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The Sitting of the National Assembly has been adjourned to meet again on Friday the 30th July, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Committee Meetings:10:30 AM: 12th meeting of the SC on Defence Production at Committee Room No.7, 4th floor Parliament House | 02:00 PM: States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) at Committee Room No. 7 | 02:00 PM: Rules of Procedure and Privileges at Constitution Room |
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NA Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meets - July 16, 2021

Islamabad, the 16th July, 2021: 62nd meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held today at 10:00 a.m., in Committee Room No. 5, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

2. Mr. Faiz Ullah, Chairman of the Committee welcomed the participants of the meeting.

3. The Committee discussed The Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2020, clause by clause, however, could not complete its reading, due to short of time and decided that further discussion will be carried out in the next meeting, stackeholders will also be invited.

4. The Committee deferred the following Bills on the request of the Movers/MNAs: -

a) The Eradication of Riba Bill, 2019 (moved by Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali,MNA)

b) The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (moved by Syed Javed Hasnain, MNA)

5. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, MNA/Mover of the matter briefed the Committee pertaining to recoveries of agriculture loans in calamity affected areas and the problems being faced to farmers for recoveries. The President, ZTBL informed the Committee that there exist no relief for the farmers at present that Provincial Board of Revenue, Punjab has not yet declared that areas “as calamity affected” areas.  The Committee unanimously directed that recovery of loans in affected areas, as pointed out by the Mover may be deferred till the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee further decided that Board of Revenue, Punjab and Chairperson, Ehsas Program may be invited in the next meeting.  

6. The Committee deferred the matter referred by the House regarding share of erstwhile FATA in NFC award (moved by Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, MNA/Mover) due to paucity of time.

7. The meeting was attended by Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Chaudhary Khalid Javed,MNA/Members and Molana Abdul Akbar Chitrali,  Dr. Muhammad Afzal Dhandla, and Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, MNAs/Movers and besides the senior officers from M/o Finance and Revenue, ZTBL and Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan.

 


Public Accounts Committee (PAC) - July 16, 2021

55th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law & Justice - July 15, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meets - July 15, 2021

Islamabad, the 15th July, 2021: 61st meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held today at 11:00 a.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

2. Mr. Faiz Ullah, Chairman of the Committee welcomed the participants of the meeting.

3. Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) briefed the Committee about the action taken by the FBR on the implementation of Benami Act. He said that 500 cases were identified out of which fifty-five (55) references have been launched. The Committee Members expressed their concerns over the process of execution of Benami Act by the Federal Board of Revenue at ground level. The Committee noted that Anti Money Laundering Act’s rules and regulations need to be reviewed for its effective implementation. The Chairman, FBR assured the Committee that FBR always puts taxpayer facilitation as its top most priority. Robust internal control mechanism is in place to ensure transparency. Policy of non-interactive system-based disposal of business is followed i.e. all kind of notices are issued electronically bearing Bar Code therefore, all possible measure have been put in place to arrest the incidence of harassment. The Committee unanimously directed that FBR should launch awareness campaign for the public about the rules of AML and Benami Act.
 

4.    The Committee discussed the issue regarding missing of non-duty paid auctioned vehicles. Member, Customs informed the Committee that subject news item has been published distorting the facts in without seeking any input/feedback from the concerned department which shows complete lack of journalistic ethics on the part of the reporting. He explained the facts and background of the matter. After detailed discussion the Committee recommended that all Provincial Secretaries of Excise and Taxation departments may be called in the next meeting of the Committee.
 

5.    The Committee discussed the matter pertaining to leavy of Regulatory Duty (RD) on stationary items (Led Pencil). The Member, Customs said that the Pencil falling under PCT heading 6909.1000 attracted CD @ 20%, ST @ 17%, ACD 7%, WHT 5.5%. during the budget exercise of 2021-22, various proposals from pencil local manufacturers were received for imposition of RDS on the pencils in order to promote import substation and protection of local industry. the manufacturers requested to impose Regularity Duty (RD) @ 10% on imports of pencils, pens and other stationary items to save domestic industry, according to them stationary sectors were providing employment to work 20,000 skilled workers using precision advance engineering equipment and there are 5 manufacturing units in Pakistan, out of which 2 have been closed, one unit is operating partially and 2 units are in operation.  However, during subsequent meeting of the Tarif Policy Board, the rate of RD was enhanced from 10% to 20%.
 

6.    The Committee noted that leavy of Regulatory Duty (RD) on any item should be considered in light of the requirements of local level. The Committee recommended that local manufacturers may be invited in the next meeting for final directions to the FBR in that regard.
 

7.    The Committee discussed The Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2020, clause by clause, however, could not complete its reading, due to short of time and decided that further discussion will be carried by tomorrow meeting.

8.    The meeting was attended by Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan and Makhdoom Syed Sami ul Hassan Gillani, MNAs and Minister for Finance and Revenue besides the senior officers from M/o Finance and Revenue, Federal Board of Revenue.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - July 15, 2021

Islamabad, 15th July, 2021; 55th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA at 02:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

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

 The Committee Considered the Bills“The Legal Practitioners and Bar Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020(Section 5)Dr.Nafisa Shah, MNA. The Legal Practitioners and Bar Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 Mr. Sher Akbar Khan MNA. The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 5 and schedule) Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA. After detail deliberations the Committee referred the matter to the Pakistan Bar Council with recommendation’s to finally devise the proper formula after consultation of all the Bar Councils for enhancement of seats of Bar Councils. The proposal for enhancement must contained renationalized formula for enhancement. Recommendations of Pakistan Bar Council must be sent to this committee within 60 days positively. The Committee also unanimously approved the incorporation of the new section in the given Act, about streamlining the Elections for all Bar Associations.
The Committee did not consider the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 11 and 25A) Mr. Amjaid Ali Khan, MNA; due to non-availability of the Mover and deferred the same.

The Committee considered the Bill “The High Courts (Establishment) (Amendment) Bill.  Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA.; and referred the same to the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan, with recommendation that it will provide a comprehensive formula for enhancement of number of judges in all provinces, based on rationalize formula by keeping in view the number of pending cases. Recommendations of Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan shall reach the committee within one month. It was also recommended by the Committee that the Ministry of Law and Justice shall provide details about the total number of posts of judges in High Courts and Supreme Courts along with pending cases before each court. The said details shall be provided to the Committee within 30 days.The Committee considered the Bill “The Legal Aid and Justice Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 2, 6, & 9A) Ms. Uzma Riaz, MNA; and deferred the same with recommendation that, Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice shall arrange a meeting of the Mover with Minister for Law and justice for discussion on the Bill.

The Committee considered the Bill “The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA; after detail deliberations the Committee unanimously recommended that the Bill as amended by the Committee may be passed by the Assembly.

The Committee considered the agenda, Discussion on Judicial Reforms, it was recommended by the Committee that the Vice Chairman Pakistan Bar Council, and Ministry shall provide proposals to the Committee in writing for the fair and competition-based process of recruitment of Judges in Pakistan.
Hon. Members/Movers/MNAs Mr. Lal Chand, Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Mr. Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Dr. Nafeesa shah, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Mr.Sher Akbar Khan MNA, Ms.Uzma Riaz MNA,  Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, Representatives of Ministry of Human Rights, Vice Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council, President Islamabad High Court Bar Association, along with their staff attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - July 15, 2021

Standing Committee on Law and Justice met - July 14, 2021

54th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA at 02:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

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

The Committee Considered “The Protection of Parents Bill, 2021 (Ordinance No. XII of 2021 (Government Bill)” after detailed deliberations the committee deferred the same till next meeting with recommendations to improve the Bill in the light of observations of the Committee.

The Committee did not considered the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 69), Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA”; “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Insertion of Article 11-A) Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, MNA”; The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 1, 51 & 106) Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article-37) Mr. Kesoo Mal Khel Das, MNA, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article-36) Mr. Kesoo Mal Khel Das, MNA, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 51 and 106). Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA; and deferred the same at requestsp and non-availability of Movers.

Hon. Members/MNAs Mr.Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Mr. Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Dr. Nafeesa shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Secretary of Ministry of Law and Special Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan, along with their staff attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Law & Justice meets today - July 13, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Energy (Power Division) meets today - July 12, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - July 8, 2021

Islamabad, 8th July, 2021; 7th meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ibadullah Khan, MNA. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Chairman welcomed all participants and after a brief introduction of participants the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

The Bill titled “The National Highways Safety (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)” was considered and after detailed discussion the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. The Bill titled “The Pakistan Postal Services (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA)” was presented and the Committee decided to defer the Bill till its next meeting.

The Secretary Ministry of Communications briefed the Committee about the implementation status of previous recommendations of the Committee. In his presentation on performance of the Pakistan Post from 2017 to 2020, he informed that during the financial year 2018-19 the revenue was Rs. 14.76 billion which increased to Rs.15.97 billion in 2019-2020, while expenditure for the same period increased from Rs. 23.90 billion to Rs.26.35 billion. The deficit for 2018-19 was Rs. 9.135 billion which increased to Rs. 10.37 in 2019-20. The Committee was also briefed about working strength, employees retired and vacant posts from 2018 to 2020. The Secretary informed that to make Pakistan Post FATF compliant, the Ministry is planning to revamp Pakistan Post’s financial services, re-engineer and re-visit its processes and procedures. The Committee directed the Ministry to share its restructuring plan of Pakistan Post, after its finalization, with the Committee.

The Committee discussed construction of an interchange at Chota Lahore on M-1. The proposed interchange is located about 7 kilometer from the Swabi Interchange and 13 km away from Col. Sher Khan interchange. The Committee recommended that the interchange at Chota Lahore on M-1 may be constructed to serve public, farmers and Tobacco, marble & other local industry of the area by providing direct access to M-1. In its briefing on Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway, the Member NHA Sindh informed that in the light of feasibility study and revised PC-1 the request for proposal (RFP) has been submitted for approval and after approval the project will be advertised. Moreover, an amount of Rs. 14.6 billion has been advanced on account of land acquisition of Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway and expected date of work on site is 30th May, 2022. The Member updated the Committee regarding construction of road between Sehwan Sharif and Jamshoro, he informed that this road consists of three packages i.e Jamshoro-Petaro, Petaro- Khanote and Khanote-Manjhand. The package IC, Khanote-Manjand is sub judice due to which the work on the section is suspended.

The NHA informed that new motorways whose contracts were awarded during 2018 to 2021 include construction of two sections of Hoshab-Awaran-Khuzdar of M-8 comprising of package IA (73.5 km) and package IB (72.5 km). Moreover, the award on construction of Sialkot (Samrial) – Kharian motorway (69 km), on BoT Basis is under process. The Member Sindh NHA briefed the Committee on Shahdad Kot bypass and Khuzdar road. He informed that this road in not in current PSDP and its feasibility is under process. The Committee recommended that the Shahdad Kot bypass and completion of Shahdad Kot to Khuzdar road may be included in next PSDP.

Hon. Members/mover/MNAs  Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Imran Khattak, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr. Ramesh Lal and the senior officers from the Ministry of Communications, National Highways Authority, Motorways Police, Ministry of Law & Justice and Pakistan Post attended the meeting.          
 


NA Standing Committee On Cabinet Secretariat Meets - July 7, 2021

Islamabad; July 7, 2021: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has sought audit reports of the funds allocated and released to the provinces through sustainable Development Goals Achievement plan (SDGs) during the years 2015 to 2017. The Committee gave these directions after a briefing by the Cabinet Division on SDGs Schemes carried out during the previous five years. The Committee also decided to invited Federal Minister heading the SDGs Steering Committee for discussion in this regard. The Committee met under the chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee was apprised that during tenures of the successive governments, block allocation for SDG Schemes were made budget for the particular year and schemes forwarded to the federal government through provincial governments are approved by the Steering Committee headed by a Member of the Federal Cabinet. It was further apprised that guidelines approved by the Cabinet were in place which underlines the procedure and criteria for submission, approval of all such schemes and the subsequent release of funds. The members of the Committee criticized the approval criteria and demanded for grant of schemes to all parliamentarians irrespective of the political divide.

The Committee while discussing Calling Attention Notice of Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA regarding issue of construction of dispensaries in District Bunair, directed Secretary Health Department, KPK and Deputy Commissioner Bunair to bring a plan in consultation with the MNA/Mover within thirty days for making the said dispensaries. The Committee while discussing the Constitutional Amendment Bills of Ms. Aliya Kamran and Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi seeking extension of period of provincial quota in services of Pakistan for further two decades through amendment in Article 27 of the Constitution of Pakistan, asked the Establishment Division to pursue convening of Cabinet Committee on Disposal of Legislative Business for sorting out the issue within one month otherwise, the Committee would be constrained to pass the Amendment Bills. The Committee also directed Cabinet Secretary to pursue the issue of closure of Abandoned Property Organization with Cabinet Committee on Institutional Reforms.  

    The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Roshanuddin Junejo, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Movers; Ms. Aliya Kamran, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Secretary Cabinet Division and other officers of concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources - July 5, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony - July 5, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting meets - July 5, 2021


National Assembly Standing Committee On Rules Of Procedure And Privileges Meets Today - July 5, 2021

Islamabad, the 5th July, 2021: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 1:00 p.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.  

1. The Confirmation of minutes of previous meeting of the Committee held on 7-6-2021;

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

3. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Fawad Ahmed, Minister for Science & Technology regarding character assassination of the Hon. Minister on BOL TV Channel (Referred on 02-01-2020); as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting therefore the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

4. On the Briefing by Barrister Raheel Ahmed on the issue of contempt of Parliament including the Briefing by M/o Parliamentay Affairs on preparation of draft Bill on the contempt of Parliament (issue raised on 05-03-2020); the Committee unanimously decided that Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, MNA/Member of the Privilege Committee, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA (Special Invitee), Mr. Abdul Latif Yousafzai, Advisor to the Hon. Speaker on (Legal & Constitutional Matters),  Barrister Qasim Ali Chowhan, Additional Advocate General, Punjab  and Barrister Raheel Ahmed should have a joint meeting on it and give a report to the Committee within fifteen days.

5. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, MNA regarding non response to the telephone call of honourable MNA by Commissioner Karachi. (Referred on 10-8-2020); the Committee directed to issue a letter to all the Chief Secretaries, Inspector Generals of Police and the Federal Secretaries for directing all concerned to attend the phone calls of the Hon. MNAs. On the un-conditional apology tendered by Ex. Commissioner Karachi, the Committee unanimously decided to dispose of the Question of Privilege.

6. On the Question of Privilege raised by Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security and Research regarding alleged non-cooperation of DPO, Jhang with the MNAs on telephone; (Referred on 12-8-2020); the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting with the direction that the Secretary, Establishment Division should provide a comprehensive report to the Committee that what steps should be taken by the Establishment Division as per Rules against the Ex.D.P.O Jhang. The Committee also directed Barrister Qasim Ali Chowhan, to request to the Attorney General for Pakistan to have a meeting with the Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Lahore for giving in his notice the situation of the court case in this regard. The Committee also directed that the Litigation Wing of the National Assembly Secretariat should also pursue this matter in the court very actively.

7. On the Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Darshan, MNA regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Muhammad Saleem, CEO, SEPCO, Sukkur referred to the Committee on 1-2-2021, the Committee directed that all the CEOs of the DISCOS, M.D PEPCO and Secretary M/o Energy (Power Division) should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee expressed its displeasure against the XEN, SEPCO and directed that the departmental Inquiry should be initiated against him for misbehaving with the Hon. Member. The Committee also directed that the CEO, PESCO should have a meeting with the Hon. Member for resolving his issue. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

8. On the Question of Privilege raised by Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, MNA regarding allegedly misbehavior/use of insulting language against honourable Member by Mr. Nadir Qayyum, Chief Engineer, Pak PWD, Punjab, referred to the Committee on 26-2-2021, as the Hon. Mover accepted the un-conditional apology tendered by Mr. Nadir Qayyum, therefore, the Committee unanimously decided to dispose of the Question of Privilege.
9. On the Question of Privilege raised by Malik Anwar Taj Advocate, MNA/Parliamentary Secretary against Mr. Abdul Jabbar, Chief PESCO Khyber Pakhtunkhwa concerning his ignorance and rough attitude with the Hon. Member, referred to the Committee on 18-3-2021, the Committee recommended that the vacancies lying vacant in PESCO should be filled as early as possible by the Powe Division. The Committee also directed the CEO, and XEN, PESCO, to have a meeting with the Hon. Mover and resolve his grievances and report to the Committee within fifteen days.

10. On the Question of Privilege raised by Malik Anwar Taj Advocate, MNA/Parliamentary Secretary against Mr. Shaukat Ullah, XEN (Shabqadar) Distt. Charsadda, PESCO, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa concerning his ignorance and rough attitude with the Hon. Member, referred to the Committee on 18-3-2021, the Committee recommended that the vacancies lying vacant in PESCO should be filled as early as possible by the Powe Division. The Committee also directed the CEO, and XEN, PESCO, to have a meeting with the Hon. Mover and resolve his grievances and report to the Committee within fifteen days.
11. The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, and other MNAs against allegedly not-attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Members by Mr. Kazim Jatoi, Secretary, health Department, Government of Sindh, referred to the Committee on 29-3-2021, the Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by Secretary, M/o Health. The Committee directed that the Chief Secretary, Sindh and Secretary, Health Department, Singh should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
12. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, MNA against in-action of Inspector General of Police, Sindh on his written complaints regarding threats to his life, referred to the Committee on 29-3-2021, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting with the direction that Secretary, M/o Interior, Mr. Shair Alam Mahsood, Special Secretary, M/o Interior, Inspector Generals of Police of all the Provinces and the Secretaries, Home Departments of all the Provinces should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.

13. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, MNA against allegedly not-attending the telephone call of the Hon. Member by Mr. Khalid Mehmood, Deputy Commissioner, Peshawar referred to the Committee on 21-5-2021, as the D.C, Peshawar responded that he had a lot of respect of the Hon. Member, there can be some mis-understanding in this regard. He also added that he also called back to the Hon. Member. The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
14. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Faheem Khan, MNA regarding allegedly non-attending the telephone call of the Hon. MNA by Managing Director, Water Board, Karachi and lodging a FIR No. 603/2021 against the Hon. Member. (Referred on 21-5-2021), the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that water connections in the constituency of the Hon. Mover should be allowed on priority basis. The Committee also recommended that the FIRs lodged against the Hon. Member should be discharged and report to the Committee in its next meeting.
15. On the Amendment moved by Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA in Rules 203 of the Rules of Procedure.- that in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, after sub-rule (5), the following new sub-rule (6) shall be inserted:-

“(6) Actionable Audit Paras of the report of the Public Accounts Committee adopted by the House shall stand referred to the concerned Standing Committee and Ministry concerned shall submit its implementation report to the Committee.”  (Referred on 27-5-2021), the Committee unanimously decided to pend the amendment till its next meeting. The Committee also decided that the Auditor General of Pakistan should also be invited in the next meeting of the Committee.

16. On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Shaukat Ali Bhatti, MNA regarding allegedly not-attending the telephone call of the Honourable MNA by Mr. Inam Ghani, Inspector General of Police, Punjab referred to the Committee on 22-4-2021, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. The Committee also directed that the Secretary, M/o National Food Security and Research should initiate an inquiry on the issues raised by the Hon. Mover. The Committee also directed that the Secretary, M/o National Food Security and Research should also have a meeting with the Hon. Mover, Ch.Shaukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Nawab Sher and Mr. Khurram Shahzad, MNAs/ Members of the Committee in this regard. The Committee also directed that the M.D, PASSCO should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.  

17. The Committee also appointed a Sub-Committee on the issues of the matters of the Hon. Members with CDA under the convenership of Mr. Nawab Sher and Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhry and Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNAs as its members with the direction that the Notification of this Sub-Committee would be issued after the end of time of the Sub-Committee already appointed under the convenership of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary.

18. The Committee also directed that the M.D Sui Gas, M.D, SNGPL, Chairman, NEPRA should be invited in the next meeting of the Committee on the issue of the Hon. Members with these Departments.

19. The Committee also directed that M.D/CEO, PIA should also attend the next meeting of the Committee on the issues of the Hon. Members with PIA, the position of implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee on the issue of PIA/Air tickets including the issue of 30 tickets of business class of the Hon. Members with PIA.

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

21. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, DR. Darshan, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Malik Anwar Taj, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan,  Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan and Ch. Shukat Ali Bhatti, MNAs/Minister/Parliamentary Secretary as Movers.

22. The Committee also invited Mr. Shah Zain Bugti, MNA as a Special Invitee.


NA Standing Committee Finance & Revenue meet - June 24, 2021

Islamabad, the 24th June, 2021: 61st meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held today at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

Mr. Faiz Ullah, Chairman of the Committee welcomed the participants of the meeting.

Minister Finance briefed the Committee about the dialogues with International Monitoring Fund (IMF). The Committee appreciated the briefing however, indicated some anomalies concerning the budget 2021-22 and suggested the Minister to address the same. The Minister assured the Committee to remove all the anomalies.  
The Committee directed FBR to remove the definition of online market place Section 2 (18-A), the deemed retailer clause within the tier -1 retailer condition section (43-AF) and the chargeability of sales tax proposal on online market places under section (3-3C) considered.
The Committee directed FBR to remove the proposed withholding tax on un-registered sellers selling on online market places in addition to the Committee observed that the FBR work with online market places to increase the documentation of un-registered market place sellers. The Committee further recommended that this may be reconsidered in future.   
The Committee directed Ministry of Commerce and National Tariff Commission (NTC) to discus and take all possible measures to remove anomalies in duty structure of tariff concerning Pakistan Custom Tariff (PCT) Codes 4411.9200, 4411.9310, 4411.9390 and 4411.9400) being intermediary in nature as presented by the stakeholders and  recommend that same may be substituted to 11% so that level playing field in the business is provided to all the stakeholders.
The Committee directed Chairman and Member (IR-Policy), FBR, to have a meeting today i.e 24th June, 2021, with the stakeholders from Ginning Sector and Agriculture Sector regarding tax imposition on Agriculture implements and the representatives of Online Market Place.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Qaiser Ahamed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Rameesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Mr. Sadakat Ali Khan Abbasi, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan MNAs and Minister for Finance and Revenue besides the senior officers from M/o Finance and Revenue, Federal Board of Revenue.



 


Kashmir Committee briefed on strategy to counter Indian fake news on Kashmir & Pakistan - Shehryar Afridi says Pakistan and Kashmir are victims of Indian information terrorism - June 23, 2021

ISLAMABAD – The Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Wednesday was briefed on a strategy evolved by it’s Advisory Board on Digital Media to adopt counter measures to the Indian information terrorism being projected through fake news on Kashmir and Pakistan.

Kashmir Committee was given a detailed briefing by a team comprising Advisory Board team of the Committee on a strategy to the counter Indian fake news on Kashmir issue.

Chairing the meeting of the Kashmir Committee here, Shehryar Khan Afridi said that India is involved in information terrorism while Pakistan and Kashmiris are victim of Indian fake news. He said that EU Disinfo Lab had fully exposed the Indian networks of fake news and Pakistan needed to counter Indian fake news on the digital and mainstream media spheres.

Chairman Kashmir Committee Shehryar Khan Afridi said that artificial intelligence is the way forward and Pakistan would have to employ all its energies to tap all opportunities and our true content on the digital space.

"We are creating an online data repository to provide factual information on Kashmir. This would help the world know what's actually happening on ground in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) and how Indian fake websites and mainstream media was manipulating and twisting information to create fake news. We need to counter the Indian fake news and tell truth to the world," he said.

Shehryar Khan Afridi said that the content on Kashmir would be translated in eight major languages and NUML management has volunteered itself for free-of-cost translation of the content on Kashmir.

CEO Ahsan Mashkoor and CPO Abu Abdullah Ashar from ISSM Labelling Solutions - an AI focused company - were called upon by Special Parliamentary Committee On Kashmir to present how AI can help fight back fake news.

Abu Abdullah Ashar gave briefing on the proposed Pakistani counter to fake news of India explained in the EU Disinfo Lab.

Khurram Dastagir MNA said that the content on Kashmir must be in multiple languages so as people from many cultures and languages may understand the narrative.

He urged Kashmir Committee to tap modren tools of IT to help influence the young generation across the world. He said the target audience must be the influencers and diplomats in major capitals of the world.

In his presentation, Ahsan Mashkoor spoke about the structural disadvantages of Pakistan due to lack of critical technology architecture and absence of a centralised data repository.

To tackle this, Ashar proposed to create a centralised data repository that constitutes of factual data and real time statistics, which can be used as reference point to control Misinformation and fake content.

The centralised data repository will become a reference point for their NLP/NLU engine that will identify fake news and highlight it in real-time. These same tools can also be used to crawl high domain worth websites such as Wikipedia to track fake information and be reported accordingly.

The parliamentary committee also discussed how Pakistan has been a victim to Informational terrorism where our democracy has been influenced by propaganda and fake news.

 


National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meets - June 22, 2021

Islamabad, the 22nd June, 2021: 60th meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held today at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

2. Mr. Faiz Ullah, Chairman of the Committee welcomed the participants of the meeting.

3. The Committee discussed the anomalies being faced to business community /exports/ importers due to imposition of imbalance Sales Tax on raw materials, Tariff and Regulatory Duties, which causes grave concerns among the stakeholders. Businessman from different sectors i.e textile & garments, stationary, surgical, leather, Customs Agents Association, Ginners, petrochemical and representatives from furniture making industry presented their issues before the Committee. The Committee discussed the said matters in details and issue necessary directions to the Federal Board of Revenue, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Finance to address these anomalies of business community at the earliest (by tomorrow 23rd June, 2021) before the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee directed the Secretary Ministry of Finance to make a request to the Hon. Federal Minister, Finance and Revenue for attending the next meeting of the Committee, which has already been fixed to he held on 24th June, 2021. The Committee members have expressed their concern about the anomalies of General Sales Tax (GST) and Regulatory Duties (RD). The Committee deferred the agenda pertaining to legislative business due to paucity of time.

4.    The meeting was attended by Dr. Nafisa Shah, Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Qaiser Ahamed Sheikh, , Mr. Ali Pervaiz, ,  Dr. Rameesh Kuma Vankwani, Chaudhary Khalid Javed MNAs besides the seniors officers from M/o Finance and Revenue, Federal Board of Revenue and Ministry of Commerce .


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - June 17, 2021

National Assembly Standing Committee On Defence Meets Today - June 14, 2021

Islamabad, 14th June, 2021: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence was held today at 11:00 a.m. in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA.

2. The Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by Secretary, M/o Interior. While briefing, Special Secretary, M/o Interior informed the Committee that a preparatory meeting regarding Cyber Crime related issues was held in the M/o Interior on 13th August, 2020 under the Chairmanship of Additional Secretary, M/o Interior. He also informed that a Coordination Committee has been notified under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (FIA), M/o Interior and first meeting of the said Committee was held on 6th October, 2020 to discuss the recommendations/proposals regarding amendments in Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PECA), 2016. He added that a compressive report will be presented before the Committee in its meeting. The Committee observed that there is a lack of coordination between M/o Interior, M/o Information Technology & Telecommunication, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) regarding Cyber Crimes/other issues at the Federal and Provincial levels and directed the M/o Interior to come up with the way forward on the said issues.

3. The Committee emphasized on the offences which are usually committed on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. The Director, FIA (Cyber Crime) informed the Committee that these social media companies are mostly based in United States and Government of Pakistan are facing problems in receiving data of the real culprits due to non-signatory of the MLAT treaty.  The Director, FIA (Cyber Crime) also provided the helpline numbers (1991, 051-9106384, 9106690-2) for general public to lodge complaints against all the Cyber Crime related issues.

4. The meeting was attended by Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Syed Faiz-ul-Hassan, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Rubina Irfan, Mr. Riazul Haq, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, MNAs besides senior officers from M/o Defence, M/o Interior, M/o IT&Telecom, NACTA, PTA and FIA.
 


NA Standing Committee on Energy (Power Division) meets - June 10, 2021


15th meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today - June 8, 2021

15th meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held in Committee Room No.5, Parliament House, Islamabad at 10:30 a.m. under the Chairmanship of Mr. Mujahid Ali, MNA.

The Committee appreciated the efforts made by the present government to draw the attention of government functionaries towards electoral reforms in order to ensure transparent and fair elections in future. The Standing Committee deliberated "The Elections (Amendment) Bill 2020" and recommended that the Bill be passed with a majority of members in the meeting. The Bill was cleared, however, some members of the opposition gave their dissenting notes and remarked that this is a very sensitive issue which needs to be analyzed in depth and the Committee may refrain from passing the Bill in haste.

Members/MNAs, namely, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bukhari, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Ms. Zill-e-Huma, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali,  Mr. Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar Awan, Advisor to Hon. Prime Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and representatives of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs & Election Commission of Pakistan attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - June 7, 2021

Islamabad, 07th June, 2021; 14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held in Committee Room No.5, Parliament House, Islamabad at 11:30 a.m. under the Chairmanship of Mr. Mujahid Ali, MNA.

2.    The Committee considered “The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020” in detail. Some members of the opposition strongly opposed that Advisors to the Hon. Prime Minister cannot introduce any legislation in the House. They suggested that Government may clear the rule position before the Committee to proceed further on the proposed legislation.

3.    The Committee agreed in principle and decided to invite Mr. Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar Awan, Advisor to Hon. Prime Minister for Parliamentary Affairs to clear the rule position and deferred the Bill till its next meeting.

4.    Members/MNAs, namely, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Ms. Zill-e-Huma, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali,  Mr. Ali Mohammad Khan Minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs and representatives of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs & Election Commission of Pakistan attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privilleges meets - June 7, 2021

A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA. 
The Confirmation of minutes of previous meeting of the Committee held on 12-4-2021;
The Comprehensive report/Implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee was placed before the Committee;
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, MNA regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. MNA by Mr. Ali Mangi, Secretary Education, Sindh, Mr. Shafiq, Chief Municipal Officer, Mir Pur Khas and Superintendent of Police (S.P), Mirpur Khas, Sindh. (Referred on 11-3-2020), as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting therefore the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security and Research regarding alleged non-cooperation of DPO, Jhang with the MNAs on telephone; (Referred on 12-8-2020); the Committee directed that the Establishment Division should cancel the NOC of the Ex.DPO, Jhang for his training in abroad inquiry should be initiated against him. The Committee also directed that the Secretary, Establishment Division should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.
On the Question of Privilege rasied by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, MNA regarding non-addressal of the issues raised by Hon. MNA relating to his security, illegal buildings and encroachments by the Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh, Karachi.(Referred on 05-03-2020); the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that the Chief Secretary, Govt of Sindh and Director General (DG) Sindh Building Control Authority and the Chief Executive, Bahria Town should attend the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee also directed that the I.G.P, Sindh and the Addl. Commissioner, Karachi  should   immediately provide two security guards to the Hon. MNA with a report to the Committee.  The Committee also directed that the directions of the Committee on the issue of Security Guards should be sent to all Inspector Generals of Police with the direction to forward these directions to all Regional Police Officers for compliance. The Committee also directed that any letter if issued in this regard should b aattached with these directions of the Committee. 
On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Faqir Ahmed, MNA against Saeed Ahmed Dhudi, SDO, Irrigation, Burewala for allegedly lodging a false FIR No. 282/20 in Police Station Sheikh Fazal, Tehsil Burewala, District Vehari against the Honourable Member. (Referred on 29-3-2021);  the Committee directed the DPO, District Vihari to forward this investigation to Mr. Mazhar Hayat Haraj and the name of the Hon. MNA should be exonerated from the FIR with a report to the Committee. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. However, the Hon. Mover could not attend the meeting.
On the Issues of the Hon. Members of the Committee with Zarai Tararqiyati Bank Limited (ZTBL); (Matter taken by the Committee on 12-4-2021 ); the Committee was briefed in detail by the President, ZTBL, Islamabad. On the issue of provision of subsidy to the Farmers, the Committee directed the President, AZTBL that the panaflex should be installed in front of all the Branches in the Country so that the Farmers should be well aware of it and they may get benefits from this facility. The Committee also directed the President, ZTBL to give a detailed briefing to the Committee in its next meeting on the issues of facilities being provided to the Farmers in the Country.  The Committee also directed the President, ZTBL to appoint a senior executive as a focal person (with the delegated powers)for facilitating the Hon. Parliamentarians and resolving their issues/grievances.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA regarding allegedly not responding to his telephone calls by Inspector General of Police, Punjab and Mr. Sajid Kayani, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Operations, Lahore and non-cooperation of Mr. Mobeen Wattoo, SP concerned, Mr. Imran, SHO and Mr. Mubashir Awan, Sub-Inspector, Police Station Islampura, Lahore. (Referred on 17-5-2021); the Committee expressed its displeasure on the issue. The Committee directed the DIG (Operation), Lahore to initiate the  fact findings inquiry on the matter and take departmental legal action against the concerned  officials with a report to the Committee in its next meeting. The Committee also directed that the CCTV video of the issue should be provided to the Committee in its next meeting. The Committee also directed that  Mr. Imran and Mr. Mubbashir, Inspectors should appear before the Committee in person in its next meeting.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, regarding allegedly non-attending the telephone call of the honourable MNA by Mr. Abdul Qadir Sangi, Executive Engineer, Works and Services Department, Sindh. (Referred on 17-5-2021); as the Hon. Mover informed the Committee that he had accepted the un-conditional apology tendered by Mr. Abdul Qadir Sangi, therefore the Committee recommended to dispose of the Question of Privilege.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Faheem Khan, MNA regarding allegedly non-attending the telephone call of the Hon. MNA by Managing Director, Water Board, Karachi and lodging a FIR No. 603/2021 against the Hon. Member. (Referred on 21-5-2021); the Committee after a detailed discussion directed the DIG (East) Mr. Saqib to discharge the FIR against the Hon. Member and report to the Committee. The Committee also recommended that the concerned SHO should be removed from that posting and action should be taken against him as per Rules and Regulation. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, MNA regarding in-action of SHO Thana City Mansehra, SP Operations Mansehra, DPO Mansehra and Inspector General of Police, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on his application regarding gross mutilation of property by the land mafias. (Referred on 21-5-2021); the Committee directed the RPO, Mansehra to lodge the FIR of both the parties.  The Committee also directed that two gunmen should be provided to the Hon. Member for his security.  The Committee also directed that all the inquires in the matter should be concluded within one week and the grievances of the Hon. Mover should be addressed and report in this regard should be given to the Committee within one week.  The Committee also directed that Deputy Commissioner (DC), Mansehra should also attend the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
On the Amendment moved by Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA in Rules 203 of the Rules of Procedure.- that in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, after sub-rule (5), the following new sub-rule (6) shall be inserted:-
“(6) Actionable Audit Paras of the report of the Public Accounts Committee adopted by the House shall stand referred to the concerned Standing Committee and Ministry concerned shall submit its implementation report to the Committee.”  (Referred on 27-5-2021), as the Hon. Mover could not attend the meeting, therefore, the Committee pended the amendment till its next meeting. 
The Committee extended the time period of the Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary.
The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Mr. Nawab Sher, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Syed Murtaza Mahmud, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, and Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan, Advocate, MNAs/Minister of State.
The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Mr. Ramesh Lal and Mr. Faheem Khan, MNAs/Movers. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - June 7, 2021

Islamabad; June 7, 2021: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat in its meeting held today unanimously approved the Special Technology Zones Authority bill, 2021. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA held in Parliament House, this afternoon.

    The Committee unanimously assented to the Bill saying that the Authority once fully functional would help ensure the development of scientific and technological ecosystem through development of zones to accelerate technology development in the country.

    The Chairman Special Technology Zones Authority (STZA) apprised the Committee about the object and reasons of establishment of the Authority. He informed that the STZA would provide internally competitive and export oriented structures in addition to developing collaboration between academia, research and technology industry. He further apprised that STZA would also help in create jobs in the technology sectors, capitalizing on our youth dividends. He also informed that the creation of Authority will also build an environment which would attract foreign direct investment, apart from improved quality of domestic technology products and services and fostering innovation.

    Referring to the immense technological potential in the country, the Chairman STZA informed that major technological giants had already expressed their interest for bringing their investments in Pakistan. He said that the main impediment behind delay in the process was the lack of legislative framework for investment protection. He also informed the Committee about the proposed STZs in Islamabad, provincial capitals, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

    Earlier, the Committee expressed displeasure on continued absence of Secretary Cabinet Division from the Committee meetings. The Chairperson decided to proceed against the Secretary under the rules in case he absents himself from the next meeting of the Committee.

    The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Additional Secretary Cabinet Division and other officers of concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee National Food Security & Research meets - June 7, 2021

   Islamabad 7th June, 2021:  18th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research held under the Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA, in the Committee Room of National Agriculture Research Center (NARC), Chak Shahzad, Islamabad.

    The Committee appreciated the efforts of late Dr. Humayum for the introduction of Garlic seed of international standard in the country. The Committee endorsed that the name of Dr. Humayum should be recommended for civil award due to his continuous struggle for the promotion of Agriculture.

    The Managing Director, PASSCO, and Secretary, Food Department, Punjab apprised the Committee that the set target for the purchase of wheat is achieved. He further requested that the support price of wheat should be the same in the country for timely procurement.

    The Committee took the notice of price hike of fertilizers in the country. The Committee was answered that the price of fertilizers is increased almost 75% in international market for the period from July, 2020 to May, 2021.

    The Committee discussed the “The Islamabad Bee-keeping and Honey Board Bill, 2021”  and “The Islamabad Poultry Production Regulation Bill, 2021” ; introduced by  Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, in detail, and directed the stakeholders to sit with the honourable MNA and finalize the proposed legislation within a week.

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

    MNAs, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, Mr. Kamal Udin, Minister for National Food Security and Research, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, (Mover of the Bill), and senior officers/ officials from the Ministry NFS&R attended the meeting.
 


Standing Committee on Defence met today - June 4, 2021

Standing Committee on Railways met today - June 3, 2021

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, MNA, in Committee Room of Ministry of Railways, D Block Pak Secretariat, Islamabad to discuss the agenda items issued vide Secretariat Notice of the meeting dated 26th May, 2021.

The Committee approved the minutes of its meeting held on 10th February, 2021.

The Committee showed its reservation upon the implementation of its recommendation regarding vacation of Railways land through negotiation and by perusing the court cases vigorously and through anti encroachment campaign. Further, the Committee is still waiting for formulation of policy in this matter.

The Committee was briefed about the PSDP for the year 2021-22 and approved the projects of an amount Rs.30 Billion.

Divisional Superintendent, Pakistan Railways, Lahore informed the Committee that some illegal occupied shops and residential houses on the Railways land were sealed/demolished under the direction of the Committee and the policy of the Railways. However, the committee has view that Railways rather to demolish the residential houses of poor people, Railways should reconsider and negotiate with the people and bring them in rental/tax net. The Committee recommended that all Divisional Superintendents of Railways reconsider the issue of sealing the shops/Khokhas.

Ministry of Railways informed that Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad (ITI) project after launching, first train was reached Islamabad dry port from Turkey on 13.8.2010 and the last train was dispatched on 05.11.2011 and since then, the project is suspended. Many meetings have already been held to resume the said train operation at high level and will be resolved soon.  The Committee has view that it should be reinstated.

Chief Executive Officer, Pakistan Railways Construction pvt. Limited (RAILCOP) briefed the Committee about working of the (RAILCOP). He informed that RAILCOP since its establishment in 1980 executed many national and international projects with staff strength of 647 including 45 regular staff from Railways. RAILCOP earned 1582 Million as profit from 2015 to 2020. The Committee appreciated the performance of RAILCOP.

Divisional superintendent, Railways, Rawalpindi informed that the issue of the beautification near the Railways Phattak/track at Sargodha will be permitted under some terms and conditions. He further, informed that Provincial Govts. are least bother to bear the expenditure involved on these Phattak and that is why Railways and the common people are facing the problem. Railways have written many letters to the Provincial Govts. for releasing the long outstanding amount for the smooth 

Divisional superintendent, Railways Sukkur was asked to brief the Committee on the issue of demolish of the encroachments but the Secretary, Ministry of Railways and Chief Executive Officer Railways briefed the Committee.

Railways Golf and Country club has already taken over by the Railways and will be outsourced soon after legal and other formalities and similarly the Railways schools and hospitals. The arrears of retired employees will also be resolved after July 2021 as elaborated by the Secretary, Ministry of Railways.

The issue of the employees related issue regarding their retirement arrear was also discussed and CEO informed that said issue have been resolved about 70% and the remaining will be after the budget. 

The following MNAs, Mr. Bahsir Khan, Sheikh Rashid Shafique, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Mr. Abdul Wasay, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Ramesh Lal, and Ms Nusrat Wahid besides the officials of the Ministry attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today - June 3, 2021

51st meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA at 02:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

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

The Committee considered the Bill, The Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trail) Bill, 2021 (Ordinance No. XVII of 2020) (Govt. Bill); after detailed deliberations the Committee recommended with majority that the Bill may be passed by the assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Ordinance No. XVII of 2020) (Section 375) (Govt. Bill) after detailed deliberations the Committee recommended with majority that the Bill may be passed by the assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill, The National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Ordinance No. V of 2021) (Govt. Bill). after detailed deliberations the Committee recommended with majority that the Bill may be passed by the assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Registration (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Section 69) moved by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA. after detailed deliberations the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the assembly as amended by the Committee.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Article 259), Moved by Ch. Faqir Ahmed, MNA. after detailed deliberations, Mover has withdrawn the Bill hence the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Article 140 A), Moved by Syed Javed Hussnain, MNA and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Article 140 A), Moved by Syed Javed Hussnain, MNA. After detailed deliberations the Committee Constituted a sub-committee to consider both these Bills. But the said sub-committee will start working on the given TORs after expiry of the existing sub-committee.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2021, moved by Syed Javed Hussnain, MNA.  After detailed deliberations the Committee deferred the same till next meeting.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Legal Aid and Justice Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 2, 6 & 9A) moved by Ms. Uzma Riaz, MNA. After detailed deliberations the Committee deferred the same till next meeting.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 51 & 59) moved by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA due to non-availability of the Mover committee deferred the same.

Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Usman Ibraheem, Syed Hussain Tariq, Dr. Nafeesa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Ch. Faqir Ahamed, Syed Javed Husnain, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Minister for Law & Justice, representatives of Ministry of Law and justice and Ministry of Human Rights, along with their staff attended the meeting.

 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today - June 2, 2021

Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony meets - June 2, 2021

Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony took Suo Motu Notice of Trust Bill
Saudi Government did not communicate about Hajj Quota yet. Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony
Establishment of recycling plant to protect the sanctity of old pages of Holy Quran be ensured. Standing Committee

Islamabad(        ) Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony took Suo Motu notice of the Trust Bill, recently passed by the Government and directed that Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony may give briefing on the Bill. The Standing Committee also directed to issue notice to Ministry of Interior. According to the details the Standing Committee showed its concerns regarding the Islamabad Territory Trust Act, 2020, which has been got passed by the Government because some of the sections of the Bill are not inconformity with the injunction of Quran and Sunnah. The Standing Committee observed that when someone declares his property as trust, the property comes under the ownership of Allah Almighty. Hence, no Deputy Commissioner or any other officer is authorized to change the ownership of that property. The Standing Committee was of the opinion that during the British rule, in 1923, both Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal struggled for the protection of rights of Muslims and the Trust properties. According to the Committee even Trust Act, 1860 protects the rights of Muslims, however, the recent change in the law needs to be looked into once again. It has been decided to seek guidance from Council of Islamic Ideology (CII). The Standing Committee was informed that Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony has completed the arrangements for Hajj, 2021. However, they did not receive any information from Saudia. So, any comment, in this regard, would be before the time. The Standing Committee was informed that recommendation have been made, for many years, for Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony to establish a recycling plant to protect the sanctity of the Holy Pages, but nothing could be done so far. The Standing Committee unanimously decided that recycling plant would be established. The Standing Committee directed that Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony and the Pak-PWD should fulfill their responsibilities in this regard. The Standing Committee directed that PC-II and PC-I of this recycling plant be completed and submitted by first week of July. Moreover, the Standing Committee directed that the amounts to establish the plant be shown in the Budget 2021-22.
    
The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Mr. Asad Mahmood and attended by Members National Assembly; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Sahibzada Sibghatullah, Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Raja Riaz Ahmed, Chaudhary Javed Iqbal Warraich, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, Ms. Shunila Ruth (Parliamentary Secretary for Inter-Faith Harmony), Chaudhary Faqir Ahmed, Begum Tahira Bokhari, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Mahar Irshad Ahmed Khan, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jilani, Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali. Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Parliamentary Secretary for Religious Affairs also attended the meeting. Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony and many other senior officers attended the meeting.
 


Standing Committee on States and Frontier Region (SAFRON) meets - June 2, 2021

19th meeting of the Standing Committee on States and Frontier Region (SAFRON) was held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA.

The Committee expressed its displeasure for non-implementation on the issues of students’ Quota and their fees, and non-provision of basic health facilities and supply of gas to the Tribal Districts (Erstwhile FATA).

The Committee also expressed its concern over non provision of complete funds for Erstwhile FATA. The Committee emphasized that the Petroleum Division should take serious efforts for exploration of gas in South and North Waziristan.

The Committee directed to invite Chairman, Higher Education Commission, Chief Secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and officers from Water Management and Agriculture Engineering, KPK in the next meeting.

The Committee expressed its displeasure on the absence of Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and deferred the agenda items relating to the briefing on restoration of economic activities on Pak-Iran and Pak-Afghan borders, for its next meeting. The Committee directed to invite the Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretary, Ministry of Interior and the Chairman, FBR for briefing on these deferred agenda items.

The officers from the Ministry of Interior briefed the Committee on the closure of Nowa Pass & Gorsal Border points at Pak-Afghanistan border for trade activities. The Secretary, SAFRON briefed the Committee on the implementation status of previous recommendations of the Committee. The senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Petroleum Division replied to a number of queries and questions raised by the Hon. Chairman and Members of the Committee.

The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meeting held on 13th April, 2021.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Shahid Ahmad, Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Ms. Aliya Malik, Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Ms. Aysha Rajab Ali, Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ud Din and Agha Hassan Baloch, MNAs. The meeting also attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, MNA/Federal Minister for SAFRON.


Standing Committee on Science & Technology meets - June 2, 2021

Islamabad the, 2nd June, 2021:    15th meeting of the Standing Committee on Science & Technology was held on 2nd June, 2021 at 2:00 p.m in Committee Room of Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR). Mr. Sajid Mehdi, Chairman presided over the meeting.

The Committee expressed concern over the insufficient budget allocation for I.T sector as it could play vital role to strengthen the economy of Pakistan. The Committee recommended that Government functionaries may pay special attention to strengthen IT industry in Pakistan by enhancing its budget in order to compete internationally. The Committee directed that ministry may ensure proper liaison with the concerned ministries/departments for sufficient budget allocation and timely releases of funds as it had been observed that procedural completions not only affect on the project but escalate the cost of the projects as well. The Committee further directed that ministry may avoid initiating new projects before the completion of on-going projects.

The Committee discussed the pros & cons of “The University of Engineering and Emerging Technology Bill, 2020” (Government Bill) and directed that Ministry may complete the codel formalities of the proposed legislation so that Committee could consider it accordingly. The Committee therefore, deferred the said Bill till its next meeting.

The Committee dropped the following Private Member’s Bills on the request of the Ministry in order to avoid contradiction and overlapping of the existing legislation.

i)    “The National Institute of Oceanography (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA).
ii)    “The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA).
iii)    “The Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA).

The Committee deferred “The National University of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2020” (moved by Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA) due to the absence of Mover of the Bill.

The Committee appreciated the performance of Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) however, directed that PNAC may strengthen its department to expand its network all over the Country and provide training facilities to the young talent of Pakistan so that they could contribute for the prosperity of Pakistan.

The following MNA’s Engr. Usman Khan Taraki, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, Ms. Zaib Jaffar, Dr. Samina Matloob, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination meets - June 2, 2021

Meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA - June 1, 2021

Islamabad, 1st June, 2021; 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Chairman welcomed all participants and after a brief introduction of participants the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

The Bill titled “The National Highways Safety (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)” was considered and the Committee decided to defer the Bill till its next meeting. The Bill titled “The Pakistan Postal Services (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA)” was considered and the Committee decided to defer the Bill till its next meeting.

The Committee was updated about progress on service areas and completion of fuel stations on Hazara Motorway, Multan - Sukkur and Lahore – Multan motorways. The Committee was informed that proposed services to be provided on the Hazara motorway includes fuel stations, public toilets, tuck shops, tyre shops, lube shops & workshops.   In this connection procurement is under process and fuel facility will be available in six months’ time period. The Committee directed to shorten the period required in the process. Moreover, fuel stations on Multan-Sukker motorway at Rohri, Quttub Din Shah, Zahirpir and Multan are under process, while the fueling facility at Azampur and Uch Sharif is available.

The Director General Pakistan Post (PO) briefed the Committee on fraud cases of PO under investigation by FIA. The Committee was informed that fraud cases pending with FIA are 83 involving amount Rs. 358.39 million. In this connection 56 cases are under investigation with the agency and 27 FIR has been registered for recovery of the loss incurred to the department. Moreover, 40 cases involving a loss of Rs. 157.73 million are also under trial with Courts. The Committee showed its dissatisfaction over slow pace of recovery and desired a briefing on the issue by FIA in the next meeting. 

The Secretary Ministry of Communications briefed the Committee on Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2021-22. He informed the Committee that proposed PSDP 2021-22 was consists of 90 projects amounting to Rs. 198.119 billion. Among these projects 32 were on-going projects, 26 new on-going projects and 32 proposed new projects. He further informed that completions of existing project were given priority. 

The Committee discussed the issue of establishment of two toll plazas with in an area of 2  kilometers’ in Jamshoro and Mansehra. The GM Revenue NHA briefed the Committee and informed that two different roads transverse from Hassanabdal to Manshera one is N-35 (Hassanabdal – Havelian – Manshra – Khunjrab Pass) and the other is E-35 (Hassanabdal – Havelian – Manshra – Thakot). Both toll plazas are established as per NHA Act 1991 (Amended in 2001) on different routes/arteries of NHA road network. The Committee directed that policy should be to facilitate public and desired a detailed briefing by NHA in next meeting with a solution for public.

The Member Sindh NHA briefed the Committee on Shahdad Kot bypass (Shahdad Kot – Karachi). He informed that the Ratodero – Gwader was constructed in 2012 and Larkana – Kamber Road was constructed during 2016. During the financial year 2019-20 Government of Sindh started working on the eastern side of bypass 5.5 kms and the work in under progress. While western side of Kamber -  Shahdadkot bypass is the part of upcoming ADP Scheme of Government of Sindh.

Hon. Members/mover/MNAs  Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Aamir Talal Gopang, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Mr. Jai Parkash, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Ehsanullah Reki, Dr. Darshan, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan and the senior officers from the Ministry of Communications, National Highways Authority, Motorways Police and Pakistan Post attended the meeting.         


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production meets today - May 31, 2021

Meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - May 31, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Power - May 31, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Commerce meets today - May 27, 2021

Chairman Syed Naveed Qamar has directed the Ministry of Commerce to immediately start a broad-based consultation with all the stakeholders and present draft amendments in tenure for office bearers of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), before the Committee in 60 days”-

He was chairing the 24th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce today in the Parliament House, Islamabad. The President FPCCI and Secretary, Ministry of Commerce briefed the Committee on the Agenda item and informed that an increase in tenure of Office Bearers to two years would improve policy continuity within TO’s, and allow Office Bearers sufficient time to initiate and complete projects for the welfare of Trade in Pakistan. The Committee unanimously supported an increase of two years in the tenure of FPCCI office bearers.

The Standing Committee also discussed issues relating to the increase in salaries of Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) employees. The Chairman informed the Committee that the existing pay and allowances of TCP employees are already on a higher side, contrary to the Federal Government employees. He further informed that TCP used to release at least two bonuses each equivalent to one-month gross salary in a fiscal year. He said that recently TCP has also allowed ‘Eid bonus to the employees on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr in light of the profit earned by the Corporation up to the 3rd quarter of the current financial year. This was in addition to the 03 bonuses disbursed about 06 months ago in November, 2020. He added that besides all this the employees of TCP are enjoying full Medical facility, Children Education Allowance and leave encashment per year. 

The Committee unanimously approved Minutes of its 23rd Meeting and deferred all other agenda for its next meeting.  The Secretary replied to a number of queries and questions raised by the Chair and Hon. Members of the Committee. 

