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In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of the Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan , the President has been pleased to summon the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) to meet in Joint Sitting in the Parliament House, Islamabad, on Wednesday, the 8th February, 2023 at 3.00 p.m.| | Today In National Assembly: 05:30 PM: National Assembly Session | Committee Meetings:01:00 PM: 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th meetings of Special Committee on Afected Employees (Revised) at Old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad |
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National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training meets - February 3, 2023

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad, 3rd February, 2023: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training appreciates the Government for promulgation of the Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Rules however directed that implementation of the Rules ibid; in letter and spirit, must be ensured so that that all those children subjected to corporal or physical punishment or abuse are protected in future.     
 
2. 36th meeting of the Standing Committee held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, MNA.
 
3. During the course of discussion on an agenda item concerning framing of rules as an aftermath of “The Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill”, the Ministry informed the Committee that the rules in question have not only been framed but also promulgated and notified in the Official Gazette on 2nd February, 2023. The Committee; while appreciating the Ministry for promulgation of the said rules, directed that implementation of the rules ibid; in letter and spirit, must be ensured so that that all those children subjected to corporal or physical punishment or abuse could be protected in future.
 
4. The Committee; while expressing displeasure over non-attendance of meeting by Vice Chancellor, Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB), directed the Registrar IUB to convey the VC to ensure attendance in the next meeting. The VC, IUB, was required to hold enquires into two different issues concerning missing of admission forms of BA 1st Annual Examination of 2000 and misconduct of an Assistant Professor of IUB namely Dr. Saeed and personally submit reports to the Committee but he did not turn up. 
 
5. On an issue regarding non-accreditation of engineering degrees of Pakistani students, earned from Hungarian Universities, by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), the Committee directed the HEC and the PEC to find out some viable solution of the issue as the same was causing concerns amongst the students and their parents.
 
6. Regarding (i) Revision in policy for appointment and promotion of All Pakistan Universities BPS Teachers’ Association and (ii) Release of funds to Tenure Track System (TTS) Teachers against notified salaries, the Committee was informed by the Chairman HEC that he was personally looking into both the issues and the same will be settled in near future with consensus of all the stakeholders. On the assurance given by the Chairman HEC, the Committee disposed of both the issues.
 
7. On the Legislative Business (Bills), the Committee was informed by the Chairman HEC that codal formalities; in respect of the proposed Universities, had not yet been fulfilled by the Movers, therefore, the same could not supported. The Committee unanimously decided not to take up all those Bills on its agenda till completion of requisite codal formalities by the Movers. The Committee, however, deferred (i) “The Calling Attention No.20” (moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA), (ii) “The National University of Modern Languages (Amendment) Bill, 2022” (moved by Mr. Jamal-ud-din, MNA), (iii) “The Pakistan Institute of Research and Registration of Quality Assurance Bill, 2022” (moved by Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, MNA), (iv) “The matter regarding ban on book titled as Ayina-e-Imraniyat (moved by Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA), (v) “The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences and Technology Islamabad (Amendment) Bill, 2023” (moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA) and (vi) “The National Skills University Islamabad (Amendment) Bill, 2023” (moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA) due to non-attendance of the Movers.  
 
8. The meeting was attended by MNAs; Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar and Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi besides Chairman, HEC, and senior officer of M/o Federal Education & Professional Training and its attached Departments/Organizations.   

NA Standing Committee on Board of Investment and the Standing Committee on National Heritage and Culture Division meet - February 2, 2023

The meetings of the Standing Committee on Board of Investment and the Standing Committee on National Heritage and Culture Division were held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad.

2. Mr.Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, MNA was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Board of Investment.

3. Ms.Shagufta Jumani, MNA was unanimoulsy elected as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on National Heritage and Culture Division.


Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - January 12, 2023


NA Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held in Karachi - January 12, 2023

Islamabad (12th January 2023) A meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held in Karachi in the Custom House and Karachi Port Trust under the Chairpersonship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA.
    The Committee was briefed by officials of Revenue division about efforts to enhance revenue collection and various issues pertaining to it. There has been a fall this year in growth of custom duty and sales tax collection. The committee inquired about issues in application of super tax and removal of duties on some luxury electric vehicles.
    The Committee was also informed about a new module being introduced to give fair assessment value to different items. This module was prepared by looking at different international best practices and consulting various international journals. The committee was also briefed about efforts of Enforcement (South) Customs to decrease smuggling. The Committee appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Customs in improving its performance through various initiatives but also directed them to improve their appraisement and clearance time.
     The Committee further visited Karachi Port Trust to look into clearance mechanism of port and discuss various issues faced by businesses. The committee was informed that discussions are on going with Korea to construct a dedicated elevated expressway from KPT for easing of traffic and efficient operations. The committee decided to call a joint meeting of the committees of Maritime Affairs and Finance & Revenue to find solutions for problems faced by both organizations.
    The meeting of the Committee on Finance and Revenue was presided over by its Chairperson Mr Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA and attended by Members of National Assembly; Ms Nafisa Shah, Mr Ali Pervaiz, Mr Sami Hassan Gillani and Ms. Wajiha Qamar. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of both organizations.
 


Standing Committee on Railways meets - January 11, 2023

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 
PRESS RELEASE
 
Multan the, 11 January, 2023.
 
Multan the, 11 January, 2023; The meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, MNA on 11 January, 2023 at 11:00 in Committee Room of Divisional Superintendent Railways, Multan with reference to Notice No. 23/11/2022-Com-ll/Railways dated the 2" January, 2023.
 
The meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran and the Committee approved the minutes of its meeting held on 23 November, 2022. The Implementation status on the previous recommendations was placed by the Ministry of Railways and the Committee discussed the same.
 
On the report submitted by the Ministry of Railways about the Calling attention Notice moved by Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, MNA regarding handing over the administration of Railways school near Kala Pull, Karachi to TCF/ICWS discussed in detail but the mover who participated on video link was not satisfied and Committee decided to hold the meeting at Karachi for site visit in near future.
 
The Committee invited the Divisional Superintendent, (DS) Railways, Multan for briefing on the agenda items. He expressed that 2236 Acre land of railways is encroached in Multan division for residential, commercial, agriculture and Govt departments whereas 5666 Acre land is leased out by Railways for different purposes like agriculture, Kachi Abbadies, and commercial etc. While responding to the question, the DS Railways Multan replied that commercial encroachment of 89 Acre in Multan Division could not be vacated due to litigation but the Committee emphasizes on its previous direction that encroached on railways land for commercial purposes should be vacated by using all means and Ministry of Railways, Director General, Property & Land and legal directorate was directed to approach the higher courts for vacation of stay orders but the matter is still pending and nobody has taken care DS, Multan informed that during the year 2021-22, 24.47 Acre of land including 9.10 Acre Commercial land was retrieved from the land grabbers. Ministry of Railways has given two and half month time to all Divisions of Railways for vacation of encroached land.
 
4. The Committee also took the notice of the billboards installed without permission and railways has no income from them and recommended to bring them in tax net. Ministry of Railways informed the Committee that 46 out of 230 coaches imported from China, have been reached at Pakistan and are running on the track.
 
5. The Committee was briefed that Railways Track in Sindh, Baluchistan and Punjab was damaged badly at ten locations and the same have been rehabilitated from the resources of Pakistan Railways and train operation is continued successfully.
 
Divisional Superintendent Railways, Lahore informed the Committee that the matter for de-sealing of the shops is under process as the occupants of shops were asked by Railways to deposit a fix amount alongwith affidavit as per the approved rent policy. Ministry of Railways informed the Committee that Legal advisor was hired through proper procedure.The following MNAS, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Dr Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla and Pir syed Fazal Ali Shah jalani besides the officials of the Ministry attended the meeting The meeting was ended with the vote of thanks to and from the Chair.

NA Standing Committee on Commerce meet - January 10, 2023

The Standing Committee on Commerce met this afternoon in Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, MNA to discuss the performance of the M/o Commerce and its attached departments.
The Committee unanimously recommended that “The Imports and Exports (Control) (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Government Bill) as introduced in the National Assembly may be passed.
The Committee while discussing the performance of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) had directed that M/o Commerce may introduce appraisal system for commercial Attaches and bound them to achieve the targets set by the government so that Pakistani exports could advance in a prompt way.
The Committee directed that M/o Commerce may launch a proper print & media campaign to give access to Pakistani Traders in international markets so that they could sell their products in international markets to grab maximum revenue for the country. The Committee therefore, decided to invite Secretary Finance & Secretary Industries & Production so that concrete measures could be adopted to expand the network of Pakistani exports worldwide.
Earlier, Special Secretary, M/o Commerce and Secretary, TDAP briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made them to enhance Pakistani exports and problems faced by them in this regard. They sought support of the Committee in resolving their issues especially enhancement of budget.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, MNA, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jilani, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA and senior officers of the concerned Ministry/departments.


NA Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - January 9, 2023

Standing Committee demanded names of all Project Directors of Neelum-Jhelum
Government should give research budget to Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources: Standing Committee on Water Resources
Islamabad (9th January 2023) The names of all Project Directors of Neelum-Jhelum be provided to the Standing Committee and Government should give research budget to Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources. These directions were given by the Standing Committee on Water Resources in its meeting held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting was presided over by honourable Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, MNA. The Committee was informed that the Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power Project is closed and billions of rupees loss is being incurred due to closer of the project. The Standing Committee was informed that the drainage tunnel between the power house and the river Jhelum was collapsed so the Hydro Power Project was closed. The Standing Committee was informed that Rs. 2.69 billion would be the cost on opening of the blockage of the tunnel. Thereafter, the estimate for repair work will be carried out. Similarly, some consultants have been hired who would guide the WAPDA regarding repair of the tunnel. The consultants shall also inform about the reasons of the incident. The cost on the consultancy service will be Rs. 415 million. The Standing Committee directed that clearly the responsibility should be fixed on the people who made the drawing of the tunnel or the people who constructed the tunnel. Moreover, the Standing Committee directed to give names of all of the project directors of Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power Project. The Standing Committee was informed by the WAPDA authorities that the project was made according to PC-I. But the Standing Committee did not accept the statement and declared that the project was started during the era of Gen. Pervaiz Musharaf. Whereas, according to the statement of WAPDA the project was constructed according to the approved PC-I 2017. So, it should be revised PC-I and the WAPDA is apparently hiding the facts. The Standing Committee directed that an inquiry be initiated and the responsible of the blockage should be penalized accordingly. The Standing Committee was informed that PC-IV could not be finalized till today. The Standing Committee showed its serious displeasure because the project was completed in 2018 and the PC-IV should have been completed in 2018. But after a lapse of four years the PC-IV could not be finalized. So, the WAPDA should hold an assessment and inform the Standing Committee regarding the delays in the preparation of PC-IV. The Standing Committee was informed that Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) is a research organization. It has budget of 500 million rupees. But it has no budget for research. So, the Standing Committee directed that the government should provide sufficient budget for research to PCRWR in next financial year. Moreover, the Standing Committee directed that all of the research of PCRWR should be made available for general formers in Urdu and local languages.
The meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was presided over by Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, MNA and attended by the Members of National Assembly; Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, Mr. Afreen Khan, Syed Hussain Tariq, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mover and Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Mover, The meeting was also attended by the Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Secretary, PCRWR, Chairman and Members, IRSA and senior officers of the Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation Departments and WAPDA.


Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety was held today - January 9, 2023

Islamabad (9th January 2023) A meeting of Standing Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety was held in the Committee Room 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Ms Saira Bano, MNA.
The Standing Committee was briefed that a dynamic registry is being launched by the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). This will further enhance the scope of BISP and serve more beneficiaries. 647 centres for dynamic registry are already working. The Committee was also apprised that Cash assistance @ Rs. 25,000/- per family in calamity affected districts, to bottom 40% of population is being provided. Total allocation was of Rs. 70 billion, covering 2.8 million families. The Committee appreciated that work of BISP but showed apprehension regarding aid not reaching those affected persons who are not registered in BISP but have suffered due to recent floods.
The Committee was also briefed about subsidy being provided in utilities stores. The Committee was informed that 106 billion was allocated in December 2021 for subsidy program but only 23 billion was released. Utility Store Corporation informed that BISP beneficiaries and untargeted population are being provided aid through a hybrid model. A monthly limit of 3 kg is put on items such as ghee, sugar etc. for untargeted population. The Committee decided to take further detailed briefing on the topic in next meeting.
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; Mr Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Syed Mehmood Shah, Ms Kiran Imran Dar, Syed Abrar Ali Shah and Malik Sohail Khan, Mr. Salahuddin, Ms Nuzhat Pathan, Ms Shugufta Jumani. The meeting was also attended by Secretary, Poverty Alleviation Secretary; Secretary, Benazir Income Support Programme and other senior government officers.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (Safron) meets - January 6, 2023

The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today at 10:30 a.m. in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA.
The Committee discussed the issue of FATA House Islamabad briefly and recommended to the Ministry of Interior to vacate the FATA House, Islamabad and handover the possession of the said House to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as it is the property of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government after FATA merger and submit back report to the committee accordingly.
The Committee discussed the agenda regarding non-inclusion students from Deeni Madaaris as well as students from Erstwhile FATA into Prime Minister’s Laptop scheme in detail. In this regard the Chairman HEC informed while briefing that 9500 laptops given to the FATA students under the Laptop scheme. He further said that Deeni Madaaris do not come under the policy and the HEC only award laptops to the University students. After briefing, the Committee recommended to the Chairman HEC to sit together with the Management of Wafaq-ul-Madaaris to amend the existing policy and also include the Deeni Madaaris students in the said laptop scheme.
The Committee recommended that the DEO Tribal District South Waziristan would be invited in the next meeting for briefing explaining the reasons of not submitting the feasibility report and PC-Is of establishment 39 primary schools (boys and Girls) under ADP No. 389/210339 in South Waziristan while the DEO South Waziristan given the assurance in the previous meeting of the Committee that the PC-Is of the said schools of South Waziristan would be submitted to the Education Department, Government of KP as soon as possible. The Committee further recommended to the District Education Officers (F/M) of Tribal District South Waziristan to submit the PC-Is of the above mentioned schools within one week to Elementary and Secondary Education Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar and submit back report to the Committee accordingly.
The Committee was also briefed by the Secretary Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), Islamabad on the increase of medical/dental seats in medical/dental colleges across the country for FATA students in view of the Cabinet Decision made in its meeting held on 2nd March, 2017. The Secretary PMC informed the Committee that the seats have been increased only for session 2022-23. The Committee appreciated the PMC on quick response in allocating the additional seats, however the Committee recommended to the Pakistan Medical Commission to issue one time notification for doubling of seats in medical/dental colleges across the Country by 2028, so as to resolve the issue once for all. The committee further recommended that Health Secretaries of the provinces and Azad Jammu & Kashmir would be invited in the next meeting in order to resolve the medical/dental seats for FATA students across the country forever.
The Committee was also briefed by the Executive Director, Urban Policy and Planning Unite, P&D Deptt; KP on the Master Plan for Wana Urban center of Lower Waziristan and Miranshah/ Mir Ali urban centers of North Waziristan has already been completed, however the Master Plan for the urban center of Upper Waziristan Tribal District shall be developed phase-II of the project which shall be initiated before June 2023. The Committee recommended that headquarter of Upper Waziristan Tribal District may be established at Tehsil Ladha Waziristan as ladha is the most feasible location than the spinkai raghzi.   
The meeting was attended by MNAs: Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Chaudry Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Naveed Ameer Jeeva, Mr. Afreen Khan, Ms. Nasiba Channa, and Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA/Mover and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.
 


Standing Committee of National Assembly on Government Assurances meets - January 5, 2023

 PRESS RELEASE

 
The Committee directed to reinstate Ex-M.D., USC in 07 days. 
Chairmen, NADRA and CDA are summoned to attend the meeting in person 
 
Islamabad ( 5th January 2023 ) The Committee directed to reinstate Ex-Managing Director, Utility Stores Corporation (USC) in 07 days and Chairmen, NADRA and CDA are summoned to attend the meeting in person. These directions were passed by the Standing Committee on Government Assurances. The meeting of the Standing Committee was held today in the Parliament House and presided over by its Chairman, honourable Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, MNA. The Standing Committee was informed about the matter related to one Mr. Masood Alam Niazi, Ex-Managing Director, USC who was dismissed from his service from USC on a Court decision. Thereafter, the Sindh High Court set aside the decision of then NAB court. But due to one reason or the other the USC did not allow the said Mr. Masood Alam Niazi to join his office. The Standing Committee directed Ministry of Industries and Production to reinstate Mr. Masood Alam Niazi, the dismissed employee of Utility Stores Corporation (USC) and submit the compliance report within 07 days. The Standing Committee discussed the agenda regarding Toll Tax collected on Motorway and other Highways at one point of exit between Karachi and Islamabad. The Standing Committee showed its concerns related to the matter. But due to non-satisfactory replies from the concerned department the matter was postponed until the next meeting and it was decided that Chairman, National Highway Authority (NHA) should come in the next meeting, in person. The Standing Committee postponed the agenda items related to Capital Development Authority (CDA) till the next meeting and directed Chairman, CDA to attend the next meeting, in person. On the agenda regarding Assurance # 72 about payment of Engineering Allowance to the Engineers who are working in Federal Government, the Committee postponed the agenda item till the next meeting of the Committee due to non-availability of Secretary, Finance in the meeting. The Standing Committee also postponed the agenda of NADRA, regarding the issue of blocked CNICs, due to absence of Chairman, NADRA and directed that presence of the Chairman, NADRA in the next meeting was mandatory.
 
      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, Syed Javed Hasnain, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Syed Mobeen Ahmed. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Additional Secretary, Communications Division and senior civil officers from different departments also attended the meeting. 
 

Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) meets - January 4, 2023

28" 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 Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), near NADRA Headquarters, Islamabad.
The Secretary M/o NFS&R apprised the Committee that the 'Kissan Package-2022" which was announced by the Honorable Prime Minister, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approved the summery on 14 November, 2022 and the fixing of electricity tariff for electric tube-wells of Rs. 13/unit was deferred by ECC. He further apprised that the pending issue of tariff for electric tube-wells was approved by ECC on 28th November, 2022, after ratification of all 15 schemes of Kissan Package from Cabinet, the Ministry officially notified the Kissan Package on 12th December, 2022. Furthermore, for effective implementation of the Kissan Package, a Committee has been appointed by the Hon. Prime Minister
The Secretary, M/o NFS&R informed the Committee that on the direction of the Federal Cabinet, public wheat stocks were re-verified and a net shortfall of 2.60 Million Metric Ton (MMT) was reported by Provincial Food Departments. He added that Federal Cabinet allowed import of 2.60 MMT by the TCP through open tendering process as well as under G2G arrangements at the lowest offer. The Committee was informed that 1.224 MMT wheat has been arrived and remaining quantity will arrive till 31" March, 2023.
The Committee rejected the Calling Attention Notice No. 9(moved by Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, MNA) due to the continuous absence of the Mover.
The Committee deferred the Matter regarding Ayub Agriculture Research Institute, Faisalabad and Proposal of 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 Started Question No. 105 (moved by Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA), the Started Question No. 132 (moved by Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din MNA) and Matter referred to the Committee regarding the issue of shortage of Urea fertilizers in Baluchistan moved by Syed Mehmood Shah, MNA; due to the non-presence of the Movers till its next meeting.
Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Ahmad Raza Maneka, Mr. Kamal Ud-din, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari MNAS/Members, Minister of State.


Standing Committee committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) meets - January 4, 2023

21st 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, at 2:00 PM in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor) Parliament House, Islamabad.
The Special Assistant of Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis was also present in the meeting. The Secretary Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development (OP & HRD) briefed the Committee on appointment, deputation and re-appointments for the last four years.
Chairman Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) briefed the Committee regarding the pension payment criteria of EOBI pensioners and deliberation on establishment of one window operation in all EOBI offices to cater the old age pensioners/widows. He also explained that for one window operation the steps are to be initiated from the bigger cities. In this regard proper strategy needs to be devised with the consultation of Operation Team for consolidation of benefits cycles in mega center.
The starred question No. 9 & 10 moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA regarding EOBI and OPF employees were discussed. The Committee also appointed a Sub- Committee under the convenorship of Syed Javed Hassnain, MNA to look into the issues of OPF Valley Zone-V and OPF Sacked Employees.
The meeting was attended by Syed Javed Hassnain, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, Ms. Shahnaz Slaeem Malik, Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, Syed Abrar Ali Shah MNAs and senior Officers form the M/o Overseas Pakistanis and Human. Resource Development (OP & HRD), Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BE & OE) and EOBI also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Science & Technology meets - January 3, 2023


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage & Culture meets - January 3, 2023


National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets today - January 2, 2023

