On Thursday, The Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held here at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo
During the meeting matter of Consideration of Privilege Motion moved by Senators Professor Dr. Mehar Taj Roghani, Rubina Khalid, Dr. Zarqa Suhrawardy Taimur and Dr. Humayun Khan Mohmand against the Neo News TV Channel on airing a fake, false and malicious news report on 12th September, 2023, was taken up. It was reported therein that the Senators have pressurized the PMDC to decrease the threshold of passing marks in the national registration examination conducted by PMDC for candidates who completed their MBBS degrees from foreign countries and Senators are involved to get the failed candidates passed. The matter was referred by the Hon'ble Chairman Senate on 12th October, 2023.
The committee iterated that not only the senators are individually targeted but also have dishonoured the sanctity of the Senate Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination which has been working diligently for oversight and monitoring of the country’s health department. The committee members were of the view that this news bulletin was aired as a deliberate attempt to defame the Honourable Senators and to impede and distract the proceedings of the Senate Health Committee on several issues of fair dealing and public interest.
The committee expressed its resentment on the absence of any of the Chanel’s representatives. The committee also showed dissatisfaction on the brief submitted which contained baseless, frivolous and fake information trying to mislead the committee and manipulate the facts in order to stand corrected. The committee remarked that the brief submitted leads to further probe and inquiry in the matter and summoned the Chairman PEMRA along with the Chanel’s Chief and the entire management to put attendance and explain their position in this regard
Earlier in the meeting Privilege Motions moved by Senator Talha Mehmood and Senator Umer Farooq were deferred due to movers absence.
The meeting was attended by, Senator Saifullah Abro, Senator Professor Dr. Mehar Taj Roghani, Senator Rubina Khalid, Senator Dr Humayun khan Mohmand, Senator Prof. Sajid Mir and Senator Khalida Sikandar Mandro. Official’s from related departments were also in attendance.