ISLAMABAD - The issues ranging from recent arrests of some politicians as well as bureaucrats on corruption charges by Rangers in Karachi and Nandipur Power Project scam would echo in the Upper House of the Parliament when it will meet tomorrow (Monday) with a heavy agenda.

The Upper House will meet on Monday after an unusual break of one month as last session of the House had prorogued on August 13. When the House will meet, the issue of acceptance of resignations of eight senators of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will still be pending before the Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani who had tendered their resignations in the Senate Secretariat during the last session of the House There is heavy agenda before the House on the first sitting because it will be a private members' day.

It is likely that some opposition parties would raise before the House the issue of the arrests of politicians and bureaucrats by Rangers in Karachi on charges of corruption. Rangers recently had arrested former federal minister and a close aide to the co-chairman PPP Dr Asim Hussain on charges of corruption linking it with terrorism financing and he is under its custody of 90 days.

The Nandipur Power Project scam would also echo in the House following media reports that the much-hyped project inaugurated by PM Nawaz Sharif on May 31 generated electricity at costly rate of Rs42 per unit and was shut down only five days after it became operational. The reports pointed towards an unnecessary increase in the cost of project from $329 million to $570 million.

PTI Senator Noman Wazir Khattak said that PTI would finalise the issues to be discussed in the session in its parliamentary party meeting that is scheduled to be held on Monday. "But definitely, we will raise issue arising out of Karachi operation led by Rangers and the targeting of the paramilitary force by two political parties including PPP and MQM," he added. He said that PPP and MQM were targeting Rangers because it was nabbing them.

"This should happen as it is the right process to bring the country on right track," he said. He said that the issues of energy, including Nandipur Power Project scam would also be raised in the House. "The government has neither any energy policy nor industrial policy," he said, adding the government was relying on costly power projects like solar instead of hydel power projects that were cheap. We will also raise the issue of unceremonious removal of Managing Director SNGPL Arif Hammed, he said. PTI will also discuss in the Senate the issue of unemployment and high rate of corruption of bureaucrats

Senior PPP leader Senator Farhatullah Babar said that his party would discuss all issues of national interest

Some three private members' bill would also be moved in the House on private members' day, including The Pakistan Environmental Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 that will be moved by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, the Working Women (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2015 moved by Senator Samina Abid and the Fair Representation of Women Bill, 2015 that will be moved by Senator Rahila Magsi.

The Working Women (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2015 seeks to provide certain facilities to the working/employed womenfolk. The Fair Representation of Women Bill, 2015 seeks to amend certain laws of the federal government for the purposes of fair representation of women in decision-making process and their empowerment.

The lawmakers will move a number of resolutions before the House. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood will move the resolution stating that ‘the House recommends that the government should launch low-cost housing schemes for the homeless families in the country’.

Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati will move the resolution that states: "This House recommends that the Election Commission of Pakistan should evolve an effective mechanism to check and verify the truthfulness of the statements of assets and liabilities submitted to it by the parliamentarians to award punishment in case of making false statement and to frame rules in this regard, if required".

The resolution of Senator Col. (Retd) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi says: "This House recommends that the government should take immediate steps to improve service of PIA".