A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m in the Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.  
The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 7-12-2022.
The Comprehensive report/Implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee was placed before the Committee.
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 till its next meeting. The Committee also directed that Chief Secretary, Sindh and Secretary, Local Govt Sindh should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.
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 disposed of the Question of Privilege with the direction that the issues of the Hon. Mover should be resolved with a report to the Privilege Committee.
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; as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting, therefore, the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA regarding not responding to the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Ishaq Khoro, Director General, Sindh Building Control Authority, Local Govt Depatt, Sindh; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA regarding misbehaviour of Mr. Rehmat Ali Hashmi, President, National Bank with the Hon. Member over telephone; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA regarding not-responding the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Ch. Ejaz Asghar, Superintendent, Adyala Jail, Rawalpindi; the Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by Ch. Ejaz Asghar and directed that Secretary, Home Department (Prions), I.G.P Prisons Punjab, DIG, North Prisons, Punjab and Superintendent Adyala Jial should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA regarding not-responding the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Fayaz Kolachi, Engineer, Public Health Kolachi, Qambar Shehdad Kot, Sindh; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
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, for not provision of Sui Gas connections in the village of NA-76, as Rs. 11,80, 29000/- have been transferred in the head of account of Sui Gas Department since last four years; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
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 directed that the issues of the Hon. Members Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, Syed Sami Ul Hassan Gillani and Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNAs should be resolved on priority regarding the change of nature of their schemes in ADPs. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Makhdoom Syed Sami ul Hassan Gillani, MNA regarding alleged non-update the Hon. Member by XEN, Public Health Department, Bahawalpur regarding Provincial Fund year 2021-2022 and not responding the telephone calls; the Committee directed that Secretary, Public Health South Punjab, Chief Engineer Public Health, Bahawalpur, S.E, Public Health Bahawalpur, XEN, Public Health Bahawalpur, Chief Engineer, Public Health, Multan should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee also directed that the Addl. Chief Secretary, South Punjab should ensure the attendance of the above said officers in the next meeting of the Committee in person.The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. On the Question of Privilege raised by Makhdoom Syed Sami ul Hassan Gillani, MNA regarding allegedly changing the alignment of his Development Scheme metal raod of KLP road Ape to Basti Ch. Muhammad Ismail by Malik Rafiq, XEN, PWD, Bahawalpur, Rao Shahid, SDO, P.W.D, Multan, Mr. Abdul Wakeel, Sub-Inspector, FIA, Bahawalpur, Multan, the Committee directed that Director General (FIA), Director, FIA, Multan, Deputy Director, FIA, Bahawalpur should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee also directed that an inquiry should also be initiated against Mr. Abdul Wakeel, Sub-Inspector, FIA, Multan. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA regarding alleged baseless propaganda on social, print and electronic media that a 25 person delegation attended the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference in Canada; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that Secretary, M/o Information and Broadcasting should convene a joint consultative meeting to make proper mechanism for all the time, with the representatives of M/o Interior, M/o Information Technology, FIA, PEMRA, PTA with a report to the Committee within fifteen days. The Committee also directed that the Hon. Mover should also be invited in the said consultative meeting.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA regarding alleged tweet of Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, MNA mailing Regional Seminar for the Asia Pacific Region Parliaments on Achieving the Sustainable Developments held on 13th and 14th September, 2022; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, MNA regarding alleged registration of false cases against the workers/supporters of Hon. MNA to malign, defame the him and damage his reputation in his constituency by Mr. Shafique Shah, Chief Municipal Officer (CMO), Mir Pur Khas City, Chaudhary Asad, Superintendent of Police, Mr. Manzoor Lakhi, Deputy Superintendent of Police, City Mir Pur Khas, Mr. Khuda Bux Thebo, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shujaabad, Mr. Rasool Bux Thaheem, Station House Officer, Taluka Mirwah, Mr. Shahjehan Lashari, Station House Officer, Satellite Town, Mr. Khuda Bux Rajani, Station House Officer and Mr. Munawar Arain, Assistant Sub-Inspector/MTO, Satellite Town, District Mir Pur Khas; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting with the direction that Mr. Shafique Shah, Chief Municipal Officer should be transferred from his present posting. The Committee also directed that in the next meeting of the Committee, only Commissioner, Mir Pur Khas, Sindh and SSP, Mir pur Khas Sindh should attend the next meeting of the Committee. The Junior Police Officers/Staff was exempted by the Committee. The Committee also directed that the issues of the Hon.Mover should be resolved on priority.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA regarding not-responding the telephone calls of Hon. Member by Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Abbasi, Chief Engineer, Guddu Barrage, Sukkur and Mr. Assadullah Sheikh, Superintendent Engineer of Guddu Barrage, Sukkur; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, MNA regarding misbehavior of Dr. Zahid, Additional Secretary, Universities, Sindh with the Hon. Member over telephone; the Committee directed that a Joint Consultative meeting should be convened by Hon. Mover Mr. Qadir Khan Mando Khail, MNA, Principal Secretary to the Hon Chief Minister, Sindh, Secretary, Universities and Boards Sindh, Secretary, Education Department, Govt of Sindh for resolving the issues of the Hon. Mover with a report to the Committee within one week. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA regarding non-allowing the Hon. Member to travel abroad by the Director General, FIA and Secretary, Ministry of Interior; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that Secretary, M/o Interior, Secretary, M/o Foreign Affairs, Director General, FIA, and Addl. Director, Emigration should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.  
On the Briefing on Law and Order situation in District Multan and provision of security to the Hon. Parliamentarians (a point raised by Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, an Honourable Member of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges during the last meeting, the Committee pended the issue till its next meeting with the direction that CCPO, Lahore,  DIG, Operation Lahore, RPO, Multan, CPO, Multan should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee also directed that the security should be provided to the Hon.Member Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr with immediate effect and his issues should be resolved on priority.
On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Pakistan State Oil (PSO) / DG, Explosives Pakistan; the Committee directed that the Divisional Manager should be the Member of Cross Functional Team (CFT). The Committees disposed of the issues. On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA); the Committee disposed of the issues.
On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Vice Chancellor, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture, Multan; the Committee recommended that action may be taken as per rules and regulations against the heads of the Educational Institutions where there is the use of drugs. The Committee also recommended that an inquiry may be initiated by Higher Education Commission (HEC) against Vice Chancellor, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture, Multan on the charges of corruption with a report to the Committee. The Committee pended the issue till its next meeting.
On any other item with permission of the Chair, the Committee directed that the PIA, Civil Aviation Authority and the FIA should manage separate counters on all the International Airports in the country for the Hon. Present and Former Parliamentarians and their spouses, Diplomats and Government Officials.
The Committee also directed that the Vice Chancellor, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person and brief the Committee on the issues regarding misappropriation and irregularities in the University as pointed out by an Hon.Member of the Privilege Committee Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, MNA.     
The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, Mr.Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Mr. Zulfiqar Sattar Bachani, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Mumani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr.Usama Qadri, Ms. Asiya Azeem, Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr and Makhdoom Syed Sami Ul Hassan Gillani, MNAs/Members attended the meeting.
The meeting was also attended by Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan, Mahar, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNAs/Movers.   
The meeting was also attended by Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail,MNA/Mover through video link. The Hon. Mover/MNA Ms. Nuzhat Pathan was also on the video link connection but she could not participate in the meeting.

 


Convener of the Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs Ms.Romina Khurshid Alam meets Mr.Ahmed Moalim Fiqi Ahmed Minister of Interior Federal Affairs & Reconciliation of Federal Government of Somalia at Parliament House. - December 24, 2022

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Islamabad 23.12.2022
 
*Convener of the Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs Ms.Romina Khurshid Alam meets Mr.Ahmed Moalim Fiqi Ahmed Minister of Interior Federal Affairs & Reconciliation of Federal Government of Somalia at Parliament House.*
 
Ms Romina Khurshid Alam welcomed Mr. Ahmed Moalim Fiqi and stated that we were privileged to have you in Pakistan.  The Pakistan's parliament was the first House in history to have a separate, apolitical SDG secretariat. She informed the delegation that we worked on the policies and development for the 169 goals and established SDG secretariat in each province.  Pakistan would be more than happy to help Somalia in any way possible; we were already figuring out how to work together with Africa on shared problems and stand up for one another. Now is the time for mutual support. 
 
Somalian delegation paid gratitude to Pakistan and its parliament for invitation and warm welcome, and reiterated that Somalia look forward to working with Pakistan and to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead for our two nations. They further said that we support the notion of establishing an SDG secretariat within the Parliament and improving this department's standing also in Somalia. 
 
The Federal Ministers of Somalia asserted that this visit would result in a wide range of positive outcomes and expressed a strong desire for Pakistan to enter the markets of the African region, particularly in the industries of textile, geology, fishing, and agriculture. They also expressed hope for the improvement of relations between the two countries.

Capacity Building Workshop of Women’s Caucus Gilgit Baltistan - December 24, 2022

Parliament House, Islamabad – Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) organized a two-days “Capacity Building Workshop of Women’s Caucus, Gilgit Baltistan” on 22nd to 23rd of December, 2022 at WPC office. The objective of the workshop was to have an interactive session on the working of the national and provincial caucuses. Secretary Federal WPC, Dr. Shahida Rehmani, welcomed the Deputy Speaker Gilgit Baltistan (GB), Patron GB WPC, Law Minister, Finance Minister of GB and Members GB WPC in the capacity building workshop. Secretary WPC shed light on initiatives of the federal caucus for the capacity building of women legislators and WPC aims to enhance coordination between federal and provincial caucuses. Patron GB WPC also addressed the participants and expressed his support to the women legislators from GB.
Additional Secretary, Special Initiatives Mr. Shamoon Hashmi commenced the first session of the workshop on importance of parliamentary forums and evolution of WPC over the years. He asserted the importance of consensus building among legislators across party lines. In the second agenda item of the day 1, honourable Deputy Speaker GB Assembly acknowledged the struggles working women go through in their daily lives.
During second day of the capacity building workshop, WPC team presented a detailed briefing to the members on projects, initiatives and programmes arranged by federal WPC during last three tenures. It started from key roles of WPC, work ethics of the working council and general assembly of WPC, formation of Sub-Committees by WPC leadership on gender sensitive issues and one of the prominent steps taken by federal caucus on bridging the gap between national and provincial caucuses by launching National Coordination Forum.
Furthermore, members were briefed about the current working of WPC along with a discussion on the performance of GB WPC in House business. At the end of the second day of the workshop, members shared recommendations on organizing such workshops for provincial assembly members from time to time. Finance minister of GB Assembly asserted that there is a dire need of introducing gender budgeting at provincial level. In continuation of this idea, Deputy Speaker GB Assembly said that assemblies need to collaborate with each other in order to ensure effective participation of women legislators in House business and development programs.
Secretary, Ms. Shahida Rehmani acknowledged the suggestions and concerns of the members and closed two-days workshop with this note that Federal Caucus will plan such workshops and training workshops for other assembly members as well and will ensure that GB WPC is being provided all the legal and technical support in gender inclusive responses and legislative processes.


Standing Committee on Science and Technology meets - December 22, 2022

The launch event of the National CSR Forum on SDGs - Promoting Girls' Education took place at the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) in the presence of Convener on SDGs Romina Khurshid Alam - December 21, 2022

On Wednesday 21st December 2022 the launch event of the National CSR Forum on SDGs- Promoting Girls' Education took place at the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) in the presence of Hon. Romina Khurshid Alam- Convener National Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs, Hon. Parliamentarians from Gilgit-Baltistan, Mr. Javed Malik Country Head Malala Fund, Mr. Tauseef H Farooqi Chairman NEPRA, Mr Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan, Mr Faisal Mushtaq Founder & Chairman TME Group, Ms. Farzana Yaqoob Chair of Board for Pakistan Alliance for Girls education, and Fajer Rabia Pasha Executive Director- Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education. The launch ceremony was also attended by team members of the PAGE and SDG Secretariat.

Girls’ education has been the subject of much debate during the past decades and has become a prominent topic of debate in Pakistan. Nearly 62% of out-of-school children in Pakistan are girls. A higher dropout rate of 85% of girls is observed at the Primary school level. Whereas, only 13% of the girls make it to 9th grade. Corporate Social Responsibility can play a major role in strategically addressing the girl’s education and developing crisis in Pakistan. Therefore, PAGE has formed a strategic partnership with the Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs and brought all key corporate stakeholders together under one forum to discuss the issues that prevail in our society which limit girls’ access to education and ways to overcome these limitations.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - December 21, 2022

The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has sought details of the vehicles owned by the Cabinet Pool, their utilisation and expenditures incurred on their maintenance. The Committee also asked for strict monitoring of unauthorised/private use of official vehicles after implementation of Compulsory monetisation policy. The Committee observed that private use of official vehicles was still in vogue. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Ms. Kishwer Zahra, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee while discussing the issues of closure of Abandoned Property Organisation, asked the Cabinet Division to pursue reconstitution of Committee mandated to discuss and suggest way out to avoid closure of Abandoned Property Organisation. The Secretary Law apprised the Committee that previously the said committee was constituted under the convenership of the then Law Minister to discuss the issue. He informed that the committee was currently dysfunctional after change of government. He said that the committee as and when constituted will resume its deliberations and suggest way out in that regard.

While discussing the issue of hanging of cable and internet wires with electric poles in Karachi causing cases of electrocution, the Committee directed PTA and PEMRA to strictly monitor the removal of the respective cables of their licensees. The Director General PTA apprised that the internet service providers have assured removal of cables within a weeks time.

Later, Acting Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority briefed the Committee about the working and targets achieved by the Authority. He apprised that NAPHDA was established for the purpose of development, construction and management of real estate development schemes and projects with particular focus on affordable housing. He informed that adopting a multi-pronged strategy measures were undertaken ti enable and facilitate public sector entities, facilitation to private sector for large scale construction and facility of housing finance with markup subsidy. He said that due to consistent efforts the banks agreed to lend resulting in increase from 0.2 to 0.5 percent. The Acting Chairman apprised the Committee about the projects under construction and completed projects.

The Committee appreciated the performance of the NAPHDA and viewed that the town planning regulations should strictly be followed in housing schemes initiated under the Authority. The Committee also directed for initiating housing schemes in other parts of the country specially  Balochistan and Sindh.

