Senate: Opposition protest against putting regulatory bodies under ministries

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition political parties in Senate on Wednesday strongly protested the federal government’s decision to put regulatory authorities under the control of respective ministries.
The senate session was chaired by Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani. The house debated on government’s controversial decision to put the regulatory bodies including NEPRA, OGRA, PEPRA and others under the control of respective ministries. Aitzaz Ahsan, Azam Swati, Farhatullah Babar, Sassi Palejo and other opposition senators took part in the heated debate and condemned the move. They termed the government decision against 18th amendment and warned of severe consequences.
Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani said that as per his information the issue was included in CCI meeting agenda however over KP and Sindh’s protest the issue was removed from the meeting agenda. He said that the decision is against the constitution of Pakistan.
Rabbani questioned, “The regulatory bodies have been handed over to the lines ministers; don’t you think with all this, the very concept of a regulatory body comes to an end.” The House echoed with a demand from the PPP, asking Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to step down, following the Justice Faez Isa Inquiry Commission report.

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