ISLAMABAD The Upper House on Tuesday witnessed a strong reaction from the PML-N side, as PPP Senator Sabir Baloch on a point of order criticised PML-N Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for his remarks against President Zardari over recent standoff between the executive and judiciary. PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar while strongly protesting against Balochs remarks said PPP wanted to take the country back to the politics of confrontation. He said incompetent advisors were pushing the Government into a blind alley. Senator Ishaq Dar persistently asked the Chair to expunge remarks of Sabir Baloch as the Chairman Senate tried to pacify him. In the meanwhile, PML-N Senator Pervez Rasheed also wanted to speak on the issue. Persistently turning down the calls from the Chair to sit down, he insisted to speak and in the process breached the sanctity of the Chair. Later, he apologised to the Chair, as Chairman Senate Farooq H Naik declined to proceed further till the Senator apologises to the Chair. He also expunged remarks of Sabir Baloch with the remarks that members should avoid talking about a person not present in the House. PPP General Secretary Jahangir Badr said that PPP believed in the politics of reconciliation and that it would never opt for clash between the institutions. He said PPP respected all political leaders. During the Question Hour, Minister of State for Interior Tasneem Qureshi informed the House that so far 92,802 Afghan nationals had succeeded to obtain Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) on the basis of fake documents. He, however, said that after introduction of latest Multi Biometric Technology, 85,032 attempts made by Afghan nationals to obtain CNIC had been foiled. He said that all such identity cards had been blocked and marked as 'Fraud, adding that such cards could not be used for obtaining facilities like passport, cell phone connection and bank account etc. He said an opportunity was being given to Afghan refugees having bogus Pakistani ID cards to submit the same and get themselves registered as Afghan refuges else strict action would be taken against them. Responding to a query by Senator Abbas Khan, Qureshi said that there were no reports of denial of ID cards to Pakhtun residents of Karachi. He assured strict action against NADRA officials if found guilty of the practice. He also informed the House that Foreign Office was making efforts through diplomatic channel to locate and repatriate the two missing children of Dr Aafia. He further said that his Ministry would take up in the Cabinet the issue of Burmese citizens who were issued temporary Pakistani passports in Gen Zia regime. Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour informed the House that Pakistan Railways suffered a huge loss of Rs 18.60 billion during the year 2008-09. He attributed the loss to the law and order situation in the country and unavailability of sufficient number of locomotives. The Ministry of Narcotics Control informed that House that 4,307 kilograms opium and 8,935 kilograms Hashish had been seized in Makran, Panjgor, Turbat and Gwadar during the last two years. Meanwhile, Chairman Senate Farooq H Naek expressed his utter displeasure over absence of Advisor to the Prime Minister on IT Sardar Latif Khan Khosa, who had requested in written that questions concerning his portfolio, should be deferred to another 'convenient date. Chairman Senate said that the House could not be run according to his (Khosas) discretion. Senator Mian Raza Rabbani stressed Chairman Senate to ban entry of Latif Khosa in the House for at least two sessions. The Chairman also directed Leader of the House in Senate Nayyer Hussain Bokhari to take up with the Prime Minister the issue of denial by the FATA Secretariat to answer the questions asked by the senators. The House also completed debate over the law and order situation in the country. Taking part in the debate, ANP Senator Zahid Khan said that peace in Pakistan was closely linked to the peace in Afghanistan. Senator Abdur Rasheed said that foreign aid and drone attacks contradicted the mantra that we were fighting our own war. Minister for Interior Rehman Malik would conclude the debate today (Wednesday).