Issue Brief on “Is NAP Really Working?”

It is now more than one and half decade that Pakistan is fighting the problem of violent extremism and terrorism which cost the country n irreparable loss of more than 60,000 lives. Almost two years ago in 2014, the government of Pakistan came up with the idea of a National Action Plan (NAP) after the vicious attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. The plan was the beginning of a good start to eliminate and root out terrorism from the country.

However, the policy outputs or the problematic areas identified in the NAP are neither innovative nor new. They have been there since 2001 or even before that such as FATA reforms, registration of Seminaries. So, the success or inadequateness of NAP was dependent upon its true implementation and the criteria used in implementation and involvement of stake holders.

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