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PESHAWAR: Following a series of attacks in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province, the KP government has devised a counter-terror strategy to ward off threats to the city.

Secretary Interior Akthar Ali Shah, while briefing the media, after a high-level security meeting on Sunday night, said that two special task forces would be set up for the city to maintain peace and counter militant threats.

One of the committee's will be headed by the Commissioner and the other will be under the Inspector-General (IG) Police.

Akhtar Ali Shah said that Peshawar would be divided into four zones and targeted operations would be carried out in sensitive areas.

The emphasis of these targeted operations will be on bus stands, hotels and private inns which will be throughly searched.

He said that a ready to move quick response force would be present in each zone along with the police.

"We have to comb the affected areas where miscreants might have a presence and then go against them," Shah stated.

The task forces would have representatives of the IGP, IG Frontier Corps and intelligence agencies. The chief secretary and their representatives will also make coordinated efforts to counter threats.

Akhtar Ali Shah said that the committees would also devise short and long-term measures to counter terrorism.

He said that intelligence sharing and gathering would be improved and that public mobilization would also be increased.

Shah said that 2009 was the worst year in terms of terrorist attacks, but "we successfully came out of it and now an effective strategy is on the cards".

Comments (9) Closed

javed yzai Sep 30, 2013 12:35am

So how does dividing Peshawar into 4 zones amount to strategy? You kidding me PTI

ahmedj Sep 30, 2013 01:02am

I hope they are working on right strategy. Further besides 1122, authorities have to introduce a dedicated freetoll telephone especially for terrorism related crime, where member of public could report a crime or suspicious behaviour by calling that designated number. The caller can be given the option to remain anonymous. The information could be vital and beneficial for the police and intelligence agencies. Remember, Peshawar's Airport fugitives were traced and spotted by the public. Public would always be willing to help the law enforcing agency when there is an organised system they could trust. An e-mail can also be beneficial.

Ahmer Sep 30, 2013 01:14am

If terrorism could be eliminated by such gimmicks, it would have happened long ago. Attack terrorists bases in N Wazoristan where all their acts are directed from.

Nazim Sep 30, 2013 02:34am

Where are all the haters that bash PTI for encouraging dialogue. This truly shows how much PTI cares for public.. Even though they have had dialogue stance for some time now and have been at it. They have encouraged operation to strengthen forces & to make KPK a safer place as they know the federal government isn't doing anything to help them or the people of KPK. Punjab is fine/safe and so they are not worried, no need for a counter terrorism policy. PTI must remember now this is their government, all fingers at them if anything happens, I pray for the success of PTI and other parties all over Pakistan.. Together we must unite against these animals.

Ali K Sep 30, 2013 03:19am

Good plan! Now get down to work and hit them hard.

NASAH (USA) Sep 30, 2013 04:41am

Great idea -- Peshawar will be divided into 4 security Zones -- and each zone will have one Taliban 'office'.

Akhtar Ali Shah said -- :" that a ready to move quick response force would be present in each zone along with the police (in the office).

Emm Sep 30, 2013 07:04am

Excellent Move.

patriot Sep 30, 2013 10:46am

finally, a good move and strategy by PTI. install explosives scanners at all entry points of Peshawar old and new city. monitor explosives and fertilizer factories. raid suspected areas in KPK for explosives and arms.

NASAH (USA) Oct 01, 2013 06:57pm

Like Imran Khan -- Akhtar Ali Shah lives in future -- there is nothing the PTI can offer to Peshawris right now -- it is all in future.

"teray waaday pe jiye hum........kay khooshi se mur nu jaatay agar etabaar hota"