ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani has presented himself for accountability after resigning from his office for adopting a controversial bill aimed at enhancing perks and privileges of past and future heads of the upper house of parliament.

The bill, adopted earlier this month by the Senate, proposed the provision of a lifetime a security detail of at least 10 personnel to all former chairmen. It also proposed that the government bear travel expenses of their domestic staff as well as family members. The proposed law is currently pending with the National Assembly.

Chairman Sanjrani defended the bill during a news channel’s programme on the flimsy excuse that it would not put any additional burden on the national exchequer.

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The People’s Party (PPP) had refused to support the bill due to the country’s economic situation.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had also criticised the proposed law, arguing that it would burden an already troubled economy.

Sanjrani told the host of the programme that he had not sought even a paisa’s raise in his salary. He had never claimed any travel or daily allowances, he added.

He claimed that he bore all expenses of his household.

“I am ready for my accountability, and an audit should be ordered. If there is a proof [of any wrongdoing], I will step down from my Senate position.”


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Pakistani1 Jun 29, 2023 07:16am
As the beneficiary of the bill, what do you expect him to do. Of course he will and is defending it.
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Mehboob Ali Lalani Jun 29, 2023 01:12pm
This is unbelievable. The country is passing through unimiginable economic and financial crises. People are burdened to sit on cinder of unprecedented price hike and taxes, a bill is put to enhance the perks and privileges of present and past chairmen of Senate as we have rain of money coming from the sky. Kindly rethink of this and have mercy on the people.
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