The meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior was held on Monday. Chaired by Senator A. Rehman Malik; the meeting was attended by Senator Javed Abbasi, Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad, Senator Muhammad Shafiq Tareen and senior officers from Ministry of Interior (MOI), Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Mayor, MCI Islamabad. Senator Sirajul Haq was also present as Mover of the Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Interest Bill.
The meeting commenced with condemnation of the terrorists attacks carried out on the Chinese Consulate and Kalaya Bazzar Hangu. Chairman Committee, Senator A. Rehman Malik said that Daesh had claimed responsibility for the attacks and that the law enforcement agencies of this country have until now denied their presence. The government owes an explanation regarding this, he added.
The Committee passed three resolutions regarding the attacks and the Indian Government’s involvement in Pakistan through Balochistan. It was demanded that India stop all covert anti-Pakistan activity immediately. The Committee lauded the dedication and bravery of the martyrs and extended heartfelt condolences to their families.
RESOLUTION AGAINST TERRORIST ATTACK ON CHINESE CONSULATE
Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik moved first Resolution which was unanimously adopted by the committee. He read the Resolution as “The Senate Standing Committee on Interior strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi on November 23, 2018. We, the members express our deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives of two policemen and two civilians and extend heartfelt condolences and sympathies to their families. The Senate Standing Committee salutes the martyred Policemen ASI Ashraf Dawood and Constable Amir Khan who sacrificed their lives and blocked the entry of terrorists to the Chinese Consulate. We, the members highly appreciate the courage and timely response of Sindh Police and Sindh Rangers and also applaud great professionalism and bravery demonstrated by our great daughter - ASP Suhai Aziz Talpur who led the operation. The Senate Standing Committee on Interior asks the government to further enhance the security of Chinese citizens in Pakistan across the country. The Senate Standing Committee on Interior resolves that such act of terrorism is against both Pakistan and China to harm CPEC. We also advise the Government to revisit the security plan of Red Zone and Diplomatic Enclave. The Government should ensure no security violation in such sensitive zones and other dignitaries and their places all over the country.”
Senator A. Rehman Malik said that he salutes the martyred Policemen ASI Ashraf Dawood and Constable Amir Khan who sacrificed their lives and foiled the terrorists attack on Chinese Consulate and is extremely proud of Sindh Rangers and Sindh Police. He termed the attack as a planned conspiracy to create unrest in the country by the enemies of Pakistan. However, he asserted that our common enemies will not succeed in their nefarious designs to dent China Pakistan friendship and sabotage CPEC. “Attack on Chinese Consulate is an attack on Sino- Pak strong bond of friendship and is a part of anti Pak-China friendship agenda” he said. Pakistan and China together will counter such coward attempts by their enemies and nothing can undermine China-Pakistan relationship, he added.
RESOLUTION AGAINST BOMB BLAST IN ORAKZAI AGENCY
Senator A. Rehman Malik while strongly condemning deadly terrorist bomb blast in Kalaya Bazar area of lower Orakzai district of KPK said that he was deeply shocked by the news of bomb blast in which more than 33 innocent people lost their lives adding his heart goes out to their bereaved families. He moved the Resolution which was also unanimously passed and adopted by the committee. He read the Resolution as “The Senate Standing Committee on Interior strongly condemns the deadly terrorist bomb blast in Kalaya Bazar area of lower Orakzai district of KPK on November 23, 2018 in which thirty-three innocent people were martyred and more than 50 injured. We, the members of the Committee express our deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives and heartfelt condolences and sympathies with the victim families. The Committee demands the Government to take fierce action against terrorists and brief the committee about the blast as which terrorist organization was behind the unfortunate attack”
RESOLUTION AGAINST INDIAN INVOLVEMENT
Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik said that behind terrorism in Pakistan, there is hand of Indian Agency RAW on the direction of PM Narendra Modi. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had confessed his government’s involvement in Balochistan and there is no secret that India’s intelligence agency RAW is behind terrorist activities in Balochistan to sabotage CPEC. He moved a Resolution strongly condemning India for its involvement in Balochistan through BLA and covert operations. He reads the Resolution as “The Senate Standing Committee on Interior unanimously condemns the Indian continuous interference in Balochistan. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Minister for Interior had threatened Pakistan earlier that they would sort out Pakistan through Balochistan. Attack on Chinese Consulate Karachi was claimed by BLA, whereas BLA is being openly supported by India. PM Narendra Modi and his Government owe explanation to Pakistan and international community for their continued support to BLA and other separatists in Balochistan. Indian Government must stop its covert anti-Pakistan operations in Balochistan / Pakistan”.
