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The National Assembly Session has been prorogued on Tuesday, the 7th February, 2017 | Committee Meetings:10:30 AM: National Food Security and Research (REVISED) at Karachi | 11:00 AM: Defence Production at Committee Room No.7 | 11:00 AM: Parliamentary Commttee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at Committee Room No.2 | 11:30 AM: Human Rights at Committee Room of PIPS, Parliament Lodges | 02:00 PM: Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges at Commissioner's Office, Lahore | 02:30 PM: Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development at Committee Room of OPF, Head Office, G-5, Islamabad | 03:00 PM: Commerce (Revised) at Committee Room No.7 | 03:00 PM: Meeting of the Sub-Committee-I of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) (REVISED) at Committee Room No. 2 | 04:30 PM: Communications at Committee Room No.7 |
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NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets today - February 17, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 17th Jan, 2017 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee discussed the “Scrutiny of the budgetary proposal of Climate Change Division relating to the Public Sector Development Programme (P|SDP) for the Budget 2017-18.

The Committee also suggested that the (Forest Policy) should be implemented with letter and spirit and monitoring system must be improved in this regard.

The Standing Committee further directed to the Ministry of Climate Change to provide the list of visits abroad by the officers/officials of the Ministry of Climate Change during the last and present year.

Members who attended the meeting Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, Chiarman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, MNA,Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Khalida Manzoor, MNA, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA and Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).


24th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - February 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th February, 2017; 24th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

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

3.         Agenda Item No. i.

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 13.02.2017.

4.         Agenda Item No. ii.

             The Secretary National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) briefed the Committee about their existing recruitment policy. However, the brief from the NCHR was not received to the Committee for advance study, therefore, the Committee showed its displeasure and directed to the Chairman, NCHR that necessary directions for this briefing had already been given to NCHR by the Committee but still NCHR did not bother to send the brief in time. Then, the Committee decided that a meeting with same agenda will be held in the first week of next month and directed to the Chairman, NCHR to make sure the attendance of all NCHR Members to attend the next meeting and no negligence will be tolerated in this regard.

5.         Agenda Item No. iii.

            The Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) briefed the Committee as per given agenda. The Committee appreciated the given briefing and directed that there should be established a female desk in approximately all police stations across the country, further, the Committee directed that we should have to do efforts for the comprehensive legislation for the transgender. 

6.         The Hon. MNAs/Members Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) and National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets today - February 16, 2017

Islamabad; 16th February, 2017 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in new International Airport, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair.

The Committee discussed the proposals of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of the financial year 2017-18 relating to Civil Aviation Division and its attached departments. The Committee appreciated all the proposals however, directed that Civil Aviation Division may ensure the completion of ongoing projects before initiating new projects and also ensure their timely completion in order to avoid financial losses. The Committee therefore, unanimously passed the budgetary proposals of Civil Aviation Division of the upcoming financial year.

The Committee highly appreciated the performance of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) however, directed that CAA may ensure the completion of new Islamabad International Airport within given time frame and also ensure the provision of International facilities at Airport. The Committee also appreciated the completion of Ramma Dam at new Islamabad International Airport in short span of time and directed that the management of Airport may also ensure the availability of other basic facilities before its inauguration likely to be held on 14th August, 2017.

The Committee deemed that medical machines of dialysis, ventilator, MRI, City Scan etc of PIMS, Poly Clinic, NIRM and CDA Hospitals are insufficient as most of them are obsolete and non functional. Consequently, the patients are being referred towards private labs to obtain tests on heavy costs. The Committee directed that CA&DD may ensure the availability of new medical machines in all government Hospitals of Islamabad to cope with the requirements of the patients.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets today - February 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th February, 2017: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence met today in Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals of the Ministry of Defence relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2017-18 and approved alongwith the recommendation that the development project of Kamra Hospital regarding provision of modern equipments in the hospital as well as the project regarding accommodation facility for the Kamra employees should also be included in the PSDP for financial year 2017-18 respectively. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform include the New Un-approved 49 projects estimated cost Rs. 9138.242 in the PSDP and also allocate the requisite funds for the on-going and new approved schemes in order to complete the development schemes in time.

2.         The Honorable Deputy Speaker, National Assembly also participated in the meeting. He expressed great displeasure over the poor response by the Ministry of Defence and pointed out that the Secretary, Ministry of Defence had assured to the Standing Committee in its meeting held on 3rd March, 2016 that funds would be provided by the ministry of Defence for the development schemes in the Civil abadi area of Cantonment Board, Havelian but he did not honor his commitment made before the Committee. Thereafter, the Additional Secretary-II, Ministry of Defence also assured the Committee that he will personally look into the matter and will inform the Honorable Deputy Speaker within one week.

3.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Sanjay Perwani and Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting & National Heritage approves PSDP proposals of IB&NH Division amounting to Rs. 3008.02 million for inclusion in the Budget 2017-18 - February 16, 2017

Islamabad; February 16, 2017:  The Standing Committee on Information has approved budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Information and Broadcasting Division and its attached departments for the year 2017-18 amounting to Rs.3008.02 million. The proposals would be forwarded to the M/o Planning and Reforms and Finance Division for inclusion in the Federal Budget for year 2017-18. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNAin Islamabad, this morning.

The Committee thoroughly discussed and scrutinized the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Information and Broadcasting Division and its attached departments for the year 2017-18. The Committee was apprised that Information and Broadcasting Division had demanded allocation of Rs.447.9 million for 12 ongoing projects besides Rs.2560.12 million for 28 new projects. The Committee was apprised that 10 and 2 projects of Pakistan Television and Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation respectively were ongoing and would be completed in the current fiscal year upon grant of budgetary allocation.

The Representative of Information and Broadcasting Division apprised the Committee that PTV had submitted 3 new projects which mainly relate to establishment of rebroadcast stations, replacement of obsolete equipment and construction of auditorium at PTV Academy, Islamabad. The Committee was further apprised that the Division had demanded budgetary allocation for 25 new projects of PBC, PNCA, PID, APPC, DEMP, ISA and PEMRA which mainly relate to establishment of infrastructure, replacement of obsolete equipment and capacity enhancement of above mentioned departments.

The Committee directed the Information and Brocading Division to direct PTV and PBC to complete the ongoing project within current fiscal year. The Committee also directed the Division to submit report of inclusion or non-inclusion of the PSDP budgetary proposals in the federal budget within thirty days of the Committee’s recommendation required under rule 7 of rule 201 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

The meeting was attended by MNAs. Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mian Muhammad Farooq,  Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Ch. Muhammad Tufail Ms. Belum Hasnain,

Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Secretary, Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Division and ther senior officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Petroleum & Natural Resources discusses PSDP proposals for year 2017-18 of M/o P&NR - February 16, 2017

Islamabad; February 16, 2017: Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources met under the chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad, this afternoon to discuss/scrutinize the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and its Attached Departments for financial year, 2017-18.

While discussing the PSDP proposals of Geological Survey of Pakistan and Hydro Carbon Institute of Pakistan, the Committee directed both the departments to review and bring their revised PSDP proposals before the Committee in its next meeting to be held during next week. The Committee observed that the PSDP proposals of the both the departments lacked necessary details.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, MNAs; Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, Mr. Imran Khattak Mr. Abdul Waseem,   Mr. Sajid Ahmed,  Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio,  Secretary M/o P&NR, Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony meets today - February 16, 2017


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - February 15, 2017

Islamabad; 15th February, 2017 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee recommended that The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad (Amendment) Bill, 2014 (moved by Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA) may not be proceeded further as the Government has decided to introduce a Bill of identical nature for legislation.

The Committee discussed the proposals of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of the financial year 2017-18 relating to Capital Administration & Development Division (CA&DD) and its attached departments. The Committee appreciated all the proposals however, directed that CA&DD may endorse the recommendations of the Committee especially availability of clean drinking water and establishment of new Hospitals for the residents of Islamabad so that Committee could pass them accordingly. The Committee therefore, deferred the issue till its next meeting for further discussion

The Committee deemed that medical machines of dialysis, ventilator, MRI, City Scan etc of PIMS, Poly Clinic, NIRM and CDA Hospitals are insufficient as most of them are obsolete and non functional. Consequently, the patients are being referred towards private labs to obtain tests on heavy costs. The Committee directed that CA&DD may ensure the availability of new medical machines in all government Hospitals of Islamabad to cope with the requirements of the patients.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Ms. Seema Muhiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA,  and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Water and Power Meets - February 15, 2017

STANDING COMMITTEE ON WATER AND POWER ENDORSED ALL THE BUDGETARY PROPOSALS OF THE MINISTRY AND ITS ATTACHED DEPARTMENTS FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR 2017-18

The Standing Committee was briefly apprised about the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the next financial year 2017-18. The Committee endorsed all the budgetary proposals of departments/DISCOs and directed to complete their on-going projects on top priority basis. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Water and Power held today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNA.

The Committee informed that amount of Rs. 216 Billion for 173 projects was proposed but only 25 to 30 percent of proposed funds were released for the year 2016-17. The Committee was of the view that due to delay in completion of the projects, its cost increased which resulting in huge loss to the Government ex-chequer. The Committee was informed that Rs. 231 Billion has also been demanded for 180 projects for the current financial year 2017-18. The Committee decided to approach Finance and Planning Divisions for allocation of proposed funds of the Ministry.

Earlier, Mr. Abid Sher Ali, State Minister for Water & Power briefed the Committee about the detail of the projects included in the forth-coming Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18.    

MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhary, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Malik Ghulam Rabbani Khar, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Syed Waseem Hussain, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, Dr. Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.       
 


NA Standing Committee on Textile Industry Meets - February 15, 2017

STANDING COMMITTEE ON TEXTILE INDUSTRY ENDORSED THE BUDGETARY PROPOSALS OF 03 PROJECTS HOWEVER; 07 PROJECTS WERE PROVISIONALLY APPROVED FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR 2017-18

The Standing Committee was briefly apprised about the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the next financial year 2017-18. The Committee endorsed the budgetary proposals of 03 projects however, 07 projects of the ministry were provisionally endorsed with the view point to re-examine the projects in the next meeting. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Textile Industry held today in M/o Textile Industry under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, MNA.

The Committee was informed by the ministry that Rs. 150 million were released for installation of 01 thousands Industrial Stitching Units for the year 2016-17 and Rs. 6183.690 Million has also been demanded for 10 projects for the current financial year 2017-18. The Committee was of the view that due to delay in completion of the projects, its cost increased which resulting in huge loss to the Government ex-chequer.

Earlier, Mr. Hassan Iqbal, Secretary, M/o Textile Industry briefly apprised the Committee about the detail of the projects included in the forth-coming Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18.    

MNAs, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Ms . Belum Hasnain, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, Mrs. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Jamshaid Ahmed Dasti, Col. (R) Dr. Amir Ullah Marwat, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Ch. Riaz-ul-haq, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform Meets - February 14, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control Meets Meets - February 14, 2017

Islamabad, 14th February, 2017; 31st meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA.

2.        The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee offered “Fateh” of the innocent peoples who martyred in the different incidents recently happened in Pakistan. Then the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.

3.         The Committee took up five Private Members Bills and deferred till the outcome from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and Ministry of Law and Justice. Then the Committee was briefed about the PSDP projects for the year 2017-18 for the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control. The Committee with majority of votes approved the PSDP projects for the year 2017-18 of the Narcotics Control Division and deferred the PSDP projects for the year    2017-18 pertaining to the Ministry of Interior till its next meeting expected to be held on 21st February, 2017. Then, the Committee unanimously passed the presented Sub-Committee report which was constituted in the meeting of the Committee dated 28th December, 2016 under the Convenership of Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA. The Committee directed Narcotics Control Division to stop provision/sale of drugs/narcotics in all Educational Institutions. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA to consider all remaining Private Member’s Bills before the Committee.

4.        The Hon. Members/Mover/MNA Mr. Ghalib Khan, Dr. Ibadullah, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Ms. Tahmina Daultana, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza and Ms. Aisha Syed were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - February 14, 2017

Islamabad, 14th February, 2017: 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 Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA.
 

1.         FOREIGN OFFICER TO CALL THE HIGH-UPS OF AMERICAN EMBASSY
On the Question of Privileges raised by Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, MNA regarding not allowing the Hon. Member to depart for Canada, the Committee directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to call the high-ups of American Embassy and record its protest and report to the Committee within thirty days.  
 

2.            CDA TO GIVE REPORT ON THOSE LIVING IN SERVANT QUARTERS OF PARLIAMENT LODGES
On the issue of CDA matters pertaining to allotment of new and old servant quarters, Fire incident in “D” Block, and issues of maintenance in Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, the Committee pended the issue with the directed to CDA to give a detailed report to the Committee on those living in the servant quarters of Parliament Lodges. The Committee also directed the CDA to give detailed report on the funds released to CDA pertaining to the maintenance of Parliament Lodges.
 

3.             CONSTITUTIONAL OF INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE TO PROBE INTO THE QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE OF  CH. ABID RAZA, MNA
On the issue of Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Abid Raza Raza, MNA regarding stopping of Hon. Member to travel abroad by an official at Allama Iqbal Airport, Lahore, despite having valid passport and ticket, the Committee expressed its displeasure on the reply given by the concerned and constituted an Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) comprising the Secretary Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and Secretary Aviation Division to probe into the matter and report to the Committee within fifteen days.
 

4.            The Committee pended the Question of Privilege of Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, Briefing by Inspector General of Police, Islamabad regarding security problems/issues faced by the Hon. Parliamentarians in Parliament Lodges, Islamabad. The Committee disposed of the issue of Medical facilities provided to the Hon. Parliamentarians in Parliament Lodges with the direction to Drug Regularity Authority Pakistan, to get test of all the medicines available in the dispensary of Parliament Lodges with a report to the Committee within fifteen days.
 

5.            The Committee also disposed of the Questions of Privilege raised by Dr. Mahreen Raqaque Bhutto, MNA against Mr. Fayyaz Abbasi, DCO, Khairpur and the Question of Privilege of Mr. Nazir Khan, MNA against Mr. Zafar Islam, Political Agent, South Waziristan Agency and Assitant Political Agent South Waziristan (Tank).   
 

6.         The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 3-1-2017.
 

7.            The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr.Muhammad Raza Hayyat Harraj, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanan Khail, Mr.Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Ms.Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri and Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Mr. Nazir Khan and Ch. Abid Raza, MNAs/Movers.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - February 13, 2017

    The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee room of Parliament House, Islamabad, to consider the detail budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18 of National Highway Authority (NHA). The Meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.
 
2. The Committee recommended to approve the projects of worth Rs. 700 billion consisting of 50 ongoing and 26 new projects. The Committee considered the progress on all the ongoing projects in details. The Committee was informed that the majority of the projects would be completed till the end of 2018.  The Committee directed that the remaining work of Lyari express way must be completed on priority for its timely completion and inauguration in the month of April, 2017.  
       
3. MNAs Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq- Khalil, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, Molana Qamar ud Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and officials of the M/o Communications attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets - February 13, 2017

Islamabad, 13th February, 2017; 22nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran, after introduction of the participants. The Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.   

3.       Agenda Item No. i
         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 10.02.2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. ii
         The Committee unanimously approved the proposals relating to PSDP for 2017-18 of Ministry of Human Rights and directed the Ministry of Human Rights to arrange a briefing pertaining to develop Human Right awareness in general public including Child rights. Further, the Committee directed the Ministry of Human Rights to provide detail of updated changes those were made in the existing laws of Human Rights etc to the Committee. 

5.       Agenda Item No. iii, iv & v
         The Committee deferred other agenda items. 

6.      The Hon. MNAs/Members/Movers Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Asiya Nasir and Dr. Fouzia Hameed were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW),  Ministry of Planning and Development and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination Meets - February 13, 2017

Islamabad the 13th February, 2017.  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Committee Room of Pakistan Sports Board, Sport Complex, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA to scrutinize budgetary proposals relating to PSDP in respect of the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination and its attached departments for the next financial year 2017-18.

2.         The D.G. Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) briefed the Committee about the on-going, new approved and un-approved projects of the Ministry and its attached departments. During the discussion over the construction of Narowal Sports Complex, the Committee showed their dis-satisfaction over the time consumed for its revised estimates. The Minister informed the Committee about the reason of delaying work and assured that 70% work of the Complex has been completed and the remaining will complete shortly.

3.           The Secretary, Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination apprised the Committee that there are 13 on-going projects costing Rs.2119.728 million, 10 new projects (un-approved) of Pakistan Sports Board worth Rs.896.184 million, one project of Pakistan Cricket Board of Rs.100.00, one of M/o IPC amounting to Rs.38.00 million and 5 Pakistan Boy Scout Association amounting to Rs.216.601/- are put before the Committee for its approval. The total budgetary proposals regarding PSDP for the FY-2017-18 were Rs.3370.513million. After detailed discussion and certain observations of the Committee, the budgetary proposal was unanimously approved with the direction to consult the honorable Member Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khan & Moulana Amir Zaman for inclusion of in-complete work of Sports Complexes in their constituency.

4.        The Committee also discussed the corruption elements in the Pakistan Supper League matches currently held in Dubai and showed their concern over the poor performance of the Pakistan Cricket Board who failed to refrain the players form the bookies/gamblers. It was decided unanimously that the inquiry already ordered by Pakistan Cricket Board/ICC may be held impartially and its out-come may also be shared with the standing Committee on IPC in its next meeting for its consideration/further action. The Committee stressed the need to eliminate the corrupt elements from the Pakistan Cricket Board to save the good name of the country.      

5.         The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Moulana Amir Zaman and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani MNAs, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination and Senior Officers from Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination.
 


21st meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - February 10, 2017

Islamabad, 10th February, 2017, 21st meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

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

3.       Agenda Item No. i

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 23.01.2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. ii

          The Committee visited various sections of Pakistan Sweet Homes i.e. Great Home, Class rooms and Hostel of the orphans and homeless children’s. The Committee was given a presentation on the overall activities of the Pakistan Sweet Homes than Patron-in-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes Mr. Zamurd Khan briefed the Committee about the issues and measures taken by the organization to improve the conditions of the children’s. The Committee appreciated the struggles and work did by Mr. Zamurd Khan for orphans and homeless children’s and assured that the Committee will soon be launched a Bill for the protection and registration of the orphans and homeless childrens.

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Members, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Phyllis Azeem Ms. Amra Khan and Kanwar Naveed Jameel were attended the meeting besides the senior officer from the Ministry of Planning & Development, Patron-in-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes and their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - February 7, 2017

47th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 7th February, 2017 in Committee Room No. 2, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-
 

i)     Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 26-01-2016
ii)    To discuss the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Finance Division, Revenue Division, Economic Affairs Divisions, Statistics Division and Privatization for making recommendations.
iii)   To discuss the suitable reduction in present high markup rates on loans of agriculture sector. (Governor State Bank of Pakistan and President, National Bank of Pakistan may also be invited)
iv)   Briefing by Chief Statistician, Statistics Division regarding preparation of implementation status of up-coming census in the country.
 

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 26-01-2016.
 

3.            The Committee has shown its displeasure on the absence of Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, President (SBP), National Bank of Pakistan and President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited and decided to call the said Officers in the upcoming meeting of the Committee, in-person. The Committee once again directed to Ministry of Finance & Revenue to ensure the compliance of the directions of the Standing Committee for providing brief of the meeting well in time, in future for advance study of the Honorable Members.
 

4.            The Committee unanimously decided that agenda item No. ii should be deferred till its next meeting, due to late receiving of PSDP’s brief from Ministry of Finance & Revenue.
 

5.            The Committee was briefed by the representatives of ZTBL, NBP and SBP regarding the reasons of high markup rates on agriculture loans. The Committee was informed by the representative of ZTBL that   8.5 % were charged on its administrative expenditures. The Committee has shown its concern on the high markup rates charged by the ZTBL and recommended that single digit markup rates should be charged to agriculture sector.
 

6.            The Committee was briefed by the Chief Statistician regarding preparation of implementation status of upcoming census in the country. He informed the Committee that Council of Common Interest (CCI) in its meeting held on 29th February, 2016 deliberated the issue and decided to hold the Census under the supervision of Armed Forces at man to man level. He told the Committee that due to non-availability of requisite number of Armed Forces by March/April 2016, Census cannot be held in March/April, 2016 and postponed. He told the Committee that CCI in its meeting held on 16th December, 2016 decided that Census may be held on traditional method using paper based questionnaires starting from 15th March, 2017. He added that Census is going to be held phase wise in the country.
 

7.            After detailed discussion, some Members have shown their apprehensions regarding the increase in blocks and double entry during the census process. The Committee has also shown its concern about the verification of Afghan refugees, identity. The Committee recommended that disabled persons should also be highlighted in the census form. The Committee unanimously directed the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics to ensure the accuracy and transparency during the census process. The Committee decided that next meeting of the Committee would be convened, shortly. Chairman, NADRA would also be invited in the said meeting. 
 

8.            The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Mohsin  Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Mian Abdul Mannan,  Ms. Shiza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Mr. Muahmmad Ali Rashid, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Privatization, Statistics,  Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), NBP and Zarai Taraqiati Bank (ZTBL). 
 


NA Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources meets - February 2, 2017

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON P&NR DIRECTS FIA TO REOPEN INQUIRY INTO CASH PAYMENTS TO NON ENTITLED EMPLOYEES FROM OGDCL WPPF

Islamabad; February 2, 2017: Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources had directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to reopen inquiry into cash payments of Rs.266 million out of OGDCL Workers Profit Participation fund to non-entitled employees of Oil and Gas Development Corporation Limited. The Committee directed OGDCL to formally lodge a complaint in this regard and provide requisite information to investigation agency. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Islamabad, this afternoon.

The Committee was informed that Rs.98 million and Rs.238 million was paid in cash to employees of OGDCL in years 2006-07 and 2007-08, respectively by the office bearers of OGDCL Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) for which record was not available with the Company. The Committee directed OGDCL management to also hold an internal inquiry and identify persons who received the money for its subsequent disbursement to the employees. The Managing Director (OGDCL) apprised the Committee that an inquiry was conducted by FIA in year 2010 on a complaint initiated by 3rd party employees regarding disbursement of WPPF Funds who had either received less payment or the payments were made to non-entitled employees, however, the inquiry was closed by the FIA due to non-availability of concrete evidence.

While expressing its displeasure on the disclosure of spending of huge amounts on medical treatment of OGDCL employees, directed OGDCL management to hold an inquiry against the employees involved in misuse of medical facility at different stations of OGDCL. The Committee also directed FIA to assist OGDCL in recovery of embezzled/misused medical funds by employees and medical facilities on the panel of OGDCL. The Committee was apprised that Rs.890 million were incurred on medical treatment of employees during last five years. Taking cognizance of the massive expenditure on medical treatment, an inquiry was conducted which identified involvement of 77 employees in misusing of medical facility at head office and field establishments. The Managing Director further apprised that inquiry was in progress and disciplinary action would be taken against those held responsible.

The Committee while discussing the logistic operations, budget and spending of OGDCL, directed National Accountability Bureau to present latest update on a case of theft of diesel at Tando Alam field amount to Rs.328 million against Hussain Bux Narejo and others in next meeting of the Committee. The Managing Director OGDCL informed the Committee that the company had saved substantial amount of money due to stringent measures initiated to address the theft of fuel. The Committee disposed off the complaint of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA regarding delay in opening of regional office of SNGPL at Mardan since it had been made functional and was catering to the gas consumers of the area. The Committee directed SSGCL management to complete gas pipeline by 31st March, 2017 which would supply gas to Sanghar city and its adjoining areas. The Managing Director SSGCL apprised the Committee about the measures initiated to address the problem of low pressure of gas in Sindh and assured that the situation will improve in coming days.

The meeting was attended by MNAs;  Malik Ihtebar Khan, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich,  Mr. Roshan Din Junejo,  Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr.  Akram Khan Durrani,  Mr. Pir Bux Junejo,  Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Secretary M/o P&NR, Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Meets - February 2, 2017

32ND MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS PASSED A RESOLUTION TO DEMONSTRATE SOLIDARITY WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN.
 

            The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in the Parliament House, Islamabad today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA to discuss the agenda items accordingly. The Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law & Justice briefed the Committee on the agenda item No.(ii) “The Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013” moved by the Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA who also formally introduced the bill with its salient features to the Committee for further discussion.
 

2.         The Chairman asked the respective Ministries/Divisions to prepare more comprehensive briefing regarding the proposed bill in the next meeting and also send their inputs in-writing to the Committee for perusal of the Committee Members.
 

3.         During the meeting the Chairman remarked on agenda item No.(iii) (a) “Budgetary proposals relating to PSDP for the financial year 2017-18” that since the PC-II is not part of the information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, therefore, consideration on this agenda item cannot proceed unless it is provided in the next meeting for formal consideration and approval.
 

4.         The briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on agenda item No.(iii) (b) “China, Russia and  Pakistan trilateral talks on Afghanistan issue” also deferred for the next meeting.
 

5.         The Chairman also introduced a Resolution to demonstrate Solidarity with the Government and People of the Republic of Azerbaijan which was unanimously approved by the Standing Committee. The text of the resolution is as under:-
 

             The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly of Pakistan also endorsed the resolution which is as follows:

i)              The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs condemns the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia and the genocide committed by Armenian armed forces in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly on February 26, 1992 against civilian population.
ii)            The Committee re-affirms the sovereignty and  territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan within its internationally recognized borders.
iii)          The Committee demands implementation of resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly on immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of all Armenian forces from all the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and calls upon the international community and international organizations to urge Armenia for the implementation of these decisions.
iv)          The Committee supports the efforts of the Republic of Azerbaijan to resolve the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means.
 

6.         The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law & Justice also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee deemed the suspension of XENs and SDOs of PESCO as an Illegal Offense - January 31, 2017

The Standing Committee on Water and Power deemed the suspension of XENs and SDOs of PESCO as illegal offense and directed that M/o water and power may withdraw the Show Cause/Termination Notices immediately. The Standing Committee met today in Parliament House. Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA presided over the meeting in the absence of Chairman concerned.

The Deputy Speaker, National Assembly also attended the meeting as special Invitee and expressed his concern over the non-serious attitude of the Ministry & M. D, PEPCO towards the official affairs. He stated that Show Cause/termination Notices to 9 SDOs and 2 XENs were issued on account of wrong reading as it was based on fake photos taken by meter readers. He further stated that ministry may terminate/suspend the officials concerned who were involved in such illegal offense instead of initiating any action against senior management.

The Committee directed that ministry may probe into the matter by identifying the culprits and report to the Committee within two days. The Committee decided to hold its next meeting on 2nd February, 2017 to re-consider the said issue.

Nawab Yousuf Talpur, Convener of the Sub-Committee presented the report on the performance of DISCOs of Sindh. The Committee adopted the report of the sub-Committee and directed the ministry to submit the reply of the sub-Committee’s report within 15 days of the meeting.

MNAs, Lt. Col. (R) Ghulam Rasool Sahi, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry. 


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - January 26, 2017

Islamabad; January 26, 2017: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 39th Session of the National Assembly.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 39th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 7th February, 2017.

The meeting was attended by the Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice and Climate Change, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Sheik Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs/Chief whip of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Mr. Jam Kamal Khan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources MNAs, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Sheikh Salahuddin, All-Hajj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah and Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema.


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

Islamabad, 24th January 2017: The 24th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

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

3.Agenda item i.

The Committee examined the minutes of its previous meeting held on 10th January, 2017 but the Hon. Chairman decided to sign and confirm the minutes after consultation with the Hon. Minister concerned.

4.     Agenda item ii.

The representatives from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and its attached departments/organizations had given briefing one by one to the Committee on PSDP ongoing and proposed projects for the financial year 2017-18. The Committee conditionally approved some projects subject to their completion in due time and with the approval of the Ministry Information Technology and Telecommunication. Further, the Committee decided to visit to different Ministries/Divisions and Prime Minister Secretariat to examine the installation of E-filling project in near future. 

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Member Mian Muhammad Farooq, Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, Ms. Shazia Farid, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting besides the Minister of State and senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication with their staff.


Meeting of NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today - January 23, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today in the Committee Room of M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, G-5/2, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016,  (Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA), the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA), the draft Human Organs Transplantation Authority Bill, 2016 and comprehensive briefing/latest updates & progress on Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. 

2.        The Committee considered the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA) in detail. The Committee unanimously recommended to approve the amendment with the objective to transplant the human organs or tissues in the case of accidental deaths. The Human Organ donations will give new lease of life to person in need of such human organs and tissues.

3.        The Committee also discussed in detail the latest updates & progress on Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP). The Committee was informed regarding the Institutional Framework and Statutory Structure of DRAP. The Committee appreciated the new regulations introduced recently by the DRAP.

4.        MNAs Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Shaista Khalid Luqman, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Qari Muhammad Yousaf attended the meeting. Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA/Mover of the Bill also attended the meeting.


20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - January 23, 2017

Islamabad, January 23rd 2017; 20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran, after introduction of the participants. The Committee decided although a privilege motion had been already moved against the Mr. Justice ® Ali Nawaz Chohan, Chairman, NCHR, in the National Assembly Secretariat; even then, the Committee allowed Mr. Chohan to join the today meeting in the National interest. Then the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.  

3.       Agenda Item No. i

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 16.01.2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. ii

          The representatives from the Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chairman, NCHR briefed the Committee about the present status of Pakistani initial report on the implementation of the ICCPR. The Committee was informed by Ministry of Human Rights that pertaining to compliance of this report, Ministry of Human Rights had been written many letters/reminders to the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and all Provincial Governments, but so far they did not given their response, that’s why; the aforesaid report is going delay. The Committee examined the matter thoroughly and directed that all the concerned should be responsed properly, so that, the report must be submitted within given time. Further, the Committee recommended that before signing any International Treaties on Human Rights by the Government of Pakistan both Parliamentary Committees on Human Rights in Senate and National Assembly must be taken on board.

5.       Agenda Item No. iii

        As per agenda the Committee invited the representative from Government of Baluchistan to brief the Committee about “Quetta Carnage” issue, but unfortunately no relevant person was available in the meeting. Therefore, the Committee showed its displeasure and decided to issue Summon to the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and

 

Secretary Health, Government of Baluchistan to present in the next meeting in person. The Committee also acknowledged that the Government of Baluchistan had been called three times before for giving their briefing on this issue but they did not bother Then, the Chairman, NCHR briefed the Committee on this issue but he could not satisfy to the Committee with the given briefing, the Committee directed him to submit comprehensive report with recommendations on this issue in the next upcoming meeting.

6.      The Hon. MNAs/Members Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza and Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Commission for Human Rights with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Water and Power Meets - January 20, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committees on Water and Power was held today in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House Islamabad under the chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNA.

2. The Committee was briefed on the agenda “Indian threat on Indus Waters Treaty and to chart out a course of action for Pakistan”. After a detailed discussion, it was unanimously decided to demand the Government of Pakistan to ask the World Bank that:

                •    “It must be in accordance  with its responsibilities under the IWT, without further delay constitute a Court of Arbitration to adjudicate on the issues raised by Pakistan against India’s ongoing construction of Kishan Ganga and Ratle Hydro-Electric plants.
                •    Till the World Bank constitute the Court of Arbitration, it must demand of India an immediate halt to ongoing construction of Ratle Dam till the issue is resolved”.

3.  MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Lt. Col. Redt. Ghulam Rasool Sahi, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Saleem Rehaman Syed Waseem Hussain, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, Syed Kazim Ali Shah, Dr. Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Meets - January 20, 2017

The Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs and Water and Power were briefed by the Foreign Secretary, Secretary Water & Power and Special Invitee/Expert on International Treaties Mr. Ahmer Bilal Sofi on a common agenda titled “Indian threat to Indus Water Treaty and to chart out a course of action for Pakistan” adopted by the both Committees together during the meeting held today in the Parliament House Islamabad. The meeting was Co-Chaired by Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari and Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNAs respective Chairman of the Committees. The Chairman and Committees also highly appreciated the briefings by the Senior Officers particularly Mr. Ahmer Bilal Sofi who throws the light on overall Water disputes among the states in different parts of the world and particularly on IWT with different legal dimensions and available options and recommendations for Pakistan.

2. During the meeting, the Members of the both Committees, asked many critical questions on the subject which were answered by the relevant Officers satisfactorily. On a question the Chairman also endorsed that the Members should keep themselves within the agenda item and not discuss national water issues as the present  discussion is about IWT so that a clear and strong message of unity is given to world particularly India at this point of time.

