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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.
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(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 sect. The Committee directed the Ministry to formulate a policy in this regard and also work on the proposal of constructing Mosques through its own resources in all its future projects instead of allotting plots for the purpose, creating disgruntlement and litigation.

Earlier, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, MNA presented report of the Sub-Committee on Estate Office under his convenership. The Committee appreciated his efforts for presenting a comprehensive report on the malpractices and irregularities in the Estate Office. The Committee decided to discuss the said report in its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch,  Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan,  Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb,  Ms. Khalida Mansoor,  Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani,  Mr. Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani,   Mr. Sajid Nawaz Khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan,  Molana Ameer Zaman, Secretary M/o Housing and Works and other officers of the concerned departments.
 


CDA is not looking serious to develop Sector, E-12 Islamabad: (Standing Committee on Government Assurances); The most beautiful capital of the world is likely to be converted into most ugly capital of the world due to poor performance of CDA; Governm - July 5, 2017

Islamabad (5th July, 2017 ) “CDA is, apparently, not serious to develop Sector E-12; this observation is made by the standing Committee on Government Assurances in its meeting held in Parliament House. The meeting of the Standing Committee was attended by nine MNAs including Muhammad Afzal Khokar, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, Sardar Muhmmad Irfan Dogar, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azghar, Syed Sajid Mehdi, Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Mr Shafqat Mahmood, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan and Ms. Shagufta Jummani. The meeting was also attended By Mrs Nargis Ghaloo, Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD). Senior officers of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Water and Power, CEO of HESCO and CEO of SEPCO also attended the meeting.

The Standing Committee was informed that periods of more than thirty years have been passed but the CDA did not develop Sector E-12 of Islamabad. The Committee took very serious notice of the absence of Chairman CDA in the meeting. The Committee directed Chairman CDA to attend next meeting of the Standing Committee in person and explain the reasons of not developing the Sector E-12, failing which appropriate action would be initiated under the rules. The Standing Committee observed that the Islamabad, being the most beautiful capital of the world, was likely to be the ugliest capital of the world in next thirty years due to poor performance of CDA.

The Committee also considered the performance of Ministry of Water and Power. The Committee was informed that sometimes electricity bills were received to the consumers after the due date. And if the bills are received before the due date these are received just before the due date. So, it creates problems for the consumers. The Standing Committee on Government Assurances directed the Ministry of Water and Power to improve the billing system and come up with a mechanism to deliver the bills at least two week before the due date.

The Standing Committee was informed that during 2013 to October 2016 some 578 Assurances were given on the floor of the House. The implementation reports of the Assurances are regularly being demanded by different Divisions. During last three months implementation reports of 85 Assurances have been received from different Divisions. The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and concluded with mutual vote of thanks. 


NA Standing Committee on Ministry of Human Rights meets today - July 4, 2017

Islamabad, the 4th July, 2017. 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 11:00 am in the Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, 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;

Agenda item No. 2

i)                   Considered the Bill titled as “The Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 15-05-2017);

ii)                  Considered the Bill titled as “The Juvenile Justice System Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 24-05-2017)  

Agenda item No. 3

ii)                 Discussion on the issues of Human Rights violation in respect of allotment of plots to the affect tees of Tarbella Dam;

iii)                Briefing on investigations of the murder case of Bakhshish Elahi, Journalist, Haripur;

iv)                 Any other item with permission of the Chair.

2.         The Committee, after recitation from the Holy Qur’an, unanimously confirmed the minutes of the previous meetings.

3.         The Committee unanimously decided to move the privilege motion on the issue of wrong propaganda of smile Frontier Post, Siyaq, ARY and News Channel against the honour and dignity of the honourable Chairman, Standing Committee on the M/o Human Rights. 

4.         The Committee considered the Bill titled as “The Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 15-05-2017) and approved unanimously with the amendment in sub-section (b) of section 5 as “is unattended, victim of an offence, child domestic & such other workers found begging, imprisoned with the mother or lives in immoral environment”.

5.         The Committee also considered the Bill titled as “The Juvenile Justice System Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 24-05-2017) and approved unanimously with the minor amendment in sub-section 1 of section 8.

6.         The Committee discussed the agenda No.3 (i) on the issues of Human Rights violation in respect of allotment of plots to the affect tees of Terbela Dam. The Committee was briefed by General Manager Terbela Dam Project and apprised that the affect tees who applied at that time they were allotted plots and compensation was also given to them. The Committee expressed displeasure on the statement of the General Manager, Tarbella Dam Project and shared its views that 52,000 people have not yet been provided their rights of compensation by constructing illegal dam. It is the violation of human rights that one austro-turf spread in the area worth Rs.4billion is also being wasted. No school facility has yet been provided to the people in that area. The Committee dissatisfied with the briefing of the General Manager, (TDP) and directed the Ministry of Human Rights to direct WAPDA to bring the complete record of all the dams. The Committee also invited the two special invitees to explain the situation of affect tees of Tarbella Dam in the next meeting on the issues of human rights violation in respect of allotment of plots to the affect tees of all the dams.

7.         The Committee was also given briefing by the District Police Officer, Haripur on investigation of the murder case of Bakhshish Elahi, Journalist, Haripur. He apprised the Committee that they have picked up many people to investigate the murder case, it will be complete merit based investigation. He added if someone runs out of the country, they may capture the culprit to issue black warrant through Interpol and investigation will be done within a couple of days.

8.         The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department.


N.A.Standing Committee on Religious Affairs & Interfaith harmony meets - July 3, 2017

 

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
Committee Wing
PRESS RELEASE

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RELEGIOUS AFFAIRS AND INTERFAITH HARMONY MEETS TODAY

Islamabad, the 3rd  July, 2017. A meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony met today at 02:00 p.m. in the Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, 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
The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting after recitation of the Holy Quran. The Committee discussed the agenda item No. III in detail. The Chairman, Standing Committee apprised the Committee that Government have 60% whereas Private Tour Operators have 40% quota for pilgrims. According to the direction of Supreme Court of Pakistan Quota of pilgrims should be given to new tour operators who had already given applications and some out of them who have been deprived of their Haj Quota are trying to appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.  The problem lies with the old tour operators who have not reserved booking of their 50,000 Hajj flights. Its decision should be made within two days.

The Joint Secretary, M/o Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony briefed on the agenda and apprised the Committee that 2% quota was provided by the Hajj Policy Formulation Committee constituted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to the top most new 29 Companies on merit basis The Committee expressed displeasure on the provision of wrong quota to the new companies by the M/o Religious Affairs ignoring the high powered committee constituted by the Prime-Minister, Islamic Republic of Pakistan consisting on the Chairman, St. Committee of the Senate on the M/o Religious Affairs, Chairman, St. Committee of the National Assembly on the M/o Religious Affairs, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and the M/o State for Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony.

The Committee unanimously decided to reject that list of 29 new companies and suggested that M/o Religious Affairs have 40% Private Sector quota of 71684 pilgrims out of which 10% quota of pilgrims should be decreased of those who has 150 pilgrims or more than it, which becomes 7168 pilgrims whereas new tour operators should not be given quota of more than 50 pilgrims. Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA also suggested to include the small provinces like Balochistan, Kashmir and others while fixing the quota of pilgrims. The Committee decided to convene its meeting on 10th July, 2017 at 11:00am in the committee room of M/o Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony.

The meeting was attended by Malik Abdul Ghafar Dogar, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah,  Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mr, Ramesh Lal Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Molvi Agha Muhammad, and Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony besides senior officers from the Ministry.
(ASGHA JALAL)
D.S/Secretary Committee

 


National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today - June 23, 2017

Islamabad, the 23rd June, 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 was briefed on the Bill titled “The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) by the Ministry of SAFRON in detail. However the said Bill was deferred for its next meeting with the suggestion for further study the Bill and share with the people of their constituencies. The Committee was informed that after enactment the Bill, it will repeal the FCR Law in FATA as it was the long standing demand of the people of FATA.

2.         The Minister for SAFRON also briefed the Committee over the salient features of the said Bill in detail. He also readout the recommendations finalized by the Reforms Committee on FATA and approved by the Cabinet before the Committee as well. To a question regarding the word of merger of FATA in KP, he told the Committee that there were total 26 recommendations made by the FATA Reforms Committee for reforms in FATA wherein the word used of bringing the FATA in mainstream in next five years. He further said that the Committee has the mandate to pass or reject the said Bill.

3.         The issue of tax extension to FATA also came under discussion and the members from FATA raised their strong reservations over it and demanded from the Federal Government to review on it. Mr. Bismillah Khan, MNA also did token walkout on the decision of imposing tax in FATA and said that the FATA is war torn area and it will be great in justice with the people of FATA if not withdrawn the decision by the Federal Government.

4.         The Committee also decided that FATA members who are not the members of the Committee would also be invited in the next meeting to obtain their point of view/input regarding the aforementioned Bill.

5.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Mr. Nasir Khan, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Usman Tarakai, Marri, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali MNAs and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges meets today - June 22, 2017

Islamabad, 22nd June, 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.2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.

2.      The Committee pended the amendments moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA in rule 122 and 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

3.      The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, MNA regarding non-provision of loans to the Hon. Member by Financial Institutions and Private Banks, the Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Nisar Ahmed Jatt, MNA, regarding alleged decline of Mr. Akhtar Randhawa, CEO, HESCO, the Question of Privilege raised Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA regarding indifferent attitude of flight crew of PK-711, the Question of Privilege raised by Mir Aijaz Hussein Jakhrani, MNA, regarding disrespecting/ abusing the authority of the Chair and sanctity of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping were also pended by the Committee.

4.      The Committee disposed of the issue related to non-action on the letter of Hon. Member by Mr. Khizar Hayat Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and Mr. Qasim Khan, Secretary, Workers Welfare Fund regarding irregular appointments, promotions and absorption of Mr. Abdul Hameed Jumani, Director General Education and Welfare, Syed Nauman Shah, Director and Mr. Zubair Malik, Assistant Director, Workers Welfare Fund.

5.      On the Question of Privilege raised by Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, the Committee expressed its displeasure for not-attending the meeting by I.G.P, Sindh and his concerned Police Officers. The Committee directed the I.G.P, Sindh to provide the detail of security personnel deputed with the Parliamentarians and the others alongwith their duration of postings.

6.      The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 28-4-2017.

7.      The meeting was attended by Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Mr. S. A. Iqbal Quadra, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Salahuddin, MNAs/Movers.


NA Standing Committee On Information & Broadcasting Directs For Early Completion Of Consultation On Journalists Protection Bill - June 20, 2017

Islamabad June 20, 2017: 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 while discussing “The Protection of Journalists Bill. 2014”, directed Information and Broadcasting Division to complete consultation with the stakeholders and media organization 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 safely and welfare. The Committee deferred “The PEMRA (Amendment) Bill, 2017” till its next meeting, providing Members of the Committee, an opportunity to give their valuable input.

The Committee was not satisfied with the performance of Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) and directed to assert its authority provided under the PCP Law to check pervasive violation by print media. The Committee also sought details of suo moto actions initiated by PCP against print media. The Committee decided to hold another meeting on the working and performance of PCP.

The Committee expressed displeasure on the PTV Engineering department on non-competition of TV Transmission Boosters despite lapse of considerable time. The Committee asked the Secretary Information Division currently holding the charge of Managing Director (PTV) to inquire into the delay and identify the persons responsible for that inordinate delay causing loss to national exchequer and submit his findings to the Committee within one month.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Mr. Waseem Akthar Sheikh, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Mr. Murad Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Jadoon, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, CH. Muhammad Tufail, Dr. Fouzia Hameed (Mover), Secretary Information and Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training meets - June 20, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform Meets - June 19, 2017

Islamabad, the 19th June, 2017, The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at 11.00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Secretary M/o Planning, Development and Reform informed the Committee that the independent Project Directors would be appointed for those projects which are approved by Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC).  The Committee recommended that Ministry may provide a complete list of Project Directors to the Committee for its perusal.

The Chief Executive Officer (FESCO) assured the Committee that the electrification work in NA-73 under Pakistan SDGs and Community Development program will be completed by end of July, 2017. The Committee recommended that the M/o Water & Power may submit its funds execution policy before the Committee in the next meeting.

The General Manager NESCOM informed the Committee that 33% work of the project of National Electronics Complex of Pakistan (NECOP) has been completed.

The Committee was informed that the remaining issue of construction of bridge on River Indus to link Kallur-Kot with Dera Ismail Khan would be resolved before the next meeting. Moreover, it was informed that the PC-I of project has been prepared and submitted in CDWP for approval.

The Chairman Wapda informed the Committee that 87% of the total land has been acquired for Diamer Basha Dam Project.

MNAs, Ch Jaffar Iqbal, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Mr Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari and Mr. Sher Akber Khan attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, M/o Water & Power, WAPDA and Fasialabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO).
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - June 19, 2017

Motorway Police should be equipped to meet the needs of CPEC. Western Route should be completed timely. No delay will be tolerated. Standing Committee on Communication.

