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Govt. to re-introduce Civil Defence culture in educational institutions

ISLAMABAD, Dec 21 (APP):Minister of State for Interior, Shehryar Khan Afridi on Friday said culture of civil defence would be re-introduced in educational institutions to maintain high standard of morale and strong will to win amongst students.

Addressing a ceremony held here at National Institution of Fire Technology (NIFT) to distribute certificates amongst 43 participants of Fire Officers Course, he said the students are future saviors of our country.

The Minister emphasized, "We will give you peace of mind, ensure your capacity building and maximum facilities to NIFT in order to get modern skills of fire fighting. I understand unless you are not provided modern training you would not be able to perform up to the mark."

Shehryar Afridi congratulated the course participants and said, "You will be sent abroad to have knowledge of modern fire fighting methods and also have a first hand knowledge about modern equipment."

He said, "The government would give you due respect and address your genuine issues. In this way we can make you a professional fire fighters."

The Minister said Pakistan is a peace loving sovereign country and has sacrificed more than 70,000 precious lives in war against terrorism, besides, suffering billions of Dollars financial losses.

He said under able leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan the government was trying to put the country on right track where people's money would be spent on their welfare while law would be equal for rich and poor.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General Civil Defence, Muhammad Hanif Khattak said Civil Defence in modern times is very essential for a civilized society.

He said different courses have been arranged during last five years across the country where more than 68,000 persons were imparted training of modern fire fighting.

He also highlighted aims of Civil Defence which are to reduce to minimum the number of casualties, minimize damage and dislocation to essential services and ensure uninterrupted production in mills and factories.

Director NITF, Tariq Javed Qazi shed light on different aspects of 12-week Fire Officers Course and said during the period, the participants from Pakistan Army, Navy, Air Force, Police and other government departments were given lectures on modern fire fighting skills.

Field visits were also arranged for participants during course duration, he added.

He also appreciated the faculty members for providing the best training to the participants.

Major Farhan-ul-Haq won first position while Arshad Mahmood and Muhammad Rafique captured second and third positions respectively during course.

Govt. committed to protect minorities rights: Shehryar Afridi

ISLAMABAD, Dec 20 (APP):Minister of State for InteriorShehryar Khan Afridi Thursday said the government had firm commitment to protect the rights of the minorities and urged the Christian community to play their role for the betterment of the country.

He was addressing as the chief guest here at a cake cutting ceremony to celebrate Christmas, organized by Full Gospel Assembly Church.

The minister said it was the religious duty of every Muslim and not just the government to protect and esteem the minorities they were living with.

"I have studied in the Convent School which has deep imprints on my personality and grooming and I am proud of my alma mater," he remarked.

He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government would continue to raise the voice of minorities at every international forum.

He said  in the New Pakistan everyone could practice his religion freely.

He said that some foreign forces were trying to destabilize Pakistan so it was our responsibility to work together for the better future of the country and there would be no compromise on the rights of minorities.

The minister said it was collective responsibility of everybody to maintain the repute of the country among the comity of nations. The the country would progress only when everybody though beyond personal conflicts and prejudices.

Shehryar directs to adopt customer-friendly attitude at Islamabad Int'l Airport

ISLAMABAD, Dec 20 (APP):Minister for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi has directed the Aviation Division to adopt customer-friendly and passenger-friendly innovative models of facilitation for the visiting overseas Pakistanis, tourists, entrepreneurs and investors at the Islamabad International Airport to win hearts and minds of the passengers.

Chairing an emergency meeting of officials from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Aviation Division and Overseas Pakistanis, the Interior Minister expressed his dissatisfaction over the treatment meted out to the domestic and overseas passengers, especially the overseas Pakistanis and directed the officials of the FIA, Overseas Pakistanis and Aviation Division to ensure a total change of attitude and aptitude to handle the passengers.

The Minister said that in order to facilitate the visiting foreign nationals, the Aviation Division should launch Internship Programs in collaboration with various universities engaging the students learning foreign languages at various universities so as the visitors could be communicated in their native languages.

