Caretaker CM chairs meeting on security, financial issues

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Meeting decides withdrawal of unnecessary police security from prominent figures in KP
PESHAWAR
In the wake of the recent spate of lawlessness, the overall law and order situation in the province was reviewed at a high-level meeting chaired by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa caretaker Chief Minister Muhammad Azam Khan on Tuesday.
The officials briefed the meeting and the caretaker CM about the steps being taken to maintain law and order situation in the province.
The forum was also informed about the financial crunches of the province and the government steps to overcome the financial difficulties.
Chief Secretary Dr Shahzad Bangash, Inspector General of Police Moazzam Jah Ansari, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Amjad Ali Khan, Administrative Secretaries of concerned departments and other relevant police officials attended the meeting.
On this occasion, the Caretaker Chief Minister has decided to take up the financial problems and law and order related issues with the Prime Minister and said that he will meet the Prime Minister in the next few days to inform him about the problems facing the province.
Mr Khan said that the current situation of law and order in the province and the financial issues are both very important, adding that the provincial government will give special attention to solving these problems and in this regard, efforts will be made to get all possible support from the federal government.
Mohammad Azam Khan termed the increasing incidents of law and order and attacks on the police in the province as worrying and said that all available resources will be used to improve the law and order situation in the province.
In the context of the objective conditions of the province, discussions will be held with the federal government to strengthen the police and equip it with modern equipment.
The officials were directed to prepare formal proposals for formulating a new policy related to security of the province.
On this occasion, it was suggested to withdraw police security from prominent figures.
The forum was informed that currently more than 4000 policemen have been deputed on the security of various personalities in the province.
“The province cannot afford to provide unnecessary police security to people in the current security situation, those who really need security will be provided with police guards,” he added and said that the role of the police in providing services to the people in the province, especially in terms of law and order, is commendable.
The caretaker chief minister asked the people to keep a close watch on the miscreants around them.
Prove that you are a responsible citizen by fully cooperating with the police to maintain public peace and order.
Mohammad Azam Khan said that the police personnel are always engaged in protecting the life and property of the people, but other sections of the society and citizens also have to play their part in this regard.
Meanwhile, the meeting was given a detailed briefing regarding the overall law and order situation in the province, the challenges faced in this regard, the steps taken by the police and the future plan of action.
The meeting was informed that during the year 2022, a total of 494 incidents of terrorist extremism were reported in the province, as a result of which 119 policemen were martyred and 112 were injured.
During the year 2022, more than 21,000 search and strike operations were conducted, as a result of which more than 13300 suspects were detained.
Similarly, more than 125,000 suspects were detained during snap checking and more than 15,000 FIRs were registered during the search operation at houses, residential buildings, hotels, public transport terminals and other sensitive places during the last one year.
The meeting was further informed that during the last one year, 812 miscreants were arrested in various operations under the Anti-Terrorism Department and legal action was taken against them.
Similarly, more than 62,000 different types of weapons were seized by the police in the province.
It was further informed that during 2022, 16 vaccination campaigns were organized in connection with anti-polio during which 14 attacks were made on polio teams in which seven police personnel were martyred.
The meeting was informed that the police department is taking all possible measures according to the available resources to deal with the challenges related to law and order.
Steps have been taken to improve the communication with law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies as well as increase the capacity of the police. Similarly, installation of CCTV cameras is being ensured to monitor sensitive places.