ISLAMABAD - Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani yesterday issued contempt of parliament notice to Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal what he said ‘misleading’ the Parliament about a discriminatory statement of the authority regarding the Christian community of the capital.

While going through the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet that was presented in the house, the chair referred the matter to the house committee on privileges and directed it to submit a report within a week.

The instructions were issued after Senate Committee on Cabinet Secretariat submitted its report over the controversy of a report of CDA submitted before the Supreme Court during the hearing of a petition regarding Christian community of Katachi Abadis of Islamabad. PML-Q Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed had pointed out the issue in the house on December 14 and the chair has asked the cabinet committee to probe it.

The civil society and human rights activists held a number of protests in the capital since CDA gave the statement that occupation of land by Christians in Islamabad might affect the Muslim majority of the capital and change the demographics of the city.

“I have no reason to believe that the report [of CDA] is incorrect,” Rabbani said while pointing out contradictions in the statement of chairman CAD, which he said, was aimed at misleading the Senate.

CDA in the report submitted before the apex court, as reported by media, said: “It is necessary to identity the facts that most of the Katachi Abadis are under the occupation of the Christian community who are shifted from (some districts of Punjab) and occupied the government land so boldly as if it has been allotted to them and it seems this pace of occupation of land may affect the Muslim majority of the capital.”

However, Chairman CDA while appearing before the cabinet committee termed the media reports as wrongly quoted and said the correct wording in the report was as “It seems this pace of occupation of land may increase the Muslim majority of the capital” not as “affect the Muslim majority of the capital”.

Chairman Senate declined to accept the stance of Chairman CDA said that his statement had not relevance with the facts and realities on ground and referred the matter to the privileges committee.