Interior Ministry directed to set up hotline for public complaints

ISLAMABAD, June 28 (APP): Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Friday reiterated that the government was committed to ensuring a culture of honesty and hard work in all the attached departments and directed to set up a hotline for public complaints. The minister was chairing a meeting of attached departments of the Interior Ministry here. Chaudhry Nisar said all the ministry officials were prohibited from keeping linkages with foreigners unless with prior official approval. He put a ban on foreign tours by the ministry officials for the next six months unless highly obligatory.

The minister said there would be zero tolerance on open display of arms within the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
He said a ban had already been imposed on issuance of fresh arms licences and only those cases would be processed whose fee had been deposited before June 20, 2013.
He directed CDA and Chief Commissioner Islamabad to ensure removal of encroachments from Islamabad after forewarning the residents, improvement of roads, removal of professional beggars and uplift of all major parks.
The minister said non-registered vehicles within the Federal Capital should be totally prohibited and emphasized that traffic rules strictly followed on the roads of Islamabad starting with the three model roads – Airport Expressway, Jinnah Avenue and Murree Road.
He also asked the ICT to embark upon a massive drive against food and drug adulteration with media support.
He said only officers with good reputation be posted in the ministry and its attached departments.
The minister was informed that CDA and ICT administration had set up joint teams to check food adulteration. One bakery and a fake mineral water factory in the city had recently been seized while a godown of adulterated spices sealed.
He noted with satisfaction that action had been taken against four drug stores selling expired and misbranded medicines.
Ch Nisar directed the Islamabad police to complete the registration of domestic servants and Katchi Abadis in the Capital and adjoining areas.
He said the computerization of police stations as well as revenue record within the city be completed in minimum possible time.
The minister directed for putting up feasibility for setting up e-toll system at major entry and exit points in Islamabad to facilitate the commuting residents of the twin cities.
The Secretary Interior was asked to coordinate formulation of the National Security Policy after due input from the ministry and the security forces.
The minister said that emphasis should be laid on greater coordination between the federal and provincial governments, between civil and military intelligence agencies and between the intelligence agencies and the security forces for better implementation. Proposals should also be made to improve the working environment in which the security forces are operating.
Compensation for the families of the Shuhada and injured should be raised.
Their children and families be well looked after by the state and their tenure in difficult and strife-torn areas should be limited, he added.
He directed that the formulation of the National Security Policy be completed within the month of July.
Secretary Interior, Joint Director Anti Narcotics Force, DG FIA, DG National Police Academy, DG Civil Defence, Chairman NADRA, Chairman CDA, Deputy National Coordinator NACTA, Chief Commissioner ICT, IG police Islamabad and SSP traffic attended the meeting among senior ministry officers.

(Courtesy: Associated Press of Pakistan)