Thursday, April 8, 2010

Senate Body condemns killing of 3 Baloch youth by Afghan border security forces

ISLAMABAD: Senate standing committee on Interior has condemned the incident of killing of three youth from district Zob of Balochistan by the Afghan border security forces and directed the Foreign Office to take up this matter with the Afghan government, besides seeking report from the Afghani Ambassador in this regard immediately. Senate Standing Committee met here on Wednesday under the chair of its chairman, Senator Talha Mehmood. The committee reviewed the matter related to killings of three youths from district Zob by Afghan security borders personnel. The Interior secretary Qamar Zaman told the committee that “we have sent the report to the foreign office, which is based on the information provided by the local security agencies. These three youths were lifted by 3 uniformed personnel of the Afghan border security forces on December, 31, 2009 and were tortured and killed by them inside the Afghan territory. The Senate body decides to take up the issue at the highest level and seeks compensation from the Pakistan and Afghan govts for the families of these children. The IG Frontier Constabulary Balochistan gave briefing to the committee about how three Pakistani children were allegedly taken to Afghanistan and were killed by the Afghan forces. The committee was informed by the Interior Secretary that they are waiting for the DNA test reports of a child left outside the house of Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s mother. The committee also expressed its concerns over the harassment of cricketer Shoaib Malik in India and stated that such behavior can hamper the relationship between Pakistan and India. State Interior Minister, Tasleem Aslam informed the committee that no body including big hotels in Islamabad would be allowed to encroach green belt and public roads on the grounds of the security concerns.—Agencies

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