He said the students of the universities should be given hospitality training during their internship so as they could better handle the foreign and local visitors at Pakistani airports.

The Minister also directed the FIA officials for making elaborate arrangements and facilitation centers for the overseas Pakistanis and diplomatic officials at Islamabad International Airport.

Shehryar Afridi directed that there should be separate queues for overseas Pakistanis and diplomats at the immigration counters at the airport and directed that special arrangements should be made for the visitors who act as honorary ambassadors of Pakistan abroad.

The Minister also expressed displeasure over the treatment and handling of luggage of travelers at the airports and directed that luggage-friendly attitude needs to be adopted by the relevant staff. Shehryar Khan Afridi said that customers' facilitation centers should be expedited at the airports.

Criminals to be made symbol, not to be spared in 'Naya Pakistan'

ISLAMABAD, Dec 19 (APP):Minister of State for Interior, Shehryar Afridi on Wednesday said federal government has waged a war on land grabbers, drug barons and those involved in heinous crimes targeting common people as they would be dealt with iron hands and brought to justice.

Addressing a passing out ceremony of 17th batch of lower course and 32nd batch of basic recruit course here at Police Line, he elaborated that ongoing campaign against drug barons, land grabbing mafia and hardcore criminals shall continue till meeting its logical end. The encroached land worth more than Rs. 300 billion has been retrieved. 

"We will not spare anyone involved in drugs and land grabbing. We will make an example out of them," the Minister remarked, adding that the youth are asset of the country and no one would be allowed to spoil their future.

He said politicians, police officials and media persons should avoid supporting these mafias. Shehryar Afridi said that IGP Islamabad had taken extreme action against drug barons and encroachers and officials of the police for their involvement in facilitation of various criminals.

He lauded the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Islamabad, Amir Zulfiqar, Capital Development Authority (CDA), District Administration and Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) for taking action against mafias.

Shehryar Khan Afridi appreciated the recent efforts of IGP Islamabad in particular and was of the view that Prime Minister of Pakistan has concurred to demands of IGP Islamabad in making this police force a role model for entire country.

He maintained that the government was fully backing drive of the IGP Islamabad against drug mafia, land mafia and criminals as a whole. He said such people would be made a symbol and not to be spared. "No one is above the law and neither anyone can be allowed to challenge the writ of the state," the Minister observed, saying rule of law and supremacy of law shall prevail throughout the country on an equal basis in Naya Pakistan.

Afridi also warned the youth against a hybrid war launched by the enemy to divide and disintegrate Pakistani people on ethnic, linguistic and racial lines.

"Fifth generation war has been imposed on Pakistan. We will fight it and our youth would be at the front line of defence under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan," the Minister said.

This is Naya Pakistan where all citizens of the country are free and equally respected," he added.

Shehryar Khan Afridi said the Prime Minister has approved a special package for families of martyrs of Islamabad Police and also a health card for the police.

"The police officials will be given due respect and honour in the Naya Pakistan," he said.

He said the entire nation was proud of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), whose personnel were rendering great sacrifices to ensure peace in the country.

He said the government was determined to providing all available resources to Islamabad Police for their capacity building. Work on the Police Act was under way as the government was firm to introduce reforms in the Capital Police, he added.

In his welcome address, Inspector General of Islamabad Aamir Zulfiqar 380 police personnel are passing out including 175 participants of lower school course, 182 retired army personnel and 23 children of Shuhda. He said these personnel have been imparted training on modern ground. 

The IGP said Islamabad Police have started a crackdown against those land grabbers, drug barons and criminals who considered themselves as "untouchables."

He thanked Prime Minister for approving demands of Islamabad police and making this force as role model for whole country.

Aamir Zulfiqar assured the minister that ICT Police shall go all out in materializing vision of current government. The IGP Islamabad also touched upon role of police in respecting human rights and called upon all officials to deal all citizens with sheer respect, dignity and honor.

After implementation on vision of respect for others by police, trust of the people will be restored and people in return would love Islamabad Police.

High ups of Islamabad police and families of police personnel attended the ceremony. The minister also distributed shields among the policemen on the occasion.



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