Security agencies told to take extra measures
ISLAMABAD The Ministry of Interior has asked various security agencies operating in Balochistan to improve their efficiency and determine their areas of responsibility.
Federal Secretary for the Interior Tasneem Noorani chaired a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in Balochistan, with particular reference to the recent attack on the 12 Chinese engineers who was working on the Gwader deep water port project.
During the meeting, several aspects related to security loopholes were discussed. It was decided that police would be kept in command while the rest of the security agencies would have specific responsibilities.
Police officials were also been asked to secure the route of the Chinese engineers from their residences to the project site.
The meeting said that the number of Marines at the project site has been doubled and a helicopter would be provided to the Coast Guard very soon. It has also decided that two speed boats would be provided to the police to improve the security on the west bay.
Mr Noorani said that all the boats and fishermen using the fish harbour would be given identity cards to improve security. In this regard, the Ministry of Interior will formally approach the Fisheries Department of the Balochistan government.
A proposal to set up a wireless communication system among the forces was also discussed in the meeting. Representatives of the security agencies have been asked to improve their cooperation and meet at least twice a month.
The district administration of Gwadar has been asked to obtain and closely monitor those staying in different hotels in Gwadar.
The interior secretary directed Shoaib Saddle, inspector general of Balochistan police, to increase the pace of the investigation and work closely with officials of the Harbour Engineering Company. staff report