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NA Speaker Emphasizes the need for close contacts between the Parliaments of Pakistan and Korea - November 20, 2019

Islamabad; November 20, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that pro-investment policies of the government have given a boost to the economic activity in the country. He invited Korean investors to invest in Pakistan in diverse sectors especially in tourism, agriculture and manufacturing sectors. He said that Pakistan values high its friendly relations with Korea and wanted to further expand them by promoting cooperation in diverse fields. He expressed these views while talking to Korean Ambassador in Pakistan Mr. Kwak Sung-Kyu who called on him on Wednesday at Speaker’s House, Islamabad.
 
     While emphasizing close contacts between the Parliaments of both the countries, the Speaker said that close cooperation relations between parliaments of two friendly countries could play an important role in further strengthening the existing relations. He said that Pakistan believed in parliamentary diplomacy and in the present National Assembly, 93 Friendship Groups have been formed to promote parliamentary relations with friendly countries. Stressing the need for exchange of parliamentary delegation between the two countries he said that these exchanges will promote the harmony among two nations and provide opportunities the parliamentarians to benefit from each other's experiences.
 
     The Speaker said that Korea is an emerging economy and Pakistan wanted to enhance cooperation with Korea in technology, agriculture, tourism and other economic sectors. He said that the incumbent government has introduced various reforms in economic sector which stabilize the economy of the country and confidence of the investors increased due to the government's pro-investment policies. He said that Pakistan has abundant talented manpower and Korea can benefit from its talent. He further said that a large number of Pakistani students wanted to get education in Korea. He asked the Ambassador to play its due role to increase the scholarship quota allocated for Pakistani students by the Korean Government.
 
     Korean Ambassador Mr. Kwak Sung-Kyu said that Korea attaches great importance to its friendly relations with Pakistan and wants to further solidified existing relations. While appreciating the services of Pakistani immigrants based in Korea and he said that a large number of Pakistani immigrants are currently living in Korea and were playing an important role in socio-economic development of Korea. He said that his government was keen to work with the incumbent government of Pakistan and wanted to promote cooperation in socio-economic sectors between the two countries. He agreed with the proposal of promoting relations between the parliaments of both the countries. He said that parliamentary and people to people contact can play an important role in bringing the two nations closer. The Korean Ambassador assured the Speaker that he would play his role to increase the quota of Pakistani workforce and scholarships for Pakistani students.
 
 


USWA-E-RASOOL ULTIMATE ROLE MODEL FOR MUSLIMS: NA Speaker - November 9, 2019

Islamabad 9th November, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) has provided complete code of life and clear solution of religious, social, economic and personal problems.  In a message, Asad Qaiser congratulated Muslims on the auspicious occasion of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi (PBUH) being celebrated on Sunday throughout the Muslim Ummah.

The Speaker said that we can only attain development, prosperity and dignity through practicing the teachings of Rasool Allah Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH)”. He said that Rasool Allah is mercy for all mankind and who elevated the status of humanity. "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.

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.


Parliamentary Interaction to Strengthen Bilateral Ties Between Iran And Pakistan - November 9, 2019

Islamabad. 9th November, 2019. A Parliamentary Delegation consisting of the members of Pakistan-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group led by Syed Naveed Qamar, Convener of the group in the National Assembly of Pakistan is visiting Iran at the invitation of the Head of Iran-Pakistan PFG from November 8-12,2019.
The visit is aimed at to further strengthen the bilateral Parliamentary relations as well as overall bilateral relations between two brotherly countries. On the directives of the Honorable Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, Syed Fakhar Imam, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir is also accompanying delegation to present gratitude to the Parliament and government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for their consistent support for cause of Kashmiris.
According to a message received from Tehran, On first day of the visit, the delegation had meeting with Members of Iran-Pakistan Friendship Group led by H. E. Mr. Ahmad Amirabadi as well as H. E. Mr. Reza Rehmani, Minister of Industry, Mine & Trade of Iran. Syed Naveed Qamar, Convener of the Pakistan-Iran PFG expressed gratitude to the Iranian side for invitation for visit and conveyed that the delegation is visiting Iran as Ambassadors of the Iran in the Parliament of Pakistan. He ensured that the group will facilitate to further improve relations between two brotherly countries who share long border, common religion and history.
He siad that the relations in the field of trade and commerce needs to be increased and impediments to this end may be overcomed with mutual consensus. The Parliamentary Friendship Group will try to facilitate in developing strong ties between two brotherly nations. The trade relations between two countries needs to be increased to its true potential. Despite Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), the issues of tariff and nono tariff barriers are existing. Being neighboring countries both countries have larger opportunities for trade and commerce which would benefit two countries. Pakistani can export rice, fruits, vegetables and meat to Iran.
While availing the opportunity, Syed Fakhar Imam, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir apprised Iranian side regarding ongoing situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir especially 5th August. The Chairman Kashmir Committee is visiting Iran on the directives of the Speaker National Assembly to present great gratitude to the Parliament, Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran for their continuous support for Kashmiris. On behalf of the Speaker National Assembly as well as Members of National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan, Syed Fakhar Imam presented great gratitude to Iranian side for standing and supporting principles of justice in case of Kashmiris. While availabling opportunities Chairman Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir highlighted Indian atrocities in Kashmir.
The head of the Iran Friendship Group expressed his hope that the visit will facilitate to improve relations between two countries. He recalled the excellent hospitality extended by Pakistan' Parliament during his visit to Pakistan along with delegation in June, 2019. He stressed upon need to explore mechanism for banking relations, improving trade relations, establishing border markets and Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline.
The Iranian Minister for Trade hoped that the Friendship Groups in the Parliaments of both countries will further facilitate in overcoming the impediments towards promotion of trade and commerce relations between two countries.
The Pakistan's Parliamentary Delegation includes Syed Naveed Qamar, Syed Fakhar Imam, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Sajida Begum and Muhammad Aslam Bhootani.
Syed Naveed Qamar and Fakhar Imam had interacted with Tehran base Media Channels and newspapers and highlighted importance of visit fo lobbying in Kashmir and improving bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran.


NA Speaker Asks Swiss Parliamentarians to Raise Voice Against Worst Human Rights Abuses in Kashmir - November 6, 2019

Islamabad; November 6, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has asked the Swiss Parliamentarians to add their voice against the worst human rights abuses being committed by the Indian forces in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Speaker said that leaving the Kashmir issue unresolved would put the security and peace of the region at stake. The Speaker said this while talking to Mr. Jean Rene Fournier, President of the State Council of Switzerland accompanied by a five member delegation in Parliament House, today.

Speaker Asad Qaiser while apprising the delegation about the historic perspective of the Kashmir issue said that Kashmir was the unfinished agenda of the partition plan of India. He further informed that forceful occupation of the valley and continuous denial of right of self determination to the Kashmiri people had resulted in an indigenous freedom struggle. The Speaker said that presently people in the occupied valley were subjected to worst kind of oppression and repression. He asked the Swiss Parliamentarians to raise their voice against the oppression in IOK and for the resolution of the issue in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and aspirations of Kashmiri people.

While referring to Pakistan’s historic relations with Switzerland, the Speaker said that Pakistan values its seven decades old relations and desired for further strengthening them through enhancing people to people and business contacts. He informed that friendship group in National Assembly had been established and the same could be an apt mode to promote those relations. The Speaker invited Swiss companies to come and invest in Pakistan especially in agriculture, livestock, manufacturing and tourism sectors. He suggested for cooperation in Tourism sectors since Pakistan was rich in cultural heritage and natural beauty.

Mr. Jean Rene Fournier, President of the State Council of Switzerland said that his country strongly believes in human rights and civil liberties and would certainly raise their voice against the infringement of human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir. He said that Switzerland strongly supports resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Resolutions and aspiration of people of the State of Kashmir. He said that Switzerland also attaches importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further enhance them through interaction of Political leadership and business community. He agreed that immense potential exists in Pakistan and that Swiss investors would certainly come and invest for mutual benefit of both the countries.
 


NA Speaker Asks Asean Parliamentarians to Raise Kashmir Issue in Their Respective Parliament - November 5, 2019

Asean parliamentarians support kashmiris’ right of self-determination

NA Speaker Asks Asean Parliamentarians to Raise Kashmir Issue in Their Respective Parliament 


Islamabad; November 5, 2019: The ASEAN Parliamentarians have termed Kashmir dispute, a global issue and have assured to raise the predicament of Kashmiris at international and regional forums till its resolution. They condemned the Indian oppression against innocent Kashmiris depriving them of their human rights and identity. A delegation comprising of members of the Parliament from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Region led by Dato Muhammad Azmi Abdul Hamid, President of Majlis Perundingan Islam, Malaysia (MAPIM), met Speaker Asad Qaiser in Parliament House, today. The Members of the Parliaments of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore are currently visiting Pakistan to get insight of the Kashmir issue.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser while apprising the delegation about the present state in Indian Occupied Kashmir said that the Kashmiri people were subjected to worst lockdown in global history depriving them of their fundamental rights. He said that the 93-days long lockdown had turned the valley into a jail, aggravating their miseries in terms of blocking communication and non-supply of food items and medicines. Further apprising, the Speaker said that thousands of youth had been subjected to abduction, torture and custodial killings besides indiscriminate use of arms on innocent women and children. He asked the Parliamentarians to propagate the Kashmir issue in true perspective in their respective countries and Parliaments for putting diplomatic pressure on India to resolve the issue as per its international commitments and aspiration of people of the valley.
 
Head of the delegation Dato Muhammad Azmi Abdul Hamid said that ASEAN nations strongly support the right of self-determination to Kashmiris which had been constantly been denied by India. He said that the manner, India was propagating the Kashmir issue was a sheer defiance of its international commitments. He informed the Speaker that an ASEAN Kashmir Advocacy Group was being established for highlighting the Kashmir issue in its true perspective. He condemned the Indian forces for obstructing Kashmiris to perform their religious obligations. He said that the delegation will visit Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Line of Control to express solidarity with Kashmiri people. He further informed that he along with his other fellow parliamentarians would meet Speakers of ASEAN countries and apprise them about the Kashmir issue.
 
Earlier, both the sides expressed their satisfaction on the existing bilateral diplomatic and trade relations between Pakistan and ASEAN Region. They expressed the need to further enhancing cooperation between the region in diverse sectors. The Speaker said that the CPEC was a game changer for the region and enhancing inter-regional connectivity could extend its benefits to the ASEAN region.  Dato Muhammad Azmi Abdul Hamid said that Pakistan was an important country of the region and its efforts for peace and development were commendable. He said that ASEAN area with a six hundred million population could become a huge trading partner of Pakistan. 
 


Asean Parliamentarians To Arrive In Islamabad Today - November 4, 2019

Islamabad; November 4, 2019: A 17-members Parliamentary delegation of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) led by Dato Muhammad Azmi Abdul Hamid, President of Majlis Perundingan Islam, Malaysia (MAPIM) will arrive today on a three day official visit to Pakistan.

The delegation includes members of the Parliaments of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Singapore.

The delegation during its stay in Pakistan will meet President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Speaker National Assembly, Chairman Senate and Chairman & Members of the Parliamentary Kashmir Committee. The delegation will proceed to Muzaffarabad and visit Line of Control (LOC) and meet President and Prime Minister of State of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The visit of ASEAN Parliamentarians to Pakistan will afford an opportunity to create strong awareness about the Kashmir issue in ASEAN Countries and to gain support to highlight ongoing atrocities of Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris in international and regional forums.
 


National Dialogue imperative for resolving issues confronting the Nation: NA Speaker / Parliament ready to facilitate National Dialogue: NA Speaker - November 4, 2019

Islamabad; November 4, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has underlined the need for a national dialogue in order to overcome the challenges presently being faced by the country. He said that Parliament embodies the will of the people; therefore, it was ready to play its role in facilitating the national dialogue.

The Speaker said that forging a common strategy was imperative for overcoming the external and internal threats presently faced by the country. He said that political leadership needs to be on same page to address these threats. He said that the national dialogue between all the political parties could play an important role in that regard. The Speaker said that the need for initiation of that dialogue had invariably been expressed by the political leadership.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Deeply Grieved Over the Loss of Lives in Train Accident - October 31, 2019

Islamabad: October 31, 2019: Speaker Asad Qaiser, and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have expressed their deep anguish and grief over the loss of precious lives in fire incident in Tezgam Express.
 
Expressing their condolences with the families of the deceased, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that they were shocked to learn the news of this tragic incident. They said that whole nation stood with the bereaved families at this juncture of sorrow and distress. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss. They also prayed for early recovery of injured and asked the Punjab Provincial Government to provide best possible medical treatment to the injured.
 


NA Speaker and Chairman Senate discuss appointment of ECP Members - October 29, 2019

Islamabad; October 29, 2019: A meeting between Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjarani was held in Parliament House, this evening to discuss the appointment of Members of the Election Commission of Pakistan in light of the orders of the Hon. Islamabad High Court.

The Minister for Law and Justice Mr. Farogh Nasim, Mr. Azam Swati, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Secretaries of National Assembly, Senate, Ministries of Law & Justice and Parliamentary Affairs were also present.

After discussion, it was decided to continue further consultation for determination of the issue in question in accordance with Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, rules of procedure of the Parliamentary Committees and observations of the Hon. Islamabad High Court. It was also decided that opposition would also be contacted to find an amicable solution.


Chiarman Senate meets Speaker National Assembly - October 28, 2019

چیئر  مین سینٹ کی اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی سے ملاقات  

اسلام آباد؛28 اکتوبر ، 2019:  چیئرمین سینیٹ محمد صادق سنجرانی نےآج پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر سےملاقات کی۔ملاقات میں الیکشن کمیشن کے ممبران کی تعیناتی کے حوالے سے تبادلہ خیال کیا گیا۔اسلام آباد ہائی کورٹ کی طرف سے  پارلیمان کو بھیجے گئے خط کے تناظر میں الیکشن کمیشن کے ممبران کی تعنیانی پر تفصیلی بات چیت کی گئی۔آئین و قانون اور پارلیمانی کمیٹی کے قواعد و ضوابط کی روشنی میں معاملے پر غور کیا گیا۔اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اور چیئر مین سینٹ کے  مابین معاملے کو باہمی مشاورت سے حل کرنے پر اتفاق کیا گیا۔ الیکشن کمیشن کے ممبران کی تعنیاتی کے معاملے پرمزیدقانونی مشاورت کے لیےنشست کل ہو گی ،جس میں وزیر قانون اور وزیر پارلیمانی امورکے علاوہ  اٹارنی جنرل بھی شریک ہونگے۔


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother Of Zahoor Hussain Qureshi MNA And Sister Of Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi Federal Minister - October 25, 2019

Islamabad: October 25, 2019: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of the Mother of Member National Assembly Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, MNA and Sister of Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi. 
 
In their separate condolence messages to Zahoor Hussain Qureshi and Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to them and the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


The people of Occupied Kashmir are currently going through a difficult period in history; Asad Qaiser - October 25, 2019

اسلام آباد؛25 اکتوبر ، 2019: اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی،اسدقیصرکہا ہے کہ مقبوضہ کشمیر کے عوام اس وقت تاریخ کے مشکل ترین دور سے گزر رہے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ گزشتہ 82 دنوں سے مقبوضہ وادی میں کرفیو نافذ ہے اور ادویات اور کھانے پینے کی اشیاء کی شدید قلت ہے اوربھارتی افواج مقبوضہ وادی میں انسانی حقوق کو بری طرح پامال کر رہی ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  اقوام متحدہ کشمیر سے متعلق اپنی قراردادوں پر عملدرآمد کرانے میں ناکام رہا ہے اقوام متحدہ کی ذمہ داری ہے کہ وہ کشمیری عوام کی آواز بن کر سامنے آئے اور مقبوضہ کشمیر میں ہونے والے انسانی حقوق کی پامالیوں کو رکوانے میں کردار ادا کرے۔ انہوں نے ان خیالات کا اظہار پارلیمنٹ کے باہر کشمیر کی عوام سے اظہار یکجہتی کے لیے منعقد کی جانے والی احتجاجی تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا۔

            انہوں نے موثر انداز میں کشمیری مقدمے کو اقوام متحدہ  کی جنرل اسمبلی میں پیش کرنے پر وزیراعظم پاکستان عمران خان کو خراج تحسین پیش کیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ 5 اگست کے بعد پارلیمنٹ کے دو مشترکہ اجلاس منعقد کرائے گئے جن میں سب جماعتوں نے متفقہ طور پر بھارتی اقدام کی مذمت کی اور متفقہ قراردادیں منظور کیں۔  پاکستان کی تمام سیاسی قیادت کشمیری عوام کے ساتھ کھڑی ہے اور کشمیر میں جاری بھارتی بربریت کی سختی سے مذمت اور کشمیری بھائیوں کے ساتھ مکمل اظہار یکجہتی کرتی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ انہوں نے پارلیمان کی قراردادوں کو خط کے ساتھ تمام ممالک کے اسپیکرز کو بھیجا اور انہیں کشمیر میں معروضی حالات کا جائزہ لینے کے لیے پارلیمانی وفد بھیجنے کا کہا ۔ انہوں نے بتایا کہ مختلف ممالک کے اسپیکرز کو پاکستان کا دورہ کرنے کی دعوت دی جس پر انہوں نے پاکستان کا دورہ کیا ، دورے پر آنے والے اسپیکرز کو کشمیر کی صورتحال سے آگاہ کیا گیا اور انہیں اپنی پارلیمانوں میں اس مسئلے کو اٹھانے کا کہا۔

انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی کے زیر اہتمام   سی پی اے ریجنل کانفرنس منعقد کرائی گئی جس میں مسئلہ کشمیر کو موثر انداز میں پیش کیا گیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان کی پارلیمان کشمیری عوام کی آواز کو دنیا تک پہنچانے میں بھرپور کردار ادا کر رہی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  یوگنڈا میں ہونے والی سی پی اے کانفرنس میں پاکستان کے پارلیمانی وفد نے انتہائی موثر انداز میں کشمیر کے مسئلے کو اٹھایا انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ انہوں نے ترکی میں ہونے والی خطے کے ممالک کی اسپیکرز کانفرنس اور بلغراد میں ہونے والی آئی پی یو اسپیکر کانفرنس میں شرکت کی اور بھارت کے مندوبین کے انتہائی مخالفت اور احتجاج کے باوجود مسئلہ کشمیر کو آئی پی یو  کی جنرل اسمبلی کے پلیٹ فارم سے پیش کیا ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان کی پارلیمان کشمیر کے عوام کے ساتھ کھڑی ہیں اور کشمیر کے مسئلے کے حل تک کشمیری عوام کی آواز بن ہر پلیٹ فارم پر اس مسئلے کو اٹھاتی رہے گی۔

            تقریب میں چئیرمین کشمیر کمیٹی ، اراکین قومی اسمبلی ، خواتین اراکین پنجاب اسمبلی کے وفد ، قومی اسمبلی سیکریٹریٹ کے اعلیٰ افسران ، عملے اور میڈیا کےنمائندوں نے بڑی تعداد نے شرکت کی۔


Acting President, Federal Ministers and Parliamentarians condole the death of Uncle of Speaker National Assembly; Condolence Reference held in NA Secretariat for Departed soul of Uncle of NA Speaker - October 22, 2019

Islamabad; October 22, 2019: Acting President Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani paid a visit to the Speaker’s House to condole the demise of the paternal uncle of Speaker Asad Qaiser, Malik Muhammad Nazeef Khan who died in Swabi on last Sunday. The Acting President expressed his profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Speaker’s uncle and prayed for the eternal peace of departed soul and grant of strength and courage to the members of bereaved family bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.

Chairman Balochistan National Party Sardar Akhtar Mengal, former Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, leader of the House in Senate Senator Shibli Faraz and Minister of State for Housing and Works Shabbir Hussain Qureshi also called on Speaker, National Assembly besides Members of the National Assembly including Asad Umar, Ali Khan Jadoon, Imran Khattak, Mohsin Dawar, Maj. Tahir Sadiq, Dr. Haider Ali, Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Prince Nawaz Khan Alai and others. They condoled the death of his uncle and prayed to Almighty Allah to shower his blessing upon the departed soul and grant fortitude to bereaved family to bear this loss.

Later on a condolence reference was arranged by National Assembly Secretariat for Fateha Khawani for departed soul of Uncle of the Speaker National Assembly. Besides, the Speaker Fateha Khawani was attended by Parliamentarians, representatives of Media, Secretary National Assembly, Senior Officers and staff of members of the National Assembly. The Dua was offered for the departed soul and grant of courage to bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.


Speaker NA Asad Qaiser fulfilled another promise made to the People of Swabi-Approval for Establishment of 220 KV Grid Station in Swabi. - October 18, 2019

اسلام آباد؛ 18اکتوبر، 2019: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر کی ذاتی کاوشوں سے وزارت منصوبہ بندی نے  اپنی سینٹر ل ڈویلپمنٹ ورکنگ پارٹی کے اجلاس میں صوابی میں 220کے وی گریڈ اسٹیشن کی تنصیب منظوری دے دی ہے ۔ یہ منصوبہ 61ارب 38 کروڑ روپے کی لاگت سے تین سالوں میں مکمل ہو گا۔ گرید اسٹیشن کا قیام علاقے کے عوام کا ایک دیرینہ مطالبہ تھا جو( سی ڈبلیو پی کی منظوری سے پورا ہونے جارہا ہے۔

 

اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے متعلقہ فورم سے اس منصوبے کی منظوری کرانے میں اہم کردار ادا کیا ہے۔ فنڈ کی فراہمی کےلیے سی ڈی ڈبلیو پی کی منظوری کو باقاعدہ طور پر وزارت خزانہ کو بھیجوا دیا گیا ہے تاکہ اس منصوبے پر بروقت کام شروع کیا جا سکے ۔ اس منصوبے کی تکمیل سےضلع صوابی میں بجلی کی لوڈ شیڈنگ کاخاتمے ہو گا اوربجلی کی  بلا تعطل فراہمی کو یقین بنایا جا سکےگا۔


National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence meets - October 16, 2019

Islamabad, 16th October, 2019: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence held today at 12:00 noon. in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA. Mr. Pervez Khattak, Minister for Defence also attended the meeting.
 
2. Secretaries, M/o Interior, Information Technology & Telecommunication, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), DGs, National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) were invited to brief the Committee on Cyber Crimes related issues.
 
3. While briefing, the Committee observed that there is lack of liaison/coordination between all the above Departments regarding Cyber Crimes related issues. The Committee directed the M/o Interior to collect information from Federal and Provincial Departments on the said issues and submit a comprehensive progress report in the next meeting of the Committee. The Chairman, PTA apprised the Committee that under Section 37 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016, the Authority have the power to remove or block or issue directions for removal or blocking of access to an information through any information system if it considers it necessary in the interest of the glory of Islam, integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or any part thereof, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court or commission of or incitement to an offence. The Committee directed that all the concerned departments should take prompt action on zero tolerance against the culprits who posted blasphemous material and any kind of anti-state contents on the social media.
 
4. The Committee considered “The Joint Maritime Information Organization Bill, 2019” and after detailed discussion and deliberations the Committee unanimously passed the said Bill. The Committee also unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 9th October, 2019.
 
5. The meeting was attended by the MNAs namely, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Syed Faiz Ul Hassan, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Syed Amin ul Haq, Ms. Rubina Irfan, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani and Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi. The meeting was also attended by senior officers from M/o Interior, M/o IT&T, M/o Law & Justice, NACTA, FIA and PTA.
 


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - October 15, 2019

6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources held today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 7, 4th Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA.

Meeting of Standing Committee commenced with the recitation of Holy Quran. The Committee approved the minutes of its last meeting dated 20th May, 2019. Secretary Ministry of Water Resources briefed and answered the question of the members about the implementation status of the previous recommendations of the committee. The Committee was satisfied on the briefing. However, a Sub-Committee was constituted on the proposal of the Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources and the request of the members of last Sub-Committee as the time frame of 30 days of said Sub-Committee was lapsed without completing the assigned task. While responding to the observations of Mr Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA the Chairman of the Committee enhanced the TORs of the new Sub-Committee with observation that the said member may be invited as special invitee in the meeting of the Sub-Committee for taking the CDA on board. The said Sub-Committee will report to the S/C on Water Resources within 30 days as per rule.

The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (Amendments) Bill, 2019 being an agenda item was deferred due to non availability of the Mover of the Bill.

The Secretary of the Ministry and Member (Water), WAPDA briefed the Committee on the issue of land acquisition for Dasu Hydro Power Project and informed that SMBR, KPK has promised during the 14th meeting of PSC that the district administration will acquire the land in priority area (1247 acres) with in 6 month and the remaining land within in one year of revised land acquisition plan subject to its approval from ECNEC. He further apprised that ECNEC in its meeting held on October 2, 2019, approved revised land acquisition plan on the  proposal of the Ministry but minutes are awaited so requested that SMBR KPK may be directed to full-fill his promise for acquisition of land to start the project as per proposed plan without any delay. The summary of total land required for the said project is detailed as:-

Sl. No

Description

Land Required

In acres

Land acquired/in possession till to date in acres

Balance land to acquired in acres

1.

Main Civil works

866

201

665

2.

Preparatory work

1,121

539

582

Sub-Total:-

1987

740

1247

3.

Reservoir area excluding main and predatory works

7888

-

7888

 Grand total:-

9875

740

9135

The Member (Water) WAPDA further briefed the committee that as per revised plan of cost of acquisition of land increased from 19 billion to 37 billion and the said additional increase of Rs. 18 billion (37-19) will be borne by WAPDA from its equity and local commercial financing.

The Committee showed its displeasure to the Secretary Irrigation of all four Provinces due to their lower level representation in committee meeting on the agenda item regarding IRSA to brief the committee on water distribution amongst the provinces and its shortages. The Chairman IRSA and other Members briefed the committee but due to non-availability of Secretaries irrigation of all four provinces, aforementioned Sub-Committee was constituted and the Provincial Secretaries of Irrigation were directed to appear for their positive input in the report of the Sub-Committee.
 


ENHANCED REGIONAL CONNECTIVITY IMPERATIVE FOR COUNTERING TERRORISM IN THE REGION: SPEAKER ASAD QAISER - October 12, 2019

JOINT TELEVISION TO PORTRAY TRUE IMAGE OF ISLAM AND HELP ADDRESS ISLAMOPHOBIA: NA SPEAKER

Islamabad October 12, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has underlined the need for enhancing connectivity between the regional countries to counter security threats being faced by the region. He said that terrorism was the common threat to nations which was adversely effecting the development and prosperity in the region. The Speaker said this during an informal meeting with President of Turkey Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on eve of the reception hosted in honor of the participants of 3rd Speakers Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. The Speaker Asad Qaiser is in Turkey to attend the 3rd Conference of the Speakers of Parliaments with the theme “Countering Terrorism and strengthening regional Connectivity”.

The Speaker while talking to the Turkish President complimented his stance on Kashmir in UN General Assembly. The Speaker said that unilateral undemocratic steps by India had deprived the people of Kashmir of their legitimate right of identity, freedom of speech and movement besides other basic amenities of life. He held that stance of Turkish President had reinforced the voice of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan. The Speaker also appreciated the initiative of establishment of Joint Television to counter the Islamophobia and portray the true image of the religion of peace. The Speaker said that Islam is religion of peace and tranquility and abhors terrorism in all its kinds and manifestation. Speaker Asad Qaiser termed relations between Pakistan and Turkey exceptional which were intertwined in religious, cultural and historic bonds.

The Turkish President said that Muslim Ummah was currently going through turbulence and Islam was being propagated and linked with terrorism. He urged the need for unity amongst Ummah to collectively handle the problem. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had effectively raised the voice of Muslim Ummah and People of Kashmir at United Nation. He said that all the religions discourage terrorism and it should not be linked with any religion. He reiterated his country’s unwavering support to the Kashmir issues till its resolution as per UN resolutions and aspiration of people of Kashmir.  

The Speaker of Turkish Grant National Assembly Mr. Mustafa Şentop was also present during the meeting. The Speaker will address the inaugural session of the 3rd Conference of the Speakers and raise the voice against Indian brutalities against people of Kashmir and ways and means to strengthen regional connectivity to counter terrorism. The Speakers of National Peoples’ Congress of China, Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Speaker Jolesi Jirga of Afghanistan, State Duma of Russia and Majlis-e-Shoora Islami of Iran are participating in the Conference.
 


Speaker National Assembly calls for upholding the right to self-determination of the KashmirisSpeaker National Assembly calls for upholding the right to self-determination of the Kashmiris - October 12, 2019

Islamabad 12 October 2019: The Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, Hon. Asad Qaiser, has called on the international community to address the prevailing grave human rights and humanitarian situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) as well as to uphold the inalienable right to self-determination of the Kashmiris.

According to a message received from Istanbul, The Speaker National Assembly was speaking at the Third Conference of the Speakers of the Parliaments on Countering Terrorism and Strengthening Regional Connectivity, which was held at Istanbul today. The Conference was also attended by the Speakers of the Parliaments of Turkey, Afghanistan, and Russia, as well as Vice Speaker of Chinese National People’s Congress. The Speakers’ Conference is a platform conceived and established by the Parliament of Pakistan, with its inaugural meeting held in Islamabad in 2017.

Addressing the opening and closing sessions of the Conference, the Speaker National Assembly highlighted the worsening situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. He emphasized that the unilateral and illegal actions of India of 5 August 2019, and the subsequent imposition of virtual blockade of over 8 million Kashmiris, posed a grave risk for the regional peace and security.

The Speaker reiterated that being one of 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.

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 Pakistan would continue to take steps towards greater regional connectivity, including by making the Conference of the Speakers of the Parliaments on Countering Terrorism and Strengthening Regional Connectivity more effective and responsive to the regional needs.

The conference, at its conclusion, endorsed the Islamabad and Tehran Declarations of 2017 and 2018 respectively, which among other things call for the resolution of the Jammu & Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

The outcome document also underscored the need for all States to avoid politicization of the UN Sanctions regime as well as the work of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Led by the Speaker National Assembly, Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation to the Conference also comprised of the Deputy Chairman Senate, Saleem Mandviwalla; the Chairman of the National Assembly’s Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Syed Fakhar Imam; former Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq; Senator Lt. General (Rtd) Abdul Qayyum; Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh; Senator Rana Maqbool; Chairman of National Assembly’s Foreign Relations Committee, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana; and Ms. Shazia Marri (MNA).
 


The Industrial Sector is the backbone of the Country's Economic Development; Speaker NA - October 9, 2019

اسلام آباد؛9 اکتوبر ، 2019: اسپیکرقومی اسمبلی،اسدقیصرنے پاک ۔چین اقتصادی راہداری سے پیدا ہونے والے اقتصادی مواقع سے مستفید ہونے کے لیے صنعتی شعبے کو زیادہ سے زیادہ سہولیات فراہم کی جائیں ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ کسی بھی ملک کی ترقی  کا دارومدار اس کی صنعتی ترقی پر منصر ہوتا ہے۔ اُنہوں نے ان خیالا ت کا اظہار صوابی ایوان صنعت و تجارت اور گدون انڈسٹریل اسٹیٹ کے نمائندوں سے ہونے والی ملاقات  میں کیا جہنوں نے بدھ کے روز پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی سے ملاقات کی ۔

ملاقات میں وزیر برائے توانائی عمر ایوب خان وزیر اعلیٰ خیبر پختونخواہ کے مشیر برائے صنعت عبدلکریم خان ،توانائی اور صنعت کی وزارتوں کے سیکرٹریز ، پشاور الیکٹرک سپلائی کمپنی کے چیف ایگزیکٹیوآفیسر  مینجنگ  ڈائریکٹر این ٹی ڈی سی اور چیئر مین نیپرا اور خیبر پختونخواہ سے تعلق رکھنے والے دیگر محکموں کے اعلٰی افسران موجود تھے ۔ اسپیکر نے کہا کہ صنعت کے شعبہ ملک میں اقتصادی سرگرمیوں کو فروغ دینے کے ساتھ ساتھ روزگار کے مواقع فراہم کرنے میں کلید ی کردار ادا کر رہا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ موجودہ حکومت صنعتی شعبے کے ترقی کے لیے پرُ عزم ہے اور اس شعبے کو درپیش مسائل کو حل کرنے کے لیے ترجیحی بنیادوں پر اقدامات اُٹھا رہی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ موجودہ حکومت کو اقتصادی چیلنجز ورثے میں ملے ہیں جس پر صنعتی شعبے کے تعاون سے بڑی حد تک قابو پالیا گیا ہے۔انہوں اس اعتماد کا اظہار کیا کہ حکومت کی سرمایہ کار دوست پالیسیوں کی بدولت ملک میں اقتصادی ترقی کو فروغ حاصل ہو گا۔ انہوں نے وزیر توانائی کو صنعتوں کو اُن کی ضروریات کی مطابق بلا تعطل بجلی کی فراہمی کو یقینی بنانے کے لیے کہا۔

صوابی ایوان صنعت وتجارت اور گدون امازئی انڈسٹریل اسٹیٹ کے نمائندوں نے اسپیکر کو گدون امازئی انڈسٹریل اسٹیٹ  صنعتی یونٹس کو درپیش مسائل سے آگاہ کیا انہوں نے بتایا کہ  بجلی کا فرسودہ اور پرانے انفراسٹریکچر کی اوورلوڈنگ کی وجہ سے صنعتوں کو بجلی کی فراہمی میں بڑی رکاوٹ ہیں جس کی وجہ سے صنعتیں اپنی استعداد کے مطابق پیدوار نہیں دے پا رہیں۔ انہوں بجلی کے پرانے انفرسٹریکچر کو تبدیل کرنے کی تجویز دیتے ہوئے اس سلسلے میں اپنے ہر ممکن تعاون کا یقین دلایا ۔ انہوں نے  یقین دلایا کہ صنعتی شعبہ ملکی ترقی اور خوشحالی کے لیےملک میں  معاشی سرگرمیوں کو فروغ دینے اور روزگار کے مواقعوں میں اضافے کے لیے پرعزم ہے۔  

وزیر برائے توانائی عمر ایوب نے ملکی ترقی میں صنعتی شعبے کے کردار کو سراہتے ہوئے وفد کے شرکاء کو اپنے ہر ممکن تعاون کا یقین دلایا ۔ انہوں نے وزارت  توانائی کو  ملک کے تمام ایوان صنعت و تجارت  خصوصاگدون امازئی انڈسٹریل اسٹیٹ  کے نمانئدوں سے رابطے کر کہ صنعتوں کو توانائی کے سلسلے میں درپیش مسائل کی نشاندی کرنے اور انہیں فوری طور پر حل کرنے کی ہدایت کی ۔ انہوں یقین دلایا کہ گدون امازئی انڈسٹریل  اسٹیٹ کو دردپیش اوورلوڈنگ کے مسائل حل کرنے کے لیے نیا گریڈ اسٹیشن قائم کر کے اسے پرانے انفراسٹریکچر  سے متصل کیا جائے گا ۔انہوں نے چیف ایگزیکٹیو آفیسر پیسکو کو نئی ٹرانسمشن لائن  بچھانے اور میٹروں کی تنصیب کے لیے میٹریل کی فوری فراہمی کو یقینی بنانے کی ہدایت کی۔  صوابی ایوان صنعت و تجارت اور گدون امازئی انڈسٹریل  اسٹیٹ کے نمائندوں نے انڈسٹری کو درپیش مسائل کے حل کے لیے اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کی گہری دلچسپی پر اُن شکریہ ادا کیا ۔ انہوں نے صنعتوں کی ترقی کے لیے  حکومتی پالیسیوں پر اعتماد کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے صنعتوں کو درپیش مسائل کو حل کرنے کے لیے اُٹھائے گئے   اقدامات کو سراہا۔

 


NA Speaker calls for International support for ending Miseries of beleaguered Kashmiris - October 8, 2019

    Islamabad; October 8, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has stressed upon the international community to assert diplomatic pressure on the India to end oppression against the innocent Kashmiri people. He said that 64-days long lockdown in the Kashmir valley had turned it into a largest human jail depriving innocent Kashmiris of the basic necessities, medical treatment and means of communication. The Speaker said this in separate meetings with Ambassadors of Japan and Portugal who called on him in Parliament House today.

    While talking to Ambassador of Japan Mr. Kuninori Matsuda, the Speaker said that oppressive regime had put entire valley into siege and people were subjected to worst human rights abuses. He stressed for Japanese support in that regard. The Speaker said that Pakistan values its historic relationship with Japan and wanted to further diversify it through enhancing parliamentary and economic cooperation. He said that both the countries could collaborate in diverse sectors especially tourism sector. He said that Pakistan houses ancient Ghandara civilization which was greatly revered by Japanese people. He also asked the Japanese Ambassador to arrange interaction between business communities of either side to explore opportunities for future cooperation. He also thanked Japanese support for infrastructure development and social uplift in Pakistan.

    Japanese Ambassador Mr. Kuninori Matsuda said that his government also attached immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wanted their further intensification through enhancing parliamentary and economic cooperation. He assured the Speaker that his government was keenly observing the tension in the region and strongly supports stance of Pakistan on resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with UN Resolutions and aspiration of Kashmiri people. He informed that Japanese investors were pondering to invest in automobile and power sectors. The Ambassador expressing his interest in Ghandara civilization, said that Japan was planning to hold an exhibition on Ghandara civilization in year 2022 in Japan to mark 70 years of Japan-Pakistan diplomatic relations. He said that tourism sector in Pakistan had been developed and Japanese tourist were keen to visit Pakistan. 

    Later, the Speaker talking to the Ambassador of Portugal Mr. Paulo Neves Pocinho appreciated the upgradation of the Portuguese Mission in Islamabad which evidently showed importance it attached to Pakistan. He said that Pakistan also attaches immense significance to its relations with Portugal as it had always been supportive of Pakistan in EU and other international parliamentary forums. He also asked the Portuguese Ambassador to take up the issue of Human Rights abuses in Indian Occupied Kashmir in EU since Portugal was a proponent of Human Rights. He said that the existing relations should be further cemented through enhancing parliamentary contacts and cooperation. The Speaker also asked the Ambassador to arrange interaction between business communities from Pakistan and Portugal to enhance trade and economic ties.
 
    Ambassador of Portugal Mr. Paulo Neves Pocinho thanked Speaker for his kind remarks. He said that his country would certainly supports Pakistan in international fora for resolution of Kashmir through peaceful means and in accordance with UN resolution. He said that Pakistan was an important friend of Portugal and would like to further enhance its parliamentary and business ties. He said that Pakistan was rich in tourism and Portugal would share its experiences in tourism industry. He said that after 2008 financial crunch, the Tourism Industry played a supportive role in revival of Portuguese economy. He assured the Speaker for arranging a business moot in Pakistan for exploring business opportunities.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - October 8, 2019

Islamabad, 08th October, 2019; 3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ibadullah Khan, MNA.

2.  The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. Agenda discussed in the meeting included briefing on the performance of the National Highways & Motorway (NH&M) Police and National Highway Authority (NHA).  Additional IG, NH&M Police, presented an overview of the force. He briefed the committee about its operational layout, human resources, services, performance, initiatives, challenges, future plans and its requirements. The Committee appreciated the commitment and high remarkable performance of the NH&M police. The Committee recommended revision of salary structure of the force to make it attractive for quality human resource. The Committee recommended incorporation of human resource, logistics and infrastructure requirements of the NH&M Police in PC – I of all future projects, so that undue delays in deployment on new highways could be avoided.
 
3.  The Member Planning NHA briefed the Committee, in detail, about the on-going schemes, New schemes, BOT Projects, China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Revenue collection of NHA. In response to the quarries of Committee the NHA updated about progress on different important projects. The NHA informed that its annual collection is Rs.30 billion against expenditure of Rs. 70 billion. NHA relies on Government funds and facing shortage of funds. The Committee appreciated NHA for its part in development of country. The Committee desired early and timely completion of all projects as due to delays cost increases.
 
4.   A sub-Committee was constituted under the convener-ship of Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi to probe/examine on-going projects, non-operational completed projects and projects for which allocation has been made but work not started.

5.   Hon. Members/MNAs Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Mr. Jai Parkash, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Ehsanullah Reki, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Dr. Darshan, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sheerazi, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, and the senior officers from the Ministry, NH&M Police and NHA attended the meeting.       
 


Letter from the Speaker of the National Assembly to the IPU and CPA for sending a fact-finding mission to investigate human rights abuses and constitutional freedoms in the occupied valley - October 7, 2019

 

اسلام آباد؛7اکتوبر  ، 2019: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی، اسد قیصر نے بین الپارلیمانی یونین (آئی پی یو) اور دولت مشترکہ پارلیمانی ایسوسی ایشن (سی پی اے) کے قائم مقام سیکریٹری جنرل کو خطوط لکھ کر  مقبوضہ کشمیر میں انسانی حقوق کی خلاف ورزیوں اور آئینی آزادیوں کا جائزہ لینے کے لیے انکوائری کامطالبہ کیا ہے ۔اسپیکر نے آئی پی یو اور سی پی اے کے ممبر ممالک کے پارلیمانوں پر مشتمل فیکٹ فائنڈنگ مشن کشمیر بھیجنے کی بھی تجویز دی۔

 

سیکریٹری جنرل آئی پی یواور قائم مقام سیکریٹری جنرل سی پی اے کو کشمیر کی صورتحال سے آگاہ کرتے ہوئے اسپیکر نے کہا کہ نرنندر مودی کی حکومت نے  5 اگست 2019 کو غیر قانونی اور یکطرفہ طور پر بھارت کے آئین سے علی ترتیب آرٹیکل 35-A اور 370 کا خاتمہ کر دیا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ان آرٹیکلز کی رو سے کشمیر  کی ریاست کے حتمی تفصیے تک ریاست کی عوام کو محدود پیمانے پر خود مختیاری حاصل تھی ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ان آرٹیکلز کو ختم کرکے بھارتی کی حکومت نے غاصبانہ انداز میں کشمیر کی عوام کو واحد قومیت اور ریاست میں ملکیتی حقوق سے محروم کردیا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اگرچہ پاکستان نے بھارتی موقف کو کبھی تسلیم نہیں کیا  اور اسے ہمیشہ دنیا کی آنکھوں میں دھول جھونے کے برابر قرار دیا ہے تاہم نئی دہلی کی طرف سے اپنے وعدوں سے انحراف نے اس کے مقبوضہ کشمیر کے عوام سے متعلق حقیقی چہرے کو بےنقاب کردیا ہے۔

 

آئی پی یو کے آرٹیکل 1 کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے اسپیکر نے سیکریٹری جنرل آئی پی یو کو لکھے گئے اپنے خط میں کہا کہ آئی پی یو دنیا بھر میں پارلیمانی مکالمے  کا محور اور مرکز ہونے کی حیثیت سے عوام اور نمائندہ اداروں کے مابین امن اور تعاون کے لیے کام کرنے کا پابند ہے۔ آئی پی یو تمام ممالک کی پارلیمنٹس اور پارلیمنٹیرینز کے درمیان رابطوں اور تجربات کے تبادلوں کے علاوہ بین الاقوامی دلچسپی کے حامل امور پر بھی اس نظریے کے تحت غور کیا جاتا ہے کہ ممبر ممالک کی پارلیمنٹس اور ممبران اس پر عمل پیرا ہوں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ دنیا کے کسی بھی حصے میں انسانی حقوق کا تحفظ اور فروغ آئی پی یو کی ذمہ داری ہے۔انہوں نے آئی پی یو کے سیکرٹری جنرل توجہ کشمیر کے محکوم اور محصور شہریوں، خواتین اور بچوں کی طرف مبذول کروائی جو گزشتہ 63دنوں سے کرفیو کے نفاذ کی وجہ سے کسمپرسی کی زندگی گزارنے پر مجبور ہیں۔

 

 اسپیکرنے قائم مقام سیکریٹری جنرل سی پی اے کو لکھے گئے خط میں پاکستان سے 61 ویں سی پی اے کانفرنس کی میزبانی کو واپس لینے کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے کہا کہ مقبوضہ کشمیر کی اسمبلی کو کانفرنس میں شرکت  کی دعوت نہ دینے کی بنا پر پاکستان سے میزبانی کے فرائض کو واپس لیا گیا تھا ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  پاکستان نے مقبوضہ کشمیر کی ریاستی اسمبلی کو نہیں تسلیم کیا تھا اور یہ اُس کا اصولی موقف تھا تاہم سی پی اے نے پاکستان کی اس دلیل کو نہیں مانا اور اُسے سی پی اے کا نفرنس کے انعقاد کی میزبانی سے یہ کہہ کر روک دیا گیا کہ سی پی اپنی سب برانچوں کے حقوق اور مفادات کا تحفظ کرنے  کا پابند ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ سی پی اے کی وہ ہی برانچ آج  معزول ہے اور سی پی اے اُن وجوہات اور حالات کا جائزہ لینے جن کی بنا پر اس کو معزول کیا گیا ہے کا اخلاقی طور پر پابند ہے ۔

 

اسپیکر نے دونوں عالمی اداروں کے سیکرٹریز جنرل کو بتایا کہ پوری مقبوضہ وادی میں صبح سے شام تک کرفیو لاگو ہے اور انٹرنیٹ سمیت تمام موصلاتی رابطوںپر مکمل پابندی عائد ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ساری کشمیر سیاسی قیادت کو جیلوں میں بند کر دیا گیاجن میں بھارت کے حامی رہنما بھی شامل ہیں ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ سابق وزیر ئے اعلیٰ محبوبہ مفتی اور فاروق عبداللہ بھی زیر حراست ہیں۔ انہوں نے آئی پی یو کے آئین کے ارٹیکل 23کے تحت  قائم اراکین پارلیمنٹ کے حقوق کے تحفظ کے لیے کمیٹی کو بھارت میں زیر حراست عوامی نمائندوں کی غیر قانونی گرفتاریوں  کا جائزہ لینے کے لیے کہا۔

 

 انہوں نے بحیثیت اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی   مقبوضہ کشمیر کی بگڑتی ہوئی صورتحال کے پیش نذر قومی اسمبلی آف پاکستان جو آئی پی یو اور سی پی اے کا سرگرم اور فعال  ممبر  ہے  کی جانب سے آئی پی یو اور سی پی اے مقبوضہ کشمیر میں انسانی حقو ق کے مسلسل اتحصال اور آئینی آزادیوں کی تحقیقات کا مطالبہ کیا۔ انہوں نے آئی پی یو کے ممبر پارلیمنٹس اور سی پی اے کی برانچوں پر مشتمل فیکٹ فائنڈنگ مشن بھی فوری طور پر مقبوضہ کشمیر بھیجنے کا کہا۔


National Assembly to host comprehensive debates on Agriculture - October 3, 2019

Islamabad, the October 3rd, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly emphatically stressed the need for connecting Pakistani farmers with the global markets and projection of the ‘Made in Pakistan’ brand across the world. He stated that Pakistan was a producer of best quality agri-products; however, the lack of effective penetration in the global value chain precluded Pakistani farmers from higher productivity and profitability. He announced that the Special Committee on Agriculture Products is actively pursuing linkages with the global food outlets through partners and investors of international repute. He was speaking at the 5th meeting of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products at Parliament House, Islamabad.

The representatives of the SGS and Swiss Consulting Private Limited presented a comprehensive plan for integrating Pakistani farmers in the global value chain. An international Business Development Consultant on Agri Food Supply Chain from SGS Gevena Mr. Hans Peter Heus Peter briefed the committee on the successful implementation of the plan in China. The plan presented to the committee centered on leveraging a tech driven connectivity of the Pakistani farmers with the global food chain.  The committee was informed that the entire plan of e-commerce based access to the global market would be based on data management and self-assessment system where farmers will have wider access to buyers of their choice. The system indicates reducing the exploitative role of middlemen.

Mr. Asad Qaiser highlighted that previously the Pakistani farmers remained one of the most neglected segments in the policy and developmental priorities. He added that the Special Committee of the National Assembly is committed to sustained endeavors protect the rights of the farmers and enhance their profitability and productivity.  He indicated that the National Assembly will host comprehensive debates on turning around Pakistan’s agriculture sector with a particular focus on major crops or crops offering comparative advantage. The Speaker urged the Committee members to pay more time and attention to revival of agriculture and assured that he himself will crusade for the rights of the farmers at every level.  Several members highlighted that government should extend maximum support and relief to farmers through subsidies, concessions, and support price mechanisms.

The meeting was attended by the Speaker Mr. Asad Qaiser, Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Minister for National Food Security and Research, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Minister for Aviation Division, Syed Fakhar Imam, Sher Akbar Khan, Shandana Gulzar Khan, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Mujahid Ali, Fazal Muhammad Khan Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazir, Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak and officials from the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, SGS and Swiss Consulting Private Limited.

 


The Speaker NA congratulates Shandana Gulzar on being elected as Chairperson, Common Wealth Women Parliamentarians - October 3, 2019

اسلام آباد؛3 اکتوبر  ، 2019: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے ممبرقومی اسمبلی محترمہ شندانہ گلزار  کو دولت مشترکہ خواتین پارلیمنٹیرین کی چیئرپرسن منتخب ہونے پر مبارکباد دی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستانی خواتین کسی سے کم نہیں اور قومی ترقی میں ان کی کارکردگی قابل ستائش ہے۔ انہوں نے ان خیالات کا اظہار  محترمہ شاندانہ گلزار خان سے جمعرات کے روز ہونے والی اپنی ملاقات میں کیا ۔

                اسپیکر نے کہا کہ یہ اہم کامیابی نہ صرف پاکستان کو بین الاقوامی برادری میں احترام کی نگاہ سے دیکھے جانے کا مظہر ہے بلکہ اس کی قائدانہ صلاحیتوں کی بھی عکاسی کرتی ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستانی خواتین اراکین پارلیمنٹ ہر شعبہ میں نمایاں خدمات سرانجام دے رہی ہیں خصوصاً خواتین کی ترقی اور انہیں بااختیار بنانے کے لیے ان کی کارکردگی قابل تعریف ہے۔ انہوں نے اس اعتماد کا اظہار کیا کہ محترمہ شاندانہ گلزار نہ صرف پاکستان بلکہ دولت مشترکہ کی ممبر ممالک میں بھی محروم اور پسماندہ طبقات کی ترقی کےلیے اپنی کوششیں جاری رکھیں گی۔ انہوں نے معاشرتی  ترقی کے لیے خواتین کے کردار کی اہمیت کو اجاگر کرتے ہوئے انہیں معاشی طور پر بااخیتار بنانے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔

  محترمہ شاندانہ گلزار نے CWP کی چیئرپرسن کے اہم منصب کے لیے نامزدگی پر اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کا شکریہ ادا کیا۔ انہوں نے اپنی کامیابی کو اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کی سرپرستی اور فعال سفارتکاری کا نتیجہ قرار دیا۔ انہوں نے خواتین کو معاشرتی اور معاشی طور پر بااخیتار بنانے کے لیے اپنی جدوجہد کو مزید فعال بنانے کے عزم کا اظہار کیا ۔

دولت مشترکہ کی خواتین پارلیمنٹیرینز کی چیئرسن کے منصب کے لئے ایم این اے محترمہ  شاندانہ گلزار خان کا انتخاب  کمپالاہ ، یوگنڈا  میں  منعقد ہونے والی 64 ویں دولت مشترکہ پارلیمانی کانفرنس کے دوران ہوا۔ انہوں نے Cayman Island’s کے امیدوار Tara Rivers کے 34 ووٹوں کے مقابلہ میں 48 ووٹ حاصل کیے جبکہ  آسٹریلوی امیدوار Michelle O’Byrne آخری لمحے میں اس دوڑ سے دستبردار ہوگئیں  اور یہ مقابلہ صر ف دو امید واروں کے درمیان ہوا۔

محترمہ شاندانہ گلزار کی کامیابی اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر کی سرپرستی میں  پاکستان کے پر امن تشخص محرک پارلیمانی سفارتکاری کے ذریعے اجاگر کرنےکی کاوشوں کا نتیجہ ہے۔ وفاقی وزیر برائے بین الصوبائی رابطہ اور دولت مشترکہ کی پارلیمانی ایسوسی ایشن کی ایگزیکٹو کمیٹی کی ممبر ڈاکٹر فہمیدہ مرزا کی سربراہی میں پارلیمانی ٹیم نے اس کامیابی کے لیے گزشتہ 8 ماہ سے انتہائی تندہی سے کام کیا ہے۔

                محترمہ شاندانہ گلزار اس وقت وزارت تجارت و  صنعت میں بطور پارلیمانی سیکریٹری خدمات سرانجام دے رہی ہیں ۔ وہ ایک قانونی ماہر اور بین الاقوامی تجارت اور معاشی قوانین میں وسیع علم و تجربہ رکھتی ہیں، وہ اگست 2018 میں ممبر قومی اسمبلی منتخب ہوئیں۔ بحیثیت سماجی کارکن خواتین کی معاشی ترقی اور بحالی کے لیے ان کی خدمات قابل تعریف ہیں۔ انہوں نے متعدد امور پر مختلف مضامین اور پالیسیاں تصنیف کی ہیں جن میں پاکستان کا پہلا IP اسٹریٹجک فریم ورک ، صنعتی پالیسی ویکیوم اور ای کامرس شامل ہیں۔


NA Speaker And Acting Speaker Congratulate Ms Shandana Gulzar Khan On Being Elected As The Chairperson Of CPA Women Parliamentarians (CWP) - September 26, 2019

Islamabad; 26 September, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Acting Speaker Qasim Khan Suri have congratulated Ms. Shandana Gullzar Khan, Member National Assembly on being elected as the Chairperson of CPA Women Parliamentarians (CWP)
 
Her election was held in Kampala, Uganda during the ongoing CWP in Uganda as part of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentarian Conference (CPC). Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan secured 48 votes out of 82 while the Runners up Candidate bagged 34.
 
Barrister Shandana Gulzar Khan is member of the National Assembly from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce. She is a legal practitioner by profession.
 
The Speaker while congratulating Ms. Shandana said that it was a matter of great pride for the country on winning the slot of chairperson of International forum of CPA. He said that it was indeed an important victory for the country. He said that her election will provide an excelling approach to take the issue related to women rights on International forum.
 
Acting Speaker Qasim Khan Suri while congratulating Ms. Shandana said that women Parliamentarians played a vital role for the strengthening of the democracy in the country. He was confident that she would work for the empowerment of women in CPA region countries. He said that it was heartening to note that majority of the CPA women parliamentarians reposed confidence in her leadership
 


Speaker NA and Acting Speaker NA express sorrow over the sad demise of Junior Security Assistant - September 26, 2019

 

اسلام آباد؛ 26ستمبر 2019: اسپیکر قومی اسد قیصر اور قائم مقام اسپیکر قاسم خان سوری کا قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ کےشعبہ سیکیورٹی   کے جونیئر سیکیورٹی اسسٹنٹ آمین درس کے انتقال پر تعزیت کا اظہار کیا ہے ۔ اسپیکر اور قائم مقام اسپیکر نے اپنے علیحدہ علیحدہ تعزیتی پیغامات میں مرحوم آمین درس کے انتقال پر گہرے دکھ اور افسو س کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے اللہ تعالی سے مرحوم کےدرجات کی بلندی اور سوگوار خاندان کو اس ناقابل تلافی نقصان کو برداشت کرنے کے لیے صبر جمیل عطاء فرمانے کی دعا کی۔ 

 


Speaker National Assembly Exposes Shameful Face of India Apprises 4th Euroasian Speakers Conference about Indian Atrocities and Human Rights Abuses in Occupied Kashmir - September 24, 2019

Islamabad September 24, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan exposed India before the parliaments of the two major continents i.e. Europe and Asia during the 4th Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries Parliaments in Nur Sultan (Astana). In his speech during the Plenary Session of the Conference, Pakistan is committed to peace and prosperity in the region. It is in this spirit of trust, good faith and shared responsibility that Pakistan is facilitating negotiations between Washington and the Taliban for regional peace and reconciliation.
 
Speaker National Assembly when referred to the ongoing gross humanitarian crises in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K), the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha of India in their typical style stood up and tried to disrupt the speech of the Speaker National Assembly by shouting and crying loud but the Speaker National Assembly continued to brief the audience on the ongoing atrocities of India in the Occupied territory of Jammu & Kashmir. He said that over the years, Indian barbarism in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K) has put humanity to shame, he further added. Around 100,000 Kashmiris have been martyred and thousands have gone missing and more than 22,000 women have been widowed, 100,000 children have been orphaned and over 11,000 women raped, he reminded the speakers of the 84 countries. More than 8,000 unnamed mass graves have been discovered with thousands of victims of Indian aggression. India has taken illegal and unilateral actions on 5 August 2019 in violation of several UNSC resolutions. The unprecedented security restrictions accompanying Indian actions of 5 August have imposed enormous human suffering and constitute a blatant violation of Kashmiri people’s fundamental rights. The innocent people of the occupied Jammu & Kashmir have been made to live under curfew and suspended communication since August 5 and without easy access to basic amenities of life.
 
He said that arrest of Kashmiri leaders, intensified ceasefire violations, use of pellet guns and banned cluster bombs targeting innocent civilians, including children are few crimes of Indian Occupation forces that call for immediate attention. He further urged the speakers of the parliaments of the two continents to put pressure on India for resolution of the longstanding Kashmir issue according to the UNSC resolutions and as per the aspiration and will of the Kashmiri people.
 


Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser meets with Speaker of the Federal National Council of UAE in connection with the highlighting of Indian barbarism in Occupied Kashmir - September 24, 2019


There will be no law that goes against the freedom of the media: Speaker National Assembly - September 19, 2019

کوئی ایسا قانون نہیں بنے گا جو میڈیا کی آزادی کے خلاف ہو:اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

اسلام آباد؛ 19 ستمبر ، 2019:اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا ہے کہ صحافیوں کے حقوق کے تحفظ کے لئے ان کے ساتھ ہوں۔ کوئی ایسا قانون نہیں بنے گا جو میڈیا کی آزادی کے خلاف ہو۔انہوں نے کہا کہ میڈیا ٹربیونل بنانے کے لیے میڈیا کے نمائندوں کے ساتھ مشاورت کی جائے گی اور متعلقہ قائمہ کمیٹی میں میڈیا کی طرف سے نامزد کیے گئے نمائندوں کو مشاورت کے لیے مدعو کیا جائے گا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ میڈیا کی ترجیحات کو مد نظر رکھ کر قانون سازی کی جائے گی۔ انہوں نے ان خیالات کا اظہار پارلیمانی رپورٹرز ایسوسی ایشن کی تقریب حلف برداری سے جمعرات کے روز پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا ۔ اس موقع پر وزیر اعظم کی معاون خصوصی برائے اطلاعات و نشریات فردوس عاشق اعوان بھی موجود تھیں۔

                اسپیکر نے کہا کہ ملکی تاریخ اس بات کی گواہ ہے کہ 1947 سے آج تک ہم حالت جنگ میں ہیں ۔ ہمیں نئے چیلنجز کا سامنا رہتا ہے جس کا اثر  ہماری معیشت پر پڑتا ہے اور وہ مسلسل دباؤ میں رہتی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہاکہ دہشت گردی کے خلاف جنگ میں ہماری معیشت بلکہ ہر شعبہ ہائے زندگی کو بری طرح متاثر کیاہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جس شعبے سے میرا تعلق ہے اس کا ہر گھر دہشت گردی کے ناسور کی وجہ سے متاثر ہوا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جمہوری طور پر ہم ایک ارتکائی دور سے گزر رہے ہیں ملک میں جمہوری ادارے مستحکم ہو رہے ہیں اور اگر یہ کوئی سوچتا ہے کہ جمہوریت کو خطرہ ہے تو یہ اس کی اپنی سوچ ہے  حقیقت سے اس کا کوئی تعلق نہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جو پرفارم نہیں کرے گا عوام اس کا احتساب کریں گے اور وہ دوبارہ منتخب نہیں ہو پائے گا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان کو حقیقی جمہوری ملک بنائیں گے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ تمام پارٹیوں کے اندربھی جمہوریت ہونی چاہیے اور انٹر پارٹی الیکشن ہونے چاہییں  اور عام ورکر  کو حق ہونا چاہیے کہ وہ اپنی لیڈرشپ کو منتخب کرسکے۔

 

قبل ازیں اسپیکر نے پارلیمانی رپورٹرز ایسوسی ایشن کے نو منتخب عہدیداران اور گورننگ باڈی کے ممبران سے حلف لیا۔ تقریب حلف برداری سے معاون خصوصی برائے اطلاعات و نشریات فردوس عاشق اعوان ، پی آر اے کی نو منتخب صدر بہزاد سلیمی اور سیکرٹری جنرل ایم بی سومرونے بھی خطاب کیا اور میڈیا کے نمائندوں کو درپیش مسائل کو حل کرنے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ وزیر اعظم کی معاون خصوصی براے اطلاعات و نشریات فردوس عاشق اعوان نے پی آر اے کے نو منتخب عہداران اور میڈیا کے نمائندوں کو میڈیا کو درپیش مسائل کو حل کرنے کا یقین دلایا۔


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - September 19, 2019

Islamabad, 19th September, 2019; 8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA in Committee Room No. 7 Parliament House, Islamabad.

2. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee discussed the Bill “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and recommended that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly. The Committee deferred four Bills for consideration in the next meeting.

3. The Mayor Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) briefed about shortage of water in Sector I-10. He informed that supply of water is affected due to scheduled/un-scheduled load shedding: electric and mechanical fault at tube wells and leakages in water supply lines. It was pointed out that farm houses have also been provided connections from the drinking water supply lines. The Committee recommended that 24 connections provided to form houses may be disconnected immediately. The MCI assured that the faulty tube wells will be rectified within one week.

4. The Mayor briefed the Committee about sanitation services in Rural Areas of Islamabad. The sanitation services in Rural Areas were not provided before establishment of MCI and it was under control of ICT Administration. Sanitation directorate started provision of services partially in rural areas. He informed that performance of MCI was badly affected due to legal and financial issues faced by it. The Committee noted with great concern that the public is suffering due to differences between MCI and CDA, so, the Committee directed the Ministry of Interior to resolve disputes between CDA and MCI.

5. Honorable Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Malik Sohail Khan, Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzaeb, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Ms. Mehnaz Aziz Akbar and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, ICT Police and Mayor (MCI) attended the meeting.


Speaker National Assembly was called on by Mr. Rosh Dil Khan Hoti, Chairman (MC) ICT/ Coordinator Panagahs Islamabad - September 18, 2019

Today in the Parliament House the Honorable Speaker National Assembly was called on by Mr. Rosh Dil Khan Hoti, the chairman (MC) ICT/ Coordinator Panagahs Islamabad. Meeting was regarding the possibility of establishing Panagah at PIMS probably in the available vacant building or under construction one’s for the patients and their attendants, where food and shelter would be provided to the people free of cost as per the vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Mr. Rosh Dil Khan Hoti and the Deputy Commissioner ICT gave a detailed briefing pertaining to the possible options available in the PIMS. The Speaker was also apprised about the incumbent challenges of the patients and their attendants in PIMS.

The Speaker directed the ED PIMS to make sure that the building/space specified by the administration and Mr. Hoti be allotted for this noble cause at the earliest. He was asked to move summary in this regard to the competent authority. Furthermore, the Chair directed the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner to do the needful in this regard.

The Speaker appreciated the indefatigable endeavors of Mr. Rosh Dil Khan for his service to the humanity and pledged his full support in this noble cause. The Speaker informed the participants about the facilities provided to the people residing in the Swabi Panagah. Furthermore, the Speaker expressed his opinion that he will continue to support this program till its proper materialization.


Defence Of Pakistan, Impregnable Due To Devotion And Professional Capabilities Of The Armed Forces: Says NA Speaker Asad Qaiser - September 16, 2019

Islamabad; September 16, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that political forces in Pakistan were on the same page on Kashmir issue and other challenges confronting the country. He said that the silence of the international community on atrocities and worst human rights abuses against innocent Kashmirs by India was test of their conscience. He said that Pakistan would continue its moral and diplomatic support to people of Kashmir for resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions and aspirations of people of Kashmir.
 
The Speaker was talking to a delegation from National Defence University comprising senior military and civil officers from Pakistan and friendly countries headed by Maj. General Inayat Hussain in Parliament House, Islamabad today.
 
The Speaker said that armed forces of Pakistan were our pride that had made the Defence of the country impregnable. He said that they also need to be credited for their meritorious services in the field of social services and education. He said that despite polarization in the country and the Parliament, all the political forces were on the same page regarding issues confronting the country specially Kashmir. He said that Pakistan would not leave the Kashmirs people in quandary and would keep on extending moral and diplomatic support to people of Kashmir till its amicable resolution as per UN resolutions and their aspiration.
 
The Speaker talking to the military and civil officers said that present government inherited various challenges out of which the most glaring was messy state of economy. He said that government initiated various measures for its revival and sustainability which had ushered in stability in the economic sector. He said that investor’s confidence had been restored and foreign direct investment was being attracted in the diverse sectors in the country.
 
Responding to a question of a participant regarding the role of legislature for the welfare of the masses, the Speaker said that Parliament was alive on the issue and various legislative proposals for the welfare of masses would be tabled in the House. He said that agriculture sector was the backbone of the economy, therefore a Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture products has been appointed.  The Committee was actively working on formulating its recommendation for boosting agriculture sector. He said that academia, experts in agriculture and water and stakeholders have been engaged in that discourse. Apprising the participants, the Speaker said that Standing Committees were actively engaged in the discussing various legislation and issues which concern masses. He mentioned the Legislative Drafting Council established in the National Assembly which had assisted Members to propose hundreds of legislative proposals. The Speaker suggested for collaboration between National Assembly and NDU for providing intellectual and expert support to the Standing Committees.
 
The Head of the NDU Delegation Maj. General Inayat Hussain thanked Speaker National Assembly for giving them an opportunity to visit Parliament and have an enlightening interactive session. He said that Armed forces would always stand firm to foil any attempt on the integrity of the country. He said that the instant delegation comprised of local civil and military Officers from Pakistan and Friendly countries presently having specialized multidimensional training which would enhance their capacity to serve their respective countries and organizations. He agreed with proposal of the Speaker regarding collaboration with National Assembly.
 
Later, the Additional Secretary (Legislation), briefed the participants about the structure and functions of the Parliament and working and composition of its Standing Committees. He apprised them about the procedure adopted for enactment of laws and non-legislative business. The participants also visited National Assembly Hall and various sections of the Parliament House

 


Cotton Revival Indispensable for Pakistan’s Economy: NA Speaker | Adviser Finance and Adviser Commerce called on the Speaker NA - September 16, 2019

Islamabad, the September 16, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly, Asad Qaiser, while taking notice of declining cotton production and land under cotton cultivation stressed that the revival of cotton was indispensable to Pakistan’s economic growth. In a bid to discuss the framework and incentives for revival of cotton, the Speaker conveyed a meeting with the Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue,  Dr. Hafeez Sheikh, and Adviser on Commerce, Textile, Industries & Production and Investment, Mr. Abdul Razzak Dawood.  He stated that despite the fact that cotton offers comparative advantage to Pakistan, still during the last three decades more than 20% of land under cotton cultivation has declined and output had fallen by similar ratio. He added that agriculture sector being the major vehicle for investment in rural development and gainful employment, form the core of Pakistan’s economy and it’s turn around requires sustained endeavors on multiple fronts. . He assured added that the farmers will be provided with protection and incentives along with provision of quality seeds and other inputs to boost productivity.

The meeting held was a continuation of a series of discussions on the issue of minimum support price for cotton and cost of production of cotton. MNA Syed Fakhar Imam stressed that despite being Pakistan’s largest revenue generating crop with immense potential for comparative advantage, foreign exchange earnings and employment opportunities, cotton in Pakistan was beset by a host of enduring challenges on numerous fronts. He added that given the unabated rise in cost of production and continuous denial of a fair price in line with the international parity price has squeezed the profit margins of the cotton farmers and they have begun to cultivate crops which offer no comparative advantage to Pakistan’s economy. He highlighted that due to negligence and ineffective policy framework for agricultural uplift, Pakistan has ceded its competitive edge to regional competitors. He added that India has put in place a support mechanism for more than 26 crops while Pakistan has not been able to incentive its central crop. He regretted the fact that ineffective policies have enriched those already rich at the cost to the local farmers and national economy. He urged the Advisers on Finance and Commerce respectively to announce a Minimum Support Price for Cotton as an incentive to motivate the farmers to cultivate farmers. 

Adviser for Finance Dr Hafeez Sheihkh reiterated that cotton was central to Pakistan’s agricultural growth and added that the proposal to put in a place a mechanism for Minimum Support or Indicative Price needs to be looked at in details. Speaker National Assembly urged the participants to conclude the matter in the next meeting.

Adviser for Commerce, Textile, Industries and Production & Investment, Abdul Razzak Dawood informed the participants of the meeting that contamination and trash content in domestically produced cotton were central reasons for cotton import and lower prices. He added that unregulated seeds and pesticides companies provide substandard seeds and pestidices to cotton growers which have negatively affected the cotton productivity in Pakistan. He further added that the domestic consumption exceeds domestic supply and as a result cotton has to be imported from other countries. He further added the imposition of 10% Sales Tax on purachse of domestic raw cotton and 17% tax of yarn has further complicated the matters.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Hafeez Sheikh, Mr. Abdul Razzak Dawood, Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, MNA Syed Fakhar Imam and Chairman FBR Syed Shabbar Zaidi.


Defence of Pakistan is invincible due to professionalism and patriotism of Pakistan's armed forces: Speaker National Assembly - September 16, 2019


The Democracy is inevitable for progress, stability and peace in the Country - September 14, 2019

اسلام آباد 14ستمبر 2019:سپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ جمہوریت اقتصادی و سماجی ترقی ، بین الاقوامی ، امن اور سلامتی کے ساتھ ساتھ انسانی بنیادی حقوق اور آزادی کی ضمانت دیتی ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ امن ، انسانی حقوق اور ترقی کے اہداف کے حصول کے لیے جمہوریت کا ہونا نا گزیر ہے ۔ سپیکر نے ان خیالات کا اظہاربین الاقوامی جمہوریت کے دن کے موقع پر کیا جو دنیا بھر میں ہرسال 15ستمبر کو منایا جاتا ہے ۔ سپیکر نے کہا کہ جمہوری نظام ایک مشترکہ قدر ہے جس کی بنیاد پر عوام آزادانہ طور پر سیاسی اقتصادی ثقافتی نظام میں شرکت کر سکتے ہیں ۔ انہوں نے ان مقاصد کے حصول کے لیے سیاسی قیادت کو آپس کے اختلافات کو بھلا کر یکجا ہونے کی ضرورت پر زوردیا ۔
انہوں نے کہا کہ جمہوریت کی خوبصورتی یہ ہے کہ ملک کو در پیش مسائل کا حل مقامی طور پر ڈھونڈا جائے ۔ جمہوریت شہریوں کی تمام شعبہ ہائے زندگی میں شمولیت کی حوصلہ افزائی کرتی ہے جو اس کے اصل وارث ہیں ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ عوام کی حکومتی پالیسیوں میں شمولیت جمہوریت کا بنیادی جزو ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جمہوریت اختلاف رائے کی بجائے اتفاق رائے کو تقویت دیتی ہے اور متضاد رائے میں اتفاق پیدا کرتی ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان میں انتخابی عمل کے تسلسل جمہوریت کو مضبوط کرنے میں اہم کردار ادا کر رہا ہے ۔
اس موقع پر ڈپٹی سپیکر ، قاسم خان سوری نے اپنے پیغام میں کہا ہے کہ پاکستان میں جمہوریت مضبوط ہو رہی ہے اور تمام سیاسی قوتیں قومی اہمیت کے حامل مسائل پر متحد ہیں اور پارلیمنٹ عوام کی فلاح و بہبود کے لیے فعال طور پر مصروف عمل ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ماضی میں پاکستان میں جمہوری نظام کو بار بار سبوتاژ کیے جانے سے ادارے کمزور ہوئے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جمہوریت ہی واحد راستہ ہے جس کے ذریعے ملک کو مضبوط کیا جا سکتا ہے اور ہم اقتصادی طور پر خود کفیل ہو سکتے ہیں ۔


Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah has always been steadfast in his principles of Discipline, Independence, Democracy, Rule of Law and Social Justice. Speaker National Assembly - September 10, 2019

قومی اسمبلی سیکر ٹریٹ
میڈ یا ونگ
پر یس ریلیز


قا ئدا عظم محمد علی جنا ح ہمیشہ نظم و ضبط،آزادی،جمہو ریت،قا نو ن کی حکمرا نی اور سما جی انصاف کے رہنما اصولو ں پر ثابت قدم رہے۔ سپیکر قومی اسمبلی
اسلا م آباد؛10ستمبر 2019 سپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصرنے با با ئے قوم قا ئد اعظم محمد علی جنا ح کو خراج تحسین پیش کر تے ہو ئے کہا کہ قا ئد اعظم محمد علی جنا ح ہمیشہ ہر مشکل کے سا منے سینہ سپر رہے انہو ں نے کبھی اپنے اصولو ں پر سو د ہ با زی نہیں کی اور نہ ہی اپنا فیصلہ کسی پر مسلط کر نے کی کو شش کی۔انہو ں نے ان خیا لا ت کا اظہا ر قا ئد اعظم محمد علی جنا ح کی 71ویں برسی کے مو قع پر کیا۔
سپیکر نے کہا کہ قا ئد اعظم محمد علی جنا ح کے رہنما اصول ایمان۔اتحاد اور نظم ہما ری تا ریخ کا حصہ ہیں اور پا کستان کو در پیش چیلنجو ں کا مقا بلہ صر ف اپنی صفوں میں اتحاد پید ا کر کے ہی کیا جا سکتا ہے۔
انہو ں نے کہا کہ قا ئد اعظم کی کا میا بی قومو ں کی تا ریخ میں ایک منفرد وا قعہ تھا جو عد م تشدداورا صولو ں پر سختی سے عمل پیر ا ہو نے پر ظہور پزیر ہو ا۔انہو ں نے کہا کہ ہم قا ئد اعظم کے رہنما اصو لو ں پر عمل کر کے ہی انہیں شا ندار خراج تحسین پیش کر سکتے ہیں۔انہو ں نے کہا کہ قا ئد اعظم کی برسی ہمیں یا د کر واتی ہے کہ ہم پا کستان کو مضبو ط اور بہتر بنا نے میں قا ئد اعظم کے مشن کی تکمیل کر یں۔
ڈپٹی سپیکر قومی اسمبلی محمد قا سم خان سوری نے اس مو قع پر کہا کہ ہمیں قا ئد اعظم کے بے مثال اصولو ں اور ان کی بے پنا ہ قا ئد انہ صلاحیتو ں کو فرا مو ش نہیں کر نا چا ہیے۔انہو ں نے کہا کہ ہمیں یہ عہد کر نا چا ہیے کہ ہم اپنے وطن کو در پیش چیلنجوں کا ڈٹ کر مقابلہ کر یں گے اور پاکستان کو ایک بہتر اور مضبو ط ملک بنا ئیں گے۔


All Difficulties can be overcome with the Spirit of Sacrifices and Unflinching Determination: NA Speaker - September 9, 2019

Islamabad, September  9, 2019: Speaker, National Assembly  Asad Qaiser calling upon the nation to rise above parochial differences, narrow mindedness, sectarianism, ethnicity and maintain harmony, unity and brotherhood in our ranks in accordance with golden principles of Islam and follow the path of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

In his messages on Youm-e-Ashura to the nation, the Speaker said that Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions (RA) were the noblest models in preaching and practicing the Qur’anic philosophy of patience, sacrifice and martyrdom. Their unflinching faith in Almighty Allah and the Day of Judgment, their exemplary devotion, dauntless courage, and unfailing patience in the way of Almighty Allah was a unique exhibition of the spirit of patience and martyrdom described in the Holy Qur’an, he said. 

The Speaker urged that being a Muslim it is our obligation that we stand up against the evil forces that stir up discord and create confrontation in the society, to achieve their nefarious designs. They said that the best way to pay tributes to the martyrs of Karbala is to make commitment on this day to work and devote oneself for the development and strength of the county."We have to forget our trivial differences and adopt the teachings of Islam and promote peace, security and brotherhood." He urged.

The Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, has said that on this day of Ashura, the battle was fought between the forces of truth and falsehood, which would continue to impart Muslims a lesson of sustained struggle against oppression. He said that this is the path which the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) taught us to follow and his followers (RA) offered great sacrifices. “Yaum-e-Ashoor reminds us the lesson of adherence to the truth, firmness of belief and being steadfast against tyranny” he added.


Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly pays Tribute to Pak Army on Defense Day - September 5, 2019


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Mother of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - September 3, 2019

Islamabad: September 3, 2019: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of the mother of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan.
 
            In their separate condolence messages to Mahmood Khan, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Kashmir: Unfinished Agenda of the Partition Plan of Sub-Continent; Kashmir Issues Needs to be Resolved as per Un Resolutions and Aspirations of Kashmiri People: Says Chairman Omani Majles A’Shura - September 3, 2019

Islamabad September 3, 2019: The Chairman Majles A’Shura Oman Khalid Bin Hilal Nasser al Maawali has said that Kashmir issue was an unfinished agenda of the partition of subcontinent and needed immediate resolution. He said that sultanate- e- Oman fully supports the resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with United Nations Security Council and aspiration of Kashmiri people. He expressed these views during his meeting with Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House on Tuesday. A ten member delegation of Omani Majles A’Shura was also present during the meeting.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser apprised the Chairman Majlis A’Shura about recent volatile situation in Indian occupied Kashmir. He said that unconstitutional move of Indian Government had deprived Kashmir people from their constitutional right besides creating war like situation in the Subcontinent. He said that life of residents of the Kashmir valley had been made miserable due to imposition of curfew.  He said that resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with United Nations Resolution was imperative for peace in the subcontinent. He also said that OIC should play its role for resolution of Kashmir Issue.
 
Highlighting the human rights violation led by Indian army in occupied Kashmir, the Speaker said that committing brutality by the use of pallet guns wounding women and children and killing thousands innocent Kashmiris was worst in the recent history. He further said that by imposing ban on the communication system, the government of India wanted to suppress the voices of Kashmir’s people. He further said that owing to long curfew, there was severe shortage of necessities of life including food and medicine etc. He stressed upon the international community to take notice of brutalities and violation of human rights led by Indian army in held Kashmir and should play active role immediately revoking the curfew.
           
The Speaker while talking to the delegation said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations intertwined in historic bonds of religion, history and culture. He suggested for enhancing people to people and parliamentary contacts for further consolidating those ties. The Speaker suggested that Omani diplomatic mission in Islamabad could play its role for reinvigorating those ties through arranging parliamentary and business interaction. He said that immense potential existed in Pakistan in agriculture sector therefore; Omani investors may come and invest here. He apprised the Chairman Omani Majles A’Shura about his initiative of appointing a Parliamentary committee on Agriculture products which was taking account of problem of agriculture and to suggest measures for resolution by the Executive. He said that quantum of Trade between both the countries does not commensurate the potential on both sides therefore, business communities on either side should focus on utilization of that potential.
 
The Chairman Omani Majlis A’Shura Khalid Bin Hilal Nasser al Maawali said that Oman attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further strengthen them though enhancing Parliamentary and economic cooperation. He agreed with the Speaker and suggested for exchange of trade delegations which could explore opportunities of possible cooperation in diverse fields. He also suggested for parliamentary staff to learn and share experiences.
 
Later on Chairman Majles A’Shura Khalid Bin Hilal Nasser al Maawali inscribed his remarks in the visitor’s book placed in the National Assembly and also visited national Assembly Hall along with his Parliamentary delegation. Earlier the Speaker National Assembly welcomed the Omani Delegation on its arrival at Parliament House. Chairman Omani Majles A’Shura Khalid Bin Hilal Nasser al Maawali also planted a sampling of Magnolia Grandiflora in the lawn of Parliament House and prayed for progress and prosperity Muslim Ummah.


Omani Parliamentary Delegation Led by Chairman Majlie A'Shura of Sultanate of Oman to Arrive in Islamabad - September 2, 2019

Islamabad; September 2, 2019: A-Ten Member Omani Parliamentary Delegation led by Mr. Khalid bin Hilal Nasser Al Maawali, Chairman of the Majles A’Shura of Sultanate of Oman will arrive today on a four days official visit to Pakistan. The delegation is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Speaker, National Assembly Asad Qaiser.

            The delegation during its stay in Pakistan will meet President of Pakistan, Speaker, National Assembly, Chairman Senate and Advisor to PM on Commerce, Textile, Industry & Production and Investment. The delegation will also attend interactive sessions with members of Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir and Pakistan-Oman Parliamentary Friendship Group.

            The instant visit of Omani Parliamentary delegation will not only serve as a tool in promoting cooperation between two countries but will also supplement government’s efforts to broaden and deepen people-to-people contacts and bilateral economic ties. The delegation will also have an opportunity to get an insight of the Kashmir issue and plight of Kashmiri people in wake of illegal annexation of Kashmir with India and atrocities by Indian forces.

            The delegation comprises of Members of Omani Majles A’Shura Mr. Mohammed Ali Amer Baqi, Mr. Mohammed Khamis Abdullah Al Badi, Mr. Mohammed Ramadhan Qasim Al Balushi, Mr. Yoonis Yaqoob Issa Al Siyabi, Mr. Salim Hamed Saed Al Mufarraji and Parliamentary support staff of Omani Majles A’Shura.


Durable Economic Policies to Usher in Sustainable Growth in The Country: NA Speaker - August 31, 2019

Islamabad, 31st August, 2019: Mr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Islamabad today. Economic situation in the country and measure initiated by the Government for restructuring of economy and generation of economic activity in the country came under discussion. 
 
The Speaker said that development of the country was directly dependent any on its economic situation. He said that present government inherited messed up economy however the government sagacious handled the situation. He said that immediate measures of the government ushered in strengthening of economy and built investors confidence. The speaker said that government Should formulate durable economic policies which should be pro poor and people yielding low incomes should not effect. The speaker praised the steps of government to broaden tax net however suggested for tax reforms and phasing out indirect tax in order to give relief to common man and sustainable economic growth. He also suggested for giving incentives to farming community.
 
Advisor to pm Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh apprised the speaker about the steps taken by the government for revival of economy and to generate economic activity in the country. He said that as rightly pointed out by speaker the government was focusing on broadening of tax base and taxes would be rationalised to ease the burden of common man. He said that policies of the government would generate economic activity through direct foreign investment which would ultimately reduce the lending by the government. He said that current account deficit has also been reduced due to the fiscal policies of the government.
 
He informed the speaker that prime minister was committed for reliance on and exploitation of indigenous resources in national development. He informed that farming community would be incentivised so that the country could be self sufficient in food as well as produce raw material for our industries. He also informed the speaker about the allocation of substantial budgetary allocation under ehsaas program of the government for social protection to the marginalised Segments of the society.


Kashmir, an unfinished agenda of the partition plan of Sub-Continent and merit early resolution in accordance with aspiration of Kashmiri people and UN Resolutions: NA Speaker - August 26, 2019

Islamabad August, 26, 2019: Speaker National assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of the partition plan of Sub-Continent. He urged upon the Britain to assert its role for resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspiration of people of Kashmir and UN Resolutions. The Speaker was talking to a delegation of British Parliaments led by Mr. Khalid Mehmood, MP in Parliament House, this afternoon. The delegation is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Speaker National Assembly.

The Speaker while talking to the British MPs said that leaving the Kashmir dispute unresolved had brought the peace of the region at stake. He said that continued denial of the due right to Kashmiri people for decades and recent unilateral succession of State of Jammu and Kashmir with Indian mainland had exposed the democratic outlook of India. He said that recent unilateral decision of the Indian government without involving Kashmiri people was utter contravention of its international commitments. The Speaker stressed upon the British MPs to raise the issue in British Parliament and other international forums for its resolution.

The Speaker said that Kashmir issue was a flashpoint and constant threat to the peace in the south Asia. He said that International community, United Nations Security Council and Human Rights Commission should take notice of the situation. The Speaker said that Kashmir Valley had turned into a heavy militarized zone and killing, kidnapping and use of pallet guns was a routine in Kashmir under the auspicious of State Forces. 

Mr. Khalid Mahmood, MP said that Kashmir issue was a human catastrophe which warrant immediate attention of the international community. He said that British people were aware of the plight of Kashmir people and would extend their outmost support for resolution of Kashmir issue. He said that atrocities being committed by Indian forces were highly condemnable.  He along with his colleagues was on an informative visit about Kashmir issue and would apprise the British Parliament about the real situation on ground.

MPs Mr. Imran Hussain and Rt. Hon. Stephean Timms also spoke about the situation in Kashmir. They said that Britain believes in civil liberties and human rights, therefore, it would push the case of Kashmir people on appropriate forums. They said that no one in the civilized world could support such cruelty against innocent civilians just to crush the just right.

Earlier both the sides discussed matters of bilateral interest and ways and means to further strengthen relations between two Parliaments. The speaker said that cooperation between both the parliaments in legislation and staff exchange needed to be enhanced for taking advantage of each other’s experiences. The British Parliamentarians thanked Speaker for kind hospitality extended to them besides giving them an opportunity to interact with Pakistan authorities to know about the real situation in Kashmir.


The Nation stands side by side with its Armed Forces for National Security and Defense; Speaker Asad Qaiser - August 23, 2019

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ملکی سلامتی اور دفاع کے لیے پوری قوم اپنی مسلح افواج کے شانہ بشانہ کھڑی ہے؛ اسپیکر اسد قیصر

اسلام آباد؛ 23اگست 2019: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ ملکی سلامتی اور دفاع کے لیے پوری قوم اپنی مسلح افواج کے شانہ بشانہ کھڑی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاک فضائیہ نے ملکی دفاع کے لیے ناقابل فراموش کارنامے سرانجام دیے ہیں اور  اپنی اعلیٰ پیشہ ورانہ صلاحیتوں کی بدولت دنیا میں منفرد مقام رکھتی ہے۔ ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے چیف آف ائیر سٹاف مجاہد انور خان سے جمعہ کے روز پارلیمنٹ میں ہونے والی ملاقات کے دوران گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کیا ۔ ملاقات میں سابق چیف آف ائیر سٹاف سہیل امان ، معروف سماجی شخصیت اختر چوہدری اور فلاحی تنظیموں سے تعلق رکھنے والی دیگر شخصیات بھی موجود تھیں۔

ملاقات میں پاکستان ویلفیئر ٹائوں کے قیام کے حوالے سے تفصیلی تبادلہ خیال کیا گیا۔ پاکستان ویلفیئر ٹائوں   پاک فضائیہ کی طرف سے شروع کیا جانے والی فلاحی منصوبہ ہے اور اس منصوبے کے تحت ملک میں محروم  اور پسے ہوئے طبقات کو ایک چھت کے نیچے بہترین تعلیمی ، طبی اوردیگر بنیادی سہولیات فراہم کی جائیں گی ۔ اسپیکر نے اس منصوبے کے قیام کے لیے صوابی میں 1سو ایکڑ اراضی عطیہ کیا ہے۔اسپیکر ایک طویل عرصے سے محروم طبقات کی فلاح بہبود کے لیے مختلف رفاہی اداروں کے ساتھ منسلک ہیں ۔

اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے پاک فضائیہ کی طرف سے اس منصوبے کے اجرا کوسراہا ۔ائیر چیف آف سٹاف نے منصوبے کے لیے اسپیکر کی طرف سے غیر مشروت تعاون پر اُن کا شکریہ ادا کیا۔ ملاقات کا بنیادی پہلو سب صوبوں میں پاکستان ویلفیئر ٹائوں کے منصوبوں کے اجراکے لیےوقت کاتعین تھا ۔دونوں اطراف نے ملکی اور غیر ملکی فلاحی اداروں کے تعاون کے لیے اُن تک رسائی کرنے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ اس منصوبے کےفنڈ اکھٹاکرنےکے لیے  دیگر پہلوں کا بھی جائزہ لیا گیا۔ دونوں رہنمائوں نے کشمیر کی تازہ ترین صورتحال پر تبادلہ خیال کیا اور مختلف پہلوں پر جائزہ لیا ۔ اسپیکر نے کہا کہ قومی اسمبلی کی جانب سے پارلیمانی سفارتکاری کے ذریعے مسئلہ کشمیر کوعالمی سطح پر  اُجاگر کرنے کے لیے ہر ممکن اقدامات اُٹھائے جائیں گے۔ انہوں نے عالمی برادری کو مقبوضہ کشمیر میں انسانیت سوز مظالم کو بند کرانے اور مسئلہ کشمیر کو اقوام متحدہ کی سلامتی کونسل کر قراردادوں کے مطابق حل کرانے کے لیے کردار ادا کرنے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔


Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in a meeting with Chairman Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza - August 22, 2019

 


Governor KPK Mr.Shah Farman called on Speaker NA Mr.Asad Qaiser at Parliament House on 20.08.2019 - August 20, 2019

All The Political Parties in The Parliament Are on The Same Page on Kashmir Issue: Says NA Speaker - August 20, 2019

Islamabad; 20, August, 2019: Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Shah Farman called on Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser in Parliament house, this morning. Matters relating to political and economic situation in the Country in general and KPK Province, in particular was discussed. The situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir arising out of the unconstitutional steps of Indian government also came under discussion.
 
The Governor Shah Farman said that Indian government’s unconstitutional steps and militarization of the valley had created unrest in the region. He said that timely diplomatic initiative of the Pakistan Government had further brought the Kashmir issue into limelight and gathered international support in that regard. He said that the International Community should take notice of the worst human rights abuses against Kashmiri people and pursue resolution of the issue in accordance with the UN Resolutions. He said that people in KPK would stand by their Kashmiri brethren whenever needed. 
 
The Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan was committed for moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people till resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with their aspiration and UN Resolution. He said that Joint Session of the Parliament was held to show solidarity with Kashmiri brethren and all the political parties in the Parliament had similarity of views on Kashmir. He condemned Indian aggression and atrocities on innocent Kashmiris. The Speaker said that pursing parliamentary diplomacy, he established telephonic contacts with his foreign counterparts for gathering support specially the Speakers of the Russian, Iranian, Chinese and Turkish Parliaments. He said that they would strongly support stance of Pakistan on Kashmir on all international parliamentary forums.
 
The Governor KPK later apprised the Speaker about the development work being carried out in the Province especially the Tribal Districts. He said that provincial assembly election in those districts was a step forward in mainstreaming and development of those areas.
 


NA Speaker Felicitates The Nation On The Eve Of Independence Day Reiterates All Out Supports For The Kashmiri’s - August 13, 2019

Islamabad, August 13, 2019:   Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser congratulated the nation on the eve of 72nd ‘Independence Day’. He remarked that this day reminds us the unforgettable struggle and sacrifices made by our forefathers for next generations to live in freedom.

The Speaker urged the countrymen to pledge for steering Pakistan on the path of prosperity and development. He added that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah entrusted us with a sacred trust to transform Pakistan into a citadel of peace and a model for all other nations. He stated that 14th August is a reminiscent of countless sacrifices rendered for establishment, defense and security of Pakistan. The Speaker also paid rich tribute to the martyred heroes of Pakistan.

He said that this Independence Day is a reminder to solemnly stand with the Kashmiri’s brethren and sisters who are under the brutalities of the Modi Regime and the Indian Army. He expressed that we all stand with the Kashmir in these hours of atrocities and brutalities by the Indian Army in IOK. “This Independence Day is the day of pledge to stand with the Kashmir when the Indian parliament unabashedly removed the article 370 and 35-A from Indian constitution ignoring all international pledges in the form of the Resolution of the UNO.”  He said that India would never be able to suppress the right of self determination of the Kashmiris and their struggle for freedom will result into their freedom from the occupation by the Indian Regime

The Speaker said that on this Independence Day let we rethink about our plans, our actions and their outcomes for forging synergies in the best interest of our country and raising Pakistan to new heights of development. Let we pledge to double and renew our efforts at all regional and international level to reaffirm our support for the kashmiri people.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Felicitates Nation On Eid-Ul-Adha And Pledged To Renew Support For The Kashmiris - August 11, 2019

Islamabad 11th August, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri has extended their warm felicitations to Muslim Ummah and the fellow countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Eid-Ul-Adha.

In their separate messages, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that this Eid reminds us the sacrifice laid down by Hazrat Ibrahim A.S., when he was about to slaughter his son Hazrat Ismail A.S. on Allah’s orders.

“This Eid also reminds us of the heavy sacrifices made by the Kashmiri people for their freedom”, the Speaker said. He further reiterated to pledge his support for the freedom and struggle of the Kashmir people as the Indian parliament struck off the article 370 and 35-A from its constitution ignoring all international norms of decency and displaying true image of Hindu obduracy and obstinacy.

Asad Qaiser further said that Eid-ul-Adha and 14th August the independence day of Pakistan has great resemblance, as on 14th August huge sacrifices were made by the people of Pakistan during migration to their homeland. He said that on this festive occasion we should not forget the poor, needy and specially the Kashmiri people who were struggling for their right to self-determination.

The Deputy Speaker Qasim khan Suri said that Pakistan always values the sacrifices made by the Kashmiri people for their homeland. He said that Eid-Ul-Adha gives us the lesson of sacrifice, and each Pakistani is ready to sacrifice his life for the cause of Kashmir.

“Let’s celebrate this day by showing solidarity with Kashmiri people, who are sacrificing their lives for their right of self-determination”, Deputy Speaker said.

The Speaker Mr. Asad Qaiser and the Deputy Speaker MR. Qasim Khan Suri both prayed to Allah to guide all the Muslims to tread right path and help them follow the true spirit of Islam.
 


Speaker National Assembly Calls Speakers of Parliament of Malaysia and Grand Turkish National Assembly to Sensitize them about the Current Situation in the Region - August 9, 2019

Islamabad August 9, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser had telephonic contact with Speaker of Parliament of Malaysia H.E Dato Mohamad Ariff bin Md. Yusaf and Speaker of Grand National Assembly of Turkey H.E Mustafa Sentop, this afternoon. After exchanging pleasantries, the Speaker Asad Qaiser sensitized his Malaysian and Turkish Counterparts about the situation arising out of the unilateral scrap of Articles 370 and 35-A of Indian Constitution by the Government of India. The Speaker apprised them that withdrawal of both the Articles that had resulted in a historic fraud, committed against the beleaguered people of the Indian Occupied State of Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) by the Indian Government.

The Speaker apprised them about the Joint Session of the Parliament held on 6th and 7th August, 2019 and Unanimous Resolution adopted therein and requested them to raise voice against such heinous crimes against humanity and help the innocent people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir in achieving their due right to self-determination, as pledged to them by the United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

Speaker Asad Qaiser further apprised that apart from this heinous crime, the entire pro-plebiscite Kashmiri leadership and former Chief Ministers of IOK have been put under arrest. Informing his counterparts, the Speaker said that the entire Occupied Kashmir Valley has virtually been put under siege with a dawn-to-dusk curfew, suspension of internet services and a complete blockade of any other means of communication.

He said that such desperate actions have further aggravated an already grave situation in the Region. Moreover, there are daily unprovoked violations of the Line of Control with massive shelling from the Indian forces on civilian and military targets on the Pakistan’s side of Kashmir. He said that the Indian armed forces used cluster bombs against innocent civilians, killing and injuring men, women and children living along-side the Line of Control during last week. The Speaker National Assembly thanked the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his firm stance on Kashmir.

The Turkish and Malaysian Speaker assured Speaker Asad Qaiser that they were aware of the grave situation in the Region. They termed Kashmir issue, an International Dispute that was agreed at UN level to be resolved in accordance with aspiration of people of Kashmir and UN Security Council Resolutions. They agreed for extending support to the just struggle of People of Kashmir for their self-determination.

The Speaker Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mustafa Sentop, assured the Speaker of his all out support for the right of self-determination People of Indian Occupied Kashmir. He also pledged to raise the situation of held Kashmir in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey to pass a joint resolution in this regard. 

The Speaker while talking to his Malaysian Counterpart welcomed him for his forthcoming visit to Pakistan. He said that it would be an apt opportunity to further strengthen Pakistan-Malaysian fraternal bonds. The Malaysian Speaker congratulated Speaker Asad Qaiser on successful conduct of 5th South Asia CPA Conference.


Speaker National Assembly writes to IPU Member Parliaments drawing their attention towards worst Human Rights abuses and usurpation of nationality and property rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir - August 8, 2019

Islamabad August 8, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has written letters to the Speakers and Presiding Officers of the 198 Inter-Parliamentary Union Member Parliaments drawing their attention towards the historic fraud, committed against the beleaguered people of the Indian Occupied State of Jammu and Kashmir (IOK) by the Indian Government. The Speaker called upon them to raise voice against such heinous crimes against humanity and help the innocent people of the State of Jammu and Kashmir in achieving their due right to self-determination, as pledged to them by the United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

Apprising his counterparts, the Speaker said that the Government of Mr. Narendra Modi unilaterally scrapped Articles 35-A and 370, respectively from the Indian Constitution on 5th August, 2019 which had granted limited internal autonomy to the occupied State of Kashmir till its final settlement and that of its populace. He further said that by doing so, the Government of India has, by usurpation, formally annexed the disputed territory, depriving the people of Kashmir to the sole nationality and property rights in the State. The Speaker said that the latest assault of annexation was in addition to the excessive use of force as well as exhaustively-documented human rights abuses, carried out by the Indian forces in IOK since last seven decades. Expressing his apprehension, the Speaker said that deteriorating situation between two nuclear neighbours can put the entire world peace into severe danger because of the hegemonic designs of New Delhi.

Narrating the historic background of the Kashmir dispute, the Speaker said that Article 35-A and 370 of the Indian Constitution were inserted by the founding fathers of India as a mark of their commitment to the UN Security Council Resolutions of 1948 towards a peaceful and negotiated resolution of Kashmir as per the aspirations of the people of Kashmir through a free and fair plebiscite. He said that the Indian Government has long back-tracked from that commitment, thus putting the last nail in the coffin by even depriving the people of Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir of limited autonomy they had till now.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that apart from this heinous crime, the entire pro-plebiscite Kashmiri leadership and former Chief Ministers of IOK Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have been put under arrest. He said that the heinous act of annexation has been carried out through a hand-picked Governor, on whose lone advice the entire constitutional arrangement has been packed while the puppet Legislative Assembly of IOK has been held in abeyance.

Informing his counterparts, the Speaker said that the entire Occupied Kashmir Valley has virtually been put under siege with a dawn-to-dusk curfew, suspension of internet services and a complete blockade of any other means of communication. He said that such desperate actions have further aggravated an already grave situation in the Region. Moreover, there are daily unprovoked violations of the Line of Control with massive shelling from the Indian forces on civilian and military targets on the Pakistan’s side of Kashmir. He said that the Indian armed forces used cluster bombs against innocent civilians, killing and injuring men, women and children living along-side the Line of Control during last week.

The Speaker informed that the Parliament of Pakistan held an emergency session on August 6 and 7, 2019 to take stock of the situation and has passed a unanimous Resolution in this regard. He said that the Resolution had been enclosed for their kind notice with a request to kindly place it before their esteemed Legislature.


President And Prime Minister Aj&K Call On Speaker NA - August 6, 2019

Islamabad; 6th August, 2019:  President Mr. Masood Khan and Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan, separately called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House today.

Speaker, President and Prime Minister AJ&K discussed recent developments in Indian occupied Kashmir. The Speaker reiterated Pakistani support to the just struggle of Kashmiri people. He said that unilateral decision of Indian Government has exposed it in front of the world. He said that the oppression and tyranny would not last for long and Kashmir issue would be resolved as per UN resolutions and aspiration of the Kashmiri people. The Speaker said that Joint Session of the Parliament was summoned with the view to forge unity and common stance on Kashmir issue. He said that the government of Pakistan would continue its diplomatic and moral support to Kashmiri people.

The President AJ&K said that Kashmir issue was a flashpoint and constant threat to the peace in the south Asia. He said that United Nations Security Council and Human Rights Commission should take notice of the situation. He said that Kashmiri people should be given the right of self-determination.

The Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir thanked the Speaker for inviting him to the Joint Session of the Parliament. He appreciated the support of Government of Pakistan to Kashmir’s people for their struggle against tyrant forces. He said that agony of Kashmiri’s have aggravated due to the unprovoked firing on civilian population. He also condemned unilateral decision of Indian Government changing the constitution status of Kashmir. He stressed the need to take the issue to international forums to reveal the true undemocratic and tyrant face of India.        
 


Use of Ammunition on innocent Kashmiri Civilians and change of Constitutional status of Kashmir not acceptable: Says NA Speaker - August 5, 2019

Islamabad August 5, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has reiterated support of Pakistan to the people of Kashmir for resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the UN Resolutions and aspiration of people of Kashmir. The Speaker also condemned the atrocities and worst human rights abuses being committed by the Indian Forces on innocent Kashmiri people in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The Speaker was talking to Mrs. Mashal Malik wife of Kashmiri Leader Yasin Malik, in Parliament House, today who called on Speaker National Assembly.

The Speaker expressed his concern over the health of Yasin Malik, who has been detained in death cell in Jail in Delhi. The Speaker said that he should be immediately hospitalized keeping in view his deteriorating health. The Speaker said that Kashmir issue was a human catastrophe and required immediate attention of the International Community for its resolution according to the UN resolutions and aspiration of people of Kashmir. The Speaker said that Kashmir is a disputed territory and unilaterally changing its constitutional status by India by invoking Ariticle 370 was not acceptable to the Kashmiri people, Pakistan and the World.

The Speaker said that Government taking cognizance of the situation was convening Joint Session of the Parliament and meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir to discuss the latest developments in with respect to Kashmir. He said that All the Political parties had commonality of views and would stand united on the Kashmir issue. The Speaker also condemned the unprovoked firing on LOC and use of ammunition on civilian populations. He said that the UN Human Rights Commission should take immediate notice of the worst human right abuses.

Mrs. Mashal Malik thanked Speaker for his and support of the Parliament on Kashmir. She said that Indian Forces had committed worst human rights abuses against innocent civilians. She said that Indian Occupied Kashmir has virtually become a cantonment after deployment of enormous number of troops. She condemned the implementation of Article 370 of Indian Constitution which had changed the Constitutional status of Kashmir.

She apprised the Speaker that she had lost contact with her husband since his detention by Indian forces. She said that he was not hospitalized since report of the Doctors suggesting immediate medical treatment for multiple ailments. She said that the issue of Kashmir must be raised at United Nations and OIC.


Addressing Needs Of Women And Youth To Lead Towards Sustainable Socio-Economic Development In The Country: Says NA Speaker - August 1, 2019

Islamabad; August 1, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that sustainable socio-economic development was not possible unless, needs of women and youth had been addressed. He said that connecting women, youth and SDGs with legislatures through parliamentary forums can result in democratic dividends contributing immensely to the bigger national picture. Speaker Asad Qaiser said this in his valedictory address at the Closing Plenary of the 5th CPA Asia Regional Conference held in Islamabad, this morning.
 
The Speaker stressed upon the Asia Region Commonwealth Members States to push their respective governments, through their legislative and oversight role, to utilize the parliamentary foresight of this forum and collaborate on these issues in light of this forum’s deliberations and recommendations. He said that the theme of the Conference, “Envisioning Parliamentary Paths towards a Diverse and Developed South Asia” had softened the ground for healthy and target oriented debate and invited collective attention to not only our shared problems but also to mutual opportunities faced by South Asia.
 
The Speaker said that the Parliamentarians during the course of this discourse had brought to the fore all crucial challenges facing the South Asia region and to help set the course of regional, national and provincial action. He said that the wisdom and foresightedness reflected in the keynotes and interventions of worthy speakers had identified crucial prospects of parliamentary cooperation. He stressed the need for sustaining this meaningful parliamentary dialogue through regular parliamentary interaction.
 
Expressing his gratitude, the Speaker Asad Qaiser said that he was extremely grateful for the vote of thanks by distinguished delegates and participants and their appreciation had indeed humbled him, his colleagues and his Secretariat. He said that this conference was in fact the joint achievement of all the participating Parliaments of the region. He said that he believed that CPA is doing an extremely important job and shall continue to work rigorously towards ensuring meaningful and effective cooperation while strengthening ties among the regional Parliaments.
 
Complementing the Representatives from Electronic and print media, he said that they remained keen partners in all events of this Conference and provided amicable coverage to the deliberations and decisions taken here. He complimented the National Assembly Secretariat for their efforts in making this Conference a success.
 
Concluding his address, he assured that National Assembly of Pakistan shall continue to make coordinated and cohesive efforts to address common regional challenges and strengthen ties between Parliaments to forge strategic partnerships.
 


5th CPA Regional Conference – 2019, Youth Round Table - Making Democracy Relevant- Recognizing the significance of youth voices - July 31, 2019

Islamabad, July 31, 2019: National Assembly of Pakistan under the leadership of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser organized and hosted the 5th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Asia Regional Conference, 2019 currently taking place in Islamabad from July 29 – August 2, 2019. Primarily, the aim of conference is to enhance parliamentary linkages while promoting parliamentary diplomacy across commonwealth region. Keeping in sight the role of youth in nation building and inclusive democracy, a session was organized to engage young parliamentarians and youth leaders to initiate a dialogue highlighting the importance of youth platforms for parliament, youth members as medium of peace tolerance and prosperity and role of young MPs in enhancing youth participation in Parliamentary business. The session was divided over four thematic areas discussing; youth as building blocks of inclusive democracy, youth platforms as stepping stone to parliament, strategies of young MPs to advance peace tolerance and prosperity and role of young MPs in enhancing youth participation in parliamentary business. The session was chaired and moderated by Akbar Khan, Secretary General CPA. While sharing his welcome remarks, Akbar Khan stressed upon the need of including youth in decision making and democratic process highlighting Pakistan’s potential in youth which is around 64% of total population. Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaiser graced the session with his presence in which he welcomed the foreign delegates and underscored the importance of youth dialogue and their inclusivity for prosperous future of Parliament and the country. The keynote speaker of the session was Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Khan Swati who said that there is an utmost need to involve youth in political as well as parliamentary process.

The first round of discussion was addressed by young parliamentarians including Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Dost Muhammad Mazari, Deputy Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Mehmood Jan, MNA Shaza Fatima Khwaja, Member Parliament from Srilanka Heshan Withanage and CPA youth leaders who thoroughly shed light on the prevailing issues regarding inclusion of youth in democratic process and importance of youth platforms for democracy and progressive parliament. The second roundtable session stressed upon the role of young MPs in enhancing youth participation in parliamentary business and strategies of young MPs to advance peace, tolerance and prosperity. The session was addressed by members of Young Parliamentary Forum including Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly Sardar Babar, MNA Farrukh Habib, Uzma Riaz, Naz Baloch, MPA Sumaira Shams, Member House of Lords, Lord Purvis of Tweed and youth leaders who unanimously shared a view that it is imperative to enlighten and engage youth in political and parliamentary processes of the country; not only make decisions for them but make decisions with them. Speakers further stressed that for ensuring a peaceful democratic society, inclusion of youth is of pivotal importance. They said that youth of a country becomes a direct stakeholder of hatred in society and it is the youth who can counter the messages of hate and violence with the message of peace and prosperity.

The debates were followed by a thorough question and answer session between participants and panelists. At the conclusion of youth roundtable, souvenirs were presented to panelists by the Secretary General CPA Akbar Khan. Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaiser presented the souvenir to moderator of the session Akbar Khan, Secretary General CPA.

 


Parliamentary Cooperation To Ensure Prosperity In South Asia: NA Speaker - July 30, 2019

Islamabad; July 30, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan deeply values the common bond which binds us together – the bond of the Commonwealth. He said that this tradition of continuing collaborative synergy between the National Legislature of Pakistan and the CPA Asia region branches for deepening democratic linkages, promoting people to people contact and boosting regional cooperation must be continued. He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 5th CPA Asia Region Conference in Islamabad today.

While expressing his thoughts on the state of South Asia, the Speaker mentioned that most of South Asian Nations are mired with geopolitical constraints, as the story of South Asia has seldom been viewed through the glass of the rising democratic consciousness of its citizens. He expressed the views that although, the roots of democracy have begun conditioning people’s choices in the region and the manifestation of this can be seen through the increasing awareness and active participation of our people. He said, “With rising democratic consciousness among the citizens of the region, people of South Asia are investing in their democracies to benefit from a competitive system and to give voice to their interests.”

Asad Qaiser  said that  the Cooperation between and among the states in its real sense can be achieved when Parliaments build consensus of opinion on matters of interests as the decisions resulting from the dialogue and discussion of the Parliaments will have long lasting impact on international political dynamics.  While indicating the potentials of South Asia, he said that South Asia’s rise as the global economic, technological and cultural hub, it has become necessary to promptly address and neutralize the common roadblocks jeopardizing the well being, prosperity and future of millions.
He mentioned the efforts by the Parliament of Pakistan to ensure that no voice is left unheard. He said,” We attach great importance to the development agenda and sincerely believe that Parliament must lead by example”.

At the start he expressed the deepest gratitude to the President of Pakistan Excellency Dr. Arif Alvi for gracing the Inaugural Ceremony of this conference. He also especially thanked the parliamentary delegation from Sri Lanka, guests from the UK, Malaysia and Uganda and all the participating branches from the provincial legislatures of Pakistan with special mentioning the Honorable Emilia Lifaka, the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Rt. Honorable Rebecca A. Kadaga, Speaker of Uganda, the President of the CPA and Madame Noraini Ahmad, the Chairperson of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians for their participation.
 


5th CPA Regional Conference – 2019 - July 30, 2019

Islamabad, July 30, 2019: The National Assembly of Pakistan under the leadership of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser organized the 5th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Asia Regional Conference, 2019 currently taking place in Islamabad from July 29 – August 2, 2019. The Conference was formally inaugurated today with the Speech of Honorable Speaker AsadQaiser and President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dr. ArifAlvi.

The first Plenary of this Conference aimed at discussing the Challenges for Poverty Eradication in South Asia. It was a detailed session which highlighted the causes due to which Poverty is on the rise in South Asian region. Further, the session reviewed the importance of Social Safety Nets, from Gramen Model to Samurdhi Programme and BISP.

The session discussed the significance of existing International Financial Organizations in the region and how they could help and support the Governments of the region in Poverty Alleviation Programmes.

Miss Sania Nishtar presented an enlightening presentation which stated that 24.3% of the total population is living without enough money to satisfy basic needs, 38.8% suffer from deprivation. Furthermore she talked about the Government’s Poverty Eradication – Ehsaas Programme and how it aims to pull people out of Poverty. Although there is a downfall in the number of stunting but still Pakistan has a long way to go. The agenda of this session was to highlight the important role of Parliamentarians in partnering and implementing poverty reduction strategies extracted from the global best practices.

It was concluded that to eradicate poverty from the region all countries would have to come together for a Joint Action against poverty and we could only move ahead of it, if there’s mutual support and assistance. Eradicating poverty would also help us achieve the SDGs 2030 Agenda.
 


Press release - July 30, 2019


Press release - July 30, 2019


President CPA and Chairperson Executive Committee Call On Speaker National Assembly - July 29, 2019

Islamabad; 29th July, 2019: President Speaker Parliament of Uganda and President CPA Ms. Rebecca Kadaga and Chairperson CPA Executive Committee and Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Cameroon Ms. Emilia Manjowa Lifaka separately met Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, in Parliament House this morning.
 
Matters related to the conduct of 5th Asian Regional CPA Conference were discussed. Speaker National Assembly and the CPA President and Chairperson CPA Executive Committee agreed that the instant Parliamentary Conference was an opportunity for cementing ties between the CPA fraternity.
 
President CPA the of Speaker Parliament of Uganda and President CPA Ms. Rebecca Kadaga said that Uganda had always considers Pakistan its ally at all international forums. She said that Uganda attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further consolidate them through diversification of existing ties. She also suggested for exchange of delegations and parliamentary staff.
 
Ms. Lifaka said that Cameroon hold special importance to its relations with Pakistan since Pakistan had always extended its support at CPA level as well as other international forums.
 
Speaker National Assembly while talking to the said that Pakistan also attaches importance to its relations with African Countries especially Uganda and Cameroon. He said that enhancing parliamentary interaction through Friendship Groups would further consolidate existing bilateral ties. The Speaker offered utilization of services of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services for capacity building of Parliamentary Staff.
 
Ms. Lifaka and Mr. Asad Qaiser agreed for opening of diplomatic missions in Islamabad and Yaounde (Cameroon) which would contribute towards enhancing cooperation in technological, trade and agriculture sectors.    
 
 


Chairperson Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Forum And Head Of Malaysian Delegation Calls On Speaker National Assembly - July 29, 2019

Islamabad; 29th July, 2019: Head of Malaysian Delegation and Chairperson Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Forum Dr. Noraini Binti Ahmad called on Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser, in Islamabad this evening.
 
Matters related to the conduct of 5th Asian Regional CPA Conference and forthcoming CWP Chair elections were discussed. Speaker National Assembly and the CWP Chairperson agreed that Malaysia and Pakistan would continue supporting each other on all international forums especially Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
 
While talking to Head of Malaysian Delegation, the Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Malaysia since both the countries were tied in eternal bonds of religion, culture and history. He said that these relations needs to be further strengthened through enhancing parliamentary and people to people contacts. Dr. Noraini agreed with the Speaker and said that Malaysia also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further consolidate them through diversification of existing ties.


NA Speaker Takes Notice Of The Arrest And Hand Cuffing Of Irfan Siddique - July 28, 2019

Islamabad July 28th  2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has taken strong notice of the arrest and hand cuffing of Mr. Irfan Siddique, a renowned columnist and educationist. In this regard, the Speaker has summoned the Inspector General, Islamabad Police to Parliament House along with report on the matter, tomorrow.
 
Earlier, the Speaker made a telephonically contact with Minister for Interior and expressed his concern on the said arrest. Expressing his concern, the Speaker said that arrest and hand cuffing of Mr. Irfan Siddiqui on mere alleged violation of Tenancy law warrants thorough probe.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Mr. Irfan siddique is a seasoned columnist and a renowned educationist whose arrest has raised concerns in the journalistic community and Academia. He said that present government believes in freedom of expression and upholds independence of media. He reiterated that the rights as guaranteed under the Constitution would not be compromised.
 


Iraq Reaffirms its Diplomatic Support to Pakistan for Resolution of Kashmir Issue - July 25, 2019

Islamabad; July 25, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that peace in the region was imperative for regional progress and prosperity and all conflicts are resolved through diplomatic engagement. Referring to the issue of Kashmir, the Speaker said that it was flashpoint and a detrimental to the regional peace and Pakistan advocates resolution of this issue in accordance with UN Resolution and aspiration of people of Kashmir. The Speaker was talking to Shaikh Dr. Hamam Hamoudi, Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq accompanied by a 5-Members Parliamentary delegation comprising Members of Iraqi Parliament in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning.

The Speaker said that Kashmir was a longstanding unresolved issue which had become a human catastrophe with the passing time. He said that concerted diplomatic efforts by the international community were required to address resolution of this issue. He stressed for resolution of issues of Kashmir and Palestine according to UN resolutions and aspiration of Kashmiri and Palestinian people. The Speaker referring to Pakistan’s relations with Iraq said that these time immemorial relations had always witnessed positive progression. He said that both the countries were intertwined in history, religion and culture. The Speaker said that the existing relations between Pakistan and Iraq needed to be diversified and translated into economic cooperation for mutual good.

The Speaker said that Pak-Iraq Parliamentary friendship Group in national Assembly had been activated and members of the PFG were enthusiastic to interact with the Iraqi counterparts. The Speaker suggested that regular exchange of delegations may be made a regular feature so that the Members of the Parliament from either side could views and share experiences. He also suggested for formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to discuss and suggest ways and means for further enhancing economic cooperation.

Shaikh Dr. Hamam Hamoudi, Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq thanked Speaker for his kind remarks and agreed that Iraq and Pakistan were tied in eternal bonds of religion and brotherhood. He said that Iraq terms Kashmir issue a human tragedy and would extend diplomatic support to Pakistan at all regional and international forums till its amicable solution. He also agreed for further intensifying people to people and economic contacts.

Dr. Hamam Hamoudi said that vast trade potential exists between both the countries which need to be enhanced. He said that he was accompanied by Mr. Sami Araji, Chairman Investment Commission of Iraq who had interacted with Pakistani business people and explored avenues of possible cooperation. He said that Iraq was going through reconstruction and rehabilitation phase and required Pakistani companies to invest in infrastructure development. He also suggested for grant of educational scholarships in Pakistani universities. He expressed desire for acquiring services of Pakistani doctors and engineers by his government. 


National Assembly of Pakistan in Partnership with British Council Pakistan and Children's Global Network Pakistan initiatives "ILM" (Education) Polcy Dialogue on Article 25-A and its implementation takin the challenge of out of school children in Pak - July 24, 2019

Islamabad 24th July, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Mr. Asad Qaiser has said that Parliament being the Creator and Custodian of the Constitution was very well aware of its responsibility of implementing Constitutional Provisions in true letter and spirit. He said that No matter if Education was a devolved subject, however, the Federal Parliament will keep playing its vigilant oversight role and keep sensitizing the Provincial Governments wherever the important Constitutional Provision i.e. Article 25-A is ignored or violated. The Speaker said this in a Policy dialogue on addressing issue of out of school children in collaboration with British Council, Children Global Network, Pakistan (CGN-P) and Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) on Wednesday, 24th July, 2019. The British High Commissioner, Mr. Thomas Drew and Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Mr. Shafqat Mahmood were invited as a special guest.

The Speaker showed commitment to engage Provincial Assemblies and Provincial Governments in the noble cause of implementing Article 25-A of the Constitution that guarantees educated, civilized and progressive nation. He appreciated the role of donor organizations especially British Council Pakistan for generously funding the noble cause of projects on promoting education and bringing out of school children towards education through ILM Possible Take A Child To School Programme.

The British High Commissioner, Mr. Thomas Drew while addressing the participants, said that he was proud to support, through the British Council, this event and the work of the National Assembly and Government of Pakistan on the critical issue of ensuring that all children in Pakistan can attend school. Enshrined in Article 25-A of the Constitution, this right underpins many others. He said that the education of Pakistan’s young and growing population was central to unlocking the country’s tremendous potential. It is no coincidence that through the work of the British Council and Department for International Development in particular, the UK’s support for education in Pakistan was bigger than everything else we do here.”

The Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Mr. Shafqat Mahmood in his address stressed upon the significance of Article 25-A of the Constitution. He rightly mentioned the development when Education was delegated to the Provinces after 18thAmendment, but, Supreme Court stepped in and flagged that Education is the Constitutional Responsibility and Federal Ministry of Education cannot be abolished and thoroughly delegated to the provinces. Thus, the Federal Ministry of Education continued to work and also working with the Provincial Ministries on Education. However, this relationship and liaison need to be further strengthened for uniform and collective efforts to bring every child to school.  

The event was actively participated by provincial and federal parliamentarians, high officials from provincial and federal ministries of education, educationists, civil society organizations, donor agencies, education professionals and students.

