Pakistan constitues federal counter-terror force

Islamabad, Dec 26 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday constituted a federal counter-terrorism force with immediate effect for implementing the National Action Plan on counter-terrorism.

The force will work under the defence ministry.
“The force would be deployed across Pakistan and would be responsible solely for countering terrorism,” Dawn online quoted sources as saying.
The force would also keep contact with civilian, military-intelligence security agencies and its counter-terrorism wings.
As part of the National Action Plan, the government has been working to stop printing and publication of hate material promoting sectarianism.
Constitutional amendments would also be introduced before the parliament which would regulate printing of such publications as illegal.
Furthermore, the State Bank of Pakistan has been directed to supervise anti-terror financing in Pakistan and freeze all accounts which were being used for funding terrorists.
Earlier, during a meeting on the plan, Sharif said that “I will personally supervise the implementation of the National Action Plan and will make sure that it is swift and effective”, adding that Operation Zarb-i-Azb was in progress in the tribal areas and that another operation would be launched against terrorists in major cities.
The special committee would be chaired by the premier himself while other members would include Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Information Minister Pervez Rashid, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz.
Moreover, the premier directed Attorney General Salman Butt to consult legal experts, legal bodies and political parties to finalise constitutional amendments in connection with military courts.
The National Action Plan was drafted in the wake of the Dec 16 Peshawar school attack to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism.