PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government approved on Wednesday in principle creating a special security force of 4,200 policemen for the security of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for safeguarding routes, projects, Chinese investments and the Chinese nationals.
The disclosure was made in a statement issued by the home and tribal affairs department.
“The provincial government is taking keen interest in CPEC projects and will ensure providing better security to all investors in the best interest of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,” said the statement.
According to the statement, the Home and Tribal Affairs Department and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police completed consultations on the formation and features of the CPEC Security Force. The provincial government would purchase equipment, weapons, ammunitions and vehicles worth Rs1.2 billion.
Manpower for the special security force would initially be inducted from different sources, including police and various other security forces on contract basis.
This force, it is learnt, would have its own chain of command and its strength would be gradually increased.