ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan on Monday directed FIA to crackdown with the help of Police and Rangers against elements and organized groups involved in human trafficking.
Addressing a meeting convened on the issue of human trafficking, the minister said, swift action must be taken against all those involved in sending Pakistanis abroad, illegally and on forged documents.
Nisar said those involved in trafficking, bonded labour, selling human beings and violating human rights were earning bad name for the country and exploiting innocent and needy people.
He said some times precious lives are lost in an attempt to sending people abroad illegally that was a matter of great concern.
Such elements, the Minister said deserve no leniency and strict action should be taken against them.
The Minister directed FIA to chalk out a comprehensive strategy that could yield noticeable results within one month.
He said it is also important that illegal movement across Pak-Afghan border is also effectively controlled.
He directed FIA to undertake measures in this regard in coordination with relevant authorities.
Talking about various incidents of human smuggling as indicated by the media, the Minister said all relevant departments should play their due role in this regard with the help of civil society and the media.
He directed FIA to collect relevant data and share that with the provincial governments so that those involved in this business could be unveiled and such incidents could be controlled effectively. FIA should further streamline helpline for information and complaints regarding human smuggling and trafficking, he added.
The FIA official informed the meeting that in 2014-15, FIA arrested 46 most wanted criminals and 1236 proclaimed offenders involved in human smuggling.
It was informed that during this period 1679 alleged in anti- human trafficking cases were also arrested by FIA.
Chairing another meeting on terror financing, the Interior Minister said choking terror financing and getting hold of terrorists’ financiers and facilitators is critical to effectively overcome the menace and dismantling their networks.
He asked FIA to gear up efforts for disrupting financial networks of the terrorist in collaboration with State Bank and other financial institutions.
This meeting was attended among others by Secretary Interior, Director General FIA and senior officers of FIA and State Bank of Pakistan and officials of the Interior Ministry.
Addressing the meeting, the Interior Minister said the financial resources of the terrorists are hard to be fully choked under the existing framework and State Bank and FMU (Financial Monitoring Unit) alone cannot achieve the desired goals and objective.
Therefore, a new strategy should be worked out within next few days that should also include provincial governments, intelligence agencies and FBR, the minister said.
He said the strategy should be formulated keeping in view the information available regarding financial sources of the terrorists, modes of transfer, facilitators and statistics available with the provinces.
The Minister said the issue of terrorist financing was not confined to one country and he has been raising this issue with foreign delegations, calling for a global action by international fraternity.
The Interior Minister said Pakistan is committed to choking financial resources of terrorists and disrupting their financial networks and it is an important aspect of National Action Plan. This is a difficult task but not impossible, he said.
The Interior Minister directed FIA to also keep an eye on financial transactions made through various formal and informal modes.
He said swift action should be taken on the report of any suspicious transaction.
The Minister said it should also be ensured that no terror financing takes place in the garb of welfare organizations.
DG FIA briefed the meeting about various steps taken so far to curb terror financing.