Punjab anti-terror force hiring from next month

Punjab anti-terror force hiring from next month

LAHORE: The recruitment of anti-terror force will begin by next month and the Punjab government has finalized the plan and has decided to keep a small administrative structure of the proposed force.

The standard for the recruitment will be different from that of the Punjab Police. Each member of the force will get Rs75,000 as monthly salary, apart from a free residence.

The higher officials will also be handsomely paid. In the beginning officials from other departments will be taken for two years but ultimately the force will consist of its own officials.

The candidates having third division in the any exam will not be entertained.

Initially, 500 people will be hired for the force. The first batch of anti-terror force will complete training by February 2014.

Earlier, Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had directed the Punjab government to present a comprehensive plan to curb terrorism in the province at the earliest.

“I have serious concerns regarding the capacity of civilian law-enforcement agencies to detect and fight militancy. And, therefore, a separate department to counter terrorism must be put in place immediately”, he remarked while chairing a high-level meeting to review the progress on the formation of Punjab Counter Terrorism Department.

The meeting was also attended by Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Minister for Planning & Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Water & Power, Kh M. Asif, Senior Punjab Minister Rana Sanaullah, and other senior officials.

Nawaz Sharif said that counter terrorism force should be raised immediately in the province to fight the menace of terrorism.

He also ordered lifting of ban on all the recruitments in the law-enforcement agencies and directed that the recruitment process for the force must start within 10 days.

Nawaz stressed that de-radicalisation must also be made a part of the comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy.

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