DERA MURAD JAMALI: On Tuesday, Commissioner Abid Saleem Qureshi of the Nasirabad Division said the government had agreed to make special security arrangements at critical locations in the Mach coal sector.
In view of the recent slaughter of 11 coal miners at Mach, the commissioner arranged a conference with mine managers, contractors and labour union leaders.
Also attending the meeting were senior officials from the Bolan district government, intelligence and law enforcement agencies. They briefed the meeting on the incident at Mach and the actions taken so far for the welfare of the miners.
The owners and contractors of the mine told the meeting of their concerns and described the vulnerable areas where protection was required and suggested places for police, Frontier Corps and Levies checkpoints to be established.
A special briefing of law enforcement and intelligence department leaders was also arranged by the commissioner. It was determined that the miners and owners employed at the Mach coalfield must be supplied with protection.
Human information will be gathered by the intelligence services and exchanged with the authority concerned.
The meeting agreed that the defence of the city of Mach and its surrounding areas would be greatly improved and that the number of police and Levies workers would also be increased. Levies and police forces will therefore, in the real sense of the word, assess their limitations such that there will be no protective problems.
It was also determined that the inspector of mines would collect the reports on a weekly basis of the people employed in the Mach coalfield and share the data with the district administration.