Army, security agencies cannot hide confidential documents from Parliament: Rabbani


Islamabad 06 (TNS): Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani has made clear that under the army and security forces were answerable to the Parliament and they could not hide anything related to security from the August House.

He gave these remarks while chairing the Senate session when State Minister Abid Sher Ali told the Upper House that India has killed 66 civilians and injured over 250 along the Line of Control in the last over six months after it resorted to unproved firing. He also said that the details of the casualties have been sought from the Generals Headquarters and as soon as they share the details, they will be furnished before the Parliament. “The army and security forces and the defence ministry cannot sheath anything related to security issues from the Parliament. If anything is most sensitive, it can be presented to an in-camera session,” Rabbani said.

While talking about electricity situation, Sher Ali said that 650 megawatts has been added to the national grid in the last few months and the power supply situation has improved. “Provinces are being provided electricity according to their demand. Around 250 feeders in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa regularly get electricity from the national grid. Power projects cannot be established after every two days,” Sher Ali said

Senator Azam Swati and Nauman Wazir lashed out at the Afghan government and security forces for their uncalled for posturing against Pakistan. “This was the Afghan security forces who attacked Pakistan security personnel providing security to a census team in two villages along the Cham border,” Swati said.

“For how long, Pakistan will keep mum over the belligerent attitude of Afghanistan. Enough is enough. We have to thrash out a clear-cut policy vis-à-vis Afghanistan,” Senator Nauman  Wazir said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed a meeting of the cabinet on energy that measures should be taken to end load-shedding during Sehri and Iftar. The prime minister also directed the authorities that no power cuts should be observed in the name of development during the fasting month.