QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo has warned that the elements challenging the writ of the state will be dealt with an iron hand.

“The terrorists and their facilitators who are carrying out attacks on innocent people and security forces to create unrest just for achieving their nefarious designs will not be spared and will be brought to justice,” the chief minister said while presiding over a high-level meeting on law and order in Turbat on Friday.

The meeting reviewed the law and order situation in Balochistan in the wake of the recent terrorist attack on a check-post of security forces in Kech district in which 10 soldiers were martyred.

Security officials briefed the meeting about the action against the militants involved in the attack.

The meeting stressed the need for evolving a strategy for systematic and coordinated action against subversive elements and made some important decisions. The law and order situation and security issues in Makran division, especially border areas, were discussed in detail and the officials concerned presented their reports.

The meeting decided to utilise all available resources to take effective action against terrorists.

Adviser to the Chief Minister on Home and Tribal Affairs Mir Ziaullah Langove, Chief Secretary Mathar Niaz Rana, Makran Commissioner Shabbir Mengal, DIG Javed Ahmed Jaskani, Kech DPO Bahram Khan Mandokhail and senior FC officials attended the meeting.

Chief Minister Bizenjo said no one would be allowed to challenge the writ of the state, adding that law enforcement agencies had been directed to expedite action against subversive elements. “Sacrifices of our soldiers and other forces rendered for the protection of homeland will not go in vain.”

He said all agencies should further coordinate and strengthen cooperation as well as the system of mutual intelligence information exchange. “Law enforcement agencies should hold monthly meetings with district administrations and activities of anti-state elements should be constantly monitored and their data checked in this regard,” CM Bizenjo said.

He said law enforcement agencies would be provided modern weapons and other necessary equipment to deal with terrorists. He directed law enforcement agencies to take special care of the public difficulties while performing their duties so that self-esteem of any citizen is not harmed. Unnecessary check-posts should be removed for smooth transportation, Mr Bizenjo added.

Published in Dawn, January 29th, 2022

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