Posts tagged ‘Security’

July 1, 2011

Law and order expenses: K-P the only province to decrease security spending

Overall spending rises 18.4%, highest increase seen in Balochistan, Sindh.

ISLAMABAD: 

While overall spending on law and order by the federal and four provincial governments went up by 18.4% during the first nine months of the outgoing fiscal year, the only province that saw an actual decline in spending was Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, suggesting a slight improvement in the province that has been wracked by a Taliban insurgency.

Finance ministry statistics on government spending for the first nine months of the fiscal year show that the federal and four provincial governments spent about Rs116 billion on security and maintaining public order, about an 18.4% increase over the same period in the previous year.

Law and order spending includes expenses relating to coping with the aftermath of terrorist attacks, including compensation to the victims, dealing with internally displaced persons and the salaries and benefits of law enforcement personnel.

The government’s total spending is a fraction of the total estimated costs of the “war on terrorism”, which the finance ministry estimates has cost the country over Rs5.8 trillion ($67.9 billion) over the last decade, more than the total amount of deposits in all the banks combined.

The federal government’s public order spending rose by about 36% to Rs41 billion for the first nine months of the fiscal year ending June 30. The Sindh government’s spending in the same category rose by more than 30% to Rs21 billion. The province’s capital Karachi has become a battleground between rival ethnicity-based factions over the past several years.

The sharpest surge came in spending in Balochistan, which increased its law and order budget by 40% to Rs7 billion for the first nine months. The province has seen a rise in sectarian and militancy-related killings over the last year. Punjab’s budget, meanwhile registered a below-inflation rise of 6% to Rs36 billion during the same period.

Meanwhile, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa was the only jurisdiction where law and order spending went down, by about 9% to reach Rs11 billion for the first nine months of fiscal year 2011.

Third quarter surge

The nine-month figures hide the tremendous surge in spending in the third quarter of the fiscal year 2011 (January to March), when law and order expenses touched Rs43 billion, or about 37% of the total for the nine months. It was also about 19.4% higher than the average of the first six months.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2011.

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June 30, 2011

Fire and Security Pakistan 2010

Fire and Security Pakistan 2010

19 – 22 MAY 2010

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FIRE & SECURITY PAKISTAN 2009 proved to be an interactive and rewarding experience for the participants. It had the participation of 92 companies from 16 countries including Austria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, U.A.E., U.K. and U.S.A. The exhibition was visited by more than 7000 business professionals and was extensively covered by local and international media including 10 publications from countries like U.K., Russia, China and Pakistan.

The 6th International Fire & Security Exhibition & Conference – FIRE & SECURITY PAKISTAN 2010 will address multi-dimensional safety and security needs of the region. The exhibition will showcase a wide-array of fire fighting, safety and security equipments and systems by leading international and domestic manufacturers, traders and integrators. The show will bring a highly targeted audience from the related industries to witness state-of-the-art technology and reap benefits through excellent networking opportunities.

Scanners to be installed in major cities soon: Malik

ISLAMABAD : Scanners will be installed in major cities to ensure maximum security to the citizens. This was said by Interior Minister Rehman Malik Tuesday in an interview with a private TV channel.

The fixed scanners will be installed at rush locations, after which manual checking of vehicles will not be required, he said.

The mobile and fixed scanners will be imported from China , and the first shipment will reach soon.

In the recent past, about 62 terrorists and their facilitators have been nabbed on check posts; out of which 10 were suicide bombers.

The government will also establish a Students Elite Force, and about 5000 e-mails have been received so far from the students who wanted to work as volunteers under this force. -APP.

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19 – 22 MAY 2010

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Pakistan’s energy requirements are increasing every year and to meet the rising demand of energy, the government of Pakistan is currently focused on diversification of gas supplies, reconstruction of hydropower plants, construction of underground gas storage facilities, development of oil exploration & production, tapping of renewable energy resources, attracting foreign investment and privatisation of state-owned assets.

Pakistan is responding to the energy development challenge by pursuing a wide range of domestic and imported energy projects and in the year 2008 – 2009, the Oil, Gas and Energy industry has attracted Foreign Investment of about US$ 796 million.

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June 30, 2011

State of human rights: Security forces calling the shots in Balochistan, says HRCP

Gas pipeline blown up in Dera Bugti. PHOTO: FILE/ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: 

Security forces are calling the shots in Balochistan while the provincial government “seems non-existent”, according the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Wednesday.


Releasing a report titled ‘Balochistan: Blinkered Slide into Chaos’ at a press conference, the HRCP painted an alarming picture of the situation in the restive province, warning that it could get even worse if immediate steps were not taken.