The Committee pended discussion on other agenda items due to absence of the movers.
The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Iradat Sharif Khan, Mrs. Musarrat Rafiq Mahesar, Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakr, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Muhammad Hashim, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Secretary Law, Addtional Secretary Cabinet, Acting Chairman NAPHDA, Director Generals from PTA and PEMRA and other officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets - December 21, 2022

23rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works of the National Assembly was held today i.e 21st December, 2022 in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor), Parliament House Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Ibadullah Khan, MNA.

The Committee approved the minutes of the meeting held on 12th October, 2022. They also discussed the previous recommendations of the Committee. The Director General, Estate Office, Islamabad briefed the Committee that allotment of Federal Government accommodation during last three months was made on General Waiting List and prescribed all the rules/merit. He briefed the Committee and provides the complete list of category-wise application for Federal Government accommodation, General Waiting List and non-occupied allotted Government accommodation on the allotment on General Waiting List.  The Committee was also informed regarding commercial properties leased out by the Estate Office in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta and recovery detail.

The Director General, Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA) briefed the Committee on the latest progress on the projects of FGEHA (Thalian, Bara Kahu and Skyline apartments) and informed the Committee about the delay and consequently of handing over the possession of the plots/apartments to the applicants. He also briefed the details of number of applications and allotment (consent/offer letters) of plots in the housing schemes launched by FGEHA to the employees of Constitutional bodies and especially the employees of National Assembly.

The Director General, Pakistan Public Works (Pak. PWD) briefed on the previous recommendation of the Standing Committee. He informed that instructions has been issued to all Executive Engineers that in future completion certificates for development schemes of Hon. MNAs should be issued subject to the satisfaction by the concerned MNA.

A sub-committee was also constituted to check the lease issue of commercial units as well as case of allotment of residential accommodations and all other similar nature of cases. The sub-committee will be comprising of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar and Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani.
 
The meeting was attended by MNAs Chaudhry Abid Raza, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Salahuddin, Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar, Ms. Rubina Irfan, Dr. Zulfaqar Ali Bhatti, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, and senior officers of Ministry of Housing and Works, Director General PWD, Director General Estate, Estate Office, Islamabad and Director General, Federal Government Employees Housing Authority.   


 


Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meets - December 17, 2022

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held in the Committee Room 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA.

The Committee was informed that inquiry against actions taken by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) about exorbitant profits earned by treasuries of eight banks is still ongoing. The committee showed reservations about noncompliance of previous recommendations of the committee.

The Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) briefed committee about steps taken by SBP for managing current economic situation of the country. He informed that SBP has worked with the government to allow L/Cs opened before circulars about restriction. Prior approval is needed for L/C above one hundred thousand dollars. As of yesterday, 30,000 cases dealing with L/Cs have been dealt with. He also stated that SBP will soon have meetings with businesses to better resolve this issue.

Moreover, the committee was informed that volatility of dollar exchange rate is also due to smuggling and assisting Afghanistan in its imports. The Governor also stated that no restriction has been imposed on forex needed for education related expenses. 

The Minister of State for Finance and Revenue, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha briefed committee about ongoing talks with IMF. She stated that Pakistan is bearing cost of past bad policies such as fuel subsidy. IMF has asked government to work on various matters i.e., circular debt issue, improving tax collection and optimizing subsidies.

The Committee showed concern regarding the economic situation of the country and lack of structural reforms in the country. It also showed apprehension about increasing inflation due to bad policies, falling FDI, stagnant savings rate and low export to GDP ratio. The Committee recommended that government should come up with a viable strategy and a grievance addressal mechanism for addressing, volatility of exchange rate and L/C issue respectively. It also recommended SBP to quickly conclude its inquiry about exorbitant profits earned by treasuries of eight banks and submit its report to the Committee.

The meeting of the Committee on Finance and Revenue was presided over by its Chairperson Mr Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA and attended by Members of National Assembly; Ms Nafisa Shah, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Mr Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Chaudhary Khalid Javed, Mr Ali Pervaiz, Syed Hussain Tariq, and Ms. Wajiha Qamar. The meeting was also attended by Minister of State for Finance and Revenue, Ms Aisha Ghous Pasha, Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, and other government officers.


NA Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination meet today - December 15, 2022

Islamabad; 15th December, 2022 The Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination met this afternoon 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.

The Committee expressed grave concern over the non-professional attitude of the officials of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as they were unable to provide requisite information to the Committee despite repeated directions. The Committee deemed it a matter of privilege and directed that Chairman, PCB may attend the next meeting in person failing which the Committee would take it at appropriate forum for due course of action.

The Committee directed that Local Government & Communication & Works, Punjab may expedite the maintenance work of roads in NA-58 and report back to the Committee in the next meeting.

The Committee highly appreciated the Sports Policy introduced by the present Government. The Committee however, directed that M/o IPC may gave a comprehensive briefing to the Committee before submitting it to Cabinet for its final approval so that good suggestions of the Committee could be incorporated accordingly.  

The Committee constituted a new Four Members Sub-Committee headed by Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA to examine the overall performance of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and facilities provided to cricketers in National Cricket Academy Karachi, National Cricket Stadium, Karachi and to float proposals for the revival of Niaz Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad with the help of Local Parliamentarians.

The Committee appreciated the performance of Pakistan Wrestling, Kabaddi and Football Federations and directed that all Federations may send their proposals to M/o IPC for remedial solutions so that sports culture in Pakistan could advance in a prompt way.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, Ms. Nasiba Channa, MNA & Ms. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, Mover of question and senior officers of the concerned Ministry/departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services Regulations & Coordinations directs ministry to Act against unlawful Acts of Registrar PNC - December 15, 2022

Islamabad December 15, 2022: The Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Services has directed the Ministry to intervene and address the state of affairs in Pakistan Nursing Council. The Committee took serious note of the defiant behavior of the Registrar Nursing by Council and retrieves all the record of the Council. The Committee also directed to immediately repatriate Assistant Registrar to her parent department i.e. Poly Clinic who had been aiding the Registrar in her unlawful acts. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, MNA in National Institute of Health, this afternoon.
The President Pakistan Nursing Council apprised the Committee that the Registrar acting unlawfully took possession of all the record and data of the Council and refused to hand it over despite several written directions. She informed that her accomplice a Computer operator attempted to destroy record places in the server of Comstats. She further informed that the Registrar and her accomplice had been suspended and case against both of them has been referred to FIA for inquiry. She said that the Vice President of the Council had also attempted to summon an unlawful meeting of the Council which had no legal affect.
The Special Secretary of the Ministry informed the Committee that the issue was grave and the Ministry would take appropriate action and submit report to the Committee.
The Committee while discussing the recent conduct of MDCAT tests viewed that a portion of the test paper was out of course therefore this needs to be taken into account. The Committee directed the Ministry to ask Pakistan Medical Commission to stop finalization of lists of successful candidates till issue was under consideration of the Committee. The Committee also directed Ministry to ensure in person presence of President, Vice President and Secretary of the PMC in its meeting to be convened next week.
The Committee also took notice of the SRO issued by FBR legalizing the sale of Tobacco heated products. The Committee decided to write to the Prime Minister to rescind the decision and give a personal hearing to the Standing Committee on NHSR&C on the issue. The Committee was of the view that worldwide such products were being banned and if sale of such products was allowed, they would play havoc with the health of the public.
The Committee later visited different laboratories and research facilities at National Institute of Health. The Executive Director NIH apprised the Committee about the performance of the Laboratories and research being under taken therein. The Committee appreciated the performance of the NIH and paid it’s gratitude to the Management and staff members of the Institute for making it a world class health research and vaccines production facility. The Committee asked the Executive Director NIH to work on initiation of indigenous production of vaccines presently being imported from abroad. The Committee also appreciated the role of NIH in covid pandemic and recent floods.
The meeting was attended by Members of the Committee, Executive Director NIH, President Pakistan Nursing Council, Special Secretary Ministry of NHSR&C and Officers of the Pakistan Medical Commission.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meet today - December 14, 2022

The meeting started with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the Minutes of the previous meeting held on 29th September, 2022 and deferred the agenda No. 2.
The Committee considered the Bill “Control of Narcotics Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Government Bill). After detailed deliberation the Committee recommended that the Bill as amended by the Committee may be passed by the Assembly. However, Ms. Aliya Kamran submitted her note of dissent.
The Committee did not considered the Bills “The Public Properties (Removal of Encroachment) Ordinance, 2021 and “The Constitution (Twenty-Sixth) Amendment Bill, 2021 (Government Bills) and deferred the same at request of the Ministry.
The Committee considered the Bill “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (Article 140-A, moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA). After detailed deliberations, Hon. Mover preferred the withdraw the Bill on the recommendations of the Committee that the Ministry of law shall seek implementation status of the judgement of the Hon. Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding establishment of local Government system from all the Provinces.
The Committee did not consider the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Article 223) and “The Muslim family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Section-5) moved by Moulana Abdul Akbar Chittrali, MNA and deferred the same due to non-availability of the Mover.
The Committee considered the Bill “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2022 (Article 204) moved by Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail MNA and deferred the same at request of the Ministry.
Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Sameena Matloob, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Kishwar Zehra and Minister of State for Law & Justice along with Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice and staff attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Commitee on Water Resources meet today - December 14, 2022

Islamabad ( 14th December 2022 ). To address the issue of water distribution, telemetry system be installed and illegal construction on the bank of Kunhar River be removed. These instructions were made by the Standing Committee on Water Resources. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held today in the Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad. Honourable Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA presided of the meeting. The Standing Committee was informed that the issue of water distribution among the provinces needs to be addressed. To have correct measurement, there is a need of telemetry system. There are twenty four points where the telemetry system will be installed on Indus River. However in first phase the system shall be installed at seven points. The installment of telemetry system shall be completed in 2026. WAPDA has been authorised to install the system for Indus River System Authority (IRSA). The Standing Committee recommended that the Government should extend its help to get the telemetry system installed, timely. Moreover, the Standing Committee directed that necessary arrangements should also be made to install telemetry system on rest of the fifteen places. The Convener of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Water Resources, honourable Mr. Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA presented the report of the Sub-Committee. According to the report, the Sub-Committee was assigned to examine the pollution in the rivers Indus and Kunhar in consultation with the provinces. The Sub-Committee visited different places at the bank of River Kunhar and noted that there were 189 illegally constructed buildings on the bank of the River. The Sub-Committee recommended that all of the illegally constructed buildings should be removed / demolished and the operation should be started from the buildings of influential personalities. The Standing Committee approved the report of the Sub-Committee, unanimously. The Standing Committee was informed that, previously, the Sub-Committee was not allowed by the competent authority to visit rivers of Kunhar and Sindh. So, the Sub-Committee could only visit one river i.e. Kunhar with the permission of present Speaker Honourable Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. Whereas, the visit of River Sindh is also necessary to be made. The Standing Committee appointed a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of honourable Mr. Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA. Whereas, Mr. Afreen Khan, MNA, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA and Ms. Nuzhat Pathan shall be the Members of the Sub-Committee. Following shall be TORs of the Sub-Committee:

TERMS OF REFERENCE:-
(i) To examine the pollution in the river “Sindh” in consultation with the Provinces; and
(ii) The Sub-Committee shall submit its report within thirty days.
     
     The meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was presided over by Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA and attended by the Members of National Assembly; Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Mr. Riaz-ul-Haq, Mr. Afreen Khan. Mr. Mohammad Ali Shah Bacha, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Water Resources also attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by the Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Chairman and Members, IRSA and senior officers of the Ministry of Water Resources and WAPDA.
 


