Islamabad: The Pakistan government on Wednesday
beefed up security for federal ministers in the wake of
Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti`s assassination by
militants in the capital, officials said.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik chaired a meeting to
assess the security situation in the wake of the assassination
and directed the police to enhance security for all ministers.
Officials were asked to provide two additional police
personnel and two personnel from the paramilitary Frontier
Constabulary to the ministers, an Interior Ministry statement
Islamabad would be divided into four zones and combing
operation would be conducted against elements of banned
organisations, criminals, illegal settlers and Afghans in the
suburbs of the city, the statement said.
Police were instructed to review the security plan for
Islamabad and to make efforts to improve the security
environment of the capital.
The Chief Commissioner and the police chief Police of
Islamabad were directed to submit an initial report on the
assassination to the Interior Ministry within two days.
The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for
Bhatti`s assassination, saying he was killed for opposing the
controversial blasphemy law.
Bhatti was ambushed and shot dead by at least four
gunmen a short distance from his home this morning.
Speaking in parliament, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani proposed that the National Assembly should hold a
thorough debate to devise a comprehensive strategy to counter
terrorist acts like the assassination of Bhatti.
Gilani said a meeting of heads of parliamentary
committees should be convened to discuss the matter.
He also said he would call a meeting of the Defence
Committee of the Cabinet to discuss effective measures to
prevent such incidents.