The report accused the security forces of being behind enforced disappearances in the province, and said that the bodies of 140 missing persons had been found, while 71 people were still missing in the province since July 2010 to May this year


“The Balochistan government seems non-existent…


They have surrendered their authority to security forces and they (forces) are calling the shots,” said HRCP Chairperson Zohra Yusuf at the press conference, which was also addressed by HRCP Secretary-General IA Rehman, President Supreme Court Bar Association and former chairperson of HRCP Asma Jehangir, Council member Hina Jillani and Saleema Hashmi.


The report says that 18 people were murdered in target killings, while five innocent citizens became victims of sectarian killings during 2011 in Balochistan.


The mission observed that there were credible allegations of the involvement of security forces, particularly the Frontier Constabulary (FC), in the cases of enforced disappearances. “There was material on record to substantiate claims of the families that the victims were disappeared by the FC or had been killed while in custody,” says the report.


The mission learnt that agents of the state as well as the insurgents and extremists operating in the province share a common disregard for rights of the citizens. “The insurgents have murdered ‘settlers’ in target killings with impunity, while the extremists have treated the members of religious minorities as fair game,” the commission further observed.


“Enforced disappearances continue to be reported from all parts of the province and little headway has been made in ensuring the release of a large number of missing persons from unacknowledged custody of security agencies,” Jahangir said while quoting the findings of the report.


The HRCP chairperson said that there was a sense of alienation among the people of Balochistan.  Yusuf added that there is a disturbing trend of bodies of missing persons being found with signs of torture.


Hina Jilani said that there was an imbalance between civil-military relations in the province, adding that there is no political space. “There is no mechanism of accountability of security forces and they do not interact with the public,” she said.


IA Rehman said that they should make it clear that the issue of Balochistan is not one of law and order, but a political issue.


The report says that the FIRs registered against personnel of security forces in enforced disappearances remained uninvestigated without exception and courts had failed to ensure compliance with their orders.


The fact-finding commission says that at least 78 organised gangs were reported to be involved in abduction for ransom in the province and there was a widespread perception that criminal gangs and individuals involved in heinous crime enjoyed support of politicians and security forces.


The commission observed that ‘Inquiry Commission on Enforced Disappearances’ set up to investigate the cases of the missing persons had been largely ineffective, leading to people’s frustration.


The fact-finding commission says that use of forces rather than political engagement remained the preferred approach in Balochistan and the promises made in the Balochistan Package remained little more than promises.


The commission has recommended that the illegal practice of enforced disappearances stop and all security forces in the province be brought under civilian control. It recommended that the powers of decision making and governance must be restored to civilian political authorities in the province.


A detained person must be promptly informed about the charges against him and in accordance with the constitutional guarantees, should be produced in court within 24 hours and his due process rights should be respected and facilitated, the commission said.



June 30, 2011

“Security concerns” behind withdrawal of British military advisers: Hague

British Foreign Secretary Minister William Hague (C) is escorted by security personnel during his visit to a court house in Benghazi. Upon his return to London from a trip to the Afghanistan and Pakistan, he said that UK was committed to working with Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON: The request for withdrawal of eighteen British military advisers from Pakistan had been based on security concerns and was understandable said British Foreign Secretary William Hague. It was a difficult situation, he said, and the withdrawal would not affect the ‘Enhanced Strategic Dialogue’ between the two nations.

The British military advisers were reportedly part of a £15 million programme to train Pakistan’s Frontier Corps which began last August and was scheduled to run until at least summer of 2013.

The British Foreign Secretary was speaking to the press following his recent tour of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Afghanistan visit, he said, reinforced his government’s support for Afghan led reconciliation and he also welcomed the initiatives between Afghanistan and Pakistan in this regard. The framework for greater co-operation between the countries now exists, he said, and we understand that Pakistan can play a great role with regard to reconciliation efforts.

In response to a question regarding the alleged involvement of certain Pakistan army officers with the Hizbut Tahrir, Mr Hague responded that the British government was keeping a close eye on the activities of the Hizbut Tahrir in Britain. However, before banning an organisation the government required sufficient evidence that the ban would be legally sustainable, he said.

Before coming into power the Conservative Party repeatedly called for Hizb to be outlawed and criticised the previous Labour government for failing to introduce a ban. After over a year in government the Tories have also failed to ban the Islamist organisation.

Describing his discussions with Pakistan’s acting foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Mr Hague said that he had reiterated Britain’s commitment to an enhanced relationship with Pakistan which included increased trade and a focus on getting more than 4 million Pakistani children into school. Recognising the huge military effort Pakistan has made in the fight against terrorism he said that “it is like 9/11 every year in Pakistan”. However he said Pakistan needed to “work closer with the US and UK in fighting terrorism”.