19th June 2017:Motorway Police should be equipped to meet the needs of CPEC. This direction is issued by the Standing Committee on Communications of National Assembly of Pakistan to the Government of Pakistan. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Communications. The Committee was informed that Western Route of CPEC has been divided in to five zones and the work has been started on all five zones. FWO, NLC and some other contractors have started the work on site. The Western Route will be completed by June-2018. The Committee was shown the Arial view of onsite progress of the construction work, which was captured with the help of drone technology. The Committee was briefed that some more than ten thousands human resource is needed to meet the requirements of all newly built Highways, Motorways and CPEC. The Committee directed that creation of the required posts and appointment against vacancies on merit should be completed by December 2017. It was informed to the Committee that Prime Minister of Pakistan announced 20% of basic pay as special pay of the employees of Motorway Police but only 10% has been paid. The Committee took very serious notice of it and observed that it was very objectionable. Because, the Prime Minister of Pakistan  announces some benefits to employees of a department but the bureaucracy creates hinders. The Committee directed that remaining 10% allowance might be paid to the employees of National Highway and Motorway Police forthwith. Similarly, it was brought to the notice of the Committee that the special allowance is being paid to the employees of National Highway and Motorway Police equal to the basic pay. But the same  has been frozen on the basic pay of 2008. The Committee directed that the special pay allowance should be given according to the current basic. The meeting was attended by MNAs Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Usman Khan Tarrakai, Mr. SalimRehman, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, MolanaQamarud Din, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Sanjay perwani, Ms. MaizaHameed, Mr. ShahidTarar, Secretary Communications. Several Senior Officers and Officers of Motorway Police also attend the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Meets - June 19, 2017


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today - June 13, 2017

Islamabad, the 13th June, 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the acting Chairmanship of Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA, to consider “the Children (Pledging of Labour) (Amendment) Bill, 2017,”  “the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and briefing/discussion on role of Parliamentarians in Board of Governors (BOG) of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) and Workers Welfare Fund (WWF).

2. The Committee deferred “the Children (Pledging of Labour) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA due to her absence. The representative of M/o Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development however informed the Committee that the subject Bill relates to M/o Interior. The Committee decided to invite Secretary, Interior in the next meeting to discuss the subject matter.

3. The Committee also discussed “the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017” moved by Dr. Shazia Sobia, MNA in detail and deferred due to the absence of Mover.

4. The Managing Director (OPF) informed the Committee that after the promulgation of Public Sector Companies (Corporate Governance) Rules, 2013, in pursuance of Rule 3(7) of the said Rules, appointment of honourable members of the Parliament has been discontinued, now, by the Government.

5. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the Chairmanship of Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan to examine the legal status of OPF with reference to his creation under Immigration Ordinance 1979.

MNAs, Ch. Abid Raza, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Aisha, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar and Syed Sajid Mehdi attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and M/o Law and Justice.


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today - June 12, 2017

Islamabad, the 12th June, 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the acting Chairpersonship of Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, MNA, to consider “the Domestic Workers (Employment Rights) Bill, 2016,” “the Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill, 2016” and the issue of re-instatement/regularization, non-payment of salaries and formulation of structure for M. Tech employees of Workers Welfare Board, Punjab, Lahore.

2.The Committee deferred the Domestic Workers (Employment Rights) Bill, 2016 moved by Dr.Azra Fazal Pechuho due to her absence.

3.The Committee however, discussed the Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill, 2016 moved by Ms.Aliya Kamran, MNA in detail. The representative of M/o Law & Justice informed the Committee that the subject Bill relates to M/o Interior.

4.The Secretary, Workers Welfare Fund informed the Committee that the salaries of employees of Workers Welfare Board KPK have been released till June, 2017. The Committee recommended that the issues of employees of M. Tech project Punjab should be resolved, at the earliest.

MNAs, Mian Imtiaz Ahmad, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Aisha and Ms. Aliya Kamran attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and M/o Law and Justice.  
 


56th meeting of the NA Standing Committees on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization was held today - June 1, 2017

56th meeting of the Standing Committees on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today, the 1st June, 2017 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA.

The Committee Members have given their views regarding Budget Speech. The Committee appreciated the decision made by the government for providing a huge allocation of funds to agriculture sector. Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research has given few more suggestions on fertilizer subsidy, tractors, fisheries and livestock sector.

The Committee also discussed the status of the recommendations made by the Committee during its previous meetings. Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) assured the Committee that all suggestions would be considered thoroughly. 

Meeting was attended by Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik,            Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Jehangir Khan Tareen, Ministry of Finance & Revenue, National Food Security & Research, NBP, SBP and stakeholders.


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC meets: 9 SEZs are CPEC specific, wind and solar energy being added to national grid - May 25, 2017

Islamabad, May 25, 2017:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, which met here today, at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, was briefed on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to be established under the CPEC.  The Chairman of the Privatization Commission, Miftah Ismail briefed the Committee on criterion for establishing SEZs as well as the establishment of such SEZs under the CPEC.  He said that 9 sites for SEZs have been declared priority sites under the CPEC and each province plus Federal area, Gilgit-Baltistan have been allocated SEZs.  These sites have been identified by the provincial governments and there is close coordination between the federal and the provincial governments.  A high level Chinese delegation will visit Pakistan in the first week of June to see these sites and discuss their feasibilities.  The final decision will be made in consultation between the Chinese and Pakistani sides.  The sites include Rashakai in Noshera, Hattar, Sheikhupura, Faisalable, Bostan near Quetta, Khuzdar, Thebaji and Keti Bandar plus Gilgit and a federal industrial zone in Islamabad as well as one near Port Qasim.

The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC said that it should be ensured that the less-developed areas of Pakistan be given priority in development so they are brought at par with the more developed areas of Pakistan.  The purpose of the SEZs which are being open to all investors both Pakistani and foreign, is also to attract the companies from China which will be relocated abroad in the coming years.

The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC also directed the Ministry of Water & Power to carry out wind corridor survey in KPK and Balochistan which is being done and necessary monitoring stations have been established in both provinces.

The Ministry of Water & Power briefed the Committee that 700 MG of electricity of wind power have been connected to the national grid while another 300 MG of solar energy is now connected to the national grid which is for the first time as renewable energy has also become a factor in the energy mix in Pakistan.

Earlier the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed briefed the committee about his participation in the highly-successful Belt & Road Forum in Beijing which was held on May 14-15, 2017.  The Committee welcomed the pro-active participation of Pakistan’s delegation in the Belt & Road Forum led by the Prime Minister which included the Chief Ministers of the 4 provinces. He added that CPEC is the flagship project of the Belt & Road Initiative. The Chairman also welcomed the new member of the Committee Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi.

The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC decided that the next meeting would be devoted to a briefing by the Minister for Planning & Development on the long term plan of CPEC. 

The meeting was attended by Mr. Akram Khan Durrani, Federal Minister for Housing and Works, Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Senator Lt. Gen. (Retd) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Shibli Faraz, Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Ministry of Water & Power, Board of Investment of the Pakistan and Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC also attend the meeting.
 


NA House And Library Committee Refers Inquiry Of Substandard Maintenance Work Of Parliament Lodges Cafeteria To FIA - May 24, 2017

Islamabad: 24th May, 2017:  The National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library expressed its annoyance over the action taken by the CDA on inquires ordered by the Committee related to maintenance and renovation of Parliament Lodges. The |Committee opined that officers responsible for dereliction of their duties causing loss to exchequer were either exonerated of the charges against them or were awarded minor penalties. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker National Assembly Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Parliament House, this morning.

The Committee while discussing the inquiry report regarding maintenance and renovation of Parliament Cafeteria expressed dissatisfaction over the outcome of the inquiry and directed referring the same to Federal Investigation Agency for further probe. The Committee observed that Rs.43 million were spent on sub-standard renovation and maintenance of Cafeteria which was initially estimated for Rs.9 million thus causing loss of Rs.34 million to the national exchequer.
 
The Committee also expressed its displeasure on the dismal state of affairs of CDA Parliament Lodges Directorate and directed Chairman to immediately take appropriate action to rectify the situation. The Deputy Speaker said that he had been receiving multiple complaints from Members of the Parliament on daily basis regarding pathetic cleanliness, maintenance work and horticulture services at Parliament Lodges.

The committee rejected inquiry report submitted by CDA on fixing of responsibility on the failure of non-completion of 104 family suites and quarters in time in Parliament Lodges and directed CDA and Project Director, National Assembly to physically assess the work done by the Contractor and fix responsibility on the persons responsible for that failure and submit their findings within 10 days. The Chairman CDA informed the Committee that the Contractor had taken the matter to the Arbitrator and CDA was waiting for his decision to be announced in the month of June. He assured the Committee that necessary action would be taken against the Construction firm in light of the directions of the Committee.

While discussing the matter of handling over plots of the employees of National Assembly/ Members of NAECHS, the Committee directed Inspector General of Police (ICT) to take necessary action to get the possession of the illegally occupied land of NAECHS. The Committee was apprised that Chief Commissioner had written letter to the IG (ICT) for taking action against the illegal occupants; however, the action by ICT Police was still pending. 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 Committee said that the FECHS had acquired precious land of NAECHS and provided only 458 plots out of 1096 plots, thus violating the agreement. The Committee directed the Chief Commissioner and Inspector General of Police, ICT to ensure their presence in the next meeting of the Committee so that the Committee may discuss and give appropriate directions.
 
The Committee was attended by MNAs Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani and Ms Kiran Haider.
 


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - May 24, 2017

Islamabad; May 24, 2017: 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 43rd Session of the National Assembly.
 
The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 43rd session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House.  It was decided that current session of the National Assembly will be continued as Budget Session.  The Minister of Finance and Revenue will present the Budget for year 2017-18 on 26th May, 2017 and general discussion on the budget will be started from 29th May, 2017.  The Finance Minister will wind up the general discussion on the Budget on 9th June, 2017 and after that the voting on demands of grants will be started on 10th June, 2017 The Budget session will be remained continued till 14th June, 2017.

The meeting was attended by the Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice and Climate Change, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Shahab-ud-Din Khan, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Sheikh Salahuddin and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets today - May 23, 2017

Islamabad, the 23rd May, 2017.  27th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 3:00 pm in the Committee Room of PIPS of the Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The Committee, after brief discussion, deferred the bill titled as “The Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection Bill, 2017” for detailed discussion in the next meeting.

The Committee considered the bill titled as “The National Commission for Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2017” ((Amendment in section 3 & 5, Act XVI of 2012) (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA) (Referred on 16-05-2017) in its meeting and recommended/passed unanimously to fix the age limit of retirement as not more than 65 years, for the Chairman and the members of the commission. The Mover of the bill, Mr. Muhammad Muzzamil  Qureshi thanked the Honorable committee members for consideration of his bill.

The Committee also deferred to review the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), Act, 2012, for its next meeting.

The Committee was given briefing by Director General, Ministry of Human Rights on implementation status of action plan for Human Rights but the committee members expressed their concerns over the performance of four action plans. The committee decided to defer the implementation status of action plans for Human Rights. The committee also directed the Ministry to discuss the performance of four commissions since February, 2016, Mashaal case, and purpose of allocation of funds in the action plan, etc.

The meeting was attended by Sayed Essa Nori, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms Kiran Haider, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, the mover of the bill, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department.


NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON STATES AND FRONTIER REGIONS (SAFRON) MET - May 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th May, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Constitution Room, 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 however, did not develop consensus among the members on the said Bill and deferred for next meeting for further consideration. Majority of members were of the view that they should be given some time to study and consult the Bill with the people having legal background. It was further decided that next date of meeting will be communicated by Chairman Standing Committee after consultation with the Hon. Mr. Speaker, National Assembly.

2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir  Khan, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr.Muhammad Kamal Malik, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Mr. Nasir Khan, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din,  Mr. Usman Tarakai, Ms. Shazia Marri, Mr. Shahab-ud-Din Khan, Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND REFORM - May 16, 2017

Islamabad, the 16th May, 2017: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at 2.00 p.m. in Conference Room of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Quaid Azam University Campus Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee was informed that Rs: 10 billion will be allocated for the financial year 2017-18 to widen the Prime Minister Health Insurance Scheme all over the country.  

The Committee recommended that the land issues of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics may be resolved by Capital Development Authority under the Prime Minister directions.

The Committee showed serious reservations over the absence of Secretary M/o National    Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and directed that he would clear his position before the Committee otherwise proceedings of breach of privilege should be taken against him.

The Committee was informed that 9 Special Economic Zones were agreed in the 6th JCC meeting under CPEC in December, 2016.  

MNAs, Ch Jaffar Iqbal, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Ms Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, and Mr. Sher Akber Khan attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, M/o Water & Power and Fasialabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) Fasialabad.


Meeting of the Standing Committees on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization - May 16, 2017

Islamabad, the 16th May, 2017: 55th meeting of the Standing Committees on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today, the 16th May, 2017 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA

2.   The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 26-04-2017.

3.   The Committee deferred “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) on the request of the Honorable Movers.

4.   The Committee considered “The Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA) and recommended that State Bank of Pakistan will prepare a proposal regarding to offer special care to disable persons of society by providing loans on soft terms and conditions.

5.   The Committee considered “The Auditor-General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms & Conditions of Service) (Amendment) Bill, 2017) and recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly, as reported by the Standing Committee.