The meeting was attended by Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum MNA, Mr. Usman Ibrahim MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz MNA, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jelani MNA, Secretary Commerce, senior officers from the Ministry and Chairman FPSSCI along with all the office bearers-


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets today - May 27, 2021

35th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA, in the Committee Room of NADRA Headquarters, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Bill titled “The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020" (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Akhter Mengal, MNA)” was considered by the Committee, and the Committee recommended that the bill may not be passed by the National Assembly. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 298) (moved by Moulana Abdul Akber Chitrali, MNA), was deferred till the next meeting. The Ministry of the Interior was directed to obtain views of the Islamic Ideology Council and Ministry of Law and Justice for further deliberation in the Bill.

The Bill titled “The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 35) (moved by Moulana Abdul Akber Chitrali, MNA) was considered by the Committee. After discussion the Committee decided to defer the Bill till its next meeting with the direction to NADRA to submit its views and means for resolving the issue of regularization of contingent paid staff. The Committee considered the Bill titled “The Islamabad Rent Restriction (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 11) (moved by Ms. Nusrat Wahid, MNA)” and deferred the Bill till the next meeting. The Bill titled “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 375) (moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA)” was considered and the Committee recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the National Assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill  titled “The Pakistan Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Section 17) (moved by Engineer Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, MNA)” and decided to constitute a sub-Committee, under the convener-ship of  Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, to consider the Bill. The Committee was briefed by the Ministry regarding implementation status of recommendations of the Committee made in its meetings held on 27-3-2019 and 3-5-2019. The Committee desired that the Ministry should submit progress report on PSDP, expenditures and revenue on quarterly basis. The President Senate Secretariat Employees Co-operative Housing Society (SSECHS) briefed the Committee about the housing society. The Committee took notice of irregularities in SSECHS and directed the management and Circle registrar to make a complete presentation in next meeting on available land, number of plots, development status and money collected by the society.

The Commissioner Rawalpindi briefed the Committee on the issue of distribution of shamlat land of village Sheikhpur acquired for Sections I-14, I-15 and I-16. The Committee directed CDA and the Commissioner Rawalpindi to attend the next meeting with a solution of the issue. Increasing incidents of robbery, burglary, murders, and other serious crimes in Islamabad were discussed in the meeting; the SSP Investigation ICT Police briefed the Committee regarding the working of ICT Police. The Committee showed concern over increasing trend of crimes in the capital city and desired a detailed briefing, in the next meeting, by the ICT Police.

Honorable Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib, Moulana Abdul Akber Chitrali, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Engineer Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, ICT Police, Passport and Immigration, NADRA, Commissioner Rawalpindi, Capital Development Authority attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meets today - May 27, 2021

57th meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held today at 11:00 a.m., in Constitution Room (old Committee Room No.5 (Second Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

Mr. Faiz Ullah, Chairman of the Committee welcomed the Special Assistant to the Hon. Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue in the meeting. The Committee offered “Fateha” on the sad demise of Mr. Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Son of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA/Member of the Committee.

Dr. Waqar Masood Khan, Special Assistant to the Hon. Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue apprised the Committee about the Medium Term Budget Strategy Paper 2021-22 and 2023-24. He Informed that subject strategy paper has been formulated with a focus on sustainable growth, protection of vulnerable segments of society, inflation, price control and reduction of twin deficits he said that IMF program was paused due to COVID for some time. However, Pakistan’s economy was showing strong signs of revival being hit very hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. He further added that Fiscal indicators were improving in the medium term with optimal mobilization and efficient management of resources.

The Secretary Ministry of Finance and Revenue also responded the Committee on the queries with regard to Actual Budgetary numbers 2020-21 and projections at that time including increase in the ratio of in direct taxes. Special Assistant to the Hon. Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue also briefed the Committee about the circular debt and non cash settlement plan of Government to clear the circular debt’s stock. The Committee Members have expressed their concerns over the incoming flow of circular debt. SA agreed with the view point of the Committee and informed that government was closely monitoring the issue. The Chairman Federal Board of Revenue briefed the Committee regarding the measures taken by the FBR for its infrastructure. He said that they have requested single line budget for improving the functioning of FBR.

The Committee recommended that Financial Audit Report of Utility Store Corporation on direct subsidy may be shared with this Committee on its completion. The Committee discussed the issues of GST being faced by the furniture industries and directed the FBR to revisit the policy in this regard, at the earliest. The Committee further directed not to take any action on the notices already served to the furniture markets for collection of GST, till the final outcome of the matter. The Committee discussed the Financial Institutions (Secured Transactions) (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Ord. No. IV of 2020) (Government Bill) and passed the said Bill.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Qaiser Ahamed Sheikh, Chaudary Khalid Javed, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar and Ms. Hina Rabbani Khan, MNAs besides the seniors officers from M/o Finance and Revenue, Law and Justice, Federal Board of Revenue, Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), National Tariff Commission (NTC) and M/o Commerce.


Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) meet today - May 26, 2021

36th (in-camera) meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held today at 11:00 a.m. in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA.
    The Committee was briefed by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives, Secretary, Board of Investment, Secretary, M/o Communications, Member (IR), FBR, Senior Joint Secretary, M/o Commerce, regarding waiver of taxes on industries as per model extended to construction sector and updated progress on Axle Load Policy.
    The Committee, while highlighting the importance of the second phase of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, observed that utmost efforts were exerted to expeditiously complete the first phase of CPEC. Now Pakistan has entered into the most promising second phase of CPEC. The focus of the CPEC’s second phase is to effectively operationalize Gwadar and Special Economic Zones and set up important industries there. Given Pakistan’s weak economy we will be doomed, if these goals are not achieved. Therefore the purpose of waiver of taxes on industries as per model extended to construction sector is to incentivize industries, enhance local and foreign direct investment, generate revenue, create massive employment opportunities for local people and ultimately lead Pakistan towards the path of sustainable economic development. The Committee recommended to Federal Board of Revenue to convene a joint meeting along-with Board of Investment, Ministry of Commerce, and Ministry of Industries & Production and come up with comprehensive proposals so that industrial sector could be incentivized well in time.
    Secretary, Ministry of Communications informed that they have requested Prime Minister Office to reconstitute the Committee for further deliberation and taking decision on the implementation of axle load policy. The Committee observed that the lack of implementation of axle load policy is causing huge damage to the road infrastructure and burden on national exchequer in form of road repair. The Committee decided to take up the issue at the highest forum so as to ensure the implementation of the law in letter and spirit.
    The Committee expressed dissatisfaction over dilly-dallying in the process of completion of socio-economic projects under Chinese grant of USD 1 billion. The Committee recommended to provinces to effectively and timely utilize the USD 1 billion Chinese grant by undertaking those socio-economic projects which could bring value addition and sustainable impacts for improving the lives of common people.
    The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, MNA, Mr. Umer Aslam Khan, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khattak, MNA, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhry, MNA, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA and Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNA.


 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets - May 24, 2021

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held on 24th May, 2021 at 01:30 p.m in Committee Room of the M/o National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.

The Committee discussed The Federal Medical Teaching Institute Bill, 2020 (Ord No. XII of 2020) in detail. After detailed deliberations the Committee proposed amendments in Clause 3 and Clause 22 of Sub-clause (2) of the Bill. The Committee recommends that "The Federal Medical Teaching Institute Bill, 2020 (Ord No. XII of 2020) as amended by the Committee may be passed the National Assembly.

The Committee also discussed the performance of the Pakistan Nursing Council. The Committee directed that Pakistan Nursing Council may submit the comprehensive report of 254 nursing schools regarding their performance and available resources furthermore, the Committee deputed Dr. Samina Matloob, MNA and Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomroo, MNA to keep random check & balance on them.

The following MNAS, Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Mr. Jai Parkash, Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Dr. Ms. Zille Huma, Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, Dr. Samina Matloob, Dr. Darshan, Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam, Mr. James Iqbal, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - May 24, 2021

Islamabad(        ) Inspectors be appointed for spot checking of water losses and a Committee consisting upon representatives of Irrigation Departments, Punjab & Sindh and IRSA to examine and control water losses. These recommendations have been passed during the meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources. The Standing Committee was informed that the Canal System of Punjab is the biggest Canal System of the country. But the losses of the water in the Punjab are only fifteen percent of total losses of the country. But after Punjab 85% water losses are recorded between the area of Punjnand and Kotri. The Standing Committee was also informed that thousands of cusec of water is being lost in the country, regularly. The Standing Committee showed its grave concerned regarding the huge water losses. So, the Standing Committee directed that Irrigation Department, Punjab, Irrigation Department, Sindh and Indus River System Authority (IRSA) should sit together and examine the reasons of the water losses. So that the water losses could be stopped and the saved water could be utilized for betterment of the Agriculture Sector. The Standing Committee directed that IRSA may deploy Inspectors for spot checking to control water losses and misreporting. The Standing Committee was informed that after Water Apportionment Accord 1991, the water was distributed accordingly. After detailed deliberation the Standing Committee directed the IRSA to ensure distribution of water among different Provinces under Section 2(B) of Water Apportionment Accord 1991.       

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Water Resources, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur through video link and attended by Members National Assembly; Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Sheikh Rashid Shafiq, Ch. Shokat Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ch. Javed Iqbal Warraich, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Riaz-ul-Haq and Mir Munawwar Ali Talpur. Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources was also present in the meeting. Minister for Irrigation Department, Punjab and Secretaries, Irrigation Department, Punjab and Sindh attended the meeting through video link. The meeting was also attended by the Chairman, IRSA, Director General, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director General, Pakistan Meteorological Department and senior civil officers of the Ministry of Water Resources and WAPDA.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice - May 6, 2021

National Assembly Standing Committee on Government Assurances - May 6, 2021

Chairman Syed Naveed Qamar expressed serious concern on the current import of wheat, when our own local wheat is started arriving in the market. He named it a ‘Recipe for Disaster’ - May 6, 2021

During a briefing on ‘import of wheat’ by Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP), he further added that the figures shows that the imported wheat is more expensive than the local market, consequences will start next year when nobody will be ready to sow the crop.

Syed Naveed Qamar was chairing 21st meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce today in the Parliament House, Islamabad. He said that this permanent cycle of import of wheat, the government is providing incentives to foreign farmers instead our own growers and this situation is against whole agriculture sector and the economy of Pakistan. The Committee invited the Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research for a briefing on wheat, in the next meeting.

The Chairman Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) briefed the Standing Committee on Commerce that as per given target by the government the TCP has imported 2.16 million MT wheat through international tendering and PASCO. 30 bulk vessels of TCP arrived from October 2020 to March 2021. Tenders for Additional 300,000MT are floated by TCP.

The Committee also discussed the issues relating to import of Cotton. The Ministry of Commerce informed the Committee that due to less Cotton production, domestic production of Cotton yarns has remained low which resulted yarn shortage and subsequently high yarn prices. Value-added sector is not able to cover yarn to materialize export orders.

The Standing Committee observed a continuous decline of Cotton production since FY 2015-16. The Committee constituted a Sub- Committee on the matter. The sub. committee will present its report in 30 days.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon MNA, Mr. Khurram Shehzad MNA, Mian Muhammad Shafiq MNA, Ms. Wajiha Akram MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum MNA, Mr. Usman Ibrahim MNA, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan MNA, and Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb MNA. Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja MNA


Chairman Syed Naveed Qamar urged the government “to encourage domestic crops by giving incentives to growers and discourage import of wheat”- - May 6, 2021

He was chairing 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce today in the Parliament House, Islamabad. He demanded the Federal Government to release sufficient funds for establishment of new silos in the country, which are urgently needed for the enhancement of wheat storage capacity-

The Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security & Research briefed the Committee on wheat production plan, wheat procurement drive, procurement progress and target set in 2021, and management of wheat crop in 2021 in the light of lessons learnt.

The Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security & Research also replied a number of queries and questions raised by the Chair and Hon. Members of the Committee on imports of wheat, Minimum Support Price, wheat Stocks in the country and pricing trends in the local and international markets.

The Committee unanimously approved Minutes of its 22nd Meeting. The Committee deferred all agenda items relating to Ministry of Commerce on the absence of Secretary Commerce and Advisor to Prime Minister for Commerce, Textile and Investment, for the next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon MNA, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh MNA, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani MNA, Mr. Khurram Shehzad MNA, Ms. Wajiha Akram MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum MNA, Mr. Usman Ibrahim MNA, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan MNA,  Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz MNA, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jelani MNA, Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Special Secretary Ministry of Commerce along with senior officers from both the ministries and Federal Board of Revenue.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held today - May 3, 2021

Islamabad, the 3rd May, 2021:    56th meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held today at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

2.    Mr. Faiz Ullah, Chairman of the Committee welcomed the new Minister for Finance and Revenue on behalf of the Committee. Mr. Shoukat Tareen, Hon. Minister apprised the vision and road map of the economy in line with the IMF Program and commitments made by the Government of Pakistan. He was of the opinion that necessary measures will be taken for the broadening of tax net instead of burdening the taxpayers. The Hon. Minister emphasized the importance of housing industry, proper distribution of funds to all cities and to revamp the financial sector. He said that Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) funds need to be enhanced for revival of financial activities in the country. He expressed the significance of Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) and magnitude of Agriculture Sector for the growth rate. The Hon. Chairman also invited the attention of the Minister about the lowest percentage of share to SME Sector and lack of interest by the Government regarding revival of sick industrial units. The Hon. Minister directed the Secretary Finance Division to furnish the recommendations of Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to this Committee for its consideration and suggestions thereon by the Standing Committee. While talking about the budgetary proposals received to this Committee, it was decided that these proposals should be sent to concerned quarters for incorporating the same in upcoming budget.

3.    The Committee discussed “The Financial Institutions (Secured Transactions) (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Ord. IV of 2020) (Government Bill)”. The Chairman Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) briefed the Committee about the salient features of the Bill. He said that the functions of the Secured Transactions Registry for unincorporated entities, established under the Act were outsourced to the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in March 2019 as it was already maintaining a similar registry for companies. The SECP has made the registry operational w.e.f 30th April, for smooth functioning of the registry and to avoid any unnecessary administrative issues. He added that it was imperative for the administrative powers of the Federal Government under the Act may be assigned to the SECP. He further informed that subject Bill was in line with Government’s objective to promote access to finance for small businesses and improve global rankings in order to create positive image of the country internationally. However, during clause by clause discussion, the Committee unanimously decided that said amendments required proper intentions; therefore, the remaining consideration in this regard may be deferred till the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee deferred the remaining agenda due to paucity of time.

4.    The meeting was attended by Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani,                 Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Chaudary Khalid Javed, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah and Syed Naveed Qamar, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by the senior officers from M/o Finance and Revenue, M/o Law and Justice and Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - April 22, 2021

Islamabad, 22nd April, 2021; 13th meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held in Committee Room No.5, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Mujahid Ali, MNA.

2.    The Committee considered The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in detail. Some members of the opposition raised objection that Advisors to Prime Minister are not in powered to propose any legislation as per law.
3.    Mr. Mohammad Farogh  Naseem, Minister for Law & Justice responded that there is no prohibition for Advisors for introduction of any legislation under Articles 93 and 57 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. However Advisors could not cast their votes in any Parliamentary forum. However, if the Committee members are willing to reintroduce the said Bill, therefore, he or Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs would reintroduce the proposed legislation in the House during the next day.

4.    The Committee therefore, unanimously recommended that the said Bill may be withdrawn.

5.    Members/MNAs, namely, Mr. Jawad Hussain, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Ms. Zill-e-Huma, Ms. Fauzia Behram, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Rana Mubashir Iqbal, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Mr. Mohammad Farogh Naseem Minister for Law & Justice, Mr. Ali Mohammad Khan Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and representatives of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs & Election Commission of Pakistan attended the meeting.

 


NA Standing Commttee on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination meets - April 19, 2021

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held on 19th April, 2021 at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room of the M/o National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.

The Committee discussed “The Federal Medical Teaching Institute Bill, 2020 (Ord No. XII of 2020) in detail. After detailed deliberations the Committee asked the members of opposition to propose amendments on the said Bill if any, to avoid lacuna’s so that Committee could consider them. Therefore, the Committee deferred “The Federal Medical Teaching Institute Bill, 2020” till its next meeting for further discussion.

 The Committee also discussed the performance of the Pakistan Nursing Council. The Committee was informed that Diploma program had been converted into degree program for nursing on the direction of HEC in 2018 and directions were issued to all Nursing Schools to upgrade themselves as per BSN criteria. The Committee directed that Pakistan Nursing Council may submit the list of 254 nursing schools recently enrolled on BSN degree program as per new criteria.

The Committee appreciated the efforts of the Pakistan Medical Commission to adhere the reserved quota of 265 seats allocated for FATA/Balochistan students in Medical and Dental Colleges.
   
The following MNAs, Mr. Jai Parkash, Mrs. Fozia Behram. Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Dr. Nousheen Hamid, Dr. Samina Matloob, Dr. Darshan, Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, attended the meeting.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On States And Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Met Today - April 13, 2021

Islamabad; April 13th, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Ministry of SAFRON, S-Block, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA.
2.    The Secretary, Health Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa briefed the Committee on the steps taken regarding the provision of health facilitates in Tribal districts erstwhile FATA in detail. To a question regarding establishment of Medical Colleges in FATA, he informed that a consultant had already been hired on the direction of the Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for preparing a feasibility report with regard to the establishment of 03 Medical Colleges in Tribal Districts on priority basis. In this regard, the Committee recommended that the said Medical Colleges should be established on the most feasible sites in erstwhile FATA. The Secretary further informed that 25 specialist doctors out of 100 and 50 Emergency Medical Officers out of 219 have been appointed under Accelerated Implementation Program (AIP) schemes and posted in various Hospitals of Tribal Districts. He further informed that 300 Medical Officers will also be recruited upto 20th April, 2021 and will be posted in various Hospitals of Tribal Districts. After briefing, the Committee recommended that make functional all the Hospitals with provision of all the requisite equipments and ensure the attendance of Doctors and Paramedic Staff in the Hospitals of Tribal Districts. The Committee further recommended that transfer the notorious staff and post well reputed local doctors/paramedic staff in the Hospital of Tribal Districts.
3.    The Committee also discussed the issue of allocation of seats in Medical and Dental Colleges for the students of FATA and Balochistan under the project for Opportunities of Higher Education for Balochistan and FATA Students briefly and made the following recommendation for consideration of Federal Cabinet:-
a)    That the Cabinet shall pass a decision and direct to the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), Higher Education Commission (HEC) as well as Provincial Governments to admit the FATA and Balochistan students under the above mentioned project on immediate basis.
4.    The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah and Ms. Ayesha Rajab Ali and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.


NA Standing Committee meeting of House & Library meets - April 13, 2021

Islamabad: April 13, 2021: while chairing the standing committee meeting of House & Library of the National Assembly  in the Parliament House today, MNA Murtaza Javed Abbasi expressed displeasure over the non-professional handling of matters of Parliament  Lodges and MNA Hostel by CDA. He also expressed his disatisfaction over the matters of cleanliness of parliament lodges.

The committee unanimously decided to hold meeting every month so that proper followup of committee decision  be made. The committee also expressed  its reservation  over the handling of parking issues and cleanliness matters of parliament lodges and MNA Hostel. The matters of non availability  of essential  gadgets and medicines in the dispensary of parliament lodges were discussed. It was also decided by committee to issue its reservation  over the performance of CDA in handling  the daily matters of Parliament  lodges.

The committee meeting was attended by MNAs Ms kishwar Zahara, Ms.Aliya Kamraan,Ms Wajihia Akram, Ms Manawara Bibi Baloch, Ms.Rubina Irfan, Ms Nisaba Channa and Additional Secretary National Assembly Secretariat,  Senior officers of Ministry of Interior and CDA.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research - April 12, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - April 12, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Water Resources - April 12, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination - April 12, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Planning Development and Special Initiatives meets - April 12, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets - April 12, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development - April 9, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - April 7, 2021

Islamabad, 7th April, 2021; 34th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA, in the Committee Room of NADRA Headquarters, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Bill titled “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 500 A) (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA)” was considered by the Committee, after detailed discussion the Committee recommended that the bill may be passed by the National Assembly. The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020" (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Akhter Mengal, MNA), was deferred till the next meeting. The two Bills (moved Moulana Abdul Akber Chitrali, MNA) titled “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 298) and “The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 35) were deferred till the next meeting, as requested to the Committee by the mover.

The Bill titled “The Islamabad Rent Restriction (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 11) (moved by Ms. Nusrat Wahid)” was deferred as the mover did not attend the meeting. The Bill titled “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 375) (moved by Ms. Shazia Marri)” was deferred as the mover did not attend the meeting. The point of order raised by Sahibzada Sibghatullah, regarding killing of laborers of Swat and Dir by terrorists was considered by the Committee. The Committee recommended that compensation may be granted to the victim families, and also desired report from the Balochistan Government in next meeting.

The Committee was briefed by ICT Police about the steps taken by Police to control illicit drugs especially Ice. The Committee showed serious concerns over vide-spread use of Ice in universities, colleges and schools. In this connection the Committee decided to hold a separate meeting with all stake holders including Ministry of Industries, Pakistan Customs, M/o Narcotics, ICT Police and Chief Secretaries & IGs of all provinces. Difficulties faced by public in getting Electricity connections in rural Islamabad were discussed. The Committee directed CDA and IESCO to immediately provide electricity connections to people in rural Islamabad, as also directed by the Islamabad High Court.

Honorable Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Sahibzada Sibghatullah and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, ICT Police, Passport and Immigration, NADRA, Federal Investigation Authority, Capital Development Authority attended the meeting.          
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance & Revenue meets - April 7, 2021

Islamabad, the 7th April, 2021: 55th meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held today at 02:30 p.m., in Committee Room No.2, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

    The Committee offered Fatiha on the sad demise of Mr. Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, S/o Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA/Member of the Committee and former Chairman of Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue.

    The Committee discussed the agenda pertaining to Point of Order with regard to issuance of Ordinance on Money Bill by the Government in light of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs presented the views of Adviser to the Hon. Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs in response to the query raised by Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Raja Pervez Ashraf, MNAs, in the House. The opposition members have expressed following concerns on point of orders:-

Whether President of Pakistan can promulgate an ordinance relatable to money matters?
The President of Pakistan is part of the Parliament in terms of Article 50 of the constitution of Pakistan. The President may promulgate an Ordinance under Article 89 of the Constitution on any subject enumerated in Federal Legislative List. An Ordinance promulgated on money matters in terms of Article 73(2), is to be laid in the National Assembly as per Article 89(2)(a)(i) of the Constitution.
It is needless to say that after promulgation of an Ordinance the moment it is laid in the floor of the House, it becomes a Bill.
Are there any instances for promulgation of Ordinances by the President’s office on money matters?
 
    The Secretary, M/o Parliamentary Affairs informed the Committee about the details of Ordinances promulgated by the Presidents in the past during PPPP tenure from 2008-2013, PML(N) tenure from 2013 to 2018, and PTI tenure from 2018, till date. He added that as per the Lego-constitutional advice by the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs reaffirms the government’s position that the Ordinance issued on State Bank of Pakistan and any more ordinances as such are validly promulgated by the President because the President enjoys full mandate to promulgate ordinances as per provisions of the Constitution.

    Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, MNA and other Members from opposition were of the stance that financial impact of any Ordinance to public should also be considered, because “The Tax Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 (VI of 2021)”, Money Bill, have imposed Rs.700 billion in kind of tax on the public. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, MNA also expressed his concerns that Government can collect the taxes from the masses on the promulgation of Ordinance on Money Bill despite the fate of the legislation by the National Assembly, which shows the weaker position of the Parliament. After detailed discussion, the Committee unanimously decided that Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliament Affairs, Minister for Law and Justice, and Attorney General of Pakistan may be requested to attend the next meeting of the Committee in this regard for further deliberations.

    The Committee deferred Agenda pertaining to disbursement of USD-500 million to Pakistan from IMF revival of the fund programme and followed commitments with the board and discussion on the Act of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on the request of the Committee Members. The Committee also deferred the legislative business owing to short of time and decided that the same will be considered in the next meeting.

    The Committee discussed the matter of Mis-declaration of Iranian origin ships by changing Iranian origin shipments documents and cleared by Custom’s Authorities on UAE/Oman/Iraq/Turkey, origin documents. The Member Custom apprised the Committee on the matter. He said there were no restrictions for clearance of oil as per the duties/taxes defined by the Government of Pakistan from any country. However, the Committee Members have expressed their concerns on the statement of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) regarding policies for Iranian Oil. After discussion, the Committee decided that M/o Energy (Petroleum Division), M/o Interior, M/o Foreign Affairs, stakeholders i.e. local oil refineries and relevant policy makers will be invited in the next meeting of the Committee for further discussion on the issue. A member of the Committee was of the opinion that said matter should be referred to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for inquiry. However, Mr. Faiz Ullah, Chairman of the Committee responded that the suggestion of the Hon. Member will be considered after the outcome of the next meeting.

    Mr. Muhammad Tariq Huda, Member Custom informed the Committee about the matter of Tax evasion by Morris Garages (MG) Automobile Company. He said that Goods Declaration filed for the clearance of vehicles imported by any vehicle importer under normal regime is processed and finalized by the customs field formation of FBR without the involvement of Industries and Production Division. He also informed that MG JW Automobile Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. has imported new vehicles without availing the benefit provided in Automobile Development Policy (ADP) 2016-21. He added that the investment agreement between Government of Pakistan and MG JW Automobile Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. has not yet been signed enabling MG JW Automobile Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. to import Completely Build-up Units (CBU) or Completely Knocked Down (CKD) on the terms and conditions provided in ADP 2016-21. Member Custom (Operations) informed that MG matter was under consideration by the custom authorities, however, the Committee decided that FBR will inform the status of the issue to this Committee time to time.

    The meeting was attended by Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani,  Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Chaudary Khalid Javed, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Mr. Abdul Wasay, MNAs and Syed Javed Hasnain, MNA/Mover of the Bill. Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA/Member of the Committee attended the meeting through video link. The meeting was also attended by the senior officers from M/o Finance and Revenue, M/o Law and Justice, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

 


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meet - March 31, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture meet - March 30, 2021

NA Standing Committee On Information Technology & Telecommunication meet - March 26, 2021

26th March 2021; while chairing the meeting of Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon said that curbing the issue of unauthorized and illegal SIMS need collaborative effort on the part of PTA and NADRA.  He also instructed the PTA to work for provision of internet to unserved and underserved areas especially in Balochistan on Priority basis. On the unanimous recommendation of the committee members the details of agreement between Government of Pakistan and Etisalat which have the 26% of PTCL shares along with management control of the then telecom would be discussed in the next in camera meeting of the meeting.
The issue of Sims of Deceased persons was also deliberated upon in detail and PTA briefed the committee about the mechanism of transfer of SIMs to the successors.  The committee unanimously suggested having an automatic procedure of the blockage of the SIMS of deceased persons. The committee instructed the PTA and NADRA to collaborate and come up with workable mechanism within a week for this committee. The committee suggested that there should be a mechanism where PTA can detect automatically about the deceased ID card no so that the SIMS can be blocked issued against the deceased persons. The PTA representative also informed the committee that total number 5 voices SIMS and 2 data SIMS can be issued against one ID card Number. The PTA also briefed the august committee about the matter of verifying the SIMS across the country. The committee also took serious notice about the issue of method of Sale of SIMS across the country and instructed the PTA to evolve some mechanism to regulate the sale of SIMS by telecom provider.
The committee also sought the detail of agreement between Etisalat and Government of Pakistan in the next in-camera meeting. It also raised reservation about not attending the committee meeting by senior officers from PTCL.  The committee unanimously instructed the PTA for provision of internet services to far flung areas especially in Balochistan and Sindh provinces.  The agenda item related with tax revenue by telecom industry and the agenda item II related with Sub-Committee was deferred.
The Standing Committee meeting was attended by  MNAs Ms.Aysha Rajaz Ali,  Ms Romana Khurshid Alam,  Syed Mehmood Shah, Ms.Naz Baloch, Ms.Naz Baloch,Mr.Ali Gohar Khan, and Senior  Officers from PTA , USF , NADRA and PTCL.
 


Standing Committee on Government Assurances met under the Chairmanship of Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, MNA - March 25, 2021

Ministry of Commerce should further increase exports. 

Standing Committee' decision to take action against non-cooperative officers of PTV  and Pak-Afghan Border should be opened for six days instead of four days.
 
Ministry of Commerce should further increase exports and Pak-Afghan Border should be opened for six days instead of four days. These instructions were issued during the meeting of the Standing Committee of National Assembly on Government Assurances. The meeting was held in the Parliament House. Chairman of the Standing Committee honourable Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, MNA presided over the meeting. The Standing Committee was informed that honourable Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan had given ruling to open Pak-Afghan Border for pedestrians for six days instead of four days. But Ministry of Interior could not implement the ruling. The representative of Ministry of Interior apprised the Committee that they had already taken the case with different quarters and they would open the border as per the ruling of the honourable Speaker within fifteen days. The Standing Committee directed that the compliance report, after opening of the borders, be submitted to the Committee within fifteen days. A point was raised during the meeting regarding the payment of honoraria to employees of PTV and other departments who served in the precincts of the Assembly during Budget Sessions 2018-19 and 2019-20. The Committee was told that despite several directions of the Committee regarding the payment of honoraria, as per announcement of the Government, PTV failed to pay the honoraria to its employees. Similarly, the honoraria was not paid to the employees of other attached departments of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Moreover, in previous meetings of the Committee, it was decided that if the direction of the Committee is not complied then action shall be taken against the Director, Finance and administration of PTV. But PTV did not comply the direction of the Standing Committee. Some Members of the Committee staged walkout from the meeting against regular non-cooperative attitude and disobedience of PTV. The Standing Committee showed its serious displeasure over non-payment of honoraria to the employees who served in the precincts of the Assembly. The Standing Committee asked that the last Prophet of Allah Hazrat Muhammad ﷺ ordered to pay wage to a labour before his perspiration is dried. But despite the announcement of the Government why the employees have not been paid the honoraria? Standing Committee directed that the employees of PTV, the employees of other attached departments of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the employees of Police and security agencies, deployed on the security of the Parliament, be paid honoraria forthwith and report be submitted to the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee was informed that Ministry of Commerce is actively struggling to enhance the exports of Pakistani goods and products. It was informed that a wing of the Ministry is active to remove hurdles and enhance the exports. The representative of the Ministry informed that awareness seminars and programmes were arranged in this regard. The Standing Committee was apprised that during first eight months of present financial year the exports to China have been increased by sixteen percent. The Standing Committee appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of Commerce and directed that commercial attachés be more activated and national exports be further enhanced. The Standing Committee directed that Ministry of Commerce should inform the Standing Committee about its steps to enhance the exports on monthly basis and its achievements in this regard on quarterly basis. The Standing Committee was apprised that in different cities of the Country housing colonies are being set up by eliminating agriculture lands and cutting of fruit trees. The Standing Committee directed that cutting of fruit trees in the country be stopped forthwith. Similarly, the housing colonies should not be built on agriculture lands rather the barren lands be used for the colonies.       
 

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Government Assurances, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar and attended by Members National Assembly Mr. Mujahid Ali, Sheikh Rashid Shafiq, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Syed Javed Husnain, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Ms. Saira Bano and Ms. Fauzia Behram, MNA/Mover, Mr. Najeeb ud Din Awaisi, MNA/Mover and Mr. Gul Dad Khan, MNA/Mover. Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs was also present in the meeting. Additional Secretary, Commerce Division and senior civil officers also attended the meeting.


Meeting of Council of Senior Parliamentarians - March 22, 2021

Parliamentary Committee on CPEC organized a one day consultation - March 22, 2021

Meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was held today at Gwadar under the Chairmanship of Mr.Sher Ali Arbab MNA - March 21, 2021

Meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was held today at Gwadar under the Chairmanship of Mr.Sher Ali Arbab MNA. An inclusive and thorough briefing was given to the Committee by quarters concerned on various infrastructure, energy and socio-economic development projects for Gwadar under CPEC framework. The Secretary, Civil Aviation Division gave a detailed briefing to the Committee on the progress of New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA). Hon. Chairman observed that NGIA possesses utmost importance  for attracting investors and truly exploiting the strategic location of Gwadar. Timely operation of NGIA will prove conducive in effective operationalision of Gwadar port. The Committee recommended to expedite the process of the completion of NGIA and aviod inordinate delay made either by Pakistan or Chinese side. The institutional efforts should be expedited to take up the issue with Chinese side to meet the given timelines for the completion of the project. Chairman Gwadar Port Authority briefed the Committee on Gwadar Port Free Zone, East Bay Expressway and Pak-China Technical and Vocational Institute. The Chairman, GPA apprised that Gwadar Free Zone Policy has been approved. The policy provides potential incentives for imports and exports and will pay way for further triggering economic activities in Pakistan. The Committee, while expressing concerns over the difficulties faced by local fishermen at Gwadar, recommended that issues of local Fishermen should be resolved at the earliest. The rationale behind CPEC is to generate employment opportunities for the people instead of depriving them. The people relocated may be compensated justly and fairly. Moreover,  GPA should ensure the speedy payment to the local people from whom the land was acquired so that the development process of CPEC could create ease in the lives of people and attract massive local ownership instead of causing difficulties. Chairman GPA assured the committee that compensation due would be cleared within three months time. The Committee further observed that water is one of the fundamental amenities in the lives of people. The Committee recommended that the work progress on Desalination Water Plant should be expedited and the given timelines for the completion of the projects must be met.It was recommended that a special session of the Committee would be convened with all the stake holders to carry out the execution of desalination plant. Furthermore, given the importance of Gwadar for the successful implementation of CPEC, the Committee decided to convene special meeting to sort out issues of energy and Gwadar Development Authority with other stakeholders to ensure the timely completion of the specific projects at Gwadar. The meeting was attented by MNAs Mr Sadaqat Ali Abbasi, Mr Noor Alam Khan, Mr Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Mr Zahid Akram Durrani and Mr Muhammad Aslam Bhootani.

Parliamentary Committee on CPEC visit to HQ COMWEST - March 19, 2021

Parliamentary Committee on CPEC headed by Chairman Mr Sher Ali Arbab visited HQ COMWEST, Gwadar on 19 March 2021. During the visit, Commander West, Rear Admiral Jawad Ahmed  apprised the Parliamentarians about Pakistan Navy's Concept of Seaward Security with special emphasis on various initiatives undertaken by Pakistan Navy for security of Gwadar port since 2015. Parliamentarians were informed that Pakistan Navy established a Coastal Security and Harbour Defence Force entrusted with coastal security along Pakistan coast. Moreover, the significance of CPEC Maritime Security Task Force 88 mandated with security of Gwadar port was also discussed. The Committee acknowledged that economic prosperity of any nation is directly linked to the prevailing security environment, and expressed satisfaction over seaward security. 
Hon. Chairman remarked that local ownership of CPEC projects is highly indispensable for yielding desired results of projects under CPEC framework. It is therefore undeniably important to assuage the apprehensions of local people arising out of measures taken for the security of CPEC. Inclusive approach should be pursued to accommodate local people and address their grievances rather than causing relocations of local people at the behest of CPEC security.  CPEC is aimed at bringing local people into main stream by bringing prosperity and elevating life standards of local people instead of alienating them. Committee also appreciated the socio-economic initiatives undertaken by Pakistan Navy for provision of education and health facilities alongwith distribution of basic amenities to local populace. Briefing was also attended by MNAs Mr Sadaqat Ali Abbasi, Mr Noor Alam Khan, Mr Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Mr Zahid Akram Durrani and Mr Muhammad Aslam Bhootani.

Standing Committee on Commerce meets - March 18, 2021

Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - March 17, 2021

Standing Committee on Religious and Affairs meets - March 17, 2021

16th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research - March 15, 2021

14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA in Committee Room of Ministry of Science and Technology, Constitution Avenue, Islamabad - March 12, 2021

The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran, then the Committee decided to proceed with agenda. The Committee did not approved minutes of the previous meeting and deferred the agenda No. (i) and (ii) till next meeting with recommendations to the Ministry to update the Committee about the implementation status of the previous recommendations well before the next meeting.

The Committee considered “The National Metrology institute of Pakistan Bill, 202 (Government Bill)”. During detail deliberations it was observed by the Committee to revisit the draft Bill to make the institute self-sustainable. For this purpose there should be some amendment in the Bill with perspective to make compulsory registration of various products with the institute so that the standards/quality of these products shall also be checked by the institute as well as it will be a source of revenue generation for the institute. For the purpose of self-sustainability the model of the Punjab Food Authority can also be considered. After detail deliberations the committee unanimously recommended that the representatives of the Ministry shall hold consultations with the Ministry of Law and Just for drafting the said amendments and the task shall be completed till the next meeting of the committee.
 
The Committee considered “The University of Engineering and Emerging Technology Bill, 2020 (Government Bill)”. During detail deliberations it was informed by the Project Director that there is the planning to hire fifty percent of the faculty/ experts in the given subjects from the foreign countries. Further the feasibility of the same is still under process which is likely to be completed in near future. It was pointed out by the Committee that there is already a technology park established and working in the Islamabad so why the need of another? Why the said project can’t be shifted to any other remote area of the country? Representative of Ministry of Law and Justice pointed out that after 18th amendment it is the constitutional requirement that any university charted by the parliament must have its principle office within the territorial limits of the capital. It was observed by the committee to seek guidance from the model of Punjab Forensic Science Laboratory project which would be helpful to complete the feasibility report. It was recommended by the Committee to call Dr.Atta ur Rehaman (consultant for the feasibility) to brief the committee in the next meeting.The Committee considered “The NCS Institute of Sciences Bill, 2021 (Moved by Mr.James Iqbal MNA)”. During detail deliberations it was pointed out by the Ministry of Law and Justice that, as no subject matter of the Ministry of Science and Technology is involved in the instant rather it is the subject matter of Ministry of Federal Education hence the same may be forwarded to the concerned Standing Committee. The Committee unanimously recommended that the Bill along with the amendments proposed by HEC be forwarded to the Standing Committee on Federal Education for further consideration.
 
It was observed with grave concern by the Committee that the Ministry remained unable to place the PSDP before the Committee well within time provided under the Rule. Hence it was recommended by the Committee to give detail briefing about the PSDP in the next meeting.
 
Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Engr.Usman Khan Tarakai, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Farrukh Habib, Mr. Abdual Shakoor Shad, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Dr. Malik Mukhtar Ahamed, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto, Mr. Naveed Amir Jeeva, Mr. James Iqbal, Minister for Science and Technology, Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology, representative of HEC, representative Ministry of Law and Justice, of along with their officers and staff attended the meeting.

NA Standing Committee on Maritime meets - March 11, 2021

Standing Committee on Power meets - March 11, 2021

Islamabad the 11th March, 2021: The Standing Committee on Power which met under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Salik Hussain, MNA deliberated on the Bill "The Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2020”.  The proposed amendments in the Bill were discussed in detail. The Members from the Opposition were skeptical on the definition of surcharge and said this will burden the masses and may not be cleared. Mr. Salik Hussain added that “surcharges” should be imposed only to finance specific developmental projects of national importance, for example, the on-going Diamer Basha Dam project in AJK/GB in future (to secure our water rights under the Indus Water Treaty with India), etc. projects of strategic importance. Even if surcharge is capped at 10% of the Base Tariff, power surcharges should not be allowed to pay for future circular debt (which should be budgeted elsewhere by M/o Finance and paid for through tax revenues). The Minister Mr. Omer Ayub Khan said that this act would enable them to invest in the infrastructure and other obligations eventually benefiting consumers as being relieved of high price of electricity with the betterment in the infrastructure and lowering of circular debt by passing of this Act. After detailed discussion The Bill was placed for voting and the Bill "The Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2020” was cleared with an account of 5 votes from the Treasury and 4 votes from the Opposition, for further passage from the National Assembly.

2.    The Committee was briefed by the Chief Executive Officer (IESCO) on the issuance of new connections in the region of IESCO, and it was told that IESCO is giving new connections to the developed area by CDA, in villages/native areas/old abadies, in private housing societies having valid NOC/LOP and in rural areas of Islamabad as declared in consumer services manual. There are certain areas which are restricted by the Court orders and CDA should be called to explain the reasons for not allowing IESCO for the new connections. The Committee decided to call CDA and ICT administration in the next scheduled meeting for resolving the issue.

3.    Besides the Minister Mr. Omer Ayub Khan, the meeting was attended by MNA’s Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Abdul Ghafar Watoo, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Lal Chand, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Saira Bano, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Shazia Marri, Secretaries, from M/o Power Division & Finance and senior officers of the relevant departments.
 


Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets - March 11, 2021

9th meeting of the Executive committee of the Pakistan Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group - March 11, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - March 10, 2021

Islamabad, 10th March, 2021; 11th meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Mujahid Ali, MNA in Committee Room No.7 (4th  Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran and then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of the previous meeting held on 29th January 2021.

The Committee considered “The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Moved by Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan)”. At the very outset, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, MNA objected that the Mover is Advisor to the Prime Minister hence he has no capacity to move the Bill. It was further pointed out that only Minister as defined in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business on the National Assembly has the capacity to move Government Bill. He has also submitted his contentions in writing before the Committee. Keeping in view, the given circumstances; it is recommended by the Committee that the Minister for Law and Justice and the Mover be called in the next meeting to brief the Committee about the said issue to proceed further in the matter. It was also observed by the Committee that it would be more appropriate to refer the matter to Parliamentary Committee comprising of the representatives of all the parties to deliberate and decide the issue. Minister for state initially committed to take up the matter with Hon. Speaker for the said issue. Subsequently, after detailed deliberations it was agreed by the Committee that the instant Committee is fully empowered to decide the matter under issue hence the representatives of all the parties shall discuss the matter internally within the parties; hence, the briefing on the given agenda was deferred till the next meeting.

The Committee considered “The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Moved by Mr. Junaid Akbar MNA)”. After detailed deliberations, the Committee was of the unanimous opinion that the Bill may not be passed as it is in sheer disregard to the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution. Keeping in views, the opinion of the Committee, the mover preferred to withdraw the Bill. The Committee allowed withdrawing the same.

Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Ms. Zill-e-Huma, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Ch. Mehmood Basir Virk, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Secretary ECP and joint Secretary Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs along with their officers and staff attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - March 10, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Power meets - March 4, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meets - March 4, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Power meets - March 4, 2021


NA Standing Committee on Finance & Revenue meets - March 2, 2021

    Islamabad, the 2nd March, 2021: 53rd meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held today i.e. 2nd March, 2021, at 01:45 p.m., in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

    The Committee discussed “The Corporate Restructuring Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020) (Government Bill). Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Deputy Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the representative from Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) briefed the Committee about the salient features of the said Bill.

    The Committee unanimously endorsed the need of the Bill, however requested to SBP, for detailed presentation in this regard before the enactment of such kind of legislation and decided that next meeting on this Bill will be held on 4th March, 2021.

    The Committee deferred the remaining agenda due to paucity of time.

    The meeting was attended by Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Dr. Nafisa Shah and Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, MNAs were attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by the senior officers from M/o Finance, Federal Board of Revenues (FBR), M/o Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, M/o Law and Justice, SBP and SECP.
 


NA Standing Committee on Narcotic Control meets - February 26, 2021

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Narcotic Control was held on 26th February, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. in Committee Room of Ministry of Narcotic Control, Kohsar Block, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, MNA.

The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals of the Ministry relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the Financial Year 2021-22. The Ministry proposed Rs. 904.055 Million allocations for on-going and new projects. The Committee endorsed/ approved all the budgetary proposals of the Ministry relating to PSDP for the next Financial Year 2021-22.

The following MNAs namely, Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Ms. Andleeb, Mr. Ehsan-ul-Haq Bajwa, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting meets - February 26, 2021

NA Standing Committee on National Health Services & Regulation & Coordination - February 25, 2021


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - February 25, 2021

 

Islamabad; 25th Feb 2021:  The meeting of Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat was held under the convenership of MNA Mr. Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur in the Parliament House today. While discussing the Calling Attention Notice moved by MNA Mr. Mir Munawar Ali Talpur regarding grave issues faced by the people of Sindh due to torrential rain, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) briefed the Committee regarding steps taken to support and ameliorates the emergency situation and provided exact data of relief. The Committee stressed on the need to support NDMA at Federal level to keep it well prepared to tackle any kind of emergency.

 

           The committee recommended unanimously for inclusion of provision of solarization of water tube-wells especially for Agriculture purpose and for drinking water in the Sustainable Development Goals Achievement Programme (SAP). While commenting on the briefing on SAP by Cabinet Division, the Committee unanimously remarked that need assessment be kept in focus while allocating funds under SAP.The committee also discussed the starred question moved by MNA Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi regarding withholding tax issue being charged from the subscribers of cellular services across the country.  Minister-in-charge for Cabinet Ali Muhammad Khan stressed on the need to lessen the ratio of indirect taxation. The Committee unanimously recommended tackling this issue keeping in view the best international practices of taxation across the globe. The Committee also recommended proposed PSDP of Cabinet and Establishment Division for inclusion in Budget of 2021-22.

           The matter pertaining to developing tourism across the country and especially in Islamabad was deliberated upon in detail. The committee recommended to practically reorienting the tourism policy keeping in view the modern innovation in the field of science and technology.  The committee unanimously recommended bringing out workable and modernized proposals for improving tourism in Islamabad especially religious tourism.  The Project of up-gradation of National Rural Centre Development (NRCD) Islamabad was also discussed and it was recommended by the committee to look into the utility of the project. The discussion on the Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill 2021 was deferred till the next meeting of the committee.

              The Standing Committee meeting was attended by Minister-In-Charge for Cabinet MNA Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNAs Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Mr.Mohsin Dawar,  Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Tahir Sadiq and Senior Officers from Cabinet Division , National Management Disaster Authority ,  Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication meets - February 24, 2021

Islamabad; February 24, 2021: National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication met under the chairmanship Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning.

The Committee after elaborate discussion recommended all the projects under Public Sector Development Program of the M/o Information Technology and Telecommunication for the financial year 2021-22. The Committee was apprised that the PSDP projects pertain to Infrastructure and business development which would provide enabling environment for the I.T sector besides facilitation for ease of doing business. The Committee was further apprised that Human resource development was one of the component in the proposed PSDP which would channelize trained human resource towards the I.T sector.

The committee was briefed about the establishment of Information Technology Park in Islamabad, Karachi and software technology parks in other of the country. The Project Director Islamabad I.T Park apprised that an amount of Rs.3533.67 million had been demanded for civil work since provision of power, road access and construction of boundary wall had been ensures during the current financial year. Apprising the Committee about the PDSP projects of Software Export Board, the Managing Director of the Board said that Pakistan has immense I.T potential which would be exploited for enhancing I.T related exports and development of business models through these projects. He said that Pakistani diaspora abroad would be involved for acquiring I.T business for Pakistanis Software companies. The Registrar Virtual University apprised the Committee about its one project which related to distant learning in fields of I.T, Management and Science. Representatives of the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and Punjab Information Technology Boards  and National Telecommunication Company apprised the Committee about their PSDP projects.
   
The Committee appreciated the appreciated the performance of the I.T organizations and extended its allout support for development of I.T sector in the Country. The Committee was unanimous in its view that knowledge based economy would boost to the national economy. They also asked all the organizations to focus on market driven skill development specially the fresh graduates. The Committee also decided to have a meeting with Federal Board of Revenue for creating conducive environment for I.T Sector through rationalizing taxes.
    
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Naz Baloch, Syed Mehmood Shah, Secretary M/o Information Technology & Telecommunication and other officers of concerned departments.


 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - February 24, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meets - February 23, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Power meets - February 22, 2021

The Speaker National Assembly invited the policy experts and practitioners to critically analyze the NA Committee’s proposed agricultural growth strategy - February 18, 2021

Islamabad, the February 17th, 2021: The Speaker National Assembly invited the policy experts and practitioners to critically analyze the NA Committee’s proposed agricultural growth strategy strategy, policy levers, reform instruments & implementation plan, and propose corrective measures where necessary. The experts while appreciating the proposed strategy unanimously stated that a Pro-Small Farmers policy lens was crucial to accelerating sustained agricultural growth rate and rural poverty alleviation. The meeting presided by Convener of the Sub-Committee MNA Shandana Gulzar Khan was held at Parliament House, Islamabad.   
The panelists appreciated the Speaker National Assembly and Special Committee on Agricultural Products for the elaborate, well thought-out and holistic strategy to drive up Pakistan’s agro-productivity. MNA Shandana Gulzar Khan, the Convener of the Sub-Committee explained that the objective of the plan is to accelerate the modernization of agriculture sector so that the sector can generate resources for the sustained development of the economy with a high degree of self-reliance. Outlining the reform objectives she remarked that there were twin aims of this reform plan; firstly, to enable the agriculture sector to achieve a sustained growth rate of 7.5% per annum by 2027 and secondly, to ensure that the poorest farmer i.e. the small-holder farmer (SHF) can be brought out of slavish poverty. She added that the intended growth will also have positive additional spillovers i.e. reducing rural poverty, digital financial inclusion, improved food safety, security and quality, bio-diversity, formalization of the agriculture economy, supporting import substitution as well as support growth of exports (to Central & South Asia and Africa).

The panelists agreed upon and supported the proposal to revamp the agriculture lending system to unlock the farmers from the Arthi’s dominated exploitative informal lending mechanism and debated the role of the banks and micro-finance institutions to cater to the demand of the agricultural credit. The experts endorsed the digitization of credit, public procurement, advisory and extension services and weather index based climate insurance pool. The panel also stressed the need for a phased approach to end the distorted subsidies through a business model of the small farmers. It was unanimously agreed that structural reforms like contract farming, professionally managed farmers’ cooperatives & village produce organizations, multiple produce markets and investment in warehousing was pivotal to drive up agro-productivity.  
Other chief components of the strategy included Special initiatives for Balochistan, South Punjab, KP, Tharparkar,  Cotton Revival program, Oilseed Development, Low-Cost Refinance Line of Credit & Credit Enhancement for Digital Production Finance,  Digitization of Demand-Driven Extension Content, Integrated Seed System, Agriculture Climate Change Insurance Pool (Farmer Risk Transfer Mechanism) / Satellite-based Crop Reporting), Establishment of Agriculture Development Authority for Coordination of Reform Implementation, linkages with Ehsaas, Kamyab Jawan and CPEC and incentives for promoting investment in warehousing, contract farming and farmers produce organizations.  
The Panel included Sania Nishtar, Former Finance Ministers Mr. Shaukat Tareen and Syed Naveed Qamar, Former Chairmen FBR Syed Shabbar Zaidi and Jahazeb Khan,  Mr. Shahbaz Jamil president ZTBL, Adeel Malik Associate Professor at the University of Oxford, Mr. Abid Soleri, Mosharraf Zaidi, Shahid Zia, Professor Khalid Bashir and Khalid Mushtaq from Faisalabad Agriculture University amongst many other participants.  
 


NA Standing Committee on SAFRON meets - February 18, 2021

Islamabad; February 18th, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 02:00 p.m. in Committee Room of Ministry of SAFRON, S-Block, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA.

    The Committee discussed the allocation of seats in Medical and Dental Colleges for the students of FATA and Balochistan under the PSDP project for opportunities of Higher Education for Balochistan and FATA students by the HEC in detail. The Members of the Committee expressed their serious concerns on non implementation of the recommendations of the Standing Committees of both Houses National Assembly and Senate on SAFRON despite again and again directions/recommendations issued to the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) and HEC as well. Thereupon the Committee directed the PMC and HEC to resolve the said issue of admission on the patron adopted last year within a week and also extend date of admission announced by the PMC, the 25th February, 2021 till the disposal of the admission issue of Balochistan and FATA students and submit back report to the Committee accordingly.

    The Committee also discussed the Repatriation and Rehabilitation of the people of North Waziristan who migrated to Afghanistan during the operation Zarb-e-Azb moved by Mr. Mohisn Dawar, MNA in the National Assembly. Thereupon the DG, PDMA, KP informed the Committee while briefing that all arrangements for Rehabilitation of the IDPs completed at their end as and when the Government bring back the IDPs from Afghanistan. Whereupon the Committee recommended to the Federal Government to constitute a high level Committee at the Federal Government level to take up this issue with the Afghan Government and make all arrangements for their repatriation to Pakistan.

    The Committee also discussed the issue of non-payment of relief package to the registered 2200 families of Sraghar, Jandola and FR Tank who made IDPs due to operation Rahe Nijat against the militants in South Waziristan, moved by Mufti Abdul Shakoor, MNA in the National Assembly at length. The Director General informed the Committee while briefing on said issue that the FR Tank area of Jandola/Surghar was also affected by the operations. He further said that there demand for housing survey cannot be entertained as Citizen Loses Compensation Program (CLCP) is designed only for five tribal districts namely Khyber, Orakzia, Kurram, North and South Waziristan and no Frontier Regions (FRs) have been included in the program. Whereupon the Committee recommended to the Federal and Provincial Governments to sit together and resolve the said issue by including the FR Tank in the CLCP program.

