Interior Minister chaired a meeting at NADRA Headquarters to review the Readmission Case Management System (RCMS)

Interior Minister Professor Ahsan Iqbal chaired a meeting at NADRA Headquarters  to review the Readmission Case Management System (RCMS) today. Ambassadors of European Union (EU) countries also participated in the meeting .

Interior Minister said that the it is the part of government policy to curb human Trafficking .  We have taken robust steps in this connection and crackdown against the human traffickers is underway throughout the country.

He also asserted that we will not allow any Pakistani to live illegally anywhere in the world.  Pakistan has become among the countries who have initiated the E-Passport facility  that will minimize the cases of forgeries and render  swift verification of the identity of Pakistanis living in any other country of the world.

Interior Minister stressed that Pakistani Nation has rendered unparallel sacrifices in the war against terror. The world should acknowledge our achievements by understanding the remarkable commitment of Pakistan as a peace loving country of the world.

Interior Minister said that arm twisting methods will not yield the favorable results in the war against terrorism .  Rather , placing us under conditions will give terrorists the opportunity to take refuge behind  the pretext that they are being subjected to international agenda , whereas eliminating extremism is our own national agenda.

Interior Minister said that Pakistan is eager to cultivate people to people relations with the European states and also values the development of  relations with European Union.

He also said that it is our utmost priority to make investment in our youth; for peace and prosperity in the region and the country is contingent on youth mobilization. He also said that we want strong links with European Union by developing a Knowledge platform with European countries so that our youth can study in the top European universities.  He added that youth equipped with modern education will take part in the prosperity and development of the country .

Interior Minister also said that economic relations between Pakistan and European countries should be based on bilateral trade ; adding that Pakistani markets have the huge potential to attract the foreign investors .

Later on ,Chairman NADRA  briefed the participants on the New Electronic Readmission Case Management System.

It is to be noted that Government of Pakistan and European Community signed an Agreement titled “European Union Readmission Agreement (EURA)” to adopt a procedure for safe return of the persons residing without authorization. On the directions of Ministry of Interior, NADRA signed an Agreement with International Organization for Migration (IOM) on electronic Readmission Case Management System (RCMS) on 20 April, 2017. The basic aim of the  project is to develop an electronic platform to make readmission process more efficient and less time consuming between GOP and EU Member States. System deployment and configuration in EU Member States (Germany, France, Belgium, and Greece) was completed in February, 2018.

Easter neighbor using Afghan soil to destabilize Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Feb 22 (APP):Minister for Interior, Ahsan Iqbal Thursday said Eastern neighbor of Pakistan was constantly utilizing Afghan soil to destabilize Pakistan, thus hampering its endeavors to fight against terrorism.

"The establishment of peace and security in Pakistan is directly linked with peace and stability in Afghanistan, therefore the international community should realize that whose stake is involved in destabilizing Afghanistan," the minister said while addressing an inauguration ceremony of Diplomatic Enclave Riding Club here. 

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr Sultan Azam Taimuri, diplomats from various countries including South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Azerbaijan and others, and members of business community.

Ahsan Iqbal said due to disturbance at Western border being created by neighboring country, over 200,000 security personal were deployed at the border which needs extra resources.

He also urged upon the international community to support Pakistan in repatriation of over three million Afghan  refugees as they were causing problem for the country. 

The minister said Pakistan had rendered unprecedented sacrifices in war against terrorism saying that if the international community could not support Pakistan in its fight against terrorism then at least, it should not create hurdles in its way to handle this international challenge accordingly.

He said some efforts were being made to put Pakistan in watch list of those countries funding terrorism and such efforts could be counter-productive for war against terror.

"If Pakistan's economy is disturbed by imposing economic sanctions, then it would ultimately dilute its capability to fight against terrorism," he added.  

Pakistan, he said, is fighting its war against terrorism to secure its future generation and it had declared it a national challenge to get rid of this menace once for all.

Appreciating the Islamabad Police' performance, the minister said the best performance of it has made Islamabad one of the safest federal capitals in the world.

He said, "We are trying to make Islamabad Police a model community police by equipping it with state-of-the-art technology."

