Pakistan has canceled around 200,000 Computerized Identity Cards (CNICs) fraudulently held by Afghan refugees.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told reporters in his hometown of Rawalpindi on Saturday: “We have data on 1.5 million Afghan refugees with legal status and about 800,000 Afghans living illegally in the country.”
He said corruption in visa issuance is being tackled and the government is offering an online visa facility to citizens from 192 countries.
“To eliminate the risk of corruption, we introduced the online visa service as there is a risk of corruption with manual processing of visas,” he said, adding that over 200,000 online visa applications were received in a single day.
Meanwhile, Rashid said that those targeting the armed forces were doing so at the behest of abroad and that action would be taken “within 72 hours” against those who made “anti-army” comments.
“We would defeat such disinformation against our country and government institutions,” he said.
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) – an alliance of 11 opposition parties – was formed against the interference of the Pakistani army in politics and the installation of the “puppet” Prime Minister Imran Khan through rigged elections.
He has already registered a case against Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl leader Mufti Kifayatullah because of his comments about the army, he said.
Rashid, who took over as Interior Minister last month, said unnecessary checkpoints in the capital would be eliminated and a new police force, Eagle Squad, equipped with the latest technology, would soon be deployed to provide security in Islamabad.
He also said that five police officers who were involved in the murder of a 22-year-old student in Islamabad this week were arrested.
The murder shocked people when the teen was targeted when he was unable to stop the car when it was signaled by police.
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