    The Committee also expressed its displeasure on establishment of Veterinary Hospitals in District Bajaur on unsuitable places. Whereupon the Committee directed the D.G Livestock, KP to consult the public representatives whenever going for establishing any Veterinary Hospital or other Livestock program in their constituencies.   
    The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Shahid Ahmad, Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Nawabzada Shah Zain Bughti, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi and Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ud Din and Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Mufti Abdul Shakool MNAs/Movers and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.

 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - February 18, 2021

Islamabad; February 18, 2021: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Islamabad this morning. The Committee taking notice of the allegations levelled against the said Manager directed Managing Director, PCP, to look into the issues personally, redress the grievances of affectees and submit the report to the Committee within thirty days. A delegation of CBA Union of Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) also met the Committee and lodged complaints against brutal behavior of Manager PCP Karachi with the staff.  It was alleged that the said Manager had not only removed 11 employees from service without observing legal norms but dislodged them from their official residences. The said Manager was also involved in causing loss of business to the department.

Scrutinizing the budgetary proposals of Cabinet Division, Establishment Division and their attached/sub-ordinate departments, the Committee recommended certain number projects for inclusion in the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2021-22 of the said Divisions. While the managements of those departments whose projects were left for further discussions thereon by the Committee were directed to prepare detailed report on each project and made available to the Committee accordingly.  The Committee decided to discuss the left over PSDP proposals in its next meeting.

    Considering the Constitutional Amendment Bill as moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA, regarding amendment in Article 27, the Committee directed the Establishment Division and Ministry of Law to expedite finalization of their proposals there-upon on the said Bill and submit the same to the Committee in the next meeting.

    The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs; Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Mover, Special Secretaries, Cabinet and Establishment Divisions and other officers of concerned departments.

 


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - February 18, 2021

Islamabad, 18th February, 2021; 33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA, in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Bill titled “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 500 A) (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA)” was reconsidered by the Committee, after detailed discussion the Bill was deferred till the next meeting for further deliberation. The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020" (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Akhter Mengal, MNA), was deferred till the next meeting. The Committee considered the Bill titled “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 298) (moved by Moulana Abdul Akber Chitrali, MNA)”, the Committee was informed that response on the Bill from the Provinces is still awaited, so the Committee decided to defer the Bill till the next meeting.

The Bill titled “The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 35) (moved by Moulana Abdul Akber Chitrali, MNA)”, was considered by the Committee, and the Committee decided to defer the Bill till the next meeting. The Bill titled “The Islamabad Rent Restriction (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 11) (moved by Ms. Nusrat Wahid)” was deferred as the mover did not attend the meeting. The Bill titled “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 375) (moved by Ms. Shazia Marri)” was deffered as the mover did not attend the meeting.

The Deputy Chief Development, Ministry of Interior, briefed the Committee regarding the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Project (PSDP) for the financial year 2021-22. The Committee was informed that the PSDP included 166 projects with 45 on-going and 121 new projects. Total funds demanded for the PSDP amount to Rs. 31329.86 million out of which Rs.11771.70 million are for completing on-going projects while Rs. 19508.15 million are demanded for new projects. The PSDP for the financial year 2021-22 was unanimously approved by the Committee. The Committee directed to give priority to completion of on-going projects.

Honorable Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Nawabzada Shazain Bugti, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Moulana Abdul Akber Chitrali and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Law and Justice, ICT Police, Passport and Immigration, NADRA, Capital Development Authority attended the meeting.          
 


NA Standing Committee On Cabinet Secretariat Meets - February 17, 2021

Islamabad; February 17, 2021: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning.
 
The Committee after thorough discussion adopted the amendments in the Pakistan Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Committee was of the view that the amendment proposed in the Bill would provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for public procurement and disposal of assets. The Committee was also of the view that Pakistan Public Procurement Regulatory Authority with the proposed structure would better perform its regulatory functions under professionals having expertise in the relevant field.
 
While taking up Starred Question moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA; regarding construction of dispensaries in NA-9 under Peoples Works Program, the Committee was apprised that as according to the data received from the District Monitoring Officer, District Bunair, most of the dispensaries had either been encroached or were non-existent. The Committee expressed its displeasure on the present status of the dispensaries constructed with the public funds for providing health services to the people. The Committee directed the representative of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government to bring a comprehensive plan for retrieval of the encroached dispensaries and their revival in next meeting of the Committee.  
 
The Committee pended discussion on the Calling Attention Notice No. 29, moved by Mir Munawar Ali Talpur, MNA regarding humanitarian disaster in various districts of Sindh and other parts of Pakistan caused by torrential rains due to non-availability of the mover. However, asked the National Disaster Management Authority representative to brief the Committee about the Karachi transformation Plan and the relief activities carried out in Karachi during the previous monsoon season in its next meeting.  
 
The meeting was attended Mr. Ali Muhammad Kham, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs; Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mover, Secretary Cabinet Division and other officers of concerned departments


NA Standing Committee on Law & Justice meets - February 17, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - February 11, 2021

CPEC: A Catalyst For Regional Socio-Economic Development: Chairman Parliamentary Committee On CPEC - February 11, 2021

Standing Committee on Narcotics Control met today - February 10, 2021

Islamabad, 10th February, 2021; The Standing Committee on Narcotics Control met today in Auditorium of Anti Narcotics Force Academy, H-11, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, MNA to discuss the performance of ANF.

2.    The Committee expressed its grave concern over the rapid growth of drug activities across the country especially in educational institutions as ANF and other agencies seemed to be harmless to initiate any action against the influenced drug mafias due to lack of men-power and financial constraints. The Committee urged upon the need for introduction of effective legislation to develop proper liaisons amongst the Ministries/ departments working to prevent the nation from the curse of drugs.

3.    The Committee directed that ANF may come up with the proposals to enhance its performance so that Committee could take them at appropriate forum for their amicable solution. The Committee decided to hold its next meetings in all provinces of the country to finalize proposals in consultation with all Chief Ministers and IGs to find out its remedial solution.

4.    Earlier, Secretary Ministry of Narcotics Control briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to stop the drug activities in the country and problems faced by them in this regard. He admitted that it is difficult rather impossible for them to confront with drug mafias without the support of other agencies working on parallel ground. They sought support of the Committee in resolving their issues.

5.    The following Members/MNAs namely, Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Mohammad Iqbal Khan, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali Bhindar, Rana Mubashir Iqbal, Mr. Ehsanullah Reki, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Ms. Andleep Abbas and representatives of Ministry and attached department attended the meeting.
 


31st meeting of the Parliamentary Commitee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) meets - February 10, 2021

31st meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held today at 2:00 pm in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA.

    The Committee was briefed by Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Additional Secretary, M/o Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Secretary, National Food Security and Research, Additional Secretary, M/o Science and Technology, Joint Secretary, M/o Interior, Director General Projects, NADRA on the forthcoming 10th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting between China and Pakistan and the proposed development projects therein.

    While providing compliance over the Committee’s previous recommendation regarding reforms in visa regime, Joint Secretary, M/o Interior apprised that 191 countries have been made online to expedite the process of issuance of work visa. By going online work visa for three months will now be provided within 48 hours. The Committee expressed satisfaction over the initiative and observed that investors needed to be facilitated as the success of CPEC hinges upon boosting trade and investment.

    The Committee thoroughly examined the agreed projects in Joint Working Groups thereby to be presented as deliverables in the forthcoming 10th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) between China and Pakistan and recommended that the remaining deliverables by all concerned Ministries/Divisions should be forwarded to the Committee at the earliest so that tangible progress of all the projects pertaining to every segment of CPEC could be evaluated and accelerated. 

    The Committee highlighted the importance of ML-1 project and recommended to expedite the process of the extension of Peshawar-Torkham section in Main Line-1(ML-1) project under CPEC and adding electric traction component in Main Line-1(ML-1) project so as to reduce the cost and protect the environment. Hon. Chairman remarked that the vision of CPEC is to enhance trade and investment by ensuring regional connectivity. It is, therefore, undeniably important to boost transit and bilateral trade with Afghanistan and expedite the projects/initiatives which enhance Pakistan’s connectivity with Afghanistan and facilitate Afghans who are keen to invest in Pakistan. By constructively engaging Afghanistan, Pakistan can also have easier access to Central Asia.

    While receiving briefing over the projects related to science and technology, the Committee remarked that there was a huge potential of Pakistan in the areas of science and technology and the private sector was ready to invest in this field. Therefore, instead of throwing debilitating burden on national exchequer, efforts needed to be exerted to attract maximum investment of private sector in such field. Moreover, massive scope of Information Technologies should also be aligned with science and technology and exploited to create new avenues for young generation to be equipped with modern technology and skills.

    The Committee further observed that Pakistan has vast agriculture potential under CPEC framework which needed to be exploited and recommended that apart from the areas in which Chinese are currently engaged, the concerned Ministry should also identify new areas so that Pakistan’s huge scope in agriculture sector could be utilized in letter and spirt and the people attached to this sector could harvest maximum benefits.

    The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA, Mr. Umer Aslam Khan, MNA, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhry, MNA, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA and Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination meets - February 2, 2021

Islamabad, 02nd February, 2021; a meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination was held in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House,  Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Hon. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.

The Committee do not satisfy with the reply/report submitted by Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) and showed its displeasure on the absence of its President and vice president, which shows the lack of importance towards the Parliamentary Business.

The Chairman along with Members of the Committee convene an urgent meeting of the Standing Committee on the same agenda on 04-02-2021 and directed that President and vice president of PMC should ensure their presence in the meeting of the Committee to be held on 02nd-February, 2021. Later on The Committee Members walk out in protest.

Hon. Members/MNAs namely, Mr. Jai Parkash, Mr. Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, Dr. Nosheen Hamid, Dr. Seemi Bokhari, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, Dr. Samina Matloob, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soormro, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa and representatives of Ministry and attached department attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - January 29, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Law & Justice meets - January 28, 2021


Provision Of Facilities To The Traders At Chaman Border Would Bring Prosperity In The Border Region: Pak_Afghan Pgf Task Force - January 25, 2021

 

Islamabad: 25th January 2021: A follow up meeting of Task Force of Executive Committee of Pakistan Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group (Pak-Afghan PFG) was held to discuss the visit of the Committee to Quetta and Chaman border at Parliament House today. The Task Force appreciated the cooperation extended by Balochistan Government, and locals at the Chaman border for their hospitality and warm heartedness during the visit.
The Task force recommended expediting the progress on establishing Special Economic Zones near Chaman border, establishing border markets, and managing joint border area management matters. The Task Force recommend facilitating the traders at Chaman borders as it would enhance prosperity and development especially in border. The Executive Committee also deliberated on the matter of live stock export with Afghanistan in detail and recommended to keep the interest of the country on priority.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister Mr. Arbab Shahzad said that using technology and modern techniques to facilitate the people who cross borders daily would make life of the people easy. He said that deploying proper staff of concerned agencies of Pakistan Customs and Federal Investigation agencies would facilitate the common men and traders at Chaman border.
Special Envoy of Pakistan for Afghanistan Sadiq khan stressed on the need to introduce E- Rahadri especially on Chaman Border crossing. He said that border management would be economically beneficial to both countries. MNA

Ms. Shandana Gulzaar said that business oriented approach can enhance mutual trade. MNA Mr. Salahudin expressed his gratitude for the visit of the Task Force of Pak-Afghan Executive Committee of Chaman border.
The meeting of Executive Committee was attended by MNAs Mr. Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Salahudin, Mr. Haider Ali, Ms.Nafeesa Khattak, Ms. Shandana Gulzaar and Senior officers from Ministry of Interior, National Logistic Cell, Federal Investigation Agency, Pakistan  Customs, and Balochistan Government.
 


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - January 21, 2021

NA Standing Committee on Aviation meets - January 20, 2021


Na Standing Committee on Power meets - January 20, 2021


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Recommends, APO Not To Be Closed: Suggests Giving APO Properties to Effectees of 1971 - January 13, 2021

Islamabad: January 13, 2021: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met under the Chairpersonship of MNA Ms. Kishwer Zehra in the Parliament House this morning recommended non-closure of Abandoned Property Organization (APO). The Committee was unanimous in its view that instead of closing down the Organization and selling its properties, the same may be given to the effectees of 1971 who chose to became Pakistanis. The Committee decided to pursue the issue with the Cabinet Committee on Institutional Reforms overseeing the process of wound up of APO.  
 
While discussing the Calling attention regarding closure of Abandoned Property Organization, the Mover MNA Usama Qadri apprised the Committee in detail about the objective of moving the Calling Attention Notice. He said that APO Act did not authorize the Government of Pakistan to sell the properties and deposit the money in the government exchequer. The Chairperson opined that despite multiple directions of the Committee, the process of auction of APO properties was in progress. The Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs recommended that the matter was referred to CCIR by the Cabinet and it would be appropriate to pursue the issue with the CCIR. The Committee acceded to the proposal of the Minister and decided that Chairperson of the Committee and few members would attend the meeting of CCIR scheduled on agenda on 14th January.
 
The Committee while taking up agenda regarding observance of provincial quota, employment on fake domiciles and reasons for non-implementation of quota reserved for religious Minorities, constituted a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of MNA Ali Nawaz Awan to discuss and thrash out issues related to observance of quota. The Committee observed that quota for Balochistan and Ministries was not being observed causing sense of deprivation amongst the people.
 
The Committee directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to take appropriate measures to improve the services of Internet and provision of quality telecommunications services throughout the country especially the far-flung areas of Balochistan and erstwhile FATA. The Committee also directed to pursue provision of telecom services to the underserved areas through Universal Service Fund. The Committee asked PTA to launch helpline for people for lodging complaints regarding financial frauds and online harassment. The Committee also decided to have a detailed briefing about the PTA regulatory mechanism and quality assurance in its next meeting.
 
Earlier, Chairman (PTA) briefed the committee about their role as regulator in detail. He apprised the committee that PTA had carried out comprehensive plan to ensure quality services to the people of the country. He said that underserved areas would soon be connected with Telecom services through Universal Service Fund. He further informed that PTA had been independently playing its role as Regulator.
 
The Committee meeting was attended by Minister of State Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNAs; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mover and Chairman PTA, senior officers from Cabinet, Establishment and other concerned departments.


meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held - January 7, 2021

Islamabad, 7th January, 2020; 9th meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Hon. Mujahid Ali, MNA.
2.    The Committee strongly condemned the incident of Muchh, Balochistan and terrorists’ attacks on Pak-Army soldiers during recent past and offered Fateha for the departed soles of martyrs and prayed that may Almighty Allah forgive their minor mistakes and rest them in peace.

3.    The Committee discussed the pros & cons of the following Bills in detail. The Committee highly appreciated the efforts of the Movers of the following Bills for fetching attention of the Government functionaries towards very important and sensitive issues. The Committee however, recommended that the following Bills may not be passed in haste to avoid overlapping in the existing legislations and to avoid the complication of their implementation as well.

i)    The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (Section 104) moved by Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA;
ii)    The Election (Amendment) Bill, 2020” (moved by Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, MNA);
iii)    The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (moved by Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs (Government Bill);
iv)    The Biometric Electoral Voting Bill, 2020 (moved by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, MNA.

4.    The Chairman agreed in principle with the view point of the Committee members and deferred all the above mentioned Bills till its next meeting for in-depth analysis.

5.    Earlier, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Ali Mohammad Khan gave comprehensive briefing on the proposed legislations and assured the Committee to extend full cooperation of the Ministry to facilitate the working of the Committee. He also assured to provide brief at least three days before the Committee meetings for advance study of the members in order to make them more meaningful.

6.    Members/MNA namely Mr. Jawad Hussain, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Ms. Zill-e-Huma, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Rana Mubashar Iqbal, Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA/Mover, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, MNA/Mover, and representatives of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs & Election Commission of Pakistan attended the meeting.


National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) meets - January 7, 2021

Islamabad; January 7th, 2021: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA.

2.         The Committee discussed the issue of doubling of Medical seats across the country in compliance of the Cabinet decision made in its meeting held on 2nd March, 2017 at length. During meeting, the Committee Members showed their great concern over the non-cooperative attitude of Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), being a Federal Entity it was the responsibility of the PMC to coordinate and implement the decision of the Cabinet and Parliament and Standing Committees of both National Assembly and Senate. It is creating hindrance in resolved problem previous year which is a national commitment with people of Erstwhile FATA. The Committee directed the Secretary, PMC to issue notification of doubling the existing quota for Erstwhile FATA students in Medical Colleges across the country for the next nine years by Monday the 11th January, 2021. The Committee also expressed its displeasure over the absence of President, PMC in the meeting and directed the President, PMC to appear before the Committee in person in the next special meeting of the Committee to be held on Tuesday, the 12th January, 2021 after resolving the issue and in line with mechanism adopted for the previous year. It was further decided during meeting, that the Committee would move Privilege Motion against the President, PMC if not issued the Notification by coming Monday.

3.         The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Nawabzada Shah Zain Bughti, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, Ms. Aysha Rajab Ali, and Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ud Din and Sahibzada Muhammad Mahboob Sultan, Minister for SAFRON and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.


Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) meets - January 7, 2021

       30th meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held today at 11:00 a.m. in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA.

2.    The Committee was briefed by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Communications, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources and Member (Water) WAPDA regarding agenda items of the Committee on previous and current Axle Load Policy in Pakistan for road infrastructure projects under CPEC framework and international best practices, comprehensive briefing on Chashma Right Bank Canal and issues pertaining to the issuance of work visas.

3.    Hon. Chairman while receiving briefing from the concerned on previous and current Axle Load Policy in Pakistan for road infrastructure projects under CPEC framework remarked that facilitating trade, and enhancing investments in Pakistan are long-term envisaged goals of CPEC; therefore, success of CPEC hinges upon effective and timely operationalization of Gwadar and Special Economic Zones. The Committee expressed concerns over the impediments in implementation of Axle Load Policy which cause exponential damage to road infrastructure and huge cost implications. The Committee further added that Ministry of Communications may resolve such impediments by calling consultative meeting with all transport departments of provinces and regions, industrialists and other stakeholders to seek their input and implement Axle Load Policy in true spirit so as to protect road infrastructure and facilitate smooth regulation of trade.

4.    The Committee further observed that Chashma Right Bank Canal can be a viable and inventive project for agricultural production. It was agreed that after the completion of feasibility study on Chashma Right Bank Canal, the Committee would thoroughly examine the project and if need be the negotiations with Chinese government would be initiated to place the project under CPEC framework.

5.    Hon. Chairman remarked that the efforts taken by Ministry of Interior to avoid delays and expedite the issuance of work visas by introducing online facility would greatly benefit Pakistan to ensure smooth movement of people, commodities and marked increase in trade and investment. It is worth noting that people of Afghanistan are highly desirous of investing in Pakistan. By introducing such facilities, Pakistan would be able to attract more investment form Afghan side which due to absence of facilities in Pakistan is diverted to other neighbouring countries.  Avoiding procrastination in issuance of work, medical and education visas to foreigners would not only facilitate Pakistan’s trade with other countries but also bolster Pakistan’s bilateral relations with neighbouring countries.

6.    The Committee deferred the briefing on Gwadar Fencing Project to provide sufficient time to the concerned for preparing an inclusive briefing in the next meeting.  

7.    The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, MNA, Mr. Umer Aslam Khan, MNA, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, MNA and Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi.
 


Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) meets - January 6, 2021

        29th meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held today at 11:00 a.m. in National Agriculture Research Centre, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA.

2.    The Committee was briefed by Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security & Research and Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council regarding Pakistan Agricultural Research Council and other projects related to agriculture sector. The Chairman PARC, while sharing 10 years development targets under CPEC, briefed the Committee that PARC’s aim is to change Pakistan from cotton import country to cotton export country and save foreign exchange of 1.5 billion USD. Besides renovation of existing orchards, introduction of new varieties, reducing post-harvest losses, improving value chain and development of rural industries are major proposed interventions. The Committee also paid visit to the exhibition at National Agriculture Research Centre where a comprehensive briefing was given to the Committee by concerned regarding Agro-tech Company, aquaculture and fisheries program, Honeybee Research Institute, alternative energy use in agriculture and vegetable and fruit crops cultivation processes.

3.    Hon. Chairman remarked that historically agriculture has been backbone of Pakistan’s economy and a potential source of employment for the people of Pakistan. We need to strengthen this diminishing sector under CPEC framework.  It is therefore imperative that Pakistan need not to rely on China for technological transfer rather boost its capacity building and enhance the areas of research to encourage indigenous technological innovations and modernize its agriculture sector.

4.     The Committee observed that the research which is being generated by PARC to enhance agricultural production needs to be collaborated with Ministry of Commerce and other concerned to check economic viability of that agricultural commodities so that Pakistan’s vast agriculture potential could be utilized in enhancing agricultural exports. Moreover, it was noted that China imports meat of worth 48 billion dollars from other countries. Taking Pakistan’s huge potential in livestock and other food processing items into account, there is an exigency of meeting international food standards and initiate negotiations with China to remove anomalies and enhance Pakistan’s exports in these areas. This is how Pakistan’s engagement with China can be made more prolific and constructive under CPEC framework.

5.    The Committee remarked that farmers are the major stakeholders of agriculture sector. It is concerning that seeds of various crops are not being provided to farmers timely. Bottlenecks in this regard need to be removed to ensure fair and timely distribution of crops seeds to the farmers so that by resolving farmers’ issues agricultural productivity could be enhanced and agriculture sector could be made more beneficial for these important stakeholders. In the light of these issues, Hon. Chairman remarked that selected group of farmers from all provinces and regions would be invited to convey their issues to PARC so that their problems could be resolved and recommended to Hon. Members to send the list of issues which they believe are important to be addressed so that Committee may take up those issues with PARC and resolve them accordingly.

6.    The Committee further added that vast potential of agriculture sector if exploited prudently and effectively will vehemently alter the socio-economic landscape of our country, bring lasting economic benefits and strengthen the process of industrialization under CPEC framework. Therefore more focused and integrated efforts are required to revive agriculture sector and further utilize its potential for ensuring inclusive economic growth and development.

7.    The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, MNA, Mr. Umer Aslam Khan, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar,  MNA, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, MNA and Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting meets - January 4, 2021

18th meeting o the SC on Climate Change meet today - December 31, 2020

Sub Committee of the Special Committee on Persons with Disabilities - December 28, 2020

The Sub Committee of the Special Committee on Persons with Disabilities held its introductory meeting on Monday the 28th December, 2020 in the Parliament House under the Convenorship of Munazza Hassan, MNA. The Members had a detailed discussion on the purpose, scope & significance of the Sub Committee. The forum was briefed about the existing legislation related to PWDs, specifically ICT Rights for Persons with Disability Act, 2020.

During the Committee meeting it was decided to engage all the stakeholders for the detailed review and implementation of the existing laws related to PWDs. Furthermore, it was agreed upon to launch a public awareness campaign regarding the rights and our obligations towards PWDs. The Committee decided to have personal hearings of PWDs to have a better understanding of the underlying issues.

In addition to that it was decided to extend social protection initiatives of the government through Ehsaas Program to the PWDs besides the provision of technical training backed by the microfinancing facility to this important segment of our society for the socio-economic development of Pakistan.

The Committee showed great resolve to protect and safeguard the fundamental rights of PWDs at all the forums. It was agreed upon to provide relief to PWDs on war footings particularly in health, education and by making places and information more accessible starting from Islamabad, so its success is replicated all over the country.


N.A Standing Committee on Defence Production meet today - December 24, 2020

Islamabad, 24th December, 2020
The Standing Committee on Defence Production met today in Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazir, MNA to discuss the formation of Research & Development Establishment (RDE).
2.    The Committee while appreciating the formation of Research & Development Establishment (RDE) directed that Ministry may avoid the possibility of retrenchment of employees during the merger process of three departments as it had been observed that employees had to compromise their seniority in this process.

3.    The Committee deemed that establishment of RDE is an attempt to avoid unnecessary procedural complications of different departments working on parallel ground for fast track delivery and it would also make a compatible entity to cope with the requirements of Pakistan in the field of defence production.

4.    The Committee directed that Ministry may take stringent measures to meet the international standards of their products in order to enhance its exports so that maximum revenue could be generated for the Country. The Committee decided to visit the sites of ongoing projects to witness their performance in near future.

5.    The following. Members/MNAs namely, Prince Mohammad Nawaz, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Mr. Khial Zaman, Mr. Farrukh Habib, Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman , Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Salahuddin, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Nadeem Abbas and Mr. Irfan Ali Laghari besides, officials of the Ministry of Defence Production also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - December 22, 2020

The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Islamabad this morning.

The Committee adopted the report of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat appointed under Convenership of MNA Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, MNA regarding leakage of paper of NTS Exam in District Lower Dir. The Committee directed for sending the recommendations to the relevant departments for implementation. Apprising the Committee about the finding of the Sub-Committee, the Convener informed that after through deliberation and discussing the issue referred to the Committee, it is recommended that the initial testing of the candidates aspirant to become government servants should be assigned to Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) subject to strengthening of the Commission with required human resource and financial resources. He further informed that NTS was subjected to mismanagement due to which test papers were leaked before the test were held. He also informed that the Sub-Committee had recommended inquiry into the whole issue by FIA.

The Committee while discussing the Pakistan Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2020, decided to pend further discussion till its next meeting. The Committee also directed Cabinet Division and PPRA to examine the amendments proposed by a member of the Committee. Apprising the Committee about the proposed amendments, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA informed that his amendments were in consonance with the PPRA Act and a mechanism had been provided for an independent governing board.

The Committee decided to have a briefing on the shortage of petrol and report of the FIA, thereon in its next meeting. Earlier the Chairman and Member Gas OGRA apprised the Committee about the shortage of Gas and role of the authority in that regard. The Member Gas informed that a Cabinet Committee on Energy under the Convenership of Minister for Planning and Development had formulated guidelines for the Gas Companies to meet the shortage of Gas during the current winter season. He informed that role of OGRA was confined to facilitation in respect of grant of licenses to the Gas Companies. Responding to the question of a member of the Committee, he informed that OGRA had submitted its summary to ECC for seeking guidelines for grant of licenses to the companies for marketing of Flare Gas. While discussing the Constitutional Amendment Bills moved by Ms. Alia Kamran and Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, the Committee asked the Establishment Division to pursue the convening of Cabinet Committee on Disposal of Legislative cases for decision on amendment Bills.

The Committee meeting was attended by Minister In-charge for Cabinet Secretariat Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNAs; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, senior officers from Cabinet, Establishment Divisions and other concerned departments.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - November 19, 2020

42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Law & Justice - November 18, 2020

N.A Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Special Initiatives meets - November 17, 2020

National Assembly Standing Committee On Rules Of Procedure And Privileges Meets Today - November 16, 2020

Islamabad, 16th November, 2020: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 11:00 a.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.  

1. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 15-10-2020.

2. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA regarding non-response to the letter of MNA nor addressing the grievance of the people of his
constituency by the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL)/Ministries (Referred on 15-11-2019); as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting, therefore the Committee after hearing the reply of M.D, SNGPL, unanimously decided to dispose of the Question of Privilege.
 
3. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA regarding allegedly getting inaugurated the scheme of gas supply to village Bandi Atti Khan by an un-elected individual by the MD, SNGPL and RM, SNGPL, Abbottabad (Referred on 15-11-2019); as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting, therefore the Committee after hearing the reply of M.D, SNGPL, unanimously decided to dispose of the Question of Privilege.
 
4. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Fawad Ahmed, Minister for Science & Technology regarding character assassination of the Hon. Minister on BOL TV Channel (Referred on 02-01-2020); the Committee directed that the Chairman, PEMRA should present the one year Performance Report of PEMRA before the Committee in its next meeting. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
 
5. On the Question of Privilege raised by Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA regarding not allowing hand carry in the airplane to the said Hon. Member by the PIA staff, Lahore on 23-05-2019. After fee disposit amounting of Rs.5800/- was allowed hand carry in the airplane. He was travelling from Lahore to Islamabad in PIA flight No.PK-652 at 05:00 p.m. on the above said date (Referred on 15-01-2020); the Committee unanimously decided to dispose of the Question of Privilege as the Hon. Mover was satisfied with the inquiry report of PIA and as he accepted the un-conditional apology tendered by the concerned Officers/Officials of PIA.  
 
6. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, MNA regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. MNA by Mr. Ali Mangi, Secretary Education, Sindh, Mr. Shafiq, Chief Municipal Officer, Mir Pur Khas and Superintendent of Police (S.P), Mirpur Khas, Sindh. (Referred on 11-3-2020); the Committee directed that the Secretary, M/o Education should resolve the issues of the Hon. Mover and ensure his presence in the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
 
7. On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Abid Raza, MNA regarding allegedly stopping the honourable member at Barwal Chowk Kotla, Kharian on 20th January, 2020 by the Elite Force on the order of Syed Tauseef Haider, DPO, Gujrat and snatching the licensed weapons of his security guards (Referred on 29-7-2020); as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting, therefore, the Committee after hearing the reply from Addl.I.G,P Punjab, unanimously decided to dispose of the Question of Privilege.

8. On the Question of Privilege moved by Mr. Muhammad Jamal ul Din, MNA regarding alleged non-serious attitude of Mr. Hameed Ullah, Deputy Commissioner, South Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the Hon. MNA, as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting, therefore, the Committee after hearing the reply from the Ex. D.C South Waziristan, unanimously decided to dispose of the Question of Privilege.
 
9. On the Question of Privilege raised by Abdul Shakoor Shad, MNA regarding non response to the telephone call of honourable MNA by Commissioner Karachi. (Referred on 10-8-2020); the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the displeasure for not attending the meeting by the present and ex-Commissioners Karachi and directed that the Chief Secretary, Sindh should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person alongwith the present and ex. Commissioners, Karachi.  
 
10. On the Question of Privilege raised by Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Minister for States and Frontier Regions and  Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security and Research regarding alleged non-cooperation of DPO, Jhang with the MNAs on telephone, the Committee unanimously decided that the Hon. Chairman of the Committee should have a meeting on this matter with the Advisor to the Hon. Speaker, the attorney General for Pakistan and the Addl. Advocate General, Mr. Qasim Chauhan in this week. However, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.   
 
11. On The Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA regarding misbehavior of SSP, Sanghar and DIG Police Benazirabad with the Hon. Member, the Committee unanimously decided to dispose of the Question of Privilege as the Hon. Mover withdrew his Question of Privilege during the meeting.
 
12. The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Nawab Sher, Ms. Ghulam Bibi, Mr. Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah and Ms. Shagufta Jumani MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan, Advocate/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs.   
 
13. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, MNA, Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Minister, Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, Parliamentary Secretary and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA.  
 


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Organizes 1st Regional Dialogue on Role of Parliament in Enhancing Investment, Trade and People to People Exchanges Under CPEC - November 12, 2020

Islamabad 12th November 2020: Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is organizing a Regional dialogue on 13th November, 2020 in Peshawar on role of Parliament in enhancing investment, trade and people to people exchanges under CPEC. This regional dialogue is first of the series of regional dialogues which would be held in all four provincial capitals, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
 
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser will chair this Regional dialogue as Chief Guest whereas Chief Minister KPK Mehmood Khan, Federal Minister for Defense Pervaiz Khattak, Special Assistant to PM Arbab Shahzad, Chairman Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Sher Ali Arbab will participate in the Dialogue. Parliamentarians, representatives of Provincial Government, Diplomatic community, Industrial and economic sectors, intelligentsia, civil society and media have also been invited to participate. The Dialogue is being supported by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Pakistan) and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment.
 
Later three thematic sessions will be held to deliberate upon the opportunities of tourism, trade and investment to be generated due to ongoing projects of CPEC in KPK. The recommendations would be finalized to improve the efficacy of CPEC projects in the province.
 


N.A Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Special Initiatives meets - November 10, 2020

NS Standing Committee on Power meets - October 28, 2020

NA Standing Committee on Law & Justice meets - October 27, 2020

NA Standing Committee on Law & Justice meets - October 21, 2020

NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - October 20, 2020


NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - October 19, 2020


NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - October 14, 2020


4th meeting of the SC on Energy (Power Division) - October 12, 2020


Confronting the Present National Challenges Requires Unity and Solidarity of 8th October, 2005 Earthquake: NA Speaker - October 8, 2020

Islamabad: 8th October 2020; Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the solidarity and unity expressed by the Nation on the tragic day of 8th October 2005 is unparallel and exemplary. He said that devastating Earthquake was trial for the Nation and it emerged successful to overcome this challenge. He remarked that the nation did not forget the people who lost their lives in this tragic incident and prayed for the solace and peace of departed souls. He expressed these views while recalling the tragic day of 8th October 2005.

Speaker Asad Qaiser remarked that nation stood shoulder by shoulder with those brethren who lost their near and dear ones. He expressed that it is impossible to fill the gap due to lose of innocent lives and losses. He said that more than eighty thousand people lost their lives and vast numbers of people became homeless due to this devastating earthquake.

He said that rehabilitation of affectees of this tragic earthquake was an uphill challenge which was overcome by the national unity and assistance of the friendly countries.  He urged the nation to express the same resolve which was expressed by the nation on 8th October 2005 to counter the present challenges. He prayed to All Mighty Allah to protect the homeland from such kinds of natural calamities and grant the nation courage to stay united.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - October 2, 2020


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - October 1, 2020


N.A Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Special Initiatives meets - September 30, 2020

NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - September 28, 2020


N.A Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - September 25, 2020

NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - September 24, 2020

NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - September 23, 2020


33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice - September 22, 2020

32nd meeting of the SC on Law & Justice - September 11, 2020

16 Meeting of Standing Committee on Climate Change - September 10, 2020

11th meeting of the SC on Planning,Development and Special Initiatives - September 9, 2020

7th meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs - September 9, 2020

National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change hosted an event “Partnership to Preserve” on 9th September, 2020 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad - September 8, 2020

Islamabad, 9th September 2020:  National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change hosted an event “Partnership to Preserve” on 9th September, 2020 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad. Honorable Speaker National Assembly Mr. AsadQaiser will be the chief guest of the event. The event will be attended by the Parliamentarians, academia, scholars from more than 20 universities across Pakistan and members of leading civil society organization. The dialogue aims to foster mechanisms for civil society institutions to provide robust, result-focused, credible, and unbiased research which can guide legislative and policy agenda while providing independent insight on areas of improvement to current practices.

For the first time in history any committee is building direct linkage with academia and experts. In this regard committee is also launching its website https://climatechangepakistan.com/by the Hon. Speaker of the National Assembly where public can file petition and interact with committee.


12th meeting of the SC on Federal Education & Professional Training National Heritage & Culture meets - September 3, 2020


8th meeting of SC on Energy - August 19, 2020


11th meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training, National Heritage & Culture - August 13, 2020

Islamabad, 13th August, 2020; 11th meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training, National Heritage & Culture was held on 13th August, 2020 at 11:00 a.m in National Curriculum Council, H-9, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Hon. Main Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA.
2.    The Committee discussed the Point of order raised by Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA against non implementing the Orders of Supreme Court regarding freezing of Private Schools’ fees by Private Schools Association. The Committee expressed its concern over the issue and directed the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) to ensure the implementation of Supreme Courts’ decision within 15 days. The Committee further directed that all Cambridge Schools may be registered with Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and to display/upload list of all unregistered schools on their website for awareness of general public.

3.    Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, National Heritage & Culture briefed the Committee on functioning of National Curriculum Council Secretariat and appraised that Single National Curriculum (SNC) one system of Education for all, in terms of Curriculum, medium of instruction and a common platform of assessment so that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to receive high quality education. SNC is a step forward in that direction.

4.    He further informed that SNC has been approved with the consent of provinces, Army Public Schools and Pakistan Air Force Schools. The SNC will be enforced in three different Phases. The first phase will be enforced for Classes 1-5 in March 2021. Whereas the second phase for classes 6-8 and third phase for classes 9-12 will be enforced in March 2022 and March 2023, respectively.

5.     The Committee unanimously passed “The National College of Arts Institute Bill, 2020” as referred to the Standing Committee.

6.    Hon. Members/MNAs namely, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan, Mr. Omer Aslam Khan, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Ch. Muhamad Hamid Hameed, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro and representatives of Ministry and attached department attended the meeting.
 


11th meeting of the SC on Federal Education & Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture meets - August 13, 2020


NA Standing Committee Criticizes winding up of abondoned property organization; Voes to protect rights of people through Parliamentary oversight - August 11, 2020

Islamabad:11th  August, 2020: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat unanimously disapproved the decision of the government to windup Abandoned Property Organization (APO) and Aik Hunar Aik Nagar. The Committee was unanimously of the view that instead of winding up, (APO) the properties of the people, who forsake their Pakistani nationality and shifted to Bangladesh, should be distributed to those who opted to be Pakistanis and abandoned their properties in 1971. The committee met with Ms.  Kishwer Zehra, MNA in the chair today in the Parliament House. The Committee decided to invite Dr. Ishrat Hussian, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Institutional Reform and Mr. Shafqat Mehmood, Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training/Convener Cabinet Committee on Implementation of Reforms in its next meeting to discuss the winding-up.

The Chairperson directed the Special Secretary Cabinet Division to ensure the provision of details of the performance of the Abandoned Properties Organization (APO) especially the detail of sale of the properties, under litigation cases regarding these properties, and the funds utilization in this regard besides properties encroached. The Committee also express its displeasure on the 361-properties non-retrievable in Karachi and asked for a probe into the matter and identify responsible for that encroachment. The Committee unanimously suggested making a Committee to be headed by an Ex-Chief justice to resolve the issues related with abandoned properties.  The Members suggested resolving the problems being faced by affectees of 1971 war who left Bangladesh for the love of the country. The Committee also directed  Cabinet Division not to proceed with sale of APO properties till final nod by the standing Committee. The committee vowed to protect the rights of citizens of Pakistan through parliamentary oversight.

The Committee while discussing the agenda related to malpractices in the affairs of National Testing Services and other testing services, directed to bring reform in the National Testing Service (NTS) and other testing agencies to ensure transparency and impartiality in the recruitment process. The Committee constituted a Sub-committee headed by Honorable Member Iradat Sharif to discuss the issues of mismanagement in the testing agencies especially NTS .

While discussing the Recovery of Mortgaged-backed Security Bill, 2020, the chair directed to uphold the interests of the lower income class especially in the matter of Mortgage as concerned officers of Naya Pakistan Housing Authority and State bank of Pakistan briefed the Committee in this regard. The Committee, however, allowed the Naya Pakistan Housing authority to withdraw Bill on the pretext of improvement and updation. Meanwhile, the PPRA officers briefed the standing Committee regarding the Public Procurement Regularity (Amendment Bill), 2020. The chair directed PPRA concerned to brief the members in the next meeting in detail about these amendments especially regarding disposal of public assets as it directly attached with the common Public interests.  The discussion on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2018 and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was deferred till the next meeting.

The Committee while discussing the Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill 2020, moved by Jam Abdul Karim, MNA which sought imposition of Ban on appoint of dual national holders in the services of Pakistan. The Committee members were of the view that dual nationality should not be just for the parliamentarians but for all those who deal in sensitive national matters. The chair directed to seek the opinion of Ministry of Law & Justice in this matter.

The Committee meeting was attended by  Minister In-charge Cabinet Ali Muhammad Khan, MNAs Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Ms, Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur , Mr. Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr.Mohsin Darwar and senior officers from Cabinet, Establishment, FIA and other concerned departments.


N.A Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Special Initiatives meets - July 28, 2020

No Society Can Develop Without Education; Speaker National Assembly - July 28, 2020

یکساں  نظام تعلیم کے نفاذ سے طبقاتی تقسیم کا خاتمہ ممکن ہے ؛اسد قیصر

مردان، 28جولائی 2020:اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ کوئی بھی معاشرہ تعلیم کے بغیر ترقی نہیں کر سکتا  اور بحیثیت مسلمان علم کا حصول ہمارے لیے لازم ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ طلباء ہمارے ملک کا روشن مستقبل ہیں موجودہ حکومت ملک میں تعلیم کے فروغ اور  یکساں نظام تعلیم کے نفاذ کے لیےترجیحی بنیادوں پر  اقدامات اُٹھا رہی ہے ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ یکساں نظام تعلیم کے نفاذ سے طبقاتی تقسیم کا خاتمہ ہو گااور معاشرے کے پسے ہوئے اور پسماندہ طبقات سے تعلق رکھنے والے طلباء کو  جدید علوم سے  آراستہ کرنے اور ترقی کی مناظر طے  کرنے کا موقع ملے گا ۔ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے  منگل کے روز سپورٹس  بورڈکمپلیکس  مردان میں انٹرمیڈیٹ کے ا    متحانات میں نمایاں پوزیشن حاصل کرنے والے طلباء و  طالبات کے اعزاز میں منعقدہ  تقسیم انعامات کی تقریب  سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا۔  

اسپیکر اسد قیصر نے نمایاں پوزیشن حاصل کرنے والے طلباء طالبات کو مبارکباد دیتے ہوئے طلباء کو  اپنی تما  م توائیاناں حصول علم کے لیے صرف کرنے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ اسپیکر نے کہا کہ کامیابی کا زینہ محنت اور لگن میں پوشیدہ ہے اور محنت سے ہی  اعلیٰ مقام حاصل کیا جا سکتا ہے۔ انہوں نے علم کے حصول کی ضرورت پر زور دیتے ہوئے کہا کہ  مسلمانوں نے تلوار کی وجہ نہیں بلکہ علم کی بدولت  ترقی کی ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ انسان جو سوچ سکتا ہے وہ ممکن ہو سکتا ہے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ بڑے عہدے اس لیے ملتے ہیں کہ آپ اللہ کی مخلوق کی خدمت کرسکیں  کیونکہ خدمت کرنے وا لوں کو صدیوں یاد رکھا جاتا ہے ۔انہوں نے کہا کہ محنت سے آپ بھی ملک کے وزیر اعظم اور ڈاکٹر عبدالقدیر خان جیسے بڑے انسان بن سکتے ہیں۔ اسد قیصر نے کہا کہ آئندہ سال سے یکساں تعلیمی نصاب کا نفاذ ہو جا ئے گا جس کے لیے   ملک بھر کے مدارس کا کردار انتہائی اہمیت کا حامل ہو گا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ طلباء خوش فہمی اور غلط فہمی کا شکارنہ  ہوں مدارس کو احترام اور قدر کی نگاہ سے دیکھتے ہیں اور مدارس میں بھی متفقہ اصلاحات نافذ کریں گے۔انہوں نے کہا کہ مدارس کو مین سٹریم میں لانے کے لیے تمام اسٹیک ہولڈرز سے مشاورت جاری ہے طلباء کی ترقی اُن کے دین مضمر ہے طلباء اللہ پر ایمان اور اپنی محنت پر یقین رکھیں۔

اسپیکر اسد قیصر کا مزید کہنا تھا کہ پاکستان کو ترقی کرنے سے کوئی نہیں روک سکتااب ملک میں اچھا وقت آنے والا ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہمارے ملک کو  اللہ تعالیٰ نے ہر قسم کی نعمت سے نوازا  ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ہم نے ملکرملک کی ترقی اور خوشحالی کے لیے کام کرنا ہے۔انہوں نے عالمی وباء کورونا وائرس کا ذکر کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ کورونا کی وجہ سے چیلنجز آئے اللہ تعالی کی مدد سے بہت جلد ہم اس پر قابو پانے میں کامیاب ہو جائیں گے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  سمارٹ لاک ڈاؤن پر تنقید کی گئی مگر آج پوری دنیا ہماری  سمارٹ لاک ڈاؤں کی  پالیسی کو سراہا رہی ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ  کورونا وباء کی وجہ سے ہمارے  خطے کے پڑوسی ممالک میں  زیادہ تباہی ہوئی ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ اللہ کا شکر ہے کل پنجاب میں کورونا سے کوئی موت واقع نہیں ہوئی۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ ہمیں احتیاط کا دامن نہیں چھوڑنا اور  عید پر شہریوں کو سخت  احتیاط کرتے ہوئے محکمہ صحت کی جانب سے جاری کردہ احتیاطی تدابیر پر مکمل  طور پرعمل کرنے کی ضرورت ہے۔ 

 


National Assembly Standing Committee On Cabinet Secretariat Elects Ms Kishwer Zehra MNA Its Chairperson - July 27, 2020

Islamabad; July 27, 2020: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat in a meeting held today in Parliament House, Islamabad unanimously elected Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA as its Chairperson.
 
Joint Secretary on behalf of Secretary, National Assembly welcomed the members and briefed about the procedure for election of Chairperson. Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA/Member proposed the name of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA as Chairperson of the Committee while other members seconded her candidature. Accordingly, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA was unanimously elected as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat.
 
The Joint Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairperson on behalf of the Honourable Speaker, Joint Secretary, National Assembly assured her full support from the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee. Chief Whip, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar congratulated the Chairperson and assured his all out support to the Committee.
 
The Chairperson expressed her gratitude to the members for reposing confidence in her and assured them to run the business of the Committee with consensus. The members while appreciating views of the Honourable Chairperson assured them their fullest support in the process of the legislation. It is pertinent to mention that the Chair was vacant after the former Chairman of the Committee Syed Amin-ul-Haque assumed the portfolio of Federal Minister.
 
The meeting was attended by Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Chief Whip MNAs; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Mohsin Dawar  besides senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.


N.A Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - July 24, 2020

15th meeting of the Climate change meets - July 23, 2020

Islamabad, July 23rd 2020; 15th meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held today under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA.
2.      The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran, then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirms the minutes of its previous meeting held on 08th July, 2020.
3.     Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA attended the meeting but he requested the Committee that he is engage with some other issues, therefore, his Bill may be deferred. Then, the Committee decided to deferred “The Pakistan Environment Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (Moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA).
4.     After thorough introduction of the participants the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. Ministry of Climate Change and Industries and Production gave detail briefing on electric vehicle. The Ministry told the Committee that Engineering Development Board is jointly working with the Ministry of Industries and Production in this regard. Further, the Ministry told that Dr. Naveed Arshad, Professor of LUMS University is also coordinating us with for making Electric Vehicle. The Committee appreciated the struggles of the all stakeholders working for making the electric vehicles. The Committee showed its concerns of the batteries of electric vehicles after expiry. The Committee also proposed that over all supervision of the Electric Vehicle may be assigned to the Ministry of Climate Change, so that; from beginning it will became environmental friendly under the dynamic supervision of Ministry of Climate Change.
5.      The Committee also directed Ministry of Industries and Production to make proper mechanism for check and balance of the old vehicles and two stroke engines. Further, the Committee directed the Ministry of Industries and Production to organize proper emission tests of the old vehicles at the time of their annual token tax. Furthermore, the Committee directed the Ministry of Industries and Production to bound all vehicles manufactures companies to make vehicles as per international standard and all safety measures should be provided in each vehicle complimentary without any additional charges. The Committee unanimously to defer the briefing of the Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) till its next meeting.
6.      Some Hon. Members asked to Ministry of Climate Change; why; the Ministry did not provided them the detail report of Billions tree planted in KPK so far. The Committee directed the Ministry of Climate Change to provide such detail in its next Committee meeting.
7.      The Hon. MNAs/Members/Movers Mr. Khial Zaman, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Tahira Aurangzab, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, Mr. Zulfiqar Bachani, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Minister of State for Climate Change besides the senior officers from the Ministry with their staff were attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - July 9, 2020


Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - July 8, 2020

Islamabad, July 08th 2020; 14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held today under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA.
 
2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran, then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirms the minutes of its previous meeting held on 26th February, 2020.
 
3. On the request of Hon. Mover the Committee deferred the agenda item No. 03. Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources shortly brief about the Euro-II and Euro-V fuel specification. However, the Committee directed that thorough brief may be conducted in next meeting. Hon. Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change briefed the Committee about the Electric Vehicles and he told that one hundred thousand vehicles will be converted on Electric, which will be changed our country’s climate. The Government has been decided to convert two wheelers three wheelers and buses in first phase. Then, in next phase the Government would be though about the conversion of motor vehicles and others.   
 
4. From 1st August, 2020 the diesel available in Pakistan will be converted on      Euro-IV. The Committee took serious notice of the Petrol Pump adjoined Motorway and near Motorway interchanges those are supplying below quality fuel which badly affected consumers vehicles, further, they are charging 16% extra from the consumers those are paying their fuel price through credit/debit card. The Committee directed OGRA to inquire such type of complaints and report to the Committee in next meeting. The Committee directed OGRA to ensure that their complaint/help line number must be displayed at every petrol pump in the country for the facilitation of the complainants/consumers.
5. The Hon. MNAs/Members Mr. Khial Zaman, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Tahira Aurangzab, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, Mr. Zulfiqar Bachani, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change besides the senior officers from the Ministry with their staff were attended the meeting.
 


N.A Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meets - July 8, 2020

            Islamabad, the 8th July, 2020:   40th meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs was held today i.e. 8th July, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., in (Committee Room No. 7), Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.
 
2.         The Committee welcomed Mr. Javed Ghani, the newly appointed Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and recommended that he should continue for smooth and effective functioning of the department. Mr. Hamid Attique, Member-IR (Policy) informed the Committee that “The Tax Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019” (XIII of 2019), laid in the National Assembly on 11-11-2019, was lapsed on 30-5-2020, however, the objectives of the said Ordinance were got approved in “The Finance Bill, 2020”. He further informed that “The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019”, was also incorporated in “The Finance Bill, 2020”, therefore, the same has been repealed and the FBR has withdrawn the said Bill. 
 
3.         Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed, Member (Inland Revenue), briefed the Committee about the refunds issued by the FBR in respect of Income Tax, Sales Tax and Customs. The Committee expressed its dissatisfaction on the presentation given by the Member (Inland Revenue) and directed the FBR for comprehensive briefing in the tomorrow meeting.
 
4.         While considering the implementation status on previous recommendations of the Committee regarding purchase of pulses (Dal Channa), the Committee decided that Managing Director, Utility Stores Corporation (USC) should attend the tomorrow meeting personally.          
 
5.         President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd. (ZTBL), briefed the Committee about the situational analysis and suggestions for way forward of the Bank. He said that the Finance Division has constituted an Advisory Committee on 15-5-2020 for restructuring of the ZTBL. The Committee expressed its displeasure on the delay for formulation of Board of Directors of the Bank by the Government and directed the Finance Division for apprising the Committee in this respect in the tomorrow meeting. The Committee expressed its concern over less disbursement of agriculture loans to the farmers by the ZTBL as compared to previous years. The Committee Members were of the view that the Government should analyze the current situation before carrying reforms in the Bank.
 
6.        The meeting was attended by MNAs, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Chaudhary Khalid Javed, Mr. Ali Perviz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar and Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, MNAs were available on video conference. The meeting was also attended by the senior officers from M/o Finance and Revenue, Law and Justice, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
 


Standing Committee on Information & Broadcasting Meets - June 24, 2020

Islamabad; 24th June, 2020: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Information & Broadcasting was held in Parliament House, Islamabad this afternoon. Mian Javed Latif, Chairman presided over the meeting. 
 
    The Committee expressed grave concern over the passive and irresponsible attitude of the higher management of PTV as they failed to stop the program “Rising Pakistan” telecasted on 5th June, 2020 in which IOJ&K was not shown in the map of Pakistan. The Committee deemed it a criminal negligence and directed that Hon. Federal Minister may hold an impartial investigation and report to the Committee within 07 days of the meeting so that culprits could be penalized accordingly.
 
    The Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting while supporting the view point of the Committee, informed that a high level investigation Committee had already been constituted to probe into the matter and outcome of the inquiry report would be shared with this august Committee.
 
    Earlier, Chairman, PTV informed the Committee that PTV management had immediately terminated two of their responsible employees as a result of departmental inquiry and remedial measures had been adopted to avoid such incidents in future.
 
    The meeting was attended by Mr. Nasir Khan Musazai, MNA, Mr. Aftab Jahangir, MNA, Ms. Naz Baloch, MNA, Ms. Syma Nadeem, MNA, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA and participated through video link by Javeria Zafar Aheer, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA and Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets - June 22, 2020

12th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held on 22nd June, 2020 at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room of National Institute of Health (NIH), Chak Shahzad, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.
 
Dr. Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to Prime Minister briefed the Committee about the current situation of the Corona Virus in the country. He briefed that Government had made SOPs to stop the spread of COVID-19 under National Command and Control Center and also ensure the enforcement of those SOPs through local administration. He further said that due to current economic situation it is impossible to implement complete lockdown in the country however, the government focusing on smart lockdown policy; in this regard more then 500 areas were pointed out to implement the smart lockdown where the patients of COVID-19 increases day by day. While briefing about the provision of Health Facilities he said that 1000 ventilators would be reached in the country to facilitate the critical patients of COVID-19 by the end of this month moreover, 5000 health workers have been trained to face the emergency situation regarding the COVID-19.
 
