Senate Committee rejects ‘The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control in its meeting on Wednesday has rejected ‘The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2017 moved by Senator Sehar Kamran and has referred the same to Council of Islamic Ideology for any future review.In his remarks on the Bill, Chairman Committee Senator A. Rehman Malik said that no law shall be approved contrary to Islamic injunctions.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Abdur Rehman Malik here at the Parliament House and was attended among others by Senators Shahi Syed, Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri, Tahir Hussin Mashhadi, Mohammad Javed Abbasi, Mohammad Ali Khan Saif, Shibli Faraz, Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry and officials from ministry of interior, religious affairs and law division.

The Committee also deferred discussion on “ The Prevention of Witchcraft Bill, 2017”, “The Criminal Laws (Amednment) Bill, 2017” moved by Senator ChaudhryTanvir Khan, and “The Criminal Laws (Amendment) (Protection of Rights of Transgender Persons) Bill, 2017 moved by Senator Rubina Khalid due to absence of movers.

The Committee while discussing progress on petition submitted by Ms. Naziran, daughter of Fateh Mohammad Khoso resident of Madras MuhallahKhandhkotrequesting for recovery of her missing father was told by the Interior Ministry that four agencies have told that the person is not in their custody and response from others is awaited. It was also told that the ministry has written to FC to seek information about whether any FIR was lodged for recovery or not. Senator SanaullahZehri raised the issue of missing persons in Balochistan and asked the Chairman Committee to take up the matter in the committee. Chairman Senate Committee on Interior directed Ministry of Interior to submit a comprehensive report on the issue of missing persons in an in-camera session of the committee.

Senator A. Rehman Malik said that we must refrain from blaming our intelligence agencies and LEAs for the missing of persons in Balochistan and other parts of the country as he as former Interior Minister of the country knows that enemy country agencies are also behind missing of persons in Balochistan in order to defame Pakistan and incite hatred and differences. He said we all know about what was confessed by RAW’s agent KulbushanYadav.

Meanwhile Senator A. Rehman Malik appreciated the services of Justice ® Javed Iqbal as head of the Missing Persons Commission and hoped that he will meet the expectations of people of Pakistan as Chairman NAB also.

The Committee while continuing to put the matter in its purview also decided to refer it to the Missing Persons Commission to further look into it. Minister of State told the meeting that a total of 4329 cases were brought to the commission and out of these 2943 have been resolved and disposed off while around 1300 are under progress. The members of the Committee pointed out that in many cases the cases are disposed off because compensation is paid and the person is not recovered.

The Committee also decided to take report from the federal and provincial governments on the rising incidents of stabbing women in Karachi. In this regard IG Police and Home Secretary Sindh will be called to the next meeting of the committee to brief the committee on stabbing of women in Karachi.

Chairman Senate Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik condemned and took serious notice of the missing of youth from Shia community in Karachi during Muharam. Chairman directed secretary committee to direct the Federal Government and also Sindh Government to brief the committee on the issue of missing of Shia youth in Karachi.

Denouncing statement of US Secretary Defence that the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) was passing through a disputed territory, Senator A. Rehman Malik said that US was speaking the language of Pakistan’s enemy India which is not acceptable. He said that CPEC is continuation of centuries old trade route the Silk Road for the purpose of regional prosperity and development. He said that US rather than opposing CPEC should support and participate in peaceful activities to ensure peace in the region.

Secretary Interior’s absence in the meeting was noticed and it was warned if he doesn’t ensure his presence in next meetings, the committee will proceed with sending a notice.