Event Title: Senator Mohsin Aziz, Chairman Senate Standing Committee On Interior Presiding over a Meeting of the Committee at Parliament House Islamabad
Event Date: 2022-09-09
A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior was held on 09th September, 2022 at Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting was chaired by Senator Mohsin Aziz and attended by Senator Fawzia Arshad, Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Senator Moula Bux Chandio, Senator Faisal Saleem Rehman, Senator Saifullah Abro, Senator Shahdat Awan, Senator Dilawar Khan, Senator Walid Iqbal and senior officers from the Ministries of Interior and Law and Justice.
Three bills passed were including the Criminal Laws (Amendment Bill), 2022; the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and the Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2022. Other Bills that came under consideration of the Committee were the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention and Punishment) Bill, 2022 and the Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2022. Other matters discussed were Public Petitions related to illegal and unethical activities of Afghan Refugees camped in front of National Press Club and the performance of Aabpara Police Station, Islamabad.
While discussing the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention and Punishment) Bill, 2022 the Ministry said that even though it supported the Bill in principal it was not possible to take this further at this point due to certain incomplete clauses that merited clarification. Instances of overlaps were to be rectified as well. The Committee directed that all work must be completed on the Bill by 30th September, 2022. Members stressed the need to ensure that it was an all-inclusive Bill that would protect the right of all, women, children, men and transgenders.
Deliberating over illegal and unethical activities of Afghan Refugees camped in front of National Press Club the Committee took strong notice of the issue and directed Islamabad Police to take stringent measures against this. It was asserted that there will be zero tolerance against anyone that dishonours the flag of Pakistan. The Committee was informed that calculated measures need to be taken against Afghan Refugees at this time since there is possibility of International backlash. The Committee was also informed that refugees will be relocated to another area in Islamabad. The Ministry is in constant touch with the UNHCR regarding this matter. The Committee directed to take to task the person responsible for not taking action against in this matter. A compliance report will be submitted within 15 days.