Standing Committee on Aviation Meets - December 12, 2022

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Islamabad, 12 th December, 2022: 12th meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Aviation was held today at 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room of Ministry of Aviation, Kohsar Block, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Syed Mobeen Ahmed, MNA for a briefing on the working and functioning of the Ministry of Aviation and its attached departments. 2. Secretary, Ministry of Aviation gave comprehensive briefing on the working and functioning of the Ministry. He apprised the Committee that the vision of the Ministry is to promote and regulate Civil Aviation activates and to develop an infrastructure for safe, secure, efficient adequate, economical and well-coordinated civil air transport service in Pakistan. Three main drivers of control to pursue this vision are strategy, policy and oversight. Under the broad base contours of their strategy, the National Aviation Policy 2019 has emerged as the stepping stone of advancement in aviation. He briefed that Aviation became an independent Division under Cabinet Secretariat in June 2013 and become Ministry on 19th April, 2022. The Ministry spearheads strategy, policy and oversight of all matters related to civil aviation of Airport Security Force (ASF), Pakistan Meteorological Department, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). He further briefed that the main functions of the Ministry are to regulate, organize, safety of air traffic and provision of aerodromes. The Ministry also perform liaison with International Civil Aviation Organization and other International Organizations. 3. The Committee expressed its concern over the fake educational degrees of Pilots of PIA however due to bad reputation of the department the PIA was not able to function its flight operation in the Europe. The Committee directed the Ministry to submit the detailed report regarding flight operation in Europe in the next meeting. The Committee also directed the Ministry to submit the report regarding Boing-777 Aeroplan which was impounded at the Kuala Lumpur Airport in Malaysia due to non-payment of aircraft lease dues. 4. The Committee was briefed about the “Matter regarding the PIA Flight PK-368 departed from Karachi to Islamabad on 16-01-2022, wherein, the Captain allowed a passenger to sit in the cockpit for a considerable time, compromising the safety of all the passengers (moved by Mr. Lal Chand, MNA)”. The General Manager (Coord.), PIA apprised that the passenger in question was a PIA employee who was eligible and was authorized to travel on the flight deck by the Captain as per section 14.1.2 and 14.3.2 of the Operational Manual (OMA) of Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority. He stated that no breach of rules, national or international took place in the said event. Therefore, the Committee dropped the agenda. 5. The meeting was attended by Choudhary Faqir Ahmad, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Kamal Uddin, Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar and Ms. Saira Bano, MNAs. Senior officers of Ministry of Aviation and its attached Departments/Organizations were also present in the meeting.


Standing Committee on Energy (power Division) Meets - December 8, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT 

 
PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad 8th December, 2022: The standing committee on Energy (power Division) has directed all the electric power distribution companies to complete the ongoing village electrification schemes without further delay for those funds had already been released by the federal Government. The Committee took serious note of the delay in procurement of material despite available financial resources. The standing committee met under the chairmanship of Sardar Riaz Hussain Mazari, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad. 
 
The Committee while discussing the delay in completion of village electrification schemes, the expressed it displeasure on lethargic attitude of the official concerned. The committee outrightly rejected the plea of the DISCOS attributing those delays to COViD 19. The Committee members were of the view that  all those responsible should be taken to task. The Committee also directed for inclusion of other companies supplying material for electrification to meet the shortage of material and built a healthy competition amongst the companies in field. 
 
The Committee after briefing by the Additional Secretary Cabinet Division on electrification schemes under SDGS was of the view that necessary funds need to be reallocated for ensuring completion of the ongoing schemes. The Committee therefore decided to approach Steering Committee on SDGS to allow reappropriating funds to those schemes on which more than 50 percent of the work had been completed. The additional Secretary Cabinet apprised the Committee about the procedure for approval of schemes and allocation of funds therefor. He informed that Rs.8.1 billion had been released by the Cabinet Division for Electrification schemes to Power Division. 
 
The Committee while discussing charging of taxes and tv fee in bills of mosques and places of worship of other religions, recommended to the government to only charge cost of electricity only and not the government taxes. The matter was referred to the Committee moved by Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, MNA regarding charging of taxes in electricity bills of mosques. The Committee also recommended for reconsideration of Board of Director of Sukkur Electricity Power Company. The matter was referred to the Committee moved by Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mehar, MNA. He contended that board presently constituted of political persons having no knowledge of power sector. The Committee disposed of both the matters after issuing appropriate directions to the Power Division. Later, CEO Guddu power plant apprised the Committee about the performance of the Power company. The Committee appreciated appreciated the performance of the company. 
 
The Committee also appointed a sub committee under the Convenership of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah to discuss and submit recommendation for measures to increase use of solar energy, proposed amendments in NEPRA Net metering rules impeding conversion to solar power besides issues of electrification in areas under K-Electric and SEPCO. 
 
The Committee meeting was attended by mr. khurrum Dastagir, Minister for Power Division, Ms. Saira Bano, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Sardar Arfan Dogar, Dr. Afzal khan Dhandla, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Ghous Bux Mehar, Dr. Mehreen  Razzak Bhutto, Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, secreatry power division, CEOs of Electricity Distribution Companies and other senior officers of the concerned departments.

Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs Meets - December 7, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

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Islamabad, the 7th December, 2022: 19th meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs was held today at 11:00 a.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar, MNA for a briefing on the working and performance of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.


2. The Committee was briefed by the Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs regarding objectives and assigned functions of the Ministry. He apprised the Committee that the Ministry provides a window for coordination in the law making process and coordinate with the President House, Parliament and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in this regard. He briefed that the objective of the Ministry is to expedite the legislation and smooth functioning of the Parliament. The function of the Ministry is to liaison between the Ministries/Divisions and Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) in respect of official/non-official business, he added. The Ministry also summons the Parliament Sessions (National Assembly and the Senate), Joint Sitting and prorogation of the Sessions. While briefing on the functions assigned to the Ministry, he informed that the Ministry submit the Bills passed by the National Assembly/Senate or by the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) to the President of Pakistan for assent. The Ministry also deals with the legislation pertaining to privileges of the Parliament, Parliamentarians, salaries and allowances of Custodian of the Houses, Leader of the Houses and Leader of the Opposition.

3. The Secretary also briefed the Committee regarding the working of the Prime Minister Public Affairs and Grievances Wing of the Ministry. He apprised that the said Wing receives manual as well as online complaints of public from all over Pakistan. He informed that the complaints are forwarded to the concerned Federal, Provincial and Local Government Departments through PM Portal and after getting reply from concerned Departments each complainant is telephonically asked about his/her satisfaction level. If the complainant is unsatisfied, he/she is asked to submit rebuttal and the case is re-opened, he added. The Committee directed the Ministry to provide the details of the complaints received and actions taken so far to the Committee before its next meeting.

4. The Committee deferred the legislative business (Private Members’ Bills), i.e. “The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (moved by Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA), “The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020” (moved by Ms. Noreen Farooq Khan, MNA) and “The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2020” (moved by Rai Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, MNA) due to non-availability of the Movers. Later, the Ministry withdrawn the Government Bills i.e. “The Elections (Third Amendment) Bill, 2021” (Ord. No. XX of 2021) and “The Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2022” (Ord. No. I of 2022).

5. Besides the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs (Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA), the meeting was attended by Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Dr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali and Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer, Hon. MNAs. The senior officers from Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Law & Justice and ECP were also present in the meeting.


National Assembly Standing Committee On Rules Of Procedure And Privileges Meets - December 7, 2022

Islamabad, the 7th December, 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 26-10-2022.
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 / Hon. 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 with the direction to Secretary, Establishment Division to take necessary action as per Rules and Regulations against D.C, Bannu with a report to the Committee before its next meeting. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
4)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA / Hon. Deputy Speaker regarding not-responding the telephone calls of Hon. Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan by Mr. Akmal Khan, Deputy Commissioner, Upper Dir; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
5)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA / Hon. Deputy Speaker regarding allegedly disrespectful behavior and misconduct of Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali, Vice Chancellor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
6)    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.
7)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, MNA against DPO, Rajanpur, DIG, Dera Ghazi Khan, RPO, Dera Ghazi Khan, DPO, Rahim Yar Khan, RPO, Bahawalpur, AIG (South Punjab), 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 directed that Inter Districts Operation should be started in Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur against the Dacoits. The Committee also directed that Inter Provincial Operation should also be started by Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan Police against the dacoits. The Committee also directed that the repeaters should be discouraged in the Police Stations. The Committee also recommended that the arms logistic (requirement of police) should be fulfilled by M/o Defence Production in this regard. The Committee also recommended that requirement of Arms may immediately be fulfilled by the Minister for Defence Production. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. The Committee also directed that the same recommendations should also be conveyed to Secretary, M/o Interior Govt of Pakistan, Islamabad.
8)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA regarding not responding to the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Ishaq Khoro, Director General, Sindh Building Control Authority, Local Govt Depatt, Sindh; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that Secretary, Local Govt Department, Sindh should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person alongwith Mr. Ishaq Khoro. The Committee also directed that action should be taken against Mr. Khoro as he has spoken lie before the Committee which comes under the misconduct. The Committee also directed that Show Cause Notice should be issued to him by the Secretary, Local Govt Sindh.
9)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA regarding not-responding the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Gohar, Inspector and Mr. Abdullah Sheikh, Director, FIA; the Committee directed that separate immigration counters should be established by FIA for the Hon. Parliamentarians/Diplomats and officials on all the International Airports in the Country. The Committee directed that an inquiry should be conducted by Director, FIA Karachi with a report to the Committee within fifteen days pertaining to this Question of Privilege. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. The Committee directed for capacity building in FIA. The Committee also directed that in future such type of mishandling should not be repeated. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
10)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA regarding not-responding the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Mr. Fayaz Kolachi, Engineer, Public Health Kolachi, Qambar Shehdad Kot, Sindh; the Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by Mr.Fayaz Kolachi. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting with the direction that Chief Secretary, Govt of Sindh should direct to Secretary Public Health, Sindh to attend the next meeting of the Committee in person alongwith Mr. Fayaz Kolachi.
11)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA regarding not-responding the telephone calls of the Hon. Member by Ch. Ejaz Asghar, Superintendent, Adyala Jail, Rawalpindi; the Committee expressed its displeasure for not attending the meeting by Ch. Ejaz Ashgar. The Committee directed that Secretary, Home Department Punjab, Additional Secretary, Home Department (Punjab), Mr. Malik Mubashir, I.G.P (Jails), DIG North (Prisons), Punjab and Superintendent Adyala Jail, Rawalpindi should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.
12)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Chaudhary Faqir Ahmed, 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; as the Hon. Mover did not attend the meeting, therefore, the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
13)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Syed Agha Rafiullah, MNA regarding supply of incorrect reply to his Question No. 6 included in the list of un-starred Questions for 20th May, 2022 regarding departmental promotions of Associated Press of Pakistan (APP); the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. The Committee directed that ex. M.D, APP Mr. Mubashir Hassan (presently posted as MD. PID) should also attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.
14)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Syed Agha Rafiullah, MNA regarding misbehavior of Dr. Aamir Sheikh, Managing Director, Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) with the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
15)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Syed Agha Rafiullah, MNA regarding misbehavior with Ms. Muneera Shakir, Former MNA by Ms. Shaista Imdad, Incharge, FIA and other Immigration staff, Quaid-e-Azam International airport, Karachi; the Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege.
16)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, MNA regarding withdrawal of his security by Mr. Maqsood Memon, D.I.G Security, and Syed Salman, S.S.P (Security-II), Karachi; the Committee recommended that Police is bound to provide security to the Hon. MNAs on their requests. The Committee directed that Secretary, M/o Interior, Commissioner, Karachi, I.G.P, Sindh, Addl.I.G.P Sindh Karachi, DIG Security Sindh Karachi, SSP Security, Karachi 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. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, MNA regarding misbehavior of Dr. Zahid, Additional Secretary, Universities, Sindh with the Hon. Member over telephone; the Committee directed that PC-II should be prepared as asked by the Hon. Mover with a report to the Committee. The Committee also directed that Mr. Imran Akbar Leghari, Secretary, Education Department, Govt of Sindh, Karachi should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.
18)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA regarding allegedly rude behavior of officials of PIA at Madinah airport, KSA, imposing fine of amount 200 Saudi Riyals and non-availability of services of potter and wheelchairs at Multan airport; the Committee directed the CEO, PIA to provide fully loaded coaster vans for pic and drop service of the passengers at the Airports of Lahore, Multan, Karachi and Islamabad. The Committee also directed that CEO, PIA and D.G, Civil Aviation Authority should have a visit of Multan Airport for resolving the issues of this Airport. The Committee also directed that potter service should be service should be started at Multan Airport. The Committee also directed that there should be no complaint in future regarding provision of wheelchairs on this Airport. The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege subject to provision of Reports on all matters to the Committee within one month.
19)    On the Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Pakistan International Airline (PIA); the Committee disposed of the issues subject to provision of all required reports (500 copies) to the Committee within fifteen days for onward submission to the Hon. MNAs.
20)    On the issue of Contempt of Parliament and discussion on Articles 66 and 69 of Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973; the Committee unanimously passed the draft amendments regarding contempt of Parliament.
21)    On the Briefing/Presentation overall performance / functions / deliverance of the Departments of South Punjab by Additional Chief Secretary South Punjab, all Administrative Secretaries of Provincial Government of South Punjab, Commissioner Multan, Deputy Commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner Revenue, (ADCR), Multan; the Additional Chief Secretary, South Punjab and other administrative heads of different Departments gave presentation to the Committee and answered the Questions. The Committees pended the issues till its next meeting.
22)    On the Question of Privilege raised by Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, MNA regarding allegedly not meeting by Mr. Nosherrwan Adil, Chief Commercial Officer, PIA, Islamabad, with the Hon. Member when he visited his office on 1-12-2022; the Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting. The Committee also directed the CEO, PIA and Mr. Nousherwan Adil, to have a meeting with the Hon. Member and resolve his grievances.

