Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed the Islamabad Capital Territory administration and the police to take foolproof security measures during the last days of Ramazan, especially on the eve of Eidul Fitr.
He said this while chairing a meeting of the heads of attached departments of the ministry, here on Tuesday, stated a press release.
Nisar asked the Inspector General of the Islamabad Police (IG) to form a committee consisting of police and civilian officers to improve the performance of police pickets, especially on sensitive thoroughfares such as Margalla Road, Murree Road and Kashmir Highway, and the Red Zone.
The IG informed Khan that a proactive approach was being followed regarding the security of the capital. He added that rigorous search operations were being conducted on a weekly basis to keep check on unlawful elements, especially in the suburbs of the city.
The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) chairman informed the meeting that a household survey in seven out 21 sectors of the federal capital had been completed with the help of the Islamabad police and registration in rest of the sectors would be completed by the end of November.
Khan said the data should simultaneously be analysed from a security point of view. He said that the data collected from slums in the suburban areas must be properly analysed and the periphery of Islamabad be properly secured.
The Nadra chairman also informed that work on “Islamabad Safe City Project” was continuing. He said sites for installing cameras had been finalised in consultation with the police.
The Nadra chairman expressed his confidence that the project would be completed in time and Islamabad would soon become the first city of the country, which would be secured through the use of latest technology.
The federal minister took strong notice of a recent incident of human smuggling from Islamabad Airport. Khan said that strict action would be taken against those officials who proved inefficient or unwilling to stop the illegal activity.
The meeting also discussed various measures to check and deter illegal immigration.
Khan urged all officials to commit themselves to equal application of law. The minister gave directives for improving administrative working of the attached departments. Nisar said he was committed to ensuring a culture of honesty and hard work in all attached departments of the ministry.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2014.