Nisar makes idealistic start to making Islamabad a model city

Jun 21, 2013

TAHIR NIAZ

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday came out with what seemed to be a bit idealistic plan to make the federal capital a worth-living city and announced a number of measures in this regard ranging from connecting all city police stations through computer to launching massive operation against non-registered vehicles.

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The initiative is good but to refresh the memories of the people, it is necessary to state here that most of the non-registered vehicles are under use of the ‘untouchables’. Furthermore, the foreign-funded project to computerize the registration of FIR in the city police stations is yet to be materialized. Later comes the stage of attaining the copy of the FIR about which the Interior Minister said that it would be made a public document.
Coming to governance, Ch. Nisar said a list of notorious officials of ICT and CDA would be prepared and they would be sidelined. He said that he has given instructions for computerization of land record of Islamabad within six months to get rid of Patwari and Girdawar. But he did not think appropriate to say a single word about the police officers who have been posted in the city for several years but miserably failed to control crime. Abolishment of police check posts from the city roads has also been decided without any homework that may lead to increase in terrorism incidents in the city.
Nisar told a press conference after chairing a meeting that a number of decisions have been taken to make Islamabad model Capital. As per decisions taken in the meeting, all police stations of Islamabad would be connected through computerization in three months and registration of FIR would become a public document. A massive operation would be launched in Islamabad in three days against non-registered vehicles and under-age drivers and the campaign would be across the board.
In the first phase‚ Nisar said, checking would be done on three roads – Koral to Faisal Mosque; Faizabad to Convention Centre and Jinnah Avenue in Blue Area. Chief Commissioner Islamabad in collaboration with Commissioner Rawalpindi will prepare an emergency Mass Transit programme of metro bus from Rawalpindi to Islamabad. A flyover would be jointly constructed by Federal and Punjab Governments on Murree Road at Bhara Kahu to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
Coming to governance, Ch. Nisar said a list of notorious officials of ICT and CDA would be prepared and they would be sidelined. He said that he has given instructions for computerization of land record of Islamabad within six months to get rid of Patwari and Girdawar.
The Minister said security barriers placed on roads going out of Islamabad would be removed immediately. Golra Toll Plaza would be abolished this month to ensure unhindered travel of the citizens and in phases all such plazas would be done away with. He said the government gets only 18 to 20 crore rupees from these Plazas while contractors earn about a billion but humiliate passengers and travelers.
He said NADRA has been asked to issue E-Tags to vehicles of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and the bearer of these tags would form a separate unhindered lane at check posts. The Interior Minister said a Civil Centre would be established where citizens of Islamabad would get licenses‚ domiciles‚ attorneys and other documents under one roof in a transparent manner.
He also announced to launch Rescue 1122 Service in urban and rural areas of Islamabad while steps would be taken for overcoming drinking water shortages in Islamabad on emergency basis. A GIS mapping of all forests of Islamabad would be done to check their illegal cutting.
A scheme for rehabilitation of roads and parks of the capital would also be launched on emergency basis. A team consisting of NADRA and administration personnel would go door-to-door to get photographs and details of house servants as part of the process to check rising crime rate. A campaign against professional beggars would also be launched and after two warnings and they would be put behind the bars, he added.
The minister said the government on Thursday decided to seek input from heads of all security agencies for the formulation of a national security policy. After discussing new security policy, he constituted two Task Forces on the issues of Missing Persons and ensure better coordination within and among the security agencies.
The Interior Minister told the news conference that the meeting has decided to withdraw FC and Ranger personnel from security duties with important people except the President‚ the Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of Pakistan. He said there was no justification to deploy these personnel for security of those who can afford private security. Ch. Nisar said to begin with‚ he has voluntarily returned such personnel to their parent departments.
The meeting also decided to seek input from heads of all security agencies within two days for the formulation of a National Security Policy. Ch. Nisar said the Prime Minister has already constituted a Committee for interaction with the armed forces to get their input for the policy. The Interior Minister said there should be accountability of failures in security and to begin with he will make public findings of the Joint Investigation Team of the Quetta terrorist incidents through National Assembly and Senate.