Senate committee summons IG Punjab over Kasur incidents

Senate committee also takes notice of custodial death of alleged ATM thief Salahuddin

Razya Khan September 24, 2019
File photo of Senate.

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Interior has expressed serious concerns on the rape and death of three children in Chunian area of district Kasur and has summoned inspector general of Punjab police on September 27 with a detailed report.

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior held its session on Monday with Senator Rehman Malik in chair.

The committee, while taking strict notice of the custodial death of alleged ATM thief Salahuddin Ayubi observed that the law enforcement personnel were not allowed to murder any suspect no matter how grave the crime was.

The body noted that in addition to bringing a bad name to the police department, the incident had also dented the trust of people in law enforcement agencies.

During a briefing by IG Punjab Police Capt (retd) Arif Nawaz, the committee learned that Salahuddin was handed over to police with the support of bank authorities but was killed during the custody.

“We have registered a case against the responsible SHO and other police officials,” he said. “No one will be allowed to walk free and the culprits behind his death will be given exemplary punishment,” he added.

Rehman Malik told the committee that all IGs and home secretary had been summoned for a meeting to discuss the matter on September 25.

“Inquiry and investigations of such instances should not be done by the police department as it raises questions on the transparency of the case,” he said.

The standing committee strongly condemned the landmine attack at Pak-Afghan border and prayed for the martyred army officers Major Adeel Shahid and Faraz Hussain.

The committee also expressed grief over the tragic bus accident on Babusar Top.

Malik said it was disappointing to see that a few elements in Afghanistan were laying down landmines, while Pakistan was trying to fence the border. He said that the entire nation was proud of the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces of the country.

Briefing the committee on crime rate in the federal capital, IG Islamabad said that incidents of robberies and murders had seen a stark decline during the past nine months, while not a single scandal of Islamabad Police had been reported. He observed that Afghan gangs were responsible for most of the crimes in the federal capital.

“The police conducted 116 search operations with the support of Rangers and intelligence agencies. During the raids, 246 gangs of criminals were busted, while two cases of kidnapping for ransom and 17 cases of murder were reported,” he noted.

“Twenty-one cases pertaining to kidnapping of children were also reported,” he added.

The committee chairman announced that a housing society would be built for officials of Islamabad Police.

Commenting on Modi’s Houston rally, Senator Rehman Malik observed that Indian premier was not ashamed when he stood with US President Donald Trump.

“He should have been embarrassed over the atrocities and curfew in occupied Kashmir during the past 50 days,” he declared.

The senate committee also discussed the reported corruption in National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

Petitioner Moosa Khan presented himself during the session and told the committee that NADRA officials had demanded Rs5 million for issuing his CNIC, while the bribery amount was later raised to Rs10 million.

Senator Malik maintained that a sub-committee would be formed for a detailed investigation.

Special secretary for interior told the committee that FIA was already undergoing an inquiry into the issue.

The committee demanded that FIA's report be presented to the sub-committee, while related officials including those from NADRA and DC Quetta should also be made part of the subcommittee.

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