The meeting of the Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held at Parliament House on Monday. Issues taken up by the Committee were a Privilege Motion moved by Senator Mushahidullah Khan regarding baseless allegations of dues worth PKR 2700000 against him, on account of his stay in Punjab House, Islamabad and Privilege Motion moved by Senator Kauda Babar against the then Chairman FBR Ms. Nausheen Javaid Amjad regarding non-convening of the meeting of FBR Policy Board, of which he was a member.
Chaired by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, the members present included Senator Walid Iqbal, Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Senator Dr. Asif Kirmani, Senator Dilawar Khan, Senator Mushahidullah, Senator Manzoor Ahmed Khan Kakar, Senator Dr. Sikandar Mandhro, Senator Nighat Mirza, Senator Kauda Babar and Senior Officers Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and FBR was also present.
Discussing the Privilege Motion moved by Senator Mushahidullah Khan regarding baseless allegations of dues worth PKR 2700000 against him, on account of his stay in Punjab House, Islamabad, the Committee was informed that a meeting was currently underway regarding this issue and that as soon as the Minutes are issued; these will be submitted to Committee. Members stressed the need for resolution of this matter at the earliest and that stringent measures must be taken to ensure that wrong billing does not occur in the future. Chairperson Committee, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq directed that in addition to the minutes, SOPs regarding stay and billing at the Punjab House must be submitted as well. She added that the Committee would like to see whether any changes have been made to these with respect to billing guests.
Considering Privilege Motion moved by Senator Kauda Babar against the then Chairman FBR Ms. Nausheen Javaid Amjad regarding non-convening of the meeting of FBR Policy Board, the Committee reviewed the matter in great detail. The Committee was informed that Ms. Nausheen Javaid Amjad, who was Secretary Board at the given time; did not have the power to convene meetings of the Policy of the FBR and that this was solely the prerogative of the Chairman of the Board. Ms. Amjad said that she had repeatedly reminded the Chairman of meetings, which according to rules must convene once in each quarter of the financial year, proof of which will be submitted to the Committee. The matter was disposed as Senator Kauda Babar on apology of Ms. Amjad withdrew the matter. Chairperson Committee, Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq was of the view that the FBR Policy Board is an important forum and that has representation from all four provinces so that that the provincial interest, while formulation policies for FBR, are ensured. She added that keeping in view the importance of the portfolio of the Board, these matters must be taken very seriously.