The Minister of Interior, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, has declared that Pakistan will initiate a full-scale registration drive of all the foreign nationals residing in the country soon.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he stated that upon the success of the drive, all the foreign nationals will be able to open bank accounts, conduct/start businesses, and purchase SIMs using their data.
In response to a question by a reporter, Sheikh Rasheed said that more than 70,000 illegal immigrants currently reside in Pakistan, and a few thousand of them have been detained by the authorities.
He also discussed the issue of the 4,000 to 5,000 Pakistanis stranded at the Torkham border after they attempted to go to Saudi Arabia via Afghanistan. “We will soon begin electronic border management at Chaman border,” he affirmed.
He also acknowledged the recurrence of drugs being smuggled into Pakistan and said, “being an interior minister, I confirm that drugs are being smuggled into the country from outside”.
Regarding the upcoming by-polls in Azad Kashmir, the minister disclosed that Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled for a trip to the valley for the election campaign.
When asked about the issue of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), he remarked that its future will be decided in the next meeting of the federal Cabinet.