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COMMITTEE MEETING'S Press Release

N.A Standing Committee on Energy meets - February 21, 2018

Islamabad; February 21, 2018: Standing Committee on Energy met under the Chairmanship Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, this afternoon.

The Committee after thorough discussion recommended the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Power Division, Ministry of Energy amounting to Rs.193,730.550 million for the financial year 2018-19.

The Committee while discussing implementation of its previous recommendations related to Power Division directed for devising centralized procurement policy for procurement of material for electricity infrastructure development schemes. The Committee was apprised that development schemes being carried out under PM Sustainable Development Program were facing shortage of required material resulting in delay of their completion due to lengthy procurement procedures and limited number of suppliers of construction material.                                                                                                                          

The Committee while discussing recommendation of the committee regarding enhancement of quota of new domestic gas connections by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to meet the pending demand with Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), directed OGRA to expedite the matter in order to meet the public demand. The Chairperson OGRA apprised the Committee that the Authority had received petition of SNGPL for enhancement which was under consideration and decision thereon would be taken during a week time.

The meeting was attended by Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, Federal Minister for Energy (Power Division) MNAs; Malik Ihtebar Khan, Syed Muhammad Saqlain Shah Bukhari, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, Mr. Shehryar Afridi, Mr. Imran Khattak, Secretary Petroleum Division, Additional Secretary Power Division and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committees on Climate Change meets - February 20, 2018

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 20th February, 2018 in Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Standing Committee discussed and approved the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the financial year 2018-2019 of the Ministry of Climate Change.

The Committee also discussed the measures being taken to preserve the most endangered species of Pakistan regarding “Markhor and Murgzar animals and suggested to coordinate with the Provincial Government to take up the said issue.

Members who attended the meeting: Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Chairman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA, Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA and Minister for Climate Change
 


NA Special Committee on Child Abuse meets - February 19, 2018

Meeting for the election of the Chairman of the Special Committee on Child Abuse was held today on 19th February, 2018, at 10:30 a.m, in Committee Room No.02, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
2.         The meeting commenced with recitation of Holy Quran. The Honourable members were welcomed by the Deputy Secretary (Co-ordination) and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman. The name of Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA was proposed for Chairperson of the said Committee by Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam MNA and subsequently seconded by Mr. Zahid Hamid MNA. Accordingly, the Committee unanimously elected Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA, as Chairperson of the Special Committee on Child Abuse. 
 
3.         The Deputy Secretary (Co-ordination) congratulated the newly elected Chairperson on behalf of the Honorable Speaker, Secretary and Special Secretary National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured them of full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee under the supervision of the Honorable Speaker.
 
4.         The Committee recommended that detail report may be obtained regarding the latest laws including delegated legislation and judgment on the Child Abuse for further proceedings during the next meeting of the Committee.
 
5.         The meeting was attended by the Members concerned of the said Committee and officers from National Assembly Secretariat.
 


NA SC on Housing & Works meets - February 15, 2018

42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works of the National Assembly was held today i.e 15th February, 2018, in Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA.

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 31st January, 2018.

3.         The Committee considered the Calling Attention Notice No. 9 regarding policy decision of the government not to allot government accommodation in future to the employees of constitutional bodies move by Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA. However, it was informed by the Honourable Chairman that a Bill in this regard has been approved by the National Assembly.

4.         The Committee considered the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP), as required under the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly and recommended the projects presented by the Ministry of Housing and Works. The Committee also decided that the projects regarding dualization & improvement of Mandra-Chakwal road (64 Km), dualization & improvement of Sohawa-Chakwal road (66.405 Km) and Mosa Khail Tonsa Road (35 Km) strength road Zhob would be discussed in the upcoming meeting of the Committee.

5.         The Committee directed Ministry of Housing and Works to provide the details of cases registered against the employees of Housing and Works by the different agencies i.e. FIA and NAB.

6.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, MNAs, besides the senior officer from Ministry of Housing and Works.

 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Meets - February 14, 2018

67th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e. February 14, 2018 in Women’s Parliamentary Caucus Conference Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Shaikh, MNA.
 
2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 9th February, 2018. While considering the implementation status of the recommendations of the Committee, which were made in previous meetings regarding lowest mark up ratio/interest to farming sector. The Committee recommended that Government should give exemptions to ZTBL and other commercial banks on lending for farmers. The Committee also directed to Ministry of Finance & Revenue to provide the details of ZTBL quantifying figures.
 
3.         The Committee deferred agenda item pertaining to “An Eradication of  Riba Bill, 2015” (Moved by Mr Sher Akbar Khan, MNA).
 
4.         The Committee discussed the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Finance Division for financial year 2018-19. While considering the ‘Financial Inclusion and Infrastructure Project’, the Committee unanimously recommended that Finance Division will provide PC-I of the said project for further consideration of the Committee. The Committee disapproved the project regarding Renovation & Repair of Audit Complex, Lahore (Old PT&T Building). The Committee Members have shown their observations for not providing satisfactory reasons in this regard. However, the Committee recommended all other projects presented by Finance Division.
 
5.         While considering the PSDP of Revenue Division, the Committee Members have expressed their concerns about the performance of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) towards their objectives. However, the Committee recommended the projects submitted by the Revenue Division.
 
6.         The Committee decided that its next meeting would be convened on 28th February, 2018 for consideration of pending PSDP, highlighted above. The Committee was briefed by the Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance regarding current account deficit, debt servicing and financial strategy of the Government. 
 
7.         The meeting was attended by Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Syed Naveed Qamar, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan (Mover) MNA besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - February 14, 2018

Islamabad, 14th February, 2018; 41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

2.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 02-01-2018.

3.         The Committee examined “The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2017”(Amendment of Sections 11, 13, 27, 67, 82, 89, 91, 95, 96, 97, 98, 115 & 117 Act X of 2015) (Moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be recommended, with minor amendments, for submission to the National Assembly for passing the Bill.
 
4.         The Committee examined “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new sections 167-A & 344-A, Act XLV of 1860) (Moved by Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred till its next meeting for further discussion.
 
5.         The Committee examined “The Employment of children (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Amendment of section 2, Act V of 1991) (moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA) and recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
 
6.     The Committee examined “The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017 Section10 (moved by Suriya Asghar, MNA); and recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
 
7.         The Committee examined “The Children (Pledging of Labour) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of Sections 4, 5 & 6, Act II of 1933) (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
 
8.         The budgetary proposals, relating to PSDP for next financial year, of the Ministry of Interior were discussed in the meeting. It was directed by the Committee that concerned Heads/in-charges of the departments shall attend the next meeting of the Standing Committee for detailed discussion and finalization of the projects. 
 9.         The Report of the Sub-Committee on Interior, appointed under the Convener-ship of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, “to review Visa Policy relating to Pakistani origin having dual Nationality” was adopted by the Standing Committee.
 
10.       The issue of banning prohibited Arms licenses was again discussed by the Committee. It was pointed out that the arms licenses is a source of income for state, and ban on prohibited Arms licenses is also resulting in an increase in corruption as people try to use unfair means to get favor regarding prohibited Arms Licenses. Due to the prevailing law and order situation, the Committee suggested that public may be facilitated with the Licenses for their self defense.
           
11.       Hon. Members/Movers Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Shaikh Salahuddin, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Aliya Kamran, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, NACTA, Ministry of Law and Justice, NADRA and Passport Office.         
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production Meets - February 13, 2018

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in Parliament House and discuss the following issues:

The Standing Committee discussed the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the financial year 2018-2019 of the Ministry of Industries & Production and its attached departments. The Committee recommended that Planning Division should give output regarding the said projects and also suggested that the projects recommended during Standing Committee’s previous meetings should be given priority.

Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-din, MNA
 


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - February 12, 2018

Islamabad; February 12, 2018: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 52nd Session of the National Assembly.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 52nd session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 20th February, 2018.

The meeting was attended by the MNAs Mr. Zahid Hamid, Sheik Salahuddin and Mr. Nasir Khan.
 


Standing Committee On Commerce And Textile Recommends PSDP Proposals Of The Ministry For Financial Year 2018-19 - February 9, 2018

Islamabad; February 09, 2018: The Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile recommended PSDP proposals of M/o Commerce and Textile amounting to Rs.25,626.577 million for the financial year 2018-19 in its meeting held in Islamabad, today under the chairmanship of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA.

The Committee was separately apprised about the proposed PSDP of Commerce and Textile Divisions. The Additional Secretary, Commerce Division informed that the Division had proposed allocation of PSDP fund amounting to Rs.8550 million for financial year 2018-19 for seven projects relating to establishment of new Exp-Centers at Islamabad, Quetta and Faisalabad, expansion/remodeling of Expo-Center at Karachi, provision hostel and transport facility to student at Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore and an ongoing project relating to Expo-Center at Peshawar.

Later the Secretary, Textile Division apprised the Committee about the proposed PSDP allocation for the project of Textile Division. He informed that Rs.11012.372 million had been proposed for 5 new projects whereas Rs.6064.205 had been proposed for 7 projects which were being resubmitted for approval by the Planning and Development Division. Apprising the Committee about the new projects, the Secretary said that those projects related to establishment of National Textile University (NTU) Campus at Quetta, Garment City Project at Karachi, construction of new library at NTU campus at Faisalabad and implementation of system for standardization of high quality cotton. Apprising about the projects being resubmitted for approval related to PM Skill development program for Textile Industry and studies for climatic change, recycling of organic wastes, restoration of soil fertility and cost management in cotton production and marketing.

The Committee after thorough discussion recommended the entire proposed PSDP of the Ministry for inclusion in Budget for next financial year. The Committee expressed satisfaction on the progress/implementation of the Committee’s recommendations by the Divisions concerned. The Committee directed Commerce Division to expedite the proposed amendment in Pakistan Tobacco Board Act which would ensure supply of registered and certified Tobacco seed to the growers.

The meeting was attended by Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Minister of State for Commerce and Textile, MNAs; Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, Ms. Sajida Begum, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Secretaries Commerce and Textile Divisions and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - February 8, 2018

Islamabad, 8th February, 2018; 45th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Muhammad Ashraf, MNA.
 
2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.
3. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 25-10-2017 and 25-01-2018. The members of the committee jointly congratulated the Hon. Chairman for his appointment as chairman.
 
4. Regarding agenda item Number 2, it was informed by the Ministry that letters has been issued to all the concerned Bar Councils and it will be placed before the committee as and when it will be received to the Ministry. The Committee was briefed about the budgetary proposal of the ministry relating to the public sector development program (PSDP) for the financial year 2018-19. After detailed deliberations the committee approved the proposals however the PSDP regarding the National Accountability Buru was deferred till its next meeting. The Committee considered all the Bills relating the National Accountability Ordinance. After detailed deliberations the committee decided to defer the same till its next meeting.
 
5. The Committee considered the Bills “The Evening Courts Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment in Article 25A) Moved by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khatak, MNA and decided that the Bills may be deferred till its next meeting for deliberations.
 
6. The Committee considered the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of Article 51 and 106 of the Constitution) Moved by Mr. Tariq Christopher Qaiser, MNA. After detailed deliberations the committee decided to recommend that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
 
7. Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Kiran Haider, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Ms. Aisha Syed, Dr. Arif Alvi, and Sheikh Salahuddin attended the meeting besides the minister for law and justice and senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committees on House and Library meets - February 8, 2018

Islamabad: February 8, 2018:  National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library met under the convenership of  Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA at Parliament House on Thursday.

The Committee expressed its concerns over the non-implementation of decisions/ recommendations made by the Committee during its various previous meetings and directed the CDA  to implement the decisions/recommendations of the Committee with letter and spirit.  While discussing the delay in delivery of NTC bills to Parliamentarians  at Parliament Lodges the Committee members complaint that the NTC bills are delivered to Parliamentarians at Parliament Lodges after due date.  The Chair expressed displeasure over the delay in delivery of NTC bills at Parliament Lodges and directed the Divisional Engineer NTC to ensure delivery of the NTC bill in time.  The Committee also discussed the non-functioning of lifts of Parliament Lodges and non-provision of heaters in the family suites at Parliament Lodges during winter season.  The Committee members expressed that lift of various blocks of Parliament Lodges are out of order and not functioning properly and lift operators also oftenly  remained absent from their duty place. The Chair said that such petty matters should be resolved by concerned authority by its own without taking up them into Committee’s meeting.  He also directed the CDA to address the complaints of the Parliamentarians according to rules and regulations and on merit without any discrimination or favouritism      

The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Mehboob Alam, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Dr. Ibadullah and Senior Officers of CADD, CDA and National Assembly Secretariat.
 


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - February 8, 2018

Islamabad, 08th February 2018: The 31st meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

2.     The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.

3.     The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its two previous meetings held on 24th October, 2017 and 11th December, 2017.

4.     The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication tabled the status of previous recommendations given by the Standing Committee, but the Committee directed that in the next meeting all the heads of the Cellular companies must be attended the Committee meeting and be brief the Committee about the status of their issued Cell Phone Sims, working Internet 3G & 4G service and installed “Antina Tower” across the country.

5.     The Committee considered the proposed PSDP for the financial year 2018-19 of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and its attached departments/organizations. After thorough consideration the Committee unanimously approved the proposed PSDP for the financial year 2018-19.

6.     The Committee also considered the report of the Sub-Committee appointed under the Convener-ship of Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA and approved unanimously.

7.     The Committee took up and listening the alleged audio tape of supply of Rs. 50 million to the leader of Faizabad Dharna etc. The Committee showed its grievances on such type of discussion which was viral on social media. The Committee directed Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to investigate the matter through F.I.A, P.T.A and I.B and submit its detail report within 10 days. 

8.     The Hon. MNAs/Member Mian Muhammad Farooq, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi and Ch. Muhammad Tufail were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and its attached departments/organizations with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform meets - February 7, 2018

Islamabad 7th February, 2018: The 63rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, MNA

2.       The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and proceeded with given Agenda.

3.       The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 61st & 62nd meeting held on 3rd & 4th January, 2018.

4.       The Committee took serious notice of the absence of the Chief Executive Officer FESCO and recommended that the CEO, FESCO appear before the Committee in the next meeting and explain his position why remained absence from the meeting.

5.       The Committee examined the PSDP proposals for financial year 2018-19 in detail. After detailed deliberation the Committee approved all the projects except the two projects as given below:-

                        i).  Centre of Excellence for CPEC, PIDE, Islamabad.
                        ii). Research Study on Cluster Development Based Industrial Transformation Plan Vision 2025.

6.       The Honorable MNA/Members Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Mr. Sheikh Salahuddin attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Meets - February 7, 2018

STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS VOTED AGAINST THE BILL MOVED BY DR. SHIREEN MEHRUNNISA MAZARI, MNA.

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held today at Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, MNA.

2.    According to the agenda, the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP 2018-19) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the “Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013(Private Member, Bill) moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA” were the two main items. The PSDP (2018-19) comprised one item; endorsement of the Committee regarding Feasibility Study (PC-II) costing Rs.100/- million related to the Margall International Convention Centre having facility for holding the big international conferences in Islamabad. The Chairman direction the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give a comprehensive briefing in the next meeting scheduled for 16-2-2018 which may include the following as well:-

i.    Improving existing infrastructure both at country and international levels;
ii.    Officers accommodation;
iii.    Public diplomacy;
iv.    Specialized campaigns to pursue our national interests;
v.    Discretionary funds;
vi.    Total budget in comparison with that of India, Bangla Desh, Sri Lanka etc.

3.    As per the rule 222 Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, the proposed Private Bill titled “Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013(Private Member, Bill) moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA” was presented for voting. The proposed Bill was rejected by the majority, however, one Member abstained.

4.    The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNAs. Senior Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law & Justice and Cabinet Division also attended the meeting.
 


2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Statistics was held today - February 6, 2018

Islamabad, 6th February, 2018; 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Statistics was held today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA.

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

3.         The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 25th January, 2018.

4.         The Federal Secretary, Ministry of Statistics, Ms. Rukhsana Yasmeen briefed the Standing Committee regarding the working, subjects, scope and future plans of the Ministry. The Chairman Standing Committee upheld that preparation and maintenance of statistical figures should be considered as a priority in national interest. It was reiterated by the Standing Committee that the Ministry must ensure timely and accurate calculation of statistics. It was also agreed that the statistical figures are very essential to determine the quality in every walk of life and then subsequent planning supply and demand of the available resources for the population of a country. Therefore, it was recommended that steps may be taken to ensure transparent and accurate collection of statistical data from time to time and then conduct of census from every five to ten years. The efforts made by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics in collecting and updating the data on monthly basis were also appreciated by the Members of the Standing Committee.

5.         The meeting was attended by the Honorable MNA/Members Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, S.A. Iqbal Qadri, MNA and senior officers from the Ministry of Statistics and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.


The 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was held today - February 6, 2018

Islamabad 6th February, 2018: The 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was held under the Chairmanship of Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, MNA.

2.       The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and proceeded with given Agenda.

3.       The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 35th meeting held on 4th January, 2018.

4.       The Committee unanimously approved the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr, Shazia Sobia, MNA) with some amendments.

5.       The Migrant Resource Center was established in collaboration with ILO in October, 2015 and providing counseling services, pre-departure orientation to migrants and arranging orientation session on safe and informed migration.

6.       Pakistan is a member of ILO since 1947, Pakistan signed 8 Fundamental Conventions and also ratified 36 ILO conventions.

7.       400 refund payments had been made to the affectees of Al-Watan Scheme for Overseas Pakistanis in Eastern Industrial Zone of Port Qasim Authority.      

8.       The Honorable MNA/Members Mrs. Suraiya Jatoi, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ch. Muhammad Munir Azhar, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Mr. Nasir Khan, Ms. Aisha, Dr. Shazia Sobia mover of the Bill, and Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Overseas were also attended the meeting


National Assembly Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights meets today - February 6, 2018

Islamabad, the 6th February, 2018.  38th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 02:00 am in the Committee Room of Ministry of Human Rights, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 18th January, 2018. The Committee Members were asked to examine the Comprehensive Report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee and give their reservations on it.

Then the Committee was given briefing by the Director General Development, Ministry of Human Rights on the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the Ministry of Human Rights financial year 2018-19. He informed the Committee that Ministry of Human Rights has no project staff of lawyers whereas legal work is being taken up with the help of two lawyers deputed for Helpline 1099. He added that Ministry of Human Rights needed restructuring to develop and strengthen it. They need to develop strategy paper upon which the Standing Committee expressed displeasure on the briefing and performance of the Ministry of Human Rights. The Committee unanimously decided to hold another meeting after the ensuing session of the National Assembly with all the stake-holders like Ministry of Planning and Development, Ministry of Establishment, Law and Justice Division, CDA for allotment of land for establishment of National Institute of Human Rights as well as the Commissions of the Ministry of Human Rights to resolve the major issues of the Ministry.

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Mr. Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar,  Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms.Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs, Minister for Human Rights and officials of the Ministry of Human Rights and Planning and Development.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - February 2, 2018

Islamabad, the 2nd February, 2018: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 10:30 a.m.in Committee Room No.2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhamamd Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.  The Committee prayed for the departed souls of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Ex.MNA and his wife due to their sudden death.

3.  The Committee welcomed Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, MNA for becoming new member of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges.

4.              On the amendment moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA in Rule 48 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, the Committee directed the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and the Ministry of Law and Justice to further go through the amendment and report to the Committee in its next meeting.

5.              On the complaint of Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Sheikh Salahuddin, MNAs, regarding non giving the time of meeting by Chairman, NADRA, the Committee took suo-moto of the matter and decided to discuss it in the next meeting of the Committee.         

6.              The Committee directed the Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs to suggest proposals for the Committee for making amendments in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 on monthly basis.

7.              The Committee also decided that in future, no such compromise would be made by the respondents and the Movers outside the Committee. All the decisions would be made by the Committee within the presence of all the concerned during the meeting.

8.              The Committee disposed of the Questions of Privileges moved by Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Mr. Siraj Ahmed Khan, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, MNAs.

9.  On the Question of Privileges, raised by Mr. Ghalib Khan, Advocate and Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ul Din, MNAs against Mr. Zafar Ul Islam, Political Agent, South Waziristan, the Committee expressed its displeasure for irresponsible attitude of Mr. Zafar Ul Islam with the Hon. Members and said that this was the third Question of Privilege against Mr. Zafar Ul Islam. The Committee unanimously decided that the Chief Secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) should inquire into the matter as per Efficiency and Discipline (E&D) Rules by dis-continuing the MCMC training of Mr. Zafar Ul Islam in National Institute of Management (NIM), Peshawar and report to the Committee in its next meeting. However, the Committee pended the agenda till its next meeting.

10.            On the Question of Privilege raised by Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, the Committee directed the Inspector General of Police, Sindh to attend the next meeting of the Committee in person and submit the reply of all the questions raised by the Committee Members during the meeting within the presence of Mr. Sarwar Jamali, DIG (Admn), Sindh before the next meeting of the Committee.

11.            On the Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Fehmida Mirza, MNA, the Committee expressed its displeasure on non-satisfactory reply given by the representative of Sindh Irrigation Department regarding non-availability of drinking water in Baddin, Sindh. The Committee directed that the Secretary, Irrigation Department, Sindh should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person and brief the Committee about the shortage of water in Sindh and particularly in Baddin. The Committee pended its discussion till its next meeting.

12.            On the matter of medical facilities to the dependents/parents of Members of the National Assembly, the Committee directed the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs to work on this matter and on the points raised by Ms.  Shagufta Jumami, MNA, during the meeting. The Committee pended the amendment till its next meeting.

13.            On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA, the Secretary, Ministry of Energy and the concerned Project Director were directed to resolve the issues of the Hon. Mover and report to the Committee in its next meeting.

14.           On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, the Committee was not satisfied with the reply given by Mr. Zahid, M.D (OGDCL) and directed him to establish a Cell under the supervision of any good officer for the facilitation of the Hon. Members of the Parliament. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

15.            The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 2-1-2018. However, on the request of Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA, the Committee unanimously decided to again discuss the amendment moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA regarding amendment in Rules 122 and 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. The compliance Report on the previous recommendations of the Committee was also seen by the Committee.

16. The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhamamd Akram, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr.S.A.Iqbal Quadri, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, Ms.Asiya Nasir,MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan Advocate, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Sheikh Salahuddin, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ul Din, Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNAs.
 


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - February 2, 2018

Islamabad; February 02, 2018: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee regarding the comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee. He informed that Ministry has compliance on the directions of the Committee and also sent letters to the concerned department for implementation on the direction of the Committee.

The Committee unanimously deferred the Bill “The Elections (Amendment) Act, 2017” moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA.

Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) briefed the Committee regarding the delimitation of constituencies. He informed that ECP is delimiting the territorial constituencies for elections to the National Assembly and each Provincial Assembly in accordance with the provision of the constitution, the Act, and the rules framed there under. He said that provisional results of the population census 2017 published by the Federal Government in accordance with the article 51(5) of the constitution as amended vide constitution (twenty fourth) amendment Act 2017 shall be used for the said delimitation. He further informed that a fraction of more than 0.5 shall be ignored and ECP can deviate from this principle in exceptional cases for reasons to be recorded. He further brief the Committee about the determination of quota, time line of delimitation and quota per seat in National / Provincial Assembly.

Secretary, Statistics Division briefed the Committee regarding provision of data of last census block along with description. In this regard, he informed the Committee that the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan dated 7th December, 2016 and on the direction of the Council of Common of Interest (CCI) dated 16th December, 2016 the population and Housing Census-2017 was started throughout the country on 15th March, 2017 and completed on 24th May, 2017. He said that Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has compiled Provisional Summary Results containing total number of Males, Females, Transgenders and total population alongwith urban / rural breakdown at National, Provincial, Administrative districts and tehsil level from REN-2 forms (Summary sheet) developed for each enumeration block.     

Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Rabaira, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parves, Dr. Shazia Sobia and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.


 


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research Meets - February 1, 2018

Islamabad, the 1st February, 2018: 42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 10:30 a.m. in Committee Room of Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA. 

2.         Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research brief the Committee about the implementation status of the previous recommendations made of the Committee and also briefed about the Bill “The National Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Authority Bill, 2017”. After detail deliberations the Committee deferred the said Bill till its next meeting.

3.         Head Credit, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) briefed the Committee on total budgetary allocation for agriculture loans to farmers by ZTBL during financial year 2017-18.  He informed that State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has assigned agri lending target of Rs. 125.000 billion to ZTBL with province wise share. He further informed that the bank provides credit facilities primarily to small farmers having 25 acres of irrigated land or 50 acres of un-irrigated area.   

4.         Managing Director, Kisan Support Services Limited (KSSL) also briefed the Committee about the functioning of the department. He informed that KSSL provide support services in an efficient manner to ZTBL for the last 11 years and capable of providing support services in other areas as defined in the memorandum and article and association, depending upon the requirements of ZTBL. He further informed that during the last 11 years of operations, KSSL has accumulated profit of Rs. 487.863 million against the ZTBL’s investment of Rs. 100 million.

5.        Capt. (Retd.) Muhammad Safdar, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Mr. Faqir Sher Muhmmad Bilalani and Dr. Fouzia Hameed MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research, KSSL and ZTBL.
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - February 1, 2018

Islamabad, the 1st February, 2018.  37th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:30 am in the Committee Room of Ministry of Human Rights, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 9th January, 2018 in its meeting. The Committee Members were asked to examine the Comprehensive Report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee and give their reservations on it.

Then the Committee was given briefing by the Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights and Minorities Affairs. He informed the Committee that they have made Task Force to protect the child rights at district level and Provincial Minister for Law has held meetings that how they can use the Punjab Information Technology to make the system alert and protect the women and child rights in the areas of the province so that the work of sensitization should be enhanced. Some certain questions were raised by the Committee Members. The Committee was also given briefing on the issues of Asma of Mardan and Naqeebullah of Karachi, the Committee urged to investigate the case with full efforts and give report about the culprit in its next meeting.
 
The Committee could not satisfy on the performance of the Punjab Government on zero results of the rape murder cases in the Province of Punjab and recommended that all the stake-holders should hold a meeting with the Ministry of Human Rights to make amendments in the Bill for constitution of such a law to give due punishment to the culprit up-to 28th February, 2018.  The Secretary, M/o Human Rights ascertained the Committee that death punishment exists against child pornography and implementation on the punishment should be given. 

The Committee recommended that Kainaat lying in the Comma position should be sent abroad for treatment so that she could live a normal life again.  The Committee further recommended that such a forensic Center should be established in all the provinces like that in Foreign countries. The committee urged that National Commission of Human Rights should have record of all the provinces on the rape and murder issues.

The Committee further urged that National Commission of Human Rights should submit its three year annual report through M/o Human Rights to the Committee. The Committee also urged the National Commission of Human Rights to hold a meeting with the provinces after three months on the issues. The Committee urged that awareness programs should be arranged in the schools and universities to give information through their help lines  at Federal and Provincial level.
 
 The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem,     Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr. Sajid Nawaz ,Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mr.Kanwar Naveed Jameel, MNAs, Minister for Human Rights and officials of the Ministry of Human Rights and Provincial Government of the Punjab, Sindh and KPK.  
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries & Productions meets - January 31, 2018

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in Parliament House and discuss the following issues:

i.                    Briefing regarding PC-1for expansion of Agro Food Processing Company by Managing Director, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) as decided in the last meeting dated 29-12-2018.

ii.                  Progress report on the letter of Chairman, Standing Committee dated 18-12-2017, regarding investigation of Management/Defalcation in Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to fix the responsibility of losses to the country.

iii.                Discussion on the issue of Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC). To call the representatives of All Pakistan Marble Industries Association (APMIA), Pakistan Machine Tools Factory (PMTF), and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) as decided in the meeting of the Committee held on 23rd November, 2017.

iv.                Briefing on the performance of Utility Store Corporation (USC) and grievances of its employees by Managing Director, USC.

v.                  Briefing on the future plans of National Fertilizer Marketing Limited (NFML) by Managing Director, NFML.

vi.                Report of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production under the Convenership of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA to further look into the matter pertaining to close down of Engineering Development Board (EDB) and to make suggestions thereof for improving/restructuring of the EDB.

The Committee recommended that Government should provide once time all payments to pay off the retired employees’ liabilities of the Pakistan Steel Mills. The Committee also suggested to include in the PSDP 2018-19, the issue of PC-1for expansion of Agro Food Processing Company by Managing Director, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA).

The Committee directed to the Ministry of Industries & Production to submit the report within 3 months regarding investigation of Management/Defalcation in Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to fix the responsibility of losses to the country.

The Committee also suggested to hold / organize a meeting by the representatives of All Pakistan Marble Industries Association (APMIA), Pakistan Machine Tools Factory (PMTF), and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), regarding financial banking rules.

The Committee further directed to the Managing Director Utility Store Corporation USC to submit the report regarding the 3649 daily wages employees update and subsidy requirement for the USC.

Later on, the Committee directed to the Managing Director of National Fertilizer Marketing Limited (NFML) to provide the list of Managing Directors for the period of last 10 years including the details of price control about urea.

            Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA, Ch. Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Mehboob Alam, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA.


Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan endorsed the PSDP for the Financial Year 2018-19 - January 31, 2018

The 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was held today in Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Malik Ibrar Ahmed.

2.    The Secretary Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan and Senior Officers of the concerned Ministries of AJ&K and Gilgit Baltistan briefed the Committee about the development projects especially; energy, health, education, tourism and forest sectors and requested to enhance their allocations.

3.     After the briefing, the Members put various questions regarding the proposed projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19 and finally endorsed the proposals of the Ministry of KA&GB with the remarks that all projects should be completed according to prescribed specifications & standards within time frame in the best public interest.

4.    Appreciating the efforts of Gilgit Baltistan Government in afforesting the area, the Chaired desired to share the Detailed Plantation Schedule as well as its monthly progress with the Committee. The Chair also desired the Committee to visit the proposed road site which will connect Gilgit Baltistan with Tajikistan. The Committee showed satisfaction over the performance of Gilgit Baltistan Government for initiating public service projects. The Chair asserted that the Committee, on behalf of Government of Pakistan, wants to convey to the people of Gilgit Baltistan that their development is given due priority.

5.    The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Mr. Khalil George, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Syed Waseem Hussain, Molvi Agha Muhammad, MNAs, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir and Senior Officers of the Ministry of KA&GB, AJ&K Government and Gilgit Baltistan Government.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training - January 31, 2018

Islamabad, the 31st January, 2018: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Conference Room of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. The Committee considered the Bill “The Institute for Art and Culture Bill, 2018” in detail and approved the same unanimously.

2.         Thereafter, the Committee discussed the issue of illegal encroachment on the Quaid-e-Azam University land by influential land grabbers in detail. After detailed deliberations, the Committee directed the Chairman, CDA to extend full support to the management of Quaid-e-Azam University in proper demarcation of the land acquired by CDA in 1967 and complete the process of demarcation within 45 days. The Committee further directed the Member Planning, CDA to submit progress report regarding the demarcation to the Honorable Chairman of the Standing Committee on weekly basis. In this regard, the Committee also directed the Deputy Commissioner, ICT to provide administrative support and security cover while undertaking the demarcation process to the management of the university which was assured by the Deputy Commissioner who was present during the meeting.

3.         The Committee also discussed the issue of the students of Indus International Institute, Dera Ghazi Khan regarding awards of degrees and transcripts to them in detail. The Committee was informed that the said Institute was earlier affiliated with National College of Business Administration and Economics (NCBA&E) w.e.f. spring semester 2013 as per the MoU of affiliation dated 28.02.2013 and later on de-affiliated from NCBA&E and got affiliation with the Government College University, Faisalabad in 2015. The Chairman HEC while briefing the Committee on the said issue apprised the Committee that private university not entitle to give affiliation to any Institute and the earlier affiliation was given in violation of the HEC Rules. Whereupon the Committee directed the representative of the Government College University, Faisalabad to resolve the issue of the International Indus Institute students regarding awards of their degrees/transcripts within one month and submit report to the Committee accordingly.       

 4.        The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Asyia Naz Tanoli, Ms. Amra Khan, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Ms. Surriya Asghar,       Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets today - January 31, 2018

The Standing Committee on Housing and Works opined that Ministry of Housing and Working initiated the Thallian project without any preparation as there were many issues.

2.         The Standing Committee on Housing and Works met today i.e. 31st January, 2018, under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, in Committee Room No.07, Parliament House, Islamabad.

3.         The Committee discussed the problems being faced by the National Assembly employees for allotment of Government accommodation. The Committee once again took serious a notice on the non-allotment of Government accommodation to Constitutional Bodies, especially for Senate and National Assembly employees.

4.         The Director General, Housing Foundation briefed the Committee about Bhara Kahu and Thallian projects.  He told the Committee that Bhara Kahu project was under consideration by the Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan due to some reasons. The Committee also decided that projects of Bhara Kahu and Thallian would be discussed again in its next meeting to be convened on 9th February, 2018.

5.         The Director General, Housing Foundation further briefed the Committee regarding G-13 Sector project. He told the Committee that there will be constructed 15 storey building. The Booking policy was adopted i.e 75% government officials with the payment of 4000 per square foot and 25% private members with the payment of 8000 per square foot. He added that government employees have been given subsidy in this project. 

6.         The meeting was attended by Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Ms. Tahira Auranzeb, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, Mr. Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani, Mr. Sajid Nawas and Engineer Muhammad Usman Badini, MNA besides the senior officer from Ministry of Housing and Works.


Standing Committee On Science And Technology Meets - January 30, 2018

The Standing Committee on Science and Technology met in Conference Room of M/o Science & Technology on 30th January, 2018 at 11:00 am to consider the various issues pertaining to M/o Science & Technology. Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA/Chairman presided over the meeting.

The Committee discussed “The COMSATS University, Islamabad Bill, 2017” (passed by the Senate) in detail. The Committee directed that Secretary, M/o Science & Technology, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Rector, COMSATS to examine the observations raised by some of the Members of the Committee and stake holders and submit proposals, in this regard within Seven days so that Committee could consider them accordingly. Therefore, the Committee deferred further discussion on the Bill till its next meeting.
 The Committee later constituted a four members Sub-Committee headed by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA to suggest measures for resolving problems faced by the employees of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR). The Sub-Committee would submit its report within 30 days.

The Committee expressed concern over the misappropriation in National Testing Services (NTS) and directed that Ministry may hold an impartial inquiry to bring the culprits behind the bars. The Committee decided to have comprehensive briefing on the performance of NTS and deferred the issue till next meeting for further discussion.
 
