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Pakistan at number fifth in the Worst Climate Affected Nations of the World: NA Speaker - September 16, 2021

Islamabad: 16th September 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan is now at number Fifth In the worst climate affected nations of the world. He said that Climate Change is severely affecting all socio-economic sectors of developing countries. He said that Parliament of Pakistan is fully cognizant of the adverse impact of climate change and incumbent government‘s initiatives of Clean and Green Pakistan would eliminate these impacts. He also said that ongoing plantation drive would cast positive impacts on our environment. While addressing the event in connection with preparation for up-coming 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP-26) organized by National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change in the Parliament House today

 He said that Parliament, being the representative of common people, is making all out efforts to ameliorate the issues faced by common people. He said the present Assembly has legislated in the best interest of masses and so far 94 Bills have been passed which include 16 private member bills and more than 200 Private Members bills are under consideration in Standing Committees.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Agriculture is the backbone of the socio-economic development in the country. He said that it is the first time in the parliamentary history of the country that Special Committee on Agriculture products has been forwarding diverse recommendation to government for resolving the outstanding issues faced by farmer’s community and most of these have been implemented.
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that Special Committee on development and progress of Erstwhile FATA would play a vital role to overcome all the shortcomings faced by the brave people of erstwhile FATA since long. He also said that all the sources and resources will be allocated to bring the region into the mainstream.  He said that incumbent government is fully cognizant of the situation in Afghanistan and is ready to support Afghan brethren especially in provision of basic food humanitarian supplies. He said that Pakistan Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group would try to facilitate Afghani brethren in this hour of need.

 


Development in Erstwhile FATA the only guarantee for bright future of FATA Youth : NA Speaker - September 14, 2021

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Development in Erstwhile FATA the only guarantee for bright future of FATA Youth : NA Speaker

Islamabad: 14th September 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that economy of Ex-FATA was unregulated and it was the economy of war. He said that regulating the Socio Economic affairs in the area would result in the prosperity of common people.  He expressed these views while chairing the 3rd meeting of the Special Committee on Development of Erstwhile FATA in Parliament House today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that prioritizing Socio-economic development of the Erstwhile FATA is the responsibility of all stakeholders. Meanwhile committee also unanimously passed a resolution for 3 percent share from NFC award in favour of Erstwhile FATA. This resolution was handed over to Federal Minister For Finance. The committee also applauded the Federal Minister for Finance Mr.Shoukat Fayaz Tareen for his commitment to especially focusing ex- FATA and Balochistan.
 Federal Minister for Finance Mr Shoukat Tareen assured the committee to Cooperate with the committee for making interim arrangements to facilities financing for Ex-FATA areas. He also said that NFC award is a constitutional award and needs the consensus of all political parties.

SAPM Mr Arbab Shahzad also said that provision of basic facilities to ex-fata would be the special focus of KPK and Federal government. He also said that basic facilities like Health Education and Financial support are at the doorstep of ex- FATA people.


The Speaker National Assembly chaired a meeting regarding the rescue, rehabilitation, education, shelter, uplift, and mainstreaming of street children in Islamabad - September 10, 2021

The Speaker National Assembly chaired a meeting regarding the rescue, rehabilitation, education, shelter, uplift, and mainstreaming of street children in Islamabad. The meeting was attended by the Members of the National Assembly from Islamabad, Chairman KORT and Pakistan Sweet Homes, Inspector General of Police and Deputy Commissioner Islamabad.

The chair was briefed about the progress made so far by the Special Task Force working on the Street Children in Islamabad constituted by the Speaker. Members were informed about the problem, causes, ramifications and mitigations at length.

The Speaker directed the CDA to identify the appropriate place (Vacant Government Building) and establish rehabilitation center in collaboration with the Private Sector on war footings to rescue this vulnerable strata of our society from the clutches of criminals.

Further IGP Islamabad were asked to take strict action against the Mafia’s working behind their back and provide fool proof security to the Rehabilitation Center which will shelter, feed, educate and microfinance the Street Children’s.

Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) assured the Chair that if provided with the proper place it will assist in rescue, rehabilitation, education and shelter of the Street Children’s.

The Speaker said to engage the Information Ministry for the awareness campaign with regard to Street Children’s.

The Deputy Commissioner was directed to assign a Special Magistrate to the issue of Street Children so cases are tackled on a timely basis.  

The Chair said that the National Assembly will expedite all the pending bills pertaining to the Street Children’s so that legal cover is given to the law enforcement agencies.

Last but not the least; the Speaker said that the Islamabad High Court will be requested for the appointment of a Special Judge for the timely disposal of cases regarding the Street Children’s.

One week’s time was given to the Deputy Commissioner Islamabad and other partners to come up with a straight line of action with regard to the rescue and rehabilitation of Street Children’s in Islamabad before the matter is taken up with the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

 


Pakistan will not leave Afghan brethren alone in time of Crisis: Speaker Asad Qaiser - September 10, 2021

Islamabad September 10: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser while chairing meeting on promoting trade and people-to-people contacts with Afghanistan remarked that Afghanistan is in a transitional phase. In this period, Pakistan will continue its humanitarian and economic support to alleviate the sufferings of Afghan people.
 
The Speaker further remarked that parliament has played a commendable role in promoting peace, regional connectivity and people-to-people relations with Afghanistan through its Parliamentary Friendship Group and it will continue its efforts through economic integration by promoting trade and investment. He underlined the urgent need of provision of humanitarian assistance by international community to address food shortage and COVID-19 pandemic management in Afghanistan. He also emphasized the importance of international engagement to bring economic stability in the country.
 
Participants of the meeting were unanimous in their views that it is essential to assist Afghanistan in building their human capacity and state’s institutional infrastructure to get them back on track and work more efficiently for bringing stability & peace in the country. Peace and stability in Afghanistan will definitely have a positive impact on Pakistan and the region.
 
The Speaker directed relevant stakeholders to not only fast-track resolution of outstanding issues but also work on solidifying gains achieved thus far. He further remarked that Afghanistan is very close to his heart and he will work closely with all stakeholders to facilitate Afghanistan particularly on matters of trade and connectivity.
 
The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Establishment Arbab Shahzad, PM’s Special Envoy on Afghanistan Sadiq Khan, MNA Yaqub Sheikh and senior officials of Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Commerce, Finance and Interior.

 


Defense Of Pakistan Impregnable Due To Matchless Sacrifices Of Armed Forces NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Pay Tribute To Armed Forces Of Pakistan On Defence Day - September 5, 2021

Islamabad; September 5, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri while praising the services of |Armed Forces of Pakistan have said that armed forces of Pakistan had made the defense of Pakistan impregnable. They said that the entire nation was proud of their armed forces that have rendered matchless sacrifices to defend the motherland. They expressed these views on the occasion of Defense Day, which is being observed every year on 6th September across the country.

The Speaker said that this glorious day signifies passion and sacrifice, serving as a supreme cause to lay our lives for the sake of our beloved homeland. He said that the supreme sacrifices of these sons who laid down their lives for our prosperous tomorrow should always be remembered.The Speaker further remarked that this day provides us the opportunity to pay tribute to all those who sacrificed their lives for the country, especially the martyrs of 1965 war.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser said that today Pakistan is confronted with multiple security challenges in the shape of extremism, terrorism and external aggression, but the entire nation stands alongside Pakistan Defence Forces to thwart evil designs against integrity and prosperity of Pakistan.
 
Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri said that Defence Day reminds us of the fearless sacrifices rendered by the Armed Forces of Pakistan during the war of 1965. He said that the whole nation is united and stands with its armed forces. He also paid homage to the martyrs in the war against terror.
 
While reiterating their commitment of sacrifice, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that on this day we have to make a resolve that we shall defend the country at all costs.


Government functionaries, linchpin of the administrative structure of the Government: NA Speaker - August 30, 2021

ISLAMABAD, 30th Aug 2021: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that government functionaries are linchpin of the administrative structure of the government. He expressed these views while talking to delegation of Provincial Management Services officers under tanning at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Services Academy who called on the Speaker National Assembly at Parliament House on Monday.

While stressing on the need to perform their duties with honesty, dedication and sincerity, the Speaker said that the employees who perform their duties with utmost honesty and dedication get tranquility and are honoured. He asked the officers to follow and seek guidance from Seerat-ul-Nabi in performance of their duties.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that government employees should utilize their energy with positive thinking to bring relief to the people, solve their problems and to get the country a dignified place in the comity of Nation. He said that the present government was taking steps on priority basis to strengthen the country's institutions through reforms. He said that government officials should work hard adopt austerity measures and ensure that the tax money collected from the public be spent on public welfare work sagaciously.

Earlier, Additional Secretary Legislation National Assembly gave a detailed briefing to the trainee officers on structure and functions of National Assembly and its standing committees, legislative procedures and other related issues.

 Chief Instructor Services Academy Khyber Pakhtunkhwa thanked the Speaker for giving the trainee officers the opportunity to visit the Parliament House and a detailed briefing  to the participant on legislative procedures and other issues.


PTI Would Contest 2023 On The Basis Of Its Performance: NA Speaker; Farmer's welfare the top priority of incumbent government: NA Speaker - August 29, 2021

Islamabad: 29th August 2021; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that in the political history of Pakistan,   it is PTI government only  which has revealed it's three performance for all .He said that prioritizing development of small provinces has been the priority of this government. He also said that more funds have been allocated for development of small provinces. He expressed these views while inaugurating development schemes in Swabi today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that he, himself formulated Special  Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture to resolve outstanding issues to farmers. He said that Swabi has been his focus for infrastructural development and progress. He said that state of the Art health facilities are now for Swabi people as Bacha Khan medical college has been given status of MTI. He said that Swabi electricity system has been upgraded and the whole Swabi district would be given Gas connection before 2023 elections.

He said that all promises made to Swabi people and union council of Saleem Khan woul be fulfilled.
 


NA Speaker congratulates Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan Niazi on assuming the office of Prime Minister of AJ&K - August 27, 2021

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NA SPEAKER CONGRATULATES SARDAR ABDUL QAYYUM KHAN NIAZI ON ASSUMING THE OFFICE OF PRIME MINISTER OF AJ&K
 
RESOLUTION OF THE KASHMIR DISPUTE IMPERATIVE FOR REGIONAL PEACE:  SPEAKER NA
 
Islamabad: 27th August 2021; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the fighting for the cause of Illegally Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) on every regional and international forum would continue till the resolution of Kashmir dispute as per aspirations of Kashmiri people. He resolved to utilize all possible channels to highlight and sensitize the world about atrocities being committed on innocent Kashmiri people in (IIOJK). He said Indian atrocities would not last longer and the the people of Kashmir would soon get their basic right of Freedom. He expressed these views while meeting with newly elected Prime Minister of AJ&K Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan Niazi who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser congratulated Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan Niazi on assuming the office of Prime Minister of  State of Azad Jammu & Kashmir(AJ&K) and expressed his confidence that under his leadership the  AJ&K would traverse on the path of progress and development.  He said that the state of Azad Jammu& Kashmir is full of natural sceneries and resources and there is vast opportunity of promotion tourism.  He said that exploring tourism opportunities would bring mass prosperity and generate employment opportunities.
 
 Speaker Asad Qasier also said that highlighting the atrocities and violations of basic rights in IIOJ&K have always been the priority of the incumbent government. He said that the peace of the region and of the world is dependent upon the resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the resolution of the United Nations Security Council and aspirations of the people of Kashmir. He remarked that Parliament of Pakistan has raised the Kashmir issue at all national and international forums.  He said that he himself had written letters to Speakers and Presiding officers of 198 Parliaments of the world to highlight Indian brutalities in IIOJ&K.
Prime Minister of AJ&K Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan Niazi thanked the Speaker for his warm facilitation and good wishes. He also lauded the initiatives taken by Speaker Asad Qaiser for highlighting the Kashmir dispute and assured that he would continue to highlight the Kashmir dispute at every regional and international forum. He was confident that soon the people of Kashmir would be free from Indian occupation and succeed to get their right of self determination. He also said that promoting tourism in state of AJ&K would be the top priority of his government and all available resources would be utilized for the well being of the people of Kashmir.

Enhancing Parliamentary Contacts would ensure mutual progress of Pakistan and Syria - August 26, 2021

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qasier said that Pakistan and Syria are interlinked in mutual bond of Islamic brotherhood and common cultural traditions. He said that both countries enjoy commonalities of views on multiple regional and international issues. He also said that enhancing relations between both countries is vital for mutual prosperity and development. He expressed these views during his meeting with Syrian Charge-de- affairs in Pakistan Dr. Mazan Ubaid who called on him in the Parliament House today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan desires to resolve all contentious issues including Kashmir and Palestinian issues as per UNO resolutions. He also said that peaceful Afghanistan is essential for regional peace and Pakistan always desires for peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan.  He said that Pakistan wanted truly representative government as per aspirations of people of Afghanistan. He said that Islam is religion of peace and love and strictly abhor extremism and secretarianism. He also stressed on the need of unity among muslin countries to fight the Islmophobiac trend in the western world. He stressed the need for enhancing parliamentary contacts between both countries for mutual progress and development.

Syrian Charge-de- affairs in Pakistan Dr. Mazan Ubaid said that Syria values high its ties with Pakistan and is looking forward for enhancing mutual trade and business contact. He said that in order to enhance trade between both nations, the option of direct flight operation between both countries is under consideration. He said that Syria has been facing the scourge of terrorism for more than a decade and  Syria wanted to learn a lot from Pakistan for successful handling of this menace.


Ecological and Natural Revival of the affected areas of Ghazi Barotha Hydro-Power Project would revive Local Economy - August 25, 2021

Up-Skilling youth the best way to  eliminate  poverty

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that the revival of economic activities in the Ghazi Barotha affected areas is vital for prosperity of the local region. He said that the people of villages living in and around Ghazi Barotha Hydropower project are facing issues and the positive policy initiatives would eliminate these socio-economic challenges. He expressed these views while chairing a meeting to review the consultancy work to revive the ecological, natural and social aspects of the  affected areas of Ghazi  Barotha  Project in Parliament House today.

While appreciating the timeliness and professionalism of consultancy work to revive ecological and social dimensions of the area, he said that effective Bella Management would provide more economic resources. He said that increasing plantation in affected Bella areas would make local region more prosperous and developed. He also said that a large number of local people are attached with fisheries and reviving fisheries production is vital to support them. He also  said that the major concern of the people is the provision of substantial amount of water for irrigation purpose as this would make these areas more prosperous. 

The representative of Consultancy firm briefed him  about diverse projects regarding revival of plantation of new species of trees ,  fisheries production, preserving the species of local birds and animals.He also appreciated the cooperation of local people in their work.

Later on, Representatives from Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) called on Speaker Asad in Parliament House and briefed him about initiatives taken to eliminate poverty in the country.  Speaker Asad Qasier stressed on the need to training and up-skilling  the people as it  would open new avenues of employment for them. He also said that projects to train local community would eliminate poverty in the area. PPFA representatives briefed about various projects  started by PPF  in swabi to eliminate poverty. Speaker Asad Qaisera also  appreciated the performance of PPFA and indicated new projects related with training women and youth in IT sector and modern farming  to bring them out of poverty circle.


The Honourable Speaker National Assembly, Mr. Asad Qaisar is pushing for stronger relations and strengthening the hands of APDA - August 17, 2021

 

Headed by Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Chairperson Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, a six-member Delegation from the National Assembly of Pakistan including Honourable MNA Romina Khurshid Alam and Honourable MNA Sahibzada Sibghatullah , Parliamentary Secretary are participating in the conference on population development , SDG5 , women & children’s health & reproductive rights during COVID19 in Kampala, Uganda. 

More than 20 countries are participating in the conference. Pakistan’ delegation is the largest amongst those attending in person and has been sponsored by APDA.

The conference provides Pakistan an opportunity to show case its parliamentary efforts being made in population development. National Assembly of Islamic Republic of Pakistan supports a strong parliamentary role in achieving ICPD-25 goals 

The Honourable Speaker National Assembly, Mr. Asad Qaisar is pushing for stronger relations and strengthening the hands of APDA in achieving their goals. 

Pakistan has made substantial progress on ICPD25 commitments. Pakistan has started a landmark health care initiative, “Sehat Sahulat Programme” with an objective to lead a path towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the country.

Pakistan became the first country in the world to include Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TCV) in its compulsory Expanded Programme for Immunization (EPI). The EPI is now providing immunization to children against eight (08) Vaccine-Preventable Diseases i.e., childhood tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, pertussis, neonatal tetanus, measles, hepatitis B and typhoid.

For maternity coverage Government of Pakistan grants 3 month’s maternity leave and requires the employers to provide nursery services on-site for women with young children.

To ensure reproductive health government will target 2 million Pregnant and Lactating women and 2 million children in the first 1000 days.

Women will be provided extra funds on the consumption of specialized nutrition. This program is estimated at 139 Billion Rupees over the 5 years. Under Pakistan’s Lady Health Worker’s Program, Lady Doctors and Nurses visit far flung areas to provide health services at home.

To encourage girls to remain in school, Constitution gives the right to free education and government pays monthly stipend to the children along with monthly funds for family support. This 81 Billion Rupees project will achieve enrollment of 9 million children by 2023.

Most women and girls leave school or work after marriage because of added responsibilities of the new home. 

To provide social protection needs of women who migrate or return to their country of origin after having worked abroad government of Pakistan has launched overseas Portal, where returning overseas can directly contact Prime Minister Secretariat for support.

To ensure protection of the women on legal grounds, government is revolutionizing the justice system to protect inheritance rights of women and criminal justice, government in establishing Gender Based Violence Courts at district levels. 

All of this has happened with the support of women parliamentarians.


NA SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER FELICITATES THE NATION ON THE EVE OF 74th INDEPENDENCE DAY - August 14, 2021

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NA SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER FELICITATES THE NATION ON THE EVE OF  74th INDEPENDENCE DAY
 
            Islamabad, August 13, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri congratulated the whole Nation on the eve of 74th ‘Independence Day’. They said that this day reminds us of the struggle and sacrifices made by our forefathers for this homeland. They  said that now it’s our responsibility to take this mission forward and make this country a prosperous and progressive nation.
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser urged the countrymen to pledge to work hard to lead country on the path of development, prosperity and progress. He also asked the countrymen to utilize all their energies for the betterment of Pakistan. He said that inculcating the spirit of democratic norms and pluralism are must for enhancing national integrity. He also said that the whole nation successfully fought the battle of Corona Pandemic and hoped that nation collectively would continue to fight this pandemic. He said that on this day of independence we need to take cognizance of ever-changing climate issues and we all must take part actively in the plantation drive of the incumbent government.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan always stands with their Illegally Indian Occupied Jummu and Kashmir(IIOJK)brethren  and would continue to support them  in their struggle for self-determination . He said that Indian atrocities on innocent people of Kashmir is the test of conscience of the whole world. He said that Indian hegemonic designs cannot suppress Kashmiri struggle for self-determination and the day is not far when people of Kashmir will be free from Indian suppression. 
 
The Speaker said that the incumbent government resolved to materialize the dreams of social welfare state of our father of nation  Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali jinnah .  He also remarked that public welfare and prosperity of the common people depends upon implementing the futuristic policies and government shall leave no stone unturned to make this country a prosperous nation
On this occasion, Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri said that this day reminds us of huge sacrifices made by our forefathers for a separate homeland, in which Muslim could practice their religion easily without any restrictions.  He said that Pakistan was the blessing of Allah, and it was the responsibility of every citizen to play their role in the progress and prosperity of the country

NA Speaker sought concrete plan for boosting Pakistan’s Food and Agricultural Trade - August 12, 2021

The Speaker National Assembly stated that Pakistan’s 0.3% market share in the $1.6 trillion global food and agricultural trade is not commensurate with country’s inherent agricultural potential. Endorsing his views, the Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam stated that improved compliance with international food safety and quality standards particularly the Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Standards was indispensable to Pakistan’s enduring quest for improved access to high end markets.  The Speaker, while presiding a meeting of the National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products, instructed the Sub-Committee, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to devise a coherent plan to boost Pakistan’s agri-exports and submit the report to the Committee within two weeks.  

The Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of National Food Security & Research and the provincial agriculture departments briefed the Committee on Pakistan’s agricultural trade. The Committee was informed that Pakistan share in the global agricultural exports is 0.3 per cent. It was highlighted that Pakistan’s agricultural exports have grown by 2% during the last two fiscal years. The current tariff rationalization and free trade agreement with China would provide significant boost to agri-exports. The officials of the Ministry of Commerce revealed that the fish and fish preparations, fruits and vegetables and meat & meat preparation products are the priority sectors for export. The members of the Committee raised concerns regarding decline in rice exports and added that 1.9 million tons of rice is available in stock and arrival of the next crop without a backup plan to export existing stock would suppresses the prices in the domestic market leading to significant losses the farmers. The Speaker National Assembly directed the officials of the Ministry of Commerce to call all the stakeholders and devise a coherent strategy to export the existing stock of rice. Asad Qaiser sought report from the Ministry of Commerce within one month.  

The Committee was informed that the Ministry of Commerce is steering pilot projects to transform Pakistan’s existing orchards to high density orchards for improved productivity and better market access. The members stated that Pakistani Agricultural Products would not be able to access high in markets without improved and strict compliance with global food standards particularly the sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards. It was stressed that without stringent regulation and certification of the nurseries, it would be futile to increase exports. The committee recommended that the Sub-Committee of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products should thoroughly examine the key obstacles, policy lacunas and institutional hurdles to increase Pakistan agricultural export.  

The Committee also deliberated upon the concerns of the tobacco farmers and directed the Pakistan Tobacco Board to ensure that no stock is left unsold with the farmers. The Speaker urged the PTB and Ministry of National Food Security and Research to conduct a third party survey for determining the cost of production of tobacco. The tobacco companies and the PTB assured that no stock would be left unsold. The Committee urged cigarettes industry to facilitate the farmers and end their suffering through timely purchase and better profitability.  

The Committee also directed the Ministry of Commerce to convene a joint meeting with the tobacco exporters and devise a plan to facilitate tobacco export to the regional countries and beyond.


CDA Approves Melody Food Park Beautification Budget - August 12, 2021

(Islamabad – 12.08.2021)Finally a good news for the citizens of Islamabad that CDA has approved around 10 million rupees for beautification of surroundings, allotment of shops of melody food street to make it a model for rest of the cities to replicate it.

This was told by Deputy Commission Islamabad, Mr. Hamza Shafqaat after a strong pursuance of MNA and National Assembly Task Force Member Ms. Zille Huma at SDGs Secretariat, Parliament House Islamabad today.
Ms. Zille Huma said we have to promote small businessmen because they are our assets and our main purpose is to reduce poverty.

Ms. Zille Huma, the convener of SDG goal ten which is “Reduce Inequality With And Among Countries” asked Deputy Commissioner Islamabad to make the process transparent and according to law to maintain standards.
Representative of District Administration Islamabad assured the meeting that there will be criteria for selection of shopkeepers which will help the deserving people to get shops.
Convener National Assembly Task Force on SDGs Mr. Riaz Fatyana suggested that melody food market should be divided section wise for healthy competition and shopkeepers should introduce local and traditional Cuisine to promote tourism.

This exercise and meeting was coordinated and arranged by SDGs Secretariat, Parliament House. It was attended by Ms.Nusrat Wahid (MNA), Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch (MNA), Syeda Shafaq Hashmi (DG, ICT Administration, Islamabad), Mr. Asghar Ali (DMA, MCI) Muhammad Shafique Choudhary (Technical Advisor, SDGs Secretariat) and Ms. Mehreen Mubashir (YDA, SDGs Secretariat)


Speaker National Assembly Appreciates the Work of National Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs” - August 11, 2021

Islamabad (August 11th, 2021): The SDGs Secretariat of the National Assembly of Pakistan organized a meeting of the National Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs. The Meeting took place at 2pm in Committee Room 5, Parliament House. The Meeting was chaired by Hon. Asad Qaiser, Speaker National Assembly and co-chaired by Hon. Riaz Fatyana, MNA / Convener National Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs.
In his welcome remarks, Hon. Riaz Fatyana gave a brief presentation on the performance and activities of SDGs Taskforce. He stated “Taskforce strength was 39 now we have 60+ Members with MNAs and Senators, the entire taskforce is working on voluntary basis, all-inclusive and a cross party forum, It is not only gender balanced but gender empowered taskforce. He further highlighted that, “We have decentralized the UN 2030 Agenda within the taskforce by delegating each SDG to a team of expert Members”
A detailed presentation was given by Ms. Mehreen Mubashir, Development Associate at SDGs Secretariat, in her presentation she highlighted the contribution of legislative business made by Hon. Taskforce Member directly targeting the UN 2030 Agenda.
Hon. Mr. Asad Qaiser, Speaker National Assembly remarked, “I am delighted to be surrounded by such an energetic and hardworking Taskforce. I appreciate the work done by our Hon. Members and their contributions to the legislative business.”
The Honorable Members deliberated on the Pakistan’s SDGs Index report which states, ss of 2021, According to SDGs International Report, Pakistan’s Score is 57.72/100 and Ranks at 129/165. The Parliamentarians shared their concerns over SDGs Implementation as well as strategies to create strong and effective linkages with the concerned departments to promote maximum stakeholder buy-in.
The meeting was concluded by Hon. Riaz Fatyana, in his closing remarks he urged all the Parliamentarians and respective offices to work with harmony and cooperation.
In the end, Participants offered vote of thanks to the Chair and thanked for calling upon this much awaited meeting.
 


Development In Erstwhile Fata To Bring With At Par With Rest Of The Country:Na Speaker; Incumbent Government Committed To Prosperity And Welfare Of Tribal Districts: NA Speaker - August 10, 2021

Islamabad: 10th August,2021: while chairing 1st meetings of the Special Committee on Development of erstwhile FATA in the Parliament House today, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that development and progress in erstwhile FATA is vital for prosperity and welfare of people. He opined that building of communication network, healthcare facilities, educational institutions and employment opportunities would bring its people at par with rest of the country. He said that it is vital to build consensus among public representatives to resolve the issues emerged due to merger of FATA. He also remarked that public representatives from erstwhile FATA are important stakeholders to bring consensus on policies to resolve socio-economic issues faced by common people.

Speaker Asad Qaiser also said that it is our moral and social responsibility to provide technical, legal and official support to resolve all issues faced by people of this region. He also resolved that special committee would focus on bringing development at the doorstep of people of this region. The committee constituted a 4 Members Subcommittee to deliberate upon TORs of this Special committee. The Subcommittee members include Dr.Haider Ali Khan, Mr Fakhar Zaman Khan, Mr.Sajid Hussain Turi,  Mr.Mohsin Dawar.

The meetings was attended by MNAs Mr. Junaid Akbar, Dr.Haider Ali Khan, Mr.Gul Dad Khan, Mr.Gul Zafar Khan, Mr.Sajid Khan,Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Mr.Fakhar Zaman Khan, Mr.Jawad Hussain, Mr.Khalid Hussain Magsi, Mr.Sajid Hussain Turi, Dr.Nafisa , Mr.Abdul Shakoor, Mr.Mohsin Dawar and Senator Ayub Afridi.


Effective Parliament Ensures Prosperity & Inclusive Development: NA Speaker - August 9, 2021

Islamabad: 9th August 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri remarked that Parliament being the representative of masses can ensure prosperity and inclusive development in the country. They said that legislating for the welfare of common people would bring positive changes in their lives. They expressed these views on the occasion of Platinum ceremony of 1st Constituent Assembly of Pakistan which held its first Session on 10th August 1947.
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser remarked that the incumbent Parliament is cognisant of its responsibilities and exercising its parliamentary oversight on executive. He remarked that both Treasury and opposition benches have vital role to play for strengthening Parliament  as Parliament is the place where  decisions are made on the basis of aspirations of masses. He said Opposition plays a vital role in smooth functioning of the Parliament. He also mentioned that this parliament is true representative of people who would strengthen democracy and democratic norms in the country.  
Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Parliament represents will of common people and it is the only forum which can affectively raise the issues of masses.He said that the it is the institution of Parliament which nourishes democratic values and norms in any society.
Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri said that Parliament represents democracy and democratic values. He said that parliament is the place where policies are made as per the aspirations and demand of masses. He said that this incumbent government is especially focusing on bringing positive changes in the lives of common people.

 


Tree Plantation Necessary to Tackle Climate Change: NA Speaker - August 5, 2021

Islamabad: 5th August 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan is one of the worst affected countries   due to adverse impact of abrupt climate Change. He said that maintaining suitable and friendly environment for our future generation is our responsibility. He urged the whole nation to take part in plantation drive of incumbent government. He expressed these views while inaugurating the ceremony of Moon Soon Plantation drive in Swabi University today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Billion Tsunami Tree plantation during last tenure of PTI government in KPK has saved almost three and half lac acre of agriculture land from destruction. He said that the international institutions also recognized the success of Billion Tsunami Tree project.

He said that Swabi would be a center of development and progress. He also mentioned  that National Transmission and Dispatch Company approved Award of Contract for establishment of   220/132 KV Grid Station Swabi. He also mentioned that this project would not only be beneficial for local people but it would also support and provide electricity to Rashakai Economic Zone. He also
That Farmer friendly policy of the incumbent government would bring relief to farmers across the country. He also mentioned that the producers of cash crops like Tobacco should be prioritized.
 Speaker National Assembly also inaugurated Academic Block in Swabi University.

 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker felicitates newly elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker of AJ&K Assembly - August 3, 2021

 NA SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER FELICITATES NEWLY ELECTED SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER OF AJ&K ASSEMBLY  

Islamabad: 3rd August 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri have  extended their warm felicitation to Chaudary Anwar-Ul-Haq and  Chaudary Riaz Gujjar on their election as  Speaker and Deputy Speaker of AJ& K Legislative Assembly  respectively.
In their separate felicitation messages to Speaker and Deputy Speaker of AJ& K, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly said their election is an evidence of  trust of leadership and Members of AJ&K Legislative Assembly reposed on them.  They offered all out cooperation for   capacity building of newly elected members of Legislative Assembly of AJ&K through PIPS. They expressed their confidence that under the capable leadership of newly elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker, the AJ&K Legislative Assembly  would legislate in the best interest of the people of AJ&K and effectively raise the issue at international form regarding basic human rights violation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jummu & Kashmir.

Parliamentary interaction between Pakistan and Azerbaijan to deepen cooperation and follow up various initiatives - July 30, 2021

MoU for cooperation signed between National Assembly of Pakistan and Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan

Islamabad July 30, 2021: The Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaiser vowed to foster bilateral parliamentary relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan. He expressed these sentiments during a one-on-one meeting with Speaker of the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan, Ms. Sahiba Gafarova in the bilateral component of his visit to Azerbaijan. The one-on-one meeting was followed by delegation level talks between parliamentary delegates of the two countries according to a message received from Baku.

