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The National Assembly Session has been prorogued on Monday, the 15th August, 2022 |In exercise of the powers conferred by proviso to rule 4 of the Parliament (Joint Sittings) Rules, 1973, the Hon. Speaker has been pleased to call a Joint Sitting on Thursday, the 20th October, 2022 at 4.00 p.m, instead of Thursday, the 22nd September, 2022 at 4.00 p.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad.
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NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON CABINET SECRETARIAT DIRECTS FOR ENSURING AMPLE SUPPLY OF MEDICINES IN THE FLOOD EFFECTED AREAS ALSO DIRECTS FOR ASSESSMENT OF LOSS INFLICTED TO LIVELIHOODS OF WOMENFOLK WHO HAVE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION IN RURAL ECONOMY - September 30, 2022

The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has directed NDMA to ensure ample supply of paracetamol, anti snake venom and medicines for cure of diaeoria in the flood effected areas. The Committee also directed NDMA to also assess the losses caused to livelihood of womenfolk due to recent floods. The committee met under the chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Parliament House today.

The Committee was briefed by Representative Operations NDMA about the relief and rehabilitation activities carried out during recent floods. He apprised that pre-monsoon conferences were held early this year to access the preparedness for the forthcoming monsoon season. In view of the metrological predictions more than usual rainfall during the monsoon was expected. However according to the 30-year rainfall record, different areas of the country received unprecedented rainfall. He further informed that the extent of rain recorded in Sindh province was huge. He said that Sindh was the worst effected being at the lower riparian. Apprising the Committee about the rescue operations, he informed that effected people were shifted to relief camps and provided them with clothes, food and financial assistance through the assistance of provincial Disaster management authorities, Pakistan Army and private individuals/civil society. He said that floods had caused major Blow to the economy and the assessment was being carried out which will be completed till 15 October. He said that based upon that assessment the federal government and the provincial governments would announce financial assistance packages. He said that Rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure is a major challenge for the authorities.

The Committee appreciated the efforts of NMDA however asked them to beef up coordination between the NMDA and PDMAs so that no one is left out in terms of rehabilitation. The Committee also asked the NDMA to assess how much loss has been afflicted to the womenfolk whose contribution towards rural economy is immense. The Committee also asked for ensuring supply of medicines in the flood effected areas.

The Committee pended discussion on the Civil Servants Amendment Bill and the Federal Employees Benevolent and Group Insurance Amendment Bill till next meeting of the Committee.

The Committee disposed of the Matter raised by Mr. Ali Khan Jadoon, MNA and referred to the Committee by the House regarding losses rain in Abbottabad. The Committee was of the view that the Member was continuously absent however the measures taken by the NMDA and PDMA KPK were appropriate to provide relief and rehabilitation of the effectees.

While presenting the Report of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat regarding the issues of Private Secretaries of Federal Government, the by Convener Sub-Committee Mohsin Dawar apprised the Committee that the issues assigned to the Sub Committee were thoroughly discussed and appropriate recommendations had been made. He further informed that the Private Secretaries were being subjected to discrimination which needs to be addresses.

The Committee adopted the report and directed Establishment and Finance Divisions for submitting their point of view in that regard.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Mahesar, Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Special Secretary, Establishment Division, Director General Operations NDMA and Senior officers of concerned departments.


Standing Committee on Commerce meets - September 30, 2022

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce was held today, the 30th September 2022 at 11.30 am in Board Room TCP, Karachi, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar, MNA.

The Chairman, Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP), briefed the committee about the functions and performance of TCP and said that the corporation import wheat, fertilizer and cotton on the instructions of the federal government.

He pointed out certain areas where he seek the help of the Committee.

The Chairman appreciated efforts of Chairman TCP taken for the betterment of the institution and offered him full support in the best interest of the growers and the country. Chairman Raza Rabbani Khar said that if our support benefit poor farmers, and beloved country, we will definitely help you in all the matters.

The Committee directed the TCP authorities to ensure import of quality wheat and mechanism so that the quality of floor not be compromised at any level.

The Committee also directed that TCP take concrete steps to recover 91,756.802 million rupees debits from the Federal and Provincial governments and departments.

The Committee recommended that the Federal Government may consider to allow TCP for trading for the private sector as well.

The Committee decided to invite PASCO and PPRA in the next meeting of the Committee.  

The Standing Committee on Commerce, under the chairmanship of Raza Rabbani Khar Sahib visited the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) in the evening and met with the office bearers and the members of the Federation.

The President FPCCI briefed the Committee on working of the FPCCI and Committee and their role in the economy. The Chairman said that the businessmen are backbone of our country. The Committee will address all the issues raised in today's meeting.

The meeting was attended by Ms. Shaita Pervaiz, Ms Shaza Fatima Khawaj, Mr. Usman Ibraheem, Mr. Razheed Ahmed Khan, and Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNAs.

 
 


National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) meets - September 29, 2022

Islamabad; September 29, 2022: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) showed its great concern over the illegal inflow of Afghan Nationals in Pakistan at large numbers without their registration by the quarters concerned after regime change in Afghanistan. The Committee further expressed its deep concern over the free movement of unregistered Afghan Nationals  without any restrictions and occupied major businesses in big cities, especially in Karachi and Peshawar, without paying taxes to the Government of Pakistan. Whereupon, the Committee recommended that the Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Secretaries, Home Departments of all the provinces would be invited in the next meeting to discuss the issue of unregistered Afghan Nationals living mostly in Urban Areas of Pakistan and chalk-out a mechanism to stop them on border areas.

2. Due to illness of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, Chairman, Standing Committee on SAFRON, Mr. Ibadullah Khan, MNA Chaired the meeting, held today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad.

3. Additional Secretary, Ministry of SAFRON, informed while briefing the Committee that Pakistan generously hosted millions of Afghans for the last four decades. He further said that currently, there are three categories of Afghans living in Pakistan that includes 1.4 million Registered Proof of Registration (POR) Card holders, 840,000 Afghan Citizen Card holders (ACC) and estimated by various agencies 0.7 million undocumented Afghans. The Commissioner, Afghan Refugees Headquarter also shared the issues/challenges in repatriation of the Afghan refugees, including the insufficient livelihood opportunities and due to the non-conducive environment in Afghanistan. He further said that the process of repatriation of Afghan refugees remained slow, after withdrawal of US-NATO forces from Afghanistan.

4. The Committee deferred the agenda item regarding alleged possession of FATA House, Islamabad, by the Federal Government however, the said House was constructed from FATA Annual Development Fund for official use by the Parliamentarians/Officers of FATA with the direction that the Secretary, Ministry of Interior must attend the next meeting to brief the Committee on the said issue.

5. The meeting was attended by MNAs: Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Naveed Ameer Jeeva, Mr. Afreen Khan, Ms. Shakila Luqman, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Ms. Nasiba Channa, and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.


Ambassador of Ethiopia, Jamal Beker Abdula called on Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Moshin Dawar at Parliament House - September 29, 2022

Ethiopia is a potential linchpin in Pakistan’s ‘Engage Africa’ Policy : Chairman Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mohsin Dawar

The Chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Moshin Dawar stated that ‘Engage Africa’ is Pakistan’s strategic pivot to Africa to expand economic, Parliamentary and diplomatic relations with Africa. He remarked that diversity of the resource rich African continent, market size, shared values and strategic convergences stimulates Pakistan’s interest to elevate bilateral relations and exchanges with Africa to a new era of friendship and cooperation. He made these remarks while meeting ambassador of Ethiopia, Mr. Jamal Beker Abdula, at Parliament House on Thursday.

Mohsin Dawar, appreciating the opening of the Ethiopian embassy in Islamabad, stressed that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Ethiopia and takes pride in the mutual support to each other at various multilateral forums including the UNGA, UNSC and UNHRC. He remarked that Ethiopia is an emerging linchpin in Pakistan’s strategy to expand trade with Africa. Both Pakistan and Ethiopia are promising markets for each other, he remarked. Mohsin Dawar also proposed close coordination between Permanent Missions in New York and Geneva. He also wished continued & uninterrupted peace and prosperity in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian ambassador, Mr. Jamal Beker Abdula, remarked that the world should not see Pakistan through a Western media’s lense. Pakistan is a peaceful, culturally rich and diversified country with immensely strong social values and huge economic potential, he remarked. He stated that Pakistan’s contribution to the UN Peacekeeping Missions is a testimony of the country’s enduring commitment to global peace.  

The Ethiopian ambassador, stressing the bilateral trade relations, stated that Ethiopia is an attractive market for Pakistani agricultural, pharmaceutical and technological products while Ethiopia is critical to Pakistan’s food security in terms of import of pulses, chickpeas and red kidney beans. He appreciated the Pakistan government’s decision to lift the ban on red kidney beans. He urged Pakistani businessmen to explore Ethiopia’s potentially lucrative markets. He stated that Pakistan should offer scholarships for Ethiopian students in various Pakistani universities to cement cultural and educational ties.


Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - September 29, 2022

73rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Ch. Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA at 02:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting started with a recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the Minutes of the previous meeting and feels satisfied with agenda No. 2.

The Committee considered the Bill, Qanun-e-Shahadat (Amendment) Bill,2022 (Government Bill); and recommended that the same may be passed by the Assembly.

The Committee did not consider the Bills, The Control of Narcotics Substances (Amendment) Bill,2022; The Public Properties (Removal of Encroachment) Ordinance,2021; The Constitution (Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, (Government Bills), and deferred the same at the request of the Ministry.

The Committee considers the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 140-A) moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra MNA. After detailed deliberations, the Committee deferred the same till the next meeting with a recommendation that the Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan in consultation with the Ministry of Law and justice shall propose a proper solution to address the concerns of the Mover.

The Committee considers the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 84) moved by Syed Hussain Tariq MNA, during deliberations, the Committee observed with grave concern that the Secretary Finance Division has not attended the meeting. Furthermore, the brief provided to the committee is not well before time and is ambiguous. Hence the Committee recommended that the Secretary of Finance Division shall attend the next meeting personally and shall also provide a clear and detailed brief well before time for the perusal of the Members. The committee deferred the Bill till the next meeting.

The Committee considers, Question No 61, under Rule 199 moved by Ms. Shugufta Jumani, MNA; The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 51,59 & 106) moved by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA; and High Courts (Establishment)(Amendment) Bill,2021 moved by Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA; and recommended that the Bills/matters may not be passed by the Assembly.

Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Syed Hussain Tariq, Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan, representatives of the Finance Division, along with their staff attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Power directs all electricity distribution companies to complete work on schemes for which funds had been already released to avoid cost escalation - September 29, 2022

Also seeks briefing from Cabinet decision regarding electrification schemes under SDGS

The Standing Committee Power has directed all the Electricity Distribution Companies to complete the ongoing schemes in areas of their jurisdiction for which funds had already been released. The Committee also decided to seek a briefing from Cabinet Division on SDGs with specific reference to criteria adopted for grant of electrification schemes under SAP and cost escalation, thereupon in case of their non-completion within stipulated time. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, MNA today in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee was apprised that out of 5233 electrification schemes only 2653 could be completed in Faisalabad Electric Supply Company whereas Multan Electricity Supply Company could complete 3049 out of 6500 schemes till June 2022. The Chief Executive Officers of the respective Companies attributed cost escalation, business lockdowns during COVID-19 and issues of right of way and other legal issues to non completion of the schemes. They assured that the ongoing work would be completed soon.

The Members of the Committee were quite skeptical of the performance of the Electricity Distribution Companies. They said that someone needed to be held responsible since most of the projects were incomplete despite release of funds. The Members also opined that there were lots of schemes that had been completed on Papers only. It was also pointed out that the federal government should bear the difference of the cost of the projects so that they could be completed on time. The Committee decided to invite Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Federal Minister in capacity of chair of Steering Committee on SDGs to discuss the issues pointed out by the Members.

The Committee also sought details regarding hiring of firms for 3rd Party employment and shortlisting of firms for purchase of electrification material. The Committee was of the view that transparency in processes adopted for hiring and shortlisting should be ensured.
Discussing the issues of depleting trained Human Resources in all the electricity supply companies, the Committee was of the view that instead of hiring manpower through 3rd parties, the process of replenishing the HR pool of the companies should be ongoing. The Chairman said that reportedly since 2016 not a single Lineman has been recruited in any of the companies.

The Additional Secretary Power informed that recently ban on recruitment on post in BPS -17 and above had been lifted and the recruitment process had been initiated. Regarding ban imposed in that regard, he said that it was owing to the poor state of their financial affairs. Replying to a question the Additional Secretary informed that as per initial assessment carried out by the Ministry through its Companies and their field offices, recent floods had caused destruction of electricity infrastructure worth more than Rs.4.329 billion.

The Committee deferred discussion on matters referred to the Committee due to absence of the movers. The Committee also approved regulation of generation, transmission and distribution of electric power amendment bill authorizing Federal Government to appoint Member Electricity and Member Finance in appellate tribunals case provinces do not find suitable nominations to make such appointments within a month.

The Committee meeting was attended by MNAs; Chaudhary Khalid Javed, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sheerazi, Mr. Kamal Uddin, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Saira Bano, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Makhdoom Syed Sami Ul Hassan Gillani, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Secretary and Senior officers from Power Division and other concerned departments.
 


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NA Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Division was held today - September 28, 2022

Islamabad, 28th September, 2022; 8th meeting of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Division was held today under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb ud Din Awaisi, MNA, in Committee Room of Economic Affairs Division (EAD), C Blook, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad.
 The Joint Secretary Ministry of Economic Affairs (EAD) briefed the Committee regarding the top 3 problematic projects relating to Federal Energy and Water Sector, including Dasu Hydropower Stage-I project; Jamshoro Power Generation Project and Transmission Modernization project Phase I. He informed the  Committee that the Dasu Hydropower (Phase-I) project was signed on 25-8-2014 and its closing date was 30-06-2022 which was revised to 31-5-2022. Funds committed for the project amounts to $ 588.40 million out of which $ 313.00 have been disbursed with undisbursed amount to the tune of $ 275.40 million. The project has been delayed for almost 7 years due to delay in land acquisition which was caused by incomplete land record, illegal construction and inadequate security at project site etc. The cost of land acquisition increased from Rs. 19 billion to Rs. 37 billion. Other reasons for delay include delay in fulfillment of covenant on Operational Health Safety and slow decision making on the part of WAPDA. The Committee decided to visit the Dasu Hydropower Stage I project to see the physical progress on the project and state of issues.
Joint Secretary EAD informed the Committee that the Jamshoro Power Generation Project for installation of 600 MW supercritical coal-fired unit was signed on 12-02-2014 with original closing date 31-03-2019 and revised closing date is 30-6-2023. The Asian Development Bank has committed to finance $ 684.454 million, out of which $ 410.819 has been disbursed and undisbursed amount is $ 273.635 million. Issues of the project include purchase of 100 acres land as ash pond land and signing of Engineering, Procurement & Construction contract for LOT-II of the project. The Provincial Cabinet, Sindh deferred the case of Purchase of Ash Disposal Land with the direction that fresh clearance report from Sindh Environmental Protection Agency be submitted as the previous one was provided in 2014 which will require further 4-6 months. The decision regarding signing of Engineering, Procurement & Construction contract for Unit II is pending at the Ministry of Energy (Power Division). The Committee recommended that the Government should decide, without further loss of time, whether or not to install Jamshoro Power Generation Project Lot II.
Joint Secretary EAD informed the Committee that the National Transmission Modernization Project was initiated for increasing capacity and reliability of National Transmission System and modernization of key business processes of NTDC. The signing date of the project was 13-6-2018 and its closing date 31-01-2024 with cost of $424 million, out of which $ 36.1 million has been disbursed while non disbursed funds amount to $ 388.90 million. The Committee was informed that the project was delayed due to late hiring of consultant and project management staff; delay in awarding of contracts and land acquisition issue for Islamabad West. The Committee recommended that the project management unit staff must be hired/appointed purely on merit basis. Moreover the staff should be placed in the project from the beginning of the project till its end.
Honorable Members Mr. Ali Zahid, Syed Javed Hasnain, Dr. Darshan, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali and Mr. Salahuddin, MNAs attended the meeting.          
 


A Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets today - September 28, 2022

Islamabad, the 28th September, 2022: The Standing Committee on Housing and Works directs Director General Estate Department to get completed long outstanding survey of all those Federal Government Owned Residential Accommodations (FGORAs); having additional constructions or subletting by the allottees, take appropriate actions with the help of all the concerned departments such as PWD, CDA and ICT and submit report to the Committee at the earliest.

21st meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works held today at 11:00 a.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ibadullah, MNA.

During the course of discussion on non-completion of long outstanding survey of FGORAs; having additional constructions and subletting by the allottees, the DG, Estate Department, informed the Committee that pursuant to the directions of the Committee, survey of Sectors G-6, G-7 and F-6 Islamabad was conducted. During visit of 3229 houses, additional construction in 1224 houses was found while 262 houses were found to be partially sublet. Taking cognizance of the matter, allotments of 108 sublet houses were cancelled while efforts for cancellation of remaining sublet houses were underway. The Committee; expressing concern over additional constructions in the Government Houses vis-à-vis subletting, directed the DG, Estate Department, to take appropriate actions with the help of all the concerned departments such as PWD, CDA and ICT and submit report to the Committee at the earliest.

On the issue of commercial units (petrol pumps and shops) leased out by Estate Department, the Committee noted that the lease period of 20 years; being very long span, needs to be shortened as the same will also help increase rental income of the Department. Referring to a decision of the Hon. Supreme Court of Pakistan, the management of Estate Office was directed by the Committee to ensure revision and enhancement of rental charges of these commercial units as per market rates on annual basis instead of conservative enhancement basis of 10% annually. The DG, Estate Department, was further directed by the Committee to provide detailed report of all the commercial units with their locations and rental charges in the next meeting.

The Committee was told by the DG, Pak. PWD, that no Work Charged Employees (WCEs) was recruited by PWD during last four years except under daily wages. Regarding the issue of late completion of development schemes of the Hon. MNAs/MPAs by the PWD, the Committee directed the DG, PWD, to issue necessary instructions to all the XENs to ensure timely completion of these development schemes and in future, completion certificate of these schemes under question may be issued subject to satisfaction by the concerned Hon. MNA/MPA. About the comparison of rates being charged by the PWD and the other Government department; both the Federal Government Departments or the Provincial Government Departments, on account of development schemes of the hon. MNAs/MPAs, the DG, PWD, informed the Committee that their rates were lessor as compared to other departments. The Committee pended the matter with the decision to discuss the same in next meeting.

The Senior Joint Secretary of the Ministry briefed the Committee about the background, functions, projects completed and in-hand, business efforts/constraints and current/ongoing business details of Pakistan Environmental Planning & Architectural Consultants (PEPAC). He held that though the Company was created with a great idea but its functions remained interrupted due to its continuous shifting from one Ministry to another. The Committee noted that Ministry of Planning & Development was more suitable Ministry for the Company instead of Ministry of Housing & Works, thus, recommended the Ministry to take up the matter with the relevant Ministry i.e Ministry of Planning & Development.

Besides the Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works (Syed Mehmood Shah, MNA), the meeting was attended by Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Jam Abdul Karim Bijar, Mr. Salahuddin, Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani and Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNAs/Members. The senior officers of Ministry of Housing and Works, PEPAC, Pak. PWD, and Estate Office were also present in the meeting.The Senior Joint Secretary of the Ministry briefed the Committee about the background, functions, projects completed and in-hand, business efforts/constraints and current/ongoing business details of Pakistan Environmental Planning & Architectural Consultants (PEPAC). He held that though the Company was created with a great idea but its functions remained interrupted due to its continuous shifting from one Ministry to another. The Committee noted that Ministry of Planning & Development was more suitable Ministry for the Company instead of Ministry of Housing & Works, thus, recommended the Ministry to take up the matter with the relevant Ministry i.e Ministry of Planning & Development.

Besides the Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works (Syed Mehmood Shah, MNA), the meeting was attended by Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Jam Abdul Karim Bijar, Mr. Salahuddin, Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani and Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNAs/Members. The senior officers of Ministry of Housing and Works, PEPAC, Pak. PWD, and Estate Office were also present in the meeting.


 


Public Accounts Committee meets - September 28, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 
(Public Accounts Committee Wing)
 
Press Release
 
Islamabad, the 28th September, 2022
 
A meeting of the Public Accounts Committee was held today the 28th September, 2022, under the Convenorship of Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to examine the Appropriation Accounts of the National Assembly and Senate Secretariats for the year 2018-19 and briefing regarding National Assembly and Senate Secretariats Employees Cooperative Housing Societies. The Committee after in-depth discussion made the following recommendations
 
i) the Committee showed displeasure over the letter written by the Senate Secretariat to the PAC regarding removal of glass walls established in the corridor in front of the office of the Chairman, Senate challenging the authority of the PAC to issue such directives and observed that in the PAC representation of the both houses are present. Therefore, the Committee reiterated its earlier directive and directed the Secretary, Senate Secretariat to remove the glass wall established in the corridor in front of the Office of the Chairman, Senate. The Chairman, PAC and senators also requested Chairman, Senate to remove the glass walls. Moreover, previous directive of the PAC in above regard would be implemented.
 
ii) directed Secretary, Senate Secretariat to remove the Pictures immediately from the right side of the corridor as the said pictures are disturbing while the performing the Namaz. The Committee also directed to withdraw the letter written by Senate Secretariat to the PAC;
 
iii) directed the audit to conduct forensic audit of the National Assembly Secretariat of the last one year regarding appointments, promotions and foreign visits made by MNAs and Officers/Officials of the National Assembly. Also directed audit to conduct audit regarding honorarium paid to the employees of the National Assembly Secretariat, Senate Secretariat, Finance Division and Federal Board of Revenue. Audit assured to conduct audit of all Ministries/Divisions/Departments regarding honorarium paid to their employees. Moreover one honorarium would be allowed in future to all employees of both the Secretariats. iv) the Committee showed displeasure regarding baseless news item published in the newspapers regarding current visit of the delegation of the National Assembly made to Canada. The Secretary, National Assembly clarified that in the said visit, there are two MNAS
including Honourable Speaker and three Officials out of which expenses of the two officials are borne by the sponsors:
 
v) The Committee directed the Deputy Commissioner, Islamabad to stop the use of the name of National Assembly and the Senate by the management of the National Assembly and Senate Secretariat's Employees Cooperative Societies. Ensure the right of the registered members also ensure transparency in the affairs of the Societies;
 
vi) directed Secretary, Senate and National Assembly Secretariats to cancel the NOC issued in favor of the Senate Secretariat Employees Cooperative Society pertaining to use the name of the Senate Secretariat;
 
vii) directed the Secretary, National Assembly Secretariat to take action under E& D rules against the lady official who is involved in fraud; and
 
viii) the Committee observed that MNAS/Senators are entitled to be treated from Govt. Hospitals and directed Secretary, Cabinet Division, Establishment Division and M/o National Health Services Regulations and Coordination to directed autonomous bodies/corporations to get treatment of their employees from Govt. hospitals instead of private hospitals;
 
ix) The Committee regularized two grants pertaining to the National Assembly and Senate Secretariats. Moreover, briefing gave by the Deputy Commissioner, Islamabad on National Assembly and Senate Secretariats Employees Cooperative Housing Societies.
 
 

NA Standing Committee on Interior Meets - September 28, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 

PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad, 28th September, 2022: The National Assembly  Standing Committee on Interior meet today at 11:30 00 a.m in the Constitution Room (Committee No.5) 2nd Floor Parliament House, Islamabad, under the  Chairmanship of Malik Ahmad Hussain Deharr, MNA, 
2.  The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee deferred the Bills in the agenda for next meeting. Therefore, the Committee in the premier meeting only took the briefing on the performance, general overview from each Wing/Department of the Ministry. The Secretary to M/O Interior and Senior officers of the following departments gave the briefing, on performance, achievements, issues and challenges and way-forward to resolve the problems: 
ICT and CDA.NACTA,NADRA,Immigration and Passport office
3. The Committee expressed displeasure over non-preparation/revising of 1960’s Old Master Plan of the CDA, The Committee took serious notice and issued the directions for preparation of new Master Plan as soon as possible. The Committee also expressed its concern over delay in non-completion of Islamabad development projects by ICT/CDA and  issued the directions to ICT/CDA for early completion of under taken project in the best interest of Public particularly  Bara Kahu by-pass  project.  The Committee showed concern regarding non-filling of vacant post in NACTA and in this regard issued the directions for filling such vacant posts in the NACTA as early as possible on merit. The Committee also expressed concerned over delay in issuance of e-passport, and also issued the directions to Immigration and Passport Office for early completion of e-Passport and implementation/compliance within three months.  
4.       The Committee issued the directions to Ministry and rest of the departments/wings including FIA, Immigration & Passport Office and NADRA for giving their presentations in the next meeting of the Committee. 
5.  The meeting was attended by Honorable MNAs, Malik Sohail Khan, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan,  Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Sajid Mehdi, Mr. Usma Qadri, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, MNA and Senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, ICT and CDA.,NACTA, NADRA and Immigration and Passport Office to attended the meeting. 

NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development meets - September 27, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE

Islamabadthe, 27th September 2022: 20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development was held today under the Chairmanship of Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, MNA in Committee Room No. 07, fourth floor, Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Federal Minister for OP&HRD was present at the meeting. NIRC briefed about the performance of NIRC during the last five years, in which budget 2018 to 2022 and vacant posts including chairman and Member were discussed. Secretary, OPF requested The Committee to fill the vacant posts. DG Planning & Development informed the Committee about the employment agreement of Pakistan with Saudi Arabia.

