Special Security Division to protect CPEC, Chinese nationals

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—The Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was informed on Friday that a Special Security Division (SSD) comprising 9,000 Pakistan Army soldiers and 6,000 para-military forces personnel has been set up for the security of the project and individuals working on it.
”Special Security Division has been entrusted with the duty of protecting Chinese workers and projects under CPEC,” officials of ministry of defence said while briefing the parliamentary panel on Friday.
The remarks were made in an in-camera meeting of the committee on CPEC, which was chaired by Senator Mushahid Hussain.
The committee was being briefed by the ministry of defence and the ministry of interior on security of CPEC and the various steps taken by the government for the protection of Chinese nationals and projects under the CPEC.
The government has also allocated Rs1.3 billion for CPEC security in addition to the efforts of provincial governments, the committee was informed. “The cost of raising the SSD was Rs0.5 billion and it took a year to be raised,” the officials said.

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