The Speaker National Assembly also extended gratitude to his counterpart in Milli Majlis for extending generous hospitality to Pakistani delegation during their stay in their country.

He also congratulated the Speaker, parliamentarians, government and people of Azerbaijan on liberating their territories from Armenian occupation. He also appreciated the role played by Azerbaijan in supporting the just cause of the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K).

The Speaker National Assembly stressed upon the need to continue high-level parliamentary interactions to deepen cooperation and to accelerate follow-up on various initiatives by using platform parliamentary friendship groups.

The Speaker of the Milli Majlis of Azerbaijan appreciated Pakistan’s support to Azerbaijan during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. She also agreed to foster parliamentary cooperation between two brotherly countries for the benefit of people to countries.

Speakers of both countries signed Memorandum of Understanding on Inter-parliamentary cooperation. Both dignitaries hoped that this would usher in a new era of bilateral parliamentary cooperation between two brotherly countries.

Later, The Azeri Education Minister Emin Amrullayev called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and the Pakistan parliamentary delegation. The Speaker and the Education Minister discussed various aspects of enhancing cooperation in education sector between both the countries. The Speaker said that a large number of Pakistani students were studying in Azeri Universities. He stressed the need to intensify students and faculty members exchanges between educational institutions of both the countries. The Education Minister appreciated the suggestions of the Speaker and said that the would be considered and implemented. He said that massive scope exists for cooperation. 

The Pakistan Parliamentary delegation will return to Pakistan on July 31 after attending the Trilateral Speakers Summit (Azerbaijan, Pakistan & Turkey) and undertaking a successful bilateral visit to the brotherly Republic of Azerbaijan.


Baluchistan Development Imperative for Development of the whole Nation: NA Acting Speaker - July 29, 2021

 BALUCHISTAN DEVELOPMENT IMPERATIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE WHOLE NATION: NA ACTING SPEAKER

Islamabad 29th July 2021; Acting Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri said that Baluchistan development and progress would ensure development of the country. He said that the current fiscal budget is public friendly and it focuses on the welfare of the common people and substantial funds has been allocated for the development of Baluchistan. He expressed these views during his meeting with Governor of Baluchistan Syed Zahoor Ahmed Agha who called on him at the Parliament House today.
Acting Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri said that incumbent government is especially focusing Baluchistan province and welfare of its people. He said that timely completion of CPEC related projects would ensure development and mass welfare for the common people of the province. He also said that initiatives taken by incumbent Baluchistan government would ensure long term development in the province.  He said that public friendly legislation is also must for the progress of the country.
Governor of Baluchistan Syed Zahoor Ahmed Agha said that incumbent federal government policies for Baluchistan development are public friendly. He also appreciated Acting Speaker National Assembly Qasim khan Suri efforts for taking special care for Baluchistan and its masses. He said that incumbent Baluchistan government is bent upon bringing positive changes in the life of people. He also remarked that socio-economic development of the province is interlinked with fully functional Gwadar deep port.
Later on, Acting Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri planted Magnolia Grandiflora in the lawn of Parliament House and inaugurated the Plantation drive of the incumbent government to make Pakistan clean and green.  He also prayed for the progress and long-lasting development of the country. Meanwhile Governor of Baluchistan Syed Zahoor Ahmed Agha also planted Magnolia Grandiflora in the lawn of Parliament House.

Azeri Foreign Minister calls on Speaker National Assembly - July 29, 2021

 Azeri Foreign Minister calls on Speaker National Assembly

 
NA Speaker proposes establishment of direct airline between Both countries and relaxation in visa regime for educational purposes. 
 
Islamabad, July 29, 2021: The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Mr. Jeyhun Bayramov met with the Pakistani Parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker National Assembly, Asad Qaiser. The two sides discussed the issues of mutual interest and also deliberated on the prospects of enhancing cooperation in various fields.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser felicitated the Azeri Foreign Minister on the liberation of the territories from Armenia. Pakistan strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and advocates Azerbaijan’s stance on the Karabakh issue, he added.
 
The Speaker emphasized the need for operationalizing direct flights between Azerbaijan and Pakistan for promoting people-to-people contacts between the two brotherly countries.
 
He further underscored the importance of relaxation of visa policies particularly for the students on the two sides. He proposed that the prominent educational institutions in the two countries should collaborate with each other for joint research, joint degree programmes as well as students and faculty exchanges.
 
The Azeri Foriegn Minister thanked the Honorable Speaker for the meeting and lauded the proposals. He assured that the suggestions will be taken up with the concerned quarters.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan further said that Azerbaijan strongly supported Pakistan on its just and legitimate stance over the issue of Jammu & Kashmir and reaffirmed that Azerbaijan will continue to extend its support at all international fora with regard to the said issue.

Azeri Foreign Minister calls on Speaker National Assembly - July 29, 2021

NA Speaker proposes establishment of direct airline between Both countries and relaxation in visa regime for educational purposes.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Mr. Jeyhun Bayramov met with the Pakistani Parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker National Assembly, Asad Qaiser. The two sides discussed the issues of mutual interest and also deliberated on the prospects of enhancing cooperation in various fields.

Speaker Asad Qaiser felicitated the Azeri Foreign Minister on the liberation of the territories from Armenia. Pakistan strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and advocates Azerbaijan’s stance on the Karabakh issue, he added.

The Speaker emphasized the need for operationalizing direct flights between Azerbaijan and Pakistan for promoting people-to-people contacts between the two brotherly countries.

He further underscored the importance of relaxation of visa policies particularly for the students on the two sides. He proposed that the prominent educational institutions in the two countries should collaborate with each other for joint research, joint degree programmes as well as students and faculty exchanges.

The Azeri Foriegn Minister thanked the Honorable Speaker for the meeting and lauded the proposals. He assured that the suggestions will be taken up with the concerned quarters.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan further said that Azerbaijan strongly supported Pakistan on its just and legitimate stance over the issue of Jammu & Kashmir and reaffirmed that Azerbaijan will continue to extend its support at all international fora with regard to the said issue.


Pakistan to host the Second Trilateral Meeting of Speakers of Azerbaijan, Pakistan & Turkey in 2022 - July 28, 2021

 

 
Pakistan to host the Second Trilateral Meeting of Speakers of Azerbaijan, Pakistan & Turkey in 2022
 
Islamabad July 28,  2021: As host of the first Trilateral meeting of the Speakers of the Parliaments of Azerbaijan, Pakistan & Turkey, the Speaker of the Milli Majlis (Parliament) of Azerbaijan, Ms. Sahiba Gafarova gathered the Speakers of the three brotherly countries in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, as per communiqué received from Baku, Azerbaijan today. 
 
The meeting underlined the importance of existing relations between Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Turkey which were based on brotherhood, historical and cultural ties, mutual respect and trust. The Forum also recognized the necessity of enhancing the parliamentary dialogue and cooperation between the three countries for further deepening of the existing relations between the brotherly states and nations.
During his address at the Plenary Session of the Conference, Speaker Asad Qaiser congratulated the leadership and people of Azerbaijan on their great victory in the 44 day patriotic war. The liberation of occupied territories through sheer determination, perseverance and collective will of the people was no easy task, he added.
While thanking the governments of Azerbaijan and Turkey for their support towards Pakistan on the issue of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistan Speaker prayed that very soon the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir will be liberated from the foreign occupation. He also hoped that the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir will also see the dawn of freedom and rejoice in the air of liberty to live their lives in peace and prosperity.
 
It was unanimously agreed that the Second Trilateral Speakers Conference will be held in Islamabad in 2022.
 
The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ilham Aliyev also received the Speaker and delegation of Pakistan at his residence. During the meeting, the two sides discussed an array of issues of mutual interest. The Speaker proposed establishment of a Trilateral Forum of the Ministries of Commerce in order to enhance trade & commercial ties between the three brotherly countries.
 
On the bilateral front, the Speaker also emphasized the need for further enhancing cooperation in the fields of education, health and climate change.
 
The Azeri President welcomed the proposals of the Speaker of Pakistan. He stressed that Azerbaijan always stood by Pakistan on its just and legitimate stance over the issue of Jammu & Kashmir and reaffirmed that Azerbaijan will continue to extend its support at all international fora with regard to the said issue.

PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION LEAD BY NA SPEAKER EMBARKS FOR BAKU, AZERBAIJAN TO ATTEND THE FIRST TRILATERAL MEETING OF THE SPEAKER’S OF PARLIAMENTS OF AZERBAIJAN, PAKISTAN AND TURKEY - July 27, 2021

Speaker National Assembly led Pakistan Parliamentary delegation meets President of Azerbaijan at the Presidential Palace - July 27, 2021

NA Speaker proposes creation of the Joint Working Group between the Commerce Ministries to focus and prepare action plan for increasing bilateral trade.

Azerbaijan President Assures Azerbaijan’s continued support for the just and legitimate cause of Jammu and Kashmir at all international fora.

Islamabad July 27, 2021: President of the Republic of Azerbaijan H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev received the Pakistani Parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Mr. Asad Qaiser at the Presidential Palace, today according to a press statement received from Baku, Azerbaijan.

Welcoming the Speaker, President Ilham hoped that First Trilateral Conference of the Speakers will contribute towards strengthening the relations among the three brotherly countries.

Speaker Asad Qaiser thanked the President for receiving him and conveyed the greetings and good wishes of President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Speaker also thanked the President for extending continued support on the issue of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. He briefed the President on the continued human rights violation in IIOJ&K.

The Speaker congratulated the President and the people of Azerbaijan on the resounding victory in the 44 day Patriotic War.

While talking to the Speaker highlighted the need for further expanding the excellent relationship between the two brotherly countries to a broader array including education, health and climate change.

Speaker Asad Qaiser also proposed the creation of the Joint Working Group between the Commerce Ministries to focus and prepare action plan for increasing bilateral trade.

President Ilham stressed that Azerbaijan has always stood by Pakistan on its just and legitimate stance regarding the issue of Jammu & Kashmir and assured that Azerbaijan will continue to extend its support at all international fora with regard to Jammu & Kashmir.

The Speaker extended an invitation to the President of Azerbaijan to visit Pakistan and address the National Assembly of Pakistan.

President expressed his desire to visit Pakistan after the improvement in pandemic situation. He positively reciprocated the proposals by the Speaker to intensify cooperation in commerce and trade, education, health and climate change. President also proposed cooperation between the ecological organizations of the two countries.


The Speaker National Assembly, Asad Qaiser called for close scrutiny of the existing policy framework - July 19, 2021

Islamabad, the July 19th: The Speaker National Assembly, Asad Qaiser , called for close scrutiny of the existing policy framework and urged all the stakeholders to eliminate hurdles to  tobacco farmers' enduring quest for decent profitability. He stated that the problems of cotton and tobacco growers would be tackled on priority basis in the next meetings of the special committee on agricultural products. An all-out effort would be made to ensure that the farmers of Pakistan receive decent profit for their toil. He made these remarks while presiding a meeting of the National Assembly Special Committee on agricultural products on Monday at Parliament House, Islamabad.

The tobacco farmers form Khyber Pakhtunkhwa wrote letters to the Speaker National Assembly regarding their most pressing concerns and requested Mr. Asad Qaiser to end their sufferings.

The farmers complained that tobacco companies, under a contract, sell agricultural and allied inputs at prices higher than the current market prices, thus denting their profitability. They stated that Pakistan Tobacco Board, in collusion with the cigarette manufacturers, understates the cost of production of tobacco farmers leading to suppressed Minimum Indicative Prices. They demanded an independent third party evaluation to ascertain the true cost of production.

They stated that tobacco companies have introduced cumbersome and complex documentary mechanisms to encash the vouchers. They stated that they face lengthy procedures and humiliation to encash the vouchers for their hard earned labor.
The tobacco companies stated that there was no malpractice in provision of high quality inputs to the farmers. On necessary protection equipment’s for the farmers, the Committee urged the companies to undertake it corporate social responsibility. On the issue of the vouchers, the representatives of multinational tobacco companies stated that
the new regulations were undertaken in compliance with FATF and the Company's international obligations.

The Committee principally endorsed the proposal to conduct a third party audit to ascertain the cost of production of tobacco. The Committee instructed the Sub-Committee to comprehensively examine the issues and present a report to the Committee.
 


Outgoing Ambassador Of Krygzstan Pays Farewell Call On Speaker - July 16, 2021

National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination elects Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA, as its chairman - July 14, 2021

 

Islamabad, 14 July, 2021: The Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination, in a meeting held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad, eclected Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA, as its Chairman by majority of vote.

2. The Joint Secretary (Committees). National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the honorable members and briefed them about the procedure for election of the Chairman. Mr. Gul Dad Khan, MNA/Member, proposed the name of Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA, as Chairman of the Committee while Ms. Shaheen Naz Saifullah and Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, MNAs/Members seconded their candidature. Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA/Member proposed the name of Rana Mubashir Iqbal, MNA/Member, as Chairman of the Committee Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar, MNA/Member seconded their candidature. As there were two candidates for Chairmanship of the Committee, therefore, as per Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, elections were conducted. As per voting, Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA, got 10 votes while Rana Mubashir Iqbal, MNA got 05 votes in his favour. Therefore, Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA was, by majority of vote, elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination.

3. The Joint Secretary (Committees), National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honorable Speaker, Secretary National Assembly and assured him full support from the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee.

4. The Chairman expressed his gratitude to the members for posing confidence in him and assured them to run the business of the Committee with consensus. The members while appreciating views of the honorable Chairman assured him their fullest support in the process of legislation.

5. The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Mehboob Shah, Nawab Sher, Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Gul Zafar Khan, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Fakhar Zaman, Syed Faiz al Hassan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Ms. Robina Jamil, Ms: Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Syed Nosheen Iftikhar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Rana Mubashir Iqbal, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behun, and Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar besides the senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.


Peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan imperative for regional peace - July 11, 2021

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser remarked that successful economic policies of the incumbent government has steered the country out of economic crisis inspite of COVID-19 pandemic. He also remarked Pakistan always desires to have peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan .He expressed these views while inaugurating the Gas supply Scheme in Batakaraa Swabi today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Federal Budget 2021-22 was a public friendly budget. He also remarked that this was development oriented budget. He said that time is not far when Pakistan would be among developed states due to successful economic policies of PTI government.

Speaker Asad Qaiser also said that Swabi has been his special focus and he said that development and progress of the Swabi district would improvise the life of common people. He said that all villages of Swabi would be provided with Gas and other basic necessities of life. He also said that Health Insurance Scheme for KPK would provide basic Health facilities to poor people.


NAB: A Deterrence Against Corruption: NA Speaker - July 7, 2021

Islamabad; July 07, 2021:  Speaker National Asad Qaiser has said that NAB was performing a National service through creating deterrence against corruption in the country. The Speaker opined that effective measures always help to eliminate the menace of corruption from society. He said this in a meeting with Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Mr. Justice (R) Javed Iqbal, who called on him, at Parliament House, today.

The Speaker said that the present government believes in the promotion of transparency and accountability in the governance system. He said that corruption was a major challenge faced by the nation. He said that it was the collective responsibility of all segments of society to discourage corrupt practices and support the government's efforts to eradicate corruption from the country.

The Chairman presented NAB Annual Report 2020 to the Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan and briefed him about his organization’s performance which had recovered Rs. 323.29 Billion during 2020. He informed that NAB received 24,706 complaints and disposed-off 30,405 complaints including under-process complaints from the previous year. He further stated that NAB processed 878 complaints verifications, besides conducting 369 inquiries, 175 investigations and filed 136 references before the Accountability Courts during the past year. He apprised that the overall success ratio of prosecution was 66% during the year 2020. He apprised that reputed National and international organizations like Transparency International Pakistan, World Economic Forum, PILDAT and  Mishaal Pakistan have appreciated the defrosts of NAB in eradication of corruption specially to aware people about the ill effects of corruption.

Appreciating the performance of NAB, the Speaker said that the organization had done a commendable job by waging a war against corrupt elements and recovering Rs. 323.29 Billion during 2020. He lauded the efforts of the Chairman NAB for his personal indulgence for recovery of billions of hard earned money of effectees of housing societies and money laundering. He assured the Chairman of his complete support in strengthening the organization to weed out corruption from the society.
 


The Spokesman National Assembly Secretariat has clarified a news item being telecast on media - July 2, 2021

 

Islamabad July 2, 2021: The Spokesman National Assembly Secretariat has clarified a news item being telecast on media regarding non participation of Prime Minister of Pakistan in meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security held in 1st July, 2021 that the news in question is factually incorrect. 

The Spokesman clarified that Prime Minister was always willing to attend the meeting of the Parliamentary Committee and the only reason of his not coming to Meeting was reservations conveyed to Assembly secetariat by some opposition leaders.


Parliament House Building Audit Imperative To Assess Envrionmental Impact : NA Deputy Speaker - July 2, 2021

 

Islamabad: 2nd July, 2021; Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri chaired the 10th meeting of the Standing Committee on House & Library of the National Assembly in Parliament House today. While deliberating upon the Starred Question raised by MNA Syed Agha Rafiullah regarding conducting the  Environmental Audit of Parliament Building, Deputy Speaker NA remarked that master plan of the building need to be revived to assess its environmental impact  . He also said that  master plan of this building was prepared in 1985 and still this is catering the requirements of increasing number of Members and increasing strengthen of  Parliamentary staff. He remarked that complete audit of the building is imperative to upgrade it as per future needs. 

The committee applauded the performance of CDA to bring visible improvement to the infra-structural development in Islamabad. The committee also unanimously appreciated the improvement in the progress of newly constructed 104 family suites and 500 servants Quarter as Chairman CDA briefed the committee about separating the issues of previous contract issues  and starting work again. CDA Chairman also briefed the committee about issues of Janitorial services and said that contract of Janitorial service would not be renewed till the directions of the committee. The committee decided to look into matter of the provision of janitorial services whether it is under the supervision of CDA or National Assembly Secretariat. 

Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri directed the CDA to collaborate with SNGPL and IESCO to recover the pending dues/ bills and using all means to recover these bills from Ex-MNAs. He said that this is public money and no one should be allowed it to forgo it. The issues regarding upgrading the facilities of provision of basic health services at Disperancy of Parliament Lodges were also deliberated upon in detail. Deputy Speaker directed National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Committee to ensure provision f the basic Health facilities  at Parliament  lodges immediately.  The committee also instructed the NTC and PTCL to improve their Internet services at Parliament Lodges and MNA hostel. Deputy Speaker also directed to ensure vaccination of all staff at the Parliament lodges.

The issues of National Assembly Secretariat Employees Cooperative Housing Society (NASECHS) were discussed in detail. Administrator FECHS briefed that the matter of dissolution of Management committee of FECHS is in High Court. Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri issued instruction to the administrator for resolving the matter of Lay out Plan (LOP) of NASECHS. Chairman CDA assured the committee to complete the process of approval LOPS of NASECHS within one week after fulfilling legal formalities.


Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House, today. - June 28, 2021

Federal Budget 2021-2022; a balanced and growth oriented; NA Speaker - June 25, 2021

Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Shaukat Fiyaz Ahmed called on Speaker National Assembly in the Parliament House today. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser remarked that Budget for Financial Year 2021-2022 will usher in a new era of progress and development. He also remarked that this budget is balanced and pro people . He said that projected estimate for the next Financial Year 2021-2022 would support Agriculture, Health, Education and other Social Sectors. He also said that participation of all members were ensured  in the general discussion of the Budget 2021-2022 and Members belonging to opposition benches were allotted more time as compared to Treasury benches. He also mentioned that Sixty Eight hours instead of allotted Forty hours were allotted for general discussion on Budget for Financial Year 2021-2022.

While briefing about salient features of budget Financial Year 2021-2022, Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Shaukat Fiyaz Ahmed applauded Speaker’s efforts for maintaining friendly and amicable atmosphere in the House during Budget Session. He informed that that Rs.900 Billion has been earmarked for Public Sector Development Programme which is 38 Percent more than from last year. He said that this is growth and development oriented budget.   He mentioned that current budget focused to upgrade living standards of common people and to resolve their residential issues. He expressed his gratitude to Speaker for appreciating the professionalism of Finance Ministry to prepare and present Budget for Financial Year 2021-2022 efficiently. He also commended the keen interest of Members of National Assembly   for participation in general  discussion on  budget 2021-2022.


NA Speaker Constitutes Committee On Legislative Business - June 24, 2021

Islamabad:24th June 2021;  Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, in consultation with the Leaders of the Parliamentary leaders,  has constituted  a Committee on Legislative Business. This committee would finalize Its Terms of Reference (TORs) on issues which would be referred to it from time to time.The committee would submit  its report to Speaker National Assembly. National Assembly Secretariat has issued notification in this regard.

The Committee on Legislative Business comprise Mr. Pervez Khattak, Minister for Defence, Mr. Asad Umer, Minister for Planning Development and Special Initiatives, Mr. Chaudhary Tariq Bashir Cheema, Minister for Housing and Works, Dr.Fehmida Mirza, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Mr. Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan, Adviser Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi ,Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi,  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Syed Naveed Qamar,  Ms. Shazia Marri, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali  and Mr. Agha Hassan Baloch.
 


Announcment by Honourable Speaker in the House - June 24, 2021

Mutual Cooperation In The Field Of Trade, Energy And Health To Boost Economic Acitivity In The Country: NA Speaker; Qatari Ambassador Calls On Speaker Asad Qaiser - June 22, 2021

Islamabad: 22nd June 2021; While meeting Qatar Ambassador in Pakistan Sheikh Saoud bin  Abdulrahman  bin Faisel Al Thani in Islamabad today, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser remarked that Qatar and Pakistan enjoy cordial relations that are based on  commonality of religious, history and cultural values.  While appreciating the mutual cooperation in the fields of Parliamentary, Economy, Trade, Investments, Health, and education, he said this cooperation would boost economic activity in the country.

Speaker Asad Qaiser remarked that cooperation between both countries especially in the field of Energy sector was vital for development and prosperity in the country. He said that Pakistan welcomes high Qatari investment in Energy, Industrial and other economic sector. He said that both countries have vast opportunities to enhance mutual trade. He added that Parliamentary Cooperation between both countries would bring them closer and help them learn from each other’s experiences. He mentioned that Pakistani expatriates in Qatar are enjoying the cordial atmosphere in Qatar and their contribution in the form of remittances is contributing in socio-economic stability of homeland.  

Qatar Ambassador in Pakistan Sheikh Saoud bin  Abdulrahman  bin Faisel Al Thani considers  Pakistan brother and a trading partner. He also mentioned that Qatar would continue to support Pakistan in the field of trade, education and Health. He applauded the Pakistani government strategy to tackle COVID-19 Pandemic successfully He informed that Qatar would donate   One million COVID-19 Vaccine doses to Pakistan. He also applauded the efforts of Pakistan to raise the issue of Islamophobia across the world and underlined the need to bring Muslim umma countries together.


Azerbaijan-Pakistan-Turkey Trilateral Parliamentary Cooperation Platform established - June 21, 2021

Parliamentary Cooperation Platform; A new era of Cordial Parliamentary Linkages, says Na Speaker

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that the Parliamentary exchanges and multilateral cooperation is imperative for regional development and economic prosperity. He welcomed the initiative of Azerbaijan for establishing Azerbaijan-Pakistan-Turkey Trilateral Parliamentary cooperation platform. The Speaker said that this platform will be initiation of a new era of close and cordial parliamentary linkages between the brotherly countries. He expressed these views in a telephonic conversation with the Speaker of Milli Majlis Azerbaijan Sahiba Gafarova, today. 

Speaker Asad Qasier said that enhancing Parliamentary cooperation between legislatures is the need of the hour and Parliamentary Friendship group could be an apt forum in this regard. Moreover, the Speaker underlined the need for closer cooperation between Pakistan and Azerbaijan Inter-parliamentary relations for the development of political and economic relations between the two countries. He also expressed his gratitude for the participation of Azerbaijan parliamentary delegation headed by her Excellency in the recently concluded 2nd General Conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO). He said that Pakistan looks forward to arrange such Forums in order to enhance collaboration in diverse sectors.

While thanking the Speaker of Milli Majlis Azerbaijan for the invitation in the first meeting of the Azerbaijan-Pakistan-Turkey Trilateral Parliamentary cooperation platform, he ensured his full support for further strengthening parliamentary relations between brotherly countries.

Speaker of Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova invited Speaker Asad Qaiser to participate in the first meeting of Azerbaijan-Pakistan-Turkey Trilateral Parliamentary cooperation platform. She said that Pakistan has always played its role in enhancing cordial relations with friendly countries. She was of the opinion that this platform will enhance economic cooperation that would give impetus to the existing bilateral relations through parliamentary and economic cooperation. 

She appreciated the role of Speaker Asad Qaiser for hosting the 2nd PAECO in Islamabad, she said that the success of PAECO was only due to the proactive role of Participating Parliamentary delegation of ECO member States.

 


Upholding Parliamentary Norms in the House Collective Responsibility of Both Treasury & Opposition Benches: NA Speaker - June 17, 2021

Islamabad: 17th June 2021: while talking to media representatives in the Parliament House today, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that maintaining  decorum  during the proceedings in the House is collective responsibility of both treasury and opposition benches. He said that collective efforts were imperative to uphold parliamentary norms in the House and to stop reoccurrence of such incidents.
While responding to questions of Media Personnel, he remarked that, being custodian of the House, he took action against seven members of National Assembly irrespective of party affiliations.  He said that Members of the National Assembly being public representatives require upholding moral values as people follow them.
He further said that these unpleasant incidents during the proceedings of the House warrant us to be careful in our attitude otherwise these would set bad traditions for our next generations. He also mentioned that he telephonically discussed the situation with Mr. Leader of the Opposition Mr.Shahbaz Sharif  and  PPP Chairman Mr.Bilawal Bhutto Zardari  to normalize the tense environment in the House.  Speaker Asad Qaiser mentioned that substantive number of hours were  allocated to Opposition benches in the House debate that were more  than to hours allocated to  Treasury benches during last year proceedings of the House


NA Speaker Calls Leader of the Opposition and PPP Chair for maintaining order in the House - June 16, 2021

Islamabad: 16th June 2021; While taking notice of gross disorderly behavior of seven Members of National Assembly during the Speech of the Leader of the Opposition on Budget 2021-2022 and interrupting the proceeding of the House, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has ordered immediate withdrawal and banning entry of Seven MNAs belonging to both Treasury and Opposition benches from the precincts of the Parliament.

The MNAs banned include Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Sheikh Rohale Asghar, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr.Abdul Majeed Khan, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan and Syed Agha Rafiullah.

As per Order, ban on entry of the above MNAs has been imposed who violated rules and Parliamentary norms despite repeated directions of the chair during National Assembly Proceedings on 14th and 15th June 2021.

Later, Speaker National Assembly called Leader of the Opposition Mian Shabaz Sahrif and Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and discussed the unfortunate incident that happened yesterday during the House proceedings. Regretting the incident, the Speaker said that both Treasury and the Opposition benches were jointly responsible for maintaining the order in the House. Both the leaders agreed with the Speaker to make efforts to uphold Parliamentary norms and prestige during the proceedings of the House. They also agreed to make common strategy to avoid such unpleasant incidents in the House.
 


NA Business Advisory Committee finalises Agenda and Duration of Budget Session 2021 - June 14, 2021

Speaker National Assembly  Asad Qaiser Chaired meeting of Business Advisory  Committee of National Assembly  today in Parliament  House. The matters  pertaining  to agenda and duration  of Budget session  for Financial Year 2021-22 were discussed.

It was decided that present session would continue till 30th June. It was also decided that General discussion on the Budget would be opened by Leader of the Opposition today and wound up by Federal Minister Finance on 24th June followed by taking up appropriations for charged expenditure. It was also decided that there would be 40 hours time duration  for General discussion and Both Government and Opposition benches would get time as per their strength in the house.  Debate on demands of grant would start on 25th June 2021 and Financial Bill 2021-2022 would be presented for approval on 29th June . while, the matters of Supplementary Grants for Financial year 2020-21 would be presented for debate on 30th June 2021.

The committee unanimously  decided not to take agenda of Question and attention notice. Federal Ministers Mr.Ghulam Sarwar , Dr Shareen , Mehar un Nissa and Parliamentary Advisor Dr.Zaheer ud Deen Babar Awan, MNAs  Rana Tanveer Hussain, Ch Muhammad Barjees Tahir,  Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Syed Naveed Qamar , Syed Ghulam Mustafa, Shazia Muree, Shahida Akhtar Ali, Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Robina Irfan , Muhammad Aslam bohtani and Mohsin Dawar attended the meeting.


Pakistan And Tajikistan Agree To Enhance Parliamentary Cooperation For Increasing Trade & Connectivity ; Stresses For Establishment Of Air Links Between Islamabad And Dushanbe: NA Speaker - June 3, 2021

Islamabad: 2nd June 2021; Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the Majlisi Oli, Republic of Tajikstan along with Tajikistan Parliamentary delegation   met Speaker Asad Qaiser on side-lines of the PAECO Conference held in Islamabad today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that there was a lot of opportunity for enhancing bilateral trade and promoting investment in both countries. He remarked that parliamentary exchanges are important because they create linkages amongst policy makers for both the governments.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Parliaments of both countries enjoy unanimity of views on number of issues especially on Kashmir and Palestine at every international forum. He remarked that parliaments of both countries can pursue realisation of vast opportunities to enhance bilateral trade and trade through ECO .He also expressed his thankfulness to Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the Majlisi Oli, Republic of Tajikstan and its Parliamentary delegation for participating in the  PAECO Conference. He mentioned that people to people contacts, trade and connectivity can be enhanced between both the countries by establishing Air Links between Islamabad and Dushanbe.

Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the Majlisi Oli, Republic of Tajikstan expressed his gratitude for hospitality offered during 2nd PAECO conference in Islamabad. He said that both countries enjoy bilateral relation based on commonality of religious and cultural ties. He congratulated Speaker Asad Qaiser for combining ECO member states under the banner of PAECO to promote trade and connectivity among ECO. He agreed that the frequent interaction between the political leadership of both the countries was depiction of excellent bilateral relations. He also agreed for enhancing parliamentary interaction through Parliamentary friendship groups. He said that peace in the region would accelerate development and bring prosperity.


