Islamabad (November 29, 2017): Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal has said on Wednesday that a 2,000-strong anti-riots police force would be raised to maintain peace in Islamabad in any eventuality.
He was speaking during his visit to the centre of Counter-Terrorism Force at Police Lines in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The Minister said foolproof security will be ensured to the residents of Islamabad.
He told that the economy has suffered a loss of more than Rs100 billion due to war against terrorism.
Iqbal said that at least 6000 policemen were martyred and 70,000 sustained injuries in the war.
He said that a National Action Plan was made and anti-terrorism force was formed. The minister asserted that action against the terrorists was taken with full strength which broke their backbone.
He said the Counter-Terrorism Force was established in the backdrop of terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. The personnel of this force have received training from Pakistan Army and they are capable enough to tackle the challenge of terrorism effectively.
Ahsan Iqbal said women are also part of the new force and said women are contributing towards elimination of the menace of terrorism.
He said fulfledged operations were launched against terrorism across the country and as a consequence today, peace has been attained in Balochistan and Karachi. Effective operations have also been carried out in FATA to root out terrorism from the area.
Ahsan Iqbal said back of terrorists has been broken to a great extent because of these operations.
He said only state can declare and carry out Jehad in an Islamic country.
The Minister said our enemy is using all tactics against Pakistan and we will have to excell in our professionalism to counter this threat.