ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday directed immediate establishment of a National Intelligence Directorate (NID) under the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) to pool national and provincial intelligence resources.
The Prime Minister also approved establishment of a Rapid Response Force at federal and provincial levels having highly trained and skilled manpower.
He was chairing a meeting on national internal security here at the PM House, which was attended by the four chief ministers, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of the Army Staff General Rahil Sharif, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Zahirul Islam, Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Ashfaq Ahmad Nadeem and DG Miltary Operations Major General Amir Riaz.
Chief secretaries and inspector generals of police of the provinces and senior government officials also attended the meeting, which reviewed the newly legislated legal framework dealing with counter-terrorism measures.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also directed fast-track establishment of high security prisons in all provinces.
He directed the provinces to utilize the options available in the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance as this law had made electronic evidence admissible, allowed video link trial with provision for transfer of trials and prisoners to other provinces, and preventive detention of enemy aliens.
The DG Military Operations, Deputy Director General ISI and Interior Minister briefed the meeting on different aspects of internal security issues.
The Prime Minister said the provincial governments and institutions had to work hard to contribute and establish a secure environment by eliminating terrorism as economic prosperity was linked with security and peace in the country.
He also reviewed the capacities of federal and provincial law enforcement agencies and said the provinces needed to work more to ensure admissible evidence and efficient prosecution in heinous offenses within time limits.