3. Before concluding the meeting a draft resolution was presented before the Committees and unanimously approved by the Members belonging to the different political parties to demonstrate the unity and one voice on the issue. The text of the resolution is as under:

               i.    It must in accordance with its responsibilities under the IWT, without further delay constitute the court of Arbitration to adjudicate on issues raised by Pakistan against India’s ongoing construction of KG and Ratle Hydro Electric plants.

              ii.    Till the World Bank constitutes the court of Arbitration, it must demand of India an immediate halt to ongoing construction of Ratle Dam till the issue is resolved.

4. The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ms. Tahmina Daultana, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Dr. Muhammad Farooq Sattar, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Mr. Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Water & Power also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets today - January 19, 2017

Islamabad, the 19th January, 2017: The meeting of the Standing Committee on Government Assurances was held today on January 19, 2017 at 11:00 am in old PIPS Committee Room, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad. The meeting was presided over by Honourable Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Chairman, Standing Committee on Government Assurances.

The Committee was informed by the Secretary, Information, Secretary, Religious Affairs and Secretary, Council of Islamic Ideology that they had a meeting to chalk out a plan to safeguard the sanctity of the Holy Verses being printed in Newspapers. The Committee was informed that APNS, CPNE and PBA have agreed to publish a note on the Newspapers to give due respect to the Holy papers and the Holy names printed in the Newspapers. It is pertinent to mention that on 10th of November, 2016the Standing Committee on Government Assurances directed “that the desecration of Holy Verses of the Holy Quran which are printed in the newspapers be stopped. Standing Committee on Government Assurances has directed, Ministry of Information Broadcasting, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony and Council of Islamic Ideology to sit together and come up with a workable solution ensuring the stoppage of desecration of Holy Verses of the Holy Quran, which are printed in the newspapers.

The Committee was informed that a delegation consisting upon Honourable MNAs and their families have visited Roza Mubarak of Hazrat Muhammad (ﷺ)on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awaland paid Salam and homage on behalf of Peoples Republic of Pakistan.

It was observed by the Committee that Secretary, SAFRON was regularly attending the meeting. However, the Secretary, Cabinet and Chairman, NADRA did not attend the meeting. So, the Committee took serious notice and directed that Secretary, Interior and Chairman, NADRA should attend next meeting in person.

The Committee appreciated the performance of Secretary SAFRON for his interest to solve the issue of registration of foreigners living in the country as refugees. The Committee directed NADRA that the issue of blocking of CNICs of Pakistani citizens be solved on priority basis.

The Committee directed CDA to boost the development work and hold regular meetings to solve the issue of development of E-12 and report the Committee on daily basis. The Committee has appointed a Sub-Committee under the Convener-ship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan KhananKhail whereas Malik Ibrar Ahmed and Sardar Muhammad IrfanDogar will be members of the Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee will monitor the progress of CDA and submit its report in fifteen days.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Abdul Majeed Khan KhananKhail, Sardar Muhammad IrfanDogar, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood and Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani. In addition the Mover Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA was also present in the meeting.


19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways held today - January 19, 2017

Islamabad, the 19th January, 2017:      The 19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room of Ministry of Railways, “D” Block, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad under the chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA.

2.         The Committee was briefed on the frequent / common trains accidents at unmanned Railways crossings in the country occurred during the last three years along with measures taken for the safe operations of trains. It was informed that the department had also conducted inquiries and fixed responsibilities on the persons / officials who found responsible.

3.         The Ministry presented an overview of the budgetary proposals relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2016-17 along with its total utilization of budget and year of completion to the Committee. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of Finance may release the funds for the said projects in due time for timely completion of the projects.

4.         Briefing on the Ministry’s budgetary proposals relating to the PSDP for the financial year, 2017-18 deferred for the next meeting on the request of Ministry.

5.         Hafiz Abdul Kareem, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, and Ms. Naseema Hafeez, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Khawaja Saad Rafique, Minister for Railways and senior officers of the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform.


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

Islamabad, 18th January, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training held meeting/visit today at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (R) Dr. Amirullah Marwat. The Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University briefed the Committee over the performance, achievements and challenges faced by the University in detail. He informed that Quaid-e-Azam University ranked No.1 throughout Pakistan and within 57 states of the Organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC). He further said that 79% of faculty holds a Ph.D degree and published 1163 research publications in impact factor journals in 2016. He also highlighted the issue of encroachment on the Quaid-e-Azam University land before the Committee. The Committee directed the Vice Chancellor to prepare the master plan of the university as well as PC-1 of the boundary wall around the university in one month in order to include in PSDP for financial year 2017-18. The Committee also took serious note of the news against the Chairman HEC in print and electronic media by the spokes person of the university. Whereupon the Vice Chancellor apologies for it and told the Committee that he was not taken onboard about it and given to media without his prior permission. The Committee further urged the Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University to overcome the short comings regarding financial management problems and administrative issues and focus on the quality and standards of research as well.  The Committee assured its full support at every forum to make the university in top ten universities at world level.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr. Zulfikar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai MNAs and Minister for Federal Education & Professional Training, Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping was held today - January 18, 2017

Islamabad, the  January 18th, 2017; 33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping was held at Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad at 02:00 pm today, under the Chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA.

The agenda of the meeting was as under:-


                                i.            Confirmation of minutes of previous meeting.
                              ii.            Briefing on the recent up-gradation of Pakistan Marine Academy (PMA);
                            iii.            Briefing on the purchase of new vessels for Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC).

2.         The Members of Standing Committee offered Fateha and condolences on the sad demise of the Mother-In-Law of Chairman, Standing Committee. The Committee’s efforts were lauded and appreciated by the Ministry and the Commandant PMA for taking interest in the up-gradation of PMA. They unanimously said that this up-gradation has been done in a short span of 14-months on the recommendations given by the Standing Committee. But more support will be needed to make it at par with academies of the developed world. The Committee was told that 50-trainees under the Prime Minister Youth Skill Development Program have joined PMA with effect from January, 2017.

3.         The Chairman PNSC said that the rating of PNSC has doubled and the load capacity has gone upto 700,000 ton. The issue of duties which was a big hindrance in acquiring vessels has been resolved on the recommendation of Standing Committee. Three Ferry Services are going to commence very soon from Karachi to Port Qasim, Gwadar and Chah Bahar, Iran.

4.         The meeting was attended by the Members (MNAs) namely, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Ch. Hamid Hameed, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Rana Muhamamd Hayat Khan, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Khalil George, Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Mohammad Salman Khan Baloch, Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, Mr. Mohammad Jamal-ud-Din, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Secretary, M/o Ports & Shipping and other senior officers from the ministry attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries & Production meets today - January 18, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in the Committee room of Industries and Production A-Block, Pak-Secretariat to discuss the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the Financial Year 2017-18 and briefing by the Managing Director, on the working of ENAR Petrotech Services Ltd, Karachi.

The S/C discussed the PSDP for the Financial Year 2017-18 and suggested that a detailed presentation along with its brief should be given in the next standing committee meeting. The committee also discussed the working of  ENAR Petrotech Services Ltd, Karachi  and suggested to make a business proposal regarding its strengthening.

Members who attended the meeting; Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Syed Muhammad Asghar, MNA, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, MNA, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA.
 


The NA Standing Committee On Planning, Development And Reform meets - January 17, 2017

Islamabad, the 17th January, 2017: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.
 
2. The Secretary, M/o Planning, Development and Reform comprehensively briefed the Committee over the updated status of CPEC projects post 6th Joint Committee on CPEC (JCC) meeting held on 29th December, 2016 at Beijing co-chaired by professor Ahsan Iqbal Minister for PD & R and Mr. Wang Xiaota, Vice Chairman National Development Reform Commission (NDRC). He informed that this meeting was unique as all Chief Ministers of Provinces attended the meeting and presented new project proposals and preferred sites for special economic zones. He further informed that there are 12 energy projects under the CPEC which is expected that 5000 MW of CPEC energy will be put into operation by 2017-18 whereupon the Committee directed the Secretary M/o PD &R to submit project wise details along with breakup in the next meeting. The Committee also recommended that all concern departments would be invited in the next meeting to brief the Committee over the said energy projects under CPEC in detail.
 
3. The Secretary also briefed the Committee over the Transport Infrastructure, Rail Based Mass Transit System, Railways, new Provincial Projects and new Gwadar Projects in detail. Rail Based Mass Transit System includes the Karachi Circular Railway, Greater Peshawar region Mass Transit Quetta Mass Transit and Orange Line- Lahore, however he informed that the Orange Line Lahore is not part of the CPEC, it is the Punjab Government Project.  
          
4. MNAs, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr Sher Akber Khan and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din attend the meeting, besides officials of M/o Planning, Development and & Reform and M/o Water & Power.


NA Standing Committee on Communication Meets - January 17, 2017

Islamabad; January 17, 2017, Meeting of the Standing Committee on Communication held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA in the chair.
 
The Committee highly appreciated the performance of National Highway Authority (NHA) however, directed that NHA may complete the ongoing projects at the earliest.
 
The Committee was pleased to know that Hon. Prime Minister of Pakistan will inaugurate Hyderabad to Karachi Road (M-9 project) in near future however, the Committee was of the view that it would be appropriate if the said project would be inaugurated after its completion.
 
The Committee expressed satisfaction over the completion of Larkana-Moen-Jo-Daro Road however, directed that NHA may ensure the completion of its maintenance work i.e. completion of shoulders display of Traffic Signs and Reflective Studs etc. in order to make it functional at the earliest.
 
The Committee also directed that NHA may ensure the involvement of local Engineers and Consultants etc. while initiating new government projects to avoid frustration among the local masses.
 
Earlier, Chairman, NHA briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to ensure the completion of the projects within given time frame and problems faced by them in this regard.
 


NA Standing Committee On States And Frontier Regions (Safron) Met Today - January 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th January, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee took serious notice of the absence of the Additional Chief Secretary, FATA and directed the Ministry of SAFRON to write a letter and convey the reservation of the Standing Committee to the Governor, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and to make sure his presence in the next meeting positively otherwise the Committee will move privilege motion against him. The Committee was also briefed on the compliance of recommendations made in its last meeting held on 24th October, 2016 and other agenda items regarding steps taken by the FATA Secretariat for improvement of education in FATA in detail. The Secretary Social Sector department, FATA apprised the Committee that they have initiated a number of initiatives for improvement of education in FATA. He further said that to check teacher’s absenteeism, Independent Monitoring Unite (IMU) is being established in FATA to make sure 100% attendance of teachers.   
 
2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Ghalib Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Mrs. Surraiya Jatoi, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Nasir Khan, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah and Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights - January 16, 2017

Islamabad, January 16th 2017; 19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

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

3.       Agenda Item No. 1

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 11.01.2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. 2

The Committee discussed the incident happened in Gaddani, Baluchistan but the all invited departments could not attend the meeting due to bad weather excepted Labour and Manpower Department, Govt. of Baluchistan. The representatives from Labour and Manpower Department could not satisfy the Committee pertaining to their briefing/views. The Committee showed its displeasure and directed them not to repeat this exercise next time. Further, the Committee directed that all the departments including Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Government of Pakistan must be attended the next meeting in which the Gaddani incident issue would be taken up.

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Members Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza and Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and the representatives from Labour and Manpower Department, Government of Baluchistan with their staff.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Science & Technology - January 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th January, 2017: STANDING COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY MET UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF CH. TARIQ BASHIR CHEEMA, MNA TO DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING AGENDA
 
I)  Confirmation of minutes of the meeting held on 24th August, 2016

II) To discuss the performance of Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA).

III) To discuss “Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies Bill, 2016”

The Standing Committee on Science and Technology was briefly apprised by the ministry about the functions of Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA). The PSQCA is certified with 108 products for testing, inspection and certification according to international standards. The Committee expressed its reservations that most of the products available in market are not certified and upto the mark however, directed the PSQCA to keep check and balance over certified products.  The Committee also directed the ministry to collect the samples of their mandatory items like Milk, Water and Cooking Oil and submit the comprehensive report regarding their standard and qualities within one month.

The Committee discussed the “Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies Bill, 2016” in detail however, the Committee was of the view that the said Bill is against the employees of the institution so the Committee unanimously opposed the said Bill. The Committee directed the Ministry to revisit the Bill and come up with the proposals of an attached department otherwise the Bill would be rejected.

MNAs, Syed Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Chaudhary Armaghan Subhani, Ms. Shazia Mubashir, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Aqib Ulla Khan, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, Mr. Mehboob Alam and Ms. Aliya Kamran, Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


Ahsan Iqbal briefs Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, consensus among all provinces on CPEC, Mushahid welcomes ‘breakthrough’ on CPEC. - January 16, 2017

Islamabad, January 16, 2017:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC met today under the Chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed.  This was the 20th meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC and it received a detailed and comprehensive briefing by Minister for Planning, Ahsan Iqbal on the recently concluded 6th meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) in Beijing on December 28-29, 2016, which was attended by Chief Ministers of KPK, Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
During the briefing, Ahsan Iqbal said that they have achieved total consensus among the provinces as to the way forward on CPEC where Bhasha Dam would also be part of the CPEC and he said that 11000 MW of electricity would be added to the national grid by 2018, 5000 MW under CPEC and 5000 MW under non-CPEC projects and he said that this was the biggest energy investment in the history of Pakistan.

Ahsan Iqbal told the committee that the for the first time, Thar coal which had a huge capacity would be used for electricity for the next 400 years and there were two transmission lines being installed between Matiari-Lahore and Matiari-Faisalabad which would evacuate electricity from south and will be connected to the national grid benefitting all parts of Pakistan.

Additionally, there was agreement on giving priority, construction of the Western route of CPEC as well as up-gradation and dualization of Karachi-Torkham railway line at a cost of $ 8 billion.  This would be the biggest railway modernization project in the history of Pakistan.
The Minister informed the Parliamentary Committee that industrial zones proposed by the provinces as well as Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan had been accepted and proper feasibility would be carried out as well as the proposal by Sind government for an additional port at Ketti Bandar.  He said that all four provincial capitals, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar would have rail-based mass transit system as part of CPEC.  He added that the November 13 Kashgar-Gwadar karvan that had carried goods from Kashgar to Gwadar had travelled on the Western route and he said that the establishment of this road link had slashed the travel distance from Quetta to Gwadar from 2 days to 8 hours.

Ahsan Iqbal briefed the Committee that people to people exchanges including media, academia, universities, think tanks and cultural exchanges as well as training in Chinese languages and transfer of knowledge in different sectors particularly industrial zones, rural and urban development, water resource management and agriculture.
He also thanked the Parliamentary Committee for its relentless efforts throughout 2016 to forge consensus on CPEC through consultation of all its members representing different provinces and areas of Pakistan and the Parliamentary Committee’s role had positive results on CPEC.

In his remarks, Senator Mushahid Hussain welcomed the breakthrough at the JCC meeting regarding CPEC meeting and said that CPEC was already on the road of consolidation and in 2017, it would be the year of takeoff for CPEC as all key projects, in consultation with provinces, were being pursued according to the specific timeframe and impediments have been removed.  The members also underlined the need to expose and counter any baseless propaganda about CPEC by forces inimical to the interests of Pakistan and Pakistan-China strategic partnership. 

On the recommendation of some of the members, it was decided that there would be a comprehensive briefing by the Ministry of Water & Power on the energy plan till 2020 as well as the construction of transmission lines by NTDC for the evacuation of electricity that are likely to be produced particularly in KPK.  Ministry of Planning would also give briefing on the long terms plans of CPEC which will be going to run through till 2030.
The meeting was attended by Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Mr. Akram Khan Durrani, Rana Mohammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Isphanyar Bhandara, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Mr. Ghous Bux Mahar, Mr. Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi, Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Shibli Faraz, Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan, Mr. Qamar Sohail Lodhi, Special Secretary and Mr. Nasim Khalid, newly appointed Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC.
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets today - January 13, 2017

Islamabad; January 13, 2017, Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Committee Room of Cabinet Division,  Cabinet Block, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair.

The Committee expressed grave concern over the obsolete condition of machinery and lack of trained staff of Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) and directed that government may inject PCP to make it profitable unit and to meet the requirements of the country as well.  The Committee directed that Cabinet division may move a summary regarding provision of financial assistance to PCP so that Committee could take them at appropriate forum for their amicable solution.

The Committee expressed strong dissatisfaction over the poor result of CSS exams, 2016 as only 2% students were able to pass the exams. The Committee directed that Federal Public Service Commission may determine the reasons of decline in percentage of pass students  and  come up with the proposals so that talented students could pass the CSS exams in future .

The meeting was attended by Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddique, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms.Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Ms. Seema Muhiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA,  Mr. Roshan Din Junejo, MNA and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today - January 12, 2017

Islamabad, the 12th January, 2017: The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee room of Parliament House, Islamabad, to consider the detail budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18 of Ministry of Communication, Pakistan Post Office Department, National Transport Research Center, Construction Technology Training Institute and National Highways and Motorway Police. The Meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.

2.         The Committee expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of National Transport Research Center (NTRC) and directed to make it viable in terms of challenges coming in the shape of C-PEC.

3.         The Committee discussed the development projects of Pakistan Post Office for inclusion in P.S.D.P of Ministry of Communications for the year 2017-18 in detail. The Committee directed that rural and remote areas must be focused by the Pakistan Post Office in terms of the provision of quality services.

4.         The Committee also discussed the budgetary proposals for the National Highways and Motorway Police. The approved and upcoming PSDP projects were considered in detail. The Committee directed that the strength of the Motorway Police on the Karachi-Haydrabad-Sukker section might be increased for the better management of traffic and control of accidents.

5.         The Committee recommended that the revised PC-I of the Green Line Karachi Project might be approved on priority basis for the timely completion.

6.         MNAs Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq- Khalil, Molana Qamar ud Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and officials of the M/o Communications attended the meeting.


25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development held today - January 12, 2017

25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was held today, 12th January, 2017 at 3:p.m in Committee Room No. 5, under the Acting Chairperson of Ms. Aisha MNA.

The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting, which was held on 5-01-2017.

Secretary worker welfare fund  briefed the Committee about the pension of employees of Workers Welfare Fund (WWF). He said that the services of WWF, employees are non-pensionable and there is  no proposal to make the services of the employees of the fund as pensionable. He added that regular employees of fund secretariat are eligible for gratuity in lieu of pension. He further informed the Committee that WWF employees are satisfied with their salary package.

While considering the matter of establishment of new technical and vocational institute by WWF, the Secretary, WWF informed the Committee that it is core responsibility of the provincial   Government to place the requirement of the  institutions in the province. He added that Balochistan Government has submitted a PC-I for establishment of polytechnic institute for girls at Zhob. 

The Committee recommended to WWF for submission of  break-wise project details in all province. The Committee further recommended that WWF will furnish details of flats owned by WWF with their occupants in the country. The Secretary brief the Committee about the budgetary procedure of WWF .

The Committee members have shown their concern about the non-payment of salaries to the provincial welfare employees by the Government. However the Committee was informed by the Secretary WWF that legal employees have been issued salary in KPK.

The Committee recommended that trained workers should also be given opportunities to work abroad, especially skilled workers.

The Committee recommended to WWF for coordinating with the honourable members of the

Committee  regarding  their visits to local offices of WWF.

Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Ch. Abid Raza, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar, Syed Sajid Mehdi, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mian Imtiaz Ahmad, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Sheikh Salahuddin, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai and  Mr, Nasir Khan MNAs were present in the meeting, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD.


NA Standing Committee on Climate change meets today - January 12, 2017

A meeting of the S/C on Climate Change was held on 12th Jan, 2017 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee discussed the Think tank terms and policy regarding Climate Change. The Standing Committee also suggested that think tank should reviewed / broadened and all provinces should be given the equal nomination.

Members who attended the meeting are Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Khalida Manzoor, MNA, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA and Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).


Meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Communications held today - January 11, 2017

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee room of Parliament House, Islamabad, to consider the detail budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18 of National Highway Authority (NHA). The Meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.

Secretary M/o Communication/Chairman, NHA informed the Committee that during the fiscal year 2017-18 all the ongoing project of the M/o Communication will be completed and no new project will be commenced. The Committee considered the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18 National Highway Authority (NHA) and expressed satisfaction over the performance of NHA. The Committee also directed to complete the ongoing projects as soon as possible.      

MNAs Mr. Sarzameen, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq- Khalil, Molana Qamar ud Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai and officials of the M/o Communications attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets today - January 11, 2017

Islamabad, January 11th 2017; 18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from Holy Quran. The Committee welcomed Ms. Rabiya Javeri Agha newly posted as Secretary (In-charge) Ministry of Human Rights along with special invitee of Mr. Zummrad Khan, Ex- M.D Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal and Pattern-in-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes. The Committee acknowledged and appreciated the efforts and achievements of Mr. Khan being Pattern-in-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes. 

3.       Agenda Item No. 1

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 07.12.2016. Further, the Committee unanimously acknowledged that the Sub-Committee which was constitute on 28th September, 2016 under the Convenership of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA had been completed its life time of thirty days. Therefore, it is not remaining effective, so that, the pending business as per ToRs of the Sub-Committee will be considered by the main Committee. 

4.       Agenda Item No. 2

        The representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefed the Committee about the existing policy of Government of Pakistan on Kashmir issue but the Committee recommended that we should fight more effectively on this issue especially at International Forums. The Committee also acknowledged that Kashmir is aorta of Pakistan and we will get it back at any rate INSHA-ALLAh.   

5.     Agenda Item No. 3

        Mr. Zummrad Khan, Pattern-in-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes briefed the Committee about the existing child beggers issues and their solutions. The Committee appreciated the given suggestions and asked many questions pertaining to this issue from the Ministry of Human Rights and the representative from Islamabad Police department because this issue was already took up in one of Committee’s previous meeting. Therefore, the Committee recommended that Government of Pakistan might grant sufficient fund to Ministry of Human Rights for making Child Protection Centre, so that; we should be provided International Level facilities to the miner Childs. Further, on invitation of Mr. Khan the Committee unanimously decided to take a visit of Pakistan Sweet Homes in future.       

6.      The Hon. MNAs/Members Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz and Ms. Kishwer Zehra were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and the representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Islamabad Police with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication Meets - January 10, 2017

Islamabad, 10th January 2017: The 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

2.      The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee welcomed a newly elected Member of the National Assembly Ch. Muhammad Tufail as a Member of the Committee. Thereafter, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 26th September, 2016.

3.       The Managing Director, Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) & Chief Executive Officer, National I.C.T Research and Development Fund briefed the Committee about their performance. The Committee showed its deep interest in the both briefings and recommended that we should meet international standard in I.T and Telecom Sector. Further, the Committee directed the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to get performance report of the Commercial Consulars posted in Pakistani Embassies abroad from the last two years pertaining to I.T Sector.

4.     The Committee dissolved its already constituted Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA/Member. Consequently, the Committee constituted another Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA/Member.

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Member Major (Retd) Tahir Iqbal, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Shazia Farid, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, PSEB and National I.C.T Research and Development Fund with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Meets - January 10, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - January 10, 2017

Islamabad, the 10th January, 2017: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee recommended that the revised PC-I shall be submitted in two days by the M/o Defence to Planning Commission for Water Distribution Network of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board and Chaklala Cantonment Board based on Khanpur Dam water sources phase-III.

The Committee was informed that Rs. 16,085.10 Million had been approved by ECNEC for Green Line Bus Transit System from Muncipal Park, Saddar to KESC Power House, Chowrangi, Surjani, and Karachi and the project would be completed in the next year.

The Committee was informed that Lowari Tunnel would be completed in June, 2017; it was informed that 85% development work of Lowari Tunnel had been completed till date.

The Committee was informed that Rs. 140 million has been allocated in PSDP 2016-2017 for improvement and widening of Chitral, Ayun and Bumborate road on the direction of Prime Minister of Pakistan.

MNAs, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Ms. Shazia Farid, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Mr Sher Akber Khan, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din and Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA (special invitee) attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and Ministry of Communication.                                                                                
 


NA Standing Committee on Petroleum & Natural Resources directs OGRA not to allow conversion of CNG Station to LPG till clearance of outstanding dues of Utility companies - January 9, 2017

Islamabad; January 9, 2017: Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources had directed Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to serve notices to companies granted LPG Marketing Licenses and LPG Construction Licenses to LPG auto refueling station co-located with CNG Stations for recovery of outstanding bills of gas distribution/utility companies. The Committee further directed OGRA not to allow conversion of defaulter CNG Stations to LPG till they clear the dues of utility companies. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee was apprised that OGRA in pursuance of OGRA Ordinance, 2002 and LPG (Production and Distribution) Rule, 2001 granted 35 LPG Construction Licenses to sites co-located with CNG Stations and 7 LPG marketing licenses. The Chairperson OGRA further apprised that in line with the earlier decision of the Standing Committee, OGRA had obtained affidavits from the applicant companies confirming that no liability/default against the bills of any department/company were pending against applicant/CNG Station owner and were sent to respective gas companies for verification and response from them was awaited. She assured the Committee that no defaulter company applicant would be granted license until clearance of outstanding dues.

The Committee expressed its concern on the low pressure of gas during peak hours in various parts of the country. The Committee directed the M/o Petroleum to direct management of SNGPL and SSGCL to address the issue of low pressure of gas. The Committee decided to take up the issue in its next meeting. The Committee appreciated the introduction of Altron Premium and Altron X fuels by PSO. The Committee termed it a positive step in reducing carbon monoxide contamination of the environment besides improving mileage and efficiency in vehicles. The Committee also approved the social welfare guidelines for utilization of social welfare fund by Oil Exploration and Production Companies.

The Managing Director PSO apprised the Committee that introduction of environmental friendly fuel was an initiative taken by the M/o Petroleum in improving the quality of fuels in the country to meet international standards. He said that petrol and diesel available for vehicle was resulting in higher pollution, damage to engine and poor air quality. He further informed that both the fuels were available at all PSO outlets across Pakistan. 

The meeting was attended by MNAs;  Malik Ihtebar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Syed Muhammad Saqlain Shah Bukhari, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich,  Nawab Ali Wassan, Mr. Roshan Din Junejo,  Mr. Shehryar Afridi,  Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Abdul Waseem,  Mr. Sajid Ahmed,  Mr.  Akram Khan Durrani,  Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio,  Mr. Nasir Khan Khattak, special invitee, Secretary M/o P&NR, Senior Officers of the concerned departments. 


The Standing Committee on Defence Production paid its visit to Heavy Industries Taxila, today - January 9, 2017

The Standing Committee on Defence Production paid its visit today, the 9th January, 2017, 2016, to Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT), Taxila, at 12:00 (noon) under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA.

The Committee once again appreciated the peerless performance of Gen. Raheel Sharif,  COAS (Retd). The Committee reiterated that his efforts for making Pakistan a peaceful and urbanized country were admirable. The years he has served in Pakistan Army have been marked by unsurpassed efficiency and excellence. The Committee said that his role being courageous commander of Pakistan Army was an inspiration for Pakistan Army and Pakistani nation. The Committee added that he has taken Pakistan Army to the leading edge of the world. The Committee extended their warm welcome to new Chief of Army Staff and shown its full confident on the capabilities of Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, COAS, being a new commander of Pak Army.

The Committee was briefed by the Chairman, Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) with regard to its creation and functioning. He said HIT was received in early seventies with the objective to rebuild T-59 tanks of Chinese origin. Presently it compromises of six production units, a support facility and a research & development centre. The Committee was further briefed by the Chairman, HIT regarding its mission and performance. The Committee appreciated the role of HIT for supporting Pak Defence Forces.

The Committee recommended that HIT Board should be provided autonomy for improvement of commercial activities etc.. The Committee recommended that first rights of refusal should be given to MoDP’s attached departments including HIT. The Committee once again decided that a meeting would be called shortly regarding procurement of equipments by the law enforcement agencies. The Committee also decided that all Chief Secretaries, IGPs, Secretary Interior, Secretary Finance, DG Rangers, IG FCs and all heads of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authorities would be called in said meeting.   

Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Ms. Asyia Nasir, Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNAs, besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and  HIT.


The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today - January 9, 2017

Islamabad, the 9th January, 2017:  The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to consider the Constitution (Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, 2016, the Costs of Litigation Bill, 2016 and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA).

The Committee considered the Constitution (Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2016 and recommended to approve it as previously there was no provision for appeal against an order of the Supreme Court in exercise of its original jurisdiction under clause (3) of Article 184 of the Constitution. The proposed amendment provides for an appeal within thirty days of an order of the Supreme Court to be heard by a Bench larger than the Bench which had passed the order under appeal.

The Committee also considered the Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, 2016 in detail. The Bill was introduced with the objectives to introduce the mechanism for redressal of grievances of litigants and to provide for speedy dispensation of justice and reduce burden on Courts. The Committee proposed several amendments and deferred the Bill for further discussion to make it more viable.      

The meeting was attended by MNAs Justice (Retd.) Ifitkhar Ahmad Cheema, Ms. Kiran Haider, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Dr. Arif Alvi, Ms. Aisha and Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri. The Mover of the Bill Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA and Minister for Law and Justice also present in the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Housing & Works directs FGEHF to ensure water availability and access to the Thalian Joint Venture Partner Housing Project from the Motorway before its formal launch - January 6, 2017

Islamabad; January 6, 2017: National Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Works has directed Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) to ensure water availability and access to the Thalian Joint Venture Partner Housing Project from the Motorway before its formal launch. The Committee also decided to invite Joint Venture Partner of the project, officials from National Highway Authority and F.G.E. Housing Foundation for a comprehensive briefing on the issue. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Islamabad this morning.

Director General (FGEHF) apprised the Committee that feasibility of water availability was carried out by Geo-physics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University which had confirmed ample amount of water was available for the project. He further apprised about the Foundation’s plan for construction of a mini dam for water storage and installation of tube wells that would supply water to the Housing Project. He informed that development work would not be initiated until observations of the Committee had been addressed.

The Committee directed the Housing Foundation to increase quota for widows of deceased Federal Government employees from 1% to 3% keeping in view their hardship. The Committee also directed to expedite the land acquisition and process of verification of the data of the potential members of Housing Scheme in sector F-14 and F-15. The Committee was apprised that lists/data (quota and category wise) of membership drive phase-II had been uploaded on the website of the FGEHF and consent letters have been issued to members in categories 1-3. He said that the development work would be initiated upon acquiring physical possession of the land from the District Administration, Islamabad and would be completedwithin two years.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Abdul Sattar Bachani, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Mr. Sajid Nawaz Khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Secretary M/o Housing and Works, Director General, FGEHF and other officers of the concerned departments.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development meets - January 5, 2017

Islamabad, the 5th January, 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today. The Meeting was presided over by Ms. Aisha, MNA.

The Qatar Government will recruit additional 100,000 skilled and unskilled Pakistani workers which had been decided during the visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan to Qatar in February, 2016.

The committee recommended that the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) should be abolished for the overseas workers in Gulf Countries Club (GCC) countries. In addition, the committee was informed that there are 78 Pakistani prisoners detained in Saudi jails for minor crimes.

The Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) had sent 6189 Pakistani workers to Republic of Korea and 5742 to other countries during the last 10 years. Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment informed the committee that only 417 persons went to Turkey for employment from 1971- 2016.

Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Syed Sajid Mehdi, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Sheikh Salahuddin, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Mr. Nasir Khan MNAs and Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & HRD attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.  


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Directs CDA to compile lists of cases of pending payments of compensation to the affectees of Islamabad - January 4, 2017

Islamabad; January 4, 2017: Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat expressing its displeasure on the pending payments of compensation to the affectees of Islamabad under Islamabad displaced rehabilitation policy, directed CDA to compile lists of pending cases of payment of affectees and identify persons responsible for that inordinate delay and the reasons, thereof and submit the details to the Committee within 30 days. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in Parliament House, this morning.

The Committee was apprised that under the rehabilitation policy, CDA had been providing compensation/alternate land in lieu of the acquired land under CDA Ordinance, 1960. The CDA representative apprised the Committee that after enforcement of CDA land acquisition and rules policy, 2007, the policy had been applied in sectors C-13, 15 & 16, D-13, E-13 and F-13 and one developed plot of one kanal was allotted to affectee/land owner for every four kanals of land acquired from them. On a query of the member the Committee, CDA representative informed that not a single case of compensation/payment had been process during last three months. The Committee observed that prevalent corruption in Estate and Land departments of CDA had deprived the effectees from their due right.

