ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi has said social media, which was flourishing in the country with each passing day, would be handled in a professional manner while the cyber wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) would be further strengthened to keep a check on it.
He vowed to ensure capacity building of the FIA officers to improve its performance. The agency, dedicated to deal with cases relating to corruption, human trafficking, smuggling, economic and cybercrime etc, would be equipped with modern and innovative technologies, the state minister added.
Addressing a formal press meet, Afridi said, “If we want to run the FIA effectively we need to equip it as per modern requirements and make its a force skillful and trained.”
The minister during his interaction with media persons replied queries regarding national security, civil-military ties, passport offices, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Balochistan and ongoing operation against encroachment in the federal capital.
The minister assured media that the performance of NADRA and passport offices would improve, adding that a web portal was being developed in the Ministry of Interior to monitor their workings.
“Assisted by secretary and additional secretary level officers, I will personally check the portal in ordered to get complaints of the people addressed,” Afridi said. “We are well aware of the issues. But I will take decisions after having orientations from all the relevant departments of the Ministry of Interior.”
The minister said the government was giving a clear direction in its first 100 days and for this purpose, the government, under the able leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, has constituted task forces.
To a question about the ongoing anti-encroachment drive, he said all illegal structures would be demolished without any discrimination and no leniency would be shown in this regard. The minister, who visited Quetta, Taftan and other cities of Balochistan the other day to discuss security of pilgrims (Zaireen), especially during Muharram, said on the special directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the federal government would take solid measures for the provision of all possible resources to facilitate the pilgrims.
Afridi said during his visit to Balochistan, he also paid a short visit to Pak-Iran border city Taftan and asked the local authorities to facilitate pilgrims and ensure that they do not face any problems or difficulties.