The members from opposition criticize the policies of the Government as to why the Government was unable to follow the SOPs of World Health Organization (WHO) which caused the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The Committee also protesting against the non-availably of oxygen gas for Parliamentarians affected from COVID-19 in Parliament Lodges.
 
The following MNAs, Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Mr. Jai Parkash, Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, Dr. Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Nousheen Hamid, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, Dr. Samina Matloob, Dr. Darshan, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro and Mr. Ramesh Lal attended the meeting.
 


3rd Meeting of the Standing Committee on Power was held today - June 18, 2020


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - March 11, 2020

20th Session Of The National Assembly To Continue Till 20th March, 2020: Decides NA Business Advisory Committee - March 9, 2020

Islamabad; March 9, 2020: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the Chair to discuss the business and timetable for the 20th Session of the National Assembly.
 
The agenda and ways and means to run the proceedings of the current session of the National Assembly were discussed. It was decided that the current Session would continue till 20th March, 2020 and apart from government and private Members business, matters of public importance would be discussed. It was unanimously decided that the House would discuss Agriculture and current grave situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
 
The meeting was attended by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri, the Ministers, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Dr. Shireen M. Mazari, Mr. ljaz Ahmad Shah, Minister of State Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Chief Whip (PTI) Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, MNAs Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Agha Hassan Baloch, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Syed Naveed Qamar, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shaida Akthar Ali and senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.
 


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - March 5, 2020

Islamabad the, 05th March, 2020; The meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, MNA, in Committee Room of Ministry of Railways, D block Pak Secretariat, Islamabad to discuss the agenda items  issued vide Secretariat Notice of the meeting dated 2nd  March , 2020.

The Committee approved the minutes of its meeting held on 24th February, 2020 with some corrections.

As regard the implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee, the members has raised the objection that Ministry of Railways is least bother about the implementation of the recommendations made by the Committee. Particular, the Ministry of Railways used delaying tactics in timely submission of the report of the Federal Government Inspector of Railways (FGIR) regarding the incident of Tezgam Express happened at 6:14 a.m on 31/10/2019, and compensation announced for the deceased/injured passengers by the Ministry of Railway to the Committee.

The Chief Executive, Ministry of Railways and other informed the final report of the Tez Gam Express was submitted to the Committee in its meeting held on 24.02.2020 along-with facts and figures, fixation of responsibility and recommendations. He further informed on the question of the members of Committee that some more compensation cheques have been received from Postal Life Insurance and will be delivered today to the respective legal heirs of the deceased passengers. The remaining compensation cheques are still under scrutiny.

The Chief Executive of Railways further briefed that Ministry of Railways constituted a Committee  comprises of three Assistant General Managers (AGMs) to re-inquire/revisit the inquiry report of Federal Govt. Inspector of Railways (FGIR) on the matter of Tez Gam Express under the direction of Supreme Court of Pakistan  and its finding are awaited. Minister for Railways advised the Ministry to provide the copy of report to the Committee.

The Committee also heard the legal heirs of some deceased passengers who demanded that Railways should issue the death certificates of those deceased whose dead bodies were not identified even through DNA test, the Committee advised the legal heirs to approach the civil court for issuance of  death certificates and Ministry Railways is bound to  present the circumstances evidence in the court for issuance of death certificate to 11 unidentified dead bodies for issuance of compensation through Postal Life Insurance. The Committee also emphasized that Federal Govt may consider the request of legal heirs for more compensation and the Summary of Ministry of Railways in the matter be accepted. Further, the Ministry of Railways may also be considered its previous recommendation regarding job in Railways to one legal heirs of all the deceased passengers only.

The following MNAs, Mr. Arbab Aamir Ayub, Sheikh Rashid Shafique, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Mr. Ramesh La, Muhammad Bashir Khanl and Ms Nusrat Wahid besides the officials of the Ministry attended the meeting.
 


9th meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held today - February 26, 2020

Islamabad the 26th February, 2020: 9th meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor) Parliament House, Islamabad at 2:30 pm under the Chairmanship of Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA. The agenda of the meeting is circulated vide Notice No. F.8 (1)/2019-Com-I Vol-II dated 18th February,2020.

2.         The Committee appreciated the efforts of the Armed Forces especially the Air Force in thwarting the unwarranted and uncalled aggression by the Indian Air Force on 27th February, 2019. The Committee felicitated the nation and the forces on this day. The Committee also condemned in the strongest words the killing of Muslims in India in the past couple of days, the Committee also asked the International Community to take notice of these killings. Dua was offered for the Muslims killed in India and the deceased of the 16th February, 2020 incident of lacked gas in Karachi.  

3.         The Bills “The Port Qasim Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019” and “The Gawadar Port Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019”, were deferred for the next meeting.

4.         On the incident of leaked gas on 16th February, 2020 in the vicinity of Karachi Port Trust (KPT), the Minister Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, MNA told the Committee that reports from various sources have been received on the suspicious deaths of ten people in the surrounding areas of KPT, and it indicates that it must have been the cause of a leaked gas happened due to a chemical reaction in an empty tanker. The deaths could not have been attributed to the soya-been shipment. The Members of the Committee wanted to have a judicial inquiry into this matter. The Chairman Standing Committee opined that speculation should not be done and should wait for the final report by the Naval Biological Chemical Department’s report on this matter.

5.         The Committee scrutinized the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs for the financial year 2020-21 and recommended it to be approved.   

6.         The meeting was attended by Syed Ali Haider Zaidi Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs and MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon,  Mr. Faheem Khan,  Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Mir Khan Muhmmad Jamali, Mr.Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Lal Chand, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh,  Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Kamal Uddin,  Begum Tahira Bukhari, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, Jam Abdul Karim Bijar, Mover Ms. Fauzia Bheram, besides Secretary and other senior officers of the Ministry.


13th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held today - February 26, 2020


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - February 25, 2020


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training and National Heritage meets - February 25, 2020

NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - February 25, 2020


2nd meeting of the SC on Energy (Power Division) meets - February 24, 2020

27th meeting of the SC on Law and Justice meets - February 24, 2020

Meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held in Toyota Indus Motors ,Karachi - February 20, 2020

20th,February, 2020: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held in Toyota  Indus Motors ,Karachi, under the chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Hussian Turi, MNA.

The Managing Director Indus Motors Company welcomed the Members and officials from GOP at IMC Head office , Karachi, the Committee paid its visit to different sections of the manufacturing plants of Indus Motors. The Committee witnessed the manufacturing process of vehicles under the supervision of well experienced local and foreign ( Japanese) engineers and workers. The Committee Members have shares their views for the improvements  of plant ,which was established in 1989  after visiting the plant, The Managing Director, IMC  briefed  the Committee about the historical background of the Company .He appraised the Committee about the different specifications of Cars launched by Indus Motors time to time in Pakistan, including some imported vehicles and upcoming versions of new cars . The Managing Director, responded the question raised by the Members regarding quality of products as compared to imported vehicles, the Committee expressed its satisfaction in this regard. However , Members have shown their concerns about the increase of cars price in the country.  The MD responded that high mark up rates of Banks loans, over burden of taxation and  Automotive Development Policy(ADP) 2016-21 were the major reason of low production in the Automotive sector, which also caused the price fluctuation in the market. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Industries informed that taxtation matters were taken up  earlier with Ministry of Finance and Revenue but they didn’t respond properly in last financial year, The Committee decided that an exclusive meeting may be convened with FBR, and Ministry of Finance to resolve the problems  of ACD, FED, shortly.

The Committee appreciated the role of Management for providing the good quality/ standards products in Pakistan and launching of new models of cars

The following members attended the meeting:
Mr Nasir khan Musa zai, Mr Muhammad Akram, Sahibzada Sibgatullah, Ms Sajida Begum, Mr Usama  qadri, Mr Muhammad Pervaiz malik, Mr. Riaz Ul haq, , Maher Irshad Ahmed khan Besides the senior officials from ministry of industries, PSM , INDUS  MOTORS COMPANY.


7th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Energy (Petroleum Division) was held today - February 19, 2020


NA Standing Committee on Interiior meets - February 17, 2020

today under the Chairmanship of Raja KhurramShahzad Nawaz, MNA,in the Committee Room No. 05 (Constitution Room), Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.  The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Additional Secretary Ministry of Interior briefed the Committee about the implementation status of the recommendations of the Standing Committee. The Ministry informed that detailed report on the recommendations of the Committee has been dispatched for information/study of the Honorable A detailed discussion took place on the bill titled “The Bill titled “The Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2020” and the Committee decided to defer the Bill till its next meeting.
 
3.  Honorable Members/MNAs/MoversMr. Sher Akbar Khan, MeharGhulam Muhammad Lali, Ms. NafeesaInayatullah Khan Khattak, Malik Sohail Khan, Syed Iftikharul Hassan, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Nadeem Abbas,Syed Agha Rafiullh, Nawab Muhammad YousafTalpur,Mr. Abdul Qadir Pateland the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justiceattended the meeting.        
 


The Director General of the FAO called on NA Special Committee on Agricultural Products - February 15, 2020

Islamabad, the February 15th, 2020: The Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Qu Dongyu, called on the members of the National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products. Syed Fakhar Imam led the members of the Special Committee formed by the NA Speaker, Asad Qaiser. Qu Dongyu remarked that Pakistan- a country with enormous agricultural potential constrained by significant challenges-was a key priority in FAO’s long international partnerships and called for further deepening the mutual cooperation to tackle food insecurity, malnutrition and rural poverty. It is pertinent to mention that it was the first internati0onal visit of Qu Dongyu after assuming office of the Director General of FAO in June, 2019. The meeting was held on the premises of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

Syed Fakhar Imam, the Convener of the Sub-Committee of the National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products presented a holistic picture of Pakistan’s agro-economy and listed key constraints that hindered successful transformation of Pakistan’s agriculture sector. He outlined that Pakistan’s progress in agriculture sector was far below its true potential.  

Syed Fakhar Imam stated that growth in the agricultural productivity has lost momentum, leaving Pakistan’s rural population to face continuing high levels of poverty, and food insecurity, as well as limited access to the public services and markets required for a modern economy. He stated that Agriculture sector over the last three decades has been relegated to secondary priorities in the policy making circles and urged the need for special attention to agriculture. Highlighting the rationale for the formation of a Special Committee on Agricultural Products, he added that reversing Pakistan’s agricultural stagnation warranted building political momentum, ownership and close scrutiny of agriculture policies. He underlined the need for strategic investments in agricultural science, technology, research, infrastructure and high value agriculture production. 

Chairman Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, Sher Ali Arbab who attended the call on as special invitee outlined that FAO’s technical support to Parliament was indispensable to evidence based policy formulation and oversight. He added that further strengthening strategic partnership with FAO was vital to move Pakistan away from subsistence farming to high yielding modern agriculture. FAO country representative for Pakistan Mina Dawlatchahi called for wider engagement with Pakistan on gender inclusive agricultural development.
 


18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today - February 14, 2020

Islamabad, 14th February, 2020; 18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interiorwas held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA,in the Committee Room No. 05 (Constitution Room), Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.         The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Additional Secretary Ministry of Interior briefed the Committee about the implementation status of the recommendations of the Standing Committee. The Ministry informed that detailed report on the recommendations of the Committee has been dispatched for information/study of the Honorable A detailed discussion took place on the bill titled “The Bill titled “The Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2020” and the Committee decided to defer the Bill till its next meeting.

3.         Honorable Members/MNAs/MoversMr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Malik Sohail Khan, Syed Iftikharul Hassan, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Nadeem Abbas,Syed Agha Rafiullh, Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, Mr. Abdul Qadir Pateland the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice attended the meeting.  


5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs &Gilgit Baltistanwas held today - February 13, 2020

Islamabad, 13th February, 2020; 5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs &Gilgit Baltistanwas held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA. The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Chairman welcomed the Committee Members and the participants. After brief introduction of participants the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

2.         The Secretary, Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and GilgitBaltistan presented overview of the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the Financial Year 2020-21 of the Ministry. After detail discussion on PSDP the Committee unanimously recommended the PSDP for the Financial Year 2020-21.

3.         Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA presented a resolution on the present situation of Indian Occupied Kashmir in the National Assembly Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and GilgitBaltistan that House noted that the citizens of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) are facing curfew continuously since 192 days and 80 lac Kashmiries are living like prisoners.   He also added that escalation in violence and breaches of international human rights on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Kashmir; and called the United Nation and International Communities to raise the matter at the United Nations; right of the Kashmiri people to determine their own future in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions. Another resolution presented by Mrs. Ghazala Safi, MNA on the violation on Line of Control (LoC) by the Indian Army has been increased and the Committee condemned the atrocity against the innocent people of Kashmir by the Indian Armed Forces and demanded the Security Council to force the Indian Government for appointing United Nations Observer Mission in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) so that they can monitor such kind of human rights violations. The Committee unanimously passed the resolutions.

4.         Hon. Members/MNAs Ms. RubinaJamil, Ms. GhazalaSaifi, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Mr. WaheedAlam Khan and Secretary Ministry of Kashmir Affairs &GilgitBaltistan, alongwith senior officers from the Ministry attended the meeting with their staff.


34th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - February 13, 2020

Islamabad, the 13th February, 2020:    34th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e. 13th February, 2020 in the Constitution Room, Parliament House Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

2.         The Committee discussed “The Tax Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020”. The Member Custom briefed the Committee about the salient features of the subject Bill. After clause by clause discussion the Committee unanimously passed the said Bill without any amendment.

3.         The Committee discussed “The Eradication of Riba Bill, 2019” (moved by Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA). Deputy Governor, State Bank of Pakistan informed the Committee that SBP was working in this regard and will be able to submit its report by the end of April, 2020. After the consent given by the mover the Committee unanimously decided that subject Bill may be deferred till April, 2020. the Committee also discussed the “The Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020 (moved by Syed Javed Hussain, MNA) regarding to make the amendments for eradication the interest in the Country. He briefed the Committee about the reasons and objectives of the subject Bill. The Committee was of the view that purposed Bill was similar to “eradication of Riba Bill” moved by Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA therefore the Committee decided that this Bill will be further considered by the end of April, 2020, alongwith eradication of Riba Bill.

4.         The Committee considered the “The SBP Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2019” however, some Members of the Committee were of the concerns that original Act comparison was missing in the presentation of the SBP, therefore the Committee decided to defer the subject Bill till its next meeting.

5.         Member, IR Policy, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) informed the Committee about the implementation status on the recommendations made by the Committee in its meeting held on 4th February, 2020 regarding the issues being faced by the exporters due to delay in refunds. He said that FBR has appointed a Joint Committee of the Representatives from trade organizations and FBR. The Committee had its first meeting on 10.02.2020 and did its initial working pertaining to calculation mechanism adopted in the ST & FE Return, now the said Committee will meet again today and tomorrow for further deliberations in this regard. 

6.         The Traders from Faisalabad informed the Committee about the hurdles being faced by the traders due to the conditions for obtaining of CNIC copies from buyer. They were of the view that said condition has badly damaged the business in the country. The Committee appreciated the role of FBR and directed the FBR to resolve the said issue with the consultation of the traders. After thread bare discussion the Committee unanimously decided to appoint a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani for making the recommendation to resolve the issues of traders. The Committee also decided to terminate the already constituted Committee on Customs issues.

7.         The Committee also discussed the status of Federal Transfers to Provinces during Financial Year 2019-20 from 01.07.2019 to 31.12.2020 under NFC Award. The Additional Secretary M/o Finance briefed the Committee about the disbursement under divisible pool to provinces. The Committee Members have expressed their concerns about the utilization of funds in PSDP. The Finance Secretary, Punjab, Sindh and Special Secretary KPK were present in the meeting however, due to short of time and late receiving of brief from Finance department Sindh, the Committee decided to reconsider the subject agenda in its meeting. The Committee also deferred remaining agenda pertaining to PSDP of Financial Year 2020-21.

8.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dareshak, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Chaudhary Khalid Javed, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali and Syed Javed Hussain besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Ministry of Law & Justice, FBR and State Bank of Pakistan.


Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meets - February 6, 2020

Islamabad, the 6th February, 2020: 32nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today on 6th February, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., in the Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.
 
2.  The Committee decided to defer agenda pertaining to budgetary proposals of the Ministry of Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP)  for the  financial year 2020-21, as required under rule 201(6) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly 2007, due to short of time.
 
3.  The Committee discussed about the new policy regime introduced by Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), regarding stock brokers and broker Houses. The Commissioner, SECP briefed the Committee about the salient features of new policy, wherein he explained the measure taken for the improvement of stock market by the government. He said that new regime will be based on categorization of brokers into three categories: Trading & Clearing (T&C), Trading & Self-Clearing (TSC) and trading Only (TO), T&C &SC categories permitted to retain custody of client assets whereas TO broker to only keep custody of its proprietary book, directors and sponsors and their close relatives, Migration to an effective risk-based compliance culture and said New Regime was also based on the regulatory framework implemented in 2016.
 
4.  The Chairman, Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan informed that proper consultation in that regard has already been made by the SECP with number of stakeholders (Stock Brokers) for last ten months. He also explained the objectives of the new regime i.e. increased in number of brokers, improvement of governance and internal controls, compliance with AML/CFT requirements, ease of doing business and commercial viability of brokers and to enabling the small investors to concentrate on their core competence etc.
 
5.  President, Pakistan Stock Exchange, Broker House Karachi and few other stakeholders expressed their concerns over the design of new regime. They were of the stance that said SRO (New Regime) will affect the small stock exchange brokers and it will further create monopoly of gigantic brokers. Some members of the Committee were of the view that subject regulations will provide protection to investors. After threadbare discussion the Committee recommended that Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan should review its policy with the consultations of stakeholders and will submit its report to the Committee in 15 days.
 
6.  The meeting was attended by MNAs Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar and Ms. Nafisa Shah, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance and SECP.   
 
 


National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products meets - February 5, 2020

Islamabad, the February 6, 2020: The National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products signed Memorandum of Understanding with six agricultural Universities of Pakistan in a bid to facilitate sustained collaboration for agricultural transformation. Under a collaborative mechanism and shared commitment, the agriculture universities will provide technical support to Speaker’s led Special Committee on Agricultural Products. The MoU was signed in the presence of the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser. While talking to Vice Chancellors of agricultural universities and heads of agriculture research institutions, the Speaker emphatically stressed the need for policy shift to make agriculture more competitive, profitable, and sustainable.

Asad Qasier remarked that agricultural development was indispensable to Pakistan’s enduring quest for sustained and inclusive economic growth. He stated that agriculture universities as repository of agricultural knowledge, research and intellectual capital may play a key role in guiding the National Assembly’s pathways for agricultural development. He further added that for successful transformation of agriculture sector, the National Assembly of Pakistan endeavors to enact evidence and knowledge-based policies and oversight of the executives on implementation of laws, policies and strategic priorities for the agriculture sector. The Special Committee on Agricultural Products seeks to facilitate inclusive consultation, policy dialogue, coherence and coordination at all levels of government to address the constraints that inhibit the national agricultural growth. Under the MoU, the universities will develop customized and demand-based position papers, briefing papers, backgrounds, fact sheets and policy reviews on agricultural issues for the Committee’s deliberations. The universities will facilitate public hearings, policy dialogues and stakeholders’ consultation as per the needs of the Committee.

On the sidelines of the MoU signing ceremony, the Sub-Committee of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products also met with Vice Chancellors to discuss the universities’ suggestions for agricultural development. The meeting presided by the Convener Syed Fakhar comprehensively examined the National Action Plan for Anti-Locust operations. The Vice Chancellors stated that rather than firefighting, the research institutions and universities should thoroughly examine the genesis of the locust in a more scientific manner. In this regard, the Committee formed a task-force headed by Chairman PARC comprising representatives of agriculture universities. The Committee urged the universities to examine the issues of agricultural credit, agriculture technology transfer, value addition, horticulture development, regulation of the pesticides, fertilizers and seeds sector, and agriculture research development.  The Sub-Committee also sought practical proposals on developing collaborative linkages between research departments, universities, extension departments and farmers.

The representatives of Agriculture University, Faisalabad, Muhammad Nawaz Shareef Agriculture University Mutlan, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Lasbela University of Agriculture, and Water Sciences, Lasbela, University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi attended MoU signing ceremony and the meeting of the Sub-Committee. Chairman PARC, Directore General NARC, and officers of the provincial agricultrure research departments and Punjab Agriculture Research Board also attended the event.

 


NA Standing Committee on Law & Justice meets - February 4, 2020

NA Standing Committee on Interior meet - February 3, 2020

 Islamabad, 03rd February, 2020; 17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA,in the Committee Room No. 05 (Constitution Room), Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.         The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Secretary Ministry of Interior briefed the Committee about the implementation status of the recommendations of the Standing Committee. The issue of granting dual nationality to Pakistanis living in Malaysia was discussed; the Ministry informed that the case has been referred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to initiate negotiation with the Government of Malaysia on the issue for facilitating the Expatriates.The Bill titled “The Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2019” was discussed and recommended by the Committee for passage by the National Assembly.
 
3.         The Member P&D Capital Development Authority briefed the Committee about the issue of buildings sealed in Golra/E-11 Isl;amabad. He informed that the Honorable Islamabad High Court in its judgment dated 09-07-2018 declared these constructions illegal. In compliance of the judgment the Federal Government constituted a Commission to review the existing Master Plan of Capital City. The Federal Commission has recommended regularization of existing structures through a study by Independent Consultant. The Federal Cabinet has also approved the recommendation and accordingly draft request for hiring Consultant has been submitted to the Planning Commission. The Committee directed to expedite the process to provide a solution to affectees.
 
5.         The representative of the Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS) briefed the Committee about the joint venture between FECHS and National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society (NAECHS). The Committee was informed that land of the NAECHS has been encroached. The FECHS informed that the society faced issues in demarcation. The Committee directed the Deputy Commissioner to resolve the demarcation issues of the society. The Committee also directed the FECHS to provide plots to the members of NAECHS and submit report to the Committee. The Committee also decided to invite FIA in the next meeting for briefing the Committee on the case referred to it.
 
6.         Honorable Members/MNAs/MoversMr. Sher Akbar Khan, Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Malik Sohail Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas,Syed Agha Rafiullh, Mr. Abdul Qadir Pateland the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice,Ministry of Finance, ICT and National Counter Terrorism Authority attended the meeting.        
 


19th Session Of The National Assembly To Continue Till 17Th February: Decides Na Business Advisory Committee - January 30, 2020

Islamabad; January 30, 2020: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the Chair to discuss the business and timetable for the 19th Session of the National Assembly.
 
The agenda and ways and means to run the proceedings of the current session of the National Assembly were discussed. It was decided that the current Session would continue till 17th February, 2020 and apart from government and private Members business, matters of public importance would be discussed. It was unanimously decided that the House would discuss current grave situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and pass a resolution to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir. 
            The meeting was attended by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri, the Ministers, Mr. ljaz Ahmad Shah, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNAs; Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Khan Khan Magsi, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Malik Aamir Dogar, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abassi, Mr. Khurrum Dastagir Khan, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, and senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works meet - January 29, 2020

National Assembly Standing Committee on Power Division Elect Chaudhry Salik Hussain, MNA as its Chairman - January 28, 2020

Islamabad, the 28th January, 2020: The Standing Committee on Power Division in its meeting held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad unanimously elected Chaudhry Salik Hussain, MNA as its Chairman.
 
2.         The Additional Secretary (Committees), National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the members and briefed about the procedure for election of the Chairman. Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA/Member, proposed the name of Chaudhry Salik Hussain, MNA, as Chairman of the Committee while Mr. Lal Chand, and Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, MNAs/Members seconded his candidature. Accordingly, Chaudhry Salik Hussain, MNA, was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Power Division. 
 
3.         The Additional Secretary (Committees), National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honorable Speaker, Secretary National Assembly and assured him full support from the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee.
 
4.         The Chairman expressed his gratitude to the members for posing confidence in him and assured them to run the business of the Committee with consensus. The members while appreciating views of the Hon. Chairman and assured him their fullest support in the process of legislation.
 
5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Malik Muhammad Amir Doger, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Lal Chand, Chaudhry Salik Hussain, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Saira Bano, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Syed Mehmood Shah besides the senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat. 


10th meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held today - January 27, 2020

Islamabad the, 27th January, 2020:   10th meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held on 27th January, 2020 at 2:00 p.m in Committee Room Pakistan Council Science and Technology Ministry of Science and Technology under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA. The meeting of the committee commenced with the recitation of holy Quran.

The agenda items regarding pending legislative business referred to the Committee was deferred for tomorrow meeting due to not availability of Mover and representative from ministry of Law and Justice.

Pakistan Council Science and Technology was established as National Science Council in 1961 under the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research and later its charter was revised and renamed as Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST) under the Ministry of Science and Technology in 1984. PCST was designated as Secretariat of National Commission of Science and Technology. PCST being permanent member of CDWP, is playing the leading role in the formation of National Science and Technology policy. It also assisted and advice the Govt. on collection and publication of National S&T indicator and numerical rating of the scientists of the country on the basis of their research.

The major objective and function of PCST, it takes the measures for effective collaboration among academia R&D (Research and Development) organization and industry for development of indigenous products and techno0logies. It promote the quality R&D culture in the country, evaluation of National Research and Development activities including output of individual and institutions for award of financial support thereof. PCST also engaged in promoting the collaboration among national and international organizations for promotion and capacity building in Science and Technology to enter in MOUs, contract etc. Participation in national science and technology planning and development activities and providing advice on selection of projects are also the mandate of PCST.

On the advice of PCST, separate ministry of Science and Technology, Higher education Commission, Pakistan Science Foundation, Science & Technology Cell, Intellectual Property Board, Council for Housing Research and Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources were established which may be counted as an historical achievement of PCST.

PCST conducted the studies in the different fields like Information Technology, Energy, Industry, Education, Health & Pharmaceutical, Agriculture Environment, Water, and Electronics. Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Marine Resources, Public health & Sanitation, Automotive sector, Mineral and Robotic, by using the methodology suggested by the expert panels.

PCST has facing the lack of continuity of leadership in the Council and from the last 10 years, it has no regular Chairman. PCST has no infrastructure at provincial level which limits its capacity to perform some of its functions. It has also problems that the human and financial resources do not match with the assigned functions/mandate and expected achievements from this organization. The total technical sanctioned strength of PCST are 21 whereas 05 are filled (in Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100 professionals are engaged in STI policy research) No allocation of funds at all for implementation of the STI Policy. The amount for Research productivity award was 70 million in 2017 but reduced in 2019 as an amount of Rs 2 million. The meeting of National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST), under the chair of Prime Minister, being head, has not convened after December 2001.


The Meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National History & Literary Heritage was held today - January 24, 2020


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - January 24, 2020

Islamabad, January 24th 2020; 09th meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held today under the Chairmanship of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA.

2.    The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee unanimously confirm the minutes of its previous two meetings held on 6th November, 2019 and 29th November, 2019, respectively. Then, the Committee discussed the recommendations given in its previous meeting including the report of Sub-Committee constituted under the Convenership of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA. The Committee decided that the thorough brief of Sub-Committee report would be discussed in next meeting for making the directions. Thereafter, the Committee proceeded with the agenda and discussed all the agenda items one by one thoroughly excluded “Chirrah Dam”. The issue of “Chirrah Dam” was deferred and the Committee decided to take up this item in its meeting.    

3.    The Hon. MNAs/Members Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ch. Javed Iqbal Warraich, Ms. Naureen Farooq Khan, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Mr. Riaz-ul-Haq, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai. Besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Water Resources, IRSA, Irrigation, Govt. of Punjab, Govt. of Sindh, Govt. of Baluchistan, Govt. of KPK, PEMRA, and WAPDA with their staff also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meet - January 22, 2020

PROVISION OF GAS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

             Islamabad the 22nd January, 2020: 8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held in Committee Room of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs New Kohsar Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad at 11:30 am under the Chairmanship of Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA. The agenda of the meeting is circulated vide Revised Notice No. F.8 (1)/2019-Com-I Vol-II dated 10th   January, 2020. The agenda of the meeting is given as under;-

2.         “The Port Qasim Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019” and “The Gawadar Port Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019” were deferred by the standing committee for seeking clarification from the Ministry of Law and Justice on the words “Federal Government”.
 
3.         The Minister, Syed Ali Haider Zaidi told the committee that land is given  in the limits of Port Qasim for setting up of new LNG terminals for an estimated amount of 10 million US dollars as concession fee and this will also help the companies for the provision of cheaper gas to people. The sea farers are facilitated by stoping the sign in and sign out requirement. The committee appointed Sub-Committee to probe into the issues and wrong doings in Karachi Port Trust. The committee also sought help of the Minister for resolving traffic issues on Kemari Road, Karachi.
 
4.         The meeting was attended by Syed Ali Haider Zaidi Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs and MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon,  Mr. Faheem Khan,  Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Mir Khan Muhmmad Jamali, Mr.Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Lal Chand, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh,  Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Kamal Uddin,  Begum Tahira Bukhari, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das besides Secretary and other senior officers of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meet - January 22, 2020

Islamabad the 22nd January, 2020 : 6th Meeting for the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held today at 2:00 p.m. under the Chairmanship of Mr. Mujahid Ali, MNA in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran.

The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting which was held on 11th October, 2019. Compliance on the comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee was given verbally by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. The Joint Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs informed the Committee that the Administration of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute & Research Center, Lahore has agreed in this respect to convene a meeting therein hence, the Committee decided to hold a meeting and visit there after incoming session.  

The Committee after detailed deliberations deferred The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020” (Section 206 & 208) with the recommendation to write a letter to the leaders of all the Political Parliamentary Parties for giving their opinions/suggestions to increase the quota of the women seats. The Committee also recommended to defer two Bills regarding “The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (Section 104) and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020” (Article 140A) on the requests of the movers of the Bills for its next meeting.

The Chairman, Standing Committee (Mr. Mujahid Ali), Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Ms. Zille Huma, Ms, Fouzia Behram, Rana Mubashir Iqbal, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shamsun Nisa, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNAs/Members of the Standing Committee and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs (Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan) and a mover of the Bill, Ms.Noreen Farooq Khan, MNA attended the meeting.

 


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meet - January 22, 2020

 Islamabad, the 22nd January, 2020: 11th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication held today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA.

After having a briefing from Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA/Mover of “The Electronic Transaction (Amendment) Bill, 2019” and M/o Information Technology and Telecommunication, and M/o Law and Justice, the Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, MNA, comprising three Members of the Sub-Committee,  Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani and Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, MNAs.

The Committee expressed its grave concern over the absence of Federal Secretary, M/o Interior in three meetings of the Committee consecutively. The Committee directed the Secretaries Cabinet/Establishment Divisions to take stern action against him and decided to take up the matter with the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges.

The Secretary, M/o Information Technology and Telecommunication gave detailed briefing on USF ongoing and future projects. He explained that funds have been utilized on all the projects within the country. In this regard, they have designed the programs to cater for the needs of un-served and underserved segment of population across Pakistan. Furthermore, USF is also collecting data from telecom operators regarding their existing coverage in the country and also design projects to upgrade existing infrastructure to provide 3G services. He also informed the Committee that at present, USF is in the process of identification of under-served areas of rural Islamabad after which approval of Federal Government will be sought. Once approved by the Federal Government, funds will be allocated, and projects will be launched for coverage of Mobile Broadband Services to under-served rural areas of Islamabad. As per directions of the Standing Committee, USF shall also utilized exclusively for providing access to telecommunication services to people in the un-served, under-served, rural and remote areas.

The Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) apprised the Committee that complaints regarding online contents would be registered in PTA. Section 37 of Pakistan Electronic Crime Act empowered PTA to just block objectionable contents and Cyber Crime is not our subject, he further added. If any complaint registered, which is other than contents, the PTA will send it to FIA.

Director General, FIA briefed the Committee regarding Cyber Crimes, Security and objectionable material posted in Social Media where they stated that new cyber crime project has been commenced in September, 2018 with 2 years completion time and Rs.1128 million project cost. NOC was also granted for the recruitment of 416 officers on 2 years contract, whereas, this project will fasten the cases process rapidly.

Director General, National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) briefed the Committee regarding the issues related to Cyber Crimes. He told that NACTA have no power to remove or block any content from any website and could not take action against any unlawful content. NACTA only referred the matter to PTA for further action at their end.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Sahibzada Sibghatullah, Mr. Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Ms. Ayesh Rajab Ali, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Shamim Ara Panhwar, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Naz Baloch, Syed Mehmood Shah. The meeting was also attended by Mover of the Bill, Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA and senior officers of M/o IT&T, FIA, NACTA, PTA, and M/o Law & Justice.


NA House and Library Committee Expresses Displeasure on The Performance Of CDA in Parliament House and Lodges - January 22, 2020

Islamabad; January 22, 2020: National Assembly Committee on House and Library has expressed its displeasure on the performance of CDA in Parliament House and Lodges and directed for conducting a comprehensive survey for accessing maintenance and roof water proofing requirements at Parliament House and Lodges. The Committee also directed for ensuring health conducive environment through provision of natural light and fresh air in the Parliament Building. The Committee further directed for sending samples of water from Parliament House, Lodges and Government Hostel for laboratory examination. The committee met under the Chairmanship of Deputy Speaker National assembly Qasim Khan Suri in Parliament House, this morning.
 
The Members of the Committee pointed out that substantial budgetary allocation is provided to CDA out of which most of the funds are spent on salaries of the CDA employees leaving a meager amount for maintenance work. They pointed out that reportedly a considerable amount was spent on water proofing of roofs of Parliament House and Lodges but the water seepage was observed during the current rains. The Committee also directed for a comprehensive survey of the maintenance requirements at Parliament Lodges and submit its report in next meeting of the Committee. The Committee also asked CDA to take appropriate measures for provision of fresh air and natural light in the Parliament House.
 
The Committee while discussing health and security arrangements in Parliament Lodges, recommended for grant of special permission to CDA for purchase of Ambulance. The committee was apprised that a dedicated Ambulance could not be provided for the Parliament Lodges Dispensary due to ban imposed by the Cabinet on purchase of vehicles. The Deputy Speaker directed National Assembly Secretariat to convey the recommendation of the Committee to the Cabinet Division for exclusion of purchase of Ambulances from the Ban. The committee was of the view that a large number of Parliamentarians were residing in Lodges and the Ambulance should be present there to coup with any case of emergency. The Committee also directed CDA to provide space for establishment of Utility Store at Parliament Lodges at the earliest. The committee further directed for sending samples of potable water from Parliament House, Lodges and Government Hostel for laboratory examination besides ensuring periodical maintenance of water filtration plants installed therein. The Committee also asked the CDA to make arrangements for installation of Telephone exchange and establishment of dispensary at Government Hostel.
 
The Committee later discussed the issues related to National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society. The Committee directed administrations of Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS) and National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society (NAECHS) for addressing shortcomings in the documents submitted with the CDA for approval of the layout plan. The Committee expressed its concern on delay of handover of possession of plots to the employees of the National Assembly who have deposited their hard earned savings with the Society since ages. The CDA representative informed that there were shortcomings in the documents provided by the FECHS for approval of layout plan. He informed that CDA would instantly approve the plan on compliance with the requirements.
 
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch, Ms. Rubina Irfan, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Ms. Mussarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Nasiba Channa, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Special Invitee, Senior Officer from Finance Division, CDA and National Assembly Secretariat.
 


NA Standing Committee on Information & Broadcasting meet - January 20, 2020

Islamabad; 20th January, 2020: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Information & Broadcasting was held in Committee Room No. 7 Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon. Mian Javed Latif, Chairman presided over the meeting. 
 
The Committee expressed concern over the dual standard of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) as their attitude remain lenient towards influential personalities and they impose severe punishments to others on identical violation of Code of Conduct of PEMRA. The Committee pointed out that it became a routine matter that some of the Anchors of Private Channels humiliate Parliamentarians and other public fame figures on their own will in live talk shows due to improper check & balance of PEMRA. The Committee called Chairman, PEMRA in person to attend the tomorrow meeting to answer the queries of this august Committee. The Committee further directed that Chairman, PEMRA may also provide complete information about imposing & lifting of ban on an TV Anchor against a live talk show in which the Federal Minister for Water Resources participated.

The Committee discussed the issue of construction of road on the land of Radio Pakistan in Ali Pur, Islamabad and directed that Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) may hold a Board meeting to consider the request of more than 20,000 people on humanitarian ground and report to the Committee within 15 days of the meeting.
 
Earlier, new Secretary, M/o Information & Broadcasting briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to ensure compliance of the Committee’s recommendations and problems faced by them in this regard.
 
The meeting was attended by Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, MNA, Mr. Aftab Jahangir, MNA, Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, MNA, Khawaja Saad Rafique, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA,  Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA, Ms. Syma Nadeem, MNA, Ms. Naz Baloch, MNA and Officials of M/o Information & Broadcasting & its attached departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meet - January 7, 2020

     Islamabad; January 7, 2020: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has directed Establishment Division to work out a proposal for establishment of an authority to regulate the Private Testing Agencies. The Committee also directed for finalization of an ongoing enquiry into the paper leakage of tests conducted for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education Department. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA in Parliament House this afternoon.
 
    The Committee discussed the issue of malpractices and leakages of papers of tests conducted by National Testing Service in 13 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on a question raised by Sahibzada Sibghatullah, MNA and referred by the National Assembly to the Standing Committee for discussion and report. The Committee observed that there was a dire need of establishment of a body to regulate all the Testing Agencies since multiple instances of mismanagement, corrupt practices and non-transparency had been reported. The Committee directed the Rector, COMSATS University and the CEO of NTS to finalize the ongoing inquiry into the whole fiasco within 45 days and submit report to the Committee. Establishment Division was asked to meanwhile bring forth a proposal for establishment of such Regulatory Authority.
 
    The Committee while discussing the progress on infrastructure development projects in Karachi under the execution/management of Sindh Infrastructure Development Company Limited (SIDCL) directed for early completion of the ongoing projects. The Committee also directed expediting the process of provision of fire tenders and snorkels to the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation under PM Package. The Committee was of the view that completion of green line mass transit system would help the people of Karachi to commute between their residences and the workplace beside easing the burden on the road network and helpful in maintaining the ecosystem.
 
    The Committee while discussing two Private Members “Constitution (Amendment) Bills” moved by MNAs; Ms. Aliya Kamran and Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, directed Establishment Division to take up the convening of meeting of Cabinet Committee on Disposal of Legislative Cases with the Cabinet Division for an early decision on the Bills. The Committee was apprised that the Government Constitutional Amendment Bill and the Private Members Bill have been clubbed together and the discussion and consultation between the Divisions was pending. The Committee while discussing the starred question moved by Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, MNA referred to the Standing Committee regarding non-compliance of CSR responsibilities by Karachi Nuclear Power Plant, directed for provision of details of initiatives taken under CSR for the people of the area. The Committee had a consensus that all the industrial establishments in public sector should fulfill their obligations for the betterment and uplift of area of their location.
            
    The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs MNAs;  Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan,Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Movers; Sahibzada Sibghatullah, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Special Secretary, Establishment, Additional Secretaries, Cabinet and Establishment Divisions, Secretary Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Rector COMSATS University and other officers of concerned departments


Ninth meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security & Research was held today - January 2, 2020

Islamabad the 2nd January, 2020. A Ninth meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security & Research was held on 2nd January, 2020 in Committee Room of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA, for comprehensive briefing by Ministry of National Food Security & Research.

2.         The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Secretary, M/o National Food Security & Research briefed the Committee that the demand for pulses is increasing day by day with per capita consumption of about 6.0 kg per capita per annum and annual consumption has exceeded 1095 thousand tons. Currently Pakistan is producing only about 501.9 thousand tons of major pulses. Retailer’s price of major pulses in the country is more than double farmer’s market gate cost, which clearly indicates that middle men are fetching more than the producer. The suggested indicative prices per 40 kg of chickpea, lentil, mung bean and mash bean are Rs. 3600, 4800, 4000 and 5800 respectively, which includes investment incentives. The Committee recommended that the PPRA Rule 36 (a) adopted for procurement of pulses may be amended to pave the way for direct procurement of pulses from farmer and also to minimize the role of middlemen.

3.         The representatives of the Engineering Development Board (EDB) apprised the Committee that at present three tractor manufacturing companies are operating in the country. The EDB is in process of adoption of WP-29 vehicle regulation which would internationally standardize the Pakistani tractor manufacturing units but at present WP-29 is only for cars. The Committee was informed that the file for adoption of WP-29 is pending with the M/o Foreign Affairs. The Committee recommended that the M/o Foreign Affairs should expedite the process of adoption of WP-29 vehicle regulation. The Committee also constituted a Sub-Committee under the convener-ship of Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, MNA to examine the Chamber of Agriculture Bill, 2019.

4.         The meeting was attended by Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mian Muhammad Shafiq Mr. Kamal Uddin, Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, Choudhary Faqir Ahmed, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani MNA’s, beside senior officers from the Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Chairman, PARC, M.D. Utility Stores, M.D PASSCO and representatives of Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association also attended the meeting.


9th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today - January 2, 2020

Islamabad the, 2nd January, 2020 :9th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held on 2nd January, 2019 at 1:00 p.m in Committee Room of National Institute of Health (NIH). Chak Shahzad, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.

The Committee was briefed on the latest progress achieved to control the HIV/Aids. It was informed that screening test has been conducted in the different areas of the Country moreover, the training programs has also arranged under the Global Funds Programs to control the HIV/ Aids. The Committee expressed its concern over the lack of coordination amongst the provinces regarding the survey conducted to overcome the HIV/Aids. The Committee was of the view that most of the surveys are just paper work and ground realities were quite different. The Committee directed to invite all Provincial DGs Health and Program Manager in the next meeting to brief the Committee about the factual position of HIV/Aids and efforts being made by them to control it. The Committee further directed that seminar should be conducted on District level to bring awareness in the general public to overcome this disease.

The Committee deferred “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill 2019”, “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2019” and “The Islamabad Transfusion of Safe Blood (Amendment) Bill, 2019 due to the absences of its Movers.

The following MNAs, Mr. Haider Ali Khan, Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, Dr. Nousheen Hamid, Professor Shahnaz Naseer Baloch,, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Dr. Samina Matloob, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Mr. Ramesh Lal and Ms. Shams-un-Nisa attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Housing & Works meet - January 2, 2020

Islamabad, the 2nd January, 2020:   The National Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Works recommends to pass “The Federal Government Employees Housing Authority Bill, 2019” in its meeting held today under the Chairmanship of Engr. Muhammad Najeeb Haroon, MNA.
 
During the meeting, the Committee was informed that the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) is mandated to arrange affordable residential accommodation to the employees of the Federal Government and other specified groups on the basis of no profit no loss. Its jurisdiction extends to whole of Pakistan. The Foundation is not a regulatory body and it has to go through lengthy process of seeking permissions and NOCs from different authorities for launching its projects. The maintenance of existing schemes is not possible until the Foundation is given the status of an Authority.The Ministry also requested the Committee to pass the said Bill. The Committee therefore recommended that the National Assembly may pass “The Federal Government Employees Housing Authority Bill, 2019”.
 
Regarding “The Recovery of Mortgage-backed Security Bill, 2019”, the Committee was informed by the Ministry that since “The Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority” was running its business under the direct command of the Honourable Prime Minister, thus, the said Bill should be considered by the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat. The Committee decided to refer the said Bill to the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat for its consideration and report to the National Assembly.
 
Regarding the release of funds to the province of Sindh by the Government under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Program, the D.G (Pak-PWD) informed that the Steering Committee, headed by Mr. Pervaiz Khattak, Hon. Minister for Defence, approved release of Rs.34 billion in respect of 488 proposed development schemes of the Hon. MNAs under the said SDGs Program. The Committee directed the department to ensure execution of development schemes of all the Hon. MNAs belonging to the province of Sindh irrespective of their party affiliation.
 
Regarding the review of amendment in rule 15(2)(b) of the Accommodation Allocation Rule, 2002, concerning exclusion of the married son of a Government Servant, the Committee was informed by the Ministry that the case in question has been referred to Law and Justice Division for vetting.
 
Besides the Hon. Minister for Housing & Works, the meetingwas attended by Mr. Anwar Taj, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak,Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Syed IftikharUl Hassan,and Syed Agha Rafiullah, MNA/Members. The senior officers of Ministry of Housing and Works, Federal Government Employees Housing Authority,Pakistan Housing Authority Foundation, Pak-PWD, Estate Office,Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Law & Justice were also present in the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets - December 30, 2019

          Islamabad, the 30th December, 2019: 11th meeting of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges of the National Assembly was held today i.e 30th December, 2019, at 11:30 a.m., in the Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No.5), Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.      The Committee deferred the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, MNA regarding raid carried out against his offices without prior information and seized his files/record about a false report on the absence of the mover. It was unanimously decided by the Committee that subject matter would be disposed of in case of further absence of the mover in next meeting of the Committee.

3.      The Committee deferred the Question of Privileges raised by Mr. Atta Ullah, MNA regarding not responding to his telephone calls by Managing Director, Water Board, Karachi and not responding to his telephone calls by Mr. Humayun Sagheer, Regional Head K-Electric, on the request of the mover due to his illness.

4.      The Committee discussed the question of privileges raised by Mr. Abdul Majeed Niazi, MNA against Mr. Liaqat Ali Tarar, DSP tehsil Karror Lal Eason, District Layyah. The District Police Officer (DPO) briefed the Committee about the further outcome of the said issue. However, the Committee deferred the matter due to the absence of the mover.

5.     The Committee deferred the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, MNA regarding not attending the telephone calls and misuse of authority by Mr. Iftikhar Ali Sahu, Commissioner Multan, on the absence of the mover.

6.      The Committee discussed the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, MNA regarding incorrect reply provided by the SNGPL/Ministry of Petroleum on the floor of the National Assembly. The Committee directed the Managing Director, SNGPL to coordinate with the Honorable Member for addressing the problems being faced by the Member in his constituency due to non-supply of Gas Schemes etc. The Committee also recommended that Managing Director, SNGPL will submit its report to the Committee within 15 days.

7.      The Committee once again directed the Deputy Director, Parliament Lodges to resolve the issues being faced by the Parliamentarians in the Parliament House, due to poor maintenance work made by the CDA.

8.      The Committee discussed the Questions on Privilege raised by Dr. Haider Ali, MNA regarding alleged reimbursement of huge money by the Honorable Member on account of his treatment as published in the daily news dated 23.08.2019. The Committee directed the Secretary, Information to probe into the matter and redress the grievances of the Honorable Members with his consultation and compliance report on the issue may be submitted before the Committee within 15 days.

9.      The Committee discussed the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan. MNA regarding baseless allegations made by Sardar Ghulam Mustafa, DSP, Thana Khanna, Islamabad in an open conference (Khuli Kachehri) at Moza Sohan on 6th December, 2019 against the elected representative of Islamabad. The Committee expressed its displeasure on the absence of Secretary, M/o Interior, Chief Commissioner and IGP Islamabad. The Committee unanimously decided to defer the agenda till its next meeting and directed the representatives of Interior, ICT and Islamabad Police to request their Senior Officers for attending the next meeting of the Committee in that regard.

10.      The Committee discussed the issues regarding release of funds by the M/o Finance for hiring/training of Human Resource and other facilities to Motorway/NHA. The Joint Secretary M/o Finance informed that M/o Finance was already on board with Motorway Police and M/o Communication in that regard. However, the Committee directed to M/o Finance, M/o Communication and Additional IG Motorway to arrange a special meeting for considering the issues of Motorway Police regarding release of logistic and operational funds on priority basis. The Committee also recommended that M/o Finance will submit its report to the Committee within 15 days.

11.      The Committee discussed the amendments proposed by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA,  in Rules 200(1), 206, 208(1), 210, 212, 244(A)(2), 244(B) and 244(C)(2) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. After detailed discussion, the Committee unanimously decided that subject matter may be circulated to the leaders of the Parliamentary parties for their views/stance in that regard or the Parliamentary leaders may be invited in the meeting of the said Committee for obtaining of their comments.

12.      The meeting was attended by Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Khuram Shahzad, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Mr. Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Syed Imran Ahad Shah, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ali Wazir, Minister for State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ms. Shazia Marri MNA/Mover, Muhammad Afzal Khokhar MNA/Mover, Dr. Haider Ali MNA/Mover, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan MNA/Mover, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Law & Justice, Ministry of Communication, M/o Health, M/o Interior, IGP, Islamabad, IGP, Baluchistan, Additional IGP, Sindh and Senior Officers from Power Division.


NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - December 26, 2019

Islamabad the 26th December, 2019: 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Energy was held in Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No.5), Parliament House, at 10:30 am under the Chairmanship of Dr. Imran Khattak, MNA. The agenda of the meeting is circulated vide Notice No. F.3 (1)/2019-Com-I Vol-II dated 18th  December, 2019.

2.  The Chairman and Members of the Standing Committee on Energy expressed annoyance on the continuous load shedding of Gas in different parts of the country. The Ministry said that due to the current cold spell, the consumption of the Gas has been increased and the companies have to adjust the Gas supply to the domestic consumers as well as to the Power sector, in spite of the fact that 11.6% of more Gas has been injected in the system. The Committee directed the Secretary and concerned officials to address the concerns of the people on priority. The Committee asked the Secretary to address the concerns of Elected Representatives regarding their development schemes. The Committee directed the Ministry to complete the process of shifting the Head Office of SNGPL to Islamabad without any further delay.

3. The Committee was angered on the absence of Secretary Power Division and officers without any justification or reason. The Committee took exception of it and referred the matter to the Honourable Speaker as it tantamounts to the breach of privilege of the Standing Committee as well as the Parliament.  

4. MNA’s Mr. Junaid Akber, Malik Anwar Taj, Mr. Noor Alam Khan, Mr. Shahid Ahmed, Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, Mr. Khurram Dastagir Khan, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Shazia Marri, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani & Mover of the Bills Syed Agha Rafiullah, MNA & Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA and Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Division along with senior officers of the relevant departments attended the meeting.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On States And Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Met Today - December 24, 2019

Islamabad; December 24th, 2019: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 10:30 AM in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA.

2.         The Committee discussed the issue of doubling of seats in Medical/Dental colleges across the country as announced/ approved by the Cabinet in its meeting held on 2nd March, 2017, in detail. In this regard, the Secretary Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), Islamabad informed the Committee while briefing that the notification of 136 seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has already been issued and the increase of seats in other provinces is still awaited as the admitting universities is not yet submitted their inspection forms to the PMC. He further said that he is personally in touch with the VC’s of admitting universities in the provinces and hopefully the inspection forms will be received to the Pakistan Medical Commission by today in office hours. Whereupon the Committee directed to the Secretary PMC to issue the notification regarding doubling of seats in the other provinces within two or three days in order to save the future of FATA students and they may get admission in the Medical Colleges from the current session.

3.         The Chief Engineer, Construction & Works Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa gave presentation on the development schemes in merged areas (Erstwhile FATA). The members of the Committee shown their reservations on the development schemes in merged areas and observed that the development schemes selection/distribution district wise is not done on merit and not consulted the public representatives on these development schemes. The Committee recommended to the Chief Engineer, Construction & Works Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to arrange meeting in the Planning and Development Department for the Committee Members with the Secretary C&W to discuss the development schemes in the merged districts under the Accelerated Implementation Program (AIP).

4.         The Committee was briefed by the representative from TESCO department on the development schemes in merged areas in detail. After detailed briefing, the Committee recommended that the load shedding hours may be reduced and make better arrangements for uninterrupted supply of electricity in the merged areas. The Committee further recommended that the construction work on the proposed/approved Feeders in tribal districts may be expedited in order to complete the said Feeders within the stipulated time. The Committee further recommended that per unit rates of electricity may be subsidized in merged areas (Erstwhile FATA) for domestic and commercial users.   

5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shahid Ahmad, Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Nawabzada Shah Zain Bughti, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi,             Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ud Din and Mr. Ali Wazir and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - December 24, 2019

 Islamabad, 24th December, 2019: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication showed its displeasure on the absence of Secretary, Ministry of Interior in its meeting held today, at 11:00 a.m., in the Conference Room of National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) Headquarters, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA.
 
2.         The Director General, National Information Technology Board (NITB) while briefing informed the Committee that E-Office is implemented in 31 Ministries including 48 Departments out of 42 Ministries/Divisions and the implementation of the said application is pending in remaining 11 Ministries due to non-availability of required infrastructure. The procurement of required infrastructure is in process and will be completed in next financial year subject to the release of funds by Finance Division.
 
3.         While briefing on senior management positions vacant in the Ministry and its attached Departments, the Additional Secretary, M/o IT & Telecom informed that the said posts will be filled by the Ministry within two and a half months.
 
4.         To develop the Digital App for accessing the data regarding the meetings of the Standing Committee on IT & Telecom, the Additional Secretary requested the Committee to nominate a focal person for requirements of the said App so that NITB Team can analyze and initiate development process. The Committee nominated Ms. Kanwal Shauzab and Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNAs as focal persons for the said purpose.
 
