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COMMITTEE MEETING'S Press Release

27th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce was held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA - October 22, 2021

The Advisor for Commerce, Textile and Investment briefed the Committee on Transit trade to Azerbaijan and CARs via Iran. He informed that Pakistani logistics companies are getting TIR Licenses and this practice by the banks will leave no possibility of transit through Iran. He added that Ministry of Commerce supports the recommendation of the parliamentarians for facilitating transit through Iran via Tafton Border for exports to Central Asian Republics, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Turkey etc. He further informed that State Bank of Pakistan is not issuing E Forms for the exports to Central Asian Republics and other bordering countries with Iran for transit via Iran although no banking transactions take place between Iran and Pakistan for transit of goods through Iran. The Chair pointed out that a large number of complaints of stopping of goods are receiving from borders. Syed Naveed Qamar emphasized on the Ministry of Commerce to set a mechanism for a quick resolution of these day to day issues and ensure free flow of goods at the borders.

The Committee also discussed a ban on livestock and poultry. The Ministry of Commerce informed the Committee that Peshawar High Court has lifted the ban on export of poultry and its products. The Ministry congratulated the Chair and Members of the Committee for their interest and directives regarding the presence of this case in the court of law as a top priority.
 
The Committee also discussed a starred Question, referred from the Assembly.  The Committee deferred agenda items 2 relating to status of previous recommendations and agenda items 3 relating to further discussion on “The Trade Organizations (Amendment) Bill, 2021” for the next meeting of the Committee.

The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meeting. The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Mrs. Tahira Aurangzeb, and Syed Javed Ali Shah Jelani, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Ms. Zille Huma, MNA/Mover and Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, the Advisor for Commerce, Textile and Investment along with senior officers from the Ministry of Commerce.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee on Narcotics Control met today - October 13, 2021

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Narcotics Control met today at 11:30 AM in Committee Room of Ministry of Narcotics Control, Kohsar Block, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, MNA.

The meeting started with the recitation from Holy Quran. The Chairman welcomed the participants of the meeting. The Committee expressed serious concern over the spread of Narcotics Substances especially in erstwhile FATA area. The Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control briefly apprised the Committee that as per existing strength of ANF it is almost impossible for them to stop the spread the Narcotics Substances across the Country however, a summery have been moved for recruitment of 10,000 additional force in order to overcome the challenges regarding the frequent increase in use of Narcotics substances faced by ANF. The Committee recommended that a monthly report on the performance and progress of ANF should be presented before the Committee alongwith the complete details of the cases registered against the drugs dealers The Committee was of the view that the police department and other law enforcement agencies should play their role to control the use Narcotics substance most efficiently and vibrantly. The Committee recommended that Provincial Government must play their role and also allocate sufficient budget for Narcotics Control in their PSDP.

The Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad informed the Committee that out of 23 KM the 11 KM boundary wall has been constructed around the University however, there are some disputes regarding the land of the University due to which the 700 acers university land were occupied with unauthorized occupants which causing difficulties to control Narcotics in University area. He further emphasized that most of the HUTS existing outside the premises of the University are involved in drugs related activities. He stated that they have made Quaid-e-Azam University a smoke free campus.

The Minister informed the Committee that KPK Government through an Act eliminated the role of ANF in the Province however, 300 personnel were deputed in KPK. The Committee was informed that Prime Minister has directed the KPK Government to propose amendments in the CNC Act, 1997 in order to restore the role of ANF in KPK. The Committee decided to meet with the Prime Minister in order to stop the use of Narcotics Substance in the Country through effective legislation.

Besides the Federal Minister for Narcotics Control the following MNAs: Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhinder, Ms. Shahida Akhter Ali, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments were present in the meeting.


Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - October 13, 2021

Meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held today at 11:00 a.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA.

Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Chairperson of the Committee welcomed the participants of the meeting. The Committee offered “Fateha” on the sad demises of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and Pervez Malik, Member of National Assembly.

The Committee discussed the “The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021”. Chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) briefed the Committee about the objectives of the proposed legislation, he said that the amendment was brought to Liquified Natural Gas (LNG)/Re-gasified  Liquified Natural Gas (RLNG) licensing and pricing under regulatory framework, which will also empower the OGRA to determine and notify the RLNG, sale price under the OGRA Ordinance, 2002. The Committee read out the Bill clause by clause and unanimously recommended that the same may be got passed by the National Assembly. 

The chairman, OGRA further briefed the Committee about the enhancement of gas tariff by OGRA on the request of the Distribution Companies. He said that there were two types of mechanism for determine the prices of natural gas under the OGRA Ordinance, 2002, i.e. (i) Prescribed Price-determined by OGRA (under Section 8(1) & (2) of the OGRA Ordinance, 2002; (ii) Sale price -fixed by Federal Government & notified by OGRA (under Section 8(3) of Ordinance). He added that OGRA has recently determined the Estimated Revenue Requirement (ERR) of SNGPL and SSGCL for financial year 2021-22, @ 14% and 7%, respectively. However, the government has not yet been announced any change in the prices, so far. While, briefing the Committee by the chairman, OGRA on regulatory mechanism on OGRA regarding gas distribution sector, vis a vis delivery, quality assurance and complaint resolution. He said that a well-established regulatory mechanism has been placed by the OGRA for speedy resolution of complaints, without any cost by designated offices of OGRA under complaint resolution procedure regulations, 2003.  Moreover, appeals can also be filled against the decision of designated officer and finally there was provision for review against the appeal’s decision. The Committee members have expressed their concerns with regard to the redressal of complaint and measures taken by the OGRA against gas distribution companies on complaints regarding overbilling and delayed for providing domestic residential and industrial connections. The representative from SNGPL informed that 3.5 million applications were pending for new connections, however, department was working on its full swing to facilitate the consumer in this regard.  The Committee directed to OGRA, for providing the details of total numbers of Gas well, names of the companies working on these sites and the value of awarding the contract to the said companies. The Committee discussed the issues being faced to general public regarding deduction of higher taxes by the Federal Board of Revenue on the usage of cellular phone and providing poor services by the cellular companies in different part of the country. The Committee decided that Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Ministry of Information, Technology and Telecommunication, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and all relevant stakeholders will be called in the upcoming meeting of the Committee to discuss the unacceptable performance of the Private Cellular Companies. The said issue was taken up on the question raised by the honourable Member in the House and the same was referred to the Committee for its consideration.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs; MNAs Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Roshanuddin Junejo, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Mover, Additional Secretary, Cabinet Division and Senior officers of concerned departments.


Standing Committee on Science and Technology meets - October 13, 2021

17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA at 02:00 P.M. in Committee Room of Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology, Islamabad.

The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the Minutes of the previous meeting held on 26th August, 2021. The Committee discussed the implementation status of previous recommendations and disposed off the same with direction to the Ministry to expedite the implementation status.

The Committee consider the Bill “The National Metrology Institute of Pakistan Bill, 2021 (Government Bill). After detail deliberations the Committee recommended that the Bill as amended may be passed by the National Assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill “The National University of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2020 Moved Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA”. As the representative of Ministry of Law and Justice and National University of Technology opposed the Bill, Hence, the Minister for Science and Technology assured the Committee that he will discuss with Mover about the merits of the Bill. The Committee deferred the same due to non-availability of the Mover. 

The Committee considered the Bill “The Contractors Registration Bill, 2021 moved by Ms. Uzma Riaz, MNA”. The Committee deferred the same due to non-availability of the Mover.

The Committee appreciated the briefing on agenda item No. 6, 7 & 8. However, it was recommended by the Committee that Women Cadent College, Mardan shall be included in the STEM Program.

Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms, Sobia Kamal Khan, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto and Minister for Science and Technology besides the Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology along with their staff attended the meeting.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets - October 12, 2021

The Standing Committee on Housing and Works expresses concern over disbanding of Thallian Housing Scheme Islamabad by the Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA) with the view that the fate of its members might get heart with this closure.

16th meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works held today at 03:00 p.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Engr. Muhammad Najeeb Haroon, MNA.

The Committee was informed by the Director General, FGEHA, that the Housing Scheme at Thallian Islamabad was disband owing to withdrawal from JV Agreement by the contractor M/s K.S. Developers and Builders (Pvt.) Ltd. However, the members of the said project will be accommodated in ensuing schemes, he held. The Committee expressed concern over disbanding of Thallian Housing Scheme Islamabad by FGEHA with the view that the fate of its members might get heart with this closure.

The Committee also directed the D.G, FGEHA, to provide to it the details of bank(s) accounts along-with volume of funds; generated on account of fee charges from the members of different projects, and the volume of interest accrued thereupon on these funds.

The Committee was told by the D.G, FGEHA, that the physical progress of the projects inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Pakistan at Islamabad and Rawalpindi was up to the mark and hopefully the apartments will be handed over to the allottees within stipulated period of time. He, however, held that there was a likely-hood for escalation of these projects due to unprecedented hike in the rates of steel and cement in the country. The Committee the Authority to evolve policy not to transfer the escalation charges to the allottees.

The CEO, Pakistan Housing Authority (PHA), also informed the Committee that the project being undertaken by them at Quetta under the umbrella of Naya Pakistan Housing Program will be completed within due course of time. The Committee directed the CEO to ensure smooth handing over of apartments to their real allottees.

The Committee while expressing concern over bad state of affairs at Qasr-e-Naz Karachi, Chamba House Lahore and other Federal Government Hostels at Quetta and Peshawar, appointed a Sub-Committee comprising of four MNAs with the mandate to look into these issues and suggest remedial measures for making improvements in such precious Government properties.

Besides the Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works, the meeting was attended by Mr. Mehboob Shah, Malik Anwar Taj, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Ch. Javed Iqbal Warraich, Ms. Zille Huma, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, Mr. Salahuddin, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Abid Hussain Bhayo, Syed Agha Rafiullah and Syed Mehmood Shah, MNAs/Members. The senior officers of Ministry of Housing and Works, Federal Government Employees Housing Authority and Estate Office were also present in the meeting.


National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan meets - October 12, 2021

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan summons Chief Secretary, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Managing Director, National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK), in the next meeting

9th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan held today at 11:00 a.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA.

During the course of discussion on the project titled as “Construction of Rathoa-Haryam Bridge”, the Committee was informed by the Ministry that about 75% physical progress of the said project has been completed while the remaining 25% work was lying in waiting due to an unwanted tug of war amongst the Government of AJK/PD, NESPAK (Consultant) and the Contractor (Chinese Company). The Committee decided to summon the Chief Secretary, AJK, and the Managing Director, NESPAK, in the next meeting to have detailed briefing on the issue.

Regarding the status of approved Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) projects/schemes in AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) undertaken during last three years, the Committee was informed by the Ministry that a considerable number of development schemes; worth billions of rupees, were carried out under the PSDP in AJK and GB Province. Apart from that, seven special development projects worth billions of rupees will also be undertaken by the Federal Government under the Prime Minister’s package in different parts of the GB Province. The Committee decided to visit AJK and GB in order to oversee the on-ground physical progress of these projects.

The Committee also offered Fateha for the departed souls of Hurriyat Leader Syed Ali Gillani, Mohsin-e-Pakistan Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, MNA (PML-N), Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan, Ex-Prime Minister of AJK, and martyrs of Balochistan’s earthquake.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Mehboob Shah, Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, Nawabzada Iftikhar Ahmed Khan Babar and Ms. Shamim Ara Panhwar, MNAs/ Members. The senior officers of Ministries of Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan, Planning Development & Special Initiatives and Commissioner Rehab, Government of AJK, were also present in the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture meets - October 11, 2021

Islamabad, the 11th October, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture recommended to approve “The University of Engineering and Emerging Technology Bill, 2020” with amendments in its 21st meeting held today at 11:30 a.m. in the Committee Room of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA.

2. While briefing, the Executive Director, Higher Education Commission (HEC) apprised the Committee that earlier, this Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Science and Technology and the same has been referred to the Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture. She informed that the government has directed the HEC to initiate the case for establishment of a university in Islamabad with the focus on Engineering and Emerging Technologies. Accordingly, a draft bill of the proposed university was prepared in line with the Federal Universities Ordinance, 2002. She said that being a public sector initiative for establishment of a university for imparting quality education in the field of engineering and emerging technologies, HEC recommends the instant case to an extent of processing of Act. The proposed university, upon promulgation of Act, shall be required to obtain NOC based on affirmative assessment by the Accreditation Committee of HEC in the light of Federal Cabinet Criteria for fulfillment of physical, academic and financial requirements before commencement of academic activities. She also informed that the approval shall not be used as a precedent in any other case especially for enactment of charter of private sector universities/institutions. The HEC placed amendments before the Standing Committee and the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly with amendments. However, the opposition Members opposed the Bill and submitted a Note of Dissent.

3. The Committee also recommended to approve “The Pakistan Global Institute Bill, 2021” (Government Bill). The Committee deferred the other Government Bills and a Private Member’s Bill, namely, “The Pakistan Institute of Education Bill, 2021”, “The Iqbal Academy Pakistan Bill, 2021” and “The NCS-Institute of Sciences Bill, 2021” (moved by Mr. James Iqbal, MNA) till its next meeting.

4. The Committee discussed the current Admission Policy in ICT Schools. The Director (Academic), Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) briefed that the children of residents of Islamabad Capital Territory, Children of Federal Government/Semi Government employees residing in Islamabad are eligible for admission with the location as close as possible to their residences. Priority is given to the residents of same Union Council/Sector whichever the case may be. However, the Children belonging to same family are accorded preference for admission in the institutions where their brothers/sisters are already enrolled. She apprised that admission tests are conducted for admission to institutions where the number of applicants for admission exceeds intake capacity of the institution. The Committee directed the Ministry and FDE to coordinate with any of three Members from the Standing Committee to devise a policy for admissions in ICT Schools.

5. The Chairman, Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) also briefed the Committee regarding working and performance of the FBISE. He informed the Committee about the functions/responsibilities, achievements, policy proposals for improving current examination system and future plans. The Committee appreciated the passion and efforts of Chairman FBISE for improving the proficiency of the institution.

6. Besides the Parliamentary Secretary, Federal Education and Professional Training Division (Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA), the meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Mr. Asma Qadeer, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja, Mr. Abid Hussain Bhayo, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Mahesar, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro and Mr. Asmatullah, Hon. MNAs attended the meeting. The senior officers from Federal Education & Professional Training Division, Ministry of Law & Justice, Higher Education Commission, Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), and National Curriculum Council (NCC) were also present in the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - October 11, 2021

Islamabad, 11th October, 2021; 8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications was held today under the acting Chairmanship of Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Chairman welcomed all participants and after a brief introduction of participants the Committee decided to proceed as per the agenda.
The Bill titled “The Pakistan Postal Services (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA)” was presented and the Committee decided to defer the Bill till its next meeting. The briefing by the Pakistan Post on the status of Ladgasht Post Office in District Washuk, Balochistan, was deferred as the concerned Hon. Member was not present.

The Member (South Zone) Karachi, National Highway Authority (NHA), briefed the Committee regarding rehabilitation of Garho – Keti Bandar road. He informed that the Garho - Keti Bandar section (package III) is spread over 25 Km which has been 52.13% completed. The commencement date of the project was 25-06-2010 and revised date of completion was 25-12-2013. The contractor has suspended the work since July 2013 and currently the case is under Court of Law. The Committee took serious notice of undue delay in completion of Garho - Keti Bandar section and directed the Ministry to hold an enquiry and submit report to the Committee within fifteen days.  

The Committee was also briefed about the Sassui (Chilia) toll plaza, it was informed that the toll plaza is located at km 100 + 500. The invitation for the bid was floated in press on 31-03-2021, and the contract was awarded on net guaranteed monthly fixed revenue basis to M/s Shah Latif Enterprises that is operating on fixed revenue basis of Rs. 3,182,786.00. The Committee desired 6 months’ comparative data on count of traffic (heavy/light transport vehicles) passing through the Sassui (Chilia) toll plaza and detail regarding all bidders.

The representative of NHA briefed the Committee on construction of additional carriageway from Petaro to Sehwan 128 Km (N-55). Package 1A (from Mehran University to Petaro) for 20 Km and package 1B (from Petaro to Khanote) for 20 Km was funded by GoS and is 100% complete. The Package 1C (from Khanote to Manjhand) for 24 Km was awarded to the lowest bidder who could not perform at site, resultantly, NHA terminated the contract due to poor performance. The contractor filed suit in Islamabad High Court and the hearing of the case is 21-10-2021.

In the briefing, on construction of Sukkur to Hyderabad Motorway (M-6) section, the Committee was informed that the length of the project is 306 Km and it passes through 6 districts. The design and land acquisition proceedings of the project are in progress. The Committee recommended that an interchange may be constructed on Sukkur – Multan motorway (M-5) to facilitate public and trade in the area.

The Member (North Zone) Peshawer briefed the Committee on Kohat – Gandi road 123 km additional carriage way. He informed that the scope of project is dualization and improvement of existing Indus Highway (N-55) from Sarai Gambila to Kohat. The project is consisted of package I (from Sarai Gambila to Karak section) spread over 60.85 km and package III (from Karak to Kohat section) for 66.80 km. Over all progress of package-I is 82% while for package II is 72%, the revised date of completion of both projects is 22-11-2021. The Committee was also informed about the issues of public relating to the contractor of the project and the Committee directed NHA to resolve the issues.

The Member (North Zone) Peshawer in his briefing on progress of work on Chitral – Gilgit road, informed that the project is divided into four packages. The Package I is awarded and commencement is under way, while package II and package III has been approved by NHA Executive Board and award of these sections is underway. The work for package IV is in procurement stage. He further informed that the project will be completed within two years’ time after commencement of work at site, subject to settlement of land issues by District Management and handing over of land to NHA.

The Member (West Zone) Quetta briefed the Committee regarding progress of Hub Bridge, he informed that due to heavy rain and outflow of excess water from Hub Dam the Hub Bridge was damaged. The Committee recommended that the repair of Hub Bridge may be carried on immediately. The Committee recommended that the remaining work on 2.5 km portion of Khuzdar to Shahdadkot road may be completed on priority basis. The Member (North Zone) Peshawer briefed the Committee regarding Ayub Bridge at Havelian which was badly damaged due to heavy rain during last three months. The Committee recommended rehabilitation of Ayub Bridge immediately.

Hon. Members/mover/MNAs  Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Imran Khattak, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sheerazi, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Mr. Jai Parkash, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Ramesh Lal and the senior officers from the Ministry of Communications, National Highways Authority, Ministry of Law & Justice and Pakistan Post attended the meeting.   


Na Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - October 11, 2021

Islamabad 11th October, 2021: 20th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) was held under the chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA, in the Committee Room of National Agriculture Research Center (NARC), Chak Shahzad, Islamabad.

2. Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for NFS&R, apprised the Committee that bumper crop of wheat was recorded this year. He assured the Committee that after consultation with the Provinces, the minimum support price of wheat, for the next year, would be announced within a week. The Committee recommended that the minimum support price for the wheat for the next year should be at least Rs/- 2200 per maund.

3. The Committee took notice of the non-presence of the Secretary, M/o NFS&R in the meeting. The Committee discussed the issue of theft of Garlic Seed from NARC in detail and directed the Authorities to provide report of Fact Finding Committee, and also directed to provide the record of, how much seed was sold in the last three years, at the earliest.

4. The Committee discussed  “The Islamabad Bee-keeping and Honey Board Bill, 2021” and “The Islamabad Poultry Production Regulation Bill, 2021” introduced by  Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, in detail, and passed the proposed Bills, unanimously.

5. The Committee deferred the “The West Pakistan Pure Food (Amendment) Bill, 2021” introduced by Ms. Nusrat Wahid, MNA, due to non-presence of the Mover.

6. The Committee deferred the “National Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Authority Act, 2021”, introduced by Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, MNA; and Calling Attention Notice No. 9 moved by Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, MNA; due to their non-presence.


7.   MNAs, Mr. Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, Mr. Ahmad Raza Maneka, Choudhary Faqir Ahmad, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Mr. Kamal U-din, Mr. Zulfiqar Bachani, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, (Mover of the Bills), and senior officers/ officials from the Ministry of NFS&R & NARC attended the meeting.
 


NA National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meets - October 8, 2021

Islamabad, the 8th October, 2021: 64th meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held today at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

2. While considering the “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (moved by Syed Javed Husnain, MNA)” the Committee unanimously decided that subject Bill should be clubbed with already under consideration Bill on Eradication of Riba, 2019 (moved by Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA.

3. The Committee discussed the “The State-Owned Enterprises (Government and Operations) Bill, 2021 (Government Bill)”. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance briefed the Committee about the objectives of the Law. He also explained the salient features of the Bill, such as Nominations of Independent Directors Institutionalized and Majority of Independent Directors, Security of tenure, Removal criteria defined as per section 13. However, the Committee Members have expressed their concerns with regard to the rights of public and private entities and directed the Ministry of Finance to prepare a comprehensive presentation in this regard.  

4. Director General, Ministry of Finance briefed the Committee on the “The Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation (Amendment) Bill, 2021”. He said that sound practice for public management necessitates that debt responsibilities should not be fragmented as its insufficient coordination among various institutions involved, suboptimal borrowing choices, duplication of competences and a disconnect with strategy implementation. He added, in Pakistan, there has been a growing realization that effectiveness of debt management function, which can be enhanced by consolidating debt management functions into signal, professionally managed and adequately resourced Debt Management Office. He also enlightened the expected domains, which will be addressed by enacting the proposed amendments in the Act of (FRDL), 2005.  

