Meeting on formation of National Internal Security Policy (NISP)

Interior Minister Professor Ahsan Iqbal chaired a high level meeting in Islamabad on formation of National Internal Security Policy (NISP) 2018-2023 . Meeting was attended by officials from Law enforcement agencies, Counter Terrorism Force , Home Ministries of provincial Government , HEC and Ministry of Interior.

Interior Minister said that  the Roadmap for formulation of National Internal Security Policy 2018-2023 is centered on the goals defined in vision 2025 that envisages a sharing peace ,stability and development link ,which is key for progress of any nation. 

Interior Minister added that we have  steered the country towards progress by  enabling peace and Political stability to take root in the country. He said that we have to  take practical steps  now to consolidate the gains made  and improve our capabilities for the new and future threats to our peace and security. 

Interior Minister  said that Political stability plays vital role  for development ,which requires avoiding conflicts in all forms and manifestations .  National Security has become a broad subject with social , political and economic dimensions gaining importance . The nature of threats is changing with technological revolution . CPEC has changed Geo-Political equilibrium in the region due to which new Geo-Political pressures are developing on Pakistan. We must develop a comprehensive approach with the ownership of all stakeholders to succeed in implementation. 

He also stressed that youth in Pakistan constitutes a major part of the population and is an asset for the country .  It is our priority to  mobilize our youth towards peace and stability by providing them with the enabling environment.  

He stated that new internal security policy framework is directed towards establishing  a new paradigm for policy  on security and peace. A more  empirical and evidence based  approach focused on the implementation of the goals  has been adopted.

Interior Minister also said that ownership and participation of the key government departments as well as that of the key state institutions and broader civil society is critical for its success and implementation.

He therefore requested feedback from all the stakeholders and their continued engagement during the policy making process. He also added that internal and external affairs are interconnected and have implications on the domestic and foreign policies.

Moreover, Steps have been envisaged in the Framework to formulate the policy Planning and Initial meeting with internal stakeholders , Desk Research, Consultation sessions with relevant stakeholders, National internal security conference, Expert interviews  , Data Analysis  , Reconciling differing views, Circulating initial draft for feedback , Developing and refining a final draft , Seeking executive approval , Setting up mechanism for implementation  and Launching /dissemination of policy. 

It is to be noted that basic tenets of the policy encapsulates the four  key areas to improve peace and security viz: creating a shared vision, establishing rule of law , ensuring political stability and providing social justice. 

The Policy framework has also identified Political Parties/Policy makers, Academics/Analysts , Educationists , Journalists/Media Personnel, Religious Scholars  , Legal Experts, Civil Society Organizations  and Representatives of Marginalized Groups (Youth, Minorities, Women who will be engaged during the process of policy formulation )as major stakeholders. 

The key inputs required from the government departments include: An assessment of the key initiatives that have been effective in ensuring security and those that are now redundant and assessment of key bottlenecks and blockages that impede optimal performance and Suggestions to remove these impediments and make government departments and LEAs more effective 

It was recognized that similar policy exercises in the past lacked implementation, therefore detailed implementation strategy; monitoring and evaluation mechanism and the funding requirements will be included in the policy and given particular attention. 

The participants approved the detailed roadmap for the policy formulation process that includes three rounds of consultation sessions involving key stakeholders and a national conference on internal security. 

This represents a move towards evidence-based policy making in order to design policy interventions that deal with not only the symptoms, but also the root causes of security issues.

Ahsan urges to promote research, innovation in universities for academia, industry linkage

ISLAMABAD, Jan 10 (APP):Minister for Interior, Planning, Development and Reforms, Professor Ahsan Iqbalon Wednesday urged to promote research and innovation in universities and enhance the academia industry's linkages.

Universities must produce future leaders and engaging in community development for economic development and prosperity of the country, he said while addressing as chief guest in report launching

of Agha Khan University on economic Impact in Pakistan.

Individuals from government, the diplomatic corps, international funding agencies and civil society joined the University at the launch of the report today in Islamabad, including the Chief Guest, Professor Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Interior, Planning, Development & Reform. "This economic impact study by the Aga Khan University is a trendsetter for our education

sector," Minister Iqbal said.

"AKU has continued its reputation of being a model of excellence in higher education by showing

us another way to assess, evaluate and hold accountable our higher education institutions."

He said that Universities must connect with the society to uplift the marginalized segment of the society.

The Minister said that education is biggest weapon for social mobilization and major source inclusive development.

Ahsan Iqbal said the government has ended load shedding and minimsed the menace of terrorism for providing conducive environment for economic development in the country.

The minister said that now country has record Gross Domestic Production (GDP) growth in last ten years and "We expects 6 % GDP growth in this fiscal year.

President and CEO of AKU, Firoz Rasul said the Aga Khan University in results of a landmark

study found that AKU has an annual economic impact in Pakistan of Rs 103 billion, or US$ 1 billion, supporting 42,000 jobs.

He said the study reports also reveals that AKU's spending has a multiplier effect, with every rupee of its direct gross value added generating Rs 7.3 in economic benefits.

The study demonstrates that AKU has a major impact as a leader that improves quality of life in Pakistan, whether by raising standards in health care and education, empowering women or conducting cutting-edge research."

AKU generates its economic impact in a variety of ways. By providing high-quality education, it increases the earning power of its alumni. By providing outstanding health care to 1.3 million individuals annually, it keeps people healthy and productive. And as a major purchaser of goods and services, it generates revenues for businesses and jobs for people across the country.

A delegation of Ambassadors called on the Interior Minister

A delegation of Ambassadors called on the Interior Minister Professor Ahsan Iqbal in Islamabad today.  Delegation comprised of Ambassador of Eurpoean Union to Pakistan , H.E.Jean Francois Cautain ; US Ambassador to Pakistan , H.E. David Hale; Australian High Commissioner , H.E. Margaret Adamson; Canadian Ambassador , H.E. Perry Calderwood ; Norwegian Ambassador , H.E Tore Nedrebo;

In the meeting, Interior Minister asserted that INGO’s play a vital role in the development sector and areas like eradication of poverty and disease from country and their contribution in Pakistan for social –economic development and uplift is always welcomed and commendable.   However, the peculiar circumstances in Pakistan calls for monitoring the operations and funding sources of INGOs to ensure that no extremism related NGO is able to secure foreign funding.

Interior Minister said that the applications of INGOs rejected for registration have mostly been done on the grounds of non compliance with the requisite registration process. He added that the criteria for the registration process of INGOs will be transparent and applicable across the board.

Interior Minister stated that the registration policy has been revised and now the INGOs whose applications were not approved can operate in Pakistan until the final decision on the appeals of INGOs is taken. If the appeal of any INGO is rejected by the appellate authority, then it will have to close its operations from Pakistan within sixty days.

Interior Minister also said that Pakistan hosts 3.5 Million Afghan refugees. it is also the collective responsibility of international community to join hands with Pakistan to speed up repatriation process of Afghan refugees to home in order to help in peace building efforts.

Interior Minister said that Pakistan always endorses the peaceful political settlement of Afghanistan and has biggest stake in stable Afghanistan. 

Disapproved INGOs allowed to work till final decision

ISLAMABAD, Jan 10 (APP):Ministry of Interior Wednesday allowed disapproved International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs)

to continue work till final decision is taken on their appeals.

Minister for Interior, Prof Ahsan Iqbal has issued order in this regard keeping in view present operational

affairs of INGOs and country's image at international level, a statement issued here said.

It is mentioned here that the INGOs are entitled to appeal within 90 days after disapproval of their

registration.

If the appeal is rejected, the INGOs will have to leave the country within 60 days.

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