Islamabad (Agencies): The Senate Standing Committee on Interior met under the Chair of Senator Mohsin Aziz. At the outset of the meeting, the committee expressed its displeasure over the delayed provision of working papers and the lack of preparation related to the agenda items.

This lack of readiness led the committee to defer several agenda items for future consideration. The deferred items included important legislative and non legislative business including the briefing by the secretary interior and DG FIA on the recent incident of capsizing of boat in Greece which resulted into loss of many young Pakistanis who were trying to settle abroad for better sources of livelihood. The committee expresssed serious reservations on the fact that the Ministry sought deferments on all the bills that too just 30 minutes before the commencement of the meeting. The committee observed that, the ministry’s response has always been the same however it was observed that now it has become more persistence and non professional. The chairman committee said that he has tried every possible way to redress this issue but to no avail and said that the last option left is to move a privilege motion against the ministry. The committee regrettfully deferred the meeting up till next week.
The meeting was attended by Senator Samina Mumtaz Gilani, Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Shahadat Awan, Fauzia Arshad, Kamil Ali Agha, Denesh Kumar, Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti and Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan. Officials of some relevant departments were also in attendance.

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