5. The Committee Member were of the opinion that there were numbers of implications in the proposed legislation i.e coordination with Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and the role of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The Committee decided that SBP and EAD may be invited in the next meeting of the Committee for their input on the said proposed legislation by the Ministry of Finance.

6. The Committee deferred the following Bills/Matters: -
a) The Controller General of Accounts (Appointment, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Mr. Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel, MNA);
b) Calling Attention No. 18 regarding deduction of 5% maintenance allowance from the salaries of the Federal Government employees working in BPS-6 to BPS-15. (moved by Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA);
c) The Modaraba Companies and Modaraba (Floatation and Control) (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Government Bill);
d) The Islamic Development Bank (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (moved by Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA);


7. The meeting was attended by Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, Mr. Faheem Khan, Dr. Rameesh Kuma Vankwani, Chaudhary Khalid Javed, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan on video link and MNAs Syed Javed Hasnain, Mover of the Bill besides the senior officers from M/o Finance and Revenue, Economic Affairs Division, Controller General of Pakistan and Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan.


NA National Assembly Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development meets - October 8, 2021

Islamabad, the 8th October, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development expresses concern over non-implementation of its previous recommendations for prevention of corruption, embezzlement, etc., in different sub-ordinate department of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.

17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was held today at 11:00 a.m. in the Old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Sheikh Fayyaz ud Din, MNA.

While reviewing the compliance status of its previous recommendations, the Standing Committee noted that the actions taken by the Ministry in compliance to its recommendations regarding prevention of corruption, embezzlement, etc., being done in different sub-ordinate departments of the Ministry were not satisfactory.  Thus, directed that a comprehensive reply; based on actual facts and figures, should be provided to it before next meeting of the Committee.

While briefing on the issue of welfare of Mineworkers, the Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development apprised that on the directions of the Standing Committee, Employees’ Old Age Benefits Institute (EOBI) and Provincials Governments were requested to devise a policy to register the Mineworkers on the basis of quantity of production as well as initiate a proper legislation for their betterment. He informed that the Ministry already have submitted a draft policy regarding registration of the Mines and Mineworkers on tonnage/production basis in compliance with the recommendations of the Standing Committee. The Committee was not satisfied with the briefing and directed the Ministry to come up with complete details and brief the Committee in the next meeting. The Committee also decided that the next meeting would be held at Quetta in November.

Regarding the issue of Ms. Guli Rozi, wife of Mr. Ghulam Durrani, who stuck in China since 2016, the Director General (China), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, informed the Committee that the Chinees Authorities were contacted. They informed that Ms. Guli Rozi don’t want to come back Pakistan and decided to settle there on her own sweet will. He further said that the concerned department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs will approach Ms. Rozi her and further details will be submitted in next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Shahid Ahmad, Mr. Sajid Khan, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhary, Mr. Atta Ullah, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Syed Javed Hasnain, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ud Din, MNAs besides the senior officers from M/o Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, M/o Foreign Affairs, M/o Finance, OPF, BE&OE, EOBI and WWF.


NA Standing Committee on Aviation Division meets - October 7, 2021

Islamabad, 7th October, 2021; 8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Aviation Division was held today at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room of Aviation Division, 8th Floor, Kohsar Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhary, MNA.
 
2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Afterwards, the Committee proceeded with the agenda of the meeting.
 
3. The Committee confirmed minutes of its seventh meeting held on 5th August, 2021.
 
4. The Committee took three Bills on its agenda namely, “The Pakistan Airports Authority Bill, 2021”, “The Pakistan Civil Aviation Bill, 2021” and “The Civil Unmanned Aircraft System Bill, 2021” that were recently introduced by the government. The Ministry gave a detailed briefing on the first two Bills and informed that the said legislation was already being implemented in the form of Ordinances that were issued by the President of Pakistan. The Committee was briefed that the main purpose of both the Bills was to bring segregation in the regulatory functions and the airport services related sections of the Civil Aviation Authority to curtail any chances of conflict of interest. However, all three Bills were deferred till the next meeting due to certain observations raised by the Committee. The Civil Aviation Authority also gave a detailed presentation on the process and criteria adopted for giving relief to the vendors and concessionaires at the various airports due to complete and partial shutdown of their business activities because of Covid-19. It was apprised that an independent Committee had been constituted to study and evaluate the losses incurred by various business holders at the airports and the said data had been repeatedly reconciled to assess its credibility and integrity. The said data was also presented before the Civil Aviation Board and consequently relief against those losses had been approved in principle. The said relief was expected to be released shortly.

5. Honorable Members/MNAs Ch. Shaukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Faiz Ullah, Ms. Saira Bano, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar, Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch, Ms. Asma Qadeer, Mr. Jai Parkash, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Dr. Darshan and Mr. Kamal ud Din attended the meeting. The Federal Minister for Aviation, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, MNA, also participated in the meeting as its Ex-officio Member.


Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - October 7, 2021

Islamabad, 07th October, 2021; 60th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA at 02:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran then, the Committee offered Fateh and expressed condolence for the departed souls of Baluchistan Earthquake martyrs as well as for departed souls of mother of Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan.

The Committee did not consider the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article-36) moved by Kesoo Mal Khel Das, MNA” and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article-59) moved by Mr. Jai Parkash, MNA” due to non-availability of the Movers. The Committee deferred the same till its next meeting as requested by the Movers.

The Committee considered the Bill “The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) (Amendment) Bill,2021 (Section 2) Moved Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail MNA”. After detail deliberations the Committee deferred the same till its next meeting with recommendation to seek views of all Bar Councils on the given subject.

The Committee considered the Bill “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 185(4) moved by Syed Javed Husnain, MNA”. After detailed deliberations the Committee recommended that the Bill as amended may be passed by the National Assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 185(3) moved by Syed Javed Husnain, MNA”. After detailed deliberations the Mover desired to withdraw the same, hence, the Committee recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the National Assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 140-A), moved by Syed Javed Husnain, MNA”. After detailed deliberations the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly with amendments as recommended by the Election Commission of Pakistan.


The Committee considered the Bill, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 140-A). moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA”. After detailed deliberations the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly.

Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, MS. Kishwar Zehra, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Usman Ibraheem, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Syed Javed Hasnain besides the Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan along with their staff attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - October 7, 2021

National Assembly Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs met under the Chairmanship of Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA, in Parliament House, Islamabad. The Committee was briefed about the land encroached in the jurisdiction of Karachi Port Trust (KPT). The Committee noted that this encroachment has been going on for the past so many years and different administrations of KPT have willfully let it happen. It has been done with the connivance of officials of different organizations including KPT, Police and Revenue etc.  Although some land has been recovered but a cohesive effort is needed on part of KPT to resolve the issue. The Committee observed that KPT is also not fulfilling its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In this regard, the Committee appointed a Sub-Committee with the following TORs and Composition:

TERMS OF REFERENCE: -

“To ascertain the facts behind the land encroached in Karachi Port Trust (KPT), not fulfilling the obligations under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and not giving lower grade jobs District wise”

COMPOSITION: -

Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, MNA Convener
Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, MNA Member
Mr. Usama Qadri, MNA Member
Ms. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, MNA Member

2. The Committee was told about the financial performance of the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC). The Committee was told that the PNSC has prepared a Fleet Development Plan to enhance its carrying capacity keeping in view its available financial resources. In short term, PNSC is working on the acquisition of Aframax crude oil tankers and Ultramax bulk carrier for which international tenders have already been floated in compliance with the requirements of PPR-2004. PNSC, under instructions of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, intends to facilitate private ferry operators by way of provision of technical, manning and advisory services as well as assistance in compliance with applicable regulations. Private sector operator will be arranging the ferry, manage the hospitality part and will be responsible for commercial/business aspects of ferry operations. PNSC has floated an international EOI to attract private investors. In response to the said EOI, two firms have approached PNSC and PNSC is facilitating both parties in this regard.

3. The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Begum Tahira Bokhari, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Kamal Uddin, Mover Syed Agha Rafiullah, MNA, Mr. Mahmood Baqi Moulvi, SAPM,  Secretary Maritime Affairs, Secretary LS & Fisheries, Govt. of Sindh and senior officers of the Ministry. 


NA Standing Committee on Privatization meets - October 7, 2021

15th meeting of the Standing Committee on Privatization was held under the Chairmanship of Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA, at 2:00 p.m. in Conference Room of Privatization Division, Kohsar Block, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad.

The Committee recommended that the Advisor to Prime Minister on Ministry of Commerce may brief the Committee regarding the privatization of State Life Insurance Corporation (SLIC). The Committee was informed that after the approval of proposed amendments in the law, the process of privatization would be completed.    

The Committee decided that the issue of privatization of Services International Hotel, Lahore will be discussed, further, after the decision of the Cabinet.

MNAs, Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Syed Hussain Tariq, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto, and senior officers/officials from the Ministry of Privatization attended the meeting, besides the Management of Services International Hotel, and SLIC.


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs meets - October 7, 2021

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs met in Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon under the Chairmanship of Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, MNA/Chairman.

The Committee highly appreciated the dedication and sincere efforts of the present management of M/o Energy (Petroleum Division) towards Turkmenistan- Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Line Project. The Committee however, directed that ministry may take stringent measures to remove obstacles to the agreements, if any through effective diplomacy so that the TAPI project could be completed without further delay.
   
The Committee directed that M/o Energy (Petroleum Division) may develop a proper liaison with all concerned countries to accomplish the TAPI project at the earliest as the said project is equally beneficial for all countries and would help for economy growth of the region as well.

The Committee while discussing the Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline Project, expressed concern that said project could not be completed due to US sanctions on Iran as it could become viable for the domestic needs and industrial growth of Pakistan as well.

Earlier, Secretary, M/o Energy (Petroleum Division) briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to complete the TAPI and Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline Projects and problems faced by them in this regard.  

The meeting was attended by Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, MNA, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, MNA, Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Ehsan Ur Rehman Mazari, MNA, and officials of M/o Foreign Affairs and M/o Energy (Petroleum Division).


NA Standing Committee on Planning Development and Special Initiatives meets - October 7, 2021

19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Special Initiatives was held today at 2:30 p.m. in the Committee Room of the Ministry of Planning Development & Special Initiatives, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Akbar, MNA.

The Committee unanimously confirmed minutes of its previous meeting held on 16th August, 2021. The Ministry gave a compliance report regarding the recommendations of the previous meeting. However, the Committee raised its concern over the lapse on part of Water and Power Distribution Authority (WAPDA) for not being able to revise the financial estimates of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam Project despite an expected sharp increase in its cost due to high inflation and unprecedented rise in the price of U.S. Dollar. The Committee reiterated that the Ministry should play an active role in ensuring financial discipline regarding the projects that were being undertaken by various departments.

The representatives of the National Highways Authority gave a detailed briefing on the improvement, upgradation and widening of Juglot-Skardu Road [Revised PSDP No. 67(2021-2022)]. The delay in the execution of the said project was accrued due to number obstacles including dangerous and difficult terrain as well as huge boulders and rocks. However, the Committee was told that more than sixty percent of the said project had been executed while the rest was expected to be complete by the end of November 2021. It was also informed that the ease of travelling had increased manifold due to the said project and curtailed half the travelling time. The Committee noted that the process of land acquisition for such projects should be completed prior to their commencement to avoid any unnecessary delays. The Committee also observed that there was a lack of co-ordination between the PSDP projects of the Federal Government and the Annual Development Programs (ADP) of the Provincial Governments especially with regards to underdeveloped and neglected areas of the country. The Committee recommended that the Ministry may take measures to come up with a National Action Plan to develop the underprivileged areas by harmonizing the PSDPs and ADPs for their proper execution.

The Committee took a briefing on the progress of the Inter-Provincial Connectivity Economic Corridor through Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir Project [PSDP No. 691 (2021-2022)]. The Ministry informed that the said project was being given due importance as that provided an alternate route for the Karakoram Highway. However, the cases for federalization of the roads included for the said project were underway with their respective governments (Thalichi, Gilgit-Baltistan to Shounter, Azad Jammu & Kashmir). A detailed presentation on the status of Hyderabad-Sukkur Motorway was also given by the National Highways Authority. The Committee was informed that the said project had been envisaged on Public-Private Partnership basis and was delayed due to unforeseen financial constraints on the National Exchequer because of Covid-19.

Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shaukat Ali, Syed Faiz ul Hassan, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Mr. Naveed Dero and Syed Agha Rafiullah attended the meeting.


Standing Committee On Foreign Affairs Meets - October 6, 2021

Islamabad; 6th October, 2021: The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs met in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning under the Chairmanship of Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, MNA/Chairman.
   
The Committee expressed concern over US-China Trade War and directed that Pakistan may avoid to become a part of any conflict between the two big nations and take stringent measures to enhance its exports through effective diplomacy in order to generate maximum revenue for the country.
 
The Committee directed that concerned ministries may strengthen the performance appraisal system for Commercial Attaches for their result oriented performance so that targets set by the government could be achieved.

The Committee directed that Pakistan may take part in Expo 2020 Dubai effectively in order to promote Pakistani exports in international markets and provide proper guidance to Pakistani traders so that they could work in a combative environment. The Committee decided to have a comprehensive briefing by M/o Commerce on Expo 2020 Dubai in the next meeting.

Earlier, Secretary, M/o Overseas, Special Secretary, M/o Foreign Affairs and Addl. Secretary, M/o Commerce briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to enhance the exports of Pakistan and problems faced by them in this regard.  

The meeting was attended by Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, MNA, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, MNA, Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, MNA, Mr. Noor ul Hassan Tanvir, MNA, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA, and officials of M/o Foreign Affairs, Overseas and Commerce.


Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - October 6, 2021

59th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA at 02:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the Minutes of the previous meeting held on 19th September 2021, and deferred the agenda No.2 till its next meeting.

The Committee re-considered the Bill “The Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)”. After detailed discussion the Committee recommended with majority that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. However, Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA submitted her note of dissent.

The Committee considered the Bill “The Central Law Officers (Amendment) Bill, 2021 by Riaz Fatyana, MNA”. at the very outset the Hon. Chairman desired to withdraw the same, hence, the Committee recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the National Assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Article 27-A) moved by Agha Rafiullah, MNA”. After detailed discussion the Committee recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly. The Committee recommended that the Ministry for Law and Justice shall launch the campaign through media for awareness of public at large regarding various fundamental rights as well as the principle of policy enshrined in the Constitution of Islamic Republic Pakistan, 1973.

The Committee did not consider the Bill “The Legal Aid and Justice Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 2, 6, & 9A) moved by Ms. Uzma Riaz; MNA”. After detailed discussion the Committee deferred the same with recommendations that the mover will submit the amended Bill as discussed and recommended by the Minister for Law and Justice.

The Committee did not consider the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Insertion of Article 11-A) Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, MNA. After detailed deliberation the Committee deferred the same till its next meeting.

Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, MS. Kishwar Zehra, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Usman Ibraheem, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Agha Rafiullah, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz besides the Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Human Rights along with their staff attended the meeting.


N.A Standing Committee On Defence Production meets today - October 5, 2021

Islamabad, 5th October 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence Production unanimously recommended that the number plates of all vehicles in the country be made uniform and National Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) should manufacture all these number plates.
2. The 14th meeting was held today at 1:00 p.m. in the Committee Room of NRTC, T&T Complex, Haripur under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Iftekhar Nazir, MNA. The Managing Director, NRTC, briefed the Committee that NRTC's vision is to provide the value-added systems, solutions and services achieving six sigma qualities in the processes for customers worldwide. He apprised that NRTC is a leading organization in the industry promoting telecommunication / IT equipment in Pakistan. NRTC is committed to sustainability and continues to support the Armed forces, Public and Private Sectors including various international clients. Further, the strategy and policies of the Corporation underline the unique contribution of the products/services in facing the security and technological challenges in the country.
3. He informed that NRTC is providing world-class telecommunications equipment to the customers that meets all their operational needs in a timely and affordable manner. NRTC goal is to provide the right business growth services at the appropriate time so companies can benefit from the created momentum and thrive for a long period of time, he added. He also informed that NRTC has indigenously made drones that would be used to spray insecticides and pesticides on fields in the country. He further informed that they are manufacturing number plates of vehicles that have six types of security features that cannot be duplicated. Further, NRTC participated and exhibited applications, inventions, solutions, and technologies developed in post-COVID-19 scenario. The Committee unanimously recommended that the number plates of all vehicles in the country be made uniform and NRTC should manufacture all these number plates. Later, the Committee visited the various departments of NRTC where the Managing Director also briefed regarding different Commercial Products of the Corporation.
4. The meeting was attended by Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Salahuddin, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr. Irfan Ali Leghari, and Mr. Muhammad Anwar, MNAs besides senior officers from Ministry of Defence Production and NRTC.
 


N.A Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges meets - October 5, 2021

TODAY, Islamabad, the 5th October, 2021: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.  
The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 22-9-2021;
The Comprehensive report/Implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee was placed before the Committee.
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, MNA regarding Mr. Ali Mangi,Secretary Education, Sindh, Mr. Zahid Memon, Deputy Commissioner, Mir Pur Khas and Mr. Shafiq, Chief Municipal Officer, Mir Pur Khas and SP, Mirpur Khas, the Committee directed that Chief Secretary, Govt of Sindh, Karachi and Secretary, Health Department Govt of Sindh, should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
The Question of Privilege raised by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA regarding baseless and fabricated story concocted against the prestige of him for defamation amongst the public through media in his absence Mr. Tahir Ahmed Khan, Chief MEPCO, Multan, Mr. Umar Lodhi, Superintendent Engineer, Mr. Shahzad Rahi, XEN Shujabad Division, Raja Arif, SDO, Shujabad, Mr. Muhammad Mubashir, Line Superintendent, Mr. Muhammad Qamar, Assistant Lineman and Mr. Muhammad Khalid, LD against the Hon. Member; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting with the direction that the show cause issued to Mr. Mubashir and Mr. Qamar should be withdrawn by MEPCO and the action should be taken against the remaining persons with a report to the Committee within one month. The Committee also directed that Mr. Imran Lodhi and Mr. Umair Lodhi should be posted out of District, Multan.
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal and other MNAs against allegedly not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Kazim Jatoi, Secretary, Health Department, Government of Sindh; as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting, therefore the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
The Question of Privilege raised by Chaudhry Faqir Ahmed, MNA against Mr. Saeed Ahmed Dhudi, SDO, Irrigation Burewala for allegedly lodging a false FIR No. 282/20 in Police Station Sheikh Fazal, Tehsil Burewala, District Vihari against the Hon. Member; the Committee directed that the Corona Report of Mr. Ehsan Ullah Chuhan should be presented before the Committee in the next meeting. The Committee directed that Secretary, Irrigation Department, Govt of Punjab, Lahore, should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee also directed the action should be taken as per law against those who have tempered the record. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
The Question of Privilege raised by Chaudhry Faqir Ahmed, MNA against Rana Aurangzaib Khan, Assistant Commissioner, District Burewala (now posted at Depalpur, District Okara) for allowing the encroachment on Government Land by constructing the shops near children park, M. Block, Burewala without approval of competent Authority and non-providing the relevant record to the Hon. Member on the several requests; after hearing the reply from the representatives from Punjab Govt, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA regarding allegedly not responding to his telephone calls by Inspector General of Police, Punjab, and Mr. Sajid Kyayni, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Operation, Lahore and non-cooperation of Mr. Mobeen Wattoo, SP concerned, Mr. Imran, SHO and Mr. Mubashir Awan, Sub-Inspector, Police Station Islampura, Lahore; after hearing the reply from Punjab Police, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege with the direction that the issues of the Hon. Mover should be resolved.
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Faheem Khan, MNA regarding allegedly non-attending the telephone call of the Hon. MNA by Managing Director, Water Board, Karachi; the Committee directed the M.D Water Board to resolve the issues/ grievances of the Hon. Mover and to discharge the FIRs in this regard. The Committee also directed the M.D Water Board to have a joint meeting with the Hon. Members of Karachi and resolve their issues. The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
The Question of Privilege moved by Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, MNA regarding allegedly not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Deputy Commissioner and Mr. Zeeshan Ranjha, Assistant Commissioner, Lahore; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, MNA regarding allegedly not responding to the telephone calls by Mr. Nisar Ahmed Garhi, XEN, SEPCO, District Kashmor and Mr. Rajinder Kumar, SDO, SEPCO, Tehsil Kashmor at Kandh Kot; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
The Question of Privilege moved by Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, MNA/Parliamentary Secretary against Secretary Health, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, District Health Officer, District Khyber and Mr. Jehangir Afridi, Medical Superintendent, Dogra Hospital, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for non-finishing the protest of the administration of Dogra Hospital and not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary by the Medical Superintendent, the Committee directed that Mr. Amir Gul, Medical Officer should be transferred as he is misbehaving with the Hon. Mover through social media. The Committee also directed that Secretary, Health Department, KPK should resolve the issues of the Hon. Mover and report to the Committee within one month. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA against allegedly not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by District Police Officer (DPO), Buner; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, MNA regarding misbehavior of Mr. Amir Farooqui, Director,  Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Karachi with the Hon. Member over the telephone, as the Hon. Mover could not attend the meeting, therefore, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.  
Issues of Honourable Members with Zarai Taraqiati Bank, Limited (ZTBL), Islamabad; the Committee disposed of the issues.
Issues of Hon. Members with Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL); the Committee pended the issue till its next meeting with the direction that the CEO/MD should brief the Committee on the issues of Social Welfare of Community Development. The Committee directed that the issues of the Hon. Members from Balochistan should be resolved. The Committee pended the issue till its next meeting.
Issues of Hon. Members with Pakistan International Airlines Limited (PIA); the Committee pended the issue till its next meeting. The Committee also directed that Secretary, M/o Finance should attend the next meeting of the Committee on the issue of extension of travel vouchers of the Hon. Members. The Committee also directed that the issues of re-validation and code-sharing of the Hon. Members should be resolved by PIA. The Committee pended the issue till its next meeting.
Lord Wajid,Khan, Shadow Environmental Minister, House of Lords, United Kingdom (U.D) also attended the meeting as Special Invitee. The Committee paid its thanks for his visit to the Committee.
 The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Ch. Armghan Subhani, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan, Advocate, MNAs/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.
The meeting was also attended by Ch. Faqir Ahmed, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan and Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNAs/Parliamentary Secretary. Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, MNA also attended the meeting as a Special Invitee.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - September 29, 2021

National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights met under acting Chairperson, Shazia Marri, MNA, in Parliament House, Islamabad. On the implementation status of the recommendations of the previous meeting, that due diligence on part of police was lacking in the incident of desecration of Hindu Mandir, happened on 04-08-2021 in the area of Bhong, Tehsil Sadiqabad, District Rahim Yar Khan, the Committee expressed dissatisfaction over the response of police and administration, and said that a more cohesive and concerted effort is needed to resolve the issue, and rift created by miscreants. In the case of Senators (Retired) Farhat Ullah Khan Babar and Afrasiab Khattak, the complaints made by them have not been addressed and taken care of by the M/o Interior, it was directed that the Ministry should coordinate with concerned departments and address the issue of alleged kill list mentioning the names of certain Parliamentarians. The Committee further asked the M/o Human Rights to coordinate with M/o Interior for the addressal of issue of placing the name of MNA Mr. Mohsin Dawar on the ECL list and sought report from the Home Department of Government of Balochistan for the unlawful arrest of an individual Mr. Javed Achakzai.

