the interior ministry official said.

    The law enforcement agencies questioned 0.32 million suspects in more than 27,000 raids across the country, sources said. The K-P police took the lead over other provinces by arresting over 16,813 suspects while the security agencies detained 3,466 suspects in Balochistan, they pointed out.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/858555/n...-funds-frozen/

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    Re: National Action Plan: Over Rs 10 billion in foreign terror funds frozen

    There is a mistake here. That money was suppose to go to Nawaz’s account. That is the bhatta he charges them for doing "business" in Pakistan.

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    Re: National Action Plan: Over Rs 10 billion in foreign terror funds frozen

    Pakistan needs to implement strict anti money laundering laws

    Banks and money changes need to educated

    Those breaking the law shoul dbe severely prosecuted

    We need the rule of law, and the mullahs to be told clearly they are NOT above the law, no matter how long their beards are

    Once we have this, Pakistan will take off

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    Eye-opening article. Most of Pakistan's National Plan activities are only for show, and will not yield real results:

    Inaction plan



    TERRORISTS cannot demoralise the nation. The war will continue till the elimination of the last terrorist. Thus spoke the interior minister recently — after some weeks in hibernation. Reassuring? Or are words all he has?

    He was declared the counterterrorism czar in January this year by the prime minister in a meeting to discuss the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) when it was decided that the interior minister would lead the effort to implement the 20-point counterterrorism (CT) strategy and ensure proper coordination with all stakeholders.

    It is now time to point out the inadequacies of certain aspects of the CT policy being pursued and also highlight the lack of progress in implementing NAP in its true spirit.

    The snake-pit of militancy needs to be cleared.
    Firstly, over 100 convicts have been hanged in five months since the Dec 16 carnage at the Army Public School, Peshawar. Has capital punishment deterred diehard terrorists? All I can say with my experience of more than 40 years in law enforcement is that it is the certainty and not the severity of punishment that deters criminals or reduces criminality. As long as loopholes exist in our justice system, death by hanging will not work.

    Second, NAP emphasised that no armed militias would be allowed to function in the country. While the interior ministry has banned issuance of arms licences, some provinces are generously distributing licences of even prohibited-bore weapons. There is no policy of firm gun control in any province. No wonder violence cannot be stopped by a state machinery unwilling or incapable of enforcing its writ through effective deweaponisation.

    Third, the National Counter-Terrorism Authority was to be strengthened and activated. However, Nacta has not been placed under the prime minister as per the law. The interior minister continues to keep Nacta under his wing, without giving it the necessary professional staff and resources. No wonder the vacuum is being filled by the military establishment.

    Fourth, effective measures were required to counter hate speech. Some progress in this regard has been achieved by the Punjab and KP governments. However, the extremist mindset has permeated society and a wholesome strategy is missing.

    Fifth, choking terror financing has not met with any significant success. A task force under the finance minister held a few meetings but has failed so far to come up with an institutional mechanism to regulate or block financing for terrorists.

    Sixth, NAP required ensuring that proscribed organisations do not re-emerge. The working group had suggested banning the office-bearers and leaders of militant organisations. However, proscribed groups re-emerge with new names; some pose as charitable entities, others simply flout the ban. Therefore, those responsible for creating these monsters need to show resolve to clear the snake-pit of militancy.

    Seventh, the plan required “taking effective steps against religious persecution”. This is an area where a long-term strategy is required. What should be the role of religion in matters of statecraft? How should we safeguard the fundamental rights of the minorities? This is a larger debate that this nation cannot afford to ignore.

    Eighth, the crucial plan to register and regulate madressahs has stalled. This is where the government has buckled under the pressure of religious parties. It was decided that all madressahs would be registered; foreign students expelled, scores of identified seminaries promoting violence closed down, independent audit of all their funding carried out and all foreign funding routed through government institutions. Eventually, all madressahs were to be brought under the provincial education departments.

    Ninth, zero tolerance for militancy in Punjab was to be shown. This is the real battle zone where nurseries of religious extremism, sectarianism and militancy have thrived for far too long. While assuring that all non-state actors would be tackled eventually, the army chief will be tested hard on his commitment.

    Tenth, NAP stressed on empowering the Balochistan government for political reconciliation with dissidents through complete ownership by all stakeholders. The political government has not been given a free hand to resolve the issue of missing persons. The kill-and-dump strategy has not been abandoned completely. Security forces are combating the Baloch insurgency through strong-arm tactics. No one is prepared to give peace a chance, at least for now.

    Eleventh, an important NAP point dealt with revamping and reforming the criminal justice system, including strengthening CT departments. This is unfortunately not a priority of the state. The government is not willing to depoliticise the police or give them sufficient autonomy and resources. In the absence of all this, the military will keep calling the shots in internal security matters.

    This, in a nutshell, is the national inaction plan against the terrorists who want to dismantle our state. Will the CT czar lead the battle against the militants in real earnest?

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1184579/inaction-plan?preview

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