Pro­vide Rangers for Pe­shawar's se­cu­rity: CM Pervez Khat­tak

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

PE­SHAWER: To ad­dress the press­ing is­sue of ex­tor­tion through­out the prov­ince, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) govern­ment has called for de­ploy­ment of Rangers in Pe­shawar. Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in Pe­shawar, Chief Min­is­ter Pervez Khat­tak ex­pressed that he had writ­ten a let­ter to the In­te­rior Min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to pro­vide Rangers for Pe­shawar's se­cu­rity.

"The sit­u­a­tion had im­proved con­sid­er­ably af­ter Op­er­a­tion Zarb-i-Azab and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Ac­tion Plan (NAP). But the is­sue of ex­tor­tion has cropped up again and a ma­jor group in­volved in ex­tor­tion cases is op­er­at­ing from across the bor­der," said the let­ter. At the same time, se­cu­rity troops are al­ready de­ployed on the out­skirts of Pe­shawar, the mo­tor­way and In­dus High­way.

On the oc­ca­sion, Chief Min­is­ter Pervez Khat­tak fur­ther ex­pressed that he had re­cently dis­cussed the is­sue of Afghan SIM cards be­ing used in ex­tor­tion calls with the Afghan am­bas­sador Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal. In re­sponse, Mr Zakhilwal en­sured that the man in­volved in the tar­get killing of the Pres­i­dent of Pe­shawar Trader's As­so­ci­a­tion, Haji Haleem Jan would be handed over to Pak­istani au­thor­i­ties.

Over 160 Afghan cell phone num­bers are be­ing used for mak­ing ex­tor­tion calls to peo­ple in­clud­ing traders and in­dus­tri­al­ists in the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal and other parts of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Traders, in­dus­tri­al­ists and other im­por­tant fig­ures in dif­fer­ent parts of the prov­ince have been a tar­get of the ex­tor­tion calls. Those who refuse to pay the money are tar­geted by as­sas­sins and in some cases; the houses of a few who re­fused to pay ex­tor­tion money were at­tacked with bombs. Af­ter their re­fusal, some of the peo­ple be­came vic­tims of tar­get killing too. The Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa au­thor­i­ties had sent a let­ter to the In­te­rior Min­istry last month to con­sult the is­sue with the neigh­bour­ing Afghan au­thor­i­ties. In ad­di­tion, they had also sent a com­plete list of cel­lu­lar num­bers be­ing used by the ex­tor­tion­ists from across the bor­der.

"It is re­quested to take up the mat­ter with the govern­ment of Afghanistan through the Min­istry of For­eign Affairs for dis­man­tling their bases and apprehending the mis­cre­ants in­volved in the men­ace of ex­tor­tion," said the of­fi­cial let­ter by Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa po­lice chief Nasir Khan Dur­rani to the Sec­re­tary Min­istry of In­te­rior Arif Ah­mad Khan. With re­gard to Op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb and strong ef­forts from the po­lice and Counter-Ter­ror­ism Depart­ment, a prom­i­nent 50 per cent de­crease has been wit­nessed in 2015 com­pared to 2014. "The prob­lem will per­sist till the is­sue of spill-over sig­nals and cross bor­der fre­quency in­ter­fer­ence is dealt with. There is a lot of dis­com­fort and in­se­cu­rity in the busi­ness com­mu­nity on ac­count of cross-bor­der ex­tor­tion calls," the let­ter fur­ther added.

In Jan­uary, heavy fir­ing and sev­eral blasts were heard when four ter­ror­ists en­tered Bacha Khan Univer­sity in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda town. Ac­cord­ing to In­ter-Ser­vices Pub­lic Re­la­tions (ISPR) Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Lt Gen­eral Asim Ba­jwa, the ter­ror­ists who car­ried out the at­tack were us­ing Afghan SIMs. One of the ter­ror­ists was re­ceiv­ing calls from Afghanistan even af­ter he was killed. The ISPR Chief said that SIM cards and two mo­bile phones were re­cov­ered from the ter­ror­ists, which were traced and an­a­lyzed. Gen­eral Ba­jwa claimed that the ter­ror­ists who car­ried out the at­tack were get­ting in­for­ma­tion from out­side and were re­ceiv­ing calls from out­side.

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