ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Wednesday directed that the decision to verify SIMs must be implemented in letter and spirit and no stone be left unturned to meet the target of verifying 103 million SIMs within 91 days.
He issued the directive while chairing a high level meeting at the ministry.
The minister was informed that 22.2 million SIMs had already been biometrically verified and the end-target would be met within due timeline.
Chaudhry Nisar said the Ministry of Interior and its departments, particularly those related to security and law and order, must burn the midnight oil in order to devise strategies and identify policies which could address the difficult situation facing the country.
He stressed upon the need for early identification of problems and issues, timely preventive and pre-emptive steps to address them and better coordination and information sharing between all the relevant departments in order to pursue a coherent and proactive end-policy in the matter.
Security being priority, the minister directed Ispector General Police Islamabad to conduct a security survey of strategically important buildings and installations in the Capital and improve their security.
He stressed the need for imparting training to the security guards of various security companies and dove-tail them in the emergency response mechanism of the police.
In order to meet the acute demands of the current day situation, NADRA was asked to immediately update and modernize its finger printing and facial-recognition system to aid the fight against terrorists and criminals.
While reviewing the status of the Safe City Project, the minister directed the Chairman NADRA to ensure completion and operationalization of the said project by June this year.
After completion of this project Islamabad will be amongst those exclusive cities of the world which will have technology backed 24-hour surveillance and security system which will go a long way to support and enhance the capacity of the security agencies to ensure the safety and security of the Federal Capital.
During the meeting, the minister directed FIA to proactively pursue the cases of terrorism financing and, in particular target the cases of illegal transactions through hawala hundi.
NC NACTA informed that 26 cases in this regard have been registered, including 18 cases of Hawala Hundi. FIA have arrested 32 accused involved in suspicious activities since January 2014.
The minister also directed the FIA to send a team to Dubai within this week for the apprehension and repatriation of the proclaimed offender Uzair Baloch involved in multiple heinous offences.
As for the case of Afghan refugees, the minister directed NADRA to coordinate with SAFRON Ministry for the registration through mapping of reportedly over one million Afghan refugees on war footing.
He also directed to analyze the transactions made through 667 accounts of Afghan refugees identified by the State Bank and proceed with necessary legal action after due process.
While directing SSP Traffic ICT to improve the flow of traffic across the city and to ensure smart turnout of the police officials deployed on traffic duty, the minister announced that the share of traffic police in the fine money rewards be increased from 25% to 35%.
The minister concluded the meeting by saying “our country is passing through the most crucial period when the future of our younger generation is at stake at the hands of terrorists, tentativeness and playing safe will get us nowhere.”
“This is high time that each, in our positions, realizes the importance of firm resolve, proactive initiative and well thought out actions.”
Those who were present during the meeting included among other senior officials of Ministry of Interior, NACTA, NADRA, FIA, ICT Police and ICT Administration.
DG FIA, ADGs FIA, Chairman NADRA, PD Safe City Project, DG Database, Chief Commissioner ICT, IG ICT, AIG ops, AIG special branch and SSP Traffic attended the meeting.