ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has promised to set up a hospital in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that would provide free treatment to Frontier Constabulary personnel and their families. The minister also pledged to establish a college for the children of FC personnel.
Both the hospital and the school will be built as soon as the K-P government sanctions land for the purpose, he said.
The minister also appreciated the dutifulness and professionalism of the law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) which have helped revive the true image of police while confronting armed groups threatening the rule of law and attempting to disrupt the lives of citizens.
He expressed these views during a luncheon hosted by him in honour of the police of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and the Rawalpindi division.
Nisar also appreciated the strategy of the administration and the police in tackling the situation in the lead-up to the Nov 2 protest.
The interior minister, while reacting to the remarks of the K-P chief minister that FC personnel who are Pashtun were pitted against Pashtun, said one must not drag the FC into politics and added the FC is a force of Pakistan.
He said only 400 FC personnel stopped the movement of a 8,000-strong mob.
The minister said after 10 years, police and LEAs maintained law and order in the true spirit when an armed group attempted to put into practice their wishes in the capital territory.
“Since the struggle of lawyers for restoration of the judiciary, the world has witnessed that police has been on the run and armed groups were behind them,” he stated. This time, however, they changed this perception and improved their image, he said.
He said that a different colour is being given to the administration’s decision to allow Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) to hold a convention in Islamabad.
But Nisar pointed out that the DPC had in fact sought prior permission from the administration. Moreover, not all organisations in the DPC are proscribed and there are many political parties in it such as Jamaat-e-Islami, Sheikh Rashid’s Awami Muslim League, Q-League, the party of Ejazul Haq and others.
Nisar also announced medals, commendation certificates and cash prizes for those personnel who were deployed for security duties in Islamabad and Punjab during the political tension.
In his address of welcome, Inspector General of Police Islamabad Tariq Masood Yasin said the way the interior minister led and guided the security team to establish writ of the state was commendable.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 4th, 2016.
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