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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Press Release - October 9, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Press Release - October 9, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Press Release - September 23, 2020

 

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

 

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


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


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

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

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


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

Parliament would be made a proactive plate form to fight the case of freedom of Kashmir: NA Speaker
 
Islamabad: 21st September 2020, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Islam stresses upon propagation of peace in the world as the central message of Islam has always been the peace for all. He said that the last Prophet Peace be upon him has been the symbol of peace and tranquility. He expressed these views   while addressing the Seminar on “Piecing Peace Together for a shared future for humanity “organized by the Kashmir Committee to observe the international Peace Day at PIPS today.
 
The Speaker remarked that hegemonic designs have put the peace of the world at stake. He mentioned that the world and regional peace is at stake due to unresolved issues of the Kashmir and Palestine. He stressed on the regional and world organizations to resolve the Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of the Kashmir people and in accordance with the united Nation Security Council resolutions. He said that Indian Army has been brutalizing the Kashmiri since more than seven decades and the UNO and other International Organizations have failed to save the Kashmiri people from the suppression of Indian Army. He urged the international and regional organizations to take notice of the stark violations of the human rights in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and Palestine.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser appreciated the initiatives taken by Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee and expressed confidence that he has all capabilities to highlight Kashmir issue at every forum. He assured his all-out support to make Kashmir Parliamentary committee more proactive and also resolved to make Parliament a central forum to highlight this issue.
 
Addressing the seminar Minister for Food and Security Syed Fakhar Imam said that peace in the region and resolution of the Kashmir issue are interlinked. He said that the Prime Minister Imran khan’s dream of peace and prosperity would ensure peace in the country as well as in the world. Chairman Kashmir Committee Sharyar Afridi said that the world has realized the violation of the basic human rights in occupied Kashmir (IIOJK). He said that the movement of Kashimiri people for self-determination has entered into its logical point and soon the world would recognize the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people. He said that nothing can suppress the freedom movement of the Kashmiri people. President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan highlighted the Indian brutalities on the Kashmiri people in IIOJK. He resolved that the freedom struggle of the Kashmir cannot be suppressed by the brutalities and atrocities of the Indian Armed Forces. He mentioned that Kashmir and Palestine issues needed to be resolved through peaceful means in order to bring peace and tranquility in the region.

Speaker seeks report from IG Punjab on incident of rape incident on motorway - September 11, 2020

Islamabad, September 11, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser taking notice of the incident of rape case on the motorway in Gujjarpur area of Lahore has sought report of the incident from the Inspector General of Police, (IG) Punjab.  

The Speaker of the National Assembly in a telephonic conversation with IG Punjab on telephone on Friday, strongly condemned the incident and termed it as extremely barbaric and shameful and directed to take all possible steps to ensure justice to the victim.  "The protection of women is the first priority and responsibility of the government and such brutality cannot be allowed in any civilized society," he said.  "Such incidents are against our social values," he said.

He directed for immediate arrest the accused involved in the incident and said that all possible means should be used to apprehend the accused.  The Speaker also directed the IG to take disciplinary action against the police personnel who committed negligence in the incident. Expressing reservations over the statement of CCPO Lahore, the Speaker said that the statement of CCPO was unwarranted and unacceptable.

The IG Punjab apprised the Speaker of the details of the incident and said that all types of investigative modes had been deployed and as a result of the investigation so far, the Punjab Police has reached out to the culprits and they would be arrested soon and brought to justice.  He also assured the Speaker to take disciplinary action against the negligent police personnel.

 


Speaker NA Underlined Steps for Deepening a Mutually Beneficial Relationship with Azerbaijan - September 8, 2020

AZERBAIJAN URGED TO RAISE VOICE OF PEOPLE OF ILLEGALLY OCCUPIED KASHMIR AT OIC AND OTHER REGIONAL FORUMS


Islamabad September 8, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan and Azerbaijan share an enduring diplomatic relationship and the similarities between the two countries are striking not only for having a similar cultural, religious, and geopolitical outlook but similar views on regional and international issues. The Speaker said that Azerbaijan being an important country in Asia could play its role in OIC and other regional forums to raise the plight of people of illegally occupied Kashmir. The Speaker expressed these views during a meeting with Ambassador of Azerbaijan Ali Alizada, in Parliament House, today.

The Speaker underlined the need for closer cooperation between Pakistan and Azerbaijan inter-parliamentary relations for the development of political and economic relations between the two countries. He said that Pak- Azerbaijan Parliamentary friendship group could be an apt forum to enhance those relations. He also stressed the need to reinvigorate Parliamentary Union of ECO Member states (PAECO).

Referring to the issue of Kashmir, the Speaker said that it was flash point of South Asia and may trigger escalation if not peacefully settled as per aspiration people of Kashmir. He said that Indian government stripped Kashmir of its autonomy and unique regional identity through the revocation of Article 370 and 35-A of Indian constitution. He said that decision to rescind the statute was followed by an organized brutal crackdown against innocent civilians including women and children and crippling any sign of life in the illegally occupied Valley and other parts of the region.

Touching upon the issue of Nagorno Karabakh conflict Speaker said that Pakistan supports Azerbaijan’s fair position. He said that Pakistan has always supported Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity in the settlement of the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh in accordance with the UN resolutions.

Referring to the CPEC, the Speaker said that both of the countries can acquire a bigger volume of trade in the upcoming future. He said that immense scope of cooperation exist between both the countries therefore Azerbaijan mission in Islamabad could play a pivotal role in this regard. He suggested closer interaction between Commerce and Agriculture Committees of both the legislatures for further enhancing mutual trade and economic ties.    

The Ambassador of Azerbaijan Ali Alizada said that his country also attaches to immense importance to its relations with Pakistan. He said that they are steadily accelerating and both always enjoyed longstanding warm and cordial relations. Ambassador Ali Alizada said that his country wholeheartedly supports Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir. He said that his country stands with Kashmiris in their struggle for the right of self-determination. He expressed gratitude to the government of Pakistan for extending diplomatic support on issue of Nagorno Karabakh.

He said that Azerbaijan wants to strengthen the economic and cultural ties along with mutual trade. He said that with the operational of CPEC and growing regional connectivity will also provide both the two countries to cooperate in multiple sectors. He agreed for enhancing parliamentary cooperation between two legislatures.


Enhancing Trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan vital for Economic Development of the Country: NA Speaker | Eliminating a non-tariff barriers and ease of doing Business will lubricate trade routes for transit trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan: - September 3, 2020

Islamabad: 3rd September, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that eliminating trade barriers and facilitating traders would enhance the trade volume between Pakistan and Afghanistan which is in the best economic interest of the country. He said that ease of doing business especially in and around borders areas would also increase employment opportunities for our people. He remarked that decreasing Non-tariff barriers on both side of the border will enhance mutual trade especially Pakistani export would bounce back which were affected due to COVID-19 Pandemic. He expressed these views while chairing the 2nd meeting of the Executive Committee of Pak-Afghan Friendship Group (Pak-Afghan PFG) today in the Parliament House.

The Speaker appreciated the performance and active role of the Parliamentarians and concerned institutional stakeholders i.e federal government departments, provincial governments, traders and their associations for achieving targets determined by this Executive Committee especially facilitating the traders at Torkham Border, Ghulam Khan, Angoor Ada and finalizing the draft policy on visa liberalization scheme. He expressed that it was the right time to get the decisions implemented by the Executive within timelines as suggested by Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group. He directed the representative of State Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan Customs, National Logistic Cell and provincial governments of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and Balochistan to implement the recommendations of the Executive Committee within timelines agreed by their departmental representatives. It was brought into the notice that traders specially involved in Afghan Transit Trade had to face immense problems due to absence of Bank at Ghulaam Khan Border, unnecessary checking at checkpoints on their way to Chaman, weighing of containers at Torkhum, irrational dummurage charges levied at Karachi Seaport besides increase in number of clearance of containers at all the borders points on daily basis. The Speaker also constituted a Task force for overseeing the terms of negotiation of Pakistan Afghanistan Transit Trade agreement expiring in year 2021. He said that input from parliamentarians and institutional stakeholders would be beneficial for a comprehensive future trade agreement.

Referring to his recent telephonic conversation with his Afghan Counterpart, Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Afghan Speaker was convinced that Parliaments can play an important role in enhancing bilateral economic and trade relations besides people-to-people contact between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also informed the Executive Committee that performance of the special task force on special targets which these task forces achieved would culminate in form of Seminar which would be organized by National Assembly Secretariat in October 2020. He also constituted a Sub-committee to review the implementation of the timelines determined by the Committee.

Special Assistant to PM Muhammad Arbab Shehzad appreciated Speaker Asad Qaiser for his special initiative for trade liberalization between both countries. He briefed the Executive Committee on the issues of Border and visa issues point by point. He informed that clearance at Torkham border backlog due to COVID-19 would be done within this month taking all stakeholders on board. He said that Draft policy on visa facilitation has been prepared and would be presented in the next cabinet meeting. Shandana Gulzar , MNA  briefed the Executive Committee on the issues of Demurrages waiving off. The Committee unanimously agreed to reduce the number of check posts especially between Chaman and Afghanistan and it was instructed to Chief Secretary Balochistan to facilitate the Trucks of traders related to Transit trade in terms of checking. The Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhr Imam apprised the Committee about the export of food commodities, livestock and value added products. He said that there was immense potential of trade between both the counties which needed to be tapped.

The Minister for Defence Pervaiz Khattak assured the Executive Committee about the facilitation on part of Ministry of Defence at the Borders. He said that Pakistan and Afghanistan were neighbors and their destinies were tied up. He said that trade facilitation and concessions to either side would usher in economic prosperity not across the borders but the whole region. The Advisor to PM on Commerce assured the Executive Committee that trade barriers and concession would be granted to Afghanistan being one of the huge market for Pakistani commodities. He said that Pakistan Afghan Transit Trade agreement was expiring in June 2021 and renegotiation of the agreement had been initiated. He assured the Committee that all its recommendations would be incorporated in the new policy.

The Chief Secretary Balochistan, Chief Secretary KPK, Representatives of Customs, NLC, State Bank of Pakistan, M/o Commerce and M/o Ports and Shipping assured the Committee that its recommendations would be implemented in letter and spirit.


Press Release - August 13, 2020

قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ

ڈائریکٹریٹ جرنل آف میدیا

پریس ریلیز

اسپیکر اور ڈپٹی سپیکر قومی اسمبلی کی قوم کو  یوم آزادی  پر  مبارکباد۔

 اسلام اباد، 13اگست 2020:اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر اور ڈپٹی سپیکر قاسم خان سوری نے تہترویں یوم آزادی کے پروقار موقع پر  قوم کو مبارکباد دیتے ہوے کہا ہے کہ آج کا دن ہمیں اپنے آبا و اجداد  کی یاد دلاتا ہے جن کی لازوال قربانیوں اور انتھک جدو جہد سے   یہ ملک حاصل ہوا۔ 

اس موقع پر سپیکر نے کہا کہ آزادی بلاشبہ ایک بہت بڑی نعمت ہے اور اس کی قدر و قیمت ان لوگوں کو صحیح طور پر معلوم ہے جو غلامی کی زندگی گزار رہے ہیں اور جبر و استحصال کا نشانہ بنے ہوے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کے بھارتی مقبوضہ کشمیر میں بسنے والے عوام کی حالت زار سے صحیح طور پر آزادی کی قدر و قیمت کا اندازہ ہوتا ہے جو گزشتہ سات دہائیوں سے بھارتی ظلم و بربریت کا شکار ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کے پاکستان کے قیام کا مقصد ایک ایسی اسلامی فلاحی ریاست کا قیام تھا جہاں قرآن و سنت کی روشنی میں ریاست میں بسنے والے تمام طبقات کے حقوق کو بھرپور تحفظ فراہم کیا جاے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کے قائد اعظم محمد علی جناح نے ایک جمہوری، خوشحال اور پرامن پاکستان کا خواب دیکھا تھا جہاں سب کو مساوی حقوق حاصل ہوں اور دنیا کے لیے ایک بہترین مثال ہو۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ تحریک پاکستان کے بانیان کے تصور اور افکار کے مطابق پاکستان کو حقیقی معنوں میں اسلامی فلاحی ریاست بنانے کے لیے تمام  مکتبہ ہاے فکر کا ایک صفحہ پر ہونا ضروری ہے۔

 سپیکر نے تحریک آزادی کے شہدا اور بانیان پاکستان کی لازوال قربانیوں اور انتھک جدو جہد کو خراج تحسین پیش کرتے ہوے کہا کہ ان  کی قربانیاں اور جدو جہد ہمارے  لیے مشعل راہ  ہے۔ انہوں نے نوجوانوں  پر  ملک کی تعمیر و ترقی اور پاکستان کو اقوام عالم میں ایک باوقار مقام دلانے کے لیے انتھک محنت اور جدو جہد کو اپنا شعار بنانے پر زور دیا۔ انہوں  نے ملک کی تمام سیاسی قوتوں پر اپنے آپس کے اختلافات بھلا کر ملک کی تعمیر و ترقی کے لیے یکجا ہونے پر زور دیا۔سپیکر نے کرونا وایرس کی وبا کے دوران خدمات انجام دینے والے ڈاکٹر اور رضاکارانہ طور پر کام کرنے والے ٹایگر فورس کے نوجوانوں کی خدمات کو سراہا۔ انہوں نے ملک میں امن کے قیام کے لیے پاک افواج اور قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں کی قربانیوں کو خراج تحسین پیش کیا۔

سپیکر نے مزید کہا کہ آج کا دن ہمیں ملک کی ترقی اور خوشحالی کے لیے خلوص نیت اور لگن سے کام کرنے کا پیغام دیتا ہے۔ انہوں  نے کہا کہ آج کا دن ہمیں اپنے منصوبوں ، عمل اور حاصل ہونے والے نتائج پر غور کرنا ہوگا اور ایک نئے جذبے اور عزم کے ساتھ ملک کو نئی بلندیوں تک پہنچانے کا عہد کرنا ہوگا۔

اس موقع پر ڈپٹی سپیکر نے کہا کہ چودہ اگست تجدید عہد وفا کا دن ہے۔ یہ دن ہمیں بانیان پاکستان اور اجداد کی لازوال قربانیوں کی یاد دلاتا ہے جو انہوں نے اس ملک کو حاصل کرنے کے لیے دیں۔ انہون نے کہا کہ آج کے دن ہمیں یہ عہد کرنا ہوگا کہ ہم صوبائیت، لسانیت اور سیاسی وابستگیوں سے بالاتر ہوکر ملک کی تعمیر و ترقی کے لیے  متحد ہوکر کام کرینگے اور محنت کو اپنا شعار بنائینگے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم بابائے قوم قائد اعظم محمد علی جناح کے اتحاد، ایمان اور یقین محکم کے رہنما اصولوں پر عمل پیرا ہو کر اس ملک کو ترقی کی راہ پر گامزن کر سکتے ہیں اور اقوام عالم میں ایک باوقار مقام دلا سکتے ہیں۔

 


Protecting the Rights of Minorities is the top priority of the current Government: Speaker National Assembly - August 10, 2020

قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ

(ڈائریکٹریٹ  جنرل آف میڈیا)

پریس ریلیز

اقلیتی برادری کے حقوق کا  تحفظ موجودہ حکومت کی اولین ترجیحات  میں شامل ہے:سپیکر قومی اسمبلی

اسلام آباد، 10، اگست ، 2020: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا ہے کہ اسلام تمام مذاہب کے ماننے والوں کو مساوی حقوق فراہم کرتا ہے اور اُنہیں مکمل مذہبی آزادی ساتھ زندگی بسر کرنے کی اجازت دیتا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ آئین پاکستان  بھی اقلیتی برادری کے حقوق کی ضمانت دیتا ہے اور اُن کے مذہب اور عقائد کے مطابق  زندگی گزارنے کی مکمل آزادی دیتا ہے۔ ان خیالاتا کا اظہار انہوں اقلیتی برادری کے قومی دن کے موقع پر کیا جو ہر سال گیارہ اگست کو منایا جاتا ہے۔

اسپیکر اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ موجودہ حکومت اقلیتوں کے حقوق کے تحفظ پر یقین رکھتی ہے اور انہیں ہر قسم کا  تحفظ فراہم کرنے کے لیے ہر ممکن اقدامات اُٹھارہی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ 11اگست 1947 کو قائد  اعظم محمد علی جناح نے قانون ساز اسمبلی کے پہلے اجلاس سے  خطاب کرتے ہوئے پاکستان  میں بسنے والے  تمام مذاہب کو ماننے والوں کے مساوی حقوق دینے اور  انہیں اپنے عقیدے اور مذہب کے مطابق عبادات کرنےکی  مکمل آزادی دینے کے عزم کا اظہار کیا تھا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ قائد اعظم کے فرمودات  کی روشنی میں اقلیتی برادری کے حقوق کا تحفظ اور انہیں اپنے مذہبی رسم و رواج کے مطابق زندگی بسر کرنے کے لیے ہر ممکن اقدامات اُٹھائے جار ہے ہیں۔

انہوں نے کہا کہ  موجودہ حکومت نے اقتدار میں آتے ہی کرتارپور راہداری کے منصوبے کو عملی جامہ پہنایا، جو اس بات کا ثبوت ہے کہ موجودہ حکومت اقلیتی برادری کی مذہبی آزادی پر یقین رکھتی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ آئین پاکستان کے تحت ایوان میں اقلیتی برادری کو متناسب نمائندگی حاصل ہونے کے علاوہ انہیں عام انتخابات میں ووٹ دینے کا حق بھی حاصل ہے ۔ انہوں کہا کہ ایوان میں موجود اقلیتی نمائندے قانون سازی  کےعمل میں انتہائی موثر کردار ادا کر رہے ہیں ۔ انہوں نے ملک کی تعمیر و ترقی میں اقلیتی برادر ی کے کردار کو سراہتے ہوئے کہا کہ ملک کی تعمیر و ترقی میں اقلیتی برادری بھرپور کردار ادا کر رہی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  پاکستان میں بسنے والے تمام مذاہب کے ماننے والے پاکستانی ہیں اور ہمیں  ایک قوم بن کر  ملک و قوم کی ترقی کے لیے جدوجہد کرنی ہے۔

اسپیکر نے اس موقع پر بھارت میں اقلیتوں خصوصاََ مسلمانوں پر ڈھائے جانے والے مظالم کا ذکر کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ  بنیاد پرست اور انتہاپسند مودی سرکار کے دور حکومت میں بھارت میں اقلیتوں کے ساتھ انتہائی نا مناسب سلوک روا رکھا جا رہا ہے اور اُنہیں بھارت سے ہجرت کرنے پر مجبور کیا جارہا ہے جو انتہائی تشویس ناک ہے۔ انہوں نے عالمی برادری پر زور دیا کہ آر ایس ایس کے پیروکار مودی سرکار  کی طرف مسلمانوں پر ڈھائے جانے والے مظالم کا نوٹس لے اور ان مظالم کے خاتمے کے لیے  اپنا کردار ادا کرے۔


Advisor to the PM On Interior Barrister Shehzad Akbar Calls On NA Speaker - July 23, 2020

Islamabad; July 23, 2020: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior Barrister Shehzad Akbar called Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House, this afternoon. Matters pertaining to overall law and order situation in the country and of mutual interest were discussed in meeting.
 
The Speaker congratulated Barrister Shehzad Akbar on his appointment as Advisor to the Prime Minister. He said that his appointment was a reflection of confidence reposed in his abilities by the Prime Minister. Discussing the law and order situation in the country, satisfaction was expressed over the overall law and order situation in the country. The Speaker appreciated the efforts of the Interior Ministry for improving law and order situation in the country in coordination with the provinces.
 
Barrister Shehzad Akbar thanked the Speaker and praised his impartial role in conducting the proceedings of the House. He said that protection of life, property and fundamental rights of the masses is one of the top priorities of the incumbent government and all possible steps were being taken in this regard. He expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for reposing confidence in him and assured that he will serve the country with his utmost abilities to fulfill the confidence of the Prime Minister
 


Trade Facilitation and Ease of Doing Business At Chamman Border Is The Priority Of The Government - July 22, 2020

Islamabad: 22nd July, 2020 Arbab Shahzad Special Assistant to Prime Minster on Establishment said that trade facilitation and ease of doing business is the priority of the PTI government. He said that COVID-19 has damaged the interests of trader and business man especially in and around Chamman area which is directly related with the common people. He said that exporters and importers facilitation will increase bilateral trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He expressed these views while addressing the meeting on the closure of chamman border and the difficulties being faced by common people of Chamman District in the Parliament House Islamabad.
The meeting proposed to coordinate with the provincial authorities regarding the issues faced by the traders and businessmen in and around chamman border as people of the same tribe are settling across the border. The meeting also decided to recommend the provincial and district authorities to facilitate the locals immediately in this regard.
The meeting was attended by Members National Assembly, Madam Shandana Gulzaar, Mohsin Darwar, Ali Wazeer, Mr. Muhammad Sadiq Shaikh, Ms.Nafisa Khattak  and officers from Ministry of Commerce, Interior, Health and officers of Finance Ministry were present in the meeting.
Task force of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group on Tracking & Scanning of Containers destined for Afghanistan deliberated that Scanning and tracking should not be hurdle for traders. The task force decided to make proposals for making scanning and tracking of the containers at border upto international standards keeping in view of international standards of facilitating the exporters and importers at Afghanistan border. Mohammad Sadiq  Khan Pakistan’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan said that both Pakistan and Afghanistan can take benefit from mutual trade. He suggested to make scanning easy and comfortable for the traders especially the scanning of perishable items. The task force meeting was chaired by Honourable Member Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh.
Second Task force of Pakistan Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group in Customs related issues recommended giving one time waiver regarding exponential demurrage charges owing to COVID- 19 Pandemic which are stuck at Pakistan Afghanistan Transit trade. The task force recommended that regional trade is imperative for the prosperity of the common man in both counties and suggested that special concession be given to exporters and importers at this time of emergency due to COVID-19 Pandemic. The task force also recommended to take provincial
authorities and all government stake holders on board immediately to resolve the issues of demurrage charges. The participant appreciated the Initiative of The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser who believes in the parliamentary initiative to resolve the all issues faced by traders and business men especially the trade with Afghanistan.
 


Parliament Being the Public Representative Can Resolve Issues Faced By Common People: NA Speaker - July 22, 2020

Islamabad: 22nd July, 2020 Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the provision of basic amenities to the common people is the chief policy objective of the PTI government. He said that basic amenities especially the continuous supply of Electricity is the special concern of parliament.  He expressed these views while chairing the meeting on the issues of Electricity Supply in KPK in the Parliament House today.

The Speaker directed PESCO that the issues of load-shedding, overbilling, transformer installation and tripping of electricity be resolved at the earliest. He expressed his concern over the unannounced load shedding in the province. He also directed the PESCO to resolve the overbilling issues especially faced by the farmers in the KPK. He also expressed his concern that repairing of transformers be the priority of the PESCO as delay in repairing cause a lot of miseries to the common especially in this hot season. He said that official in PESCO should be public friendly and resolve issues related with electricity matters.

The Members National Assembly expressed their appreciation for Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser for taking keen interest to resolve the issues of masses. They expressed their deep concern over the inefficiencies of PESCO in the provision of uninterrupted supply of electricity in KPK. They also apprised the meeting regarding issues of electricity n their constituency. They said that they have to face the embarrassment in front of their voters due to inefficiencies of PESCO. The Speaker asked the members to present their issues in written so that these are taken up by PESCO and he directed the Chief Executive of PESCO to immediately address these issues.
 
Omar Ayub Federal Minsiter for Power Division assured the august Committee that  all issues related with Electricity in KPK will be resolved on priority basis. He also said that government is fully cognizant of its responsibility to provide continues supply of electricity in KPk and other parts of the country as well. He asked the Members for their cooperation to eradicate the theft of Electricity in KPK. The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers, Pervaiz khattak, Omar Ayub, Members National Assembly from KPK and Seniors Officers from Energy Department and PESCO.
 


NA Speaker Chairs An Emergency Meeting To Discuss Problems Faced By Stakeholders And Local Population Due To Closure Of Border, Vows For Alleviation Of Their Problems On Priority - July 17, 2020

Islamabad 17th July, 2020: An emergency meeting to discuss issues faced by people in and around Chaman Border was held at National Assembly. The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser chaired the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Establishment, Parliamentarians, Pakistan’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Parliamentary Secretary on Interior, relevant Federal Secretaries and affected stakeholders.

The Speaker National Assembly expressed his utmost desire to solve the problems faced by the stakeholders at Chaman border for alleviation of problems being faced by the local population due to the closure of border. He said that the issues faced by people at Chaman are of very important nature and required to be solved on priority. He tasked the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Establishment to have another meeting of stakeholders, discuss the matter and solve the problems at earliest.

The meeting noted that the people of adjacent areas of Chaman border have been doing business throughout the years in traditional way. Many of the people have their shops and lands across border. The ongoing issue of pandemic related SoPs disturbed the business of the people in and around Chaman border. The introduction of new policies and strict checking is creating problems for the people and now affected people are protesting in these areas.

Member of the National Assembly Salahuddin Ayubi being elected Member from Chaman informed the meeting regarding actual situation on the Chaman border. The representatives from Ministry of Interior, National Health Services, regulations and Coordination were directed to resolve all issued on priority. The 2nd meeting of the same committee would be held in the forthcoming week.
 


Completion Of CPEC Projects To Help Generate Economic Activity And Job Creation: NA Speaker - July 16, 2020

Islamabad: 16th July, 2020: Chief Minister KPK Mehmood Khan called on Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House, this morning. Various issues of mutual interest and development in the KPK province came under discussion during the meeting.
The Speaker while commending the performance of the KPK government during the COVID-19 catastrophe said that the provincial government very effectively provided relief to the public earnestly following the vision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He said that COVID-19 had disturbed the socio-economic pattern around the world and Pakistan was not an exception. He said that Prime Minister had envisioned Pakistan a true democratic, progressive and welfare state.
The Speaker said that the completion of the CPEC related projects in the province especially the establishment of Industrial zones would generate economic activity besides job creation for the COVID-19 effected people. He also apprised the Chief Minister about the establishment of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group and its Task forces for encouraging people-to-people contacts and collaboration in Industrial, trade and economic sectors. He said that Parliament would play its role in bringing Pakistan and Afghanistan more closer since both the nations had shared history, culture and socio-economic interests.
Chief Minister Mehmood Khan appreciated the Speaker's concern for the welfare of the needy and the poor. He said that following the vision of Prime Minister, his government was working diligently for welfare of masses. He commended the Speaker for his initiative of strengthening Pak-Afghan relations. He said that his government would provide maximum assistance for exploiting the trade potential between both the countries. He said that CPEC was project to change the fortune the people of Pakistan. He said that Industrial zones being established in KPK were being provided maximum assistance for making them functional within stipulated timelines.
 


Press Release - July 16, 2020

قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ

ڈائریکٹریٹ جنرل آف میڈیا

پریس ریلیز

خیبر پختونخواہ حکومت کی جانب سے صوبے کی عوام کے فلاح و بہبود  کے لیے اُٹھائے جانے والے اقدامات قابل ستائش ہیں:اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

صوبائی حکومت خیبر پختونخواہ کی عوام کے  اعتماد پر پور اترنے کے لیے کوشاں ہے:وزیر اعلیٰ خیبر پختونخواہ

اسلام آباد؛16جولائی 2020:اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا ہے کہ خیبر پختونخواہ حکومت کی جانب سے عوام کی فلاح و بہبود  اور عام آدمی کے معیار زندگی کو بہتر بنانے کے لیے اُٹھاے گے اقدامات قابل تحسین ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ کورونا وباء جس کی وجہ  سے دنیا بھر کی  سماجی و معاشی زندگیوں  پر منفی اثرات مرتب ہوئے کے دوران خیبر پختونخواہ حکومت کی کارکردگی  انتہائی شاندار رہی اور صوبائی حکومت کی بروقت اقدامات کی وجہ سے وباء کا پھیلاؤ  کم رہا۔ انہوں نے ان خیالات کا اظہار وزیر اعلی ٰ خیبر پختونخوامحمود خان سے جمعرات کے روز ہونے والی اپنی ملاقات کے دوران گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کیا ۔

اسپیکر اسد قیصر نے پاک۔چین اقتصادی راہداری کے حوالے سے بات کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ پاک چین اقتصادی راہداری پورے خطے کے لیے ایک گیم چینجرمنصوبے کی حیثیت رکھتا ہے، صوبائی حکومت سی پیک کے تحت جاری منصوبوں کی بروقت تکمیل کے لیے ترجیحی بنیادوں پر اقدامات کرے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ سی پیک کے تحت قائم کیے جانے والے صنعتی زون اور دیگر منصوبے کی تکمیل سے صوبے میں روزگار کے نئے مواقع پیدا ہونگے اور عام عادمی کا روزگار زندگی بلند ہو گا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ عوام کا نمائندہ ادارہ ہونے کی حیثیت سے  عوامی فلاح کے منصوبوں کی نگرانی پارلیمان کی  اولین ذمہ داریوں میں شامل ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ کو صوبائی اسمبلیوں کو قانون سازی کےعمل کو موثر بنانے کے لیے ہر ممکن معاونت فراہم کی ہدایت کی گئی ہے ۔ اسپیکر نے  پاک۔افغان تعلقات کا ذکر کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ افغانستان پاکستان کو قریبی ہمسایہ ملک ہے اور دونوں ممالک  مذہب ، زبان ، تاریخ اور ثقافت کی مشترکہ اقدار کے امین ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ دونوں ممالک کے مابین خوشگور تعلقات نا صرف دونوں ممالک کی عوام بلکہ پورے خطے کے بہترین مفادات میں ہیں۔ انہوں نے بتایا کہ پاک ۔ افغان تعلقات کو فروغ دینے اور پاک افغان تجارت کی راہ میں حائل رکاوٹوں کو دور کرنے کے لیے پاک۔ افغان فرینڈ شپ گروپ ایگزیکٹیو کمیٹی تشکیل دی گئی ہےجو ان مقاصد کے حصول کے لیے فعال کردار ادا کر رہی ہے۔  

وزیر اعلیٰ خیبر پختونخواہ  محمود خان نے کہا کہ کے پی کے حکومت وزیر اعظم عمران خان کے ویژن کے مطابق صوبے میں حقیقی تبدیلی لانے میں مصروف عمل ہے اور خیبر پختونخواہ کےعوام کی جانب سے پی ٹی آئی کی قیادت پر  کیے گے بھرپور اعتماد پر پور اترنے کے لیے کوشاں ہے۔انہوں نے پاک۔ افغان تعلقات کو مزید مستحکم بنانے کے لیے اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کی کاوشیں کو سراہتے ہوئے اسپیکر کو کے پی کے حکومت کی طرف سے پاک۔ افغان تجارت کی سلسلے میں ہر ممکن تعاون کی یقین دہانی۔وزیر اعلیٰ نے کہا کہ عوام کو بنیادی سہولیات کی فراہمی موجودہ صوبائی حکومت کی اولین ترجیح ہےاورحالیہ بجٹ میں ترقیاتی منصوبوں کے لیے خطیر فنڈز مختص کیے گے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ سی پیک کے تحت صوبے میں قائم کیے جانے والے صنعتی زونزکی بروقت تکمیل کے لیے ترجیحی بنیادوں پر اقدامات اُٹھائے جا رہے ہیں۔انہوں نے اسپیکر کو کورونا وائرس کی وباءکے پھیلاؤ کو  روکنے کے لیے اقدامات سے آگاہ کرتے ہوئے بتایا کہ صوبے میں کورونا وباء کے پھیلاؤکو روکنے کے لیے تمام تر وسائل بروئے کار لائے جا رہے ہیں  اورسمارٹ لاک ڈاؤن سمیت ہر ممکن اقدامات اُٹھائے جا رہے ہیں۔


Speaker National Assembly calls an emergency meeting over the issue of the protest at Chaman border closure. - July 16, 2020

Islamabad 16th July, 2020: The Task Forces of the Executive Committee of Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group met at the National Assembly. The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser presided over the meetings.
The task forces deliberated a spectrum of issues affecting trade and people to people contact between Pakistan and Afghanistan. A number of proposals were tabled for resolution of outstanding issues. The task forces agreed to meet next week for finalizing their recommendations on normalizing Afghan bound container traffic, liberalizing border trade and visa regime and Tracking and Scanning of containers on arrival and departure from Pakistan.
The Chief Minister KPK, who attended the meeting on the special invitation of the Speaker National Assembly assured of his full support to ensure the quick clearance of containers at Bara staging area. Moreover the meeting was informed that more than 8000 containers stuck at various locations in Pakistan will be cleared by reemploying pre covid procedures.
The meeting underlined the importance of engineered solutions to problems at the Pak Afghan Border. In between, the Speaker National Assembly also called an emergency meeting over the issue of the protest at Chaman border closure. Officials of Relevant departments have been called to discuss issues in that regard.
The meetings were inter alia attended by the Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Chief Minister of KPK Mehmood Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Establishment Arbab Shahzad, Parliamentarians, Pakistan’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan, relevant Federal Secretaries and affected stakeholders.
The meetings are in line with the vision of the Hon. Speaker National Assembly to improve trade, commerce and people-to-people contact with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the mutual benefit of Pakistanis and Afghans. The core objective of the Parliamentary Friendship Groups is to augment existing cordial relations between Pakistan and other friendly states.
 


The National Assembly Of Pakistan Will Be Hosting Meetings Of The Task Forces On 16th July 2020 - July 15, 2020

Task Forces of the Executive Committee of Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group to take up important agenda tomorrow

Islamabad July 15, 2020: The National Assembly of Pakistan will be hosting meetings of the following four Task Forces on 16th July 2020.

i. Task Force on clearance of Afghan bound container traffic
ii. Task Force on Liberalizing border trade and Visa regime with Afghanistan
iii. Task Force to discuss incidence of high custom demurrage
iv. Task Force on Tracking and Scanning of containers on arrival and departure from Pakistan

On the invitation of the Hon. Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Asad Qaiser the meetings will inter alia be attended by the Defence Minister, Chief Minister of KPK, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Establishment, Parliamentarians, Pakistan’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan and relevant Federal Secretaries, Chief Secretaries of KPK and Baluchistan and other relevant stakeholders.

Task Forces will deliberate on long term solutions of the issues involved and would prepare recommendations for final submission to the Honorable Speaker National Assembly.

The meetings are in line with the vision of the Hon. Speaker National Assembly to improve transit trade, commerce and people-to-people contact with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the mutual benefit of Pakistanis and Afghans.

The core objective of the Parliamentary Friendship Groups is to augment existing cordial relations between Pakistan and other friendly states.
 


Digitalized Tax Collection System vital for the Country's Development and for the Welfre of the Masses: Asad Qaiser NA Speaker; FBR performance as Tax Collection Agency is comendable: NA Speaker - July 14, 2020

Islamabad: 14th July, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that FBR, being the main tax collecting agency, has the prime responsibility to collect taxs for revenue generation of the country. He said that revenue generation is directly proportional to the performance of the FBR. He also remarked that taxpayers' friendly image of the FBR is the requisite to keep the trust of the taxpayers intact on the FBR. He said that public image of the FBR may be improved by public friendly initiatives of the FBR especially the use of Information communication technology can pave way for the better image of the FBR. He expressed these views while meeting the Javed Ghani Chairman FBR today in Islamabad.

The Speaker said that taxation is the basic tool for revenue collection of all developing and developed states. He said that revenue generated by taxation is used for the welfare of the masses across the country. He remarked that FBR is the main Tax collecting agency in the country and it is imperative to enhance its performance. .Speaker remarked that digitalization of the tax collection system will pave for the better  and smooth tax collection . He also stressed on the need to make taxation public friendly. He said that facilitating public taxation matters will amply increase taxation. He appreciated the performance of the FBR as it has made efforts to achieve its revenue targets. He also remarked that exporters are the basic component of taxation in the country therefore special facilitation is provided to exporters by all tax collecting agencies. He especially mentioned and appreciated the FBR initiative to facilitate the exporter at Afghan Transit Trade Route. He further stressed on the need to facilitate exporters at Afghan Transit Trade route.

Javed Ghani Chairman FBR told that FBR has been digitalized as most of the operations of FBR have been digitalized and tax payers can have better access to all facilities of FBR through internet. He expressed the hope that FBR would make all out efforts to facilitate the general public in this regard. Chairman FBR especially appreciated the Honourable Speaker concern in this regard.


National Assembly to host 1st Executive Committee Meeting of Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group - July 8, 2020

Islamabad July 7, 2020: National Assembly of Pakistan will host the inaugural meeting of the Executive Committee of the Pakistan- Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group (PFG) in the National Assembly., tomorrow.

The meeting will inter alia be attended by key Ministers of the Cabinet, Parliamentarians, Advisors & Special Assistants to the Prime Minister, Pakistan’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan and relevant Federal Secretaries on the invitation of the Hon. Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Asad Qaiser.

The meeting will seek to complement the democratic vision of the elected house to promote parliamentary role in deepening bilateral relationship with Afghanistan.

Under the leadership of the Speaker National Assembly, in the near past, a number of steps have been taken for cementing relations with Parliaments of other countries. Parliamentary friendship groups have been established on the reciprocity basis with 93 Parliaments of the world and Parliamentary exchange program has been revitalized.

Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship group was first established in the National Assembly of Pakistan on 24th March 2005. Since then, the group has remained active in terms of parliamentary interactions, cooperation on parliamentary businesses and maintenance of parliamentary oversight of the bilateral relations between the two countries.


NA Speaker chairs meeting of the Parliamentary Leaders - July 8, 2020

 

Islamabad July 8, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser chaired a meeting of the leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly in Parliament House, this afternoon. 

 At the onset, the Speaker thanked the Treasury and the Opposition for maintaining cordial atmosphere during the budget session. He said that the same spirit should prevail during the current session. He pointed out that his role had always been impartial while conducting proceedings of the House and as the custodian of the House, would never let anyone to disrupt the proceedings of the House. 

 The business of the House and maintaining decorum as per rules of Procedure in the House during the 23rd session of the National Assembly came under discussion. It was unanimously decided to continue the mechanism adopted during budget session in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. It was decided that chief whips will devise lists of MNAs belonging to their respective parliamentary parties those intending to take part in discussion and submit them to the Secretariat for further necessary action. 

 It was also unanimously decided that legislation pending for enactment by the House apart from Question Hour, Adjournment Motions and Calling Attention Notices regarding issues of national importance and general public would be taken up during the ongoing session. It was also decided that the session would continue till 28th July. 

 Federal Ministers Pervez Khattak, Asad Umar, Dr. Shirin Mazari, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Minister of State Ali Muhammad Khan and Advisor to the PM on Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Zaheer Uddin Babar, MNAs Ghous Bakhsh Khan Mehr, Agha Hasan Baloch, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Ms. Shahida Akhtar attended the meeting.


The 1st Executive Committee Meeting Of Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group - July 8, 2020

The inaugural meeting of the Executive Committee of the Pakistan- Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group (PFG) in the National Assembly was held today. The Hon. Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Asad Qaiser chaired it. The meeting was inter alia attended by Ministers of Defence and Maritime Affairs, Advisors & Special Assistants to the Prime Minister on Interior and Establishment, Parliamentarians, Pakistan’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan and relevant Federal Secretaries.
 
The meeting discussed myriad issues concerning Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relationship. The primary focus of deliberations was on enhancing trade and commerce and liberalizing visa regimes for Afghans. It was observed with concern that the bilateral trade has drastically come down to under US$1 billion from its one-time peak of US$5 billion. Ways and means were discussed to effectively address the involved factors. Liberalizing visa regime was also discussed in detail. The Hon. Speaker remarked that efforts should be made to rationalize the visa regime in keeping with the historic relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan without compromising the important security considerations.
 
In the end, the Hon. Speaker inter-alia established 8 task forces (on short and long term issues) on bilateral trade, transit trade, visa issues and refugees. The task forces were given 15 days to submit their reports on resolution of issues. It was decided that the Executive Committee would meet frequently and regularly to ensure effective follow up of it’s directives.
 
Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship group was first established in the National Assembly of Pakistan on 24th March 2005. Since then, the group has remained active in terms of parliamentary interactions, cooperation on parliamentary businesses and maintenance of parliamentary oversight of the bilateral relations between the two countries
 


Speaker N.A Congratulates Major General Nigar Johar on her promotion to the Rank of First Lady Lieutenant General - June 30, 2020

Islamabad; June 30, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has congratulated Major General Nigar Johar on her promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General and assuming the post of Surgeon General, being the First Lady attaining such rank and position.
In a message to Lt. Gen. Nigar Johar who hails from District Swabi, KPK, the Speaker said that he was heartened to learn the news of her promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General. He said that her promotion to Lieutenant General was a matter of pride not only for the women of District Swabi but also for women across the country. He said that the her promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General and the appointment of Pakistan Woman as Surgeon General is a reflection of the fact that Pakistani women are extremely talented and have demonstrated their skills and abilities in all walks of life.
The Speaker said that the present government believes in gender equality and has taken various steps on priority basis to empower women and provide them equal opportunities in all fields. He prayed to Allah Almighty to grant success to Lieutenant General Nigar Johar in her future endeavors.


Press release - June 29, 2020

اسلام آباد؛29جون 2020: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا ہے کہ پارلیمان کی مضبوطی ہی جمہوریت کی حقیقی روح ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ پارلیمان عوام کی امنگوں کی ترجمان ہوتی ہےاورقانون سازی ،عوام کی فلاح کے لیے بنائی گئی پالیسیوں کے لیے فنڈز کا مختص کرنا اور حکومتی نمائندوں کی  جوابدہی پارلیمان کی اولین ذمہ داری ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ملک کو درپیش تمام مسائل کا حل  پارلیمانی نظام کی مضبوطی میں ہی مضمرہے۔ انہوں نے ان  خیالات کا اظہار عالمی  یوم پارلیمان کے موقع پر اپنے پیغام میں کیا ہر سال 30 جون کو منایا جاتا ہے۔

سپیکر نے کہا کہ موجودہ حکومت پارلیمان کی مضبوطی پر یقین رکھتی ہے اور پارلیمان کو ایک فعال ادارہ بنانے میں بھرپور کردار ادا کر رہی ہے۔ انہوں نے پارلیمان کی مضبوطی اور اسے مزید فعال اور محرک بنانے کے لیے  حکومت اور اپوزیشن کو مل کر کام کرنے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔انہوں نے کہا کہ کورونا وائرس کی عالمی وباء کی وجہ سے پارلیمان کا کردار پہلے سے زیادہ اہمیت کا حامل ہو چکا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اس وباء پر قابو پانے کے لیے قانون سازی کے ساتھ ساتھ عوامی نمائندوں کو عوام میں اس وباء کے متعلق شعور وآگاہی پیدا کرنے کی ضرورت ہے۔ انہوں نےکہا کہ  کورونا وائرس کی وباء پر قابو پانے کے لیے ڈبلیو ایچ او اور وزارت صحت کی طرف سے  جاری کردہ احتیاطی تدابیر اور ایس او پیز پر عملدآمد کو یقینی بنانے میں عوامی نمائندے اہم کردار ادا کر سکتے ہیں ۔ انہوں نے عوامی نمائندوں کو اپنے حلقوں میں عوام کو ایس او پیز اور احتیاطی تدابیر پر عملدآمد کرانے کے لیےاپنا کلیدی  کردار ادا کرنے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔

سپیکر نے کہا کہ پارلیمان میں حزب اختلاف کا کردار انتہائی اہمیت کا حامل ہوتا ہےاور اختلافات رائے جمہوریت کا حسن ہے تاہم حزب اختلاف کی طرف سے حکومتی پالیسیوں پر کی جانے والی تنقید صرف تنقید برائے تنقید نہیں ہونی چائیے بلکہ اسے اصلاحی اور تعمیر ی ہونی چاہیے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ ایوان کی کاروائی کے دوران ماحول کو سازگار بنانا حکومت اور اپوزیشن کی مشترکہ ذمہ داری ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  ملک کی ترقی اور درپیش چیلنجزوں پر قابوں پانے کے لیے قانون سازی ضروری ہےجس کے لیے حکومت اور اپوزیشن کے مابین خوشگوار تعلقات  کا ہونا ضروری ہے۔ 


Parliament and Public Representative To Pave Way For The Resolution Of The Issues Faced By Balochistan: NA Speaker - June 27, 2020

Islamabad: 27th June, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Balochistan and its issues have always been the top priority of the present government. He said that the parliament and public representatives are the best option to put forth the solution of the socio-economic issues faced by the Balochistan and its People. He said that the incumbent government resolves that Pakistan development and its progress is attached with peace and progress of the Balochistan Province. He expressed these view while chairing the maiden meeting of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Balochistan here in the parliament house today.
 
The Speaker said that the CPEC emanates from Gilgit-Baltistan and culminates in Balochistan increasing its significance, therefore, ensuring transfer of the real benefits of CPEC to the local people needs to be looked into by this Parliamentary Committee.  He said that issuance of Executive Order regarding immediate implementation of 6% employment quota in all Federal Departments express  the seriousness of the Prime Minister Imran Khan for addressing the issues of Balochistan. He said that parliamentary committees in the Parliamentary system across the world have recommendatory role to play and this Committee will make its all-out efforts to recommend best possible solution of the issues faced by Balochistan.
 
