Senators concerned over boundary wall demolition of colleague’s house in Rawalpindi

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Zubair Qureshi

Senate Standing Committee on Interior in its meeting Thursday discussed in detail the recent incident of demolition of the boundary wall of the house of Senator Ch Tanvir Khan in Rawalpindi.
The committee expressed concerns over the incident and demanded a thorough probe into the incident and a comprehensive report by the district administration and enforcement agencies.
Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi had raised the matter in the House on January 6, 2020 and the Chairman Senate had referred the matter to the Senate Standing Committee on Interior.
While discussing the matter, chairman of the committee Senator Rehman Malik said as soon as the matter was brought to his notice, he sent a questionnaire containing 12 questions from the relevant departments and he was not satisfied by their reply.
He said the matter was of high importance where the wall of the house of a senator was demolished however he would ensure justice to all.
The meeting that was attended by Senator Talha Mehmood, Senator Kulsoom Parveen, Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizenjo, Senator Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen and Senator Shahzad Waseem Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati strongly condemned the ongoing longest curfew in Kashmir by Indian forces and the terrorist attack in a mosque in Quetta.
Around 14 persons – including deputy superintendent of police Haji Amanullah were martyred in the incident while 21 others sustained injuries.
The Committee paid a rich tribute to martyred DSP Amanullah and prayed for those who lost their lives in the unfortunate blast in a mosque.
Earlier, at the outset, Senator Rehman Malik strongly condemned the ongoing Indian forces brutalities in Indian Occupied Kashmir and the 164 days longest curfew in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.
He said the committee would continue to condemn the curfew by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir and will express solidarity with people of Kashmir who are struggling for their legitimate right of self-determination under UNSC resolutions.
Committee expressed deep sorrow over the deaths of more than 100 and damages of property caused by land sliding due to severe snowfall and heavy rain across the country.
Later, the committee also deliberated on and debated the Mutual Legal Assistance (Criminal Matters) Bill, 2020 introduced by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs on behalf of Mr. Ijaz Ahmad Shah, Minister for Interior.
Rehman Malik said he had thoroughly gone through the bill and observed that a comprehensive report should be provided by the Ministry of Law & Justice.