‘Called Rangers for ac­count­abil­ity rather than se­cu­rity’

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Chief Min­is­ter Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Pervez Khat­tak ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with re­gard to the Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Po­lice and said that he has called the Rangers for ac­count­abil­ity rather than se­cu­rity.

At­tend­ing a cer­e­mony of pass­ing out pa­rade of Elite Force batch in Now­shehra, KP Chief Min­is­ter stated that he is fully sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance of KP Po­lice. The scuf­fle be­tween bu­reau­cracy and Po­lice depart­ment is some­thing usual, but the heads of both de­part­ments can sit to­gether and sort out the is­sues.

Ear­lier this week at a press con- fer­ence 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-iAzab 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.

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 ex­tor- tion," 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-eAzb 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.

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