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Sunday, June 03, 2012
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Saturday directed the Balochistan chief minister to take special measures to trace the missing persons.

 

He also ordered the chief minister to ensure well co-ordinated efforts of all law-enforcement agencies of both the federation and the province operating in Balochistan to help overcome terrorism, kidnapping for ransom and other criminal activities.

 

The prime minister issued the directives while chairing a high-level meeting at the PM House. The meeting was attended by Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani and federal ministers of interior, finance, law and justice, information, postal services, food security, science and technology.

 

The premier also directed the Law Ministry to formulate the necessary laws with respect to missing persons and to make the necessary amendments in existing anti-terror legislation so as to counteract terrorism in the country. Prime Minister Gilani directed all law enforcement agencies in the country to remain highly vigilant of inimical forces creating unrest in Balochistan.

 

The Ministry of Interior is expected to issue formal instructions within three days to all law enforcement agencies not to issue any “Rahdari,” and to declare existing “Rahdaris” as null and void.

 

The prime minister will undertake a two-day visit to Balochistan from today (Sunday) where he will meet a cross-section of society.

 

It was also decided during the meeting that no one would be allowed to drive vehicles with tinted glass or concealed with glazed papers. The meeting further decided that Non-Custom Paid (NCP) vehicles would not be allowed to ply on the roads; law enforcement agencies were authorised to seize such vehicles immediately and proceed against the violators in accordance with the law. The meeting also decided that temporary permission already granted to NCP vehicles be cancelled with immediate effect.

 

Prime Minister Gilani issued directives for the interior minister and Balochistan chief minister to meet at regular intervals to review the provincial law and order and to take the necessary action to improve the same. He also directed the Ministry of Interior to assess the logistical requirements in consultation with the chief minister to enhance the capacity and capability of all law enforcement agencies for bringing down the crime rate.

 

Provincial Minister for Finance Muhammad Asim Kurd, parliamentarians from Balochistan and senior government officials were also present during the meeting.