The entire security plan of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been revamped after it was found that the in-charge of its security was an operative of a banned outfit, this was reliably learnt by The Express Tribune on Monday.
Sources said that although the man, said to be a head constable of police’s Haider Company, was transferred, but FIA security wing believed that its security plan was compromised.
In view of the circumstances arising after the assassination of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) of Lahore was requested to replace the police guard stationed at FIA office with screened personnel with immediate effect. Taseer was shot dead by one of his personal guards.
FIA’s security in-charge also called for re-screening of Rangers personnel deployed at the federal agency’s zonal offices, besides deploying two snipers atop nearby buildings to neutralise the threat immediately.
The security wing had also sought the formation of a special committee to formulate a new security plan.
The changes were made in the security plan on the orders of FIA Punjab’s acting director Waqar Haider, sources said.
The Haider Company’s guards, it is learnt, were replaced with personnel of the Ghazi Company, headed by Head Constable Muhammad Saleem.
All nine officials of the Punjab Constabulary stationed at FIA building are being re-screened by provincial and federal level intelligence agencies. Officials also said that eight other personnel of Pakistan Rangers, Punjab, and 10 staffers of FIA’s security wing would also be re-screened.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2011.