PM for raising Counter Terrorism Force at earliest

LAHORE: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday directed the Punjab Government to present a comprehensive operational plan to curb terrorism in the province at the earliest.

The Prime Minister stated this while chairing a high level meeting to review the progress on the formation of Punjab Counter Terrorism Department.

Lifting the ban on all recruitment in law enforcement agencies, the Prime Minister said that Counter Terrorism Force (CTF) should be raised immediately in the province to fight the menace of terrorism efficiently. He directed that recruitment process for the force must start within ten days.“I have serious concerns regarding the capacity of civilian law enforcement agencies to detect and fight militancy,” said the Prime Minister.

He said that the federal government would assist the provincial government’s CTF in all possible ways including the provision of call data information.

He asked for an enhanced coordination and harmony among all state agencies for achieving the desired objectives of uprooting terrorism.
The Prime Minister stressed that the training imparted to personnel of the CTF must match the army’s standard.

Underlining the need for more vigilance and proactive approach by the government to fight terror, the prime minister asked for dedicating more resources for the cause.

Nawaz Sharif said that de-radicalization must also be made a part of the comprehensive counter terrorism strategy.

The meeting was attended by Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab, Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning & Development, Khawaja M. Asif, Minister for Water & Power, Rana Sanaullah, Senior Minister and other senior officials.