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 organisation.

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.