2.   The Committee recommended that NAVTTC would be attached to the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis. The Committee also recommended that NAVTTC and TAVETA briefings would be held combined.

The meeting was attended by Syed Javed Hassnain, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, Ms. Shakila Luqman, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Muhammad Jamal-ud-Din, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development (OP&HRD), NAVTTC, NIRC, EOBI also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) meets - September 27, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE 

               Islamabad 27th September, 2022:  26th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) was held under the Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA, in the Committee Room of National Agriculture Research Center (NARC), Chak Shahzad, Islamabad.

2.       The Committee recommended that the Provinces should ensure the provision of free wheat seed for flood-affected areas through a transparent mechanism at the earliest.

3.         The Committee discussed the issues of encroached land of Agriculture Research Center, Baluchistan in detail and directed that Chairman PARC may coordinate with the concerned authorities to vacate the land of Agriculture Research Center in Baluchistan and correspondence with authorities will also be shared with the Committee.  

4.         The Committee also discussed the pay and pension issues of the employees of the Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) in detail and directed the concerned authorities to resolve the issue at the earliest.

5.        The Committee rejected “The National Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Authority Act, 2021” moved by Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, MNA and “The Safe Milk and Dairy Bill, 2021” moved by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA due to the continuous absence of the Movers.

6.       The Committee deferred the Matter regarding Ayub Agriculture Research Institute, Faisalabad and the Proposal of the Provincial Government for declaration of “Bahawalpur Agriculture Research Institute as a Secretariat of South Punjab” (moved by Raja Riaz Ahmad, MNA and Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, MNA). The Committee further deferred the Started Question No. 132 (moved by Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, MNA) till its next meeting.

7.        MNAs, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Ch. Faqir Ahmed, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Mr. Zulfiqar Sattar Bachani, Mr. Kamal Ud-din, and senior officers/ officials from the Ministry of NFS&R, Ministry of Law and Justice & NARC attended the meeting.


Public Accounts Committee meets - September 27, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

(Public Accounts Committee Wing)
 
Islamabad, the 27th September, 2022
 
Press Release
 
A meeting of Public Accounts Committee was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA in the Parliament House pertaining to M/o Petroleum Division. As per Agenda, the Committee examined the audit paras for the year 2019-2020 and issued appropriate directions to the PAO for making recoveries of billions of Rupees in the interest of country. The Committee gave the following directions/recommendations:
 
Recoveries of billions of Rupees be made from defaulters specially from  CNG Stations, Hascol and Bicol Companies in the larger interest of Pakistan and compliance on PAC Directives be also ensured;
 
The Committee directed the PAO to provide perks and privileges/salaries of MDs, DMDs of SNGPL and SSGPL. The matter of determination of salaries of MDs/DMDs would be fixed through Cabinet Division. This will minimize the monopoly of Boards. Moreover, the decision of Salaries and privileges of members of Boards would be made by the Cabinet’s meeting;
 
Cabinet Division was requested to issue directions to all autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies/corporations/departments to get them annually audited by the Auditor General of Pakistan in line with audit of other Ministries/Divisions/Departments;
 
The Committee displeased over the unauthorized use of helicopters by 1800 influential persons and underscored the need to make recovery from them. FIA & NAB were particularly directed to take notice of such violations in future. Moreover, the Committee directed that helicopters would be utilized in other provinces as per Government’s rules in future. The Committee directed the NAB to provide complete list of 1800 persons who have utilized helicopters in KPK unauthorizedly, to the PAC;
 
The Committee expressed grave concern over appointment of chairperson of SNGPL which reportedly was made in violation of existing rules. The Committee directed the PAO to provide an authentic copy of minutes of appointment of the Chairperson, SNGPL, besides, issued directions to Auditor General of Pakistan to check and report to the PAC if rules were violated or not in the appointment of chairperson. The Committee further directed the PAO to recover pending recovery of billions of Rupees relentlessly by invoking Land Revenue Act. A list of defaulters be also provided to the PAC along with detail of recoverable amount thereof. While discussing over the issue, the Committee expressed severe concern as to why the concerned officers did not make recovery since 2015. The Committee, however, directed the PAO to hold inquiry against such officers who did not make recoveries and fix responsibility thereon and report to the Committee. Detail of recoveries as well as actions to be taken for disconnecting gas connections of defaulters be provided to the Committee in the next meeting of the Committee. Equitable distribution of gas be ensured to the federation of Pakistan in accordance with article 158 of constitution. Particularly gas be provided to those areas situated in the gas fields such as Sui, Qadirpur, Karak and Rajanpur etc;
 
All those officers/officials of Ministry and its attached departments holding dual nationality be kept away from policy making rather they should be kept for consultancy purpose only, if unavoidable. The Committee directed the Secretary, Establishment Division to provide a list of all officers/officials working in the Ministries/Divisions/Departments having dual Nationalities, to PAC Secretariat for further directions;
 
The Committee directed the Secretary, Petroleum Division to take necessary action against the defaulters of CNG’s stations in the country and further directed that gas would not be provided to defaulter thereof. Moreover, responsibility would be fixed against officer who was responsible thereof; 
 
On raising a question, the Committee reviewed the facility of availing free air tickets of PIA employees. The Committee, on compassionate ground, decided that facility of availing free air tickets of PIA be extended only to working and retired employees and not to their families; and The Committee directed the Audit to submit a comprehensive report on newly installed sound system in Committee Room No. 2 of the National Assembly Secretariat.   

NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination meets today - September 22, 2022

Islamabad; September 22, 2022:  The Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination has directed Drug Regulatory Authority to ensure ample supply of paracetamol and anti snake venom throughout the country especially in the flood effected areas. The committee directed for penal action all those who are either involved in hoarding or discontinuing production of the paracetamol. The Committee also directed for holding the MDCAD tests on single day through out the country. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, MNA in Parliament House today.
 
The Committee was apprised that the pharmaceutical sector has demanded for increase in price of paracetamol, however its request had not be acceded to by the the federal
Cabinet. The Cheif Executive Officer DRAP apprised that punitive action had been initiated against the concerned. The Special Secretary Of the Ministry apprised that a vigilant eye on provision of medicines specially in the flood effected areas. He apprised that the government had already received an ample supply of paracetamol in relief by the foreign governments.  The Committee also expressed its annoyance on consecutive absence of Federal Minister and Secretary from the Committee meetings.

The Committee decided to discuss The Pakistan Nursing Council (Emergency Management), Bill, 2022 (Ordinance XXIX of 2021) (Government Bill) and The ICT Tuberculosis (Notification) Bill, 2022 (moved by Ms. Uzma Riaz, MNA) in its next meeting. The Committee decided to further discuss issues related to DRAP in presence of the Minister.

The Committee expressed its disappointment on the performance of Pakistan Nursing Council terming it a failure to bring the nursing sector at par with the international standards. The committee was of the view that substandard clinical training, obsolete curriculum and lack of quality training institutions were the main reasons. The Committee directed the Ministry to further ponder upon the a Legislative proposal in that regard and address all the issues pointed out by the Committee. The Committee also suggested that the amendments should not defeat the spirit of a Regulator. The Committee also said that proliferation of private institution and lack of monitoring by PNC had deteriorated the standard of trained human resource. The Committee also asked for a comprehensive briefing on syllabus of all programs and fee structure for all these programs besides monitoring system of PNC.  

The Registrar PNC apprised the Committee about the performance of the nursing regulator. She informed that 60% out of 339 institutes imparting training in the sector were private institutes. She said that 17485 nurses and paramedics have been enrolled with PNC till date.

The Special Secretary Ministry of National Heath Services informed that the PNC had been subjected to infighting between its ranks which had resulted in production of substandard human resource. He said that nursing and paramedics sector has huge potential in local as well as in foreign countries and if standardised human resource as per international standards was produced, it could earn substantial foreign exchange for the country.

Later the Committee was briefed by Cheif Executive Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA) He informed that IHRA had been mandated to regulate healthcare sector within the jurisdiction of Islamabad Capital Territory. He informed that the Authority keeps a vigilant check on provision of best healthcare facilities in private as well as public sector facilities. He further apprised that the Authority had embarked on a plan to impart training in laboratory services and dentistry and would issue licences to professional in both sectors. He said that the Authority had digitised its processes for issuance of registration of such facilities and handle online complaints. He assured the Committee that the standards in healthcare are being set up which would be monitored strictly. He also complained about the dichotomy in health services since healthcare facilities in public sector were being provided by both CDA and ICT. He stressed for bringing entire healthcare facilities under umbrella of Ministry of Health Services. The Committee appreciated the performance of IHRA and assured that the issues raised by the CEO would be taken up with relevant quarters.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Dr. Samina Matloob, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatime, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shamsun Nisa, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. James Iqbal,
Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Special Secretary Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, CEOs of Islamabad HealthCare Regulatory Authority and Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan, Registrar Pakistan Nursing Council and other officers of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage & Culture meets today - September 22, 2022

27th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication - September 21, 2022

27th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA.

2.        The Committee was briefed on Cyber-Crime, Cyber Security and Social Media Rules by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

3.       The Hon. Members of the Committee expressed serious concern on the huge Rise of cybercrime Complaints during the last three 3 years. They criticized the process of registration of complaints, shortage of competent staff to handle registered complaints, and shortage of latest equipment for further investigation of the registered complaints. The Hon. Members urged the department to revisit the direction of the working and address the communication gap between all the concerned departments. 

4.       The Hon. Members expressed concern about the negative propaganda and campaigns against politicians, journalists and institutions on social media and harassment of elected representatives and their families. The Members emphasized on the capacity building of the staff working in the cybercrime wing of FIA. The Committee directed the FIA to prepare proposals for the improvement of the performance of the cybercrime wing and present them before the Committee in the next meeting. 

5.       The Committee recommended that the Federal Government take immediate steps to appoint permanent, competent and experienced officers in the Cyber Crime wing and provide all necessary resources to this important National Institution.

6.      The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meetings held on 5th September, 2022.

7.        The meeting was attended by Mr. Malik Sohail Khan, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Ms. Ayesha Rajab Ali, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Naz Baloch, Ms. Shamim Ara Panhwar, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Salahuddin, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer MNAs. The meeting was also attended by the Secretary and Senior Officers/officials from the Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication along with senior officers from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

27th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication


Public Accounts Committe meets - September 21, 2022

A meeting of Public Accounts Committee was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA in the Parliament House to examine Appropriation Accounts for the year 2018-19 and Audit Report for the year 2019-20 pertaining to Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRAN); and Audit Report for the year 2019-20 pertaining to Ministry of Interior. 2. The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee issued Directions to SAFRAN while examining Audit Para for the year 2019-20. The Committee settled 4 Grants and examined Audit paras of SAFRAN. Similarly the Committee examined highlighted Audit paras of the Ministry of Interior. The Committee issued specific and general directions to be followed by all the concerned: Accountant General Pakistan Revenues was directed to submit Audit Brief on time; The Committee directed the PAO not to merge Khasadar and levis force into police rather personals of Khasadar are more appropriate to control law and order situations especially in Tribal Areas as compared to Police; Secretary, SAFRAN to talk to UNO and UNHCR to establish Refugees camps for staying of Afghan Refugees so that anti-state activities of Afghanis could be controlled. They are defaming the name of Pakistan across the globe. The Committee also issued direction to all concerned to stop illegal activities of Afghanis. The Committee directed Secretary, Interior and Secretary SAFRAN to trace 1.4 million Afghan Refugees within 1 month and report to the Committee; The Committee expressed displeasure as to why DG(FIA)  did not come for attending meeting and directed the Secretary, Interior to bring all the heads of departments working under his control to the meeting whether agenda pertains to them or not. The Committee expressed displeasure to know that 14 officers including Chairman, NADRA are having dual nationality and working in the sensitive department like NADRA. DG (NADRA)-KPK having dual nationality is appointed near Torkham Border. He should be removed therefrom and some Colonel or retired brigadier be appointed against this post. The Committee directed the Secretary, Interior to move a summary and make legislation that no government employee can attain dual nationality. On a query Chairman NADRA replied that 34 employees having corruption charges have been terminated from service and inquiries are pending against other officers in NADRA. The Committee directed Chairman NADRA to provide a list of those who have been terminated from services from 2017 to 2022 and directed him to issue directions to concerned DGs, NADRA not to issue CNICs to Afghanis. Secretary Interior, Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs were requested to provide a list of 390 Afghanis who had chanted slogan against Pakistan in UAE after the cricket match. In the end the Committee also appreciated the quality software of NADRA being exported to other countries which is also a source of foreign exchange. The Committee directed the PAO of the Ministry of Interior to initiate a crackdown against those officers/officials appointed on dummy degrees and are working in government departments. FIRs would also be lodged against them and recoveries would be made from them. The Committee asked the Secretary, Interior to provide a list of dummy degree holders employees in the Ministry of Interior, within one month; and The Committee directed the Chief Commissioner, Islamabad to submit a comprehensive Report of all illegal housing societies in Islamabad including Ghauri Town within a month so that action could be initiated against their owners.
 


NA Standing Committee on House& Library meets - September 20, 2022

 National Assembly Secretariat

(Directorate General of Media)
 
Press Release
 
NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSE & LIBRARY LAMENTED OVER PREVAILING CORRUPT PRACTICES IN NAECHS
 
NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSE & LIBRARY TOOK EXCEPTION TO PERFORMANCE OF CDA STAFF IN PARLIAMENT LODGES
 
Islamabad: 20th September 2022; Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani has said that ensuring transparency in spending public money is key to development in the country. He also said that being public representatives it is incumbent upon them to take public issues on board. He also expressed displeasure over corrupt practices in the affairs of National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing society (NAECHS). He expressed these views while chairing the meeting of the Standing Committee on House& Library of the National Assembly in Parliament House today.
 
The committee unanimously recommended for accelerating the matter of NAECHS and the committee unanimously decided to look deep into affairs of NAECHS so that the grievances of members of NAECHS can be addressed at the earliest.  The committee members also unanimously recommended f strict action against management of NAECHS and District Administration officers/officials involved in mismanaging the matters in NAECHS. The committee resolved to solve these matters of NAECHS to save the members from the corrupt practices.
 
The committee also expressed displeasure over the performance of CDA staff in parliament lodges and instructed CDA to ensure transparency in using public money. The committee directed CDA to ensure the best services in Parliament lodges especially cleanliness in Parliament lodges.
 
The Standing committee meeting was attended by MNA Ms.Aliya Kamran, Ms.Mussarat Rafique, Ms.Nasiba Channa and Senior officers of District administration Islamabad  and CDA .

قومی اسمبلی کی قائمہ کمیٹی برائے ہاوٴس اینڈ لائبریری کے اجلاس - September 20, 2022

 قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ 

ڈائریکٹوریٹ جنرل آف میڈیا 
پریس ریلیز
 
 *قومی اسمبلی کی قائمہ کمیٹہ برائے ہاؤس اینڈ لائبریری کا قومی اسمبلی ایمپلائیز کوآپریٹیو ہاؤسنگ سوسائٹی میں ہونے والی بدعنوانیوں پر سخت برہمی کا اظہار*
 
 *ہاؤس اینڈ لائبریری کمیٹی کا پارلیمنٹ لاجز میں تعینات سی ڈی اے کے عملے کی کارکردگی پر عدم اطمینان کا اظہار*
 
اسلام آباد : 20 ستمبر 2022: ڈپٹی اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی زاہد اکرم درانی نے کہا ہے کہ عوام کے ٹیکسوں سے حاصل ہونے والی رقم عوامی فلاح کے منصوبوں پر کفایت شعاری اور شفاف طریقے سے خرچ کرنا ملکی ترقی اور خوشحالی کیلئے ضروری ہے ۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ عوامی نمائندے ہونے کے ناطے انکا فرض ہے کہ عوام کو درپیش مسائل کو حل کریں اور عوام کے ٹیکسوں سے حاصل ہونے والے پیسوں کے درست اور صحیح استعمال کو یقینی بنائیں۔ انہوں نے قومی اسمبلی ایمپلائیز کوآپریٹیو ہاؤسنگ سوسائٹی (NAECHS) کے معاملات میں ہونے والی بدعنوانی پر برہمی کا اظہار کیا ۔ان خیالات کا اظہار انہوں نے آج پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں قومی اسمبلی کی قائمہ کمیٹی برائے ہاوٴس اینڈ لائبریری کے اجلاس کے صدارت کرتے ہوے کیا ۔
 
کمیٹی نے NAECHS کے  ممبران کی شکایات کو دور کرنے کیلئے اسلام آباد انتظامیہ کو NAECHS کے معاملات کو فوری طور پر حل کرنے کی ہدایت کی اور ان معاملات کا  مزید تفصیل سے جائزہ لینے کا فیصلہ کیا ۔کمیٹی کے اراکین نے  NAECHS کے معاملات کو خراب کرنے میں NAECHS کی انتظامیہ اور اس میں ملوث ضلعی انتظامیہ کے اہلکاروں کے خلاف سخت کروائی کی سفارش کی ۔ کمیٹی نے NAECHS کے مسائل کو حل کرنے کے عزم کا اظہار کیا ۔
کمیٹی ممبران نے پارلیمنٹ لاجز میں سی ڈی اے کے عملے کی کارکردگی پر عدم اطمینان کا اظہار کیا اور سی ڈی اے کو ہدایت کی کہ عوام کے ٹیکسوں کے پیسوں سے حاصل ہونے والی رقم کے استعمال میں شفافیت اور کفایت شعاری کو یقینی بنایا جائے۔ کمیٹی نے پارلیمنٹ لاجز میں صفائی ستھرائی کے ناقص انتظامات پر تشویش کا اظہار کیا اور سی ڈی اے کو پارلیمنٹ لاجز میں صفائی ستھرائی کے انتظامات کو بہتر بنانے کی بھی ہدایت کی ۔
کمیٹی اجلاس میں ممبران قومی اسمبلی محترمہ عالیہ کامران ، محترمہ مسرت رفیق ،محترمہ نصیبہ چنہ اور اسلام آباد کی ضلعی انتظامیہ ، سی ڈی اے اور قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ کے اعلی آفسران نے شرکت کی

Public Accounts Committee meets - September 20, 2022

NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - September 19, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad, 19th September, 2022; 15th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, in Committee Room No. 7 (fourth floor) Parliament House. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. After a brief introduction of the participants, the Committee decided to proceed as per agenda item. 
The Joint Secretary, Ministry of States & Frontier Regions briefed the Committee on the plight of Afghan Refugees in Pakistan. He informed that presently over 1.4 million registered Afghans, 0.81 million documented and an estimated 0.7 million un-documented Afghans are residing in Pakistan. With over 1.4 million registered Afghans, Pakistan remains the 2nd largest refugee hosting country in the world. Pakistan is signatory in tripartite agreement alongwith United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) and Government of Afghanistan aimed at repatriating the Afghans on voluntary basis in a dignified manner and managing the stay of remaining case load in the country by adhering to the protection principle under the international protection norms.
The difficulties and issues faced by asylum seekers were also discussed in the meeting. The Afghan nationals who have arrived in Pakistan after August 2021 are not considered refuges, they are asylum seekers who want to move forward to Europe, USA etc. Most of these recent asylum seekers are residing in urban areas. The procedure of UNCHR, regarding helping them reaching their destinations in Europe, take 3 to 5 years. The Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, informed the Committee that Pakistan cannot afford the influx of further refugees, the new arrivals are with a purpose to move to various destinations. In this connection, relevant Embassies were contacted but they informed that they have already taken their share, moreover they are not ready to take care of further refugees. 
The Committee was also briefed by the representatives of Afghan refugees about their problems. The Committee was not satisfied with the presentations, made by the Ministry of Human Rights and M/o States and Frontier Region (SAFRON), and directed to submit complete detail of registered, documented, non-documented and detained refugees. The Committee also directed M/o Interior, M/o Foreign Affairs and M/o SAFRON to come in next meeting with proper preparation and solution/suggestions on the issue. The Committee unanimously passed the joint resolution which was presented by Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Shams Un Nisa, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Mr. Mohsin Dawar regarding difficulties of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The Committee urged the government to immediately respond to the displaced Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, on humanitarian basis. The Committee also reiterated the need for a comprehensive policy for dealing with Afghan refugees, as per Article 19 of the National Action Plan, 2014, and in accordance with the decision of the Federal Cabinet in February 2017. 
The representative of the National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) briefed the Committee regarding the Commission. He informed that the Commission was established on 28th February, 2020 as an independent oversight body to ensure the compliance of United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC). For law reforms the NCRC reviewed all laws has helped provinces and Islamabad Capital territory in identifying gaps and suggested appropriate legislation. Financial issues faced by the Commission were also discussed and Committee directed the Ministry to immediately resolve the financial and administrative issues of the Commission. The Committee directed the Ministry of Law & Justice to scrutinize NCRC Act in light of Paris Principles in consultations of all stakeholders.
Honorable Members/MNAs/Movers Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Shams Un Nisa, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Mr. Mohsin Dawar attended the meeting.          

Standing Committee On Finance And Revenue Meets - September 16, 2022

The Committee allowed Finance Division to Withdraw The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Ord. No. II of 2021), The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Ord. No. VI of 2021) and The Tax Laws (Third Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Ord. No. XXII of 2021). The Committee was apprised that the above bills have already been made part of the Finance Act.  The Committee also pended consideration of The Eradication of Riba Bill, 2019" (moved by Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA) due to absence of the mover.
 
The Minister of State for Finance and Revenue gave a Comprehensive briefing on IMF Agreement with Government of Pakistan for extended fund facility. She apprised the Committee that the program was suspended by the IMF due to deviations by the previous government. She apprised that the agreement was thoroughly negotiated keeping in view the national interests of Pakistan. She agreed that the economy cannot be uplifted by quick fixes. She stressed for structural changes and long term policies for making the country’s economy vibrant and growth oriented. The Minister of State informed that circular debt management, income tax reforms and divesting shares of state own organisations were some of the major points.

The Minister of State also informed that the recent unprecedented floods and devastation caused in all provinces had given a major blow to the financial resources of the country. She said that funds were diverted to provision of relief/rescue to the effectees. She said that their rehabilitation and reconstruction of infrastructure was an uphill task. She said that financial estimates for PSDP for the current financial years will likely be redrawn keeping in view the reconstruction of the devastated infrastructure.

While discussing the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the directed to ensure that the survey of the devastation caused by floods is completed at the earliest so that the Government could announce financial assistance package for the flood effectees rehabilitation. The Representative of the NDMA apprised the Committee about the extent of devastation caused by torrential rains and floods, relief operations and through NDMA, PDMAs and social sector organisations etc. The Minister of State for Finance informed that the quantum of financial assistance through BISP  had also been increased.
 
The Committee while discussing the Effects of high inflation during current fiscal year and rising dollar rate, the Committee directed the State Bank to keep a vigilant eye on their rising trend. The Committee was of the view that State Bank should exercise its authority and control the problems. The Chairman Standing Committee said that increase in interest rate was not a solution to control inflation besides inflow of dollars should be encouraged through exports.  The Committee was apprised by the Deputy Governor State Bank that inflation was a huge problem and in order to address it, it’s root causes had to be addressed. He said that global increase in prices of commodities and natural calamities had effected supply chain. He also apprised about the increase in interest rate, restriction on import of luxury items and facilitation to the exporters/importers. Apprising about the increase in rate of dollar, he said that the SBP does not fix the price of dollar and it is based on market. He said that state Bank had taken various administrative measures to check the price of dollar in the open market. He also informed that there was a significant difference between outflow and inflow of dollars.
 
The Committee meeting was attended by Minister of State for Finance, MNAs Chaudhary Khalid Javed, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Makhdoom Syed Sami Ul Hassan Gillani, Syed Hussain Tariq, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi and Mr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani and Senior officers from Finance Division, Revenue Division, State Bank and other concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs meets today - September 15, 2022

The Chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Mohsin Dawar stated that the developed countries have a moral obligation to compensate the vulnerable countries for the losses in the climate induced disasters. He added that the developing countries have lower emissions, but are still bearing the brunt of a hotter climate through more severe heat waves, floods and droughts. He maintained that climate justice entails recognition of the fact that the develop countries are major contributors to global emission and subsequently the erratic climatic variations and destruction in the vulnerable countries. He shared these views while meeting the Vietnamese delegation headed by the Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, National Assembly of Vietnam Mr. Don Tuan Phong.
Mr. Don Tuan Phong conveyed deep sympathies of the people of Vietnam for the flood affected communities of Pakistan. Expressing faith in Pakistan’s ability to address the flood induced crisis, he stated that Pakistan has always demonstrated a strong resilience to overcome overbearing challenges.  He stated that the international community should extend significant cooperation to Pakistan to mitigate the devastating effects of the recent flood. Appreciating Vietnam’s call for international support to Pakistan, Mohsin Dawar highlighted that the scale of the flood was unprecedented in Pakistan’s history and stressed that mitigating the effects of such a massive disaster required substantial international cooperation.
The Vietnam’s ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Nguyen Tien Phong stated that Pak-Vietnam bilateral trade value around $800m offers significant scope for expansion. Mohsin Dawar stressed that economic diplomacy may add a new impetus to expanding bilateral trade and commercial relations and supporting each other at various multilateral forums to effectively advance the cause of the developing world. Both sides agreed to expand people to people relations, cultural and religious tourism, academic and technical cooperation and commercial ties.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 3rd Regional Seminar for Asia Pacific Region Parliaments on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals jointly organized by the National Assembly of Pakistan and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). Emphasizing the role of the Parliaments in leading the global agenda on sustainable development, both sides maintained that Parliaments and the elected representatives should play a lead role in implementation and oversight of the commitments to attain sustainable development goals by 2030. Both sides underlined the need to forge synergies to assign substantive meaning to the global agenda on sustainable development.

