Senate body for strict policy against terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights here on Monday asked the government to devise a strict policy against terrorism ensuring safety of citizens, especially journalists.

The committee, which met here with Senator Afrasiab Khattak in the chair, condemned the attack on anchorperson Hamid Mir.

The committee analyzed incidents of violence against women and other crimes, besides violation of labour rights by brick kiln owners.

Senator Sehar Kamran expressed concern over the absence of officials concerned in the meeting.

Regarding the attack on Mir, she said an independent inquiry was essntial to find out the real culprits rather than blaming national institutions.

The committee also shought recommendations from the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights to check women rights violations.

The Special Home Secretary Sindh and Additional Secretary Punjab informed the committee that Pakistan Protection Ordinance was still in force in the provinces. However, the committee expressed its reservations in this regard.

The committee was also informed that in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the number of women police officials would be raised. Fourteen special training centres were working for women police capacity building.

Convener Sub-Committee of Human Rights, Senator Syed Mushahid Hussain presented the report and stated that for the first time in the country’s history, environment and climate change affects were included in human rights issues.

The functional committee approved the sub-committee report and lauded the endeavours of members for highlighting important aspects of environment and climate change and their effects on human health.

Senators Farhat Ullah Baber, Mrs. Nasreen Jalil, Mrs. Saher Kamran, Mrs Suriya Ameer ud Din and Hadiat Ullah, Director General National Police Bureau Ehsan Ghanni, officials of federal and provincial ministries were also present.

Source: APP