2nd General Conference of Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO) Islamabad June 1st & 2nd, 2021; Islamabad Declaration On Enhancing Regional Trade And Connectivity - June 3, 2021

2nd General Conference of Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO) Islamabad June 1st & 2nd, 2021;  Islamabad Declaration On Enhancing Regional Trade And Connectivity

We, Heads (Speakers/Chairpersons/Presidents) of PAECO Parliaments, participating in the 2nd General Conference of PAECO, hosted by the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on 1st&2nd June 2021 in Islamabad, while:

Underscoring the importance of PAECO for supporting ECO’s broad objectives aimed at promoting socio-economic development of Member States;

Appreciating the collaboration of Member Parliaments in advancing regional cooperation for the benefit of the peoples;

Welcoming the entry into force of PAECO charter after ratification by Azerbaijan and adoption of PAECO’s rules of business by the Executive Council in accordance with article 5b (iv) ;

Urging remaining Member States to sign/ratify PAECO’s Charter;

Reiterating our commitment to the principles and objectives of PAECO Charter;

Recognizing the need to enhance parliamentary dialogue and interaction under the umbrella of PAECO as an effective tool in fulfilling ECO’s socio-economic objectives;

Underlining the significance of PAECO in exploiting the potential of Parliamentary diplomacy to bring about regional connectivity and economic integration in the ECO region;

Expressing gratitude to the National Assembly of Pakistan for hosting the PAECO Secretariat and meeting its financial needs since 2013

Considering the evolving regional and international situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic leading to considerable challenges that have bearing on our sustainable development goals (SDGs) and ;

Recognizing the grave human rights violations of the oppressed peoples of Palestine and Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir

HAVE AGREED TO:

Emphasize on the need of further enhanced cooperation within the framework of PAECO for enhancing trade, regional connectivity and people to people contact;

Strongly support and encourage the implementations, operationalization and strengthening of the following mechanisms and arrangements within the ECO as building blocks for regional cooperation and integration as well as increase in the intra-regional trade and connectivity among ECO member states such as;

ECO Trade Agreement (ECOTA)
ECO Trade and Development Bank
ECO Reinsurance Company
ECO Regional Institute for Standardization, Conformity Assessment Accreditation and Metrology (ECO –RISCAM)
Agreement on Promotion and Protection of Investments among ECO Member States
ECO Transit Transport Framework Agreement (TTFA):
Other institutional and regulatory ECO frameworks dealing with regional integration in terms of trade, finance, investment

Early establishment of the general fund for PAECO Secretariat in accordance with Article 7(a) of the charter, for making the Secretariat fully functional;

Appreciate efforts of PAECO Secretariat for associating PAECO with Inter-Parliamentary Union as an observer;

Establish a Committee in accordance with Article 4(h) of the charter to    examine issues impeding complete operationalization of PAECO’s inter parliamentary diplomacy aspect and recommend resolution thereof;

Establish PAECO Branch (ECO Parliamentary Group) in the respective parliaments of the Member States in accordance with Article 2(c) of the charter to coordinate inter parliamentary activities in the region and follow up of PAECO matters in their respective parliaments;

Encourage the early establishment of the ECO Reinsurance Company to promote growth of national and regional underwriting and retention capacities, minimize the outflow of foreign exchange from the region and support economic development of the member states;

Recognize that the trade is an engine of economic growth and vital for sustainable socioeconomic development as well as to boost regional economic recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19;

Urge Member States to take effective measures for enhancing intra-regional trade through early implementation of ECOTA;

Underscore the importance of transit trade, reducing the cost of doing business, and financial infrastructure in expanding intra regional trade volumes;

Encourage the Member States and the Secretariat to take effective steps in implementation of regional infrastructural projects, ECO Transit Trade Framework Agreement (ETTFA), and operationalization of ECO corridors;

Acknowledge the significance of regional cconnectivity in transforming landlocked countries into land-linked countries;

Emphasize on the need of simplification of visa processes for businessmen and tourists;

Comprehend the important role of tourism in strengthening people-to-people contact, cultural cooperation and regional development;

Invite the relevant authorities of the Member States to undertake concrete measures to facilitate intra-regional tourism by promoting youth/cultural exchanges, encouraging health tourism, enhancing linkages among professional bodies, facilitating visa arrangements and relaxing visa insurance;  

Underline the importance of participation of women in socio-economic development;

Suggest activities like operation of web-portal for women entrepreneurs, exchange of delegates, holding of exhibitions and organizing training workshops;

Highlighting the importance of cooperation between the PAECO Secretariat and the ECO Secretariat;

Reaffirm solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine and Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and condemn their gross human rights violations;

Deplore the unilateral economic sanctions and extra-territorial jurisdiction or   political pressures as tools applied in violation of the United Nations Charter and International Law and Express our full support to ECO Member States affected by such illegal tools;

Express thanks to the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for hosting the 2nd General Conference of PAECO and;

Welcome the offer by Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to hold the 3rd General Conference of PAECO in 2022 in Kabul.


Committee constituted by Prime Minister of Pakistan to reform the laws related with Evacuee trust property met today - June 3, 2021

Sustainable peace and social Harmony in the country interlinked with proactive role of religious scholars and intelligentsia

While meeting a high powered committee constituted by Prime Minister of Pakistan to reform  the laws related with Evacuee trust property  in Islamabad  today, the Speaker National Assembly  Asad Qaiser emphasized on the role of Religious scholars for establishing peace and Harmony in the country. Mr. Sheikh Rasheed Federal Minister for Interior, Mr. Noor ul Haq Qadri Federal Minister for Religious and Interfaith Harmony, SAPM on Religios Affairs Allama Tahir Ashrafi and Chairman Islamic  Ideological Centre Qibla Ayaaz and religious scholars from diverse Schools of thoughts attended the meeting.

Speaker Asad Qaiser remarked that role of religious  institutions  is inevitable for maintaining  social peace and Harmony. He said that legislation  against  basic teachings of Islam is even unthinkable. He said that suggestions and opinions of religious scholars  of all schools of thoughts  would be included while legislating in such matters.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor ul Haq Qadri remarked that this incumbent  government  believed in inclusive approach  and desire to seek suggestions from religious scholars and intelligentsia  to reform laws relating to Auqaf Laws.

 


Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the Majlisi Oli, Republic of Tajikstan along with Tajikistan Parliamentary delegation met Speaker Asad Qaiser - June 2, 2021

PAKISTAN AND TAJIKISTAN AGREE TO ENHANCE PARLIAMENTARY COOPERATION FOR INCREASING TRADE & CONNECTIVITY 

STRESSES FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF AIR LINKS BETWEEN ISLAMABAD AND DUSHANBE: NA SPEAKER

Islamabad: 2nd June 2021; Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the Majlisi Oli, Republic of Tajikstan along with Tajikistan Parliamentary delegation   met Speaker Asad Qaiser on side-lines of the PAECO Conference held in Islamabad today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that there was a lot of opportunity for enhancing bilateral trade and promoting investment in both countries. He remarked that parliamentary exchanges are important because they create linkages amongst policy makers for both the governments.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Parliaments of both countries enjoy unanimity of views on number of issues especially on Kashmir and Palestine at every international forum. He remarked that parliaments of both countries can pursue realisation of vast opportunities to enhance bilateral trade and trade through ECO .He also expressed his thankfulness to Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the Majlisi Oli, Republic of Tajikstan and its Parliamentary delegation for participating in the  PAECO Conference. He mentioned that people to people contacts, trade and connectivity can be enhanced between both the countries by establishing Air Links between Islamabad and Dushanbe.

Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the Majlisi Oli, Republic of Tajikstan expressed his gratitude for hospitality offered during 2nd PAECO conference in Islamabad. He said that both countries enjoy bilateral relation based on commonality of religious and cultural ties. He congratulated Speaker Asad Qaiser for combining ECO member states under the banner of PAECO to promote trade and connectivity among ECO. He agreed that the frequent interaction between the political leadership of both the countries was depiction of excellent bilateral relations. He also agreed for enhancing parliamentary interaction through Parliamentary friendship groups. He said that peace in the region would accelerate development and bring prosperity.


Islamabad Declaration on Enhancing Regional Trade and Connectivity - June 2, 2021

ISLAMABAD DECLARATION
ON ENHANCING REGIONAL TRADE AND CONNECTIVITY

We, Heads (Speakers/Chairpersons/Presidents) of PAECO Parliaments, participating in the 2nd General Conference of PAECO, hosted by the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on 1st&2nd June 2021 in Islamabad, while:

Underscoring the importance of PAECO for supporting ECO’s broad objectives aimed at promoting socio-economic development of Member States;

Appreciating the collaboration of Member Parliaments in advancing regional cooperation for the benefit of the peoples;

Welcoming the entry into force of PAECO charter after ratification by Azerbaijan and adoption of PAECO’s rules of business by the Executive Council in accordance with article 5b (iv) ;

Urging remaining Member States to sign/ratify PAECO’s Charter;

Reiterating our commitment to the principles and objectives of PAECO Charter;

Recognizing the need to enhance parliamentary dialogue and interaction under the umbrella of PAECO as an effective tool in fulfilling ECO’s socio-economic objectives;

Underlining the significance of PAECO in exploiting the potential of Parliamentary diplomacy to bring about regional connectivity and economic integration in the ECO region;

Expressing gratitude to the National Assembly of Pakistan for hosting the PAECO Secretariat and meeting its financial needs since 2013

Considering the evolving regional and international situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic leading to considerable challenges that have bearing on our sustainable development goals (SDGs) and ;

Recognizing the grave human rights violations of the oppressed peoples of Palestine and Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir


HAVE AGREED TO:

Emphasize on the need of further enhanced cooperation within the framework of PAECO for enhancing trade, regional connectivity and people to people contact;

Strongly support and encourage the implementations, operationalization and strengthening of the following mechanisms and arrangements within the ECO as building blocks for regional cooperation and integration as well as increase in the intra-regional trade and connectivity among ECO member states such as;

- ECO Trade Agreement (ECOTA)
- ECO Trade and Development Bank
- ECO Reinsurance Company
- ECO Regional Institute for Standardization, Conformity Assessment Accreditation and Metrology (ECO –RISCAM)
- Agreement on Promotion and Protection of Investments among ECO Member States
- ECO Transit Transport Framework Agreement (TTFA):
- Other institutional and regulatory ECO frameworks dealing with regional integration in terms of trade, finance, investment


Early establishment of the general fund for PAECO Secretariat in accordance with Article 7(a) of the charter, for making the Secretariat fully functional;

Appreciate efforts of PAECO Secretariat for associating PAECO with Inter-Parliamentary Union as an observer;

Establish a Committee in accordance with Article 4(h) of the charter to    examine issues impeding complete operationalization of PAECO’s inter parliamentary diplomacy aspect and recommend resolution thereof;

Establish PAECO Branch (ECO Parliamentary Group) in the respective parliaments of the Member States in accordance with Article 2(c) of the charter to coordinate inter parliamentary activities in the region and follow up of PAECO matters in their respective parliaments;

Encourage the early establishment of the ECO Reinsurance Company to promote growth of national and regional underwriting and retention capacities, minimize the outflow of foreign exchange from the region and support economic development of the member states;

Recognize that the trade is an engine of economic growth and vital for sustainable socioeconomic development as well as to boost regional economic recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19;

Urge Member States to take effective measures for enhancing intra-regional trade through early implementation of ECOTA;

Underscore the importance of transit trade, reducing the cost of doing business, and financial infrastructure in expanding intra regional trade volumes;

Encourage the Member States and the Secretariat to take effective steps in implementation of regional infrastructural projects, ECO Transit Trade Framework Agreement (ETTFA), and operationalization of ECO corridors;

Acknowledge the significance of regional cconnectivity in transforming landlocked countries into land-linked countries;

Emphasize on the need of simplification of visa processes for businessmen and tourists;

Comprehend the important role of tourism in strengthening people-to-people contact, cultural cooperation and regional development;

Invite the relevant authorities of the Member States to undertake concrete measures to facilitate intra-regional tourism by promoting youth/cultural exchanges, encouraging health tourism, enhancing linkages among professional bodies, facilitating visa arrangements and relaxing visa insurance;  

Underline the importance of participation of women in socio-economic development;

Suggest activities like operation of web-portal for women entrepreneurs, exchange of delegates, holding of exhibitions and organizing training workshops;

Highlighting the importance of cooperation between the PAECO Secretariat and the ECO Secretariat;

Reaffirm solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine and Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and condemn their gross human rights violations;

Deplore the unilateral economic sanctions and extra-territorial jurisdiction or   political pressures as tools applied in violation of the United Nations Charter and International Law and Express our full support to ECO Member States affected by such illegal tools;

Express thanks to the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for hosting the 2nd General Conference of PAECO and;

Welcome the offer by Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to hold the 3rd General Conference of PAECO in 2022 in Kabul.

 

Islamabad Declaration (PDF Download)


Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser Addressed the Closing Ceremony of 2nd General Conference of PAECO Today in Islamabad - June 2, 2021

PAECO, A UNIQUE MODEL OF REGIONAL COOPERATION: SAYS SPEAKER ASAD QAISER

EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO THE PAECO PARLIAMENTARY SPEAKERS FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE CONFERENCE

Islamabad: 2nd June, 2021; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser expressed his gratitude to participants Speakers and Delegations who presence at the 2nd General Conference of Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization a model of success. He expressed his hope that ECO members would continue to cooperate and translate this into an agenda of regional peace and development and translate their passion of cooperation into regional cooperation and development.

The Speaker expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Imran Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan whose vision of regional cooperation enabled Parliament of Pakistan to host 2nd PAECO successfully. He expressed these views during his speech in the closing ceremony of 2nd General Conference of PAECO today in Islamabad.

Speaker Asad Qaiser expressed his gratitude to Speakers of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan who participated in the conference along with their Parliamentary delegations.  He said that PAECO emerged as successful multilateral forum owing to practical suggestion agreed upon during conference.

While mentioning the important milestones achieved in the conference, he said that 3rd PAECO would be held in Afghanistan. He said that the PAECO Secretariat established in Pakistan would be fully functional for coordination parliamentsry initiatives of regional development and economic progress.

He mentioned that the unanimity of views in “Islamabad Declaration” on condemning the violation of basic human rights in Indian Occupied Jammu& Kashmir and oppression against innocent Palestinians indicate the commonality of views among participating states. He also said that cooperation among parliaments is imperative for regional socio-economic development.  He also mentioned that unanimity spirit of all participating Speakers in PAECO which was indicated in “Islamabad Declaration” adopted unanimously in 2nd General Conference of PAECO.

Mir Rehman Rahmani ,Speaker of the Wolsi Jirga of Afghanistan, Ms. Sahiba Gafarova, Speaker of the Mili Majlis of Azerbaijan, Mr. Talant Mamytov, Speaker of the Supreme Council of Kyrgyz Republic,  Mr. Zokirzoda  Mahmodthohir ,Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the Majlisi Oli, Republic of Tajikstan, Mr. Mustafa Sentop ,Speaker of  the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mr. Ismoilov Nurdinjoin, Speaker of the  Majlis  Oli of the Republic of Uzbekistan and  Mr. Mynbay Darkhan as  Heads of the delegation of the House of Representatives of Kazakhstan also address the concluding  ceremony of the conference . Whereas,  Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf ,Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran,  Ms.Gulshat Mammedova Chairperson of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan and Dr.Hadi Soleimanpour Secretary General of ECO virtually addressed the  concluding Session of the Conference.

The Speakers of the ECO member’s states expressed their felicitation for successful organization of 2ndGeneral Conference of PAECO. They expressed their gratitude to Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser for hosting this conference and exemplary hospitality extended to them.  They mentioned about the importance of trade and connectivity for regional development and prosperity. They also mentioned about tackling the issues of climate change which is afflicting all ECO member states. The Speakers mentioned about up-Skilling the youth and women to include them in social stream. They also stressed about exploring the opportunities of trade among regional countries.

 Mr.Imran Khan  Prime Minister of Pakistan also addressed the concluding  session of 2nd General Confererence  of PAECO . He congratulated the Speaker National Assembly  Asad Qaiser for successful organization  of the PAECO conference .


Meeting of the Executive Council of Parliamentary Assembly of the ECO Members states - June 1, 2021

*PAECO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY CONDEMNS  GROSS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION IN INDIAN OCCUPIED  JAMMU & KASHMIR*

*EXTENDED UNANIMOUS SUPPORT TO THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE IO&JK AND PALESTINE SPEAKER NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ASAD QAISER ELECTED AS CHAIRMAN OF EXECUTIVE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF ECO*

Islamabad 1st June 2021: The Executive Council of Parliamentary Assembly of the ECO Members states have unanimously condemned gross human rights violations being committed by Indian forces in illegally Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and has been included in the draft of the Islamabad Declaration to be adopted on the conclusion of the PAECO Assembly on 2nd June. In its landmark outcome document, titled The Islamabad Declaration, the forum extended unanimous support to the oppressed peoples of IO&JK and Palestine. The Executive council meeting was attended by all the Speakers from ECO countries.

On the proposal of Afghanistan and Turkey, the Executive Council unanimously elected Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser as Chairperson of Executive Council of the PAECO.  The Executive Council approved the rules of Business of PAECO in order to make it functional. The Council also agreed to the proposal of establishing PAECO Branches in the Parliament of each ECO member countries. Furthermore, the Executive Council formed three committees to deliberate on issues of Trade & ECOTA, Communication & Connectivity, Women, Youth & Cultural affairs. The Executive Council also accepted the proposal of Afghanistan for hosting 3rd  PAECO conference.

Prior to meeting of Executive  Council  of PAECO , meeting of   Secretaries of  General Council  was Chaired by National Assembly  Secretary  Tahir Hussain and matters related to PAECO agenda, its  rules, formation of Committee and Hosting of 3rd Conference of PAECO was deliberated upon with Secretaries of participating parliamentary delegations.

The occurrence of this conference despite of COVID-19 is success of Speaker's effort for strengthening Parliamentary diplomacy. The formulation of Parliamentary Assembly of ECO is the result of Pakistan effort to promote regional cooperation as Secretariat of PAECO has


Speaker NA addressed the inaugural Session of 2nd General Conference of Parliamentary Assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO) - June 1, 2021

REGIONAL COOPERATION AMONG ECO MEMBER STATES IMPERATIVE FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: NA SPEAKER

Islamabad: 1st June 2021; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that multilateral cooperation is imperative for regional development and economic prosperity. He remarked that ECO region with an area 8 million Square kilometer and vast population of 460 million has immense potential of mutual cooperation in the spheres of trade and economy.  He expressed these views during his welcome address in inaugural Session of 2nd General Conference of Parliamentary Assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO) in Islamabad Today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that 10 members of ECO can capitalize their potential by Parliamentary cooperation especially in the context of the negatives of COVID-19 Pandemic. He said that Parliament of Pakistan successfully organized a seminar to explore the opportunities to promote  trade between Pak-Afghan in 2020 and multiple initiatives has been taken under the Executive committee Pak-Afghan parliamentary Friendship Group.

While mentioning the plight of innocent Kashmiris and Palestinians, he remarked that world should take stock of the gross violations of basic human rights in Indian Occupied Jammu&Kashmir and in Palestine. He said that without resolution of contentious issues like Kashmir and Palestine the sustainable peace cannot be achieved.

Meanwhile, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser expressed his gratitude for unanimously electing him as Chairperson of Executive Assembly of PAECO. He said that PAECO would provide a plate forum for strengthening the inter parliamentary cooperation. He expressed the hope that PAECO would continue to open new avenues of cooperation among ECO member States.  He congratulated to Afghanistan being unanimously chosen to be host of 3rd PAECO by the Executive Council of PAECEO. He hoped that unanimous decisions of Executive Council would further strengthen PAECO.

Mir Rehman Rahmani ,Speaker of the Wolsi Jirga of Afghanistan, Ms. Sahiba Gafarova, Speaker of the Mili Majlis of Azerbaijan, Mr. Talant Mamytov, Speaker of the Supreme Council of Kyrgyz Republic,  Mr. Zokirzoda  Mahmodthohir ,Chairman of the Majlisi Namoyandagon of the Majlisi Oli, Republic of Tajikstan, Mr. Mustafa Sentop ,Speaker of  the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Mr. Ismoilov Nurdinjoin, Speaker of the  Majlis  Oli of the Republic of Uzbekistan and  Mr. Mynbay Darkhan as  Heads of the delegation of the House of Representatives of Kazakhstan also address the inaugural ceremony of the conference . Whereas,  Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf ,Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran,  Ms.Gulshat Mammedova Chairperson of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan and Dr.Hadi Soleimanpour Secretary General of ECO would virtually address the conference.

In their addresses the guest Speakers appreciated the Pakistan’s effort to bring ECO member Parliament on the plateform of PAECO. They also mentioned about vast opportunities in the field of economy and trade. They mentioned of the need of close cooperation and connectivity among ECO member states. The Guest Speakers mentioned that PAECO is not only a platform for regional parliamentary diplomacy throuth dialogue, consensus, synergy and alignment of national member Parliaments of the member states.

The guest speakers also mentioned that peace and tranquility without eliminating the threats to solidarity and cooperation on a global scale, and especially without international consensus and cooperation on issues such as war, violence and the countering against terrorism is not possible.


The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mr Mustafa Sentop met Speaker Asad Qaiser on side-lines of the PAECO Conference - June 1, 2021

PAKISTAN AND TURKEY AGREE TO STRENGTHEN INTER-PARLIAMENTARY RELATONS THROUGH ENHANCED COOPERATION

PROTOCOL SIGNED BWTEEN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF PAKISTAN AND GRAND TURKISH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Islamabad: 1st June 2021; The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mr Mustafa Sentop met Speaker Asad Qaiser on side-lines of the PAECO Conference held in Islamabad today.

While talking to his Turkish counterpart, Speaker Asad Qaiser termed the visit of Mr Mustafa Sentop and his delegation as a step forward in furtherance of the pursuit of friendship and cooperation between two brotherly countries. The Speaker said that religious cultural and historic affinities have bound both the countries in eternal bonds. He was confident that PAECO conference would help explore avenue for furthering the collaboration and connectivity between all the states in the region.

Speaker Turiskh Grand National Assembly Mr Mustafa Sentop expressed his gratitude to the Speaker Asad Qaiser for the arousing welcome accorded to him and his delegation at Islamabad. He said that he always feel at home when he is visiting Pakistan. He also mentioned that exploring possibilities of mutual cooperation amongst the regional states was imperative for progress and prosperity. He said that issues of Kashmir, Palestine and Cyprus were close to Turkey and would always extend its diplomatic and moral support for their peaceful resolution.

Later on, a Protocol on Inter-parliamentary co-operation was signed between National Assembly of Pakistan and Grand National Assembly of Turkey. The National Assembly of Pakistan and the Grand National Assembly of Turkey agreed in principal to exchange information and views on matters related to the bilateral relations as well as on regional and international matters. It was further agreed that both parliaments would also support and encourage reciprocal visits and contacts between delegations composed of the members of the Parliaments and also urge enhanced contacts between Standing Committees of both Parliaments. Strengthening Inter-parliamentary Friendship Groups of Pakistan and Turkey has also been made part of the protocol. This Protocol shall come into effect on the date of its signature and remain in force for an indefinite period of time unless terminated by either Parliament.


Uzbekistan and Afghanistan Speakers called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser on the eve of PAECO 2021 - May 31, 2021

*Uzbekistan  and Afghanistan Speakers  called on Speaker National Assembly   Asad Qaiser on the eve of PAECO 2021*

Islamabad: 31st May 2021 : On the eve of 2nd General Conference of Parliamentary Organization of Economic Cooperation , Uzbekistan Speaker Ismiolov Nurdinjon Muydinkhonovich and Speaker Wolsi Jirga Afghanistan  Mir Rehman Rahmani called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in the Parliament  House today.

On this occasion, Speaker Asad Qaiser remarked that Parliamentary cooperation  is imperative for promoting trade and business. He said that PAECO provides  avenue for exploring and enhancing regional cooperation  under the banner of ECO member states. He said that Afghanistan and Uzbekistan have vast potential vin terms of trade and connectivity. He said that PAECO is platform where agenda regional progress can be pursued.

Uzbekistan Speaker Ismiolov Nurdinjon appreciated  Pakistan parliament  for organizing Second PAECO conference  after a span of Nine years. He also remarked that Parliamentary  cooperation among ECO member states would bring  prosperity  for common people. He also termed relations between both countries brotherly and depp rooted in Culture. Later On Mir Rahman Rehmani also mentioned his gratitude  for inviting him in PAECO as this forum would provide Afghanistan  to explore opportunities for trade and Connectivity. He said that both Afghanistan  and Pakistan  can explore  more cooperation  in the field of trade and business  through  PAECO plateforum.


Saving Public Money would revive Country's Economy: Speaker National Assembly - May 27, 2021

Substantial amount saved and surrendered to the government by the NA Secretariat 

As a result of directions of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser for austerity and adopting strict financial discipline, the National Assembly Secretariat reduced  its expenditure  substantially  and saved and surrendered an amount of Rs.1 billion 38.9 million to the government. This was in line with the government’s policy of austerity. 

The National  Assembly  released savings figures for the financial year 2020-2021. The total austerity  as per percentage of the National  Assembly  budget  1 Billion 38.9 Million Rupee  that is 26.4 percent of total budget of Financial year 2020-21. This is the largest savings  in the history  of National Assembly  Secretariat. 

The Speaker termed it a contribution by the National Assembly Secretariat towards the National exchequer. He said that policies of the present government would stabilise the economy of the country and lead it towards progress and prosperity.


Pakistan values high its brotherly relations with Malaysia : NA Speaker - May 26, 2021

Islamabad: 26th May 2021 : During a farewell meeting with outgoing  Malaysian High Commissioner Akraam bin Muhammad Ibrahim  in the Parliament  House today , Speaker National Assembly  Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan  always values high its brotherly  relations with Malaysia which are based upon shared values and shared socio-economic interests. He said that both countries have vast opportunities of mutual cooperation to explore. He condemned the Israeli and Indian aggression on Innocent Palestinians and people of Indian illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. He said that peaceful resolution of both Kashmir and Palestine issues is inevitable for world peace. He also stressed upon the need of unity among Muslim countries to tackle Islamophobia. He expressed his appreciation for outgoing High Commissioner’s efforts to to bring both countries especially both legislatures more closely. The Speaker wished the High Commissioner best of luck for his next diplomatic assignment.

The outgoing Malaysian High Commissioner agreed that resolution of all disputes through peaceful means was inevitable for world peace. He also agreed for unity amongst Muslim ummah. He said that he had exceptional time during his posting in Islamabad. He assured the Speaker that his successor would continue bringing both countries
 


Dir-Chakdara motorway to open new avenues for economic opportunities and tourism: NA Speaker - May 26, 2021

Swabi By-pass would enable citizen to have hassle free access: NA Speaker
Islamabad: 26th May Speaker National Assembly  Asad Qaiser has said that infrastructural development is imperative to generate economic  activity for social wellbeing of masses. He said that the best use of public money on mega projects would save a lot of government exchequer. He said that ownership of provincial government of KPK on the Western route of CPEC is historical step. He expressed these views while chairing a review meeting on the projects of Dir-Chakadar motorway and viability of swabi By pass in parliament House today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser along with Mr.Murad Saeed Federal Minister for Communication viewed the progress of both the projects. Mr. Murad Saeed Federal Minister informed the meeting about alignment  of Dir-Chakadar  motorway . He also said that such kind of projects of vital for supporting tourism industry. He also said that the incumbent government is making all out efforts to complete public  projects within stipulated time keep in view of the best use of public Money.
The MNAs from erstwhile FATA and Provincial legislatures were also present  in the meeting. The Senior officers from Federal ministry of Communication, NHA , and Irrigation department  of KPK government  also  attended the meeting.

 


Israeli barbarity and oppression on innocent Palestinians against all human norms: NA Speaker - May 17, 2021

Islamabad : 17th May 2021 ;  while telephonically discussing the grave violations of basic human rights in Palestine with his counter part Speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly  Mustafa Sentop, Speaker National Assembly  Asad  Qaiser remarked that this oppression and barbarity of Israel is against  all basic human rights. He also mentioned  that martyrdom of innocent civilians including  children and women demand immediate  punitive  actions against oppressive Israel. He also stressed on the need of unanimity of muslim countries to stop this aggression.

Speaker Asad Qaiser also mentioned  that letters regarding  atrocities  on innocent palestinians and destruction of Gaza had been sent to all OIC member state.He said that the silence of international  human rights Organisations  is deplorable. He also apprised about the role of Turkey to unite the Muslim ummah Countries. He also invited his counterpart  to participate  in session Parliamentary Organization of OIC .

Speaker of Turkish Grand National Assembly   Mustafa Sentop  highlighted  the oppression of innocent  palestinians by aggressive  Israel. He also mentioned  about unanimity  on the part of Muslim  ummah to stop this aggression.
 


NA SPEAKER/DEPUTY SPEAKER FELICITATES NATION ON EID-UL-FITR - May 12, 2021

Nation should follow Corona SOPS during Eid gatherings: Asad Qaiser

Speaker Asad Qaiser and Qasim Khan Suri Deputy Speaker National Assembly have extended their warm greetings to Muslim Ummah and the fellow countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

In their separate  messages, Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that they felicitate their elders, brothers, sisters and children on the joyous occasion of Eid. “We are thankful to Allah Almighty who gave us the opportunity to keep fasts, offer prayers and help our needy brothers and sisters during the month of  Ramzan’’ the Speaker said.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the Eid day brings happiness for us; however the true joy relates with taking care of the needs of our poor brothers and sisters and to include them in our pleasures. Our acts should help to smooth the social irregularities and promote the spirit of sacrifice, mutual harmony and fraternity. Only then we can provide strong foundation for the establishment of a welfare Islamic society, he said.

He said that on this day let us renew our pledge and pray for the prosperity and development of entire Muslim Ummah. He prayed to Allah Almighty to guide all the Muslims to chose right path and help them follow the true spirit of Islam and protect them from every evil. “May Allah help and protect us all. Ameen”, he added.  The Speaker called upon the nation to stand united on every issue of national importance to overcome the challenges confronting to the country at present.    

The Speaker appealed the countryman to follow Covid SOPS during the Eid gatherings. He said that together we can defeat the Coronavirus by adopting proper SOPS. He also appealed the nation to help the poor and needy through sadqa-e-Fitr, and Zakat, specially to those who are deeply affected due to Corona pandemic.

On this occasion, Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri has said that on this festival we should not forget the poor and needy people specially those who are badly affected by the Corona pandemic. He emphasized upon strictly following the Corona SOPS during Eid meetings. He prayed to Allah that this pandemic shall end soon and people would get relief.


Pakistan revere its ever green friendship with China : NA Speaker - May 12, 2021

Speaker National Assembly  Asad Qaiser has said that the early completion of CPEC related projects would bring unprecedented  socio-economic progress in the country. He remarked that incumbent government  is resolved to strengthen  its ties with China on the basis of mutual cooperation  and progress. He expressed these views while meeting with Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong who called on him today in Islamabad.