 


NA Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Division was held today - September 15, 2022

Islamabad, 15 th September, 2022; 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Division was held today under the Chairmanship of Mian Najeeb ud Din Awaisi, MNA, in Committee Room of Economic Affairs Division (EAD), C Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee congratulated the newly elected Chairman, Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, MNA.
The Committee also appreciated the former Chairman of the Committee, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA, for his valuable guidance in handling the Committee affairs.
2. The Honorable Federal Minister for EAD updated the Committee regarding foreign funded projects and working of the National Coordination Committee (NCC). Projects are rated as satisfactory, moderately satisfactory and problematic, on the basis of disbursement target, time run-over, additional commitment charged and project rating. In this connection, the focal point of the Ministry is to review problematic projects, track implementation delaysand recommend measures to address impediments. The Honorable Minister informed the Committee that the progress on all the projects is monitored, on a daily basis, through the dashboard for taking necessary measures.
3. The Ministry has limited available funds and optimum utilization of these funds is a challenging task. The Committee desired a detailed briefing, by the concerned Ministries, on the problematic projects relating to energy and water sectors, in the next meeting. The Committee directed the Ministry of EAD to submit updated details of foreign funded projects.
The Committee considered the Bill titled “The Islamic Development Bank (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA), and decided to reject the Bill.
4. The Joint Secretary Ministry of Economic Affairs briefed the Committee on the performance and functions of the Ministry. He informed that as per the Article 166 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, the legal mandate of the Division relates to the borrowing by the Federal Government. Its functions include mobilizing external economic assistance including loans, grants and technical assistance and capacity building. Other functions include external public debt management & debt servicing; providing technicalassistance under technical assistance and establishment of Joint Economic Commissions (JEC). Establishment of JEC is a global phenomenon, to promote bilateral economic cooperation in areas such as trade, investment, agriculture, industry, education, health, transport and communication. The Committee was also briefed about Pakistan’s external debt & liabilities and composition of external public debt. Development partners included multilateral such as world bank, ADB, Islamic Development Bank, European Union etc. and bilateral partners include China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, USA, UK, France, Germany. Pakistan’s 70% loans are concessional loans i.e multilateral and bilateral.
5. Honorable Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Division Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Mr. Ali Zahid, Syed Javed Hasnain, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Dr. Darshan, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, MNSs, attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) meets today - September 15, 2022

Islamabad; September 15th, 2022: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA.

2. The Committee raised the concern over appointments of non-locals in the Gomal Zam Dam Project and Hydel Power Station, South Waziristan, and on delay in allocation of funds under Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) and Rehabilitation projects. The Senior Member WAPDA and other Officers assured the Committee regarding appointments of locals in future.
The committee further recommended that the vacant posts in BPS 1-5 and BPS 6-14 must be filled on the basis of local domicile basis as soon as possible.
3. The Committee also recommended regularization of the 100 employees of the Badarga force presently working on work charge basis and may be regularized as soon as possible.
4. The Committee inquired about the issue of urgent public importance regarding non absorption / Promotions of khasadar and Levies Force personnel of Sub-division Jandola Tank (Ex-FR Tank) and reasons of delay caused. The Committee was informed that out of 17962 Khasadars 16251 have been absorbed, in levies out of 11869 levies, 9726 personnel’s have been
absorbed. In Jandola /Ex-FR Tank, out of 507, 482 khasadar and out of 273 levies force184 have been absorbed .The Committee further issued directions to the Additional Secretary Home Department /Inspector General Office of the KP for expediting the process of absorption and promotions.
5. The Committee further recommended to the Secretary Finance Division, Islamabad to expedite in releasing of the funds as requested by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government to make payment to the affectees of South Waziristan for construction of their houses. The Committee further directed to the Home Department and Inspector General Office KP, for removal of all the
hindrances in appointments.
6. The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr.Ibdullah Khan, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva, Mr.Afreen Khan, Ms.Nasiba Channa, Ms.Shakila Luqman and Mr. Mohsin Dawar MNA/Mover and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.

 

 


NA Standing Committee on Commerce meets - September 15, 2022

 Press Release
 
Islamabad, the 15th September, 2022:
 
Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar urged the Government to Simplifies the provision of free certified seed and fertilizer in all the flood affected areas-
 
He emphasized on the ministries concerned to ensure actual demand and timely supply of free certified seed and fertilizer to the growers.
 
The 33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce, held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar, MNA.
 
 
2.       The Committee was briefed on the import price of wheat in connection with Minimum Support Price (MSP) of wheat, availability of fertilizer and availability of quality seed in the Country. The Chair and Hon. Members pointed out a number of wrong figures presented in the briefings on availability of wheat, seed and fertilizer in the country. The Chair emphasized on both the ministries to address their lack of coordination with each other. The Committee expressed its displeasure on outdated briefings of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research and Ministry of Industries & Production distributed amongst the Members of the Committee.
 
 
3.        The Committee also directed the Ministry of National Food Security & Research to ensure a uniform Profitable Support Price (PSP) before the cultivation of wheat.  
 
4.        The Committee considered “The Trade Organizations (Amendment) Bill, 2022” (Government Bill). The Committee directed the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) to provide a written consensus of all the Groups and representatives of chambers from all the provinces, on increase in tenure of office bearers of FPCCI for the two years, before the next meeting of the Committee,
 
 5.        The Committee deferred briefing on E-Commerce, Foreign Trade, TDAP, and performance of trade & investment Ministers/Counselors posted in Pakistani’s Trade Missions abroad, for the next meeting of the Committee.
 
 
6.        The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meeting held on 26th July, 2022. The Secretary Ministry of Commerce updated the Committee on implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee 
 
7.        The meeting was attended by Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja Syed Javed Ali Shah Jilani, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani and Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, MNAs.
Ms. Wajiha Qamar and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNAs joined the meeting on Zoom.
The meeting was also attended by the Secretary Commerce, Additional Secretaries from the Ministry of National Food Security & Research and Ministry of Industries, along with representatives from Food Departments of the provinces.


Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - September 12, 2022

72nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Ch. Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA at 02:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.
The meeting started with a recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the Minutes of the previous meeting and feels satisfied with agenda No. 2.
The Committee considered the Bills, Qanun-e-Shahadat (Amendment) Bill,2022; The Control of Narcotics Substances (Amendment) Bill,2022; The Public Properties (Removal of Encroachment) Ordinance,2021 (Government Bills), and deferred the same.
The Committee considered the Bill, The Railway (Amendment) Bill,2022 (Government Bill); and recommended with majority that the Bill as amended may be passed by the Assembly. However, Ms. Aliya Kamran submitted her note of dissent.
The Committee consider the Bill, the Supreme Court (Number of Judges) (Amendment) Bill,2021 moved by Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail MNA), and deferred the same with directions that representatives of the Pakistan Bar Council, Supreme court Bar Associations and Judicial Commission of Pakistan be called along with reports in writing to attend the next meeting.
The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 175-A,177 & 182) moved by Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail MNA after detailed deliberations with the Ministry and shared the draft under consideration of the Parliamentary Committee constituted by the Senate, the Committee deferred the same for further deliberations.
The Committee considered the Bills, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 24-A) moved by Mr. Khurram Dastgir MNA, and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 168) moved by Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, MNA, and recommended that the same may not be passed by the Assembly.
The Committee considered the Bill, The Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Section 5) moved by Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA after detailed deliberations the committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.
The Committee did not consider the Bill, the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 140-A) moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra MNA, and differed the same due to the non-availability of the mover. Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Usman Ibraheem, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Minister for Law & Justice, Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, Special Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan, Advisor Ministry of Railways, Joint Secretary Ministry of Interior, Joint Director Law ANF, along with their staff attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting meets - September 12, 2022

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting took serious notice of a malicious media campaign about the Parliamentary Delegation’s recent visit to Canada in connection with 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC). The Committee also expressed grave concerns on the fake social media news about a secret meeting between Prime Minister/Pakistani officials with the Israeli officials in Doha and malicious media campaign against flood relief activities of UNO in Pakistan. Therefore, the Committee directed the Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Director General, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Director, Cyber Crime Wing, FIA, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Chairman, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to take punitive action against anti-state characters behind such social media campaigns.
The 33rd meeting of the Standing Committee was held today at 2:00 p.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer, MNA.
The Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting briefed the Committee regarding coverage of a malicious media campaign about the Parliamentary Delegation’s visit to Canada in connection with 65th CPC in social/electronic media. The Committee took serious notice of a malicious media campaign about the Parliamentary Delegation’s recent visit to Canada. The Committee also expressed grave concerns on the fake social media news about a secret meeting between Prime Minister/Pakistani officials with the Israeli officials in Doha and malicious media campaign against flood relief activities of UNO in Pakistan. The Committee directed the Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Director General, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Director, Cyber Crime Wing, FIA, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Chairman, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to take punitive action against anti-state characters behind such social media campaigns.
The Committee also unanimously condemned the planned media campaigns against National Assembly delegation’s visit to Canada, Prime Minister Office, fake social media news about a secret meeting between Prime Minister/Pakistani officials with the Israeli officials in Doha and Indian media campaign against flood relief activities of UNO in Pakistan. The Chairperson of the Standing Committee (Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer, MNA) categorically pointed out that halting such media campaigns against Pakistan, Parliament and the Parliamentarians requires cooperation of Government and Private Media Organizations as such campaigns were to create trust deficit between Public and their Representatives and detriment the sanctity of the Parliament.
The Committee deferred the legislative business (Government Bills), i.e. “The Motion Pictures (Amendment) Bill, 2020”, “The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2020” and “The Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (Amendment), 2020” and decided to consider the said important legislative business when the Minister for Information and Broadcasting is available.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Saad Waseem, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms Zaib Jaffar, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Ms. Naz Baloch, Hon. MNAs The senior officers from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Law & Justice, Press Information Department (PID) and PEMRA were also present in the meeting.


Standing Committee On Inter-Provincial Coordination Meets - September 8, 2022

Islamabad; 8th September, 2022 The Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination met this morning in Pakistan Sports Board (PSB), Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA to discuss the performance of the Pakistan Sports Board & Gun & Country Club.
 
 The Committee appreciated the performance of the Pakistan Cricket Team especially Naseem Shah for hitting two sixes in the last over and enabling Pakistan to achieve an unbelievable victory against Afghanistan. The Committee strongly condemned the non-professional & unethical attitude of Afghan Players as they misbehaved with Pakistani cricketers during the Match which was against the norms & sportsmen spirit of the Players. The Committee recommended that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) may take up the issue with the Afghan Cricket Board to avoid such incidents in future.      

 The Committee expressed sorrow for the disaster of recent Flood across the country which ruined the life of majority of Pakistani people and expressed solidarity with the aggrieved families. The Committee stressed upon the need to work collectively for rehabilitation of the affectees & motivate international organizations working for noble cause to support them so that they could restart their routine life.

 The Committee expressed concern over the insufficient facilities available to the Pakistani Athletes as it had been observed that Pakistani Athletes were winning medals on their own behalf without government supervision. The Committee therefore directed that PSB may develop proper liaison with all Provincial governments to provide basic facilities of sports at district level to Pakistani Athletes in order to groom their talent at gross root level so that they could compete with international players.  

 The Committee directed that PSB may take effective measures to generate income from the private sector instead of depending on government funds and ease the criteria of membership which would help to promote sports culture and generate revenue for PSB as well. The Committee appreciated the steps taken by the PSB to provide accommodation to Athletes so that they could continue their sports activities in a friendly atmosphere.  

  Earlier, Secretary, IPC & DG, PSB briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to promote sports culture in Pakistan and problems faced by them in this regard.    

 The meeting was attended by Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhindar, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, Ms. Nasiba Channa, MNA and Senior officers of the concerned Ministry/department.


Standing Committee on Communications meets - September 8, 2022

11th meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications was held at 02:00 p.m in parliament house under the Chairpersonship of Mr. Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Watto.

The Committee offered Fateha for the depurated souls of martyrs of flood and extended deep sympathies and condolence with their families. The committee unanimously passed a Resolution expressing full support to the people affected by the recent floods across the country.

The committee was informed that 14 roads of National Highway Authority (NHA) were damage in the recent floods and NHA has already started working on it to ensure that the roads will be restored within 3 months.

The committee recommended that the matter of toll collection policy at certain intervals be re-examined in its boards, with a view to provide relief to the people decision be inform to this committee.

The committee discussed the matter regarding service road along-with M-9 Motorway (moved by Mr. Jai Parkash, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheal Das, MNA’s). and recommended that the Chairman NHA and representative of FWO brief the committee and they ensure their presence in the  next meeting.

The committee deferred the “The Pakistan Postal Services Management Board Ordinance, Board (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNA), discussion on Matter Referred under rule 199 regarding funds allocation for Dir Motorway (moved by Muhammad Bashir Khan, MNA), and discussion on Matter regarding delay in completion of Sehwan-Jamshoro Road Project (moved by Mr. Skindar Ali Rahyoupoto, MNA) due to the non presence of the movers.

MNAs, Chaudary Khalid Javed, Mr. Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Dr  Darshan, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr.  Ramesh Lal, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mir Khan Muhammad jamali and Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheal Das, MNA and senior officers/officials from the M/O Communications attended the meeting.
 


First meeting of Committee on Coordination and Monitoring of Relief Efforts in Flood Affected Areas by National Disaster Management Authority and other Federal Agencies - September 7, 2022

 National Assembly Secretariat

(Directorate General of Media)
 
Press Release
 
1st MEETING OF COMMITTEE ON COORDINATION AND MONITORING OF RELIEF EFFORTS IN FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS BY NDMA CONSTITUTED BY PRIME MINSTER HELD TODAY IN PARLIAMENT HOUSE 
Islamabad: 07th September 2022 ; Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani chaired the first meeting of Committee on Coordination and Monitoring of Relief Efforts in Flood Affected Areas by National Disaster Management Authority and other Federal Agencies and to Ensure in particular the Provision of Tents , Food Bags, Drinking Water , Mosquito Nets and Medical Supplies for the flood affected population constituted by Prime Minster of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Parliament House today.  While stressing the need to have better coordination between federation and provincial government, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani said that flood relief efforts require proactive interference by Federal and Provincial governments. He also claimed that large population of KPK government was adversely affected by recent torrential rains and flash floods.
The committee members asserted that there is need to coordinate with provincial and federal government to provide Tents, Food Bags, Drinking water, Mosquito Nets and Medical Supplies for people of flood affected. The committee members said that torrential rains have badly impacted the common people in KPK. The members of coordination committee lamented over lack of basic amenities to flood affected peoples. The committee also expressed displeasure over lack of coordination with public representative. While taking serious notice over unprofessionalism of District officers of Upper Deer, he directed to write to establishment wing regarding non-provision of NOC to NHA for opening road in upper deer. The members of coordination committee raised issues regarding non-provision of grant of BISP support. The committee directed NDMA to prioritize cases of grant to deceased due to floods and rains. It was also decided that flood affected areas be prioritized for increasing connectivity.
The committee meeting was attended by Minister Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development MNA Mr.Sajid Hussain Turi, MNA Mian Muhammad Anwar, Senator Mr.Hidayat Urrehman and Provincial President PPP KPK , Senior Officers of NDMA and Senior Officers of KPK government .

NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - September 7, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 
PRESS RELEASE
 
     Islamabad, 7th September, 2022: 46th meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat was held under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra MNA, at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th floor) Parliament House, Islamabad. 
2.  The committee offered Fateh for the depurated souls of martyrs of flood and extended deep sympathies and condolence with their families. The committee unanimously passed a Resolution expressing full support to the people affected by the recent floods across the country. The committee while expressing regret for the loss of life and property, showed its esteem and sincere solidarity; especially, with the women and children of the affected areas.
3.    The representative of National Disaster Management Authority (NMDA)
Informed that damaged communication infrastructure causing difficulties in accessibilities in most parts of the country. He added that Pakistan Army has been employed to provide immediate relief and rescue assistance in flood affected areas.  The committee expressed concern on the embezzlements in the distribution of the relief goods in different areas. 
4. The committee discussed the “The Civil Servant (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Government Bill), in detail and directed the ministry to incorporate the amendments as suggested by the committee and then submit the bill. The committee deferred   the “The Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Groups Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2021” (moved by MR. Ali Gohar Khan, MNA).
due to the non presence of the mover.
5.  The committee disposed of the Starred Question No. 105 (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) and Starred Question No. 52 (moved by Syed Mehmood Shah, MNA).
6.   The committee recommended that the secretary, M/o Law and Justice, to constitute a committee and also include public representatives in it, which would 
resolve the issues of Abandoned Properties Organization on permanent basis.  
 
7.    The committee recommended that NEPRA, PTA and all DISCOS come in the next meeting with their suggestions to resolve the broken cable wires issues.  
 
   8.     MNAs, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Raseed Ahmed    Khan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Mohsin Dawar and Mr. Usama Qadri and senior officers/officials from the Cabinet Division, Establishment Division, NDMA, and NEPRA attended the meeting.

NA Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Meets - September 7, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad the 07th September, 2022: The Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting meeting held today at PTV Headquarters, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, MNA.
 
2. The Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting strongly condemned the malicious media campaign regarding the recent visit of the Parliamentary Delegation to Canada for the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference led by Honourable Speaker. The Honorable Chairperson of the Standing Committee directed the Chairman PEMRA to appear in the next meeting and asked for the report of the TV channels running the media campaign. 
 
3. The Committee rejected “The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021” (moved by Ms. Uzma Riaz, MNA) due to non availability of the mover. 
 
4. The Committee deferred the following Bills till its next meeting: - 
i. The Motion Pictures (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Government Bill);
ii. The Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Government Bill) and
iii. The Associated Press of Pakistan Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Government Bill)
 
5. The Committee appointed a sub-Committee with the following composition and Terms of References (TORs):-
 
COMPOSITION:
1. Ms. Naz Baloch, MNA         Convener
2. Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA Member
3. Mr. Nadeem Abbas, MNA Member
4. Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA Member
 
 
TERMS OF REFERENCE:
To discuss 
1. The Indecent Advertisement Prohibition (Amendment) Bill, 2022” (moved by Mr. Muhammad Jamal-ud-Din, MNA) and 
2. The Calling Attention Notice No. 29 regarding increasing obscenity on TV Channels” (Moved by Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA and other MNAs).
 
7. The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms. Zaib Jaffar, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Ms. Naz Baloch and movers Mr. Muhammad Jamal-ud-Din, MNA and Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and its attached departments.

N.A Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture meets today - September 6, 2022

Islamabad, 6th September, 2022: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture urges the Government to allocate at least 1% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of the country.
31st meeting of the Standing Committee held today in the Committee Room of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, MNA.
During the course of briefing given by the Chairman HEC on the working of the Commission, the Committee was apprised that despite allocation of only 0.084% of the GDP for Recurring Grant of HEIs for the Financial Year 2022-23, the HEC was determined not the compromise the quality of higher education. The Committee; expressing concern over the meager allocation, urged the Government that at least 1% of the GDP should be allocated so that the higher education in the country could be enhanced further.  
On the issue of attestation of remaining degrees/transcripts of the students of sub-campuses and affiliated colleges of the Sargodha University, the Committee was informed by the Mover namely Ch. Hamid Hameed, MNA, that the HEC had not yet completed the requisite attestation process causing grave concern amongst the students. Moreover, the said University was running its affairs without Vice Chancellor, Registrar and Treasurer, the Mover added. The Committee directed the Chairman HEC to look into the matter, expedite the attestation process and get filled the vacancies at the earliest so that the concerns of the students are redressed.
About revision of policy for appointment and promotions of All Pakistan Universities BPS Teachers Faculty (APUBTF), the Chairman HEC informed the Committee that pursuant to the directions of the Standing Committee, he held meetings with the delegation of APUBTF and the issue was very close to its resolution. The Committee appreciated the spirit of the Chairman HEC and directed that the final outcome may be shared with the Members of the Committee.
Regarding agenda item pertaining to repatriation of 300 female teachers working on deputation basis on wedlock policy in Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), the Committee was informed by the Additional Secretary of the Ministry that in compliance to the directions of the Standing Committee made during it meeting held on 17th of August, 2022, the Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, had held the repatriation orders of 33 deputationists’ teachers in abeyance with effect from 6th September, 2022, till final outcome of the court cases. The Committee appreciated the spirit shown by the Secretary of the Ministry however decided to invite the teachers in the next meeting.
On the issue of missing admission forms of BA 1st Annual from the Islamia University Bahawalpur, the VC of the said University namely Engr. Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob informed the Committee that the matter was duly inquired by an inquiry committee appointed by the previous management however none was held responsible in the said inquiry report. The Committee showed displeasure on the state of affairs with the view that all those involved for such a lapse should have been held responsible. The Committee, therefore, directed the incumbent VC to hold a fresh inquiry into the matter, find out all those involved for the lapse, take action (s) against them and submit report to the Committee within 15 days.  
The Committee deferred consideration of “The NCS-Institute of Science Bill, 2021” (moved by Mr. James Iqbal, MNA), “The Pak China Gwadar University Lahore Bill, 2022” (moved by Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA), and “The Indus University of Science and Technology Bill, 2022” (moved by Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA) due to non-attendance of the Movers. The Committee also deferred the Starred Question No. 2, regarding establishment of nine Engineering Universities in the country through a multi-billion-dollar project started by HEC in 2005” (moved by Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA) as the Mover of the said Question was not present in the meeting.
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Dr. Samina Matloob, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Mahesar, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Mr. Asmatullah, Mrs. Farrukh Khan, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Ms. Aliya Kamran besides Parliamentary Secretary for Federal Education & Professional Training (Ms. Zeb Jaffar, MNA) and senior officers of HEC, M/o Federal Education & Professional Training and its attached Departments/Organizations.   

 


Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - September 5, 2022

26th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA.
 
The Committee offered Fateha and extended deep sympathies and condolences with the families, who lost their loved ones in the current floods. The Chair observed that the entire nation is suffering from an extremely difficult time. He hoped that the present Government will utilize all resources in the rescue operation and rehabilitation of flood victims.
 
The Honourable Members of the Committee congratulated Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA, on his election as Chairman and assured him their active participation and full support for the business of the Committee. The Chair thanked all the Honourable Members.  
 
The Secretary briefed the Committee on the overall working of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, its attached Departments and Organizations.
 
The Committee expressed its displeasure on the performance of some departments of the Ministry, especially the performance of the Cyber Security Cell. The Committee directed the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to address the incompetence of the Cyber Security Cell.
 
The Committee decided to invite the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for a joint briefing on Cyber-Crime Cyber Security and Social Media Rules, in the next meeting of the Committee.
 
The Committee also expressed displeasure on the issues of telecommunication services in the flood affected areas.
 
The Committee appointed a Sub-Committee under the convenorship of Syed Mehmood Shah, MNA to discuss and suggest the measures for improvement of Telecommunication services in the remote areas of the country. The other Members of the Committee will be Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Aysha Rajab Ali, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer and Ms. Naz Baloch, MNAs.
 
The Committee decided the visit the Information Technology Park Islamabad, to witness the progress in the I.T. pilot project.
 
The Secretary, Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication updated the Committee on implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee. The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meetings held on 2nd February and 30th June, 2022.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Malik Sohail Khan, Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Ms. Ayesha Rajab Ali, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shamim Ara Panhwar, Ms. Naz Baloch, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Salahuddin, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer MNAs. The meeting was also attended by the Secretary and Senior Officers/officials from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication.


Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets - September 5, 2022

All relevant departments are directed to pay honoraria: Standing Committee
The Standing Committee on Government Assurances has directed that honoraria be paid to all employees of different departments who served during the Budget Session 2022-23 in the precincts of the Assembly on full time basis. The meeting of the Standing Committee was held in the Parliament House and presided over by its Chairman, honourable Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, MNA. The Standing Committee was informed that honoraria was granted to the employees of several departments who served from morning till evening during Budget Session 2022-23 including the employees of ICT Police, Special Branch, Traffic Police, CDA, NADRA, PTVC, PID, APP, Radio Pakistan, IESCO, NTC, PIAC, Railways, Dispensary, Post Office, Allied Bank, FBR, Finance Division, Senate Secretariat, Parliamentary Affairs Division, Ministry of Law and Justice and Punjab Small Industries Corporation (Souvenir Shop). But no one has paid the honoraria to its employees except NADRA. The Standing Committee directed that all of the remaining departments should pay the present and previous honoraria and furnish the compliance report to the Committee forthwith.
The meeting was presided over by the Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Government Assurances, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar and attended by Members National Assembly Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Syed Javed Hasnain, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Ms. Saira Bano and Syed Mobeen Ahmed. Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Division, Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Principal Information Officer, Press Information Department (PID) and senior civil officers from different departments also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee On States And Frontier Regions (Safron) meets - September 1, 2022

Islamabad; September 1st, 2022: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA.

