The Senate Committee on Procedure and Privileges in its meeting held on Thursday took strict notice of the unruly behaviour of Islamabad Police in an incident that took place on 20 March, 2019 when Senator Behramand Tangi along with other party workers were attacked while trying to meet Chairman PPP-P Bilawal Bhutto prior to a hearing at a NAB Court. A Privilege motion was moved, that was referred to the Committee.
The IG Islamabad, Amir Zulfiqar Ahmed informed the Committee that Section 144 had been imposed, which made the situation critical. The Committee was assured that the police would be careful in future. The Committee accepted the apology but took note of the fact that Islamabad Police had earlier denied charges of Laathi charge. Senator Behramand Tangi stressed the need for respecting members of Parliament. Chairman Committee, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq said that as citizens of Pakistan the law enforcement agencies of Pakistan are greatly respected, however, these must operate within the ambit of law. She added that it was imperative to ensure that breach of privilege of members of Parliament does not ensue. The role of Federal Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Senator Muhammad Khan Swati, was greatly praised for his role in resolving the issue.
While taking up rule amendments moved by Senator Qurat-ul-Ain Marri, the Committee discussed in detail Rule 135, 143, 167 and 280. Rule 135 was withdrawn by the Senator to be moved on a further date after reviewing it with law experts. Rule 143 was withdrawn if the condition that 80 per cent resolutions from last two years have been responded by the concerned department is met, a list for which would be provided by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs before the next meeting of the Committee. Rule 167 on the House Committee having eight members instead of six, was approved. Insertion of Rule 280 that pertained to a holding a post budget session to discuss the number and nature of Senate’s budgetary recommendations accepted by the National Assembly was withdrawn, to be replaced by a new amendment requiring such a report to be placed before the Senate for Information.
The meeting was presided over by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq. Members present were Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Senator Brig. (R) John Kenneth Williams, Senator Walid Iqbal, Senator Behramand Khan Tangi, Senator Qurat-ul-Ain Marri and senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Islamabad Police along with all concerned. Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati was also present.