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    MoU for firing range at US Embassy cancelled, Senate body told

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    ISLAMABAD: Secretary Interior Ministry has informed the Senate Committee on Interior that the Interior Ministry has cancelled permission of firing range for the Embassy of the United States.

    The Senate Committee has asked Inspector General, Islamabad, to hold an inquiry and submit a report on the hidden motives behind signing of such agreement and discarding the same lately and asked the Secretary Interior to also submit a detailed report in this regard.

    Senator Malik apprised the members that he had taken suo moto notice of the matter on April 22. He said that he had directed the Ministry of Interior and Chief Commissioner Islamabad to investigate the matter and submit detailed report on it to the Committee.

    He said that the CDA has provided a report regarding allotment of land to the US Embassy. He said that in this regard letter was also written to Ministry of Interior, Islamabad to report on the matter but report not received.

    Senator Gen (R) Abdul Qayyum told the committee that he had taken to the House the matter of designing and construction of firing range in the Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad. He said that an advertisement was floated on the website of American Embassy for the renovation of the firing range amounting to $1 lac-2.5 lac and the firms were asked to submit their bids for the same.

    Senator Malik apprised the members that he had taken up the matter with Secretary Interior and it was revealed that the police firing range was located outside the boundary of Diplomatic Enclave, established for the training of their personnel and the idea was to upgrade the said firing range. Consequently, the Ministry of Interior signed a MoU by mistake. He further professed that such an MoU was not in order and no such MoU can be signed without the consent from Cabinet Division.

    He also took cognizance of signing of MoU with American Embassy. In response, they officials concerned said that the said MoU for taking help of Americans has been cancelled. The members raised their concerns upon construction of any firing range in precincts of Diplomatic Enclave.

    The Committee Chairman asked the Inspector General, Islamabad, to hold an inquiry and submit a report on the hidden motives behind signing of the agreement and discarding of the same lately.

    Senator Malik said that the committee expresses its deep concerns on the issue of missing persons and it has already sought out a report from the Commission of Enquiry on Enforced Disappearances.

    He said that the committee fully supports and stands by the families of the missing persons and will be pursuing the issue. The Committee also expressed concerns over missing persons. “We are standing firm by families of missing persons and equally share their grief,” he said, adding that it was stated following Gawadar attack a missing person namely Hamal Khan was among the attackers and later it was revealed that the news was fake.

    He said that he, then Interior Minister, constituted the Commission of Enquiry on Enforced Disappearances. He said that the Commission has already submitted its report on the missing persons in the previous meeting of the Committee, according to which more than 90% missing persons have been recovered so far.

    The Senate Committee has strongly condemned two terrorist attacks in Balochistan within three days. Malik also directed the security of sensitive and public places across the country particularly in Balochistan to avoid recurrence of terrorist incidents. The Committee discussed longstanding administrative, financial and legal issues between Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI).

    Secretary Interior Major (R) Azam Suleman Khan while briefing the committee about MCI said that Local Government Act, 2015 has so far not been implemented. He added that the matter had been forwarded to former interior minister and then sent to federal cabinet.

    Senator Malik presented in the meeting a report which was compiled by Coordinator Sub-Committee and the report was adopted unanimously by the Committee.

    The Chairman Committee directed that there should be a proper guarantee/ coverage be given to the benefits/ facilities of the employees entitled under the policy of CDA. He directed that the employees of CDA should not be transferred to MCI without their consent according to Rule-115 (3) of ICT Local Government Act, 2015.

    The Committee was briefed in detail by Chairman Nadra Usman Mobin. He informed the committee that over 200,000 applicants file application for obtaining CNIC and Nadra issued 68000 CNICs to applicants on daily basis.
    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/47...ange-at-us-embassy-cancelled-senate-body-told
     
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    Kindly, release the names and photos of persons involved in this "mistake".
     
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    Excellent job by the current govt. Lakh di lanat on all the patwaris from the nation.

    The caretaker govt selected by the NS and Khursheed Shah. This shows their loyalties.


    Continuity of command: Punjab may retain two ‘indispensable’ officers
    Intikhab Hanif
    February 23, 2017
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    LAHORE: Punjab Home Secretary Azam Suleman Khan is likely to be appointed additional chief secretary home to head the entire criminal justice system in the province, despite his promotion to BS-22, for continuity of war on terror.

    Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmed Khwaja is too being retained by Punjab, by upgrading the BS-21 post to BS-22 “personal to him”.

    Both the home secretary and the ACS were promoted to BS-22 a few days ago and they were expected to be recalled by the federal government for their posting against slots matching their new grades. Their repatriation was also expected at least to actualise their promotion even if they were to return to Punjab.

