LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday sanctioned the formation of an anti-terrorist force in Punjab, DawnNews reported.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the prime minister at his Raiwind residence.
Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Inspector General Punjab Police Khan Baig and other senior officials were present during the meeting.
The meeting reviewed the law and order situation in Punjab during which the officials gave a detailed briefing to Prime Minister Sharif on the matter.
Addressing those present, the premier said the government must ensure that its writ remains and for that purpose it has to effectively tackle elements engaged in terrorism and extortion.
He said no one would be allowed to challenge the writ of the state and directed that the anti-terrorist force be kept separate from the police force.
The prime minister moreover directed that those inducted in the force should be professional and competent individuals and should be paid well and given the most efficient equipment to carry out their duties.