QUETTA: More than 9,000 suspected militants and criminals were apprehended by police, levies, frontier corps and intelligence agencies in Balochistan as a part of the national action plan in the year 2015, according to Home Secretary Balochistan, Akbar Hussain Durrani.

The Home Secretary claimed that a total of 1,973 intelligence based-operations were conducted in Balochistan and apprehend the elements involved in targeted killings, bomb explosions and kidnappings.

"Innocent people were freed, whereas the criminals were charged", he added.

Durrani said that the law enforcement agencies also killed at least 204 'hardcore militants' during the year 2015 adding that 70 law enforcement agencies personnel were also killed during encounters with 'miscreants'.

He maintained that the suspects killed during the operation mostly belonged to banned outfits.

"Balochistan Government implemented 17 out of 20 points under NAP to bring an end to unrest and maintain law and order situation. " Mr. Durrani said.

Related: Days of terrorists are numbered, says PM

The Home Secretary stated that law and order situation in Balochistan improved by 70 percent during last two years. "Complete implementation of NAP would ensure peace in the province", he added.

Security forces expedited operations in Quetta and other troubled parts of Balochistan in the aftermath of announcement of NAP by the federal government after the terror attack on Peshawar's Army Public School which killed 144 people, mostly children.

The province has been under the grip of violence attacks by militant groups and Baloch insurgents for last more than a decade. Violent attacks had claimed scores of precious human lives.

Also Read: Balochistan govt extends policing powers of FC for three months

Opinion

Editorial

Policy rate hike
Updated 27 Nov, 2022

Policy rate hike

The decision to hike the policy rate by 100bps is a step in the right direction, even if intended to appease the IMF.
Vawda’s reprieve
27 Nov, 2022

Vawda’s reprieve

FAISAL Vawda should be relieved. After years of running from a reckoning for submitting a false declaration in his...
Gujarat’s ghosts
27 Nov, 2022

Gujarat’s ghosts

TWO decades have passed since the bloody Gujarat riots, one of the worst spasms of anti-Muslim violence witnessed in...
March in Pindi
Updated 26 Nov, 2022

March in Pindi

WITH the chief’s appointment out of the way and the army intent on staying out of politics, the fight is now down...
Tough IMF position
26 Nov, 2022

Tough IMF position

THE IMF has made it clear that Pakistan’s “timely finalisation of the [flood] recovery plan” — the key ...
The youth vote
26 Nov, 2022

The youth vote

PAKISTAN is an overwhelmingly young nation, with about 64pc of the population under 30. Yet our political system has...