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ECP gets control of crisis management cell

02 May, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister, Justice (r) 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).

This decision was taken by the Prime Minister to allay concerns raised by the ECP regarding the law and order situation. The Prime Minister termed the recent terrorist attacks across the country as unfortunate and expressed concern over the prevailing law and order situation. He reiterated the resolve to leave no stone unturned for providing security to political leaders and election candidates.

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 caretaker government having inherited the decade old law and order problem, is committed to defeating the nefarious designs of those who threaten the life, property and honour of the people of Pakistan," he said.

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 caretaker government decided to use all available resources including deployment of the army and civil 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 caretaker 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.


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