While unveiling progress of National Action Plan, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said that implementation of NAP and performance of Ministry of Interior were two different things. He said that it was for the first time that 61 proscribed organizations had been put on record. He said that government and Ulema have reached an agreement about registration of Madaris. Nisar said that illegal immigrants, who were deported without proper documentation, would be sent back. The interior ministry’s report contained a wide range of achievements, including an 80 percent reduction in terrorism incidents in Karachi, 53 percent reduction in target killing, 30 percent reduction in murders and 35 percent reduction in robberies.
Some lawmakers raised questions about the lack of progress; Chaudhry Nisar protested that his ministry was not the only state institution responsible for implementation of NAP. Up to some extent it makes a point that implementation of NAP is a shared responsibility and collective efforts needed.
It is a reality that nothing substantial has been done on creating two new security authorities, National Counter-Terrorism Authority and Joint Intelligence Directorate. Minister said that three more months needed to establish the directorate. It is also true that Ministry is lacking to finalize a comprehensive plan bring madressahs into the mainstream and to control banned organizations. It has been reported that in recent local government elections some of the banned outfits have contested elections after changing their names.
It is a good omen that Ministry has presented itself to review its own performance, but it seems the destination is way too long. There is a lot more needs to be done and unified efforts required to combat crime and militancy in the country.
Implementation of NAP is a shared responsibility and united efforts are required.