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Anti-Terrorist Force Approved for Relatively Stable Punjab

Raiwind: Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has approved formation of a separate anti-terrorist force in Punjab to improve worsening law and order situation in the country. Decision was taken in a high level meeting held at Raiwind estate of Sharifs and is presided by Mian Nawaz Sharif. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, provincial police chief and other senior officials also attended the meeting.

Prime Minister directed that proposed force should be well equipped, well paid and separate from regular police force. He advised that high standards and merit should be maintained to induct professional and competent personnel in anti-terrorist force.

Punjab is largest province of Pakistan and a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. Ironically, Prime Minister has not shown similar interest and intent regarding curbing militancy and terrorism in other provinces. Khyber Pukhtunkhwa is most hardly hit by Taliban style of militancy despite being governed by PTI, a staunch supporter of peace talks with Taliban.

Karachi, provincial capital of Sindh is also being ruled by target killers, money extortionists and other street criminals. Writ of the government is very weak and there is no visible improvement in situation despite ongoing military operation in largest metropolis of the country.

Balochistan is also facing brunt of nature alongside insurgents. Province was badly affected as result of 7.7 magnitude earthquake last month. Aid workers are facing lot of difficulties due to very weak presence of government and very strong presence of insurgents.

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