HR committee for setting SOPs for VIP movement in emergency situation

Islamabad—Senate functional committee on Human Rights asks for setting SOPs for VIP movement which hinders rescue and fist aid activities in emergency situation like Quetta carnage on August 8 which claimed around 77 lives and more than 100 injured. The committee decided to write a letter to chairman Senate, Senator Raza Rabbani, for raising the issue in Senate committee of the whole to set Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
The committee also expressed serious concerns on absence of Sindh Rangers representation in the meeting. The chairperson stated that the excuse of rangers regarding the law and order situation in the Sindh is not acceptable.
Senator Farhat Ullah Baber commenting on the letter of Director General Rangers mentioning that they could not attend the meeting due to law and order situation of the provincial capital, and rescheduling the agenda till November, said that if they endorse this reason, no one will attend the parliamentary committee meeting.
The committee also directed that the South Asian Human Rights Commission report which lauded the rangers performance in Karachi operation, should be checked under cyber crime law as the body did not physically exist and only a website base identity is available with fake members.
Earlier, discussing the matter of difficulties faced by the people in hospital after the suicide blast the senate body was informed that if first aid was provided to blast victims in time, the death toll could be reduced.
Quoting the example of death of Senator Jahanzeb Jamaldini’s son, the body was informed that he sustained injuries in foot but he got medical assistance after five hours and lost his life due to excessive blood loss.
Earlier, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Crime Branch Balochistan presenting a detailed briefing on the incident, informed that on duty Superintendent of Police who himself sustained serious injuries in the incident and discharged form hospital few days back, informed that police asked the lawyers to gather at any compound areas to ensure their security but no one followed their instructions.
The DIG informed that the picture of the suicide bomber was shared with NADRA but due to low picture quality NADRA system has not found any record of it yet.
Besides that he informed that their investigation is underway with the help of CCTV cameras footage from crime scene, verification of damaged mobile phones found from the spot, recovered ball bearings and other evidences.
The committee also took serious notice of non-availability of Forensic Science Laboratory in Balochistan and directed to write a letter for provision of the said facility in the province.
Earlier, the DIG informed the committee that from June 2014 to June 2016, 1040 persons were killed by armed weapons, 859 first information reports lodged and 766 accused were arrested in the area lying under police jurisdiction.
The committee also directed to write a letter to home department Balochistan for giving detailed briefing of death in the whole province rather it lies under police or Frontier Core jurisdiction so that they might be able to get complete picture. He informed that during this time span 52 mutilated bodies were found in the area and on the query of their DNA record, the officer informed that they did not have DNA facility in the province and they send the samples to Punjab for verification.—APP

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