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Monday, April 16, 2012

Quetta braces for targeted operation

By: Bari Baloch | April 16, 2012 |

QUETTA - Following the rise in the incidents of sectarian killings, the Balochistan Government has decided to start targeted action against the terrorists creating law and order problem, particularly stoking sectarian violence in the province by attacking people belonging to Hazara community of Shia Muslims.

This was decided on Sunday during a high-level meeting specially convened to review the law and order situation in Quetta after frequent incidents of sectarian killings, chaired by Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani.

Provincial Home Minister Zafarullah Zehri, Ali Madad Jattak, Home Secretary Nasebullah Bazai, Inspector General Police Rao Amin Muhammad Hashim, leaders of Shia Conference, Hazara community and religious leaders and representatives of law-enforcement agencies attended the meeting.

Raisani once again blamed the foreign elements for recent killings and acts of terrorism in Quetta and urged the religious scholars and political leaders to maintain unity and harmony to foil this conspiracy.

The meeting approved a comprehensive and long lasting security plan under which targeted operation will be launched against terrorists fanning sectarian violence and involved in other heinous crimes taking place in Quetta.

The meeting decided to constitute committees comprising legislators that will monitor the implementation of security plan and coordinate with the law- enforcement agencies.

Home Secretary Nasebullah Bazai informed meeting that Quetta city will be divided into 20 sectors and details of police check posts, pickets and patrolling teams have already been sought for this purpose.

Separate Committees were formed by Home Ministry to monitor the situation on a daily basis and keep a close eye on duty police officers.

‘Departmental action will take place against the police officials if they found negligence from the duties or any untoward incident took place in their jurisdiction’, he told the participants.

The government will set up scanner gates on the highways leading to Quetta city while the check posts of Frontier Corps (FC), police and Balochistan Levies will be established on other routes, he said.

As many as 250 Close Circuit Cameras will be installed in Quetta city while police and Balochistan Levies will be provided with sophisticated weapons and facilities of transportation and communication, Home Secretary informed the Chief Minister.

He said these measures will help the law-enforcement agencies to overcome the menace of targeted killings and sectarian violence. Senior official of Frontier Corps (FC) assured complete backup for police and Balochistan Levies when needed.

It has been decided during the meeting that law-enforcement agencies will proceed against the criminals and take stern action rather than adopting defensive strategy.

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