NA passes res­o­lu­tion seek­ing tight­ened se­cu­rity at Pak-Afghan bor­der

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD: The Na­tional As­sem­bly on Tues­day passed a res­o­lu­tion urg­ing the govern­ment to take ef­fec­tive steps to strengthen Pak­istan-Afghanistan bor­der se­cu­rity. The res­o­lu­tion was tabled by Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) law­maker Mu­rad Saeed. Speak­ing on the res­o­lu­tion, the mem­bers were of the opin­ion that strength­en­ing of Pak­istan-Afghanistan bor­der se­cu­rity is im­per­a­tive to stop ter­ror­ist at­tacks, il­le­gal bor­der cross­ings and il­le­gal trade. Ear­lier, the Na­tional As­sem­bly was in­formed that the govern­ment un­der the purview of Min­istry of In­te­rior is tak­ing a num­ber of steps to strengthen bor­der se­cu­rity.

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for In­te­rior Maryam Au­rangzeb told the House that per­mit sys­tem for bor­der cross­ing is be­ing in­te­grated with the NADRA data­base. She pointed out that a sum­mary has been sent to the Pres­i­dent for ap­proval un­der which Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (FIA) rules will be ap­pli­ca­ble on bor­der move­ment.

She said block­age of CNICs is­sued to for­eign­ers is also a step to­wards bor­der se­cu­rity. Pak­istan's seven tribal dis­tricts near the Afghan bor­der are rife with in­sur­gents and are strongholds of Tal­iban and Al-Qaeda op­er­a­tives. Most mil­i­tants have fled on­go­ing mil­i­tary of­fen­sives, tak­ing refuge across the por­ous bor­der from where they have launched at­tacks on Pak­istani mil­i­tary check­points and civil­ians. In June 2014 the army launched a long-awaited of­fen­sive, Zarb-e-Azb, against mil­i­tants in the tribal ar­eas of North Waziris­tan, where they had pre­vi­ously been op­er­at­ing with im­punity.

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