The Committee after briefing by the representative of the Capital Administration & Development Division constituted a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA to visit the educational institutions in Islamabad to physically monitor the reforms been carried out under PM’s Education Reforms Program in ICT and submit its report to the Committee. The members of the Committee expressed their concern on the dismal state of educational infrastructure and lack of teachers in schools in different sectors of Islamabad. The representative of CADD informed the Committee that necessary provision/rehabilitation of physical infrastructure, merit based recruitment of teaching staff and their capacity building, monitoring/evaluation of staff for qualitative output, buses for various school and colleges in ICT and initiation of Montessori classes and provision of free meals to kids was the features of that Educational Reforms Program and implementation of the program was in progress.

The Committee while discussing the problems of nurseries in Islamabad directed the CDA to provide alternate substitute land to the affected nurseries and resolve other issues in consultation with the representative of Islamabad Nurseries welfare Association.

The Committee unanimously approved the Federal Public Services Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2016 moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA bringing recruitments in Civil Services in BPS-11 and above within the purview of Federal Public Service Commission. The Committee pended its further discussion on National Conflict of Interest Bill, 2016 moved by Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA till approval of the proposed amendments in Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1964 by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Compulsory Education of Arabic Bill, 2014 moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA was also deferred for discussion till next meeting of the Committee.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Syed Javed Ali Shah, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Syed All Raza Abidi, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, Mr. Murad Saeed, Secretary, CADD, Secretary FBSC, Chairman CDA and Representatives of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Industries & Production meets - January 4, 2017

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

The Committee briefed by the Chairman, Privatization Commission on the issue of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi.

The Standing Committee showed displeasure over the daily losses regarding the Steel Mills and strongly recommended to solve the issue of PSM on priority basis, either it should be privatized or sold.

Members who attended the meeting; Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA, Chaudhry Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA and Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, MNA.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - January 3, 2017

Islamabad; January 3, 2017: The Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, keeping in view the facts and unsatisfactory reply given by the Government of Punjab, on the Question of Privileges raised by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, MNA, appointed a four members Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Muhammad Raza Hayat Harraj, MNA, to further inquire into the issue as contained in the Question of Privilege. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA, in the Parliament House, this morning.

While discussing the Question of Privilege raised by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, MNA, regarding allegedly launching of malicious campaign in media by Mr. Noor-ul-Ameen Mengal, Ex-DCO Faisalabad, against the Hon. Member, the Committee heard the points of view of both the complainant and the respondent. The Committee directed the District Collector, Faisalabad, to inquire into the issue of leakage of baseless information from the DC office to the media against the Hon. MNA, fix responsibility against the person(s) found responsible and submit report within 15 days.

The Committee while discussing the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, MNA, against Mr. Babar Walah, former Assistant Director (Land), Nowshehra Virkan, District Gujranwala, expressed displeasure on the delayed compliance of its earlier directions by the authorities. The Committee directed the Commissioner Gujranwala to submit copies of transfer orders of the said Assistant Director (Land) alongwith his communication with the Chief Secretary Punjab in this regard.

While discussing the Question of Privilege raised by Sahibzada Muhammad Nazir Sultan, MNA, regarding raid of police on his residence, the Committee directed the Additional Inspector General of Police, Punjab, to conclude inquiry being conducted against SDPO, Tehsil Ahmedpur Sial and SHO, Police Station Garh Maharajah within three weeks and submit the same to the Committee.

The Committee decided to summon Ms. Kiran Khursheed, Additional Secretary, Finance/ES, Government of Punjab in its next meeting to further discuss the Question of Privilege raised by Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, MNA, as it was not satisfied with the written reply submitted by the said officer. The Committee disposed off the Question of Privilege raised by Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, MNA, on acceptance of unconditional apology rendered by Mr. Jameel Ahmed Jameel, Additional Deputy Commissioner General/Administrator Baldia District Rahimyar Khan, to the Hon, Member as well as the Committee.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmad Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Mohammad Ayaz Soomro, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, Ms. Asiya Nasir and officers from M/o Parliamentary Affairs, Inter Provincial Coordination, Establishment Division, FIA, representative from Government of Punjab and other concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - January 2, 2017

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee room of Parliament House, Islamabad, to consider the Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 (moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA), precautionary measures taken for dangerous and bloody road curves at N-50 Khanozai and briefing on land acquisition issues including payment of compensation to owners of land acquired for construction of Shorkot-Garhmahraja Bridge. The Meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.

2.         The Sub-Committee was constituted under the convener-ship of Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, MNA with Mr. Salim Rehman, MNA and Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA its members to further consider the Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 in detail and present the report to the Committee in thirty days.  

3.         Considering the issues of precautionary measures taken for dangerous and bloody road curves at N-50 Khanozai, the Committee was informed that the road was being re-aligned and converted into four lanes. Moreover, the chevrons and other safety signs were also being installed to facilitate the commuters during traveling.

4.         Further considering the issues of land acquisition including the payment of compensation to owners of land acquired for construction of Shorkot-Garhmahraja Bridge, Secretary M/o Communications assured the Committee that the funds were released and will be disbursed to the land owners in a week.      

5.         MNAs Mr. Sarzameen, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq- Khalil, Molana Qamar ud Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Ms. Belum Hasnain (Mover of the Bill) and officials of the M/o Communications attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee On Commerce meets - December 30, 2016

Islamabad; December 30, 2016: The Standing Committee on Commerce has asked the M/o Commerce to address the declining trend in exports of the country especially exports of textile products to the international markets. The Committee asked the M/o Commerce to explore international markets for Pakistani products through its representatives posted in Pakistani mission abroad. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA in Islamabad, this morning.

           The Committee while expressing its concern over the declining trend in exports to foreign countries; said that necessary policies were imperative for export promotion. The Committee also stressed the need for value addition in the raw products for export to the international markets to capitalize the massive potential in the country. The Committee also expressed its concern on decrease in cotton production in the country which had led to the import of cotton from foreign markets. The Committee decided to get a briefing from M/o Textile and APTMA in its next meeting. The Committee observed that exports encouraging policies of the government would help capitalize the GSP+ status granted by European Union to Pakistan.

           The Secretary, M/o Commerce apprised the Committee that decrease in exports owe to multiple factors, however, government had initiated various short and long term measures for incentivizing manufacturing and export sectors. He said that exports during the current year have witnessed substantial increase. He was confident that the situation would further improve in coming years. He informed that cotton production was due to decrease of cotton area and non-availability of pest-resistant seed in the country.

 The Committee after briefing by the M/o Commerce and discussion thereupon, approved the Marine Insurance Bill, 2016 referred to the Standing Committee by the House. The Committee viewed that Bill, an encouraging step for promotion of marine insurance sector in Pakistan. The Committee deferred briefing on issues and concerns of APTMA regarding exports and import policies for its next meeting due to inability of Chairman APTMA to attend the meeting.

           The Meeting was attended by MNAs; Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, Ms. Sajida Begum, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, Secretary M/o Commerce and Representatives of concerned departments.

 


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets - December 29, 2016

Islamabad, 29th December, 2016: In the morning, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence visited Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra by helicopter and held meeting with the Chairman and other officers of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex. The Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex comprehensively briefed the Committee over the activities/achievements and future challenges in detail. He apprised the Committee that the Super Mushaq Air Craft is being manufactured 100% in Pakistan. He further informed that agreement has been made with Nigeria, Qatar for providing the Super Mushaq Air Craft to that countries and they are hopeful that in the near future will get contracts from other countries as well. The Committee appreciated the Chairman of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex on having those capabilities and assured its full support to him. Thereafter, the Committee came back to Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Headquarters and held meeting with the Chief of Air Staff at 02:30 PM. The Committee during the meeting considered the Bill tilted “The Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill, 2016 at length and approved the same unanimously. The Chief of Air Staff also briefed the Committee over the importance, responsibilities and future challenges of Pakistan Air Force. The Committee thanked the Chief of Air Staff on arranging the visit and also assured its full support and reiterated no compromise on defence.

 

2.         The meeting was also attended by Ms. Surriya Asghar, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Sanjay Perwani and Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Meets - December 28, 2016

Islamabad; December 28, 2016: Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has directed M/o Information to take up the matter of grant of pensions to the retired employees of Pakistan National Council for Arts (PNCA) and Lok Virsa with the M/o Finance and report back to the Committee within one month. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in PNCA, Islamabad this afternoon to discuss calling attention notice moved by Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani regarding nonpayment of pension to retired employees which was referred to the Standing Committee.

The Executive Director, Lok Virsa briefed the Committee that pension scheme for retired employees of Lok Virsa was initiated in 1997 and discontinued in 2014. She further informed that the scheme was discontinued due to exhaustion of the available funds since large number of senior employees retired and were granted pension and pensionary benefits/commutation at the rate of pension admissible to the civil servants. She informed that the pension to the retired employees had not been discontinued and were being paid pension at the rate approved by Lok Virsa Board of Governors. She informed that some of the employees approached Court asking for pension at the rate of pension granted to civil servants, which was still pending for decision. She informed that employees of the Lok Virsa entitled to Medical Facilities and provision of House building advance.

The Director General, PNCA apprised the Committee that PNCA had taken up the matter of grant of pensions to its retired employees with the M/o Finance through M/o Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage and the case was pending with the M/o Finance for decision. He informed the Committee that PNCA had enough resources to grant pensionary benefit to its employees subject to approval by the M/o Finance. He informed that PNCA employees were entitled to medical facilities and house building advance.

The Committee decided to discuss the issue in its next meeting with the direction to Lok Virsa and PNCA to pursue the matter with the M/o Finance. The Committee also directed management of both the organizations to explore possible venues of funds generation to fulfill their mandate instead of relying on government grant. The Committee also asked the M/o Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage to invigorate the Artist Welfare Fund for extending financial assistance to the destitute artists. The Committee also recommended to the government for transferring of Pak-China Friendship center and Arts and Craft village to the PNCA. 

The meeting was attended by MNAs, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Mr. Murad Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Secretary, M/o Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Executive Director, Lok Virsa, Director General PNCA and other senior officers of the concerned departments.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control - December 28, 2016

Islamabad, December 28th 2016; 30th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, MNA.

2.        The meeting was started with the recitation from Holy Quran. Then the Committee offered Fateh on the death of Late Mr. Jehangir Badar, Late Ex-Senator Haji Adil and the others innocent peoples those were recently dead in different incidents throughout the country.

3.         The Committee with majority of votes confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 27.10.2016. However, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, MNA/Member of the Committee submitted his note of dissent in this regard.

4.         The Committee took up ten different Government and Private Members Bills, some of them were approved some disapproved and deferred. But Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, MNA/Member of the Committee opposed the Government Bill “The illegal Dispossession (Amendment) Bill, 2016” however, it was passed by the Committee with majority of votes.

5.         The Committee also discussed the issue of the approval of Arms Licenses to the Hon. Members of National Assembly and general public, the Secretary, Interior responded and apprised the Committee that the recommendations/suggestions had been prepared in this regard which will be finalized till the end of January, 2017.

6.       The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Syed Javed Ali Shah, the Sub-Committee will be considered all the Private Members Bill lying pending before the main Committee and submitted its report within thirty days to the main Committee.

7.        The Hon. Members/Mover/MNA Syed Javed Ali Shah, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Asiya Nasir and Ms. Surriya Asghar were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - December 27, 2016

Islamabad, the 27th December, 2016: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan will inaugurate Chashma Nuclear Power Project Unit C-3 on 28th December, 2016. The Chairman Wapda informed the Committee that the case of irregularities in the Mangla Dam Raising Project had been referred to NAB.

The Committee recommended that the names of the technical committee be provided to the committee which changed the design of Rathoua Haryam Bridge. The Ministry of Water & Power assured the committee that the issue of creation/operation of FESCO Division Darya Khan and two Sub-Divisions at Dulley Wala and Jandanwala would be resolved at the earliest. The feasibility study of the construction of Bridge on River Indus to link Kallur Kot with D.I. Khan is completed.

MNAs, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Shazia Farid, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Sheikh Salahuddin, Mr Sher Akber Khan, Mr. Qaiser Jamal and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and Ministry of Water & Power.


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - December 27, 2016

Islamabad; December 27, 2016: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met under the chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon. The Committee discussed the Election Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014 moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA. The Amendment Bill seeks amendments in Representation of People’s Act, 1976 and the Election Commission Order, 2002 for improving transparency and accountability in funding and expenditures for the election.

The Committee after a briefing by the Election Commission of Pakistan decided that members of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs in particular and members of the Parliament in general may forward their recommendations on the Bill to the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms for consideration.

The Committee while discussing parking problems faced by honourable Parliamentarians at Karachi Airport, directed Aviation Division and Civil Aviation Authority to provide parking space for the honourable Parliamentarians and their easy access to the drop lane at Karachi airport.

The Committee expressed its displeasure of the state of cleanliness, security and catering services at Parliament Lodges and government hostel, Islamabad. The Committee directed the CDA Administration to focus on cleanliness of the premises and security of the parliamentarians since some of the parliamentarians were facing potential security threat. The Committee asked the CDA Administration to conduct surprise checks on the cafeterias for improvement in the quality of food and services.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Dr. Nisar Ahmed Jatt, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Rabaira, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Mr. Nasir Khan Khattak, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Secretary M/o Parliamentary Affairs and Representatives from the Election Commission of Pakistan, Aviation Division, Capital Development Authority and Civil Aviation.
 


The Meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Communications held today - December 26, 2016

Islamabad, the 26th December, 2016: The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee Room # 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, to consider the Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 (moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA) and case of suicide of an official of National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) on 30th August, 2016. The Meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.

2.         The Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 (moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA) was considered in detail. The Committee directed to invite all the stakeholders including leading Courier Companies to inform the Committee regarding their concerns. The Committee recommended that the comprehensive Bill be drafted which should be acceptable to all the stakeholders.

3.         The issue of suicide of an official of NH&MP was also discussed in detail. The Inspector General NH&MP informed the Committee that the incident of suicide was might be the result of immense stress due to the repatriation from the NH&MP to his parent department or due to the domestic issues. However, the inquiry was underway to probe the real cause of the suicide.

4.         MNAs Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, Molana Qamar ud Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai and Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination meets today - December 26, 2016

Islamabad the 26th December, 2016.  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Committee Room of  Pakistan Sports Board, Sport Complex, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA a detailed briefing by the Secretary, Ministry of IPC.

2.         The Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination apprised the Committee about aims, objectives, functions of various programs concerning Youth Exchange, Pakistan Boy Scouts and Pakistan Girls Guide Associations. The youth selection criteria was briefly discussed by the Committee with regard to their selection form Provincial/Regional levels. The Committee desired that to boost up the exchange of youth with other countries specially the neighboring countries may be given priority and the youth at the age between 15 years to 21 years may be given preference. All the selections may be made on merit before sending them to other countries there training may be arranged for their awareness/discipline during visits abroad.

3.         The Committee after detailed discussion directed the Ministry of IPC to take over entire system containing selection of youth in their ministry on purely merit basis. In the youth exchange programe females may also be given the due representations. A batch of at least 25 members may be selected for each programe instead of huge number of youth containing 100to save the public money. The Girl Guide selection may be made on merit and their awareness programe may also be arranged through Public Representative on each level. It was also directed that the Ministry of IPC may approach to PEMRA to give suitable time for universal campaign for promotion of Girls Guide and Boys Scouts in the country.

4.         The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Moulana Amir Zaman MNAs, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination and Senior Officers from Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination.


NA Standing Committee on House and Library Demands Probe In Failure in Construction of Suits - December 21, 2016

Islamabad: 21st December 2016: The Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi expressed his displeasure over the failure of completion of Additional Family Suite and servant quarters at parliament lodges and directed the Chairman, Capital Development Authority (CDA) to conduct an inquiry and fix the responsibility against the responsible for this failure and submit report to the Committee in its next meeting. He expressed these views while chairing the meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library.

The Deputy Speaker said that the Project was started in May, 2011 and was supposed to be completed in November 2013. However on the assurance of construction firm and CDA the Committee recommended extension in the date of completion twice. He said that despite several commitments before the Committee neither the construction firm nor the CDA management made any sincere efforts to complete the work within extended time. The members of the committee expressed their grave concerns over the delay and unanimously recommended for strict action against the responsible for inordinate delay.

Earlier the Chairman (CDA) informed the committee that the contractor has served notice for termination of his contract on 13-12-2016 with the CDA without completion of the project. The Deputy Speaker remarked that the contractor had breached the privilege of the Committee and dishonored his commitment. He said that the contractor has wasted 6 years and due to his irresponsibility the members of parliament suffered. He directed the Chairman (CDA) to initiate an investigation to hold accountable those responsible for this failure whether, it was CDA department, the contractor or consultant. 

The Committee also expressed its annoyance over the non implementation of decision/recommendation and enquires ordered by the House and Library Committee since 2013 and respect of Parliament Lodges. The Committee Members said that the committee had recommended a number of enquiries regarding dismal state of affairs at Parliament Lodges during last 3 years and only two inquiry reports have been finalized so far. The Committee remarked that the actions taken against the responsible in those inquires were very lenient. It directed the Chairman CDA to review the reports and   also take action against those who determined such minor penalties. The Deputy Speaker also took notice of the cleanliness condition and substandard maintenance work at Parliament lodges and directed the Chairman CDA to examine it personally. 

The Committee was attended by MNAs Malik Ibrar Ahmed Dr. Ibadullah  Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto and  Molana  Qamar ud Din.
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production Meets - December 21, 2016

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Acting Chairpersonship of Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, in Committee Room of Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Standing Committee discussed on the current status and steps taken by the Government for the revival of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi, the Technology Up-Gradation & Skill Development Company (TUSDEC), Lahore, and the National Industrial Development Parks (NIP), Karachi.

The Standing Committee showed displeasure over the daily losses regarding the Steel Mills and strongly recommended to solve it on the priority basis after having a meeting with the Chairman of Privatization Commission.

The Standing Committee also suggested that institution like TUSDEC, NIP and PIDC should be reorganized / restructured.

Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA,  Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA, Chaudhry Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, and Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance Expresses need for Amendments in the competition Act, 2010 for Strengthening of Competition Comission of Pakistan against Cartelization and Anti Competitive Practices - December 20, 2016

Islamabad; December 20, 2016: The Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Statistics and Privatization has directed the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) to suggest amendments in the Competition Act, 2010 for its strengthening and fostering Competition in all spheres of economic activity and to protect consumers from anti-competitive practices. The Committee was of the view that Competition Commission of Pakistan should be vigilant against cartelization and anti competitive behavior. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee after briefing by the Chairperson (CCP), suggested that Competition Act, 2010 needed amendments for affective functioning of the Commission besides giving force of law to its punitive actions against anyone found in anti competition practices. The Committee further directed the CCP to adopt aggressive communication strategy to aware the consumers against anti competitive practices. The Committee further directed CCP to provide the list of the pending litigation of different economic sectors in the Courts.

The Chairperson, CCP apprised the Committee about the prohibitions that CCP enforces under the Act which mainly encompass check on abuse of dominance, anti competitive agreements, deceptive marketing practices, mergers and acquisitions which subsequently reduced competition.  She informed that CCP could enforce prohibitions through various measures and issues remedial measures and imposes penalties, however, majority of the penalties were challenged in Courts. She also informed about the advocacy and research functions of the Competition Commission of Pakistan.

Earlier, Secretary, Statistics Division briefed the Committee about the working and performance of the Division and its attached departments. He also briefed the Committee on the preparation for holding of national census. The Secretary apprised that Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) had been mandated to conduct national census in March, 2017 throughout the country in two phases. He further informed that in compliance to the decision of Council of Common Interest, PBS had geared up to take-up this national assignment and had completed most of the arrangements that include coordination meetings with provincial authorities, setting up of district census offices, appointment and training of field staff  and publicity campaign for the awareness of the general masses. He informed the Committee that compilation and tabulation of collected data would be completed in seven months, however, summary of the census would available in two months.

A delegation from Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) also attended the meeting. The President, LCCI apprised the Committee about the industrial activity in the Punjab and problems of the Industrial sector. He suggested that a national industrial policy should be formulated and new avenues should be explored to increase exports. He also suggested for incentivizing local industrial sector and inclusion of local investors in the Special Economic Zones.  The Committee appreciated the concerns of the industrial sector and assured them that their concerns would be taken up at the appropriate forum.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz, Malik Mian Abdul Mannan,  Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Secretary, Statistics Division, Additional Secretary, Finance Division, Chairperson, CCP and Representatives from the concerned departments.


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - December 14, 2016

Islamabad; December 14, 2016: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 38th Session of the National Assembly.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 38th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 21st     December, 2016.

The meeting was attended by the Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Sheik Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs/Chief whip of Pakistan Muslim League (N), MNAs, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan,  Maulana Muhamad Khan Sherani and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah.
 


Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgat Baltistan meets - December 14, 2016

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

2. According to the agenda the Acting Secretary, M/o Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan presented the report of the inquiry committee and its recommendations. He further replied the different questions of the Members of the Committee. The Senior Officers of the AJ&K Government also briefed the Committee about the inordinate delay of the completion of the Rathoa Haryam Bridge across reservoir channels on Mirpur Islamgarh Road, Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

3. The Chairman pointed out that beside the delay and escalation of the cost of the proposed Bridge its non completion also disappointed the general public against the promises of the political Governments. Although, the Government has spent a considerable amount from the public treasury to facilitate the people of the area but their expectations are not met and they are still suffering from the pain of covering long distance due to non completion of the project.

4.The Chairman while concluding the meeting directed the Acting Secretary, M/o KA&GB to arrange a site visit during the month of January, 2017 in order to understand the issues in the project and physically examine and observe the work done by the contractors so far.

5.The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Mr. Khalil George, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Senior Officers of the Ministry, AJ&K Government, WAPDA and NESPAK.


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets today - December 13, 2016

A meeting of the S/C on Climate Change was held on 13th Dec, 2016 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee discussed “The Pakistan Climate Change Bill, 2016” (Government Bill). 

The majority of the Members passed the said Bill. However, a Member of Committee Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA requested the Committee that he would like to go to through the proposed legislation and will inform his point of view on the same later on. The Minister for Climate Change was agreed on it.

Members who attended the meeting are Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA and Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development & Reform meets today - December 8, 2016

Islamabad, the 8th December, 2016: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at Office of the Chief Executive Officer, Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project (NJHPP) Muzaffarabad (AJK) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee visited different sites of the Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project (NJHPP) and monitored the physical progress of the project. The Committee was apprised that the Neelum Jhelum Project will be operational by December, 2017

The Committee directed that all efforts be made to complete the project in line with the given time frame 

MNAs, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal and Sheikh Salahuddin attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and Ministry of Water & Power.


NA Committee on Information, Boradcasting and National Heritage meets - December 8, 2016

Islamabad; December 8, 2016: Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to provide requisite information to Secretary, National Assembly who was a complainant on behalf of Speaker, National Assembly in a complaint lodged with PEMRA against Mr. Rauf Kalasra for casting allegations on him in a program on Channel 92 News. The Committee further directed PEMRA to expedite the hearing of the complaint through its Council of Complaints for an early decision. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in Parliament House this afternoon.

The Committee after hearing the points of view of Secretary, National Assembly and Mr. Rauf Kalasra, directed Chairman, PEMRA to provide the attested copies of the additional documents pertaining to the matter to the complainant for submitting rejoinder on the reply received from the respondent channel. The Chairman PEMRA assured the Committee that the required documents would be provided and the matter would be referred to the Council of Complaints, Karachi region to hear the complaint as the tenure of Council of Complaints, Islamabad region had expired and was in process of reconstitution.

The meeting was attended by Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Ch. Muhammad Tufail Ms. Leila Khan, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Mr. Murad Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Secretary, M/o Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Chairman PEMRA and other senior officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee Federal Education and Professional Training meets - December 8, 2016

Islamabad, 8th December, 2016: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Higher Education Commission (HEC) Headquarter, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (R) Dr. Amirullah Marwat. The committee discussed the agenda points including minutes of last meeting of the committee held on 29-08-2016, consideration of calling attention notice moved in the House regarding stoppage of salaries of more than 60 teachers and staff of Federal Urdu University Islamabad. The committee took serious notice of the absence of Vice Chancellor of the said University in the meeting and directed to attend the next meeting positively. The committee also directed Federal Urdu University to release the salaries of the 60 teachers and staff with immediate effect and decided that the issue would be discussed in next meeting to be held at Karachi University, Karachi. The Committee further asked the Chairman HEC to carry out academic audit of the Karachi University on immediate basis and submit the report to the Standing Committee at the earliest. The Committee also took serious note of not cancelling the Ph.D degree of the Vice Chancellor of Federal Urdu University, Karachi by the Vice Chancellor of Karachi University which has already been proven fake by the HEC but the VC Karachi University sit silent on it. Thereafter the Committee asked the Vice Chancellor Karachi University, Karachi to cancel the Ph.D degree of the Acting VC of Federal Urdu University, Karachi as directed by the HEC.

2.       The committee also discussed the Bill titled “The Prevention of Mal Practices in Academia Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Shakila Luqman, MNA and recommended that the HEC would prepare draft bill incorporating the points on which  the consensus was made in the public hearing held in PIPS last month on the above mentioned Bill. The committee further discussed The Sir Syed (Center for Advance Studies in Engineering) Institute of Technology Bill 2016 in detail and deferred till the fulfillment the pre requisite which was required for awarding Institute and NOC by the HEC. The committee also directed the Members Capital Development Authority (CDA) to avoid vacating the Sir Syed Center for Advance till the completion of the on-going semester of students.

3.       The Committee expressed its great concern over the unlawful upgradation of the administrative officer on the recommendations of the Standing Committee but without seeking prior approval of the Federal Government and HEC. The Vice Chancellor was biased in implementing the recommendations which suited to him and left the other recommendations unimplemented and the Senate and Syndicate are also being misused for recruitment of employment.

4.       The meeting was attended by Dr. Zulfikar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Asyia Naz Tanoli, Ms. Amra Khan, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Surriya Jatoi, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali MNAs and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqoob, Ms. Shakila Luqman MNA/Mover and Minister for Federal Education & Professional Training, Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


NA Standing Committee on Housing & Works recommends release of sufficient fund for maintenance of Government owned Buildings - December 7, 2016

Islamabad; December 7, 2016: National Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Works has recommended to the M/o Finance to release sufficient funds to Ministry of Housing and Works for maintenance of government owned residential accommodations, offices and Federal Lodges. The Committee observed that the funds released by the Ministry of Finance were insufficient for maintenance of government owned buildings which were in dire need of maintenance and renovation. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Islamabad this morning.

The Committee while discussing the implementation status of its recommendations made in its previous meetings regarding Pakistan Public Works Department directed Pak-PWD to prioritize the maintenance work and resubmit its demand for allocation of funds for the purpose to the Ministry of Finance. The Director General, Pak-PWD apprised the committee about the variation in funds demanded and released by the Finance Division for the current financial year that had incapacitated his department to carry out the work. The Committee expressed it satisfaction on the implementation status of its remaining recommendations.

The Committee expressing its dissatisfaction on fact finding inquiry report on spending of Rs.50.596 million by Pak-PWD without concurrence of Pakistan Housing Authority Foundation on Kuchlak Low Income Groups Housing Project, Quetta, directed the M/o Housing and Works to conduct a thorough inquiry and fix responsibility on the responsible persons. The Committee also directed for registration of FIR on illegal retention of official vehicle by a former Joint Secretary of M/o Housing and Works currently working in M/o Water and Power.

The Committee also ordered an inquiry to be conducted by M/o Housing into illegal occupation of Christian community resettlement housing project at Quetta. The Committee further directed the Ministry to submit a comprehensive report on the death incident occurred in Chamba House, Lahore to the Committee. The Committee also sought a briefing on Thalian Housing Project of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation in its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Khalida Mansoor,  Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari,  Mr. Sajid Nawaz Khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Molana Ameer Zaman,  Secretary M/o Housing and Works and other officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development & Reform met today - December 7, 2016

Islamabad, the 7th December, 2016: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at Office of the Chief Executive Officer, Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project (NJHPP) Muzaffarabad (AJK) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee expressed its dissatisfaction over the inordinate delay in the completion of the Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project (NJHPP) despite several assurances given by Wapda & Project Authorities. The Committee also expressed its concerned over the extraordinary cost overrun of the project. The Committee was informed that third party validation will be conducted to assess how the cost of (NJHPP) inflated to Rs: 414 billion.

The Committee criticized the poor monitoring of NJHPP by the M/o Water & Power and M/o Planning, Development and Reform. The Committee directed that CMEC income tax issues be resolved in coordination with AJK Government.

The Committee further directed that all efforts be made for the completion of the project by the end of 2017.

MNAs, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and Ministry of Water & Power. 


17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - December 7, 2016

Islamabad, December 07th 2016; 17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from Holy Quran.

3.       Agenda Item No. 1

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 02.12.2016.

4.       Agenda Item No. 2

With the permission of the Chair, almost 6 Members of NCHR told the Committee that approximately all the decisions taken by the Chairman, NCHR had not been taken with their consent. The Committee showed its displeasure on the behave/attitude of Chairman, NCHR and directed that in future Chairman NCHR may be gotten all Hon. Members NCHR on board before taking any decision. Then, the Secretary, NCHR briefed the Committee as per given agenda, but the Committee did not satisfy with the briefing. The Committee directed to Secretary, NCHR to submit detail report within one month i.e. updated list of all recruited/working employees with their basic pay scales & salary/perks and privileges along with detail of total numbers of vehicles provided by the Government of Pakistan to NCHR with and their usage. Further, the Committee directed to Secretary, NCHR to make sure External Audit of NCHR as earlier as possible by the Auditor General of Pakistan and also directed the Ministry of Human Rights to fully cooperate in this regard with the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR).

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Members Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, 6 Members and Secretary, NCHR and the representative from Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


Standing Committee on Defence Production met in the Parliament House today - December 7, 2016

The Standing Committee on Defence Production met in the Parliament House today, the 7th December, 2016, in Committee Room No. 7, at 11:00 a.m., under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA, regarding the briefing on the agreement of Super Mushshak Aircraft with Nigeria and Turkey.

2.         The Committee appreciated the peerless performance of General ® Raheel Sharif, former COAS especially his concentration towards Zarb-e-Azab, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Line of Control (LOC) situation. The Committee paid homage on his unsurpassed efficiency and excellence being a courageous Commander of Pakistan Army. The Committee Members have stated that he has taken Pakistan Army to the leading edge of the world.

3.         The Committee Members have passed their best wishes for General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS). The Committee has shown its full faith on the capability and experience of General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The Committee hopes that he will carry on the mission and vision of his predecessor for the betterment of Pak Army and Pakistani nation.

4.         The Committee appreciated the Secretary, Ministry of Defence Production  and cooperation of all services chiefs for holding a successful and meaningful exhibition, IDEAS-2016. The Committee appreciated the role of Honorable Minister for Defence Production for supervising a huge event. The Secretary, MoDP once again thanked the Honorable Members of the Committee on their participation in IDEAS-2016.

5.         The Chairman, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra has informed the Committee about the successful sale deal of Super Mushshak Aircraft to Nigeria and Turkey. He also informed the Committee that PAC has vast experience and capacity for manufacturing the Super Mushshak within agreed time frame. He further informed the Committee that PAC’s engineers have repaired Awacas Aircrafts, which were damaged during the terrorist attack. The Chairman, PAC further added that seventy (70) JF-17 thunder aircrafts have been handed over to Pakistan Air Force for its operational activities.

6.         The Committee unanimously recommended that next meeting of the Committee would be convened shortly and all enforcement agencies i.e Police, Rangers, Frontier Constabulary, all Chief Secretaries would be invited to discuss the arms procurement etc. from local industries. The Committee decided that MD, PPRA and provincial heads of PPRA would also be called in this regard. The Committee appreciated the Chairman, PAC for delivering a comprehensive briefing to the Committee.     

7.         Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Chudhary Hamid Hameed, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the MoDP & PAC, Kamra.


NA Standing Committee on House & Library meets - December 7, 2016

Islamabad: 7 December 2016 Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi expressed his displeasure over the inordinate delay in construction of Additional Family Suite and servant quarter at parliament lodges and directed Chairman, Capital Development Authority (CDA) to initiate inquiry against the responsible and submit report to the Committee in its next meeting. He expressed these views while chairing the meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library.

