Aug 25

Green passport will have 10-year validity from Sep 15

Lahore: Federal Interior Minister Abdul Rehman Malik has announced extending Pakistan passport validity period from 5 years to 10 years.Rehman Malik

Talking to media at Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore, he said that all passports that would be made after September 15 will have 10-year validity.

The extension in passport validity could be an advice from Immigration experts.

“We have requested Immigration experts to give advice on improving passport system of the country,” Malik further said.

“All of their suggestions would be regarded and it would be made ensure that there should a well thought out execution plan on them.”

Aug 25

Counter-terrorism measures: PM balks at Malik’s proposal to block prepaid SIMs

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has opposed a proposal from Interior Minister Rehman Malik to block pre-paid cellular phones across the country as a counter-terrorism initiative.PM balks at Malik’s proposal to block prepaid SIMs

The interior minister had floated the idea after the suspension of cellular services on the first day of Eidul Fitr as part of a security measure to pre-empt terrorist attacks.

“Cell phones have become a part of everyday life for millions of people. We should discourage misuse of this technology, but we can’t use it as a pretext to cause inconvenience to the general public,” sources quoted Premier Ashraf as telling Malik during a meeting on Friday.

According to the premier’s media office, Ashraf directed the interior minister to ensure every possible measure was taken to stop the misuse of the existing mobile service without causing inconvenience to the public.

Malik briefed the prime minister about the steps taken by his ministry on the eve of Eidul Fitr to preempt any untoward incident. He told the premier that the decision to block mobile facilities in certain areas played ‘a critical role in maintaining peace during Eid.

According to reports, Malik’s announcement to consider blocking prepaid connections was taken without any prior consultation.

Officials from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), meanwhile, told The Express Tribune that about 80 per cent of all mobile phone SIMs were issued on prepaid accounts. They added that over two million out of 120 million SIMs were issued on fake documents.

The issue of unregistered SIMs emerged for the first time in 2005 when the total subscriber base was around 30 million. Back then, cellular companies sold SIMs without seeking copies of national identity cards or registration forms, as sales managers made their commissions by selling SIMs.

The PTA did not stop cellular companies from selling large-scale unregistered SIMs. Later, the authority blocked millions of fake SIMs in various phases following pressure from the interior ministry. But in this exercise, the PTA had to depend on cellular companies, who were reluctant to reduce their subscribers’ base.

Jul 27

Interior Ministry decides to announce 5000 vacancies in FIA

Islamabad: A meeting chaired by Adviser to Prime Minister on Interior Minister Rehman has decided to announce 5000 vacancies for the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), said a statement issued here on FridayFIA

The statement noted that the meeting also decided to functionalize the FIA offices situated in outside the country.

Rehman Malik was also briefed about recent passport scandal by the members of the team probing the case.

The meeting decided that 150 vehicles would be handed over to the FIA that would be used during the process of investigation and prosecution.

It is to mention here that announcements of FIA jobs through fake mobile messages and fake website were being made in the country for the last few months. However,As per Director (Admin) FIA there were so many calls received regarding “Jobs in FIA” at FIA HQs and Zonal offices.

The Director had categorically mentioned that there was no job in FIA currently and no vacancies had been announced so far. He had further stated that messages circulated through mobile phones or fake website regarding vacancies in FIA was totally wrong.

Jul 23

Rehman Malik elected Senator unopposed

Karachi: Rehman Malik has been elected Senator unopposed as no other contestant file nomination paper against him.Rahman Malik

His nomination papers were approved by the election commission here on Monday for the Senate seat fell vacant after he resigned over dual nationality issue.

A notification has also been issued in this regard.

Talking to media on Monday, he thanked President Asif Ali Zardari and his party for reposing confidence in him by awarding party ticket for the Senate.

Shortly after he was elected the Senator, he put up stout defence of dual nationality and said local passport help Pakistani expatriates and they should be allowed to vote and run for election.

He said he resigned from the seat as he was being targeted by his political rivals, especially Nawaz Sharif for his dual nationality.

It is to mention here that, Rehman Malik still face threat to his Senate membership as he had no proved in the court that he had left his UK nationality.

Jul 10

Rehman Malik resigns from senate membership

Senior Advisor on Interior Rehman Malik announces to resign from the Senate’s membership.Rehman Malik quits Senate membership

Talking to media at Karachi airport on Monday, Rehman Malik said that he wanted to quit senior advisor’s post as well but the prime minister has asked him to continue his job.

He said party leadership has been informed regarding his decision and he will only act as per leadership’s directives.

In dual-nationality case, Malik’s senate membership was suspended by Supreme Court of Paksitan after he was unable to convince the apex court that he had renounced his British citizenship in 2008, ie, before he was elected a Senator.

Malik today told reporters that he has submitted the certificate to prove that he has renounced his British citizenship.