Senate committee meets PTM leadership

Islamabad:A Special Committee of Senate Tuesday met with the leadership of Pashtoon Tahafuz Movement (PTM) and assured its leadership that the committee would act as a bridge and a thorough consultative process would be adopted to resolve issues.

The Committee is constituted for examining purported grievances amongst some sections of the society and reaching out to engage with them genuinely to create national cohesion.

The Committee met at the Parliament House under the chairmanship of Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif. Addressing the committee, he said that social injustices could be addressed under the provisions of law and constitution.

This special committee of the Senate was created with a purpose so that solution can be found to the problems of the aggrieved sections of the society for promoting national cohesion and integration.

In his opening remarks, Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif said that Senate being House of Federation was representative of the Federating units where not only the problems and grievances of different segments were discussed and debated but also tangible solutions were worked out through consultative process.

He said that this House played a role of bridge among federation , the provinces and the marginalized segments of the society.

The meeting of the committee was held at the Parliament House which was attended by the leader of Pakhtoon Tahufuz Movement (PTM) Manzoor Pashteen , MNA Mohsin Dawar and its other representatives.

Senator Barrister Saif welcomed the PTM leadership at the Parliament House and said that Pashtoons have their own traditions which provide the mechanism for resolution of the disputes through dialogue and Jirga system.

He said, “We all are citizens of this country, however, we may have reservations and complaints with the governments.”

He said that their region had witnessed turmoil and was facing a security situation which affected different areas of the country. He said that every society faced peculiar problems and solution was sought keeping in view the interest and aspiration of the people.

This Committee, he said, would be instrumental for resolving such issues. During the three hour long meeting , the leadership of the PTM and the members of the Committee discussed and deliberated the ongoing issues at length.

The members of the Committee were of the opinion that this session had provided an opportunity to understand the issues and learn from each other.

The committee suggested that PTM leadership might nominate a focal person for effective coordination and to present its demands in black and white so that these might be deliberated by the committee for compiling workable recommendations to seek the solution of the issues.

Barrister Saif said that Upper House of the Parliament was cognizant of the problems and grievances of the marginalized segments of the society. It is in this background that the Chairman Senate Mohammad Sadiq Sanjrani while agreeing with the proposal in the House immediately constituted this special committee.

The members of this Committee in its meeting appreciated the proactive role of Chairman Senate to this effect.

They also appreciated the special invitees of the meeting Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and Senator Mushahidllah Khan for their valuable input during the meeting.

The head of PTM apprized the committee of their demands and grievances.

He said that measures must be taken for resolving the issue of the missing persons, de-minging of the landmines and for constitution of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to restore the confidence of the people of the area.

He reposed his complete confidence in Senate Special Committee and appreciated its suggestions for resolving the issues.

He said that their demands were clear and needed immediate solution.

The members of the Special Committee agreeing with the demands of the PTM called for their prompt solution. They termed it a historic day and the House of Federation would raise effective voice for addressing the grievances, however, there was need to develop a road map for formulating concrete recommendations in this regard.

The Committee reiterated that the process of dialogue would continue. The Committee has representation of all the political parties in the Senate. The meeting was attended by Senators Dr. Jahanzaib Jamaldini, Sitara Ayaz , Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Sajjad Hussain Turi , Hidayatullah, Dilawar Khan, Fida Mohammad, Naseebullah Bazai, Sardar Shafiq Tareen, Sameena Saeed, Khanzada Khan, Mir Kabeer Ahmed Mohammad Shahi, Pir Sabir Shah, Mushahidullah Khan, MNA Mohsin Dawar and PTM leadership.