Sindh govt sets up intelligence bodies for NAP implementation.

Byline: Imran Ayub

KARACHI -- The Sindh government has set up intelligence committees at district and division levels to 'measure threat perception', share information with higher authorities and assist the provincial government in implementation of the National Action Plan, officials and sources said.

The committees would consist of officers of the civil administration, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

The 29-point terms of reference (TORs) for the committees, they said, mentioned all major functions of intelligence gathering in divisions and districts of the province including pre-emptive action against activities of proscribed outfits, monitoring of non-mandated activities of the non-governmental organisations and continuous monitoring of implementation of sanctions against listed entities and individuals.

The committees will also keep an eye on proscribed outfits and 'non-mandated' acts of NGOs

'The divisional intelligence committee would be headed by the respective commissioner while the committee at the district level would be looked after the deputy commissioner,' said a source citing details of a home department notification. 'Other members of the committee included the district police head, divisional head of the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), district head of Special Branch and senior officers of intelligence agencies.'

The source said that the key objective of the exercise was to enhance intelligence-gathering system to assess the level of threat and suggest measures for the effective implementation of NAP.

Sources also shared a few key tasks of the committees included taking cognizance of local level threat information and sharing the same with the provincial government.

They said that the committees had been tasked with building database of all public facilities and those buildings where free movement of people was allowed.

'The committees would carry out an exercise to collect all relevant facts to set up a comprehensive database which included details of madressahs, mosques, hotels, shrines, motels and major residential buildings in their districts and divisions,' said another source while referring to detailed task of the committees.

'Interestingly, the committees have also been mandated to...

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