Pak senators demand parliamentary body to oversee intelligence agencies

August 6th, 2008 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad , Aug 6 (ANI): Amid the raging controversy over the functioning of Pakistan intelligence agency ISI, members of the Senate have reportedly demanded setting up of a parliamentary committee on intelligence to oversee the affairs of the countrys intelligence agencies.

During the parliamentary proceedings yesterday which were dominated by controversy over control of ISI, some senators, including Haji Adeel of the ANP, Waseem Sajjad, SM Zafar and Salim Saifullah demanded that a parliamentary committee on intelligence to oversee the functioning of intelligence agencies, reported the Daily Times.

Sajjad said that intelligence agencies should be under civilian control, and added that the premier was a civilian and the ISI should remain under his control. He endorsed Adeels proposal of a parliamentary committee on intelligence, adding that there should also be an intelligence committee of the cabinet.

Earlier, former ISI chief and Senator Javed Ashraf Qazi staged a walkout over media reports attributed to Leader of the House Raza Rabbani, whereby he had told the Senate on Monday that the ISI would continue to work under the premier. He added that national newspapers had quoted Rabbani as saying that the ISI would work under the Interior Ministry (IM), proving that the leader of the House had misled the members.

Qazi requested Senate Chairman Mohammadmian Soomro to summon Rabbani and ask him (Rabbani) to clarify the situation. Other opposition members also joined Qazi in the token walkout, added the paper. (ANI)

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