ISLAMABAD - The second inter-agencies meeting of the representatives of several government departments was held at the General Headquarters on Monday. Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lieutenant General Rashad Mahmood headed the meeting whose first round was held in January 2012.
According to a press release, the representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Ministry of Industries and Production, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Interior, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Secretariat, Pak-Arab Fertilizers and Wah Nobel Group attended the meeting. The panel reviewed challenges and threats posed by the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in present environment and identified them as the 'cheapest assassins,' the press release added. The CIED (Counter Improvised Explosive Devices) policy and strategy were discussed with focus on the growing challenges that include increasing rate of causalities domestically and internationally.
During the meeting, the need for national and international legislation on pertinent issues was stressed upon. The panel noted that a number of other countries affected by IEDs had carried out legislation to bring this menace under control but Pakistan had yet not made any progress in this regard. The issues like border control, tracking down terrorist networks and random checks in FATA also came under discussion.
A regulatory mechanism was discussed for effective control of move of the explosive material and Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) fertiliser from various regional and extra-regional countries. It was identified that the traders could inadvertently help the terror networks by selling electric circuits, long-range remote controls, activation switches and CAN fertiliser.
The press release said, Pakistan is one of the 'top victims' of IED attacks by the militants. During the last over one decade, some 33150 incidents of IED explosion took place across Pakistan, taking the lives of 11,250 Pakistanis while injuring another over 21,000.