Speaker Asad Qaiser also remarked that Pak-China Friendship is ever lasting and is based on mutual  trust and cooperation  in every socio-economic  field. He also stressed on increasing parliamentary  diplomacy between both countries. He also invited  Chairman National People Congress of China to attend a Seminar  to highlight  the benefits of CPEC which would be organized in Lahore. He said that such seminars would be organized  all across the country including  Four provinces , AJ&K and GB.

While Commenting upon the efficacy of CPEC , he remarked that CPEC would ensure socio-economic  development  not only of Pakistan  but of the whole region. He also mentioned that project of Rashakai Economic zone and ML One project would bring new economic  opportunities  and these would also open new avenues of employment. He said that Parliament  of pakistan is supervising the progress of all ongoing projects  of CPEC.

Chinese Ambassador Mr.Nong Rong remarked  that successful completion of  CPEC would strengthen  already strong bound  between both nations.  He also remarked that in the Second Phase of CPEC , the cooperation  in the field of Agriculture, Science and Techincal  areas would be enhanced.


INAUGURATES FACILITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES - May 5, 2021

“Speaker NA calls Muslim Parliamentarians across the globe to raise voice against Islamophobia” - April 28, 2021

Islamabad, April 28, 2021: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has addressed letters to more than 100 Muslim Parliamentarians across the globe regarding the recent incidents of Islamophobia which caused great unrest among the Muslim globally. Asad Qaiser termed it as most unfortunate that during the prevailing testing times, when humanity was suffering from the outbreak of a lethal COVID pandemonic, the plague of hate-speech, in particular Islamophobia, also reigned high.
 
The continued trend of defaming the Holy Prophet (PBUH) through caricatures, attacks on Muslims’ personal beliefs through social media and then blatant defence of such hate-mongering in the garb of freedom of expression by world leaders had not only expanded the distrust and divide between civilizations but also fanned the sentiments of extremism and violence, the Speaker added.
 
He further underscored that the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo dilemma has witnessed a steep rise in this mayhem as according to “National Observatory of Islamophobia”, there were 235 attacks on Muslims only in France in 2020, witnessing a jump of 53% in just one year. Neuer Osnabrücker Zeitung, a German organisation recorded at least 901 Islamophobic attacks in Germany in the same year while there is a long list of unfortunate incidents such as the Sydney attack in Australia, Christ Church carnage of New Zeeland and the recent Muslim discriminatory laws in India to name a few.
 
He urged the Muslim parliamentairans across the globe to raise their voices against Islamophobia, religious hate-mongering and discrimination in their respective parliaments in order to help build a common front to promote inter-faith harmony and understanding. He further added that a meeting to share ideas to promote harmony through joint efforts in order to counter such defeatist mentality that divides humanity through disrespect and ridicule will also be held in Islamabad as soon as the COVID situation allowed.

 


NA To Host Secretaries Conference Prior To 18th Speakers' Conference - April 28, 2021

Islamabad: 28th April 2021 : National Assembly Secretariat is going to host Secretaries' Conference, a meeting of Secretaries' from Provincial Assembly Of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh , Balochistan , Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan, on 29th April 2021, at Constitution room, in the Parliament House. The meeting will sort out the agenda items proposed by all the legislatures in Pakistan which will be placed before the 18th Speaker's  Conference.

As per conventions, the Secretaries' Conference is held prior to each Speakers' Conference. It is deemed necessary to finalize the agenda with specific reference to the decisions made during the previous Speakers' Conference, in order to determine the implementation status thereof.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions , only Special Secretary, Additional Secretaries and selected Director Generals of the National Assembly Secretariat will attend the meeting

 


The National Assembly Session has been prorogued - April 23, 2021


Letter under Rule 21 of The National Assembly Rules issued to PML-N MNA Shahid Khan Abassi - April 21, 2021

EXPLANATION AND APOLOGY SOUGHT WITHIN 7-DAYS ON 20TH APRIL INCIDENT 

Taking serious note of the continuous misbehaviour and disregard of Chair and accepted parliamentary norms, a letter on the direction of the Speaker National Assembly has been issued to MNA Shahid Khaqan Abassi under rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct Business of the National Assembly. The letter has issued today. 

Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abassi has been informed through the letter that he disregarded the Chair and the accepted parliamentary norms especially on 20th April, 2021 while a very important business in as being transacted in the House. 

The letter further said that the Hon. Speaker is of the view that Mr. Abassi had eroded / disregarded the authority of the Chair and by such act the smooth running of the proceedings of the assembly were obstructed. It further said that his act had interrupted and obstructed the business of the National Assembly and ridiculed the Chair. 

MNA Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abassi has been asked to tender an apology and to explain his position within 7 days of receipt of this letter as to why action in terms of rule 21 of the adults shall not be taken against him. It further said that if reply was not received within such time, it will be presumed that he has no explanation to offer.


Challenges Confronting To Ummah Can Be Overcome By Following The Teachings Of Allama Iqbal NA Speaker; Joint Strategy Be Devised To Tackle Issue Of Growing Islamophobia In The West: Asad Qaiser - April 20, 2021

Islamabad:  April 20, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal was a visionary poet who conceived the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent that was ultimately materialized in the shape of Pakistan. He said that Allama Iqbal was a proponent of inter-Muslim unity and he taught Muslims to rely on their own resources and strength. He expressed these views on the occasion of the 83rd death anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal being commemorated on 21st April.

The Speaker said that prior to the passage of the Pakistan resolution Allama Iqbal’s philosophical and poetic writings were instrumental in the formation and molding of public opinion. "His poetic message roused and strengthened the spirit and will of the Muslims to get an independent and separate homeland for them where they could live according to their religion, culture, and traditions", he added.

Speaker said that Allama Iqbal based his thoughts on the Holy Quran and prompted humanity in his interpretations. He said that Iqbal was the great proponent of the unity of Muslim Ummah. The Speaker said that Muslim Ummah was presently confronted with issues for which solidarity is an important need of the hour. He stressed the need to forge unity and devise a joint strategy by the Muslim Ummah to tackle the issue of growing Islamophobia in the west besides bringing out the true image of the religion of peace.

On this occasion, Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri has said that Iqbal’s vision of Islamic society was universal and transcended beyond limits of territorial boundaries and barriers of nationhood. He said that his vision of Islam was global, encompassing every color and race of humanity. The Deputy Speaker said that extremism and bigotry had no place in the Allama Iqbal scheme of things and he wanted Muslims to be moderate, peaceful, and enlightened. He said that the Muslim Ummah in general and Pakistan, in particular, today was confronting tremendous problems and challenges that could be overcome through the proposed remedies by Hakeem-ul-Ummah, Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
 


Blasphemy And Hurting Religious Sentiments Of Muslims On Pretext Of Freedom Of Expression Not Acceptable ; Speaker Asad Qaiser To Raise The Issue With Speakers Of The World Parliaments - April 20, 2021

Islamabad April 20, 2021: Governor Punjab Muhammad Sardar and former Speaker/Minister for Interprovincial Coordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza met Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House, this afternoon.

Discussion between them focused on the rising trend of blasphemous remarks against Holy Prophet PBUH and desecration of religious sentiments of Muslims in western countries.

It was agreed that the Muslim Parliamentarians from Europe and North America would be approached requesting them to raise the issue of blasphemy in their respective parliaments. In this regard Speaker Asad Qaiser would write letters to the Speakers/Presiding Officers of the Parliaments to bring the issue under discussion in their Parliaments for bringing an end to this practice. They agreed that respecting religious sentiments of each other would help to coexist.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the Europe was quite sensitive about Holocaust, whereas at the same time utterance of blasphemous remarks against Holy Prophet PBUH hurting the sentiments of Muslim was going on unabated. He urged western powers to sent same standard for Holocaust as well as Blasphemy. He said that such disregard to the religious sentiments was not acceptable on the pretext of freedom of speech and expression. He said that desecration of religious sentiments of Muslims was creating barriers rather building bridges.

Echoing his views, Governor Muhammad Sarwar said that he had been maintaining a network of Muslim MPs while he was member of the British Parliament. He said that he would revive the network though his connections for raising the issue in the British Parliament.

Former Speaker/Minister Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that utterance of blasphemous remarks have badly hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims around the globe. She said that Muslim parliamentarian around the world should raise the issue in their respective Parliaments. She assured that she would engage with the women parliamentarians to raise the issue in their respective parliamentarians.


Provision of food items especially during Ramadan should be ensured: NA Speaker - April 15, 2021

Profiteering and creating artificial shortage of food items be dealt with sternly: NA speaker 
 
Speaker National Assembly  Asad Qaiser has remarked that provision of food items to masses at subsidized rates is the priority of this government. He also said that the equitable distribution of basic amenities on cheap rates would discourage  profiteering  mafias. He expressed these views while meeting with Managing Director  Utility Store Corporation who called on him today in Islamabad .
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser instructed the utility  store management to ensure proper mechanism  that only the needy people could get essential  items on subsidized rates. He also said that the utility  store management  should ensure that the subsidized items do not end on profiteering  mafia . He said that administration  at district level should handle the issues of artificial  costliness during this Ramadan. While responding  to briefing by MD Utility Store Corporation , Speaker appreciated the initiative of mobile bazar as around Fifty mobile bazaars are striving  to  cater the needs at their doorstep. He also instructed that all 1009 utility stores in KPK be extra vigilant that their subsidized items reach  to only needy hands.

Alamabad welfare project swabi would support to needy and destitutes especially of KPK province: NA Speaker - April 14, 2021

Islamabad: 14th April 2021 while chairing the review meeting on the progress of Alamabad welfare project Swabi, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser appreciated the coordination among all concerned departments especially he appreciated the achievement of Deputy commissioner Swabi for transferring the Land to Alamabad project. He also remarked that this state of the art project would bring positive changes in the life of needy and destitute. He also informed the stakeholders of the project to expedite the progress as he intended to invite Imran Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan on this project after Eid if Corono situation got relaxed.

While responding to the briefing of Ex-Chief  Pakistan Air Force Mr.Sohail Aman, Speaker Asad Qaiser instructed the irrigation department to immediately start work on road linking to Allamaabad welfare project. He also issued instruction to Baitul Maall Department to process the case of cost sharing grant for ambulance and other hospital equipments. He also instructed the IESCO to collaborate with PESCO  to handle the issue of underground electricity transformers. Ex chief Pakistan Air Force briefed the meeting on the progress of different projects within Alamabad welfare city. Mr.Atif Sheikh Chief Executive STEP offered to collaborate with Allamaabad management to start school for persons with disability. The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Swabi and senior officers of KPK irrigation  department  , Pakistan  Baitul Maal .


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Felicitates Nation On Advent Of Holy Month Of Ramadan; The Nation Should Not Forget To Help Those Destitute Specially Affected By The Covid-19 Pandemic, Asad Qaiser - April 13, 2021

Islamabad; April 13, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri have felicitated the entire nation on advent of Holy month of Ramadan and said that this month is meant for compassion, brotherhood and  for helping others. “Allah Almighty has given us the opportunity to take full benefits from the generosities and blessings of this month” they said”. They said that this Holy month should be observed by generously helping those who are less privileged and deprived of basic needs.

Highlighting the virtues and blessings of the month of Ramadan, the Speaker said that Holy Quran was revealed in this blessed month which is a source of guidance for human beings.He further said that this sacred occasion provides us a prospect to seek forgiveness for our sins and benevolence of Almighty Allah. ‘Fasting in Ramadan creates in us a feeling of empathy to feel for the weak and needy section of society and develops a sense of sacrifice and charity for the under privileged segment of society”, he added.

The speaker urged in affluent segments of the society to help those affected by the Corona pandemic,". He appealed to the entire nation to pray for deliverance from COVID in this blessed month. He also urged the people to take special care of Corona SOPs during the observance daily prayers and Tarawih. He urged the imams of mosques to strictly implement the  SOPs and play their full role in the campaign to prevent this pandemic.

On this occasion, Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri said that Ramadan is one of the great blessings bestowed by Allah Almighty. He further said that this month provides a golden opportunity to seek mercy from Allah and seek forgiveness for one's sins. He appealed to the people to offer special prayers during the month of Ramadan to get rid of the Corona virus. He urged the nation that "We must not forget needy segment of society during this blessed month of Ramadan”. He also prayed to Allah Almighty to forgive our sins during this month of Ramadan and to grant us the ability to fast steadily.


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker condole the Demise of the Human Rights Activist & Journalist I.A Rehman - April 12, 2021

Islamabad; April 12, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri have expressed their deep sorrow and grief over the demise of Human Rights Activist and journalist Ibn Abdur Rehman.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker conveyed their heartfelt grief to the family of IA Rehman. Recognizing his efforts for Pakistan and its people, they said that IA Rehman rendered valuable contributions and tireless efforts for protection of human rights and the freedom of the press in the country. He said that his services will be remembered for a long time to come.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Development of Balochistan province would result into prosperity and welfare of its masses: NA Speaker - April 7, 2021

Islamabad 7th April 2021 Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that prosperity and progress of Balochistan province would be ensure economic stability of the whole country. He also remarked that Balochistan is a land of opportunity  and Gwadar Port is at the heart of the province development. He expressed these views during his meeting with Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly   Babor Musakhail in Islamabad today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser also said that early completion of CPEC related projects in Balochistan province would ensure mass welfare for the common people of the province. He said the Balochistan Assembly being the representative of the people of Balochistan can bring positive changes in the life of people. He also said that CPEC is a game changer and would bring development of the province.

Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly Babar Musakhail appreciated the Speaker's concern for Balochistan and its people. He also remarked that early completion of CPEC and its related projects in the province would be integral for country development. He also expressed his thankfulness for federal government for taking Balochistan projects as special province.
 


Covid-19 Patient’s recovery requires friendly ambience in Federal Government Hospitals: NA Speaker - April 7, 2021

Islamabad: 7th April 2021; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser remarked that vaccinations for senior citizens must be in accordance with the guidelines of NCOC. He said that friendly ambience and supportive role of doctor community play vital role in the fast recovery of the COVID-19 affected patients.  He said that there is a need to upgrade government hospitals facilities and guiding mechanism for patients is imperative to guide the patients in especially in government Hospitals. He expressed these views while chairing the meeting regarding streamlining and updating the vaccination process for COVID-19 patients in Islamabad today.
    
While expressing his displeasure over the response of Pakistan Institute of Medical Science management (PIMS) over the unprofessional response in case of COVID-19 patient tackling, he remarked that management level need to more responsive. He emphasized about supportive role of doctor community in this regard. He also briefed the meeting about his visit to Poly clinic Hospital Islamabad. He also stressed upon making Islamabad hospitals as a Model for the whole country. MNAs Mr.Ali Nawaz Awan and Raja Khurram Shahzad also expressed his reservation over the mechanism of patient handling especially by PIMS management. They said that there is a need to have mobile teams especially in rural areas of Islamabad for senior citizens ‘vaccination.   MNA Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan invited the Speaker Asad Qaiser to visit the Chak Shahzad Vaccination centre which is state of the art vaccination centre managed by NIH.

 


NA Speaker to Lead a nine Members Parliamentary Delegation on his first official to Afghanistan from 8th to 10th April 2021. - April 7, 2021

Islamabad: 7th April 2021; On special invitation of his counterpart Chairman Wolsi Jirga Afghanistan Mir Rehman Rahmani ,  Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser will leave for Kabul on 8th April, 2021 for a three days official visit to Afghanistan. He will be heading a Nine Members Parliamentary delegation on comprising Parliamentarians and officials from National Assembly.

This parliamentary delegation during its stay in Kabul would focus on Enhancing mutual trade between both nations . Further, this delegation also aims at exploring opportunity for peaceful Afghanistan as peaceful Afghanistan would ensure regional Prosperity. The visit of this parliamentary delegation would be milestone as far people to people to contact between both countries.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser efforts has achieved milestone in Pak-Afghan relations. He constituted Executive Committee of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group (Pak-Afghan PFG). Executive Committee of Pak-Afghan PFG played effective role in lubricating issues to traders on Pak-Afghan Border. Furthermore, on Special initiative of Speaker National Assembly three days seminar was also held to enhance the trade relation between both nations.

During official visit Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser would hold meetings with his Afghan counterpart chairman Wolsi Jirga Mir Rehman Rehmani, Chairman Afghan Reconciliation council Dr. Abudullah Abdually, Afghanistan Commerce Minister and will also meet Afghan Parliamentarians and Chairman of Afghanistan chamber of Federation of Commerce and Industry.

The delegation comprises MNAs Shandan Gulzaar, Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr.Sajid Khan, Maulana Salauddin Ayubi, Gul Dad Khan, Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Special Envoy of Prime Minister for Afghanistan and Secretary National Assembly.

 


Speaker, National Assembly Asad Qaiser meeting with Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudary - April 6, 2021

Speaker NA Asad Qaiser presiding over meeting of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products at Parliament House. - April 5, 2021

Meeting of Pakistan Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group (Pak-Afghan PFG) - April 5, 2021

NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker extend Warm Felicitations to the Christian Community on the Eve Of Easter - April 4, 2021

Islamabad: April 3, 2021; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri have extended warm felicitations to the Christian Members of the Parliament and the Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Easter.

The Speaker said that Jesus Christ (Peace Be Upon Him) was ordained by Almighty Allah to preach love, peace, tolerance and brotherhood. He inculcated spiritual values among his followers to work for the divine pleasure and his eternal message of love for humanity and for members of all communities and fraternities still holds strength to ensure harmony and peace in today’s world. Speaker said that in the day of turbulence in the country, we should forge unity to counter the nefarious designs of the enemies.

Speaker Asad Qaiser reiterated that the rights and privileges enjoyed by all minorities in Pakistan will be fully safeguarded by the government according to the Constitution of Pakistan and guiding principles of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He urged the government and opposition minority Parliamentarians to forget their political differences and play their role in effective legislation for minorities.
Appreciating the Christian community for their deep sense of patriotism and dedicated services for the progress and prosperity of the country, the Speaker said that their unmatched contribution in the process of nation building, especially in the field of health and education was a glowing chapter of our national history. He called upon the Christian community to follow the COVID SOPs while celebrating this festival.

Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri while extending greetings on his fellow Christian colleagues on the auspicious occasion of Easter, said that Islam gives equal rights to the minorities. He said that Constitution of Pakistan grants minorities equal participation in all walks of life. He urged the Christian community to serve all their energies in progress and prosperity of the country. He urged the Christian community to follow COVID SOPs while celebrating the festival.

 


Afghan Ambassador meets Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser - April 1, 2021

Pakistan to continue its support to a peaceful Political solution in Afghanistan: NA Speaker

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that peace in Afghanistan was imperative for regional economic development and connectivity. He said that peace in Afghanistan would bring prosperity in Afghanistan and the region. The Speaker said that Pakistan would stand firm with an indigenous Afghan owned peace process. He express these views while talking to Mr. Najeebullah Ali Khel, Ambassador of Afghanistan this afternoon in Islamabad.

During the meeting, Pak-Afghan relations and the political situation in the region and issues of mutual interest came under discussion. Speaker Asad Qaiser said that constructive engagement between parliamentarians and political leadership of both the countries had brought each other more closer. He said that Pakistani and Afghan people were not only neighbours and brothers but also have strong historic linkages. Speaker Asad Qaiser said that he was looking forward to his visit to Kabul where he would meet his Afghan counterpart and Afghan leadership.

Referring to the initiatives by the Parliament and the Executive, the Speaker said that on the recommendations of Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in National Assembly impediments in strengthening bilateral relations and trade were removed. He said that tariff barriers and impediments in Afghan bilateral and transit trade had witnessed a positive progression in the bilateral trade. The Speaker said that further discussion will he held to further strengthen people to people contacts and trade.

Afghan Ambassador Mr. Najeebullah Ali Khel said that government and people of Afghanistan are also appreciative of Pakistan's efforts for peace in Afghanistan. He agreed that not only Afghanistan but the entire region would reap the dividends of peace in Afghanistan. He said that people on both sides of the border had close affinities. He expressed his gratitude to Speaker Asad Qaiser for this initiatives for bringing the political leadership and people of both the countries more closer. 

Afghan Ambassador said that forthcoming visit to Speaker National Assembly and his delegation  would be historical and vital for the warm relations between both the countries. He said that this visit would provide an opportunity to Pakistani parliamentarians to meet their Afghan counterparts. He said that Afghan government also values parliamentary actions for enhancing bilateral trade.


NA SPEAKER AND ACTING SPEAKER CONGRATULATE NEWLY ELECTED OFFICE BEARERS OF ALL PAKISTAN NEWSPAPERS SOCIETY (APNS) - March 26, 2021

Speaker Asad Qaiser and Acting Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri have congratulated the newly elected  President Sarmad Ali and the other office bearers of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS).

In their messages to the newly elected  President Mr. Sarmad Ali, Senior Vice President Mr. Jamil Ather, Vice President Mr. Shahab Zuberi, Secretary General Ms. Nazafreen Saigol Lakhani, Joint Secretary Mr. Mohsin Bilal, Finance Secretary Mr. Owais Khushnood and other office bearers, the Speaker and the Acting Speaker extended their warmest felicitation on their success. They said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of journalist’s fraternity to their leadership abilities.

They said that freedom of expression was essential for strengthening democracy in the country and hoped that under the newly elected leadership, APNS will continue to make great strides towards a tolerant and plural press. They were confident that relations between the Government and Press will be further consolidated under their sagacious leadership and the issues being faced by the Members Publications will be resolved.


NA SPEAKER AND ACTING SPEAKER CONDOLE THE DEATH OF RENOWNED SCRIPTWRITER AND DRAMATIST HASEENA MOIN - March 26, 2021

Speaker Asad Qaiser, and Acting Speaker, Qasim Khan Suri, National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of renowned Scriptwriter and Dramatist Haseena Moin

In their separate condolence messages the Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of this Notable Pakistani dramatist and playwright. They said that She will be always remembered for her immense talent and exceptional contributions to Pakistan Television.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss.


NA SPEAKER AND ACTING SPEAKER CONDOLE THE DEATH OF PAKISTAN’S FIRST FEMALE TV HOST KANWAL NASEER - March 26, 2021

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, and Acting Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, have condoled the sad demise of Pakistan’s first female TV host Kanwal Naseer.

In their separate condolence messages the Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Pakistan's Radio & Television veteran anchor and newscaster Kanwal Naseer.

They said that the legendary Kanwal Naseer has the honor of serving as the first female anchor, first female newscaster, and first female announcer of Pakistan Television. They termed her demise as the great loss to Television industry. They said she will be always remembered for her immense talent and contributions to Pakistan Television.

They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss.


NUMEROUS SACRIFICES RENDERED BY PAKISTAN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM SUCCESSFULLY TURNED THE TIDE AGAINST IT: NA SPEAKER - March 25, 2021

Pakistan to continue to take steps for Strengthening Greater Regional connectivity more effective and responsive to the regional needs: Asad Qaiser
 
Pakistan is striving to secure peace and stability through mutual efforts. Being the biggest victims of terrorism, Pakistan was determined to root out the menace. Pakistan had rendered numerous sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and had successfully turned the tide against it. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser expressed these views while addressing the 4th Conference of Speakers of Parliaments on "Countering Terrorism and Strengthening Regional Connectivity" in Antalya, Turkey according to a message received form Antalya, Turkey. 

Speaker Asad Qaiser while addressing the Conference said that immense security threats are being faced by the Muslim Ummah due to growing Islamophobia in the west. He said that a joint strategy should  be devised and enhanced connectivity should be made to tackle this issue besides brining out the true image of the religion of peace. The Speaker reiterated that Pakistan would continue to take steps towards greater regional connectivity and making the Conference of the Speakers of the Parliaments on Countering Terrorism and Strengthening Regional Connectivity more effective and responsive to the regional needs.

Terming connectivity as one of the foundation stones of the regional peace and prosperity, the Speaker highlighted the progress being made by Pakistan under the flagship China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), was a game changer not only for Pakistan but the entire region and it only became possible because of Pakistan’s untiring efforts of achieving peace in the region. Speaker also said that Turkey's efforts for maintaining peace are commendable and holding such conferences are mandatory for peace and stability in the region.

While highlighting the atrocities by Indian forces in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJ&K), the Speaker called on the international community to address the prevailing grave human rights and humanitarian situation in IOJ&K  as well as to uphold the inalienable right to self-determination of the Kashmiris.

On the sidelines of the Conference, the Speaker Asad Qaisar was called on Speaker of Turkish Parliament Prof. Dr Mustafa Şentop in Antalya. Strategies to strengthen the existing Parliamentary ties between both the countries were discussed in the meeting.

The Speakers agreed for enhancing parliamentary exchanges between both the parliaments for further cementing the existing bilateral ties. They also agreed for enhancing bilateral economic cooperation in diverse sectors. He appreciated Turk cooperation for in energy and infrastructure development sectors in Pakistan. Speaker Asad Qaiser appreciated Dr. Mustafa Şentop for hosting this important regional parliamentary moot.


4TH CONFERENCE OF SPEAKERS IN ANTALYA CONCLUDES AFTER ADOPTION OF ANTALYA DECLARATION - March 25, 2021

recognises pakistan’s principled stand on resolution of jammu and kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan in line with unsc resolutions  

Stresses the need for all states to avoid politicisation of Financial Action Task Force, a tactic continuously employed by India against Pakistan

The Fourth Conference of Speakers of Parliaments of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey ended today in Antalya, Turkey. 

The Conference adopted a joint statement, henceforth known as the Antalya Declaration. 

In line with Asad Qaiser’s proposal, the Antalya Declaration recognised Pakistan’s principled position on the resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan in line with the UNSC resolutions. 

On Speaker Asad Qaiser’s initiative, the conference also stressed the need for all States to avoid politicization of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a tactic that India continuously employ against Pakistan. 

The Antalya Declaration also adopted Pakistan’s iteration that COVID-19 vaccines must be made affordable for the peoples of the developing countries so as to ensure access of vulnerable populations to vaccines.

The Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan, Asad Qaiser, led a Parliamentary delegation to participate in the Fourth Speakers Conference on “Countering Terrorism and Strengthening Regional Connectivity” in Antalya, Turkey on 24-25 March 2021. The delegation comprised Parliamentarians from both Senate and National Assembly of Pakistan. Parliamentary delegations from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Iraq, Russia and Turkey also participated in the Conference. 

The Fourth Speakers Conference also adopted a Antalya Declaration through consensus, which reiterated that inter-parliamentary cooperation establishes dialogue channels that contribute to peace, security and development. The Antalya Declaration also noted that for ensuring global and regional peace and stability, all outstanding issues in the region, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, need to be resolved in accordance with the relevant UNSC resolutions.

At the Conference, the Speaker Asad Qaiser highlighted that connectivity was the foundation stone of regional integration and cooperation. In this context, he drew attention to the numerous opportunities existing in the region to reap benefits through strengthening regional connectivity. He shared his concerns on the rising xenophobia, Islamophobia, discrimination and intolerance around the world. 

On the sidelines of the Conference, the Parliamentary delegation of Pakistan also held meetings with Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq, in which steps to boost regional cooperation and integration were discussed.


Former Prime Minister and President PTI Azad Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry called on Hon.Speaker today - March 18, 2021

Senator Shibli Faraz and Ch. Fawad Hussian, Minister for Science and Technology called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser - March 18, 2021

Meeting of Senior Parliamentarians Council convened - March 16, 2021

ISLAMABAD, March 16, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has convened the maiden meeting of Senior Parliamentarians council in Parliament House on 22nd March, 2021. The meeting of the council will be held under the convenership of Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam.

The Senior Parliamentarians Council will consider the incident of alleged misbehaviour with members of the National Assembly in front of Parliament House on March 6.  In this regard, letters have been sent by the National Assembly Secretariat to the members of the Council belonging to the Treasury and the opposition parties. This would be the first meeting of the Senior Parliamentarians Council after its formation.

The Senior Parliamentarians Council was set up on March 10, 2021 in the wake of the alleged misbehaviour with members of the National Assembly in front of the Parliament House. The Speaker soon after its formation, had referred the matter to the Council.

The Council will carry out its duties under the 9-point TORs. As per TORs, the council will be responsible for promoting parliamentary traditions based on mutual respect, rather than political affiliation.  It will also be part of the council's responsibility to encourage young members of parliament for the first time to better understand parliamentary matters and to further improve the quality of debate in the House.  The council will try to encourage discussion on issues of public importance in the House, rather than blaming each other.  Ensuring the prevention of any untoward incident in the premises of the National Assembly and Parliament House and ensuring respect and adherence to the rulings  given by the Chair while maintaining democratic values beyond political segregation would be responsibility of the Council. The council will ensure that words and slogans spoken in the House on racial, sexual and religious grounds are avoided.  It would be responsibility of the Senior Parliamentarians' Council to assist the Chair in ensuring the implementation of the above points.  The Speaker of the National Assembly May in his discretion to consult the Council on any matter as he may deem fit.  The Council has been empowered to include any other matter of importance in Councils ToRs with mutual consent.

 The council comprise senior members from all parties present in the National Assembly that include Syed Fakhar Imam, Shafqat Mehmood and Pervez Khattak from PTI, Dr Fehmida Mirza from GDA, and Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui from Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan, Khalid Hussain Magsi from Balochistan Awami Party, Tariq Bashir Cheema from PML, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk from PML-N. Whereas Raja Pervez Ashraf, Aftab Shaban Mirani from Pakistan Peoples Party, Shahida Akhtar Ali from Majlis-e-Amal Pakistan and Muhammad Akhtar Mengal from Balochistan National Party are also part of the council. Secretary National Assembly Tahir Hussain is the secretary of the council while the Legislation Wing of the National Assembly will be the secretariat of the Council.
 


Hon.Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser met Advisor to PM on Parliamentary Affairs - March 15, 2021

Constitutional amendments imperative for Making GB interim province : NA Speaker - March 15, 2021

Transparency and Fairness in senate elections necessary  to  revive people trust on parliament : NA Speaker

Islamabad: 15th March 2021 Speaker National Assembly  Asad Qaiser has said that transparency and fairness in elections especially  in Senate elections would revive public trust on the electoral process and their representatives. He remarked that  consensus of both government  and opposition  benches is imperative  for bringing electoral reforms.

He expressed these views while meeting with Mr. Zaheer -ud-Din Babar Awan Advisor to PM on Parliamentary Affairs today in Islamabad.

Formation of Parliamentary Committee to bring constitutional and electoral reforms came under discussion. It was agreed that equal representation would be given to both opposition and Government members for their input for electoral reforms. This committee would  also give input about bringing  constitutional amendment to give Gilgit Baltistan,  status of an interim province keeping in view the aspirations  of GB public Representatives.