MPA/Education Advisor to CM Khyber Pakhunkhwa highlighted quality education based on merit based inductions of teachers, community mobilization approach for bringing out of school children into schools. MPA/Chairman Punjab Assembly Standing Committee on Education, Ms. Ayesha Nawaz pointed out that basic cause of out of school children need to be addressed on emergency grounds while promoting private-public partnership. Minister School Education of Punjab, Dr. Murad Raas highlighted the need of introducing information technology in education governance school management. He informed that Punjab is working on number of such projects that have started giving its outcome in shape of better education governance.

Senator Engineer Ms. Rukhsana Zuberi lauded that education is common cause and every out of school child should be brought to the school. She flagged that new legislation need to be introduced for inclusive education that may deal refugees based in different areas of the country. MNA/Federal Parliamentary Secretary on Education, Ms. Wajiha Akram focused that teachers in school should be inducted through FPSC and school teachers should be given proper service structure that should be linked with the students' results for promotions.

The Chief Guest of the concluding session of the event, Federal Minister on Inter Provincial Coordination, Dr. Fehmida Mirza deliberated that inclusive and education for all was the dream and mission of Father of the Nation, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. To accomplish this great dream of great founder, all the stakeholders at provincial and federal level need to work rigorously where Ministry of IPC can play an effective role to consolidate the synergies that will help in making ILM possible for every child of the nation. Dr Fehmida Mirza acknowledged the National Assembly, British Council and Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) in holding such absorbing brainstorming seminar. Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka, Executive Director, PIPS presented vote of thanks appreciating the vision of Hon Speaker Mr Asad Qaiser in taking the initiative of ILM possible seminar. He also thanked all Members of Parliament and provincial assemblies especially MNA Ms Mehnaz Akbar for her dynamic efforts in holding the seminar.


NA Speaker felicitates Mir Rehman Rehmani on his election as President of Afghan Wolesi Jirga - July 24, 2019

Islamabad; July 24, 2019: Speaker, National Assembly Asad Qaiser has felicitated Mir Rehman Rehmani on his election as a President of Afghan Wolesi Jirga (Parliament of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan).

In his congratulatory message to newly elected President of Wolesi Jirga Mir Rehman Rehmani, the Speaker extended his warmest felicitation to him on his election as a President of Afghan Wolesi Jirga. He said that the election of Mir Rehman Rehmani as President of Afghan Wolesi Jirga is trust and confidence of Members of Afghan Wolesi Jirga reposed in his abilities and leadership qualities.

The Speaker said that Pakistan and Afghanistan enjoy brotherly relation based on religious and cultural affinities, close people-to-people contacts, civilizational and historical linkages. He said that both the countries should continue cooperating with each other within various multilateral parliamentary forums. He was confident that the relations between the Parliaments of brotherly countries will further strengthen under the leadership of Mir Rehman Rehmani. He wished for success of newly elected President of Afghan Wolesi Jirga and prosperity of people of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.


China And Pakistan: Partners In Progress: Says NA Speaker - July 23, 2019

 Islamabad; July 23, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that relations between China and Pakistan were unparalleled and complementing each other in various spheres. He said that these relations were based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interests and both the countries had always stood with each other at difficult times. He expressed these views while talking to the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Yao Jing who called on him at Parliament House, today.

 The Speaker said that China and Pakistan were partners in progress and the ongoing collaboration in diverse sectors through CPEC would usher in prosperity for both the countries. The Speaker said that Special Economic Zones being established under the CPEC would further generate economic activity in the country. He suggested for enhancing interaction between business communities of both the countries to further strengthen the existing business relations.

 Mr. Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan’s economy was an agrarian economy and had a crucial role in the economy of the country. He said that he had constituted a Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture which had been mandated to discuss and make recommendation for strengthening of the Agriculture sector. He suggested for interaction between Committees on Agriculture from either side so as to share experiences and enhance collaboration in agriculture sector. 
 
 Chinese Ambassador Mr. Yao Jing said that strong and prosperous Pakistan was the real strength of China. He said that Pakistan had an unrivalled importance in Chinese foreign policy and the leadership of both countries had variously demonstrated an unflinching resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations. He said that CPEC would undoubtedly benefit not only China and Pakistan, but the whole region.
 
While congratulating the Speaker on smooth conduct of Elections in the Tribal Districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the Ambassador said that mainstreaming of the Tribal belt of Pakistan was a historic step of the present government. He said that the China would extend maximum support for infrastructure development and provision of educational and health facilities in those districts. He also reiterated Chinese governments support to Pakistan at all international and regional forums. He thanked for the support of Pakistan in winning the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization.
 
 


Development In Baluchistan Is Imperative For Progress And Prosperity Of Country: NA Speaker - July 23, 2019

Islamabad July 23, 2019: Mr. Asad Qaiser Speaker National Assembly said that infrastructure development in Balochistan and extending educational and health facilities to all the area of the province is the top priority of the present Government. He said that sustainable development of Balochistan was imperative for progress and prosperity of Pakistan. He expressed these views in a meeting with Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Chairman Balochistan National Party in the Parliament House Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Speaker said that there was a broader consensus at national level to turn the challenges into opportunities in the Balochistan. He also mentioned that the incumbent government is bent upon to resolve all socio-economic issues faced by the largest province. He also agreed that a parliamentary committee be constituted to make recommendations for resolution of socio-economic issues faced by the people of Balochistan.

Sardar Akhtar Mengal, Chairman BNP expressed his gratitude for the Speaker National Assembly for his efforts to focus issues in Balochistan. He agreed that development of Balochistan was the development of Pakistan. He proposed for constituting a Special Parliamentary Committee to resolve the issues in Balochistan. He said that the people of Balochistan have great expectations from this government as they deserve special focus of the incumbent government. He also mentioned that Balochistan demands the attention of all irrespective of party differences.
 


Pakistan Attaches Immense Importance To Its Friendly Relation With Korea: NA Speaker - July 22, 2019

       Islamabad; July 22, 2019:  Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan gives immense importance to its friendly relations with Korea and want to further expand the bilateral relations through enhanced corporation in trade and investment sectors. He said that there were vast opportunities of investment in agriculture and tourism sectors in Pakistan and Korean investors can take benefit from these opportunities. He expressed these views while talking to convener of Korea-Pak friendship group Ms. Cho Bae-sook member of Korean Parliament who called on him along with parliamentary delegation at Parliament House on Monday. The matter pertaining to bilateral relations and mutual interest were discussed in the meeting.
 
       The Speaker said that people to people contacts can bring both nations more closer. He was of the view that regular exchange of parliamentary delegations will promote mutual harmony and coorporation. He said that present government was paying special attention on development of agriculture sector and to promote economy of the country. He said that Pakistan and Korea can be benefited from each other experiences in agriculture sector and Pakistan wanted to enhance corporation with Korea for development of this sector. He said that both the countries can bring positive changes in agriculture sector through modern technology.
 
        The Speaker stressed the need for providing every possible facility to Pakistani workers working in Korea. He said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a game changer project which will create job opportunities in the region and new era of development and prosperity will usher in the region with the completion of this project. He invited the Korean investors to invest in CPEC project

        Ms. Cho Bae-sook, while thanking the Speaker for his kind remarks said that Korea highly values its cordial relations with Pakistan. She said that Korea desired to enhanced cooperation with Pakistan and tourism and other social and economic sectors. She said that Pakistan can be benefited by promoting religious tourism. She was of the view that by rehabilitation of site of Gandhara civilization can boost the tourism in Pakistan. She appreciated the role of Pakistani immigrants in progress and development of Korea.
 


United Kingdom’s delegation of British-Pakistani businessman and philanthropists’ currently visiting Pakistan led by Mr. Aneel Mussarat called on the Speaker National Assembly at the Parliament House - July 20, 2019

United Kingdom’s delegation of British-Pakistani businessman and philanthropists’ currently visiting Pakistan led by Mr. Aneel Mussarat called on the Speaker National Assembly at the Parliament House today on Saturday the 20th July, 2019. Former Air Chief Mr. Sohail Aman was also present at the meeting representing the Rashid Memorial Welfare Trust (RMWT) along with the other senior members. During the meeting the delegation was apprised about the revolutionary initiative of Speaker NA and RMWT. In the meeting possible future collaboration prospects were discussed at length.
 
Pakistan welfare Towns (PWTs) an endeavor, which seeks to provide state of the art health, education and recreational facilities to the marginalized communities of Pakistan under one roof, an integrated and all-encompassing social welfare project. PWTs will cater to the needs of special, street, orphan and abandoned children besides widows, senior citizen, and transgender to name the few. The said project is the collaboration of government and leading charity organization, in which role of the former is of facilitator’s only. Pakistan Welfare Town Rashidabad in Tando Allahyar Sindh is the pilot project of the initiative which is operating successfully. Four other projects in the remaining three provinces are under construction to be completed in the next three years. 
 
The delegation highly appreciated the untiring efforts of all the members of PWTs. Mr. Aneel Mussarat and other members from the delegation showed their interest in making their valuable contributions towards the project of Pakistan Welfare Towns (PWTs) spearheaded by the Honorable Speaker NA.


Prime Minister appreciates austerity measured adopted by the National Assembly - July 19, 2019

Islamabad; July 19, 2019:

Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser called on Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan, this afternoon.

Matters relating to parliamentary business were discussed.

The Speaker briefed the Prime Minister about the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Asia Regional Conference being held in Islamabad from 29th July, 2019. He apprised that the Conference would be an apt opportunity to discuss and suggest way forward for inclusion of women and youth in national development besides, envisioning parliamentary path towards a diverse and developed south Asia.

Briefing the Prime Minister about austerity measures, the Speaker informed that budget of the National Assembly for the year 2019-20 was the lowest in national history. He informed that National Assembly after clearing liabilities of Rs.293.913 million of previous years had saved Rs.638.698 million from the budgetary grant of fiscal year 2018-19 and surrendered to the National exchequer.

The Prime Minster appreciated the austerity measures adopted by the National Assembly resulting in huge saving without compromising service delivery and performance. The Prime Minister said that the country was faced with economic challenges and adopting austerity measures will result in saving of national resources. The Prime Minister also appreciated the holding of CPA Conference and termed it a way forward for brining participant countries and their Parliaments closer.


Speaker & Deputy Speaker NA express their grief over the sad Railway Accident - July 11, 2019


Abdul Sattar Edhi, A Real Manifestation of Love for Socially Vulnerable, Helpless and Poor: Says NA Speaker - July 7, 2019

Islamabad; 7th July, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has paid rich tributes to Abdul Sattar Edhi on his 3rd death anniversary being commemorated on 8th July and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest his soul in eternal peace.

The Speaker paying rich tributes to Abdul Sattar Edhi said that he was a philanthropist, a revered humanitarian and a strong proponent of interfaith harmony.  He said that he was a real manifestation of love for socially vulnerable, helpless and poor. The Speaker said that Abdul Sattar Edhi sahib devoted his life for helping downtrodden and marginalized segments of the society. He said that he helped the humanity irrespective of cast, creed and religion. He said that his services in the country and abroad would always be remembered.
 
The Speaker Asad Qaiser said that helping the underprivileged is not our religious obligation but our social responsibility. He said that present government was cognisant of the plight of underprivileged segments of the society thus created a Division to bring all the social services under one umbrella and launched Ehsaas and other programs besides allocating substantial funds for the purpose. He called upon the affluent segments of the society to extend financial support to socially vulnerable and marginalised segments of the society.

Turkey Pledges Unwavering Support for The Resolution of Kashmir Issue in Accordance With UN Resolution and Aspiration of Kashmiri People - July 3, 2019

Islamabad July 3, 2019: Speaker, National Assembly Asad Qaiser stressed the need for building new partnerships in the region and sought to enhance the cooperation in trade and commerce between Pakistan and Turkey. He expressed his gratitude for the continued support of Turkey to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He expressed these views while talking to Speaker of Turkish Grant National Assembly Mr. Mustafa Şentopin Moscow, Russia according to a message received from Russia.
 
During the meeting, the Turkish Speaker termed Kashmir a “bleeding wound of history” and urged an early for resolution of the dispute between India and Pakistan under the UN resolutions and by taking the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. He reiterated Turkish support to the Kashmir cause. The Turkish Speaker called the relations between the Pakistan and Turkey as “deeply etched in the hearts and minds of the two people”. He emphasized on further promoting the cooperation and said that it was the cornerstone of Turkish foreign policy to see a prosperous, peaceful and developed Pakistan.
 
The two sides also stressed for regional peace and resolved to strengthen the forum of the “Speakers Conference of Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey”. This forum was established on the suggestion of Pakistan in 2017 when its first conference was held in Islamabad in December 2017. The Forum is due to meet in October 2019 in Istanbul for the third time after it held its second meeting in Tehran in 2018. The Turkish Speaker acknowledged Pakistan’s National Assembly’s contributions for the regional peace through the establishment of this Forum and sought to enhance its mandate. Speaker Asad Qaiser agreed to the idea of discussing the matter in the next meeting of the Speakers Conference.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser referring to the visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, whereinvarious agreements were signed for enhancing economic and strategic cooperation to next level. He said that both countries needed to translate excellent political cooperation into a vibrant economic partnership.
 
Both sides noted that while the strategic partnership of the two countries had seen a marked increase in the recent years, the same was not reflected in the economic cooperation. The volume of bilateral trade, although improved in recent years, still had a great potential for increase on both sides. Speaker Asad Qaiser informed the Turkish Speaker about his initiative of forming a Special Committee on Agriculture and was keen to focus on this vital sector since it was the lifeline of over 70 percent of his country’s population. Speaker Mr. Mustafa Şentop, while taking keen interest, inquired about the working of the Committee and favored joint cooperation in this regard.
 
Speaker Qaiser further noted that the conclusion of free Trade Agreement and removal of double tariffs would give a boost to economic cooperation. For this, he sought a greater push and reiterated to the already extended invitation to the President of Turkey and hoped to welcome him in Pakistan for the next round of talks between the two countries. Speaker Asad Qaiser also reaffirmed his already extended invitation to his Turkish counterpart, which was accepted by Speaker Mustafa of Turkey and hoped to visit Pakistan in November this year.
 


Speaker National Assembly and Chairman Russian State Duma Agree on Establishment of a Joint Parliamentary Commission For Promotion of Bilateral Trade and Investment - July 2, 2019

Islamabad; July 2, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser has proposed establishment of a Joint Parliamentary Commission for discussing and suggesting way forward for promotion of bilateral economic and investment relations between Pakistan and Russian Federation. The Speaker opined that structural changes in the economy and pro-investment policies of the government have resulted in creation of immense economic potential. He also suggested for Russian participation in CPEC projects. Speaker, National Assembly Asad Qaiser met Mr. Volodin Viaсheslav Viktoroviсh, Chairman Russian State Duma in Moscow, Russia, today on sidelines of the Conference on Development of Parliamentarianism, according to a message received from Moscow.
 
Matters relating to enhancing bilateral relations and economic cooperation were discussed between both the Presiding Officers. The proposal was well received by the Russian State Duma Chairman and proposed for meetings to finalize the proposal. He said that it was heartening to note that Pak-Russia relations were in phase of progression and would attain strength with continued interaction and cooperation. Mr. Volodin Viaсheslav Viktoroviсh suggested that such parliamentary moots should be held regular basis in order to discuss issues confronting regional and global peace, socio-economic growth and development of human potential.
 
While talking to his Russian counterpart, the Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan attached immense importance to its relation with Russia. Recalling the Russian assistance in Industrial Sector, the Speaker said that establishment of Steel Mill played an important role in development of Pakistan. The Speaker suggested for cooperation in trade, investment, space security, defence, nuclear energy for peace purposes, culture and education between Pakistan and Russia. He expressed satisfaction on pace of strategic dialogue between both the countries on consultation of regional issues that include cooperation addressing the menace of terrorism and extremism, human and drug trafficking and other diverse sectors. The Speaker expressing his satisfaction on the quantum of trade between Pakistan and Russia, he said that mutual trade had increased up to $ 314 million which needs to be enhanced in view of trade potential on both sides.
 
Speaking about the parliamentary relations between National Assembly of Pakistan and Russian State Duma, Mr. Asad Qaiser said that cordial relation exist between both the parliaments and friendship groups have been established on both sides which have been actively interacting and sharing experiences. He conveyed his appreciation for successful holding of Conference on “Development of Parliamentarism” by the Chairman State Duma.
 
Chairman State Duma Mr. Volodin Viaсheslav Viktoroviсh conveyed his profound sentiments to his Pakistani counterpart saying that Russia values its relations with Pakistan and wants to further cement them through economic and parliamentary cooperation. He agreed that establishment of Joint Parliamentary Commission comprising members of the parliament from both sides having expertise in economic trade, agriculture and development sectors could be a giant leap in cementing Russia-Pak relations. He agreed for enhancing trade between Pakistan-Russia which should commensurate with existing trade potential on either sides.
 


NA Speaker Commends Treasury And Opposition For Their Consistent Presence In The House During The Budget Session - June 29, 2019

    Islamabad; June 29, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly has thanked all the Members of the National Assembly specially the Leader of the Opposition, Ministers and Parliamentary Leaders of the political parties in the National Assembly for their active participation in the proceedings of the House. He made these remarks while chairing the Budget Session of the National Assembly today. He said that the Budget Session summoned on 10th June, 2019 for consideration of budget for year 2019-20 would conclude on completion of its business today.
 
    The Speaker considering that opportunity apt, mentioned that the relevant statistics compiled by the Legislative Wing of the National Assembly Secretariat. The Speaker informed that the general discussion on the Budget 2019-20 stretched over 10 days wherein 101 Members of the Opposition spoke on the Budget whereas; the 123 Members of the Treasury participated in the discussion.
 
    The Speaker informed that 21 hours 31 minutes were allocated to Treasury and their allies accordingly to their proportionate strength in the Assembly whereas; Opposition side was allocated 18 hours and 21 minutes. He informed that against the allocated 40 hours for the budget discussion, the debate/discussion continued for 58 hours, out of which 29 hours and 54 minutes were consumed by Government whereas, the Opposition consumed 28 hours and 6 minutes, thus consuming 18 hours in excess to the agreed 40 hours. He mentioned that out of those excess 18 hours, 9 hours and 45 minutes were consumed by the Opposition.
 
    The Speaker further informed that as per statistics compiled, 1622 cut motion were submitted on 10 Ministries chosen by the Opposition and discussion and voting in respect of expenditure other than charged expenditure (2019-20) and cut motions continued for 2 and half days. The Speaker informed that passage of Finance Bill, 2019 and supplementary demands and excess demands for grants consumed one day each.
 
    The Speaker thanked the Treasury and the Opposition for their consistent presence in the House. He said that he had conducted the proceedings of the House in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. He said that he had been accommodating the Opposition to maximum extent which was evident from the statistics.
 
 


‘Provision of Electricity and Gas to Rashakai and Hattar Special Economic Zones’ to Generate Economic Activity; Says NA Speaker - June 26, 2019

Islamabad, 26th June, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are indispensable for economic stability in Pakistan. He added that Rashakai and Hattar SEZs will add value to the economic potential of the country and will result in reducing the un-employment ratio in Pakistan.The Speaker, National Assembly expressed these views in a meeting at Parliament House on provision of gas and electricity at the doorstep of Rashakai and Hattar Special Economic Zones.
 
The officials from Ministries of Planning, Development and Reform, Energy (Petroleum and Power Division), Board of Investment, National Transmission and Dispatch Company, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, Planning and Development KPK, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company (KPEZDMC), China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) attended the said meeting. 
 
Mr. Omer Ayub – Federal Minister for Power suggestedthat the concerned officials from KP and Federal Government should sit together, discuss the related issues in orderto finalize the PC-I and expedite the ongoing process. He added that the Power Division and Petroleum Division should coordinate with KPEZDMC and finalize the PC-I for provision of gas and electricity accordingly.  
 
The Speaker further said that officials from Planning, Development and Reforms should take necessary steps required for the approval of PC-I for the provision of gas and electricity toRashakai and Hattar Special Economic Zones. He added that such meetings will continue to translate the vision of economic stability in to reality.


NA Speaker Invites Czech Investors To Take Benefit Of Economic Opportunities In Pakistan - June 24, 2019

Islamabad; June 24, 2019: A five-member Czech Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Daniel Pawlas, Member of Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and Chairman of the Czech-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group met Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser in Parliament House, this morning.
 
Talking to the Czech Parliamentarians, the Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its old relations with Czech Republic and desires their further consolidation through enhancing people-to-people and parliamentary contacts. The Speaker was convinced that the instant visit of the Czech Parliamentarians would prove instrumental in fostering coordination and understanding between the legislative bodies of the two countries.
 
Apprising the delegation about immense economic opportunities arising out of the economic reforms introduced by the government and the CPEC, the Speaker said that Czech investors must seize those opportunities for mutual benefit of both the countries. He suggested for Czech participation in the energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and agriculture sectors for which Pakistan and Czech Diplomatic Missions in Prague and Islamabad, respectively could play a proactive role. He further informed that reforms in economy also aimed at sustainable economic growth and social sector development. The Speaker suggested for formation of a joint working group comprising Members of Parliamentary Friendship Group on both sides to discuss, identify and formulate recommendation for future cooperation between both the countries.
 
Mr. Daniel Pawlas, MP thanked the Speaker for kind hospitality extended to him and his delegation in Islamabad. He profoundly recalled his country’s relations with Pakistan and expressed desire to further cement them through enhanced cooperation in parliamentary as well as diverse sectors of economy. He informed that a delegation comprising array of entrepreneurs and potential investors have also arrived in Islamabad, yesterday that would meet representatives of Chambers of Commerce and Trade in Islamabad and Lahore to discuss prospects of future economic cooperation between Czech Republic and Pakistan.
 
Mr. Daniel was optimistic that the Pakistan Government’s endeavors would help improve the socio-economic conditions in the country and extended his country’s all-out support in that regard. He also expressed his deep appreciation and acknowledgment for Pakistan’s contribution in its peace initiatives. He informed that due to higher standard and affordability of education in the Republic, students world-wide were opting to study in Czech Universities. He also expressed the need to explore prospects in fields of education and healthcare.
 
The members of the Czech parliamentary delegation Mr. Michal Ratiborskey, Mr. Peter Sadovsky, Mr. Antonin Kubos and Mr. Jaroslav Roman, MNAs Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Ms. Andleeb Abass, Secretary National Assembly and the officials of Czech Embassy were present during the call on.
 
Later the delegation will meet Chairman Senate, Foreign Minister, Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce and Textile and Industry and Production besides holding dialogue with their counterparts in Pakistan Parliament.
 
 


NA Speaker Announces 25 Member Self- Funded Parliamentary Cricket Squad To Participate In Inter Parliamentary Cricket World Cup Parliamentary Team To Bear Expenses Itself In Order To Allay Burden On Public Exchequer - June 15, 2019

Islamabad; June 15, 2019: A twenty-five Members self-funded Pakistan Parliamentary Cricket Team (PPTC) has been announced with Makhdoom Zain Hussian Qureshi, MNA as its Captain. The Team will participate in the Inter-Parliamentary Cricket World Cup (IPCWC) being staged from 8 to 15 July, 2019 in London. Notification to this effect had been issued by the National Assembly Secretariat.
 
Teams of Parliamentarians from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa will play alongside the United Kingdom in the Inter- Parliamentary Cricket World Cup.
 
Besides the Captain and the all rounder Qureshi, the team includes Deputy Speaker National Assembly Mr. Qasim Khan Suri, Governor Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa Mr. Shah Farman, Senator Agha Shahzeb Durrani, MNAs Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Ali Amin Khan, Mr. Sheryar Khan Afridi, Mr. Ali Zahid, Mr. Ameer Sultan, Mr. Murtaza Mehmood, Mr. Mustafa Mehmood, Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Sadaqat Abassi, Mr. Naveed Dero, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Atta Ullah Khan, Mr. Shahid Khattak, MPAs Mr. Ali Haider Gillani, Mr. Mehmood Bakhsh, Mr. Mobeen Khiliji, Mr. Abass Jaffri and Mr. Ahmad Kundi. The Prime Minister and the Speaker would be the honorary members in the Parliamentary Cricket Team. Mr. Ayaz Akbar and Mr. Sheryar Khan have been designated as Team Coach and Team Manager, respectively whereas Mr. Mazhar Ali and Mr. Ibrar Haider, Assistants will be assisting the team coach and the team manager.
 
The expenses on account of transportation to UK, accommodation and other allied expenses will be borne by the team members and the managerial staff. This decision had been taken keeping in view the ongoing austerity measures adopted by the Parliament of Pakistan and other government departments in order to allay the burden on public exchequer.
 
The team was selected by the Pakistan Cricket Board after a rigorous process of coaching and assessment on the field while playing friendly matches with Cricket clubs and departmental teams held in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
 
The Speaker while announcing the PPCT said that he was delighted and impressed with the way Parliamentarians had been progressing day by day during the coaching and friendly matches. He said that he was confident that Pakistan Parliamentarians Team would excel at top level in the Inter-Parliamentarians Cricket World Cup. The Speaker Asad Qaiser, a keen follower of cricket further said that it was magnificent to see the enthusiasm of Pakistan Parliamentarians, who were proceeding to UK for the Inter-Parliamentary Cricket World Cup.
 
The Speaker was convinced that the event would prove to be a wonderful opportunity for the Parliamentarians from the cricket playing nations to meet and engage, and to demonstrate the power of connections across the world and foster these relations with our friends within the Commonwealth and the World.


The House will be run under the Constitution and Assembly Rules; Speaker Asad Qaiser - June 13, 2019


NA Speaker urges FBR to relieve the Tobacco growers - June 13, 2019

Islamabad, 13th June, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser stressed the need for protecting the interest of the tobacco farmers and ending their exploitation. He urged the FBR that the burden of tobacco taxation should not be passed on to growers and that the tobacco farmers should be provided maximum relief as they constitute the most vulnerable segment in the entire tobacco value chain. He was chairing a meeting at Parliament House, Islamabad to discuss the budget proposals for giving relief to the tobacco growers.

A working group on tobacco growers concerns constituted by the Speaker National Assembly and headed by the Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce Ms Shandana Gulzar Khan, briefed the panel about the concerns of tobacco growers with reference to the current tax regime. Ms Shandana Gulzar Khan underlined the need for striking a balance between revenue collections, health concerns and interests of the farmers.

Comprising the Members of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products, Members from tobacco growing districts, and provincial ministers, the panel maintained that the entire economy of tobacco growing districts revolve around single crop, tobacco, which serves as their sole source of livelihood. The Members remarked the FBR should not ignore the political economy and political dynamics of the tobacco growing regions. The Speaker Asad Qaiser highlighted that millions of households are affiliated with the tobacco value chain and emphatically stressed that the revenue authorities should pay heed to unintended effects of tobacco taxation on the growers.

The panel expressed reservations over the Federal Excise Duty on tobacco on the grounds that despite being an adjustable excise duty, it has negatively affected the farmers who are left with lesser avenues to sells their crop. KP Provincial Minister  for Sports, Tourism, Archeology and Youth Affairs outlined that levying FED at GLT stage has precluded the tobacco dealers, middlemen and manidwalas  to effectively engage in tobacco trade and has shrunken the bargaining power of the farmers.

The Chairman FBR apprised the participants that the currently  finance bill clearly states that the effect of Federal Excise Duty (FED) should not be passed on to growers and the burden should be entirely borne by the cigarette manufacturers. It was also highlighted that the FED was intended for tracking and tracing of tobacco purchases in order to prevent tax evasion. The FBR officials maintained that the local industry continue to evade taxes and cause a loss to the national exchequer. They remarked that the taxation regime never intended to press the tobacco farmers. The Chairman FBR and State Minister for Revenue sought recommendations of the panel and  assured that such recommendations pertaining to preventing the burden of taxation being passed to growers will be incorporated in the finance bill.

The Speaker Asad Qaiser formed a taskforce to find viable solutions to protect the tobacco growers and present policy recommendations to the FBR  by Tuesday,  18thJune, 2019.

The meeting was attended by MNA Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA Usman Khan Tarakai, MNA Sher Akbar Khan, MNA Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA Nafeesa Inyaat Ullah Khattak, MNA Mujahid Ali, Senator Dilawar Khan, Senator Shibli Faraz, MPA Meher Taj Roghani, KP Provincial Minister for Sports, Tourism, Archeology and Youth Affairs, Muhammad Khan Atif Khan, KP Minister for Local Government, Elections and Rural Development Shahram Khan Tarakai, Special Assistant to CM KP on Industries Abdul Karim Khan, Chairman FBR Shabbar Zaidi, State Minister for Revenue Hammad Azhar and officials of FBR.


Exemplary Punishment Must For Creating Deterrence Against Heinous Crimes: Says NA Speaker - June 10, 2019

     Islamabad; June 10, 2019: Speaker, National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser has said that brutal murder of three innocent brothers in District Charsadda was a heinous crime and the perpetrators should be apprehended and awarded exemplary punishment for creating deterrence. He directed the Ministry of Interior to actively pursue the case in coordination with concerned departments. He said this while participating in the meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior held in Islamabad today. The Committee met on the direction of Speaker National Assembly to discuss the brutal murder of three innocent brothers.
 
     The Speaker said that judicious inquiry and award exemplary punishment to the accused would not only create deterrence against such crimes but also dispense justice to the family of the deceased. He directed the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Mardan to personally monitor the investigation process and keep the Standing Committee as well as his office posted on the development on the case. He also asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to pursue the repatriation of the main accused that had fled the country to Malaysia. The DIG Mardan was asked to make efforts to apprehend the third accused who was still at large. The Speaker also recommended for payment of compensation to the family of the deceased as their breadwinners had been murdered.
 
 


Unity Amongst Muslim Ummah, Imperative to Address Common Threats and Challenges: Says NA Speaker. - May 24, 2019

Islamabad; May 24, 2019: Foreign Minister of Iran Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is paying an official visit to Pakistan, called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House, this afternoon. The meeting was held in cordial atmosphere where ways and means to further intensify Pak-Iran bilateral relations besides forging unity amongst the Muslim Ummah were discussed.


The Speaker welcomed the Iranian Foreign Minister and underlined the importance, the people and government of Pakistan attached to the long standing brotherly relations between the two countries. The Speaker expressed his deep concern over the recent tension in the gulf region which posed a treat to the regional peace and stability. He said that all sides needed to exercise restraint and a solution may be found for amicable resolution within the framework of international law. He reiterated the support of Government of Pakistan for Joint Comprehensive Plan, which represents an excellent example of negotiated settlement of complex issues through diplomacy and dialogue. Referring to his interaction with his counterpart Dr. Ali Larajani, the Speaker said that there was a broader consensus for strengthening Pakistan-Iran relations through enhancing parliamentary interaction and cooperation.


The Speaker also spoke about the ongoing cooperation between Iran and Pakistan in diverse sectors. He said that immense economic potential exist on both sides which needed to be utilized for mutual benefit. He also expressed his satisfaction on the cooperation between law enforcement of both the countries which had substantially resulted in decrease in insurgency along both sides of the borders. He said that the military operation would continue till terrorism was exterminated from the Pakistani soil.


The Iranian Foreign Minister thanked the Speaker for his sentiments and said that Iran had special affection for their Pakistani brethren and strongly believed in the need for further strengthening of these relations. He said that continuous interaction between the political and parliamentary leadership from both countries would help further cement Pak-Iran relations. He also briefed the Speaker about the role foreign countries were playing in implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan. He said that Iran would exercise restraint, however, would not allow anyone to wage economic war on Iran. Foreign Minister Zarif was confident that concerted efforts by all concerned would lead to a peaceful resolution of the ongoing crisis. The Iranian Foreign Minister agreed that Muslim leaders should play their role for bringing Ummah on same page to counter common threats and challenges. He thanked for diplomatic support of Pakistan extended to Iran, regionally and internationally.
 


Speaker, National Assembly Asad Qaiser hosted an iftar dinner in honour of Parliamentary leaders and Ambassadors of Islamic countries based in Islamabad - May 23, 2019

Islamabad May 23, 2019: Speaker, National Assembly Asad Qaiser hosted an iftar dinner in honour of Parliamentary leaders and Ambassadors of Islamic countries based in Islamabad. President Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi also participated in the iftar dinner on the special invitation of Speaker, National Assembly as Chief Guest.
 
The Speaker along with Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri and senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat received the President on his arrival at Parliament House. The Iftar Dinner was attended by Parliamentary leaders of all the Political Parties in the National Assembly, Federal Minister, Ambassadors from Islamic countries and large number of Members of the National Assembly both from Opposition and the Treasury benches.
 
The participants exchanged views on different matters of common interest. Special prayer for progress and prosperity of the country and unity among the Muslim Ummah was offered before the iftar. The Speaker, National Assembly thanked the participants for attending iftar dinner on his invitation. 
 


Speaker NA Briefed About The Post Protest Developments on Child Kidnap and Murder Issue in Islamabad - May 22, 2019

Islamabad May 22, 2019: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser was briefed about the post-protest developments by ICT Administration on kidnap of and murder of Girl in Islamabad. The protest was called off after the intervention of National Assembly Speaker Mr. Asad Qaiser, yesterday. 

MNA Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Mujahaid Ali, Inspector General of Police ICT, Chief Commissioner Islamabad and other senior officers were present.

The Chief Commissioner Islamabad apprised that all the administrative actions as agreed between the family of the deceased girl and the Administration have been taken against the delinquent official who failed to amicably handle the issue. He further apprised that judicial inquiry had been ordered in order to ascertain the facts and fix responsibility. He also informed that a summary would be moved to the P.M for grant of compensation to the family of the deceased child. He regretted the irresponsible attitude of the police functionaries.

Later the Speaker met the family of the decided girl. The Speaker prayed for the solace of the deceased and fortitude to the family. He said that the perpetrator of the crime would not be spared and would be taken to task. He assured that justice would be dispensed and all the government functionaries responsible would be taken to task. HE directed ICT Administration to apprise him about the progress on the issue.
 


Enhanced farmers profitability should guide the budgetary decisions: NA Speaker - May 22, 2019

Islamabad, the May 22nd, 2019:  The Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser presided over 2nd meeting of a series of pre-budget discussions on budget proposals for agriculture development. The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s economic turnaround was contingent upon revitalization of agriculture and that incentives, concessions, reduced cost of production and enhanced farmers profitability should guide the budgetary decisions. He instructed the ministries concerned to extend maximum relief to the farmers. He was chairing a meeting regarding budget proposals for agriculture development here at Parliament House, Islamabad on Wednesday.

The meeting held was a continuation of a series of discussions on the recommendations of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products. The matters of minimum support price for major crops, access to credit, regulatory duties on import, production and distribution of biotechnology seeds, taxation on agriculture machinery, import duties on fertilizers and pesticides, and allocation for agriculture research came under discussion. The panel was comprehensively briefed by the officials from the Ministry of Finance, Commerce and National Food Security & Research respectively.

The members recommended that the regulatory import duty on cotton import may be restored to prevent the massive import and dumping of cotton, and to enable the farmers to receive international parity price. Syed Fakhar Imam argued that given the lack of any meaningful incentives particularly the indicative price, not only has Pakistan’s cotton production and land under cultivation being shrunken but also Pakistan continues to cede space to regional competitors. Advisor on Commerce Mr. Abdul Razzak Dawood submitted that the main reasons for failure to fetch international parity price was the quality of seeds, excessive use of pesticides, and contamination. Endorsing the Committee’s recommendation, the Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan remarked that revival of cotton as Pakistan’s strategic crop was not possible without an assured indicative price in line with the international parity price.   Advisor on Commerce assured the Committee that he will come out with a viable plan after consultation with Ministry of National Food Security and Research.

The Panel expressed serious reservations over the hike in price of fertilizers during the last two years and the subsequent profitability of fertilizer companies. The Speaker questioned as to how Pakistani farmers would compete with the regional competitors when the input cost continue to rise unabatedly in Pakistan and the competitors continue to dole out massive subsidies to the farmers. The Members strongly recommended the need for a stringent price regulation mechanism to control the price of agricultural inputs.  The Ministry of Finance opposed the proposal of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to tax the supply of imported and locally manufactured tractors as doing so would jeopardize the thriving localization of tractors in Pakistan. On the matter of allocation of fund for agriculture research, Mr. Hammad Azhar remarked that the proposed recommendation should be integrated in the potential agriculture policy of the new government and further added that the multilateral donors and lending agencies would provide sufficient grants for uplifting agriculture research in Pakistan.

On the questions of subsidies and mark up rate on agricultural loans, the State Minister for Revenue Mr. Hammad Azhar remarked that given the limited fiscal space, the provincial government should share responsibility and make concessional allocations to banks for agricultural loans. The Committee also opposed the recommendation of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to revise taxes on the import of skimmed milk powder (SMP) and whey powder on the grounds that this would raise the price of milk for the poor people in the country.

The Meeting was attended by the Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan, State Minister for Revenue Hamad Azher, Advisor to PM for Commerce, Industries Production & Investment Abdul Razzak Dawood, Asad Umar, Syed Fakhar Imam, Shandana Gulzar Khan, Sana Ullah Masti Khel, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Riaz Fatyana,  and Faizullah Kamoka.


NA Speaker Calls for Enhancing Economic and Parliamentary Cooperation Between Qatar and Pakistan - May 21, 2019

Islamabad: May 21, 2019: The Ambassador of Qatar Mr. Saqr Bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri called on the Speaker, National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House, on Tuesday. 

Speaker Asad Qaiser while talking to the Ambassador, said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Qatar since both the countries were tied in eternal bonds of religion, brotherhood, history and culture. He said that Pakistan needs to further solidify existing bonds through parliamentary cooperation besides other varied fields. The Speaker underlined the need for participation of Qatari investors in power and infrastructure development projects in Pakistan. He appreciated the unwavering support of Qatari government to Pakistan as and when required. He asked the Ambassador to convey his good wishes to his Qatari Counterpart.

The Ambassador of Qatar Mr. Saqr Bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri appreciated the sentiments of the Speaker and assured his Government’s all-out support to Pakistan in diverse fields. He said that Qatari National Assembly was also keen to enhance its cooperation with National Assembly of Pakistan. He was confident that fraternal relations between both the countries would further strengthen by frequent interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries and economic cooperation. The Ambassador informed that Qatri investors were keen to take part in the economic activities in Pakistan and various agreements have been signed for investment in agriculture, power and manufacturing sectors. He also assured for his government’s support for socio-economic uplift of marginalized segments of the society,  health, education and sanitation.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Speaker Balochistan Assembly - May 19, 2019


Speaker NA initiates pre-budget discussion on budget proposals for Agriculture Development Pakistan’s sufficiency in food security, poverty alleviation and jobs creation is contingent upon transformation in agriculture through sustainable farming; - May 16, 2019

Islamabad, the May 16th, 2019:  The Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser initiated comprehensive discussion on pre-budget proposals for agriculture development. He outlined that farmers’ profitability, improved productivity, technology transfer and adaptation, access to new markets and rapid shift from low value to high value agricultural products should form the core of the potential budget reserved for agriculture development. He added that the Special Committee on Agricultural Products would comprehensively endeavor to assign substantive meanings to Pakistan’s agriculture development agenda. He was a chairing a meeting here at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

Matters of minimum support price for major crops, access to credit, regulatory duties on import, production and distribution of biotechnology seeds, taxation on agriculture machinery, import duties on fertilizers and pesticides, and allocation for agriculture research came under discussion. The meeting was attended by officials from various ministries including Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood, State Minister for Revenue Hammad Azhar, Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan and Chairmen of the Standing Committees on Commerce, Finance, National Food Security and Research, Foreign Affairs, Law and Justice, and Kashmir respectively. The Members urged Mr. Asad Qasier to convene a comprehensive meeting next week and invite Finance Minister, Minister for Power, Minister for Planning, Development to Reform to thoroughly look into the budget proposals for agriculture development.

On the sidelines of the meetings of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products, the Speaker also invited experts on highly efficient and sustainable farming. The experts highlighted that Pakistan can attain radical improvements in green agricultural production and the farmers may achieve significantly higher yields without pesticides and fertilizers. The experts briefed the committee on latest practices of sustainable farming and stressed that Pakistan should move beyond the traditional subsistence level farming. The experts remarked that Pakistan’s sufficiency in food security, poverty alleviation and jobs creation is contingent upon transformation in agriculture. 

In a separate meeting, the sub-Committee of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products deliberated on forging sustained vibrant linkages between academia and special committee on agriculture. The meeting was attended by Vice Chancellors of Agriculture Universities and representatives of research institutions from across the country. The Convener of the Sub-Committee Syed Fakhar Imam highlighted that the agriculture universities, being the repository of knowledge and agriculture research, are crucial to revitalization agriculture research in Pakistan. The Sub-Committee also instructed the Vice Chancellors to produce positions papers, backgrounders and comprehensive reports on highly value agricultural products, comparative analysis of cost of input supplies in developing countries, climate smart agriculture, comparative analysis of subsidies in the regional countries, action Plan for ICT enabled effective agriculture advisory services and action plan for optimizing water management practices to improve water productivity. The participants of the Committee termed the deliberation under the umbrella  of the sub-committee to foster linkages with agriculture universities and promote agriculture research in the country, a ‘historic decision’ and expressed that it was the first time that a high level sub-committee has been formulated to uplift agriculture research in Pakistan.


Serving The Needy and Destitutes Is Our Collective Responsibility: NA Speaker - May 15, 2019

Islamabad, May 15th 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that serving the needy and destitute is the collective responsibly of all stakeholders. He said that the incumbent government is especially focusing on the most vulnerable part of population i.e. persons with disabilities, street children, widows and marginalized members of the society. “Serving the poor and needy bestows blessings from Allah”, he added. He expressed these while addressing the meeting of the representatives of various philanthropic and welfare organizations in connection with the establishment of Model villages in Parliament House on Wednesday. The Ambassador of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Saleem Al-Zaabi also attended the meeting on special invitation.
 
While mentioning the role of international stakeholders and other Philanthropic organizations the speaker encouraged the participation of all in the establishment of model villages for the welfare of the helpless and the poor to provide education, health, housing and other essential needs of life. He said that these model villages will provide the state of the art facility for those who are unable to afford these facilities. He appreciated the role of welfare organizations for establishing these villages. He said that all provincial capitals and Islamabad Capital Territory will have model villages. “The incumbent government has also taken policy initiatives to provide all basic necessities to the lower strata of the society and uplifting the common people’’, he added. He also informed that a model village covering an area of one thousand kannals is going to be established soon in Allah Abad, District Swabi KPK.
 
While Referring the cordial and brotherly relations with UAE, the speaker said that Pakistan and UAE enjoy common religious, cultural and trade ties as UAE is trusted friend of Pakistan.  “UAE always stood shoulder by shoulder with Pakistan in times of difficulties and always supported Pakistan graciously” he added.  He appreciated the role of UAE for supporting the different welfare organizations in Pakistan. He also asked for the support of UAE in the establishment of model villages across the country.
 
The Ambassador UAE Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Saleem Al-Zaabi said that he considered Pakistan his second home and his people and government always gives great importance to Pakistan. He appreciated the efforts of the Speaker National Assembly for serving the needy and destitute and assured his all out support in establishment of model villages. He said that UAE trade and business firms are taking keen interest to invest in Pakistan. The participants of the meeting appreciated the keen interest of UAE Ambassador in establishing these villages and welcomed the support of UAE in this regard.
 


UN Assistant Secretary General Calls on Speaker NA - May 14, 2019

Islamabad, May 14, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that robust regional cooperation is central to tackling the endemic poverty and fostering an inclusive growth within the region and beyond. Underlining the need for joint action, the Speaker remarked that Pakistan is committed to promote policy coherence on shared regional concerns and pressing development challenges. He was speaking to Assistant Secretary General United Nations Mr. Hao Liang Xu and Resident Representative of UNDP Pakistan Mr. Ignacio Artaza, who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday. Convener Parliamentary Force on SDGs Mr. Riaz Fatyana was also present on the occasion.

Asad Qaiser remarked that regional challenges cannot be addressed in isolation rather a concerted action under the umbrella of United Nations will prove highly effective. He also appreciated the United Nation for its unwavering support to the government of Pakistan for its social sector development initiatives. The Speaker also acknowledged the contributions of UNDP in rendering effective assistance to Parliament in various aspects.

The Speaker said that Pakistanis an agricultural country and its economy depends on agriculture. Increase in agricultural commodity production and the welfare of farmers include the primary priorities of the present government, he added. While apprising the formation of Special Committee on Agriculture in National Assembly, the Speaker said the UN and its sub-institutions play their role in the development of agriculture in Pakistan.

Referring to Pakistan’s commitment to SDGs, the Speaker informed that Pakistan has constituted a Parliamentary Task Force and a dedicated secretariat for SDGs on the premises of the National Assembly Secretariat to fast-track progress on SDGs.

Assistant Secretary General United Nations Mr. Hao Liang Xuappreciated Pakistan’s parliamentary commitment to fast track progress on SDGs and highlighted that UN will continue to assist Pakistan in promoting regional development agenda. He added that undertaking social development and eradication of poverty through sustainable practices are defining parameters for good governance.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Additional Secretary Of NA Secretariat - May 8, 2019

Islamabad: May 8, 2019: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of father of Additional Secretary National Assembly Secretariat Afzaal Ahmed Azad.
 
In their separate condolence messages to Afzaal Ahmed Azad, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condemns Bomb Blast Outside Data Darbar Lahore - May 8, 2019

Islamabad; May, 8, 2019: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly has condemned the Suicide Bomb Blast outside the Data Darbar Lahore, causing the Martyrdom of personals of Elite Force and civilians.    
 
In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country and wanted to disrupt the peace of the country. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that whole nation was united against terrorism and such cowardly acts could not deter our firms resolve against terrorism. They said that miscreants involved in these heinous acts could not save themselves from wrath of Allah. They asked to law enforcing agencies to apprehend the culprits involved in this shameful act and bring them to justice. They prayed to Almighty Allah to shower his blessing upon the souls of martyred and grant courage and strength to bereaved families to bear irreparable loss with equanimity. They also prayed for early recovery of injured.
 


Helping the Underprivileged and Deprived Segment Of The Society Is the True Spirit Of Ramadan: NA Speaker - May 6, 2019

Islamabad: 6th May 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Ramadan is a month of blessings in which Muslims across the globe seek benevolence of Almighty Allah through fasting and praying. He said that the Holy month warrants to be observed by generously helping those who are less privileged and deprived of basic needs. He expressed these views in his greeting message on the advent of Holy month of Ramadan being observed by the Muslims around the World.

    Highlighting the divine blessings bestowed upon Muslims in this Holy month, the Speaker said that this sacred occasion provides us a prospect to seek forgiveness for our sins and benevolence of Almighty Allah. He said that Ramadan enjoins upon the Muslims to reflect munificence to fellow beings by helping those who are needy and less fortunate. He said that Allah Almighty is magnanimous and opens up countless doors of his blessings for those who generously assist disadvantaged brethren to alleviate their miseries. “Fasting in Ramadan guides us to feel for those who are victims of misfortune developing a sense of sacrifice and charity in the society”, he added.

    Speaker National Assembly said that Ramadan teaches us to follow the path of goodness and moderation the way that seeks to promote righteousness and restraint immorality. He said that Muslims reject the extremists and bigots who behind the façade of religion spread terrorism and militancy. He said that such mindset has brought a bad name to a peaceful religion and put its followers to shame. He said that Muslims need to unite against these wicked forces who seek to fulfill their vested and political interests through nefarious and devilish plots in the name of Islam.

    May this Ramadan bring the joys of peace and happiness all over the World.

    I pray that this Holy month puts and absolute end to sedition, sectarianism and unrest among the Muslim Ummah and lays the ground for harmony and tranquility in the world”, he said.
 


The Prosperity of the Common People is the Leading Concern of the Incumbent Government: NA Speaker - May 2, 2019

Islamabad; 2nd May 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the incumbent government is striving hard for the welfare and prosperity of the common people in the country as the national development is linked with the progress of the common people. He appreciated the public friendly policies of the Punjab government under the leadership of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar. He expressed these views while talking with Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar who called on him at the Parliament House on Thursday.

The Speaker said that Punjab is the largest province population vise and the growth of the economy of this province will affect positively the largest number of common people of the country.  He said that cooperation in the field of legislation among National and Provincial Assemblies can bring positive changes across the nation. He also appreciated the efforts of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar for his policies and objective of making development agenda for the most needy and deserved classes of the provinces.

Asad Qaiser said that the affectees of the latest torrential rains and unprecedented seasonal changes in the Punjab province should be compensated. He stressed the need of inclusion of opinion of public representative in development projects and welfare services for the people of province. He said that all political parties are united in the National Assembly on matters of national importance and present Parliament is making legislative efforts for uplifting the status of common people and eradication of unemployment, poverty, terrorism and corruption from the country. He praised the Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar for his honesty, dedication, and commitment to work an expressed complete confidence on his leadership.

Later on the Members National Assembly (MNAs) from Punjab province also met with CM Punjab. Asad Qaisir Speaker National Assembly was also present in the meeting. The members expressed their appreciation for the hard working and honesty of the CM Punjab. They expressed their resolve for sharing the responsibility with the CM Punjab for completing the developmental agenda in the province. They expressed their confidence that SardarUsman Bazdar is the right choice as CM Punjab as he belongs to deprived region of the province. They said that Punjab CM is fully capable and has all the potentials to solve the issues in the largest province.

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar expressed his gratitude for the Speaker and Members of National Assembly from Punjab for their unconditional support. He said that he is bent upon to deliver at every cost and his government top priority is the prosperity and development of the common people in the province. He also expressed his resolve that he would fulfill the incumbent government agenda of Prime Minster Imran Khan. He said that Punjab government is making all out efforts for socio-economic development in the province. He assured the MNAs to resolve the problems of their constituencies and inclusion of their suggestion in the developmental progress of the province.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Naeem Ul Haque and large numbers of members of National Assembly from Punjab were present in the meeting.


Parliamentary Diplomacy Can Enhance Meaningful Cooperation Between Pakistan And Kazakhstan: NA Speaker - April 30, 2019

Islamabad: 30th April, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that only the Parliamentary diplomacy can pave the way for mutual development and progress in all socio-economic fields. He said that the challenges faced by the world can be tackled by mutual dialogue and stressing on the need for Parliaments to engage in meaningful dialogue for resolving all present challenges. He said that Parliaments can start debate and can start taking action on the agenda of mutual economic growth and social harmony. He expressed these views while addressing seminar on “Pakistan-Kazakhstan Relation and Role of Parliamentary Diplomacy” at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) on Tuesday.
 
The Speaker said that Pakistan and Kazakhstan have always enjoyed close cooperation in the field of science, technology, agriculture, textile, pharmacology and surgical instruments. He said that this cooperation can be enhanced by Parliaments of both countries. “The present National Assembly has the largest number of Parliamentary Friendship Groups in the history of the country” he added. He stressed on the need to use this Parliamentary Friendship platform for making Intra-Parliamentary cooperation the only tool to bring prosperity in the region. He said that the incumbent government is making Pakistan an investment friendly country and the business and trade class from Kazakhstan can invest in the field of trade, business, agriculture, textile and surgical instruments.
 
He also mentioned connectivity can ensure mutual and regional development; therefore Pakistan has made E-Visa facility for 175 countries with facility of visa on arrival for 50 countries. “There is a need of revival for Quadrilateral Agreement among Pakistan, China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic for Traffic-in- Transit(QTTA) to bring economic and social development” the Speaker said. He appreciated Ms. Shazia Mari, convener of Pak-Kazakh Parliamentary FriendshipGroup for her efforts to re-activate the friendship group and holding this seminar.
 
The members of Parliamentary Friendship Groups appreciated the increasing role of Parliamentary diplomacy. They said that Kazakhstan always values high its relations with Pakistan that are not only based upon mutual economic relations but also based upon people to people contact between both countries. They said that Parliamentary Friendship forum can bring Parliamentary input to always innovative foreign policy in the present globalize world.
 
The Seminar was attended by Convener of Pak-Kazakhstan PFG in the National Assembly of Pakistan Ms. Shazia Marri, Members of the Pak-Kazakh Parliamentary Friendship Group, MNAs, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan Mr. Barlaybai Sadykov, Ambassadors of Friendly countries, representatives of the Business Community, Civil Society and Media.
 


The socio-economic progress of the country is linked with the welfare and prosperity of labour class: says NA Speaker. - April 30, 2019

Islamabad: April 30, 2019; The Speaker National Assembly, Asad Qaiser has said that Labour Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of working men and women who are an indispensible pillar of our country. While remembering Chicago killing on this day for their valiant struggle against oppression, exploitation and injustice, we also pay tribute to the labour community for its valuable contribution in nation building. This day symbolizes the strength and character of the Pakistani workforce and its devotion and commitment towards making our country a prosperous and progressive nation in the world.   He said this in his message on May Day being commemorated on Tuesday.
 
    Asad Qaiser said that the labour class plays a vital role in the development and progress of a country; therefore, it is essential to ensure their welfare and payment of proper and timely remuneration for their services. The Speaker said that Islam lays a great emphasis on the welfare and proper award of labour. He said that all the civilized societies in the world have legislated to ensure the rights and welfare of their labour force. He asked the provincial governments to legislate for the protection of basic rights of labour class especially domestic labour.

   He said that the present democratic government is pursuing labour friendly policies and have legislated for ensuring welfare of the labour class in the country. The Speaker said that rights and duties go side by side and urged the labour class of the country to work hard with devotion to harness the country's immense resources for the prosperity and development of the country and its people.
 
  The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri in his message also paid tribute to workforce worldwide.  He said that workforce is extremely significant for the socio-economic development of any country.  He said that present setup in the country is taking various steps for the welfare of labourers and their families.  He reiterated the Government firm commitment to safe guard dignity and status of the workforce.
 


NA Speaker constitutes Parliamentary Committee on National Security - April 26, 2019

Islamabad; 26th April, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qasir has constituted  Parliamentary Committee on National Security. He constituted the Committee in pursuance of the Motion adopted by the National Assembly and the Senate in their sitting held on 21st February and 1st March 2019, respectively. The Committee is comprising leaders of Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly and the Senate under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Speaker with following composition and terms of reference.

(1)  To discuss issues relating to National Security of urgent nature.

(2)  To periodically review, monitor and oversee implementation of the National Action plan with a view to ensuring its expeditious implementation.

(3)  To monitor the process of transition from Military Courts to Civil Courts through criminal justice reforms; and

(4)  To present periodical reports of the Committee to both Houses of the Majlis-e-Shorra (Parliament).

Besides the Speaker National Assembly, the Committee consist of Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Azam Khan Swati Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiiqui Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Chaudhary Tariq Bashir Cheema Minister for Housing and Works, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Minister for Railway, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif Leader of Opposition, MNAs Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Mr. Asad Mehmood, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Mr. Muhammad AKhter Mengal, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugti, Mr. Amir Haider Azam Khan, Senators Mushahid Ullah Kha, Sherry Rehman, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Molana Abdula Ghafoor Haideri, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Siraj ul Haq, Ms. Sitara Ayaz, Dr. Jeehanzeb Jamaldini, Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah Mr. Anwar ul Haq Kakar and Mr. Aurangzeb Khan.


Parliamentary Diplomacy Can Play Vital Role For Harmony Among Diverse Nations: NA Speaker - April 24, 2019

Islamabad; 24 April 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan and France enjoy friendly relations and both countries have commonality of views on major issues and challenges faced by the world. He said that Pakistan and France need cooperation and coordination to resolve these challenges. He further said that Pakistan and France are tied in mutual bond of trade, business and economic cooperation. He expressed these views while talking with delegation of French Parliamentarians who called on him under leadership of Vice President of Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman French-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group Senator Mr. Pascal Allizard in Parliament House on Wednesday.

 The speaker said that he has established largest number of parliamentary friendship groups in National Assembly of Pakistan keeping in view the effectiveness of intra-parliamentary coordination and cooperation. While stressing on the need to strengthen the parliamentary friendship groups, he expressed his desire that parliaments of both the countries can further enhance mutual friendly relations.  He expressed his desire that both countries should improve their relations via trade, business and economic sectors. He said that Pakistan has vast opportunities of investment in the fields of energy, infrastructure, agriculture and industry.  “Pakistan and France business alliance may be strengthen while protecting the mutual economic interest”, the Speaker added.

He said that Pakistan has been facing the scourge of terrorism with bravery and courage and we can feel the pain of terrorism and extremism propelled incident in the France.” Terrorism and extremism is threat to regional and world peace and the comity nations need close cooperation to eradicate this menace”, he added.  He mentioned that Pakistan is striving to implement SDGs in letter and spirit and a state of the art SDGs secretariat have been established in National Assembly. “Climate is a major issue for all and we have made our parliament “Green” by installation of solar power plant”, he said. He further said that women parliamentarian caucus has been established to have pro-women legislation and policies in the country.
Senator Mr. Pascal Allizard and French parliamentarians agreed with the proposal of intra parliamentary coordination to resolve all issues faced by the world. He said that France is especially interested in the promotion of democracy and strengthening the democratic institutions in Pakistan. He expressed their interest to cooperate in the field of education, energy, agriculture and infrastructure. Mr. Amjad Khan Niazi, Convener Pak-France Friendship Group and Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Parliamentary Secretary Foreign Affair were also present during the meeting.

Later on, the delegation of Korean parliamentarians led by Mr. Soo Hyuck LEE, member of Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee also called on the Speaker National Assembly in the Parliament House.  AsadQaiser said that both countries should enhance their mutual and trade relations. He invited the Korean trade and business organizations to invest in Pakistan as the incumbent government is making Pakistan investment friendly nation. “Parliamentarians of both nations should strive for promotion of mutual development”, he added. He said the large numbers of Pakistani workers are serving in the Korea and there is a need to facilitate them. He also stressed the need for Korean cooperation in the field of vocational and technical education for the Pakistani students.

The Korean delegation appreciated the role of Pakistani workers in the development and progress of Korea. They also showed their interest for investing in Pakistan in the field of education, trade, health and infrastructure. They said that Korea values high its relations with Pakistan and wanted to strengthen the existent relation through enhance cooperation in the diverse fields. Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Parliamentary Secretary Foreign Affairs and Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh Convener Pak-Korean Friendship Group were also present in the meeting.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Extend Warm Felicitations To The Christian Community On The Eve Of Easter - April 20, 2019

Islamabad: April 20, 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, has 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. 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. He said that in the day of turbulence in the country, we should forge unity to counter the nefarious designs of the enemies.

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. Speaker also extended his appreciation to the Christian community for their deep sense of patriotism and dedicated services for the progress and prosperity of the country. 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 added.

Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri has also extended greetings on his fellow Christian colleagues on the auspicious occasion of Easter.
 


The Social Harmony And National Integration Depends Upon Speedy And Fair Justice: NA Speaker - April 17, 2019

Islamabad; 17th April 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that speedy and fair justice would ensure social harmony and national integration. He said that provision of speedy justice will not only ensure socio-economic indicators of the country but it will also improve the image of Pakistan at regional and international level. He mentioned that provision of justice is the basic need of each and every state and the societies which do not provide justice become extinct from face of the Earth. He expressed these views while talking to Federal Ombudsman Syed Tahir Shahbaz who called on him at Parliament House on Wednesday.

The Speaker said that provision of speedy and cost free justice is the responsibility of every state and incumbent government is striving hard for provision of the justice to common people in the country. He said that it is an era of information revolution and the use of latest internet based gadget should be used by the office of Federal Ombudsman to create national awareness and consciousness regarding the functions of Ombudsman.

He also stressed upon the need to take speedy action on complaints so that speedy justice be ensured. He also mentioned that seminars, programs, and public meeting be arranged for the general awareness of the common people in the country. He appreciated the role of Federal Ombudsman in providing justice to masses and making the user friendly mobile apps for registration of complaints. He stressed the need for using electronics, press and internet based media to create awareness among masses.

