Interior Minister chairs high level meeting

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Islamabad, April 3 (APP): Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, in a meeting here Monday asked for strict implementation of rules and regulations both in the Ministry and its attached departments. He said indifference to this responsibility or lackluster approach in addressing the problems of the people will invite serious notice and action.
Chairing a high-level meeting, the Minister said that a lot more still needs to be done in the issuance of visas and areas of immigration to streamline the system and remove various lacunas in the system.
The Minister ordered immediate suspension of visas on arrival under the guise of Landing Permits and said that this laxity cannot be allowed in this manner as it can give rise to serious irregularities.
The Interior Minister also ordered Interior Ministry to revise and update visa rules besides introduction of online visa regime so as to bring in transparency, minimize discretion and expedite the entire process. With the launching of the online visa application and online visa regime, the Minister said that any anomaly in issuance of visas would be effectively eliminated.
He said that central visa database is essential as it would enable Pakistani state institutions to keep a tab on all those travelling to Pakistan on any visa category.
To ensure strict surveillance of Pakistan’s land, sea and air route entry exit points on borders, the Interior Minister ordered speedy completion of the concept paper for the modern Immigration and Border Control Department.
The Minister observed that as first step, a separate body of Immigration & Border Management should be set up under the Federal Investigation Agency. He said that modern immigration department would strengthen border control management of the country which is currently managed by the Federal Investigation Agency.
The meeting was attended by Secretary Interior, Chairman NADRA, Advocate General, Chief Commissioner ICT, Acting IG Islamabad and senior officers of FIA and Ministry of Interior.
APP/ Saima /anm/ VNS Islamabad