The Committee adopted the Report of the Sub-Committee, presented by Mr. Lal Chand, MNA/Convener, for the passage of the following Bills from the National Assembly:-

i)           “The Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill, 2021” (Government Bill);

ii)         “The Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Amendment) Bill, 2021” (Government Bill);

iii)       “The Juvenile Justice System, (Amendment) Bill, 2021” (Government Bill);

iv)       “The Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2021” (Government Bill);

v)          “The National Commission on the Rights of Child (Amendment) Bill, 2021”(Government Bill);

The Committee appointed a Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Human Rights with the following TOR and Compositions:

 TERMS OF REFERENCE: -

“To look into the issue of Violent Attacks on Transgender Community across the Country”

 COMPOSITION: -

i)              Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA           Convener

ii)            Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA  Member

iii)          Ms. Ghazala Saifi, MNA               Member

iv)          Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA               Member

Besides the Minister Dr. Shireen M. Mazari, the meeting was attended by MNAs,

Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Mr. Lal Chand, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto and Senior Joint Secretaries from M/o Human Rights, M/o Interior and other Senior Officers of the relevant departments.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - September 29, 2021

23rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held today under the Chairmanship of Syed Mustafa Mehmud, MNA, in the Committee Room of Ministry of Climate Change, Local Government Complex, G-5/2, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran, then the Committee decided to proceed as per agenda. The Secretary Ministry of the Climate Change briefed the Committee regarding its recommendation about the issue of disposal of electric vehicles’ expired batteries. The Committee was informed that rapid growth of the electronic industry and high rate of obsolescence of electronic products lead to the generation of huge quantities of electronic waste (e-waste). The Government of Pakistan is in process of seeking financial support for a comprehensive study on e-waste. United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Pakistan has expressed initial intent to fund the study. The Committee directed the Ministry to share, in the next meeting, the e-disposal models adopted by the other countries.

For improvement in climate, the Committee suggested that import and manufacturing of Electric Vehicles should be facilitated in the country and it should be made mandatory to buy solar panel for charging purpose, for whoever bus Eclectic Vehicle or he must pay extra duty. The Committee deferred the Bill titled “The Pakistan Environmental Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA” till its next meeting.

Point of order regarding problems of crushing plants in Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) near Khanpur area causing damage to the environment was discussed. The Ministry informed that MHNP extends from ICT up to territorial jurisdiction of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkwa, with major portion falling in Punjab. Presently no stone crushing activity is being carried out in the territorial jurisdiction of ICT. While several stone crushing plants are operational in a tale of MHNP, in Taxila and Khanpur Dam area. The Committee was not satisfied with the presentations delivered by the Environment Protection Departments of Governments of Punjab and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and decided to defer the discussion on the issue to the next meeting of the Committee.  

Honorable Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi and the senior officers from the Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Industries, Environment Protection Department (EPD) Punjab, EPD Khyber Pukhtunkhwa attended the meeting.


Pakistan-Somalia Parliamentary Friendship Group (PFG) meets Ambassador of Somalia to Pakistan - September 29, 2021

 

Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khattak, MNA and Convener of Pakistan-Somalia Parliamentary Friendship Group (PFG) met with H.E. Mrs. Khadija Mohamed Almakhzoumi, Ambassador of Somalia to Pakistan on Wednesday, 29th September, 2021 at 1430 hours at Parliament House, Islamabad. The agenda of the meeting was to discuss the ongoing bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Somalia.
The two sides discussed matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation. The Somalian ambassador expressed her desire to expand cooperation with Pakistan in multiple areas including trade, human resource development, defence and security.

The Somalian ambassador mentioned that National Database and Registration Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Somalia for the provision of NADRA services to Somalia earlier. As part of the initiative, National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) would develop and supply technology, software and equipment to enable the Government of Somalia to have a state-of-the-art national data and citizen registration system. The ‘knowledge and technology transfer would also help Somalia in Border Management and Elections Management system. She requested assistance to speed up this work.

Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khattak said that the signing of the NADRA contract is of great significance and would help in further enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries. The project complemented the government’s “Look Africa” policy for enhanced engagement with the African continent.
Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khattak highlighted that Parliamentary Friendship Groups of both countries can play a pivotal role in promoting parliamentary diplomacy, people-to-people contacts and promoting parliamentary relations through parliamentary exchanges from both countries. She thanked the Ambassador of Somalia and affirmed her commitment to further strengthen and deepen bilateral ties.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Division meets - September 28, 2021

Islamabad, the 28th September, 2021: 2nd meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Division was held today at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No.7 (Fourth Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA. He welcomed the participants of the meeting.

2. Additional Secretary Ministry of Economic Affairs Division briefed the Committee about the mandate & functions, organogram & Human Resource, External Debt & Liabilities, External Inflows / Ongoing Portfolio, Joint Commissions and performance of the Division. He informed that Rule 56(2) schedule II , 9 Rule 3(3) of the Rules of Business 1973 empowered the division to work regarding mobilizing of external economic assistance i.e Loans, Grants and Technical Assistant & Capacity Building, External Public Debt Management & Debt Servicing. He also presented the breakup of the budget for financial year 2021-22 allocated to the EAD for its functioning. While talking about Pakistan’s External Debt and Liabilities. The Committee members have expressed their concerns with regard to the increase of external debt and unanimously recommended that an exclusive meeting may be called to discuss the said matter. The Committee decided that the Ministry of Finance and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) may also be invited in the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee directed that EAD will furnish the details of disbursement of funds for ongoing portfolio to this Secretariat. The Additional Secretary further informed the Committee about the Joint Commissions established for bilateral Joint Economic Global phenomenon. He said that 67 JMCs and other bilateral commissions were established since the 1970s. The Committee also directed the EAD to provide the details of external loans for the years 1972, 1985, 1999, 2008, 2017 and 2021 with the comparison of dollar exchange rate at that time during the first month of each year.

3. The meeting was attended by Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Mr. Ali Zahid, Syed Javed Hasnain, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Ms. Aisha Ghous Pasha, Pir Ameer Ali Shah Jillani and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali MNAs besides the senior officers from M/o Economic Affairs Division.


The 26th September, 2021 The Public Accounts Committee meetings were held on 23rd & 24th September, 2021. - September 27, 2021

Islamabad, the 26th September, 2021 The Public Accounts Committee meetings were held on 23rd & 24th September, 2021 in Committee Room # 2 Parliament House, Islamabad. Under Rule 217 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, the quorum to constitute a sitting of the Committee is required to be one fourth of the total membership of the Committee, maximum requirement is 7. On 23rd September, 2021, 11 Members constituted the quorum and on 24th September, 2021, 8 Members constituted the quorum.

Therefore, news item appearing in media regarding the quorum about the convening of PAC meetings is against the factual position.


3rd meeting of Task Force of Executive Committee of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group held - September 24, 2021

During the 3rd meeting of Task Force of Executive Committee of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Task Force recommend for zero tarrif to Afghanistan traders. It also recommend to make Pakistan a businesses friendly destination for whole world especially our neighbor Afghanistan. The Task Force also decided to recommend to technically support the Afghanistan in order to enhance their trade and especially to continue the supply of essential food items for Afghanistan in this time of need . It was also decided to pursue the KPK government for starting Luxury bus service which was closed in 2016 and suggestion of Board of Investment to consider establishing SECz on borders areas near Afghanistan.

SAPM Mr. Arbab Shahzad remarked about facilitating Afghanistan brethren relaxing all complex procedures would deepen relationship between both brotherly countries. Pakistan Special Envoy for Afghanistan Mr .Sadiq Khan said that stable and peaceful Afghanistan is vital for regional trade and prosperity.

The Task Force meeting was attended by officers from Board of Investment, Ministry of Interior, SBP,  FBR and KPK government.


N.A Standing Committee On Rules Of Procedure & Privileges Meets - September 22, 2021

A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.  
1. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting of the Committee held on 26-8-2021;
2. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, MNA against inaction of Inspector General of Police, Sindh on his written complaints regarding threats to his life, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the following directions.
a. The Ministry of Interior should give its instruction to all the I.G.Ps regarding provision of security to the MNAs.
b. I.G.P, Sindh should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.
c. The detailed report should be given to the Committee regarding provision of security to all.
d. The detail of entitled persons should also be given to the Committee.
e. The detail regarding security given to the MNA should also be given to the Committee.
f. The security should be provided to the Hon. Members namely Mr. Qadir Khan, Mandokhail, Ms. Naz Baloch, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Mr. Aslam Khan, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNAs within three days.
3. On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, MNA regarding allegedly non-attending the telephone call of the Hon. Member by Mr. Inam Ghani, Inspector General of Police, Punjab, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that R.P.O, Gujranwala, D.P.O, Hafizabad and the SHOs of P/S Jalal pur Bhattiyan and Kaseesay should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee also directed that Mr. Inam Ghani should not attend the next meeting of the Committee on this issue.
4. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA regarding allegedly non-attending the telephone call of the Hon. MNA by Secretary, Food Department, Sindh and DFC (Mr. Feroz Aslam), Naushahro Feroz, Food Department, Govt of Sindh, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege as the unconditional apology tendered by Secretary, Food Department was accepted by the Committee and the Mover as well.
5. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, MNA regarding in-action of SHO Thana City Mansehra, SP Operations Mansehra, DPO, Mansehra and Inspector General of Police, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on his application regarding gross mutilation of property by the land mafias, the pended the Question of Privilege with the direction to D.C, Mansehra to constitute a local commission in consultation with the Hon. Member and report to the Committee in its next meeting. The Committee also directed that S.P (Investigation) of that time should also attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.
6. On the amendment in Rule 203 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 moved by Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA “(6) Actionable Audit Paras of the report of the Public Accounts Committee adopted by the House shall stand referred to the concerned Standing Committee and Ministry concerned shall submit its implementation report to the Committee, as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting of the Committee therefore, the Committee pended the amendment till its next meeting. The Committee also recommended that the Hon. Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee may be invited as a special invitee in the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee also directed that the Hon. Mover should also attend the next meeting of the Committee.
7. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA regarding allegedly non-cooperation of Mr. Kamran Nawaz Panjutha, SSP, Shikarpur and DIG, Larkana with the MNA regarding without warrant entering in the house of his daughter and arrest of his son-in-law by Mr. Sadoro Lashari, SHO, Police Station new Faujdari, Shikarpur, as the issues of the Hon. Mover was resolved and he forgave all concerned in this matter, therefore, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege with the recommendation that after departmental proceedings by Sindh Police, the punishment of Mr. Sadoro Lahari, SHO may be finished.  
8. On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA against Secretary, M/o Interior, Islamabad, Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh and Inspector General of Police, Sindh for not providing the security to the honourable Member; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
9. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Jawad Hussain, MNA regarding non-cooperation of Mr. Fida Satti, SP Shams Colony, Mr. Farooq, SP, G-11, Mr. Nawaz Bhatti, DSP I-10, Mr. Akhtar Nawaz, SHO, Additional SHO, Ramna Police Station, Mr. Khurram, SHO and Mr. Qayyum, ASI, Police Station Secretariat for registration of FIR against sale of tempered vehicle by Mr. Adeel Khalid to the honourable Member, as the Hon. Mover did not attend the next meeting of the Committee, therefore, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
10. On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), the Committee pended the issue till its next meeting with the direction that all the Executives of OGDCL should have a meeting with Mr. Shah Zain Bugti, MNA/Minister for resolving his issues. The Committee also directed that Chief Secretary, Balochistan, Deputy Commissioner, Dera Bugti an SMBR should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person along with a relevant record of Pir Koh Gas Field, Loti Gas Field and Uch Gas Field on the issue of land of Mr. Shah Zain Bugti with OGDCL. The Committee also directed M.D (OGDCL) to have a meeting with Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah and resolve his issues.
11. On the Question of Privilege moved by Sardar Riaz Mahmood Khan Mazari, MNA regarding inaction of the officers namely Mr. Zafar Iqbal, Additional Inspector General of Police, South Punjab, RPO, Dera Ghazi Khan, and DPO, Rajanpur against dacoits and deteriorated law and order situation causing the life his constituents at stake, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege with the direction to Addl. Inspector General of Police, South Punjab, Multan to have a visit in the constituency of the Hon. Mover and evolve a mechanism to resolve the issues of the Hon. Mover.
12. On the Question of Privilege raised by Dr.Nafisa Shah and three other MNAs on 11-8-2021 against Assistant Director Cybercrime Reporting Centre, FIA, Islamabad regarding issuance of a notice for personal appearance on 4-8-2021 under section 160 or the CrPC, 1898 pertain to a FIR No. 44/2021 lodged on the contemptuous and defamatory speech delivered by Mr. Masood-ur-Rehman Abbasi (accused), the Committee directed the D.G (FIA) to withdraw the letter issued to the Hon. Mover immediately and next time there should be no victimization of the Hon. Movers and report to the Committee within fifteen days.  
13. On the Question of Privilege by Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA against not meeting by Mr. Fazal Ahmed Khalid, Chairman, Punjab Higher Education Commission with the Hon. MNA at fixed time, as the Hon. Mover did not attend the next meeting of the Committee, therefore, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that the Chairman, Punjab Higher Education Commission should brief the Committee on its performance.  
14. On the Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Haider Ali Khan, MNA against in-action of Mr. Dilawar Khan Bangash, District Police Officer (DPO), Swat against false implication of innocent students in robbery, as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting of the Committee therefore the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that I.G.P, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, R.P.O, Malakand and DPO, Swat should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee also expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by D.P.O, Swat.
15. On the Issues of Committee Members with Pak-Arab Refinery Limited (PARCO), the pended the issue with the direction that the PARCO should fulfil the agreements made in Rohjan Mazari, and report to the Committee within fifteen days.
16. On the Question of Privilege moved by Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, MNA regarding misbehaviour of Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Ghuman, Commissioner, Gujranwala, with the Hon. Member, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
17. On the Question of Privilege moved by Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Mr. Muhammad Ahmeer Sultan, Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security and Research regarding alleged non-cooperation of Ex.DPO, District Jhang with the MNAs on telephone, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction to Secretary, Establishment Division, to ensure the attendance of Mr. Ghias Gul Khan, Ex.D.P.O, District Jhang in the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee also directed that Secretary, Establishment Division, Chief Secretary, Govt of Punjab, I.G.P, Punjab, Secretary, S&GAD, Punjab should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee also directed that I.G.P, Punjab should also prepare another charge sheet against Ex-D.P.O, Jhang. The Committee further directed that the Establishment Division should write a letter t the Secretary, S&GAD, Punjab that on what grounds, the NOC was given to the Ex. D.P.O, Jhang.  
18. On the Question of Privilege moved by Mr. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, MNA regarding the lapse of six month period for non-operatiing the NRC for Vankey Tarar and non-responding to the telephone call of honorable Member by Sahibzada Naveed Jan, Director General, NADRA, Sargodha and Mr. Faisal Javed, Assistant Director, NADRA Zone, Chiniot, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. The Committee also directed that a sentence “Sitting MNAs are supposed to be given the priority” should also be added in the SOPs newly issued by NADRA on this matter. The Committee also directed NADRA that a MRV should also be provided in District Nasirabad, Quetta (a constituency of Mr. Shah Zain Bugti, MNA/Minister).
19. On the issue of any other items, the Report of the Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA was adopted by the main Committee. The Committee directed that Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) should be invited in the next meeting of the Committee.
20. The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Mr.  Nawab Sher, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mr. Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan, Advocate, MNAs/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.
21. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Sardar Riaz Mahmood Khan Mazari, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Ms. Naz Baloch, Mr. Qadir Khan mandokhail, Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, MNA/Minister, Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, MNA/Minsiters/Movers. The Committee also invited Mr. Shah Zain Bugit, MNA/Minsiter and Mr. Ehsan ur Rehman Mazari, MNA as Special Invitees.
 


N.A Standing Committee on Finance & Revenue meets - September 22, 2021

Islamabad, the 22nd September, 2021: 63rd meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held today at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.
2. Mr. Faiz Ullah, Chairman of the Committee welcomed the participants of the meeting.
3. The Committee discussed the “The Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2020”, clause by clause, the Chairman Audit Oversight Board and other stakeholders were also present in the meeting. After a threadbare discussion, the Committee unanimously passed the Bill with some amendments. However, the Committee deferred the other legislative agenda due to short of time.
4. Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed, Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue, apprised the Committee about the overall performance of Federal Board of Revenue particularly refunds on both income tax and sales tax from 2008, to date. He explained the revenue collection trend which confirmed the growth in revenue collection, especially during the months of July and August, 2021. He further highlighted the refunds details from 2007-08 to 2020-21 and Income Tax pendency from 2008 to 2013, which was approximately Rs.323.8 billion. The Chairman, FBR informed the Committee that the refunds of Sales Tax as of 22-09-2021 were pending due to Tariff differential. He was of the view that tariff differential policy need to be reviewed, moreover he emphasized the need for massive investment for infrastructure, particularly in IT Sector in wake of the recent Cyber Attack in FBR. He was also of the opinion that policy consideration regarding pending income and sales tax refunds prior to tax year 2020 required to be liquidated through TSG.
5. The Committee members have expressed their concerns over the increase highlighted by the Federal Board of Revenue in revenue collection. The Committee noted that said increase of revenue growth was due to increase of price in import, which was not a positive indication with regard to broadening of tax net etc.
6. The meeting was attended by Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Chaudhary Khalid Javed, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Mr.Faheem Khan, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh MNA/Members and Syed Hussain Tariq, MNAs/Special Invitee besides the senior officers from M/o Finance, FBR, Housing and Works, State Bank of Pakistan Controller General of Accountant, Ministry of Law and Justice and Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan.
 


