Locals being hired for CPEC security: Ahsan

Islamabad

Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Prof Ahsan Iqbal on Friday said that security forces have been deployed for the protection of mega projects initiated under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Speaking in the Senate Session during question hour, he said that Provincial and Para-Military institutions were working in collaboration and there was need to make them stronger.
The enemies of Pakistan want to harm the project of CPEC, he said, adding that provincial governments were cooperating with Federal to foil the conspiracy. The minister said that special security division, comprising nine army composite battalions, of having 9229 personnel and six civil armed forces (CAFs) wings consisting 4,502 personnel, have been raised.
Security of Chinese working in Pakistan on various projects lies with Ministry of Interior, being the focal agency responsible for there security, he added. No foreigner was included in the security force, he said adding that local personals were being hired in security team because they can perform well in their respective areas.
Meanwhile, it is reported that the first phase of payments to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) affectees of Battagram started on Friday.
District Nazim Battagram Atta ullah Tarand and Deputy Commissioner Battagram Asad Haroon awarded cheques to ten affectees of Union Council Baniya and Koza Banda Battgram worth Rs 100.7 million. Talking to media on this occasion, District Nazaim Battagram Atta Ullah Tarand said today we are able to pay the value of land to the affectees of CPEC and soon we will start payments to other people at their doorstep.—APP

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