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- Sunday, October 20, 2013 - From Print Edition


LAHORE: The recruitment of an anti-terror force will begin next month and the Punjab government has finalised the plan and decided to keep a small administrative structure of the proposed force.


The standard for the recruitment will be different from that of the Punjab police. Each member of the force will get Rs75,000 as monthly salary, apart from a free residence. The higher officials will also be handsomely paid.


In the beginning, officials from other departments will be taken for two years but ultimately the force will consist of its own officials. The candidates having third division in the any examination will not be entertained. Initially, 500 people will be hired for the force. The first batch of anti-terror force will complete training by February 2014.


Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed the Punjab government to present a comprehensive plan to curb terrorism in the province at the earliest. “I have serious concerns regarding the capacity of civilian law-enforcement agencies to detect and fight militancy therefore, a separate department to counter terrorism must be put in place immediately,” he remarked while chairing a high-level meeting to review progress on formation of Punjab Counter Terrorism Department.


The meeting was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Water and Power Kh Asif, Senior Punjab Minister Rana Sanaullah and other senior officials.


Nawaz said that counter terrorism force should be raised immediately in the province to fight terrorism. He also ordered lifting ban on all recruitments in the law-enforcement agencies and directed that the recruitment process for the force must start within 10 days. Nawaz stressed that de-radicalisation must also be made a part of the comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy.