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Session Of The National Assembly To Be Prorogued Today On Conclusion Of Its Business: Decides NA Business Advisory Committee - July 16, 2019

Islamabad; July 16, 2019: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the Chair to discuss the business for the Session of the National Assembly.
 
The agenda and ways and means to run the proceedings of the current session of the National Assembly were discussed. It was decided that the Session would be prorogued today on conclusion of its business. It was further decided that apart from private Members business, matters of public importance would be discussed.
 
The meeting was attended by the Ministers; Mr. Pervez Khattak, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Dr. Shireen M. Mazari, Mr. Minister of State Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNAs; Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhoottani, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Mr. Khurram Dastagir Khan, Ch. Hamid Hameed, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi and Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah.
 
 


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC visits National Agriculture Research Centre - July 10, 2019


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC Review the Progress of SEZs - July 10, 2019

Islamabad, Thursday, the July 11, 2019:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today (in-camera), at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA. The Committee was briefed by the Secretary M/o Planning Development and Reforms regarding the overall progress and recommendations made by the Committee in its last meeting. Moreover, the respective Secretaries of the Provinces also briefed the Committee about the SEZs included in the early harvest programme of the CPEC. The Members and the Chairman pointed out different ambiguities and short comings particularly highlighting a detailed business plan as well as its impact in providing job opportunities to the local peoples of the project area.

The Committee also appreciated the progress and work done so far by the Allama Iqbal Industrial City, Faisalabad with the remarks that they will complete the project within time line shown by them in presentations and it would be a model project up to expectations of all stake holders and play a role of driver to promote export and economy of the country.

The Chairman also welcomed the Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Senator Dr. Shehzad Waseem who were recently nominated by the Chairman Senate in the Committee and further said that the Committee will be benefited by the experience and contribution of these Senior Parliamentarians.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, Ms. Zille Huma, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Ms Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNAs, Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Senator Dr. Shehzad Waseem and the Secretaries, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Board of Investment and senior officers of Provincial Governments.


 


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - July 8, 2019

Islamabad, 8th July, 2019: 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication was held today at 11:00 a.m. in 4th Floor, Committee Room 07 Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon. The agenda of the meeting is given as under;-

i)                    Comprehensive briefing on (IGNITE) National Technology Fund; National Incubator Centers and its progress;
ii)                  Briefing on the criteria adopted for awarding the contract to a company with regard to the IT Park being constructed in Chak Shahzad, Islamabad. Furthermore, its financial positions, past record etc.

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

3.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on  27-05-2019.

4.         The Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication briefed the Standing Committee on pervious recommendations and its progress to the Committee in details.

5.         The CEO IGNITE, Mr. Yusuf Hussain briefed the Committee regarding ongoing and upcoming programs in IT sector. The purpose of the program is to bring innovation to help masses in Education, Agriculture, Health, and energy. The CEO IGNITE informed the Committee in which the lives of masses can be improved by using artificial intelligence and technology in daily life. Furthermore he discussed various programs that have already started helping the peoples. it discussed the progress of already established National Incubator Centers (NICs) in all provinces and it will also help to creating jobs and contribute the economy of state.

6.         He also added that the IGNITE is playing its key role by supporting such innovate ideas in all provinces of the country.

7.         Honorable Member of the Committee also inquired about the weak signals of the cellular companies especially in some areas in the Baluchistan and Qallat. In this regard, the Committee directed that the issues regarding weak signal should be improved and ensure un-interrupted network services all over the country.

8.         On the issues related to the Cyber Crime, Security and Objectionable material posted on social media, the Committee decided that the representative from FIA, PTA, Cabinet and M/o Interior may be invited in the next meeting for briefing on the above said issues.  

9.         The agenda on the construction of IT park being constructed in Chak Shahzad, Islamabad was deferred due to the shortage of time and Committee decided that it will be discussed in the next meeting.

10.       The meeting was attended by MNAs Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Ms. Javairia Zafar, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Romina Khursheed Alam, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Naz Baloch and Syed Mehmood Shah. The meeting was also attended by Minister for IT and senior officers of the Ministry of IT.  


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production meets - July 8, 2019

5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production of the National Assembly was held today i.e. 8th July, 2019 at 03:00 p.m., in Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No. 5), Parliament House Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA.
 
2.         The Director General (Explosive), Ministry of Industries & Production presented a short brief on working and performance by Department of Explosives (DOE). He mentioned the efforts made for upgradation and modernization of department of explosives. He informed the Committee about shifting of head office from Private Building to Government building was near to completion. He also informed that DOE has appointed twelve Assistant Directors (through FPSC).
 
3.         Members expressed their grave concern over the accidents caused by LPGs and CNGs cylinders. The Committee Members also inquired the DG (Explosives) about the storage capacity limit and explosive license.
 
4.         The Advisor to Hon. Prime Minister on Industries & Production and Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Production briefed the Committee about the pros and cons of the revival plans for Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM). They said that the ECC of the Cabinet in its meeting of 3rd May 2019 has directed to place PSM on Privatization List and further directed Ministry of Industries & Production to make a formal proposal in this regard to CCoP, which was competent forum for the purpose. The Committee Members were keen to inquire the issues of mismanagement and pensions of PSM employees. The Advisor to PM informed about Public Private Partnership (PPP) to be established in PSM. A Member of the Committee was of the opinion that before adoption PPP model, the federal government should consult with government of Sindh. The Committee showed its concern to visit PSM location.  
 
5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Muhammad Akram, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan besides the senior officers of Ministry of Industries & Production.  


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets - July 8, 2019

Islamabad, 8th July, 2019: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.

1.             On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Abid Raza, MNA, regarding implicating the Hon. Member in a false politically motivated case in Kakarali Police Station, Gujrat by registering a fabricated FIR against him and alleged attempt by Mian Tahir Bashir, SP, Headquarter and Mian Muhamamd Arshad, DSP alongwith police force to forcibly occupy his property, the Committee unanimously decided that the R.P.O Gujranwala should further inquire into the matter, prepare the report for the Committee and satisfy the Hon. Member. However, the Committee pended this Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

2.             On the Question of Privilege raised by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA regarding baseless and fabricated story concocted against the prestige of him for defamation amongst the public through Media in his absence by Mr. Tahir Ahmed Khan, Chief MEPCO, Multan, Mr. Umar Lodhi, Superintendent Engineer, Mr. Shahzad Rahi, XEN Shujabad Division, Raja Arif, SDO, Shujabad, Mr. Muhammad Mubashir, Line Superintendent, Mr. Muhammad Qamar, Assistant Lineman and Mr. Muhammad Khalid, LD against the Hon. Member, the Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by Secretary, M/o Energy (Power Division), M.D PEPCO, C.E.O MEPCO and other Officers of MEPCO and directed them to attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. However, the Committee pended this Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

3.             The Committee disposed of the Question of Privileges raised by Mr. Faiz Ullah and Mr. Attaullah, MNAs.

4.             On the issue of Air Tickets and vouchers to the Hon. Members and the conversion of those Air Tickets into credit cards, the Committee pended the issue till its next meeting with the direction to the PIA management to resolve the Question and Queries raised by the Hon. Members. However, the Committee pended this Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

5.             On the issue of Health facilities for the Hon. Parliamentarians, the Committee unanimously decided to appoint a Sub-Committee. It was also decided that the said Sub-Committee would also look into the issues and problems being faced by the Hon. Parliamentarians in Parliament Lodges regarding CDA. 

6.       On the amendment moved by Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, MNA, regarding the suspension of the proceedings of the National Assembly for namaz, the Committee unanimously agreed to approve the amendment as per proposal given by Additional Secretary (Legislation) of the National Assembly.

7.       The Committee pended the amendments moved by Ms. Shazia Marri and Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNAs till its next meeting of the Committee.

8.       The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 18th April and 9th May, 2019.

9.             The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Ms. Ghulam Bibi, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Khuram Shehzad, Makhdomzada Syed Basit Ahmed Sultan, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Chaudhry Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr.Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ch. Abid Raza and Mr. Faiz Ullah, Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi and Mr. Attaullah, MNA/Movers.


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - July 8, 2019

Islamabad, the 8rd July, 2019; 7th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, MNA in Committee Room Seminar-2, Main PIPS Office, Sector F-5/2, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. It was decided about the Agenda Item No. I that minutes of the previous meetings will be confirmed by the Committee in its next meeting whereas the Agenda Item No. II i.e. Comprehensive Report was already given by the Ministry of Railways. The Secretary, Ministry of Railways gave detailed briefing on the Agenda Item No. III regarding train-wise detail of increase in fare of all classes during the last 8 months. The Secretary, Ministry of Railways apprised the Committee that detailed information/proposal for paying taxes to FBR as well as petroleum levy to Pakistan State Oil will be shared with the Committee in its next meeting for which the Ministry of Railways have fought to resolve such issue. He added that the Ministry was in the process of reconciliation which will be done within 15 days. An Hon’able MNA suggested to invite Secretary M/o Petroleum and Managing Director, Pakistan State Oil in its next meeting to resolve the issues. He also suggested to open new routes for the passengers. A member suggested that Railways Board should also be reconstituted and information be provided to the Committee about the total Railways commercial/agriculture/residential Land lying in the country, the Secretary M/o Railways apprised the Committee that first of all the Ministry will take the preventive measures on the land problems and issues then Committee will be constituted to resolve the issues. It was decided to hold its another meeting in Islamabad.  

The reply on Agenda Item No. IV and V regarding cost benefit ratio of newly launched trains as well as Policy and Criteria for running/launching of new trains was given by the Ministry to the Committee upon which no discussion was made during the meeting. Then the Secretary, M/o Railways gave briefing on the Agenda Item No. VI about the reasons behind the continuation of 7 newly launched loss making trains in the country. The Committee was informed that Ministry of Railways has been earning profit of Rs.326 million from the ten trains whereas the Ministry was trying to improve the situation of little loss by increasing stoppages to the trains and new bogies in this regard will also be attached with the Rawalpindi Express(109 Up/110Dn) for Sargodha. The Committee was also given briefing by the Secretary, M/o Railways on Agenda Item No. VII regarding correct data on punctuality upon which a Member pointed out to correct the figure of punctuality of trains. Another Member expressed concern on the schedule of trains that trains have been becoming late for several hours and suggested to increase punctuality of trains schedule. The Committee was also given briefing by the Secretary, M/o Railways on Agenda Item No. VIII. The Committee suggested the Ministry that three Members should be included in the Division to recruit TLA workers through computerized ballot to define its transparency. The Committee suggested to invite Chief Secretary, Govt. of the Punjab and resolve the issue of opening the Railways level-crossing, Okara in the next meeting. 

Hon. Members/MNAs Mr.Muhammad Bashir Khan, Sheikh Rashid Shafique, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Khawaja Saad Rafiuqe, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Mr. Ramesh Lal, and Chairman, Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, attended the meeting.
 


71th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - July 4, 2019

71th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 4th July, 2019, at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA.
 
2.    The Committee expressed its displeasure on the absence of Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Director General, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), and unanimously decided to defer the agenda pertaining to Government Bills (the Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2019). The Committee also pended the Eradication of Riba Bill, 2019 on the written request of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) after the consultation with Moulana Abdul Akber Chitrali, MNA/Mover of the said Bill for three months.
 
3.    The Committee recommended that Federal of Board of Revenue (FBR) will deliver a comprehensive presentation with regard to the procedures of tax returns and its flaws in its next meeting. 
 
4.    The Committee noted the problems being faced by the real estate sector due to uncertainty about the implementation of property value with regard to DC rates, increase in FBR value and recommended the Advisor on Finance & Revenue to coordinate with provincial governments in order to address the anomalies in that regard. The Committee also directed the FBR to issue a clarification about increase in FBR’s property rates at the earliest. The Committee was of the view that single assessment mechanism should be introduced to define the property rates in the country.  The Committee discussed that FBR should not increase their valuation table (FBR rates), till the reduction of property rates by the provinces. 
 
5.    The Committee deferred the agenda regarding work plan assigned by the Special Committee on Agricultural Products to Uplift the Agriculture Development in the country and directed that Mr. Fakhar Imam or any other member of the said Committee may be invited in the next meeting of the Committee.  
           
6.    The Committee expressed its grave concern over the unsatisfactory and incomplete presentation of FBR on the Automatic Exchange of information, data received from Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Committee directed that Chairman FBR should brief the Committee in that regard in its next meeting. 
 
7.    The Committee unanimously recommended that Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) will be invited shortly to explain the reasons of sharp price increase in cement, flour, sugar, domestic airfare and automotive industry in the country.
 
8.    While talking about the refund problems being faced by the exporters, the Committee recommended the FBR to arrange a detailed briefing about the criteria of refunds and role of newly created refund’s company in FBR. The Committee unanimously decided to appoint a four (4) Members Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA, the Sub-Committee comprises of the following: 
            i.          Mr. Raza Nasrullah, MNA                   Member
            ii.         Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, MNA             Member
            iii.        Ms. Nafisa Shah, MNA,                           Member
           
ToRs of the Sub-Committee:
“To identify the problems being confronted by the local textile sector due to zero rating on export and other taxation charges regarding exports, imports and local industries.
The Sub-Committee will submit its recommendations to main Committee within thirty days”.
 
9.    The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Faiz Ullah, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vanwani, Chaudhry Khalid Javed, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah and Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, EAD, FBR, SBP, SECP, ZTBL, Ministry of Law, Ministry of National Food Security & Research.
 


NA Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - July 3, 2019

NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training meets - July 3, 2019

Islamabad, the 3rd July, 2019; 5th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training was held today under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA in Committee Room No. 7, 4th floor, Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the previous minutes of the meeting of the Committee, held on 20th May, 2019.  The Executive Director, Higher Education Commission presented the comprehensive report on the previous recommendations of the Committee and answers on the queries of the Members.

The Committee discussed the Agenda Item No. III regarding “The University of Islamabad Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)”. The Executive Director, Higher Education Commission informed the Committee that it should be cleared that this university will be established in Islamabad otherwise, NOC will not be issued without its clarification. The Committee asked the Ministry of Federal Education to confirm from the Revenue Officer, CDA to provide record of 103 kanal of land situated in the Behria Enclave, Islamabad, review the jurisdiction and locality of the land in Islamabad,  provide detailed information about its Governing Body, its sponsor and how much students will be facilitated in this University in future. The Committee deferred this Bill till provision of the detailed information on it.

The Committee also discussed the Agenda Item No. IV regarding detailed briefing on the functions of the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (ICT-PEIRA). The Chairman, PEIRA, gave briefing on it but the Committee could not be satisfied on his briefing, and expressed concern over non-functioning of PEIRA as fees were being charged from the students during the months of summer vacations, were not being paid salaries according to the rules of PEIRA.  The Committee expressed concern over non-functioning of PEIRA, and the M/o Federal Education and Professional Training as the Supreme Court of Pakistan had to decide the issues of PEIRA how to manage the 2000 schools and urged that Ministry of Education should help framing new rules and business of PEIRA. The Committee suggested the Ministry should make external audit of PEIRA. The Committee also suggested the Ministry to provide governance and financing details of PEIRA to the Committee in its next meeting.

The Committee suggested to provide Rules of Business of PEIRA to the Committee before its next meeting. The Committee suggested the Ministry to increase the membership of PEIRA from two to twenty to stream line its governance. The Committee recommended to increase the salaries of teachers. The Committee also suggested to the Ministry that all the stake-holders should be taken into confidence for making education policy.

The Committee suggested the Ministry that PEIRA should entertain private schools. The Committee asked the Ministry to provide detail of school teachers who were disqualified. The Committee suggested the Ministry that fees of summer vacation should not be charged from the students. The Committee constituted Sub-Committee in the Convenership of Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, MNA comprising Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan, and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNAs to resolve the issues being faced by Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (ICT-PEIRA).

Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Awan, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Asma Hadeed, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Mahesar, and Chairman, Mian Najeeb ud Din Awaisi, attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets - July 3, 2019

Islamabad, the 3rd July, 2019:The Standing Committee on Housing & Works stressed upon making financial model viable for the low paid Federal Government Employees in the Housing Schemes recently inaugurated by the Hon. Prime Minister of Pakistan at Quetta, Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
 
5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works was held today under the Chairmanship of Engr. Muhammad NajeebHaroon, MNA.
 
The Committee was apprised that the Government was committed to provide low-cost shelter to the Government officials of Grade 1 to 16, thus, decided to allocate 80% of Housing Units to these employees.The Housing Units are to be constructed by the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) under “The Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme” at Askari-VI, MouzaChaklala, Rawalpindi and Sector G-13 and G-14, Islamabad. Moreover, the House Building Finance Corporation (HBFC) will provide financial support to these low-paid employees for payment of their installments.
 
About the incident with a family of Quetta at Qasr-e-NazKarachi which occurred due to use of banned poison,the Committee was assured by the Minister for Housing and Works that strict disciplinary action(s) against all those found responsible will be taken.The Committee however expressed concern over non-attendance of meeting by the Director General Pak. PWD.
 
About the BaharaKahu Project,the Committee was apprised by the Ministry that all codal formalities have been completed and the execution work on the said project was also started.
 
The Committee also decided to take up for its discussion, the report of a Sub-Committee appointed by the previous Standing Committee on Housing & Works during last regime of PML(N) under the convener-ship of Mr. Rajab Ali Baloch, ex-MNA, on the issues of Estate Office.
 
Besides the Hon. Minister for Housing & Works, the meetingwas attended by Mr. Mehboob Shah, Malik Anwar Taj,Ch. JavedIqbalWarraich, Ms. NafeesaInayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. WajihaAkram,Mr. Salahuddin, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Mr. Muhammad IsrarTareen, Ch. AbidRaza, Syed IftikharUl Hassan,Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. SeemaMohiuddinJameeli,Syed Agha Rafiullahand Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai, MNA/Members. The senior officers of Ministry of Housing and Works, Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation and Pak-PWD were also present in the meeting.


National Assembly Standing Committee was Briefed that in Urban Areas of the Country, 80% Drinking Water in Sindh & Balochistan and 100% in Gilgit is Contaminated and Unsafe - July 3, 2019

The Committee was informed that all companies in the Country provide just bottled water whereas the only Qarshi Company which provides the mineral water. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held today at Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), H/8-1, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA.
 
The Chairman PCRWR briefed the Committee that budget for research in PCRWR has not been given for the last two years. He further stated that its laboratories in all over the Country will be functional soon which were dormant since 2015.
 
Ch. Fawad Hussain, Federal Minister for Science & Technology informed that research data is essential to make more informed policies and standards that is only possible if research laboratories are well equipped and human resource is well trained.
 
The Committee was further briefed that government of Punjab spent Rs.88 crore during last five years to provide safe drinking water but failed due to improper planning. The Committee recommended that steps should be taken creating liaison amongst provinces and Federation.
 
The following MNAs, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmed Malik, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Dr. Samina Matloob, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto and Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva besides the officials of the Ministry attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage meets - July 3, 2019

Islamabad; 3rd July, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage was held in Conference Room of PEMRA, Islamabad this afternoon with Mian Javed Latif, in the Chair.

Ø    The Committee recorded protest over the non-issuance of Production Orders of Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and Khawaja Saad Rafique under Rule 108 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly 2007. The Committee deemed it a clear violation of rule and recommended that if the Government is reluctant to release the production orders, amendment may be brought in the existing rules.

Ø    The Committee expressed its grave concern over the issue of non-payment of salaries to the media persons and directed that M/o Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage may present the draft of new policy formulated to remove lacuna’s to streamline the services of media persons so that Committee could finalize it in-consultation with all stake holders.

Ø    The Committee criticize the media policy of the Government and directed that Ministry may provide complete detail of amount released to different private channels during the last six months and report to the Committee in its next meeting.

Ø    Earlier, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts taken by them to safeguard the interest of the media persons and problems faced by them in this regard.

Ø    The meeting was attended by Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Akram Cheema, MNA Mr. Aftab Jahangir, MNA Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer, Ms. Syma Nadeem, MNA, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, MNA Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA, Ms. Naz Baloch, MNA and Officials of M/o Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage, and representatives of media Unions.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - July 2, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - July 2, 2019

Islamabad, 02nd July, 2019; 17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justicewas held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

2.   The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 10thJuly 2019, and deferred the implementation status of its previous recommendations.

3.   The Committee consideredthe Bill “The Legal Practitioner and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill 2018,Moved by Ms.Aliya Kamran MNA”after detail deliberationsthe Committee recommends that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting due to non-availability of Mover.

4.   The Committee considered “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 1, 51, 59, 106, 154, 175A, 198 and 218) (Moved by Rana Sana Ullah Khan, MNA)”after detail deliberationsthe Committee recommends that that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting due to non-availability of Mover.

5.   The Committee considered “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 1, 51, 59, 106, 175A and 218) (Moved by Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA)” after detail deliberationsthe Committee recommends that that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting.

6.   The Committee considered “The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Moved by Dr.Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA)” after detail deliberationsthe Committee recommends that that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting due to non-availability of Mover.

7.   The Committee considered “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 51, 59, 106, 154, 175A and 218) (Moved by MurtazaJavedAbbasi, MNA)” after detail deliberationsthe Committee recommends that that the Bill may be deferred may be deferred till next meeting.

8. Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr.Lal Chand, Mr Muhammad FarooqAzam Malik, Ms.KishwarZehra,Mr.Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan MastikhelMr.Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Shunila Ruth,Ch.MehmoodBasirVirk,Mr.Usman Ibrahim Ms.Nafeesa Shah,Mr.MurtazaJavedAbbasi, Mr.Ali Khan Jadoon,attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice,Secreatry Election Commission of Pakistan and National Database Registration Authority, with their staff, representatives of the Council of Islamic Ideology, attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Energy meets - July 2, 2019

NA Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage meets - June 26, 2019

Islamabad; 26th June, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage was held in Parliament House, Islamabad this afternoon with Mian Javed Latif, in the Chair.

The Committee expressed its grave concern over the issue of non-payment of salaries to the media persons and directed that M/o Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage may take stringent measures to clear the remaining dues without further delay and report to the Committee in its next meeting.
 
The Committee stressed upon the need for effective legislation to safeguard the interest of media persons and directed that M/o Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage may propose legislation to remove complications in the existing system to streamline the services of media persons so that Committee could support them accordingly.
 
Dr. Nafisa Shah, moved a resolution which was supported by the Chair, Members of Opposition and MQM on the recent acts of abuse and violence against working Journalists by some of the government functionaries and recommended that responsible may be held accountable as per law.
 
Earlier, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts taken by them to safeguard the interest of the media persons and problems faced by them in this regard.
 
The meeting was attended by Ms. Syma Nadeem, MNA, Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, MNA, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, MNA, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA, Ms. Naz Baloch, MNA and Officials of M/o Information, Broadcasting, National History & Literary Heritage, and representatives of media Unions.
 


6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile was held today - June 25, 2019

Islamabad the 25th June, 2019: 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile was held in Constitution Room, Parliament House, at 11:00 am under the Chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA. The agenda of the meeting is circulated vide Notice No. F.2(1)/2019-Com-I Vol-IV dated 24th June, 2019.

2.         The Advisor on Commerce Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, while briefing the Committee on eliminating the Five Zero Rated Export Sectors of Pakistan said that payment of sales taxes refund had always remained a problem for the exporters. Since it creates liquidity problems for the exporters in 2005, Government introduced zero rating facility for the export-oriented industrial sectors namely, textile, carpet, sports goods, surgical and leather to solve the issue. The facility of “no payment no refund”, has been withdrawn in the Finance Bill 2019-20. The Business fraternity related with the above industrial sector protested on this withdrawal and has requested the same should be continued. The Committee taking into consideration their woes has asked the advisor to resolve this issue by talking to Ministry of Finance and Federal Board of Revenue and also recommended to find a middle way as it would be in the interest of Exporters and Government of Pakistan.

3.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor on Commerce and MNA’s, Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Mr. Ahmad Hussain Deharr, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Ms. Wajiha Akram, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Shaza Fatma Khwaja, Mir Munawar Ali Talpur, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, and Additional Secretary of Ministry of Commerce along with Senior Officers.


16TH meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - June 18, 2019

16TH meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 18th June, 2019, at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA.

2.         The Committee expressed its apprehensions about the Amendments proposed by the Government in Section 16 of Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2019 regarding the powers assigned to the invest6igating officer or any other officers of the agencies mentioned in sub section (2) of section 24 of the AML Act, 2010. The Committee once again directed the Ministry of Finance to propose maintainable alternative suggestions in light of the queries made by the members of the Committee on the Amendments proposed by the Ministry.

3.         While considering the Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Senior Director, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) informed the Committee that foreign exchange policy and operations in Pakistan were governed under the provisions of Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA), 1947, which empowers the SBP to regulate inflows and outflows the foreign exchange, however, the SBP does not have explicit powers under FERA, 1947 to issue any regulation/instruction relating to the inland movement of foreign currencies. The Committee recommended to SBP for preparing comprehensive presentation on the implementation procedure of the said bill  before enactment by the Parliament. Members were also of the concern that quantum of the foreign currency should be defined in the Bill.

4.         Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA/Move, briefed the Committee about the salient features of the Eradication of Riba Bill, 2019,. Mr. Samar Hasnain, Director, SBP informed  the Committee that in order to Islamize the financial system of Pakistan, significant efforts were made during 1980s, Shariah Complaint Banking system was adopted by the SBP in 2002, wherein, both the Islamic and conventional banks were allowed to operate simultaneously in the country. He added that in terms of share, Islamic Banking industry have 13.5 percent and 15.5 percent share in country’s overall banking industry’s assets and deposits, respectively. After thread bear deliberation, the Committee recommended to SBP for providing comprehensive plan on the subject Bill in the light of the discussion made in the previous meetings of the Committee in this regard.

5.         The Committee considered the Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Interest on Private Loans Bill, 2019, and decided that briefing on Microfinance Institutions will be arranged in this regard. The Committee discussed the matter regarding appointments of Governor, SBP and Chairman Federal Board of Revenue. Special Secretary, Ministry of Finance informed the Committee that all procedural requirements were completed for the appointment of Governor SBP.

6.         Chairman Federal Board of Revenue briefed the Committee on the salient futures of the Amnesty Scheme launched by the Government. He stated that assets declarations date of the said scheme will not be extended from 30th June, 2019.

7.         An In-camera session of the meeting was held to discuss the International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff level agreement and current status of the Financial Action Task Force.

8.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Faiz Ullah, Sardar Nasrullah Dreshak, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz,  Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, and Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, besides the senior Officers of the Ministry of Finance, FBR, SBP, NBP and Ministry of Law, Stakeholders.


NA Standing Committee On Information, Broadcasting, National History And Literary Heritage meets - June 17, 2019

Islamabad; June 17, 2019: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage of National Assembly met under the chairmanship of Mian Javed Latif, MNA at Committee Room of Information and Broadcasting, Cabinet Block, Islamabad.
 
The Committee was briefed by the Ministry on implementation status of previous recommendations of the Committee. Committee demanded more details with the implementation on recommendations. Committee demanded the details regarding the recommendations of meeting held on 12.03.2019.Committee also demanded the clarification about the contradictory statements by the Ministry.

Special Assistant to the Prime Ministry briefed the Committee on various technical issues regarding the Prime Minister’s Speech.
Committee asked various questions regarding briefing as well as the non-payment of salaries to the Journalist and Media Workers. Committee directed to the Ministry and Federal Secretary for Information &Broadcasting Division, that the issues regarding the non-payment of salaries to the Journalist and Media Workers shall be resolved before the next meeting. The comprehensive report must be submitted before the committee in the next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer Ms. Syma Nadeem, Syed Aminul Haque, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Naz Baloch and Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Information &Broadcasting Division, Secretary, Information & Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.
 
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - June 17, 2019

Islamabad, 17thJune, 2019; 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Communicationswas held today under the Chairmanship ofMr. Ibadullah Khan, MNA. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran.

2. The Secretary Ministry of Communicationspresented an overview about the organizations, functions, objectives, achievements, revenue, and budget of the Ministry. He apprised the Committee that the Ministry comprises a dynamic team. He assured full cooperation with the Standing Committee in the best interest of the Country.
 
3. The Chairman, National Highways Authority (NHA), presented an overall view of the NHA. He briefed the Standing Committee about the organizational structure; PSDP allocations2018-19 and its utilization 2018-19;NHAPortfolio,NHAnetwork, motorway network, major ongoing highway projects and CPEC’s western, central and eastern alignments/routs. The Committee desired an early completion of the remaining part of Havalian – Thahkot route.
 
4. Hon. Members/MNAsPrince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Saleh Muhammad,  Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Imran Khattak,Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Mr. Jai Parkash,  Mr. UsamaQadri, Mr. MurtazaJavedAbbasi,Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, and the senior officers from the Ministry and its organizations attended the meeting.
 


Recommendations of previous CPEC Committee are valid and Government should continue to implement them; Sher Ali Arbab - June 13, 2019

Islamabad, June 13, 2019:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today, at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA. The Committee was briefed by the Ministries like National Food Security and Research, Commerce and Textile, Board of Investment and the lead Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms.

The unprecedented part of the proceedings was the presence of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, former Chairman of Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, who was invited by the Committee to share his experiences and guideline for the future. During the talk delivered by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, he personally thanked the Committee for inviting him as a special invitee and his presence here is the manifestation of Parliamentary political maturity which is an essential ingredient for fast track economic development and growth as well as to attract the Foreign Investors for the country passing through a crucial financial crises. Mr. Mushahid Hussain Syed louded the role of Peoples Republic of China and its leadership for demonstrating their confidence in Pakistan’s future when rest of the world shied away which is a clear sign of time tested long lasted exemplary friendship for all times to come between the two countries. He also advised the Committee that CPEC is a mega project of national strategic importance which needs to be dealt above the party lines and in the best public interest only. He also given answers to different complex sensitive questions of the Honorable Members in an appropriate manner while satisfying them their concerns, keeping in view of the present regional and international geo political environment.

During the briefings of the different Ministries the Chairman expressed his dissatisfaction and asked the relevant Secretaries to put more efforts and bring in the next meeting the details of the presentations including the criteria and need assessment data to justify their forecast. The Chairman and the Members also stressed the need to take the public representatives of these areas where CPEC project are being proposed and carrying out being the real stake holders. The Chairman also pointed out that the implementation and progress of all the CPEC projects must be shared with the Committee in order to remove difficulties and traditional bureaucratic delays.

The Chairman also emphasized that the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are the vital part of CPEC, therefore, its visualization, selection and implementation must be done while considering the views and inputs of real stakeholders as well as the market forces. In this connection, we may also study the best role models and take advantage of the experiences of the other development countries particularly, Singapore who had successfully implemented in the recent past.

The Committee as per agenda item number i, ii and iii approved the decisions of the last meetings and also approved the proposed rules unanimously.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA, Mr. Sadqat Ali Khan, MNA, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA, Ms Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA, Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar, MNA, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNA, the Secretaries Food Security and Research, Board of Investment, and senior officers from Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms and Commerce and Textile.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - June 10, 2019

NA Business Advisory Committee Discusses Tentative Schedule For Budget Session - June 10, 2019

Islamabad June 10, 2019: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser chaired a meeting of the House Business Advisory Committee in the Parliament House to discuss the tentative schedule for the Budget Session of the National Assembly, today.

It was decided that Budget session will continue till 29th June, 2019.   It was decided that general discussion on the Budget will be initiated from June 14, 2019 and Advisor to the PM on Finance and Revenue will wind up the general discussion on the Budget followed by discussion on appropriation in respect of charged expenditure 2019-2020 on June 25, 2019.

It was further decided that discussion and voting on cut motions and demand for grants in respect of voted expenditure 2019-2020 will be taken up on 26th and 27th June, 2019. It decided that the consideration and passage of Finance Bill, 2019 will take place on June 28, 2019, whereas the discussion on supplementary demands for grants and appropriation 2018-19 in respect of charged and voted expenditure and laying of schedule of authorized expenditure 2018-2019 would take place on 29th June, 2019.

The Committee agreed that the sittings of the National Assembly will also be held on Saturday.  The Committee was informed that the question hour and other non-legislative business will remain suspended during the Budget Session.

The meeting was attended by Ministers Syed Ijaz Shah, Ch. Fawad Hussian, Mr. Pervaiz Khattak, Mr. Shafqat Mehmood, Mr. Azam Khan Swati, Dr. Sherin Mehrunissa Mazari, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Deputy Speaker Mr. Qasim Khan Suri, MNAs Mr. Malik Amir Dogar, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Mr. Khalid Khan Magsi, Mr. Riaz Fatayna, Mr. Hasan Baloch and Shazia Marri.
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - June 10, 2019

Islamabad, 10th June, 2019: 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA. The Honourable Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qaiseralso participated.

     Fatiha was offered for Shuhada who have lost their lives in a blast in Kharkamar North Waziristan. Proceeding with the agenda, the Regonal Police Officer (RPO) Mardan briefed the Committee about the brutal murder of three brothers who were residents of Ali Jan Kalley, District Charsadda. He informed that after commission of the offence, local police/investigation team along with crime scene van reached at the spot and collected the evidences and sent to Forensic Laboratory Peshawar for analysis besides obtaining Cell numbers and Call Data Records of the accused. The IMEIs numbers of the Cell phones were searched and kept under close observation. He further informed that a Special Investigation Team under the supervision of DSPTangi was constituted for the arrest of accused, which arrested one of the accused Pir Muhammad whereas a facilitator Mr. Rabab Nasim was also arrested from Islamabad Airport on arrival from Malaysia. The Facilitator disclosed during interrogation that he facilitated the principal accused Nadir Khan by providing him with Air Tickets for Malaysia. The RPO informed that interrogation and investigation was in progress and process for issuance of Red Warrant of Mr. Nadir Khan had been initiated. He informed that a Joint Investigation Team has also been constituted under the supervision of SP Investigation, Charsadda to inquire into the incident.

    The RPO Mardan informed that Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already been requested to facilitate arrest and repatriation of the prime accused Nadir Khan, by contacting the relevant authorities of the Government of Malaysia. He informed the Committee that letters to different departments of Federal/Provincials have been issued for providing detail of properties, vehicles, Bank Accounts etc. of accused Mr. Nadir Khan and Mr. Nasir Jamal.

    The Speaker expressed his satisfaction on the pace of investiatgion of the case. He said that exemplary punishement should be awarded to the accused. He suggested for payment of Compensation to the family of the deceased and asked for keeping the Committee posted about the progress on the case. The Commiittee after thorough discussion recommended that         Ministry of Interior may provide all facility for issuance of Red Warrant whereas Ministry of Foreign Affairs may approach the Malaysian High Commission for arrest and repatriation of the prime accused Nadir Khan, by contacting the relevant authorities of the Government of Malaysia. The Inspector General, Police,  KPK may provide all letters             written to various departments of  Federal/Provincials government alongwith progress report. The Committee recommended NADRA as well as Passport and Immigration departments may block the CNIC and Passport of accused Nadir Khan whereas the Government of KPK may provide special compensation to the grieved family and Prosecution Department of KPK may provide legal facilities for giving justice to the grieved family.  
 
     MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MeharGhulam Muhammad Lali, SardarTalib Hassan Nakai,  Ms. NafeesaInayatullah Khan Khattak, Mr. Muhammad AkhtarMengal,  Malik Sohail Khan,  Syed IftikharUl Hassan, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Nawab Muhammad YousufTalpur, Malik Anwar Taj, Mr. Fazal Muhammad and Minister for Interior and Secretary Ministry of Interior and senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Foreign Affairs attended the meeting.         
 


Standing Committee On Information, Broadcasting, National History And Literary Heritage meets - May 29, 2019

Islamabad; May 29, 2019: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage of National Assembly met under the chairmanship of MianJavedLatif, MNA at Committee Room No. 07 (4th Floor) Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee was briefed by the Ministry on implementation status of previous recommendations of the Committee. Committee partly agreed with the implementation on recommendations. Committee demanded the details regarding recovery of salaries which have been received by the MD (PTV) according to the recommendations of meeting held on 12.03.2019.

DG (IT of the Ministry) briefed the Committee on the performance of Information and Broadcasting Division. He briefed regarding Media Landscape in Pakistan, Strength of MOI&B, Attached Departments, and Programs of Various Departments including Press Information Department (PID), Directorate of Electronic Media & Publication (DEMP), External Publicity Wing, Information Service Academy (ISA), Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), LokVirsa and Pakistan Peace Collective.

Committee asked various questions regarding briefing as well as the non-payment of salaries to the Journalist and Media Workers. Committee asked about the Advertisement Policy of the Ministry in reply Special Assistant to Prime Minister said that in the next meeting Ministry will share and briefed about the advertisement policy.

Committee condemned the torture and arrest of Parliamentarian and Political workers during rally of Pakistan Peoples Party in Islamabad, on 29.05.2019.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Nasir Khan Musazai, Mr. Muhammad Akram, Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Khan, Mr. AftabJehangir, Ms. SymaNadeem, Syed AminulHaque, Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib, Ms. MaizaHameed, Ms. NazBaloch andDr. FirdousAshiqAwanSpecial Assistant to the Prime Minister, Information &Broadcasting Division, Secretary, Information & Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.
 


Standing Committee On Information, Broadcasting, National History And Literary Heritage - May 29, 2019

Islamabad; May 29, 2019: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage of National Assembly met under the chairmanship of MianJavedLatif, MNA at Committee Room No. 07 (4th Floor) Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
The Committee was briefed by the Ministry on implementation status of previous recommendations of the Committee. Committee partly agreed with the implementation on recommendations. Committee demanded the details regarding recovery of salaries which have been received by the MD (PTV) according to the recommendations of meeting held on
12.03.2019.
 
DG (IT of the Ministry) briefed the Committee on the performance of Information and Broadcasting Division. He briefed regarding Media Landscape in Pakistan, Strength of MOI&B, Attached Departments, and Programs of Various Departments including Press Information Department (PID), Directorate of Electronic Media & Publication (DEMP), External Publicity Wing, Information Service Academy (ISA), Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC), LokVirsa and Pakistan Peace Collective.
 
Committee asked various questions regarding briefing as well as the non-payment of salaries to the Journalist and Media Workers. Committee asked about the Advertisement Policy of the Ministry in reply Special Assistant to Prime Minister said that in the next meeting Ministry will share and briefed about the advertisement policy.
 
Committee condemned the torture and arrest of Parliamentarian and Political workers during rally of Pakistan Peoples Party in Islamabad, on 29.05.2019.
 
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Nasir Khan Musazai, Mr. Muhammad Akram, Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Khan, Mr. AftabJehangir, Ms. SymaNadeem, Syed AminulHaque, Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib, Ms. MaizaHameed, Ms. NazBaloch andDr. FirdousAshiqAwanSpecial Assistant to the Prime Minister, Information &Broadcasting Division, Secretary, Information & Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee On Cabinet Secretariat meets - May 29, 2019

Islamabad; May 29, 2019: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met under Chairmanship of Syed Amin-ul-Haque, MNA in Islamabad this afternoon.
 
The Committee was briefed by the Dr. Sania Nishtar, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Division (PA&SSD) about the functions and organizational structure of the Division and autonomous/attached departments under its administrative control.
 
The Special Assistant to PM apprised the Committee that PA &SSD was created with the basic aim to bring all the departments and organization dealing with the social protection and poverty alleviation under one roof. She said that the Division would administer the policy regarding social protection, formulate strategies for poverty alleviation and establishment of various innovative challenges to design initiatives for poverty alleviation in coordination with the relevant stakeholders. She further informed that present democratic government was conscious of the plight of marginalized segments of the society and all those living below the poverty line, therefore had launched a comprehensive and multi-dimensional pro-poor Ehsaas program. She said that the program shall play a pivotal role in creating a welfare state. She said that economic empowerment of women and human development were also highlights of the program. The Committee appreciated the creation of the PA&SSD, however, decided to have a comprehensive briefing on Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal and Benazir Income Support Program in next meeting of the Committee.
 
The Committee later discussed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 Amendment of (Article 27) (moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA); and the Federal Public Service Commission (Validation of Rules) Ordinance, 2018 (Ord. No. XII of 2018) and pended further discussion on both the Bills for its next meeting. The Committee directed Law Division to record its views on the Summary moved by Establishment Division at the earliest so that it could take up the Bill in its next meeting. The Committee also directed the Establishment Division to apprise the Committee on the FPSC Ordinance in light of the latest Order of Supreme Court.
 
            The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Sania Nishtar, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Division MNAs; Mr. Saleem Rehman, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Syed Mehmood Shah, Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA/Mover, Secretary PA&SSD, Chief Executive Poverty Alleviation Fund, Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets - May 28, 2019

Islamabad, 28th May, 2019: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence was held today at 12:00 noon in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA.

1.            CONDEMNING THE ATTACK ON THE FORCES IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN

The Committee unanimously condemned the attack on the Forces at Khar  Kamar Check Post in North Waziristan and decided to hold a meeting of the Committee in future, in that area.

2.            DISPLEASURE AGAINST CHIEF SECRETARIES OF SINDH AND BALOCHISTAN AND SECRETARY MINISTRY OF FINANCE FOR NOT ATTENDING THE MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE

The Committee expressed its deep concern and serious displeasure for not attending the meeting of the Committee on the very important issues of GST shares of the Cantonments from the Provinces of Sindh and Balochistan and the Grant-in-Aid being not given to the Ministry of Defence from the Ministry of Finance and directed that the said Officers should attend the next meeting of the Committee.

3.           THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT AND THE M/O DEFENCE SHOULD HOLD THEIR MEETING ON THE ISSUE OF GST SHARES TAKEN FROM THE PROVINCES OF SINDH AND BALOCHISTAN AND SINDH

After having a briefing from the Ministry of Defence and the response from Finance Department, Sindh, the Committee unanimously directed the representatives of Finance Department, Sindh to have a meeting with the representatives of M/o Defence for the resolution of the issue of GST shares of the Cantonments from the Provinces of Sindh and Balochistan and come up with a comprehensive suggestions and recommendations for the Standing Committee.

4.            BRIEFING ON ALL CANTONMENTS BOARDS IN PAKISTAN

The Secretary M/o Defence comprehensively briefed to the Committee about its different Cantonments Boards in the Country, their different Regions, their functions, income and expenditures. The Secretary M/o Defence answered about different queries and question of the Hon. Members of the Committee.

5.            BRIEFING ON GRANT-IN-AID

The Committee took a briefing by the Ministry on the issue of Grant-in-Aid being not given to the Ministry of Defence from the Finance Division and pended the issue till its next meeting.

6.            The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 14-5-2019.

7.            The Committee unanimously decided to hold its next meeting on the Ministry on 24th June, 2019 in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

8.            The meeting was attended by Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Syed Faiz-ul-Hassan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Syed Amin-ul-Haque, Ms. Robina Irfan, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani and Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNAs
 


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - May 27, 2019

Islamabad, 27th May, 2019: 5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication was held today at 11:30 a.m. in Committee Room of PIPS, in the Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon

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

3.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 22-04-2019.

4.         The representative from Universal Services Fund (USF) gave detail briefing on USF ongoing and future projects He also explained utilization of funds which have been utilized in all over their projects in Pakistan. In this regards they have been designed the programmes to cater for the needs of unserved and underserved segment of population across Pakistan. They will also planned for new program in current Financial Year. USF also intends to provide coverage to the unserved areas in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, headed. Further more USF is also gathering data from telecom operators regarding their existing coverage in the country and also design projects to upgrade existing infrastructure to provide 3G services.

5.         The representative from USF also informed that they will provide High Speed Broad Band services in the motor ways and high ways very soon.

6.         The committee unanimously showed their concerns on the issue of objectionable material/ Complaints regarding cyber crime and fake accounts and directed that the ministry should take stringent measures to cope up with these issues with help of PTA and FIA. In this regard the Chairman Standing Committee on IT emphasized on the coordination between FIA and IT to improve the quality of work.

7.         The CEO from ignite also briefed the Committee on the agriculture related projects/development and programme. He informed about the “Maira Mawashi Application” for the betterment of the farmers in Pakistan.

8.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Sahibzada Sibgatullah, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam and  Syed Mehmood Shah. The meeting was also attended by Minister for IT and senior officers of the Ministry of IT.  


NA Standing Committee on SAFRON meets - May 21, 2019

Islamabad; May 21, 2019: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA.

2.         The Committee discussed the issues are being faced by the Khasadar and Lavy Forces after merging in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police and law and order situation in erstwhile FATA in detail and decided that Secretary, Home and Tribal Affairs Department and I.G of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police would be invited in the next meeting to brief the Committee over the issues being faced by the said forces. The Secretary, Ministry of SAFRON while briefing the meeting, informed that Rs. 1 billion and 29 cror approved for payment of salaries with arrears to the Khasadar force of South Waziristan District and would be released by the Ministry of Finance by tomorrow hopefully.

3.         The issue of alleged sale and purchase of awarding contract of development schemes in erstwhile FATA also came under discussion whereupon the Committee expressed its great concern and made a Sub-Committee with the following composition and ToR:-
Composition:-

1.      Mr. Gul Dad Khan                                   Convener
2.      Mr. Gul Zafar Khan                                 Member
3.      Mr. Sajid Hussian Turi                            Member
4.      Mr. Ali Wazir                                           Member

ToR:-

“To probe into the alleged sale and purchase of development schemes in erstwhile FATA as raised during meeting and to recommend steps to ensure transparency and curb corrupt practices in awarding contract of development schemes.”

4.         The Ministry of SAFRON will facilitate and assist the Sub-Committee in finalizing its report.

5.         The Secretary, Higher Education Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Chief Economist P&D Department also briefed the Committee over the steps being taken for promotion of higher education in merged districts (erstwhile FATA). 

6.         The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Mr. Sajid Hussian Turi, Mr. Muhamamd Jamal Ud Din and Mr. Ali Wazir and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.
 


4th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training was held today - May 20, 2019

Islamabad, 20th May, 2019; 4th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training was held today under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA in Committee Room of Higher Education Commission, Islamabad.

 The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the previous minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 20th March, 2019.  The Chairman, Higher Education Commission gave briefing on the Agenda Item No. VI  regarding the functions of the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad. He also gave answers on the queries of the Members. The Committee recommended that the system of management and standard of education of public sector institutions should be maintained as up-to the mark by refining the government colleges and universities as the best learning institutions as compared to the private sector institutions in the country. 

The Committee discussed the Agenda Item No. III and recommended to defer "The University of Islamabad Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)" for its next meeting on the request of the Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training. The Committee discussed the Agenda Item No. IV on "The Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) (Amendment) Bill, 2019",  moved by Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA and recommended to pass the Bill on the request of the Committee Members. The Committee also discussed the Agenda Item No. V on "The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2019",  moved by Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA and recommended to pass it on the request of the Committee Members. The rest of the agenda items were deferred by the Committee for its next meeting.

 Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Asma Hadeed, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Abid Hussain Bhayo, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Maheasr, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb and Chairman, Mian Najeeb ud Din Awaisi, attended the meeting.


In-ordinate delay in completion of the 104 family suites and 500 servants quarters in Parliament Lodges irked the NA Committee on House and Library - May 20, 2019

Islamabad May 20th, 2019 Qaism Khan Suri Deputy Speaker National Assembly said that the security, services, and infrastructure completion of the parliament lodges should follow the principles of austerity and keeping in view the maximum value for public money. He said that the money allocated in the budget for Parliament Lodges belong to the nation and it must be utilized according to principles of public financial management. He expressed these views while chairing the meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on the House and Library which met here on Monday.

The committee expressed reservation and deep concerns over the delay of construction of 104 additional family suites at Parliament Lodges and also directed the Chairman CDA to prepare the plan for early completion of the project. The Deputy Speaker said that parliamentarians are facing acute issues in accommodation and directed the Chairman CDA to take steps for executing this project as early as possible. He also remarked that arbitration decision in the matter of construction of this project against CDA indicates the non-professionalism and negligence on the part of CDA.

The committee members indicated the loopholes in the services, security and resolution of their complaints. They expressed their concern that irrelevant persons are roaming in the lodges which is a security threat and suggested that the entry of visitors should be managed systematically. The Deputy Speaker directed the concerned CDA Staff to be professional in their duties to facilitate the respectable parliamentarians and to ensure the strict security measures. The committee members appreciated the concerns and efforts of the Chair for resolution of the issues related with parliament lodges. The Deputy Speaker exerted that there must be no compromise on the quality of the maintenance work which is being carried out in parliament lodges. He also ordered to make arrangements immediately for the cleanliness of the car parking area of the Parliament House. .He also directed to make arrangements for opening Tuck Shop in the premises of the Parliament lodges.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Muhammad Alamghir Khan, Mr. Wajiha Akram, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch, Ms. Kishwar Zahra, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Ms. Mussarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Nasiba Channa and senior officers of National Assembly Secretariat, Ministry of Interior and CDA.


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - May 20, 2019


Standing Committee On Inter-Provincial Coordination Meets - May 17, 2019

Islamabad; May, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination, (IPC) held in Committee Room of Pakistan Sports Board, Islamabad this Morning with Agha Hassan Baloch, MNA in the chair. 
 
  The Committee expressed concern over the poor performance of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) as the performance of Pakistan Hockey declined with the passage of time due to lack of commitment and mis-management of PHF. The Committee directed that management of PHF may provide complete detail of decline of Pakistan Hockey along-with audit reports of last five years.
 
  The Committee recommended that whole management of PHF might be held accountable for poor performance of Pakistan Hockey as it failed to even qualify for upcoming Olympics and World Cup. The Committee also questioned the appointment of Asif Bajwa as Secretary, PHF and directed that President of PHF to provide complete detail of his appointment along-with copy of constitution of PHF and report to the Committee in its next meeting.
 
  The Committee also discussed the performance of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and expressed concern over the unnecessary litigation between PCB and Members of Governing Board. The Committee directed that PCB may settle the issue amicably by removing the genuine reservations of the Members for smooth functioning of PCB. The Committee directed that management of PCB may provide complete detail of the performance of PCB along-with audit reports of PCB & PSL of last five years and deferred the issue till its next meeting.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Gul Dad Khan, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, MNA, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhinder, MNA, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, MNA, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, MNA, Ms. Rubina Jamil, MNA, Ms. Munawara Bibi, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, MNA, Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA, Rana Mubashar Iqbal, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Afzaal Khokhar, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, Ms. Nasiba Chana, MNA, and Federal Minister, Secretary of M/o Inter-Provincial Coordination and representative of PCB and PHF were present in the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development meets - May 17, 2019

Islamabad 17th   May, 2019:  4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) was held under the Chairmanship of Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, MNA.
2. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 3rd meeting held on 1st April, 2019. 
3. Chairman, Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI), briefed the Committee over the   performance, working and its activities in detail. He assured the Committee that the 347 vacant posts should be fulfilled in the month of July.
4. The Committee was informed that Suo Moto proceedings were initiated by Supreme Court in June, 2013 regarding 18 Investment Properties purchased by EOBI from July, 2010 to April, 2013 at approx PKR 35.00 billion. The Institution has not been earning any return on amount of PKR 35.00 billion stuck up in these 18 properties.
5. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has entered into Dual Nationality agreements with 19 countries.  The Committee recommended that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may initiate negotiation’s process for making dual nationality arrangements with Germany and Spain.  
6. The Committee recommended that the report of Auditor General of Pakistan regarding EOBI should be discussed briefly in the next meeting.
7. Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Mr. Shahid Ahmed, Syed Javed Hassnain, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, Mr. Khalid Ahmed Khan Lund, Mr. Noor-ul-Hassan Tanvir, Mr. Ehsan-ul-Haq Bajwa, Mr. Khial Zaman, Dr. Haider Ali Khan, MNA’s, Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and HRD and senior officers from the Ministry attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries & Production meets - May 17, 2019

4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production of the National Assembly was held today i.e. 17th May, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., in PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA.
 
2. Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, MNA/Member of the Committee drew the attention of the Committee towards problems being faced by the common people due to short of utility products in Utility stores all over the country. The Committee Members have expressed their deep concern in this regard. The Committee was of the view that government has already injected   Rs. 2 Billion as subsidy for relief to the low income people. The Managing Director, Utility Stores Corporation (USC) informed the Committee that USC was providing low rates on essential household items i.e flour, sugar, cooking oil/ghee and pulses, etc. He added that USC has sold Rs. 1 billion products during last 10 days in its stores, which was remarkable achievement by the USC. He also told the Committee that USC management was closely monitoring the sale of its stores.
 
3. The Executive Director, Engineering Development Board (EDB) briefed the Committee about the background of the EDB. He said that engineering industry always remained mainstay of world’s economies, last 05 years, Engineering exports accounted for 53 to 73 % for Developed Countries & 36 to 63% for Newly Industrialized Countries, Pakistan 5-6% of overall exports. He further stated that Engineering sector was producing value added products- requires efficient design, more professionalism and intellect to substantially raise living standards. The Advisor to the Honorable Prime Minister on Industries & Production enlightened the importance of the engineering industry in the economy. He said that first time in the history of Pakistan tractor manufacturing industry in the country was exporting its products and Air Conditioners will be exported, shortly. He was of the opinion that tax duty structure of the government need to be reviewed for the improvement of the local industries. He added that Yellow Cab (taxi scheme) and Green Tractor Schemes discouraged the local manufacturing industries at that time. He informed the Committee that shortly he will meet the Advisor on Finance & Revenue to discuss the issues pertaining to tariff structure.
 
4. While discussing the export of textile industry, the Committee members stated that cost of production was a major factor for improving the said industry in the country, the members have shown their concerns on productivity of cotton crop.  The Committee members have also expressed their apprehensions about the current depreciation of PKR, they were of the opinion that increase of dollar against PKR will affect the local industries.          
5. The Chief Executive Officer, National Fertilizer Corporation (NFC) briefed the Committee about the creation of NFC. He said that NFC was incorporated as a private limited company in August, 1973, later on, a capacity of over 2 million metric tons fertilizer was created in the country by establishing 6 fertilizer manufacturing companies. However, pursuant to privatization policy of the government all the manufacturing plants of NFC were privatized. He explained the role and objectives of the NFC in the country.
 
6. The Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Production informed the Committee that a proposal for establishing the Fertilizer Regulatory Board was under consideration for regulating/controlling the prices and demand/supply of fertilizer in the country. The Committee has expressed its concern over the increase of fertilizer prices in the market. The Committee recommended that strict action may be taken against the fertilizer companies; those have increased fertilizer prices in the market without any justification.      
 