    Official sources informed Dawn on Wednesday that the provincial government was retaining both the officials. The post of ACS was being upgraded, personal to Mr Khwaja, they said.

    To justify the stay of Mr Azam Suleman Khan, his post was being re-framed as additional chief secretary home in BS-22. There would be no home secretary.

    Mr Khan would head the entire criminal justice system including police and security, prosecution department, prisons, Rescue 1122 and Civil Defence, acting as the focal person for the provincial government’s efforts to improve overall law and order and fight terrorism.

    It may be mentioned here that the authorities had also refrained from changing Mr Khan a year ago so as to continue with the efforts to effectively combat terrorism and to modernise police and its wings.

    “He has three-year institutional memory of the subject. The government has decided not to change the commander at a time when it is going to hunt down terrorists in league with Rangers,” a senior official said.

    Published in Dawn, February 23rd, 2017
     
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    Doesn't matter under whose government it was signed, Public must know the names and faces of persons doing this kind of "mistakes".
     
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    Agreed, their names should be revealed. Is US embassy for some diplomatic mission or for the training terrorists of blackwater and CIA?
     
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    MoU with US embassy cancelled, Senate body told
    Up-gradation of firing range in Diplomatic Enclave

    Imran Mukhtar

    May 15, 2019
    ISLAMABAD - Ministry of Interior Tuesday informed the Senate Standing Committee on Interior that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the US embassy in Islamabad for up-gradation of a firing range in the Diplomatic Enclave has been cancelled.

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    Special Secretary Interior Mian Waheeduddin told the committee that the “decision to upgrade the firing range with the help of US Embassy has been withdrawn.”

    The committee had taken notice of reports regarding construction of a firing range in the Diplomatic Enclave by the US embassy .

    In July 2018, when the caretaker government was in power, the interior ministry had signed an MoU with the embassy to upgrade the firing range. The facility existed in the enclave for several years and had been constructed for Islamabad police.



    Senator Abdul Qayyum told the meeting that he had also raised this matter in the house. Earlier, the embassy had floated an advertisement on its website for the up-gradation of facility and the firms were asked to submit their bids for the same, he added.

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    Committee Chairman Senator Rehman Malik says such MoU had no legal value as the same could not be signed without consent of Cabinet Division

    Committee Chairman Senator Rehman Malik remarked that such MoU had no legal value as the same could not be signed without consent of Cabinet Division.

    The lawmakers raised their concerns on construction of any firing range in the precincts of high security zone like the enclave. The chair directed Islamabad police chief to hold an inquiry and submit a report on the “hidden motives if any behind signing of such MoU and discarding the same lately.” He asked secretary interior to also submit a detailed report on the findings of the inquiry.

    The chair underscored that it was time to review implementation status of National Action Plan (NAP) in the wake of fresh wave of terrorism in the country. “An exclusive meeting on one point agenda of NAP will be held soon,” he added. He directed that the ministry should inform the committee about its availability for the briefing.

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    Discussing issue of forced disappearances, Senator Malik remarked that it was being reported that a missing person namely Hamal Khan was among those involved in attack on Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar. “Later, it revealed that the news related to Hamal Khan was fake,” he said, adding that government had not issued a denial in this regard so far.

    The committee also deliberated on the problems being faced by the people in getting their computerised national identity cards (CNICs) issued all over the country. Chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Usman Yousaf Mobin informed the committee that over 200,000 citizens were filing applications for obtaining CNICs daily. NADRA issues 68,000 CNICs to applicants on daily basis, he added.

    “NADRA receives 200 complaints on daily basis,” Mobin said, adding that over 8000 complaints have so far been received through Prime Minister’s Citizen Portal. He claimed that authority was addressing any public complaint within a day.

    The committee recommended establishment of a special cell at Nadra Headquarters for addressing public complaints. It directed the authority to set up a complaint cell at Pakistan’s embassy in United Arab Emirate (UAE) as overseas Pakistanis there were facing problems in getting CNICs.

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    The meeting also considered longstanding administrative, financial and legal issues existing between the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI).

    Senator Malik stated that under the ICT Local Government Act, 2015, there were 37 directorates which had to be shifted from CDA to MCI and out of which 22 directorates had been transferred to date.

    Secretary Interior retired Major Azam Suleman Khan in his briefing said the Local Government Act, 2015 had so far not been implemented completely.

    The committee directed that the employees of CDA should not be transferred to MCI without their consent as this was contrary to the rules of the act. It directed the Ministry of Interior to implement recommendations of the sub-committee, which was formed to resolve longstanding issues between CDA and MCI, within 15 days and submit a report.