In order to develop comprehensive Terms of Reference (ToRs), encompassing all the issues relating to Balochistan, the Speaker appointed a four members Sub-Committee under the Convenership Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination. It was also decided that Representative from Balochistan National Party and Minister for Defence, Prevaiz Khattak would be specially invited to assist the Sub-Committee while developing ToRs.
 
While expressing his point of view, the Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri appreciated the initiative of the Speaker to constitute this special committee to resolve the issues. He mentioned that the government was seriously looking into the resolution of issues confronting peace and development in the Province.
 
Minster for Inter-provincial Coordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that Balochistan and resolution of its issues have always been the top priority of the Parliamentarians across the country. She pointed out that comprehensive TORs are essential to make this committee more effective. Minister for Defence Pervaiz Khattak mentioned that government had taken various steps for mitigating the grievances of the people of Balochistan and assured continuation of that resolve in future too.
 
Representing the Balochistan National Party Chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal, MNA Agha Hassan Baloch contended that the Balochistan issues have been getting intense since 2006 which needed to be addressed forthwith. He suggested for examining the recommendations formulated by Parliamentary Committee headed by Ch. Shujjat Hussain after meeting late Nawab Akbar Khan Bughti. He also suggested to look into the issue of missing persons besides meeting with the families to hear their grievances especially in Baloch dominating districts. He also said that BNP also demands to make public the CPEC related project detail in Balochistan.
 
Other Members of the Special Committee on Balochistan Nawab Aslam Bhootani, Engineer Sabir Hussian Kaim khani  and Ehsan Ullah Reiki, Members of the Special Committee on Balochistan stressed that parliament should play its  role in resolution of the genuine issues of the province rotting since decades. They said that CPEC was undoubtedly a game changer for Pakistan and the province of Balochistan, thus government should ensure deliverance of their right to the people. They expressed their confidence that this Committee under the stewardship of Speaker Asad Qaiser would take the lead. 
 
The meeting was attended by Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, Federal Ministers, Dr. Fehmida Mirza and Pervaiz Khattak and MNAs Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Mr. Ehsanullah Reki, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Bhootani and Agha Hassan Baloch, Malik Aamir Dogar, attended the meeting as special invitees.
 


Parliament to Play Important Role In Strengthening Pak-Afghan Relations: NA Speaker - June 24, 2020

Islamabad June 24, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the stable relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan is imperative for the progress and development of both the countries. He said that bilateral Parliamentary, trade and economic engagement could strengthen the existing fraternal bonds. Speaker National Assembly expressed these views in a meeting with Pakistan’s Special Envoy to Afghanistan Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq Khan who called on him in Islamabad, today.
 
The Speaker said that building close cooperative relations with Afghanistan is a high priority of Pakistan’s foreign policy and a vital component of our vision of a peaceful neighbourhood. He said that Pakistan and Afghanistan are brotherly neighboring countries intertwined in religious, cultural and historical bonds. He also termed Afghanistan, a gateway to central Asia and can link South with Central Asia.
 
The Speaker emphasized the need for intensifying contacts between the legislatures, people and business communities of both the countries for common benefit. He said that Afghanistan was gateway to Central Asia, therefore, collaboration in economic activity could bring prosperity for both countries. He informed that Parliamentary Friendship groups and Trade & Commerce Committees of both the Parliaments would play a pivotal role in enhancing bilateral cooperation and trade.  The Speaker suggested for pondering upon establishment of border markets to capitalize trade potential of both sides.
 
Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq Khan informed that Pakistan-Afghanistan relations were time immemorial and deep-rooted through fraternal bonds. He said that Pakistan continues its efforts for forging a friendly and good-neighborly relationship with Afghanistan, on the basis of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity. He said that immense economic potential existed on either side which was not being utilized properly. He agreed that interaction between people especially businessmen would be beneficial for economic good. He apprised the Speaker about the initiatives of the Government of Pakistan for providing visa facilities to students, businessmen and patients intending to visit Pakistan. He was confident that regular interaction from either side would enhance cooperation in diverse sectors.
 


China and Pakistan: Partners in Progress: Says NA Speaker - June 23, 2020

Islamabad; June 23, 2019: 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 in Islamabad, 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. He also suggested for enhancing interaction and cooperation between Parliamentary Friendship Groups and Commerce & Agriculture Committees of both the Parliaments.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that coronavirus pandemic had affected the world and Pakistan in particular, causing a dent to the progressing economy of the country. He said that the global pandemic had affected the livelihoods of the people specially the underprivileged segments, however, immediate steps taken by the government through its emergent cash and food assistance had mitigated their problems to some extent. He said that Pakistan immensely values Chinese medical support in the time of crisis. He vowed to extend such cooperation to each other in hour of need in future too. Later, the Chairman Selyani Welfare Trust Maulana Muhammad Bashir Farooqi and his team joined the meeting.

Apprising the Ambassador about the philanthropic activities of Selyani Welfare Trust under the stewardship of Maulana Muhammad Bashir Farooqi, the Speaker said that Selyani Welfare Trust had been actively engaged in relief and rehabilitation activities throughout its countrywide network in natural calamities and catastrophes. He said that they have been partner to the Prime Minister’s initiated of Shelter homes and provision of food to the destitute. He said that since Chinese government was working in social sector development, therefore, purpose was to connect non-governmental and philanthropic organizations like Selyani Welfare Trust to supplement the Chinese efforts.
 
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 parliamentary interaction could strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation. He said that CPEC would undoubtedly benefit not only China and Pakistan, but the whole region. He appreciated the efforts of the Speaker and said that his Chinese Embassy would definitely like to involve local development partners for enhancing its social welfare outreach besides mobilizing Chinese companies operating in Balochistan.
 
Later, the Representatives of Selyani Welfare Trust apprised about their scope of activities. He informed that his organization was working for provision of free food, medical healthcare, education and skill development to marginalized segments of the society. He briefed them about the ongoing electrification and skill development work in Balochistan.
 
 


Safe Repatriation of Pakistanis Stranded in Foreign Countries Due To Corona Pandemic Our Top Priority: NA Speaker - June 22, 2020

MORE THAN 600 STRANDED PAKISTANIS BROUGHT BACK FROM KUWAIT


Islamabad June 22, 2020: In order to alleviate the situation of stranded Pakistanis in Kuwait, the Speaker National Assembly, Asad Qaiser had recently directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to arrange flights to Kuwait.
 
Subsequently, three special PIA flights have been operated to bring back Pakistanis stranded in Kuwait. The instant flight operation has lowered the number of stranded Pakistanis in Kuwait. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed that a comprehensive plan has been devised through which PIA will fly to different destinations to bring back stranded Pakistanis abroad. 
 
The Speaker National Assembly on this occasion said that safe repatriation of Pakistanis stranded in foreign countries due to Corona pandemic is our top priority. He assured that all resources will be used to repatriate migrants from abroad.
 


Interior Ministry notifies opening of Taftan Border throughout the week for Trade. Resumption of Mango Export to Iran through Taftan Border and Reduction of PIA Freight charges to boost exports: NA Speaker - June 18, 2020

Islamabad June 18, 2020: On the intervention of the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and the Special Committee on Agricultural Products, Ministry of Interior has issued a Notification regarding de-sealing of Taftan Border for trade purposes, today.

The Interior Ministry modifiying it’s earlier orders of 27th March and 13th April, 2020 regarding sealing of western border has allowed opening of Taftan Border throughout the week For trade purpose subject to the observance of guidelines and SoPs. The decision has been conveyed to the Director General Federal Investigation Agency and Inspector General, Frontier Corps Balochistan for its immediate implementation.

Taking cognisance of the various issues faced by Mango exporters and farmers, the Special Committee on Argeiculture products summoned Ministries of Food Security and Research, Interior and Aviation to thrash out those issues. Speaker Asad Qaiser was of the view that mango was a perishable commodity and procedural delays or logistic hurdles cost million to national exchequer. He warned that no delay in border opening and trade facilitation will not be tolerated.

The Committee in its previous meeting had recommended that the Ministry of Interior should take appropriate and urgent trade-facilitative measures for opening and operation of Taftan border throughout the week during the mango season with extended timings to facilitate mango exports to Iran. The Speaker has also written a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to take cognizance of the matter and passing on directions to the concerned ministries to facilitate the mango exporters.

The Committee in the previous meeting had also asked Aviation Division to direct PIA to reduce the freight charges for mango export to facilitate the farmers and exporters. The Minister Aviation had assured that PIA would be asked to reduce the freight charges besides dedicating B-777 aircraft for the purpose. The national airline after discussing the issue with the exporters and other stakeholders has decided to drastically reduce the freight charges for mango export up to $2.5 per 500 kg for UK and Europe whereas $1 per 500 kg for other export destinations.

The Speaker has said that Pakistani mango is  a delicacy throughout the world which also substantially contributes to the foreign exchange earnings of the country. He said that opening of border and reduction of air freight would give a boost to the economy of the country effected by the corona virus pandemic. He also urged the exporters association to ensure that they also support PIA by lifting their cargo through the national airline only.


Pakistan Strongly Desires a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Afghanistan: NA Speaker - June 16, 2020

AFGHANISTAN GATEWAY TO CENTRAL ASIA; CAN PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN CONNECTING SOUTH WITH CENTRAL ASIA: NA SPEAKER

Islamabad June 16, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the stable relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan is imperative for the progress and development of both the countries. He said that enhanced bilateral Parliamentary, trade and economic cooperation is the need of the hour. Speaker National Assembly expressed these views in a meeting with Ambassador of Afghanistan Shukr Allah Atif who called on him in Islamabad, today.

The Speaker said that peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan has always been the prime objective of Pakistan's foreign policy. He said that peaceful and prosperous neighborhood was in the interest of Pakistan.  He said that Pakistan and Afghanistan are brotherly neighboring countries intertwined in religious, cultural and historical bonds. He also termed Afghanistan, a gateway to central Asia and can link South with Central Asia.

The Speaker emphasized the need for intensifying contacts between the legislatures of both the countries. He suggested for enhancing these contacts through Parliamentary Friendship groups besides establishing contacts between Trade and Commerce Committees of both the Parliaments. The Speaker also said that he was contemplating the establishment of a Parliamentary Forum comprising Members of the Parliament from all the political parties belonging to all the four federating units for creating synergies of cooperation and better understanding between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He reiterated his earlier invitation to Speaker Afghan Wolesi Jirga to visit Pakistan along with a delegation. 

The Speaker suggested that immense Trade potential exists on either side of the border, therefore, interaction of concerned Ministries was imperative to reduce barriers in that regard. He suggested that interaction between trade and commerce committees of both Parliaments could pave the way for enhancing bilateral trade. The Speaker also suggested that Afghan students and citizen could take advantage of relaxed visa conditions for education and medical purposes.

Afghan Ambassador Shukr Ullah Atif thanked Pakistan government for its continued support to the peace process in Afghanistan. He expressed his deep sorrow over the tragic deaths of patients affected by corona in Pakistan and prayed for the early recovery of all those test positive. He said that Afghanistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and desires to accelerate this cooperation in diverse sectors. He said that Afghan people especially have warm feelings for Pakistani people. He agreed for enhancing ties between both the Parliaments and also assured to convey invitation of Speaker National Assembly to Speaker Wolesi Jirga to visit Pakistan.
 


Parliamentary Leaders Appeal to People for Adoption of Health Guidelines to Save Themselves From Coronavirus - June 16, 2020

Islamabad June 16, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser chaired a meeting of the Parliamentary Leaders in the National Assembly in Parliament House, today. The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Shafqat Mehmood, Pervaiz Khattak, Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, Asad Umar, Minister of State Ali Muhammad Khan, Advisor to PM on Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Zaheer ud Din Babar, MNAs from Treasury and Opposition Khalid Hussain Magsi, Sardar Akthar Mengal, Syed Naveed Qamar, Rana Sannaullah, Rana Tanvir Hussian, Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Asad Mehmood.

The Parliamentary Leaders expressed their concern on the surge in number of corona virus patients which owe to the non-observance of precautionary measures and other Health SoPs. It was unanimously stressed that an apolitical appeal from Assembly should go to the people across the country to observe health guidelines in order to save themselves and their families from the deadly pandemic. They also expressed their deep sorrow over the loss of lives due to corona virus and prayed for speedy recovery of all those, tested positive.

While reviewing implementation status of decisions taken in previous meeting of the Parliamentary Leaders, satisfaction was expressed regarding conduct of proceedings of Assembly during Budget Session. They were apprised that the General debate on budget would be held for 40 hours out of which the Opposition would get 18 hours and 24 minutes whereas the Treasury would get 21 hours and 35 minutes according to their strength in the Assembly. It was further informed that as per tentative schedule of Budget Session, the General discussion will continue till 25th June, 2020 followed by its winding up on 26th June, 2020. The process of passage of Budget would conclude on 30th June, 2020 with consideration and passage of Finance Bill, 2020 and supplementary grants.
 


National Assembly contributes its share towards the Austerity Drive of the Government of Pakistan - June 15, 2020

Strict Economic Measures taken by the NA Speaker Results in Savings of around Rs. 360 million

Islamabad, June 15, 2020: In compliance of the austerity drive of the Government of Pakistan, the Speaker National Assembly issued special instructions for controlling the expenditure of the National Assembly Secretariat.

The Speaker National Assembly constantly oversee the monetary matters of the National Assembly Secretariat with special emphasis on curtailing the avoidable and unnecessary expenditure.

As a result of the strict economic measures taken by the Speaker National Assembly, around Rs. 360 million have been saved and surrendered to the public exchequer. The savings have been made from different heads of account by discouraging lavish and unnecessary expenditure while ensuring smooth conduct of the official obligations of the National Assembly Secretariat۔


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker condole the demise of the mother of Syed Shamoon Hashmi - June 11, 2020

Islamabad; June 11, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri have expressed deep sorrow and grief over the sad demise of the mother of Additional Secretary National Assembly Syed Shamoon Hashmi.

In their separate condolence messages, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker conveyed their heartfelt grief to Syed Shamoon Hashmi and prayed for the solace of the departed soul and forberance to the bereaved family to bear the great loss.

Secretary National Assembly Tahir Hussain, Additional Secretary Chaudhry Mubarak Ali and other officers also expressed their deep sorrow and grief over the demise of Syed Shamoon Hashmi's mother. They expressed their condolences and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and courage to the family to bear the loss.


NA Speaker Examines Seating Arrangements in Assembly Hall Made By Following The Principle of Social Distancing - June 9, 2020

ORDERS FOR MAKING MANDATORY FOR ALL VISITING PARLIAMENT TO WEAR FACE MASKS AND FOLLOW HEALTH GUIDELINES AND SOPS

 
Islamabad June 9, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser visited National Assembly Hall today to examine the seating arrangements in the Hall for the ongoing session of the Assembly. The Speaker ordered for making new seating arrangement following the principle of social distancing in order to minimize chances of spread of corona virus.

The Additional Secretary (legislation) apprised the Speaker that as per new seating arrangements, seats in the Hall have been placed at distance of two meters. He brief that the visitor’s galleries would remain closed during the sittings of the Assembly with minimum presence of secretariat staff. Regarding presence of media in Press Gallery, he was apprised that same principle had been observed while making seating arrangement for media in the press gallery and cards would be issues as per SoPs jointly developed by National Assembly & Senate Secretariats, Ministry of Information and Parliamentary Reporters Association. It was informed that staff tested negative for corona virus would be deputed to perform duties in the Hall during the session.

The Speaker expressed his satisfaction of the new seating arrangement, however, directed for disinfection of Assembly Hall, chambers and offices on daily basis. He also ordered for making mandatory for all to wear face masks and follow health guidelines and SoPs in order to minimize the spread of the contagious disease.
 


NA Speaker Chair Parliamentary Leaders Meeting - June 8, 2020

Islamabad; 8, June, 2020: A meeting of the Parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly was held under the chairmanship of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser at Parliament House, this afternoon to discuss modus operandi for conducting sittings of the National Assembly during Covid-19.

The Speaker while initiating the discussion, said that thirteen members of the House have been tested positive for Covid-19 besides a significant number of staff members. He stressed upon all the members to strictly follow the SoPs since he and his family members had been victim of this virus. He said that he can feel the agony and pain through which the corona virus patients and their families undergo.  

There was a general consensus that the session was being held under special circumstances that warrant decisions and their strict adherence in order to minimize chances of spread of Corona virus. It was agreed that health guideline and SoPs would be followed in letter and spirit by Members and Staff of the National Assembly.

It was decided that no legislative and non-legislative agenda would be taken up during the session giving maximum opportunity to Members to take part in general discussion on Budget and its passage. It was agreed that the sittings of the Assembly would stretch up to three hours with presence of 25% of the total membership of Assembly during a particular sitting and that to be decided by the Leadership of parliamentary parties. The Chief Whips of the parliamentary parties were asked to submit names of their members interested in taking part in the discussion beforehand to the National Assembly Secretariat. The meeting also decided to hold discussion on issues of PIA air crash, Steel Mills, locust attack on crops, sugar crisis and atrocities of Indian Forces in occupied Kashmir during the pre-budget sittings of the Assembly.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri, Ministers Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Mr. Pervaz Khattak, Special Assistant to PM for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Zaheer Udin Babar Awan, MNAs, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Raja Pervaz Ashraf,  Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Ayaz Sadiq, Mr. Asad Mehmood, Abdul Wasay, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi and Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan.     


Concerted Policy attention crucial to Agricultural Growth: NA Sub-Committee on Agricultural Products - June 8, 2020

Islamabad, the June 8, 2020: The Sub-Committee of the National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products called for closer scrutiny of the key policies and strategic trade policy framework for attracting investment in agriculture sector. The members of the Committee maintained that successive downward progression of the policy attention to agriculture sector needs a halt. The Convener of the Sub-Committee Shandana Gulzar Khan observed that close scrutiny of the investment policy and strategic trade framework reveal a need for ‘do more’ in agriculture sector

The Ministry of Industries and Production, Ministry of Commerce and Board of Investment briefed the Sub-Committee on Agricultural Products on Investment policy, SME Policy, Industrial Policy, Strategic Trade Policy Framework and Tariff Policy. The members contended that the policy frameworks with a considerable positive tilt to industrial and manufacturing sector induced transfer of resources from agriculture to other sectors and deprive the agriculture sector of requisite stimulus for sustainable growth. The Committee called for better synergies to not only accelerate investment and growth in agriculture sector but also tap into the high end global markets.

The members maintained that failure to foster and enabling environment for corporate farming and cooperative farming has precluded Pakistan’s agriculture and allied sector to shift from traditional subsistence farming to globally aligned competitive agriculture sector.  Endorsing his colleagues, MNA Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana stated that opening agriculture sector for international collaborations was crucial to transfer and diffusion of agricultural technology and modern farming practices.

The officials from the Ministry of Industries and Production outlined that the Ministry of Industries facilitates agro-processing industry, farmers’ enhanced access to remunerative markets and enterprise development services. It was also highlighted that under the current tariff regime, agriculture sector was considerably protected. The Sub-Committee sought details of the share of agricultural SMEs in the CVOID emergency support package for SMEs.

The meeting was attended by MNA Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA Malik Muhammad Ihsan Ullah Tiwana, MNA Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon and MNA Nafeesa Inayat Ullah Khattak. The Sub-Committee is being mandated by the Speaker National Assembly to prepare comprehensive proposals to overhaul agriculture sector with a particular focus on structural reforms and enabling environment for the sector’s growth. The Committee in close coordination with the Ministry of National Food Security and Research thoroughly reviewed the policy framework for accelerating agricultural growth. 
 


Parliamentary Leadership pledge to collectively fight the Corona Pandemic - March 25, 2020

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PARLIAMENTARY LEADERSHIP PLEDGE TO COLLECTIVELY FIGHT THE CORONA PANDEMIC

NA SECRETARIAT RECEIVES NAMES FOR PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE FROM TREASURY AND THE OPPOSITION ON CORONA VIRUS: PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE TO BE NOTIFIED SOON


Islamabad March 25, 2020: A meeting of the Parliamentary Leaders in the National Assembly and Senate was held in Parliament House, this evening with Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in the chair. The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers Asad Umar, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pervaiz Khattak ,Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Minister of State Ali Muhammad Khan, Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwala, Leader of the House Senate Shibli Faraz, Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza, MNAs Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Nawabzada Shahzain Bughti, Ms. Shahida Akthar Ali, Senators Mushahid Ullah Khan, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Hyderi, Usman Khan Kakar, Aurangzeb Khan, Ms. Sitara Ayaz, and Chairman NDMA.

While Prime Minister Imran Khan, Leader of the Opposition Mian Shahbaz Sahrif and Chairman PPP Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, MNA and Senator Sherry Rehman joined the meeting through Video Link.

Speaker Asad Qaiser in his opening remarks opined that Corona virus pandemic had posed serious threats to the health of people across the globe besides inflicting serious dent to the world economies and Pakistan was not an exception. He said that purpose of this parliamentary discourse was to collectively brainstorm and forge policies guidelines for the government to tackle that pandemic and its aftermath. The Speaker appreciated the steps Federal Government, provincial governments and the governments of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan had initiated for taking care of the effected people besides curtailing its spread.

The Prime Minister Imran Khan while addressing the meeting acknowledged the gathering of parliamentarians said that the government could not alone fight any challenge but it could win the challenge with collective efforts of the nation. He said that the government was fully cognizant of the breakout of this pandemic and had taken numerous steps in coordination with the provincial governments. Later, Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza and Chairman NDMA briefed the meeting about the present stage of pandemic and the relief measures of the government.

The Leader of the Opposition and other participants of the meeting expressed their points of views. There was a general consensus that the fight against corona virus could be won through collective efforts. They were of the view that doctors and paramedics were vulnerable as they were on the forefront, therefore, they may be equipped properly. The participants also suggested taking care of the vulnerable and marginalized segments of the society through schemes of the government for social protection.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi while addressing the concluding session of the meeting said that government was fulfilling its obligations in coordination with provincial governments, however, said that positive criticism will help the government to better deal with the situation. He said that Chinese leadership acknowledges the help Pakistan had extended during the whole crisis, thus they have wholeheartedly extended help to the government of Pakistan in terms of equipment, medicines and other supplies required to fight this pandemic.

Concluding the meeting, the Speaker Asad Qaiser thanked all the parliamentary leaders for their valuable input. The Speaker informed the participants that the names from the Treasury and the Opposition for the Parliamentary Committee on Corona had been received and the Committee will be notified in due course of time. He further said that he will constitute a Sub-Committee to formulate Terms of Reference (ToRs) of the Parliamentary Committee so that the Committee may focus constructively on the issue.