5.         The Director (Cyber Crime Wing), Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) apprised the Committee that investigation of transactional electronic cybercrime requires the records from International organization such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Microsoft, WhatsApp etc. He added that the servers of all companies are outside Pakistan and lack of provision of records from these companies has often leads to dead end our investigation. The most resilient way of obtaining fruitful results of Cybercrime Investigation is by signing the Mutual Legal Assistant Treaty (MLAT) to get provision of digital record from outside Pakistan, he further added.
 
6.         The Director, FIA also informed the Committee that FIA shall be the designated agency for extending or requesting international cooperation under the Pakistan Electronic Crime Act, 2016 and may fully utilize (Interpol) for extending seeking intelligence cooperation in Cybercrime related cases. The Cybercrime Wing may seek or extend cooperation to any foreign government, International organization or agency through M/o Interior for investigation of an offence under the said Act.
 
7.         The CEO Universal Service Fund (USF) informed the Committee that at present, USF is in the process of identification of under-served areas of rural Islamabad after which approval of Federal Government will be sought. Once approved by the Federal Government, funds will be allocated, and projects will be launched for coverage of Mobile Broadband Services to under-served rural areas of Islamabad. USF shall utilized exclusively for providing access to telecommunication services to people in the un-served, under-served, rural and remote areas. As per the directions of the Standing Committee, the USF Teams performed drive tests of Pind Bigwal, Pehont and Kijnah on 16th December, 2019 where coverage of all four Cellular Operators i.e. Telenor, CMPak, PTML (Ufone) and PMCL (Jazz) was assessed.
 
8.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Sahibzada Sibgatullah, Ms. Kanwal shauzab, Ms. Nusrat Waheed, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Ms. Ayesha Rajab Ali, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Shamim Ara Panhwar, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani and Syed Mehmood Shah The meeting was also attended by the senior officers of the Ministry of IT & Telecom, NTC, NITB and FIA.
 


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology meets - December 24, 2019

9th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held on 24th December, 2019 at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room of PCSIR Ministry of Science and Technology, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA. The meeting of the committee commenced with the recitation of holy Quran.
 
Director, Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) informed the Committee that PASTIC is specialized Organization in the field of Science and Technology (S&T) information handling and responsible for catering to the need of Research and Development (R&D) and also for industrial community across the country.  PASTIC was established under the PCSIR in 1957 and later, it was transferred under the administrative control of Pakistan Science Foundation in 1974. PASTIC provided the network of libraries, up-to-date research literatures from local and foreign sources for the research students and scientists of the country. It has created many facilities’ for the scientists/ research students like training, printing, composing, designing, computer training laboratories by establishing the six Centers in the country.
He further informed that PASTIC is planning to develop the National S&T data center including all disciplines like social sciences, natural and applied sciences and publishing the same in statistical year’s book annually for the information of the youth of the country.
The Committee appreciated/supported and emphasized that PASTIC should publish such data and distributed to the youth through renowned universities of the country. 
Director, Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) was invited to explain the working and performance of the Organization. He informed that PMNH was established on 05 Acre land in 1976 near Shakarparian, Islamabad with four divisions like Botanical Science, Earth Science, Zoological Science and Public service. It serves global and national needs in three areas like Research, Conservation and Informal education. He further informed that numbers of national and international people visited the museum annually and generated the revenues for national exchequer through nominal amount of ticketing..
The Committee has view that PMNH has potential to divert itself toward self-sustainability by indulging in commercial activities as lot of people visited annually. The Committee advised the Director General, PMNH to prepare a feasible report for establishing the hotel, tea/coffee shops and other commercial activities and placed before the Ministry for granting the loan by international donor or the loan from national banks and report to the committee within two months.
 
 The meeting was attended by Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan,, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ch Shaukat Ali Bhatti, Naveed Aamer Jeeva, Dr samina Matloob,, Ch Ashraf and Dr Mukhtar Ahmad Malik,MNA’s besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Science and Technology. The Meeting was ended with the votes of thanks.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior - December 24, 2019

Islamabad, 24thDecember, 2019; 15th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA in Committee Room of NADRA HQ, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The bill titled “The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2019 (moved by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA)was passed by the Committee. The Committee directed Ministry to submit implementation statuses of pending recommendations of the Committee. The issue of granting dual nationality to Pakistanis living in Malaysia was discussed; the Ministry informed that the Government is planning to start negotiation with the Government of Malaysia on the issue of granting dual nationality to Pakistanis.

Fraud (alleged) by the Jammu & Kashmir Cooperative Society and submitting wrong answer on the floor of the House was also discussed in the meeting. The representative of the Society informed the Committee that 54 plots were not in the revised layout plan, for which the previous Society is responsible and inquiry may be initiated against it. The Committee directed the Ministry to submit a report on the issue. The Society and the Registrar were also asked to submit detailed report on the issue alogwith all supporting documents. The Committee asked the Circle Registrar to submit information about administrators of the Cooperative Society who served in different tenures and also submit detail of projects including how many people were allotted plots. The Committee also directed the Circle Registrar to submit detail regarding Societies against which action was taken due to frauds committed by them; amount or land recovered from them.

The Committee showed its concerns over the frauds committed by Cooperative societies, and decided to hold a separate meeting on this crucial issue which has resulted in loss of billions of rupees to public. Cooperative Societies use name of Government organizations to deceive people. The Committee directed the Circle Registrar to submit detail of all registered companies/societies.

Honorable Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Nawabzada Shazain Bugit, Syed Agha Rafiullh, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Asmatullah, Ms. Asma Qadeerand the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, and FIA attended the meeting.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology - December 23, 2019

Islamabad the, 23rd December, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held on 23rd December, 2019 at 2:00  p.m in Committee Room of PCSIR Ministry of Science and Technology, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA. The meeting of the committee commenced with the recitation of holy Quran.

The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its meeting held on 21st & 22nd  November, 2019. The members have shown their reservation on the reply of the ministry against the last direction of the committee. However, the Secretary M/0 Science and Technology assured that the same will be furnished during the next meeting.

The Agenda item (iii), (iv) and (v) pertaining to the legislation business was deferred as the representative of  M/O Law and Justice unable to furnish its report to the committee after consultation with the mover Syed Fakhar Imam MNA. The Committee advised the representative of M/O Law and Justice to furnish its comments in writing before the next meeting.

Dr.Smina Qidwai, Senior Research Officer, National Institute of Oceanology explained the need of study of oceanography in almost all the universities of the country as a subject for which the efforts are required at the level of this committee for future research in the new field. The committee ensured its best cooperation subject to provide the detail working paper in consultation with the ministry in the upcoming meeting of the committee and the Secretary was asked to proceed in the matter.

Director Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) briefed the Committee though lengthy presentation about the function and achievements. During the briefing, Director PSF informed that they are working with their utmost effort within the meager funds as compare to other similarly foundation in the World. He further, informed that PSF providing the funs to the research based societies, Organizations/Institute, Scientists and talented students though different programs. PSF also provide the mobile science laboratory for the exposures of students of the schools in the country where the science laboratories are not available. Further, due to such activities of PSF, many research institutes in the country are engaged to develop the seed, machineries, medicines, alloys for dental etc 

The meeting was attended by Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan,, Ms. Zaib Jaffar,  Noor Alam Khan, Ch Shaukat Ali Bhatti, Naveed Aamer Jeeva, Dr samina Matloob,MNA’s besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Science and Technology and also attended the meeting. The Meeting was ended with the votes of thanks.


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets - December 19, 2019

Islamabad, 19th December, 2019: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence held today at 12:00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 05 (Old Constitution Room), Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA.

2.The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on16-10-2019.

3.After detailed discussion and deliberations, the Standing Committee on Defence unanimously passed “The Surveying and Mapping (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (Government Bill), without any amendment.

4.The Committee deferred the agenda regarding all the related issues on Cyber Crimes, due to absence of Federal Secretary Interior. The Committee expressed its grave concern over the non presence of Federal Secretary Interior and further directed the Senior Joint Secretary, Ministry of Interior to convey the strong message of the Committee. The Committee also directed the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Interior to ensure his presence in the next meeting.

5.The Committee deferred the agenda regarding the issue of General Sales Shares of the Cantonments from the Provinces of Sindh and Balochistan and Grant – in – Aid to cantonment Boards; being not issued/given and by the Ministry of Finance on the request of the Ministry of Defence and the same will be discussed in the next meeting of the committee.

6.The meeting was attended by the MNAs namely, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Syed Amin ul Haq, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Ms. Rubina Irfan, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani and Salahuddin Ayubi. The meeting was also attended by senior officers from M/o Interior, M/o Law & Justice, and Survey of Pakistan.
 


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - December 12, 2019

 

Islamabad the 12th December, 2019.      A tenth meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 12th December, 2019 at 02:30 p.m. in Committee Room No.7, Fourth Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, for comprehensive briefing by CDA and Climate Change Division.

2. The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee had shown its serious concerns over the absence of Advisor to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Minister of State for Climate Change and Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change from the Committee meeting. Further the Committee unanimously decided to finish the meeting without any further discussion on agenda due to the absence of Chairman, Capital Development Authority (CDA), Mayor, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Secretary Petroleum Division, Chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and heads of other departments.

3. The meeting was attended by Dr. Seemi Bokhari, Mr. Afreen Khan, Mr. Khial Zaman, Dr. Haider Ali Khan, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Khan, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Rubina Irfan, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, and Syed Mustafa Mahmud MNA’s beside Parliamentary Secretary and senior officers from the Ministry of Climate Change and other departments.

 


4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan was held today - December 10, 2019

Islamabad, the 10th December, 2019: 4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan was held today i.e. 10th December , 2019, at 2:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA.

2.         The Secretary, M/o Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan (KA&GB) informed the Committee that a Summery has been initiated by the M/o KA&GB for the Hon. Prime Minister, wherein, Prime Minister has been requested to direct the M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination to extend the facility of Sehat Sahulat Card to all the vulnerable families residing along Line of Control (LoC). He added that M/o Foreign Affairs has been requested to convey the e-mail of the United Nations, where e-mail messages may be conveyed by the people.

3.         The Member, AJK informed the Committee that Tehsil Athmuqam, District Neelum Valley caused massive destruction due to flash flood and burst/heavy rains in village Leswa, on Sunday 14th July, 2019. He further explained the measures taken by the Government of AJK for Rehabilitation of the people of Leswa village by providing financial assistance and other necessary measures.

4.         The Senior Representative, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) also apprised the Committee about the compensation provided by the NDMA on behalf of Federal Government. The Committee expressed its apprehensions on the population residing near LoC and suggested that Government should reallocate the masses from LoC to any other safe place.

5.         The Committee unanimously condemned the derogatory remarks given by the former Indian General S.P Sinha about the Kashmiri Women and genocide the Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). The Committee condemned the incident of desecration of Holy Quran in Norway and demanded that international community should take necessary measures to stop such kind of hateful incident in future.

6.         The meeting was attended by MNAs/Members Mr. Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Mehboob Shah, Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Ms. Robina Jamil, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, Mr. Ehsanullah Reki and Ms. Shamim Ara Panwar besides the senior officers from Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan.


NA Standing Committee on Postal Services meets - December 5, 2019

Islamabad, 5th December, 2019; 5thmeeting of the Standing Committee on Postal Services was held today under the Chairmanship of Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhary, MNA. The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran.
 
2.  The Director General, Pakistan Post, briefed about the previous recommendations of Standing Committee meetings. It was informed the Committee that Pakistan Post is implementing the recommendations of the Committee in letter and spirit. The Pakistan Post provided the list of Government departments/Organizations which are not using the service of Pakistan Post. The Committee recommended that as per direction of Prime Minister of Pakistan all government/semi government/autonomous bodies and government organization send their mail via their Postal Services.

3.  The Committee considered “The Pakistan Postal Services Management Board (Amendment) Bill, 2019” and deferred it till next meeting on the request of Ministry of Law and Justice.

4.  The Director General, informed the Committee in-detail about encroachment on buildings/land of Pakistan Post in all Pakistan. The Committee recommended to provide the agreement detail regarding the plot of I.I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi which is joint property of PTCL and Pakistan Post. The Committee recommended that Pakistan Post may take action for transfer of his part of plot with Revenue Department, Karachi immediately.

5.  He informed that Postal Life Insurance is working as an integral part of Pakistan Post, as an agency function on behalf of Ministry of Finance and established in 1884. This department is managed by Director General through two General Managers at Lahore and Karachi. He informed that Postal Life Insurance (PLI) is operating on “no profit no loss” basis. The Committee recommended to provide the list of deaths/injuries claims and amount paid to affecties passenger of Pakistan Railways during journey paid by the Postal Life Insurance. 

6.   The Committee directed to call the Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) to brief on Saving Bank function in the next meeting.

7.   Hon. Members/MNAs Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch, Syed Javed Husnain, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr. Muhammad Anwar, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Postal Services and its attached department along with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - November 29, 2019

Islamabad, November 29th 2019; 08th meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held today under the Chairmanship of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA.

2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Thereafter, the Committee proceeded with the agenda. The Committee did not confirm the minutes of its previous meeting held on 6th November, 2019 with direction to the Ministry of Water Resources to take up the issue of Power Station, proposed to be constructed at Chashma Jhelum Link Kanal, in the CCI meeting expected to be held in near future. The Committee discuss the Diamer/Basha and Mohmand Dams fund and the Ministry of Water Resources explained their position. However, the Committee directed that latest position of the funds deposited for these Dams and the expenditure incurred on advertisement through electronic and print media be provided in detail to the Committee in the next meeting.

3.  The Committee also discussed the issue of Conservation of water and directed the Ministry to made perfect mechanism for supply and demand aspects of water and directed IRSA to install telemeter on the main rivers’ head works in this regard and a thorough report be presented to the Committee in the next meeting. The Committee also discussed the irrigated water resource management issue and recommended that sufficient funds be allocated for this purpose to all the Provinces and grass root public awareness be started through seminars and electronic/print media in which the importance of clean water should be highlighted to the nation. 

4.  The Hon. MNAs/Members Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Ms. Naureen Farooq Khan, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Mr. Riaz-ul-Haq, Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib, Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai and Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resources Minister for Irrigation, Government of Punjab attended the meeting. Besides then, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Secretary, Irrigation (Punjab), Special Secretary (Government of Sindh), Additional Secretary (Government of Baluchistan), Additional Secretary (Government of KPK), and senior officers from WAPDA with their staff also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Privatization meets - November 29, 2019

Islamabad the 29th November, 2019. A sixth meeting of the Standing Committee on Privatization was held on 29 November, 2019 at 02:00 p.m. in Committee Room, No.7, Fourth Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA, for comprehensive briefing by Privatization Division and Ministry of Energy.

2.         The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Secretary, M/o Privatization/Commission briefed the Committee over the Privatization of OGDCL  that in pursuant to Cabinet Committee on Privatization directions the Privatization Commission Board approved divestment of up to 7% of OGDCL shares to the foreign and domestic institutional investors and general public etc at Pakistan Stock Exchange. Privatization Commission invited of Interest for appointment of Financial Advisory Consortium and issued request for proposal to three Interest Parties. Due date for submission of technical and financial Proposal is December, 09, 2019.  A strategic partner is required to discover the true profit of its privatization. Moreover, OGDCL apprised the Committee that OGDCL is the market leader in almost all aspects of up-stream sector including acreage, seismic, reserves and production. OGDCL is a debt free company, contributing Rs.160 billion to national exchequer. Government of Pakistan holds 74.97% interest while 10.05% with Benazir Employees Stock Option Scheme. OGDCL is producing 47% of Oil and 29% of Gas out of the total country’s production during 2019-20. Its net sale is Rs.261.481 billion & profit after tax is Rs.1178.3 billion during FY 2018-19. During the fiscal year 2018-19 about 16 wells have been drilled including 9 exploratory and 7 development wells.   

3.         The representative of Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) apprised the Committee that the Privatization Commission Board approved divestment up to 10% share of PPL held by Government of Pakistan to the institutional investors through block sale. PPL is the pioneer in oil and gas field in the country. It has ten Board Members including Managing Director, four Government Directors and five Independent Directors. Government of Pakistan holds 67.5% while 7.4% shares are held by Benazir Employees Stock Option Scheme and their remaining 25% shares have been offered for free float. The Committee deferred the remaining agenda regarding Guddu and Nandi Pur Power Plants and decided that a separate meeting would be convened to get the full spectrum on the detailed discussion.    

4.         The meeting was attended by Mr.Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto, Mr. Faheem Khan and Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik MNA’s, Parliamentary Secretary for M/o Privatization, beside senior officers from the Ministry of Privatization and M/o Energy.
 


25th meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - November 28, 2019

NA Standing Committee on Privatization meets - November 27, 2019

Islamabad the 27th November, 2019.     A fifth meeting of the Standing Committee on Privatization was held on 27 November, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room, No.7, Fourth Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA, for comprehensive briefing by Privatization Division and Energy Division.

 2.         The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Secretary, M/o Privatization/Commission briefed the Committee over the Privatization of two Power Plants. He apprised the Committee that the First Women Bank Limited and the SME Bank would be privatized because the Government has a fiscal deficit and there is no fiscal space and a strategic partner would be required for injecting capital but the Ministry assured that the special character especially of First Women Bank Limited would be maintained and majority employees would be protected. The Chairman Taskforce on Power also presented the report of the Taskforce on Power in which he highlighted various points.

 3.         The representative of the M/o Industries and Production briefed the Committee that Pakistan Steel Mill is a public Limited Company with a production capacity of 1.1 million ton per annum, its total assets are Rs. 149 billion, total liabilities are Rs. 219 billion, accumulated losses are Rs. 207 billion and its net worth is Rs. 70 billion. The accumulated profit of PSM   till 2007-2008 was Rs. 9.54 billion but after that it started suffering losses and its production was suspended in June, 2015. The bailout packages and other financial support of Rs. 87,611 million were provided by the government till October, 2019. The PSM has been placed on the active list of Privatization. The appointment of Financial Advisor has been approved by the Board of Privatization Commission.

 4.         The meeting was attended by Mr.Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Mr. Umer Aslam Khan, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, MNA’s, Minister for Privatization, Parliamentary Secretary for M/o Privatization, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Energy beside senior officers from the Ministry of Privatization, M/o Energy and M/o Industries and Production.
 


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets. - November 27, 2019

10th meeting of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges of the National Assembly was held today i.e 27th November, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., in Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No.5), Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.
 
2.    The Committee discussed the question of Privilege raised by Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, MNA for alleged disconnection of electricity of his house. The Committee once again expressed its serious displeasure on the absence of relevant officers from Sukkur Electricity Power Company (SEPCO). The Committee also noted the consecutive absence of Secretary, Power Division in the previous meetings of the Committee. However, Secretary, Power Division assured the Committee that said matter can be further inquired on the directions of the Committee by himself and report in that regard will be submitted before the Committee within three days. The Secretary informed that anti theft campaign and disconnection of illegal defaulting connections was sprinting, successfully. The Committee advised to Secretary Power Division for taking disciplinary action/suspension of Mr. Aqeel Junejo, Zonal Chief (SEPCO) on uploading of video clips against the Honorable Member on social media (Facebook) regarding baseless and fabricated story against the prestige of Member National Assembly of Pakistan for defamation among the public. After thread bear discussion the Secretary, Power Division, proposed that a Sub-Committee may be appointed to probe into the matter with the assistance of Senior Officers from Power Division. The Committee unanimously seconded the suggestion given by the Secretary Power Division and decided to appoint the Sub-Committee in that regard.     
 
3.    The Committee deferred the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, MNA regarding raid carried out against his offices without prior information and seized his files/record about a false report on his request.
 
4.    The Committee discussed the agenda pertaining to the Privilege motion raised by Mr. Atta Ullah, MNA regarding not responding to his telephone calls by Managing Director, Water Board, Karachi. The Committee showed its displeasure on the absence of MD, Water Board Karachi and directed that his attendance may be confirmed in the next meeting of the Committee, otherwise necessary summon can be issued under Rule 227(3) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in National Assembly, 2007.
 
5.    The Committee discussed the agenda regarding Privilege motion raised by Mr. Atta Ullah, MNA regarding not responding to his telephone calls by Mr. Humayun Sagheer, Regional Head K-Electric the representative from K-Electric attended the meeting, however, the Committee unanimously decided that the attendance of the relevant person was necessary in this regard. The Committee also noticed the unscheduled load-shedding in Karachi and decided to invite NEPRA, in its meeting for comprehensive briefing, in that regard.  
 
6.    While, considering the question of privilege raised by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA regarding allegedly not attending his telephone call by Chief Executive Officer, PESCO. The Committee disposed off the matter after un-conditional apology by the CEO, PESCO.  
 
7.    The Committee discussed the question of privileges raised by Mr. Abdul Majeed Niazi, MNA against Mr. LiaqatAli Tarar, DSP tehsil Karror Lal Eason, District Layyah. The District Police Officer (DPO) briefed the Committee about the facts of the said issue. He also informed that concerned DSP was on medical leave therefore, he could not attend the meeting. The Committee directed to DPO for fair and un-interrupted inquiry on the issues of Mr. Abdul Majeed Niazi, MNA. The Committee desired that Mr. Liaqat Ali Tarar, DSP must be appeared before the Committee in its next meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - November 27, 2019

NA Standing Committee On House And Library Meets - November 26, 2019

Islamabad, the 26th November, 2019: The 4th Meeting of the Standing Committee on House & Library was held today at 2:00 p.m. in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker. The Committee approved the previous minutes of the meeting held on   14th October, 2019.
 
The Committee considered the report submitted by the concerned departments on the status of its previous recommendations. The Committee directed Capital Development Authority(CDA), to take necessary steps to resolve the matter regarding payment of salary of the workers hired for janitorial services and also recommended that Ministry of Finance may released the funds to CDA timely.
 
The Committee considered the issues relating to the maintenance of Parliament Lodges and appointed a sub-committee under the convener ship of Mr. Farrukh Habib, MNA to look into the matters relating to the issues of the maintenance of the Parliament Lodges.
 
The Committee considered the issues relating to the allotment/possessions of the plots to the members of the National Assembly Secretariat Employees Cooperative Housing Society(NASECHS). The Committee directed the President, Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS) , to submit required documents within two days to the CDA for issuance of Lay Out Plan(LOP), by the  CDA.   The Committee directed that the Chief Commissioner Islamabad to issue direction to the concerned quarters for demarcation of land of NASCHS. The said demarcation shold be done within seven days under the report to the Committee.

Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Mr. Farrukh Habib, Ms. Wajiha Akram, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Munawara Bibi, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Ms. Romina  Khurshid Alam, and Ms. Musarrat Rafique Mahesar, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by the Senior Officer of National Assembly Secretariat, Ministry of Interior, CDA, and Chief Commissioner ICT.


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistani and Human Resource Development meets - November 25, 2019

 Islamabad, 25th November, 2019; 7th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was held today at 3:00 p.m. in the Committee Room of Old PIPS Hall, B&D Block, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Sheikh Fayyaz ud Din, MNA.

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

    The Committee confirmed minutes of its sixth meeting held on 10th October, 2019.

    The Director General, Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BE&OE) gave a detailed .briefing on functions, performance, and potential of BE&OE. The briefing also included the issues regarding insurance fund for emigrants, under process projects and challenges being faced by the Bureau. It was informed that a reliable biometric system had been introduced to properly register the Pakistani emigrants going for work abroad. The Committee took notice of the fact that the absence of an approved National Emigration Policy had led to a number of loop holes in the legal and policy framework to address the issues of Overseas Pakistanis. The Ministry was directed to share the draft of under process National Emigrant Policy for its review by the Committee. The issues regarding arrests and detention of Pakistanis abroad on various charges were also discussed and the Ministry was asked to take necessary steps to educate the outgoing Pakistani emigrants regarding the laws and customs of the host countries in order to avoid such persecutions. The Committee also took a report and appreciated the performance of the Sub-Committee formed under the convener-ship of Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto.

    Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Sajid Khan, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Mr. Ata Ullah, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Syed Javed Hasnain, Mr. Noor ul Hassan Tanvir, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Syed Abrar Ali Shah and Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto attended the meeting.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held today - November 22, 2019

Islamabad the, 22nd November, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held on 22nd November, 2019 at 2:30 p.m in Committee Room of PCSIR Ministry of Science and Technology, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA. The meeting of the committee commenced with the recitation of holy Quran.

The Director General, PCSIR apprised the Committee on the working and performance of Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET). He informed that at present the share of renewable energy in the energy sector is up to 6%, which is even higher than the share of nuclear energy and up to 30% is expected up to 2030. He further briefed the Committee that there is zero tax on solar panels. Due to manufacturing of sub standard solar panels especially from Afghanistan minimized the quality as a result PCSIR has proposed the establishment of a internationally accredited laboratory in Islamabad in collaboration with PSQCR to regulate the production of these sub standard solar panels.      

The PCSIR has introduced a solar power Rikshaw with a running timing of 03 hours and covering up to 70 kilometers distance. PCSIR is also going to introduce the electric motor cycles and wheel chairs in near future.

The Committee recommended that the renewable energy sector should be flourished as the construction of Dams is too much expensive and time consuming. The Committee also decided to visit PCSIR to practically examine the ongoing renewable energy projects. The Committee further directed the Ministry of Science and Technology for filling up the vacant posts of PCSIR on merit and submit its report to the Committee.

The meeting was attended by Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan and Ms. Zaib Jaffar, MNA’s besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Science and Technology and Director General, PCSIR also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National History and Literary Heritage meets - November 21, 2019


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held today - November 21, 2019

Islamabad the, 21st November, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held on 21st November, 2019 at 2:00 p.m in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, and Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA. The meeting of the committee commenced with the recitation of holy Quran.

The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its meeting held on 16th October, 2019.

The Agenda item (iii), (iv) and (v) pertaining to the legislation business was discussed as moved by Syed Fakhar Imam MNA/Mover with view to amend the section in the rules “power to make rules” in the public interest through private members bill. The Chairman endorsed the proposal of the mover. However, Dr Mukhtar Ahmad Malik,MNA has the view that the these types of amendments should be discussed on another forum jointly rather to discuss in the respective Standing Committees and  matter should be discussed with the Honourable Speaker to constitute such forum.

The Committee suggested upon the reservation of the Representative of Ministry of Law that he should have meeting with the mover for discussion and report to the Committee in its next meeting on the three bills pertaining to Ministry of Science and Technology.

The meeting was ended with the vote of thanks and deferred the remaining agenda for meeting on 22nd November, 2019 to be held in committee room of PCSIR as per notice issued today.


The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC briefed on the Socio-Economic Development under CPEC - November 21, 2019

Islamabad, Thursday, 21st November, 2019:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today (in-camera), at Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA. 

2.    According to the agenda the Secretary Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms briefed the Committee about the mechanism for identification of projects at Federal and Provincial level (including local stakeholder analysis) under Socio-Economic Development Projects under 1$ Billion grant. The Members critically examined the criteria regarding 27 proposed Socio-Economic Projects in order to best utilization of these funds and to improve the Socio-Economic conditions of people of the concerned areas in which the projects are identified. Moreover, it was emphasized that the concerned public representatives should also be consulted during the project identification process by the respective provincial governments for making a broad based consensus on these projects by the all stake holders to strengthen the efforts of the present government for poverty alleviation.

3.    The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, Ms. Zille Huma, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNAs, Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Senator Ahmed Khan and senior officers from M/o Planning Development and Reforms and M/o Petroleum attended the Meeting.
 


NA panel on agriculture recommends Rs.1400 MSP for Wheat - November 20, 2019

Islamabad the Nov, 20th, 2019: Sub-Committee of the National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products, after detailed deliberations, unanimously urged the Government to set the Minimum Support Price for Wheat for the year 2019-20 at Rs.1400/40 kg.  The members of the committee emphatically stressed that the Minimum Support Price should be in line with price hike in agricultural inputs particularly fertilizers, fuel, and pesticides. They contended that the government’s recommended MSP at Rs. 1350 should be revised. The meeting held at Parliament House Islamabad was chaired by Convener Sub-Committee Syed Fakhar Imam.

The meeting was held on the directions of the Speaker National Assembly who referred the business to the sub-committee after several MNAs complained regarding the Minimum Support price for wheat, minimum indicative price for sugarcane, negative growth of cotton, outstanding power bills against the farmers and increase in farmers electricity bills. The members of the committee expressed disagreement with the suggested minimum support price at Rs. 1350 by the Ministry of National Food Security and Research. They contended that the aforementioned price was not reflective of the recent price hike in agricultural inputs. They stated that the farmers across the country demanded upward revision of the minimum support price for wheat.
 
The Convener of the Sub-Committee Syed Fakhar Imam stated that wheat was vital to Pakistan’s national food security. He added that the price mechanism was a viable policy instrument to promote crops according to the national requirements. He stated that cotton was vital to Pakistan’s export earnings and edible oil requirements. The members of the committee highlighted that decline in cotton production would adversely affect the agro-based Pakistani economy. Syed Fakhar Imam underlined the need for marked improvement in agricultural technology and seed variety to boost the farmers’ profitability and productivity. He urged the government to aggressively pursue linkages with other countries for agricultural cooperation.
The Committee urged the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to tackle the recent locust attack on war footing basis as the locust may potential destroy miles of crops in a single day. The Committee directed Ministry of Power to brief the Committee on the upward surge in electricity bills due to increase in fuel price adjustment in the next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Nafeesa Inayatullah Khattak, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur and officials of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research and agriculture departments of Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa respectively.
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - November 14, 2019

Islamabad, 14th November, 2019; 12th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA in Committee Room of National Data Base Registration Authority (NADRA) Headquarters, G-5, Islamabad.
2.   The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The bill titled “the Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill (Section 3), 2019” was passed by the Committee. The Bill titled “the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Bill 2019 was discussed and deferred till next meeting. Remaining Bills on the agenda were deferred till next meeting due to the absence of the movers.
 
3.   The Committee recommended that NADRA may establish registration center at Ibraheem Haidri, Karachi, for facilitation of the population specially fishermen community. Issues faced by public in correction of minor errors in CINCs was discussed, the Committee desired to simplify the process involved in the rectification. The Committee directed to increase the number of registration centers for better facilitation of public.
 
4.   NDARA updated the Committee about its working relating to Sehat Insaf Cards. NADRA is providing I.T help in issuance of the cards by processing data obtained from the BISP and providing it to State life for further action. The Committee raised the objection that undeserving people are getting Sehat Cards. The Committee decided to invite Poverty Alleviation & Social Safety Division and Health department for detailed discussion on the issue.
 
5.   Honorable Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan, Syed Agha Rafiullh, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Mehboob Shah and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, NADRA and ICT attended the meeting.
 


Standing Committee on Interior meets - November 13, 2019

Islamabad, 13thNovember, 2019; 11th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA in Committee Room of National Data Base Registration Authority (NADRA) Headquarters, G-5,Islamabad.
2.  The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The bill titled “the Mutual Legal Assistance (Criminal Matter) Bill, 2019” was passed by the Committee. Remaining Bills on the agenda were deferred till next meeting due to the absence of the movers.

3.  Committee raised question about criteria for issuance of SehatInsafCards, it has been observed that welloff citizenswere also issued Sehat Insaf Cards. The Committee required briefing by Chairman NADRA regarding the survey conducted by NADRAfor issuance of the cards. Moreover, it was also pointed out that people are facing hardship due to process involved in minor change/correction in their CNICs. The Committee desired briefing on this issue by the NADRA.
 
4.  Honorable Members/MNAs/MoversMr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, SardarTalib Hassan Nakai, Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Syed Agha Rafiullh, Nawab Muhammad YousufTalpur, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, FIA and ICT attended the meeting.         
 


NA Standing Committee On Cabinet Secretariat meets - November 13, 2019

Islamabad; November 13, 2019: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat in its meeting held today directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to assert its regulatory role on telecommunication sector for improvement in service delivery and coverage in far flung areas. The Committee also directed PTA to take stringent measures to address the menace of hate speech and religious intolerance on social media. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA in Parliament House this afternoon.
 
The Committee was given a comprehensive briefing about the regulatory mechanism of PTA and its future initiatives. The Chairman PTA apprised the Committee that PTA was actively pursuing its role as regulator on the telecommunication sector. He informed that PTA had ensured service delivery in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in the telecommunication licenses, modernization of services, regulate competition between telecom operators besides protecting consumers’ interests. Responding to a query of a Member, the Chairman PTA apprised that the Authority also ensures effective compliance of telecom services in far-flung areas by operators through Universal Support Fund (USF). He assured that PTA would take up the provision of telecom services through USF in Baluchistan and erstwhile FATA Districts.
 
The Chairman PTA further informed that installation of Mobile Towers especially in the residential areas was allowed after a stringent process of verification and compliant to universal health and safety standards. The Committee appreciated the performance of PTA, however, directed to take appropriate measures against fraudulent element defrauding people of their money through mobile networks, obscenity, spreading hate speech, sectarianism and religious intolerance. He informed that investment conducive environment created by government had resulted in 70% rise in mobile devices assembly which would ultimately result in their manufacturing in Pakistan.       
 
The Committee while reviewing compliance of Committee’s earlier directives / recommendations appreciated the timely response by the Establishment Division. The Committee recommended for developing Standard Operation Procedure for disposal of cases of deputation in Federal Government Department under wedlock policy. The Committee directed Federal Public Service Commission to conclude inquiry into the alleged unauthorized amendment in FPSC rules within six weeks.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs MNAs; Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Aamir Talal Gopang, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Additional Secretary, Establishment, Chairman PTA, Secretary Federal Public Service Commission and Senior Officers of the concerned departments
 
 


Standing Committee on Finance,Revenue and Economic Affairs of the NA meets - November 7, 2019

25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 7th November, 2019, at 02:00 p.m., in Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No. 5), Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA.
 
2.  The Committee discussed “The Pakistan Coinage (Amendment) Bill, 2019”, the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce informed that they have taken up the matter with Pakistan’s Embassy in Brussels for their comments regarding implication under GSP plus status of Pakistan, if any. They have responded that proposed legislation may not be made at this point of time. The Committee directed the Finance Division to coordinate with Ministry of Commerce in that regard and furnish its view for further consideration of the said Bill.
 
3.  Mr. Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Minister for Economic Affairs briefed the Committee about the updated position on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) matter. He apprised the Committee that Pakistan has significantly completed action plan on 22 items out of 27 given by FATF under International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG). He informed that plenary meetings of the FATF were held in Paris during October 13-18, 2019, wherein Pakistan Progress on 27 point FATF Action Plan during July 2018 to September 2019 was reviewed. He informed that ICRG in the last meeting expressed its satisfaction on the progress about the measures taken by the government. The representative of Federal Board Revenue (FBR) also informed that FBR-Customs has played a leading role about to achieve the targets under FATF action plan pertaining to FBR. He further informed that to identify and to understand risk associated with Terrorist Financing (TF) involvement in cash couriers, FBR has been developed a Sectoral Study on Cash Smuggling. 
 
4.  The Committee deferred the Controller General of Accounts (Appointment, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Mian Najeeb-ud-Din Awaisi, MNA) due to the absence of the Mover.
 
5.  The Committee discussed “The Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan (Reorganization and Conversion) (Amendment) Bill, 2019” moved by Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA. The Additional Secretary, Finance Division informed the Committee that in May, 2011, the Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan (re-origination and conversion) Act, 2011 was promulgated whereby IDBP was converted into public limited banking company namely IDBL and was incorporated under the Companies Ordinance 1984, consequently, IDBP stood dissolved and ceased to exit on 13-11-2012. The Committee rejected the said Bill.
 
6.  The Committee considered “The Banking Companies (Recovery of Loans, Advance, Credits and Finances) (Amendment) Bill, 2019” moved by Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA and recommended that the said Bill may be passed by the National Assembly.
 
7.  The Committee discussed “The Regional Development Finance Corporation and Small Business Finance Corporation (Amalgamation and Conversion) (Amendment) Bill, 2019” moved by Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA. The Additional Secretary, Finance Division informed that the Finance Corporation and Small Business Finance Corporation has merged in SME. The Committee rejected the said Bill. 
 
8.  The Committee considered “The Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan (Re-organization and Conversion) (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (moved by Syed Fakhar Imam), and recommended that the said Bill may be passed by the National Assembly.
 
9.  The Committee considered “The Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) (Amendment) Bill, 2019”, moved by Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA and recommended that the said Bill may be passed by the National Assembly.          
 
10. The Chairman, FBR briefed the Committee with regard to the data received through Automatic Exchange of information from Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Committee Members expressed their concern about the performance of FBR regarding collection of tax amount under this system. The Committee was also informed about the pendency position and way forward on the issues. 
 
11. The meeting was attended by MNAs Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Perviz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar and Syed Fakhar Imam, mover of the Bill besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, SECP, ZTBL and Ministry of Law & Justice.   
 


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - November 6, 2019

6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held on, 6th November, 2019 at 2:00 p.m in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, and Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, MNA. The meeting of the committee commenced with the recitation of holy Quran.

2.         The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its meeting held on 15th October 2019.  While discussing the agenda item iii regarding issuance of NOC by IRSA to propose 25 MW power project in Khushab district on Chashma-Jehlum link canal to M/S C-J Hydro (Pvt.) Limited, The   Secretary Irrigation Sind briefed the Committee that NOC was issued without the consultation of Sindh Government. He further informed that such type of NOC in favour of Sind was regretted by NEPRA in 2016. He requested to cancel the NOC as issued by IRSA in violation of Water Accord 1991.

3.         On the other hand, IRSA has view that Indus river system was apportioned through Water Accord 1991 and its para 14 (d) provide the freedom to the stakeholders to modify system-wise and period wise uses within their allocations so the NOC in question was issued accordingly under the IRSA Act. However, he suggested that aggrieved party has all right within the section 8(3) of IRSA Act to approach the Council of Common Interest (CCI) against the decision of IRSA. The Secretary M/o Water Resources informed the Committee that as the NOC was issued by IRSA under the IRSA Act, so the recommendation of the committee to cancel the NOC is not based on the facts.

4.         The Committee has unanimously suggested that the Council of Common Interest (CCI) may be called at the earliest to discuss the said issue and till such date the further processing of the project in question may be stopped as the Sindh Assembly has also passed the unanimous resolution on the disputed issue. The Committee also suggested that IRSA may consult the Govt. of Sind on the disputed matter of NOC.

5.         The Committee while discussing the agenda item iv regarding small and medium dam under construction and planning stage for twin city  was deferred with the view that the matter may be placed before the sub-committee already appointed by the Standing Committee on Water Resources during its last meeting by enhancing the  ToRs i.e  i) Non release of outstanding operations and maintenance (O&M) Charges by the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB), Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and Water and Sanitation Agency Rawalpindi (WASA) in respect of Metropolitan Water Supply Project, Khanpur. ii) Proposed small and medium dam (under construction and at planning stage) for Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

6.         The meeting was ended with vote of thanks.
 


NADRA should open two centers immediately in District Bajaur: NA Standing Committee - November 5, 2019

قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ
(مجلس قائمہ برائےحکومتی یقین دہانیاں)
 
پریس ریلیز
 
نادرا ضلع باجوڑ میں فوراً دو سینٹرز کھولے۔ قائمہ کمیٹی
وزارت صحت لیاری میڈیکل کالج کی سیٹیں کم ہونے پر جلد رپورٹ جمع کرائے۔

 
اسلام آباد () نادراضلع باجوڑ میں فوراً دو سینٹرز کھولے اور وزارت صحت لیاری میڈیکل کالج کی سیٹیں کم ہونے پر جلد رپورٹ جمع کرائے۔ یہ ہدایات قائمہ کمیٹی برائے حکومتی یقین دہانیاں کے اجلاس میں دی گئیں۔ اس اجلاس کی صدارت حکومتی پارٹی کے چیف وہپ ملک محمد عامر ڈوگر نے کی۔ اجلاس کو بتایا گیا  کہ ضلع باجوڑ  کی تحصیل بونگ میمول اور تحصیل مامون میں نادرا آفس نہ ہونے کی وجہ سے سخت مشکلات کا سامنا ہے۔ چنانچہ مجلس قائمہ نے ہدایت جاری کی کہ دونوں تحصیلوں میں ایک ایک نادرا سینٹر فی الفور قائم کیا جائے۔ اسی طرح مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا گیا کہ لیاری میڈیکل کالج کی سیٹیں پہلے 100 ہوا کرتی تھیں جنہیں کم کر کے 50 کر دیا گیا ہے۔ پی ایم ڈی سی کے حکام نے مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا کہ لیاری میڈیکل کالج اُن کے پاس رجسٹرڈ نہیں ہے ۔ مجلس قائمہ نے ہدایت جاری کی کہ تمام امور کی چھان بین کر کے جلد از جلد مجلس قائمہ کو اس معاملے کی رپورٹ پیش کی جائے۔  مجلس قائمہ نے تمام متعلقہ اداروں کو آغازِ حقوق بلوچستان کے بارے میں ہدایت جاری کی کہ وہ آغاز حقوق بلوچستان پروگرام کے بارے میں انتہائی ذمہ داری سے کام کریں اور اس سلسلے میں کسی قسم کی کوتاہی نہ کی جائے۔  
مجلس قائمہ کے اجلاس کی صدارت، چیئرمین  جناب ملک محمد عامر ڈوگر  نے کی، جبکہ ممبران مجلس قائمہ برائے  حکومتی یقین دہانیاں جناب مجاہد علی، جناب شیخ راشد شفیق،جناب احمد حسین ڈہر،  جناب سردار ریاض محمود خان مزاری، جناب سید جاوید حسنین، جناب محمد افضل کھوکھر، جناب سید جاوید علی شاہ جیلانی، جناب سید غلام مصطفیٰ شاہ، جناب چوہدری عامر سلطان چیمہ، محترمہ سائرہ بانو  کے علاوہ محترم گل ظفر خان، ایم این اے/محرک اور محترم گل داد خان، ایم این اے/محرک کے علاوہ وزیر  مملکت برائے پارلیمانی امور جناب علی محمد خان نے شرکت کی ۔  اجلاس میں ایڈیشنل سیکرٹری ، پارلیمانی امور، ایڈیشنل سیکرٹری، اسٹیبلشمنٹ ڈویژن ، ایڈیشنل سیکرٹری ، انڈسٹریز اور پروڈکشن کے علاوہ کئی اعلیٰ سول افسران نے بھی شرکت کی۔
 
(چوہدری مختار احمد)
سیکرٹری کمیٹی
05-11-2019


NA Speaker Stresses Rationalization Of Fertilizers Prices - November 4, 2019

Islamabad, the November 4th, 2019: Considering fertilizer prices and availability central to Pakistan’s Food Security and farmer’s productivity, The Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaisar took notice of availability and pricing trend of different fertilizer products particularly DAP and Urea. Mr. Asad Qaiser highlighted that the farmers complain that continuous surge in fertilizer prices has rendered farming unsustainable and non-competitive for the poor farmers. He was chairing a meeting of the National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products on Monday 3rd October 2019 at Parliament House Islamabad where all the stakeholders were invited.
The Secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research briefed the Committee about the fertilizer prices, availability and cost of production. He stated that the surge in prices is non-reasonableand the margin of profit for the fertilizer industry is quite high. Sharing figures pertaining to cost of production, he highlighted that in the last one year alone fertilizer prices have been revised almost five times. The officials of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, representatives of provincial agriculture departments and Members of the Committee emphatically stressed the need for rationalizing fertilizer prices. Several members pointed out that the fertilizer manufacturer collect Rs.400 per bag of urea from the farmers on account of GIDC while the same is not passed on to government.
 
The representatives of the fertilizers industry maintained that several misconceptions and myths are circulated that fertilizers industry has accumulated massive profits at the cost to the farmers and such misperceptions needs to be addressed.  It was submitted that the increase in gas prices, GST, inflation, Value Addition Tax were principal reasons for increase in fertilizers prices. It was further submitted that the Fertilizers Industry has passed on more benefits to the farmers than what the industry gets from the government. The Ministry of National Food Security & Research  and Members of the Committee expressed disagreement with the views of the representatives of the fertilizers industry.
 
The Members maintained that consistent increases in input prices have rendered agriculture noncompetitive and that the government regulatory agencies and relevant department should play a vibrant role to ensure cheaper inputs to farmers.
           
The Speaker National Assembly referred the matter to Fertilizer Review Committee of the Ministry of Industries and Production to immediately convene a meeting with the fertilizer industry and reach a logical conclusion vis-à-vis rationalization of fertilizer prices. MNA Syed Fakhar Imam stressed that rationalization of the prices should no longer be delayed as any undue delay may in danger Pakistan’s National Food Security.

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Minister for National Food Security and Research, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Minister for Aviation Division, Syed Fakhar Imam, Asad Umar,. Riaz Fatyana, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi. Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Sher Akbar Khan, Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel, Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Mujahid Ali, Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, Shandana Gulzar Khan, Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazir, Sajid Mehdi, Syed Naveed Qamar, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets - November 4, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - October 31, 2019

Islamabad, 31st October, 2019; 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA in Committee Room No.7 Parliament House Islamabad.

2.     The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Before proceeding with agenda the Committee offered Fatiha for the departed soles of the Passengers in train incident occurred today morning when the train suddenly caught fire near Rahim Yar Khan, while traveling between Karachi and Lahore. The Committee unanimously recommends that an inquiry shall be conducted by the concerned Ministry and the report of the same should be submitted to the committee with details why and how the Gas cylinders were brought onto the train when the same is banned in Pakistan.

3.     The committee also condemns and takes serious notice of the incident of rape of seven-year-old school girl in PannuAqil, widely circulating on the social media. The committee recommends that Inspector General of Police Sindh shall inquire into the matter and submit detail report of the incident to the Committee.

4.     The committee also takes serious notice of mushroom growth of female hostels in various cities of the country. And recommends to the Federal Government and all the Provincial Governments to establish regulatory bodies to register and regulate private female hostels. In this context two Members of the Committee from Baluchistan draw attention of the Committee to the issue of installation of cameras in washrooms of girl’s hostel of Baluchistan University. The Committee unanimously recommends that an inquiry shall be conducted by the Chief Minister Baluchistan and the report of the same should be submitted to the committee.Then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

5. The Committee considered the Bill “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Article 25) (Moved by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA)”after detail deliberations the Committee deferred the same till next meeting with recommendation that the Hon.Mover shall redraft the Bill as per observations of the Committee and then place it before the Committee.

6.The Committee reconsidered the Bills“The Federal Ombudsmen Institutional Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Article 22) and The Recognition and Enforcement (Arbitration Agreements and Foreign Arbitral Awards) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Article 9) (Moved by Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA);”after detail deliberations the Committee deferred the same till its next meeting.

7.The Committee re-considered the Bill “the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Article 51, 76 and 106) (Moved by Ms. Kishwar Zahra, MNA)”after detail deliberations the Committee deferred the same till next meeting.

8.The Committee considered the Bill, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Article No. 51 and 59) (Moved by Ms. Kishwar Zahra, MNA)”.After detail deliberations the Committee recommends that the same be referred to the House with recommendation that a Parliamentary/Special Committee shall be constituted for consideration of the same.

9.     Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr.LalChand, Mr.Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Agha Hassan Baloch, Mr.Syed Hussain Tariq, Ms.Nafeesa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar Ms. Aliya Kamran and Syed Fakhar Imam, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.

 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - October 30, 2019

Islamabad, 30th October, 2019; 22nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA in Committee Room No.7 Parliament House Islamabad.

2.     The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 5th September, 2019

3.      The Committee considered the Bill “The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Section 4) (Government Bill)”and “The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Section 7) (Government Bill)” at request of the Ministry Committee deferred the Bill still next meeting.

4.The Committee reconsidered the Bill “The Superior Courts (Court Dress and Mode of Address) Order (Repeal) Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)”after detail deliberations the Committee unanimously recommends that the same may be passed by the Assembly.

5. The Committee re-considered the Bill “The Family Court (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 10) (Moved by Syed Javed Hassnain MNA)”after detail deliberations the Committee recommends that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly however Ministry ensured that the object of the Bill will be incorporated through the relevant Rules.

6.The Committee considered the Bill, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Article 31) (Moved by Mr. Faheem Khan, MNA)”.The committee deferred the same till next meeting due to no availability of the Mover.

7.     Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Mr.Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Ms. Malika Ali Bukhari, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Agha Hassan Baloch, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab Syed Hussain Tariq, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar Ms. Aliya Kamran and Syed Javed Hassnain,attended the meeting besides the Minister for Law and Justice senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile was held today - October 29, 2019

Dated: 29th October, 2019

Islamabad:- 8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile was held today at 2:00 p.m. in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Hon. Syed Naveed Qamar.

2.        After recitation from the Holy Quran, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

3.        The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 16th August 2019.

4.        The Secretary Commerce and Textile briefed the Committee on structural changes required to ensure effective role of the Pakistan Embassies abroad to promote the Trade, Economic and Investment Partnership between Pakistan and the other countries having Pakistan embassies/Missions abroad. Also He briefed the committee on steps taken to ensure that Pakistan continue to benefit from GSP plus Status.

5.        The meeting was attended by MNAs Syed Javed Ali Shah Jilani, Ms Wajiha Akram, Mr. Ali khan Jadoon, Mr. Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Khurum Shehzad, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mrs. Farukh Khan,Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan and Mr. Usman Ibrahim, The meeting was also attended by Secretary Commerce, and senior officers of the Ministry Commerce.


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - October 24, 2019

Islamabad, 24th October, 2019; 10th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA in Committee Room No. 7 Parliament House,Islamabad.

2.                 The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Honorable Minister for Interior updated the Committee that for addressing the issues of the Federal Capital the Government is planning to revisit the structure of CDA, for this purpose people of high stature will be hired to head the CDA Board. The issue of Khokhas will also be addressed and the CDA wants to introduce a uniform design for khokahs for a better look of the Federal Capital. The representatives from Farash Town placed their grievances before the Committee. The CDA briefed the Committee about their plans and efforts to solve the issues faced by the allotees/residents. The Honorable Minister assured to resolve the issues of Farash town on priority basis.
 
3.                The bill titled “the Islamabad Rent Restriction (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Mr. Asad Umer, MNA) was placed before the Committee. The Committee concluded that the bill is useful, if implemented in true letter & spirit, and recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan.
 
4.                 Honorable Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, Mr. Rahat AmanUllah Bhatti, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Asmatullah, Moulana Abdul Akber Chitrali Mr. Asad Umer and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, ICT Police and CDA, attended the meeting.      
 


NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - October 18, 2019


Depletion of Fish Stocks in Pakistan. - October 17, 2019

Islamabad, October 17, 2019: 7th meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held Parliament House, Islamabad at 11:30 a.m today, under the Chairmanship of Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA, to discuss the agenda circulated vide Notice No.8 (1)/2019-Com-I (Vol-II) dated 11th October, 2019.

2.         The Committee took notice of the rapidly depleting stocks of fish in Pakistan. All the management and regulation of local fishing boats is being done by the provincial fisheries department of Sindh and Balochistan, but there is no mechanism in the provinces to monitor the fishing activities of the local fishing boats. In Balochistan, the fishing permit clearly shows that it is valid for fishing within the territorial waters of Balochistan, but in Sindh, Karachi Fisheries Harbour Authority is issuing fishing permit for those fishing boats which are registered with them and it is open ended.  Majority of the fleet of boats of fishing is not sustainable. In this regard regulation and imposition of proper fishing gears is required by the provinces. The major cause of depletion is irregular fishing. In this regard the fishing policy is being reviewed and formulated and the same will be shared with the Committee. The Committee recommended that Government should take steps to take care of the indigenous fisherman present in Sindh and Balochistan. It was further told that the Prime Minister’s National Agriculture Emergency Programme address three sectors of fisheries.  

3.         The Gwadar Port is fast becoming the focal hub of Afghan Transit Trade. Various projects in Gwadar are nearing completion, such as construction of Industrial units in the Pilot Zone is 90% completed. Holding of second Expo in Gwadar was a huge success and WEBOC has been made operational at Gawadar Port. Also issue of Eastbay Expressway in Gwadar has been resolved. The Committee recommended considering the concerns of people of Gwadar which hasn’t been addressed during the initial agreement.          

4.         The meeting was attended by MNA’s namely, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Saif Ur Rahman, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Mr. Lal Chand, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Mohammad Aslam Bhootani, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Shaikh, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Begum Tahira Bokhari, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Jam Abdul Karim Bijar, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Kamal Uddin, besides Secretary and Senior Officers from the Ministry.


6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reformwas held today - October 16, 2019

Islamabad, 16th October, 2019; 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reformwas held today at 11:00 am in Constitution Room (old Committee Room No.5), Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Akbar, MNA.