A meeting between the Members of Pakistan-Iraq parliamentary friendship group - September 22, 2021

A meeting between the Members of Pakistan-Iraq parliamentary friendship group and H.E Mr. Hamid Abbas Lafta, the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq in Islamabad was held today the 22nd September, 2021 at 1400 hours at Parliament House, Islamabad. Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Convener, Pakistan – Iraq PFG chaired the meeting from Pakistan side. The agenda of the meeting was to discuss the work plan on possibility of bilateral exchanges and way forward. During the meeting, both sides reviewed the relations between the two countries
Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada said that Parliamentary exchanges would help to further strengthen bilateral relations. The two sides discussed the issues in granting the religious visit visas to Pakistani visitors for the purpose of the Arbaeeniya this year and the Ambassador proposed to design a proper policy for Zayireen from Pakistan side not only for Arbaeeniya but overall.
Both sides agreed to increase the prospects for cooperation in all fields of defense, tourism, religious, cultural, health etcs
 


Standing Committee on Power meets - September 20, 2021

Islamabad the 20th September, 2021: The Standing Committee on Power which met under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Salik Hussain, MNA, took up the matter of circular debt which has doubled despite regular increase in electricity prices. In a report shared with the Committee, the Ministry reported that for the fiscal year 2020-21, the debt has reached Rs.2.28 trillion in the Country, mainly due to the unpaid Government subsidies which has resulted in the accumulation of debt on distribution companies. Although there is an increase of 50% in the tariff since July, 2018 but the circular debt has doubled up.  It was told that power tariffs are determined by NEPRA, there is a difference in the way that tariff decisions are implemented for Power Generation Companies and end-consumers. Tariffs for Power Generation Companies are governed by power purchase agreement, which defined the base tariff for power generation as well as the process for subsequent adjustments. Tariffs revision are thus automatically reflected in power purchase prices. NEPRA only validates the past claims of power supplier. The Chairman of the Standing Committee Chaudhry Salik Hussain observed that it has been good enough time that the IPPs have manipulated and maneuvered the tariffs and have blackmailed the Government. It is high time, the agreements should be re-negotiated with IPPs and the consumers should be given relief in the electric bills. He said that the resolution of circular debt is necessary as this will ease supply constraints. The tasks is challenging since it requires the outstanding stock of circular debt to be cleared before plugging further build-up of circular debt receivables. The Committee members suggested that recovery may be done through revenue department and incentives could be given on recoveries.  

2.The Committee also appointed a Sub-Committee with the following ToRs and Composition:-
ToRs:-
“To discuss and recommend for resolving the issues faced by the legislators with respect to     Karachi Electric Comply (KE), DISCOs and GENCOs of Sindh.”
Composition:-
    
i).    Mr. Lal Chand, MNA                Convener
ii).    Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA            Member
iii).    Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, MNA        Member
iv).    Ms. Saira Bano, MNA                Member

3. MNA’s Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Lal Chand, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Saira Bano, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Secretary, Ministry of Power Division along with senior officers of the relevant departments attended the meeting.
 


N A Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - September 17, 2021

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STANDING COMMITTEE ON CABINET SECRETARIAT ASKS FOR REVIEW OF MANDATE AND FUNCTIONS OF STAFF WELFARE ORGANIZATION

Islamabad; September 17, 2021: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has directed Establishment Division to bring a service delivery model of Staff Welfare Organization within two months for its re-organization. The Committee was of the view that there was duplicity in the charter and functions of the Staff Welfare Organization and other Staff Welfare related organization under the Establishment Division. The Committee met under the chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.
 
The Committee was informed that the Staff Welfare Organization was mandated to assess needs of Federal Government Employees, initiate schemes for their wellbeing, provide educational stipends to their dependents and establish/provide other community services. The Representative of Staff Welfare Organization apprised the Committee that the Organization was performing its functions /managing its establishments in Islamabad and four provincial capitals through its 415 staff members.

Further apprising the Committee about the annual budgetary allocation versus expenditure of the Organization, he apprised that the administrative expenditure outcast other employees welfare activities and maintenance of its establishments. The Additional Secretary, Establishment Division informed that on the order of the incumbent Secretary, a review of the mandate and organizational structure of the Staff Welfare Organization was under way. He informed that the review report would be presented before the Committee in two months, that would contain suggestion for making the Organization self-reliant and more responsive towards the needs of the Federal Government Employees.

The Committee pended discussion on the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021 due to absence of Chairman OGRA. The Committee opined that public functionaries should accord priority to the parliamentary business. The Committee also pended discussion on the Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill, 2021 for further discussion on the bill. The Committee was of the view that policy matters should remain within the purview of the Public Representatives i.e Minister In- Charge of any Ministry/Division since ultimately Public representatives were answerable to their constituents.

The Committee pended discussion on the Constitution (Amendment) Bills moved by MNAs Aliya Kamran and Salahuddin Ayubi seeking amendments in Article 27 of the Constitution for enhancing provincial and regional quota in federal government jobs. The Committee after briefing on SDGs Schemes of the government was of the view that projects funded by the federal money should be executed through and monitored by the Federal Government. The Members complained that the work on projects executed by the provincial departments was either substandard or were still incomplete since many years. The Additional Secretary Cabinet Division apprised the Committee that a Steering Committee headed by Defence Minister approved all the schemes received from provincial governments and a proper mechanism was in place of their monitoring. Regarding execution of projects through Pak-PWD, he said that a project worth Rs.12 billion were being executed in different parts of the country. On a query by the Chairperson, he informed that a scheme had been approved for provision of water to Islamabad Capital Territory with the cost of Rs.150 billion.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs;  Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Ms. Aliya Kamran, mover, Additional Secretaries Cabinet and Establishment Divisions and other officers of concerned departments.

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NA Standing Committee on Law & Justice meets today - September 16, 2021

Islamabad, 19th September, 2021; 58th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA at 02:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.
The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the Minutes of previous meeting held on 8th and 9th September 2021, and deferred the agenda No.2 till its next meeting.
The Committee considered the Bill, The Protection of Parents Bill, 2021 (Ordinance No. XII) of 2021 (Government Bill), after detail discussion the committee that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly with amendment.
The Committee did not consider the Bill, The Central Law Officers (Amendment) Bill, 2021 by Riaz Fatyana, MNA; and deferred the same till next meeting.
The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill,2021 (Article 11 and 25A) moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, after detail discussion the Committee recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
The Committee did not consider the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Insertion of Article 11-A) Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, MNA and deferred the same till next meeting.
The Committee considered the Bills, The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 5 and schedule), Ms. Nafisa Shah, MNA; The Legal Practitioners and Bar Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 5), Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA; after detailed discussion the Committee deferred the same with recommendation to the Pakistan Bar Council to reconsider the issue along with all the Provincial Bar Councils to devise a long-term formula for regarding enhancement of the seats of Bar Councils. It was also recommended that the Pakistan Bar Council shall also propose the solution for enhancement of tenure of Bar associations from one year to two years. It was also recommended that Pakistan Bar council shall also submit its proposals before the committee regarding judicial reforms especially with regard to recruitment of judges as well as for the consolidation of laws in Pakistan.
The Committee considered the Bills, The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Section 5) Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA. During deliberations Pakistan Bar Council supported the Bill to the extent of enhancement of one seat. After detailed deliberations the Committee recommended the Bill may be passed with amendments as suggested by the Pakistan Bar Council. The Committee extended thanks to representatives various Bar Councils and Bar Associations for attended the meeting.
Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Atta Ullah, Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, MS. Kishwar Zehra, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Mr. Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Agha Hassan Baloch, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Usman Ibraheem, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Mr.Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Minister for Law and Justice, the Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, Mr. Faheem Ali Chairman Executive Committee Pakistan Bar Council, Salah Ud Din Ahamed President Sindh High Court Bar, Naeem Uddin Vice Chairman K.P Bar Council, Mr. Zahid Mahmood Raja President Islamabad High Court Bar Association, Sardar Abdul Raziq Khan President High Court Bar Association Rawalpindi, Mr. Farooq Khokhar Member Punjab Bar Council, Zulfiqar Ali Abbasi Vice Chairman Islamabad Bar Council, along with their staff attended the meeting.
 


Meeting of Task Force of Executive Committee of Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group - September 15, 2021

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Meeting of Task Force of  Executive Committeeof Pak-Afghan Parliamentart Friendship Group held today 
 
Islamabad: 15th September 2021; During the meeting of Task Force of Executive Committee of Pakistan Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship group , the  matters pertaining to issuance of sim card to Afghan Visa holders,  the issue of Visa extension to Afghan citizens and making investment friendly policy for Afghanistan citizens were discussed. The Task force members decided to constitute a committee under secretary Board of investment and containing  representative of FBR and  SBP to make investment policies for Afghanistan investors. While responding to briefing by Secretary Commerce it was decided to facilitate  Afghanistan brethren in this time of food shortage and lack of essential commodities of life. the Task force also decided to prepare complete package to resolve the issues of demarrauge charges on  transit trade. 
Task Force meeting was attended by SAPM Mr. Arbab Shahzad,   Pakistan Special Envoy for  Afghanistan Mr. Sadiq Khan and Senior Officers of Ministry of Commerce, Interior, FBR and SBP.

N A Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture meets - September 14, 2021

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

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Islamabad, the 14th September, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture unanimously recommended that “The Pakistan Institute of Education Bill, 2021” may be passed by the National Assembly in its 20th meeting held today at 11:30 a.m. in the Committee Room of Academy of Education Planning and Management (AEPAM), Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA.

2. While briefing, the Additional Secretary, Federal Education and Professional Training Division apprised the Committee that the Pakistan Institute of Education (PIE) would be an institution of excellence meant for wide-ranging Research, Assessment, Training and Management Information Systems in education. He informed that PIE will forge a national consensus with respect to a long-term agenda for education, research, development, dissemination through collaborative efforts. He added that the main functions of the Institute include all comprehensive education data collection, analysis and reporting at National and International levels to support policy, planning and research as well as for future education reforms. The Institute will also capture all outputs of the education sector for analysis including learning systems, summative assessment and standardized scores. After detailed deliberations, the Committee unanimously recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly.

3. The Committee deferred “The Pakistan Global Institute Bill, 2021” (Government Bill) and “The NCS-Institute of Sciences Bill, 2021” (moved by Mr. James Iqbal, MNA) till its next meeting. Ms. Wajiha Qamar, Parliamentary Secretary for Federal Education and Professional Training Division requested the Committee to defer the agenda regarding Single National Curriculum (SNC) as the Hon. Minister will brief the Committee; therefore, the Committee deferred the agenda till its next meeting.

4. The Committee discussed the current Admission Policy in ICT Schools. The Director General, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) briefed that the children of residents of Islamabad Capital Territory, Children of Federal Government/Semi Government employees residing in Islamabad are eligible for admission with the location as close as possible to their residences. Priority is given to the residents of same Union Council/Sector whichever the case may be. However, the Children belonging to same family are accorded preference for admission in the institutions where their brothers/sisters are already enrolled. He apprised that admission tests are conducted for admission to institutions where the number of applicants for admission exceeds intake capacity of the institution. The Committee decided to take up the agenda in every meeting and Members of the Committee will visit the FDE for briefing on admission policy in ICT Schools.

5. Besides the Parliamentary Secretary, Federal Education and Professional Training Division    (Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA), the meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Mr. Asma Qadeer, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja, Mr. Abid Hussain Bhayo, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Mahesar, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro and Mr. Asmatullah, Hon. MNAs attended the meeting. The senior officers from Federal Education & Professional Training Division, Ministry of Law & Justice, Higher Education Commission, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), Academy of Education Planning and Management (AEPAM) and National Curriculum Council (NCC) were also present in the meeting.


(RUBAB TABASSUM)
Secretary Committee


National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) met today - September 10, 2021

Islamabad; September 10th, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) met today at 11:00 AM in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA.
2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Chairman Standing Committee welcomed the Minister for IPC, Members of the Committee and other Participants. After Confirmation of the minutes of the previous meeting and report on implementation status the Committee proceeded to agenda item No. 3 to discuss the prevention of Offences in Sports Bill, 2020 (moved by Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, MNA).
3. The representative of the Ministry of Law & Justice briefed the Committee regarding the said Bill. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of Law & Justice must present comprehensive report on the said Bill in the next meeting of the Standing Committee.
4. While proceeding on agenda item No. 4 “To discuss the question No. 145 moved in the House on 7th February, 2020 moved by Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA. The Committee deferred the matter due to non presence of the mover.
5. While considering the agenda item No. 5 regarding briefing by Pakistan Hockey Federation the Committee showed its great concern on downfall of hockey and enquired that how could possible the revival of hockey in future. The Secretary General of Pakistan Hockey Federation informed the Committee that we have out dated structure and whenever we do not update our structure and adopt the international system we will remain back. He further informed the Committee that our neighboring countries spending too much money on hockey while we have too much shortage of budget. He apprised the Committee that in 2012-13 Pakistan was on No. 5 while India was on No. 11 in international hockey. He informed the Committee about Government grant, Special grant and other sources of budget. He informed the Committee that in previous three years we played only 4 international matches. He further informed the Committee that we should play 30 to 35 international matches annually to boost up the hockey. He said that hockey culture maybe promoted at school level. He assured the Committee, if the hockey may be provided funding just like cricket we will give you better results. He suggested that there should be a school of excellence for hockey in every Province and by selection from the Provinces sportsmen may be selected for national school of excellence. The Chairman enquired about the audit of Hockey Federation, the Committee was informed that we go through three types of audits, internal, external and Governmental every year. The Chairman enquired about foreign funding for Hockey Federation, the representative of Hockey Federation replied that we don’t receive any foreign funding hence we pay 10,000 Dollar affiliation fee to International Hockey Federation. The Secretary, IPC informed the Committee that we are perusing Provinces to focus on Football, Hockey, Kabadi and Volleyball at the school level. Furthermore, he advised Hockey Federation to make request to the Ministry for Coach and we will help out you for hiring International Coach. He apprised the Committee that new sports policy will be presented before the Federal Cabinet within a month in which model guidelines for Sports Federations, Elections will be incorporated.
6. D.G, Pakistan Sports Board informed the Committee that after 31 years, renovation of the stadium is under process. He further informed that we are bringing long term policy over and above the politics we should change our priorities. He further informed that there are 41 Federations of Sports. He apprised the Committee that they are preparing for Asian Games which will be held in the month of September. The Chairman Standing Committee showed displeasure on the negative remarks by Rasheed Ul Hassan, Ex-Hockey Olympian regarding Prime Minister of Pakistan and demanded for an appropriate action against him. The Committee showed its great concern and displeasure on poor performance of President Pakistan Olympic Association and the General Secretary, Pakistan Olympic Association continuously holding the position from the last 17 years. The Minister IPC informed the Committee that last Sports policy was made in 2005 and after that we are bringing new sports policy to regulate, accountability, infrastructure, Elections of the Federations, players registration etc. The Chairman Standing Committee suggested for funding of Rs. 1 Billion to Hockey for its betterment.
7. While discussing agenda item No. 6 the representative of the Pakistan Gymnastic Federation informed the Committee that 2 to 3 thousand children are doing gymnastic at the present. He briefed the Committee regarding the Gymnastic Federation in detail.
8. While discussing agenda item No. 7 regarding Pakistan Olympic Association, the Committee enquired about not attending the meeting by the President of Pakistan Olympic Association and showed its displeasure. The Committee was informed by the Secretary General of Pakistan Olympic Association that due to visit abroad he could not attend the meeting and in the next meeting of the Committee he will be able to attend the meeting. He further informed that Committee that their total annual budget is Rs. 50 Million and they go through audit by Chartered Accountant regularly.                        
9. The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Mr. Mehboob Shah,       Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Ms. Robina Jamil,  Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Mr. Fakhar Zaman, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhinder, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khohar, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Ms. Nasiba Channa, and Syed Faiz ul Hassan and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.
 


Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets - September 10, 2021

Sindh Police is directed to protect the parents and witnesses of Late Journalist Ajay Lal Wani CDA should expedite its development work in E-12 and handover the plots to the allottees by 2023 Out of 140 Government Universities 79 are providing safe drinking water and the case to install water filtration plant in 59 universities has been submitted in Planning Commission: HEC

Islamabad(10th September 2021) Sindh Police is directed to protect the parents and witnesses of Late Journalist Ajay Lal Wani and CDA should expedite its development work in E-12 and handover the plots to the allottees by 2023. These directions were passed in the meeting of the Standing Committee on Government Assurances. The meeting of the Standing Committee was held under the Chairmanship of Chief Whip of Ruling Party and Chairman, Standing Committee Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, MNA. The Standing Committee was informed that Ajay Lal Wani was an able journalist, who was killed by unknown people at 09:30 p.m. while he was sitting in a barber shop. So, the Sindh Police worked hard and arrested all of the five culprits, along with the guns used in the killing, within ten days. The murderers were sent to jail under anti-terrorist act. Thereafter, due to sensitivity of the issue, the Sindh Government also constituted a JIT. The findings of JIT and the findings of the Police were similar. Now, the case is in the Court of Law. The Standing Committee appreciated the efficiency of the Sindh Police. The Standing Committee was informed that the parents of Late Ajay Lal Wani and the witnesses of the incident are under pressure. So, the Standing Committee directed Sindh Police to keep in-touch and protect the parents of the Late Ajay Lal Wani and the witnesses and submit its report in thirty days. The Standing Committee was informed that issue of E-12 was very old. However, the present Government is committed to complete it as early as possible. The Standing Committee directed that whole of the area of E-12 must be got vacated from the land grabbers and its development should be completed before 2023 and thereafter the possession of the plots should be given to the allottees. The Standing Committee examined the Assurance related to provision of safe drinking water in all of the Universities. Higher Education Commission (HEC) informed that out of 140 Government Universities the facility of safe drinking water is available there in 79 universities. Whereas a case of provision of safe drinking water to 59 universities has been submitted to Planning Commission. The Standing Committee directed that HEC should submit a request for early release of funds to Planning Commission. Moreover, the Standing Committee directed the Planning Commission to release the funds for 59 water filtration plants. So that the project can be completed timely. The Standing Committee examined the incident of death of a Lane Man in the area of constituency No. 183 of National Assembly of Pakistan. The representatives of MEPCO and Power Division apprised the Standing Committee that all dues have been paid to the family of the deceased Lane Man and all of the officials, found guilty of negligence, have been penalized under the relevant law. So, the Standing Committee disposed of the Assurance accordingly.     

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Government Assurances, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar and attended by Members National Assembly Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Sheikh Rashid Shafiq, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Mr. Khalid Hussain Khan Magsi, Chaudhary Armghan Subhani, Mr.  Usman Ibrahim, Syed Javed Husnain, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, MNA/Mover, Mr. Jai Parkash, MNA/Mover, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA/Mover, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, MNA/Mover. Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs was also present in the meeting. Senior civil officers from Aviation Division, Interior Division, CDA, Federal Education and Professional Training Division, Higher Education Commission, PIA and Sindh Police also attended the meeting.


N A Standing Committee on Industries and Production meets - September 9, 2021

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Islamabad, the 9th September, 2021:18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production of the National Assembly was held today i.e. 9th September, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House Islamabad, under the Acting chairmanship of  Mr. Usama Qadri, MNA.

2. Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA/Mover of the Bill “The Export Processing Zones Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019” apprised the Committee about the salient features of the said Bill. He said that subject to the Constitution primely Majlis-e-Shura (Parliament) has exclusive power to make laws with respect to any matter in the Federal Legislative List, frequently enactments empower the Government, or specified bodies or office-holders to make rules to carry out the purposes thereof popularly known as delegated, secondary or subordinate legislation.

3. He further informed that the rules of both the National Assembly and the Senate provided that delegated legislation may be examined by the Committees concerned, but practically no effective parliamentary oversight has been made. Further, in the prevalent legal system it is also a departure from the principle of separation of powers that laws should be made by the elected representatives of the people in Parliament and not by the executive Government. In parliamentary democracies the principle has been largely preserved through an effective system of parliamentary control of executive law-making, by making provision that copies of all subordinate legislations be laid before each House of the parliament within prescribed sitting days thereof otherwise they cease to have effect. The representative from Ministry of Law and Justice was also present in the meeting. He invited the attention of the Committee towards the Article 99 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan clause (2) and (3) reproduced as under: -

“The [Federal Government] shall by rules specify the manner in which orders and other instruments made and executed [in the name of the President] shall be authenticated, and the validity of any order or instrument so authenticated shall not be questioned an any court on the grounds that it was not made or executed by the President.”

“The Federal Government shall also make rules for the allocation and transaction of its business”
 
4. After detailed discussion the Committee decided that legal opinion from the Ministry of Law and Justice may be obtained on the Bill. Minister and Secretary Law may also be invited in the meeting of the Committee for further deliberation in this regard.The Committee deferred the agenda pertaining to Point of Order, moved by Ms. Saira Bano, MNA regarding the booking of MG Vehicles for its next meeting, due to some official engagements of the Honorable Mover.

5. The Committee expressed its concerns over the increase in the price of fertilizer, especially DAP. Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, MNA expressed his displeasure on the absence of Minister and Secretary Ministry of Industries and Production in the meetings of the Committee.

6. The meeting was attended by MNAs, Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Mr. Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Watto, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Sahibzada Sibgatullah, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Ms. Sajida Begum, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Mr. Amir Talal Gopang, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Mr. M. Perviaz Malik and Rana M. Ishaq Khan, MNAs besides the senior officers from M/o Industries & Production, M/o Law & Justice, and MG Automobile Industries.

  

(AMIR OMER MALIK)
Secretary Committee


N A Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - September 9, 2021

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

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Islamabad, 09th September, 2021; 57th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA at 03:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

 

The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

The Committee did not consider the Bills, The Protection of Parents Bill, 2021 (Ordinance No. XII) of 2021 (Government Bill), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 11 and 25A). Moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill,2021 (Article 11) moved by Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz MNA, and deferred the same till next meeting.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 1, 51 & 106) Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA after detailed discussion the committee deferred the same till next meeting.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 59) Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA after detailed discussion the committee deferred the same till next meeting at request of the mover.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article-37) and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article-36) Mr. Kesoo Mal Khel Das, MNA after detailed discussion the committee recommends that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 51 and 106). Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA; after detailed discussion the committee deferred the same till next meeting with recommendation, that the Election Commission of Pakistan shall formulate the concreate proposal to address the issue highlighted by the Mover.

Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Agha Hassan Baloch, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Mr. Kesoo Mal Khel Das, Mr. Zahid Akram Durani, Special Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan, Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice along with their staff attended the meeting.

 


(TAHIR FAROOQ)

Director (L.D)/Secretary Committee

 


Agri Exporters Present Concerns to NA Panel on Agriculture - September 9, 2021

 Agri Exporters Present Concerns to NA Panel on Agriculture

Islamabad, the September 9th, 2021: The members of the National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products urged the government to holistically address the structural, operational and policy issues to accelerate the country’s agricultural exports. It was revealed that higher cost of production, low level of farms productivity, lack of research in seed development and infrastructural bottlenecks precludes Pakistan’s quest for enhanced agricultural export value and competitiveness.

The members stressed that without meaningful intervention, modernization and structural transformation of the agriculture sector, food inflation would derail prospects of Pakistan’s economic growth.  The Sub-Committee led by Shandana Gulzar Khan was tasked to zero in on the problems of the agricultural exporters and make recommendations to eliminate the hindrances to enhancing the country’s export value.  

The Speaker National Assembly has initiated a series of meetings of the Special Committee to zero in on the challenges of Pakistan’s agro-economy. All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association, Rice Exporters Association and officials of the Ministry of Commerce, Food Security and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council briefed the Committee on Monday on the challenges to rice and fruits & vegetable export.

The Patron in Chief of All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association warned that without substantial intervention to support the agriculture sector, Pakistan was heading to inflation enabled food security crisis. He referred to last year effort of Speaker National Assembly resulting in breaking previous records of Pakistan’s food and agricultural export and added that Parliamentarians had great leverage to accelerate the country’s agro-economic growth.

The exporters promised drastic improvements in enhancing Pakistan’s agricultural export if their problems were resolved. It was highlighted that  Kinnow was facing acute viral diseases and insect infestation and Pakistan’s  $ 200 Million export was endangered Tit was Demanded to recognize fruits and vegetables as industry and grant privileges like other export-oriented sectors including textile, carpets, leather, sports and surgical goods. It was also maintained that Quarantine Section at Taftan and Chaman should be activated to facilitate exporters at this important border. The Committee was urged to reduce the fee for issuance of Phyto-Sanitary certificate from Rs.2,500 to Rs.300.

The rice exporters urged to government to urgently address the availability and price of freight logistics resulting in the carryover of stocks.  They highlighted that destination charges have become more than tripled in cost and yet availability is still poor to the point that exporters have not been able to fulfill their orders. It is resulting in bigger carryover of stocks than usual into the next harvest, they added.  



WASIM GOHAR

Secretary Committee


N A Standing Committee on Commerce meets - September 9, 2021

 26th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce was held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA.


The Committee considered “The Trade Organizations (Amendment) Act 2021” moved by Ms. Sajida Begum MNA and referred by the National Assembly on 10th August 2021.  The Secretary, Ministry of Commerce informed that the proposed Amendments in the Act, including an increase in the tenure of Chambers and other organizations, is under the consultative stage with the Ministry of Law and Justice. After a detailed discussion, the Committee decided to invite the relevant stakeholders, especially the current President FPCCI and former President FPCCI, in the next meeting.


The Committee discussed the ban on the export of livestock especially the ban on poultry and its product. The Committee was informed that as per directives of the Committee, the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of National Food Security & Research are holding sessions with all the stakeholders to resolve the issue. However, the matter of ban on poultry and its product is in the court of law. The Chair observed that this kind of action has resulted in failure to meet export orders by the exporters and It has caused huge losses to exporters in particular and the industry as a whole. The Chair also observed that this action will provide the chance to other countries to fill the gap. The committee directed the Ministry of Commerce to peruse the case as a top priority.


The Committee also considered the Pension and gratuity for the employees of Pakistan Cotton Standard Institute (PCSI) and directed the Ministry to resolve the issue as soon as possible.


The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meeting. The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh, Mr. Khurram Shehzad, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Mrs. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, and Syed Javed Ali Shah Jelani, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by the Secretary Ministry of Commerce with senior officers from the Ministry.  
                                                                                             

HAMMAD ULLAH KAZI

Secretary, Standing Committee on Commerce,


The NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - September 8, 2021


NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) meets - September 8, 2021

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON STATES AND FRONTIER REGIONS (SAFRON)

 
Islamabad; September 8th, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Ministry of SAFRON, S-Block, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA.
2. The Committee was briefed on the implementation status of previous recommendations of the Committee in detail.
3. The Secretary, Agriculture Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa briefed the Committee on the agenda. The Members of the Committee showed its displeasure that the attached departments under the Agriculture Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa do not consult the Parliamentarians on development schemes in their constituencies. It was further pointed out that the concerned departments only take on board the Members of Provincial Assembly belonging to merged districts on development schemes in newly merged areas (Erstwhile FATA), however, the Rs. 54 Billion budget allocated to the newly merged areas (Erstwhile FATA) by the Federal Government so it is the responsibility of Head of Departments to consult the MNAs from newly merged areas (Erstwhile FATA) on each development scheme in their constituencies. Thereafter, the Committee recommended that a meeting would be convened on the Provincial Head Quarter Peshawar, for briefing of the Committee on the development schemes and other related activities in Erstwhile FATA.
4. The District Police Officer, District Khyber also briefed the Committee over the duties and the responsibilities of Khasadar and Levies in detail. He informed the Committee that 64% Khasadar and Levies Force completed the special Training imparting by the Army and Police. He further said that after getting the specialized training they are deputing and performing well. The Committee also showed its great concern on lake of coordination between Police and Public representatives. The Committee advised DPO to ensure respect for public representatives.
5. The Committee was also briefed over the distribution policy of Medical Seats in public sector Medical Colleges in detail. It was pointed out during the meeting that last year FR Lakki and FR D.I.Khan  were not given a single MBBS seat which is injustice with concerned Frontier Regions. However, the Additional Secretary, Home and Tribal Affairs Department and Vice Chancellor, Khyber Medical University informed the Committee that for the next session 2021-22 have proposed amendments in the admission policy wherein proposed five seats of MBBS and two seats BDS for each Frontier Regions (FR).      
6. The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shahid Ahmad, Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar, Ms. Aysha Rajab Ali, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi and Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.


(Muhammad Saleem Wains)
Secretary Committee

N A Special Committee on Agricultural Products meets - September 8, 2021

 No stock should be left unsold with the farmers: NA Panel

Islamabad, the September 8th, 2021: The National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products instructed the Pakistan Tobacco Board to ensure that no stock of tobacco is left unsold with the farmers. The members stressed that the government should find a solution to ensure that the existing stock of rice is exported before the arrival of the new crop. The Committee underlined the need to revise the lacunas in the legal and regulatory framework to permanently settle the issues in the tobacco marketing processes while balancing both the interest of the farmers and industry.  The meeting of the Special Committee, held on Wednesday at Parliament House, was part of a series of meetings on tobacco, the export of fruits and vegetables, rice, fish and fish preparations, meat and meat preparations.  

MNA Shandana Gulzar Khan, while presiding the meeting in the absence of the Speaker National Assembly, stated that the Committee was keen to facilitate a conducive environment for fair and transparent transaction between the farmers and the industry.  She underlined the need for building capability of the Pakistan Tobacco Board and revision of the Tobacco Board Ordinance 1968 to become an effective regulator. The Committee recommended that Pakistan tobacco Board should prepare necessary amendments in the legal framework for tobacco production and marketing.  The Convener urged the concerned officials to play a lead role in ending the farmers distress created by delayed commencement of purchase by a number of companies.  

The representatives of the farmers and tobacco industry presented their immediate concerns to the Committee. The officials of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research and the Pakistan Tobacco Board presented a compliance report on the recommendations of the Special Committee On Agricultural Products. The Chairman, Pakistan Tobacco Board assured the Committee that no stock of tobacco crop would be left unsold.  

The farmers, while thanking the Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiser, stated that in the Parliamentary history of Pakistan, the farmers never had such a forceful representation before the Standing and Special Committees. They expressed hope that the Committee would play a lead role in accelerating Pakistan’s agricultural growth as well as protecting the interest of the small farmers.  
 


N A Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting meets - September 2, 2021

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad, the 2nd September, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting performed Dua e Maghfirat for the departed soul of Great Hurriyat /Kashmiri Separatist Leader Syed Ali Gillani in its meeting held today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Headquarters, Mauve Area, G-8/1 Islamabad. The meeting held under the Chairmanship of Mian Javed Latif, MNA.

2. Inspector General of Police, (ICT), briefed the Committee regarding murder attacks on former Chairman PEMRA/Senior Journalist (Mr. Absar Alam) Journalist (Mr. Asad Toor), and further briefed the committee regarding registration of FIRs against journalists Mr. Hamid Mir and Ms. Asma Sherazi.

3. After detailed briefing by Inspector General of Police (ICT), the Minister of Information & Broadcasting directed the Secretary, Ministry of Interior to take up matters/issues of former Chairman PEMRA/Senior Journalist (Mr. Absar Alam) and Journalist Mr. Asad Toor, and submit a final report to the Committee earliest.  
 
4. Minister for Information & Broadcasting briefed the Committee about draft Proposal regarding Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA),merging Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Press Council of Pakistan, (PCP), Central Board of Films Censors (CBFC), Press Registrar Office, Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), Implementation Tribunal for Newspaper Employees (ITNE) to regulate electronic, print, digital media and films under single regulatory Authority Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA).

5. He further briefed the Committee that Pakistan Electronic Media Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMPRA Amendment Act 2007, the Motion Picture Ordinance 1979, the Press Council of Pakistan Ordinance, 2002, The Press, Newspaper, News Agencies and Books Registration Ordinance, 2002, Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) Act 1973 to be repealed.

6. After having a detailed deliberation regarding “Proposed draft of Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA); the Committee appointed a Sub-Committee under the Convenorship of Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab and Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNAs as its Members.

7. The Committee deferred the Government Bills, namely, The Motion Picture (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Pakistan Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and a Private Member Bill, The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulator Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (moved by Ms. Uzma Riaz, MNA) and Calling Attention Notice No. 29 regarding increasing obscenity on TV channels (moved by Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali and other MNAs) till its next meeting due to paucity of time.

8. The meeting was attended by Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Muhammad Akram Cheema, Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Saad Waseem and Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan MNAs (Ms. Naz Baloch & Dr. Nafisa Shah, virtual presence) & Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Minister for State, Information & Broadcasting and Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA/Mover, besides senior officers from M/o Information & Broadcasting, M/o Interior, PEMRA, Ministry of Law  Justice and Police Department, Islamabad.


(SYED HASEEN RAZA ZAIDI)
Deputy Secretary/Secretary Committee


N A Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - September 2, 2021

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
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 Chillas, 2nd September, 2021:  19th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held under the Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA, at Potato Tissue Culture Lab at Chillas.

2.    The Committee was informed by officials of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) about various verities of potato plants production through tissue culture as this is the only solution for getting more potato seed production and PARC is doing its best for achieving the objectives in terms of bumper, potato crop. They, further, informed that presently, we are producing locally, 1% certified seed and relying on imported seed. About 15000 tonnes seed is being imported, worth more than Rs. one billion, annually.  

3.      The Committee was also apprised that, per annum, 50,000 plantletings production targets have been fixed through tissues culture in this Lab, and it will be sufficient for 20,000 tonnes certified seed production after five cycles. The Committee appreciated the efforts of the PARC.  


4.     MNAs, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Mr. Kamal Ud din, and senior officers/ officials from the Ministry NFS&R /PARC attended the meeting.


N A Special Committee on erstwhile FATA meets - September 2, 2021

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NA Panel on Erstwhile FATA Vows to Accelerate Development of the Region

Islamabad, the September 2nd: The members of the National Assembly Special Committee on erstwhile FATA vowed to accelerate the development of the merged districts and eliminate hurdles to the region’s structural transformation and good governance. The Chairman of the Committee MNA Junaid Akbar remarked that the region’s inclusive economic development requires policy coherence and coordination amongst all the stakeholders at all levels. He highlighted that leadership of all the political parties would be taken on board to develop a consensus ‘beyond partisan lines’ on the desired reforms and developmental initiatives in the newly merged districts.  He made these remarks while presiding the 2nd meeting of the Special Committee on erstwhile FATA at Parliament House on Thursday.  

The meeting was convened to adopt TORs submitted by the Sub-Committee. The Chairman remarked that exhaustive TORs lays the foundation for the Committee to ensure that all the commitments made to the people of the region are implemented in letter and spirit. The Committee unanimously adopted the ‘Terms of Reference’ submitted by the Sub-Committee.

The Chairman of the Committee explained that the formation of the Committee was rooted in the desire to facilitate the social, political, administrative and economic transformation of the newly merged districts. It was unanimously recommended that timely provision of the region’s due share at 3% in the NFC award must be ensured as a prerequisite for the accelerated development of the erstwhile tribal belt. Several members highlighted that even the share in the NFC award was not commensurate with the region’s current population strength as well as the scale of development challenges. It was recommended that the issue of the NFC award and the denial of due share of the newly merged districts should be taken up in the next meeting on priority basis.

The members regretted that post-merger administrative system of the newly merged district is the reincarnation of the same old pre-merger system without any meaningful change or any benefit to the inhabitants of the region and stressed on the need to revamp the governance system. It was stressed that the committee should play a lead role in developing and overseeing the region’s developmental plan and in close coordination with the provincial and federal government, must ensure that all the spending is in line with the developmental plan. The TORs also underlined the need for a greater role for the elected representatives in facilitating economic development.

 

WASIM GOHAR

(Secretary Committee)


Standing Committee On Cabinet Secretariat Meets - September 2, 2021

Islamabad; September 2, 2021: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has asked Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to assert its regulatory authority and address the issue of overbilling by Gas Distribution Companies. The Committee observed that the genuine customers should not suffer on the pretext of faulty gas meters and gas pilferage. The Committee decided to call Chiefs of OGRA, SNGPL and SSGCL in its ensuing meeting to discuss the issue. The Committee met under the chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Parliament House, this morning.

The committee after discussion approved the Oil and Gas Regulatory (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which aims to ensure natural gas pricing on regular basis. After this amendment the OGRA shall eliminate gaps between regular, semi annual tariff determination and notification.

The Committee was apprised about the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which aims to bring entire Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Re-gasified Liquefied Gas (RLNG) licensing and pricing under regulatory framework of OGRA. It was further apprised that amendment in Question would further empower OGRA to determine and notify the RLNG sale price under the OGRA Ordinance, 2002. The Committee observed that Bill need further deliberation therefore, it would take up the same in its next meeting.

    The Committee after discussion disapproved the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021” moved by Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, MNA. The Committee was apprised that Bill in question aims in providing provincial representation in the OGRA. The Chairman OGRA contented that the OGRA deals with marketing and regulation of midstream and downstream gas and oil sectors, thus the amendment proposed by the MNA would change the structure of the Authority. He further informed that all the issues related to exploration of oil and gas are discussed in the Council of Common Interest, which has appropriate representation of the provinces.

    The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mover Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheal Das, Additional Secretary Cabinet Division, Chairman OGRA and other officers of concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - September 1, 2021

Mansehra, 1st September, 2021:  19th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held under the Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA, at National Tea and High Value Crops Research Institute at Shinkiari (NTHRI).

2.    The Committee was given briefing regarding the objectives and potential of Tea cultivation in Pakistan, in detail. The Committee was informed that about183000 Acers were identified for Tea cultivation in Pakistan. He, further, added that green tea is being exported to Japan. The Committee appreciated the efforts of the Administration of NTHRI

3.       The issues were also raised by the Management of NTHRI regarding the shortage of employees, and requested for the construction of boundary- wall of the NTHRI. The Committee directed NARC that the issues and problems of the NTHRI may be resolved on priority basis.

4.   MNAs, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Mr. Kamal Udin, and senior officers/ officials from the Ministry NFS&R and NARC attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - September 1, 2021

Islamabad; September 1, 2021: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to strictly check use of cellular numbers for cybercrimes specially financially defrauding people. The Committee further directed the Authority to also conduct performance evaluation of cellular companies to check the issues of weak mobile signals. The Committee met under the chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Parliament House, this morning.

The Committee was apprised that PTA has regularly been monitoring fraudulent calls made from domestic and international numbers and had taken various measures with the help of cellular companies to stop such calls. The PTA Representative further informed the Committee that action had been initiated against the subscribers against whom complaints have been filed. He assured the Committee that the Authority would vigilantly monitor all illegal activities and misuse of cellular numbers. Regarding illegally issued SIMs, the PTA Representative informed that the system have been refined for issuance of SIM through live detection of finger prints. The Representative of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) also apprised the Committee about the issue under discussion. He informed that cybercrimes were being dealt under Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act. He informed that money fraudulently deducted from the bank accounts does not under the purview of the PECA and the same should be dealt by the State Bank of Pakistan.

The Committee after thorough discussion decided not to recommend the Benazir Income Support Programme (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the National Poverty Reduction Bill, 2021” moved by MNAs Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva and Ms. Uzma Riaz, respectively for passage. The Committee was of the view that existing provision of both the laws suffice thus the amendment proposed by the Members would either be duplication or would limit the scope of the existing laws. The Committee recommended that the Poverty Alleviation Council established under the Benazir Income Support Programme be made functional at the earliest and members from the Senate and National Assembly be included it.

The Committee pended discussion on the Starred Question No. 52 and 75, moved by MNAs Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi respectively; The Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the Benazir Income Support Programme (Amendment) Bill, 2021” moved by Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva till its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs; Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Mover Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva, Secretary Poverty Alleviation & Social Safety Division and other officers of concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication meets - August 31, 2021

The Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications has directed Pakistan Telecommunications Authority and NADRA to bring a plan of action to stop the illegally issued Mobile SIMs. The Committee expressed its concern on the indifferent attitude of both the departments for not complying with its directions after lapse of considerable time. The Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meet with Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA in the chair.

The Committee was apprised that PTA had introduced stringent measures to check the illegal issuance of SIMs and the problems had been considerably reduced. The PTA representative informed that PTA had also taken punitive action against Mobile operators whose sales centers or franchises were found involved in issuance of SIMs without fulfilling mandatory requirements and verification. The Committee was not satisfied with the reply, therefore, directed PTA and NADRA to bring a plan of action before the Committee with 15 days.

The Committee also decided to call Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in next meeting of the Committee to discuss issues related to cybercrimes. The Committee observed that FIA was lagging behind in curbing cybercrimes due to its capacity issues. The Committee also decided to call Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in its next meeting to discuss Media Development Authority Ordinance. few Members of the Committee expressed their concerns on the Ordinance and termed it an attempt to contain the growth of social media.

The Committee while discussing the Calling Attention Notice moved Ch. Faqir Muhammad, MNA regarding failure of the PTA to curb pornography, blasphemous content and hate speech on social media. The Mover contended that PTA had not been able to stop such content which had destroyed the social fabric and also created intolerance in the society. The PTA Representative apprised that the Authority had taken stringent measures to block such content, however due to technological constraints and limitation the content hosted by the websites offshore, action cannot be taken. He apprised that PTA was constantly in touch with all social media platforms and actions were taken time to time. He said that action had been initiated against violators under cybercrime laws. The Committee pended discussion on The Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organization) (Amendment) Bill, 2020” and The Electronic Transactions (Amendment) Bill, 2019 moved by Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA till its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Sahibzada Sibghatullah, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, Mr. Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Wattoo, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Shamim Ara Panhwar, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Naz Baloch, Syed Mehmood Shah, Choudhary Faqir Ahmad, MNA/Mover, Secretary M/o Information Technology & Telecommunication and other officers of concerned departments.


Standing Committee On Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development meets - August 30, 2021

Islamabad; 30th August, 2021: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development met in Committee Room of old PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, this morning under the Chairmanship of Sheikh Fayyaz ud Din, MNA to discuss the various issues pertaining to M/o Overseas Pakistanis & HRD.

The Committee expressed grave concern over the Overseas Pakistanis detained in jails of different countries against minor cases and could not pursue their cases due to financial constraints. The Committee therefore, directed that M/o Overseas Pakistanis & HRD may take up their cases at appropriate forum and provide them legal assistance so that they came back to Pakistan at the earliest.

The Committee expressed concern over the unnecessary delay in finalizing the corruption cases of their officials and Community Welfare Attaches (CWA) in Departmental Account Committees despite the fact some of the cases are pending more than 15 years and directed that ministry may finalize their inquiry reports at the earliest and pursue their cases effectively pending in NAB, FIA and other Courts for adjudication so that culprits could be penalized accordingly.

The Committee also expressed concern over the discriminatory attitude of Australian Universities towards Pakistani Students despite the fact they have paid heavy fees but universities are not allowing them for visa or to continue their online studies which is a huge loss of a large number of Pakistani Students. The Committee therefore, directed that Minister of Foreign Affairs may be requested to take up the issue with Australian Foreign Minister to find out its amicable solution.      

