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Event Title: Senate Standing Committee on Interior

Event Date: 2019-08-28

Senate Standing Committee on Interior has strongly condemned the ongoing brutalities in Indian Occupied Kashmir by Indian Forces. Committee paid rich tribute to the martyrs of Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (FC KPK) and offered Fateha for the departed souls of martyrs and extended heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families of the martyrs of the nation.

Senator A. Rehman Malik lauded the role of FC KPK for their sacrifices and securing every inch of the borders of the motherland. He said that sacrifices of FC KPK are more than any other force in the country. He said the committee pays rich tribute to the martyrs of the nation and martyrs of the FC. He said that we are proud of our Armed Forces and their command and appreciate General Qamar Javed Bajwa for his role in fighting against terrorism.

The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Senator A. Rehman Malik here at the Parliament House on Wednesday and was attended among others by Senators Dr. Shahzad Wasim, Kalsoom Parveen, Muhammad Javed Abbasi and Sardar Shafique Tareen. The meeting was also attended by Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz,the, Special Secretary Interior, Major General Rahat Naseem Ahmed Khan IG Frontier Corps KPK, Chief Commissioner Islamabad and other senior officials from CDA, FIA, PTA and Ministry of Interior.

CONDEMNATION OF ONGOING BRUTAILITIES IN IOK: At the outset, Senator A. Rehman Malik said our hearts and soul are with the victim families and brave people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) and we fully support them in their struggle for legitimate right of self-determination under UNSC resolutions. He said “we share their (Kashmiris) pains and sorrows and stand by them in thick and thin”. He said that since August 5th when the Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi unilaterally and illegally scrapped the special status of Kashmir by revoking Article 370 and 35A till today there is complete lockdown in the valley. He said because of the continuous curfew, people have been deprived of the basic amenities of life and been caged in their own homes without any access to groceries, food, water, medicines and even the baby food. He said that infants are dying without food and medicines and many deaths have been caused because of the lack of medicines. Senator Kalsoom Parveen said that pregnant women in Indian Occupied Kashmir are dying in their homes because they have no access to the hospitals. Senator Rehman Malik said that soon he will be accompanying the team of Hurriyat leaders in the ICC to file a petition against Indian brutalities and human rights violations in Kashmir.  He said that it is right time to seek the world attentions towards the unprecedented brutalities committed against innocent Kashmiris in terms of mass murders, mass blinding through pelleting, enforced disappearances, tortures, rape, political repression and suppression of freedom of speech including the complete lock down of the daily life by Indian Forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

BRIEFING BY IG FC KPK:  Major General Rahat Naseem Ahmed Khan IG FC KPK briefed the committee on the organizational structure and working of the FC KPK (North). He informed that the FC (North) was established in 1907 and since independence has been serving on the borders of the country. He stated that FC was entrusted a special role during war on terror since 2001 due to its outstanding performance and commitment towards their job and understanding of the culture, norms and traditions of the people living in then FATA and across the border. He said that FC KPK is playing a vital role in controlling cross border terrorism. He said that keeping in view the social norms and values of the tribal areas, a number of female soldiers have also been recruited in FC KPK for search operation against miscreants. Senator Rehman Malik highly appreciated and directed the Ministry of Interior that rules should be made for proper cadre of female soldiers giving them full promotional opportunities to the level of officer ranks.

The IG FC Major General Rahat said that FC is proud to claim that FC KPK takes a tank to 12,000ft height setting a world record adding that the tank is fully operational. He said that FC KPK is leading in fencing the border as work on a 586-kilometre-long portion of fence along the Pak-Afghan border has been completed. He assured the committee that by October 30th of this year, FC KPK will be completing fencing of its assigned portion of the border. He told the committee that 90% of the border areas have been cleared from terrorists and miscreants and have controlled their cross border movement. He added that we are combating firing from Afghanistan side on heavy level. Senator A. Rehman Malik said that the Afghan government could be behind the cross border firing on Pakistani forces directing the government to take the matter with Afghan government to stop abetting terrorists on Pak-Afghan border.

The chair Senator A. Rehman Malik expressed his satisfaction on the pace of fencing and said that this border will no more be a porous border for cross border terrorism and other criminal activities. He observed that working on such high altitude check posts is not less than a challenge for which the Ministry of Interior should provide air ambulance for rescuing and timely shifting of injured soldiers to the hospitals. He also directed the Ministry of Interior to allocate special funds to provide kerosene oil to the FC KPK for cooking purposes at remote stations.  He directed the DG FIA to open at least 5 to 8 windows at Torkham border for immigration as daily more than 12000 people cross Pak Afghan border. He also directed to study whether the biometric system for the purpose of immigration can be installed at Pak-Afghan borders.

IG FC KPK told the committee that unfortunately there is no hospital for FC KPK and their families adding that there is requirement of only 2 billion rupees. Chairman directed the Ministry of Interior to provide RS 1 billion in the next fiscal year so that project could be initiated and could be completed in two fiscal years. He also directed the Ministry of Interior to coordinate with provincial government of KPK for allotment of land for FC (KPK) Housing Society. 

MISMANAGEMENT, IRREGULARITIES AND DEATH OF ANIMALS AND BIRDS IN ISLAMABAD ZOO, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik had taken the suo moto notice of the mismanagement, irregularities and death of animals and birds in the Islamabad Zoo. The Mayor MCI Ansar Aziz informed the committee that news regarding death and mistreatment of animals and birds in the Islamabad zoo is not correct but a propaganda by some NGOs which wanted to take the control of the Zoo in their hands. He added that there was a proposal to export the elephant “Cawan” to Sri Lanka which was not possible of its huge size however a team of expert doctors visited Islamabad Zoo and checked up the elephant and said that elephant is suffering from loneliness.

Senator Rehman Malik directed that three more elephants should be imported from Sri Lanka adding that in this regard he will personally request to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner H.E Noor Deen Shaheid. He also stated that no body shall be allowed to mistreat the animals and the committee will visit the zoo to observe the animals care there.

MATTER OF FAKE ACCOUNTS ON TWITTER.

Senator A. Rehman Malik had taken suo moto notice on fake twitter accounts with particular reference to a fake twitter account of honorable Senator Aitzaz Ahsan being operated on social media. Director Cyber Crimes Cell FIA informed the committee that the matter was taken with twitter administration and got the fake account blocked however they didn’t share the IP addresses and other details of the handler. Senator A. Rehman Malik directed PTA and FIA to coordinate closely to cater the cybercrimes which are increasing by each day in the country.  He directed the Ministry of Interior to remove the bottlenecks in the SoPs which may create hurdles in sharing information between PTA and FIA.