The meeting was attended by the following Members; Chaudhary Armaghan Subhani, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Sajid Ahmad, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On Inter Provincial Coordination Meets Today - January 30, 2018

Islamabad the 30th January, 2018. A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA, for comprehensive briefing on Livestock and Dairy Development, Animal Quarantine Department regarding export of animals to Iran and Afghanistan through Baluchistan, Establishment of independent and permanent Secretariat of Council of Common Interest (CCI) with Provincial representation, Working and performance of Inter Provincial Coordination Committee (IPCC), Criteria for posting of officers and staff in the offices of Education Attaches abroad including number of Pakistani students studying there, status of preparation of hockey teams (men and women’s) for upcoming events during the years 2018-19 and HEC over the scholarship quota for veterinary education (Clinical Purposes) etc.

2. The Honorable Minister for IPC briefed the Committee about the steps taken by the Ministry for flourishing the sports activities in the country. He also agreed with the Committee that incentives should be awarded to the hockey players and also the independence/free hand should be given to the hockey federation. He further said that Pakistan is loosing in all the sports activities due to the federal control over the respective sports association.

3. The Director, Animal Quarantine Department (AQD) apprised the Committee that the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on a summary moved by the M/o National Food Security and Research imposed ban on the commercial export of live animals since 2013. The export of processed halal meat to the Muslims countries witnessed a quantum upsurge. Pakistan earned US $ 214.5 million on export of processed/value added meat during 2012-13 as compared to US $ 20 million on export of live animals. The acting Executive Director, Higher Education Commission (HEC) briefed the Committee that the HEC scholarships are open under all major disciplines and there is no bar for candidates to apply under any selected field. He further replied that in compliance of recommendations made by the Committee all the foreign scholarship holders are now bound to get NOC from their respective Pakistani Embassy.     

4.The Committee recommended that the Pakistan Boys Scouts Association and the Pakistan Girls Guide Association may be transferred back to M/o Federal Education and Professional Training and in this regard the Ministry of IPC recorded that they have no objection over this matter. The Committee recommended that the government should initiate steps so that in future no private school should be awarded NOC without fulfilling the requirement of a reasonable play ground and sports facilities to the students. The Committee further recommended that the sports federations should be made independent and their funds should be enhanced and like other sports the private sponsors should also be hired by the Pakistan Hockey Federation for boosting the hockey in the country. The Committee also constituted a Sub-Committee to set the criteria for the selection of new Director General, Pakistan Sports Board. The Committee also recommended that the import of dry milk should be banned in Pakistan. The Committee strongly recommended that the National Testing Services (NTS) should not be approached for the selection of employees for the Ministries as the services of NTS are not upto the mark. 

5.The Meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Dr. Mahreen Razzaque Bhutto, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Engineer Muhammad Usman Badini and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani MNAs, Federal Minister and the Officers of the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, Secretary, Livestock Sind and KPK, Director, AQD, Executive Director, HEC, President, Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC) and others.
 


National highways will be built with apolitical spirit: Peshawar Northern bypass should be completed forthwith. (Standing Committee) - January 30, 2018

Peshawar() National Highways will be built with apolitical spirit. Peshawar Northern bypass should be completed forthwith. These recommendations were made by the Standing Committee on Communications of National Assembly in its meeting held today at NHA headquarters, Peshawar. The Committee was informed that N-55 is going to be built in phases. Three phases will be financed by the soft loan being issued by the Exim Bank Koria. The Committee recommended that the road from Chakdara to Lawari Tunnel may be improved on priority basis. The Committee was appraised that the road from Gilgit to Shandoor to Chitral has been made part of CPEC. However, the said area is not in the control of NHA. Rather it is under provincial control. The Committee recommended that Provincial Government and the NHA should immediately take necessary steps to federalize the Gilgit-Chitral road. It was informed to the Committee that Provincial Government is constructing Swat Expressway with the help of FWO. However, NOC to make interchange on motorway is yet to be given. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee to look into the matter and make it possible that the NOC is issued without further delay. The Committee declared that all the national projects, especially, the roads would be constructed with apolitical spirit.

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee on National Assembly on Communications Mr. Muhammad MuzammilQureshi and attended byMembers National AssemblySahibzada Tariq ullah, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. SalimRehman, Mr. Sarzameen and Ms. NaseemaHafeezPanezai. Moreover, Deputy Commissioner, Peshawar and  senior officers from National Highways and Provincial Highways, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa attended the meeting. 


Meetings for the election of the Chairmen of the Standing Committees on Statistics and Law & Justice were held today - January 25, 2018

Meetings for the election  of the  Chairmen of the Standing Committees on Statistics and  Law & Justice were held today on 25th January, 2018, at 02:00—02:15 p.m, in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.         The meetings commenced with recitation of Holy Quran. Mr. Qamar Sohail Lodhi, Special Secretary National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the Honorable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman/Chairperson. The following MNAs were elected as Chairmen of the Committees mentioned against each:-

 

SL #

NAME OF STANDING COMMITTEE

NAME OF CHAIRMAN

1.

Statistics

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

2.

Law and Justice

Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf

3.         The Special Secretary congratulated the newly elected Chairmen on behalf of the Honorable Speaker and Secretary National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured them of full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committees under the supervision of the Honorable Speaker.

4.         The meetings were attended by the Members concerned of the said Standing Committees and seniors officers from National Assembly Secretariat.  


NA SC on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly meets - January 23, 2018

China to firmly stand by Pakistan, CPEC to be strengthened, taken forward, says Ambassador Yao Jing. - January 22, 2018

Islamabad, January 22, 2018:  The new Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing has termed Pakistan as China’s “most important partner”, adding that “CPEC has a pivotal position in China’s foreign policy.”  He made these remarks during a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC which was convened in Parliament today under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain.  He said that China and Pakistan would protect their “common interests together”, with CPEC gaining “more significant and greater attention in the region as it is also a project for regional cooperation and connectivity”.

Introducing Ambassador Yao Jing as “an old friend of Pakistan” who knows the region like the “palm of his hand”, Senator Mushahid Hussain said that Ambassador Yao Jing had served in Islamabad, Kabul and New Delhi and “we are fortunate that now he is posted as Ambassador in Islamabad at a time of tremendous transformation.”

Ambassador Yao Jing said that among the priorities of China’s foreign policy viz –a-viz CPEC are to keep funding CPEC so that it can move forward, “making CPEC more sustainable, meeting the satisfaction level of both sides, making CPEC more understandable for the media with transparency and access to information, establish a framework to build Special Economic Zones (SEZs) through joint ventures with the private sector as well as investors from other countries and promote regional cooperation and broaden CPEC to include Afghanistan and Central Asia.”  The Parliamentary Committee welcomed these initiatives and Ambassador Yao Jing thanked the Parliamentary Committee for playing a key role in promoting consensus among provinces, political parties and parliament on CPEC.  All the members of the Parliamentary Committee representing different parties and provinces said that they were “hundred percent supportive of CPEC”

The Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, Shoaib Siddiqui, also briefed the Parliamentary Committee about the recent visit of a high-level delegation which he led from the Pakistani side to take forward the decisions of the last JCC meeting held in November 2017, including focus on such areas as building the Western route of the CPEC, the Karachi Circular Railway and Main Line-I of the Pakistan Railway which is a project of dualization and upgradation of Pakistan Railways.  The meeting lasted for over two and a half hours with a productive interaction of the members with the Chinese Ambassador.

The meeting was attended by Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, MNA, Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi, MNA, Senator Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani and Secretary Committee and Senior Officers of the different Ministries and Departments. The Chairman, Parliamentary Committee also presented report of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC to the Ambassador of China.


National Assembly Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights meets today - January 18, 2018

Islamabad, the 18th January, 2018.  36th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:30 am in the Committee Room No. 07, 4th Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. It was decided by the Committee to confirm the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 9th January, 2018 in its next meeting.

The issue of the Protection against Harassment of Women at Work places (Amendment)Bill, 2017 was discussed in the meeting. The Committee unanimously rejected the Bill by consulting the same with the Members of the Committee, Mover of the Bill, Chairperson, Federal Ombudsmen Secretariat for the Bill and representative of the Law and Justice Division.

The Committee was given briefing by the Additional Chief Secretary, Punjab, Additional Inspector General Police, Punjab and District Police Officer, Kasur on the painful incident of Kasur due to sensitivity of the issue. Some certain questions were raised by the Committee Members. The Committee was assured that the culprit of the incident will be arrested within two weeks of time. Then the instant agenda of the meeting was deferred due to session of the National Assembly and decided to call it again on the same agenda.

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar,     Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr. Sajid Nawaz ,Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Naseema Hafeez Panezai, MNAs, Mover of the Bill (Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) and officials of the Ministry of Human Rights and Provincial Government of the Punjab. 


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - January 12, 2018

Islamabad; January 12, 2018: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 51st Session of the National Assembly.
 
The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 51st session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 25th January, 2018.

The meeting was attended by the Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Science and Technology and Defence Production, Sheik Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), MNAs, Mr. Zahid Hamid, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Seikh Salahuddin and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah.
 


NA Standing Committees on Climate Change meets - January 9, 2018

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 9th January, 2018 in Committee Room of Environment Protection Agency, Quetta.

The Standing Committee discussed the matter regarding cutting of precious 800 years old Juniper trees in Quetta and recommended that Ministry of Climate Change should work with the forest department to protect the old and precious trees.

The Standing Committee further discussed the matter regarding protection of endangered species of plants and animals, particularly those found out at the mountains of Ziarat, Khuzdar and Toba Achakzai, Balochistan.

The Standing Committee also constituted Sub-Committee to look into the matter of addition of the poisonous substance to water in the Rawal Dam, Islamabad. The Sub-Committee consisting on the following Members.

1.     Ms. Shiasta Pervaiz                      Convener
2.     Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo    Member
3.     Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan           Member
4.     Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb             Member

Members who attended the meeting: Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Chairman, MNA, Syed Waseem Hussain, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA.
 


NA Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - January 9, 2018

Islamabad, January 09, 2018: 41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad at 02:30 pm today, under the Chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA, to discuss the agenda circulated vide Notice No.11(1)/2017-Com-I. dated 04/01/ 2018.

2.         The ministry of Maritime Affairs presented their budgetary proposals related to the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the Financial Year 2018-19. A total of 30 projects; of which 15 ongoing and 15 new, proposed for the next financial year, were presented.

3.         The Secretary and different departments’ heads gave individual presentations for Ministry of Maritime Affairs (Main), Gawadar Port Authority, Port Qasim Authority, Pakistan National Shipping Corporation, Pakistan Marine Academy, Korangi Fish Harbour Authority, Marine Biological Research Laboratory and Government Shipping Office Karachi. The Committee unanimously approved all the proposals with the emphasis to meet the timelines as well as codal formalities. The Chairman Karachi Port Trust (KPT) assured the committee that its recommendations will be followed in letter and spirit.

4.          The meeting was attended by the Minister Maritime Affairs, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and  members (MNAs) namely, Ch. Muhammad Tufail,   Chudhary Hamid Hameed,  Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Khalil George, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Mr. Muhammad Jamal-u-Din and  Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel besides Secretary and Senior Officers from the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony meets - January 8, 2018

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony held today in the Committee Room # 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA.
 

2.          The Committee considered the comprehensive report/implementation status of the recommendations of the previous meetings.
 

3.         Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony informed the Committee that Cabinet has constituted a Special Committee consisting of 8 Ministers for supervisions, troubleshooting and implementation of Hajj Policy, 2018 with reference to observations of Cabinet members and directions of Cabinet.
 

4.         The Committee was briefed about the visit of the official high level delegation to pay homage to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on behalf of people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) during 8-14 December, 2017.
 

5.         The Committee discussed in detail the issue of the conversion of 500 service visas into Mujamla visas by the Ministry. Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony clarified that Mujamla visa was a courtesy visa offered by the Government of the Kingkom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and was directly managed by the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad. The Ministry had no relevance/concern with issuance of Mujamla visa.
 

6.         Hajj Organizers Association of Pakistan (HOAP) also briefed the Committee about the concerns of the Private Tour Operators. The Committee recommended that the previous percentage of Hajj quota which was 60/40 percent might be restored for Hajj, 2018.
 

7.         All the concerned assured the Committee that all out efforts would be made to facilitate the Hujjaj during the ensuing Hajj-2018.          
 

8.         MNAs Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hussan, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Muhammad Kamal Malik, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Shaida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi and Molvi Agha Muhammad attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - January 8, 2018

The laws and rules about road safety may be revised. Standing Committee
The Committee noticed poor performance of Pakistan Public Works Department.
NTRC is directed to furnish its research about road safety.

 

Islamabad(             ) The laws and rules about road safety may be revised and a briefing of the same may be given in the next meeting. These directions were issued by the Standing Committee on Communications in its meeting held today in National Transport Research Centre (NTRC), Islamabad. The Committee was appraised that NTRC has conducted five researches during Fiscal Year 2016-17, spending five million rupees. The Committee directed that the research reports may be shared with the Committee and on the basis of the recommendations of the reports and new legislative proposals may be initiated. The Committee was briefed that National Highway Safety Ordinance – 2000 is being revised. The Committee directed that all laws and rules related to roads may be revised extensively. The Committee was informed that Pakistan PWD had received the total approved budget for water tank of NTRC twice but did not complete the water tank since long. The Committee showed its grave concern on the poor performance of Pakistan PWD. The Committee directed to PWD to submit its report in this regard. The Committee directed the PWD authorities including Director General to attend next meeting and explain its position for poor performance.

National Highways and Motorway Police informed the Committee that out of 24 recommendations made by the Committee, the department had implemented 20. Whereas rest of four recommendations are being implemented. The Committee showed its dissatisfaction about the closure of service area on M-1 near Indus River. The Committee directed that KPK government may be invited to attend next meeting and give its input on development of Gilgit-Chitral road.

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee on National Assembly on Communications Mr. Muhammad MuzammilQureshi and attended byMembers National Assembly Ms. MaizaHameed, Mr. SalimRehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, MolanaQamar-ud-Din, Ms. NaseemaHafeezPanezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakaiand Ms. ShahjehanMuneerMangrio. Similarly, Secretary Communications andseveral senior civil officers attended the meeting. 
 

 


36th Meeting of the S.C on National Health Services, and Coordination meet to day - January 5, 2018

Islamabad, 5th January, 2018; 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, MNA.

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

3.The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 26th October, 2017.

4.The Committee considered “The Health Services Academy (Restructuring) Bill, 2017” and “The Islamabad Healthcare Regulation Bill, 2017” in detail and unanimously recommended that the Bills may be passed by the Assembly.

5. The Committee considered the “Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA) and after detail deliberation recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

6.The Committee also considered the ““Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and “HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013” (moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA) and decided that the Bills may be deferred till its next meeting due to non-availability of the Movers. The briefing on the Comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee meeting held on 26th October, 2017 is deferred till its next meeting.

7.The Hon. Members/MNA/Mover Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col.(Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat and Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti MNA attended the meeting, besides members, senior officers of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination attended the meeting.


Meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - January 4, 2018

Lahore, the 4th January, 2018: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today in the Lahore College for Women, Lahore under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA. The Vice Chancellor, Lahore College for Women, Lahore briefed the Committee over the performance, development work, achievements and future goals of the University in detail. After detailed briefing, the Committee shown its satisfaction over the performance of the University and made the following recommendations:-

The Committee directed the quarters concerned to expedite the construction work of the new campus of the said University at Kala Shakaku, Lahore in order to complete the construction work in time.

The Committee recommended the Punjab Government/HEC, Punjab to appoint Vice Chancellor in the Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan on regular basis so as to improve the performance/standard of the University.

The meeting was also attended by, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development - January 4, 2018

It is responsibility of Government to take care the rights of overseas Pakistanis. Standing Committee

Commission of Overseas Pakistanis may be established in Islamabad, like Punjab.

Islamabad (                 ) It is responsibility of Government to take care of the rights of overseas Pakistanis. Therefore we will not tolerate anything regarding this. These remarks are given by the Chairman Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development in today’s meeting. The Standing Committee said that overseas Pakistanis are the backbone of our economy. Overseas Pakistanis works hard for the stability of their beloved country and earns foreign exchange for the country. Therefore we cannot permit bureaucracy to disturb overseas Pakistanis and also from whom who occupies properties of overseas Pakistanis. The Standing Committee took notice and recommended that the government should take care of overseas Pakistanis, especially, their properties and the government should make an automated system to register their complaints. Moreover, the Committee recommended that not only a commission like Punjab may be set up to address the grievances of the overseas Pakistanis, but other Provinces may also be motivated to set up such Commissions.

The Standing Committee examined the agreement between OPF and Gulberg Housing Scheme and recommended to implement the agreement according in letter and spirit. Otherwise Committee shall take disciplinary action against the culprits.

The meeting of the Standing Committee was presided over by Honourable Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, Chairman Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and attended by Ch. Abid Raza, MNA, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar, MNA, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, MNA, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, MNA, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, MNA, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA, Mr. Khial Zaman Orakzai, MNA, Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA and Ms. Aisha, MNA. Moreover, Secretary, Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Dr. Hashim M. Popalzai and other senior civil officers attended the meeting.


The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today - January 3, 2018

Islamabad; January 03, 2018: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee regarding the comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee. He informed that Ministry has compliance on the directions of the Committee and also sent letters to the concerned department for implementation on the direction of the Committee.

Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) briefed the Committee regarding the delimitation process, delimitation in terms of existing law and progress of delimitation of constituencies for the General Election, 2018. He informed that delimitation law can have two dimensions one of them is laws of enfranchisement as to population total number of representatives to be elected and the other is to actual drawing of boundries and enclosing people with the constituency. He further informed that the seats in the National Assembly shall be allocated to each province and the Federal Capital on the basis of population in accordance with the last preceding census. He also informed the Committee about the allocation of seats to the provinces before and after the 24th amendment. He added that total number of seats in the National Assembly before the 24th amendment was 43 for KPK and increased to 48 after the amendment, 183 for Punjab decreased to 174 after the amendment, 75 for Sindh remains unchanged after the amendment, 17 for Balochistan increased to 20 after the amendment, 12 for FATA remains unchanged after the amendment and 02 for ICT increased to 03 after the amendment. He informed the Committee that ECP has constituted a Delimitation Committee    for each province with Provincial Election Commissioner as the Convener and a separate delimitation Committee has been constituted for ICT and Tribal Areas which shall prepare draft proposals for delimitation of constituencies of National Assembly from these areas. The Committee was shortly briefed about the timeline of delimitation, determination of quota and quota per seats in the National Assembly.

Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Rabaira, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Shazia Sobia and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak and Syed Essa Nori MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
 


Summery Has Been Forwarded To The Prime Minister For Increment In Postal Dak’s Rate - January 3, 2018

The Standing Committee on Postal Services was apprised that a summery has been forwarded to the Prime Minister for increment in Postal Dak’s rate which result in 4 to 5 Billion increases in the revenue of Pakistan Post. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Postal Services was held today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, MNA.

The Director General, Pakistan Post informed the Committee that the perception is totally wrong that Pakistan Post is running in loss besides the fact, the revenue of Pakistan Post was increased with the rate of 5% at every year but due to increase in Salaries & Pensions the 80% of the current budget was allocated for the pensioners and salaries of the employees and the remaining 20% is not quite enough to meet the operational challenges. The Committee decided to invite the representatives of the Finance & Planning Division in the next meeting in order to brief the Committee on the issue.

While briefing about the Up-gradation of the Post Office the D.G, Pakistan Post has informed the Committee that ministry has signed MOU with South Korea to improve the infrastructure of Post offices. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Engineer Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil to examine the issues of Pakistan Post and float proposals for its betterment.

The following MNAs, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Ch. Khadim Hussain, Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Mr. Shah Jehan Bolach, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Engineer Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil and Ms. Aisha Syed were present in the meeting.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs - January 3, 2018

Islamabad; January 03, 2018: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee regarding the comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee. He informed that Ministry has compliance on the directions of the Committee and also sent letters to the concerned department for implementation on the direction of the Committee.

Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) briefed the Committee regarding the delimitation process, delimitation in terms of existing law and progress of delimitation of constituencies for the General Election, 2018. He informed that delimitation law can have two dimensions one of them is laws of enfranchisement as to population total number of representatives to be elected and the other is to actual drawing of boundries and enclosing people with the constituency. He further informed that the seats in the National Assembly shall be allocated to each province and the Federal Capital on the basis of population in accordance with the last preceding census. He also informed the Committee about the allocation of seats to the provinces before and after the 24th amendment. He added that total number of seats in the National Assembly before the 24th amendment was 43 for KPK and increased to 48 after the amendment, 183 for Punjab decreased to 174 after the amendment, 75 for Sindh remains unchanged after the amendment, 17 for Balochistan increased to 20 after the amendment, 12 for FATA remains unchanged after the amendment and 02 for ICT increased to 03 after the amendment. He informed the Committee that ECP has constituted a Delimitation Committee    for each province with Provincial Election Commissioner as the Convener and a separate delimitation Committee has been constituted for ICT and Tribal Areas which shall prepare draft proposals for delimitation of constituencies of National Assembly from these areas. The Committee was shortly briefed about the timeline of delimitation, determination of quota and quota per seats in the National Assembly.

Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Rabaira, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Shazia Sobia and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak and Syed Essa Nori MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).


Meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training - January 3, 2018

Islamabad, the 3rd January, 2018: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Conference Room of International Islamic University, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. The Rector, International Islamic University, Islamabad comprehensively briefed the Committee over the performance, achievements, mission and futuristic vision of the university. He informed that this is the only International University in Pakistan where 2400 foreign students out of 30,000 students from different countries are getting education from this university. After briefing, the Committee recommended that the universities alongwith other subjects also should focus on character building of students which is the need of the hour. The Committee further recommended that the International Islamic University should construct additional hostels for male students within the precincts of the university as many male students are forced to leave in private hostels outside the university.

2.         The Committee was also briefed by the Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University over the illegal encroachment of the university land by the influential and land mafia. The Committee showed its great concern over the encroachment by the land mafia and recommended that in next meeting, the Chairman CDA, Commissioner/Deputy Commissioner ICT, Revenue Department, Islamabad would be invited in the meeting to discuss the said issue.

3.         The meeting was attended by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai and Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui MNAs and Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence Production - January 3, 2018

Islamabad, 3rd January, 2018: 47th meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence Production was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr.Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA.

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

3.       The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 28-12-2017.

4.       Before proceeding with the agenda the committee strictly condemned the statement of the President of United State of America Mr. Donald Trump. It was observed by the committee that as the Pakistan is independent sovereign state hence no one shall be allowed to interfere in the internal and external affairs of the state. On this issue Pakistani nation and the armed forces are on the same page. Statement of the President of United State of America is the part and parcel of the internal and external intrigues to destabilize the Pakistan. Twenty six million Dollars are not the blood money / consideration for the sacrifices made by the nation in war against terrorism. Committee unanimously declared that Pakistan does not requires any such aid/funds as a cost of the sacrifices.

7.       Representative of Karachi Ship and Engineering Works (KS & EW) Public Limited Company established in 1956 presented detailed briefing about Fast Attack Craft (Missile) No. 3 (for Pakistan Navy) and the working and progress of the company. Committee was briefed about Ship Building Projects, Ship Repairing Department, General Engineering Department, Financial Overview, Profit and Tax, Accumulated (Loss & Profit), Upgradation Projects with Budget Overview, Progress of Civil Works, EPC Turnkey Contract, Infrastructure upgradation of Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works LTD, Establishment of New Shipyard in Gawader etc. Committee was also briefed about Global Business Prospects and integration with CPEC. Committee appreciated the efforts, progress and working of the Karachi Ship and Engineering Works (KS & EW) Public Limited Company. Committee also appreciated the efforts and dedication of the Ministry for making the said institution as profitable with recommendation to upgrade the plant according to the International needs and new technology to compete at International level.

8.       Hon. Chairman/Members Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, MNA, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, MNA, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah, MNA, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, MNA and Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNA attended the meeting besides the Hon. Minister senior officers from the Ministry of Defence Production with their staff.


Meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) - January 2, 2018

Islamabad, 2nd January, 2018: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Committee Room of Old PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee while considering “The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017”, the Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) pointed out that the said Bill pertains to the Ministry of Law and Justice as it involved/required amendments in the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) which was also endorsed by the Assistant Draftsman Muhammad Aslam M/o Law and Justice who was present during the meeting. Thereafter, the Committee recommended that the said Bill may be referred to the Standing Committee on Law and Justice for further consideration in the matter. The Committee also discussed the recruitments recently made in the TESCO and directed the head of TESCO to appoint local candidates on non technical posts in FATA.

The Additional Chief Secretary while giving briefing on approval of Schedule of New Expenditures (SNEs) informed the Committee that the proposals for creation of 5545 posts of different categories, pertaining to different departments of FATA had been submitted to the Finance Division in 2015-16 and 2016-17 for approval. Later on 2293 posts prioritized on the direction of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance as made in its meeting held on 3rd October, 2017 in first phase, wherein Finance Division agreed to the creation of 1440 posts only and proposals for creation of 4210 posts of different categories scales in under process with the Finance Division, Islamabad. Whereupon the Committee strongly recommended to the Federal Government (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of SAFRON) to get approval for proposals for creation of the remaining 4210 posts of different categories pertaining to different departments of FATA on priority basis as pending with the Finance Division, Islamabad for the last 4-5 years. While endorsing the said recommendation of the Committee, the Federal Minister for SAFRON also assured his full support in this regard and asked the Additional Chief Secretary, FATA to work out all the posts of different categories and he would try at his level best to include the remaining posts in the FATA Reforms.

The meeting was also attended by Begum Tahira Bukhari, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din,       Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Shahjahan Baloch, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Nasir Khan, Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works of the National Assembly - January 2, 2018

Islamabad, 2nd January, 2018: 40th meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works of the National Assembly was held today i.e 2nd January, 2018 at Pak-PWD Office, Karachi, under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA.

The Committee was briefed by the Director General, Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation about the status of already completed projects in Karachi. He said that they were facing problems due to unsatisfactory coordination of Karachi Electricity and Sui Sothern Gas. He further informed the Committee about details of the sector-wise projects and their areas.

The Committee unanimously decided that Sui Northern Gas, Sui Southern Gas, IESCO, K-Electric, Managing Director Water Board, Chairman CDA, Secretary Planning Division would be called in the meeting of the Standing Committee. The Committee also decided that next meeting of the Committee would be held in the second week of January, 2018 to discuss the Thalian Project and problems being faced by the government in this regard. The Committee directed to Director General Pak PWD that updated status of Mosa Khel road should be provided to this Secretariat at the earliest. The Committee also decided that another meeting would be convened in Karachi by the end of January, 2018 for detailed visits of all ongoing and completed projects by the Federal Government.

The meeting was attended by Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani and Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Housing & Works.


Meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges - January 2, 2018

Islamabad, the 2nd January, 2018: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m.in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhamamd Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.  On the Question of Privilege raised by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, MNA, the Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Sheikh Muhammad Akram, MNA and Mr. Shagufta Jumani, Rana Umar Nazir Khan and Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, MNAs as its members.

3. The Committee disposed of the Question of Privileges of Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Ms. Shazia Marri, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Maulana Fafzal-ur-Rehman, Ch. Abid Raza and Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNAs.

4.  The Committee disposed of the amendment moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho in Rule 122 and 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

5. The Committee pended the Questions of Privileges raised by Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan Advocate, MNAs and the matter moved by Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, MNA.

6.On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA, the Committee directed that the Inspector General of Police, Punjab should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.

7.  The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 29-11-2017. The compliance Report on the previous recommendations of the Committee was also seen by the Committee.

8.  The Committee took suo moto on the matter of not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Chairman of Privilege Committee Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA and not even calling back by Mr. Ghulam Mahboob Rabbani,  XEN, Irrigation , Canal Lodhran Division, Punjab.

9. In any other item, the Committee pended the amendment moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA in Rule 48 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

10. The meeting was attended by Ch. Khadim Hussain, Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhamamd Akram, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms.

Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr.S.A.Iqbal Quadri, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, Ms.Asiya Nasir,MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Rana Muhamamd Afzal Khan, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan Advocate, Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan and Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNAs/Movers.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior - January 2, 2018

Islamabad, 2nd January, 2018; 39th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee offered Fateh on the death of General (Retd.) Khalid Shamim Wyne, Ex Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee, in a road accident. The Committee welcomed Shaikh Salahuddin MNA, the new member of the Committee. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 24-10-2017. The concerned department informed the Committee that the recommendations, made in its previous meeting held on 24-10-2017, were implemented.

The Committee examined “The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017” Section 10 (Moved by Ms. Suriya Asghar, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred till its next meeting for further discussion.

The Committee examined “The Minimum Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be recommended for submission to the Assembly for passing the Bill.

The Committee directed the Director General, NADRA to conduct an inquiry regarding the complaint against the Director NADRA Multan. The Committee also directed to submit the Departmental inquiry report alongwith the report of the Deputy Commissioner Multan regarding the Director NADRA Multan.

The Committee took serious notice of closed NADRA office at Uch Sharif and directed that the concerned Operational Head of NADRA HQ alongwith NADRA divisional and District heads visit the NADRA office Uch Sharif and make the office operational within the time limit prescribed by the Committee.

The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under rule 224 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 under the Convenership of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA with the Terms of References “To visit the jails of the Province of Sindh and to observe the condition and treatment of prisoners in context of recently escaped prisoners.”

Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Khial Zaman Orakzai, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Shaikh Salahuddin, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Ms. Suriya Asghar, Ms. Fouzia Hameed, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam and Malik Abdul Gaffer Dogar attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, NACTA, Ministry of Law and Justice, NADRA, Passport Office with their staff.


Authorities are directed to remove encroachments on service road of Lyari Expressway. Standing Committee takes notice of traffic jam on M-I. Government should increase 20% allowance to Motorway Police - January 1, 2018

Islamabad () NHA, FWO and Commissioner Karachi, are directed by the Standing Committee on Communications to remove encroachments on service road of Lyari Expressway. The Committee showed its serious concerns on the fact that the Government had already paid compensation to the land owners of the service road of Lyari Expressway but the land grabbers have again encroached the land of the service road. The Committee directed that comprehensive report should be submitted in next meeting. It was informed to the Standing Committee on Communications that there is serious traffic jam on M-1 toll plaza at Islamabad. It was observed that, previously, there was only one toll plaza. But now the Communications Division and NHA have started to collect toll at two places i.e. at the end of M-1 and at M-2. In this way due to double charge of toll the traffic jams has started to occur. The Standing Committee directed that there should be only one time toll receiving on whole of the the motorway. So, the Standing Committee directed that Communications Division should take necessary steps to solve the issue. The Committee was informed that the Communications Division and Finance Division have not yet paid increase in 20% allowance to Motorway Police as approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Committee directed that the allowance should be paid to the employees of Motorway Police forthwith as approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in letter and spirit. The Committee further directed that while paying the allowances to National Highway and Motorway Police the inflation rate should be kept in mind and all frozen allowances should be defreeze.

 
The meeting was presided over by Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi and attended by Members National Assembly Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhry Khalid Javid Warraich, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai and Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio. Secretary Communications and several senior civil officials were also present in the meeting.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was held today - January 1, 2018

Islamabad, the 1st January, 2018: A meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was held today in Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the chairmanship of Malik Ibrar Ahmed.
   
2.    Main agenda were construction of Diamer Basha Dam (DBD) and forests-related issues in Gilgit Baltistan. WAPDA gave a detailed presentation on DBD. It is a Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) dam rising to the maximum height of 272 m. Its PC-I was approved in 2009 at the cost of US $ 11.17 Billion which was revised to US $ 14.29 Billion in November, 2017. Its completion period is 8.5 years. The project was approved unanimously by Council of Common Interests (CCI) on 18-07-2010. It will add cheap 18,100 GWh on annual basis, to the National Grid. Having live storage capacity of 6.4 MAF, it will help in meeting the irrigational needs during the KHARIF as well as RABI cropping seasons. Moreover, besides flood mitigation,   it will enhance the life of Tarbela Dam by
35 years by reducing sediment accumulation. The project is mainly located in Gilgit-Baltistan. However, it will also cover some area of KPK. Total required land is 37,419 acres; out of which 31,696 acres (85%) have been acquired.

 3.    To win the confidence of local population, 44 different schemes in Education, Health and Heritage sectors are underway. Eight (08) JIRGAs have been held to address the grievances of the affectees for their resettlement Composite Model Villages (CMVs) at Harpan Das, Sagachal Das and Thak Das are to be developed to accommodate the affectees. Gilgit Baltistan/Local Administration is expected to finalize the Resettlement/Allotment Process in due course of time. After the approval of Financing Strategy by the Prime Minister, the project can be initiated as early as August, 2018. The Committee showed serious concern regarding the sufferings of the affectees. The Committee desired to hold its next meeting in Gilgit-Baltistan wherein the Chief Minister, Gilgit Baltistan Government, Chief Secretary, Gilgit Baltistan Government, the concerned MLAs will also be invited. The representatives of affectees will also be discussed to know the level of their satisfaction on the compensation plan.

4.    Next followed the presentation on Curbing the Menace of Illegal Cutting and Smuggling of Forest Wood in Gilgit Baltistan. Natural forests are spread over 2,492 km i.e. 3.5% of the total land cover (72,900 km) of Gilgit Baltistan. After promulgation of Gilgit Baltistan (Self Governance and Empowerment) Order 2009, the subject of Forestry was transferred from Ministry of  KANA to Gilgit Baltistan Council. There are two types of forests i.e. Private Forests and Protected Forests, wherein harvesting is regulated by Gilgit Private Forest Regulations 1970 and Concession Rules for Protected Forests 1983 respectively. Ban, imposed on legal harvesting in 1993, resulted into illegal cutting encouraging smuggling of timber. It not only reduced forests revenues but also affected health of forests through deforestation and degradation.

5.    It has been curbed through community based Sustainable Forest Management. Cutting is managed keeping in view economic needs of community as well as regeneration cycle of forests. Severe action is taken against illegal cutting. The offenders are arrested and jailed. Under Forest Act, 1927, Divisional Forest Officers have magisterial powers (1st Class). In the revised Forest Act 2017, both the fine and imprisonment period stand enhanced

6.    Aforestation is given due priority. During the Spring Season almost, 1.00 Million sapling are planted through Green Pakistan Programme Social Forestry is encouraged. It is inevitable to ensure Sustainable Forest Management. The Committee emphasized to curb the illegal cutting of forests through speedy trials. Every effort should be made to popularize forestry in view of its economic as well as environmental value for the country.
 
