Ch Nisar dis­misses ru­mours re­gard­ing army chief's re­place­ment

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

In­te­rior min­is­ter Chaudhry Nisar dis­missed on Mon­day ru­mours that the gov­ern­ment was con­sid­er­ing re­plac­ing the army chief.

"It is base­less spec­u­la­tion; we have com­plete trust in the in­cum­bent top com­mand of our mil­i­tary," he told re­porters at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of an online sys­tem for the re­newal of na­tional iden­tity cards at the head­quar­ters of Na­tional Data­base and Reg­is­tra­tion Au­thor­ity (NADRA).

"We need an army chief like Gen­eral Ra­heel Sharif who has earned na­tional and in­ter­na­tional fame and be­cause we need him to fight mil­i­tants," he said adding that such ' base­less ru­mours' are be­ing spread by ' en­e­mies' of Pak­istan. Ear­lier, the in­te­rior min­is­ter in­au­gu­rated an online sys­tem for the re­newal of ID cards. Nisar said the step has been taken in or­der to pro­vide re­lief to peo­ple who will no longer have to form long queues out­side NADRA cen­tres.

"With a sin­gle click, one will be able to re­new their iden­tity cards on the com­puter and get up­dates on the sta­tus of their ap­pli­ca­tion through the new online sys­tem," he said. He also said that a DNA test­ing lab will be es­tab­lished un­der NADRA which will work to­wards fa­cil­i­tat­ing the armed forces of the coun­try.

Nisar also an­nounced that the gov­ern­ment plans to set up 13 in­ter­na­tional level busi­ness cen­tres in the next seven months, which will work as a one-stop place for the is­suance of iden­tity cards and pass­ports. "The in­for­ma­tion of birth, death, mar­riage and di­vorce cer­tifi­cates will be digi­tised and cen­tralised to avoid is­suance of fake doc­u­ments," he stressed. Pro­vid­ing sta­tis­tics, the in­te­rior min­is­ter said some 64,000 pass­port were blocked last year, adding the in­sti­tu­tion has fetched gov­ern­ment Rs5 bil­lion. Nisar re­it­er­ated that the gov­ern­ment is mak­ing ut­most ef­forts to en­sure not a sin­gle in­com­pe­tent and cor­rupt of­fi­cer works at NADRA.

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