National Assembly panel seeks report on 'water-fuelled car'
The National Assembly's Standing Committee on Science and Technology on Thursday sought a comprehensive report about a controversial claimant, who said he could run a car on water, in its next meeting. The Committee met under Dr Abdul Kadir Khanzada at the Parliament House. State Minister for Science and Technology Raheela Baloch, Abdul Qadir Patel, Zafar Beg Bhittani, Anusha Rehman and others also participated in the meeting.
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Zafar Beg Bhittani raised the issue and said that engineers and scientists of "our ministry" should look into the claim made by Agha Waqar and reject or accept it after proving it using scientific methods. He said that Agha Waqar had driven the car. "We should not outrightly reject it without testing or applying scientific method."
Abdul Qadir Patel said that Waqar had "demonstrated" that a car could be driven using water as fuel. "We did not discourage him by rejecting it without any scientific proof and argument." According to him, Waqar should also not be rejected "just because he committed any crime in the past", adding that the Ministry of Science and Technology should have a clear stance on the matter.
Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar said that the ministry had sought his (Waqar's) water kit for testing and analysis but the man "has so far refused" to do so. "We asked him to hand over the kit in sealed condition, but he was also not ready to do so." Abdul Qadir Patel said: "Perhaps, Agha Qaqar fears that his formula would be stolen."
Upon hearing this, the Chairman urged the Ministry to submit a comprehensive scientific report in the next meeting of the Committee. The chairman of the Standing Committee also constituted a sub-committee that would visit the Thar Coal and other projects in all provinces and tasked it to submit its report to the Committee. The Committee comprises Abdul Qadir Patel, Justice (Retd) Fakharun Nisa Khokher, Anusha Rehman, Dr Khatu Mal Junejo, Zafar Beg Bhittani and Abdul Kadir Khanzada.