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Event Title: Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges

Event Date: 2021-08-04

A meeting of the Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held under the chairmanship of Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo, for consideration of the proposed amendment in Rule 9 and insertion of the Fourth Schedule in the Rules of Procedure and conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012 introduced by Senator Mian Raza Rabbani during the sitting of the Senate held on 12th July, 2021, on Wednesday, the 4th August, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 1, at Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting was attended by Senators Mian Raza Rabbani, Irfan-ul-Haque Siddiqui, Manzoor Ahmed Khan Kakar, Shaheen Khalid Butt and Liaqat Khan Tarakai.

Notice of the said meeting was issued by the Secretary Committee on 30th July, 2021 after concurrence by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. The Notice was duly circulated to the Members, the Secretary Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and others concerned. On 4th August, 2021, till 11:20 a.m. neither the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs nor the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs appeared in the Committee Room. Moreover, even the Secretary Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs nor any other officials of the Ministry were present in the Committee Room. In contrast, the Chairman of the Committee and above named five Hon’ble Members of the Committee were present in the Committee Room at 11:00 a.m.

The Committee took strong notice of the situation and unanimously decided that a Motion for breach of Privilege of the Committee may be moved by the Chairman Committee on behalf of the Committee members against the Secretary Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs for deliberate absence and with malafide intent obstructing the proceedings of the Committee. The meeting was adjourned without taking up its agenda as no one from the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs on behalf of the Government was present.