KARACHI: Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad on Thursday said government wanted to make the whole Karachi a 'Safe City' by installing CCTV cameras and hope that the Sindh government would provide funds for it to resolve the issue of security permanently as the provincial government had funds.
He stated this on the occasion of his visit to the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA)'s Mega Centre here.
Sheikh Rasheed said the Rangers had also a history like Pakistan Army and it was performing well in the city. He said Rangers had ensured peace in the metropolis.
He announced on the occasion that (100,000) one lac people would be issued new Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) free of charge on daily basis.
He further said all Tehsils headquarters would have NADRA Centres in order to facilitate the people.
The interior minister said the Sindh had total 62 NADRA Centres, 16 mobile vehicles and it would had three more NADRA Centres.
He further said these three NADRA Centres were being established for 24 hours.
He said, moreover, they were trying to bring 300 NADRA vehicles on roads as the people could get the CNIC at their doorsteps.
He said only Pakistanis would be issued CNICs and category of Afghanis had been changed and put on another side of the list.
Sheikh Rashid said on the directives of the prime minister, a summary had also been sent to the Finance Department for increasing the tenure of passports duration from five years to ten years to facilitate the people.
He further said they were also going to introduce e-passports to meet the international standards.
The Minister said that facilities at airports would also be increased.
Replying to a question, he said foreign funding case would become important and would be Panama-2.
Answering another question regarding NAB probe against Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, he said NAB did not come under his jurisdiction.
Replying to a question about the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), he said first time on the special directives of the prime minister the opposition was allowed to protest in the red zone and they also cooperated with the government.
He said Maulana Fazlur Rehman would be the PDM leader who would be more in loss.
He further said if Maulana had invited him in the protest against Israel he would had come to participant in it.
About MQM-Pakistan, he said he had good relations with MQM-Pakistan and would visit them next time.