7.    The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Mr. Khalil George, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Dr. Shazia Sobia,
Mr. Junaid Akbar, Syed Waseem Hussain, Molvi Agha Muhammad, MNAs, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan and Senior Officers of the Ministry of KA & Gilgit-Baltistan, AJ&K Government and Gilgit Baltistan Government.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production - December 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th December, 2017: 32nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr.Asad Umar, MNA.

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

3.       The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 23-11-2017.

4.       The departmental representative of SMEDA briefed the committee regarding implementation status of the previous recommendations of the committee and presented the comprehensive report. The committee observed that the SMEDA has initiated steps for implementation of recommendation about expansion of Agro Food Processing Company. It was intimated to the committee that the PC-1 in this regard is under process. The committee recommended that that the PC-1 shall be completed and presented before it till the end of January 2018.

5.       It was informed by the Hon. Chairman that in furtherance to the recommendations of the committee for sending reference regarding Pakistan Steel Mills Karachi to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), a letter dated 18-12-2017 has been sent to the concerned quarters for further necessary action. Representative of NAB informed the committee that the said latter has not yet been received at relevant section. Copy of the said letter was handed over to the representative of NAB with direction to follow up the same and update the committee in next meeting.

6.       The departmental representative of the Furniture Company of Pakistan briefed the committee regarding the implementation status of the recommendation of the committee dated 13-07-2017. The committee appreciated the progress about all the recommendations with direction to initiate steps for further progress and upbringing the Furniture Company of Pakistan including the recruitment of deficient staff. It was also recommended by the committee to finalize recruitment till 31st March 2018 and submit report before the committee.

7.       The departmental representative of the ENAR briefed the committee about the business plan of the department as directed by the committee. The committee appreciated the positive contributions of ENAR. It was recommended by the committee that all the financial/non financial barriers shall be removed for improvement. It was recommended that the state shall ensure active participation of state owned companies like ENAR etc in next phase of CPEC. The committee recommended that outstanding dues, arrears and all other benefits of the retired employees of Pakistan Machine Tool Factory be released immediately.

8.       Hon. Members Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA,Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon MNA,Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Mehboob Alam, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Industries and Production with their staff.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways - December 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th December, 2017: 23nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today in Committee Room No 2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA, Chairman of the Committee.

2.    The meeting started with the recitation of the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 04th December, 2017.


3.    The Committee was briefed about encroachment on railway land. It was informed by the Ministry that 3698.814 Acres of railway land has been retrieved/regularized till date. Railways Engineering Code is used to determine valuation of land. The Ministry also informed that some variation is expected in figures after automation of record.

4.     The Committee rued lack of initiative by Ministry on the issue of encroachment. The committee directed Ministry to furnish it with final and exact figures on retrieved encroached land, its possession and policy governing the entire issue.

5.    The Hon. Members/MNA’s Sardar Muhamad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Dr Nisar Ahmad Jatt, , Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr Sajid Ahmed Mr. Ramesh Lal and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Railways along with their staff.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs - December 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th December, 2018” 64th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e December 29, 2017, in Committee Room No.07, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA.
 
2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 23-11-2017.
 
3.         The Committee deferred pertaining to “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) and “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA).
 
4.         While considering the matter pertaining to promotion policy for National Bank of Pakistan’s employees and details of recently promoted officials/officers and criteria adopted the NBP. The Committee expressed their concern on the absence of President NBP. The Committee Members told the Committee that they have received the numerous complaints from their constituencies regarding currently promotions of the NBP employees made by the National Bank of Pakistan according to new promotion policy. After thread bear discussion, the Committee unanimously recommended to Governor State Bank of Pakistan to thoroughly probe the alleged misappropriations in the promotions of the NBP and report about its findings to this Committee in writing within 15 days, positively.
 
5.         The Secretary, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) briefed the Committee about the role of EAD. He told the Committee about foreign loaning and aids etc. The Committee has shown its displeasure on the absence of the Finance Minister, Finance Secretary and Finance Advisor.
 
6.         The Acting Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) briefed the Committee on Insider Trading in stock exchange. The Committee was concern and showed its displeasure on the performance of the SECP as not a single criminal case of insider trading against any Stock Exchange dealer has been filed by SECP in the Court of Law since 2015. The Acting Chairman of the SECP told the Committee that SECP has taken cognizance on the offence of Insider Trading and accordingly has filled 04 criminal complaints before the Court of Sessions.
 
7.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Ms. Khalid Mansoor, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Syed Naveed Qamar, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, EAD, SECP, NBP and Ministry of Law & Justice.
 


NA Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Meets - December 28, 2017

Islamabad, 28th December, 2017; 47th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage was held today under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA.

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

3.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 29th November, 2017.

4.         The Committee considered “The Redistributive Land Reforms Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA) and after detail deliberation the Committee unanimously recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly. The Committee also considered the Report of the Sub-Committee on “the Protection of Journalists Bill, 2014 (moved by Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA) and approved the recommendations of the Sub-Committee and recommended that Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

5.         The representative of Lok Virsa briefed the Committee at length about the steps taken by Lok Virsa for the promotion, preservation and protection of Cultural History and National Heritage. The Committee appreciated the steps and efforts made by the Lok Virsa Management for uplifting, promotion and protection of Culture Heritage including National Languages. The Representative of the Lok Virsa presented budgetary allocation and its utilization by Lok Virsa in written form for perusal of the Honorable Members of the Committee. It was recommended by the Committee to present the same at power point in its next meeting.

6.         The Committee visited the Culture Heritage Museum maintained by the Management of Lok Virsa. The Committee was also briefed by the representative about the Diorama’s and various others monuments displayed in the museum representing various Cultural Heritage and Civilizations. The Committee appreciated the efforts and steps taken and planned to be taken by the Lok Virsa Management. The Committee recommended that the short video clips from the Lok Mela or other events organized by Lok Virsa for promotion of Culture should be uploaded at YouTube so that it will be easily accessible to public at large. It was also recommended by the Committee to initiate Lok Mela festivals at district level across the country so that the young generation will be well aware about the Cultural History of the country.

7.         The Hon. Members Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, MNA’s attended the meeting besides Minister of State, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA/Mover, senior officers of the Ministry of Information Broadcasting and Lok Virsa attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets - December 28, 2017

The Standing Committee on Defence Production met today i.e 28th December, 2017, under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, in Committee Room No. 07 at 2:00 p.m. in Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
2.         The Committee offered Fateha on the Martyred of Army Public School (Peshawar) and Pakistani soldiers, recently Martyred at Line of Control. The Chairman, HIT informed the Committee about the working and production capacity of the HIT and its organizational structure.
 
3.         The Committee highly appreciated the efforts made by HIT, Taxila regarding enhancement of its production capacity. The Committee also admired the role of Chairman, HIT under the overall supervision of Minister for Defence Production on making this Institution a pride of Pakistan Defence Industry.   
 
4.         Meeting was attended by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, MNA, Mr. Bhawan Das, MNA, Ms. Asyia Nasir, Ms. Amra Khan, MNA, Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the MoDP.
 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances Meets - December 28, 2017

Meeting of the Standing Committee on Government Assurances was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan KhananKhail, MNA in Committee Room of old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad at 11:00 a.m.

PIMS administration informed that as per order of the Committee the Hospital staff took notice and legal actions and the guy is in prison, who did an immoral activity in the ICU of PIMS Islamabad.

Hospital Management also ordered that male staff would not check the female patients in future, similarly PIMS has installed cameras and BIO matric system for checking the staff activities.

It was informed to the Committee that dropout rate has been reduced in Government Schools, Islamabad. The government schools of Islamabad are being upgraded. Two hundred schools are being furnished and more than two hundred schools will be upgraded in near future. It was informed that in rural areas new schools would also be constructed. The Committee was informed that the educational standard in Islamabad is better than all other provinces. Minister of State for Health briefed the Committee about medical stores and laboratories. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee to monitor the issue of the delay is the construction of the bridge. The Sub-Committee consists upon ShahzadiUmerzadiTiwana, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA and Ch. Muhammad MunirAzhar, MNA.

The meeting was attended by Ms. ShahzadiUmerzadiTiwana, Member, Chaudhry Muhammad MunirAzhar, Member, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Member, Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Member, Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, Member, Dr. ShezraMansab Ali Kharal, Mover and Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister for National Healthand severalsenior civil officials were also present in the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Privatization - December 27, 2017

Islamabad, 27th December 2017: The 3 rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Privatization was held under the Chairmanship of Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda. The Chairman welcomed Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, MNA being a new member of the committee.

3.      The committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 2nd meeting held on 29.11.2017.

4.      The Secretary Privatization briefed the Committee about the pending cases in the court and outstanding amounts regarding   Privatization of the government entities/ units. He also briefed the legal, financial and technical aspects of Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) regarding PTCL’s Privatization and transparency of this project.  He also briefed about the efforts regarding recovery of outstanding amounts by the concern defaulter companies.

The Committee recommended that the ministry shall respond the question asked by the Hon, members in its next meeting. The committee also recommended that the comprehensive briefing shall be presented regarding the PTCL’s Privatization by the ministry in its next meeting. The committee also recommended the matter regarding the recovery of outstanding amounts shall be referred to the (NAB) National Accountability Bureau against the defaulter companies. The committee also recommended that the matter shall be referred to the (NAB) National Accountability Bureau regarding the determination and punishment of the responsible persons of fiscal deficit and destabilization of   the Pakistan Steel Mills, Karachi, immediately.      

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Members Justice (Retd.) Iftikhar Ahmed Cheema, Ms Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Munaza Hassan,Dr. Imran Khattak, Mr.Abdul Waseem, Engineer Mohammad Usman Badini, and parliamentary Secretary  for Privatization  attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Privatization were also attended the meeting.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets today - December 26, 2017

      Islamabad, the 26th December, 2017.  34th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:00 am in the Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

    The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Qura’n. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting. The Committee could not satisfy on the comprehensive report/implementation status of the recommendations of the previous meeting and recommended that comprehensive report on the previous recommendations of all the previous meetings should be provided by the M/o Human Rights to the Committee in its next meeting positively. The Committee decided to defer “The Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Amendment Bill, 2017” on the request of the mover of the Bill, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA and the Chairperson, National Commission for the Status of Women for its next meeting after proper discussion and opinion of the Commission.  

    Agenda Item No. V was also deferred by the Committee due to absence of Labour Secretaries of the Provinces and The Committee recommended that Minister of State for Human Rights should issue letters to all the Chief Secretaries of the Provinces that all the Labour Secretaries of all the Provinces have not attended the meeting of the Human Rights dated the 26th December, 2017 to respond on the agenda and that they should attend the next meeting of the Committee as and when its notice is issue summons to all the Labour Secretaries of the Provinces to attend the next meeting by force and ensure that they will have to pay the expenses being borne by the Government on its next meeting, if they do not attend the meeting.

    The Committee was then given briefing on the agenda item No.VI on the issue of Human Rights violation in occupied Kashmir by the Indian Forces. The Committee could not satisfy on his briefing and recommended that briefing on the issue should be given by the representative of the M/o Foreign Affairs in Urdu. The Committee also recommended that all the relevant maps of Pakistan should be brought back from United Nations and be shown the areas of occupied Kashmir in the map of Pakistan.

    The Committee also deferred the agenda Item No. VII on the briefing of G.S.P Plus Status  for its next meeting.

    The meeting was attended by Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs, mover of the Bill, Dr. Fouzia Hamee, MNA, Minister of State for Human Rights and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, Industries and Commerce.


NHA will inaugurate its three roads in next two week. Committee briefed - December 26, 2017

Secretary Local Government, Sindh and the Commissioner Karachi are directed to attend next meeting in person.

Service Road of Lyari Expressway may be completed soon. Standing Committee

     Islamabad(  ) NHA will inaugurate its three roads in next two weeks. This information was given to Standing Committee on Communications by National Highway Authority (NHA) and Communications Division during the meeting of the Standing Committee. The Committee was informed that Hazara Motorway would be inaugurated on 27th of December 2017. Similarly, Lyari Expressway would be completed by 5th of January 2017. Moreover, Motorway, M-9 would also be inaugurated in the beginning of 2018. In this way, the Committee was told, that three roads would be inaugurated in next two weeks in the country. The Committee observed that Lyari Expressway had been completed but the service road of Lyari Expressway was not completed. The Committee declared that without service road, the Lyari Expressway would be meaningless. The Committee took very serious notice of the absence of Commissioner Karachi and Secretary Local Government, Sindh from the meeting. The Committee directed the two officers to attend next meeting of the Committee, in person. The Committee directed Chief Secretary Sindh to esure the presence of the two officers in next meeting. It was informed to the Committee that 12000 new posts would be created in National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP). However, in Phase-I three thousand new posts have been created and the process of recruitment would be started in the days to come. The Committee took notice of Traffic Jam on the Toll plaza at M-1. The Committee directed that NHA should give detailed briefing in next meeting on the construction of the Toll plaza and the situation of traffic jam on the plaza. 

    The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee on National Assembly on Communications Mr. Muhammad MuzammilQureshi and attended by Federal Minister for Communications, Hafiz Abdul Karim, Members National Assembly Ms. MaizaHameed, Dr. Darshan, Mr. SalimRehman, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, MolanaQamar-ud-Din, Ms. NaseemaHafeezPanezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. ShahjehanMuneerMangrio,Chairman NHA Mr. JawadRafique Malik and Secretary, Communications Mr. Saeed Ahmed Malik attended the meeting. Similarly, several senior civil officers attended the meeting. 


63rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - December 19, 2017

63rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e December 19, 2017 in Committee Room No.07, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

Agenda No. 1

·         Confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting held on 23-11-2017.

·         Comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee.

Agenda No. 2

i)                                         To consider “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) (Referred on 24-11-2015)

ii)                                       To consider “ The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 07-08-2017)

ii).            To consider “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) (Referred on 19-09-2017)

iv).           To consider “The Loans for Agriculture Commercial and Industrial Purposes (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 19-09-2017).

Agenda No. 3

i).             Briefing by Governor State Bank of Pakistan regarding current de-valuation of Pakistan’s rupee against dollar/other currencies and preventing measures taken by the Government in this regard;

ii).            Briefing by the President, NBP on promotion policy for National Bank of Pakistan’s employees and details of recently promoted officials/officers alongwith criteria adopted by the NBP Management for individuals.

iii).           Briefing by the Secretary, Economic Affairs on working and functioning of Economic Affairs Division.

iv).           Briefing by the Chairman, SECP on Insider trading in stock exchange, role of Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and preventing measures taken by the Government in this regard.    

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 23-11-2017.

3.         The Committee deferred Agenda item No. 2 (i) & (iii) pertaining to “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) and “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA).

4.         The Committee unanimously recommended that “The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and “The Loans for Agriculture Commercial and Industrial Purposes (Amendment) Bill, 2017” may be passed by the National Assembly.

5.         While considering the matter pertaining to promotion policy for National Bank of Pakistan’s employees and details of recently promoted officials/officers and criteria adopted the NBP. The President, NBP informed the Committee that NBP has prepared promotion policy based on promotion assessment scoring system for different categories. He said that promotion interviews were conducted for those employees who met the minimum eligibility criteria for promotion. However, the Committee expressed its grave concern on the promotions made by the NBP. The Committee unanimously recommended that NBP should revisit the promotions made by the promotion Committee under the current policy. The Committee was of the firm opinion that said promotion policy was against the ruling of the apex court and it will create injustice among the employees of the NBP. The Committee recommended that the matter should be forwarded to Ministry of Law and Justice whether National Bank of Pakistan can revise its promotion policy while the ruling of the apex court was there in similar case. The President and Legal Advisor of NBP informed that said judgment was not related to the current promotion policy and NBP Board was fully empowered to frame its policies. He further informed that SSR not fall in the purview of the said policy.

6.         The Committee has shown its displeasure on the interview score i.e. 50% of total number of 100 marks which was on the discretionary powers of the NBP promotion Committee. The Committee further recommended that NBP will furnish the breakup details (i.e ACRs marks and Interview marks etc.) of individuals, who were promoted according to this policy. The President NBP informed that 50% interview marks were only for 236, senior officers who were promoted from VP to SVP and SVP to EVP.  The Committee discussed that State Bank of Pakistan may be recommended to review the promotion criteria implemented by NBP management for 236 senior officers of NBP.

7.         The Secretary, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) briefed the Committee about the role of EAD. However, due to short of time the Committee decided that an exclusive meeting should be convened on the foreign loaning and aids etc. An in-camera briefing was convened regarding to discuss the current de-valuation of Pakistan’s rupee against dollar/other currencies and preventing measures taken by the Government. Governor State Bank of Pakistan briefed the Committee in this regard.    

8.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, EAD, SECP, FBR, SBP, NBP and Ministry of Law & Justice.


National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Defence Meets - December 12, 2017

Islamabad, the 12th December, 2017: The members of the National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Defence met today in the evening with the State Duma Committee on Security and Counter Corruption of the Russian Federation headed by H.E. Mr. V. I. Piskarev Chairman of the Committee in the Parliament House, Islamabad. The National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees were led by Shaikh Rohale Asghar MNA and Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed. The issues of illicit drugs trafficking, terrorism and extremism were discussed in the meeting at length.  Both sides were of the view that this is the common enemy of both the countries. Both sides were agreed to join hands for combating the terrorism and extremism and eradicating the illicit drugs trafficking which are the menace crimes from our society. They further agreed to hold such kind of interaction between the Parliamentarians and exchange of delegations to discuss the issues of mutual interest. They further stressed upon the need to promote bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation in the field on Defence, Counter Terrorism, Trade and Economic cooperation.        

The meeting was attended by Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat khan, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Sanjay Perwani and Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq MNAs.


NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control - December 12, 2017

Islamabad, the 12th December, 2017: The members of the two National Assembly Standing Committees on Interior and Narcotics Control led by Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA and Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA met with the delegation of State Duma Committee on Security and Counter Corruption of the Russian Federation headed by H.E. Mr. Vasily I.PISKAREV today evening in Constitutional Room (Old Committee Room No. 5), Parliament House, Islamabad.
 

The Committees welcomed each others. The issues of illicit drugs trafficking, terrorism and extremism were discussed in the meeting at length. Both sides were of the view that this is the common enemy of both the countries. Both sides were agreed to join hands for combating the Terrorism, Drugs trafficking and Money Laundering which are the menace crimes from our society. They further agreed to hold such kind of interaction between the Parliamentarians and exchange of delegations to discuss the issues of mutual interest. They further stressed upon the need to promote bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation in the field on Terrorism, Drugs and Money Laundering issues. Both were agreed to meet again in future on these issues and be cooperative with each other on Terrorism, Drugs and Money Laundering issues. At the end; Both Committees were unanimously declared “Long Live Pak-Russian Friendship”. 

   
The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the National Assembly Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Shaikh Salahuddin, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Mr. Qaisar Jamal, Mr. Sohail Mansoor Khawaja, Minister for Narcotics Control and Minister of State for Interior.


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC meets - December 11, 2017

Parliamentary Committee on CPEC briefed on Long Term Plan, new CPEC focus will be on agriculture, poverty alleviation and tourism/culture.
Islamabad, December 11, 2017:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC met today under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed. The Minister for Planning & Development, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal gave a briefing to the Members of the Committee regarding the Long Term Plan of CPEC which has been agreed to by both Pakistan and China at the last meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) on November 21, 2017 in Islamabad.  Mr. Ahsan Iqbal said that this plan was approved after a 18-month long consultation process and it was shared with all the provinces and endorsed it before it was sent to China and now it is an official document of the CPEC.
 
During his briefing, the Minister of Planning and Development said that agriculture, poverty alleviation, tourism & culture and improvement in people’s livelihood had been added in the CPEC profile for the future to ensure the wellbeing of the local communities.
Agricultural research would be undertaken so that agricultural products could be value-added with modern technology from China.  Since Chinese tourists are increasing in large number, it was decided to promote tourism projects with the building of tourists resorts on the Makran coast and there will be also encouragement of people to people exchanges between Pakistan and China within the framework of culture and education.
 
In January 2018, a delegation of Pakistan’s exporters would go to China to enhance Pakistan’s export potential and this delegation is being facilitated by the Government of Pakistan.  During the current JCC meeting, the Minister briefed the Committee that all the Chief Ministers were present as well as, for the first time, representatives of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.  He also informed that the groundbreaking of Gwadar International Airport will be done in March 2018.  The meeting was informed that contrary to the speculation in the media, the reports of shelving three infrastructure projects is not correct, rather, Chinese side was reviewing the financial mechanism of these projects and these would be started upon receipt of approval from the Chinese side.  The Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project has been approved as CPEC project while similar projects for Quetta and Peshawar will be reviewed upon receiving technical feasibility reports of the project. 

The Parliamentary Committee was also briefed by the Ministry of Power regarding the Early Harvest energy projects which are on track.  The Thar coal project would be operational by June 2019 based on mining of indigenous coal from Thar.  The Port Qasim power project would be completed by February 2018 while the other projects including the Hubco 1320 MW project and two hydro power projects in Sukki Kinari (870 MW) and Karot (720 MW) are proceeding ahead for completion as scheduled.
 
The Committee expressed satisfaction with the progress of the Early Harvest Projects as well as the development of the Gwadar Port.  The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain welcomed the inclusion of agriculture sector in CPEC since agriculture is the backbone of the Pakistan economy, and he said this will give boost to the economy and also provide Pakistan’s farmers with the latest technology in collaboration with China. He also welcomed the inclusion of Tourism and Culture, adding that the portfolio has been broadened to include these key elements of promoting people-to-people understanding.
 
The meeting was attended by Senator Lt. Gen. (Retd) Salahuddin Tirmizi,  Rana Muhammad Afzal, MNA, Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Mr. Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi, MNA and Minister Incharge for Planning, Development and Reform
Mr. Ahsan Iqbal and Senior Officers of the different Ministries and Departments.

 


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - December 11, 2017

Islamabad, 11th December, 2017: The 30th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication as schedule to be held today in Committee Room No. 07 (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

2. However, due to lack of quorum the meeting could not be started.

3. Hon. under the Chairmanship of Capt ® Muhammad Safdar. Ms. Shazia Marri, Member, Minister for State and Secretary of IT& T with staff including senior officers from I.B, PTA and F.I.A were reached to attend the meeting.


French Parliamentary Delegation Met the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs - December 11, 2017

Islamabad, 11th December, 2017: A five Members of French Parliamentary delegation headed by Mr. Jean-Bernard Sempastous, President of France-Pakistan Friendship Group in the French parliament met the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs at the Parliament House, Islamabad.  The meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee was presided by the Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA who welcomed the French delegation in his opening remarks and stress the need to further cement and expand the already existing friendly relation particularly in the field of commerce and trade. She further said Pakistan attachés great importance to its relations with France being a key European country.

Both the sides also agreed to condemn the terrorist activities whether perpetrated by individuals groups or states resulting in violence or threat of violence. They further negate the terrorism in its all manifestation and determined to eradicate the radical and extremist elements in our societies. The Committee Members apprised in detail to the French delegation about the efforts of the people of Pakistan and their scarifications by civil and personals of law enforcing agencies to crush the on menace of terrorism. The French side appreciated the Pakistan view point and emphasized to further enhance the exchange of Parliamentary delegations between the two countries in order to promote friendship and cooperation. The Pakistani side also particularly mentioned the atrocities being committed by the Indian armed forces in Kashmir and demanded the French Parliamentarians being a permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council to play their role to support the Pakistan’s principled stand on longstanding unresolved dispute of Kashmir poses a grave threat to international peace and security.

The Members who attended the meeting are: Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNAs and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the meeting.


Visit Of The Standing Committees On Defence Of National Assembly And Senate To North Waziristan Agency, Fata - December 6, 2017

Islamabad, the 6th December, 2017: The National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Defence today visited Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan Agency under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar MNA and Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed which was welcomed by Major General Azhar, General Officer Commanding 7 Division along with other senior officers of Pak Army. The lawmakers were briefed on the geographical position of the area, border management, rehabilitation and socio economic uplift in the North Waziristan Agency in detail. It was informed that 100KM fence has already been completed out of 830 Km fence and the remaining will be completed by 2019. It was further informed that solar light alongwith CCTV cameras will also be installed along the fence for effective monitoring of the cross border terrorism on Pak Afghan Border. After briefing the Committee also visited the model village and the newly constructed market by the Pak-Army and also the Younas Khan Sports Complex at Miranshah. It was informed that about 1500 shops have already been completed on the place of the old bazaar of Miranshah and will be handed over to the locals very soon. The lawmakers appreciated the Pak Army on development works and clear the area from the terrorists. Thereafter the Committee also visited the forward post on Pak Afghan Border and examined the fence work physically and also made interaction with the Army jawans deputed on the Pak Afghan border. The Parliamentarians praised the Army jawans on safe guarding the frontiers of the country.

2.            The visit/briefing was attended by Mr. Tahir Bashir Cheema, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Shaikh Fayyaz ud Din, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar and Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar MNAs and Senator Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qayyum, Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi and Senator Atta ur Rehman.


Visit Of The Standing Committees On Defence Of National Assembly And Senate At Chakothi, LOC - December 5, 2017

Islamabad, the 5th December, 2017: The National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Defence today visited at the forward post Qabranwali, Sector Neza Pir, LOC under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar MNA and Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed. The lawmakers were briefed on the prevailing situation at LOC in detail. While briefing, the Committee was informed that 2200 times, Indian Army did cease fire violation and targeted the civil population living across the LOC in the current year. The main purpose cease-fire violation by the Indian forces is to divert the attention of the International Community from the atrocities against the innocent Kashmiries in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. The Committee was also briefed about the causalities of military men and civilian. The Committee also made interaction with the Army jawans deployed their on the forward post and appreciated them on protecting the frontiers of the country. 

2.The Committee also visited the Chakothi-Ori crossing point and briefed the Committee over the civilian and trade service between AJK and Indian Occupied Kashmir in detail. Thereafter the Committee visited the trade facilitation center established at Chakothi and the D.G Trade and Traveling Authority briefed the Committee on the traveling of civilians and trade services between the AJK and Indian Occupied Kashmir in detail.

3.The visit/briefing was attended by Mr. Tahir Bashir Cheema, Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Shaikh Fayyaz ud Din, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar and Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar MNAs and Senator Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qayyum, Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi. 
 


The NA Standing Committee On Planning, Development And Reform meets - December 4, 2017

60th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform was held today on 4th December, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan KhananKhail, MNA.

The Committee took the notice of the absence of the Minister for Planning, Development and Reform (PD& R) and Secretary PD&R and directed that their presence be assured in the upcoming meeting. The Committee discussed the issue of recruitments of LDCs in Pakistan Institute of Development Economic (PIDE) and examined the relevant record.

The Committee was informed that the 1200-MW LNG based power plants Baloki and Haveli Bahadur Shah would be functional till February, 2018. The Committee appreciated the efforts of the Managements for timely completion.

The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA and Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Ms. Shaheen Shafiq as its members, the ToRs of the Sub-Committee will be to look into:-        

i) “Distribution and System Augmentation Program STG, BOP, ELR (PESCO) in District Buner under PSDP Program”

ii) “Status of PC-I of electrification work at different vallies of Chitral. Establishment of 132 KV Grid Station to 132 K.V  in Chitral, Chitral Hydel Power capacity enhancement and status of PESCO, PEDO and WAPDA agreement and steps taken for provision of electricity to upper Chitral by 25th December, 2017 (PSDP #1048 & 1054)”
 
Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari,  Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din and Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNAs attended the meeting, besides the officials of the concerned institutions.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training meets - December 4, 2017

Islamabad, the 4th December, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Committee Room of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, H-8/4, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. The Committee again reconsidered The Sir Syed (Centre for Advance Studies in Engineering) Institute of Technology Islamabad Bill, 2016 in detail. The representative of the Centre for Advance Studies in Engineering (CASE) informed the Committee that they had made complete payment to Multi Professional Cooperative Housing Society and submitted the allotment letter and No Demand Certificate to HEC along with the copies of possession letter, construction plan and shifting plan of CASE to new building on November 6, and November 14, 2017 for issuance of NOC. Thereafter the Committee deferred the said Bill with the direction to the CASE management to fulfill the pre-requisite requirements as pointed out by the HEC during meeting as well as obtaining NOC from CDA for construction of building of the institute as soon as possible.
 

2.         The Chairman Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) also briefed the Committee over the initiatives, responsibilities and future targets of the Board in detail. The Committee appreciated the Chairman of FBISE on taking various initiatives in the examination system.
 

3.         Dr. Muhammad Usman Awan, Advisor, Quality Enhancement Cell University of Punjab, Lahore also gave presentation to the Committee on The Development of Educational Supply Chain Management Concept in detail. The Committee lauded him on voluntarily share his concept/idea and decided that he would again be invited in next meetings where all the Vice Chancellors of the universities available in the meeting.   
 

4.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms.Amra Khan, Ms. Surriya Jatoi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan MNAs Moulana Muhammad Gohar Shah MNA/Mover of the starred question and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Railways Meets - December 4, 2017

Islamabad, 04th December, 2017:  22nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today in Committee Room of Old PIPS Hall, Parliament lodges, Islamabad. Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA presided over the meeting under rule 216(2) of the Rules of the Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 as Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA, Chairman of the Standing Committee could not attend the meeting.
 

2.       The meeting started with the recitation of the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 07th September, 2017.
 

3.       The Committee was briefed about “Katchi Abadis” on Railway land. The Committee was also briefed on encroached land of Pakistan Railways in Kasur district and its regularization. The Committee discussed the matter in detail and directed the Ministry to provide it with detail of the board constituted by the Ministry to look into the matter of Katchi Abadis. 
 

4.       The Committee decided to appoint a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA to examine the issue of encroachment on Pakistan Railways’ land.
 

5.       The Hon. Members/MNA’s Sardar Muhamad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Dr Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr Sajid Ahmed and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Railways along with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committees on Climate Change meets - December 4, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 4th December, 2017 in Committee Room of Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad.

The Standing Committee discussed the issue regarding the implementation status of Climate Change Act, 2017 and suggested that the issue must be followed on priority basis.

The Standing Committee also discussed the measures being taken to improve air quality of Pakistan and recommended that the money regarding fine should be increased on those who are not abiding laws regarding to keep the the air quality of Pakistan. The Committee further suggested that hybrid and electric cars should be tax free.

Members who attended the meeting Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Chiarman, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Mst. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, MNA, Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA and Mr. Mushaid-ullah-Khan, Minister for Climate Change(Ex-officio Member).
 


NA Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - November 30, 2017


S.C on Cabinet Secretariat meets - November 29, 2017

Islamabad; 29th November, 2017: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Committee Room of Establishment Division, Cabinet Block, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair.  

The Committee deferred The Service Tribunal (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) and The Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) till its next meeting for further discussion.  

The Committee unanimously recommended that the following Bills may not be passed by the Assembly.

i)         The Health Insurance for disabled Persons (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA)

ii)         The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr. Imran Khattak, MNA)

The Committee expressed strong displeasure that concerned authorities were unable to initiate any action against culprits for taking PIA aircraft to Germany illegally which caused huge loss to the government ex-checker and damaged the prestige of the country as well. The Committee decided to invite the kind attention of the Hon. Prime Minister of Pakistan towards the issue so that culprits could be penalized without further delay. The Committee further directed that FIA authorities may be requested to finalize the inquiry report at the earliest to bring the culprits behind the bars and report to the Committee within 30 days.

The meeting was attended by Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA, Dr. Mahreen Razzaque Bhutto, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, and movers Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA and Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA and Secretaries of Establishment Division, NIHS, and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.

 

 


N.A. Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges meets - November 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29thNovember, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhamamd Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.  The Committee pended the Questions of Privileges raised by Rana Muhamamd Afzal khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Ms.Shazia Marri, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, Dr. Fahmida Mirza, Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, and Rana Muhamamd Qasim Noon, MNAs till its next meeting.

3. The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Ayesha Gulalai, MNA regarding malicious and vilified campaign in the social media against the Hon. Member.

4.  On the question of privilege moved by Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, MNA, the Committee unanimously decided to invite Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage. The Secretary, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage to attend the meeting in persons.

5.  The Committee pended the amendment moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA.  

6.  The Committee recommended that:

·         Visit of Members of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges to all Provincial Assemblies to share mutual experiences.

·         To constitute a Parliamentary Committee of both Houses on Rules of Procedure and Privileges by the House.

·          Visit of Members of the Standing on Rules of Procedure and Privileges to UK and EU Countries to share mutual experiences and to enhance the working capacity of the Committee of Rules of Procedure and Privileges at International Level.

7.  The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 29-9-2017.

8.  The meeting was attended by Ch. Khadim Hussain, Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Rana Muhamamd Afzal Khan and Mian Imtiaz Ahmed MNA/Mover.


N.A Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage meets today - November 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th November, 2017; 46th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage was held today under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA.

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

3.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 25th October, 2017.

4.         The Committee considered “The Redistributive Land Reforms Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA) and deliberated that the subject Bill is not relates to the Committee and decided that the Bill may be deferred until its next meeting.

5.         The Committee also deliberated on the Installation status of new TV Boosters by PTV and inquires about the delay in the completion of projects, it was briefed to the committee that the delay was on the part of the contractors; therefore the Committee recommended that the inquiry may be conducted against the persons responsible of the delay.

6.         The Committee also discussed the matter regarding ‘Off Airing’ of transmission of news channels by PEMRA during operation against Sit-in Protestors at Faizabad, Minister of State condemns the act of Off Airing the News Channels and stated that the action taken by Ministry was imperative and the Committee can be briefed in-camera with all the facts and figure, if required.

7.         The Hon. Members Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Syed Amir Ali Jamote, Ms. Belum Husnain, Mr. Murad Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Saman Sultana Jaffri, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, MNA’s attended the meeting besides Minister of State, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA/Mover, senior officers of the Ministry of Information Broadcasting and PTV attended the meeting.

 

 


N.A Standing Committee on Privatization meets today - November 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th November 2017: The 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee Privatization was held under the Chairmanship of Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA.

2.  The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.

3.  The committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 1st meeting held on 11.10.2017. 

3.  The Hon, Minister of Privatization briefed the Committee about the structure, tasks and existing strength of tasks. The structure of ministry based upon privatization division and privatization commission. He also pointed out the requirements to perform more better of the ministry's functions as the ministry of privatization has recently been separated from the ministry of finance so the ministry shall respond the every requirement, question and recommendation of the committee as per rule. The director general privatization commission also briefed the committee about the nature, kind and transarant procedure of the previous and under process projects of the ministry. The Committee appreciated the given briefing and ensured that full cooperation will be given at their end. Further, the Committee recommended that the ministry shall respond the questions asked by the Hon, members in its next meeting.

