Recruitments process completed : 1,500-strong ATF ready for training from this month

* Police Reforms Committee chairman says helicopters will be purchased to make mobility of this force easy * 50 Turkish instructors to train force

LAHORE: The recruitment of 1,500 corporals for the Anti-Terrorism Force has been completed on merit, and the corporals’ training will start in April, said Minister for Environment Protection and Police Reforms Committee Chairman Col (r) Shuja Khanzada on Monday.

On the occasion, Shuja Khanzada said that they would get a salary of BPS-5 during training, while Risk allowance of Rs 50,000 would also be included in their salaries after completion of their training. 
He said that these corporals were giving a test for this force through the National Testing Service (NTS) and selected on merit. He informed that helicopters would also be purchased to make the mobility of this force easy and effective. 
The minister said that this force would not only work to overcome terrorism in Punjab but also work to control terrorist activities across the country.
The minister further said that these corporals would be given nine-month training that would consist of different stages, like four months’ training of elite police, three months of intelligence and the remaining three months of specialised training of counter terrorism. He also said that all arrangements related to this training have been completed.
Shuja Khanzada also said that 50 instructors from Turkey’s special force would come to Pakistan to give training to this force. 
“Along with this, the Pakistan Army will also provide its services to train these corporals.”
The minister said that retired army officers of brigadier and colonel ranks would be hired who would play an important role in running the Counter Terrorism Department.

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