ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan visited the terror-hit school in Peshawar on Monday, following which he called on the federal government to equip Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with adequate resources to fight terrorism.
The PTI chairman toured the damaged Army Public School, where 148 people, mostly school children, were killed following an attack by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
He toured the damaged parts of the school and later met with the victims’ families to offer condolences. Security was tightened upon his arrival and anyone entering the school was thoroughly checked before they could pass through.
Later on, Imran also visited the residence of the school’s principal Tahira Qazi, who was among the people who were killed in the brutal attack. During a press conference in Peshawar late Monday afternoon, Imran said border control on the Pakistan-Afghanistan is crucial to combat terrorism.
“Waging a war against militancy is difficult but not impossible,” the PTI chairman said. “We need to unite to fight the menace of terrorism,” he added. He said police in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) are not fully equipped to fight terrorism.
The police force isn’t trained to fight terrorism and they need to be provided with intelligence by the federal government, he stressed. He also said that Frontier Corps (FC) should be deployed back to the tribal areas as the reason why the force was formed in the first place was to look over tribal areas.
He said around 5,000 police personnel should be recruited from the tribal areas and be deployed in KP. Addressing the issue of internally displaced people (IDPs) in KP, Imran requested the federal government to provide financial assistance to the provincial government to provide the IDPs with facilities like food, shelter and education. He said that illegal refugees from Afghanistan should be sent back.
He stressed that when schools reopen after winter break, a security plan should be formed beforehand and a person within the school should be given the duty of reporting any suspicious activity through a special mobile phone “with the hit of just one button.”