ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister (PM) has announced a targeted operation in
Quetta against terrorists, Pakistani Media reported.
The Prime Minister’s order comes after the exertion of great pressure on the government by the Supreme Court and the rallying masses.
A Spokesman of Prime Minister’s House said that the Prime Minister is closely monitoring the situation in Quetta and is in constant touch with concerned authorities. The operation is said to be starting from today.
The prime minister also removed Inspector general (IG) Balochistan Umer Khitab and ordered officer Muhammad Mubeen to take office as Deputy inspector general (DIG) investigations and IG Fyaaz Sumbul as DIG operations Quetta.
Earlier today, Chief Justice said, “action should have been taken against Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) long time ago.”
At this time, no final decision has been taken about handing over Quetta to the army. Presently, the security responsibilities of the city lie with the Frontier Corps (FC).
Other political parties such as Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, Pakistan Tehrik Insaf (PTI) and others have termed the government incompetent and demanded swift action.
Hazaras have been demanding a targeted operation against those propagating sectarian violence in Balochistan.
Meanwhile, The government has ordered transferring 23 officers of the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) of the ranks of DIG, SSP and SP to Balochistan under the Prime Minister’s approved policy of transfers and postings to the province.
“The government has made merit the base policy of transfers and postings after the suo moto notice taken by the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the security situation in Balochistan,” sources said, adding that officers enjoying strong political and bureaucratic connections but having the domicile of Balochistan have also been transferred to the province.
“The approved policy is based on merit instead of random selection for transfers,” the sources claimed. Five PSP officers (BS-20) of the rank of deputy inspector general of police (DIG), whose services have been handed over to Balochistan, are Dr Mujeeb-ur-Rehman (Former DIG Security Division, Islamabad, currently Officer on Special Duty), Mohammad Jan Ansari (NPS), Jahanzeb Jogezai, (National Highway and Motorway Police), Asif Saifullah Paracha and Sardar Abdul Majeed (KP).
Five officers (BS-19) of the ranks of senior superintendent of police (SSP) including Shakeel Durrani (FIA), Qamar-ul-Hassan (NationalPolice Academy), Capt Mubeen Zaidi (Punjab), Fayyaz Ahmad (Staff Officer to the IGP, (Punjab), and Shahzada Sultan (Punjab).
There are 13 officers (BS-18) of the rank of superintendents of police (SPs) and their names are: Azhar Akram, Ahmad Nawaz, Asghar Ali, Mukhtar Tikka, Khurram Haq Afridi, Ashfaq Anwar, Badar Farrakh, Atif Ikram, Anwar Kethran, Arab Maher, Ahad Sangharhi, Hadi Ballo and Khayyas-ud-Din Rashedi.
Two PSP officers –Mehboob Aslam and Ehsan Manzoor – have been called back and their services, have been shifted to the Punjab after completion of their three-month tenure in Balochistan. This act of the government has ensured certainty of tenure in Balochistan.
Sources claimed that the security situation in Baluchistan would improve after the implementation of the policy.