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
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.