Nacta launches 1717 helpline to report terror

ISLAMABAD: The National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta) on Tuesday announced to establish a dedicated telephone line extension 1717 to report terrorism and terror-related complaints.

The Interior Ministry has appealed to all citizens to remain vigilant with regards to their surroundings and report on the given extension in case they witness any suspicious person or activity.

The 1717 emergency helpline would be working round the clock and is said to have a state-of-the-art system.

The government has been taking various initiatives to curb terrorism in the wake of the brutal attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar.

A national action plan has also been agreed upon by all the major political stakeholders in the country to devise a joint-national strategy in countering terrorism. Establishment of military courts to try terrorists has been an important initiative in this regard.

More than 140 people — mostly children — were killed when several militants stormed into the Army Public School on Dec 16. Factions of outlawed Taliban outfits had claimed responsibility for carrying out the attack.

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