ISLAMABAD - Subcommittee of Senate on Interior Tuesday sought detailed report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the Pakistani hostages held by the Somali pirates and showed its resentment over the dillydallying tactics of its consular section to attest documents regarding payment of diyat. The Subcommittee was specially called under the Chairmanship of Senator Talha Mahmood over the issue when the officials of Ministry deliberately delayed the attestation of documents regarding payment of diyat (blood money) that was to be further sent to Saudi Arabia. The Senate body on Interior had already raised the matter for the release of three Pakistanis facing death sentence in Saudi Arabia on the charges of killing a fellow countryman. The authorities in Saudi Arabia were not ready to set them free despite payment of diyat and they have been languishing in jails for twelve years. However, the government of Saudi Arabia sought documents regarding payment of diyat from Pakistani authorities when the Foreign Office took up the matter on the parliamentary committees directions. The officials of the attestation branch of the ministrys consular section denied to attest the receipts of diyat payment and stamp paper having settlement between the two families despite the fact that it was countersigned by a court of civil judge. Senator Talha said that it was tantamount to breach the privilege of the Parliament as officials of the consular section refusing to attest the documents. Ghulam Mustafa an Assistant Director of consular section-II failed to argue before the subcommittee as to why he did not attest the documents that was hurriedly called on the direction of Senator Talha Mahmood. We demand that the executants should present in person before us for the verification purpose prior to the attestation of such documents, he viewed. The high ups of the ministry could not produce any prescribed rules and regulation for the attestation of such documents despite repeated calls of Senator Haji Adeel Ahmed. Sub-committee was of the view that the ministry took up the matter of attestation casually deploring what would be the fate of common citizens who visited the ministry for this purpose. He also read out loudly a chit saying that the officials of the consular section charge Rs 500 to 1,000 for the attestation of each document as bribe. However Special Secretary Haroon Shaukat succeeded to cool down the matter after he whispered some thing to Senator Talha Mahmood and Additional Secretary assured the subcommittee that the issue would be treated on urgent and priority basis. Additional Secretary Mohammad Aslam while giving the up date to the subcommittee about the Pakistanis made hostage by pirates of Somalia informed that 30 Pakistani belonging to four ships were in their captivity. He said that pirates had demanded 10 million dollars as ransom money for the release of Captain Wasi Hussain along with three other crewmembers of MV Suez Ship that they later reduced to $2.1 million. However, the owner of the ship is not ready to pay ransom more than one million dollar as the ship is of worth 2.4 million dollar he added. He also said that recently on March 28 UAE based ship was hijacked by these pirates in which 17 Pakistani nationals were onboard. Subcommittee directed the Ministry that the matter would be taken up with the Ambassador of Egypt in Pakistan, as ship belongs to that country. The subcommittee also sought detailed progress report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about all the Pakistanis under the captivity of pirates. Later, Senator Talha Mehmood while talking to media persons said that Pakistanis were being maltreated in Saudib Arabia warning that to stop this practice. Haji Adeel of ANP criticized the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar for her Arabian style outfits she wore while having deliberations with her Saudi counterpart during her recent visit to the country.