Balochistan law and order: FC given ‘free hand’ to launch crackdown

Published: January 17, 2013
Decisions taken in the meeting include a ban on publicly displaying weapons across the province. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Decisions taken in the meeting include a ban on publicly displaying weapons across the province. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE


Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi has decided to give police and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel ‘a free hand’ to crack down on elements responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation in the province.

According to an official handout, the decision was taken in a high-level meeting held at the Governor House on Wednesday to solve issues plaguing Balochistan.

Decisions taken in the meeting include a ban on publicly displaying weapons across the province. All law enforcement agencies and provincial administration departments were directed to ensure compliance with the ban.

The governor also directed concerned quarters to compensate the family members of those who lost their lives or were injured as a result of violence in the province till January 31, 2013. He also announced a Rs10,000 stipend for rebels who decide to quit armed resistance in the province.

The meeting was attended by Lt Gen Mohammad Alam Katak, Balochistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad, FC Inspector General (IG) Maj Gen Ubaidullah Khan, Balochistan police IG Tariq Umar Khatab and provincial secretary of interior Akbar Hussain Durrani among other officials.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 17th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • John B
    Jan 17, 2013 - 11:52AM

    As I said before, this FC in policing will only bring out the simmering Baluchistan nationalism to full swing and the very cause of Hazara killing will be forgotten.


  • The Great Game
    Jan 17, 2013 - 2:21PM

    The greatest game…..Using Pashtuns against Pukhtuns at all fronts… the name war on terror, national security and writ of the government or taliban…….. In Balochistan Pashtun are victims, Afghanistan Pashtuns, KPK Pashtuns, FATA Pashtuns, Swat Pashtun, Karachi Pashtuns….FC Pashtuns….Police Pashtuns…Taliban Pashtuns……World politicians using Pashtuns, agencies using Pashtun, Local politicians using Pashtuns……wakeup Pashtuns before no Pashtun alive.


  • Khyber
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:20PM

    FC will try to kill Balochs and Pukhtoons. It is a part of a game against Pukhtoons and Balochs. Pukhtoons and Baloch should unite together and we dont belong from this soil and if we are united then People of Pakistan are nothing in front ot us.

    @The Great Game Yes you are right. The recent incident have opened our eyes thankfully. We are Pushtuns first then anything else. Weather it is Afghanistan or Pakistan or Karachi We Pukhtuns will unite under one flag and either Pakistan exist or not we dont care but we will took our rights from all the people again.Recommend

  • Syed Farruh
    Jan 17, 2013 - 5:20PM

    Thats the good step, it will improve the law situation…and will establish writ of Government..


  • Unbelievable!!
    Jan 17, 2013 - 8:48PM

    This is a message to “khyber”, you should be hanged in public for treason and being an actor against the state. With what audacity are you saying that Pakistan is not your soil and if it remains or not doesnt matter. Its because of people like you that the pashtoons and the baloch get a bad rep. You are the root cause of the problem and its people like you that need to be eliminated from this country so we can prosper peacfully, there is NO pashtoon, balochi, sindhi or punjabi, we are all Pakistanis first. Remember Balochistan is not East Pakistan, dont think power hungry feudals will be able to dismember Pakistan for there own agenda.


  • mumtaz8
    Jan 18, 2013 - 1:24AM

    If the Baluchs, Pushtoons, Pakhtoons, have some reservations and demands they should express their demands, they should sit in infront of the Governor’s House, like Qadri’s sit in infront of the Parliament.
    Do peacefully and put your demands in the media. If those are correct and genuine, people will support you.
    I support education, law and order, health facilities, right of work, in Baluchistan. I support people’s right. Come on everyone and united infront of the Governor’s House and demand your rights. But do not talk of breaking Pakistan, Pakistan is made of Baluchistan, Sind, Punjab and Khaibar, Kashmir, Gilgit, and Political Agencies.

    New York


  • Supersequel
    Jan 18, 2013 - 3:27AM

    All Pashtuns love Pakistan! It’s only those sitting in Afghanistan that seek to divide us because their country is already in shambles.


  • Nero
    Jan 18, 2013 - 7:26AM

    @Unbelievable: Power hungry feudals created this country in the first place. There is no running away from them!


  • Against Pakistan
    Feb 7, 2013 - 4:28PM

    and it due to Pakistan.


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