ISLAMABAD - Cracks in the facade of the ruling PML-N have begun to be more visible with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has relinquished charge of overseeing implementation of the much-touted National Action Plan (NAP) on Counter Terrorism, it has been learnt reliably.

The differences between the interior minister and Prime Minister Office appear to have widened further as he, a couple of weeks back, had been asked by the latter to relinquish his job as in-charge of NAP implementation - a decision that may lead to an irreparable loss to the ruling party especially in its efforts to end extremism and terrorism from the country.

The 'war of ego' seemed to have transformed into ever-deepening cracks within the party with few of the federal ministers even not on talking terms with one another, the sources told this scribe on condition of anonymity.

"I have been relieved by PM Office from my responsibilities as focal person for the implementation of the (National) Action Plan. I am no more overseeing the affairs of the NAP and Prime Minister Office is directly monitoring the same,” a senior opposition senator quoted the interior minister as having confided to him some days back.

"Prime Minister Office has relieved me from my responsibility of overseeing implementation on NAP some weeks back and now I have nothing to do with NAP implementation... I was overseeing the NAP implementation earlier," the senator further quoted the minister while talking to The Nation. The opposition senator, who is also a former federal minister, said that Nisar gave these remarks when he personally requested in an informal meeting to him to give a briefing to the Upper House of the Parliament on NAP implementation in its next sitting.

The story does not end here. "I was surprised to hear the remarks of interior minister who had earlier been declared as the focal person - responsible for the implementation of NAP - and (I) asked the minister whether I could quote his remarks at the floor of the Senate," the senator said. "Yes, why not; you can say this on the floor (of the house)," the senator quoted Nisar as replying.

The Upper House lawmaker told this scribe that the differences between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the interior minister were now more apparent in the ongoing joint sitting of the Parliament as Chaudhry Nisar was on a silent mode in the joint session.

"I have even not seen Nisar shaking hands with PM during the joint sitting and Nisar is even not on talking terms with another key cabinet member who has a key role in NAP implementation," he said. It has been observed in the joint sitting that interior minister usually comes in the house after PM's arrival, sits there without meeting anyone and later leaves the house silently.

The government had announced 20 point National Action Plan on Counter Terrorism in December last year with the consensus of all the political parties after December 16 terrorism attack on Army Public School in Peshawar.

Acting Press Secretary to PM Danyal Gilani said that he was not authorised to give any version on a story related to PM and the reporter should better contact Spokesman to PM Dr Musaddaq Malik. But, Dr Musaddaq did not respond to the calls made at his number. The response of interior ministry too could not be taken on the matter, as it has no designated spokesperson.

Meanwhile, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed of PML-Q has submitted an adjournment motion in the Senate Secretariat asking the government to brief the house on the status of National Action Plan. The motion says that the house should discuss immediately the status of NAP as to its implementation and impediments in its implementation, if any.

After the announcement of NAP, PM had said that he would himself supervise its implementation but practically this job was given to the interior minister. There is still not much progress on many key points of NAP including activation of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta), prevention of operations of militant outfits in the country, prevention of re-emergence of proscribed organisations with new names, seminary reforms, ban on glorification of terrorists and terrorist organisations, concrete measures against promotion of terrorism through internet as well as social media and reforms in criminal courts system to strengthen the anti-terrorism institutions including provincial CIDs.