1,100 CCTV cameras to be installed in capital: Nisar
26 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday told legislators that the government has made arrangement for the installation of CCTV cameras at 1,100 spots to ensure safety of the capital.
Responding to a question during the question hour, the minister said other modern technologies would be used to make the capital a model city. He said if the government succeeded in establishing an effective control and command system with trained staff, there would be no need for checkposts in the city. The minister informed the house that the UK had been requested to extend cooperation to ensure the safety of Islamabad.
He said the security of the Parliament Lodges was the responsibility of the NA speaker, and if he allowed, the Interior Ministry would not allow anyone to enter the lodges with weapons.
The speaker said the Capital Development Authority's top management, despite several requests, had failed to construct shelters for guards. Nisar assured the speaker that the CDA would be issued directives to construct shelters for private guards.
Answering another question, the interior minister said drug and narcotics seized would be burned in the presence of foreign diplomats and other dignitaries. He said a ban had been imposed on foreign trips of Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) officials who were always abroad in the past. The minister said the government was playing a proactive role to control smuggling. He said drugs and illegal immigrations were serious issues and his department was actively working on them. He said honest and well-reputed people would be appointed in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the ANF.
The minister said the government was taking action against officials 'cooperating' with illegal immigration and other unlawful activities. He said people arrested abroad defamed Pakistan in the international community. The government was working on controlling illegal immigration, drugs and other matters, he added.
He informed the Lower House an international organisation had declared Pakistan a poppy-free country in March 2013. However, he said some cases of its cultivation had been registered. He said the drugs usually entered Pakistan from Afghanistan, Malaysia, Central Asian Republics and other countries. He regretted that Pakistan had become a hub of drug-trafficking. He said appropriate measures were being taken to discourage all types of smuggling, especially of drugs.