PESHAWAR: Caretaker Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Justice (R) Dost Muhammad Khan has called upon the police and civil administration to demonstrate highest level of professional commitment to meet their challenging responsibilities for holding of peaceful, free, impartial and transparent elections as per the commandment of constitution.
He was presiding over a high level meeting at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar.
Provincial Ministers, Chief Secretary, IG Police. Administrative secretaries and other relevant officers attended.
The meeting was briefed about the administrative and security related arrangements, the level of preparedness by different public institutions and made a number of decisions required for the free, fair, impartial and transparent elections in the province.
Caretaker Chief Minister in his address said he has already formed a threat assessment committee to evaluate all emanating threats, filtering them all for the identification of potential threats, making thorough evaluation and assessment of all dimensions in order to generate prompt and appropriate response.
In a polarize society like ours, the civil administration and police needed to be more watchful to all the security sides in their election-related responsibilities. He advised the officers and the officials to demonstrate the highest level of performance, warning them that a knee jerk reaction can back fire.
He said the modern day security is different than the traditional security paradigm therefore Intelligence gathering and intelligence sharing must be supported by a combined response both by civil administration and security forces including the police.
We are faced with the highest level of threats but we have a matching commitment to respond to all crises certainly with people support we will force a total discomfiture to our invisible enemy.
Dost Muhammad Khan said we have a shared responsibility to a challenging task and we all have to put our share for the successful completion of our shared task.
He apprised the meeting participants that he was in contact with federal government to make reinforcement as a back up support that included the health, relief, evacuation and security related equipments to be fully equipped for meeting any eventuality in different phases of elections, he added.
Talking about the vulnerability, Justice ® Dost Muhammad Khan said that we have to take care of the ideological clash of different political forces exposing different kind of vulnerabilities and we have to generate appropriate response. He directed for extra security to sensitive areas adding that the presence of security forces reduce the level of threats.
The ultimate goal is to install appropriate security cover to protect both human and property.
He was satisfied with the arrangement for peaceful and transparent conduct of elections adding that the additional reinforcement will further tighten the overall security shield for the free elections in the province.
Caretaker Chief Minister advised against overlooking small steps contributing to the overall security shield. Sometime small lapses can lead to high security problems.
Regarding the healthcare related preparedness, Dost Muhammad Khan stressed for the all time presence of medical staff and facilities. He directed to issue advices to secure the soft targets supported by security measures.
Dost Muhammad Khan directed the officers and the polling staff to demonstrate neutrality during the whole election process.
He directed for close coordination between and among Returning Officers, polling staff and police.
There are 3 phases to the overall responsibilities for holding of elections. The pre-election phase scenario, the polling day scenario and the counting of vote scenario.
He called upon all the deputed officers and officials to show the highest level of professionalism to make the peaceful and transparent elections in the province a success story.
The meeting offered collective Fateha for the martyred and injured persons of different incidents that included Haroon Bilour, Ikramullah Gandapur and Bannu blast victims.