23)    On any other item with permission of the Chair, the Committee directed that Addl.I.G,P South Punjab, RPO-Multan, CPO-Multan, SSP Operation-Multan and SSP Investigation-Multan should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person as per request of the Hon. Member of the Committee Mr. Ahmad Hussain Deharr, MNA and other Hon. Members and also briefing on the situation of law and order in South Punjab.

24)    The Committee also directed that MD-PSO, Chairman-OGRA, DG-Explosive and Vice Chancellor Muhammad Nawaz Shareef Agriculture University, Multan should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person on the issues of the Hon. Members of the Committee.
25)    The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Ms. Asiya Azeem, Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Sardar Riaz Mahmood Khan Mazari, MNAs.   
26)    The meeting was also attended by Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA/ Deputy Speaker, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, MNAs/Movers.


Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - December 6, 2022

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PRESS RELEASE
 
NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON CABINET SECRETARIAT EXPRESSES ITS DISCONTENT ON PERFORMANCE OF PROVINCIAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT AUTHORITIES IN FLOOD RELIEF 
  
Islamabad; December 6, 2022: The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat expressed its discontentment on the performance of provincial disaster management authorities. The Committee was of the view that federal government spared all its resources however, the relief could not reach the flood effected people. The Committee decided to call heads of provincial disaster management authorities in its next meeting to discuss the neglect. The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat made these directions which met in Islamabad today with Ms. Kishwer Zahra, MNA in the chair. 
 
Member Administration PDMA apprised the Committee about the relief and rehabilitation activity carried out in the flood effected areas. He informed that 32 districts in Balochistan, 17 district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3 in Punjab and 9 and 5 Districts in Gilgit- Baltistan and State of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, respectively were declared calamity hit. As per information gathered through PDMAs, GBDMA and AJ&KDMA, 1739 people died whereas 12876 people were reported injured. Apprising the Committee about the damages caused to public infrastructure, private property and livestock, the Member NDMA informed that 13115 km of roads and 439 bridges were damaged whereas 2048789 houses were damaged partially or fully. He further informed that joint surveys for damage assessment for calculation of financial impact of the losses was in progress and would be completed soon. He said that after the data compilation the government would announce rehabilitation packages. 
 
The Representative of Finance Division apprised that Rs.18 billion had been released to NDMA besides disbursal of Rs.70 billion to flood effected through BISP. He further informed that Kissan Package comprising of 16 different components have been approved by ECC and would be announced after ratification by the Federal Cabinet. The Member NDMA assured the Committee that post audit of all the expenditure would be shared with the Committee on conclusion of the operation. The Members of the Committee were quite skeptical about the performance of PDMAs. They said that public representatives specially in KPK were not taken on board besides relief could not reach the effected people. They suggested to call the provincial disaster management authorities to answer the queries of the Committee members.
 
The Committee approved “The Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and “The Oil and Gas Regulatory authority (Amendment) Bill, 2022 as proposed by the Government after in-depth discussion. The Committee was apprised that the OGRA Bill aimed to introduced measures to attract foreign investment in establishment of LNG Terminals. The Committee after breifing on Institutional Reforms said that restructuring of government entities, civil service reforms, improving governance and reducing wastage of public money was imperative. The Committee stressed for continuation of the institutional reforms in national interest.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. Mussarat Rafique Mehasar, Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakr, Special Secretary and senior officers of the Establishment Division, Member Administration NDMA, Member Enforcement PTA, Sr. Joint Secretary Finance Division, Secretary FPSC and other Senior officers of concerned departments.

Standing Committee on Privatization meets - December 6, 2022


Parliamentary oversight essential to protect child rights in the country: Convener Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights MNA Mehnaz Akbar Aziz; Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights resolves to bring uniformity in Laws related to Child Rights - December 1, 2022

Islamabad: 1st December 2022; Convener Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights (PCCR) MNA Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz has said that parliamentary oversight is essential to protect child rights in the country. She said that children in Pakistan have been facing real challenges of child labor, child harassment, and child abuse and PCCR is to effectively intervene in the situation to bring relief to children. She expressed these views while Chairing the 2nd meeting of PCCR in Parliament House today.

While lamenting about the non-implementation of child rights and ineffective response of executive departments, MNA Mr. Qadir Khan Mandukhail stressed the need to focus on the implementation of laws related to Child rights. Furthermore, MNA Mohsin Dawar said that Children need the special focus of parliamentarians as protecting their present would ensure a bright future of the country.

The members PCCR resolve to work for effective legislation for protecting Child Rights in the country. The members also expressed concern over the absence of the head of the National Commission on Child Rights and its non- Cooperation with PCCR.

The meeting of PCCR was attended by MNAs Ms. Mehnaz Akber Aziz, Ms Shahida Akhtar Ali, Ms Asiya Azeem, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, Mr. Qadir Khan Mandukhail, Mr. Naveed Amir Jeeva, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla,
Mr. Iqbal Ahmed - Member Sindh (National Child Rights Commission)
Ms. Komal Ahmed - Ministry of Law.


Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research (NFS&R) Meets - November 30, 2022

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PRESS RELEASE
 
 
The Committee condemned in the strongest words the misbehavior and abusive language use by Mr. Shahid Abdullah, Director Technical Department of Plant Protection (DPP) M/o National Food Security and Research during the meeting of the Committee. The Committee directed the Secretary, M/o NFS&R to immediately strong disciplinary action should be taken against him and a compliance report thereof be sent to the Committee at the earliest.   
 
2. Islamabad 30th November, 2022:  27th 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 PARC, near NADRA Headquarter, Islamabad.
 
3. The Committee expressed concern over the statement and misbehavior of the representative of APSA used against the Ministry in the meeting and condemned his attitude which was termed against the decorum of the meeting.
 
4. The Committee deferred the Matter regarding Ayub Agriculture Research Institute, Faisalabad and Proposal of 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) till its next meeting.
 
5.  The Committee deferred the Started Question No. 132 (moved by Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, MNA) and Started Question No. 105 (moved by Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA) and also Calling Attention Notice No. 09 (moved by Mr. Mohsin Nawaz Ranjha, MNA) due to the non-presence of the Movers till its next meeting.          
 
6. MNAs, Mr. Riaz ul Haq, Mr. Ahmad Raza Maneka, Ch. Faqir Ahmed, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Mr. Kamal Ud-din, and Federal Minister of NFS&R and senior officers/officials from the Ministry of NFS&R, Ministry of Climate Change and Department of Plant Protection attended the meeting.

کشمیر اور گلگت-بلتستان میں بھی زونل رویت ہلال کمیٹیاں قائم کی جائیں: مجلس قائمہ - November 29, 2022

کشمیر اور گلگت-بلتستان میں بھی زونل رویت ہلال کمیٹیاں قائم کی جائیں: مجلس قائمہ 

عالم اسلام کی متحدہ رویت ہلال کمیٹی قائم کرنے کے لیے بھی اقدامات کیے جائیں:سید عمران شاہ

قرآن پاک کے تحریف شدہ نسخوں اور ختم نبوت و ناموس رسالت کے منافی مواد پر مشتمل ویب سائٹس کو بلاک کرنے کی بھی ہدایت۔

اسلام آباد (پریس ریلیز) کشمیر اور گلگت- بلتستان میں بھی زونل رویت ہلال کمیٹیاں قائم کی جائیں نیز قرآن پاک کے تحریف شدہ نسخوں اور ختم نبوت و ناموس رسالت کے منافی مواد پر مشتمل ویب سائٹس کو بلاک کیا جائے۔ یہ ہدایات قومی اسمبلی کی مجلس قائمہ برائے مذہبی امور و بین المذاہب ہم آہنگی نے اپنے اجلاس میں دیں۔ مجلس قائمہ کا اجلاس مجلس قائمہ کے چیئرمین اور ممبر قومی اسمبلی عزت مآب سید عمران احمد شاہ کی صدارت میں منعقد ہوا۔ مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا گیا کہ ملک بھر میں ایک مرکزی رویت ہلال کمیٹی ہے جبکہ اسلام آباد سمیت چاروں صوبوں میں بھی زونل رویت ہلال کمیٹیاں قائم ہیں۔ اس کے علاوہ ہر ضلع کی سطح پر بھی رویت ہلال کمیٹیاں قائم کی گئی ہیں۔ مجلس قائمہ نے ہدایت کی کشمیر اور گلگت- بلتستان میں بھی زونل رویت ہلال کمیٹیاں قائم کی جائیں۔ اسی طرح وھاں بھی ہر ضلع کی سطح پر بھی رویت ہلال کمیٹیاں قائم کی جائیں۔ اس موقع پر چیئر مین سید عمران شاہ نے کہا کہ حکومت عالم اسلام کی متحدہ رویت ہلال کمیٹی قائم کرنے کے لیے بھی اقدامات کرے تاکہ امت مسلمہ اپنے دینی تہوار یقینی طور پر اکٹھے منعقد کر سکے۔  مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا گیا کہ لاہور ہائی کورٹ نے اپنے ایک فیصلہ میں حکم دے رکھا ہے کہ قرآن پاک کے تحریف شدہ نسخوں اور ختم نبوت و ناموس رسالت اوردیگر دینی مقدسات کے احترام کے منافی مواد پر مشتمل ویب سائٹس کو بلاک کیا جائے مگر کئی ماہ گزر جانے کے باوجود متعلقہ ادارے اس پر عمل درآمد سے قاصر ہیں۔ مجلس قائمہ نے اس فروگزاشت کا سخت نوٹس لیتے ہوئے حکم دیا کہ قرآن پاک کے تحریف شدہ نسخوں اور ختم نبوت و ناموس رسالت اوردیگر دینی مقدسات کے احترام کے منافی مواد پر مشتمل ویب سائٹس کو فی الفور بلاک کیا جائے۔ مجلس قائمہ نے اس موقع پرعفت مآب میڈم شگفتہ جمانی کی سربراہی میں ایک ذیلی کمیٹی بھی بنائی جو کمیٹی کو طرف سے کی گئی جملہ سفارشات اور ہدایات پر عمل درآمد کو یقینی بنائے گی اور ۳۰ دن کے اندر اپنی رپورٹ پیش کرے گی۔ ذیلی کمیٹی میں ممبر قومی اسمبلی عزت مآب چوہدری فقیر احمد، ممبر قومی اسمبلی عفت مآب شاہدہ اختر علی اور ممبر قومی اسمبلی عفت مآب سائرہ بانو بھی شامل ہوں گی۔

