ISLAMABAD - It is likely that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) would be purged of the deputationists having political backing, as interior ministry has directed the acting Director General (DG) of the agency to prepare a list of such officers having bad reputation and then repatriate them to their parent departments.

The previous PPP regime had packed the country’s key investigation agency with a number of officers of other departments on deputation and the only criteria was to have strong political connections. FIA has always remained a choice of many corrupt government officials to mint more money through corrupt practices because of agency’ involvement in investigation of high profile cases. Some of the deputationists in FIA had already been repatriated under the decision of high court.

These directions came during a high-level meeting held at the ministry of interior that was chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and attended by officers of Islamabad police, FIA and National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA). The meeting discussed various issues relating to policy guidelines and other administrative measures for improving performance of these departments.

The minister directed the acting DG FIA to prepare a policy vision for FIA in one week, in order to improve performance of the department. He stressed the need to achieve the targets by setting certain timeframes. In addition to this, he also emphasised on bringing swiftness in process of investigation, especially regarding the mega corruption cases. In order to break from the past and make FIA as a frontline agency and a power house in fighting corruption, he ordered to prepare list of officers having bad reputation and then removing these officers form FIA.

The minister mentioned that there had been no political interference in FIA since inception of this government and now it’s up to FIA to perform up to the satisfaction of people of Pakistan. He also directed acting DG to furnish a proposal to the ministry regarding the pay package of FIA staff and to address the shortage of staff.

Expressing his displeasure on recent incident of entry of two foreign girls in Pakistan through Islamabad airport, the minister said that immigration counter on airports reflect an image of a country and he would not allow anyone to tarnish the image of Pakistan. He ordered to further strengthen the immigration cells working in entire country and directed to work on technological lines and intelligence in this regard. In order to facilitate the passengers, he directed to further improve the performance of facilitation counters working on airports.

Reviewing the security situation in Islamabad, Ch Nisar ordered inspector general of police (IGP) to strengthen the vigilance process on security checkpoints without making the residents suffer. He directed that the working hours of the officials deputed on the security check posts be strictly confined to eight hours. In order to facilitate general public and easy flow of traffic, the minister directed to further improve the SOPs for smooth flow of traffic especially during the VVIP movement. He also impressed on police officers to take extraordinary measures in order to improve law and order, as the country was passing through an extraordinary situation.