Federal Ombudsman Syed Tahir Shahbaz appreciated the Speaker’s concern for the welfare and provision of justice to the common people. He mentioned the goal of his organization it to provide justice for all. He said that cost free and easy justice will eliminate the crime rate in the country and will ensure the well being of the common people. He also presented the Annual Report 2018 on Federal Ombudsman working and achieving of the goals and objectives of this institution.
 


The Constitution of Pakistan Guarantees The Protection of The Basic Rights and Provision of The Equal Opportunity of Progress to All Its Citizens: NA Speaker - April 16, 2019

Islamabad; 16, April, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the 1973 constitution of the Islamic republic of Pakistan ensures the protection of the basic rights and provision equal opportunities for progress and development of all its citizen in the country. He said that it is the duty of government to provide basic education from five to sixteen years of age as per constitution. While stressing on the need to make comprehensive public policies for the welfare of the common people he said that 18th amendment in the constitution has enhanced the importance of federating units and now provinces can play their vital role for uplifting the status of the common people. He expressed these views while addressing in inaugural session of  two days  National Parliamentary Consultation on Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) at Pakistan Institute of  Parliamentary Services(PIPS) on Tuesday.

The Speaker said that incumbent government is striving hard to eliminate poverty, unemployment and illiteracy from the country. He said that climate change is serious issue which needs to be taken on priority basis at all levels of governance. He said that Regional Conference will be held in Pakistan during the month of October and he hoped that all neighboring countries would participate in this conference to deliberate upon the issues being faced by the region. While stressing on the need of being united for the progress of the country he said that this country belongs to us and we are recognized in the world because of Pakistan. He also mentioned that progress and prosperity of all of us depends upon development of this country. He said that Pakistani nation is a brave nation and it always faced the challenges with courage and braveness.

Asad Qaiser said that model villages are being established across the country to support the destitute and hapless and to provide them with basic need of food, shelter, health and education. He said that all philanthropic and welfare organizations have been united to this cause.  He said that initial procedures and codal formalities in this regard have been completed.  At the start the model villages will be established in the capitals of the four provinces to provide schools, hospital and other basic needs under one umbrella. He said that he gifted one thousand  kanal personal land for establishment of  Model Villages in KPK. He stressed on the parliamentarians to specially concentrate on the welfare of the people in their constituencies.

The Speaker appreciated the efforts of Riaz Fatyana convener of SDGs Task Force in National Assembly for supporting the cause of SDGs in Pakistan.  He also appreciated the UNDP and UNICEF for their cooperation in organizing the National Parliamentary Consultation on SDGs. The conference was attended by Senators, Members of SDGs task forces from National Assembly, Provincial Assembly and Legislative Assembly of GB and other members of the civil society organization۔


Pakistan and KSA are Tied With The Mutual Bond of Islamic Believes and Values: NA Speaker - April 15, 2019

Islamabad 15th April 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Pakistan are like two bodies and one soul. Our sorrow, happiness and destination are the same. Both the countries are the symbol of peace, brotherhood, progress and prosperity.He expressed these views while talking to Imam-e- Ka’aba Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani who called on him at Parliament house on Monday.

Speaker said that both countries were tied in a strong religious, cultural and historic bonds as people of both nations are tied under the great values of Islam. He said that every Muslim in Pakistan has great respect and affection to the custodian of the Al Harmain Al Shareefen.

The Speaker said that the Muslim world was facing multiple challenges at present and we have to create unity among our ranks and shun our differences to overcome these challenges. While appreciating the role of KSA to unite the Muslim Ummah, he said that unity and close cooperation between Muslim countries is the need of the hour. He said that following the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) is the only solution of all socio-economic issues being faced by the world. He added that Islam teaches peace and brotherhood and abhor all kinds and manifestation of terrorism and extremism. He said that KSA and Pakistan can defeat the forces of extremism and terrorism by enhancing cooperation and collaboration at all forums. He mentioned that the recent visit of the Crown Prince of KSA has strengthened the bilateral relations between both the nations.

The Speaker eulogized the efforts of Imam-e-Ka’aba in spreading peace and great values of Islam all across the world. He also applauded the positive role of KSA in international affairs. He said that KSA role in the world to resolve the conflict is exemplary. Stressing the need for enhancing bilateral Parliamentary relations between both the nations, the Speaker said that Parliament of Pakistan is committed to strengthen the relation between Pakistan and KSA.

Imam-e- Ka’aba Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani has said that the success in this world and hereafter would be possible by following the teachings of Islam. He mentioned that deviation from the golden principles of Islam and differences in the ranks of Muslim Ummah are the causes of the increasing terrorism, extremism and other challenges being faced by the Ummah. He said that Pakistan is always ranked high in the eyes of government of KSA.

Imam-e-Kaba also led the Zuhar prayer at Speaker House and prayed for the peace and progress of Ummah. Later on Speaker National Assembly hosted luncheon in the honour of Imam-e- Ka’aba Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani. The Minister for Foreign Affair Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry, Minister for Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony Noor-ul-Haq Qadri Minister for Health Amir Kiyani, Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed, Minister for National Food Security & Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, and Parliamentarians were also present on the occasion.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother In Law Of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq - April 12, 2019

Islamabad: April 12th, 2019: Asad Qaiser Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of mother in law of former Speaker National assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.
 
In their separate condolence messages to Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his mother in law. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blasts At Hazarganji, Quetta - April 12, 2019

Islamabad: April 12th, 2019: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast at Hazarganji, Quetta causing loss of precious lives. 
   
In their statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and gruesome act of terrorism and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.  They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of the humanity and wanted to sabotage peace in the country. They said that such shameful acts can not deter our firm resolve against terrorism.  They called upon the law enforcing agencies to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act of terrorism to justice.
   
They sympathized with bereaved families and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace.  They also prayed for early recovery of injured.


Parliamentarians all set to Begin their Preparations for the Inter-Parliamentary Cricket Tournament - April 11, 2019

Islamabad, April 11, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has joined together the ruling and opposition Members of the National Assembly to play for Pakistan in the Inter-Parliamentary Cricket Tournament scheduled in the United Kingdom from July 8 – 15, 2019. The Parliamentarians of 8 countries (taking part in the ICC World Cup) will play the Inter – Parliamentary Cricket Tournament to be held alongside the ICC Cricket World Cup.

In order to ensure participation of a well–prepared team in the tournament, the Speaker National Assembly has involved the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for cricketing training of the parliamentarians. He has appointed Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, MNA as Convener of the Parliamentary Cricket Team of Pakistan. Mr. Qureshi already carries sizeable cricketing experience both at University and District levels.

The Chairman PCB Mr. Ehsan Mani has nominated the former test cricketer Mr. Mudassar Nazar, Director (Academy) in the PCB as the focal point for preparing the Parliamentary Cricket Team.

The 47 young Members of the National Assembly will join their Initial Assessment and Training Camp to be set in the Shalimar Cricket Ground, Islamabad from April 16, 2019 for one – week. Thereafter, the parliamentarians will play friendly matches among them till the end of April 2019 so that a befitting team could be selected to take part in the exciting and first–of–its–kind tournament.The PCB has finalized the schedule of the parliamentarians’ initial assessment and training camp under the supervision of its coaches.


Speaker National Assembly to inaugurate NATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY CONSULTATION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS - April 10, 2019


Supremacy of Constitution is our unltimate destination: Asad Qaiser - April 10, 2019

Islamabad: April 10, 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that supremacy of Constitution was our ultimate destination that guaranteed democracy, fundamental rights and security for each and every citizen of the State. He said that the sanctity of this sacred document was immense which must be upheld at any cost. He expressed these views on the eve of “Constitution Day” celebrated on April 10, 2016 across the country.

Asad Qaiser highlighted the historical significance of the day and said that 46 years ago the chosen representatives of the first democratically elected legislature of the country - united by common purpose and an unwavering resolve  – unanimously passed the Constitution of the country as a guiding principle to our journey towards a democratic, peaceful and prosperous country. He lamented that periodic interventions by undemocratic forces by holding the Constitution in abeyance set back the dream of a strong federation and democratic culture. Such misadventures were proved detrimental to state of security, human rights and development of the country, he added.

Remembering the sacrifices rendered by the political forces of the country to ensure supremacy of the Constitution, Speaker National Assembly said that the democratic forces with unrelenting resolve had faced enormous challenges while confronting the tyrannical regimes to strive for reinstating Constitution and restoring democracy in the country. He paid rich tribute to those unsung heroes who ceased to exist in the history but made every effort to defend the sanctity of the Constitution by facing torture, imprisonment and even execution enforced by the autocratic regimes.

Speaker National Assembly said that this historic day provided us an opportunity to reiterate our pledge to protect, preserve and defend each and every word of this sacred document that united as a nation to live together with liberty, social justice and equality.
 


140th Inter Parliamentary Union General Assembly Doha: Parliamentary Diplomacy makes Pakistan Shine in Qatar - April 9, 2019

Islamabad; April 9, 2019: Pakistan’s flag remained high as the country’s parliamentary delegation made important gains at the 140th Inter Parliamentary Union’s General Assembly, which conclude here in Doha on April 10. A seven member joint parliamentary delegation, led by the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser  and comprising Senator Raza Rabbani, Senator Walid Iqbal, Senator Shahzaib Durrani, MNAs Shazia Marri, Rana Tanveer -ul- Hassan, Sher Ali Arbab and Agha Hassan Baloch made an impressive mark on the proceedings.

The hallmark of the visit was Speaker Asad Qaiser’s presidency of the 34 Member Asia-Pacific Group of the IPU. This is for the first time in the history of Pakistan that the country has been chosen to lead for a one-year term this important group that also includes China, Iran, India and Japan besides Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Speaker Asad Qaiser was seen actively lobbying for Pakistan in Doha where he held crucial bilateral meetings with his numerous counterparts. He met the Chairman of the Qatar’s Majlis-e-Shoura Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, who warmly received the Pakistani Speaker along with his delegation. During the meeting of the two heads of the parliament, it was agreed to expand the scope of the existing relations for the benefit of the two nations by involving the parliaments of both countries. Speaker Asad Qaiser thanked the Qatari counterpart for the one hundred thousand jobs announced by Qatar Government for Pakistanis and hoped that the figure would be further enhanced. He also recalled the historic reception, accorded to Prime Minister Imran Khan during his recent visit to Qatar and hoped that the Amir of Qatar and the Speaker of the Qatari Parliament would also visit Pakistan.

The Qatari Speaker referred to the historical ties between the two states and praised Pakistan’s role in bringing about reconciliation among the Muslim Ummah. He assured his complete support to Pakistan. He said that he looked forward to his visit to Pakistan in order to further cement the cooperation between Pakistan and Qatar.

Speaker Asad Qaiser also held meetings with the Speakers of Nepal and Kazakhstan. The Speaker of the National Assembly of Nepal Mr. Krishna Bahadur Mahara praised Pakistan’s role in South Asia as the two sides stressed to reactivate the SAARC forum. Speaker Asad Qaiser offered the newly elected Speaker of the nascent Nepalese Parliament Pakistan’s assistance in developing parliamentary institutions through tailor-made training course for Nepalese parliamentarians at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS). The offer was accepted with thanks.

During his talks with his Kazakh counterpart Mr. Nurlan Nigmatulin, who invited the Pakistani Speaker to participate in the forthcoming Conference of the Speakers of Eurasia, scheduled to be held in the Kazakh capital of Almaty in September this year. Speaker Asad Qaiser accepted the invitation and informed Mr. Nigmatulin that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with the Central Asian states, especially Kazakhstan. It was in this spirit that the National Assembly of Pakistan was all set to hold a parliamentary seminar in collaboration with the Kazakhstan Embassy in Islamabad on promoting socio-economic ties with Kazakhstan by invoking the dictums of parliamentary diplomacy. The Kazakhstan Speaker noted it with immense interest and thanked Speaker Asad Qaiser for his personal interest in promoting relations between the two countries.

In another major development, Pakistan’s Sher Ali Arbab was elected to the Standing Committee on Peace and International Security, Shazia Marri was chosen to sit on the High Level Advisory Group of the IPU on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism as well as on the Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade, while Senator Shahzaib Durrani was elected to the Bureau of the Young Parliamentarians Forum. The acceptance of the Pakistani candidatures by the international parliamentary community was termed as a sign of global trust in Pakistan’s fast developing democracy.The Qatar IPU was the first international visit of Pakistan’s Speaker ever-since he got elected in August last year.


NA Speaker Appreciates Forceful Statement Of Iranian Leadership In Support Of Kashmiri People - April 8, 2019

Islamabad 8th April 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan and Iran were tied in strong bond of religion, culture, history and neighborhood and have commonalities of views over regional and global issues.  He said that Pakistan values high it cordial relation with Iran and wanted to further expand the existing relations through enhanced economic and Parliamentary relation. According to a message received from Doha, Qatar, he expressed these views while talking to Speaker of Islamic Consultative Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ali Larijani who met him during the sideline meeting of the 140th General Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union held at Doha, Qatar.
 
Both the leaders took a detailed review of the bilateral relations between the two countries and expressed their joint desire to work for better cooperation in all fields including intelligence sharing, border management, people to people contacts, trade, investment and parliamentary cooperation.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser thanked the Iranian Speaker for the strong statements of the Iranian leadership especially the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in support of the Kashmiri people. He said that the people of Kashmir had suffered for long at the hands of Indian occupying forces and now was the time for the world community to come to bring an end to their sufferings. He expressed deep sense of grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives and properties in Iran due to recent devastating floods. He said that government and people of Pakistan stood with their Iranian brethren at this moment of catastrophe. He sympathized with the affectees and assured his all-out support on the behalf of Parliament and government of Pakistan. He also stressed the need for unity and close cooperation between the Muslim countries to overcome the challenges being faced by the Ummah. He urged the need for close cooperation between both the brotherly countries in in diverse fields.
 
The Speaker of Islamic Consultative Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ali Larijani has said that his country also considered Pakistan as one of its brothers and wants to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations through enhancing cooperation in diverse fields. He said that ties between Pakistan and Iran were unbreakable and both the nations have always stood with each other in difficult conditions. He added that Iran consider Pakistan as its partner for peace in the region and expressed his hope that in future both nations will continue to chart the paths of prosperity together.
 


Proactive Parliaments ensure peace, prosperity and education: Speaker NA - April 8, 2019

Islamabad April 8, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the human security, economic prosperity, social inclusion, environmental sustainability and resilience of the social-ecological systems are only possible in the presence of inclusive institutions.  He further said that investment in education in State Budgets, including fair student loans and grants, the dividends of a smarter and the dream of more peaceful society can be achieved. He also mentioned that the nature of the problems in the 21st Century requires education based policy formulation in a way which is beyond frontiers, globally suitable and locally administrable. According to a message received from Doha, Qatar he expressed these views while addressing 140th Assembly of the Inter‐ Parliamentary Union held in Doha on Saturday.

The Speaker said that Pakistan has been an ardent adherent of the IPU Charter, and an active participant in the IPU processes. He offered the deepest sympathies of the people and the Parliament of Pakistan to the people and the Parliament of New Zealand over the barbaric act of terrorism at the Christchurch Mosques on March 15 this year, which claimed the innocent lives of 50 worshipers. He condemned the terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and mentioned that Pakistan has braved terrorism for over two decades and has rendered 60 thousand precious lives of its innocent citizens in War against Terrorism.

Asad Qaiser stressed for the need of parliamentary diplomacy as lawmakers and representatives of the people, parliamentarians have a powerful role to play. “Legislation, like that for free and compulsory education, can make a powerful difference”, he added.  He stressed for the need to prioritize investment in education in state budgets, including fair student loans and grants for progressive nations. He mentioned that through parliamentary oversight, governments can be held accountable to ensure that these are striving for peace and development. He said that the incumbent government in Pakistan has opted open and articulate, peaceful and principled public policies.

He said that government and people in masses is aspirant for peaceful engagement with all its neighbours. He said that Pakistan always wanted peace in the region as it has expressed its responsibility for peace and development in the region during recent escalation with India. The recent escalation of tensions in South Asia may have passed its immediate intensity, it is clear that the entire episode has left a slew of new worries for policymakers all over the world.

He said that Wars never resolve political disputes and the costs of war, both on human and material, remain too great.  Stressing the need for dialogue, he said that As we wake up to the very real possibilities of war, we must give dialogue another chance, a dialogue that is neither preconditioned nor selective but a dialogue that encompasses the whole gamut of our troubled relationship. He said that Pakistan believes that a new consensus on peace, security and development, can and should be developed.  He mentioned that as people’s representatives, we must realize that the priority areas for the masses are peace, security and the rule of law and should set a new example for peace and prosperity of the world.

He appreciated the perfect arrangement of 140th IPU General Assembly event in Doha and expressed gratitude to Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, the Chairman of the Shura Council the State of Qatar for warm hospitality extended to him and other members of his delegation.


Speaker Asad Qaiser lauds Turkish support for Kashmir - April 7, 2019

Islamabad April 7, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the eternal bonds of friendship between Pakistan and Turkey transcend the boundaries of time and geography as these were deeply etched into the hearts and minds of the two people. According to the message received from Doha, he made these remarks during his meeting with his Turkish Counterpart Prof. Dr. Mustafa Şentop. The Speaker of Grand National Assembly of Turkey, here in Doha Qatar, where the two heads of the Parliaments are present to attend the 140th General Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union.

The two Speakers, both elected for the first time to lead their respective legislatures in recent times, met warmly, reaffirming strong cooperation between their parliaments. Speaker Asad Qaiser paid rich tributes to the leadership and vision of Turk President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He said that owing to the bold stances taken by the Turkish President over the plight of Muslims anywhere in the world, the Turkish President was very popular with the people of Pakistan.

The Turkish Speaker expressed Turkey’s continued support for the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right of self-determination in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations. Responding to these remarks, Speaker Asad Qasier thanked the Turkish side and especially referred to the continued support of the Turkish President for the Kashmiri people. He also acknowledged Turkey’s support during the recent escalation of tensions in South Asia. The Turkish Speaker praised the acumen of Pakistani leadership in averting the crisis between India and Pakistan. He especially mentioned the release of the captured Indian piolet.

Speaker Asad Qaiser referred to the Turkish President’s condemnation of the unilateral decision of the US to recognize Golan Heights as part of Israel and its recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital. He said that by doing so, Turkey had reflected the true feelings of the Muslim Ummah.

He stressed that the salvation of Muslims countries lied in choosing reformist and pro-people leaderships. The success of parties like the Turkish AKP Party and Tehreek E Insaaf bore testimony to it.

Both sides agreed to expand mutual cooperation and engage other friendly countries of the Region to make a regional block. The Turkish Speaker praised Pakistan for initiating the idea of “Five Nations Speakers’ Conference” and suggested to form a permanent secretariat of this important parliamentary forum. The Speaker of Pakistan informed that Pakistan had already floated this idea and with Turkish support he hoped that important headway would be made in this direction.

The Speaker of Turkey thanked Pakistan for its support against the Gülen Movement. He also recognized the fact that the largest friendship group in the National Assembly of Pakistan was with Turkey, which reflected the close association of people’s representatives in Pakistan with Turkey.


Speaker Asad Qaiser arrives in Qatar for a packed schedule of meetings at the 140th IPU - April 6, 2019

Islamabad; April 6, 2019: Speaker Asad Qaiser arrived this morning in the Qatari capital of Doha to lead the 35 Member Asia-Pacific Group of the Inter Parliamentary Union, which is holding its 140th General Assembly in Qatar. It is for the first time in Pakistan’s history that the country has been chosen as a Chair for the important Geopolitical Group of Asia Pacific. Besides important nations of South and South East Asia, including China, the group also includes Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The meeting of this Group, which was held prior to the inaugural ceremony, deliberated in detail the crucial five Emergency Items, focusing on critical issues of Xenophobia, Islamophobia, protection for Muslim minorities all over the world, plight of the Palestinian people and the humanitarian crisis in wake of the Cyclone hit African countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Turkey and Indonesia had moved separate resolutions on Islamophobia while Kuwait and Morocco were pressing for the resolutions on Palestinian people while Holland is the proponent of the humanitarian crisis in the African continent.

While chairing the meeting, Speaker Asad Qaiser stressed on adopting a unified Asian approach. He noted that two of the proponents of the Emergency Items on Xenophobia, Turkey and Indonesia, were also the members of the Asia-Pacific Group and so it was important that the two countries clubbed their respective resolutions in a consensus draft. The suggestion from Pakistan was accepted by the Group.

Later, In his remark as Chairperson, the Speaker offered his condolences to the people and parliament of New Zealand over the barbaric act of terrorism at the Christchurch Mosque on March 15 this year, which claimed the innocent lives of 50 worshipers. He called for forging unity among the ranks of Asian nations in order to turn the current century truly as an “Asian Century”.

He stressed on invoking the dictums of parliamentary diplomacy, ensuring regular and frequent contacts among the Asian legislators, in order to develop better understanding on issues of terrorism, poverty, xenophobia and clash of civilizations, badly hampering the harmonious development across continents, especially the Asian continent. As Chair of the Group, the Speaker offered Pakistan’s complete support to any such effort.

Later, Mr. Asad Qaiser held a meeting with his counterpart from Oman, Mr. ‎Khalid Al Mawali, the Chairman of the Shura Council of Oman. The Omani Chairman congratulated the Speaker on his success in the last general elections and becoming Pakistan’s 21st Speaker. Speaker Asad Qaiser noted that Oman and Pakistan had historic brotherly ties and had been supporting each other on all important issues. He stressed on expanding the economic relations and in this regard, both sides agreed to boost the bilateral parliamentary relations.

In a packed three-day schedule, the Speaker will also be holding other important bilateral meetings with his counterparts. Apart from addressing the General Assembly of the IPU on the critical theme of “Parliaments as platforms to enhance education for peace, security and the rule of law”, Speaker Asad Qaiser has also been invited as a Guest Speaker by the President of the IPU Ms Gabriela Cuevas Barron to deliver a keynote at a Special Forum, deliberating on “Low Trust in Democracy: An Urgent Call to Rethink Our Governance Models”.

The Doha IPU has acquired immense importance for the fact that it is for the first time that any Arab country is hosting the largest international parliamentary gathering. As many as 80 Speakers and Chairpersons of the Parliaments and 810 legislators from 158 countries from all over the world have gathered in the Qatari Capital. Speaker Asad Qaiser is leading a joint delegation of the Pakistan Parliament, comprising Senators Raza Rabbani, Walid Iqbal and Senator Shahzaib Durrani and MNAs Shazia Mari, Sher Ali Arbab, Rana Tanveer Ul Hassan, Agha Hassan Baluch and Dr. Nausheen Hameed.


NA Speaker constitute Parliamentary Committee on CPEC - April 4, 2019

Islamabad 4th April 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has constituted Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Speaker constituted Parliamentary Committee on CPEC in pursuance of motions adopted by the National Assembly on 21stFebruary, 2019 and the Senate on 1st March, 2019.

The functions of the committee will be

a)      The Committee will perform functions of oversight of CPEC projects;

b)      The Committee will monitor the implementation of the projects and make recommendations for Speedy and timely implementation of the projects;

c)      The Committee may make suggestions for improvements that may result in cost and time reduction as well as provision of better services to the public;

d)     The Committee will endeavor to promote consensus and support for CPEC in the Federation;

e)      The Committee will present its periodical reports to both Houses of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament); and

f)       The Committee may make rules to regulate its procedure.

The Committee will consist of MNAs Noor Alam Khan, Sher Ali Arbab, Sadaquat Ali Khan, Umer Aslam Khan, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Ms. Zile Huma, Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhry, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Raza Rabani Khar, Zahid Akram Durani and Muhammad Aslam Bhootani.

The names of Seven Senators will be included in the Committee when they will be nominated by the Chairman Senate in pursuance of the said motions.


NA Speaker condoles with CM Punjab Usman Buzdar - April 4, 2019

Islamabad; April 4, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has visited Daira Ghazi Khan to condole with Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar over the death of his father Sardar Fateh Muhammad Khan Buzdar on Thursday. Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani and Senator Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti were also present on the occasion.

While offering fateha, Asad Qaiser prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to Sardar Usman Buzdar and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.He also paid rich tributes to educational, social and political services of late Sardar Fateh Muhammad Khan Buzdar.


Agricultural Transformation: NA Special Committee formulates draft TORs - April 4, 2019

o   Islamabad,4 April, 2019 The National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products presented comprehensive draft Terms of Reference (TORs) to revitalize agriculture in the country. Given the special interest of the Speaker National Assembly, it is the first time that the National Assembly has decided to elevate the agricultural transformation agenda to the highest possible level through a Special Committee on Agricultural Products. The TORs empowers the Committee undertake a comprehensive overhauling of Pakistan’s agricultural scenario with a particular focus on increased productivity, value addition, exports, diversification of markets and development of modern agro-based food industries.

The TORs enables the Special Committee to uplift and empower the small scale famers and female workers in the agriculture sector through enhanced access to finances, services, information, technology, markets and insurance schemes. In line with the latest trends, inclusive and sustainable development agenda, the TORs includes fast tracking progress on national food security, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate adaptation, gender equality, sustainable production and productive use of water.

It is pertinent to mention that the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has formed a Special Committee on Agricultural Products. The Speaker himself was elected as Chairman of the Special Committee. The Committee has broadbased representation of all the provinces, leading political parties and women. Former Speakers including Syed Fakhar Imam and Dr. Fehmia Mirza are part the Committee. The Speaker as Chairman of the Special Committee formed a working group headed by Syed Fakhar Imam to formulate TORs for the Committee. The working group met on Thursday to formulate TORs of the Committee.

The Members of the Working Group unanimously stressed the need for an enabling policy environment to facilitate dialogue, policy coherence and coordination both with the federating units and national and international agencies. The Convener Syed Fakhar Imam highlighted that the sustainable food and agriculture have immense potential to deliver inclusive economic growth and generate decent employment opportunities. The Convener also stated that “The main Committee will look at the TORs presented by the working group and add whatever is possible”.

o   It was highlighted that decades of neglect and the lack of policy attention, investment, innovation and synergies in Agriculture sector has shrunken Pakistan’s share and competitive advantage in the international markets. The Members of the Working Group stressed the need for science and tech-enabled interventions, innovation and research to boost the production capacity and quality of agricultural products.  The TORs referred to adapting governance to new challenges and enhancing the capacity of the national institutions engaged in agricultural development.

o   The Meeting of the Working Group was attended by the Conever  Syed Fakhar Imam, Chairman Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research, Rao Muhammad Ajmal , the Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan and the Convevner National Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs Mr. Riaz Fatyana.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Chief Minister Punjab - April 1, 2019

Islamabad: April 01, 2019:  Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of Father of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar
 
In their separate condolence messages to Chief Minister, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of  his Father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to Sardar Usman Buzdar and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


The day is not far when the sun of Freedom will rise in the IOK: NA Speaker - April 1, 2019

Islamabad April 1, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan and Kashmir is tide in the bond of brotherly and cultural connectivity like veins in our human body and the incumbent government is taking practical steps to resolve this dispute. “The struggle of the Kashmiri people has awakened the conscience of the world community and the day is not far when the Sun of freedom will rise for the Kashmiri people”, he said. He said that regional peace will only be possible through peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He expressed these view while meeting with Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudary President Pakistan TehreekInsaf (PTI) Kashmir in the Parliament House on Monday.

While stressing on the world to resolve this dispute, he said that India is using cheap tactics to divert the attention of the world from Kashmir and is bent upon to suppress the freedom struggle of the Kashmiri. He said that it is time for the world leadership to take initiative to resolve this critical dispute. He stressed for resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the United Nations Resolutions and sustainable peace in the region is dependent upon this issue resolution. He said that Pakistan has always been supporting the Kashmir cause will always raise voice for their rights. “Both Pakistani masses and Pakistani government condemn the barbarity and cruelty on Kashmiri people and always have close integrity for the cause of Kashmiris”, he said.  He mentioned Palwama Attack as negative propaganda to suppress the Kashmiri Cause. He stressed on the world to take notice of the indiscriminate killing of the Kashmiris.

Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudary President PTI Kashmir said during the meeting that masses in the AJ&K are always stands shoulder to shoulder with masses in the IOK and always condemn the barbarity committed by Indian in IOK. He appreciated the incumbent practical steps to resolve this serious humanitarian issue and welcomed the proactive Kashmir policy of the present government. He stressed the need to immediately halt the Indian Army from committing atrocities against common people in IOK and the early resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He said that whole nation is united against any aggression by the Indian as Pakistani nation is fully capable to counter all challenges. He appreciated the incumbent government efforts for resolution of the Kashmir dispute. He expressed his gratitude for unanimous resolution in the favor of Kashmir freedom and he thanked the speaker for his visit to Mirpur during recent escalation with India.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker congratulate the newly elected office bearers of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) - April 1, 2019

Islamabad:   April, 01, 2019:   Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated the newly elected office bearers of All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS).

In their separate messages to the newly elected President of APNS Mr Hameed Haroon,  Senior Vice President, Ms. Rameeza Majid Nizami, Vice President, Mr. Mumtaz A. Tahir,  Secretary General, Mr. Sarmad Ali, Joint Secretary Syed Muhammad Munir Jilani and  Finance Secretary, Shahb Zuberi and other office Bearers, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended their warmest felicitation on their success. They said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of journalist’s fraternity.

The Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that freedom of expression was essential for strengthening democracy in the country and hope that under the newly elected leadership the 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 problems being faced by the Members Publications will be resolved.


NA Speaker Stresses the Need For Joint Efforts to Make Environment Pollution Free - March 29, 2019

Islamabad, March  29, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the world was experiencing diverse impacts of climate change more than ever and it was important to empower people to become part of climate change initiatives. He said this in his message on the occasion of ‘Earth Hour’ being commemorated all over the world on 30thMarch, 2019.

The Speaker said that people are on the frontlines of climate change, the earth hour reminds us that individual and global community actions can prove to be a milestone to transform the climate challenges and protect the generations to come. He stressed the need for joint efforts to make environment pollution free. He said that we should join this movement as to show our commitment to the planet.  

The Speaker highlighted that various environment friendly initiatives at Parliament house have been taken. Heasserted that Pakistan’s experience should be emulated by the global community to address genuine climate concerns.  The Speaker remarked that in pursuant of reducing emissions, the parliament of Pakistan had become the first ever parliament completely powered by solar energy. He added that under the ‘Net-Metering License’ the parliament has been contributed surplus electricity to the national grid.

The Speaker said that Pakistan’s Vision 2025 considered Climate Change as one of the top national priorities and provided a sound basis to integrate climate change budgeting into national development planning. Endorsing Earth Hour, the Speaker highlighted that the lights of the Parliament will be switched off between 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m to show Parliament’s commitment of joining hands with the World for energy conservation, combating of climate change and Global warming

On this occasion the Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri has said that the motive behind observing Earth Hour is to raise awareness about the importance of protecting a healthy environment and to conserve energy. He called upon the Parliamentarians and people of Pakistan to observe the Earth Hour on 30thMarch, 2019 along with the International Community by switching off extra lights between 8.30 p. m to 9.30 p.m


The bright future of the next generation is associated with the cause of supporting the less privileged: NA Speaker - March 28, 2019

Islamabad 28th March 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said it is our collective responsibility to make Pakistan peaceful and prosperous for our future generation and all resources have to be provided to them.” We must make persistence to support the deprived segment of the society so that they can play an important role for the development of the nation”, he added. He expressed these views while addressing the meeting regarding the establishment of Model Welfare Villages at Parliament House on Thursday.

The Speaker said that statistics regarding less privileged in the society are not encouraging. He mentioned that 22.8 million children aged between 5-16 years are out-of-school and 1.2 million children are on the streets of the major cities. These children are leading hapless lives as they are denied basic rights of education, food and housing. He also motioned that people with disabilities should be the special focus as about 27 million people are disable and their inclusion into economic activities can help to save the economy between 4.9% and 6.3% of GDP each year. He further said that more than 65% of Pakistan’s population is rural based mostly living in abject poverty.There is a need to intervene positively, he added.

The Speaker said that the Model Welfare Village in the country will provide state of the art health, educational and recreational facilities to the marginalized communities under one roof. These will be established through the collaboration between the Government and Pakistan’s leading charity organizations as there is a lack of integrated effort to cater deprived and miserable segment of the society. He said that Social care services will be provided for the persons with disabilities, abandoned children, old citizens, widows, street children, special children, single women, trans- genders and other marginalized communities in a single locality.

The meeting was attended by President Rashid Welfare Memorial Trust Organization Mr Shabbir A. Khan, Patron-In-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes Mr. Zamurrad Khan,CEO Rashid Welfare Memorial Trust, Qazi Javed, Athar Bokhari, Mr. Aftab Hussain (SUNDAS Foundation), Mr. Iqbal Haider, Mr. Saleem Iftekhar, Mr. Zafar Ahmed, Mr. Malik Arshad, Director Project, Pakistan Bait ul Maal, Mr. Muhammad  Akhtar, Chairman, Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust (KORT), Mr. Sajid Baloch Director General, Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), Mr. Qazi Azmat Isa, Chief Executive Officer, PPAF and Dr. Khalil Ahmed Khan, Director Project, Khubaib Foundation.


NA Speaker includes names of six Senators in Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir - March 28, 2019

Islamabad; 28th March, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has included six Senators in Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir with the consultation of Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani. The Speaker included the names of the Senators in Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir in pursuance of Amendment made by National Assembly on 6th March, 2019 in the motion adopted on 21st February, 2019, under rule 244 (B) of the rules of procedure and conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 and motion adopted by the Senate on 8th March, 2019.

The names of Senators included in the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir are Mushahidullah Khan, Ms. Sherry Rehman, Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Aurangzeb Khan, Mohsin Aziz and Muhammad Ali Khan Saif

The functions of the committee will be

a)      To monitor human rights violations and atrocities being committed by the Indian forces in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and raise these issues as they arise in all necessary forms;

b)      To increase awareness within as well as outside the country about the Kashmir issues;

c)      To mobilize world opinion in support of the cause of right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir as well as the principal stand of Pakistan;

d)     To Solicit and provide political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for their right of self – determination in accordance with the United Nations resolutions;

e)      To make efforts to monitor and improve the Performance of the organizations working on Kashmir and to provide guidance whenever required;

f)       To consider and decide such other issues and matters relating to above which may be referred to it by the House from time to time; and

g)      Matters ancillary to the above.


Pakistan values its cordial relations with Kazakhstan: NA Speaker - March 26, 2019

Islamabad March 26th 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan and Kazakhstan enjoy cordial relations based on strong foundation of religion, brotherhood, history and culture. Expressing the desire for strengthening the bilateral relations, he said that Pakistan wanted to further expand existing bilateral relations through enhanced parliamentary and economic cooperation. He expressed these views while talking to the Ambassador of Kazakhstan Mr. Barlybay Sadykov who called on him at Parliament House on Tuesday.

While stressing the need for socio-economic cooperation between two brotherly counties, the Speaker said that there were vast opportunities for cooperation in trade, defense, tourism, agriculture and other socio-economic spheres in both countries which can be utilized for the best interests of both nations. Referring the vast opportunity of investment in Pakistan, he said that incumbent government has introduced investment friendly policies in the country by which investors from Kazakhstan can be benefited.

Stressing the need for close contacts between the parliaments of both the countries Asad Qaiser said that the Parliamentarians can play an important role to strengthen bilateral relations. He informed the Ambassador that Pak-Kazakhs Parliamentary Friendship Group has been formulated in the National Assembly of Pakistan to enhance the contacts between the Parliaments of both countries and expressed his desire that same practice should be reciprocated by the Parliament of Kazakhstan. He termed the China-Pak Economic Corridor as a game changer project and expressed the hope that it will generate vast opportunities of employment and development in the region. He asked the Central Asian countries to take advantage from this project.

The Ambassador of Kazakhstan Mr. Barlybay Sadykov thanked the Speaker for his kind remarks and said that Pakistan is an important country of the region and Kazakhstan values high its relations with Pakistan. He said that his government wanted to enhance cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields. He appreciated Pakistan’s role for promoting peace and stability in the region. He agreed with the proposal of the Speaker to enhance contacts in Parliaments of both countries, saying that parliamentary friendship group can play an important role in bringing together both the nations. The Ambassador extended the invitation to attend the Euro Asia Speakers’ Conference on which the Speaker expressed his willingness to attend the conference.


The Parliamentary Role is crucial to initiate the movement for Clean Air in Pakistan: NA Speaker - March 26, 2019

Islamabad 26th March 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that air pollution has become a serious issue which needs to be tackled at national, provincial and local level.  He said the role of Parliaments and Parliamentarians are crucial as they are policymakers and they scrutinize the policies at the implementation level. Pakistan being the signatory of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should accomplish its responsibility of fulfilling the targets of pollution-free Pakistan. He expressed these views while inaugurating the 2nd Conference on “Parliamentary Campaign to implement the Clean Air SDG’s and the Paris Agreement” organized by Air Quality Asia in the Parliament House on Tuesday.

The Speaker said that the major cities in Pakistan like Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi suffer from fog every year which indicates the poor air quality and ever increasing air pollution. He mentioned the present government‘s initiative of “Clean & Green Pakistan” and “Billion Tsunami Trees” is the right step to make air clean and fresh in Pakistan.  He wished that this movement should not be limited just to forests and it should be made compulsory for each Housing Societies to have a green belt and each home to plant trees in its courtyard.

Asad Qaiser mentioned about the government plan to sprinkle the seeds on non-accessible forest land. He expressed his fear that Agriculture land is being used by housing societies and industries carelessly.There is a dire need to demarcate the agriculture land, he added. He expressed his resolve that both the National Assembly and Senate will cooperate in enacting the laws for controlling this menace.   He assured the participants that the support of National Assembly Secretariat and both Houses for making Pakistan pollution free.  He expressed the dire need of mass awareness campaign as our religion Islam also stresses a lot on cleanliness.

Mr. Riaz Fatyana convener SDG’s and Chairman Standing Committee of Law and Justice   welcomed the Speaker for inaugurating the 2nd Conference on “Parliamentary Campaign to implement the Clean Air SDG’s and the Paris Agreement”. He said that the economic and health impact of pollution and climate change is very severe.  He also said that it is their duty to make air clean and fresh for the future generation. Ms. Shazia Z. Rafi, the President Air Quality Asia briefed the house regarding statistic and implications of air pollution in the region.  She said that parliament being the policymakers and policy actors can play a crucial role in implementing the clean air initiative in Pakistan. She said that the impact of polluted air on human health is worse than the impact of diseases. The conference was attended by Senators, Members National Assembly and various experts on climate changes.


Pakistan To Continue Raise Voice Against Violations Of Basic Human Rights In Iok On Global And Regional Forums: NA Speaker - March 25, 2019

Islamabad March 25, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the Kashmir is like the jugular vein for Pakistan and the solution of the Kashmir issue must be according to the resolutions of the United Nations. He further said that the recent Pulwama attack is the result of aggressive and atrocious policies of the Indian government in Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and India is bent upon to continue this barbarity while violating all basic human rights. “It is the basic right of Kashmiri people to exert a right of self-determination and freedom”, Asad Qaiser said. He expressed these views while meeting with Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan, President Azad Jummu and Kashmir (AJ&K) who called on him at Parliament House on Monday.

The Speaker said that Kashmir issue is the core priority of Pakistan’s Parliament and there is a unanimous consensus across the political parties in the Parliament. Pakistan will always raise voice for the protection of the Kashmiri’s basic rights at all forums and we strongly condemned the cross border escalation on the part of India, he added.  AsadQaisersaid that Kashmir dispute remains close to the heart of every Pakistani and the future of both Pakistan and Kashmir is linked. He asserted that durable peace in South Asia cannot be achieved without resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people. On this occasion, he also reiterated his support and condemns the arrest of Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders as Indian Prime Minister Modi is trying to pull the public opinion for election in India by creating mayhem and destruction in the IOK.

Asad Qaiser said that Indian government is trying to lessen the importance of Kashmir dispute by different cheap tricks and Pakistan will not let India win in such heinous efforts.  Kashmir being the flash point of the conflict, requires a peaceful solution for sustained regional peace and prosperity”, he said. He stressed upon the world leaders to take notice of the aggressive and barbaric acts of the Indian government in IOK.  He expressed his resolve that the Pakistani nation and government will always support the cause of self- determination and freedom of Kashmiri people.

The President of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Mr. Masood Khan highly appreciated the endeavors of the Parliament of Pakistan in taking up the Kashmir issue at various bilateral and multilateral forums. “Parliament of Pakistan’s firm stands on Kashmir and solidarity with people of IOK is praiseworthy”, he said. He also condemned the ban on Jamat-i-Islami and violence against Muslims in IOK.He added that the role of Parliamentary diplomacy is central to supporting the Kashmir cause. He expressed confidence in efforts of the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser to prioritize Kashmir issue at international forums.

He said that the people of AJK always stands with people of IOK and strongly condemns the atrocities committed by Indian in IOK. He urged the Indian government to solve Kashmir issue as per resolution of the UN and immediately halt its atrocities and barbarism in IOK. He said the whole nation is united for Pakistan integrity and stability whereas Pakistan is fully capable to counter threats posed by Indians. He also congratulated Asad Qaiser for being elected as Speaker National Assembly. He commended the Speaker‘s efforts to maintain the decorum of the House and his sagacious and wise handling of matters in the House.
 


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Greet Nation on Pakistan Day - March 22, 2019

Islamabad: March 22, 2019; Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have greeted the nation on the auspicious occasion of Pakistan Day and said that 23 March  has a special significance in the history of Sub-Continent.

In his congratulatory messages to the nation, the Speaker said that 79 years ago, on this day the Muslim of South Asia, under the leadership of Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Lahore, resolved to work for independent Muslim State. The Lahore Resolution which was came to be known as Pakistan Resolution, imparted a new strength and motivate to the movement of independence gave Muslim new sense of purpose and direction.

Asad Qaiser said that the Quaid-e-Azam embodied Islamic principles of patience and humanism which in courage him to rally around, not only Muslim public opinion but also support from other minorities to demand and create a separate Muslim homeland. “It is an honor to his leadership and honesty of purpose that with in short period of seven years he secured Pakistan against heavy odds through peaceful means” the Speaker said.

He further said that while celebrating Pakistan Day, it was incumbent upon us to resolve the spirit of national unity and follow the Quaid’s guiding principles of unity, faith and discipline. “Let us make a firm resolve to make all out efforts to achieve the objectives of creation of Pakistan and also to make Pakistan a strong and prosperous, democratic country where the will of the people, equality, justice and brotherhood reign supreme” he said.

The Deputy Speaker said that this Resolution gave an ideal to the Muslims and united them for the attainment of a shared objective. It was such an epoch-making event, which changed the course of history for the Indian Muslims.

Both the leaders assured the nation that the Parliament and present democratic government are committed to preserving our great cultural heritage, distinct political and civilizational identity in the light of the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. We are making our earnest efforts to bring about economic and social revolution in keeping with the spirit of the Pakistan Resolution.


The Bright Future of Pakistan Depends Upon Youth’s Political Maturity: Speaker NA - March 22, 2019

Islamabad March 22, 2019;  Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that talent and potential of youth in Pakistan can be utilized for steering the country out of socio economic issues successfully. He said the youth political maturity can ensure bright future of Pakistan and the youth can bring the real positive change. “the inclusion of Intellectual touch for training the political young politicians is essential for youth political maturity  and it will only be possible through seminars, group studies, research orientation and provision of political opportunities to them” he said. He expressed these views while addressing the commencement ceremony of Young Parliament’s Fellowship program organized by PILDAT in Islamabad on Friday.

The speaker said that determining the goals above vested interests and above political affiliations would make Pakistan prosperous and progressive.  He also stressed the need to fulfill targets set by youth with commitment, sincerity and sustained efforts as it is not the time to think what Pakistan has given us rather it is time to pay back. He also expressed his believe in the potentials of youth and said that irrespective of economic background all youth can contribute in the development of Pakistan. “The political grooming of the youth will ensure the sincere and mature political leadership in the country”, he added. He stressed for the inclusion of young political workers in all political parties. He urged the young politicians to come forward in positive political activities and serve this nation whole heartedly.

The Speaker urged the young politician’s fellowship participants to serve for the country above personal interest and they all must believe in the power of struggle. He also expressed his desire that such fellowship programs should be the permanent feature in the PILDAT. He appreciated the efforts of PILDAT for promoting democracy and organizing fellowship programs for the young politicians and hoped that the members of this fellowship programs will learn a lot which would help them in real political life.

Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob President PILDAT expressed his gratitude for the speaker for participating in the Commencement Ceremony despite his lot of commitments. He said that it is first ever programme for training the Youth Politicians as this fellowship program includes 27 members of 11 political parties from all over the country.  He also presented a shield to the Speaker for his efforts to support PILDAT consolidate the democracy in the Pakistan.


The Parliamentary output requires effective and proactive standing committees: NA Speaker - March 21, 2019

Islamabad; March 21st, 2019: Asad Qaiser Speaker National Assembly has said that parliament being the representative of people should legislate for the welfare of the masses and the role of standing committees cannot be denied in this regard.  He said that Standing committees have the importance of backbone in the parliamentary basic functions of legislation and scrutiny especially the role of standing committees for accountability of Executive is of prime importance. “To scrutinize and making the legislation realistic the standing committees can play a proactive role for resolving the issues faced by masses in Pakistan” he added. He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of two days workshop “Orientation on Functions and Working of Standing Committees “organized for the chairpersons of the standing committees of the National Assembly of Pakistan at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services in Islamabad on Thursday.

The speaker said that it is his priority to strengthen the standing committee in National Assembly as he stressed for finding out of the box solutions to resolve the issues faced during working of the standing committees. He said the role of Chairpersons in the functioning of these committees is of prime importance therefore the chairpersons of standing committees should be well aware regarding the functions of their respective committees. He assured the chairpersons that the standing committees would be provided expertise and research based input. He also said that Strategic plan for next five years would take special initiative for making standing committees more proactive and effective.  He assured the chairpersons that he would hold regular meeting with them to resolve the issues hamper the working of committees.

The chairpersons of the standing committee expressed gratitude for the Speaker to grace this occasion and appreciated the speaker’s efforts for breaking the deadlock in the formation of standing committees. They hoped that the speaker would continue his efforts to strengthen the standing committees. They also put forth the issues faced by them during the working of the committees and gave fruitful suggestion to strengthen committees system and assured the speaker their all out cooperation and support in this regard.

The Chairpersons present in the workshop were: Syed Amin Ul Haque Chairman Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, Mr. Faiz Ullah Chairman Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana Chairman Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi Chairman Standing Committee on Industries and Production, Mr. Riaz Fatyana Chairman Standing Committee on Law and Justice, Muhammad Mueen Watto Chairman Standing Committee on Railways, Mr. Sajid Mehdi Chairman Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Mr. Sajid Khan Chairman Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions and Syed Mustafa Mehmood Chairman Standing Committee on Privatization.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Elder Brother Of Secretary NPC, Anwar Raza - March 20, 2019

Islamabad; March 20th, 2018: Speaker, National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, have condoled the death of Muhammad Amin elder brother of Secretary General National Press Club (NPC) Anwar Raza.
 
In their separate condolence messages to Anwar Raza, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his brother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to Anwar Raza and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Serving The Humanity Highlights The Real Characters Of Man: NA Speaker - March 18, 2019

Islamabad; March 18, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Hakeem Muhammad Saeed Shaheed and Abdul SattarEdhi are the real character whose services have made their names unforgettable in the annals of history. “Man remained alive forever because of his services to humanity and noble deeds. We must not get defeated by failures but these failures should be considered the stepping stone towards the destination of success” he added. He said that we should not think what Pakistan has given us rather we must think what we have given to Pakistan.  He expressed these views while addressing the 15the Degree Awarding Ceremony of the Hamdard University at Islamabad on Monday.

He said that he had been remained attached with the field of education and being the representative of people it is his foremost priority to work for promotion of education in the country. He said that Islam stresses a lot on ethics and values. Therefore, we must adopt the highest standards of morals and personal deeds besides performing the worshipping duties. “The personality of man depends upon his vision and goals .Therefore, goals should be high and vision should be clear”, he added. He further said that if you imagine high objectives and for the welfare of common people you can also follow the footsteps of Abdul SattarEdhi and Hakeem Muhammad Saeed”.

The speaker urged upon the students for setting the high objectives in life.  He also said that fate and destiny is in the hand of man and Allah bestowed on man the same which he plans and strives for. He also mentioned that we all need to change our thoughts as high and supreme thoughts can change everything positively. He also advised the students to remain steadfast and struggle for achieving their goals. He appreciated the efforts of Hamdard University for imparting education and especially high standards of education in Pakistan. The Speaker also distributed degrees and medals among the students.

Earlier, Chancellor Hamdrad University Madam Sadia Rahid said that the university is following the great principles laid down by Hakeem Saeed and striving to maintain high standards education for the students so that they can serve the people with heart and soul. She expressed her gratitude for Speaker National Assembly to chair the Degree Awarding Ceremony and encouraging the students to think always high and positive.


NA Speaker Writes Letter To His Malaysian Counterpart For Legal Relief Of Pakistani Expatriates Imprisoned In Malaysia - March 16, 2019

Islamabad; 16, March, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that a large number of Pakistani expatriates were working in Malaysia and they are an asset for Pakistan, unfortunately some of them are in prison owing to small crimes and most of them are not able to obtain legal counsel for addressing their cases. He prayed for their legal relief.He expressed these views in his correspondence with Chairman House of Representatives of Malaysia Mr. Mohammad Arif Md Yusof.

In his letter, he acknowledged that Pakistani diaspora in Malaysia formed the largest Pakistani expatriates’ community in South East Asia and they also made up the 6th largest group of foreign workers/nationals in Malaysia. Unluckily there is also a large number of a Pakistani expatriate imprisoned in Malaysia for petty offences, the Speaker added.  

While referring the recent visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan to Malaysia, the Speaker said that both brotherly countries needed to enhance bilateral cooperation and high level coordination in all spheres. “That visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan was the agreement between the two sides to promote high level bilateral exchanges and to collaborate with each other at operational level” he commented.

The Speaker also expressed deep felicitation of forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohammad as Chief Guest on Pakistan Day Parade on 23rd March, 2019.  He hoped the journey of mutual cooperation in the field of Education, Defence, health and trade will remain continued.

Asad Qaiser also expressed his resolve that being the custodian of the representative Houses, it is our mutual responsibility to enhance our government efforts to furthering these bilateral ties. In this context the Speaker intends to formulate special parliamentary group in the National Assembly of Pakistan to foster coordination with House of Representative of Malaysia. He wished for same response from H.E. Mr. Mohammad Arif MdYusof Chairman House of Representative of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur.


NA Speaker condemns terrorist attack on Christchurch Mosques in New Zealand - March 15, 2019

Islamabad; 15th March, 2019: National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on mosques in New Zealand during Friday (Juma) prayer. He expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in result of these terrorist attacks.

 In his statement the Speaker expressed deep solidarity with bereaved families. He said that Pakistan is stood with the government of New Zealand and families of the deceased at this moment of distress. He said that terrorists were the enemy of humanity and have no religion. He further said that Pakistan has been the victim of terrorism and we can feel the agony of the people of New Zealand and deceased families. He prayed for early recovery of injured and expressed complete solidarity with bereaved families. Parliament of Pakistan also unanimously condemned this barbaric act of terrorism.


Chairperson BISP calls on Speaker National Assembly - March 15, 2019

Islamabad 15th March 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that helping poor and needy people is our religious and national obligation and those who are participating in this selfless service to humanity are commendable. He expressed these views while talking to Chairperson of BenazirIncome Support Program (BISP) Dr. Sania Nishter, who called on him on Friday at Parliament House.

While appreciating BISP’s services,the Speaker has said that BISP is playing important role in improving the living standards of poor and needy people in the country. Like this program, Model Welfare Villages in all provinces of Pakistan will be established to provide state of the art health, education and recreational facilities to the poor and needy people of Pakistan, he added.  He told that these villages have been named as “Pakistan Welfare Villages” and for establishment of theses villages a consortium has been formed in which more than 50 Welfare institutions are involved and a special taskforce has also been formed for this purpose.

Asad Qaiser appreciated the initiative of present government of establishing shelter homes for the deserving people in different areas of the country and ensured his all-out support for Benazir Income Support Program. While referring his recent visits to Rashidabad at Tando Allah Yar and KORT at Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, the Speaker appreciated the services being given by the institutions established for the destitute and special children by these Welfare organizations.

While appreciating the sentiments of Speaker for the destitute and deprived sections of the society, Chairperson BISP Dr. Sania Nishter ensured her all-out support for the establishment of Model Welfare Villages. She told the Speaker that on instructions of Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan she is also working for the special persons beside her work on BISP projects. She apprised the Speaker that BISP is carrying new surveys for deserving people that will be free from any political influence and proper scrutiny of the deserving people will be carried out before issuance of BISP cards.

She said that helping poor and needy people is among the top priorities of the current government and in this regard government is taking necessary steps to further strengthen BISP. On this occasion the Focal Person of Model Villages had given a detailed briefing on the establishment of Model villages to the Chairperson of BISP.


NA Speaker writes letter to the Speaker of Representative of New Zealand to condemned terrorist attack on Mosques in Christchurch - March 15, 2019

Islamabad; March 15, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser strongly condemned the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand and expressed complete solidarity with people and parliament of New Zealand. He expressed these views in his correspondence with Trevor Mallard, Speaker House of Representatives New Zealand.

In his correspondence, the Speaker said that Pakistan’s National Assembly strongly condemned this cowardly act which causing loss of precious life and injured innocent worshipper. He remarked that our sympathies and deepest condolences with all those bereaved families, who have lost their loves ones and are passing through this trauma. “Convey the sympathy of the entire National Assembly of Pakistan to bereaved families”, he added.

The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that the National Assembly of Pakistan was of firm belief that such heinous acts of terrorism are targeted towards the entire humanity, irrespective of cast, colour or creed and Pakistan had been braving such cowardly acts for last two decades. He said that Pakistan was firmed in its conviction to fight out this menace for the peace and progress of the entire humanity. He assured complete support of people of Pakistan and prayed that the brave nation of New Zealand will soon overcome this tragic incident.


Kartarpur Corridor is the main Gateway of Peace in the Region: NA Speaker - March 14, 2019

Islamabad; March 14, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the recent tension between Pakistan and India is the cheap step of Indian Prime Minister Modi to hijack the Indian general elections while the response of Pakistani political leadership was model of restraint and patience and the whole parliament remain united during this time. The ever decaying situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) must not be observed just in the context of terrorism because it is an issue of humanitarian values and India is bent upon committing atrocities against Kashmiries in IOK as even the United Nations Council on Human Rights concedes these atrocities as the breach of basic human rights. The resolution of Kashmir issue is the key to peace in Sub Continent, the world community cannot avoid this issue as all world community needs to make serious efforts for resolving it. He expressed these views during his meeting with the Ambassador of Argentine Mr.Ivan Ivanissevich who called on him in the Parliament House on Thursday.

He said that India will continue to face the anger of masses if they continues to damage the honor of IOK women and continues to destroy the life, belongings and integrity of common Kashmiries. He mentioned that opening of Kartarpur Corridor and releasing the Indian pilot are obvious steps from Pakistani side to maintain peace in the region. He also termed the Kartapur Corridor as the corridor of peace in the region. He mentioned the steps taken by Pakistani government to culminate terrorism and sustaining peace whereas Pakistan paid a lot of sacrifices in the war against terrorism.

The Speaker said that Pakistan and Argentine have always been enjoying close relations which Pakistan always regards high and he wished to enhance these relations by parliamentary diplomacy and economic cooperation. He also stressed the need to have inter-parliamentary relationship between both nations because Parliaments can make these relations more solid and sustained. While stressing the need to increase the trade volume between both nations, he said that there is an opportunity for both the nations to enhance economic cooperation. He invited the Argentine businessmen to invest in the Pakistan.

The Ambassador of Argentine Mr.Ivan Ivanissevich appreciated the restraint response of Pakistan in its recent escalation with India and he said that Argentine looks high the efforts of Pakistan to maintain peace in this region. He also felt gratitude for having Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group in National Assembly of Pakistan and hope that this forum will provide opportunity for both nations to enhance friendly relations. He said that Argentine always regards high its relations with Pakistan and wished to enhance these relations on the basis of trade, economy and social cooperation. He stressed the need to resolve all outstanding issues with dialogue.


The Dream Of Development In Agriculture Sector Cannot Be Materialized Without Resolution Of Farmers’ Issues In Pakistan: NA Speaker - March 13, 2019

Islamabad: 13 March 2019:- Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan is agriculture based economy, needs agriculture growth and self-sufficient in Agriculture production. “Realizing the dream of Pakistan Agriculture development will not be possible without resolving the issues faced by farmers and protecting their interest”, he added. He said that Legislation is the only way to resolve the issues faced by Farmers. He expressed these views during his meeting with delegation of members of parliament led by Rao Ajmal Khan, Chairman Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research who called on him on Wednesday in the parliament House.

Asad Qaiser said that the economy of Pakistan has to bear the huge revenue on import of agriculture products every year which can be minimized by advancement in Agriculture field. He said that agenda of agricultural development is national agenda and we all have to work for improvement of this sector beyond political affiliations. He resolved his determination to make all out efforts for Pakistan development and it is his mission to enhance agriculture growth ignoring all other customs which may be obstacle in this way.  “There is a need of legislation purely for protecting the farmers’ interests and so that they can live their lives in prosperity as their income will increase because prosperous farmers will mean prosperous Pakistan”, he stressed.

He said that mass welfare campaigns would be organized to spread awareness and to seek the expert opinions of farmers, agriculture experts and other organizations related with Agriculture sector so that the dream of agriculture development can be materialized.

Rao Ajmal Khan, Chairman Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research expressed deep gratitude to the Speaker for formulating a Special Committee on Agriculture products and he said this step is the real representative of farmer’s desires. While appreciating the Speaker’s concerns for Farmers, he resolved to cooperate in all matters wholeheartedly as members of all political parties have been given representation in this committee. He also said that all members would continue to work for protection of farmer’s interest and to enhance the growth of Agricultural development. Beside Rao Ajmal Khan MNAs, Zahoor Hussain Qureshi and Mr.Gohar Khan were also present in the meeting.
 


NA Speaker Constitutes Special Committee On Agricultural Products - March 12, 2019

Islamabad: March 12, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has constituted a 20 Members Special Committee on Agricultural Products particularly tobacco in the country.
 
The Speaker said that the National Assembly will pay comprehensive attention to the issues that afflicts the farmers and agricultural sector. The Speaker said that Pakistan’s future in terms of food security and economic growth lies in a modern, sustainable and scientific farming that maximizes agricultural production in Pakistan.
 
The Speaker has constituted the Committee in pursuance of Motion adopted by the National Assembly on 6th  March, 2019, under rule 244 (B) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. The terms of the reference of the committee will be to examine the matters relating to Agricultural Products Particularly tobacco in the country. The Committee will present its report to the House. The Speaker is authorized to make changes in the composition of the Committee as and when required.
 
It is recalled that while speaking on Points of Order, the Members had been drawing the attention of the Speaker towards the difficulties faced by the farmers, particularly about the timely availability of water, urea, quality seeds etc. It was also brought to the Chair’s notice that despite the agreed support price, the farmers were not being paid in time, which had gravely affected them.
 
The Speaker said that the formation of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products expresses the National Assembly’s resolve to transform the agricultural landscape in Pakistan by paying particular attention to the scientific farming, agricultural exports and protection to the local farmers.
 