Speaker NA Asad Qaiser planting a sapling of Mangolia Grandiflora to launch Clean and Green Pakistan-Tree Plantation Campaign at Lawn of Parliament House. Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani is also present on the occasion - March 13, 2020

اسلام آباد؛ اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے چیئر مین سینٹ  صادق سنجرانی  کے ہمراہ پالیمنٹ ہاؤس کے سبزہ زار میں مینگولیا گرینڈی فلوراکا پودا لگا کر کلین اینڈ گرین  پاکستان کی شجرکاری مہم کا  آغاز کیا۔ اس موقع پر ملک کی ترقی ، خوشحالی اور سلامتی کے لیے خصوصی دعا مانگی گئی۔

تقریب میں اراکین پارلیمنٹ ، میڈیا کے نمائندےاورقومی اسمبلی اور سینٹ سیکرٹریٹ ،سی ڈی اے کے  ملازمین کے علاوہ  سول سوسائٹی سے تعلق رکھنے والے افراد   نے بڑی تعداد میں شرکت کی ۔


The Women should be empowered to form a developing Society - March 7, 2020

اسلام آباد، 7 مارچ 2020: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے کہا ہے کہ مقبوضہ کشمیر میں بھارتی افواج کی جانب سے خواتین کی بے حرمتی اور ان پر جبر و تشدد روز مرہ کا معمول بن چکا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ مقبوضہ کشمیر میں گزشتہ 117 دنوں سے جاری لاک ڈاؤن کی وجہ سے مقبوضہ وادی میں خواتین  ضعیف ، بچے  اور  بیمارافراد کو شدید مشکلات کا سامنا ہے۔ انہوں نے عالمی برادری پر زور دیا کہ وہ مقبوضہ کشمیر میں خواتین پر ہونے والے مظالم کو بند کرانے کے لیے کردار ادا کرے۔ انہوں نے ان خیالات کا اظہارخواتین کے عالمی دن کے موقع پر اپنے پیغام میں دیتے ہوئے کیا جو ہر سال 8 مارچ کو اقوام متحدہ کے زیر اہتمام دنیا بھر میں منایا جا تا ہے۔

اسپیکر نے کہا کہ ترقی پسند معاشرے کی تشکیل کے لیے خواتین کے حقو ق کا تحفظ ناگزیر ہے اوران کی حوصلہ افزائی اور انہیں ہر شعبے میں یکساں مواقع فراہم کرکےملک کو تعمیر و ترقی کی راہ پر گامزن کیا جاسکتاہے ۔ انہوں نےکہا کہ ملک کی آبادی کا ایک بڑا حصہ خواتین پر مشتمل ہے اور موجودہ حکومت آبادی کے اس بڑے حصے کے حقوق کے تحفظ اور انہیں محفوظ اور سازگار ماحول فراہم کرنے کے لیے پرُ عزم ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ دنیا بھر میں خواتین کے ساتھ امتیازی سلوک اور ان پر  جبر و تشد کا نشانہ بنانے کے معاملے پر عالمی برادری کو خواتین کے حقوق کے تحفظ کے لیے مشترکہ کوششیں کرنے اورقانون سازی کے لیے عملی اقدامات کرنے کی ضرورت ہے۔

اسپیکر نے کہا کہ اسلام خواتین کو مساوی حقو ق اور احترام دیتا ہے اور صنفی امتیاز کی سختی سے ممانعت کرتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  خواتین کے حقوق کے بارے میں منفی رویوں کو بدلنے ،  انہیں قومی دھارے میں لانے اور انہیں معاشرے میں ان کا جائز مقام دلانے کے لیے جامع لائحہ عمل اپنانے کی ضرورت ہے۔ انہوں نے خواتین کو معاشی طورپر بااختیار بنانے کے لیے خواتین کو اقتصادی شعبوں میں آگے لانے اور ان کی حوصلہ افزائی کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ وزیر اعظم  عمران خان پاکستان کو ایک ایسی اسلامی فلاحی ریاست بنانے کے لیے کوشاں ہیں جہاں خواتین کو عزت اور خود اعتمادی کے ساتھ زندگی کے ہر شعبے میں حصہ لینے کے مواقع میسر ہوں۔

اس موقع پر ڈپٹی اسپیکر قاسم خان سوری کا کہنا تھا کہ پاکستان کی آدھی سے زائد آبادی خواتین پر مشتمل ہے اور خواتین کے حقوق کا تحفظ اور انہیں ترقی کے یکساں مواقعوں کی فراہمی موجودہ حکومت کی ترجیحات میں شامل ہے ۔پاکستان کا آئین خواتین کو جانی اور مالی تحفظ ، کام ، کاروبار، تعلیم اور آزادی کے ساتھ پیشے کے انتخاب اور  سیاسی و سماجی سرگرمیوں میں حصہ لینے کی ضمانت دیتا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ موجودہ حکومت خواتین کو قومی دھارے میں شامل کرنے کے لئے متعدد اقدامات اٹھا  رہی ہے۔ مقبوضہ کشمیر کی موجودہ صورت حال پر تشویش کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے  ڈپٹی اسپیکر کا کہنا تھا کہ مقبوضہ کشمیر میں جاری لاک ڈاؤن کی وجہ سے خواتین اور بچوں کو مصائب کا سامنا ہے عالمی برادری مقبوضہ کشمیر میں خواتین کے حقوق کے تحفظ کے لیے اپنا کردار ادا کرے۔
 


Enormous Economic Potential Needs To Be Utilized For Mutual Benefit Of Pakistan And Kazakhstan: NA Speaker - March 6, 2020

Islamabad March 6, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that enormous economic potential exists between Pakistan and Kazakhstan, which needed to be utilized for mutual benefit of both the countries. He also stressed the need to establish air links between both the capitals for fully realizing that potential. He expressed his desire to further strengthen bilateral relations through promoting parliamentary and commercial cooperation. He expressed these views while talking to Ambassador of Kazakhstan Akan Rakhmatlin, who met with the Speaker at Parliament House, today.
 
     The Speaker said that strong fraternal bonds exist between Pakistan and Kazakhstan that are built on strong foundations of religion, brotherhood, history and culture. He emphasized the need to promote cooperation in the socio-economic sectors between the two brotherly countries. He said that the two countries have enormous opportunities to promote cooperation in trade, energy, tourism, agriculture and other sectors. He said that trade volume between the two countries does not commensurate the opportunities in both countries, therefore, needed to be improved. He said that Kazakhstan's role in regional peace and stability was of the utmost importance.
 
    He said that parliamentary diplomacy could play an important role in expanding cooperation between the two countries. Sstressing the need for closer ties between the two countries' parliament, Asad Qaiser said that the parliamentarians of both countries could play an important role in furthering bilateral relations. He told the Ambassador that the Pak-Kazakh Friendship Group in the National Assembly could play a vital role in promoting relations between the two countries' parliaments. He said that Pakistan and Kazakhstan share commonality of views on regional and international issues and had always supported each other on global forums.
 
     Referring to the investment opportunities in Pakistan, Speaker Assad Qaiser said that the present government had introduced pro-investment policies in the country. He said visa policy for the business community intending to visit Pakistan had been relaxed and visa issuance had been facilitated on arrival. He said that Kazakh investors could take benefit of those facilities and invest in Pakistan. Establishing air links between capitals of both the courtiers would also play a significant role in improving our economic and trade volume.
 
     The Kazakhstan Ambassador Akan Rakhmatlin thanked the Speaker, saying that Pakistan was an important country in the region and Kazakhstan attached great importance to its friendly relations with Pakistan. He said that his government wanted to promote cooperation with Pakistan in the all sectors of economy. He appreciated Pakistan's role in promoting development and prosperity in the region and for establishing peace and security. He agreed with the Speaker's proposal to promote relations between the two countries' Parliament, saying parliamentary diplomacy could play a key role in bringing the two nations closer. He further said that direct air connectivity between Islamabad and Almaty could promote trade and tourism in both countries.
 
 


Youth Led Innovative Agri Startups are Promising Engines of Rural & Agricultural Development: Speaker National Assembly - March 4, 2020

Islamabad, the March 04th:  The Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser stated that Youth led innovative and market disruptive agricultural startups offered a promising pathway to transform conventional Pakistan’s agricultural sector into globally aligned competitive agriculture. He expressed these views in a meeting with the founders of various agricultural startups who briefed a panel of the National Assembly on path-breaking innovative agricultural businesses. The Speaker urged the government to facilitate and scale up the quality agricultural startups as they were engines of rural and agricultural development. He also urged the need to create an enabling environment for private sector to lead the diffusion and transfer of agricultural technology, and raising Pakistan’s agro-productivity and export competitiveness. 

The founders of various agri startups who attended the meeting were winners of recently held competition on innovations in agriculture, food security and nutrition. The agri startups were supported by TiE Islamabad chapter headed by Ms Sara Hashwani. The members of the National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products highly appreciated the innovations brought about by agri startups and stressed that given the rapid expansion of Pakistan’s population and immense stress on Pakistan’s natural resources, high-tech driven sustainable agriculture and food security system offered immense potential to meet Pakistan’s food security.

MNA Syed Fakhar Imam stated that 7 decades of bad governance and relegation of agriculture to secondary priorities has inhibited Pakistan’s progress in realizing full agricultural potential. He appreciated the Speaker National Assembly for taking pains to build a political momentum for uplifting Pakistan’s agro-economy. He stated that youth’s engagement in agriculture supported by artificial intelligence, e-commerce portal, data mining and other ICT solutions were areas of potential breakthroughs.

Dr Fehmida Mirza, the Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination urged the members of the National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products and founders of agri startups to pay specific attention to the problems of smallholder farmers and women who continue to be constrained by significant barriers including fragmented landholdings, lack of access to credit, information and technology and exploited by middlemen. She stated that tech-driven solutions were the key to relieve and lift the small farmers. 

The Minister for National Food Security and Research Mr. Khusro Bakhtiar endorsed the observations of the members and underlined the need to examine the rules regulating agri-startups’ access to credit. He urged the startups to collaborate with governments on the themes included in the Prime Minister’s Agriculture Emergency Program.
 

 


Parliamentary diplomacy can play a key role in strengthening Pak-German relations: Speaker NA - March 4, 2020

    اسلام آباد ،4 مارچ،  2020ء: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر سے جرمنی کے لیے پاکستان کے نامزد سفیر ڈاکٹر فیصل نے بدھ کے روز پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں ملاقات کی۔ ملاقات میں دوطرفہ تعلقات ، پاکستان اور جرمنی کے مابین دو طرفہ تعلقات سمیت مختلف شعبوں میں تعاون کو فروغ دینے کے امکانات  اور دیگر امور پر تبادلہ خیال کیا گیا۔

            اسپیکر نے نامزد سفیر سے گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کیا جرمنی براعظم یورپ کا انتہائی اہم ملک ہے اور سائنسی اور تیکنیکی شعبوں میں اپنی مہارت کی بدولت ایک منفرد مقام رکھتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ یورپی منڈیوں تک پاکستانی مصنوعات کی آسان رسائی کے لیے GSP پلس اسٹیٹس کے حصول میں جرمنی نے قابل ستائش کردار ادا کیا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا جرمنی آٹو موبیل اور مینوفیکچر کے دیگر شعبوں میں بڑی مہارت رکھتا ہے ان شعبوں میں دونوںممالک کے مابین تعاون میں اضافہ پاکستان کی معیشت کے لیے مفید ثابت ہوسکتا ہے۔ اسپیکر نے دوطرفہ تعلقات کو فروغ دینے کے لیے پارلیمانی سفارتکار ی اہمیت کو اجاگر کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ دونوں ممالک کی پارلیمانوں میں رابطوں کو فروغ دینے کے لیے پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی میں پاک جرمن فرینڈشپ گروپ تشکیل دیا گیا ہے جو دوطرفہ تعلقات کو وسعت دینےمیں فعال کردار ادا کر رہا ہے۔ اسپیکر نے نامز سفیر کو دونوں ممالک میں اقتصادی اور پارلیمانی تعاون کو فروغ دینے کے لیے سفارتی سطح پر بھرپور اقدام اٹھانے کا کہا۔ اسپیکر نے ڈاکٹر فیصل کے لیے نیک خواہشات کا اظہار کرتے ہوئےاس اعتماد کا اظہار کیا کہ ڈاکٹر فیصل ایک تجربہ کار اور باصلاحیت کار ہیں اور تجربات اور پیشہ ورانہ مہارت کو بروئے کار لاکے دونوں ممالک میں پائے جانے والے خوشگوار تعلقات کو نئی جہتوں سے ہمکنار کریں گے۔


            جرمنی کے لیے نامزد سفیر ڈاکٹر فیصل نے ان کی صلاحیتوں پر اعتماد کے اظہار پر اسپیکر کا شکریہ ادا کرتے ہوئے یقین دلایا کہ وہ جرمنی میں تعیناتی کی مدت کے دوران دونوں ممالک کو قریب لانے اور پاکستان کے مثبت اور پرامن تشخص کو اجاگر کرنے میں کوئی دقیقہ فرو گزاشت نہیں کریں گے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جرمنی کے ساتھ تعلقات کو مستحکم بنانا پاکستان کی خارجہ پالیسی کا اہم جزو ہے اور پارلیمانی سفارتکاری اس سلسلے میں اہم کردار ادا کرسکتی ہے۔ انہوں نے اسپیکر کو یقین دلایا کہ جرمنی میں  مدت تعیناتی کے دوران پاکستان کی قومی اسمبلی اور جرمنی پارلیمنٹ   بنڈسٹگ (Bundstag)کے مابین رابطوں کو فروغ دینا ان کی اولین ترجیح ہوگی۔


INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD TAKE NOTICE OF THE STATE SPONSORED ATROCITIES IN PALESTINE AND KASHMIR: SAYS SPEAKER NA - March 3, 2020

 

Islamabad; March 3, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that the people of Pakistan are committed to liberation of Palestine and their hearts beat with their Palestinian brothers. He said that Pakistan and Palestine were tied in eternal bonds of religion, history and culture. He said that Pakistan strongly condemns Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and turning them into Israeli settlements which were historically part of Palestine. He expressed these views while talking to Palestinian Ambassador to Pakistan Ahmed Jawad Rabi in a meeting in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Speaker and the Ambassador discussed the current situation in Palestine and Kashmir, issues facing Ummah and other issues of mutual interest. He said that Pakistan had not recognized Israel and will continue raising its voice against the Israeli atrocities in Palestine on all international and regional forums. He said that Palestinian liberation was an indigenous movement and international community should assert its pressure on Israel to accept the just demand and vacate the occupied territory. The Speaker said that Pakistan believes in settlement of all disputes through negotiations and will continue to provide moral, diplomatic support to the Palestinian people. He also apprised the Ambassador about latest situation in Kashmir and asked for extending support at international forum.

The Speaker said that the Pakistan believes in the Muslim unity and is playing its due role in the achievement of the objective. He added that Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted the issues faced by the Muslim Ummah in his address to the UN General Assembly. He said that the government under the visison of Prime Minister Imran Khan was working to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state.

Palestinian Ambassador Ahmad Jawad Rabi appreciated the of solidarity and goodwill for Palestine, saying that Palestine considers Pakistan a brother and trusted friend and appreciates its close relations with Pakistan. He said that the Palestinians consider Pakistan as their home and are grateful to the Pakistani people for their unwavering support for the freedom movement. He said that Pakistan is the most important country in the Islamic world and its role is commendable for the unity of the Muslim community. He said that unity and solidarity between Muslim countries is essential for resolving disputes and problems faced by the Muslim Ummah. He expressed his gratitude for giving educational opportunities to more than 50,000 Palestinian students who graduated from Pakistani universities and were contributing to the development of Palestine. He suggested for enhancing parliamentary interaction between both the countries.


Peace in Afghanistan to Positively Contribute to The Regional Peace and Prosperity: NA Speaker - February 29, 2020

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO HOLD NATIONAL DIALGOUE ON 17TH MARCH, 2020 TO TAKE UP CHALLENGES TO POST US-AFGHAN PEACE DEAL

Islamabad February 29, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has welcomed the US-Afghan peace deal signed today in Qatar. He termed it a commencement of sustained peace and stability in Afghanistan that would also contribute positively to connectivity and regional prosperity as well.

The Speaker said that achieving sustainable peace and security and ensuring long-term development, progress and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region was in Pakistan’s best national interest. The Speaker said that Pakistan had always been a staunch supporter of resolution of disputes through peaceful means. He said that armed conflict in Afghanistan had forced people to abandon their home and seek refuge in neighboring countries. He said that peace in Afghanistan would create conducive environment for them to return to their homeland with honor and take part in the national development. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve and continued commitment to the Afghan peace process.

The Speaker said that a National dialogue was being arranged in Islamabad on 17th March, 2020 to look into the challenges arising out of the post US-Afghan peace with specific reference to Pakistan. He further said that representatives of political parties, parliamentarians, academia, intelligentsia, diplomats, media personnel and civil society will be invited to take part in the discourse and will provide policy guideline for devising future strategy arising after peace and stability in Afghanistan.
 


Press Release - February 24, 2020

اسلام آباد: 24 فروری 2020:  اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ اسلام امن ، برداشت  اورانسانیت سے محبت کا درس دیتا ہےاور تفرقہ بازی اورانتہاپسندی کی نفی کرتا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ دنیا میں پائید ار  امن کے قیام کے لیے بین المذاہب ہم آہنگی وقت کی اہم ضرورت ہے اور پاکستان نے ہمیشہ دنیا میں امن کے قیام اور بین المذہب  ہم آہنگی کے فروغ کے لیے بھرپور کاوشیں کی ہیں جس کی دنیا معترف ہے ۔انہوں نے  ان خیالات کا اظہاراسلامک انٹر نیشنل یونیورسٹی  کے فیصل مسجد کیمپس میں بین المذاہب ہم آئیگی کے موضوع پر منعقدہ  سیمینار سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا۔

 اسپیکر اسد قیصرنے کہا کہ آج کا یہ سیمینار  ایک ایسے موضوع پر ہو رہا ہےجووقت کی اہم ضرورت ہےاور مختلف مذاہب اور تہذیبوں میں ہم آہنگی کوفروغ دے کر ہم ایک پر امن معاشرہ تشکیل دے کر دنیا کو امن کا گہوارہ بنا سکتے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اس وقت ہمارے پروسی ملک  بھارت میں اقلیتوں کے ساتھ جو سلوک برتا جار ہے وہ پوری دنیا کے لیے لمحہ  فکریہ ہے جب کے دورسری جانب  پاکستان میں تمام مذاہب کے ماننے والوں کو مساوی حقوق حاصل ہیں اور انہیں اپنے رسم و رواج اور مذہبی عقائد کے مطابق زندگی بسر کرنے کا حق حاصل ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ موجودہ حکومت کا رول ماڈل مدینہ کی ریاست ہے جس میں تمام مذاہب سے تعلق رکھنے والوں کو مکمل مذہبی آزادی اور مساوی حقوق حاصل تھے اور کسی مذہب یا نسل سے تعلق رکھنے والوں کو دوسروں پر کو فوقیت حاصل نہیں تھی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ دنیا کے تمام  مذاہب انسان دوستی اور امن کو درس دیتے ہیں ۔  انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان میں مسلم آبادی 95فیصد ہے جبکہ غیر مسلم آبادی 5فیصد ہے تاہم قومی اسمبلی میں غیر مسلموں کو آباد کے تناسب سے زیادہ نمائندگی حاصل ہے۔

اسپیکر نے کہا کہ اس وقت پاکستان کو جن اندرونی و بیرونی خطرات کا سامنا ہے اُن کا تقاضہ ہے کہ ہم ملک کو درپیش چینجز پر خصوصی توجہ دیں اورملک کو بحرانوں  سے نکالنے کے لیے  ہمیں من حیث القوم اپنی ذمہ داریوں کا احساس کریں ۔انہوں نے کہا  کہ  پاکستان  کو خوشحا ل اور ترقی یافتہ بنانے کا راز  ہمیں باہمی اختلافات کو بھلا کر  اپنی صفوں میں اتفاق و اتحاد پیدا کرنے میں مظمر ہے ۔ اسپیکر نے دنشوروں ، ذراع ابلاغ اور سول سوسائٹی کے نمائندوں کو امن ، ہم آہنگی اور برداشت کے پیغام کو اُجاگر کرنے کے لیے کام کرنے کا کہا۔انہوں نے کہا کہ تعلیمی اور تحقیقی ادارے خصوصا ََ اسلامی تحقیقی ادارے  برداشت ایک پر امن ،روادار اوربردبار سوسائٹی معاشرے کے قیام کے اہم کردار ادا کر سکتے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اس وقت پاکستان میں امن کے پیشرفت ہورہی ہےاور افغان امن مذکرات اپنے آخری مراحلے میں ہیں ، پاکستان اس صورتحال کابغور جائزہ لے رہا ہے۔ انہوں نے اس اُمید کا اظہار کیا کہ افغانستان میں امن کے قیام سے خطے میں ترقی و خوشحالی کے ایک نئے دور کا آغاز ہوگا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ افغانستان میں امن کی پیشرفت  اس بات کا ثبوت ہے کہ مسائل کو طاقت یا جنگ کے ذریعے حل نہیں کیا جا سکتا بلکہ ان کے حل کے لیے مذاکرات اور ہم آہنگی کا ہونا ضروری ہوتا ہے۔

اسپیکر نے سیمینار  کے کامیاب انعقاد پرسیمینار کے منتظمین کو مبارکباد دیتے ہوئے کہا کہ اس بین مذاہب ہم آہنگی کےاہم موضوع پر بین الاقوامی مکالموں اور کانفرنسوں کی اشد ضرورت ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ان کانفرنسوں کے انعقاد سے اس اہم معاملے  پر  شعور کو اُجارگر کرنے میں  مدد ملے گی۔ اس موقع پر پریریذیڈنٹ اسلامک (آئی آئی یو) یونیورسٹی احمد یوسف احمد الدرویش ، ریکٹر (آئی آئی یو) اور دیگر مقرین نے بھی خطاب کیا  اور بین مذاہب ہم آہنگی کی افادیت اور اہمیت کو اُجاگر گیا۔


PARLIAMENTARY INTERACTION AND EXCHANGES AN APT WAY TO BUILD CLOSE RELATIONS: NA SPEAKER - COLLABORATION IN TRADE, AGRICULTURE, ENERGY AND OTHER SECTORS TO GIVE BOOST TO ECONOMY: SAYS NA SPEAKER - February 20, 2020

Islamabad; 20, February, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that relations between Pakistan and Germany were characterized by shared democratic values and multifaceted corporation. He said that Parliamentary cooperation and interaction between National Assembly and German Parliament Bundestag could deepen the existing bonds. He said this while taking to Dr. Bernhard Stephan Schlagheck, Ambassador of Germany, who called on Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House this afternoon.

