ISLAMABAD - The government yesterday informed the Senate that 22 additional wings of civil armed forces (CAFs) would be raised to provide foolproof security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC).

Minister of State for Interior Baleeghur Rehman while responding to a calling attention notice moved by PML-N Senator Abdul Qayyum said that the government decided to recruit more than 17,000 security personnel for this purpose while over 3,000 personnel had already been hired. He said funds have also been released in this connection and the task would be completed till the end of this year.

The state minister said that six more wings of civil armed forces would be formed for the Special Security Division that has also been established for the security of CPEC.

He stressed that CAFs were playing a pivotal role to meet border management challenges and security threats. He said the government would provide all possible resources to further enhance the capacity of these forces. Earlier, the mover of the motion Senator Abdul Qayyum stressed the need to reorganize and equip the CAFs with modern equipments in order to meet effective border management and security challenges, both during war and peace.

Separately, Senator Saleem Mandviwala Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Finance presented an interim report regarding the pays and perks as well as privileges of the recently retired members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). He said that it was rare that the ECP members after their retirement from the higher judiciary demanded their pays from AGPR equal to the amount of their last drawn salaries. “ECP in 2011 wrote a letter to AGPR for the release of their salaries and the latter started releasing them their salaries and other perks without any approval of the parliament,” he said.

Chairman Senate remarked that it would be unfair if they put all the blame on ECP because it was AGPR that decided that last pay drawn should be released as the salary amount to each member. The chair directed that the final report should be presented on the first day of the next Senate session keeping in view the gravity of the matter.