ISLAMABAD    -    The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday submitted a requisition with the Senate Secretariat to summon fresh session of the upper house of Parliament to discuss the issue of raid of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) at the house of party Senator Saifullah Khan Nyazee. A group of PTI senators led by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Dr Shahzad Waseem submitted the requisition to the Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani to call a session of the house on the alleged “political victimization of Senator Nyazee and violation of the sanctity of privacy of the lawmaker” allegedly by FIA officers and armed policemen.  FIA, on the other day, had raided the house of the lawmaker and confiscated some mobile phones, and a laptop on charges of allegedly operating the party’s website, which is meant to collect funds from overseas Pakistanis. The PTI senators in the meeting also asked chairman Senate to take appropriate action on the breach of the privilege of the parliamentarian. The senators who were part of the delegation included Saifullah Khan Nyazee, Faisal Javed, Azam Khan Swati, Abdul Qadir and Saifullah Abro. The other lawmakers included Sami Ezdi, Fauzia Arshad, Falak Naz Chitrali, and Dost Mohammad. 

PTI submitted the requisition for the Senate session under Article (54) 3 and Article 61 of the Constitution to discuss the issue. 

Talking to reporters, the opposition leader Waseem said the raid was the continuation of political victimization of PTI leadership and workers.

He further said that the sanctity of PTI lawmaker and “Chader and Chardeewari” was violated by officials of FIA and Islamabad Police.

He alleged that worst curbs on freedom of expression had been imposed by the incumbent government, as media channels and social media platforms were being closed while journalists were being harassed.

Separately, Senator Nyazee submitted a motion with the Senate Secretariat against Islamabad Police and FIA for allegedly breaching his privilege. The PTI senator in his interaction with the journalists said that as soon as he reached his home, he was ambushed by a dozen FIA officers and armed policemen and they snatched his mobile phone and took away his laptops from the car.

“They entered my house and even barged into my bedroom,” he added. 

He said that they searched through his belongings and took away additional things including his wife’s mobile phone.

He said that the behavior of FIA and Islamabad Police who harassed his wife and daughters was tantamount to the breach of privilege of the house of the Parliament. “Chairman Senate should take appropriate action on the breach of the privilege of the member.”