 

 

 

 

 


NA SC on Foreign Affairs meets - November 24, 2022

 PRESS RELEASE

NA Committee on Foreign Affairs calls for  transfer of prisoners treaties, ratification of Rome Statute, Ratification of Intentional Conventions on enforced disappearances, Ratification of conventions on rights of all migrant workers,  and report about the death of Arshad Sharif

Islamabad, November 24th, 2022: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs discussed Pakistan’s international treaties, international assistance for flood relief operations, mechanisms for transfer/repatriation of prisoners abroad, tracing and recovery of a Pakistani doctor Mr. Saqib Raza who is illegally detained in Syrian Kurdistan and appointment of Honorary Counsellors in Pakistan. The Chairman of the Committee MNA Mohsin Dawar presided the meeting held on Thursday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Committee was briefed about Pakistan’s various international treaties. The Committee recommended that the Government of Pakistan should ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, affirm the International Convention for Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families respectively. The Committee also examined the matter pertaining to tracing and recovery of Dr. Saqib Raza, a Pakistani maxillofacial surgeon illegally in Syrian Kurdistan. The mother of the detained doctor Saqib Raza was invited to the meeting. The officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintained that the Pakistani mission in Damascus engaged the ICRC, UNHCR and UNICEF to trace Pakistani nationals detained in Syrian Kurdistan. However, repatriation of such detainees requires policy formulation from the Ministry of Interior. The Committee noted with concern and regretted that such a policy was not devised in four years since the case was reported. The Committee directed to call the Ministry of the Interior to the next meeting on the same subject and urged the Foreign Office to consider the case on priority basis.

The officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefed the Committee that the Pakistani missions provide comprehensive assistance to Pakistani prisoners abroad. However, the transfer of prisoners and offenders requires bilateral treaties with various countries. Such agreements were concluded and ratified with the concurrence of the both sides to the agreement. The members raised concerns as to why such arrangements were still not in place as Pakistani prisoners languish in foreign jails. The Committee underlined the need for a clear political direction regarding Transfer of Prisoners Treaties with various countries and directed the Ministry of Interior to call the next meeting of the Committee.

The Committee was informed that in response to the UN Flash appeal, pledges worth $270 million have been made. Of these pledges, $170 million has been converted to firm commitments. On members' queries regarding cumulative assistance received, it was reported that Pakistan has received $3.4 billion for flood relief operations and reconstruction. It was also highlighted that Pakistan has received 140 special relief flights, 13 trains and 6 ships carrying relief items. In response to the members concerns whether the Flash appeal was successful in meeting the desired targets, it was observed that the appeal was mildly successful against the ambitious target set, however, given the international community's shift in attention to Ukraine, Flash appeal was a success. It was also outlined that Pakistan played a lead role in the international consensus for the establishment of the Loss and Damage Fund in COP 27. This was a major breakthrough to establish institutional arrangements to address climate-induced disasters, particularly in the developing world. The members remarked that compared to the scale of the disaster, the response of the international community was not commensurate with the scale of support rendered in the 2010 flood and 2005 earthquake. They outlined that declining international interest in the region and don't fatigue were key obstacles to Pakistan's appeal.


In the next meeting, the Committee would call the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to brief the Committee on treaties for the transfer of prisoners and offenders to various countries and the report of the inquiry Commission about Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif's death in Kenya.

MNA Mohsin Dawar, MNA Muhammad Khan Daha, MNA Ramesh Kumar, MNA Muhammad Abubakar, MNA Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur, and MNA Syed Abrar Ali Shah attended the meeting. 


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - November 23, 2022

Islamabad the, 23rd December, 2022; The meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, MNA on 23rd November, 2022 at 12:00 noon in Committee Room of Ministry of Railways, “D” Block Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad, with reference to Notice No. 23(1)/2022-Com-II/Railways dated the 18th December, 2022.

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways commenced with the recitation from the Holy Quran and the Committee approved the minutes of its meeting held on 5th October, 2022.

The Implementation status on the previous recommendations was placed by the Ministry of Railways and the Committee discussed the same.

The Committee appointed the Sub-Committee with one additional TOR about the freight terminal at port Qasim along with TORs of previous Sub-Committee.

Calling attention Notice moved by Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, MNA regarding handing over the administration of Railways school near Kala Pull, Karachi was discussed in detail as the Railways informed that extension has been given again for three years Committee to TCF/ICWS. The Committee pended the same for the next meeting at Karachi.

The Committee also discussed the condition of railways track after the recent flood in the country. The Committee was briefed that Railways Track in Sindh, Baluchistan and Punjab was damaged badly at ten locations and the same have been rehabilitated at seven points from the resources of Pakistan Railways and train operation is continued successfully.

The Ministry of Railways informed the Committee that after the completion of the initial period of their contract appointment, they have been given extension after every year on a regular basis and recently they have been given extension up to 09-05-2023.

Divisional Superintendent Railways, Lahore informed the Committee that the matter for de-sealing of the shops is under process as the occupants of shops were asked by Railways to deposit a fix amount along with an affidavit that upon the approval of rent policy, they will pay the outstanding rent to railways.

The representative of Multan Railways Division briefed the Committee about the grievances raised by the MNA/Member of the Committee for supply of material to railways but the Multan Division referred the case to FIA for inquiry in the matter. The same will be discussed if not resolved by the Committee of Railways.

The following MNAs, Engnr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Dr Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali and Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail, MNA/Mover besides the officials of the Ministry attended the meeting.

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


YPF: an effective Parliamentary Forum to further the cause of democracy in country: MNA/President YPF Syed Ali Musa Gillani; Tackling Climate disasters and Fake news Propaganda key concern of YPF: President YPF - November 23, 2022

Islamabad: 23rd November 2022; MNA Syed Ali Musa Gillani President of Young Parliamentary Forum (YPF) said, “keeping in context the substantial young population, YPF has become an effective tool to further the cause of strengthening democratic norms in the country.” He also said that YPF has become a platform where young Parliamentarians can legislate especially for youth and it can be an effective tool to strengthen democratic institutions. He said that this Parliamentary Forum need to develop tangible goals in this workshop especially to enhance Parliamentary coordination among parliaments of worlds. He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural Session of Round table Discussion with Young Parliamentarians on "Parliamentary Diplomacy as a tool of strengthening Democratic Institutions" organized in collaboration with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and National Dialogue Forum (NDF) in Parliament House today.
 
Mr. Steffen Kudella, President Hanns Foundation expressed his gratitude to the National Assembly Secretariat for successfully organizing this Dialogue. He said that Pakistan and German Parliaments have wide room for coordinating especially in legislating for addressing the challenges faced by the young population. He also said that German people and government are with people of Pakistan who have been facing the scourge of devastating floods

Mr. Sheryar Khan Executive Director National Dialogue Forum also appreciated the cooperation offered by the National Assembly Secretariat to organise this round table conference.
 
The round table dialogue deliberated upon destruction of devastating floods on the quality of human life especially the sufferings of women and children due to flash floods.  Other topics which were discussed in detail were to enhance parliamentary cooperation on climate change and adaptation in the wake of recent floods situation in Pakistan, legislative capacity building and common challenges faced by Young Parliamentarians were also discussed in detail.

Syed Shamoon Hashmi Additional Secretary (SI) National Assembly Secretariat briefed the participants regarding goals of YPF and its importance to support legislative initiatives in Parliament. He also briefed the participants regarding the need of developing tangible goals of YPF. He also said that the Pakistan parliament has been successful in Climate Diplomacy and climate justice. He also briefed the YPF participants on the need for effective legislation for tackling fake news propaganda.

The round table conference was attended by Senators Ms. Sana Jamali and Mr. Umur Farooq, MNAs Ms. Romina Khursheed, Ms. Syeda Nosheen Iftekhar, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva, Mr. Iradat Sharif and Researchers from diverse areas.


The Standing Committee on Commerce meets - November 23, 2022

The Standing Committee on Commerce considered and approved “The Trade Organizations (Amendment) Bill, 2022” (Government Bill) and “The Trade Dispute Resolution Bill, 2022” (Government Bill).

37th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce was held today, in the Ministry of Commerce, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, MNA.

The Committee considered “The Trade Organizations (Amendment) Bill, 2022” (Government Bill) and approved the Bill with following Amendments: -

1) Amendment in Section 1, sub-section (4) of Act II of 2013.- the expression ’1st January 2022” shall be substituted with “1st January 2023”

2) Amendment in Section 2, Clause (P) of Act II of 2013.- “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 also considered “The Trade Dispute Resolution Bill, 2022” (Government Bill) and approved the Bill with following Amendments: -

1) Amendment in Section 9, sub-section (d). - the word “thirty- five” shall be substituted with “forty-five”

2) The Tenure of employment will be three years, extendable for another three years on satisfactory performance or if necessary-

The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meeting held on 19th October,  2022.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Aslam Bhootani, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Commerce, Secretary Commerce, and senior officers the Ministry of Commerce.

 


National Conference of Women Parliamentary CAUCUS - November 22, 2022

Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) in collaboration with Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) is  organizing  a National Conference of Women Parliamentary Caucus on 24th of November 2022. The aim of the conference is to promote the meaningful role of Women Parliamentarians in peace building and sustainable development. National Assembly Speaker  Raja Pervez Ashraf will grace the event as Chief Guest. The Speaker will also inaugurate the National Coordination Forum for Federal and Provincial Women Parliamentary Caucuses. 

The representatives from the Senate of Pakistan, the National Assembly, and members of all four Provincial Assemblies including the members Legislative Assembly of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan will participate in the Conference and will join the breakout sessions. Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Secretary Federal Women Parliamentary Caucus, will deliver a welcome address to officially commence the National Conference along with an opening speech by Ms. Asiya Nasir, President of Resilient Women Network.

The National Conference comprises of  two sessions. The first session will be moderated by Ms. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Minister of State for Finance and Revenue on the agenda “Confronting Biases for Inclusive Democratic Processes: Creating Spaces for Substantive Role of Women Parliamentarians”. Former Secretaries of Federal WPC, Members National Assembly and German Ambassador to Pakistan will participate in this session.

Subsequently , the second session will commence under the moderatorship of Syeda Shehla Raza, Minister for Women Development Department, Sindh. In the second session, members of Provincial Assemblies will deliver speech on the “Role of Women Parliamentarians in Securing Peace and Social Cohesion”. 

The National Conference will be concluded with a closing statement by Secretary Federal WPC Ms. Shahida Rehmani.


The Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - November 22, 2022

17th 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 items. 

 

A sub-Committee was constituted under the convener-ship of Ms. Zaib Jaffer, MNA, to thoroughly examine the plight of refugees, particularly Afghan refugees and other stateless people in the country, including its social, political and economic impact, implementation or otherwise of various policy decisions announced from time to time and to propose a comprehensive legislative and policy reform to address the issue.

