Islamabad, August 25, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan chaired a meeting in Islamabad on Sunday addressing current security issues.
The meeting, held at the Interior Ministry was attended by top ministry and police officials, and Islamabad administration representatives, discussed recent incident in Islamabad and overall security situation.
Opening today’s meeting, the Minister focused on the lessons learned from the recent incident and specifically emphasised on ground improvements by Islamabad Police. He also stressed on the importance of out of box solutions to deal with security issues.
The Minister advised the officials to implement an integrated communication system and clearly define SOPs within a week’s time. He exhorted all officials to commit themselves to equal application of law at all levels, to uphold its highest standards in their decision-making.
The Minister desired improvement in the pickets / checkpoints, reduction in the working hours from 12 to 6 hours, better discipline and alertness and enhanced level of security. He also issued directives for SP level coordination at sensitive checkpoints.
He assured the officials of full monetary support and facilitation from the concerned quarters on essentials technical requirements of ICT Police and gave them 1 week to spell those out.
The Minister also directed setting up of a well-trained Fast Response Force with the ability to immediately respond to security situations, comprised of highly trained marksmen and possessing the right technical skills and training.
The Minister desired reactivation of National Crises Management Cell on priority basis that should become a real crisis managing cell, with the appropriate level of threat identification and assessment / response system.
Earlier, the Minister approved the ‘ICT Local Government Act 2013’ briefed by the Chief Commissioner Islamabad and instructed to forward it to Federal Cabinet for formal approval. The new local government act provides for bridging the rural – urban divide, single tier system (based on wards, no union councils), a local government commission, effective enforcement of municipal functions, etc..
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