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Nisar orders removal of civil armed forces from VIP duty

Published Jun 20, 2013 08:19pm


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Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.   — File Photo by APP
Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. — File Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minster Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, exempting the Pakistan's President, Prime Minister and Chief Justice, ordered the removal of all civil armed forces personnel deputed for VIP security and prohibited the issuance of arms licenses across the country, DawnNews reported.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad Chaudhry Nisar said that recommendations were sought within two days from all institutions over the formation of a national security policy whereas certain immediate measures would also be taken in this regards.

He recalled all civil armed forces personnel posted at VIP security duty except for personnel deputed for the security of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, president and prime Minister.

The federal interior minister said that the civil armed forces were no body's personal guards and that the institution would be utilised for its genuine purpose.

The Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) leader further said that the issuance of all arms licenses was prohibited adding that the license issued during the past five years would also be scrutinised.

Moreover he said that a task force would be formed for coordination between security and intelligence agencies and another task force would be constituted to address the issue of missing persons whereas all relevant persons would be included in the task forces.

The federal interior minister also announced steps for the improvement if the federal capital city which included removal of encroachments, removal of persons deputed for more than three years in the Capital Development Authority (CDA), cleaning of roads, improvement of transport services among others.


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iqbal Jun 20, 2013 08:30pm

The first order is good as police should be used to create peace in the country...but until there is peace and police is honest and reliable, citizens should be allowed to have guns. If guns were outlawed only the outlawed will have guns. Good law abiding citizens should be allowed to have license for guns that way they can protect themselves. Criminals will get the guns anyway and they do not apply for a license.

Nafisa Jun 20, 2013 09:03pm

A step in right direction!

Agha Ata Jun 20, 2013 09:07pm

Since law and order hasn't been established, target killing is rampant, and many political parties have armed militants that will take a long time to be unarmed, it is a very hasty step to removed guards from many elected representatives of the nation.

Pervaiz Lodhie Jun 20, 2013 09:21pm

Excellent first step by new government. Majority of civil armed forces had become personal guards for the ministers, parliamentarians and none were left to provide security and safety for the poor population left completely at the hands of the criminals or 2-man bike riders with illegal weapons continuously killing the innocent citizens.

Israr Khan IsmailZai Jun 20, 2013 09:59pm

Well, it kinda sounds funny, because for the past 5 years, PML N have had more than 1200 policemen for the security of Sharif family only, and no wonder there isn't enough police force to provide security to the people.

msalvi Jun 20, 2013 10:01pm

At last, Nisar Ali Khan seems to be moving in the right direction. Will he stay the course, remains to be seen. In case, remember his words.

Pakistani Jun 20, 2013 11:02pm

Very good decision. All other people can effort private security gauds for themselves.

nadeem dar Jun 20, 2013 11:23pm

Federal Interior Minster Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, exempting the Pakistan's President, Prime Minister and Chief Justice. why have these three got exemptions? are they above the law ? please include them as well so as law is the same for everyone.

arif saleem Jun 21, 2013 01:00am


NASAH (USA) Jun 21, 2013 01:15am

The Interior minister is on the right track -- nobody before him talked about the yawning security GAP and HOW to fill it -- may be that's why the militants have gone berserk and out of control -- because they see that there is no central authority -- question is Nisar sahib can talk the talk -- does he have the perseverance and the gumption to put them into practice.

Anyway there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

Syed Ahmed Jun 21, 2013 01:17am

Very well done Mr. Nisar Ali Khan. Also please take immediate action to purge the Police from political appointees, particularly rogues, and cancel bulk of Arms Licences issued by Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza. Peace is going to prevail in Pakistan, particularly its heart, Karachi.

samonrusty Jun 21, 2013 01:40am

"No more arms licenses"? So, how do you protect yourself and your family in Karachi? Be at the mercy of the criminals?

Shah Nawaz Jun 21, 2013 01:41am

The bearers of illegal arms should be arrested on site and their arms must be confiscated. removal of arms from the streets is of utmost importance

Mir Jun 21, 2013 06:41am

I like this first positive action.

kante Jun 21, 2013 09:03am

Grear Nisar Khan. Thanks for prohibiting the issuance of arms licenses. MPAs were selling these licences for huge money.

Mohammad Jamil Jun 21, 2013 10:15am

Where this leave Ex presedents , many of them got comodo posted ?

Kashif Zulfiqar Jun 21, 2013 10:45am

Bravo! Another great step by PMLN, they are doing right decision so at least now we can say they are taking Pakistan in to right direction.