KP Police stands guard outside a government building in Peshawar - File Photo
KP Police stands guard outside a government building in Peshawar - File Photo

PESHAWAR: Inspector-General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Nasir Durrani on Monday said a targeted operation will be conducted in Peshawar very soon.

Marketplaces and other public areas of the provincial capital would first be cleared by sniffer dogs and Bomb Disposal Units before being opened for the general public, he said, adding that approval for the measure had already been given by the KP government.

The IG's comments came a day after twin blasts claimed 43 lives in Qissa Khwani Bazaar, one of the oldest market places in Peshawar.

Speaking to reporters at the site of Sunday's attack, IG Durrani said the explosive used in the car bomb targeting Qissa Khwani Bazaar was locally made.

He further stated that the terrorists had changed their strategy of late, adding that first they were targeting the police, whereas, now they had started targeting markets and other public places.

He also stated that the provincial government had ordered the formation of a new strategy to fight terrorism and said the government would combat the menace with cooperation from the public.

The KP government had decided to launch the targeted operation after more than 140 people were killed in a flurry of suicide blasts that took place in Peshawar over the past one week. The decision was taken on Sunday in a high level meeting presided over by KP Chief Secretary Arbab Muhammad Shehzad.

While the meeting clearly defined the formation of a special task force which would combat terrorism, with the help of special intelligence organisations, it also decided to spread awareness against terrorism amongst the people.

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Sep 30, 2013 04:49pm

There should be a complete ban on two things in Pakistan- using the word 'soon' and forming special task forces.

Sep 30, 2013 05:14pm

thanks once a right step and please don't forget the other international agencies working in Pakistan and involved in terrorist / criminal actives should also be taken to task --- ask them to leave get visas cancelled

Sep 30, 2013 05:35pm

Pakistan Government and Army will never learn. Nothing's going to change until all drone killings and military operations are suspended.

Sep 30, 2013 05:46pm

operations should be conducted without warnings.

Sep 30, 2013 08:57pm

So much for the rhetoric of providing office space and sitting down for negotiations. Suppose that's the difference between sitting on the sidelines as the political opposition and having to sit in the hot seat as the guy in charge. The real question is what will be the new strategy? - Preliminary indications would seem to indicate it's nothing other temporarily driving the terrorist to another section of Pakistan - if so - that's a worthless exercise which has been tried and failed before.

Sep 30, 2013 11:20pm

Same old rheotoric. Actions speak louder than words. Publishing operational news in media before the op will serve what purpose... perpetrators will hide away. An action does not need the world to know, just do it!

Ali K
Oct 01, 2013 12:29am

C'mon, start it already!!! It is time for actions not lip service PTI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get over your pre-election mode!!!

Raja Islam
Oct 01, 2013 12:30am

Mr. Durrani, if you want to conduct an operation against criminals you do not have to announce it. Just need to do it.

Oct 01, 2013 12:43am

There has been hundreds of attacks in the last five years in PPP and ANP govt but these parties are now cashing in on recent attacks by terrorists. Seems like these attacks are being used to bring ANP and PPP back in KPK and its not the work of local terrorists but foreing funded and trained. These targeted operations have no value without strong and coordinated intelligence service. Local peoples should be given rewards n recognition to identify these terrorists among them.

Oct 01, 2013 02:05am

Why don't we ask Imran and PTI to go make peace with terrorists because I thought that's what they wanted?

Oct 01, 2013 03:41am

Haven't our authorities heard of covert operations? If you announce a targeted operation like you announce a wedding, are the terrorists going to sit there waiting for you to show up??

Oct 02, 2013 06:34am

Way to go IG!

Finally something is going to get done unlike others who said something and didnt do anything for the entire past term. For those who think that PTI should just do it, my question is how come this action of police was never done before where reportedly 170 or so attacks happened in one year? Maybe the answer is "It aint over till the fat lady sings"