Islamabad: Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, in its meeting on Monday accepted unconditional apology from the ministry of petroleum and natural resources due to absence from House proceedings urging the bureaucracy to respect the Parliament.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini here at the Parliament House. The apology was rendered by Secretary Ministry of petroleum and natural resources after the matter of breach of privilege was referred to the committee due to absence of senior officers of the ministry in the official gallery on 3rd August while the House was debating natural gas load shedding in the country.

The committee accepted the apology but also instructed the ministry to take this as the last warning and said that the supremacy of the Parliament should be upheld. Chairman Committee said that decisions taken in the Parliament cannot be implemented without the presence of administration of which bureaucracy is a vital part. Secretary petroleum assured the committee that in future, this mistake will not be made. The committee deferred discussion on misbehavior with Senator Saifullah Khan Bangash during the arrest of his Son in Lahore by NAB officials due to absence of Chairman NAB.

The committee asked DG NAB Punjab to intimate the Chairman who is abroad till 9th September that the committee requires a briefing on the matter by the Chairman himself. The members of the committee said that Senate does not want to interfere in the working of NAB but manhandling of a sitting Senator is not a small issue. Later the committee also discussed draft proposals regarding formation of an ethics committee in Senate and the codification of parliamentary privileges in its in-camera meeting