• Pakistan no more on human-trafficking watch list: Malik

      December 30, 2011
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      ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday told parliament that due to FIA’s efforts Pakistan had been removed from the international watch list in connection with human trafficking.

      Responding to queries during the National Assembly session, Malik said so far the FIA had recovered Rs808 million lost in corruption. He said Transparency International was a small institution and its report was not final, adding that corruption in Pakistan could never be measured using the same instruments as were used in Europe.

      To a question about the small number of police in proportion to the population in the country, Malik said the number was being enhanced.

      On the Bajaur situation, he said law and order in the tribal agency had improved and decreasing the number of check posts in the area was under consideration. When asked about the efficiency of Nadra, Malik said 94 percent people had been registered and the remaining would be soon.

      About the fake NICs of Afghans, he said 90,000 such NICs were cancelled, and action was being taken against responsible officers. Meanwhile, to a question regarding relief and rehabilitation in flood-hit areas, Malik said about 3 lakh families or 60-70 lakh people were affected, and only 300 were homeless now and did not want to return. He blamed the NGOs for bribing them to not return for their own interests.

      This government, he said, had faced natural calamities, including the flood of 2010, the situation in Swat, the floods of 2011 and so on. “I say that this government was efficient enough in tackling flood affected areas,” he said, adding that rehabilitation of a large population was not an easy task.

      At the start of the session, under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, Suriya Jatao, the new member of the National Assembly on reserved seat took oath as a member.