Speaker Asad Qaiser appreciated the pace of bilateral cooperation between both the countries, however suggested for its further intensification through collaboration in trade, cooperation in agriculture, energy and other sectors. He also suggested for strategizing cooperation in technical fields like sectors relating to human development, education and health. While referring to the Pak-German Parliamentary Friendship Group in National Assembly, the Speaker said that it was heartening to note the keen interest of Members to be part of the group. He termed Parliamentary interaction and exchanges an apt way to build close relations. He also suggested for cooperation in establishment of center of excellence for exchange of knowledge and human development. The Speaker also reiterated invitation to his German Counterpart to visit Pakistan. He also asked for German support for EU market access under GSP plus facility.

Ambassador of Germany Dr. Bernhard Stephan Schlagheck appreciated the remarks of the Speaker and said that Germany also considered Pakistan, as one of its close friend and a partner in development and trade. He agreed for strengthen of bilateral relation through exchange of Parliamentary and trade delegations. The Ambassador apprised the Speaker that German developmental agency was activity engaged in Pakistan in Education and vocational training sectors. He informed that Germany along with European Union Development agency has chalked out a comprehensive plan be executed for vocational and technical training in collaboration with Higher Education commission of Pakistan. He further informed that Germany would certainly look into the suggestion for establishing a center of excellence and capacity building.


Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly condoles death of senior journalist Fasih-ur-Rehman Khan - February 19, 2020

قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریت

(ڈائریکٹریٹ جنرل آف میڈیا)

پریس ریلیز

اسپیکر و ڈپٹی اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کا سینئر صحافی فصیح الرحمان خان کے انتقال پر تعزیت کا اظہار ۔

اسلام آباد؛19فروری 2020: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر اور ڈپٹی اسپیکر قاسم خان سوری نے سینئر صحافی فصیح الرحمان خان کی وفات پر گہرے دکھ اور افسوس کا اظہار کیا۔

اسپیکر اور ڈپٹی اسپیکر نے اپنے تعزیتی پیغامات میں سینئر صحافی فصیح الرحمان خان  کے انتقال  پر افسوس کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے مرحوم کی ناگہانی کو  اُن کے اہلخانہ کے لیے بڑا سانحہ قرار دیا ہے۔انہوں نے صحافت کے میدان میں فصیح الرحمان خان کی خدمات کو خراج تحسین پیش کیا۔  

اسپیکر اور ڈپٹی اسپیکر نے اللہ تعالی سے مرحوم کے روح کے ایصال ثواب اور پسماندگان کو اس ناقابل تلافی نقصان کو برداشت کرنے کے لیے صبر جمیل عطا فرمانے کی دعا کی۔


Human service brings real happiness and contentment to man; Assad Qaiser/Medical profession is sacred profession People associated with this profession are vulnerable: Speaker National Assembly - February 19, 2020

قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ

(ڈائریکٹریٹ جنرل آف میڈیا)

پریس ریلیز

انسانی کی خدمت سے انسان کو حقیقی خوشی اور تسکین حاصل ہوتی ہے؛ اسد قیصر

طب کا پیشہ مقدس پیشہ ہے اس پیشے سے وابستہ  لوگ قابل احترم ہیں : اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی  

 

اسلام آباد؛ 19فروری ، 2020: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ ہمیں ملک کی ترقی کے لیے اپنی سوچ کو بدلنا ہو گا اور  انفرادیت کے بجائے اجتماعیت کو اپناتے ہوئے     ملک کی تعمیر و ترقی کے لیے  ملکر کام کرنا ہو گا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جو لوگ قومی سو چ رکھتے ہیں اور قوم کے لیے کچھ کر گزنے کے خواہشمند ہوتے اللہ تعالیٰ اُن کی مدد فرماتا ہے اور اُن کے لیے آسانیاں پیدا کرتا ہے۔ انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ گجوخان میڈیکل کالج کا قیام اُن کا خواب تھا جو آ ج ایک حقیقت کا روپ دھار چکا ہےاور آج اس کالج کی تقریب تقسیم اسناد و انعامات میں شرکت کر کہ اُنہیں دلی طور پر خوشی محسوس ہو رہی ہے ۔ اُنہوں نے ان خیالات کا اظہار  ضلع  صوابی میں گجو خان میڈیکل  کالج میں تقریب تقسیم اسنادو  انعامات  میں بطور مہمان خصوصی  بدھ کے روز خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا۔ تقریب میں میں رکن قومی اسمبلی کیپٹن  (ر) جمیل، عطااللہ خان، فہیم خان فصیح الزمان پرنسپل باچا خان میڈیکل کمپلیکس کے علاوہ  گجو خان میڈیکل کالج کے استاتذہ ، انتظامیہ سمیت بڑی تعداد میں طلباو طالبات اور  معزین علاقہ نے شرکت کی۔

 

اسپیکر اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ انسانیت کے لیے کام کرنے سے  اللہ تعالیٰ کی خوشنودی حاصل  ہوتی ہے اور جو لوگ دکھی انسانیت کے لیے کام کرتے ہیں اُن پر اللہ تعالیٰ کا خاص کرم ہوتا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ تنقید کرنا انتہائی آسان ہوتا ہے جبکہ کسی کام کو عملی طور پر کرنے کے لیے محنت اور جدوجہد کی ضرورت ہوتی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ دوسروں کے لیے کام کرنے والے ہمیشہ کامیاب ہوتے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ انہیں ہمیشہ دوسروں کے لیے کام کر کے خوشی محسوس ہوتی ہےاور انسانیت کی خدمت اور ملک و قوم کی تعمیر و ترقی اور خوشحالی کے لیے کام کرنے کو اپنا نصب العین سمجھتے ہیں۔ انہوں  نے اپنے استاتذہ  کوخراج تحسین پیش کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ آج وہ جس  مقام پر ہیں یہ انہیں کے استاتذہ کی  محنت اور دعاؤں کا نتیجہ ہے ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ گجوخان میڈیکل کالج کے قیام میں بہت سے مشکلات پیش آئیں تاہم اللہ تعالیٰ کی  مدد اور اہل علاقہ کے تعاون سے اس کے مقصد میں کامیابی حاصل ہوئی۔ انہوں نے گجو میڈیکل کالج میں زیر تعلیم طلبااور طالبات کو بھرپور محنت اور لگن سے تعلیم حاصل کرنے پر زور دیتے ہوئے کہا کہ وہ نا صرف اپنے خاندان بلکہ پورے علاقے کے لیے فخر کا باعث ہیں اور پوری قوم کو اُن سے بہت زیادہ توقعات وابستہ ہیں ، قوم کی توقعات پر پورا اترنے کے لیے وہ اپنی تمام ترتوجہ اور توانائیاں حصول علم پرمرکوز رکھیں ۔

 

اس موقع پر خطاب کرتے ہوئے  باچا خان میڈیکل کمپلیکس کے پرنسپل فصیح الزمان نے اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسدقیصر کی کاوشوں کو سراہتے ہوئے کہا کہ اسد قیصر نے بطور اسپیکر خیبر پختونخواہ اسمبلی جس کالج کے قیام کا خواب دیکھا تھا وہ آج پورا ہونے جارہا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ گجو خان میڈیکل کالج کا شمار صوبے کے بہترین میڈیکل کالجز میں ہوتا ہے اور رواں سال میڈیکل کالج کے طالب علم نے صوبے بھر میں دوسری پوزیشن حاصل کی ۔ انہوں نے اس عزم کا اظہار کیا کہ گجو میڈیکل کالج بہت جلد گجو خان میڈیکل یونیورسٹی بنے گی۔ بعد ازاں اسپیکر نے گجوخان میڈیکل کالج کے نمایاں پوزیشن  حاصل کرنے والوں میں اسناد اور انعامات تقسیم کیے اور گجوخان میڈیکل کمپلیکس میں گرلز ہاسٹل کی عمارت اور شعبہ ایکسرے   کا افتتاح بھی کیا۔ 


NA Speaker Orders for Inquiry into the Fire Incident at Parliament Lodges - February 18, 2020

Islamabad February 18, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser talking cognizance of the fire incident which occurred at Parliament Lodges, this afternoon had ordered an immediate inquiry to ascertain the reasons leading to this incident. The Speaker further directed for submission of inquiry report to his office at the earliest.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser made these directions to the Capital Development Authority during his visit to the Parliament Lodges, this evening. He directed for holding immediate inquiry into the incident besides accessing the leading reasons and loss occurred.
 


Press Release - February 18, 2020

 

اسلام آباد 18 فروری ، 2020: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے ایف اے ٹی ایف  کے فورم اور اقوام متحدہ کی سلامتی کونسل کی قراردادوں اور کشمیر ی عوام کی خواہشات کے مطابق  مسئلہ کشمیر کے حل کے لیے نیدرلینڈ کو پاکستان کے ساتھ تعاون کرنے کا کہا ۔  اسپیکر نے کہا کہ پاکستان میں موجودہ حکومت نے  سخت مالی ضابطوں کے نفاذ کے ذریعے دہشتگردوں کی  مالی معاونت کی  فراہمی منقطع کردی ہے۔ ان خیالات کا اظہا رانہوں نے نیدرلینڈ کے سفیر مسٹر ولیئم واؤٹر پالمپ سے گفتگو کر تے ہوئے کیا جنہوں نے منگل کے روز منگل کے روز پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں اسپیکر سے ملاقات کی۔

 

اسپیکر نے  کہا کہ نیدرلینڈز نے ہمیشہ سے انسانی حقوق  اور شخصی آزادیوں کی حمایت کی ہے ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ نیدر لینڈ کو مقبوضہ کشمیر میں ہونے والی انسانی حقوق کی پامالیوں اور مسئلہ کشمیر کے حل کے لئے بھارت پر دباؤ ڈالنے کے لیے  کردار ادا کرنے ضرورت ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  مقبوضہ کشمیر میں انسانی حقوق کی سنگین پامالی پر عالمی برادری کی خاموشی ناقابل فہم ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ بھارت کے مقبوضہ کشمیر میں گزشتہ  198 دن کے لاک ڈاون سے مظلوم کشمیریوں کی پریشانیوں میں بے پناہ  اضافہ ہوا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ مقبوضہ کشمیر میں جاری  لاک ڈاون کی وجہ سے  کشمیری عوام اپنے ہی گھروں میں قید  ہیں اور خوراک، طبی سہولیات سمیت تمام بنیادی ضروریات بنیادی ضروریات زندگی سے محروم ہیں ۔ کشمیری عوام کی تحریک آزادی کی جدوجہد پر ان کے غیر متزلزل عزم  کو سلام پیش کرتے ہوئے اسپیکر نے کہا کہ 72سال گزرنے کے باوجود  کشمیری عوام کے  عزم اور حوصلے میں کوئی کمی نہیں آئی ۔

 

ایف اے ٹی ایف کے معاملے کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے ، اسپیکر اسد قیصر نے پاکستان کو گرے لسٹ سے  نکالنے کے لئے نیدرلینڈز کو کردار ادا کرنے کے لیے کہا۔  انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان دہشت گردی اور اس کے مالی معاونین کو جڑ سے اکھاڑ پھینکنے کے لئے کوشاں ہےاوراس مقصد کے حصول کے لیے  قانون سازی کے ذریعے متعدد  اقدامات اُٹھائے جارہے ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ انتہا پسندی اور عسکریت پسندی کی ناسورکی وجہ سے پاکستان کو بڑے پیمانے پر جانی و مالی نقصانات اُٹھانا پڑے ہیں۔انہوں نے پاکستان کی مسلح افواج  اور قانون نافذ کرنے والے اداروں کو خراج تحسین پیش کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ان کے عزم اور جزبہ حب الوطنی اور لازوال قربانیوں کی بدولت پاکستان دہشتگردی کی اس لعنت پر قابو پانے میں کامیابی کی راہ پر گامزن ہے۔

 

ہالینڈ کے ساتھ پاکستان کے تاریخی تعلقات کا ذکر کرتے ہوئے اسپیکر نے کہا کہ پاکستان ہالینڈ کے ساتھ اپنے دیرینہ تعلقات کو قدر کی نگاہ سے دیکھتا ہے اور پارلیمانی اور اقتصادی تعاون کے ذریعے انہیں  مزید مستحکم بنانے کا خواہاں ہے۔ اسپیکر نے دونوں ممالک کی  پارلیمانی کمیٹیوں کے مابین روابط کو فروغ دینے کی  ضرورت پر  زور دیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ نیدرلینڈ آلو کے بیج ، ڈیری فارمنگ لائیوسٹاک اور کمرشل بنیادوں پر پھولوں کی افزائش کے شعبوں میں مہارت رکھتا ہے ۔ انہوں نے قومی اسمبلی کی خصوصی کمیٹی برائے زرعی پیداوار اور نیدرلینڈ کی پارلیمانی کمیٹی برائے زراعت کے مابین  مذکورہ شعبوں میں تعاون بڑھانے کی ضرورت کی تجویز دی ۔ اسپیکر نے سی پیک سے پیدا ہونے والے معاشی مواقع میں نیدرلینڈ کے سرمایہ کاروں شرکت کی دعوت دی۔  انہوں نے کہا کہ سی پیک   نہ صرف پاکستان بلکہ پورے خطے کے لئے گیم چینجر کی اہمیت کا حامل ہے اس سے خطے میں روزگار کے مواقع میں اضافہ ہو گا اور ترقی اور خوشحالی کے ایک نئے دور دکا آغاز ہو گا۔

 

نیدرلینڈ کے سفیر مسٹر ولیم واؤٹر پلمپ نے اس بات پر اتفاق کیا کہ مسئلہ کشمیر علاقائی امن کے لئے ایک فلیش پوائنٹ کی حیثیت رکھتا ہے اور اس مسئلے کو کشمیری عوام کی خواہشات اور اقوام متحدہ کی سلامتی کونسل کی قراردادوں کے مطابق حل کرنے کی ضرورت ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ان کا ملک دہشت گردی کی مالی معاونت کے خاتمے کے لئے سخت اقدامات کرنے پر حکومت پاکستان کی کوششوں کو سراہتا ہے۔ انہوں نے یقین دلایا کہ ہالینڈ FATF کی گرئے لسٹ سے نکالنے کے لیے پاکستان کی بھرپور مدد کرے گا ۔ انہوں نے گذشتہ چار دہائیوں سے افغان مہاجرین کی میزبانی اور مدد کرنے پر پاکستان کی تعریف کی۔ سفیر نے پارلیمانی دوستی گروپ کی سطح پر ملاقاتوں اور دوروں کے ذریعے دونوں ممالک کے مابین پارلیمانی رابطوں کو بڑھانے پر اتفاق کیا۔

 

سفیر نے اسپیکر کو یقین دلایا کہ ڈچ سرمایہ کار  پاکستان میں معاشی سرگرمیوں میں حصہ لینے میں گہری دلچسپی رکھتے ہیں ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ نیدرلینڈز اور پاکستان کے مابین زراعت کے شعبے میں باہمی تعاون  طویل عرصے سے جاری ہے ، تاہم ، ڈیری ، ماہی گیری ، اور فلوریکلچر سیکٹرز میں تعاون بڑھانے کی تجویز سے اتفاق کیا۔  انہوں نے پلانٹ بریڈرز کے حقوق کے تحفظ کے لئے قانون سازی اور قوانین پر سخت عمل درآمد کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔


NA Speaker and Deputy Speaker Condemn Bomb Blast at Quetta - February 17, 2020

     Islamabad: February 17, 2020: Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have strongly condemned the bomb blast near Quetta press club at Quetta and  expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.
 
    In their separate statements, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker termed it a barbaric and shameful act of terrorism. They said that the elements involved in such activities were the enemies of humanity and the country. They said that such shameful acts could not deter the government from its firm resolve to fight against terrorism. They were confident that the culprits involved in such activities will not be spared and will be brought to justice. 

    They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the souls of martyrs in eternal peace and sympathized with bereaved families and also prayed for early recovery of injured. 
 


Turkish President meets Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser before this Address to the Joint Session of the Parliament - February 14, 2020

Islamabad; 14, February, 2020: President of Turkey H.E Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House before his address to the Joint Session of the Parliament, this morning. Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chairman Senate Mr. Sadiq Sanjrani and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri were also present during the meeting.

While taking to the Turkish President, the Speaker said that Pakistan cherishes its fraternal relations with Turkey which were intertwined in religious and historic cultural and brotherly ties. He said that people of Pakistan were thankful to the resolute support of Mr. Erdogan to the issue of Kashmir.

Speaker Asad Qaiser further said that bilateral relations between both the countries had witnessed progression due to enhanced cooperation at multilateral spheres. He expressed his optimism that the current visit of H.E Erdogan will further reinforce the bilateral relations. The Speaker said that it was indeed an honor for the Parliament to be addressed by a Leader of stature from a brotherly Country. The Chairman Senate of Pakistan Mr. Sadiq Sanjarani and Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri also welcomed the honorable Guest and expressed their gratitude to him for visiting Pakistan and addressing the Parliament.

President of Turkey H.E Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that it was honour for him to address the Parliament of Pakistan for the fourth time. He said that Turks adore their Pakistani brethren who were attached with each other in eternal bonds. He reiterated his staunch support to issue of Kashmir. 

Earlier, the H.E Erdogan was received by Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser along with Chairman Senate, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri on his arrival at Parliament House. The President of Turkey after his address to the Parliament also inscribed his remarks in the Visitors’ book placed in the Hall of Fame in the Parliament House.


Stringent Steps Initiated For Enhancing Legislative Efficiency Through NA Strategic Plan 2019-23: NA Speaker - February 12, 2020

Islamabad February 12, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that legislature embodied the will of the people of Pakistan; therefore, it was incumbent upon the legislators to transform lives of the citizens of the country through legislation, effective oversight and budget appropriation. He said that a comprehensive strategy had been formulated to enhance the legislative efficiency and oversight of the Parliament. He expressed these views while addressing the unveiling ceremony of the National Assembly Strategic Plan 2019-2023 at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) Islamabad on Wednesday.

The Speaker said that National Assembly Strategic Plan 2019-2023 had been envisioned to make the Parliament a true representative of the people of the Pakistan through developing a professional approach. He said that experts would be engaged; research conducted and pushed for best evidence-based decision making by the House as well as the Standing Committees. Apprising about the salient future of the National Assembly's Strategic Plan 2019-2023, the Speaker expressed the hope that the plan would establish high traditions in parliamentary oversight and legislation in the National Assembly and put positive impact on its performance. He said that under that plan parliamentary oversight would be made more effective and every citizen would have access to information in transparent manner. He said that another objective of the Strategic Plan was to establish the highest standards of governance and discipline in the National Assembly, close relations between parliamentarians and their constituent.

Speaker Asad Qaiser underlining need for merit based decision, said that the close attention was given to make the system in the National Assembly more efficient and effective and all matters were being carried out on merit. He said that in pursuit of building friendship with other friendly parliaments, 93 Friendship Groups have been constituted in National Assembly with Core groups to carry out the day to day affairs and activities of the Groups. He said that the vigorous parliamentary diplomacy was in full swing to highlight peaceful image of Pakistan in world. Apprising the audience about his Look Africa initiative, the Speaker said that National Assembly was lagging behind in terms of relations with Parliaments in African Region, therefore, special focus was being paid for building alliances in African continent.

Referring to the oversight role of Parliament, the Speaker said that innovations were being brought in Committees system. He said that academia, intellectuals and subject-matter experts were being linked with Standing Committees for providing them expertise and research for informed decision making. He said that as custodian of the House, he had provided equal opportunity to all the members of the House to take part in the proceedings of the House.  Apprising about the Parliamentary committee on Agriculture products and CPEC, the Speaker said that both the Committees were of utmost importance and rendering important tasks within their spheres. He said that both the committee would be linked vide that Strategic Plan with Agriculture Universities and Research Institutes for enhancing their working.

Speaker Asad Qaiser while concluding his address congratulated Ms. Andleeb Abass, MNA/Convener and other members of the of National Assembly Strategic Plan Oversight Committee for rendering their valuable input while formulating the said Strategic Plan. He praised the input of the Members of the National Assembly from other political parties for providing their important insight in developing a workable document. He also lauded the efforts of Staff of the National Assembly and the representatives of West Minster Foundation for Democracy for their technical support while preparing the Strategic plan.

 


Lawyers always play a role in the restoration and stability of democracy in the country; Speaker NA Asad Qaiser - February 11, 2020

اسلام آباد؛ اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے کہا ہے کہ ملک میں انصاف کی فراہمی کو یقینی بنانے کے لیے عدلیہ کے ساتھ ساتھ بار کا کردار بھی انتہائی اہمیت کا حامل ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ وکلا نے ملک میں جمہوریت کی بحالی اور استحکام کے لیے ہمیشہ ہراول دستے کا کردار ادا کیا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ملک میں جمہوریت کی بحالی کے لیے وکلا برادری کی قربانیوں اور جدوجہد کو فراموش نہیں کیا جا سکتا۔ ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے چار سدہ ڈسٹرکٹ بار کے صدر احمد شاہ کی سربراہی میں چار سدہ ڈسٹرکٹ بار کے نمائندوں اور وکلا برادری کے وفد سے منگل کے روز پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں ملاقات کے دوران گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کیا۔ ملاقات میں چار سدہ سے تعلق رکھنے والے رکن قومی اسمبلی  فصل خان بھی موجود تھے۔

اسپیکر نے کہا کہ موجود حکومت ملک میں فور اَ انصاف  کی فراہمی کے لیے کوشاں ہے جس کو عملی جامہ پہنانے کے  لیے وکلا برادری کا تعاون انتہائی اہمیت کا حامل ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ وکلا برادری معاشرے کا سب سے زیادہ پڑا لکھا طبقہ ہے اور ان پر معاشرے کی اصلاح کی بھاری ذمہ داری  عائد ہوتی ہے ۔ انہوں نے وکلابرادری کو معاشرے سے سماجی برائیوں کے خاتمے کے لیے کردار ادا کرنے کا کہا۔  

وفد میں چار سدہ بار کونسل  کے جنرل سیکرٹری سیف اللہ خان اور تحریک انصاف کے رہنما اور سنیئر وکیل وراث شاہ سمیت دیگر اہم وکلا بھی شامل تھے۔ بعد ازاں وفد نے پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس کا دور کیا اور قومی اسمبلی کے آج کے جاری  اجلاس کی کاروائی بھی دیکھی۔  


Whole Nation is United on Kashmir Issue and Each and Every Pakistani Citizen is Stands With Their Kashmiris Brethren: Says NA Speaker - February 4, 2020

Islamabad: February 4, 2020;   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 lockdown 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 observed across the world and Azad Jammu and Kashmir on February 5 to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren.

