ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Wednesday directed National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to submit concrete proposals within twenty-four hours for resolving issue of Pakistan Origin Card (POC).
Taking notice of exaggerated reports about NADRA service charges from overseas Pakistanis, the Minister directed Chairman NADRA to clarify its position on all forums, especially in suo moto case pending before Supreme Court.
He was chairing a high level meeting here which was attended among others by Secretary Interior, Advocate General, Chairman NADRA, Chief Commissioner Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and senior officers of Interior Ministry and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
The Minister also directed Secretary Interior to prepare a comprehensive strategy paper within a week time for separation of Immigration Department from FIA.
He said Immigration & Border Management all over the world were independent and specialized subjects that needed to be separated from FIA which was primarily tasked with investigation of white-collar crimes.
The Minister said modernized Immigration & Border Management departments would streamline process of effective monitoring of Pakistan’s entry and exit points through air, sea and land routes.
In a briefing, Chairman NADRA said there had been no increase in NADRA service charges since 2012. He said that the validity period of each card was significantly enhanced and total cost of the card has in fact reduced.
Over issue of land acquisition case in Tama Morian for a private housing society, the ICT Administration informed the Minister that under the law it could not acquire land for purpose of private housing society.
The Minister while directing Secretary Interior and Chief Commissioner to submit legal position before the Court. -APP