Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Interior ministry Tuesday rejected the allegations leveled by Sindh government regarding implementation of National Action Plan (NAP).

Responding to statements by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Spokesman for the Sindh government, a spokesperson for interior ministry said it is quite unfortunate that a national security issue has been used merely for political point-scoring without any substantive grounds and ignoring ground realities.

He said the 20-point NAP is a collective responsibility of Federation and Federating Units with major points falling into the administrative domain of the provincial governments.

“Policy of the federal government towards proscribed organizations is very clear and no organization is allowed to hold rallies or public meeting,” the official said.

The spokesperson said the allegation against the federal government of allowing banned organizations to hold rallies and meeting openly was factually incorrect.

“I wish Sindh government takes into consideration the record of both the federal and the Sindh governments from 2008-2013 vis a vis proscribed organizations and their cohorts,” he added.

The interior ministry’s response came after Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah showed concerns regarding non-compliance by the federal government over implementation of National Action Plan as he was presiding over a high-level apex committee meeting on Monday.

Talking to newsmen after the meeting, Sindh Chief Minister’s Adviser on Information Maula Bux Chandio said that the federal government was not fulfilling its responsibilities or playing its due role with regard to the National Action Plan.

“The federal government has no clear policy with regard to banned militants,” he said. “The federal government has also not fulfilled its role with regard to madrassahs,” he added.