The Deputy Speaker said that the Project was started in May, 2011 and was supposed to be completed in November 2013. However on the assurance of construction firm and CDA the Committee recommended extension in the date of completion twice. He said that despite several commitments before the Committee neither the construction firm nor the CDA management made any sincere efforts to complete the work within extended time. The members of the committee expressed their grave concerns over the delay and unanimously recommended for strict action against the responsible for inordinate delay.

Earlier the Chairman (CDA) informed that on the direction of Committee a series of meetings were held between him and representative of the construction firm. He said the contractor had assured him that block B of the project will be handed over by 31st March 2017 while the rest of project will be completed by 30th June, 2017.

The Committee also expressed its annoyance over the non implementation of decision/recommendation and enquires ordered by the House and Library Committee since 2013 and respect of Parliament Lodges. The Committee Members said that the committee had recommended a number of enquiries regarding dismal state of affairs at Parliament Lodges during last 3 years and had directed CDA management to take action against the responsible however, no action has been taken so far. The Deputy Speaker directed the Chairman CDA to prepare a detail report regarding the enquires ordered by House and Library Committee and submit his report to the committee within one month.

The Deputy Speaker said that House and Library Committee has recommended to reduce the strength of staff deputed at the Parliament lodges as the major chunk of the budgetary allocation for repair and maintenance work for the Parliament Lodges were spent on their salaries and allowances. He said that mostly work at Parliament Lodges was carried out by out-sourced as the CDA staff did not perform their duties properly. He said that some of the staff member had approached to the Court against the decision of the Committee. He said it was an administrative decision and directed the CDA to pursue the case and take action against the staff members who had created hurdles in implementation of administrative decisions

The Committee was attended by MNAs Malik Ibrar Ahmed Mian Muhammad Rasheed Dr. Ibadullah  Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto Mrs. Shahida Rehmani and Mr. Mehboob Alam Molana  Qamar ud Din.


Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today - December 6, 2016

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today in the Committee Room of M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, G-5/2, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013 (moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA), The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA) and to discuss the admission policy of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) in MBBS/BDS for Private Medical Colleges.


2.        The Committee considered the HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013 in detail. The Committee recommended that the media campaign be launched for the awareness of the public to control the menace of HIV/AIDS in the country. Moreover, the Civil Society might also be activated for that purpose. The Committee decided to take all the Provinces on board while framing the laws pertaining to the subjects related to Provinces.     

3.        The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was also considered in detail. The Committee directed that the comprehensive Bill be drafted as it was the sensitive legislation dealing with the transplant of human organs.

4.        The Committee also discussed the admission policy of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) in MBBS/BDS for Private Medical Colleges. The Committee directed that the admission policy for the private medical colleges be framed according to the rules and regulations of the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council alongwith keeping in view the interest of students.

5.        MNAs Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Choudhry Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Qari Muhammad Yousaf, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal, MNA/Mover of the Bill also attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Textile Industry met today - December 6, 2016

Standing Committee on Textile Industry met under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, MNA to Discuss the Following Agenda:

i)                   Presentation of the Report of the Sub-Committee;

ii)                 Briefing on the closure of Pakistan Textile City Project, Karachi, along with the policy to sale out its land.

iii)              Briefing on Plastics Technology Center (PTC).

iv)               Any other item with the permission of the Chair.
 

The Committee expressed its reservations over the closure of Pakistan Textile City Project, Karachi and observed that due to mismanagement and corruption the debt of textile city is exceeding to Rs. 2.4 Billions. The Committee directed the ministry to sale out 250 acers of its land for payment of its outstanding debt and efforts should be made for make it operational by involving Chinese/Foreign companies for its betterment. 

The Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry presented the report on the performance of Plastic Technology Center (PTC). He was of the view that unfortunately the PTC was in terrible condition and needs to be focused. The Committee unanimously of the view that new campus of National Textile University should be established at PTC in order to make it profitable organization.

MNAs, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Jamshaid Ahmad Dasti, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony meets today - December 6, 2016

Islamabad, 6th December, 2016: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony met this evening in Committee Room No. 7, 4th Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Hafiz Abdul Kareem, MNA. The Committee congratulated and appreciated the Federal Government and especially the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony on the better arrangements for this year Hajj. The Committee also recommended to the Federal Government to talk with the Saudi Government for the Quota of Pakistan Pilgrims which was reduced due to construction/extension of Haram Shareef to restore the said quota and add to the Government Hajj Scheme. The Committee also discussed the matter related to alleged favoritism in the distribution of Hajj Quota Hajj, 2016 referred to the Standing Committee by the House.

The Members of the Standing Committee also urged the Government either abolish the hardship quota of Hajj or make it transparent and crystal clear for the next Hajj. The Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony assured the Committee that the Ministry would hold inquiry in the matter and would take strict action against the defaulters. In the end the Committee also discussed the Bill titled “The Education of Holy Quran according to recitation by sighting and with translation, learning by heart and with correct pronunciation Bill, 2014” moved by Sahibzada Traiq Ullah, MNA in detail and approved the same without any amendment. The Committee also discussed and deferred the following Bills for its next meeting to read the Bills clause by clause in presence of the two movers who were not available in the meeting:-  

1.      The National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 moved by Me. Belum Hasnain, MNA

2.      The National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 moved by Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, MNA

3.      The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2016 moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA

4.      The Pakistan Minorities Rights Commission Bill, 2016 moved by Mr. Sanjy Perwani, MNA

2.         The meeting was also attended by Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Muhammad Ali Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Molvi Agha Muhammad, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, MNAs, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Capt. Muhammad Safdar, Mr. Abdul Sattar Bachani MNAs/Special Invitees and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


24th Meeting of Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgat Baltistan - December 6, 2016

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

2. During the meeting the concerned Secretaries and Managing Director, NESPAK briefed the Committee on agenda items. According to the agenda item (ii) the MD, NESPAK informed the Committee through presentation about the ongoing projects and their progress. The Chairman and the Committee Members pointed out the issue of re-designing which causes the escalation of cost and delay in projects, particularly in the case of Rathoa Haryam Bridge across reservoir channels on Mirpur Islamgarh Road, Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The Chairman further directed the Secretary, M/o KA&GB to submit a detailed report on said project to the Committee in its next meeting.

3. The Additional Chief Secretary of the AJ&K briefed the Committee about the losses caused by the continuous unprovoked firing by the Indian Army at Nelum Valley with data. He also apprised the Committee that the honourable Prime Minister is visiting AJ&K to distribute the compensation amount to the affectees as well as to express solidarity with Kashmiris. The Committee also recommended to consider increase in the compensation amount.

4. The concerned Secretaries of the Forestry and wild-life of AJ&K and G.B also briefed the Committee on the overall well-being of natural environment and preservation of Jungles and wild-life in GB/AJ&K regions. The Additional Chief Secretary also highlighted the damages and affect on environment due to heavy firing and fencing the border by the Indian side across the line of control in the last few months.

5. The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Mr. Khalil George, Ch. Abid Raza, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Syed Waseem Hussain, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Senior Officers of the Ministry.


NA Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges decided to summon the CEO BOL TV Channel and Anchor Mr. Amir Liaqat Hussain in its next meeting to discuss the question of Privilege raised by Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, MNA - December 6, 2016

Islamabad; December 6, 2016: The Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges decided to summon CEO Bol TV and Anchor Mr. Amir Liaquat Hussain in its next meeting in connection with the Question of Privilege raised by Maulana Fazal Rehman, MNA, regarding baseless allegations leveled against him by the Anchor in his program. The Committee also directed PEMRA to check pervasive violation of media code of conduct and initiate necessary action against TV Channels and Anchors found guilty of casting false allegations on public office holders and elected representatives. The Committee met under chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA, in the Parliament House, this afternoon.

While discussing the Question of Privilege raised by Maulana Fazal Rehman, the Committee observed that no one should be allowed to cast false allegations on anyone without evidence. The Committee further observed that the PEMRA should assert its regulatory authority to check such violations. The Chairman PEMRA apprised the Committee about the action initiated against the TV Channel and Anchor on complaint lodged by the mover of the Question of Privilege.

The Committee, while discussing the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Abdul Qayyum Nahra, MNA, against Assistant Director (Land), Nowshera Virkan District Gujranwala regarding misconduct of the officer with the Hon. Member, decided to summon Chief Secretary Punjab, Senior Member Board of Revenue Punjab and Project Director, Land Record Computerization Project, Punjab to further discuss the issue.

The Committee disposed of amendments in Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, moved by MNAs Sheikh Salahuddin and Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi. The Committee, however, deferred its discussion on the Questions of Privilege moved by MNAs Mian Imtiaz Ahmed and Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan till next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial,  Mr. Mohammad Raza Hayat Harraj, Mr. Muhammad Arshad khan leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra,  Sheikh Muhammad Akram,  Mr. Mumtaz Ahmad Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Mohammad Ayaz Soomro,  Ms. Shagufta Jumani,  Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid,  Ms. Aasiya Nasir,   Secretaries of Ministries of Parliamentary Affairs and Inter Provincial Coordination, Chairman PEMRA and other officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - December 5, 2016

Islamabad; December 05, 2016, Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee expressed strong displeasure over the poor results of Central Selection System (CSS) exams, 2016 as only 2.09% students were able to pass their exams during the current year. The Committee therefore, directed that FPSC may take stringent measures to increase the percentage of pass students instead of criticizing education system and come up with the proposals to bring certain amendments so that talented students could pass their exams easily. The Committee further directed that FPSC may prepare an analytical report to find out the reasons of decline in percentage and report to the Committee within 30 days.

The Committee appreciated the performance of National Collage of Arts (NCA) and directed that the management of NCA may come up with the proposals to expand its network in other cities so that Committee could support them accordingly.

The Committee discussed the role of OGRA regarding import, agreements and fixation of prices of LNG. The Committee constituted a four member Sub-Committee headed by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon to examine the issues of OGRA and NCA. 

The meeting was attended by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddique, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms.Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Ms. Seema Muhiuddin Jameeli, MNA,  and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


16th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - December 2, 2016

Islamabad, December 02nd 2016; 16th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.



2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from Holy Quran.

3.       Agenda Item No. 1

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 08.11.2016.

4.       Agenda Item No. 2

The Committee thoroughly examined “The Protection of Minorities Bill, 2016” (Moved by Mr. Sanjay Perwani, MNA) and unanimously decided to disapprove it. Further, the Committee acknowledged that by force conversion of religion at any age is totally illegal. The Committee also decided to take suo-moto by itself, if any case of such type will be pointed out in future.

5.       Agenda Item No.3

          The Committee was deferred this agenda and decided to take up this matter in next meeting expected to be held in January, 2017 positively.

6.      Agenda Item No.4 (Any other item with permission of the Chair)

        The Committee dissolved a Sub-Committee which was constituted under the Convenership of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA. Further, the Committee discussed the Kashmir issue and the transgender torture case which was recently happened in District, Sialkot and decided to take up these two issues in other meeting.               

7.      The Hon. MNAs/Members/Mover Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza and Mr. Sanjay Perwani were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from Ministry of Human Rights and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


44th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today - December 1, 2016

44th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 1st December, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

i)     Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 22-11-2016

ii)    To consider “The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015’’ (Government Bill)

iii)   To consider “The Companies Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. VI of 2016) (Government Bill)

iv)    Briefing on the inquiry status of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Bangladesh scam by the President, NBP and Director General, National Accountability Bureau (NAB).



 

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 26-10-2016.

3.         The Committee considered “The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015”. The Committee members were apprised by the Secretary Ministry of Finance. He said as desired by the august Committee in its meeting held on 22nd November, 2016 regarding omission of word Chartered from each clause of the subject Bill, the same has been done accordingly. The Committee unanimously recommended that the Bill as amended by the Standing Committee may be passed by the House.

4.          The Committee considered “The Companies Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. VI of 2016). Chairman Security and e brief the Committee about the salient features of the said Bill. He said that the companies ordinance, 2016 intends to replace the companies ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984) (Ordinance) in order to consolidate and amend the laws relating to companies so as to encourage and promote corporatization in Pakistan based on best international practices.

5.         He further added that the said Ordinance will ensure maximum participation of members in the decision making process of the company through use of modern electronic means of communication and aims to address the issues relating to protection of interest of minority shareholders and creditors.

6.         The Committee unanimously decided to constitute a 04 Members Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, MNA for further consideration on the said Bill. The Sub-Committee will comprise the following Members:-

            1.         Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA

            2.         Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA

            3.         Mr. Asad Umar, MNA

7.         The Committee has shown its displeasure on the performance of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) with regard to the delay for investigation against officers/officials involved in NBP Bangladesh scam.  The Committee has directed the NAB for completion of inquiry at the earliest. The Committee recommended that another meeting of the Committee would be held on 22nd December, 2016 and NAB will present its inquiry report before the Committee.  The Committee also directed the NAB for providing details in this regard. The Committee unanimously decided that concerned DG,NAB would be called in person in the next meeting.

8.         The Committee has taken a serious notice on the news issued by a newspaper regarding investigation of NAB from sitting President of NBP on Bangladesh scam. The Committee Members were of the view that NAB should issue rebuttal about the said news. The President, NBP informed the Committee that he has already given refutation to the concerned news agency in this regard. He further stated that this kind of irresponsible attitude of media will affect the interest of Pakistan including NBP.

8.         The Committee Members have shown their concern about the appointment and promotion policies of the Bank. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh Chairman of the Committee informed the Members that NBP has adopted discriminated policies for appointment and promotion. He said that NBP was given higher rating to the candidates having LUMS and other rich culture institutions.

9.         The Committee unanimously decided that NBP will furnish its appointment and promotion policies to this secretariat and same matter would be thoroughly discussed in the upcoming meeting of the Committee.

10.       The Committee unanimously decided that a recommendation would also be forwarded to the Standing Committee on Science & Technology for issuing of special invitation to Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA/Member of the Committee on the matter of NTS. The Committee was of the view that being former convener of the sub-committee on NTS, the honorable member will give his input on the said issue. Mr. Asad Umar MAN/Member of the Committee has shown his concern on the advertisement published in the newspaper regarding marketing of property in UAE. He was of the opinion that Committee should call the State Bank of Pakistan for briefing on the transfer of funds by the individuals or company to UAE. The Committee unanimously agreed with the proposal given by the Honorbale Members and decided to call SBP and PID in the next meeting of the Committee.     

11.       Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mian Abdul Mannan, Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, MNAs were present in the meeting, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - November 22, 2016

43rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 22nd November, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

i)      Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 26-10-2016
ii)     Consideration of ‘’The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015’’ (Government Bill)
iii)   To consider “The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001) (Government Bill)
iv)   Consideration of ‘’An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015’’ (Moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA)
v)     Consideration of ‘’The Point of Order’’ (raised by Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA) regarding fee collection by National Testing Service (NTS) from the candidates.
vi)   Briefing by President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) on the performance and functioning of ZTBL for last three years.

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 26-10-2016.

3.         The Committee considered “The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015” and unanimously decided/recommended that same may be deferred for further vetting from Ministry of Law & Justice.

4.          The Committee considered the Report of the Sub-Committee of Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics & Privatization with regard to the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001) and recommended that subject Bill may be passed by the National Assembly with insertion of the recommendations made by the said Sub-Committee.

5.         The Committee deferred the agenda regarding “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” till the finalization of steering Committee’s report by the Ministry of Finance. It was agreed by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA/mover of the agenda.  

6.         The Committee recommended that Auditor General of Pakistan may be requested for the auditing of National Testing Service (NTS) funds. The Committee further recommended that SECP may be directed for inquired the matter of funds in detail. The Committee also directed to CEO, NTS for reducing the fee charges.

7.         After thread bear briefing by the President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) on the performance and functioning of ZTBL for last three years. The Committee strongly recommended that interest ratio on agricultural loans should be reviewed and support package may also be given to the farmers.

8.         The Committee also considered the petition regarding appeal/representation of National Bank of Pakistan Pensioners regarding periodical increases in pension; the Committee recommended that NBP may be called in the regard.

9.         Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Ms. Leila Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNAs were present in the meeting, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Zarai Taraqiati Bank (ZTBL), Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), National Testing Service (NTS). 
 


(AMIR OMER MALIK)
Secretary Committee


NA Business Advisory Committee meets - November 18, 2016

Islamabad; November 18, 2016: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 37th Session of the National Assembly.

 

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 37th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 29th   November, 2016.

The meeting was attended by the Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Sheik Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs/Chief whip of Pakistan Muslim League (N), MNAs, Syed Naveed Qamar, Sheikh Salahuddin, Maulana Muhamad Khan Sherani and Al-Hajj Shah Jee Gul Afridi.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - November 11, 2016

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON CABINET SECRETARIAT DIRECTS ASF TO INTRODUCE STRINGENT SECURITY PROCEDURES TO PREVENT SMUGGLING OF DRUGS

Islamabad; November 11, 2016: Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat expressing its displeasure on the state of inquiry order into the recovery and seizure of 27 kg Heroine from PIA Aircraft, decided to bring the issue into the notice of Prime Minister of Pakistan for necessary instruction to the concerned departments for bringing the culprits behind the bars. The Committee expressed its displeasure on lack of coordination between departments responsible for security and smuggling prevention on Airports. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in Parliament House, this morning.

The Representative of Custom Intelligence apprised the Committee that two of the accused as identified by Joint Investigation Committee had been arrested, whereas efforts were being made to arrest the remaining accused. It was further informed that M/o Interior had been requested to place the names of all accused on ECL and details of properties and bank accounts of the absconders have been sought from State Bank of Pakistan and Baharia Town for further appropriate legal action against them and their associates/facilitators.

The Committee observed that there was lack of coordination between the departments responsible for security of Airports, prevention of smuggling and Narcotics which resulted in recovery of huge quantity of drugs from PIA aircraft. The committee directed concerned departments for strengthening of coordination, vigilance and mechanism for countering air carriage of drugs and contrabands to foreign countries. The Committee also directed Airport Security Force to enforce stringent security procedures to prevent recurrence of such instances in future. The committee decided to discuss the issue in its next meeting.

Later, the Chief Executive Operating Officer, Pakistan International Airline briefed the committee about the financial state of PIA and its plan for induction of new aircrafts. The CEO apprised that under the guidance of the present government, PIA was in process of recovery and its financial state had improved besides improvement in flight operation, and passenger facilitation. He further apprised that due to initiation of PIA Premier Service from Lahore and Islamabad, the airline was gaining its market share which it lost during turbulent period. He informed that presently PIA was operating with 33 aircrafts which would be brought to 50 till June, 2018 and flights to major destinations would also be started. The Committee directed PIA administration to give a detailed briefing on financial state of the airline in its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Nighat Parveen, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Moulvi Agha Muhammad and Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Joint Secretary Aviation Division and Representatives from FBR, ANF, ASF and other senior officers of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination meets today - November 10, 2016

           A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today in the Committee Room of M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, G-5/2, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013 (moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA), The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) and The medical consultancy and other services (rationalization of fees) Bill, 2016 (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA).  

2.        The Committee considered the medical consultancy and other services (rationalization of fees) Bill, 2016 (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) in detail. The Mover was of the view that the consultancy by the private medical practitioners and other medical services all over the country were becoming out of the reach of the common people and need to be rationalized. The Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination appreciated the objectives of the Bill and informed that the identical bill was drafted by the Ministry and was in the process of approval. Therefore, the Committee decided that the said Bill might not be processed for further legislation.

3.        The Committee also considered the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) in detail. The Ministry assured the Committee that the amendments moved by the honourable Member will be incorporated in the Schedule of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Bill, 2012 as it was in the ambit of the Ministry to amend the Schedules according to the requirements.

4.        MNAs Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Choudhry Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Syiad Ghazi Gulab Jamal, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan and Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination attended the meeting. Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA/Mover of the Bill also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurrances Meets - November 10, 2016

Islamabad the 10th November, 2016: The desecration of Holy Verses of the Holy Quran be stopped, which are printed in the newspapers. Standing Committee on Government Assurances has directed, Ministry of Information Broadcasting, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony and council of Islamic Ideology to sit together and come up with a workable solution ensuring the stoppage of desecration of Holy Verses of the Holy Quran, which are printed in the newspapers. The Committee was briefed by Saba Mohsin, Secretary Information. The Secretary information stated that the Ministry, in compliance of the Assurance, has already wrote letters to presidents of All Pakistan Newspapers Society”,  APNS, Council of Newspapers Editors, CPNE and the Chairman Pakistan Broadcasting Association, PBA, requesting the media bodies, to help the Government achieve this laudable objective. The Secretary, Religious Affairs informed the Committee that the Ministry was already pro-actively writing to all concerned to play their role in this regard. It was suggested to the Committee that a notice should be written on all newspapers telling to the public to keep the Holy Verses, printed in the Newspapers, with proper care and respect. The Committee directed that Ministry of Information, Ministry of Religious Affairs, and Council of Islamic Ideology should have a meeting together with the representatives of APNS, PBA and CPNE and all other stakeholders and come up with a workable solution of the issue with in thirty days. The Committee also considered the Assurance given by Minister of state for Health Services, Regulation and Coordination on floor of the House is response to a calling attention notice whereby the House was Assured that no negligence whatsoever would be committed to eliminate unmonitored blood banks in Islamabad. The Committee was brief by the senior officials of ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination. The Committee was informed that, in compliance to the Assurance, the Government has established Islamabad Blood Transfusion Authority (IBTA) which is responsible for regulating the blood banks and ensuring the quality blood transfusion. The Committee disposed off the agenda item as the compliance was made in letters and spirit. The Committee also took the Assurance given by Minister for textile industry that any sort of obstacle in the expansion of exports would be removed. The Committee took serious notice of the fact that FBR did not pay the claims of exporters despite the government’s announcements. The Committee directed that Authorities of Finance and FBR to give complete details of the exporters alongwith the outstanding amounts and the reasons thereof. The Committee also considered the Assurance given by Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Water and Power. The senior officials of Ministry of Water and Power and the CEO of LESCO appraised the Committee that the Assurance has already been complied. So, the Committee disposed off the agenda item, according. The Committee considered the Assurance given by the Federal Minister for Finance, Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Dar about the establishment of branch of ZTBL at Zafarwal. The Committee was informed that the branch of the Bank was established timely and is fully functional. The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Afzal Kohkhar MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Moulana Muhammad Khan Shrani, MNA, Mr. Rjab Ali Khan Baloch, MNA, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA, Ms. Shahzadi Umar Zaidi Towana, MNA, Syed Sajjad Mehandi, MNA and Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA. Several senior civil servants also attended the meeting including Mr. Sohail Aamir, Secretary Religious Affairs, Saba Mohsin, Secretary Information Broadcasting, Muhammad Humyian, Secretary Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Tallat Mehmood, President ZTBL, Wajid Ali Kazmi, Chief Executive LESCO, Abdul Akber Sharif Zada, Additional Secretary Finance, Aamir Mehmood, Additional Secretary Commerce, Ahmed Warrach, Director General Foreign Affairs, Saleem Sajid, Joint Secretary Food and Agriculture, Muhammad Saleem, Joint Secretary Water and Power, Tamoor Tajmal, Joint Secretary Commerce, Sajid Ahmed Sandho, Joint Secretary Parliamentary Affairs, Fozia Naeem, Deputy Secretary Parliamentary Affairs, Khalid Mehmood, CSD Water and Power, Ayesha Tasdaq, Director Information and Broadcasting, Ahmed Buksh, Member PARC, Muhammad Farooq, Member PARC, Khalid Mehmood Gill, Senior Vice President ZTBL, Muhammad Naeem Chohan Senior Vice President ZTBL participated in Standing Committee on Government Assurance representing their departments.


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - November 9, 2016

Islamabad, the 9th November, 2016: The 18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today at 2:30 p.m. in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA.
 

2.  Fateha was offered for the departed soul of father of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA/ Chairman of the Standing Committee.
 

3.  The Committee was briefed about the trains accidents occurred during the last three years along with causes / reasons. It was also informed that the 50% of the accidents were caused due to unmanned level crossing and unauthorized Railways crossing. The Ministry also presented a provisional report on the recent trains’ accident at Karachi. The Ministry informed that the matter is under investigation and complete final report will be submitted to the Committee before the next meeting.
 

4.  The Committee heard the views on issue of Royal Palm Golf and Country Club from the Ministry and representatives of the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club. The Committee directed the Ministry to provide the complete details of advertisement for inviting the bidders for leasing the said land / club, the procedure adopted for short listing of the bidders, and the terms of the conditions of lease agreement along with other relevant materials as the ministry may deem fit to the Committee before the next meeting.         
 

5.  Syed Muhammad Saqlain Bukhari, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt and Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by the Minister for Railways, senior Officers of the Ministry of Railways and representative of the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club.
 


NA Standing Committee on Housing & Works directs FGEHF to display lists of Allotees in Sectors F-14 & F-15 on its website for ensuring Transparency - November 8, 2016

Islamabad; November 8, 2016: National Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Works has directed Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) to place lists of allottees in sector F-14 and F-15 on Website of FGEHF to ensure transparency in the allotment process. The Committee also directed for perpetual action against encroachments and non-conforming use of residential and commercial properties in sectors under its administrative control. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning.

The Standing Committee while discussing the progress on preparation and finalization of lists of membership in Housing projects in Sectors F.14 & F-15 Islamabad, directed Housing Foundation for ensuring transparency by displaying lists as per laid down criteria and quotas for various categories of employees of federal government, constitutional bodies and media etc on website of the Housing Foundation. The Committee further directed to expedite the development process for handing over the possession of the plots.

The Representative of FGEHF apprised the Committee that in result of the membership drive, more than 79000 Federal Government Employees & others have been registered as member since April, 2015 to May, 2016. However as per instruction of the Committee, quota wise & category wise, lists for allotment of plot of sector F-14 & F-15 have been prepared and consent letters have been issued to members in categories 1 to 3. The FGEHF Representative further apprised that land acquisition process with District Collector was also being pursued.

While discussing the actions against encroachers in Sector G-13 and G-14 by FGEHF Enforcement Directorate, the Committee expressed its dissatisfaction on the progress and directed FGEHF for perpetual action against encroachers and non-conformers. The Committee also expressed dissatisfaction on the progress of the Masjid Committee for retrieval of land encroached or illegally occupied for Mosques in both the sectors. The Committee directed for keeping it posted with the progress of the Masjid Committee on monthly basis.

The Committee constituted a 4-member Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, MNA to probe into the allotments to Estate Officers and Deputy Secretary (Estate), M/o Housing made in contravention of Rules, failure of Estate office to retrieve government accommodations illegally occupied by encroachers, trespassers and retired government employees. The Sub-Committee had been directed to complete the task within thirty days.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal,  Ms. Tahira  Aurangzeb,  Ms. Khalida Mansoor,  Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan,  Molana Ameer Zaman, Secretary M/o Housing and Works and other officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights met today - November 8, 2016

Islamabad, 08th November, 2016: The Standing Committee on Human Rights met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA in Committee Room of Ministry of Human Rights, Islamabad to consider the following agenda:-

Agenda Item No. 1

i)             Confirmation of minutes of previous meeting held on 20-10-2016.

Agenda Item No. 2

                                     i.        “The Women in Distress end Detention Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2016" (Amendment of section 6, Act XV of 1996) (Government Bill).

                                    ii.        “The Protection of Minorities Bill, 2016” (Moved by Mr. Sanjay Pervani, MNA). 

Agenda Item No. 3

                                     i.        To review the existing law of Human Organ Transplant Authority (HOTA).

                                    ii.        Any other item with permission of the Chair.

 2.                The Standing Committee on Human Rights considered “The Women in Distress end Detention Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2016" (Amendment of section 6, Act XV of 1996), a  Government Bill.  The Committee,  a after  thorough  discussion on the aforementioned Bill unanimously  recommended that the said Bill may be passed with certain amendments therein.

3.                The Committee recommended “The Protection of Minorities Bill, 2016” Moved by Mr. Sanjay Pervani, MNA may be deferred till the next Committee meeting  so that the bill in question may be considered deeply.

4.                Thereafter the Standing Committee on Human Rights considered to review the existing law of Human Organ Transplant Authority (HOTA). The Committee after thorough discussion on aforementioned Bill unanimously recommended that the said Bill may be passed with certain amendments therein.                

5.                MNAs/Movers Sayed Essa Nori, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Surriya Asghar, , Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan,  Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza and Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Ms Kishwar Zehra, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Begum Tahira Bukhari Mr.Sanjay Pervani, attended the meeting.


Press Release Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan - November 8, 2016


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today - November 7, 2016

Islamabad, the 7th November, 2016: The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to consider the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA), the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Section 35-A, Act V of 1908] (Moved by Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA), the Islamabad High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 77] (Moved by Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA).

The Committee considered the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 77] (Moved by Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA) in detail. Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA was of the view that the delegating powers for the issuance of SROs might be withdrawn to avoid excessive taxation and to facilitate the public. The Committee also considered the Islamabad High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA). The mover was of the view that one fourth of the total number of the Judges of the Islamabad High Court should be women to encourage gender equality in the country. The Committee emphasized that the strict merit might be observed in all the spheres of life and there should be no discrimination. The Committee recommended that the above mentioned Bill might not be further processed for further legislation.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Justice (Retd.) Ifitkhar Ahmad Cheema, Sardar Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri. The Movers of the Bills Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Mr. Sajid Ahmed were also present in the meeting.


Standing Committee On Communication meets - November 1, 2016

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee room of Postal Staff College, Sector G-8/4, Islamabad, under the Acting Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA, to consider the Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 (Moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA) and the Post Office (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

2. The Committee unanimously recommended to approve the Post Office (Amendment) Bill, 2016 with the object to provide for the issuance of postal orders having their value more than fifty rupees for the use and benefit of general public.

3. The Committee considered the Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 (Moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA) in detail and recommended to involve all stakeholder in the process of legislation. Therefore the Bill was deferred.

4.   The Committee took notice of the increase in the accidents on the M-9 Motorway and directed to take measures to control the accidents on the diversion area of M-9 project.     

