ISLAMABAD – The Senate Standing Committee on Interior Thursday constituted a sub-committee to probe the matter of joint raid allegedly conducted by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Islamabad police at the house of PTI Senator Saifullah Khan Nyazee.
The committee that met under the chairmanship of Senator Mohsin Aziz formed a sub-committee under the convenorship of Senator Kamil Ali Agha and Senators Faisal Saleem Rahman and Rana Maqbool Ahmad as its members. The committee held its session at Parliament House, which was also attended by Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar and State Minister for Law Shahadat Awan while senators including Dr Shahzad Waseem, Azam Khan Swati, Shibli Faraz showed up as special invitees.
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Dr Shahzad Waseem proposed the constitution of the sub-committee which was seconded by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan.
On September 13, FIA had raided the house of opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Nyazee and had confiscated some digital equipment on charges of misuse of funds being collected through website namanzoor.com. The lawmaker has denied the charge saying that it has nothing to do with the website.
The sub-committee will probe the matter keeping in view the terms of references (ToRs) as compiled by the chairman committee:
The sub-committee will probe whether permission was taken from the Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani before the raid was conducted, and also if the police and FIA authorities had the search warrant at the time of the raid.
At the outset, the chairman committee and members belonging to opposition benches were irked due to the non-presence of FIA official Imran Haider who reportedly got issued a search warrant for carrying out the raid.
They were of the view that Haider is the relevant official to be questioned rather than listening to the rest of the high officials.
FIA Director General Mohsin Hasan Butt, while briefing the committee assured that no one would be victimized at any cost. I had granted the permission to seize the equipment during the search operation at the lawmaker’s house, he added. He stressed that it was not a raid but a search operation being carried out after getting a search warrant.
He reiterated that policewomen were also present during the search but Senator Nyazee and Senator Fawzia Arshad denied this very statement of DG, saying that no policewomen were present during the raid.