Head of Pak counter-terrorism body resigns
Islamabad: The head of a counter-
terrorism body set up to coordinate Pakistan's campaign
against militancy and extremism resigned today following
differences over which ministry should control the
Tariq Pervez Khosa resigned from the post of
Coordinator of the National Counter-Terrorism Authority, which
was set up early last year.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is expected to name
a new chief for NACTA soon, official sources said.
Khosa resigned after he failed to convince the
government to place NACTA under the Prime Minister's office so
that it could have more power to get intelligence and security
agencies to cooperate with the body, the sources said.
The government has placed NACTA under the control of
the Interior Ministry.
Sources said Khosa wanted NACTA to work directly under
the Prime Minister and that he wanted the Chief Ministers of
the four provinces to be its members.
NACTA is responsible for coordinating counter-
terrorism efforts and ensuring the implementation of
government policies to tackle militancy.