7. The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Muhammad Akram, Sahibzada Sibgatullah, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Ms. Sajid Begum, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan,Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan besides the senior officers of Ministry of Industries & Production.
 


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - May 17, 2019

Islamabad, 17th May, 2019; 4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, MNA.

2. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. Agenda discussed in the meeting included fiscal situation of PR in first 6 months of current Government; briefing on targets and deficit; benefit cost ratio of newly launched passenger trains and methodology of feasibility studies for launching new trains. 


3. The Federal Minister for Railways informed the Committee that oil prices have increased in the International Market putting additional financial burden on Pakistan Railways (PR) however the railways fare has not been increased presently. To meet the unexpected expenditure the fare for AC class are likely to be enhanced after the Eid festival. It was also informed that private sector has shown interest in acquiring passenger trains. The passenger trains’ business is profitable while PR is facing problems in freight business. 


4. The Director General Technical briefed about the fiscal situation of the Pakistan Railways for the first six months of the current Government. The Pakistan Railways earned revenue amounting to Rs. 25035.711 million (2018-19) mainly from passenger trains in comparison to Rs. 23098.618 million (2017-18) registering an encouraging rising trend of Rs.1937.093 million. Despite increase in expenditure on account of pay (Rs.1.207 billion), pension (Rs. 0.468 billion) and fuel (Rs.2.729 billion) the deficit of Pakistan Railways has decreased by Rs. 0.059 billion (0.24%).


5. Benefit Cost ratio of newly launched passenger trains was also discussed and PR informed that out of 10 new trains 6 are running under loss but the overall result is positive/profitable. Demand and supply is methodology of all new trains. New trains are running successfully, on an average of 84.5% occupancy. Existing railway stock has been utilized for these trains. New passenger trains have been introduced on such sections as per demand in order to protect the assets of Railways and facilitate the public at large by connecting various regions/provinces utilizing existing infrastructure, rolling stock , crew and employees.


6. Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Sheikh Rashid Shafique, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Mr. Ali Perwaiz, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Mr. Ramesh Lal and Mr. Abdul Wasay, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Railways and other related departments with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - May 16, 2019

NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - May 16, 2019

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 16th May, 2019 in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor) Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee discussed  the implementation status of previous recommendation and recommended that representatives from all provinces be invited to next meeting in order to review in detail the progress made by all the federating units in this regard.

The committee further suggested that the campaigns to aware farmers and agriculturists with latest farming techniques to cope up with the affects of climate change may be run with full zeal and zest at federal and provincial levels to increase crop productivity and avoid losses in future.

The Committee was apprised by the ministry that the efforts are underway to completely eradicate the usage of plastic bags in Pakistan and in this regard capital city will be made a role model.
 
The meeting was attended by MNAs/Members, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, MNA, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, MNA, Ms. Rubina Irfan, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, MNA, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA, Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, Mr. Afreen Khan, MNA.
 


NA Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile meets - May 16, 2019

Islamabad the 16th May, 2019: 5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile was held in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, at 2:00 pm under the Chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA. The agenda of the meeting is circulated vide Notice No. F.2 (1)/2019-Com-I- Vol-III dated 2nd May, 2019.
 
2.         Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor on Commerce briefed the Committee on Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2019-2024. The policy objectives of STPF are to make the exports a driver of economic growth, transition from factor-driven to efficiency-driven exports in the short to medium term and innovation driven exports in the long term, improve competitiveness and efficiency of industry especially export-oriented sector by reducing input costs and increasing productivity, attract efficiency-seeking investment into export-oriented production, reduce relative “disincentive” for exporting activities by reducing structural anomalies, and to improve the trade ecosystem by increasing institutional efficiencies and reducing cost of doing business. The vision of STPF is to make Pakistan to become a dynamic and efficient domestic market and a globally-competitive export-driven economy, and its mission is to transform Pakistan from a factor-driven to an efficiency-driven economy integrated into the global and regional value chains in the medium term and an innovation-driven economy in the long term.
 
3.         The Committee showed serious concerns over the crop insurance schemes offered to the farmers and asked the Ministry and National Insurance Company Limited to come up with better packages. Although the wheat crop has been damaged due to the weather calamities but there are sufficient stocks left from the past. He opined that wheat should be deregulated and grading of wheat is necessary. Syed Naveed Qamar, Chairman Standing Committee stressed to change the policy regarding sugar cane and said that this is high time to invest in other crops. For dates crop, the Committee asked the Ministry to resolve the issue of running finance and remittance by taking the farmers into confidence, The committee desired to have more crops covered by Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd. (ZTBL).   
 
4.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor on Commerce and MNA’s, Ali Khan Jadoon, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Muhammad Asim Nazir, Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Ms. Wajhia Akram, Ms. Sajida Begum, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Secretary along with Senior Officers.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - May 16, 2019

Islamabad; May 16, 2019: The Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research met under Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning.

The Committee after detailed discussion and hearing the points of view of the Ministry and the Mover, on the Bill “The Chamber of Agriculture Bill, 2019” moved by Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA decided to constitute a 4-Member Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, MNA to discuss and submit its report to the Standing Committee within 30 days.

The Committee directed M/o National Food Security and Research and NARC to immediately take necessary measures to rescue the dying crop of corn in various districts of Punjab. The Committee was of the view that if the timely assistance is not provided to the farmers, the country would be in shortage of corn. The Chairman of the Committee pointed out that reportedly 10 thousand acres of corn crop had been destroyed. The Committee also directed NARC to collect samples of potatoes from all the potato growing areas and conduct immediate study to control the scab disease.

The Committee while discussing implementation status of its previous recommendations directed that ZTBL may relocate its existing branches in District Ranjanpur for convenience of the general public. The committee also desired to have a presentation by NARC on the developed new seeds of the crops and introduction of genetically modified seeds in the country.

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, MNAs; Mr. Shaukat Ali, Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, Mr. Ahmad Raza Maneka, Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, Choudhary Faqir Ahmad, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Mr. Kamal Uddin, Mr. Riaz Fatyana, Mover, Secretary, M/o National Food Security and Research and Senior Officers of the concerned departments
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - May 16, 2019

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 16th May, 2019 in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor) Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA.

The Committee discussed  the implementation status of previous recommendation and recommended that representatives from all provinces be invited to next meeting in order to review in detail the progress made by all the federating units in this regard.

The committee further suggested that the campaigns to aware farmers and agriculturists with latest farming techniques to cope up with the affects of climate change may be run with full zeal and zest at federal and provincial levels to increase crop productivity and avoid losses in future.

The Committee was apprised by the ministry that the efforts are underway to completely eradicate the usage of plastic bags in Pakistan and in this regard capital city will be made a role model.

The meeting was attended by MNAs/Members, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, MNA, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, MNA, Ms. Rubina Irfan, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, MNA, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA, Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, Mr. Afreen Khan, MNA.


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology meets - May 15, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs meets - May 15, 2019

Islamabad; 15th May, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Chairman in the chair.
 
The Committee directed that Immigration and Passport office may simplest the procedure for obtaining/renewing passports for Overseas Pakistanis and establish online system to facilitate them. The Committee also directed that Immigration and Passport offices might be established at prime locations in abroad to make them easily approachable for Pakistanis living abroad.
 
The Committee expressed displeasure over the non-professional and non-cooperative attitude of FIA officials at Pakistani Airports and stressed upon the need to develop a proper mechanism to monitor their activities at Airports so they could not tease to Pakistani passengers especially labor class while coming back to Pakistan. The Committee further directed that FIA may strengthen its complaint cells at Airports for timely assistance to the complainant.
 
Earlier, representatives of FIA and Immigration and Passport offices briefly apprised the Committee about the initiatives taken by them to facilitate Overseas Pakistanis and problems faced by them in this regard.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Abdul Shakoor, MNA, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, MNA, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, MNA, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA and officials of M/o Foreign Affairs.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - May 15, 2019

Islamabad, 15th May, 2019; 14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

2.    The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee deferred the confirmation of minutes of its previous meeting held on 7th May 2019, as well as implementation status of its previous recommendations.

3.    The Committee considered the Bill “The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Section 4) (Government Bill)” after detail deliberations the Committee recommends that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting with recommendation that the ministry shall submit the amended draft before the committee in its next meeting.

4.   The Committee considered “The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Section 7) (Government Bill)” after detail deliberations the Committee recommends that that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting.

5.     Due to paucity of time the Committee remained unable to consider the Bills, “The Letters of Administration and Succession Certificate Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)” “The Enforcement of Women’s Property Rights Bill, 2019 (Government Bill); The Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission Bill, 2019 (Government Bill); The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 1, 51, 59, 106, 154, 175A, 198 and 218) (Moved by Rana Sana Ullah Khan, MNA); and The Legal Practitioner and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill,2018 (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA)” hence, the same are deferred till its next meeting.

6.    Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr.Lal Chand, Mr Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Shunila Ruth,Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Ch.Mehmood Basir Virk,Khawaja Saad Rafique, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar Ms. Aliya Kamran attended the meeting besides the Minister for Law and Justice senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff, representatives of the Council of Islamic Ideology, attended the meeting.


Standing Committee On Foreign Affairs Meets - May 14, 2019

Islamabad; 14th May, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Chairman in the chair.
 
The Committee directed that M/o Foreign Affairs may timely clear the misconceptions of electronic and print media news to avoid embarrassment among the public so that people could know about the ground realities of international issues 
 
The Committee directed that M/o Foreign Affairs may develop proper liaison with M/o Commerce to enhance Pakistani exports as it had been observed that Pakistani Basmati Rice was being sold on Indian tag in international markets. The Committee further directed that Pakistani Ambassadors may also evaluate the performance of commercial attachés in collaboration with M/o Commerce to achieve the targets set by the government.
 
The Committee directed that M/o Foreign Affairs may take stringent measures for early release of 2107 Pakistani prisoners detained in Saudi Jails as promised by Saudi Crown Prince and provide them full assistance to remove procedural complications.
 
Earlier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to cope with the international issues and problems faced by them in this regards.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, MNA Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, MNA, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bukhari, MNA Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA and officials of M/o Foreign Affairs.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On Defence Meets Today - May 14, 2019

Islamabad, 14th May, 2019: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence was held today at 11:00 a.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA.

1. OFFERING FATEHA

The Hon. Members of the Committee offered Fateha for the departed souls of those who have been martyred at Pak-Afghan Border while fixing the fence, in Gawadar, on the coastal highways in Ormara and in Quetta.

2. CHIEF SECRETARIES OF SINDH AND BALOCHISTAN TO ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE

While giving briefing to the Committee on all Cantonments based in Balochistan by the Secretary M/o Defence and D.G, ML&C Depatt, the Committee unanimously decided that the Chief Secretaries of the Provinces of Balochistan and Sindh alongwith the Secretaries of Finance Departments of both the Provinces should attend the next meeting of the Committee and brief about the shares being given to the Cantonments based in Balochistan from the National Finance Commission Awards and the hindrances in this regard and non-payment of GST Share by the Provincial Governments. The Committee also directed that the Secretary M/o Finance should also attend the next meeting of the Committee on the said matter and also in addition about non-allocation of Grand in Aid to the Cantonment Boards.

3. APPRECIATING THE EFFORTS MADE BY THE MINISTRY REGARDING ESTABLISHING THE CB CARE CETERS IN DIFFERENT CITIES OF THE COUNTRY
 
The Committee appreciated the M/o Defence on establishing the CB CARE Centers in different cities of the Country for resolving the issues of the residents in the Cantonment Areas.

4. The Committee also decided to hold its next meeting regarding briefing on all Cantonments based in Sindh.

5. The Committee unanimously decided to hold its next meeting on the Ministry on 28th May, 2019 in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

6. The meeting was attended by Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Syed Faiz-ul-Hassan, Ms. Kanwal Shauzab, Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Syed Amin-ul-Haque, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Ms. Robina Irfan, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani and Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNAs
 


NA Standing Committee briefed that excessive use of polythene bags is a major cause of chronic lungs cancer and also the environment in a serious way by releasing its toxic chemicals - May 14, 2019

The Committee was briefly apprised about the excessive use of Polythene Bags which are a major cause of Lungs Cancer, stoppage of sewage draining system and disruption of environment. These are absorbed into soil and slowly toxic chemicals are released. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology held today at COMSATS University, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA.

The Committee was also briefed about the working, performance, achievements and issues being faced by the COMSATS. The Committee urged that a new campus of COMSATS University should be constructed in Karachi. However, the Committee was told that matter of Land acquisition is under consideration with Government of Sindh.

The Committee lauded the efforts of a student for inventing a speedy wound healing molecule for diabetics and burn victims. A huge investment is required to launch it but unfortunately, nobody in Pakistan could invest and out of compulsion the COMSATS had to sign MoU with an Australian company. Now it is in clinical research process and it would take more than one and half year to get into the market.

The following MNAs, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmed Malik, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Ms. Zaib Jaffar, Dr. Samina Matloob, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva and Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique besides the officials of the Ministry attended the meeting.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs elects Mr. Asad Umar, MNA as its Chairman - May 13, 2019

Islamabad, 13th May, 2019: The Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs in a meeting held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad unanimously elected Mr. Asad Umar, MNA as its Chairman.

2.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the members and briefed about the procedure for election of the Chairman. Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA/Member, proposed the name of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, as Chairman of the Committee while Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, MNA/Member seconded his candidature. Accordingly, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs.

3.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honorable Speaker, Secretary National Assembly and assured him full support from the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee.

4.         The Chairman expressed his gratitude to the members for posing confidence in him and assured them to run the business of the Committee with consensus. The members while appreciating views of the honorable Chairman assured him their fullest support in the process of legislation.

5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Faiz Ullah, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar and Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar besides the senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meets - May 9, 2019

14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 9th May, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

2.         While considering the implementation status of the previous recommendations made by the Committee to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). Director General, FBR informed the Committee that FBR has forwarded the recommendations to Ministry of Finance with the request to abolish the regulatory duty on import of tyres in the upcoming Federal Budget, FY 2019-20. The Committee emphasized that the recommendations of the Committee should be considered on priority basis, because said recommendations were made after due deliberations with the stakeholders and Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and Chambers of Commerce & Industry (CCI). The Committee expressed its displeasure on the non-compliance of the recommendations pertaining to FPCCI and CCI, which were made by the Committee in its meeting held on 15th & 16th April, 2019.

3.         The Committee deferred agenda pertaining to the Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on the request of the Ministry of Finance and Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).

4.         While considering the Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Committee members have expressed their concerns on the late submission of brief/comparative statement by the Ministry of Finance. The Committee once again directed to Ministry of Finance that Honorable Advisor may be requested to attend the meeting for briefing on the subject Bill including total public debt trends in past 10 years & current status and foreign & domestic debt and trends for the future. The Committee decided that said Bill will be discussed in the next meeting of the Committee, which will be held on 21st May, 2019.

5.         The Committee discussed the agenda with regard to total public debt trends in past 10 years & current status and foreign & domestic debt and trends for the future. The Members have expressed their apprehensions about the increase in public debt during last 8 months, however, Special Secretary, Ministry of Finance informed that Rs. 1400 billion were paid against interest of the earlier borrowing. The Committee has directed the Ministry of Finance to prepare a comprehensive briefing in this regard till the next meeting of the Committee.

6.         Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA/Mover once again briefed the Committee about the salient features of the Eradication of Riba Bill, 2019. Mr. Samar Hasnain, Director, SBP presented the comparative measures/analysis of the other Islamic countries on Eradication of Riba. The Committee members were of the view that Islamic Banking System will gradually flourish in the country. After deliberations the Committee decided with the consent of the Mover (Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA) that that said Bill may be deferred.

7.         The Committee discussed the agenda about the NBP Bangladesh scam and actions taken by the Bank against the employees of the Bank, involved in said scam. Director, NBP briefed the Committee about the measures taken by the institutional discipline wing, HR management group after receipt of KPMG report. He said that internal actions, legal actions by the external agencies and actions against Bangladesh based local employees were initiated by the Bank. The Additional Director, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) informed the Committee about the current status of the criminal proceedings against accused of said scam. Director, NBP on Bangladesh scam informed that there were some issues in the recovery process due to the demand of borrowers for right off their some portion of loans. The Committee recommended to NBP that Credit Committee and Board of NBP may be asked to prepare their recommendations for recovery of loans in Bangladesh scam. The Committee deferred its remaining agenda due to short of time.

8.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Makhdoom Syed, Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Makhdoomzada Syed Basit Ahmed Sultan, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar and Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, FBR, SBP, NBP, NAB, SECP and Ministry of Law & Justice.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets - May 9, 2019

Islamabad, 9th May, 2019: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA and then under Acting Chairmanship of Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA. 

 1.     APPOINTMENT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE

        On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Abid Raza, MNA, regarding implicating the Hon. Member in a false politically motivated case in Kakarali Police Station, Gujrat by registering a fabricated FIR against him and alleged attempt by Mian Tahir Bashir, SP, Headquarter and Mian Muhamamd Arshad, DSP alongwith police force to forcibly occupy his property, the Committee unanimously decided to appoint a Sub-Committee on it. It was also decided by the Committee that the name of the Composition and ToRs of the Committee would be provided by the Hon. Chairman of the Committee, later on.

2.     SUSPENSION OF OFFICERS OF MEPCO, MULTAN INVOLVED IN THE BREACH OF PRIVILEGE OF RANA MUHAMMAD QASIM NOON, MNA/CHAIRMAN

        On the Question of Privilege raised by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA regarding baseless and fabricated story concocted against the prestige of him for defamation amongst the public through Media in his absence by Mr. Tahir Ahmed Khan, Chief MEPCO, Multan, Mr. Umar Lodhi, Superintendent Engineer, Mr. Shahzad Rahi, XEN Shujabad Division, Raja Arif, SDO, Shujabad, Mr. Muhammad Mubashir, Line Superintendent, Mr. Muhammad Qamar, Assistant Lineman and Mr. Muhammad Khalid, LD against the Hon. Member, the Committee was not satisfied on the reply of the MD.PEPCO and C.E.O, MEPCO, Multan and unanimously recommended that the M.D, PEPCO should suspend and transfer all the above named officers involved in this Question of Privilege so that the proper inquiry should be conduct into the matter. The representative of Ministry of Law and Justice explained before the Committee that this Committee has the authority to take any decision about the Question of Privileges as its has to give its recommendations to the National Assembly. The Committee however, pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.   

3.      MR. HUMAYON KHAN, PROTOCOL OFFICER, MINISTRY OF RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS TO ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE 

        On the issue of Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Faiz Ullah Khan, MNA, regarding misbehavior of Mr. Muhammad Adeel Pervaiz, Deputy Chief of Protocol (DCP) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the Hon. Member, the Committee was not satisfied with the response given by Mr. Adeel Pervaiz, therefore, the Committee unanimously directed that Mr. Humayon Khan, Protocol Officer of Ministry of Religious Affairs should attend the next meeting of the Committee. The Committee however, pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.    

4.      ISSUE OF AIR TICKETS AND VOUCHERS TO THE HON. MEMBERS AND THE CONVERSION OF THOSE AIR TICKETS INTO CREDIT CARDS

         On the issue of Air Tickets and vouchers to the Hon. Members and the conversion of those Air Tickets into credit cards, the Committee decided that there needs some amendments in the Rules pertaining to the perks and privileges of the Members of the Parliament. The Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by the Chief Executive Officer, PIA and directed that he should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee further gave the following direction to the Secretary, Aviation Division and the Officers of PIA present in the meeting:

1. that the pick and drop facility should be given to the Hon. Parliamentarians from the Aircraft to the Terminal.
2.         The renewal of MCOs.
3.         Validation and re-validation of EMDs.
4.         The names of the family members of the MNA should be given in the points of Award Plus.
5.         To remove the condition that the Hon. Member can not use more than three tickets at one time.
6.         To improve the mechanism of PIA to facilitate the Hon. Parliamentarians.

The Committee also decided to hold a separate meeting alongwith the Officers of Administration Wing to resolve the issue of Air Tickets and vouchers issued to the Hon. Members. The Committee also directed the C.E.O, PIA to facilitate the Hon. Members by providing the seats to those who are going to perform Umra. 

5.     REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON RULES OF PROCEDURE AND PRIVILEGES UNDER THE CONVENERSHIP OF MR. NAWAB SHER

       Mr.Nawab Sher, MNA/Convener of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges presented the Report of the Sub-Committee regarding amendment moved by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA/Minister for Parliamentary Affairs in rule 69 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. The main Committee made further amendments in the said report and then unanimously adopted the amended report. 

6.      The Committee could not confirm the minutes of its previous meeting held on 18th April, 2019 and decided that in future, the minutes of each previous meeting should be sent to the Committee Members in advance for their study before the coming meeting.  

7.            The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Khuram Shehzad, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mian Muhamamd Shafiq, Makhdomzada Syed Basit Ahmed Sultan, Mr. Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Mr. Muhammad Sajid, Chaudhry Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr.Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Syed Murtaza Mahmud, Syed GHulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ali Wazir, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Ch. Abid Raza and Mr. Faiz Ullah Khan, MNA/Movers.


13th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today - May 7, 2019

Islamabad, 7th May, 2019; 13th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.
2.    The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 2nd May 2019, and deferred the agenda item No.ii till its next meeting.
3.    The Committee considered the Bill “The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Section 4) (Government Bill)” after detail deliberations the Committee deferred the Bill with observations that minor changes are required in the Bill hence the Ministry shall redraft the same and place before the committee in its next meeting.
4.   The Committee considered “The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Section 7) (Government Bill)” after detail deliberations the Committee deferred the Bill with observations that Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology shall be requested to attend the next meeting.
5. The Committee considered the Bill “The Letters of Administration and Succession Certificate Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)” after detail deliberations the Committee deferred the Bill with observations that minor changes are required in the Bill hence the Ministry shall redraft the same and place before the committee after in its next meeting.
6.     Due to paucity of time the Committee remained unable to consider the Bills “The Enforcement of Women’s Property Rights Bill, 2019 (Government Bill); The Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission Bill, 2019 (Government Bill); The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 1, 51, 59, 106, 154, 175A, 198 and 218) (Moved by Rana Sana Ullah Khan, MNA); and The Legal Practitioner and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill,2018 (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA)” hence the same are deferred till its next meeting.
7.     The Committee considered the Bill, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 51 and 106) (Moved by Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA)”. After detail deliberations the Committee recommended with majority that the Bill as amended by the Committee may be passed by the Assembly.
8.     The Committee considered the Bill, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 51 and 106) (Moved by Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA)”. After detail deliberations it was observed by the Committee that as the similar Bill of another private member has been recommended to be passed by the assembly so the Mover has requested to withdraw the same, hence the Committee recommends that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly
9.    Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Mr. Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Shunila Ruth,Khawaja Saad Rafique,Syed Hussain Tariq,Ms.Nafeesa Shah,Syed Naveed Qamar Ms. Aliya Kamran.Mr.Sajid Khan and Mr.Mohsin Dawar  attended the meeting besides the Minister for Law and Justice senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff, Secretary Election Commission, representatives of NADRA and representatives of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics attended the meeting.
 


Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) met - May 3, 2019

We shall ensure the timely completion of CPEC projects; Sher Ali Arbab

Islamabad, May 3, 2019:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, met here today, at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA. The Committee was briefed by the Ministries like Communication, Power, Maritime Affairs, Aviation and the lead Ministry of Planning Development and Reform. The Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Mr. Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiyar apprised the Committee about the latest developments and decisions after the visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan to Beijing. The Minister also told the Committee that in power sector our main objective is self reliance and to balance energy mix. In future we shall use our own coal and imported coal plants will be converted into local coal and in our Special Economic Zones we shall promote such industry which can substitute the burden of imports. He further shed light on the Social Economic Plan of CPEC which will be discussed in detail in future meetings exclusively. The Chairman while going through the comprehensive detailed briefing remarked that the recommendations given by the previous CPEC Committee are valid and all concerned while briefing their part also specifically mentioned the implementation on these directions as we believe in institutional continuity.

After the briefing by the Planning Division the Honorable Members raised different questions regarding the on ground situation, lack of proper planning and sustainability as well as commercial viability. The Minister for Planning replied that he is agreed with some of the concerns of the Honorable Members and we are ready to include the suggestions while finalizing the matters discuss today of these projects.

The Secretary Communication, Railway and Chairman NHA also participated in the briefing and replied the questions relating to their projects in the CPEC. The Chairman expressed his satisfaction on the pace of the work and further said that our Committee will visit the projects sites to ensure the timely completion of these projects and also carry out threadbare deliberation on each project particularly during our visit to Gwadar  to address the grievances of the local population highlighted by the Member of that area considering it as a national cause and important factor in economic growth of the country.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, MNA, Ms. Zille Huma, MNA, Ms Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA, Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNA, the Secretaries of the Ministries of Planning, Development & Reforms, Water & Power, Communication, Maritimes Affairs, Railway, Aviation, including Chairman National Highway Authority and Chairman Gwadar Port Authority.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - May 2, 2019

12th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today - May 2, 2019

Islamabad, 2nd May, 2019; 12th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

2.     The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran thenthe Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 2nd and3rd April 2019.

3.      The Committee considered the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 51 and 106) (Moved by Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA). Due to non-availability of the Hon. Mover the Committee deferred the same till its next meeting.

4.     The Committee considered the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 51 and 106) (Moved by Mr.Mohsin Dawar, MNA).After detail deliberations the Committee deferred the same till its next meeting withrecommendation that the Election Commission of Pakistan may hold the issuance of Schedule for the Election in erstwhile FATA region till 8th of this month, so that the Committee will be in position to reach a conclusion on the given Bill.

5.     Due to paucity of time the Committee did not considered the Bills.The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Amendment in Article 1, 51, 59,106,154,175A, 198 and 218) (Moved by Rana Sana UllahKhan,MNA); The Legal Practitioner and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill,2018 (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran,MNA);and deferred the same till its next meeting

6.            Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Ms.Maleeka Ali Bukhari, Malik Muhammad EhsanUllahTiwana,Rana Sana Ullah Khan,Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. UsmanIbraheem, KhawajaSaadRafique,Mr.SaadWaseem, Syed Hussain Tariq,Ms.Nafeesa Shah,Syed NaveedQamar, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Mr.MohsinDawarattended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms, Election Commission of Pakistan and NADRA with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meet - April 29, 2019

April 29, 2019
12th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 29th April, 2019, in Committee Room of Federal Board of Revenue, FBR House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.
2.  The Committee approved the minutes of previous meetings of the Committee held on 24th April, 2019.

3.  The Committee members have expressed their displeasure about the replies received from Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on the recommendations of the Committee, made in its meetings held on 15th & 16th April, 2019. The Members were of the view that FBR’s version was not in accordance with the recommendations.
 
4.  While considering the reply pertaining to Regulatory Duty on the import of tyres. A member of the Committee invited the attention of the Committee towards the presentation delivered by the Pakistan Tyres Association, wherein, they have clearly highlighted the increase of revenue, after reducing the regulatory duty on import of tyres. The Committee once again directed to FBR that the recommendations of the Committee regarding regulatory duty on import of tyres may be reviewed and regulatory duty on import should be abolished. The Committee also unanimously recommended to FBR for preparing comprehensive and maintainable suggestions in response to the recommendations of the Committee. It was also decided that another meeting in this regard will be held in the second week of May, 2019.
 
