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ISLAMABAD - National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) in consultation with other institutions will develop a National De-Radicalisation Programme to counter terrorism and extremism.
According to document of National Internal Security Policy (NISP), NACTA will facilitate a dialogue with all stakeholders to strengthen democratic values of tolerance.
According to the policy, a national narrative on extremism, terrorism, sectarianism and militancy will be constructed, to dispel the wrong perceptions created by the terrorists on ideological basis.
Support and cooperation of media, civil society organisations, overseas Pakistanis and international community will be elicited to build the national narrative.
National de-radicalisation programme will be implemented for the people who are vulnerable to extremism and need to be rehabilitated and reintegrated in the society.   
NACTA will devise strategy options in consultation with experts and relevant departments for peace building with extremist elements and terrorist groups opting to submit to lawful authorities and reconcile their differences on key issues within the legal framework.
NACTA will conduct research and consultations to come up with an implementation strategy and road map to fill the gaps in the existing process taking along all stakeholders, educational institutions and other relevant provincial and federal authorities.
According to NISP, constructing a robust national narrative on extremism, sectarianism, terrorism and militancy is the corner stone of an ideological response to non-traditional threats.
Implementing of NISP requires a comprehensive review of existing legal framework. This reform process will respond to imperatives of criminal justice and ensure the protection of fundamental rights of the citizens of Pakistan.
Among other reforms in criminal justice, regulatory capacity of the state to monitor, evaluate and prevent the misuse of existing laws under which mosques are madrassas are functioning will be reviewed.
NACTA will conduct detailed research and consultation with relevant stakeholders including Ministry of Law and Justice, judiciary, police,prosecution, prisons and legal experts to recommend a futuristic legal framework capable of addressing all contingencies of NISP.
Under the policy, a Comprehensive Response Plan (CRP) will be developed as a process based on dialogue with all sections of society.
The reintegration aspect of CRP is a holistic people centric process.
First it envisages a Youth Engagement Strategy (YES) imparting technical and vocational education, creating jobs and offering soft loans in collaboration with respective provincial governments to ensure decent livelihood opportunities for all.
It also includes infrastructure development, rehabilitation of victims of terrorism, reconciliation, reintegration and legal reforms.
The government will develop social and physical infrastructure in terrorism-affected regions through sustained and inclusive efforts by all state institutions at federal and provincial levels.
According to the policy, all victims of terrorism especially vulnerable groups like women, children, elderly, minorities and people with special needs will be rehabilitated.

 
 
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