QUETTA: In an attempt to make Balochistan Levies a modern force, Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri handed over 10 armoured personnel carriers (APC) to the force, in a ceremony of Saturday.
According to a press release issued by the provincial government, Zehri gave the vehicles in order to modernise the centuries-old force and provide them with better equipment, vehicles, communication devices and training to improve law and order in Balochistan.
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And while talking to the reporters here, Zehri said the government was providing 10 APCs to the Levies “which is responsible for maintenance of law and order in 90 per cent areas of the province”.
He said that the APCs were purchased from the Ordnance Factory in Wah. He handed over the APCs to the Director General Levies Saleh Mohammad Nasar.
The CM said he wanted to strengthen the force on the pattern of the police and other law enforcement agencies by providing them better equipment, weapons and communication devices.
“The government has already started implementing the plan to further modernise the Levies as a model force defending life and property,” he said.
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Zehri also told the reporters that his government had maintained total transparency in purchasing the APCs and other equipment.
“This time we bought the APCs from the Ordnance Factory, Wah. The vehicle is called B7 which is part of the fleet of the Pakistan Army,” he said, adding that a single APC cost the government around Rs29 million.
During the ceremony, the chief minister also announced that his government would buy 20 more such vehicles and that the fund for them would be earmarked in the upcoming fiscal budget.
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