Provincial govts directed for action against militias of political and religious parties

Provincial govts directed for action against militias of political and religious parties.

In this regard, interior ministry has written a letter to all provincial chief secretaries.

Provincial govts directed for action against militias

Islamabad directed them to take action against the militias which certain political and religious parties have established.

The interior secretary offered all help from the federal government to tackle the issue on urgent basis.

Ministry of Interior also asked them for action against the use of uniforms with ranks [on their shoulders] such as the country’s armed forces and the law-enforcement agencies (LEAs).

They have sent this letter to chief secretaries of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and chief commissioner Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

The ministry noted that even the security agencies observed that members of such militias wearing uniforms “depict themselves as military organisations.

Furthermore, the letter termed it a gross violation of Article 256 of the Constitution and point 3 of the National Action Plan.

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The ministry said that if such developments went unchecked, they might aggravate the complex security situation in the country.

Moreover, it said the issue also has a negative impact with regard to the national and international image of the country.

The interior ministry said such organisations were setting a wrong precedent for other political and religious parties, who might also resort to similar practices, further compounding the law and order situation.

Hence, the ministry directed all provincial governments to take immediate cognizance of the threat.

It further called for adopting effective necessary measures to check the functioning and further development of such militias.

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