ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday informed the National Assembly that government would soon introduce a new policy on registration of private security companies, visa policy, Exit Control List (ECL) and arm licenses.
During question hour in the House, the minister said the government has taken a number of steps to improve the law and order situation in the country.
Chaudhry Nisar said the government had banned registration of new private security agency and no license had been issued in this regard.
The minister said that in the past hundreds of licenses were issued to the private security agencies though these security agencies were not even able to taking care of their own employees. The companies which hire security personnel from these agencies were also not satisfied with their performance.
Chaudhry Nisar said that when the ministry took notice, it was observed that some employees of the security agencies could not even know how to operate arms and some of them were involved in criminal activities.
Elaborating some features of the new registration of security agencies policy, the minister said the government would bind the security agencies to train their employees annually and to give security to their clients according to their charter etc.
He said issuance of licenses in the province was jurisdiction of the provincial governments and he would hold meeting with all chief ministers so that a standard policy could be implemented across the country.
To another question, he said that strict action had been taken against the beggars in the federal capital and directed the concerned authorities to hand over the deserving to the NGOs and put the professionals to jail.
Chaudhry Nisar said there was no restriction on foreigners visit,invest and meet their relatives in any country including Pakistan but every body should follow the law.
He said in the past so many people had entered the country illegally but the present government had taken strict action against these persons including drug-traffickers, peddlers and prostitutes and canceled their passports.
The minister said that prostitution had became a big `mafia`and some prostitutes were residing here for so many years and the present government had taken strict action against them.
To another question regarding passport offices, he said there were 79 passport offices across the country and government was planning to double this figure very soon.
Chaudhry Nisar said that Planning Commission of Pakistan has also given approval in this regard, adding that in the past passport offices were opened in villages on political basis. But, now the government would establish new passport offices across the country on merit.
The Interior Minister suspended four concerned officials of the interior ministry for not giving answers to four questions raised by the members.
He also apologized from the Chair and House on the issue and assured that it would not happen in future.