The Speaker said that Pakistan was one of the ten largest tobacco producers in the world and the sector contributed massive revenue to the federal exchequer. He underlined the need for special attention to the problems that afflicts the tobacco farmers and industry. The Speaker emphatically stressed the need for protecting the interest of the local farmers who serve as the soul behind the federal government’s more than a Rs.100bn revenue chunk.
 
The Speaker highlighted that the Special Committee will capitalize on the immense experience and foresight of the Members to define a strategic roadmap for promoting the country’s agricultural products.    Mr. Asad Qaiser outlined that the Committee will reach out to all associations of farmers and growers to enlist their problems and will coordinate with the Agricultural departments of the four provinces, besides the Federal Ministry of Food Security to seek agreed solutions by all stake-holders. It will present its Report to the National Assembly in the shortest possible time.
 
Besides the Speaker National Assembly the committee will comprise of MNAs Syed Fakhar Imam, Mr. RiazFatyana, Eng. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan MastiKhel, Malik Muhammad Ehsan UllahTiwana, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Mr. FaizUllah, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, Mir. Khan Muhammad Jamali, Ms. ShandanaGulzar Khan, Mr. Khalid HussainMagsi, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Mr. Sajid Mehdi, Syed Naveedqamar, Nawab Muhammad YousufTalpur and Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani.
 
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Former Secretary General National Assembly Khan Ahmed Goraya - March 11, 2019

Islamabad: March 11, 2019: Asad Qaiser Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of former Secretary General National Assembly Khan Ahmed Goraya.
 
In their separate condolence messages to bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker paid rich tributes to the services of Khan Ahmed Goraya to the National Assembly Secretariat and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise.  They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


The Services of the Welfare and Charity Organizations are Highly Commendable in Pakistan: NA Speaker - March 11, 2019

Islamabad; March 11, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that the provision of equal opportunities to orphans, widows and needy people is our collective responsibility and underlined the need for leveraging maximum resources to relieve the marginalized and poor citizens of Pakistan.He stressed the need for establishment of Model Welfare Villages in all provinces of Pakistan to provide state of the art health, education and recreational facilities to the poor and needy people of Pakistan. He further said that observing the work of welfare organizations strengthen his own passion and resolve to advance the cause of marginalized communities.He expressed these views while addressing the meeting of heads of welfare organizations and philanthropists which was held at Parliament House on Monday. The Representative of more than 50 welfare organization including the Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan Sweet Homes attended the meeting.

Asad Qaiser said that the role of the philanthropists and social welfare organizations working for the welfare of the humanity and deprived sections of the society is commendable. “He feels satisfaction and happiness to work with these institutions”, he added. The Speaker National Assembly has said that the selfless service to humanity is a blessing of Allah Almighty.

The Speaker National Assembly remarked that a partnership between government and philanthropists organizations was central to assign substantive meanings to Pakistan’s quest for inclusive development agenda. He said that establishment of model welfare villages was one of the much needed initiatives. He further added that the proposal has been communicated to the Prime Minister of Pakistan who had assured support to establish the model welfare villages in all of the provinces. In this regard, the Speaker also formulated a Technical Committee to technically review the proposals and refine the project design. Asad Qaiser appreciated the efforts of all the organizations and emphatically stressed to replicate these efforts in all the provinces.

On this occasion,  the Patron in Chief of Sweet Homes Khan appreciated the keen interest of the Speaker in the welfare services and urged all the heads of welfare organizations to fully support the Speaker’ initiatives to establish Model villages. The other participants also appreciated the Speaker and expressed their resolve to take this initiative forward.


Pakistan’s Parliamentary Delegation to Participate In The 14th Plenary Session of The Parliamentary Union of OIC Member States (PUIC) At Rabat, Morocco From March 10-14, 2019 - March 10, 2019

Islamabad: March 10, 2019; The Speaker National Assembly AsadQaiser has nominated a Parliamentary delegation under the leadership of Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA/Chairman of Kashmir Committee for participation in the 14th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) at Rabat, Morocco from March 10-14, 2019.

The Pakistan’s delegation will seize the opportunity to apprise 54-Member PUIC forum about the continued violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity by India, which has brought the region to the brinks of war and devastation. The Members will also take into confidence the esteemed Parliamentary Colleagues from Muslim countries on steps taken by the Parliament and government of Pakistan for ensuring peace and stability in the region wake recent Indian aggression.

On instructions of the Speaker National Assembly, two Resolutions have been included on the agenda items of the 14th PUIC conference. One is related to the situation in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and second Resolution on Protecting Muslim Women and Children in area under occupation and conflict.

The delegation will urge the Muslim Ummah to take note of the prevailing situation in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir, and its serious implications for international and regional peace and security. Indian army martyred hundred thousand (100,000) people in Kashmir and raped more than 11000 women, whereas, more than 8,000 persons have disappeared in the custody of army and state police. This has led to one of the largest concentration of half widows in IOK.


World community take notice of women's abuses in occupied Kashmir: NA Speaker - March 8, 2019

قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ 
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پریس ریلیز 
عالمی برادری مقبوضہ کشمیر میں خواتین سے ہونے والی زیادتیوں کا نوٹس لے:سپیکر قومی اسمبلی
 

اسلام آباد 8مارچ 2019: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے خواتین کے عالمی دن کی مناسبت سے کینیڈا کی ہائی کمشنر وینڈی کرسٹائن گلمورسے گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ مقبو ضہ کشمیر میں خواتین پر پیلٹ گنوں سے حملہ کر کے انہیں نابینا اور زخمی کیا جارہا ہے ۔ بھارتی فوجیوں کی جانب سے خواتین کی عصمت دری معمول بن چکا ہے ۔ ہزاروں نوجوانوں کو شہید کر کے خواتین کو بیوہ اور ماؤں کے لخت جگر چھین لیے گئے ہیں۔سینکڑوں کی تعداد میں مردوں کو اغوا کر کے ان کی خواتین کو ان کے انتظار میں برسوں بیت جاتے ہیں مگر اُن کا کوئی سراغ نہیں ملتا ۔ مقبوضہ کشمیر میں انسانی حقوق کے حوالے سے خواتین کو نشانہ بنایا جار ہا ہے ۔ اقوام عالم سمیت انسانی حقوق کی تنظیمیں خواتین کے ساتھ ہونے والی زیاد تیوں کا نوٹس لیں ۔پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں کینیڈین ہائی کمشنر سے ملاقات کے دوران بات چیت کرتے ہوئے اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ حالیہ پاک۔ بھارت کشیدگی کے دوران پاکستان نے برداشت کا مظاہرہ کیا اور امن کے فروغ کے لیے ہرممکن اقدامات کیے یہاں تک کہ وزیراعظم عمران خان نے کرتار پور راہداری کھول کر بھارت کی جانب ایک مرتبہ پھر قدم بڑھایا کیونکہ وہ اس خطے میں جنگ نہیں بلکہ غربت،بے روزگاری اور جہالت کے خلاف جہاد کرتے ہوئے خطے کو امن کا گہوارہ بنانا چاہتے ہیں۔


 

اسپیکر نے کینیڈین ہائی کمشنر کو آگاہ کیا کہ قومی اسمبلی میں پاک۔بھارت فرینڈ شپ گروپ کی تشکیل نوکے ذریعے پارلیمانی سفارتکاری کی بدولت دونوں ملکوں کے درمیان تعلقات کو معمول پر لانے کی کوشش بھی کی گئی۔ اس موقع پر دہشتگردی کے خلاف جنگ کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے اُنہوں نے کہا کہ اس دوران پاکستان نے ناصرف ہزاروں جانوں کا نذرانہ دیا بلکہ ملکی معیشت بھی تبائی سے دوچار ہوئی ۔ پاکستان تو پہلے سے ہی جنگی حالات سے دوچار تھا اور ہم دہشتگردی کے ناسور کے خاتمے کے لیے مسلسل جدوجہدجاری رکھے ہوئے تھے کہ بھارت نے خطے میں کشیدگی پھیلاکر ہماری دہشتگردی کے خلاف جاری جنگ کو متاثر کیا ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اقوام عالم کو پاکستان کی اس ضمن میں نا صرف پذیرائی کرنی چاہیے بلکہ اس میں مدد بھی کرنی چاہیے ۔
سپیکرنے کہا ہے کہ پاکستان کینیڈا کے ساتھ اپنے دوستانہ تعلقات کو انتہائی اہمیت دیتا ہے اور باہمی روابط کو فروغ دے کر موجودہ تعلقات کو مزید مستحکم بنانے کا خواہا ں ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان علاقائی ترقی اور خوشحالی کے لیے خطے کے تمام ممالک کے ساتھ خوشگوار تعلقات چاہتا ہے۔ انہوں نے دونوں ممالک کے اراکینِ پارلیمینٹ کے مابین رابطوں میں فروغ کی ضرورت پر زور دیتے ہوے کہا کہ دونوں ممالک کے اراکین پارلیمینٹ کے مابین رابطوں میں اضافے سے انہیں ایک دوسرے کو سمجھنے اور ایک دوسرے کے تجربات سے مستفید ہونے کے مواقع حاصل ہونگے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ کینیڈا کے ساتھ پارلیمانی رابطوں کو فروغ دینے کے لیے پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی میں پاک کینیڈا فرینڈشپ گروپ تشکیل دیا گیا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پارلیمانی سفارتکاری دونوں ممالک کو قریب لانے میں اہم کردار ادا کر سکتی ہے۔
سپیکر نے کہا کہ پاکستان کینیڈا کے ساتھ تجارت،سر مایہ کاری سمیت تمام شعبوں میں تعاون کو فروغ دینا چاہتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان میں سرمایہ کاری کے وافر مواقع موجود ہیں اور موجودہ حکومت نے ملک میں سرمایہ کاری دوست پالیسیاں وضع کی ہیں جن سے سرمایہ کاروں کے اعتماد میں اضافہ ہوا ہے۔انہوں نے ہائی کمشنر کو کینیڈین سرمایہ کاروں کو پاکستان مں سرمایہ کاری کے لیے آ مادہ کرنے میں اپنا کردار ادا کرنے کو کہا۔ انہوں نے کینیڈا میں مقیم پاکستانی تارکین وطن کو ہر ممکن سہولیات فراہم کرنے کے لیے کہا۔
کینڈین ہائی کمشنر وینڈی کرسٹائن گلمورنے کہا کہ پاکستان خطے کا اہم ملک ہے اور کینیڈا پاکستان کے ساتھ اپنے دوستانہ تعلقات کو مزید وسعت دینے کا خواہاں ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ کینیڈا پاکستان کے ساتھ تعلیم، صحت سمیت سماجی ومعاشی شعبوں میں تعاون کو فروغ دینا چاہتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کینیڈا میں مقیم پاکستانی تارکین وطن کی خدمات کوسراہتے ہوے کہا کہ کینیڈا میں مقیم پاکستانی کمیونٹی کینیڈا کی تعمیرو ترقی میں اہم کردار ادا کر رہی ہے۔ انہوں نے کینیڈا میں مقیم پاکستانی کمیونٹی کو ہر ممکن سہولیات فراہم کرنے کی یقین دہانی کرائی۔ انہوں نے سپیکر کی تجویز سے اتفاق کرتے ہوے کہا کہ دونوں ممالک کے اراکین پارلیمینٹ دونوں اقوام کو قریب لانے میں اہم کردار ادا کر سکتے ہیں۔ 


Parliamentary Diplomacy The Only Way To Sustain Peace In The World: NA Speaker - March 7, 2019

Islamabad; March 07, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly has said that the importance of parliamentary diplomacy in the present globalized world is in an undeniable fact and Parliament in Pakistan is making all efforts to bring all Parliaments on one platform to eliminate the issues of poverty, illiteracy and discrimination faced by the world as parliaments are representative voice of the people. He expressed these views while addressing the reception hosted in honor of Conveners of Parliamentary Friendship Groups and Diplomatic Community in the Parliament House on Thursday.
The Speaker said that he has formulated 93 Parliamentary Friendship Groups to make parliamentary diplomacy proactive and for enhancing cooperation in the field of trade and exchanging human capital as well as intellectual sharing. He expressed his resolve that Pakistan is committed to peace and stability in the region as it was manifestly expressed by Pakistani government during recent escalation with India.

The Speaker said that India is committed to bring chaos and instability by his aggression in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and on Line of Control (LOC) while Pakistan has been committed for bringing peace and stability in the region.  He also mentioned that at each step of Pakistani government showed its resolve for peace while India still is prone to aggression and war mongering. He said that Parliament of Pakistan has adopted National Action Plan to counter the threat of terrorism and extremism. He also expressed his views that at present Pakistan need support of international community to strengthen peace and cooperation in the world.

Asad Qaiser said that without resolving Kashmir issue it would not be possible to sustain peace in the region.He informed that the Speaker Lok Saba was offered through Parliamentary Friendship Group for peaceful resolution of the issues. He also mentioned that Prime Minister Imran Khan has made sincere efforts for regional peace and in his first speech to the nation he offered dialogue with India to resolve all contentious issue. While appreciating the bravery of Pakistan Armed Forces, the Speaker said that our Armed Forces are fully prepared to face any adventure. However, National leadership has shown rectitude and restraint. The Joint Sitting of the Parliament also adopted Joint Resolution which reflects the unity in Nations.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Parliamentary Friendship groups provide a perfect platform for parliamentarians to enhance inter parliamentary diplomacy to solve all issue faced by the world. He also said that this parliamentary friendship groups also give an opportunity to parliamentarians to think out of the box to bring people centered diplomacy. The reception was attended by large number of Conveners of Parliamentary Friendship Groups, Parliamentarians and diplomatic community.
 


Protection Of Women's Rights Is Inevitable To Build Progressive Society:- NA Speaker - March 7, 2019

Islamabad: March 7th, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that protection of women's rights is inevitable for building of progressive society and to provide them equal opportunities in every sector was the foremost priority of the incumbent government. Appreciating the role of women for society's progress and prosperity, Speaker said that women folk need to be encouraged and motivated and the present government is committed for the protection of women’s rights and providing them safe environment. He expressed these views in his message on the occasion of International Women’s Day being commemorated every year on 8thMarch under the auspicious of United Nations across the world.

The Speaker said that the global community needs to take joint efforts and practical measures for legislation in order to protect women's rights and to deal with the issues of gender discrimination and violence being faced by the women in the world. He said that Islam gives equal rights to women and strictly prohibited gender discrimination. He said that to give them their due status we need to change the mindset and behavior and joint efforts are needed to bring them in mainstream.He said that to empower women and to make them economically independent we need to bring them in economic sphere.  “Women’s contribution in economic sphere will be helpful to encourage and empower them”, he added. He said that the present government intended to make Pakistan such a country where women will have the opportunities to participate in every field of life with respect and self-esteem.

On this occasion Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri has said that more than half of the country’s population comprises of women and protection of their rights is included among the top priorities of the present government. He said that the Constitution of Pakistan guaranteed women the protection of life, property, business, education, independence of choosing of occupation and participation in social and political activities. He said the present Government was taking various steps to bring women into the National mainstream.   
 


Pakistan Always Makes Efforts For Regional Peace Despite Having Right Of Self Defence : NA Speaker - March 5, 2019

Islamabad; March05, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that India is not abstaining from war mongering and aggression in the region while Pakistan is taking every step to bring peace and stability in the region.“Pakistan took actions keeping in view its right to self-protection and self-determination while violating the international laws India has crossed the Air space of Pakistan” he added. He further said that the entire world not only appreciated the Pakistan’s stance to release Indian Pilot and gave him back to India but also termed this step an assurance to maintain peace and stability in the region. He expressed these views while talking to Ambassador of Uzbekistan Mr. Furkat A. Sidikov who called on him at Parliament House on Tuesday.

The Speaker said that Pakistan wanted peace and always made efforts to bring development and progress in the region. He said that Pakistan has shown restrain in the recent escalation at every step and took the initiative to control Indian aggression while practicing its rights of self-determination and self-defense.  He said that Parliament of Pakistan passed unanimous resolution against Indian aggression in its Joint Session. In this regard he has sent letters to 178 Parliaments of the world. He further said that it is need of hour to eliminate poverty, health issues, and unemployment and strengthen the regional economy rather than pulling the whole region into the fire of war and aggression.

Referring the Pakistan’s relations with Uzbekistan, the Speaker said that Pakistan is proud of its centuries old relations with Central Asian States which are based upon traditions of common religion, culture, trade and mutual development. He said that friendly and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Uzbekistan are of prime importance and Pakistan wanted to further enhance these relations through mutual cooperation. Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan has its deep religious connection with Uzbekistan. He also expressed his feelings of gratitude as Uzbekistan is the land of Hazrat Imam Bukhari whose work on the collection of Hadith (Sayings of the Holy Prophet Peace be Upon Him) is sacred for all Muslims. He further said that strengthening relations with Muslim Ummah is the basic principal of Pakistan’s Foreign policy.

Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan wanted to work with Uzbekistan in trade, investment and other economic sectors and Parliamentary diplomacy could play important role in strengthening Pakistan-Uzbekistan relations. The Speaker also handed over the copy of the resolution passed unanimously in the Joint Session of the Parliament against Indian aggression to Ambassador.

Ambassador of Uzbekistan Mr. Furkat A. Sidikov has said that Pakistan is an important country of the region and Uzbekistan gave immense importance to its relations with Pakistan. He said that Uzbekistan value high Pakistan’s efforts for peace and progress in the region and world. He said that peace in Afghanistan is essential for regional peace. He said that there was vast opportunity of trade between Pakistan and Uzbekistan, however due to the blocked routes of Afghanistan, the masses of the region were deprived of progress and prosperity. Ambassador also extended invitation to Speaker to visit Uzbekistan.
 


NA Speaker invokes Parliamentary diplomacy to highlight Kashmir cause; Latest Indian Atrocities - March 3, 2019

Islamabad: March 3, 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has written a letter to his counterparts in at least 178 parliaments all over the World, inviting their attention towards the deteriorating situation in South Asia and the recent aggressive acts of the New Delhi. It is important to note that in the aftermath of the recently concluded session of the parliament where the entire political representatives across party lines passed about the current situation, the Speaker has also sent the same resolution to all parliaments of the World.

In his letter, the Speaker informed about the continued violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity by India, which has brought the region to the brinks of war and devastation. In the early hours of February 26, 2019, the Indian aircrafts violated Pakistan’s airspace on a pretext of attacking an alleged “terrorist camp”, he added. He further said that Indian aircrafts were effectively intercepted by Pakistani Air Force Jets and forced to withdraw while randomly releasing their ordnance that landed in Pakistan’s uninhabited remote area.

Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan strongly rejects the Indian purported claims of having targeted any installation and resultant causalities. It is completely absurd and is based on a false narrative designed to placate domestic audience. Pakistan, while reserving its right to respond against Indian aggression, kept its calm and warned India to avoid further escalating the situation, the Speaker said. He said that India has also continued unprovoked ceasefire violations at the Line of Control in the disputed territory of Jammu & Kashmir, resulting in deaths of several innocent civilians.

He said that the Indian Air Force once again violated Pakistan’s airspace, which was efficiently retaliated by Pakistan with the shooting down of two intruding Indian fighter aircraftson February 26 and 27, 2019. An Indian Air Force Pilot, Wing Commander AbhinandanVarthaman was arrested by the Pakistani Forces when his military jet MIG-21 crashed in Pakistan controlled Azad Jammu & Kashmir, he added. The Speaker shared his counterparts that during captivity, the Indian pilot was treated with dignity and in line with international laws. The Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan announced his return as a goodwill gesture aimed at de-escalating rising tensions with India, Asad Qaiser said.

“This noble gesture clearly establishes that Pakistan has no intention of escalation, but as a self-respecting nation is prepared to do so if forced into that paradigm. For the last few years, India has been trying to establish what they call "a new normal" — a thinly veiled term for doing acts of aggression at whatever pretext they wish on a given day” the Speaker said. He informed the international community if India is striking at so called terrorist backers without a shred of evidence, Pakistan also retains reciprocal rights to retaliate against elements that enjoy Indian patronage while carrying out acts of terror in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan does not wish to go to that route and desires that India gives peace a chance and to resolve issues through dialogue as a mature democratic nation.

The Speaker urged the deteriorating situation between Pakistan and India can only be normalized by amicably resolving the issue of Jammu & Kashmir. Otherwise, peace in the region will remain an elusive dawn, he said. He added that Pakistan has also offered India numerous times for talks on Kashmir with the view to amicably resolve this longstanding dispute between the two countries. “The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Imran Khan offered peace and dialogue soon after his election and took a great leap forward by opening the “Kartarpur Corridor” between the two countries, enabling the Indian citizens to freely visit their sacred places of worship, situated on Pakistan’s side of border” Asad Qaiser added.

The Speaker informed that Indiahas not any inclination and is trying every effort to divert the International Community’s attention to hide its cruelties in Indian Occupied Kashmir. India has also been indulging in the senseless attempt to portray the indigenous Kashmiri movement for self-determination as terrorism, he said. “But International Community has rejected the Indian claim of equating Kashmiri struggle for self-determination with terrorism. The very scale at which the current movement has spread clearly reflects it being indigenous” the Speaker said.

Asad Qaiser said that the Parliament of Pakistan held a special session on February 28 to March 1, 2019 and took note of the deteriorating situation in South Asia in detail. After a comprehensive debate, it passed a unanimous Resolution, calling upon the International Community to play its due role in bringing peace to South Asia. “It also seeks for urging India to end the repression in the Jammu & Kashmir and resolve the issue in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions on Kashmir, which allow Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination under a UN supervised plebiscite, as early as possible” he said. The Speaker invited his counterpart’s attention to the deteriorating situation between Pakistan and India but also seek your esteemed Parliament’s condemnation on the Indian violations of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.


The Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) has been prorogued - March 1, 2019


Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) in Joint Sitting - February 28, 2019

NA Speaker Reconstitutes Parliamentary Committee On Appointment Of The Chairperson Of NCSW - February 28, 2019

Islamabad; February 28, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has reconstituted the Parliamentary Committee on appointment of the Chairperson of the National Commission on Status of Women (NCSW). The Speaker reconstituted the said committee in pursuance of sub-section (3) of section 4 of the National Commission on the Status of Women Act, 2012.
The committee will comprise of Senators Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani, Ms. Sana Jamali, Ms. Sherry Rehman, Ms. Nuzhat Sadiq, MNAs Ms. Asma Hadedd, Ms. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Mrs Farukh Khan, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Nafisa Shah and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali. 
 


Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform meets today - February 28, 2019

Islamabad, 28thFebruary, 2019; 2ndmeetingof the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform was held today at 2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Akbar, MNA.
2.  The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran.Afterwards,  the Committee proceeded with the agenda of the meeting.
3.  The Committee confirmed minutes of its first meeting held on 20th February, 2019.
4.  The Federal Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform,Mr. Zafar Hassanbriefed the Standing Committee regarding the organizational structure of the Ministry. During the briefing, the Chair stressed that the vacant post of Chief Economistmust be held by a person who is competent and eligible to serve in the same position for at least 3 to 4 years. While discussing the process for development strategy and budget making, the Committee stressed that underdeveloped and remote areas need special focus of the Ministry for development projects. The Committee also approved the ongoing Public Sector Development Programs of the Ministry for the Year 2019-20.
5.  Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shaukat Ali, Syed FaizUl Hassan, Mr. NawabSher, SardarNasrullah Khan Dreshak, Dr. SeemiBukhari, Ms. ShandanaGulzar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. AhsanIqbalChaudhary, Sardar Muhammad IrfanDogar, and Mr. Abdul Shakoor attended the meeting.
 


Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - February 28, 2019

4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 28th February, 2019 in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor), Parliament House Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.
 
3. The Member (Administration), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) informed the Committee about the salient features of the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) on-going and new projects of FBR. The Committee Members have expressed their grave concern on the presentation made by the FBR and directed that revised list of prioritized projects may be furnished to Secretary Committee for onward submission to the Members before making any recommendations on it. 
 
4. The Committee considered the remaining on-going PSDP projects of the Finance Division falls in the administrative control of Provinces and recommended for further necessary action as required under rule 201 (7) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.
 
5. The Chairman, Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) briefed the Committee about the mandate of the Commission. He said that SECP was setup, in pursuance of SECP Act, 1997 and started its function for managing the regulation of corporate sector, capital markets, supervision and regulations of insurance companies, non-banking finance companies and private schemes. He briefed the Committee about the structure of SECP Policy Board. He told that according to the SECP Act, 1997 the Policy Board shall consist of a maximum of eleven members appointed by the Federal Government, including five ex-officio members and six from the private sector.  
 
6. Mr. Faiz Ullah, Chairman of the Committee expressed his concern about the problems being faced to general public owing to the measures taken by the State Life Insurance Company regarding to abolish its fourth tier. The Chairman SECP suggested that State Life Insurance Company may be invited in the Committee to discuss the said issue. The Committee recommended that State Life Insurance management would be called in the meeting of the said committee and stakeholders will also be invited.
The Chairman SECP apprised the Committee about the public listed, public unlisted private companies, non-profit associations, trade organizations, foreign companies and LLP. He informed that currently 96288 companies were registered in corporate sector. He presented the details with regard to Islamic Finance Department, Investor Education Department and  International Relation Department, he said that SECP has classified its way forward such as ease of doing business, SECP image building, firm of supervision and enforcement and development of the capital. While discussing the implementation regarding the FATF AML/CFT Standards within the SECP’s regulated financial sector and worth with national stakeholder’s inter-alia FMU, SBP etc. and international assessors for APG/IMF/World Bank for peer review and evaluation. The Committee decided that a meeting would be called to discuss the performance of Funds Monitoring Unit (MFU).   
 
7.  The Committee unanimously decided that next meeting of the Committee should be convened in Karachi and the proposed date may be 12th & 13th March, 2018. 
 
8. The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Syed Naveed Qamar besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms and Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).


NA Speaker Reconstitutes Parliamentary Committee On Appointment Of The Chairperson And Members Of NCHR - February 28, 2019

Islamabad; February 28, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has reconstituted the Parliamentary Committee on appointment of the Chairperson and Members of the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR). The Speaker reconstituted the said committee in pursuance of sub-section (3) of section 4 of the National Commission for Human Rights Act, 2012.
The committee will comprise of Senators Syed Shibli Faraz, Ms. Nuzhat Sadiq, MNAs Ms. Shunila Ruth and Ms Romina Khursheed Alam.
 


Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony - February 28, 2019

Three Sub-Committees to probe in the affairs of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony
Hundreds of extra employees appointed in Evacuee Trust Properties Board
Islamabad(                              ) Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony has appointed three Sub-Committees to probe in to the affairs of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony during its meeting held in the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, today. The Committee was told that many lands of the Evacuee Trust Properties have been grabbed by the land grabbers. Moreover, there is approved strength of 1476 employees in the Evacuee Trust Properties Board but, in violation of rules, 1925 employees have been recruited in the Trust. Hence about 500 extra employees have been appointed. The Committee appointed a Sub-Committee to probe into the affairs of Evacuee Trust Propertiesand its Board and to report the Committee in thirty days. The Committee was informed that in 2017 DDWP approved “Construction of Pilgrim Residential Block No. 3 and Allied Services”, in Hajj Directorate Peshawar. Rs. 36.050 million were allocated for Financial Year 2017-18 but no release was made. Similarly, a project titled “Construction of Training Hall at Hajj Directorate, Quetta” was approved in DDWP on 10-11-2015 with a total cost of Rs. 30.828 million. As per approved PC-I, the project was to be completed within one year up to June-2017. The Project could not be completed in Financial Year 2016-17 due to surrender of Rs. 4.9 million by Pak PWD. The amount of Rs. 4.9 million by Pak PWD. The amount of Rs. 4.9 million has been demanded again through Planning and Development Division. However, response from that division is awaited. In this context, the division is being pursued for early release of the said amount. The Committee observed that Government failed to complete the Projects, timely. Similarly, the Committee observed that non-inclusion of any project in the PSDP was not appreciable. So, a Sub-Committee to probe in the affairs of present and past PSDPs has been constituted.The Committee was informed by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony that Madrassa Development Board was constituted in 2001 but presently there is no Chairman of the Board. The Committee observed that there are three Model DeeniMadaris. Millions of Rupees were spent on the Madaris. So, to look into the affairs of DeeniMadaris a Sub-Committee has been constituted which shall report to the main Committee in thirty days. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony informed the Committee that it has already implemented directions of the Committee and would implement rest of the directions and decisions of the Committee.
 
The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Mr. AsadMehmood and attended byMembers National Assembly;SahibzadaSibghatullah, Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Raja Riaz Ahmad, Ch. JavedIqbalWarraich, Mr. AftabJehangir, Ms. SairaBano, Ms. Shunila Ruth, ChoudharyFaqir Ahmed, Begum TahiraBokhari, MaharIrshad Ahmad Khan and Ms. ShahidaAkhtar Ali. Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Joint Secretariesand many other senior officers attended the meeting.
 


Press release - February 28, 2019


Stable Future of The Region Depends Upon The Peaceful Resolution of Afghanistan Issue: NA Speaker - February 26, 2019

Islamabad; February 26, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has stressed the need for robust connectivity with Turkmenistan and added that Turkmenistan holds a unique importance in Pakistan’s strategic calculations for regional cooperation. He highlighted that Pak-Turkmenistan relations are grounded in shared perspective on regional challenges and stronger cultural affinities and urged the need for taking this relation to a new height. He was speaking to the Ambassador of Turkmenistan Mr. Atadjan Movlamov, who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

He said that Pakistan is committed to cementing trade and economic relations with Turkmenistan. He outlined that that TAPI pipeline is not just an energy pipeline but a milestone in forging greater integration between South and Central Asian nations. He remarked that Pakistan confidently count on Turkmenistan’s cooperation for restraining Pakistan’s energy dip. While discussing the completion of TAPI gas pipeline project, the Speaker said that stable future of the region depends upon peaceful resolution of Afghanistan issue. He expressed the hope regarding earlier completion of TAPI project. TAPI project can be dovetailed with CPEC and wished that parliaments of both countries could play a proactive role in this regard, the Speaker added.

He also said that Pakistan views high its relation with Turkmenistan as the relations between both countries are based upon mutual brotherhood, same culture and language. He further mentioned that the cooperation between Turkmenistan and Pakistan is vital for regional and world peace. He also said that National Assembly has already established friendship group with Turkmenistan which will improve inter parliamentary connection and it would further enhance cooperation between both nations.

Ambassador of Turkmenistan Mr. Atadjan Movlamov said the relation between Pakistan and Turkmenistan are based on strategic interest and the Turkmenistan’s nation cannot forget that it was Pakistan which accepted the independent status of Turkmenistan in 1991. While talking about TAPI gas pipeline project, he mentioned that it will not only be limited to gas supply but also consists of roads, train and power transmission line. He said that Turkmenistan believes in mutual cooperation with Pakistan and wishes to further enhance this cooperation. He said the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan will visit Pakistan soon.
 


I Want To Do Something For The Welfare Of Orphans And Destitute Children Roaming On The Streets: NA Speaker - February 22, 2019

Islamabad; February 22, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that I feel pain and sorrow in my hurt to see orphans and destitute children roaming on the roads and wanted to do something for their welfare. He said that it is necessary to serve humanity in order to enjoy the blessings of Almighty Allah. He further said that it was his foremost desire to establish Model Welfare Villages for Orphans and destitute children in each Province. He expressed these views while addressing the meeting of Heads of Welfare Organizations, Donor Agencies and Philanthropists, which met under his Chairpersonship at Parliament House on Friday.The Meeting was attended by Chairman Bait-ul-Mal Aon Abbas Bappi, Patron-in-Chief Sweet Homes Zamurd Khan and representatives of more than 50 welfare organizations.

The Speaker said that the prime objective of politicians to get a position however to serve the humanity should be our mission. He said that he felt great satisfaction to work with welfare organizations. He said that there were no political motives behind the establishment of Model Villages except to gain blessingsof Almighty Allah. He said that all the basic amenities will be provided to the needy persons and orphans in the Welfare Villages, including accommodation, education, medical treatment and other facilities. He said that there will be no involvement of government in establishment of these villages whereas the government role will be supervisory. Government will provide only land and basic amenities for establishment of these villages.He said that we have to work jointly for this noble cause.

Talking about terrorism, the Speaker said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially the tribal areaswas badly affected in war against terrorism. He said that economy and business were ruined and large number of people and children were displaced in those war affected areas. He said that we have to make joint efforts to make Pakistan a prosperous and developed country.
On this occasion the participants of the meeting appreciated the feelings of Speaker and voluntarily offered their services for establishment of model village. They also fully supported Speaker’s proposal of establishment of model welfare villages and assured their all-out cooperation in this regard.
 


Saudi Arabia Always Stands With Pakistan in Difficult Times as A Kind Brother: NA Speaker - February 21, 2019

Islamabad; February 21, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan always regards its relations with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) high which is based upon Islamic brotherhood and wishes to give these relations new dimensions of trade and parliamentary cooperation. He expressed these views while talking with Pakistan’s Ambassador in KSA Raja Ali Ijaz, who called on him at parliament house on Thursday.

The Speaker said that the people of both nations are just like one family as Saudi always stood with Pakistan in challenging and difficult times and helped Pakistan. He also expressed his views that the recent visit of the Crown Prince of KSA Muhammad Bin Salman will play an important role to further strengthen the relations between both countries and his successful visit will have long term positive impacts on the economy of two brotherly countries.  He termed the announcement of releasing the Pakistani Prisoners in KSA by the Crown Prince a historic step. He expressed the hope that the agreements signed between KSA and Pakistan will prove vital for Pakistan’s Economy. He stressed the need to enhance close cooperation between Parliaments and masses of both nations and it will further enhance the harmony between both the nations.

He directed the Ambassador to provide all support to Pakistani immigrants in KSA. He said that Embassy of Pakistan in KSA can play a vital role to highlight the true image of Pakistan and to encourage the Saudi Investors to invest in Pakistan. He appreciated the efforts of Ambassador Raja Ali Ijaz in bringing both the countries closer.

The Ambassador thanked the Speaker and said that People and Government of KSA gives immense importance to its relations with Pakistan. He said that Embassy of Pakistan in KSA was playing vibrant role to cement these relations. He assured the Speaker for making all out efforts to facilitate the Pakistani Immigrants in KSA. He was confident that the recent visit of the Crown Prince of KSA will prove a milestone to bring the bilateral relations to new heights. He further said that Pakistan Embassy has already initiated work on release of prisoners after the announcement by the Crown Prince of KSA and nation will hear good news soon. He was agreed with the suggestion of speaker to increase inter-parliamentary relations between both nations.
 


Nation is United To Face The Indian Regime’s War Mongering Narrative: NA Speaker - February 20, 2019

Islamabad; February 20, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the entire nation is united to face the Indian regime’s war mongering narrative and we will counter bravely all war threats by India. He also mentioned that Parliament is united across the parties to counter the aggression posed by Indian war mongering regime. He expressed these views while talking with delegation of Parliamentary Reporter Association (PRA) who called on him at parliament House on Wednesday. Convener PRA Hafiz Tahir Khalil, President PRA Qurban Baloch, Secretary General PRA Behzad Saleemi, Former President PRA Siddique Sajid, Secretary National Press Club Anwar Raza and senior journalist were present during the meeting. 

He said that this aggressive mode of Indian regime will be discussed in today session and a unanimous resolution will be passed in this regard. He further mentioned that he has talked with the Chairman Senate, Opposition leader in the Senate, other Parliamentary leaders and Foreign Minister of Pakistan to pass a unanimous resolution against Indian threats as this would be clear message for India that we all are united. He expressed the desire to legislate for the welfare of masses and it would be only possible when parliament function smoothly. “Being the custodian of the House it is his prime duty to keep all political parties united for the welfare of masses”, he said.

The Speaker desired that the Pakistani media should play proactive role for highlighting Pakistan stance of maintaining peace in the region. He said that Seven-Hundred Laws have been identified which need amendments and in this regards a special committee will be constituted to review propose amendment before presenting these on the floor of the House. In reply to a question, he said that mandate of each political party will be given due respect in the House.

The Speaker said that he is ready to play his role for resolution of media crisis. He asked PRA to submit their suggestion in black and white. He assured them that he will to put their suggestion to Prime Minister for consideration. He said that the proposal to form special parliamentary Committee to resolve the issues being faced by Media will be taken under consideration soon.
 


The Kashmir Issue Is A Humanitarian Crisis And Demands Attention The International Community: NA Speaker - February 19, 2019

Islamabad; February 19, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has expressed serious concern regarding the ever deteriorating situation of Human Rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). He said that the Kashmir is an issue of Humanitarian crisis whereas the violation of Human Rights in IOK is crystal clear for the entire world. The international community   especially the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament should take notice of deteriorating situation of Human Rights in IOK and should play its due role to maintain peace and stability in the region. He expressed these views while talking with the five member delegation of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)-UK who called on him on Tuesday. The delegation comprise of the Members of UK Parliament Naz Shah, Faisal Rasheed, Lord Rogan and officers of the UK Parliament.

The Speaker expressed that Parliamentary Diplomacy can play an important role to bring peace in the region and Pakistan is ready to start dialogue with India at parliamentary level. He said that opening of the Kartarpur Corridor was the right step to bring peace in the region but unfortunately India did not respond positively to this initiative. He said that Pakistan always wanted to maintain peace in the region so that masses in both countries can live peacefully but the present Indian Government is bent upon creating chaos in the region and wanted to contest election on the slogan of hate for Pakistan. He termed the statements of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a threat to peace of the region.

Asad Qaider said that irresponsible statements by Indian government may create mayhem in the region and may deteriorate already volatile situation. He further said that contesting elections should be on the basis of performance as well as maintain peace for future rather than on the basis of hate mongering for neighbors. Indian Government should make target to the poverty and ignorance rather than Pakistan, he added. He also regretted that India is the only country which did not even pay congratulation on his Speakership but in spite of this we formed Pakistan- India Parliamentary Friendship Group in the National Assembly of Pakistan.

While talking regarding Pakistan and UK relations, he said that Pakistan regards high its relations with UK and willing to enhance existing relations through parliamentary and economic cooperation. He stressed the need for exchange of Parliamentary delegations of both the countries so that parliamentarians can get benefits by each other experience. He said that the present parliament in Pakistan was consists of progressive political forces and determined to legislate for the welfare of masses. He appreciated the role of CPA for promoting democracy and supporting parliamentary institutions in Pakistan. He urged that the CPA should play its role for capacity building of the members and staff of Parliamentary institutions.

The members of UK Parliament stressed upon the need to maintain peace in the region. They said the United Nation Commissioner on Human Rights report on Human Rights violation in IOk must be an eye opener for India. They also expressed serious concern regarding mayhem based agenda of the present regime in India and expressed resolve to continue their efforts for peace in the region. They expressed their commitment to provide all out support to Parliamentary institutions in Pakistan. They also urged to solve the Kashmir issue through UN Security Council Resolutions on Kashmir.
 


Unity among Muslim countries is the only pacacea to face the challenges faced by Muslim Ummah: NA Speaker - February 13, 2019

Islamabad; February 13, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that unity and close cooperation among Muslim countries was essential to overcome challenges being confronted by the Muslim Ummah. He expressed these views while talking to the Ambassador of State of Qatar Saqr Bin Mubarak M.S. Al-Mansouri who called on him at Parliament House on Wednesday.

The Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its brotherly relations with Qatar and wanted to further expand the bilateral relations through enhanced economic and Parliamentary co-operation. He said that Parliamentary diplomacy could play a vital role to bring both brotherly countries closer and Parliament of Pakistan was committed to further cement bilateral relations. He said that incumbent government has introduced investment friendly policies in the country by which investors of Qatar can take advantages. He further said that there was vast opportunity of investment in Energy, Gas and Oil sectors in Pakistan.  While urging the need to enhance the volume of bilateral trade he said that there were great potentials expand trade between the two countries. He said that Pakistan has the largest numbers of skilled manpower which could play an important role in development and progress of Qatar.

Ambassador of State of Qatar Saqr Bin Mubarak M.S. Al- Mansouri thanked the Speaker for his valuable remarks and said that Qatar values high its friendly relations with Pakistan. He said that Qatar also desired to further enhance cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields. He said that Pakistani immigrants residing in Qatar were playing important role in progress and prosperity of his country. He said that Qatari firms were taking keen interest to invest in multiple spheres in Pakistan. He appreciated Pakistan’s role for creating harmony and eliminating differences among the Muslims countries.

Ambassador also extended invitation to speaker to attend the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference which is going to be held on 6th April, 2019 in Qatar.


Close Cooperation Between Pakistan And Afghanistan Imperative For Regional Prosperity: NA Speaker - February 12, 2019

Islamabad; February 12, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan and Afghanistan are closely linked on the foundation of Islamic brotherhood, sharing the same culture and close neighborhood on both side of the border. He further said that close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan is imperative for regional prosperity and for the peace of entire world. He expressed these views while talking with Designated Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan Mr. Shukrullah Atif Mashal on Tuesday.

The Speaker said that Pakistan is earnestly trying to support Afghanistan for durable peace and prosperity in Afghanistan as the peaceful and sustainable Afghanistan is pre-requisite for regional peace and prosperity. He also expressed his desire that both countries may make efforts to increase mutual trade and business. He further mentioned that Pakistan has been hosting more than three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan for last four decades.

Asad Qaiser mentioned that parliamentary diplomacy could play an important role for eliminating the misconception between both nations and bring them closer. The parliamentarian cooperation is also essential to eradicate the menace of terrorism and extremism in both countries. He also mentioned that economic, political, and regional cooperation with Afghanistan will be beneficial for both nations.

Designated Ambassador of Afghanistan in Pakistan Mr. Shukrullah Atif Mashal said that Afghanistan always values high to its close relation with Pakistan. He said that the way Pakistan is hosting the Afghan Refugees is commendable. He also appreciated Pakistan‘s role to support the efforts regarding sustainable peace and development in the region. He also said that Afghanistan desired to enhance cooperation in economic, political, and trade spheres with Pakistan.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother Of Deputy Chairman Senate - February 12, 2019

Islamabad: February 12, 2019:  Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of Mother of Deputy Chairman Senate  Saleem Mandviwalla.
 
In their separate condolence messages to Deputy Chairman Senate, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his Mother. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to Saleem Mandviwalla and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Former Parliamentarians are the asset to be utilized for the betterment of the Country: NA Speaker - February 7, 2019

Islamabad: February 07, 2019. The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the former parliamentarians are the asset which can be utilized for socio-economic development of the country. He appreciated their role and contribution for institutional building and to uplift the image of Pakistan in comity of nations. He expressed these views while addressing the meeting of Former Parliamentarians Forum at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) on Thursday.

The speaker said that we should utilize the experience and wisdom of the former parliamentarians to harmonize the relations with other nations. He urged the former parliamentarians to work in the public interest beyond their political affiliations. He stressed the need to utilize the experience of the former parliamentarians to establish villages for special person in the capital of each province which will cater the needs of orphans and disable persons. “These villages for the special persons will have hospital, schools, and vocational institutions”, he added.

Asad Qaiser said that the skills of these seasoned parliamentarians will be of great importance to make parliament proactive, vibrant and up to the expectation of masses. He also suggested that the support of these parliamentarians will be required for proper functioning of the Standing Committees and other Parliamentary Committees of the House. He assured to strengthen Former Parliamentarian Forum so that they can actively take part for the promotion of democracy in the country. He thanked the Mr. Zamarud Khan, convener of Former Parliamentarian Forum for successfully bringing former parliamentarians on one plate forum and organizing meeting of this forum.

The Convener of the Former Parliamentarians Forum Mr. Zamarud Khan thanked the Speaker for his support to this forum. He also assured that we would leave no stone unturned to serve the country and to strengthen the democratic institution in the country. The other participants also put forth suggestion for better working of the forum.

On this occasion, the resolution to express the solidarity with people of Kashmir and condemned the atrocity and human rights violation by the Indian armed forces in Indian occupied Kashmir was also passed during the meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Syed Kurshed Ahmed Shah and large number of incumbent and formers Members of National Assembly.


NA Speaker terms tweet of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani irresponsible and against the norms of internationally recognized principles of inter-state relations - February 7, 2019

Islamabad: February 7, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser taking strong exception to the tweet of Afghan President, Mr. Ashraf Ghani regarding alleged violence perpetrated against protesters in KPK and Balochistan, has termed it highly irresponsible, outrageous, gross interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan and against the norms of internationally recognized principles of inter-state relations.

In a statement issued here today, he said that such indiscretions can affect the efforts that are currently underway to create bonhomie between the two countries. The Afghan President instead of pointing accusing finger towards Pakistan is better advised to focus on resolving the problems of his own people and finding solutions to the intractable issues confronting his country.

He said that Pakistan as a front line state in the war against terrorism had suffered the most and her credentials as an honest peace-facilitator and supporter of the reconciliation process in Afghanistan were beyond any reproach. The role it has played in facilitating talks between the US and Taliban has received world-wide acclaim and appreciation, he added.

The speaker said that Pakistan was committed to promoting peace in Afghanistan and elimination of the scourge of terrorism. It is hoped that the Afghan President would be more discreet while making such observations about Pakistan and keep in view the diplomatic norms that govern inter-state relations, he concluded.


Vibrant and proactive Parliament needs futuristic strategy: NA Speaker - February 6, 2019

Islamabad: February 6,2019 Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that the future of Pakistan is connected with an active, dynamic, research based and proactive Parliament and these are the solid foundations of real democracy. He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural session of the National Assembly Strategic Plan Oversight Committee (SPOC) which is being held from 5 February to 7 February in Murree.

Thanking the participants of inaugural ceremony of the Strategic Plan 2019-2023, the Speaker said that your participation is a manifestation of working together for strengthening national institutions above political affiliations.  This consensus is a prime example of political maturity and political insight.

He said that the formation of strategic plan is very important for all of us as it will determine the direction of National Assembly for the next five years.  “We can achieve goals such as effective legislation, vibrant and active standing committees, comprehensive parliamentary diplomacy, and high quality research work by this plan”, he added.

He appreciated the services of the 14th National Assembly for devising a comprehensive Strategic Plan 2014-18. He said that formation of Green Parliament, Establishment of SDGs Secretariat and Legislative Drafting Council, Strengthening Institutions like PIPS, and programs like in-house training were the successful achievements of that plan. He expressed the belief that joint efforts of Member of the Strategic Plan Committee 2019-2023 will make us honored before the Nation.

Asad Qaisar said that after resuming the portfolio as Speaker, he paid special attention towards re-activation of Women Parliamentary Caucus, Young Parliamentarians Forums and Parliamentary Friendship Groups. He expressed satisfaction over the establishment of Women Parliamentary Caucus and formation of 94 Parliamentary Friendship Groups. He also assured that the election of Young Parliamentarian Forum is going to be held shortly in collaboration with PIPS.

He assured his full support to the members of Strategic Plan 2019-2023 and said that their suggestion to strengthen the Parliament will be appreciated.  He further mentioned that implementing the suggestion put forth by members of the SPOC will be the top priority of the National Assembly Secretariat.  He expressed the commitment to convert the parliament into modern professional organization by discarding the traditional ways of working. He also expressed optimism the vision and insight of the seasoned parliamentarians is the chief requirement to make National Assembly a prime example of organizational success. He thanked the “Westminster Foundation for Democracy” for organizing this event.

The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr.Sher Ali Arbab ,Ms.Mehnaz Akbar Aziz,Mr.Riaz Fatyana,Mr.Ahsan Iqbal Chaudary,Syed Naveed Qamar,Ms.Andleeb Abbas,Ms.Aisha Ghaus Pahsh,Ms.Munaza Hassan,ms.Shahida Akhatar Ali, Ms.Mariyum Aurangzeb and senior officers of the National Assembly.


