ISLAMABAD - 

The Ministry of Interior here on Friday prohibited all of its officials from having direct interactions with foreigners without prior approval of the higher authorities.In addition to that, a ban has also been imposed on the official tours of the officials of the ministry for the next six months unless high obligatory.These decisions were taken at a high level meeting of the attached departments of the Ministry of Interior that was chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. There were many complaints as well as intelligence reports that some officials of the Ministry of Interior used to directly interact with the foreigners even during the officials timings, an official source said adding that the security agencies had warned the ministry that such meetings were questionable keeping in view the sensitive working of the ministry in connection with internal security matters.During the meeting, the interior minister said that all officials of the ministry were being prohibited from keeping linkages with foreigners unless with prior official approval, Director Public Relations of the ministry, Danyal Gilani, said.The chair asked the secretary interior to make necessary steps and coordinate for formulation of the National Security Policy after due input from the ministry and the security forces. He directed that the formulation of the National Security Policy should be completed within the month of July.The minister said that emphasis should be laid on greater coordination between the federal and provincial governments, between civil and military intelligence agencies and between the intelligence agencies and the security forces for better implementation of the matters related to security. He viewed that proposals should also be made to improve the working environment in which the security forces are operating. The meeting decided that compensation for the families of the martyrs and injured should be raised and their children and families be well looked after by the state. It was also decided that the tenure of security forces personnel in difficult and strife-torn areas should be limited. The minister directed to set up a hotline for public complaints against the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and its attached departments.  He stressed that there would be zero tolerance on open display of arms within the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). The ministry has already imposed a ban on issuance of fresh arms licenses and only those cases will be processed whose fee had been deposited before June 20, 2013.Khan directed chairman CDA and chief commissioner Islamabad to ensure removal of encroachments from Islamabad after forewarning the residents, improvement of roads, removal of professional beggars and uplift of all major parks in the capital. The minister said non-registered vehicles within the federal capital should be totally prohibited and emphasized that traffic rules strictly followed on the roads of capital. He also asked the ICT to embark upon a massive drive against food and drug adulteration with media support. The minister was informed that CDA and ICT Administration have set up joint teams to check food adulteration. One bakery and a fake mineral water factory in the city have recently been seized while a godown of adulterated spices sealed. The chair noted with satisfaction that action has been taken against four drug stores selling expired and misbranded medicines. Ch. Nisar Ali Khan directed Islamabad police to complete the registration of domestic servants and Katchi Abadis in Islamabad and adjoining areas. He said the computerization of police stations as well as revenue record within the city be completed in minimum possible time. Secretary interior, joint director Anti Narcotics Force, DG FIA, DG National Police Academy, DG Civil Defence, chairman NADRA, chairman CDA, deputy national coordinator NACTA, chief commissioner ICT, IG police Islamabad and SSP traffic attended the meeting among senior officers of the ministry.islamabad- 

The Ministry of Interior here on Friday prohibited all of its officials from having direct interactions with foreigners without prior approval of the higher authorities.In addition to that, a ban has also been imposed on the official tours of the officials of the ministry for the next six months unless high obligatory.These decisions were taken at a high level meeting of the attached departments of the Ministry of Interior that was chaired by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. There were many complaints as well as intelligence reports that some officials of the Ministry of Interior used to directly interact with the foreigners even during the officials timings, an official source said adding that the security agencies had warned the ministry that such meetings were questionable keeping in view the sensitive working of the ministry in connection with internal security matters.During the meeting, the interior minister said that all officials of the ministry were being prohibited from keeping linkages with foreigners unless with prior official approval, Director Public Relations of the ministry, Danyal Gilani, said.The chair asked the secretary interior to make necessary steps and coordinate for formulation of the National Security Policy after due input from the ministry and the security forces. He directed that the formulation of the National Security Policy should be completed within the month of July.The minister said that emphasis should be laid on greater coordination between the federal and provincial governments, between civil and military intelligence agencies and between the intelligence agencies and the security forces for better implementation of the matters related to security. He viewed that proposals should also be made to improve the working environment in which the security forces are operating. The meeting decided that compensation for the families of the martyrs and injured should be raised and their children and families be well looked after by the state. It was also decided that the tenure of security forces personnel in difficult and strife-torn areas should be limited. The minister directed to set up a hotline for public complaints against the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and its attached departments.  He stressed that there would be zero tolerance on open display of arms within the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). The ministry has already imposed a ban on issuance of fresh arms licenses and only those cases will be processed whose fee had been deposited before June 20, 2013.Khan directed chairman CDA and chief commissioner Islamabad to ensure removal of encroachments from Islamabad after forewarning the residents, improvement of roads, removal of professional beggars and uplift of all major parks in the capital. The minister said non-registered vehicles within the federal capital should be totally prohibited and emphasized that traffic rules strictly followed on the roads of capital. He also asked the ICT to embark upon a massive drive against food and drug adulteration with media support. The minister was informed that CDA and ICT Administration have set up joint teams to check food adulteration. One bakery and a fake mineral water factory in the city have recently been seized while a godown of adulterated spices sealed. The chair noted with satisfaction that action has been taken against four drug stores selling expired and misbranded medicines. Ch. Nisar Ali Khan directed Islamabad police to complete the registration of domestic servants and Katchi Abadis in Islamabad and adjoining areas. He said the computerization of police stations as well as revenue record within the city be completed in minimum possible time. Secretary interior, joint director Anti Narcotics Force, DG FIA, DG National Police Academy, DG Civil Defence, chairman NADRA, chairman CDA, deputy national coordinator NACTA, chief commissioner ICT, IG police Islamabad and SSP traffic attended the meeting among senior officers of the ministry.