National Action Plan issueThe federal government has dismissed the statements of Sindh government on the National Action Plan and said that it is quite unfortunate that a national security issue has been used merely for political point scoring without any substantive grounds and ignoring on-ground facts.

Earlier, Chief Minister Sindh and Spokesman for the Sindh Government reportedly made statements during the meeting of Apex Committee in Karachi, alleging the federal government of not fulfilling its responsibilities vis-à-vis implementation of National Action Plan.

Now, the federal government has responded to those statements, saying that the 20-point National Action Plan is a collective responsibility of Federation and Federating Units with major points falling into the administrative domain of the provincial governments.

About the reported statement regarding glorification of terrorists on media, the Spokesperson regretted the statement and said that it is a matter of record that the independent and free media of the country has shown great responsibility and maturity vis-à-vis glorification and promotion of terrorism.

To remind, as a result of Interior Minister’s meeting with representative bodies of media i.e APNS, CPNE, PBA and PFUJ, the independent media gave a commitment to blackout terrorists. It is a matter of record that media proved true to its commitment.

The Spokesperson said that the accusation against the federal government alleging them of allowing banned organizations to hold rallies and meeting openly is factually incorrect. He said that the policy of the federal government towards proscribed organizations is very clear and no proscribed organization was allowed to hold rallies or public meeting.

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It was pointed out that for the first time in the history of the country the present government has put in place a robust mechanism for proscription of organizations and individuals besides maintaining digital database of such organizations/individuals. The spokesperson said that checking the activities of the proscribed organizations/individuals and initiation of action for any violation is a provincial responsibility.