Dr. Babar Awan advisor to PM on Parliamentary affairs said that electoral reforms and Making GB an interim  province as per the vision of Imran Khan Prime Minister would strengthen  democratic  norms . He also proposed that parliamentary committee would be Chaired by Speaker Asad Qaiser and this committee would  deliberate upon pending  electoral reform bill and making GB an interim province.


NA Speaker Constituted Council Of Senior Parliamentarian To Uphold Parliamentary And Democratic Norms In The House - March 10, 2021

Islamabad; 10th March, 2021; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has constituted Council of Senior Parliamentarians to promote democratic and Parliamentary norms across the party divide line.  The TORs of the council include promotion of established parliamentary norms and to encourage the Young Parliamentarians to participate in the proceedings of the House. The council would also ensure issue based debate and avoidance of any sexist, religious or ethnic slogans during the proceedings of the House.  The council would also guide and assist the Chair in implementing the democratic established norms in the House. National Assembly Secretariat has issued notification of the Council of Senior Parliamentarians today.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser would chair the Council and the Secretary National Assembly Mr. Tahir Hussain is the Secretary of the Council. MNAs Mr. Syed Fakhar Iman, Mr.Shafqat Mahmodd, Mr. Pervaiz Khattak, Dr.Fehmida Mirza, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddique,Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Ch Tariq Bashir Cheema, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Ch. Mahmood Bashir Virk, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Mr.Aftab Shaban Mirani, MS.Shahida Akhtar Ali, Mr. Akhar Mengal are the members of the council.


Press Gallery is an integeral part of Palrliament: Speaker NA - March 9, 2021

Parliament to Resolve Issue Impending Performance of Professional Responsibilities of Media: NA Speaker - March 9, 2021

Islamabad: 09th March 2021; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Press Gallery is an extension of the Parliament.  He said that media being an important part of the State creates strong linkage between the Parliament and the common people. He said the Media has important role to play to propagate soft image of the country and improve governance.  He also mentioned that facilitating media personnel in the Parliament House would multiply their working capacity. He expressed these views while inaugurating the Media Centre in the Parliament House along with Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani today.

While appreciating   the role of Parliamentary Press Reporter, Speaker Asad Qaiser resolved to provide modern facilities and technology to the press gallery in the Parliament House. He directed National Assembly Secretariat to initiate necessary steps in consultation with Parliamentary Reporters Association for up-gradation  of the Press Gallery.

While responding to a question of a Reporter, Speaker Asad Qaiser remarked that 0pposition had created a false propaganda regarding vote account. He said that raising question on vote count during vote of confidence in the presence of the whole National and International Media is incomprehensible. Responding to a question of a reporter, he said that he had constituted a Committee that happened outside or inside the Parliament House.

 Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani remarked that the role of Media in the democratic societies is of inevitable nature. He also said that supporting the freedom of the Electronic and Print Media would disseminate democratic values in the society. He said that resolving issues faced by journalist in the Parliament is the priority. He also remarked that Media Centre was upgraded on the demand of Parliamentary Reporter Association (PRA).

While addressing the inaugural ceremony, President PRA Behazad Saleemi expressed his gratitude to the Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani and Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser for their magnanimous efforts to facilitate the reporters in the Parliament.  He said that free and impartial media was imperative for making Pakistan a true democracy.
 


Legislative Support for persons with disabilities specially women imperative for their socio-economic inclusion: NA Speaker - March 8, 2021

Gender equality cannot be achieved without ending violence against women and girls: NA Speaker

International Women’s Day, 2021 commemorated in Parliament House

Islamabad; March 08, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that prosperous and empowered women are integral for socio-economic development of the country. He said that bright future of the country is unthinkable without inclusion of women in the main socio-economic stream. He said that the role of women at leadership level would help women especially Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to play their active role in the development of the country. He expressed these views while addressing an event in connection with celebration of Women day with a theme “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” in the Parliament House today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser addressing the gathering said that the Government is committed to support women as a topmost priority. It’s time to recognize the role of women and take substantial steps for ensuring equal participation of women in legislation. Gender equality cannot be achieved without ending violence against women and girls. I take courage to inform you all that your assembly is taking special initiatives for persons with disabilities. I pay homage to all the women with disabilities who contribute to our society. I have also formed a special Sub-Committee on PWDs under the leadership of Ms. Munaza Hassan. Women need to be encouraged and motivated and the present government was committed for the protection of women’s rights and providing them safe environment. In order to give women their due status, we also need to change the mindset and behavior. Joint efforts are needed to bring them into mainstream.”

Speaker National Assembly later distributed wheel chairs and shields amongst the women with disabilities to honor their efforts and contributions. Speaker officially launched a Dashboard for persons with disabilities (PWD) created by Women’s Parliamentary Caucus.

Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, Munaza Hassan in her welcome remarks said that International Women’s Day is marked to highlight gender inequality around the world, raising awareness of the need for change and celebrating those who are already working towards a fairer and more equal world. This year’s International Women’s Day comes as the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its staggering impacts on women – from being pushed into poverty, to loss of jobs as the informal economy shrinks, to alarming spike in domestic violence and unpaid care burden. The Women’s Parliamentary Caucus is a cross party forum to ensure continuous and sustainable parliamentary discourse on gender-related issues. The Caucus provides a forum for all women to join hands and raise above party-lines to represent, legislative and oversee challenges to women political, economic, social and cultural participation. Women’s Parliamentary Caucus aims to enhance women’s role in participating in Parliamentary issues. It is a milestone in Pakistan’s Parliamentary history and a boost to the cause of Women’s rights in Pakistan.”

Ms. Lina Mousa, Country Representative UNFPA commended the WPC’s role in promoting the agenda of women’s rights and leadership in the country. “It is great to be with you to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021. I would like to start by acknowledging the remarkable efforts of the National Assembly and Women Parliamentary Caucus for the leading this event which reflects the strong commitment of National Assembly to the cause of gender equality through achieving equal future in a COVID-19 world. The pandemic has strained healthcare systems, widened social-economic divides, and shifted priorities of public and private institutions including allocation of resources for women issues, deepened inequalities thus escalating gender based violence.  Women and girls are disproportionately affected, however, women’s roles has been exemplary during COVID-19 response,” she stated.

Women parliamentarians from several political parties as well as representatives from the government, media fraternity and civil society also participated in the event and pledged to put in efforts for supporting women and girls in Pakistan. They promised to play an active role in freeing the country from all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination. The event was attended by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri, parliamentarians, representatives of the government, women Achievers, civil society and media, both virtually and in-person at the National Assembly.

The event was jointly arranged by the National Assembly, Federal Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) Step Pakistan and UNFPA Pakistan to kick off the International Women’s Day. With the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.


Bringing Women in Mainstream Imperative for the Progress & Prosperity of the Country: Speaker & Deputy Speaker N.A - March 7, 2021

Islamabad; 7th March 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri have expressed their resolve to address the challenges faced by differently abled women. They said that protection of rights of women was imperative for formation of a progressive society. They said this in their message on the occasion of International Women's Day being commemorated on 8th across the world.

The Speaker said that protection of women's rights is essential for the formation of a progressive society, which is the top priority of the incumbent government. Highlighting the positive role of women for the development of the society, the Speaker said that women need to be brought forward and encouraged through providing them a safe environment. He said the international community needs to make joint efforts to protect women's rights and take practical steps to legislate on the issue of discrimination and violence against women around the world.

The Speaker said that Islam gives equal rights and respect to women and strictly prohibits gender discrimination. "Through mutual partnership, women can be given their rightful place in society by changing negative attitudes and attitudes towards women's rights and bringing them into the national mainstream," he said. He said that in order to empower women financially, women need to be brought forward and encouraged in the economic spheres. "We intend to make Pakistan a place where women have the opportunity to participate in all walks of life with dignity and self-confidence," he said.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that COVID-19 pandemic had effected the entire world population but it had been more devastating for differently abled women. He said that it was right time to join hand for forging common strategy to achieve a common future in a Covid World.   Paying tribute to the differently abled women. Speaker Asad Qaiser said that "Differently abled women face a double challenge because they face the challenges of society along with their disabilities," he said.

On this occasion, the Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri said that more than half of the population of Pakistan is women and the provision conducive environment and protection of their rights was necessary for national development. He said that The Constitution of Pakistan guarantees women fundamental rights and financial security, job, business, education and freedom of choice in their profession, participation in political and social activities. He extended his all out support for achieving the desired objectives in this regard.
 


Governor And Chief Minister Punjab Called On Speaker National Assembly-Transparency In Democratic Process Imperative For Political Stability: NA Speaker - March 1, 2021

1st March 2021; During a meeting with Governor Punjab Ch. Muhammad Sarwar and Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar in the Parliament House today, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that political forces can collectively steer the country out of challenges faced by the country. He also remarked that transparency in democratic process would ensure political stability and economic growth. He mentioned that it  is incumbent upon all political parties and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure transparent Senate Elections.

 Speaker Asad Qaiser remarked that Free, Fair and Transparent Senate Election would ensure that all political parties to get seats in accordance with their proportion in the upper House. He also said that the role of ECP is of vital importance in this regard. He said that unopposed elections of Senators from Punjab were a good omen for democracy. He stressed to follow suit the in other provinces too.

Governor Punjab Ch. Muhammad Sarwar said that unopposed Election of Senators in Punjab reflects political maturity. He expressed his hope that opposition in Punjab would continue to cooperate on issues of national importance and public good.

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar said that Punjab is improving in its socio-Economic sectors. He also remarked that the goal  of welfare state would be achieved to support welfare oriented policies. He mentioned that tourism in Punjab has vast potential to be explored and government has devised policies to explore this potential. C M Punjab and Governor Punjab appreciated the Speaker National Assembly to conduct the House proceedings with integrity and partiality.


 


27th February A Day When Pakistani Forces Surprised The Whole World With Its Capacity To Outcast Enemy - February 27, 2021

Islamabad: 27th February  2021; Speaker National Assembly  Asad Qaiser has said that 27th February  is the day when  this nation proved its mettle and determination to outcast its  enemy in every kind of war fare tactics. He said that Pakistani forces have the strength and capabilities to surprise the Indian enemy forces whenever they even think to harm this land of bravery and determination. He remarked that Pakistan is resolved to make every effort for regional and global peace however it has the right to retaliate aggression and force. He expressed these views while inaugurating the scheme of provision of Sui Gas to Kundun Village in Swabi today.

The Speaker said that Imran khan Prime Minister of Pakistan is continuously fighting for the self-determination cause of Kashmiri's brethren. He said that resolution of Kashmir issue as per resolutions of United Nations would bring regional peace and prosperity. He said that Pakistan would continue to highlights Indian aggression and atrocities  at every regional and international plate-forum.

Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that Parliament being the true representative of people can offer solution to socio economic challenges faced by the country. He also mentioned that making Pakistan  a true Islamic  welfare state is the goal of incumbent  government .He also remarked that Imran Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan  has raised the issue of desecration  of the personality  of the last Prophet Peace be Upon him at every forum. He mentioned that Pakistan is on the trajectory of growth and prosperity owing to visionary leadership.

 


Special Representative of Afghan President Meets Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser - February 25, 2021

Islamabad;  February 25, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that peace in Afghanistan was imperative for regional economic development and connectivity. He said that Afghan peace process would be beginning  of an era of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region. He said that Pakistan would stand firm with an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process. He said this in a conversation with Special Representative of the Afghan President Mr. Omar Daudzai who met Speaker in Islamabad, this afternoon along with a delegation.

During the meeting, Pak-Afghan relations and the political situation in the region and issues of mutual interest came under discussion. Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan strongly desires a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan which is in the best interest of Pakistan and the entire region. He said that Pakistani and Afghan people were not only neighbours and brothers but also have strong historic linkages. He said that constructive engagement between political leaderships had brought two nations more closer.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan has consistently supported an inclusive, broad based and political peace efforts in Afghanistan. He opined that the parties to the peace process should avail this opportunity and engage constructively for durable peace in Afghanistan. He said that positive progression in the peace negotiations depicts the commitment of the Afghan leadership in the peace process. He said that there was no military solution to the Afghan issue.

Apprising the Special Representative about the initiatives by the Parliament and the Executive, the Speaker said that Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in National Assembly taking the lead discussed and forwarded recommendations for removing impediments in strengthening bilateral relations and trade. He said that Pakistan had removed tariff barriers and impediments in Afghan bilateral and transit trade. He viewed that Afghan traders, students, visitors specially patients would greatly benefit from the liberalised visa policy. He said that Afghanistan due to its geographical location could serve as the gateway to Central Asia bringing CPEC benefits to Afghanistan but also to the Central Asia and beyond. He proposed establishment of border markets for enhancing economic activities both sides of the border.

Special Representative of Afghan President for Pakistan Mr. Omar Daudzai said that government and people of Afghanistan are appreciative of Pakistan's efforts for peace in Afghanistan. He said that Afghan nation value Pakistan for its assistance for infrastructure development in Afghanistan especially for hosting Afghan refugees for decades. He agreed that the all parties to the peace process need to pursue it through perseverance and commitment for lasting peace in Afghanistan. He agreed that not only Afghanistan but the entire region would reap the dividends of peace.

Mr. Omar Daudzai said that people on both sides of the border had close affinities. He expressed his gratitude to Speaker Asad Qaiser for this initiatives for bringing the political leadership and people of both the countries more closer. He said that Parliaments of both the countries would deepen ties between both the nations. He invited Speaker to visit Afghanistan.


Provision of Equal Educational Opportunities Imperative for National Unity & Development: Says Speaker N.A - February 19, 2021

Islamabad: February 19, 2021: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that lack of opportunities for quality and equal education was the major obstacle in national development. He said that implementation of a uniform curriculum is at the priority list of the incumbent government and the same will be rolled out across the country in consultation with the provinces from next academic year.  He further said that a uniform curriculum would lead to national unity and harmony in the country.  Speaker Asad Qaiser expressed these views while talking to renowned singer and social worker Shehzad Roy at Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Speaker appreciated the services of Shehzad Roy in the field of education and social services. He said that he had played an important role in providing education to children from underprivileged and marginalised segments of the society through his Orgainzation.

Speaker Asad Qaiser assured his all out support for legislation to address corporal punishment of children in schools.  He said that corporal punishment affects the mental and physical development and educational activities of the children.  Mentioning his initiatives regarding special persons, he said that legislation has been enacted to protect the rights of physically challenged, making Parliament House accessible to them besides making website of National Assembly accessible to special persons.

The Speaker further informed that the Special Committee on Special Persons of the National Assembly has been directed to review the existing laws in the country and propose amendments therein for protection of their rights.  He also informed about the establishment of a center for street children in Islamabad was being contemplated where these children will be provided accommodation, education and health facilities. He invited Shehzad Roy to join him to work for the welfare of physically challenged.

Appreciating the social and educational services of Speaker Asad Qaiser, Shehzad Roy said that his services in field of education had been widely acclaimed. Apprising the Speaker about his struggle for abolishment of corporal punishment, said that Sindh had amended the law, however enactment of law against this punishment was still pending in other providence’s and islamabad. He said that it was absurd that section 86 of the PPC gives permission to teachers to punish children in good faith. He assured the Speaker of his fullest support in pursuit of social justice for all.


Capitalizing CPEC Potential And Enhancing Trade Links With Afghanistan, Key To Socio-Economic Development Of The Country: NA Speaker - February 18, 2021

SIMPLIFYING TRADE DISPUTE MECHANISM, EFFICIENT BORDER MARKET MANAGEMENT AND EASE OF DOING BUSINESS FOR INVESTORS IMPERATIVE FOR INCREASING EXPORT VOLUME: NA SPEAKER*
 
Islamabad:  18th February 2021; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that trade liberalization and facilitating traders would bring mutual prosperity and development. He said that promotion of trade with its neighbors need special focus of public representatives. He mentioned that Pakistan has wonderful opportunity to capitalize on the unfolding CPEC and its trade with Afghanistan especially in the post COVID-19 context. He said that business and investor friendly policies would attract investors from across the world to invest in different businesses. He expressed these views while chairing the 8th meeting of Executive Committee of Pakistan- Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group (Pak-Afghan PFG) in the Parliament House today.
 
 While reviewing the implementation status of recommendations of Pak-Afghan PFG, Speaker Asad Qaiser directed the Commerce and Law Ministry to expedite the bill process for evolving a workable trade dispute resolution mechanism as it has been pending since one year.  He also  stressed  that there should not be any discriminatory policies of Banks for opening bank accounts of  foreign investors. The Deputy Governor of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) briefed the committee that total number of  9035 number of  Afghan Nationals have Bank Accounts in 26  Banks of the country.  He said that border management and border markets need interventions to create economic opportunities for people in and around the border areas.  He stressed the importance of cross-stuffing of transit trade containers to radically reduce the cost of transit trade. He also directed the Ministry of Interior to simplify the procedure for foreign nationals to own properties in Pakistan, in a bid to encourage them to invest in the country. BOI was instructed to come up with a comprehensive proposal to encourage foreign investment in Pakistan.
 
The Committee also deliberated initiative to enhance Pharmaceutical exports to Afghanistan. Mr Arbab Shahzad, SAPM emphasized  the need to have workable solution for relaxing ban on the export of livestock  especially for the people of borders areas in KPK and Balochistan.  He also sought strong coordination between federal and provincial departments to tackle the issues of border areas especially emerging issues of pedestrians, providing alternative livelihoods and infrastructural development.  On the briefing by Representative of Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), he said that the recruitment process of different FBR post be expedited. MNA Ms. Shandana Gulzar also remarked about open regime for investors and making trade friendly policies.
 
The meeting of Executive Committee was attended by Special Assistant to Prime Minister Mr. Arbab Shahzad, Special Envoy of Prime Minister for Afghanistan Sadiq Khan, MNAs Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Mr. Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Salahudin and Senior Officers of Ministry of Interior, Commerce, FBR, National Logistic Cell, Food Security, Foreign Affairs, Board of Investment and Governments of Balochistan and KPK.
 
Yesterday, on the instructions of the Speaker National Assembly, the Executive Committee’s task force had met and discussed various challenges to tapping the potential of Chaman as hub for Pak Afghan trade. The 2 hour long meeting took up over 16 agenda points and deliberated various issues in detail. The meeting had ended with notable progress towards resolution of important issues involved.
 


Afghan Masood Foundation Head Meets Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser - February 17, 2021

Speaker NA Asad Qaiser chairing meeting of Special Committee on Agriculture Products at Parliament House. - February 11, 2021

NA Speaker takes Cognisance of the Incident that Happened During Session of the National Assembly on 4th February - February 5, 2021

Islamabad 5th February, 2021: Taking cognisance of the unpleasant incident that happened 4th February, 2021 during the session of the National Assembly, the Speaker Asad Qaiser has called a meeting on 8th February to inquire into the matter.

The Speaker maintained that As the custodian of the National Assembly of Pakistan, he has to maintain the order in the House, and to regulate the proceedings of the House in accordance with parliamentary practices and the  Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

He said that Every member of the National Assembly whether belonging to treasury or the opposition benches, is under obligation to obey the rules of the National Assembly and to maintain the decorum of the House in order to preserve the sanctity of the prestigious House.

The Speaker said that the unpleasant incident which took place in the House on thursday, the 4th February, 2021 is highly condemnable.

He therefore, has called a meeting on Monday the 8th of February, wherein the record of the proceedings will be examined to inquire the matter so that strict action could be taken against those members who were involved in that sad incident.
 


Resolution of Kashmir Issue, Imperative For Regional Peace and Stability, Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly - February 4, 2021

Islamabad, February 4, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that resolution of Kashmir issue is essential for peace and stability in the region. He said that the use of force against unarmed Kashmiris could neither crush their independence movement nor change the principled position of Pakistan. He expressed these views on the occasion of Kashmir Solidarity Day which is marked on February 5 every year.

On this occasion, the Speaker said that curfew has been imposed in occupied Kashmir for the last one and half years due to which the people are deprived of their basic rights. He expressed concern that there was a shortage of medicines and food due to the curfew imposed for so many days, which could lead to severe catastrophe. He urged the United Nations to take notice of the ongoing barbarism by India in Kashmir and stop India from doing so. The Speaker said that the silence of the international community on the Kashmir issue could be a prelude to a major war in the region.

Highlighting Pakistan's support and principled stand for the struggle of the Kashmiri people for independence, the Speaker said that the Pakistani government and people would continue to provide moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination at every forum. He said that the Parliament of Pakistan is committed to the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue as it has always emphasized to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council and to stop the atrocities committed by Indian forces in the occupied valley. He reiterated parliamentary support on every international and regional forums for Kashmir issue. He said that the forcible occupation of Kashmir by India was against the moral values of modern society and the basic right of the people to self-determination.

The Speaker urged the United Nations to implement its resolutions on Kashmir and put pressure on India to stop using force. He expressed the hope that the sun of independence would soon rise in occupied Kashmir and the people there would be able to live in a peaceful environment.

On the occasion, Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri said that Pakistan fully supports the self-determination of the Kashmiri people in the occupied valley and would raise its voice for it on every farm. He urged India to lift the curfew imposed for the last one and a half years and find a solution to the Kashmir issue in accordance with UN resolutions.
 


Employees; backbone of the Legislative Body: Says NA Speaker - February 1, 2021

 

CAREER PROGRESSION AND INCENTIVIZATION IMPERATIVE FOR ENHANCING PRODUCTIVITY OF EMPLOYEES:ASAD QAISER

UNPRECEDENTED PROMOTIONS CARRIED OUT IN TENURE OF INCUMBENT SPEAKER: NA EMPLOYEES

Islamabad: 1st, February 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the Employees of the National Assembly Secretariat irrespective of grades are backbone of the legislative body who have served this House with dedication. He said that career progression and incentivizing of employees was imperative to enhance their productivity.  He expressed these views while chairing the ceremony of distributing orders of promotion and up-gradation of the Employees of National Assembly Secretariat in the Parliament House today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that after assuming office of the Speaker, he noticed that the officers/officials of the National Assembly were stuck in the same grade for fifteen years or more. He said that most of the cadres had no promotional incentive or career growth opportunities, thus the situation warranted immediate formulation of service structure, service rules and career growth plan. He remarked that after the implementation new service rules through Directive No.5 on November 2019, 304 employees were promoted or granted time scale promotions in first phase. He mentioned that out of this loop majority employees were Naib Qasids, Staff Car drivers and other ancillary staff of the House. He further said that total of 187 employees have been elevated to the next grade out of which 111 were non-gazzetted staff.

The Speaker advised the employees to follow rules and serve with dedication to improve the efficiency and to achieve the organizational goals. He also mentioned that following merit would eliminate the culture of nepotism and recommendation culture. 

The Senior Officers and Officials of the National Assembly employees expressed their gratitude to the Speaker’s policy of merit based promotion. They said that the promotion carried out in tenure of Speaker Asad Qaiser is unprecedented.  They also said that the merit based policy of promotion and up-gradation would be beneficial to their career growth. They pledged to serve this House with dedication, honesty and keeping in view the best interest of the House.

The Ceremony was attended by Secretary National Assembly Tahir Hussain, Advisor to Speaker on Legislative and Constitutional Affairs Latif Yousafzai, Additional Secretary (Admin) Chaudhry Mubarak Ali, Secretary to Speaker Shehryar Khan and other senior officers of the Secretariat.

 


NA Speaker and Chairman NPC China agree on formation of Joint Parliamentary Body to oversee CPEC - January 27, 2021

GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN TO COMMITTED TO FOIL ANY ATTEMPT TO DISRUPT ECONOMIC ACTIVITY UNDER CPEC: NA SPEAKER

Islamabad January 27, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Chairman National Peoples Congress of China have agreed for formation of a joint Parliamentary Committee comprising of members from Pakistani Parliament and National People’s Congress for effective oversight of CPEC. They were of the opinion that enhanced economic cooperation would  give impetus to the existing bilateral relations through parliamentary and economic cooperation. The Speaker Asad Qaiser was talking to Li Zhanshu in a Virtual meeting held today. Both the Presiding Officers directed their respective Secretariats to take necessary steps for constitution of Joint a parliamentary Committee. 

During the meeting Speaker Asad Qaiser was accompanied by Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, Chairman CPEC committee Sher Ali Arbab, Chairman Foreign Affairs Committee Ehsan ullah Tiwana, Convener Pak-China Friendship Group Noor Alam Khan and other members of the National Assembly whereas Chairman NPC was accompanied by Deputy Speaker NPC and Chairmen of the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Law. This virtual meeting is first high level contact between the two presiding officers after the breakout of COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Speaker said that Pakistan considers China its closest friend, staunchest partner and an iron brother. He said that consistent progression in the relations exemplifies a unique model of brotherhood. He congratulated his Chinese  counterpart on 71st anniversary of Sino-Pak diplomatic relations and Chinese New Year. 

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan strongly believes in territorial integrity of China and fully supports  One China policy. He said that Pakistan values Chinese support on international and regional forums. He said that Kashmir being the bleeding wound on the map of the world needed international attention for mitigation of miseries of Kashmiri people and fulfilment of international commitment. He said that China’s equivocal support on Kashmir issue is valued by people and government of Pakistan. 

Chairman National People’s Congress Li Zhanshu said that China also considers Pakistan one of its brother and a closest strategic ally. He said that China would always stand by Pakistan for its defence and maintaining territorial integrity. He said that Covid-19 was devastating  for the China as well as the world, however support of Pakistan specially the parliament had boosted the Chinese  moral to fight that disease. He assured the Speaker that provision of covid-19 vaccine was on the top most priority of the Chinese Government. 

Speaking about the CPEC, Chairman NPC said that CPEC was of utmost importance for the economies of both the countries. Referring to the instances of terrorism in the region, underlined the need for security of CPEC to keep it moving on right track. Paying special gratitude to the Speaker Asad Qaiser, he said that his support for establishment of special economic zones under CPEC earlier as Speaker KPK Assembly and later as Speaker National Assembly had been exemplary. He said that Gawadar port and other projects under CPEC would play an important role in economic development in Pakistan. 

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that CPEC was undoubtedly lifeline for economic development of Pakistan and mechanism had been devised for ensuring security of the CPEC projects. He said that any attempt to disrupt activity under CPEC would not be tolerated. He said that activity under CPEC had gained momentum and the Rasakai Special Economic Zone would be functional soon which would generate economic activity besides providing employment particularly in the KPK province and the country in general. The Speaker proposed a joint Parliament Committee comprising members from Parliament of Pakistan and National People’s Congress for effective oversight of the CPEC projects.

 


Bada Dam To Help Resolving The Water Scarcity Problem And Provision Of Water For Agriculture: NA Speaker - January 25, 2021

Islamabad: 25th January 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that constructing small dams is inevitable to tackle water scarcity and energy issues in the country. He said that small dams are imperative for increasing level of underground water. He said that the major segment of the population is linked with Agriculture Sector and small dams would enhance water availability for Agriculture purposes also. He expressed these views in a meeting held in Parliament House today to review the progress of construction of Bada Dam in district Swabi  KPK .

Speaker Asad Qaiser recommended utilizing public money keeping in view the best exchange value. He also stressed on the need to protect the interest of the local areas. He also assured to fully support the KPK government for construction of small dams. The Senior Officers of KPK Irrigation department briefed the Speaker in detail about details of the project. It was apprised that the Dam would be completed by the end of the current year. The Speaker emphasized for timely and efficient completion of the project in the best interest of common people.
 


Our Pride is Our Youth Who Has Immense Capabilities to Prove Their Mettle in The World: NA Speaker - January 22, 2021

Islamabad: 22nd January 2021; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the talent and skills of our youth has earned respect and dignity all around the world. He said that achievements of Pakistani youth in diverse fields have proved that they just need guidance and encouragement to be world class achievers and champions. He expressed these views during the meeting with delegation of Sportspersons and women world record holder who called on him at parliament house, today.

The speaker Asad Qiaser said that Pakistani women are capable and they proved themselves as worth model to be followed. He said that women participation in sports and excelling in all socio-economic fields is praiseworthy. He further mentioned that these successful women are beacon of light and inspiration other women who were struggling and have to achieve high targets in life. He said that habit of hard work and consistency was imperative to change the fate of the nation.  He mentioned that these women are our ambassadors who proved themselves as bright face of Pakistan across the world.

Senator Ayub Afridi was also present there and he appreciated the achievements of young women.

The delegation was comprised of Ms.Emma Alam World Memory Champion, Ms.Syeda Kisa Zehra World record holder, Ms. Abeerah Ather 7th in global ranking, Ms.Shomie Alam French Mind Mapping Champion. The participants thanked the Speaker for giving them opportunity to meet and visit Parliament House. They all resolved to continue their efforts in the development and prosperity of the country.


انسپکٹر جنرل آف پولیس (آئی جی) اسلام آباد کی اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر سے ملاقات۔ - January 21, 2021

اسلام آباد، 21 جنوری 2021؛ اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر سے انسپکٹر جنرل آف پولیس (آئی جی اسلام آباد) قاضی جمیل الرحمن  جمعرات کے روز اسلام آباد میں ملاقات کی۔ ملاقات میں دارالحکومت میں امن او امان اور پولیس کے پیشہ ورانہ امور پر تفصیلی تبادلہ خیال کیا گیا۔

 اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ وفاقی دارالحکومت کی پولیس فورس کو پیشہ ورانہ بنانے کے ضرورت ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اسلام آباد کے رہائشیوں کو تحفظ فراہم کرنا پولیس کی بنیادی ذمہ داری ہے پولیس کو پیشہ ورانہ ذمہ داریوں کے ساتھ ساتھ عوام دوست پالیسیوں پر عمل پیرا ہونے کی ضرورت ہے تاکہ عوام کو پولیس کے عوام دوست رویے پر اعتماد حاصل ہو سکے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ جرائم اور معاشرتی برائیوں کے خاتمے کے لیے پولیس فورس کا کردار انتہائی اہمیت کا حامل سمجھا جاتا ہے۔سپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے آئی جی اسلام کو عوام کے جان ومال کی حفاظت کو یقینی بنانے کے ہدایات کیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ عوام کا پولیس فورس سے براہ راست رابطہ ہوتا ہے لہذا پولیس آفیسر کو عوام کے سماجی معاملات سے نمٹنے کے لیے خندہ پیشانی اور شائستگی کا دامن ہاتھ سے نہیں چھوڑنا چاہیں۔

آئی جی اسلام آباد نے اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کو پولیس کی اصلاحات کے حوالے سے بریف کیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اسلام آباد پولیس فورس کو ماڈل پولیس بنائیں گے تاکہ وہ عوام کو دوستانہ ماحول فراہم کر سکیں۔ انہوں نے کہا پولیس کے شعبے میں جدید طرز کی اصلاحات کے لیے ٹریننگ کورس کروائے جائیں گے۔



Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan calls on Speaker National Assembly - January 21, 2021

 

Islamabad January 21, 2021: Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House today.

