Senators demand of govt to provide details of its economic policies
ISLAMABAD: Senators on Friday demanded of the government to come clean about its economic policies and
inform the House about the steps being taken to address the issue of inflation.
The senators were speaking on different issues of public importance at the floor of the
Senator Sherry Rehman while talking about the precarious economic conditions, said the
inflation and price hike were a matter of concern for the citizens. She said the government should take immediate measures to address the issue of rising inflation as reported by the State Bank.
She said the House should be told about the details of the conditions settled with
International Monetary Fund (IMF) with which meeting was being held on Friday.
The senator said the government should also give details of the visits made by the prime
minister to China and Saudi Arabia.
On the point of public importance, Senator Usman Khan Kakar told that a resident of Zhob
Abdullah Jan, living in Sargodha was abducted and later with the help of sniffer dogs the culprits were arrested.
He said however, he talked to District Police Officer, Station House Officer and Inspector General of Police Punjab about the progress of the case, but 20 days have lapsed and nothing was done. The chairman Senate referred the matter to the Standing Committee on Interior.
Senator Hasil Bizenjo pointed to the incident of entry of unrecognized persons in Karachi Press Club followed by call of protest by journalists. The chairman Senate also referred this matter to the relevant committee.
Senator Muhammad Akram said 25 million children were out of school and unequal distribution
of wealth was undermining fabric of social life. He said the nation was plagued with problems of law and order and economic deprivation.
In his remarks on a point of public importance, Senator Tahir Bizenjo said illegal fishing was being done on the coast of Balochistan and the nets which were banned by other countries were being used in the waters of Gwadar.
The chairman Senate referred the matter of suspension of financial assistance for the students
from Balochistan, who were studying in Burn Hall College, to the committee.
Senator Lutfur Rehman sought explanation from the government on the issue of not placing name of Asia Bibi on the Exit Control List (ECL).
Leader of the House Shibli Faraz clarified that Asia Bibi was not shifted to any other country and the decision to put her name on ECL would be taken by the relevant ministry.
Senator A Rehman Malik felicitated the Senate chairman on holding of meeting of Asian Parliamentary Assembly in Gwadar. He raised the issue of killing of citizens on the Line of Control (ECL) and said the government should take some action on the matter.
Chairman Senate deferred the calling attention notices of senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel and Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi on the matters related to work on Quetta Airport and anti-encroachment campaign.
Senator Mir Kabeer in his calling attention notice had drew attention of the House towards the lack of platform for addressing legitimate grievances and claims of the locals affected by the anti-encroachment campaign. The chairman Senate issued a show cause notice to the Secretary Interior and Secretary Aviation Division for their absence and directed that the order should also be conveyed to the Prime Minister.