From left to right: Maj. Gen.
Noel Israel Khokhar, Mr. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman Shami, Mr. Malik Muhammad
Ahmed Khan, Lt. Gen. Retd. Moinuddin Haider, Ms. Aasiya Riaz,
and Mr. Tasneem Noorani
May 24: Punjab
Government is committed to speedy & effective implementation
of the National Action Plan, said Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan,
Spokesperson & Adviser to Chief Minister Punjab on Information
& Culture while speaking at PILDAT's Public Forum on Implementation
PILDAT's role as to monitor implementation of NAP from citizens'
perspective, Mr. Khan said that the Punjab Government remains
committed not just to effective implementation of NAP but also
reporting on its progress which led to the Government sharing
data with PILDAT on the status of implementation in the first
two years. He stressed on the difficult nature of modern day
terrorism and held that the Punjab Government is making strides
particularly in the area of forensics and surveillance. He also
brought attention to the Punjab Safe Cities Authority and highlighted
its role in increasing the Government's power of surveillance.
He expressed his confidence in the fight against terrorism with
the launch of Operation Radd-ul-Fassad and said that intelligence
sharing at the provincial level has increased since. However,
Mr. Khan was of the view that revamping of the criminal justice
system would take at least ten years with sustained and concerted
Members of PILDAT's
Steering Committee on the Implementation of National Action
Plan, Dr. Noel Israel Khokar, Mr. Tasneem Noorani, Mr. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman
Shami, and Lt. Gen. Retd. Moinuddin Haider, also spoke on the
Dr. Noel Israel Khokhar speaking at
Dr. Noel Israel Khokhar,
Executive Dean Forman Christian College, thanked the Punjab
Government for willingly sharing data with PILDAT and candidly
participating in discussions on implementation progress of NAP.
He explained that PILDAT's Monitor on Implementation of NAP
to Counter Terrorism was a citizens' initiative to help Federal
and Provincial Governments in assessing their performance. The
PILDAT's Monitor on Implementation of NAP should therefore be
taken by Governments as indicator of where the pace of progress
requires improvement. Dr. Khokhar also highlighted that tangible
progress on NAP would only be visible if uniform progress is
achieved on all 20-NAP Points across Federal and Provincial
Mr. Tasneem Noorani speaking at the
Noorani, former Federal Secretary Interior, appreciated PILDAT's
methodical overview of the status of implementation of NAP while
he believed that the analysis shows the overall implementation
on NAP has not been satisfactory. He highlighted the case of
military courts in which according to him the appeals pending
before the High Courts and the Supreme Courts called to doubt
their efficacy. Mr. Noorani also mentioned the case of ineffective
checking of terrorist financing in which he said that committees
constituted for the purpose should work on addressing the lacunas
present in the area.
Mr. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman Shami (right) and Mr.
Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan (left)
Shami, senior analyst and Editor-in-Chief Daily Pakistan, said
that PILDAT's Monitor on Implementation of National Action Plan
has made work easy for the Governments, Legislatures and Citizens
to review progress on a crucial roadmap. He believed reforms
in criminal justice system to be most crucial element in success
of NAP. He also said that a clear strategy should be adopted
in dealing with members of organizations that are proscribed.
Mr. Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan
(right), Mr Moinuddin Haider (centre), and Ms. Aasiya Riaz (left)
Lt. Gen. Retd.
Moinuddin Haider highlighted the gains achieved through military
operations particularly in establishing the writ of the Government
in areas which were previously hit by terrorism. He was of the
view that criminal justice system reform is essential and the
re-housing of internally displaced persons was an important
aspect of NAP. However, he expressed his disappointment on the
status of implementation of FATA reforms and said that work
on it was stopped at the eleventh hour due to the reservations
of certain political leaders.
Earlier while providing an overview of PILDAT Public
Forum, Ms. Aasiya Riaz, Joint Director PILDAT, shared that PILDAT's
initiative of Monitoring Status of Implementation of NAP was
a citizens' initiative. The 20-point NAP is the most important
road map for the struggle against terrorism in the country.
The NAP is also significant because it has the rare consensus
of otherwise bitterly opposed political forces besides the civil-military
agreement. Despite this assigned centrality to its importance,
Federal and Provincial Governments have not regularly made available
a progress status on the implementation of the NAP. It is in
view of the high importance of the NAP and questions about its
progress of implementation that PILDAT has undertaken a citizens'
initiative to monitor the progress of implementation of the
NAP at the national and provincial levels. By undertaking the
monitoring of the progress on implementation of the NAP and
its public dissemination, PILDAT initiative aims to serve the
purpose of advocacy for effective implementation. Ms. Riaz stated
that owing to lack of complete data received from all entities,
PILDAT has released an interim monitor that contains the working
data for national and provincial progress. The Interim Monitor
has been termed 'Interim' as data on many parameters in this
Monitor is incomplete, especially for provinces except Punjab.
Since the Punjab Government has shared the most comprehensive
data, a Monitor focusing on implementation status on NAP in
Punjab has been released by PILDAT using the traffic light assessment
(Green, Green-Amber, Amber-Red, Red). Sharing the overall assessment,
Ms. Riaz said that the status of implementation of National
Action Plan from January 2015 - December 2016 shows that only
three NAP points received Good or Very Good (Green) progress
rating; three other points received Satisfactory (Green-Amber)
progress; progress on 4 Points is outright unsatisfactory
(Red) whereas 10 points indicate somewhat unsatisfactory (Amber-Red)
progress in PILDAT's assessment.
PILDAT's public forum on implementation
of NAP comprising of media persons, academics, and students.
on Implementation of NAP to Counter Terrorism in Punjab [English
Version]can be accessed here.
on Implementation of NAP to Counter Terrorism in Punjab [Urdu
Version]can be accessed here.
Paper on Implementation and Monitoring of the National Action
Plan can be accessed here.
Interim Monitor on Implementation of NAP to Counter Terrorism
can be accessed here .