Peshawar: As few days left before holding of general elections, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has finalized a security contingency plan for conducting a peacefully electoral process.
“Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, having it roots in several years back. The government has adopted proactive approaches to create peaceful and environment conducive to hold election told the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa caretaker Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs, Fayaz Khan Toru at a news conference here Monday.
Accompanied by Provincial Minister for Information Khyber Pakhtunkhwa caretaker Minister for Information, Musarrat Qadeem and other officials, the Provincial Minister expressed pessimistic about security situation due looming threats by the militant groups, and planning to sabotage the election process. The recent attacks on secular political parties,
Particularly Awami National Party and independent candidates are a walk call for us, he added.
“A plan has been devised with consultation of relevant stakeholder for tackling the current perplex security situation,” Mr Toru said. He, however, said that it was important to play all relevant stakeholders their proactive role for holding free, fair, transparent and peaceful polls under the given circumstances.
Under the contingency plan, he informed the department had issued clear directives to all police stations to carry out a limited operation on daily basis against the antisocial elements. He further said that a number of criminals had arrested in two different categories, while more than 1,000 rifles, 800 pistols, and 500 proclaimed offenders.
“Effective mechanism of intelligence sharing is key to elimination of subversive activities elsewhere in the region, the Minister stressed. He said it was well organized nexus of militants, radical Talibans and antisocial elements, which can only be eliminated by cooperation at all level.
Keeping in views the entire scenario before the general election, he said the police along with Quick Response Force, workers of civil defence, forest guards would be activate performed duties to foil subversive activities of antistate elements. We have been provided both overt and covert security, but mainly emphasis on covert security, he informed.
He said: “All the division and districts have issued directives to accelerate efforts for security ahead of the general elections.
Giving the actual number of polling stations, he said a total of 9,031 polling stations out of which around 5,368 have so far declared sensitive and remaining polling 3,663 normal.
Of the total polling station, he said about 59 per cent declared sensitive and rest of 41 percent normal. He further said that about 40 polling stations lonely sensitive in North and South areas of district Chitral, connecting bordering region. While, he said the polling stations in militants infested along with Awami National Party constituency were also highly at risk.
He further informed that about 66.6 percent attacks were carried Awami National Party candidates, activists and workers, while only 17 per cent militants target to Pakistan People’s Party and 17 per cent to independent candidates.
When asked about any postponement of election, he categorically said that the election will be held at scheduled time May 11. “We want to hold free, fair, transparent and peaceful election as per schedule and transition the setup to new government, he stressed.