Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that provincial government is not only determined for restoration of law and order in KP but also taking serious steps in this regard. He said that police and law-enforcement agencies are fully prepared for battling any kind of situation.
He expressed these views while addressing a briefing to the parliamentary leaders of treasury and opposition benches and members of provincial assembly on law and order situation in the province. On this occasion, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Nasir Khan Durrani and Secretary Home, Akhtar Ali Shah, gave separate briefings on law and order situation in the province, steps, future line of action and other important matters in this regard.
The briefing held in the Conference Room of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was attended by Speaker, Asad Qaiser, Opposition Leader, Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan, Senior Minister, Siraj-ul-Haq, Maulana Lutf-ur-Rehman, Sardar Hussain Babak, Syed Mohammad Ali Shah Bacha, Sikandar Hayat Sherpao, Bakht Baidar Khan, Shahram Khan Tarakai, Atif Khan, Shah Farman, Ishtiaq Urmar and other members of treasury and opposition benches.
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that for the modernizing of police system, the provincial government has taken revolutionary steps and for 1st time in the history of the province the police force is given independence from political interference.
He said for combating terrorism and prevention of the kidnapping for ransom incidents counter terrorism department (CTD) and counter kidnapping cell (CKC) are being established in the province.
Similarly, for the strengthening of intelligence network and investigation two new training organizations in the name of the School of Intelligence and School of Investigation have been established in KP.
The chief minister said the presently the province is facing three big law and order related problems, which included terrorism, kidnapping for ransom and extortion.
He said that possibilities of the arresting of the incidents of terrorism are bright through peace negotiations between government and militants while for the government and its law-enforcement agencies are busy for arresting the incidents of kidnapping for ransom and extortion.
However, he said presently the province is face grave situation and in the wake of the withdrawal of US forces, the province could face several challenges including the problem of law and order. He said that the rooting out of anti-social elements in garb of Taliban and disconnecting their links with ant-state elements and other crimes is also necessary.
He said that the movement of Afghan refugees and IDPs is also a crucial issue and provincial government and police taking effective measures in this regard. But, he said some of these problems and matters are related to federal government, which required full support of opposition to provincial government.
He also identified the deployment of the platoons of Frontier Constabulary (FC) out of KP as one of such problems, saying the repatriation of these platoons and their deployment at bordering areas of the province is essential.
Pervez Khattak said that federal government while keeping in view the critical situation of the province should repatriate these platoons to the province. He expressed the hope that leader of the opposition and other parliamentary leaders will extend full cooperation in this regard.
He said this province is belonging to all people of the province and we all should join hands for waging joint struggle for the restoration of peace and protection of the future of coming generations. The problem of law and order is not related to only provincial government or the people of the province, but a problem of the whole country.
Referring to the some steps of the provincial government taken for guaranteeing durable peace in the province, Pervez Khattak said that besides strengthening intelligence, investigation and prosecution systems in the province on modern lines and establishment of separate training institutes and a joint training centre, anti-cyber wing, financial crime unit and well equipped forensic laboratory are also being established in the province.
Similarly, he said that under Peshawar Safe City project along with taking other measures for the security of people, School of Traffic Management & Traffic Engineering Department were also being set up.
He told the legislators a fund of Rs.3 billion has been approved for increasing the salaries of the KP Police on the pattern of Punjab, while directives for increasing salaries of Malakand Levies are being sent to Deputy Commissioner concerned.
He further told that as the people maximum contact with police and police stations, therefore, three model police stations are being established initially in Peshawar, which would be later extended to the whole province.
Pervez Khattak said that in past intelligence and investigation systems were blunder ignored, which resulted in the birth of the dilemma of terrorism in our society.
However, he said the present provincial government while keeping in view the importance of these sectors has established task force at divisional and district levels, which will collect intelligence and conduct investigation.
The leader of opposition and other parliamentary leaders thanked chief minister for taking them into confidence on law and order situation in the province and while expressing satisfaction over the measures taken in this regard and overall performance of police they all possible cooperation to the provincial government in this regard.
The chief minister assured the opposition parties that the government will continue holding such sessions to briefing opposition on measures of the government regarding law and order time to time.