Composition Of Committees Of The National Assembly - February 5, 2019

Islamabad; 5 February 5, 2019: In pursuance of the Motion adopted by the National Assembly in its sitting held on 25th January, 2019 the Honourable Speaker has been pleased to include the following Members of the National Assembly in the Standing Committees as under:-
(01) COMMITTEE ON RULES OF PROCEDURE AND PRIVILEGES
1. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah PTI NA-64
2. Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali PTI NA-99
3. Mr. Nawab Sher PTI NA-102
4. Mr. Khuram Shahzad PTI NA-107
5. Ms. Ghulam Bibi PTI NA-115
6. Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal PTI NA-149
7. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon PTI NA-159
8. Mian Muhammad Shafiq PTI NA-161
9. Makhdoomzada Syed Basit Ahmed Sultan PTI NA-185
10. Mr. Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa PTI NA-190
11. Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah IND NA-218
12. Mr. Muhammad Sajjad PML (N) NA-14
13. Chaudhry Armghan Subhani PML (N) NA-72
14. Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha PML (N) NA-89
15. Rana Sana Ullah Khan PML (N) NA-106
16. Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary PML (N) NA-112
17. Syed Imran Ahmad Shah PML (N) NA-147
18. Syed Murtaza Mahmud PPPP NA-180
19. Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani PPPP NA-209
20. Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah PPPP NA-214
21. Ms. Shagufta Jumani PPPP RS (Women)
22. Mr. Ali Wazir IND NA-50
(02) HOUSE AND LIBRARY COMMITTEE
1. Mr. Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri PTI NA-265
2. Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan PTI NA-24
3. Mr. Farrukh Habib PTI NA-108
4. Ms. Wajiha Akram PTI RS (Women)
5. Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch PTI RS (Women)
6. Ms. Kishwar Zehra MQM RS (Women)
7. Ms. Rubina Irfan BAP RS (Women)
8. Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi PML (N) NA-15
9. Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja PML (N) RS (Women)
10. Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam PML (N) RS (Women)
11. Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Mahesar PPPP RS (Women)
12. Ms. Nasiba Chana PPPP RS (Women)
13. Ms. Aliya Kamran MMAP RS (Women)
(03) COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT ASSURANCES
1. Mr. Mujahid Ali PTI NA-20
2. Sheikh Rashid Shafique PTI NA-60
3. Mr. Ahmad Hussain Deharr PTI NA-154
4. Malik Muhammad Amir Doger PTI NA-155
5. Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari PTI NA-195
6. Chaudhry Salik Hussain PML NA-65
7. Mr. Khalid Hussain Khan Magsi BAP NA-260
8. Ms. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch BNP RS (Women)
9. Chaudhry Armghan Subhani PML (N) NA-72
10. Mr. Usman Ibrahim PML (N) NA-82
11. Syed Javed Husnain PML (N) NA-92
12. Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar PML (N) NA-136
13. Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani PPPP NA-210
14. Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah PPPP NA-214
(04) STANDING COMMITTEE ON CABINET SECRETARIAT
1. Mr. Saleem Rehman PTI NA-03
2. Mr. Sher Ali Arbab PTI NA-30
3. Mr. Shahid Ahmad PTI NA-34
4. Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan PTI NA-53
5. Mr. Tahir Sadiq PTI NA-55
6. Mr. Muhammad Asim Nazir PTI NA-101
7. Mr. Aamir Talal Gopang PTI NA-186
8. Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood PTI NA-189
9. Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan PTI NA-254
10. Ms. Uzma Riaz PTI RS (Women)
11. Mr. Muhammad Hashim BNP NA-268
12. Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan PML (N) NA-138
13. Mr. Ahmad Raza Maneka PML (N) NA-145
14. Rana Iradat Sharif Khan PML (N) NA-146
15. Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik PML (N) RS (Women)
16. Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Mr. Raza Rabani Khar PPPP NA-183
18. Mr. Roshanuddin Junejo PPPP NA-217
19. Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur PPPP NA-229
20. Syed Mehmood Shah MMAP NA-267
(05) STANDING COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
1. Dr. Haider Ali Khan PTI NA-02
2. Mr. Khial Zaman PTI NA-33
3. Mr. Tahir Sadiq PTI NA-55
4. Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal PTI NA-149
5. Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Khan PTI NA-243
6. Ms. Munaza Hassan PTI RS (Women)
7. Ms. Andleeb Abbas PTI RS (Women)
8. Ms. Seemi Bokhari PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik PTI RS (Women)
10. Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani MQM NA-226
11. Ms. Rubina Irfan BAP RS (Women)
12. Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb PML (N) RS (Women)
13. Ms. Shaista Pervaiz PML (N) RS (Women)
14. Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja PML (N) RS (Women)
15. Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam PML (N) RS (Women)
16. Syed Mustafa Mahmud PPPP NA-178
17. Shazia Marri PPPP NA-216
18. Ms. Shahida Rehmani PPPP RS (Women)
19. Mr. Afreen Khan MMAP NA-11
(06) STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE AND TEXTILE
1. Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon PTI NA-16
2. Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh PTI NA-39
3. Mr. Muhammad Asim Nazir PTI NA-101
4. Mr. Nawab Sher PTI NA-102
5. Mr. Raza Nasrullah PTI NA-105
6. Mr. Khurram Shahzad PTI NA-107
7. Mr. Ahmad Hussain Deharr PTI NA-154
8. Mian Muhammad Shafiq PTI NA-161
9. Ms. Wajiha Akram PTI RS (Women)
10. Ms. Sajida Begum PTI RS (Women)
11. Mrs. Farukh Khan PML RS (Women)
12. Mr. Usman Ibrahim PML (N) NA-82
13. Rana Tanveer Hussain PML (N) NA-120
14. Sheikh Fayyaz ud Din PML (N) NA-176
15. Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb PML (N) RS (Women)
16. Ms. Shaista Pervaiz PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi PPPP NA-203
18. Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani PPPP NA-210
19. Syed Naveed Qamar PPPP NA-228
(07) STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS
1. Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai PTI NA-12
2. Mr. Saleh Muhammad PTI NA-13
3. Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai PTI NA-19
4. Mr. Imran Khattak PTI NA-26
5. Mr. Aamir Talal Gopang PTI NA-186
6. Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari PTI NA-193
7. Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan PTI NA-254
8. Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali PTI NA-261
9. Mr. Jai Parkash PTI RS (Non-Muslim)
10. Mr. Usama Qadri MQM NA-253
11. Mr. Ehsanullah Reki BAP NA-270
12. Mr. Ibadullah Khan PML (N) NA-10
13. Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi PML (N) NA-15
14. Mr. Muhammad Riaz PML (N) NA-123
15. Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan PML (N) NA-139
16. Dr. Darshan PML (N) RS(Non-Muslim)
17. Mr. Zulfiqar Bachani PPPP NA-224
18. Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi PPPP NA-231
19. Mr. Ramesh Lal PPPP R.S(Non-Muslim)
20. Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali MMAP NA-01
(08) STANDING COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE
1. Mr. Tahir Sadiq PTI NA-55
2. Chaudhary Farrukh Altaf PTI NA-66
3. Syed Faiz-ul-Hassan PTI NA-70
4. Mr. Amjid Ali Khan PTI NA-96
5. Mr. Ijaz Ahmad Shah PTI NA-118
6. Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi PTI NA-165
7. Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan PTI NA-237
8. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani PTI RS (Non-Muslim)
9. Syed Amin-ul-Haque MQM NA-251
10. Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar GDA NA-199
11. Ms. Rubina Irfan BAP RS (Women)
12. Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir PML (N) NA-117
13. Mr. Riaz ul Haq PML (N) NA-142
14. Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha PML (N) NA-151
15. Mr. Alam Dad Laleka PML (N) NA-167
16. Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada PML (N) NA-171
17. Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo PPPP NA-201
18. Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani PPPP NA-202
19. Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi PPPP NA-203
20. Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi MMAP NA-263
(09) STANDING COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE PRODUCTION
1. Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai PTI NA-12
2. Mr. Imran Khattak PTI NA-26
3. Mr. Khial Zaman PTI NA-33
4. Mr. Farrukh Habib PTI NA-108
5. Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti PTI NA-119
6. Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar PTI NA-188
7. Mr. Muhammad Najeeb Haroon PTI NA-256
8. Ms. Sajida Begum PTI RS (Women)
9. Mr. Hussain Elahi PML NA-68
10. Mr. Salahhuddin MQM NA-227
11. Ms. Saira Bano GDA RS (Women)
12. Chaudhry Abid Raza PML (N) NA-71
13. Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk PML (N) NA-80
14. Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal PML (N) NA-86
15. Mr. Nadeem Abbas PML (N) NA-141
16. Chaudhry Iftekhar Nazir PML (N) NA-153
17. Mir Munawar Ali Talpur PPPP NA-219
18. Mr. Irfan Ali Laghari PPPP NA-234
19. Mr. Rafique Ahmed Jamali PPPP NA-235
20. Mr. Afreen Khan MMAP NA-11
(10) STANDING COMMITTEE ON ENERGY
1. Malik Anwar Taj PTI NA-23
2. Mr. Imran Khattak PTI NA-26
3. Mr. Noor Alam Khan PTI NA-27
4. Mr. Shahid Ahmad PTI NA-34
5. Sardar Talib Hussain Nakai PTI NA-140
6. Malik Muhammad Amir Doger PTI NA-155
7. Mr. Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Wattoo PTI NA-166
8. Mr. Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa PTI NA-190
9. Mr. Muhammad Akhtar Mengal BNP NA-269
10. Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar GDA NA-199
11. Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen BAP NA-258
12. Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi PML (N) NA-15
13. Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan PML (N) NA-81
14. Ch. Muhammad BarjeesTahir PML (N) NA-117
15. Sardar Muhammad Arfan Dogar PML (N) NA-122
16. Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada PML (N) NA-171
17. Mr. Raza Rabani Khar PPPP NA-183
18. Shazia Marri PPPP NA-216
19. Mr. Roshanuddin Junejo PPPP NA-217
20. Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani MMAP NA-35
11) STANDING COMMITTEE ON FEDERAL EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
1. Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan PTI NA-53
2. Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan PTI NA-57
3. Chaudhary Farrukh Altaf PTI NA-66
4. Mr. Umar Aslam Khan PTI NA-93
5. Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik PTI NA-170
6. Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak PTI RS (Women)
7. Ms. Andleeb Abbas PTI RS (Women)
8. Ms. Ghazala Saifi PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Asma Hadeed PTI RS (Women)
10. Ms. Tashfeen Safdar PTI RS (Women
11. Mrs. Farukh Khan PML RS (Women)
12. Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz PML (N) NA-77
13. Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed PML (N) NA-90
14. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti PML (N) NA-91
15. Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi PML (N) NA-173
16. Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Mr. Abid Hussain Bhayo PPPP NA-198
18. Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Mahesar PPPP RS (Women)
19. Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro PPPP RS (Women)
20. Mr. Asmatullah MMAP NA-264
(12) STANDING COMMITTEE ON FINANCE, REVENUE AND ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
1. Mr. Jawad Hussain PTI NA-47
2. Mr. Raza Nasrullah PTI NA-105
3. Mr. Faiz Ullah PTI NA-109
4. Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani PTI NA-174
5. Makhdoomzada Syed Basit Ahmed Sultan PTI NA-185
6. Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak PTI NA-194
7. Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan PTI NA-237
8. Mr. Faheem Khan PTI NA-241
9. Ms. Nusrat Wahid PTI RS (Women)
10. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani PTI RS (Non-Muslim)
11. Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen BAP NA-258
12. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary PML (N) NA-78
13. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh PML (N) NA-100
14. Chaudhary Khalid Javed PML (N) NA-111
15. Mr. Ali Pervaiz PML (N) NA-127
16. Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Ms. Nafisa Shah PPPP NA-208
18. Syed Naveed Qamar PPPP NA-228
19. Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar PPPP RS (Women)
20. Mr. Abdul Wasay MMAP NA-257
(13) STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS
1. Mr. Arbab Aamir Ayub PTI NA-28
2. Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana PTI NA-94
3. Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali PTI NA-99
4. Mr. Muhammad Asim Nazir PTI NA-101
5. Mr. Muhammad Ahmeer Sultan PTI NA-116
6. Syed Fakhar Imam PTI NA-150
7. Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi PTI NA-157
8. Ms. Munaza Hassan PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari PTI RS (Women)
10. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani PTI RS (Non-Muslim)
11. Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah IND NA-218
12. Mr. Ali Zahid PML (N) NA-74
13. Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz PML (N) NA-77
14. Mr. Noor ul Hassan Tanvir PML (N) NA-169
15. Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi PML (N) RS (Women)
16. Ms. Maiza Hameed PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh PPPP NA-207
18. Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar PPPP RS (Women)
19. Mr. Abdul Shakoor MMAP NA-51
20. Mr. Mohsin Dawar IND NA-48
(14) STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND WORKS
1. Mr. Mehboob Shah PTI NA-06
2. Malik Anwar Taj PTI NA-23
3. Mr. Sajid Khan PTI NA-42
4. Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar PTI NA-135
5. Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani PTI NA-174
6. Ch. Javed Iqbal Warraich PTI NA-179
7. Mr. Muhammad Najeeb Haroon PTI NA-256
8. Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Wajiha Akram PTI RS (Women)
10. Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan MQM NA-240
11. Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen BAP NA-258
12. Chaudhry Abid Raza PML (N) NA-71
13. Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan PML (N) NA-75
14. Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra PML (N) NA-84
15. Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb PML (N) RS (Women)
16. Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Mr. Abid Hussain Bhayo PPPP NA-198
18. Jam Abdul Karim Bijar PPPP NA-236
19. Syed Agha Rafiullah PPPP NA-238
20. Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai MMAP NA-45
(15) STANDING COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
1. Ms. Ghulam Bibi PTI NA-115
2. Mr. Saif Ur Rehman PTI NA-242
3. Mr. Atta Ullah PTI NA-250
4. Ms. Syma Nadeem PTI RS (Women)
5. Ms. Ghazala Saifi PTI RS (Women)
6. Ms. Rukhsana Naveed PTI RS (Women)
7. Ms. Zille Huma PTI RS (Women)
8. Ms. Fouzia Behram PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Tashfeen Safdar PTI RS (Women)
10. Ms. Shunila Ruth PTI RS (Non-Muslim)
11. Agha Hassan Baloch BNP NA-266
12. Mr. Saad Waseem PML (N) NA-137
13. Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha PML (N) NA-151
14. Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju PML (N) NA-160
15. Ms. Zaib Jaffar PML (N) RS (Women)
16. Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari PPPP NA-200
18. Shazia Marri PPPP NA-216
19. Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto PPPP RS (Women)
20. Mr. James Iqbal MMAP RS (Non-Muslim)
(16) STANDING COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIES AND PRODUCTION
1. Mr. Arbab Aamir Ayub PTI NA-28
2. Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai PTI NA-29
3. Mr. Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Wattoo PTI NA-166
4. Syed Mobeen Ahmed PTI NA-175
5. Mr. Aamir Talal Gopang PTI NA-186
6. Mr. Muhammad Akram PTI NA-239
7. Ms. Andleeb Abbas PTI RS (Women)
8. Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Sajida Begum PTI RS (Women)
10. Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik PTI RS (Women)
11. Mr. Usama Qadri MQM NA-253
12. Mr. Ali Gohar Khan PML (N) NA-103
13. Mr. Muhammad Riaz PML (N) NA-123
14. Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik PML (N) NA-133
15. Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan PML (N) NA-139
16. Mr. Riaz ul Haq PML (N) NA-142
17. Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju PML (N) NA-160
18. Syed Mustafa Mahmud PPPP NA-178
19. Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan PPPP NA-182
20. Nawabzada Iftakhar Ahmed Khan Babar PPPP NA-184
(17) STANDING COMMITTEE ON INFORMATION, BROADCASTING, NATIONAL HISTORY AND LITERARY HERITAGE
1. Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai PTI NA-19
2. Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai PTI NA-29
3. Mr. Zahoor Hussain Qureshi PTI NA-152
4. Mr. Tahir Iqbal PTI NA-164
5. Mr. Muhammad Akram PTI NA-239
6. Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Khan PTI NA-243
7. Mr. Aftab Jehangir PTI NA-252
8. Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Syma Nadeem PTI RS (Women)
10. Ms. Kunwal Shauzab PTI RS (Women)
11. Syed Amin ul Haque MQM NA-251
12. Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar PML (N) NA-104
13. Mr. Javed Latif PML (N) NA-121
14. Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif PML (N) NA-132
15. Mr. Nadeem Abbas PML (N) NA-141
16. Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Ms. Maiza Hameed PML (N) RS (Women)
18. Ms. Nafisa Shah PPPP NA-208
19. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan PPPP NA-212
20. Ms. Naz Baloch PPPP R.S (Women)
(18) STANDING COMMITTEE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATION
1. Sahibzada Sibgatullah PTI NA-05
2. Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon PTI NA-16
3. Mr. Sher Ali Arbab PTI NA-30
4. Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi PTI NA-157
5. Mr. Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Wattoo PTI NA-166
6. Sardar Muhammad Khan Leghari PTI NA-192
7. Mr. Aftab Hussain Saddique PTI NA-247
8. Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan PTI NA-254
9. Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer PTI RS (Women)
10. Ms. Kunwal Shauzab PTI RS (Women)
11. Mr. Muhammad Hashim BNP NA-268
12. Malik Sohail Khan PML (N) NA-56
13. Mr. Ali Gohar Khan PML (N) NA-103
14. Ms. Aysha Rajab Ali PML (N) RS (Women)
15. Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam PML (N) RS (Women)
16. Ms. Maiza Hameed PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah PPPP NA-214
18. Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani PPPP NA-222
19. Ms. Naz Baloch PPPP RS (Women)
20. Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani MMAP NA-35
(19) STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR
1. Mr. Sher Akbar Khan PTI NA-09
2. Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz PTI NA-52
3. Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali PTI NA-99
4. Mr. Raza Nasrullah PTI NA-105
5. Mr. Ijaz Ahmad Shah PTI NA-118
6. Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti PTI NA-119
7. Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar PTI NA-135
8. Sardar Talib Hussain Nakai PTI NA-140
9. Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak PTI RS (Women)
10. Mr. Muhammad Akhtar Mengal BNP NA-269
11. Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugti JWP NA-259
12. Malik Sohail Khan PML (N) NA-56
13. Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan PML (N) NA-75
14. Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik PML (N) NA-133
15. Mr. Nadeem Abbas PML (N) NA-141
16. Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Mr. Ehsan Ur Rehman Mazari PPPP NA-197
18. Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur PPPP NA-220
19. Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel PPPP NA-248
20. Mr. Asmatullah MMAP NA-264
(20) STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTER PROVINCIAL COORDINATION
1. Mr. Mehboob Shah PTI NA-06
2. Mr. Gul Dad Khan PTI NA-40
3. Mr. Gul Zafar Khan PTI NA-41
4. Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan PTI NA-158
5. Ms. Robina Jamil PTI RS (Women)
6. Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch PTI RS (Women)
7. Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah PTI RS (Women)
8. Mr. Agha Hassan Baloch BNP NA-266
9. Mr. Muhammad Hashim BNP NA-268
10. Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan MQM NA-240
11. Mr. Mohammad Aslam Bhootani IND NA-272
12. Mr. Ali Zahid PML (N) NA-74
13. Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhinder PML (N) NA-83
14. Rana Mubashir Iqbal PML (N) NA-134
15. Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar PML (N) NA-136
16. Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan PML (N) NA-138
17. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan PPPP NA-212
18. Ms. Shahida Rehmani PPPP RS (Women)
19. Ms. Nasiba Chana PPPP RS (Women)
20. Mr. Muhammad Anwar MMAP NA-36
(21) STANDING COMMITTEE ON KASHMIR AFFAIRS AND GILGIT-BALTISTAN
1. Mr. Saleem Rehman PTI NA-03
2. Mr. Mehboob Shah PTI NA-06
3. Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan PTI NA-07
4. Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh PTI NA-39
5. Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani PTI NA-174
6. Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan PTI NA-187
7. Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar PTI NA-188
8. Ms. Robina Jamil PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Ghazala Saifi PTI RS (Women)
10. Mr. Jamshed Thomas PTI RS (Non-Muslim)
11. Mr. Ehsanullah Reki BAP NA-270
12. Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan PML (N) NA-76
13. Mr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema PML (N) NA-79
14. Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal PML (N) NA-86
15. Mr. Waheed Alam Khan PML (N) NA-125
16. Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif PML (N) NA-132
17. Mr. Alam Dad Laleka PML (N) NA-167
18. Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi PPPP NA-46
19. Mr. Khalid Ahmed Khan Lund PPPP NA-204
20. Ms. Shamim Ara Panhwar PPPP RS (Women)
(22) STANDING COMMITTEE ON MARITIME AFFAIRS
1. Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh PTI NA-39
2. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon PTI NA-159
3. Mr. Faheem Khan PTI NA-241
4. Mr. Saif Ur Rehman PTI NA-242
5. Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad PTI NA-246
6. Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali PTI NA-261
7. Ms. Nuzhat Pathan PTI RS (Women)
8. Mr. Lal Chand PTI RS (Non-Muslim)
9. Mr. Usama Qadri MQM NA-253
10. Ms. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch BNP RS (Women)
11. Mr. Mohammad Aslam Bhootani IND NA-272
12. Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra PML (N) NA-84
13. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh PML (N) NA-100
14. Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar PML (N) NA-104
15. Begum Tahira Bokhari PML (N) RS (Women)
16. Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das PML (N) RS (Non-Muslim)
17. Jam Abdul Karim Bijar PPPP NA-236
18. Syed Agha Rafiullah PPPP NA-238
19. Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel PPPP NA-248
20. Mr. Kamal Uddin MMAP NA-262
(23) STANDING COMMITTEE ON NARCOTICS CONTROL
1. Mr. Gul Dad Khan PTI NA-40
2. Mr. Mohammad Iqbal Khan PTI NA-44
3. Mr. Mansoor Hayat Khan PTI NA-63
4. Mr. Muhammad Ahmeer Sultan PTI NA-116
5. Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan PTI NA-187
6. Sardar Muhammad Khan Leghari PTI NA-192
7. Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan PTI NA-237
8. Ms. Uzma Riaz PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Nusrat Wahid PTI RS (Women)
10. Mr. Ehsanullah Raki BAP NA-270
11. Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani MQM NA-226
12. Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhinder PML (N) NA-83
13. Mr. Waheed Alam Khan PML (N) NA-125
14. Rana Mubashir Iqbal PML (N) NA-134
15. Mr. Ehsan-ul-Haq Bajwa PML (N) NA-168
16. Makhdoom Jameel-uz-Zaman PPPP NA-223
17. Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur PPPP NA-229
18. Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi MMAP NA-263
19. Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali MMAP RS (Women)
20. Mr. Mohsin Dawar IND NA-48
(24) STANDING COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL FOOD SECURITY AND RESEARCH
1. Mr. Shaukat Ali PTI NA-31
2. Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal PTI NA-149
3. Mr. Zahoor Hussain Qureshi PTI NA-152
4. Mr. Ahmad Hussain Deharr PTI NA-154
5. Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi PTI NA-157
6. Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan PTI NA-158
7. Mian Muhammad Shafiq PTI NA-161
8. Syed Mobeen Ahmed PTI NA-175
9. Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari PTI NA-193
10. Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari PTI NA-195
11. Dr. Nausheen Hamid PTI RS (Women)
12. Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan PML (N) NA-143
13. Mr. Ahmad Raza Maneka PML (N) NA-145
14. Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf PML (N) NA-148
15. Choudhary Faqir Ahmad PML (N) NA-162
16. Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani PPPP NA-210
18. Pir Noor Muhammad Shah Jeelani PPPP NA-221
19. Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi PPPP NA-231
20. Mr. Kamal Uddin MMAP NA-262
(25) STANDING COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES, REGULATIONS AND COORDINATION
1. Dr. Haider Ali Khan PTI NA-02
2. Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai PTI NA-29
3. Mr. Shaukat Ali PTI NA-31
4. Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz PTI NA-52
5. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla PTI NA-98
6. Dr. Nausheen Hamid PTI RS (Women)
7. Ms. Seemi Bokhari PTI RS (Women)
8. Ms. Fouzia Behram PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Nooreen Farooq Khan PTI RS (Women)
10. Ms. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch BNP RS (Women)
11. Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi BAP NA-260
12. Mr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema PML (N) NA-79
13. Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik PML (N) NA-88
14. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti PML (N) NA-91
15. Ms. Samina Matloob PML (N) RS (Women)
16. Dr. Darshan PML (N) RS(Non-Muslim)
17. Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani PPPP NA-222
18. Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro PPPP RS (Women)
19. Mr. James Iqbal MMAP RS (Non-Muslim)
(26) STANDING COMMITTEE ON OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS AND HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
1. Dr. Haider Ali Khan PTI NA-02
2. Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan PTI NA-24
3. Mr. Sajid Khan PTI NA-42
4. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah PTI NA-64
5. Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhary PTI NA-85
6. Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi PTI NA-165
7. Mr. Aftab Hussain Saddique PTI NA-247
8. Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Tashfeen Safdar PTI RS (Women)
10. Syed Amin ul Haque MQM NA-251
11. Ms. Kishwer Zehra MQM RS (Women)
12. Syed Javed Husnain PML (N) NA-92
13. Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan PML (N) NA-138
14. Mr. Ehsan-ul-Haq Bajwa PML (N) NA-168
15. Mr. Noor ul Hassan Tanvir PML (N) NA-169
16. Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Mr. Khalid Ahmed Khan Lund PPPP NA-204
18. Syed Abrar Ali Shah PPPP NA-211
19. Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto PPPP RS (Women)
20. Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ud Din MMAP NA-49
(27) STANDING COMMITTEE ON PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS
1. Mr. Junaid Akbar PTI NA-08
2. Mr. Mujahid Ali PTI NA-20
3. Mr. Jawad Hussain PTI NA-47
4. Mr. Mansoor Hayat Khan PTI NA-63
5. Mr. Aftab Hussain Saddique PTI NA-247
6. Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari PTI RS (Women)
7. Ms. Rukhsana Naveed PTI RS (Women)
8. Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Zille Huma PTI RS (Women)
10. Ms. Fouzia Behram PTI RS (Women)
11. Mr. Moonis Elahi PML NA-69
12. Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk PML (N) NA-80
13. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti PML (N) NA-91
14. Rana Sana Ullah Khan PML (N) NA-106
15. Rana Mubashir Iqbal PML (N) NA-134
16. Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju PML (N) NA-160
17. Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani PPPP NA-202
18. Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani PPPP NA-222
19. Ms. Shams un Nisa PPPP NA-232
20. Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali MMAP NA-01
(28) STANDING COMMITTEE ON PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND REFORM
1. Mr. Junaid Akbar PTI NA-08
2. Mr. Sher Akbar Khan PTI NA-09
3. Mr. Saleh Muhammad PTI NA-13
4. Mr. Shaukat Ali PTI NA-31
5. Syed Faiz-ul-Hassan PTI NA-70
6. Mr. Nawab Sher PTI NA-102
7. Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan PTI NA-158
8. Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak PTI NA-194
9. Ms. Seemi Bokhari PTI RS (Women)
10. Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan PTI RS (Women)
11. Chaudhry Salik Hussain PML NA-65
12. Mr. Muhammad Sajjad PML (N) NA-14
13. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary PML (N) NA-78
14. Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary PML (N) NA-112
15. Sardar Muhammad Arfan Dogar PML (N) NA-122
16. Syed Murtaza Mahmud PPPP NA-180
17. Mr. Naveed Dero PPPP NA-215
18. Syed Agha Rafiullah PPPP NA-238
19. Mr. Abdul Shakoor MMAP NA-51
(29) STANDING COMMITTEE ON POSTAL SERVICES
1. Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhary PTI NA-85
2. Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti PTI NA-87
3. Mr. Faiz Ullah PTI NA-109
4. Raja Riaz Ahmad PTI NA-110
5. Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar PTI NA-135
6. Mr. Tahir Iqbal PTI NA-164
7. Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar PTI NA-188
8. Ms. Asma Hadeed PTI RS (Women)
9. Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah PTI RS (Women)
10. Ms. Rukhsana Naveed PTI RS (Women)
11. Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch PTI RS (Women)
12. Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal PML (N) NA-86
13. Syed Javed Husnain PML (N) NA-92
14. Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan PML (N) NA-139
15. Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam PML (N) RS (Women)
16. Ms. Aysha Rajab Ali PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Nawabzada Iftakhar Ahmed Khan Babar PPPP NA-184
18. Syed Abrar Ali Shah PPPP NA-211
19. Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva PPPP RS (Non-Muslim)
20. Mr. Muhammad Anwar MMAP NA-36
(30) STANDING COMMITTEE ON PRIVATIZATION
1. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah PTI NA-64
2. Mr. Umar Aslam Khan PTI NA-93
3. Mr. Khurram Shahzad PTI NA-107
4. Mr. Muhammad Ahmeer Sultan PTI NA-116
5. Mr. Zahoor Hussain Qureshi PTI NA-152
6. Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari PTI NA-195
7. Mr. Faheem Khan PTI NA-241
8. Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Syma Nadeem PTI RS (Women)
10. Mr. Moonis Elahi PML NA-69
11. Ms. Saira Bano GDA RS (Women)
12. Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik PML (N) NA-88
13. Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar PML (N) NA-104
14. Mr. Muhammad Riaz PML (N) NA-123
15. Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik PML (N) NA-133
16. Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha PML (N) NA-151
17. Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli PML (N) RS (Women)
18. Syed Mustafa Mahmud PPPP NA-178
19. Syed Hussain Tariq PPPP NA-225
20. Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto PPPP NA-233
(31) STANDING COMMITTEE ON RAILWAYS
1. Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan PTI NA-07
2. Mr. Arbab Amir Ayub PTI NA-28
3. Sheikh Rashid Shafique PTI NA-60
4. Mr. Mansoor Hayat Khan PTI NA-63
5. Mr. Amjid Ali Khan PTI NA-96
6. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla PTI NA-98
7. Mr. Tahir Iqbal PTI NA-164
8. Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan PTI NA-187
9. Mr. Aftab Jehangir PTI NA-252
10. Ms. Nusrat Wahid PTI RS (Women)
11. Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani MQM NA-226
12. Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed PML (N) NA-90
13. Mr. Ali Pervaiz PML (N) NA-127
14. Khawaja Saad Rafique PML (N) NA-131
15. Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo PML (N) NA-144
16. Syed Imran Ahmad Shah PML (N) NA-147
17. Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh PPPP NA-207
18. Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani PPPP NA-209
19. Mr. Ramesh Lal PPPP RS (Non-Muslim)
20. Mr. Abdul Wasay MMAP NA-257
(32) STANDING COMMITTEE ON RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS AND INTER-FAITH HARMONY
1. Mr. Saleem Rehman PTI NA-03
2. Sahibzada Sibgatullah PTI NA-05
3. Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan PTI NA-07
4. Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai PTI NA-12
5. Mr. Mujahid Ali PTI NA-20
6. Mr. Mohammad Iqbal Khan PTI NA-44
7. Raja Riaz Ahmad PTI NA-110
8. Ch. Javed Iqbal Warraich PTI NA-179
9. Mr. Aftab Jehangir PTI NA-252
10. Mr. Jamshed Thomas PTI RS (Non-Muslim)
11. Ms. Shunila Ruth PTI RS (Non-Muslim)
12. Choudhary Faqir Ahmad PML (N) NA-162
13. Begum Tahira Bokhari PML (N) RS (Women)
14. Ms. Kiran Imran Dar PML (N) RS (Women)
15. Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das PML (N) RS (Non-Muslim)
16. Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan PPPP NA-182
17. Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani PPPP NA-209
18. Ms. Shagufta Jumani PPPP RS (Women)
19. Mr. Asad Mehmood MMAP NA-37
20. Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali MMAP RS (Women)
(33) STANDING COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
1. Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai PTI NA-19
2. Mr. Noor Alam Khan PTI NA-27
3. Mr. Jawad Hussain PTI NA-47
4. Chaudhary Farrukh Altaf PTI NA-66
5. Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti PTI NA-87
6. Mr. Umar Aslam Khan PTI NA-93
7. Mr. Farrukh Habib PTI NA-108
8. Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti PTI NA-119
9. Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad PTI NA-246
10. Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan PTI RS (Women)
11. Mr. Hussain Elahi PML NA-68
12. Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik PML (N) NA-88
13. Khawaja Saad Rafique PML (N) NA-131
14. Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf PML (N) NA-148
15. Mr. Sajid Mehdi PML (N) NA-163
16. Ms. Zaib Jaffar PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Ms. Samina Matloob PML (N) RS (Women)
18. Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo PPPP NA-201
19. Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto PPPP NA-233
20. Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva PPPP RS (Non-Muslim)
(34) STANDING COMMITTEE ON STATES AND FRONTIER REGIONS
1. Mr. Saleh Muhammad PTI NA-13
2. Mr. Shahid Ahmad PTI NA-34
3. Mr. Gul Dad Khan PTI NA-40
4. Mr. Gul Zafar Khan PTI NA-41
5. Mr. Sajid Khan PTI NA-42
6. Mr. Mohammad Iqbal Khan PTI NA-44
7. Sardar Muhammad Khan Leghari PTI NA-192
8. Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad PTI NA-246
9. Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik PTI RS (Women)
10. Chaudhry Salik Hussain PML NA-65
11. Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugti JWP NA-259
12. Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan PML (N) NA-75
13. Mr. Waheed Alam Khan PML (N) NA-125
14. Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar PML (N) NA-136
15. Mr. Alam Dad Laleka PML (N) NA-167
16. Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf PML (N) NA-148
17. Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi PPPP NA-46
18. Pir Noor Muhammad Shah Jeelani PPPP NA-221
19. Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ud Din MMAP NA-49
20. Mr. Ali Wazir IND NA-50
(35) STANDING COMMITTEE ON STATISTICS
1. Mr. Gul Zafar Khan PTI NA-41
2. Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan PTI NA-57
3. Syed Mobeen Ahmed PTI NA-175
4. Mr. Saif Ur Rehman PTI NA-242
5. Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Khan PTI NA-243
6. Ms. Robina Jamil PTI RS (Women)
7. Mr. Jai Parkash PTI RS (Non-Muslim)
8. Mr. Jamshed Thomas PTI RS (Non-Muslim)
9. Mr. Salahuddin MQM NA-227
10. Mrs. Farukh Khan PML RS (Women)
11. Ms. Saira Bano GDA RS (Women)
12. Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra PML (N) NA-84
13. Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha PML (N) NA-89
14. Mr. Saad Waseem PML (N) NA-137
15. Rana Iradat Sharif Khan PML (N) NA-146
16. Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Ms. Kiran Imran Dar PML (N) RS (Women)
18. Mr. Naveed Dero PPPP NA-215
19. Mr. Zulfiqar Bachani PPPP NA-224
20. Mr. Irfan Ali Laghari PPPP NA-234
(36) STANDING COMMITTEE ON WATER RESOURCES
1. Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan PTI NA-24
2. Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan PTI NA-53
3. Sheikh Rashid Shafique PTI NA-60
4. Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti PTI NA-87
5. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla PTI NA-98
6. Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik PTI NA-170
7. Ch. Javed Iqbal Warraich PTI NA-179
8. Ms. Nooreen Farooq Khan PTI RS (Women)
9. Ms. Kunwal Shauzab PTI RS (Women)
10. Mr. Moonis Elahi PML NA-69
11. Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi BAP NA-260
12. Khawaja Muhammad Asif PML (N) NA-73
13. Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed PML (N) NA-90
14. Mr. Riaz ul Haq PML (N) NA-142
15. Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib PML (N) RS (Women)
16. Ms. Shaista Pervaiz PML (N) RS (Women)
17. Mr. Ehsan ur Rehman Mazari PPPP NA-197
18. Mir Munawar Ali Talpur PPPP NA-219
19. Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur PPPP NA-220
20. Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai MMAP NA-45
 


Resolution of Kashmir Issue In Accordance With Wishes of Kashmiri People Is Imperative For Regional and Global Peace and Stability: Speaker NA - February 4, 2019

     Islamabad: February 4, 2019;   Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Kashmir issue was not just a territorial dispute but a question of people’s inherent right to self-determination. He added that brutal force and propaganda cannot gag the voice of freedom nor it can alter Pakistan’s resolute and principled stance on the issue of Kashmir. He said this in his message at the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day to be commemorated across Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir on February 5 to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren.

    Referring to the future of South Asia and Kashmir dispute, the Speaker remarked that peace in South Asia will remain allusive when world’s so called largest democracy unleash brute force against the people of Kashmir. He urged the United Nations and international community to ensure the implementation of its own resolutions on Kashmir and ensure its own relevance in international disputes resolutions.

    Highlighting Pakistan’s steadfast support to the freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people, the Speaker reinforced Pakistan’s unwavering historic stance on Kashmir and added that the people and Government of Pakistan will continue to provide all kinds of moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people at every forum. He said that the Parliament of Pakistan is fully committed for peaceful resolution of Kashmir Issue and has passed number of resolutions against the atrocities of Indian Armed Forces in Occupied Kashmir and for rights of self determination of people of held valley in accordance with resolutions of United Nations Security Councils. He remarked that forceful occupation of Kashmir was against the modern norms of nation state and people’s basic right to self-determination - the right to form government as per people’s aspirations free from foreign interference.

    Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri also reaffirmed that Pakistan will continue to provide unflinching moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmir cause at various international forums. He added that Pakistan is a voice of the oppressed Kashmiris and will continue to stand with the Kashmiri brethren through every thick and thin. 


Harmony among provinces and Federation is a key to Socio-Economic Development of the Country: NA Speaker - February 1, 2019

ISLAMABAD: February 1, 2019 Minister for Inter-Provincial Co-ordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qasiar at Speaker’s House on Friday. The matters pertaining to coordination between Federation and Provinces as well as overall economic and political situation of the country were discussed during the meeting.

The Speaker said that close coordination and harmony among Federation and Provinces is imperative for development of the country. He urged upon the Federation to play its due role for elimination of sense of deprivation in small provinces and further mentioned that resolving problems of the small provinces should be priority of the Federation. He further said that the small provinces can play a proactive role in development and progress of the country when this sense of deprivation is lessened.

Asad Qasiar stressed the need for resolving the health issues, spreading education for all, enhancing sports opportunities for youth and promoting tourism in the country. He said that national integration and consensus was essential to counter the challenges of terrorism, unemployment, illiteracy, scarcity of water and corruption being faced by the country at present.  He said that the leaders of all political parties need to play their due role for peaceful environment in the House so that effective legislation can be enacted.

Minister for Inter-Provincial Co-ordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that elimination of sense of deprivation of the small provinces is her priority and in this regard she is in contact with provincial governments. She said the incumbent government is trying to bring positive changes in health, education, tourism, and sports sectors. She further assured the Speaker for cooperation to keep the environment peaceful in the House.


Unity and Tolerance are the Prime Requirements to counter the challenges faced by the nation: NA Speaker - January 31, 2019

Islamabad: January 31 .2019 The Spokesperson of the Prime Minister Mr. Nadeem Afzal Chan called on Speaker National Assembly Assad Qaiser at Speaker House on Thursday. The matters pertaining to overall economic and political situation in the country were discussed during the meeting.

The Speaker said that we all need unity and tolerance to forge ahead to counter the socio-economic issues faced by the nation. He also said that all members of National Assembly are equal for him and he paid equal attention to all of them. He said that to legislate for public interest and to keep the peaceful environment in the House is his foremost priority.

While appreciating the appointment of Nadeem Afzal Chan as Spokesperson of the Prime Minister   he said that Nadeem Afzal Chan belongs to a well known political family and he himself is active and seasoned political leader who is well versed in resolving the public issues. His appointment as Spokesperson of Prime Minister is a good omen.

Spokesperson of the Prime Minister Mr. Nadeem Afzal Chan expressed deep gratitude for the Speaker and appreciated his neutral role in the House. He also said  the incumbent government is striving for  elimination of poverty, illiteracy, corruption and raising the living standards of masses. He was confident that the incumbent government will succeed to overcome the grave socio-economic crisis  and would lead the country on the path of progress and development.


CPEC and peace in Afghanistan will open new avenues of progress in this region for youth: NA Speaker - January 31, 2019

Islamabad; January 31, 2019: Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that new avenues of development and progress for youth will open with peace and stability in Afghanistan and the presence of CPEC in this region. He expressed these views while talking to the youth during the dialogue held on the topic of “Democratic and Peaceful Governance and Sustainable Development in Pakistan” between Youth and Parliamentarians on Thursday. On this occasion large numbers of parliamentarians were present to respond the questions and suggestion raised by the youth.

The Speaker said that there was development under progress for peace and stability in Afghanistan at global level and we are hopeful that these efforts will become fruitful in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will open new avenues of development in the region. He said that peace and stability is essential for generating employment opportunities. He further said that youth is a ray of light and providing them education and technical training will not only make progress but it will also help to become a developed and prosperous country.

Asad Qaiser emphasized the need for youth to participate in politics and take an active part in the development of the country. He said that one requires determination, continuous struggle and vision to move forward. At present, 96 Young Parliamentarians are members of the National Assembly and were playing active role in the proceedings of the House and development of the country, he added. Speaker said that youth is the valuable assets of the country and nation has a lot of expectations from its   young generation. He urged upon the youth to work hard to meet the expectations of the nation. He asked the leadership of the political parties to take steps for inclusion in their parties. He appreciated the PILDAT for holding this dialogue and termed it as a positive development to bring Youth in the mainstream of socio-economic affairs.

The meeting was attended by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, Mr. Usman Dar, MNAs Wajiha Akram, Shandana Gulzar, Kanwal Shauzab, Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Romina Khurshid Alam, Syed Naveed Qamar, Shahida Akhtar Ali, Kishwer Zahra, Senators Qurat-ul- Ain Marri, Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed, President PILDAT Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, Resident Representative UNDP Mr. Ignacio Artaza, UN Resident Coordinator Pakistan, Neil Buhne and large number of youth.


Legislatures Should Strive For The Welfare Of The Common People: NA Speaker - January 30, 2019

Islamabad; January 30, 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that we were elected in the Provincial Assemblies, National Assembly and Senate by the masses so that legislation may be made in accordance with their wishes. He expressed these views while talking to Senators, Members of National Assembly, Minister and Members of Provincial Assembly belonging to KPK who called him at Parliament House.

The Speaker said that masses have elected   us to bring welfare in their lives, to create peaceful society and to improve the economy of the country.  He said that those nations cannot not be developed who do not create circumstances for peaceful living for people of their country. He further said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will bring development across the four provinces and it will also generate employment opportunities.The members of National and Provincial Assemblies should put forth suggestions to trickle down the effects of CPEC at the lowest ebb. He further added that by giving legal rights and autonomy to smaller provinces, wewill eliminate the deprivation the people of these provinces and consequently they will play their role in the development and advancement of the country.

AsadQaiser said that the whole nation has rendered a lot of sacrifice in the war against terrorism. He also mentioned that there is not a single home in KPK which was not affected economically and socially by the war against terrorism. He also mentioned that the nation has encountered the war against terrorism bravely; subsequently Pakistan is respected and known as a peace loving country in the whole world.

On this occasion, the Minister of Finance KPK Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra briefed the participants regarding the Net Hydel Profit which is rewarded to KPK. The participants also mentioned that   KPK has lot of tourist places and it needs the attention of the federal as well provincial government. They also put forth suggestions for masses friendly legislation and for the progress of the provinces.   

Meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Syed Shibli Faraz Leader of the House in Senate, Provincial Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Finance Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra, Special Assistants of the Chief Minister KPK on Industries Abdul Karim Khan, , MNAs Ali Khan Jadoon, Muhammad Bashir Khan, Haider Ali Khan, Malik Anwar Taj, Sahibzada Sibghatullah, Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai,  Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mohammad Iqbal Khan, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Zille Huma, Senators AyubAfridi, Aurangzeb Khan, Nauman Wazir Khattak, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Haji Momin Khan Afridi, SitaraAyaz, SaminaSaeed, Syed ZainUllah Shah and others.
 


“Back Benchers Day” To Encourage The Participation Of Parliamentarians Sitting At The Back Seats During The NA Session Will Be Observed: Speaker National Assembly - January 30, 2019

ISLAMABAD: January 30, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the “Back Benchers Day” will be observed to encourage the participation of the Members of National Assembly in the proceedings of the House during the Session. He added that the participation of women Parliamentarians in the legislative process and other proceedings of the House are commendable. He expressed these views while addressing the participants at the workshop on “Women in Political leadership” held at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Islamabad on Tuesday.

The speaker said that empowerment of women and to ensure their participation in the National politics was the foremost priority of the incumbent government and appointment of 64 percent women Parliamentary secretaries in the House is a step forwards in this connection. He said that as a Speaker in KPK Assembly, during last five years, he got enacted the legislation regarding women empowerment where women members of the provincial assembly participated whole heartedly.

Besides this, a number of university, schools and technical institutions were established which not only create awareness regarding women rights but enhanced their role for country development. He urges upon the women parliamentarians to actively take part in the proceedings of the House and introduce legislation to save guard the rights of the women and to resolve the problems being faced by the women in the country.

Emphasizing upon the collective efforts for the development and progress of the country, he said that no nation can make progress unless its women are took part side by side of men in the development of the country. He eulogized the women's participation in the proceedings of the House with full preparation and their contributions in development of the country.
On this occasion, the women parliamentarians thanked the speaker and appreciated his neutral role in the House. They said that speaker Asad Qaiser always appreciated their role and encouraged their participation in the legislative process. They assured their support in law making process and reiterated their commitment to introduce legislation in the House to protect the rights of women and resolve the problems being face by them.

The workshop was attended by women members of the Senate, National Assembly and all four Provincial Assemblies, Senior Officer of the National Assembly Secretariat and Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services.
 


“It Is Our Collective Responsibility To Cater For Orphans, Needy and Special Person”:Says NA Speaker - January 28, 2019

Islamabad: 28 January 2019: The Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser has said that it is prime objective of my life to give due care to the Special Persons, Orphans and needy peoples well as bring happiness in their lives. He said that special villages would be established across the country for provision of Education, Health care and other Facilities to these people.He expressed these views while talking to Founder of Deaf Reach Education Service Mr. Richard Geary who called on him at Islamabad on Monday.

This welfare organization is imparting education in more than a dozen of schools of deaf people in Sindh Province. The Speaker expressed the desire that model villages will be established in each provincial capital and government should provide land, electricity, gas and other basic amenities to these villages. He stressed that Welfare organization, Philanthropist and Bait-ul Mal should extend cooperation to fulfill the needs of these villages.

Asad Qaiser said the rehabilitation and bringing the positive changes in the lives of deprived and needy people is the foremost priority of the incumbent government. He also told that he had visited a School for Deaf in Rashidabad, Tando Allah yar and was impressed by the standards of educational activities and other facilities there. He expressed his desire for establishing the school for deaf people in Swabi on the pattern of Rashidabad and sought the guidance of Founder of Deaf Reach Education Service Mr. Richard.

Mr. Richard expressed deep gratitude for the passion of the Speaker and assured every possible support in this regard. The speaker expressed his desire that these special people also become responsible citizens and pay their role in the development and progress of the country and also to mainstream these people. He said that he would announce the establishment of Consortium consisting of all those individuals and welfare organizations who are working for the betterment of special people within next few days. This consortium will help to devise a future plan and strategy for serving these special people.
 


The Challenges Faced By the World Can Be Tackled Only By Parliamentary Diplomacy:NA Speaker - January 24, 2019

Islamabad: 24th January 2019:  Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser has said that the issues faced by the world can be eliminated by Parliamentary Diplomacy.  He further said that the Friendship Groups should play their role to   maintain peace and establish prosperity in the world. He expressed these views while talking to the Conveners of the Parliamentary Friendship Groups, who called on him at the Parliament House on Thursday. The matters pertaining to the importance of parliamentary diplomacy and close cooperation with other Parliaments of the world was discussed during the meeting.
While addressing the participants, the Speaker said the role of Parliamentary Diplomacy is extremely important therefore I have given special attention to the Parliamentary Diplomacy and establish 94 Parliamentary Friendship Group which is the highest number in the parliamentary history of Pakistan.He further added that it was in the continuity of consistent efforts by all Parliaments to improve Inter-Parliamentary cooperation. These friendship groups will be a great mean to bring all the Parliaments at one platform and creating an atmosphere of mutual cooperation to counter the challenges   faced by the world.

The Speaker said that conveners can play an effective role to improve the positive image of Pakistan and can also make great efforts to bring Foreign Investment in the country and to make the balance of trade in the favour of country. He also expressed hope that the Parliamentary Friendship Group will leave no stone upturned to highlight the sacrifices made by Pakistani nation in the war against terrorism. He also noted that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a game changer for the region as well for the world. It will not only be beneficial for the Pakistani nation but also for the whole world. The conveners of the friendship group can play their role to highlight the importance of CPEC and to repel the propaganda against CPEC”, Asad Qaiser said.

He said that the parliaments of those countries which were not given priority earlier should be prioritized. He asked the conveners to focus on economic interest of Pakistan, the dissemination of Pakistani culture and making efforts to enhance opportunities for Pakistani student for Higher Education at abroad. He directed the National Assembly Secretariat to arrange meeting of conveners with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as Ministry of Trade and Commerce as well.

On this occasion, the conveners expressed their gratitude to the Speaker for arranging this meeting and expressed their determination to highlight the positive image of Pakistan and to serve the interest of Pakistan at every cost. Earlier, Secretary National Assembly Tahir Hussain briefed the participants regarding the objectives and goals of Friendship Groups.
 


Pakistan Believes In Friendly Relations With All The Countries: NA Speaker - January 23, 2019

Islamabad, 23 January, 2019: Foreign Service Attaches from different countries along with their spouses called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in the Parliament House on Wednesday. The matters related to important regional and international issues and Pakistan’s relations with different countries of the world were discussed in the meeting.

The Speaker said that Pakistan is a peace loving country and believed in building friendly relations with all countries including its neighbour. He said that vast investment opportunities exist in Pakistan and foreign investors can take advantages from these opportunities. He said that incumbent government in Pakistan has introduced investment friendly policies in the country and taking steps to safeguard the investment of the foreign investors.
 
Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan has abundance of beautiful tourist resorts and highest mountain ranges of the world due to which it has a lot of attractions for foreign tourists. He said that promotion of tourism was the prime concern of the present government. He said that people of Pakistan and its security forces has rendered matchless sacrifices in war against terrorism and more than 70 thousand innocent citizens and personnel of security forces were martyred during this war. He said that due to successful military operations bane of terrorism has been reduced to a great extent. He urged upon the Attaches to play their due role to portray the soft and positive image of Pakistan in their respective countries.
 
On this occasion the secretary National Assembly Tahir Hussain has briefed the participants about formation, functions and organizational structure of the National Assembly and its Standing committees.

The Foreign Attaches thanked Speaker National Assembly for providing them the opportunity to visit National Assembly of Pakistan. They said that they have learnt lot about legislative procedures and other functions of this supreme constitutional body during this visit.
 


Pak-Iran Share Fraternal Relations: Asad Qaiser - January 22, 2019

Islamabad: January 22, 2019; Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardost called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser on Tuesday at Parliament House and discussed matters pertaining to bilateral relations and regional issues.

Referring to warm relations between Iran and Pakistan, the Speaker remarked that both countries are intertwined by stronger multi-dimensional relations and underlined the need for renewed commitment to diversification of strategic, trade, economic, cultural and Parliamentary relations in the face of regional and global challenges. Highlighting deep rooted religious, cultural and moral ties between the two countries, the speaker said that the trade volume between both countries is not optimum. He urged that both countries can benefit from mutual imports and exports.

Asad Qaiser also recommended frequent exchange of delegations to assign substantive meanings to inter-Parliamentary relations.He termed Pak-Iran Parliamentary engagement as ‘highly imperative’ for cohesion of the entire region. The Speaker said that stronger Pak-Iran relation is inevitable for regional peace, security and prosperity. He said that Pakistan believed in the unity of Muslim countries and stressed the importance of both Pakistan and Iran working together for resolution of problems faced by the Ummah. The Speaker noted that the two countries also need to move forward with consensus on matters of international importance.

Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardost thanked the Speaker for continued efforts for strengthening parliamentary and bilateral relations and enhancing interaction in all areas including trade and economic cooperation. He also conveyed the desire of the Iranian leadership and the government for continued efforts for growth in bilateral ties.

He added that Iran consider Pakistan as its partner for peace in the region and expressed his hope that in future both nations will continue to chart the paths of prosperity together. He reiterated Asad Qaiser’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations and urged for comprehensive engagement of the Parliamentary committees to explore the avenues for mutual cooperation.


Media Should Play Its Role In Promoting Moral Values And For The Progress And Development Of The Society: NA Speaker - January 18, 2019

Islamabad 18th January 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that media should play its due role in promoting moral values and for the progress as well as development of the society. He expressed these views while talking to the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussian in a meeting at Parliament House on Friday. Improving the quality of PTV Parliament channel and matters pertaining to other mutual interest were discussed in the meeting. Managing Director PTV Arshad Khan was also present on the occasion.

Speaker said that the role of media in present time is of extreme importance and it is considered as the fourth pillar of the state all over the world. He said that role of media has been increased due to increased use of Social media which has made this world a Global Village and now any incident happened  can be  reached with just one click. He said that media was playing the role of bridge in highlighting public issues and their reaction on the government policies and policies being devised by the government for the welfare of the masses.

He emphasized the need for freedom of media for transparency in institutions and for elimination of corruption. While talking about raising the standard of PTV channel, he said that it was necessary to telecast the proceedings of the House as to make the people aware about the performance of their representatives. He directed to device mechanism for up gradation and improvement of broadcasting. He stressed upon the need for restoration and improvement in the broadcast of PTV.
Asad Qaiser said that due to its quality broadcasting in past PTV was considered as a family channel. He said that moral values should be adopted in PTV broadcasting and programs related to history and general knowledge should telecasted as to make the future generation aware and connected with the past. He stressed the need for provision of equal opportunity to representatives of all political parties on PTV. He appreciated the role of press gallery to make people aware about the proceedings of the House and expressed commitment for provision of further facilities in press gallery.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain assured the Speaker for up-gradation and improvement in the quality of broadcasting of PTV Parliament channel. He said that steps are being taken for restoration of glory of PTV and improvement in the standard of its broadcasting. He said that incumbent government believed in the freedom of expression and all possible steps will be taken to ensure it.
 


Maintainance Of Peace And Provision Of Basic Facilities To The Citizens Of Karachi Is Imperative For The Development And Prosperity Of The Country: NA Speaker - January 17, 2019

Islamabad 17th January 2019; The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Karachi was considered as city of lights and the hub of economic activities, and to maintain peace and provide basic facilities to its citizens was imperative for the development and prosperity of the country. He said that government was paying serious attention to resolve the issues of water crisis, providing basic amenities and social security to the people of Karachi, Hyderabad and other cities of Sindh province. He expressed these views while talking to the members of National Assembly belonging to Sindh Province at Parliament House on Thursday.

Matters pertaining to the issues of the people of Sindh province, legislation and other parliamentary affairs were discussed in the meeting. Talking to the members, the speaker said that national integrity and consensus is required to confront with the challenges, economic crisis and difficulties being faced by the country. He emphasized over all political parties to play their due role for democratic stability, national unity and solidarity in the country. He said that to eliminate the backwardness from Sindh and to solve the problems being faced by the people of the province is the foremost priority of the incumbent government. He further said that public issues can be resolved through proper legislation. He urged the members to move legislative bills to improve the current situation of Sindh and highlight the problems facing by the people of the province in the House. He stressed upon the members for regular interaction with the people of their constituencies in order to address their problems. He assured the members all possible cooperation of the National Assembly Secretariat in legislation and other matters related to the House.

The members thanked the Speaker and appreciated his neutral role being the custodian of the House and assured their all-out support in law making. While expressing their confidence on the policies of the present government, they said that under the leadership of the Prime Minister Imran Khan, the present government will succeed to mitigate the suffering of the people and to overcome the challenges being confronted to the country at present.
Expressing the commitment to make Karachi the city of lights again, they said that the people have a lot of expectations from the current parliament and we have to strive hard to meet their expectations. They appreciated the efforts of the present federal government for the establishment of peace and security in Karachi. While informing the Speaker about the problems being faced by the people of Karachi, the members emphasized for the need to establish universities and hospitals and to improve the transport and sewerage system in the city. The Speaker assured his all-out support to resolve the problems faced by people of the Province.

The MNAs who attended the meeting were Aftab Hussain Siddiqui, Abdul Shakoor Shad, Capt(R) Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mohammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Aftab Jehangir, Attaullah and Muhammd Najeeb Haroon.
                                     
 


Filing of Statement of Assets and Liabilities with The Election Commission By The Members of the National Assembly - January 17, 2019

Ministers Will Brief MNAs About Matters Relating to Their Ministries on Every Monday Before Commencement of The Session: NA Speaker - January 16, 2019

Islamabad 16 January 2019; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that before commencement of the session of the National Assembly on every Monday, a meeting of a federal minister will be held with members in which he will brief the members about the matters related to his ministry. He further added that steps are being taken to implement the plan to give South Punjab the status of the province and in this regard the people of South Punjab will be soon given good tidings according to their expectations. He expressed these views while talking to members of the National Assembly belonging to Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan Divisions who met Speaker in Parliament House on Wednesday.

The formation of standing committees, legislation, stability of the democratic institutions and other parliamentary issues were discussed in the meeting. Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan and Chief Whip Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar were also present in the meeting.

Speaker said that the stability of democracy and strengthening democratic institutions are essential for the development and prosperity of the country and for this purpose all stakeholders need to work together. He said that Parliament is the only institution that can overcome the challenges being faced by the country and can determine the direction to resolve the public issues.He urged upon the members to ensure their attendance in the session of the National Assembly and raise public issues on the floor of the House. He said that the standing Committees are important part of Parliament and without their formation effective law making is not possible. He said that he was in contact with all the Parliamentary leaders in this regard and expressed the hope that the formation of the Standing Committees will be finalized in the current session of the National Assembly.

Talking about Friendship groups, he said that 91 friendship groups are being formed in the National Assembly to increase relations with other Parliaments across the world. Talking about the backbenchers to give them the opportunity to participate in the proceedings of the house, the Speaker said that all the members were equal in his eyes. He assured full support and cooperation of the National Assembly Secretariat for legislation and other matters.

On this occasion members appreciated the neutral role of the speaker, saying that due to his neutrality and patience, the dignity of Parliament has increased. They appreciated issuance of production orders of the members who are under arrest. They said that to uphold this Parliamentary tradition by the Speaker is commendable. They said each member was elected by thousands of vote of the masses and his participation in the consultation process was necessary. Assuring their full support and attendance in the proceedings of the House and legislation they said that to maintain the dignity of the Parliaments to assure the attendance is the prime national responsibility of all the members.

They expressed their complete confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister, Imran Khan and said that under his leadership, the Country will lead to rapid development and public issues will be resolved. Informing the Speaker about the problems faced by the people of their constituencies, they said that the past governments did not pay attention to the development of South Punjab, therefore people of these areas are facing serious problems. They expressed the hope that the current government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan will take practical measures to eliminate the backwardness of South Punjab and resolve the public issues. They invited Speaker to visit Multan. The Speaker accepted the invitation and assured the members that he will visit Multan very soon.

The Members who attended the meeting were Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Sardar Muhammad Khan Laghari, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, Tahir Iqbal Ch, Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Khalid Hussain Magsi,  Niaz Ahmed Jakhar, Mian Muhammad Shafiq and Muhammad Shabbir Ali.
 


Parliament Represents The Will of The People and Problems of The Masses Can Be Addressed By Strengthening It; Says NA Speaker - January 15, 2019

Islamabad, 15th January 2019 Members of the National Assembly from Bahawalpur, Gujranwala, Lahore and Sahiwal divisions called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House on Tuesday. Matters pertaining to legislation, public issues and current economic and political situation in the country were discussed in the meeting. Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak, Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan and Chief Whip Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar were also present in the meeting.

Talking to the members, the Speaker said that Parliament represent the will of the people whereas problems of the masses can be addressed by strengthening it. He said that the people have sent us to this august House to resolve their problems and it should be our foremost priority. He further said that the difficulties faced by people can be addressed through legislation. He said that there was the collective responsibility of all the members of the House to maintain the sanctity of the Parliament and to run its proceeding smoothly. He urged upon the members to actively participate in the legislative process and Question hours and highlight public issues through Calling Attention notices and Adjournment motions. Stressing upon the members to ensure their presence and to take part in the proceedings of the House actively, he said that to maintain dignity of the House and to run its proceedings amicably is the collective responsibility of all the members of the House.

Asad Qaiser said that 10 to 12 Bills of important public nature will be soon introduced in the House. He said that we all have to work together in order to confront the challenges being faced by the country at present. He emphasized upon the members to enhance contacts with the public of their constituencies in order to resolve their problems. He assured the members all out assistance of the National Assembly Secretariat in Legislation process and other matters related to it.

The members thanked the Speaker and appreciated his neutral role and assured all out support in legislation. They said that public has lot of expectations from the incumbent Parliament and we have to work hard to come up to their expectations. They said that to ensure attendance in the House and taking active part in its proceeding was the prime responsibility of each member. They also informed the speaker about the issues of their constituencies. Speaker assured them his utmost support in resolving the problems being faced by their constituents.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Syed Faiz Ul Hassan, Ch Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Brigadier (R) Mr. Rahat Amanullah Bhatti, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Mr. Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Wattoo, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal and Sardar Talib Hussain Nakai.
 


Owing to the service of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the public has given us the opportunity to serve again in Centre and other provinces: Speaker National Assembly - January 13, 2019


Opposition Should Play Its Due Role In Enactment Of Legislation, NA Speaker - January 11, 2019

Islamabad; January 11th, 2019: Former Leader of the Opposition and MNA Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah called on Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser at Speaker House on Friday. Formation of Standing Committees, Legislation and matters regarding other Parliamentary Affairs were discussed during the meeting.
 
The Speaker said that it is the joint responsibility of both the Government and Opposition for making environment of the National Assembly favorable and maintaining its dignity. We have to uphold Parliamentary norms, mutual respect and tolerance for each other for the smooth functioning of Parliament, he added.
 
He said that criticism is the right of the Opposition however it should be for betterment and not just to criticize. He stressed the need for joint efforts to overcome the challenges confronting to the country at present. He said that Opposition has to play positive role in resolving National Issues through Parliament.
 
Speaker appreciated the role of opposition in making environment of the House more friendly and peaceful. He further said that Parliamentary Committees are important organ of the Parliament and without their formation enactment of Legislation was not possible. He said that formation of Parliamentary Committees was his foremost priority and he was in contact with members of government and opposition parties to resolve this matter as soon as possible. He expressed the hope that matter pertaining to formation of Parliamentary Committees would be resolved through mutual consensus in the upcoming session of the National Assembly.
 
Asad Qaiser said that law making is the prime responsibility of the Parliament and through effective legislation we can solve public issues and can increase the dignity of Parliament. He stressed upon the members of opposition to actively took part in legislation as well as to give their suggestions for its improvement. He said that presence of members in Parliament reflects their seriousness in the proceedings of the House. He asked the members of the opposition to ensure their presence during the proceedings of the House as to run its business effectively. 
 
Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah appreciated the neutral role of the Speaker in the Assembly and assured full support of his party in the formation of Standing Committees. He also appreciated Speaker’s role in resolving the issue of Public Accounts Committee and making efforts for early formation of other Standing Committees and expressed the hope that the task of formation of Standing Committees will soon be completed with mutual consensus. He stressed upon the cooperation between government and opposition for smooth legislation.
 


NA Speaker Pledges To Make The Current National Assembly A Role Model For Legislation - January 10, 2019

Islamabad; January 10th, 2019: Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan called on the Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser at Speaker House on Thursday. Matters pertaining to the agenda of the forthcoming session of the National Assembly, formation of Standing Committees and legislation were discussed during the meeting.

While stressing upon the need for early formation of Standing Committees, the Speaker said that formation of Standing Committees was necessary for enactment of legislation. He asked the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs to make consultation with opposition parties to complete the process of formation of Standing Committees in upcoming session of the National Assembly.

While pledging to make the current Assembly a role model for the legislation, the Speaker said that the public have lot of expectations from the current National Assembly therefore  Parliamentarians will have to make serious efforts to come up to their expectations. He said that we can only resolve the problems of the masses and provide them relief through legislation and this was the only way to come up to their expectations. He said that the government and opposition were the two main pillar of the Parliament, we cannot maintain the friendly atmosphere in the House and produce proper and effective legislation without the support and reconciliation of both sides.

While appreciating the positive response of the opposition during the previous sessions of the House, he expressed the hope that the opposition parties will continue the same attitude during the formation of Standing Committees and in future legislation. He urged upon the government benches to actively take part in proceedings of the House and ensure their full participation during the session.

The State Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan thanked the Speaker and appreciated his efforts in resolving the issue of Public Accounts Committee amicably. While assuring the Speaker for immediate formation of Parliamentary Committees, he said that he was in contact with government and Opposition Parties on this issue and it will be resolved in the upcoming session of the National Assembly. He further said that government was taking the matter of legislation seriously and very soon different bills would be introduced in the House which would provide relief to the public.
 


Training And Capacity Building Of Legislatures A Must For Better Legislation And Strengthening Democratic Institution: Says NA Speaker - January 9, 2019

Islamabad January 9, 2019: Asad Qaiser, Speaker National Assembly has said that the Parliamentarians represent will of the people of Pakistan and they needed a strong support base for research and capacity building for better legislation and strengthening of democratic institutions. He said this in his meeting with Executive Director PIPS Zafarullah Khan, today. Senior officers from National Assembly were also present on the occasion.The main agenda of this meeting was to review the performance of Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) and to further enhance its skills for capacity building of Parliamentarians and staff of the Parliament.

The Speaker said that Parliament needed better research and analysis facilities, latest equipment and training for members and staff of legislative assemblies. He said that being the Speaker of National Assembly, these areas have remained his priority and various steps have taken in this regard.

While addressing the meeting, the Speaker expressed his desire for further expediting enactment of legislation, and directed PIPS administration to provide all out support to the Parliamentarians in this regard. He further directed the PIPS to arrange training courses on Rule of Procedures and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, Constitution of Pakistan, Legislative Terminology and Parliamentary norms for the members and staff of the National Assembly.

Asad Qaiser stressed the need for research work and to introduce different courses in PIPS especially on Human Rights, Foreign Policy, Civil and Military Relations, Good Governance and Administrative Affairs and provide input to Parliamentarians on these subjects so that they can take active part in legislative process.

Executive Director PIPS Zafarullah Khan briefed the Speaker about historical background, organogram, objectives and performance of PIPS. He informed the speaker that the main goal of the institute is to provide non-partisan and expert analysis on different subjects, and to help the legislators in making government policies on the national issues. He further informed that the institute is providing informed policy inputs such as in-depth background notes, assessing bills, research papers, briefs, legislative summaries, consultations and other services to parliamentary committees as well as members of National Assembly, Senate and all Provincial Assemblies.The Institute has also arranged the training course for the Parliamentarians and staff for their capacity building.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulates the Newly Elected Office Bearers of National Press Club - January 9, 2019

            Islamabad; January 09, 2019: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated the newly elected office bearers of National Press Club.
 
            In their congratulatory messages to the newly elected President MrShakeel Karar, General Secretary Mr. Anwar Raza, Vice Presidents, Mr. Raja Khalil Ahmed, Mr. Ahmed Nawaz, Mr. Shah Muhammad and Miss Sadia Kamal, Secretary Finance Mr. Sagheer Ahmed Chaudhary, Joint Secretaries Syed Sheraz Gardezi, Mr. Ahteshamul Haque, Mr. Nadeem Chaudhary، Miss Shakila Jalil and other office bearers of National Press Club, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended his warmest felicitation on their success. He said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of Journalist fraternity reposed in them.
 
            The Speaker and Deputy Speaker while appreciating the role of journalist community for freedom of expression in the country said that freedom of expression is the fundamental right of every citizen and journalist community had rendered huge sacrifices in this regard. They expressed hope that newly elected representatives of National Press Club will utilize their capabilities to resolve the problems faced by the journalist community and freedom of press. The Speaker and Deputy Speaker said that freedom of expression was essential for strengthening democracy in the country. They prayed for their success during their tenure. 


Overseas Immigrants Are Real Ambassadors to Pakistan and Their Contributions For The Progress and Development of The Country are Commendable: Speaker National Assembly - January 3, 2019

Islamabad; January 03, 2019: Asad Qaiser Speaker, National Assembly has said that the overseas Pakistani immigrants are real Ambassadors and precious assets of the country as well as their contributions for the development and progress of the country are commendable. Aaccording to the message received from the UK (Manchester), he expressed these views while addressing ceremony of Pakistani Immigrants at Manchester on Thursday. Members European Parliament Mr. Sajjad Karim and Mr. Wajid Khan, Deputy Mayor Manchester Abid Latif Chohan High Sheriff of Greater Manchester Dr. Robina Shah and large number of Pakistani expatriates residing in Manchester were present on the occasion.

Speaker said that Pakistan and Britain enjoyed historic friendly relations and Pakistan wanted to expand existing relation through enhanced Parliamentary and economic cooperation. He appreciated the role of UK in promotion of democracy and strengthening democratic institutions in Pakistan. He stressed the need for regular interaction between the parliamentarians of  both the countries. He said that parliamentarians of Pakistan and UK could play pivotal role in consolidating existing relations.

Eulogizing generous donations in Diamer Bhasha Dams fund by the overseas Pakistani, he said that Pakistan was facing scarcity of water at present and being an agricultural country needed to build water reservoirs on urgent basis. He appealed to Pakistani expatriate to actively take part in fund raising for Diamer Bhasha Dams.   

The Speaker said that large numbers of Pakistanis are serving in Manchester and other parts of UK and was sending remittances to Pakistan which is highly valuable for the progress of the country. While appreciating the services of overseas Pakistanis in the progress of the country, the Speaker said that current government is fully aware of their issues and was taking necessary steps on priority basis to resolve them. He further said that government is introducing business-friendly policies in the country. He urged the Overseas Pakistanis to invest in the country and to take benefits from numerous investment opportunities in Pakistan.

The Speaker said that like members European Union Parliament Wajid Khan, Sajjad Karim and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, there were number of Pakistanis playing effective role in the politics of Britain. Moreover, there were large number of Pakistani immigrants in UK who are contributing in education, health, economic and other sectors. He expressed the confidence that regular interaction at government level between two countries will help in promoting harmony and strengthening bilateral relations.

On this occasion, Pakistanis community in England expressed the full confidence on the policies of current government and assured their full support for the development of the country.
 


NA Speaker And Acting Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Senior Journalists Haji Nawaz Raza And Tariq Sumair - December 27, 2018

Islamabad: December 27, 2018: Asad Qaiser Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri Acting Speaker National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of father of Chief Reporter Daily Nawa-e-Waqt Haji Nawaz Raza and Editor INP Tariq Sumair.

In their separate condolence messages to Haji Nawaz Raza and Tariq Sumair, the Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of their father.They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Qasim Khan Suri To Act As Speaker, National Assembly - December 26, 2018


Islamabad:  December 26, 2018: In pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly shall act as Speaker National Assembly  w.e.f 26th December, 2018 vice Asad Qaiser, Speaker, National Assembly who has proceeded on a visit abroad.


NA Speaker And Acting Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Federal Minister For Religious Affairs Noor Ul Haq Qadri - December 26, 2018

Islamabad: December 26, 2018:  Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Acting Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of Father of Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor Ul Haq Qadri.
 
