Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed the Punjab government to present a comprehensive operational plan to curb terrorism in the province, at the earliest.
The Prime Minister said this while chairing a high level meeting to review the progress on the formation Punjab Counter Terrorism Department.
Lifting the ban on all recruitments in law enforcement agencies, the Prime Minister said that Counter Terrorism Force 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.
The Premier said that the Federal Government will assist the provincial government’s Counter Terrorism Force (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 Army’s standards. Underlining the need for more vigilance and proactive approach by the government to fight terror, the Premier asked for dedicating more resources for the cause.
The Prime Minister said that de-radicalization must also be made a part of the comprehensive counter terrorism strategy.
The meeting was also attended by Mr. Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab, Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning & Development, Kh. M. Asif, Federal Minister for Water & Power, Rana Sanaullah, Senior Minister and other senior officials.