4.  The Hon. MNAs/Members Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, Justice (Retd.) Iftikhar Ahmed Cheema, Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Lt.Col.(Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi,  Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Munaza Hassan,Dr. Imran Khattak, Mr.Abdul Waseem, Engineer Mohammad Usman Badini, and Minister for Privatization  attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Privatization including Director General Privatization Commission were also attended the meeting.

 

 


The Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications meets - November 27, 2017

Standing Committee on Communications offered Fateha Prayer for the martayerd of “Khatam-e-Nabuwat” and those of Khairpur accident.

Government should construct flyover on the Railways crossing at Sihala.

Ministry of Communications should hold inquiry about the incident of Khairpur.

Islamabad (       ) The Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications was briefed that a flyover will be constituted over Railways crossing at Sihala on Sawan Camp-Kahuta Road. Hazara Motorway which starts from Hassanabdal and its most of the work has been completed till Shah Maqsood Interchange and in February 2018 it will be completed till Abbotabad and by June 2018 the road will be completed till Mansehra. The Committee directed that Ministry of Communications may hold an inquiry about the tragic incident of Khairpur where twenty one people lost their lives. The Committee directed that the services of a fransic expert may also be had for the inquiry, if necessary. It was informed to the Committee that Sawan-Kahuta road is the only link between Pakistan and four districts of Kashmir including Kotli, Sandhnoti, Rawalakot and Forward Kahuta. Similarly, this road is used as supply line for several sensitive border areas including Nakyal sector. The Standing Committee on Communications directed that PC-I of the flyover may be completed and report may be submitted to the Committee forthwith. The Committee was informed that the Prime Minister of Pakistan announced the construction of flyover and dualization of Sawan-Kahuta road but the Ministry of Communications could construct the flyover. The Ministry of Communications informed that they were preparing PC-I. The Committee directed that the PC-I of the project should be completed forthwith and report may be given to the Committee, accordingly. The Committee was appraised that Hazara Motorway has been completed till Shah-Maqsood and rest of the part upto Mansehra will be completed till June 2018. The Committee directed that the work on Hazara Motorway should be expedited and completed as soon as possible.
 
The meeting was presided over by Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi and attended by Members National Assembly Mr. Sarzameen, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Saleem Rehman, Engineer Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Shahjehan Munir Mangrio, Secretary Communication Mr. Muhammad Siddique Memon and Chairman NHA Mr. Shahid Tarar and other senior Civil Officers.
 


62nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly - November 23, 2017

62nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e November 23rd, 2017 in Committee Room No.07, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-
Agenda No. 1
i).   Confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting held on 07-11-2017
Agenda No. 2
i)    To consider “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) (Referred on 24-11-2015)
ii).  To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) (Referred on 07-03-2017).
iii). To consider “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) (Referred on 19-09-2017)
iv).  To consider “ The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 07-08-2017)
v).   To consider “The Loans for Agricultural Commercial and Industrial purposes (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 02-11-2017)
 Agenda No. 3
i).   To discuss the issues pertaining to investments in domestic real estate sector and actions taken by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in this regard.
ii).  To discuss the implementation status on the recommendations made by the Committee from 1st July, 2016 till date; and 
iii). Any other item with permission of the Chair.
 2.   The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 10-10-2017.
 3.   The Committee discussed “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) and directed the Ministry of Finance to provide details regarding the measures taken by the government for eradicating the interest from banking sector. The Committee recommended to SBP for expediate the matter to eliminate the interest in the banking sector, as early as possible.
4.   The Committee considered “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) and disapproved the subject Bill, however, the Ministry of Finance and Revenue assured that Government Bill on the matter would be introduced, shortly.
5.   While considering “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA). Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance informed the Committee that same Bill was already under consideration by the Standing Committee on Finance of the Senate and the said Committee of the Senate has recommended that all concerned departments will complete their work till January, 2018. The Committee decided that Ministry will also present the outcome of the Senate Committee in this Committee as well.
 
6.   The Committee discussed “The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” however it was decided that the same would be reconsider in the next meeting.
 7.  The Committee discussed the issues pertaining to investments in domestic real estate sector and actions taken by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in this regard. The Committee was of the view that FBR should remove the upper limit cap, imposed by the FBR under Income Tax Act, 2016. The Committee recommended that FBR should allow the real estate sector for declaration of actual price of the land. The Committee Members were of the opinion that said measures will eliminate the chances of corruption. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh strongly recommended the view point of the Committee. The Committee also directed the Federal Board of Revenue to convene meeting with Real Estate stakeholders for resolving the matter. The Committee also discussed the matter, already under consideration by the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee pertaining to investment in UAE, real estate sector by the Pakistanis residents. However, the committee decided that said matter would be discussed, while the report of the Sub Committee will be considered.
 
12.  The meeting was attended by Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan (Mover) and Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, FBR, SBP.
 
 


The Standing Committee On Industries & Production Meets - November 23, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in Committee room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Standing Committee not only discussed the matter about Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi regarding release of Provident Fund and Gratuity Fund to 3500 retired employees of PSM but also recommended that this issue must be solved on priority basis.

The Standing Committee also discussed the implementation status on the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production given in its meeting held on 13th July, 2017 regarding Pakistan Gems and Jewelry Development Company (PGJDC), Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) and recommended to call representatives of Marble Association of Pakistan and State Bank of Pakistan in the next S/Cmeeting.

The Standing Committee further discussed the matter regarding Al-Tawairqi Steel Mills Karachi, on proposal for restarting Al-Tuwairqi plant in Port Qasim and recommended to follow up the said proposal.

Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA, Mr. Sahabzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, MNA, Ch. Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Mehboob Alam, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-din, MNA and Minister for Privatization Commission.


NA Standing Committees on Parliamentary Affairs meets - November 22, 2017

Islamabad; November 22, 2017: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

Mr. Shahid Ahmed Sandhu, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee about the Government assurances of National Assembly and Senate and said that it is the responsibility of the Committee to process government assurances, obtains implementation status on the government assurances and maintains records of pending and disposed off government assurances. He also informed the Committee that since 2013, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs has given total 152 assurances on behalf of various ministries/departments/organization including Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. It was informed that out of 152 assurances, only 6 Government assurances relate to Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and no assurances are pending pertaining to this Ministry.

Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) briefed the Committee regarding “The Election Act, 2017” and delimitation process. It was informed that ECP shall constitute a Delimitation Committee for each province consists of not less than 3 officers of ECP, one of them shall be designated as convener and that Committee shall prepare draft proposals for delimitation of constituencies of National Assembly / Provincial Assembly of its province. It was also informed that separate Delimitation Committee shall be constituted for ICT & Tribal Areas which shall prepare draft proposals for delimitation of constituencies of National Assembly from these areas.

The Acting Chairman, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) briefed the Committee about the mismanagement and delay / cancellation of flights and problems being faced by the parliamentarians. The Committee expressed grave annoyance over the poor performance of PIA and directed the management to take concentrated measures to improve the existing deteriorated situation of PIA.                                                                                                                           

Malik Ihtebar Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Dr. Shazia Sobia and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Pakistan International Airline (PIA).
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony held today - November 20, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony held today in the Committee Room # 2, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairperson of Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA.

2. The Committee considered “the National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 (moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA)”, “the National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 (moved by Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, MNA); and  “the National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2016 (moved by Mr. Sanjay Perwani, MNA” in detail. The Committee constituted the sub-Committee under the Convener-ship of Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA to consider the Bills and submit the report within 30 days.

3. The Committee discussed in detail the arrangements being made to organized to celebrate Eid-Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) including annual Seerat Conference and visit to Saudi Arabia as per resolution of Assembly passed on 22-11-2016 to organize the ceremony to pay homage on the Roza-i-Rasul (SAW) by the MNAs/High level delegates.  

4. Committee also discussed the performance of Ministry alongwith its associated bodies for Hajj 1438 Hijri (2017 A.D) and recommended the following recommendations thereafter:-

a) that the buildings for Hujjaj be hired for long period .
b) that large buildings be hired which could accommodate at least 1000 Hujjaj.
c) that the other International Air-lines be contacted for Hajj operation for competitive rates to facilitate Hujjaj.
d) that the proper arrangement should be made for the transportation of Hujjaj from Mina to Arafat.     

5. MNAs Mr. Bismillah Khan, Muhammad Kamal Malik, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub and Molvi Agha Muhammad attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works Meets - November 15, 2017

Standing Committee on Housing and Works met today i.e. 15th November, 2017, under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad. The Committee was briefed by the Director General, Pak PWD regarding ongoing and proposed projects by Ministry of Housing and Works. He also briefed the Committee about the HR strength of Pak PWD.

The Committee considered the matter with regard to Calling Attention Notice on policy decision of the Government, not to allot Government Accommodation in future to the employees of Constitutional Bodies. The Secretary Ministry of Housing and Works informed that a Summary in this regard has already been forwarded to the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan to lift the said sanction. The Committee directed that the subject matter should be expedited by the Ministry on Top Priority.

The Committee also directed the Ministry of Housing and Works to renovate the Federal Lodges at Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi. The Committee members have shown their concern about the worst condition of Chamba House Punjab, Lahore. The Committee members were of the opinion that a Sub-Committee should be constituted on the ongoing projects i.e. Bhara Kahu, Thallian, F-14 & F-15, G-13, G-14 and G-10/2 Flats.  However, the Committee decided that an exclusive meeting would be convened to discuss the Housing Foundations’ issues. The Committee has shown its displeasure on the delay of construction of Moosa Khail Tounsa Road (35 KM), which is was also called Zhob Link Road in Balochistan. The Committee directed the DG Pak PWD for renovation of Fatima Jinnah Hostel, Islamabad.

The Committee recommended that new housing project should be started for the Federal Government employees, at the earliest.
 


61st meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - November 7, 2017

61st meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e November 07, 2017 in Committee Room No.07, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA,

on the following agenda:-

Agenda No. 1

      i).                         Confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting held on 27-10-2017

Agenda No. 2

     i)               To consider “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) (Referred on 24-11-2015)

    ii).            To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) (Referred on 07-03-2017).

    iii).           To consider “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) (Referred on 19-09-2017)

    iv).           To consider “ The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 07-08-2017)P

    v).            To consider the “The Establishment of Federal Bank of Cooperatives and Regulation of Cooperative Banking (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 17-08-2017)

    vi).           To consider “House Building Finance Corporation (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 17-08-2017).

Agenda No. 3

    i).             To discuss the export policy, issues being faced by the exporters regarding refunds/rebate and proposals to enhance the export for improvement in economy.

   ii).            How to reduce the cost of doing business, being a competitor of regional countries.

   iii).           To discuss the matter pertaining to imposition of regulatory and dumping duties without consultation of the Parliament by the FBR.

   iv).           To discuss the suggestions and measures taken by the concerned departments for increasing of remittances and scope of Pakistani overseas groups for investment in Pakistan.

   v).            To discuss the role of Board of Investment for facilitating the foreign investor with regard to CPEC and general category alongwith details of the foreign investment in Pakistan for last 4 years.

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 10-10-2017.

3.         The Committee discussed “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) and directed the Ministry of Finance to provide details regarding the measures taken by the government for eradicating the interest from banking sector.

4.         The Committee was informed by the Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance that Ministry of Finance has already convened a meeting to discuss “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) with Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Commerce. The Committee directed to Ministry of Finance to invite the Honorable Mover when next internal meeting of the Ministry of Finance would be held in this regard. Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance assured that Honorable Mover would be invited as per the directions of the Committee.

5.         While considering “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA). Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance informed the Committee that same Bill was already under consideration by the Standing Committee on Finance of the Senate and the said Committee of the Senate has recommended that all concerned departments will complete their work till January, 2018. The Committee decided that Ministry will also present the outcome of the Senate Committee in this Committee as well.

6.         The Committee discussed “The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and directed the State Bank of Pakistan to provide a comprehensive brief and powerpoint presentation on the subject matter in its next meeting.

7.         The Committee considered “The Establishment of Federal Bank of Cooperatives and Regulation of Cooperative Banking (Repeal) Bill, 2017” and recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly as reported by the Committee.

8.         The Committee considered “House Building Finance Corporation (Repeal) Bill, 2017”. The Committee unanimously recommended that the “House Building Finance Corporation (Repeal) Bill, 2017” may be passed by the National Assembly as reported by the Committee.

9.         Mr. Saeed Ahmed Qureshi former Secretary Commerce was present in the meeting as financial expert. He suggested that this forum should be highlighted the main areas of economy, where the problems were being faced to the country. He further suggested that government should provide one window operation in all segments of life. Mr. Abdullah Yousuf, former Chairman FBR remarked that government should focus three main areas i.e causes of fiscal deficit, privatization and power sector.  He said that circular debt in 2013 was about US$580 Billion, which has been increased, again at same level. He also suggested that government should resolve the causes of tax gap by taking administrative measures and comprehensive tax policies should be launched in the country. He stated that CNIC should be used to expend the tax net in the country.  The Committee appreciated the view points of the financial experts.

10.       The Committee recommended to Ministry of Finance and State Bank of Pakistan to provide the replies on the following at the earliest:

             o   Increase in financial year debt and liabilities from June 30, 2016 to October 31, 2017.

             o   Decline in State Bank of Pakistan financial year reserves from October 31, 2016 to October 31, 2016.

             o   Forecast for financial year debt and liabilities for June 30, 2018 and State Bank of Pakistan reserves for June 30, 2018.

             o   Mitigation plans for averting external account crisis.

             o   SBP data for credit swaps from June 30, 2016 to October 31, 2017.

11.       The Secretary Board of Investment informed the Committee about the special economic zones in the country. He said that special economic zones will be developed by public sector, private sector and public partnership basis. He added that one time exemption from all custom duties and taxes plant and machinery imported into Pakistan for the development, operation and maintenance of the SEZ would be provided to the industrialist. The Committee recommended that BOI should facilitate the foreign investors by providing all possible facilities in Pakistan including their boarding and lodging to attract the investors in the country for development of the SEZ under the umbrella of CPEC.     

12.       The meeting was attended by Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Syed Mustafa Mehmud and Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, SECP, FBR, SBP and stakeholders.


Meeting/Visit Of The Standing Committees On Defence - October 31, 2017

Karachi, 31stOctober, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committees on Defence visited today to Shah Bandar Sir Creek, Karachi under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Commander Coast briefed the Committee over the Sir Creek dispute in detail. After briefing, the Committee visited to the forward check posts through Boats and did interaction with Pak Marines. The Committee paid tribute to the Pak Marines on making affective defence of Coastal Areas of Pakistan.  

2. The Visit/meeting was attended by Ms. Surriya Asghar, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Ms. Kishwer Zehra and Shaikh Fayyaz Ud Din MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


S.C. on Narcotics Control meets - October 31, 2017

Islamabad, 31st October 2017: The 1st meeting of the Standing Committee on Narcotics Control was held under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.

3.      The Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics Control and Director General (ANF) briefed the Committee about the structure, tasks and existing strength. They also pointed out their requirements to perform more better of their functions. The Committee appreciated the given briefing and ensured that they will be given full cooperation at theirs end. Further, the Committee recommended that Government of Pakistan may consider the requirements of ANF on priority basis, so that they could perform more efficiently.  

4.      The Hon. MNAs/Member Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Chaudry Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Qaisar Jamal, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan and Minister for Narcotics Control attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Narcotics Control and ANF were also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights meets today - October 27, 2017

Islamabad, the 27th October, 2017.  33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:00 am in the Committee Room of PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 28th August, 2017. The Committee recommended that “The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2017 be withdrawn as the Honorable Speaker has given his consent for withdrawal of the Bill.

The Committee expressed its displeasure on the absence of the representative of Foreign Affairs in the meeting as he had to brief the Committee on Agenda Item No. iv regarding discussion on the Human Rights violation in occupied Kashmir by the Indian Security Forces. The Committee recommended that a letters should be written to foreign Affairs, Minister for Human Rights and Prime-Minister of Pakistan that a representative of the Foreign Affairs could not attend the meeting to brief the Committee with reference to Human Rights violation in occupied Kashmir. The Committee also expressed displeasure on the absence of officers from M/o Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan. An hon’able Member suggested to bring resolution from the Standing Committee on Human Rights in the House on Human Rights violation in Occupied Kashmir by the Indian Forces. The Committee recommended that a resolution from the Standing Committee on Human Rights in the House on Human Rights violation in Occupied Kashmir by the Indian Forces should be brought in the House as the Kashmir Resolution is the key to peace, prosperity and stability in South Asia.

The Committee was given briefing by Director Labour, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Agenda Item No.v regarding discussion on the Human Rights violation by mills owners of Hattar Industrial Areas, for not paying wages (as per Labour Policy of the Government) to the labours but the committee members dissatisfied on his briefing and expressed their concerns over the performance of the Labour Department, KPK. The Committee also expressed concern over the issue of falling of seven tones of melted iron of a factory on twenty labours in KPK and no report was given. The Committee recommended that a complete report on the issue should be given to the Committee after proper investigation in its next meeting. The Secretary, M/o Human Rights gave suggestion to make Environmental Audit of Industries in various Industrial Zones of Pakistan upon which the Committee recommended that Environmental Audit of Industries in various Industrial Zones of Pakistan should be made. The Committee recommended to call the rest of 16 industrial zones in the country to bring report with reference to their environment in its next meeting. The committee decided to defer the agenda with reference to Labour, Kashmir and Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad for its next meeting

The Committee further recommended that contract system in the factories/industries should be abolished and proper salary of Rs.15,000/- should be given to the each laborer in the factories. The Committee also expressed displeasure on the establishment of a school beneath the mill due to which students have become sick of asthmatic disease and black water of industry is running near the school and they breathe in the polluted air which is the violation of human rights. The Committee also recommended that a complete report of that school located beneath the mill in KPK should be given to the Committee in its next meeting. The Committee recommended for a surprise visit of that school along-with ADC, Hatar KPK.

The meeting was attended by Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar,     Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Ms Kiran Haider,   Ms. Phyllis Azeem, MNAs, Minister for Human Rights and senior officers from the provincial departments of KPK, Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department.


60th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - October 27, 2017

60th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e October 27, 2017 in Committee Room No.02, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

Agenda No. 1

i).                         Confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting held on 10-10-2017

Agenda No. 2

i)               To consider “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) (Referred on 24-11-2015)

ii).            To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) (Referred on 07-03-2017).

iii).           To consider “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) (Referred on 19-09-2017)

iv).           To consider “ The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 07-08-2017)

v).            To consider the “The Establishment of Federal Bank of Cooperatives and Regulation of Cooperative Banking (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 17-08-2017)

vi).           To consider “House Building Finance Corporation (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 17-08-2017).

Agenda No. 3

i).             Consensus of political parties on economic policy.

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 10-10-2017.

3.         The Committee deferred agenda item No. 02, till its next meeting. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Chairman of the Committee informed the Members regarding the importance of agenda on economic policy. He said that currently business community was facing several issues such as cost of business, refund blockage, high interest on agriculture lending and increase in corruption. He added that government should manage to utilize the skills of our youth which was high in ratio, approximately 60 percent. He also stated that bureaucratic reforms should be made to enhance the performance of government institutions. He was of the opinion that performance of foreign trade attaches should be evaluated by the government towards their objectives.

4.         The Committee was informed by the President, Federation Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry regarding the route causes of declined in export sector. He informed that a delegation of business community was met Honorable Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in this regard. He stated that a proposal was initiated by the business community that electricity rates should be reduced upto Rs. 09 from Rs. 12.  He further stated that another request was made to the Honorable Prime Minister with regard to reduce the GICT at Rs. 50 for next five years. He also informed that Honorable Prime Minister was of the concern to increase the export volume upto US$25 Billion within six month, however it was informed to the PM that it could be possible for next one and half year.

5.         The leading businessmen were of the firm opinion that government should provide low rate energy to industries for bringing them to regional competition of export. Mr. Javed Malik, President of Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) and Mian Anjum Nisar former President of LCCI were of the opinion that government should withdraw regulatory duty, which was recently imposed on different products by issuing SRO. They stated that this kind of unrealistic measures will attract the public towards smuggling. They were also of the suggestion that input tax adjustment/refund on packing material should be allowed to exporter/exporter houses or in alternative.

6.         Mr. Arif Habib a leading businessman drew the attention of the Committee about the growing of current account deficit, need for long and short term policies. He said that government should attract overseas Pakistani businessmen group for investment in Pakistan. The Committee recommended to FBR to sit with the businessmen for resolving the problems being faced by the business community owing to regulatory and anti dumping duty, imposed by the government on the import of different items, which were on way and already reached in Pakistan.  

7.         Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Finance ensured the Committee that FBR will arrange a meeting, today with businessmen for resolving the regulatory duty issues. The Committee recommended that another meeting of the Committee would be convened to formulate the discussion points about economic policy. The Committee also decided that leading industrialists, businessmen and stakeholders from stock exchange would be called in its meeting.

8.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil and Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue,  SECP, FBR, SBP and stakeholders.


US Should seek the truth in its Afghanistan strategy and not allow our difference to turn into disputes: Khusro - October 26, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held today presided by its new Chairman, Makdum Khusro Bakhtyar.

2.    In his opening remarks, the Chairman said Pakistan’s response to President Trump’s South Asian policy dated 21st August, 2017 has been collective, measured and based on realistic assessment of the situation. Chairman said it is a moment of truth for the US in Afghanistan. He underlined importance of not turning our differences into disputes. 

3.    The Chairman appreciated the steps taken by Pakistan to improve border management along the Pak-Afghan border and the need for repatriation of Afghan refugees and their settlement in Afghanistan.

4.    The Chairman emphasized the importance of engaging the US in promoting peace in Afghanistan. He expressed the hope that the U.S will not see Pakistan through the Afghan prism and work on a broad based relationship which will be to the benefits of both countries.

5.    The Chairman thanked the Foreign Minister for his comprehensive briefing on the agenda items relating to President Trump’s statement and the visit of the Foreign Minister to China, Iran, Turkey and Russia.

6.    Members of the Committee appreciated the briefing giving by the Foreign Minister and raised questions on Pakistan-US relations, situation in Afghanistan, relations with regional countries.

7.    The Committee criticized the statement made by the President of Afghanistan relating to CPEC. The Committee expressed serious concern over the remarks made by U.S Secretary of State in Kabul and Dehli with regard to Pakistan.

8.    The Committee taking note of Black Day on 27th October condemned atrocities and grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir and denial of the rights of self determination of the people of Kashmir under UN Resolutions.

9.    On agenda regarding Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case in the International Court of Justice, the Additional Attorney General briefed the Committee on current status of the case before the ICJ and Pakistan’s legal options.

10.    The Members who attended the meeting are: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Dr. Muhammad Farooq Sattar, MNAs and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Additional Attorney General also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination - October 26, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room No. 7 (Fourth Floor),Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, MNA, to consider “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA ; “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA, and to receive comprehensive briefing on the working and performance of the Ministry of National Health Service, Regulations and Coordination and its attached departments.

2.        The Committee deferred the “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA Bill; as Mover of the Bill was not present in the meeting.

3.        The Committee also deferred “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA; as Committee decided that  the briefing by ICT and CAAD will  be taken before finalizing the Bill. The Federal Minister of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, requested the Committee that the Bill may be rejected as it is practically impossible to implement the provisions of the bill, rather Ministry can issue SRO/Administrative order to restrict the sale of loose Cigarette  packets. The Mover of the bill denied accepting the request, by saying that it is problem of the government how to implement it or not. We the Members of National Assembly are legislators; we will suggest legislation on the issues of society.

4. The Committee was comprehensively briefed by the officials of the Ministry on the working and performance of the Ministry of National Health Service, Regulations and coordination and it attached departments. The Committee was informed that after 18th Amendment this Ministry has been created on 4th May, 2013. Through creation of this Ministry various subjects of “Health” parked in different divisions has been consolidated to meet the challenges of regulation and coordination of efficient, effective and equitable health and population welfare initiatives. The Committee showed overall satisfaction on the performance and working of the Ministry and also suggested that the Committee is interested to take detailed briefing on the Prime Minister’s Fatal Diseases Program Fund in its next meeting.

5.        MNAs, Dr.Hafee-ur-Rehman Khan Darishak, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr., Ms.Mehreen Razaque Bhutto, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ch.Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Ms.Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms.Zehra Wadood Fatimi,Mr.Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat and Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - October 26, 2017

The Standing Committee on Water Resources met today in the Committee Room of Federal Flood Commission, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA to discuss the performance of M/o Water Resources and its attached departments.

The Committee highly acknowledged the viability of Nelum Jehlum Hydel Power Project and 4th Extension project of Terbella and urged upon the need for their early completion in order to meet the requirement of Electricity in Pakistan.

The Committee recommended that ministry may ensure the completion of all projects within given time frame as it had been observed that unnecessary delays escalated the cost of the projects which caused huge losses to the Government ex-checqure. The Committee further recommended that ministry may avoid initiating new projects before the completion of ongoing projects to ensure the proper utilization of funds.

The Committee expressed concern that the mandate of some departments like National Transmission and Dispatched Company (NTDC) had been assigned to M/o Energy after the change in nomenclature of the ministries concerned which could affect on their overall performance as they mainly interlink with M/o Water Resources.

Earlier, Federal Minister for Water Resources, Secretary and Chairman, WAPDA briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to complete the ongoing projects within given time frame and problems faced by them in this regard.

MNAs, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Pir Aslam Bodla, Rao Muhammad Ajmal, Mr. Abdul Sattar Bachani, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, Moulana Gohar Shah and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production meets - October 26, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in Committee room of Agro Food Processing Company, Multan.

2.         The Standing Committee discussed the working of Agro Food Processing Company, Multan and showed satisfaction on the working of the company. The Committee also discussed the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) on the setting up of Regional Facilitation Office (SMEDA) in Multan and recommended that SMEDA to prepare a study so that in other parts of the country this kind of project could be started. The Committee further discussed the latest position / development of National Industrial Parks (NIP) and suggested to establish industrial park at Multan.

3.         The Committee expressed its concerns regarding not sending reference to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) about corruption and irregularities of Steel Mills.

4.         Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA and  Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.


NA Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage meets - October 25, 2017

Islamabad, 25th October, 2017; 45th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage was held today under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA.
2.The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.
 
3.The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 20th July, 2017 and 28th September, 2017.
 
4.The Committee considered “The Protection of Journalists Bill, 2014” (moved by Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA) in detail and decided to constitute a Sub-Committee under rule 224 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 under the Convenership of Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA on the said Bill. The Committee also considered “The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) and after detail deliberation decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly. The Committee also considered the “Redistributive Land Reforms Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred till its next meeting.
 
5.The briefing by National History and Literary Heritage Division for preservation of National History and Heritage was deferred by the Committee due to the non-availability of Mr.Irfan Siddiqui, Advisor to the Honourable Prime Minister.
 
6.The Hon. Members/MNA/Mover Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah and Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA attended the meeting, besides Minister of State, senior officers of the Ministry of Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage, officers of PEMRA attended the meeting.


S.C. on Planning Development & Reform meets - October 25, 2017

The Meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform was held today on 25th October, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Regional Office of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Karachi, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

 

The Committee was briefed regarding the physical progress of PSDP projects relating to Bahria University Karachi, IBA Sukkur and Shaheed Mohtarma Benzair Bhutto Medical University Larkana.  The Committee showed its satisfaction over the developmental progress of IBA Sukkur and Bahria University Karachi. However, the Committee directed HEC to hold an inquiry in the alleged irregularities in the PSDP funded project of Shaheed Mohtarma Benzair Bhutto Medical University Larkana by fixing responsibilities against responsibles and submit its report to the Committee.

The Committee was informed that 97.3 physical work of Lyari Expressway has been completed and the rest of work will be completed by December, 2017.

The Committee showed its concerns over the non completion of Sewerage Scheme (SIII) and Karachi Water Supply Scheme (K-4) and directed the concerned authorities to ensure the completion in line with the scheduled time frame.

 Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Mrs. Shams-un-Nisa, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Asiya Nasir and Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNA’s attended the meeting besides the official of the concerned institutions.

 


S.C on Law & Justice meets - October 25, 2017

Islamabad, 25th October, 2017; 43nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA.

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

3.      The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 16-10-2017.

4.       The Committee considered “The Constitution (Twenty-ninth Amendment) Bi1l, 2017” (Government Bill); Ministry of law and justice withdrawn the Bill to the extent of amendment in Article 48 and 193. The Committee recommends with the majority that rest of the Bill may be passed by the Assembly, however, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA submitted his note of dissent. The Committee considered “The Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of Section 6B, Ordinance XIV of 1979) (Government Bill) and decided that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly unanimously.

5.     The Committee considered the Bill on “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment in Article 37) moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly. The Committee considered the Bills on “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment in Article 160) moved by Dr. Muhamad Farooq Sattar, MNA and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill,  2017 (Amendment in Article 198) Moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA and decided that the Bills may not be passed by the Assembly, however, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA favor the Bills.

6.      The Committee considered the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of Article 51 and 106 of the Constitution) Moved by Mr. Tariq Christopher Qaiser, MNA ”The Constitution (thirtieth Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill), “The Evening Courts Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment in Article 25A) Moved by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khatak, MNA and decided that the Bills may be deferred till its next meeting for further deliberations.

7.        Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Justice (Retd) Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema, Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Kiran Haider, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Ms. Shagufta Humani, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Ms. Aisha Syed, Mr. Tariq Christopher Qaiser and Ms. Kishwer Zehra attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.

 

 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets today - October 25, 2017

A meeting of Standing Committee on Government Assurances was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khan, Chairman, Standing Committee on Government Assurances to discuss Assurance number 512 about making of horrible example to the responsible who did an immoral act with a young girl admitted in I.C.U. of PIMS, Islamabad, Assurance number 446 about the gap in standard education between Public and Private School and the payment of honoraria to the employees of different departments.

on the request of the representative of PIMS. The Committee directed that the Voice Chancellor of PIMS or such senior officer of PIMS should attend the next meeting along-with the SOPs of the Hospital.

The Committee observed that the reply of the Capital Administration and Development Division was unsatisfactory. The Committee showed its displeasure over the poor performance of education department. The Committee directed that CA&DD should come up with complete details in next meeting.

The Standing Committee on Government Assurances constituted a Sub-Committee headed by Honourable ShahzadiUmerzadiTiwana consisted upon Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA and Abdul Majeed Khan Khankhail, MNA. The Committee disposed of fifty Assurances, whose implementation report had been received to the National Assembly Secretariat.

The meeting was attended by Ms.Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana, MNA, Sardar Muhammad IrfanDogar, MNA, Chaudhry Muhammad MunirAzhar, MNA and Syed Sajid Mehdi, MNAand severalsenior civil officials were also present in the meeting


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - October 24, 2017

Islamabad, 24th October 2017: The 29th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held in the Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad. Sr. P.S to Hon. Chairman informed the Committee that due to some personal engagements the Hon. Chairman could not attend the today meeting. Therefore, the Committee unanimously decided that Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA/Member may proceed the Committee meeting as the Chairman under rule 216(2) of the Rule of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

2. The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.

3. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 12th July, 2017.

4. The Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication (PTA) briefed the Committee about the actions taken by PTA against the Blasphemous material on social media. When the Committee called the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) about their actions against the Blasphemous material on social media; nobody was present in the meeting to respond.  The Committee showed its displeasure on FIA for not attending the meeting and directed that FIA must be attended the next meeting and brief the Committee about the Blasphemous material on social media.

5. Then, the departmental representative from Universal Services Fund (USF) briefed the Committee about their performance during the financial year 2017-18. The Committee appreciated the performance of the USF. Thereafter, the representative of Special Communication Organization (SCO) briefed the Committee about their performance during the financial year 2017-18 along with they showed their some grievances with the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication. The Committee appreciated the performance of SCO and directed the Ministry that SCO may be treated equally as per other private national or international organizations. Further, the Committee directed that in next meeting of the Committee SCO may be taken on Agenda.
 
6. The Committee took up the TIP employee’s issues and directed that TIP employee’s issue will also be taken on next meeting agenda. Further, the Committee directed Chairman, PTA to launch public awareness through media that who we could get raid of from the curse of “Blue Whale Game”.  

7. The Hon. MNAs/Member Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, PTA and S.C.O were also attended the meeting.
 


N.A. Standing Committee on SAFRON meets - October 24, 2017

Islamabad, the 24th October, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Committee Room of Ministry of SAFRON, “S” Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee reconsidered “The Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and passed the same unanimously.

2.         While briefing the Committee on the Schedule of New Expenditures (SNE’s), informed that SNEs proposals for creation of 2292 posts of different Departments/Directorates had been prioritized and recommended in the meeting held on 16th October, 2017 in SAFRON Division in the first phase in the current Financial year. In this regard the Committee was further informed that a meeting has been convened tomorrow in SAFRON Division to finalize the prioritized SNEs proposal for creation of 2292 posts of different departments of FATA. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of SAFRON, Finance Division and FATA Secretariat finalize the SNEs proposals for creation of 2292 posts on priority basis as the SNEs proposals pending since long.

3.         The Committee was further informed while giving briefing on the issue of hiring of non locals in FATA that all the concerned authorities (Development Partners and Implementing Partners) have already been issued instructions through various correspondences from time to time to hire number of employees belonging to FATA. The Committee observed that the NGOs working in FATA are still hiring non locals instead of the recommendations of the Committee. The Committee further recommended that ensure 100% employment of locals of FATA on non technical posts in FATA as the unemployment is on peak in FATA due to the militancy.    

4.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Ms. Iffat Liaquat, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Nasir Khan, Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik and Sahibazda Tariq Ullah MNAs and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


N.A. Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development meets - October 24, 2017

The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development discussed the “Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr. Shazia Sobia, MNA” in detail however; the Committee was informed that Government has contemplating to introduce a Bill on proposed legislation. The Minister ensured the mover to incorporate her amendments in the draft Bill. The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today in site office of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, Housing Scheme Zone-V, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, MNA.

