Islamabad - Senate Forum for Policy Research (SFPR) on Tuesday took strong exception for being ignored in the budget-making process.

A subcommittee of SFPR had issued important recommendations but they were not deliberated upon in the budget debate, the members noted in a meeting of the Senate think tank held here on Tuesday.

The SFPR meeting chaired by former Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari was of the opinion that SFPR should give pre-budget recommendations every year. Senator Raja Zafarul Haq (Leader of the House), Senator Afrasiab Khattak, Senator Jahanzeb Jamaldini, Sardar Yaqoob Nasir and Anwer Bhinder took part in the discussion.

Talking about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Nayyer Bokhari said the project was so big that it must be handed over to young researchers of the Parliament to examine and write down a working paper so that the legislators get the true picture when they used to deliberate on it.

He said this was such a huge project that it called for a joint parliamentary committee comprising members from both houses of the Parliament to maintain parliamentary oversight.

The former chairman Senate said deforestation was eating away the water lifeline of the country and it was an important issue. In order to recommend strategies to deal with deforestation he formed a five-member sub-committee of SFPR to sensitise the Senate on the significance of forests.

Members of the deforestation subcommittee include Senator Mohsin Leghari, Senator Afrasiab Khattak, Sardar Yaqub Nasir and Javed Jabbar. Former Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari will chair the subcommittee.