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The National Assembly Session has been prorogued on Friday, the 22nd October, 2021

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Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting met
Thursday, 26th August, 2021

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting showed its displeasure over the absence of the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in its meeting held today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Headquarters, Mauve Area, G-8/1 Islamabad. The meeting held under the Chairmanship of Mian Javed Latif, MNA.

While briefing regarding murder attack on former Chairman PEMRA/Senior Journalist     (Mr. Absar Alam) and Journalist (Mr. Asad Toor), the SSP (Operations), Islamabad apprised that report on the said issue has already been submitted to National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for Geo Fencing, DNA matching & Forensic report etc. and reminder in this regard has also been sent to expedite it. The Chairman NADRA informed that the NADRA has only received the record about Mr. Asad Toor from the police department which was not cleared. He also informed that NADRA has no mandate in the matters of Geo Fencing and DNA which are the subjects of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA), respectively. The Committee directed the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Interior to have a meeting with D.G (FIA), Inspector General of Police (ICT), Chairman (NADRA) and authorities of PFSA and submit report to the Standing Committee in its next meeting. The Committee also directed M/o Interior to collect all the details of FIRs and complaints lodged against journalists and media persons from all the provinces and ICT and provide the same before the next meeting of the Committee. Later, the Committee decided that Federal Minister of Interior may attend the next meeting on the issue of murders attacks and registration of FIRs against senior journalists.

Additional Inspector General of Police, Special Branch (Sindh), briefed the Committee about latest Joint Investigation Report (JIT) of murder of Aziz Memon, Journalist. He informed that during initial investigation of I/O got conducted postmortem, arrested nominated accused Awais Qureshi and completed legal formalities of the case. On expiry of stipulated period interim challan of the case was submitted by Inspector Shuhab Akbar Kolachi. After that, on the request of complaints, JIT was constituted by the Home Department Government of Sindh Karachi under the Chairmanship of the Addl. IGP Karachi Region; 04 session/meeting of said JIT were held, during which, exhumation and re-postmortem was conducted, samples were taken for necessary tests / reports. The DNA test of 88 suspects were also conducted, out of which the DNA of suspect Nazeer S/O Bangul Khan Sahito was matched. In the conclusion of DNA Test, it came on surface that accused Nazeer s/o Bangul Khan Sahito is the donor of traces / human epithelial remains other DNA identified on Nails of deceased Aziz Memon S/o Adam Khan Memon. The Committee appreciated the efforts of Sindh Police and deferred the agenda till its next meeting.

The Committee deferred the Government Bills, namely, The Motion Picture (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Pakistan Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and a Private Member Bill, The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulator Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (moved by Ms. Uzma Riaz, MNA) and Calling Attention Notice No. 29 regarding increasing obscenity on TV channels (moved by Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali and other MNAs) till its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Muhammad Akram Cheema, Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Saad Wassem, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Naz Baloch, MNAs and Ms. Uzma Riaz MNA/Mover, besides senior officers from M/o Information & Broadcasting, M/o Interior, PEMRA, FIA (Cyber Crime), NADRA and Police Department, Government of Sindh and Islamabad.