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Senate Committee rejects Rangers explanation for absence, directs DG Rangers to appear

Decisions about bodies found dumped in Balochistan and financial autonomy of NCHR taken

Special meeting to be held in Karachi on human rights violations

Islamabad August 31, 2016: The Senate Human Rights Committee today rejected the explanation of the Rangers for absence for the second time in a row from appearing before it on the ground ‘due to prevailing law and order situation of the Metropolitan city” directing the Rangers to appear before it as the Committee was informed that a privilege motion had already been moved against the law enforcing agency for misleading the parliament by quoting the report of a non existing fictional international human rights body.

The human rights committee meeting today under the chairpersonship of Senator Nasreen jalil and attended by Senators Mohsin Leghari, Nisar Muhammad Khan Mufti Abdul Sattar, Sitara Ayaz and Farhatullah Babar also took a number of decisions. The decisions taken pertained to killing and dumping of bodies in Balochistan, the DNA testing of dumped bodies, adoption of draft legislation to rein in state agencies, the authenticity of the so called South Asia Human Rights Commission whose report the Rangers had relied upon. It also decided to hold an exclusive meeting in Karachi on the human rights violations in the provincial metropolis.

The debate was triggered when the Committee was informed that during the last two years 52 bodies were found dumped in A areas of Balochistan but no investigations had been made as no one had come forward to lodge a report with the police.

The fact that more than 50 people were killed and their mutilated bodies dumped in the province during the last two years together with the stark admission that no one lodged report with the police is stinging indictment of the state institutions, a vote of no confidence in the state machinery and system of justice which must ring alarm bells in the corridors of powers that be,  said PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar warning against the consequences of state apathy towards the plight of the people of Balochistan.

He said the report about dumping of mutilated bodies was highly alarming as the figures pertained only to A areas where police is deployed. God alone knows how many bodies of unfortunate victims were found dumped in the B areas of Balochistan he said and called for a complete report on the ‘kill and dump’ in all areas of the province year wise at the next meeting of the committee.

Farhatullah Babar asked if the figures of those killed in the province up to June 2016 also included Mullah Akhtar Mansoor who was taken out in a drone strike in May. At first the Balochistan police representative stated that Mullah Mansoor was killed in B area but later stated that since today’s agenda was confined only to those “killed by bullets” Mullah Mansoor was not included because he was not killed by a bullet but by drone.

To a question whether DNA tests of the dumped bodies were carried out the committee was informed that since no complainant came forward there could be no DNA matching also and no DNA tests had been carried out. When asked whether it was not mandatory to carry out DNA tests regardless of whether matching was done or not the committee was informed that state of the art DNA test facilities were not available in the province. However, the DIG police admitted that DNA tests can be carried out in Punjab and Karachi but had not been carried out.

Farhatullah Babar said that there could be only two explanations for the failure of the police; either it had been stopped by elements more powerful than the SC, the law and the parliament or it was sheer incompetence. “I do not believe that the police anywhere can be so incompetent”.

On the advice of the Chairman National Commission of Human Rights Justice Chowhan the Committee decided to call for copies of the FIRs lodged by the state in the case of those whose bodies were found dumped. It also called for a report on whether there was a nexus between the persons reported missing and the dumped bodies in the province. “If the parliament knows these things much good will come out to find a way forward”.

The Committee also noted that the queries addressed by the NCHR to state agencies had not been replied and called upon all state agencies to give replies to the queries as it was mandatory under the law regulating the NCHR. It asked the NCHR to keep the committee informed about the progress in this regard.

Senator Farhatullah Babar’s proposal to amend the NCHR law to ensure its financial autonomy was also endorsed by the Committee. It decided that in case the Ministry failed to address the issue of financial autonomy of the Commission the Committee will move a Bill to amend the law.

The Committee was unanimous to expressing grave concern over the continued absence of Rangers from the proceedings and demanded their presence at the next meeting. There is no justification whatsoever for the Rangers absence said Mohsin Leghari saying that it only brought bad name to the institution.

About the South Asia Human Rights Commission senator Farhatullah Babar said that Mr. Rahimullah Yousufzai whose name had been given on its web site as Afghanistan correspondent had categorically denied any links with the organization.

All e-mails sent to the Sindh correspondent Mr. Hilal Usmani bounced back undelivered.