2.         The Minister for Planning, Development andReforms briefed about salient features of the draft 12th five years plan and suggested that the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform and Standing Committee on Finance & Revenue may examine and suggest valuable opinions on draft plan before finalizing.  He further informed that Government is trying to achieve the target of sustainable GDP by controlling fiscal deficit, improving balance of payment, increasing exports through improving domestic production and decreasing imports. For improvement in domestic productivity the Government is planning to pay special attention towards agriculture sector, small medium enterprises (SME) and large scale manufacturing. He also invited the Committee to visit the Ministry for detailed briefing on the PSDP.

3.         The Committee discussed the compliance report regarding the recommendations of the previous meeting; the committee was not satisfied with the reply of Ministry regarding Mansehra Air Port. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee to examine the Mansehra Airport Project, under the convener-ship of Mr. Saleh Muhammad alongwith two committee members. The Ministry submitted comprehensive analysis on last three 5 years Plans. The representatives from the Government of Sindh and Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa placed issues relating to devolved matters before the Committee. The Committee recommended that the pending issues relating to devolved ministries may be resolved at the earliest by the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination with consultation of Cabinet Division. The Director General (Works) CDA briefed the Committee about construction of additional family suits for the members of Parliament. The Committee appreciated the KPK Government for inclusion of Marble CityBunerProject in the Provincial Development Programme 2019-20 on the recommendation of National Assembly Standing Committee.

4.         Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shaukat Ali, Syed Faiz Ul Hassan, Mr. Nawab Sher, Dr. Seemi Bukhari, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Sardar Muhammad IrfanDogar, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Mr. NaveedDero, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Abdul Shakoor, Minister, Secretary and senior officers from the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, CDA, Civil Aviation and representative of Provincial Governments attended the meeting.


Press release 15.10.2019 - October 15, 2019

اسلام آباد؛ 15اکتوبر  2019: پاکستان کی پارلیمانی وفد نے مقبوضہ کشمیر پر بھارت کی غیر قانونی کی قبضےکی مذمت  کرتے ہوئے عالمی برادری پر  مقبوضہ کشمیر کی عوام پر جاری بھارتی مظالم کے خاتمے کے لیے کردار ادا کرنے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ سربیا ،بلغراد سے موصول ہونے والےپیغام کے مطابق  پاکستانی پارلیمانی وفد نے ان خیالات کا اظہار بین الپارلیمانی یونین کی صدر Ms. Gabriela Guevas Barron اور آئی پی یو کے سیکرٹری جنرل Mr. Martin Chungongسے ہونے والی اپنی علیحدہ علیحد ہ ملاقاتوں میں کیا۔ وفد نے چئیرمین پارلیمانی کشمیر کمیٹی سید فخر امام کی سربراہی میں آئی پی یو کے صدر اور سیکریٹری جنرل سے منگل کے روز بلغراد میں ملاقاتیں کیں۔ وفد میں سید فخر امام کے علاوہ اراکین قومی اسمبلی ملک احسان ٹوانا ، شازیہ مری اور سینیٹر شیری رحمن شامل تھیں۔

وفد نے آئی پی یو کے صدر اور سیکرٹری جنرل سے کشمیر میں جاری انسانی حقوق کے خلاف ورزیوں اور مظالم کا جائزہ لینے کے لیے آئی پی یو کا فیکٹ فائنڈننگ مشن بھیجنے کا مطالبہ کیا۔ سید فخر امام نے آئی پی یو  پرمسئلہ کشمیر کو اقوام متحدہ کی سیکیورٹی کونسل کی قراردادوں کے مطابق حل کرانے کے لیے کردار ادا کرنے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔  انہوں نے مقبوضہ کشمیر میں نقل حرکت اور زرائع موصولات پر عائد پابندیوں کو ختم کرنے کا مطالبہ کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ مقبوضہ وادی میں 5اگست سے مکمل طور پر کرفیو نافذ ہے اور صرف مخصوص علاقوں میں کچھ دیر کے لیے اس میں نرمی کی جاتی ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ بھارت نے کشمیر کو دنیا کی سب سے بڑی اوپن ائیر جیل بنا دیا ہے اور وادی میں ہزاروں نوجوان لاپتہ ہیں اور کشمیری قیادت کو غیر قانونی طور پر حراست میں  لے لیا  گیا ہے۔ اقوام متحدہ کے ہائی کمیشن برائے انسانی حقوق کی سفارشات کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے  انہوں نے جموں و کشمیر میں انسانی حقوق کی خلاف ورزیوں کی تحقیقات کے لیے اقوام متحدہ کے انکوارئری کمیشن برائے انسانی حقوق کے قیام کے مطالبے کی حمایت کی۔

            انہوں نے کہا کہ بھارت نے بین الاقوامی  مبصرین کے مشن کو کشمیر میں جانے پار پابندی عائد کر رکھی ہے۔ انہوں کہا کہ بین الاقوامی میڈیا نے کشمیر میں بھارت کے  غیر جمہوری اور غیر  مہذب  اقدامات کی مذمت کی ہے تاہم وہ بھارت کی قیادت کو ابتک اپنے فاشسٹ اور نسل پرستانہ اقدامات پر نظرثانی کرنے میں راضی کرنے پر ناکام رہے ہیں۔

چیئر مین کشمیر کمیٹی نے کشمیر میں گزشتہ سات دہائیوں جاری بھارتی مظالم کی تفصیلات سے بھی آگاہ کیا ۔ انہوں نے بتایا کہ   1989ء سے ابتک بھارتی افواج نے تقریبا ایک لاکھ معصوم کشمیریوںکو شہید کیا ہے جن میں 7130 وہ افراد بھی شامل ہیں جو بھارتی جیلوں میں زیر حراست تھے۔ انہوں نے بتایا کہ مقبوضہ وادی میں بھارتی افواج خواتین کی عصمت دری کو بطور اپنی  دہشت جمانے کے ہتھیار کے طور استعمال کر تی ہیں۔

انہوں نے کہا کہ مقبوضہ وادی میں عصمت دری کے 12ہزار سے زائد واقعات ہوئے ہیں اور 1ملین سے زائد بچے یتیم ہوئے ہیں ۔ بھارتی افواج نے جعلی مقابلوں  میں ہزارو بے گناہ کشمیر کو شہید کیا ہے اور اب تک 7ہزار سے زائد اجتمائی قبریں دریافت ہوئی ہے۔

            سینیٹرشری رحمن نے کہا کہ آئی پی یو بھارت کو مذکرات کی میز پر لانے کا بہتریں پلیٹ فارم ثابت ہو سکتا ہے ۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ بھارت نے ہمیشہ مسئلہ کشمیر پر بات چیت سے گریز کیا ہے اور بین الاقوامی تنظیموں  اور پارلیمانی فورمز کے نمائندوں کو  مقبوضہ کشمیر میں جانے کی اجازت نہیں دی۔

            چیئر مین قائمہ کمیٹی  برائے خارجہ امور ملک احسان اللہ ٹوانا نے کہا کہ مسئلہ کشمیر 72سالہ دیرینہ مسئلہ ہے جسے حل کرنے کے لیے بھارت کو  مقبوضہ وادی میں سازگار ماحول فراہم کرنے اور عالمی برادری کی طرف سے سنجیدہ کوششوں کی ضرورت ہے۔ 

 

 


Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets - October 14, 2019

9th meeting of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges of the National Assembly was held today i.e 14th  October , 2019, at 11:00 a.m., in Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No. 5), Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.         The Committee discussed the question of Privilege raised by Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, MNA for alleged disconnection of electricity of his house. The Committee once again expressed its serious displeasure on the absence of Secretary, Power Division, Managing Director (PEPCO) and other relevant officers from Sukkur Electricity Power Company (SEPCO). The Committee decided that Hon. Minister for Energy may be requested to attend the next meeting of the Committee. Hon, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs assured the Committee that he will talk to the Minister for Energy regarding consecutive absence of the officers of Power Division in the meetings of said Committee. The Committee members were also of the suggestions that all concerned officers of Power Division and SEPCO should be summoned under rule 227 (4) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. However, the Chairman endorsed the proposal of the Hon. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in that regard. 

3.         The Committee discussed the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, MNA regarding raid carried out against his offices without prior information and seized his files/record on a false report. The Committee directed the Additional Commissioner-IR, CRTO- Karachi to resolve the matter with the consultation of higher officers of FBR at the earliest.

4.         The Committee deferred the agenda pertaining to the Privilege motions raised by Mr. Atta Ullah, MNA regarding not responding to his telephone calls by Managing Director, Water Board, Karachi and K-Electric due to absence of Hon. Mover. The Committee also deferred the agenda pertaining to the Privilege motion raised by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA regarding allegedly not attending his telephone call by Chief Executive Officer, PESCO on the request of the Hon. Mover, till the next meeting of the Committee. 

5          The Committee once again recommended that Home Department and IGP Government of Sindh may be requested to provide necessary security to Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA.

6.         The meeting was attended by MNAs/Members Mr. Zulifqar Ali Khan Dullah, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Khuram Shahzad, Mr. Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Chaudhry Armghan Subhani, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Syed Murtaza Mahmud, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Mr. Ali Wazir, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan MNA/Mover, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan MNA/Mover besides the senior officers from Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Law & Justice and FBR.
 


5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - October 11, 2019

Islamabad the 11th October, 2019 : 5th Meeting for the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held today at 2:30 p.m. under the Chairmanship of Mr. Mujahid Ali, MNA in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting which was held on 19th April, 2019. Compliance on the comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee was given by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

 The Minister of State/In-charge, Prime Minister’s Public Affairs and Grievances Wing apprised the Committee that the Fatal Diseases will be dealt with the Pakistan Baitulmal and Health Department and other complaints will be dealt with the Grievances Wing. The Committee Members gave suggestion to provide relief/remedy to the patients of kidney, heart and lever-transplantation. The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs informed the Committee Members about his visits in the Divisional Headquarters of the Provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Baluchistan to resolve the public grievances and held open kacheries in various cities of the country, addressed many public grievances and issues were resolved therein. He also added that Prime Minister’s Public Affairs & Grievances Wing is empathetically responding to the grievances of general public addressed to Prime-Minister. He told the Committee Members that most of the answers on the their queries will be given by the Joint Secretary while briefing to the Committee on working and performance of the P.M Grievances Cell in the first Parliamentary year and record of complaints received and disposed off. 

The Committee was given briefing by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs on working and performance of the P.M Grievances Cell in the first Parliamentary year and record of complaints received and disposed off.  The Joint Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs assured the Committee, on a query raised by a Member, to provide audit report to the Committee on the province-wise resolved cases of lever transplantation, bone marrow patients and the amount spent on patients of lever transplantation and bone marrow cases.

The Committee Members requested to the Committee to give suggestion to the M/o Health to revise the worse condition of the KPL Hospital, Lahore, invite the senior doctors from abroad to assist the Hospital and restore its best treatment environment for the general public, run the hospital in three shifts and also suggested to inquire from the Ministry of Health about the liver transplant and bone marrow cases dealt with the KPL Hosp[ital, Lahore upon which the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs suggested the Committee to fix date to convene meeting in the KPL Hospital and visiting therein to examine its infrastructure, equipments, treatment method and paramedical staff of the Hospital, consequently the Committee suggested to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs to convene a meeting and visit the KPL Hospital in near future. The Secretary of the Ministry assured the Committee for compliance in this respect.  

The Chairman, Standing Committee (Mr. Mujahid Ali), Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Mansoor Hayat Khan, Mst. Shaheeen Naz Saifullah, Ms, Fouzia Behram, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Rana Mubashir Iqbal,  Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shamsun Nisa, MNAs/Members of the Standing Committee and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs (Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan) attended the meeting.


Meeting of Standing Committee on Railways - October 10, 2019

Islamabad the, 10th October, 2019; 8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, MNA, in Committee Room M/o Railways, D-Block, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad.

The Committee commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee approved the Minutes of its lasting meeting dated 8th July, 2019 with little bit of observation on the direction of agenda item (viii) regarding appointment of lower staff in Railways through computerized balloting. The Secretary M/o Railways ensured the Committee that the appointment in Railways are made strictly under the rules, regulations and policy of the Government, however, he further assured that the complaints of the Members will be addressed and be briefed in the next meeting. A comprehensive briefing was made by the M/o of Railways on China Economic Corridor (CPEC), and informed the Committee that the said project was approved in 2015 however, PC-I is under approval with the Planning Division as the said project is on priority list of the Government. The said projects have been financing by our brotherly country China and Pakistan with the share of 85% and 15% respectively. The project will be completed within five years time after its initiation and with the expected interest on Chinese loan up to 2% or less than 2. The Ministry further informed the Committee that the said project not only boost the speed of train upto 120 to 160 K.M per hour but also enhanced the number of trains from 34 to 171.

The M/o Railways while briefing on the agenda item (iv) regarding latest survey and information about the land belonging to Railways,  informed the committee that railway currently owned 167,690 land and  generated the revenue by leasing the land through open auction for the period of five years strictly in line of the decision of Supreme Court of Pakistan for different purposes like agriculture, commercial.  During briefing, the Committee was also informed that Railways land has also been encroached by the Kachi Abadis and others illegally. Railways have strictly engaged the encroaches by taking legal measures against them. The Chairman in consultation with committee proposed to constitute Sub-committees on the issue of encroachment of lands and allied matters.

While discussing the agenda item (v) regarding the grant of technical allowance to the graduate engineers of Pakistan Railways in lines with the technical allowances granted to the engineers of two provinces, have been considered and unanimously recommended that M/o Finance may proceed in the proposal as the expenditure incurred therein will be born from the revenue generated the Railways itself.


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - October 7, 2019

Islamabad, the 7th October, 2019: The 5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today at 12:00 p.m. in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, MNA.
 
The Committee was given briefing by the Special Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs on severe Human Rights violations have been observed in Indian Occupied Kashmir, as well as, steps taken to highlight those before international forums / Governments. The Committee was also briefed on the report on Human Rights violation prepared by UN Human Rights Office. It was informed that the existing situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir is the worst. Pakistan is completely supporting the People of Kashmir politically and morally. The Government emphasized that the issue must be resolved in accordance with United Nation’s Resolution. The Government has taken up this issue internationally at all levels which are supported by China, Turkey and other countries. The issue has also been discussed in General Assembly of United Nation. Human Rights Commission including American Senators criticized the Human Rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Committee recommended that the detailed briefing on the steps taken by the Government to deal with the Human Rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir may be given in its next meeting.  
 
The Committee approved “The Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Act, 2019”.
 
Acting Director General, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) briefed the Committee on the prosecution of journalist Shahzaib Jillani and informed that after the investigation most of the charges were deleted by the FIA in the FIR and the Challan Report was forwarded to the Court where the Court also deleted the remaining charge. After detail discussion the Committee recommended that the abuse of the sections 20 and 37 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 shall be prevented. The Committee also recommended that the agency shall submit the half yearly report under section 49A of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 before the both houses of the parliament.   
 
The Committee deferred the rest of its agenda items till its next meeting.
 
Ms. Ghulam Bibi, Mr. Saif-ur-Rehman, Mr. Attaullah, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Zille Huma, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Agha Hassan Baloch, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Shazia Marri, and Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto. The meeting was also attended by Senator (Rtd.) Mr. Farhatullah Khan Babar as Special Invitee. Secretary M/o Human Rights, Special Secretaries M/o Interior and M/o Foreign Affairs, Additional Secretary M/o Information Technology and Telecommunication, Additional Secretary M/o Religious Affairs and Inter Faith Harmony, Acting Director General (FIA) and other concerned senior officers attended the meeting.                              
 


Malaysian Speaker Along With Parliamentary Delegation To Arrive On 1st October, 2019 On Official Visit - September 30, 2019

Islamabad 30th September, 2019: The Speaker of the Malaysian House of the Representatives Mr. Mohammad Ariff Bin Md Yousof along with five members’ parliamentary delegation will arrive in Islamabad on 1st October, 2019 on a three day visit to Pakistan. Speaker Mr. Mohammad Ariff Bin Md Yousof is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser.
 
During his stay in Pakistan, the Malaysian Speaker besides meeting with his Pakistani counterpart will also meet with the political hierarchy of the country. The matters pertaining to promotion of bilateral ties and parliamentary exchanges will be discussed in these meetings. The Malaysian delegation will also have an interactive session with Parliamentary Kashmir Committee to have an insight of the Kashmir issue and the ongoing situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
 
The visit of Malaysian Parliamentary delegation is a continuation of the resolve of Speaker Asad Qaiser to promote bilateral ties through parliamentary diplomacy. This visit of Malaysian Parliamentarians is being viewed an apt opportunity in supplementing the efforts of the National Assembly of Pakistan in promoting bilateral and economic ties between two brotherly countries. It is pertinent to mention that Malaysia and Pakistan had always supported each other at regional and international parliamentary forums such as Inter-Parliamentary Union, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Asian Parliamentary Assembly and Parliamentary Union of OIC Members States.
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - September 26, 2019

Islamabad; September 26, 2019: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat today unanimously approved the Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority Bill. The Committee termed it a befitting initiative of the government to channelize and consolidate housing and real estate development in public sector besides providing low cost housing to low income groups. The meeting of the Committee was held in Parliament House, this morning with Syed Amin ul Haque, MNA in the Chair.
 
The Committee was apprised that the Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority was established through an Ordinance for providing housing and real estate development and other and other activities related to land and construction. It was further apprised that the Authority would be a Corporation registered under the law and placed under the administrative Control of Cabinet Division. The Committee approved the bill for passage by the National Assembly.
 
The Committee also unanimously approved the Federal Public Service Commission (Validation of Rules) Bill. The Committee directed Federal Public Service Commission to amend its rules in order to facilitate educated youth seeking jobs in public sector. The Committee observed that candidates from less developed areas cannot compete with candidates from Urban areas due disparity in the system and standard of education.
 
The Committee while discussing the Calling Attention Notice regarding non-restoration/completion of Schools damaged in Earthquake of year 2005, the Committee directed the Finance and Economic Affairs Divisions to provide relevant details of Loans procured from financial institutions and amounts pledged by donors for the rehabilitation of earthquake effected areas. The Committee also expressed its displeasure on the absence of Representative of FIA and Finance Division from the meeting.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan,  Mr. Tahir Sadiq,  Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood,  Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan,  Mr. Muhammad Hashim,  Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Ahmad Raza Maneka,  Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, Movers of the Bill/Calling Attention, Amjid Ali Khan, Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, Secretary, Establishment Division, Additional Secretary Cabinet Division Secretary FPSC and  Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - September 26, 2019

Islamabad, 26th September, 2019: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication unanimously passed “The National Information Technology Board Bill, 2019 (Ord. No. X of 2019)” after detailed discussion and deliberations in its meeting held today at 11:00 a.m. in Old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA.
2. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on   26-08-2019.
3. The representative from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) apprised the Committee that complaints regarding online contents would be registered in PTA. Section 33 of PEMRA Act empowered PTA to just block objectionable contents and Cyber Crime is not our subject, he further added. If any complaint registered, which is other than contents, the PTA had sent it to Federal Investigation Authority (FIA).
 
4. The Committee was also briefed regarding criteria adopted for awarding the contract to a company with regard to the IT Park in Chak Shahzad, Islamabad. The Project Director briefed the Committee that we are working according to PEPRA Rules and the said IT Park will be functional in August, 2022. He further apprised the Committee that four companies were shortlisted for awarding the contract and no complaints were received against companies from 2017 to February, 2018.
 
5. While briefing regarding releasing the dues to 200 regular employees of Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP) on account of Pay and Pension increases for the year 2017-18 and 2018-19, the Managing Director, TIP informed that all the dues of regular employees have been released.
 
6. The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Saghibzada Sibghatullah, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, Mr. Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Watto, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Mr.Muhammad Hashim, Mr.Ali Gohar Khan, Ms. Ayesh Rajab Ali, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani and Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah. The meeting was also attended by Minister for IT & T and senior officers of the Ministry of IT & T, Law & Justice and PTA.  
 
 
 


 


The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Briefed by The Secretary Communication on CPEC Road Projects. - September 25, 2019

Islamabad, Wednesday, 25th September, 2019:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today (in-camera), at Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA and briefed by the Secretary, Communications and Chairman, NHA on CPEC road projects.

2.    According to the agenda the Secretary, M/o Communications shed light on the overall status of the CPEC road projects and inform the Members about the completion dates of different early harvest projects and those projects which are facing financial constraints, however these issues will be sorted out in due course of time during the proposed coming meetings with concerned quarters.

3.    The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, Mr. Khan Muhammad Jamali, Ms. Zille Huma, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNAs, Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Senator Dr. Shehzad Waseem, Senator Ahmed Khan and the Secretary, M/o Communications, Chairman, NHA and senior officers of the concerned Ministries.
 


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets - September 24, 2019

 8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges of the National Assembly was held today i.e 24th September, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., in Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No. 5), Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.         On the issue of Air Tickets and vouchers to the Hon. Members and the conversion of Air Tickets into credit cards, the Committee recommended that section (10) of the Members of Parliament Salaries & Allowances, Act will be amended for removing the hurdles being faced by the Parliamentarians for utilizing of their Air tickets. The Committee was informed that there would be no financial impact to the exchequers in that regard.

3.         The Committee disposed off the matter pertaining to amendments moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA.

4.         The Committee discussed the Question of privilege raised by Mr. Faheem Khan, MNA regarding withdrawal of security of the Hon. Member. Deputy Inspector General (Admn), Sindh Police and Special Secretary, Home Department briefed the Committee in that regard. The Committee unanimously directed the Home Department, Sindh and IGP, Sindh to provide appropriate Security (Gunmen) at least two (02) person at a time to Mr. Faheem Khan, MNA. While considering the said privilege motion raised Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA drew the attention of the Committee about the obnoxious/threatening telephone calls received to her. The Committee directed the DIG, Sindh Police for providing necessary Security to the Hon. Member.

5.         The Committee discussed the question of privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Jamaluddin, MNA regarding alleged misbehavior of Motorway Police with Hon. Member near Charsadda Interchange. The Inspector General of National Highways & Motorway Police explained the Committee about the matter. He told the Committee that subject matter was occurred due to misunderstanding. The Committee disposed off the matter with the consent of mover after the unconditional apology by Inspector General of National Highway & Motorway Police.

6.         The Committee discussed the question of privilege raised by Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, MNA for alleged disconnection of electricity of his house. The Committee once again expressed its serious displeasure on the absence of Secretary, Power Division, Managing Director (PEPCO) and other relevant officers from Sukkur Electricity Power Company (SEPCO). The Committee decided that Hon. Minister for Energy may be requested to attend the next meeting of the Committee.

7.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Khuram Shehzad, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Chaudhry Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mover, Mr. Muhammad Jamaluddin, Mover besides the senior officers of Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Law & Justice, Establishment Division, Sindh Police, Home Department Sindh, National Highways & Motorway Police and PIA.


The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Reviews the Progress and Implementation Status of Ongoing CPEC Projects. - September 24, 2019

Islamabad, Tuesday, 24th September, 2019:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today (in-camera), at Conference Room, Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS), Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA  to discuss the progress of ongoing projects of CPEC as well as implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee.

2.    According to the agenda the Chairman, FBR and concerned officers apprised the Committee about the Tax exemptions and concessions to the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in detail and also assured the Committee their full support and cooperation for promoting business friendly environment in the country and particularly industrial projects being proposed under the umbrella of SEZs. The Chairman and Members also took part in the discussion and advised the FBR to provide Tax exemptions while extending its dates in advance to protect the interest of the industrialist investing in the SEZs and provide an environment to ease the business.

3.    The Ministry of Petroleum and the SNGPL/SSGCL also given a detailed plan for the provision of gas (indigenous or other sources) to 3 harvest SEZs. The Chairman once again highlighted the issue of actual demand of provision of gas and future precise estimation in order to calculate real demand and its planning by the SNGPL/SSGCL for laying their pipelines keeping in view the demand, source of supply (terminal) and economic violability. The Chairman further directed the Ministry of Petroleum, Board of Investment and MD, SNGPL/SSGCL to hold a meeting to discuss this matter in detail from all dimensions within 15 days and come back to the Committee with workable plan, well thought strategy and way forward to enable the CPEC projects to meet their timelines.

4.    The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, Mr. Khan Muhammad Jamali, Ms. Zille Huma, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNAs, Senator Dr. Shehzad Waseem, Senator Khushbakht Shujat and the Secretary, Board of Investment, Chairman, FBR and senior officers of the concerned Ministries.


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - September 16, 2019

Islamabad the 16th September, 2019.     A sixth meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 16th September, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room, No.7, 4th Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, for comprehensive briefing by Climate Change Division.

2.  The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran.  The Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change apprised the Committee that under the ten billion tree plantation program in the first phase the federal government has approved an amount of Rs.125 billion for plantation of 3.29 billion trees in a period of four years. He further informed that the government is keen to establish a permanent roundtable on climate change, agriculture and food security for raising public awareness. The representative of Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) briefed the Committee that the main function of the GCISC is the research on climate change profiles of Pakistan, climate change impact assessment in different socio-economic sectors and identification of appropriate adaptation/mitigation strategies, capacity building of scientists and dissemination of research findings to scientific community. The agriculture and climate change sector has been contributing 18.9% to the GDP. The major climatic impacts include the loss in crop yields, shortening of growing season length, increased evapotranspiration, increased land degradation etc. He informed that GCISC has been engaged with Federal and Provincial Agricultural research and extension institutions to develop research and outreach program to build resilience in the farming sector.

3. The Committee recommended that the data based digitalization mechanism for tree plantation should be initiated with the coordination of relevant departments. The Committee also recommended that the Parliamentarians and the local representatives should be involved in the tree plantation programs being carried out in their respective constituencies/areas. The Committee further recommended that the water policy 2017 should be submitted for the consideration of the Committee. The Committee also suggested that the agricultural manifesto should be constituted in collaboration with the local and international agricultural universities.  
 
4. The meeting was attended by Mr. Khial Zaman, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, and Mr. Afreen Khan MNA’s beside senior officers from the Ministry of Climate Change, Vice Chancellor of Agriculture University, Faisalabad, Representatives of other Agriculture Universities and Forest Departments    of Punjab and Sindh.
 


NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony meets - September 6, 2019

Standing Committee expresses solidarity with Kashmir and Defence day.


Report on Hajj arrangements should be submitted by 16th September. Standing Committee

 
Islamabad(                  )Report on arrangements of Hajj 2019 be submitted by September 16. These directions have been issued by Standing Committee of the National Assembly of Pakistan on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony in its meeting held in Parliament House, Islamabad. It was informed to the Committee that there were 47 Makatib(مکاتب) in the Mina, who served the Pakistani pilgrims. The pilgrims made complaints against 19 Makatib. Moreover, there were very serious complaints against six Makatib. So, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony had taken up the issue with Saudi authorities who promised to take strict action, including cancellation of the licenses, against those six Makatib. The Saudi authorities have suspended the licenses of two of the Makatib. The Standing Committee was informed that overall the Hajj arrangements, during the present Hajj, were satisfactory. Especially, the facilities like Road to Mecca and E-Visa have been provided to Pakistani pilgrims, under the leadership of Prime Minister, Imran Khan, for the first time in the history of Pakistan. The Standing Committee acknowledged the efforts of the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Dr. Noor-ul-HaqQadri.
 
MNA from treasury benches, Raja Riaz Ahmed called the attention of the Committee towards the appeal of Prime Minister Imran Khan for solidarity of Kashmir and that of the Heroes of the Nation. The Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony showed its complete solidarity with the Freedom Movement of Kashmir and the heroes of the nation who were martyred for the noble cause of Islam and Pakistan. So, the Standing Committee ended its meeting exactly at 03:00 p.m.  
 
The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Mr. Asad Mehmood and attended by Members National Assembly; Mr.Saleem Rehman, Sahibzada Sibghatullah, Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Mohammad Iqbal Khan, Raja Riaz Ahmad, Ms. SairaBano, Ms. Shunila Ruth, ChoudharyFaqir Ahmed, Begum TahiraBokhari, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, MaharIrshad Ahmad Khan, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Ms. ShaguftaJumani, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Mr. Naveed Amir Jeeva, Mover and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mover. Mr. Noor-ul-HaqQadri, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony also attended in the meeting. Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Joint Secretariesand many other senior officers attended the meeting.
 


21st Meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today - September 5, 2019


6th Meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC held in the Parliament House - September 5, 2019

Islamabad, Thursday, 5th September, 2019:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today (in-camera), at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA to review the implementation status of the recommendations of the Committee given during the last meeting. Moreover, an exhausted agenda was also discussed in order to evaluate the feasibilities of different proposals and projects connected to CPEC being a well thought scheme to take the country out of crises by developing SEZ’s to work as engine of economic growth and progress.

The Chairman and the Members very keenly raised different questions during the briefings by the relevant Secretaries of the Ministries regarding their projects with remarks to complete the required need assessments and evaluation keeping in view the available budgetary provisions out of government resources as well as considerations of market forces to make them sustainable and viable.

At the end the Chairman also indicated that soon we shall be having our next meeting in Gwadar to meet the local people and see the progress of those projects in particular which are meant for the natives of the area in improving their living standard and providing them job opportunities.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan, Ms. Zille Huma, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNAs, Senatore Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Senator Dr. Shehzad Waseem, Senator Ahmed Khan and the Secretaries, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Secretary Power Division, Special Secretary Ministry of Interior and senior officers of Provincial Governments.
 


20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - September 4, 2019

September 4, 2019: 20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 4th September, 2019, at 02:00 p.m., in Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No. 5), Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA.

2.             The Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance briefed the Committee on Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Sensitive Price Index (SPI). He informed the procedure for collecting the data of CPI & SPI. The Committee expressed its grave concern over the sharp increase in household prices. However, he informed that prices trend in market for different commodities have been decreased during last two week. He told that Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has issued new trend of CPI today. The Secretary, Ministry of Finance stated that government was focusing on policy rather than relief measures regarding to control the inflation. Mr. Asad Umar, Chairman of the Committee categorically said that “there was no issue other than inflation”. The Committee members have shown their apprehensions about the based data for making monitory policy by the State Bank of Pakistan. They were of the view whether SBP will continue its monitory policy on old date or will change according to the new figure. The Committee appointed three members Sub-Committee under the convenership of Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, MNA, according to the following composition and ToR:

Composition: 

i.                     Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, MNA                           Convener 

ii.                    Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar,                                    Member

iii.                  Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA             Member

Term of Reference (ToR):

                                “To recommend the measures for controlling inflation”.

3.             The Committee decided to dispose off the Sub-Committee, earlier appointed under the convenership of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA. The Secretary, Ministry of Finance briefed the Committee regarding fiscal situation of the country and leading accumulation of debt and fiscal deficit in current year 2018-19 and plans for 2019-20. He informed the Committee about shortfall in FBR and other revenues. He said that Rs. 321 Billion was decreased in FBR revenue, Rs. 276 Billion was decreased in other revenues in 2018-19, Rs. 286 Billion was increased in expenditures, Rs. 224 Billion in current expenditures and total deficit was Rs. 686 Billion during last financial year, which was approximately 1.8 percent decrease in GDP. He also informed the Committee about the details of domestic and external debts upto 30th June, 2019. The Committee recommended that Ministry of Finance will furnish the details of external and domestic debt to this Secretariat for onward submission before the Hon. Members. The representative from Ministry of Finance informed that domestic sukook bonds can be issued by the government in near future and international sukook bonds will also be issued in this year. The Committee recommended that Ministry of Finance will brief the Committee on debt management and its planning for next five years in the month of October, 2019.

4.             The Committee discussed the issue of GIDC in detail, expressed its concern and decided that Committee members will rephrase their questions/suggestions in this regard and the same would be forwarded to concerned quarter for their response.   
5.             Member (IR-Operation), FBR briefed the Committee about the measures adopted by the FBR for collection of revenue. She said that the target for the month of July, 2019 was fixed Rs. 291.5 Billion during July, 2019 FBR has collected Rs. 281.7 Billion, which was Rs. 255.6 Billion in July, 2018, entailing a growth of 10.2 percent. She further informed the collection in the month of August, 2019 was Rs. 297.7 Billion against the target fixed at Rs. 352.1 Billion. The Committee members expressed their apprehensions on the overall growth in the country and targets set by the FBR for collection of revenue.  The Committee decided that FBR will brief the Committee in the month of October, 2019 with regard to the achievements of revenue targets. The Committee unanimously rendered its consent for holding the meeting of the Committee on 17th September, 2019 at 11:15 a.m. with Mr. Jihad Azour, Director, Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD), IMF, Mr. Ernesto Ramirez Rigo, Mission Chief for Pakistan and Ms. Teresa Daban Sanchez, IMF’s Resident Representative for Pakistan. 

7.            The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Faiz Ullah, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hasan Gillani, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Chaudhary Khalid Javed, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Mover besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) and Ministry of Law & Justice.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development - September 3, 2019

Islamabad 3rd September, 2019:  5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) was held today under the Chairmanship of Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, MNA.

2.    The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 4th meeting held on 17th May, 2019.

3.    The Committee took the serious notice of embezzlements in the award of post matric scholarships to 202,169 workers children’s by the Workers Welfare Fund (WWF) particularly in Khyber PakhtunKhwa.  The Committee directed Secretary WWF to provide complete list of ongoing and completed housing and health projects.

4.    The 10,896 Pakistani imprisoned in jails/detention centers in different countries of the world was a way of concern. The Committee constituted the Sub-Committee with the following Composition and Terms of Reference:-

Composition:-

i.   Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto      Convener 
ii.  Mr. Javed Hassnain             Member
iii. Mr. Shahid Ahmed               Member

Terms of Reference:-

       “to look into the reasons of detentions of Overseas Pakistanis in different countries and formulated recommendations to help in releasing them from jails/detention centers”

5.    Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, Mr. Shahid Ahmed, Syed Javed Hassnain, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, Mr. Khial Zaman, Mr. Noor-ul-Hassan Tanvir, Mr. Muhammad Jamal- ud-Din, Mr. Atta Ullah, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah MNA’s, and senior officers from the Ministry attended the meeting.


Pakistan to host International Parliamentary Conference on SDGs in March 2020 - September 2, 2019

Islamabad, 2nd September 2019 - Male, Maldives: The 17 goals with 169 targets of the SDGs cross-cut all areas of government such as health, nutrition, education, poverty, climate change, and sustainable use of resources. The objectives integrate three approaches of development goals- social inclusion, economic development and environmental sustainability. While Pakistan is committed to the SDGs, the country has embarked on strategising and implementing its development agenda in line with the SDGs with a distinct approach. Having established first of its kind SDGs Secretariat in its Parliament, Pakistan has institutionalised the process of representation, legislation and representation of the SDGs targets.

Under the guidance of the Honourable Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, Mr. Asad Qaiser, the Convenor of the National Parliamentary Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Taskforce, MNA Mr. Riaz Fatiyana successfully hosted a National Consultation on SDGs in April 2019. The Consultation brought together counterparts from provincial and legislative assemblies for robust oversight of respective governments’ vis-à-vis policy, administrative, resource allocation and implementation functions. The Consultation provided an opportunity for National and Provincial SDGs Taskforces to strategise priorities and device a way forward in effectively advocating the SDGs’ agenda with respective federal and provincial legislatures, identifying legislative gaps, and to plan for robust representation through all available parliamentary instruments. One of the key recommendations, commonly emphasized by groups of both national and provincial representatives was to accord priority to international experience sharing and learning best practices on ‘Ending Poverty’ (SDG # 1).

“We are pleased to share that Pakistan will be hosting the Regional Conference on SDGs on 2nd & 3rd March, 2020.” - It was announced today in Maldives, during the Fourth South Asian Speakers’ Summit, by Mr. Riaz Fatyana MNA, Convener – Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs.
International Parliamentary Union has agreed to join this event. The invitation has been extended to all Far-East, South and Central Asian Countries.   


NA Standing Committee on Interior - August 30, 2019

Islamabad, 30th August, 2019; 7th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA in Committee Room No. 7 Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.  The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. Agenda discussed in the meeting included Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2019; The Pakistan Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019; Petition of Mr. Rafiq Ahmed & others and issues faced by Bach Christian Hospital, Abbotabad. The SSP South Khairpur, Sindh, briefed about the petition of Mr. Rafiq Ahmed. The Committee directed the Police to investigate the issue on merit and provide security to both the parties. For bringing peace between the tribes, the Committee also requested Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, Member of Committee, to help resolve the issue on tribal level, being prominent Politician and tribal personality of the area. The Police was also directed to share each and every development, regarding the issue, with the Committee.
 
3.  The “Pakistan citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was rejected by the Committee. Visa and Nationality issues, faced by Bach Christian Hospital, Qlandarabad, Abbottabad, were discussed and the Committee directed the Ministry of Interior to look into the matter for its solution at the earliest.
 
4.  Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Riaz Fatyana and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, FIA, Passport and Immigration, Ministry of Law and Justice and Sindh Police attended the meeting.         
 


NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - August 28, 2019


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets - August 27, 2019


7th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication - August 26, 2019

Islamabad, 26th August, 2019: 7th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication was held today at 11:00 a.m. in 4th Floor, Committee Room 07 Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon

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

3.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 08-07-2019.

4.         The representative from Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MOITT) briefed the Committee regarding the National Incubation Centre (NIC) Ignite and give overall presentation regarding the awareness program /milestones which they have achieved from the date of (Feb 2017- till-now).

The NIC representative also invited the honorable Committee Members to visit the NIC and the Chairman Committee agreed upon the visit of NIC and decided that the Committee will visit during the session days.

5.        The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) addressed to the Committee over the cyber-crimes, Security and objectionable material posted in social media where they stated new cyber-crime project has been commenced in Sept, 2018 project cost around (1,128 Million pkr ) within 2 years. NOC was also granted for the recruitment of 416 freshmen officers on 2 years contract. Where this project will fasten the cases process speed

The Chairman directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) representative to take strict action over the aggressive marketing of Sims selling at streets and un-official retailers. Where such practices are giving blow to the Cyber-crime. And further directed that to avoid Cyber-crime, Sim cards illegal registration and aggressive selling should be stopped or lowered.

6.       The Committee was also briefed by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) representative about usurpation the rights of PTCL employees after 2008 and not revised pay scales with addition since 2011 as announced by the Government. Where the PTCL employee Union head was also present during the meeting who informed the Committee about problems faced by employees. After detailed briefing/deliberations the chair constituted a sub-Committee consisting 3 members of Committee where Mr. Sher Ali Arbab as a convener and two other members ( Mr. Ali Gohar Khan and Mr. Muhammad Hashim) on the agenda regarding usurpations the rights of PTCL employees after 2008: embezzlements after 26% PTCL shares: not revised pay scales with the addition since 2011 as announced by the Government; not giving 12% share to the employees of the PTCL through BESOS in 2010; regularizations of NCPG, daily wages, contract employees; hundreds of PTCL employees sacked by the Government in 2010; granting of dues /arrears along with increased pensions.

7.         Agenda item no (IV) and (VI) were deferred till the next meeting of the Committee.

8.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr.Saghibzada Sibghatullah, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms Javaria Zafar Aheer, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, Ms.Nusrat Wahid, Mr.Muhammad Hashim, Mr.Ali Gohar Khan,  Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Naz Baloch, Mr, Syed Mehmood Shah . The meeting was also attended by Minister for IT and senior officers of the Ministry of IT.


Decision to take strict action against Timber mafia and to open Multan-Sukkur Motorway without further delay; Standing Committee directed to appoint Director General of Federal Directorate of Education as per existing rules; The employees of all Depa - August 26, 2019

Islamabad(                              ) Strict action should be taken against Timber mafia and Multan-Sukkur Motorway may be opened without further delay. These directions were passed by the Standing Committee on Government Assurances during its meeting held in Parliament House. The meeting was chaired by Chairman Standing Committee Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar. The meeting was informed that under Green Pakistan Programme (ten billion tree Tsunami Programme) ten billion trees would be planted or regenerated throughout the country with the cost of 125 billion rupees. It was informed to the Standing Committee that PC-I of Green Pakistan Programme would be passed in next week and thereafter implementation work would start. It was brought to the notice of the Committee that on one hand the government was struggling to plant the trees and on the other hand the timber mafia was engaged for deforestation. So the Standing Committee directed the concerned authorities to take strict actions against the timber mafia. The Standing Committee was briefed that Multan-Sukkur Motorway would be completed in a period of three weeks. However, due to non-availability of staff of Motorway Police it could not be open. The Standing Committee took serious notice of it and directed that Ministry of Communications and NHA should open Multan-Sukkur Motorway forthwith and no further delay in this regard would be tolerated. The Standing Committee took notice of non-appointment of Director General of Federal Directorate of Education and directed Ministry of Education to send a penal of suitable candidates to Establishment Division on or before 1st October 2019 so that a full time Director General may be appointed against the vacant position. It was informed to the Standing Committee that besides employees of National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan some employees of allied departments and agencies also serve during the Budget Sessions. The Minister of State for Finance announced honoraria for them. Similarly, honoraria was announced for those employees during previous Budget Session but honoraria could not be given to those employees by their departments. The Minister of State for Finance informed the Standing Committee that the case was discussed in the Cabinet which has already endorsed the payment of honoraria. So the Standing Committee directed all concerned departments to pay honoraria to their those employees who have been serving during these Budget Sessions.

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Government Assurances, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar and attended by Members National Assembly Mr. Mujahid Ali, Chaudhary Armghan Subhani, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Ms. Tahir Aurangzeb, MNA/Mover and Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA/Mover. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan was also present in the meeting. Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education, Director General, International Taxes, General Manager, Motorway (M-4), Secretary, Federal Board of Revenue and many other senior civil officers attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination, (IPC) meets - August 23, 2019

 

Islamabad 23rd August, 2019:  5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination, (IPC) was held under the Chairmanship of Agha Hassan Baloch, MNA.
 
2.    The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 4th meeting held on 17th May, 2019.
 
3.    The Committee showed displeasure over the absence of Chairman and Managing Director Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and directed that the presence of both should be ensured in the next meeting. The Committee recommended that the constitution of Pakistan Cricket Board should be discussed briefly in the next meeting. The Committee deferred the briefing on the performance of Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Team during world cup 2019 due to the absence of Chairman PCB.
 
4.    The Secretary apprised the Committee that the Provincial Sports Policy should focus on development of Sports from grass root level i.e. at District to Provincial level.  The Khyber PakhtunKhwa has finalized its Sports Policy.
 
5.    The Committee questioned the appointment of Secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Mr. Muhammad Asif Bajwa and directed that the detailed briefing should be given on the constitution of PHF and also on the decline of National Sports Hockey in the next meeting. 
 
6.      Mr. Mebhoob Shah, Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Ms. Robina Jamil, Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch, Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Mr. Ali Zahid, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhinder, Rana Mubashir Iqbal, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Ms. Nasiba Channa, Mr. Muhammad Anwar MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry attended the meeting.
 


20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice of the National Assembly was held today - August 21, 2019

National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - August 21, 2019

               Islamabad, 21st August, 2019: 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. 5, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.

1.             On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Abid Raza, MNA, regarding implicating the Hon. Member in a false politically motivated case in Kakarali Police Station, Gujrat by registering a fabricated FIR against him and alleged attempt by Mian Tahir Bashir, SP, Headquarter and Mian Muhamamd Arshad, DSP alongwith police force to forcibly occupy his property, the Committee disposed off the matter with consent of the mover.

2.             On the issue of Air Tickets and vouchers to the Hon. Members and the conversion of those Air Tickets into credit cards, the Committee recommended that Joint Secretary (Administration), Deputy Secretary (Services) of the National Assembly and Chief Commercial officer, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will propose their recommendations in this regard.

3.             The Committee pended the amendments moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA till its next meeting of the Committee.

4.             Dr. Nafisa Shah, (MNA/Mover) of agenda No. 6 briefed the Committee about the salient features of proposed amendment in rules 69, 122 & 244. The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs informed that amendments in rule No. 69 of the rules of procedure and the conduct of Business have already been recommended by the Committee for further approval of the National Assembly(House). The Committee also admired the efforts made by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA for strengthening the Legislative Business in the National Assembly. The Committee unanimously recommended that amendments in rules 122 & 244 proposed by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA may be forwarded to the Honorable Speaker for further deliberation in the House.

5.             The Committee discussed the Question of privilege raised by Mr. Faheem Khan, MNA regarding withdrawal of security of the Honorable Member. DIG (Admn), Sindh Police, briefed the Committee in that regard. However, the Committee decided that Home Secretary and Inspector General of Police, Sindh may be called in its next meeting.

6.              The Committee expressed its displeasure on the absence of senior officers from Ministry of Power, Zonal Chairman WAPDA, M&T, XEN Sukkur, and Chief Executive, Sukkur Electricity Power Company (SEPCO) with regard to the Question of privilege raised by Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, MNA regarding alleged disconnection of Electricity of his house.

7.             The Committee disposed off the Question of privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, MNA regarding misbehavior of Mr. Arshad Nabi Bhutto, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) New Karachi with consent of the mover.

8.             The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Khuram Shehzad, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Chaudhry Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Nawab Sher, Syed Murtaza Mahmud, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ch. Abid Raza, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Muhammad Aslam khan and Dr. Nafisa Shah, (MNA/Mover).


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - August 20, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - August 20, 2019

Karachi the 20th August, 2019: 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held in Conference Room, KPT Head Office, Karachi, at 11:00 am under the Chairmanship of Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA. The agenda of the meeting was circulated vide Notice No.F.8 (1)/2019-Com-I dated 9-8- 2019.
 
2.         Syed Ali Haider Zaidi Minister for Maritime Affairs told the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs on making Karachi clean under the programme “ Let us Clean Karachi” and in this regard heaps of garbage has been cleaned and drainages all over Karachi has been opened with the help of KPT. The committee recommended that the dollar facility account should be given to KPT for buying shipping vessels. A sub-committee was appointed by the committee to look into the affairs, issues and any wrongdoings in KPT in the last 20 years. The committee was told that KPT has earned a profit of 3 billion rupees.
 
 3.        The meeting was attended by Syed Ali Haider Zaidi Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs and MNAs, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh,Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Mir Khan Muhmmad Jamali, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Jam Abdul Karim Bijar, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Kamal Uddin, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Chairman KPT, DG Ports & Shipping, and Senior Officers of KPT.
 


NA Standing Committee on Maritimes Affairs meets - August 19, 2019

Karachi the 19th August, 2019: 5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held in Conference Room, KPT Head Office, Karachi, at 11:00 am under the Chairmanship of Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA. The agenda of the meeting was circulated vide Notice No.F.8 (1)/2019-Com-I dated 9-8- 2019.
 
2.         Syed Ali Haider Zaidi Minister for Maritime Affairs told the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs about the new shipping policy which will be in vogue very soon. It is a huge achievement of the present government. It will be beneficial for all the organizations such as KPT, PQA, PNSC, etc, and besides this investment in shipping sector will be greater as compared to the past. The process of digitization is being carried in the Ministry and its departments as well as organizations. Around ten new terminals will be built to facilitate the shipping companies and shipping vessels. The committee also asked KPT to strictly observe quota requirements for the jobs. The provincial government in conjunction with KPT should resolve the issues of traffic congestion and encroachment.
 
 3.        The meeting was attended by Syed Ali Haider Zaidi Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs and MNAs, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Mir Khan Muhmmad Jamali, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, Mr. Usama Qadri, Ms. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch,  Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Jam Abdul Karim Bijar, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Kamal Uddin, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Chairman KPT, DG Ports & Shipping, and Senior Officers of KPT.


NA Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - August 19, 2019

Islamabad; August 19, 2019: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met under Chairmanship of Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA in Islamabad this afternoon.

The Committee was briefed about the organizational structure and scope of activities of the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal. The Committee was apprised that Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal had been mandated to facilitate marginalized segments of the society through providing them financial assistance, rehabilitation and financial assistance for educational and health purposes. The Committee was apprised that Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal extended assistance from annual grants received from the government through its Dar-ul-Ehsas Orphanages, child support program, education for deserving students, health facilities to destitute patients and women empowerment through Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal establishment and social service organizations.
 
The Managing Director informed the Committee that the financial and administrative system in Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal had been strengthened and digitalization of the record of beneficiaries of the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal had been carried out besides establishment of facilitation centers and regional/sub-offices to ensure decentralization of the power and transparency. He also informed the Committee about the future initiatives of the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal.
 
The Committee appreciated the performance of the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal and directed to extend its facilities to other less developed districts of the country. The Committee also recommended for enhancing public outreach in all the districts so that the maximum number of destitute could benefit. The Committee also recommended for initiation of program for rehabilitation of families of shuhda and victims of violence and abuse.
 
The Committee later discussed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 Amendment of (Article 27) (moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA) and pended discussion on the Bill subject to decision of the Cabinet Committee on disposal of legislative business. The Committee directed the Establishment Division to apprise it on the Federal Public Service Commission (Validation of Rules) Ordinance, 2018 (Ord. No. XII of 2018) in light of the latest proceedings of the Supreme Court on a petition filed by an aggrieved candidate.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Ahmad Raza Maneka, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Syed Mehmood Shah, Movers of the Bill/Calling Attention Ms. Aliya Kamran, Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, Secretary, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division, Mr. Aon Abbas Buppi, Managing Director (PMB), Additional Secretary Establishment Division, Secretary FPSC and  Senior Officers of the concerned departments.
 


7th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile of the National Assembly was held today - August 16, 2019


Serious and tragic implications for Women in IOK due to the illegal and immoral decision by the Indian government to revoke the special Constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir - August 9, 2019

Islamabad, 9 August 2019.   Women’s Parliamentary Caucus   (WPC)  has stated  its grave concern at  the illegal and immoral decision by the  Indian government to revoke the special Constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The removal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status would allow non-Kashmiri Indians to settle and buy property in the state.

This is  a deliberate, methodical and unashamed  violation of India’s obligations under Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention; which  prohibits the transfer or deportation of persons in Occupied Territory. Kashmir is currently India’s only Muslim-majority state; thus, these illegitimate  actions can change  its demographic make-up which is  exceptionally alarming.

In the past, women and girls, in IOK, have been a perpetual target of different forms of abuses. We are seeing an imminent  multi-layered crisis where women and girls, sadly, would be the  first to be harmed and last to be heard.

WPC expects from all champions of human rights, women rights, child rights and people-centric approach, with their wealth of experiences, to demonstrate their solidarity with visible empathetic  actions.

All global influencers on peace, equality and rights including the decision  makers within UN system are urged to look into the issue with humanitarian lens and make every effort to ensure safety of Kashmiri people.


Standing Committee on National Food Security & Research was held on 8th August, 2019 - August 8, 2019

Islamabad the 8th August, 2019.  A Sixth meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security & Research was held on 8th August, 2019 at 01:00 p.m. in Committee Room, No.7, 4th Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA, for comprehensive briefing by Ministry of National Food Security & Research.

2. The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Secretary, M/o National Food Security & Research briefed the Committee over the pros and cons of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). Presently Pakistan is a non GMO food country and has not permitted any GMO crop for food and feed purpose and is enjoying a non-GMO status in the agriculture trade. The advantages of GMO crop include reduction in the pesticide use against the specific pest resultantly yield will increase ultimately, nutritional contents can be improved, the longer shelf life is possible, increased digestibility, etc. While explaining the disadvantages of GMO technology he informed that after introduction of crossed pollinated GMO crops co-existence of GMO and non-GMO will not be possible to protect the farming community and the consumer will not be able to sow and consume the non-GMO crops if they wish to do so, increase in use of herbicides, it can cause allergy, risk of antibiotic resistance, GM feed may present carcinogen exposure and other health risks, not environment friendly, gene splicing, serious concern on export of GMO products and there is no evidence of high yields of GMO as compared to hybrid varieties.

3. The Committee decided to invite the President of Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) in the next meeting to brief the Committee over the disbursement of agricultural loan and crop insurance scheme to the farmers. The Committee also extended the period of the Sub-Committee for another 30 days for deliberation on the Chamber of Agriculture Bill, 2019.

4. The meeting was attended by Rai Muhmmad Murtaza Iqbal, Mr. Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, Mr. Ahmad Hussain Deharr, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, Choudhary Faqir Ahmad, Mr. Kamal Uddin and Mr. Riaz Fatyana MNA’s, Minister for National Food Security & Research beside senior officers from the Ministry of National Food Security & Research.
 


Office Of The Chief Whip/Chairman Standing Committee On Government Assurances - August 8, 2019

On the invitation of Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Chief Whip rolling party, a briefing was arranged in Committee Room No.2, Parliament House, Islamabad. Dr. Sania Nishter, Chairperson BISP/EHSAS programme gave briefing to the members of National Assembly of Pakistan. Mr. Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri, Hon. Deputy Speaker also graced the occasion by his conspicuous presence. A large number of MNAs belonging to various political parties attended the briefing.
 
