Balochistan govt decides to drive out illegal immigrants

QUETTA: Balochistan government has decided to drive out illegal immigrants from provincial capital, as they are posing serious threats to internal security.The decision was made during a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani to review the security situation after the twin suicide attacks on the residence of Deputy Inspector General Frontier Corps (DIG-FC) Farrukh Shehzad on Wednesday.

Chief Secretary Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri, Inspector General Police (IGP) Rao Mohammad Amin, IG Frontier Corps (FC) Major General Ubaidullah Khan Khattak, Home Secretary Nasebullah Bazai, Quetta Commissioner Naseem Ahmed Lehri, Quetta CCPO and other high officials attended the meeting. The focus of the meeting was investigation into the suicide attacks and recent security arrangements of provincial capital.

The meeting decided to conduct a thorough survey in provincial capital and arrest all the illegal immigrants, including Afghan refugees who are illegally residing in Quetta localities. “The illegal immigrants will be sent across the border as they have become a security threat,” participants decided.It is pertinent to mention that one of the suicide bombers was identified through an ID card as Afghan refugee. He was a terrorist in the garb of an Afghan refugee.The meeting decided to install surveillance cameras and scanners at six entry points of the Quetta city. The participants were told that security in all important, sensitive and commercial areas will be increased. Police, FC and Balochistan Levies will jointly make security arrangements inside the city and its surrounding settlements. The officials were directed to search those people, motorcycles, vehicles and cycles if found suspicious.

The government has chalked out a strategy to de-weaponise the provincial capital which will soon be in place. A ban was also imposed on displaying legal weapons.A task force was also constituted comprising senior officials of law enforcing agencies which will convene meeting on a daily-basis to review and exchange and share the information about anti-social elements and bring them to book.CM Nawab Raisani while addressing the participants has said there is need to improve the intelligence network in Balochistan to maintain law and order. “Government will provide resources, sophisticated machinery and political support to law enforcers to cope with the prevailing law and order situation.

The terrorists are common enemies of people and political parties, therefore, all-out efforts are underway to eliminate them from society,” he said. “It is the responsibility of government to protect the life and property of the people and government is not oblivious to its responsibility. Those backing the terrorism on religious and sectarian grounds will be dealt with iron hands,” the CM told the participants. The participants expressed satisfaction over the courage of law enforcers. A glowing tribute was paid to those personnel who embraced martyrdom during the suicide attacks. – APP