A prominent journalist from Kathmandu, who the website claimed as their Nepal correspondent denied knowing anything about the organization, he said.

The Indian correspondent when contacted said that the organization had contacted her in 2010 for association. She was asked to write about India’s role in Kashmir which she refused after which they stopped responding to her emails. She’s now worried that their website claims she’s their correspondent but says there is no way that she can get her name removed.

Repeated calls made to their head office, a Swedish number, just cannot be reached, he said,

“Human Rights Commission South Asia” seems to be a bogus organization created primarily by vested interests for propaganda purposes, he said.

The submission of report of a bogus organization to defend the human rights record of a law enforcing agency had only undermined its own credibility, he said and called for action against those responsible.


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Advisor to CM Sindh for Labour and Human Resources Senator Saeed Ghani pays a surprise visit of different offices and dispensaries of SITE area Karachi

Karachi 30 Aug 2016: Advisor to CM Sindh for Labour and Human Resources Senator Saeed Ghani paid a surprise visit of different offices and dispensaries of SITE area Karachi on Tuesday Morning and suspended five absent officers and directed for issuance of Explanation/Warning letters to other absent staff members.  He expressed his extreme anguish over the absenteeism, unhygienic and pathetic conditions of cleanliness in dispensaries, non-availability of medicines, water and electricity facilities. He talked to the Commissioner SESSI Mr. Muhammad Farooque Leghari on the spot and directed him for immediate suspension of  Medical Adviso SESSI Dr. Mumtaz Ali Shaikh, Chief Medical Officer Umme-Kalsoom, Dr Faisal Rajput, Dr Syeda Farheen LMO Madina dispensary and Dr Rehmat LMO/CMO office SITE office. During the surprise visit at around 8:15am only watch man and sweeper were present and all other officers, doctors, paramedical staff and other employees were absent from their respective offices.

Provincial Advisor said that clear directions were issued to all the employees of the department specially doctors and paramedical staff for observing punctuality in the office and medical units but it seems that these instructions had fallen on deaf ears adding that such negligent attitude and absenteeism would not be tolerated at any cost and negligent officers and staff will be dealt strictly.

He said that PPP leadership has given clear guidelines for improving the performance of government departments and ensuring good governance for which the role of bureaucracy is crucial, Chief Minister Sindh and Sindh cabinet members were working hard to achieve the task of ensuring good governance.  He added that achieving the target of good governance role of government officers and employees is that of backbone. “It is mandatory for officers to say good bye to their old days habits of late arrival in offices and ensure punctuality in offices otherwise get ready for severe departmental action” he warned.  Advisor Labour and HR further said that various reforms have been initiated in the department for the welfare of workers and common man under the directives of Chief Minister Sindh, and there would be no compromise on these initiatives, all resources would be mobilized to improve the performance of labour department in larger public interest, he said.


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Bilawal Bhutto felicitates newly-sworn in Mayors, Chairmen

KARACHI, August 30: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has felicitated the elected Mayors and Chairmen who took oath of their offices across the Sindh province on Tuesday.

“Today begins a new era in the history of local governance. Those taking over the rein of local governments as elected representatives have chosen great responsibilities to serve citizens of their respective areas. From cleanliness to provision of civic amenities at the door-steps of people, your performance should be more visible than in verbal form,” the PPP Chairman stated in his congratulation message to more two hundred Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the local bodies who were sworn in simultaneously all over the province at public ceremonies.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Sindh province has achieved a local government system through Party-based elections for the first time in decades. Besides the civic amenities, the new local bodies shall also act as nurseries of grass-root democracy to strengthen the democratic order with full public participation, he added.

He eulogized the committed hard-work and untiring efforts of former Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and MNA Faryal Talpur President PPP Women Wing in the local government elections where PPP swept all over the province winning the Chairmanships of all the District Councils in the province and massive victories in other committees.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said he was happy to see that 18 candidates from the minority communities have also been elected as Chairmen and Vice Chairmen on PPP tickets which adds another feather in the cap of local governments and democracy.
PPP Chairman asked the newly-elected local bodies heads to serve the people with dedication and devotion to create an image of local governance which is replicated and followed by their counterparts in other provinces.


