LAHORE: Home Minister Shuja Khanzada said on Tuesday the National Action Plan against terrorism should be strictly implemented.
“Action should be taken against terrorists irrespective of their sect and social status,” the minister told a meeting of senior police officers at Civil Secretariat.
“We need to adopt a zero-tolerance policy against terrorists.” He said Apex Committees – consisting of chief ministers, corps commanders and Rangers, police and intelligence agency officers – were monitoring the efforts to curb terrorism.
Khanzada said all security agencies had been put on alert to deal with the ‘extraordinary situation’ in the country. He stressed the need for monitoring security arrangements at educational institutions on a daily basis. The minister said police were the frontline force against terrorists. He said police, in collaboration with other law-enforcement agencies, would continue to fight terrorism until the country was rid of the menace. He said the chief minister had raised the amount of compensation for the families of police officers who were killed in the line of duty. He said the family of a slain policeman would now receive a Rs10 million compensation. Khanzada said registration of madrassahs, a part of the National Action Plan, was underway. “Instructions have been in this regard… advertisements have also been placed in the media.” The minister said no one would be allowed to deliver hate speech.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 28th, 2015.