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Event Title: Senate Standing Committee on Interior

Event Date: 2019-05-30

Senate Standing Committee on Interior in its meeting has while discussing the matter of murder and alleged physical assault of a minor girl Farishta in Taramri are of Islamabad Capital Territory, the Committee was told by the Inspector General of Police ICT Aamir Zulfiqar Khan that the girl went missing on 15th May and initial report was submitted on 16th May. He said that the police station should have filed FIR and the officer who did not has been suspended. He said that the police is waiting for the PFSA report which will most probably be received today. He said that the case is tricky and is a blind murder and nothing can be said before getting the forensic report because the report will tell either the investigation has to go for murder or murder after rape. The Committee noted that there should be no delay in presentation of report as it will raise concerns on forging the report. The IGP also said that 76 rape cases have been reported since last one year and out of these 64 have been challaned. The Committee agreed to hold an in-camera session after the report to discuss it in detail.

The Committee members reiterated the need to expedite the case but at the same time consider the issue holistically and work on the reforms needed in the matter including the importance of quick filing of FIR, capacity building and training of police officials among other areas of weakness. The Committee tasked Senator Rana Maqbool, Additional Secretary Interior and IGP ICT to work on some recommendations for the same.

While discussing the matter of demolition of buildings near Islamabad Airport, Kashmir Highway, Islamabad, Chairman Capital Development Authority Amer Ali Ahmed told the meeting that the demolition is a part of the anti-encroachment drive and the demolition is being done of those buildings that were made on right of way of the highway. The Committee members observed that the anti-encroachment drive has caused harm to poor people and there should be a report as to how many buildings of rich people have been demolished. Chairman CDA observed that if the issue was not handled previously, it does not provide any justification for it to be delayed further. Senators Javed Abbasi and Dr. Shehzad Waseem endorsed the encroachment drive and said that recovering government land is needed but the drive should be overarching and equal for all. The Committee sought information as to how many houses in residential areas are still undergoing commercial activities. The Committee also directed the interior ministry to conduct a survey as to how many foreigners are living indifferent residential areas of the capital.

On the matter moved by Senator Usman Kakar regarding ‘gunfire by security forces on protest in Waziristan the Committee dismissed the report by interior ministry and directed for more investigation into the matter by interior as well as defence ministry.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Abdur Rehman Malik here at the Parliament House on Thursday and was attended among others by Senators Rana Maqbool Ahmad, Rukhsana Zuberi, Javed Abbasi, Kalsoom Parveen, Dr. Shehzad Waseem, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Special Secretary Interior Mian Waheeduddin, Additional Secretary Interior Sikander Qayyum, Chief Commissioner Islamabad and Capital Development Authority Amer Ali Ahmed, Member Estate CDA Khushal Khan, IGP ICT Aamir Zulfikar Khan, DIG Operations ICT Waqaruddin Syed, AIG Administration Balochistan Jehanzeb Khan Jogezai, DIG Operations Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Idrees Khan, RPO Rawalpindi Ehsan.