In their separate condolence messages to Noor  Ul Haq Qadri, the Speaker and Acting Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of  his Father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to Noor Ul Haq Qadri and other members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Speaker and Acting Speaker condemn the murder of former Member National Assembly Mr. Ali Raza Abidi - December 26, 2018

Islamabad; December 26, 2018: Asad Qaiser Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri Acting Speaker, National Assembly have condemned the incident of firing by unknown assailant resulting assassination former Member National Assembly Mr. Ali Raza Abidi.

In their separate statements, the Speaker and Acting Speaker condemned this incident of firing and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Mr. Ali Raza Abidi. They said that the elements involved in this incident of wanted to Sabotage peace in Karachi. The Speaker and Acting Speaker asked the Law Enforcing Agencies to arrest the miscreants involved in this heinous act and bring them to justice. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the soul in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to bereaved family to bear this irreparable lose with equanimity.


Everyone Should Follow The Footsteps Of Quaid-E-Azam In Order To Earn Respect And Dignity: NA Speaker - December 24, 2018

Islamabad; 24th December 2018: The Speaker National Assembly Mr. AsadQaiser has stressed to follow the principles of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in order to make Pakistan a prosper and progressive country. In his message on the 142ndBirth Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, he said that Quaid-e-Azam was a great leader of 20th century and was the symbol of unity for the Muslim Ummah.

The Speaker said that history fails to offer any other parallel to what the Quaid-i-Azam achieved. He quoted the renowned historian Stanley Wolpert, who has paid a rich tribute to the Quaid. Stanley said, “Few individuals significantly alter the course of history, fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three.” 

Furthermore, the Speaker remarked that nature endowed the Quaid-i-Azam with exceptional qualities of leadership, integrity, determination and indomitable will which enabled him to defy the mighty hostile forces that had joined hands to deprive the Muslims of the Sub-Continent of their political rights and liberties. Quaid’s exemplary courage, statesmanship, lofty vision and dedication to the cause of Muslims of South Asia made it possible for us to be citizens of a free, independent and sovereign Islamic State.

Mr. Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly stated that the great Quaid was a true democrat and upholder of equality and social justice. He was a staunch believer in the values of honesty, truthfulness and sublime human values.

The Deputy Speaker mentioned that Quaid-i-Azam was a great advocate of social and economic justice. He aspired to construct a society where the rich could not exploit the poor. The nation to forge the edifice of our motherland as envisioned by the father of the Nation, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, he urged.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Extend Warm Felicitations To The Christian On Christmas - December 24, 2018

Islamabad: December 24, 2018;Mr. Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Mr. Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have extended their warm felicitations to the Christian Members of the Parliament and the Christian community on the auspicious occasion of Christmas.
 
In his message, the Speaker said that Prophet Jesus Christ was ordained by Almighty Allah to preach love, peace, tolerance and brotherhood. The Muslims deeply revere Prophet Jesus Christ as one of the great messengers of Almighty Allah, he said. The Speaker said that the Christmas day remind us the beginning of new hopes and plans for the future, resolution of conflicts, nurturing creativity and ideas; and sowing seeds of peace and cooperation for future generations.   
 
Asad Qaiser, on this happy occasion, reiterated the pledge of the Parliament and government to fully safeguard the rights and privileges enjoyed by all minorities according to the Constitution of  Pakistan and guiding principles of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
 
Mr. Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has also extended greetings to his fellow Christian colleagues on the auspicious occasion of Christmas. He said that Jesus Christ’s eternal message of love for humanity and for the Members of all communities and fraternities still holds strength to ensure harmony and peace in the world.
 
He said that in face of the current challenging situation in the country, we should forge unity to counter the nefarious designs of the enemies. He also extended his appreciation to the Christian community for their deep sense of patriotism and dedicated services for the progress and prosperity of the country.
 


Opposition assures Speaker National Assembly its all out cooperation in enactment of Legislation and in Resolving public issues - December 21, 2018

Islamabad: December 21, 2018: Leader of the Opposition Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in his chambers at Parliament House on Friday. In the meeting both leaders have consciences on enactment of legislation and resolving the Public issues.

The Speaker congratulated Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on his election as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and expressed his confidence that under the leadership of Opposition leader the PAC will play its constitutional role more effectively. He said that the Parliament will become strengthen and process of enactment of effective legislation will possible with the formation of Standing Committees.

Asad Qaiser  said that we have to play bipartisan role for the enactment of effective legislation. He said that coordination between Government and Opposition is inevitable for promotion of Parliamentary democracy. He expressed the desire for harmony between Government and Opposition Parties and passions to tolerate each other to run the proceeding of the House smoothly. He expressed the hope that Leader of the Opposition will play his due role for smooth functioning of the House. He appreciated the positive role played by the Opposition in connection of constitution of Standing Committees.

On this occasion, the Operation Leader Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif assured the Speaker his full cooperation in enactment of legislation and thanked him for issuance of Production Order of Khawaja Saad Rafique on his request. Appreciating the role of Speaker to run the proceeding of the House above the party afflation, he said that Speaker’s neutrality has increased the dignity of the House. He further said that his party and members are admirable of your role as the Speaker of the National Assembly. He said that amicably resolving the matters pertaining to Committee is evidence of Speaker’s acumen and statesmanship.


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Father Of Muhammad Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhary Central Additional Secretary General Of Pakistan Tehreek- E- Insaf - December 20, 2018

Islamabad: December 20, 2018: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of the Father of Muhammad  Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Central Additional Secretary General Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). 
 
In their separate condolence messages to Muhammad Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhary, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away his Father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


To maintain the Dignity of the House and Ensure its smooth functioning is the joint responsibility of the Members: NA Speaker - December 20, 2018


We Will Have to Work Above The Party Line and Territorial Affiliation to Establish A Prosperous Healthy And Stable Pakistan: Says NA Speaker - December 18, 2018

ISLAMABAD: December 18, 2018: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that human development is the top priority of the incumbent Government. He said that the progress of any society depended upon the better growth of its young generation and Pakistan Tehreek Insaf has made this philosophy its manifesto to bring revolution and establish a new Pakistan. He further said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has taking the Nation into confidence on sensitive issue of stunting and gave its removal the main goal of his Government. He expressed these views while addressing the meeting of National Parliamentary Task force on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at Parliament House on Tuesday.

The Speaker said that he is pleased to know that SDGs Parliamentary task force has already being working on the subject of Stunting and also hold Conference on the topic of malnutrition of the children. He said that after the passage of 18th Amendment, most of the matters regarding the SDGs have been transferred to Provincial Government. However, the federation was still responsible of those international guarantees which signed by the State of Pakistan. He said that being real representative of Parliament has right to oversight and guide the people and executive in these matters.

The Speaker stressed upon the Parliamentary Task force to promote contacts with all Provincial Assemblies including Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that he will write letters to all Provincial Assemblies Speakers and give them suggestion for Constitution of such task force in their respective Assemblies. He expressed the hope that better results will be achieved with cooperation between Federal and Provincial task forces. He said that Pakistan has the honour that its Parliament is the 1st Parliament of the world which included SDGs in its Parliamentary agenda and established up to date SDGs Secretariat in Parliament House with cooperation of United Nation Development Program. He said that we all have work together above party line for prosperous healthy and stable Pakistan.

Speaker assured all possible cooperation of National Assembly Secretariat to SDGs Parliamentary taskforce. While updating the members of Task force about Project Management Unit (PMU) in the National Assembly Secretariat he advised the member of Task Force to utilize the facilities provided in PMU. He said that he has issued direction to PMU to prepare five year strategic plan for fifteen National Assembly and a committee comprising of representatives all Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly will also be constituted in this regards. He further said that an important chapter regarding the SDGs task force will also be a part of this strategic plan.

The convener of National Parliamentary Taskforce SDGs Mr. Riaz Fatyana highlighted the issues of malnutrition and stunting during the meeting. He stressed the need for elimination of poverty and  illiteracy to achieve SDGs agenda 2030. He also informed the meeting that SDGs Parliamentary Task force is going to be organized a national conference on SDGs in March 2019 and regional conference on SDGs in mid of October 2019.

Besides convener of National Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs the MNAs who attended the meeting were Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugtti, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Mr. Ali Wazir, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, Mr. Asad Mehmood, Mr. Faiz Ullah, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Wajiha Akram and Mr. Ramesh Lal.
 


Pakistan Fully Supports Palestinians Right Of Self Determination And Condemn Israel’s ’ Illegal Occupation On Palestine Territories: Na Deputy Speaker - December 17, 2018

Islamabad: December 17, 2018:  Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Mr. Qasim khan Suri has said that Government and people of Pakistan have great affection for Al-Quds Sharif and strongly condemned its unlawful inclusion in Israel’s territories. He said that Pakistan’s Parliament, Government and people had always condemned human rights violations in Palestine and brutal killing of innocent people of Palestine by Israel forces. According to a message received from Istanbul, Turkey, he expressed these views while addressing the 2nd Conference of the Parliamentary Association for Al-Quds’’ at Istanbul today.
           
The Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan has fully supported idea for resolution of all international disputes specially Arab-Israel dispute for durable peace in Middle East. He said that Pakistan strongly condemns the decision of United State for recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel and shifting its embassy in occupied Al-Quds Sharif. He said that US decision was violation of resolutions of United Nation Security Council. He said that Pakistani Parliament while condemning the US decision of shifting its Embassy in Al-Quds Sharif has passed resolutions against this decision and expressed its commitment to stand with people of Palestine.
 
Mr. Qasim Khan Suri said that Pakistan always raised the Kashmir and Palestine issues at all regional and international forums and condemned the Israel’s aggression against the people of Palestine. He said that people of Pakistan expressed complete solidarity with their Palestinian brethren and condemned human rights violations in Palestine by Israel’s Armed Forces. He said that peace in Arab countries was imperative for the peace of whole world. He stressed upon the International Community to persuade US for early provision of US funds to United Nations for provision of food, education and health facilities to Palestinian refugees in occupied territories Lebanon, Jordan and Syria as suspension of US funds to United National Work and Relief Agency for Palestine had halt its operations. He urge upon Muslim Ummah to come forward to help Palestinian people who are suffering from severe human crises in occupied territories. 
 
The Deputy Speaker urged upon the participants of the meeting to play their due role to overcome the challenges being faced by the Muslim Ummah and mitigate the sufferings of Palestinian people.  He thanked the Speaker of Grand National Assembly of Turkey for organizing the conference on important issue of Palestine and also appreciated the endeavor of president of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for unity of Ummah.
 
The Parliamentary delegation of Pakistan headed by Deputy Speaker National Assembly and comprising of MNA’s  Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani and Mr. Muhammad Najeeb Haroon, is attending the Conference besides parliamentary delegations of 74 countries.
 


Karachi Considers As City Of Lights And Hub Of Investment: NA Speaker - December 13, 2018


Policy Dialogue with the Parliamentarians on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Pakistan - December 13, 2018

National Assembly of Pakistan – 13th December 2018

The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been observed annually around the world since 1992.  The theme for this year’s IDPD, “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality,” focuses on the empowering persons with disabilities for the inclusive, equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The policy dialogue was chaired by Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaiser. Speaker National Assembly ensured that the bill for the protection of rights of persons with disabilities will be presented in the Assembly soon.  He also ensured that the entire building of Parliament be modified for accessibility of persons with disabilities as per universal standards of Accessibility.


MNAs of MMA call on Mr. Speaker at Parliament House - December 12, 2018


NA Speaker Initiates Contacts With Government and Opposition to Expedite The Process of Legislation - December 11, 2018

Islamabad; December 11, 2018: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has started regular contacts with Government and Opposition parties in the National Assembly to accelerate the process of Legislation. In this regard, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser presided over a meeting of leaders of the Government sides at Parliament House on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Hussain Qureshi, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem, State Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur, Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, Chief Whip Mohammad Amir Doggar and Parliamentary Secretary Law and Justice Ms. Maleeka Ali Bukhari.

The participants of the meeting gave their suggestions for expediting the processes of legislation and make it more effective. Speaking on this occasion, Asad Qaiser said that the people have sent us to this House to solve their problems whereas legislation is the only source by which we can resolve their problems. He said that being Speaker of the House, it was his constitutional responsibility to facilitate Government and Opposition in enactment of legislation and today’s meeting with the Government side step forward in this regards.

Stressing the Minister to contacts with Opposition Parties, the Speaker said that the Government and Opposition were the beauty of democracy and it became more apparent when both sides were thinking alike for the interest of people and the progress of the country. He further said that to remove all the bottlenecks in formation of Standing Committees of the House was his top priority.

The Speaker expressed the hope that bottlenecks in formation of the Standing Committees will be ended during current Session of the National Assembly. He said that he will strive to resolve the matters pertaining to Standing Committees with mutual consultation of Government side and Opposition Parties. The participants also gave their suggestions for smooth functioning of the House during the current Session.
 


Pakistan Desires Multi-Dimensional Ties With Our Neighbours And Entire Region: Says NA Speaker - December 9, 2018

Islamabad; December 9, 2018: The Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaiser has called for greater interaction and people-to-people contact with our neighbors and entire region for the sake of peace and development. He stressed the need for new synergies of parliamentary and economic cooperation among each other.He expressed these views while talking to Dr. Hassan Rohani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr. Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Chen Zhu and Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav V. Volodin separately on the sidelines of the second Speakers’ Conference in Tehran, Iran.

While talking to the Iranian President, the Speaker said that the Pakistan enjoys close cordial relations with our brotherly neighbor, Iran. The shared sentiments of our friendship are deeply rooted in historical bonds spread over centuries of shared faith, culture, traditions and economic complementarities, he added. Recalling the recent statement of the Iranian Supreme leader in support of the Kashimiris, Asad Qaiser thanked President of Iran and Iranian government for supporting the Kashmir cause. The Kashmir problem is the long standing unresolved disputes which require resolution of problem in accordance with UN Security council resolutions, the Speaker said.

The President of Iran Dr. Hassan Rohani warmly welcomed the Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation in Tehran and wished the safe stay in the beautiful capital of Iran. He stated that the Iran consider Pakistan as a very important brotherly neighboring Muslim country. The bonds of friendship between Pakistan and Iran have been maintained irrespective of any government in power both in Iran and Pakistan due to commonality of culture. Both of nations have deep links and it go down the long history and rich civilization. The Iranian President stressed upon the need to increase cooperation between Pakistan and Iran in the field of trade, commerce, energy and security.

While meeting with Mr. Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Asad Qaiser said that the new government in Pakistan is committed to robust and friendly relations with Afghanistan. Our two countries are inter-linked and look towards each other with considerable expectations in many areas.  The centuries old bonds and affinities of our people are the real strength of our bilateral relations and need to be leveraged effectively, the Speaker said. Further, he stressed upon increasing interactions among the Parliamentarians of both countries could contribute in building trust and improving mutual understanding.During the meeting, he said that unfortunately, security situation in Afghanistan remains a challenge. Peace and stability in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan. We believe that Pakistan is key stakeholder and major beneficiary of peace in Afghanistan, he added.

Mr. Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi, Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga stated that terrorism was a common threat and there was a need for concerted effort to fight this menace. He expected that the conference would bear fruitful results since the Parliament, being the representative voice of people, was responsible to play a pivotal role for finding solution to all the prevailing challenges. He also said that the bilateral trade between the two countries had declined over the last few years and, therefore, there was need to enhance economic and political relations.

While meeting with the Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Chen Zhu, the Speaker National Assembly said that Pakistan and China are close friends and strategic cooperative partners. We take pride in our friendship with China which is our “iron bother”. This friendship enjoys political, institutional and popular support in Pakistan, he said. He said that strategic cooperative partnership between two countries is moving from strength to strength. It is an anchor for regional peace and stability. We would like to learn from Chinese experience of development, poverty eradication and fight against corruption, the Speaker said. He expressed his pleasure on strong Government to Government contacts between Pakistan and China. However, he stressed upon need to enhance and strengthen institutional linkages between the Parliaments of two brotherly countries. He also said that Pakistan had been making significant progress in CPEC project which would play a huge role in development and prosperity of both Nations. He further informed that all political parties, provincial governments and locals had been taken on board with regard to CPEC projects.

The Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress stated that Pakistan had been doing well on economic fronts and appreciated government’s efforts for combating terrorism quite successfully. He also appreciated Pakistan’s role in maintaining peace and stability in the region. Mr. Chen Zhu stated that there was a need for enhanced socio-economic, political and security cooperation. He shared that more organizations would be interested to invest in Pakistan with advancements in CPEC.

While meeting with his Russian counterpart Mr. Vyacheslav V.Volodin, Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan desires to forge a long-term and multidimensional partnership with Russia, especially in the fields of trade, energy, defence, security, space, peaceful use of nuclear energy, culture, education and people-to-people contacts. It is heartening to see that regular interaction between the parliaments of our two countries is progressing satisfactorily. He expressed his gratitude for the consistent Russian support to Pakistan for full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) throughout the process. Such support is evident of the close friendship and cooperation between two countries on bilateral and multilateral forums.

The Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Mr. Vyacheslav V.Volodin stressed upon the need to foster people to people contacts and inter-parliamentary linkages through exchange of visits between legislatures of Pakistan and Russia. He also opined to augment trade and economic relations between two countries as there is huge potential for it.


Pakistan Underline Need For Expansion Of Friendly And Brotherly Ties With Iran: Asad Qaiser - December 8, 2018

Islamabad; December 8, 2018:   The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its fraternal relations with Iran and wants to further cement the existing relations through enhanced parliamentary cooperation between the legislatures of both the countries. He remarked that both the nations were intertwined in bonds of religion, history,  culture and their goals, friends and enemies are also the same.  He expressed these views while talking to Speaker of Islamic Consultative Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ali Larijani who met him during the sideline meeting of the 2ndSpeakers’ Conference held at Tehran. 

According to a message received from Tehran, the Speaker said that vigorous Pak-Iran relations were imperative for peace, security and prosperity in the region.  Stressing the need for enhance Parliamentary relations between both the countries, the Speaker said that regular interaction between the Parliamentarians of both countries could play an important role for promoting unity and stability in the region.  He underlined the need for further enhancing cooperation between both the countries in diverse fields for mutual benefits. Urging the need for unity among the Muslim World the Speaker said that the unity among the Muslim Countries was necessary to confront the challenges being faced by Ummah.

Asad Qaiser also expressed the hope that the 2nd Speaker Conference will play an instrumental role to promote connectivity amongst the members states and address the challenge of terrorism which is a constant threat to peace and security of the region. 
The Speaker of Islamic Consultative Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ali Larijani has said that his country also considered Pakistan as one of its brothers and wants to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations through enhancing cooperation in diverse fields. He said that ties between Pakistan and Iran were unbreakable and both the nations have always stood with each other in difficult conditions. 

He added that Iran consider Pakistan as its partner for peace in the region and expressed his hope that in future both nations will continue to chart the paths of prosperity together. He reiterated Asad Qaiser’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations and urged for comprehensive engagement of the Parliamentary committees to explore the avenues for mutual cooperation.
 


Peace, Dialogue And Interdependence Are Key Precursors of a Prospering Society: NA Speaker - December 8, 2018

Islamabad; December 8, 2018: The Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Russia and Turkey spanning the stretch of the Asian Continent comprise its heart and soul. Rich energy, human and natural resources; bridging important regions by our locations or sheer size; and our individual strong cultural and linguistic heritage are tremendous assets that we can put together for our collective benefit, he added. As such our countries remain central to the global developments on political, socio-economic, security and many other fronts, Asad Qaiser said.

    According to a message received from Tehran, the Speaker National Assembly was speaking at inaugural ceremony of the Second Speakers’ conference in his capacity as President of the Speakers’ conference in Tehran, Iran. He said that Pakistan had the honor of hosting the Heads of our respective Assemblies in Islamabad in December 2017 to launch this important forum. Pakistan has floated the idea of having the forum of the Speakers’ conference, he added. “A year later, the Second Speakers’ Conference in Tehran provides us another opportunity to continue the useful exchange of views on key challenges like terrorism that we all have to confront and to evolve a coordinated approach in exploiting the immense untapped potential and economic opportunities in our region” the Speaker said.   

    The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Hassan Rouhani attended the inaugural ceremony of the second Speakers’ conference as Chief Guest. The Chairman State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Mr. Vyacheslav Voldon, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Turkey Mr. Binali Yildrim, Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga of Afghanistan Mr. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Mr. Chen Zhu, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China also attended the event.

    The Speaker also said that the in Pakistan, through some of the largest counter terrorism operations conducted anywhere in the world, we have turned the tide against terrorism. “The military operations, Zarb-e-Azab and Radd-ul-Fasad have been great success. Through unmatched efforts of our Law Enforcement Agencies, we have been able to clear our territory from terrorists” he said. Asad Qaiser said that the terrorist attacks and incidents of mass violence have registered a marked decline. The success of our efforts, compared to other counter terrorism efforts, despite our limited resources, is being widely recognized, he remarked.

    He further said that the location of our region has great strategic significance. However, despite enormous potential, connectivity in our region has remained low. “Unfortunately, deteriorating security situation and regional disputes have obstructed regional integration and economic prosperity. Pakistan has been strong proponent of regional connectivity and has constructively participated in all regional connectivity initiatives”, the Speaker added. He said that we are signatories to both Asian Highway and Asian Railway Network Agreements. Let us use this platform of Parliaments of the member countries to commit ourselves to working together towards a brighter and a more secure future for our region and beyond, he said.

    While concluding his speech, Speaker National Assembly transferred the Presidency of the Speakers’ conference to Dr. Ali Ardeshir Larijani, Speaker of the Islamic Parliament of Iran as per agreed charter of the Speakers’ conference. He also prayed that Dr. Larijani will play proactive role in further strengthening the forum. He also ensured the all-out support of the National Assembly of Pakistan in capacity as the permanent secretariat of the conference.

 


NA Speaker Mr. Asad Qaiser Presided over an Advisory Meeting of Government Leaders - December 3, 2018


Speaker National Assembly Designates Conveners For 35 Parliamentary Friendship Groups - November 28, 2018

Islamabad; November 28, 2018: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has stressed upon the need to expand cooperation and contacts with the parliaments across the globe through the platform of Parliamentary Friendship Groups (PFGs). The process of enrollment of membership for the Parliamentary Friendship Groups began with the passage of a Resolution by the National Assembly of Pakistan on September 24, 2018 through which 91 Parliamentary Friendship Groups were reactivated.
 
The Speaker National Assembly, in his capacity as ex-officio President of these Parliamentary Friendship Groups has appointed Conveners from among the membership of these Groups to look after the day-to-day business of the Forums.The PFGs are not only meant to foster coordination with the parliaments of the 91 friendly countries but also to expand the scope of cooperation from parliament-to-parliament interaction to essential people-to-people contacts.
 
With the above objective in mind, the Speaker National Assembly has designated 12 more Conveners of the Parliamentary Friendship Groups bringing the total number of Conveners to 35. The Conveners of the remaining 56 PFGs will be appointed once the groups complete required quorum.List of Conveners for Parliamentary Friendship Groups in the 15th National Assembly of the Pakistan as follows:
 
1.         Sahibzada Sibghatullah                              Azerbaijan
2.         Mr. Mehboob Shah                                        Mayanmar
3.         Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai                Qatar
4.         Malik Anwar Taj Advocate                           Mauritius
5.         Mr. Muhammad IqbalAfridi                         Nepal + Bhutan
6.         NawabzadaIftikhar Ahmed Khan Babar  Kuwait
7.         Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi                            Portugal
8.         Mr. RazaRabaniKhar                                  Malaysia
9.         Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah                    Morocco
10.       Mr. Zulfiqar Sattar Bachani                       Kenya
11.       Ms. Shaista Pervaiz                                   Maldives
12.       Miss Shagufta Jumani                             Nigeria
 
Earlier,the Speaker National Assembly nominated 23 Conveners of different PFGs which were Mr.Muhammad Bashir Khan (Afghanistan), Mr. Ali Zahid (Algeria), Mr.Arbab Amir Ayub (Argentina), Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb (Australia), Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani (India), Agha Hassan Baloch (Bahrain), Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk (Bangladesh), Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh ( Belarus), Mr. Sher Ali Arbab (Belgium), Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada (Brazil), Mr. Sajid Khan (Brunei Darussalam), Mukhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani (Bulgaria), Ms. Maleeka Bokhari (Chile), Mr. Noor Alam Khan (China), Mr. Riaz Fatyana (Cuba), Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan (Denmark), Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh (DPR Korea), Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai (Egypt), Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan (European Parliament), Mr. Amjid Ali Khan (France), Sardar Ayaz Sadiq (Germany), Ms. Nusrat Wahid (Greece) and Mr. Faiz Ullah (Iran).     
 


Speaker Punjab Assembly Calls On NA Speaker - November 27, 2018

Islamabad; 27 November 2018: Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House on Monday. The matter related to current political and economic situation in the country as well as mutual interest were also discussed in the meeting.
The Speaker National Assembly said that the provincial governments and federal government will have to work together to resolve the problems faced by the country. He said that the country was passing through difficult economic situation. “Pakistani nation is a brave and steadfast nation and will aware how to combat such situation”, the Speaker said.

He emphasized that the parliamentary traditions and regulations must be kept in mind during the proceedings of the House. It is the collective responsibility of all the members to take care of the sanctity and respect of the house “The solution of public issues is in the strength of the parliament” the Speaker said.
Asad Qaiser said that federal and provincial governments should enact the Legislation to solve the matters of public importance on priority basis. He further said that the present government believes in empowerment and autonomy of the provinces. He stressed the regular contacts between the Provincial assemblies and National Assembly. He assured all out cooperation of the National Assembly Secretariat with Punjab Assembly in Legislation and Research sectors and capacity building of their Staff.He also informed to the Speaker Punjab Assembly regarding the steps taken for austerity measures in the secretariat.

Speaking of on the occasion, Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said that Punjab Government stand with Federal Government to confront the challenges being faced by the country. He said that all the stakeholders have to work together to overcome the crisis. He thanked Speaker National Assembly for extending the support to enhance capacity building of staff of the Punjab Assembly.
 
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condemn Terrorist Attack At Chinese Consulate Karachi - November 23, 2018

In their statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed the terrorist attack at consulate of friendly country China a cowardly and shameful act of terrorism.   They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of the country and wanted to sabotage exemplary friendship between Pakistan and China and peace of the country. They said that such shameful acts cannot deter our firm resolve against terrorism. They appreciated the quick response of the law enforcing agencies to foil the terrorist attack at Chinese Consulate.
 
They expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of lives of police personnel who martyred in the attack.  They sympathized with bereaved families and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace. 
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blasts at Hangu - November 23, 2018

  Islamabad: November 23, 2018: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast at Hangu causing loss of precious lives. 

 
In their statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and gruesome act of terrorism and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of the humanity and wanted to sabotage peace in the country. They said that such shameful acts cannot deter our firm resolve against terrorism.  They called the authorities for bringing the perpetrators of the blast to justice.
 
They sympathized with bereaved families and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace.  They also prayed for early recovery of injured.
 

Opposition Leaders called on NA Speaker Mr. Asad Qaiser - November 22, 2018

قومی اسمبلی سیکریٹریٹ
پریس ریلیز
اسلام ٓباد ۲۲ نومبر ۲۰۱۸
 
سپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر کی زیر صدارت گزشتہ شام پارلیمنٹ ہاوس میں اجلاس منعقد ہوا جس میں حکومتی وزراء اور اپوزیشن جماعتوں کے اراکین اسمبلی نے شرکت کی- اجلاس میں متفقہ طور پر یہ فیصلہ ہوا کہ اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کی صدارت میں ایک کمیٹی تشکیل دی جائے گی جس میں ایوان میں موجود تمام جماعتوں کے رہنما شامل ہوں گے- کمیٹی اس امر کا جائزہ لیتے ہوئے اس بات کو یقینی بنائے گی کہ اجلاس کی کاروائی کے دوران کوئی بھی رکن غیر پارلیمانی رویہ اختیار نہ کرے اور پارلیمانی آداب کا خیال رکھیں- اجلاس کے دوران شرکاء نے سپیکر کو یقین دہانی کرائی کہ اس ضمن میں تمام جماعتیں ان سے بھرپور تعاون کریں گی- اجلاس میں وزیر قانون ڈاکٹر محمد فروغ نسیم، ملیکہ علی بخاری، سردار ایاز صادق، رانا ثناءاللہ، خواجہ سعد رفیق، سید نوید قمر اور رانا تنویر شامل تھے
 
محمد محسن اقبال
ڈاریکٹر میڈیا

 


Nation is proud of its brave sons like Rashid Minhas Shaheed and M. M. Alam: NA Speaker - November 20, 2018

Islamabad 20th November 2018:  The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the Pakistan Air Force is one the best Air Force of the World and it had  always played commendable role in in defence of air peripheries of the country and  nation has proud of his brave sons like Rashid Minhas Shaheed and M. M. Alam.  He expressed these views while talking to Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan who called on him at Parliament House on Tuesday.  The matters related to role of Air Force in defence of the country and its professional skill and mutual interest were discussed in the meeting.

Talking to Air Chief, the Speaker has said that the officers and personnel of Pakistan Air Force made the defence of the country invincible with their professional capabilities and got acknowledge in the world through their professionalism.  He said that in war against terrorism, the nation and Armed Forces jointly defeated the enemies of the countries and Air Force has played vital role in this war.  He said that nation is proud of its brave Armed Forces and expressed the confidence that our Armed Forces are capable to cope with any aggression against the country.  He said that our boundaries are in safe hands. Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan is a peaceful country and has no designed of aggression against any one, however, to keep minimum defence deterrence is our basic rights.  He said that all the institutions have to work together to overcome the challenges confronting by the country at the present.

The Speaker has commended the social activities of Air Force besides defence capabilities.  He expressed the desire to establish Technical University with the support of Air Force at Swabi.  He said that youth will achieve education in technical sectors with establishment of Technical University and after getting technical education the youth can play vital role in progress and prosperity of the country.  He said that due to CPEC project, the demand of the technical hands has been increased and we have to establish technical educational institutions to meet this requirement. He further said that Ghazi Brotha Lake is a beautiful tourism resort.  He said that with initiation of water sports in this lake it will become more attractive of for the tourist.  He asked the Air Chief to play his due role for water sports in Ghazi Brotha Lake.

Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan thanked the Speaker for his complimentary remarks for Pakistan Air Force.  He said that Pakistan Air Force has fully capable to response against any violation of air boundaries of the country.  He apprised the Speaker that Pakistan Air Force is striving to make innovation in the Air Force thorough latest technology.  He said that our personnel have rendered unforgettable sacrifices.  The Air Chief informed the Speaker that Air Force has expertise in technical education and in water sports.  He assured the Speaker his all-out support for establishment of Technical University in Swabi and initiation of water sports in Ghazi Brotha Lake.


Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is torch bearer and Blessing for the entire Universe: NA Speaker - November 20, 2018

Islamabad November 20, 2018:  The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the modern world can attain true peace by emulating the principles espoused by Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). He expressed these views in his message on the eve of "Eid Milladun Nabi" being commemorated throughout the Muslim world on Wednesday.    He said that the life of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is an excellent demonstration of truthfulness, balance, justice, coexistence and compassion.

While congratulating the entire Muslim Ummah on this auspicious day, the Speaker said that Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a torch bearer and blessing for the entire universe. Underlining the impact of the life of the Holy Prophet, Asad Qaiser highlighted that Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) lifted humanity from the abyss of ignorance, reformed man’s ideals, accorded him an elevated status and injected vitality into the decadent social order.

Asad Qaiser mentioned that it is a matter of pride that we are the adherents of Muhammad’s religion whose own life is embodiment of mercy and lofty moral ideals.  He reiterated that the life of the Holy Prophet is a never ending stream of guidance for all humans in all walks of life. “The legacy of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) will live on forever” he said.

The Deputy Speaker, Qasim Khan Suri in his message on this occasion said that Prophet (PBUH) revolutionized the world in a shortest time and changed every aspects of people life through his personal example and deeds.  “He articulated a comprehensive code of conduct for interpersonal relations and formulating a healthy society through his personal conduct” Deputy Speaker added.

He said that life of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is perfect example and should be followed by every individual.  He stressed that there is a solution to every problem in the teaching of our beloved Prophet (PBUH).  He said that we should get rid of all the prejudices based upon caste, creed and colour and brings happiness into the lives of people in light of last message of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).


Reactivation of Parliamentary Friendship Groups (PFGs) in National Assembly - November 20, 2018

Islamabad; November 20, 2018: After assuming the position of the Speaker National Assembly, Mr. Asad Qaiser has evinced great interest in promoting cooperation and understanding between the National Assembly of Pakistan and its counterparts across the globe. In order to promote friendly relations between Parliamentarians of Pakistan and elected representatives of the fraternity of democratic governments around the globe, the Speaker has reactivated total 91 Parliamentary Friendship Groups (PFGs). These groups have been constituted through a resolution passed by the National Assembly on 24th September, 2018.

Since 2011, the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has properly formalized this parliamentary activity to engage other parliaments and improve bilateral relations. The functions and role of PFGs is valuable instrument for promoting parliamentary diplomacy.  The rules of the parliamentary friendship groups have been devised for conducting business of the groups.

The Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan is the ex-officio President of all friendship groups. The Speaker nominates Convener of each group from amongst the members of a group to convene, coordinate and conduct day to day activities of the groups. All the Members of the National Assembly have been informed regarding reactivation of the friendship group in writing soon after passing the resolution in the House regarding groups. So far, we have received consent of 1/3 members till date and response from rest of the members is expected to be received in near future.

In light of the rules of the group as well as in his capacity as ex-officio President of all Friendship Groups,the Speaker has been pleased to nominate the Conveners of total 23 countries. The nomination of the Conveners will resume the formal activities of the friendship groups. The Conveners of the remaining groups will also be appointed once the groups complete required quorum.

List of Conveners for Parliamentary Friendship Groups in the 15th National Assembly of the Pakistan as follows:

1.      Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan                          Afghanistan

2.      Mr. Ali Zahid                                                       Algeria

3.      Mr. Arbab Amir Ayub                                         Argentina

4.      Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb                                Australia

5.      Mr. Muhammad AslamBhootani                    India

6.      Agha Hassan Baloch                                      Bahrain

7.      ChaudharyMahmood Bashir Virk                 Bangladesh

8.      Mr. Muhammad YaqoobShaikh                     Belarus

9.      Mr. Sher Ali Arbab                                            Belgium

10.  MianRiazHussainPirzada                               Brazil

11.  Mr. Sajid Khan                                                   Brunei Darussalam

12.  Mukhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani   Bulgaria

13.  Ms. MaleekaBokhari                                        Chile

14.  Mr. Noor Alam Khan                                         China

15.  Mr. RiazFatyana                                                 Cuba

16.  Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan                        Denmark

17.  Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh                               DPR Korea

18.  Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai                                Egypt

19.  Ms. ShandanaGulzar Khan                           European Parliament

20.  Mr. Amjid Ali Khan                                            France

21.  SardarAyazSadiq                                             Germany

22.  Ms. Nusrat Wahid                                            Greece

23.  Mr. FaizUllah                                                     Iran   


We Have To Increase Our Agriculture Production By Utilizing Other Resources Despite Of The Water Crises: Says Na Speaker - November 19, 2018

 Islamabad November 19, 2018:  The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan is an agricultural country whereas production of any agricultural country depends upon ample quantity of water. He further said that to overcome the scarcity of the water, we have to adopt such measures through which we cannot only meet our agricultural needs but can also generate employment opportunities.  He expressed these views while chairing a high level meeting to discuss the issues related to current water crises in the country, agriculture and farming.

The Speaker said that Pakistan was including in those countries which not only self-sufficient in agriculture commodities but also export them to other countries.  He said that agriculture in Pakistan depends upon Canals and rain water; however, due to shortage of water in rivers the cultivated areas were becoming barren.   In view of the water crises, we have to adopt such measures to save our farms to become barren, Asad Qaiser said.  He stressed the need to build small canals and lay pipelines to irrigate nearby water starve areas.

During the meeting, Director Pehur High Level Extension Canal Project informed that with help of Asian Development Bank, a project of Rs. 10.1 billion was initiated and under this project 91 kilometers land will be irrigated through Canals from Terbela Dam.  Besides this 30 kilometers long pressure pipelines will also be laid to irrigate the barren areas.  He informed that through alternative system, 228 Cusecs water will be supplied to Swabi and its environs to which 30 thousand 5 hundred acres land will be irrigated.   

The Project Director apprised that this project will be completed by December, 2022.  He explained the meeting that at present 6 thousand Metric Tons production is being produced by rain water from those areas and after completion of this Project the production will be increased up toone lac 15 thousand metric tons.  He further informed that areas including Jhanda Boka, Topi, Maini, Punj Pir, Kala Dara, Mian Dheri, Guju Khan Maira, Ambar, Indus, Nandrak, Shah Mansoor, Ganjwal, Jhendi Dhari will be benefited from this Project.

Asad Qaiser said that with the completion of this Project not only the agriculture production will be increased but also inhabitants of areas will get employment opportunities.  He said that the farmers of the areas will not only meet their food needs through production of agricultural commodities they will also enable to play their role in the country’s economic development by selling their products in markets.

 


The National Assembly has been summoned - November 19, 2018

Pakistan is Proud of its Exemplary Friendship with Saudi Arabia; NA Speaker - November 16, 2018

Islamabad November 16, 2018:  The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Saudi Arabia was selfless friend of Pakistan and stood firmly with Pakistan in every difficult time and provided assistance generously.  He said that Pakistan is proud of its exemplary friendship with Saudi Arabia. He expressed these views while talking to Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mr. Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki who called on him at Parliament House on Friday.

The Speaker said that the long term and brotherly relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were based on respect and affection of the people of both the countries for each other.  He said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia shared common faith, culture, history and heritage. He said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have commonality of views on regional and global issues and both the friends have always supported each other at regional and international forums.  He said that Parliament of Pakistan has also remained in the forefront to cement the brotherly relations. 

Asad Qaiser urged the need to further strengthen the existing relations based on brotherhood and fraternity.  He said that the honour and warm welcome extended by the Saudi Arabia Government and people to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia will prove milestone to further strengthen the bilateral relations. He appreciated the relief package given by Saudi Government to overcome the financial crises in Pakistan. He said that a large number of Pakistani expatriates serving in various fields in Saudi Arabia and earning valuable foreign exchange for their homeland. The Speaker stressed the need for concession in punishment to Pakistani people who have been convicted in minor offences in Saudi Arabia. He welcomed Saudi’s participation in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He opined that bilateral relations will be further strengthened by investment of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan. He said that ties between the two Parliaments will be cemented by reactivation of friendship groups in National Assembly of Pakistan. He said that unity among the Muslim countries was imperative to overcome the challenges confronted by Ummah. The Speaker also invited the Speaker of Saudi Majlis-e-Shoora to visit Pakistan.

The Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mr. Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki termed the relations between the two countries historic and unique.  He said that Pakistan is the closest friend and ally of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He said that Shah Sulman and Crown Prince have a great respect and affection for Pakistan.  He assured his government is all out support to Pakistan in diverse fields. He was confident that fraternal relations between both the countries would further strengthen by frequent interactions between the Parliamentarians of both the countries. He said that Saudi Arabia would always stand by its Pakistani brethren whenever needed. He expressed his optimism that the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan would further strengthen the relations between the two brotherly countries. He assured the Speaker that he will talk to high-up of the Saudi Arabia Government for concession to Pakistani people who were convicted in minor offences in Saudi Arabia. He also extended invitation to Speaker National Assembly on the behalf of Speaker Saudi Majlis-e-Shoora to visit Saudia Arabia.  
 


Pakistan gives immense important to its relations with Republic of Korea: NA Speaker - November 15, 2018

Islamabad November 15, 2018:  The Ambassador of Republic of Korea Mr. Kwak Sung-Kya called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House on Thursday.  The matters relating to bilateral relations, important regional and international issues were discussed in the meeting.

Talking to Ambassador, the Speaker said that Pakistan gives immense important to its relations with Republic of Korea and desired to further strengthening the existing relations through enhance economic and Parliamentary cooperation. He said that elimination of corruption, unemployment and illiteracy and strengthening relations with friendly countries were the priorities of incumbent Government.  He said that there were vast opportunities of investment in industries, energy and infrastructure sectors in Pakistan and Korean investors can take benefits from these opportunities.  The Speaker underlined the need for regular interaction between business communities of both the countries for enhancing the volume of trade.  He said that regular exchange of Parliamentary delegations will provide the opportunities to parliamentarians to learn from each other experiences. Asad Qaiser was of the opinion that interactions between the Parliaments of both the countries can be strengthened through reactivation of friendship groups in both the Parliaments.

The Speaker urged the need to increase the scholarships for Pakistani students to get education in Korea.  He said that Pakistan desired to benefit from Korea in the field of technical education.  He further said that Pakistani experts can work more effectively in the country after taking vocational training from Korea.  He said that Pakistani engineer and technicians should take benefit from Korean experiences and technology.  He assured all out support to Korean ongoing project in Azad Kashmir.

The Ambassador of Republic of Korea Mr. Kwak Sung-Kya has said that Korea values high its cordial relations with Pakistan and wanted to further expand the existing relations.  He said that enhanced Parliamentary interactions can play vital role in increasing   harmony and bilateral cooperation between both the nations.  He said that Korean Firms taking keen interest in investment in Pakistan.  He assured all out support of Korea to Pakistani Students and experts who wanted to get education from Korea. The Ambassador also presented letter of congratulations of Speaker Korean Parliament to Asad  Qaiser on his election as Speaker National Assembly.


Rasm-E-Qul Of Mother Of Deputy Speaker NA - November 13, 2018

Islamabad, November 13, 2018:  The Rasm-e-Qul of mother of Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri will be held on Wednesday, 14th November, 2018 at the residence of Deputy Speaker House No. 41-A Chilten Housing Scheme, Airport Road, Quetta between Namaz-e-Zhur and Asar.
 


NA Speaker & Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Former MNA Najaf Abbas Khan - November 12, 2018

Islamabad: November 12, 2018: Asad Qaiser Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the sad demise of Former MNA Najaf Abbas Khan.

    In their separate condolence messages to the bereaved family, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Najaf Abbas Khan. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


There is a need to take steps to overcome low pressure of Sui Gas in Peshawar and its surrounding areas on Emergency Basis: Says NA Speaker - November 11, 2018

Islamabad November 11, 2018: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that during winter season there is a need to take steps to overcome low pressure of Sui gas in Peshawar and its surrounding areas on emergency basis. He further said that the provisions of basic facilities to the people of Pakistan and to solve their problems are the priorities of the government therefore steps are being taken on emergency basis for this purpose.

Asad Qaiser chaired a meeting to resolve the issue of low pressure of Sui gas with Members of National Assembly and the officials of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited. MNAs Ali Muhammad Khan, Mujahid Khan, Noor Alam Khan, Arbab Sher Ali, Arbab Amir Ayub, Malik Anwar Taj, Usman Khan Tarakai, Managing Director SNGPL Amjad Latif, General Manager SNGPL Peshawar Saqib Arbab and their senior officials were present on the occasion.

While talking to the meeting, the Speaker said that the people of the Peshawar and their surrounding areas are facing problem due to low pressure of Sui Gas during winter. In view of this public difficulty, he directed the SNGPL officials to resolve this matter immediately.

Earlier, MNAs from Peshawar informed the Speaker about the problems arising from low pressure of gas in Peshawar and its adjacent areas. On this occasion, MD SNGPL Amjad Latif and GM SNGPL Peshawar told the speaker that the Mega Project has been started to solve the problem of low pressure of Sui gas in Peshawar. Under this project, a new transmission  line is being attached with the existing transmission line from Dara Adam khel to Hayatabad, which covers 32 kilometers long and this project will be completed in December this year. He further added that Gas lines are being upgraded in the city. He assured the speaker that the completion of this transmission line would reduce the low pressure of gas in Peshawar and its adjacent areas.


Pak-China all weather Friendship is Time Tested: NA Speaker - November 9, 2018

Islamabad, November 9, 2018: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that exemplary friendship between Pakistan and China based on the strong foundation of mutual trust, respect, strong strategic partnership and economic viable cooperation.  He said that the all-weather friendship between two friends is time tested.  He expressed these views while talking to 15 member delegation of National People’s Congress of China (NPC) which met him under the leadership of Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of NPC Mr. Zhang Chunxian at Parliament House on Friday.

The Speaker said that closed interaction between the Parliaments of two countries the existing friendly relations can be further strengthened.  He said that the result of the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China will be proved long lasting.  He said that the cooperation between two countries would be further enhanced by implementation of agreements during this visit.  He said that with the transfer of technology and establishment of economic zone from China, the employment opportunities will generated and the standard of lives of the people of Pakistan will be increased.

Asad Qaiser said that China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be proved gateway for development and prosperity of the region.   He said that Pakistan wanted early completion of CPEC project.  He said that China have got respectable place in comity of nations by its achievements.  He further said that Pakistan wanted to take benefits from Chinese experiences.  The Speaker stressed the need for equal opportunities for both the countries in bilateral trade.  He assured that Pak-China friendship Group in the National Assembly will be reactivated soon to strengthening relations between the Parliaments of both the countries.  He also extended invitation to Chairman NPC to visit Pakistan.

Congratulating on the behalf of Parliament and Government of China to Asad Qaiser on assuming the portfolio of Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, the Vice Chairman Standing Committee of NPC Mr. Zhang Chunxian said that China give great importance to its friendly relations with Pakistan and considered it strategic partner.  He said that the leadership of both the countries was committed to bring the relations between Pakistan and China to new heights.  He said that closed interactions between Parliaments of both the countries would provide opportunities to the Parliamentarians to benefit from each other exposures. The delegation termed the recent visit of Prime Minister very successful.  They were of the view that the agreements signed between the two countries during this visit will prove fruitful for the people of both the countries.  The Vice Chairman Standing Committee NPC said that China wanted to see Pakistan a prosperous and developed Pakistan and assured all out support for its economic and social development.


I Want To See Pakistani Youth Highly Educated And Assets For Prosperous Future Of The Country: Says NA Speaker - November 8, 2018

Islamabad November 8, 2018: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that he wanted to see the Pakistani Youth highly educated and assets for prosperous future of the country.  He further said that opportunities should be provided to Pakistani students to attain higher education in Britain.  He said that he is ready to cooperate at every level with all countries including UK for higher education of the youth. He expressed these views while talking to High Commissioner of Britain Mr. Thomas Drew, who called on him at Parliament House on Thursday. 

The Speaker said that Pakistan wanted to strengthen its relations with friendly countries like UK.  He said that Pakistan desired to enhance the relations with all countries for development and prosperity of the region.  He stressed the need for enhance interaction between the Parliamentarians of both the countries. He said that regular interaction between the Parliamentarians would provide them opportunities to learn from each other experiences.  He said that with exchanged of the Parliamentary delegations; library, research and legislation sections can be strengthen and standing committees system can be made more effective.

 The Speaker said that the present Government wanted to get information and experiences through enhanced Parliamentary cooperation with other countries.  He said that Pakistani students were taking keen interest in British system of education.  He said that he wanted to establish education city where the children of needy and low income persons can get education. Asad Qaiser expressed his commitment for education of street and destitute children.  He further said that he was concerned about women education and working hard for this purpose.
 
The Speaker said that Pakistan expatriates were playing important role in the Parliament and Government of Britain besides other sphere of the life.   He said that large number of representation of Pakistanis emigrants in House of Commons and House of Lords is highly commendable.  He stressed the need for active role of Pakistani expatriates representatives in British Parliament for bringing innovation in Pakistani Institutions.

The Britain High Commissioner Mr. Thomas Drew has said that the Institutions will be strengthened with continuity of the democracy in Pakistan and it will also boost the economy of the country.  He said that Government and Parliament of Britain will cooperate to increase the capacity of the Parliamentarians as well as staff of the Pakistani Parliament.  He assured the Speaker that the Britain has continued its support Pakistan in education and other sectors.


Challenges Confronting To Ummah Can Be Overcome By Following The Teachings Of Allama Iqbal: NA Speaker - November 8, 2018

Islamabad:  November 8, 2018: Allama Muhammad Iqbal was a visionary poet who conceived the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent that was ultimately materialized in the shape of Pakistan, said Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in his message on the occasion of the 141th birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
 
The Speaker said that prior the passage of Pakistan resolution Allama Iqbal’s philosophical and poetic writings were instrumental in formation and molding of public opinion. The Speaker said that the dream of Allama Iqbal was a great blessing for the Muslims of the sub-continent and added that his poetic message roused and strengthened the spirit and will of the Muslims to get independent and separate homeland for them where they could live according to their religious, culture and traditions.
 
Asad Qaiser said that Allama Iqbal visualized the suffering of Ummah and masses that led to their meltdown and also proposed recipe for their revival and regaining the lost glory of the Muslims. He based his thoughts on the Holy Quran and prompted humanity in his interpretations. He awakened the Muslims from disillusionment and reminded them about the future.
 
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. He said that Allama Iqbal was the great proponent of unity of Muslim Ummah and reliance on their resources and strength. He said that much of today’s problems will simply vanish by following the teachings of Allama Iqbal and strictly following Islamic ways of life.
 
On this occasion the Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Soori 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 colour 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 so that their deeds convince non-Muslims to develop penchant for Islam.
 


Energy Project Of The Year 2018 Green Parliament Of Islamic Republic Of Pakistan - November 8, 2018

Islamabad; November 8, 2018; Former Speaker National Assembly Mr. Ayaz Sadiq presented the Green Parliament Award to the Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker, Mr. Muhammad Qasim Khan Soorifor being awarded with “Energy Project of the Year 2018” by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), during 2018 World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA on 16th October, 2018. Former Deputy Speaker, Mr. Murtaza JavedA bbasI, Syed Naveed Qamar MNA and Project Manager, Mr. Shahid Shoukat was also present while presenting this award.
 
The Speaker Mr. Asad Qaiser expressed his delight and gave the credit of the award to the Former Speaker, Mr. Ayaz Sadiq, for carrying out such remarkable achievement. He further said that this is excellent step in the energy sector and it should be publicized in best national interest.
 
The award recognizes the project that has achieved prominence in promoting energy conservation approach and opting the renewable solar energy for sustainable development. Green Parliament project was presented with this award for its "first-of-a-kind approach" for its remarkable achievement/milestone in the shape of Green Parliament.
 
Parliament House of Pakistan got the distinction to be the World’s first largest Green legislative by taking comprehensive energy conservation measures as a “first fuel”, implementation of energy management system (EnMS) and shifting on renewables energy. These measures helped to curtail more than one half of overall usage of electrical as well as gaseous energies in the building and cut the annual energy usage form 35723728.3 kWh to 10832995.7 kWh and saved 59260606.03 kWh equivalent to 220.68 million PKR saving so far besides a saving of capital investment of around 1.02 billion. It also drastically reduced around 30429.64 tons of CO2 emissions so far, which is equivalent to 1.38 million trees planted and 10639.73 tons of coal burn.


The provision of fundamental facilities to the people and its solution is the priority of the present government: NA Speaker - November 8, 2018


NA Speaker Stresses Need For Joint Efforts To Confront Problems Being Faced By The Ummah - November 7, 2018

Islamabad; November 7, 2018:  Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that close friendly relation between Pakistan and Iran were imperative for regional peace, security and prosperity. He expressed these views while talking to Ambassador of Iran Mr. Mehdi Honardoost who called on him at Parliament House on Wednesday. The matters pertaining to bilateral relations and regional issues and important regional and global issues were discussed in the meeting. 

    The Speaker said that Pakistan values high its brotherly relations with Iran and incumbent Government desired to further strengthening relations between two neighbouring countries. He stressed the need for enhanced cooperation between Pakistan and Iran in the areas of trade, investment and energy for mutual benefits, added that both the countries have to work together to resolve the problems being faced by the Ummah. He said that the booth the country needed consensus on matters of international importance. He said that practical steps were needed from both sides to bring the people of the both country more closer.

    Ambassador of Iran Mr. Mehdi Honardoost said that Iran gives great importance to its relations with Pakistan and consider Pakistan as its partner for peace in the region. He said that Iranian Leadership and government are keen to strengthen the relation between two countries. Iranian Ambassador agreed with the proposal of Speaker for diversification of trade and economic relations. He said that historic friendly relations existed between two nation and both the countries always stood with each other in difficult time.

    Iranian Ambassador appreciated Pakistan’s roles for promoting unity among Muslim countries. He stressed the need for collaboration between two countries to promote sustainable patterns of governance and assist each other in institutional building for effective governance. He also extended invitation to the Speaker to attend 2nd Speakers Conference in Tehran on 7-8 December.

 

 


Heart Of The People Of Pakistan And Turkey Beat Together: NA Speaker - November 7, 2018

Islamabad; November 7, 2018:  Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that heart of the people of Pakistan and Turkey beat together and both brotherly Muslims countries has always stood together in the times of need. He expressed these views while talking to Ambassador of Turkey Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, who called on him at Parliament House on Wednesday.

The Speaker said that Pakistan and Turkey were tied in the bond of common religion, culture and history. He said that both the countries have similar perceptions on regional and global issues and always support each other at regional and global forums. He said that Pakistan is proud of its unique friendship with people and leadership of Turkey and wanted to bring the existing bilateral relations to new heights. He further said that the Parliamentarian of both the countries could play important role for promoting harmony and bringing both the nations more closer. He said that China, Pakistan economic corridor will be beneficial for all the country of the region and will prove helpful to overcome poverty and unemployment. The Speaker also invited  Turkey to take part CPEC Projects.

Ambassador of Turkey Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, said that Turkey gives great importance to its friendly relations with  Pakistan and committed to further strengthening the existing relations. He said that people of Turkey considered Pakistan their second home and wanted to see a strong and prosperous Pakistan. He appreciated Pakistan’s role for peace and prosperity of the region.

 Mr. Ihsan Mustafa appreciated the invitation of Speaker National Assembly to participate Turkey in CPEC Projects and further sad that he will convey the message of Speaker to hi leadership. He also extended invitation to Speaker to attend 2nd league of Parliamentarian conference for Al Quds which will be held on 14th December 2018 at Istanbul.


NA Speaker Greets Hindu Community On Eve Of Diwali - November 6, 2018

Islamabad: November 06, 2018: Asad Qaiser, Speaker National Assembly has greeted Hindu Parliamentarians and the Hindu Community on their religious festival Diwali.

In his message, the Speaker expressed his delight on this auspicious occasion and said that Pakistan is a pluralistic country this is enriched with cultural diversity and celebrates each of them with equal zeal and zest.  He also recognized the rich contributions of the Hindu Community in prosperity and development of the Country.

Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly also conveyed his sincere and warm greetings on Diwali to his fellow Hindu Members of the National Assembly. He also appreciated their contribution in national development, fostering national unity and cohesion.


Pakistan is proud of its unique friendship with China. NA speaker - October 31, 2018

         Islamabad 31, October 2018: The Ambassador of China Mr. Yao Jing called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House on Wednesday.  Federal Secretary Planning,  Secretary P&D, KPK, other high ups of Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa Government and Chairman Economic Zone Management Committee were present in the meeting. The matters pertaining to bilateral relations, important regional and global issues, and RashaKai economic zone, and others ongoing projects under the CPEC were discussed in the meeting.

         While talking to Ambassador the Speaker said that Pakistan was proud of its unique friendship with China.  He said that Pakistan and China have cherished vibrant friendly relations. He said that the present Government was committed to take the relations between two countries to new heights.  He said that exemplary relations between Pakistan and China were based on regional development, mutual trust and trade and economic cooperation.  He said that cooperation between the two countries was rapidly expanding. 

        While talking about the China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) Asad Qaiser said that the CPEC is a consequence of all-weather friendship between two countries.  He said that CPEC will not only  beneficial  for Pakistan and China but whole region.  He stressed the need for early completion of CPEC Projects.  He said that completion of the Rashakai Economic Zone will prove a milestone in development of area. He said that with completion of this Project the standard of the lives of the area will be improved.  He said that equal opportunity will be provided to all Provinces in CPEC Projects.  He said that Pakistan economy linked with CPEC and all possible measures will be taken for its early completion.  The Speaker also stressed the need for improvement in Peshawar Circular Railways System.  He assured all out cooperation of Federal and Provincial Governments for completion of CPEC Projects. He expressed the hope that with visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan the relations will enter in new era of cooperation and friendship.

    The Ambassador of China Mr. Yao Jing has said that CPEC will open new avenues of development for the people of the region.  He said that the relations between the two countries were improving with passage of time.  He said that the agreements and MOUs of mutual cooperation will be signed during the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan which will bring the two countries more closer.  He expressed the hope that visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan will prove a milestone to bring the relations between two countries new heights.  He said that the people and Government of China values high its exemplary friendship with China and wanted to see a strong , stable and prosperous Pakistan.

 

 


Political Forces Should Join Hands to Steer Out The Country From Challenges: NA Speaker - October 29, 2018

Islamabad:  October 29, 2018. The President of Pakistan Muslim League and former Prime Minister Ch. Shujat Hussain called on Speaker National Assembly at Parliament House on Monday. Besides, newly elected Member of National Assembly Ch. Munis Ellahi and Ch. Salik Hussain Federal Minister for Housing and Member National Assembly Ch. Hussain Ellahi were also present on the occasion. The matters pertaining to overall economic situation and mutual interests were discussed in the meeting. 

While congratulating Ch. Munis Ellahi and Ch. Salik, the Speaker said that there election was the evidence of trust and confident of their constituents reposed in the leadership of Muslim League. He said that Ch. Shujat Hussain has a big name in the politics of Pakistan. His politics based on principles and respect to others and he always given priority to national interests upon personal interests. 

The Speaker said that the country was facing challenges like poverty, unemployment, water scarcity, corruption, terrorism and weak economy and the political forces of the country need to joined hands to steer out the country of these challenges.  “It is my desire that issues of national importance to be discussed in the National Assembly”, he added.

The President Pakistan Muslim League and former Prime Minister Ch. Shujat Hussain thanked the Speaker and appreciated his role to run the proceeding of the House amicably. He said that Muslim League was stood with present Government to take the country out of crises.  He further said that Pakistan Muslim League believe in politics of values instead of power and has always given priority to national interests.  He said that due to abortive policies of previous Governments, the country was facing economic problems at present. He appreciated the steps taken by the present Government to steer out the country from economic crises.   
 


