Ahsan rules out any ban on MQM

KARACHI –  Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal here on Tuesday categorically denied any proposal or even possible likelihood to ban Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

Talking to media, following the inauguration of Executive Passport Office in Clifton area of the metropolis, he said that action against London faction of the party could, however, be taken in accordance with the law of the country.

He also took exception to the political parties creating hurdles in the passage of National Census Law, at the Upper House of the Parliament. “The parties adopting delaying tactics do not want elections at the right time,” he said.

To a query, regarding Senator Ishaq Dar, he said that cases were being registered under a political agenda against the former finance minister of the country.

Ahsan Iqbal with regard to the first executive passport office opened in Karachi said that NADRA had already established three mega-centres in Karachi with the objective to provide world quality services to the citizens.

“Under the arrangements the Executive Passport Office will not take more than five minutes as processing time for the applicants hence expediting the process and ensuring quality service delivery,” said Ahsan Iqbal.

“An overall approach has been adopted by the Federal government to improve service delivery at all its public facilities,” he said mentioning that more and more executive passport offices are being established in different cities of the country.

As for Karachi, he said its importance as the commercial hub of the country could not be ignored and to make it a world class metropolis the Federal government had initiated a series of development projects for the inhabitants.

“The Federal government has not financed any of the metro bus schemes initiated in different cities of the country, however, for Karachi Rs 24 billion have been funded to get materialised its Green Bus Service,” he told a questioner.

The Minister for Interior also mentioned that Rs 12 billion were being provided to help Karachiites get potable water, while the much needed Karachi Circular Railway project was included in the CPEC project.

“The PML-N government has also ensured resumption of the Lyari Expressway scheme to provide quality facilities to the citizens.” he said mentioning that the work on this much needed scheme is currently near completion.

To another query, he said corruption will not be tolerated at any cost and that those involved in any illegal activity would be taken to task.

He said that the govt in coordination with the provincial government, the law enforcers had been able to restore peace in Karachi.

“We have arrived to a point that international events are being held here while sports related programmes are also being arranged,” he said.

Apart from PSL matches efforts are underway to ensure that international level hockey matches and that of other sports were also played with due provision of foolproof security arrangements, he said.

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