MINGORA, 15 July: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak on Saturday inaugurated the special police force formed to facilitate and protect tourists at scenic spots in Swat.

After completing training, a passing out parade of 247 newly recruited police personnel of the special force was held in Mingora. Nineteen women were also among the recruits who completed the special force training. CM Khattak attended the passing out parade as chief guests and opened the special police force. The Chief Minister also opened traffic warden system in Swat.

On the occasion, Inspector General of Police, Salahuddin Mehsud briefed the Chief Minister about the police performance.

Speaking on the occasion, CM Khattak praised the provincial police force and said that police force has played a vital role in the restoration of peace across the province and especially in Swat. He said that the formation of the special police force would help promote tourism in the province. He said that traffic warden system would help to improve traffic system in Swat.

DIG Malakand said that six centres have been established for the special police force at tourists spots in Swat to facilitate tourists. He said the personnel included in the tourist police force have completed their 14-day training of dealing with untoward incidents and to help tourists. The new force has also been provided with 10 heavy bikes in the first phase and more vehicles would also be provided to the force. He said the command control centres in these areas have also been made operational. He said that since the force would be patrolling the tourist spots, hardcore police would not be deployed there so that people can relax.

Courtesy: TNN