ISLAMABAD    -    The Senate Standing Commit­tee on Interior on Thursday sum­moned secretary interior, IGP Islamabad and other relevant offi­cials in person to attend the next meeting convened to discuss the raid at the house of Pakistan Teh­reek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator.

The committee that met under the chair of PTI Senator Mohsin Aziz showed serious displeasure over the absence of top officials from the meeting that was con­vened to discuss the raid at the house of Senator Saifullah Khan Nyazee.

FIA had raided the house of the PTI lawmaker the other day 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 committee will use all its au­thorities including moving a privi­lege motion against these officials if they didn’t turn up in the next meeting scheduled for Monday, said Senator Aziz. He said notices had also been sent to Chief Com­missioner Capt (Retd) Mohammad Usman, IGP Dr Akbar Nasir Khan and officials of Federal Investiga­tion Agency (FIA).

Director administration Islama­bad Capital Territory was the only official who attended the meeting while all others ignored it.

Chairman committee said Sen­ator Nyazee was active in politics for the last 26 years and the raid and search of his house and har­assment was unfortunate and be­yond comprehension. He said that such treatment with members of the Parliament as well as common citizens would not be tolerated at any cost. He said that such inci­dents indicated that political vic­timization of the opponents was underway and institutions were being misused.

He said the treatment being giv­en to the parliamentarians, by the incumbent government, for the last four months was highly con­demnable.

The chair said a letter about the meeting had been written to the Secretary Interior Yousaf Naseem Khokhar and he had also talked to the special secretary of the Minis­try of Interior.

Leader of the opposition in the Senate Dr Shahzad Waseem said sanctity of the Parliament as well as law has been blatantly violat­ed by the officials who did not turn up in the meeting as well as those who raided the house. He regretted that the raiding par­ty without being accompanied by women made their entry into the bedroom of Nyazee and women and children were harassed.

Minister of State for Law Sha­hadat Awan said the matter was subjudice. He said the committee should hold an in-camera meeting to discuss the matter and hear the viewpoint of the relevant institu­tions.

Senator Azam Khan Swati said the officials have breached the sanctity of the committee as well as the Senate by not making sure their presence.