PM wants special division to manage border crossings

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – December 1, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The prime minister (PM) Imran Khan directed, Monday, formulation of a special division within the interior ministry, under supervision of additional secretary, to look after the affairs of border management and ordered all associated institutions to provide information and to share the data.

According to a press release, the PM chaired a high level meeting to bring about enhancements and improvements in existing border management system, in the federal capital.

The meeting was informed although there are 10 different federal ministries and provincial governments associated with border management however, there is no federal institution to manage solely the affairs of border management.

The meeting was briefed of the urgent need to accumulate in one place information with regard to all entries from land, air and sea routes.

The various systems in place facilitating border crossings were put before the meeting along-with information with regard to progress on border fence.

The meeting was informed that billions of rupees were generated by the national economy in a year after having restricted access to all illegal routes and by efforts to ensure zero smuggling.

PM Khan stated that the government believes in a free but secure border, gave further directions to ensure promotion of border trade especially the Pakistan-Afghanistan border trade.

The federal ministers Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Sibli Faraz, brigadier (retired) Ijaz Ahmed Shah, Syed Haider Zaidi, the special assistant to prime minister (SAPM) Moeed Yusuf along-with armed forces officers and officials of civilian administration participated in the meeting.