6.   The Committee discussed the issues regarding Dairy sector in Pakistan and recommended that Dairy sector should be considered on zero rating instead of exemption of tax. The Committee also discussed the challenges to local wire and cables manufacturers and supported the view point of the local cable industry. The Committee strongly recommended that local wire and cables manufacturers should be considered in zero rated tax net. The Committee further recommended that proposal received from cables sector should be sent to Federal Board of Revenue for further consideration.

7.   The Committee was briefed by the representative of Karachi Timber Merchant Group on the proposals prepared by the Timber Merchants. The Committee supported that the same may be forwarded to FBR for its consideration to incorporate in the upcoming budget.  

8.   The Committee was informed by the representative of Pakistan Plastic Manufacturer Association regarding the problems being faced by the industry due to custom tariff of polymeric MDI. The Committee strongly recommended for downward revision of custom tariff on polymeric MDI (further PCT 3909-3000 in the upcoming budget).

9.   The President, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) assured the Committee that issues relating to pensioners would be taken up in the Board meeting for its positive solution, shortly. The Committee was informed by the Director, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) about the actions taken by the NAB after filing the reference of NBP Bangladesh scam against the accused. The Committee recommended that details of the actions taken by the NAB in this regard may be provided to this Committee.    

10.  Meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Sher Akbar Ali Khan, MNAs and besides senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, NBP, SBP and AGP.


National Assembly Standing Committee On Defence Meets Today - May 15, 2017

Islamabad, 15th May, 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 University of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2016” at length. The Committee also heard the viewpoint of Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA (mover of the Bill) over the proposed amendments in the said Bill. While briefing the Committee, she said that it is imperative for the  National University of Medical Sciences being a University of Medical education in the public sector should also submit to the oversight and guidance role of the PMDC. The Executive Director of HEC and President of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) told the Committee that the oversight role is clearly defined in their respective ordinances and did not support the proposed amendments in the Bill. After detailed deliberations the Committee unanimously disapproved the proposed amendments in the said Bill.

The Committee further directed the Ministry of Defence to arrange briefing on the current situation at Chaman border, LOC and challenged the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav before the International Court of Justice by India.

The meeting was also attended by MNAs; Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Ms. Kishwer Zehra and Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Mover of the Bill and Officers/Officials of the Ministry


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

Islamabad, 12th May 2017; 35th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad 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 03-05-2017.

4.  The Committee considered “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new section 364-B, Act XLV of 1860) and Amendment of schedule-II (Acvt V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred till its next Committee meeting. The Committee considered “The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015” (Insertion of new sections 7-A & 47-A and Amendment of sections 50 & 53 W.P. Ordinance XIX of 1965) (Moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and passed it with majority of the Committee. On this the Hon. Members Dr. Arif Alvi and Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel objected and recorded their Note of Dissent.

5.  The Committee considered “The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of sections 6 & 8, Axt XIX of 2013) (Moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA) and unanimously decided that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. The Committee considered “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA) and decided that the Bill be deferred till its next Committee meeting. Departmental Representative of NADRA briefed the Committee. The Committee satisfied and appreciated the progress of NADRA and on the request of Departmental Representative the Committee reconsider its previous decision related to the inquiry and action against the Mr. Ehtisham Shahid, P.S.O to Chairman, NADRA and directed to withdraw the order in this regard and restore him.

6.  The Committee did not take up the remaining agenda and deferred it till its next Committee meeting.

7.  The Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Syed Javed Ali Shah, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Khial Zaman Orakzai, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi and Ms. Shazia Marri were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control, NACTA, NADRA, I.C.T and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.                                              


NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets today - May 12, 2017


National Assembly Standing Committee on M/o Human rights meets today - May 11, 2017

Islamabad, the 11th May, 2017. 26th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 11:00 am in the Committee Room of PIPS in the Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The Committee discussed, after recitation of the Holy Qur’an, on the recruitment policy, financial rules and annual audit report, etc., of the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR). The Committee expressed displeasure that Chairman, National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) has not taken the St. Committee into confidence on submission of the secret shadow report to USA which was different from that of the Government. The Committee stressed to review the report in its next meeting. The M/o Human Rights was directed to submit detailed shadow report with reference to visit of USA. The Committee also directed the Chairman, NCHR to provide hard copy to Secretary, M/o Human Rights and Committee Members.

The Committee also ascertained the Chairman, NCHR to submit replies of the 14 questions of previous recommendations of the Committee.

The Committee also directed the Ministry of Human Rights to constitute a committee consisting on the representatives of M/o Human Rights, Law and Justice Division, Finance and Establishment Divisions to support making financial rules of NCHR and report to the Committee.

The Committee reconsidered the Bill titled as “The women distress and detention fund (Amendment Bill, 2017) (Amendment of section 6, Act XV of 1996) (Government Bill) and approved unanimously.

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department.


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets today - May 11, 2017

Islamabad (May 11, 2017) We are committed to address the issue of affectees of E-12. These views were expressed by the Chairman Standing Committee on Government Assurances in the meeting of the Standing Committee, while he was presiding over the meeting of the Committee. It was briefed to the Standing Committee that those, who were allotted plots about thirty years ago, have died or have become old citizens. The allottees are looking towards the government for the possession of the developed plots.Similarly, the Committee was informed that, the old villagers were also not properly compensated and their problems were also not addressed, since 80’s. Hence there are two kinds of affectees, one who spent millions of rupees for purchase of plots and one who gave land and houses to CDA but they did not receive proper compensation. So these people could not shift to the new places. It was informed to the Committee that some of them were properly paid monies and plots against their lands and houses. So, they shifted in 1987 and settled in new locations. Those who could not shift, due to one reason or the other, their grandsons have been grown up, now. So, the villagers are suffering a lot. The Committee directed to solve the problems of all the affectees by developing Sector E-12, without further delay. The Committee was informed that, with the exception to the Council of Islamic Ideology and SAFRON, the Ministries and Divisions were not sending briefs in Urdu. The Committee took its very serious notice. The Committee all of the Ministries/Divisions to send briefs in Urdu too, otherwise, the responsible ones will be held answerable.  The meeting of the Committee was attended by Honorable Chairman Mr. AfzalKhokhar, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Moulana Muahmmad Khan Sherani and one mover Mr. Sher Akbar Khan MNA, Secretary Capital Administration Development Division (CADD), Member CDA and several other senior civil offices participated in the meeting.

 


NA Standing Committee On Communications Meets - May 10, 2017

Islamabad, the 10th May 2017. National Highway Authority (NHA) is going to hold survey to connect Astore to Azad Kashmir. This has been stated by NHA authorities during a briefing given to Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications. The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi. It was briefed to the Committee that the Skardu-Gilgit road will be constructed in a shortest period of seven months. There are three bridges of Gilgit-Skardu road two of the bridges of the road will be imported from England and tenders and other process of the road has been completed and the road will be constructed by FWO in seven months. It was added that the work of the road will be started in August 2017. It was informed that Jaglot to Skardu road is part of Gilgit-Skardu road, which is going to be started. Its PC-I has already been approved and passed by the competent authority. NHA informed that mega projects of M-9, Green Line and Lyari Expressway will be completed within the decided time period. The standing Committee on Communications directed that no delay in any national project will be tolerated. The Committee showed its displeasure on the fact that there are several encroachments on the right of way of NHA especially on N-50 but NHA is not going to remove any encroachment because of one reason or the other. The Committee directed that all of the encroachments should be removed without any further delay. The Committee also directed that recommendations of the Committee should be implemented in letter and spirit. The Committee directed that the Ministry of Communications should give a complete and detailed report of all encroachments on the roads of NHA and the actions taken by NHA. The Committee meeting was attended by 14 MNAs including Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, Mr. Sarzameen, Ccahudry Khalid Javed Warraich, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Molana Qamar-ud-Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai. 


National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today - May 9, 2017

Islamabad, 9th May, 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 Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.

2. The Committee pended the amendments moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA in rule 122 and 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 and the  Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, MNA regarding non-provision of loans to the Hon. Member by Financial Institutions and Private  Banks.

3. The Committee disposed of the issue of briefing by Inspector General of Police, Islamabad regarding security matter in Parliament Lodges Islamabad, the amendment in rule 122 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA and the Question of Privilege moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA regarding disconnection of electricity by WAPDA, Islamabad.

4. On the Question of Privilege raised by Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA, the Committee decided to invite the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs in its next meeting. The Committee also directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to provide the detailed list of those who performed Hajj on Mujamla Visa and the detail of staff on Hajj Duty in 2016.

5. On the Question of Privilege of Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, MNA, the Committee decided to issue summons/warrants of Director General, Land Record Computerization Authority, Lahore and Mr. Babar Wahla, Assistant Director, (Land), Nowshera Virkan, District Gujranwala for not attending the meeting of the Committee and assure their presence in its next meeting.

6. The Committee also pended the matter pertaining to the medical facilities to the dependents/parents of the Members of the National Assembly.

7. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 28-4-2017.

8. The meeting was attended by Ch. Khadim Hussain, Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Mr. Najaf Abbas Siyal, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahran, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho and Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNAs/Movers.


NA Standing Committee On Information Technology and Telecommunication Meets - May 9, 2017

Islamabad, 09th May 2017: The 26th 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 10th April, 2017.
4.     Agenda item ii.
        The Committee unanimously showed their serious concerns on the issue of blasphemous/objectionable material posted on social media and asked the Ministry, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) representatives about the actions taken till date and the progress to mitigate the issues relating to this important subject. The representatives from the M/o IT&T, PTA and representative from the FIA briefed the Committee against blasphemous/objectionable material on social media. They also briefed about the culprits arrested across the country in connection to posting and propagation of blasphemous material. The Committee appreciated the efforts being undertaken so far by the M/o IT&T, PTA, FIA and other agencies to tackle the issue.
6.      Agenda item iii.
          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.
7.      Agenda item iv.
          The Committee approved the report of the Sub-Committee appointed under the convener-ship of Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA.
8.     The Committee also appointed a Sub-Committee under the convener-ship of Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA to look after the performance of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB).
9.      The Hon. MNAs/Member Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Shazia Marri, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio 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 Standing Committee On Industries & Production Meets - May 5, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in the Committee room of Industries and Production A-Block, Pak-Secretariat to discuss, finalized proposed line of action regarding  Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) rehabilitation by Privatization Commission, Implementation status on the recommendation of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production regarding legislation to enforce and impose the compulsory penalty upon the Auto Mobile Industry for delayed delivery of vehicle, Implementation status on the recommendation of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production regarding regularization of the employees serving on daily wages/contract in Utility Stores Corporation and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) and its projects to contributing in the growth of economy, energy efficiency and also a blue print proposing development in Pakistan’s Small and Medium Industry through linkage with China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Standing Committee recommended that pays and gratuity funds must be provided to the employees of Pakistan Steel Mills before starting the Holy month of Ramadan. The Standing Committee also suggested to make a policy on the consumer protection issue regarding legislation to enforce and impose the compulsory penalty upon the Auto Mobile Industry for delayed delivery of vehicle. The Standing Committee further suggested that Ministry of Industries & Production to provide a solution based proposal after doing analytical study regarding regularization of the employees serving on daily wages/contract in Utility Stores Corporation. The Standing Committee also suggested that Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) should provide complete reports about its projects to contributing in the growth of economy, energy efficiency and also a blue print proposing development in Pakistan’s Small and Medium Industry through linkage with China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Members who attended the meeting; Dr. Shezra Sardar Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Ch. Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, MNA and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Meets - May 4, 2017

Islamabad, the 4th May, 2017. A meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony met today at 10:00 am in the Committee Room of the Ministry of  Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Hafiz Abdul Kareem, MNA to discuss the following agenda:-

i)   Reconsideration of the Education of the Holy Quran according to Recitation by Sighting and with Translation, Learning by Heart and with Correct Pronunciation Bill, 2014 (moved by Sahibzada Tariqullah, MNA);

ii)  The National Commission for Minority Bill, 2015 (moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA);

iii) The National Commission for Minority Rights Bill,  2015 (moved by Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, MNA);

iv)  The Pakistan Minorities Rights Commission Bill, 2016 (moved by Mr. Sanjay Perwani MNA);

v)   Detailed Briefing on Hajj arrangements on Hajj, 2017; and

vi)  How much new Tour Operators have been given the Hajj Quota during this year.

2.     The Committee reconsidered the Bill titled, “ The education of Holy Quran according to Recitation by Sighting and with Translation, Learning by Heart and with Correct Pronunciation Bill, 2014 (moved by Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA)  and approved in the following form as vetted by the Law Division:-

“The Holy Quran (Education and Propagation, Recitation by Sighting, Translation, Learning by Heart and Correct Pronunciation) Act, 2017”

3.     The Committee discussed the Minority Rights Bill titled, “ The National Commission for Minority Rights Act, 2015” which was moved by Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, MNA.  Mr. Tariq Christopher Qaiser, MNA recommended to increase the members of the Commission to make it useful, effective and give representation to all the minority communities of Pakistan. He also suggested to give the rights to the minorities to elect their representatives directly.

4.     The Committee constituted its Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA including three MNAs Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Tariq C. Qaiser and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub to discuss the minority rights bill 2015 in its meetings and give their suggestions to the main Committee.

