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Dozens of Policemen killed in terror attacks since Jan 2011 in Pakistan

02-16-2011 19:07 BJT

Islamabad, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Police force has been a specific target of militants since the advent of this year in Pakistan where around 50 policemen have lost their lives in various activities of terrorism around the country, police sources said.

In various targeted attacks on police around 70 policemen were also injured in four suicide and 11 remote-controlled explosions. Seven police vans and around 10 police stations were partially or fully destroyed in these incidents.

A lady constable was also shot dead with five members of her family by unidentified miscreants, which according to experts was a heinous act to demotivate Pakistani women from joining police force.

After a suicide blast that rocked eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Jan. 25 leaving 11 people killed and around 40 injured, a spokesperson of Pakistani Taliban warned people to stay away from security forces and government property.

Talking via phone from some unidentified place to a correspondent of a local news channel the spokesman termed attack on police as a vengeance for United States drone strikes, adding that security forces carry out U.S. plans within the country so Taliban are determined to attack them in the near future.

Commenting on this statement, defense analyst Talat Masood said that militants target police force because they are the immediate force which are at the forefront in all cities of the country against Taliban to purge the nation from the evil of terrorism.

"Militants want to cripple and demoralize police force by targeted attacks on them, they also realize that repeated attacks on police would have a negative impact on people and they would feel insecure about their security," Masood told Xinhua.

Experts believed that police force should have a special training to defend itself from being a target of militancy. Talking to Xinhua senior analyst Ayesha Sadiqa said that police should take significant measures of its own defense along with defending the general folk of the country.

"Because of the nature of their job policemen become an easy target of militants. A special capacity building training is needed to respond against the targeted attacks of militants because if security forces are not secure no one can expect to be in a safe condition," she added.

Police force is aware of this lapse in training. The government of Pakistan has taken an initiative of training police officials at provincial and federal level.

Police officers in Peshawar, the capital city of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province said that counter terrorism courses in police training institutions have been started in various cities of Pakistan to make forthcoming policemen well trained against terrorist attacks.

They said that the government has also updated the weapons of police. Earlier, police had only 7.62mm rifles or SMG which made their capability far less than militants who were well armed and well trained.

Police is a provincial institution in Pakistan. Over all number of police in all the four provinces is around 300,000. The basic task assigned to police was to control crime and maintain law and order situation around the country. But due to recent circumstances police has to switch its role from crime control to fight against militancy.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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