ISLAMABAD - Senate Standing Committee on Interior, Wednesday, expressed its reservations regarding the procedure of procurement of X-ray scanners from China and its harmful effects on human health with a direction to the Interior Ministry to submit a complete report on the issue within a week. The committee while expressing its dissatisfaction over the procedure and the agreement that was followed to import the X-ray scanners from China also sought details from the ministry. The committee met in the Parliament House under the chairmanship of Senator Talha Mehmood while besides the committee members, Senator Syed Nayyer Bokhari, Leader of the House in Senate, Ch Qamar Zaman Secretary Interior, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi Chairman CDA, Syed Kalim Imam IGP Islamabad and Amir Ahmed Ali DC Islamabad also attended the meeting. Farkhanda Iqbal, Project Director of National Police Bureau (NPB) and Chairman Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) Anwar Habib briefed the meeting about the issue. The committee while expressing its reservations about the import of scanner from China said since the matter involved millions of rupees, it should be apprised why the tenders were not demanded to procure these scanners and the PPRA (Public Procurement Regulatory Authority) rules were not followed for the deal. Farkhanda Iqbal, Project Director of National Police Bureau (NPB) told the standing committee that the scanners containing Non-intrusive Vehicle X-ray Inspection System (NVIS) were purchased from the Chinese company through an agreement on the insistence of the Chinese government. Secretary Interior informed the committee that the X-ray scanners were procured in a transparent manner on the recommendations of the committee constituted for the purchase of the scanning system comprising the representatives of the Ministries of Interior and Health and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. However, Chairman Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) said that the X-rays emanating from NVIS were hazardous for health causing harmful effects to human body adding that the radiation of the scanners would affect 40 metre area from all sides, which were lethal to its operators as well as the vehicle drivers itself. He also apprised the committee that no approval was sought from the authority prior to the purchase of these scanners. The committee also directed IG Islamabad, Syed Kalim Imam to make sure smooth flow of traffic at different police pickets in various places in the capital with the deployment of more police personnel as any explosion during the traffic jams at these pickets could cause huge loss of lives. The committee also expressed its concerns over the blockage of roads of the Capital passing in front of the Marriott and Serena Hotels directing the authorities concerned that the administrations of these hotels should not be allowed to use green belts as parking lots. CDA was also directed by the committee to vacate the green belts from the illegal occupation of land mafia. The members of the committee showed serious concerns regarding body scanning of Pakistanis at European and US airports and termed it against the cultural norms of the society. According to the committee it showed disrespect to the honour and dignity of Pakistani men and women, who travelled to Europe and the US for economic reasons. The committee supported the FATA members of the Senate, who refused body scanning at the US airport and preferred to return to Pakistan unanimously. This sends a clear message to the US and European countries that they should stop body scanning of Pakistani passengers at their airports and adopt a dignified procedure for security check.