5.  MNAs Mir Shabbir Ali Bijrani, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal and Mr. Salim Rehman, attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets - October 31, 2016

Islamabad the 31st October, 2016: The time has come to deliver to the public and everyone should fulfill his duties and responsibilities. CDA, NADRA and Commerce division need to expedite their efforts. It is duty of parliament to make the executive including bureaucracy to implement the policies of Parliaments and Assurances of Government to the Parliament, in letters and spirit. It was declared by Chairman and members of the Standing Committee on Government Assurances in a heavy agenda meeting of Standing Committee on Government Assurances which took place in Parliament House, Islamabad. The Committee showed its serious concern that despite the lapse of 31 years, Capital Development Authority remained fail to deliver plots to its allottees and failed to give payment or compensations to the land owners and affectees of E-12. The Committee appreciated the efforts made by recently elected Mayor of Islamabad, Sheikh Ansar Aziz who is also Chairman CDA and hoped that his recent efforts are on the right direction to solve the chronological delayed issue of Development of Sector E-12. The Committee directed the Chairman CDA Mr. Ansar to submit a road map with clear cut targets and planning to address the issue. The Committee directed the Chairman to develop the road between Sector F-11 and F-12. The Chairman informed the Committee that the tender to repair the road had already been lounged and repair of the road would be completed shortly. Discussing the Agenda related to decline in export of rice to Iran during last five years, the Committee showed its serious concern and anger due to poor performance of official of Commerce who could not manage the issue properly and hence the export were reduced from 124.768 million US dollars in 2010 and 3.479 million US dollars in 2015. The Committee directed the M/o Commerce to come up with solid suggestions to solve the issue and directed the Ministry of Finance to develop banking relations with Iran forthwith so that the exporters could be facilitated properly. The Ministry informed that Government of Pakistan would give incentives to the exporters to establish warehouses both in Saudia and Iran. The Committee considered the issue of registration of Afghanis and other Aliens. The Committee directed Secretary Interior to attend the next meeting and explain that why Ministry of Interior have failed to register the un-registered Afghanis. Moreover, the Committee showed grave concern about the issue of non registration of around 50 million citizens. The NADRA authorities explained that during last 15 years NADRA has issued about 107 million CNICs and more than 35 million children have also been registered; however, rest of the public is yet to be registered. NADRA informed that now a special campaign has been lounged to register the unregistered ladies. The NADRA women teams go from door to door and facilitate the women at their door steps. The Committee directed the NADRA not to create problems of genuine Pakistanis. The Committee appreciated National re-verification Program ordered by the Minister Interior through which more than one hundred thousand fake CNICs have been identified and are being cancelled. The Committee was informed that Pakistan and Iran would establish trade cities on border areas. Moreover, the Committee directed the Chairman CDA that the issue of common land (Shamlat) of Sector E-12 the issue of build up houses and their payment to affectees and the issue of succession should be given due priority to reduce the problems of the affectees. The Committee was briefed by DG Passports to remove all sold of Khokhas |Mafia and to discourage the mafia by several steps about 18 employees of passports have been terminated because they were helping the mafia. The DG passport informed that in all Districts of Pakistan new passport offices are being established recently 55 offices have been established and 20 more offices would be established by February 2017. He informed that in 15 big cities, including  all branches of NBP have been authorized to collect passport fee more over the passport fee can be deposit through Mobicash and by using such other easy transfer modes. It was informed by the authorities that, in days to come, the Government is going to lounge online application system for renewal of passports where the money could be deposited through credit card and by this way renewal of passport would become very easy job. The Committee directed that some other alternate modes of payment should also be made available because every citizen, especially the villagers, do not have credit card facility.  The Committee observed that had the CDA performed its duty timely the Government and the public would have not seen this day that affectees of E-12 are still waiting for their compensation. The meeting was attended by 7 MNAs including Chairman of the Standing Committee Hon. Muhammad Afzal Kohkhar, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Mr. Rjab Ali Khan Baloch, MNA, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail,MNA Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNA and Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA whereas around three dozen senior Government officials including Secretary Parliamentary Affairs, Secretary SAFRON, DG Passports and Immigration, DG NADRA, DG Foreign Affairs, Additional Secretary WAPDA, SEVP ZTBL and Additional Secretary finance attended the meeting. The Committee has disposed off three chronologically long pending Government Assurances including the assurance given by Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Interior The assurance given by on the floor of the House on 15th August, 2013, in response to a Supplementary Question asked by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA, that a proactive major operation would be launched against mafias and vested interests working in and around the passport offices as the committee was satisfied by the explanations given by the DG Passports. Similarly, the assurance given, on behalf of Minister for Foreign Affairs, by Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Commerce, on the floor of the House on 16th August, 2013, whereby in response to a supplementary question asked by Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, MNA, under starred question No. 41, the House was assured that the Pakistani schools situated abroad would be upgraded so that Pakistani students, especially girls, are facilitated for their admissions in graduation/bachelor classes. The Committee disposed off the assurance as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have explained the situation in detail moreover the mover did not attend the meeting. Moreover, the committee directed to bring four following Government Assurances in the next meeting. the assurance given, on behalf of Minister for Textile Industry, by Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs on the floor of the House on 16th August, 2013, whereby in response to a supplementary question asked by Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, under starred question No. 34, the House was assured that the business, whether in government sector or private sector, would be made corruption free, any sort of obstacle in the expansion of exports would be removed and new markets for exports would be explored; similarly, the assurance given by Lt. General (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for States and Frontier Regions on the floor of the House on 16th August, 2013, that registration of illegal refugees living in the suburb of Karachi would be carried out so that planning can be made for their repatriation. Moreover, the statement of Ch. Abid Sher Ali, Minster of State for Water and Power on the floor of the House on 19th December, 2013, in response to a supplementary question to the starred question moved by Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, wherein the Minister stated that the facility of free power units being provided to the employees of WAPDA would be withdrawn and an equivalent amount in lieu thereof would be paid to. lately, the assurance given by the Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization on the floor of the House on 11th August, 2014 in reply to the un-starred Question No. 13  wherein the House was assured that Zafarwal Branch of ZTBL would be made fully operational on or before June 30th 2014 under ZTBL Annual Branch Expansion Plan, 2014. The Committee will appreciate a briefing on over all Zone Wise corporate performance of ZTBL, cases of corruption and misconduct, the action taken against the responsible’ separately. The issue of non-development of Sector E-12, Islamabad by the CDA despite lapse of twenty thirty one years will also be discussed. 

 The comprehensive meeting which was started with the recitation of Holy Quran was ended with mutual vote of thanks to and from the chair.

 


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Meets - October 28, 2016


Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - October 27, 2016

Islamabad, the 27th October, 2016: The meeting / visit of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 11:30 a.m. in Salahuddin Olive Farms, Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

2.The Committee was given briefing on the progress of the Salahuddin Olive Farms. It was informed that the total area of the farm is 50 acres consisting of 12000 olive plants. The plants have been provided by the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC).

3.The Committee visited the various sections of the Salahuddin Olive Farms and appreciated the efforts made by the PARC and Mr. Salahuddin (Grower) for the cultivation of the olives in Nowshera, KPK.

4. Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Syed Essa Nori, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Mr. Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani, and Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Minister for National Food Security and Research, senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
 


NA Standing Committee on Water and Power meets - October 27, 2016

Standing Committee on Water and Power met under the Chairmanship of Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNA to discuss the following Agenda:-

i)                    Confirmation of minutes of the meeting held on 25-07-2016.

ii)                  Comprehensive briefing by the Alternative Energy Development Board on the projects under taken by the Board from 2013 to enhance the production of electricity in the country, their date of commencement, present status and expected date of completion.

iii)                Present status of development Projects/Schemes of National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC).

iv)               Briefing by MEPCO on development Projects/Schemes, line losses, transformers and meters etc.



The Committee was briefly apprised by CEO, Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) about the different projects to enhance the production of electricity however, the Committee expressed its satisfaction over the ongoing projects and directed the ministry to ensure the timely completion of the projects in order to overcome the shortfall of the electricity.

The Committee appreciated the efforts of National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC) for commissioning different projects and improving infrastructure which would be helpful to increase the production of electricity from 22882 MW to 34090 MW by the end of year 2018. The Committee directed the ministry to more focus on FATA and tribal areas by initiated different projects of electricity to eliminate the factor of load shedding.

The Committee also appreciated the management of MEPCO for giving comprehensive briefing about the development projects / schemes. The Committee lauded the efforts of the MEPCO to improve the performance & efficiency by controlling the line losses and steps being taken by them to recover the outstanding amount from the defaulters. The Committee directed the MEPCO to complete all pending schemes of village electrification before June, 2017.

Mr. Abid Sher Ali, Minister for State briefly apprised the Committee about different power projects of (Hydel, Solar, Wind, Coal etc) which were initiated by the present Government to overcome the shortfall of the electricity.

MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Rao Muhammad Amjal Khan, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Malik Ghulam Rabbani Khar, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, Dr. Syed Ghazi Ghulab and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control meets - October 27, 2016

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control of the National Assembly was held today i.e 27th October, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, MNA, on the following agenda:-

AGENDA.NO.1

i.               Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 21-07-2016.

 
AGENDA.NO.2

i.              ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013’’ {Insertion of new section 177A and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1860} (Moved by Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, MNA).

ii.             ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Amendment of section 82, Omission of section 83, Insertion of new sections 292A, 292B, 292C, 328A, 369A, 377A & 377B, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Marvi Memon, MNA).

iii.            ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Amendment of section 379, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA).

iv.            ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Insertion of new section 389A, Act XLV 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA).

v.             ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Substitution of section 489F, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898 (Moved by MS. Kishwar Zehra, MNA).

 
AGENDA.NO.3

i.              ‘’The Illegal Dispossession (Amendment) Bill, 2016’’ (Government Bill) moved by  Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Interior & Control.

ii.             ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Insertion of new section 297-A Amendment of second schedule Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA).

iii.            ‘’The Anti Honor Killings Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015’’(Amendment of sections 309, 310, 311, 338E, 345 and Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA).

iv.            ‘’The Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015’’ (Insertion of new sections 218A & 228A and Amendment of section 376, Act XLV of 1860, and Insertion of new sections 53A, 164A & 344A and Amendment of sections 352 & 417 and Schedule II, Act V of 1898, and Amendment of Article 21 &151, Order X of 1984) (Moved by Dr.Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA).

-           Any other item with permission of the Chair.

2.         The Committee offered Fateha/prayer for the martyr of Quetta incident. The Committee firmly condemned and unanimously passed a resolution against the illegal rally of a political party towards Islamabad. The Committee members were of the opinion that such kind of rallies will create hurdles for the working of schools, hospitals and Govt. and private offices. Hon. Islamabad High Court has already passed an order about to stop such kind of rallies. The Secretary Ministry of Interior informed the Committee that Government will take all legal measures to stop the all illegal actions in this regard.

3.        The Secretary Ministry of Interior excused on the absence of Ministry in the meeting of the Standing Committee dated 21-07-2016, he said it was mis-communication. The Committee decided to withdraw the privilege motion.

4.        The Committee considered the i) ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Amendment of section 379, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA). ii) ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Insertion of new section 389A, Act XLV 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA). iii) ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Substitution of section 489F, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898 (Moved by MS. Kishwar Zehra, MNA) and directed the Ministry of Interior for obtaining the views/comments from all provinces.

5.        The Committee considered and appreciated the efforts of the Hon. Members for bringing the ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Insertion of new section 297-A Amendment of second schedule Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA). However, it was decided that Ministry of Law and Justice will furnish its comments on the Bill.

6.        The Committee discussed that the ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Amendment of section 82, Omission of section 83, Insertion of new sections 292A, 292B, 292C, 328A, 369A, 377A & 377B, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Marvi Memon, MNA) will be lastly taken up on the agenda of the next meeting, because despite of repeated request the Hon. Mover have not attended the meeting.

7.        The Committee also decided that following two Bills would be rejected in the next meeting. However, Secretary Committee or Secretary to the Chairman will contact to the both Hon. Members, i)‘’The Anti Honor Killings Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015’’(Amendment of sections 309, 310, 311, 338E, 345 and Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA). ii) ‘’The Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015’’ (Insertion of new sections 218A & 228A and Amendment of section 376, Act XLV of 1860, and Insertion of new sections 53A, 164A & 344A and Amendment of sections 352 & 417 and Schedule II, Act V of 1898, and Amendment of Article 21 &151, Order X of 1984) (Moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA).

8.        The Committee unanimously decided to constitute a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA with the following ToRs: -

 ”The Committee will considered the all Private Members Bills and will submit its recommendations to the main Committee within 30 days”.

The said committee will comprises the following Members: -

1.   Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA           Convener

2.   Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, MNA        Member

3.   Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA       Member

4.   Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA  Member

9.        The meeting was attended by following MNAs/Movers Syed Javed Ali Shah, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb and senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Law and Justice.


NA Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination meets today - October 26, 2016

Islamabad the 26th October, 2016.  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA a detailed briefing by the Chairman Executive Committee, Pakistan Cricket Board.



2.         The Chairman Executive Committee, Pakistan Cricket Board apprised the Committee about the cricket development programs in the country. The aims/objective and future plans were also discussed in detail. The youth development program in nationwide U-16 and U-19 and method of their selection was explained. Open trails including age verification, medical and doping test before selection of players have been conducted in 52 remote areas/district annually. The matters relating to Pakistan Super League have also came under discussion. The Members keenly interest to hold cricket series in the country but the Chairman responded that the law & order situation in the country does not allow for international cricket. However, they have a close contact with some country for playing matches which will be arranged after the improvement of law & order situation.

3.         The matter relating to budget and administration of Cricket Board was also discussed. The Chairman responded that some Members of Cricket Board including the Chairman has not drawn any perks/privileges at the present. The Committee directed that the internal audit system in Pakistan Cricket Board may be strengthen to boost up the credibility of the Board. It was also directed that in camera meeting over the affairs of Cricket Board may be convened in PCB Headquarter at Lahore.   

4.         The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Syed Kazim Ali Shah, Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmed, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani and Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais MNAs, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination and Senior Officers from Ministry of Inter-provincial Coordination besides Chairman Executive Committee, Pakistan Cricket Board and others officers also attend the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization met today - October 26, 2016

42nd  meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 26th October, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

         i.                  Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 05-10-2016.

        ii.                  To consider “The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001) (Govt. Bill).

       iii.                “The General Statistics (Reorganization) (Amendment) Bill, 2016”. (Moved by Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNA)

       iv.                  Discussion on the briefing given by the Chairman, FBR and Chairman SECP and State Bank of Pakistan on Panama Papers issue.

       v.                   Briefing by the Chairman, FBR regarding Tax imposition and its implementations on real estate transactions in the light of amendments made in the Finance Bill, 2016-17.

      vi.                   Discussion on briefing/replies by the Chairman, FBR on National Revenue Collection (NRC).

     vii.                   Discussion on 30% regulatory duty on import of Prime Quality Steel Wire Rod, imported under H.S. Code 7213-9190 and 7227-9000. 



2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 05-10-2016.

3.         The Committee unanimously recommended that “The General Statistics (Reorganization) (Amendment) Bill, 2016”   Moved by Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNA may be passed by the National Assembly.

4.         The Committee discussed the matter regarding Tax imposition and its implementations on real estate transactions in the light of amendments made in the Finance Bill, 2016-17. Stakeholders were also present in the meeting after detailed discussion, the Committee constituted 4-Members Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, MNA, on the following ToRs:-

           i.          To make the recommendations with the consent of stakeholders for resolving the issue on imposition of tax and enhancement of fee on real estate transactions. 

5.         The Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) briefed the Committee about the Panama Papers issue and actions taken in this regard. He clearly stated that the main role of FBR was to monitor the tax related matters on income and transaction of funds by the citizens of Pakistan. He told the Committee that FBR has taken some important measures with regard to the investigation on Panama issue. He said that Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigation was given a task to investigate the said issue.

6.         Director General, Intelligence & Investigation informed the Committee that certain constraints were there before starting the assignment on Panama Leaks, because incomplete information was published by media. However, 444 cases were found by Intelligence & Investigation, accordingly FBR investigated and traced 303 addresses. He further informed that notices were issued under income tax section 176, Ordinance, 2001, to these 303 individuals asking about different information. However, FBR has received 94 responses in this regard, so far.

7.         The Chairman, SECP informed the Committee that SECP has provided required information to FBR about the companies registered with SECP. He said that SECP was regulator for inland companies only and SECP has no concerned with foreign companies. However, SECP has been issued the directions to the local companies for providing the details of their companies registered abroad in the name of same directors.

8.         The Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) informed the Committee that applications under equity investment abroad upto US$ 5.00 Million were approved by SBP and applications for equity investment abroad above US$ 5.00 were recommended to ECC for their approval. He further informed the Committee that US$ 85 Million have been invested in offshore companies with the intimation of SBP. He added that SBP was working as regulator not an investigator. However, SBP will provide required information to FBR in this regard.

9.         The Committee discussed the matter regarding 30% regulatory duty on import of Prime Quality Steel Wire Rod, imported under H.S. Code 7213-9190 and 7227-9000. The Committee directed the Chairman, FBR to arrange a meeting with stakeholders and resolve the issue under intimation to this Committee. Chairman, FBR ensured the Committee for resolving the matter.

10        The Committee considered the matter regarding differential of income tax between commercial importers and industrial importers and once again strongly recommended and directed to FBR for implementation on the recommendations of the Committee for the betterment of business community. The Committee deferred the agenda item No.  vi, owing to shortage of time.

11.      Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNAs were present in the meeting, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, FBR, SECP, SBP. 


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC meets: Western route being built as per APC guidelines & will be completed by 2018, JCC to meet on November 28 in Beijing - October 26, 2016

Islamabad, October 26: Parliamentary Committee on CPEC met today at the Parliament House under its Chairman, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed. The Committee got a detailed and comprehensive briefing from Minister for Planning and Development, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, who informed the members present that the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC), which is the apex body for the CPEC, will hold its 6th meeting in Beijing on November 28-29, 2016. Before that meeting, the Joint Working Groups will be held during the early part of November.
He also announced that 5 joint Pakistan-China workshops will be held to learn from the Chinese experience in urban and rural development, poverty alleviation and industrial parks.
Mr. Ahsan Iqbal said that as per the directions of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, all the provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan would be invited to the JCC meeting in Beijing.

2.         Senator Mushahid Hussain appreciated this initiative of Mr. Ahsan Iqbal to hold workshops and include the provinces in the JCC meeting, as he said 'CPEC should move forward with full consensus, transparency and inclusive development particularly that of less developed areas like Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan. He also said that Gilgit-Baltistan was being fully included in CPEC through Eco-friendly economic projects in different areas. He said a regional grid for G-B was being established, plus a plan for tourism on Attabad lake, Khunjerab-Islamabad fibre optic cable, initiative for mining of minerals, Hydel projects, upgradation of KKH highway, establishing an Engineering University and a Medical College. He said every province would have a special industrial zone under CPEC.

3.         Mr. Ahsan Iqbal also briefed the Parliamentary Committee on his recent visit to China, along with the Railways Minister, Kh Saad Rafiq, where the decision was taken for upgradation and dualization of the Pakistan Railways main line track from Karachi to Torkham, at a cost of $ 8 billion, of which $ 5.5 billion would be a concessional loan from China.
Senator Shibli Faraz asked some CPEC-related written questions from Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, to which he said the answers would be provided by November 1.

4.         Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Hafiz Hafeez ur Rahman, who attended on special invitation, thanked the Parliamentary Committee for including Gilgit-Baltistan in all its deliberations. He said Gilgit-Baltistan had potential to generate over 30,000 megawatts of electricity, which should be harnessed.

5.         Chairman, NHA, briefed the Parliamentary Committee on progress towards the construction of the Western route of the CPEC, which he explained with detailed maps and statistics, that the policy guidelines of the APC of May 28, 2015 and January 15, 2016, were being fully implemented. He also assured that the Western route was being given priority and it be completed by August 2018.
 

6.         Secretary, Water and Power, briefed on the national data transmission lines, and the Parliamentary Committee directed the NTDC to provide details of new transmission projects, with their respective locations and timelines of completion, as well as their capacity to transmit electricity, at the next meeting.


7.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Mehmood Khan Achakzai, MNA, Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi, MNA, Mr. Aijaz Hussain Jhakhrani, MNA, Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch, MNA, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, MNA, Mr. Aftab Sherpao, MNA, Senator Shibli Faraz, Senator Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Talha Mehmood, Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, and Special Secretary of the National Assembly, Mr. Qamar Sohail Lodhi, and JS/Secretary of the of Parliamentary Committee, Mr. Khalid Mahmood were also present.


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Meets - October 24, 2016

        
Islamabad, the 24th October, 2016: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the Chairmanship of Mir Aamer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA.

The Committee considered the issue of BNP Building and expressed concern over it. The Committee was informed that the OPF had sent a reference to CDA for taking further necessary action regarding the BNP Building.

The Committee also considered the issue of detained Overseas Pakistanis in Sadui Arabia Emirates (UAE) jails due to minor crimes. The Committee was informed that there were 1834 Pakistanis detained in various jails in Saudi Arabia and 550 were in UAE, due to some minor and major crimes.

The Committee also discussed the attitude/behavior of Kafeels/employers towards Overseas Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia/United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Committee was informed that the attitude/behavior of the majority employers and owners of big companies is good and the workers including Pakistanis are satisfied with their work. However, there are some issues regarding the direct employment visas.

Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mian Imtaz Ahmed, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms.Shagufta Jumani, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Aliya Kamaran, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Ms Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Aisha MNAs and Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & HRD attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.   

(NAZAR ABBAS)
Section Officer/Secretary Committee


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice Meets - October 24, 2016

Islamabad, the 24th October, 2016: The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to consider The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 224A] (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 77] (Moved by Mr.Sajid Ahmed, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 106] (Moved by Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNA) and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 {Amendment of Article 51, in clause (6)} (moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA).

2. The Committee considered The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 224A] (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi, MNA) was considered in detail and recommended that the Bill might not be process for further legislation as there was logic in the Constitutional provision while its omission  would create a vacuum. The Committee considered the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 106] (Moved by Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNA) in detail. The Committee recommended not to process it further for legislation with the view to move the amendment after the population census in the country. The Committee also discussed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 {Amendment of Article 51, in clause (6)} (moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA) in detail and recommended not to approve the said Bill with the view that prevailing procedure for nomination on women reserved  seats in the Assemblies was according to the law. The Committee deferred the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA) and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 77] (Moved by Mr.Sajid Ahmed, MNA) for further discussion in the upcoming meeting.       

3. The meeting was attended by MNAs Justice (Retd.) Ifitkhar Ahmad Cheema,  Ms. Kiran Haider, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri, Ms. Aisha and Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Ms. Asiya Nasir MNA/Mover of the Bill were also present in the meeting.

(ASHIQ NAWAZ)
Section Officer
 


NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions Meets - October 24, 2016

Islamabad, 24th October, 2016: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in the Ministry of SAFRON, “S” Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Political Agent of South Waziristan Agency while briefing the Committee regarding Agency Development Fund (ADF) informed that proper Rules for the collection and utilization of Agency Development Fund have been notified by the FATA Secretariat dated 11th April, 2014 and same has been followed by the Political Agent Office, South Waziristan Agency. The Committee while going through the external audit report pointed out that the compliance on the audit observations by the FATA Secretariat is still awaited for the last seven months and expressed its great concern over it. Thereafter, the Committee directed the FATA Secretariat to complete the audit process of the Political Agent offices of South Waziristan and North Waziristan Agency in one month and remaining agencies/FRs in two months respectively. 

2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Muhammad Kamal and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.
 

(WALAYAT KHAN)
Secretary Committee
 


Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - October 20, 2016

Islamabad; October 20, 2016, Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee expressed concern over the illegal lease agreement of Grand Hayat Hotel and directed that CA&DD may take stringent measures to recover the investment of Pakistani & overseas communities as they are suffering badly due to uncertain situation. The Committee directed that CDA may identify the black sheep of their department who were involved in the illegal lease agreement and pursue the court cases effectively so that culprits could be penalized accordingly.

The Committee expressed strong displeasure over the mushroom growth of illegal housing societies and directed that CDA may ensure that each housing society may get NOC from CDA before selling a single plot. The Committee further directed that CDA may strengthen its enforcement wing to remove all encroachments in Islamabad without any discrimination.   

The Committee deferred the remaining agenda items till its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA,  Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms.Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA,  Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Ms. Seema Muhiuddin Jameeli, MNA and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - October 20, 2016

Islamabad, October 20th 2016; 14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.
 

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from Holy Quran. The Committee considered “The Women in Distress and Detention Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Amendment of section 6, Act XV of 1996) (Government Bill) in detail. However, keeping in view the volume/length of the Bill, the Committee decided to defer the Bill till upcoming meeting.

3.      The Committee considered “The National Commission on the Status of Women (Amendment) Bill, 2016” {Amendment of sections 4 & 8, Act VIII of 2012}, moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA in detail. Thereafter, the Committee recommended that the afore mentioned Bill be passed without amendments.

4.      The Committee reviewed the existing law of Human Organ Transplant Authority (HOTA) in detail and recommended/proposed certain amendments therein.       

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Members/Mover Sayed Essa Nori, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai and Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan were attended the meeting besides the senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets today - October 19, 2016

Islamabad, 19th October, 2016: The National Assembly Standing Committee on DefencevisitedNaval base, Gwadar from Jinnah Naval Base,Ormara. The Committee was briefed over the role, activities and challenges of the Pakistan Navy in details. The Committee was informed that the role and responsibilities of the Pakistan Navy has been increased in regard the CEPEC. The Committee also witnessed the live exercise of Pakistan Navy of Zulfiqar Warship in the sea. The Committee appreciated on the operational preparedness.The committee also visited the Gwadar port Authority and briefed on the progress of the Gwadar port.

The meeting was also attended by Dr. Fehmida Mirza,Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam RasulSahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan,Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar and Shaikh Fayyaz-ud-DinMNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping meets - October 18, 2016

Islamabad, the  October 18th, 2016; 31st meeting of the Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping was held at Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad at 11:30 am today, under the Chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA. The agenda of the meeting was as under:-
i. Confirmation of minutes of previous meetings.
ii.To have in-depth probe into the affairs of KPT inclusive of External Audit Issues, Encroachment of Land of KPT and employment of officers/officials on discretionary quota.
2. The Standing Committee appointed a Sub-Committee under the Convenorship of Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, MNA to further probe into the issues of encroachment of KPT land and employment of officers/officials on discretionary quota. The Committee directed the Ministry to submit a comprehensive report on the issue of External Audit. The Minister Ports & Shipping, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo assured the Committee that his Ministry will fully cooperate with the Sub-Committee and they are in the process of making an amendment in the law of KPT, which will make external audit binding on KPT on yearly basis. The Minister further added that the KPT will be needing the backing of the Standing Committee to get the KPT land vacated from encroachers and Land Mafia.
3.The meeting was attended by the Members (MNAs) namely, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Mr. Khalil George, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, Mr. Mohammad Salman Khan Baloch, Mr. Mohammad Jamal-ud-Din, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Secretary, M/o Ports & Shipping, Chairman KPT and other senior officers from the ministry attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Meets - October 18, 2016

NA Committee on Information to Summon TV Channels for Airing Baseless Allegations Against Public Office Holders
 
Islamabad; October 18, 2016: Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has decided to summon TV license holders, anchor persons and editorial staff of TV channels, “92 News” and “Channel 24 News” on airing baseless allegations against public office holders and members of the Parliament in its next meeting. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in Parliament House this afternoon.
 
The Committee, while discussing airing of baseless and false allegations against public office holders and members of the Parliament on TV Channels, had a consensus that no one should be allowed to cast accusations without any documentary evidence. The Committee was also of the view that PEMRA had failed to exercise its role as effective electronic media regulator. The members of the Committee observed that PEMRA should have taken stern actions against anchor persons and TV Channels for broadcasting such nefarious allegations and making mockery of chosen representatives that depicts their mala fide intentions.
 
Chairman PEMRA informed the Committee that PEMRA had forwarded complaints received against above mentioned TV anchorpersons to its Council of Complaints and the proceedings were in progress. The news channels have been repeatedly cautioned to abide by the PEMRA code of conduct, however, few channels have failed to comply with instructions against which necessary actions have been initiated. He suggested that the Parliamentary Committees were supreme and had the inherent powers to summon the violators. Therefore, the Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage may summon TV license holders, anchor persons and editorial staff of TV channels Channel 92 and Channel 24 News for airing baseless allegations, he added.
 
Later, the Standing Committee directed the M/o Information to complete consultation process with Media organizations for their input and submit draft of the “Media Protection and Welfare Bill” after institution of PFUJ. The Director General M/o Information apprised the committee that the process of consultation could not be completed due to postponement of elections of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists that would be held as per latest information in January 2017.
 
The meeting was attended by MNAs, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan and other senior officers of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - October 18, 2016

Islamabad, the 18th October, 2016: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee discussed the progress of different Hydro Power Project including Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project, Chitral Hydel Power Station and Golan Gol Hydro Power Project and directed the concerned authorities to ensure their completion within scheduled timeframe.

The Committee was informed that the Lowari Tunnel and Neelum Jhelum Transmission lines will be completed by the mid of next year. It was also informed that the PC-I of Bridge connecting Kallur Kot to D.I. Khan will be completed by December, 2016.

MNAs, Ch.Jaffar Iqbal, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Rabaira, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Shazia Farid, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms Asyia Nasir, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, Ministry of Water & Power and M/o Communications.                                                             
 


NA Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources meets - October 17, 2016

17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today in the Parliament House - October 14, 2016

Islamabad, the 14th October, 2016:    The 17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today at 11:30 a.m. in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA.

 

2.         The Committee was giving briefing on step taken by the Ministry of Railways for the retrieval of Pakistan Railways’ land from illegal occupants. It was informed that 3550.974 acres of Pakistan Railways’ land have been retrieved from illegal occupants.

 

3.         The Committee was also given briefing on recent Railways accidents. It was informed that the 60% of the accidents were caused due to unmanned level crossing, unauthorized Railways crossing and manned level crossing. In order to ensure the safety of trains operations, Pakistan Railways had conducted a joint venture surveys for the up-gradations of existing unmanned level crossing in collaboration with Provincial and Local District Governments.  The Committee recommended that the proper steps may taken by the Ministry to avoid these type of incidents in future.

 

4.         The Committee also decided to appoint a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA to examine the encroachment of Railways’ Land in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 

5.          Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Railways.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets today - October 14, 2016

Islamabad; October 14, 2016, Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair.

The Committee discussed “Third Party Audit on Account of People Works Programme-II for the period 2008-13” and expressed concern that office of the Auditor General of Pakistan was unable to finalize the audit report despite the lapse of considerable period. The Committee, therefore, directed that the said report may be finalized within 30 days of the meeting under intimation to this secretariat so that culprits could be penalized accordingly.

The Committee discussed the performance of SNGPL, LESCO & PWD and expressed strong displeasure over the slow pace of development work as the concerned authorities were unable to complete the development schemes within prescribed time frame. The Committee took serious notice for providing the wrong facts and figures about the completion of development schemes by the LESCO and directed that LESCO may provide complete detail of development schemes of Punjab especially District Kasur in the next meeting.

The Committee discussed the issues of overbilling, theft of electricity & line losses and directed that WAPDA may take stringent measures to overcome such issues in order to reduce the duration of load shedding. The Committee recommended that WAPDA may introduce the prepaid meters to overcome the issues of overbilling and theft of electricity etc.

The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA, Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms.Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA,  Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddique, MNA and movers of the bill and Secretaries of Cabinet Division, and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met in the Parliament House today - October 14, 2016

The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met in the Parliament House today i.e 14th October, 2016 at 02:30 pm in Committee Room No. 07 under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA, according to the following agenda:

 i). Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting of the Committee held on 19-07-2016.

ii). “The Elections Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2014 [Amendment of sections 49 and Insertion of new section 51A, Act LXXXV of 1976] [Amendment of section 13, C.E Order No. 18 of 2002] [Insertion of new section 7C, C.E Order No. 1 of 2002]” (Moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA).

iii). “The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of section 29]” (Moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA)

iv). Discussion about the enhancement of the salaries of the Parliamentarians, as already promised by the Federal Minister for Finance in his budget closing speech.

v). Discussion to clarify the confusion about the use of air ticket, for Parliamentarian families and dependents.

 

The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 19-07-2016.

Agenda item No. ii deferred due to the absence of Honorable Mover. The Committee members were apprised by the Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan with regard to the proposed amendment in section 29, 51 of ROPA. He said that 190000 persons are disabled in the country as per NADRA record, whom NADRA has issued special Identity Cards with symbol of disability. He added that draft unified laws has been proposed by the Sub Committee on electoral reforms in this regard wherein, the disable persons may be given right to use postal ballot in an election with the criteria that a person having any disability, which would be shown in his/her CNIC issued by NADRA. Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA mover of the Bill requested the Committee that subject Bill may be pended till the finalization of electoral reforms unified laws.

2.         The Committee members were informed by the Secretary, Civil Aviation that PIA staff has already been directed for providing facility to use the air tickets for Parliamentarian’s families and dependents. However, it was unanimously decided that honorable Parliamentarians will furnish their request on personal letterhead.

3.      While considering the matter with regard to enhancement of salaries, the Committee members were apprised by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance & Revenue. He said that Finance Division has already moved a summary for the Cabinet, suggesting further rationalization through upward revision of basic pays of the public Representatives/ Parliamentarians. However, the decision of the Cabinet is still awaited in this regard. The Members of the Committee were of the opinion that members salaries package should be considered according to the warrant of precedent, column 16. After detailed discussion on the matter the Committee recommended to Ministry of Finance to expedite the matter with Cabinet Division for an early response.

4.         Meeting was attended by Sardar Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Arifa Khalid, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Ms. Saman Sultana Jafri, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan (Mover), MNAs and besides senior officers from Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, ECP, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Law.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets today - October 13, 2016

Islamabad, 13th October, 2016: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 11:00 am in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.

1.         ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS MOVED BY MR. S.A IQBAL QUADRI, MNA

The Hon. Chairman Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhry and the other Members of the Committee unanimously adopted/approved the amendments in Rule 169 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 moved by Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri, MNA.

2.            PROVISION OF HAJJ RECORD BEFORE THE COMMITTEE

On the Question of Privilege raised by Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA regarding non-obtaining of Hajj Visa by the Ministry of Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony for the Hon. Member, the Committee directed the Ministry to provide the relevant record pertaining to Hajj, of this year. The Hon. Chairman Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhry and the other Members of the Committee also decided to invite the Hon. Federal Minister and Minister of State on Religious Affairs in its next meeting.   

3.            CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE, PIAC TO ENSURE THEIR PRESENCE IN THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE

On the Question of Privilege raise by Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA regarding alleged misbehavior of Ms. Nuzhat, Air Hostess of PIA in Air Bus PK-734, on 16th August, 2016 with the Hon. Member while his travelling from Paris to Lahore, the Hon. Chairman Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhry and other Members of the Committee expressed their displeasure about the wrong reply submitted by PIA and pened the issue till its next meeting with the direction that a strict action would be taken against those who have submitted such reply before the Committee.

