The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police have refused to provide 200 policemen for the security of Chinese engineers working on the Havelian-Thakot Expressway being constructed under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
“We have declined to provide them with these 200 policemen because the provincial government has strong reservations on CPEC projects,” a police official told.
The army could use their own personnel, private guards as well as ask for policemen to provide security to the Chinese engineers working on the projects.
Once completed, the Havelian-Thakot expressway will be a 120-kilometre road network. It is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed by 2018.
Previously, the federal government had asked the K-P police to provide 600 policemen for the Suki Kinari Hydropower project. The K-P police had then said they could not spare hundreds of men for this purpose. The police had instead suggested ex-servicemen be hired on a contract-basis provided their salaries are paid by the project management.
Work on the Suki Kinari project was expected to start in mid-2016. Later, the army was made responsible for the security and all funds were transferred to it.