PCNS not to record Ijaz's statement abroad

February 10, 2012

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Senator Raza Rabbani, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) on Friday decided not to record statement of Mansoor Ijaz in connection with the memo issue, outside the Parliament.

“It has been the consistent position of the committee that it always avoided to visit abroad on several occasions for such purposes because it is contrary to the parliamentary traditions and norms,” chairman of the committee, Senator Raza Rabbani told reporters after its meeting held at the Parliament House.

The meetings of the parliamentary committees should be held within premises of the parliament, keeping in view that it is the supreme institution of the country, he said.

“Whosoever is called to appear should come in the parliament house.”

He said the committee also empowered its chairman to keep a vigil on the proceedings of the memo commission and summon the meeting of the committee if any meaningful situation arises.

The committee also decided to request the memo commission, in accordance with the Supreme Court order, to share any substantial evidence which comes before it, he added.

About statement of the US ambassador regarding Nato supply, Rabbani said the committee has taken a very serious notice of the statement and directed the secretaries and ministries of foreign affairs and defence to explain it.