The curriculum of the madrassas will not change nor any restrictions on the madarsas: Speaker National Assembly - October 28, 2018

اسلا م آباد؛28اکتوبر2018؛سپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے واضح الفاظ میں اس امر کی یقین دہانی کرائی ہے کہ مدارس کا نصاب تبدیل نہیں ہو گا اور نہ ہی مدارس پر کسی قسم کی پابندی عائد کی جائے گی ۔مدارس کے نصاب اور اس سے متعلقہ امور کے حوالے سے جو منفی پروپیگنڈا کیا جا رہا ہے ۔علما ء اور مشائخ ان بے بنیاد خبروں پر قطعا یقین نہ کریں ۔ان خیالات کا اظہا ر انہوں نے اتوار کے روز مدرسہ دارالقران پنج پیر صوابی میں ختم القرآن کی روح پرور تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا ۔

سپیکرنے کہا کہ وزیر اعظم عمران خان نے مدارس کے حوالے سے جاری منفی پروپیگنڈے پر سخت نوٹس لیتے ہوئے مجھ سے ملاقات کے دوران اس بات کا عزم کیا تھا کہ مدارس کے نصاب میں کسی قسم کا ردوبدل نہیں کیا جائے گا اور نہ ہی مدارس پر کوئی پابندی عائد کی جائے گی ۔آج اس مذہبی تقریب کے دوران میں علما ء ومشائخ کو وزیر اعظم عمران خان کا واضح پیغام دینا چاہتا ہوں کہ وہ مدارس کے حوالے سے بے بنیاد خبروں پر کان نہ دھرے ۔8سال قبل عمران خان اس مدرسے میں تشریف لائے تھے اور انہوں نے اس وقت اس بات کا اظہار کیا تھا کہ مدارس کے طلبا کو معاشرے میں ان کا جائز مقام ملنا چاہیے۔ انہوں نے کہا تھا کہ جس طر ح سکولوں اور کالجوں سے فارغ التحیصل طلبا کو روز گار اور زندگی گزارنے کے مناسب اور موزوں مواقعے ملتے ہیں اسی طرح مدارس کے طلبا کو بھی فوقیت دی جانی چاہیے ۔سپیکر نے کہا کہ مجھے یقین ہے کہ بحثیت وزیر اعظم وہ اپنے اس عزم کو عملی جامعہ پہنائیں گے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ماضی میں یہ تاثر دیا جاتا تھا کہ مدارس دہشت گرد وں کی نرسریاں ہیں جب کہ مدارس تو دین کی آماجگاہیں اور اسلام کا قلعہ ہیں ۔انہو ں نے کہا کہ ضرورت پڑنے پر مدارس کے معاملات میں کوئی ردوبدل کی گئی تو اس سلسلے میں علما ء و مشائخ سے مشاورت کی جائے گی ۔


سپیکر نے کہا کہ اللہ تعالی نے ہمیں صوبہ خیبر پختونخواہ کے سکولوں کے نصاب میں عقیدہ ختم نبوت اور ترجمہ قرآن کو شامل کرنے کا شرف دیا ۔اسی پر عمل پیرا ہو تے ہوئے پنجاب کے سکولوں کے نصاب میں عقیدہ ختم نبوت اور ترجمہ قرآن کو شامل کرنے میں کامیاب ہوجائیں گے ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ عہدے عارضی ہوتے ہیں اللہ تعالی ہی عزت اور ذلت دینے والا ہے۔ عوام کی خدمت کرنا ہی عوامی نمائندوں کا اصل مقصد ہونا چاہیے ۔تب ہی عوام خوش حال ہو نگے اور ملک کی مشکلات بھی دور ہوں گی ۔سپیکر نے کہا کہ اگر چہ میں کوئی عالم نہیں اور نہ ہی دینی معاملات پر اتنی دسترس رکھتا ہوں ۔ مگر میں دین پر عمل کرنے والے لوگوں سے پیار کرتا ہوں اور ان کی عزت کرنا اپنے فرائض میں شمار کرتا ہوں ۔ 

سپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے اس بات کا اعتراف کیا کہ اس سے پہلے پاکستان کی تاریخ میں صوبہ خیبر پختونخواہ کو اتنا بڑا سیاسی عہدہ نہیں دیا گیا ۔میں آج قومی اسمبلی کا سپیکر بننے کے بعد اللہ تعالی کا شکر گزار ہوں کہ اس نے مجھے عزت دی اور انشااللہ میں عوام کی خدمت کو اپنا نصب العین بناؤ ں گا ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ نیت نیک ہو تو اللہ تعالی بھی اس کام میں برکت ڈال دیتا ہے اور پھر آسانیاں پیدا ہو جا تی ہے 
تقریب سے شیخ القرآن مولانا طیب طاہری ،جامعتہ الاز ہر مصر کے اُستاد تفسیر مولانا عبدالوہاب سمیت دیگر علماء ومشائخ نے بھی خطاب کیا ۔اس تین روزہ تقریب ختم القرآن میں ملک بھر سے آئے ہوئے ہزاروں عقیدت مندوں اور طلبا نے شر کت کی جہاں پر روح پرور محافل کا انعقاد کیا گیا ۔


Foreign Minister Calls On Speaker National Assembly - October 26, 2018

Islamabad:  October 26, 2018.  Foreign Minister Shah Mehmmood Qureshi has called on the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House on Friday.  In the meeting, matters pertain to over all political, economic situation and mutual interests were discussed.

    The Speaker appreciated the Foreign Policy of the incumbent Government.  He said that world has become global village therefore the closed ties with across the world especially with the neighbouring countries were very necessary.   He said that Shah Mehmood Qureshi  was  a seasoned politician and he highlighted Pakistan’s stance in the world very efficiently in short span of time.

    While terming six billion dollars Saudi Arabia’s relief package a good omen,  the Speaker said that it was an important success of current Government ‘s Foreign Policy.  He said that it will put positive impact on economy of the country and will also enhance the trust of the investors.  He praised Shah Mehmood Queshi for presenting the soft image of Pakistan in vibrant way in the UN General Assembly.

    The Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Queresh thanked the Speaker for his kind remarks. He appreciated his role to run the proceedings of the National Assembly amicably.  He said that Pakistan is a sovereign country and make its decision in light of national interests without any external pressure.

    He said that good relations with neigbouring countries, peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue and highlighted the soft image of Pakistan in the World were basic component of our foreign policy.  He further said that the cordial relations between the Muslim Countries and elimination of misconceptions among them are an important pillar of our foreign policy and mediation between Saudi Arabia and Yemen is part of same.    


IT IS OUR MISSION TO MAKE PAKISTAN A WELFARE STATE AND WE WILL DEFINITELY SUCCEED IN IT : NA SPEAKER - October 26, 2018


Struggle of Kashmiri People for Self Determination Cannot Be Silenced With Gun and Atrocities: NA Speaker - October 26, 2018

Islamabad October 26, 2018: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that illegal occupation of Kashmir by the Indian Forces was most tragic chapter of history. He said that Kashmir dispute is a burning issue and an unending threat to the peace for not only the region but also for entire World and urged upon the international community to play its due role to end atrocities and human violations by the Indian Security Forces in Occupied Kashmir and peaceful settlement of this core issue. He expressed these views in his message on Black Day being observed throughout the World on 27th October every year in protest against illegal occupation of Kashmir Valley by Indian Armed Forces in 1947.

Expressing solidarity with the people of held Valley the Speaker said that our relations with the Kashmiri brethren is not only based upon the religion, civilization and humanity but also related to blood.  He said that Pakistan firmly committed to finding out a just and peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions and aspirations of people of Kashmir. He assured the Kashmiri people that Pakistan would continue moral, political and diplomatic support at regional and international forum till the realization of their objectives.

He lamented the indiscriminate use of pellet guns on unarmed protestors, incidents of human rights violations, desecration of human lives, rapes and depriving the children from their eye-sights, detention of Kashmiri leadership and imposition of curfew in held valley. He said that struggle of Kashmiri people for self-determination cannot be silenced with gun and atrocities. He was confident that the sacrifices of Kashmiri people would not go in vein and would become fruitful.

The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri in his separate message has  said that human rights violations had a long history  in Indian Occupied Kashmir and United Nations had declared IOK a disputed territory. He said that India itself approached the UN and promised to honour the Kashmiris’ right of self-determination and hold plebiscite in IOK. He called for an end to human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and urged upon United Nations and Human Rights Organization to pay special attention for peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people.
 


Speaker And Acting Speaker Express Grief Over Loss Of Lives In Road Accident At D.G Khan - October 22, 2018

Islamabad, October 22, 2018: Asad Qaiser Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri Acting Speaker, National Assembly expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the  loss of precious lives in road accident Multan Road, Dera Ghazi Khan.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and Acting Speaker said that they were shocked to learn the sad news about the tragic incident. They prayed for the departed souls and sympathized with families of deceased.
They also prayed for the early recovery of injured and directed authorities to provide best medical treatment to injured.


Speaker KP Assembly calls on NA Speaker - October 16, 2018

Islamabad 16 October 2018: Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Mushtaq Ghani called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, at Parliament House on Tuesday. The matter related to current political, economic situation in the country and mutual interest were discussed in the meeting.

The Speaker National Assembly said that the provincial governments and federal government will have to work together to resolve the problems faced by the country. He said that the country was passing through difficult economic situation. “Pakistani nation is a brave and steadfast nation and will aware how to combat such situation”, the Speaker said.

Asad Qaiser said that federal and provincial governments should enact the Legislation to solve the matters of public importance on priority basis. He said that the present Government believes in empowerment and autonomy of the provinces. He emphasized the regular contacts between the Provincial assemblies and National Assembly. He assured all out cooperation of the National Assembly Secretariat with Provincial Assemblies   in Legislation and Research sectors and capacity building of their Staff.

Speaking of on the occasion, Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Mushtaq Ghani said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governments stand with Federal Government to confront the challenges being faced by the country. He said that all the stakeholders have to work together to overcome the crisis. He thanked Speaker National Assembly for extending the support to enhance capacity building of staff of the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Assembly.


Pakistan Can Be Lead Towards the Path of Progress and Prosperity Through Consensus and National Solidarity: NA Speaker - October 11, 2018

Islamabad October 11, 2018: The Central Leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhary called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in the Parliament House. The matters pertaining to overall political and economic situation in the country were discussed.

The Speaker said that people have lot of expectations from the present Parliament and he was tried to come up to the expectations of the people. He said that to solve the issues of national importance through Parliament was best interest of the country.  He said that it was his utmost attempt to bring the issues of national importance on the floor of the House. He said that peaceful environment of the House was necessary for enactment of effective legislation and consultation will be made to achieve this objective with Leaders of the Parliament Parties in the National Assembly.  He said that we have to work together to uphold sanctity of the Parliament and stability of democracy in the country.

The Speaker said that at present the country was facing financial crunch and it was necessary to take immediate measures to overcome these difficulties. He said that with national solidarity and consensus,  we can lead the country on the path of progress and prosperity. He appreciated the role of Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhary for mobilizing party workers in Punjab.

Central Leader of Tehreek-e-Insaf  (PTI) Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhary has said that Government of Punjab was taking steps to resolve the public issues and to eradicate poverty, corruption, illiteracy and unemployment  according to the Prime Minister Imran Khan vision.  He said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has become largest political party and it is his utmost strives to organize the party more efficiently.   
 


NA Speaker urged the need for promotion of Harmony between the Federation and Provinces to confront challenges faced by the Country - October 10, 2018

Islamabad, October  10, 2018:  Governor Khyber Pakhtoon Khawa Shah Farman called on Speaker National Assembly  Asad Qaiser at Parliament House today.  The matters pertaining to law & order situation in Khyber Pakhtoo khawa and over all political and economic situations in the country was discussed in the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion the Speaker National Assembly congratulated Shah Farman on assuming the portfolio of Governor Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa.  He said that appointment of Shah Farman as Governor Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa is good omen for progress and development of the Province.  He expressed the hope that under his sagacious leadership  the Province would lead towards the path of progress and prosperity.  He said that progress and prosperity of the country depends upon the cordial relations between Federation and Provinces.  He urged the need for promotion of harmony between the Federation and Provinces to confront challenges faced by the country at present.  He said that the country is passing through a critical time and we have to work together to get the country out  of these difficult situation.

The Governor Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa Shah Farman thanked the Speaker for his kind remarks and briefed him about the ongoing development projects and security situation in the Province.  He said that development of the Province solving the problems facing by the people of the Province and cordial relations between Federation and Province was his foremost priority.  He said that Provincial Government taking steps on priority basis for progress and development and maintenance of law and order situation in the Province.

Earlier the Former Speaker National Assembly Syed Fakhar Imam met with Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser.  The matters related to overall political situation in the country and mutual interests were discussed in the meeting.  The Speaker said that stability of democratic institutions was inevitable for the economic stability and progress of the country.  He said that all political parties present in the parliament have to play their role for strengthening the democratic institutions and to cope with the challenges being confronted to the country.  “ You are a senior and seasoned member of this august House and your presence in the House is a fortune for the members of this House, he added”.  He said that senior members should play their due roles for enhancing sanctity of the House and to keep the environment the House peaceful.

Former Speaker Syed Fakhar Imam has said that role of the opposition in the House is very important to keep the environment of House peaceful and for the security and economic stability it is imperative to take all the political parties on board.


Pakistan Armed Forces have a unique place in world due to their superior professional capability: NA Speaker - October 10, 2018

Islamabad October 10, 2018:  The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan Armed Forces were among the best armed forces in world and have a unique place in the world due to their superior professional capabilities.  He expressed these views while addressing participants of 201 Course of National Defence University (NDU) who visited the Parliament House under the leadership of Major General Fayyaz Hussain Shah, Commandant Armed Forces War College and met with Speaker National Assembly today.

The Speaker said that our Armed Forces always combat the difficult situations with steadfastness and bravery. During the natural castestrophies including earthquake 2005, floods and elimination of terrorism, the Pakistan. Army rendered valuable services.  He said that we have to work together for development and progress of the country and have adopt collective thinking rather than individual thinking.    He stressed the need for cohesion between all the institutions to overcome the difficulties being faced by the country.  He said that we have to think that this country has given us everything and what we have given in return to it.  He said that we can achieve our destination by promoting unity and solidarity in our ranks.

On this occasion the Special Secretary National Assembly Qamar Sohail Lohdi gave comprehensive briefing to the participants about the formation and working of the National Assembly and its Committees.

Major General Fayyaz Hussain Shah Commandant Armed Forces War College thanked the Speaker for his remarks and said that the Parliament is the supreme constitutional institution of the country and its respect is obligatory for all citizens. He told the Speaker that the decision of this visit was taken before initiation of 210 Course.


NA Speaker stresses need for Legislation on Important National issues with consensus - October 9, 2018

Islamabad: October 9, 2018. Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House on Tuesday.  The matters pertaining to upcoming session of the National Assembly and legislation on important national issues were discussed in the meeting.

The Speaker said that the current political situation and other important matters in the country should be resolved in the Parliament. Emphasizing the need for active enactment of legislation in order to provide relief to masses he said that the legislation on important national issues will be carried out with consultation of leaders of all Parliamentary Parties in the House.  He said that  to resolve the national issues in the Parliament was in best interest of the country and he wanted that matters of national importance including law and orders situation, water and energy crises and stability of economy in the country should be discussed in the House in detailed.

Asad Qaiser said that all the political parties in the National Assembly need to be involved in for the security and economic stability in the country.  He said that Standing Committees were the important components of the Parliament and their early completion was necessary for prompt enactment of legislation.  He said that to bring the country out of crises was our common responsibility and Parliament is the best forum to resolve the problems confronted to the masses.  He said that all heads of Parliamentary Parties have to play the role to keep the environment of House peaceful.

Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem has said that in order to resolve the issues of the public the Government was serious in enactment of legislation and believed that Parliament is a supreme Institution and was inevitable for resolving the public issues and legislation.   He assured the all-out cooperation of the Government in keeping the House environment peaceful and strengthening of its sanctity.


The Dream Of Progress And Prosperity Cannot Be Materialized Without Eradication Of Terrorism And Maintenance Of Law And Order Situation In The Country: NA Speaker - October 4, 2018

Islamabad 4 October, 2018:  The Commandant Frontier Constabulary Moazzam Jah Ansari called on the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House on Thursday.   Matters pertaining to overall law and order situation and elimination of terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) were discussed in the meeting.

The Speaker expressed satisfaction over the law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and eulogized the role of Frontier Constabulary in maintenance of law and orders situation in the Province as well as in the country. He said that our security forces rendered peerless sacrifices in war against terrorism.  He said that without up to mark law and order and elimination of terrorism the dream of progress and prosperity cannot be materialized.  He stressed the need for joint efforts to coup with challenges being faced by the country and internal and external threats.  He said that eradication of bane of terrorism from the country top priority of incumbent Government.  He said that whole nation united against war on terrorism and stood with it security forces.

The Commandant Frontier Constabulary Moazzam Jah Ansari apprised the Speaker about overall security and law and order situation in the country. He said that Frontier Constabulary has always remained ready to combat any untoward situation and will leave no stone unturned to maintenance of law and order situation and eradication of terrorism in the country.  He thanked the Speaker for his kind remarks for personnel of Frontier Constabulary.  


NA Speaker writes letter to his Indonesian Counterpart to condole the loss of Precious Lives in recent Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia - October 3, 2018

Islamabad October 3, 2018:  Asad Qaiser Speaker National Assembly has said that people and Parliament of Islamic Republic of Pakistan expressed complete solidarity with the people and House of Representatives of Republic of Indonesia and condoled the loss of precious lives during the recent powerful earthquake and tusmani in Island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.     He expressed these views in a letter written to Mr. Bambang Soesatyo, Speaker House of Representatives of Republic of Indonesia today.

The Speaker assured that in this difficult situation whole Pakistani Nation stood with their Indonesian brethren and hoped that the brave people of Republic of Indonesia will soon overcome this tragic incident.  “Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with all those bereaved families, who lost their love ones and are passing through trauma” he added.

The Asad Qaiser asked Indonesian Speaker to convey the sympathies of members of National Assembly of Pakistan to bereaved families.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the death of Father of Capt (R) Ashfaq Ashraf Sergeant-at-Arms National Assembly Secretariat - October 3, 2018

Islamabad; October 03, 2018:  Asad Qaiser  Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of  father of  Capt (R) Muhammad Ashfaq Ashraf, Sergeant-at Arms National Assembly Secretariat.

In their separate condolence messages to Capt (R) Muhammad Ashfaq Ashraf, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to the members of the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Government employees should keep human values in mind while using their authorities.NA Speaker - October 1, 2018

Islamabad October 1, 2018:  The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that elimination of sense of deprivation and restoration of trust in federation of small provinces is foremost priority of the incumbent Government.  He said that equal opportunities will be provided to all provinces in China-Pak Economic Corridor Projects and their concerns on important issues will be addressed with their consultation.  He expressed these views while talking to a 23 Members Course Participants of Provincial Management Services (PMS) and Excise & Taxation from Pakistan Provincial Services Academy, Peshawar who called on him at Parliament House on Monday.
            The Speaker said that the Government Employees should keep human values in mind while using their authorities.  He said that development goals can be achieved with good Governance and respect of human values.  He said that aim should be great instead of portfolio, however, it is very sad that we are running after portfolios and forgot aims.
            He said that challenges did not end the nations but the challenges polish them and they overcome these challenges with more diligently and hard work.  “The example of Germany and Japan are in front of us” he added.  He said that these nations fought very tremendously and hard working with difficult situations.  He said that besides the role and ethics of the nations, the insight and character of leadership played key role to rise the nations.  He said that we have to follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) for success.
            The Speaker said that the Government Functionaries were pivot of Government machinery and they should carry out their duties with full sincerity and devotion and public service should be their prime objective.  He said that Pakistan passing through a difficult time and all the institutions have to work closely in order to take the country out of this difficult time. He said that the Government Employees have always play an important role in strengthening the economy in the developing countries.    Emphasizing the need to promote relations between Federal and Provincial Governments he said that by promoting contacts between Federation and Provinces we can solve the issues confronted by the country in better way.      
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Sister In Law Of Hafiz Tahir Khalil Senior Journalist And Bureau Chief Of Daily Jang And Wife Of S.A Rehman, Senior Advocate Supreme Court Of Pakistan - September 27, 2018

Islamabad: September 27, 2018: Mr. Asad Qaiser Speaker and Mr. Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the sad demise of the sister in law of Hafiz Tahir Khalil, Senior Journalist and Bureau Chief of Daily Jang and wife of S.A. Rehman, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan.
 
In their separate condolence messages to Hafiz Tahir Khalil and S.A. Rehman, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed grief and sorrow over the passing away of the sister in law of Hafiz Tahir Khalil and wife of S.A Rehman.
 
They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity.


The Speaker NA arrives to the house of Sardar Ikramullah Khan Gandapur, Ex-Provincial Minister - September 26, 2018


NA Speaker Writes Letter To His Iranian Counterpart To Condemn The Terrorist Attack On Military Parade In Ahvaz, Iran - September 26, 2018

            Islamabad September 26, 2018:  Asad Qaiser Speaker National Assembly has said that people and Parliament of Islamic Republic of Pakistan express complete solidarity with the people and Islamic Parliament of brotherly country Islamic Republic of Iran and strongly condemned the gruesome terrorist attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, Islamic Republic of Iran on 22nd September, 2018.  He expressed these views in a letter written to Dr. Ali Ardeshir Larijani, Speaker of Islamic Parliament of Iran today.
            The Speaker said that Pakistan Parliament has condemned this cowardly act of terrorism in the strongest terms, which claimed precious lives and injured many.  “Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with all those bereaved families,  who lost their love ones and are passing through trauma” he added.  He asked Iranian Speaker to convey the sympathies of entire National Assembly of Pakistan to bereaved families.  
            He said that National Assembly of Pakistan was of firm belief that such heinous act of terrorism was targeted towards the entire humanity and especially the Muslim Ummah.  “Pakistan has been braving such cowardly acts of terrorism for the lost one decade” he added.”  He said that Pakistan firm in its conviction to fight out this menace for the peace and progress of entire humanity.
            He assured that whole Pakistani nation completely support and pray that the brave brothers and sisters of the Islamic Republic of Iran will soon overcome this tragic incident.
 


To resolve the problems, end of backwardness of the people of Balochistan is a priority of present government. Speaker.N.A - September 25, 2018


Pakistan Believes Relations with United States on Equality Basis: NA Speaker - September 24, 2018

Islamabad September 24, 2018:  The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan believed relations with United States (US) on equality basis.  He said that Parliament of Pakistan was committed to build strong parliamentary links with US, neighboring countries and entire region for enhance cooperation on economic front.  He assured that he will discuss the problems confronted by the business community with Minister for Finance and Minister for Commerce for their resolution.  He expressed these views while addressing First Pak-US Business Opportunity Conference held at Islamabad on Monday.

The Speaker said that it has been widely acknowledged that National prosperity, sustainable  development and quality of  life of a common man heavily depends on the business fraternity working side by side with Government for bringing about  a positive change and strengthening the economy.  He said that despite all challenges the Business Community of Pakistan has significantly contributed to the social-economic development of the country. He said that all the developmental challenges and national issues can be adequately tackled by taking an inclusive approach.

The Speaker said that due to flawed economic policies, political instability, chaos and horrific wave of terrorism the national economy badly affected. “The terror hit areas of the country especially province of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa it was never easy to carry out routine business activity” he added.  He said that despite of all challenges the country had managed to a significant breakthrough on economic and political front as well as against the terrorism.  He said that the confidence of civilian leadership put in the efforts of our security forces, the war on terror had borne fruits and the business environment  was reasonable more conducive for local and international investment.

Asad Qaiser said that due to changes in global economic landscape the centre of gravity of world economy has shifted to emerging economies growing at a much faster pace.  He said that encouraging regional integration and connectivity is one of the key pillars of Pakistan’s policy and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was the most promising element of this policy.  He said that CPEC will help to end power outages in Pakistan and ensure connectivity between China, South Asia and Central Asia.  He expressed his optimism that CPEC will open new vistas of development for Pakistan and entire region.

The Speaker said that despite tensed relations between Pakistan and United States, it was encouraging sign that the volume of trade between the two countries had touched new height.  He said that textile, tourism and agriculture industry have a huge untapped potential.  He invited the US investors to invest in Pakistan and assured all kind of facilitations and support to them.  He hoped that bilateral business and investment ventures would help in the betterment of bilateral relations between the two countries.  He urged upon the business chambers to play role of well established communications channel between the Government and business community for broader interest of the country. He assured that issues of national importance will be brought on the Table of the House for discussion and concerned experts will be invited for opinion and in light of their suggestion the policies will be finalized.  
 


All Difficulties can be overcome with the Spirit of Sacrifices and Unflinching Determination: NA Speaker - September 20, 2018

Islamabad, September  20, 2018: Speaker, National Assembly  Asad Qaiser calling upon the nation to rise above parochial differences, narrow mindedness, sectarianism, ethnicity and maintain harmony, unity and brotherhood in our ranks in accordance with golden principles of Islam and follow the path of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).
            In his messages on Youm-e-Ashura to the nation, the Speaker said that Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions (RA) were the noblest models in preaching and practicing the Quranic philosophy of patience, sacrifice and martyrdom. Their unflinching faith in Almighty Allah and the Day of Judgment, their exemplary devotion, dauntless courage, and unfailing patience in the way of Almighty Allah was a unique exhibition of the spirit of patience and martyrdom described in the Holy Qur’an, he said.
            The Speaker urged that being a Muslim it is our obligation that we stand up against the evil forces that stir up discord and create confrontation in the society, to achieve their nefarious designs. They said that the best way to pay tributes to the martyrs of Karbala is to make commitment on this day to work and devote oneself for the development and strength of the county."We have to forget our trivial differences and adopt the teachings of Islam and promote peace, security and brotherhood." He urged.
            The Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri has said that on this day of Ashura, the battle was fought between the forces of truth and falsehood, which would continue to impart Muslims a lesson of sustained struggle against oppression. He said that this is the path which the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) taught us to follow and  his followers (RA) offered great sacrifices. “Yaum-e-Ashoor reminds us the lesson of adherence to the truth, firmness of belief and being steadfast against tyranny” he added.
 


Major responsibility of Journalists to highlight positive image of the country - September 19, 2018


NA Speaker Says Pakistan Render Huge Scarifies in War Against Terrorism and Every Home Affected Due to This Bane - September 18, 2018

Islamabad, September 18, 2018: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiserhas has said that Pakistan has rendered huge sacrifices for global peace and there was no home in Pakistan which has not affected due to terrorism. “The war against terrorism has no linked with Pakistan it was imposed upon us and the Pakistan suffered huge loses of precious lives and properties due to this war” he added.  He expressed these views while talking to a 10 Member delegation of European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) of the European Parliament led by Vice President of the ECR Mr. Hans-Olaf HENKEL, who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Tuesday.

The Speaker  said that he belongs to that region of Paksitan which was highly affected by terrorism.  He said that Mosques, Imam Bargahs, Schools and public places were attacked by the terrorists.  He said the World has not acknowledged the Pakistan’s sacrifices as it deserved  in war against terrorism.  He said that Pakistan has considerably overcome upon bane of terrorism and due to which  trust of the foreign investors have restored and they were taking keen interest to invest in Pakistan.   He said that Pakistan is committed to promote peace and security in the region.  The Speaker highlighted that Pakistan’s entire political leadership is determined to fast-track progress on outreach to Europe as part of its regional connectivity endeavors and further outlined that Pakistan’s has resolved to root out terrorism from the region.

While replying the questions raised by the participants of delegation the Speaker  said that elimination of corruption and promotion of education was foremost priority of the incumbent government and they are taking concrete steps to achieve these goals.   He said to resolve the problems faced by the masses at local level, the present Government strengthening the local bodies institutions in the country and wanted to empowered them administratively and on revenue side.  Asad Qaiser invited Europen Union for inclusion in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).  He said that CPEC project was a project of development of the Region and with its completion a new era of progress and prosperity will usher in the region. He  said that Pakistan seeks a comprehensive and enduring partnership with European Union to facilitate human and institutional development in the region and beyond. 

While talking to the Delegation, the Speaker said that EU and Pakistan shares perception of various global issues and attaches high value to its strategic partnership in various fields. He remarked that Pakistan seeks strong partnership with European Union to strengthen democratic institutions, and forge sustainable patterns of governance at all levels.  He underlined the need for enhance interaction between the Parliament of Pakistan and European Union to further stregthening the bilateral relations.

Vice President of the ECR Mr. Hans-Olaf HENKEL acknowledged Pakistan’s aspiration for regional peace and security and said that  Pakistani nation has combat terrorism very bravely and European Union values high Pakistan’s sactifices against terrorism.  He endorsed Asad Qaiser’s proposal for expansion and diversification of trade and economic relations.  He added that EU Parliament is also keen to partner with Pakistan for uplifting performance of democratic institutions, strengthening rule of law and promoting genuine human development in the region. 

He further said that a pro-active role of Parliaments in cementing EU-Pakistan ties is highly imperative. The EU delegation praised Pakistan’s continued strides towards democracy and parliamentary supremacy. They took keen interest in the working of the parliament and sought quarries from the Speaker on the enhanced parliamentary scrutiny of the Executive and its legislative performance.   
 


It is my Life Mission to provide job to unemployed youth of Pakistan: Says Speaker NA - September 15, 2018

Islamabad; September 15, 2018: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that it is a mission of my life to provide job to the unemployed youth of Pakistan. Every Pakistani is talented and our youth is determined to embark Pakistan on the path of development. He further added that apart from government jobs, we have to contribute to arrange private jobs as well. He expressed these views while talking to the Chief Executive of Huawei Pakistan,  Mr. Saif Chi who called on him at Speaker House Islamabad, today. Former Ambassador of People’s Republic of China Zhang Chunxiang was also present on the occasion.

Speaker said that Pakistan's youth is proficient  and patriot in all respects. “He meets every international expedition. All over the world, Pakistani youth have highlighted their country's name in every field”, he added. He said that they have a passion for doing something for the sake of the country and their hearts are filled with nationalism but instead of not doing proper jobs, they become unhappy with behavior. “To bring it to the right direction, we have to contribute and arrange to get government employment as well as private jobs”, the Speaker said.

Mentioning the top priority of the government, Asad Qaiser said that the government is commited to provide job for unemployed youth. “ I will utilize all my energies and effort to get jobs for Pakistani youth from international and multinational companies working in Pakistan. In this regard, I will take  up this issue not only with the leaders of the other political parties in the Naional Assembly but also discuss with the MNAs who related to the business or industry and form a comprehensive plan to get employment after consultation” he remarked.

Speaking on this occasion, Speaker asked Huawei's Chief Executive to create a comprehensive plan for jobs in your company and we will also welcome all others companies to support in this regard. Asad Qaiser said that there were some error and defects in the Islamabad Safe City project and we want to remove these defects after consultation with the  concerned authorities for safe and secure Capital city.

While talking about CPEC, Speaker National Assembly said that the completion of this project is a milestone of Pakistan's development and prosperity. “I am ready to go to every extent for completion of this project”, he committed.

Chief Executive of Huawei Pakistan, Mr. Saif Chi  said that the company is ready to play every possible role in achieving technology promotion and jobs in Pakistan. He further said that the company will not only provide jobs to Pakistani youth and skilled employees but also train them in Pakistan and then send abroad. He assured the Speaker to take all possible measures to overcome all kinds of defects in Islamabad Safe City.


Democracy Is Imperative For Peace, Stability And Development Of The Country: NA Speaker - September 14, 2018

Islamabad September 14, 2018:  Asad Qaiser, Speaker, National Assembly has said that Democracy contributes powerfully to economic and social progress, international peace and security as well as respect for fundamental rights and freedoms. He said that Democracy is essential to achieving our fundamental goals of peace, human rights and development.   He said this in his message on the International Democracy Day being commemorated across that world under that auspicious of United Nations on 15th September.
 
The Speaker said that Democracy is a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives. In order to achieve this objective, it is incumbent upon the political leadership to shun their political differences and join hands to strengthen the democratic process in the country.
 
The beauty of democracy is that it finds indigenous solutions to the complex problems bedeviling the polity. It encourages participation of citizens, who are the real stakeholder, in taking charge of their lives. The public participation and ownership of state policies is the bedrock of democracy” , the Speaker added. He said democracy is underpinned by the principle of consensus within diverse sets of opinion. Hence, it creates unity in diversity and diversity in unity in a linguistically, ethnically and sub-culturally broad context. The Speaker reaffirmed that continuous electoral process ensures a democratic dispensation in the Pakistan.
 
On this occasion, the Deputy Speaker, Qasim Khan Suri has said that democracy is strengthening in Pakistan and all the progressive political forces were united on the issues of national importance and the Parliament is actively engaged in the welfare of the masses. He said successive derailing of democracy in past has badly hampered the growth and development of Institutions in the country. Democracy is the only way to guarantee our stability and to ensure our economic and social progress, he said.

 


Speaker Na and Deputy Speaker NA congratulate the newly elected member of RIUJ - September 14, 2018


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blast Near Pishin Bypass - September 14, 2018

    Islamabad: September 14,  2018: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast near Pishin bypass, Balochistan causing loss of precious lives of security personnel.
    In their  statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism and expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives of security personnel. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of the humanity and wanted to sabotage democratic process in the country. They said that such shameful acts cannot deter our firm resolve against terrorism.  They called the authorities for bringing the perpetrators of the blast to justice.
They sympathized with bereaved families and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyred in eternal peace.


The Former has a role as Back Bone in the progress of any country - September 13, 2018


Early Completion of The CPEC Project is Top Priority of Both the Countries: NA Speaker - September 11, 2018


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Passing Away of Begum Kalsoom Nawaz - September 11, 2018

Islamabad; September 11, 2018:  Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the passing away of   Begum Kalsoom Nawaz.
 
In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker paid rich tributes to the social and political services of Begum Kalsoom Nawaz and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over her sad demise.  They said that Begum Kalsoom Nawaz rendered valuable contributions for restoration and stability of the democracy in the country and her services will be remembered for long time to come.
 
They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Hassan Sohaib Murad - September 11, 2018

Islamabad;  September 11,  2018:  Asad Qaiser , Speaker and Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the death of Hassan Sohaib Murad, Pattern in Chief of Lahore University and renowned educationist.
 
In their separate condolence messages to members of the bereaved family, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker paid homage to the services of Hassan Sohaib Murad in field of education and expressed their profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to the members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Speaker NA has Urged the Nation to Forge Unity Among Their Ranks - September 11, 2018

Islamabad, September 11, 2018:   Asad Qaiser, Speaker National Assembly has urged the nation to forge unity among their ranks, shun all types of differences and supplement government efforts for ensuring peace in the country during the Holy month of Moharram. He urged in his message on the advent of Moharram-ul-Haram being observed throughout the Muslim world tomorrow.

He said that Islam is the religion of peace, love and tolerance and abhor all forms of sectarianism, extremism and prejudices. The Speaker called upon Ulema and Religious Scholars to play their due role and influence to create religious harmony and to spread the true message of Islam.

 "Let us make a resolve today to give up our differences and get united to develop comprehensive strategy for combating terrorism and eliminating sectarianism, militancy and extremism from the country" he said.

On this occasion the Deputy Speaker National Assembly Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri has said that we should follow the true spirit of Muharram ul Harram which is sacrifice and religious tolerance, part of our lives and refrain from all kinds of prejudice and class differences.   
 


The Quaid stood for the Discipline, Freedom, Democracy, Rule of Law, Social Justice and Orderly Progress: says NA Speaker - September 10, 2018

Islamabad September 10, 2018: Asad Qaiser, Speaker National Assembly has said that Quaid-e-Azam visioned Pakistan as democratic impregnable welfare state where people could live with peace, love, fraternity and harmony. He also desired that every citizen should have equal opportunities of education, health, progress and justice. The Speaker expressed these views in his message to the nation on 70th Death Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The Speaker paid glowing tribute to Quaid-e-Azam saying it was through his untiring leadership and unswerving commitment to the values of unity, faith, and discipline that the Quaid-e-Azam overcame all odds in establishing an independent homeland for the Muslims, where they could live their lives as a progressive and dynamic people.

He said that the Quaid’s achievement was a unique event in the history of nations as it was characterized by non-violence and strict adherence to principles. Quaid-e-Azam remained firm in the face of adversity, never compromised on principles or allowed expediency to influence his judgment”, the Speaker added.

The Speaker said that best tribute which we can pay to the father of the nation is allegiance to principles which he espoused vigorously and the values which he promoted consistently in his career. His death anniversary calls for reappraisal of the situation and a solid commitment to complete Quaid’s mission of consolidating Pakistan and ensuring its stability.

Muhammad Qasim Suri, Deputy Speaker has said that we should not forget his unmatched qualities of leadership, which included impeccable integrity, incorruptibility and a truly remarkable capacity for hard work, the Deputy Speaker remarked. I am confident that on this day we would come up to the expectations of our great Quaid and pledge to extend all possible efforts to overcome the challenges confronting the nation and turn them into opportunity to make Pakistan a better and strong country, he said.


Speaker National Assembly Chaired the Meeting of Parliamentary Leaders in the National Assembly - September 10, 2018


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Felicitate President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan - September 9, 2018

Islamabad September 09, 2018:  Asad Qaiser Speaker and Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated Dr. Arif Ur Rehman Alvi on his oath as 13th President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

In their separate congratulatory messages to Dr. Arif Ur Rehman Alvi, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended warm facilitation to him on his Presidential oath and said that his election for the slot of president was evidence  of confidence and trust of leadership, members of National Assembly, Senate of Pakistan and  Provincial Assemblies reposed in his acumen and capabilities.  

They said that new President was another step towards smooth transfer of power in democratic dispensation which was a good omen for democracy in the country.  They said that Dr. Arif Ur Rehman Alvi is a statesman and a seasoned political figure and under his sagacious leadership the federation and democratic institutions in the country will be strengthening and relations between federation and provinces become more cordial. 

They expressed the hope that he would come upto the people’s expectations that their representatives reposed on him. They prayed for his success during his tenure.

 


NA Speaker calls for Enhancing Parliamentary & Economic Cooperation Between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia - September 8, 2018

Islamabad: September 8, 2018: The Minister of Culture and Information of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr. Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Speaker House, today. Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry and Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf  Bin Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki were also present. During the meeting, they exchanged cordial talks and discussed a number of issues of common interest between the two brotherly countries and ways of strengthening relations.

While talking to the Saudi Minister, Asad Qaiser acknowledged that our respective governments have maintained a time-tested friendship based on such strong emotional links where we have supported each-other in every thick and thin and have stood by each other during every regional or international issue.

“The connection between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia is no ordinary relationship, restricted to the formalities of our respective foreign offices. Instead, it is an association deeply etched into the hearts and minds of our people” he remarked. He further said that we are bound in irrevocable ties of common faith, culture, history and heritage.He added that the Parliament of Pakistan has also remained in the forefront to further cement the brotherly relations between our two countries.

The Speaker said that there is a long history of mutual cooperation between our two countries. The generous Saudi investments in various projects in Pakistan and the services rendered by more than 2.6 million Overseas Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia reflect our common interests, he added.He said that this relationship needs to be further strengthened to commensurate with the strong fraternal bonds existing between our two countries.

On this occasion he symbolized truly friendship of Pakistan with Saudi Arabia by quoting the famous saying that “Friendship is a sweet responsibility; not opportunity”.Time and again, both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have proved to have adequately fulfilled this responsibility, the Speaker added. He also discussed the problem being faced by Pakistani expatriates in Saudi Arabia and also informed the issue of Pakistani imprisoned over there.

The Saudi Minister Dr. Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad termed relations between the two sides as historic and unique. He said that Pakistan is the closest friend and ally to the Kingdom. He appreciated the sentiments of the Speaker and assured his Government’s all-out support to Pakistan in diverse fields. He was confident that fraternal relations between both the countries would further strengthen by frequent interaction between the parliamentarians and government of both the countries.

He said that Saudi Arabia would always stand by its Pakistani brethren whenever needed. He further said that Saudi Arabia strongly desires to see a prosperous, stable and economically vibrant Pakistan.He assured the Speaker to resolve the problems of Pakistani imprisons in Saudi Arabia and Pakistani citizens serving there. He also congratulated Asad Qaiser on his election as the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.


SINO-PAK FRIENDSHIP BASED ON STURDY FOUNDATIONS OF MUTUAL RESPECT AND TRUST: NA SPEAKER - September 8, 2018

Islamabad, September 8, 2018: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pak-China exemplary relations have no parallel in international affairs. Based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interests, Pak-China relations have always stood the test of time, he added. He was talking to the State Councilor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Wang Yi, who called on him in Speaker House, Islamabad. Ambassador of China in Pakistan Mr. Yao Jing was also present in the meeting.
The Speaker reiterated that the historic, brotherlyand generous neighborhoodbetween two nations have entered a new phase of unprecedented cooperation. “Your visit will provide yet another opportunity to strengthen the existing warm and friendly relations between our two countries”, he said.
Asad Qaiser highlighted that Sino-Pak relationship is based on the sturdy foundations of mutual respect, trust, peaceful co-existence and brotherly neighborhood. We have firmly stood by each other in every thick and thin and it is thus that this friendship has passed from one generation to the other, he added.The Speaker outlined that Pak-China strategic partnership is highly essential for peace and development in the region and beyond.
Referring to China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as game-changer project for the regional development, he remarked that the realization of CPEC is manifestation of shared dream of unprecedented prosperity for our Region.“We are focused, targeted, devoted and committed for the completion of CPEC projects” the Speaker added. He said that relations with China is bedrock of Pakistan’s foreign policy and further added that Pakistan and China are committed to an all-encompassing and enduring partnership to support each other at international and regional forums. 
State Councilor and Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of ChinaMr. Wang Yi termed Pakistan and China as “All Weather Strategic Partners” and asserted that Pakistan has an unrivaled importance in China’s strategic calculations. He added that the leadership of both countries have demonstrated an unflinching resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations.
Chinese Foreign Minister endorsed Speaker’s proposal for cementing inter-parliamentary relations and expressed confidence in the progress of people-to-people contacts between both countries. He further highlighted that China and Pakistan share the vision for regional peace and development manifested in unanimous support for CPEC.He remarked that China will continue to support Pakistan in technology, infrastructure development and exploration of renewable energy resources. On this occasion Chinese Foreign Minister congratulated Asad Qaiser on his election as Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan and also extended invitation to visit China. Speaker accepted his invitation and reciprocally invited his Chinese counterpart to visit Pakistan
 


NA Speaker directs PEPCO to prepare feasibility report for construction of Sawbi Grid Station - September 6, 2018


Defence Day Calls Upon Nation to Make Pledge to Renew Spirit of Loyalty to Pakistan: NA Speaker - September 5, 2018

Islamabad: September 5, 2018; Asad Qaiser, Speaker National Assembly has said that the Defence Day of Pakistan called upon the nation to make a pledge to renew spirit of loyalty and service to Pakistan and pay tribute to valiant sons who embraced ‘Shahadat’ while ensuring the security of the motherland.

In his message to nation on Defence Day of Pakistan being celebrated on 6th September, 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. As Pakistan is moving towards a path of progress, the Speaker said that the supreme sacrifices of these sons who laid down their lives for our prosperous tomorrow should always be remembered.

Asad Qaiser said that the defence of the country is not limited to September 6 alone, rather stretches upon an entire lifetime and encompasses all dimensions of physical and ideological frontiers which need to be guarded. He said that celebrating this day helps the nation in reinvigorating the spirit of patriotism.

He 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.

“Our soldiers are our greatest asset as they not only offer their precious lives for fighting in battlefields but also remain prepared to undertake the responsibility of working as a cohesive force in very challenging situation, may it be horrifying earthquakes or the devastating floods,” the Speaker said.

On this special day, the Deputy Speaker Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri said that the whole nation stands united with utmost discipline and unwavering faith to make this country strong. Let us take the opportunity to once again pay homage to the martyrs of September 6, 1965 and all those who sacrificed their lives for the safety of the country in the later years,” the Deputy Speaker said.
 


Parliamentary Delegation of Japan Calls on Speaker NA - September 5, 2018

Islamabad: September 5, 2018; The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan attaches great importance it relations to Japan. He further said that the existing relations can be further cemented through enhance interaction of Parliamentarians as well as people of both the countries. He expressed these views while talking to a six member Japanese Parliamentary delegation led by Mr. Seishiro Eto, Chairman of Japan Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship League House (JPPFL), who called on him at Parliament House today. Japanese Ambassador Mr. Takashi Kuria was also present on the occasion.

The Speakersaid that both the countries are working for the prosperity of the people of the region through joint economic and development efforts.He underlined the need for regular interaction between the Parliamentarians and business community of both the countries to further strengthen the existing relations.The Speaker urged the need for regular exchanges of Parliamentary delegations for facilitating all-encompassing robust bilateral relations.He said that Pak-Japanese Friendship group already exists in National Assembly and would be activated in coming days.

“Japanese are honest and hardworking person that’s why the people of Pakistan love Japan and their nation. We have special place in our heart for the Japan. ” the Speaker remarked.While discussing technical assistance to Pakistan from Japan, the speaker showed his keen interest for support and collaboration of Pakistani universities and technical education centers with Japanese universities.

Asad Qaiser acknowledged the importance of Japan as a development partner and the cordial relation between the two countries, which is free of any irritant. He also looked forward to the greater level of cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the area of trade, investment, infrastructure and human resource development.

Chairman of Japan Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship League House (JPPFL) Mr. Seishiro Eto thanked the Speaker for his kind remarks and said that his country also considers Pakistan as one of its friends and economic partner.The foreign dignitary congratulated Asad Qaiser on his election as the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

Assuring Japan’s commitment towards prosperous Pakistan, Mr. Seishiro Eto said that Japan will continue to partner with Pakistan in uplifting Pakistan’s education, Information Technology and energy sectors.
 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Congratulate Shah Farman on Oath Taking as Governor KPK - September 5, 2018

Islamabad September 05, 2018:  Asad Qaiser Speaker and Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated Shah Farman  on oath taking as Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).
 
In their separate congratulatory messages to Shah Farman, the  Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended warm facilitation to him on taking oath as Governor KPK. They said that  his appointment as Governor KPK was the evidence of trust and confidence of leadership reposed in his acumen and capabilities. 
 
They were confident that under the guidance of Shah Farman, the government of KPK would initiate policies which would usher in an era of development and welfare of the Province. They expressed the hope that under his sagacious leadership, the Province will witness development and prosperity and relations between federation and province become more cordial. They prayed for his success during his tenure.
 


NA Speaker for Devising Policies to ensure Women's Rights - September 4, 2018

Islamabad: September 4, 2018; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) in the National Assembly is significant achievement of women parliamentarians. He further said that the Caucus has provided them a forum where they could work for development, empowerment and emancipation of women above party politics.He expressed these views while talking with the general assembly of WPCin Parliament House today.

He shared his experience when he was Speaker of KPK Provincial Assembly and acknowledged the working and participation of WPC in KPK Assembly with the participants of the meeting.Highlighting the role of the Women Parliamentary Caucus, the Speaker said that the Caucus' central task is to evolve consensus on gender issues on a bipartisan basis.He said that there is no denying the fact that participation of the womenfolk is imperative for socio-economic development of a state and society. No headway in this regard can be made without their visible and active participation, he added.

“It’s high time we recognized the meaningful role of women and take substantial steps for ensuring equal participation of women by accepting the fact that the Constitution of Pakistan promises dignity, freedom and equality to all citizens and forbids discrimination on the basis of gender”, the Speaker added.

The Speaker said that women in our society are confronting severe problems regarding education, healthcare and employment. He said there is a need to change the mindset and perception of people to protect women rights and to bring them into main stream. Asad Qaiser added that Pakistan has demonstrated a sincere commitment to international human rights treaties endorsing women rights and gender equality in its society. The country encourages women participation parallel to men in various fields of socio-economic and political sphere, he said. On this occasion, he extended every possible support for Women’s Parliamentary Caucus from the Speaker Office and National Assembly Secretariat.

On this occasion, MNA Ms. Munaza Hassan was unanimously elected Secretary of the WPC. Patron of WPC Dr. Fehmida Mirza and former Secretary Ms. Shaista Pervaiz Malik also briefed the working of WPC and their achievements to the general assembly.


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker felicitate newly Elected President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan - September 4, 2018

Islamabad September 04, 2018:  Asad Qaiser Speaker and Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have congratulated Dr. Arif Ur Rehman Alvi on his election as 13th President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

In their separate congratulatory messages to Dr. Arif Ur Rehman Alvi, the  Speaker and Deputy Speaker extended warm facilitation to him on his success in Presidential election and said that his election was evidence  of confidence and trust of leadership, members of National Assembly, Senate of Pakistan and  Provincial Assemblies reposed in his acumen and capabilities. 

They said that election of new President was another step towards smooth transfer of power in democratic dispensation which was a good omen for democracy in the country.  They said that Dr. Arif Ur Rehman Alvi is a statesman and a seasoned political figure and under his sagacious leadership the federation and democratic institutions in the country  will be strengthening and relations between federaton and provinces become more cordial.  They expressed the hope that he would come upto the people’s expectations that their representatives reposed on him. They prayed for his success during his tenure.


Envoy of Japan Calls on NA Speaker - August 30, 2018

Islamabad: August 30, 2018; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan and Japan enjoy genial relations validated by trade and cooperation between the two nations. Referring to Pak-Japan vigorous relations, he added that both the countries stood with each other side by side when faced with challenges. He was speaking to Mr. Takashi Kuria, Japanese Ambassador who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad on Thursday.

Asad Qaiser also noted the long history of economic and development cooperation between the two countries. He said that Japan and Pakistan does not only share the same Continent but also the same values of democracy and human freedom. He said that Pakistan values its relations with Japan and wants to further strengthen them. He also called for enhancing collaboration between business communities of both the countries for their mutual benefit. The Speaker outlined that Pakistan is pursuing a policy of cooperation with all the countries and Japan stands prominently in Pakistan’s aspirations for cooperation. While discussing technical assistance to Pakistan from Japan, the speaker showed his keen interest for support and collaboration of Pakistani universities and technical education centers with Japanese universities.

Appreciating Pakistan’s economic potential, Mr. Takashi Kuria, Japanese Ambassador highlighted that Japan will continue to work with Pakistan in order to strengthen economic relations with Pakistan. He endorsed Asad Qaiser’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations.

Endorsing Japan’s commitment towards prosperous Pakistan, Mr. Takashi Kuria assured the Speaker that Japan will accelerate its collaboration with Pakistan in uplifting Pakistan’s education, Information Technology and energy sectors. He further added that Pakistan is an important pillar in Japan’s outreach towards South Asia. On this occasion Mr. Takashi Kuria also congratulated Asad Qaiser on his election as the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.


Pakistan and Iran Share Fraternal Relations: NA Speaker - August 30, 2018

Islamabad; August 30, 2018:  Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House Islamabad on Thursday and discussed matters pertaining to bilateral relations and regional issues. The Iranian Foreign Minister was accompanied by a high-level delegation along with Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran to Pakistan Mr. Mehdi Honardoost.
          
During meeting, the Speaker hoped that the two sides will continue to expand economic interaction for promoting mutually beneficial cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, energy and connectivity. He further added that Pak-Iran Parliamentary engagement is highly imperative for promoting cohesion and stability in the entire region.
 
While talking with Iranian Foreign Minister, Asad Qaiser said that robust Pak-Iran relation is inevitable for regional peace, security and prosperity. He said that Pakistan believes in the unity of Muslim countries and stressed the importance of both Pakistan and Iran working together for resolution of problems faced by the Ummah.
 
Asad Qaiser said that Iran and Pakistan are intertwined by stronger multi-dimensional relations. Appreciating Iran’s geo-political significance, he remarked that Iran’s role is central to unifying the Muslim world and underlined the need for pro-active parliamentary diplomacy to further cooperation amongst the Muslim countries. He also noted that the two countries also need to move forward with consensus on matters of international importance.
          
The Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif added that Iran consider Pakistan as its partner for peace in the region and expressed his hope that in future both nations will continue to chart the paths of prosperity together. He reiterated Asad Qaiser’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations. He also conveyed the desire of the Iranian leadership and the government for continued efforts for growth in bilateral ties. He also supported the freedom of Palestine and Kashmir and urged to resolve these issues in peaceful manners.
 
Contending that Iran-Pakistan ties are influenced by the ancient and historical bonds between the two nations, Mr. Mohammad Jawad Zarif said that the two nations have always stood alongside each other in difficult condition and bilateral ties are unbreakable. He endorsed Asad Qaiser’s proposal for collaboration to promote sustainable patterns of governance and assist each other in institutional building for effective governance. On this occasion Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif also congratulated and conveyed best wishes from Iranian Speaker and his leadership to Asad Qaiser on his election as the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.
 


Sepoy Maqbool Hussian is the Hero of our Nation: NA Speaker - August 29, 2018

Islamabad; August 29, 2018: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the passing away of 1965 War Veteran Sepoy Maqbool Hussain.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker paid rich tributes to the services of Sepoy Maqbool Hussain in the field of defence of Pakistan and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Sepoy Maqbool Hussain. They said that by the death of Sepoy Maqbool Hussain, the country has lost a brave soldier and son of the soil who had spent 40 years imprisonment in Indian jail.

They said that his services will be remembered for long time to come. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.

 


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condole the Death of Father of Zulfiqar Gurmani and Nadir Gurmani - August 28, 2018

Islamabad; August 28, 2018: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri Deputy Speaker, National Assembly have condoled the passing away of father of Zulfiqar Gurmani Bureau Chief KTN and  Nadir Gurmani Senior Correspondent Dawn TV.

In their separate condolence messages to Zulfiqar Gurmani and Nadir Gurmani, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the death of their father. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to them and other members of bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


CHINA HAS SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEART: NA SPEAKER - August 27, 2018

Islamabad; August 27, 2018: The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that China has a special place in our heart and the friendship between two neighbours has no parallel in international relations. He expressed these views while talking to the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Yao Jing who called on him at Parliament House, today.

 He said that Pakistan and China is the multi-dimensional partner whereas China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the most brilliant initiative between two countries and the entire region. Pakistan is fully committed to the timely completion of all projects under CPEC, the Speaker said. He underlined the need for regular interaction between people to people, the Parliamentarians and business community of both the countries to further strengthen the existing relations. On this occasion, the speaker assured his full cooperation and support to resolve the difficulties in bilateral trade between two countries through legislation.

He said that the relations between Pakistan and China based on shared geopolitical, economic, historical and strategic interest and both the countries have always stood with each other at difficult times. While discussing the Second Speakers Conference which will be held in Tehran, Asad Qaiser said that we must resolve our issue with collective wisdom of the region. He further said the time will come very soon when we will control the menace of terrorism and will enhance the connectivity for prosperity among stakeholders of the region.

The Chinese Ambassador Mr. Yao Jing congratulated Asad Qaiser on his election as the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan as well as conveyed the best wishes and congratulations from Chinese President, Prime Minister and Chairman National People’s Congress of China. He said that strong and prosperous Pakistan is the real strength of China. He asserted that Pakistan has an unrivalled importance in China’s strategic calculations and added that the leadership of both countries has demonstrated an unflinching resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations. He also reiterated that a vibrant Pak-China cooperation is central for tackling challenges in the region and beyond.

Mr. Yao Jing endorsed Speaker’s proposal for cementing inter-parliamentary relations and expressed confidence in the progress of people-to-people contacts between both countries. He further highlighted that China and Pakistan share the vision for regional peace and development manifested in unanimous support for CPEC.


Chief Minister KP Mr. Mehmood Khan called on Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser in Islamabad - August 26, 2018


Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser meeting with Acting President Mr. Sadiq Sanjrani in Islamabad - August 25, 2018


Speaker NA met with opposition leaders - August 24, 2018


We Can Lay Strong Foundation for an Islamic Welfare Society by Including Our Poor and Needy Brethren in Our Eid Happiness: Says NA Speaker - August 21, 2018

Islamabad   August 21, 2018:   Asad Qaiser  Speaker National Assembly has extended his warm greetings to the fellow countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Azha falling on 22nd August, 2018.

In his message, Speaker NA said that Eid-ul-Azha reminds us of the great sacrifice laid down by Hazrat Ibrahim A.S. He said that the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim A.S. enshrines a wider message for the Muslims, that is the message of sacrificing for virtues, humanity, country fellows and also igniting the spirit of patience, tolerance and endurance.

The Speaker 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 smoothen 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 Almighty Allah to guide all the Muslims to tread right path and help them follow the true spirit of Islam. "May Allah help and protect us all. Amen", he added.

The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri also felicitated Muslims in Pakistan and across the globe on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha.  He underlined the significance of this Islamic festive that strengthens the spirit of sacrifice and harmony among the Muslim Ummah and encompasses the under-privileged segments of the society in shared celebrations.


NA Speaker Presides Over High Level Meeting - August 20, 2018

Islamabad: August 20, 2018:  The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser presided over a high level meeting in the National Assembly at Parliament House today to discuss the ways and means to run the proceedings of the National Assembly amicably.   The meeting was attended by former Speaker National Assembly Syed Fakhar Imam, former Speaker and Federal Minister for Inter provincial Coordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Federal Minister for Law & Justice Barrister Dr. Faroqh Naseem, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Babar Awan, Senior Officers of National Assembly Secretariat and Parliamentary Affairs.

Addressing to the meeting, the Speaker said that consultation with all stake holders is necessary to run the proceedings of the House in cordial way.  He said that we will consult with legal experts, besides Leaders of the Parliamentary Parties to strengthen the Parliament.  He said that it is the responsibility of every Member of Parliament to work for boosting the respect of the Parliament whether; he belongs to Government side or opposition.  He said that if the Parliament becomes stronger it will discuss problems being facing by the masses and sought their solution.

Talking to the former Speakers, Asad Qaiser said that you are experienced members of this House and having lot of skill to run the proceedings of the House.  “I would like to take benefits from your experience” he added.    The Speaker said that the nation has a lot of expectations from present Parliament and I hope that incumbent Parliament will come up to their expectations.

Both the   Former Speakers of the view that the Speaker is a Custodian of the House and his conduct should be equal with Government and Opposition members.  They said that for smooth running of proceedings of the House, Opposition side should be given maximum opportunity to speak in the House. 

The Speaker said that Standing Committees are important organ of the House and it will his utmost struggle to complete process of elections of Chairpersons of  Standing committees to make them functional as soon as possible.  He said that as a Speaker of KPK Assembly he used to call House Business Advisory Committee before the commencement of the Session of the Assembly regularly and he would like to continue same practice in the National Assembly also. The participants of meeting assured their full cooperation and assistance to run the affairs of business in house.

 


NA Speaker Visits Different Offices of National Assembly Secretariat, NA Speaker Seeks Details of Budget and Expenses of NA Secretariat - August 20, 2018

Islamabad: August 20, 2018.  The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser along with the senior officers of National Assembly Secretariat visited different offices of National Assembly Secretariat today. on this occasion the Speaker directed the officers of the National Assembly to adopt austerity measures according to the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and made efforts to reduce the expenses of these Secretariat.  He also directed the officers to consider the tax paid money is a fidelity of nation and reduce the unnecessary expenses of the Secretariat.  He also sought the details of budget and expenses of National Assembly Secretariat.

The Speaker also visited the Library and Research Centre of National Assembly Secretariat and directed the officers to provide all out support in connection with the legislation to members of the National Assembly.  He said that Library and Research Centre were very important offices in Parliament of any country to help out the legislatures in legislation work.  He assured to upgrade the Library and Research Centre of the National Assembly.  The officers of the National Assembly also briefed the Speaker about of the work of the different branches of the National Assembly.  Later on the Speaker also visited the Chambers of Federal Ministers in Parliament House and review the facilities provided in there.

 


Speaker National Assembly Chairing the Meeting of Opposition Party Leaders - August 17, 2018

 

 

 

 

 


Ambasador of UAE calls on Speaker National Assembly - August 16, 2018

Islamabad: August 16, 2018; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan attaches high value to its exceptional relations with UAE and wishes to further take them to new heights. He further said that Pakistan is thankful to the government of UAE for its support in time of need. He said this while talking to Mr. Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi, Ambassador of United Arab Emirate (UAE) in Parliament House, today.


Asad Qaiser said that UAE and Pakistan were tied in eternal bonds of religion, culture and history; therefore, steps may be taken for further solidifying the existing brotherly relations between two countries. He stressed the need to enhance interaction between parliamentarians and business communities of both the countries. He said that Pak-UAE Parliamentary Friendship Group would be shortly established in National Assembly which needs to be reciprocated in UAE Federal Council.

The UAE Ambassador congratulated Asad Qaiser on his election as the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. Appreciating the sentiments, the Ambassador said that his country also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and would keep on extending its support in time of need.

He said that his country would utilize huge economic potential in Pakistan for mutual benefit of both the nations. He said that interaction between parliamentarians and business communities would strengthen relations between two countries.


Speaker Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran Ali Larijani Telephones Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Asad Qaiser - August 16, 2018


Newly Elected CM KPK Mr. Mahmood Khan & Speaker Mushtaq Ghani calls on Speaker National Assembly - August 16, 2018


 
 
 
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