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'Pak govt. turns deaf ear to female MNAs phone tapping woes'

Islamabad , Sat, 06 Aug 2011 ANI

Islamabad, Aug 6 (ANI): There seems to be no respite for female Members of the National Assembly (MNA) in Pakistan, with reports saying that the government is not paying much heed to complaints about their phones getting tapped.


A few months back, MNA Bushra Gohar of the Awami National Party (ANP) had registered a complaint with the speaker office against tapping of her phone by law enforcement agencies. Now Nosheen Saeed of the Pakistan Muslim League- Q (PML-Q) has also raised a similar issue but to no avail.


Gohar alleged that despite raising the issue during a meeting of the House Standing Committee on Interior about six weeks back, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairman refuted the charges, The Dawn reports.


Insisting that even the interior secretary and representatives of law enforcement agencies present in the meeting remained mum over the issue, she said: "Their body language showed they were in the picture of this activity."


After receiving no response from the standing committee, she sent an application to Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, but "it has been a good number of weeks since then but there is no response," she added.


On being asked if she knew that her phone was being tapped, Gohar said: "Initially, I was told by a few friends and later I confirmed through various sources that it was being done," adding that firstly, it is a simple breach of a parliamentarian's privilege and secondly, no law of the land allows such a practice.


She, however, said that: "If this exercise is serving some national interest I have no objection but at least I should be informed in advance about this case."


Meanwhile, Nosheen Saeed said that she was not the only MNA whose telephone was being tapped, but many other parliamentarians were also victims of intrusion into their private lives. (ANI)


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