5.  The Committee was briefed by the Member (Custom-Policy), FBR on Custom Tariff Reforms (CTR). He said that custom has achieved its revenue targets, and a collection by custom sector was 47 percent of total FBR’s collection during July-March, 2018-19. He added that in recent years, import export gap has tremendously increased, however, as a result of recent custom tariff measures, import have shrunk and exports have been marginally increased.  He also apprised the Committee about year wise CTR and reducing of slabs, and average effective regional Custom Duty rates. He further informed the issues and challenges faced by the FBR in this regard.
 
6.  Director General, National Tariff Commission briefed the Committee about the salient features of National Tariff Policy. She said, it was proposed that the tariffs’ slabs should be simplified based, according to the principle of cascading. She added that the tariff on raw material, intermediate goods and machinery will be reduced and the difference in the rates of tariff for the commercial importers and the industrial users of raw materials, intermediate and capital goods will be eliminated to reduce misuse of such differentials and to provide access to such essential materials for SMEs.   
                
7.  The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah and Mr. Abdul Wasay besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, FBR and National Tariff Commission.
 


N.A Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meets - April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019
 
11th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 24th April, 2019, in Committee Room of Federal Board of Revenue, FBR House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.
 
2. The Committee approved the minutes of previous meetings of the Committee held on 15th and 16th April, 2019.
 
3. The Committee considered “The Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Ms. Sajida Begum)”. The Executive Director, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) informed the Committee that necessary measures have been taken by the SBP for addressing the salient features of said Bill. The Honorable Mover withdraw the subject Bill.
 
4. An in-camera Session of the Committee was held on Financial Action Task Force  (FATF). The Committee was briefed by the Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Executive Officers SBP, Commissioner SECP and representatives of foreign affairs and NACTA.
 
5. While discussing the work plan assigned by the Special Committee on Agriculture products for uplifting the agriculture development. The Committee was briefed by the Chairman, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC). He said that PARC has already proposed three Research and Development projects in the budget of next financial year 2019-20 in this regard.  The Additional Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security & Research apprised the Committee that Asian Development Bank (ADB) conducted a knowledge creation exercise for the purpose of report publication in 2018 for “Punjab Basmati Rice Value Chain Analysis” and currently, ADB was working on “Punjab Sustained Agriculture Growth through Enhanced Agriculture Management” by means of a Technical Assistance (TA), the TA would result in a loan in the coming years amounting to USD 100 million. He further stated that World Bank was funding on various agriculture projects in Punjab, Sindh and KPK.
 
6. The Committee recommended to Ministry of National Food Security & Research and PARC for preparing a comprehensive presentation alongwith their recommendations for improvement of research and development in agriculture sector. The Committee further recommended to Ministry of National Food Security & Research that working papers should be prepared in line with the given agenda by the Special Committee on Agriculture Products.
 
7. The Committee expressed its grave concern on the crop insurance policy of ZTBL, Syed Naveed Qamar, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Commerce assured the Committee that he will take up said matter in the Standing Committee on Commerce for further deliberations and report on the matter would be presented to this Committee. 
 
8. The Committee deferred remaining agenda pertaining to tariff reforms with regard to import in Pakistan due to short of time.
 
9. The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddique, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Syed Naveed Qamar, Hina Rabbani Khar and Ms. Sajida Begum (Mover) besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs, Ministry of National Food Security & Research, FBR, SBP, SECP, ZTBL, NARC and National Tariff Commission.
 


NA Special Committee on Agricultural Products for Uplifting Cotton Production - April 24, 2019

Islamabad, April 24th, 2019: The National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products deliberated at length to rein in Pakistan’s declining cotton sector. The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser remarked that cotton was Pakistan’s strategic crop and boosting productivity and export competitiveness was central to the revival of cotton in Pakistan. The Committee unanimously decided to move a resolution in the House to abolish the withdrawn of import duty to discourage cotton imports. The Committee unanimously approved the TORs of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products which outlines an ambitious undertaking to turn around Pakistan's agriculture sector.  The Speaker Asad Qaiser said that the small scale and poor farmers always complained that the parliament and policy makers were accessible to the poor farmers. He said that the Special Committee on Agricultural Products will visit the farmers rather than calling few selected people to the highest forums. He emphatically stressed to set aside political considerations and adopt a cross-partisan collaborative mechanism to turn around the agriculture sector in Pakistan. He expressed these views in the meeting of the special committee on agricultural products held under his chairmanship at Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting was attended by the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, senior officials of the Ministry of Commerce, Finance and National Food Security and Research respectively.

The Speaker NA urged the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research to compensate the farmers for the losses incurred in the aftermath of the recent spell of rain and hailstorm. Asad Qaiser further advised the Federal Minister Mr. Mehboob Sultan to personally visit the affected region and ascertain the estimated losses to the farmers. The Minister assured that government will extend maximum relief to the poor farmers. He added that the Prime Minister has also assured compensation to the farmers. The Minister expressed confidence that given the support and commitment of this committee, we may revitalize our agriculture and realize out true potential.

The Ministry of Commerce, Finance and National Food Security and Research respectively briefed the Committee. The Committee was informed that cotton exports as well as imports have significantly declined in the last 9 months. It was highlighted that Pakistan’s cotton continues to lose export competitiveness and cede space to the regional competitors. The members remarked that the middle extract maximum profitability on the basis of their lobbying and bargaining power while the farmers continue to be exploited.

The Committee maintained that higher cost of production, price differential vis-à-vis international prices and lack of value addition has deprived Pakistan of competitive advantages in the international markets. The members remarked that middlemen extract maximum revenue during the purchase which disincentives them to go for value addition. It was these reasons that area under cultivation for cotton has ceded considerable space to other crops. It was also highlighted that cotton price that famers get, is also not in line with the international trend as they receive considerably lower prices than their counterparts in neighboring countries.  The members were informed that a short window for import, based on the limited needs of the local industry, resulted in massive imports and subsequent dumping. The Members recommended abolishing the withdrawal of import duty on cotton. The Speaker underlined the need to ensure an inclusive stakeholders consultation on uplifting Pakistan’s cotton sector and instructed to convene a meeting with the APTMA as well. 

The Meeting was attended by the Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Chairman Kashmir Committee Syed Fakhar Imam,the Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Mr. Riaz Fatyana, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan,  Mr. Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Chaudhry Iftikhar Nazir, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Mr. Sajid Mehdi, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani and Mr. Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Mastikhel.


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - April 22, 2019

Islamabad; April 22, 2019: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the Chair to discuss the business for the 9th Session of the National Assembly.
 
The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 9th 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 3rd May, 2019.  
  
The meeting was attended by the Mr. Pervaz Khattak Minister for Defence, Mr. Ijaz Ahmed Shah Minister for Interior, Mr. Azam Khan Swati Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali MNA, Mr. Ghous Bux Mahar MNA, Mr, Khalid Hussain Magsi MNA, Ms. Rubina Irfan MNA, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani MNA and Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada MNA.
 
 


4th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets today - April 19, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - April 17, 2019


Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA elected as Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) - April 16, 2019

Islamabad, 16th April, 2019; Meeting for the election of the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held on 16th April, 2019 at 03:00 p.m in Committee Room No. 2 (First Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.     The meeting commenced with the recitation from Holy Quran. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Hon. Members and briefed them about the agenda and procedure for election of Chairman.

3.      Later on, the proceeding of the Election of the Chairman was started. Consequently, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA proposed the name of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA which was seconded by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNA and all the other Hon. Members of the Parliamentary Committee. Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat announced that Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA is unanimously elected as Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC. Consequently, he congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Hon. Speaker and the Worthy Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured the Committee for providing full Secretarial support for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee. All the Hon. Members congratulated and expressed their full confidence and cooperation to the newly elected Chairman. The Chairman also reciprocated them for giving their confidence and support.

4.  Hon. MNAs/Members Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Ms. Zille Huma, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani and Malik Aamir Doghar, Chief Whip attended the meeting with the National Assembly Secretarial staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meets - April 16, 2019

10th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 16th April, 2019, in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

2.         The Committee discussed the issues pertaining to restoration the custom duty on the import of Phthalic Anhydride and directed to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to consider the said matter with stakeholders, chemical associations and report in this regard may be submitted to the Committee within seven days.
 
3.         Member (IR-Policy), FBR informed the Committee that a meeting was convened with Pakistan Tyres Importers & Dealers Association to consider the matter about regulatory duty on the import of tyres. The Committee recommended that final report on the issue may be submitted within week time. 
 
4.         The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals, received from Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), and Chambers of Commerce & Industry (Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Islamabad) and unanimously recommended to FBR for their views/comments on the said suggestions/ proposals. Member (IR-Policy), FBR assured the Committee that para-wise comments of the FBR on the proposals will be furnished within week time to National Assembly Secretariat for further consideration by the Honorable Members of the Committee.   
 
5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar and Mr. Abdul Wasay, besides the senior officers of FBR and different stakeholders.
 


NA Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile meets - April 16, 2019

Commitments of standing Committee on commerce & Textile investigated and Scrutinized the Export, Import and WTO policy directions, challenges, initiatives way forward vision 2019 -2024, assessment of future reciprocal Free Trade Agreements (FTA) access trends in Pakistan.

Islamabad; 16th April, 2019. 4th, meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and textile and Telecommunication was held in Constitution Room (2nd Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad, Chaired by Syed Naveed Qamar MNA.

2.         Apprising to the Committee by the Advisor with the status of Minister on Commerce and Textile, on the recent visit to China on Free Trade Agreement access, he informed that many items list (in hundreds) for reciprocal duty free export/ import (trade) to Chain  is on the verge of final terms, further he stated that in near future much improvements are expected not only export to China but also to other Countries Indonesia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Turkey also.

3.         The Secretary of M /O Commerce and Textile briefed the Committee in detail on the exports of Pakistan and World Trade Organization (WTO), while briefing on export it was declined during the period 2014-17 and same was increased for the years 2018-2019. There is need for enhancing export competitiveness components particularly in the areas i,e  PM’s Package, zero rating of 5-eport sectors, rationalization of energy costs for export sectors, exemption of export sectors from load shedding, tariff rationalization on raw material and intermediate products. In new policy initiatives, strategic trade policy frame work 2019-24, national tariff policy, trade related investment policy framework and regulatory reforms may be revisited for future improvements and growth of export and decline in import, he also suggested regulatory reforms as amendments in export/import policy order.

4.         On WTO Secretary informed the committee about the Structure and functions, current issues faced by the Pakistan, the basic principles of trade were briefed in detail along with advantages of WTO. The Multi-trade agreements, dispute settlement Body, reforms, transparency and the role of E-Commerce and norms of trade facilitation agreement (TFA) briefed to committee.

5.         The Chairman informed the members with regard to Sub-committee report on the visit Faisalabad Garment City, and JICA sponsored Faisalabad Garment City Training Centre to identify problems therein due to which the projects could not achieve objectives of their establishment. Another Sub-committee was constituted for its circulation by the Sanding Committee with the composition of four members including convener with the mandate to hear the Side of the State Life Insurance Company (SLIC) and the aggrieved employees of the Company.  The Committee issued instructions to achieve objectives with the principles laid down for tariff policy and revisit the relocation of value added industry, resource intensive, agro and agriculture re-processing. The Ministry to brief on the WTO and export/import of Pakistan more conclusively in the next meeting. 

6.       Meeting was attended by Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA/Chairman, Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, MNA, Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA Mr. Raza Nasrullah, MNA, Mr. Khurram Shahzad, MNA, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mrs. Farukh Khan, MNA, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, MNA, Rana Tanveer Hussain, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Syed Javed Shah Jillani, MNA, and Advisor for Ministry of Commerce and Textile and Senior Officers of the Ministry and its Organizations.
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meets - April 15, 2019

9th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 15th April, 2019, in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

2.         Honorable Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs informed the Committee about the important negotiations with IMF, he said that IMF has principally agreed to provide a financial package to Pakistan. He further informed that staff mission from IMF will shortly visit Pakistan for completing the remaining formalities. Mr. Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Minister of State for Revenue briefed the Committee about the salient features of the amnesty scheme proposed by the government.    

3.         The Committee deferred agenda pertaining to Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA) owing to the absence of Honorable Mover.

4.         The Committee discussed the issues of real estate sector pertaining to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Valuation Table, DC Valuation and Upper Cap imposed by the FBR. The Committee was informed by the Member (IR-Policy) FBR regarding upper cap imposed by the FRR, he said that the provision of section 236W of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 imposes 3% tax on differential value of immovable property being the difference of FBR value and DC value. He added that provision was only applicable if the buyer registers the property at DC value but pays advance income tax u/s 236K at FBR value which was a value higher than DC value. He told the Committee that tax was meant to cater to agitation of persons against higher FBR values compared to DC values and insisted that the DC values were the actual values of the properties and that they don’t have taxed money over and above the DC values.

5.         The senior Members Board of Revenue from Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa informed the Committee that a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Minister for Finance & Revenue and it was decided that provincial governments will bring their property rates equal to the FBR valuation, which may be closer to the actual value of the immovable property.  The Committee recommended that FBR will coordinate with provincial revenue departments for presenting a maintainable report to the Committee in this regard.  

6.         The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals received from Pakistan Tyre Importers & Dealers Association. The representative of FBR informed the Committee that FBR has already reduced regulatory duty on the import of tyres from 35 to 25 percent in the supplementary budget and the said matter was under consideration for further reducing regulatory duty. The Committee recommended to FBR that a meeting may be arranged tomorrow with stakeholders to resolve the issue.   


7.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Dr. Nafisa Shah and Mr. Abdul Wasay, besides the senior officers of FBR, SBP, Ministry of Law, provincial revenue departments and different stakeholders.


National Assembly Standing Committee On States And Frontier Regions (Safron) Met Today - April 10, 2019

Islamabad; April 10, 2019: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 11:00 AM in Committee Room of Ministry of SAFRON, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA.

2. The Special Secretary, Home Department & Tribal Affairs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while briefing, informed the Committee that the Chief Minister has already been announced the merger of Khasadar and lavy force in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police and their service rules will be framed under the provisions given in the ordinances promulgated by the Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. During meeting, it was pointed out that in some merged districts (erstwhile FATA) the Subedar Majors are appointed as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP’s) who are not fulfill the required criteria. Whereupon the Committee recommended that IGP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Secretary Home Department & Tribal Affairs would be invited in the next meeting for briefing the Committee on the future status and restructuring of the Khasadar and lavy force after absorption in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police. The Committee also discussed the issue of salary of khasadar force of South Waziristan District and North Waziristan District stopped by the quarters concerned since last eight months which caused grave concern amongst the public. In this regard, the Committee recommended that the Government should release the salaries of the khasadar force of South Waziristan District and North Waziristan District on immediate basis and resolve the opening of their bank accounts for computerization of their salaries in amicably way.  


3. The honorable Members from FATA raised their serious reservations on consultation with Senators by the Deputy Commissioners regarding development schemes of merged Districts/Sub-Divisions (erstwhile FATA) and expressed that it was the only right/mandate of the elected MNA’s to propose development schemes in their constituencies. In this regard, the Committee strongly recommended that the letter No.SO.III/CMS/KPK/4-1/2018/P&D/21992-93 dated 6th December, 2018 issued by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regarding site identification of new schemes of merged areas for ADP 2018-19 may be restored and the letter No.SO.III/CMS/KPK/4-1/2018/P&D/1498-100 dated 8th February, 2019 may be withdrawn with immediate effect. It was also recommended that the Committee would hold meetings with the Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Secretaries concerned at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Peshawar to brief the Committee on the steps being taken for mainstreaming of erstwhile FATA.   


4. The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Gul Dad Khan,        Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Mr. Sajid Hussian Turi, Mr. Muhamamd Jamal Ud Din and Mr. Ali Wazir and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.


Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs meets - April 9, 2019

Islamabad; 9th April, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs held in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Chairman in the chair.

Ø    The Committee directed that M/o Foreign Affairs may develop appraisal performance system to evaluate the performance of Pakistani personnel working in Pakistani Embassies and engage professional staff to achieve the targets set by the government. The Committee also directed that M/o Foreign Affairs may expand its network in Africa and other countries keeping in view the potential of trade to give access to Pakistani Traders and also develop a proper mechanism to ensure the quality of Pakistani exports and blacklist those forms who damage the prestige of the country.

Ø     The Committee expressed concern that Pakistani exports had been declined with the passage of time due to absence of consecutive trade policies of the successive governments. The Committee directed that M/o Foreign Affairs may develop a proper liaison with other ministries working on parallel grounds to explore new international markets to generate maximum revenue for the country.

Ø    The Committee expressed concern over the lack of expertise of Commercial Attachés working in Pakistani Missions as they failed to cope with the requirements of the country and directed that M/o Foreign Affairs may device a strong trade policy in collaboration with M/o Commerce to increase Pakistani exports.

Ø    Earlier, representatives of M/o Foreign Affairs and Commerce briefly apprised the Committee about the measures adopted by them to enhance the performance of Pakistani Missions working abroad and problems faced by them in this regards.

Ø    The meeting was attended by Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, MNA Syed Fakhar Imam, MNA Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, MNA, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bukhari, MNA Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA ,Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, MNA Mr. Noor ul Hassan Tanvir, MNA Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA Mr. Nauman Islam Sheikh, MNA and Secretaries of M/o Foreign Affairs, and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today - April 9, 2019

Islamabad, 09th April, 2019; 4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA. The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran.

2.         Agenda, discussed in the meeting included briefing on affairs of FIA and National Police Foundation. The Additional Director General FIA briefed the Committee about historical back ground, vision/mission, mandate, organogram, SOPs, performance, challenges faced by FIA and way forward. FIA has voluminous mandate i.e Anti-Corruption, Anti Money Laundering, Immigration Control, Anti Human Trafficking, Counter Terrorism, IPR Violations, Cyber Crimes, Fraud & Forgery, Spurious Drugs, NCB-Interpol and 111 Sections of PPC.

3.         He also briefed about the sanctioned strength, filled and vacant posts of FIA. The Committee desired to provide complete employees data and list of deputation staff. On a question regarding recruitment on vacant posts the Committee showed dissatisfaction about the working and performance of recruiting agencies i.e UTS, OCS etc. and asked FIA to call recruitment agencies to appear before the Committee. He shed light on present situation of huge Human Tariffing and general deportees. The Committee recommended providing full detail of fake accounts. The Committee recommended that State Bank, NADRA and FIA may be linked on bio-matric system. A Forensic Laboratory should be established provided with the latest equipment and experienced staff. The Committee also required investigating the issue regarding purchase of expired chemicals by OGDCL in Sui. The Committee recommended providing complete expenditure on court cases and results of these cases. Committee pointed out that public is deprived off their deposits by fraudulent cash withdrawals by utilizing stolen particulars of account holders and asked FIA to investigate and report in this regard.

4.         The Managing Director briefed the Committee regarding functions, resources, financials, achievements, Housing Scheme of the National Police Foundation established in 1975 as a trust. It is working under Board of Directors and headed by Managing Director who is serving Inspector General Police. It is self-financing body being run without any budgetary grants from the government. Foundation provides educational scholarships, funeral charges, dowry charges and vocational training institutes. The Committee desired National Police Foundation to provide full detailed report about the grievances/issues of residents of E-11 and O-9 Housing Schemes. The Committee also desired to provide the detail of commercialization of residential plots, green belts, and community Hall and school against the law.

5.         Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover  Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mehr Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugtti, Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Asmatullah and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, FIA, National Police Foundations with their staff attended the meeting.
 


3rd Meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology & Telecommunication was held today - April 8, 2019


3rd meeting of the N.A Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets - April 5, 2019

3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held on 05-04-2019 at 02:30 p.m in Committee room No.7 Parliament House, Islamabad to discuss the agenda circulated vide Notice No. F.5(1)/2018-Com-III dated 27-03-2019 under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.

The Committee was apprised that the working and performance of Pakistan Health Research Council (PHRC) is redundant as they just evaluate for research and provide funds up to Rs.500,000/- for a single research which is negligible.

A Nursing University will be established in the premises of NIH, Islamabad. Nursing diploma in Pakistan will be finished and nursing degree program will be started soon. Currently, Nurses are sent abroad for their training and negotiations in this regard with Military Hospitals are also in pipeline.

The Committee appreciated the Organ Transplant Bill being introduced by concerned authorities which is at the final stage. The committee also supported the inclusion of other relatives and friends/volunteers in donors list to avoid any legal implications.

The following MNAs, Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Mr. Shoukat Ali, Raja Khuram Shahzad Nawaz, Dr. Nousheen Hamid, Dr. Seemi Bokhari, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Ms. Naureen Farooq Khan, Prof. Dr. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmed Malik, Ms. Samina Matloob, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Dr. Darshan, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, and Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination attended the meeting.
 


N.A Standing Committee on Religious and Inter-Faith Harmony meets - April 5, 2019

Islamabad(    )Government should ensure the sanctity of the old pages of the Holy Quran. In this regard, recycle plant should be installed forthwith. These directions were issued by Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony of National Assembly, during its meeting held in Committee Room of Parliament Lodges, Islamabad. The Standing Committee was informed that, to ensure printing of error free Holy Quran in the country, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony had selected the copy of the Holy Quran printed under the supervision of Anjuman Hamayat-e-Islam (انجمن حمایت اسلام) and placed it on the website after its complete proof reading and having it error free. Now general public and the publishers can take benefit of the error free copy of the Holy Quran. Giving briefing to the Standing Committee, the officials of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony informed that internationally accepted population of Pakistan is over 170 million.So, Pakistan has been given Hajj quota of 179210 pilgrims. However, the present Government took up the issue with Saudi authorities and informed them that Pakistani population had been increased. So, the Saudi authorities have hinted to increase Pakistani quota upto 200,000 pilgrims. Soon after the approval of Saudi authorities, 60% of increased quota will go to the pilgrims under Hajj scheme. The pilgrims will be selected through computerized balloting. Whereas, rest of 40% quota will be distributed among new Hajj tour operators who have already qualified. The Standing Committee was informed that, during this Hajj season, Saudi Government decided to facilitate Pakistani pilgrims under “Road to Mecca” Programme from Islamabad Airport. According to the details, under this programme, some 22 thousand pilgrims will be facilitated. Under thisprogramme, Pakistani pilgrims will be vaccinated at Islamabad Airport. The Saudi immigration and custom authorities will clear Pakistani pilgrims at Islamabad Airport. So, there will be no checking of these pilgrims at Saudi Airports. Similarly, the luggage of these pilgrims will be delivered at their residences. The Standing Committee asked for fresh report about the arrangements of provision of food to pilgrims and hiring of buildings. Moreover, the Committee directed the Government to furnish a list of the Staff of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony and explain if the quota of minorities have been observed. 


The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Mr. AsadMehmood and attended byMembers National Assembly;Mr. SaleemRehman, Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Ch. JavedIqbalWarraich, Mr. AftabJehangir, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Begum TahiraBokhari, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Ms. ShaguftaJumani and Ms. ShahidaAkhtar Ali. Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Joint Secretariesand many other senior officers attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - April 3, 2019

Senator Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani elected as Chairperson, Parliamentary Committee on appointment of the Chairperson of the National Commission on Status of Women - April 2, 2019

Islamabad, 2nd April, 2019; Meeting for the election of the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on appointment of the Chairperson of the National Commission on Status of Women was held on 2nd April, 2019 at 11:00 a.m in Constitution Room (Second Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

2. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Hon. Members and briefed them about the agenda and procedure for election of Chairperson.

3. Later on, the proceeding of the Election of the Chairperson was started. Consequently, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA proposed the name of Senator Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani which was seconded by Senator Nuzhat Sadiq and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, MNA. Being the only candidate for Chairperson, Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat announced that Senator Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani is unanimously elected as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on appointment of the Chairperson of the National Commission on Status of Women. Consequently, he congratulated the newly elected Chairperson on behalf of the Hon. Speaker and the Worthy Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured the Committee for providing full Secretarial support for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee. All the Hon. Members congratulated and expressed their full confidence and cooperation to the newly elected Chairperson. The Chairperson also reciprocated them for giving their confidence and support.

4. Hon. Ms. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, MNA, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, MNA, Mrs. Farukh Khan, MNA, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, MNA, Senator prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani, Senator Sana Jamali and Senator Nuzhat Sadiq attended the meeting with the National Assembly Secretarial staff.


Standing Committee on Law and Justice - April 2, 2019

Islamabad, 2nd April, 2019; 10th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Before proceeding with agenda the Committee offered Fatiha for the departed sole of the mother of the Hon. Member Mr.  Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel.  Afterwards, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 19th and 29th March 2019.

3. The Committee considered the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (Amendment in Article 51 and 106) Moved by Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva, MNA” and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (Amendment in Article 25B, 51, 63B, 92 and 106)” Moved by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA, to the extent of amendments in Articles 51 and 106. After detail deliberations, the committee deferred the Bills with observation that a sub-committee shall be constituted which will formulate specific recommendations.

4.The Committee considered “Legal Practitioner and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2018, Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA”. It was informed, that the Secretary Pakistan Bar council has telephonically regretted to join the said meeting due to his pre-occupation outstation. The committee deferred the same till its next meeting.

5. Discussion on the reports of Judicial Commissions regarding terrorist attack on Sri-Lankan Cricket team at Lahore and murder of Judges in District Jail Sialkot. Representative from the Home Department Government of the Punjab attended the meeting and informed the committee that due to paucity of the time it was not possible for the department to dig out the said record as it was too old. He further requested for grant of time to provide the same. Keeping in view the same the committee deferred the same till its next meeting.

6. Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Mr. Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel,Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana,Agha Hassan Baloch, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Mr. Usman Ibraheem, Khawaja Saad Rafique,Syed Hussain Tariq,Ms.Nafeesa Shah, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Mr.Naveed Aamir Jeva, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - April 2, 2019

4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence Production was held today - April 2, 2019

2nd April,2019, 4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence Production was held today in Auditorium of Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF’s), Wah Cantt under the chairmanship of Chaudhry Iftekhar Nazir, MNA

Lt Gen. Sadiq Ali, chairman  POF’s (Wah), briefed the Committee about the role of  POF’sIndustries for strengthening  the Pakistan Armed Forces and Law enforcement  agencies  by providing  small Arms and ammunition, manufactured by POFs. He informed that 14, fourteen factories and 12, subsidiaries were presently functioning in said setup of Wah Industries. He added that POF’s were fulfilling 90% ammunition requirements of Pakistan Armed Forces on cost to cost basis. Chairman further informed that POF’s exported its products to different countries and have earned about 8.2 billion rupees during financial years 2017-18. The Committee appreciated the efforts made by the POF’s management in this regard.

The Committee strongly recommended while purchasing arms from POF’sdepreciation cost of the machinery of these industries should be paid by the Government of Pakistan for bringing them in line with global industries,. The Committee also witnessed the products at display hall of POF’s.

Chairman POF’s apprised the Committee about the new manufacturing, upgrading of Defence related equipment’s i.e short version of G3, rifles, pistols etc. He added that they have saved huge amount of foreign exchange by making different products for Pakistan Armed Forces with in the country.

