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PM Shehbaz assures to restructure KP CTD after the Bannu incident

PM Shahbaz Shareef

ISLAMABAD: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be reorganized as all facilities, including cutting-edge weapons, will be supplied to CTD, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s statement on Wednesday.

The federal government will help the provinces increase the professional capability of their anti-terrorism troops and agencies, the prime minister said in a statement. Several terrorists invaded a CTD office in Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), on Sunday, according to the statement from the prime minister.

DG ISPR Major Gen Ahmed Sharif told the media late on Tuesday night that the security forces had killed all 25 militants who had taken control of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) police station in Bannu. In the Bannu CTD operation, he said, three members of the security forces were slain while 10 others, including three officers, were injured.

The state, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, would not submit to any terrorist group or organization, and militants would be dealt with in accordance with the law and the constitution. He vehemently denounced the terrorists’ operations in Bannu and other places and declared that any attempt to destabilize Pakistan will fail.

Terrorism, according to Prime Minister Sharif, is a critical matter of national security that calls for coordinated thought and action. He declared that along with the valiant nation’s military forces, the entire nation will exterminate terrorism.

The prime minister recognized the bravery and tenacity of the anti-terrorist soldiers. He requested the greatest medical facilities be made available and prayed for the injured people to recover quickly. In this respect, Shehbaz underlined the military operations Rad-ul-Fasad and Zarb-e-Azb as important steps to eradicate terrorism. “We will not allow the sacrifices of the victims to go to waste,” he added.

He promised to fully implement the National Action Plan to End Terrorism and gave the provinces his word that they would combat terrorism together.

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