ISLAMABAD - Ministry of Interior Tuesday informed the Senate Standing Committee on Interior that the federal government had increased the rate of compensation for martyrs of police and paramilitary forces from Rs one million to Rs three million and the decision was being implemented across the country.

Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Imtiaz Tajwar told the Senate panel that the Prime Minister had revised this compensation. He further said that the PM had taken the decision on a summary moved by the ministry and now the compensation money had been brought at par in all the provinces.

Earlier, there were discrepancies in this rate of compensation of martyrs as difference provinces were giving different compensation money to the legal heirs of martyrs of police and paramilitary forces.

Earlier, the Senate committee had recommended to the Ministry of Interior that the heirs of martyrs in Frontier Constabulary (FC) should get the same amount, which was being paid to the martyred personnel of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police along with other facilities. The Ministry of Interior should move a summary to the Ministry of Finance, the committee also said.

During the committee meeting, the Gilgit Baltistan government did not endorse the viewpoint of the committee that there should be a check post of Gilgit Baltistan Scouts at the Kunjerab Pass - the border area of the Pakistan and China.

Secretary Excise and Taxation GB Akhtar Rizwan representing the chief secretary GB said that the area has been declared as the Khunjerab National Park that was being protected by the Khunjerab Security Force, the force was raised 27 years ago. “In the presence of GB Police and this force, the GB government does not endorse the deployment of paramilitary force there,” he said. He said that it was a protected area and the armed movement could not be allowed there, as this would affect the wildlife.

Chairman of the committee Talha Mahmood said that it was the observation of the committee as this place was vulnerable for any terrorism activity and open for terrorists.

Senator Rehman Malik, a former interior minister, posed a questioned before the committee that what were the losses of the government in terms of economy; administration and human loss due to the sit-ins of the two protesting parties. He said that the government should give report to the committee in this connection. He also said that the committee should also be informed about the recent incidents of human smuggling from Islamabad airport that had damaged the reputation of the country.

Commandant Frontier Constabulary (FC) Abdul Majeed Marwat informed the committee that 4000 posts in FC were lying vacant and the force was facing shortage of strength. Additional secretary informed the committee that there was a ban on the recruitments that had been lifted recently and the criteria was being developed to fill these posts. The Commandant FC said that the force was facing shortage of weapons, arms and other daily usable things, as the federal government was not providing the funds to it as required. He said that the federal government wanted recruitments through National Testing Service (NTS) and this would take time.

Commandant FC told the meeting that the force had demanded Rs 4 million for the purchase of weapons and the federal government only sanctioned Rs one million. He said that a special sanction of funds was required from the federal government for the purchase of weapons and other necessary items for the use of force. “The infrastructure of FC was in bad conditions due to the war on terrorism,” he informed.

Senator Rehman Malik questioned whether NTS was a private organization or working under a constitutional frame works and what would be the remedy if some irregularities would unearth in the recruitment system of NTS. The government representative could not answer properly the queries of the Mr Malik.

DG Scouts Brigadier Farooq Azam also gave briefing to the committee about the different issued faced by GB Scouts in the area and the chair formed a four-member committee to sort out these matters.