Senate body demands resignation of Communication Minister Dr. Arbab Alamgir

The Senate Standing Committee on Communication Thursday flayed severe criticism on Minister for Communication Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan, asking him to tender the resignation over poor performance of the ministry for last four years.

A meeting of the committee held in Parliament House with Senator Wali Muhammad Badini in the chair where the parliamentarians expressed their annoyance over the performance of the federal mister, his team and National Highway Authority (NHA). 

The committee members from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa criticized the minister, saying that no new projects of roads had been completed in the duo provinces for last four years.

They held that all the funds of the ministry and NHA were being used in Multan and Larkana. “The Presidency and the Prime Minister House are influencing the ministry in utilization of the funds,” Senator Abdul Rahim Mandokhel and Senator Zahid khan told
the committee.

Secretary Communication Anwar khan told the panel that the Government of Balochistan and FC were demanding money for providing security to the NHA staffers and companies working on development projects in the province.

He went on to say that Asian Development Bank (ADB) was sponsor of road projects in Balochistan. However, it had blocked the funds due to security concerns in the area, he added.

The panel condemned the attitude of provincial government and FC, expressing that both were responsible in provision of security to staffers. Mir Wali Muhammad Badini asked the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) to start work on M-8 and their dues will be
cleared with the passage of time because it is an important project.

Senator Abdul Rahim Mandukhel was of the opinion that the government had done wrong by increasing the defence budget and salaries of military and paramilitary personnel. He termed the FC’s demand of money against the provision of security completely violation
of law.

The committee observed that Ministry of Communication was not working seriously on its projects in Balochistan, putting all blame on law and order situation in the region.

In the concluding remarks, the panel suggested the provincial government to use the funds provided by the federal government on security of NHA’s staff.