Senate Standing Committee on Industries and Production in its meeting on Thursday sought a detailed briefing on the Pakistan Automobile Policy with particular reference to the total number of vehicles sold, amount of tax paid, detail of spare parts produced locally and imported from abroad and fulfilment of corporate social responsibility role by Toyota, Honda and Suzuki motors. However, the briefing could not satisfy the members of the Committee who found it to be incomplete and away from reality. Chairman Committee Senator Ahmed Khan directed the three automobile companies to furnish detailed briefings in the next meeting after ten days on the quality standards adopted by the companies in relation to regional practices, the price ranges with plausible reasons, the percentage of parts manufactured locally and those imported from other countries as well as the export potential of cars and the tax paid by the companies measured against their income and profits.
The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Senator Ahmed Khan here at the Parliament House on Thursday and was attended among others by Senators Kalsoom Parveen, Naseebullah Bazai, Aurangzeb Khan, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Anwar Lal Deen, Sitara Ayaz, Advisor on Commerce and Industry Abdur Razzaq Dawood, Secretary Industries and Production and officials from ministry and automobile companies. The Advisor expressed his concern over not being able to satisfy the Committee and suggested calling the companies before the Committee as well as visiting the manufacturing plants of the automobile industry.
The Committee Chairman called upon the ministry and automobile companies to make use of the new technologies that are being used worldwide and also make the automobile industry environment friendly to reduce the adverse impacts resulting in severe climatic change.