4.            The Committee unanimously disposed of the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch, MNA regarding misbehavior of Mr. Arbab Anas, Manager (H.R), Karachi  Port Trust (KPT) with the Hon. Member and non-attendance of his telephone calls by Chairman, KPT, subject to submission of written apology by the Ministry.

5.            The Committee pended the Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Shazia Sobia, MNA regarding non-attending the meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights on 29th & 30th August, 2016 at Lahore by Justice ® Ali Nawaz Chuhan, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) despite the fact that he had committed to attend the said meetings. The Committee also expressed its displeasure against one of the Officer of NHRC who came in the meeting without any invitation.  The Hon. Chairman Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhry and the other Members of the Committee also directed the Chairman Human Rights Commission to give a detailed report about the performance of the Commission. The Committee also expressed its displeasure regarding increasing trend of Human Organs Transplantation in Pakistan and directed the Ministry to provide the detail of such cases dealt by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

6.            The Committee also pended the Question of Privilege of Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, MNA regarding usage of abusive language by Mr. Jameel Ahmed Jameel, ADCG, Administrator Baldia, Rahim Yar Khan with the Hon. Member.

7.         The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 20-9-2016.

8.            The Committee also adopted the report of the Sub-Committee regarding two Question of Privilege against Sindh Police, moved by Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Shirazi, MNA.

9.            The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanan Khail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr.Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Ms.Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNAs/Movers. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA/Chairman Standing Committee on Human Rights as a Special Invitee.


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Meets - October 6, 2016

BRIEFING BY THE FOREIGN SECRETARY TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS ABOUT THE PREVAILING GROUND SITUATION REGARDING THE KASHMIR DISPUTE.

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was briefed by the Foreign Secretary Mr. Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Pakistan India relations in current situations, latest Indian aggression along Line of Control (LoC) and postponement of Islamabad SAARC Summit, during the meeting held today in the Parliament House Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA.

2. After the recitation of the holy Quran, the Chairman welcomed the Committee Members particularly Dr. Nafisa Shah who replaced Dr. Fehmida Mirza and was attending the Committee meeting for the first time. Later, the Chairman also read out the agenda and then deferred the agenda item No.I (The Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013) in the next Committee meeting as the mover Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA was not present. He further apprised the Committee about the prevailing ground situation regarding the Kashmir dispute and asked the Foreign Secretary to give a comprehensive account of latest official version of the Foreign Office’s on remaining agenda.

3. The Foreign Secretary informed the Committee in detail about the atrocities committed by the Indian Armed Forces from the last three months in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and actions taken by the Government of Pakistan so far including the speech of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to United Nations General Assembly, progress on the initiative of the PM regarding sending of Special Envoys to different countries, decision of the last Cabinet meeting on Kashmir, unanimous resolution issued by heads of the Parliamentary Leaders in the Prime Minister Secretariat last week and deliberation of the Joint sitting of the Parliament. While replying a question regarding postponement of SAARC summit in Islamabad he assured that such move by India is not tantamount to Pakistan regional and global isolation. 

4. The Members raised a number of questions and also shared their experiences during their visit abroad and meetings with different parliamentarians, important government functionaries, think tanks and Pakistani Kashmiri Diaspora. The Chairman also highlighted his visit to Geneva and concrete initiatives taken by the United Nations Human Rights Commission while issuing a statement regarding sending of fact finding mission to the both sides of the Line of Control by the High Commissioner of Human Rights Commission which is considered an excellent achievement on diplomatic front for Pakistan. Further, the Chairman also reminded the Committee about the recommendations made by this Committee on Pakistan-India relations a few months back which was also sent to Ministry of Foreign Affairs for implementation. But the Chairman regretted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not taken it seriously otherwise we can avoid some of the issues being confronted by the country right now. He also said that the Committee will again recommend some suggestion like water diplomacy as well as a need to conduct as study/assessment to manage damage control strategy  in case India revoke unilaterally Indus river water treaty.

5. The Members who attended the meeting are: Mr. Muhammad Asim Nazir, Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization - October 5, 2016

41st meeting of the Standing Committees on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 5th October, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

i. Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 08-09-2016.
ii. Consideration of “The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. V of 2016) (Govt. Bill)
iii. Consideration of “ The Limited Liability Partnership Bill, 2016” (Govt. Bill)
iv. Consideration of “The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001) (Govt. Bill).
v. Consideration of “The General Statistics (Reorganization) (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Moved by Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNA)
vi. Discussion on the proposal regarding differential of Income Tax between Commercial Importers and Industrial Importers.
vii. Briefing by the Chairman, FBR regarding Tax imposition and its implementations on real estate transactions in the light of amendments made in the Finance Bill, 2016-17.
viii. Discussion on replies by the FBR in last meeting of the Committee regarding National Revenue Collection (NRC).
ix.  Briefing by the Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Chairman, Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) on Panama Papers issue and actions taken in this regard. 

2. The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 08-09-2016.  The Committee considered the “The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. V of 2016)”. Chairman, FBR briefed the Committee about the salient features of the said Bill. He said that in order to provide parity between conventional TFCs and shariah compliant companies the Bill has proposed to grant similar tax concessions and incentives to the shariah compliant companies. He added that The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. V of 2016) sub-section (4) was inserted in section 236C by providing exemption from the application of this section to the dependents of Shaheeds belonging to Pakistan Armed Forces and those who die, while in the service of the Pakistan Armed Forces or Federal and provincial governments. He further stated as the language of this sub-section was misinterpreted and intended scope was being enlarged. Therefore, it is proposed to redraft this sub-section as to clearly manifest the intended scope of this provision. After detailed discussion the Committee recommended that “The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. V of 2016)” may be passed by the National Assembly.

3. The Committee considered the “The Limited Liability Partnership Bill, 2016” and recommended that said Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. The Committee also considered the “The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001). Chairman, FBR apprised the Committee about the main purposes of the Bill. He said that prior to Finance Act, 2016; fair market value for the purpose of probing the source of investment in acquisition immovable property was determined by the Commissioner. After number of the meetings with business community and various associations of realtors, Pakistan Federation Chambers of Commerce and industries and Chambers of Commerce of all four provinces it was agreed that instead of valuation to be made by approved valuers of State Bank of Pakistan. The FBR will notify fair market valuation table itself after consultation all stake holders. The Members were of the opinion that principally it was a good decision by the government. However, the Committee Members have shown their concern about the valuation procedure proposed by the government.
Therefore, it was decided by the Committee that the Honorable Members will send their recommendations for onward submission to FBR, and FBR will revisit the Bill, accordingly. The Committee also decided that said Bill would be considered in its next meeting. The Committee decided that all stakeholders will be invited in the meeting.

4. The Committee deferred agenda item No. (v), above due to the absence of Honorable Mover. While considering the proposal regarding differential of income tax between commercial importers and industrial importer. The Committee unanimously recommended the subject proposal and directed FBR for further necessary action in this regard. The Committee deferred agenda (viii), above.

5. The Chairman, FBR briefed the Committee about the Panama Papers issue and actions taken in this regard. He clearly stated that the main role of FBR was to moniter the matter whether the tax has been paid on the income and transaction of funds by the citizens of Pakistan or not? He told the Committee that FBR has taken some important measures with regard to the investigation on Panama issue. He said that Directorate General of Custom Intelligence was given a task to investigate the matter. Director General, Custom Intelligence informed the Committee that certain constraints were there before starting the subject assignment, because incomplete information was published by media. However, 444 cases were found by custom intelligence, accordingly FBR have investigated and traced 303 addresses. Later on, notices were issued under income tax section 176, Ordinance, 2001, to these 303 individuals asking about different information. However, FBR has received 94 responses in this regard, so far. Chairman, FBR ensured the Committee that FBR will do its job with devotion and honestly without any discrimination.

6. The Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) have shown its concern about the media news, wherein the integrity of the institutions has been targeted by some politicians. Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Member of the Committee has shown its displeasure about the statement given by the Chairman, SECP. Mr. Godil was of the firm opinion that Chairman, SECP should disclose the name of politicians.

7. The Chairman, SECP informed the Committee that SECP has provided required information to FBR about the companies registered with SECP. He said that SECP was regulator for inland companies only and SECP have no concerned with foreign companies. SECP has been issued the directions to the local companies for providing the details of their companies registered abroad in the name of same directors. The Deputy Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) informed the Committee that SBP has no role with regard to the Panama Papers.

6. Meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, MNAs and besides senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, SECP, SBP. 


Standing Committee on Law and Justice Met Today - October 5, 2016

Islamabad, the 5th October, 2016:   The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to consider The Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2016, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 224A] (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 77] (Moved by Mr.Sajid Ahmed, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 106] (Moved by Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNA) and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 51, in clause (6)] (Moved by Ms.Asiya Nasir, MNA).

2. The Committee recommended to approve the Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2016 with the object to make the Commission more powerful conferring the powers under Code of Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure Code. Moreover, the protection of action taken in good faith to the Commission or any member had also been given under the law.

3. The meeting was attended by MNAs Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Sardar Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Ms. Kiran Haider, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch and Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri. Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA/Mover of the Bill and Mr.Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice were also present in the meeting.


Parliamentary Committee on appointment of the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women meets - October 5, 2016

For National Commission on the Status of Women, Ms. Khawar Mumtaz has been confirmed for appointment as its Chairperson during a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on appointment of the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women, chaired by Ms. Tahmina Daultana MNA, on 05th October, 2016 at 02:30 p.m. in Parliament House, Islamabad.

2. The Agenda before the Committee was to hear and confirm the nominations received from the Prime Minister of Pakistan for appointment of Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women.

3. The Chairperson briefed the Committee with reference to nominations made by the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan in consultation with the Leader of the Opposition.

4. The Committee having discussed and considered the nominations, with consensus confirmed the name of Ms. Khawar Mumtaz for appointment as the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women. The Committee decided that the name of Ms. Khawar Mumtaz may be forwarded to the Honourable Prime Minister for her appointment as the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of
Women.


Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today - October 3, 2016

The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to consider The Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2016, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 {Insertion of new Proviso in Article 92 in clause (1)} (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of Article 11) (moved by Ms. Nafessa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA).

The Committee recommended to approve the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 moved by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak and Asad umer Members of the National Assembly as a Private Members Bill for amending Article 11 to raise the age limit for child employment from fourteen to sixteen. However, the Committee did not recommend to approve the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 Insertion of new Proviso in Article 92 in clause (1), moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA regarding the fixation of 17% quota of women in Cabinet among the women members of Parliament.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri and Movers of the Bills Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak.


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - September 29, 2016

Islamabad, 29th September, 2016: The Standing Committee on Human Rights met today in Committee Room 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA to consider the following agenda:-

i)          Confirmation of minutes of the meeting held on 19th September, 2016.

            ii)         To review the existing law of Human Organ Transplant.

            iii)        Any other item with permission of the Chair.

 2.        The Standing Committee on Human Rights commenced its proceeding with recitation from the Holy Quran. As the Ministry of Human Rights started its briefing on the agenda item, the Committee was informed that the sitting of the House had been withhold due to lack of quorum therein. In accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business 1973, the Committee was compiled to suspend its proceeding for ten minutes. Its remained suspended for more than an hour. Therefore, as the House adjourned its sitting, the Chairman, Standing Committee on Human Rights came in the meeting and announced that meeting of the Standing Committee had been postponed and its next date will be announced later on.

 3.        MNAs Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar and Munaza Hassan attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Textile Industry met today - September 27, 2016

Islamabad, 27th September, 2016: A meeting of the Standing Committee on Textile Industry was held today in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting was chaired by Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, MNA. The Committee discussed the following Agenda:-

i)                   Presentation of the Sub-Committee Report to the main Committee on the issue of Value Added Textile Association.

ii)                 Detailed briefing on Plastics Technology Centre (PTC).

iii)              Implementation status of recommendations made during the meeting of this Committee held on 2nd June, 2015, regarding Cotton Intervention Price.

2.         The Agenda item no. 1 mentioned above, was deferred by the Committee as the Hon. Convener of the Sub-committee concerned could not present his report.

3.         The Director PTC briefed the Committee in detail about the issues being faced by his organization, referred to in Agenda No. ii mentioned above. The Committee, in response, assured its full support to resolve all its issues. Therefore, in order to find a better solution of the issue the Committee directed the Secretary Textile Industry to personally visit the PTC. Consequent upon submission of the report of the Secretary, the Committee will visit the PTC at a later stage. Further, in this regard, the Committee directed the Director PTC to take all stakeholders on-board and consider their recommendations.

4.         The Committee deferred the Agenda item no. iii till its next meeting. In which, the representatives of other important divisions like, Food Security and Research, Finance, Commerce, TCP, and Agriculture Departments of Sindh and the Punjab.

The following members of the Committee attended the meeting; Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, and Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, MNAs.


Parliamentary Committee briefed on security and role of Ministry of Commerce on CPEC: Government urged to settle TOR issue soon - September 26, 2016

Islamabad, September 26th, 2016:  Parliamentary Committee on CPEC met today under the Chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed.  The Committee was briefed by the Ministry of Interior on security of CPEC and the various steps that the Government has taken to protect Chinese nationals and Chinese project under the CPEC.  The Committee was informed that a 15,000 dedicated strong force, comprising over 9000 regular soldiers of the Pakistan Army plus 6000 personnel of the para-military force would comprise the Special Security Division (SSD) that has been entrusted with the duty of protection of Chinese personnel and projects under the CPEC. Ministry of Interior further informed SSD is not a standalone arrangement. It is interlocked with Provincial Police. All provincial governments were called by the Federal Government on terms of deployment of SSD. The Parliamentary Committee conveyed its concerns on delay on the issue and strongly recommended the government urgently to convene a meeting of all provincial governments for the finalization of Terms of References (TORs) of SSD on priority basis.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed also presented the report of the Parliamentary Committee’s visit to Gilgit-Baltistan and said that Gilgit-Baltistan is the entry point of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor from the Chinese province of Xinjiang into Gilgit-Baltistan.  Hence, Gilgit-Baltistan must be given top priority in promoting development in various sectors in Gilgit-Baltistan.  In this context, the Chairman directed that a meeting would be especially held by the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC on Gilgit-Baltistan issue where the Chief Minister, Gilgit-Baltistan will be invited to interact with the Ministry of Planning and Development so that projects of Gilgit-Baltistan on CPEC are pushed swiftly and substantially.

Briefing the Committee on role of Ministry of Commerce, the Additional Secretary, Policy and Planning, informed the Ministry is negotiating Phase-II, China-Pak Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) which covers goods, services and investments. Using Pakistan China FTA Phase-II, the Tariff Reduction Modality (TRM) can be linked with guided investment from China into the manufacturing sector in CPEC. There have been various efforts at investments from China in auto, textiles and electronics in Pakistan. FAW Dongfeng group is manufacturing pickups and vans. They have also set up a new plant to manufacture 1300 cc cars. Haier is assembling laptops and mobile phones. There is also a new joint venture in knitwear in Faisalabad, the first in the textile sector from China. Pakistan has to position itself to attract investment from China in labour intensive sectors e.g textiles, garments, foot wares and paper, as rising labour costs have lead to decline in China’s competitiveness.

Responding to the different queries and questions regarding Survey Report on Wind Power Generation Capacity in Baluchistan and KPK, the representative of Ministry of Water and Power stated that Alternative Energy Development Board has boosted the efforts on the already taken steps and measures for the development of wind and solo energy in the subject provinces. Wind and solar resource assessment is already being carried out in Baluchistan and KPK along-with the others part of the country through Energy Sector Management assistance programmes of the world bank. Under the programme a total of 12 wind measuring masts are being installed in different parts of the country where potential for wind power generation has been identified through satellite data analysis so that renewable energy projects can be promoted.

The Secretary Planning also briefed the Parliamentary Committee on the vsit to China of the Ministers for Planning and Development and Railways who are there to prepare a comprehensive plan for the up-gradation and dualisation of Pakistan railways as part of CPEC from Karachi to Peshawar with the project being worth for 8 billion dollars.

The meeting was attended by its members, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, MNA, Dr. Ibadullah, MNA, Mr. Ghous Bux Mahar, MNA Mr. Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, MNA, Senator Sardar Fateh Muhammad Hassani, Senator Lt. Gen. (Retd) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Talha Mehmood, Senator Shibli Faraz and Secretary of the Committee, Mr. Khalid Mahmood.


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - September 26, 2016

Islamabad; September 26, 2016: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 36th Session of the National Assembly.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 36th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 7th October, 2016.

The meeting was attended by the Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law & Justice, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination, Sheik Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs/Chief whip of Pakistan Muslim League (N), MNAs; Mr. Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan and Sheikh Salahuddin, Maulana Muhamad Khan Sherani, Al-Hajj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, and  Sahibzada Tariq Ullah Khan.


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication - September 26, 2016

Islamabad, 26th September 2016: The 22nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

2. The Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication briefed regarding taxation on Telecom Sector and proposal. The Minister of State stated that the Companies including the telecommunication Companies had to file their annual income tax return declaring their net income/receipt. The rate of income tax applicable for Corporate Sector is 32% for tax year 2016, 31% for tax year 2017 and 30% for tax year 2018.

3. She informed that Telecom Sector is one of the highest with holding agent on behalf of Federal Government and collect With Holding Tax @14% from Customer at the time of recharge of scratch card or easy load.   

4. At present certain legal issues arising from income tax assessment of Telecom Sector are pending with Supreme Court. She further described that Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication had decided that a five hundred beds hospital will be constructed at Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP) to provide medical treatment facilities/incentives for the workers/labours of the TIP.

5. The Committee further recommended that all Cellular Companies may develop and to provide all necessary facilities to the respective areas where service of Cellular Companies are available.    

6. The Hon. MNAs/Member Major (Retd) Tahir Iqbal, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Shazia Marri attended the meeting besides the Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication and the Chairman PTA along with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Defence Producation meets - September 22, 2016

The Standing Committee on Defence Production met in the Parliament House today, the 22nd September, 2016, in Committee Room No. 7, at 02:00 p.m under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA, regarding to discuss the role of Directorate General Procurement, (Army).

2.     The Committee members were informed by the Ministry of Defence Production & Ministry of Defence about irrelevancy of the role of Director General Army with MoDP. The Committee members were informed by the representative of MOD that DG (Army) was working directly under the supervision of Chief of Army Staff. 

3.    The Committee unanimously welcomed the marvelous speech delivered by the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan in United Nation, highlighted the issue of occupied Kashmir and Kashmiris sacrifices for independency of Kashmir according to the UN resolutions. The Committee members were of the opinion that it would be a enormous message to the Indian Prime Minister and Indian Nation.

 4.    The Committee unanimously appreciated the role of General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), being an excellent and outstanding Commander of Pakistan Army. The Committee admired the commitment of Pakistan Army and his efforts towards peace process in the Country. Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, Chairman of the Committee said that Pakistani nation and all political parties are behind the Pakistan Army and Chief of Army Staff against Indian belligerence on line of control (LOC) without any political differences. Committee members strongly supported/seconded the statement of the Chairman. Non-Muslim members of the Committee give their message to India that “PAKISTANI SOIL IS MOTHER OF ALL NON-MUSLIMS AND EVERY ONE KNOWS HOW TO PROTECT AND RESPECT THE MOTHER” The Committee members were of the opinion that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be the back bone of Pakistan economy, in future.

 5.    The Committee decided that Committee will pay its visit to MEMORIAL OF SHAUDHA OF PAKISTAN ARMY, shortly at GHQ Rawalpindi. The Committee directed to MoDP for making necessary arrangements in this regard.

 6.     Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Chudhary Hamid Hameed, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Ms. Asyia Nasir MNAs, besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and Directorate General Procurement, (Army).


NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today - September 21, 2016

Islamabad, 21st September, 2016: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee discussed the issue of safe return of the families of South Waziristan and North Waziristan Agencies who fled to Afghanistan during Zarb-e-Azb in detail. After detailed discussion the Committee strongly recommended to the Federal Government to take immediate steps and ensure the safe return of the said families. The Committee also discussed the issue of non-provision of tents to the Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) of South Waziristan Agency and urged the quarters concerned to provide the tents to the said TDPs on emergency basis before starting the winter season. It was also pointed out during meeting that Jandola Bazar and houses of the bhettani tribe were completely destroyed during operation against the terrorists by the security agencies but the property owners had not been compensated and registered by the quarters concerned. The Committee strongly recommended to the FATA Secretariat and FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) to carry out re-survey for identification of the affected areas of FR Tank and other FRs and compensate the affected families and treat them as TDPs.  

2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Mrs. Suriya Jatoi, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Ms. Ayesha Gulalai, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Mr. Nasir Khan, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din and Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - September 21, 2016

Karachi September 21, 2016: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat was held in Conference Room of PIA Headquarters, Karachi this afternoon with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee appreciated the performance of the PIA however, directed the management of PIA to take  stringent measures to compete with other international airlines by offering various incentives to passengers so that they prefer to fly with PIA.

The committee also directed the PIA to reduce the fare of air tickets specially of International flights and provide better services at aeroplane in order to grab more business. The Committee also directed that PIA may give comprehensive briefing regarding the improvement made by the present management for the revival of PIA in order to make it profitable organization. Therefore the Committee deferred the issue till next morning for further discussion.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Syed Javed Ali Shah, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ms. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Mr. Roshan Din Junejo, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulvi Agha Muhammad and other senior officers of PIA and CAA.
 


NA Standing Committee on Water and Power met today - September 21, 2016

Islamabad, 21st September, 2016: Standing Committee on Water and Power met under the Chairmanship of Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNA to discuss the following Agenda:-
 

i)                    Confirmation of minutes of the meeting held on 25-07-2016.

ii)                  Presentation of the report of the Sub-Committee constituted on the issue of performance of DISCOs of Sindh;

iii)                Comprehensive briefing on Indus River System Authority (IRSA);

iv)                 Ministry to brief the Committee on all types of energy development Schemes/Projects (Hydel, Solar, Wind, Coal etc) underway in the country.

v)                   Comprehensive briefing by the Alternative Energy Development Board on the projects under taken by the Board from 2013 to enhance the production of electricity in the country, their date of commencement, present status and expected date of completion.

vi)                 Present status of development Projects/Schemes of National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC).

The Committee adopted the Report of the sub-committee on “the performance of Disco’s of Sindh” and expressed its concern over the non-cooperative attitude of the HESCO & SEPCO. The Committee directed the ministry to address the issues of sub-committee and submit its compliance report within 15 days.

The Committee also constituted a sub-committee on the issues pertaining to HESCO and SEPCO with following composition.

i)                    Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur                                           Convener

ii)                  Ghulam Mustafa Shah                                                                    Member

iii)                Syed Kazim Ali Shah                                                                       Member

iv)                 Syed Muhammad Waseem                                                           Member

The Minister took notice of the Forced Load-shedding of electricity in some DISCOs and directed the management to report the Committee regarding the matter and also ensure the Committee that strict action should be taken against the responsible. The Committee also directed the Ministry to eliminate the factor of overbilling in order to facilitate the individual consumer.

The Committee directed the management of IRSA to give approved share of water to each province in order to escape the element of discrimination amongst the provinces.

The Committee was briefly apprised the Committee about different power projects of (Hydel, Solar, Wind, Coal etc) which was initiated by the present Government to overcome the shortfall of the electricity. The Committee directed the ministry to complete their ongoing projects within stipulated time period.

MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd). Ghulam Rasoo. Sahi, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Malik Ghulam Rabbani Khar, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, Syed Kazim Ali Shah and Dr. Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges meets today - September 20, 2016

Islamabad, 20th September, 2016: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 11:00 am in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA.

1.         DISPLEASURE REGARDING BANKS POLICIES FOR NOT ISSUING THE CREDIT CARDS AND LOANS TO THE HON. PARLIAMENTARIANS.

On the Question of Privileges raised by Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Ms. Shazia Marri, MNAs, the Committee expressed its displeasure on the policies of Banks for not issuing the credit cards/loans to the Hon. Parliamentarians and directed the Secretary M/o Finance and Governor, State Bank of Pakistan to submit a report of the cases relating to the rejections/refusal of applications of credit cards/loans to the Hon. Parliamentarians, civil servants and Lt. Generals within fifteen days.

2.            DISPLEASURE ON THE OVERALL ROLE, PLAYED BY SECRETARY, WORKERS WELFARE FUND

On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Tahir Iqbal, MNA the Committee expressed its displeasure on the role of Mr. Qasim Khan, Secretary, Worker’s Welfare Fund and directed him to give a detailed report on the said issue to the Committee, in its next meeting. The Committee also directed that Secretary M/o Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development should ensure to attend the next meeting of the Committee.

3.            UN-PARLIAMENTARY WORDS EXPUNGED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE

On the Question of Privilege of Dr.Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA, the Hon. Chairman of Privilege Committee expunged the un-parliamentary words used by the Hon. Mover against the Additional Secretary, M/o, Water & Power/Managing Director (PEPCO) and directed the Secretary of Water & Power to ensure his attendance in the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee also expressed its displeasure against the attitude of Addl. Secretary/M.D (PEPCO) for leaving the Committee Room during the course of discussion of the said agenda item. The Committee also directed to obtain views of M/o Law and Justice on the said Question of Privilege.

4.            FIA SHOULD TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE PERSONS WHO GIVE DISINFORMATIONS / FALSE NEWS AGAINST THE HON. PARLIAMENTARIANS.

On the Question of Privilege of Ms. Ayesha Gulalai, MNA, the Committee directed the D.G, FIA to further investigate into the matter, trace out those persons who give disinformation/false news against the Hon. Parliamentarians and take action against them and report to the Committee within thirty days.

5.            CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (PIAC) SHOULD PROVIDE THE VIDEO RECORDING TO       THE COMMITTEE.                                                                                                                                                               

On the Question of Privilege of Ch.Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA, the Committee directed the CEO, PIAC to provide the video recording pertaining to the issue of theft of valuable things of the Hon. Member in its next meeting of the Committee.

6.            The Committee unanimously disposed off the Question of Privilege moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan,   MNA against Chief Executive Officer PESCO, Peshawer and the Question of Privilege of Mr.Najaf Abbas Sial, MNA against Mr. Aqleem Hussain Luk, Superintendent, Post Office Jhang.

7.         The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 25-8-2016.

8.            The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Khadim Hussain,Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr.Muhammad Raza Hayyat Harraj, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanan Khail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr.Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Ms.Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri and Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Ch.Tahir Iqbal and Ms.Naeema Kishwar Khan, Ms. Ayesha Galalai and Dr. Shireen Mehurnnisa Mazari, MNAs/Movers.


12th meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - September 19, 2016

Islamabad, September 19th 2016; 12th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from Holy Quran. The Committee offered “FATEHA” of the martyrs (recently killed) in the different terrorist attacks in Pakistan. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.

3.      Agenda Item No. i; “Confirmation of minutes of last meetings held on 29th & 30th August, 2016”. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its two previous meetings held on 29th & 30th August, 2016.

4.       Agenda item No. ii; To consider “The Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace (Amendment) Bill, 2014” {Amendments of Section 1,2,3,4,7,10,11 & Schedule, Act IV of 2010} [moved by Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNA] ”.  With the majority of votes; the Committee constituted a Sub-Committee to review/consider three pending Bills as mentioned in agenda item (ii), (iii) and (iv).

5.      Agenda item No. v; “To discuss the projects of protection and promotion of Human Rights especially those being run by the NGOs in the country”. The Economic Affairs Division (EAD)’s representative briefed the Committee about working of NOGs. But the Committee did not satisfied with the given briefing and directed the Ministry of Human Right to arrange a meeting in next month, in which the heads of main donors of NGOs and heads of main NGOs might be invited. Further, Ministry of Finance, Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund must be attended that meeting. Further; the Committee directed EAD to provide all Donors/ NGOs record (i.e. from where they are getting funds, what are their tasks and where they are working in Pakistan) to the Committee. This record should be reached to all Hon. Members of the Committee one week before the upcoming expected date of the meeting.

6.     Agenda item No. (vi); “Any other item with permission of the Chair”. The Committee showed its displeasure for not attending the 10th and 11th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights held in Lahore on 29th and 30th Aug, 2016 by the Chairman, National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), although he was invited in afore said meeting notice and aforesaid meeting/visit was scheduled after his consultation. The Committee unanimously decided to move privilege motion against the Chairman NCHR. The Committee also discussed the appointments in lower grades recently made in NCHR. Consequently; the Committee directed NCHR not to take any official visit abroad in future without the approval of the Ministry of Human Rights.

7.      The Hon. MNAs/Members/Mover Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai and Ms. Asiya Nasir were attended the meeting besides the Secretary for Human Rights, Member NCHR, Joint Secretary (EAD), Deputy Draftsman, Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


31st Meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce of the National Assembly was held in Trade Development Authority of Pakistan Office (TDAP), Karachi - September 19, 2016

19th September, 2016: 31st Meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce  of the National Assembly was held in Trade Development Authority of Pakistan Office (TDAP),  Karachi under the Chairmanship of  Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA on the following Agenda :-

a)      Confirmation of minutes of previous meeting  held on 24th August, 2016

b)      Implementation status on the recommendations of the Standing Committee meetings held on 9-03-2015 and 28-08-2015 at Karachi.

c)      Meeting with representatives of Federation of Pakistan Chamber Commerce & Industries (FPCCI), Karachi.

The Committee Members were briefed by the Chairman, TDAP regarding its functioning and performance, according to the recommendations made by the Committee in its previous meetings. He said that TDAP has planned to launch 146 exhibitions during this year in different countries. The Committee emphasized that ladies delegations should be given priority in this regard. The Chairman TDAP, further informed the Committee that 100 delegations of traders have already been visited different countries in the world.

2.   Mr. S.M. Munir, Chairman TDAP informed the Committee about the problems being faced by the business community with regard to stop of income tax refunds and sales tax rebate by the Federal Board of Revenue.  Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Chairman of the Committee was of the opinion that TDAP should forward a request to Government of Pakistan for issuance of Money Bond against Income tax and Sales tax refund / rebate, etc .

3.   The Committee Members have shown their concerns about the performance of Commercial Attaches, appointed by the Government of Pakistan in different countries. The Committee Members were of the observations that they were not performing their duties efficiently. The Committee once again recommended to Ministry of Commerce for provision of detail list of the performance of Commercial Attaches.

4.   It was recommended by the Committee that TDAP will furnish a detail information regarding Dates Production in Khairpur District, Sindh and details of the Dryer plants and packing plants in said District. The Committee recommended that Ministry of       Commerce should resolve the issues of employment and vehicles of TDAP. The Committee recommended that awareness campaign   for presentations of exhibition items should be launched in Swat and rural areas in the country, before any International or National level exhibition.    

5.   The Chairman, TCP briefed the Committee about the implementation status on the recommendations of the Committee. He said that nominations for Board of Directors of TCP have been forwarded to Ministry of Commerce for further necessary action.   He also informed the Committee that investigation about sugar mills cases were under process with National Accountability Bureau, (NAB) and TCP was assisting NAB in this regard by provision of information/record from time to time.

6.   Acting President, FPCCI, informed the Committee about the problems being faced by the business community with regard to arbitration matters. He said that arbitration authority was changed by the government to Director General Trade Organization in 2013. The Committee strongly recommended that arbitration powers should be returned to FPCCI for smooth working. The Committee Members were also of the view that DGTO should be abolished, as such kind of  practice has been finished in developed countries of the world.

7.   The Committee decided that an exclusive meeting would be held, to discuss the geographical Indication Protection (under process law), 2001.

8.   The following Members attended the meeting Choudhry Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, MNA, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razaque Bhutto, MNA, Mr. Nasir Ahmed Bughio, MNA, Shazia Marri, MNA, Ms Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, MNA and Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA, besides Senior Officers from TDAP, TCP, FPCCI and Ministry of Commerce.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production meets - September 19, 2016

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, in Committee Room of Pakistan Machine Tools Factory (PMTF), Karachi and Committee Room of Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC).

The Standing Committee discussed regarding the working of Pakistan Machine Tools Factory (PMTF) and proposed plan of its management for turning around its performance. The Standing Committee recommended for third party evaluation about PMTF and also suggested to provide pension to the retried employees.

The Committee also visited the Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC), Karachi and discussed about the working of PIDC.

Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA.


