Interior Minister briefs Prime Minister on security situation
The Prime Minister directed the Interior Minister to arrange dispatch of three buses from Islamabad to Gilgit so that the people in the area can come back to their hometowns to celebrate Eid with their loved ones.
The Interior Minister assured the Prime Minister that these buses will be provided with proper security and escorted en-route. The Prime Minister who had earlier met a delegation of overseas Pakistanis from UK was told by them that the fee for new passports was being increased.
The Prime Minister directed the Minister of Interior to freeze the charges as before. The Interior Minister assured the Prime Minister that overseas Pakistanis will be charged the same as before and no increase will be affected.
The Prime Minister also took up the matter of absence of provision of issuance of Machine Readable Passports and NICORP Cards to Pakistanis in Bradford which was creating hardships for them. He directed the Interior Minister to facilitate the issuance of machine readable passports in Bradford within two weeks.
The Interior Minister assured the Prime Minister that his directions will be complied with and the Interior Ministry will ensure that these facilities were made available to them in Bradford within two weeks. While talking to the Interior Minister, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf revealed that he had urged the overseas Pakistanis to make investments in the country and send their remittances through legal channels.
Also, the Prime Minister had instructed the State Bank of Pakistan to ensure that transactions involving remittances were completed in the minimum possible time.—APP