Speaker Asad Qaiser has said that repression and tyranny of Indian Government towards innocent Kashmiris had put the peace of the world and the region at stake. He  said that revocation of article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution deprived the people of Kashmir of their identity and liberties which had been universally contracted. He said that the said revocation was utterly a disgusting legal attempt to deface subjects of a state of their identify. Lamenting last 184-days lockdown in held valley the Speaker Said that Kashmari have stranded in their homes by the Indian Armed Forces with no excess to Food, Medicines, Education, Internet and other necessities of life.

The Speaker said that whole Pakistani nation is united on Kashmir issue and each and every Pakistani Child stood with their Kashmiris brethren. He pledged to pursue the case of Kashmiris at all international and regional forums. He said that to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren special debate has been held in National Assembly followed by passage unanimous resolution. He said that Pakistan's parliament had always stood with the people of Kashmir and forcefully highlighted the Kashmir issue at all the parliamentary forums. He called upon the Pakistani nation and media to actively participate in Kashmir solidarity day to express solidarity with their 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.

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.  He said that the Parliament of Pakistan was fully committed for peaceful resolution of Kashmir Issue and had 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.
 
 


Indian Government Deprives People of Kashmir of Their Identity Through Revocation of Article 370 and 35A of Indian Constitution: Speaker Asad Qaiser - February 3, 2020

اسللام آبا 3 فروری 2020:اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصرنے کہا ہے کہ قوانین عوام کی فلاح و بہبود کے لیے وضع کیے جاتے ہیں جب کہ  بھارتی حکومت نے اس کے برعکس بھارتی آئین سے آرٹیکل 370اور  35الف کو ختم کر کے کشمیری عوام کو اُن کے شناخت محروم کر دیا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ جمہوری معاشروں میں ایسے قوانین جن سے عوام کو اُن کے جائز حقوق سے محروم کیا جائے کی سختی سے نفی کی جاتی ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ مقبوضہ وادی کے عوام 5اگست 2019کے بھارتی حکومت کے اقدام جس سے اُن کی شناخت سے محروم کیا گیا ہے کے خلافہ سراپا احتجاج ہیں ،پوری وادی میں گزشتہ 182دنوں سےتاریخ کا بدترین لاک ڈاؤن جاری ہے ،پوری  کشمیری قیادت پابند سلاسل ہے اور کشمیری عوام کے آواز کو دبانے کے لیے ذرائع ابلاغ پر بھی سخت پابندی عائد ہے ۔ انہوں نے ان خیالات کا اظہارپرائیوٹ اسکولز ایسوسی ایشن کے زیر اہتمام یوم یکجہتی کشمیر کی مناسبت سے اسلام آبادایوان قائد ایف نائن پارک میں میں منعقد ہونے والی تقریب سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا۔

اسپیکر نے کہا کہ پاکستان کے عوام اور پارلیمنٹ کشمیری عوام کے ساتھ کھڑے ہیں اور پاکستان مسئلہ کشمیر کے منطقی  انجام تک کشمیری عوام کی اخلاقی ،سفارتی اور سیاسی حمایت جاری رکھے گااور علاقائی وہ عالمی فورمز پر کشمیری عوام پر ڈھائے جانےوالے مظالم کو اُجاگر کیا جائے گا۔  انہوں نے کہا کہ کشمیری عوام نے حق خود ارادیت کے حصول کے لیے جو قربانیاں دی ہیں اور جس  عزم و استقلال سے گزشتہ73سالوں  سے بھارتی ظلم و استبداد کا مقابلہ کر رہے ہیں کی تاریخ میں مثال نہیں ملتی  ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ 5اگست 2019سے  مقبوضہ کشمیر میں جاری لاک ڈاؤن سے کشمیری عوام انتہائی کسمپرسی کی زندگی گزارنے پر مجبور ہیں اور اس سخت سردی کےموسم میں مقبوضہ وادی کے عوام خوراک ، ادویات ، ایندھن  سمیت زندگی کی تمام بنیادی ضروریات سے محروم ہیں ۔ انہوں نے اقوم عالم کو مقبوضہ کشمیر میں جاری صورتحال کا فوری نوٹس لینے اور وادی میں جاری لاک ڈاؤن کے فوری خاتمے کے لیے بھارت پر دباؤ ڈالنے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ مسئلہ کشمیر کا واحد حل اقوام متحدہ کی سلامتی کونسل کی قراردادوں کے مطابق مقبوضہ وادی میں استصواب  رائے ہے اس کے بغیر مقبوضہ کشمیر کی عوام کو مطمین کرنا اور حالات کو معمول پر لانا ممکن نہیں

اسپیکر اسدقیصر نے کہا کہ پاکستان کی پارلیمان ہمیشہ کشمیری عوام کے ساتھ کھڑی رہی ہے تمام پارلیمانی فورمز پر  مسئلہ کشمیر کو بھرپور انداز میں اُجاگر کیا ہے  ۔ قومی اسمبلی کے رواں اجلاس میں مقبوضہ کشمیر کی تازہ صورتحال پر دو دن سیرحاصل بحث کرنے کے لیے مختص کیے گے ہیں۔  انہوں نے کہا کہ قومی اسمبلی میں ہونے والی بحث کی روشنی میں  کشمیرکی حق خودارادیت کے حق  اور کشمیرمیں  جاری کرفیو کے خلاف متفقہ قرارداد منظور کی جائے گی۔ انہوں نےپوری پاکستانی قوم اور میڈیا کو یوم یکجہتی کشمیر میں  بھرپور یکجہتی حصہ لے کر کشمیر ی عوام کے ساتھ اظہار یکجہتی کرنے کے لیے کہا۔

قبل ازین اسپیکر نے کشمیر ی عوام کے یکجہتی کے اظہار کے لیے منعقدہ واک میں بھی شرکت کی ، اس موقع پر وفاقی وزیر برائے امور کشمیر و گلگت بلتستان علی امین خان گنڈا پور بھی اُن کے ہمراہ تھے ۔ واک میں اسلام آباد کے پرائیویٹ اسکولوں کے بچوں ، اساتذہ ، سول سوسائٹی ، میڈیا کے نمائندوں اور آزاد ریاست کے جموں کشمیر کی سیاسی قیادت نے شرکت کی۔ بعد ازاں اسپیکر نے ایوان قائد ایف نائن پارک میں کشمیری عوام  پر ڈھائے جانے والے  بھارتی مظالم پر بنائی گئی تصویرں کی نمائش کا افتتاح بھی کیا ۔   

 


I Consider it My First Duty to Highlight Kashmir Regionally and Globally Through Parliamentary Diplomacy: Speaker NA - February 3, 2020

اسلام آباد؛ 3 فروری 2020: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا پارلیمانی سفارتکاری کے ذریعے مسئلہ کشمیر کو علاقائی و عالمی سطح پر اُجاگر کرنے کو میں اپنا اولین فرض سمجھتا ہوں ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  بے گناہ کشمیریوں پر بھارتی حکومت کے جبر اور ظلم نے دنیا اور خطے کے امن کو تباہی کے دہانے پر پہنچا دیا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ مسئلہ کشمیر کو کشمیر عوام کی امنگوں اوراقوام متحدہ کی قرارداد کے مطابق حل کرنے تک پاکستان علاقائی و عالمی فورمز پر اس مسئلے کو اُجاگر رکرتا رہے گا۔ انہوں نے ان خیالات کا اظہارپیر کی سہ پہر پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں آزاد جموں و کشمیر کے صدر سردار مسعود خان سے ہونے والی ملاقات کے دوران گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کیا۔

اسپیکر نے کہا کہ بھارت نے  آئین کے آرٹیکل 370 اور 35 الف کو منسوخ کر کے کشمیری عوام کو ان کی شناخت اور آزادی سے محروم کردیا ہے جو عالمی قوانین اورکشمیر یوں سے کیے جانے والے وعدوں  کی صریحاََ خلاف ورزی  ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ بھارتی آئین میں مذکورہ آرٹیکل کی منسوخی بھارتی حکومت کی نفرت انگیز  نظریے کی عکاسی ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ گزشتہ 182 روز سے مقبوضہ کشمیر میں جاری لاک ڈاؤن کے دوران معصوم کشمیریوں پر ڈھائے جانے والے بھارتی مظالم انسانیت کے لیے شرمندگی کا باعث ہے ۔ انہوں نے اس عزم کا اعادہ کیا کہ پاکستان کشمیری عوام کی حق خودارادیت کی حمایت جاری رکھے گا اور بین الاقوامی اور علاقائی فورموں پر کشمیریوں پر ہونے والے مظالم کے خلاف آواز اُٹھاتا رہے گا۔ انہوں کہا کہ  کشمیری بھائیوں سے اظہار یکجہتی اوربھارت کوپارلیمان کی طرف سے  متفقہ پیغام دینے کے لئے قومی اسمبلی میں خصوصی بحث ہوگی جس کے بعد کشمیری بھائیوں سے اظہار یکجہتی کی متفقہ قراداد منظور کی جائے گی۔

صدر آزاد جموں و کشمیرسردار مسعود خان نے اسپیکر کا اور اُن کی اور پارلیمنٹ کی طرف سےکشمیری عوام کی حمایت کرنے پر شکریہ ادا کیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ حکومت پاکستان کی موثر سفارتی حمایت کی وجہ سے مسئلہ کشمیر کو عالمی سطح پر بھرپور پذیرئی ملی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  یہ بات انتہائی خوش آئند ہے کہ  اقوام متحدہ کی سلامتی کونسل،انسانی حقوق کی عالمی تنظیمیں اور یورپی یونین میں مسئلہ کشمیر پر بحث ہوئی ہے۔ انہوں نے اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کو پارلیمانی سفارتکاری کے ذریعے مسئلہ کشمیر کو عالمی سطح پر اُجاگر کرنے پر خراج تحسین پیش کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ  پارلیمنٹ کے جانب سے مربوط سفارتکاری کا نتیجے  ہے کہ آج  دنیا کے پارلیمانوں  نے بھارتی مظالم اور غیر قانونی اور غیر اخلاقی  اقدامات کے خلاف آوازیں اُٹھ رہی ہیں   ۔ صدر نے 5 فروری کو یوم یکجہتی کشمیر منانے پر حکومت پاکستان کا شکریہ ادا کیا۔

بعد ازاں گورنر گلگت بلتستان راجہ جلال حسین مقپون ، وزیراعلیٰ گلگت بلتستان حافظ حفیظ الرحمن ، اسپیکر آزاد جموں و کشمیر شاہ غلام قادر اور اسپیکر گلگت بلتستان فدا محمد نوشاد نے اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی کی صدر آزاد کشمیر سے ہونے والی ملاقات میں  شرکت کی ۔ ڈپٹی اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی قاسم خان سوری بھی ملاقات میں موجود تھے۔ مہمانوں سے گفتگو کرتے ہوئے اسپیکر اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ تنازعہ کشمیر نے خطے کے امن کو داؤ پر لگا دیا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان کشمیریوں عوام کی خواہشات  اور اقوام متحدہ کے چارٹر کے مطابق مسئلہ کشمیر کے پرامن حل کے لئے پرعزم ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ بھارت کی کنٹرول لائن کی مسلسل خلاف ورزیاں اور اشتعال انگیزبیانات  خطے کے امن کو  تباہ کرنے کا پیش خیمہ ثابت ہو سکتے ہیں۔ انہوں نے ملاقات میں شریک قائدین کو مسئلہ کشمیر کو علاقائی اور بین الاقوامی پارلیمانی فورموں  پر موثر انداز میں اُٹھانے کے لیے اپنی تجاویز دینے کے لیے کہا۔

ملاقات میں شریک رہنماؤں نے  مسئلہ کشمیر کو عالمی سطح پر اجاگر کرنے پر حکومت پاکستان اور وزیر اعظم کی قیادت پر اعتماد کا اظہار کیا۔ اُن کا کہنا تھا کہ پاکستان کی سیاسی قیادت کے بین الاقوامی قیادت کے ساتھ مسلسل رابطوں کے نتیجے میں دنیا بھر میں مسئلہ کشمیر کو اُجاگر کرنے میں مدد ملی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ 5 فروری کو یو م یکجہتی کشمیر کو عالمی سطح پر منائے سے کشمیری عوام کی جدوجہد آزادی کی تحریک کو تقویت حاصل ہو گی۔


Enormous Potential in CPEC to Reshape the Economic Outlook of the Regional States: Speaker Asad Qaiser - January 28, 2020

Enormous Potential in CPEC to Reshape the Economic Outlook of the Regional States:  Speaker Asad Qaiser

Pak-Bosnia Parliamentary Interaction to Boost Multilateral Ties: NA Speaker

Islamabad January 28, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that CPEC was a game changer not only the Pakistan but the whole region. He said that CPEC had enormous potential to reshape the economic outlook of the regional states. He said that Gilgit-Baltistan was the gateway to China and beyond thus progress and prosperity of the region was directly linked with CPEC. The Speaker National Assembly was talking to Mr. Fida Muhammad Nashad, Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly in Islamabad, this morning. Chairman PAC Capt (R) Sikander Ali also accompanied the Gilgit-Baltistan Speaker.
 
The Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the present government strongly believed that socio-economic development of all the provinces was imperative for development of the country. He said that government had paid special focus on infrastructure development of Gilgit-Baltistan which was gateway to China and central Asia. He said that Gilgit-Baltistan was blessed with rich tourism, mineral and human potential. He said that development of tourism potential would attract foreign tourists giving a boost to the economy of the country through job creation and business activity.
 
Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly Mr. Fida Muhammad Nashad said that Gilgit-Baltistan was an integral part of Pakistan and frontline of defense against any Indian aggression. He said that people of Gilgit-Baltistan consider them patriot Pakistanis and were actively contributing towards national development. Acknowledging the substantial financial allocation made by the Government of Pakistan, said that major infrastructure, health, education and skill development projects had been carried out in Gilgit-Baltistan. He said that people of Gilgit-Baltistan were actively engaged in economic opportunities created after the advent of CPEC projects. He apprised the Speaker National Assembly about the ongoing socio-economic development projects in Gilgit-Baltistan. He also shared the structure of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly, Legislation enacted and its Committees.
 
Later, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovinian Mr. Sakib Foric called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House. The Speaker while talking to the Bosnian Ambassador said that Pakistan attached immense importance to its ties with Bosnia and wanted to enhance them through enhanced parliamentary interaction besides cooperation in diverse sectors. He said that CPEC had provided opportunity for Pakistan to become a logistic and economic hub for South Asia, Central and Western Asia, Middle East and Western China. He said that immense economic opportunities welcome foreign investors to take advantage of immense economic potential in the Pakistan. The Speaker asked the Ambassador to convey invitation to his Bosnian Counterpart to visit Pakistan.
 
Referring to the ongoing human catastrophe in Indian Occupied Kashmir, the Speaker said that Bosnia being the Member of the European Union should support resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspiration of people of Kashmir and UN resolutions. He said that 177-days of lockdown in Indian Occupied Kashmir had turned the valley into a virtual jail with height of human miseries. He also said that the adoption of Indian Citizenship Act was against the international norms and had also exposed the democratic façade of India.
 
The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovinian Mr. Sakib Foric said that his country attaches importance to its relations with Pakistan since Pakistan was one of the few countries to extend assistance to his country after it came to being. He said that his country also strongly desired to cement its bilateral relations with Pakistan. The Ambassador agreed said that the interaction between the parliamentarians would further pave the way for enhancing cooperation in diverse sectors. He said that Kashmir issue was a longstanding dispute and needed to be resolved in accordance with UN resolution. He said that Bosnia had been subjected to worst human crises in the past thus knew the gravity of the situation.


Emergency measures need to be taken to address problems of victims of Ghazi Barotha; Speaker National Assembly - January 27, 2020

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غازی بروتھا کے متاثرین کے مسائل کو حل کرنے کے لیے ہنگامی بنیادوں پر اقدامات اُٹھانے کی ضرورت ہے؛ اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی

اسلام آباد؛ 27جنوری 2020: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے کہا ہے کہ غازی بروتھا کی مقامی آبادی کے مسائل کا ازالہ کیا جا رہا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ علاقے کی مقامی آبادی کی قربانیوں کو فراموش نہیں کیا جا سکتا ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ غا زی بر وتھا پا ور پر وجیکٹ کے متا ثرین کو معاوضے کی ادائیگی کو جلد از جلد ممکن بنایا جائے گا۔ ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے پیرکے زوز پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس  میں غازی بروتھا کے متاثرین کے مسائل کو حل کرنے سے متعلق ایک اعلی سطحی اجلاس کی صدارت کے دوران گفتگو رکرتے ہوئے گیا۔

اسپیکر نے گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کہا  کہ غازی بروتھا کے متاثرین کے نقصانات  پرتخمینہ  لگانے کے لیے جائزہ اسٹڈی کرنے کی ضرورت ہے ۔۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ علاقے کی بڑی آبادی ماہی گیری اور زراعت کے شعبہ  سے وابسطہ تھی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ غازی بروتھا کے قیام سے دریا میں پانی نہ ہونے کی وجہ سے مقامی آبادی کا روزگار ختم چکا ہے ۔اسپیکر نے کہا کہ زراعت اورر فیشریز کے شعبے پانی کی سطح کم ہونے سے مسائل کا شکار ہیں ان شعبوں کے مسائل کو ختم کرنے کے لیے ترجیحی بنیادوں پر خصوصی اقدامات اُٹھانے کی ضرورت ہے ۔انہوں  نے کہا کہ مجھے وہاں کےعوام نے منتخب کیا ہے متاثرین کی مدد کے لیے ہر ممکن کوشش کروں گا۔انہوں نے کہا کہ قومی مقصد کے حصول کے لیے صوابی کے عوام کی طرف سے دی جانے والی قربانیوں کو کبھی فراموش نہیں کیا جا سکتا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ صوابی کے  عوام کے نقصانات کے ازالے  اور اُن کی بحالی کے لیے خصوصی اقدامات کرنا  ہماری اولین   ذمہ داری ہے۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ عوام کے   سیر و تفریحی  اور سیاحت کے فروغ کے لیے پبلک پرائیویٹ پارٹنر شپ کے تحت جلد واٹر پارک پر کام شروع کر دیا جائے گا جس سے علاقے کے عوام مستفید ہو سکیں گے۔ انہوں نے متعلقہ اداروں کو متاثرین کے ازالے کے لیے جائزہ سٹڈی  کو جلد مکمل کرنے کی ہدایت کی ۔

اجلاس میں شریک متعلقہ حکام نے اسپیکر کو یقین دلاتے ہوئے کہا کہ غازی بروتھا کے متاثرین کے نقصانات کے ازالے کے لیے ہر ممکن اقدامات اُٹھائے  جار رہیں ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ صوبائی حکومت اس معاملے کی نوعیت سے بخوبی آگاہ ہے اور عوام کے روزگار جیسے بنیادی مسئلے کو حل کرنے کے لیے ہنگامی بنیادوں پر اقدامات اُٹھائے جا رہے ہیں۔ اسپیکر نے متعلقہ اداروں کوغازی بروتھا کے متاثریں کے مسائل کے حل کے لیے تمام تر وسائل کو بروئے کار لانے اور اپنے ہر ممکن تعاون کا یقین دلایا۔   

اجلاس میں وفاقی وزیر برائے تونانی عمر ایوب،وزیر اعظم کے مشیر برائے موسمیاتی تبدیلی امین اسلم کے علاوہ وزیر اعلیٰ خیبر پختونخواہ کے مشیر برائے صنعت عبدالکریم، ممبر صوبائی اسمبلی خیبر پختونخواہ راورنگزیت ، محمد سہیل یوسفزئی تحصیل ناظم ٹوپی ،نصیر حنیف  ایڈوئزر  پراچیکٹس واپڈا لاہور، عبداظاہر خان دورانی ممبر واٹر جی ایم  سی اینڈ ایم واٹر واپڈا لاہور،عطاء  دستگیر سینئر ایکلوجسٹ  واپڈا لاہور،  محمد اشرف سیکرٹری واٹر ریسورسز ، سید مہر علی شاہ  جوائنٹ سیکرٹری واٹر منسٹری آف واٹر ریسورسز، عطر حمید اعوان انجنیئر ایڈوائزیر سول منسٹری آف واٹر ریسورسز ، دائود خان  چیئرمین ارسا، محمد خالد ادریس رانا ڈائریکٹر اپریشن ارسااور محمد محقیم بہندبرو چیف انجینئر غازی بروتھا نے شرکت کی۔

 


Britain Should Support Pakistan To Get Out Of FATF Grey-List: Says NA Speaker - January 25, 2020

Islamabad, January 25, 2020: The British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr Christian Turner called on the Speaker National Assembly, Asad Qaiser in Islamabad to discuss the ongoing bilateral state-of-affairs between the two countries. The British High Commissioner was also accompanied by the relevant diplomats engaged in Parliamentary Development.
 
The British High Commissioner informed the Speaker National Assembly regarding their new travel advisory on Pakistan whereby the country was declared as a family station for the British diplomats and citizens. He added that the travel advisory was upgraded in wake of the improved security situation of the country. The Speaker National Assembly lauded the decision and said that the armed forces as well as the citizens of Pakistan have paid a heavy price for attaining peace and security in the country. The world should recognize the sacrifices Pakistan has embraced during the war on terror. He said that Pakistan has relaxed its visa regime for attracting tourists from across the globe and a visa portal has also been established for issuance of online visas to the international tourists.
 
The Speaker Asad Qaiser further said that the United Kingdom should also relax its visa regime for the Pakistani nationals. The visa center for Pakistan which is currently based in the United Arab Emirates should be moved to Pakistan. He further added that presently the visa fee was too high and thus there was a need to reconsider the high visa fees.
 
Referring to the Brexit, the Speaker said that it  was a challenge for the British government as well as an opportunity, at the same time, for enhancing trade and commercial ties with the friendly countries like Pakistan. The Speaker Asad Qaiser proposed that the relevant Committees in the two Parliaments dealing with commerce and trade may collaborate with each other for devising mutually beneficent strategies for promoting trade and commerce between the two countries.
 
The Speaker also informed that British High Commissioner that government and relevant agencies of Pakistan have taken numerous steps for countering of terrorism as well as barring financing for the menace. Therefore, the friendly countries like the UK should play their due role in moving Pakistan from the grey-list of the FATF.
 
