ISLAMABAD: The Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Thursday chaired a meeting to discuss the issues pertaining to National Security.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of State for Information Technology, Anusha Rehman, and representatives from NADRA, FIA, NCMC, PTA and Special Branch of Sindh Police.
In the meeting, the Minister expressed his concerns on the procedure of acquiring new mobile SIMs and said that the use of unverified and unregistered SIMs is a threat to security. “No compromise will be made on this issue with cellular companies, because this matter is related to national security,” he added.
He ordered for the establishment of fast track system to resolve this issue permanently. This will help the concerned authorities to track the activities of criminals and terrorists and take preemptive measures to stop them.
The Minister said that the current government has a good track record of being business friendly and would do its utmost to help the telecommunication business to prosper in Pakistan; however no concession on national security would be made.
Chairman NADRA, Tariq Malik, informed that NADRA has the capacity to verify the SIMs by using biometric system. This will integrate the process of SIM verification with the updated NADRA database that contains all biometric information of the citizens.
The Minister for IT stated that she would like NADRA and the telecommunication companies to reach a consensus on the cost of implementing the biometric system so that the process of verification may begin as soon as possible.
Finally, the Minister discussed the problems relating to immigration and directed that all entry/exit points of the country should be monitored thoroughly and strict discipline should be maintained at the immigration counters. He asked the officers to ensure that the queues reserved for women, children and senior citizens should not be breached by other people.
The Minister also directed DG FIA to set up complaint and comment counters at all major airports of the country, in order to incorporate the opinion of the passengers for improvement of the system. NNI