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Event Title: The meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior was held today at Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Senator Mohsin Aziz .

Event Date: 2023-02-27

The meeting was chaired by Senator Mohsin Aziz along with senators Senator Mohsin Aziz, Senator Samina Mumtaz Zehri, Senator Moula Bux Chandio, Senator Saifullah Abro, Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Senator Faisal Saleem Rehman Senator Shahadat Awan, Senator Fawzia Arshad, Senator Kamil Ali Agha, Senator Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti, Senator Seemee Ezdi, Senator Muhammad Abdul Qadir, Senator Anwar-ul-Haw Kakar and Senator Mushtaq Ahmed. AIG-ops ICT Police, Sub Inspector Balochistan Police, DC Balochistan, Senior officials from the Ministry, Nadra and other concerned departments also attended the meeting.


While taking up further consideration of Bill further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2023) (Insertion of new section 277A in PPC and subsequent amendment in Schedule-ll of Cr.P.C) introduced by Senator Seemee Ezdi on 16 January, 2023. The Bill was examined and unanimously passed by increasing the penalty on those who fouls the rivers, canals and streams by five hundred thousand rupees in first instance and ten hundred thousand rupees on repeating the crime the 2ns instance..


While Considering the Bill further to amend the Easements Act, 1882 [The Easements (Amendment) Bill, 2023) introduced by Senator Seemee Ezdi on 16th January, 2023, the bill was deferred with recommendations to hold meetings with the ICT and ministry of Interior to further examin the bill to amend or enact laws pertaining to ground water management and regulation that are in like with the public trust doctrin, as set out under the Act. Similarly Bill further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 and the Qanun-e-Shahadat Order, 1984 [The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill 2022) introduced by Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad on 16" January, 2023 was also deferred to hold meetings with the Ministry of Law and take legal opinion on the matter.


Point of public importance raised by Senator Asad Ali Khan Junejo on 16 January, 2023 regarding the irregular/disorganized speed limits on various roads of Islamabad Capital Territory causing confusion/problems for the commuters which are required to be regularized and rationalized. (Matter referred from the House), was deferred, however the Chairman Committee reiterated that road speed limits may be rationalized area wise and concerned authority may be approched to display the up-graded road speed limits.


Public Petitions No. 5087, 5088, 5089 and 5090 regarding the presence of stray dogs in Sector D-12 Islamabad and increasing incidents of dog bite causing problems for the residents especially the elder, ladies and children. (Referred by Hon'ble Chairman Senate) was discussed at length. It was contended by the petitioners that the CDA be asked to upscale their operation of removal of stray dogs. It was further requested to over turn the decision of the court related to ban on killing of stray dogs. The ministry informed the committee that stray dogs have been kept in dog centers around 22000 dogs have been treated and 1200 dogs have been released after treatment. However the committee was of the view that treatment and having them exposed again in public is not an appropriate solution. The committee reiterated that although the committee respect animals rights however human life has been put to threat and proper measures should be taken to eradicate them. The chairman committee recommended to initiate awareness campaigns and increase dog centers. The committee also sought time to time report in the same. The matter was deferred.


The committee discussed at length the matter of Barakhan incident. The Inspector General of Police Balochistan and Secretary Home Department, Government of Balochistan was directed to appear in person and submit detailed report regarding the incident of killing and recovery of dead bodies of three members of family of Khan Muhammad Marri who have: allegedly been detained as hostage in the private prison of a Provincial Minister of Balochistan where still some members of the said family are kept as hostage. It was informed that Pakistan Mari Ethihad and other notables of Mari tribe took custody of bodies from civil hospital Barkhan and refused to get the FIR registered and postmortem conducted. The police responded that the case is personally being supervised by the Inspector Generally of Police and the case has been transferred to Crime Branch Balochistan and a special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted. The SIT is headed by Additional Inspector General of Police/ Commandant Balochistan Constabulary. The Chairman Committee said that this matter is critical and should be taken up seperately on priority basis. The committee lamented the non professional and unlearned behaviour of the officials who were not well versed with the facts of the case and the brief submitted was contrary to the reality attempting to mislead the committee. Senator Sarfaraz Bugti said that there are thousands of private jails in Balochistan, and questioned that who is responsible for action against them, Senator Saifullah Abro demanded that Chief Secretary and IG Balochistan be summoned to the committee on the matter of three people killed in the Barkhan tragedy. The Police officials informed the committee that If the minister's portfolio is taken back, he can be handcuffed, the committee inquired as to why anti-terror provisions have not been included in the FIR. Senator Mushtaq Ahmed strongly protested in the committee and uproared as to why handcuffs are not being applied. The police said that the MI officials told the police that three bodies were lying in the well. The committee summoned the Chief Secretary and IG Balochistan in the next meeting.The committee also summoned Home Secretary, DC Barkhan.


While discussing the Public Petition No. 5055 regarding Mr. Nisar Ahmed Penezai Ex- Assistant Director who was removed from services against charges of illegal processing of multiple CNICs of suspected aliens  and requested for reinstatement in service. The committee after hearing the case in detail requested the Nadra to re-hear the case of the petitioner and treat it on humanitarian ground.


The matter of scrutiny of the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) proposed by the Ministry of Interior for the Financial Year 2023-24 and to make recommendations was also taken up. The chairman committee summoned the cda and all the concerned departments to discuss various projects therefore the matter was deferred for further deliberation .