Islamabad, The Senate Standing Committee on Interior in its meeting on Friday, observed the 117th day of curfew in Indian Occupied Kashmir as black day and strongly condemned the ongoing atrocities against oppressed Kashmiris by Indian Armed Forced. The Committee once again reiterated its emphasis on filing a law suit against India in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Court of Justice (ICJ).
The meeting was chaired by Senator Abdul Rehman Malik and was attended by Senator Kulsoom Parveen, Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Senator Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen, Senator Momin Khan Afridi and Senator Dr. Shahzad Waseem. The meeting also attended by Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Chairman CDA, Mayor MCI, and other officials from Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Law and Justice and other government departments.
On the outset of the meeting, Fateha was offered for the martyrs of Kashmir and complete solidarity was expressed with Kashmiris in their legitimate right self-determination. Senator A. Rehman Malik said that the Committee once again reiterates the government of Pakistan to take India to International Criminal Court (ICC) and International Court of Justice (ICJ) and file a law suit against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his appliances as war criminals under the Rome Convention and recommended to the government to take the matter up in the Cabinet meeting. He asked the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs to personally pursue to include the agenda point regarding filling of law suit against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next Cabinet meeting. He said that was astonished how Pakistani government failed to pressurize Indian Prime Minister to uplift the 117th days long curfew.
CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL “THE NATIONAL COUNTER TERRORISM AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019:
Regarding ‘The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019’ introduced by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh the Committee discussed the modalities of presenting annual reports of NACTA in the Parliament. Due to diverse opinions on the matter the Chairman Committee Senator A. Rehman Malik directed the Ministries of Interior and Law to submit their response in the next meeting.
CONSIDERATION OF “THE PAKISTAN PENAL CODE (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019:
While discussing ‘The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Ordinance No. VI) introduced by Senator Muhammad Azam Swati on behalf of Minister for Interior Ijaz Ahmed Shah, there was detail discussion on whether a person who is in the country and a person who is abroad can be given two different punishments for the same crime committed beyond the territorial jurisdiction of the country. Senator A. Rehman Malik said that there should be no discrimination in the law as law must treat all equally. He said that the government and opposition should discuss all the modalities of the law with every angle to create consensus over the proposed legislation. He said that while formulating any law the national interest should be given priority as Pakistan is passing through difficult phase and we need national unity and collective wisdom to cope up with these challenges. The Cahirman Committee constituted a Sub-committee under the Convenership of Senator Dr. Shehzad Waseem with Senators Shafiq Tareen and Kalsoom Parveen as members to further deliberate on the bill and report back to the Committee.
CONSIDERATION OF “THE ISLAMABAD PURE FOOD AUTHORITY BILL, 2019”:
The Committee also considered “The Islamabad Pure Food Authority Bill, 2019” introduced by Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi in the House on 02-09-2019. Senator A. Rehamn Malik appreciated the mover of the Bill Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi adding that access to pure food is the basic right of every citizen which government has to ensure. He directed Ministries of Interior and Law and the mover Sajjad Hussain Turi to discuss and report back to the committee.
Regarding construction of access road, underpasses or flyovers by CDA sectors I-14, I-16 and I-17 to Kashmir Highway, Senator Rehman Malik said that he has been receiving lot of complaints by the residents as they are facing lot of problems while reaching their homes. He directed that the locality should be connected with Kashmir Highway through road, underpasses and flyovers. Chief Commissioner Islamabad told the Committee that proposal of construction of road connecting the sectors to Kashmir Highway had been approved and the work will start soon.
Regarding issuance of NOC by CDA for construction of 3200 PHA units for government employees in BPS 1-16 in sector I-12, Senator A. Rehman Malik asked FIA to work out particulars of the criminal negligence of officers of CDA and PHA involved. The FIA was also directed to present report on award of a contract to a private company for development of sector E-11 and ongoing inquiries against private housing societies.
NOTICE OF SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN AGAINST DIGNITARIES
Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior took serious notice of the hate campaign and derogatory remarks against dignitaries including Chief Justice of Pakistan, political leadership and common people. He directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a detailed report to the Committee on social media hate campaign against dignitaries from different walks of life aiming at their character assassination.