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Event Title: Meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat was held under the Chairmanship of Rana Maqbool Ahmad here at Parliament House

Event Date: 2022-02-03

Islamabad 3rd February, 2022:- Meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat was held under the Chairmanship of Rana Maqbool Ahmad here at Parliament House on Thursday.

At the outset, the Committee discussed the “The Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill, 2021” moved by Senator Afnan Ullah Khan in the Senate sitting held on 17th January,2022. Secretary Establishment Division informed the Committee that it is indispensable to took Ministry of Interior point of view on that amendment. Committee has also been formed headed by Secretary Cabinet division to discuss this amendment in light of Supreme Court judgment, he added. Senator Afnan Ullah Khan inquired the Establishment Division that how many people will be affected by this amendment. In reply to that, Secretary Establishment division replied that approximately twenty thousand people came under the radar of this amendment. Minister of State for Parliament Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan was of view that Government Servants should not have dual Nationality during their service because one person cannot be loyal with two countries at the same time. Chairman Committee Rana Maqbool Ahmad directed the secretaries of cabinet division and interior ministry to make sure their presence in the next meeting and conveyed their perspective to the Committee on the aforementioned amendment.

While discussing the Central Selection Board recent decisions, Senator Dilawar khan demanded the Establishment Division to provide reasons behind the supersession of officers. The officers who were superseded on any grounds of corruption shall be forced to retired, he further added. Ali Muhammad Khan briefed the Committee that the concerned matter is sub juiced in Lahore High Court and according to rules and procedure of Senate this matter cannot be discussed in Committee. Chairman Committee Rana Maqbool Ahmad was of view that there is no harm in giving report to Committee regarding the issue in hand. Senator Zarqa Suharwardy Taimur stressed that the Cabinet Division should present Score card of officers who were superseded to the Committee. It is Prime Minister Imran Khan foremost priority to enhanced tax collection and irony is that as of right now FBR officiers are sitting in High Court for their promotion, she added. Secretary Establishment Division conveyed that the information is classified and he is not at liberty to discuss it with the Committee. Chairman Committee Rana Maqool Ahmad directed the Secretary Establishment Division to present report in the next meeting and said  that the Committee will held it’s in camera session of this agenda, keeping in view the classification of information.

The meeting was attended by Senator Saadia Abbasi, Senator Saifullah Sarwar khan Nyazee, Senator kamil Ali Agha, Senator Khalida Ateeb, Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Senator Afnan Ullah Khan, Senator Dilawar Khan, Minister of State for Parliament Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, Secretary Establishment Division and other senior officials from cabinet Division and Ministry of Interior as well.