ISLAMABAD: The resurgence of TTP in Pakistan was manifest through several attacks, both individual and on institutions, in the northern belt of Pakistan, said Syed Kaleem Imam, former IG Punjab, IG Sindh, and Federal Secretary of Ministry of Narcotics Control. He was speaking at a Roundtable Discussion at the Institute of Regional Studies titled ‘Recent TTP infiltration in the North of Pakistan; Impact and Future Prospects ’.

Mr Imam said that Pakistan’s threat spectrum mainly constituted an unstable Afghanistan and a hostile India in its neighborhood. Internally, Pakistan had been resiliently dealing with terrorism and growing militancy. US withdrawal and the takeover of the Taliban of Afghanistan had direly affected the northern belt of Pakistan, i.e., an area that had suffered the worst fate during the previous Taliban regime. He added that Pakistan did have policy frameworks, but required robust efforts to ensure sustainable peacekeeping measures. Police reforms along with vigorous actions on what orders were imperative.

While there had been several reforms in police, community policing was still a far cry and required the elimination of several challenges. Extrajudicial measures needed to be discouraged along with support for apolitical policing to strengthen the LEAs was significant in moving forward, he said. Moreover, timely intelligence sharing, especially in the case of FATA was of grave importance to curb militancy in the troubled areas of Pakistan. He stressed that police must be represented in counterterrorism policymaking.

He was of the view that despite all odds, Pakistan had stood tall in the face of all challenges. The state response in the form of legislation and militancy maneuvers and most importantly the reforms within the criminal justice system were laudable. The introduction of NISP and NSP as a combination of kinetic and non- kinetic measures to combat terrorism was also a significant move on the part of a government as suggestively vulnerable as Pakistan.

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