The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) government has decided to provide the contentious Tiger Force with a headquarters in Lahore.

The Arfa Software Technology Park (ASTP) will house the headquarter of the force. Usman Dar, PTI leader from Sialkot and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, will also sit in the Arfa Software Technology Park to look after the matters related to it.

An official of the Punjab government informed the press that Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had set up a camp office at the 10th floor of the ASTP in order to see the people from his constituency. Later the government directed the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) to handover the space to the Tiger Force.

The government had also used the Tiger Force to constitute the Corona Relief Tiger Force (CRTF) to ensure implementation of SOPs. In May after an address to its members by PM Imran Khan, the organization became formally operational in three provinces —Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

As many as 993,226 volunteers were registered for the Tiger Force in the country out of which 647,411 were in Punjab. The duties of Tiger Force include facilitating the functioning of utility stores, implementation of SOPs at mosques, helping in the management of isolation and quarantine centres, and identifying hoarders and profiteers and find out the deserving people in their locality and ration distribution.

The force will be trained on security, quarantine, relief, health and awareness and duties would be assigned as per qualification and age. A code of conduct has also been issued for the volunteers.

The Tiger Force would work under the supervision of a district steering committee consisting of deputy commissioner (convener), district police officer, additional deputy commissioner (revenue), and all members of National Assembly and notables of the area. Similar committees have also been formed at tehsil and union council level.

The author works as a sub-editor at The Correspondent, focusing on Student Politics, Social issues and International Relations.


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