Dr. Sania Nishter briefed the MNAs about the targets, achievements and goals of AHSAS programme which has been launched on the direction of Hon. Prime Minister of Pakistan. This programme is meant to alleviate the poverty, suffering of the down trodden people belonging to less developed districts and regions of Pakistan. The Hon. Members keenly participated by raising a number of questions. The Chairperson assured that the recommendations and suggestions of parliamentarians will be duly incorporated in this programme. She further said that a state of the art and digital survey is being conducted in the country to pin point deserving people specially the women and youth. So that they are provided much needed financial assistance and technical education so that their suffering and miseries are brought to an end.
 
Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar thanked the members for their participation and keen interest in the briefing. He appreciated the efforts and endevours of Dr. Sania Nishter. He assured the parliamentarians that such further briefings will also be arranged in future.


4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - August 8, 2019

Islamabad, the 8th August, 2019: The 4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, MNA. The Committee approved the minutes of its previous meeting held 20.05.2019.

The Committee unanimously passed the resolution and condemned the violation of Human Rights and genocide of Kashmiri Muslims in Indian occupied Kashmir by the Indian Government. The Committee highly appreciated the unified role of the Parliament on this issue. The Committee condemned the political victimization of political leaders.

The Committee considered the report of the Sub-Committee on Human Rights on the Bills. The Committee approved the repot of the Sub-Committee and decided to defer “The Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Act, 2019” till its next meeting for further deliberation. The Committee was briefed by the Regional Police Officer, Multan on the  the incident happened in the jurisdiction  of Police Station Qutab Pur, Multan on 03.05.2019 regarding illegal dentition and torture of three brothers (matter referred by the Honourable Speaker to the Committee). The Committee was not satisfied by the briefing and report. The Committee decided to appoint a Sub-Committee on this issue.

The Committee deferred the agenda items regarding the status of implementation of the Judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan dated 19th June, 2014 and the commitments made with United Nations (UN) and all other international bodies along with current status with respect of the Child Protection and Safety and Security of Journalists with the directions to brief the Committee in its next meeting.

Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Ms. Zille Huma, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Shazia Marri, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, and Mr. James Iqbal MNAs/Members attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Ms, Aliya Kamran, MNA (Mover), Senator (Rtd.) Mr. Farhatullah Khan Babar, Senator (Rtd.) Mr. Babar Awan attended the meeting as Special Invitees and Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, MNA/Parliamentry Secretary M/o Human Rights and senior officers of the Ministry of Human Rights attended the meeting.


19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - August 8, 2019

August 8, 2019: 19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 8th August, 2019, at 03:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA.

2.             The Committee discussed the Calling Attention regarding imposition of huge taxes on marble processing units in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa resulting into closure of processing units, forcing the industrialist to shift to tax exempted areas of erstwhile FATA/PATA thus leaving thousands of workers jobless, moved by Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA and recommended that Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) will furnish its reply to the Committee for further consideration.  

3.             The Committee discussed the agenda pertaining to the recommendations of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products to uplift agriculture development in the country. Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security & Research informed the Committee that Ministry of National Food Security has worked out various projects under the vision of agriculture emergency for the development of agriculture sector. Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA/Convener of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products stated that agro economy has been handicapped due to lack of research work. He was of the opinion that major portion of allocated funds by the government have been utilized for salaries and other administrative business instead of research work.

4.             The Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security & Research informed that government has not allocated required funds of (five billion rupees) for research during current financial year 2019-20. The Committee recommended to Ministry of Finance for providing the required funds on priority basis. The Secretary Ministry of Finance assured the Committee that Rs. 1 Billion would be allocated to Ministry National Food Security & Research for research work in the second quarter of this financial year. The Committee also recommended that Special Committee on Agricultural Products will monitor the final allocation of funds to research its utilization only for the purpose.

5.             Mr. Asad Umar, Chairman of the Committee drew the attention of the Committee and Finance Secretary towards the decision made by the Cabinet in its meeting held in January, 2019 with regard to 50% reduction in Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC), particularly for the fertilizer sector. The Committee directed the Ministry of Finance to expedite the matter and furnish the report to this Committee at the earliest. The Addl. Secretary Ministry of Finance informed the Committee that said matter would be resolved shortly. 

6.             Chairperson, Competition Commission of Pakistan briefed the Committee about the reasons behind increase of price in wheat flour and sugar sector in the country. She said that Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) was engaged in fixing the prices of flour and provided its members a platform to exchange commercially sensitive information and strategic data on flour prices, which was prima facie violation of Section. She further informed the reasons for increase in wheat prices, which were related to increase in fertilizer prices by 16.7%, unavailability of canal water and irrigation flows in Quarter-2, Financial Year 2019 i.e 6.3% lower than last five years.

7.             While talking about the sugar situation in Pakistan, she said that after factoring in the sales tax and impact of paying farmer the government fixed price during the period of glut as submitted by sugar mill representatives, the sudden sky rocketing of the price of sugar in the current year still appears to be an anomaly given that the supply of sugar still appears to be in excess of its demand. Committee recommended that CCOP will deliver comprehensive briefing on the working and functioning of the Commission. The Committee Members expressed their concern on the PFMA cartel and sugar sector.    

8.             The Director General (International Taxation) FBR briefed the Committee with regard to Automatic Exchange of information, Data received from Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and its follow up plan. He explained the difficulties in getting the data and then interpreting, because only having the names of individuals. After detailed presentation, the Committee recommended that FBR will further brief the Committee in November, 2019 in this regard.

9.             The meeting was attended by MNAs Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali Mover/MNA and Syed Fakhar Imam Special invitee/Mover besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, FBR, ZTBL, CCOP, and Ministry of National Food Security & Research.


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Briefed in Detail About ML-1 - August 7, 2019

Islamabad, Wednesday, the 07th August, 2019:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today (in-camera), at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA to review the progress of different projects under CPEC.

According to Agenda the representative from the Ministry of Railway briefed the Committee about the ML-1 with the help of a detailed presentation comprising of project profile, projects scopes, project benefits, job opportunities, preliminary design, financial arrangements and project viability. The Chairman remarked that since the Prime Minister of Pakistan has already directed on 29th July, 2019 that PC-1 be processed for consideration of CDWP and ECNEC at the earliest, therefore, Ministry of Railway may kindly keep this Committee may informed about the progress in next meeting being its vital importance for the success of the CPEC.

The Special Secretary, Ministry of Interior briefed the Committee about the overall security arrangements, its legal framework and challenges being faced by the CPEC projects. The Chairman and the Members raised many questions on the working and capacity of the Special Security Division (SSD) with the direction to further improve the efficiency and professional capacity of the force leaving no space for anti-Pakistan elements to sabotage national objectives like CPEC.

The Secretary Power Division apprised the Committee on the provision of electricity to the proposed 03 early harvest Special Economic Zones and assured that their requests will be met out in the due course of the time without fail.

The Secretary Petroleum Division has also given their point of view along with the senior officers of the SNGPL and SSGPL regarding the provision of gas connections to SEZs on priority basis. The Chairman asked the Board of Investment to coordinate a meeting with Ministry of Petroleum and concerned SEZs to prepare a working plan to address this very important issue within 3 weeks and report back to the Committee in its next meeting. In the last, the Chairman asked the participants of the meeting to work hard in order to translate the CPEC project into reality with the spirit of with complete sincerity, national spirit and enthusiasm.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan, Ms. Zille Huma, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNAs, Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Senator Dr. Shehzad Waseem, Senator Khushbakht Shujat, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms and the Secretaries, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Secretary Power Division, Special Secretary Ministry of Interior and senior officers of Provincial Governments.
 


6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence was held today - August 5, 2019

Islamabad, 5th August, 2019: 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence was held today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) near by Kashmir House, Ataturk  Avenue (Service Road), F-5/2, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Amjad Ali Khan.

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

3.         RESOLUTION AGAINST INDIAN TROOPS AGRESSION AT LOC AND REVOCATION OF ARTICLE 370

·         The Committee unanimously passed a resolution against the Indian aggression at LOC and against the revocation of the article 370 by condemning the unlawful act of the Indian State in Kashmir. .

·         The Committee asked the International Human Rights Organization’s to play robust role to thwart the Indian human rights violation in Kashmir. And also mentioned that coercive steps taken by the Indian government and Military can destroy the peace of the region.

·         The Committee strongly emphasized that the Kashmir issue must be solved according to the UN Resolution with immediate effect so that no further bloodshed takes place.

·         The committee also mentioned that the Civilian and Military are on same page and ready to respond to any Indian aggression across the LOC and showed solidarity towards the Kashmiri brothers.

·         Committee also prayed for the martyred officers and soldiers who laid down their lives on western border and wished speedy recovery to the injured.

·         The Committee also directed to complete the process of border fencing as soon as possible in best interest of the national security.

4.         DISPLEASURE AGAINST CHIEF SECRETARIES OF SINDH AND BALOCHISTAN AND SECRETARY MINISTRY OF FINANCE BALOCHISTAN FOR NOT ATTENDING THE MEETING OF COMMITTEE

The committee expressed its deep concern and serious displeasure for not attending the previous and the present meeting of the Committee on the very important issues of GST shares of the Cantonments from the Provinces of Sindh and Balochistan and the grant-in-aid being not given to Ministry of Defence from the Ministry of finance and directed that the said officers should attend the next meeting of committee at any cost.

5.         THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT AND THE M/O DEFENCE SHOULD HOLD THEIR MEETING ON THE ISSUE OF GST SHARES TAKEN FROM THE PROVINCES OF SINDH AND BALOCHISTAN

After having a briefing from Ministry of Defence and response from Finance department Sindh, the committee unanimously directed the representatives of Finance Department, Sindh to have a meeting with the representatives of M/O Defence to resolve the issue regarding the Cantonment Boards for non-payment and less receipts of Octroi share from Sindh province and come up with a final solution before the Standing Committee and Compliance.

6.         BRIEFING ON ALL CANTONMENT BOARDS IN PAKISTAN

The Secretary M/O Defence briefed to the Committee about its different Cantonment Boards in the country and their different region. The Secretary M/O Defence answered about different queries and question of the Honorable Members of the Committee in this regard.

7.         BRIEFING ON GRANT-IN-AID

After briefing by the Ministry of Defence on the issue of Grant-in-Aid Being not given to the Ministry of Defence from the Finance Division and directed the M/O Defence and Finance.

8.      The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Syed Faiz Ul Hassan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms.Kanwal Shauzab, Mr.Riaz ul Haq, Mr.Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, and Mr.Aftab Shaban Mirani. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Defence.


6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform was held today - August 5, 2019

Islamabad, 5th August, 2019; 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform was held today at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Akbar, MNA.

2.         The Ministry submitted the compliance report regarding the recommendations of the previous meeting but the committee was not satisfied by the briefing relating to agriculture. The Committee recommended that a comprehensive analysis on last three 5 years Plans may be submitted to the Committee in next meeting.  The Committee asked about completion of Narowal Sports City project, the Ministry submitted that all projects which are 80% complete will be considered on priority basis.

3.         On the briefing about publication of new PSDP book by the Ministry after approval of budget; the Ministry informed that NEC is a constitutional body to consider the proposals submitted by the Ministry of PD & R and the PSDP recommended by NEC was placed in the National Assembly. While approving PSDP 2019-20, the NEC authorized MoPDR to make adjustments within the overall size of the PSDP. The Ministry informed the Committee that the changes in the PSDP by the Ministry were conveyed to the National Assembly. The Committee recommended to provide the letter containing details of changes in the PSDP to the National Assembly.

3.         The Committee raised the question regarding the non-completion of Narowal Sports City Project. The Committee recommended that the Narowal Sports City project may be completed on priority basis. The Ministry informed that projects that are 80% complete are given priority. The Committee directed to submit reply about basis of approval and later on disapproval of Mansehra Airport project. While discussing the projects of CPEC Honorable Members raised concerns over exclusion of areas of FATA and Buner from CPEC projects and lack of PSDP projects in the said areas. The Committee recommended that the KPK Government may considered the matter.

4.         Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shaukat Ali, Syed Faiz Ul Hassan, Mr. Nawab Sher, Dr. Seemi Bukhari, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Naveed Dero, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Abdul Shakoor and senior officers from the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Energy meets - August 1, 2019

Islamabad the 1st August, 2019: 3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Energy was held in Committee Room No.2, Parliament House, at 2:00 pm under the Chairmanship of Dr. Imran Khattak, MNA. The agenda of the meeting is circulated vide Notice No. F.3 (1)/2019-Com-I Vol-I dated 29th July, 2019.

2.         The Committee Members showed serious reservations on incomplete developments schemes in their constituencies. In past there has been Steering Committee on Prime Minister Sustainable Development Goals which used to give approval of the development schemes relating to electrification and gasification of areas of Members. The Committee suggested that another Steering Committee on previous pattern be made under the Chairmanship of Minister for Defence Mr. Parveez Khattak, and Secretary Cabinet, Petroleum and Planning Divisions be made Members of the Committee. Regarding issuing of new gas connections the Committee asked the Ministry to review the policy of issuance of new connections.

3.         The Committee took notice of the criminal negligence by K-Electric in different districts of Karachi especially where precious lives were lost during the recent rainy season. The Committee asked the Secretary Power to submit detailed report on this matter and also summoned K-Electric in the next scheduled meeting.         

4.         MNA’s Malik Anwar Taj, Mr. Shahid Ahmed, Choudhary Aamir Sultan Cheema, Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, Mr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, Movers Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA and Secretaries of  Petroleum, Power and Cabinet Divisions along with senior officers attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination meets - August 1, 2019

4th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held on 1st August, 2019 at 10:30 a.m in Committee room of PIPS Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.

The Committee expressed displeasure over the change in composition of Board Members of PMDC where 04 members of the Board have been ousted without taking into confidence to the President PMDC. The Committee directed to hold inquiry on the issue and submit its report to the Committee. The Committee observed that requirement for appearing in entry test increased to 70% marks in F.Sc. However, to encourage the students from backward areas of Balochistan and Sindh the Committee recommended lessening the merit from 70% to 60%. The Committee directed that evaluation and inspection of the Medical Colleges must be strictly observed, if not found up to marked, may be given some time to improve themselves otherwise be closed. The Committee appreciated the efforts made by PMDC regarding online registration of doctor to avoid unnecessary delay. 

The Committee discussed the Transplantation of Human Organs and tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA). After detailed deliberations on the said Bill the Committee unanimously passed the ”Transplantation of Human Organs and tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2019” after slight amendment. 

The following MNAs, Dr. Haider Ali Khan, Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Mr. Jai Parkash, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Nousheen Hamid, Dr. Seemi Bokhari, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Prof. Dr. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Ms. Samina Matloob, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Dr. Darshan, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Mr. James Iqbal, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Mover of the Bill and Advisor on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination attended the meeting.
 


18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - July 30, 2019

18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 30th July, 2019, at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA.

2.         The Committee discussed “The Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2019” clause by clause. Director General, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) briefed the Committee about the penalties and procedure of the said Bill. Deputy Governor, State Bank of Pakistan informed the Committee that an amendment has been proposed on the suggestions of the Committee with regard to move or transfer of foreign currency (inland moment), which would be upto maximum US$ 10,000 (or equivalent in other currency). After threadbear discussion, the Committee unanimously recommended that the subject Bill may be passed by the National Assembly with minor amendments. 

3.         The Committee discussed “The Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2019” clause by clause and unanimously recommended that the subject Bill may be passed by the Assembly with few amendments.

4.         The Committee also considered that “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Interest on Private Loans Bill, 2019” would be discussed in its upcoming meeting, Akhuwat (NGO) and  Microfinance Institutions will  be called.  

5.         The Committee deferred the agenda related to the recommendations of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products to uplift agriculture development in the country and decided that the same would be discussed exclusively.

6.         The Committee deferred the agenda with regard to the briefing by Competition Commission of Pakistan about the sharp increase of price in cement, flour, sugar, domestic airfare and automotive industry in the country.

7.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Faiz Ullah, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani,    Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali Mover/MNA and Syed Fakhar Imam Special invitee/MNA besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, Planning Division, FBR, SBP, SECP, ZTBL, FIA, Ministry of Law, and Ministry of National Food Security & Research.


Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - July 30, 2019

Islamabad; 30th July, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat was held in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad this afternoon with Mr. Amin-ul-Haque, MNA in the Chair.

Ø    The Committee highly appreciated that the performance of Benazir Income supports Programme (BISP) and directed that management of BISP may ensure the transparency while distributing funds to the beneficiaries. The Committee further directed that management of BISP may move a summary for enhancement of budget to expand its network to bring its benefits in remote and far-flung areas of the country as well.

Ø     The Committee expressed concern over the non-observance of service quota reserved for citizens of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and directed that Establishment Division may provide complete detail of recruitments made during the last year with regards to quota reserved for ICT along-with reasons of violation if any, and deferred the issue till its next meeting.

Ø    The Committee deferred the Calling Attention Notice due to absence of Chairman, ERRA and directed that he may be requested to ensure his presence in the next meeting to brief the Committee regarding non-restoration/completion of 177 schools in District Abboatabad despite laps of 14 years.

Ø    The meeting was attended by Mr. Saleem Rehman, MNA, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA, Ms. Usma Riaz, Mr. Muhammad Hashim Nazir, MNA, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, MNA, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar, MNA, and Movers of the Bill Ms. Aliya Kamran Khan, MNA and Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA and Officials of Cabinet Division, Establishment Division, BISP and PBM .


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - July 29, 2019

Islamabad the 29th July, 2019.A fifth meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 29th July, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room, No.7, 4th Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, for comprehensive briefing by Climate Change Division.

2. The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Secretary, M/o Climate Change briefed the Committee over the action plan and proposals for enhancing community resilience and adaptation against Climate Change and Environment with a particular focus on farmers. He informed that GCISC has been engaged with Federal and Provincial Agricultural research and extension institutions to develop research and outreach program to build resilience in the farming sector. He further informed that Ministry has developed a Media Communication Strategy in-coordination with Ministry of Information and has also started working on Establishment of Food, Energy, Water Security Early Warning System in the Indus Basin and establishment of permanent roundtable on Climate Change, agriculture and food security for raising public awareness. The Ministry informed the Committee that according to the findings of GCISC 6-16 % decrease is expected in agricultural sector during 2030-2040.     

3.The Minister of State for Climate Change informed the Committee that there is no flood forecasting in near future and all the DCO’s have been directed to coordinate with the Parliamentarians of the concerned districts in terms of flood and disaster management if it occurs in future for public awareness.

4. The Committee recommended that the provincial forest Secretaries and CDA to be invited in the next meeting to brief the Committee over the tree plantation in the country. The Committee also decided to invite the Agricultural Universities to share the research papers regarding agriculture sector.    

5. The meeting was attended by Dr. Haider Ali Khan, Mr. Khial Zaman, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Dr. Seemi Bokhari, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Shahida Rehmani and Mr. Afreen Khan MNA’s beside senior officers from the Ministry of Climate Change and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency etc.


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - July 29, 2019

Islamabad, 29th July, 2019; 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA in Committee Room of NADRA, Headquarters, Islamabad.

2.The Mayor, Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad, briefed the Committee regarding the action taken against Cabins/Khoka. He informed the Committee that a Committee has been constituted to resolve the issue. The Committee recommended that Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, may be included in the said Committee.

3.The DIG Security, Islamabad Capital Territory Police, briefed the Committee regarding mission, vision, organogram, human resource, financial resource, performance, way forward and initiatives/achievements of ICT Police. The Committee recommended that salary package of Police force may be enhanced and the Daily Allowance during the medical leave, due to injury during duty, may be paid to police force of ICT Police. He informed about the Khuli Katcheris are held to redress the grievances/complaints of general public. The Committee recommended that in addition to concerned SP, IG/DIG and political representative of the area may also be present in the Khuli Katcheri. It was also informed that on the pattern of KPK police, Dispute resolution committees (DRC) have been established in each police station. The Committee recommended that Dispute resolution committees may be made active to resolve the disputes at the grass root level.

4.Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, yed Iftikhar Ul Hassan, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Ms. Mehnaz Aziz Akbar and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, MCI and ICT Police attended the meeting.
 


Session Of The National Assembly To Be Prorogued Today On Conclusion Of Its Business: Decides NA Business Advisory Committee - July 16, 2019

Islamabad; July 16, 2019: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the Chair to discuss the business for the Session of the National Assembly.
 
The agenda and ways and means to run the proceedings of the current session of the National Assembly were discussed. It was decided that the Session would be prorogued today on conclusion of its business. It was further decided that apart from private Members business, matters of public importance would be discussed.
 
The meeting was attended by the Ministers; Mr. Pervez Khattak, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Dr. Shireen M. Mazari, Mr. Minister of State Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNAs; Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhoottani, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Mr. Khurram Dastagir Khan, Ch. Hamid Hameed, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi and Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah.
 
 


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC visits National Agriculture Research Centre - July 10, 2019


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Review the Progress of SEZs - July 10, 2019

Islamabad, Thursday, the July 11, 2019:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today (in-camera), at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA. The Committee was briefed by the Secretary M/o Planning Development and Reforms regarding the overall progress and recommendations made by the Committee in its last meeting. Moreover, the respective Secretaries of the Provinces also briefed the Committee about the SEZs included in the early harvest programme of the CPEC. The Members and the Chairman pointed out different ambiguities and short comings particularly highlighting a detailed business plan as well as its impact in providing job opportunities to the local peoples of the project area.

The Committee also appreciated the progress and work done so far by the Allama Iqbal Industrial City, Faisalabad with the remarks that they will complete the project within time line shown by them in presentations and it would be a model project up to expectations of all stake holders and play a role of driver to promote export and economy of the country.

The Chairman also welcomed the Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Senator Dr. Shehzad Waseem who were recently nominated by the Chairman Senate in the Committee and further said that the Committee will be benefited by the experience and contribution of these Senior Parliamentarians.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, Ms. Zille Huma, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Ms Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNAs, Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Senator Dr. Shehzad Waseem and the Secretaries, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Board of Investment and senior officers of Provincial Governments.


 


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - July 8, 2019

Islamabad, 8th July, 2019: 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication was held today at 11:00 a.m. in 4th Floor, Committee Room 07 Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon. The agenda of the meeting is given as under;-

i)                    Comprehensive briefing on (IGNITE) National Technology Fund; National Incubator Centers and its progress;
ii)                  Briefing on the criteria adopted for awarding the contract to a company with regard to the IT Park being constructed in Chak Shahzad, Islamabad. Furthermore, its financial positions, past record etc.

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

3.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on  27-05-2019.

4.         The Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication briefed the Standing Committee on pervious recommendations and its progress to the Committee in details.

5.         The CEO IGNITE, Mr. Yusuf Hussain briefed the Committee regarding ongoing and upcoming programs in IT sector. The purpose of the program is to bring innovation to help masses in Education, Agriculture, Health, and energy. The CEO IGNITE informed the Committee in which the lives of masses can be improved by using artificial intelligence and technology in daily life. Furthermore he discussed various programs that have already started helping the peoples. it discussed the progress of already established National Incubator Centers (NICs) in all provinces and it will also help to creating jobs and contribute the economy of state.

6.         He also added that the IGNITE is playing its key role by supporting such innovate ideas in all provinces of the country.

7.         Honorable Member of the Committee also inquired about the weak signals of the cellular companies especially in some areas in the Baluchistan and Qallat. In this regard, the Committee directed that the issues regarding weak signal should be improved and ensure un-interrupted network services all over the country.

8.         On the issues related to the Cyber Crime, Security and Objectionable material posted on social media, the Committee decided that the representative from FIA, PTA, Cabinet and M/o Interior may be invited in the next meeting for briefing on the above said issues.  

9.         The agenda on the construction of IT park being constructed in Chak Shahzad, Islamabad was deferred due to the shortage of time and Committee decided that it will be discussed in the next meeting.

10.       The meeting was attended by MNAs Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Ms. Javairia Zafar, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Romina Khursheed Alam, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Naz Baloch and Syed Mehmood Shah. The meeting was also attended by Minister for IT and senior officers of the Ministry of IT.  


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production meets - July 8, 2019

5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production of the National Assembly was held today i.e. 8th July, 2019 at 03:00 p.m., in Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No. 5), Parliament House Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA.
 
2.         The Director General (Explosive), Ministry of Industries & Production presented a short brief on working and performance by Department of Explosives (DOE). He mentioned the efforts made for upgradation and modernization of department of explosives. He informed the Committee about shifting of head office from Private Building to Government building was near to completion. He also informed that DOE has appointed twelve Assistant Directors (through FPSC).
 
3.         Members expressed their grave concern over the accidents caused by LPGs and CNGs cylinders. The Committee Members also inquired the DG (Explosives) about the storage capacity limit and explosive license.
 
4.         The Advisor to Hon. Prime Minister on Industries & Production and Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Production briefed the Committee about the pros and cons of the revival plans for Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM). They said that the ECC of the Cabinet in its meeting of 3rd May 2019 has directed to place PSM on Privatization List and further directed Ministry of Industries & Production to make a formal proposal in this regard to CCoP, which was competent forum for the purpose. The Committee Members were keen to inquire the issues of mismanagement and pensions of PSM employees. The Advisor to PM informed about Public Private Partnership (PPP) to be established in PSM. A Member of the Committee was of the opinion that before adoption PPP model, the federal government should consult with government of Sindh. The Committee showed its concern to visit PSM location.  
 
5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Muhammad Akram, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan besides the senior officers of Ministry of Industries & Production.  


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets - July 8, 2019

Islamabad, 8th July, 2019: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.

1.             On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Abid Raza, MNA, regarding implicating the Hon. Member in a false politically motivated case in Kakarali Police Station, Gujrat by registering a fabricated FIR against him and alleged attempt by Mian Tahir Bashir, SP, Headquarter and Mian Muhamamd Arshad, DSP alongwith police force to forcibly occupy his property, the Committee unanimously decided that the R.P.O Gujranwala should further inquire into the matter, prepare the report for the Committee and satisfy the Hon. Member. However, the Committee pended this Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

2.             On the Question of Privilege raised by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA regarding baseless and fabricated story concocted against the prestige of him for defamation amongst the public through Media in his absence by Mr. Tahir Ahmed Khan, Chief MEPCO, Multan, Mr. Umar Lodhi, Superintendent Engineer, Mr. Shahzad Rahi, XEN Shujabad Division, Raja Arif, SDO, Shujabad, Mr. Muhammad Mubashir, Line Superintendent, Mr. Muhammad Qamar, Assistant Lineman and Mr. Muhammad Khalid, LD against the Hon. Member, the Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by Secretary, M/o Energy (Power Division), M.D PEPCO, C.E.O MEPCO and other Officers of MEPCO and directed them to attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. However, the Committee pended this Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

3.             The Committee disposed of the Question of Privileges raised by Mr. Faiz Ullah and Mr. Attaullah, MNAs.

4.             On the issue of Air Tickets and vouchers to the Hon. Members and the conversion of those Air Tickets into credit cards, the Committee pended the issue till its next meeting with the direction to the PIA management to resolve the Question and Queries raised by the Hon. Members. However, the Committee pended this Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

5.             On the issue of Health facilities for the Hon. Parliamentarians, the Committee unanimously decided to appoint a Sub-Committee. It was also decided that the said Sub-Committee would also look into the issues and problems being faced by the Hon. Parliamentarians in Parliament Lodges regarding CDA. 

6.       On the amendment moved by Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, MNA, regarding the suspension of the proceedings of the National Assembly for namaz, the Committee unanimously agreed to approve the amendment as per proposal given by Additional Secretary (Legislation) of the National Assembly.

7.       The Committee pended the amendments moved by Ms. Shazia Marri and Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNAs till its next meeting of the Committee.

8.       The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 18th April and 9th May, 2019.

9.             The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Ms. Ghulam Bibi, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Khuram Shehzad, Makhdomzada Syed Basit Ahmed Sultan, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Chaudhry Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr.Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ch. Abid Raza and Mr. Faiz Ullah, Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi and Mr. Attaullah, MNA/Movers.


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - July 8, 2019

Islamabad, the 8rd July, 2019; 7th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, MNA in Committee Room Seminar-2, Main PIPS Office, Sector F-5/2, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. It was decided about the Agenda Item No. I that minutes of the previous meetings will be confirmed by the Committee in its next meeting whereas the Agenda Item No. II i.e. Comprehensive Report was already given by the Ministry of Railways. The Secretary, Ministry of Railways gave detailed briefing on the Agenda Item No. III regarding train-wise detail of increase in fare of all classes during the last 8 months. The Secretary, Ministry of Railways apprised the Committee that detailed information/proposal for paying taxes to FBR as well as petroleum levy to Pakistan State Oil will be shared with the Committee in its next meeting for which the Ministry of Railways have fought to resolve such issue. He added that the Ministry was in the process of reconciliation which will be done within 15 days. An Hon’able MNA suggested to invite Secretary M/o Petroleum and Managing Director, Pakistan State Oil in its next meeting to resolve the issues. He also suggested to open new routes for the passengers. A member suggested that Railways Board should also be reconstituted and information be provided to the Committee about the total Railways commercial/agriculture/residential Land lying in the country, the Secretary M/o Railways apprised the Committee that first of all the Ministry will take the preventive measures on the land problems and issues then Committee will be constituted to resolve the issues. It was decided to hold its another meeting in Islamabad.  

The reply on Agenda Item No. IV and V regarding cost benefit ratio of newly launched trains as well as Policy and Criteria for running/launching of new trains was given by the Ministry to the Committee upon which no discussion was made during the meeting. Then the Secretary, M/o Railways gave briefing on the Agenda Item No. VI about the reasons behind the continuation of 7 newly launched loss making trains in the country. The Committee was informed that Ministry of Railways has been earning profit of Rs.326 million from the ten trains whereas the Ministry was trying to improve the situation of little loss by increasing stoppages to the trains and new bogies in this regard will also be attached with the Rawalpindi Express(109 Up/110Dn) for Sargodha. The Committee was also given briefing by the Secretary, M/o Railways on Agenda Item No. VII regarding correct data on punctuality upon which a Member pointed out to correct the figure of punctuality of trains. Another Member expressed concern on the schedule of trains that trains have been becoming late for several hours and suggested to increase punctuality of trains schedule. The Committee was also given briefing by the Secretary, M/o Railways on Agenda Item No. VIII. The Committee suggested the Ministry that three Members should be included in the Division to recruit TLA workers through computerized ballot to define its transparency. The Committee suggested to invite Chief Secretary, Govt. of the Punjab and resolve the issue of opening the Railways level-crossing, Okara in the next meeting. 

Hon. Members/MNAs Mr.Muhammad Bashir Khan, Sheikh Rashid Shafique, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Khawaja Saad Rafiuqe, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Mr. Ramesh Lal, and Chairman, Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, attended the meeting.
 


71th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - July 4, 2019

71th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 4th July, 2019, at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA.
 
2.    The Committee expressed its displeasure on the absence of Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Director General, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), and unanimously decided to defer the agenda pertaining to Government Bills (the Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2019). The Committee also pended the Eradication of Riba Bill, 2019 on the written request of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) after the consultation with Moulana Abdul Akber Chitrali, MNA/Mover of the said Bill for three months.
 
3.    The Committee recommended that Federal of Board of Revenue (FBR) will deliver a comprehensive presentation with regard to the procedures of tax returns and its flaws in its next meeting. 
 
4.    The Committee noted the problems being faced by the real estate sector due to uncertainty about the implementation of property value with regard to DC rates, increase in FBR value and recommended the Advisor on Finance & Revenue to coordinate with provincial governments in order to address the anomalies in that regard. The Committee also directed the FBR to issue a clarification about increase in FBR’s property rates at the earliest. The Committee was of the view that single assessment mechanism should be introduced to define the property rates in the country.  The Committee discussed that FBR should not increase their valuation table (FBR rates), till the reduction of property rates by the provinces. 
 
5.    The Committee deferred the agenda regarding work plan assigned by the Special Committee on Agricultural Products to Uplift the Agriculture Development in the country and directed that Mr. Fakhar Imam or any other member of the said Committee may be invited in the next meeting of the Committee.  
           
6.    The Committee expressed its grave concern over the unsatisfactory and incomplete presentation of FBR on the Automatic Exchange of information, data received from Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Committee directed that Chairman FBR should brief the Committee in that regard in its next meeting. 
 
7.    The Committee unanimously recommended that Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) will be invited shortly to explain the reasons of sharp price increase in cement, flour, sugar, domestic airfare and automotive industry in the country.
 
8.    While talking about the refund problems being faced by the exporters, the Committee recommended the FBR to arrange a detailed briefing about the criteria of refunds and role of newly created refund’s company in FBR. The Committee unanimously decided to appoint a four (4) Members Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA, the Sub-Committee comprises of the following: 
            i.          Mr. Raza Nasrullah, MNA                   Member
            ii.         Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, MNA             Member
            iii.        Ms. Nafisa Shah, MNA,                           Member
           
ToRs of the Sub-Committee:
“To identify the problems being confronted by the local textile sector due to zero rating on export and other taxation charges regarding exports, imports and local industries.
The Sub-Committee will submit its recommendations to main Committee within thirty days”.
 
9.    The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Faiz Ullah, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vanwani, Chaudhry Khalid Javed, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah and Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, EAD, FBR, SBP, SECP, ZTBL, Ministry of Law, Ministry of National Food Security & Research.
 


NA Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - July 3, 2019

NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training meets - July 3, 2019

Islamabad, the 3rd July, 2019; 5th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training was held today under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA in Committee Room No. 7, 4th floor, Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the previous minutes of the meeting of the Committee, held on 20th May, 2019.  The Executive Director, Higher Education Commission presented the comprehensive report on the previous recommendations of the Committee and answers on the queries of the Members.

The Committee discussed the Agenda Item No. III regarding “The University of Islamabad Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)”. The Executive Director, Higher Education Commission informed the Committee that it should be cleared that this university will be established in Islamabad otherwise, NOC will not be issued without its clarification. The Committee asked the Ministry of Federal Education to confirm from the Revenue Officer, CDA to provide record of 103 kanal of land situated in the Behria Enclave, Islamabad, review the jurisdiction and locality of the land in Islamabad,  provide detailed information about its Governing Body, its sponsor and how much students will be facilitated in this University in future. The Committee deferred this Bill till provision of the detailed information on it.

The Committee also discussed the Agenda Item No. IV regarding detailed briefing on the functions of the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (ICT-PEIRA). The Chairman, PEIRA, gave briefing on it but the Committee could not be satisfied on his briefing, and expressed concern over non-functioning of PEIRA as fees were being charged from the students during the months of summer vacations, were not being paid salaries according to the rules of PEIRA.  The Committee expressed concern over non-functioning of PEIRA, and the M/o Federal Education and Professional Training as the Supreme Court of Pakistan had to decide the issues of PEIRA how to manage the 2000 schools and urged that Ministry of Education should help framing new rules and business of PEIRA. The Committee suggested the Ministry should make external audit of PEIRA. The Committee also suggested the Ministry to provide governance and financing details of PEIRA to the Committee in its next meeting.

The Committee suggested to provide Rules of Business of PEIRA to the Committee before its next meeting. The Committee suggested the Ministry to increase the membership of PEIRA from two to twenty to stream line its governance. The Committee recommended to increase the salaries of teachers. The Committee also suggested to the Ministry that all the stake-holders should be taken into confidence for making education policy.

The Committee suggested the Ministry that PEIRA should entertain private schools. The Committee asked the Ministry to provide detail of school teachers who were disqualified. The Committee suggested the Ministry that fees of summer vacation should not be charged from the students. The Committee constituted Sub-Committee in the Convenership of Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA comprising Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan, and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNAs to resolve the issues being faced by Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (ICT-PEIRA).

Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Awan, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Asma Hadeed, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Mahesar, and Chairman, Mian Najeeb ud Din Awaisi, attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets - July 3, 2019

Islamabad, the 3rd July, 2019:The Standing Committee on Housing & Works stressed upon making financial model viable for the low paid Federal Government Employees in the Housing Schemes recently inaugurated by the Hon. Prime Minister of Pakistan at Quetta, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
 
5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works was held today under the Chairmanship of Engr. Muhammad NajeebHaroon, MNA.
 
The Committee was apprised that the Government was committed to provide low-cost shelter to the Government officials of Grade 1 to 16, thus, decided to allocate 80% of Housing Units to these employees.The Housing Units are to be constructed by the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) under “The Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme” at Askari-VI, MouzaChaklala, Rawalpindi and Sector G-13 and G-14, Islamabad. Moreover, the House Building Finance Corporation (HBFC) will provide financial support to these low-paid employees for payment of their installments.
 
About the incident with a family of Quetta at Qasr-e-NazKarachi which occurred due to use of banned poison,the Committee was assured by the Minister for Housing and Works that strict disciplinary action(s) against all those found responsible will be taken.The Committee however expressed concern over non-attendance of meeting by the Director General Pak. PWD.
 
About the BaharaKahu Project,the Committee was apprised by the Ministry that all codal formalities have been completed and the execution work on the said project was also started.
 
The Committee also decided to take up for its discussion, the report of a Sub-Committee appointed by the previous Standing Committee on Housing & Works during last regime of PML(N) under the convener-ship of Mr. Rajab Ali Baloch, ex-MNA, on the issues of Estate Office.
 
Besides the Hon. Minister for Housing & Works, the meetingwas attended by Mr. Mehboob Shah, Malik Anwar Taj,Ch. JavedIqbalWarraich, Ms. NafeesaInayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. WajihaAkram,Mr. Salahuddin, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Mr. Muhammad IsrarTareen, Ch. AbidRaza, Syed IftikharUl Hassan,Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. SeemaMohiuddinJameeli,Syed Agha Rafiullahand Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai, MNA/Members. The senior officers of Ministry of Housing and Works, Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation and Pak-PWD were also present in the meeting.


National Assembly Standing Committee was Briefed that in Urban Areas of the Country, 80% Drinking Water in Sindh & Balochistan and 100% in Gilgit is Contaminated and Unsafe - July 3, 2019

The Committee was informed that all companies in the Country provide just bottled water whereas the only Qarshi Company which provides the mineral water. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held today at Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), H/8-1, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA.
 
The Chairman PCRWR briefed the Committee that budget for research in PCRWR has not been given for the last two years. He further stated that its laboratories in all over the Country will be functional soon which were dormant since 2015.
 
Ch. Fawad Hussain, Federal Minister for Science & Technology informed that research data is essential to make more informed policies and standards that is only possible if research laboratories are well equipped and human resource is well trained.
 
The Committee was further briefed that government of Punjab spent Rs.88 crore during last five years to provide safe drinking water but failed due to improper planning. The Committee recommended that steps should be taken creating liaison amongst provinces and Federation.
 
The following MNAs, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmed Malik, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Dr. Samina Matloob, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto and Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva besides the officials of the Ministry attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage meets - July 3, 2019

Islamabad; 3rd July, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage was held in Conference Room of PEMRA, Islamabad this afternoon with Mian Javed Latif, in the Chair.

Ø    The Committee recorded protest over the non-issuance of Production Orders of Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and Khawaja Saad Rafique under Rule 108 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly 2007. The Committee deemed it a clear violation of rule and recommended that if the Government is reluctant to release the production orders, amendment may be brought in the existing rules.

Ø    The Committee expressed its grave concern over the issue of non-payment of salaries to the media persons and directed that M/o Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage may present the draft of new policy formulated to remove lacuna’s to streamline the services of media persons so that Committee could finalize it in-consultation with all stake holders.

Ø    The Committee criticize the media policy of the Government and directed that Ministry may provide complete detail of amount released to different private channels during the last six months and report to the Committee in its next meeting.

Ø    Earlier, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts taken by them to safeguard the interest of the media persons and problems faced by them in this regard.

Ø    The meeting was attended by Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Akram Cheema, MNA Mr. Aftab Jahangir, MNA Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer, Ms. Syma Nadeem, MNA, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, MNA Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA, Ms. Naz Baloch, MNA and Officials of M/o Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage, and representatives of media Unions.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - July 2, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - July 2, 2019

Islamabad, 02nd July, 2019; 17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justicewas held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

2.   The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 10thJuly 2019, and deferred the implementation status of its previous recommendations.

3.   The Committee consideredthe Bill “The Legal Practitioner and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill 2018,Moved by Ms.Aliya Kamran MNA”after detail deliberationsthe Committee recommends that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting due to non-availability of Mover.

4.   The Committee considered “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 1, 51, 59, 106, 154, 175A, 198 and 218) (Moved by Rana Sana Ullah Khan, MNA)”after detail deliberationsthe Committee recommends that that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting due to non-availability of Mover.

5.   The Committee considered “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 1, 51, 59, 106, 175A and 218) (Moved by Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA)” after detail deliberationsthe Committee recommends that that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting.

6.   The Committee considered “The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Moved by Dr.Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA)” after detail deliberationsthe Committee recommends that that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting due to non-availability of Mover.

7.   The Committee considered “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 51, 59, 106, 154, 175A and 218) (Moved by MurtazaJavedAbbasi, MNA)” after detail deliberationsthe Committee recommends that that the Bill may be deferred may be deferred till next meeting.

8. Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr.Lal Chand, Mr Muhammad FarooqAzam Malik, Ms.KishwarZehra,Mr.Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan MastikhelMr.Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Shunila Ruth,Ch.MehmoodBasirVirk,Mr.Usman Ibrahim Ms.Nafeesa Shah,Mr.MurtazaJavedAbbasi, Mr.Ali Khan Jadoon,attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice,Secreatry Election Commission of Pakistan and National Database Registration Authority, with their staff, representatives of the Council of Islamic Ideology, attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Energy meets - July 2, 2019

NA Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage meets - June 26, 2019

Islamabad; 26th June, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage was held in Parliament House, Islamabad this afternoon with Mian Javed Latif, in the Chair.

The Committee expressed its grave concern over the issue of non-payment of salaries to the media persons and directed that M/o Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage may take stringent measures to clear the remaining dues without further delay and report to the Committee in its next meeting.
 
The Committee stressed upon the need for effective legislation to safeguard the interest of media persons and directed that M/o Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage may propose legislation to remove complications in the existing system to streamline the services of media persons so that Committee could support them accordingly.
 
Dr. Nafisa Shah, moved a resolution which was supported by the Chair, Members of Opposition and MQM on the recent acts of abuse and violence against working Journalists by some of the government functionaries and recommended that responsible may be held accountable as per law.
 
Earlier, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts taken by them to safeguard the interest of the media persons and problems faced by them in this regard.
 
The meeting was attended by Ms. Syma Nadeem, MNA, Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, MNA, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, MNA, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA, Ms. Naz Baloch, MNA and Officials of M/o Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage, and representatives of media Unions.
 


6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile was held today - June 25, 2019

Islamabad the 25th June, 2019: 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile was held in Constitution Room, Parliament House, at 11:00 am under the Chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA. The agenda of the meeting is circulated vide Notice No. F.2(1)/2019-Com-I Vol-IV dated 24th June, 2019.

2.         The Advisor on Commerce Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, while briefing the Committee on eliminating the Five Zero Rated Export Sectors of Pakistan said that payment of sales taxes refund had always remained a problem for the exporters. Since it creates liquidity problems for the exporters in 2005, Government introduced zero rating facility for the export-oriented industrial sectors namely, textile, carpet, sports goods, surgical and leather to solve the issue. The facility of “no payment no refund”, has been withdrawn in the Finance Bill 2019-20. The Business fraternity related with the above industrial sector protested on this withdrawal and has requested the same should be continued. The Committee taking into consideration their woes has asked the advisor to resolve this issue by talking to Ministry of Finance and Federal Board of Revenue and also recommended to find a middle way as it would be in the interest of Exporters and Government of Pakistan.

3.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor on Commerce and MNA’s, Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Mr. Ahmad Hussain Deharr, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Ms. Wajiha Akram, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Shaza Fatma Khwaja, Mir Munawar Ali Talpur, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, and Additional Secretary of Ministry of Commerce along with Senior Officers.


16TH meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - June 18, 2019

16TH meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 18th June, 2019, at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA.

2.         The Committee expressed its apprehensions about the Amendments proposed by the Government in Section 16 of Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2019 regarding the powers assigned to the invest6igating officer or any other officers of the agencies mentioned in sub section (2) of section 24 of the AML Act, 2010. The Committee once again directed the Ministry of Finance to propose maintainable alternative suggestions in light of the queries made by the members of the Committee on the Amendments proposed by the Ministry.

3.         While considering the Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Senior Director, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) informed the Committee that foreign exchange policy and operations in Pakistan were governed under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA), 1947, which empowers the SBP to regulate inflows and outflows the foreign exchange, however, the SBP does not have explicit powers under FERA, 1947 to issue any regulation/instruction relating to the inland movement of foreign currencies. The Committee recommended to SBP for preparing comprehensive presentation on the implementation procedure of the said bill  before enactment by the Parliament. Members were also of the concern that quantum of the foreign currency should be defined in the Bill.

4.         Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA/Move, briefed the Committee about the salient features of the Eradication of Riba Bill, 2019,. Mr. Samar Hasnain, Director, SBP informed  the Committee that in order to Islamize the financial system of Pakistan, significant efforts were made during 1980s, Shariah Complaint Banking system was adopted by the SBP in 2002, wherein, both the Islamic and conventional banks were allowed to operate simultaneously in the country. He added that in terms of share, Islamic Banking industry have 13.5 percent and 15.5 percent share in country’s overall banking industry’s assets and deposits, respectively. After thread bear deliberation, the Committee recommended to SBP for providing comprehensive plan on the subject Bill in the light of the discussion made in the previous meetings of the Committee in this regard.

5.         The Committee considered the Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Interest on Private Loans Bill, 2019, and decided that briefing on Microfinance Institutions will be arranged in this regard. The Committee discussed the matter regarding appointments of Governor, SBP and Chairman Federal Board of Revenue. Special Secretary, Ministry of Finance informed the Committee that all procedural requirements were completed for the appointment of Governor SBP.

6.         Chairman Federal Board of Revenue briefed the Committee on the salient futures of the Amnesty Scheme launched by the Government. He stated that assets declarations date of the said scheme will not be extended from 30th June, 2019.

7.         An In-camera session of the meeting was held to discuss the International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff level agreement and current status of the Financial Action Task Force.

8.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Faiz Ullah, Sardar Nasrullah Dreshak, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz,  Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, and Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, besides the senior Officers of the Ministry of Finance, FBR, SBP, NBP and Ministry of Law, Stakeholders.


NA Standing Committee On Information, Broadcasting, National History And Literary Heritage meets - June 17, 2019

Islamabad; June 17, 2019: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage of National Assembly met under the chairmanship of Mian Javed Latif, MNA at Committee Room of Information and Broadcasting, Cabinet Block, Islamabad.
 
The Committee was briefed by the Ministry on implementation status of previous recommendations of the Committee. Committee demanded more details with the implementation on recommendations. Committee demanded the details regarding the recommendations of meeting held on 12.03.2019.Committee also demanded the clarification about the contradictory statements by the Ministry.

Special Assistant to the Prime Ministry briefed the Committee on various technical issues regarding the Prime Minister’s Speech.
Committee asked various questions regarding briefing as well as the non-payment of salaries to the Journalist and Media Workers. Committee directed to the Ministry and Federal Secretary for Information &Broadcasting Division, that the issues regarding the non-payment of salaries to the Journalist and Media Workers shall be resolved before the next meeting. The comprehensive report must be submitted before the committee in the next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer Ms. Syma Nadeem, Syed Aminul Haque, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Naz Baloch and Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Information &Broadcasting Division, Secretary, Information & Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.
 
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - June 17, 2019

Islamabad, 17thJune, 2019; 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Communicationswas held today under the Chairmanship ofMr. Ibadullah Khan, MNA. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran.

2. The Secretary Ministry of Communicationspresented an overview about the organizations, functions, objectives, achievements, revenue, and budget of the Ministry. He apprised the Committee that the Ministry comprises a dynamic team. He assured full cooperation with the Standing Committee in the best interest of the Country.
 
3. The Chairman, National Highways Authority (NHA), presented an overall view of the NHA. He briefed the Standing Committee about the organizational structure; PSDP allocations2018-19 and its utilization 2018-19;NHAPortfolio,NHAnetwork, motorway network, major ongoing highway projects and CPEC’s western, central and eastern alignments/routs. The Committee desired an early completion of the remaining part of Havalian – Thahkot route.
 
4. Hon. Members/MNAsPrince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Saleh Muhammad,  Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Imran Khattak,Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Mr. Jai Parkash,  Mr. UsamaQadri, Mr. MurtazaJavedAbbasi,Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, and the senior officers from the Ministry and its organizations attended the meeting.
 


Recommendations of previous CPEC Committee are valid and Government should continue to implement them; Sher Ali Arbab - June 13, 2019

Islamabad, June 13, 2019:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today, at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA. The Committee was briefed by the Ministries like National Food Security and Research, Commerce and Textile, Board of Investment and the lead Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms.

The unprecedented part of the proceedings was the presence of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, former Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, who was invited by the Committee to share his experiences and guideline for the future. During the talk delivered by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, he personally thanked the Committee for inviting him as a special invitee and his presence here is the manifestation of Parliamentary political maturity which is an essential ingredient for fast track economic development and growth as well as to attract the Foreign Investors for the country passing through a crucial financial crises. Mr. Mushahid Hussain Syed louded the role of Peoples Republic of China and its leadership for demonstrating their confidence in Pakistan’s future when rest of the world shied away which is a clear sign of time tested long lasted exemplary friendship for all times to come between the two countries. He also advised the Committee that CPEC is a mega project of national strategic importance which needs to be dealt above the party lines and in the best public interest only. He also given answers to different complex sensitive questions of the Honorable Members in an appropriate manner while satisfying them their concerns, keeping in view of the present regional and international geo political environment.

During the briefings of the different Ministries the Chairman expressed his dissatisfaction and asked the relevant Secretaries to put more efforts and bring in the next meeting the details of the presentations including the criteria and need assessment data to justify their forecast. The Chairman and the Members also stressed the need to take the public representatives of these areas where CPEC project are being proposed and carrying out being the real stake holders. The Chairman also pointed out that the implementation and progress of all the CPEC projects must be shared with the Committee in order to remove difficulties and traditional bureaucratic delays.

The Chairman also emphasized that the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are the vital part of CPEC, therefore, its visualization, selection and implementation must be done while considering the views and inputs of real stakeholders as well as the market forces. In this connection, we may also study the best role models and take advantage of the experiences of the other development countries particularly, Singapore who had successfully implemented in the recent past.

The Committee as per agenda item number i, ii and iii approved the decisions of the last meetings and also approved the proposed rules unanimously.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA, Mr. Sadqat Ali Khan, MNA, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA, Ms Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA, Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar, MNA, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNA, the Secretaries Food Security and Research, Board of Investment, and senior officers from Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms and Commerce and Textile.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - June 10, 2019

NA Business Advisory Committee Discusses Tentative Schedule For Budget Session - June 10, 2019

Islamabad June 10, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser chaired a meeting of the House Business Advisory Committee in the Parliament House to discuss the tentative schedule for the Budget Session of the National Assembly, today.

It was decided that Budget session will continue till 29th June, 2019.   It was decided that general discussion on the Budget will be initiated from June 14, 2019 and Advisor to the PM on Finance and Revenue will wind up the general discussion on the Budget followed by discussion on appropriation in respect of charged expenditure 2019-2020 on June 25, 2019.

It was further decided that discussion and voting on cut motions and demand for grants in respect of voted expenditure 2019-2020 will be taken up on 26th and 27th June, 2019. It decided that the consideration and passage of Finance Bill, 2019 will take place on June 28, 2019, whereas the discussion on supplementary demands for grants and appropriation 2018-19 in respect of charged and voted expenditure and laying of schedule of authorized expenditure 2018-2019 would take place on 29th June, 2019.

The Committee agreed that the sittings of the National Assembly will also be held on Saturday.  The Committee was informed that the question hour and other non-legislative business will remain suspended during the Budget Session.

The meeting was attended by Ministers Syed Ijaz Shah, Ch. Fawad Hussian, Mr. Pervaiz Khattak, Mr. Shafqat Mehmood, Mr. Azam Khan Swati, Dr. Sherin Mehrunissa Mazari, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Deputy Speaker Mr. Qasim Khan Suri, MNAs Mr. Malik Amir Dogar, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Mr. Khalid Khan Magsi, Mr. Riaz Fatayna, Mr. Hasan Baloch and Shazia Marri.
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - June 10, 2019

Islamabad, 10th June, 2019: 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA. The Honourable Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiseralso participated.

