ISLAMABAD - The Senate Standing Committee on Interior Monday directed the ministry of interior to submit a detailed report about the abduction of two Czech Republic women in the border area of Balochistan two years ago.

The kidnappers have also released the video of the two women, demanding release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the neuroscientists of Pakistani origin convicted in US on charges of assault and attempt to murder.

The committee directed director general (DG) national crisis management cell (NCMC) of the ministry of interior to submit a report within ten days to the committee about the investigations of the abduction of the women and about their whereabouts. He was also directed to have a meeting with the, secretary ministry of state and frontier regions (SAFRON) and chief secretary Balochistan in this regard.

Deputy Commissioner Chaghi Balochistan while briefing the committee about the abduction of two foreign women said that both were reported in Afghanistan but they had no slid evidence about their presence. “The investigations of the JITs conducted so far indicate that both were reportedly in Afghanistan as they were abducted along the border area,” he told the committee.

DC told the committee on March 13, 2013 two Czech Republic female tourists Hana Humplova and Antonie Chrastecka entered Pakistan through FIA gate Taftan From Iran. The FIA authorities handed over them to Levies administration Taftan. The ladies were taken to bus stand escorted by the security guard and from Taftan they reached at Alam Rek Railway cross towards Nokkundi city from where they were abducted.

A land cruiser pick-up looks resembling FC land cruiser pick up was already parked along the roadside meanwhile some armed men stopped the vehicle and abducted the women along with the Levies Sepoy Nouroz. The kidnappers later freed the Levies official. According to the report submitted to the committee, the land cruiser was driven towards Taftan and after some distance turned towards Afghanistan. The FC men chased the kidnappers but to no avail. Later, the video message of both women was uploaded on social media.

The committee also approved Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2007 introduced by Senators Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi and Syed Zafar Aal Shah with some amendments.

The committee decided to review the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2013 in consultation with the officials of water and power development authority (WAPDA), federal investigation agency (FIA) and ministry of law and justice during the next meeting.

The bill increases in penalties and imprisonment on power theft to control the growing electricity pilferage. Secretary Ministry of Water and power Muhammad Younus Dagha briefing the committee said that low penalties was one of the main reasons behind increasing trend of electricity theft in the country.

He said that country lost over Rs 90 billion every year due to power theft. “So far 23000 FIRs have been registered against those involved in power theft but only three accused have been convicted”, he added. He admitted that officials of distribution companies were also involved in power theft. He said that the government was unable to recover 80 per cent electricity dues in Balochistan province due to theft.

The proposed Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013 has made power theft as non-bail able offence and enhanced the penalties and imprisonment. The bill proposes rigorous imprisonment up to three years and fine up to ten million rupees for the offences of abstraction or tampering with transmission system The offences against interference, improper use or tampering with electric meters by domestic consumers will entail punishment of up to two years or fine which may extend to one million rupees or both.

 he interference, improper use or tampering etc. with electric meter by industrial or commercial or agricultural consumers will be punishable with imprisonment up to three years or fine up to six million rupees or both. Offences of damaging or destroying the transmission lines, distribution lines or electric meters have been specified in the bill with punishment of up to seven years imprisonment and fine, which shall not be less than three million rupees.