Passing-out parade of second CTF batch delayed amidst security concerns

LAHORE: The passing-out parade of the second batch of the Counter Terrorism Force (CTF) has been delayed due to security threats, according to sources.

Requesting anonymity, a senior police official told a private media outlet that 421 corporals had completed their training. “The passing out parade was scheduled to be held on March 23. However, it has been delayed,” he said. “The ceremony will now likely be held in the first week of April,” he said. He said the passing-out of the third batch of the CTF was expected to be held on August14.

Another police official said that 1,500 corporals had been recruited through the Punjab Public Service Commission. “A total of 822 have completed their training so far. The Counter-terrorism Department has been given Rs300 million to train the corporals,” he said.

He said that the corporals had been trained by 70 experts from Turkey and Elite Force trainers.

“They will be deployed at special police stations. These police stations are being established to deal with cases related to terrorism,” he said.

The official said that the special police stations were being built in Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Multan.

“These police stations will register FIRs in terrorism cases, interrogate suspects and follow suspects’ trials in courts. At each police station, a DSP and an SP will be posted,” he said.

Another senior police official said that the Counter Terrorism Department was gathering intelligence about high-profile terrorism suspects and banned organisations.

“The department would be able to obtain 30-days physical remand of suspects detained under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. The remand could be extended to 90 days in accordance with the new internal security policy. The policemen deputed at the special police stations will have different uniforms,” he said.

“The department will be provided modern equipment, weapons and training,” he said.