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PPP MPAs slam Fed Govt over leaving Consumers on KE’s mercy; demands CJ for Suo Moto

Karachi. 29.8.2016: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPAs Sajid Jokhio, Javed Nagori and Shaheena Shair Ali have slammed federal government over ignoring Karachi Electric for its atrocities on the consumers of electricity in Karachi, minting money from the consumers through highly inflated and bogus monthly electric bills and failure in upgrading distribution due to which citizens are a constant victim of electrocution. More sadly, neither the federal government nor any other national institution is listening to the complaints from the consumers against K-Electric.

they said during light rain a day earlier, at least 6 citizens had died due to electrocution in Karachi for which the federal government is equally responsible because of patronising the K-electric for its all unlawful acts from extorting money from the consumers through bogus billing, and investing no money for the up-gradation of distribution system. Even the K-Electric had removed all copper lining and replaced aluminum lining, which easily breaks into pieces.

They lamented on the role of the federal government for failing to catch the K-Electric for compensation to the aggrieved families.

They demanded of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take Suo Moto notice on K-Electric for minting money from consumers, causing degradation of distribution system and for its sole responsibility of deaths of citizens due to electrocution.


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Bilawal Bhutto condoles death of MNA Shahida Rahmani’s Father-in-LawBilawal Bhutto condoles with MNA Shahida Rahmani over her father-in-law’s death

KARACHI, August 26: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed grief over the sad demise of Father-in-Law of Party MNA Ms. Shahida Rahmani.

In a condolence message, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari condoled with the members of bereaved family and prayed to Almighty Allah to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and courage and fortitude to his grieved family members.


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REFORM IN WOMEN POLICE IS INEVITABLE: MPA IRUM KHALID SPECIAL ASSTT TO CM FOR WOMEN DEVELOPMENT

 

 

IK WP1Special Assistant to CM Sindh for Women Development Department Ms. Irum Khalid visited the Women Police Station District South Karachi and went around different sections of Police Station and met with staff.

SP City Shehla Qureshi briefed Special Assistant regarding the working, performance, functions, issues and problems of women police stations in Karachi.

She informed that Sindh Women Police is facing huge shortage of staff and other basic facilities including transport, office buildings and allowances.

Ms Irum Khalid said that she was  very disappointed to see the pathetic condition of this Police Station Building and shortage of facilities. This system must have to be reformed decades ago but unfortunately no one paid attention towards it. She assured that she will take up this matter with Chief Minister Sindh and added that it will be resolved soon.

“Women police officers and constables should be posted in every police station of Sindh. Only 5 women police stations for Karachi are not enough,” she added.

She also said that Sindh Women Development Department is always ready to work in collaboration with Sindh Police. We have women complaint cell and media center which can be helpful to solve the problems of women in Sindh.

On this occasion SHO Women Police Station District South Hajira Usman, Investigation Officer Shagufta Majeed and others were present.


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CM approves Rs10bn for installation of 10000 CCTV cameras in city

KARACHI (August 25): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he has approved a Rs10 billion project to install 10000 surveillance cameras in the city. This is the way to keep an eye on the city.

This he said that while addressing  a gathering on breakfast organised by a media house at a local hotel this morning.

He said that he has approved a Rs10 billion plan under which 10000 close circuit cameras would be installed in the city within three years. He added that apart from it the cameras already installed in different parts of the city would also be made functional.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said that the police keeping in view the track record of the criminal activities have identified over 2000 spots/ areas these 10000 cameras would be installed. These  cameras would be connected with the command and control centre. “The activities would not only be monitored in the command & control center but necessary directives would be issued from there,” he said.

The chief minister replying to another question said that there was lack of planning in making development schemes and projects. “But, we are trying to enhance the capacity of our planners but the civil society has also to come over to guide and assistant the government,” he said.

Replying to another question, he said that he had taken disciplinary actions against some  senior officers under the allegations of lethargy and inefficiency but just to keep the morale of the other officers high “we are not publicizing the actions,” he said added the he had initiated the  accountability process of the government officers. “I have  my own strategy that is to bring everyone [officer] to work but in time, this would help to solve most of the problems which develop due non availability of government officers/officials in their office.

Talking about police order 2001, the chief minister said that it had lot of flaws and it had turned Sindh into police state that’s why it was replaced with old law. “Yes, I agree with you [audience] that police reforms were badly need for public security, protection and top of it we need public-friendly police,” he said.

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