NA HR panel holds in-camera session on Parachinar today
By: Mumtaz Alvi
ISLAMABAD: Senior civilian and military leadership will brief the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights here on Monday (today) in an in-camera session on why efforts had failed so far to lift the militants’ nearly five-year- long siege of Parachinar in Lower Kurram.
Insiders have told The News it was quite likely the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Masood Kausar, corps commander Peshawar and area commander of Inter-Services Intelligence, among others, will give a presentation to the panel members on the burning humanitarian issue.
Legislators from the region will also be present in the meeting to air their concern over the alarming situation in the besieged area, as none of them had been able to visit their respective constituencies owing to the militancy after the 2008 general election.
Talking to this correspondent, chairman of the committee, Riaz Fatyana, said that they have invited all those who matter to the scheduled meeting at the Committee Room 2 of the Parliament House at 2:00pm.
Asked if the civilian and military leadership had confirmed their presence at the forum, he said he was confident that all those who were extended invitation would attend the meeting. He said the panel wants to find out what measures have been so far taken to rid the region of the militants in the backdrop of its recommendations forwarded to the government and the military several months back.
Source: THE NEWS