ISLAMABAD - The Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production on Wednesday examined the working conditions of Pakistan’s defence production organisations and passed a resolution for the financial and administrative autonomy of the departments working under the ambit of the Defence Division.

The Committee has also summoned a joint meeting of the Ministry of Defence, Defence Productions and Finance Division to discuss proposed financial autonomy to the defence sector organisations as well as redressing their financial issues.

The Committee met under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.

The Committee members including Farhatullah Babar, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Sardar Ali Khan, Faisal Raza Abidi, Tahir Hussain Mashahdi, Haji Muhammad Adeel and Raja Zafar-ul-Haq attended the meeting.

Senior officials of Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT), Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF), Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Heavy Mechanical Complex (HMC) briefed the Senate panel on Pakistan’s ventures in defence productions sector. The officials informed that efforts were afoot to increase Pakistan’s defence exports and the country would become self-sufficient in the coming times to exports the JF-17 Thunder jet to other countries.

Senator Mushahid said that 40,000 civil and military men lost their lives during the war on terror and the entire Pakistani nation was rendering sacrifices in the fight against extremism and militancy.

He said that the Senate panel would try to play its role in enhancing Pakistan’s defence production as well as the efficiency of defence institutions and the Armed Forces.