ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik Thursday informed the National Assembly that the strength of police force in the country was not in keeping with the population, so the government was to depute Rangers and Frontier Constabulary personnel in Sindh and Balochistan to maintain law and order. 

“It is correct that our police force is not according to our population. The government is planning to start recruitment in police. This shortage has also bound the government to depute Rangers and FC in Sindh and Balochistan,” the Interior Minister said during question hour.

To a supplementary question regarding law and order situation in Balochistan, Rehman Malik said the situation in Balochistan had now got improved as compared to the previous years. He said he would get a report from Balochistan Government on the recent killings and inform the House.

To another question regarding Bajaur, the minister said that the law and order situation in Bajaur was quite satisfactory. Some miscreants used the route of Bajaur and Mohmand Agency to enter the country, he said, adding that however curfew hours and check posts number may be reduced on the suggestions of MNAs concerned. He was responding to a question raised by Akhvanzada Chitan who also thanked the minister for bringing peace in Bajaur.

To another question, the minister informed the House that Nadra issued 94.89 per cent of CNICs in the country, while the remaining cards issuance would be completed in 2012. He said the government was also going to issue CNICs to eunuchs and orphans living in Orphan Houses following certain procedures.

To a supplementary question regarding the report of Transparency International, the minister said it was just an institution and nothing more. “Our revenue system is not as documented as in other countries, so the tools to judge corruption cannot be used here,” Rehman Malik said, adding that some people wanted to stop foreign investment in Pakistan. He said FIA played a vital role in elimination of corruption and crimes in the country.

He said with the efforts of FIA to curb hundi system, the remittances had increased to Rs 11.2 billion. He urged the House to support the government in the passage of amendments being made to law of evidence, which would be helpful enough to curb the menace of terrorism in the country.

Responding to a question regarding foreign investment in the country, Minster for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah on behalf of the minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Secretariat informed the House that a good foreign investment was made in IT and banking sector in the last year, however now they were on the decline. He said the recession in the whole world reduced the foreign investment from 1.6 trillion dollars to 1.1 trillion dollars. He said this recession also hit Pakistan.

To another question regarding NDMA role and flood-hit people in Sindh, the minister said a number of people shifted back to their homes, however few of them were still living under the sky. He was of the view that some NGOs paid them a little amount for photo sessions, which helped them get donations. He added that these NGOs did not let those people go back.

To a supplementary question regarding audit or corruption in the money collected through the shows of PTV, the minister said that there were no such reports of corruption in it. However an account of Prime Minister was opened in this regard that was audited, he added.

Minister of State Khawaja Sheraz on behalf of the Finance minister told the House that the Cabinet committee on Restructuring would decide the fate of institutions that were not going in profit. He told that Prime Minister has advised to call a meeting of this committee on weekly basis. Earlier, Suraya Jatoi took the oath as member of the National Assembly. She had replaced Sherry Rehman.