Staff Reporter – Islamabad:
Minister for Interior, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad on Monday said that transparency would be ensured with the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in elections, terming it necessary to guarantee voters’ trust in the electoral system.
Talking to the media persons, he said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had reaffirmed the commitment of his government to ensure free, fair and transparent elections in the country.
Sheikh Rashid fully endorsed the idea of using electronic voting machines (EVMs) as Prime Minister truly said that this device would resolve the issue of mistrust in the electoral system.
He said that the prime minister always spoke in favour of transparent elections while he expressed his displeasure over the electoral system since 1970.
He made it clear that the prime minister was enjoying the support of members’ parliament of his own party and allied political parties. He said that all members of the government and allied parties had one agenda that was changing the life of the common man.
Sheikh Rashid said the government was taking sincere steps to improve the professional capabilities of Islamabad Police. He said that police were a frontline force and added that it was necessary to keep the morale of the force high.
The minister directed the police officials of ICT to boost the morale of their subordinates which was also necessary for improving the performance of the police. He said that efforts were being made to include additional 2,000 policemen in Islamabad Police.
He said that the MoU had been signed with the Punjab government for the start of the ‘1122 service’ in the federal capital.
The minister said that the air patrolling unit of the ICT police, which consisted of high-tech drones and locators for live surveillance and tracking purposes, would initially patrol areas with high rates of burglaries, robberies, snatching, street crimes, and auto theft.
He said that apart from airborne tracking and surveillance, it would also be responsible for providing additional support to the on-ground patrol and specialized teams of the ICT Police.
He added the ICT Police were facing more challenges as handling daily protests was not an easy task. He said that the ICT police had also installed security cameras across the capital under the Safe City project.