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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

Event Date: 2023-12-28

The Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, chaired by Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo, convened today at the Parliament House. The committee addressed a Privilege Motion filed by Senators Saleem Mandviwalla, Faisal Saleem Rehman, and Syed Sabir Shah against the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority (DGCAA).

The motion was based on alleged false assurances by the DGCAA to the sub-committee of Senate Standing Committee on Aviation on the issue of cancellation of licenses of PIA pilots.The Adviser to the PM on Aviation, Secretary Aviation and DGCAA briefed the committee that as per existing rules of CAA, once a license is cancelled it cancelled for life and in order to restore the cancelled licenses, rules amendment is required which is the domain of Cabinet. 

The Mover was of the view that this whole issue had been created with malafide of CAA who misled the then Minister which resulted into his statement in Parliament and this issue was created which has damaged the career of pilots as well as image of PIA.The movers demanded that action may be recommended againat DGCAA.

The Adviser and Secretary Aviation requested to grant 60 daya time to initiate rule amendment process in line with International practices. The Committee members unanimously granted 15 days time to submit a detailed report with a way forward.

The committee also discussed the Privilege motion based on a malicious report aired by Neo News TV Channel  against Senators Mehar Taj, Rubina Khalid and Dr. Zarqa. The Bureau Chief of the channel submitted unconditional apology and assured that rebuttal will be aired in the same manner. The Committee directed to issue rebuttal and share clipping with committee.

The Motion was disposed of accordingly.

The meeting was attended by Senators Professor Sajid Mir, Irfan-Ul-Haque Siddiqui, Syed Ali Zafar, Saleem Mandiwalla, Professor Dr. Mehar Taj Roghani, Dr. Humayun Khan Mohmand, and Senator Syed Muhammad Sabir Shah. Caretaker Minister for Information, Broadcasting, and Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Solangi, along with other senior officials from attached departments, were also present.