2.    The Committee expressed its great displeasure on the absence of Deputy Commissioner North Waziristan in the meeting while considering the matter regarding disbursement of funds to the traders/shopkeepers in Miran Shah, District North Waziristan raised by Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA on a point of order in the House on 16th May, 2022. Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA while participating in the meeting as mover raised his serious concerns on distributing the funds to the said traders/shopkeepers not according to the SOPs as agreed by all the stakeholders. He further pointed out that the funds are not being distributed through serial wise but pick and choose, which is wrong. In this regard, the Committee deferred the said agenda for next meeting with the direction to the Deputy Commissioner District North Waziristan to attend the next meeting in person with all relevant record.

3.    The Committee discussed the issue of payment to the affectees whose Houses were damaged fully/partially during War against Terrorism in Tribal District South Waziristan at length. The Additional Deputy Commissioner South Waziristan informed while briefing the Committee regarding payment to the affectees in respect of their houses fully/partially damaged during war against terrorism in Tribal District South Waziristan that 47240 cheques released out of 47395 so far and the remaining to be distributed very soon. He further said that total MIS entries are 97526 and the remaining mature cases regarding fully/partially are 5124 will be uploaded on MIS system very soon. Thereafter, the Committee directed the Additional Deputy Commissioner South Waziristan to complete the mature cases uploading on MIS system within one month and submit report to the Committee accordingly. The Committee further directed to the Deputy Commissioner South Waziristan to also complete the survey of remaining fully/damaged houses without any further delay. 

4.    The Committee further recommended to the Secretary Finance Division, Islamabad to release the funds as requested by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government to make payment to the affectees of South Waziristan whose houses were damaged during war against terrorism in Tribal district South Waziristan which are pending since long.
5.    The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Mr. Naveed Ameer Jeeva,Mr. Afreen Khan and Ms. Nuzhat Pathan and Mr. Mohsin Dawar MNA/Mover and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.


Standing Committee on Commerce meets - August 31, 2022

32nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce was held today, in the Ministry of Commerce, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar, MNA.

The Committee considered “The Anti-Dumping Duties (Amendment) Bill, 2022” (Government Bill) and unanimously approved as referred to the Committee.
 
The Committee also considered “The Trade Organizations (Amendment) Bill, 2022” (Government Bill). The Committee recommended that the proposed Amendment in section 2 Clause (p) of the Trade Organization Act of 2013, be proposed as follows:
“Regulator means the Director General or any officer not less than grade 20 appointed by the division concerned to perform functions under this Act

The Committee deferred further discussion on “The Trade Organizations (Amendment) Bill, 2022” (Government Bill) and decided to invite the representatives from the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), along with the representatives of chambers from all the provinces, in the next meeting of the Committee.

The Committee was briefed on the import price of wheat 2022-23 in connection with Minimum Support Price (MSP) of wheat crop 2023-24. The Chair expressed displeasure at the absence of the Secretary National Food Security & Research and the Chief Secretaries of the Provinces. He directed all the representatives to attend the next meeting with their final recommendations on MSP, availability of fertilizer and the seed.  The representative from Ministry of National Food Security along with Food Secretaries from all the four Provinces briefed the Committee on fixing the Minimum Support Price(MSP) of wheat before the cultivation of wheat. The Chairman emphasized the minimum support price of wheat should be fixed at maximum level so that Minimum wheat can be imported. After a detailed discussion, the Committee recommended that the Federal Government may announce the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of wheat in the mid of September and the MSP may be not less than PKR 3000/= as an incentive to our own grower.  

The Committee deferred briefing on E-Commerce, Foreign Trade, TDAP, and performance of trade & investment Ministers/Counselors posted in Pakistani’s Trade Missions abroad, for the next meeting of the Committee.

The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meeting held on 26th July, 2022.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Mrs. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja Syed Javed Ali Shah Jilani, Me. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, Ms. Farukh Khan and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by the Secretary Commerce, representatives from the Ministry of National Food Security and Agriculture & Food Departments of the provinces.


Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) meets - August 31, 2022

25 meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) was held under the Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA, in the Committee Room of National Agriculture Research Center (NARC), Chak Shahzad, Islamabad.

At the outset of the meeting, the Committee offered Fateha and extended deep sympathies and condolences with the families, who lost their loved ones in the current floods. The Chair observed that the entire nation is suffering from an extremely difficult time

The Committee members announces that the TA/DA allowances of the today Committee meeting should be given to the Prime Minister Flood Relief Fund.

Managing Director (MD) Utility Store Corporation of Pakistan informed the Committee that Prime Minister of Pakistan approved 34 Mobile Utility Stores to facilitate the people of rural areas in the country.

Managing Director (MD) PASSCO informed the Committee that there is no shortage of wheat in the country but the PASSCO will face almost 40 million losses in the current floods.

Additional Secretary Industries and Production assured the Committee that there is no shortage of fertilizer in the country. He further informed the Committee that a G to G agreement signed with the Government of Iran to meet the shortage of Urea in the country. The Committee directed that the prices of fertilizers should be monitored by the relevant authorities properly.

The Committee rejected the Calling Attention Notice No. 9 moved by Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, MNA and the Starred Question No. 132 moved by Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, MNA.

MNAS, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Mr. Zulfiqar Sattar Bachani, Mr. Kamal Ud-din, Syed Mobeen Ahmed and senior officers/ officials from the Ministry of NFS&R, Ministry of Law and Justice & NARC attended the meeting.
 


Standing Committee On National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Meets - August 30, 2022

Islamabad; 30th August, 2022 The Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination met in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, MNA to discuss the various issues pertaining to ministry and its attached departments.  

2. The Committee expressed grave concern over the disaster of recent flood across the country and offered Fateha for the departed souls of innocent citizens. The Committee deemed that it is our prime responsibility to work collectively for rehabilitation of the affectees so that they could restart their routine life.

3. The Committee expressed concern over the poor performance of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and directed that DRAP may develop proper liaison with all provinces to ensure the quality of drugs especially in rural & far flung areas as people of those areas were suffering badly due to unavailability of quality drugs especially lifesaving drugs. The Committee further directed that DRAP may take stringent measures to control the prices and shortage of medicines frequently being used by the patients.

4. The Committee recommended that M/o National Health Services Regulations & Coordination may postpone the upcoming exams of MD, CAT as most of the students were not prepared due to heavy rains and flood in the country.

5. The Committee expressed dissatisfaction over the acute shortage of quality Nurses in government & private hospitals of Pakistan. The Committee therefore, directed that M/o National Health Services Regulations & Coordination may arrange training courses & workshops for capacity building of Nurses and offer various incentives to Pakistani women so that they prefer to join this noble profession.  

6. The meeting was attended by Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, MNA, Dr. Samina Matloob, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA, Ms. Ayesha Rajab Ali, MNA, Dr. Darshan, MNA, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, MNA, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, MNA, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, MNA, Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, & Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA/Mover of the Bill and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


Standing Committee on Science and Technology meets - August 30, 2022

The Standing Committee on Science and Technology met this afternoon under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA in Committee Room of PCSIR, G-5 Islamabad to discuss pertaining issues of Ministry and its attached departments.

The Committee considered “The Contractors Registration Bill, 2021” (Private Member’s Bill) and directed that Ministry may hold a meeting with M/o Law & Justice to examine the said proposed legislation in order to remove lacunas, if any and come up with the proposals in the next meeting so that Committee could considered it accordingly.

The Committee while appreciating the National Industrial Hemp and Medicinal Cannabis Policy, had directed that Ministry may take effective measures for promotion of this policy to enhance its exports as it could be able to contribute for growth of Pakistan’s economy. The Committee directed that stringent measures to negate the chances of involvement of drug mafia as their offer could be more attractive as per Government Price.

The Committee expressed concern that several complaints had been received from the employees of COMSATS, PCSIR & PSF etc regarding their promotions and directed that Ministry may ensure transparency in promotion criteria to avoid frustration amongst their employees so that they could work more effectively for the welfare of their departments.

The Committee highly appreciated the introduction of two & three Electric wheeler. The Committee, however, directed that Ministry may ensure the safety of riders before its launching formally.

The following MNAs, Mr. Nisar Ahmad Cheema, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed Malik, Mr. Saad Waseem, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Ms. Zaib Jaffar and Mr. Naveed Amir Jeeva besides the Secretary and other officials of the Ministry of Science & Technology and its attached departments attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - August 30, 2022

14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mir Amer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA.

At the outset of the meeting, the Committee offered Fateha and extended deep sympathies and condolences with the families, who lost their loved ones in the current floods. The Chair observed that the entire nation is suffering from an extremely difficult time. He urged the Ministry of Maritime Affairs to actively participate in the rescue operations and rehabilitation of flood victims.

The Committee was briefed on total sanctioned strength and recruitment in the PNSC and Port Qasim Authority for the last 5 years with their grades & domiciles. The Committee observed no recruitment of Baluchistan domiciled candidates in PNSC during the last 4 years. Hon. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani drew the attention of the Chair and Members of the Committee toward the Board of Directors (BOD) of PNSC, where no Member of BOD was placed from Baluchistan. The Chair expressed a displeasure on this violation of quota reserved for Balochistan and directed the ministry of Maritime Affairs to submit a detailed report before the committee in 15 days.  

The Committee expressed its displeasure on the differences between the Secretary, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Chairman, Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC). The Committee directed both the worthy officers to resolve their issues with mutual understanding as soon as possible.

The Secretary, Ministry of Maritime Affairs, updated the Committee on implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee.

The Committee deferred the discussion on the matter regarding "the problems of fishermen of coastal belt of Karachi due to short term permit and restrictions for fishing in the sea" moved by Syed Agha Rafiullah, MNÄ, for the next meeting of the Committee.

The Committee also deferred the presentation of Karachi Port Trust (KPT) issues of land and briefing on purchasing of ships by the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC), for the next meeting of the Committee.

The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meetings held on 7th October, 2021.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Begum Tahira Bokhari, Ms. Seema Mohiddin Jameeli, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Jam Abdul Karim Bijar, Mr. Kamal Uddin,
Mr. Usama Qadri, and Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by the Secretary and Senior Officers/officials from the Ministry of Maritime Affairs.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today - August 29, 2022

Islamabad, 29th August 2022; 71st meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship
The meeting started with a recitation from the Holy Quran. Before proceeding with the agenda, the Committee expressed its anguish over the casualties caused due to floods and rains in the country. The committee also offered Fatiah for the departed soles.  The Committee confirmed the Minutes of the previous meeting and feels satisfied with agenda No. 2.
The Committee did not consider the Bill “The Constitution (Twenty-sixth Amendment) Bill,2022 (Government Bill); and deferred the same at the request of the Ministry.
The Committee did not consider the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 84) moved by Syed Hussain Tariq, MNA, and deferred the same due to the nonavailability and request of the Mover.
The Committee did not consider the Bill, The Muslim Family Law (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Section 5) moved by Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, and deferred the same due to the nonavailability and request of the Mover.
The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 63-A) moved by Syed Javed Husnain, MNA, after detailed deliberations the Mover has withdrawn the same hence the committee recommends that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 175A, 177 & 182) moved by Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, MNA, after detailed deliberations the committee recommended deferring the same.
The Committee considered the Bill, The Legal Practitioners, and Bar Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 5) moved by Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, MNA after detailed deliberations the committee recommended deferring the same.
The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 239) moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra MNA; after detailed deliberations, the Committee recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Articles 51 and 59) moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra MNA; after detailed deliberations, the Committee recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
The Committee considered the Bill, the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 140-A) moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra MNA; after detailed deliberations, the Committee recommended that the Bill may be deferred till the next meeting.
The Committee did not consider the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 51 and 59) moved by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA; and deferred the same due to the non-availability of the Mover.
The Committee did not consider Question No 61, under Rule 199 moved by Ms. Shugufta Jumani, MNA, and deferred the same due to the non-availability of the Mover.Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Usman Ibraheem, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Syed Javid Husnain, Minister for Law & Justice, Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, representatives of the NAB, along with their staff attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on House and Library meets - August 29, 2022

Islamabad; 28th August 2022: Acting Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani chaired the meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library at Parliament House today. The Committee members expressed displeasure for  not handing  over of occupation of plots in National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society (NAECHS) to those employees who have deposited full payment. The Committee directed  District Administration Islamabad  to present  detailed report in the next  meeting of committee. The committee also directed to governing body of NAECHS to brief the next meeting in detail. Acting Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani has said that  NAECHS  is attached with Parliament, therefore all possible measures would be taken to resolve the  issues related to it. He also expressed displeasure over absence of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad from Committee meeting without any prior intimation.

The members of Standing Committee on House and Library took notice of the substandard repair/renovation work carried out in the Parliament House by CD A. The Committee members directed the Capital Development Authority to follow austerity and transparency in spending public money on such work.  The committee members also sought detailed report of expenditure and maintenance work  in Parliament house.

Taking notice of over-staffing in Parliament lodges Islamabad, the Committee unanimously directed  CDA for rationalizing the strength of CDA staff. The Committee also directed to adopt rotational policy in posting and transfer of CDA staff in Parliament Lodges. Further, the committee directed to install Biometric attendance system of staff in Parliament Lodges to ensure their presence. The committee also noticed that there was no lift in parliament lodges which have the capacity of taking stretcher for an emergency patient from Parliament Lodges. The CDA was directed to install such lift in Parliament lodges.  The Committee members also raised the issue of termite in the rooms of parliament lodges as the termite issue has intensified after treatment of CDA.

Acting Speaker National Assembly Zahid Akram Durrani directed CDA to address the complants of Parliamentarians on priority basis and take the best outcom of public money while spending it. The Committee meeting was attended by MNAs  Ms. Kishwar Zahara,  Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam,Ms.Musarat Rafique, Ms.Nuzhat Pathan, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Senior officers of National Assembly Secretariat, CDA and Ministry of Interior.

 


Standing Committee On Industries & Production Meets - August 25, 2022

Islamabad; 25th August, 2022 The Standing Committee on Industries & Production met in Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA to discuss the various issues pertaining to the ministry and its attached departments.  

2. The Committee warmly welcomed the newly elected Chairman Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA and assured to extend full cooperation for smooth functioning of the Committee. The Chairman thanked the Members for expressing confidence in him and assured to come up with the expectation of the Committee.

3. The Committee expressed grave concern over the theft of valuable items of Rs. 10 Billions (aprx) from Pakistan Steel Mills and directed that Ministry may pursue the case effectively and develop proper liaison with Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for early completion of Inquiry Report so that culprits could be penalized accordingly. The Committee also decided to discuss the Privatization of Pakistan Steel Mills with the Privatization Commission in its next meeting.

4. The Committee also expressed concern over the price hike of Vehicles in Pakistan despite the fact that the Dollar rate had decreased incredibly during the recent past. The Committee directed that the Ministry may take stringent measures to stop the monopoly of Manufacturing Companies & middlemen to eliminate the extra payment of “Own” in order to ensure the timely availability of vehicles at controlled prices.

5. The Committee also expressed concern over the shortage of “Urea” in the country despite the fact the Urea were not being used in the country due to heavy floods across the country. The Committee therefore directed that the Ministry may ensure the availability of Urea at affordable prices and also take concrete measures to stop its smuggling across the Borders as its prices are higher in international markets.

6. Earlier, Federal Minister & Secretary for Industries & Production briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to provide subsidy to Farmers on Harvesting equipments and to control the prices of vehicles in Pakistan. They informed that Hon. Prime Minister would announce a special subsidy package for farmers very soon which would help the growers to increase per acre yield and would help to enhance the economy of the country as well.
 
7. The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, MNA, Mr. Riaz Ul Haq, MNA, Mahar Irshad Ahmed Khan, MNA, Mr. Usama Qadri, MNA, Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony meets - August 25, 2022

Standing Committee declares the arrangements of Hajj 1443 AH satisfactory. Sub-Committee has been constituted to probe into the affairs of selection of service staff Islamabad ( 25th August 2022 ) Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony declared the arrangements of Hajj 1443 AH satisfactory. However, a Sub-Committee has been constituted to probe into the affairs of selection of service staff. The meeting of the Standing Committee was held today in the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of honourable Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA. The Standing Committee was informed that normally the Hajj arrangements are started atleast 6 months before the commencement of the Hajj. But due to late announcement by the Saudi Government we had only one month to make all of the arrangements. The representative of the Ministry informed that we had Hajj quota of 81132 pilgrims out of which 60% quota was to go to private Hajj tour operators. Whereas, 40% quota was reserved for Government Hajj Scheme. Similarly, 1000 seats were reserved for Hardship cases and 200 seats were reserved for labourers. So, from 9th to 13th May the Hajj applications along-with Rs. 50000/-, as token money, were received in 14 dedicated banks. We received 63604 applications. The Federal Cabinet approved the Hajj policy on 24th May 2022. According to the Hajj policy Rs. 860177/- were estimated to be the Hajj expenditure. However, only Rs. 700000/- per pilgrim have been incurred during Hajj 1443 AH. So, 34049 pilgrims have been paid back Rs. 150000/- each, which is a record in the history of Pakistan. The Standing Committee was informed that the Hajj expenditures during present Hajj were much less than the previous regime. The pilgrims were accommodated in five star hotels like Move & Pick. So, very few complaints were received this year. The Standing Committee declared the arrangements of Hajj 1443AH satisfactory. The Standing Committee congratulated Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Mufti Abdul Shakoor for the arrangements. The Standing Committee hoped that the Government shall further improve the quality of services and the arrangements of Hajj in the years to come. The Standing Committee was informed that as per policy of Saudi Government 1% quota is fixed for service staff. So, 200 officials of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, 243 workers of Medical Staff and 239 workers of Welfare Staff were engaged to serve the pilgrims during Hajj season. On the question of the Standing Committee it was replied that a Director for Welfare Staff is appointed on the recommendation of the Establishment Division who, with the help of the Committee, appoints other members of Welfare staff. The Standing Committee was informed that some 122 visas were given to an organization of Hajj tour operators named “HOPE”. The Standing Committee decided to probe into the matter and appointed a Sub-Committee under Convenership of honourable Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA whereas honourable Ms. Saira Bano, MNA, honourable Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, MNA and honourable Ch. Faqir Ahmed, MNA will be the Members of the Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee shall submit its report in 30 days. The Standing Committee was informed that few months ago, in the meeting of Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, headed by Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, a proposal to include oath about the finality of Prophethood of Hazrat Muhammad Rasool-ul-Allah was given by honourable Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, MNA, which was approved unanimously. So, in Punjab and Kashmir the oath has been included in the Nikah Form. But the same could not be done in ICT, Islamabad. The officers of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony apprised the Standing Committee that the matter was referred to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) for its expert opinion. The CII has given its interim report, which is positive. However, its final report is yet to be received. The Standing Committee directed that the Government should follow-up the case regularly and its final report should be obtained from CII as soon as possible and the oath regarding finality of Prophethood of Hazrat Muhammad Rasool-ul-Allah be made part of the Nikah Form, forthwith. The Standing Committee decided to hold the next meeting about Evacuee Trust Properties Board in the second week of September 2022 in Lahore.             
 

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA and attended by Members National Assembly; Ch. Faqir Ahmed, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Mr. Mahar Irshad Ahmed Khan, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Muhammad Anwar, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali and Ms. Saira Bano. Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Minister for Religious Affairs also attended the meeting. Additional Secretary (Incharge), Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony and many other senior officers attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Science & Technology meets - August 24, 2022

21st meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held at 02:00 pm in Committee Room of Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), G-5 Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA.

Only three members of the Standing Committee attended the meeting. As per Rule No.217 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 “The quorum to constitute a sitting of a Committee shall be one fourth of the total membership of the Committee.” Hence the Hon. Chairman and Members were kept waiting for one hour (till 3 o'clock) and quorum did not complete. Finally at 3 o'clock, complying the rule 220 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, the Honourable Chairman adjourned the sitting of Committee.

The following MNAs, Ms. Zaib Jaffar, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema besides Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology and the officials of the Ministry and its attached departments according to agenda attended the meeting.
 


N.A Standing Committee on Housing & Works meets - August 24, 2022

Islamabad, the 24th August, 2022: The Standing Committee on Housing and Works urges the Government to discourage allocation of new assignments to those bureaucrats having less than one year’s service at their credit.
20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works held today at 11:30 a.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ibadullah, MNA. The working and functioning of the Ministry of Housing & Works and its sub-ordinate/attached departments were discussed.
During the course of discussion on the development schemes of MNAs/MPAs to be undertaken by Pakistan Public Works Department (PWD), the Members from Karachi and Hyderabad pointed out that the incumbent Chief Engineer; having less than one year’s service at his credit, had been posted in the South Zone Karachi who had remained unsuccessful in undertaking the development schemes causing grave concern amongst general public of their constituencies. The Committee; taking note of the same, urged the Government to discourage such practices so that the development schemes of the public representatives don’t suffer.
The Committee also observed that the rates charged by the PWD were higher than those quoted by other Federal Government Departments as well as the Communication & Works Departments of the Provinces. Therefore, the Committee directed the Ministry of Housing and Works to provide comparative statement of rates charged by the PWD and other departments (both Federal and Provincial Departments) in the next meeting.
Taking note of 4177 Work Charge Employees of PWD, the Committee directed the Director General, PWD, to provide detailed report containing names of all Work Charge Employees; especially those recruited during last four years, names of recruiting authorities/officers and the projects against whom they were recruited, names of all the Work Charge Employees retired so far, etc., in the next meeting.
On the repair/maintenance of the Federal Government Owned Residential Accommodations (FGORA), the Committee directed the Director General, PWD, to ensure that funds should be utilized for repair/maintenance and not on luxury fittings/fixtures. Moreover, all those DGORA; under occupation by low ranked employees, should be given priority in their repairment/maintenance as compared to those under occupation by the high ranked officers.
About the issues concerning cleanliness of rooms and wash rooms, rude behavior of kitchen staff, wandering of cats, etc., in the Fatima Jinnah Working Women Hostel Islamabad, the Committee directed the Director General, PWD, to ensure redressal of all the same and to submit report in the next meeting.
Regarding construction of extra accommodation vis-à-vis subletting of FGORAs, the Committee directed the Director General (Estate), Estate Office, to get completed long outstanding survey along with measures taken by them for stopping such practices in future and submit report in the next meeting.
The Committee was informed by the Director General, Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA) that balloting for Park Road Housing Scheme was going to be held next month while the F-14/F-15 Housing Scheme was sub-judice. The Committee directed the Director General, FGEHA, to ensure transparency in the balloting process and to pursue the court case vigorously.
Besides the Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works (Syed Mehmood Shah, MNA), the meeting was attended by Ch. Abid Raza, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Jam Abdul Karim Bijar, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Salahuddin, Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani and Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNAs/Members. The senior officers of Ministry of Housing and Works, Pak. PWD, Federal Government Employees Housing Authority, Pakistan Housing Authority and Estate Office were also present in the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) - August 23, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 

PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad the, 23rd August, 2022: 19th meeting of the Standing 
Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) was held today under the chairmanship of Sheikh Fayyaz ud Din, MNA, in OPF Conference Room, OPF Building, G-5, Islamabad.
 
The Federal Minister for OP&HRD assured the Committee that the 
summary of special courts for the redressal of grievances of Overseas Pakistanis (OP) should be approved within a month.
While discussing the Emigration Policy for Overseas Pakistanis Secretary 
M/o OP & HRD informed the Committee that the policy should be finalized after 
some amendments in the existing policy. The Committee recommended that the 
Chairman Employs Old Age Benefits Institution my brief the Committee 
regarding various crimes and fraudulent cases against the officials.
The Committee discussed the issues of the allottees of OPF Housing Scheme Zone-V Islamabad in detail and also constituted a Sub-Committee under 
the convenorship of Syed Javed Hasnain, MNA with Dr. Mehreeen Razaq Bhutto, 
Ms. Shakila Luqman, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, MNAs as Members of the Sub Committee. The Committee will look into the surcharge issues of OPF Velley 
Zone-V alongwith the issues of OPF regarding sacked employees, 
promotion/upgradation, court/legal cases and OPF school teacher’s issues.
The meeting was attended by Syed Javed Hasnain, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq 
Bhutto, Ms. Shakila Luqman, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNAs and senior officers from the M/o Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP& HRD), NAVTTC, CDA, EOBI also attended the meeting.
 

Public Accounts Committee meets - August 23, 2022

NA Standing Committee on Govt. Assurances meets today - August 22, 2022

 Islamabad ( 22nd August 2022 ) Non-payment of honoraria to the employees of ICT Police and other Security Agencies, serving in Assembly noticed: IG, Police and Secretary, Interior summoned and Government should take steps to provide safe drinking water to all Government and Private Universities. These directions were passed by the Standing Committee on Government Assurances in its meeting held in the Parliament House. The Standing Committee was informed that the employees of Islamabad Police, others Security Departments and other Ministries/Divisions/Departments who served in the Budget Sessions were being granted honorarium for the last several years. All of the other departments have paid complete or partial honorarium to its employees but Police department and others Security departments did not pay anything to their employees. The Standing Committee directed that all of the honoraria be paid to the employees of ICT, Police and other security departments and Secretary, Interior alongwith IG, Police should attend the next meeting in person and submit the compliance report. The Standing Committee was informed that on 18th September 2018 the Assembly resolved that water filtration plants be installed in all of the Government and private universities. The Standing Committee also informed that 30% of the diseases, in the country, are due to polluted water. Similarly, 40% of the citizens lose the battle of life due to the diseases caused by the polluted water. So, the provision of safe drinking water is ultimately necessary. The representative of Higher Education Commission (HEC) apprised the Committee that out of 140 Government universities 81 universities were already providing safe drinking water to the students. Whereas, 59 universities requested for financial assistance for provision of safe drinking water to the students. HEC submitted a PC-I for provision of safe drinking water in 59 Government universities to Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives but the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives turned down the summary because according to them every university could afford a small amount like Rs. 3 million to provide safe drinking water facility to its students. So, 35 more universities installed water filtration plants and now only 24 Government universities are there where the water filtration plants are yet to be installed. However, HEC hoped that they would pursue for installation of water filtration plants and in near future all of the Government universities will be providing safe drinking water. The Standing Committee asked regarding the situation of provision of safe drinking water in private universities. The HEC could not provide any satisfactory reply in this regard. The Standing Committee directed that complete list of Government and private universities with respect to safe drinking water be provided to the Standing Committee, along-with action taken against those who failed to provide the safe drinking water to the students, before next meeting. The Standing Committee directed that the Executive Allowance be paid to the employees of National Assembly Secretariat and Senate Secretariat at par with the officers of other Ministries / Divisions. The Standing Committee took serious notice of delay in development of Sectors E-12 and I-15 and directed that the development work of both of the sectors should be accomplished forthwith and the plots be handed over to the allottees.      

