ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was furious yesterday over the partial implementation of the National Action Plan that allowed the terrorists to flourish.

Chairing a meeting over the security situation here, the PM announced to set up a high-level task force to monitor implementation of the NAP after a report presented to him revealed that eight of the 20 points of the action plan had not been implemented.

The meeting was attended by Army Chief Raheel Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Ministry Ishaq Dar, Adviser to PM on Forieign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi, National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua, chiefs of intelligence agencies and others.

The report on NAP implementation said that authorities failed to stop funding for the terror networks and extremist outfits had started operating under different names.

It also said that the processes to mainstream disenchanted Balochis and to curb sectarianism maintained slow pace.

The meeting was told that no progress was made regarding reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas which was why process of repatriation of Afghan refugees was also being subjected to delay. Refugees’ repatriation process was delayed by six months instead of picking up pace, an official, briefing the meeting, said.

NAP was launched by the government in early 2015 after terrorists attacked Army Public School in December 2014 killing around 148 persons, mostly students, in Peshawar. The plan was aimed at registration of seminaries across the country and weed-out extremists.

Prime Minister Nawaz convened two security meetings in as many days after a suicide blast in a Quetta hospital killed around 70 persons.

This week, the PM addressed the National Assembly and said the nation was united in the war against terrorism and the war would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs. He said Pakistan would move forward with full strength and terrorism will be completely eliminated.

Nawaz Sharif also said that the same extremist ideology targeted former PM Benazir Bhutto, Christians, Hazara community in Balochistan, a church and Army Public School Peshawar, and prominent people of the country.

An official statement after the meeting said the government had decided to set up a high-level task force to monitor implementation of the NAP. The task force will comprise senior representatives of all relevant departments and agencies of the federal and the provincial governments.

The meeting took strategic review of the regional and internal security situation and pondered over the latest trends in activities of hostile intelligence agencies to destabilise Pakistan, said the statement. The participants reaffirmed the national resolve to eliminate terrorism and extremism from the country, it added.

The prime minister directed that no effort should be spared to ensure complete and effective implementation of NAP. He stressed the need to take result-oriented and time bound action to eliminate the menace of terrorism.

The meeting reaffirmed that restoration of complete peace and tranquillity will remain top priority of the government and state institutions, the statement said.

The participants observed that intelligence agencies performed a vital role in guaranteeing national security and safeguarding national interests. They stressed the agencies should be provided all necessary resources and support.

Officials said the PM was annoyed over the non-implementation of the NAP and asked the participants of the meeting to ensure full execution of the plan.

On official said the participants agreed that the task force to monitor implementation of NAP will bring good results. He said the PM believed effective implementation of NAP could have cornered the terrorists further.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the meeting that his ministry was performing well to ensure peace in the country.

Pakistan has been badly hit by terrorism over the years. Thousands of people, soldiers, and militants have been killed as the forces are engaged in a battle against the militancy.