5.     The Committee also discussed the Private Member’s Bill titled,”The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in the meeting and rejected it unanimously.

6.     Then the Committee was given comprehensive briefing by the Ministry on the Hajj Arrangements.   

7.     The Committee appreciated the working performance of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and recommended to resolve the issues of Hujjaj as well as the Ministry on priority basis.

8.     The meeting was attended by Begum Majeda Wayne, Malik Abdul Ghafar Dogar, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mr, Ramesh Lal, Mr. Tariq C Qaiser,  Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Molvi Agha Muhammad Mr. Pir Bux Junejo, a mover of the bill Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA and Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony besides senior officers from the Ministry.


Standing Committee on Science and Technology Consider the Report of Ministry to Stop the Sale of Sub-Standard Edible Items and Performance of National Institute of Oceanography - May 4, 2017

Islamabad, 04th May, 2017: The Standing Committee expressed its displeasure for not providing the Report of the Ministry regarding to stop the sale of sub-standard edible items for advance study of the Members. The Committee was of the view that they should have to prepare regarding agenda item considering the sensitivity of the issue therefore, the Committee decided to defer the agenda items till its next meeting. The Committee directed the Ministry to submit the Brief atleast 03 days before the meeting for advance study of the Members. 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.

MNAs, Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Chaudhary Armaghan Subhani, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Shahjahan Muneer Mangrio and Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways - May 3, 2017

Islamabad, the 3rd May, 2017: The 20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today at 2:30 p.m. in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, 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 meeting. 

2.         The Committee was given briefing on budgetary proposals relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2017-18 along with its total utilization of budget and year of completion. The Committee was informed that nine projects would be completed by the end of June, 2017. The total proposed allocation for ongoing and new projects would be 67.252 billion out of which 92% has been allocated for the completion of ongoing projects, and 8% for new projects. The Committee recommended that projects may be completed within specified time period.

3.         The Committee was also given briefing on unauthorized occupation of “Katchi Abadies” on the Railways’ land. It was informed that about 188 Katchi Abadies exist on Railways’ land all over the country. For the regularization of Katchi Abadies on Pakistan Railways’ land the department had issued 95 number of N.O.Cs. 

4.         The Committee decided to appoint a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA to examine the encroachment on Pakistan Railways’ Land in Balochistan and Sindh.

5.         Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Malik Ghulam Rabbani Khar, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr. Sajid Ahmad and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Khawaja Saad Rafique, Minister for Railways and senior officers of the Ministry of Railways.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control - May 3, 2017

Islamabad, 03rd May 2017; 34th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, 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. 1

        (i)      The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 02-05-2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. 2
     
(i) The Committee considered “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017”(Insertion of new section 364-B, Act XLV of 1860) and Amendment of schedule-II (Acvt V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA) and decided that the Bill be deferred till its next Committee meeting due to the removal of all   lacunas.

(ii) The Committee considered “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new section 377, Act XLV of 1860) and Amendment of schedule-II (Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly. The Hon. Member disclose that the identical   Bill has previously been passed by Joint Session so for there is no need to proceed for this Bill.

(iii) The Committee considered “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA) and decided that the Bill be deferred till its next Committee meeting.

(iv)  The Committee showed grave concerned on the negligence of Mr. Ehtisham Shahid, PSO to Chairman NADRA and recommended that the said officer shall be removed from his post after making him OSD and departmental inquiry shall be initiated against him. Chairman, NADRA briefed the Committee on the issue of blocked CNIC and the progress of services centers across the country. The Committee directed to the Chairman, NADRA to improve their progress for the welfare of public effectively. Departmental Representative of FIA also briefed the Committee on the issue of misbehaving with females on Benazir InternationalAirport, Islamabad and the illegal trade of Human Organs across the country. The Committee satisfied by the given briefing of F.I.A Departmental Representative on the above said issue. Departmental Representative of the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control briefed the Committee about the security measures taken for the protection of Hon. Member Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, MNA. The Committee directed to the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control to take serious, effective and immediate action and steps in this regard.

5.        The Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Mr. Ghalib Khan, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi and Ms. Shahida Rehmani were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control, NADRA, F.I.A and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - May 3, 2017

Islamabad, the 3rd May, 2017: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at Old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee was informed that Prime Minister of Pakistan has approved the Charter of Technology University. The objective of Prime Minister Programme for Development of PhDs in Science and Technology is to develop a pool of 390 PhDs for National University Science & Technology (NUST) and M/o Science & Technology and its Organizations. 

The Committee showed dissatisfaction over the briefing given by Secretary M/o Planning, Development & Reform regarding the allocations/disbursements made under PSDP program during 2016-17 as allocations are likely to lapse during current financial year. The Committee also expressed its concern over the non-finalization of Audit Reports of the Ministry since July, 2014 till date and recommended that Director General Audit should be invited in the next meeting.

The Committee further showed dismay over the absence of Secretary M/o Finance and directed that the Secretary Finance and Secretary Petroleum and NR may ensure their presence in the next meeting for briefing on Gas Infrastructure Development Fund (PSDP#727).

The Secretary M/o PD &R assured the Committee that the widening & blacktopping of road from Terich to Lot Owir with four bridges in District Chitral (NHA Project) should be included in the next PSDP 2017-18 as per  direction of the  Prime Minister.             

MNAs, Ch Jaffar Iqbal, Mr. Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Ms Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms Asiya Nasir, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, M/o Federal Education, NUST, M/o Water & Power and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) Peshawar.


Standing Committee on Water and Power Urged to Minimize the Load Shedding in Upcoming Summer Season - May 3, 2017

The Standing Committee on Water and Power directed the Ministry to make all out efforts to maximize the power generation and properly manage the load to overcome the load shedding in upcoming summer season. The Standing Committee on Water and Power met today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNA.

The Members of the Committee raised the issues of un-scheduled load shedding and outdated infrastructure throughout the country especially in their respective constituencies. In order to resolve the issues, the Committee appointed a Sub-Committee to be headed by Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA to look into the issues of electricity in the DISCOs of Sindh and water related issues with IRSA Sindh and will submit its recommendations to the main Committee. The Committee also adopted the report of the Sub-Committee formed to resolve the issue of electricity in PESCO.  

Earlier, Mr. Yousuf Naseem Khokhar, Secretary, Ministry of Water and Power briefly apprised the Committee about the different projects of electricity which was initiated to overcome the shortfall of the electricity.

MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhary, Malik Ihtehar Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Malik Ghulam Rabbani Khar, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, Mr. Abdul Qahar Wadan, Dr. Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaquband attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets - May 2, 2017

Islamabad, 2nd May, 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 University of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2016” in detail and deferred due to absence of Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA (mover of the Bill) in the meeting. It was also directed that representatives of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) should also be invited in the next meeting to be held on 11th May, 2017 to have their view point on the said Bill. The Committee further directed the Ministry of Defence to arrange visit for the members of the Committee to LOC, Siachen and North Waziristan Agency to have briefing on the current situation at borders and interaction with the Armed Forces deputed there in order to boost their morale.
 

2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Ms. Kishwer Zehra and Mr. Mahmood Khan Achakzai MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control Meets - May 2, 2017

Islamabad, 02nd May 2017; 33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad 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      21-02-2017. The Committee deferred agenda Item No. 2 till further meeting of the agenda item.

4.        The Committee took up the agenda Item No. 3 and deferred the (i), (vi) and (ii),(iii) be passed/approved and (iv),(v) were decided not to be approved. The Committee unanimously confirmed the report of the Sub-Committee appointed under the Convenership of Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA.

5.         The Committee discussed the issue of violence with female passengers on Benazir International Airport by the officials of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Departmental Representative briefed the Committee but the Committee dissatisfied and directed to the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control that the officer not below the rank of D.I.G shall attend the Committee meeting scheduled to be held on 03rd May, 2017, positively, for the briefing on above issue as well as the issue of illegal trade of Human Organs across the country. The Committee took up the issue related to the security as well as the threatening calls and messaging to the Hon. Member and directed the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control that the effective and serious steps shall be taken in this regard and ensure the security of effected Hon. Members on priority as well as immediate basis. The Committee also directed to the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control that the Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Chairman, NADRA and D.G NADRA with all concerned officers shall attend the Committee meeting scheduled to be held on 03rd May, 2017, positively.

6.        The Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Mr. Ghalib Khan, Dr. Ibadullah, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan and Ms. Surriya Asghar were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice Meets - May 2, 2017

Islamabad, 02nd May 2017; 40th 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 recitation from Holy Quran and decided to proceed with the agenda.

3.       Agenda Item No. i

          The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 18-01-2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. ii

(a) The Committee considered “The Constitution (Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2017”, and decided that the Bill be deferred till its next Committee meeting; for further discussion and deliberation by the members.

(b) The Committee considered “The Law Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Moved by Ms. Surriya Asghar, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

(c) The Committee considered “The code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Moved by Ms. Surriya Asghar, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be         passed by the Assembly.

(d) The Committee considered “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015” {insertion of new Article 19-B} (Moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

5.      The Hon. Members/MNA/Mover Justice ® Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Dr. Arif Alvi, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, 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 Standing Committee on Communications meets - May 2, 2017

Why huge amount of 50 million has been spent on restoration of Muree post office. Standing committee Pakistan post should establish a weak & chairing house to settle payments of its different GPOS.

Pakistan post should hire law officer to get its buildings clear from land mafia.

Islamabad () why huge amount of Rs. 50. Million has been spent on restoration of Muree post office this observation was given by the standing committee in its meeting held in Postal College Islamabad. The Committee was informed that the Pakistan Post department has spent Rs. 50 million without following codelformalities. The money was spent on the restoration GOPO Muree. The Committee was examing fraud cases and action takenby the administration of Pakistan post office department. The commit observe that there is no mechanism in Pakistan post otreconcile their accounts. The committee directed that the Pakistan post office department should develop a mechanism, like clearing house of state bank of Pakistan, to settle the accounts of different GPOs. The Committee observedthat more than 150 properties of PPOD had been encroached by the land grabbers. Similarly in Lahore more3 than 100 properties of PPOD had been encroached by the land grabbers. It was observed that the PPOD does not have any budget to hire that services of a lawyer. So, PPOD have to depend upon the lawyer being provided by law division. The committee took very serious notice of the encroachments of the properties of the Pakistan post office. The Committee decided to disuse the performances of the postal lif insurance in next meeting. The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Khalid JavaidWarraich, Ms. MaizaHameed, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. SalimRehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Engr. Usman Khan Taraki& Ms. ShahjehanMuneerMangrio. Moreover, Aditional Secretary, Communication, Post Master General, Peshawar and Post Master General Lahore and other Senior Civil Officers also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting and National Heritage Meets. - April 28, 2017

      Islamabad; April, 28, 2017:  The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has directed Information and Broadcasting Division to complete consultation with media organizations and finalize the draft Journalists Welfare and Protection Bill and present it to the Committee in the month of May, 2017. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in Islamabad, this morning.
 
    The Director General (IP), Information and Broadcasting Division briefed the Committee about the progress on the Bill. The Committee was apprised that the Private Members Bills moved by Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA and Senator Professor Ghafoor Ahmad relating to protection and welfare of Journalists were clubbed together and process of consultation was carried out with Media Organizations, Civil Society, Media Houses and other stakeholders and their input was incorporated therein to bring a comprehensive legislative proposal that would ensure welfare and protection of media workers. He assured the Committee that the Information Division would complete the process and present the draft legislative proposal within the given time frame. The Chairman asked the Members of the Committee to give their input, if any to the Division so that it could be incorporated therein.
 
    Later, the Chairman Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) briefed the Committee about working and scope of activities of the Academy. He apprised that PAL was working aggressively in accordance with its mandate for promotion of literature and literary activities within the country besides welfare of the writers. He briefed the Committee about the publications by PAL and criteria adopted for selection of publication of literary work of Writers. The Chairman informed that the Academy had established its Bureau of Translation with its indigenous resources for translation of literary work into regional and national language. He also informed the Committee about the literary activities organized by PAL and measures initiated for welfare of indigent Writers during last three years.
 
    The Committee appreciated the performance of PAL and extended its all-out support for achieving its objectives. The Committee opined that Pakistan Academy of Letters could play a vital role in making peaceful society Literature and Writers. The Committee later visited the Library of the Academy and Writers House.
 
    The meeting was attended by MNAs;  Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mian Muhammad Farooq,  Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mover, Secretary NH&LH Division and heads of the concerned departments.
 


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

     The 37th meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in Meeting Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad today under the Chairmanship of
Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA to Consider and discussed the Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013(Private Member, Bill) moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA.

2.    The Chairman explained that this meeting was specifically called for consideration of private member bill moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA and before starting the discussion and view point of Hon. Members I would like to invite the mover and the other Members beside the views of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. All the participants were given opportunity to comment and present their considered opinion on the proposed bill throwing light on its importance, objectives as well as its legal implications if any. Moreover, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cabinet were specifically asked to explain the present procedure and steps in details at each stage and their opinion about the proposed bill in order to understand the scope and intention of the mover for increasing the parliamentary oversight on this particular aspect of the foreign policy/relation in the best public interest.

3.     Later on, the Chairman while concluding the debate requested the mover to correct the text of the bill which was highlighted during the meeting and submit the same for further consideration in the next meeting.  

