Some countries are inimical to CPEC: Nisar

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Monday that the government has decided not to grant consular access to Indian spy agency Research and Analysis Wing”s (RAW) agent Kulbhushan Yadav who was detained by Pakistan”s premier intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in March this year.

Taking to media persons, after inauguration of Islamabad Safe City project, the Minister said that Yadav is a spy. He entered Pakistan to hatch conspiracies aimed at spreading unrest in the country.

Khan further said that some “vested interest groups and countries” are against China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and want to sabotage this project. “No power on the earth can sabotage this mega project as people of the two countries, their civilian and military leadership are committed to taking it forward,” he said. The Interior Minister said that the CPEC is no longer a dream; it but is fast turning into a strong reality. Both China and Pakistan are long standing friends and their destinies are intertwined, he said.

He said that Islamabad Safe City Project is a security solution and have already installed it by most of the developed countries. Islamabad Safe City Project, costing $126 million, is the first of its kind project in Pakistan and is need of the hour, he said. He said this project will serve as a role model for four provinces and will be replicated in other cities. Under this project nearly 1950 surveillance cameras have been installed at key locations, he said, adding that this is true policing through which every corner of Islamabad can be seen through camera. He said that along with improving law and order in the city, the Safe City Project will also help in improving traffic system.

To a question, he said that after six months” monitoring of the project, the number of security pickets in the city will be reduced. “We do not only want a decline in crime rate but we want to turn Islamabad into a crime-free city,” he said. To a question about non-utilisation of Rs 1.06 billion fund allocated to National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) during the outgoing fiscal year, the Minister said that the non-availability of a proper building for NACTA and Joint Intelligence Directorate (JID) was the main reason behind non-utilization of fund. A building for NACTA has been acquired and work on its renovation has begun, he said.

He said that the JID, which is an important component of NACTA, will also become fully functional after the renovation of building. Sun Weidong, the Ambassador of China to Pakistan, Huawei regional head, Inspector General of Islamabad (IGP) Tariq Masood Yasin, Chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Usman Mobin, Director General (DG) Immigration and Passport (I&P) Usman Akhtar Bajwa, Chief Commissioner Islamabad Zulfiqar Haider and other senior official attended the inauguration ceremony.

Earlier, addressing the passing-out parade of police officers at police lines headquarters, the minister said security situation has improved in the country. He said incidents of terrorism have witnessed a visible decline during the present tenure of the PML-N government. The credit for this goes to security and intelligence agencies of the country, he said. Nisar also distributed the keys of vehicles among the personnel of Frontier Constabulary (FC), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Islamabad police. These vehicles have been provided by the Chinese government. –Business Recorder