Child abuse: Nisar for effective implementation of existing laws
17 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday told the National Assembly that there is a need for effective implementation of existing laws against abuses with minor children, and making them stricter.
The minister said that the opposition or government, or both can do legislation over this issue but it should not be restricted to the Ministry of Interior. While answering MNA Rohail Asghar who demanded death penalty for child abusers, Nisar said whenever such a shameful incident happened in the country, the media, civil society and all sections of society raise their voices but become silent after some time.
He said strict action over such cases required quick response from the police, judiciary and also from the general public. He suggested that any parliamentarian can submit a bill in this regard and the House will support it. Nisar also said that the recent rape of a five-year child is shameful and assured that appropriate measures will be taken to stop such incidents in the future. The minister informed the House that according to an official report, about 98,000 illegal foreigners having criminal records were living in the suburbs of the federal capital.
He said the government has cleared some areas and cleanup of remaining areas is in progress. The government is in touch with the UNHCR to transfer all Afghan refugees within the camps but it looks very difficult, said Nisar, adding that the government was thinking of confining these Afghans within boundary walls. About involvement of government officials in criminal activities, the interior minister told the legislators that strict action has been ordered against such officials.
He noted that the government has arrested police personnel in Karachi who were involved in some criminal activities, four police personnel in Vegetable Market, Islamabad, along with three CDA officials who were involved in extortion for the last several years. He also claimed that some policemen were involved in car theft, and in this regard the government has made a comprehensive policy which will be presented in the next few days.
Nisar told the House that for improvement in the system, the government has changed all FIA/immigration officials at all airports. FIA director general has been directed to make surprise visits to all airports and check performance of these officials randomly. He also asked the public representatives to check the performance of government officials and identify the problems.
To another question, the minister told the National Assembly that as many as 2,174 acts of terrorism took place over the last two years. He said 772 security officials and 1,613 citizens lost their lives over the last two years. Nisar said that 70,000 arms licences were issued over the past several years, but the incumbent government has put a ban on issuance of new licences, three months ago. He said the issuance of thousands of arm licences by the previous regime was also responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation across the country.
Nisar said an inquiry was being initiated into issuance of 70,000 arms in the last five years. He said that computerised arms licences would be issued to only those people who apply for weapons of legal calibre. He regretted that hundreds of innocent people have been killed in terrorist attacks due to the issuance of illegal licences. The minister said a comprehensive policy will be devised to control weaponisation, show of weapons, their supply, and cancellation of unnecessary arms licences. Answering another question, the minister said no foreign security company was allowed to work in the country.