ISLAMABAD National Assemblys Standing Committee on Commerce on Wednesday recommended the government to stop the import of hazardous material Waste Lube Oil. Chairman NA Standing Committee on Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan while talking to journalists after attending the meeting said that Commerce Ministry has violated the process in issuing a special authorisation to import 10 million tons of banned waste lube worth millions of dollars. Ministry officials shirked their duty to investigate the superiors petitioning company, which lacks bona fide credentials, he said and added that the Committee has recommended that import of this hazardous material be stopped at once. Earlier, the Ministry officials briefed the Committee that import of waste lube oil is banned under the International Basel Convention and only the Minister has the authority to lift the ban. The Secretary Commerce told the meeting that Ministers signature is required to lift the ban. The Chairman pointed out that the alleged use of the waste lube was for brick kilns, whose annual usage of waste is less than 20 percent of the amount that the Ministry sanctioned. The extraordinary amount sanctioned raises suspicions that diesel might be imported in the guise of waste tube for windfall gains at expense of the public exchequer. These irregularities point towards abuse of political influence and callous indifference to environment, said Khurram. Committee members observed with alarm that the Ministry had issued the authorisation letter without the required signature and written approval of the Minister. The Ministry had failed to check the credentials of the company, which was found to have neither a physical office nor telephone at their given address. The Secretary Commerce admitted the Ministrys liability and pledged that such dereliction of duty would not recur again. The Committee recommended that import of waste lube oil be stopped forthwith and directed the Secretary commerce to ensure that the Ministry should be scrupulous when allowing exceptions to the banned list, especially concerning hazardous materials. The committee also started an investigation into the import of waste plastics in the context of health and environmental concerns and the worldwide scare over hazardous plastics in Chinese toys. The committee approved unanimously the proposed institute of Fashion Design Bill, 2010 after incorporating amendments that strengthened the oversight role of the federal government over the institute.