Special force being set up for protection of foreigners

Police told by interior minister to launch crackdown on criminals in Islamabad capital territory.

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to establish a special force for the protection of foreigners working in the federal capital territory.

The decision was taken in the wake of frequent attacks on foreigners, especially Chinese workers engaged for different projects under CPEC.

Five Chinese engineers were killed in a suicide attack on their vehicle in Besham area of Khyber Pakthunkhwa recently while Japanese nationals were also attacked in Karachi a few days later.

Chairing a meeting in Islamabad, Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi directed police to ensure foolproof security of foreign nationals. Mr Naqvi said Islamabad Safe City project will have to be equipped with modern requirements like Lahore Safe City.

He said the government was taking steps aimed at improving the condition of police stations in Islamabad and results in this regard will be visible in a few months.

He said the police should launch a crackdown on criminals involved in street crime in the federal capital. The special protection force will be imparted training to ensure safety abd security of foreign workers.

This is imperative to ensure a sense of security among the investors and those working on different projects. The government has been of the view that Pakistan’s enemies have been targeting foreign workers in order to keep them away from mega projects of national importance.

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