ISLAMABAD – Interior Ministry on Thursday appointed SSP Tahir Alam to head the investigations into the Remsha Masih case in which a juvenile girl is facing charges of blasphemy along with a local prayer leader.

Furthermore, the ministry has constituted a team headed by Chief Commissioner Islamabad to work out a draft on national security document advising to deal with the growing security challenges and threats in the country.

A senior officer of the Ministry of Interior informed that Interior Minister Rehman Malik, while chairing a meeting held here at the Ministry of Interior to review the progress of investigations regarding Remsha Masih case, desired that a senior police officer should head these investigations. Consequently, it was decided during the meeting that SSP Tahir Alam would head the team investigating blasphemy case. Tahir Alam, a senior police officer of ICT Police, is now working as Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Islamabad Police who has also served as SSP Islamabad.

The ministry has also ordered that District Magistrate Islamabad would duly supervise the investigations of the case and SSP Tahir Alam would submit daily progress report of the investigation to the office of District Magistrate. In this connection, the Interior Ministry has directed the Chief Commissioner Islamabad to take into confidence the Islamabad Ulema Council and share the investigations completely and transparently with it.

A spokesman of the ministry said that the law and order situation of Islamabad was also reviewed in the meeting and directives were issued to the ICT Police for exercising extreme vigilance in the capital. The Interior Minister also directed the police to ensure that all guest houses, hostels and hotels would not allow people to stay in their premises without proper verified identity.

Entry points must remain covered properly as per the given security SOP. He also directed the IGP to take special care of Chinese working in the capital and its outskirts. Rehman Malik directed Secretary Interior to convene a meeting on the security of Chinese working in Pakistan to be presided over by the Interior Minister himself.

The Interior Minister during the meeting commented that the government had been pursuing 3D policy on national security that now needed to be enhanced in view of growing security challenges. In this regard, the meeting decided to constitute a team headed by the Chief Commissioner Islamabad that would work out a draft on national security document recommending how to deal with the growing threats of extremism, terrorism and sectarian violence in the country.

The team will include one deputy secretary, Ministry of Interior; an officer from National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA); a deputy inspector general level officer from National Police Bureau and one officer from National Police Academy. Director General of the National crisis Management cell NCMC will be the Secretary of the team. The team has been directed to consult all experts in security; the experiences of other countries, their security policies and any other assistance from any quarter should also be got. The report would be presented by next Wednesday.