ISLAMABAD Secretary Defence Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Athar Ali Khan told the Senate Standing Committee on Defence Production that the Army was answerable to the Parliament. He made these remarks while responding to some concerns raised by members of the Senate committee, which met him under chairmanship of Senator Javed Ashraf Qazi on Tuesday. Others who attended the meeting were Maulana Mohd Khan Sherani, Sardar Khan, Haji Adeel Ahmed and Tariq Azeem besides DG Operations Gen Tahir Asharf Khan. The representatives of the three armed forces briefed the Committee about the relief activities and told that a total of 14 million population had been affected by the floods and 14 districts had been affected. More than 72 thousand Army Jawans participated in the relief operations in which more than 868,000 people were rescued and 217 relief camps were set up by the Army. Pakistan Navy Commodore Sohail Ahmed told that first of all the relief activities had been launched in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP). NDMA had acquired 10 boats from UAE and delivered to the forces in connection with the relief activities. We have rescued 22409 persons from Kashmore, 40212 from Ghotki, 14598 from Sukkar and 23562 persons from Khairpur, he indicated. Pakistan Navy has so far delivered relief goods weighing 517220 kilogram to relief camps which also included medicines. Air Commodore Muhammad Ashfaq Arain of Air Force told the Committee that Air Force dispatched 1840 tonnes relief goods to the flood ravaged areas while relief goods from 38 countries had arrived through 148 flights. We have shifted 176000 persons to safety, he added. As many as 5 C-130 planes were bringing relief goods daily from US to Pakistan, he told. During the briefing on relief operation in the meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Defence Production, Senator Haji Adeel and Maj Gen Tahir Ashraf traded bitter words and later the matter was settled on the intervention of Defence Secretary. During the briefing Senator Haji Adeel repeatedly asked about the non-provision of relief goods to the affectees. Upon this Maj Gen Tahir Ashraf told he had not come there for his accountability but to give briefing only. Senator Haji Adeel said Army was accountable to Parliament adding he should not talk like this as democratic order was in place in the country and martial law had not been imposed. Therefore, he should not talk in this tenor as he was sitting in the Parliament. When the matter started getting out of control, Defence Secretary Lt Gen (Retd) Athar Ali intervened and settled the issue.