Seizing the opportunity, the Speaker also highlighted the Indian atrocities in their Occupied Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and stated that the world has seen the cruel face of India and the growing fascism in the “so called” largest democracy of the world. Under the slogan of “Hindutva”, the Indian leadership was spreading hatred among its public and resultantly the minorities particularly Muslims in India were threatened.
 


NA Speaker Chairs meeting regarding Establishment of Panagahs - January 15, 2020

Islamabad; 15, January, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser convened a meeting regarding the establishment of Panagahs and Langars across the Islamabad with the Special Advisor to Prime Minister on Health Services, District Administration and Panagah Coordinator ICT  at the Parliament House, today. The Chair was appraised about the recent developments in this regard. The Speaker asked all the stakeholders for expansion this revolutionary initiative and bringing improvement in the already existing ones. The Meeting also deliberated 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.

The Speaker appreciated the indefatigable endeavors of Mr. Rosh Dil Khan and District Administration for their service to the humanity and pledged his full support in this noble cause.

The Speaker also discussed some of the important health related issues with the Special Assistant to Hon. Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination. The Advisor informed the Chair regarding their future initiatives and assured that all the outstanding issues will get resolved in a near future.


Pakistan Supports Afghan led and owned peace process: NA Speaker - January 14, 2020

Islamabad January 14, 2020: An Afghan delegation led by Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, Second Deputy Chief Executive of Afghanistan and Head of Hezb-e-Wahadat Mardum-e-Afghanistan called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House, this evening.


The delegation comprising sitting and former Members of the Welosi Jirga, Members of the Hezb-e-Wahadat Mardum-e-Afghanistan and Civil Society Representatives is currently visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Lahore Center for Peace Research.


While talking to the delegation, Speaker National Assembly said that Pakistan always desired a peaceful Afghanistan which was not only in its interest but also in the larger interest of the region. He said that both the nations were intertwined in eternal bonds of religion, culture, history, neighborhood and language. He expressed his satisfaction on the engagement of stakeholders in peace negotiations. He said that Pakistan would always support Afghan led and owned peace process. The Speaker said that both the countries have common threats and challenges and which could be jointly addressed.


Speaker Asad Qaiser said that relations between both the countries could by further consolidated through enhanced interaction between Members of the parliament from both sides. He suggested that Afghanistan’s participation in the CPEC could be beneficial for socio-economic development of Afghanistan besides serving as gateway to Central Asia and beyond. He said that rail and road network would be extended up to the border for facilitating Pak-Afghan Trade.


Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, second Deputy Chief Executive of Afghanistan and Head of Hezb-e-Wahadat Mardum-e-Afghanistan thanked the Speaker for giving them an audience. He said that Pakistan was not only a neighbor of Afghanistan but a dear brother. He said that friends could be chosen by choice but not the neighbors. He said that Afghanistan strongly desires to strengthen its relations with Pakistan. He appreciated the Lahore Institute for peace research for facilitating Intra-Afghan dialogue for bringing peace in the country. He agreed that both the countries could collectively work for the peace and stability in the region. He thanked Pakistan for hosting Afghan people during war in Afghanistan.
 


Pakistan Strongly Aspires For Building A Broad Based, Long Term And A Substantive Partnership With Germany: NA Speaker - January 13, 2020

Islamabad January 13, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that Pakistan’s relations with Germany were based on multifaceted cooperation and shared democratic and human values. He said that both the countries shared perceptions on important international issues and strongly desire to further diversify existing relations through people-to-people contacts and parliamentary cooperation between National Assembly and German Bundestag (Parliament). Speaker Asad Qaiser was talking to German Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mr. Niels Annen and Ambassador of Germany Dr. Bernhard Stephan Schaghrck during a meeting in Islamabad, today.


The Speaker said that the present Pakistani political hierarchy envisions a qualitative transformation in its relation with Germany for building a broad based, substantive and long term partnership encompassing all areas of mutual cooperation especially parliamentary relations. He appreciated the German leadership's keen interest in expanding and deepening bilateral relations with Pakistan. He acknowledged the generous German assistance for social sector development and during relief/rehabilitation in Pakistan. He also expressed gratitude on Germany's constant support for the wider EU market access and securing trade concession for Pakistan under GSP plus scheme. The Speaker also apprised the German Minister about the ongoing lockdown in occupied Kashmir which had resulted in human catastrophe. He stressed for international support for settlement of Kashmir dispute in accordance with aspiration of Kashmiri people and international commitments.
The Speaker apprised the German Minister about the ongoing interaction between the Members of the National Assembly of Pakistan and the German Bundestag. He said that Pakistan-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group had been established in the National Assembly with Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA as its convener for carrying out activities of the Friendship Group. The Speaker was of the view that regular interaction between Parliamentarians would further cement bilateral ties between the two friendly countries. He said that Parliamentarians could steer the relations further besides suggesting cooperation at multilateral levels.  He apprised the German dignitary about the pro-investment policies of the government besides economic activity generated as result of CPEC project. 


Mr. Niels Annen said that Germany also attaches great value to its relations with Pakistan and needs to further cement them. He said that Pakistan is an important country in region and it was a strong desire of his country to see Pakistan as a prosperous and stable which was also in the interest of the region and the world. He agreed for enhancing relations between parliaments of both the countries. He assured the Speaker of Germany's continued support and cooperation in diverse fields. He said that Germany believes in settlement of all disputes through negotiation and international commitments and would continue playing its due role in settlement of contentious issues. German Minister appreciated Pakistan’s role for peace efforts in Afghanistan. Mr. Niels agreed that Pakistan had immense economic potential and that the German investors were keen for participating in the economic activity in Pakistan.
 


Incentivizing Employees of Assembly Secretariat, To Enhance Their Performance: NA Speaker - January 13, 2020

Islamabad; January 13, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser distributed up-gradation/ promotion letters to 239 officers and supporting staff of the National Assembly Secretariat in the next grade. The officers and supporting staff who have been promoted in the next grade include 83 ex-cadre officer and 156 supporting staff. A special ceremony was held in the National Assembly for the distribution of promotion letters.
 
Interior Minister Syed Ijaz Shah, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad, Members of National Assembly Amjad Ali Khan, Agha Rafiullah and Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitarli, Secretary National Assembly Tahir Hussain, National Assembly and large number of senior officer of the National Assembly Secretariat and staff members attended the ceremony.
 
Speaking on the occasion, the Speaker congratulated the employees who have been promoted to the next grade and said that he was delighted to issue letters to the employees who had been looking for promotion for the last several years. He expressed confidence that employees who promoted in the next grade will perform their duties more diligently than ever before and will play a vital role in strengthen and dignity of the institution.
 
These promotions have been made under the new rules formulated on the direction of Speaker, National Assembly for the employees of the National Assembly Secretariat. According to these rules, time-scale up-gradation has been provided to National Assembly employees in addition to providing uniform promotion opportunities. After the introduction of these roles, 38 employees and officers have been given promotions in the first phase, while in the second phase, 239 employees were approved for upgradation to the next grade. Under the new rules, Chamber Attendants, Dispatch Riders, Qasids, Naib Qasids  and all Machine Operators will be promoted to the next grade after completing five years service.
 
The employees promoted had been either waiting for promotion since past several years or did not had any channel for further promotions. They thanked the Speaker for his kind initiative. Employees were of the view that this favorable initiative of the Speaker National Assembly will eliminate the deprivation among the employees and would enhance performance of their official duties.

 


Pakistan Is Proud Of Its All Weather Friendship With Saudi Arabia: NA Speaker - January 6, 2020

Islamabad; January 6, 2020: Speaker National Assembly Assad Qaiser has said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy historic friendly relations and Pakistan values high its all weather friendship with Saudi Arabia. He said that Pakistan wanted to strengthen the bilateral relations through enhanced cooperation in social and economic sectors between two brotherly countries. He expressed these views while talking to the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Saad al-Malki, who met the speaker in Islamabad on Monday.
 
Appreciating Saudi Arabia role in social economic development of Pakistan, the Speaker said that Saudi Arabia has always provided support for social development in Pakistan and the institutions run in social sector by Saudi Arabia-assistance were playing important role in the welfare of deprived segments of the society in Pakistan. He also apprised the Ambassador about the Alamabad welfare town to be established in Alamabad, district Swabi to be established with the cooperation of the Air Force of Pakistan and Social Organizations. He said that Alamabad welfare town would cater food, medical and education facilities besides residence to the orphan, destitute, widows, transgender and other needy people. 
 
The Speaker thanked the Saudi leadership and the people for their warm hospitality during his recent visit to the Saudi Arabia. While recalling his meeting with Khadmain Harmain Sharifain Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz, applauded  the King of Saudi Arabia's comments regarding Pakistan's security and development. He expressed hope that the recent visit of parliamentary delegation would help further strengthen bilateral relations. He emphasized the need for regular contacts between the legislative bodies of the brotherly countries. He said that the contacts between the parliamentarians can play a vital role in strengthening bilateral social and bilateral relations.
           
Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Saad al-Malki has said that Saudi Arabia also considers Pakistan, a sincere friend and a brother and give immense importance to its brotherly relations with Pakistan. He said the friendship between the two countries is getting stronger with each passing day. He expressed confidence that the recent visit of the Pakistani parliamentary delegation had opened new avenues of co-operation with Saudi Arabia. He said that the trade committees of the Parliament of both the countries could play an important role in promoting bilateral trade. He assured the Speaker National Assembly that Saudi Arabia would continue to cooperate in social sector in Pakistan. He appreciated the role of Pakistani immigrant residing in Saudi Arabia for development of his country.
 


Message of Death Condolence on Death of Son of Dy.Chairman Senate by Speaker|Deputy Speaker NA - January 6, 2020

قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ

ڈائریکٹریٹ جنرل آف میڈیا

 پریس ریلیز

اسپیکراور ڈپٹی اسپیکرقومی اسمبلیکا ڈپٹی چیئر مین سینٹ کے بیٹے کے انتقال پر اظہار افسوس   

اسلام آباد: 6 جنوری 2020:اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر اور ڈپٹی اسپیکر قاسم خان سوری نے  ڈپٹی چیئرمین سینٹ سلیم مانڈوی والا کے جواں سال بیٹے کے انتقال پر ڈپٹی چیئر مین سینٹ سے اظہار تعزیت کیاہے۔

اسپیکر اور ڈپٹی اسپیکر نے ڈپٹی چیئر مین سینٹ سلیم مانڈوی والا کے نام اپنے علیحدہ علحدہ تعزیتی پیغامات میں اُن کے جواں سال بیٹے عامر سلیم مانڈوی والا کے انتقال پر گہرے دکھ اور افسوس کا اظہار کیا۔انہوں نے  اللہ تعالی سے مرحوم کے درجات کی بلندی اورڈپٹی چیئر مین سینٹ اور سوگوار خاندان کے دیگر  افراد کو اس ناقابل تلافی نقصان کو  برداشت کرنے کے لیے صبر جمیل عطا فرمانے کی دعا کی۔

 

 


Sitting of the Assembly on Monday, the 6th January, 2020 at 4:00 p.m instead of Saturday, the 4th January, 2020 at 11:00 a.m - January 3, 2020

New Year to Prove the Year of Progress and Prosperity of Pakistan: Says Speaker NA - December 31, 2019

The New Year Will Dawn Into a Renewed Commitment for the Kashmiri Peaceful Struggle of Self-Determination: Says NA Acting Speaker.



    Islamabad: December 31, 2019: In his felicitation message to the nation on the eve of New Year, the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser expressed his optimism that the dawn of 2020 will usher Pakistan into a new year of sustained economic growth coupled with uplift of the common man and consolidation of democracy.

    The Speaker said that upcoming 2020 will surely bear witness to the fact that we have decisively turned a page in our history and have embarked upon our national journey afresh with the resolve to overcome the challenges of the era. He reiterated the resolve of the incumbent government to an inclusive democracy dedicated to the uplift of the downtrodden and streamlining of the marginalized strata of the society. He remarked that the days of terrorism in Pakistan are numbered and expressed his confidence that 2020 will further consolidate Pakistan’s march towards peace and prosperity. He urged his fellow countrymen to shun all the differences and unite under the banner of faith, unity and discipline as espoused by the founding father.

    Speaker expressed his hope that Pakistan will continue to reverse the tides of poverty by enriching the youth with employable skills and spirit of entrepreneurship. “I strongly believe that Pakistan is finally heading towards achieving the goal of social harmony and economic development. Referring to Pakistan’s regional objectives, he highlighted that Pakistan is committed to a peaceful South Asian region and will continue to cooperate with other regional players for peace in the region. The Speaker said that fascist Indian Government has kept the peace of region on stake and due to its racism policies the Indian people across the country were on protest on eve of new year. He said that people of Kashmir under siege due to 149 days long lockdown in held valley and compelled to live miserable life. He urged upon the International community to play the role to eradicate the lockdown in occupied Kashmir and resolve this issue in accordance with UN Resolutions.  

    The Acting Speaker Qasim Khan Suri has also felicitated the nation on the advent of New Year and expressed hope that the New Year will bring happiness, joy and relief from sorrows to the nation and to the world.  He was confident that 2020 will prove year of peace, stability and harmony in the region and beyond. He said that this occasion we should not forget our Kashmiri brethren who are victims of brutality and atrocity. He said that in this harsh cold weather Kashmiri people are deprived of all the basic necessity of life including food medicines and fuel. He called upon the United Nation to ensure implementation of its resolution regarding Kashmir and take notice of the serious human rights violation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.


Progress And Prosperity Of The Country Linked With Quaid’s Golden Principles: NA Speaker And Acting Speaker - December 24, 2019

Islamabad: December 24, 2019; Asad Qaiser, Speaker and Qasim Khan Suri, Acting Speaker National Assembly have said that every Pakistani should follow the golden principles of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to attain a respectable and dignified place for Pakistan in the comity of nations. They expressed these views in their separate messages to nation on 143rd Birth Anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
The Speaker said that Quaid-e-Azam was a visionary leader of 20th Century and was a symbol of integrity and honesty. “Quaid also desired that every citizen should have equal opportunities of education, health, progress and justice’’ he said.

The Acting Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri said that the befitting way to pay tribute to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is to forge unity among our ranks, work hard for the progress and prosperity of the country.

He said that we should focus on unity, faith and discipline in order to lead Pakistan to progress and prosperity.
 


PEOPLE OF KASHMIR FACING THE WORST OPPRESSION FROM INDIAN ARMED FORCES: NA SPEAKER - December 24, 2019

SAUDI ARABIA SUPPORTS THE POSITION EXPOUNDED BY THE OIC ON KASHMIR, AS WELL AS THE RELEVANT INTERNATIONAL RESOLUTIONS ON THIS DISPUTE: KING SALMAN

Islamabad; December, 24, 2019: (According to a message received from Royal Palace Rayadh) The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. His Majesty, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, received the Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Mr. Asad Qaiser at the Royal palace today. The Speaker was accompanied by three members of the National Assembly. The Foreign Minister of the Kingdom and the Chairman of the Majlis-e-Shura also attended the meeting.

King Salman warmly welcomed the Speaker and his delegation to the Kingdom. He recalled the close and  fraternal  ties between the two countries, and termed Pakistan a true friend of the Kingdom.  He hoped that frequent exchange of parliamentary delegations will not only enhance the relations between the two parliaments but will also strengthen affinity and solidarity between the peoples of the two countries. The King acknowledged the positive contribution made by Pakistanis towards development and progress of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Speaker thanked the King for his hospitality and conveyed warm wishes to him on behalf of Pakistan’s leadership.  He said that Pakistan and its people had always accorded respect to the Saudi leadership, in particular for their custodianship of the Two Holy Mosques. He appreciated the steps taken by the King for the welfare and facilitation of the pilgrims to Makkah and Medina.

The Speaker briefed the King on the plight of Muslims in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, which continue to face oppression from the Indian armed forces. He also raised the issue of the discrimination meted out to the Muslims in India under the new citizenship law. King Salman said that the Muslim countries needed to discuss these developments at the OIC platform. He said that the Kingdom supported the position expounded by the OIC on Kashmir, as well as the relevant international resolutions on the Kashmir dispute.

The Speaker arrived in Riyadh on 22 December 2019. Yesterday, he met the Chairman of the Majlis-e-Shura and discussed inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries. A MoU on inter-parliamentary cooperation was also signed between the two sides.


Speaker and Acting Speaker Greetings to the Christian Community on Christmas - December 24, 2019

قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ

ڈائریکٹریٹ جنرل آف میڈیا

پریس ریلیز

اسپیکر اور قائم مقام اسپیکر کی کرسمس کے موقع پر مسیحی  برادری کو مبارکباد۔

اسلام آباد ؛ 24دسمبر 2019: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر اور قائم مقام اسپیکر قاسم خان سوری نے کرسمس کے پرمسرت موقع پر مسیحی  برادری سے تعق رکھنے والے اراکین پارلیمنٹ اور مسیحی برادری کو مبارکباد دی ہے۔

اس موقع پر جاری ہونے والے اپنے  پیغام میں اسپیکر نے کہا کہ حضرت عیسیٰ علیہ السلام کو دنیا میں امن ، محبت ،بھائی چارے اور برداشت کی تبلیغ کے لیے مبعوث کیا گیا ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ مسلمان حصرت عیسیٰ علیہ السلام کو اللہ تعالیٰ کا برگزیدہ پیغمبراور رسول مانتے ہیں۔ انہوں نے اس پرمسرت موقع پر حکومت اور پارلیمنٹ کے اقلیتوں کو آئین پاکستان اور قائد اعظم کے فرمودات کے مطابق حاصل حقوق و مرعات کے تحفظ کے عزم کو دہرایا ۔

 

قائم مقام اسپیکر قاسم خان سوری نے کرسمس کے پرمسرت موقع پر مسیحی برادری سے تعلق رکھنے والے اراکین پارلیمنٹ کو مبارکباد دی ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہا کہ حضرت عیسیٰ کا انسانیت سے محبت کا دائمی پیغام آج بھی دنیا میں امن و ہم آہنگی کو فروغ دینے میں کلیدی کردار ادا کر سکتا ہے۔ انہوں نے ملک  کو درپیش چیلنجز کا مقابلہ کرنے کے لیے ملک کے تمام مذہب کو ماننے والوں کے مابین اتحاد و ہم آہنگی کو فروغ دینے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔


Integration and Connectivity of States in The Region, Imperative For Tapping The Immense Regional Economic Potential: NA Speaker - December 18, 2019

INTEGRATION AND CONNECTIVITY OF STATES IN THE REGION, IMPERATIVE FOR TAPPING THE IMMENSE REGIONAL ECONOMIC POTENTIAL: NA SPEAKER

CPEC TO USHER IN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN PAKISTAN AS WELL AS THE REGION

Islamabad December 18, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that regional integration and connectivity of States in the region was imperative for tapping the immense economic potential. He said that benefits of the CPEC could only be harvested with integration of the Central Asian with South Asia. The Speaker was addressing a dialogue in Islamabad today, on “Role of Parliament in cementing regional Integration” in context of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). 

The Speaker observed that modern global and regional politics revolved around geo-economics and in that context CPEC, a flagship project of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was presenting revolutionary opportunities for regional countries to build strong economic, trade and commercial ties. He said that Pakistan was geographically located at the interface of south and central Asia and the Middle East besides being a neighbor of China and linking landlocked Central Asian States with the rest of the world through CPEC would open new vistas of economic cooperation. He said that the Central Asian countries were already connected by a deep historical and cultural affinity, geographical proximity, and a convergence of strategic and economic interests.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that economy of Pakistan badly suffered due to turmoil during the last three decades. He said that influx of refugees from Afghanistan and later war on terror, rendered down the economy. He said that advent of CPEC was a game changer and the country was put in Win Win situation. He said that Pakistan’s strategic location would make it a regional hub of trade and commerce to other parts of the world. The Speaker said that CPEC had ushered a new era of growth in Pakistan and made it an attractive destination for foreign direct investment. He termed CPEC, not only game changer for Pakistan but the whole region. He said that the projects under CPEC were near to completion and would finally start contributing in the Pakistan economy. The Speaker was confident that job creation and addressing energy deficit were one of the early benefits of CPEC.

Referring to the instant dialogue, the Speaker said that Parliament would extend its fullest cooperation for realization of dream of achieving fullest potential of CPEC. He said that the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC was constituted for facilitating the process. He appreciated Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Pakistan for supporting National Assembly Secretariat for facilitating this dialogue. The Report by FES on Building Regional Connectivity for Pakistan was also launched by presentation it to Speaker National Assembly.


National Assembly To Host Regional Dialogue On Role Of Parliaments In Cementing Regional Integration; Dialogue To Focus On Exploring Shared Prosperity Through CPEC - December 17, 2019

Islamabad December 17, 2019: National Assembly of Pakistan will host a regional dialogue on “Role of Parliaments in Cementing Regional Integration” on Wednesday 18th December, 2019 in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Islamabad. The dialogue will focus on exploring the corridors of Shared prosperity through CPEC for Pakistan and the Region. 
 
The dialogue will be attended by Parliamentarians, representatives of the Government, representatives from diplomatic corps, intelligentsia and development experts.
 
Speaker Asad Qaiser will inaugurate the Dialogue at 10:00 am on Wednesday, with his key note address.  The Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Sher Ali Arbab and Chinese Ambassador in Pakistan Mr. Yao Jing, will also address inaugural Session of the regional dialogue and highlight the CPEC role in progress and development of the region. The second and concluding session of the Dialogue will focus on “CPEC- A Win Win situation for all”. On conclusion the Report on “Building Regional Connectivity for Pakistan” by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) would also be launch


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of Mother Of Deputy Director Protocol National Assembly - December 17, 2019

Islamabad: December 17, 2019: Speaker Asad Qaiser and Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker National Assembly have condoled the death of the mother of Deputy Director (Protocol) National Assembly Secretariat Humayun Malik. 
 
In their separate condolence messages to Humayun Malik, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed their profound 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 other members of bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 
Secretary, National Assembly Tahir Hussain and other senior officers of National Assembly Secretariat have also expressed their condolences to Humayun Malik and his family. 


Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi meets Speaker NA Asad Qaiser - December 17, 2019

اسلام آباد ؛ 17دسمبر 2019: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے کہا کہ پارلیمان کی بالادستی کو قائم رکھنے کے لیے الیکشن کمیشن کے معاملے کو پارلیمانی سطح پر حل کرنا ضروری ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ  اپوزیشن اور حکومت میں اس معاملے پر اتقاق رائے پیدا کرنے کے لیے اپنا کردار جاری رکھوں گا۔ ان خیالات کا انہوں نے وزیر خارجہ شاہ محمود قریشی کے ساتھ منگل کے روز اسلام آباد میں ہونے والی اپنی ملاقات میں گفتگو کرتے ہوئے گیا۔  ملاقات میں چیف الیکشن کمشنر اور الیکشن کمیشن کے ممبران کی تعیناتی پر ہونے والی پیش رفت پر تفصیلی  تبادلہ خیال کیا گیا۔

ملاقات میں  بھارت کے متنازعہ شہریت بل سے خطے پیدا ہونے صورتحال پر بھی سیر حاصل گفتگو کی گئی ۔وزیر خارجہ  نے اسپیکر کی جانب سے پارلیمانی سفارتکاری کے ذریعے مسئلہ کشمیر کو عالمی سطح پر اُجاگر کرنے کو سراہتے ہوئے کہا کہ  بھارت کے  متنازعہ شہریت بل کے اقدام نے خطے کو ایک نئی تشویش سے درچار کر دیا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ بھارت کے بھارت کے اصلی چہرے کو دنیا میں  بے نقاب کرنے کے لیے پارلیمانی سفارتکاری اہم کردار ادا کر سکتی ہے۔انہوں نے اسپیکر کو الیکشن کمیشن کے ممبران اور چیف الیکشن کمشنر کے تقریر کے حوالے سے  اپوزیشنن سے ہونے والی اپنی  ملاقات کی تفصیلات سے بھی آگاہ کیا۔دونوں راہنماؤں کا الیکشن کمیشن کے ممبران اور چیف الیکشن کمشنر کے معاملے کو افہام و تفہیم سے حل کرنے پر اتفاق کیا گیا۔

 اسپیکر نے کہا کہ الیکشن والے  معاملے کو خوش اسلوبی سے حل کرنے کے لئے تمام سیاسی جماعتوں سے مشاورت جاری رکھی جائے ۔  انہوں نے اس معاملے کو حل کرنے کے لئے تمام سیاسی جماعتوں کو وسیع القلبی کا مظاہرہ کرنا کے لیے کہا اور اس اُمید کا اظہار کیا کہ چیف الیکشن کمشنر اور الیکشن کمیشن ممبران کا معاملہ باہمی مشاورت سے جلد حل کر لیا جائے گا۔


Speaker Suggests For Raising Educational Army For Promoting Education In The Country; 16th December Martyrs Will Always Remain In Hearts And Minds Of The Nation - December 16, 2019

Islamabad; December 16, 2019: Speaker, National Assembly Asad Qaiser has suggested for raising an Educational Army as an emergent measure to enhance the literacy rate in the country. The Speaker said that 20 million children were still out of school and concerted efforts were required to bring those Children, back to school. He termed children, the future and treasured asset of any country. He expressed these views while addressing a seminar “Ilm Possible” organized by British Council in Islamabad, today.

The Speaker said that education was imperative for progress and prosperity of the any country. He stressed the need for imparting quality education to children without discrimination as it was directly linked with the development of any nation. He suggested that a uniform educational system throughout the country will bring rural areas at par with the urban areas. He also urged upon the Social Sector Organizations to come forward and supplement the efforts of the Government. The Speaker suggested for incentivizing the educationists and enhancing their capacity for sustainable growth in the standard education.

Recalling the 16th Dec, 2014 tragedy, the Speaker termed it a black day in the history of Pakistan whereby a brutal attempt was made to disrupt the peace and educational activities in the country. He said that, the gruesome attempt inflicted irreparable wound, however, the resilience of the students, teachers and parents of the martyrs gave a new spirit and zeal to the nation to fight against enemies of the country. He said that the despite the catastrophe, the educational activities continued with same enthusiasm.

Apprising the participants about the resolve of the present government towards education, the Speaker said that government had determined to enhance the standard of education in the country. He said that raising the rate of literacy up to 70 % in next four years was utmost priority of the incumbent government. He underlined the need for concerted efforts to enroll 20 million children who were still out of schools. He said that in order to achieve this gigantic task, a cohesive strategy by federal and provincial and social sector organizations need to be formulated. He suggested for raising an educational army comprising educated volunteers. He impressed upon the provincial governments to patronize the proposed education Army. Referring to provision of the Constitution of Pakistan the Speaker said that Article 25-A of the Constitution guarantees education of all. He said that Quran also stressed for education and it was further reiterated in the sayings of Holy Prophet (PBUH). The Speaker said that today’s children are the future of the nation and bringing them to school was imperative. 

Lauding the efforts of British Council, the Speaker said that the Council had played a pivotal role in organizing the efforts for fostering educational activities in the country. He congratulated British High Commissioner and the British Council for successful organization of the Seminar on such an important issue.


Sacrifices of the Children and the Teachers of the Army Public School will always remember in the History of Pakistan: NA Speaker - December 15, 2019

Islamabad; 15th December, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that 16th December, 2014 was a black day in Pakistan’s history.  He stated that this day is unforgettable for the tragedy that befell in Pakistan and the collective pain and grief that afflicted to this nation five years ago. Recalling the scale of the tragedy, he said that killing of more than 132 children and teachers in a callous manner shook not only the entire country but the entire world. He highlighted that “those young heroes, the children of army public school, engraved a message with their blood on our conscience to stand for a terror free and educated Pakistan”. Speaker National Assembly said this in his message on 5th Remembrance of the APS tragedy.

The Speaker remarked that despite passage of five years and with the presence of an unbearable pain, pride could still be seen in the eyes of bereaved families. “These families are not alone in this pain rather the entire nation equally shares their grief. No words, no ceremony, no awards-- no amount of tears -- will ever replace their losses. The names of so many children martyred on this date years ago have been etched in our hearts and our collective memory”, he added. He termed the loss of these innocent children a great national loss”.

Praising the resilience of Army Public School’s students, their parents and the teachers, he stated that the whole nation is proud of their phenomenal courage when they returned to school with a new found spirit and an unflinching resolve for education. He highlighted that history will not be able to offer such precedents of bravery. The resilience and courage of the bereaved families and students of Army Public School has reinforced the nation’s resolve to root-out militancy in all forms and manifestations. He further added that national leadership agreed on a National plan of action which provided a mandate to law enforcement forces to destroy and dismantle terror networks. However, it is the schools and colleges where we have to win the battle against militant mindset”.

Reflecting on the nation’s response to the APS tragedy, he said “We have not and we would never forget the APS tragedy. He said that it was our solemn pledge to the martyred souls of the Army Public Schools that your departure from this world would not go in vain and the perpetrators of terror would be brought to the book.


NA Speaker Welcomes Revival Of Test Cricket In Pakistan - December 11, 2019

 

Islamabad; 11, December, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has congratulated the nation on revival of Test Cricket in Pakistan after a decade. The Speaker said that it was a true depiction of the peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.
 
The Speaker said that Pakistan had been subjected to worst terrorism which affected the peace and stability of the country however, with the concerted counter terrorism strategy of Government, the Armed Forces and law enforcing agencies, successfully uprooted the menace. The Speaker credited Pakistan and Sri Lankan Cricket Board as well as the players of both team to bring test Cricket back to Pakistan. The Speaker wished good luck to both cricket teams and hoped that test Cricket series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will provide opportunity to Pakistani Cricket fans to witness good cricket at their home ground. He termed Cricket series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, a good omen and hoped that other Cricket Teams would follow the suit.
 


NA Speaker And Deputy Speaker Condole The Death Of The Mother Of Sarmad Ali - December 7, 2019

Islamabad: December 7, 2019: Speaker Asad Qaiser, and Deputy Speaker, Qasim Khan Suri, National Assembly of Pakistan have condoled the demise of  Begum Nazeen Abid, Mother of the Sarmad Ali, Managing Director Jang Group and Secretary General All Pakistan Newspaper Society.
 
In their separate condolence messages addressed to Sarmad Ali, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his Mother. They said that it was indeed a great lose to the entire family. They prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss.


Pakistan values its time-tested and all weather friendship with Saudi Arabia: NA Speaker - December 5, 2019

Saudi Arabia extends support for holding international parliamentary conference on Kashmir
 
Kashmir issue warrants immediate resolution for mitigating sufferings of Kashmiris: says chairman Saudi Shura
 
Pakistan values its time-tested and all weather friendship with Saudi Arabia: NA SPEAKER

Islamabad; December 5, 2019: Kashmir issue warrants an immediate resolution otherwise would lead to a human catastrophe. Saudi Arabia supports the early resolution of the issue in accordance with the aspiration of people of Kashmir and UN resolution. This was stated by Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al- Sheikh, Chairman of the Shura Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House along with a delegation comprising Members of the Saudi Shura Council.
 
The Chairman Shura Council said that hearts of Saudi nation thump with their Kashmiri Brethren and their plight cannot be overlooked. He extended the Saudi support for holding an International Parliamentary Conference on Kashmir for drawing attention of the world community towards the Indian atrocities and the predicaments of Kashmiri people. He said that the situation in Kashmir was further aggravating and immediate attention of the world was required to mitigate human sufferings. It was agreed that the International Parliamentary Conference would be held early next year in Islamabad.   
 
The Speaker Asad Qaiser while talking his Saudi Counterpart said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy brotherly relations and the same transcends to the legislatures of the both the countries and have supported each other on international and regional parliamentary forums. The Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its time tested and all weather friendship with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He said that the brotherly relations between the two countries were intertwined in bonds of religion, history and culture. Paying gratitude to the Saudi Leadership, the Speaker said that they have always stood by Pakistan whenever needed.
 
Apprising the Chairman Saudi Shura about the present state of affairs in Kashmir, Speaker Asad Qaiser said that 123-days old lockdown in the Kashmir Valley had brought the Held Valley at the brink of a worst human catastrophe. He said that India had always backtracked from its international commitments, denied their constitutional rights and even was using force on innocent Kashmiris to suppress their genuine demand. The Speaker said that Kashmir issue is unfinished agenda of the patrician plan of India and required indulgence of International Community for its resolution. He also suggested for holding an International Parliamentary Conference on Kashmir to draw attention of the international community towards the issue and asked for Saudi Support in that regard.
 
Speaker National Assembly and Chairman Saudi Shura agreed for enhancing parliamentary interaction between both the legislative bodies. Saudi Shura Chairman suggested for active interaction between Standing Committees on Commerce, Trade and investment for suggesting ways and means for enhancing bilateral commercial, investment and trade activities. He said that immense opportunities exist in Pakistan and Saudi investors would certainly like to participate in the commercial activates for mutual benefit of both the nations. Speaker Asad Qaiser suggested for enhancing quota for Pakistani manpower in Saudi Arabia. He also expressed his gratitude to the Saudi Government for release of prisoners jailed in Saudi Arabia on petty issues.
 
Later, the Chairman Saudi Shura inscribed his remarks in the Guest book placed in the Hall of Honour of the National Assembly. The Chairman and his delegation also visited the National Assembly Hall.


Parliament To Legislate For Protection Of Rights Of Specially Abled People To Ensure Their Active Participation In National Development : Says NA Speaker - December 3, 2019

Islamabad, December 3, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that specially abled people possess immense potential and could play a vital role in the progress and development of the country if provided enabling Environment. He said that a Parliamentary Committee would be constituted comprising members from the treasury and the opposition for proposing legislation for protection of rights of the specially abled persons and brining them into mainstream. He was addressing a ceremony arranged at Parliament House to observe International Day for persons with disabilities. This was the initiative of Speaker Asad Qaiser for observing this day at Parliament House in a befitting manner ensuring active participation of the specially abled persons.

The Speaker while addressing the ceremony pledged that Parliament would take up all issues which were hampering the active participation of people with disabilities in the national development. He said that standing Committees have been asked to review the 2% quota reserved for jobs in public sector. He said that direction has also been passed to review the rules regarding that job quota for inclusion of Acid burn victims therein. The Speaker said that National Assembly Secretariat has been also been directed to make website of the National Assembly accessible for the visually challenged and introduce Constitution of Pakistan and Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly in braille. The Speaker appreciated the efforts and involvement of Women Parliamentary cause and Parliamentary Task force on SDGs for their endeavors for welfare and betterment of specially abled persons. He also appreciated the efforts of UNDP, UKAID, Akhuwat foundation and other social sector organizations for providing enabling environment for the physically challenged people. He stressed the need for establishment of vocational training centres for making these special people more special for making them financially self sustaining.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the present Government was taking steps on priority basis to ensure the welfare, education and training of special people and provision of basic immunities of life to them. He said that the Government has launched various social programs including “Ehsaas Program” under which special people along with other suppressed sections of the society are being facilitated. He said that Parliament is cognizant of the problems of specially abled persons and legislation regarding them is under consideration. He said that government is taking steps for policy making for the persons with disabilities. He stressed upon the strict implementation of quota reserved in government sector for special people. He said that we should not ignore the persons due to their physical disability, he said that with nourishing their capabilities they can be useful citizens for the society. “We should respect and treat special people with kindness and our little attention can bring a lot of happiness in their lives”, he added.

Later on Ms. Munaza Hasan, Secretary, WPC , Mr. Nadeem Ahmed, Chairman Khubbaib Foundation, Ms. Munaza Gillani, Country Director Sightsavers, Dr. Amjad Saqib, Chairman Akhuwat Foundation, Mr. Darren Nance, Chief Technical Advisor (UNDP) also address the ceremony and pledge to provide all out support to specially abled persons. They also lauded the efforts of Speaker, National Assembly for the welfare and betterment of specially abled persons. The ceremony was attended by large number of Parliamentarians, Representatives of Social Organizations, Specially abled persons and civil society and media person.  The special children also addressed the ceremony and appreciated the efforts and commitment of the Speaker for highlighting the issues of specially abled persons and protecting their rights.


GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY OF PAKISTAN WELFARE TOWN, ALAMABAD WAS HELD TODAY ON THE 28TH NOVEMBER, 2019 - November 28, 2019

November 28, 2019: Ground breaking ceremony of Pakistan Welfare Town, Alamabad was held today on Thursday the 28th November, 2019. Honorable Speaker and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan were the Chief Guests of the event. The event was attended by the MNAs, Provincial Ministers, MPAs, Senior Officers of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army, Retired Officers of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army, CEOs of Pakistan leading Charity Organizations, Philanthropists and members of the Rashid Memorial Welfare Trust.

The Honorable Speaker’s untiring support for this revolutionary initiative was appreciated by the Chief of Air Staff and Mr. Shabbir Ahmed Khan, the CEO of Rashid Memorial Welfare Trust. During the event Honorable Speaker pledged to expend the scope of this project throughout Pakistan with the same zeal. The Speaker apprised that the Chief Minister and Senior Provincial Ministers of KPK have also ensured their commitment for the support of this incredible project. He announced that the provincial government KPK via their PSDP funds would help this welfare project with the external infrastructure, whereas, for the internal one, he would continue to bring more valuable partners to this wonderful initiative. Philanthropists during the event also volunteered for their contribution to the infrastructure of the project, which was applauded by the participants and the Chief Guest.

It was informed by the RMWT that land has been acquired in every province for the replication of the revolutionary concept. About the project, it was said that, it will provide quality health, education and recreational facilities to the general masses by catering to the needs of Special, Street, Orphan and abandoned children besides the widows, transgender and senior citizens of Pakistan. The major components of the Pakistan Welfare Town, Alamabad includes; day and boarding schools, colleges, universities, vocational training centers, widow and senior citizens shelter homes, modern day hospitals, mosques and sports complexes. The estimated completion time of the project was declared as 5 years.


Pakistan Desires To Further Solidify Parliamentary and Economic Cooperation with Belarus: NA Speaker - November 26, 2019

Islamabad; November 26, 2019:  Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan considers Belarus a valuable friend and desired to further solidify the bilateral relations through enhanced parliamentary and economic cooperation with Belarus. He expressed these views while talking to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus H. E. Mr. Andrei Dapkiunas, who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad. The Ambassador of Belarus in Pakistan was also present in the meeting.

The Speaker said that Pakistani legislature is keen to cement its ties with Parliament of Belarus. He said that Belarus and Pakistani business communities are in regular contact and has inked various agreements for mutual cooperation.  He stressed a need for regular interaction between Parliamentarians of both countries and said that parliamentary engagement could play a pivotal role to bring both nations closer. He observed that Pakistan-Belarus relations were becoming multifaceted and acquiring greater depth due to engagement of political hierarchies and business communities of both countries. He said that Pakistan Parliament is ready to extend this all out support to for implementation of the agreement signed between both countries.

While mentioning about the importance of CPEC in the region, NA Speaker expressed his hope that CPEC will prove a harbinger for success and development for the region and for the world in coming years. This project will pave way for enhancing mutual trade and it will open new avenues for employment. He said that Pakistan is determined to complete this project at the earliest so that its positive impact be spread in other countries of the world. 

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus H. E. Mr. Andrei Dapkiunas said that Belarus values high its relations with Pakistan and wanted to further strengthen the existing relation through economic and diplomatic relations.  He said that Pakistan is one of first country among those   which recognized the independent status of Belarus after dissolution of Soviet Union. He mentioned that inter-parliamentary relation between both nations will cement the mutual ties between both states.

Later on the outgoing Ambassador of Iran Mehdi Honardoost paid a farewell call on with Speaker National Assembly at Parliament House this afternoon.

The Speaker appreciated the services of out-going Ambassador for strengthening the harmonious relations between brotherly countries. He said that Pakistan and Iran are tied with strong bond of religious, cultural and neighborly relations and Pakistan values its ties with Iran. He said that both the countries have similar perceptions and views on important regional and international issues. He appreciated Iranian government support for the cause of Kashmir as Kashmiries are being suppressed under the brutalities of Indians and this issue has become a flash point for the peace of the region. He expressed his dismay over the desecration of the Holy Quran and stressed on the need for mutual cooperation among all Islamic countries to confront this kind of Islam-phobiac hatred. He also stressed on the need for regular interaction between the parliamentarians of the both countries.

The out-going Iranian Ambassador thanked the Speaker for his kind remarks and expressed his feeling that the treasure of the good memories he has with this nation will remain with him forever. He appreciated the efforts of the Pakistani government to maintain peace in the region. He said that both nations are now closer than ever due to mutual efforts on behalf of both states.
 


Pakistan and Iran Tied In the Bond Of Religion, Brotherhood and Neighbors-hood: Asad Qaiser - November 26, 2019

Islamabad; November 26, 2019:  Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan considers Belarus a valuable friend and desired to further solidify the bilateral relations through enhanced parliamentary and economic cooperation with Belarus. He expressed these views while talking to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus H. E. Mr. Andrei Dapkiunas, who called on him at Parliament House, Islamabad. The Ambassador of Belarus in Pakistan was also present in the meeting.

The Speaker said that Pakistani legislature is keen to cement its ties with Parliament of Belarus. He said that Belarus and Pakistani business communities are in regular contact and has inked various agreements for mutual cooperation.  He stressed a need for regular interaction between Parliamentarians of both countries and said that parliamentary engagement could play a pivotal role to bring both nations closer. He observed that Pakistan-Belarus relations were becoming multifaceted and acquiring greater depth due to engagement of political hierarchies and business communities of both countries. He said that Pakistan Parliament is ready to extend this all out support to for implementation of the agreement signed between both countries.

While mentioning about the importance of CPEC in the region, NA Speaker expressed his hope that CPEC will prove a harbinger for success and development for the region and for the world in coming years. This project will pave way for enhancing mutual trade and it will open new avenues for employment. He said that Pakistan is determined to complete this project at the earliest so that its positive impact be spread in other countries of the world. 

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus H. E. Mr. Andrei Dapkiunas said that Belarus values high its relations with Pakistan and wanted to further strengthen the existing relation through economic and diplomatic relations.  He said that Pakistan is one of first country among those   which recognized the independent status of Belarus after dissolution of Soviet Union. He mentioned that inter-parliamentary relation between both nations will cement the mutual ties between both states.

Later on the outgoing Ambassador of Iran Mehdi Honardoost paid a farewell call on with Speaker National Assembly at Parliament House this afternoon.

The Speaker appreciated the services of out-going Ambassador for strengthening the harmonious relations between brotherly countries. He said that Pakistan and Iran are tied with strong bond of religious, cultural and neighborly relations and Pakistan values its ties with Iran. He said that both the countries have similar perceptions and views on important regional and international issues. He appreciated Iranian government support for the cause of Kashmir as Kashmiries are being suppressed under the brutalities of Indians and this issue has become a flash point for the peace of the region. He expressed his dismay over the desecration of the Holy Quran and stressed on the need for mutual cooperation among all Islamic countries to confront this kind of Islam-phobiac hatred. He also stressed on the need for regular interaction between the parliamentarians of the both countries.

The out-going Iranian Ambassador thanked the Speaker for his kind remarks and expressed his feeling that the treasure of the good memories he has with this nation will remain with him forever. He appreciated the efforts of the Pakistani government to maintain peace in the region. He said that both nations are now closer than ever due to mutual efforts on behalf of both states.
 


Kyrgyzstan can play an important role in linking Euroasian Economic Zone and Europe with CPEC: NA Speaker - November 22, 2019

Islamabad; November 22, 2019: Speaker National has said that Kyrgyzstan could play an important role in linking Euroasian Economic Zone and Europe with CPEC. He said that CPEC was the key to economic future of Pakistan  and the region. The Speaker was talking to Mr. Erik Beishembiev, Ambassador of Republic of Kyrgyzstan who called on him in Islamabad this morning.

Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Kyrgyzstan which were intertwined in eternal bonds of religion, history and culture. He said that geographical location of Kyrgyzstan was of utmost importance and it can play role of bridge between Pakistan, Euroasian Economic Zone and Europe. The Speaker invited Kyrgyz investors to come to Pakistan and take advantage of immense economic potential here. The Speaker also informed that National Assembly was arranging a seminar on CPEC in December 2019 to showcase the huge economic potential generated to its subsequence.

He said that immense economic potential had been generated in Pakistan after the advent of CPEC. He said that road infrastructure and energy projects had been almost completed which were backbone of any economic activity. He proposed that the Ambassador may arrange interaction of Kyrgyz business community with investment and trade officials in Pakistan. He also asked for enhancing people to people contacts for further cementing relations between Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan. He appreciated Kyrgyz support to Pakistan on international and regional forums on all issues especially issue of Kashmir and its resolution in accordance with the UN resolutions.

The Ambassador Mr. Erik Beishembiev said that his country also attaches immense importance to its relations with Pakistan. He said that those bonds were eternal and getting strength with the passage of time. He said that his country would always stand by Pakistan on all issues at regional and international forums. He said that Kyrgyz investors would like to participate in the economic activity in Pakistan for which initiation of direct air links between Islamabad and Bishkek would play an important role. He also suggested for joint ventures between manufacturing sector for consumption in Euroasian Economic Zone and Europe. He said that Kyrgyzstan was a partner in Euroasian Economic Union and could play its role in that regard. The Ambassador also suggested for interaction at parliamentary level.


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