Thursday, April 28, 2011

Forces to escort vehicles on Parachinar Road, says Malik

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Forces to escort vehicles on Parachinar Road, says Malik
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rahman Malik on Monday announced in the National Assembly that security forces would be deployed within 48 hours on Parachinar Road to secure it. Rahman Malik announced it after an MNA from FATA, Sajid Turi, on a point of order sought the attention of the Chair towards the precarious security situation on Parachinar Road. He later walked out from the House and refused to listen to the interior minister despite his insistence that he should be given a chance to let him explain the government's position on the issue. Malik said that people belonging to Sunni and Shia sects in the area have failed to protect the artery, adding that the security forces would escort the vehicles on the road in the form of convoys after every one hour. The minister said that the road was opened on assurance given by both Shias and Sunnis that they would protect the route, however, the terrorists still pose a threat to the security of the road. On a question about misuse of blasphemy law, the minister said that law enforcement agencies and the judiciary prevent misuse of this law, however, he admitted that there were certain cases where some people were implicated in false cases. On a compliant from a member that rangers personnel in Karachi mistreated him, the minister said that he would probe the matter, but said that no one was immune to security procedures because impersonation was rampant in Karachi. He informed the House that strict action was being taken to check human smuggling, adding that local police, Coast Guard, FIA and FC are jointly working to curb this illegal practice. tanveer ahmed.

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