He further expressed, if this potential was tapped to its optimum, sufficient revenue can be generated. The chairman said that POF’s Wah were working with old machinery, which needs to be upgraded for enhancement of Production and quality.The Committee admired the performance of work force of the Wah Industries and recommended that Government should provide funds for up -gradation of POF’s Wah machinery on urgent basis. The Committee also recommended that POF’s staff should be up-graded and their basic necessity of accommodation may be provided. The Committee assured for its fullest support in this regard and decided that Secretaries Establishment, Housing andFinance will be invited in the meeting of the Committee to resolve the issues being faced by the POF’s, workforce and management.

The following Members attended the meeting Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Salahuddin, Ms. Saira Bano, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Nadeem Abbas and Syed Abrar Ali Shah.


4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform was held today - April 2, 2019

Islamabad, 2nd April, 2019; 4th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform was held today at 2:30 p.m. in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Akbar, MNA.

2.         The Committee unanimously confirmed minutes of its previous meeting held on 14thMarch, 2019. The Ministry gave a compliance report regarding the recommendations of the previous meeting but the committee being not satisfied by the briefing related with agriculture; and thus recommended that the more comprehensive briefing regarding failures of all previous  plansand reasons thereof in the next Committee meeting.

3.         The representative of the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, briefed about CPEC projects in detail. While discussing the projects of CPEC Honorable Members raised concerns over exclusion of areas of FATA and Buner from CPEC projects and lack of PSDP projects in the said areas therefore the Committee recommended that areas of FATA and Buner should be included in  CPEC related projects and projects of PSDP. In response to this the representative of the Ministry assured the Committee that industrial zones will be created in FATA under CPEC. Furthermore, the Committee recommended that the representatives of the Provincial Government shall be called in the next meeting for further deliberations on the devolved matters. The Committee further recommendedthat the Provincial Governments take the Committee in confidence while making projects related with CPEC.

4.         Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shaukat Ali, Syed FaizUl Hassan, Mr. NawabSher, Dr. SeemiBukhari, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Sardar Muhammad IrfanDogar, Mr. NaveedDero, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Abdul Shakoor and senior officers from the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform attended the meeting.


2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Postal Services was held today - April 1, 2019

Islamabad, 1st April, 2019; 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Postal Services was held today under the Chairmanship of Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhary, MNA. The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran. After brief introduction of participants the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

2.         The Dy. Director General, Pakistan Postal, presented overview of the Ministry and Pakistan Post afterwards, the Secretary Ministry of Postal Services and Director General, Pakistan Post briefed about functions, performance, and challenges faced by Postal Services. He further informed the Committee about the recent initiatives/achievements of the Pakistan Post, including same day delivery, electronic money order (Home Delivery), mobile App, AMS Plus, E-Commerce Initiatives and partnership with NADRA. Comparison between revenue from July-February, 2017-18 and July-February, 2018-19 was placed before the Committee. He also briefed about the future projects.

3.         He informed the Committee that the Postal Services provide domestic as well as international postal and allied services to the people of Pakistan at an affordable cost. He informed the Committee about the detail of total sanctioned strength, Regular employees, part-time employees, shortfall of staff and operational vehicles.

4.         Hon. Members/MNAs Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Raja Riaz Ahmad, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar, Ms. Asma Hameed, Mst, Shaheen Naz Saifullah, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch, Syed Javed Husnain, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Ms. Ayesha Rajab Ali, Nawabzada Iftikhar Ahmed Khan Babar, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva, Mr. Muhammad Anwar, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Postal Services and its attach department along with their staff.


3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) was held today - April 1, 2019

Islamabad 1st April, 2019:  3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) was held under the Chairmanship of Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, MNA.

2.    The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 2nd meeting held on 12th March, 2019.

3.    The Committee recommended that the improvement may be brought in the facilitation centers, established by the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation at Airports, and also advertised the facilitation centers for the knowledge of Overseas Pakistanis.

4.    The Managing Director informed the Committee that the charter of first Overseas Pakistanis Foundation University has been approved and the University would be established in F-11/2 in 2020. The Committee appreciated the efforts of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation in education sector.

5.    The Committee was informed that NADRA Swift Centers at all OPF Regional Offices on the pattern of OPF Head Office, Islamabad would be established. Moreover, Passport Office will be established at OPF Head Office Islamabad.   

6.    An Overseas Pakistanis Advisory Council has been established to utilize the expertise of Overseas Pakistanis in strategic decision making by placing them as members of public sector institutions/advisory bodies.

7.    Mr. Sajid Khan, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Mr. Shahid Ahmed, Syed Javed Hassnain, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr. Muhammad Jamal-ud-Din, MNA’s, and senior officers from the Ministry attended the meeting.


3rd meeting of the National Assembly’s Non Ministerial Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges held today - April 1, 2019

3rd meeting of the National Assembly’s Non Ministerial Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges held on 1st April, 2019 at 02:00 pm in Committee Room No.07, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.          Ms. Ghulam  Bibi, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Mr. Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Chaudhry Armghan Subhani, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Mr. Ali Wazir MNAs attended the meeting. Moreover, concerned officers of the agenda items were also attended the meeting.

3.         The Committee unanimously decided to defer the amendment moved by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA/Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, in Rule 69 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 because the Honourable Minister for Parliamentary Affairs was not present in the meeting. This amendment in the Rule was related to the Prime Minister’s Question Hour on the first Wednesday once in each session on the matters relating to overall substantive policy or performance of the Government.

4.         The Question of Privilege of Mr. Faheem Khan, MNA was regarding alleged misbehavior and derogatory remarks of Mr. Maqsood Raza, SHO and Mr. Imdad Khawaja, Investigation Officer, Police Station Defence, Karachi with the honourable Member (referred on 30-01-2019) and which was kept pending till today and report thereof was required. In compliance of the directions of the Committee, three officers including Mr. Saeed, ASI, Mr. Imdad Ali Khwaja, SIO and Mr. Maqsood Raza, S.H.O of the case were suspended and issued show cause notices to them, report thereof was submitted in this meeting. The question of privilege was settled after the action taken by the Sindh Police. The Mover of the agenda item No. IV attended the meeting.

5.         The Question of Privilege of Mr. Abid Raza, MNA was regarding implicating the Honourable Member in a false politically motivated case in Kakarali Police Station, Gujrat by registering a fabricated FIR against him, and alleged attempt by Mian Tahir Bashir, SP, Headquarters and Mian Muhammad Arshad, DSP along with police force to forcibly occupy his property (referred on 30-01-2019). The Committee required its report for today but due to non-presence of the Mover of the Question of Privilege, the Committee recommended that the agenda item may be deferred till next meeting.

6.         The last agenda item of the Committee was of the Question of Privilege of Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, MNA which was regarding non-attending telephone calls of the Honourable Member by the Secretaries, Revenue, Local Government, Education, Health and Agriculture and General Manager, SSGCL, Karachi and harassment of the Hon. Member and his voters by the Deputy Commissioner(Mr. Mehdi Shah), Mirpurkhas  and Superintendent of Police (Mr. Abid Baloch), Mirpurkhas (referred on 13-02-2019) was discussed and settled the issue/question of privilege relating to the Secretaries, Government of Sindh and General Manager, SSGCL, Karachi and the matter relating to the Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police, Mirpur Khas (Sindh) deferred for next meeting of the Committee. The Committee directed to the Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Police, Sindh to appear in person in the next meeting.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - March 29, 2019

Islamabad; March 29, 2019: The Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research met under Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA in Islamabad this morning.

The Committee was briefed by the Representatives of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) and Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd (ZTBL) regarding their initiatives for strengthening of agriculture/livestock sector especially to the individual Farmers desirous of establishing small projects for adding value to their agricultural produce. The President ZTBL apprised the Committee that ZTBL was established with the basic aim to financially assist the farming community so that it could contribute in the growth of the country. He further briefed the Committee that ZTBL massively contributed in the agriculture sector through introduction of the combine harvesters, packaged milk, poultry and potato chips industry. He informed that ZTBL had disbursed Rs.76 billion during the 2018 through its production and development loan schemes and women self-empowerment.

The Committee was later briefed about the initiatives by SMEDA for small and medium businesses specially farming community. The representative of SMEDA informed that the Authority does not have any financial resources to assist the small entrepreneurs; however, it assists them with research and analysis of the market. He informed that the regional offices of the Authority exist in every district and necessary information and guidance provided to the farmers to desire indulge in small business activity.

The Committee appreciated the performance of both the Organizations for supporting the agriculture sector, however, directed to enhance their outreach through public interaction and media. The Committee directed ZTBL to extend its banking network to remote areas besides extending maximum credit to rural women on personal guarantee. The Committee also directed SMEDA to assist farmers who desire to add value to their agriculture produce on limited level.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Shaukat Ali, Mr. Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mr. Kamal Uddin, Secretary, M/o National Food Security and Research, Chairman (PARC), Director General (NARC)  and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


Third meeting of the Standing Committee on Privatization was held today - March 28, 2019

Islamabad the 28th March, 2019: Third meeting of the Standing Committee on Privatization was held on 28th March, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room, No.7, 4th Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Syed Mustafa Mahmud,MNA, for comprehensive briefing by Privatization Division.

2.         The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Secretary, M/o Privatization/Commission briefed the Committee over the Privatization of two Power Plants and SME Bank. He informed the Committee that the Cabinet Committee on Privatization directed to immediately initiate the process of 1223 MW Balloki Power Plant and 1230 MW Haveli Bahadur Power Plant owned by National Power Management Company (Private ) Limited. After adopting the prescribed procedure the Chairman Privatization Commission constituted the evaluation committee to evaluate the Expression of Interest (EoI) and technical & financial proposals submitted by the interested parties(IPs) for hiring of Financial Advisor for Privatization of NPPMCL.Afterwards the (05) short listed consortiums submitted their technical & financial proposals for the Privatization of above mentioned power plants. He apprised the Committee that an amount of 02 billion $ is expected through the Privatization of these two power plants.

3.         He apprised the Committee that the SME Bank is a public limited company and currently Government of Pakistan holds its 93.88 % shares. The SME Bank has consistently been incurring losses resulting in a negative asset worth of Rs. 1.17 billion. After due process 03 Interested parties formed consortiums and submitted their technical & financial proposals and the evaluation of IPs is likely to be completed in next few days. The Committee decided to invite Finance Division,State Bank of Pakistan and SME Bank to grab their opinion on the Privatization of SME Bank in its next meeting.

4.         The meeting was attended by Mr.Umer Aslam Khan, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Khurram Shahzad, Mr. Faheem Khan, Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Syed Hussain Tariq and Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto MNA’s beside senior officers from the Ministry of Privatization.


Ministry of Forieng Affairs brief NA Standing Committee on Foriegn Affairs on working the Ministry - March 27, 2019

Islamabad; March 27, 2019: The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs met under Chairmanship of Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, MNA in Islamabad this afternoon.

The Committee was briefed on the working and performance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and its attached departments and subordinate offices. The Special Secretary (Administration) apprised the Committee about the organizational structure of various Divisions of the Ministry and their working. He also apprised the Committee about the Pakistan Missions abroad and the services offered therein to the Pakistani Diaspora.

The Committee appreciated the working and performance of the Ministry and its Missions aboard. The Committee was of the view that Pakistan Missions had played an indispensible role in promoting peace and projecting Pakistan’s positive image aboard. The Committee stressed the need for enhancing public outreach at national as well as international level. The Committee also suggested for taking appropriate measures for enhancing role of trade Councilors for promotion of trade with friendly countries besides exploring markets for surplus industrial and agricultural products. The Committee also suggested for pursuing cases of Pakistani prisoners detained in Jails in foreign Countries through extending them financial and legal assistance.

The Special Secretary assured the Committee for prompt compliance of the directions of the Committee. He informed that Pakistanis jailed aboard on petty crimes are extended legal assistance and their repatriation is ensured by the missions. He also informed that Trade Representatives in Pakistan Missions had already been activated and various agreements for export of different products have been inked.  

The meeting was attended by Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and MNAs Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, Syed Fakhar Imam, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, Mr. Ali Zahid, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Mr. Abdul Shakoor, Special Secretary M/o Foreign Affairs and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Interiorwas held today - March 27, 2019

Islamabad, 27th March, 2019; 3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Interiorwas held today under the Chairmanship of Raja KhurramShahzad Nawaz, MNA. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

2.         Agenda discussed in the meeting included “National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019”, briefing on Immigration & Passports and PSDP for FY 2018-19 & 2019-20.

3.         The Ministry briefed the Committee on PSDP for the FY 2018-19 and FY 2019-20. The Committee desired the detail of fund utilized in 2018-19 as well as detail of expenditures incurred during FY 2018-19. The Committee required detail of funds provided to Sindh Rangers and its distribution till date. The Ministry was asked to provide adequate funds to Sindh Rangers to shift the Sindh Rangers’ HQ from Jinnah Kot to protect this National heritage. The Committee wanted the Ministry to raise Buner Wing in FC KP. The Ministry committed to provide quarterly report on progress of PSDP (2019-20).

4.         The Director General Immigration and Passports briefed the Committee about functions, performance, organizational structure and challenges faced by the department.  The Committee asked to open new offices to accommodate public; moreover, District Passport Offices functioning at SaddarKarchi should be shifted to the respective Districts to facilitate public. Action should be initiated against the Contractor constructing Passport Office Sukher for delay and steps should be taken to complete the project.

5.         Different issues faced by public regarding obtaining CNICs were also discussed. NADRA was emphasized to devise a system to deliver CNICs to the people at their door steps. The Committee raised question about recent recruitment by the NADRA. The Ministry was asked to provide detail of advertisements published by NADRA during last one year and recruitment made accordingly, along with recruitment criteria. NADRA will brief the Committee regarding the procedure for preparation of Election Voter Lists.

6.         The Committee discussed the National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA). The NADRA briefed the Committee that majority of the Afghan immigrants came to Pakistan during the Afghan War (1978 to onwards). NADRA blocked CNICs which are cleared on the verification/reports of the relevant agencies. NADRA is working to evolve an SOP to solve the matter as soon as possible.No legislation is required, accordingly the Committee rejected the “National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (moved by Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA). NADRA was emphasized to active the DLC to resolve the issue of blocked CNICs.

7.         Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover  Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, SardarTalib Hassan Nakai,  Mr. Muhammad AkhtarMengal, Nawabzada Shah ZainBugtti, Syed IftikharUl Hassan, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Nawab Muhammad YousufTalpur, Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Asmatullah, Abdul Akbar Chitrali, and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, NADRA, FIA, Passport & Immigration with their staff attended the meeting.


3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production of the National Assembly was held today - March 26, 2019

3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production of the National Assembly was held today i.e. 26th March, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor), Parliament House Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA.

2.         Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Small & Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) briefed the Committee about the vision and mission of the authority. He informed that Federal Government has decided in 1998 to promote and development of SMEs across the country through activities of Encouraging and Facilitating Growth & Development of SMEs. He further expressed the mandate of SMEDA as per ordinance wherein, SMEDA was responsible for making policy and to provide over all planning relating to SMEs sector in Pakistan by protecting the interest of SMEs. He added that SMEDA was also providing assistance for establishing association of persons, firm company, body or corporate concerning SMEs in Pakistan. He said that SMEDA was functioning according to its vision i.e. “Growth of Globally Competitive SME sector, through a conducive environment and support services, serving as an engine of sustainable growth for national economy”. He also explained the mission of SMEDA and operational strategies such as developing sectors, clusters and facilitation of service.

3.         Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor to the Prime Minister/In-charge Ministry of Industries & Production informed the Committee that due to immense economic significance, SMEs in Pakistan were first recognized as a distinct segment at policy level, since the approval of the SME policy in 2007, various initiatives have been taken to promote SME growth in the country. However, rapidly changing business environment calls for a need to revise SME policy to bring the said sector in line with the global changes by setting objectives. He further informed that currently, National SME policy was under developing process, which will be presented before the Minister in-charge on 11th April, 2019. The Committee recommended that new SME policy may also be shared with the Committee on its finalization.

4.         The Committee members have expressed their concern on the performance of the SMEDA, they were of the view that SMEDA should set its targets, while working on any project. They were also of the opinion that potential sector in the country should be identified before making feasibility. The Committee has shown its apprehension on the expenditures and outcome of the projects made by SMEDA.

5.         The Committee recommended that SMEDA may be furnished a report on the achievements of their targets from June, 2017 to June, 2018 along with the details of business provided to women in furniture industry by the SMEDA. The Committee also recommended that details of the projects already initiated by the SMEDA in South Punjab (Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Muzafargarh) along with the future strategy for southern Punjab may also be furnished to this Secretariat.

6.         Managing Director, Utility Stores Corporation briefed the Committee about the infrastructure of USC. He informed that USC was established in 1971 as Private Limited Company under Companies Ordinance 1984, (now called companies Act, 2017). Its major functions were to protect the real income of the people by selling essential consumer items at prices lower than those prevailing in the open market and to act as a price moderator in the market and deterrent to profiteering, hoarding and black marketing. He also informed the Committee about the existing infrastructure including strength of employees. He said that USC was comprised 9 Zones, 65 regions, 130 warehouses and 3942 stores including 92 Franchises. He added that 5862, regular, 3835 contractual and 3403 daily wages employees were working in USC. He presented the breakup of USC network in different areas of the country. He briefed the Committee about the modern techniques proposed by the USC for its smooth and efficient working.       

7.         While, discussing the performance of USC, the Committee members were of the view that Government should provide subsidy for smooth working of the Corporation. Managing Director also briefed the Committee about year wise sales, subsidy provided by the Government, net profit loss and taxes paid by the Corporation.

8.         The Managing Director, USC informed the Committee that USC was working on a contract with some Saudi Arabia businessman for obtaining funds up to Rupees 5 Billion on two years deferred payments basis, for improving the performance of Utility Stores Corporation. The MD, USC told the Committee about the grievances of employees, he said that Establishment Division has informed that the said matter may be decided by the USC at its own level, which may be decided in the Board of the USC, shortly.

9.         The Committee recommended that inquiry report regarding supply of substandard Ghee to USC, (earlier) and other utility items, which were stopped at that time may be furnished to the Committee for its consideration. The Committee unanimously recommended that Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed, Senior Joint Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Production, currently holding look after charge of the post of MD, Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan may be allowed to continue as Acting Chairman, USC till 30th June, 2019. 

10.       The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Mr. Aamir Talal Gopang, Mr. Muhammad Akram, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Ms. Sajid Begum, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr, Ali Gohar Khan, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan besides the senior officers of Ministry of Industries & Production.


3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held today - March 26, 2019

Islamabad the 26th February, 2019: 3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, at 2:30 pm under the Chairmanship of Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA. The agenda of the meeting is given as under;-

                                     Comprehensive briefing on the working of Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC), its performance in the past five years, acquisition of Shipping vessels and recruitments policy vis-à-vis new recruitments done, violation  of any rules in this regard.

2.         The Committee was told by the Minister for Maritime Affairs - Syed Ali Haider Ziadi that the Shipping Policy is being revised with a new outlook and incentives. A summary in this regard will soon be submitted before Economic Coordination Council (ECC). The said shipping policy will address the woes of importers, exporters and persons attached with the Shipping Industry. The Standing Committee recommended that Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) should be given preferential treatment by the Government for the cargo related business and imports including crude oil should be imported through PNSC. Regarding the recruitment policy the Committee showed dissatisfaction over the recent advertisement for jobs in the news papers. The Committee desired to have complete details of recruitment policy and whether the quota has been observed in this regard.

3.         The meeting was attended by Syed Ali Haider Zaidi Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs and MNAs, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Faheem Khan,  Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Mir Khan Muhmmad Jamali, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Mr. Lal Chand, Ms. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Mohammad Aslam Bhootani, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Jam Abdul Karim Bijar, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Kamal Uddin, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz  Babar, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Mr. Kesoo Mal Khaeeal Das along with Senior Officers of the Ministry.


3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence Production of the National Assembly was held today - March 21, 2019

3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence Production of the National Assembly was held today i.e. 21st March, 2019 in the Auditorium of Heavy Industries Taxila under the chairmanship of Chaudhry Iftekhar Nazir, MNA.

2.         Chairman Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) briefed the Committee about the role of HIT for strengthening the Pakistan Armed Forces and Law enforcement agencies by providing heavy equipments i.e. tanks, armed personal’s careers, bullet proof jackets etc. The Committee appreciated the efforts made by the HIT management in this regard.

3.         The Committee also witnessed the products at display hall of HIT, the chairman informed that HIT was working for new manufacturing, re-building and upgrading of defence related equipments. He added that they have saved huge amount of exchequer (foreign exchange) by making different products within the country for Pakistan Armed Forces.

4.         The Committee discussed the Heavy Industries Taxila Board Act, 1997 (XII of 1997). The Chairman HIT, apprised the Committee that HIT board was not supported under government rules and regulations with corporate requirements, the proposed legislation would be a positive step for the betterment’s of the institution as well as local defence Industry. He further explained, if this potential was tapped to its optimum, sufficient revenue can be generated to subsidize ever increasing demand of funds for the support of Army projects. After thread bear discussion, the Committee unanimously recommended that the said Bill may be passed by the National Assembly.

5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs, Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Salahhuddin, Ms. Saira Bano, Chaudhry Abid Raza, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Syed Abrar Ali Shah and Mr. Irfan Ali Leghari besides the senior officers of Heavy Industries Taxila.


National Assembly Standing Committee On States And Frontier Regions (Safron) Met Today - March 20, 2019

Islamabad; March 20, 2019: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 11:00 AM in Committee Room of old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA. The Secretary while giving briefing regarding erstwhile FATA, apprised the Law makers that after the 25th Constitutional amendment, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (erstwhile PATA) merged in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and therefore, the President Islamic Republic of Pakistan or the Federation cannot make regulations for erstwhile FATA anymore. He further informed that all the functions performed by the erstwhile FATA Secretariat, its Secretaries and Directorates also transferred to the concerned departments of Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

2.         The Secretary, Ministry of SAFRON while giving briefing regarding Federal Levies and Khasadar Force, informed the Committee that after repealing the Regulation of 2012, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government promulgated two Ordinances on 12th March, 2019 (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ORD.NO.I of 2019) and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Khasadar Force (Maintenance, Regulation and Protection of Service) (Transition) Ordinance ORD.No.II of 2019 and therefore the two said forces stands Provincialized and the Ministry of SAFRON has no role anymore in respect of the two said forces. Thereafter, the Committee recommended that Secretary, Home department and Tribal Affairs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be invited in the next meeting to brief the Committee of the steps are being taken with regard to the future status of the Khasadar Force.

3.         The Chief Commissioner, Afghan Refugees also briefed the Committee about the mandate and functions of the Chief Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees and Provincial Commissionerates at the provincial Headquarters in detail.           

4.         The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shahid Ahmad,       Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugti, Syed Iftikhar Ul Hassan and Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.
 


9th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today - March 20, 2019

Islamabad, 20th March, 2019; 9th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

2.    The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Before proceeding with the agenda the committee showed its displeasure due to non-availability of the Minister concerned. It was also observed by the committee that since the inception of the committee the Minister has attended only one meeting of the committee. Before proceeding further the committee showed its grief and condolence to the families of persons passed away the Nigerian attacks. The committee observed silence for one minute in solidarity to the effected families. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

3.    The Committee was briefed by the Secretary Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan about the Performance, service structure and sanctioned strength of the commission. The reports of the commission published in various times were also presented before the committee for consideration. The committee appreciated the Commission for its performance and presentation. The rest of agenda items mentioned in the notice was deferred due to paucity of the time.

6.    Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik,Malik Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Agha Hassan Baloch, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Syed Hussain Tariq, Ms. Aliya Kamran,Ms Nafisa Shah, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice, and Secretary Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan, with their staff.
 


NA Speaker unanimously elected as Chairman Special Committee on Agricultural Products - March 20, 2019

Islamabad, the March 20th: The National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products held its first meeting on Wednesday and unanimously elected the Speaker National Assembly Mr. Asad Qasier as Chairman of the Special Committee. The Special Committee vowed to promote policy coherence and coordination at all levels of government to revitalize Agriculture in the Country. The former Speaker National Assembly and current Chairman of Special Committee on Kashmir Syed Fakhar Imam proposed the name of the Speaker Mr. Asad Qaiser as Chairman of the Committee which was unanimously seconded by all members of the Committee. Besides Mr. Asad Qaiser the Committee also included two former speakers Syed. Fakhar Imam and Dr Fehmida Mirza and representation of all the provinces, leading parliamentary parties, and women.

The Speaker thanked the Members of the Committee for expressing their trust in him and vowed to assign substantive meanings to Pakistan’s quest for agricultural prosperity. He outlined that the Committee will make comprehensive efforts to forge a vibrant coordination and cooperation mechanism between the provinces and federation to boost the nation’s agricultural capacity. He added that “Parliament will provide all the support to federal and provincial governments in order to realize the country’s potential in the sector. He remarked that the Special Committee seeks to forge a strategic dialogue on synergies between all the stakeholders including provinces, research institutions, academia, private sector, ministry of commerce and finance respectively.

Mr. Asad Qaiser stated that  “Our farmers should not be left behind in Pakistan’s quest for economic development. The prosperity of the farmers is the foundation of a prosperous Pakistan. The Committee should particularly focus on the problems of the small farmers by improving their access to market information, services, finances and enhancing their collective bargaining power”.  He added that the Special Committee seeks a renewed focus on helping the farmers to adopt sustainable practices and technological support to enhance their output.  Mr. Asad Qaiser reiterated that “Our efforts are in line with the Prime Ministers’ declared National Agricultural Emergency Program”.

The Members of the Committee termed the decision to form a Special Committee on Agricultural Products a ‘historic decision’ and expressed that it was the first time that a high level committee has been formulated to address genuine concerns of the farmers. The members remarked that the Honorable Speaker has rendered a great service to the nation by constituting a special committee to address the problems that hampers Pakistan’s agricultural development. Mr.Asad Qaiser also constituted a working group headed by Syed Fakhar Imam to draft the Terms of the Reference of the Committee

The Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination and former Speaker National Assembly Ms. Fehmida Mirza said that revitalizing agriculture is central to boosting Pakistan’s economic development and alleviation of poverty, hunger and malnutrition in the country. She added that the essence of 18th amendment entailed a vibrant cooperation and collaboration between provinces and federation particularly in areas of export, fertilizers, research, innovation and international cooperation. She specifically underlined the need for inclusive consultation and dialogue with the small growers. In a bid to foster enhance cooperation between the provinces on policy coherence, she urged the Speaker Mr.Asad Qaiser to take the Speakers of the provincial assemblies on board.  The Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan also urged the special committee to address the market failures and adopt an integrated and holistic approach to agricultural promotion in the country.

The Members said that the lack of a collective action and a unified front, the famers could not influence the agricultural policies that greatly affected them. They stressed the need for innovation, research, better quality seeds, Minimum support price for major crops, agricultural zoning and provision of subsides.

The Meeting was attended by Mr. Asad Qaiser, Speaker National Assembly,  Minister of Energy (Petroleum Division) Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Dr Fehmida Mirza, Syed Fakhar Imam, Mr. Riaz Fatyana, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai , Mr. Imran Khattak, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Fazal Muhammad, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Mr. Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mr. Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Mr. Sajid Mehdi, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani.


Meeting for the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training held today - March 20, 2019

Islamabad, the 20th March, 2019: Meeting for the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training held today under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb ud Din Awaisi, MNA on 20th March, 2019 at 02:00 p.m. in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Chairman, Standing Committee welcomed the Members and participants in the meeting.

