ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a National Action Plan (NAP) meeting on Wednesday where he was informed that 251 people have been arrested across the country for propagating hate speech.

It was revealed that FIRs had been registered against 341 people involved in hate speech, out of which 251 had been formally arrested while 41 shops disseminating hate material had been shut down.

Those in attendance were further informed that action has been taken against nearly 1,100 people on the misuse of loudspeakers.

In his briefing, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan reported that 180 miscreants had been picked up so far from various parts of Islamabad, while 48 of them had been formally arrested.

"Similarly in Punjab 14,000 suspects have been picked up out of whom 780 formally arrested and are under investigation," Nisar said.

The meeting was told that madrassas are also being closely monitored so that the spread of radical ideology could be checked.

They were also informed that 95 proscribed organisations have been identified in Punjab which are still engaged in spreading terrorism and extremism.

The PM asked the FBR to ensure that funding to the proscribed organisations was immediately stopped.

The Ministry of Information and Technology was also directed to take steps for blocking websites and social media platforms being used by terrorist organisations.

It was also decided that a state-of-the-art rapid response force would be set up to meet the challenges posed by terrorism and extremism. This properly equipped force would be trained on modern lines and given a better pay package.

The PM also called a meeting of chief ministers next week in Islamabad to comprehensively review progress made on implementation of the NAP. All the provincial governments were directed to take proactive measures for ensuring speedy and effective implementation of the plan.

The NAP had been formulated in the wake of the Peshawar school attack to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism.