ISLAMABAD - The senators on Wednesday became harsh over Interior Ministry for not replying to their questions.

Senator Nisar Muhammad of Pakistan Muslim League complained to Chairmen Senate during question hour that that Interior Ministry had not answered his 14th question. He pointed out that only 9 out of total 17 questions were answered by different ministries in Senate’s session on Wednesday.

Noting the complaint, Chairman Nayyer Hussain Bukhari endorsed the Senator and directed the Interior Ministry to ensure answers of his question in next sitting.

Following the directions Minister of State for Interior Imtiaz Safdar Warriach assured the House that the ministry would give answers of the questions in next meeting.

Likewise, Tahir Mashahadi of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement complained to chairman senate that Ministry of Interior ignored his question too. Tahir Mashhadi asked the Interior Ministry to reveal losses suffered by the country during war against terrorism and the financial help received by the government in that regard had not been replied since November 2012.  It prompted the chairman senate to direct state Minister for Interior to ensure to answer the questions asked by the senators.

During question hour of Senate on Wednesday, Minister for National Regulations and Services Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan revealed that her ministry was devising a strategy to frame uniform drug sale rules in consultation with the provincial governments.   

Dr Firdous, in the written reply to a question, made it clear and loud that drug sale rules were a provincial government subject and that sale of drugs was being regulated by the provincial governments for which they had framed and notified their drug sale rules.

“Our ministry is working to modify Pharmacy Act through a bill or an ordinance,” Firdous Ashiq Awan informed the Senate on Wednesday in written adding that  pharmacy services were being looked after by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP). The directorate, she said, has already started working in the DRAP and strengthened by adding the required human resource to deliver the expected results, she added.

Replying to another question, Dr Firdous said the Pharmacy Council was mainly responsible for regulating the standard of pharmacy education. The council had developed standards for pharmacy education and revised the pharmacy curricula in collaboration with the Higher Education Commisssion (HEC) to meet the local and global needs.

Meanwhile, Minister for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar, while answering a query, informed the Senate that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had sent 300 employees to Haj posting in 2012 while only 92 employees had so far been paid Rs 27.438 million as traveling allowance.

Senator Raza Rabbani on Wednesday made it loud and clear on Wednesday that the United States was establishing a command at Jinnah Airport Karachi for coordinated exchange of information in a bid to control International smuggling in collaboration with the Pakistan Customs Drug Enforcement Cell.