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Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif. — File photo
Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif. — File photo

LAHORE: During a meeting in Lahore to review the law and order situation of Punjab, provincial chief minister Shahbaz Sharif said Tuesday that a special force would be constituted to protect foreigners.

Following a briefing by the Inspector General of Police Punjab, Aftab Sultan, on the current security situation of the province, Shahbaz said law enforcement was a top priority of his government.

The chief minister asked police and law enforcement agencies to remain alert in case of any untoward incident. Given the recent rise in terrorism, he ordered the recruitment of 4,000 constables in the police force.

Speaking on the security of foreigners in the province, Shahbaz said short-term and long-term planning should be done for their protection. He stressed on the importance of implementing strict security measures for their security.

This order comes hot on the heels of a recent attack on foreign climbers in Pakistan that caused an international uproar and led the federal government to suspend expeditions on Nanga Parbat, the country’s second highest mountain peak, until the security situation could be brought under control.

With 14 August just around the corner, the chief minister stressed on fool-proof security measures as well as on strictly implementing the ban on one-wheeling.

The ban was imposed on both one-wheeling and motorbikes without silencers on August 6 by the City District Government of Lahore under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

The chief minister also directed the authorities to ensure that traffic in the province remained smooth and normal on August 14 in view of the celebrations for the upcoming Independence Day.

Comments (20) Closed

Reader Aug 13, 2013 12:41pm

Mr. Shabaz what about security for ordinary pakistani citizens let alone foreigners? As a govt you first have responsibility for its citizen who elected you to rule the country. So arrange for their security and as the saying goes' charity begins at home'.

faisal baloch Aug 13, 2013 01:03pm

good, but first of all, there has to be a special force for the protection of the locals, for the 180 million pakistanis. if locals are protected, and feel safe, automatically the foreigners will feel the same.

Jamshed Khan Aug 13, 2013 01:23pm

And what about Pakistanis?

Gerry D'Cunha Aug 13, 2013 01:41pm

CM's words cannot be taken for granted - he needs to first protect his own citizens

Farhan Aug 13, 2013 02:18pm

HELLO!!! Safety and Protection to be provided to every PAKISTANI CITIZEN is your DUTY and every citizens RIGHT. For once work things out for your OWN PEOPLE first..

Fahad Aug 13, 2013 04:00pm

Thanks to Shehbaz Sharif that he has allocated police for foreigners. I as a Pakistani, also want to apply for foreign citizenship. Then I will also be protected by the Police of Pakistan. Thanks to the dying and exploding people of Pakistan that they have given their Income tax money to protect the foreigners. Really generous.

G.A. Aug 13, 2013 04:52pm

A force set up to protect virtually non-existent foreign visitors - unless he's counting overseas Pakistanis as foreigners. With no foreigners to protect this force will have nothing to do.

Agha Ata Aug 13, 2013 05:19pm

You haven't yet set up a special force to protect armed forces Head Quarters and other important places and even to protect innocent civilians. And how, these special forces be different than regular forces? And why haven't they been used to protect thousands of civilians who are killed in past few years.

asim Aug 13, 2013 06:00pm

@Jamshed Khan: What about them? They don't exist. Pakistan is the country of elites and foreigners.

Farhan Aug 13, 2013 06:51pm

We expected this from you Sir!

AA Aug 13, 2013 06:54pm

As usual Shahbaz Sharif and his extreme short-sightedness!

sam Aug 13, 2013 06:55pm

Please first save Pakistanis on any cost.

Yasmeen Aug 13, 2013 07:28pm

@G.A.: There are quite a few foreigners in Pakistan, including myself and I'm not including overseas Pakistani's.

Saleem Aug 13, 2013 07:42pm

Another misdirected priority of our current rulers like bullet train. We would be better off investing in local police and provide security to every one rather then just foreigners. Security is a right of every Pakistani and foreigners will only come to Pakistan once we can improve over all law and order situation.

Usman Ahmad Aug 13, 2013 08:01pm

Actually he is talking about his own siblings who has dual nationality.They need to be protected first.He does not care about 180 Millions Pakistanies. What a Show Baz.

Hassan Aug 13, 2013 08:10pm

I think that because the international community has developed a rather far fetched idea of what the state of Pakistan has become in the recent years, coupled with the media-scare propaganda has I think essentially given even foreign visitor an impression that the moment they'll enter Pakistan, some unfortunate, but completely expected event will take place.

We as a collective nation have to develop a sense of belonging, a sense of community among ourselves, to look after our guests which come and visit for country for all that it can offer, and to see a little shade of humanity and happiness that our people can offer. We must make sure that we never forget that responsibility, for I have every reason to believe that Pakistan was and always will be a hospitable nation, and it will always go to every extent possible to protect its guest.

Because this is what I have always believed in, and these national values is what I sincerely hope to get instilled in our people, when we see a foreigner who sees that Pakistanis have so much love and joy and happiness to share with everyone, it should always remind us that we're a nation that's built on values. We respect and care for our visitors.

Feroze Aug 13, 2013 11:19pm

Similar forces have been created in the past too but the security keeps on getting worse. Remember FSF, ASF and few others I cannot remember now.

AA Aug 14, 2013 02:11am

How true...since Sharif family holds multiple nationalities, it plays right in their field. A special police force to protect them... Can the prime minister please take notice of this irresponsible statement...oh sorry...what am I thinking...

Yousaf Aug 14, 2013 12:06pm

So now every visitor will have police commandos attached to him/her? Not a very nice way to welcome visitors.

Czar Aug 15, 2013 06:38am

how about a special force to protect Pakistanis?