-LEAs launched strict action against hostile elements in the valley, says official statement
-The committee appreciates CTD, other Law Enforcement Forces for timely actions
-Presence of outlawed-TTP members’ presence in the Valley ruled out
-Unity on national security issues stressed
By Anzal Amin
ISLAMABAD: Amid reports of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) comeback, the Senate’s Defence Committee on Friday was assured that the writ of the state is paramount and the law and order situation is under control in Swat after law enforcement agencies launched strict action against hostile elements.
The committee, which met under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, received a comprehensive briefing on the security situation in Swat in the backdrop of reported activities of the TTP, a Senate Secretariat news release said.
It was told that some violent incidents were reported in the area but the culprits behind them were traced and caught. The committee members appreciated the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and other law enforcement forces – including police, levies and paramilitary forces – who had played a heroic role to protect and promote peace as well as the lives of the people of Malakand.
They, however, had the consensus that there should not be any appeasement and no compromise on upholding the rule of law, and all those committing crimes against the people and the state must be caught, tried in court and given due punishment as per the law. A motion moved by Senator Dost Mohammad Khan was also discussed and disposed off by the committee. At the outset of the meeting, Senator Mushahid welcomed the new Secretary Defence Lieutenant General (retd) Hamooduz Zaman and appreciated his services as head of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) which was primarily responsible for containing the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the defence committee represented all the political parties, both the government and the opposition, and all the provinces, and had always worked as a bridge between the armed forces and the parliament.
“On national security issues, the committee speaks above party lines in a unified manner. The Senate’s Defence Committee will continue to play its role with unity, vigour and determination on the issues of national security,” he added.
The committee also received a briefing from the Director General of Federal Government Educational Institutions (FDEI) on the functioning of the department which had 386 schools in over 66 cities in all the provinces.
The committee appreciated that the FDEI playing a positive role to promote national integration through education, and noted that its meagre budget needs should be raised and it should also be treated at par with the Federal Directorate of Education.
The Senate body also supported the proposal of establishment of the National University of Pakistan and an Institute of Inclusive Education.