CPEC gets 4-layer security as Gwadar to be weapon-free
13 Dec: Pakistan Navy assembles a Task Force-88 (TF-88) for the seaward security of Gwadar Port and protection of associated sea lanes against both conventional and non-traditional threats (photos below).
The creation of the special maritime force is necessitated by the operationalisation of CPEC, which is expected to lead to a surge in maritime activity at Gwadar — the nodal point for CPEC — and the sea lanes. This has in turn increased the maritime susceptibilities there.
The TF-88 will comprise ships, Fast Attack Craft, aircraft, drones (unmanned aerial vehicles), and surveillance assets. Additionally, marines will be deployed at sea and around Gwadar.
TF-88 will be commissioned this week. – Dawn
Service chiefs attend inaugural of Pakistan Navy’s Task Force-88 (TF-88) for the seaward security of Gwadar Port
8 Nov: Commander of Special Security Division (SSD) Maj-General Abid Rafiq Mengal calls on Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri to discuss security matters relating to CPEC, Gwadar Security Plan and safety of Chinese people working on the projects.
A coordination committee will be formed for liaison between SSD and provincial government of which Balochistan home secretary, IG police, DG Levies, IB and CTD officials will be members.
Maj-General Abid Rafiq Mengal says the federal government is considering to establish one more division and after approval northern and southern SSDs will be formed. A special force under Balochistan police will be constituted for the security of CPEC. – The Nation
26 Sept: The Interior Ministry briefed the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC about security matters. A 15,000-strong force, comprising 9,000 regular soldiers of Pakistan Army and 6,000 paramilitary personnel will comprise the SSD.
17 April: An SSD is being set up for the CPEC, consisting of nine battalions of the army and six battalions of the civilian forces. $250 million has been sanctioned for army force to guard Chinese personnel working on CPEC. The annual budget will be $60 million.
18 Feb: The Gilgit-Baltistan government has decided to allocate a substantial piece of land to Pakistan Army in Diamer district so it can set up headquarters to ensure security for CPEC. The site is situated in Thak Das, near Chilas, where a brigade will be stationed.
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Pakistan Navy’s Task Force-88 (TF-88), set up to guard Gwadar Port’s Sea Lane security
A new security force by the name of Gwadar Security Force (GSF) has been set up in the port city of Gwadar. Brigadier Shahzad Iftikhar Bhatti is heading the GSF, reports BBC Urdu.
Gwadar Resident Card: Locals will be issued a Gwadar Resident Card while visitors to the city will be registered at security checkposts while entering the town.
Security of Gwadar and its surrounding areas has already been handed over to the Pakistan Army. Army troops have established checkposts at all entry points of Gwadar town, reports Dawn.
Weapon-free city: Gwadar will be made a weapon-free city and special measures will be taken for the security of Chinese investors, engineers and experts working on different projects there.
Four-layer security plan: Pakistan and China have agreed on a four-layer security plan for over 3,000km-long trade route that will connect the Gwadar port to China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, according to Express Tribune.
“We are going for a four-layer plan for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), integrated with a new security policy,” said a senior security official, who attended a meeting in China last month.
“An estimated 32,000 security personnel will guard over 14,321 Chinese workers engaged in some 210 small and mega projects in Pakistan.”
Before this decision, a three-layer security plan was envisioned, he said.
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The fresh plan of providing security to Chinese nationals includes over 500 Chinese security personnel for capacity-building of the newly-raised special force as well as local police to better guard the sensitive routes surrounding the port, added the official.
“The Chinese are pretty much satisfied with the new security plan,” said CPEC Project Director Maj Gen (Retd) Zahir Shah.
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According to this plan, Balochistan will get more security, as six wings (5,700 personnel) of the Frontier Corps, 3,000 police constables and 1,000 Levies personnel will guard all the routes, a Ministry of Interior official said. Pakistan Marines and the border security forces will also guard the port and its adjacent routes.
More than 3,500 policemen, 900 Rangers, 4,100 private security guards and 740 Askari Guards will protect various projects linked to the economic corridor in Punjab.
He said the military was setting up a special security force (nine battalions) comprising an estimated 12,000 personnel, who will be inducted into the special division to be headed by a serving major general.
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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has also suggested registration of Chinese nationals for their security. Nadra is evolving a new procedure for ensuring security of the Chinese nationals.
“Nadra will maintain the record of Chinese nationals residing in or visiting Pakistan, and will share its records with all the federal and provincial authorities of the country,” said an official spokesman for the interior ministry.
“For Pakistan, it is a do-or-die situation,” former chief of Nacta, Hamid Ali Khan said.
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15 Jan 2017: Two Chinese ships arrive for Gwadar port security.