ISLAMABAD, Sep 3 (APP): The government has provided Rs. 10 billion to Civil Armed Forces (CAFs) for procurement of weapons, transport and ammunition in current fiscal year.
The total current fiscal year budget for CAFs is about Rs. 71 billion. Civil Armed Forces, under administrative control of Ministry of Interior (MOI) are lynchpin in national internal security paradigm and are raised and trained on lines and standards of Pakistan Army.
Sources at Ministry of Interior here on Saturday said after 18th Amendment, policing is essentially a responsibility of provincial governments.
Provinces are also striving to enhance capacity of police for maintaining law & order and for combating terrorism.
The sources said all the provinces have now Counter Terrorism Departments, (CTD) to fight terrorism pro-actively and added as part of National Internal Security Policy (NISP)/National Action Plan (NAP), Ministry of Interior has completed raising of 28 CAFs Wings at a cost of about Rs. 30 billion.
The sources said raising of Rapid Response Force (RRF) for Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) at a cost of Rs. 2.7 billion is underway.
The sources said Civil Armed Forces are fighting side by side Pakistan Army at forward positions under Zarb-e- Azb.
Sindh Rangers have played a commendable role in restoring writ of the government in Karachi. The role of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in rolling back terrorist forces is undisputable.
The Civil Armed Forces are : Frontier Corps (KPK), Peshawar, Frontier Corps (Balochistan), Quetta, Pakistan Rangers (Punjab), Lahore, Pakistan Rangers (Sindh), Frontier Constabulary, Peshawar, Pakistan Coast Guards, Karachi and Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts, Gilgit.