Senate won’t have foreign agencies in ‘the house’

  • Senate unanimously passes resolution expressing concern over involvement of foreign agencies in fomenting terrorism in country, adopts resolution recommending ban on polythene bags


The Senate on Monday unanimously passed a resolution expressing serious concern over the involvement of foreign intelligence agencies in fomenting terrorism in the country.

The resolution, moved by Senator Abdul Qayyum, recommended that effective steps should be taken to counter the activities of these agencies. He appreciated Pakistani intelligence agencies for “outstanding job”. However, he said there were consistent reports about involvement of foreign agencies, including India’s spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), in destabilising Pakistan.

The House also passed a resolution recommending a ban on manufacturing and use of polythene shopping bags. It was moved by Senator Mohsin Aziz.

Speaking on the resolution, Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan said his ministry would submit a new forest policy before the Cabinet to promote and preserve forests. He said a Climate Change Policy has also been framed in view of the serious environmental challenges.

Winding up discussion on a motion moved by Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said 10 initiatives were being undertaken to prevent spread of Hepatitis. She said some foreign experts have offered to train Pakistani doctors for Liver Transplant.

Earlier, speakers representing different parties called for setting up of a Task Force on Hepatitis, provision of clean drinking water, introduction of mobile screening labs and launching of awareness campaign against Hepatitis.

Winding up debate on a separate motion on the low water level in Balochistan, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said the federal government was ready to offer assistance in implementing water conservation projects. The motion was moved by Mir Kabir Ahmad Muhammad Shahi.

The minister of state said contract has been awarded for Naulong Dam which would help irrigate hundreds of thousands of acres of land. He said main issue in Balochistan was illegal tube well connections which have surged to 18,000. The House will now meet today (Tuesday).