Islamabad, May 01, 2013 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Justice ® Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has decided to place the National Crises Management Cell (NCMC), presently working under the Ministry of Interior, at the disposal of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The NCMC is repository of various assets of the country which include representatives of intelligence agencies and specialized services.
This decision was taken by the Prime Minister to allay concerns raised by the ECP regarding the law and order situation and is consistent with its policy to assist the ECP in the conduct of General Elections in free and fair manner.
Alluding to recent tragic incidents in various parts of the country as a result of bomb blasts and terrorists’ attacks, the Prime Minister termed them as unfortunate and expressed concern over the prevailing law and order situation.
The Prime Minister has reiterated the resolve to leave no stone unturned for providing security to political leaders and candidates and maintenance of law and order in the country.
The Prime Minister said that though maintenance of law and order is a provincial subject, the Federal Government has been extending all possible assistance to the provincial governments for beefing up their capacities in this regard.
The Care Taker Government having inherited the over decade old law and order problem, re-affirmed its commitment to take all that it takes to defeat the nefarious designs of those who threaten the life, property and honour of the people of Pakistan. In this connection it may be recalled that the issue of security and maintenance of law and order was given top priority in the very first meeting of the Federal Cabinet.
Subsequently, a high level meeting was convened, which was attended by the Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries of all the provinces, representatives of the Federal/Provincial law enforcement agencies, besides representatives of Intelligence agencies to discuss the mechanism for implementation of the decisions of the Cabinet.
The Care Taker Government decided to use all available resources including deployment of the Army and Civil Armed Forces and permitted targeted operations in some parts of the country to flush out terrorists and anti-social elements.
The Prime Minister who is personally monitoring the situation is in touch with the provincial governments as well as the Federal Authorities. Besides, necessary directions are being issued to take remedial measures as and when deemed necessary.
The Care Taker Government valued the efforts being made by the ECP in conducting General Election in the country and reiterated its commitment to continue working harmoniously for achieving a conducive environment with the objective of holding free, fair and transparent elections in the country.
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