Earlier, speaking at the occasion, the IGP Islamabad said on special direction of the interior minister, the riding club was established by the Islamabad Mounted Police to provide the diplomats and others specially young people an opportunity to learn and enjoy horse riding.

He said a state of the art Gymnasium in Diplomatic Enclave had also been established to provide healthy activity to the diplomats and other people.

He informed that a shooting club would also be established soon in the diplomatic enclave.

 

Ahsan inaugurates groundbreaking of Model Jail Islamabad

ISLAMABAD, Feb 22 (APP):Minister for Interior, Ahsan Iqbal Thursday launched the groundbreaking of Model Jail here at H-16, and said the model jail would act as a correction center for the prisoners.  

Addressing the groundbreaking ceremony, Ahsan Iqbal said start of work on establishment of model correction center in the federal capital was a welcoming sign for which he as a minister had allocated a hefty amount to ensure early completion of the project.

He said the correction sector would help accomplishing the criminal justice system and it would also help character building of the criminals to ensure that after completing the jail terms, the prisoners should not indulge in criminal activities again.

He said this model jail should be named as correction center as it would not only a place to jail the criminals but would also be a center for their character building.

He said that keeping in view the grave issue of water in the federal capital, the Council of Common Interest (CCI) had accorded approval to use water of Sindh river for the federal capital and very soon a project in this regard would be materialized and the government was also reviewing to include this project under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.

He also stressed the need to make the people aware of scarcity of water in the federal capital and measures to stop them from wasting the natural resource. 

Ahsan Iqbal informed that the government was considering the Metro Bus project on Islamabad Expressway and work on the project would be initiated by next year.

He said the government will introduce mass transport system in the federal capital and in this regard air conditioned buses would be deployed in Islamabad.

He said keeping in view the extra load on the existing hospitals in Islamabad, a project for construction of district hospital in the federal capital had been approved to provide quality health services to the masses.

He said work on the project would be initiated soon.

Stressing the need to expedite work on development projects, the minister also stressed that stability of democratic system and continuity of government policies in the country was vital for continuity of development process in the country. 

Earlier briefing the minister, Chief Commissioner Islamabad said that the project of model jail would be completed in 2019 at a cost of Rs 3.9 billion and for the current fiscal year, an amount of Rs 8 million was allocated for the project.

He said initially, the model jail would have capacity of 2000 prisoners while the capacity would be enhanced afterwards. 

He said more than 1500 prisoners were brought to different courts in Islamabad which was wastage of time and resources besides creating security risks. 

 

He said in the model jail state of the art educational and health facilities would be provided to the prisoners.

 

Dr Santhi Kanoktanaporn , Secretary General ( APO) called on the Interior Minister

Dr Santhi Kanoktanaporn , Secretary General Asian Productivity Organization ( APO) called on the Interior Minister Professor Ahsan Iqbal today in Islamabad.

Productivity, Quality & Innovation are key priorities of the government: Ahsan

In the meeting , Interior Minister said that productivity is a basic  component of strong competitiveness . Pakistan is among the countries that has a long term strategic plan in the form of vision 2025 focusing on the sustainable development in the industrial and economic sector of the country with particular focus on achieving competitiveness through achieving world class productivity, quality & innovation.

Interior Minister stated that emerging new trends in the world economy and industrial production pose new challenges to developing countries . He added that impact of Fourth Generation revolation are on developing markets and Robot Technology has engendered a new competitive trend in the Labor market.

Interior Minister being at the threshold of Fourth Generation industrial revolution , Artificial Intelligence will render Manual labor redundant but also it will generate new job market .

Interior Minister also asserted the importance of reengineering vocational training and the need to capitalizing the new scientific and modern technology. He said on the count that Vision 2025 emphasizes imparting and equipping our youth with modern scientific knowledge so that they can become at par with the human resource of developed countries to face modern challenges.

Secretary General appreciated the endeavors and measures taken by Government of Pakistan in areas of Productivity, Quality & Innovation (PQI) and said six other countries are following Pakistani initiative of PQI.

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