ISLAMABAD:(APS)December 4, 2015- The Senate Defence Committee which met here today under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, unanimously passed a resolution proposing a Gallantry Award for Flt. Lt. Maryam Mukhtiar Shaheed, who is the first female pilot in the Muslim world to embrace martyrdom in the line of duty. The resolution termed Flt. Lt. Maryam Mukhtiar Shaheed, who embraced martyrdom on November 24 as a “role model for youth and women of Pakistan”.
The Committee was also briefed on the security situation both on the Eastern and Western borders. Todate, in 2015, Indian troops have committed 247 ceasefire violations, 163 along the Line of Control and 84 along the Working Boundary and due to Indian firing, 39 civilians embraced shahadat and 150 civilians were injured. The Ministry of Defence, which was represented by Secretary Defence, Lt. Gen. (R) Alam Khattak, as well as Additional Secretary, Vice Admiral Mukhtar, apprised the Senate Defence Committee that since the election of Prime Minister Modi in 2015, “relations between Pakistan and India have worsened because of Indian willful violation of the ceasefire agreed to between the two countries in 2003”. Although, every Tuesday, the Directors General, Military Operation (DGMO) of both countries speak on the hotline, the ceasefire violations by India have raised tensions. Regarding Western border with Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence mentioned that till todate, there have been 132 cross-border violations from the Afghan side.
The Senate Defence Committee had directed the Ministry of Defence, pursuant to a Public Petition sent to the Senate Defence Committee by a relative of the victims of the APS massacre, to provide full and comprehensive compensation to the next of kin of shuhada. The MoD briefed the Committee that three kinds of compensation packages have been approved and completed, including one each from the Federal Government, the Pakistan Army and the Provincial Government of KPK. The Federal Government has provided Rs.183 million to the next of kin of the Shuhada including a lump-sum grant of Rs.3 million as monetary compensation, an education grant for children’s study for the next 10 years and a housing construction grant of Rs.5 million per person. The Pakistan Army also arranged Umrah for the next of kin to 147 persons, free education to civilian kin of the shaheed students, as well as jobs for the next of kin relatives plus admission in Cadet Colleges for the injured students well as visits to friendly countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Oman, Tajikistan and USA. The Provincial Government of KPK has also provided a compensation and assistance package amounting to Rs.411 million which includes Rs.2 million to each of the shuhada and Gallantry Awards to all the Shuhada as well as compensation to those who were injured. All the 122 shuhada will have government schools named tor each of them in all the provinces of Pakistan. The Senate Defence Committee appreciated the thoroughness and the detail with which compensation had been provided and expressed satisfaction with the process which it had initiated and successfully completed by the Ministry of Defence.
The meeting was attended by Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum, Senator Javed Abbasi, Senator Maulana Attaur Rehman, Senator Farhatullah Babar, Senator Brig. (R) John Kennith Williams and Senator Ilyas Bilour, as well Secretary of the Committee, Dr Pervez Abbas, and Staff Director, Riaz Khan.