Parliament body directs Malik to submit written reply

ISLAMABAD - Dissatisfied with the briefing of Interior Minister Rehman Malik on the non-implementation or delay in implementation of its recommendations the National Security Committee of the Parliament (NSCP) directed the Interior Ministry to file written reply on the matter by 10th of this month. Sources aware of deliberations of the committees meeting informed TheNation that Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik could not impress the members of the committee on the non-implementation of the recommendations and it was unanimous view of the members that Interior Ministry should come up with written reply regarding the 44 proposals to be implemented by the ministry. The committee members also asked the Federal Interior Minister to give them a detailed briefing on the fate and ambit of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA). National Security Committee of the Parliament, which met under the chair of Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, had earlier asked the ministries of Interior, Defence and Foreign Affairs to inform the committee why its recommendations regarding the counter-terror strategy were not implemented. Defence Ministry would be responding to the points pertaining to their ministry on Tuesday (today) while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would come up with its reply on Wednesday. Sources further informed that while briefing the members of the committee Interior Minister Rehman Malik informed that they had started implementing the recommendations of the committee including the Parliaments resolution on Balochistan Package. To the query of members, he said that investigations teams were probing into the air crash in Margalla Hills and the reports in this connection would be submitted to the Prime Minister. Talking to media after the meeting Senator Mian Raza Rabbani commenting on the British PMs statement against Pakistan said that the statement was false and uncalled for. British Premier should not have given the statement against Pakistan just to please India. He further said that Pakistan Army was rendering matchless sacrifices in the war against terror and casualties suffered by Pakistan Army were much more than the collective casualties of NATO forces in Afghanistan. He further said that Pakistan was going an extra mile in war against terror and despite facing enormous difficulties Pakistan was not backing out from its obligation toward the international community. Drawing the attention of British Premier towards gross human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir Mian Raza Rabbani said that he should have also talked about it in India and the statement against Pakistan on Indian soil was just to please his Indian friends.

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