Event Title: Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo, Chairman Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges presiding over a Meeting of the Committee at Parliament House Islamabad
Event Date: 2022-12-14
The meeting of Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held on Wednesday at Parliament House. Chaired by Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizenjo, the meeting was attended by Senator Zarqa Suharwardi Taimur, Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, Senator Syed Muhammad Sabir Shah, Senator Saifullah Abro, Senator Prof. Sajid Mir and senior officers of the Ministries and Departments concerned such as the Ministry of Law, Sindh Police and Islamabad Club.
Issues taken up entailed further consideration of the proposed amendment of Rule 9 and insertion of Fourth Schedule in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate 2012 that deals with disputes related to Senate Elections with regards to Chairman and Deputy Chairman, Privilege Motion moved by Senator Zarqa Suharwardy Taimur against the administration of Islamabad Club and Privilege Motion moved by Senator Saifullah Abro against IG Sindh Prisons and Corrections Services and Senior Superintendent Central Prison.
The proposed amendment of Rule 9 and insertion of Fourth Schedule in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate 2012 was passed unanimously with substitution agreed upon by members on Rule 10. It was stressed that disputes in the Senate must be resolved within the House and the appellate system must be improved. The Committee was of the view that a system must be formulated that that would allow Senators from five major parties of that time in Senate to nominate one member of each party to form a Committee to resolve disputes of this kind.
Consideration of Privilege Motion moved by Senator Zarqa Suharwardy Taimur against the administration of Islamabad Club against the stance that she had applied for membership for membership of Islamabad Club and paid all the dues but she has been denied permanent membership directly on the plea that the current management has made some changes in the rules. The Committee was informed that despite the rules being approved by the Federal Government, the management will review the matter and revert to the Committee. The matter has been deferred, with the direction that Islamabad Club may revisit the recent amendment in rules to the extent of Parliamentarians and their children.
The Committee discussed the Privilege Motion moved by Senator Saifullah Abro against IG Sindh Prisons and Corrections Services and Senior Superintendent Central Prison and Correctional Facility, Karachi for not allowing the Honourable Senator to meet with Mr. Haleem Adil Sheikh in Central Jail Karachi, despite fulfilment of all codal formalities. Since the Superintendent Jail was not present, the Committee took strong notice and asserted that IG Sindh Prisons and Home Secretary must take action against the Superintendent Jail and ensure his presence in the next meeting. The Committee was informed that the Officer is on training and approval from the training institution head was a prerequisite for him to attend this forum. The matter was deferred, with the direction to summon the Superintendent Jail from NIM, Karachi.