NA: (NAP being implemented to root out terrorism: NA told)

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that National Action Plan (NAP) is being implemented with full commitment and in coordination with all stakeholders to root out terrorism from the country.

Speaking during question hour in the National Assembly, Minister of State for Interior Mohammad Balighur Rehman said the NAP is comprehensive and all-encompassing document aimed at eliminating terrorism, extremism and militancy in all its forms and manifestations.

He said the main thrust of the NAP is zero tolerance for terrorist organizations and individuals; their financers and sympathizers and addressing the roots of terrorism through long-term measures.

The minister said that steps taken under the NAP include establishment of Special Trial Courts, countering hate speech and material, measures against misuse of loudspeakers, ban on glorification of terrorists, biometric verification of SIMs, Karachi operation and daily combing operations that are creating visible impact and deterrence.

To a question, he said two groups of 45 police personnel each are being raised as Quick Response Force at international standard in Islamabad to counter terrorism. He said steps have also been taken for capacity building of the police through training and equipping with latest weapons and technology.

Answering a question, the minister said that there is a proposal under consideration for establishment of new executive passport office in Quetta which will be made functional during this year.

Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Najaf Abbas Sial and others regarding non-completion of work on Fish Harbour at Gaddani Lasbela, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that delay in the project was caused due to land dispute.

He pointed out that the land belonged to the federal government but Balochistan government made an agreement with a company regarding the land without consulting the federal government. He said a meeting has been convened on January 28 to resolve the issue.