Islamabad, 17th March, 2022:- A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior was held on 17th March, 2022 in Old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad. The meeting was chaired by Senator Mohsin Aziz and attended by Senator Fawzia Arshad, Senator Seemee Ezdi, Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Senator Moula Bux Chandio, Senator Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti, Senator Saifullah Abro, Senator Shahdat Awan and senior officers from the Ministries of Interior, Law and Justiceand NADRA.
At the outset, the Committee strongly condemned the brutal terrorist attack during Jumma prayer inside a mosque in QissaKhwani bazaar in Peshawar, which killed 63 people and injured over 200 others.Committee also condemned terrorist attacks in Sibi on FC personnel and loss of precious lives. Fateha was offered for the departed souls followed by condolence/condemning resolution.
The Committee passed following two Bills:-
i. The Prohibition of Interest on Private Loans Bill, 2021 (The Bill was passed by the National Assembly and had been transmitted to the Senate.)
ii. The Price control and Prevention of Profiteering Bill, 2022. (Private Member Bill intorduced by Senator Mohsin Aziz)
Reviewing details of Point of Public Importance raised by Senator Kamran Murtaza regarding the beating of students from Balochistan in the International Islamic University. It was asserted that students from Balochistan feel discriminated against since they have been suspended. The Committee took serious notice of the repercussions that could arise in matters such as these that could trigger grievances in smaller provinces. It was asserted that University administration should not make any discrimination and make the decisions while keeping in view the investigation report. The Islamabad Police informed the Committee, that out of 26 students, just 4 -5 are from Balochistan. A report on the matter will be submitted to the Committee in the next meeting. Secretary MOI was directed to hold a meeting with the University Administration and submity report to the Committee in next meeting.
Reviewing Public Petitions regarding greivances of the petitioners against blocking of CNICs and non-issuance of MRPs, the Committee was informed that the petitioners are Burmee citizens who were issued BM series passports. In order to resolve their greivances, the matter needs to be taken up at Cabinet level as the current laws and rules do not permit issuance of passports to such persons. The PPs were disposed of wwith the recommendation that the Government must dispose of the petitions according to law under intimation to the petitioners.
Discussing the PSDP for FY 2022-23, the Committee recommended that the projects must be completed within the atipulated time in order to control the rise in the cost of the projects. Committee endorsed the proposed PSDP of the MOI for the FY 2022-23.