4.    The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law & Justice also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets. - April 28, 2017

     Islamabad, 28th April, 2017: 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.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.

INSPECTOR  GENERAL OF  POLICE, ISLAMABAD TO BE APPEAR BEFORE THE COMMITTEE IN-PERSON
2.      On the suo-moto of the Committee regarding  Security matters in Parliament Lodges, on the  absence of  I.G.P, Islamabad in the meeting, the Committee took serious notice  of  it and directed the  in the next meeting  of  the Committee, the I.G.P, Islamabad should appear before the Committee in person.

CHIEF SECRETARY, KPK TO BE APPEAR BEFORE THE COMMITTEE IN-PERSON
3.      On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan,  MNA/Mover,  the  Committee took serious  notice regarding dis-respecting the Hon. Member and for not starting the development Projects of the Hon. Mover in his constituency. The Committee directed that the Chief Secretary, KPK  should be appear in the  next meeting of the Committee alongwith all concerned Officers  and brief the Committee in this regard.

SECRETARY, HOME DEPARTMENT KPK, TO COMPLETE THE INQUIRY  WITHIN TWO  WEEKS
4.      On the Question of Privilege of raised by Dr. Azhar Jadoon,  MNA/Mover, the Committee directed the Secretary, Home Department,  KPK to finalize the inquiry pertaining to the said Question of Privilege and report  to the Committee within  two  weeks. 

5.      The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, MNA against Foreign Office, Molana Gohar  Shah, MNA against CDA, the amendments moved by Dr. Arif Alvi, Dr.Shireen Mahrunnisa Mazari, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan,MNAs.

6.      The Committee also finalized the amendment moved by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani,  MNA in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in  the National Assembly, 2007 pertaining to definition of Formal Character.

7.      The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 13-4-2017.

8.      The meeting was attended by Ch. Khadim Hussain, Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Ms.  Kiran Haider,  Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Dr. Arif Alvi, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan and Dr. Azhar Jadoon,  MNAs/Movers.


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets - April 27, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room of M/o 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, 2017. (moved by Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan,  MNA), The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smoking Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017, (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA), briefing by the Representative of Tobacco Industry on amendments proposed in “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA), briefing on the performance of NIH, Islamabad, briefing on the performance of Central Health Establishment, Islamabad and briefing on measures taken by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination to control Pollen Allergy in Islamabad.  

2. The Committee considered the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA in detail. The mover willfully withdrawn from his Bill on the request of Hon. Minister for NHSR&C. As the Ministry has consolidated five different HOTA Act amendment Bills to make them one Bill and to be presented in the National Assembly of Pakistan as a Government Bill, moved by Hon. Members are as under:-

i)    Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA (Amendment 2014)
ii)   Ministry of Human Rights (Amendment 2016)
iii)  Mr. Azam Khan Swati, Senator (Amendment 2016)
iv)   Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA (Amendment 2016)
v)    Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA (Amendment 2017)

3. The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smoking Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017, (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and briefing by the Representative of Tobacco Industry on amendments proposed in “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) has been differed by the Committee due to non presence of Hon. Mover of the said Bill in the Committee meeting.

4. Briefing on the performance of NIH and Central Health Establishment, Islamabad has been given by the heads of the both institutes to the Committee. The Committee does not showed satisfaction over the performance of NIH and Central Health Establishment, Islamabad. The Committee recommended that strong measures should be taken to enhance the performance of the NIH and Central Health Establishment, Islamabad. 

5. The Committee showed satisfaction on measures taken by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination to control Pollen Allergy in Islamabad.  

6. MNAs, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Ms. Rida Khan and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan attended the meeting. Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA/Mover of the Bill also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee On Cabinet Secretariat Meets - April 27, 2017

    Islamabad; 27th April, 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 expressed strong displeasure over the illegal aggression of lady official of FIA on female passengers at Islamabad Airport dated 15th April, 2017 which badly damaged the prestige of the country. The Committee directed that concerned authorities may take stern action against culprits by removing them from their services to avoid such incidents in future.
 
     The Committee expressed grave concern over the passive and non-professional attitude of PIA/CAA officials as they were ill prepared and unable to convince the Committee by their answers. The Committee decided to invite the attention of the Hon. Prime Minister of Pakistan in this regard.
 
    Earlier, the Committee was briefed about the commercial restructuring of PIA and efforts made by the present management to bring PIA back on track and problems faced by them in this regard. 
 
    The meeting was attended by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, 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, and movers of the Bill Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training Meets - April 27, 2017

     Islamabad, 27th April, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Committee Room of NAVTTC, Evacuee Trust Complex, Agha Khan Road, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. In start of meeting, the Committee discussed the incident of barbaric and cold blooded murder of Mashal Khan which took place on 13th April, 2017 at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan in detail. The Committee termed the total failure of the Administration of the said university and recommended to the quarters concerned to give exemplary punishment to all the involved persons in the Mashal khan murder case. The Committee showed its great concern over the incident and expressed that there is lack of character building of our future generation at universities. In this regard the Committee stressed upon the need and directed the HEC to take steps for character building of our young generation at universities. The Registrar and other representatives of the Abdul Wali khan University also briefed the Committee over the Mashal Khan murder case. The Committee was informed that on the direction of the Apex Court the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is probing into the case which is still under process. The Committee also recommended to the Provincial Government, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to appoint permanent Vice Chancellors in the Universities where the VC post is vacant on priority basis.
 
2.       The Committee considered “The Apprenticeship Bill, 2017” and approved unanimously with certain amendments. 
 
3.       The Committee also discussed “The Sir Syed (Centre for Advance Studies in Engineering) Institution of Technology, Islamabad Bill, 2016 and deferred with the direction that the HEC and CASE Administration look into the deficiencies/legal requirements as highlighted by the HEC and resolve it on priority basis before next meeting.  
 
4.       The Committee also considered the question asked by Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA in the National Assembly on 2nd February, 2017 regarding Swat University and referred to the Committee for consideration. The Committee directed the HEC to complete the inquiry report regarding alleged irregularities in awarding contract of the Swat University project, acquiring land for the Swat University and excess/over payment to the contractor of the project in lieu of escalation within a month positively.

5.       The Committee also took serious notice after notification issued by the Karachi University and declared fake the Ph.D degree of the Prof. Dr. Suleman D Muhammad, Vice Chancellor of Federal Urdu University, Karachi and urged the Federal Government to move summary to the President of Pakistan on immediate basis to appoint new Vice Chancellor of the Federal Urdu University, Karachi.

6.       The meeting was attended by Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr. Zulfikar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Chaudhry Hamid Hameed, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai and Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddique MNAs and Ms. Mussarrat Ahmed Zeb MNA/mover of the question and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


The NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets - April 26, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - April 26, 2017

54TH meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 26th April, 2017, at 02:00 p.m, in Committee Room No. 2,  Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Shaikh, MNA on the following agenda:-

i)   Confirmation of minutes of last meeting of the Committee held on 18-04-2017
ii)   To consider “ The Auditor –General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms & Conditions of Service) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill)
iii)  To consider “The Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA)
iv)  To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA)
v)   Discussion on the proposals/suggestions received from Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FPCCI), various Chambers of Commerce & Industries (CCI), Real Estate Stakeholders. Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association, Phthalic Anhydride (PA), Di-Octyle Phthalate and Alkyd Resin and Energy Renewable Association of Pakistan (REAP), etc. for the Budget 2017-18 and the proposals of Committee Members for the upcoming Budget.

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 18-04-2017.

3.            The Committee deferred Agenda. Item .No. ii, iii, iv, due to short of time.

4.            The Committee recommended that Plastic Industries, Printing & Graphics Industries and Textile Industries representatives/stakeholders would be called in its next meeting to discuss the rehelabation of value added Textile Industry Structure. The Committee directed the Ministry of Finance and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to make necessary preparation for the said meeting.

5.           The Committee discussed the Proposals received from Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industries and various Chambers of Commerce & Industries.

6.           The Committee discussed the Proposals received from Real Estate Stakeholders (PREIF) & (ABAD), Pakistan Cotton Ginners Associations (PCGA), Pakistan Renewable Energy Association of Pakistan, and recommended that the same may be forwarded to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for necessary action.

7.           While considering the matter pertaining to Pthalatic Anhydride (PA), Di-Octyle Phthalate and Alkyd Resin. The Committee recommended to FBR to resolve the matter with the consultation of the Stakeholders.

8.           The meeting was attended by  Mr. Saaed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudhary, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmood, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, Ms. Sajida Begum (Mover), MNAs, besides the senior officers from M/o Finance, State Bank of Pakistan, Auditor General of Pakistan, President PREIF, President Chambers of Commerce & Industries. etc.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Communication - April 24, 2017

(مجلس قائمہ برائے مواصلات)

1) لیاری ایکسپریس وے سروس روڈ کے بغیر با قابل قبول ہے۔

2) ایم-9 پر 9/8 اپریل 2017 کو ہونے والے ٹریفک جام کی رپورٹ طلب۔

3) مرکزی حکومت کے ترقیاتی منصوبوں میں تاخیربرداشت نہیں کی جائے گی۔

محمد مزمل قریشی

کراچی (              ) ان خیالات کا اظہار سٹینڈنگ کمیٹی برائے مواصلات کے چیرمین جناب مزمل قریشی نے کمیٹی کے 57واں اجلاس چیف سیکرٹری کراچی کے دفتر میں منعقدی اجلاس کے دوران کیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ لیاری ایکسپریس وے کے رقبہ پر قابض لوگوں کو وہاں سے فی الفور اٹھایا جائے اور لیاری ایکسپریس وے 30 جون سے پہلے مکمل کیا جائے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ لیاری ایکسپریس وے یا سروس روڈ کو کئی دفعہ خالی کیا جا چکا ہے لیکن بدعنوان عناصر کی وجہ سے بار بار سروس روڈ کے رقبہ پر قبضہ کیا جا رہا ہے۔ لہذا یہ قطعی طور پر برداشت نہیں کیا جا سکتا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ این ایچ اے زمہ دار لوگوں کے خلاف بروقت کارروائی کرتی تو نوبت یہاں تک نہ پہنچتی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ کمیٹی میں یہ بتایا گیا کہ 8 اور 9 اپریل کو 16 گھنٹے تک ایم-9 پر ٹریفک جام رہا۔ وہاں پر نہ تو موٹروے پولیس کا کوئی آدمی نظر آیا۔ اور نہ ہی این ایچ اے کا کوئی آدمی نظر آیا اسی طرح ایف ڈبلیو او نے بھی بروقت ٹریفک بحال کرنے کے لیے کوئی اقدام نہ کیا جسکی وجہ سے بہت سے لوگوں کو تکلیف ہوئی۔ بعض لوگوں کی طبیعت خراب ہوئی اور بعض لوگوں کو بھوکا رہ کر ایک ہی جگہ 5،5 نمازیں ادا کرنی پڑیں۔ کمیٹی نے وزارت مواصلات کے سیکرٹری کو حکم دیا کہ وہ ایک ہفتے کے اندر انکوائری کر کے ان کے خلاف تادیبی کارروائی کرے۔کمیٹی کو گرین لائن بس سروس کے بارے میں بھی بریف کیا گیا اور بتایا گیا کہ گرین میں یہ منصوبہ کام کرنا شروع کر دیگا۔ کمیٹی نے 2017لائن بس سروس سے ساڑھے چار لاکھ لوگ مستفید ہونگے۔ اور ہدایت کی کہ منصوبے کو بروقت مکمل کیا جائے اور کسی بھی منصوبے میں تاخیر برداشت نہیں کی جائے گی۔ کمیٹی نے کہا کہ وفاقی گورنمنٹ کے منصوبے پوری قوم کے منصوبے ہیں لہذا ان کو سیاست کی نذر کرنے کی اجازت نہیں دی جا سکتی۔ کمیٹی نے حکم دیا کہ جو 7000 پودے گرین لائن کی وجہ سے کاٹے گئے ہیں۔ ہر پودے کے بدلے 3،3 پودے لگائے جائیں تاکہ کراچی شہر کا حسن بحال ہو۔ کمیٹی نے ہدایت کی کہ گرین لائن منصوبے کا فیز-2 بھی بروقت مکمل کیا جائے۔ کمیٹی کے چیرمین جناب مزمل قریشی نے ہدایت کی کہ ڈاک یارڈ اور نیوی کے علاقے میں بھی گرین لائن کا منصوبہ بھی جلد شروع کیا جائے۔ کمیٹی نے ہدایت کی کہ ہر ضلعی چیرمین سے اسکے ضلع میں ہونے والی تبدیلیوں کے بارے میں مشورہ لیا جائے اور گرین لائن کو پورٹ اتھارٹی کے بورڈ آف ڈائریکٹر نے شہر کراچی کے ناظم وسیم اختر کو بالا حاضر عہدہ شامل کیا جائے۔ اور جب تک باضابطہ شامل نہیں ہو سکتے انہیں بطور خصوصی مندوب بلایا جائے۔


53rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today - April 18, 2017

Islamabad, the 19th April, 2017: 53rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 18th April, 2017, at 02:00 p.m, Committee Room No. 7,  Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Shaikh, MNA on the following agenda:-

i)       Confirmation of minutes of last meeting of the Committee held on 13-04-2017

ii)      To consider “ The Auditor –General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms & Conditions of Service) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (government Bill)

iii)     To consider “The Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA)

iv)    To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA)

v)      Discussion on the proposals/suggestions received from Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FPCCI), various Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Real Estate Stakeholders etc. for the Budget 2017-18 and the proposals of Committee Members for the upcoming Budget.

