ISLAMABAD - Stressing the need for full implementation on National Action Plan (NAP) a civil-military meeting yesterday decided crackdown on the banned militant outfits operating under the new names, their facilitators and financers.

The huddle chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House aimed at reviewing the progress on NAP and plugging the loopholes in the exercise, especially those relating to the provinces, to stamp out the militancy menace completely.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali, PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, ISI DG Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar and other senior officials attended the meeting, which lasted for well over three hours.

Sources informed The Nation that the prime minister expressed his concern over the resurgence of terrorist attacks across the country despite the unprecedented successes of security forces in the ongoing war against terror.

The lack of coordination and inadequate policing in the provinces was listed as one of the major reasons for it, while the lack of coordination among federal and provincial law enforcement agencies was another gray area.

The participants unanimously decided that crackdown on banned militant outfits operating with new names should be launched while their facilitators and financers - both local and foreign - would also be brought to book.

It was directed that all sorts of funding to these outfits should be blocked forthwith and those found involved in dubious activities should be dealt with iron hand.

The meeting was briefed by PM’s National Security Adviser Lt-Gen (r) Nasir Khan Janjua who is also head of NAP implementation committee.

Nawaz Sharif expressed his satisfaction on the progress made by different provincial and federal agencies and directed that the pace of implementation should be further expedited.

The moot acknowledged that eradication of terrorism was neither a choice nor an option but an imperative for national existence.

Various laws governing the anti-terrorism efforts were also reviewed and ways and means to make these laws more effective were discussed.