Prime minister tells APF to be on its toes

Kathmandu, January 23

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today directed Armed Police Force to remain prepared to overcome potential security challenges ahead.

Addressing a special function organised to mark the 17th APF Day, he said, “I would like to direct you all to work with high morale to ensure enhanced security of the nation and people in future.” PM Deuba assured that the APF would gradually be developed as a stronger agency for internal security of Nepal.

He praised the APF for its ‘extraordinary contribution’ to maintaining border security, providing security to vital installations and VIPs and helping hold elections in a free and fair environment. He also gave away awards to various APF units and personnel on behalf of the security agency. Deuba conferred the Excellent Battalion Running Award on SP Shyam Kaji Kunwar, battalion commander of APF Nepal Dakshinkali Battalion. Similarly, SP Rishidev Karki, chief of Sunsari-based Border Security Office, won the Excellent Border Security Office Running Award.

APF Inspector General Singha Bahadur Shrestha said the organisation was dedicated to maintaining peace and security the nation. He also highlighted its commendable and exemplary performance in search and rescue operations in the aftermath of the April 25 earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks.

Shrestha said APF was carrying out its functions, duties and responsibilities as per the national interest and democratic norms to make society a better and safer place to live in.