Enhancing parliamentary and bilateral relations between Islamabad and Kabul came under discussion.

The Speaker while talking to the Ambassador said that Pakistan and Afghanistan both were intertwined in religious, cultural and historic bonds and shared common destiny. He said that Parliament had taken the lead proposed various changes in the trade and visa policy for Afghanistan. He was sure that these steps would bring both the countries closer. He asked the Ambassador to play his role in that regard.

The Speaker expressed his satisfaction on the engagement of all stakeholders in Afghan peace process. He said that peaceful Afghanistan was in the best interest of Pakistan and the region. He said that it could also serve as the gateway to Central Asia and beyond for Pakistani trade.

The Ambassador apprised the Speaker about the recent changes in policy for Afghanistan which he said were mainly due to the persistent efforts of the Speaker National Assembly. He said that Afghan Government and people had welcomed Pakistan’s steps for visa and trade facilitation for Afghan Nationals. He said that he was in touch with Afghan political and government functionaries and he could sense their eagerness to enhance bilateral ties and cooperation in diverse sectors of economy.


Mainstreaming differently abled and destitute segment of the society; collective responsibility: NA Speaker - January 21, 2021

MoU SIGNED BETWEEN KORT AND CDA TO MAKE ISLAMABAD DIFFERENTLY ABLED FRIENDLY

Islamabad: 21st January 2021: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) at Parliament House to make Islamabad disable friendly at the Parliament House today. The MoU was signed by Chairman KORT and Director General CDA.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser after witnessing the signing of the MOU said that taking care of needy and destitute is the collective responsibility as this segment of the society is marganizalized and need our care and attention. He also emphasised to take initiatives to cater the needs of street children. He appreciated the performance of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Disable Persons which is the ever first Special Parliamentary Committee to deliberate upon and take policy initiatives for the welfare of orphans, street children and disable segment of the Society. He said that Parliament House was also in process of being made disabled friendly. The stressed on all government departments to get their buildings for disabled audit for making them more friendly.

The Speaker said that the present government envisions a true welfare state based on Islamic principles of justice, equality and respect for humanity. He said that various measures have been adopted for welfare of the marginalised segments. He said that through implementation of this MoU CDA and KORT would work together to make Islamabad disability friendly.

MNA Ms. Nafeesa Khattak appreciated the efforts of Speaker Asad Qaiser to take pain for the welfare of the needy and destitute. Chairman KORT Chaudry Muhammad Akhtar appreciated the cause of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and assured to collaborate with CDA  to make Islamabad a First ever disable friendly city of the country.


NA Speaker Reaffirms His Allout Support For Mainstreaming of Vulnerable Segments of Society Through Quality Health and Education Facilities - January 12, 2021

Islamabad January 12, 2021: Dr. Bakht Sarwar, CEO Chal Foundation & Mr. Nadeem Ahmed khan, Chairman Khubaib Foundation, called on the Speaker National Assembly.

During the meeting Speaker was apprised about their contribution towards the welfare of people, respectively.

Chal Foundation informed about their future projects particularly the construction and management of Rehabilitation Center for the physically disabled persons at Alamabad Welfare Project, Swabi a joint venture of Speaker National Assembly & Pakistan Air Force.

Whereas, Khubaib Foundation informed, how they can contribute in rehabilitation and mainstreaming of the Street Children's in Islamabad besides other future possible collaborations for the uplift of poor and deprived segment of our society.

Speaker Mr. Asad Qaiser, reaffirmed his commitment of uplifting the most vulnerable one's through dissemination of free state of the art health and education services. He said that he would leave no stone unturned for that purpose.


Afghan Hizb-e-Wahadat-e-islami Leader Muhammad Karim Khalili Meets Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser - January 11, 2021

Pakistan steadfast to support an inclusive broad based and political solution to afghan peace process: Reiterates NA Speaker  

Islamabad;  January 11, 2021: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Afghan peace process would be culmination of an era of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region. He reiterated Pakistan’s all-out support to Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process. He said this in a conversation with Afghan Hizb-e-Wahadat-e-Islami Chairman Muhammad Karim Khalili who met Speaker in Islamabad, this evening along with a delegation.

During the meeting, Pak-Afghan relations and the political situation in the region and issues of mutual interest came discussion. The Speaker said that Pakistan was desirous of seeing a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan which is in the best interest of not only Pakistan but the entire region. He said that peaceful Afghanistan is imperative for the development and prosperity of the region. He said that Pakistani and Afghan people were bound in everlasting ties of religion, brotherhood, history and culture.

The Speaker said that Pakistan is steadfast in its support to an inclusive, broad based and political peace efforts in Afghanistan. He said that the parties to the peace process should seize this opportunity and engage constructively for ending decades old conflict in Afghanistan. He said that positive progression in the peace negotiations depicts the commitment of the Afghan leadership in the peace process. He said that with the advent of peace, the country would lead towards sustainable development.

Referring to the initiatives by the Parliament and the Executive, the Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in National Assembly taking the lead discussed and forwarded recommendations for removing impediments in strengthening bilateral relations and trade. He said that Pakistan had opened borders for their Afghan brethren during COVID-19 apart from removing tariff barriers and impediments in Afghan bilateral and transit trade. He also said that Afghan brethren would also benefit from the visa facilitation for visitors, students specially patients. The Speaker informed that 6000 scholarships are being offered for Afghan students. He said that Afghanistan due to its geographical location could serve as the gateway to Central Asia brining CPEC benefits to   Afghanistan but to the Central Asia and beyond.

Hizb-e-Wahadat-e-Islami Leader Muhammad Karim Khalili said that Afghanistan appreciates Pakistan's efforts for peace in Afghanistan. He said that Afghan nation is grateful to Pakistan for its long-term hospitality of Afghan refugees. He agreed that the involvement of all parties is essential for lasting peace in Afghanistan. He said that Afghan people strongly desire end to decades old conflict in the country. He agreed that the dividends of peace would not only be reaped by Afghanistan but the entire region.

Muhammad Karim Khalili said that people on both sides of the border have close affinities which tie them into eternal bonds. He appreciated Speaker Asad Qaiser for this initiatives for bringing the political leadership and people of both the countries more closer. He regretted the tragic incident that occurred in Baluchistan and offered his sincere condolences.

The visit of Muhammad Karim Khalili is part of Pakistan’s ongoing policy to reach out to political leadership in Afghanistan to forge common understanding on the Afghan peace process and deepen people-to-people linkages.

 


NA Remained undeterred and stood shoulder to shoulder with people during COVID-19 Pandemic - December 31, 2020

Islamabad: December 31, 2020: The year 2020 was marked with the ever worst Pandemic of COVID-19 which halted the wheel of life all around the world including Pakistan. Inspite of the severe emerged challenges due to COVID-19, National Assembly remained steadfast and stood shoulder by shoulder with the Nation and kept itself in functional state to tackle the socio-economic challenges in the country.  The House focused on socio-economic issues through its debates, adjournment motions, question hour and Standing Committees.
During the year 2020, the Legislative performance of the House remained remarkable. Total working days of the National Assembly during the Year were 123 including the Joint Sittings. During the year 58 Government Bills were introduced, 14 ordinances were laid on the table of the House whereas 31 Government Bills were passed during Sessions of National Assembly held with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair. During the said period 34 Government and 2 Private Members Laws were also enacted by the National Assembly. Furthermore, 79 Private Member Bills were introduced and 06 Private Members' bills were passed that depicts the active involvement of Private Members in the legislative process.

During the year, 19 resolutions were adopted on different national and international issues out of which the most glaring were regarding Combating Islamophobia, Commemorating 73rd Anniversary of the Assembly and on the Finality of the Prophethood. During the year, 6130 Questions were received out of which 891 Questions were answered during the Sessions of the National Assembly. Taking up Motions tabled under rule 259 of the rules of Procedure and Conduct of the National Assembly, 2007 on important issues like the tragic incident of Rape on Motorway, COVID-19, Agriculture Policy, Privatization and Kashmir Issue National Assembly debated the Motions for 6 hour and 23 minutes. While issues of Escalation in COVID-19 Pandemic, fatal crash of PIA flight in Karachi and issues of Privatization of Airports and Steel Mills, Sugar issues also came under discussion.
During the year 2020, a total number of 460 Motions under Rule 259 were received out of which 40 were disallowed and 54 were brought before the House out of which discussion could take placed on 6 Motions. 6 Motions under rule 244(B) were received in National Assembly Secretariat out of which two were disallowed while three were referred to the Standing Committees. The National Assembly also received 74 Questions of Privilege during the year, out of which 2 were disallowed whereas 13 were referred to the standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, whereas, 49 were under submission.

Parliamentary debate is an essential tool for highlighting the socio-economic issues being faced by the Nation. During the Budget Session, the time consumed by government and opposition was 57 hours and 08 minutes, which was 17 hours 08 minutes in excess of 40 hours allotted for general discussion on Budget. However, the whole Budget passage consumed 81 hours and 33 minutes including the time consumed on the passage of charged Expenditure, presentation and discussion on cut motions and finally the passage of Finance Bill, 2020-21. The passage of Supplementary grants took total 24 hours and 25 minutes. The Members of the Assembly actively participated in the discussion on budget whereas total numbers of 208 including 107 Members from Treasury and 101 Members from Opposition benches spoke on the Budget. Calling Attention Notices, Adjournment Motions and Motions under rule 259 are important Parliamentary tools for oversight and bringing important public matters under discussion in the National Assembly. The Assembly Secretariat received 342 Calling Attention Notices, out of which 79 calling attention notices were brought in the House, however discussion took place on 60 calling attention notices. After thorough discussion, 15 Calling Attention Notices were referred to concerned Committees. Meanwhile, 79 Adjournments were presented in the House out of which 44 were disallowed under the rules and One brought in the House.
Taking stock of the COVID-19 situation, the Speaker National Assembly carried out consultation with the Parliamentary Leaders in the National Assembly for forging a joint approach to tackle the Global pandemic.  A Parliamentary Committee on Corona virus was constituted as a result of consensus amongst the Parliamentary leadership. Another Special Committee comprising three former Speakers and parliamentary leaders was constituted to discuss and suggest measures to hold virtual session of the National Assembly in wake of the pandemic. This Parliamentary Committee on COVID-19 Disease supervised important policy initiatives like maximum outreach to the people effected by COVID-19 through Ehsaas Programme, continuation of Extended Programme on Immunization, provision of adequate numbers of ventilators and provision of COVID-19 testing kits besides rewarding the medical community who was offering their services at the front line.
Speaker Asad Qaiser also focused on welfare of marginalized segments of the society especially disabled persons. In order to intervene at policy and legislation level the first ever Parliamentary Committee on Disabled Persons was constituted which deliberated upon evolving a mechanism to resolve the issues faced by the Persons with Disabilities. Agriculture, being the back bone of the country, was also focused by the Speaker Asad Qaiser. Special Committee on Agriculture Products took a lot of initiatives for the welfare of the farmer’s community. This Committee is still working to suggest reforms and policy intervention in the Agriculture sector and to resolve the problems of Farmers community.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser especially focused to enhance bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He constituted Executive Committee of Pakistan Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group which held eight meetings and brought the bilateral relations on new heights of cooperation. The seminar “Pak-Afghan Trade an Investment Forum 2020 “was organized by National Assembly Secretariat which proved a success story for enhancing bilateral trade.


While expressing his satisfaction over the performance of the National Assembly from 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020, Speaker Asad Qaiser has remarked that only effective legislation and Parliamentary oversight can resolve all socio-economic issues faced by the country. He said that performance of the National Assembly in 2020 remained remarkable in spite of the grave challenges emerged due to Pandemic of COVID-19 in the world. He said that incumbent government believes in Parliamentary supremacy and the legislators being representative of the people can only offer practical solution through parliamentary initiatives.  The Speaker desired that both government and opposition benches should work in collaboration for the welfare of the common people.
 


Eliminating Trade Barriers and Facalitate to Help Promote Economic Activities Between Pakistan and Afghanistan: NA Speaker Asad Qaisar - December 30, 2020

AFGHANISTAN TO SERVE AS GATEWAY TO CENTRAL ASIA AND BEYOND: NA SPEAKER
 
Islamabad December 30, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar said that promotion of trade and economic links between Pakistan and Afghanistan would usher into new era of socio-economic development and fighting the scourges of poverty and instability. The Speaker said that early conclusion of Trade Agreements between Pakistan and Afghanistan would further boost economic activity on both sides. The Speaker said this while talking to Mr. Nisar Ahmad Ghoryani, Afghan Minister for Commerce and Industries, who called on Speaker in Parliament House, today.
 
While talking to the Afghan Minister, the Speaker Asad Qaiser observed that Pakistan and Afghanistan are strategically significant trading partners however, trade between the two countries gradually declined due to trade barriers and lack of trade facilitations from either side. He said that after eliminating trade barriers along with facilitating traders had not only enhanced the trade volume between Pakistan and Afghanistan but was also greatly contributing to poverty eradication and social uplift. He said that such initiatives will also increase employment opportunities for our people and decreasing Non-tariff barriers on both sides of the border will enhance mutual trade. He informed that encouraging people to people contacts and trade facilitation through Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group was a manifestation of our commitment to improving bilateral economic engagement with Afghanistan.
 
The Speaker said that early conclusion of negotiation of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) and Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) would open new avenues of cooperation between both brotherly countries. He stressed the need to inbuilt the elements in the trade agreements which are facilitative of Trade. He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), was a game changer not only for Pakistan but the entire region. He offered Afghan investors to take part in CPEC economic activity besides investment in Rasakai Special Economic Zone to start its functions soon. The Speaker remarked that economic cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan and improved trade and transit facilities would help to connect Central Asia and beyond. He proposed establishment of Border entry point for Trade at WaKhan Border which would open gates to Central Asia. He also asked the Afghan Minister to take note for removal of unnecessary check points inside Afghanistan and extortion of money from trades by Afghan officials.
 
Speaking about the fraternal relations, the Speaker said that same thread weaves our two nations into a historic tapestry of social, cultural, linguistic, economic, religious and fraternal ties. He said that Pakistan’s reiterates its support for Afghan peace process and Intra-Afghan negotiations for an enduring peace in Afghanistan and the region. He said that Pakistan always desires of harmonious relations with its neighbors, however, our eastern neighbor had always attempted to destabilize Pakistan. He said that illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and atrocities being committed on innocent Kashmiri were sheer violation of norms of humanity and international law.
 
The Afghan Minister Nisar Ahmad Ghoryani said that Afghanistan was deeply touched by the goodwill gestures by the government and people of Pakistan. He said that people across the borders have multiple affinities which tie them with each other. He praised Speaker Asad Qaiser for his role in mounting strong linkages for mutually beneficial trade relations with Afghanistan. He said that Afghanistan acknowledges Pakistan’s support for Afghan peace process and would seek support in future too. He said that Trade and Investment Forum Seminar in October this year was a success and suggested for holding of such moots in Peshawar, Quetta and other provincial capitals of Pakistan.
 
Apprising the Speaker, the Minister informed that 80 percent negotiations on the Trade agreements have been done and was confident that the same would be signed soon. He said that his government is committed to boost trade cooperation for a long-lasting mutually beneficial relationship. He welcomed the offer of Speaker for participation in CPEC and Rasakia Economic Zone. He said that issues raised by Speaker would be addressed on his return back home.
 


Realizing Youth Potential Would Help Pakistan Achieve Socio-Economic Development: NA Speaker Asad Qaiser - December 15, 2020

PRESENT GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO GENERATE AN EDUCATED WORKFORCE, BUILD EMPATHY AND TOLERANCE AND RAPIDLY IMPROVE PAKISTAN’S POSITIONING IN THE GLOBAL MARKET:  NA SPEAKER

Islamabad December 15, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that 150 Million young people are Pakistan’s greatest asset and utilizing this potential appropriately would help achieve socio-economic development of the country. He said that the aforesaid objective could only be realized through providing access to high-quality education and skill development in the country. He expressed these views while addressing the International Virtual Conference on Pakistan-United Kingdom (UK) Education Gateway through video link, today in Islamabad.  
 
Addressing the conference, the Speaker said that the Government is fully committed to the cause and aims to generate an educated workforce, build empathy and tolerance and rapidly improve Pakistan’s positioning in the global market.  He said that a substantial allocation of Rs.160 million had been made as an investment in our youth’s development through the Knowledge Economy. He commended the tremendous work done by the British High Commission and the British Council Pakistan in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan in building opportunities for the advancement of higher education, research and development.
 
Appreciating the launch of GREAT awards and British Council STEM schemes this year, adding to the number of awards for Pakistani students, the Speaker said that it would largely impact the education and skills development in Pakistan. He expressed gratitude towards the joint team executing this brilliant 9- Million-pound project – the British council and the HEC. “Your work deeply impresses me, and I feel proud of the achievements of the Pak-UK Education Gateway and its rapid response to uncertain times of 2020”, he added.
 
Sharing his work experience with British Council education team while he was Speaker provincial Assembly, the Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the British Council team kept the connection alive and made the KPK government able to scale up the wound full work around schools, skills, universities, governance and capacity building of senior leaders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.  He said that British Council’s support to skills sector development was a great support for Skill for all, around accreditation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutes and apprenticeships in much appreciated. He said that he was sure that these programmes will help create pathways between the higher Education and skills sector and ultimately benefit our young talent which we are proud of.
 
The Speaker said that Pakistani students would greatly benefit by enhanced number of scholarships for Pakistan this year the UK government and British Council. He said that launch of new research links between Pakistan and UK universities was also a commendable effort by the British council. He said that it is in area which is very important in making this world better by involving science and research for solving our problems of today and tomorrow.
 
Concluding his address, the Speaker said that he felt proud and optimistic that the upcoming journey of this project and what many feats it will achieve to enable the youth of this country. He extended his unwavering support and I hope to see us all flourish in the outcomes of the Pak-UK Education Gateway.
 


16th December: Tragedy Reminds Us to Be United and Resolute to Fight The Monster of Terrorism and Extremism in the Country: NA Speaker - December 15, 2020

Islamabad: 15th December 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that 16th December reminds us the tragic and barbarous acts of extremists and terrorists who killed innocent children and Teachers in Army Public School, Peshawar for their nefarious designs. He said that such barbarity and cruelty is unprecedented as no religion allows killing humanity. He said that scarifies of the innocent children of APS Peshawar will not go wasted and the scourge of terrorism and extremism would be rooted out from the society.  He expressed these views on commemoration of the tragic incident of 16th December 2014 when more than 100 children and Teacher were martyred.

The Speaker said that the Pakistani nation and leadership took a clear and categorical decision for an indiscriminate action against terrorists after the APS incident.  He said that Pakistani is a Nation which is matchless in bravery and resoluteness and would emerge as victorious and prosperous at the end of the day.  He remarked that Pakistani nation would always stand with the bereaved families and would continue to share their inexpressible grieve.

He remarked that with the support of nation, the Armed forces have achieved peace and harmony in the country through Zarb-e-Azab operations. He mentioned that the way our armed forces tackled scourge of terrorism and extremism had been acclaimed worldwide.
 
Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri also expressed his deep grief on the sad incident. He said that the people of Pakistan were resilient and has withstood the hardest times. He expressed his optimism that with the concerted efforts of the government and the Armed forces, the scourge of terrorism would be exterminated forever.

 


Parliament to be at the fore front to safeguard basic rights of PWDs: NA Speaker - December 3, 2020

CAPITALIZING THE POTENTIAL OF PWDs TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO BE SOCIALLY PRODUCTIVE: NA SPEAKER

Islamabad:  3rd December 2020; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) need encouragement and support to enable them to be viable and productive part of Society. He said that commemorating the International Day of Disabled Persons remind us to stand shoulder with shoulder with all those who are supporting the cause of welfare for PWDs. He expressed these views while addressing the one day event in connection with International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the Parliament House, today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser remarked that concentrating the on health and education areas for the PWDs would change the fate of the nation. He expressed his resolve to make all out efforts for policy intervention to bring long term reforms for the welfare of the PWDs. He said that Special Parliamentary Committee on Disabled Persons has been empowered to suggest and recommend all policy measure in this regard.  He encouraged and appreciated the efforts of all social welfare organizations which are contributing to facilitate PWDs in the far-flung areas of the country. He said that inclusiveness of PWDs in the main socio-economic stream require on ground efforts like the services provided by STEP, KORT, Khubab Foundation and many other  such welfare organizations.  He also applauded the contributions of various welfare organizations striving for the welfare of PWDs. He also distributed Khadija Tul Kubra Award among PWDs for their remarkable services.

MNA Ms. Munza Hassan Secretary General Women Parliamentary Caucus  while addressing the event said that she would make all out efforts to review the existing laws in favour of PWDS.Ms. Zila Qaiser , Emerging Disability Leader especially appreciated and thanked the Speaker Asad Qaiser’s efforts to bring relief for PWDs across the country. She sought more Parliamentary and legislative intervention to bring relief in the real lives of PWDS. Mr. Muhammad Atif Sheikh Executive Director STEP remarked that bringing welfare for PWDs is long journey which demands unwavering commitment and determination with which Speaker Asad Qaiser has been endowed with.  He lauded the formulation of Special Parliamentary Committee on Disabled by Speaker Asad Qasier.Ms. Lina Mousa, Country Representative UNFPA applauded the successful organization of International day for PWDs under the auspices of National Assembly. Ch Javed AKhtar President KORT expressed his resolve to continue his efforts under the supervision of Speaker to make the lives of PWDs productive and viable.


Potentials of Persons with Disabilities Can Be Fully Realized With Policy Intervention and Parliamentary Oversight: NA Speaker - December 2, 2020

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO COMMEMORATE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE ON 3RD DECEMBER

Islamabad: 2ndDecember, 2020: National Assembly Secretariat is hosting International day for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) on 03rd December. The International day for PWDs 2020 with the theme “a Better Inclusive Post COVID-19 world for PWDs” would specially focus to commemorate the services of the PWDs and acknowledging their contributions in spite of their physical hardships and limitations.

The commemoration of this day in the Parliament is the result of Special initiatives of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser for the welfare of PWDs and making them inclusive part of the Society. The Speaker’s initiatives for the welfare of the PWDs include formulating Special Parliamentary Committee on PWDs and issuance of directions to make Parliament building PWDs’ friendly. He also directed to make official website of the National Assembly readable for visually impaired and inaugurated the Special Mobile App “Equal Access” for integrating their data. He also focused to take Legislative initiatives for PWDs which would serve as policy interventions. He pledged that this day would be the day of resolution to continue this journey of making efforts for making PWDs part and parcel of socio-economic strata. This parliamentary supervision and oversight would prove a catalyst to support the efforts of all striving to bring positive changes in the lives of PWDs.  

The one day event would includes address by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser , Minister for Human Rights Ms. Shireen Mazari,  Convener, Subcommittee on PWDs MNA Ms. Munaza Hasan. A documentary regarding Special initiatives for socio-economic inclusion of PWDs by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser would also be displayed.  Ms.Zala Qaiser, Emerging Disability leader, Key Speech by Mr. Muhammad Atif Sheikh Executive Director STEP and Ms.Lina Mousa , Country Representatives  UNFPA would also address the event. Parliamentarians, Intelligentsia,   Representative Media Representatives would participate in the event.
 


Unity imperative to tackle issues confronting Muslim Ummah: NA Speaker - November 26, 2020

PARLIAMENTARY ENGAGEMENT TO BRING PAKISTAN AND SAUDI ARABIA MORE CLOSER: NA SPEAKER

Islamabad; November 26, 2020: Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Nawaf bin Saad Al-Maliki called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House, today. Bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest came under discussion during the meeting. 

Speaker Asad Qaiser while talking to the Ambassador said that Pakistan is proud of its everlasting friendship with Saudi Arabia. He said that both the brotherly countries are tied in bonds of religion, culture and history. He said that any attempt of aggression against Saudi Arabia would be considered aggression against Pakistan. Acknowledging the assistance Saudi Arabia has been extending to Pakistan, the Speaker said that Saudi Arabia has always been a generous supporter of social development in Pakistan.  

The Speaker said that Muslim Ummah was presently confronted with issues for which solidarity is an important need of the hour. He said that growing Islamophobia in the west is also a great challenge for which joint strategy be devised to tackle this issue besides brining out the true image of the religion of peace. Talking about Pakistan’s desire of having cordial relations with all neighboring countries, the Speaker said that Pakistan believes in resolving all outstanding issues through dialogue. He said that Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan were strengthening and would usher in development and prosperity in both the countries. The Speaker welcomed the recent contact between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

Referring to the parliamentary relations between National Assembly and Saudi Shura Council, the Speaker said that exchange of delegations would play an important role in strengthening relations between the two brotherly countries. Mentioning the vast economic opportunities between two countries, the Speaker said that bilateral cooperation in economic sectors would be mutually beneficial. He asked the Ambassador to take up issue with his government for according concessions to Pakistani expatriates working in Saudi Arabia who were currently facing immense issue due to revision in labour laws. He also thanked Saudi Government for releasing Pakistanis jailed in Saudi Arabia on petty crimes. The Speaker also reiterated his invitations to Chairman Saudi Shoora Council and Imam-e-Kaaba to visit Pakistan at their earlier convenience. 

Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Saad Al-Maliki said that Saudi Arabia also attaches great importance to its fraternal relations with Pakistan and considers it a sincere friend and brother. He said that the friendship between the two countries is getting stronger with each passing day. He assured the Speaker that Saudi Arabia would continue its cooperation in all sectors in Pakistan. He said that Pakistani expatriates living in Saudi Arabia are playing an important role in the development of Saudi Arabia. He assured that the new Labor Laws would facilitate immigrants working in Saudi Arabia. He assured the Speaker that he would convey his invitations to Chairman Saudi Shoora Council and Imam-e-Kaaba.


Na Speaker, Parliamentarians Pledge Actions to Free Pakistan From Violence Against Women - November 25, 2020

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TURN ORANGE TO LAUNCH 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly of Pakistan went orange on Wednesday to show solidarity with the global 16 Days of Activism campaign against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and officially launch it in Pakistan. In relevance to this day a special event was organized at Parliament House. Speaker National Assembly, Mr. Asad Qaiser graced the event as the Chief Guest. Secretary WPC Ms. Munaza Hassan gave the welcome remarks at the start of the event. Resident Coordinator United Nations in Pakistan, Mr. Julien Harneis addressed the event that was attended by parliamentarians, representatives of the government, UN agencies, civil society and media, both virtually and in-person at the National Assembly.

Speaker National Assembly, Asad Qaiser while addressing the event, said: “The Government is committed to end violence against women as a topmost priority. It’s time to recognize the role of women and take substantial steps for ensuring equal participation of women in legislation. Gender equality cannot be achieved without ending violence against women and girls. Women need to be encouraged and motivated and the present government was committed for the protection of women’s rights and providing them safe environment. In order to give women their due status, we also need to change the mindset and behavior. Joint efforts are needed to bring them into mainstream.”

While giving welcome remarks, Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, Munaza Hassan said: “The world is undergoing significant social, political, economic and environmental development, which leaves a deep mark on our people – especially women of every household. With Covid-19 resurgence, the world retreats inside homes due to lockdowns, making situation even worse for women. Escalation in already existing pandemic of violence against women is quite visible. The Constitution of Pakistan negates any discrimination on the basis of gender. Its Articles 25(3) and 34 are the two most significant articles in favor of women. Article25(3) states that nothing shall prevent the State from making any special provision for the protection of women. The Women’s Parliamentary Caucus has been at the forefront of improving legislations for the rights of women and we will continue our efforts along with our trusted partners.”
Mr. Harneis appreciated the pledge taken by all participants during the event, and expressed the hope that each person would follow through on this pledge in their lives to prevent gender-based violence from happening in all public and private settings.

He also commended the WPC’s role in promoting the agenda of women’s rights and leadership in the country. While acknowledging that Pakistan has made great progress especially in the area of legislative and policy reform, the RC highlighted that there was a lot left to do for effective implementation of existing pro-women laws. “The World Economic Forum places Pakistan at 151 out of 153 countries in its latest Global Gender Gap Report. But a positive sign is that women have around 24 percent representation in both houses of the Parliament, and women parliamentarians contributed 33 percent of the parliamentary business. With more women in power and decision-making, we can make great strides in advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality and eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls,” he stated.

Women parliamentarians from several political parties as well as representatives from the government, UN agencies and civil society also participated in the event and pledged to put in efforts for ending violence against women and girls in Pakistan. They promised to play an active role in freeing the country from all forms of gender-based violence and discrimination and stand with and support survivors.

The event was jointly arranged by the Federal Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) and UN Women Pakistan to kick off the 16 Days of Activism against GBV, a global campaign that takes place each year from 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th of December, International Human Rights Day, indicating that violence against women is the most pervasive violation of human rights worldwide. The 16 Days campaign is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, this year’s theme for the 16 Days of Activism against GBV is “Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” The theme calls for prioritizing support and funding to essential services for GBV prevention and response especially in the COVID-19 situation, supporting women’s rights organizations working at the nexus of COVID-19 and GBV, declaring a national policy of zero tolerance for GBV with a concrete action plan, launching behavior change social mobilization campaigns, undertaking explicit measures to maintain services for survivors of GBV as essential during COVID-19 lockdowns, ensuring a continuum of adequate criminal justice response mechanisms, and collecting data with the aim to inform and improve GBV services and interventions.


Present State Of Covid-19, Alarming and Warrants Strict Adherence to Health Advisories and Sops: Says NA Speaker - November 25, 2020

A NATIONAL NARRATIVE BY POLITICAL LEADERSHIP, INTELLIGENTSIA, OPINION MAKERS AND HEALTH EXPERTS IMPERATIVE TO MAKE AWARE PEOPLE OF THE DISASTROUS EFFECTS OF COVID-19

Islamabad November 25, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser while chairing the 5th meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Corona virus Disease has said that the present situation of COVID-19 was alarming and warrant strict adherence to the health advisories and SoPs. He called upon political leadership, intelligentsia, opinion makers and health experts to build a national narrative to make aware people of the disastrous effects of COVID-19. The meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Corona virus Disease was held in the Parliament House, this afternoon.

Noting the absence of the Members of the opposition with deep concern, the Speaker said that considering the present state of corona pandemic, the opposition irrespective of the political differences, should have attended the meeting to give their valuable input. He anticipated that better sense would prevail and the opposition would attend the subsequent meetings of the Parliamentary Committee. He said that the objection raised by certain quarters about the constitution of the Committee were irrelevant since it was valid constituted in exercise of powers vested in him under the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. He further informed that before issuance of formal notification of the same, all the parliamentary parties in the Senate and the National Assembly were duly consulted. The Speaker said that he and his family had undergone the disease, thus knew its devastating effects.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Services and Regulation Dr. Faisal Sultan apprised the Committee about the comparison of the figures related to COVID-19 with previous and latest position. He said that the situation was alarming and the disease would cast devastating effects if SoPs and decisions of the NCOC were not implemented in letter and spirit. Apprising about the COVID-19 testing and available health facilities, he said that government had enhanced its testing capacity besides making all resources available to provide facilities in hospitals for COVID-19 patients. He appreciated the decision of the NCOC for imposing restrictions on the large gathering, public congregations and educational activities which were major contributor in spread of disease.