The meeting was attended by Mr. Shahid Ahmed, MNA, Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, MNA, Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhary, MNA Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, MNA, Syed Javed Husnain, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, MNA and Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA & officials of M/o Overseas Pakistanis & HRD and M/o Foreign Affairs were also present in the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Energy (Petroleum Division) met - August 27, 2021

 

 

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            Islamabad 27th of August, 2021: The Standing Committee on Energy (Petroleum Division) met under the Chairmanship of Mr. Imran Khattak, MNA. The Committee considered “The Petroleum (Amendment) Bill, 2021” (Govt. Bill), and sought clarification on certain proposed amendments from the Ministry and directed that in conjunction with Ministry of Law and Justice, they should come up with proper definition in the next scheduled meeting. The said Bill was deferred for the next scheduled meeting.

 

2.         On an explanation  sought from the  Petroleum Division for expansive purchase by Pakistan LNG in the week of 26-30 July, 2021 of four cargos. It was told that because of due diligence and through spot LNG procurement a saving of 41 billion rupees has been made. The major issues with LNG market in Pakistan is that there is no gas/LNG storage in Country and existing PPRA regime does not suit spot cargo imports. Also Trading in LNG futures requires massive financial guarantees which PSO and PLL are not able to provide (circular debt issues). The Committee asked the Ministry to interact with electronic and print media on this issue.

 

3.         The Committee showed annoyance on the unjustified expulsion of employees in SSGC and directed that a report in this regard should be submitted within one week.

 

4.         MNA’s Mr. Junaid Akber, Malik Anwar Taj, Mr. Shahid Ahmad, Choudhary Aamir Sultan Cheema, Mr. Jai Parkash, Chaudhary Khalid Javed, Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Mahar Irshad Ahmed Khan, Shazia Marri,  Mr. Roshanuddin Junejo, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar and Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Division, along with senior officers of the relevant departments attended the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 (SYED M. JAWAD MURTAZA NAQVI)

   J.S /Secretary Committee


MANs & Ms Zala Qaiser's surprise visit of National Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine(NIRM) - August 26, 2021

The Hon. Members of the National Assembly of Pakistan paid a surprise visit to National Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (NIRM), Islamabad alongside Ms. Zala Qaiser, the daughter of the Hon. Speaker National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Thursday the 26th August, 2021.

NIRM was established in 1987/88 under a presidential order to provide state of the art health care facilities for all types of disabilities.

All services that the hospital provides were thoroughly inspected by the august forum. The faculty members were inquired about their requirements besides taking direct input from the patients about the standard of services provided therein. The Hon. Members assured that the shortcomings as informed and founded during the inspection would be met on war footings through the Special Committee on Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) working under the chairmanship of the Hon. Speaker National Assembly. The hospital administration informed about the shortage of human resource and medical equipment being the prime reason for the patient's long waiting list besides the pandemic Covid-19.

It is pertinent to apprise about the unparalleled progress that the Special Committee on (PWDs) under the Speaker National Assembly has made for the inclusion, uplift and mainstreaming of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) as committed/announced during the historic commemoration of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in 2019 at the Parliament House. It has successfully translated the constitution of Pakistan into braille, conducted accessibility audit and upgraded the Parliament House building accordingly and is on its way to launch the National Assembly official website accessible to PWDs, making it one of the few Parliaments in the world.

The Special Committee in-addition to the aforementioned steps has developed a comprehensive roadmap to capitalize on the potential of differently abled persons as productive citizens of the state. It has made significant progress in making health, education and employment to be available for this important segment of our society. The Issues related to PWDs have been taken up with the CDA, NADRA, POLICE, EHSAAS PROGRAM, HEALTH, COMMERCE and EDUCATION MINISTRY to name the few.  

 


16th meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs - August 26, 2021

16th meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad at 11:00 a.m. under the Chairmanship of Mr. Mujahid Ali, MNA to consider the Government and Private Members’ Bills.

The Standing Committee discussed the Bills in detail, Mr. Ali Mohammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs requested that the following Bills may be withdrawn. The committee therefore, unanimously recommended that the following Bills may be withdrawn: -

i. The Members of Parliament (Salaries and Allowances) (Amendment) Bill, 2020” (moved by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan,

ii. The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2021” (Ord. No. IV of 2021) (moved by Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar Awan, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs) (Government Bill);

The Committee also discussed the pros & cons of the following Bills. Some members requested that Committee may not passed the following Bills in a haste and proposed legislation may be deferred till its next meeting for in-depth analysis in order to avoid overlapping of the existing legislation. The Committee agreed in principle and deferred the following Bills/agenda items till its next meeting: -

i. The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (Section-104) (moved by Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA) (Private Members Bill);

ii. The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020” (moved by Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, MNA) (Private Members Bill);

iii. The Biometric Electoral Voting Bill, 2020” (moved by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, MNA) (Private Members Bill);

iv. The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2021” (moved by Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, MNA) (Private Members Bill);

v. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to brief the Committee over the ambiguity and discrepancies in the voters lists, by making Election Commission of Pakistan, a party in the matter and directing them to re-visit the Electoral Rolls;

vi. The Election Commission of Pakistan to brief the Committee over the review of the process of voters verification on annual basis as presently it is done only during the election process; and    

Members/MNAs, namely, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Ms. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Ms. Zill-e-Huma, Ms. Fouzia Bahram, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Rana Mubashir Iqbal, Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shams-Un-Nisa, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Mr. Ali Mohammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA/Mover, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, MNA/Mover and representatives of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs & Election Commission of Pakistan attended the meeting.


16th meeting of the Standing Committee on Science & Technology - August 26, 2021

16th meeting of the Standing Committee on Science & Technology was held on 26th August, 2021 at 2:00 p.m in Committee Room No.7. Mr. Sajid Mehdi, Chairman presided over the meeting to discuss the various issues pertaining to Ministry of Science & Technology.

The Committee discussed the pros & cons of the following Government & Private members Bills. Some members requested that Committee may not pass the Bills in a haste to remove lacunas and to avoid the possibility of overlapping of the existing legislation. The Committee agreed in principle and deferred the following Bills till its next meeting: -

“The University of Engineering and Emerging Technology Bill, 2020” (Government Bill);

“The National Metrology Institute of Pakistan Bill, 2021” (Government Bill);

“The National University of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2020” (moved by Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA);

The Committee highly appreciated the efforts of COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) and National Institute of Electronics (NIE), Islamabad for preparation of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in short span of time. However, some members of the Opposition strongly criticized the introduction of new electoral system in the upcoming General Elections as EVM could have certain loopholes to ensure transparent elections. Moreover, EVM would create complications for common people especially old age villagers as they will not be able operate it. The Committee therefore, directed that Ministry may arrange a meeting with the representatives of all political parties to build a mutual consensus on EVM and to observe the possibility of its improvement as well.

Earlier, Mr. Shibli Faraz, Minster for Science & Technology briefly apprized the Committee that EVM is a user-friendly machine and would help to stop the rigging in future elections. The weather will not affect on it because the chip embedded into EVM is a weather resistant and could be hacked due to its non-connectivity with internet. The total cost of one EVM is Rs.70,000 approximately and would require almost 04-lac EVMs in future General Elections. He requested that opposition may avoid unnecessary criticism and float suggestions to bring improvements in EVM.

The following MNA’s Engr. Usman Khan Taraki, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, Ms. Zaib Jaffar, Dr. Samina Matloob, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto, Mr. Shibli Faraz, Minister for Science and Technology and representatives of Ministery of attended the meeting.


55th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law & Justice - August 26, 2021

55th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA at 03:00 P.M. in Committee Room of Ministry of Law and Justice “S” Block, Pak. Secretariat, Islamabad.

The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of previous meetings and deferred the agenda item No 2 till next meeting.

The Committee was briefed by Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Advisor to Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity, on various initiatives for Institutional Reforms. In his detailed briefing he appraised the committee about reforms proposed by him in various departments particularly in Pakistan Railways, Pakistan international Air Lines, Pakistan Steel Mill as well as for Civil Service Reforms. He also informed that all the reformative proposals consisting of two volumes has been prepared and placed before the Cabinet. The Cabinet has approved these reforms in various meetings and work on implementation of the same has been started. He also assured to provided both these volumes for all members of the Parliament. The Committee appreciated the reforms as proposed by him. The Committee extended thanks for his time and availability to brief the Committee.

Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Mr.Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Malik Muhammad Ihsan Ullah Tiwana, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Advisor to Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity ,Secretary Ministry of Law and justice, along with staff attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting met - August 26, 2021

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting showed its displeasure over the absence of the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in its meeting held today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Headquarters, Mauve Area, G-8/1 Islamabad. The meeting held under the Chairmanship of Mian Javed Latif, MNA.

While briefing regarding murder attack on former Chairman PEMRA/Senior Journalist     (Mr. Absar Alam) and Journalist (Mr. Asad Toor), the SSP (Operations), Islamabad apprised that report on the said issue has already been submitted to National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for Geo Fencing, DNA matching & Forensic report etc. and reminder in this regard has also been sent to expedite it. The Chairman NADRA informed that the NADRA has only received the record about Mr. Asad Toor from the police department which was not cleared. He also informed that NADRA has no mandate in the matters of Geo Fencing and DNA which are the subjects of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA), respectively. The Committee directed the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Interior to have a meeting with D.G (FIA), Inspector General of Police (ICT), Chairman (NADRA) and authorities of PFSA and submit report to the Standing Committee in its next meeting. The Committee also directed M/o Interior to collect all the details of FIRs and complaints lodged against journalists and media persons from all the provinces and ICT and provide the same before the next meeting of the Committee. Later, the Committee decided that Federal Minister of Interior may attend the next meeting on the issue of murders attacks and registration of FIRs against senior journalists.

Additional Inspector General of Police, Special Branch (Sindh), briefed the Committee about latest Joint Investigation Report (JIT) of murder of Aziz Memon, Journalist. He informed that during initial investigation of I/O got conducted postmortem, arrested nominated accused Awais Qureshi and completed legal formalities of the case. On expiry of stipulated period interim challan of the case was submitted by Inspector Shuhab Akbar Kolachi. After that, on the request of complaints, JIT was constituted by the Home Department Government of Sindh Karachi under the Chairmanship of the Addl. IGP Karachi Region; 04 session/meeting of said JIT were held, during which, exhumation and re-postmortem was conducted, samples were taken for necessary tests / reports. The DNA test of 88 suspects were also conducted, out of which the DNA of suspect Nazeer S/O Bangul Khan Sahito was matched. In the conclusion of DNA Test, it came on surface that accused Nazeer s/o Bangul Khan Sahito is the donor of traces / human epithelial remains other DNA identified on Nails of deceased Aziz Memon S/o Adam Khan Memon. The Committee appreciated the efforts of Sindh Police and deferred the agenda till its next meeting.

The Committee deferred the Government Bills, namely, The Motion Picture (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Pakistan Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and a Private Member Bill, The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulator Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (moved by Ms. Uzma Riaz, MNA) and Calling Attention Notice No. 29 regarding increasing obscenity on TV channels (moved by Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali and other MNAs) till its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Muhammad Akram Cheema, Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Saad Wassem, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Naz Baloch, MNAs and Ms. Uzma Riaz MNA/Mover, besides senior officers from M/o Information & Broadcasting, M/o Interior, PEMRA, FIA (Cyber Crime), NADRA and Police Department, Government of Sindh and Islamabad.


39th meeting (in-camera) of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - August 26, 2021

39th meeting (in-camera) of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held today at 11:00 a.m. in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA.

The Committee was briefed by the Secretary, Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Secretary, Aviation Division, Secretary, Maritime Affairs, Chairman, WAPDA, Secretary, Planning and Development, KP, Chairman, Gwadar Port Authority, Director General, Gwadar Development Authority and other concerned regarding Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC), D.I. Khan and compliance report on the recommendations of the Committee made in its previous meeting held on 20th March, 2021 at Gwadar.  

At the outset of the meeting, the Committee took up the agenda on Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC), D.I. Khan which was deferred in yesterday’s meeting. Chairman, WAPDA apprised the Committee that feasibility study and the detailed engineering design of the project would be completed by March next year. Hon. Chairman remarked that the project is pivotal for the agriculture sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and decided that the Committee will convene special follow up meeting on the said project in February next year to ensure that the given timelines are met in letter and spirit.

Hon. Chairman remarked that Gwadar is gateway to CPEC and undeniably important in entire rationale behind CPEC. We have to place it at high priority therefore no effort should be spared in resolving all the outstanding issues of clean water, electricity, infrastructure and livelihoods faced by the people of Gwadar. The Committee directed the concerned departments to expedite the process of payments to be disbursed among the affectees of damaged houses and land acquisitions so that people of Gwadar, who are already agitating for basic amenities of life, could be compensated. The Committee also inquired about the progress on New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA). The Secretary, Aviation Division assured the Committee that the airport will be fully operational by September, 2023.

Chairman, Gwadar Port Authority informed that all the efforts regarding completion of Pak-China Technical & Vocational Institute are on the track and the project will be completed in December 2021. Gwadar Port Authority is also consulting with NAVTTC, TEVTA and Chinese to devise a broad curriculum for the institute. The Committee remarked that while keeping present and future skills required in view, the curriculum for the institute should be devised in a way that there must not be any gap between the skills required and offered in the institute.

The Committee remarked that $1 billion grant given by China for socio-economic development projects under CPEC framework should be utilized effectively by including the projects having high social impacts and high visibility. The Committee directed M/o Planning, Development and Special Initiatives to devise a comprehensive framework through which provinces may choose the projects which could bring value addition and meet true sense of socio-economic development. 

The meeting was attended by Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, MNA, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, MNA, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, MNA, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA, Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo and Senator Khalida Ateeb.

 


National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets today - August 26, 2021

A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 1:00 p.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.

1. The Confirmation of minutes of previous meeting of the Committee held on 27-7-2021;

2. The Comprehensive report/Implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee was placed before the Committee.

3. On the issue of contempt of Parliament, the Bill drafted by Barrister Raheel Ahmed was unanimously approved by the Committee. The Committee recommended that the Bill may be placed on the floor of the House as a Private Member’s Bill.

4. On the Question of Privilege raised by Malik Anwar Taj, MNA/Parliamentary Secretary regarding misbehavior/abusive attitude of Mr. Aman Ullah, Assistant Director (Local Government), District Charsadha, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege with the direction that the issues of the Hon. Members should be resolved with a report to the Committee.

5. On the Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Darshan, MNA regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Muhammad Saleem, CEO, SEPCO, Sukkur; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege subject to the satisfaction of the Hon. Mover.

6. On the issues of Committee Members with the CEOs of all DISCOs, the Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by Secretary, M/o Energy (Power Division) and M.D PEPCO. The Committee directed that the biodata, qualification and domicile of all the DISCOs should be provided to the Committee within fifteen days. The Committee also gave the following directions:

a. The SAP-1,2,3 should immediately be completed by all Chiefs of DISCOs.

b. The provisions of electric poles should be expedited.

c. The availability of material should be ensured.

d. One pole, two poles should be facilitated.

e. The constituency-wise monthly report of L.T Proposals should be provided to the Committee.

f. Report on removal of hazard should be provided to the Committee.

g. Capacity building of the staff should be enhanced.

h. Easy installments of the Bills should be provided to the public.

i. The Secretary, M/o Energy (Power Division) should immediately organize a meeting with al the CEOs of DISCOs.
j. 25th KV transformers should be provided to the Farmers.

k. Quick action should be taken on the burrent transformers.

l. New meters should be provided to the public.

m. New trollies should be provided for transformers.

n. All the CEOs of DISCOs should have a meeting with his MNAs for resolving his issues.

7. On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, MNA regarding allegedly not responding the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Tariq Banoori, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and misbehavior of Mr. Waheed Ahmed, Director, Planning and Development, HEC, Islamabad; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.  The Committee also directed that adhocism should be ended in HEC.

8. On the Question of Privilege raised by Malik Anwar Taj Advocate, MNA/Parliamentary Secretary against Mr. Abdul Jabbar, Chief PESCO Khyber Pakhtunkhwa concerning his ignorance and rough attitude with the Hon. Member; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.

9. On the Question of Privilege raised by Malik Anwar Taj Advocate, MNA/Parliamentary Secretary against Mr. Shaukat Ullah, XEN (Shabqadar) Distt. Charsadha, PESCO, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa concerning his ignorance and rough attitude with the Hon. Member, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.

10. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal and other MNAs against allegedly not-attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Kazim Jatoi, Secretary, Health Department, Government of Sindh; the Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by Chief Secretary, Sindh, and Secretary M/O Health. The Committee directed that both the Officers should ensure their presence in the next meeting of the Committee otherwise action would be taken against them as per Rules.  The Committee also directed that Mr. Zulfiqar Bacahni, and Ms. Naseebia Channa should also be invited in the next meeting of the Committee.

11. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA against non-implementation on the recommendations of the Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) regarding allocation of 265 seats in Medical and Dental Colleges for the students of FATA and Balochistan under PSDP Project by the Chairman, Higher Education Commission and President, Pakistan Medical Commission; the Committee directed that all the Chief Secretaries and Secretaries Health Departments of all the Provinces should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee also directed that the Chairman, Standing Committee on SAFRON and Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, MNA should also be invited in the next meeting of the Committee.

12. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Faheem Khan, MNA regarding allegedly non-attending the telephone call of the Hon. MNA by Managing Director, Water Board, Karachi; the Committee directed that the M.D Water Board should give in-writing to the Police for withdrawal of application against the Hon.Mover.  The Committee also directed that the compliance on the remaining connections of the Hon. Mover should also be provided. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

13. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA regarding allegedly non-attending the telephone call of the Hon. MNA by DFC (Mr. Feroz Aslam), Naushahro Feroz, Food Department Sindh; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

14. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, MNA regarding allegedly not-attending the telephone call of the Honourable MNA by Mr. Imran Ahmar, Regional Police Officer (RPO) Rawalpindi; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.

15. On the Question of Privilege moved by Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, MNA regarding allegedly non-cooperation of Mr. Zaheer Warraich, Chief Engineer, Pak PWD, Lahore and Superintendent Engineer, Pak PWD, Multan with the Hon. Member; the Committee directed that Secretary, M/O Housing and Works and D.G, PWD should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee also directed that the D.G, PWD should conduct an inquiry on the matter, fix responsibility and report to the Committee in its next meeting.

16. On the Question of Privilege moved by Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, MNA regarding misbehaviour of Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmed Ghuman, Commissioner, Gujranwala, with the Hon. Member; the Committee was not satisfied with the withdrawal letter of the Hon.. Mover and directed that the Hon. Mover and the Commissioner Gujranwala, should attend the next meeting of the Committee.

17. On the Question of Privilege moved by Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, MNA regarding allegedly not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Deputy Commissioner and Mr. Zeeshan Ranjha, Assistant Commissioner, Lahore; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

18. On the Question of Privilege moved by Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA regarding allegedly not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by SSP, Operations, Peshawar; the Committee on the request of the Hon. Mover, disposed of the Question of Privilege.

19. On the Question of Privilege moved by Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, MNA/Parliamentary Secretary against Secretary Health, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, District Health Officer, District Khyber and Mr. Jehangir Afridi, Medical Superintendent, Dogra Hospital, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for non-finishing the protest of the administration of Dogra Hospital and not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary by the Medical Superintendent, the Committee recommended that Mr. Ayub should be posted back on his place. The Committee also directed Mr. Jehangir Afridi should be posted at some other point. The Committee directed that an inquiry should be initiated against the DHO, ADHO, M/S of the said Hospital and the SMO and the report in this regard should be submitted to the Committee. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

20. On the Question of Privilege moved by Dr. Haider Ali Khan, MNA against in-action of Mr. Dilawar Khan Bangash, District Police Officer, Swat against false implication of innocent students in robbery., the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting with the direction that I.G.P (KPK), R.P.O, Swat and D.P.O, Swat should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.
21. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Atta Ullah, MNA regarding allegedly not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Chief Executive Office, PESCO, Superintending Engineer (SE), Bannu and XEN WAPDA, Karak, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.

22. On any other item with the permission of the Chair, the Committee extended the time period of the Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA till 31st August, 2021. The Committee also appointed a Sub-Committee on the issues of the CDA by the Hon. Members as under. The notification of the Sub-Committee will be issued after the last meeting of the Sub-Committee of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA on 31st August, 2021:
1. Mr. Nawab Sher, MNAConvener

2. Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, MNA Member

3. Mr. Khurram Shahzad, MNAMember

4. Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary Member

23. The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Ms. Ghulam Bibi, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Ch. Armghan Subhani, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan, Advocate, MNAs/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.

24. The meeting was also attended by Malik Anwar Taj, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Sajid Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Makhdoom Syed Sami ul Hassan Gillani, Mr. Ehsan ul Rehman Mazari, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Dr. Haider Ali Khan and Mr. Atta Ullah, MNAs/Parliamentary Secretary.

25. The Committee also invited Sardar Riaz Mahmood Mazari, MNA as a Special Invitee.


Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs met - August 25, 2021

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs met in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning under the Chairmanship of Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, MNA to discuss the Foreign Policy on Afghan issue.

The Committee highly appreciated the Foreign Policy of the present government on the Afghan issue as the world had started to realize the sacrifices and sincere efforts of Pakistan to bring peace in Afghanistan. The Committee urged upon the need for early formulation of the Afghan government to avoid ambiguity among the masses of Afghanistan and to negate the chances of their massive movement. The Committee also appreciated the establishment of a Special Cell in M/o Interior to evacuate the people especially Foreigners from Afghanistan and they were able to evacuate 4571 persons so far. Moreover, Pakistan would resume PIA Flights from Pakistan to Kabul to evacuate maximum people from Afghanistan.

