Senate committee to issue warning letters to finance, privatisation ministers

Source: Published in Politics on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Finance on Tuesday decided to write warning letters to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Chairman of Privatisation Commission Mohammad Zubair apprising them to appear before the committee, otherwise the issue would be referred to the upper house of the parliament.

The committee met here in the Parliament House was informed that Mr Zubair was abroad, therefore, he was unable to attend the meeting.

“We do not want to summon anyone but now this issue needs to be settled once and for all,” the chairman committee, Senator Saleem Mandviwalla, said while giving his verdict regarding final letter to both ministers and then referring the matter to the house.

The committee members noted that the finance minister did not turn up in last 20 meetings of the committee.

Senators belonging to treasury benches tried their best to defuse the situation but Senator Kamil Ali Agha of the PML-Q supported the committee’s chairman for writing the final letter and in case of non compliance then the matter should be referred to house.

Committee member Sardar Fateh Mohammad Hassani raised the issue that NGOs were working in Balochistan and that they were getting foreign funding.

Officials of the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) have informed the committee that World Bank and Asian Development Bank are largest multilateral donors, but they do not fund NGOs directly. However, the committee members asked the EAD to get information from all donors providing funding to NGOs working and submit a detailed report in consultation with the Balochistan government.

People Mentioned
  • Muhammad Ishaq Dar Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs and Statistics
  • Muhammad Zubair Minister of State for Privatization / Chairman, Privatization Commission