ISLAMABAD - The Interior Ministry has decided to review as well as update its list of persons placed under the Fourth Schedule of Anti-Terrorism Act and its separate list of members of proscribed organisations.

The decision was taken yesterday in a high-level meeting under the chair of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan following complaints that the Fourth Schedulers list had not been updated properly.

The issue had recently come in the limelight when the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on the directions of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) had recently asked all banks to freeze bank accounts of all those individuals placed under the Fourth Schedule and those in the list of members of proscribed organisations. The move was aimed at clamping down on terror financing. However, a number of persons complained that their names had been placed in the list for no reasons and they even came to know recently.

The chair tasked NACTA to prepare working paper for reviewing 4th Schedulers List. The recommendations, the minister said, would be shared with chief ministers for bringing uniformity and updating the Fourth Schedule List.

The Fourth Schedule comprises the individuals found to be or suspected to be involved in anti-state activities, delivering hate speeches and activists of religious outfits not yet banned but related with militancy in any manner.

The minister also tasked NACTA to prepare a comprehensive working paper on various issues for the upcoming meeting of all the chief ministers to be convened by the interior minister on October 18 on implementation of National Action Plan (NAP). The chair decided to convene the meeting of the chief ministers.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also directed NACTA to update the list of members of proscribed organisations in order to keep a close watch on their activities and to block their re-emergence with new names or identities in any part of the country.

The chair ordered NACTA to speed-up blocking of bank accounts, arms licences, passports, driving licences and any other identity documents of all the listed members of proscribed organisations and the 4th schedulers which may help them in getting state services.

To effectively choke terrorist financing through illegal financial channels, the meeting decided that NACTA would set up a special cell for meeting the desired objectives.

In relation to progress on madrassa reforms and their mapping across the country, the chair asserted that there should be uniformity in the process of registration of madrassas while taking Ulema and religious leaders on board.

For madrassas reforms, the minister directed Secretary Interior and National Coordinator NACTA to coordinate with provinces so that the process is carried out in an expeditious manner addressing legitimate concerns of relevant stakeholders and in the light of decisions taken during the meeting of the interior minister with Wafaq-ul-Madaris.

Over the issue of INGOs, the meeting decided that the interior ministry would categorise INGOs with their field of development work, and performance for past three years in order to expedite the approval processes of INGOs’ operations in Pakistan under the new criterion.

Regarding proposal of establishing a central databank of registration of vehicles, the interior minister tasked chairman NADRA to come-up with a plan for registration of vehicles across Pakistan.

The meeting also directed chairman NADRA that general public should be kept informed regularly over the status of on-going CNICs re-verification drive and blocking and un-blocking of CNICs.

The secretary interior, special secretary interior, NC NACTA, chairman NADRA, director general Immigration and Passports and senior officials from interior ministry and FIA attended the meeting.