Nisar directs FIA to set up anti-corruption cell

Nisar directs FIA to set up anti-corruption cell

nisaarISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed FIA to expedite investigation of five high profile cases and create a cell to address complaints about corruption in government departments.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Saturday, he said cases relating to Employees Oldage Benefits Institution, Trade Development Authority, New Islamabad Airport, Pakistan State Oil and treason of retired General Pervez MKusharraf would be taken to the logical conclusion in six weeks.

He said cases would be investigated without fear or favour or political considerations.

Ch. Nisar Ali Khan clarified that the name of retired General Pervez Musharraf was on Exit Control List and would remain on the list until asked for removal by the highest court.

The Minister said after Eidul Azha, a System of Awareness and Protection would be devised jointly by NAB, FIA and Transparency International to help check instances of corruption in government departments.  For this purpose, it would be ensured that there are violation of procurement rules and misappropriation.

The Interior Minister said reforms are being introduced in the passport issuance system to facilitate the general public. Urgent passport would be issued after four days of depositing of application as against five at the moment while ordinary passport would be handed over to the applicant in ten days instead of twelve days at present.

He said a home delivery system for passport is also being introduced so that the applicant is not bothered to visit passport offices every now and then.  Similarly, an applicant would be able to know the current status of his application for passport through the sms system.

Ch. Nisar said over two thousand official and diplomatic passports issued illegally have been cancalled with one stroke of the pen without any discrimination. He said official passports were issued to non-entitled people including personal servants and some of the foreign countries ended agreements for visa abolition with Pakistan because of misuse of these passports by some people.

The Interior Minister said hundreds of thousands of unaccounted for SIMs are being used for illegal activities and this is not acceptable. He said a meeting with the representatives of the cellular companies would be held soon and he himself would be holding meeting with heads of these companies to firm up a strategy to address the problem. He said the issue would be resolved with consideration of business interests of these companies as lives of people are more important than monetary benefits.

The Minister said some officials of model Islamabad Police are colluding with criminals and he has asked IG Police Islamabad and the Chief Commissioner to weed out the police force of these elements. Similarly, four weeks have also been given to weed out corrupt officials from the revenue department of Islamabad. Land record is being privatized to get rid of Patwaris and computiration is also being done at Police Stations.

He said to begin with E-Tag system has been introduced at Rawat check post where holders of tag can pass through a special lane.  Similar arrangements would also be made in respect of other toll plazas to help ease out traffic congestions at these check posts.

He said he has asked CDA to establish all facilities under one roof. District Administration would also do the same.

Ch. Nisar Ali Khan said a campaign has been launched against fake drugs, and quality of foot items is being checked from kiosks to five star hotels.

The Minister said he has also given directions that people should not be bothered during VVIPs movements beyond eight minutes.

He said situation in Karachi was improving and he would share details when there is something important to tell.

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