The Committee expressed displeasure over the agreement made between the administrations of OPF Housing Society & Gulburg Greens for giving approach to the OPF Housing Society. Despite the transfer of 500 Kanal land to Gulburg Greens, the approach has not been given to the OPF. The Committee directed the ministry to take local administration onboard for resolving the matter and report to the Committee. The Committee was informed that 395 Kanal land of OPF housing society is in possession of illegal occupants however, the case was pending before the  Court. The Committee directed the administration of the OPF to pursue the litigation case and also try to make settlement before the Court.

Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, Minister of State informed the Committee that the possession of Block C would be given to the owners by the end of this year.

The meeting was attended by the following Members; Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Ch. Abid Raza, Ch. Muhammad Munir Azhar, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Mr. Nasir Khan and Ms. Aisha.


S.C on Interior meets - October 24, 2017

Islamabad, 24th October 2017: The 38th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, MNA.

2.   The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.

3.   The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 19th September, 2017.

4.   The Committee considered the “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly. However, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA oppose the Bill and recorded her dissent. The Committee considered “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of section 173, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.

5.   The Committee also considered the Bills “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new sections 167-A & 344-A, Act XLV of 1860) (Moved by Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA) and “The Federal Witness Protection Bill, 2015” (Moved by Ms. Aisha Syed, MNA) and decided that the Bills may not be passed by the Assembly. The Committee considered “The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of sections 11, 13, 27, 67, 82, 89, 91, 95 96, 97, 98, 115 & 117 Act X of 2015) (Moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred till its next meeting.

6.    The senior officers from Punjab Police attended the meeting for briefing. The Committee unanimously pended the briefing with observation that the next date and time will be communicated to the department for meeting and briefing.

7.   The Committee considered the Bills “The Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Amendment of section 2, Act V of 1991) (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA) and “The Children (Pledging of Labour) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of Sections 4, 5 & 6, Act II of 1933) (Moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and decided that the Bills may be deferred till its next meeting. The Committee considered”The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of sections 292C, 377B, Act XLV of 1860) (Moved by Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.

8.    The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under rule 224 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 under the Convenership of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA with the Terms of References “To review Visa Policy relating to the Pakistani Origin having dual nationality”.

9.   The Hon. MNAs/Members/Movers Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Ms. Shazia Marri, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Ms. Aisha Syed, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb attended the meeting besides the Minister of State for Interior and senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, Punjab Police, were also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs Meets - October 23, 2017

        The Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony met today i.e 23rd October, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
2.     The Committee approved the minutes of its last meeting.
 
3.     The Committee deferred agenda item No. 3 pertaining to the National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 and Pakistan Minorities Right Commission Bill, 2016 due to absence of Movers on the said Bills.
            
4.     The Committee has shown its displeasure about the implementations of its recommendations, which were issued by the Committee before the Hajj 2017. However, the Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony informed that said recommendations were received to Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony from this Committee, while the Cabinet had approved the Hajj policy 2017. He further assured that recommendations of the Committee would be considered on priority basis in future. Some Members of the Committee were of their opinion that third party audit should be recommended to inquire about the Hajj 2017, expenditures/funds etc.
 
5.    The Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony informed the Committee that a Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Minister of State for reassessment of all private tour operators. The Committee was also briefed by the Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs regarding issuance of Mujalma Visas and matters relating with them. He said that the Mujalma Visas were issued by the Embassy of Saudi Arabia on its discretionary authority.  He further informed that Saudi Arabia Government had offered 5000 Mujalma Visas to Government of Pakistan, which were regretted due to shortage of time for necessary arrangements at Saudia. However, a request was made to Saudia Government for enhancement of said numbers of Visas in Hajj 2018 quota.
 
6.    While considering the matter regarding problems being faced by the Hujjaj who were travelling from Quetta by Pakistan International Airline (PIA). The Secretary informed that these problems were occurred due to mismanagement of PIA. The Committee decided that Civil Aviation would be called in its next meeting to discuss the future planning for Hajj 2018. The Committee recommended that Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony will provide the details of last 03 years hardship Hajj quota issued on the recommendations of the Members of the National Assembly.
 
7.    Meeting was attended by Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Ms. Shahid Akhtar Ali, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Religions Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony.
 


Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony met today - October 23, 2017

             The Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony met today i.e 23rd October, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
2.         The Committee approved the minutes of its last meeting.
 
3.         The Committee deferred agenda item No. 3 pertaining to the National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 and Pakistan Minorities Right Commission Bill, 2016 due to absence of Movers on the said Bills.
            
4.         The Committee has shown its displeasure about the implementations of its recommendations, which were issued by the Committee before the Hajj 2017. However, the Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony informed that said recommendations were received to Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony from this Committee, while the Cabinet had approved the Hajj policy 2017. He further assured that recommendations of the Committee would be considered on priority basis in future. Some Members of the Committee were of their opinion that third party audit should be recommended to inquire about the Hajj 2017, expenditures/funds etc.
 
5.         The Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony informed the Committee that a Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Minister of State for reassessment of all private tour operators. The Committee was also briefed by the Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs regarding issuance of Mujalma Visas and matters relating with them. He said that the Mujalma Visas were issued by the Embassy of Saudi Arabia on its discretionary authority.  He further informed that Saudi Arabia Government had offered 5000 Mujalma Visas to Government of Pakistan, which were regretted due to shortage of time for necessary arrangements at Saudia. However, a request was made to Saudia Government for enhancement of said numbers of Visas in Hajj 2018 quota.
 
6.         While considering the matter regarding problems being faced by the Hujjaj who were travelling from Quetta by Pakistan International Airline (PIA). The Secretary informed that these problems were occurred due to mismanagement of PIA. The Committee decided that Civil Aviation would be called in its next meeting to discuss the future planning for Hajj 2018. The Committee recommended that Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony will provide the details of last 03 years hardship Hajj quota issued on the recommendations of the Members of the National Assembly.
 
7.                     Meeting was attended by Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Ms. Shahid Akhtar Ali, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Religions Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony.


NationalAssembly Standing Committee on on Inter Provincial Coordination Met today - October 23, 2017

Islamabad the 23rd October, 2017. A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Pakistan Sports Board, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA, for comprehensive briefing on National Internship Programme, Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association and Pakistan Hockey Federation etc. 

2.    The Director General, National Internship Programme briefed the Committee about the aims and objectives of the programme in detail. This programme has been assigned to the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination since September, 2014.  He informed the Committee that NIP has successfully offered almost 100,000 Internships during the years 2007 to 2012 to the un-employed educated youth of the country, with an amount of Rs.12 billion incurred on account of payment of stipend to these interns. He further apprised the Committee that currently NIP is also the executing agency of the Prime Minister’s Youth Training Scheme. This scheme was approved at the cost of Rs.23.5 billion for consecutive financial years 2015 to 2017 which has now been proposed to be revised upwards to Rs.26.6 billion. The scheme has been carried out with the objective to enhance the capacity and employability of educated youth for their better professional career. The NIP conducts online verification of educational degrees from HEC etc. and CNIC verification from NADRA and then scrutinize the same as per approved criteria. About 50,000 thousand interns are hired under the operations of this scheme each year.  The amount of the stipend paid to the interns has been enhanced from Rs.12000/- to 15000/- per month. The Committee recommended that the communication system adopted for online registration of the candidates for Prime Minister’s Youth Scheme should be evolved specially in far flung areas of Balochistan. The Committee also recommended that an evaluation form for Prime Minister’ Youth Training Scheme should also be initiated in which the data of successful interns who got the jobs and also a column should be added in which the income of the parents of the candidates may be mentioned to make the process more transparent.    

3.         The Co-Chairman, Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association briefed the Committee that PBSA has been instrumental in arranging for employment of players in various department and corporation. Moreover, PBSA has established Snooker Academies at Faisalabad Agricultural University and at the Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad which have been a nursery for discovering talent and honing the skills of established players. PBSA has successfully organized several international, regional and national championships. He further briefed the Committee that despite of the financial constraints, the Pakistani players have won 46 medals in which about 60 countries were participating. The Minister for IPC directed the concerned to provide the rooms to PBSA in Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad for enhancing their activities in the Capital. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of IPC should revive the annual and special grant of PBSA at least to the previous level.       
4.         The Ministry of IPC apprised the Committee that the financial rules of Pakistan Hockey Federation have been formulated and submitted before the Ministry of Finance for its approval. The Representative, Asian Games briefed the Committee that 18th Asian Games will be held at Jakarta & Palembang (Indonesia). Pakistan participated in 24 disciplines in 17th Asian Games and got 05 medals. The Committee suggested that a financial consultant may be hired for formulating the required demands in the upcoming budget. 

5.         The Meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Dr. Mahreen Razzaque Bhutto, Mr. Rafique Ahmed Jamali, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Engineer Muhammad Usman Badiani and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani MNAs, Minister and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, DG, National Internship Programme, Co-Chairman, Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association, Secretary, PHF and representative of Asian Games also.


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change Meets - October 20, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 20th October, 2017 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee briefed by Focal Person on Green Pakistan Project. The Committee recommended that third party evaluation and monitoring policy / mechanism should prepare in this regard. The Committee also expressed its concerns over cutting the precious trees on the embassy road Islamabad and also recommended to take strict action against those who are involved into it.

2.       The Standing Committee briefed by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) regarding updated working policy of growing seeds. The Committee recommended that Climate Resilient Policy should be prepared in this respect.

3.       The Standing Committee also briefed on the report of addition of the Poisonous Substance to water in the Rawal Dam, Islamabad. The Committee showed dissatisfaction over the briefing regarding Rawal Dam Islamabad and recommended that all departments related to this issue should present a combined report on the same.

4.       Members who attended the meeting Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Chiarman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Mst. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA, Mr. Maiza Hameed, MNA and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research Meets - October 20, 2017

            Tharparker, the 20th October, 2017:  The Meeting / visits of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 10:30 a.m.at Pakistan Council of Research Water Resources, field station, Mithi, Tharparker under the chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

 

2.         The Director Incharge, Pakistan Council of Research and Water Resources (PCRWR) briefed the Committee about the creation and functioning of the Department. He informed that the Department is working to carry out a comprehensive survey to document the existing status of water resources management and agriculture activities.  He also informed that the project purpose is to identify fresh groundwater pocket in Thar area using geophysical method and also to develop and modify existing rainwater harvesting techniques.

3.         The Committee appreciated the efforts made by the PCRWR and recommended for more improvement and efficiency in the project. The Committee recommended that Ministry may provide more funds to PCRWR for the enhancement of the project.

4.         The Committee visited various sections of PCRWR, Check Dam for Rain Water Harvesting, Nangarparker and Thar Coal Project, Chachro.

 

5.         Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, and Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research and its attached departments.


NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets - October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017.The Standing Committee on Defence Production met today i.e 19th October, 2017 under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad.
2. The Committee Members were briefed by the Managing Director, National Radio Telecommunication Company (NRTC) regarding its products especially Information & Technology sector. He informed that NRTC would be the first manufacturer of laptop and tablets in Pakistan. He told that under Sales Tax Act 1990, FBR has not provided any exemption to NRTC, likewise there was no exemption to the Income Tax of NRTC in Income Tax Ordinance, 2001. He added that there was no exemption on the import of equipment, material, etc.. He stated that NRTC occupies, the sensitive nature of its business concerning national security and the fact that its primary objective was to provide goods and services to the armed forces of Pakistan and law enforcement agencies. He apprised the Committee that in the interest of national security NRTC should be provided relief/exemption for strengthening of its manufacturing of various products within Pakistan. 
3. The representatives from Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) were also present in the meeting. The Committee unanimously recommended that NRTC representatives and FBR officers will further coordinate to resolve the issue. It was also decided that FBR will response to the Committee within 30 days in this regard.
4. The Committee deferred agenda item No.II related to DEPO on the request of the Ministry of Defence Production.
5. Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Chudhary Hamid Hameed, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Ms. Asyia Nasir, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the MoDP, NRTC & TDAP.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security & Research meets - October 19, 2017

Karachi, the 19th October, 2017:The meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 10:30 a.m. in the office of Department of Plant Protection, Jinnah Avenue, Malir Halt, Karachi under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.
 
2. The Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research briefed the Committee about the performance of the Ministry and its attached Department. The Committee was also briefed about the following Bill:-
    a. “National Food Safety, Animal and plant Health Regulatory Authority Bill, 2017
            After detail deliberation on the Bill, the Committee decided to defer the Bill on the request of Ministry.
3.  The Committee was briefed about the implementation of recommendations which were made in its meeting held on 20th and 21st February, 2017. The Committee was satisfied on Ministry’s performance regarding implementation of recommendations. The Committee also emphasizes to take quick actions on their recommendations.
4.  Director General, Department of Plant Protection also briefed the Committee about the Performance of “Department of Plant Protection”. It was informed that Department is working on the Registration of  Pesticide and its Regulations, Plant Quarantine, Aerial Wing, Locust Survey Control & Standardization and Import of Pesticides. 
 
5. Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad, Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti,Pir Shafqat Hussain Jilani, Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani and Dr.Fouzia Hameed, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research and its attached departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communication meets - October 19, 2017

Islamabad(                              ) Charging of high prices and selling of low quality things on the Motorway may be stopped forthwith. And M-9 may be brought to the level of other Motorways. These directions were passed by Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications. The Committee was informed that high rates are being charged on the Motorways. Similarly, several things, especially, the food items related to chicken and beef are of below standard. The Standing Committee directed NHA to take action and stop such practices and report back to the Committee. Moreover, the Standing Committee was informed that those facilities on M-9 are not available which are available on M-2 and other Motorways. People are making entry points without permission and use M-9. The Standing Committee recommended that M-9 may also be brought to the general standards of Motorways.
    The Committee was briefed that several new Highways and Motorways have been constructed in the area of Sindh and Balochistan. But Motorway Police could not be deployed on newly constructed Highways and Motorways because Finance Division did not approve the necessary funds. The Committee took serious notice of it and directed that Communications Division should properly follow the case and solve it within a month, otherwise, both the Finance Division and the Establishment Division will be called to attend the meeting to explain that why they failed to perform their duties. The Committee observed that the CPEC is about to complete but the Communications Division is still in need of more time to organize its work force to look after the Motorways. The Standing Committee recommended that special interest may be shown in this regard. The Committee was informed that no road signs have been placed on Lyari Expressway and Northern Bypass. The Committee directed NHA to properly perform its duties. Similarly, it was informed that the rise in the pay and allowances of Motorway Police is less than that of the Provincial Police. So, no one is ready to come on deputation from the Provincial force. The Standing Committee directed that the pay and allowances of the employees of National Highways and Motorway should be enhanced as per approval and direction of Prime Minister of Pakistan.
     The meeting was held in the Headquarter of National Highways and Motorway Police, G-13/3, Islamabad. The meeting was presided over by Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications, Mr. Muhammad MuzammilQureshi and attended by Minister of State for Communications Mr. Muhammad Anwer Chaudhary, Members National Assembly Mr. SaleemRehman, Engineer Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Mrs. NaseemaHafeezPanezai, Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. ShahjehanMunirMangrio, Chairman, NHA Mr. ShahidTarar and many senior Civil Officers.
 


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges meets - October 19, 2017

Islamabad, 19th October, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhamamd Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.  The Committee pended the Questions of Privileges raised by Rana Muhamamd Afzal khan, Mr.Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Ms.Shazia Marri, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani and Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, MNAs.

3.  On the amendment moved by Dr.Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA the Committee unanimously decided that after taking in writing by Dr.Azra, as per Rules, Dr.Nafeesa Shah, MNA would be invited on this agenda in the next meeting of the Committee as a Mover on the amendment in Rule 122 and 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

4.  While taking suo-moto against Vice Chancellor of the University named (Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture Multan), regarding not properly inviting Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, in the Seminar on Promotion of Oil Seeds & IPM in Cotton 2017 held on 7th October, 2017, the Committee unanimously directed that the Vice Chancellor should attend the next meeting of the Committee in this regard.

5.  On the complaint of Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, MNA regarding not-giving the time of meeting by President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) to the Hon. Member, the Committee took suo moto of it and directed that the President, ZTBL should attend the next meeting of the Committee in this regard.

6.  On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Ayesha Gulalai, MNA, the Committee directed that in the next meeting of the Committee, only FIA should report to the Committee in the said matter. The Chairman, PTA is not required to attend the next meeting on the said matter yet.

7.  On the matter regarding issuance of Gratis Passports to the Spouses of Ex.MNAs, the Committee unanimously that the Gratis Passports should be given to the Spouses of Ex.MNAs.

8.  The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 29-9-2017.

9.  The meeting was attended by Ch. Khadim Hussain, Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Rana Muhamamd Afzal Khan, Ms. Shazia Marri, Ms.Naeema Kishwar Khan MNAs/Movers.

 


NA Standing Committee on Ports & Shipping meets - October 19, 2017

October 19, 201. A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping was held at KPT Head Office today which was attended by all the committee members as well as the Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo under the chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah. The agenda of the meeting was to confirm minutes of previous meeting held on 7th September 2017, to discuss and present report on starred question number 44 moved by Dr. Arif Alvi regarding the encroachment in Chinna Creek related to KPT which was referred to the Standing Committee on 10th August 2017, to present report of sub-committee of Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping under the Convenership of MNA Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, to take steps on the recommendations made by the Standing Committee during meeting held on 4th May 2016 for checking the dumping of waste in sea waters and their impact on marine life. During the meeting the Committee was informed that 480 million gallons of waste is daily dumped in sea.

The report of the Sub-Committee was presented by Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani (Convener) which was endorsed/approved by the Committee. During the proceedings of the Committee meeting, the federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo also informed the members of the committee about the vigilant Port Security Force squad of KPT patrolling the encroached land and the steps that the port has taken so far to thwart the encroachment from the Chinna Creek area in line with the prevailing rules and regulations of government. With regards to the dumping of waste in sea waters, he further informed the Committee that this can be resolved through recycling of the waste falling in sea waters through various culverts of the city and work in this regard is already underway and that meetings with Governor Sindh and Chief Minister for K-IV project has taken place and that Chairman KPT Mumtaz Ali Shah has also met Governor Sindh recently in this regard.

It was decided to call all the stakeholders, the Provincial Governments of Sindh and Balochistan, Marine Fisheries Department, the departments of Fisheries and Ports in the next meeting to resolve the pollution issues amicably. Moreover, the issues pertaining to territorial waters jurisdictions will be discussed in the next meeting. It was also decided that a PAC sub-committee headed by Dr. Arif Alvi is already working on this issue and its report will be taken into consideration by the Standing Committee in its next scheduled meeting.

Besides the Minister for Maritime Affairs, Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, the MNAs Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Mehr Ishtiaque Ahmed, Ms Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms Shaheen Shafique, Ms Rumina Khursheed Alam, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodhla, Mr Khalil George, Mir Amir Ali Khan Magsi, Mr. Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Dr. Arif Alvi (Mover) and Secretary Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Senior Officers of Ministry and KPT attended the meeting.

 


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training meets - October 18, 2017

Islamabad, the 18th October, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Committee Room of Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, “C” Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. The Committee took serious notice of the closure of the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad from last two weeks due to protest of students of the University. The Committee recommended to the Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University to reopen the University from tomorrow in order to save the ongoing semester of the students. The Committee further asked the Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University to redress the justifiable demands of the students and take serious action against the students who are involved in serious crimes at the University. The Committee also recommended that the local administration, Islamabad should cooperate with the University Administration in providing security cover against the miscreants and maintaining law and order situation in the University.

2.    The Committee also discussed the issues of Federal Urdu University, Islamabad and asked the Vice Chancellor of the said University to attend the upcoming Senate meeting and face the alleged allegations leveled by the Senate of the said university against you.

3.    The meeting was attended by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Asyia Naz Tanoli, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Dr. Imran Khattak, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali and Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.
 


NA Standing Committees on Parliamentary Affairs meets - October 17, 2017

Islamabad; October 17, 2017: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

The Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee about the functioning and working of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. He informed that that Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs was created in 2012, after bifurcation of its business from the Ministry of Law and Justice. He added that Public Affairs and Grievance Wing was transferred from Prime Minister’s Office to Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs on 11.06.2013.

He further apprised the Committee that Ministry of Parliamentary Affair was playing vital role amongst the organs of the state, namely, the executive and legislature with the objective of holding sessions of the parliament, leading to smooth passage of Law, including summoning and prorogation of both the houses of the Parliament, introduction of Bills, transmission of Bills between the Houses and seeking assent of the President to notify enactments.

The Committee considered the “The Representation of the people (Amendment) Act, 2016”. The Additional Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan informed the Committee that subject clauses have already been incorporated in the Election Act, 2017. Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA/mover of the Committee withdraws the Bill. The Committee directed the ECP for comprehensive briefing on the Election Act, 2017 in its next meeting. The Committee also recommended that PIA management would be called in the next meeting to discuss the problems being faced by the Parliamentarians.

The Committee directed the ECP to brief the Committee with regard to delimitation process in its next meeting. The Committee also directed to ECP for the training their Returning Officers (ROs) and District Returning Officers (DROs). The Committee was informed by the Additional Secretary, ECP that 50 newly appointed officers/officials would be joined ECP, shortly.

Malik Ihtebar Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Saman Sultana Jafri, Sayed Essa Nori and Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - October 17, 2017

Islamabad; October, 2017: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 
 

    The Committee unanimously recommended that “The Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2017” as introduced in the National Assembly may be passed.
 

     The Committee unanimously recommended that the following Bills may not be passed by the Assembly.
 

i)                   The National Conflict of Interest Bill, 2016 (moved by Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA)
ii)                 The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr. Fauzia Hameed, MNA)
 

    The Committee expressed strong displeasure over the unnecessary delay in separation of PIMS from Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad and directed that CA&DD may take stringent measures to resolve the issue within one month and report back to the Committee. The Committee further directed that M/o State for CA&DD may hold a meeting to call off the strike of PIMS employees as patients were suffering badly due to non availability of Doctors in OPD.
 

    The Committee also directed that PIMS may take affective measures to restart the Lever Transplant Center, PIMS at the earliest and report to the Committee within one month.
 

    The Committee expressed concern over the issue of affectees of Nurseries and non-payment of compensation amount to the affectees of Land and directed that CDA may take stringent measures to stream line its system to address the grievances of the affectees properly. The Committee therefore, constituted a four members Sub-Committee headed by Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA to examine the pertaining issues of CDA.   
 

    The meeting was attended by Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, MNA Mr. Asad Umar, MNA Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, MNA Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA and movers Dr. Fauzia Hameed, MNA & Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA Maj and Secretaries of Establishment Division, CA&DD, and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


NA Standing Commitee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan meets - October 16, 2017

قومی اسمبلی کی قائمہ کمیٹی برائے امور کشمیر اور گلگت بلتستان کا اجلاس

 

            قومی اسمبلی کی قائمہ کمیٹی برائے امور کشمیر اور گلگت بلتستان کا 33 واں اجلاس چیئرمین  ملک ابرار احمد کی صدارت میں OLD PIPS HALL پارلیمینٹ لاجز ،اسلام آبادمیں منعقد ہوا۔

          دوران اجلاس اپنے افتتاحیہ کلمات میں چیئرمین نے کمیٹی کی نئی ممبر ڈاکٹر شازیہ ثوبیہ کی شمولیت پر ان کوخوش آمدید کہتے ہوئے مبارکباد پیش کی اور امید ظاہر کی کہ وہ کمیٹی کی کار روائیوں میں اپنی مکمل صلاحیتوں کے ساتھ بھرپور حصہ لیں گی۔ چئرمین نے مزید کہا کہ ہماری موجودہ میٹنگ کمیٹی کی گزشتہ میٹنگ اور سکردو / بلتستان ڈیویژنکے دورے کا تسلسل ہے جس میں ست پارہ ڈیم اور گلگت سکردو روڈ کی اہمیت اور ان سے متعلق مسائل کی نشاندہی کی گئی تھی  اور اس ضمن میں وزارت کو ہدایات دی گئی تھیں کہ وہ متعلقہ اداروں سے مل کر تمام معاملات کا جائزہ لیں اور اپنی سفارشات اور پراگریس سے آئندہ میٹنگ میں کمیٹی کو آگاہ کریں۔ آج کی میٹنگ میں سیکریٹری واٹر اینڈ پاور گلگت بلتستان نے اس سلسلے میں ہونے والی پیش رفت سے آگاہ کیا۔  سیکریٹری وزارت  نے بتایا کہ کمیٹی کی ہدایات کو مد نظر رکھتے ہوئے گلگت بلتستان حکومت اور واپڈا کے حکام کے درمیان ست پارہ ڈیم سے متعلق تمام مسائل کو ایک فریم ورک کے زریعے حل کر دیا گیا ہے اور آئندہ 6 ماہ کے اندر ست پارہ ڈیم پروجیکٹ مکمل طور پر گلگت بلتستان حکومت کے حوالے کر دیا جائے گا۔ جس پر  چیئر مین نے کمیٹی کے ارکان اور موجود افسروں کی کوششوں کو سراہا اور مزید ہدایت کی کہ اس سلسلے میں پیش رفت سے کمیٹی کو آگاہ رکھا جائے اور کسی قسم کی کوتاہی و لا پرواہی سے گریز کیا جائے کیونکہ پراجیکٹ عدم توجہی کی وجہ سے پہلے ہی علاقے کے عوام کافی نقصان اٹھا چکےہیں اور ایک قومی اثاثہ زوال پزیر تھا۔

3.         ایجنڈہ آئیٹم نمبر 3 کے حوالے سے این ایچ اے کے نمائندے نے  گلگت۔ سکردو  روڈ کی تعمیر سے متعلق تفصیلی بریفنگ دی  جس کے مطابق جولائی 2017   سےسڑک کی تعمیر کا باقائدہ آغاز ہو چکا ہے اور اس کا کنٹریکٹ فرنٹئیر ورکس آرگنائیزیشن کو دیا جا چکا ہے جو اسے 164 کلو میٹر طویل  سڑک  31 بلین کی لاگت سے جولائی 2020 تک مکمل کر لے گی۔  انھوں نے مزید بتایا کہ اس سڑک کی چوڑائی 40 فٹ ہو گی جس میں دونوں جانب 8 فٹ شولڈرز رکھے جائیں گے جہاں ٹریفک 90 اور 60 کلومیٹر فی گھنٹہ کی رفتار سے سفر کر سکے گی۔ ممبران کی طرف سے سڑک کے ڈیزائن کو مزید بہتر بنانے کے لئے مفید تجاویز دی گئیں تاہم چئیر مین صاحب نے ہدایت کی کہ سڑک کی تعمیر میں تکنیکی مسائل کو مد نظر رکھنا چاہیے اور ترقی یافتہ  ممالک میں پہاڑی علاقوں میں بنائی جانے والی سڑکوں سے متعلق تجربات  اور  بین الاقوامی میعارات سے استفادہ اٹھانے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔  

4.         سیکریٹری وزارت کشمیر اور گلگت بلتستان  پیر بخش جمالی صاحب نے  کمیٹی کی ہدایت پر رٹھوعہ ہریام  پل کی تعمیر کے سلسلے میں پراگریس سے آگاہ کرتے ہوئے بتایا کہ وزیر اعظم پاکستان نے پل سے متعلق اضافی تخمینے کی منظوری دے دی ہے اور چین کی ایک فرم سے سٹیل بریج بنوایا جا رہا ہے جو انشا ء اللہ مارچ 2018 تک مکمل ہو جائے گا۔ جس کے بعد اسے عام لوگوں کی سہولت کے لئے کھول دیا جائے گا۔ انھوں نے مزید نیلم ویلی میں نوسہری روڈ اور کرن بائی پاس سڑکوں کی جلد تعمیر سے متعلق کمیٹی کی طرف سے  ہدایات جاری کرنے کی سفارش کی جس پر چیئرمین نے ریمارکس دیے کہ اس سے متعلق فیصلہ و سفارشات ہم اپنے آئندہ  مجوزہ اجلاس جو کہ آزاد کشمیر، نیلم ویلی میں ہو گا میں مکمل بریفنگ اور علاقے کا دورہ کرنے کے بعد کریں گے۔

5.         اجلاس کے اختتام پر دہشت گردوں کی طرف سے کرم ایجنسی میں بارودی سرنگ میں دھماکے کے نتیجے میں شہید ہونے والے کیپٹن حسنین، سپاہی جمعہ گل ، سعید باز اور قادر خان  اس کے علاوہ گزشتہ ماہ سے  لائن آف کنٹرول پر بھارت کی طرف سے بلا اشتعال فائرنگ کے نتیجے میں  شہید ہونے والے سویلن اور فوجی جوانوں کے خاندانوں کے ساتھ اظہار یک جہتی کیا گیا اور ان کے ایصال ثواب کے لیے فاتحہ خوانی کی گئی اور اس عزم کا اظہار کیا گیا کہ پاکستانی عوام اپنے تمام دشمنوں کے خلاف پاک فوج کے ساتھ کھڑی ہے۔  جو دشمن کے ناپاک عزائم کو ملیا میٹ کرنے کے لئے پورے عزم و حوصلے سے برسر پیکار ہیں۔

6.         آخرمیں چیئرمین صاحب نے ممبران اور افسران   جنہوں نے کارروائی میں شرکت کی اور بھرپور حصہ لینے  پر  ان کا شکریہ ادا کیا۔

         اجلاس میں کمیٹی کے ممبران: میجر ریٹائرڈ طاہر اقبال، چوہدری عابد رضا،  سردار ممتاز خان، ڈاکٹر شازیہ ثوبیہ، جناب ناصر خان خٹک، جناب سید وسیم حسین، مولوی آغا محمد، جناب جنید اکبر، جناب خلیل جارج اور محترمہ شمس النساء   اور وزارت کے سیکریٹری اور اعلی افسران نے شرکت کی 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice Meets - October 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th October, 2017; 42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA.

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

3. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 26-07-2017.

4. The Committee considered the Bills on “The National Accountability Ordinance (Amendment) Bill, 2015” {Omission of Section 28, Ordinance XVIII of 1999} (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, MNA) and “The National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2016” {Amendment of Sections 6,25,26,31B and 33D, Ordinance XVIII of 1999) (Moved by Dr. Arif Alvi, MNA) and decided that the Bills may be referred to the Hon. Speaker for its approval to transmit the same to the Parliamentary Committee on NAB for its consideration. “The Constitution Amendment Bill 2015” {Amendment of Article 63, insertion of Article 63-B} (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Raza Hayat Harraj, MNA) and “The holders of Public Exchequer (Accountability) Bill, 2015” {Repeal of NAB Ordinance 1999} (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Raza Hyat Harraj, MNA) due to non-availability of Hon. Mover, the Committee unanimously decided that the Bills may not be passed by the National Assembly. The Committee considered “The National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2016 {Amendment of Sections 5,25,27,33B,33C and 36, Ordinance XVIII of 1999} (Moved by Mr. Imran Zafar Laghari, MNA) as the Hon. Mover has withdrawn the bill, hence, the Committee unanimously decided that the Bill may not be passed by the National Assembly.

5. The Committee considered the “The Constitution (Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2017. After detailed deliberations the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. Hon. Members/MNAs, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Qadri and Ms. Aisha Syed submitted their note of dissent and did not satisfy with the amendments proposed in the Bill.
 6.     The Committee considered the “The Constitution (Twenty-ninth Amendment) Bill, 2017. After detailed deliberations the Committee deferred the Bill for its re-consideration in its next Committee meeting.

7. The Committee considered the “The Supreme Court and High Court (Extension of Jurisdiction to Federally Administrated Tribal Areas) Bill, 2017. After detailed deliberations the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly with amendments that the expression “Islamabad Capital Territory” where ever occur will be substituted by the “Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” and the expression “Islamabad High Court” where ever occur will be substituted by the “Peshawar High Court Peshawar”.

8.The Committee considered “The Legal Practitioners and Bar Council (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2017” (Amendment in Article 5) (Moved by Mr. Kishwer Zehra, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the National Assembly unanimously.

9. Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover/Special Invitee Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Kiran Haider, Mr. Shahab-ud-Din Khan, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, Ms. Aisha Syed, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi and Minister for Law and Justice attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


NA Standing Committees on Narcotics Control, Privatization and Postal Services meets - October 11, 2017

            Meetings for the election  of the  Chairmen of the Standing Committees on Narcotics Control, Privatization and Postal Services were held today on 11th October, 2017 at 01:30—02:00 p.m, in Committee Room No. 02, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 

2.         The meetings commenced with recitation of Holy Quran. Mr. Qamar Sohail Lodhi, Acting Secretary National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the Honorable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman/Chairperson. The following MNAs were elected as Chairmen of the Committees mentioned against each:-
 

SL #

NAME OF STANDING COMMITTEE

NAME OF CHAIRMEN

1.

Narcotics Control

Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja

2.

Privatization

Syed Imran Ahmad Shah

3.

Postal Services

Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan

 
3.         The Acting Secretary congratulated the newly elected Chairmen on behalf of the Honorable Speaker and Secretary National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured them of full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committees under the supervision of the Honorable Speaker.
 
4.         The meetings were attended by the Members concerned of the said Standing Committees and seniors officers from National Assembly Secretariat.  


NA Standing Committees on Postal Services meet - October 11, 2017

Islamabad the 11st October, 2017:  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Postal Services was held on 11th October, 2017 at 2:00 p.m in the Committee Room No. 5, Parliament House, Islamabad for the election of its Chairman.

2.         The meeting of the Committee commenced with recitation of the Holy Quran. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the members and briefed them about the procedure of election of Chairman/Chairperson.

3.         Ch. Khadim Hussain, MNA proposed the name of Syed Iftakhar-ul-Hasan, MNA as the Chairman of the Standing Committee. Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, MNA seconded it. Since no other member was proposed so Syed Iftakhar-ul-Hasan, MNA was elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Postal Services.

4.         Syed Iftakhar-ul-Hasan, MNA/Chairman was invited to chair the meeting. He thanked all the members of the Committee for electing him as Chairman. He assured his full support & co-operation with the Committee members in good faith of the Country.