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 13-04-2017.

3.            Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Shaikh, Chairman of the Committee apprised the Hon. Members about the vital role of this Committee for facilitating the Ministry of Finance and Revenue to prepare the upcoming Budget. He said that this Committee should thoroughly consider the suggestions /proposals received from various business forums/stake holders for onward submission to Finance Division. The Committee unanimously decided that its next meeting would be held on 26th April, 2017, to discuss the budgetary proposals, exclusively. The Committee also decided that stakeholders and FBR would be called in the said meeting. 

4.            While considering the suggestions received from Karachi Chamber of Commerce. The Committee decided that Tax Reforms Commission Report should be discussed in detail in its next meeting, because the Committee members were of the view that recommendations of the Karachi Chamber have already been addressed in the tax reforms Commission Report.

5.            The Committee recommended that 0.8% GDP on Federal Government expenditures for education should be consider, as announced by the Finance Minister in his last budget speech.

6.            The Committee also discussed that direct wealth tax / net wealth tax @ 0.5% (adjustable) should be charged by the Government for increasing the revenue collection. The Committee also discussed that digital money promotion mechanism should be considered by the FBR and State Bank of Pakistan for increasing the revenue.

7.            The Committee considered the proposals of Pakistan Real Estate Investment Forum (PREIF) and recommended that Government should allow the real estate sector for declaration of actual property value and taxation on the said value should be minimized. The Committee also supported the proposals of real estate sector on some extent; however, the Committee decided that real estate stakeholders would be invited in the next meeting for further discussion in this regard. 

8.            The Committee also discussed the proposals received from Cotton Ginners Association and supported the suggestions of the industry. The Committee also decided that representatives of Cotton Ginners Association should be called in the next meeting.

9.            The Committee discussed the replies received from FIA, SECP on the questions raised by the Hon’able Member of the Committee regarding transfer of funds to abroad. The Committee has shown its concerns on the replies and decided that FBR, FIA, SECP and NAB should be called in the meeting of Standing Committee shortly.

10.          The Committee unanimously decided that all proposals would be furnished to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for comments.

11.          The Committee deferred the agenda item (iii) and (iv) due to absence of the Movers and on the request of the departments.

12.          The meeting was attended by Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, MNAs, besides the senior officers from M/o Finance, State Bank of Pakistan, Auditor General of Pakistan etc.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - April 13, 2017

Islamabad, 13th April, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 am in Committee Room of PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.
 

SECRETARY,  AVIATION DIVISION TO PROBE INTO THE MATTER OF CH.ABID RAZA, MNA
 

2.      On the Question of Privilege of raised by Ch. Abid Raza, MNA regarding stopping the Hon. Member to travel abroad by an official at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, the Committee directed the Secretary, Aviation Division to probe into the matter and report to the Committee within fifteen days.
 

3.      The Committee pended the Motions of amendments moved by Dr. Arif Alvi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari and Ms. Naeema Kishwar, MNAs in rules 118 and 120 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.
 

4.      The Committee disposed of the Questions of Privileges moved by Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali and Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNAs.
 

5.      The Committee re-constituted the Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr.Raza Hayat Harraj, MNA with the same composition and terms of reference on the Question of Privilege of Rana Muhammad Afzal, MNA against Mr.Noor Ul Amin Mangal, Ex.DCO, Faisalabad.
 

6.      The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 28-3-2017. The Committee also decided to hold its next meeting on 27-4-2017 in the Parliament House.
 

7.      The meeting was attended by Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Muhammad Raza Hayat Harraj, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr.Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Gulzar Khan and Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Arif Ali and Ch. Abid Raza MNAs/Movers.
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - April 13, 2017

Islamabad, 13th April, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization was held today at 2:00 am in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. QAISER AHMAD SHEIKH, MNA.
 

2.      The Committee considered the “ the Auditor General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms & Conditions of services) (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Committee discussed the Bill clause by clause and directed the M/o Finance for providing the comparative statements in this regard for further deliberations on the same in its next meeting.
 

3.      The Committee also considered the Micro Finance Institutions  (Amendment Bill) 2017 moved by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA and appreciated the cause of the said Bill, however, it was unanimously decided that Micro Finance Institutions and State Bank of Pakistan would be called in the next meeting for its fruitful consideration.
 

4.      The Committee deferred the “ The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition Money Lending Bill, 2017 moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA for its next meeting.
 

5.      The Committee also deferred agenda item No. 3 pertaining to discussion on the proposals/suggestions received from Federation Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industries ( FPCCI), various Chambers of Commerce and Industries ( CCI), Real Estate Stake Holders and Pakistan Cotton Ginners etc for Budget 2017-18 for its next meeting. However, it was unanimously decided that all stakeholders will be informed through Media to submit their recommendations for upcoming budget.
 

6.      The Committee was briefed by the President Women Bank with regard to the functioning and working of the Bank. The Committee expressed its grave concern on the performance of the said Bank. The Committee Members were of the view that its management should be given to private sector for the betterment of the institution. The Committee was informed by the Additional Secretary, M/o Finance that subject matter was already under consideration in the Privatization Commission with the approval of Cabinet Committee.
 

7.      The Committee Members were briefed by the Managing Director, House Building Finance Corporation on its performance. The Committee has shown its observation on the presentation given to it. The Committee was also informed by the Additional Secretary, M/o Finance that privatization of  HBFC was also  under consideration by the Privatization  Commission. However, the Committee Members were of the  opinion that management of HBFC should be privatized instead of complete privatization.
 

8.      The Committee unanimously decided that another meeting would be called on the privatization of said institution, shortly.
 

9.      The students of LUMS University witnessed the proceedings of the Committee, earlier the Chairman welcomed the students in the meeting.
The Committee unanimously approved the agenda of Poverty Alleviation for its next meeting. The Committee approved to invite the representatives from PILDAT, etc.
 

10.    The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahemd Khan Manais, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Dir. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmood MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Ms.Sajida Begum and Mr.Sajid Nawaz, MNAs/Movers.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication - April 10, 2017

Islamabad, 10th April 2017: The 25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Capt. ® 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 24th January, 2017.
4. Agenda item ii.
The Committee unanimously showed their serious concerns on the issue of blasphemies/objectionable material posted on social media and asked the Ministry, PTA and FIA representatives about the actions taken till date and the progress to mitigate the issues relating to this important subject.
5. The representatives from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Chairman, PTA and representative from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) briefed the Committee against blasphemous/objectionable material on social media. They also briefed about the culprits arrested across the country in connection to posting and propagation of blasphemous material. The Committee appreciated the efforts being undertaken so far by the MoIT&T, PTA, FIA and other agencies to tackle the issue. To further strengthen the efforts the Committee directed Chairman, PTA to establish a separate wing within a PTA and to strengthen existing systems to monitor proactively the appearance of blasphemous/objectionable contents and posts on social media and to take remedial actions. The Committee also directed to the concerned quarters to raise this issue and highlight it further with the Ambassadors of other Muslims countries to enable joint diplomatic efforts for effective dealing of the issue by social media platform providers. An important recommendation was made to take the matter up through the platforms of OIC and relevant agencies of the United Nations. The Committee also suggested consultation with Islamic Ideology Council for establishing all inclusive and sound approach to the sensitive subject. It was also decided to recommend a public awareness campaign through SMS messages by all Mobile companies and similar messages through print & electronic media. In the context of addressing the financial and funding sources of the blasphemers the Committee also directed to strengthen the regulatory mechanism to regulate the activity of local and foreign NGOs in Pakistan.  
6. The Committee deferred the agenda item No. iii & iv.
7. The Hon. MNAs/Member Mian Muhammad Farooq, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting besides the Minister of State, Chairman PTA, senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and Federal Investigation Authority with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - April 7, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 7th April, 2017 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee discussed the “Cloud Seeding, Implementation of Green Pakistan Project, Pollution created by the use of coal in brick kilns and its alternative measures and disadvantages of plantation of poplar tree alongside the highways.”

The Standing Committee suggested that a detailed report regarding the implementation of “Green Pakistan Project” should be taken from the provinces. The Standing Committee also directed to the M/o Climate Change to provide a detail study to the Standing Committee in its next meeting regarding the coal in brick kilns and its bad effects on the Climate/atmosphere. 

Members who attended the meeting Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, Chairman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA,  Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA and Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).
 


NA Standing Committee on Water and Power Meets - April 7, 2017

STANDING COMMITTEE ON WATER AND POWER PASSED THE “INDUS RIVER SYSTME AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2017” MOVED BY MS. SURRIYA ASGHAR, MNA WITH PROPOSED AMENDMENT
 

The Standing Committee on Water and Power discussed the “The Indus River System Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017” in detail and considered the amendments proposed in the draft further to amend the Indus River System Authority Act, 1992(Act No. XXII of 1992). After detailed deliberations on the said Bill, the Committee agreed with the proposed amendment of the Mover for insertion of new section 15(A) (Act XXII of 1992). The Standing Committee on Water and Power met today in M/o Water and Power under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNA.

The Committee was briefly apprised about the Daragai Hydropower Projects I&II, located in Malakand Agency. The Committee was informed that there are total 03 hydropower stations in District Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Upper Swat Canal having a production of 121 MW. While discussion about the shortfall of electricity the Additional Secretary of the Ministry responded that there are 5000 to 6000 MW gap between demand and supply and expecting that it would be approximately the same in peak season of summer. He said that Government has started the different projects of Hydro, Thermal and Wind which is expected to start its generation after 2 to 3 months. The Committee directed that Ministry should ensure to lessen the shortfall of the electricity in order to give relief to the public especially in holy month of Ramadan.

Earlier, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister of Water and Power briefly apprised the Committee about the different projects of electricity which was initiated to overcome the shortfall of the electricity.

MNAs, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, Syed Kazim Shah and Ms. Surriya Asghar, MNA/Mover of the Bill attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets - April 6, 2017

Islamabad; April 6, 2017: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works was held under the convenership of Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch in Parliament House, Islamabad, this afternoon.

The Committee was briefed by the Director General, Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) with regard to the acquisition of land process of Thallian Interchange Joint Venture Housing Project, availability and access from Islamabad-Lahore Motorway along with its site plan, maps etc. He informed the Committee that fifteen companies had participated in the prequalification process, out of 15 companies, 7 companies were short listed. Later on, one company was qualified for the Thallian Interchange Joint Venture Housing Project. He added that an agreement was signed with the commitment that qualified company will provide 7000-10,000 kanal land in specific areas, accordingly they have been provided 1400 kanal land till date, which is under survey process by the FGEHF. He further stated that they have been offered 4800 kanal more land so far.

Director General, FGEHF apprised the Committee that government was not paying any funds in advance to party B (land provider), therefore, government has zero risk for building of that project. However, the Committee was of the view that government was collecting public money for the development etc. The Director General, FGEHF said that FGEHF will provide premium on the deposit of public money, instead of deduction at the time of refund, if required by someone. He said that negotiations for construction of interchange at Thallian with FWO and NHA were under process. He also informed the Committee that government will subsidize the cost of development from commercial areas to the said project.

The Committee has shown its apprehensions on the awaited title of project and procedure adopted by the government for acquisition of land and selection of land provider. The Committee has shown its observation on the distribution of commercial area by the ratio of 10% and 90% for government and land provider, respectively. The Committee has directed the Director General, FGEHF for providing the following documents to the Committee for its consideration, before the next meeting.

i.                     Copy of the summary submitted to the Cabinet in 2016.

ii.                   Approval of the Cabinet in this regard.

iii.                 Details of 15 companies participated for prequalification.

iv.                 Details of 7 short listed companies along with their offers.

v.                   Details of selected company along with offer.

The Committee decided that next meeting would be convened shortly and remaining agenda pertaining to Bhara Kahu Housing Scheme will be considered, however, Director General informed the Committee that FGEHF have been informed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that mediation process adopted by the NAB for resolving the issue between developer and government has been failed, therefore, necessary legal action should be taken in this regard.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal,  Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb,  Ms. Khalida Mansoor,  Mrs. Shahida Rehmani,  Mr. Sajid Nawaz Khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan,  Molana Ameer Zaman, Secretary M/o Housing and other senior officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - April 5, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today i.e 5th April, 2017 at 11:00 a.m in PIPS Seminar Hall-2, PIPS Building Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA.
 
The Committee offered prayers for the martyred of bomb blast incident occurred at Badian Road Lahore today, which causes casualties of valuable life of four army personnel and two civilians.
 
The Committee recommended to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for providing the details of parliamentarians, who have been submitted their assets declaration forms to ECP. The Committee decided to call the Secretary ECP in its next meeting for briefing on the election procedure and strengthening of ECP.
 
The Committee was informed by the Additional Secretary, ECP that delimitation is prerogative of ECP. He added that delimitation could be made by ECP in the month of September, 2017, if required. 
 
