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Action within 72 hours against people using derogatory remarks against Pakistan Army

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Federal Interior Minister, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has vowed that action against the people using derogatory remarks against state institutions would be taken within 72 hours.

Addressing the media at the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) office in Rawalpindi, the federal minister said the case against Mufti Kifayatullah for anti-military remarks has been sent to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

The federal minister also noted that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif’s passport will expire on February 16. Sheikh Rashid said online visa facility has been provided to 192 countries and 200,000 applications were received in 24 hours for online visas.

He said 100,000 identity cards are issued daily and the first identity card will be issued in 15 days. Rashid said the Nadra office in Rawalpindi issues 1,500 cards every day. The federal minister maintained that 50 Nadra centres will be made operational 24 hours a day.

Elaborating on the government’s response to the PDM’s long march, he said the government is ready to welcome them. He said the government does not plan to trouble anyone and will respond in kind to the PDM’s actions so “democracy, [the] Constitution and the law” are not besmirched.

Addressing the problems in acquiring visas, the interior minister said that people used to face corruption in acquiring Chinese and Afghan visas. To address the issue, Rashid said the facility of online visas would be introduced.

“Manual visas have been finished and 192 countries have been converted to [the system] of online visas,” said Rashid. He further mentioned that 200,000 online visa applications were registered in a day, adding that overseas Pakistanis can contact the interior ministry for complaints.

He also confirmed that the passport of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif would not be extended upon its expiry on Feb 16.

Action within 72 hours against people using derogatory remarks against Pakistan Army

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