Govt announces to register all foreign nationals


Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid on Thursday said that the government has decided to register all foreign nationals in the country, and said they will be allowed to open bank accounts through a special card.

The minister made these remarks as he visited the National Forensic Science Agency in Islamabad today.

According to the minister, foreigners will be allowed to open bank accounts through an Alien Card.

He further stated that Torkham border is being reopened for the purpose of vaccinations. “We will soon formalise a plan to rescue the 4,000 to 5,000 people stranded at the Torkham border,” he added.

Rashid observed that the situation in Afghanistan with regard to the Covid-19 cases is severe.

On July 5, interior minister revealed that 30 officials of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) in Karachi were found involved in making fake identity cards. Of them, he added, 19 officials had been suspended, whereas a joint investigation team (JIT) would be formed.

Drug smuggling

Rashid said the government is about to take a major step to stop drug smuggling in the country.

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“Drugs aren’t smuggled from Pakistan internationally, but from foreign countries to Pakistan,” he added.

“50,000 people entered Pakistan during a span of 70 years,” Rashid said and went on to add that there was no record of 40,000 to 50,000 people who entered the country.

AJK elections

The minister said premier will go to Azad Jammu & Kashmir for the election campaign.

“I will also participate in the campaign and go with the premier,” he said adding Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will form its government in the region.

‘No talks with India’

He reiterated that there won’t be any talks with India unless they withdraw their August 5 decisions. “We condemn what happened today in Kashmir on the anniversary of Burhan Wani’s martyrdom.”


To a question regarding the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), Rashid said that a file related to the outfit is being sent to the Cabinet, which will decide the organisation’s fate.


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