5.         The following members Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Ch. Khadim Hussain, Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, Mr. Shah Jehan Baloch, Ms. Shahida Rehmani and Ms. Aisha Syed were present in the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Meets - October 10, 2017

59th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 10th October, 2017, in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

Agenda No. 1
i).                 Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 28-09-2017
Agenda No. 2
i)                  To consider “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) (Referred on 24-11-2015)
ii).                To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) (Referred on 07-03-2017).
iii).               To consider “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) (Referred on 19-09-2017)
iv).               To consider “The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 07-08-2017).
v).                To consider “The Establishment of Federal Bank for Cooperatives and Regulations of Cooperative Banking (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 17-08-2017).
v).                To consider “The House Building Finance Corporation (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 22-08-2017).
Agenda No. 3
i).                  Briefing by Governor State Bank of Pakistan on “The State of Pakistan’s Economy”.
ii).                Briefing by the Governor State Bank of Pakistan regarding problems being faced by the importer and exporter for opening of LC between Pakistan and Iran.
iii).               Briefing by the Chairman Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Governor SBP regarding the legal/illegal transfer of investment in real estate sector of United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the Pakistanis and actions taken by concerned department sin this regard.
iv).               Briefing by the Chairman Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) on current situation in stock market.
v).                Briefing by the Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on the targets achieved by the FBR during last fiscal year 2016-17.
vi).               To discuss the anomalies in Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) valuation tables with regard to the property tax its remedies and impact of section 236-W (Income tax Act, 2016).
vii).              To discuss the Bank strategy regarding ruling of apex court decision in favor of pensioners to cost National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Rs. 47.7 Billion. (Briefing by President NBP).
ii).               
 

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 28-09-2017.
 

3.            The Committee discussed the matter pertaining to legal/illegal transfer of investment in real estate sector of United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the Pakistanis. A Member of the Committee reiterated that US$ 8 Billion has been transferred in UAE by the Pakistani residents or overseas Pakistanis. The Chairman FBR informed the Committee that FBR had already taken action in this regard by sending a letter to the counterpart in Dubai for investigating matter. He further added that model agreement was under process, which would be signed, shortly.  The Committee decided to constitute a 03-Members Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, MNA, to look into the said issue.
 

4.            While considering the matter regarding the issues being faced by real estate sector, it was pointed out by the Chairman, ABAD and President Pakistan Real Investment Forum (PREIF) that certain anomalies have existed in the valuation of immovable property in various areas of Pakistan. They were of the view that said anomalies were hindering genuine real estate transactions. Chairman, FBR acknowledged that anomalies in certain areas existed. He assured the Committee that necessary action will be taken in 2 -3 weeks to rectify these anomalies with the consultation of stakeholders. It was also pointed out by the real estate stakeholders that those investors, who use banking channels for real estate transactions upto full market value of property were facing harassment from various government departments. However, Chairman FBR stated that such harassment, if any, will not be allowed in real estate transaction for the better interest of the investors. The Committee recommended that upper limit should be removed, which was imposed in Income Tax Act, 2016 (Section 236-W).   
 

5.            The Deputy Governor State Bank of Pakistan briefed the Committee about the process of LC between Pakistan and Iran. He said that Cabinet has already approved the matter, however, the delay was at the part of Government of Iran. The Committee directed to expedite the matter for the better interest of the country. The Deputy Governor SBP assured that it would be decided on priority basis.
 

6.            The President, NBP informed the Committee about the financial impact, workout by the Actuaries of Pension Scheme up till 31st December, 2016, which was Rs. 47.7 Billion including in service beneficiaries as well as retired employees of the Bank. He further informed that impact of the court decision will also have adverse effect on the foreign operation of the Bank. He added the Bank was also planning for opening a branch in China and for this purpose Bank should be equivalent to US$ 15 Billion (PKR 1.6 Trillion). However, the revised ratio will not be able to meet the stated minimum leverage ratio and CAR requirements. He also informed the Committee that Bank has decided to file review petition in this regard. The Committee Members have shown their concerns on the policies of the NBP, however, appreciated the role of present management for putting their efforts to make the things on right directions.
 

7.           The Chairman FBR informed the Committee that FBR has achieved the targets upto Rs. 3368 Billion during last fiscal year. He also informed the Committee that FBR has achieved its first quarter targets for the year 2017-18.  The Committee appreciated the role of Chairman FBR in this regard. The Acting Chairman SECP briefed the Committee about the current situation in stock market. He said being a regulator SECP was closely watching the situation in market by protecting the investors.
 

8.            The Committee considered “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) and “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA). The Committee decided to defer the agenda for next meeting.
 

9.            Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan and Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs attend the meeting besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, Ministry of Law & Justice, FBR, SECP, FIA, SBP and NBP.


Standing Committee on Science and Techonology meets - October 9, 2017

The Standing Committee on Science and Technology discussed the “The National University of Technology Bill, 2017” in detail, and proposed amendments in the Bill. The Committee therefore, unanimously recommended that the said Bill as amended by the Committee may be passed. The Standing Committee on Science and Technology met today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA.

The Committee considered “The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (Amendment) Bill 2017” (moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA) and deferred it till next meeting for further discussion.

The Committee also considered the report of the Sub-Committee constituted under the Convenership of Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, MNA to finalize amendments on “The Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies Bill, 2016”. The Committee appreciated the efforts of the Sub-Committee for finalizing report on the subject Bill in short span of time. The Committee directed that Secretary M/o Science and Technology may hold a meeting with all stakeholders to built a consensus on the amended draft of the Bill to remove lacunas, if any so that Committee could considered them accordingly. The Committee therefore, deferred the report on the Bill till its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by the following Members; Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Ms. Shazia Mubassar, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Sajid Ahmad, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai.


Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) meets - October 6, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - October 5, 2017

Islamabad; October 5, 2017: Standing Committee on Energy has recommended change of nomenclature of Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) to Pakistan Power Infrastructure Board in view of the mandate assigned to the PPIB to process specified public sector and renewal energy projects sanctioned by the Federal Government. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad, this afternoon.

While reconsidering the Bill, the Committee agreed with the suggestion of the Power Division and incorporated a clause in PPIB (Amendment) Bill, 2017 through which the nomenclature of PPIB would be changed. The Committee deferred discussion on “The Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2017” till its next meeting in view of clarification sort by the Members of the Committee from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on certain clauses of the Bill. The Committee asked the Power Division to hold discussion with the Members of the Committee to clarify the issues. The Committee would meet on 10th October, 2017 to discuss the Bill.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Malik Ihtebar Khan, Syed Muhammad Saqlain Shah Bukhari, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich,  Mr. Shehryar Afridi,  Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Abdul Waseem, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, Additional Secretary, Power Division and Senior Officers of the concerned departments. 
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On Inter Provincial Coordination Meets Today - October 4, 2017

Islamabad the 4th October, 2017. A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA, to discuss the affairs of Pakistan Billiard & Snooker Federation and its future program.

2. The Chairman, Pakistan Billiard & Snooker Federation briefed the Committee about the aims objectives and achievements of Federation.  He told the Committee that at present the Pakistani players got (11) medals in international, regional and other championships. The Committee asked the Federation to come up with complete working papers including their requirements and deficiencies in the next meeting so that the Committee may discuss and suggest the remedial measures.  

3.The Committee suggested that the funding of the title/medal winning events should be enhanced for encouragement of the Billiard & Snooker players. The Committee also suggested that the Provincial Governments and the District Managements of all the four Provinces should be engaged for organizing the events to mobilize the youth towards Billiard & Snooker. Further, the Committee appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board for organizing the cricket matches at the level of World XI which has opened the doors for the revival of cricket and other sports activities in Pakistan.

4 The Meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmed, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan and Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi MNAs, Minister of State and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, Director General, National Internship Program, President, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), Chairman, Pakistan Billiard & Snooker Federation and Director General, Pakistan Sports Board also.
 


The NA Business Advisory Committee meets - October 2, 2017

اسلام آباد؛ 2اکتوبر ، 2017؛ ہاؤس بزنس ایڈوایزری کمیٹی کا اجلاس سپیکر قومی اسمبلی سردار ایاز صادق کی صدارت میں منعقد ہوا اجلاس میں کمیٹی کے ممبران سے قومی اسمبلی کے 47ویں اجلاس کو جاری رکھنے اور ایجنڈے کے متعلق قواعد و ضوابط طے کرنے کے لیے رائے لی گئی۔ قومی اسمبلی کے موجودہ اجلاس کو13اکتوبر تک جاری رکھنے پر اتفاق کیا گیا۔موجودہ اجلاس میں وقفہ سوالات اور دیگر قانون سازی سے متعلق اہم امور کو زیر بحث لایا جائے گا۔اجلاس میں زاہد حامد وفاقی وزیر برائے قانون و انصاف ، سید نوید قمر ممبر ، میر اعجاز حسین جاکھرانی ممبر ، غلام سرور خان ممبر ، اقبال محمد علی خان ممبر، شیخ صلاح الدین ممبر، ناصر خان ممبرنے شرکت کی


All Difficulties Can Be Overcome With The Spirit of Sacrifices and Unflinching Determination: NA Speaker - September 30, 2017

Islamabad, September  30, 2017: Speaker, National Assembly  Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged the nation to rise above parochial differences, narrow mindedness, sectarianism, ethnicity and maintain harmony, unity and brotherhood in our ranks in accordance with golden principles of Islam and follow the path of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).

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

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

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


The NA Standing Committee On Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development meets - September 29, 2017

33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was held on 29th September, 2017 at 11: a.m. in the Committee Room No. 7, Fourth Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, MNA.

2.   The Minister of State for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development assured the Committee that the possession of plots at Overseas Pakistanis Foundation Housing Scheme Block-C Zone-V Islamabad may be given to the Overseas Pakistanis with all available facilities upto March, 2018.

3.         The Committee expressed its concern over the progress of IESCO with recommendation that ongoing issues of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation with IESCO should be resolved at the earliest.

4.   The Committee recommended that the presence of Chief Commissioner Islamabad, Secretary M/o Energy, Chief Executive Officer IESCO, Chairman CDA and CEO Gulberg Greens Housing Society in next meeting regarding Overseas Pakistanis Foundation Housing Scheme Zone-V Islamabad be ensured.
 
Sheikh Salahuddin,  Mrs. Suraiya Jatoi,  Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi,  Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Sabiha Nazir,   Ch. Abid Raza, Ch. Muhammad Munir Azhar, MNAs attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.
 


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - September 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th September, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.

1.      All RESPONDENTS ON QUESTION OF PRIVILEGES SHOULD ATTEND THE MEETINGS OF THE COMMITTEE
 

The Committee unanimously decided that if any Mover who wishes to withdraw his Question of Privilege, even then the respondents should attend the meetings of the Committee and the Committee would decide about the fate of the issue.
 

2.      STATE BANK TO PREPARE A POLICYY REGARDING ISSUANCE OF CREDIT CARDS TO THE HON. PARLIAMENTARIANS

On the question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Ms.Shazia Marri, MNAs, the Committee unanimously directed the M/o Finance/State Bank to prepare a policy regarding issuance of credit cards to the Hon.Parliamentarians and report to the Committee within fifteen days.
 

3.      The Committee unanimously approved the draft report on the amendments moved by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.
 

4.      The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege moved by Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, MNA against the Chairman, National Commission for Human Rights.
 

5.      The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege moved by Sahibzada Muhammad Nazir Sultan, MNA regarding raid of Police on the his residence.
 

6.      The Committee pended the amendment moved by Dr.Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA till its next meeting.
 

7.      The Committee also pended the Question of Privileges moved by  Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Ms.Shazia Marri, Ms.Aysha Gulalai, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNAs.
 

8.      The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 20-7-2017.However, on the issue of giving new name to the new Islamabad International Airport, the Committee decided that the Aviation Division should decide into the matter.
 

9.      The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Khadim Hussain,Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Mr. Najaf Abbas Siyal, Mr.Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms.Maiza Hameed, Ms.Shagufta Jumani, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Ms.Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA/Mover.
 


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Meets - September 28, 2017

MAKHDUM KHUSRO BAKHTYAR ELECTED AS CHAIRMAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS.
 

            A meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held today to elect the new Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. 
 

2.         The proceeding started with Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao proposing the name of the Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar as Chairman of the Committee which was seconded by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan. The Chairman was elected unanimously by all Committee Members who were present representing different parties including Dr. Muhammad Farooq Sattar, Dr Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha,
 

3.         In his opening remarks the newly unanimously elected Chairman expressed his thanks and gratitude to all the members of the Committee for electing him as Chairman. 
 

4.         The Chairman and the Committee Members appreciated the active role of former Chairman Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari.
 

5.         During the meeting the Committee strongly condemned the belligerent attitude of India towards Pakistan.  The Committee also expressed deep concern over the unprovoked continuous firing along the Line of Control (LOC) causing loss of life and damage of property of the people in the area.
 

6.         The Committee further condemned the display of banners and posters against the integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan in Switzerland and termed it as violation of internationally accepted norms.    
 


NA Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Meets - September 28, 2017

Islamabad, 28th September, 2017; 44th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage was held today under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA.

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

3.       The Committee did not confirm the minutes of its previous meeting held on 20th July, 2017.

4.       It was intimated to the committee that the compliance has been made to the agenda items No 3 & 4 hence the committee decided that no further action upon these issues is required.

5.       The Committee considered the Bill “The Protection of Journalists Bill, 2014” (moved by Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred due to non-availability of Hon. Mover. The Committee also considered the Bill “The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred at the request of Ministry of Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage.

6.     The Principle Information Officer (P.I.D) briefed the Committee about the performance of the department as well as criteria of budgetary allocation of Public Sector Advertisement on Electronic and Print Media. The Committee showed its keen interest and asked many questions regarding their briefing. The Committee was not satisfied with the briefing by the Principle Information Officer (P.I.D) and recommended that it has to take steps for its improvement and best performance.

7.      The Hon. Members/MNA/Mover Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar and Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage, Chairman, PEMRA and Director General, P.I.O (P.I.D) with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training meets - September 28, 2017

Islamabad, the 28th September, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Committee Room of National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE), Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. The Committee considered “The Sir Syed- CASE (Centre for Advanced Studies in Engineering) Institute of Technology, Islamabad Bill, 2016” however deferred the said Bill with the direction to the management of the CASE Institute, Islamabad to meet the deficiencies as highlighted by the Executive Director, HEC in one month and inform the Committee accordingly.

2.         The Committee considered “The National Skills University Islamabad Bill, 2017” in detail. After detailed deliberations the Committee passed the said Bill unanimously with certain amendments.

3.         The Committee also considered the Starred Question No. 65 asked by Moulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA regarding alleged illegal recruitments made in Bacha Khan University, Charsada by the Pro-Vice Chancellor despite restricting letter issued by the Higher Education Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that all kind of recruitment process including the already advertised positions in your respective university till the appointment of the regular/new Vice Chancellor. The incumbent Vice Chancellor of Bacha Khan University, Charsada informed the Committee that the information provided to the Committee during its meeting held on 20th June, 2017 by the Additional Registrar and Acting Director QEC was not correct and submitted to the Committee without his approval. Whereupon, the Committee directed the Executive Director, HEC to conduct an inquiry in the alleged illegal recruitments in the said university and submit report to the Committee within one month accordingly.

4.         The Vice Chancellor of Sargodha University briefed the Committee over the agenda points regarding annual budget for Financial Year 2016-17 and affiliation of sub-campuses and colleges with Sargodha University in detail. He informed that around 200 colleges affiliated with Sargodha University has been declared null and void on not meeting the requirements/standards set by the HEC. The Committee directed the Vice Chancellor Sargodha University to take action against the sub-campuses of the Sargodha University who are not fulfilling the minimum requirements set by the HEC. 

5.         The Committee also discussed the issue of NCHD Employees regarding their regularization and service structure at length. The Committee strongly recommended that the M/o Education and NCHD should look into the issues of NCHD Employees and resolve within two months and submit report to the Committee accordingly.

6.         The meeting was attended by Dr. Zulfiqar Bhatti, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali MNAs and Moulana Muhammad Gohar Shah MNA/mover of the question and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Meets - September 28, 2017

The Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh at 11:45 a.m, at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry for discussion on the following Agenda:

1.      Confirmation of minutes of pervious meeting of the Committee held on 14Th July, 2017.
2.      Discussion on the problems being faced by the exporters/stakeholders/industiralists with Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank o Pakistan and National Bank of Pakistan.
3.      Discussion on the issue of differential of income tax between commercial and industrial importers.
4.      Briefing by Chairman FBR on the status of refunds for exproters till date.
5.      Discussion about the audit criteria defined by the Federal Board of Revenue for industries.
6.      Briefing on China Pakistan Economic Corridor Industrial Zone.
 

Mr. Majid Raza Bhutta, President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry has warmly welcomed the members of the Standing Committee and Senior Officers from Ministry of Finance, Federal Board of Revenue, Ministry of Industries, State Bank of Pakistan, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms. He appreciated the role of the said Committee for supporting the business community and he also admired the services of concerned Officers of Federal Board of Revenue and State Bank of Pakistan.

The President Chamber  highlighted the issues being faced by the business community regarding refunds and rebates and audit criteria defined by the Federal Board of Revenue for Industries. However, Mr. Rehmatullah Wazir, a Senior Representative of FBR replied that Federal Board of Revenue had released 50 (B) Rupees during 2016 in shape of refund claims and rebate. He added that this year (in the first quarter) FBR has already released an amount of PKR 40(B) in this regard. The Committee unanimously recommended that matters pertaining to refunds/rebate should be resolved on priority basis. While considering the issue of the differential of income tax between commercial and industrial importers, the committee once again recommended that same should be resolved as per the earlier recommendations/directions of the committee. However, Mr. Rehmatullah Wazir informed that Government has already been implementing the recommendations of the Committee, partially.
 
The Committee unanimously recommended that export emergency should be declared in the country to control the decline in the export sector. The Committee also made a Joint Declaration wherein it was stated that concrete efforts should be made for protection and promotion of exports keeping in view the importance of export sector in the national economy and better interest of the country.

The Committee also discussed the matter regarding Industrial Zones of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Director Board of Investment briefed the committee about the implementation status with regard to the CPEC Industrial Zones. He said that initially, Government has selected 09 Economic Zones in all the provinces and Government will offer equal investment opportunities to the Chinese investors as well as investors from the World. He added that Government has lifted the ban on the commercial connections of Sui Southern Gas and Government is looking forward for supply of gas in Khairpur Economic Zone, shortly. He further apprised the committee that Provincial Governments will build basic infrastructure and Federal Government will provide Gas, Electricity etc. Mr. ShaukatKhatak, a representative from Board of Investment briefed the committee about the water supply schemes at Gawadar. He stated that Government will complete its work in this regard soon. The Committee unanimously recommended that Mr. Majid Raza Bhutta should be taken on board of the working group on industrial development, being representative from the Sialkot Business Community.

The following members attended the meeting.

Dr. ShezraMansab Ali Khan Kharral, Mian Abdul Mannan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, besides the Senior officers from Ministry of Finance, Federal Board of Revenue, State Bank of Pakistan, , President National Bank of Pakistan, Ministry of Industries, Ministry of Commerce, Board of Investment and Planning Commission of Pakistan.
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - September 28, 2017

Karachi 28th September, 2017 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Airport Security Force (ASF), Headquarter, Karachi this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair.

The Committee expressed strong displeasure that concern agencies were unable to stop the smuggling of Narcotics through PIA flights despite repeated directions due to mis-management and lack of coordination among themselves. Moreover, concern agencies were using delaying tactics to finalize inquiry reports against Narcotics smugglers which encouraging them to do so. The Committee therefore, directed that Security Incharge, PIA may be suspended immediately as he was unable to stop the frequent smuggling through PIA flights. The Committee further directed that ASF may develop proper coordination among the agencies working on similar grounds to stop the smuggling of Narcotics through National carrier which is damaging the prestige of Pakistan internationally. The Committee further directed that ASF may take stringent measures to prevent Airports from terrorists attacks.   

The meeting was attended by Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, , Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances Meets - September 28, 2017

Ministry of Finance is directed to co-operate for grant of honoraria as announced in Budget Sessions 2016-17 & 2017-18
 

The standing Committee appreciated SNGPL for timely implementation of Assurance by deploying new gas pipeline in Kunj Qadeem area of Abbottabad
 

CDA is directed to submit report for development of Sector E-12, Islamabad
 

Islamabad (               ) Chairman Standing Committee directed Ministry of Finance to cooperate in release of honoraria to staff deployed in Parliament House during budget sessions2016 and 2017-8 as per announcement of Finance Minister. Committee was briefed that different departments have not sufficient funds to pay honoraria to their staff so they are approaching Ministry of Finance to release supplementary grant but the bureaucracy of the Ministry is creating hinders. The Committee directed Ministry of Finance to review its policy and give approval to for grant of honoraria. Committee directed all relevant departments to submit report of total amount of honoraria due and paid before or in next meeting.  So that the payments could be made as soon as possible. The Chairman appreciated Pakistan Post, NTC and Telecommunication Division and all other departments who have paid honoraria to the relevant employees. Committee was briefed on completion of replacement of gas pipeline in Kunj Qadeem, Abbottabad, because residents of the area were in trouble, due to low gas pressure, since long. Moreover, Committee was told that former M.D SNGPL Abdul Rasheed Irshad was terminated without lawful authority. The committee was assured that the issue would be solved within 15 days and the dues would be paid accordingly. Committee expressed it grave concern regarding non-development of Sector E-12, Islamabad, where the development work has not been started yet. The Committee also took an in-camera briefing from CDA officials in this regard. Committee directed that chairman CDA must attend next meeting in person and give briefing and implementation report on the issue. The Standing Committee on Government Assurances directed CDA to come up with the solution of the issue and submit brief report of. The Committee directed that the CDA may submit a piece of legislation to address the hurdles being created by the from land mafia.


The meeting of the Committee was presided over by Honorable Chairman, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, MNA, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, MNA, Ms. Shehzadi Umerzadi Tiwana, MNA, Chudhary Muhammad Munir Azhar, MNA, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, MNA,Moulana Muahmmad Khan Sherani, MNA, and the mover Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA. Other Participants, who attended the meeting, were Secretary Railways Division, Secretary Cabinet Division, Secretary Aviation Division, Secretary Finance Division, CGA Accounts, MD SNGPL, Additional Secretary Interior, IGP Islamabad, Secretary Petroleum, J.S. Capital Administration Development Division (CADD), Secretary information and Broadcasting, Secretary information Technology and Telecommunications, E.D Polyclinic, Member CDA and other senior civil officers and Senior Citizens.
 
 


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NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - September 27, 2017

Karachi 27th September, 2017 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Pakistan International Airline (PIA), Headquarters, Karachi this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair.

i)            “The Health Insurance for Disabled Persons Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA)

ii)            “The Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2017(moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA)

iii)            The National Conflict of Interest Bill,2016 (moved by Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA)

The Committee deferred all the above mentioned Bills till its next meeting for further discussion.

The Committee expressed annoyance over the poor performance of PIA as it was unable to improve the performance since many years of PIA. The Committee therefore, directed that PIA may take stringent measures to compete internationally by improving the performance of PIA in order to make it viable entity.

The Committee further directed that PIA may transfer all officers working on the same post since last three years and unable to deliver properly under intimation to the Secretariat.

The Committee further directed that FIA may complete all inquiry report of PIA and fix responsibility in order to bring the culprits behind the bars.

Later,  the Committee visited Mazar-e-Quied and offered Fateha for the departed soul.

The meeting was attended by Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA,  Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, , Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, and mover of the Bill Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA, and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


The National Assembly Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - September 27, 2017

58th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform was held today on 27th September, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room No. 7, Fourth Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee showed dissatisfaction over the report submitted by the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) regarding irregular appointments in PIDE, and directed the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform to constitute an Inquiry Committee to probe the irregular appointments, and submit its report to the Committee.

The Committee directed the Ministry to submit a comprehensive report/justification regarding the need of consultancy firm parallel to NESPAK, and also ways and means to improve the performance of NESPAK.

The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA and Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Ms. Shaheen Shafiq as its members, to look into the public-related issues/grievances with PESCO, Ministry of Water Resources (WAPDA) and M/o Energy (Power Division).

The Committee decided to have a comprehensive briefing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) / Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and recommended that the benefits of such schemes must be extended across the country.

Mr. Tariq Christopher Qaiser, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Mr. Junaid Akbar and Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNAs attended the meeting, besides the officials of the concerned institutions.


NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - September 27, 2017

Islamabad; September 27, 2017: Standing Committee on Energy has directed Petroleum Division to ensure supply of sufficient quantity of motor gasoline by the Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) in the country to meet the demand. The Committee also asked Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to take up the issue of induction of oil tankers compliant with the technical standards with OMCs besides taking necessary steps for laying underground pipelines for oil transportation. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Islamabad, this afternoon.

While briefing the Committee on the issue of reported shortage of petrol in the country, Secretary, Petroleum Division informed that due to less import of motor gasoline by the Marketing Companies during the month of August and September, 2017 shortage was reported in Lahore region which was mitigated on war footing basis. He further informed that in order to meet the enhanced demand of motor gasoline and to built up healthy stocks of the product, OMCs have been directed to import additional volumes in October, 2017 otherwise, punitive action would be taken against them.

The Committee directed the OGRA and Petroleum Division to keep a vigilant eye on imports of OMCs and ensuring their storage capacity against their quota. One of the members pointed out illegal sale of smuggled petrol in the country. The Committee decided to invite representatives of Pakistan Customs, FIA and heads of provincial Police Departments to discuss the sale of smuggled petrol in the country.

The Committee unanimously approved the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (Amendment) Bill, 2017 without amendments. The Committee deferred discussion on the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2017 for its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Ch. Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Power, Jamal Kamal Khan, Minister of State for Petroleum, MNAs; Malik Ihtebar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Syed Muhammad Saqlain Shah Bukhari, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Nawab Ali Wassan, Mr. Shehryar Afridi,  Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Abdul Waseem, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, Mr. Pir Bux Junejo, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Secretaries, Petroleum and Power Divisions and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets today - September 26, 2017

 

مواصلات کے سب سے زیادہ منصوبے صوبہ بلوچستان میں زیرِ تکمیل ہیں۔

ورلڈ بنک، پشاور تا کابل موٹروے منصوبے پر تعاون کرے گا۔

بحرین تا کالام روڈ پر 22 نئے پل 2018؁ میں مکمل ہو جائیں گے۔

 

کراچی گرین لائن منصوبہ کا فیز -Iنومبر 2017 اور فیز-IIاپریل 2018؁ تک مکمل ہو جائے گا ۔ مجلس قائمہ کے اجلاس میں بریفنگ

 

اسلام آباد (                              )  مواصلات کے سب سے زیادہ منصوبے صوبہ بلوچستان میں زیرِ تکمیل ہیں۔ اور مستقبل قریب میں شروع ہونے والےمنصوبے بھی بلوچستان کو دیگر صوبوں سے منسلک کرنے سے متعلق ہیں۔ یہ باتیں قومی اسمبلی کی مجلس قائمہ برائے مواصلات کے اجلاس میں بتائی  گئیں۔ مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا گیا کہ پہلے خضدار( بلوچستان) کے رہائشی لوگوں کو سکھر آنے  کے لئے کراچی کے ذریعے آنا ہوتا تھااور  اب ان کو انشاء اللہ جلد خضدار تا سکھر براہِ راست سڑک کا تحفہ دیا جارہا ہے۔ 650 کلومیٹر M-8 بھی مکمل ہو چکی ہے، جس کی بدولت 650 کلومیٹر کا طویل سفر چھ گھنٹوں میں طے ہو سکے گا۔ مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا گیا کہ کچلاک بائی پاس بھی شروع ہو چکا ہے۔ کمیٹی کو بتایا گیا کہ بلوچستان کے جو منصوبے مارشل لاء کے دور میں روک دیے گئے تھے ان تمام کو دوبارہ شروع کر دیا گیا ہے۔کمیٹی کو بتایا گیا کہ ٹوپی تا پشاور روڈ کا پہلا حصہ مردان تا صوابی عنقریب ایشین ڈویلپمنٹ بنک کی مدد سے شروع کر دیا جائے گا۔ مجلس قائمہ کے سامنے یہ بات رکھی گئی کہ الآصف سکوائر تا سہراب گوٹھ سڑک تنگ ہے۔ لہذا اگر لیاری ایکسپریس وے سے ہوتے ہوئے جو ٹریفک ایم-9 کو استعمال کرنا چاہے گی، اس کے لئے مشکلات ہوں گی۔ چنانچہ مجلس قائمہ نے وزارت مواصلات کو ہدایت کی کہ وہ جلد از جلد لیاری ایکسپریس وے اورا یم-9 کو ملانے والی سڑک کو کشادہ کرے، خصوصا پل کو کشادہ کیا جائے۔ مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا گیا کہ بحرین تا کالام 35 کلومیٹر طویل روڈ پر چار حصوں میں کام ہورہا ہے اور اس پر 22 پل بنائے جارہے ہیں۔ یہ سڑک 18 ماہ کے عرصے میں بنائی جائے گی اور 2018؁ میں مکمل ہو جائے گی۔ مجلس قائمہ نے قرار دیا کہ کالام اور بحرین کے عوام گذشتہ سات سال سے انتہائی مشکلات کا سامنا کر رہے ہیں لہذا ضروری ہے کہ چکدرہ تا کالام تمام روڈ جلد از جلد مکمل کی جائے۔ مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا گیا کہ کرنل شیر خان انٹرچینج تاچکدرہ موٹروے بن جائے گی اور اس طرح کالام تک کا سفر انتہائی آسان ہو جائے گا۔

                مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا گیا کہ کراچی گرین لائن منصوبہ کا فیز-I نومبر2017؁ تک مکمل ہو جائے گا۔ جبکہ گرین لائن کا فیز-II اپریل 2017؁ تک مکمل ہو جائے گا۔ لہذا اگر سندھ حکومت نے بسیں خرید لیں تو نومبر میں گرومندر تک گرین لائن کی سہولت کراچی کے عوام کو میسر ہوگی۔ کمیٹی نے ہدایت کی کہ سندھ گورنمنٹ کے ساتھ مسلسل رابطہ رکھا جائے تاکہ قومی اہمیت کےاس منصوبے سے کراچی کے عوام بروقت مستفید ہو سکیں ۔ کمیٹی کو بتایا گیا کہ بلدیہ کراچی کے مشورے سے گرین لائن کی وجہ سے کاٹےگئے 7000 درختوں کے بدلے 800 درخت لگا دیے گئے جبکہ 18000 سے زیادہ مزید متبادل درخت بھی لگائے جائیں گے۔

                 مجلس قائمہ کے اجلاس کی صدارت، جناب محمد مزمل قریشی ، چیئرمین مجلس قائمہ برائے مواصلات نے کی جبکہ  وزیرِمملکت ڈاکٹر درشن، جناب نذیر احمد بگھیو ، ایم این اے، جناب رمیش لال، ایم این اے، جناب سلیم رحمٰن ، ایم این اے، جناب انجینئر حامد الحق خلیل، ایم این اے، جناب سنجے پروانی، ایم این اے، صاحبزادہ طارق اللہ، ایم این اے، محترمہ نسیمہ حفیظ پانزئی، ایم این اے، انجینئر عثمان خان ترکئی، ایم این اے، محترمہ شاہجہاں منیر مانگریو، ایم این اے ، محترم حافظ عبدالکریم ، وفاقی وزیر برائے مواصلات، چیئرمین این ایچ اے جناب شاہد تارڑ، ایڈیشنل سیکرٹری مواصلات  ڈاکٹر تاشفین خان کے علاوہ اعلیٰ سول افسران نے شرکت کی۔

 


The Standing Committee on Defence Production met today - September 26, 2017

The Standing Committee on Defence Production met today under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, Chairman/MNA of the Committee at 2:00 p.m. in Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee offered Fatheha on the Martyred of Lt. Arslan Alam Satti, at Rajgal valley near Pak-Afghan Border. The Committee appreciated and admired the role of Pakistan Army during war against terrorism and assured its full support for this great cause.

The Committee decided to defer agenda item No.i. on the request of the Ministry of Defence Production. However, Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, Chairman/MNA of the Committee informed that it has been principally agreed between Minister for Commerce and Minister for Defence Production that facilitation issues regarding exhibition, being faced by the Defence Production Industries with TDAP should be resolved on priority basis. The Committee unanimously approved that Secretary M/o Commerce, Finance & Revenue, Chairman, TDAP and Chairman FBR would be called in its next meeting.

The Committee decided that all Chief Secretaries, IGPs and DG, Rangers would be invited in the meeting of the Committee to discuss the first right of refusal matter for local Defence Production Industry.

Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Chudhary Hamid Hameed, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, Ms. Ayesha Gulalai, Ms. Asyia Nasir, Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the MoDP.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held today - September 21, 2017

Islamabad the 21st September, 2017:  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held on 21st September, 2017 at 1:00 p.m in the Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad for the election of its Chairman.

2.         The meeting of the Committee commenced with recitation of the Holy Quran. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the members and briefed them about the procedure of election of Chairman/Chairperson.

3.         Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA proposed the name of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA as the Chairman of the Standing Committee. Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal, MNA and Rao Muhammad Ajmal, MNA seconded it. Since no other member was proposed so Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA was elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Water Resources.

4.         Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA/Chairman was invited to chair the meeting. He thanked all the members of the Committee for electing him as Chairman. He assured his full support & co-operation with the Committee members in good faith of the Country. 

5.         Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, Chief Whip and following members Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, Mr. Salim Rehman, Mr. Abdul Qahar Wadan and Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal were present in the meeting.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change Meets - September 21, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on the 21st September, 2017 at Parliament House, Islamabad for election of its Chairman/Chairperson.

2.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly, thanked the honourable Members for their participation and apprised them of the procedure for election of Chairman. Therefore, the process commenced and Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA proposed the name of Mr. Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA for the Chairman of the Committee. Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA and Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA seconded the proposed name. There was no other candidate, therefore, Mr. Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA was declared as elected Chairman.

3.         The Special Secretary also congratulated the Chairman on behalf of the Honourable Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Secretary National Assembly; assured him full support from the National Assembly Secretariat.

4.         Thereafter, the Chairman upon his election presided over the meeting. He thanked all the Members for reposing confidence in him by electing him as Chairman of the Committee. The members reciprocated and assured him of their full support for effective conduct of business of the Committee for the achievement of objectives of its constitution.

5.         Members who attended the meeting Mr. Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA and Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA.


Meetings for the election of the Chairmen/Chairpersons of the Standing Committees - September 21, 2017

Meetings for the election  of the  Chairmen/Chairpersons of the Standing Committees on Housing and Works , Parliamentary Affairs , Religious Affairs & Inter-faith Harmony, Rules of Procedure & Privileges, National health Services, Regulations & Coordination, Climate Change and Water Resources were held today on 21st September, 2017 at 02:00—04:00 p.m, in Committee Room No. 02, Parliament House, Islamabad.