The Committee also appreciated the current visit of Foreign Minister of Pakistan to neighboring countries to build a mutual consensus on the Afghan issue in order to extend due support for formulation of Afghan government which would be acceptable to all Afghanis to negate the chances of civil war in Afghanistan.

The Committee highly appreciated the recent announcement of Afghan Taliban that they would not allow to use their soil against any country. Moreover, the Committee appreciated the general amnesty of Taliban for Afghanis and allowing them especially women to restart their routine life which is a good gesture and appreciated at all forums.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, MNA, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, MNA, Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Nauman Islam Sheikh, MNA, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, MNA, Mr. Abdul Shakoor, MNA and Mr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA participated through video link and officials of M/o Foreign Affairs were also present in the meeting.


Standing Committee on Interior met - August 25, 2021

37th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA, in the Committee Room of NADRA Headquarters, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Bill titled “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Government Bill)” was presented before the Committee and after detailed discussion the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. “The Islamabad Capital Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021” (Government Bill) was presented before the Committee, and the Committee decided that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill titled “The Islamabad Rent Restriction (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 11) (moved by Ms. Nusrat Wahid, MNA)” and recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. The Committee examined the bill titled “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 377C) (moved by Ms. Uzma Riaz, MNA)” and recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the National Assembly.  The Bill titled “The Prohibition of Kite Flying Bill, 2021” (moved by Mr. James Iqbal, MNA) was presented before the Committee, the Committee decided to defer the Bill till its next meeting.

The representative of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) briefed the Committee regarding the procedure of complaint handling; action taken regarding fake/defamatory/impersonation online content; complaint of Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNA and control of cybercrimes and fake ID issues. He informed that in pursuance of the complaints and proactive search, PTA has managed to process 7862 URLs for blocking. Moreover, complaints pertaining to fake accounts of the dignitaries/parliamentarians/political personalities are processed on priority. SM platforms, i.e Facebook and Twitter have been requested to put in place proper strict mechanism so that the users are not able to easily create accounts until certain verification.

The problems faced by residents of the National Police Foundation O-9 Housing Society, Islamabad were discussed, the Committee directed the Ministry of Interior to finalize the enquiry, on account of irregularities, against the society and submit report accordingly. The Member Engineering CDA briefed the Committee on development status of the Park Enclave 1,2 and 3. The Committee directed CDA to submit report regarding total number of plots, amount collected and spent on the Park Enclave Phase I. 

The Starred Question on Farash Town, raised by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, was discussed by the Committee. The CDA informed that plots in Farash Town were allotted to the dwellers of Katchi abadis in Model Urban Shelter Project. The Committee directed CDA to issue ownership letters to all genuine allottees after necessary verification and submit report to the Committee.

The Lt Commandant Frontier Constabulary (FC) briefed the Committee about the functions, performance, expenditure and issues of FC. He informed that the FC works under the control of the Federal Government. The Federal Government is empowered to deploy FC in any part of Pakistan for better protection and administration of those areas. FC has its Corps Headquarters (CHQ) located in Peshawar, it is headed by Commandant FC (CFC), who is assisted by two Deputy Commandants (DCs FC). District is the basic unit of operational hierarchy of FC, there are seventeen districts in total known by the names of FC Districts. Each district is headed by a District Officer (DO), commonly known as DO FC who is an officer of the rank of BS-19 or BS-18. The Committee directed the Ministry to resolve the issues of FC relating to salaries, Shuhada compensation, allowances and operational activities.

Honorable Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Malik Sohail Khan, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Ms. Uzma Riaz, , Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, NADRA, Capital Development Authority, FIA, PTA, ICT, National Police Foundation, Frontier Constabulary attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Railways met - August 25, 2021

The visit/meeting of the standing committee on Railways held today under the chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Wattoo, MNA, in Committee Room of DS workshop division Moghalpura, Lahore, to discuss the agenda items issued vide Secretariat Notice of the meeting dated 16th August 2021.

The Committee visited the workshop division of Pakistan Railway at Moghalpura, Lahore. During the briefing, the Divisional Superintendent (DS) informed that the said Division has great potential of manufacturing, repairing and rehabilitation of freight wagons, coaches, and locomotives. He also informed that the workshop division is lack of technical staff, and almost 4000 staff is required. Similarly, the workshop has lack of funds and that is why the workshop division is unable to rehabilitate its old machinery.

The Committee recommended that Railway Headquarters, should look into the issues raised by Divisional Superintendent (DS), workshop Division.

Later, the Committee also visited the Royal palm and Golf country club, where the caretaker management informed that dispute between the lessee and Pakistan Railways is in progress at Supreme Court of Pakistan, and hopefully the legal issues of the club will be settled down soon. CEO/GM Railways informed that report of NESPAK and Audit report of M/s AR FERGUSON have been submitted in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and final outcome is awaited.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Mr. Sheikh Rashid Shafique, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Dhandla, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Engr. Sabir Hussain Khaim khani, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, and Mr. Abdul Wasay.


37th (in-camera) meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - August 25, 2021

37th (in-camera) meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held today at 11:00 am in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA.

The Committee was briefed by Additional Secretary, M/o Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Secretary, Board of Investment, Secretary, Power Division, Secretary, Petroleum Division, Secretary, M/o Railways, Chairman, FBR, Managing Directors, SNGPL,  SSGC and NTDC, CEO, FIEDMC, CEO, SEZDMC, CEO, KPEZDMC, CEO, PESCO, CEO, KPBOIT regarding Security measures for projects under CPEC framework, Mainline-1 (ML-1) project with special focus on ET component and updated progress on special economic zones.

The Committee observed that the establishment of Special Economic Zones would be futile, if industries are not installed there timely. The issues pertaining to sale and cancellation of plots in SEZs needs to be resolved at the earliest so that the process of establishing industries in SEZs could be expedited. The Committee emphasized on the need to move towards ease of doing business so as to attract massive local and foreign direct investment in Pakistan. The Committee highlighted that quarters concerned should incentivize industries in SEZs in such a way that SEZs established in Pakistan could compete with other countries in the region. Moreover, apart from focusing on agriculture and industrial sector, the untapped potential in tourism should also be exploited. A lot of revenue and employment opportunities can be generated by establishing integrated tourism zones in the country under CPEC framework.

The Committee, while receiving the briefing on security measures for projects under CPEC framework, maintained that issues faced by SEZs in terms of security measures affect businesses. Measures which could thrive businesses in Pakistan should be made our top priority because economic stability will lead to peace and security in Pakistan. The goals envisaged under CPEC cannot be achieved without local ownership therefore issues faced by locals in terms of security arrangements should be resolved at the earliest so that local ownership of CPEC projects could be secured. While passing through security check-posts locals as well tourists should be dealt with politeness and their self-respect should be maintained.

The Committee remarked that the world is increasingly moving towards adoption of modern technologies. Adding Electric Traction (E.T) component in Mainline-1 (ML-1) project after 8 to 10 years would become obsolete and costly. Given the huge benefit of E.T component in ML-1 in terms of its pay back, cost and compatibility with environment, we need to move towards its adoption right from now and upgrade existing infrastructure of project to  the electric traction.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, MNA, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA and Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNA.


38th meeting (in-camera) of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - August 25, 2021

38th meeting (in-camera) of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held today at 2:00 p.m. in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA.

The Committee was briefed by the Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiatives, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on CPEC Affairs, Secretary, M/o Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Secretary, Board of Investment, Member (IR), FBR and other concerned regarding the status of CPEC Authority and the role of the newly formed Pak-China Relations Steering Committee, Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC), D.I. Khan and issues of Power Generation Companies with FBR regarding CPEC projects.

During briefing on compliance report on the recommendations of the Committee made in its previous meetings, Chairman Parliamentary Committee on CPEC highlighted the importance of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and remarked that hiccups in the establishment of SEZs will reverse all the progress made for yielding the economic dividends of CPEC. It is, therefore, exigent that ensuring effective and timely operationalization of SEZs under CPEC framework should be top priority of all the stakeholders.

The Committee expressed concerns over the incidents raising apprehensions over the security of Chinese personnel and CPEC projects and remarked that recurrence of such incidents could sabotage CPEC and undermine the confidence of investors. It was informed to the Committee that the security of CPEC and overall security of Balochistan has been reviewed at the highest level and strident measures are being taken to beef up full proof security for CPEC in specific and Balochistan in general.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiatives, Mr. Asad Umar briefed the Committee on the status of CPEC Authority and the role of newly formed Pak-China Relations Steering Committee. He remarked that the scope of CPEC has widened dramatically in this day and age therefore an excellent institutional architect has been put in place in form of CPEC Authority and Pak-China Relations Steering Committee to ensure better coordination, effective management at executive level and resolve all the operational intra-departmental issues being faced by CPEC.

The Committee highlighted the issues of water and electricity in Gwadar and remarked that people of Gwadar, being major stakeholders in CPEC should be provided all the basic amenities of life because one of the important goals of CPEC is to transform the lives of people of Balochistan. Moreover, the Committee emphasized on enhancing true projection of CPEC by apprising the general public regarding revolutionary benefits of CPEC projects so that local ownership of CPEC could be manifested at maximum level.

Hon. Chairman deferred the briefing on Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC), D.I Khan due to absence of some of concerned from relevant Divisions and directed Chairman, WAPDA and Secretary, Irrigation Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to brief the Committee on the said agenda in the meeting to be held tomorrow.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, MNA, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, MNA, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA, Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo, Senator Khalida Ateeb and Senator Kauda Babar.


N A Standing Committee on Railways meet - August 24, 2021

 ATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 
PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad the, 24th August, 2021
Islamabad the, 24th August, 2021; The meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways held today under the chairmanship of Mr. Mueen Watto, MNA, in committee Room Pakistan Railways Headquarters, Lahore to discuss the agenda items issued vide Secretariat Notice dated 16the August, 2021.
The committee approved the minutes of its meeting held on 3rd June, 2021.
The committee shown its reservation on the poor implementation of the previous recommendations made in different meeting, specially the recommendations regarding negotiation with the illegal encroachers and vacation of commercial railways land from the land grabbers. Further, the committee also reiterated on the issue of regularization of staff, clearance of retiring benefits and dues of railways employees.
The committee discussed the report of Sub-Committee and approved its recommendations.
During the discussion, the members of the committee raised objection as the Minister for Railways did not attend a single meeting of the standing committee so far.
The derailment of sir Syed Express train was also came under discussion and the committee recommended that compensation to the injured and the legal heirs of dead passengers should be made at the earliest after completion of all legal requirements. The committee has reservation on the auction policy and recommended that the said policy should be improved by Railways. Chief Controller Purchase was directed to provide the detail of auction of scrap for the last 5 years.
The committee has view that the contractors are running the train professionally and earning the more profit as compare to railways which is the question mark on the professional people of Pakistan Railways.
The committee also discussed the present status of ML-I project which is pending since long and the committee has always briefed by the railways that the project will be started soon in every briefing. Lastly, Ministry of Railways briefed the committee that Chinese loan have been approved but in spite of that there is no ground progress. The committee recommended that the said project may be launched at the earliest for its timely completion.
Railway Golf and Country Club has already taken over by the railways and will be outsourced soon after legal and other formalities as briefed by the Ministry of Railways. However, the committee emphasized on its previous recommendations that Railways should take over the financial matter of the club and the amount so earned by the club must be in the account of Pakistan Railways.
On the agenda item pertaining to the damage of wall of Dargah at Kotri, Railways informed that 06 employees have been identified and proceedings against them are under way.
Integrated Transit Trade Management System (ITTMS) project at Chaman, Balochistan have been settled and railways issued tender for development activities over there.
CEO, railways informed the Committee that there is shortage of 7.50 Billion to pay the retiring benefit to the employee of railways and the Committee recommended that Federal Government may provide the funds for clearance of said dues.
The Committee also recommended that the sub Engineer appointed on contract in railways may be regularized as they got training from railways academy at Walton.
The Committee also recommended that the Shops and Khokha sealed by railways may be de-sealed as the people intend to pay current rent alongwith outstanding amount in installments,
The Committee also discussed the performance of present Divisional Superintendent Sukkur Division and recommended to remove him due to frequent derailment of trains in his jurisdiction.
The Committee appointed Sub-Committee under the convenorship of Ch. Hamid Hameed with the composition having the member Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani and Mr. Ramesh Lal.
The following members, Sheikh Rashid Shafique, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Muhammad Bashir Khan, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Gillani, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla and Ms. Nusrat Wahid attended the meeting.
 
 
(Muhammad Saleem Khan)

N A Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture meets - August 24, 2021

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 
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Islamabad, the 24th August, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture directed the National Curriculum Council to brief the Committee in detail on implementation of the Single National Curriculum (SNC) in the next meeting.
 
2. The 19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture was held today at 11:30 a.m. in the Committee Room of National Curriculum Council Secretariat, Sector H-9, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA.
 
3. While briefing, the Director, National Curriculum Council Secretariat apprised the Committee that in line with the vision of the Hon. Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Council and Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training is developing SNC for Pakistan in consultation and collaboration with Education Departments of all federating units of the country. She said that SNC is being developed in three phases. She informed the Committee that SNC is aimed at providing equal learning opportunities to all classes of people and it will help the students and parents in case of inter-provincial mobility. The Committee recommended that the National Curriculum Council may brief the Committee, in detail, in the next meeting.
 
4. The Committee also considered “The Pakistan Global Institute Bill, 2021” and “The Pakistan Institute of Education Bill, 2021”. After detail deliberations, the Committee recommended that “The Pakistan Institute of Education Bill, 2021” may be passed by the Assembly. “The Pakistan Global Institute Bill, 2021” and “The NCS-Institute of Sciences Bill, 2021” (moved by Mr. James Iqbal, MNA) was, however, deferred till next meeting of the Committee. The Dyslexia Special Measures Bill, 2021 (moved by Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, MNA) was also considered in the meeting. After detail deliberations, the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.
 
5. The Committee also appointed a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, MNA to discuss the challenges faced by universities under Higher Education Commission (HEC).
 
6. While briefing on the current Admission Policy in ICT Schools, the Director General, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) stated that the children of residents of Islamabad Capital Territory, Children of Federal Government/Semi Government employees residing in Islamabad are eligible for admission with the location as close as possible to their residences. Priority is given to the residents of same Union Council/Sector whichever the case may be. However, the Children belonging to same family are accorded preference for admission in the institutions where their brothers/sisters are already enrolled. He apprised that admission tests are conducted for admission to institutions where the number of applicants for admission exceeds intake capacity of the institution. The Committee was not satisfied by the briefing given by Director General (FDE) and decided to have a separate presentation on admission policy in ICT Schools.
 
7. Besides the Parliamentary Secretary, Federal Education and Professional Training Division    (Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA), the meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik,         Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Mr. Asma Qadeer,      Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja and Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Hon. MNAs. Mr. Jamshed Thomas, MNA/Mover also attended the meeting. The senior officers from Federal Education & Professional Training Division, Ministry of Law & Justice, Higher Education Commission, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and National Curriculum Council were also present in the meeting.
 
 
(RUBAB TABASSUM)
Secretary Committee

N A Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - August 24, 2021

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

(Standing Committee on Water Resources)
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
Standing Committee on Water Resources took notice of delay in construction of Naulong Dam
Bureaucracy will have to cooperate with Parliamentary Committees otherwise action will be taken. Standing Committee
All stakeholders have decided to address the issue of water shortage unanimously
 
Islamabad(     ) Standing Committee on Water Resources took notice of delay in construction of Naulong Dam. The meeting of Standing Committee on Water Resources was held in National Assembly building under the Chairmanship of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA. The Standing Committee was informed that the funds released for Naulong Dam were deducted from the account of the Dam by Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) due to which the Naulong Dam could not constructed till today. The Standing Committee showed its concerned on the delay of the construction of Naulong Dam and decided to examine the reasons of the delay in its next meeting. During the meeting it was observed that some officers, who were invited in the meeting, were absent from the meeting. The Standing Committee showed its serious displeasure and decided to write letters to Chief Secretaries informing them regarding the sensitivity of the issue so that no officer should absent himself from the meeting of the Standing Committee. However, the Standing Committee decided that in future, to take action against the officers not attending the meeting deliberately, the police shall be directed to arrest them and produce them before the meeting. The Standing Committee was informed that there is not enough water going to downstream Kotri which may create several technical problems. The Standing Committee unanimously decided to keep the distribution of water according to 1991 accord. However, it was decided that the issue of water shortage shall be addressed with national spirit and unanimously. So that the each Province can receive its due share of water and necessary water should also be ensured to be sent to the Sea so that the Sea may not change its boundaries.    
 
The meeting was presided over by the Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Water Resources, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur and attended by Members National Assembly; Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ch. Javed Iqbal Warraich, Ms. Naureen Farooq Ibrahim, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi (through Video Link), Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari and Mir Munawar Ali Talpur. The meeting was also attended by the Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Chairman, IRSA, and senior civil officers of the Ministry of Water Resources Irrigation Department and WAPDA.
 
 
 (CH. MUKHTAR AHMED)
Secretary Committee
24-08-2021
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N A Standing Committee on Industries and Production meets - August 24, 2021

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
 
PRESS RELEASE
24th August ,2021
 
17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production of the National Assembly was held today i.e. 24th August , 2021at 11:00a.m., in the Conference hall Of Sazgar Engineering Works , under the chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA. 
2.  About the manufacturing of 2–wheel and 3–wheel vehicles by Sazgar Engineering Works Ltd
He informed the committee regarding the issues being faced to the industry due to imposition of high value sales tax and additional custom duty. He explained that to benefit end consumer the government in budget 2021-22 has decreased the sales tax from 17% to 12.5% on cars upto 1000 cc.
Rickshaw manufactures were of the view that this exemption should also be extended to low cost vehicles i.e Rickshaws , to be used by the poor . He further added that ministry of industries and production has recently recommended waiver of Additional Custom Duty ( ACD) on import of CKD of Rickshaws, as the government has already abolished ACD for small cars upto 1000 cc.
 
3.The members of the committee have expressed their concerns over the policy of government for with regard to highest number of GST percentage on Rickshaw’s, which was used by the poor. The committee strongly recommended that sales tax on rickshaw’s should be reduced from 17% to 12.5% and 
waiver of ACD on import of CKD of Rickshaws and directed the Federal board of Revenue for an early action in this regard the committee also directed the ministry of industries and production/ EDB for follow up on the matter under intimation to this committee.
 
4.The CEO, Sazgar Engineering Works Ltd also drew the attention of the committee towards the increase of renewal fees of 3- wheel vehicles from Rupees 10,000 to Rs 1 million and un-precedent increase of license fee from Rs 15,000 to two million by the Punjab transport Authority (PTA). The Chairman, PTA replied that in question value  of renewal feed and license fee was increased on the launching of different models by the companies instead of per unit value. The committee has noted that such kind of increase was absolutely unprecedented, without the rationale. The Members have also expressed their concerns on the role of PTA towards its jurisdiction. The committee unanimously decided that all concerned departments from federal and provincials should be invited to identify the domain of provincial authorities regarding design and specifications of the models as per the existing and past Acts/Constitutional framework
 
 
 5. The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Sahibzada Sibgatullah, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Muhammad Akram, Mr. Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Watto, , Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, and Syed Mustafa Mahmud , Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik , Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Ms. Aliya hamza Malik, Mr. Riaz-ul-haq and Mahar Irshad Ahmed Khan. MNAs besides the senior officers of Ministry of Industries & Production ,FBR, PTA and Punjab Police.
 
 
(AMIR OMER MALIK)
Secretary committee

 


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan meets - August 23, 2021

Islamabad, the 23 rd August, 2021: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan expresses its support towards Pakistan’s stance to continue providing
all possible support to the Kashmiri people until they achieve their legitimate right of self-
determination.
8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan held today at 11:00 a.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim
Ahmed Khan, MNA.
The Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, briefed the Committee on Pakistan’s policy concerning Kashmir and steps taken by the Government to seek support from the
International Community on the matter. The Committee noted that the unilateral and illegal steps taken by India on 5th of August, 2019, were in clear violation of United Nations Security Council’s Resolutions, bilateral agreements and international law including the 4th Geneva Convention; particularly Articles 27 and 49. Therefore, the Committee expressed its full support towards Pakistan’s stance to continue providing all possible support to the Kashmiri people until they achieve their legitimate right of self-determination.
The Committee also considered “The Jammu and Kashmir (administration of Property) (Amendment Bill), 2021”. The honorable Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan briefed the Committee about the objects and reasons for bringing the proposed amendment in the existing law. He held that the legislation in question was being done in pursuance to the directions of the honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan and the same would help bringing ease in disposal of issues concerning properties. The Committee unanimously recommended the Bill to be passed by the National Assembly. While reviewing the implementation report on its previous recommendations, the Committeewas informed by the Ministry that a considerable number of development schemes worth billions of rupees were being carried out under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2021-22 in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Province. Apart from that, seven special development projects worth billions of rupees will also be undertaken by the Federal
Government under the Prime Minister’s package in different parts of the Gilgit-Baltistan Province. The Committee decided to visit Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in near future in order to oversee the on-ground physical progress of the projects. Besides the honorable Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, the meeting was attended by Mr. Mehboob Shah, Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar, Ms. Rubina Jamil, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Nawabzada Iftikhar Ahmed Khan Babar and Ms. Shamim Ara Panhwar, MNAs/ Members. The senior officers of Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Kashmir Affairs & amp; Gilgit-Baltistan were also present in the meeting
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - August 23, 2021

Islamabad; August 23, 2021: Terming the Office Memorandum (OM) issued by the Finance Division giving effect to the revised conditions/criteria for the grant of time scale to Private Secretary BS -17 discriminatory, the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat constituted a Sub-Committee under Convenership of Mr. Mohsin Dawar to look into the matter and report to the Committee within thirty days. The Sub-Committee has also been mandated to look into the matter of Employees of Printing Corporation of Pakistan regarding illegal orders imposed by the current Manager, PCP Karachi, against the staff. The Committee met under the chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee was apprised that the OM of Finance Division was issued with the approval of Prime Minister of Pakistan to give effect to the revised conditions/criteria for grant of time scale to private secretaries. The Representative of Finance Division further informed that the policy had to be revised in consequence to a decision of Federal Services Tribunal. The Members of the Committee said that the said policy was discriminatory and had usurped the due right of upgradation. The Committee after discussion constituted a Sub-Committee to look into the matter and submit its report.    

