- “There may be no less than a 70% pay distinction between Punjab CTD, KP CTD.”
- KP govt leaves CTD fully unprepared and ill-equipped to cope with challenges.
- KP CTD additionally lacks infrastructure; no provincial headquarters.
ISLAMABAD: The continuing hostage disaster in Bannu — the place militants of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) took over a compound of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Counter-Terrorism Division (CTD) Sunday — has dropped at mild some severe issues plaguing the very important safety physique.
A report, ready by safety businesses — which Inside Minister Sanaullah additionally mentioned on Monday — paints an alarming image of the state of the KP CTD. Much more alarming is the truth that these issues had been dropped at the discover of the KP authorities a number of occasions, however remained unaddressed.
In response to the report, the provincial CTD was severely missing in capability to confront the rising menace of militant exercise in KP. The report additionally stated that over the past one 12 months, the setting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa grew more and more unstable, particularly when in comparison with different provinces. During the last one 12 months, Punjab confronted 5 terrorist incidents, whereas there have been 704 such incidents in KP with leaving 305 lifeless and 689 injured.
But regardless of the rising ferocity of terrorist exercise, the KP authorities remained unfocused on the problem of counter-terrorism, leaving CTD fully unprepared and ill-equipped to cope with the problem.
The principle points plaguing CTD are: budgetary allocations for procurement, upgradation of apparatus, coaching of human sources, allocations for operations in addition to infrastructure.
Among the many many issues hampering the efficient functioning of the division is a severe scarcity of senior-rank officers. The division has just one senior rank officer, who can be working as performing DIG. In distinction, the Punjab CTD has about 18 senior-rank officers and two DIGs.
Curiously, the report famous that the CTD in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has the best posted energy — 2,135 staff towards an authorised energy of three,161. That is the best amongst all provinces. But the CTD’s human sources are untrained and ill-equipped. There have been no trainings organised for the KP CTD and no grants had been issued for this goal over the past two years, the report stated.
In the meantime, the CTD in Punjab trains underneath the supervision of retired SSG officers. “The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CTD even lacks coaching paraphernalia and there are not any plans to amass them within the close to future,” the report said.
The division can be struggling financially; final 12 months the Punjab CTD was given Rs276 million as a part of its operations fund, whereas CTD KP obtained Rs8 million. “Because of this Punjab handled solely three terror incidents with Rs276 million, whereas KP needed to cope with greater than 300 terrorism incidents in simply Rs8 million.”
The general finances for KP CTD is lower than half of the quantity allotted for Punjab. KP obtained Rs2,180 million, together with salaries, whereas Punjab obtained Rs4,700 million. Most of this quantity is spent on pays and allowances. Of the full Rs2,180 million, lower than 4% (8 million) is spent on operations, in comparison with Rs276 million for Punjab. Reward cash for KP CTD is Rs70 million; in Punjab it’s Rs475 million.
The monetary state of affairs is compounded by a extreme lack of incentives for CTD personnel in KP. “There may be no less than a 70% pay distinction between CTD Punjab and CTD KP,” the report famous.
This pay distinction isn’t just between the CTD personnel of Punjab and KP; even inside KP, the secretariat workers obtain practically 70% extra pay on common than any CTD officer.
To make issues worse, there are not any lodging amenities for CTD personnel in KP. “Even the DIG doesn’t have dwelling quarters and has been requesting the provincial authorities to supply some lodging inside Cantt however to no avail. However unusually, all secretaries of different departments have been allotted homes inside Cantt,” the report stated.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CTD additionally lacks in infrastructure; there are not any provincial headquarters. Your complete division is housed in a single, borrowed portion of a constructing, the basement of which is KP Police Ammunition Depot. “The KP CTD is actually sitting on a pile of explosives,” the report stated. “4 regional headquarters, together with one in Bannu, have been underneath building for the final a few years. Work on a few of them has not even began.”
There is no such thing as a coaching faculty for KP CTD and it’s fully depending on Punjab CTD for this goal. Nevertheless, trainings, led by the Punjab CTD, are sometimes costly and customarily don’t get approval for that reason.
The tribal districts which had been lately merged with KP are the principle hotspots for terrorist exercise. This has been recognized for a few years, but regardless of the merger, the districts lack primary infrastructure and no devoted manpower is posted in these areas.
“The CTD personnel in these areas had been nominated from present Levies/Khasadars and weren’t imparted any coaching,” the report stated. “There are not any devoted officers posted within the newly-merged districts.”
All district workplaces have been underneath building for the final two years, whereas work on district workplaces in Khyber and Mohmand has not even began.
Moreover this, KP CTD additionally severely lacks in cyber capability. “The Punjab CTD has a state-of-the-art cyber facility. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CTD doesn’t have any such facility,” the report famous.
The division desperately wants GSM Locators, manpack locators for city jammers, upgradation of communications methods, night time combating functionality and cyber capability infrastructure.