'Save the Children' Islamabad offices only sealed, Senate told

June 15, 2015
Samaa Web Desk
'Save the Children' Islamabad offices only sealed, Senate told

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar Monday told the Senate that the offices of 'Save the Children' in Islamabad had only been sealed whle the international non-governmental organisation (INGO) was working in other areas of the country as per routine.

The INGO's offices were still sealed in the Federal Capital, he added.

Dar said that the inter-ministerial committee headed by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatmi would met in next 24 hours to discuss that whether any INGO was violating the law of the land. Robust laws would be enacted regarding the workings of INGOs, he added.

He was speaking on a matter of public importance raised by Saeed Ghani in the House.

Saeed Ghani criticised the government for allegedly reversing its decision to ban the operations of Save the Children in Pakistan.

Senate Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani directed Saeed Ghani to move a Calling Attention Notice on the issue.

Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel opposed grant of university status to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) as it would render some 4,000 employees jobless.

Sassui Palijo appreciated the armed forces for rendering matchless sacrifices in the operation Zarb-e-Azb. Most of the targets of the operation, she said, had already been achieved.

She called for establishing a dedicated channel of Pakistan Televison for live coverage of the Senate proceedings.

Khalida Parveen pointed out the issue of the killing of three children in Rahimyar Khan by dogs. The Chairman referred the matter to the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights.

Maulana Atta ur Rehman criticised the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister for announcing Rs 40 billion district governments, Rs 1.5 billion for each district government. Such announcement before the formation of local governments wan tantamount to bribe the elected members of local governments, he said and urged the Election Commission of Pakistan to take notice of political bribe being offered to the councillors.

Mir Kabeer criticized the National Testing Services (NTS) for charging exorbitant amount from the youth job seekers.

Meanwhile, Chairman Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights Muhammad Javed Abbasi presented the report of the Committee on “The Legal Practitioner and Bar Councils, Amendment Bill, 2015”.

The bill deals with amending the Legal Practitioner and Bar Councils Act, 1973.