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ISLAMABAD - In a bid to make investigation fast and reliable, senior police officers across the country would be given authority to get on demand information from the mobile service providers to secure information about mobile phone users when needed.The proposal that will surely help police departments reach out criminals in a short period, was discussed in the meeting of Senate Committee on Human Rights on Monday.The participants of meeting asked the government to streamline the procedure for sharing of information of mobile phone subscribers with law enforcing agencies to nab culprits and criminal engaged in various criminal activities. Noting that the designated police officers of the rank of DIG in Karachi and Quetta were authorized to get on demand information from the mobile service providers, it asked that police officers of equivalent rank in Islamabad and other provinces should also be similarly authorized to secure information about mobile phone users when needed. The Senate Committee on Human Rights today decided to put in place an effective mechanism for the oversight of the implementation of various international Human Rights Covenants.  The reservations entered at the time of signing various international covenants as will now be periodically reviewed to see if some reservations can be dropped. Similarly the mandatory reporting in the wake of signing the covenants will also be overseen to ensure that the obligations in this respect are fully met. The Committee also asked the government to revisit the Rules of Business 1973 so as to make the function of the Human Rights Division commensurate with the ever growing demands of meeting human rights concerns in different parts of the country. The Committee also directed the Human Rights Ministry to give special attention to the issue of missing persons as well as take up most glaring cases of human rights violations in the country for investigation and redressal. These decisions were taken today in the meeting of the Senate Human Rights Committee that was chaired by Senator Afrasiab Khaattak and attended by Senator Syed Mushahid Hussain, Raza Rabbain, Farhatulah Babar and Suraya Amiruddin. The meeting deferred consideration of report of the sub-committee on way and means to address the issue of enforced disappearances in the country as the representatives of Defence and Interior ministries sought some more time to give their views on the report. It will now be taken up on March 15. It may be recalled that the Human Rights Committee had proposed a number of measures to address the missing persons issue in the country including a draft Bill that empowers the intelligence agencies to arrest and detain people suspected of anti state activities but at the same time also makes the agencies accountable and subject them to a measure of Parliamentary oversight. The report and the draft bill had been circulated two months ago to the Human rights Ministry and the ministries of Defence and Interior for their views. While the Human rights ministry submitted its report the ministries of defence and interior have still not submitted their comments. The committee decided to defer the matter and take it up in the next meeting with directions to both the ministries to expedite their comments on the report before march 15. The meeting was briefed by the Secretary of the Human Rights Ministry on the working of the Ministry as well on the status of various international human rights covenants that Pakistan has signed.

 
 
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