Joint intelligence directorate will be operational in three months, says Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan told National Assembly on Thursday that a joint intelligence directorate would be set up within three months.

He said funds to this effect have already been allocated. This would help further improve the intelligence sharing and subsequently help eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country. “We have to remain vigilant as the war on terror has not yet finished,” the minister said while briefing the House on the two-and-half year performance of the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control. He said the terrorists have just been marginalised after the launch of National Action Plan (NAP). During this period Ministry Interior did a lot of work and shared more than 2,500 intelligence reports with the law enforcing agencies and provincial governments.

He added that more than 900 information excerpts were shared with the security agencies of the provincial government, which resulted into intelligence-based operations against the extremists and terrorists. Nisar said Interior Ministry was coordinating with the provincial governments and this collaboration has resulted in improvement in the law and order situation in the country. The frequency of bomb blasts has declined considerably, with no daily occurrence of such incidents now, he said. He said the joint intelligence directorate would help further improve the intelligence sharing and subsequently help eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.

Nisar said his ministry has taken several measures to curb corruption in all its attached departments and organisations. Several employees of National Database Registration Authority (NADRA), passport offices, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and police have not only suspended from services but have been arrested and sent to jail for malpractices. He said 64 employees were sacked from FIA, but they approached the courts, however they have been marginalized and sent back to their own organisations.

The interior minister said there was need to pay attention to the financial position of FIA employees, as they are paid less as compared to the police force. The lack of appropriate human resource was the biggest problem of Pakistan, he said, adding that there was no proper system to promote employees to higher grades. The minister said all the foreign security agencies have been banned from working in the country and there was no presence of notorious Blackwater-type agencies in the country now.

Nisar said his ministry has blocked more than 1,000,000 national identity cards and sacked 10 people form NADRA for issuing wrong cards. An online passport facility would be introduced to facilitate applicants, he said, elaborating that initially the scheme would be introduced in a few cities and would be extended to other areas later. He said that Mega NADRA and Passport Offices would be established across the country, initially some in January 2016 and others during the remaining year.

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