 

  The meeting was presided over by the Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Government Assurances, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar and attended by Members National Assembly Ch. Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Syed Javed Hasnain, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Ms. Saira Bano.   Mr. Saad Waseem, Parliamentary Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs was also present in the meeting. Senior civil officers from Parliamentary Affairs Division, Education Division, Interior Division, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Finance Division and other departments also attended the meeting. 

 


Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety meets - August 18, 2022

Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal faces shortage in funding

     Pakistan Bait-ul Mal faces shortage in funding. Moreover, the Standing Committee was communicated that the funds of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal of a decade and a half were more than current available funds. The Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety was briefed regarding operations of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal in its meeting held on 18th August 2022. The meeting was held in Conference Room of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), BISP Headquarters, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of its Chairperson honourable Ms. Saira Bano, MNA.

     The Standing Committee was briefed regarding operations and workings of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal. The Standing Committee was apprised that Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM), an autonomous body set up through 1991 Act is a premier social protection organization performing various charitable functions throughout Pakistan. It has seven provincial/ regional offices and 160 district offices. MD Pakistan Bait ul Mal, informed that new service rules of Bait-ul-Mal have been made and a new R&D department has been created to better facilitate Parliament of Pakistan. The Standing Committee inquired about various health initiatives of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal and was informed that during last four years 41,506 Cancer cases,3539 Cardiac cases,15060 General Medicine cases,3932 Surgical cases,274,662 Cataract surgeries and 6987 Dialysis cases have been provided assistance by Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal. The Standing Committee directed that the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal should devise a mechanism through which Honorable Members may also be able to identify deserving people and they may be considered after providing required documents. The Standing Committee also directed that a report containing district wise list of all beneficiaries of last 5 years should be provided to the Committee. 

      The meeting of the Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division was presided over by its Chairperson Ms. Saira Bano, MNA and attended by Members National Assembly; Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Ms Shugufta Jumani, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Salahuddin, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan and Mrs. Farukh Khan. The meeting was also attended by MD Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, Mr Amir Fida Paracha; Secretary, Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety and other senior civil officers

 

 


Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - August 18, 2022

      45th  meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat was held under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra MNA, at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th floor) Parliament House, Islamabad.

       The Committee showed displeasure on the absence of the Secretary Cabinet Division and Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The Committee directed to ensure their presence in the next meeting otherwise privilege motion would be moved against them.

      Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) informed the Committee that 29  show cause notices and a fine of Rs. 39.9 million have been imposed on Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) for continued below standards services.

     Chairman, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) informed the Committee that ECC of the Cabinet Division revised the ex-refinery price formula of Petrol and Diesel based on platts indexes and de-linked with PSO benchmark price. He apprised the Committee that Federal Government has disallowed import of Petrol and Diesel below Euro-V w.e.f. August 01, 2020 and January 01, 2021 respectively. The Committee also discussed the performance and standard of Pakistan Based Oil Refineries.

      The Committee discussed the “The Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Government Bill)” in detail and passed the Bill unanimously.

      MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Ahmad Raza Maneka, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Mohsin Dawar and Mover of the Bills Mr. Ali Gohar Khan MNA, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail MNA and senior officers/officials from the Ministry of Establishment Division attended the meeting


Standing Committee On Inter-Provincial Coordination Meets - August 17, 2022

Islamabad; 17th August, 2022 The Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination met this morning in Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA to discuss the performance of the M/o IPC and its attached departments.
 
2. The Committee highly appreciated the performance of Pakistani Athletes for winning 02 Gold, 03 Silver & 03 Bronze Medals in recent Common Wealth Games. The Committee also appreciated the announcement of Cash Prizes of Rs. 50, 20 & 10 Lac to the Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals respectively which would encourage them to continue their sports activities and help to promote sports culture in Pakistan as well. The Committee however, directed that M/o IPC may hold meeting with respective government functionaries of all provinces to groom talent of Pakistani Players at gross root level especially Schools & Colleges level so that they could compete with International Players.

3. The Committee expressed its grave concern over the poor performance of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) as the ranking of Pakistani Hockey Team declined from 06 to 18 out of 20 in the world due to lack of dedication and mis-management of the previous management of PHF. The Committee therefore, unanimously passed a Resolution that Hon. Prime Minister of Pakistan being Pattern in Chief may appoint a Senior Technocrat to ensure transparency in the upcoming elections of PHF so that Pakistan Hockey could advance in a prompt way. Moreover, third party audit of PHF may also be conducted to check the financial irregularities made by the previous management so that culprits could be penalized accordingly.     

4.  The Committee also expressed concern over the non-cooperative and irresponsible attitude of the officials of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as they were unable to satisfy the Committee with their answers. The Committee therefore, decided to hold its next meeting in Lahore to discuss the overall performance of PCB.  

5. The Committee while sharing the proposals for the revival of Pakistan Hockey with Ex-Olympians had directed that they might submit a summary to the Committee to remove deficiencies in the existing system so that Committee could take them at appropriate forum for their amicable solution.     


6. Earlier, Federal Minister & Secretary for IPC briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to promote sports and tourism in Pakistan and problems faced by them in this regards.     

7. The meeting was attended by Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA, Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar, MNA, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA, Rana Mubashir Iqbal, MNA, Ms. Nasiba Channa, MNA & Ms. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Syed Mehmood Shah, MNA and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - August 17, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 
PRESS RELEASE
 
              Islamabad  17th August, 2022: 44th meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat was held under the Chairpersonship of  Ms. Kishwer Zehra MNA, at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th floor) Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
 
2.    The Committee showed displeasure over the non-presence of the Secretary Cabinet Division, Secretary Establishment Division and Chairman, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The Committee directed to ensure their presence in the next meeting which will be held on 18th August, 2022.
 
 
3.      The Administrator of Abandoned Property Organization (APO) told the Committee that APO had stopped auction process of Abandoned Properties on the direction of the Committee and APO leased out some properties on standard rents for the period of one year after consultation with M/o Law and Justice. The Committee recommended that APO should submit the audit report of last ten years in the next meeting.
 
4.      Managing Director Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) assured the Committee that 11 employees were reinstated on their service in PCP. The remaining issues of increments and promotions will be resolved after fulfilling the requirements.   
 
 
5.         MNAs, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Mohsin Dawar and senior officers/officials from the Ministry of Cabinet Secretariat attended the meeting.

NA Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture meets - August 17, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad, 17th August, 2022: 30th meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture held today in the Parliament House Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, MNA. 
 
2. On an agenda item concerning missing of admission forms for BA 1st Annual of 2000 (serial No. 5001-5100) from Islamia University of Bahawalpur, the VC of the said University (Eng. Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob) was required to attend the meeting of the Standing Committee today but he did not turn up. He was also invited in the last meeting held on 3rd August, 2022, but he remained absent and today he repeated the same practice. The Committee; taking note of the consecutive absence, termed the same a breach of the Parliament and unanimously decided to move Question of Privilege against the said VC. 
 
3. Regarding agenda item pertaining to repatriation of 300 female teachers working on deputation basis on wedlock policy, the Committee was informed by the Mover (Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA) that the teachers were not being paid salaries causing grave concern amongst them. The Committee directed the Additional Secretary of the Ministry to look into the issue personally, ensure that none of these teachers is deprived of his/her fundamental right of salary and submit report accordingly. The Director General Federal Directorate of Education was however directed by the Committee to provide detailed report containing names, positions/vacancies, years of service, salary’s status, spouse’s position, etc., of these teachers, to the Committee in the next meeting.
 
4. About the issue for attestation of degrees/transcripts of students of sub-campuses and affiliated colleges of Sargodha University by HEC; as pointed out by Ch. Hamid Hameed, MNA, the Committee was informed by the HEC that most of these degrees had been verified while the remaining will be attested in due course of time. He also shared with the Committee that the HEC was working on online attestation of degrees in future. The Committee appreciated the HEC over its initiative for online attestation however directed the Chairman HEC to expedite the process of attestation of the remaining degrees so that the educated youth of Sargodha might get relief.
 
5. On the agenda item concerning discriminatory rules framed for Universities’ Teachers by the HEC, the delegation of All Pakistan Universities BPS Teachers’ Association (APUBTA) informed the Committee that the BPS faculty comprises 88% (40000) while TTS (Tenure Track System) faculty was 12%. Besides, huge discrimination in salaries, the BPS faculty was also denied career growth opportunities causing severe sense of deprivation amongst the Teachers. The Chairman HEC informed the Committee that a committee comprising VCs, representatives from Ministries of Finance and Federal Education and APUBTA has been constituted to look into the matter of revised policy for appointment and promotions of BPS faculty. The said committee had already held two meetings. As soon as, it finalizes its report, the same will be placed before Academic Committee of the Commission. He however assured the Committee to redress the grievances of the APUTBA. The Committee noted the reply but directed the Chairman HEC to get expedited the whole process.  
 
6. The Committee also considered “The International Institute of Technology, Culture and Health Sciences Bill, 2022” (moved by Mr. Qadir khan Mandokhail, MNA). The Chairman HEC informed the Committee that the HEC supports the idea, thus, issued necessary NOC but slight amendments therein in the proposed legislation. The Committee recommended that the National Assembly may pass the said Bill. 
 
7. The meeting was attended by MNAs; Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Ch. Hamid Hameed, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Dr. Samina Matloob, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Mahesar, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Mr. Asmatullah, Mrs. Farkh Khan, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail besides senior officers of Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and its Attached Departments/Organizations.   
 
 
(SAJJAD GILLANI)
Secretary Committee

NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) meets - August 17, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 
PRESS RELEASE
 
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON STATES AND
 
FRONTIER REGIONS (SAFRON)
 
Islamabad; August 17 th , 2022: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions
(SAFRON) met today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Ministry of SAFRON, S-Block, Pak-Secretariat,
Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA.
2. The Secretary, Ministry of SAFRON informed that the said Ministry was established on 3 rd July, 1948 on
the specific instructions of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. After merger of FATA in the Province of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, the current major functions of the Ministry of SAFRON are as under:-
i) Matters relating to Afghan Refugees in Pakistan.
ii) Affairs of the former acceding States.
3. The Secretary, Ministry of SAFRON further informed that after the 25 th amendment regarding merger of
FATA the Ministry of SAFRON has no executive or implementation role in matters of Merged Districts any more.
4. The Secretary while giving briefing regarding Afghan Refugees in Pakistan, informed that the Subject of
‘Afghan Refugees’ has been assigned to the Ministry of SAFRON under the Rules of Business 1973 and is being
dealt in coordination with UNHCR, concerned Federal Ministries and Provincial Departments. He further clarified
that unregistered Afghan and asylum seekers are not given the status as refugees and as such are handled by the
Ministry of Interior. The issue of Afghan nationals who are on protest in Islamabad before the Islamabad Press Club
for few months are also came under discussion. It was informed that the Afghan Nationals come to Pakistan on Visa
and they are demanding from the west countries to fulfill their commitments regarding grant of VISA and their
rehabilitation and settlement in their countries. Whereupon the Committee recommended that the Secretaries
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and M/O Interior will be invited in the next meeting to brief the Committee on the
Afghan Nationals issue and progress made so far with the concerned embassies in this regard.
5. The Acting 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.
6. The Committee discussed the issue raised by Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA on a point of order in the House on
16 th May, 2022 regarding disbursement of the funds to the traders/shopkeepers in Miran Shah, North Waziristan,
who suffered losses in war against terrorism and deferred the issue for next meeting with the direction that Deputy
Commissioner District North Waziristan will be invited to brief the Committee on the said issue.
7. The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Ibadullah Khan, Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Naveed
Ameer Jeeva, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan MNAs and Mr. Mohsin Dawar MNA/Mover and Officers/Officials of the Ministry
and its attached Departments.

N.A Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges meets today, - August 16, 2022

Islamabad, the 16th August, 2022: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.  
1.    The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 6-7-2022;
2.    The Comprehensive report/Implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee was placed before the Committee.
3.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA / Deputy Speaker regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Zubair Niazi, Deputy Commissioner, Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
4.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, and Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, MNAs regarding alleged non-cooperation of Ex.DPO, District Jhang with the MNAs on telephone; the Committee directed that ex. DPO Jhang should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.The Committee also directed that the Establishment Division should take necessary action against the ex.DPO Jhang as per E&D Rules and report to the Committee in its next meeting.The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
5.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddiqui, MNA regarding uncalled-for attitude by Mr. Saleem H. Wattoo, Chief Executive Officer Cantonment Board Clifton with the Hon. Member and the deterioration of civic services in DHA, Karachi; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
6.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Aftab Hussain Siddiqui, MNA regarding not-responding to the phone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Asadullah Sheikh, Managing Director (M.D), Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, Karachi regarding water and sewerage of his Constituency NA-247; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
7.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNA regarding allegedly holding him at Band Murad near Hamdard University, Karachi on 4th January, 2021 by the officials of Sindh Rangers during his travel from Lasbela, Balochistan to Karachi; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
8.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, MNA regarding non-addressal of the issues raised by the Hon. Member relating to his security, illegal buildings and encroachments by the Chief Secretary, Government of Sindh, Karachi; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
9.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Choudhary Faqir Ahmad, MNA against Mr. Saeed Ahmed Dhudi, SDO, Irrigation Burewala for allegedly lodging a false FIR No. 281/20 in Police Station Sheikh Fazal, Tehsil Burewala, District Vihari against the Hon. Member; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
10.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Choudhary Faqir Ahmad, MNA regarding not-responding the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Secretary, M/o Religious Affairs and Inter Faith Harmony and misbehavior of Mr. Balqias, Private Secretary to the Secretary, of the aforesaid Ministry with the Hon. Member, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting with the direction that Mr.Balqias, P.S should immediately be transferred from his post and an inquiry should be initiated against him on the issued raised by the Hon. Mover and report to the Committee within fifteen days.
11.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Sajid Khan, MNA against non-implementation on the recommendations of the Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) regarding allocation of 265 seats in Medical and Dental Colleges for the students of FATA and Balochistan under PSDP Project by the Chairman, Higher Education Commission and President, Pakistan Medical Commission; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
12.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, MNA regarding in-action of SHO, Thana City Mansehra, SP Operations Mansehra, DPO, Mansehra and I.G, KPK on his application regarding gross mutilation of property by the land mafias; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting with the direction that now onward, the Police should be exempted from this Question of Privilege. The Committee directed that D.C Mansehra should send  the Notice to both  the Parties and for the resolution of the issue and report to the Committee within fifteen days.
13.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Riaz Fatyana and other MNAs regarding baseless news to defame the Hon. Members’ reputation on ARY News; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
14.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Shoukat Ali Bhatti, MNA against allegedly not attending the telephone call of the Hon. Member by Sahibzada Naveed Jan, Director General, NADRA Sargoda and Mr. Faisal Javad, Assistant Director, NADRA Zone, Chiniot and non-allowing the NRC for Vanekay Tarar despite approval for the last six months; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege. 
15.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Shaukat Ali Bhatti and other MNAs regarding allegedly misbehavior and not attending the telephone calls of Hon. Members by Mr. Khalid Javed, Director General, Postal Services, Islamabad, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege, disposed of the Question of Privilege. 
16.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, MNA regarding allegedly not refurbishment of her Lodge No. G-401, Parliamentary Lodges, Islamabad by the Chairman, Member, Engineering, Director, Lodges and Assistant Director, Lodges, Capital Development Authority (CDA), Islamabad, the Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA with the same composition of earlier constituted Sub-Committee. The Committee also directed that this Sub-Committee would start its function after the completion of Report of earlier Sub-Committee to resolve the issues of the Hon. Mover and other Hon. Members pertaining to their residences in Parliament Lodges.
17.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, MNA regarding allegedly misbehavior with the Hon. Member by Ms. Fouzia Mushtaq, Secretary/Deputy Registrar (PNC), Mr. Faridullah, Deputy Director, KP/Ex-Officio Member, Mr. Asif Khattak, (PNC), Islamabad, in meeting of Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC) held on 14th July, 2022 and leaving the meeting by D.G, Health Islamabad and not sending her representative for the said meeting as per her promise, the Committee disposed of the Question  of  Privilege subject to satisfaction of the  Hon. Mover. The Committee also directed that an inquiry should also be conducted on the matters/points raised by the Hon. Mover.
18.    On the Question of Privilege raised by Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA regarding not properly spending the amount given by him on the projects of his constituency by SNGPL; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. The Committee also directed that  Secretary, M/o Energy (Petroleum Division) should resolve the issues of the Hon. Mover.
19.    On the issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL); the Committee recommended that the regular connections should be installed by SNGPL, the Committee disposed of the matter.
20.    On the issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL); the Committee directed the OGDCL to resolve the issues of Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugti, MNA/Minister. The Committee pended the issues  till its next meeting.
21.    On the issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA); the Committee disposed of the matter.
22.    On the issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Pakistan State Oil (PSO); the Committee disposed of the matter subject to the satisfaction of our Hon. MNAs.
23.    On the issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Pak-Arab Refinery Limited (PARCO); the Committee disposed of the matters.
24.  On the issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL); the Committee disposed of the matter subject to the satisfaction of Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugti, MNA/Minister and regarding CSR System for District Multan with a report to the Committee within fifteen days.
25.  On any other items, the Committee decided to have an in-camera meeting of the Committee to discuss Articles 66 and 69 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973. The Committee also directed that Chairman, National Highways Authority (NHA) should be called in the next meeting of the Committee on the issues of  Hon.Members of the Committee.
26.  The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Nawab Sher, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, Sardar Riaz Mahmood Khan Mazari, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Chaudhry Armghan Subhani,  Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs.
27.  The meeting was also attended by Choudhary Faqir Ahmed, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro and Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNAs/Movers.
 


Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - August 15, 2022

70th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, MNA at 02:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting started with a recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the Minutes of the previous meeting and deferred agenda No. 2 till its next meeting.

The Committee considered the Bill “The Inter-Governmental Commercial Transaction Bill, 2022 (Government Bill)”.  After detailed deliberations, the Committee unanimously recommended that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill “The Constitution (Twenty-sixth Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Government Bill); and deferred the same at the request of the Ministry.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Legal Practitioners and Bar Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Section 5) moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA. Due to the non-availability of the Mover, Committee recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

The Committee did not consider the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 63-A) moved by Syed Javed Husnain, MNA and deferred the same at the request of the Mover.

The Committee considered the Bill, The National University of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2019. moved by Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA; Due to the non-availability of the Mover, Committee recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Muslim Family Law (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Section 5) moved by Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, and deferred the same at the request of the Mover.

The Committee considered the Bill, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 84) moved by Syed Hussain Tariq, MNA, and deferred the same with the direction that the representative of the Ministry of law should be called to attend the next meeting to brief the Committee.

Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Usman Ibraheem, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Syed Javid Husnain, Syed Hussain Tariq, Minister for Law & Justice, Minister of State for Law and Justice, Additional Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, along with their staff attended the meeting.


Standing Committee On National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Meets - August 4, 2022

Islamabad; 4th August, 2022 The Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination met in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, MNA to discuss the various issues pertaining to ministry and its attached departments.  

2.The Committee warmly welcomed the newly elected Chairman Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, MNA and assured to extend full cooperation for smooth functioning of the Committee. The Chairman thanked the Members for expressing confidence on him and assured to come up with the expectation of the Committee. The Committee also highly appreciated the services of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Ex-Chairman of the Committee as he worked as a team to resolve the issues of the Ministry and its attached departments.

3.The Committee unanimously passed “The Federal Medical Teaching Institute Repeal Bill, 2020” (moved by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA).

4.The Committee directed that Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination may hold a meeting with M/o Law & Justice to remove lacunas in the proposed legislation if any, and deferred the following Bills till its next meeting.

i.The Pakistan Nursing Council (Emergency Management), 2022 (Govt Bill)
ii.The ICT Tuberculosis (Notification) Bill, 2022 (moved by Ms. Uzma Riaz, MNA)

5.The Committee expressed annoyance over the absence of President & Registrar of Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) as their presence was indispensable to answer the queries of the August Committee. The Committee deferred the agenda of PMC with the direction that their presence might be ensured in the next meeting.
 
6.The meeting was attended by Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, MNA, Dr. Samina Matloob, MNA, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, MNA, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, MNA, Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, Mr. James Iqbal, MNA & Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA & Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA/Movers of the Bills and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture meets - August 3, 2022

The Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture expresses concern over non-attendance of meeting by Vice Chancellor, Islamia University of Bahawalpur and directs the Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) to ensure attendance of the said VC in the next meeting.

29th meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture held today in the Parliament House Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, MNA.

On an agenda item concerning missing of admission forms for BA 1st Annual of 2000 from Islamia University of Bahawalpur, the VC of the said University (Eng. Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob) was required to attend the meeting of the Standing Committee today but he did not turn up and nominated Controller (Exam) of the said University to represent him in the meeting. The Committee did not allow the Controller to give any briefing on the agenda item and directed the Chairman HEC to ensure attendance of the said VC in the next meeting.

The Committee considered “The Smart Institute of Sciences and Technology Bill, 2022” (Private Member’s Bill) and recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. However, on the Bill titled as “The National University for Security Sciences Islamabad Bill, 2022” (Private Member’s Bill), the Committee directed the HEC to get completed all the codal formalities before next meeting and deferred further consideration thereupon on the said Bill till its next meeting.
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Mr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Ch. Hamid Hameed, Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awaisi, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Dr. Samina Matloob, Ms. Mussarat Rafiq Mahesar, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Mr. Abdul Ghafar Wattoo, Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer and Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, besides the Hon. Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training and senior officers of the Ministry and its Attached Departments/Organizations.


Standing Committee on Power Division meets - August 3, 2022

19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Power Division was held under the Chairmanship of Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, MNA, in Committee Room No. 7, (Fourth floor) Parliament House, Islamabad.
The Secretary, Power Division informed the Committee that in future no power generation plant would be installed which generate electricity on fuel. The Committee expressed its dissatisfaction regarding un-announced load shedding especially during Eid days.  

While discussing the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Government Bill), the Secretary, Power Division informed the Committee that the provincial rotation clause create hurdles in the appointment of Members Electricity and Finance. The Committee recommended that after one month, the vacant post should be fulfilled on open merit to make the appellate tribunal functional.

The Committee passed the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Government Bill), unanimously. The Committee deferred the matter raised by Mr. Muhammad Anwar, MNA regarding the Worst load shedding in District Lakki Marwat, the starred question no. 49 moved by Syed Mehmood Shah, MNA and Starred Question No. 38 moved by Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA till its next meeting.  MNAs, Ch. Khalid Javed, Sardar Muhammad Arfan Dogar, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Saira Bano, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Mr. Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Wattoo, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hussain Gillani, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali and senior officers/ officials from the Ministry of Power Division attended the meeting.


The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, unanimously elected Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA as its new Chairman - August 1, 2022

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee was briefed by the Additional Secretary Legislation about the procedure for election of the Chairman.

Ms. Zohra Wadood Fatemi, MNA/Member of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, proposed the name of Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA as the Chairman of the Committee. The proposal was seconded by Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar and Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, MNAs/Members of the Committee. Accordingly, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA was unanimously elected as the Chairman Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in the National Assembly of Pakistan.

The Chief Whip and Honourable Members of the Committee congratulated the newly elected Chairman and expressed their support and active participation regarding the business of the Committee. The Chair-elect thanked all the participants and appreciated their trust and overwhelming support to him. He assured strong commitment towards meaningful working of the Committee.

The meeting was attended by Ms. Zohra Wadood Fatemi, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar and Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, the Chief Whip / Minister for Parliamentary Affairs.


Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - August 1, 2022

69th meeting of the was held today under the Chairmanship of Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, MNA at 02:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting started with a recitation from the Holy Quran. At the very outset, the Committee extended its congratulations to the newly elected chairman and similarly the Hon Chairman welcomed new members of the Committee. The Committee unanimously confirmed the Minutes of previous meetings and deferred agenda No. 2 till its next meeting.

The Committee considered the Bill “The National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Government Bill)”.  After detailed deliberations, the Committee unanimously recommended that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.

The Committee considered the Bill “The Publication of Laws of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2022(Government Bill); After detailed deliberations, the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.

The Committee did not consider the Bill “The Constitution (Twenty-sixth Amendment) Bill,2022 (Government Bill); and deferred the same at the request of the Ministry.

Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Usman Ibraheem, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Minister of State for Law and Justice, Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, along with their staff attended the meeting


The National Parliamentary Dialogue called for a strong and effective integration of the SDGs’ Targets - July 28, 2022

Prime Minister committed to investment in water infrastructure, disaster risk management, adaptation and mitigation: Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb SDG Agenda is National Agenda, cannot be implemented without parliamentary support: Marriyum Aurangzeb Parliamentarians commit to National Agenda on SDGs

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb stated that the Prime Minister is committed to investing in water infrastructure, disaster risk management, adaptation and mitigation. She further affirmed that the UN Sustainable Development Goals Agenda is the National Agenda of Pakistan, which cannot be implemented without the support of parliamentarians.

The Federal Minister made these remarks at the Closing Ceremony of the National Meet on SDGs was concluded today in Islamabad, the Capital of Pakistan - where Members of National, Federal and Legislative Assemblies gathered to re-affirm their commitment to the 2030 UN Plan for Sustainable Development Goals. The two-day National Parliamentary Meet devised a National Framework on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals which will ensure an effective and efficient roadmap for their monitoring and implementation. This framework was composed at the National Meet on SDGs, organized by the Parliamentary SDGs Secretariat, National Assembly of Pakistan in collaboration with Mustehkam Parlimaan, a project of the European Union. The outcome document, which was signed by representatives from the National, Provincial and Legislative Assemblies, consists of all the inputs and recommendations shared by Hon. Members and stakeholders – who participated from all around the country.

Addressing the participants as Chief Guest, the Hon. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb stated that the World is moving towards “What’s next” – with 8 years left to achieve – I think it’s time that we start evaluating our performance and prioritize the goals which address our immediate issues and help us in achieving sustainable solutions. She further re-iterated on mainstreaming SDGs budgeting and allocating appropriate financial resources which are required for the achievement of each goal and its targets. She also highlighted that the Parliament’s oversight and legislative role is crucial in creating enabling environment for SDGs to overcome bottlenecks. Furthermore, she talked about media’s crucial role in sensitizing the masses around SDGs.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister / Convener National Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs  Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam in her closing remarks said that “The model for sustainable development is dependent upon High-level political leadership, participation of stakeholders in the policy-making, decisions based on multidisciplinary science, and solutions that aim to integrate all dimensions of sustainable development in a coherent and mutually conclusive manner.”

The National Meet on SDGs hosted an in-depth and conclusive discussion on Pakistan's issues, such as urban flooding, environmental degradation, rising poverty, food scarcity, energy difficulties, and inadequate flood control, with an emphasis on the post-COVID-19 situation and with the aim to integrate SDGs into National Policy.

The event was supported by Mustehkam Parlimaan, a project of the EU focused on providing support to parliamentary development in Pakistan. The project is being implemented by the German Agency for International Development (GIZ-INS) and Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Affairs (PIPS)


Meeting of SC on Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resources Development - July 21, 2022


Meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research - July 15, 2022

24th Meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) was held today, under the Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA, in the Committee Room of National Agriculture Research Center (NARC), Chak Shahzad, Islamabad.

The Committee recommended that the Provinces should finalize the support price of wheat for the next year. The minimum support price of wheat would be announced before August, 2022 after getting approval from the Federal Cabinet.

The Committee also recommended that the South Punjab Secretariat to vacate the research land of the Bahawalpur Agriculture Research Institute. The Committee directed the Chairman, PARC and Secretary, Ministry of NFS&R to defend the case regarding in Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Managing Director, Pakistan Agriculture Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO), assured the Committee that the PASSCO achieved 100% results and procured 1.2 Mn M.Tons of wheat as assigned by the Economic Coordination Committee. He apprised the Committee that incentives for small growers, cash payment of up to 200 Bags was introduced, however, farmer was able to get his immediate cash from the bank on producing his bill.

The Committee deferred the Calling Attention Notice No. 9 moved by Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, MNA, the National Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Authority Act, 2021 moved by Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, MNA and the Safe Milk and Dairy Bill, 2021 moved by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, due to the unavailability of the Movers.

MNAs, Chaudhary Faqir Ahmad, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Mr. Kamal Ud-din, Mr. Zulfiqar Bachani and senior officers from the Ministry of NFS&R, Ministry of Law and Justice & NARC attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meet today - July 14, 2022

Islamabad; 14th July, 2022: The Standing Committee on Water Resources met in Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning under the Chairmanship of Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, MNA/Chairman to discuss the various issues related to M/o Water Resources and its attached departments.
 The Committee expressed concerns that Indus River Regulatory Authority (IRSA) management failed to develop a proper mechanism of water distribution among the provinces over the period of time due to mis-management and lack of coordination with the provinces. The Committee therefore directed that IRSA may develop proper liaison with all provinces and adopt remedial measures to ensure the timely provision of water so that they could fulfill their water requirements accordingly. The Committee appreciated the Harpo Hydropower Project (HHP) however, directed that management of HHP may ensure the completion of the said project within a given timeframe to fulfill the water requirements of the local residents. Earlier, Secretary, M/o Water Resources and Chairman, IRSA briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to meet the water requirement of the country and problems faced by them in this regard. The meeting was attended by Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, MNA, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, MNA, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, MNA and officials of M/o Water Resources.
 


The 29th meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir meet today - July 14, 2022

The 30th meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir meet today Makhdoomzada Syed Basit Sultan MNA, is unanimously elected as Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir - July 14, 2022

NA Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division meets - July 6, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

(Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division)
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
Action against the culprits who took advantage from BISP fraudulently, ordered  
The details of deputationist working in Ministry of PA&SS be furnished. Standing Committee 
 
Islamabad( 6th July 2022 )  Action may be taken against the culprits who took advantage from BISP, fraudulently. Moreover, the details of deputationist working in Ministry of Poverty Alleviation &Social Safety (PA&SS) and its attached departments be furnished to the Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety. These directions have been passed by the Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety in its meeting held on 6th July 2022. The meeting was held in Parliament House under the Chairpersonship of its Chairperson honourable Ms. Saira Bano, MNA. The Standing Committee said that Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is an excellent initiative of the Government which is for the welfare of the poor and needy people. So, it cannot be tolerated if a non-deserving person takes benefit of BISP, fraudulently. The Standing Committee was apprised that most of the people in BISP are serving on deputation basis. But there is no criteria of appointment on deputation basis. The Standing Committee directed that bio data of all deputationist of Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety and its attached departments be furnished to the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee was briefed that the details of all of the civil servants, who took monies from BISP fraudulently, have been sent to Establishment Division to take disciplinary action against them and their cases have also been forwarded to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for necessary legal proceedings against the culprits. The Standing Committee was informed that it is difficult for women beneficiaries of BISP to open their accounts in the banks. If a facility to open bank accounts is provided to them, it will be useful for them. The representatives of BISP informed the Committee that they were already in touch with State Bank of Pakistan and they wanted to introduce an easy account like Raast Account through which the lady beneficiaries of BISP can easily take their support money. The Standing Committee directed that the State Bank of Pakistan should direct all banks to provide the facility to the women beneficiaries of BISP and a report may be submitted to the Committee in thirty days.      
 
   The meeting of the Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division was presided over by its Chairperson Ms. Saira Bano and attended by Members National Assembly; Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Ch. Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Salahuddin, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan and Mrs. Farukh Khan. The meeting was also attended by Additional Secretary In-charge, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division, Secretary, BISP, Director General, BISP and senior civil officer attended the meeting.
 

NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets - July 6, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 
PRESS RELEASE
 
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RULES OF PROCEDURE AND PRIVILEGES MEETS TODAY, Islamabad, the 6th July, 2022: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.  
1. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 8-2-2022;
2. The Comprehensive report/Implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee was placed before the Committee.
3. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, MNA regarding misbehaviour of Mr. Amir Farooqui, Director, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Karachi with the Hon. Member over telephone; the Committee pended the Question till its next meeting. 
4. On the Question of Privilege raised by Makhdoom Syed Sami Ul Hassan Gillani, MNA regarding the incorrect proposed Provisional Estimates of ADP-2021-22 by the XEN, Highways Bahawalpur and misbehavior with the Hon. Member; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. 
5. On the Question of Privilege raised by Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, MNA against DPO, Rajanpur, RPO, Dera Ghazi Khan, DPO, Rahim Yar Khan, RPO, Bahawalpur, AIG (South Punjab) Mr. Zafar Iqbal Awan, Chief Secretary Punjab, Additional Chief Secretary, Punjab (Home Department) and I.G.P Punjab, Lahore, regarding not handling the deteriorated law and order situation in District Rajanpur and District Rahim Yar Khan; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
6. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Akram Cheema, MNA relating to arrest of Hon. Member within the precincts of the National Assembly on 27-10-2021 without permission of Hon. Speaker in violation of rule 106 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege. However, the Hon. Mover could not attend the meeting. 
7. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Atta Ullah, MNA regarding not attending the telephone calls of Hon. Member by Managing Director, Water Board, Karachi; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.  
8. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Atta Ullah and Mr. Faheem Khan, MNAs regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Members by Mr. Shahid Saleem, M.D (OGDCL), Mr. Saleem Baz, General Manager, OGDCL, and Mr. Mushtaq Paracha, Division Head OGDCL, Islamabad and Managing Director, OGDCL was found absent from his office, despite the intimation of visit and the GM and Division Head also not attended them; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege. However, the Hon. Movers could not attend the meeting. 
9. On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Zille Huma and other MNAs regarding inaction of Ministry on the recommendations of National Assembly Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination concerning with Dr. Syed Mazhar Hussain, Deputy Director, Services, National Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (NIRM) Islamabad; the Committee directed that Dr. Mazhar Hussain should be transferred from NIRM, fact finding inquiry should  be conducted and report in this regard should be given to the  Committee within fifteen days. 
10. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mahar Irshad Ahmed Khan, MNA regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Syed Moosa Raza, Deputy Commissioner, Muzaffar Garh; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege. 
11. On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms.Nuzhat Pathan, MNA regarding not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Agha Abdul Raheem, Director General (D.G), Sehwan Development Authority, Jamshoro; the Committee pended the  Question of Privilege. 
12. On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA regarding incorrect reply to the Question No. 3 from M/o Interior/Cooperatives Department, Islamabad about the cancellation of membership of Senate Secretariat Employees Cooperative Housing Society which is included in the list of Questions for the 22nd December, 2021 of the Hon. Member; the Committee appointed a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Chaudhry Armghan Subhani, Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, MNAs as its Members to have a visit of the said  society and resolve the  issues of  the  persons having memberships of this society. 
13. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Khan, MNA regarding torture by Mr. Sawalzer Khan, SHO, Bara, District Khyber on the Hon. Member; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege with the direction to resolve the issues of the Hon.  Mover. 
14. On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA regarding allegedly not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Saleem Baz, General Manager, OGDCL, and Mr. Mushtaq Paracha, Division Head, OGDCL, Islamabad; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege. However, the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting.  
15. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Faheem Khan, MNA regarding in-action of Mr. Hamayun, SHO, Police Station Zaman Town, Karachi against the illegitimate occupiers and non-action Mr. Basheer Memon, SSP, Korangi, Karachi against the SHO; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege. 
16. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Usama Qadri, MNA regarding misbehavior of Mr. Zahid Hussain, Joint Secretary, Maritime Affairs over telephone with the Hon. Member; the Committee directed that Mr. Zahid Hussain should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. 
17. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, MNA regarding raid of Islamabad Police force on lodge No. A-401, Parliament Lodge of the Hon. MNA on the direction of former Prime Minister Mr. Imran Khan and former Minister for Interior Mr. Shaikh Rashid Ahmed, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting with the direction that Mr. Imran Khan, Ex.Prime Minister of Pakistan,  Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Minister for Interior, Inspector General of Police, Islamabad and Mr. Khurram, SSP, Islamabad Police should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.
18. On the Question of Privilege raised by Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA regarding not properly spending the amount given by him on the projects of his constituency by SNGPL., the Committee directed that Secretary M/o Petroleum should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person alongwith the details for not coming in the meeting of today.
19. On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Capital Development Authority (CDA) Islamabad; the Committee referred the matters to the Sub-Committee appointed on the Question of Privilege of Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA for resolving the issues of the Hon. Parliamentarians.
20. On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Airport Security Force (ASF); the Committee pended the issues with the direction that how much they have made the recruitments in this regime and report to the Committee till its next meeting. 
21. On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA); the Committee directed to resolve the issues raised by Sardar Riaz Mahmood Mazari, MNA and Mr. Shah Zain Bugti, MNAs/Minister. The Committee also directed NADRA to make a policy to check the thump impression by NADRA while sending items through its courier services. The Committee also directed that the Chairman  NADRA, Secretary, M/o Interior  should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. 
22. On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, MNA relating to Constituency of NA-2018 Mirpurkhas to HESCO, regarding non-availability of workshop for repair of transformers, unsafe electricity pools and high voltage lines despite incident of loss of precious lives and properties in the area; the Committee directed  the CEO, HESCO to resolve the issues of the Hon, Member. The Committee disposed of the Question  of Privilege. 
23. 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 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 disposed of the Question of Privilege as the Officers of MEPCO tendered an un-conditional apology which was accepted by the Hon. Mover and the Committee as well.  
24. On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with the CEOs of all DISCOs; the Committee directed that the manpower and capacity building matters including jobs from lower cader to onward should be advertised. The Committee also directed that the issues in all DISCOs should be resolved by the Secretary, M/o Energy (Power Division). The Committee also directed that the issues in NA-112 may be resolved on priority as pointed by Hon. Member of the Committee Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA/Advisor to the  Hon. Prime Minister. The Committee also directed that the issues of Hon. Minister Ch. Salik Hussain, MNA in Tala Gang should be resolved by IESCO on priority. The Committee also directed all CEOs to resolve the issues of the Hon. Parliamentarians. The Committee disposed of the  matter. 
25. On any other item with permission of the Chair, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Rana Sana Ullah Khan, MNA/Minister against Punjab Police as the Hon.  Minister withdrew his Question of Privilege in writing. 
26. The Committee also discussed the issues of OGDCL, in Balochistan. The Committee directed the Ministry of Petroleum to have a meeting with ODGCL along with  all stake holders for making  a final  decision  on the issues raised by Mr. Shah Zain Bugti, MNA/Minister. 
27. The Committee also discussed the issue for preparing a Bill on the contempt of Parliament and directed   Secretary, M/o Parliamentary  Affairs to  go through this bill and  submit it to the Committee in consultation with the Addl.Secretary (Legislation), National Assembly Secretariat, Islamabad. 
 
28. The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Usama Qadri, Mr. Nawab Sher, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Sardar Riaz Mahmood Khan Mazari, , Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Chaudhry Armghan Subhani, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNAs.
29. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Abdul Shakoor Shad, Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi and Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNAs/Special Invitees. Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, MNA also attended the meeting on video link. 
30. The Committee also welcomed Ch. Salik Hussain, MNA/Minister, Mr. Shah Zain Bugti, MNA/Minister and Mr. Gohram Bugti, MPA/Provincial Minister of Balochistan as Special Invitees. 
 
 

24th meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) - July 4, 2022

24th meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) was held today at 02:00 pm in the Committee Room No. 05, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the chairmanship of Mr. Nawab Sher (MNA).

The Meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Afterwards, the Committee offered Dua-e-Maghfirah on the demise of Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan Ex-MNA.

While proceeding with further agenda item No.03, Committee deferred the matter till next meeting as the president of the Hockey Federation (PHF); was not present in the meeting.

The Committee deferred the other matter referred by the Assembly, as the Mover himself sought that matter may be deferred till the next meeting of the Committee.

While discussing the Bill “the prevention of offences in Sports” Bill, 2020, moved by late MNA Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Committee decided that the Bill may be transmitted to the House, so that any other Member of the House may move it into the House afresh.

The Committee while taking briefing from the Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), showed its satisfaction over the replies given by him and demanded that in the next meeting of the Committee the report/audit conducted by the Auditor General of Pakistan may be presented before the Committee. Further Committee also recommended that the cricket grounds other than major cities of Pakistan, the small cities like Larkana and Gujranwala cricket grounds should also be activated for national and international matches.

Honorable Members/MNAs namely; Ms. Wajiha Qamar MNA, syeda Nosheen Iftikhar MNA, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhinder MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan MNA, Ms. Shaida Rehmani MNA, Ms. Nasiba Channa MNA, including Chairman and Movers attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - June 30, 2022

NA Standing Committee on National Health Servicces, Regulations & Coordination meets - June 30, 2022

NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - June 30, 2022

NA Standing Committee on Communication meets - June 30, 2022

NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - June 30, 2022

NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony meets - June 30, 2022

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
(Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony)

PRESS RELEASE

Member National Assembly Syed Imran Ahmad Shah elected Chairman of the Standing Committee, unanimously

Islamabad ( 30th June 2022 ) A meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony was held for its election. Member National Assembly Syed Imran Ahmad Shah has been elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, unanimously. In the beginning of the election honourable Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA proposed the name of Syed Imran Ahmad Shah for Chairman of the Standing Committee. Honourable Ch. Faqir Ahmed, MNA seconded the proposal of Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA. No other name was proposed so Syed Imran Ahmad Shah was elected unanimously. After the election, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah thanked the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Federal Minister Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah, Mr. Asad Mahmood, Federal Minister for Communication and all other leaders of PDM. Syed Imran Ahmad Shah was thankful to Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi the Chief Whip for holding the election of the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee recommended that Hajj Advisory Committee be restored forthwith. Similarly, Standing Committee recommended that short-duration flights for Hajj may also be restored by the PIAC. The Standing Committee decided to send a high-level official delegation in the month of Rabi-ul-Awal to Madina Munawwarah and Makkah Mukarma. The Members of the Standing Committee congratulated the newly elected Chairman. The meeting was ended with the mutual vote of thanks.    


After the election of the Chairman, the meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah and attended by Members National Assembly; Chaudhary Faqir Ahmad, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Muhammad Anwar, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali and Ms. Saira Bano. Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Chief Whip also attended the meeting.


N A Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) meets - June 30, 2022

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON STATES AND

FRONTIER REGIONS (SAFRON) MET TODAY

Islamabad; June 30 th, 2022: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 01:45 p.m. in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad for the Election of the Chairman of the Standing Committee.
2. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA/Chief Whip welcomed the members and briefed them about the procedure for the election of the Chairperson.
3. Mr. Ibadullah Shah, MNA proposed the name of Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ud Din, MNA as Chairman of the Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) while Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, MNA seconded the proposal. Since there was no other candidate for contesting election of the Chairman, consequently, Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ud Din, MNA was unanimously
elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON).
4. The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Ibadullah Shah, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva, Mr. Afreen Khan, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan.


N A Standing Committee on Industries and Production meets - June 30, 2022

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIES
AND PRODUCTION MET TODAY

Islamabad; June 30 th, 2022: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Industries and Production met today at 12:45 p.m. in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad for Election of the Chairman of the Standing Committee.
2. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA/Chief Whip welcomed the members and briefed them about the procedure for the election of the Chairperson.
3. Syed Imran Ali Shah, MNA proposed the name of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production while Mr. Usama Qadari, MNA seconded the proposal. Since there was no other candidate for contesting the election of the Chairman, consequently, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA was unanimously elected as
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production.
4. The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan and Mr. Usama Qadari.


N A Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Division meets - June 30, 2022

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC AFFAIRS DIVISION MET TODAY

Islamabad; June 30 th, 2022: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Division met today at 12:30 p.m. in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad for the Election of the Chairman of the Standing Committee.
2. The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA/Chief Whip welcomed the members and briefed them about the procedure for the election of the Chairperson.
3. Mr. Ali Zahid, MNA proposed the name of Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awasi, MNA as
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Division while Mr. Salahuddin, MNA seconded the proposal. Since there was no other candidate for contesting the election of the Chairman, consequently, Mian Najeeb Ud Din Awasi, MNA was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs Division.
4. The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Ali Zahid, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Mr. Salahuddin and Ms. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch.


NA Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Meets - June 30, 2022

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad, 29 th June, 2022; The meeting for the election of the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting was held today at 11:30 a.m. in the CommitteeRoom No. 2, Second Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad.

2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Joint Secretary, Committees Wing, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Honorable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of the Chairperson.
3. Mr. Armaghan Subhani, MNA, Member of the Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting proposed the name of Ms. Javeria Zafar Aheer, MNA, as the Chairperson of the Committee. The proposal was seconded by Ms. Naz Baloch, MNA, and accordingly, Ms. Javeria Zafar Aheer, MNA, was unanimously elected as the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on
Information and Broadcasting.
4. The Chief Whip congratulated the newly elected Chairperson and assured that the Government shall provide all possible support for the effective and meaningful working of the Committee. Afterwards, the Chairperson gave a note of thanks to the members which was responded by the felicitation notes from each member with the assurance of supporting the Chairperson on all matters in the national interest of Pakistan.
5. Honorable Members/MNAs Ms. Javeria Zafar Aheer, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Mr. Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Ms. Naz Baloch, Mr. Shahnaz Naseer Baloch, the Chief Whip Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbassi attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Interior Meets - June 30, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
PRESS RELEASE

STANDING COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR MEETS

Islamabad; June 30th, 2022: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad unanimously elected Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, MNA as its Chairman.
2.    The Joint Secretary Committees, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the members and briefed about the procedure for the election of the Chairman. Syed Sajid Mehdi, MNA/Member proposed the name of Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, MNA as chairman of the Committee while Mr. Farrukh Altaf, MNA seconded his candidature. Accordingly, Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, MNA was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Interior.
3.   The Joint Secretary Committees, National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the newly elected Chairman on behalf of the Honorable Speaker and assured him full support from the Secretariat for the 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 the views of the Honorable Chairman assured him their fullest support in the process of legislation.
5.   The meeting was attended by MNAs Ch. Farrukh Altaf, Mr. Sajid Mehdi, Mukhdoom Syed Sami ul Hassan Gillani, Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar, besides the senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.
 

NA Standing Committee on Planning Development and Special Initiatives meets - June 29, 2022

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad, 29 th June, 2022; A meeting for the election of the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Special Initiatives was held today at 4:30 p.m. in the Committee Room No. 7, Fourth Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Joint Secretary, Committees Wing, National Assembly Secretariat, welcomed the Honorable Members and
briefed them about the procedure for election of the Chairperson.
3. Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA, Member of the Standing Committee on Planning Development and Reform proposed the name of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, as the
Chairman of the Committee. The proposal was seconded by Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, MNA, and accordingly Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Special Initiatives.
4. The Chief Whip congratulated the newly elected Chairman and assured that the Government shall provide all possible support of for effective and meaningful working of the Committee. Afterwards, the Chairman gave a note of thanks to the members which was
responded by the felicitation 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. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Mr. Naveed Dero, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Chaudhary Salik Hussain, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Mr. Nawab Sher and the Chief Whip Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbassi attended the meeting.

Public Accounts Committee meets - June 24, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

(Public Accounts Committee Wing)

Press Release

Islamabad, the 24th June, 2022

It has been announced with immense pleasure that Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has made a remarkable recovery of Rs. 612,253.89 million from December 2018 to May 2022 as informed by the office of Auditor General of Pakistan. Honourable Chairman, PAC, Mr. Noor Alam Khan, lauded this unprecedented achievement of PAC, praises the efforts of PAC members and appreciated the hard work of its staff. He declared that only on unbiased and non-political accountability process can bring this nation together and restore the public faith on Parliament.

2. It is also stated that a complaint was received from the displaced students of Pakistanis who got admission in the Ukrainian Medical Universities but was displaced due to current war in between Ukrainian and Russia. The PAC resolved the genuine problem of those students by obtaining report from Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC). Those students would be adjusted/admitted in the Pakistanis Medical Institutions/colleges after fulfilling required SOPs of the PMC and respective Institutions/colleges. The credit goes to the PAC for resolving the issues of the students thereof.

(IFTIKHAR AHMED) 

Joint Secretary (PAC)

NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - June 3, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

(Standing Committee on Water Resources)
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
 
WAPDA should ensure timely payment of compensation amounts to the remaining affecttees of Mangla Dam 
Greater Karachi Bulk Water Supply Scheme K-IV be completed timely. Standing Committee
 
Islamabad( 3rd June 2022 ) WAPDA should ensure timely payment of compensation amounts to the remaining affecttees of Mangla Dam and Greater Karachi Bulk Water Supply Scheme K-IV be completed timely. These directions have been issued in the meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources. The meeting was held in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA. The Standing Committee was informed that in order to increase the water capacity of Mangla Dam, in 2004-2005, it was decided to raise the Mangla Dam. So, according to PC-I it was decided that land upto level of 1250 feet may be acquired for Mangla Dam. Accordingly the land was acquired and compensation of the affecttees was made. Whole of the amounts available as per PC-I have been utilized. But several people knocked the door of the Courts with the request that the compensation being paid to them was much less than the market rate. So, Supreme Court of Azad Kashmir decided several cases in favour of the affecttees. But due to non-availability of funds payments cannot be made to them. However, in order to address the issue a revised PC-I of about ten billion have been prepared and submitted for approval. Soon after approval of PC-I and release of payments the compensation amounts will be paid to the remaining affecttees. The Standing Committee directed that WAPDA should follow-up the PC-I on top priority and all of the payments be made to the remaining affecttees as soon as possible. A local applicant namely Mr. Shakeel Ahmed appeared before the Committee and stated that his house is at risk due to water of Mangla Dam. The Project Director, Mangla Dam was of the view that the house of the Applicant Mr. Shakeel Ahmed was outside 1250 feet. Mr. Shakeel Ahmed presented Third Reminder (یاددہانی نمبر 03) No. MDRP/CLA Mirpur/135/2022 dated 1st March 2022 of Collector, Mangla Dam Affair, Government of Azad State of Jammu & Kashmir, Mirpur. Whereby, the Collector requested the General Manager, Mangla Dam Organization to pay / compensate Mr. Shakeel Ahmed as WAPDA had already paid to Pir Baya, Village Khatar Dilawar Khan, Tehsil Dhadhyal, District Mirpur whose houses were also outside the level of 1250 feet. After examined the relevant record the Standing Committee directed that WAPDA should look into the matter and properly compensate and give relief to Mr. Shakeel Ahmed and furnish the compliance report to the Committee forthwith. The Standing Committee was informed that to fulfill the water needs of most populous city of the country i.e. Karachi the Government decided to complete K-IV project. Due to passage of several years the project could not be completed. However, on 21-01-2022 a revised and modified PC-I of the project amounting to Rs. 126404.751 million have been approved by ECNEC. Now, the project shall be completed in October/November, 2023. The comprehensive works is being carried out rapidly. However, there is a need that the Provincial Government should also work to fulfill their responsibilities. The Standing Committee recommended that all Stakeholders should complete their targets timely and the K-IV should be completed according to the timeline given in the PC-I.           
   The meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was presided over by its Chairman Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur and attended by the Members of National Assembly; Sardar Riaz Mahmood Khan Mazari, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Mr. Riaz-ul-Haq and Mr. Afreen Khan. The meeting was also attended by the Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Secretary, Irrigation, Punjab, Minister, Irrigation Department, Sindh, Chairman and Members, IRSA and senior officers of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation Department.

NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - May 25, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

(Standing Committee on Water Resources)
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
FBR gave back Rs. 1916 million of Naulong Dam to WAPDA
The water among the Provinces be distributed according to 1991 Accord. Standing Committee
 
Islamabad( 25th May 2022 ) On the direction of the Standing Committee on Water Resources, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) released Rs. 1916 million of Naulong Dam to Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA). This information was given by Commissioner Inland Revenue of Federal Board of Revenue to the Standing Committee on Water Resources. Previously, it was informed to the Standing Committee that the Government of Pakistan granted Rs. 1916 million to WAPDA during Budget Session 2018-19 for construction of Naulong Dam. But before the start of construction of the Dam, FBR took away Rs. 1916 million from the account of Naulong Dam. Hence, the construction of Dam could not be started. The FBR was of the view that they have receivable against WAPDA. So, they have recovered their receivables. The Standing Committee took serious notice of it and directed that “FBR should pay Rs. 1619 million deducted from account of Naulong Dam, forthwith, without waiting for other WAPDA funds to arrive. Otherwise, the delay in construction of Naulong Dam would be attributed to FBR”. Now, the Federal Board of Revenue has given back the said amount to WAPDA. The Standing Committee unanimously appreciated the Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for his positive attitude towards the democratic institution. The Members of the Standing Committee congratulated the Chairman, Standing Committee on Water Resources Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA for his historical recommendation and its implementation. The Standing Committee examined the water situation in the country and its distribution. The Standing Committee was apprised that 69000 cusec feet water was measured on Tounsa Barrage. Whereas, the water on Guddu Barrage was measured to be 37000 cusec feet which shows that water between Taunsa and Guddu Barrage is being theft through illegal pumping by water mafia. The Standing Committee directed that any illegal pumping of water may be stopped forthwith. However, the Standing Committee directed that available water may be distributed among different federating units in accordance with the spirit of Water Apportionment Accord of 1991. It was pointed out that the share of the water of Balochistan is not being given to Balochistan as per its due share. The Standing Committee constituted a Special Committee consisting upon Minister, Irrigation Department, Government of Sindh, Minister, Irrigation Department, Government of Balochistan, Chairman, Indus River System Authority (IRSA), Member, IRSA (Balochistan), Secretary, Irrigation Department, Government of Sindh and Secretary, Irrigation Department, Government of Balochistan. The Committee directed that the Special Committee should address the issue and submit its report within seven days. The Chairman, IRSA shall be responsible to submit the report.    
  
The meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was presided over by its Chairman Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur and attended by the Members of National Assembly; Sardar Riaz Mahmood Khan Mazari, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Mr. Munawwar Ali Talpur and Mr. Afreen Khan. The meeting was also attended by the Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Minister, Irrigation Department, Sindh, Chairman and Members, IRSA and senior officers of the Ministry of Water Resources, FBR, Irrigation Department, Punjab, Irrigation Department, Sindh, Irrigation Department and WAPDA.
 
 
 (CH. MUKHTAR AHMED)
Secretary Committee
25-05-2022
Tel: 9207606

NA SC on Information and Broadcasting Meets - March 14, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad, 14th March, 2022; 30th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting was held today at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room of Pakistan Television (PTV), Resource Centre, PTV Headquarters, Constitution Avenue, Sector F-5/1, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mian Javed Latif, MNA.
 
2. The Committee unanimously confirmed minutes of its previous meeting held on 6th December, 2021. The Ministry gave a compliance report regarding the recommendations of the previous meeting and the Committee appreciated the steps taken by the Ministry for digital migration project and recommended that Ministry should consider using Radio Pakistan’s land situated in Khairpur for the DRM Project. The Committee reiterated its recommendation that a proposal to bring Khairpur Radio Station back to operation should be presented to the DDWP before next meeting of the Committee. 
 
3. The Committee was apprised by the Ministry about their PSDP projects. The Committee endorsed all the budgetary proposals relating to M/o Information and Broadcasting, and its attached departments for the financial year 2022-23. 
4. The Committee had a detail discussion on PECA Ordinance, 2022 and recommended that the matter needs further discussion therefore it shall be included in the next meeting agenda. The Committee deferred the remaining agenda for its next meeting. 
5. Honorable Members/MNAs Mr. Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. Nasir Khan Musazai, Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, Mr. Muhammad Akram Cheema, Mr. Aftab Jehangir, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Mr. Saad Waseem, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, and Ms. Naz Baloch. The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Mr. Fawad Choudary along with senior officers from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting attended the meeting.

23rd meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) was held today - March 9, 2022

23rd meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) was held today under the Chairmanship of Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, MNA at 11:00 A.M. in Committee Room of National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), Chack Shahzad, Islamabad.
The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee confirmed the minutes of previous meetings held on 2nd, 3rd and 4th February. Before taking up agenda the Committee was briefed on the implementation status of previous recommendations. It was informed that, recommendation regarding regularization of the services of Entomologists working on contract basis in the Department of Plant Protection is concerned, the term of their contract has been extended for one year. As they are employees of project hence their services will be regularized upon regularization of project. For recommendation regarding cattle farming, livestock and artificial insemination at Umer Kot, the said project at has utilized its 50% allocated budget for current financial year. The recommendation is already a part of the project which will be completed after utilization of the remaining budget.
Hon. Chairman invited attention of the Committee about news published in a daily newspaper regarding closure of production unit of Massey Ferguson Tractors in Pakistan. Representative of the company attended meeting and appraised that, an amount of six billion rupee is outstanding with the Government under the head of refund of sales tax, which is stopped since April 2020. Issue is pending with the FBR. Committee expressed grave concern on closure of the production before the harvesting season of wheat. Minister has informed that issue is relating to Ministry of finance and Ministry of industries hence he will take up issue with concerned ministers for settlement of the same. Another member drew attention of the Committee about Lumpy skin disease erupted in province of Sindh and causing irreparable loss in the form of mortality of cattle. Ministry has informed that issue is well under consideration, it has established various response centers in all provinces and is closely monitoring the same. Major effected area is province of Sindh having almost 18300 effected animals. So far, no vaccine for the same is available and one time exemption for purchase of the same is requested from the DRAP. After grant of necessary permission, vaccination will be available in Pakistan. It was recommended by the Committee that necessary awareness campaign shall be initiated by the Ministry, highlighting symptoms and points of precautions for protection of animals. The Committee also recommended preparing the feasibility report for establishment of date processing plants in the country.
The Committee did not consider the PSDP and recommended that the detailed briefing on PSDP shall be held in meeting after 15 days and the ministry shall forward the recommendations at least 7 days before the meeting for consideration and perusal of the Members.
The Committee was briefed on wheat procurement by PASSCO and issues relating to PASSCO procurement center as well wheat procurement plan for the year 2022-23 by Food Department, Government of Punjab. It was informed that the Punjab is major wheat producing province. During last year variance in wheat price was observed across the provinces, hence the Ministry is trying to fix a uniform price for whole country. Soon proposal will be placed before cabinet for fixation of rates. Last year 1.5-million-ton wheat was imported to meet needs of the country. Whereas in current year enhanced production is expected and work out plan is under process to evaluate and access the need and production. At request of the PASSCO the committee recommended that the Government of the Punjab shall not establish its procurement centers in the districts/tehsils wherein the PASSCO has established its procurement centers. The Committee appreciated the efforts and performance of the Ministry, PASSCO as well as food department Government of the Punjab.
 


The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs met - March 9, 2022

Islamabad; 9TH March, 2022: The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs met in Committee Room of M/o Foreign Affairs, Islamabad this afternoon, under the Chairmanship of Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, MNA/Chairman.
The Committee initiated the meeting with recitation of Holy Quran thereafter prayer has been made with for the departed souls of ex-president of Pakistan Mr. Rafique Ahmed Tarar and for the father of Honorable Member Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar the Mr. Ghulam Noor Rabbani Khar.
The Committee while taking briefing from the Ministry on the visits of Prime Minster to China and Russia inquired from the Ministry whether the visit to Russia was recommended by the Foreign Office or not.? The Ministry told the Committee that it was recommended by the Ministry of Foreign office and it was scheduled way before the incident of Ukraine was into anticipation. The Ministry further informed the Committee that visit to Russia was occurring after 23 years of gap, and this visit was very important for the Pakistan with regard to Afghanistan issue, for the Railway project and import of wheat for Pakistan. The Ministry vehemently denied the impression that Pakistan’s visit to Russia was for joining any bloc. Prime Minster of Pakistan has repeatedly informed the nation so as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the same view that it was not for joining any bloc.
The Committee was also briefed regarding the measures being taken by Pakistan to mitigate the terrorist attacks in future. The Ministry informed the Committee that after withdrawal of US from Afghanistan Daish has emerged and has gained strong support from the anti-Pakistan elements. Still, it is question of serious concern for Pakistan that who or what is the source of funding for Daish. Moreover, Ministry told the Committee that Afghanistan Government is in close contact with Pakistan. Afghanistan has repeatedly assured the Pakistan that soil of Afghanistan will not be used against the Pakistan or against any country whatsoever. Furthermore, The Committee was informed that 48th OIC Conference is going to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan. For the conference almost 600 delegations are expected to arrive. Kashmir is also the part of agenda of the Conference. This event will be proved very important event in the history of Pakistan. The Conference is also linked with 75th anniversary of Pakistan.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, MNA, Mr. Jamshed Thomas, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Ali Zahid MNA, Mr. Noor-ul-Hassan Tanvir MNA, Mr. Numan Islam Sheikh MNA, Mr. Abdul Shakoor, MNA & Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi, MNA and officials of M/o Foreign Affairs.
 


A six-member Pakistan Parliamentary delegation led by MNA Niaz Ahmed Jhakar is visiting Turkey - March 8, 2022

A six-member Pakistan Parliamentary delegation led by MNA Niaz Ahmed Jhakar is visiting Turkey as part of frequent high-level exchanges between Pakistan and Turkey on important bilateral and regional issues. The Pakistan Parliamentary delegation met with the H.E Prof. Dr. Mustsfa Sentop, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey at bureau of the Assembly Meeting Hall. MNA Mr. Faheem Khan, MNA Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer and MNA Attaullah were present during the meeting.

H.E Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sentop, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey welcomed the Pakistan Parliamentary Delegation. He said that Turkey attaches great importance to its relations with Pakistan and desires to further strengthen it through people-to-people contact. He also said that Turkey has remained a strategic partner of Pakistan, and this visit will diversify its bilateral relations. In the regional context, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey underscored the importance Pakistan attached to a peaceful solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. He expressed that Turkey has openly supported Pakistan's stance on the Kashmir conflict.

Speaker of Turkish Assembly expressed its hearty appreciation of the stance of the Pakistani government over the Cyprus issue. Turkish Speaker told that Turkey would do its best to reestablish peace between the two warring states.

Head of Pakistan Parliamentary Delegation , Mr. Niaz Ahmed Jhaker said that Turkey has continued supporting Pakistan over the years, and the friendship between the two countries was historic. This history of Pakistan-Turkish relations is a story of concern and cooperation. He acknowledged Turkey's contribution during the war against terrorism. He thanked President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for raising the voice of Kashmiris during his speech at UN General Assembly. He appreciated the role of Turkey's efforts to mediate between Russia and Ukraine and offered on several occasions to host talks at leaders' level or technical discussions. He acknowledged that meeting between foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia and Turkey in Ankara would bring positive results.

The head of Pakistan Parliamentary delegation appreciated the support Turkey had always extended to Pakistan at international parliamentary forums and also acknowledged the outright support of Turkey on Kashmir. He expressed his deep concern over mounting Islamophobia in Western countries where Muslims are facing harassment and discrimination.

Mr. Niaz Ahmed admired  President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and  Prime Minister Imran Khan for raising their voices against the growing Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslims in those countries.


N A Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division Meets - March 7, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 
PRESS RELEASE
 
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND SOCIAL SAFETY DIVISION MET TODAY
 
Islamabad; March 7th, 2022: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division meeting held today at 11:00 a.m. in Conference Hall of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), Headquarters, Ground Floor, F- Block, Pak- Secretariat, Islamabad. Ms. Saira Bano, Chairperson of Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division presided over the meeting.  
2. Noman Ali, Director National Socio Economic Registry(NSER) gave detailed presentation on the Survey currently completed under the Government Ehsas Program initiated for registering the actual needy and poor people across the country. The main objective of NSER is: ‘To ensure objectivity in identifying beneficiaries and for transparency in implementing interventions, effective targeting of BISP beneficiaries’. Ms. Sania Nishtar Chairperson BISP and Naveed Akbar, Director General BISP later also participated in the meeting and gave comprehensive briefing on Survey process including data collection of Households of the actual needy and poor people, its mechanism to address the errors of data collection, detail of poverty indicators and allocation of sources. They further informed that at each Tehsil level Ehsas Registration Desks have been established for the leftover poor people from the survey. The Members of the Committee expressed dissatisfaction on the Survey conducted through the Aurat Foundation and other NGOs and recommended that the Public Representatives should also be involved in identifying and registering the poor people in their constituencies under the Government Ehsas Program. The Committee further decided that PSDP for financial year 2022-23 would be discussed in the next meeting.
3.      The meeting was attended by MNAs: Syed Mehmood Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Lal Chand, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik and Ms. Sania Nishtar Chairperson BISP and Officers/Officials of the said Division and BISP and its attached Departments. 

NA SC on Water Resources Meets - March 7, 2022

 National Assembly Secretariat

 
Press release
 
Islamabad, the  March 7, 2022:
 
The 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, MNA.
 
The Committee was briefed about the proposed Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of the Ministry of Water Resources for the financial year 2022-2023. The Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources presented an overview on ongoing projects under of PSDP 2021-22. The Chair expressed huge concern on the non-completion of ongoing projects. The Committee recommended the issuance of demanded Allocation for timely completion of ongoing projects. The Ministry of Water Resources informed the Committee that the deadline for submission of proposals as per the Budget Call letter is 15th March 2022. However, interim budget proposals from Water Sector and Hydropower Sector projects are received. The Committee scrutinized the proposals in detail and approved projects under PSDP 22-23.
 
The chair expressed serious concern on unnecessary delay in rehabilitation of the Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD) system and directed Ministry to prepare a comprehensive briefing on LBOD for the next meeting. The Committee also directed to invite the Secretary, Ministry of Interior for a briefing on ‘the security of Rawal Dam’ in the next meeting of the Committee.
 
 The Committee deferred briefings on ‘The Islamabad Water Conservation Bill, 2021’, Briefing on Hill Torrents Management, discussion on water distribution by IRSA, and Briefing on Nai Gaj Dam, for the next meeting of the Committee. 
 
The Committee approved the minutes of its previous meeting with some amendments.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Nawaz Awan, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhadla, Ch. Javed Iqbal Warraich, Ms. Naureen Farooq Ibrahim, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Agha Hassan Baloch, Mr. Riaz-ul-Haq, Mr. Munawar Ali Talpur, Mr. Afreen Khan, Mr. Gul Dad Khan MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA.

National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Energy (Petroleum Division) meets - March 4, 2022

15th meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Energy (Petroleum Division) was held today at 2:30 pm under the Chairmanship of Dr. Imran Khattak, MNA in the Constitution Room, Parliament House. The agenda of the meeting was circulated vide Notice No. F.9 (1)/2022-Com-I (Vol-I), dated 25th February, 2022.

At the commencement of proceedings, the Committee offered Sura-e- fatiha for the deceased who lost their lives in Peshawar bomb blast today.  

Thereafter, the Committee was briefed about the status of recommendations made by the Committee during its previous meetings. The Federal Secretary, Petroleum Division apprized the Committee that 8 employees from the SSGCL were terminated from service on administrative grounds to establish good governance and writ of the management.  However, the Committee expressed its displeasure for removal of employees and sought report from SSGCL to be presented in the next meeting. It was further informed that the SSGCL has nominated an officer of the rank of SGM as focal person to deal with the issues of MNAs regarding shortage of gas in their constituencies.  

The Committee was also brief about Weighted Average Cost of Gas (WACOG). As per the briefing, the WACOG model is meant for uniformity of pricing mechanism across the country. It will meet the deficiency in the OGRA law to determine consumer price of imported LNG.

Implementation status of the order passed by Islamabad High Court regarding promotion of employees in OGDCL was also discussed during the meeting. The Committee directed the OGDCL authorities to implement the recommendations/ decisions of Special Committee headed by the Defence Minister Mr. Pervez Khattak. The Pakistan Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority Bill, 2022” was also considered by the Committee. However, the Bill was deferred for further deliberations after having inputs from the stakeholders and especially the Provincial Energy Departments.

MNA’s Mr. Junaid Akber, Malik Anwar Taj, Mr. Shahid Ahmad, Nawabzada Shah Zain Bugti, Chaudhary Khalid Javed, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi and Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar attended the meeting. Besides, Secretary, Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) as well as other senior officers of Federal / Provincial Government were also present in the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - March 3, 2022


51st meeting (in-camera) of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held today - March 3, 2022

51st meeting (in-camera) of the Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held today at 11:00 a.m. in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sher Ali Arbab, MNA.
The Committee was briefed by the Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives on recent visit of the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan to China with reference to CPEC.  He gave a comprehensive briefing of the Chinese companies which held meetings with Prime Minister and a thorough ground work has already been done before the visit to show case the areas where Chinese companies could be lured to invest in Pakistan, especially where Pakistan have a potential to export its produce.  A comparative incentive based data in the region was shared where Pakistan had edge over other special economic zones in the world.  The focus was mainly on textile, footwear, pharmaceutical and IT Sectors. In spite of COVID, Pakistan had fared better in terms of debt to GDP ratio as compared to other countries.  Chinese companies showed interest to invest and relocate their industries in Pakistan.  Chinese are going to establish a metal and paper recycling project in Gwadar for the purpose of export.  Another company is going to establish special economic zone on Lahore-Kasur road for the establishment of cotton and dairy related industries.  Artificial intelligence in IT sector has the biggest opportunity in the world where Pakistan has great potential to train its youth and bring human development.  A Chinese textile company has exported to the volume of 60 million US Dollars near Lahore where 2000 Pakistanis are working in one shift. Thousands of jobs will be created as a result of more Chinese investment in different sectors of Pakistan.  Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs also briefed the Committee on this visit.  The Committee appreciated the steps taken by the government to boost the economy through export based industry.  
The Committee recommended to the Board of Investment and Ministry of Power to sit with the Special Economic Zone Dhabeji and Allama Iqbal Industrial City, Faisalabad respectively to resolve their issues in order to make these zones lucrative for foreign investment. Chairman, NHA also assured the Committee that right of way to Rashakai Economic Zone will shortly be granted after the necessary documents are submitted by its management authority.
The Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan and Secretary, Home and Tribal Affairs, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa also briefed the Committee on different steps taken for providing security to the Chinese workers on CPEC and Non-CPEC projects.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, MNA, Mr. Umar Aslam Khan, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, MNA, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA, Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, MNA, Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNA, Senator Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo and Senator Khalida Ateeb.
 


73rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance was held today - March 3, 2022

73rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA, in the Constitution Room of Federal Board of Revenue House, G-5 Islamabad.
The meeting commenced with a recitation from the Holy Quran. The Honorable Chairman welcomed all participants and afterward decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee considered the Bill titled “The COVID-19 (Prevention of Smuggling) Bill, 2020 (Ord. III of 2020) (Government Bill)” and decided to defer it till the next meeting. The Bill titled “The Modaraba Companies (Floatation and Operations) (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Government Bill)” was deferred till the next meeting of the Committee, as requested by the concerned department.
The Bill titled “The State-owned Enterprises (Governance and Operations) Bill 2021 (Government Bill), was presented before the Committee. The Committee decided to defer the Bill till its next meeting. The Bill titled “The Tax Law (Third Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Ord. No. XXII of 2021 (Government Bill)” was presented before the Committee. The Committee decided to defer the Bill till its next meeting with the direction for the Ministry to submit a comparative statement on the Bill, mentioning the requirements and justification by the Ministry.
The Chief Executive Officer, EXIM Bank, briefed the Committee regarding the bank, he informed that the EXIM Bank of Pakistan has been declared as Development Financial Institution, under section 3A of the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962 (LVII of 1962). The Bank has been designated as the official Export Credit Agency of the country to be formed through an Act of the Parliament. The management is targeting to initiate commercial operation in the first quarter of 2022, subject to the approval of the Act and issuance of “Letter of Commencement of operations” from the State Bank of Pakistan. The Bill titled "The Export-Import Bank of Pakistan Bill, 2021 (Government Bill) was presented before the Committee and after detailed discussion, the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly.
The Committee considered the Bill titled "The Controller General of Accounts (Appointment, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (moved by Mr. Sana Ullah Khan Masti Khel, MNA) and recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the National Assembly. The Joint Secretary (Development) Finance Division briefed the Committee regarding the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Project (PSDP), relating to Finance Division, for the financial year 2022-23. The Committee was informed that the PSDP included 7 projects with 06 ongoing projects and 01 new project. Total funds demanded the PSDP amount to Rs. 3,090.545 million out of which Rs. 1,878.254 million are for completing ongoing projects while Rs. 1,212.291 million are demanded new project. The Committee desired a detailed presentation, in the next meeting, on projects of Finance Division and Revenue Division involving heavy costs.
Hon. Members/MNAs Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Mr. Abdul Wasay, Mr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar and the senior officers from the Ministry of Finance, M/o Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Commerce, Federal Board of Revenue, Controller General Accounts, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, EXIM Bank attended the meeting.
 


20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held today - March 3, 2022

20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sajid Mehdi, MNA.The Committee discussed the ministry's budgetary proposals for the next Financial Year 2022-23. The committee had already approved 29 out of 56 projects of PSDP in its last meeting held on 09th February 2022.The committee, after a detailed discussion, approved the remaining projects of PSDP for the financial year 2022-2023.
The following MNAs, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Dr. Nausheen Hamid, Mr. Abdul Sakoor Shad, Ms. Sobia Aslam Khan, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, Mr. Saad Waseem, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Ms. Zaib Jaffar, Dr. Samina Matloob besides the Secretary and other officials of the Ministry of Science & Technology and its attached departments attended the meeting.
 


The Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets - February 28, 2022

The Standing Committee on Housing and Works endorses the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2022-23 of Ministry of Housing and Works and its attached departments/sub-ordinate offices with the direction to the Ministry that all those development schemes “Ongoing or Suspended” having more than 50% work done, should be given priority and got completed in the larger public interest.

The Standing Committee met today at 11:00 a.m., in the Parliament House Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Engr. Muhammad Najeeb Haroon, MNA to scrutinize the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2022-23 of Ministry of Housing and Works and its attached departments/sub-ordinate offices.

The Ministry placed before the Committee, 445 schemes of four different categories with estimated cost worth Rs. 185,496.165 million. There were 60 Ongoing, 35 Suspended, 345 New and 5 Under Approval in these 445 schemes. The Committee while endorsing all the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2022-23 of Ministry of Housing and Works and its attached departments/sub-ordinate offices directed the Ministry that all those schemes either Ongoing or Suspended having more than 50% work done, should be given priority and got completed in the larger public interest.

The Committee also directed the Director General, Pakistan Public Works Department (PWD) and the Senior Chief (Tech/PP&H), Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, to review all these 445 schemes, prioritize them with special reference to those belonging to the socially backward areas and submit report to the Committee within one week. The Minister for Housing and Works assured the Committee his fullest support in discharge of its oversight functions and compliance of Committees’ recommendations. He also agreed that the projects near to completion would be given priority in terms of financial and administrative support.

Besides, the Minister for Housing and Works, the meeting was also attended by MNAs Mr. Mehboob Shah, Malik Anwar Taj, Mr. Sajid Khan, Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar, Ch. Javed Iqbal Warraich, Ms. Zille Huma, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, Mr. Salahuddin, Mr. Muhammad Israr Tareen, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli and Syed Mehmood Shah. The senior officers of the Ministry of Housing and Works, Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Ministry of Finance, Pakistan Public Works Department, Federal Government Employees Housing Authority and Estate Office, were also present in the meeting.


The Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - February 28, 2022

The Standing Committee on Climate Change met in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad this afternoon under the Chairperson of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA to discuss the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the Financial Year 2022-23 and other issues pertaining to Ministry and its attached departments.

The Committee endorsed all the budgetary proposals relating to M/o Climate Change and its attached departments for the financial year 2022-23. The Committee however, directed that M/o Climate Change may take up the issue with Finance Division for timely releases of Funds so that ongoing projects could be completed without further delay.

The Committee directed that M/o Climate Change may develop proper liaison with Provincial Governments for timely completion of Federal funded Projects and also strengthen monitoring system for proper utilization of funds.

The Committee discussed the pros & cons of "The Pakistan Environmental Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2021" (moved by Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, MNA) and directed that M/o Climate Change may hold a meeting with Mover of the Bill & M/o Law & Justice to remove lacunas in the proposed legislation if any, and report to the Committee in the next meeting so that Committee could consider them accordingly.

Earlier, Secretary, M/o Climate Change briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to complete the ongoing projects within given timeframe and problems faced by them in this regard

The meeting was attended by Mr. Tahir Sadiq, MNA, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, MNA, Ms. Noreen Farooq Ibrahim Khan, MNA, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, MNA. Mr. Kheso Mal Khel Das, MNA, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA, Ms. Rumina Khurshid Alam, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Bachani, MNA, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, Mr. Afreen Khan, MNA & Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, MNA/Mover, and officials of M/o Climate Change.


NA Standing Committee on Commerce Meets - February 24, 2022

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Islamabad, the 24th February 2022: The 29th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce was held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA.

 

The Committee was briefed about the proposed Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of the Ministry of Commerce for the financial year 2022-2023. The Committee discussed two ongoing projects; the Expo Center Peshawar and Expo Center Quetta and four new schemes; Faisalabad Garment City Phase-II, Lahore Garment City Phase-II, Integrated Skill Development Scheme for Export enhancement of Textile and Apparel Industry, and Compliance Outreach Program for Export Competitiveness of Textile Industry. The Chair expressed huge concern on the non-completion of ongoing projects for the last 7 years. The Committee recommended the issuance of full demanded Allocation for Expo Center Peshawar.

 

The Committee decided to invite the Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Planning & Development, for further consideration on the issuance of sufficient allocations and timely completion of these important schemes, in the next meeting of the Committee.

 

The Committee discussed in detail the simplification of the taxation system for Pakistan’s exports to Afghanistan and other Central Asian Countries. The Chairman of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) shared his proposals before the Committee which were related to Pak-Afghan trade. The Secretary of Commerce assured the Committee that the Ministry will consider all the proposals of the FPCCI. The Committee decided to invite the State Bank of Pakistan to the next meeting of the Committee.

 

The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meeting.

 

The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Yaqoob Shaikh, Mian Muhammad Shafiq, Ms. Wajiha Akram, Ms. Sajida Begum, Ms. Farukh Khan, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, and Syed Javed Ali Shah Jelani, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood and Chairman FPCCI as Special Invitee.


Standing Committee on Climate Change merts - February 23, 2022

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 STANDING COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE MEETS
 
Islamabad; 23rd February, 2022: The Standing Committee on Climate Change met in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad this afternoon under the Chairperson of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA to discuss the various issues relating to the Ministry and its attached departments.
 
The Meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. Thereafter, the Committee offered Fateha for the departed souls of Mr. Khial Zaman Orakzai, MNA/Member of the Committee & Senator Rehman Malik and prayed that may Almighty Allah rest them in peace and gave courage to the families to bear their loss.  
  
The Committee deferred the all the agenda items till its next meeting with the direction that M/o Climate Change may come up with better preparation on Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the upcoming Financial Year 2022-23 so that Committee could consider them accordingly.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Tahir Sadiq, MNA, Ms. Andleeb Abbas, MNA,Ms. Seemi Bokhari, MNA, Ms. Noreen Farooq Ibrahim Khan, MNA, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, MNA, Mr. Kheso Mal Khel Das, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA, Ms. Rumina Khurshid Alam, MNA, Syed Mustafa Mahmud, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Bachani, MNA, Mr. Afreen Khan, MNA & Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, MNA/Mover, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, MNA/Mover and Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA/Mover of the Matter and officials of M/o Climate Change. 

NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - February 23, 2022

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NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON CABINET SECRETARIAT MEETS

Islamabad February 23, 2022:  The standing committee on Cabinet Secretariat today deferred discussion on two PSDP proposals of Cabinet Division regarding Construction of Aiwan r Sayahaat in Islamabad and block financial proposal for SDGs Achievement Programme on the absence of Minister for Defence in the capacity of Chairman SDGS Steering Committee and Mr. Azam Jamil, SAPM on Tourism in the capacity of Chairman PTDC.

The Committee had invited Minister for Defence and Special Assistant to Prime Minister to discuss both the PSDP proposals. The Committee unanimously was of the view that it cannot recommend huge financial proposals without getting proper justification from the concerned quarters. The Committee met under the chairpersonship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Parliament House today.

The Committee was apprised that Cabinet Division had demanded allocation under PSDP for the year 2022-23 amounting to Rs.1500 million for construction of Aiwan r Sayahaat in Islamabad and Rs. 4600 million on account of SDGs Achievement Program. The Committee viewed that the public funds should not be wasted on schemes that had not been thoroughly pondered upon.

The Committee while talking up PSDP proposals for the financial year 2022-23 in respect of Establishment Division directed for dropping construction of Holidays homes in Sandspit area, Karachi. The Committee viewed it as extravagance considering the state of the national exchequer. The committee however recommended PSDP proposals amounting to Rs. 503 million for four ongoing schemes besides Rs. 986.0425 million for twelve new schemes subject to approval by the DDWP forum to be chaired by Secretary Establishment Division.

The Committee decided to pend briefing by the Federal Public Service Commission on CSS Examination System and Civil Services Reforms by Establishment Division till its next meeting. The  Committee was of the view that the examination system should be revamped to bring it in conformity with the present-day requirements.

The Committee also pended discussion on a question referred to the Committee by the House regarding the failure of the Establishment Division to employ people on the Balochistan quota. The Committee decided to hold an exclusive meeting to discuss the issue in question.

The meeting was attended by Members of the Committee and senior officers from the Establishment and Cabinet Division.


Standing Committee on Energy (Petroleum Division) meets - February 23, 2022


National Assembly Standing Committee on Narcotics Control met today - February 22, 2022

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Narcotics Control met today at 11:00 AM in Committee Room of Ministry of Narcotics Control, Kohsar Block, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Salahuddin Ayubi, MNA.

The meeting started with the recitation from Holy Quran. The Chairman welcomed the participants of the meeting. The Committee discuss/scrutinize the budgetary proposals of the Ministry relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the budget 2022-23. After detailed discussion on the projects the Committee unanimously approved all the budgetary proposal of amounting Rs. 2649.780 million in which Rs. 253.300 million for on-going projects and Rs. 2396.48 for new projects of the ministry relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the budget 2022-23.  

The Committee further expressed that USF/USAID funds reversed for Ex-FATA was not properly utilize for development and infrastructure. The ministry replied that funds reserved for Ex-FATA was carry forward through ministry of Narcotics Control for development but after merger of FATA in KPK these funds now directly forward to KP Development Authority and KP Government would be in better position to explain the situation. The Committee decided to hold next meeting in Peshawar and recommended to invite Chief Secretary KPK and concerned authorities in the said meeting to brief the Committee.

Besides the Federal Minister for Narcotics Control the following MNAs: Mr. Gul Dad Khan, Mr. Muhammad Ameer Sultan, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhinder, Mr. Ehsan-ul-Haq Bajwa, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Ms. Shahida Akhter Ali and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments were present in the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets - February 21, 2022

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held on 21st February, 2022 at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.

2.       The Committee discuss/scrutinize the budgetary proposals of the Ministry relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the budget 2022-23. After detailed discussion on the projects the Committee unanimously approved all the budgetary proposal of amounting Rs. 84059.397 million in which Rs. 33271.243 million for on-going projects and Rs. 50788.397 for new projects of the ministry relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the budget 2022-23.  

3.       The following MNAs, Mr. Jai Parkash, Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, Dr. Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Nousheen Hamid, Ms. Zille Huma, Ms. Fozia Behram, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, Dr. Seemi Bukhari, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, Dr. Samina Matloob attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - February 17, 2022

Islamabad, 17th February, 2022; 65th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA at 11:00 A.M. in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran. Before the start of the meeting the Committee welcomed the new member Mr. Mehboob Shah MNA, to the Committee. The Committee unanimously confirmed the Minutes of the previous meeting held on 24th November, 2021 and deferred the agenda No. 2 till its next meeting.

The Committee considered the Bills “The National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021 Ordinance No. XXIII of 2021” and “The National Accountability (Third Amendment) Bill, 2021 Ordinance No. XXVI of 2021”. After detailed deliberations the Committee with majority recommended that the Bills may be passed by the Assembly. The members from the opposition expressed their intent to submit a note of dissent. After voting on both Bills, Members of the opposition left the meeting under protest.

The Committee considered “The budgetary proposals of the Ministry of law and justice on PSDP for the financial years 2022-2023, and approved the same.
During meeting the Hon. Chairman appreciated the performance of the Ministry of law and justice, especially the Minister, for the introduction of the almost 750 amendments in civil and criminal laws. It was also recommended by the committee that the booklet of these legal reforms be circulated among all members of the Committee for perusal.
During the deliberations the Committee appointed the following sub-committee with the following TOR’s. However, the said committee will start functioning after the conclusion of the time period for the sub-Committee earlier in the field.
COMPOSITION: -
Mr.Lal Chand , MNA Convener
Ms. Nafisa Shah, MNA Member
Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha MNA Member
Ms. Shunila Ruth MNA Member
TERMS OF REFERENCE: -
To Review laws relating to Minority and the Child Rights;
The report of the sub-committee shall be presented not later than thirty days.
Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Atta Ullah, Mr. Lal Chand, Mr. Muhammad Farooq Azam Malik, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Ms. Maleeka Ali Bukhari, Mr. Mehboob Shah, Malik Muhammad Ihsan Ullah Tiwana, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Shunila Ruth, Ch. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Usman Ibraheem, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Minister for Law and Justice, and Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, along with their staff attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Energy (Power Division) meets - February 17, 2022

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Islamabad the 17th February, 2022: 17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Energy (Power Division) was held in (Committee Room No. 7), Parliament House, at 2:00 pm under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Salik Hussain, MNA. The agenda of the meeting is circulated vide Notice No. F.8 (1)/2022-Com-I dated 09th February, 2022.
 
2. The Committee unanimously recommended the budgetary proposals of Power Division and its attached departments amounting to 172.17 billion rupees for the financial year 2022-23 as approved. The Committee was given a briefing on its working, project generation demand-supply gap, transmission and distribution losses, circular debt, tariff reforms, theft control, removal of transmission constraints, fund subsidies, technological interventions, policy and plan. The Committee vowed to have a comprehensive briefing on the IPPs and circular debt in the upcoming meeting and also on tariff rationalization. 
 
 
3. The Committee unanimously passed “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019”, with the amendment, “ 462-(O). Cognizance.- The offences punishable under the Chapter shall be cognizable but the police shall not take cognizance of an offence under this Chapter except where information of such offence is provided to the police in writing by a duly authorized officer (not below Grade 18) of the Government or by an officer of an equivalent grade of a Distribution Licensee, as the case may be”. 
 
4. The Committee was told that the Cabinet in its meeting recently held has given one time exception and allowed connections to the consumers of Islamabad Capital Territory. The Committee asked NEPRA to issue guide lines in this regard within 15 days from today. 
 
4. MNA’s Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Malik Anwar Taj, Mr. Saif Ur Rehman, Mr. Lal Chand, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Saira Bano, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Secretary, Ministry of Power Division along with senior officers of the relevant departments attended the meeting.
 
 
 
 (Syed M. Jawad murtaza Naqvi)
J. S /Secretary Committee

NA Special Committee on Agricultural Products meets - February 17, 2022

*NA Committee on Agricultural Products recommends intervention price and quality seed for Cotton*  
 
Islamabad, the 17th February, 2022:  The National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products stressed for urgent measures to ensure production and availability of high yielding and disease resistant certified seed for cotton and wheat. Presided by the Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, the Committee recommended early announcement and upward revision of the intervention price for cotton and vowed to develop a new regulatory framework to arrest the adulteration of agricultural inputs. The Committee also recommended concrete lining of Balochistan’s Kachhi canal in Phase-II and Phase-III of the Kachhi Canal project.   
 
The members of the Committee highlighted that the future of Pakistan’s food security and agricultural growth was inherently linked to quality seed production as Pakistan continued to lag behind in terms of latest seed varieties and higher yields. The members stated that owing to yield stagnation, Pakistan was consistently losing its competitive advantage in major crops. Since last two decades, despite an array of research institutes, little progress has been made in developing high yielding and disease resistant seed varieties for cotton and wheat, they added.  
 
The officials of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research and provincial agricultural departments apprised the Committee on the production and availability of quality seed for cotton and wheat. The Committee was informed that production of certified seed was increasing every year. However, the adaptation of the certified seed posed formidable challenge. The officials of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research maintained that the track and trace system introduced last year is yielding positive results.  The panel was informed that a ministerial committee has been established to negotiate with multinational companies to import high quality cotton seed and facilitate the transfer of latest seed technology. It was outlined that cotton, owing to its competitive advantage, forward and backward linkages and contributions to the national economy, constituted the most important crop for Pakistan.  It was also revealed that last year’s intervention price had significant effect on increasing production. The panel unanimously stressed the need for continuity and early announcement of the intervention price as well as increase in the minimum indicative price.   The panel was informed that the Ministry of National Food Security and Research plans to restructure the Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC). The Committee also tasked the representatives from the Sindh to approach the Chief Minister and Agriculture Minister of Sindh to become effective part of the Agriculture Transformation Plan.   
 
The members stated that the sale of adulterated and inferior quality of agricultural inputs continue to rob farmers of the prospects of decent profitability. The members urged the panel and the concerned officials to devise a vibrant regulatory framework and adopt stringent measures to prevent adulteration of the agricultural inputs particularly fertilizers and pesticides. It was stressed that the federal government and the provincial governments should jointly evolve an institutional and legal framework to ensure zero tolerance for adulteration of the agricultural inputs.  
 
The Committee recommended concrete lining of Balochistan’s Kachhi canal in Phase-II and Phase-III of the Kachhi Canal project and establishment of link channel between PAT Feeder and Kachhi Canal. It was highlighted that the initiative would bring additional 0.7 million land under cultivation.  
 

Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - February 16, 2022

The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat expressing its serious reservations of the two PSDP proposals of Cabinet Division regarding Construction of Aiwan e Sayahaat in Islamabad and block financial proposal for SDGs Achievement Programme, decided to invited Minister for Defence in capacity of Chairman SDGs Steering Committee and Mr. Azam Jamil, SAPM on Tourism in capacity of Chairman PTDC and justify PSDP demands. The Committee was of the view that it cannot simply recommend huge financial proposals without getting proper justification by the concerned quarters. The Committee met under the chairperson ship of Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in Parliament House today. 

 
The Committee was apprised that Cabinet Division had demanded allocation under PSDP for the year 2022-23 amounting to Rs.1500 million for construction of Aiwan e Sayahaat in Islamabad partly through PSDP allocation and partly through public private partnership basis. The committee was further apprised that the Building would house PTDC Headquarters besides offices of different tourism facilitators and promoters.
 
The Committee was not convinced by the contentions of the PTDC management and viewed that the in present digital age, bricks and mortar will not promote tourism in the country. The Committee suggested that instead of building this huge infrastructure, a building smaller in size and by adopting latest techniques and an aggressive marketing strategy, tourism could be promoted abroad fetching in foreign exchange. The Committee also opined that approval of the Prime Minister being the Minister for Cabinet Secretariat had also not been sought. The Committee decided to invite Mt. Azam Jamil, Special Assistant to PM in Tourism in its next meeting to discuss the PSDP proposal in question. 
 
The Committee while talking up PSDP proposal for SDGs Achievement Program, opined that Minister of Defence in capacity of chairman SDGs Steering Committee did not bothered to attend the meeting despite several invitations. The Committee decided to discuss the same in its next meeting in presence of Minister for Defence. The Committee also directed Cabinet Division to develop its indigenous monitoring and evaluation system instead of relying on provinces to report progress in the projects funded through SDGs Achievement Program. The Committee also recommended that all the districts throughout the country should be treated at par while releasing funds under the SDGs program. The Cabinet Division had submitted PSDP proposal of Rs.4600 million for SDGs Achievement Program during the year 2022-23. 
 
The Chairperson while concluding the meeting said that being a Muslim she solemnly believes that sovereignty belongs to almighty Allah and is exercised on earth through chosen representatives of the people. Thus huge responsibility lie upon their shoulders for diligently protecting the rights of the people. She said that the government functionaries were not taking Parliamentary business serious and were somewhat obstructing the Parliament to exercise its oversight on executive. She stressed that all the departments should answer the queries of the committee promptly otherwise holding meeting was just sheer wastage of public money.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs, Mr. Tahir Sadiq, Ms. Uzma Riaz, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Raza Rabani Khar, Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Additional Secretary, Cabinet Division and Senior officers of concerned departments.

NA Body Approved The Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 - February 16, 2022

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue unanimously recommended to approve the Government Bill, “The Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation (Amendment) Bill, 2021” in its 72nd meeting held today at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Islamabad. The meeting held under the Chairmanship of   Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA.

The Joint Secretary (CF), Finance Division briefed the Committee that Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation (FRDL) Act provide for reduction of federal fiscal deficit and ratio of public debt to gross domestic product to a prudent level by effective public debt management. The Debt Policy Coordination Office was also established under this Act. However, proposed amendments will strengthen the Debt Office with the mandate and resources for effective planning and execution of debt management functions of the Government. He informed that the Bill proposed to bring overall debt to GDP ratio to 60% in six years after financial year 2020-21. He said that target to decrease debt to GDP ratio by 2% annually and outstanding guarantees to 10% of GDP. The Hon. Chairman, Standing Committee (Mr. Faiz Ullah, MNA) said that there would be room for loans in case of increase in expenditure so that the system can continue to function. After detailed discussion and deliberations, the Committee unanimously recommended to approve the Bill.

The Committee deferred the remaining Government Bills, “The State-owned Enterprises (Governance and Operations) Bill, 2021”, “The COVID-19 (Prevention of Smuggling) Bill, 2020” (Ordinance No. III of 2020), and “The Tax Law (Third Amendment) Bill, 2021” (Ordinance No. XXII of 2021) till its next meeting. The Committee also deferred the Calling Attention Notice No. 3, regarding impact of COVID-19 on business community across the country specially Karachi and Hyderabad, moved by Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, MNA due to unavailability of the Mover.

While briefing on the issues being faced by different sectors of the country due to heavy taxation, the Chairman, FBR apprised that there is no change in taxation of Jewelers in the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001. The Sector continues to avail concessionary reduced rate of withholding tax on import of unwrought or semi-manufactured Gold @ 1%, whereas, other industrial raw materials are generally subject to tax at import stage @ 2%. However, in the Finance (Supplementary) Act, 2022, the sales tax exemption and reduced rates on import and local sales of articles of jewelry have been withdrawn and these articles are now chargeable to sales tax at standard rate of 17%. He apprised that the exemption was withdrawn under IMF program to remove economic distortions created by tax exemptions and reduced rates. Monetary gold, however, is still exempted at both import and local sales stages. He informed that the sector is also exempted from levy of value addition tax @ 3% at import stage.

During the course of discussion, the Vice Chairman, Jewelers Association said that the sale of jewelry is liable to tax @ 1.5% on gold, 3% on making and 2% on value of diamonds. However, the Finance (Supplementary) Bill proposes to increase it to normal rates i.e., 17%. He informed that out of approx. 36,000 jewelers only 50 plus are registered with sales tax, and such a harsh measure would result in complete closure of this documented sector and fall in revenue. He also informed that in the history, even when reduce rate was not there, the exemption was available up-to 90% of the value. Similarly, jewelry across the globe is taxed at reduced rates i.e., the rate of VAT on jewelry is 3% in India. He further informed that sales tax registered jewelers have to pay withholding tax @ 9% as all the suppliers in the supply chain are un-registered and out of tax net. The Committee directed the Vice Chairman, Jewelers Association to make proposals for viable solutions to registered the jewelers with sales tax. The Committee also directed the FBR to reduce the withholding tax to 0.25% and Ministry of Commerce to revise the import policy so that gold could be imported.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Sadaqat Ali Khan Abbasi, Mr. Faheem Khan, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Syed Naveed Qamar and Mr. Abdul Wasay, MNAs. However, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Dr. Aisha Ghous Pasha, and Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNAs attended the meeting through video-link. The senior officers from M/o Finance & Revenue, M/o Law & Justice, FBR and representative from Jewelers Association also attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Interior meets - February 16, 2022

42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, MNA, in Constitution Room (old Committee Room No. 5) 2nd floor, Parliament House.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee directed the Ministry to sit with the Mr. Sher Akber Khan, mover of the issue, for arriving at appropriate solution of the issue regarding difficulties, in visa extension, faced by the Malaysian Citizens of Pakistani origin. The Committee directed the Ministry to provide basic facilities, including provision of electricity & gas connections and carrying out rehabilitation work, in the areas that are under process of land acquisition by CDA. 

The Committee discussed the Bill titled “The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Bill, 2021 (Government Bill) and decided to defer the Bill till the next meeting of the Committee. The Bill titled “The Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention and Punishment) Bill, 2021 (Government Bill)” was presented before the Committee and after detailed discussion the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly.

The Deputy Chief Development, Ministry of Interior, briefed the Committee regarding the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Project (PSDP) for the financial year 2022-23. The Committee was informed that the PSDP included 85 projects with 37 on-going and 48 new projects. Total funds demanded for the PSDP amount to Rs. 35451.456 million out of which Rs. 26360.001 million are for completing on-going projects while Rs. 9091.455 million are demanded for new projects. The PSDP for the financial year 2022-23 was unanimously approved by the Committee. The Committee directed to give priority to completion of on-going projects.

The Inspector General ICT Police briefed the Committee regarding law-and-order situation in Islamabad, he informed that with limited resources the Police department is trying its best to provide security and facilitate public. The Committee recommended that the pending cases of Shuhada package may be cleared at the earliest. The Committee also recommended to bring the salary of the ICT Police at par with police departments of the Provinces.

Honorable Federal Minister for Human Rights Ms. Dr. Shireen M. Mazari and Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Mehar Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Malik Sohail Khan, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Abdul Qadir Patel, Mr. Asmatullah and the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, M/o Federal Education and Professional Training, Capital Development Authority, Federal Investigation Authority, Immigration & Passports, ICT Police, ICT Administration attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division meets - February 15, 2022

The Committee passed Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (Amendment) Act, 2021, unanimously

Standing Committee approves PSDP amounting to Rs. 903.44/- million for the year 2022-23 of Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division 

The Standing Committee passed Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (Amendment) Act, 2021, unanimously. The Bill was moved by Minister In-Charge i.e. Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Bill is about the establishment of Panah Gah for poor and needy people. The Standing Committee unanimously approved the Bill and declared that such initiatives shall always be supported by the Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division. The Standing Committee examined the PSDP-2022-23 of Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division. The Committee was informed that a pilot project by the name of Tahafuz worth Rs. 35/- million was started during FY-2020-21. It proved to be a successful project. So, in 2021-22 Rs. 500/- million were allocated to the project by the name of the New Ehsaas Tahafuz Programme. This Programme is successfully being implemented and Rs. 9176/- million have been spent. Whereas about more than Rs. 300 million have been released. The representative of the Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division proposed that for FY 2022-23 Rs. 831/- million should be allocated for New Ehsaas Tahafuz Programme. The Standing Committee unanimously approved an amount of Rs. 831/- million for New Ehsaas Tahafuz Programme. The Standing Committee was informed that Ehsaas Delivery Unit was granted 70.63/- million for FY-2020-21 out of which Rs. 59.40/- million were spent. Similarly, Rs. 98.91/- million have been allocated for FY: 2021-22 out of which Rs. 24.86/- million have been spent. The Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division have requested to allocate Rs. 72.44/- million for the FY: 2022-23. The Standing Committee approved the Budget amounting to Rs. 72.44/- million for Ehsaas Delivery Unit. The Standing Committee unanimously appreciated the efforts of Dr. Sania Nishtar which she was doing for Poverty Alleviation in the country. The Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Honourable Ali Muhammad Khan and the Secretary, Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division gifted a copy of the Holy Quran to the newly elected Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation Honourable Ms. Saira Bano, MNA.   

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division was presided over by its Chairperson Ms. Saira Bano and attended by Members National Assembly; Mr. Sajid Khan, Mr. Sadaqat Ali Abbasi, Sardar Talib Khan Nakai, Syed Mahmood Shah, Mr. Lal Chand, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Syma Nadeem, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik and Mrs. Farukh Khan. Honourable Minister in-Charge, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division also attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Special Assistant to Prime Minister Ms. Sania Nishtar, Secretary, BISP, Secretary, Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division and senior civil officer attended the meeting.