Islamabad, August 04, 2017 (PPI-OT):People’s NAP was shared by PILDAT at a public forum that was addressed by Mr. Mujeeb ur Rahman Shami, Editor in Chief Daily Pakistan; Lt. Gen. Retd. Moinuddin Haider, Former Governor Sindh and Former Interior Minister; Ms. Marva Khan, Teaching Fellow Lahore University of Management Sciences; and Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, President PILDAT. The Public Forum was attended by, among others, Mr. Habeeb Akram, Mr Rauf Tahir, Mr. Hafeezullah Niazi, Dr. Murad Ras, MPA (PTI), Mr. Vikas Hassan Mokal, MPA, (PML-Q), Mr. Waheed Gul, MPA (PML-N), and Ms. Asma Bukhari MPA (PML-N). Mr. Mujeeb ur Rahman Shami highlighted NAP’s importance as a consensus document between both political parties and civil – military leadership while expressing his dismay at the lack of progress on criminal justice reform.
Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Moinuddin Haider termed NAP as a constant struggle, saying that terrorists who have been trained for thirty years cannot be rooted out in two or three years. Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Haider, however, appreciated the strides made by Punjab Government in the implementation of National Action Plan. Ms. Marva Khan highlighted the disconnect between State and Society as an important problem in the implementation of NAP. Mr. Waheed Gul, MPA Punjab Assembly, PML-N, speaking at the Public Forum called for a national consultation with all stakeholders for the effective implementation of NAP.
Ms. Asma Bukhari MPA and Parliamentary Secretary Information and Culture, Punjab Assembly, PML-N, said that Pakistanis should rise above their different party or institutional affiliations and put Pakistan first. She further stated that Pakistan’s territory should not be allowed to be used for foreign interests.
Earlier while giving an overview of the People’s NAP, Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob stated that The People’s NAP explains in detail each of the 20 points of the National Action Plan. Each point also highlights the particular role and responsibility of each stakeholder, including Governments, Parliament and Provincial Assemblies, Citizens and CSOs for the purpose of facilitating greater appreciation and ownership of implementation of NAP among citizens. The National Action Plan serves as the landmark consensus blue print for combatting terrorism and violent extremism in Pakistan. The 20-point NAP has been described, both by the civil and military leadership, as the most important road map for the struggle against terrorism in the country.
It is in view of the high importance of the NAP and questions about its progress of implementation that PILDAT has undertaken this citizens’ initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to highlight the necessity of the Federal and Provincial Governments’ publicly sharing periodic status of implementation of the NAP. PILDAT strongly believes that greater transparency and more frequent public reporting on the progress of implementation will promote public confidence in the Governments and their ability to effectively implement the NAP. PILDAT’s objective in sharing the People’s NAP is that through greater understanding and ownership, citizens will be able to play a more effective and proactive role in supporting the implementation status of NAP at the Federal and the Provincial levels.
For more information, contact:
Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT)
P.O. Box 278, F-8, Postal Code: 44220, Islamabad, Pakistan