Interior Minister approves new SOPs for delegates visiting Pakistan

Interior Minister approves new SOPs for delegates visiting Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Tuesday approved new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) relating to transportation of delegates and their staff, who visit Pakistan for hunting purpose.

The SOPs, prepared by Ministry of Interior, have been dispatched to relevant Ministries, foreign embassies in Pakistan and Pakistani Missions abroad.

According to SOPs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs would provide advance information about staff of international delegates to relevant departments one week before their arrival.

Similarly, regarding details about international guests and other important personalities, the concerned departments would be informed at least 72 hours before arrival.

The landing points for international flights coming to Pakistan with delegates and their staff for hunting purpose have also been identified in SOPs.

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), Customs and local administration would ensure immigration, security and other necessary facilities at specified landing points to facilitate the delegates.

After suspension of all types of landing permits under direction of Minister for Interior, the foreigners must obtain visa to visit Pakistan and no foreigner would be allowed to enter without visa and completing all required immigration process. In case of violation, legal action (which can be arrest) would be taken.

Under new SOPs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs would be provided details about all such incoming flights to be cleared by FIA while relevant departments would designate Focal Persons. (APP)