Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday emphasised the need for enhanced coordination and effective measures to achieve various short, medium and long-term targets set under the revised National Action Plan (NAP).
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the premier expressed these remarks while chairing the apex committee meeting of NAP which was attended by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, DG ISI Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf and various other high-ranking officials.
The prime minister said that the nation has paid a huge price in fighting the menace of terrorism. He paid glowing tributes to the armed forces, police, intelligence agencies and other law-enforcement agencies for their invaluable contributions and sacrifices towards ensuring internal security.
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According to the statement, the meeting reviewed the progress made so far on various components of NAP and took into account the latest developments especially the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan and its possible implications for the country.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI today chaired a meeting of Apex Committee of National Action Plan. pic.twitter.com/trsGk2aYRc
— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) September 9, 2021
The official communique said that the committee reviewed short-term, medium and long-term targets of the revised NAP and deliberated upon the role and responsibilities of all stakeholders including federation, provinces and law-enforcement agencies. It was decided that tangible key performance indicators would be set for each target with delineated timelines.
It was decided, according to the PMO, to fast track implementation of various measures to meet emergent security challenges including cyber security, espionage, judicial and civil reforms, capacity building of law-enforcement agencies, counter violent extremism and other issues having a direct bearing on national security.
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In order to ensure timely, correct and smooth flow of information about internal security issues, the statement said, it was decided to set up a National Crisis Information Management Cell with ministries of interior and information as lead bodies.
The meeting also reviewed various steps that have been put in place to ensure fool-proof security of the foreigners especially Chinese nationals working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and non-CPEC projects in the country.
The high-level huddle also reviewed internal situation especially some recent incidents involving law and order. It was resolved that all measures would be taken to ensure internal security and miscreants would be dealt with the full force of the law, it added.
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A day earlier, the National Command Authority (NCA) reviewed evolving conflict dynamics in the region and noted with concern the destabilising massive arms build-up in the conventional and strategic domains, said an official press release.
The NCA met at the Strategic Plans Division, with Premier Imran in the chair. The meeting was attended by foreign, defence, finance and interior ministers, joint chiefs of the staff committee chairman, chiefs of army, navy and air force; and director-general of the ISI.
The meeting expressed full confidence in the command-and-control systems as well as security measures in place to ensure the comprehensive security of strategic assets of Pakistan.
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