ISLAMABAD - A fact-finding commission constituted by the Supreme Court has summoned secretaries irrigation departments of all the provinces, chairmen flood commission and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) regarding breaches in embankments of barrages and canals. The commission also ordered Director General Survey of Pakistan to provide the satellite images of last year floods, in which millions of people were displaced, in the next meeting that would be held on January 22. The first meeting of the commission was held at the Supreme Court building here on Saturday in which the members elected Azam Khan, a member from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as chairman of the commission. The other members of the Commission included Fateh Khan Khajjak from Balochistan, AW Kazi (Sindh), and Khawaja Zaheer Ahmad from Punjab. The Secretary Cabinet along with chief secretaries of the all the provinces, and Additional Registrar, Supreme Court of Pakistan Sajid Mehmood Qazi, who has been appointed as facilitator for the Commission, also attended the meeting. The meeting was held to develop the strategy and modus operandi to prepare the assigned report regarding the incidents of breaches in embankments of barrages and canals allegedly by influential persons in devastating floods last year within the stipulated period of two months. In the light of the Supreme Courts direction the commission could call any persons for assistance. The apex court had taken suo moto notice of the breaches on the letters of Deputy Chairman of Senate Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali and Fakhruddin G Ibrahim, senior advocate Supreme Court, while PML-Q MNA Marvi Memon and Zahida Thebo Mehar filed petitions in this regard. During the proceedings of this case many constitutional and legal questions were raised that were needed to be answered by a fact-finding commission, therefore, the Commission has been mandated to look into the matter. It will observe whether or not embankment breaches were made during the period of high floods in Indus River and subject to any procedure to be followed by the authorities at the relevant time, if so, what is the manner of exercising of such powers and by whom and under what circumstances? Whether or not in the floods in River Indus in the months of July and August, 2010 procedure for embankment breaches was followed judiciously? Whether before ordering embankment breaches at different places, particularly at Aliwan and Tori Bund, no procedure was followed, if so, who is responsible for the same? Whether before embankment breaches at different places, precautionary measures were adopted, particularly in view of warnings issued from time to time by the Metrological Department of Pakistan? Whether the beneficiaries, if any, responsible for embankment breaches to save their properties/crops etc, are also responsible for the losses sustained by the affectees? What is the approximate volume of losses sustained by the affectees and government during the floods? Whether relief was extended to the flood affectees on war footings or not? Jacobabad Airport was available for flood relief operations, if so then why the relief goods were not sent to the affectees on urgent basis? What is the pace of rehabilitation in the flood-devastated areas? Whether flood affectees are entitled for damages and compensation from the government or the persons who were benefited from the embankment breaches? Whether administrations of the provincial governments in private and official capacity are responsible for failing to manage affairs of flood affectees justly or properly, if so, what action is suggested against them? Whether embankment of River Indus was being maintained annually, if not so, who is responsible for the same? Who was responsible for breaches that took place at Tori Bund and Aliwan Bund?