Shehbaz Sharif seeks NAP briefing for National Assembly

08:30 PM | 20 Mar, 2019
Shehbaz Sharif seeks NAP briefing for National Assembly

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz President, Shehbaz Sharif has suggested the government to arrange the briefing on the National Action Plan (NAP) for the National Assembly, let alone parliamentary leaders.

The leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly penned a letter to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and stated that the opposition demands the government to brief all lawmakers in a bid to take advantage of the collective wisdom.

The letter states that the development of the National Action Plan was the result of efforts of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz government to unite the leadership of the country in order to effectively fight the scourge of terrorism.

The collective opposition believes in inclusive decision making and promoting a sense of collective ownership of all decisions taken in the national interest, read the letter.

Earlier, in an invitation letter by Qureshi, all opposition parliamentary leaders were invited to attend the briefing schedule on March 28.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said Pakistan’s position would have been different had the National Action Plan been implemented timely.

"With timely NAP implementation, India wouldn’t have any basis for accusations against Pakistan and Pakistan would have evidence to present about the steps taken by the country against extremism," Bilawal said in an interview with BBC Urdu.

By briefing on the NAP implementation, the government wants to evolve a consensus on a constitutional amendment to grant an extension to military courts.

The amendment was first passed by the parliament in January 2015 after the horrific Army Public School, Peshawar attack in December 2014. The duration of the courts was for two years.

On the expiration of this period, their operations were extended by another two years till January 7, 2019.

The Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor had said in January that the military courts were established with the consensus after a terrorist attack on Army Public School (APS).

The official had said that the military courts had not been the wish of the Pakistan Army but it was a national requirement, adding that if the parliament decides to back the extension, the courts would continue work.