40th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today - September 8, 2016

Islamabad: the 8th September, 2016: 40th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today, the 8th September, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

i.                    Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 24-08-2016.

ii.                  To consider “ The Limited Liability Partnership Bill, 2016” (Govt. Bill)

iii.                To consider “The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001) (Govt. Bil).

iv.                “The General Statistics (Reorganization) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Moved by Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNA)

v.                  Briefing by the Chairman, FBR regarding Tax imposition and its implementations on real estate transactions in the light of amendments made in the Finance Bill, 2016-17.

vi.                Briefing/replies from the Chairman, FBR regarding national revenue collection (NRC) as per the enclosed questionnaire.

vii.              Briefing by the Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) regarding differential of Income Tax between Commercial Importers and Industrial Importers.

viii.            Discussion on the recommendations of the Standing Committee with regard to zero rating sales tax on stationery items. 

The Committee Members were apprised by the senior representative of Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan about the main features of the Limited Liability Partnership Bill, 2016. He said that this Bill will provide a new form of business structure, which would fill the gap between business firms such as sole proprietorships and partnerships. He further stated that proposed law will also provide an alternative forum for business organizations, which has the flexibility of general partnership.
It was decided by the Committee that said Bill would be discussed in the next meeting of the Committee.

Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) briefed the Committee regarding differential of Income Tax between Commercial Importers and Industrial Importers. The Committee unanimously decided that a proposal in this regard would be forwarded to FBR for consideration on the matter.

While considering the zero rating sales tax on stationery items. It was recommended by the Committee that stationery association will send a comprehensive proposal to this Committee for onward submission to the FBR for its fruitful decision.

The Committee recommended that Panama Papers, etc. and other related issues would be discussed in the next meeting of the Standing Committee. It was also decided that FBR will brief the Committee regarding national revenue collection (NRC) as per the notice given by Committee. The Committee deferred the remaining agenda. 

Meeting was attended by Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din,  Mian Abdul Mannan, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, MNAs and besides senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue.  


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - September 2, 2016

Islamabad; September 2, 2016: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 35th Session of the National Assembly.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 35th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 9  September, 2016.

The meeting was attended by the Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law & Justice, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Fazal Chaudhary, Minister of State of Capital Administration and Development Division, MNAs; Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan and Sheikh Salahuddin.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice Meets - August 30, 2016

The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

Dr. Arif Alvi, MNA moved the resolution against the founder of MQM regarding passing the untoward remarks against the sovereignty of Pakistan. The Committee unanimously passed the resolution and condemned the remarks. The Committee recommended that the Government of Pakistan should forward plea to the UK Government against him.

The Committee considered the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2015 {Amendment of Order XVII rule 1 of 1908} (moved by Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA), the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2015 {Substitution of Section 89-A} (moved by Dr. Arif Alvi, MNA), the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2015 {Amendment of Section 33} (moved by Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNA), the constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 {Amendment of Article 175 of the constitution} (moved by Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, MNA) and the constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 {Insertion of new Article-19-B in the constitution } (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA) in detail.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Justice (Retd.) Iftikhar Ahmed Cheema, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Sardar Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Ms. Kiran Haider, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Dr. Arif Alvi, Ms. Aisha and Movers of the Bills Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali.
 


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development meets - August 30, 2016

Islamabad, the 30th August, 2016: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the Chairmanship of Mir Aamer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA.

The Minister for M/o Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development assured the committee that the issue of payments of 8500 Pakistani workers at Dammam KSA would be resolved at the end of September 2016. The committee recommended that,  the NICOP fee might be abolished or decreased to minimum level.

The Committee recommended that the M/o of Interior should resolve the issue of passport for the Overseas Pakistanis before the end of September, as the manual passport will be freeze internationally. The committee recommended that the M/o Foreign Affairs should take up the issue of registration of OEP licenses with Saudi Embassy.

The committee approved unanimously the Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2016 moved by Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, MNA. This amendment aims to make it compulsory for the factories to provide day care centers to the children of female workers.

Ch. Abid Raza, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms.Shagufta Jumani, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Sheikh Salahuddin, Mr. Nasir Khan, Ms. Aliya Kamaran, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Ms Shakila Khalid Luqman  Ms Asiya Naz Tanoli MNAs and Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & HRD attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.  
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - August 30, 2016

Lahore, August 30th 2016; 11th meeting/visit of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA. The Committee reached Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore at 11.30 am.

2.        Agenda item No i:  To meet the prisoners to determine the Human Rights conditions and the financial needs of the convicts to assist them in the deposit of the amounts of the fines and “Diyet” to enable the release of deserving persons.

          With permission of the Chair; Kot Lakhpat administration was given detail briefing about the Jail to the Committee.  Then the Committee visited different sections of the Jail and met the different types of prisoners. The Committee satisfied with the given facilities to the prisoners in Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore and directed Jail administration for making all Jails of Punjab Province as well as Pakistan should be maintained as per International Standard. The Committee also given following directions:-

       i.      If a prisoner found innocent; then after releasing from Jail his Jail record must be washed.

      ii.      During prisoner’s study in Jail their Educational Degree should not be shown i.e. it was received in Jail.

    iii.      Jail Administration be reviewed their Sunday Jail Food Menu for the prisoners and give Dall one time instead of two times.  

     iv.      The Committee directed all Provincial Directorates to get copy of software of the telephone facility given to the prisoners in Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore and same might be tried to launch in all Jails of Pakistan.

      v.      The Committee met and got applications from the prisoners in the Jail to determine their financial needs to convict and to assist them in the deposit of the amounts of the fines and “Diyat” to enable the release of deserving persons.

     vi.      The Committee met some International Prisoners in the Jail and listen their problems.

   vii.      The Committee also met a lady prisoner; who were suffering a Chronicle disease and as per Jail’s doctors advice her liver had been badly damaged and now she is living beyond liver transplant stage.

3.        Hon. MNAs/Members Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia and Mr. Sajid Nawaz attended the meeting besides the Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights, Additional Secretary, Home Department Punjab, D.D.G (H.Q) & D.I.G Prisons, Punjab and Member, NCHR with their staff.


NA Standing Committee On Inter Provincial Coordination Meets Today - August 29, 2016

Islamabad the 29th August, 2016.  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Committee Room of Ministry of IPC, Cabinet Secretariat, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA a detailed briefing by the Chief Operating Officer, Pakistan Cricket Board. 
 
2. The Chief Operating Officer, Pakistan Cricket Board apprised the Committee that PCB is conducting the Cricket promoting programes in 98 zones/districts which is further divided into 16 regions all over the country. There are about 45000 registered players in the country. He further informed the Committee that Pakistan Cricket Board through its Chairman approves the cricket tours abroad. The PCB operates and functions independently as autonomous body which regulates its own revenues and neither takes nor receives any grants or funds from the government to the public exchequer.   
 
3. The Committee expressed its displeasure over the absence of Chairman and other high ups of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) from the Committee meeting and it was decided that they would attend the next meeting. The Committee also took serious notice of sending Muhammad Hafeez to UK series despite of his fitness problems before the Selection Committee. The Committee recommended that the players from grass root level i.e. District and Tehsil level should be encouraged to participate at the National level. The Minister for IPC briefed the Committee that the Chairman and other senior management of PCB is in UK for side line meetings with ICC. He further informed the Committee that ICC did not allow any interference of the governments in international cricket affairs. The Committee recommended that High Performance Cricket Centers should be established in the areas like Quetta, Abbottabad etc.    
 
4. The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Dr. Mahreen Razzaque Bhutto, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Syed Kazim Ali Shah and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani MNAs, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination and Senior Officers from Ministry of Inter-provincial Coordination besides Chief Operating Officer Pakistan Cricket Board and others.


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - August 29, 2016

           The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sufyan Yusuf, MNA.

2.        The Chairman, NHA informed the Committee that the 60% work on the Lowari Tunnel was completed and it will be opened for the public till March, 2017. Moreover, the strategy will be devised to keep it open during the winter season to facilitate the locals.

3.        The Committee directed the National Highways Authorities to resolve the issue of damaged roads during the construction of M-4 in the constituency of Malik Abdul Ghafar Dogar, MNA, amicably.

4.        The Standing Committee constituted the Sub-Committee under the convener ship of Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA regarding the issue of damaged roads in the province of Punjab.          

5.        MNAs Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Salim Rehman, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Malik Abdul Ghafar Dogar, mover of the Question attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Trainings meets - August 29, 2016

Islamabad, 29th August, 2016: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Trainings visited Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad and held meeting under the Chairmanship of Col. (R) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. The Vice Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad comprehensively briefed the Committee on the developments, on-going activities and future planning of the university. He informed that it is the first Open University in Asia and second in the world with 1.3 Million students enrolment. He further informed while briefing the Committee on the initiatives taken by them for promotion of quality education in the country that the study centers, examination centers and regional campuses have been increased to cater the ever growing number of students. The Committee appreciated the Vice Chancellor and his team on initiatives/progress made by them for promotion of education and literacy rate in the country. The Committee asked the university management to upgrade/equip the regional study centers in order to facilitate the students belonging to far flung area of the country. The Committee further recommended for establishing regional study centers in remote areas of the country for imparting education to the poor students at their door steps.

2.       The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr. Zulfikar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Asyia Naz Tanoli, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - August 29, 2016

Lahore, August 29th 2016; 10th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

2.       The meeting started with the recitation from Holy Quran. After introduction, Hon. Chairman welcomed the participants. Then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda item.

3.        Agenda item No i:  Confirmation of minutes of the meeting held on 22-07-2016. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 22.07.2016.

4.        Agenda item No ii: To examine the working of the Provincial Directorate of Human Rights at Lahore in order to improve the disposal of the Human Right cases.

The representative of Provincial Directorate of Human Rights, Lahore briefed the Committee about the working Human Rights Provincial Directorate. The Committee arose many questions and the representative responded positively. Then the Committee directed that all Home Secretary’s of the Provinces including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan to provide the detail of registered cases of Human Rights violation in their Directorates with updated status of remaining cases. The Committee suggested that basic rights should be aware the kids of our nation from primary level education and every province should be allocated maximum budget for this purpose. The Committee directed Provincial Directorate of all provinces including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan to give follow up their forwarded cases of Human Rights violation to police department.

5.         Agenda item No. iii:  Any other item with permission of the Chair.

      i.        The Committee also took up the kids kidnapping issue and decided to take up this issue in next meeting.

    ii.        With reference 9th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights the Committee inquired the updates of the revision in existing laws pertaining to “Human Organ Transplant” and establishing one Human Right Court in every district of Pakistan. The Ministry of Human Rights apprised that they are working on it. Then the Committee extended 15 days more for preparation of this task.  

   iii.        The representative of IP3 briefed the Committee about required Jail Reforms as per International Laws and Treaties etc.

   iv.        The Committee directed the all Provincial, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Governments to provide modern equipments to the Police Department for making soft investigations of the offenders according to International standard.

6.        The Hon. MNAs/Members Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan and Mr. Sajid Nawaz attended the meeting besides the Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights, Secretary, Human Rights and Minority Affairs  Punjab, Additional Secretary, Home Department Punjab, DIG & Acting Director General Prisons, Punjab,  Member, NCHR with their staff.


NA Committee on Petroleum directs FIA to expedite inquiry into theft of Oil from District Karak - August 26, 2016

Islamabad; August 26, 2016: Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources has directed the Federal Investigation Agency to expedite the inquiry into the theft of crude oil from oil field in District Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Committee also directed the M/o Petroleum and Natural Resources to provide the requisite record to the FIA within a week. The Committee met under the Convenership of Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA in Islamabad this morning.

The Representative of FIA apprised the Committee about preliminary findings into the theft of oil. He apprised that more than 100 FIRs have been registered against the persons reportedly involved into the theft. He further informed that the OGRA may be directed to provide technical assistance required to complete the inquiry.

The Committee after presentation from the Representative from Provincial Energy Department regarding utilization of royalty transferred to the provinces by the Federal Government and Productivity Bonus, directed for inclusion of a Member of the National Assembly from the oil producing districts in the Committees responsible for overseeing the utilization of the said funds. The Committee also directed the Provincial Energy Departments to ensure utilization of funds allocated by the Oil Exploration and Production Companies on social welfare, education and health care in the oil and gas producing districts and not otherwise.

The Committee was also briefed about the social welfare guidelines by the Director General, Petroleum Concession. The Committee decided to discuss the same in its next meeting. 

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Laghari, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Abdul Waseem,  Mr. Sajid Ahmed,  Mr.  Akram Khan Durrani,  Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Secretary M/o P&NR, Representatives from Provincial Energy Departments and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Committee on Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage directs M/o Information to Submit Draft Legislative proposal for protection and Welfare of Journalists by Mid October - August 26, 2016

 

Islamabad; August 26, 2016: Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has directed the M/o Information to complete consultation process with Media organizations for their input and submit a draft of the “Media Protection and Welfare Bill” by 15th October, 2016. The Committee met in the Parliament House today under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA to discuss the implementation status of the recommendations made by “The Special Committee to investigate threats to Journalists and Media Personnel”, in its report presented in the House on 13th March, 2013.

The Committee during the course of discussion observed that the recommendation made by the Special Committee were comprehensive and needed to be implemented to ensure security and welfare of working journalists. The Director General M/o Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage apprised the Committee about the consultative process with the Media Representative Organization and Other stakeholders to draft a Media Protection and Welfare Bill. He said that process was halt due to the dissolution of PFUJ Body, however, the process would be reinitiated within a week time as PFUJ body in place subsequent to its election being held tomorrow. He assured the Committee that the Draft Bill will be brought before the Committee within stipulated timeline. He acknowledged that Media workers working in conflict zones were vulnerable and in dire need of financial security and protection. He informed about the measures initiative for the security of the Media Houses, trainings to deal with eventualities and the funds transferred to the CPNE for creation of an endowment fund.

The Committee also heard the views of Senior Media Representatives of CPNE, APNS, PRA and Media Associations. They apprised the Committee about the condition of working journalists specially performing in the conflict zones. They said that large numbers of media workers have been victims in the incidents of terrorism in the country in yester years. They stressed the need for initiation of an insurance scheme for the media workers for providing financial security to their heirs in case of any eventuality. 

 The meeting was attended by MNAs, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana,
Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Mr. Murad Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar,  Director General M/o Information Broadcasting and National Heritage, Representatives from CPNE, APNS, RIUJ, PRA, GEO News and other senior officers of the concerned departments.
 


Meeting of the Sub-Committee of the SC on Foreign Affairs was held to discussed the role and present status of the Implementation by the NAB - August 26, 2016


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets today - August 26, 2016

Islamabad; August 26th, 2016: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee discussed The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad (Amendment) Bill, 2014 (moved by Maj.® Tahir Iqbal, MNA) and The National Conflict of Interest Bill, 2016 (moved by Murad Saeed, MNA) in detail and constituted a Sub-Committee headed by Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA to examine both the bills. The Sub-Committee would submit its report within two weeks of the meeting.

The Committee discussed The Unattended Orphans Rehabilitation and Welfare Bill, 2016 which was passed by the Senate and referred to the National Assembly (moved by Dr. Shazia Sobia, MNA).  After detailed discussion, the Committee unanimously recommended that the said bill as introduced in the National Assembly be passed.

The Committee expressed strong displeasure over the alleged gross corruption in supply of oxygen, nitrogen gas and theft of medicine from Poly Clinic. The Committee directed that Capital Administration & Development Authority may expedite the inquiry process in order to recover the amount from corrupt employees and report to the Committee in its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA Malik Ibrar Ahmad, MNA Mr. Asad Umar, MNA Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar and movers Maj.® Tahir Iqbal, MNA Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA Dr. Shazia Sobia and Secretaries of Cabinet Division, CA&DD, and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets - August 25, 2016

The Standing Committee on Defence Production met in the Parliament House today, the 25th August, 2016, in Committee Room No. 7, at 11:00 a.m., under the Chairmanship (Acting Chairman)  of Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, MNA, on the following agenda:

1.     Performance of Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) during the year 2015-16, number of contracts concluded, issues and future vision.
 

2.         The Committee Members were apprised by Major General Naveed Ahmed, Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP), Ministry of Defence Production. He said MODP has traditionally been responsible for procurement of equipment and supplies for all three services. And once DP Division was given status of Ministry, entitled as MODP, Directorates of procurement i.e; DGP (Army), DP (Navy) and DP (Air) were placed under the administrative and financial control of service Headquarter.
 

3.         He further explained the organizational structure of DGDP and its function. such as; to procure major Defence equipment through local and foreign vendors according to the approved requirement of equipments by the Services Headquarter (Army, Navy and Airforce) and implementation of contracts as per its clauses.
 

The Committee appreciated the efforts of DGDP under the supervision of Minister for MODP, and his team. The Committee recommended that MODP should be allowed for appointment of lawyer firms for handling the issues of DGDP/MODP immediately.
 

The Committee recommended that a joint meeting would be called for discussion for obtaining NOC from MODP before purchasing of any Defence/Security related equipments by the Federal and Provincial Governments. It was also decided that PEPRA representatives and Chief Secretaries would  be invited from Federal and Provincials Government in this regard.
 

It was decided/recommended by the Committee that DGP (Army) would be called in the next meeting of the Committee.
 

4.         Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Chudhary Hamid Hameed, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Bhawan Das, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain, Dr.Ramesh Kumar Vankwani MNAs, besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP).
 
(AMIR OMER MALIK)
Secretary Committee


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works Meets - August 25, 2016

 

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND WORKS DIRECTS FOR INDISCRIMINATE ACTION AGAINST NONCONFORMERS AND ENCROACHERS IN SECTOR G-13 AND G-14

Islamabad; August 25, 2016:  National Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Works has directed Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) for perpetual action against encroachments and non-conforming use of residential and commercial properties in sectors under its administrative control.  The Committee also directed for submission of a monthly progress report on actions against encroachers and non-conformers to the Standing Committee. The Committee met in Islamabad this morning under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA.

The Committee was apprised that Enforcement Wing of FGEHF had initiated action against encroachers and nonconformists in Sector G-13 and G-14 after fulfilling legal formalities. The Director General FGEHF informed that indiscriminate action would be taken in that regard. Apprising about the progress of Masjid Committee of FGEHF, he said that a general survey of all illegal Mosques in both the sectors had already been conducted and legal action had been initiated.  He further informed that provision of essential services and maintenance in both the sectors falls within the purview of FGEHF subsequent to the decision of Federal Ombudsman and the Foundation had initiated the process of maintenance in both the sectors. He further informed that initially CDA was awarded development and maintenance work, however, Honourable Federal Ombudsman on a complaint held that Foundation should carry out the work at its own through third party. He pointed out reluctance of CDA to reconcile spending of Rs.600 million for the purpose.

The Committee expressed its concern on allocation of meager amount to M/o Housing and Works for maintenance of residential accommodation for government employees which were in dire need of maintenance and uplift. The Minister for Housing and Works informed that only Rs.225/- approximately per accommodation were allocated which had incapacitated the Ministry to carryout maintenance work. He suggested to call Secretary Finance and Chairman, CDA to discuss the issues in question. The Committee decided to call Chairman CDA and Secretary of Finance Division in its next meeting to sort out both the issues.

Apprising about the update on the Bara Kahu Housing Scheme, the Director General FGEHF informed that issues with the land provider had already been settled after intervention of NAB, the layout plan had been submitted to CDA for approval and upon approval, development work would be initiated. Regarding Park Road Housing Scheme, the DG said that Section 4 had already been notified and the Foundation would move for award, after election of subscription by the members. He informed that the scheme was meant for members of Supreme Court Bar Association and Federal Government Employees. He assured the Committee that the updates in that regard would be shared with the Committee.

Discussing the state of Federal Lodges in Islamabad and provincial capitals, the Committee directed for carrying out maintenance work specially in Fatima Jinnah Women Hostel on priority basis. The Committee also directed for outsourcing janitorial and catering services in Federal Lodges in provincial capitals.

The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Housing and Works Mr. Akram Khan Durrani, MNAs; Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch,  Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mr. Sajid Nawaz Khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Secretary M/o Housing & Works and other senior officers of the concerned departments.

 

(MEHBOOB ALI GURMANI)

Director/Secretary Committee

 


NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions Meets - August 25, 2016

Islamabad, 25th August, 2016: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Ministry of SAFRON, “S” Block, Pak Secretariat Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA to discuss the development projects (completed/on-going) under the Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas program (RAHA) across the country. Mr. Ghalib khan, MNA alongwith some other Members of the Committee walked out of the meeting as a protest on the absence of Political Agents of Khyber Agency and South Waziristan Agency and expressed that their right demands are not being addressed by the quarters concerned. They rejoined the meeting after given assurance by the Chairman Standing Committee that the concerned Political Agents would be called in the next meeting to brief the Committee on the agenda points. Thereafter the Committee was briefed on the development projects (Completed/on-going) in detail. The Committee recommended that the RAHA program should also be extended to FATA as the FATA in 1980 and onward have also been the hosting area of Afghan refugees. The Committee was also briefed on the repatriation process of Afghan refugees. The Committee was further informed that the Government has given deadline which is 31st December, 2016 for the repatriation of registered Afghan refugee’s on voluntarily basis. The Committee recommended the Federal Government to make soften the terms and conditions of visa for Afghan refugees and also establish additional voluntarily repatriation centers.

2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan. Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Mrs. Suriya Jatoi,  Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din and Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology Meets - August 24, 2016

STANDING COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY MET UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF CH. TARIQ BASHIR CHEEMA, MNA TO DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING AGENDA

I)  Confirmation of minutes of the meeting held on 19th July, 2016
II) Briefing on working and performance of Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC).

The Standing Committee on Science and Technology appreciated the efforts of Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) for performing in their respective fields despite the lack of available resources and shortage of staff however, they are competing with other International Accreditations and fulfilling all requirements according to International Standards. The Committee directed the ministry to fill all vacant posts of PNAC on urgent basis so that they could able to perform better and prepare themselves to achieve and maintain International credibility through peer evaluation which likely to be held in upcoming January and March, 2017.

The Committee also appreciated the efforts of the ministry for pursuing the case of employees of PSDW project of PCRWR as the case has been forwarded to Establishment Division with the proposal to adjust 158 incumbents against such posts. The Establishment & Finance Divisions have been endorsed the proposal of the ministry and sent it to the Prime Minister for its final approval.

MNAs, Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhary Armaghan Subhani, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Aqib Ulla Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, Mr. Mehboob Alam and Ms. Aliya Kamran, attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


     
(AAMIR HUSSAIN DEHARR)
Secretary Committee


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - August 24, 2016

39th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today, the 24th August, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

i.                     Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 16-08-2016.

ii.                   To consider “ The Limited Liability Partnership Bill, 2016” (Govt. Bill)

iii.                  To consider “The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001) (Govt. Bil).

iv.                 Briefing by the Chairman, FBR regarding Tax imposition and its implementations on real estate transactions in the light of amendments made in the Finance Bill, 2016-17.

v.                   Briefing/replies from the Chairman, FBR regarding national revenue collection (NRC) as per the enclosed questionnaire.

vi.                 Briefing by the Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) regarding differential of Income Tax between Commercial Importers and Industrial Importers.

vii.                Comprehensive briefing by President, NBP on performance of the National Bank of Pakistan.

viii.              Briefing by Director General NAB and President NBP on the implementation status of the inquiry on NBP Bangladesh scam.

ix.                 Comprehensive briefing by the Governor State Bank of Pakistan with regard to the last three years investment made by the Pakistan Companies and individuals with permission of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) abroad.

2.            Mr. Asad Umar, Committee Member reiterated that Committee should ask the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for briefing with regard to Panama Papers. However, Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, Chairman of the Committee said that Chairman, FBR has already informed the Committee about the ongoing process, in this regard.

3.            Director, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) informed the Committee about the status of the inquiry/investigation regarding NBP Banglandesh scam. He said that investigation on the matter would be completed during the month of September, 2016. The Committee recommended that NAB will submit its report after one month to this Committee.   

4.            President, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) briefed the Committee about the performance of NBP. He said that NBP has issued Rs. 96 Billion, as lending in agriculture sector. The Committee recommended that NBP would furnish growth/profit comparison statement with other Banks. The Committee Members have shown their reservations about the promotions and transfers policies adopted by the NBP. The President, NBP informed that presently, 16000 employees were working in NBP, which is higher than NBP requirement. The Committee decided that NBP will furnish its recommendations for further reforms/improvements in the NBP. The President, NBP also stated that NBP has developed its automation system. The Committee Members were further apprised by President, NBP regarding Prime Minister Youth Business Loan (PMYBL). He told the Committee that Rs. 7.7 Billion has been disbursed under this project. The Committee recommended that NBP should enhance its pace for functioning of PMYBL project.

5.            Director, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) informed the Committee regarding the last three years investment made by the Pakistani Companies and individuals with permission of the SBP abroad. He said that investment abroad is allowed only for those countries that allow repatriation of profits, dividends and capital. He added that applications under equity investment abroad up to US$ 5.00 Million are approved by SBP and applications for equity investment abroad above US$ 5.00 are recommended to ECC for their approval. The Committee deferred agenda item no. iii—vi owing to the request of the Chairman, FBR.

6.           Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik,  Mian Abdul Mannan, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Syed Naveed Qamar Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, MNAs and besides senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, NBP, SECP, NAB and SBP.    

 

 

 

 (AMIR OMER MALIK)

Secretary Committee


The NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan meets - August 23, 2016


The NA Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping meets - August 23, 2016


Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony briefed on Hajj related issues-2016 - August 22, 2016


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC meets - August 12, 2016

Parliamentary Committee briefed on CPEC security: New Special Security Division raised, Ahsan Iqbal says all issues amicably resolved with provinces regarding the Western Route.

Islamabad, August 12, 2016:  Parliamentary Committee on CPEC meet today under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain.  The committee was briefed by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Interior on security of CPEC and the various steps that the Government has taken to protect Chinese nationals and Chinese project under the CPEC.  The committee was informed that a 15,000 strong force, comprising over 9000 regular soldiers of the Pakistan Army plus 6000 personnel of the para-military force would comprise the Special Security Division (SSD) that has been entrusted with the duty of protection of Chinese personnel and projects under the CPEC.  Additionally, Rs. 1.3 billion has been allocated for CPEC security in addition to the efforts of provincial governments, the cost of raising the SSD was Rs.5 billion and it took a year to be raised.  Apart from security on land, the government has also taken relevant initiative through the maritime security agency to protect the coast as well as through the Pakistan Air Force.  The Committee directed that pending issues regarding CPEC security particularly the finalization of Terms of Reference (TORs) between the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Interior be resolved at the earliest.

Briefing the Committee, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal invited the members of the Committee to attend the "CPEC Summit" being organized by his Ministry in Islamabad on August 29 to bring the private sector on board for active participation in CPEC.  He termed the CPEC Summit as a national initiative which would bring priviate sector of both countries, Pakistan and China in the construction of CPEC.  He also briefed the committee about his interaction with provincial governments particularly the Chief Minister and parliamentary leaders of the KPK, who, he said were now satisfied with the projects of the CPEC particularly the construction of the Western route which was going on as planned according to the decision of the May 28, 2015 All-Parties Conference.  Ahsan Iqbal told the Committee that the Gwadar to Quetta part of the Western route would be completed by December 2016 while contract for the construction of the Western route through Balochistan and KPK have already been awarded to NLC which would be completed as per commitment by September 2018.  He also said that by that period of middle of 2018, energy generation of Pakistan, thanks to CPEC projects, would be in vicinity of over 10,000 MG which would resolve the problem of load shedding and energy crisis.

The representatives of the Sind government and the KPK government informed that talks were in progress regarding the land issue of Port Qasim project as well as resolution of Sukki Kenari land issue.  

Responding to the comments of Senator Sardar Fateh Mohammad Hasani regarding the work being done by Ahsan Iqbal for promotion of CPEC, the Parliamentary Committee welcomed his diligent commitment and hard work to promoting the CPEC and expressed the hope that other Ministers of the Federal Government would also be as active on CPEC which is a national strategic project.

Senator Mushahid Hussain briefed the committee about his recent visit to China where he attend the Silk Road Forum in Xinjiang province and he said that there was good representation from the province of Pakistan in that international forum which is an annual feature.  He also said that the Chief Minister KPK would be vising China in September and he said that the next Silk Road Forum would be hosted by Pakitan in Islamabad in August 2017.  The meeting was attend by its members, Rana Mohammad Afzal, Ghous Bux Mahar, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi, Sardar Fateh Mohammad Hasani, Lt. Gen. (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Shibli Faraz, Baz Mohammad Khan and Secretary of the Committee, Mr. Khalid Mahmood.


Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization meets - August 11, 2016

37th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today, the 11th August, 2016, at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

i) Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 03-08-2016.

ii) Briefing by the Chairman, FBR regarding tax imposition and its implementations on real estate transactions in light of the amendments made in the Finance Bill, 2016-17.

iii) The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015. (Government Bill)

iv) The Benami Transaction (Prohibition) Act, 2016. (Government Bill)

v) An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015. (Moved by Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNA)

2.The Committee approved / confirmed the minutes of last meeting held on 3rd August, 2016. The Committee Members were requested by the Secretary, Ministry of Finance & Revenue that agenda item No. ii & iv may be deferred owing to the unavailability of the Chairman and concerned officers from Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). He added that the Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was under consideration by the Ministry of Finance & Revenue as directed by the Committee. He also stated that it may be taken on agenda after one month.

3. While considering “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” the Secretary, Ministry of Finance informed the Committee that subject matter is under consideration with apex court and Ministry of Finance is working for improving the Islamic Banking in the country. He further added that steering Committee report in this regard is also awaited. Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNA/Mover of the Bill said that subject Bill may be deferred for the conclusion of its report by the Ministry. The Committee decided that same may be taken on the agenda later on with consultation of the mover. The Committee decided that next meeting of the Committee would be convened on 23rd August, 2016.

4.Meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Syed Naveed Qamar, MNAs and Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Mover/MNA.


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication Meets - August 11, 2016

Islamabad, 11th August 2016: The 21st meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

2.      The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Chairman welcomed all the participants. The Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.

3.     Agenda item No. (i) Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 04.03.2016. The Committee unanimously confirmed the Minutes of its previous meeting held on 04.03.2016.

4.     Agenda item No. (ii) Calling Attention Notice No. 40, moved by Mr. Omer Ayub Khan, ex-MNA, regarding the issues of Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP), Haripur. Hon. Minister concerned briefed the Committee about the history of Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP), Haripur.  The Committee discussed the issue in detail and directed the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to take necessary steps pertaining TIP, Haripur along with stipulate time till 30th August, 2016   i.e. to disconnect all utility connections of illegal occupants of the Houses of Colony Board in Haripur, who were not paying their utility bills. Further, it has been directed that stern action be taken to vacate the houses of Colony Board from illegal occupants. Furthermore, the Committee directed to the Ministry give time frame to the current owner of the PTCL to pay the remaining payable amount of the state; if the current owner failed, PTCL be auctioned again in open market.

5.      The Committee did not take up any other agenda. 

6.      The Hon. MNAs/Member Major (Retd) Tahir Iqbal, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi attended the meeting besides the Minister and Secretary for Information Technology and Telecommunication and the Chairman PTA along with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination meets today - August 10, 2016

Islamabad, 10th August, 2016. A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today at 11:30 a.min Committee Room of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to discuss the following agenda.

i)                   Comprehensive briefing/discussion on DRAP to analyze performance, functions and issues.

ii)                 Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Amendment) Act, 2016, moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA.

2.         Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA, Mover of the Bill briefed the Committee on the Bill in detail. The members of the Committee gave their valuable views and suggestions on the Bill. After suggestions from Honourable Members Ministry stated that bill may be sent to Ministry of Law & Justice once again for further vetting. Draftsman from the Ministry of Law & Justice stated that it is a provincial subject there is no need to make amendments in this bill. It needs notification for implementation he added that if this bill is passed from Committee, it will create complications.

3.         The Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination advised the Committee that policy board of the Ministry will review this bill, compile the replies and then submit this bill to the Ministry of Law & Justice for vetting and then it will be submitted to the Standing Committee for consideration. The Committee agreed to the advice of the Ministry of NHSR&C.

4.         CEO DRAP apprised the Committee while briefing that new Federal Drug Inspectors will be appointed very soon to improve the quality of work. The Committee directed the Ministry to remove the flaws from the DRAP and make the system transparent. The Secretary, Ministry of NHSR& Co. apprised the Committee that measures are being taken to remove the corruption from DRAP and improve the system.    

