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Plan to prevent suicide bombings:

By Shaukat Piracha

The taskforce to counter suicide bombing has recommended that all important mosques and imambargahs throughout the country should have surveillance cameras with voice recording.

It has also suggested installing metal detectors at important mosques and imambargas and preventing worshippers from carrying bags and briefcases. It said all intelligence agencies should share information with law enforcement agencies to stop suicide bombing.

Sources told Daily Times that a high-level law and order meeting formed the taskforce some time ago.

The taskforce, headed by Akhtar Munir Marwat, joint secretary with the Interior Ministry, was constituted with provincial representation not below BS-20.

The taskforce formulated its recommendations at a recent meeting attended by representatives of all four provinces and the Intelligence Bureau.

Sources said the recommendations were divided into two categories — preventive and preparatory security measures.

In the category of preventive measures, the taskforce has recommended that joint investigation teams should be properly equipped to deal with suicide bombers. It put a lot of emphasis on training and capacity-building of law enforcement agencies.

With regard to the preparatory measures, the taskforce stressed identifying possible targets for suicide bombers. It said that intelligence agencies should identify terrorist camps and suspects, particularly Afghans.

The taskforce also proposed giving religious education to the masses through the print and electronic media. “The Information Ministry should arrange seminars, plays and symposiums to remove misconceptions about religion,” it said and added that religious scholars could play an important role in this regard. Both political and religious leaders should work together to bring about sectarian harmony, it said.


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