ISLAMABAD: Special Senate Standing Committee on Interior asserted that incidents like burning down girls schools in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) are absolutely unbearable and sought fierce action against those found involved behind such heinous crimes.
The Senate body said on Wednesday that burning dozens of schools was an act of terrorism.
The government of GB should submit a comprehensive report on the incident in next meeting of the Committee, Chairman of the Committee, Senator A Rehman Malik said while chairing the meeting.
The meeting was attended by Caretaker Minister for Interior, Muhammad Azam Khan, Senators including Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo, Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, Secretary and Additional Secretary Interior, senior officials from Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), NADRA, Police and Ministry of Law and Justice.
Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplaces, Kashmala Tariq attended the meeting as a special invitee to observe proceedings on Cholistan incident.
Condemning burning down of 12 girls schools in Diamer and Chilas district of GB, Senator Rehman Malik said the incident has once again reminded him of TTP who had been burning and destroying schools, particularly of girls.
The Committee also condemned suicide blast in Quetta on election days wherein innocent people have been martyred and injured.
The Committee offered Fateha for departed souls of those who were martyred in the heartbreaking incident and expressed heartfelt condolences with bereaved families.
Rehman Malik said enemies of Pakistan want to destabilise the country by such cowardice inhumane attacks, however, they will not succeed in their nefarious designs against our beloved country.
The Committee also reconsidered notice taken by the Chairman on the mysterious death of three girls in Cholistan Desert of Fort Abbas Bahawalnagar namely Surraiya Bibi of nine years old, Tahira Bibi of eight years old and Allah Mafi of six years old.
Senator Rehman Malik had rightly apprehended in the first meeting of the Committee over this sad incident that as the initial report submitted by Punjab Police did not mention physical assault and the exact cause of death of the girls.
He said likewise Zainab’s case, the committee will be pursuing the case of these three sisters also to its logical conclusion.
The Committee proposed the formation of a high-powered JIT, to be headed by Police Officer of Additional Inspector General rank duly supervised by Committee member Rana Maqbool Ahmed to investigate the mysterious murder of three girls.
The JIT to be headed by an honest officer of Additional IG Police rank duly supervised and guided by Senator Maqbool Ahmed has to submit its report to the committee in six weeks.
With regard to complaints about elections, Senator Rehman Malik said this committee was appointed by Senate House to coordinate with ECP, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and Police to oversee polling and monitor security.
“We are aware of complaints raised by different stakeholders of elections regarding Result Transfer System (RTS) and Results Management System (RMS),” he said.
He said the Committee has desired to investigate all complaints received from different quarters and to submit a comprehensive report to the Senate.
The Members agreed to call another meeting of the Committee on August 20 whether to constitute judicial commission or Parliamentary Committee to investigate into complaints about elections.
Caretaker Minister Azam Khan appreciated the Committee and said he is thankful to Parliament and this committee for providing the guidance as he has learned many things from this Body.
He said his ministry succeeded to conduct peaceful elections generally across the country as security was his and his ministry’s duty.