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    The meeting also asked the ministry to share details of funds transferred by CDA to MCI and also inform that how much funds would be transferred to the corporation in future. It said that transaction should be completed at earliest.

    The interior secretary, MCI mayor, CDA and Nadra chairmen, Nadra director general, deputy inspector general (security) Islamabad police, DIG Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, senior superintendent of police Abbottabad attended the meeting, besides lawmakers and other senior officers.
    https://nation.com.pk/15-May-2019/mou-with-us-embassy-cancelled-senate-body-told
     
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    Wow, how could those traitors sign such an agreement? They had no such mandate but in Pakistan the traitors in caretaker govts have been doing the things which they were not even allowed as per the constitution. So who was the caretaker minister of interior?

    Guys read below
    Continuity of command: Punjab may retain two ‘indispensable’ officers
    Intikhab Hanif
    February 23, 2017
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    LAHORE: Punjab Home Secretary Azam Suleman Khan is likely to be appointed additional chief secretary home to head the entire criminal justice system in the province, despite his promotion to BS-22, for continuity of war on terror.

    Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmed Khwaja is too being retained by Punjab, by upgrading the BS-21 post to BS-22 “personal to him”.

    Both the home secretary and the ACS were promoted to BS-22 a few days ago and they were expected to be recalled by the federal government for their posting against slots matching their new grades. Their repatriation was also expected at least to actualise their promotion even if they were to return to Punjab.

    Official sources informed Dawn on Wednesday that the provincial government was retaining both the officials. The post of ACS was being upgraded, personal to Mr Khwaja, they said.

    To justify the stay of Mr Azam Suleman Khan, his post was being re-framed as additional chief secretary home in BS-22. There would be no home secretary.

    Mr Khan would head the entire criminal justice system including police and security, prosecution department, prisons, Rescue 1122 and Civil Defence, acting as the focal person for the provincial government’s efforts to improve overall law and order and fight terrorism.

    It may be mentioned here that the authorities had also refrained from changing Mr Khan a year ago so as to continue with the efforts to effectively combat terrorism and to modernise police and its wings.

    “He has three-year institutional memory of the subject. The government has decided not to change the commander at a time when it is going to hunt down terrorists in league with Rangers,” a senior official said.

    Published in Dawn, February 23rd, 2017
     
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    Blackwater training camp in Islamabad within US embassy. This is awesome. Where are the intelligence agencies? Where is MI?
     
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    Azam Suleman Khan
     
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    Good development. its Pakistan not your playground.
     
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    February 23, 2017
    LAHORE: Punjab Home Secretary Azam Suleman Khan is likely to be appointed additional chief secretary home to head the entire criminal justice system in the province, despite his promotion to BS-22, for continuity of war on terror.

    So PMLn link is established.
     
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    Again, we only end up blaming politicians while bureaucrats have equally responsible, I will say they are more responsible as prior to final signature it's they are the ones who prepare, evaluate and vet the document. Politicians come and go but these mofo stays there and facilitate & guide every corrupt.
     
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    Stop lying...

    Continuity of command: Punjab may retain two ‘indispensable’ officers
    Intikhab HanifFebruary 23, 2017
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    LAHORE: Punjab Home Secretary Azam Suleman Khan is likely to be appointed additional chief secretary home to head the entire criminal justice system in the province, despite his promotion to BS-22, for continuity of war on terror.

    Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmed Khwaja is too being retained by Punjab, by upgrading the BS-21 post to BS-22 “personal to him”.

    Both the home secretary and the ACS were promoted to BS-22 a few days ago and they were expected to be recalled by the federal government for their posting against slots matching their new grades. Their repatriation was also expected at least to actualise their promotion even if they were to return to Punjab.

    Official sources informed Dawn on Wednesday that the provincial government was retaining both the officials. The post of ACS was being upgraded, personal to Mr Khwaja, they said.

    To justify the stay of Mr Azam Suleman Khan, his post was being re-framed as additional chief secretary home in BS-22. There would be no home secretary.

    Mr Khan would head the entire criminal justice system including police and security, prosecution department, prisons, Rescue 1122 and Civil Defence, acting as the focal person for the provincial government’s efforts to improve overall law and order and fight terrorism.

    It may be mentioned here that the authorities had also refrained from changing Mr Khan a year ago so as to continue with the efforts to effectively combat terrorism and to modernise police and its wings.

    “He has three-year institutional memory of the subject. The government has decided not to change the commander at a time when it is going to hunt down terrorists in league with Rangers,” a senior official said.

    Published in Dawn, February 23rd, 2017
    https://www.dawn.com/news/1316509