The Members of the Parliamentary Committee had the consensus that all the political leadership ought to give a unified message to the public to adopt precautions in order to curtail the spread of the corona virus disease. They suggested for implementation of decision of the NCOC, later ratified by the Hon. Islamabad High Court through administrative measures to stop large gatherings. They regretted that Opposition should have attended the instant meeting since issue of immense national importance was under consideration. They unanimously appreciated the convening of the Committee which was constituted under the rules and Constitution and held its 4th meeting attended by all i.e. Treasury and the Opposition without raising any objection about its constitution and also made recommendations on COVID-19 which are being implemented. The Members also suggested for making arrangements for online classes through PTV and PBC for students to carry on their studies from home.

While discussing the issue of summoning of the National Assembly, the Committee unanimously recommended that the opposition may be consulted for convening the session of the Assembly for abiding by the previous decision made with their consensus to hold session of the Assembly with minimum quorum to be worked out by the Treasury and the Opposition. The Committee also paid its tributes to the Doctors, Paramedics and all those involved in proving healthcare facilities to the COVID-19 patients. The Committee also appreciated the performance of NCOC for monitoring the prevalence of the disease and its spread.

The meeting was attended by Ministers Asad Umar, Senator Shibli Faraz, Syed Amin-ul-Haq, Leader of the House Senate Dr. Wasim Shahzad, Advisor to the Prime Minister Dr. Zaheer-ud-din Babar Awan, Minister ofr State Ali Muhammad Khan, Special Assistant to PM on Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan, MNAs Ghaus Bukhsh Khan Mehar, Malik Amir Dogar, Senators Ms. Sitara Ayaz, Anwar ul-Haq Karar, Auragnzeb Khan and senior officers of the concerned departments.
 


Ambassadors of Jordan and Afghanistan separately call on Speaker Asad Qaiser - November 24, 2020

PARLIAMENT DIPLOMACY TO PLAY IMPORTANT ROLE IN BRINGING BROTHERLY COUNTRIES MORE CLOSER: NA SPEAKER

COLLABORATION IN DIVERSE SECTORS IMPERATIVE FOR TAPPING IMMENSE ECONOMIC POTENTIAL: NA SPEAKER

Islamabad, November 24, 2020: Ambassador of Jordan Major General (Retd) Ibrahim Yala Al Madani called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House, this afternoon.  Issues of mutual interest and enhancing bilateral relations came under discussion.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that relations between Pakistan and Jordan are based on strong foundations of religion, brotherhood, culture and history. He said that parliamentary diplomacy can play an important role in promoting bilateral relations between the two Islamic brother countries. He also stressed the need for enhancing bilateral trade which did not commensurate the existing economic potential on either side. 

The Speaker also spoke about the stance of both the countries on important regional and global issues. He expressed the need to further enhance cooperation at CPA and IPU level for joint input on issues confronting region and the world at large. He also stressed the need to tackle growing trend of Islamophobia in the West. He said that Muslim Ummah should adopt a common strategy to eradicate Islamophobia. 

Ambassador Major General (R) Ibrahim Yala Al-Madani said that Jordan also values its close fraternal relations with Pakistan and seeks to expand them further. He said that Jordan seeks to boost economic and trade cooperation with Pakistan. He said that undoubtedly there are excellent trade opportunities between the two countries that can be tapped for mutual benefit. He agreed for further enhancing parliamentary ties between the legislatures of Pakistan and Jordan. He said that apart from cooperation in diverse economic sectors, collaboration to tap tourism potential in Pakistan and Jordan should also be pondered. 

Later, Ambassador of Afghanistan Najibullah AliKhel called on Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House. While taking to the Afghan Ambassador, the Speaker said that recent engagement between the political hierarchy, parliamentarians and business communities had brought both the nations more closer. He said that the cultural, religious and historic affinities existed on either side of the border. He said that Pakistan seeks further enhancement of cooperation with Afghanistan for economic and regional development. Speaking about the recommendations of the Executive Committee of the Pak-Afghan Friendship Group, the Speaker said that majority of the recommendation on visa and Pak-Afghan Trade and Investment have been implemented. He said that signing of MoUs on long-term trade and investment agreements between the two countries will further boost trade and investment.

Ambassador of Afghanistan Nahibullah AliKhel said that his country also attaches great importance to its fraternal relations with Pakistan. He said that Afghanistan values Pakistan's efforts to bring peace to the region. He acknowledged that excellent trade opportunities exist between the two countries that would be further utilised for mutual benefit. He also expressed his gratitude to the Speaker Asad Qasier for his efforts to address impediments in visa access and bilateral trade. He said that Parliament can play an important role in further strengthening relations between the two countries. He termed the recent visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan to Afghanistan, a important milestone in bringing the two countries more closer.


Exploring New Markets for Pakistani Products Would Ensure Bright Future for Our Next Generation: NA Speaker - November 23, 2020

 

Islamabad, 23rd November 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that further removing trade bottlenecks between Pakistan and Afghanistan would ensure bright future for our next generation. He said that recent conference organized by National Assembly of Pakistan for finding new avenues of trade and investment between both countries have been possible due to consistent efforts of this Committee of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group. He informed that it is the first time that 23 Afghan Parliamentarians along with their traders and investors visited Pakistan. He said that follow up of the implementation of the recommendations of the conference would be top priority of this Committee. He expressed these views while chairing the 5th meeting of Executive Committee of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group in the Parliament House, today.
While reviewing the progress of the previous recommendations of the Committee, the Speaker Asad Qaiser expressed his satisfaction on the pace of implementation by the Executive. He said that on the recommendation of the Committee, Torkham border is now open for 7 days for pedestrian instead of 4 days. The Speaker asked the SAPM Arbab Shahzad to visit Chaman Border along with Committee Members and Special Envoy of PM to Afghanistan Sadiq Khan. The Speaker decided to call next meeting soon to further review the recommendation of the Conference on trade and investment. He also asked the Advisor to PM on Commerce to pursue the negotiation on Afghan Pakistan Preferential Trade Agreement on fast pace so that the trade activities could take place more vigorously.
Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Razzaq Dawood briefed the Executive Committee regarding his visit of Afghanistan where issues Preferential Trade Agreement, Free movement of trucks , custom issues and signing the  MOUs between both countries in this regard was deliberated  upon. He informed that after due deliberation the MoUs will be signed and resultantly the volume of trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan will increase.
The Executive Committee meeting was attended by MNAs Ms. Shanadana Gulzar, Mr. Moshin Darwar, Mr. Salahudin Ayubi, Mr. Yaqoob Sheikh, SAPM Mr. Arbab Shahzad through video link and the officers of M/o Railway, Commerce, Foreign Affairs, FBR , NLC and the senior officers from Baluchistan and KPK provincial government.


Integration of Persons with Disabilities into the Society, Imperative for Capitalizing their Potential: Speaker NA. Asad Qaiser - November 23, 2020

Islamabad, 23rd November 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that integration of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) into the society was imperative to capitalizing their potentials. He said that their digitalized integration would enhance socio-economic inclusion. He emphasized to ensure the registration of PWDs on priority to have an accumulated data for effective policy making for them. He expressed these views while launching the Mobile App “EQUAL ACCESS” for PWDs to bridge the gap between PWDs and services available for them in Parliament House, today.
Speaker Asad Qaiser while addressing the ceremony attended by a large number of PWDs appreciated the efforts of Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP), British Council and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), for developing the Mobile Application for PWDs “Equal Access”. Referring to the enactment of Law on protection of rights of PWD by the National Assembly and constitution of Parliamentary Committee in that regard, said that legislature would always stand with the PWDs for their inclusion in the society as productive members through effective policy, Legislation and oversight on its implementation.
Executive Director STEP, Mr. Ali Sheikh speaking on the occasion said that content of the APP has been developed by PWDs themselves having personal experiences and professional background of working directly with disabled people in diversified communities across the country. Mark Crossey, Deputy Director British Council said that Equal Access App is built on through excellent Multi-stakeholders partnership, addressing diversity and the inclusion of PWDs. He said that they would continue this initiative which is in line with achieving “Build Back Better” toward achievement of the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Director Project STEP Ms. Abia Akram, who herself is a PWD acknowledged the contribution and support of British Council and PTA. She mentioned that this initiative will be the bench mark for many developing countries in the world. PTA Chairman Maj. General (R) Amir Azeem Bajwa said the he appreciated the British Council and STEP for their valuable contribution in the development of this Mobile APP.
Later, apprising  the features of the APP, the Executive Director STEP informed that the app will provide information in accessible formats including Sign Language Interpretation, Sound Description, Dark Mode and resizable text formats. He said that this app contains information related to disability services, disability stakeholder’s information and laws related to disability. The initiative Equal access is supported by British Council AAWAZ-II programme which is a five year programme working with the local communities in KPK and Punjab Provinces to promote Rights of children, women, and youth and other marginalized groups including PWDs, Minorities and Transgender persons to strengthen their control over their own development.
 


Joint Strategy by Muslim Ummah Imperative for Countering Growing Trend of Islamophobia in the West: Speaker Asad Qaiser - November 19, 2020

INTERFAITH DIALOGUE NEED OF THE HOUR TO BRING HARMONY AND TRANQUILITY AMONGST RELIGIONS: SPEAKER ASAD QAISER

Islamabad 19th November 2020: Speaker National Assembly has stressed for a common strategy to counter growing trend of Islamophobia in the western world. The Speaker also stressed for interfaith dialogue to bring harmony and tranquility amongst the religions. The Speaker was talking to Ambassador of Egypt to Pakistan Tarek Mohamed Dahroug who called on him in Parliament House, today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that unity among Muslims is essential for the solution of the problems presently faced by the Ummah. He underlined the need for adoption of a common strategy by the Muslim Ummah to eradicate Islamophobia. He termed the growing trend of Islamophobia, a threat to world peace. He said that utterance of blasphemous remarks and publication of caricatures in France has hurt the feelings of the entire Islamic world. He also stressed the urgent need for Dialogue between religious scholars for the promotion of inter-faith harmony for lasting peace in the world. The Speaker also invited President of Al-Azhar University, Egypt to visit Pakistan.

The Speaker said that relations between Pakistan and Egypt are based on strong foundations of religion, brotherhood, culture and history. He said that Pakistan seeks to strengthen bilateral ties through promotion of parliamentary and economic ties. He termed Parliamentary diplomacy an apt mode play in promoting bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries. The Speaker said that it was heartening to note that Pakistan and Egypt share a common position on important regional and global issues and vowed to maintain the cooperation in future at all multilateral forums. He also stressed the need to further enhance cooperation with Egypt for economic development and regional development. He noted that countries have ample opportunities to increase the volume of bilateral trade.

Egyptian Ambassador Tarek Mohamed Dahroug said that growing trend of Islamophobia was also a major concern in Egypt. He agreed for a joint strategy by Ummah to counter that trend and role of religious scholars was of immense importance in that regard. He also stressed for projection of true and peaceful identity of Islam in the world through the use of modern technology.

Referring to his country’s ties with Pakistan, the Ambassador said that Egypt values its close and friendly relations and wants to strengthen them further. He said that Pakistan and Egypt are brotherly countries and custodians of ancient cultural heritage. He agreed that immense potential exists in both countries which could be tapped for mutual benefit. He said that cooperation in diverse sectors would bring both the countries more closer. He also agreed for enhancing parliamentary cooperation between legislatures of both the countries. He said that parliamentarians can play an important role in strengthening bilateral relations. He also suggested for promotion of tourism between both countries.
 


Pakistan, Proud Of Its All-Weather Unique Friendship With China: NA Speaker - November 11, 2020

                Islamabad; November 11, 2020: Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan is proud of its all-weather unique friendship and strategic partnership with China. He said that completion of CPEC would help Pakistan to achieve its economic and industrial goals. He said that present government is committed to take that exemplary relation to new heights. The Speaker said this while talking to Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong who called on him at Parliament House, today.
 
While talking to the Ambassador, the Speaker said China and Pakistan have cherished vibrant, friendly relations spreading over decades. He said that those ties were based on regional development, mutual trust, trade and economic cooperation. He added that the cooperation between both countries was rapidly expanding. He said that Pakistan confidently counts on Chinese support at international and regional forums. He underlined the need for cementing parliamentary contacts for further cementing those ties. He asked the Ambassador to convey his good wishes to the Chairman of the Chinese National People’s Congress and to reiterate invitation already extended to him to visit Pakistan. The Speaker also wished good luck to the Ambassador Nong Rong on his ambassadorial assignment to Pakistan.
 
While discussing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Speaker said CPEC was a game changer not only for both the countries but also for the whole region. He said that it would significantly contribute in brining socio-economic development in Pakistan. He said that Parliament out rightly stands with the CPEC, therefore a series of seminars had been arranged to mobilize stakeholders, intelligentsia and other segments of society to increase effectiveness to the project. He invited Chinese Ambassador to attend a Seminar being organized by Parliamentary Committee on CPEC in Peshawar on 13th November.
 
Referring to the inauguration of the recently completed Rashakai Special Economic Zone project, the Speaker said that it will prove a milestone in the industrial development of the country. The Speaker informed that Prime Minister of Pakistan will inaugurate the Special Economic Zone on 21st November, 2020.
 
Ambassador Mr. Nong Kong said that relations between two countries were exceptional and gaining strength with the passage of time. He said that cooperation between China and Pakistan was clear depiction of the commitment of leadership of both the countries towards each other. The Ambassador said that completion of 1st phase of the CPEC would open new avenues of development for the people of the region. He informed that with the advent of 2nd Phase of the CPEC, socio-economic, industrialization, agriculture and scientific and technological sectors would be focused. He added that the completion of CPEC would change the destiny of the region and would unleash a new era of Pak-China relations.
 
Later, Chinese Ambassador called on Chairman Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Mr. Sher Ali Arbab. Discussion between them mainly focused the measures to enhance cooperation between two countries. It was agreed that the suggestions put forth by the Chinese government regarding areas under collaboration would be forwarded to the concerned forums. The Ambassador apprised the Chairman about the work on prioritized special economic zones in Pakistan.      

 


USWA-E-RASOOL The Best Role Model For Muslims: NA Speaker - October 29, 2020

Islamabad, October 29th: 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a beacon of light for whole universe, by following which we can achieve success in this world and the hereafter. He said that Holy prophet (PBUH) is mercy for all mankind, who elevated the status of humanity by taking them out of the darkness of ignorance and bestowing them on the highest level. He expressed these views in his message on the auspicious occasion of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi  (PBUH) which is being celebrated on Friday throughout the Muslim World.
While congratulating Muslim Ummah on the occasion of Eid-Milad-Un-Nabi (PBUH,) the Speaker said that the life of the Holy prophet is the role model for all mankind. He said that by following the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) we can find a solution to all our problems. "The Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a source of blessing for the entire humanity and his teachings convey the message of love, tolerance and compassion," he added.
The Speaker said that the whole life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the beacon of guidance and he is no doubt a living representation of the Holy Quran and Islam. "We must pledge that we would act upon the real teachings of Islam, consider ourselves as followers of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and a matter of pride to perform our duties honestly and diligently," he said.
While condemning the publication of blasphemous sketches in France, the Speaker said that the publication of these sketches has deeply hurt the feelings and sentiments of the entire Muslim Ummah. He said that the publication of such material under the guise of freedom of expression which offends others is highly reprehensible. The publication of such material should be banned on a permanent basis. He stressed the need for unity and close ties among Muslim countries to curb Islamophobia. He appreciated the letters written by Prime Minister Imran Khan to the heads of Muslim countries to unite to eradicate Islamophobia.
Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, in his message to the nation on Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH), said, "Our personal and collective lives should reflect the great teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)". He prayed to Almighty Allah to guide all to follow the teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH). He stressed the need for following the uswa-e-Rasool for bringing the Ummah out of present challenges. He strongly condemned the publication of blasphemous sketches in France, saying that such a move could not diminish the love and devotion of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him from the hearts of the muslims. He said that all our lives and property are sacrificed on the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and we will not allow such activities in the western countries.
 


NA Speaker constitutes Sub-Committee of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Disabled Persons - October 28, 2020

Tapping the potentials of people with disabilities must for their social inclusion: Na Speaker

Islamabad: 28th October 2020 Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has constituted a four member Sub-committee of the Special Committee on Disabled Persons with MNA Ms.Munaza Hassan as the convener of the Committee, MNAs Ms.Kishwar Zehra, Ms.Zille Huma and Ms.Maleeka Ali Bokhari would be   its members. Two members of the Special committee MNAs Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Ms.Farukh khan would be associated with the Sub-Committee as Special Invitees.

 As per the Terms of the Reference (TORs) ,the Sub-committee has been mandated to  review  the existing laws related to PWDs, to   review   the best international practices , to suggest  legislative measures and amendments required for the welfare of PWDs and any other business remitted by Special Committee  on disabled persons.
 
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser constituted the first ever Special Parliamentary Committee on PWDs as the incumbent government is striving hard to make policies for the betterment of PWDs.  The Speaker believed in the legislative measures to support the PWDs to enable them to be part of socio-economic main strata. This committee would support the legislative measures for the welfare of the PWDs. The Sub-Committee will present its report to the Special Committee on Disabled Persons within thirty days. 


Eliminating Trade Barriers, Visa Liberalization to Help Promote Economic Activities: Speaker NA Asad Qaisar - October 27, 2020

Trade and Economic Links to Open Up a New Era of Cooperation Between Pakistan & Afghanistan: PM Imran Khan

Islamabad; October 26, 2020: While inaugurating the two-day seminar on Pakistan Afghanistan Trade and Investment Forum 2020, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has said that Pakistan and Afghanistan have been  enjoying cordial relations since centuries and  both countries share religious and cultural traditions. He said that peace in Afghanistan is inevitable for regional peace and prosperity as Afghanistan has been facing the scourge of war since four decades. He remarked that this war and conflict bore heavy losses in terms of both human resources and poverty. He also mentioned that the incumbent Indian government is the worst example of fascism although it claimed itself as the biggest democracy yet it is bent upon inflicting atrocities and suppression on innocent Kashmiri people. He remarked that minorities especially innocent people of Kashmir have been under continuous suppression and atrocities and it is the worst example of suppression and barbarity. He mentioned that the incumbent government has always raised Kashmir issue on every regional and international forum and would continue the same until the resolution of the Kashmir issue as per the United Nations Security Council resolutions. He remarked that now international organizations and UNO have started to raise their concerns over Kashmir issue.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the future of both countries is dependent upon their unity, mutual trade and enhanced economic interlinks. He stressed to facilitate Afghan trade and investors as both countries have vast potential of investment and economic activities which would bring regional prosperity and development. He remarked that  both countries can be hub of trade and business due to CPEC. He remarked that the Afghan owned and Afghan led peace process has been the chief concern of the incumbent government and no other country in the world can take credit equal to Pakistan in its efforts to maintain peace in Afghanistan. He lauded the efforts of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser for bringing  both countries together on the mutual interest of trade , investment and business as people to people contact are vital for  regional progress and development. He appreciated the efforts of Speaker Asad Qaiser for organizing this successful seminar.

In his address, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar said that promotion of trade and economic links between Pakistan and Afghanistan would usher into new era of socio-economic development and would help bring people of the two sides more closer. He expressed these views while addressing the opening session of two-day seminar “ Pakistan- Afghanistan trade and investment forum 2020” in Islamabad on Monday. Speaker National Assembly said that  2,640 Kilometers Pak-Afghan border is not only the longest border that Pakistan shares with any of its neighboring country, it is also the thread which weaves our two nations into a historic tapestry of social, cultural, linguistic, economic, religious and fraternal ties.

He said that Pakistan values the common bond that binds Pakistan and Afghanistan together and it is important for the leadership of two sides to create harmony, develop understanding and build consensus amongst ourselves to seek solutions of our common problems. He called for building a united front against the scourges of our time especially poverty and instability. He observed that Pakistan and Afghanistan are strategically significant trading partners however, trade between the two countries gradually declined and eliminating trade barriers along with  facilitating traders would not only enhance the trade volume between Pakistan and Afghanistan but would also greatly contribute to poverty eradication and social uplift.  “Such initiatives will also increase employment opportunities for our people and decreasing Non-tariff barriers on both sides of the border will enhance mutual trade” Asad Qaisar said.

He pointed out that establishment of Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group and its Task forces for encouraging people-to-people contact and facilitate bilateral and transit trade is a manifestation of our commitment to improving bilateral economic engagement with Afghanistan.

He proposed formation of a taskforce to oversee the terms of negotiation of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) that is going to expire in year 2021 needs input from parliamentarians and institutional stakeholders from both sides of borders for a comprehensive future trade agreement. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar reiterated Pakistan’s commitment in terms of promoting Parliamentary diplomacy and said that Pakistan is ready to play its role in mounting strong linkages for mutually beneficial trade relations with Afghanistan.

Addressing the participants, Speaker National Assembly remarked that a peaceful economic cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan and improved trade and transit facilities would help to connect Arabian Sea shipping lanes with Central Asia. He further remarked that Pakistan’s support for Afghan peace process and Intra-Afghan negotiations has been acknowledged by the Afghan Government as well as the international community and we reiterate our continued support for the peace process.

“The level of participation in this forum from both sides fills us with hope for the future of our relations” Asad Qasair said while expressing gratitude to the leader of Afghan delegation and other participants for attending seminar. He expressed the hope that seminar would go a long way boosting trade cooperation between Islamabad and Kabul and both sides would be able to build a long-lasting mutually beneficial relationships.

Speaker Wolsi Jirga(Afghan Parliament) Mir Rehman Rehmani applauded the efforts of Pakistani Government to support Afghanistan for bringing peace in Afghanistan. He said that Afghanistan highly values its ties with Pakistan as both countries enjoys  shared religious and cultural values and Afghanistan is proud of its  close relations with Pakistan. He remarked that there is a need to capitalize on potential of both countries as both countries have vast opportunities of trade and investment. He remarked that by mutual cooperation both countries can progress and develop together. He appreciated the steps taken by Pakistan government to facilitate the Afghan transit trade as now it took just three days in clearance of container on border and opening new border points for trade would  facilitate the traders. He appreciated the Speaker Asad Qaiser for his efforts to organize this seminar and bringing the both nations closer.

The seminar was largely attended by parliamentarians, experts, trade chambers and people from different walks of life.


National Assembly All Set to Host Two-day Seminar on Pak-Afghan Trade and Investment Forum, Arrangements Finalized - October 25, 2020

PROMOTING REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IS OUR SHARED OBJECTIVE, SAYS ASAD QAISAR

Islamabad 25th October 2020: Realizing the significance of bilateral trade and economic linkages, regional growth and development, the National Assembly of Pakistan under the leadership of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar has taken a bold initiative to host two-day Seminar on ‘’Pakistan-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Forum 2020’’.

The Seminar, according to National Assembly handout,  will commence on Monday, 26th October in Islamabad in which parliamentarians , trade communities of the two sides, government functionaries, line ministries will discuss and deliberate on ways and means to open up new vistas of cooperation and boosting bilateral trade between Islamabad and Kabul. USAID, Pakistan has also extended support to National Assembly Secretariat in organizing Seminar under its regional connectivity and integration initiative.

Inter-Parliamentary parleys, during the seminar, will explore the possibilities of regional connectivity and to provide for mechanisms to enhance bilateral trade and strategies to resolve all outstanding issues to create a win-win situation.  Thematic sessions of the seminar will focus on reducing cost of Pakistan-Afghanistan transit trade, trade and investment opportunities in manufacturing sector, trade and investment opportunities in agriculture, food, live stock and minerals and trade and investment opportunities in services.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan will address the opening ceremony of the Conference on 26th October, as Chief Guest. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar, Advisor for Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi will also address the gathering    besides addresses of Speaker Afghan Wolesi Jirga Mir Rehman Rehmani and Commerce Minister of Afghanistan Nisar Ghoriyani.

Seminar is unique and historic keeping in view the government’s vibrant policies aimed at promoting regional connectivity and creating an environment of shared development and prosperity. Owing to the huge significance, the seminar has attracted huge interest from representatives from Afghanistan trade and investment community, intelligentsia, academia, investors and traders and other people from different walks of lives to participate.

The trade and investment moot is the culmination of activities of Executive Committee of Pakistan Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship. The Executive Committee of Pakistan-Afghanistan PFG in its endeavors under the leadership of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser achieved milestones in the form of eradicating tariff and non-tariff issues, especially lubricating the transit trade between both countries, officially made it possible to get formal approval of Afghanistan visa liberalization visa policy from the Cabinet, facilitated traders on both sides of the borders, and it brought two brotherly nations closer.

On invitation of the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser a 17-member Afghan Parliamentary Delegation led by Speaker of the Wolsey Jirga (Afghan Parliament) Mir Rahman Rahmani is in Islamabad these days to participate in the Seminar.  The Seminar would further open new avenues of Parliamentary cooperation, people to people contacts and realizing the dream of peaceful and prosperous region.


Regional Peace And Prosperity Achievable Only Through Enhanced Bilateral Engagement: NA Speaker - October 23, 2020

Islamabad: 23rdOctober 2020; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the dream of peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan is about to be realized. He remarked that peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan would not only ensure regional peace and but it would also be vital for socio-economic development of the people of both the countries. He expressed these views while talking to Speaker of the Wolsey Jirga (Afghan Parliament) Mir Rahman Rahmaniwho called on him in Parliament House, this evening. Afghan Speaker arrived in Islamabad along with a Seventeen Members Afghan Parliamentary delegation, today.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser while talking to the Afghan Speaker said that Pakistan has always desired a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan which isnot only in the interest of Pakistan but also for the entire region. He said that parties to the Afghan peace process should seize the opportunity for perpetual peace in the country. While apprising his Afghan Counterpart about the achievements of the Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group, Speaker Asad Qaiser said that tariff barriers and procedural impediments in mutual and Afghan Transit Trade have been removed, facilitation on borders for visitors and trading community has been ensured besides easing visa policy for students, visitors and patients.He also pointed out that both countries can achieve economic autarky by utilizing their geographical importance. He was confident that Parliamentary contacts between both the countries would enhance cooperation and mutual trade. He, further, stressed on the need to prioritize trade and economic links between both countries as immense mutual trade and investment potential exists on both sides. He said that the Pak-Afghan Trade and Investment Seminar being held on 26-27 October would pave the way for enhanced economic activities.
 
Mir Rahman Rahman Speaker of the Wolsey Jirga (Afghan Parliament) lauded Speaker Asad Qaiser’s efforts to enhance bilateral trade especially focusing on the issues of Transit trade and opening new trade routes on Pak-Afghan border. He said that Afghanistan values high its ties with Pakistan since people on both sides of the border were tied in eternal bonds of religion, culture and ethnicity.He appreciated efforts of Speaker Asad Qaiser to harmonize relations between both the nations. He said that parliamentary contacts would bring both the nations more closer. He also pointed that Afghanistan has vast potential of investment and trade opportunities and trading community was looking forward for investment in Pakistan. He expressed his confidence about the success of peace process. He said that peace would usher in era of progress and stability in Afghanistan.
 
Earlier Mir Rahman Rahman Speaker of the Wolsey Jirga planted sapling in front Parliamentary building to symbolize that the relations between both countries would grow ever like green and fruitful tree. Later on he also inscribed his comments in the Guest book of National Assembly of Pakistan.
 


Afghan parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Wolesi jirga of Afghanistan arrives in Islamabad Tomorrow i.e. 23rd october, 2020 - October 22, 2020

Islamabad: 22nd October 2020: On invitation of the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser a Seventeen Members Afghan Parliamentary Delegation led by Speaker of the Wolsey Jirga (Afghan Parliament) Mir Rahman Rahmani would arrive in Islamabad on 23rd October on a Six days official visit.
 
During its stay in Islamabad the Afghan Delegation besides meeting  with the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, would also call on President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani and Foreign Minister  of Pakistan Shah Mehmood Qureshi. The delegation would also has an interactive meeting with the Members of Pakistan- Afghanistan Friendship group in National Assembly and senior government functionaries.
 
Inter-Parliamentary contacts, Bilateral Relations on trade, Regional Security issues, and enhancing cooperation between two countries would be deliberated upon during the meetings of the Afghan Parliamentary Delegation.
 
On the second leg of its visit, the delegation would participate in two days Seminar “Pakistan-Afghanistan Trade & Investment Forum 2020 –Partnership For Mutual Benefit” which will commence from 26th October in Islamabad.
 
The Afghan Parliamentary Delegation led by Speaker Mir. Rahman Rahmani, comprises of Mr. Ahmad Safi, Chairman Standing Committee on Finance, Mr. Najibullah, Chairman Standing Committee on Health, Mr. Haider Afzaly, Chairman Standing Committee on Defence, Mr. Attiq Ramin Chairman Standing Committee on International Relations, Mr.Abdul Hamid Sharif, Chairman Standing Committee on National Economy, Members of the Wolesi Jirga Mr. Haji Rahmani, Ms. Malali Eshaqzae, Ms. Shirin and other Senior officers of the Wolesi Jirga.
 
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has regarded this visit of the Parliamentary delegation as harbinger of change as it will bring peace and stability in the region. He said that this visit would also open new avenues of Political and Parliamentary co-operation and co-ordination between two brotherly countries.
 


