ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has asked police and security agencies to gear up their resources and efforts to identify and weed out potential criminals and troublemakers in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and the suburban areas.
The minister said this while chairing a meeting on law and order and security issues which was attended by heads of departments attached with the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control as well as district and police administrations of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Minister of State Muhammad Balighur Rahman and Parliamentary Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb were also present.
Nisar said the target of this exercise should not only be potential criminals and militants and sleeper cells of militants but also individuals in the control and payroll of international agencies who are based here without due protocol or permission.
He said that Rawalpindi and Islamabad police supported by the Rangers should carry out a massive search operation on war footing to flush out criminals and similar elements in an around the twin cities.
The minister formed a committee under Additional Secretary Hamid Ali Khan for the registration of foreigners living in Islamabad and adjoining areas.
He asked the Rawalpindi RPO to withdraw vehicles and staff allocated to unauthorised people, including retired and “un-entitled officials”.
“We need men on the ground to improve security situation in the city rather than doing protocol and personal duties with officials.”
The minister directed Rawalpindi police to make all SHOs accountable for the happenings taking place within their areas of jurisdiction.
The Islamabad IGP and Rawalpindi RPO updated the minister on the review of security plan for the twin cities, and said that joint wireless control, joint patrolling and joint action against unregistered suburbs had started while work is underway in streamlining the system of prompt exchange of information and rapid deployment force.
The RPO informed the minister that during the last one and a half months 153 search operations have been carried out in which 630 people were held, including foreign nationals, who are being proceeded against under the Foreigners Act. He said that 74 people have so far been arrested in connection with the Raja Bazaar incident while 53 are under arrest in connection with seven attacks on various imambargahs.
The minister noted with satisfaction that reconstruction work on the mosque would be started on February 16.
He asked the Rawalpindi DCO to ensure removal of encroachments from roads and recall any staff of the municipal committee working at the residences of officials. He asked the Islamabad and Rawalpindi administrations to focus on anti-dengue campaign, tree plantation drive, cleanliness arrangements and traffic situation.
Nisar said that development initiatives should be undertaken by the administrations of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to give the twin cities a better look. He asked for greater coordination between the Rawalpindi and Islamabad administrations to keep check on land grabbers.
He directed CDA to ensure uplift of parks in Islamabad particularly those in the less developed areas.
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