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Event Title: The Senate Standing Committee on Interior

Event Date: 2020-03-06

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior in its meeting today on Friday strongly condemned the ongoing massacre of Muslims in India and expressed great grief over the martyrdom of 46 Muslims in Delhi riots and prayed for their departed souls.

CONDEMNATION OF CONTINUOUS CURFEW IN IOK AND BRUTALITIES IN AGAINST MUSLIMS IN DELHI

At the start of the meeting Senator A. Rehman Malik said that today is the 216th day of curfew in Indian Occupied Kashmir and since day first this committee has been marking as ‘Dark Days’ in the history of mankind and expressing solidarity with Kashmiri brothers and sisters who are struggling for their legitimate right of self-determination under UNSC Resolutions. He said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brutalities are not only limited to the IOK but the streets of Delhi were also stained with the blood of innocent Muslims. He said that it was heartbreaking to see the photographs and videos that activists of the RSS and BJP in mobs with sticks, iron rods and stones roaming freely on the streets of Delhi beating, humiliating and murdering unarmed Muslims. He urged the international community to intervene and stop the ongoing massacre of Muslims in India.  He regretted that US President Donald Trump on his visit to India did not take up the issue with the Indian Government.

POTENTIAL THREAT OF CORONAVIRUS IN PAKISTAN

While considering precautionary and preventative measures being taken by the Government to stop the potential spread of Coronavirus in Pakistan, Senator A. Rehman Malik said that a special meeting of the committee was held on 27th February on the issue of Coronavirus when the first two cases had been confirmed in Pakistan. He said that the committee was briefed by Executive Director National Institute of Health, FIA and clear directions were given to them for necessary measures at airports, dry ports and other entry points.

EXPRESSION OF DISSATISFACTION ON GOVERNMENT MEASURES AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

Chairman Committee Senator A. Rehman Malik said that committee expresses its dissatisfaction on the preventative measures so far taken against potential spread of Coronavirus in the country.  He said that committee had already directed to establish isolation centre in all cities and at every airport. He said that the committee 14-points suggestion should be implemented.

FORMATION OF TASK FORCE TO CONTROL SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS

Chairman Senator A. Rehman Malik strongly asserted that a task force must be formed under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, who must personally look at all affairs concerning precautionary measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in Pakistan. He advised that all provincial chief secretaries, provincial health secretaries and heads of health departments should be included in the task force. 

SPECIAL JOINT SESSION OF PARLIAMENT ON POTENTIAL SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS

Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik demanded the government to immediately summon the Special Joint Session of the Parliament to chalk out a comprehensive roadmap to control spread and combat this deadly epidemic. Senator Kalsoom Parveen stressed the need to bring back Pakistani students stranded in China and pilgrims stranded on Pak-Iran border adding that no one can stop the entry of citizens to their own country.

DEMAND OF FEDERAL MINSITER FOR HEALTH

Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi strongly demanded the government to immediately appoint Federal Minister for Health so the government point of view could be presented in the parliament. He said it shows the non-seriousness of the government that in the critical situation when the Coronavirus is confirmed in the country and playing havoc in the world, but we are not having a permanent Health Minister in our country.

ADMINISTRATIVE, FINANCIAL AND LEGAL ISSUES BETWEEN CDA AND MCI

The Committee discussed the implementation status of the recommendations of the Committee on Interior pertaining to administrative, financial and legal issues of CDA and MCI and observed that CDA and MCI have been miserably failed to dissolve their outstanding differences. Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik directed both organizations to implement the recommendation of the committee which have already been sent to the Ministry of Interior. He said that the disputes were affecting efficiency and performance of CDA and MCI and because of which the residents of Islamabad have become ultimate sufferers. He directed that the recommendation of committee should be followed in letter and spirit and a report should be submitted within forty days positively. He said that it is directed that the CDA employees shall continue their services on attachment basis under the administrative control of MCI. However, the status of employees will remains lien as CDA employees and their services are to be governed under the CDA Service Regulations, 1992 till their retirement.

CONSIDERATION OF PAKISTAN PENAL CODE

The Committee deferred the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (Act XLV of 1860) (ORDINANCE NO. VI) moved Senator Azam Swati on behalf of Minister for Interior due to the absence of the Minister for Interior. Chairman Senate Committee directed the Ministry of Interior to convey the message of the committee that the Minister for Interior should be present in the next meeting so that this important Bill could be disposed of otherwise rejected.

CONSIDERATION OF THREE OTHER BILLS

Three Bills introduced by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, the Islamabad Prevention of Beggary Bill, 2019; The Islamabad Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2020; the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2020 were discussed in the Committee however after the detailed deliberation the committee referred the said Bills to the Ministry of Interior with directions to examine the same with coordination of Ministry of Law and Justice and all other stockholders.  While discussing the Bills, Chairman Committee Senator A. Rehman Malik lauded the efforts of the Senator Ateeq Shaikh and said that the Bills are a good piece of legislation and are important for the people of Pakistan.  He said that these Bills needed further review; after which these, along with certain amendments would be passed in the next meeting.  While discussing the Islamabad Prevention of Beggary Bill, 2019 Chairman Committee, Senator A. Rehman Malik was of the view that a clause against forced deformities must be added in the Bill. He said that it is highly condemnable and against the international human rights that little children are deformed by wearing iron rings around their head to make them abnormal for the malicious purpose of begging. He suggested that a section must be introduced to deal with mafia involved in the child trade for begging purposes.   He said that it is highly alarming that children in our country are growing under such a vulnerable environment as on every traffic signal, markets, parks, hospitals and other public places, one finds daily dozens of them roaming and begging. He stressed if stringent laws are not introduced today to protect these children, it can be turned into a big menace for the society in future. He directed the Ministry of Interior and Islamabad administration to launch a crackdown on baggers and instead of sending them to lock ups, the children should be send to the Child Protection Centres. He also directed that bagging children should be provided with good food and proper education.  

CONSIDERATION OF STARRED QUESTION

The committee also considered the starred question raised by Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi that he has raised the House on 03 February, 2020. Committee Chairman stated that it is a serious matter and a sub-committee duly headed by Senator Javed Abbasi is already investigating it and will be submitting report to the committee on the issue.

The meeting was chaired by Senator Abdul R. Malik the meeting was attended by Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizenjo, Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Senator Kalsoom Parveen and Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi as special invitee. The meeting was also attended by senior officers from the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Ministry of Interior, National Institute of Health, FIA, CDA along with all concerned.