Press Release - October 9, 2020

 

اسلام آباد؛ 09اکتوبر 2020۔ سپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ کشمیرہمارے وجود کا حصہ ہےاور اس کے بغیر ہم ادھورے ہیں،ہم کشمیر کو کبھی نہیں بھولے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ کشمیر کا مقدمہ عالمی سطح پر لڑ رہے ہیں اور دنیا کی تمام ریاستوں میں کشمیر کا مقدمہ لڑنے  کے لیے پارلیمانی  وفود بھیجے ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ کشمیر ایشو کو اُجاگر کرنے میں کوئی بھی کسر اُٹھا نہیں رکھیں گے اور اس مقصد کے حصول کے لیے تمام تروسائل کو بروے کار لائیں گے۔ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے میر پور آزادکشمیر میں فلاحی ادارے کشمیرآرفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ کی 15سالانہ تقریب سے مہمان خصوصی کی حیثیت سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا۔

 

اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی اسد قیصرنے کہاکہ کشمیر ایشو ہماری حکومت کی ترجیحات میں شامل ہے، حریت قیادت کی تجاویز کو لے کر آگے جائیں گے۔حکومت پاکستان مقبوضہ کشمیر میں بھارت کی طرف سے ڈھائے جانے والے اور کشمیری عوام کو کے بنیادی حقوق کو سلب کیے جانے والے معاملات کو دنیا بھر میں بھرپور طریقے سے اُجاگر کر رہی ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ دنیا میں جتنی بھی کانفرنسز ہوئی ہیں چاہے وہ اسپیکرز کانفرنس ہوں یا دیگر کانفرسز پاکستان نے کشمیر کے ایشوپر دو ٹوک موقف اختیار کیا ہے اور ہمیشہ مسئلہ کشمیر کو اپنی ترجیحات میں رکھا ہے۔مقبوضہ کشمیرمیں جو ظلم ہورہا ہے اسے ہم اپنا درد اورزخم سمجھتے اور محسوس کرتے ہیں۔

 

اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی نے چوہدری محمد اختر کی انسانیت کے لیے خدمات کوسراہتے ہوئے کہا کہ کوئی بھی کام خلوص اور لگن سے گیا جائے تو اس میں کامیابی حاصل ہوتی ہے ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ کشمیر آرفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ کے بانی چیئرمین چوہدری محمداختر انسانیت کی خدمت کا فریضہ سرانجام دے رہے ہیں وہ دوسروں کے لئے رول ماڈل ہیں اُن کی خدمات کے باعث انہیں ستارہ امتیاز سے نوازا گیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اُن کی مہارت سے استفاد حاصل کرتے ہوئے ملک کے دیگر علاقوں میں بھی کورٹ کی طرز پر ادارے قائم کریں گے۔

 

وفاقی حکومت بے سہارا اور ضرورت مند افراد کی فلاح و بہبود کے لیے خصوصی توجہ دے رہی  اور اس مقصد کے حصول کے لیے ترجیجی بنیادوں پر اقدامات اُٹھائے جارہے ہیں ۔ انہوں کہا کہ اسٹریٹ چلڈرن کے لیے قومی اسمبلی میں الگ الگ سپیشل کمیٹیاں قائم کی ہیں جو ان بچوں کی فلاح و بہبود کے لیے کام کر رہی ہیں۔انہوں نے کہا کہ ملک کو اس وقت متعدد چیلنجز کا سامنا ہے،جن میں ملکی  معیشت کی بحالی بھی شامل ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم نے مل کر ان چیلنجز پر قابو پانا اور ملک کو ترقی اور خوشحالی کی راہ پر گامزن کرنا ہے ۔اسپیکر نے کہا کہ اُن کا تعلق ایک مڈل کلاس فیملی  سے ہے ،وہ پہلی دفعہ قومی اسمبلی کے ممبر منتخب ہو کر اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کے عہد پر فائز ہوئے ہیں اس سے قبل اُن کے خاندان کو کوئی فرد بھی حکومت کا حصہ نہیں رہا۔انہوں نے کہا کہ سپیکر اسمبلی منتخب ہونے سے قبل بھی وہ  انسانیت کی خدمت سے وابستہ تھے۔ انہوں نے کورٹ کے بچوں کو مخاطب کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ کوئی بھی بچہ خود کو بے سہارا نہ سمجھے،محنت اور لگن سے منزل اورمقاصد حاصل کیے جاسکتے ہیں۔انہوں نے کہا کہ جب ہم اپنے ذاتی انا اور ذاتی مفادات سے بالا تر ہو کر کام کریں گے تو اللہ تعالی بھی ہمیں عزت سے نوازے گااور ہمارے لیے آسانیاں بھی پیدا کرے گا۔انہوں نے کہا کہ کسی بھی انسان کی کامیابی اور ترقی کی راہ میں رکاوٹ ہے تو وہ اس کی اپنی سوچ ہے،انہوں نے کہاکہ ہر کوئی جس کے پاس منصب ہے وہ اس منصب اور اختیار کو قوم،ملک اور اپنے لوگوں کے بہترین مفاد کے لیے استعمال کرئے۔سب سے بڑی چیز انسان کی عزت نفس ہے۔ انہوں طلباء وطالبات اور نوجوانوں سے کہا کہ وہ اپنے متعین کردہ ہداف کے حصول کے لیے زیادہ سے زیادہ محنت اور لگن سے کام کریں۔ سپیکر نے بے سہارا اور ضرورت مند افراد کی فلاح و بہبود اور اُن کے حقوق کے تحفظ کے لیے قانون سازی میں اپنے ہر ممکن تعاون کا یقین دلایا ۔ قبل ازیں اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے سپورٹس اکیڈمی کا افتتاح کیا اور کورٹ میں سپورٹس سرگرمیوں کی کامیابی کے لئے دعا کی۔

 

تقریب سے سابق وزیر اعظم آزاد کشمیر سردار عتیق احمد خان،کشمیر آرفن ریلیف ٹرسٹ کے بانی چیئرمین چوہدری محمداختر،حریت راہنما الطاف احمد بٹ،چوہدری عابد،لاہور قلندر کے فواد رانانے بھی خطاب کیا جبکہ اس موقع پرپاک آرمی کے میجرجنرل ماجد جہانگیر، آزاد کشمیر کے وزیر مال سردارفاروق سکندرخان،سابق وزیر چوہدری محمد سعید،نیشنل پریس کلب کے صدر محمد افضل بٹ،آزادکشمیر و پاکستان، برطانیہ،یورپ،میڈل ایسٹ،ساوتھ افریکہ سمیت بیرون ممالک سے ڈونرز، پاک آرمی، سیاسی وسماجی کاروباری شخصیات،میڈیا نمائندگان، فلاحی و رفاعی تنظیموں کے ممبران،کورٹ کے بچوں،ان کے والدین،خواتین،اساتذہ اور عوام کی بڑی تعداد نے شرکت کی۔


Press Release - October 9, 2020

 

سپیکر قومی اسمبلی کا مراکش اور پاکستان کےمابین  اقتصادی و تجارتی تعاون کو فروغ دینے کی ضرورت پر زور ۔

 

اسلام آباد؛ سپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے افریقہ میں دوست ممالک کے مابین شراکت داری کے عمل کو مزید مستحکم بنانے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان‘‘ لُک افریقہ پالیسی’’ کے تحت افریقی ممالک کے ساتھ عوامی اور معاشی روابط میں اضافے کا خواہاں ہے۔ انہوں نے ان خیالات کا اظہار اسلام آباد میں  مراکش کے سفیر محمد کرمون سے جمعہ کے روز ہونے والی ملاقات کے دوران گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کیا۔

 

 اسپیکر نے کہا کہ پاکستان اور مراکش کے تعلقات تاریخی نوعیت کے ہیں اور مذہب ، باہمی احترام  اور یکجہتی کی مضبوط بنیادوں پر استوار  ہیں۔انہوں نے بین الاقوامی پارلیمانی فورموں پر مراکش کے جانب سے پاکستانی موقف کی حمایت کو سراہا ۔

اسپیکر اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی مختلف شعبوں میں تعاون میں اضافے کے لیے لُک افریقہ پالیسی پر عملدرآمد کو یقینی بنانے کے لیے پر عزم ہے ۔ انہوں نے  قومی اسمبلی میں قائم  پارلیمانی دوستی گروپ کے قیام کا ذکر کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ فرینڈ شپ گروپ کے قیام اس عزم  کے سلسلے کی ایک کڑی ہے ۔ انہوں نے اس اعتماد کا اظاہر کیا کہ دوستی گروپ دونوں اقوام کو قریب لانے میں کلیدی کردار ادا کرے گا۔ دوطرفہ تجارتی تعلقات پر بات کرتے  ہوئے اسپیکر نے کہ دونوں ممالک میں معاشی تعاون کے وسیع مواقع موجود ہیں اور پاکستان مراکش کے ساتھ تجارت اور اقتصادی تعاون کو بڑھانے کے لیے کوشاں ہے۔ انہوں نے تعلیم کے شعبے میں تعاون کو فروغ دینے کی ضرورت پر زور دیتے ہوئے دونوں ممالک میں  میڈیکل ، انجینئرنگ اور دیگر سائنسز کے طلبا کے تبادلے کا کہا۔

 

‏مراکش کے سفیر محمد کرمون نے اسپیکر کے تاثرات کو سراہتے ہوئے کہا کہ مراکش پاکستان کے ساتھ اپنے دہائیوں پر محیط  تعلقات کو قدر کی نگاہ سے دیکھتا ہے ۔  انہوں نے کہا کہ دوطرفہ تعلقات جو مذہب ، تاریخ اور ثقافت پر مبنی ہیں کو اقتصادی اور تجارتی شعبوں میں تعاون کو فروغ دے کر مزید مستحکم بنایا جا سکتا ہے۔انہوں نے اسپیکر سے اتفاق کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ اب وقت آگیا ہے کہ دوطرفہ تجارتی حجم میں دونوں ممالک میں پائے جانے والے مواقع کے مطابق اضافہ کیا جائے ۔ انہوں نے دونوں برادر ممالک میں عوامی سطح پر رابطوں کو بڑھانے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔  انہوں نے سپیکر کو  دوطرفہ تعاون اور عوامی سطح پر رابطوں میں اضافے کے لیے بھرپور کردار ادا کرنے کا یقین دلایا ۔ انہوں نے پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی اور مراکش کی پارلیمان میں قائم فرینڈ شپ گروپ کے ممبران میں رابطوں کے لیے حکمت عملی وضع کرنے کی  بھی تجویز دی۔ 


Support to Kashmir cause will continue till its resolution: Speaker NA - October 9, 2020

People who support the needy and destitute get the blessings of both world:  Asad Qaiser

 

Islamabad: 9th October 2020 Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the supporting the cause of Kashmir on every regional and international forum would continue till the resolution of Kashmir dispute.  He resolved to utilize all possible channels to highlight and sensitize the world about atrocities being committed on innocent Kashmiri people in Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir(IIOJk). He said that Indian atrocities would not last longer and the people of Kashmir would soon get their basic right of self determination. He expressed these views while addressing the 15th anniversary of the establishment of Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT) in Mirpur Azad Jammu and Kashmir today.

Speaker NA Asad Qaiser remarked that highlighting the atrocities and violations of basic rights have always been the priority of the incumbent Government. He said that the peace of the region as well as of the world   is dependent upon the resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and as per the aspirations of the people of Kashmir. He said that the brutalities inflicted by Indian Army were felt by each Pakistani and each Pakistani stood shoulder by shoulder with their kashmiri brethrens. He remarked that Parliament of Pakistan had raised the Kashmir issue at all national and international forums.

The Speaker said that the incumbent Government is especially focusing on the welfare of needy and destitute. He said that establishing welfare and rehabilitation centers with the help of different welfare organizations has been his priority.  He mentioned that establishing the welfare city for orphans and street children in Alamaabad Swabi is in progress. He also resolved to continue working for the welfare of the needy and destitute in all parts of the country. He assured his all out support to  legislate  for welfare of the needy people.

Mr Asad Qaiser lauded the passion and determination of Ch. Muhammad Akhtar for his endless efforts to establish and successfully manage Orphanage House in MirpurAzad Kashmir. He said that sincerity and persistency are required to achieve goals and objectives in life . He said that the expertise of Ch. Muhammad Akhtar would be utilized to make such centers. While addressing the children of Kort, he said that they should not feel themselves homeless and hapless as every Pakistani stands with them. He advised the children to dream big and then strive hard to achieve these dreams. He also advised to children to be hard worker to achieve their dreams.

Earlier Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser also inaugurated the Sports academy in Kashmir and prayed for the continuity of sports activity in the Mirpur Azad Kashmir. The anniversary ceremony was attended by Ex-Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan, chief Patron of Orphan Refugee Trust Ch. Muhammad Akhat, Hurrait leader Rana Muhammad Ahmed, the Finance Minister of Azad Kashmir Sardar Farooq Skandar Khan ,  the large numbers of Pakistani expatriates from different countries.


Promoting Exports is Imperative for Economic Stability and Development of Pakistan: NA SPEAKER - October 7, 2020

INCREASING TRADE VOLUME WITH AFGHANISTAN WOULD ENSURE PROSPERITY OF THE REGION: ASAD QAISER

Islamabad: 7th October 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that promoting exports is imperative for economic stability and development of Pakistan. He said that Afghanistan by virtue of its location was a favorable export destination besides being at the transit route to the Central Asia. He stressed for implementation of the recommendations of the Executive Committee of Pak-Afghan Friendship Group for fully realizing the export potential of the country. Speaker National Assembly was chairing the appraisal meeting of the Executive committee of the Pakistan Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group (PFG) to review the implementation of the decisions regarding Pak-Afghan Trade and visa facilitation in the Parliament House today.

The NLC representative informed the Committee that container clearance had reached average up to 1870 per day due to deployment of extra personnel and speedy clearance of Afghanistan bound containers and would be enhanced up to 2000 containers per day. The Speaker appreciated the performance of FBR and Custom department regarding container clearance on Torkham and Chaman borders. He directed FBR and Custom to ensure clearance of containers of Afghan Transit Trade within a week. He also remarked that easing down the scanning requirements for the Afghan Transit Trade would facilitate the traders and directed the Custom department to complete the process within week. He directed Representative of the State Bank of Pakistan to ensure establishment of Bank Branches at Angoor Adda and Ghulam Khan Borders for facilitation of the traders. The Representative of SBP informed that Bank of Khyber and National Bank of Pakistan  would establish banks within stipulated time.

He commended the approval of the cabinet of visa Liberalization policy for Afghan Nationals on recommendation of this committee.  Enquiring about the implementation of the matter related to off-loading of import containers at Miran Shah instead of Ghulam Khan and deployment of FIA personnel at Ghulam Khan, Angoor Adda and Kharlachi, the Speaker directed Secretary M/o Interior to immediately assess the ground situation and submit a report at the earliest. to facilitate the Afghan Transit Traders.

Reviewing progress on the issue of waving off Demurrage and Detention charges for the Afghan Transit Trade containers, the Committee recommended unanimously to forward this matter on Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet. The Committee also unanimously recommended to bring legislative bill in the matter of waiving off demurrage issues. While inquiring about reducing the number of checkpoints, the Speaker directed Special Assistant to PM on Establishment to held meeting with Balochistan Government, stakeholders and apprise the committee about rationalization of the required numbers of check posts.  

SPAM remarked that the recent approval of rationalization and visa liberalization policy for Afghanistan by Cabinet is due the substantive efforts and deliberation on the part of this Executive Committee. He said that Imran Khan Prime Minister during approval of the visa policy for Afghanistan has directed to provide all facilities to visa seekers in Kabul Embassy Pakistan. Sadiq khan Prime Minister Special Envoy to Afghanistan said that coordination of FBR and NLC is vital to facilitate the transit traders. MNA Mohsin Darwar and Shahdana Gulzar Khan suggested for suggested for on ground visit of Torkham, Chamman and Angoor adda besides giving retrospective legislation in the matter of waiving of demurrage issues.

MNAs Mohsin Darwar, Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, Ms. Shandana Gulzaar, Mrs. Sajida Begum, senior officers of Ministries of Commerce, Interior,  National Food Security, Maritime, Foreign Affairs, State Bank of Pakistan, FBR and Representative of Governments of KPK and Balochistan attended the meeting.
 


EU Assisted IP5 Project to Strengthen Parliament: Says NA Speaker - October 6, 2020

            Islamabad; October 6, 2020: EU Ambassador to Pakistan Ms. Androulla Kaminara called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House, today. Issues of mutual interest, including enhancing parliamentary and economic cooperation between Pakistan and the European Union were discussed in the call on.
 
    Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with the European Union and would like to further strengthen them through collaboration in diverse sectors. He said that Improving Parliamentary Partnership project (I.P5) was great contribution by EU which would help Parliamentarians to better contribute towards parliamentary processes. He also appreciated EU for its previous program I.P3 which turned out to be a success in enhancing capacity of Parliamentarians and the Secretariat. 
 
    The Speaker thanked the European Union for the trade concessions given to Pakistan under GSP Plus and said that the concession offered had given a substantial boost to the economy of Pakistan. Referring to the vast opportunities for investment in Pakistan in the economic, industrial, trade and agriculture sectors, the Speaker offered EU investors to join the country's economic development by investing in Pakistan. He said that economy of Pakistan as agrarian, however due to various handicaps; the potential of agricultural sector could not be realized. He stressed the need for enhancing collaboration in agriculture sector and subsequent value addition.
 
    The Speaker said that Pakistan's role in the international community is responsible and wants all disputes to be resolved through dialogue and peaceful means. He said that a peaceful Afghanistan would play a positive role for peace and development in Pakistan and the region. He said that Pakistan will continue its support for peace in. He said that parliamentary and trade relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan had witnessed positive developments in recent months. He apprised about the parliamentary initiatives of visa and trade concessions, removing hurdles in trade activities and enhancing people to people contacts. 
 
    EU Ambassador to Pakistan Mrs. Androulla Kaminara thanked the Speaker of the National Assembly and said that the EU values its relations with Pakistan. She said that European Union seeks cooperation with Pakistan in various sectors of economy besides social sector development in Pakistan. Referring to the trade between EU and Pakistani, she said that Pakistani products were in demand in EU and steps are being taken to increase the volume of trade with Pakistan. She agreed that EU would support Pakistan in agriculture sector with special emphasis on value chain.
 
    Emphasizing the need to promote parliamentary co-operation, the EU Ambassador said that the EU's mission in Islamabad would continue to play a role in enhancing parliamentary co-operation. She said that IP5 project was in implementation stage and would help Parliamentarians to enhance their capacity to better respond to their constituents. She was convinced that Pakistan’s contributions towards Afghan peace process would yield excellent results.
 


A comprehensive Policy to preserve the Water Recources is need of time: Speaker NA - September 29, 2020

 

 

اسلام آباد، 29 ستمبر 2020؛ اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا ہے کہ پینے کا صاف پانی، صفائی اور حفظان صحت کی سہولیات تک آسان رسائی ملک کے تمام شہریوں کا بنیادی حق ہے اور موجودہ حکومت عوام کو ان بنیادی سہولیات کی فراہمی کے لیے ترجیحی بنیادوں پر اقدامات اٹھا رہی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پائیدار ترقی کے اہداف میں عوام کو ان بنیادی سہولیات کی فراہمی یقینی بنانا شامل ہے اور ان اہداف کے تحت 2030 تک پاکستان کو تمام شہروں کے لیے پینے کے صاف پانی کی فراہمی کا انتظام  کرنا ہے۔ انہوں نے ان خیالات کا اظہار منگل کے روز "پانی، صفائی اور حفظان صحت" کے عنوان سے دو روزہ منعقد ہونے والی ورکشاپ کے افتتاحی اجلاس کے شرکاء سے خطاب کرتے ہوے کیا۔

 

اسپیکر نے عوام کو پینے کے صاف پانی کی فراہمی کو یقینی بنانے کے لیے سمال ڈیمز کی تعمیر کی ضرورت پر زور دیتے ہوے کہا کہ گزشتہ دور حکومت میں بطور سپیکر خیبر پختوںخواہ اسمبلی انہوں نے اپنے حلقہ انتخاب کے ان علاقوں میں جہاں پر عوام کو پانی کی قلت کا سامنا تھا سمال ڈیمز کی تعمیر کے لیے کوششیں کیں جو بار آور ثابت ہویں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ان علاقوں میں سمال ڈیمز کی تعمیر سے نا صرف ان علاقوں میں پینے کے صاف پانی کا مسلہ حل ہوا ہے بلکہ وہاں پر زیر زمین پانی کی سطح بھی بلند ہوئی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ بطور اسپیکر خیبر پختونخواہ اسمبلی تعلیم، صحت اور عوام کو پینے کے صاف پانی کی فراہمی ان کی اولین ترجیحات میں شامل تھی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ آبی وسائل کے تحفظ کے لیے یکساں اور مضبوط پالیسی وضع کر کے اور اس پر عمل درامد کو یقینی بنا کر عوام کو درپیش پانی کے مسائل کو حل کیا جا سکتا ہے۔ انہوں نے صوبائی اسمبلیوں کے ممبران پر بلدیاتی نمائندوں کے ساتھ مل کر عوام کو صاف پانی، صفائی اور حفظان صحت کی سہولیات کی فراہمی کے لیے کوششیں کرنے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اس وقت بلوچستان اور سندھ کو صاف پانی کی قلت کا سامنا ہے جس پر قابو پانے کے لیے فوری اقدامات اٹھانے کی ضرورت ہے۔ انہوں نے پانی کے ضیاع کو روکنے اور صفائی اور حفظان صحت کے بنیادی اصولوں کے بارے میں عوام میں شعور اجاگر کرنے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ عوامی نمائندے، میڈیا، اور فلاحی ادارے ان مسائل پر چلائی جانے والی آگاہی مہم میں فعال کردار ادا کر کے مثبت تبدیلی لا سکتے ہیں۔ انہوں نے ورکشاپ کے انعقاد کے لیے پاکستان انسٹیوٹ آف پارلیمانی سروسز (پیپس) اور واٹر ایڈ کی کاوشوں کو سراہا۔

 

اس موقع پر خطاب کرتے ہوے وفاقی وزیر مملکت برائے موسمیاتی تبدیلی زرتاج گل نے کہا کہ وزیر اعظم پاکستان عمران خان کے کلین اینڈ گرین پاکستان کے ویژن کے تحت صاف پانی کے مسائل کا حل ممکن ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ وزارت موسمیاتی تبدیلی وزیر اعظم کے کلین اورگرین پاکستان پر عمل درآمد کو یقینی بنانے کے لیے ترجیحی بنیادوں پر اقدامات اٹھا رہی ہے کیوں کے ماحولیاتی امور، صاف پانی اور صفائی کے مسائل آپس میں جڑے ہوے ہیں۔ کنٹری ڈائریکٹر واٹر ایڈ نے شرکاء کو صاف پانی، صفائی اور حفظان صحت تک رسائی کی اہمیت سے آگاہ کیا۔ پیپس کے ایگزیکٹیو ڈائریکٹر محمد انور نے صاف پانی اور حفظان صحت کی اہمیت کو اجاگر کرتے ہوے سپیکر قومی اسمبلی کا ورکشاپ میں شرکت پر شکریہ ادا کیا اور عوام کی فلاح و بہبود کے لیے پالیسیاں وضع کرنے کے سلسلے میں ان کی کاوشوں کو سراہا۔ورکشاپ کی افتتاحی تقریب میں اراکین پارلیمنٹ، صوبائی اسمبلیوں کے ممبران، میڈیا اور سول سوسائٹی کے نمائندوں نے شرکت کی۔


Visa And Trade Facilitation for Afghans to Help Increase People to People Contacts and Economic Activity: NA Speaker - September 24, 2020

Islamabad 24, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser met Acting Ambassador of Afghanistan Rahimullah Qatra in Islamabad, today. The Speaker while talking to the Afghan Envoy said that Pakistan and Afghanistan were not only neighbors, intertwined in religious, cultural and historic bonds. He said that engagement between political hierarchy and parliamentarians from either side had further strengthened the existing relations. He said that a peaceful Afghanistan was in the best interest of the region and the world. He said that was also encouraging to see the positive developments on the Afghan peace process. He said that commitment and understanding between both the nations had foiled foreign attempts to create misunderstandings.
 
Referring to the formation of task forces of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Speaker said that the Task Forces deliberated a spectrum of issues affecting trade and people to people contact between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He said that recommendations had been finalized and sent to Government for implementation. He said that the proposed changes in visa policy and according concessions for Afghan traders would help increase people to people contacts and economic activity on both sides.
 
Afghan Acting Ambassador Rahimullah Qatra thanked the Speaker for his kind remarks and said that both the nations had much affinity which was increasing with the passage of time. He praised the role of Speaker in taking the lead role in visa and trade facilitation and resolution of contentious issues. Mr. Rahimullah Qatra said that Afghanistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and its efforts for bringing peace in Afghanistan are commendable. He said that extending trade and cooperation in diverse sectors would be beneficial for both the countries. He praised the role of Parliamentary Friendship Groups in augmentation of existing cordial relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
 


NA Speaker Invite Qatari Investors To Take Part In Massive Economic Activity In Pakistan - September 23, 2020

Islamabad 23 September 2020: Ambassador of State of Qatar Sheikh Saud bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al-Thani called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House, today. Important regional issues and international issues, including bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed during the call on.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan attaches great importance to relations with Qatar and strongly desires to further cement them. He said that Qatar has always stood by Pakistan in every difficult hour. He opined that parliamentary cooperation between legislative bodies of both the brotherly countries would bring them more closer apart from benefiting from each other's experiences.

He said that Qatar had achieved phenomenal development in the recent years and was an illustration for developing countries. He invited Qatari investors to bring their investments in Pakistan to benefit from the conducive environment for investment in Pakistan. Referring to the CPEC, the Speaker said that the projects under the umbrella of CPEC will open new horizons for development in the region with creation of new investment and employment opportunities. He said that cooperation between Pakistan and Qatar in energy sector had helped to meet energy deficit in the country.

Ambassador of State of Qatar Sheikh Saud bin Abdul Rahman bin Faisal Al Thani said that Qatar values its close ties with Pakistan. He said that his country considers Pakistan, a brother and an important trading partner. He said that Qatar will continue cooperation with Pakistan in all fields. He informed the Speaker that Qatari investors want to bring investment in Pakistan in all sectors specially energy sector. He said that Qatar will continue all possible cooperation with Pakistan to strengthen its economy. He further informed that collaboration in diverse sectors of economy was being actively pursued at state Level from both sides.


Press Release - September 23, 2020

 

اسلام آباد؛ 23ستمبر 2020: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر کی زیر صدارت  صوابی KV220 کے  گریڈ اسٹیشن کے قیام کی تنصیب سے متعلق اجلاس بدھ کے روز  اسلام آباد میں  منعقد ہوا ۔اجلاس میں وزارت توانائی اور دیگر متعلقہ محکموں  کے اعلیٰ حکام نے شرکت کی۔اجلاس  میں صوابی میں 220کے وی  کے گریڈ اسٹیشن کی تنصیب  اور توانائی کے دیگر جاری ترقیاتی منصوبوں پر ہونے والی پیش رفت پر تفصیلی تبادلہ خیال کیا گیا ۔وزارت توانائی کے اعلیٰ حکام   نے اسپیکر کو 61ارب 38 کروڑ روپے کی لاگت سے بننے والے 220 کے وی کے گریڈ اسٹیشن کی تفصیلات سے آگاہ کیا۔ وزیر توانائی عمر ایوب خان  نے بتایا کہ گریڈ اسٹیشن کی مقراہ  مدت میں تکمیل کے  لیے متعلقہ محکموں کو  ہدایت جاری کر دی گئیں  ہیں۔

 

اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے  کہا کہ گریڈ اسٹیشن کا قیام علاقے کے عوام کا ایک دیرینہ مطالبہ تھا جو  پورا ہونے جار رہا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  اس منصوبے کی جلد تکمیل کے لیے تمام تر وسائل کو بروکار لایا جائے ۔ انہوں  نے کہا کہ صوابی کی عوام کو لو ڈ شیڈنگ  اور لو وولٹج کے مسائل کا سامنا ہے ۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ  اس منصوبے کی تکمیل سےضلع صوابی میں بجلی کی لوڈ شیڈنگ اور لو وولٹج کے مسائل  کا ہمیشہ کے لیے خاتمے ہو گا اورعوام کو بجلی کی  بلا تعطل فراہمی  میسر ہو گی۔ اسپیکر نے کہا کہ  یہ گریڈ اسٹیشن سی پیک کے تحت لگائے جانے والے منصوبوں کی توانائی کی ضروریات  کو پورا  کرنے کے علاوہ  زرعی اور گھریلو ضررویات کے لیے  توانائی مہیا کرے گا۔  


NA Speaker Asks For Intensifying Cooperation In Energy And Trade Sectors For Tapping Unexplored Potential Enhanced Parliamentary Interaction To Strengthen Pak-Hungary Relations: NA Speaker - September 21, 2020


Islamabad September 21, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has underlined the need for intensifying cooperation in energy and trade sectors for tapping unexplored potential in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan attaches immense value to its friendly relations with Hungary and desires for enhancing long-lasting cooperation. The Speaker said this during a call on by Mr. Tivadar Takacas, Charge d’ Affairs, Republic of Hungary in Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Speaker said that new areas of bilateral cooperation needed to be explored, which can give new impetus to strengthen the ties with Hungary. The Speaker said that there were plenty of investment opportunities in agriculture, energy, tourism and infrastructure in Pakistan that could benefit Hungarian investors. He appreciated Hungarian scholarship program for Pakistani students to study in Hungary and stressed for increase of its number with special focus on students from less developed areas.
Referring to the Pakistan-Hungary Parliamentary Friendship Group in National Assembly, the Speaker said that this group would be an apt opportunity to expand bilateral parliamentary relations. He said that exchange of parliamentary delegation would help peoples’ representatives to exchange views and learn from each other experiences.

 
Hungarian Charge d’ Affairs, Mr. Tivadar Takacas said that his country also strongly desires to strengthen its ties with Pakistan. He informed that Hungarian oil exploration companies have extensively contributed in the hydrocarbon sectors for meeting Pakistan’s energy requirements. He said that Hungary was considering exploring new trade markets with the concept of expanding the sphere of its trade for enhancing its business activities. He agreed that parliamentary interaction would help in bring both the countries more closer.


Resolution of all contentious issues including Kashmir and Palestine is inevitable for sustainable world’s peace: NA Speaker - September 21, 2020

Parliament would be made a proactive plate form to fight the case of freedom of Kashmir: NA Speaker
 
Islamabad: 21st September 2020, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Islam stresses upon propagation of peace in the world as the central message of Islam has always been the peace for all. He said that the last Prophet Peace be upon him has been the symbol of peace and tranquility. He expressed these views   while addressing the Seminar on “Piecing Peace Together for a shared future for humanity “organized by the Kashmir Committee to observe the international Peace Day at PIPS today.
 
The Speaker remarked that hegemonic designs have put the peace of the world at stake. He mentioned that the world and regional peace is at stake due to unresolved issues of the Kashmir and Palestine. He stressed on the regional and world organizations to resolve the Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of the Kashmir people and in accordance with the united Nation Security Council resolutions. He said that Indian Army has been brutalizing the Kashmiri since more than seven decades and the UNO and other International Organizations have failed to save the Kashmiri people from the suppression of Indian Army. He urged the international and regional organizations to take notice of the stark violations of the human rights in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and Palestine.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser appreciated the initiatives taken by Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee and expressed confidence that he has all capabilities to highlight Kashmir issue at every forum. He assured his all-out