Deliberating over compensations and other emoluments for victims, Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad suggested that it is imperative that the Committee takes notice of the government making blank announcements with no further implementation. He mentioned the case of Chaudhary Aslam, who was assassinated and asserted that uniformity of compensation is imperative. Senator A. Rehman Malik directed that all Inspector Generals, Home Secretaries may be summoned to review the compensation policy, so as to ensure uniformity for all officers and personnel serving at all levels in all provinces.
Regarding the Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Interest on Private Loan Bills, 2017 introduced by Senator Sirajul Haq, the committee unanimously approved the Bill. Senator A. Rehman Malik lauded the efforts of Senator Sirajul Haq and said that only the first law must be repealed. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, said that unless all Muslims follow Islam in letter and spirit improving the Ummah’s sate will not be possible. He further stated that Riba was a major cause for decline of the Muslims.
Senator Sirajul Haq was of the view that Islamic Banking is being adopted around the world due to the ills of the interest in the Banking system. He stressed that interest is against the tenets of Islam and is tantamount to waging war against Allah and His Prophet (PBUH).
Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad stressed the need to adopt the Malaysian Model and the Turkish Model for self sufficiency. He asserted the need to evaluate exactly in what projects the procured loans have been invested.
Senator Mian Ateeq Shaikh was of the view that this Bill was the need of the hour and that it will go a long way in alleviating the troubles of the common man. He asserted the need for implementation of the Bill.
The Committee unanimously decided to move a motion in the House for constitution of a committee to examine TORs for Reconciliation and Truth Commission and to revise numerous national issues including returning of heavy foreign debts, political victimization and delay in various constitutional reforms. Committee authorise Senator A. Rehman Malik Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior to formulate the motion and move in the house.
BRIEFING BY CDA & MCI ON ACTIONS AGAINST ENCROACHMENT
The committee was briefed by the Mayor of Islamabad and Chairman CDA on the action taken against encroachments and other violations in Islamabad Capital Territory. Committee expressed grave concerns that CDA is demolishing shops, plazas, houses and other places without giving any notice to the alleged grabbers. Senator A. Rehman Malik questioned who allowed encroachment in ICT; indeed officials of CDA earlier had allowed people to build shops, plazas, houses and outlets illegally. He said strict actions must be taken against those officers of CDA had issued illegal NOCs and permission to people to run their business and build houses on government property. He said he was annoyed by the action of CDA against a foreign food restaurant on Kashmir Highway which had been approved by CDA earlier and was demolished without prior notice. He said that such actions bring bad name to the country and push away foreign investors.
Senator A. Rehman Malik said that this committee will not allow anyone and authority to violate the fundamental rights of the public adding that the committee will investigate and monitor CDA actions against encroachments. He said that the committee has been receiving many complaints from the victims of the encroachment that how CDA is violating the law by not informing them with prior notices. He said that we will not allowed anyone to make the poor homeless but the government should provide shelter to the poor while demolishing their homes in Kachi Abbadi. He said that he appreciates the work of CDA but it was its responsible to had not allowed construction on government property.
Chairman Committee Senator A. Rehman directed CDA to submit a comprehensive report on the action taken against encroachments and other violations in Islamabad Capital Territory and the numbers and details of people suffered. He asked to inform the Committee that who influenced the CDA politically to build buildings illegally. He directed that FIA would take actions against all those found responsible. He said that the Committee will be holding public hearing in December to listen and address their reservations on land grabbing, illegal allotment of government property and action against encroachment and will probe the role of CDA officials in the past that how they were able to build properties even outside the Pakistan.
While deliberating over action taken against encroachments and other ICT violations, Senator Javed Abbsi was of the view that illegal construction cannot take place without the connivance of the CDA. Keeping in view the human suffering that has been caused due to massive operation in the city; the Committee stressed the need to deal with the issue in a humane manner due to its magnanimous human impact.
Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik highly appreciated the Chairman CDA and Members CDA for putting extra hours in fetching the issues.