SSCoI directs resolving of oil crisis with FIA

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – January 5, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The senate standing committee on interior (SSCoI) in its meeting, Monday, directed the interior ministry to coordinate with federal investigation agency (FIA) along-with all stakeholders for their comments on multiple illegal acts in the oil sector to point out reasons for failure of authorities to protect interest of the State and present a detailed report to the committee for discussion in next meeting.

According to a press release, senator Abdul Rehman Malik, hailing from Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPP-P), chaired the session of SSCoI at the parliament house in federal capital.

SSCoI appreciated the FIA for its inquiry into the oil crisis.

SSCoI chairman Malik said he had taken suo-moto notice on corruption of billions of rupees by the oil marketing companies (OMCs) which was unearthed by the FIA through its inquiry commission on the oil crisis.

He added the committee will examine it thoroughly for further legal action, the SSCoI will look into reasons and factors which attributed to this level of corruption and there is a need to look into illegal acts done by the OMCs with the connivance of customs and other government authorities which miserably failed to check hoarding and artificial shortage of oil causing thereby huge loss to national exchequer worth Rs.250 billion just in February-April 2020.

SSCoI chairman Malik welcomed interior minister (IM) Sheikh Rasheed in the meeting and congratulated him on assuming the role of the IM.

IM Rasheed thanked SSCoI chairman Malik and said that he seeks his guidance for being an expert in interior affairs, SSCoI assured him of full support on national issues.

SSCoI chairman Malik grieved, our hearts and souls are with the victim families of Hazara community whose loved ones were slaughtered mercilessly and we share their pain and sorrow.

He termed it as a highly barbaric act of terrorism wherein the poor miners were abducted and slaughtered mercilessly.

SSCoI chairman Malik expressed, he was deeply saddened by the martyrdom of innocent people.

He said, behind terrorist activities in Balochistan, the involvement of our inimical countries cannot be ignored as such acts of terrorism are aimed at inciting sectarian clashes in the country to destabilise Pakistan.

SSCoI chairman Malik said, the Shia Hazara community of Balochistan is being targeted continuously for long and it is time to bring an end to their persecution by taking fierce action against terrorists.

He demanded the incumbent to investigate the barbaric act of terrorism and unearth the conspirators involved.

SSCoI chairman Malik appealed to both Shia and Sunnis not to fall into the traps of the enemy and stay united as the enemy is trying to divide us by such activities.

SSCoI passed a resolution seeking the incumbent to take up the issue of Indian chronicles duly revealed by EU DisinfoLab with Interpol.

The resolution was moved by SSCoI chairman Malik and was appreciated by all among others, he read the resolution as “The committee strongly condemns the establishment of fake media houses/non government organisations (NGOs) by India to spread incorrect, fake and baseless propaganda against Pakistan.

“And using this disinformation worldwide which also is being used in the financial action task force (FATF) to blacklist Pakistan.

“The Indian moves and plans have been disclosed by EU DisinfoLab, an independent watchdog monitoring the international fake news worldwide.

“The committee feels that this act of India is a glaring violation of the sovereignty of Pakistan through hybrid, proxy war, international cyber crimes, and violation of united nations (UN) charter for using the soil of several countries including the European Union (EU) against Pakistan.

“The committee demands the interior ministry and national central bureau to immediately move the matter with evidence to Interpol for necessary legal action against India and report be submitted to the committee in three weeks.”

SSCoI in its meeting considered and discussed in detail various legislative bills that included ‘The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Ordinance No. VI) introduced by senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 [Section 376, Act XLV of 1860]” introduced by senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, “The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2020” introduced by senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, “The Islamabad Capital Territory Trust (Amendment) Bill, 2020” introduced by senator Mushtaq Ahmed, “The Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2020” introduced by senator Mushtaq Ahmed, “The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 [Section 297A, Act XLV of 1860]” introduced by senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi and “The Fatal Accidents (Amendment) Bill, 2020” introduced by senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi.

The bills moved by senator Mushtaq Ahmed were deferred due to his absence.

Four bills introduced by senator Javed Abbasi one about suggesting stringent punishment for rapists were discussed in detail and were forwarded to the law and justice ministry for comments and referred to the next meeting.

Senator Javed Abbasi said the proposed bill suggests stricter punishments and speedy justice in rape crimes.

He briefed the committee on the objectives of the bill and said for rapists the life imprisonment should be imprisonment till death.

SSCoI chairman Malik said, the efforts of senator Javed Abbasi regarding this bill are commendable but it also needs to be seen if anyone misuses this law then one should be given the same punishment.

Senator Shehzad Waseem, while presenting his views on the legislation on rape cases, said such incidents will continue to happen till strictest punishments are introduced.

He called for the use of state-of-the-art technology for investigation and police training as well as modernisation of evidence gathering process.

The SSCoI meeting was attended among others by senators Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Shahzad Wasim, Mian M. Ateeq Shaikh, Rana Maqbool, and Sardar Shafique Tareen.

The meeting was also attended by IM Rasheed, interior special secretary, interior additional secretary, Islamabad and motorway police deputy inspector general (DIG) and senior departmental officials.