The Committee members have shown their concern on the limit defined by the ECP for election expenditures. They were of the view that it should be enhanced. A question was raised by the honourable member regarding permission of political rallies during the election days. The Additional Secretary, ECP replied that it could be considered after the consultations with political parties.
 
The Committee was of the firm opinion that each party and their leaders should be held responsible to reply the queries/questions made by the Election Commission of Pakistan. The Committee reiterated that dedicated ROs (staff) should be appointed for effective and efficient functioning of ECP.
 
The Committee unanimously decided that next meeting of the Committee would be convened on 18th or 19th April, 2017 on the same agenda.
 
Meeting was attended by Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Malik Ihtebar Khan and besides senior officers from Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, ECP, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Law.


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today - April 5, 2017

Islamabad, the 5th April, 2017: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at Old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The committee was informed that on the direction of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, 13 hospitals are being constructed out of 46 in the first phase of Public Private Partnership Program. In addition, the construction of 250 beds hospital in Chitral has been delayed owing to the land issues.

The committee recommended that the poverty survey would be conducted in order to scrutinize the Benazir Income Support Program Cards given to the needy people. Moreover, there are 35 projects in total out of which 28 are complete under the Federal Program under Access to Justice Program.

The Committee appreciated the efforts of Chairman WAPDA on timely completion of 132 K.V. Grid Station and Transmission Lines of Golan Goal Project.          

MNAs, Ch Jaffar Iqbal, Ms. Shazia sohail Mir, Sayed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Ms Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms Asiya Nasir Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din,  attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform.


Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs discussed Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations - April 5, 2017

The 34th meeting of Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in-camera in the Parliament House, Islamabad today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA to discuss Pakistan – Afghan relations as per the agenda.

2.     In his opening remarks the Chairman said that last year our committee prepared and sent the recommendations on Pakistan-Afghan relations encompassing different complex nature of these relations. We hope that the Foreign Office might have benefitted from these suggestions. However, since the situation is changing at a very fast pace, therefore, it is once again being felt that our Committee should understand the Foreign Office’s view and then put their recommendations for handling the relations between the two neighbor countries. Later he invited the Foreign Advisor to brief the Committee in the light of latest information available with him.

3.    The Advisor on Foreign affairs extemporarily briefed the present situation of the Pakistan-Afghan relations from all dimensions including his latest meetings abroad and concluded that things are moving in right directions now and an emerging approach of regionalism and connectivity is surfacing which is binding the other stake holders to avoid any miscarriage realizing the facts of past experiences and new realignments.

4.     The Members raised searching questions and tried to understand the direction, strategy and a focus on long term formal structured bilateral relations with Afghanistan. While acknowledging the concerns and valuable inputs from the Committee Members, the Adviser said that the Foreign Ministry will continue to seek guidance from the Parliamentary body and also in favor of promoting Parliamentary diplomacy in this particular area of interest.

5.     The Chairman thanked the Advisor and all the Committee Members for a very thoughtful, condensed and positive debate on a very vital issue for Pakistan’s Foreign policy. He further added that we shall hold more meetings in this connection and forward our latest recommendations very soon.

6.    The Members who attended the Meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law & Justice met today - April 5, 2017


NA Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources Met today. - April 4, 2017

Islamabad; April 4, 2017: The Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources met under the Chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Islamabad, this afternoon.
 
      While considering the issues pertain to grant of NOC by Pakistan State Oil (PSO) to the owners of the petrol pumps after expiry of their lease agreement. The committee members have shown their displeasure on the procedural delayed of the PSO management. However, the Managing Director, PSO informed the committee that PSO was doing its best for resolving the such kind of problems. The Committee directed the Managing Director for release of leased land of Iqbal Fuel, Wahdat Road, Lahore at the earliest. The General Manager, PSO ensured the Committee that needful would be done within one month. He further ensured that NOC in this regard would be issued unconditionally by PSO. The Committee also directed that delay of NOC matter for Abdullah Filling Station, should be resolved on priority basis.
 
      The Committee discussed the matter regarding theft of crude oil from oil field in District Karak, KPK. The Home Secretary, KPK informed the Committee that they have made their efforts to stop the theft in question areas, however, due to short of security staff they were unable to stop the theft of oil. Moreover, he stated that the matter of oil theft should be referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) because he was of the opinion that it seems loss of national exchequers. The Committee decided that NAB should be called in the next meeting for their views on the matter. The Committee directed to FIA and Home Secretary, KPK for further consultation before the upcoming meeting of the Committee. The Committee has also shown its concern on the cooperation of provincial government (KPK) in this regard.
 
       While considering the measures taken by the KPK government to address the theft of gas in districts Hangu and Karak. The Committee was informed by the honourable Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources that KPK government has not fulfilled its agreement for release of 10 % funds from royalty collection to the protection of gas sector in KPK. The Committee unanimously decided that legal experts from KPK government and Federal Government would be called in the next meeting of the Committee to resolve the matter. The Honourable Chairman of the Committee has shown its displeasure on the delaying tactics using by the concerned. 
 
     The meeting was attended by Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, MNAs;  Malik Ihtebar Khan, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan,  Mr. Shehryar Afridi,  Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Abdul Waseem,  Mr. Sajid Ahmed,  Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Secretary M/o P&NR, Senior Officers of the concerned departments. 


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Met today. - April 4, 2017

          The 33rd meeting of Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in the Parliament House, Islamabad today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA to discuss Pakistan – Iran relations with a focus on economic, trade and security aspects as per the agenda.

2.      The Chairman while welcoming the Hon. Members and the Senior Officers of the respective Ministries informed the Committee about the background and the need to discuss this important matter of our foreign policy. He further congratulate the newly appointed Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina Janjua with best wishes for her to run the affairs of the Ministry in an appropriate manner and also extended full support of the Committee in shaping the foreign policy of Pakistan in best national interest.
 
3.      Later, the Chairman invited the Foreign Secretary to brief the Committee on Pak-Iran relations. Beside an advance copy of the briefing, the Foreign Secretary elaborates in detail the dynamics and sensitivities of these relations with particular reference of two major sects. She further informed the Committee that the Foreign Ministry do realizes these facts and we shall continue to observe the neutrality aspect in relations with our brotherly Islamic countries. At present the world is passing through a transitory phase and re-alignment of relations among different states are in process. In this connection, we have challenges as well as opportunities to tap the potential of these fast changing international scenarios. In the last she welcomed the views and inputs of the Hon. Members on the subject and hope that the support of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in the form of its recommendation will be a guiding line for maintaining its delicate relations with its neighbors and other important power poles of the present time.

4.      The Chairman appreciated the briefing and also acknowledged the keen interest demonstrated by the Members and further informed the Committee that we shall keep on discussing this subject in our next meetings in the presence of Experts invited by the Committee with their consent.

5.      In response to agenda item No. (iv) the Chairman directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explore the possibilities of setting up a NADRA Office in the Pakistan High Commission, Malaysia in consultation with the Ministry of Interior to solve the problems of the Pakistan community living in Malaysia and also placed on record a document containing the names of the country having dual nationality arrangement with Government of Pakistan.

6.      The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law & Justice also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan Met today. - April 4, 2017

The 29th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was held today in the Old PIPS (PRC Hall), Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA.

2.      Accordingly to the agenda item No. (ii) “Comprehensive briefing on the improvement of the tourism sector by the Government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir/Gilgit-Baltistan in the light of the last year experiences”. The concerned Secretaries briefed the Committee in detail regarding historical background, present potential, latest policy, strategy including challenges and way forward. The Members took keen interest and suggest different ways to improve the tourism sector in these areas while comparing it with international standards to attract the common people for in land tourism.

3.     The Chairman while concluding the meeting recommended the respective government to engage the private sector with some incentive to build basic infrastructures and different facilities required for improving tourism. He further advised the Ministry to sincerely consider the recommendations made by the concerned Secretaries in order to implement and improve the present state of affairs and any impediments causing the developmental process should be resolved expeditiously. Moreover, the Ministry may keep the Standing Committee in picture about their recommendations and different questions raised by the Members during the meetings on regular basis.  

4.     The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Mian Imtiaz Ahmad,  Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Syed Waseem Hussain, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Senior Officers of the Ministry, Azad Jammu & Kashmir Government and Gilgit-Baltistan Government also attend the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Met today. - April 3, 2017

Islamabad, 3rd April, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee considered “The Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) in detail and approved with certain amendments. While briefing the Committee on the Bill, informed that the Ex-Rulers of the acceding states had been allowed maintenance allowance, after abolishing the Privy Purses in section 5 of the Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses and Privileges) Order, 1972 taking into account the average annual income generated by a state at the time of its accession. Since the present maintenance allowance is meager and as such needs enhancement in view of inflation and status of Ex-Rulers. Therefore, it is appropriate that a suitable increase may be allowed. The Committee also considered the case of alleged illegal appointment of 159 SST teachers, posted in FATA Secretariat and appointed a Sub-Committee with the following Composition and TORs:   
Composition: 1.   Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA        Convener
                    2.   Mr. Qaiser Jamal, MNA               Member
                    3.   Mr. Nasir Khan, MNA                  Member
                    4.   Muhammad Kamal Malik, MNA    Member
 
TORs:        i)   “To probe into the case of alleged illegal appointment of 159 Secondary School Teachers (SST) posted in Education Department FATA”.
                 ii)  “To examine the progress of development works of Zawa dam Bara, Khyber Agency and electrification worksin FATA”.
                 iii)  “ To submit report to the main Committee within one month”.

2.         The Committee while giving briefing on compliance on the directives made by the then Governor, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during his visit on 26-27 November, 2015 to South Waziristan Agency by the FATA Secretariat, the Committee showed its great concern over the slow implementation process and directed the FATA Secretariat to ensure early compliance over the directives of the Governor KP without any further dely. 

3.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Ghalib Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Nasir Khan, Muhammad Kamal Malik and Mr. Bilal Rehman MNAs and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Communications Met today. - April 3, 2017

WAPDA and Communications authorities need to improve coordination to solve mutual issues.

Delay in the Projects cannot be tolerated at all: Standing Committee on Communications.

The issues of Right of Way (RoW) in Lahore, Abbottabad and Sheikhupura have been solved.

Islamabad (        ) WAPDA and Ministry of Communications authorities need to improve mutual coordination to solve their issues and report to the Standing Committee on Communications. The Committee gave these directions during its meeting. The Standing Committee observed that delay in the decided projects could not be tolerated. The Standing Committee was informed that issues of RoW and transfer of electric poles related to Lahore region have been amicably solved. Moreover, there are two newly proposed interchanges in the area of Sheikhupura, and the issues of electric poles of these interchanges would be solved within four weeks. The Committee directed that the compensation amount of Rs.13 million might be paid to Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) to shift the electric poles from Heripur to Abbottabad, to new locations. Similarly, PESCO and NHA authorities are directed to hold survey of Karakuram Highway (KKH) of Abbottabad area and beyond where the electric poles are to be transferred and the road is to be widened, within one week. Thereafter, the compensation amounts may be paid to the WAPDA authorities, so that, the KKH can be widened without further delay. The Standing Committee directed that National Transport Policy may be furnished, forthwith.The meeting of the Standing Committee was presided over by Chairman Standing Committee, Mr. Muhammad MuzammilQureshi, whereas, Mr. Sarzameen Khan, Ms. MaizaHameed, Dr. Darshan, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, Ms. ShahjehanMunirMangrio, MNAs, Secretary, M/o Communications and other senior officers attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology Met today. - April 3, 2017

The Standing Committee was briefly apprised about the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the next financial year 2017-18. The Committee endorsed all the budgetary proposals of departments and directed to complete their on-going projects on top priority basis. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology held today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA. Carried out

The Committee informed that amount of Rs. 1776.872 Million for 21 projects were allocated for the year 2016-17. The Committee was of the view that due to delay in completion of the projects, its cost increased which resulting in huge loss to the Government ex-chequer. The Committee was informed that Rs. 3103.372 Million has also been demanded for 66 projects for the current financial year 2017-18. The Committee decided to approach Finance and Planning Divisions for allocation of proposed funds of the Ministry.

Earlier, Secretary M/o Water & Power briefed the Committee about the detail of the projects included in the forth-coming Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18.    

MNAs, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Chaudhary Armaghan Subhani, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry. 


NA Standing Committee On Overseas Pakistanis And Human Resource Development meets - March 31, 2017

Islamabad, the 31st March, 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was met today under the chairmanship of Mir. Aamer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA, to consider the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Children (Pledging of Labor) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the status of Grand Hayatt Plaza (BNP), Constitution Avenue, Islamabad and its allottees (Overseas Pakistanis) after the decision of the Islamabad High Court.

2. The committee deferred the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017 due to absence of the Mover of the Bill. The Committee discussed the Children (Pledging of Labor) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and also deferred till its next meeting.

3. The committee discussed the issues of Grant Hayatt Plaza (BNP), Constitution Avenue, Islamabad in detail and recommended that, the project should be completed, whatever the circumstances may arise.

