ISLAMABAD - Senate Standing Committee on Interior Wednesday decided to write to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Chairman Senate Nayyer Hussain Bokhari regarding Secretary Interior Khawaja Siddique-e-Akbar for his removal considering him ineligible for the post of federal secretary. 

The observation came from the Chairman Committee Senator Talha Mahmood during the meeting of the Senate panel that was held at the Parliament House.

The chairman committee directed for writing a letter to the Prime Minister and Chairman Senate that Secretary Interior was ineligible to work for the post when Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Najeebullah Khan failed to persuade the committee over his absence in the meeting. Additional secretary informed the committee that Secretary Interior was busy in some kind of talks with a foreign delegation at the ministry. However, Senator Talha Mahmood viewed it was a lame excuse and secretary should come in the meeting.

Additional secretary again and again stressed that he was representing the secretary interior and this was not an issue. At last, chairman committee had to remark that the officer of the ministry was trying to aggravate the situation. “We have changed the dates of the committee meetings one after the other on the request of the ministry and now neither interior minister nor secretary interior are ready to attend it,” chairman committee remarked. Senator Fateh Mohammad Hussni, a member of the committee said the chair should summon in-house meetings rather inviting the ministry if its bosses gave no importance to it.

However, the committee accepted the stance of the Additional Secretary Najeebullah Khan that Interior Minister Rehman Malik had to appear before the Supreme Court so he was unable to attend the committee meeting. “If the ministry will take up the matters non-seriously, then the committee will deal it aggressively,” said the chair.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Bani Amin while giving a briefing to the committee informed that total 52 cases of kidnapping including kidnapping for ransom took place in the federal capital during 2012 followed by 66 in 2011 and 72 in 2010.  Thus 190 cases of kidnappings took place during the last three years.

He further said that ICT police arrested 32 accused in kidnapping cases during 2012, 84 in 2011 and 105 in 2010 and thus total 221 accused were arrested during the last three years.

IGP told the participants total 430 processions including political, religious, of lawyers as well as of trade unions were held during 2012 in the capita; while this number was 2852 in 2009, 835 in 2010 and 652 in 2011 respectively.

IGP said that about 40,000 to 45000 protestors gathered in the capital on the Youm-e-Ishq-e-Rasool and the other day to protest against the anti-Islam movie, however the capital police successfully diverted the protestors from entering into the diplomatic enclave. He said that not a single casualty was reported, neither police nor public during these protests.

IGP informed that out of the total ICT police strength, 26 percent was deputed for law and order duties and others were deputed for VIPs duties, in the special branch, logistics division and traffic. “The total strength of ICT police is 9733,” he added. He also said that federal government had issued no objection certificate of 645 posts of ICT police and these vacancies would be advertised soon.

The committee directed the IGP to make it mandatory for ICT police to prove and show their identity to any citizen before interrogating or arresting him by road side.