ISLAMABAD - Senate Standing Committee on Interior has summoned NWFP Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti on the charges of pressurising a drug inspector to release culprits involved in the theft of medicines from government hospitals and supplying fake medicines in the market. The Committee also directed federal government to make public National Health Policy (NHP) within 15 days and ensure its implementation. This decision was taken in a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior held Saturday at Parliament House in the chair of its Chairman Senator Talha Mehmood. NWFP Drug Inspector Nemat Ullah told the committee that his team arrested elements involved in the theft of medicines from NWFP government hospitals. He claimed that the NWFP Chief Minister was pressuring him and trying for the release of those elements. Senator Talha took serious notice of harassment of the said drug inspector by criminals and NWFP government and directed DG FIA and law enforcement agencies to provide full protection to Nemat Ullah, besides bringing the culprits to justice. He also summoned the NWFP Chief Minster Amir Haider Hoti for explanation in the next meeting, which would be held after 15 days. Drug Quality Controller Khalid Rauf told the meeting that as many as 458 drug manufacturing companies had license in the country, while 48,000 medicines were registered so far. He disclosed there was no law or policy about homeopathy, herbal medicines and blood banks. However law was being enacted in that regard in the new health policy, he added. FIA Chairman Tariq Masood Khosa told the meeting that as many as 126 cases were registered during the last four years but only one penalty could be made so far. Senator Azam Swati alleged that fake drugs were available in medical stores across the country. He said the NWFP government should take initiatives to control fake drugs. The Chairman directed the provincial governments to launch crackdown against fake pharmaceutical companies, drug smugglers and medical stores. The meeting was also attended by Senators Haroon Akhtar Khan, Liaquat Ali, Tahira Latif, Kalsoom Perveen and Hafiz Rashid Ahmad, Additional Health Secretary Khawaja Siddique Akbar and other concerned officials.