Peshawar incident exposed loopholes in security shield: KP CM

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar

The Caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Justice Retd. Dost Muham-mad Khan has directed to bring the perpetrators, the handlers and facilitators of Yakatoot suicide attack to justice as expeditiously as possible. He approved compensation for the Shuhada and injured in the suicide attack.
This he directed in an emergency meeting of the provincial cabinet and administration at Chief Min-ister Secretariat Peshawar. The meeting started at 01:30 AM lasted for three & half hours and con-cluded at 04:00 AM. Provincial Ministers Asadullah Khan Chamkani, Abdur Rauf Khattak, Zafar Iqbal Bangash, Anwarul Haq and Muhammad Rashid, Chief Secretary, I.G.P., administrative secretaries attended. The meeting was briefed about the initial details of the suicide blast and the information col-lected from the scene.
Caretaker Chief Minister formed a 7-member joint investigation team to investigate different dimen-sions and motives behind the inhuman act of terror-ism. He also formed a sub-committee of the cabinet to be headed by the Caretaker Chief Minister which would review and evaluate the reports of the JIT twice a week. He said the provincial government would go all out to do all within its reach to bring the perpetrators to justice. It is very much necessary to investigate and bring to limelight the actual mo-tives behind the suicide attack because the govern-ment wanted the peaceful, free and impartial elec-tions and was busy to take all the required steps in this regard.
Dost Muhammad Khan gave a complete plan for effective security mechanism that also included the constant surveillance and monitoring, the new method of investigation, enhanced coordination and intelligence gathering and sharing. He also directed to monitor all entry routes to the province both fre-quented and unfrequented. The incident raised few questions about the present level of security and what are required to have a considerably improved security environment in the changed environment. The enemy is invisible, the situation is challenging and the existing security shield lacks the required level of strength and durability that necessitated for extra ordinary security arrangements. He reminded the law enforcing agencies of his previous directions for reinforcement, relocation and redeployment, necessary for the peaceful conduct of elections in the province. The enemy of the country and people wanted to fear the people into submission. They wanted to target the soft targets to sabotage the elec-tions but they would never succeed, he added.
He said that the incident like Yakatoot which took place in a street,‘ could have been averted simply plugging the two ends of the street. He directed the police to be more vigilant in the given situation. The security of the country and lives of people were of paramount importance and saboteur activities were hazardous to the country. We have a limited man-date for the transparent, free and fair elections and we have to provide a base of this. Billions of rupees have been spent to conduct elections letting the people exercise their choice in favour of their can-didates, he reminded.
Caretaker Chief Minister said that the incident ex-posed the loopholes in the security shield and di-rected for extra security measures to cover the vul-nerability of certain areas. The focus should be on prevention, the security should never be compro-mised, threat evaluation needed to be done meticu-lously, our compromises would have severe reper-cussions which we could not afford at the moment. The threat alerts should be examined from all direc-tions as the new methods indicated different type of techniques undertaken by the terrorists and sabo-teurs and we have to be ready to generate the match-ing counter terrorism response to foil all terrorism related attempts. We have to have extra security measures including surveillance and monitoring for averting all terrorism related threats.
Dost Muhammad Khan assured free treatment and even providing helicopter for the serious injured if the treatment could not be done effectively in Pe-shawar. The government would bear out all the expenditures, he added

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