ISLAMABAD: Senate standing committee on Interior Friday said that committee was ready to move a bill for staging protest demonstration at a specific place.

Chairing meeting of the committee, Chairman Abdul Rehman Malik said that no one should be allowed to lodge protest on Islamabad’s roads in future. He was of the view that protestors must be confined to a specific place. He added paralyzing the Federal Capital was tantamount of paralyzing entire country. He said protest must be held only at the place, which was declared by Islamabad High Court. He said if the Islamabad administration had taken stringent measures then grievances of the residents could had been elevated. He said Islamabad administration should had take measures on receiving information about the protest.

He said no one had opposition with Khatam-e-Nabbuwat, adding Parliament showed unity irrespective of government and Opposition, in this regard. It also condoled with the bereaved families of DIG Quetta Hamid Shakeel, SP and also condemned killing of fifteen people in Turbat. Chairman of the Committee urged the government to raise issue of Indian intervention in United Nations to unveil spotted face of India. He said India has allocated $ 500 million to sabotage Pakistan China Economic Corridor (CPEC) and create unrest in Balochistan.

Senator Fateh Muhammad Husni said that India was the enemy of Pakistan from the day first and alleged for creating law and order situation in Balochistan. Senator Col (R) Tahir Hussain Mushhaddi stressed the need to unmask Indian conspiracy and intrigue.

Chairman Senate standing committee on Interior was of the view that statement of Chairman Joint Staff Committee, General Zubair Hayat’s statement should be made part of resolution. Senator Siraj-ul-Haq said thousands of Balochi people are living abroad, adding these people were against exploitation on barbarism. He said there was need to pay heed on gross root issues.

Chairman of the committee sought report regarding allocation of funds by the federation and performance of the departments during the next meeting and also summoned officials of Interior Ministry, revenue and other concerned departments.
The officials of Ministry of Law and Interior showed readiness on extending imprisonment period on pornography and making it part of the CRPC bill by Senator Siraj-ul-Haq. The bill will be presented before the Upper House on Monday. It also approved condemnation resolution moved by Chairman of the committee Senator Rehman Malik against recent incidents of terrorism in Balochistan.

Interior Minister Talal Chaudhry said that Punjab government had held talks with the protestors before their departure from Lahore. He said leaders had promised not to lodge protest in Islamabad but they (religious leaders) violated their promises. He said government constituted two different committees for dialogue with protestors but the protestors’ were showing their rigidity.

Chief Commissioner Islamabad told the meeting that some protestors were possessing weapons. He said Punjab government should had stopped the protestors from entering into Islamabad. He informed that protestors are 3000-6000 in number. He said talks with spiritual leaders across Punjab, Rawalpindi and Islamabad were underway, in this connection. He was optimistic that Faizabad would be vacated today (Friday). He said fifteen cases so far have been registered against protestors for abusing. About attack on journalist by unknown accused, IG told that investigation from each and every aspect was continued while Chairman of the committee directed to submit report within two weeks.    

 Senator Fateh Muhammad Husni said that journalists were the third main power. He said journalist Ahmed Nourani was attacked on October 30 but the accused could not be identified yet, which is dreadful and dangerous.  

Talal Chaudhry said that four hundred protestors have been arrested from Punjab while agitators belong to Karachi, Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. About cancellation of automatic weapons’ licenses, he said all licenses have not been cancelled, adding automatic weapon licenses are only issued in Pakistan.

Chairman Committee said that licenses were given to citizens on the recommendations of Members Parliament. He sought details of issued licenses after grading. He also sought details of dacoity incident from Balochistan government in the house of Senator Robina Irfan.