Opposition boycott
in-camera national
security briefing


ISLAMABAD: The joint opposition in the Parliament on Monday boycotted an in-camera session of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security.

National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser presided over the session at Parliament House. National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf briefed the meeting on the countrys security matters.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti of JWP, Kamil Ali Agha of PML-Q, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and Faisal Sabzwari of MQM, and others were attendance in the session.

National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf

The joint opposition last week announced that it would boycott the in-camera meeting of the National Security Committee of Parliament. The opposition parties have earlier demonstrated a responsible behaviour over the constitution and public interest issues, it said in statement said.

Despite absence of the Leader of the House, opposition has attended briefings, and sessions and leaders of the joint opposition and parliamentary leaders have given their proposals and preferred public interest in this disputed period.

In a tweet on Dec 3, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry urged the joint opposition to revisit its decision of boycotting the national security briefing.

It is for the first time in seven decades that any government is presenting its security policy before Parliament. This is not a political matter but a national security issue, the minister said, asking the opposition to review the decision and earnestly participate in the meeting.

Agha Siraj Durrani sent to jail

Agha Siraj Durrani, the speaker of the Sindh Assembly, has been sent to the Central Jail in Karachi on judicial remand in assets beyond means case.

The PPP leader appeared before an accountability court Monday. During the hearing, the National Accountability prosecutor said that Durrani was arrested in Islamabad after his bail plea was rejected by both the Sindh High Court and the Supreme Court.

Theres no need for a physical remand, the suspect should be taken to jail,the prosecutor added.

The court asked the PPP leader if he was satisfied with NABs behaviour. I surrendered before the bureau myself, Durrani replied.

Consequently, the court decided to send him to jail till December 23 and adjourned the hearing.

Durrani has been accused of accumulating assets worth Rs1.6 billion, which according to NAB are beyond his known sources of income. He was arrested in 2019. Earlier, in October, the Sindh High Court rejected his bail after which the PPP leader went to the apex court.

The top court, too, rejected his request. Following this, the NAB arrested him outside court again. On Saturday he was granted a two-day transit remand to travel to Karachi.

The PPP leader was the Sindh local government minister from 2008 to 2013 and then appointed Sindh Assembly speaker in 2013, a position he holds to date.