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PM approves formation of Intelligence Directorate, Rapid Response Force

PM approves formation of Intelligence Directorate, Rapid Response Force

repISLAMABAD: The high level meeting Chaired by Prime Minister has taken key decisions regarding Pakistan’s internal security of the country on Tuesday.

The meeting attended by the country’s top civilian and military leadership was held to discuss the implementation of the internal security policy. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said all resources would be extended by the federal government to the provinces for eliminating terrorism.

During the meeting approval was given for the formation of a new Rapid Response Force (RRF) and to provide training assistance.

The formation of an Intelligence Directorate was also approved which will operate under National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA). The directorate will increase intelligence sharing with the provinces.

Provinces will be provided bomb-disposal vehicles with the first vehicles being handed over.

The participants of the meeting including the chief ministers were briefed by DG Military Operations, DG ISI and the Interior Ministry.

Prime Minister chaired meeting on National Internal Security at PM house. The meeting was attended by all Chief Ministers, Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Rahil Sharif, DG (ISI) Lt Gen Zahirul Islam, Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen Ashfaq Ahmad Nadeem and DG (MO) Major General Amir Riaz.

All Chief Secretaries and IGs of the Provinces and other government officials also attended the meeting.
DG Military Operations, Deputy Director General (ISI) and Interior Minister briefed the meeting on different aspects of Internal Security Issues.

While addressing the participants the Prime Minister said that all the provincial governments and Institutions have to work hard to contribute and establishing security and eliminating terrorism. Economic prosperity is link with security and peace in Pakistan, PM added. Newly legislated legal framework dealing with counter terrorism measures was reviewed.

Prime Minister directed to immediately establish National Intelligence Directorate under NACTA to pool National and Provincial intelligence resources. Prime Minister also approved establishment of rapid response forces at Federal and Provincial levels with quality and trained manpower.

The capacities of Federal and Provincial Law Enforcement Agencies were also reviewed at length in the meeting.

Prime Minister desired that Provinces should work more to ensure admissible evidence and efficient prosecution in heinous offenses within time limits. Prime Minister directed fast track establishment of high security prisons in all provinces.

Prime Minister directed that the provinces should utilize the options available in existing Protection of Pakistan Ordinance as this law has made electronic evidence admissible, allowed for video link trial with provision for transfer of trials/prisoners to other provinces and preventive detention of enemy aliens.

Later Prime Minister handed over Bomb Disposal Response Vehicles (BDRV) to the Provinces. The vehicles were received by the respective Provincial Chief Ministers. The Vehicles are equipped with latest technology to defuse the bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

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