The Committee confirmed the previous minutes of the meeting which was held on 27th February, 2019. Comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee on Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) was given by the Ministry. The detailed briefing on the functions of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and its attached departments was given by the Secretary, Ministry Federal Education and Professional Training. He apprised the Committee that the Ministry has its mandate for promotion of Formal, Non-Formal Basic Education and Adult Literacy in the country, to ensure effective Inter-Provincial Coordination in education sector, through Inter-Provincial Education Minister’s Conference (IPEMC), Standards in Higher Education and Legislation for Universities ‘charters, Standards and Policy for Technical Education and Vocational Training, Scholarships & international Student Teachers exchange program.  He also apprised  the Committee about the Ministry’s Organizations Higher Education Commission (HEC), National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), Federal Board of intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE), National Education Foundation (NEF), National College of Arts, Lahore, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), Academy of Educational Planning &Management (AEPAM), Directorate General of Special Education (DGSE), Pakistan National Commission for UNESCO (PNCU), National Education Assessment system (NEAS), Basic Educational Community Schools (BECS), National Training Bureau (NTB), Pakistan Manpower Institute (PMI), National Talent Pool (NIP), Federal College of Education (FCE), Govt. Polytechnic institute for Women, Islamabad, FG College for Home Economics and Management Sciences, National Council of Social Welfare (NCSW), National Trust for the Disabled (NTD), National Council for Rehabilitation of disabled persons (NCARDP), Social Welfare Centers, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, Sir Syed School & College of Special Education, RWP.  The Committee was also briefed by the Secretary about the Steps taken by the Ministry.

The Minster for Federal Education and Professional Training apprised the Committee that the Ministry has been working on the fixed priority after certifying the issues how to resolve them to increase the literacy rate up-to 70% within four years, to make the adult education successful with a comprehensive policy, launch a project out of the schools to include two billion out of school children, attempt to bring best one and unique education system in the country. He also apprised the Committee that a committee has been constituted at national level to make an educational policy. New technology is also being studied to fulfill the gaps between the teachers working in the schools, colleges and universities of cities and villages and increase the quality of education in the country. He further desired to expand the program for provision of skill and vocational training to the students so that they can earn their money by working in the markets in the country. The Minister further ensures to provide Islamic education to the students in the country. The Committee recommended bringing better system of Special Education for the study of brail and sign language to the special children. The Executive Director, Higher Education Commission also gave briefing on the performance of the Commission. Briefing was also given by the Director, Federal Directorate of Education on its performance and functions. The Committee decided to have a separate meeting on the performance and functions of Higher Education Commission in future.

The Committee was also given briefing on the functions and power of authority of Islamabad Capital Territory - Private Educational Institutional Regulatory Authority (ICT-PEIRA). The Secretary, M/o Federal Education and Professional Training apprised the Committee that it has been recently controlled by the ministry and they have been trying to develop it. The Committee decided to have a separate meeting in future on this powerless regulatory authority, discuss its rules which were made in the year, 2006 and 2015.    

Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan, Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Asma Hadeed, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameeds, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Abid Hussain Bhayo, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Maheasr, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Mr. Asmatullah, Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training and the Chairman, Standing Committee Mian Najeeb ud Din Awaisi, attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - March 19, 2019


3rd meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - March 19, 2019

3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held on 19th March, 2019 at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Nawab Mohammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA.

The Committee was apprised that the Ministry of Water Resources is complying with the recommendations whereas some recommendations have been forwarded to the Ministries of Finance and Planning, Development & Reform; as they are supposed to be complied with them.

The Committee agreed to the proposal of the Ministry and recommended to increase the sanction strength of the Ministry as proposed in the Organogram.

The Committee was further briefed that on the direction of Honourable Supreme Court, issues relating to land acquisition/ settlement of affected people of Diamer-Bhasha Dam have been settled due to vigorous efforts of Chief Secretary, Gilgit-Baltistan.

The following MNAs, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Sheikh Rahsid Shafique, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ch. Javed Iqbal Warraich, Ms. Naureen Farooq Khan, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Riaz-ul-Haq, Mr. Saad Waseem and Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai, besides officials of the Ministry attended the meeting.
 


3rdmeeting of the NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - March 19, 2019

Islamabad, 19thMarch, 2019; 3rdmeeting of the Standing Committee on Railwayswas held today under the Chairmanship ofMr. Muhammad MueenWattoo, MNA. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran.

2.  Fatiha was offered for Shuhada who have lost their lives in gruesome attacks on two Mosques in New Zealand. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

3.  The Secretary, Ministry of Railways, presented overview of the Ministry and afterwards, the Secretary Railway Board gave detailed presentation on functions, performance, and challenges faced by Pakistan Railways.

4.   Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Mr. Arbab Amir Ayub, Sheikh Rashid Shafique, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, KhawajaSaadRafique, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Mr. TahirIqbal, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Engr. SabirHussainKaimKhani, Mr. AftabJehangir and Mr. Ramesh Lal, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Railways and other related departments with their staf.
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meets - March 19, 2019

19th March, 2019.  Meetings of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs were held today in National Bank Headquarters, State Bank of Pakistan, Conference Rooms at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

President National Bank of Pakistan briefed the Committee about the functioning of the Bank and its performance for last ten years. He informed that upgradation of I.T.Wingand restructuring of Human Resource of the Bank were required to achieve the targets. Mr. Aamir Zarief, Legal Adviser of the NBP informed that the matter pertaining to pensioners was pending before the Apex Court, wherein the pensioners have claimed sixty-one billion rupees against the Bank.
He further informed the Committee that Supreme Court of Pakistan has passed a judgement with the directions that outsource employees of the Bank may be regularized. The Committee unanimously recommended that the directions of the Court should be implemented with its true letter and spirit, on priority basis.

The Committee members have enquired about the current status of the Bangladesh scam. President NBP informed that forty billion rupees have been recovered out of one hundred and fifty four billion in said scam, till date. The Committee expressed its concern by not taking disciplinary action against the employees of National Bank, involved in the Bangladesh scam and directed the Bank to prepare a comprehensive briefing in this regard.

The Committee members have expressed their worry about the quality of consumer services provided by the Bank. The Committee has also directed the President NBP that a Committee should be constituted to look after the disciplinary issues of the Bank, in its different branches in the country.

The Committee paid its visit to the State Bank of Pakistan, Karachi. Governor State Bank of Pakistan welcomed the members of the Committee and briefed them on the working and functioning of the Committee. He informed that SBP was performing its function under the State Bank of Pakistan Act, 1956. He also highlighted the SBP’s legal mandate sets its key objectives, which was stability and growth. He further explained the key functions of SBP Monetary Policy Management and organizational structure of the Bank. He said currently four subsidiaries were functioning under the command of the SBP i.e. Banking Services Corporation, Deposit Protection Corporation of Pakistan, National Institute of Banking and Finance, and Pakistan Security Printing Corporation. He apprised the Committee about the role of Monetary Policy Committee and its composition. He added that SBP was focusing on three major sectors i.e. Agriculture, SMEs and Housing. He further said that SBP was promoting a new Islamic Banking Policy in the country to facilitate the large segment of society.

Mr. Samar Hasnain, Executive Director, SBP, briefed the Committee about the new housing schemes launched by the SBP. He said that government has decided to provide 2.7 million to low income person for construction of houses. The Committee members were of the view that housing was not only a social need but also a fundamental pillar for development of economy and employment generation.

Mr. Tariq Bajwa, Governor State Bank of Pakistan invited the attention of the Committee towards the matter highlighted by the said Committee in its previous meetings regarding to facilitate the special persons. He announced the concessionary of Small Enterprise Financing and Credit Guarantee Facility for Special persons. He said that realizing the vulnerability of persons with disabilities in the economy and cost associated with their exclusion, SBP in-line with its priority sector development has developed a scheme for special persons. He further added that this financing facility was expected to improve access to finance for special persons falling under Small Enterprise (SE) category at a concessional rate of 5% per annum. Under the scheme, banks and DFIs will provide financing facilities to special persons for establishing new business enterprises or for expansion of existing businesses. State Bank of Pakistan will provide refinance to banks/DFIs up to 100% of finance extended by them. Special persons can avail financing up to Rs.1.5 million for a maximum period of 5 years including grace period of 6 months. SBP will also provide risk coverage of 60% to banks/DFIs on their outstanding loans under the scheme. This financing facility has been issued with the main objective of improving the socio-economic life of special persons in Pakistan.

The following members attended the meeting:
Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dreshak, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Dr.Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha and Ms. Nafisa Shah, besides the senior officers of National Bank of Pakistan and State Bank of Pakistan.
 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets - March 19, 2019

Islamabad( 19th March, 2019) National Database Registration Authority should rapidly conclude the issue of blocked computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs), these directions were passed by Standing Committee on Government Assurances, during its meeting, on Tuesday. The meeting was held in the Parliament House under Chairmanship of Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, the Chief Whip of the Ruling Party. The Committee was informed, during the meeting, that Pakistan Code could not be published because the staff employed on this project had been terminated due to end of the project and non-availability of funds. It was told that the case had been sent to the Establishment Division for approval. Soon after the approval, new staff would be hired. The Standing Committee directed that the amendments passed by the legislature in Section 182 of Pakistan Penal Code should be incorporated in the Pakistan Code and a certified copy of the same should be furnished to the Committee within seven days. The Standing Committee recommended that Pakistan Code might be published forthwith. The Committee directed that Establishment Division should fulfill its responsibilities in this regard, without further delay. The Standing Committee was briefed by the representative of KPK Government about the issue of detention on the basis of Regional Responsibility.

The Committee was told that, as per information collected from all seven districts of FATA, no one was under detention on the basis of Regional Responsibility on 18th March 2019. The Standing Committee was informed by the NADRA that there were about 150,000 blocked CNICs in the country. Whereas, in FATA only, 5800 CNICs are blocked and over 1600 cards have been cleared and some cards were cancelled because they were found bogus. The Standing Committee expressed its grave concerns on the slow speed of NADRA and directed that each District Level Committee (DLC) must ensure to hold at least two meetings in a month and should cancel all bogus CNICs and should restore all genuine CNICs of Pakistani citizens, immediately.

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Government Assurances, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar and attended byMembers National Assembly Mr. Mujahid Ali, Sheikh Rashid Shafique, ChaudharyArmaghanSubhani, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Mr. Muhammad AfzalKhokhar, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA/Mover and Mr. Gul Dad Khan, MNA/Mover. In Addition, Secretary Parliamentary Affairs Division, Secretary, Law and Justice Division, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Director General (Operations), NADRA and others senior Civilofficers were also present in the meeting.

 


Meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held today - March 15, 2019

Islamabad the 15th March, 2019: Meeting for the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held today on 15th March, 2019 at 02:30 p.m. in Committee Room 7 (Fourth Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Chairman, Standing Committee welcomed the Members and participants in the meeting.

The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting which was held on 19th February, 2019 at 02:00 p.m. in the Committee Room 7 (Fourth Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee was given briefing/performance by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. The Additional Secretary apprised the Committee that this Ministry is the sole coordinating agency between the Ministries/Divisions and the Parliament. It facilitates the legislative process of the Federal Government and provides linkages between both the Houses and the President. It also facilitates the Election Commission of Pakistan to respond to the queries of the Parliament. It also provides opportunities to the general masses for redressing of their grievances/complaints. It has no attached department or subordinate offices.

The Additional Secretary responded the queries of the Committee Members with reference to grievances and complaints of the people. He apprised the Committee that grievances are resolved in cooperation with Prime-Minister’s Secretariat, Islamabad. The Committee Members expressed their concern over resolution of grievances of the people and the procedure of disposing off the issues upon which the Committee directed the Ministry to provide detailed briefing on the resolved grievances/complaints of the people after every three months.

The Committee discussed the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (Government Bill)  today  and unanimously recommended to pass it  with the following proposed amendment:-

Amendment of section 20, Act XXXIII of 2017,- In the Elections Act, 2017 (XXXIII of 2017), in section 20, after sub-section (2), the following new sub-section shall be inserted, namely:-

                “(2A), For the purpose of delimiting constituencies, for the general seats of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Tribal Areas two or more separate areas may be grouped into one constituency for their elections to be held in 2019 and bye elections related thereto and thereafter this sub-section shall stand omitted.”.

The Committee also discussed “The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2018” {Substitution of Section 27, Act XXXIII of 2017 (Moved by Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA) in its meeting and unanimously recommended to reject the same.

The Chairman, Standing Committee (Mr. Mujahid Ali), Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Jawad Hussain, Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddiqui, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Mst. Shaheeen Naz Saifullah, Ms. Zile Huma, Ms, Fouzia Behram, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shamsun Nisa, Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNAs/Members of the Standing Committee attended the meeting.


6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - March 14, 2019

6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 14th March, 2019 in Committee Room of FBR House, Constitution Avenue, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

2.         The Committee members were briefed by the chairman, Federal Board of Revenue and chief (Policy) regarding Banami Bank accounts transactions and undeclared Overseas Properties owned by Pakistani. He informed that 152,518 number of bank accounts information of Pakistan tax residents have been received from foreign jurisdictions. He added that received data has been analysed from taxation point of view and FBR was currently processing of overseas properties owned by Pakistanis in UAE and United Kingdom. He also share the data of total offshore cases, disposed-off cases upto 11-03-2019

3.         The Committee member have expressed their concern on the performance of FBR, in this regard, however, the Chairman FBR informed that the actual information of the Bank Accounts were laying with Banks and State Bank of Pakistan being a regulator would be in a better position to explain the Committee. The Committee decided that SBP, FBR, FIA, SECP and NAB representatives may be invited in the meeting of the Committee for proper briefing on the matter.

4.         While, considering agenda pertaining to the problems being faced by employees of State Life Insurance Corporation, the Committee was informed by the Additional Secretary Ministry of Commerce that chairman State Life Insurance Corporation will not attend the meeting. The Committee has shown its displeasure on the absence of Chairman State Life Insurance Corporation / Secretary Commerce, however it was decided that a joint meeting with Standing Committee on Commerce will be convened to discuss the problems of SLIC employees.

5.         The Committee discussed the issues being faced by the General Public due to extra price charged in shape of own money in the market and late delivery of vehicles by the manufacturers / assemblers. The Committee directed the Ministry of Industries to make the public friendly policies in this regard and also directed the FBR for initiating Forensic audit of automobiles dealers and manufacturer. The Committee Members have expressed their apprehensions on safety standards provided by the automobiles manufacturers in different vehicles. The Committee unanimously decided that another meeting would be called in this regard.

6.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Jawad Hussain, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Syed Naveed Qamar and Mr. Abdul Wasay, besides the senior officers of FBR, Ministry of Industries & Production and SECP.


3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform was held today - March 14, 2019

Islamabad, 14th March, 2019; 3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform was held today at 3:00 p.m. in the PIPS Hall of Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Akbar, MNA.

2.         The Committee confirmed minutes of its second meeting held on 28th February, 2019. The Ministry also gave a compliance report regarding the recommendations of the previous meeting which was appreciated by the Standing Committee.

3.         The Federal Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Mr. Zafar Hassan started the agenda wise briefing which included Budget Making Process, 12th Five Year Plan and the Multidimensional Poverty Index. The Committee was of the view that the Chairman Standing Committee should also be a member of the National Economic Council to ensure the involvement of the Standing Committee in planning and approval of projects. The Ministry apprised the Committee regarding the 12th Five Year Plan which was being formulated according to the core policies of the present government. The Committee was informed that as per practice in vogue, the Federal Government’s Public Sector Development Programs as well as the Provincial Governments’ Annual Development Programs are synchronized according to the themes of National Five Years Plan.

4.         During the briefing, the Chair emphasized the members to play an active and positive role in improving the overall functioning of the Ministry in national interest. Makhdoom Khusro Bukhtiar, Federal Minister of Planning, Development & Reform also attended the meeting. The Chair appreciated his presence and stressed that the Minister should try to make his availability in the Committee meetings to make them more fruitful in future as well.

5.         Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shaukat Ali, Syed Faiz Ul Hassan, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Dr. Seemi Bukhari, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhary, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Naveed Dero, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Abdul Shakoor and senior officers from the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform attended the meeting.


3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile was held today - March 14, 2019

Islamabad; 14th March, 2019.  3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile was held in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad this afternoon with Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA in the Chair.

State Life Insurance Corporation (SLIC) briefed the Committee about the agitation/strike resorted to by its employees. SLIC was on the continuous downward trend which was also noticed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). After scrutiny, the 4 tier structure was reduced to 3 tier. The cadre of Sales Officer was promoted as Sales Manager. This step, though involved promotion as well as higher commission rate, was unacceptable to a number of Sales Officers who started agitation. Some other employees also joined them. They filed 10 cases in different courts. Being without merit, they were not granted any relief. Presently, most of them have forsaken the agitation/strike and resumed work. However, the Committee desired deep investigation into the matter.

While explaining reasons behind decline in exports, Commerce Division shared that Pakistan’s exports increased at the annual growth rate of 5.1% whereas its regional competitors registered growth rate of 16% during the period 1991-2018. Here, main impediments are; higher cost of doing business, energy costs, low productivity and higher imports tariffs on inputs. To boost export, the current government has taken a number of steps; revision of exports enhancement package, decreasing gas tariffs for LNG for Punjab at par with other provinces, revision of imports and exports regulations and PM’s Export Package Schemes.

Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) gave a comprehensive presentation encompassing its mandate, exports performance, major activities, challenges and new initiatives. Its mandate covers 10 major areas; policy and planning, product development and diversification, awareness and capacity building, R&D, supports services etc. Pakistan exports decreased in the past many years. However, during the period from 2016-2018, exports increased from US$20.4 billion to US$32.2 billion. In this regard, major challenges are; missing export culture of multi-nationals, lack of export-oriented FDI in Pakistan, no legal cover for product innovation, informal sector, low value addition, creation of knowledge-based economy, lack of focus on services sector etc. To meet these challenges, TDAP’s way forward includes; expansion of the trade infrastructure, setting up of Expo Centers at Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar, Look-Africa Plan, increase in subsidy level for non-traditional markets to 80%, for participation in international exhibitions and establishment of export promotion committee.

Meeting was attended by Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA,  Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA, Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, MNA,  Mr. Khurram Shahzad, MNA,  Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, MNA,  Mian Muhammad Shafiq, MNA,  Ms. Wajiha Akram, MNA , Mrs. Sajida Begum, MNA , Mrs. Farukh Khan, MNA,  Rana Tanveer Hussain, MNA, Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA and Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, MNA including senior officers of the Commerce Division , SLIC and TDAP.


NA Standing Committee on Postal Services meets - March 13, 2019

Islamabad, 13Th March, 2019: Meeting for the election of the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Postal Services was held on 13Th March, 2019 at 11:30 a.m in Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No. 5, (Second Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
2. The Meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Additional Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Honourable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman.
 
3. Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, MNA, Member of the Standing Committee on Postal Services proposed the name of Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhary, MNA, as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Postal Services, which was seconded by Nawabzada Iftakhar Ahmed Khan Babar MNA, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam MNA, & Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, MNA. Accordingly Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhary, MNA, was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Postal Services.
 
4. The Additional Secretary congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honourable Speaker and Secretary National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured them of full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committees.
 
5. Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Choudhary, Chairman, was invited to chair the meeting. He thanked all the members of the committee for electing him as Chairman. He assured his full support & Co-operation with the committee members in good faith of the Country.
 
6. Malik Mr. Aamir Dogar, MNA/ Chief Whip, MNAs, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Faiz Ullah, Malik Karamat Ali, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan. Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Nawabzada Iftakhar Ahmed Khan Babar, Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar, Ms. Munawara Bibi Baloch, Syed Javed Husnain, Ms. Aysha Rajab Ali, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva & Additional Secretary, National Assembly, attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - March 13, 2019

Islamabad, 13th March, 2019; 7th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

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

3.    The Committee was briefed by the Executive Director Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Service (PIPS) and by the representative of the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) about the reforms, improvements and amendments in the present laws. It was appraised to the Committee that there are about 740 different laws in force at this time in Pakistan. The major issue for failure of implementation of these laws is the failure of the concerned departments to formulate the rules and regulations which are delegated to these departments.

4.    It was further appraised to the Committee that the Ministry of law and justice has taken an unprecedented step and has updated the certified laws at the official website. It was pointed out that the certificates given with these laws need improvements because it neither contains the date of its certification nor the name of the given Statute. Hence it was proposed that the certificate be more specific. The Committee appreciated and paid thanks for the above said briefings. The Committee recommended that, the certificate given at the website be relooked and updated as mentioned above. It was further recommended that the Ministry shall provide the proposals for consolidation of various laws upon the same subject along with the proposal to device procedure and provision of time frame to various departments for delegated legislation.

5.    It was pointed out by the Committee that the delegated legislation under the Hindu Marriage Act, 2017 is still awaited in spite of the deadline given in the Act. The Committee recommended seeking detailed report upon the given subject from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Harmony.

6.    Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Mr. Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel, Agha Hassan Baloch, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Syed Hussain Tariq, Ms. Aliya Kamran, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice, PIPS and NCHR with their staff.
 


Meeting for election of the Chairman of Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication - March 13, 2019

Islamabad, 13thMarch, 2019; meeting for election of the Chairman of Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held on 13thMarch, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Constitution Room (Second Floor), Parliament House Islamabad.
 
2.         The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The SpecialSecretary, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the honorable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of the Chairman.


3.         Ms. RominaKhurshidAlam, MNA, proposed the name of Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA, as Chairman of the Standing Committee, which was unanimously agreed upon by the Members present in the meeting. Accordingly, Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA, stood elected as the Chairman.


4.         The SpecialSecretary congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the honorable Speaker, the honorable Deputy Speaker and the Secretary National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee under the supervision of the honorable Speaker.


5.         Honourable Members/MNAs, SahizadaSibghtullah, Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab,Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ms. JavariaZafarAheer, Mr. Muhammad HashimNotezai, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Ms. Aysha Rajab Ali, Ms. RominaKhurshidAlam, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Mr. ZahidAkramDurraniand Malik Muhammad Amir Dogarattended the meeting.
 


5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs - March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019
5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 13th March, 2019 in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor), Parliament House Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.
 
2.   The Committee discussed the ”Microfinance Institution (Amendment) Bill, 2019”, moved by Ms. Sajida Begum. It was proposed by the Honourable Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs that a meeting may be arranged by the Ministry of Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) for the mover to discuss the measures already being taken by the PPAF in this respect. The Committee decided with the consultation of the mover that the subject Bill may be pended, till the meeting with PPAF for any further action.
 
3.   The Federal Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs briefed the Committee on the current situation of the economy.  He informed the Committee that our Foreign Reserves have been enhanced and economy situation was stabilized. He said that a draft frame work will be presented to this Standing Committee for preparing the budgetary proposals for upcoming budget 2019-20.  He directed the Ministry to provide a detail of Foreign Currency Loans alongwith its terms and regulations to the Committee and also directed the Special Secretary Finance & Revenue to provide a details of the Foreign Currency Loans on regular basis to this forum. The Committee members have expressed their concern for not being invited to the members of the Committee at the ceremony of low cost housing schemes by the Government.  Mr. Asad Umer, Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue ensured the Committee that he will pass on the concern of the Committee to the Honourable Prime Minister.  The Committee unanimously recommended that Standing Committee should be taken on board in future for such kind of events.
 
4.   The Federal Minister informed the Committee about the measures taken by the Government with regard to Financial Action Task Force (FATF). He apprised the Committee about the anti-Pakistan lobbying by India on the issues of FATF, and counter steps taken by the Government of Pakistan in this regard.   
 
5.   The Committee Members have expressed their concern on the overall fiscal deficit and debt servicing issues. The Members were of the view that current expenditures were increasing, which will create hurdles for balance of payments.  The Committee discussed the problems being faced to the filers for filing of tax return. The Committee unanimously recommended to FBR that filing of tax return date may be extended till 31st March, 2019. 
 
6.   While, discussing the problems being faced by the processing units of Textile. The Committee directed to Federal Board of Revenue to constitute a Committee under the supervision of FBR for further deliberation with stakeholders in this regards and maintainable solution may be submitted to this Committee by 1st week of April, 2019. 
 
7.   The Committee discussed the problems being faced to real estate sector regarding FBR valuation Table, DC valuation, upper cap imposed by the FBR. The Committee members agreed with the view point of the stakeholders, however, it was decided that other stakeholders i.e. provinces may be taken on board and directed the FBR to make friendly policies for the said sector. The Chairman of the Committee was of the opinion that agriculture sector and real estate sector have huge potential for revenue collection.   
 
8.   The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Jawad Hussain, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Abdul Wasay and Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA (mover), besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, SBP and FBR.
 


Standing Committee On Information, Broadcasting, National History And Literary Heritage - March 12, 2019

Islamabad; March 12, 2019: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage of National Assembly met under the chairmanship of MianJavedLatif, MNAat Committee Room of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) Headquarters, Islamabad.

The Committee expressed its grave concernsand displeasure on the willful absence of MD Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV). The Minister and Secretary Information and Broadcastingwere also unaware about the willful absence of the M.D PTV. So for the agenda item regarding the comprehensive briefing on the function and performance of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) has been deferred till next meeting. The Committee also recommended the series steps/actions shall be taken by the Minister as well as Secretary,Information and Broadcasting against the M.D,Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).

The Minister Information and Broadcasting himself briefed the Committee about the concept of “The Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority”. The Minister briefed that the concept of “The Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority” has been discussed and share with all stakeholder including Parliamentary Parties, Media House Owners, Media workers and Organizations. He also briefed that the new Legislation will be very useful for all stakeholders and it will generate and regulate the huge amount of Revenue in the shape of tax etc. He ensured the composition of regulatory body must be independent and it will provide Media Judicial Tribunal for the relief against the grievance of all stakeholders.
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. NasirKhan Musazai, Mr.TahirIqbal, Mr. Muhammad Akram, Mr.AftabJehangir, Ms.JavairiaZafarAheer, Ms. SymaNadeem, Syed AminulHaque, Mr.NadeemAbass, Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib, Ms. MaizaHameed, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Ms.NazBaloch and Mr. Fawad Ahmed Minister Information &Broadcasting, Secretary, Information & Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - March 12, 2019

Islamabad, 12th March, 2019; 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 6thMarch 2019.

3. The Committee considered the Bill “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019(Amendment in Article 51)” Government Bill. After detailed deliberations, the Committee unanimously recommended that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.

4. The Committee considered the Bill “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (Amendment in Article 51 and 106) Moved by Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva, MNA”. The Committee deferred the Bill till its next meeting due to non-availability of Hon. Mover; however, the Committee recommended that the Chairman NADRA and Secretary, Statistics Division shall attend the next meeting along with data on the said Bill.

5. The Committee considered “The Islamabad High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA”. After detailed deliberations, the Committee unanimously recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly with the recommendation that the Ministry of Law & Justice shall seek opinion/proposals from all the Bar Councils regarding improvements with respect to qualifications and procedure for the appointment of Hon. Judges of Supreme Court of Pakistan and all High Courts. It was further recommended that the Ministry of Law and Justice shall prepare and present a working paper before the Committee on the given issue in its next meeting.

6. The Committee considered the Bill, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (Amendment in Article 37)” Moved by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA. After detailed deliberations, the Committee recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly. However Khawaja Saad Rafiq MNA/Member of the Standing Committee submitted his note of Dissent.

