KP Govt to recruit 2800 security personnel for SPU to protect CPEC projects

KP Government

PESHAWAR:The Khyber Pakthunkhwa Government has decided to recruit around 2800 security personnel for Special Protection Unit (CPU) KP raised to protect multibillions dollars China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects and Chinese nationals, who are workingin different areas of the province.
A senior official in Home and Tribal Affairs Department KP told APP on Monday that KP Government has recently approved a proposal of recruiting around 2800 policemen for SPU KP with aspecial mandate to safeguard CPEC related projects and its routes besidesChinese nationals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.The official said around 22462 security personnel drawn from police force and otherlaw enforcement agencies were already inducted in SPU while about 2800 wouldsoon join them for which their recruitment process will commence soon.
The force would consist of around 5,262 security personnel against whom strong 2462 cops were already drawn from police and other formations of law enforcement agencies in the first phase while about 2800 be directly recruited in second phase.The new security personnel after selection would be deployed in all those areas of the province, where the CPEC projects are being executed and Chinese nationals were performing duties freely.Various issues related to allocation of funds for newly recruited securitypersonnel for payment of their salaries, weapons, residences, weapons, others expenditure have been discussedwith relevant authorities.The official said the force has its own chain of command purely tasked to guard CPEC projects and Chinese nationals in the country.
A separate cell was set up for the daily monitoring of security of CPEC projects and investment-related activities across the province, the official said, adding such force was already establishedin Punjab, Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan.He said this special force was set up in line of the directions of the federal government to provide extensive security cover to CPEC projects and Chinese nationals.To a question, the official said work on National Action Plan (NAP) was successfully underway in KP and incidents of terrorism had significantly reducedin the province during recent years owingto successful policies of the government and sacrifices of security forces.Under NAP, he said the government had raised the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in KP to counter terrorism on modern and scientific lines.
CTD had conducted thousands of targeted search and strike operations against outlaws, terrorists, militants, suspects other criminals and seized hugecache of detonators, explosives besides armsand ammunition and registered cases.The official said actions against illegal Afghans immigrants were also taken by KP police under NAP and detained thousands of suspects under 14 ForeignAct. Strong action against misuse of loud-speakers was also taken and FIR was lodged against violators besides seizing thousandsof loud speakers.
While observing zero tolerance against hate speeches, police apprehended violators and seized hate materials under NAP.To prevent hate and provocative speeches, the official said a 23-member Ulema Board comprising religious scholars of all schools of thoughts was constituted to promote harmony,brotherhood and tolerance in society under NAP.Schools of investigations were strengthened in the province to bring culprits under clutches of law. Religious seminaries were registered besides starting of formal education to help its students to compete with students of modern educational institutes in future.– APP


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