 2.         The meetings commenced with recitation of Holy Quran. Mr. Qamar Sohail Lodhi, Special Secretary National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the Honorable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman/Chairperson. The following MNAs were elected as Chairmen/Chairpersons of the Committees mentioned against each:-

 

SL #

NAME OF STANDING

COMMITTEE

NAME OF

CHAIRMEN/CHAIRPERSONS

1.

Housing and Works

Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA

2.

Parliamentary Affairs

Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, MNA

3.

Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony

Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA

4.

Rules of Procedure and Privileges

Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA

5.

National Health Services,  Regulations and Coordination

Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, MNA

6.

Climate Change

Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA

7.

Water Resources

Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA

3.         The Special Secretary congratulated the newly elected Chairmen/Chairpersons on behalf of the Honorable Speaker and Secretary National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured them of full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committees under the supervision of the Honorable Speaker.

4.         The meetings were attended by the Members concerned of the said Standing Committees and seniors officers from National Assembly Secretariat.  

 


Meeting/Visit Of The Standing Committees On Defence Of National Assembly And Senate At GHQ, Rawalpindi - September 18, 2017

Islamabad, 18th September, 2017: The Standing Committees on Defence of National Assembly and Senate were briefed at GHQ, Rawalpindi by the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) on the ongoing Military Operations against Terrorism by emphasizing the commitment to do all that is required to uproot terrorism.

2. The Chief of Army Staff and the Parliamentarians held detailed question-answer session and addressed all the points raised during the discussion. Both civil and military leadership was unanimous on holding such like interactive sessions in the highest national interest for developing the policies and strategies to strengthen all institutions in the country.   

3. The briefing was attended by Shaikh Rohale Asghar, Chairman, National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence, and the following members of the National Assembly and Senate  Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara,  Ms Surriya Asghar, Mr. Sanjay Perwani,  Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Manais, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazri, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar MNAs and the Senators  Mr. Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Hidayat Ullah, Col. (R) Syed Tahir  Hussain Mashhadi, Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qayyum, Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Mrs. Sehar Kamran, and Mr. Saleem Mandviwala. 
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On States And Frontier Regions (Safron) Meets - September 12, 2017

Islamabad, the 12th September, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee discussed the issue of recruitment in Tribal Electric Supply Company (TESCO) of domicile holders other than FATA in detail. The Committee strongly recommended to the Ministry of Power to relax/change the policy of recruitment for FATA candidates and recruit FATA locals in TESCO as the FATA local will perform their duties in better way than the non locals. The Committee further directed the Director General, FDMA to appoint local in development projects in FATA.

2.         The Committee also discussed the Mines issue raised during meeting that around 50 locals in South Waziristan Agency martyred due to Mines in the area. The Committee urged the Federal Government/Ministry of SAFRON to look into the matter of public urgent importance and take appropriate action to search and defuse the Mines and save the lives of the FATA people.

3.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Ms. Ayesha Gulalai, Mr. Nasir Khan and Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik MNAs and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions meets - September 11, 2017

Islamabad, the 11th September, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee considered “The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) in detail. Almost all the members present at the meeting were of the opinion that regular Laws of Pakistan may also be extended to FATA instead of introducing The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017.  However the said Bill was deferred with the recommendation that next meeting of the Committee would be convened very soon on one point agenda “The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017” in order to finalize the said Bill.
 

2.         The Committee also considered the “Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of privy purses and Privileges) Bill, 2017” and approved unanimously with certain amendments.   
 

3.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, Mr. Shahab ud Din Khan, Al Haj Shah Jee Gul Afridi MNAs and Mr. Kamran Murtaza Ex-Senator and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Meets - September 11, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room of National Institute of Health, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA and “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA.
 

2.        The Committee deferred the “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA Bill; as Mover of the Bill was not present in the meeting.
 

3.        The Committee also deferred “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA; due to absence of representatives of Tobacco industry.
 

4. The Committee shown serious contentious over the abortion issues existing in Pakistan. Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Ms.Saira Afzal Tarar disclosed before the Committee that District Islamabad is in very miserable condition regarding health services and issues. The Committee appreciated the acknowledgment of the Minister in this regard and strongly recommended that for the purpose of District Islamabad, health services and issues may be bring under the umbrella of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination for better solutions of health issues.
 

5.        MNAs, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat and Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan attended the meeting.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - September 8, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 8th September, 2017 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee discussed the steps taken by the Forest Department, Government of Punjab to stop deforestation and what measures have been taken to address vulnerability of Climate Change in the Province. The S/C expressed dissatisfaction over the said briefing and suggested that a detailed briefing along with facts and figures on “Green Pakistan Programme” should be given to the Committee.

The Committee also showed displeasure and deferred the agenda regarding the report of addition of the poisonous substance to water in the Rawal Dam, Islamabad and recommended that the officials from CDA, CADD, Interior Ministry, Commissioner of MCI and ICT must be called to attend the next meeting. Later on the briefing was also given to the S/C on the recent monsoon in the country.

CONDEMNATION RESOLUTION

·        The Committee strongly condemned the killings, rape and massacres of Burmee Muslims in the hands of the Myanmar Government and urged the United Nations and International Community to condemn the massacre of the Burmee Muslims and play their role in preventing the atrocities of the Muslims of Burma.

·        The Committee also recommended to withdraw the Noble Price for Peace from the Aung San Suu Kyi who has been keeping quit on the Myanmar Muslims massacres.

Members who attended the meeting Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, Chiarman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA and Mr. Mushahid-ullah-Khan, Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).


Meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today - September 8, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room of National Institute of Health, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA and “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA.

2.        The Committee deferred the “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA Bill; due to absence of representatives of Tobacco industry.

3.        The Committee also deferred “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA; as Mover of the Bill was not present in the meeting.

4.        The Committee shown serious contentious over the abortion issues existing in Pakistan. Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Ms.Saira Afzal Tarar disclosed before the Committee that District Islamabad is in very miserable condition regarding health services and issues. The Committee appreciated the acknowledgment of the Minister in this regard and strongly recommended that for the purpose of District Islamabad, health services and issues may be bring under the umbrella of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination for better solutions of health issues.

5.        MNAs, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat and Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - September 7, 2017

Islamabad; 7th September, 2017. The Standing Committee on Energy meets in Conference Room of Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Blue Area, Islamabad this Afternoon with Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA in the chair.

The Committee considered “The Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and “The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and directed that M/o Power may hold a meeting with concerned stake holders to remove lacunas in the purposed legislation if any, and report back to the Committee so that Committee could consider them accordingly. The Committee therefore, deferred both the Bills till its next meeting for further discussion.  

The Committee expressed concern over the termination of contractual employees by Gas distributing companies and pointed out that although the matter is pending before the Court for adjudication, the concerned authorities may reconsider their cases on humanitarian ground under existing legislation and treat them equally to avoid any discrimination.

The Committee directed that M/o Power may direct to all electric supply representatives to keep proper liaison with the Parliamentarian of their respective areas to make them aware about the completed, ongoing and proposed electric schemes of their consequences so that development schemes could be implemented in a real sense.

Besides Mr. Abid Sher Ali Minister of State for Energy, the following MNA’s attended the meeting. Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Rana Afzaal Hussain, MNA, Mian Tariq Mehmood, MNA, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, MNA, Mr. Shehryar Afridi, MNA, Dr. Imran Khattak, MNA, Mr. Abdul Waseem, MNA, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA,
 


NA Standing Committee on Railways Meets - September 7, 2017

Islamabad, the 7th September, 2017: The 21st meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Pakistan Railways, Railways Headquarters, Lahore. Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, MNA presided over the meeting under rule 216(2) of the Rules of the Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007; as Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA, Chairman of the Standing Committee could not attend the meeting. 

2.         The Committee was given briefing on “Katchi Abadies” of the Railways’ land. It was informed that federal government announced in 1985 that all un-authorized hutments shall be regularized. On the cut off date of 23-3-1985, total number of 188 Katchi Abadies were existing on the Railways’ land. 39 NOCs have been issued. The Committee discussed the matter in detail and recommended that the proper viable / feasible policy should be formulated to resolve the issue. The Committee also directed Ministry of Railways to provide accurate / authentic figure of units of Katchi Abadies on the Railways land along with the complete detail of the area within fourteen days.

3.         Mr. Muhammad Riaz Malik, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil and Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Khawaja Saad Rafique, Minister for Railways and senior officers of the Ministry of Railways. 
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On Defence Meets Today - September 5, 2017

Islamabad, 5th September, 2017: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence met today in Committee Room of old PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Committee considered “The National Centre for Countering Violent Extremism Bill, 2017”in detail. During deliberations, the Committee observed that the said Bill pertained to the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics and recommended that the said Bill would be referred to the Cabinet Secretariat to determine the subject whether it pertains to the Ministry of Interior or Ministry of Defence. The Mover of the Bill, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA also participated in the meeting and briefed the Committee over the statement of objects and reasons of the Bill. The Minister and Secretary Ministry of Defence also told the Committee that the Bill does not pertain to the Ministry of Defence as the internal security matters of the country falls within the domain of the Ministry of Interior. They further expressed that it deals with the establishment of National Centre for Countering Violent Extremism in the country.
 
2.The Committee also took strong exception of the hostile and threatening statement made by the US President Donald J. Trump and Gen John W. Nicholson the top US commander in Afghanistan and adopted the following resolution unanimously:
                                                                                                 CONDEMNATION RESOLUTION
-  The Committee strongly condemns the hostile and threatening statement made by the US President Donald J. Trump and Gen John W. Nicholson the top US commander in Afghanistan against Pakistan.
-  The Committee rejects the claim of the US president regarding Pakistan’s safe haven for terrorists as 40% area of Afghanistan not under the control of the Afghan Government.
-  The Committee further rejects Trump's claim that billions of dollars in aid have been spent on Pakistan, stating that Pakistan's economy has suffered a loss of more than $123 billion.
 
3.The Committee also strongly condemned the massacre of Burma Muslims by the hands of the Myanmar Government and urged the United Nations and International Community to condemn the massacre of the Burma Muslims and play their role in preventing the atrocities of the Muslims of Burma.
 
4.The meeting was also attended by Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasool Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Shaikh Fayyaz ud Din, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Mr. Muhammad Ijaz ul Haq MNAs and Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA/Mover of the Bill and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - August 29, 2017

38th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research of the National Assembly was held today i.e 29th August, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room of the National Agricultural Research Centre, Park Road, Chak Shahzad, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

2.The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 29-03-2017.

3.Senior Director, National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology (NIGAB) briefed the Committee about the functioning of National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology (NIGAB). He said that this institution was established at NARC under the umbrella of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC). The major functions of National Institute for Genomics and Advance Biotechnology (NIGAB) was to give attention to the discipline of advance agriculture biotechnology and genomics (crops and animals).
He added that currently this institution was leading the research for security, food sovereignty and food safety in this country.

4.The committee appreciated the role of Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali, Sr. Director, NIGAB for playing vital role regarding to make the institution more valuable to this country. The Committee also emphasized that the research for development of new varieties of crops against disease, salinity and drought; selection of animal breed; and development of new drugs etc. should be continued on priority basis.

5.The Committee recommended that small farmers should be offered training/awareness programme for the betterment of agriculture sector. The Committee also recommended that government should provide subsidy to the farmers in this regard. The Committee further recommended that government should allocate maximum funds to this institution for growing and strengthening of agriculture sector in the country.

6.Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch, Dr. Fouzia Hameed and Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior Meets - August 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th August, 2017; 37th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA.
 

2.      The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee offered Fateh on the death of Mr. Gulzar Khan, MNA and Mr. Khalid Ahmed Khan Kharal, Former Federal Minister. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. 
 

3.      The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 19-07-2017.
 

4.       The Committee considered the Bills on “The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2016” {Amendments in sections 2 & 5 of Act II of 1947} (Moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA), “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA), “The Religious Scholars, Ulema and Pesh Imams (Prayer Leaders) Welfare Bill, 2017 (Moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA) and decided that all above said Bills be deferred till the next Committee meeting.
 

5.      The Committee also considered two Bills “The Compulsory Solid Waste Management and Recycling Bill, 2017” (Moved by Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA) and “The Compulsory Sewage Water Management and Reprocessing Bill, 2017” (Moved by Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA) and decided that these two Bills may not be approved for further legislation.
 

6.      The representative from NADRA briefed the Committee about current status of blocked CNICs. The Committee showed its keen interest in the briefing and appreciated NADRA’s work for the nation. The Committee recommended that the Director General, NADRA in Karachi must be appointed on permanent basis. The representative from Ministry of Interior also briefed the Committee about the new license policy and extension of visa policy.
 

7.     Then the representative from National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) briefed the Committee about National Action Plan in view of recent wave of terrorism. The Committee appreciated the struggles made by armed forces against the terrorism as well as NACTA. The Committee directed the Authority that same message as we achieved our goals should be highlighted through reliable sources, so that, the American could be known about our struggles/sacrifices against the terrorism.
 

8.      The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under rule 224 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 under the Convenership of Kanwar Naveed Jameel, MNA with the Terms of References “To visit the Central Jail, Karachi and to probe the complaints/grievances of the prisoners”.
 

7.        Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Ms. Shazia Marri and Ms. Kishwer Zehra were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, NACTA, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, Ministry of CADD, F.I.A and NADRA with their staff.  
 


Lowari Tunnel will remain operational for traffic during coming winter. NHA should timely complete work on Hassan Abdal – Hawelian Motorway - August 28, 2017

 

Lowari Tunnel will remain operational for traffic during coming winter

NHA should timely complete work on Hassan Abdal – Hawelian Motorway.

Delay in completion on Peshawar Northern By-Pass will not be acceptable. Standing Committee

 

Islamabad (                             ) Lowari Tunnel will remain operational for traffic during coming winter. NHA should complete work on Hassan Abdal – Hawelian Motorway. Delaying of completion on Peshawar Northern By-Pass shall not be acceptable. These announcements were made in today’s meeting of Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications.  It was told to the Committee that HassandAbdal – Hawelian Motorway will be operational by December, 2017. It was informed NHA wanted to complete the project by August, 2017 but it is not possible because of heavy rain. Committee directed to the Ministry for completion of project on time. Committee also directed for timely completion of Hawelian – Mansehra and Mansehra – Thakot road.

It was told to the Committee that construction of Peshawar Northern By-Pass has been divided into 4 Phases, Phase-1, from M-1 to Charsadda, had already been completed earlier. Remaining work on other phases will be completed on time as work is in process. Committee also directed that in case of delay by D.C. Peshawar or provincial government, Eng. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil and Usman Khan Tarkai may help by playing their roles, but no more delay is acceptable. Committee directed the NHA for preparing of the feasibility report about Southern By-Pass. It was also told to the members that Topi – Sawabi – Mardan road is 62 km long and connects important citiesand six districts to Peshawar. The public is facing problems because it is one-line road. Committee advised to connect this road with grand trunk road and check the possibilities for making it dual road on BOT basis. Committee appointed Usman Khan Tarkai to get latest update from provincial government.

The meeting was presided over by PTI’s MNA, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, whereas, Members National Assembly including Mr. Sarzameen, Mr. Mir Shabir Ali Bijarani, Mr. SaleemRehman, Mr. Usman Khan Tarkai and Ms. ShahjehanMunirMangrio attended the meeting. Similarly, the meeting was attended by Minister of State for Communications, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar, Secretary, Communications SadiqMemon and several senior civil officers.


NA Standing Committee On M/O Human Rights Meets Today - August 28, 2017

Islamabad, the 28th  August, 2017.  32nd meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 2:00 p.m. in the Briefing Hall of Tarbela Dam Rest House, Tarbela under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.
The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meetings held on 18th and 25th July, 2017.

The Director, PESCO informed the Committee that Chief Executive Officer could not attend the meeting due to official engagements in the meeting in Lahore and he will be responsible to accept the decision of the Committee, The Committee was assured to implement on the recommendation to minimize load-shedding from four to six hours.

The Committee was also assured by General Manager, Tarbela Dam Project to implement on    T-5 and the policy which will be prepared by the Standing Committee upon which Committee Members agreed and recommended that 30% quota of employments to the affectees of Tarbela Dam, Ghazi Brotha and Warsak Dam and 70% to the local people of the concerned areas be given. The Committee also clarified that there are three villages i.e. Hamlet Ghazi, 25 towns of Khalabat and Kangra Colony consisting on 13000 houses. Some are situated in hills, Soo Thathoo and in the areas of Punjab. The Committee also recommended that summary should be prepared by the General Manager Tarbela Dam Project on Tarbela and Warsak Dam affecttees and work on it promptly to to resolve the issues of affecttees.

The Committee dissatisfied on the reply of the WAPDA and expressed its displeasure on the non-provision of basic facilities like electricity, load-shedding by WAPDA from 16 to 18 hours in the Hamlet Colony, non-provision of jobs to the local people of Haripur, provision of only 10 to 15 voltage of electricity in upper Tanaawal, removal of electric meters from Warsak and submission of electric bills amounting to Rs.20,00000/- to the people on previous meters which destroyed in flood and non-installation of new electric meters to the affect tees of Warsak Dam Colony and its other areas. An Hon’able MNA also expressed displeasure on submission of electric bills of the factories by PESCO amounting to Rs.20,00,000/- to those people who have not provided any electric meters. He suggested that electric meters should be provided to the affecttees and take be action against the officials of PESCO who receive big amounts from factory owners. The Chief Finance Officer M/o Water and Power assured the Committee to register an FIR against the defaulter if some-one is found involved in corruption.

The Committee recommended that record of industries bills and meters readings of all the consumers since the year, 2014 to onward be provided to the Hon’able Member, Mr. Sajis Nawaz Khan within 15 days and report of record to the Committee in its next meeting so that blame could be proved or cleared.  The Committee also suggested to meet the Secretary, Minister for Water and Power and the Prime-Minister and show the bills amounting to Rs.20,00,000/-.

The Committee was informed on a query for supply of new electricity line from Tarbela Dam to the people of Haripur that it is the line of NTDC so net-work of NTDC will be observed due to voltage issue.  NTDC will be called in the next meeting of the Committee to resolve the issue of supply of electricity to Haripur.

The Committee also recommended the Ministry of Water and Power and General Manager, Tarbela to provide basic facilities of sewerage, drinking water, roads and streets to the affecttees of Tarbela Dam in Khalabat, Hamlet Ghazi and Kangra in accordance with the 1968-69 Policy. 

The meeting was attended by Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Water and Power and its attached department.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - August 28, 2017

Lowari Tunnel will remain operational for traffic during coming winter.

NHA should timely complete work on Hassan Abdal – Hawelian Motorway. 

Delay in completion on Peshawar Northern By-Pass will not be acceptable. Standing Committee

Islamabad (                             ) Lowari Tunnel will remain operational for traffic during coming winter. NHA should complete work on Hassan Abdal – Hawelian Motorway. Delaying of completion on Peshawar Northern By-Pass shall not be acceptable. These announcements were made in today’s meeting of Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications.  It was told to the Committee that HassandAbdal – Hawelian Motorway will be operational by December, 2017. It was informed NHA wanted to complete the project by August, 2017 but it is not possible because of heavy rain. Committee directed to the Ministry for completion of project on time. Committee also directed for timely completion of Hawelian – Mansehra and Mansehra – Thakot road.

 It was told to the Committee that construction of Peshawar Northern By-Pass has been divided into 4 Phases, Phase-1, from M-1 to Charsadda, had already been completed earlier. Remaining work on other phases will be completed on time as work is in process. Committee also directed that in case of delay by D.C. Peshawar or provincial government, Eng. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil and Usman Khan Tarkai may help by playing their roles, but no more delay is acceptable. Committee directed the NHA for preparing of the feasibility report about Southern By-Pass. It was also told to the members that Topi – Sawabi – Mardan road is 62 km long and connects important citiesand six districts to Peshawar. The public is facing problems because it is one-line road. Committee advised to connect this road with grand trunk road and check the possibilities for making it dual road on BOT basis. Committee appointed Usman Khan Tarkai to get latest update from provincial government.
 
The meeting was presided over by PTI’s MNA, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, whereas, Members National Assembly including Mr. Sarzameen, Mr. Mir Shabir Ali Bijarani, Mr. SaleemRehman, Mr. Usman Khan Tarkai and Ms. ShahjehanMunirMangrio attended the meeting. Similarly, the meeting was attended by Minister of State for Communications, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar, Secretary, Communications SadiqMemon and several senior civil officers.
 


NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - August 24, 2017

Islamabad; August 24, 2017: The 43rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Energy was held under the Chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA.
 

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

The Secretary, Ministry of Energy briefed the Committee about the performance of the Ministry after its re-organization. The Committee was also briefed about the following Bills:-
 

a.          “The Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2017”; and
 

b.          “The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (Amendment) Bill, 2017”
 

After detail deliberation on the Bills, the Committee decided to re-consider the Bills in the next meeting.
 

The Committee also emphasized that the department may accord the approval from the concerned competent authority to implement the decisions of the Committee relating to the requisite approval for enhancement of domestic gas connections to new localities from 200 to 300 connections and also directed that the Ministry should take immediate actions on the recommendations/directions which were made by the Committee in the last meeting held on 10th July, 2017.
 

Malik Ihtebar Khan, Syed Muhammad Saqlain Bukhari, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan, Mr. Shehryar Afridi, Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio  MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Minister of state (Petroleum Division), Minister of State (Power Division) and senior officers of the Ministry of Energy.
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production Meets - August 23, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in Committee room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 

2.         The Standing Committee discussed the working of the Leather Crafts Development Company (LCDC) and Spun Yarn Research & Development Company (SYRDC), Multan. During the meeting, presentation was given to the Standing Committee by the Chief Executive Officer LCDC and SYRDC about the working of the companies. The Standing Committee unanimously recommended that both companies LCDC and SYRDC showed be privatized.
 

3.         The Committee expressed its serious concern regarding the increase in Sugar Price for domestic markets and recommended that M/o Industries and Production, should refer the case to the Competition Commission of Pakistan to find out the reasons of the sugar price for domestic markets.
 

4.         Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA.
 


The NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today - August 21, 2017

Islamabad, the 21st August, 2017 The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the acting Chairmanship of Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA, as the Chairman Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi was not present due to his personal engagements.

2.The Committee briefed by NADRA representatives regarding Pakistan Origin Card (POC) and Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) issues. The NADRA officials informed the Committee that they have proposed amendment in NADRA Ordinance, 2000; in order to waive off the NICOP fees for the facilitation of the overseas working in Gulf States.      

3.Furthermore, Committee discussed several other miscellaneous issues and issued recommendations thereof.        

MNAs, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Ms. Aisha, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar and Ms. Suraiya Jatoi attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and NADRA.


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology meets - August 21, 2017

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology held today in Committee Room of Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) under the Chairmanship of Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA to consider “The National University of Technology Bill, 2017”.

After detail deliberations, the Committee unanimously recommended that “The National University of Technology Bill, 2017” as amended by the Standing Committee may be passed.

While briefing about the pros n cons of the Bill, Brig. Aftab Qureshi, apprised the Committee that technical manpower is the backbone and driving force of the economic development of a nation. In economically developed countries, knowledge based and technological education is therefore, accorded particular importance. However, in Pakistan technological education sector has generally remained ignored and under developed. It is a well-known fact that the non-availability of well-trained human resource in the technical fields, is seriously retarding our industrial growth. The situation is accentuated by the lack of recognition and virtual non-existence of the state of the art, higher education stream in the realm of technologies. In this backdrop, it has been conceptualized that a National University of Technology (NUTECH) be established to redress this deficiency. NUTECH envisions revolutionizing Technological Education Sector by introducing higher education in the technology streams. It shall also regulate and certify technical skill development in affiliated institutes to make it respective to the current and future needs of the industry and prospective opportunities offered by China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Establishment of NUTECH, being the first university in the fields of technology has the potential to all the existing vacuum on the lines of advanced countries, by providing platforms spread all over the Country. It would actualize the potentials of the large youth segment of our population to produce a productive and efficient workforce for the domestic requirements, as well as the export markets.

The following MNAs, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani and Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting.


N.A Standing Committee on Textile Industry meets - July 26, 2017

Islamabad, 26th July, 2017: A meeting of the Standing Committee on Textile Industry was held today in Committee Room of Ministry of Textile Industry,(1st Floor), Evacue Trust Complex, Agha Khan Road, Sector F-5/1 Islamabad. The meeting was chaired by Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, MNA. The Committee discussed the following Agenda:-

i) Briefing on Lahore Garment City;

ii) Discussion on the current alarming situation of the Textile Industry and proposals/suggestions to cope with the situation

2. The Committee showed satisfaction over the improving situation of different projects going on under the umbrella of Lahore Garment City. The Committee praised the revenue performance which has reportedly exceeded Rs. 125 million over the period of last four (4) years, regarding the issues being faced by the Textile Sector and particularly by the value added segments of the Textile Industry. The Committee stress that appropriate measures should be taken. The Committee recommended that the Federal Government should provide electricity at subsidized rates to the small and medium level Textile Industry.

3. The following members of the Committee attended the meeting; Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil,Mr. Jamshaid Ahmed Dasti, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat and Ms. Romina, Khurshid Alam, MNAs, Minister for Textile Industry and officers of the Ministry of Textile Industry.
 


N.A. Standing Committee Law & Justice meets - July 26, 2017

Islamabad, 26th July, 2017; 41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA.

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

3.Agenda Item No. i

  The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 02-05-2017.

4.Agenda Item No. ii

(a) The Committee considered “The Constitution (Twenty-ninth Amendment) Bill,2017”, in detail, due to divergent views of the Members of the Committee. The Committee remains unable to reach the consensus and decided to defer it till its next meeting for further deliberations.

(b) The Committee considered “The Arbitration and Conciliation Bill, 2015”,  (moved by Ms. Surriya Asghar, MNA) in detail. It was appraised by the Hon. Minister for Law and Justice that the Ministry has already done a detailed work for provision of separate Bill on Arbitration and Conciliation. Further, the Law Ministry has invited suggestions at its website from the public at large including Bar Councils and Legal Practitioners for up-gradation of Arbitration Act, 1940. As the up-gradation of the said Law is under its way, hence, there is no need to consider and approve the titled Bill. However, the Committee due to non availability of the Hon. Mover deferred the Bill till its next meeting. 

(c) The Committee considered “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017”(Amendment in Article 37) (Moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA) in detail and it was agreed by the Committee to defer the sai Bill till the opinion from the Minorities/Non-Muslims be obtain about the said amendment.

(d) The Committee considered “The Legal Practitioners and Bar Council(Amendment0 Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Saman Sultana Jafri, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

5.The Hon. Members/MNA/Mover Justice ® Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema, Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Mr. Muhammad Ahmed Tarar, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Syed Naveed Qamar, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Dr. Arif Alvi, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, Ms. Aisha and Minister for Law and Justice attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


NA House & Library Committee,meets - July 26, 2017

NA DEPUTY SPEAKER CHAIRS NA HOUSE AND LIBRARY COMMITTEE INSTRUCTS TO INITIAL LEGAL ACTION AGAINST FECHS FORMER PRESIDENT WON’T ALLOW ANYONE TO DEPRIVE EMPLOYEES OF
THEIR RIGHT: MURTAZA ABBASI

Islamabad: July 26, 2017:  The National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library expressed its annoyance over the delay in construction of additional suits and servant quarters in the Parliament Lodges, Islamabad and directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to resolve the matter immediately. Matters pertaining to possession of plots to members of NAECHS, budget and maintenance of Parliament House and up-gradation of National Assembly Library in addition to construction of suits for members of Parliament came under discussion in the meeting held here in Parliament House, today.

The Deputy Speaker resented the failure in construction of family suites at Parliament Lodges and said that the Project was started in May, 2011 and was to be completed in November 2013. However due to negligence of CDA and Construction Firm, the work on the said project could not be completed till date.  He said that despite several commitments before the Committee the construction firm did not make sincere efforts to complete the project. He said that due to the lethargic attitude towards the Contractor obligation and completion of the project within the stipulated time and extended time frame the project could not be completed till date.  He said that due to non-completion of this project the Parliamentarians who have not been provided residential accommodations are suffering for the last four years. He said that the contractor - in an attempt to put his incapability under the carpet and linger on the matter - has taken the matter the Arbitrator but the CDA is not seemed to be actively pursuing the case to dispose it off timely. The Committee directed the Chairman CDA to take personal interest in resolving the matter immediately and seek other possible legal solutions.

The members of the committee also expressed their grave concerns and expressed that not only the contractor failed to complete the project but also demolished the servant quarters and garages adjacent to Lodges resulting in severe difficulties for the residents.

The Committee also discussed the status of possession of plots to the Employees of the National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society.  The Committee expressed its displeasure over delaying tactics in handing over the possession of plots to the National Assembly Secretariat employees by the Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS).  The Committee also expressed its displeasure for not implementing Joint Venture Agreement between NAECHS and Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society for provision of plots to the employees of National Assembly and Senate. The Deputy Speaker held that according to the Joint venture, FECHS was bound to give possession of plots to 1096 members of Parliament but only 413 were awarded the possession. In addition to this negligence, the FECHS has been giving the possessions of expensive NAECHS land to irrelevant people instead of members of NAECHS.

The Deputy Speaker said that the FECHS former management did not implement the Joint Venture and is responsible for criminal negligence. He held that the former president of FECHS be held ineligible to take part in the FECHS elections and instructed the Registrar Cooperative House Societies, Islamabad to take action against him. He demanded to postpone the FECHS elections till an action is taken against the former president and FECHS’s current administrator be authorized to give allotment of plots. The Committee suggested initiating FIA investigations against the former President.
The Committee expressed its displeasure over poor cleanliness situation in the Parliament Lodges and directed the CDA to improve its maintenance department in this regard.

The Committee was attended by MNAs Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Dr. Ibadullah, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto and Mrs. Shahida Rehmani.
 


NA Standing Committee On Science & Technology meets - July 26, 2017

Islamabad, 26th July, 2017.

STANDING COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DISCUSSED THE PERFORMANCE OF PAKISTAN COUNCIL OF RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES (PCRET)

The Standing Committee expressed satisfaction over the performance of Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) however, the Committee was of the view that PCRET have the abilities to introduce modern technologies with their existing laboratories but unfortunately they could not able to perform well due to shortage of allocated funds. The Committee strongly recommended to enhance the budget of PCRET so that they could perform in the field of Research & Development. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology held today in Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) under the Chairmanship of Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA.

The Committee expressed dissatisfaction over non-cooperative attitude of the higher authority for not providing service protection to their employees and directed that PCRET should take appropriate steps to safeguard the interest of its employees so that they could able to perform their services for the betterment of the department.  The Committee also directed that PCRET should introduce their products in the market through public-private partnership so that the huge revenue could be added to government ex-chequer. The Committee was stunned to know that no project of PCRET has got approval by Planning Division in current PSDP however, the Committee directed the ministry to resubmit all proposed projects of PCRET to Planning Division for its approval.

MNAs, Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhary Armaghan Subhani, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Sajid Ahmad, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.       


NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets - July 25, 2017

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE PRODUCTION VISITS DEFENCE EXPORT PROMOTION ORGANIZATION

Islamabad; July 25, 2017: National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence Production visited Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO), Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA, this morning.

While briefing the delegation, the Director General DEPO Maj Gen Ahmad Mahmood Hayat, apprised about DEPO’s initiatives towards coordination, facilitation and promotion of exportable defence products of Pakistan’s public and private defence industries. In addition, Committee was also briefed about ongoing preparations for IDEAS-2018 to be held from 27-30 November, 2018 at Karachi Expo Centre. He stressed upon early resolution of subsidiary issue to facilitate participation of private defence manufacturers in IDEAS-2018 as well as devising a mechanism for their participation in international defence exhibitions in coordination with DEPO.
 
He further infomred the Committee that the export potential of Pakistan’s defence industry had grown substantially and was playing an increasing role towards country’s economic permanence. He said that through public private partnership, today these industries were capable to export their competitive defence equipment to perspective international buyers. To afford enhanced opportunities in new markets, Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) was the Premier Institution for promoting and showcasing initiatives services of Public & Private Defence Industry of Pakistan, he said. International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) under the flagship of DEPO was one of the mega events in the region with enhanced participation of both national and foreign defence manufacturers, venders and traders, he said.
 
The Committee while lauding DEPO’s efforts, emphasized on all relevant government ministries / departments for their all out support to DEPO to further enhance the defence exports of Pakistan. The Members of the Committee also visited DEPO Display Centre and highly appreciated the displayed products of various Pakistani defence industries.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Mr. Bhawan Das, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Sajid Hussain Tori and senior officers from Defence Defence Export Promotion Organization.
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets - July 25, 2017

Islamabad, the 25th July, 2017. 31st meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 11:00 am in the Committee Room of PIPS Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Acting Chairperson Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA. The Committee discussed the following agenda:

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD ON 18TH JULY, 2017

The Committee, after recitation from the Holy Qur’an, decided to confirm the minutes of the previous meeting in its next meeting due to some minor changes.

TO REVIEW IMPLEMENTATION STATUS OF NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ACT, 2012 AND STATUTES, DEALING BY THE MINISTRY

The Committee reviewed the agenda subjected as above. The Secretary, National Commission for Human Rights briefed the Committee on it. The Committee recommended, on a query of an Hon’able MNA, that annual Special Report of the Commission should be provided through the M/o Human Rights to be reviewed in the Committee meeting in accordance with the Section 28 (Page-15) of the NCHR Act, 2012. It was replied that the report was ready and will be submitted to the Ministry of Human Rights. The Committee also recommended that the issue on the agenda should be revised and resolved to sit together with the Chairman, NCHR, Hon’able Minister for Human Rights in its next meeting. 

The Committee was also informed by the Secretary, NCHR that their Rules have been submitted to Establishment Division which are still under process.

The Committee recommended that Geneva Report should be provided to the Committee Members. The Committee also recommended that Standing Committee should be taken on board hence-forth to send at least its one Member with foreign delegation for the forth coming meetings of Geneva and other places.

The meeting was attended by Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - July 24, 2017

Islamabad; 24th July, 2017 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee unanimously recommended that “The National Air Transportation Safety Board Bill, 2014 (moved by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA) may not be proceeded further for legislation.  

The Committee expressed displeasure over the non-distribution of “Rashan” as Ramzan package during current year by Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) and directed that stringent measures may be adopted to ensure the distribution of Ramzan Package to the needy people every year.  The Committee further directed that PBM may give equal preference of all districts while providing financial assistance to the needy people as it had been observed that most of the beneficiaries belong to few districts. 

The Committee also considered the Resolution regarding allocation of separate quota of employment for domicile holders of Islamabad (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) and deferred it till its next meeting for further discussion.