7. The Committee considered the Bill, “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (Amendment in Article 25B, 51, 63B, 92 and 106)” Moved by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA. After detailed deliberations, the Committee recommended that the amendments in Articles,25B, 63B, and 92of the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly; however, the amendments in Articles51and 106are deferred till its next meeting.

8. Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Mr. Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel,Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Rana Sana Ullah Khan, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Usman Ibraheem,Khawaja Saad Rafique, Mr. Saad Waseem, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwaniattended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development meets - March 12, 2019

Islamabad 12th March, 2019:  2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) was held under the Chairmanship of Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, MNA.

2. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 1st meeting held on 12th February, 2019.

3. The Committee was informed that the Emigration Policy would be finalized by the Ministry within three months for submitting before the Cabinet. The Secretary, Ministry of OP&HRD told the   Committee that two Visa Facilitation Centers had been established in Islamabad and Karachi for Qatar.

4. Secretary further informed the Committee that complete list of the prisoners would be handed over to the Government of Pakistan by the authorities of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia within 3 weeks.

5. Secretary also briefed the Committee regarding the working and performance of the Ministry and its attached Departments.

6. The Committee deferred the briefing on Overseas Pakistanis Foundation till its next meeting.

7. Dr. Haider Ali Khan, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Mr. Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Syed Javed Hassnain, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA’s, Parliamentary Secretary, Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and HRD and senior officers from the Ministry attended the meeting.


Ms. Suhnila Ruth, MNA elected as Chairpeson Parliamentary Committee on appointment of Chairperson and Members of the National Commission for Human Rights - March 12, 2019

Islamabad, 12th March, 2019; Meeting for the election of the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on appointment of Chairperson and Members of the National Commission for Human Rights was held on 12th March, 2019 at 03:30 p.m in Constitution Room (Second Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.    The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Hon. Members and briefed them about the agenda and procedure for election of Chairperson.

3.     Later on, the proceeding of the Election of the Chairperson was started. Consequently, Senator Syed Shibli Faraz proposed the name of Ms. Shunila Ruth, MNA which was seconded by Senator Nuzhat Sadiq and Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA. Being the only candidate for Chairperson, Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat announced that Ms. Shunila Ruth, MNA is unanimously elected as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on appointment of Chairperson and Members of the National Commission for Human Rights. Consequently, he congratulated the newly elected Chairperson on behalf of the Hon. Speaker and the Worthy Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured the Committee for providing full Secretarial support for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee. All the Hon. Members congratulated and expressed their full confidence and cooperation to the newly elected Chairperson. The Chairperson also reciprocated them for giving their confidence and support.

4.  Hon. Ms. Shunila Ruth, MNA, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA, Senator Syed Shibli Faraz, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq and Malik Aamir Doghar, Chief Whip attended the meeting with the National Assembly Secretarial staff.
 


2nd meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets - March 12, 2019

March 12th, 2019. 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence Production of the National Assembly was held today i.e 12th March, 2019 in Committee Room of Defence Producation Division, Pak Secretariat-II, Rawalpindi, under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Iftekhar Nazir, MNA.

2.  The Secretary Ministry of Defence Production welcomed the participants of the Committee. The Chairman of the Committee appreciated the role of Pakistan Armed forces on their professional response against Indian aggression during last few days. The Committee unanimously admired the professionalized capability of the Pakistan’s armed forces and expressed its unity with Pakistan army.

3. The Secretary Ministry of Defence Production briefed the Committee about the working and functioning of the Ministry and its attached departments. The Committee considered the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) presented by the Ministry of Defence Production and recommended that the same may be included in the financial year budget 2019-20

4. The meeting was attended by MNAs, Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar, Mr. Muhammad Najeeb Haroon, Mr. Hussain Elahi, Mr. Salahhuddin, Ms. Saira Bano, Chaudhry Abid Raza, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, and Syed Abrar Ali Shah besides the senior officers of Ministry of Defence Production.
 


NA Standing Committee On Inter-Provincial Coordination Meets - March 12, 2019

Islamabad; March 12, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination, (IPC) held in Committee Room of Pakistan Sports Board, Islamabad this afternoon with Agha Hassan Baloch, MNA in the chair.  

 

 The Committee unanimously passed a resolution that International Cricket Council (ICC) may impose ban on Indian Cricket Team for wearing Army Caps during a one day cricket match against Australia. The Committee strongly recommended that ICC may realize the sensitivity of the issue and impose major penalty on Indian Cricket Team as it was a clear violation of code of conduct in order to prevent sports from politics.

 

 The Committee expressed concern over the ineffective sports policy as it failed to bring its benefits at gross root level. The Committee directed that M/o Inter-Provincial Coordination, (IPC) may introduce public private partnership schemes at divisional level to generate funds in order to make Sports Units functional to cope with the requirements of the Pakistani Athletes.

 

 The Committee directed that M/o IPC may give equal preferences to National Sports as ranking of all sports expect cricket had been declined with the passage of time due to lack of interest of the government functionaries.

 

 Earlier, Secretary, M/o IPC briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to promote sports activities in the country and problems faced by them in this regard.

 

The meeting was attended by Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, MNA, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhinder, MNA, Mr. Gul Zafar Khan, MNA, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, MNA, Mr. Mehboob Shah, MNA, Ms. Rubina Jamil, MNA, Ms. Munawara Bibi, MNA Mst. Shaheen Naz Saifullah, MNA Mr. Muhammad Hashim, MNA, Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA, Rana Mubashar Iqbal, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Afzaal Khokhar, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, Ms. Nasiba Chana, MNA, and Secretaries of M/o Inter-Provincial Coordination and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.

 


NA Standing Committee elects Syed Amin-ul-Haq as its Chairman - March 12, 2019


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - March 12, 2019


Standing Committee on Housing and Works Meets - March 11, 2019

Islamabad, 11th March, 2019:The Standing Committee on Housing and Works directed the Ministry to take up the matter regarding lifting of ban on construction of new Government Residential Accommodations for the Federal Government Employees with the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Standing Committee held its 3rd meeting today in the Parliament House Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Engr. Muhammad NajeebHaroon, MNA and took briefings on the working of Ministry of Housing & Woks, Estate Office, Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation and Naya Pakistan Program, respectively.

During the course of deliberations, the Committee noted that the gap between the available Government Owned Residential Accommodationsvs the required ones for the Federal Government Employees on General Waiting List and directed the Ministry to take up the matter regarding uplifting of ban on construction of new Government Owned Residential Accommodations for the Federal Government Employed with the Prime Minister’s Office in order to bridge the said gap.

The Committee also directed the Ministry to provide Forensic Report on the incident happened at Qasr-e-Naz, Karachi, with a family belonging to Quetta, to it for perusal.

The Committee directed the Secretary, Housing & Works, to look into the issue regarding evacuation of Government Servants from the Gulshan-e-Jinnah, Federal Lodges, Islamabad, etc., and find some doable solution thereupon.

The Committee also took briefing from the Chairman Task Force, Naya Pakistan Housing Program regarding the program.The said Chairman held that the said project will help providing shelter to low income families.

Besides, the Minister for Housing and Works, the meeting was also attended by MNAs Malik Anwar Taj,Malik Karamat AliKhokhar,Ms. NafeesaInayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms.WajihaAkram, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, ChaudhryAbidRaza, Syed IftikharUl Hassan, Mr. AzharQayyumNahra, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb,Ms. SeemaMohiuddinJameeli, Mr. AbidHussainBhayo, Syed Agha Rafiullahand Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai.The senior officers of theMinistry of Housing and Works, Estate Office, Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation, Pakistan Public Works Departmentand Chairman Task Force, Naya Pakistan Housing Program were also present in the meeting.


2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today - March 8, 2019

Islamabad, 8th March, 2019; 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran.

2.         Fatiha was offered for Shuhada who have lost their lives in the recent aggressionin AJK; the Committee also paid tribute to the whole Nation and especially to PAF Pilots and the Ground Forces for theirbravery. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

3.         The Minister of State for Interior briefed the Standing Committee about the Ministry’s working. He apprised the Committee that Ministry of Interior is a dynamic team which is working round the clock. He assured his full cooperation, above party level and in the best interest of the Country. He expected similar cooperation from the Standing Committee.

4.         The Secretary, Ministry of Interior, presented overall view of the Ministry and afterwards the Additional Secretary-I briefed the Standing Committee about the vision, mission, mandate, organizational structure, attached departments and functions of the Ministry.

5.         “National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019, moved by Molana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA, was presented before the Standing Committee. The bill was deferred till next meeting of the Standing Committee.

6.         Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Malik Sohail Khan, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugtti, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, and the Minister of State for Interior attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, NADRA, FIA, ICT, Civil Defence, CDA, NPB, and other related departments with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice Meets - March 6, 2019

Islamabad, 6h March, 2019: 5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

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

3.    The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 15th January 2019, while considering the minute’s, written request of Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA was also placed before the Committee. Through this application, the Mover has requested for reconsideration of the Bill “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 {Amendment in Article 25B, 51, 63B, 92 and 106)” clause by clause. After detailed deliberations, the Committee recommended that the Bill may be placed in the next meeting for reconsideration.

4.    The Committee was briefed on the budgetary proposals of the Ministry of Law and Justice relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2019-20, as required under rule 201(6) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 and ongoing budget details & progress of the Ministry for the financial year 2018- 19. The Committee unanimously approved the PSDP of the Ministry with recommendations that, the Ministry should reconsider the proposal for construction of the official accommodation for the Hon. Judges of the Islamabad High Court Islamabad and directed to the Ministry that as the land is allocated for the judicial officers; hence, the other officers/officials shall not be allotted accommodations in the said colony. However, the allocation of residences may be made to the Hon. Judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan as well as to the District and Sessions Judges of the ICT. The Committee further recommended that the allocation of budget may also be made in the PSDP for the construction of Federal Courts Complex at Quetta.

5.    Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Agha Hassan Baloch, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Ms. Aliya Kamran, attended the meeting besides the Minister along with senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - March 6, 2019

Islamabad, 6th March, 2019: 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held today 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Ministry of Climate Change, Local Government Complex, G-5/2, Islamabad under the Chairperson of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA.
2.  The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

3.  The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 12th February, 2019.

4.  The Committee considered the Public Sector Development Projects (PSDP) received from Ministry of Climate Change, as required under rule 201 (6) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly 2007. After deliberation, the Committee recommended all projects and directed to the Ministry of Finance to provide the required funds to the Ministry of Climate Change. The Committee endorsed the PSDP proposals submitted by Ministry of Climate Change relating to the working of Ministry and its allied/attached Department. The Federal Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change briefed the Committee regarding organizational structure of the Ministry. While discussing the process for development strategy and budget utilization the Committee emphasized that the transparency should be ensured in executing of PSDP project and to avoid any type of discrepancy at all.

5.  After the detailed deliberation, the Committee recommended that the projects of the Ministry should be completed within the stipulated time in a transparent manner under the observance of rules in letter and spirit.

6.  The meeting was also attended by Dr. Haider Ali Khan, MNA Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, MNA Ms. Andleeb Abbas, MNA Dr. Seemi Bokhari, MNA Ms. Tahira Aurangzed, MNA Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA Ms. Zahira Wadood Fatemi, MNA Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA and Ms. Shahida Rehmani MNA. The meeting was also attended by Ms. Zartaj Gul Minister for State of Climate Change and senior officers of the Ministry of Climate Change. 
 


Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - March 6, 2019

Islamabad, 6hMarch, 2019; 5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA.

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

3.  The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 15th January 2019, whileconsidering the minute’s,written request of Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA was also placed before the Committee. Through this application, the Mover has requested for reconsideration of the Bill “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 {Amendment in Article 25B, 51, 63B, 92 and 106)” clause by clause. After detailed deliberations, the Committee recommended that the Bill may be placed in the next meeting for reconsideration.

4.  The Committee was briefed on the budgetary proposals of the Ministry of Law and Justice relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2019-20, as required under rule 201(6) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 and ongoing budget details &progress of the Ministry for the financial year 2018- 19. The Committee unanimously approved the PSDP of the Ministry with recommendations that, theMinistry should reconsider the proposal for construction of the official accommodation for the Hon. Judges of the Islamabad High Court Islamabad and directed to the Ministry that as the land is allocated for the judicial officers; hence, the other officers/officials shall not be allotted accommodations in the said colony. However, the allocation of residences may be made to the Hon.Judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan as well as to the District and Sessions Judges of the ICT. The Committee further recommended that the allocation of budget may also be made in the PSDP for the construction of Federal Courts Complex at Quetta.

5.  Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Muhammad Sana Ullah Khan MastiKhel, Malik Muhammad EhsanUllahTiwana, Agha Hassan Baloch, Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, KhawajaSaadRafique, Ms. Aliya Kamran, attended the meeting besides the Minister along with senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.             
 


Standing Committee on Privatization meets - March 6, 2019

Islamabad the 06th March, 2019. A Second meeting of the Standing Committee on Privatization was held on 06th March, 2019 at 02:30 p.m. in Committee Room, No.7, 4th Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad for comprehensive briefing by Privatization Division.
2. The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Secretary, Privatization Commission briefed the Committee over the working and performance of the Division. He apprised that the Privatization Division has been working with a vision to make Privatization Commission a standard bearer in the on-going struggle to revitalize and restructure Pakistan’s Economy. The Ministry of Privatization is divided into two parts i.e. Privatization Division and Privatization Commission. The Ministry of Privatization was re-created in 2017. The functions allocated under the Rules of Business include Privatization policies, administration of Privatization Commission Ordinance, 2000, negotiations with International Organizations relating to the functions of Privatization in consultation with the Economic Affairs Division.

3. He further briefed the Committee that Privatization Commission comprises of Chairman, Secretary and Members of the Board with the functions including policy, legislation, restructuring, planning and implementation of privatization program, working under the supervision of Cabinet Committee on Privatization. The Cabinet Committee on Privatization has approved new Privatization Program including active Privatization Program consisting of seven (7) National Entities including power plants, SME Bank, Services International Hotel, Jinnah Convention Centre, First Women Bank etc. While Phase-II of the Privatization Program includes 41 National Entities and about 15 National Entities have been delisted from the Privatization Program. The Minister for Privatization told the Committee that main object of Privatization is to get the maximum price of the National Entities.         

4. The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Ahmeer Sultan, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jasmeeli, Mr. jamshed Thomas, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik, and Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto MNA’s and the Federal Minister for Privatization beside senior officers from the Ministry of Privatization.
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries & Production meets - March 5, 2019

2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production of the National Assembly was held today i.e 5th March, 2019 at 02:00 p.m., in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor), Parliament House Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA.

 
2.         The Committee considered the on-going and new Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of 2019-20 of Ministry of Industries & Production. The Secretary and concerned officers briefed the Committee about the objectives and details of the projects. The Committee recommended that all projects may be included in the Federal Budget for next financial year 2019-20. It was unanimously decided that next meeting of the Committee would be called to discuss the projects related with SMEDA and Utility Stores Corporation.
 
3.         The Committee Members expressed their concern about the matters of Pakistan Steel Mills, Karachi. The Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Production informed that a Committee has already been constituted by the Ministry to examine the issues of Pakistan Steel Mills and said Committee will submit its report in this month i.e March, 2019. The Chief Executive Officer, AHAN informed the Committee about the role of AHAN in different areas of Pakistan by providing the opportunity of one village one project. The Committee recommended to Ministry of Industries & Production for providing a list pertaining to the active and inactive projects in FATA and other provinces. The Committee Members were informed by the Honorable Member of the Committee that previous Standing Committee on Industries & Production has made their recommendations with regard to improvement in the Gems & Stones and Furniture Industries. The Committee directed the Ministry to furnish the progress report in this regard. The Committee Members also expressed their concern on the worst condition of Utility Stores Corporation. The Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Production was of the opinion that government should provide targeted subsidy to the consumer.
 
4.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Arbab Aamir Ayub, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Mr. Muhammad Akram, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, Ms. Sajida Begum, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Mr. Mohammad Pervaiz Malik Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan besides the senior officers of Ministry of Industries & Production and Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms.  
 
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - March 5, 2019

Islamabad, 5thMarch, 2019; 1st meeting for the election of the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today at 3:30 p.m. in the Committee Room No.2,Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.         The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Honorable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of the Chairperson.

3.         Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA, Member of the Standing Committee on Human Rights proposed the name of Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, MNA, for the Chairman of the Committee. The proposal was seconded by Ms. Fouzia Behram, MNA, and accordingly Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, MNA, was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Human Rights.

4.         The Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honorable Speaker. He also assured the members full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee under the supervision of the Honorable Speaker. Afterwards, the Chairman gave a note of thanks to the members and specially thanked Ms. Shireen Mazari, Federal Minster for Human Rights for her presence in the meeting, and asked for her guidance and support for the Committee. The Chairman emphasized on the importance of Human Rights issue in Pakistan and he assured the members of his bipartisan role; and to remain focused only on resolving issues of Human Rights. The Minister and Members one by one congratulated and assured their support to the Chairman on all matters in the national interest of Pakistan. They also highlighted few Human Rights issues related to minorities, child, women and transgender and missing persons.

5.         Honorable Members/MNAs, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Atta Ullah, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Ms. Zille Huma, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Agha Hassan Baloch, Ms. ShaistaPervaiz, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khuwaja, Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Ms. Shazia Marri, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, Mr. James Iqbal and Ms. Shireen Mazari, Minister for Human Rights attended the meeting.
 


Special Committee on Kashmir meets - March 1, 2019


Standing Committee on Narcotics Control - March 1, 2019

Islamabad, 1st March, 2019; 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Molana Salahuddin Ayubi, MNA. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

2.    The Joint Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics Control, briefed the Standing Committee on Narcotic Control regarding the budgetary proposals relating to PSDP for the financial year 2019-20.The National Assembly Standing Committee on Narcotic Control unanimously recommended the PSDP for the financial year 2019-20.
 
3.    Hon. Members/MNAs  Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan,  Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Rana Mubashir Iqbal, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali and Mr. Mohsin Dawar attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Narcotics Control, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms and other related departments with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - February 27, 2019

THE COMMITTEE ENDORSED ALL THE BUDGETARY PROPOSALS RELATING TO PUBLIC SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (PSDP) FOR THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR 2019-20.
 

2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held on 27th February, 2019 at 02:00 p.m in Committee Room of Federal Flood Commission, G-5 Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Nawab Yousuf Talpur, MNA.
 
The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals of the ministry for the current Financial Year 2019-20. The Committee endorsed all the Budgetary Proposals of the ministry amounting to Rs. 418 Billion in which the ministry has demanded Rs. 230 Billion for 125 new and ongoing schemes of water sector and Rs. 188 Billion for 17 new & ongoing schemes of power sector, respectively.
 
The following MNAs, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Sheikh Rahsid Shafique, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Ms. Noureen Farooq Khan, Mr. Kanwal Shauzab, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Mir Munawar Ali Talpur and Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai besides the officials of the Ministry attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training meets - February 27, 2019

Meeting for the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training held today under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb ud Din Awaisi, MNA on 27th February, 2019 at 05:00 p.m. in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Chairman, Standing Committee welcomed the Hon. Members and participants of the meeting. The Chairman invited the Members to raise their expression of opinions before the meeting on the scrutiny of the budgetary proposals of the Ministry of Federal Educational and Professional Training relating to the Public Sector Development Program for the Financial Year, 2019-20.

The Additional Secretary briefed the Committee about the Agenda Item No. II but the Hon. Members could not satisfy on the replies of their queries however; all the Members requested the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training that back ground/snap-short or clear report of each project should be attached hence-forth for the facilitation of the Hon. Members of the Committee. The Committee unanimously recommended to allocate the following proposed demand of each Project of the PSDP 2019-20 for On-going 8 schemes of Rs.1,517.767 million , 9 Approved Schemes of Rs. 2,070.440 million and 17 New Un-approved Schemes of Rs.11,312.681 million.  The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to and from the Chair.
 
Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Abid Hussain Bhayo, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Maheasr, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Mr. Asmatullah  and the Chairman, Standing Committee Mian Najeeb ud Din Awaisi,  attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - February 27, 2019

THE COMMITTEE ENDORSED ALL THE BUDGETARY PROPOSALS RELATING TO PUBLIC SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (PSDP) FOR THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR 2019-20.

2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held on 27th February, 2019 at 02:00 p.m in Committee Room of Federal Flood Commission, G-5 Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Nawab Yousuf Talpur, MNA.
 
The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals of the ministry for the current Financial Year 2019-20. The Committee endorsed all the Budgetary Proposals of the ministry amounting to Rs. 418 Billion in which the ministry has demanded Rs. 230 Billion for 125 new and ongoing schemes of water sector and Rs. 188 Billion for 17 new & ongoing schemes of power sector, respectively.
 
The following MNAs, Mr. Fazal Muhammad Khan, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Sheikh Rahsid Shafique, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Ms. Noureen Farooq Khan, Mr. Kanwal Shauzab, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Mir Munawar Ali Talpur and Mr. Munir Khan Orakzai besides the officials of the Ministry attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - February 27, 2019

Islamabad; February 27th, 2019: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways held in Committee Room of Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad this afternoon with Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee unanimously paid rich tribute to Pakistan Armed Forces for retaliating the Indian aggression in which two Indian MG-21aircrafts were hit down. The Committee deemed that retaliation was indispensable to stop Indian such aggression in future.
 
The Committee discussed all the budgetary proposals of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of M/o Railways for the financial year 2019-20 one by one and endorsed them accordingly. The Committee however, directed that M/o Railways may ensure the timely completion of projects as it had been observed that unnecessary delays escalate the cost of the projects which caused huge losses to the Government ex-checker.
 
The Committee appreciated the efforts of the present management of Pakistan Railways for initiating remedial measures for the revival of Pakistan Railways in order to make it profitable entity. The Committee assured to extend full support to M/o Railways in resolving their issues and directed that Ministry may come up with the proposals so that Committee could take them at appropriate forum for their amicable solution.
 
Earlier, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Federal Minister for Railways briefly apprised the Committee about the initiative taken by the present management to bring Railways back on track and problems faced by them in this regard.

The meeting was attended by Muhammad Bashir Khan, MNA Mr. Arbab Amir Ayub, MNA, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, MNA, Mr. Aftab Jahangir, MNA, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, MNA, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, MNA, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jilani, MNA, Mr. Ramish Lal, MNA, Mr. Abdul Wasay, MNA, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, MNA and Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Minister for Railways and Secretaries of M/o Railways and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meets - February 27, 2019

3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 27th February, 2019 in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor), Parliament House Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.
 
2.         The Committee ratified the nominees of the policy board of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) as required under section 6 (six) of the Federal Board of Revenue Act, 2007. The Committee Members were informed by Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA/Chairman of the said Committee that the nomination of Mr. Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Minister of State for Revenue was made by the Honorable Speaker according to the power vested under the Act. The Committee unanimously ratified the nominees of the policy Board.  
 
3.         The Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) briefed the Committee on the working and functioning of the Revenue Division. He said that FBR was established under section 3 of the FBR Act, 2007 and drives its powers and function to achieve the objectives and purposes under section 4 of the said Act. He informed the Committee about the composition of policy Board, which provides guidance in matters relating to the vision, mission, values of the Board and gives policy guidelines in framing fiscal policy & objectives. While briefing about the organizational structure of the Board, he told the Committee that FBR was headed by Chairperson and supported by Members and Director Generals in administration of federal taxes. He added that FBR was organized along functional lines, namely Inland Revenue, Customs and support functions etc. He apprised the Committee about the measures taken by the government with regard to address the key challenges and impediments. He said that since September 2018, FBR has taken a number of initiatives for preparing comprehensive transformation plan, which will improve its performance and service delivery.
 
4.         The Committee Members expressed their concern about the short fall of revenue and directed the Chairman FBR to focus the direct tax policy instead of indirect taxes. Chairman, FBR enlightened that tax evasion has been reduced and number of filers increased upto 32%. He said that tax to GDP ratio would be increased in 2019-20 due to the transformation and administrative reforms in FBR.
 
5.         The Committee decided to invite the stakeholders from real estate sector to discuss the issues being faced by the said sector due to difference in valuation table of the FBR and DC rates etc. While discussing the tax policy regarding import of vehicles, the Committee Members have shown their concern on the extra prices charged in shape of (On money) in the market and late delivery of vehicles by the local manufacturer/assembler. The Committee decided to invite the Secretaries, Ministry of Commerce, Industries & Production and stakeholders from automobile sector in its meeting.    
 
6.         Mr. Faiz Ullah, Chairman of the Committee appreciated the briefing of the Chairman FBR and stated that all government officers should follow the aptitude of Chairman FBR. He also suggested that FBR should introduce friendly policies to facilitate the business community.           
 
7.          Chairman and Member (IR-P) FBR briefed the Committee on the Finance Supplementary (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Member (IR-Policy) informed the Committee about the salient features of the Bill pertaining to custom, income tax and sales tax duties.  He said that government has decided to give the relief to cancer patients by making amendment in Custom Act, 1969. The Committee deferred the agenda relating to PSDP of the FBR owing to short of time and decided to consider the same in its next meeting by tomorrow on 28-02-2019.     
 
8.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dareshak, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Abdul Wasay besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs and Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms.


NA Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination meets - February 26, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile Recommends PSDP Proposals of The Ministry for Financial Year 2019-20 - February 26, 2019

Islamabad; February 26, 2019: The Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile met in Islamabad this evening for a briefing on the Ministry and its attached departments and to scrutinize the budgetary proposals of Commerce and Textile Divisions for the year 2019-20. Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA/Chairman presided the meeting.

The Committee was separately apprised about the proposed PSDP of Commerce and Textile Divisions. The Secretary, Commerce Division informed that the Division had proposed allocation of PSDP fund amounting to Rs.7538 million for nine development projects during the financial year 2019-20 relating to establishment of new Expo-Centers at Islamabad, Quetta and Faisalabad, expansion/remodeling of Expo-Center at Karachi, provision of hostel, parking building and security infrastructure at Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore and Karachi. He further informed that after the approval of the competent forum and subsequent release of funds, the projects would be completed within the stipulated timeframe.

Later the Secretary, Textile Division apprised the Committee about the proposed PSDP allocation for the projects of Textile Division. He informed that Rs.3043.77 million had been proposed for three ongoing and five new projects. Apprising the Committee about the new projects, the Secretary said that those projects related to standardizations system for production of high quality clean cotton, skill development program for youth in textile sector, and establishment/expansion of garment cities at Karachi, Faisalabad and Lahore. The Committee was not convinced about the performance of Faisalabad Garment City phase-I and training programme conducted therein, therefore, directed to hold those two projects till next meeting of the Committee.

The Committee constituted a two members Sub-Committee comprising Mr. Raza Nasrullah and Ms. Wajiha Ikaram to visit the Faisalabad garment city and identify problems therein due to which the project could not achieve objectives of its establishment. The Committee decided to have comprehensive briefing on the reasons of decline in exports in its next meeting besides working and performance of Commerce Division.
 
The meeting was attended by Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor to the PM on Commerce and Textile, MNAs; Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Ahmad Hussain Deharr, Ms. Wajiha Akram, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Secretaries, Commerce and Textile Divisions and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination meets - February 26, 2019

THE COMMITTEE ENDORSED ALL THE BUDGETARY PROPOSALS RELATING TO PUBLIC SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (PSDP) FOR THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR 2019-20.

