A twenty-point recipe of the National Action Plan (NAP) has become a core strategy to counter terrorism in Pakistan after the devastated terrorist attack on Peshawar Army Public School on December 16, 2014. Since the NAP establishment, counter-terrorism efforts have had highs and lows and diverse consequences. This paper attempts to critically scrutinize its achievements and pitfalls in order to establish an understanding of the NAP’s efficacy and effectiveness as of countering-terrorism strategy framework in Pakistan. It outlines the current challenges facing by the NAP due to the ineptness and incompetence of the institutions of government of Pakistan. These critical analyses would assist to policy makers in order to formulate all-encompassing counter-terrorism policies to effectively root out extremism/radicalization and sectarianism. Lastly, this study endorses the need of utmost well and commitment by the concerned authorities in order to offset the ongoing human atrocities in Pakistan.
Stream: Terrorism and Counterinsurgency
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