CM Khattak approves special force for CPEC protection



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has approved the special security force for the CPEC and non-CPEC projects, including security cover to all the foreign investors in the province. The security cover would be extended to escort all the investors during the mobility, travelling and at destinations.

He was presiding over a meeting to finalise the arrangements for the establishment of a separate force to protect CPEC and non-CPEC projects, the security of industrial zones and all the foreign investors in the province.

The special security force would be comprised of 4200 personnel including dedicated, temporary and on a need-basis. The CM emphasised for close coordination with the security division of the army in this regard. The CM directed to set up cells in IGP offices and DIG offices in all regions of the province. 

The meeting debated the need for a permanent security; short term and long term arrangements and also made a number of decisions in this regard. Khattak formally approved the establishment of a security force for the CPEC and non-CPEC projects and security to all the foreign investors landing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for investment.

The CM also directed to firm up all the cost supported by cogent reasons and he assured clearance within no time. He directed that the new force should be organised on the pattern of rapid response force for a rapid response strategy. The new force would have a link with the regular police and there should be a clear vision for the deployment of the force in all districts. 

Khattak directed IGP Salahuddin and Home Secretary Shakeel Qadir to come up with a clear strategy for the raising, rationalisation and filling the vacant posts and the relocation of different personnel for induction into the new force. The provincial government, he assured would provide resources for force multipliers and necessary equipment for the new force.

The provincial government would give a sketch of the security paradigm in the incoming road-show in Beijing where the provincial government would market its different projects to the foreign investors, he concluded.

The meeting was attended by Advisor to Chief Minister on P&D Mian Khaliqur Rahman, Chief Secretary Abid Saeed, Secretary Home Shakeel Qadir, IGP Salahuddin, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Israr, Secretary P&D Shahab Ali Shah, Secretary Finance Ali Raza Bhutta and others.