ISLAMABAD   -   The Senate Standing Committee on Interior Thursday sought an in-camera briefing from the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) over the recent spike in terrorism incidents in the country.

The committee that met under the chair of Senator Mohsin Aziz unanimously passed a resolution to condemn the terrorist attack at Karachi University that claimed lives of four people including three Chinese nationals. The committee will present the resolution to the Chinese Embassy in Islamabad.

The committee showed its concerns that there was re-emergence of terrorism incidents in the country and urged the need to take concrete steps to stop this new wave of terrorism.

Talking on a point of public concern raised by Senator Dost Muhammad Khan, the committee suggested that the compensation for the affectees of landmines in erstwhile FATA, especially in South Waziristan, should be doubled.

The meeting also asked the relevant authorities to clear the South Waziristan area of landmines as Senator Dost said that such incidents were happening there after every week. The chairman committee said that the heirs of those killed in such landmine blasts should be given government jobs.

The committee was informed that as many 25 people were killed and 45 injured in landmine blasts in KP during the last five years. The participants were told that the government gives a compensation of Rs 0.3 million to heirs of deceased and 0.1 million to the injured in such incidents.

The committee passed the Prevention and Rehabilitation of Vagrants Bill seeking to prevent vagrancy and rehabilitation of vagrants in Islamabad Capital Territory. The bill moved by PTI Senator Seemee Ezdi was passed with some amendments.