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Pakistan to get tough with banned outfits members

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016,12:27 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Islamabad | Pakistan will tighten its noose around members of banned outfits, under observation militants and human traffickers by canceling their travel documents, blocking their ID cards and withdrawing facilities like bank accounts, Interior Minister said.

While every effort would continue towards safeguarding the rights of the citizens, we will not falter in fulfilling our commitment towards ensuring security of the motherland and to check the elements bringing bad name to the country in one way or the other, said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

It was decided to cancel their travel documents, block their national identities cards and to withdraw certain facilities such as driving licenses, issuance of mobile SIMs and permission to open and operate bank accounts in a meeting chaired by Khan yesterday. He said that security situation had improved but still government needs to consolidate and build on security gains.

The meeting also discussed other measures being taken against the members of proscribed organisations, human traffickers and proclaimed offenders. Security of media houses, schools, commercial centres and steps taken for community policing also came under discussion. The meeting decided to cancel licences of all those security companies which will not provide their particulars to the administration.

Federal Investigation Agency officials informed the meeting that in the ongoing campaign against human traffickers, 1,011 people have been taken into custody 290 proclaimed offenders, 17 most wanted traffickers, 84 court absconders and 620 general arrests. The meeting was told that the Economic Crime Wing of FIA recovered Rs 2.4 billion during 2014-15.

The recoveries during 2011-12 were Rs 706 million. The Anti-Corruption Wing recovered Rs 14.8 billion during 2014-15 and Rs 7.1 billion during 2011-12. About fines imposed by courts in anti-human trafficking cases, the meeting was informed that an amount of Rs 165.05 million was imposed in various cases during 2014-15. Senior police officials briefed the meeting on various measures taken for ensuring security of schools and media houses in the federal capital.

The interior minister reviewed various arrangements put in place to meet any emergent law and order situation and to effectively intercept criminals. FIA officials said in the ongoing campaign against human traffickers, 1,011 people have been taken into custody 290 proclaimed offenders, 17 most wanted traffickers, 84 court absconders and 620 general arrests.