While discussing the Private Constitution Amendment Bills, the Committee directed Establishment Division to pursue convening of meeting of the Cabinet Committee on disposal of legislative cases at the earliest for decision on the said Bills. The mover of one of the Bill contended that the amendment proposed by her was related to extension of provincial quota for further twenty years which was imperative for ensuring employment opportunity to the people with less educational facilities/opportunities.

The Committee directed Federal Public Service Commission for restructuring and bringing innovation in the existing Civil Services Examination for bringing out quality human resource. The Committee further observed that the deteriorating standard of Civil Services needed to be looked into properly. The Committee directed for a comprehensive briefing on the working and system of CSS examination in its next meeting. The Secretary FPSC briefed the Committee about the CSS examination system in vogue. The Committee pended discussion on the Civil Servants Amendment Bill for its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Roshanuddin Junejo, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Movers Ms. Aliya Kamran, Secretary Establishment Division and other officers of concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - August 23, 2021

Islamabad, August 23rd 2021; 20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change held today under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA.
The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Chairperson Standing Committee welcomed the Minister of State for Climate Change, Members of the Committee and other Participants. While discussing on agenda item No. 2 regarding comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee held on 23rd July, 2020.  The Committee showed its displeasure on not attending the meeting by the Senior Officials of the Ministry of Industries, despite the notice of the meeting was issued on 11th August, 2021 and directed that Secretary, Ministry of Industries must have to attend the next meeting of the Committee.
The Committee also inquired regarding recycling of scrap batteries and progress on recycling plant installation. The representative of Ministry of Climate Change replied that it does not come in their domain. The Committee asked that in policy who is responsible for recycling the scrap of E-waste. The Minister of Climate Change informed the Committee that the Ministry had made the policy but the Ministry of Industries requested to assign the matter regarding policy making to the Ministry of Industries. The Committee was also informed that no work has been done on E-waste scrap and no regulations available in this regard. The Committee also showed its displeasure and said that policy cannot be half cooked. It should have been incorporated in the policy. The Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change informed the Committee that they are trying to include E-waste in the policy. He further informed the Committee that they are facing funds problems and in this regard have approached Asian Bank for financial assistance on waste disposal. The Committee expressed that Ministry of Climate Change must be focused on each relevant things about environment. The Committee also showed its displeasure on not attending the meeting by the Head of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Committee enquired about the notices issued to the violating industries and what arrangements about the hospitals waste. The Committee remarked that EPA is doing nothing. The Committee enquired the Ministry that why you have not present a single bill on E-Waste. The existing Act was passed on 1997 and after that no amendments have been incorporated. The Committee said that Prime Minister of Pakistan is very focused on environment. The Committee showed its displeasure on not requesting for funds in PSDP and fixed its responsibility on EPA. The Committee directed that all officials of EPA must read all sections and to come with preparation before the Committee. The Committee recommended that EPA must give a presentation and come with the data of the entire country. The Committee also recommended that Provincial Coordination Committee must be constituted. The Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change informed the Committee that updating of Laws is needed. The Committee directed EPA to give a detailed presentation to the Committee in its next meeting.                     
The Hon. MNAs/Members Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Dr. Seemi Bokhari, Ms. Naureen Farooq Ibrahim Khan, Ms. Tahira Aurangzab, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, Mr. Zulfiqar Bachani, Ms. Shahida Rehmani and Minister of State for Climate Change and Officers and Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments attended the meeting.
 


N.A Standing Committee on Planning Development and Special Initiatives met - August 16, 2021

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad, 16th August, 2021; 18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Special Initiatives was held today at 2:30 p.m. in Committee Room No.5 (Old Constitution Room), Second Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Akbar, MNA.

 
2.The Committee unanimously confirmed minutes of its previous meeting held on 12th April, 2021. The Ministry gave a compliance report regarding the recommendations of the previous meeting. However, the Committee raised its concerns over the issues raised regarding Diamer-Bhasha Dam and Kartarpur Corridor Projects. Therefore, it was recommended that the Ministry may reconcile and provide a detailed response in that regard in the next Committee meeting.
 
3.The representatives of the Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives, gave a detailed briefing on its mechanism to discourage the practice of spending development funds for the non-development expenses on recurring basis by the various ministries. It was informed that the process of approval of such projects had been streamlined to ensure their transparency at initial phase, however, the process for proper monitoring and evaluation of the mature projects was also being improved. The Committee recommended that Key Performance Indicators for such development projects may also formulated to assess their relevance and utility. The General Statistics (Reorganization) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was also disposed-off by the Committee due to repeated non-attendance by the Mover. On the issue of release of funds for the affectees of Suki Kanari Hydro Power Dam Project at River Kunhar, District Mansehra, the Committee appointed a sub-committee with the following composition and Terms of Reference (TORs):
Composition:
1) Mr. Saleh Muhammad Swati, MNA (Convener)
2) Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, MNA (Member)
3) Syed Agha Rafiullah, MNA (Member)
Terms of Reference (TORs):
1) To resolve the matter referred by the Speaker’s Office on 30-06-2021 regarding release of funds for the affectees of Suki Kanari Hydro Power Dam Project at River Kunhar, District Mansehra.
2) To monitor progress of the Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) on the development projects in District Mansehra and New Balakot.
 
4.Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shaukat Ali, Syed Faiz Ul Hassan, Mr. Nawab Sher, Dr. Seemi Bukhari, Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Naveed Dero, Syed Agha Rafiullah and the Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiative along with other senior officers from the Ministry attended the meeting.
 
       (ASAD ALI MAAN)
        Assistant Director/
      Secretary Committee


N.A Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination mett - August 16, 2021

 slamabad the, 16th August, 2021

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held on 16th August, 2021 at 10:30 a.m in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.

2. The Committee discussed “The Islamabad Healthcare Facilities Management Authority Bill, 2021” (Government Bill) in detail. After detailed deliberations the Committee decided to review the draft of the Bill therefore, the Committee deferred “The Islamabad Healthcare Facilities Management Authority Bill, 2021” (Government Bill) till its next meeting.

3. The Committee further discussed “The Pakistan Nursing Council (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Government Bill) and “The Pakistan Allied Health Professionals Council Bill, 2021 (Government Bill). After detailed deliberations on both the legislations, the Committee directed the Ministry to incorporate the amendments by consulting the stakeholders therefore, the Committee deferred “The Pakistan Nursing Council (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Government Bill) and “The Pakistan Allied Health Professionals Council Bill, 2021 (Government Bill) till its next meeting.

4. The Committee also discussed “The Islamabad Healthcare Regulations (Amendment) Bill, 2021” (moved by Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA). The Committee unanimously passed the said Bill as introduced in the National Assembly. The Committee deferred “The Islamabad Injured Persons Compulsory Treatment Bill, 2021” (moved by Syed Agha Rafiullah, MNA) till its next meeting.

5. The Committee was briefly apprised by the Ministry about the provision of Risk Allowance to the health workers. The SA to PM told the Committee that list of 12000 employees was forwarded to Finance Division but due to some objections, it returns back. He assured the Committee that in the next week, the risk allowance would be given to all 12000 employees. The Committee also directed the Nursing Council to submit the complete list of registered colleges along with the detail of MSN degree holders in the next meeting of the Committee.
   
6. The following MNAs, Dr. Haider Ali Khan, Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Mr. Jai Parkash, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Nousheen Hamid, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Dr. Ms. Zille Huma, Ms. Fozia Behram, Professor Shahnaz Naseer Baloch, Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, Dr. Samina Matloob, Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam, Mr. James Iqbal, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, along with Syed Agha Rafiullah, and Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, Mover of the Bill attended the meeting.


(MALIK NAEEM SHAFI)
Secretary Committee


N. A Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination met - August 16, 2021

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTE PROVINCIAL COORDINATION MET TODAY

Islamabad; August 16th, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) met today at 11:00 AM in Committee Room No. 5, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA.

2. The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran. Chairman Standing Committee welcomed the Minister for IPC, Members of the Committee and other Participants. Secretary Ministry of IPC briefed the Committee about the mandate of the Ministry under Rules of Business 1973 and the organizational structure Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination Division. He further apprised the Committee about Human Resource (Main Ministry and Departments, Budget allocation, functional wings, Achievements of Administration wing, CCI wing, progress on establishment of permanent Secretariat of CCI, Inter Provincial Coordination Committee IPCC). He apprised the Committee that at present all four Provincial Ministers of Sports are member of IPCC instead of Chief Ministers. He also briefed the Committee about other component departments and wings and their achievements he informed the Committee that CCI Wing Secretariat has been established and soon will be separate. The Secretary also informed the Committee that we are preparing for 2023 Safe Games and the development budget (PSDP) has been increased three times. Minister of IPC informed the Committee that the last National Sports Policy was formed in 2005 therefore new Sports Policy was very essential. the Minister assured the input of the Committee will be incorporated. She informed the Committee that after approval of the Cabinet, new policy will be shared with the Standing Committee. The Committee unanimously recommended that the services of Mr. Arif Hassan, President, Pakistan Olympics Association (POA) may be withdrawn because of poor performance and his controversial election, as soon as possible and directed to make changes for the betterment of sports at the earliest. The Committee also recommended that all Sports Federations must have to accountable for foreign and local funding before the Committee and Ministry of IPC. The Committee also recommended that the Chief Ministers of all four Provinces may be requested to provide 2 accors land in every village for the sports purpose and directions in this regard may be forwarded to concerned DCOs. The Committee also recommended that talented children’s in sports may be provided jobs, their salaries, allowances may be increased.

3. While discussing agenda time No 3 regarding the prevention of offences in Sports bill, 2020 moved by Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan MNA, the Ministry of IPC informed the Committee that already a bill in this regard is in progress. The Committee directed the representative of Ministry of Law to present a report on the Bill in the next Committee meeting.

4. The Committee deferred agenda item no 4 regarding Question No 145 Mover Dr. Mahreen Razaaq Bhutto MNA        

5. The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Mehboob Shah, Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Ms. Robina Jamil, Mr. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhinder, Rana Mubashir Iqbal, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Ms. Nasiba Channa, and Syed Faiz ul Hassan and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.



(M. SALEEM WAINS)
Secretary Committee


Standing Committee on Human Rights met - August 12, 2021

National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights met under Acting Chairperson Shazia Marri, MNA  in Parliament House, Islamabad. On the horrendous incident of desecration and vandalism of the temple (Mandir) in Bong village, District Rahim Yar Khan, which happened couple of days back, the Committee was extremely perturbed to know that how a 9 years old child could be implicated in a blasphemy case, who allegedly urinated in a local seminary, and who was consequently granted bail by a local Court. This goes against the teachings of Islam as well as the principles laid by the founder of the Nation, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The Administration could have prevented the incident by coordinating with the locals and the influential of the area but negligence has been done in this particular incident by them as well as police. Although the restoration work of the temple has been done, but the Committee opined that the minorities should be protected and should feel secure to live in that area. The Committee directed that progress in the case should be shared with the Committee and culprits & miscreant should be punished and dealt as per law.

The Committee was also briefed by the victims and their families on two incidents happened in Tharparkar Sindh, one in a coal mining company in which Dodo Bheel died because of torture, and the other in Dadu District pertaining to a triple murder. The Committee sympathized with the victims and the bereaved families and said that as the matter is with the Court and therefore, considering the subjudice nature of the case, these should be thoroughly investigated by the police and justice be ensured. Members of the Committee also showed solidarity with the victims.

The Committee also sought report on Noor Mukaddam murder case and after listening to the investigating Police Officer, it was decided to have an in-camera meeting. Senators (Retired) Farhat Ullah Khan Babar and Afrasiab Khattak drew the attention of the Committee towards social media share in which their names were put on “Hit List” by a former Taliban militant commander Ehsan Ullah Ehsan and also some agencies. The Minister and the Committee asked the M/o Interior to investigate the matter and to submit report in the next scheduled meeting.

Besides the Minister Dr. Shireen M. Mazari, the meeting was attended by MNA’s Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Attaullah, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Zille Huma, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Mr. Abdur Rehman Kanju, Ms. Zaib Jaffar, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, Special Invitees Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, Senator (Retired) Farhatullah Khan Babar,  Senator (Retired) Afrasiab Khattak, Secretary, Ministry of  Human Rights and senior officers of the relevant departments.


NA Standing Committee on Commerce meets today - August 11, 2021

25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce was held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA.

The Chair expressed its displeasure on the contradictory arguments for ban on the export of Livestock. The Committee directed the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of National Food Security & Research (NFS&R) to revisit the policy in-consultation with all the stakeholders and present its report in the next meeting of the Committee.
The Advisor to the Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment and Secretary Ministry of Commerce briefed the Committee on the status of Treaties, Agreements, Protocol and Conventions with other Countries and International agencies on trade and Commerce. They answered a number of questions and queries of the Chair and Members of the Committee.
The Committee appointed a Sub-Committee to examine the issues relating to the imports of cotton, growth of textile exports, including sales tax on cotton exporters, duties on import of yarn cotton and cotton seed and submit its report to the Committee within 30 days.
The Secretary, Ministry of Commerce updated the Committee on Implementation status of the previous recommendation of the Committee. He informed that the proposed Amendment for increase in the tenure of Chambers and other organizations is under consideration with the Ministry of Law and Justice and it will be tabled before the Committee in the next meeting.
The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meeting held on 27th May, 2021. The Committee deferred agenda items 3, 4 and 5 for further discussions in the next meeting.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh, Mr. Khurram Shehzad, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Mrs. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja and Syed Javed Ali Shah Jelani, MNAs. The meeting also attended by Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment.
 


Standing Committee on Aviation Division met - August 5, 2021

7th meeting of the Standing Committee on Aviation Division was held today at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room No. 7, Fourth Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhary, MNA.

The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Afterwards, the Committee proceeded with the agenda of the meeting.

The Committee confirmed minutes of its sixth meeting held on 3rd June, 2021.

The Committee took response from the Aviation Division on the queries raised during its previous meeting concerning performance of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the growing difference between its revenue and expense during the recent years, especially with regards to the Islamabad International Airport. It was told that the said airport had not been able to exploit its full potential as yet due to Covid-19 factor as well as the decision regarding its outsourcing or otherwise was still pending with the Government. The Committee also expressed its concern over the failure of water drainage system at the Islamabad International Airport during recent spell of rains in the capital and recommended to resolve the issue once and for all. The representatives from CAA also gave a detailed briefing on National Aviation Policy formulated in 2019 viz-a-viz the short comings in the previous policy of 2015. It was informed that the major Gulf airlines exploited the opportunity of open sky policy given in the National Aviation Policy of 2015 and gave a big blow to the flight operations of the domestic airlines. However, the said policy had been revised in 2019 to encourage growth and development of domestic airlines. The concept was appreciated by the Committee. The CEO, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) also gave a briefing on the progress regarding preparation of its business plan and its challenges.

Honorable Members/MNAs Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Ms. Asma Qadeer, Ms. Saira Bano, Choudhary Faqir Ahmed, and Mr. Kamal ud Din attended the meeting. The Federal Minister for Aviation, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, MNA, also participated in the meeting as its Ex-officio Member.


NA standing Committee on Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meets today - August 5, 2021

61st in-camera meeting of the Public Accounts Committee was held today in the Parliament House Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Tanveer Hussain,  MNA wherein the Secretary M/o National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (Mr. Amir Ashraf Khawaja) and Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) (Lt. Gen. Akhtar Nawaz) briefed the PAC on COVID-19.

The PAC appreciated the role and contribution of NDMA in efficiently handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the swift distribution of vaccines and medical kits to the Provinces and hospitals.

The meeting was attended by Senators Dr. Shahzad Waseem, Mushahid Hussain Syed and MNAs Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Riaz Fatyana, Raja Riaz Ahmad, Mr. Noor Alam Khan, Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, whereas, MNAs Syed Naveed Qamar, Syed Hussain Tariq, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar and Senator Sherry Rehman attended the meeting through video link.

 


Nigerian Parliamentary Delegation To Visit Pakistan From 6th To 15th August 2021 - August 5, 2021

Islamabad 5th August 2021: On Special invitation of  Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser , Nigerien Parliamentary Delegation led by the President of National Assembly of Niger is visiting Pakistan from 6th  to  15th August 2021.  

The 12 Members Nigerien Parliamentary delegation  led by President of National Assembly of Niger Mr.Seyni Oumarou includes Members of Parliament Ms.Fatima Doubou Dogo, Mr. Rabiou Maina and President of Nigerien Parliamentary Friendhsip Group Mr. Abdallah Mahamadou.

The  Nigerien Parliamentary Delegation during its stay in Islamabad will Call on Prime Minister of Pakistan , Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Chief of Army Staff, and meeting with Pak-Niger Parliamentary Friendship Group. The Delegation  would also visit Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra, Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services, Provincial Assembly of Punjab and  attend Independence Day Celebrations. The Delegation will also have interactive meetings with Representatives of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and Pharmaceutical Industry.

The visit of the Nigerian Parliamentary Delegation would open new avenues of cooperation and bilateral engagements with Niger. This visit of African Parliamentary delegation is an effort of Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan  to enhance the initiatives of incumbent government like ,’ Look Africa’ and Engage Africa’.  This visit will also open new avenues of cooperation and opportunity with African Nations.


The National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence met - July 29, 2021

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence unanimously recommended to approve “The Pakistan Maritime Zones Bill, 2021” in its meeting held today in the Constitution Room of the Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA.

The Representative from Ministry of Defence, Cdre Dr. Syed Muhammad Ali Hussain Gardezi SI(M), briefed the Committee regarding “The Pakistan Maritime Zones Bill, 2021” (Revision of Territorial Water & Maritime Zones (TWMZ) Act, 1976). He apprised that the Territorial Water and Maritime Zones (TWMZ) Act, 1976 was enacted to provide the declaration of Territorial Water and Maritime Zones of Pakistan. Pakistan’s ratification of the United National Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on 26th February, 1997 led to an amendment in Clause 5 of the UNCLOS regarding Continental Shelf. TWMZ Act, 1976, as amended in 1997, is currently in force.

The Committee expressed its grave concern over the absence of Federal Secretary, Ministry of Interior, and directed the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Interior to convey the message of the Committee to ensure his presence in the next meeting to brief the Committee on the Cyber Crime issues in Provinces and Federal. The Committee further directed to Additional Secretary, Ministry of Interior to arrange a meeting with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) and Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to take this matter serious and resolve the issues of Cyber Crimes as soon as possible for the sake of national security.

The Representative from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) apprised the Committee that there is a need to update decision No. 01 regarding “Preparation of draft of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), on Cyber Crimes Issues”. Since it is policy decision at National level therefore being the telecom regulator do not have the mandate to process or sign MLAT. FIA may take up the matter with Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication. He further apprised that decision No. 02 is regarding illegal sale of Telecom Data by various Police Offices and Ministry of Information Technology is requested to expedite PTA’s recommendation to control increasing violation of information sharing.

The Director, FIA briefed the Committee over the Cyber Crimes, Security and objectionable material posted in social media where they stated that new Cyber Crime project has been commenced in September, 2018. He also briefed the Committee regarding some of the pressing issues when it comes to Cyber Crime in Pakistan includes but are not limited to hated speech, online offences, which falls under Section 11 of Pakistan Electronic Crime Act (PECA) are very heinous and serious in nature which can affects religious sentiments of any sector. He apprised that it has been notice that such kinds of malicious activities are usually committed on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram by undefined and unrecognized actors. Furthermore, these social media outlets are mostly US based companies and the government of Pakistan is facing problem in receiving date of the real culprits due to lack of any MLA treaty with them. In PECA section 11 is non cognizable in nature were seeking permission from the magistrate to initiate enquiry is mandatory and FIA Cybercrime wing cannot directly lodge FIRS. It must be converted into cognizable.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Syed Faiz-ul-Hassan, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir and Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, MNAs besides senior officers from M/o Defence, M/o Interior, M/o Information Technology & Telecom, PTA and FIA.