4.  MNAs, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Ms. Aisha, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ch Abid Raza, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar, Sardar Kamal Khan Banggulzai, Mr. Khial Zaman Orakzai, Mr. Nasir Khan attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets today - March 30, 2017

Islamabad, the 30th March, 2017: A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room of M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, G-5/2, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider the HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013 (moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA, Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016,  (Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA), the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan,  MNA),The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smoking Health (Amendment) Bill 2017 (Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA), and compliance report on the issue of sub-standard/un-registered stents Human Organs Transplantation Authority Bill, 2016, and comprehensive briefing/latest update & progress on Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. 

2.        The Committee considered the HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013 (moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA in detail. The Committee passed the Bill unanimously.

3.        The Committee considered the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA) in detail, the mover of the Bill maintained that the human organ donations will give new lease of life to persons in need of such organs and tissues. However, the Committee deferred the Bill. The Committee also deferred the Prohibition of Smoking and protection of Non-Smoking Health (Amendment) Bill 2017.

4.        The Committee showed satisfaction over the compliance report on the issue of sub-standard/un-registered stents. The Committee recommended that the strict check should be observed by the Department on permanent basis. The Secretary, M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination assured the Committee that the issue of the salaries of the employees of DRAP would be resolved within one month.  

5.        MNAs, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Qari Muhammad Yousaf, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Mir, Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal, attended the meeting. Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA/Mover of the Bill also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - March 29, 2017

Lahore, the 29th March, 2017: 37th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 10:30 a.m. in Pakistan Agricultural Storage & Supplies Corporation (PASSCO) Head Office, Lahore under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

2. The Committee was briefed about the step taken by the PASSCO on implementation status of Committee recommendations during its meeting held on 18th March, 2014.
 
3. Managing Director (MD), PASSCO apprised the Committee that PASSCO procure wheat every year as per target allocated by the Government by issuing bardana without security to small growers’ upto 50 bags on personal guarantee of member of supervisory Committee. Bardana will be issued to the genuine growers / farmers by depositing Rs.150/- per bag in shape of demand draft / pay order. The amount of draft / pay order will be returned to the framer immediately by the Center Incharge on receipt of wheat at the purchase centre. PASSCO has made concerted efforts to determine the general grower and eliminate the role of Arthies/ middleman. It was also informed the Committee that the sufficient stock of wheat is available to meet our future requirement till the new corps arrived in the market.

4. Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad, Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Tahir Iqbal Ch., Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Pir Shafqat Hussain Jilani, Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch and Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research and PASSCO.


Standing Committee on Defence Production Meets - March 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th March, 2017: The Standing Committee on Defence Production paid its visit today, on 29th March 2017, to Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF), Wah, at 12:00 (noon) under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA.

2.         The Committee Members were welcomed by Chairman Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF). The Committee was briefed by the Chairman (POF) regarding functioning and working of  (POF’s). He informed the Committee about the development made by the Institution, since last three years. He also informed the Committee about the installation of new Commercial Project of brose factory in POF.

3.      The Committee witnesses the working of various Departments of POF. The Committee appreciated the efforts done by the management of POF for making the institution one of the best supporting industry of Pakistan Armed Forces and Civil Forces. The Chairman Standing Committee thanks the management of POF on warm welcome and hospitality.  The Committee once again recommended that all Provincials Government should be asked to give the first right of refusals for procurement of equipments to National Defence Industries.

3.         Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Watto, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNAs, besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and  POF.


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances Meets - March 29, 2017

NADRA IS DIRECTED TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION OF ILLEGAL ALIENS LIVING IN PAKISTAN

STANDING COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT ASSURANCES DEMANDED OUTSTANDING CLAIMS OF DISCOS AGAINST PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS

IN THE LIGHT OF JUDGMENT OF SUPREME COURT THE MINISTRIES SHOULD ALSO PREPARE BRIEFS IN URUD.

Islamabad, 29th March, 2017: Meeting of Standing Committee on Government Assurances was held in the Parliament House. Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokar MNA was in the chair. NADRA and Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control are advised to complete registration of un-authorisedaliens with the help of Ministry of SAFRON, and make necessary arrangements to send them back to their country. The Standing Committee was also briefed by the Ministry of standing on Water and Power and informed that the duration of load management was linked with the losses of the feeders. Where there are high losses the during of load shedding is longer. The Ministry of Water and Power informed the committee their 38348 applications to register FIRs were given in the Sindh but only 109 FIRs were registered against the power Steelers. The Standing Committee directed IG Sindh to submit report in this regard by 26th of April 2017. The Committee was also informed by the WAPDA authorities that the Provincial Governments of KPK, Sindh, Balochistan, FATA and Kashmir have to pay billion of rupees to WAPDA. If they pay to the WAPDA then the issue of circular Debt (CD) can easily be addressed. The committee directed to call all of the Chief Secretaries on 26th of April 2017 to give their view point in this regard. The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad AfzalKhokar, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanakhil Ms. Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar Malik Ibram Ahmad, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Mr. ShafqatMehmood, Moulana, Muhammad Khan Sherani. MNAs and Mr. Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Water and Power.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training Meets - March 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th March, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today at Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, C Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA.

2.       The Committee discussed the question asked by Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA in the National Assembly on 2nd February, 2017 regarding Swat University and referred to the Committee for consideration. During discussion the Committee raised its serious reservations on the grass violation of Rules in acquiring land for establishment of Swat University and awarding contract without provision of drawing and design of the project. The Committee directed the HEC to conduct inquiry in the alleged irregularities in acquiring the land and awarding the contract of the Swat University project and submit report within 15 days to the Committee and then the Committee would decide to send the case to the investigation agency.

3.       The Committee also considered “The Apprenticeship Bill, 2017” in detail. After detailed discussion, the Committee deferred the said Bill with the direction to incorporate the amendments proposed by the Committee and also correct the language and spelling mistakes in the Bill as highlighted by the Committee.     

4.       The meeting was attended by Muhammad Nazir Khan, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, and Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai MNAs and Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb MNA/mover of the question and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - March 28, 2017


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Meets - March 27, 2017

EDUCATIOIN REFORMS IN AZAD JAMMU & KASHMIR AND GILGIT-BALTISTAN DISCUSSED IN THE 28TH MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON KASHMIR AFFAIRS & GILGAT BALTISTAN
 

The 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA.
 

2.         Accordingly to the agenda item No. (ii) “Comprehensive briefing by the respective Secretary, Education Government of the AJK/GB regarding reforms, improvement of standard and broaden the base of the Education sector being priority of the present Governments” were discussed in the meeting while the Senior Officers of the concerned Ministry, AJ&K and Gilgit-Baltistan participated and presented a complete picture through slides for perusal of the Members. The Members put many questions about the briefing which was answered by the concerned officers while noting their different suggestion for improvement. The Chief Secretary, AJ&K informed the Committee about the new steps being taken by the present Government in order to improve the standard of Teacher’s minimum education, merit based recruitment through Public Service Commission and continuation on ban on adhoc appointments of Teachers. He further said we are facing many challenges from different quarters to carry out our improved agenda but we are determined to change the present deteriorating education system. The representative from Gilgit Baltistan also apprised the Committee about the reforms and initiatives taken by the new Government after 2016 to bring basic structural changes to meet the challenges of the modern era and to come up to the expectation of the people who have elected them. These reforms includes Establishment of Private School Regularity Authority, Establishment of Directorate of Technical & Vocational Education and Establishment of Teachers’ Certification & Licensing Authority.
 

3.         The Chairman appreciated the briefings and advised the concerned authorities to work hard on these lines to improve the education system which is the only way to change the fate of the country and to face the challenges ahead.
 

4.         The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Major (Rtd) Tahir Iqbal, Ch. Abid Raza, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Mr. Junaid Akbar and Senior Officers of the Ministry, AJ&K Government and Gilgit-Baltistan Government also attend the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - March 27, 2017

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON CABINET SECRETARIAT DIRECTS NEPRA TO ESTABLISH ITS SUB-OFFICES AT DISTRICT LEVEL FOR RESOLUTION OF CONSUMERS’ COMPLAINT AGAINST OVERBILLING 
 

Islamabad; March 27, 2017: Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has directed National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to establish its Sub-Offices at district level within three months to affectively address the complaints of electricity consumers regarding over billing against power distribution companies. The Committee also asked the government to revisit NEPRA Law to empower it to affectively play its role as Regulator. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee directed NEPRA to take cognizance of over billing and issuance of detection bills on agricultural and domestic consumers. The Committee also directed NEPRA to strengthen its complaint resolution mechanism and investigate overbilling in respect of an instance pointed out by the member of the Committee in LESCO Region. The Committee also asked NEPRA to present average differential between the tariff of K-Electric for last twelve months.

The Committee decided to invite Mayor/Chairman CDA in its next meeting to discuss the measures being taken by the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad on sewerage disposal and Waste Management. The Members of the Committee expressed their concerns on the spread of diseases due to reported disposal of sewerage waste in Nallahs and wrecked sewerage pipelines in Islamabad. The Additional Secretary CADD apprised the Committee that the sanitation and water supply comes under the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation, therefore, the Mayor would be in better position to brief the  Committee about the rehabilitation plan of old sewerage lines. 

The Committee directed Secretary Aviation Division to brief the Committee about the commercial restructuring plan of PIA and outsourcing of services at all airports in its next meeting of the Committee. The Committee also directed Secretary Aviation to apprise the Committee about the outcome of the investigation carried out into incident of smuggling of heroine through PIA Aircraft.

The Committee adopted the report of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat on National College of Arts, Lahore and decided to discussthe same in its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Pir Shafqat Hussain Shah Jilani, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Secretaries of CADD, Cabinet and Establishment Divisions and Representatives of the concerned departments
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization - March 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th March, 2017: 51th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 16th March, 2017, at 02:00 p.m, Committee Room No. 2,  Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA on the following agenda:-

i)    Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 15-03-2017.
ii)     To make the budgetary proposals in consultation with the Chambers of Commerce and Real Estate

Stakeholders for upcoming Budget 2017-18.

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 15-03-2017.

 3.            The Committee considered the remaining agenda of the meeting held on 15-03-2017 regarding briefing on the outcome of the export package announced by the government in the light of FBR policies. The Chairman, FBR informed the Committee that FBR was supporting the exporters in this regard. However, the Committee strongly recommended that income tax and sales tax refunds should be released to the concerned on priority basis for the improvement of export volume in the country. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Chairman of the Committee informed the Honorable Members that business community was facing problems due to delay for release of refunds by the FBR.  The Chairman, FBR informed the Committee that FBR was doing its job efficiently and devotedly. The Chairman of the Committee appreciated the efforts done by FBR under the supervision of Dr. Muhammad Irshad, Chairman FBR.

4.            The Committee was informed by the Chairman, FBR about the implementation status on the recommendation of the Standing Committee regarding reduction in differential of income tax between commercial and industrial importers.  He said that FBR was waiting for the comments from the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries in this regard. Mr. Zubair F. Tufail, President (FPCCI) was also present in the meeting. He informed the Committee that FPCCI has already forwarded a letter to FBR for supporting the proposals already recommended by the Committee. The Committee once again directed the Chairman FBR for implementing the unanimous decision/recommendation of the Committee, at the earliest.

5.            While considering the budgetary proposals with the consultation of stakeholders for upcoming budget 2017-18. The proposals from FPCCI and various chambers of commerce & industries were discussed in detail. The Committee decided to constitute 04-Members Sub-Committee for further deliberations with the stakeholders for finalizing the budgetary proposals. The Sub-Committee will prepare its report to the main Committee within 30 days for onward submission to the Ministry of Finance & Revenue.    

6.            Dr. Muhammad Irshad, Chairman FBR replied the questions raised by the Honorable Members of the Committee and stakeholders. He also stated that FBR was doing its responsibility, honestly and devotedly for the betterment of this country.              

7.            The meeting was attended by Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil MNAs, besides the senior officers from M/o Finance, FBR and stakeholders.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - March 15, 2017

50th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 15th March, 2017, at 02:00 p.m, Committee Room No. 2,  Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA on the following agenda:-
 

i)                   Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 22-02-2017.
ii)     Briefing by Director General, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and President, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) on the inquiry status of NBP Bangladesh scam.
iii)   To discuss the issues of NBP pensioners regarding periodical increase in pension.
iv)   Presentation by President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) on the actions taken by the Bank regarding suitable reduction in high markup rates on the loans of agriculture sector alongwith their regional comparison.
v)     Briefing by Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on the outcome of export package announced by the Government in the light of the FBR polices.
vi)   Implementation status of the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Finance & Revenue regarding reduction in differential of income tax between commercial and industrial importers. 
 
2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 22-02-2017.
 

3.            Director General NAB informed the Committee about the inquiry status with regard to NBP Bangladesh scam. He said that NAB has completed his work for launching reference against the accused. However, its final approval was awaited from the executive board and Chairman NAB. He added that NAB would be able to register the references in the court after two weeks. The Committee expressed its displeasure on the slow performance of NAB. The Committee was of the view that NAB has already taken lot of time for preparing the references. The Committee unanimously decided that a letter would be written to Chairman NAB for quick disposal of the matter. The Committee was informed by the President, NBP regarding their efforts for recoveries of funds in this regard.
 

4.            While considering the petition regarding NBP pensioners for pe