KP CM directs more security for politicians, election candidates


Tariq Saeed


Caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Justice (R) Dost Muhammad Khan formed a seven-member joint investigation team to investigate the Bannu remote controlled bomb blast and asked the investigation team to move immediately to Bannu to discover the actual motives and nab the criminals as soon as possible. The terrorists and criminals would not escape punishment. They should be brought to justice, he directed.
He was presiding over a hurriedly convened emergency meeting of the provincial caretaker cabinet at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Members of the provincial cabinet attended. He directed against anything obstructing the security routinization anywhere throughout the province. He condemned the bomb attack on the convoy of former Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Akram Khan Durrani. The cabinet prayed for the departed soul and early recovery of injured. Mr. Justice ® Dost Muhammad Khan directed against any delay in the investigation in order to unearth criminals and the enemies of the state and people. Directing the Secretary Health and DG Health for providing all healthcare facilities, ambulances and taking all necessary steps, the Caretaker Chief Minister directed for immediate steps to complete the burn centre Peshawar in order to provide efficient healthcare to the injured of terrorism and bomb blasts.
The cabinet reviewed the pace of progress and the stage of implementation of the decisions of the caretaker previous cabinet meeting. The meeting discussed, evaluated and examined the information gathered about the Peshawar suicide attack, the Bannu bomb blast, the level of threat alert and decided to sensitize the relevant quarters to both their allocative and dedicated responsibilities for enhanced security in the changing environment.
Caretaker Chief Minister directed to be watchful about the sensitive areas and make matching arrangements for the polling stations in those areas. The security to the political leadership and candidates including their rallies, gatherings and corner meetings should be enhanced. KP Cabinet approves security for political leaders, election candidate. The caretaker set up, he directed wanted to give an even playing field to all and that he added was prerequisite for the impartiality of the caretaker set up, its administration and more importantly is a prerequisite for the peaceful, impartial and free conduction of elections in the province. He also directed to be in contact with the political leaderships and the contesting candidates for securing their routes and places of meetings and gatherings.
Justice ® Dost Muhammad Khan stressed for advance intelligence gathering from the organizers of public gatherings and rallies in order to arrange the requisite level of security and secure the places. However, he wished to formally request the political leaderships to decide on their own not to conduct more than one engagement in view of the growing security concerns. The holding of more meetings means the thinning out of security resources that could weaken the overall security shield. He directed to put on ground the SOP for elections in letter and spirit urging both the political leadership and the administration to be responsive to the call of action to the security related responsibilities. Being responsible is more important when we have multiple security challenges therefore we could not afford creating any space for the trigger happy elements to exploit the situation, create fear and frighten the people into submission.

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