     Fatiha was offered for Shuhada who have lost their lives in a blast in Kharkamar North Waziristan. Proceeding with the agenda, the Regonal Police Officer (RPO) Mardan briefed the Committee about the brutal murder of three brothers who were residents of Ali Jan Kalley, District Charsadda. He informed that after commission of the offence, local police/investigation team along with crime scene van reached at the spot and collected the evidences and sent to Forensic Laboratory Peshawar for analysis besides obtaining Cell numbers and Call Data Records of the accused. The IMEIs numbers of the Cell phones were searched and kept under close observation. He further informed that a Special Investigation Team under the supervision of DSPTangi was constituted for the arrest of accused, which arrested one of the accused Pir Muhammad whereas a facilitator Mr. Rabab Nasim was also arrested from Islamabad Airport on arrival from Malaysia. The Facilitator disclosed during interrogation that he facilitated the principal accused Nadir Khan by providing him with Air Tickets for Malaysia. The RPO informed that interrogation and investigation was in progress and process for issuance of Red Warrant of Mr. Nadir Khan had been initiated. He informed that a Joint Investigation Team has also been constituted under the supervision of SP Investigation, Charsadda to inquire into the incident.

    The RPO Mardan informed that Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already been requested to facilitate arrest and repatriation of the prime accused Nadir Khan, by contacting the relevant authorities of the Government of Malaysia. He informed the Committee that letters to different departments of Federal/Provincials have been issued for providing detail of properties, vehicles, Bank Accounts etc. of accused Mr. Nadir Khan and Mr. Nasir Jamal.

    The Speaker expressed his satisfaction on the pace of investiatgion of the case. He said that exemplary punishement should be awarded to the accused. He suggested for payment of Compensation to the family of the deceased and asked for keeping the Committee posted about the progress on the case. The Commiittee after thorough discussion recommended that         Ministry of Interior may provide all facility for issuance of Red Warrant whereas Ministry of Foreign Affairs may approach the Malaysian High Commission for arrest and repatriation of the prime accused Nadir Khan, by contacting the relevant authorities of the Government of Malaysia. The Inspector General, Police,  KPK may provide all letters             written to various departments of  Federal/Provincials government alongwith progress report. The Committee recommended NADRA as well as Passport and Immigration departments may block the CNIC and Passport of accused Nadir Khan whereas the Government of KPK may provide special compensation to the grieved family and Prosecution Department of KPK may provide legal facilities for giving justice to the grieved family.  
 
     MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MeharGhulam Muhammad Lali, SardarTalib Hassan Nakai,  Ms. NafeesaInayatullah Khan Khattak, Mr. Muhammad AkhtarMengal,  Malik Sohail Khan,  Syed IftikharUl Hassan, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Nawab Muhammad YousufTalpur, Malik Anwar Taj, Mr. Fazal Muhammad and Minister for Interior and Secretary Ministry of Interior and senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Foreign Affairs attended the meeting.         
 


Standing Committee On Information, Broadcasting, National History And Literary Heritage meets - May 29, 2019

Islamabad; May 29, 2019: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage of National Assembly met under the chairmanship of MianJavedLatif, MNA at Committee Room No. 07 (4th Floor) Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee was briefed by the Ministry on implementation status of previous recommendations of the Committee. Committee partly agreed with the implementation on recommendations. Committee demanded the details regarding recovery of salaries which have been received by the MD (PTV) according to the recommendations of meeting held on 12.03.2019.

DG (IT of the Ministry) briefed the Committee on the performance of Information and Broadcasting Division. He briefed regarding Media Landscape in Pakistan, Strength of MOI&B, Attached Departments, and Programs of Various Departments including Press Information Department (PID), Directorate of Electronic Media & Publication (DEMP), External Publicity Wing, Information Service Academy (ISA), Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), LokVirsa and Pakistan Peace Collective.

Committee asked various questions regarding briefing as well as the non-payment of salaries to the Journalist and Media Workers. Committee asked about the Advertisement Policy of the Ministry in reply Special Assistant to Prime Minister said that in the next meeting Ministry will share and briefed about the advertisement policy.

Committee condemned the torture and arrest of Parliamentarian and Political workers during rally of Pakistan Peoples Party in Islamabad, on 29.05.2019.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Nasir Khan Musazai, Mr. Muhammad Akram, Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Khan, Mr. AftabJehangir, Ms. SymaNadeem, Syed AminulHaque, Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib, Ms. MaizaHameed, Ms. NazBaloch andDr. FirdousAshiqAwanSpecial Assistant to the Prime Minister, Information &Broadcasting Division, Secretary, Information & Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.
 


Standing Committee On Information, Broadcasting, National History And Literary Heritage - May 29, 2019

Islamabad; May 29, 2019: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage of National Assembly met under the chairmanship of MianJavedLatif, MNA at Committee Room No. 07 (4th Floor) Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
The Committee was briefed by the Ministry on implementation status of previous recommendations of the Committee. Committee partly agreed with the implementation on recommendations. Committee demanded the details regarding recovery of salaries which have been received by the MD (PTV) according to the recommendations of meeting held on
12.03.2019.
 
DG (IT of the Ministry) briefed the Committee on the performance of Information and Broadcasting Division. He briefed regarding Media Landscape in Pakistan, Strength of MOI&B, Attached Departments, and Programs of Various Departments including Press Information Department (PID), Directorate of Electronic Media & Publication (DEMP), External Publicity Wing, Information Service Academy (ISA), Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), LokVirsa and Pakistan Peace Collective.
 
Committee asked various questions regarding briefing as well as the non-payment of salaries to the Journalist and Media Workers. Committee asked about the Advertisement Policy of the Ministry in reply Special Assistant to Prime Minister said that in the next meeting Ministry will share and briefed about the advertisement policy.
 
Committee condemned the torture and arrest of Parliamentarian and Political workers during rally of Pakistan Peoples Party in Islamabad, on 29.05.2019.
 
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Nasir Khan Musazai, Mr. Muhammad Akram, Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Khan, Mr. AftabJehangir, Ms. SymaNadeem, Syed AminulHaque, Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib, Ms. MaizaHameed, Ms. NazBaloch andDr. FirdousAshiqAwanSpecial Assistant to the Prime Minister, Information &Broadcasting Division, Secretary, Information & Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee On Cabinet Secretariat meets - May 29, 2019

Islamabad; May 29, 2019: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met under Chairmanship of Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA in Islamabad this afternoon.
 
The Committee was briefed by the Dr. Sania Nishtar, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Division (PA&SSD) about the functions and organizational structure of the Division and autonomous/attached departments under its administrative control.
 
The Special Assistant to PM apprised the Committee that PA &SSD was created with the basic aim to bring all the departments and organization dealing with the social protection and poverty alleviation under one roof. She said that the Division would administer the policy regarding social protection, formulate strategies for poverty alleviation and establishment of various innovative challenges to design initiatives for poverty alleviation in coordination with the relevant stakeholders. She further informed that present democratic government was conscious of the plight of marginalized segments of the society and all those living below the poverty line, therefore had launched a comprehensive and multi-dimensional pro-poor Ehsaas program. She said that the program shall play a pivotal role in creating a welfare state. She said that economic empowerment of women and human development were also highlights of the program. The Committee appreciated the creation of the PA&SSD, however, decided to have a comprehensive briefing on Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal and Benazir Income Support Program in next meeting of the Committee.
 
The Committee later discussed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 Amendment of (Article 27) (moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA); and the Federal Public Service Commission (Validation of Rules) Ordinance, 2018 (Ord. No. XII of 2018) and pended further discussion on both the Bills for its next meeting. The Committee directed Law Division to record its views on the Summary moved by Establishment Division at the earliest so that it could take up the Bill in its next meeting. The Committee also directed the Establishment Division to apprise the Committee on the FPSC Ordinance in light of the latest Order of Supreme Court.
 
            The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Sania Nishtar, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Division MNAs; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Syed Mehmood Shah, Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA/Mover, Secretary PA&SSD, Chief Executive Poverty Alleviation Fund, Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets - May 28, 2019

Islamabad, 28th May, 2019: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence was held today at 12:00 noon in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA.

1.            CONDEMNING THE ATTACK ON THE FORCES IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN

The Committee unanimously condemned the attack on the Forces at Khar  Kamar Check Post in North Waziristan and decided to hold a meeting of the Committee in future, in that area.

2.            DISPLEASURE AGAINST CHIEF SECRETARIES OF SINDH AND BALOCHISTAN AND SECRETARY MINISTRY OF FINANCE FOR NOT ATTENDING THE MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE

The Committee expressed its deep concern and serious displeasure for not attending the meeting of the Committee on the very important issues of GST shares of the Cantonments from the Provinces of Sindh and Balochistan and the Grant-in-Aid being not given to the Ministry of Defence from the Ministry of Finance and directed that the said Officers should attend the next meeting of the Committee.

3.           THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT AND THE M/O DEFENCE SHOULD HOLD THEIR MEETING ON THE ISSUE OF GST SHARES TAKEN FROM THE PROVINCES OF SINDH AND BALOCHISTAN AND SINDH

After having a briefing from the Ministry of Defence and the response from Finance Department, Sindh, the Committee unanimously directed the representatives of Finance Department, Sindh to have a meeting with the representatives of M/o Defence for the resolution of the issue of GST shares of the Cantonments from the Provinces of Sindh and Balochistan and come up with a comprehensive suggestions and recommendations for the Standing Committee.

4.            BRIEFING ON ALL CANTONMENTS BOARDS IN PAKISTAN

The Secretary M/o Defence comprehensively briefed to the Committee about its different Cantonments Boards in the Country, their different Regions, their functions, income and expenditures. The Secretary M/o Defence answered about different queries and question of the Hon. Members of the Committee.

5.            BRIEFING ON GRANT-IN-AID

The Committee took a briefing by the Ministry on the issue of Grant-in-Aid being not given to the Ministry of Defence from the Finance Division and pended the issue till its next meeting.

6.            The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 14-5-2019.

7.            The Committee unanimously decided to hold its next meeting on the Ministry on 24th June, 2019 in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

8.            The meeting was attended by Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Syed Faiz-ul-Hassan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Syed Amin-ul-Haque, Ms. Robina Irfan, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani and Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNAs
 


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - May 27, 2019

Islamabad, 27th May, 2019: 5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication was held today at 11:30 a.m. in Committee Room of PIPS, in the Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon

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

3.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 22-04-2019.

4.         The representative from Universal Services Fund (USF) gave detail briefing on USF ongoing and future projects He also explained utilization of funds which have been utilized in all over their projects in Pakistan. In this regards they have been designed the programmes to cater for the needs of unserved and underserved segment of population across Pakistan. They will also planned for new program in current Financial Year. 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.         The representative from USF also informed that they will provide High Speed Broad Band services in the motor ways and high ways very soon.

6.         The committee unanimously showed their concerns on the issue of objectionable material/ Complaints regarding cyber crime and fake accounts and directed that the ministry should take stringent measures to cope up with these issues with help of PTA and FIA. In this regard the Chairman Standing Committee on IT emphasized on the coordination between FIA and IT to improve the quality of work.

7.         The CEO from ignite also briefed the Committee on the agriculture related projects/development and programme. He informed about the “Maira Mawashi Application” for the betterment of the farmers in Pakistan.

8.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Sahibzada Sibgatullah, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam and  Syed Mehmood Shah. The meeting was also attended by Minister for IT and senior officers of the Ministry of IT.  


NA Standing Committee on SAFRON meets - May 21, 2019

Islamabad; May 21, 2019: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA.

2.         The Committee discussed the issues are being faced by the Khasadar and Lavy Forces after merging in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police and law and order situation in erstwhile FATA in detail and decided that Secretary, Home and Tribal Affairs Department and I.G of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police would be invited in the next meeting to brief the Committee over the issues being faced by the said forces. The Secretary, Ministry of SAFRON while briefing the meeting, informed that Rs. 1 billion and 29 cror approved for payment of salaries with arrears to the Khasadar force of South Waziristan District and would be released by the Ministry of Finance by tomorrow hopefully.

3.         The issue of alleged sale and purchase of awarding contract of development schemes in erstwhile FATA also came under discussion whereupon the Committee expressed its great concern and made a Sub-Committee with the following composition and ToR:-
Composition:-

1.      Mr. Gul Dad Khan                                   Convener
2.      Mr. Gul Zafar Khan                                 Member
3.      Mr. Sajid Hussian Turi                            Member
4.      Mr. Ali Wazir                                           Member

ToR:-

“To probe into the alleged sale and purchase of development schemes in erstwhile FATA as raised during meeting and to recommend steps to ensure transparency and curb corrupt practices in awarding contract of development schemes.”

4.         The Ministry of SAFRON will facilitate and assist the Sub-Committee in finalizing its report.

5.         The Secretary, Higher Education Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Chief Economist P&D Department also briefed the Committee over the steps being taken for promotion of higher education in merged districts (erstwhile FATA). 

6.         The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Mr. Sajid Hussian Turi, Mr. Muhamamd Jamal Ud Din and Mr. Ali Wazir and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.
 


4th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training was held today - May 20, 2019

Islamabad, 20th May, 2019; 4th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training was held today under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA in Committee Room of Higher Education Commission, Islamabad.

 The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the previous minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 20th March, 2019.  The Chairman, Higher Education Commission gave briefing on the Agenda Item No. VI  regarding the functions of the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad. He also gave answers on the queries of the Members. The Committee recommended that the system of management and standard of education of public sector institutions should be maintained as up-to the mark by refining the government colleges and universities as the best learning institutions as compared to the private sector institutions in the country. 

The Committee discussed the Agenda Item No. III and recommended to defer "The University of Islamabad Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)" for its next meeting on the request of the Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training. The Committee discussed the Agenda Item No. IV on "The Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) (Amendment) Bill, 2019",  moved by Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA and recommended to pass the Bill on the request of the Committee Members. The Committee also discussed the Agenda Item No. V on "The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2019",  moved by Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA and recommended to pass it on the request of the Committee Members. The rest of the agenda items were deferred by the Committee for its next meeting.

 Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Asma Hadeed, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Abid Hussain Bhayo, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Maheasr, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb and Chairman, Mian Najeeb ud Din Awaisi, attended the meeting.


In-ordinate delay in completion of the 104 family suites and 500 servants quarters in Parliament Lodges irked the NA Committee on House and Library - May 20, 2019

Islamabad May 20th, 2019 Qaism Khan Suri Deputy Speaker National Assembly said that the security, services, and infrastructure completion of the parliament lodges should follow the principles of austerity and keeping in view the maximum value for public money. He said that the money allocated in the budget for Parliament Lodges belong to the nation and it must be utilized according to principles of public financial management. He expressed these views while chairing the meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on the House and Library which met here on Monday.

The committee expressed reservation and deep concerns over the delay of construction of 104 additional family suites at Parliament Lodges and also directed the Chairman CDA to prepare the plan for early completion of the project. The Deputy Speaker said that parliamentarians are facing acute issues in accommodation and directed the Chairman CDA to take steps for executing this project as early as possible. He also remarked that arbitration decision in the matter of construction of this project against CDA indicates the non-professionalism and negligence on the part of CDA.

The committee members indicated the loopholes in the services, security and resolution of their complaints. They expressed their concern that irrelevant persons are roaming in the lodges which is a security threat and suggested that the entry of visitors should be managed systematically. The Deputy Speaker directed the concerned CDA Staff to be professional in their duties to facilitate the respectable parliamentarians and to ensure the strict security measures. The committee members appreciated the concerns and efforts of the Chair for resolution of the issues related with parliament lodges. The Deputy Speaker exerted that there must be no compromise on the quality of the maintenance work which is being carried out in parliament lodges. He also ordered to make arrangements immediately for the cleanliness of the car parking area of the Parliament House. .He also directed to make arrangements for opening Tuck Shop in the premises of the Parliament lodges.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Muhammad Alamghir Khan, Mr. Wajiha Akram, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch, Ms. Kishwar Zahra, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Ms. Mussarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Nasiba Channa and senior officers of National Assembly Secretariat, Ministry of Interior and CDA.


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - May 20, 2019


Standing Committee On Inter-Provincial Coordination Meets - May 17, 2019

Islamabad; May, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination, (IPC) held in Committee Room of Pakistan Sports Board, Islamabad this Morning with Agha Hassan Baloch, MNA in the chair. 
 
  The Committee expressed concern over the poor performance of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) as the performance of Pakistan Hockey declined with the passage of time due to lack of commitment and mis-management of PHF. The Committee directed that management of PHF may provide complete detail of decline of Pakistan Hockey along-with audit reports of last five years.
 
  The Committee recommended that whole management of PHF might be held accountable for poor performance of Pakistan Hockey as it failed to even qualify for upcoming Olympics and World Cup. The Committee also questioned the appointment of Asif Bajwa as Secretary, PHF and directed that President of PHF to provide complete detail of his appointment along-with copy of constitution of PHF and report to the Committee in its next meeting.
 
  The Committee also discussed the performance of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and expressed concern over the unnecessary litigation between PCB and Members of Governing Board. The Committee directed that PCB may settle the issue amicably by removing the genuine reservations of the Members for smooth functioning of PCB. The Committee directed that management of PCB may provide complete detail of the performance of PCB along-with audit reports of PCB & PSL of last five years and deferred the issue till its next meeting.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Gul Dad Khan, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, MNA, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhinder, MNA, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, MNA, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, MNA, Ms. Rubina Jamil, MNA, Ms. Munawara Bibi, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, MNA, Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA, Rana Mubashar Iqbal, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Afzaal Khokhar, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, Ms. Nasiba Chana, MNA, and Federal Minister, Secretary of M/o Inter-Provincial Coordination and representative of PCB and PHF were present in the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development meets - May 17, 2019

Islamabad 17th   May, 2019:  4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) was held under the Chairmanship of Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, MNA.
2. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 3rd meeting held on 1st April, 2019. 
3. Chairman, Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI), briefed the Committee over the   performance, working and its activities in detail. He assured the Committee that the 347 vacant posts should be fulfilled in the month of July.
4. The Committee was informed that Suo Moto proceedings were initiated by Supreme Court in June, 2013 regarding 18 Investment Properties purchased by EOBI from July, 2010 to April, 2013 at approx PKR 35.00 billion. The Institution has not been earning any return on amount of PKR 35.00 billion stuck up in these 18 properties.
5. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has entered into Dual Nationality agreements with 19 countries.  The Committee recommended that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may initiate negotiation’s process for making dual nationality arrangements with Germany and Spain.  
6. The Committee recommended that the report of Auditor General of Pakistan regarding EOBI should be discussed briefly in the next meeting.
7. Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Mr. Shahid Ahmed, Syed Javed Hassnain, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, Mr. Khalid Ahmed Khan Lund, Mr. Noor-ul-Hassan Tanvir, Mr. Ehsan-ul-Haq Bajwa, Mr. Khial Zaman, Dr. Haider Ali Khan, MNA’s, Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and HRD and senior officers from the Ministry attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries & Production meets - May 17, 2019

4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production of the National Assembly was held today i.e. 17th May, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., in PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA.
 
2. Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, MNA/Member of the Committee drew the attention of the Committee towards problems being faced by the common people due to short of utility products in Utility stores all over the country. The Committee Members have expressed their deep concern in this regard. The Committee was of the view that government has already injected   Rs. 2 Billion as subsidy for relief to the low income people. The Managing Director, Utility Stores Corporation (USC) informed the Committee that USC was providing low rates on essential household items i.e flour, sugar, cooking oil/ghee and pulses, etc. He added that USC has sold Rs. 1 billion products during last 10 days in its stores, which was remarkable achievement by the USC. He also told the Committee that USC management was closely monitoring the sale of its stores.
 
3. The Executive Director, Engineering Development Board (EDB) briefed the Committee about the background of the EDB. He said that engineering industry always remained mainstay of world’s economies, last 05 years, Engineering exports accounted for 53 to 73 % for Developed Countries & 36 to 63% for Newly Industrialized Countries, Pakistan 5-6% of overall exports. He further stated that Engineering sector was producing value added products- requires efficient design, more professionalism and intellect to substantially raise living standards. The Advisor to the Honorable Prime Minister on Industries & Production enlightened the importance of the engineering industry in the economy. He said that first time in the history of Pakistan tractor manufacturing industry in the country was exporting its products and Air Conditioners will be exported, shortly. He was of the opinion that tax duty structure of the government need to be reviewed for the improvement of the local industries. He added that Yellow Cab (taxi scheme) and Green Tractor Schemes discouraged the local manufacturing industries at that time. He informed the Committee that shortly he will meet the Advisor on Finance & Revenue to discuss the issues pertaining to tariff structure.
 
4. While discussing the export of textile industry, the Committee members stated that cost of production was a major factor for improving the said industry in the country, the members have shown their concerns on productivity of cotton crop.  The Committee members have also expressed their apprehensions about the current depreciation of PKR, they were of the opinion that increase of dollar against PKR will affect the local industries.          
5. The Chief Executive Officer, National Fertilizer Corporation (NFC) briefed the Committee about the creation of NFC. He said that NFC was incorporated as a private limited company in August, 1973, later on, a capacity of over 2 million metric tons fertilizer was created in the country by establishing 6 fertilizer manufacturing companies. However, pursuant to privatization policy of the government all the manufacturing plants of NFC were privatized. He explained the role and objectives of the NFC in the country.
 
6. The Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Production informed the Committee that a proposal for establishing the Fertilizer Regulatory Board was under consideration for regulating/controlling the prices and demand/supply of fertilizer in the country. The Committee has expressed its concern over the increase of fertilizer prices in the market. The Committee recommended that strict action may be taken against the fertilizer companies; those have increased fertilizer prices in the market without any justification.      
 
7. The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Muhammad Akram, Sahibzada Sibgatullah, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Ms. Sajid Begum, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan,Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan besides the senior officers of Ministry of Industries & Production.
 


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - May 17, 2019

Islamabad, 17th May, 2019; 4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, MNA.

2. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. Agenda discussed in the meeting included fiscal situation of PR in first 6 months of current Government; briefing on targets and deficit; benefit cost ratio of newly launched passenger trains and methodology of feasibility studies for launching new trains. 


3. The Federal Minister for Railways informed the Committee that oil prices have increased in the International Market putting additional financial burden on Pakistan Railways (PR) however the railways fare has not been increased presently. To meet the unexpected expenditure the fare for AC class are likely to be enhanced after the Eid festival. It was also informed that private sector has shown interest in acquiring passenger trains. The passenger trains’ business is profitable while PR is facing problems in freight business. 


4. The Director General Technical briefed about the fiscal situation of the Pakistan Railways for the first six months of the current Government. The Pakistan Railways earned revenue amounting to Rs. 25035.711 million (2018-19) mainly from passenger trains in comparison to Rs. 23098.618 million (2017-18) registering an encouraging rising trend of Rs.1937.093 million. Despite increase in expenditure on account of pay (Rs.1.207 billion), pension (Rs. 0.468 billion) and fuel (Rs.2.729 billion) the deficit of Pakistan Railways has decreased by Rs. 0.059 billion (0.24%).


5. Benefit Cost ratio of newly launched passenger trains was also discussed and PR informed that out of 10 new trains 6 are running under loss but the overall result is positive/profitable. Demand and supply is methodology of all new trains. New trains are running successfully, on an average of 84.5% occupancy. Existing railway stock has been utilized for these trains. New passenger trains have been introduced on such sections as per demand in order to protect the assets of Railways and facilitate the public at large by connecting various regions/provinces utilizing existing infrastructure, rolling stock , crew and employees.


6. Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Sheikh Rashid Shafique, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Mr. Ali Perwaiz, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Mr. Ramesh Lal and Mr. Abdul Wasay, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Railways and other related departments with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - May 16, 2019

NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - May 16, 2019

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 16th May, 2019 in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor) Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee discussed  the implementation status of previous recommendation and recommended that representatives from all provinces be invited to next meeting in order to review in detail the progress made by all the federating units in this regard.

The committee further suggested that the campaigns to aware farmers and agriculturists with latest farming techniques to cope up with the affects of climate change may be run with full zeal and zest at federal and provincial levels to increase crop productivity and avoid losses in future.

The Committee was apprised by the ministry that the efforts are underway to completely eradicate the usage of plastic bags in Pakistan and in this regard capital city will be made a role model.
 
The meeting was attended by MNAs/Members, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, MNA, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, MNA, Ms. Rubina Irfan, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, MNA, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA, Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, Mr. Afreen Khan, MNA.
 


NA Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile meets - May 16, 2019

Islamabad the 16th May, 2019: 5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile was held in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, at 2:00 pm under the Chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA. The agenda of the meeting is circulated vide Notice No. F.2 (1)/2019-Com-I- Vol-III dated 2nd May, 2019.
 
2.         Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor on Commerce briefed the Committee on Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2019-2024. The policy objectives of STPF are to make the exports a driver of economic growth, transition from factor-driven to efficiency-driven exports in the short to medium term and innovation driven exports in the long term, improve competitiveness and efficiency of industry especially export-oriented sector by reducing input costs and increasing productivity, attract efficiency-seeking investment into export-oriented production, reduce relative “disincentive” for exporting activities by reducing structural anomalies, and to improve the trade ecosystem by increasing institutional efficiencies and reducing cost of doing business. The vision of STPF is to make Pakistan to become a dynamic and efficient domestic market and a globally-competitive export-driven economy, and its mission is to transform Pakistan from a factor-driven to an efficiency-driven economy integrated into the global and regional value chains in the medium term and an innovation-driven economy in the long term.
 
3.         The Committee showed serious concerns over the crop insurance schemes offered to the farmers and asked the Ministry and National Insurance Company Limited to come up with better packages. Although the wheat crop has been damaged due to the weather calamities but there are sufficient stocks left from the past. He opined that wheat should be deregulated and grading of wheat is necessary. Syed Naveed Qamar, Chairman Standing Committee stressed to change the policy regarding sugar cane and said that this is high time to invest in other crops. For dates crop, the Committee asked the Ministry to resolve the issue of running finance and remittance by taking the farmers into confidence, The committee desired to have more crops covered by Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd. (ZTBL).   
 
4.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor on Commerce and MNA’s, Ali Khan Jadoon, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Muhammad Asim Nazir, Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Ms. Wajhia Akram, Ms. Sajida Begum, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Secretary along with Senior Officers.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - May 16, 2019

Islamabad; May 16, 2019: The Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research met under Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning.

The Committee after detailed discussion and hearing the points of view of the Ministry and the Mover, on the Bill “The Chamber of Agriculture Bill, 2019” moved by Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA decided to constitute a 4-Member Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, MNA to discuss and submit its report to the Standing Committee within 30 days.

The Committee directed M/o National Food Security and Research and NARC to immediately take necessary measures to rescue the dying crop of corn in various districts of Punjab. The Committee was of the view that if the timely assistance is not provided to the farmers, the country would be in shortage of corn. The Chairman of the Committee pointed out that reportedly 10 thousand acres of corn crop had been destroyed. The Committee also directed NARC to collect samples of potatoes from all the potato growing areas and conduct immediate study to control the scab disease.

The Committee while discussing implementation status of its previous recommendations directed that ZTBL may relocate its existing branches in District Ranjanpur for convenience of the general public. The committee also desired to have a presentation by NARC on the developed new seeds of the crops and introduction of genetically modified seeds in the country.

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, MNAs; Mr. Shaukat Ali, Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, Mr. Ahmad Raza Maneka, Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, Choudhary Faqir Ahmad, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Mr. Kamal Uddin, Mr. Riaz Fatyana, Mover, Secretary, M/o National Food Security and Research and Senior Officers of the concerned departments
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - May 16, 2019

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 16th May, 2019 in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor) Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA.

The Committee discussed  the implementation status of previous recommendation and recommended that representatives from all provinces be invited to next meeting in order to review in detail the progress made by all the federating units in this regard.

The committee further suggested that the campaigns to aware farmers and agriculturists with latest farming techniques to cope up with the affects of climate change may be run with full zeal and zest at federal and provincial levels to increase crop productivity and avoid losses in future.

The Committee was apprised by the ministry that the efforts are underway to completely eradicate the usage of plastic bags in Pakistan and in this regard capital city will be made a role model.

The meeting was attended by MNAs/Members, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, MNA, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, MNA, Ms. Rubina Irfan, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, MNA, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA, Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, Mr. Afreen Khan, MNA.


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology meets - May 15, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs meets - May 15, 2019

Islamabad; 15th May, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Chairman in the chair.
 
The Committee directed that Immigration and Passport office may simplest the procedure for obtaining/renewing passports for Overseas Pakistanis and establish online system to facilitate them. The Committee also directed that Immigration and Passport offices might be established at prime locations in abroad to make them easily approachable for Pakistanis living abroad.
 
The Committee expressed displeasure over the non-professional and non-cooperative attitude of FIA officials at Pakistani Airports and stressed upon the need to develop a proper mechanism to monitor their activities at Airports so they could not tease to Pakistani passengers especially labor class while coming back to Pakistan. The Committee further directed that FIA may strengthen its complaint cells at Airports for timely assistance to the complainant.
 
Earlier, representatives of FIA and Immigration and Passport offices briefly apprised the Committee about the initiatives taken by them to facilitate Overseas Pakistanis and problems faced by them in this regard.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Abdul Shakoor, MNA, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, MNA, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, MNA, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA and officials of M/o Foreign Affairs.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - May 15, 2019

Islamabad, 15th May, 2019; 14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

2.    The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee deferred the confirmation of minutes of its previous meeting held on 7th May 2019, as well as implementation status of its previous recommendations.

3.    The Committee considered the Bill “The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Section 4) (Government Bill)” after detail deliberations the Committee recommends that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting with recommendation that the ministry shall submit the amended draft before the committee in its next meeting.

4.   The Committee considered “The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Section 7) (Government Bill)” after detail deliberations the Committee recommends that that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting.

5.     Due to paucity of time the Committee remained unable to consider the Bills, “The Letters of Administration and Succession Certificate Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)” “The Enforcement of Women’s Property Rights Bill, 2019 (Government Bill); The Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission Bill, 2019 (Government Bill); The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 1, 51, 59, 106, 154, 175A, 198 and 218) (Moved by Rana Sana Ullah Khan, MNA); and The Legal Practitioner and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill,2018 (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA)” hence, the same are deferred till its next meeting.

6.    Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr.Lal Chand, Mr Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Shunila Ruth,Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Ch.Mehmood Basir Virk,Khawaja Saad Rafique, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar Ms. Aliya Kamran attended the meeting besides the Minister for Law and Justice senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff, representatives of the Council of Islamic Ideology, attended the meeting.


Standing Committee On Foreign Affairs Meets - May 14, 2019

Islamabad; 14th May, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Chairman in the chair.
 
The Committee directed that M/o Foreign Affairs may timely clear the misconceptions of electronic and print media news to avoid embarrassment among the public so that people could know about the ground realities of international issues 
 
The Committee directed that M/o Foreign Affairs may develop proper liaison with M/o Commerce to enhance Pakistani exports as it had been observed that Pakistani Basmati Rice was being sold on Indian tag in international markets. The Committee further directed that Pakistani Ambassadors may also evaluate the performance of commercial attachés in collaboration with M/o Commerce to achieve the targets set by the government.
 
The Committee directed that M/o Foreign Affairs may take stringent measures for early release of 2107 Pakistani prisoners detained in Saudi Jails as promised by Saudi Crown Prince and provide them full assistance to remove procedural complications.
 
Earlier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to cope with the international issues and problems faced by them in this regards.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, MNA Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, MNA, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bukhari, MNA Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA and officials of M/o Foreign Affairs.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On Defence Meets Today - May 14, 2019

Islamabad, 14th May, 2019: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence was held today at 11:00 a.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA.

1. OFFERING FATEHA

The Hon. Members of the Committee offered Fateha for the departed souls of those who have been martyred at Pak-Afghan Border while fixing the fence, in Gawadar, on the coastal highways in Ormara and in Quetta.

2. CHIEF SECRETARIES OF SINDH AND BALOCHISTAN TO ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE

While giving briefing to the Committee on all Cantonments based in Balochistan by the Secretary M/o Defence and D.G, ML&C Depatt, the Committee unanimously decided that the Chief Secretaries of the Provinces of Balochistan and Sindh alongwith the Secretaries of Finance Departments of both the Provinces should attend the next meeting of the Committee and brief about the shares being given to the Cantonments based in Balochistan from the National Finance Commission Awards and the hindrances in this regard and non-payment of GST Share by the Provincial Governments. The Committee also directed that the Secretary M/o Finance should also attend the next meeting of the Committee on the said matter and also in addition about non-allocation of Grand in Aid to the Cantonment Boards.

3. APPRECIATING THE EFFORTS MADE BY THE MINISTRY REGARDING ESTABLISHING THE CB CARE CETERS IN DIFFERENT CITIES OF THE COUNTRY
 
The Committee appreciated the M/o Defence on establishing the CB CARE Centers in different cities of the Country for resolving the issues of the residents in the Cantonment Areas.

4. The Committee also decided to hold its next meeting regarding briefing on all Cantonments based in Sindh.

5. The Committee unanimously decided to hold its next meeting on the Ministry on 28th May, 2019 in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

6. The meeting was attended by Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Syed Faiz-ul-Hassan, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Syed Amin-ul-Haque, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Ms. Robina Irfan, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani and Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNAs
 


NA Standing Committee briefed that excessive use of polythene bags is a major cause of chronic lungs cancer and also the environment in a serious way by releasing its toxic chemicals - May 14, 2019

The Committee was briefly apprised about the excessive use of Polythene Bags which are a major cause of Lungs Cancer, stoppage of sewage draining system and disruption of environment. These are absorbed into soil and slowly toxic chemicals are released. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology held today at COMSATS University, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA.

The Committee was also briefed about the working, performance, achievements and issues being faced by the COMSATS. The Committee urged that a new campus of COMSATS University should be constructed in Karachi. However, the Committee was told that matter of Land acquisition is under consideration with Government of Sindh.

The Committee lauded the efforts of a student for inventing a speedy wound healing molecule for diabetics and burn victims. A huge investment is required to launch it but unfortunately, nobody in Pakistan could invest and out of compulsion the COMSATS had to sign MoU with an Australian company. Now it is in clinical research process and it would take more than one and half year to get into the market.

The following MNAs, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmed Malik, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Ms. Zaib Jaffar, Dr. Samina Matloob, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva and Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique besides the officials of the Ministry attended the meeting.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs elects Mr. Asad Umar, MNA as its Chairman - May 13, 2019

Islamabad, 13th May, 2019: The Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs in a meeting held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad unanimously elected Mr. Asad Umar, MNA as its Chairman.

2.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the members and briefed about the procedure for election of the Chairman. Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA/Member, proposed the name of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, as Chairman of the Committee while Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, MNA/Member seconded his candidature. Accordingly, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs.

3.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honorable Speaker, Secretary National Assembly and assured him full support from the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee.

4.         The Chairman expressed his gratitude to the members for posing confidence in him and assured them to run the business of the Committee with consensus. The members while appreciating views of the honorable Chairman assured him their fullest support in the process of legislation.

5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Faiz Ullah, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar and Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar besides the senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meets - May 9, 2019

14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 9th May, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

2.         While considering the implementation status of the previous recommendations made by the Committee to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). Director General, FBR informed the Committee that FBR has forwarded the recommendations to Ministry of Finance with the request to abolish the regulatory duty on import of tyres in the upcoming Federal Budget, FY 2019-20. The Committee emphasized that the recommendations of the Committee should be considered on priority basis, because said recommendations were made after due deliberations with the stakeholders and Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and Chambers of Commerce & Industry (CCI). The Committee expressed its displeasure on the non-compliance of the recommendations pertaining to FPCCI and CCI, which were made by the Committee in its meeting held on 15th & 16th April, 2019.

3.         The Committee deferred agenda pertaining to the Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on the request of the Ministry of Finance and Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

4.         While considering the Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Committee members have expressed their concerns on the late submission of brief/comparative statement by the Ministry of Finance. The Committee once again directed to Ministry of Finance that Honorable Advisor may be requested to attend the meeting for briefing on the subject Bill including total public debt trends in past 10 years & current status and foreign & domestic debt and trends for the future. The Committee decided that said Bill will be discussed in the next meeting of the Committee, which will be held on 21st May, 2019.

5.         The Committee discussed the agenda with regard to total public debt trends in past 10 years & current status and foreign & domestic debt and trends for the future. The Members have expressed their apprehensions about the increase in public debt during last 8 months, however, Special Secretary, Ministry of Finance informed that Rs. 1400 billion were paid against interest of the earlier borrowing. The Committee has directed the Ministry of Finance to prepare a comprehensive briefing in this regard till the next meeting of the Committee.

6.         Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA/Mover once again briefed the Committee about the salient features of the Eradication of Riba Bill, 2019. Mr. Samar Hasnain, Director, SBP presented the comparative measures/analysis of the other Islamic countries on Eradication of Riba. The Committee members were of the view that Islamic Banking System will gradually flourish in the country. After deliberations the Committee decided with the consent of the Mover (Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA) that that said Bill may be deferred.

7.         The Committee discussed the agenda about the NBP Bangladesh scam and actions taken by the Bank against the employees of the Bank, involved in said scam. Director, NBP briefed the Committee about the measures taken by the institutional discipline wing, HR management group after receipt of KPMG report. He said that internal actions, legal actions by the external agencies and actions against Bangladesh based local employees were initiated by the Bank. The Additional Director, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) informed the Committee about the current status of the criminal proceedings against accused of said scam. Director, NBP on Bangladesh scam informed that there were some issues in the recovery process due to the demand of borrowers for right off their some portion of loans. The Committee recommended to NBP that Credit Committee and Board of NBP may be asked to prepare their recommendations for recovery of loans in Bangladesh scam. The Committee deferred its remaining agenda due to short of time.

8.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Makhdoom Syed, Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Makhdoomzada Syed Basit Ahmed Sultan, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar and Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, FBR, SBP, NBP, NAB, SECP and Ministry of Law & Justice.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets - May 9, 2019

Islamabad, 9th May, 2019: 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 Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA and then under Acting Chairmanship of Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA. 

 1.     APPOINTMENT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE

        On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Abid Raza, MNA, regarding implicating the Hon. Member in a false politically motivated case in Kakarali Police Station, Gujrat by registering a fabricated FIR against him and alleged attempt by Mian Tahir Bashir, SP, Headquarter and Mian Muhamamd Arshad, DSP alongwith police force to forcibly occupy his property, the Committee unanimously decided to appoint a Sub-Committee on it. It was also decided by the Committee that the name of the Composition and ToRs of the Committee would be provided by the Hon. Chairman of the Committee, later on.

2.     SUSPENSION OF OFFICERS OF MEPCO, MULTAN INVOLVED IN THE BREACH OF PRIVILEGE OF RANA MUHAMMAD QASIM NOON, MNA/CHAIRMAN

        On the Question of Privilege raised by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA regarding baseless and fabricated story concocted against the prestige of him for defamation amongst the public through Media in his absence by Mr. Tahir Ahmed Khan, Chief MEPCO, Multan, Mr. Umar Lodhi, Superintendent Engineer, Mr. Shahzad Rahi, XEN Shujabad Division, Raja Arif, SDO, Shujabad, Mr. Muhammad Mubashir, Line Superintendent, Mr. Muhammad Qamar, Assistant Lineman and Mr. Muhammad Khalid, LD against the Hon. Member, the Committee was not satisfied on the reply of the MD.PEPCO and C.E.O, MEPCO, Multan and unanimously recommended that the M.D, PEPCO should suspend and transfer all the above named officers involved in this Question of Privilege so that the proper inquiry should be conduct into the matter. The representative of Ministry of Law and Justice explained before the Committee that this Committee has the authority to take any decision about the Question of Privileges as its has to give its recommendations to the National Assembly. The Committee however, pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.   

3.      MR. HUMAYON KHAN, PROTOCOL OFFICER, MINISTRY OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS TO ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE 

        On the issue of Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Faiz Ullah Khan, MNA, regarding misbehavior of Mr. Muhammad Adeel Pervaiz, Deputy Chief of Protocol (DCP) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the Hon. Member, the Committee was not satisfied with the response given by Mr. Adeel Pervaiz, therefore, the Committee unanimously directed that Mr. Humayon Khan, Protocol Officer of Ministry of Religious Affairs should attend the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee however, pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.    

4.      ISSUE OF AIR TICKETS AND VOUCHERS TO THE HON. MEMBERS AND THE CONVERSION OF THOSE AIR TICKETS INTO CREDIT CARDS

         On the issue of Air Tickets and vouchers to the Hon. Members and the conversion of those Air Tickets into credit cards, the Committee decided that there needs some amendments in the Rules pertaining to the perks and privileges of the Members of the Parliament. The Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by the Chief Executive Officer, PIA and directed that he should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee further gave the following direction to the Secretary, Aviation Division and the Officers of PIA present in the meeting:

1. that the pick and drop facility should be given to the Hon. Parliamentarians from the Aircraft to the Terminal.
2.         The renewal of MCOs.
3.         Validation and re-validation of EMDs.
4.         The names of the family members of the MNA should be given in the points of Award Plus.
5.         To remove the condition that the Hon. Member can not use more than three tickets at one time.
6.         To improve the mechanism of PIA to facilitate the Hon. Parliamentarians.

The Committee also decided to hold a separate meeting alongwith the Officers of Administration Wing to resolve the issue of Air Tickets and vouchers issued to the Hon. Members. The Committee also directed the C.E.O, PIA to facilitate the Hon. Members by providing the seats to those who are going to perform Umra. 

5.     REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON RULES OF PROCEDURE AND PRIVILEGES UNDER THE CONVENERSHIP OF MR. NAWAB SHER

       Mr.Nawab Sher, MNA/Convener of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges presented the Report of the Sub-Committee regarding amendment moved by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA/Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in rule 69 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. The main Committee made further amendments in the said report and then unanimously adopted the amended report. 

6.      The Committee could not confirm the minutes of its previous meeting held on 18th April, 2019 and decided that in future, the minutes of each previous meeting should be sent to the Committee Members in advance for their study before the coming meeting.  

7.            The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Khuram Shehzad, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mian Muhamamd Shafiq, Makhdomzada Syed Basit Ahmed Sultan, Mr. Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Mr. Muhammad Sajid, Chaudhry Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr.Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Syed Murtaza Mahmud, Syed GHulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ali Wazir, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ch. Abid Raza and Mr. Faiz Ullah Khan, MNA/Movers.


13th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today - May 7, 2019

Islamabad, 7th May, 2019; 13th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.
2.    The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 2nd May 2019, and deferred the agenda item No.ii till its next meeting.
3.    The Committee considered the Bill “The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Section 4) (Government Bill)” after detail deliberations the Committee deferred the Bill with observations that minor changes are required in the Bill hence the Ministry shall redraft the same and place before the committee in its next meeting.
4.   The Committee considered “The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Section 7) (Government Bill)” after detail deliberations the Committee deferred the Bill with observations that Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology shall be requested to attend the next meeting.
5. The Committee considered the Bill “The Letters of Administration and Succession Certificate Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)” after detail deliberations the Committee deferred the Bill with observations that minor changes are required in the Bill hence the Ministry shall redraft the same and place before the committee after in its next meeting.
6.     Due to paucity of time the Committee remained unable to consider the Bills “The Enforcement of Women’s Property Rights Bill, 2019 (Government Bill); The Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission Bill, 2019 (Government Bill); The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 1, 51, 59, 106, 154, 175A, 198 and 218) (Moved by Rana Sana Ullah Khan, MNA); and The Legal Practitioner and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill,2018 (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA)” hence the same are deferred till its next meeting.
7.     The Committee considered the Bill, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 51 and 106) (Moved by Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA)”. After detail deliberations the Committee recommended with majority that the Bill as amended by the Committee may be passed by the Assembly.
8.     The Committee considered the Bill, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 51 and 106) (Moved by Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA)”. After detail deliberations it was observed by the Committee that as the similar Bill of another private member has been recommended to be passed by the assembly so the Mover has requested to withdraw the same, hence the Committee recommends that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly
9.    Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Mr. Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Shunila Ruth,Khawaja Saad Rafique,Syed Hussain Tariq,Ms.Nafeesa Shah,Syed Naveed Qamar Ms. Aliya Kamran.Mr.Sajid Khan and Mr.Mohsin Dawar  attended the meeting besides the Minister for Law and Justice senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff, Secretary Election Commission, representatives of NADRA and representatives of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics attended the meeting.
 


Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) met - May 3, 2019

We shall ensure the timely completion of CPEC projects; Sher Ali Arbab

Islamabad, May 3, 2019:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today, at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA. The Committee was briefed by the Ministries like Communication, Power, Maritime Affairs, Aviation and the lead Ministry of Planning Development and Reform. The Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Mr. Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiyar apprised the Committee about the latest developments and decisions after the visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan to Beijing. The Minister also told the Committee that in power sector our main objective is self reliance and to balance energy mix. In future we shall use our own coal and imported coal plants will be converted into local coal and in our Special Economic Zones we shall promote such industry which can substitute the burden of imports. He further shed light on the Social Economic Plan of CPEC which will be discussed in detail in future meetings exclusively. The Chairman while going through the comprehensive detailed briefing remarked that the recommendations given by the previous CPEC Committee are valid and all concerned while briefing their part also specifically mentioned the implementation on these directions as we believe in institutional continuity.

After the briefing by the Planning Division the Honorable Members raised different questions regarding the on ground situation, lack of proper planning and sustainability as well as commercial viability. The Minister for Planning replied that he is agreed with some of the concerns of the Honorable Members and we are ready to include the suggestions while finalizing the matters discuss today of these projects.

The Secretary Communication, Railway and Chairman NHA also participated in the briefing and replied the questions relating to their projects in the CPEC. The Chairman expressed his satisfaction on the pace of the work and further said that our Committee will visit the projects sites to ensure the timely completion of these projects and also carry out threadbare deliberation on each project particularly during our visit to Gwadar  to address the grievances of the local population highlighted by the Member of that area considering it as a national cause and important factor in economic growth of the country.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, MNA, Ms. Zille Huma, MNA, Ms Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA, Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNA, the Secretaries of the Ministries of Planning, Development & Reforms, Water & Power, Communication, Maritimes Affairs, Railway, Aviation, including Chairman National Highway Authority and Chairman Gwadar Port Authority.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - May 2, 2019

12th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today - May 2, 2019

Islamabad, 2nd May, 2019; 12th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

2.     The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran thenthe Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 2nd and3rd April 2019.

3.      The Committee considered the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 51 and 106) (Moved by Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA). Due to non-availability of the Hon. Mover the Committee deferred the same till its next meeting.

4.     The Committee considered the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 51 and 106) (Moved by Mr.Mohsin Dawar, MNA).After detail deliberations the Committee deferred the same till its next meeting withrecommendation that the Election Commission of Pakistan may hold the issuance of Schedule for the Election in erstwhile FATA region till 8th of this month, so that the Committee will be in position to reach a conclusion on the given Bill.

5.     Due to paucity of time the Committee did not considered the Bills.The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 1, 51, 59,106,154,175A, 198 and 218) (Moved by Rana Sana UllahKhan,MNA); The Legal Practitioner and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill,2018 (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran,MNA);and deferred the same till its next meeting

6.            Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Ms.Maleeka Ali Bukhari, Malik Muhammad EhsanUllahTiwana,Rana Sana Ullah Khan,Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. UsmanIbraheem, KhawajaSaadRafique,Mr.SaadWaseem, Syed Hussain Tariq,Ms.Nafeesa Shah,Syed NaveedQamar, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Mr.MohsinDawarattended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms, Election Commission of Pakistan and NADRA with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meet - April 29, 2019

April 29, 2019
12th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 29th April, 2019, in Committee Room of Federal Board of Revenue, FBR House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.
2.  The Committee approved the minutes of previous meetings of the Committee held on 24th April, 2019.

3.  The Committee members have expressed their displeasure about the replies received from Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on the recommendations of the Committee, made in its meetings held on 15th & 16th April, 2019. The Members were of the view that FBR’s version was not in accordance with the recommendations.
 
4.  While considering the reply pertaining to Regulatory Duty on the import of tyres. A member of the Committee invited the attention of the Committee towards the presentation delivered by the Pakistan Tyres Association, wherein, they have clearly highlighted the increase of revenue, after reducing the regulatory duty on import of tyres. The Committee once again directed to FBR that the recommendations of the Committee regarding regulatory duty on import of tyres may be reviewed and regulatory duty on import should be abolished. The Committee also unanimously recommended to FBR for preparing comprehensive and maintainable suggestions in response to the recommendations of the Committee. It was also decided that another meeting in this regard will be held in the second week of May, 2019.
 
5.  The Committee was briefed by the Member (Custom-Policy), FBR on Custom Tariff Reforms (CTR). He said that custom has achieved its revenue targets, and a collection by custom sector was 47 percent of total FBR’s collection during July-March, 2018-19. He added that in recent years, import export gap has tremendously increased, however, as a result of recent custom tariff measures, import have shrunk and exports have been marginally increased.  He also apprised the Committee about year wise CTR and reducing of slabs, and average effective regional Custom Duty rates. He further informed the issues and challenges faced by the FBR in this regard.
 
6.  Director General, National Tariff Commission briefed the Committee about the salient features of National Tariff Policy. She said, it was proposed that the tariffs’ slabs should be simplified based, according to the principle of cascading. She added that the tariff on raw material, intermediate goods and machinery will be reduced and the difference in the rates of tariff for the commercial importers and the industrial users of raw materials, intermediate and capital goods will be eliminated to reduce misuse of such differentials and to provide access to such essential materials for SMEs.   
                
7.  The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah and Mr. Abdul Wasay besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, FBR and National Tariff Commission.
 


N.A Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meets - April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019
 
11th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 24th April, 2019, in Committee Room of Federal Board of Revenue, FBR House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.
 
2. The Committee approved the minutes of previous meetings of the Committee held on 15th and 16th April, 2019.
 
3. The Committee considered “The Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Ms. Sajida Begum)”. The Executive Director, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) informed the Committee that necessary measures have been taken by the SBP for addressing the salient features of said Bill. The Honorable Mover withdraw the subject Bill.
 
4. An in-camera Session of the Committee was held on Financial Action Task Force  (FATF). The Committee was briefed by the Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Executive Officers SBP, Commissioner SECP and representatives of foreign affairs and NACTA.
 
5. While discussing the work plan assigned by the Special Committee on Agriculture products for uplifting the agriculture development. The Committee was briefed by the Chairman, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC). He said that PARC has already proposed three Research and Development projects in the budget of next financial year 2019-20 in this regard.  The Additional Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security & Research apprised the Committee that Asian Development Bank (ADB) conducted a knowledge creation exercise for the purpose of report publication in 2018 for “Punjab Basmati Rice Value Chain Analysis” and currently, ADB was working on “Punjab Sustained Agriculture Growth through Enhanced Agriculture Management” by means of a Technical Assistance (TA), the TA would result in a loan in the coming years amounting to USD 100 million. He further stated that World Bank was funding on various agriculture projects in Punjab, Sindh and KPK.
 
6. The Committee recommended to Ministry of National Food Security & Research and PARC for preparing a comprehensive presentation alongwith their recommendations for improvement of research and development in agriculture sector. The Committee further recommended to Ministry of National Food Security & Research that working papers should be prepared in line with the given agenda by the Special Committee on Agriculture Products.
 
7. The Committee expressed its grave concern on the crop insurance policy of ZTBL, Syed Naveed Qamar, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Commerce assured the Committee that he will take up said matter in the Standing Committee on Commerce for further deliberations and report on the matter would be presented to this Committee. 
 
8. The Committee deferred remaining agenda pertaining to tariff reforms with regard to import in Pakistan due to short of time.
 
9. The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Syed Naveed Qamar, Hina Rabbani Khar and Ms. Sajida Begum (Mover) besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Ministry of National Food Security & Research, FBR, SBP, SECP, ZTBL, NARC and National Tariff Commission.
 


NA Special Committee on Agricultural Products for Uplifting Cotton Production - April 24, 2019

Islamabad, April 24th, 2019: The National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products deliberated at length to rein in Pakistan’s declining cotton sector. The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser remarked that cotton was Pakistan’s strategic crop and boosting productivity and export competitiveness was central to the revival of cotton in Pakistan. The Committee unanimously decided to move a resolution in the House to abolish the withdrawn of import duty to discourage cotton imports. The Committee unanimously approved the TORs of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products which outlines an ambitious undertaking to turn around Pakistan's agriculture sector.  The Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the small scale and poor farmers always complained that the parliament and policy makers were accessible to the poor farmers. He said that the Special Committee on Agricultural Products will visit the farmers rather than calling few selected people to the highest forums. He emphatically stressed to set aside political considerations and adopt a cross-partisan collaborative mechanism to turn around the agriculture sector in Pakistan. He expressed these views in the meeting of the special committee on agricultural products held under his chairmanship at Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting was attended by the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, senior officials of the Ministry of Commerce, Finance and National Food Security and Research respectively.

The Speaker NA urged the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research to compensate the farmers for the losses incurred in the aftermath of the recent spell of rain and hailstorm. Asad Qaiser further advised the Federal Minister Mr. Mehboob Sultan to personally visit the affected region and ascertain the estimated losses to the farmers. The Minister assured that government will extend maximum relief to the poor farmers. He added that the Prime Minister has also assured compensation to the farmers. The Minister expressed confidence that given the support and commit