5.         The meeting was attended by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Dr. Mehreen Razaq Bhutto, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Qari Muhammad Yousaf MNAs, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA (mover of the Bill) and Minister for State National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination beside senior Officers from Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security & Research meets today - August 9, 2016


Standing Committee on Defence Production met today - August 9, 2016

Islamabad the 9th August, 2016: The Standing Committee on Defence Production met in the Parliament House today, the 9th August, 2016, in Committee Room No. 7, at 02:30 p.m., under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA, on the briefing on Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

The Committee Members were apprised by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence Production with regard to the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) produced at POF, Wah. He said that these weapons were consumed by the Armed Forces and other Law Enforcing Agencies of Pakistan. He told the Committee that these weapons were properly marked in accordance with the laid down procedures, bear permanent marking and can be identified in the name of the manufacturer.

The Honorable Minister for Defence Production clearly stated that MoDP has no mandate for making policies regarding Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). He was of the firm opinion that Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) pertains to Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Therefore, the Committee decided that another meeting would be convened in the next session of National Assembly on the said agenda and Secretaries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior & Ministry of Defence Production would be called.

Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Chudhary Hamid Hameed, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Amra Khan, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Ms. Ayesha Gulalai, MNAs and Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, as Special Invitees, besides the senior officers of the MoDP.


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination meets today - August 9, 2016

Islamabad, the 9th August, 2016. A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today at 01:30 p.m. in Committee Room of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to discuss the following agenda.

    i) Comprehensive briefing/discussion on DRAP to     analyze performance, functions and issues:-

CEO DRAP, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination briefed the Committee on the performance functions and issues of DRAP and ensured the committee that the DRAP and the Ministry will cooperate with the Standing Committee to resolve the issues of the DRAP. He apprised the Committee that our mission and focus is to improve the quality of medicines on low prices for the betterment of patients. He also stated that the following recently introduced new regulations are under progress.

    i) Import Policy for Finished Drugs revised, Sept 2015;

    ii) New guidelines for early introduction of new drugs generic version;

    iii) Export Policy revision to facilitate pharmaceutical exports;      

CEO DRAP, also apprised the Committee that 2775 cases of  registered drug products were approved in  the year, 2015 whereas, 2110 cases of registered products were approved in the year, 2016 and the long pending list of over 3700 registration cases has been disposed off, while the new lists have been under taken to complete all cases. He further apprised the Committee that almost all applications of granting of new Drug Manufacturing License have been disposed off and there is no pending case.  

The Committee recommended to improve the quality of drugs and its packing issue and urged to help DRAP to resolve the issues with the cooperation.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Jatt, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Col (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, and Qari Muhammad Yousaf, MNAs, and Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination beside senior Officers from Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, Coordination and DRAP


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today - August 3, 2016

Islamabad, the 3rd August, 2016: 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today, the 3rd August, 2016, at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

i)              Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 15-06-2016.

ii)            “The Benami Transaction (Prohibition) Act, 2016” (Government Bill)

iii)          Briefing by the Chairman, FBR regarding Tax imposition and its implementations on real estate transactions in light of the amendments made in the Finance Bill, 2016-17 (but not relates to capital gain tax).

The Committee approved / confirmed the minutes of last meeting held on 15th June, 2016. The Committee members have shown their displeasure on the absence of senior representative from Ministry of Finance, Revenue & Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). The Committee decided to defer the agenda item (ii & iii), above for its next meeting.

Meeting was attended by Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar khan Leghari, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja and Syed Naveed Qamar, MNAs.

 


National Assembly standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges meets today - August 2, 2016

Islamabad, 2nd August, 2016: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA.

On the Question of Privilege of off-loading of Shaikh Rashid Ahmed, MNA from the PIA flight, the Committee expressed its displeasure for off-loading the Hon.Member without any reason. The Committee directed the Secretary Foreign Affairs Division and National Assembly Secretariat to see the Rules and Regulations regarding calling the concerned officers of U.S Embassy in its next meeting within seven days. The Committee directed the PIA Authorities to amend the rules and regulations to safeguard the honor of the Hon.Members of the Parliament so that such incidents may not occur in future. The Committee also expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting of the Committee by Secretary and Addl.Secretary Foreign Affairs Division and directed them to ensure their presence in the next meeting of the Committee otherwise strict action would be taken.

On the Question of Privilege of Ms.Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio,MNA, the Committee expressed its displeasure for non resolving the issues of the Hon.MNA. The Committee directed the Inspector General of Police, Sindh to be careful in future otherwise strict action would be taken against the concerned. The Committee directed the I.G.P, Sindh to provide the copy of F.I.R to the Hon.Mover.

The Committee disposed of the Questions of Privileges of Mr. Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch, Mr.Sarzamin Khan, Mr. Akram Khan Durrani, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNAs. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege of Ms.Naeema Kishwar Khan,MNA.  

The Committee emphasized that the Hon.Movers should properly pursue their Question of Privileges so that stern actions should be taken against the concerned.

While taking suo-moto action regarding non-coverage of the meetings of Standing Committees and Sub-Committees of the National Assembly, particularly, the meetings of Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privilege, the Committee expressed its displeasure and directed Secretary Committee to call the M.D (PTV) in its next meeting for briefing the Committee in this regard.

The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Khadim Hussain,  Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Siyal, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanan Khail, Ms. Kiran Haider, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Ms.Shagufta Jumani, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, MNAs/Movers.


Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly meets - August 1, 2016

Islamabad; August 1, 2016: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 34th Session of the National Assembly.

Leaders of the Parliamentary Parties in the National Assembly were also specially invited in the meeting to discuss the parliamentary issues.  The committee has agreed upon the proposal to include six Senators in the Public Account Committee of the National Assembly.

The meeting also discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 34th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of all the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue for two week.

The meeting was attended by the Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Leader of the Opposition, Maulana Fazal Ur Rehman, Chairman Kashmir Committee, Alhaaj Ghulam Ahmed Balour, Mr. Mehmood Khan Achakzai,  Mr Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal, Dr. Arif Alvi, Dr. Muhammad Farooq Sattar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil,  Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law & Justice, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs; Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Shireen Mehrunissa Mazari, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Sheikh Salahuddin and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah
 


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development meets today - July 28, 2016


Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - July 27, 2016

Islamabad; July 27th, 2016: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee expressed strong displeasure over the poor performance of ANF and Custom authorities as they were unable to fix responsibility on the recovery of 28 kg and 3 kg Heroin from PIA flights despite laps of considerable period of time.

The Committee decided to invite Federal Minister for Interior & Narcotics Control and Chairman FBR in the next meeting to discuss the issue.

The Committee expressed concern over the unnecessary delay in completion of New Islamabad Airport project and directed that CAA may take stringent measures to make it functional before July, 2017 positively.

The Committee discussed “The National Air Transportation Safety Board Bill, 2014” in detail and directed that CAA may hold a meeting with the mover of the Bill to build a consensus and report to the Committee within 30 days of the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms.Nighat Parveen Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Syed Javaid Ali Shah, MNA, Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, and Secretaries of Cabinet Division, CA&DD, and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


NA Deputy Speaker Chairs House & Library Committee - July 26, 2016

Islamabad: 26th July  2016:   The National Assembly Standing Committee on House & Library met under the Chairmanship of Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Parliament House today.  The Committee discussed the matters pertaining to handing over the position of the developed plots to the members of the National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society (NAECHS) by Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS).  The Latest status of construction of 104 additional family suites in the Parliament Lodges,   outstanding dues of electricity and Sui gas in respect of Parliament Lodges and Government Hostel and issuance of NOC without clearance and details of theft complaints in the Parliament Lodges.

The Administration of Islamabad Capital Territory informed the Committee that election of the Management Committee of NAECHS in which casual members of the Society were elected as office bearers unopposed and the employees of the National Assembly have not taken part in this election has declared null and void as recommended by the Committee.  The Committee further informed that schedule for new election of Management Committee of NAECHS has been announced and according to new schedule the election of the Management Committee will be held on 11th September, 2016 and last date for the submission of nomination papers is 27th July, 2016. The President FECHS apprised the Committee that 226 plots are ready for handing over the possession to the members of the NAECHS.  The Committee constituted a departmental committee comprising on one officer each from National Assembly, ICT and CDA to visit the site to examine the plots physically and submit its report to Committee on House and Library before Monday i.e. 1st August, 2016.  The Committee decided to visit the site for handing over the possession of plots to members of the Society after receiving the report of department committee.  The Committee assured that the rights of the employees will protect and no one will be allowed to misappropriate the hard earn saving of the employees.

While discussing the construction of Additional Family Suites of Parliament Lodges the Committee expressed its displeasure over the slow pace of work and directed CDA to ensure its completion within extended time i.e September, 2016. The Chairman CDA apprised the Committee about the present status of works on the project. He informed that that 50% work on the project has been completed and the Contractor also opened the letter of credit to import the elevators and other equipment. The Committee directed the Chairman CDA to take personal interest to ensure its completion within extended time. The Deputy Speaker expressed his annoyance over the non-implementation of Committee’s decisions and directed the Chairman CDA to give details briefing regarding the implementation of Committee decisions taken during last three years and pending enquiries regarding the issues of Parliament Lodges.

Discussing the theft complaints in the Parliament Lodges the Committee expressed its displeasure over the absence of DIG and SSP ICT Police Islamabad and directed to ensure their presence in the next meeting of the Committee.  The Committee expressed its reservations over the increasing incidents of theft at Parliament Lodges and directed the ICT Police to give detail presentation on the security arrangements at the Parliament Lodges.  The Deputy Speaker directed ICT Police that to ensure fool proof security arrangements at Parliament Lodges.  He said that Parliament Lodges is sensitive place and no compromise will be tolerated in this regard.  The Deputy Speaker directed to ICT police chalk out the a comprehensive mechanism to ensure the security at the Parliament Lodges.  The Committee also directed to initiate enquiry against the responsible who issued NOC without clearance of outstanding dues of electricity and gas in respect of Parliament Lodges and Government Hostel.

The MNA’S Malik Abrar Ahmed, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Mr. Aqib ullah Khan, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, and Mr. Mehboob Alam attended the meeting.  


NA Standing Committee on Defence Prodution paid visit to MVRDE - July 22, 2016


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets today - July 22, 2016


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production meets - July 21, 2016

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, in Committee Room of PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad.

The Standing Committee discussed the inland freight subsidy (IFS) on export of sugar for     2012-13 and suggested to review the sugar policy in detail.

The Committee also discussed the New Auto Policy 2016-21 and recommended to give incentive not only to the closed unit but to the new unit regarding the Auto Mobile industry/factory.

The Committee further discussed the current status of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) Karachi and showed grave concern over the capacity utilization of PSM that was 12% last year but now it is 0% which is a terrible situation of the Pakistan’s biggest National Asset.

Members who attended the meeting; Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Syed Muhammad Asghar, MNA, Chaudry Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, MNA, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA,Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA.
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control held today - July 21, 2016

Islamabad, July 21st 2016: The 27th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA.

The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee offered “FATEHA” on the death of the spouse of one Hon. Member Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur. The Committee showed its displeasure because no person was attended the meeting from Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and Ministry of Law and Justice. The Committee unanimously decided to move Privilege Motion against the attitude of the both Ministries because the Privilege of the Hon. thirteen Members was breached. Further, it was also decided that a letter will be sent to the Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control to take grim action against the responsible officers those did not bother to attend the meeting and nor inform the Committee about the reason of their absence.   

The Committee unanimously passed following two resolutions;

    a.    The Committee condemned the killing of approximately 50 innocent Kashmiri’s by the Indian’s Forces in their Indian Occupied Kashmir during last few days. The Committee appealed to the United Nation to take notice on it.

    b.    The Committee condemned the terrorist attack happened in Saudi Arabia in last days and entire Muslim nation was shocked. The Committee appealed to all the Muslim countries to make strategy to prevent such type of incidents in future.

The Committee unanimously decided to cancel the scheduled meeting to be held on 27.07.2016 as protest against the attitude of the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and Ministry of Law and Justice.            

The Hon. Members, Mover/MNA Mr. Ghalib Khan, Dr. Ibadullah, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Dr. Arif Alvi, Syed Asif Hasnain, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Ms. Aliya Kamran were attended the meeting.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee on National Health Service Regulations & Coordination meets today - July 21, 2016

Islamabad 21th May, 2016. A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services Regulations and Coordination held today at 11:00am in Committee Room No 7, 4th Floor Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA to discuss the following agenda:-

    i)    Price  hike  of  essential    medicines  and  measures  taken  to control the prices;
    ii)    Briefing/latest updates and progress achieved to control the HIV/Aids; and
    iii)    PM & DC status after the passage of the Bill.   

CEO DRAP, M/o National Health Services, Regulations    and Coordination  briefed  the  Committee  that  the  Ministry  had  provided  Policy mechanism that prices of those me icines will be reduced whose prices are cheaper in the neighboring countries but the companies did not implement to control over the prices of essential medicines and increased its prices illegally He also stated that court case was made. The Committee showed their dissatisfaction over the working and performance of DRAP and directed the CEO DRAP to control the prices of essential commodities as the medicines are very cheaper and provided to the patients at higher rates. The Committee urges to encourage generic companies but their medicines should not be sub-standard. The Committee also directed the Ministry to bring the medicines in registered pack instead lose packing. The Committee also directed the CEO DRAP to implement on the  recommendation  of  the  Sub-Committee  of the  Standing Committee  on • National Health Services, Regulat ions & Coordination under the Convener ship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Wadan on the issues of to look into the affairs, performance, future plans and employment of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) Pharmacy Council of Pakistan, population related policies & institutions and Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Pakistan.

The  Committee  further    directed  the  Ministry  to   provide these medicines to the patients in KPK and Punjab.The Committee further directed that these medicines should be available to the public in the Country at the time of making any system or mechanism to control the prices, the committee also directed to the Ministry to make legislation with the coordination of the Standing Committee to control the prices of essential medicines.

Director, Malaria programme apprise the  committee  that  samples are been taken in all the Provinces beside the Punjab to cure from the Malaria. The comm ittee urges to take more samples from other Districts of all the Provinces in the Country, committee also directed to the Club all the verticals programmes w ith Polio. Dr. Sufia, NACP, Senior Programme Officer apprise the committee there are sixteen thousand five  hundred  registered  patients  of HIV/A ids out of which three thousand seventy patients are  treated.  The Committee urges to put the addresses of HIV/Aids offices on website to be visible for the public. So that patients may easily approach.

Dr. Shabir Lehri, President, PMDC, Islamabad apprise the committee wh ile briefing on the  status  of  PMDC Bill that  affiliation of  PMDC was  the abolished in USA. On our request they extended the period of the one year so • that new reforms should be brought in PMDC Bill, he also apprise the committee the PMDC Bill was pass in the National Assembly of Pakistan and Senate of Pakistan, but it was send back to the National Assembly of Pakistan after the un passed lapse of the ninety days now it will appear in the Joint Session of the Parliament.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandhla, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Jatt, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col (Retd)  Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Qa ri Muhammad Yousaf, Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan  Wadan  MNAs,  beside  senior  officers  from Ministry of Health Services, Regulation and Coordination.


NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony meets today - July 21, 2016

Islamabad, 21st July, 2016: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony met today in Committee Room No.2, First Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Hafiz Abdul Kareem, MNA, to discuss the arrangements of Hajj, 2016. The Federal Minister and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs briefed the Committee that the applications under Government scheme have been invited on 18th April, 2016 through designated Banks till 26th April, 2016 and successful applicants declared after balloting through third party. The original Hajj quota 143,368 are allocated to Pakistan for Hajj scheme 2016 which will be implemented through Government Hajj Scheme and Private Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs) at the ratio of 50:50. On Government Hajj Scheme, 2581 seats (3%) have been reserved for hardship quota and selection of applicants is under process. Flight schedule for Hajj 2016 has been finalized and first flight will commence from 4th August, 2016. The Minister informed that 52% Hujjaj will be landing in Madinah and 48% Hujjaj will land in Jeddah, KSA. Arrangements for accommodation in Makkah and Madina have also been arranged. 65% pilgrims from Pakistan will avail train facility in Mashiar and rest of 35% will be provided latest model buses for travelling in Mashiar. Food and transport facility would be provided to all the pilgrims during their stay in Makkah and Madinah through authorized companies. 139 buildings in Makkah have been hired for Hujjaj. He further informed that approximately Rs.4100/- will be refunded to each intending pilgrim. He briefed that Private Hajj Quota is 50% as per the judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and no new Private Hajj Group Organizers (HGOs) could not be entertained in 2016. Under the Government Hajj Scheme the expense for each pilgrim will be Rs. 261,000 for South and 271,000 for north areas. 

The Committee Members recommended that the best training facilities for Hujjaj and Moavneen should be arranged and Hajj training be enforced compulsory for the pilgrims. The Committee recommended that the Minister concerned or Prime Minister may approach to Saudi Authorities at higher level for providing the place for Pakistan House which was demolished. The Committee recommended that the pilgrim from any other country will not be allowed to travel from Pakistan’s soil. 

The Committee unanimously passed the resolution for the right of self determination of held Kashmiries and condemned the recent wave of atrocities committed by the Indian army.

The Chairman has appreciated the services of the Federal Minister and his team for providing the best facilities to Hujjaj. The Committee recommended that the policy should be implemented as briefed to the Committee in letter and spirit. The Chairman thanked the Committee Members for the giving valuable recommendations and active participation in the Committee meetings.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Abdul Gaffer Dogar, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Sahibzada Faiz Ul Hassan, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali,  Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ramesh Lal,  Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Pir Bux Junejo, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi,  Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Molvi Agha Muhammad, MNAs, besides the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


Parliamentary Committee of the Joint Sitting on Bills met today - July 21, 2016

The Parliamentary Committee of the Joint Sitting met on Thursday under the Chairpersonship of the Minister for Law and Justice, Mr. Zahid Hamid to discuss and finalise two Bills on The Anti-Honour Killings Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015, and The Anti Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill 2015. The Committee consisting of representatives MQM, JUI (F), PPPP, and PTI examined the two bills as passed by the Senate.



Two private members’ Bills on Anti-Rape as tabled by MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, and as moved by the former Senator Sughra Imam and passed by the Senate were extensively examined together by the Ministry of Law and Justice. The proposed amendments in the two bills, after careful review by the Ministry, were either retained, dropped or amalgamated in the Committee meeting.  The Ministry for Law and Justice proposed its amendments to the Bill, that were accepted after thorough deliberations. During the meeting, MNA Naeema Kishwer Khan of JUI (F) and an active member of the WPC, representing her party leader, underscored the need to ensure that the language of the Bill must be gender neutral to include all segments of the society including transgenders who equally are sexually exploited. Her proposal was accepted and the language of the Bill will now include the terms ‘person’ or ‘victim’ instead of ‘woman’.   The Bill further includes, for the first time, DNA test in cases of rape that would ensure that the accused cannot go scot free. It also seeks severe punishments for anyone revealing the identity of the rape victim so as to ensure protection from societal stigmatisation.

The two bills had earlier been deferred in the joint sitting of the two Houses of the Parliament on account of certain reservations of some political parties. MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik was invited to the meeting as a mover of her bill in the National Assembly. The report of the Committee shall be tabled before the Joint Sitting of the two Houses of the Parliament being convened shortly. 

 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurrances Meets - July 20, 2016

NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology Meets - July 19, 2016

 I)                   Confirmation of minutes of the meeting held on 27th May, 2016

II)                To discuss the Bill “The Pakistan National Accreditation Council Bill, 2016

III)             To discuss the Bill, “The Pakistan Council for Science and Technology Bill,       2016”

IV)             To discuss and resolve the problems faced by the employees of PSDW  Project, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources “PCRWR” of M/o Science & Technology.

The Standing Committee on Science and Technology discussed the “The Pakistan National Accreditation Council Bill, 2016” in detail and considered the amendments proposed in Section 13, of Pakistan National Accreditation Council Act, 2016. After detailed deliberations on the said Bill, the Committee agreed with the proposed amendment of the Ministry and unanimously passed the Bill.

The Committee also discussed the “The Pakistan National Council for Science and Technology Bill, 2016” in detail and considered the amendments proposed in Section 22, of sub-section (2), clause (b) of Pakistan Council for Science and Technology Act, 2016. After detailed deliberations on the said Bill, the Committee agreed with the proposed amendments of the Ministry and unanimously passed the Bill.

The Committee expressed its concern over the non-regularization of employees of PSDW Project of PCRWR since very long time. The Committee directed the Ministry to study the case and resolve the issue of their regularization by following the existing Rules and Regulations. The Committee further directed the Ministry that if there is no provision in the Rules, the Ministry should move a summery to Prime Minister for regularization of employees of above said Project.

MNAs, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana and Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Interprovincial Coordination Meets - July 19, 2016

ISLAMABAD, July 19th,2016: A meeting of the Standing Committee on Interprovincial Coordination (IPC) was held today in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA. The following agenda items were discussed during the meeting:-

ii)         The ministry to present Special Audit Report of Pakistan Hockey Federation for the period 2008-2013 and 2013-2016 as recommended/directed by the Committee in its meeting held on 18-02-2016.

iii)        Comprehensive briefing on affairs of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in relation with the development of Cricket.

iv)        Status update on the recommendation of the standing Committee made on 18-02-2016; to include Qazi Mohib Hockey Stadium, District Bannu in the PSDP for the Financial Year 2016-17.

v)         Action taken on the recommendation to include sports projects for Sindh and Baluchistan provinces in the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) under the ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC).

2.         The Committee lauded the performance shown by the Pakistan Cricket Team in its first Test Match and felicitated it for impressive victory against the England Cricket Team. Moreover, the Committee also praised the military and paramilitary forces for the release of the son of Sindh High Court Chief Justice.

3.         Regarding Agenda Item No. II, the Committee deferred the issue for further consideration till its next meeting with the directions of early completion of scrutiny of the Audit Reports for the years specified in the agenda above. The Committee further recommended that the representatives of PHF and the Ministry to finalize and compose the financial rules concerning the emoluments paid to the players and the staff, and submit before the Committee within one month following the conclusion of today’s meeting.

4.         Regarding Agenda Item No. III, the Committee expressed its displeasure over the non-presence of concerned officers/representatives of the PCB and questioned the visit of whole senior management to England. The Committee, however, deferred the issue with further direction to submit a comprehensive report on questions raised during the meeting by the Hon. Members.

5.         The Committee deferred the Agenda Item No. IV, after it was apprised that the funds were approved by the Ministry of Planning and Development and were included in  the latest budget. The Committee, in addition, asked for a comparative study of funds approved for all the four provinces.

6.         The Committee, on Agenda Item No. V, deferred the issue till its next meeting and directed to submit the of report on the issue. The Committee further recommended that observations raised by all the provincial governments during their separate meetings with the Committee will be taken up in the next meeting.

7.         Following Hon. Members attended the meeting: Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Dr. Mehreen Razzaque Bhutto, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Moulana Ameer Zaman, Chudhary Nazeer Ahmed, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi MNAs and Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Hon. Minister for Inter Provincial Cooordination.

8.         The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to and from the chair.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research Meets - July 19, 2016

NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works Meets - July 18, 2016

Islamabad; July 18, 2016: Standing Committee on Housing and Works has directed Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation to immediately initiate legal action against the illegal constructions and non-conforming use of residential property in Sectors G-13 and G-14. The Committee also directed to submit progress on action against illegal encroachments and constructions on monthly basis to the Committee. The Standing Committee met under the chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee while discussing the implementation status/progress on the recommendations of the Committee regarding encroachments in the Sectors under M/o Housing and Works and Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) specially Sectors G-13 and G-14, observed that Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation should strengthen its enforcement mechanism and initiate timely action against illegal encroachments and constructions otherwise delayed action could encourage proliferation of such illegal activities.

The Director General (FGEHF) apprised the Committee that FIR has been lodged against Khateeb of a mosque constructed illegally in green belt along with Kashmir Highway in Sector G-13/1 and Notices have been issued to the commercial users of residential property besides action has been initiated against illegally constructed Khokhas, Hotels and other encroachments. He further informed that Enforcement Directorate has been established in the Housing Foundation to check illegal constructions, encroachments and non-conforming use of property in various sectors of Housing Foundation.

Apprising the Committee about the progress on Bhara Kaho Housing Scheme, the Director General, FGEHS, informed that land acquisition process was discontinued after the ban on land acquisition of Ministry of Interior however, to facilitate the members of the Bhara Kaho Scheme, M/o Housing and Works had invited expression of interest and called tenders for provision of land adjacent to the land already in possession of FGEHF and the update in that regard will be submitted to the Committee when finalized.

The Committee while discussing the implementation status on the recommendations of its Sub-Committee on Projects of Pakistan Housing Foundation in Balochistan, directed to take Government of Balochistan on board and move a summary to the Government for arranging the funds to re-initiate work on Housing Projects for low income groups.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Housing and Works Mr. Akram Khan Durrani, MNAs; Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mr. Sajid Nawaz Khan,  Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Molana Ameer Zaman, Secretary M/o Housing & Works and other senior officers of the concerned departments.

 


NA Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting and National Heritage Meets - July 14, 2016

Islamabad; July 14, 2016: Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has directed Associated Press of Pakistan to take necessary measures to address the negative propaganda against Pakistan in International Media. The Committee also asked the News Agency to adopt innovative techniques to reduce its reliance on budgetary grants from the government. The Standing Committee met under the chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in Parliament House, this morning.

The Standing Committee gave these directions after a comprehensive briefing by the Management of Associated Press of Pakistan. The Committee appreciated the performance of the News Agency for providing credible and authentic news to media, however, observed that despite having trained intellectual and technical human resource, it should reorganize itself and adopt innovative strategy to advance as a self-reliant and revenue generating entity. The Committee also asked the APP Management to introduce Human Resource development system to train its Human Resource.

The Managing Director and Executive Director, APP gave a comprehensive briefing about the organizational structure, budget, human resource and equipment in APP Headquarters at Islamabad, Regional languages services, its Bureau Offices at provincial headquarters, regional offices at District level. The Managing Director also apprised the Committee about the structuring, introduction of modern technology and future plans for making the News Agency. He also apprised the Committee about the news sharing mechanism with Foreign News Agencies and News Channels and Memorandum of Understanding signed with Foreign News Agencies. He informed the Committee that APP was cognizant of its responsibilities and was very effectively providing counter narrative to the propaganda against Pakistan in International press.

The Committee unanimously condemned the statement of Cricketer Shahid Afridi against youth of Pakistan. The Committee was of the view that he should abstain from uttering such demoralizing statements.

The meeting was attended by MNAs, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Mr. Murad Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Additional Secretary M/o Information Broadcasting and National Heritage, Managing Director, APP and other senior officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Defence Meets - July 14, 2016

Islamabad, 14th July, 2016: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence met today in Committee Room No.2, 1st Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Committee discussed the issue of land situated in the middle of Toba Tek Singh city allotted to Army Remount to Stud Grantees situated in Chak No.239/JB, Tehsil & District Toba Tek Singh in detail. Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA  a member from the said area while briefing the Committee on the issue in question informed that the land measuring 929A-6K-17M (Situated in chak No 329/JB) was allotted to Army remount to Stud Grantees which has become a big problem in extending the city of Toba Tek Singh and provision of offices to the civil administration. He was of the view that a state land measuring 1457A-3K-08M is available in Mauza plot-D in tehsil Pirmahal, District Toba Tek Singh adjacent to Rafiquee Air base within Cantt Board limits may be allotted to Stud Grantees in lieu of that land. After detailed discussion, The Committee recommended to the Ministry of Defence that the land measuring 929A-6K-17M (Situated in chak No 329/JB) was allotted to Army remount to Stud Grantees may be allotted to the District Government of Toba Tek Singh in lieu of the proposed alternate land offered by the Punjab government for extension of Toba Tek Singh city and catering the requirement of offices of District Administration. The Committee condemned in strong words the recent massacre and atrocities of innocent Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces and demanded from the International Community and UN Security Council to take notice of human rights violation in occupied Kashmir.

2.         The meeting was also attended by Ms. Surriya Asghar, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Sanjay Perwani and Ms. Kishwer Zehra MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.

 


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - July 13, 2016

Islamabad; July 13, 2016: Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges has directed M/o Communications to immediate suspend Deputy Superintendent, Post Services Jhang region Mr. Aqleem Hussain Luk and Deputy Post Master General, Jhang Ch. Aslam and conduct an inquiry into the incident of misbehavior with MNA Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial. The Committee directed the Ministry to submit report of the inquiry Committee to the Rules of Procedure and Privileges Committee within fifteen days. The Committee met in Parliament House this afternoon with Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry, MNA in the chair.

The Committee was not satisfied with the replies rendered by both the official, therefore, directed constitution of an Inquiry Committee headed by Joint Secretary of the M/o Communications to ascertain the their culpability. The Committee directed that the Inquiry Committee may also fix responsibility if the both the official were found guilty. The Committee decided to take up the Question of Privilege in its next meeting.

The Committee while discussing the amendments moved by MNAs Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan and Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari in Rule 118 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 directed for obtaining views of the Legislation Wing of the National Assembly Secretariat before recommending in for passage by the House. The Committee decided to take up the both the Amendments in its next meeting.

The Committee deferred the discussion on Question of Privileges moved by MNAs; Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur and Ch. Jafar Iqbal till its next meeting due to inability of the Movers to attend the meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmad Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Gulzar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Movers of the Question of Privileges/ Amendments; Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Secretaries of Ministries of Communications & Parliamentary Affairs, Chief Commissioner (ICT), Director General, Postal Services and other Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - July 12, 2016

Islamabad; July 12th, 2016: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee expressed strong displeasure over the slow process of investigation as Custom & ANF authorities were unable to fix responsibility on the recovery of 28 kg and 3 kg Heroin from two different PIA flights despite laps of considerable period of time. The Committee directed that Chairman, FBR may constitute a joint investigation Committee comprising representatives of PIA, ANF and ASF headed by Custom department to expedite the investigation process so that culprits could be penalized accordingly. The Committee directed that joint investigation Committee may finalize its report within 60 days of the meeting and report back to the Committee. 

The meeting was attended by Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA Ms.Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA Syed Javaid Ali Shah, MNA Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs Meets - July 12, 2016

NA Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets - July 1, 2016

Islamabad, July 01st 2016; 8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

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

3.  Agenda Item No. i; “Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 27-06-2016”. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 27-06-2016.

4.  Agenda item No. ii; “Steps taken by Human Organ Transplant Authority (HOTA) to stop illegal sale of purchase of Human Organs”.

The Committee disused the agenda item No. ii and observed that illegal organ transplant activities are due to lack of law its proper implementation and bad Governance. The Committee directed the Ministry be made amendments in existing laws to make them authentic and strict, so that we could prevent these activities and we also look into that why the peoples became ready to sale their body organs easily. Then, the Committee decided to take up this agenda in next meeting and will call the stake holders for getting their opinions in this regards but with the mutual understanding of the Hon. Members of this Committee.       

5.  Agenda item No. iii; “Steps taken against the Street Beggers”. 

The Committee discussed agenda item No. iii, all the Hon. Members/Special Invitees exchanged their views about under age beggers and transgender. Further, the Ministry of Human Rights told the Committee that the relevant rule is under consideration. The committee decided to take this issue in the next meeting.

6.  The Hon. MNAs being Members Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai and two Special Invitees Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Rumina Khurshid Alam were attended the meeting besides the Secretary, Human Rights and Secretary, CADD with their relevant staff.


NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions Meets - June 30, 2016

Islamabad, 30th June, 2016: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee showed its great displeasure over not implementing by the FATA Secretariat the recommendations of the Standing Committee regarding appointment of junior officers on higher post in the FATA Secretariat made in its previous meeting held on 1st April, 2016. Thereafter the Committee strongly recommended to remove the juniors officers appointed on senior posts in the FATA Secretariat and appoint senior officer according to service rules and regulations. The Committee was informed that two hundred (200) kilometers road for South Waziristan as recommended by the Committee was did not include in the PSDP for financial year 2016-17 by the Planning and Development Division, however the said road has been included in the FATA ADP for financial year 2016-17. The Committee further recommended to the concerned quarters to make functional and convert on solar the water supply schemes of FATA in particular of South Waziristan where the TDPs will be returned very soon on priority basis. The Committee also strongly recommended that additional funds should be allocated to the FATA agencies where no development work has been carried out for the last 6-7 years due to law and order situation.

2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan. Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Mr. Bilal Rehman, and Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din MNAs and  Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights Meets - June 30, 2016


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Meets - June 30, 2016