KP govt to issue security directive to NGOs
March 23, 2012
The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday issued fresh security directives to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their foreign employees.According to the memo issued by the provincial home ministry department, representatives of the NGOs and foreigners have to take prior approval at least two weeks before entering the province. The memo said that the measures were being taken to provide security to the foreigners.
The provincial government usually does not allow foreigners to be entered as the kidnapping rate is on high rise because it is feared that kidnappers and militants can kidnap foreigners for settling their scores with the government.Incidents of abduction of NGO workers are increasing. Kidnapping for ransom is relatively common, although foreigners are not often targets. Armed groups also occasionally take foreigners hostage.A Swiss couple kidnapped by the Pakistan Taliban in July last year have been released, left at a military checkpoint near the Afghan border in North Waziristan on Thursday last. "They were handed over to military officials in North Waziristan and have been airlifted to a secure location," one military official told Reuters news agency on Thursday.
According to local intelligence sources, the couple was left at a military checkpoint on a main road in Miran Shah at about 5:30am local time and were then transported to Peshawar by helicopter.Non-governmental organisations, particularly foreigners, are contemplating winding up their projects in far-off areas of the country or at least stop sending their foreign workers there due to increasing incidents of kidnapping, it has been learnt. In many other incidents, NGO workers were either kidnapped or threatened by armed persons against revisiting their areas.
The extremist elements also accused them of spying and declared them western agentsOutside Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on January 19, two foreign nationals (Italian and German) working with an NGO in the flood-affected areas were kidnapped from Qasim Bela area of Multan.On December 14, 2011, eight employees of a US-based NGO, American Refugee Committee, were taken away by armed men from Surkhan in Pishin, about 50 kilometres from Quetta, when they were returning to the provincial capital after distributing food items among the poor.
On February 19, 2010, four Pakistani employees of Mercy Corps were also kidnapped while traveling from Zhob to Qila Saifullah.According to a press report on Friday, activists of the Khyber Agency-based militant outfit, Lashker-e-Islam, have demanded payment from the resident of the Achini Bala union council in exchange for their safety, local villagers told Express News on Wednesday.They said that militants of the banned outfit came to their village, a part of Peshawar district, and after a show of muscle in the shape of an armed patrol inside the village they informed the residents that each house-owner must pay Rs5,000, besides a monthly payment of Rs1,000 - if they don't comply, the militants warned, the residents will have their houses blown up."They were well armed and riding bikes.
There are at least 500 houses in the locality and the local residents must obey the order to avoid confrontation as we are poor people and cannot afford it," explained a resident who requested anonymity.Replying to a question, he said that they had no option but to obey the order as the police too had abandoned them despite the fact that their village, known as Mera Achini, lies in the settled district of Peshawar.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the special committee constituted by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to determining the price for acquisition of the house of legend Bollywood Actor Daleep Kumar, was held with Senior Member Board of Revenue, Waqar Ayub in the chair at Peshawar on Saturday.The meeting was also attended by committee’s members; Secretary Information and Culture, Secretary Local Government and Rural Development and representative of C&W department.
The meeting discussed various aspects for determining the price of the Daleep Kumar’s House besides reviewing its market value.
The committee will submit its report to the higher authorities within a week.It may be recalled that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Culture and Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussain during his visit to the residences of Legend Bollywood Actors Daleep Kumar and Raj Kapoor, has announced to declare their residences as national heritage for the new generation.
In order to implement the announcement of the culture minister, the said committee was rapidly finalizing its report and would be submitted to the government very soon.Same time, the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (KPK) government has decided to blacklist 19 foreigners, over their illegal activities. The ministry of Foreign Affairs was being sent the details of such foreigners, while armed American diplomats arrested from Bacha Khan International Airport have relocated to Islamabad. Those blacklisted, from European, African, and Afghanistan etc would face unlimited ban on their entry into Provincial limits, over their illegal and undeclared stay in KPK.
The KPK government had forwarded its recommendation to central government by law enforcement/security agencies. The armed American diplomats from American consulate, from whom weapons and bullets were impounded from PK-218 flight, are also among those banned. In another development, the KPK government has approved 28 vacant appointments for eunuchs in various provincial departments. These include appointments in education, health, district government, and all four towns, while applications from eunuchs have been invited in this regard.
Out of these 12 appointments have been created in education department, 9 in various hospitals and BHUs, and 7 in four towns and district government. In yet another development, one hundred and eighty five Afghan refugees, charged with holding official jobs in their native Afghanistan, have been ordered to leave Pakistan. KPK government and FATA secretariat had submitted their respective reports about such Afghan refugees employed in Afghan Air force and Army to ministries of interior and foreign Affairs. DCOs, political agents of Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Peshawar, Nowshera, Khyber Agency have issued these notices to Afghan refugees to leave Pakistan within one month.