2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held on 26-02-2019 at 02:00 p.m in LG & RD Complex, G-5/2, Islamabad to discuss the agenda circulated vide Notice No. F.5(1)/2018-Com-III dated 22-02-2019 under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.
 
The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals of the ministry for the current Financial Year 2019-20. An amount of Rs. 30,068 million demanded by the Ministry has been endorsed/ approved by the Standing Committee relating to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the next Financial Year 2019-20.
 
The following MNAs, Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Mr. Shoukat Ali, Raja Khuram Shahzad Nawaz, Dr. Nousheen Hamid, Dr. Seemi Bokhari, Ms. Fouzia Behram, Ms. Noreen Farooq Khan, Prof. Dr. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Ms. Samina Matloob, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Mr. James Iqbal and Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology meets - February 26, 2019

THE COMMITTEE ENDORSED ALL THE BUDGETARY PROPOSALS RELATING TO PUBLIC SECTOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (PSDP) FOR THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR 2019-20.


2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held on 26th February, 2019 at 02:30 p.m in Committee Room of PCSIR, G-5 Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA.
 
The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals of the ministry for the current Financial Year 2019-20. An amount of Rs. 3.9 Billion demanded by the Ministry and its attached departments has been endorsed/ approved by the Standing Committee relating to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the next Financial Year 2019-20.
 
The Committee was further briefed about the performance and working of the ministry and its attached departments. The Committee decided to get briefing of all attached departments of the ministry separately.
 
The following MNAs, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Jawad Hussain, Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, Mr. Umer Aslam Khan, Mr. Farrukh Habib, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Ms. Sobia Kamal Khan, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Ms. Zaib Jaffar, Ms. Samina Matloob, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto and Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva besides the officials of the Ministry attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs meets - February 26, 2019

2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e 26th February, 2019 in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor), Parliament House Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.
 
2.         While considering the “Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2019” moved by Ms. Sajid Begum, MNA. She briefed the Committee about the salient features of the Bill. She said that to protect the freedoms and rights of disabled person and to eliminate discrimination against disabled person in all forums, she has decided to introduce the said Bill. After discussion the Committee directed to State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) for proper working on the Bill with consultation of the mover.
 
3.         Mr. Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Minister of State for Revenue briefed the Committee on the current situation of economy in the country. He said that numerous economic challenges were faced at the start of current fiscal year, which was required adjustment to correct the imbalances in the economy. He further explained about the large scale manufacturing growth of -1.53% in July—December financial year 2019, compared to the growth of 6.6% during the last year. He added that inflation during July—January finance year 2019 increased upto 6.21 percent against 3.85 percent in the same period of last year. While discussing, the performance of external sector turning point upon the revival of export. He said that the external account remained under pressure, despite recovery in export and remittances. He informed the Committee that during first seven months of current fiscal year, remittances have been increased by 12.2 percent which also helped in containment of current account deficit. He also informed that the government is improving the investment climate to attract the foreign investment in the country. The Ex-Chairman of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs appreciated the professional aptitude of the State Minister in this regard.
 
4.         The Committee considered the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) project of 2019-20 of Finance Division (Main) one by one and recommended for further necessary action as required under rule 201 (7) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. However, the Committee deferred remaining PSDP projects pertaining to provincial governments and directed to Ministry of Finance to prepare comprehensive presentation in this regard for further consideration on 28th Feb, 2019. The Committee expressed its displeasure on the absence of senior officers from Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms.
 
5.         The Secretary, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) briefed the Committee about the organizational structure and working of the Division. He said that EAD was responsible for assessment of requirements, programming and negotiations of external economic and technical assistance from foreign government and multilateral agencies, etc. After detailed briefing the Committee recommended to EAD that Parliamentarians should also be considered for foreign trainings.    
 
6.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Sardar Nasrullah Khan Dareshak, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar besides the senior officers of Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Ministry of Law & Justice and SBP.  
 


Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - February 22, 2019

Islamabad the 22nd February, 2019: 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, at 3:00 pm today under the Chairmanship of Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA. The agenda of the meeting is given as under;-
i)   Briefing on working and performance of the Ministry and its Attached Departments.
ii)  To discuss/scrutinize the budgetary proposals of the Ministry relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the budget 2019-20 under the rule 201 (6) of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

2.   The Committee was briefed on the working of the ministry and its attached departments. The Federal Minister Syed Ali Haider Zaidi told the Committee that the previous fishing policy is being revised and new policy is being made addressing the issues of Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim, Fisheries and Gwadar Port Authority. The Minister said that contracts of Port Qasim Authority and Karachi Port Trust are also being reviewed. Night navigation at port Qasim has started and it is another achievement of present Government that two LNG ships are being accommodated at one time. The Committee lauded the efforts of the Minister and assured their support in resolving the issues.
 
3.   The Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the budget 2019-20 was presented. The Committee endorsed all the ongoing schemes and future schemes presented and gave its nod of approval to the sum of money required for the schemes. 
 
5.   The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sahikh, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Mir Khan Muhmmad Jamali, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Mr. Lal Chand, Ms. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch, Mr. Mohammad Aslam Bhootani, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Jam Abdul Karim Bijar, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Kamal Uddin and Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs along with Senior Officers of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets - February 21, 2019

NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - February 21, 2019

Meeting for the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held on 21st February, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Committee Room No. 7 (Fourth  Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. Minutes of previous meeting of the Committee which was held on 12th February, 2019 were confirmed.

The Minister for National Food Security and Research congratulated Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan on being elected as Chairman, Standing Committee and assured the Committee to cooperate and resolve the issues of agriculture sector in the country. He apprised the Committee that Agriculture is the backbone of the country which was ignored in the past. Prime-Minister of Pakistan has plan to promote this sector on priority basis and we have to pay our role to promote agriculture for the betterment of our country.  He added that the issue of potato crop could not be resolved by its export however, it was our good luck for our potato crop due to rainy days, other-wise growers could protest on this issue.

The Chairman, Standing Committee  ascertained the Committee Members as well as the staff of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research that photo sessions of the farmers and growers of rice, potato, sugarcane, cotton and all other crops  will be taken to give them benefits by value addition of their things in the industries and factories. He added that the Committee suggests giving benefits to the growers of all the crops through the projects of the Ministry so the Ministry of National Food Security and Research should take solid measures to provide benefits to the growers and small farmers of all the crops in the country. 

The Agenda No.2 regarding scrutiny of the budgetary proposals of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research relating to the Public Sector Development Program for financial year 2019-20 as required under rule 201 (6) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 was discussed in the meeting. Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research briefed the Committee Members about the Projects of the Ministry and explained on the issues of agriculture Sector on the queries of the honourable Members. The Committee after long discussion approved the Public Sector Development Programme of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research for the financial year 2019-20.

Hon.Members/MNAs Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan (Chairman), Mr. Shaukat Ali, Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Mr. Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Dr.Nausheen Hamid, Mr.Ahmed Raza Maneka, Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, Choudhary Faqir Ahmad, Ms.Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Mr. Kamal Uddin and Minister for National Food Security & Research attended the meeting.

 


NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony meets - February 20, 2019

Government should receive no tax from the Pilgrims 56% Rise in Hajj expenditure is not acceptable E-Visa and road to Mecca policies are commendable. Standing Committee

Islamabad (             ) Government should receive no tax from Pilgrims and the huge rise like 56% in the Hajj expenditure is not acceptable. However, E-Visa and road to Mecca policies are commendable. These observations were made during the meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony was held in Parliament House, Islamabad. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony informed that the cost of Hajj 2019 is Rs 436975/- for Northern Airports and Rs. 426975/- for Southern Airports, whereas, it was Rs. 280,000/- and 270,000/- for Hajj 2018, respectively. The Ministry informed that the rise in the Hajj cost is due to elimination of the subsidy, which was Rs. 42624/-. The Ministry informed that Government did not like to spend the tax money of 220 million Pakistani people on 0.107millionPilgrims, without the will of the general public. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony explained that some of the increase was beyond their control. For example, devaluation of Rupee and imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) by Saudi Government has increased the nominal cost of Hajj, which was beyond their control. The Ministry informed that in terms of Riyal, the travel cost of the Hajj has been decreased. The Committee observed that subsidy was only 10% of the total Hajj expenditures, whereas, the Hajj expenditure has been increased by 56%. Similarly, the Airfare has been increased by 16% for Northern Airports and 17% for Southern Airports and the cost of Hajj, other thanairfare, has increased by about 74%. In this regard if 10 percentage points subsidy is excluded, even than the rise in this expenditure is 64%. The Committee appreciated the Hajj arrangements of the previous years and directed that, at least, previous arrangements should continue. The Committee observed that the matter of subsidy was referred to the Council of Islamic Ideology who decided that as per Islamic teachings the subsidy was permissible. But the government did not allow the subsidy. The Committee directed that the Government should restore the subsidy or receive no tax from the Pilgrims.
 
The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Mr. AsadMehmood and attended byMembers National Assembly;SahibzadaSibghatullah, Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Raja Riaz Ahmad, Mr. AftabJehangir, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, Ms. Shunila Ruth, ChoudharyFaqir Ahmed, Begum TahiraBokhari, Mr. Keeso Mal Kheeal Das, MaharIrshad Ahmad Khan, Ms. ShahidaAkhtar Ali and Mr. Noor-ul-HaqQadri, Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony. Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Senior Joint Secretary, D.G.(Hajj), Mecca and many other senior officers attended the meeting.
 
 

 


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform meets - February 20, 2019

Islamabad, 20thFebruary, 2019; 1st meeting for the election of the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform was held today at 6:00 p.m. in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.         The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran.Then, the Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Honorable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of the Chairperson.

3.         Mr. NawabSher, MNA, Member of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform proposed the name of Mr. Junaid Akbar, MNA, as the Chairman of the committee. The proposal was seconded by Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA, and accordingly Mr. Junaid Akbar, MNA, was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform.

4.         The Special Secretary congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honorable Speaker and the Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured the members full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee under the supervision of the Honorable Speaker. Afterwards, the Chairman gave a note of thanks to the members which was responded by congratulations notes from each member with the assurance of supporting the Chairman on all matters in the national interest of Pakistan.

5.         Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shaukat Ali, Syed FaizUl Hassan, Mr. NawabSher, Dr. SeemiBukhari, Ms. ShandanaGulzar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Sardar Muhammad IrfanDogar, Syed MurtazaMehmood, Mr. NaveedDero, Syed Agha Rafiullah and Mr. Abdul Shakoor attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets today - February 19, 2019

Islamabad the 19th February, 2019: Meeting for the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held on 19th February, 2019 at 02:00 p.m. in the Committee Room 7 (Fourth Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Chairman, Standing Committee welcomed the Honourable Members and participants in the meeting.

The Minutes of previous meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs which was held on 12-2-2019 were confirmed by the Committee.

The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which was passed by the Senate on 16-11-2018 and transmitted to the National Assembly. It was introduced in the National Assembly on 17-12-2018 and stood referred to the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs. The instant Bill was discussed and unanimously passed by the  Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs in its  meetings today  with the proposed amendment that the Commissioner shall constitute benches comprising TWO OR MORE  members of the Commission to hear and decide complaints, applications, petitions or appeals filed before it under this Act.

“The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2018” {Substitution of Section 27, Act XXXIII of 2017 (Moved by Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA was discussed in the meeting and differed the same in its next meeting.

The Chairman, Standing Committee (Mr.Mujahid Ali), Ms.Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Ms. Rukhsana Naveed, Mst.Shaheeen Naz Saifullah, Ms. ZileHuma, Ms, Fouzia Behram, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Rana Mubashir Iqbal,MNAs/Members of the Standing Committee  and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - February 15, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology meets - February 14, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - February 14, 2019

NA Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - February 14, 2019

National Assembly Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs Elects Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi as Its Chairman

Islamabad the 14th February, 2019: The Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs in a meeting held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad unanimously elected Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA as its Chairman.
 
2.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the members and briefed about the procedure for election of the Chairman. Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA proposed the name of Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA as Chairman of the Committee while Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Mr. Lal Chand and Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNAs seconded his candidature. Accordingly Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs.
 
3.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honorable Speaker and assured him full support from the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee.
 
4.         The Chairman expressed his gratitude to the members for posing confidence in him and assured them to run the business of the Committee with consensus. The Minister Maritime Affairs, Syed Ali Haider Zaidi congratulated the Chairman and assured him of his support and his Ministry’s support. The members while appreciating views of the Honorable Chairman assured him their fullest support in the process of legislation and oversight of the Committee.
 
5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Sahikh, Rana Qasim Noon, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Mir Khan Muhmmad Jamali, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Mr. Lal Chand, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Begum Tahira Bokhari, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das and Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel besides the Senior Officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.


NA Standing Committee on SAFRON meets - February 14, 2019

Islamabad, 14th February, 2019: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad for election of its Chairman, however the election of the Chairman postponed till its next meeting. 

2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Saleh Muhammad, Mr. Shahid Ahmad, Mr. Sajid khan, Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Syed Iftakhat Ul Hassan, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ud Din and Mr. Ali Wazir MNAs besides Senior Officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production meets - February 14, 2019

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIES & PRODUCTION ELECTS MR. SAJID HUSSAIN TURI, MNA AS ITS CHAIRMAN

                Islamabad, 14th February, 2019: The Standing Committee on Industries & Production in a meeting held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad unanimously elected Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA as its Chairman.
 

2.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the Members and briefed about the procedure for election of the Chairman/Chairperson. Mr. Nasir Khan Musa Zai, MNA/Member proposed the name of Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA, as Chairman of the Committee while Ms. Andleeb Abbas, MNA/Member, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA/Member, and Mr. Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan seconded their candidature. Accordingly, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production.
 

3.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honorable Speaker, Secretary National Assembly and assured him full support from the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee.
 

4.         The Chairman expressed his gratitude to the Members for posing confidence in his and assured them to run the business of the Committee with consensus. The Members while appreciating views of the honorable Chairman assured him their fullest support in the process of legislation.
 

5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs/Members, Mr. Nasir Khan Musazai, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Akram, MNA, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, MNA, Ms. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, MNA, Mr. RiazUlHaq, MNA, and Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA.


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan meets - February 14, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs meets - February 14, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - February 13, 2019

Islamabad, 13th February, 2019; Meeting for the election of the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Interior was held on 13th February, 2019 at 12:00 p.m in Constitution Room (Second Floor), Parliament HouseIslamabad.

2. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Honourable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman.

3. SardarTalibHussainNakai, Member of the Standing Committee on Interior, proposed the name of Raja KhurramShahzad Nawaz, MNA, as Chairman of Standing Committee on Interior, which was seconded by Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel MNA/Member. Accordingly Raja KhurramShahzad Nawaz, MNA, was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Interior.

4. The Special Secretary congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honourable Speaker and the Secretary National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured them of full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committees under the supervision of the Honourable Speaker.
5. Honourable Members/MNAs, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Raja KhurramShahzad Nawaz, Syed IftikharUl Hassan, MeharGhulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. RazaNasrullah,Mr. RahatAmanUllahBhatti,SardarTalibHussainNakai,Mr. Nadeem Abbas,Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel,Ms. NafeesaInayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib and Malik Muhammad Amir Dogarattended the meeting
 


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs meets - February 13, 2019

Islamabad, 13th February, 2019; Meeting for the election of the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held on Wednesday 13th February, 2019 at 11:30 a.m in Constitution Room (Second Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

2. The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Hon. Members and briefed them about the agenda and procedure for election of Chairman.

3. Later on, the proceeding of the Election of the Chairman was started. Consequently, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani proposed the name of Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, MNA which was seconded by Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, MNA and Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA. Being the only candidate for Chairmanship, Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat announced that Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, MNA is unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. Consequently, he congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honourable Speaker and the Worthy Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured the Committee for providing full Secretarial support for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee. All the Hon. Members and Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs who specially attended the first Meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs congratulated and expressed their full confidence and cooperation to the newly elected Chairman. The Chairman also reciprocated them for giving their confidence and support.

4. Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Arbab Aamir Ayub, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, Syed Fakhar Imam, Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Noor ul Hassan Tanvir, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Mr. Abdul Shakoor, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Malik Aamir Doghar, Chief Whip and Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs attended the meeting with the National Assembly Secretarial staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage meets - February 13, 2019

Islamabad, 13th February, 2019; Meeting for the election of the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage was held on 13th February, 2019 at 11:00 a.m in Constitution Room, Parliament House,Islamabad.
 
2. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Honourable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman.

3. Ms.Nafisa Shah, MNA, Member of the Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritageproposed the name of Mr. Javed Latif MNA, as Chairman of Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage, which was seconded by Ms. Naz Baloch and Ms. Syma Nadeem MNAs/Members. Accordingly Mr. Javed Latif MNA was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee onInformation, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage

4. The Special Secretary congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honourable Speaker and the Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured them of full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee under the supervision of the Honourable Speaker.

5. Hon. Members/MNAsMr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Muhammad Akram, Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Khan    , Mr. AftabJehangir, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Ms. KunwalShauzab, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Mr. Javed Latif, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms. Maryam Aurangzaib, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Ms. Naz Baloch and Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar  (Chief Whip)attended the meeting
 


NA Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination meets - February 13, 2019


NA Standing Committee on National Health meets - February 13, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets - February 13, 2019


NA Standing Committee on Privatization meets today - February 12, 2019

Islamabad the 12th February, 2019. A first meeting of the Standing Committee on Privatization was held on 12th February, 2019 at 03:30 p.m. in Constitution Room, 2nd Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad for election of its Chairman.

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

3.         Mr. Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, MNA proposed the name of Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA as the Chairman of the Committee and Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik and Ms. Syma Nadeem, MNAs seconded the proposal. Consequently Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA was declared as Chairman of the Committee unopposed.

4.         Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA/Chairman was invited to chair the meeting. The Chairman thanked the Members of the Standing Committee. All the Members felicitated the Chairman being elected unopposed and extended their full co-operation.

5.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Zahoor Hussain Qureshi, Mr. Muhammad Ahmeer Sultan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Ms. Siara Bano, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Syed Hussain Tariq, Mr. Sikandar Ali Rahoupoto, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik MNAs and Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, MNA/Chief Whip.

6.         The meeting ended with mutual vote of thanks to and from the Chair.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs elects Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA as its Chairman - February 12, 2019

Islamabad, 12th February, 2019: The Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs in a meeting held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad unanimously elected Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA as its Chairman.

2.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the members and briefed about the procedure for election of the Chairman. Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA/Member, proposed the name of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA, as Chairman of the Committee while Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen, MNA/Member seconded his candidature. Accordingly, Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA, was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs.

3.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honorable Speaker, Secretary National Assembly and assured him full support from the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee.

4.         The Chairman expressed his gratitude to the members for posing confidence in him and assured them to run the business of the Committee with consensus. The members while appreciating views of the honorable Chairman assured him their fullest support in the process of legislation.

5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Faiz Ullah, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar and Mr. Abdul Wasay besides the senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets - February 12, 2019


Meeting for the election of the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training - February 11, 2019

Islamabad, 11th February, 2019; Meeting for the election of the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training was held on 11th February, 2019 at 05:30 p. m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.  The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the Honourable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman.

3.  Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA/Member of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training proposed the name of Main Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA/Member as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training, which was seconded by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA/Member. Accordingly Main Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA/Member was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training.

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

5.  Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan, Chaudhary Farrukh Altaf, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, Ms. Ghazala Saifi, Ms. Asma Hadeed, Ms. Tashfeen Safdar, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz,Ch. Muhamad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Mian Najeeb ud Din Awaisi, Mr. Abid Hussain Bhayo, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Maheasr and Chief Whip, Malik Aamir Doghar, attended the meeting.
 


N.A Standing Committee On Defence Production Elects Chaudhry Iftekhar Nazir, MNA as Its Chairman - February 11, 2019

Islamabad, 11th February, 2019: The Standing Committee on Defence Production in a meeting held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad unanimously elected Chaudhry Iftekhar Nazir, MNA as its Chairman.
 
2. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the members and briefed about the procedure for election of the Chairman. Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti, MNA/Member proposed the name of Chaudhry Iftekhar Nazir, MNA, as Chairman of the Committee while Mr. Imran Khattak, MNA/Member seconded his candidature. Accordingly, Chaudhry Iftekhar Nazir, MNA, was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Defence Production. 
 
3. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honorable Speaker, Secretary National Assembly and assured him full support from the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee.
 
4. The Chairman expressed his gratitude to the members for posing confidence in him and assured them to run the business of the Committee with consensus. The members while appreciating views of the honorable Chairman assured him their fullest support in the process of legislation. 
 
5.  The meeting was attended by MNAs Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Rahat Aman Ullah Bhatti, Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jakhar, Ms. Sajida Begum, Ms. Saira Bano, Chaudhry Abid Raza, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Chaudhry Iftekhar Nazir, Mr. Irfan Ali Leghari and Mr. Afreen Khan besides the senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.
 


Meeting for the election of the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Narcotics Control - February 11, 2019

Islamabad, 11th February, 2019; Meeting for the election of the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Narcotics Control was held on 11th February, 2019 at 03:30 p.m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad.

2. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Honourable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman.

3. Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Member of the Standing Committee on Narcotics Control, proposed the name of Mr. Salahuddin  Ayubi, MNA, as Chairman of Standing Committee on Narcotics Control, which was seconded by Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan MNA/Member. Accordingly Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, MNA, was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Narcotics Control.

4. The Special Secretary congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honourable Speaker and the Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured them of full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee under the supervision of the Honourable Speaker.

5.  Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Mr. Mansoor Hayat Khan, Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi,  Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, and Mr. Mohsin Dawar attended the meeting         
 


MNA Asad Mehmood is Elected Chairman of Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony All affairs will be decided in the best interest of the Nation (Standing Committee) Standing Committee will consider the Hajj expenditures on 20-0 - February 11, 2019

Islamabad (11 February 2019) All affairs will be dealt with unanimously and in the best interest of the Nation. These views were shared in the meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony. The first meeting of the Standing Committee, to elect its Chairman, was held in the Parliament House this evening. The meeting was started, as per Assembly practice, with the recitation of the Holy Quran. In the beginning, the Special Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, Mr. Qamar Sohail Lodhi explained the purpose of the meeting and elucidated the process of the election of the Chairman of the Committee. He announced the result of the election of the Chairman after the conclusion of the election. According to the details, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA proposed the name of Mr. Asad Mehmood, MNA for the Chairmanship of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony. Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, MNA seconded the proposal of Ms. Shagufta Jumani. Thereafter, all of the members of the Standing Committee seconded the proposal. No other name of any member was proposed by any other member. Hence, Mr. Asad Mehmood, MNA was elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, unanimously. All of the Members of the Committee congratulated Mr. Asad Mehmood and assured him for full cooperation in the best interest of the Nation. The Members of the committee showed their concerns upon the increased Hajj expenditures. So, it was decided that next meeting would be held to discuss the issue of Increased Hajj Expenditures. The Chairman called next meeting of the Committee on 20-02-2019.
 
The meeting was attended by the Honourable Members National Assembly including Sahibzada Sibghatullah, Mr. Muhammad Bashir Khan, Prince Muhammad Nawaz Allai, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Raja Riaz Ahmed, Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Chaudhry Faqir Ahmad, Begum Tahira Bokhari, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Mr. Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Asad Mehmood and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali. In Addition, Honourable Chief Whip Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, MNA was also present in the meeting.
 
 


The 4th meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on the General Elections 2018 meets - January 30, 2019

Islamabad, January 30, 2019: The 4th meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on the General Elections, 2018 was held in the Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No.5), Parliament House, Islamabad at 03:00 p.m today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Pervez Khattak, MNA to discuss the agenda circulated vide Notice No.16(1)/2018-Com-I  dated 25/01/ 2019.

2.    The Committee discussed all the agenda items in detail. Rules, drafted for the Committee, were deliberated upon word by word. These were approved after minor amendments. Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Convener of the Sub-Committee, mandated to frame ToRs for the main Committee, presented Report of the Sub-Committee containing the ToRs, floated by the Government and Opposition sides. The Committee considered the ToRs and found them aiming at the same target i.e. scrutiny of the General Elections, 2018. While giving his expert opinion, the Secretary Law and Justice Division highlighted that the Committee on the General Elections, 2018 as well as its Sub-Committee is not contrary to the Article 225 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

3.    The meeting was attended by the parliamentarians namely; Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, MNA, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA, Mr. Fawad Ahmed, MNA, Syed Amin ul Haque, MNA, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, MNA, Rana Tanveer Hussain, MNA, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, MNA, Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA, Mr. Amir Haider Azam Khan, MNA, Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Senator Hidayatullah, Senator Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti and Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, besides Secretary Law and Justice Division and other senior officers of the Ministry.
 


NA Speaker Constitutes 13 Members Committee Of The Parliamentary Leaders In The National Assembly On Conduct - January 28, 2019

Islamabad:January 28, 2019: The Speaker Asad Qaiser has constituted a 13 members committee of the Parliamentary leaders in the National Assembly on Conduct. The Speaker constituted the committee in pursuance of motion adopted by the National Assembly under the rule 244(B) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. The Committee will work under the Chairmanship of the Speaker and its terms of reference will be:

(a) The Committee shall oversee , take note of and examine the matters relating to Conduct of Members as per rules and practices and make proposals to the Assembly as and when required;
(b) The Committee shall examine and investigate the cases referred to it by the House and the Speaker with reference to the Conduct of the Members;
(c) The Committee shall examine complaints concerning the alleged breach of Code of Conduct by Members;
(d) The Committee shall not take up any matter or complaint merely based on un- substantial media report or any other matter which is sub-judice in a Court of Law;
(e) The Committee shall present its reports to the House including quarterly periodical reports on overall conduct of Members;
(f) The Committee may make rules to regulate its procedure; and
(g) Matters ancillary to the above.
 
Besides Speaker National Assembly, the Committee will comprise of Leader of the House/Prime Minister Imran Khan,  Leader of the Opposition Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Minister for Housing and Works Chaudhary Tariq Bashir Cheema, Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Mr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui and MNAs Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, Mr. Asad Mehmood, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Mr. Muhammad Akhtar Mengal, Mr. GhousBux Khan Mahar, Nawabzada Shah ZainBugti and Mr. Amir Haider Azam Khan.
 


Parliamentary Committee on General Elections, 2018 meets - January 23, 2019


Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of The Chief Election Commissioner and Members of The Election Commission of Pakistan Elects Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA as Its Chairperson - January 22, 2019

Islamabad, 22nd January, 2019: The Parliamentary Committee on appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner and Members of the Election Commission of Pakistan in a meeting held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad unanimously elected Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA as its Chairperson.
 
2.         The Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the members and briefed them about the procedure for election of the Chairperson. Mr. Muhammad Mian Soomro, MNA/Member, proposed the name of Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA, as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee while Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, MNA seconded her candidature. Accordingly, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA, was unanimously elected as Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner and Members of the Election Commission of Pakistan. 
 
3.         The Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairperson on behalf of the Honorable Speaker and assured her full support from the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee. The Chairperson expressed her gratitude to the members for posing confidence in her and assured them to run the business of the Committee with consensus.
 
4.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Muhammad Mian Soomro, Mr. Omer Ayub Khan, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Syed Fakhar Imam, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Senator Naseebullah Bazai, Senator Dr. Sikandar Mandhro besides the senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.  
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - January 15, 2019

NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - January 3, 2019

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