The meeting was attended by Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, , Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA and Shiekh Aftab Ahmed, Minister in Charge Cabinet Secretariat and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


NA Standing Committee On Rules of Procedure and Privileges - July 20, 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
PRESS RELEASE
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RULES OF PROCEDURE AND PRIVILEGES MEETS TODAY
Islamabad, 20th July, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 a.m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.
PROPOSAL FOR THE NAME OF NEW ISLAMABAD AIRPORT AS QUAID-E-AZAM INTERNATION AIRPORT
2.      The Committee has unanimously recommended while passing a resolution that the name of new Islamabad Airport should be “ Quaid-e-Azam International Airport.
3.      The Committee disposed of the amendment moved by Ms.Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA in Rule 48 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 with the recommendation that there is no need to change this rule at this stage.
4.      The Committee pended the amendment moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechoho, MNA in Rule 122 and 244 and the Question of Privilege moved by Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, MNA against Mr. Muhammad Salman Khan, Baloch, MNA.
5.      The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahran, MNA against Mr. Babar Wahla, Assistant Director, Land, Gujranwala, with the direction to D.G, Land Record, Lahore to resolve the issue of the Hon. Member within one week otherwise the Committee would refer this issue to the Hon.Speaker.
6.      The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Mr.Ghulam Sarwar Khan, MNA regarding non-provision of loans to the Hon. Member by Financial Institutions and Private Banks with the recommendation that the Ministry of Finance should take some steps and make some amendments in rules regarding the definition of Political Exposed Persons.
7.      The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Dr. Nisar Ahmed Jatt, MNA against Mr. Akhtar Randhawa, CEO, HESCO with the recommendations that the Ministry of Water and Power should not re-hire the said Officer in his Ministry in future.
8.      On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA against PIA, constituted a Sub-Committee Committee under the convenership of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan, Legari, MNA and Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail as member.
9.      The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 22nd June, 2017 and re-confirmed the minutes of its meeting held on 13th April, 2017.
8.      The meeting was attended by Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Siyal, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khananakhail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Mir Aaijaz Hussain Jakhrani and Dr. Nisar Ahmed, MNAs/Mover.
Sd/-
(Malik Khaleeq Ahmed)
Joint Secretary/Secretary Committee

 


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N.A. Standing Committee on Housing and Works - July 20, 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND WORKS DIRECTS FGEHF TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE OF DECISION OF THE FEDERAL CABINET REGARDING JV POLICY FOR LAND BANKING

 Islamabad; July 20, 2017: The Standing Committee on Housing and Works has directed Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) to ensure compliance of decision of the Federal Cabinet regarding Joint Venture policy for land banking in collaboration with private sector and concerns raised by the members of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works before initiation of development work on Thallian Interchange Joint Venture Housing Project. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Islamabad this morning.

The Committee was briefed about Thallian Interchange Joint Venture Housing Project in light of the observations of the Committee expressed in its previous meeting. The Director General, FGEHF apprised the Committee about the contents of the Summary submitted to the Federal Cabinet in year 2016 and the approval of the Cabinet, criteria for selection/pre-qualification of the companies, the detail of the participating companies and the Company finally selected for the Joint Venture Project. He also presented the documents of the land offered along with the detail of water availability and access to the project. He further informed that there was no irregularity committed in the project and the capability of Joint Venture Partner was thoroughly assessed before entering into agreement with him. He further informed that the issue was also under consideration of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the findings of the audit ordered by the PAC would be shared with this august Committee.

Members of the Committee expressed their concern about the capacity of the Joint Venture Partner to carry out the project in terms of availability of land with clear title and other amenities. The Committee directed FGEHF to ensure compliance of decision of the Federal Cabinet and concerns of the members of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works before initiation of development work on Thallian Interchange Joint Venture Housing Project. The Committee appreciated the efforts of Director Coordination, Pakistan Housing Authority Foundation (PHAF) and Director General, Quetta Development Authority for getting the encroached land of Kuchlak Project, vacated. The Committee directed the Managing Director, PHAF to ensure deployment of security guards on the site of the project to avoid its reoccurrence.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Nawabzada Mazher Ali,  Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal,  Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb,  Ms. Khalida Mansoor,  Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani,  Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Secretary M/o Housing and Works and other officers of the concerned departments.

  (MEHBOOB ALI GURMANI)

Director/Secretary Committee

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NA Standing Committee On Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage - July 20, 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
PRESS RELEASE
NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON INFORMATION, BROADCASTING AND NATIONAL HERITAGE DISCUSSES “PROTECTION OF JOURNALISTS BILL, 2014”
Islamabad; July 20, 2017: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage met in the Parliament House this afternoon under the chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA.
The Committee considered “The Protection of Journalists Bill, 2014”,  and deferred the Bill  along-with direction to the Information and Broadcasting Division  to complete all constitutional and legal requirements, in consultation with  Ministry of Law and Justice, Media Organizations and all other stakeholders without further delay as the legislation had already been delayed. The Committee was of the view that media persons and their families were vulnerable, therefore, measures from the State were imperative for their safety and welfare. The Committee further directed that the final draft Bill regarding the implementation of the law, up to the extent of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), after the consultation with Ministry of Law and Justice be presented in its next meeting, positively.
The Committee deferred “The PEMRA (Amendment) Bill, 2017” till its next meeting, due to the non-availability of Mover of the Bill. The Chairman of the Committee asked the members to meanwhile give valuable input.
The Committee was briefed about the performance and financial state of Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Company Limited (SRBC). The Committee was satisfied with performance of SRBC and its financial state. The Committee deferred the briefing on Agreement between SRBC and Sports Star International (SSI) regarding ATV channel for its next meeting.
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Jadoon, Ms. Saman Sultana Jaffri, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Secretary Information and Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.
 
(MEHBOOB ALI GURMANI)
Director/Secretary Committee
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NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination - July 20, 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
PRESS RELEASE
Islamabad, the 20th July, 2017
           
A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room of National Institute of Health, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider the Islamabad Compulsory Vaccination and Protection of Health Workers Bill, 2015 moved by Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA & The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017, (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA).
 
2.The Committee appreciated the immunization process being carried out by Provinces. The Committee discussed “the Islamabad Compulsory Vaccination and Protection of Health Workers Bill, 2015” in detail and passed the same as introduced by Dr. Zahra Wadood Fatami, MNA, unanimously.
 
3.The Committee recommended that the input would be received by the relevant departments before the next meeting for considering “the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA). The Committee deferred the Bill till its next meeting.
 
4.MNAs, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Qari Muhammad Yousaf, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan attended the meeting.
 
(ZUBAIR AHMED HAKRO)
Asst. Draftsman/Secretary Committee
 

 


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NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control Meets Meets - July 19, 2017

Islamabad, 19th July, 2017; 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Acting Chairpersonship of Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA.

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

3.      The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 12-05-2017.

4.       The Committee considered the Bills on “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new sections 167-A & 344-A, Act XLV of 1860) (Moved by Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA), “The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of sections 11, 13, 27, 67, 82, 89, 91, 95, 96, 97, 98, 115 & 117 Act X of 2015) (Moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA), “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of section 173, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA), “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA), “The Religious Scholars, Ulema and Pesh Imams (Prayer Leaders) Welfare Bill, 2017 (Moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA) “The Compulsory Solid Waste Management and Recycling Bill, 2017” (Moved by Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA) and “The Compulsory Sewage Water Management and Reprocessing Bill, 2017” (Moved by Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA) and decided that all above said Bills be deferred till its next Committee meeting. The Committee considered and approved the request of Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA for his inability to attend the meeting due to her personal reasons.     

5.      The Committee considered the Bills on “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Shakila Luqman, MNA) and “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new section 364-B, Act XLV of 1860) and Amendment of schedule-II (Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA) and decided that both bills may not be approved for further legislation.

6.      The Committee considered the Bill on “The National Centre for Countering Violent Extremism Bill, 2017 (Moved by Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be referred to the Standing Committee on Defence through Hon. Speaker’s, office after adopting due process of law.

7.        The Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Syed Javed Ali Shah, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi and Ms. Kishwer Zehra were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control, I.C.T, Mayor, Islamabad, Ministry of Religious Affairs & Inter-Faith Harmony, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resources Development, Ministry of (CADD) and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.         
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - July 19, 2017

Pakistan Post needs reflective and immediate reforms to meet modern market needs: NA, Standing Committee Communication
Pakistan post office does concentration on postal life insurance to generate revenue
5 to 10% of profit of postal life is used for advertisement and development


Islamabad( ) Pakistan Post needs reflective and immediate reforms to meet modern market needs and Postal life Insurance (PLI) needs special awareness program in our society. Its 5 to 10 % of profit may be used for advertisement. These recommendations have been passed by Standing Committee on Communication. It was told to the Committee that Postal life had only 3% share in market whereas 58% state life and 39 % rest of companies. PLI has excellent opportunity to grow in market. Pakistani society has strapping Islamic values so Religious Scholars do give importance to PLI because its 100% shares are owned the by Govt. of Pakistan. Chairman & the Committee acknowledged that Pakistan Post required abrupt reforms for improvement of Pakistan Post this is market need

Secretary Communications and DG Pakistan Post also wanted such kind of reforms from grass root level. DG said, “We need Funds so that we can do for the betterment of Pakistan Post that we need.” The Committee also paid attention on Audit reports that is meager. Standing Committee said that PLI needed proper advertisement and the officials should pay attention to work on professional and commercial level. It was stressed that 10% of PLI’s profits must be used for advertisement. Members of Committee also emphasized on everlasting co-ordination of the Committee members and concerned officials, such kind of Practice may be accomplished for better results. It was informed to Standing Committee that PLI has won group insurance of Railway and WAPDA just because of its best performance. Standing Committee showed gratitude to the performance of PLI but desired for more attention, to earn billions for the nation.

The Standing Committee accentuate that it is important to implement the recommendation for horizontal results. Committee unanimously recommended to use iron hand to stop corruption.

MNAs Chaudhary Khalid Javaid Warraich, Ms, Maiza Hameed, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai and Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio attended the meeting beside Mr. Muhammad Sadeeq Memon, Frederal Secretary for Communications, Director General & Chairperson of Pakistan Post Office Department and other higher officers were also present.
 


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NA Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets - July 18, 2017

Islamabad, the 18th July, 2017. 30th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 11:00 am in the Committee Room of PIPS Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA. The Committee discussed the following agenda:
 

Agenda item No. 1

i) Confirmation of minutes of the previous meetings held on 4th and 13th July, 2017.
ii) Discussion on the issues of Human Rights violation in respect of allotment of plots to the effectees of Tarbella Dam and Warsak Dam
 

The Committee, after recitation from the Holy Qur’an, unanimously confirmed the minutes of the previous meetings.
 

The Standing Committee expressed its displeasure over view point of WAPDA that no violations of Human Rights have been committed by WAPDA with reference to allotment of plots to the effecttes of Tarbella and Warsak Dams whereas violations have been committed by WAPDA and a fair compensation was not paid to the affected person of Tarbella and Warsak Dams. It was informed by the two affected persons in the committee meeting that 70% affected persons have not been allotted substitution of land whereas 30% affected persons who were allotted substitution of land have been facing residential and other problems. It was also shared in the meeting that compensation was not given to the affected persons like peasants, landless fishermen, boats-men and gold extractors. It was stated that resettlement policy laid in the M/o Environment may be introduced.

Concession of 1100 unit electricity for three villages of Ghazi Hamlet, Kangra and Khlabat Township from the amount of Net Hydra was conditioned with the permission of NOC from the Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. PESCO and TESCO Chief Executive Officers were called in the next meeting which will be held on 28th July, 2017.   Chief Engineer WARSAK apprised the Committee that record of gardeners, Chowkidars, etc from scale1-2 who are appointed from local areas exists. The Committee recommended that 10 years’ record of appointment of scale.1-2 from WARSAK, Tribal Areas and Mehmand Agency be brought in the next meeting. The Committee also decided to visit the areas of WARSAK and TARbela Dams affected persons along with the WAPDA officers.


The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Penezai, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, M/o Water and Power, and its attached department. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Textile Industry Meets - July 18, 2017

STANDING COMMITTEE ON TEXTILE INDUSTRY DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF ALL PAKISTAN TEXTILE ASSOCIATIONS AND EXEMPTION OF LEASE CHARGES OF KARACHI GARMENT CITY

The Standing Committee on Textile Industry expressed strong displeasure over the frequent decrease in Export of the Country due to non-provision of Sales Tax refunds and non-availability of basic facilities resulting in the increase in trade deficit between Import and Export. The Committee was informed that the textile sector is facing difficulties in improving the export which needs to be addressed in order to improve the performance of Textile Sector. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Textile Industry held today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, MNA. 

The Committee expressed its reservation over the closure of 30 to 40% industry due high Tariffs of Electricity and Gas to value added associations and recommended that Tariff of Gas, Power and Wages should be brought down at par with regional competitors to make it competitive in the international market. The Committee directed the ministry to write a letter to Chairman, FBR for early release of Sales Tax Refunds to all Textile association in order to strengthen the Export of the Country. The Committee further recommended that implementation report on Prime Minister Package of Rs. 180 Billion announced for Textile Sector be submitted to the Committee on monthly basis.

The Committee expressed its concern over the taxes being imposed on Karachi Garment City in term of advance and withholding tax besides that it was the project of Federal Government. The Committee directed that the taxes imposed on Karachi Garment City should be exempted as Compared with other provinces. The Committee further directed to invite Chairman, FBR in the next meeting in order to resolve the said issue.

MNAs, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Col. (Redt) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam and Ch. Riaz-ul-haq attended the meeting, besides the officials of the Ministry.       
 


NA Standing Committee on Commerce Meets - July 18, 2017

Islamabad, 18th July 2017; 41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA.

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

3.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of three previous meetings held on 27th March, 2017, 28th March, 2017 and 27th April, 2017.

4.         The Committee was briefed by the Ministry that no PTA/FTA has been signed by the present Government since 2013 to 2017. The Committee shows its concern about speedy trade deficit in exports. It was informed to the Committee that the Prime Minister has announced a package in recent past due to which the trade rate has been enhanced to 16% in the last month. The Committee recommends the Ministry that import of the commodities/products which are produced within Pakistan should be discouraged by imposition of taxes, tariffs and regulatory duties.

5.        The Committee was briefed by the Ministry that due to enhanced rates of oil, gas and electricity, the industries are facing problems to compete the international market resulting into decline of exports causing trade deficit in country. It was informed to the Committee that now the electricity and gas is regularly and continuously provided to the industries. It was recommended by the Committee that instead of giving cash subsidies to the industries, rebate on the rates of electricity and gas should be granted to all the industries. It was directed by the Committee that the exemption of General Sales Tax (GST) on exports of all commodities/products should be considered by the Ministry.

6.        The Hon. Members/MNA Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Ms. Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana, Dr. Mehreen Razaque Bhutto, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Dr. Fouzia Hameed and Minister for Commerce attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Commerce with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee On Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatizatiion - July 14, 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 

PRESS RELEASE

Dated: 14th July, 2017

 

57th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 14th July, 2017, in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

Agenda No. 1

i).                 Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 01-06-2017

Agenda No. 2

i)                                            To consider “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) (Referred on 24-11-2015)

ii).                To consider “The Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Ms. Sajid Begum, MNA) (Referred on 07-03-2017).

iii).               To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) (Referred on 07-03-2017).

iv).               To consider “The Investment Corporation of Pakistan (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 15-05-2017)

Agenda No. 3

i).                  Briefing by Governor State Bank of Pakistan on “The State of Pakistan’s Economy” for the year 2016-17.

ii).                Post Budget discussion regarding difficulties being faced by the exporters, industrialists, stakeholders and suggestions in this regard, if any.

iii).               Briefing by the Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), on the targets achieved by the FBR during current fiscal year 2016-17.

 

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 01-06-2016.

 

3.            The Committee considered the Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and directed to State Bank of Pakistan for properly advertisement of ongoing loaning schemes already launched by the government for disabled persons. The Committee further recommended to SBP for issuance of necessary directions to all banks for providing disclosure of loaning details to disabled persons on quarterly basis. The Committee unanimously recommended that the Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017 may be passed by the Assembly as reported by the Committee, introduced by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA.  

 

4.            The Committee considered the Investment Corporation of Pakistan (Repeal) Bill, 2017 and recommended that it may be passed by the National Assembly as reported by the Committee.

 

5.            While considering the matter regarding difficulties being faced by the exporters, industrialists and stakeholders the Committee directed the Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and State Bank of Pakistan to sit with the President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industries for resolving the problems of exporters. The Committee Members were informed by the stakeholders of textile industries they were of the view that government should restructure the loaning to the textile industry in lieu of the collateral provided by the stakeholders. After detailed discussion the Committee decided that a joint of the Standing Committees on Commerce, Textile and Finance & Revenue of the National Assembly would be called shortly in this regard. The Committee unanimously recommended that concerned Ministers should be requested to attend the said meeting. The Committee also discussed the issues regarding Pakistan Steel Melters Association and recommended to FBR to sit with them for resolving the problem facing by the Steel industry.      

 

6.            The Committee welcomed the Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on his posting and extended its well wishes. The Committee also appreciated the role of Dr. Muhammad Irshad Khan, former Chairman FBR. 

 

7.            The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mr. Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha,  Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Syed Naveed Qamar,  Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil and Ms. Sajida Begum, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industries & Production, Ministry of Law & Justice, FBR and  SBP.

(AMIR OMER MALIK)

Secretary Committee


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production Meets - July 13, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in Committee room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 

2.         The Committee discussed the matter pertaining to closing down Engineering Development Board (EDB) and during the meeting the consensus was developed between all the stake holders to revive EDB and a Sub-Committee was constituted under the Convenership of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA to probe into decision of its closure.
 

3.         The Committee also considered the report of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Industries & Production on Pakistan Gems & Jewelry Development Company of (PGJDC), Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) and Furniture Company of Pakistan. The Committee recommended that all these three Departments i.e. PGJDC, PASDEC and furniture of Pakistan may be run by outsource.
 

4.         The Committee expressed its serious concern regarding the rehabilitation plan of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi and unanimously recommended that Steel Mills employees pensions and salaries should be released at the earliest. The Committee further expressed its displeasure on the disconnection of its gas for almost two years and for not taking any decision about its closure/fate. The Committee also recommended to file a reference in NAB on the deliberate delay regarding Steel Mills rehabilitation. 
 

5.         The Committee expressed its dissatisfaction over the devising policy on the consumer protection mechanism in Auto Policy and recommended that after the submission of Sub-Committee’s report on EDB,  another Sub-Committee may be constituted to examine the issue regarding the Auto Policy.
 

6.         Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Dr. Shezra Sardar Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Ch. Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA and Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, MNA.
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets - July 13, 2017

Islamabad, the 13th July, 2017. 29th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.
 

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee discussed the following agenda:
 

Agenda item No. 2
 

ii)                  Briefing on implementation status of Action Plan for Human
 

Briefing was given by the Director General, M/o Human Rights on the above subject in detail. He apprised the Committee that the Hon’able Prime-Minister, Islamic Republic of Pakistan approved the Action Plan for Human Rights on 13th February, 2016. In pursuance of its implementation, the Prime-Minister has constituted a National Task Force(NTF) under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Human Rights, comprising of federal ministries, provincial departments and members of parliament for prompt implementation of Action Plan to improve human rights situation in Pakistan in May, 2016. He added that two meetings of National Task Force have been held on 27th September, 2016 and 10th May, 2017. Provincial Task Forces have also been constituted in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and AJK to review and monitor the implementation of the Action Plan at provincial level.
 

The Hon’able Chairman, Standing Committee apprised the Committee that they have already visited Lahore. Now the Committee may visit to Peshawer and Mardan to check the jails position and talk to Chief Minister and Minister for Human Rights therein. He added that Committee Members will visit all the Chief Ministers of five provinces with reference to Task Force to resolve the issues of human rights.


Director General M/o Human Rights also mentioned that they have established Help Line for free of cost legal advice to the human rights violation cases and referral for redressal. He added that total calls received 74098 and legal advice as also provided to 2644 victims, etc.  He also added that implementation cell is also being prepared by the Ministry to resolve all the work of human rights. 


Asiya Naz Tanoli, MNA apprised the Committee that many vulgar and based on immorality programs like Chuingum Drama, Cartoon, Kala Jadoo and Naagan aur spaera programs are being shown in different media channels should be stopped by PEMRA which air to human violation in the society.
 

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Kishwer Zehra,  Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department.
 


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication Meets - July 12, 2017

Islamabad, 12th July 2017: The 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication (M/o IT&T) was held under the Chairmanship of Captain (Retd.) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

2.       The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.

3.      The representative from Special Communication Organization (SCO) briefed the Committee regarding existing and future plans of SCO and also functioning of SCO. He informed the Committee that SCO was raised in July, 1976 on the directions of the Prime Minister in which it was decided that transfer communication responsibility of the AJ&K /NAs and parts of the Tribal Territories to Army. This also includes the construction and maintenance of roads. The requirements of Defence are paramount. Please work out extent and modalities of the transfer.

4.       He also informed the Committee that SCO was made part of legislation through section 40 of Pakistan Telecom (Re-organiztion) Act- 1996. Special Communications Organization Notwithstanding anything contained in section 39, the telecom services, within the Northern Areas and Azad Jammu & Kashmir shall be operated by the SCO and the Authority shall issue a license to the organization accordingly.

5.       He further informed the Committee about the launching of NGMS Services in Gilgit-Baltistan. It was informed that they are also working in FATA and trying to get grant of necessary mandate spectrum and required funds to operate in FATA.

6.      The Hon. MNAs/Member Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication were also attended the meeting.


NA Sanding Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan met today - July 11, 2017


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met in Parliament House, Islamabad. - July 11, 2017

The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met in Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee unanimously recommended that “The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) may be passed with proposed amendments.

The Committee directed that Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) may expedite the process of procurement of printing machinery as per PPRA rules to meet the requirements of printing especially during the upcoming general elections.

The Committee directed that CA&AD may pursue the case with CDA effectively to get the possession of remaining land for extension of NIRM hospital and report to the Committee in the meeting.

The expressed strong displeasure over the failure of Liver Transplant Center, PIMS which could not be functional due to lack of coordination and mismanagement of PIMS administration. The Committee decided to fetch kind attention of the Hon. Prime Minster of Pakistan towards the said issue in order to make it functional without further delay. The Committee also expressed concern over the stoppage of visa by Indian embassy to the patients of liver transplant and recommended that concerned authorities may take up the issue with Indian embassy for amicable solution.

The Committee, therefore, constituted four Members Sub-Committee headed by Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, MNA to probe the reasons of failure of Liver Transplant Center and fix responsibility against the responsible to penalize the culprits accordingly.

The following MNAs i.e Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Syed Javed Ali Shah, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Ms. Parveen masood Bhatti, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem,         Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. FArhana Qamar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Qasim Noon, Dr. Marheen Razaq Bhutto, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and mover the Bill Dr. Fouzia Hameed were present in the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication (M/o IT&T) met today - July 11, 2017

Islamabad, 11th July 2017: The 27th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication (M/o IT&T) was held under the Chairmanship of Captain (Retd.) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.

3.     Agenda item i.

        The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its last meeting held on 09th May, 2017.

4.     Agenda item ii.

          The representative from Universal Services Fund (USF) gave detail briefing on USF ongoing and future projects along-with completion date and fund utilization up to 30th June, 2018. He also explained the year-wise receipts and expenditure position as of June 30, 2017 approximately 36,877,965,355 Billion. USF also briefed the programs to utilize the fund for its intended purpose. In this regards they have been designed the programmes to cater for the needs of unserved and underserved segment of population across Pakistan. USF also intends to provide coverage to the unserved areas in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, headed. Further more USF is also gathering data from telecom operators regarding their existing coverage in the country and also design projects to upgrade existing infrastructure to provide 3G services.

5.      Agenda item iii.

          The representative from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) informed the committee that PTA had already established a web analysis cell where 25 personnel are working solely on identifying unlawful content on internet including the blasphemous. In this regard, PTA blocked 12,977 URLs Blasphemous URLs and more than 6000 complaints were reviewed and processed accordingly. Facebook has also designated focal person to coordinate with PTA for prompt action against the reported material. Facebook reiterated their commitment toward removal/blocking of the blasphemous and objectionable content and assured that they will improve the cooperation and response time. The Committee expressed displeasure over the absence of DG, FIA in the meeting and decided to take serious action, in this regard.

 6.     The Hon. MNAs/Member Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Shazia Mubashar Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Nouman Islam Shaikh, Amjid Ali Khan, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and Federal Investigation Authority were also attended the meeting.


Meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Climate Change - July 10, 2017

Islamabad the 10th July, 2017: A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 10th July, 2017 in Parliament House.

The Standing Committee discussed the following agenda.

i.        Precautionary measures taken by the Ministry of Climate Change for current monsoon season.

ii.      Briefing by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) regarding updated working policy of growing seeds.

iii.    Briefing by Forest Department, Government of Punjab regarding cutting of precious trees alongside Murree Expressway and what steps have been taken against those culprits.

iv.    Briefing on implementation of Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Project.

v.      Briefing by Forest Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regarding losses of life and property caused by wildfire in Buner, KPK.

The Committee suggested that the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) should be strengthen.

The Standing Committee further recommended that soil accepted species of plants should be planted. The Committee also expressed concern over the Buner fire accident wherein no timely and proper measures were taken to control this fire.

Members who attended the meeting: Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, Chiarman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, MNA,Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA and Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).


NA Standing Commitee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony meets today - July 10, 2017

Islamabad, the 10th July, 2017. A meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony met today at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room of Ministry of Religious Affairs & Inter-faith Harmony Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Hafiz Abdul Kareem, MNA to discuss the following agenda:-

i)                     Recitation from the Holy Quran;

ii)                   Confirmation of the minutes of the previous meeting.

iii)                  Briefing on the award of quota to Hajj Tour Operators especially after directions of Supreme Court of Pakistan

iv)                  Current status of arrangements for Hajj, 2017 both in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

v)                   Any other item with the permission of the chair.

The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting after recitation of the Holy Quran. The Committee had already recommended in the previous meeting of 3rd July, 2017 to reject the list of 29 new companies which was approved by the Federal Cabinet in the Policy formulation Committee and asked the Ministry to reframe the policy to distribute the quota of private Hajj scheme keeping in view the small provinces like KPK, Balochistan and Azad Jamu and Kashmir  with the formula that  40% Private Sector quota of 71684 pilgrims out of which 10% quota of pilgrims should be decreased of those who have more than 150 pilgrims, which becomes 7168 pilgrims whereas new tour operators should not be given quota of more than 50 pilgrims. and report to the Committee in its next meeting of 10th July, 2017.  But the M/o Religious Affairs has repeated the same list in its next meeting and could not taken the Standing Committee into confidence due to which the committee expressed displeasure and walked out having protest against the M/o Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony for non-implementation on the recommendations of the Standing Committee.

The meeting was attended by Malik Abdul Ghafar Dogar, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr, Ramesh Lal Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Molvi Agha Muhammad Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, , and Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony besides senior officers from the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on P&NR Recommends enhancement of New Gas Connections to one Million per year - July 10, 2017

Islamabad; July 10, 2017: Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources has recommended enhancement of new domestic gas connections up to one million per year enabling the gas distribution companies to provide gas connection to the gas consumers. The Committee also recommended enhancement of domestic connections to new localities by 100 connections. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee recommended enhancement of new gas connections in wake of huge number of pendency with the gas distribution companies. The committee was apprised that OGRA had allowed 0.5 million new domestic gas connections to the gas distribution companies per year, however, due to huge number of pendency, the companies were unable to meet the demand. The Committee was further apprised that 200 connections were allowed to be provided to new localities. The Representative of OGRA informed the Committee that the Regulatory Authority had no objection on the increase as recommended by the Committee in case of the gas companies had the capacity to carry out the task.

The Committee while discussing the performance of Pakistan State Oil expressed its satisfaction, however, directed PSO to aggressively pursue measures to realize its recoverable from government departments. The Committee expressed its satisfaction on the performance of Pakistan Minerals Development Corporation (PMDC) and Hydro-Carbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP).

While discussing the implementation status of action taken by OGDCL on recommendations made in the previous meeting of the committee, directed the OGDCL Management to pursue the inquiries on irregularities in disbursement of WPPF, misuse of medical facilities and theft of diesel and apprise the Committee about their outcome.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Laghari, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Syed Muhammad Saqlain Shah Bukhari, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich,  Nawab Ali Wassan, Mr. Imran Khattak Mr. Abdul Waseem, Mr. Sajid Ahmed,  Secretary M/o P&NR, Senior Officers of the concerned departments. 


Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today - July 10, 2017

Islamabad, the 10th July 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the acting chairmanship of Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, as the Chairman Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi was abroad.

2.         The representative of M/o Law & Justice informed the Committee that the Bills, “the Domestic Workers (Employment Rights) Bill, 2016” (moved by Dr.Azra Fazal Pechuho MNA), “the Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (moved by Ms.Aliya Kamran, MNA) and “the Children (Pledging of Labour) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) fall under the ambit of M/o Interior. Therefore, the Committee referred the said Bills to the M/o Interior.

3.         The Committee discussed “the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017” moved by Dr. Shazia Sobia, MNA in detail. The Secretary M/o OP & HRD assured the Committee that the proposals of honourable MNAs would be incorporated in another Government Bill, which is under consideration in the Ministry.

4.         The Committee was informed by Employment Old Age Benefits Institute (EOBI) that the FIA started 18 inquiries, out of which 16 cases were registered by lodging FIRs against the private individuals and officials involved in the transactions including Mr. Zafar Iqbal Gondal, Ex-Chairman. The Committee recommended that the FIA may provide the details of 16 cases registered against the responsibles in the next meeting. The Committee recommended that the EOBI Legal Team would pursue the cases actively and properly in the Supreme Court.

5.         The Committee further recommended that the yearly financial report of EOBI must be presented in the National Assembly.

         MNAs, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Syed Sajid Mehdi, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Shaguft Jumani, Ms Aliya Kamran, Mr. Nasir Khan, Ms. Aisha and mover of the Bills Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA and Dr. Shazia Sobia, MNA attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and M/o Law and Justice.    


NHA and Motorways Police may improve the Road’s Safety Laws. Court cases, with foreign investors may be concluded soon - July 10, 2017

Islamabad the 10th July, 2017: Safety laws for National Highways and Motorways. NHA and Motorway Police should submit a piece of draft law for consideration of the Committee and for legislation by the Parliament, these instruction were given by the Standing Committee on Communication of National Assembly during its meeting held in the Parliament House.

The Committee asked the Ministry of Communications about the machinery available near the Burhan Laboratory. The Committee was informed that the machinery belonged to a Turkish Company while a Court Case is also in progress between NHA and the company for the last ten years. The Standing Committee directed that all such cases may properly be perused and got decided soon. The Standing Committee was informed that it has purchased some 800 kanals of land for a state of the art laboratory. It was informed to the Committee that, previously we used to follow the constructions standards of USA. Thereafter, it was thought that Pakistan should have its own standards because the environmental conditions of the Pakistan are different from that of USA. The Standing Committee was informed that JAICA has been informed about cooperation our laboratory and now Ministry of Communication has signed an agreement with China to improve the laboratory. The laboratory will not only fulfill the needs of the country but it will serve the region too. The Standing Committee was informed that Fort Minro, in the Hilly area of Balochistan, NHA has constructed the road on latest bridges which are example of its own. The meeting was attended by several MNAs and senior officers of NHA and Motorway Police.


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology Meets - July 6, 2017

STANDING COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CONSIDER THE REPORT OF MINISTRY REGARDING THE COLLECTION OF SAMPLES OF GHEE, MILK AND BOTTLED WATER
 

The Standing Committee expressed its concern that out of 22000 items only 108 products are included in the mandatory list of Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) despite the fact, that these items have licenses but the department could only take actions against the mandatory products. The Committee directed that PSQCA should formulate a policy in order to keep check & balance on non-mandatory products so that the quality of these products could not be compromised. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology held today in Ministry of Science and Technology under the Chairmanship of Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA.

The Committee was informed that overall results of open market surveillance reveal that in Islamabad and its peripheries the conformance level to the relevant PSS is quite good except Bottled Drinking Water which is significantly less than the average level of overall performance. The Committee directed that PSQCA should take strict action against those manufacturers who did not fulfill the required criteria and its report be submitted to the Committee on monthly basis. The Committee further directed that PSQCA should coordinate with media personals in order to expose the sub-standard manufacturers.

MNAs, Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Sajid Ahmad, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Shahjahan Muneer Mangrio and Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.       
 


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works Meets - July 6, 2017

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND WORKS SEEKS COMPREHENSIVE BRIEFING ON THALIAN JV PROJECT
 

Islamabad; July 6, 2017: The Standing Committee on Housing and Works has sought a comprehensive briefing by the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) on Thalian Joint Venture Housing Project in its next meeting. The Committee directed for presentation of all substantiating documents in that regard. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning.

The Committee decided to have a comprehensive briefing from the FGEHF on Thalian Joint Venture Housing Project in view of the concerns raised by the Members of the Committee regarding availability of water, title of land, access from the Islamabad-Lahore Motorway and eligibility of the Joint Venture (JV) Partner. The Members of the Committee were of the view that neither Joint Venture Partner was selected as per approval of the Cabinet and laid down procedures by the Government nor JV partner had the capacity to carry out the project. They also raised their concerns about the feasibility of the project in terms of availability of water, title of land and access from the Islamabad-Lahore Motorway.

The Committee while discussing the progress on the implementation of recommendations of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works on PM’s Low Cost Housing Project in Kuchlak, Balochistan expressed its dissatisfaction and directed M/o Housing and Works to initiate immediate actions as suggested by the Sub-Committee in its report. The Committee also directed Pakistan Housing Authority to assist Quetta Development Authority (QDA) for removal of encroachments from the land of the said project. The Committee was apprised by the Director General, QDA that said land was massively encroached and till the removal of encroachers feasibility of the project could not be carried out. He assured Government of Balochistan’s support for removal of encroachers and conduct of feasibility study. The Committee directed for removal of encroachers within 15-days under intimation to the Committee.

The Committee after briefing on the policy of PHA for allotment of plots for Mosques in its projects directed the Ministry to take representatives of all disgruntled sects on board who had been disregarded during the allotment process of such plots. The Chairman informed the Committee that he had received various complaints regarding allotment of plots for Mosques by PHA to representatives of only one sec