In the first sign of a break from the past, newly-appointed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan reached his office without any protocol on Saturday, in sharp contrast to his predecessor Rehman Malik who would always be escorted by a police convoy consisting of around a dozen vehicles.
The surprise move, if adopted as routine, will save millions of rupees of taxpayer money and mark the beginning of a new era in the Public Secretariat.
Talking to the media, Chaudhry Nisar said he would not use government helicopters for routine visits as well.
He maintained that peace is a provincial matter and he was ready to facilitate provincial governments in any way. He said he would help the provinces by providing intelligence and accommodating their requests for the deployment of federal security forces to maintain peace. He also said that the federal government would put all politics aside in order to enhance cooperation and coordination with the provinces.
“The country does not need politics but progress,” he said while elborating.
Nisar said the federal government will establish close contacts with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Pakistan Peoples Party government in Sindh.
“We have a special programme for Islamabad as well, which will be developed into a model district,” he said.