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LAHORE, Oct 18 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said state has the right to take pre-emptive steps for protection of its citizens and a special counter terrorism force (SCTF) would be formed soon in Punjab.He said this while chairing a meeting here on Friday wherein he was given a presentation on SCTF in Punjab.Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Inspector General (IG) Khan Baig and officials of various law enforcement agencies also attended the meeting.

The Prime Minister directed that the new force should be raised immediately with a new command structure and be professionally sound, competent and adequately paid. He said anti terrorism force structure would be separate from that of police The Prime Minister said a new force is needed to deliver in the right direction and he expects that this (new force) will help in eliminating extortionists and target killers.

He said, “Law enforcement agencies need to show zero tolerance towards heinous crimes In this regard, the Prime Minister said, “We have promulgated laws which would deal with the enemies of the state within the framework of our Constitution and based on principles laid down by our founding fathers.”

Terrorists, target killers and extortionists would be dealt with an iron hand and they would be brought to justice, he added The Prime Minister emphasized that writ of the state has to be ensured at all costs. Target killers and extortionists must understand that rules of engagement for such a war are different and strict, he added.