Senator Rubina Khalid has been elected as chairperson of Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication (IT&T).
The election was conducted according to Rule 184(1) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012. Rubina Khalid was elected as chairperson of the committee.
Other members of the committee include; Agha Shahzaib Durrani, Mir Nematullah Zehri, Dr Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Muhammad Tahir Bizenjo, Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Abdul Rehman Malik, Rukhsana Zuberi, Fida Muhammad, Sajjad Hussain Turi, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh and Sana Jamil.
The elected chairperson stressed upon the need to work through collective wisdom and ensuring maximum presence and participation in the meetings of Committee.
Senator Rubina Khalid has done her L.L.B from University of Peshawar and was re-elected as Senator for 2018-2024. She was also a member of the last Senate standing committee on IT&T until March 2018.
During her last tenure, she raised several important issues of the IT&T sector. She had questioned on how many scratch cards were sold by the mobile companies and whether the deducted amount of tax was deposited in government accounts or not.
Ms Khalid believed that cellular companies were evading taxes on prepaid cards. According to her cellular companies deduct about Rs 15 in tax when a subscriber recharges his/her account with a Rs 100 prepaid card. But she was of the view that there was no check on whether the deducted amount is going into government accounts or not.
Rubina Khalid had stated that cellular companies were charging their subscribers for one minute while giving them airtime of 45 seconds instead of 60 without their knowledge. Other members had concurred with this assessment.
This move had compelled the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to develop a software and start a forensic audit of cellular companies.
With this meeting concluded on Monday, Senate has completed elections of 30 Committees out of a total of 42 Senate Committees.