LEAs register 2,337 cases, arrest 2,195 persons under NAP to curb hate speech

ISLAMABAD: The Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), have registered so far 2,337 cases and arrested 2,195 persons with sealing of 73 shops after commencement of National Action Plan (NAP) in December last year to curb hate speech and material.

In addition, the LEAs also registered 9,164 cases and arrested 9,340 persons with confiscation of 2,596 equipment under measures to check misuse of loudspeakers.

Sources at Ministry of Interior on Tuesday said National Action Plan (NAP), having 20 points is a comprehensive and all encompassing document and aims at eliminating, terrorism, extremism and militancy in all its forms and manifestations.

Members and activities of banned organizations have been placed on Schedule IV of the ATA, the sources said and added process of rationalization of these lists is in progress.

They said once these lists are updated by the provinces, persons on these lists would be linked to National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Passport and Immigration, Arms/Driving licensing authorities, Banks, Airlines offices, Military Police and Private Security Agencies recruitments centres.

The sources said this would enable relevant authorities to better monitor their movements, financial transactions and their entry intro sensitive organizations difficult.

A geo-grapping exercise was undertaken in the country including Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and Punjab 100 per cent, Sindh 80 per cent, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) 75 per cent and Balochistan 60 per cent.

Similarly, 182 suspect Madaris were also closed during the period including two in Punjab, 167 in Sindh and 13 in KPK.

The number of closed unregistered Madaris was 72 in Sindh while the number of foreign funded Madaris was 190 including 147 in Punjab, Six (06) in Sindh, seven (07) in KPK and 30 in Balochistan.