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Event Title: Senator Walid Iqbal Presides over a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights at the Parliament House.

Event Date: 2022-11-28

The Human Rights Committee on Monday considered the petition received from Ms Imaan Zainub Hazir and former Senator Farhatullah Babar regarding custodial torture inflicted upon two minor boys by SHO of G-9 Police Station on 7-10-2022 while being in unconstitutional and illegal police detention. The Chairman committee said that although the matter is sub judice in the court however the committee will listen to the grievances of the petitioner in order to give policy guidelines for institutional refroms and curbing such cases.

The committee while ruminating in detail the custodial torture reviewed the recommendations proposed by the NCRC. The committee members, along with the NCRC, FIA and Police department presented their suggestions and proposals to eliminate the violation of basic human rights. The chairperson NCRC urged the Senate committee to review the inquiry report of the National Commission on the Rights of Child and give directions on behalf of the Senate committee to comply with the findings, recommendations and reforms in the report in particular with the IG office and direct for implementation. The NCRC remarked that the recommendations are made to empower the Human Rights Ministry and enforce and deliver laws in a more robust manner. he Committee decided that the newly enacted law “Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention and Punishment) Act, 2022”. The Committee also endorsed the recommendations made by NCRC, especially,- To ask the Secretary Interior to notify application and implementation of the Police Order 2002 and establishment of bodies under the police Order 2002 in ICT; to ask the Secretary Interior, Law and Justice to take measures to separate executive from judiciary in ICT and address  challenges in this regard including the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Ordinance, 2001 and to ask the Ministry of Interior and Provincial Home Departments for notification of the rules of Juvenile Justice System Act 2018 at Federal and Provincial level for full implementation of JJSA 2018.

The Committee deferred the matter of allegations levelled by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati regarding custodial torture inflicted on him while in the custody of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) with directions that the matter will be taken up in presence of the Senator who is presently under arrest.

The meeting was attended by Senators Falak Naz, Prof Dr Mehr Taj Roghani, Dr Mohammad Humayun Mohamand , Seemee Ezdi, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Abida Muhammad Azeem, Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo , Irfan ul Haq Siddiqui and Senator Farhatullah Babar. Senior Officers from the Ministry of Human Rights , Ministry of Interior, The FIA, The Police Departments Chairperson NCRC and Doctors of the Medical Board constituted by Director PIMS hospital were also in attendance