Rangers to help Punjab Police in counterterrorism operations, safety huddle decides

The Punjab authorities throughout a provincial apex committee assembly chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday determined to hunt help from the Rangers to fight terrorism in Punjab days after a suicide assault in Lahore killed at the least 15 folks and wounded 85 others.
The small print relating to the character and extent of help to be offered by the Rangers shall be finalised later, in response to a press release launched by the Punjab authorities.
The suicide assault on Lahore’s Mall Highway claimed by the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar hit a protest of chemists and prescription drugs producers which was attended by as much as 400 folks final Monday. At the least six police officers have been killed within the blast.
Following the assault, Punjab’s legislation enforcement companies had launched a province-wide crackdown on banned militant organisations.
Assembly individuals at present determined that indiscriminate motion have to be taken towards banned outfits, and that each one small and huge brokers with hyperlinks to banned outfits have to be arrested. The provincial apex committee agreed that each one sources of monetary help to banned organisations have to be shut down.
The apex committee agreed to widen the scope of intelligence-based operations within the province and resolved to punish facilitators of terrorists, the assertion stated, including that there shall be strict surveillance of Punjab’s border districts.
Steps taken underneath the Nationwide Motion Plan to counter terrorism, militancy, extremism and sectarianism are to be reviewed, the assertion at present stated.
Foolproof safety preparations have been ordered for the China-Pakistan Financial Hall and worldwide guests.
Nationwide Safety Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Janjua, Corps Commander Lahore Lt Gen Sadiq Ali, Provincial Anti-terrorism Minister Col (r) Muhammad Ayub, Director Common Punjab Rangers Maj Gen Azhar Naveed Hayat, Inspector Common Police Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera and different high-level civil and navy officers attended the apex committee assembly.
On Friday night, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif claimed the provincial authorities had arrested a facilitator and eradicated the terrorist community concerned within the suicide assault. Sharif had stated the military and Rangers could possibly be known as in on a need-basis.

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