Shia News: CTD (Counter-Terrorism Department), a department set up to fight and eliminate terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has revealed lack of capacity, manpower and resources to fight terrorism.
This was disclosed in a high-level investigative report which stated that due to lack of capacity, it is not possible to stop the increasing terrorist attacks in the province.
A recent report released on Monday outlined that Counter-terrorism department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) was not equipped with necessary resources rendering it inefficient at countering terrorism.
The report outlined that KPK saw around 300 incidents of terrorism which demanded immediate reorganization of the CTD.
The report also drew comparison between monetary and professional capabilities of Punjab and KPK.
As per report, there are up to 18 SSPs and two DIGs in Punjab’s CTD as compared to KPK’s one who has been given the additional charge of Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG).
As for the funds, KP CTD’s reward fund is Rs. 25million while Punjab has Rs. 276million in the fund.
Apart from that, there exists a 150pc and 70pc difference between Shuhada packages and salaries of the two, respectively.
KP CTD also does not provide accommodation to its officers, and Punjab’s training services are sought to train KPK officials.
Earlier, security forces continued operation against a group of terrorists who attacked the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) compound on Sunday.
Expressing concern, the report also stated that there is no headquarters for CTD Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the office is located in a one-story rented house, the basement of which is being used as an armory of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police.
And the CTD staff works sitting on the pile of gunpowder. In the report, the presence of the armory in the CTD office has been described as dangerous.
It is also stated that there is no training school for CTD Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, CTD Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is hiring
CTD Punjab for training which is not viable in terms of cost and professional requirements.
According to the report, money is not available with CTD Khyber Pakhtunkhwa even to pay the fees for different types of training courses.
The report recommends that for effective counter-terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there is an urgent need to reorganize the CTD, for which an emergency comprehensive plan should be drawn up to address training, and manpower shortages and include the provision of resources so that terrorism can be effectively eradicated.