Ahsan roll backs Nisar’s counter-terrorism policy


ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has roll backed counter-terrorism policies of Chaudhry Nisar, resulted slowing down the implementation of the National Action Plan.
Earlier, Ahsan Iqbal had said that the PML-N government’s counter-terrorism policies will continue under the new cabinet. In this regard, concerned authorities have expressed their reservations, adding that the change in policy will badly impact the counter-terrorism plan in the country.
According to new policy, foreigners have been allowed to enter in Pakistan without visa and the authorities concerned have been asked to issue visa at the airport premises.
Sources at the interior ministry on Wednesday said that the registration of seminaries, inclusion and exclusion of names in the exits control list, issuance of weapon license and renewal, turning a normal vehicle into a bulletproof, new policy of the registration of international NGOs, entry of foreigners in Pakistan without visa, elimination of money laundering were some major points of the former interior minister’s counter-terrorism policy in order to successfully implement the National Action Plan.
However, Iqbal had rolled backed the policy of former interior minister of deporting those foreigners who entered in the country without holding a valid visa. In this connection, hundreds of foreigners, from the United States and the UK, were deported back to their countries from the airports. Ahsan, while easing the former minister’s policies, has allowed the foreigners to enter Pakistan without valid visa and directed the airport authorities to issue visa at the airport premises. The sources said the foreigners even didn’t ask for the reason of their travel to Pakistan. The officials concerned said due to change in interior ministry policy, Pakistan’s sovereignty has been put at stake.
Likewise, the former interior minister in consultation with the religious scholars belonging to all sects had developed a policy regarding registration of seminaries throughout the country but since Ahsan took charge, he didn’t hold even a single meeting in this connection.
Similarly, some international NGOs were issued letters to stop their operational activities in the country until the announcement of new policy but the sources said Ahsan Iqbal has allowed many such NGOs to continue their operational activities. The sources said the internal security has been put on stake.