2,090 people killed in sectarian violence since 2008, Senate told

ISLAMABAD:The Senate was informed on Wednesday that the government is taking measures to address sectarian violence in the country and legislation is also being tabled in this regard.
Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman told the House during question hour that 2,090 people have been killed in sectarian attacks since 2008. He said 173 people have been convicted in these sectarian attacks and killings.

He said 104 people were killed in Punjab in these incidents while 252 in Sindh, 22 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 737 in Balochistan, 867 in FATA, 103 in Gilgit Baltistan and five people were killed in Islamabad.

To a question, the minister said that the government is taking steps to control cybercrime in the country. He said Prevention of Cyber Crime Act has been prepared and submitted to the cabinet for approval. He said that it would be introduced in the House shortly and would address all the issues related to cybercrime.

He said the government was also taking measures to control unregistered SIMs and a number of unregistered SIMs have been blocked.
During the proceedings, Special Committee Convener Farhatullah Babar presented before the House report on the issue of surveillance/raid at the residence of Senator Jehangir Badr by law enforcers.
Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal laid before the House report of Pakistan Vision 2025 and Millennium Development Goals.
He also moved a motion before the House for discussion on Pakistan Vision 2025 and Millennium Development Goals.
Law Minister Pervaiz Rashid presented Federal Judicial Academy (Amendment) Ordinance 2014. The chair referred the ordinance to the committee concerned.


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