Pak panel refuses to attend briefing at Army HQ
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 16:04
  
Islamabad: A Pakistani parliamentary panel has spurned the army's invite to attend a briefing at the Rawalpindi General Headquarters on the current security situation and bilateral ties with the US, saying they would like to uphold the tradition of holding meetings at the Parliament House.

The 17-member Parliamentary Committee on National Security set aside its original agenda of discussing Pakistan-US relations during a meeting yesterday to consider the army's invitation.

The committee, however, refused to attend the briefing in the General Headquarters and said it would prefer to meet top army officials in Parliament House.

Senator Raza Rabbani, a senior Pakistan People's Party leader who heads the panel, said the members had decided not to attend the briefing.

"We have decided to continue following the tradition of holding meetings at the Parliament House as no one is supreme to Parliament," Rabbani told reporters after the meeting.

The committee unanimously decided not to attend the briefing as "it would be in violation of its traditions".

Rabbani sought to play down the issue by saying the army and the Inter-Services Intelligence agency had always briefed the panel when requested.

The Parliamentary Committee on National Security was one of four panels that were invited to the General Headquarters on Thursday for an in-camera briefing.

Three committees on defence and defence production have accepted the invitation.

Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha are expected to be among the officials who will brief the committees.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 16:04


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