The Chairperson National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) briefed the Committee regarding the Commission. She informed that The NCRC is constituted by the federal Government of Pakistan in 2020 in accordance with its international obligations i.e., United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC). The Commission has an overarching mandate for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of child rights. The NCRC has to ensure that all laws, policies, programs and administrative mechanisms are aligned with the Child Rights perspective as enshrined in the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The functions of the Commission included examining existing or proposed legislations and administrative instruments and  proposals related to child rights and make recommendation as appropriate. The Commission also build liaison with federal and provincial commissions set up under provincial laws and other concerned provincial organizations. Moreover, it advises the Federal Government to sign, ratify or accede to any such proposed  international treaties. The Committee showed concerns over the financial and administrative issues faced by the Commission and directed to resolve them immediately. 

The Member NCRC Islamabad Capital Territory, briefed the Committee regarding progress on program activities relating to ICT. It was informed that for amendment in NCRC Act, the Commission held consultations with the Government for amendment in the NCRC Act in Jan 2022. The Committee was also briefed about engagement with the Federal Government and Stakeholders on Children’s Rights Reforms. For law reforms, the Commission is also holding regular meetings with MoHR, government departments, parliamentarians, senators, UN and international agencies, Commission, civil society organizations. The Member NCRC Khyber Pakhtunkwa informed about engagement with the Government of KP to Amend KP Child Protection and Welfare Act, 2019. He informed that for this purpose several meetings were held with govt. departments, media, Parliamentarians, other stakeholders including UNICEF. He also informed about monitoring Child Rights Violations and complaints handling mechanism.The Member NCRC Punjab briefed the Committee about the meetings with key stakeholders including media to introduce Child Protection Legislative Reforms in Punjab and  Punjab Child Protection Bill 2021. The Member Sindh NCRC informed that the Commission reviewed and Proposed Amendments in Sindh Child Protection Authority Act, 2011. And due to NCRC intervention, amendments in Sindh Child Protection Authority were approved in April 2021. Moreover, Amendments in Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2013 were proposed. The other achievements  of the Commission include review of the Rules of Sindh Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Act 2016; Child Protection Case Management and Referral System in Sindh and Recommendations to the Sindh Provincial Human Rights. 

Honorable Members Ms. Zaib Jaffar, Ms. Shams Un Nisa, Mr.Naveed Aamir Jeva, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNAs, attended the meeting.    

 


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture - November 21, 2022

Special Committee on Agricultural Products meets - November 21, 2022

 PRESS RELEASE 

 
Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf elected unanimously elected as Chairman of the Chairman Special Committee on Agricultural Products: 
 
Islamabad, the November 21st, 2022: The National Assembly Special Committee on Agricultural Products unanimously elected the Speaker National Assembly Mr. Raja Pervez Ashraf as Chairman of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products. The Speaker thanked the members for reposing confidence in him. He stated that given the recent evolving dynamics within the country and beyond, the agenda of food security and agricultural development has assumed central importance. He expressed hope that, given the support of the seasoned members of National Assembly, the Committee would strive to make better decisions to accelerate Pakistan’s agro-economic growth.  
 
The members expressed that the election of the Speaker National Assembly as Chairman of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products would add significant value to the decisions pertaining to agriculture sector.  The members regretted that despite being an agrarian economy, Pakistan relied on imported agricultural products to meet its domestic demand. The members underlined the need to address long-standing problem of farmers’ access to cheap credit, improved research to enhance productivity and improved mechanisms for profitability of the farmers.  
 
The Committee deliberated on the delay in fixing the support prices for wheat and sugarcane and sugarcane crushing season respectively. The members regretted that given the deadlock regarding permission to export surplus sugar and subsequent delay in initiating sugarcane crushing is causing considerable losses to the poor farmers. They urged the Government to negotiate with the sugar mills owners, verify the available stock and grant them the permission to export the surplus sugar. Doing so would permit them initiate sugarcane crushing on time and thus relieve the farmers, they added.  
 
The Minister for National Food Security and Research maintained that the without a credible and verifiable evidence of surplus stock, the Government cannot grant the permission to export sugar. Citing previous precedents, he stated that sugar export permission was granted, however, owing to subsequent shortage in the country, expensive sugar imports were undertaken.  
 
The members urged the Minister National Food Security and Research to adopt a flexible approach in negotiating with the sugar mills owners and devise a mechanism to export verified surplus sugar. He maintained that meeting in this regard has been convened on Thursday. One of the members maintained that cartelization and monopolization within the sugar industry and their ability to influence state policies for their personal gains is an unaddressed question. She urged the Ministry of National Food Security and Research to devise mechanisms to encourage other forms of ownership in the sugar industry.  
 
They members stated that early announcement of the support prices, before sowing, signals better profitability and incentives to cultivate crops. It was highlighted that so far the Federal Government has not reached a conclusive decision with regards to support price for wheat. The Minister National Food Security and Research stated that the provinces’ divergent decisions caused the delay in setting the support prices. He assured that the matter would be resolved in the next meeting of the Cabinet. He also added that the package for the agriculture sector is also pending the meeting of the Cabinet.  
 
The Meeting was attended by Mr. Raja Pervez Ashraf, Speaker National Assembly, Minister National Food Security and Research, Mr. Tariq Basheer Cheema, Minister for Commerce, Syed Naveed Qamar, Nawab Sher Wassi, Dr. Nafeesa Shah, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar Aziz, Ms. Wajeeha Qamar, Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, Mr. Sajid Mehdi, Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla and Zulfiqar Ali Behan.  
 
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اسلام آباد، 21 نومبر، 2022: قومی اسمبلی کی خصوصی کمیٹی برائے زرعی مصنوعات کا اجلاس پیر کے روز پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں منعقد ہوا۔اجلاس میں کمیٹی چیئرمین کا انتخاب عمل میں لایا گیا۔اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف کو کمیٹی نے متفقہ طور پر کمیٹی کا چیئرمین منتخب کر لیا۔  سپیکر قومی اسمبلی نے کمیٹی کا چیئرمین منتخب ہونے کے بعد اپنے خیالات کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ان پر اعتماد کرنے پر ارکان میں تمام اراکین کو مشکور ہوں۔انہوں نے کہا کہ ملک کے موجودہ معروضی حالات کی وجہ فوڈ سیکیورٹی اور زرعی ترقی کا ایجنڈا مرکزی اہمیت حاصل کر چکا ہے۔  انہوں نے اس امید ظاہر کی کہ قومی اسمبلی کے تجربہ کار اراکین کی موجودگی میں کمیٹی پاکستان کی زرعی ترقی میں تیزی لانے لیے بہتر فیصلے کرے گی۔ 
 
کمیٹی اراکین  نے اس اعتماد کا اظہار کیا کہ سپیکر قومی اسمبلی کا بطور چیئرمین خصوصی کمیٹی برائے زرعی مصنوعات کا انتخاب زراعت کے شعبے سے متعلق بہتر فیصلے کرنے معاون ثابت ہو گا۔  اراکین نے اس بات پر افسوس کا اظہار کیا کہ ایک زرعی ملک ہونے کے باوجود پاکستان اپنی مقامی طلب کو پورا کرنے کے لیے درآمد شدہ زرعی مصنوعات پر انحصار کر رہا ہے۔ ممبران نے کسانوں کی دیرینہ مسائل کو حل کرنے اور انہیں آسان شرائط پر قرضوں کی فراہمی اور پیداوار بڑھانے کے لیے بہتر تحقیق اور کسانوں کے منافع کے لیے بہتر طریقہ کار کو اپنانے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔ 
 
کمیٹی نے بالترتیب گندم اور گنے  کے کرشنگ سیزن کی امدادی قیمتوں کے تعین میں تاخیر پر غور کیا۔ ممبران نے افسوس کا اظہار کیا کہ اضافی چینی برآمد کرنے کی اجازت نا ملنے اور گنے کی کرشنگ شروع کرنے میں تاخیر کے باعث غریب کسانوں کو کافی نقصان ہو رہا ہے۔ انہوں نے حکومت پر زور دیا کہ وہ شوگر ملز کے مالکان سے بات چیت کرے اور دستیاب اسٹاک کی تصدیق کرے اور انہیں اضافی چینی برآمد کرنے کی اجازت دے۔ انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ ایسا کرنے سے وہ وقت پر گنے کی کرشنگ شروع کر سکیں گے اور اس طرح کسانوں کو فاہدہ ملے گا۔
 
نیشنل فوڈ سیکورٹی اینڈ ریسرچ کے وزیر نے کہا کہ سرپلس سٹاک کے معتبر اور قابل تصدیق ثبوت کے بغیر حکومت چینی برآمد کرنے کی اجازت نہیں دے سکتی۔ گزشتہ مثالوں کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے انہوں نے کہا کہ چینی کی برآمد کی اجازت دی گئی تھی، تاہم ملک میں بعد میں ملک میں چینی کی کمی کی وجہ سے، مہنگی چینی درآمد کرنی پڑی.
 
اراکین نے وزیر نیشنل فوڈ سیکیورٹی اینڈ ریسرچ پر زور دیا کہ وہ شوگر ملز مالکان کے ساتھ بات چیت میں لچکدار دار رویہ اپنائیں اور تصدیق شدہ زائد چینی برآمدات کرنے کی اجازت دی جائے۔
 
 کمیٹی اراکین نے کہا کہ بوائی سے پہلے امدادی قیمتوں کا جلد اعلان، فصلوں کی کاشت کے لیے بہتر منافع اور مراعات سے پیداوار میں اضافہ ہو گا۔ کمیٹی اجلاس میں اس بات پر روشنی ڈالی گئی کہ وفاقی حکومت اب تک گندم کی امدادی قیمت کے حوالے سے کسی حتمی فیصلے پر نہیں پہنچ سکی۔  وزیر نیشنل فوڈ سیکیورٹی اینڈ ریسرچ نے کہا کہ صوبوں کے مختلف فیصلوں کی وجہ سے امدادی قیمتوں کے تعین میں تاخیر ہوئی ہے۔انہوں نے یقین دلایا کہ یہ معاملہ کابینہ کے آئندہ اجلاس میں حل کر لیا جائے گا۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ زراعت کے شعبے کے لیے پیکج بھی کابینہ کے اجلاس میں زیر التواء ہے۔
 
 اجلاس میں سپیکر قومی اسمبلی راجہ پرویز اشرف، وزیر نیشنل فوڈ سیکورٹی اینڈ ریسرچ طارق بشیر چیمہ، وزیر تجارت سید نوید قمر، نواب شیر وسان، ڈاکٹر نفیسہ شاہ، محترمہ مہناز اکبر عزیز، محترمہ وجیہہ قمر، میر خان محمد جمالی، ساجد مہدی، محمد معین وٹو، سید ابرار علی شاہ، ڈاکٹر محمد افضل خان ڈھانڈلہ اور ذوالفقار علی بیہان نے شرکت کی۔

 

The Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets - November 17, 2022

The Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination has asked the Ministry for provision of required resources for ensuring quality healthcare services in the Federal Government Employees Hospital. The Committee also directed the management of the Poly Clinic to assess hospitals requirements of infrastructure, HR and equipment enabling the Ministry to take appropriate action for resource allocation. The Committee also stressed for provision of healthcare facilities in different part of the capital in order to ease out burden on Poly clinic. The Committee observed that Poly Clinic being the tertiary care hospital was performing by the functions of a primary hospital.

The committee met under the chairmanship of Dr. Muhammad Afzal Dhandla, MNA in Federal Government Employees Hospital, Islamabad. 

The Committee visited various sections of the hospital and enquired about the health of patients admitted Therein. The committee appreciated the services being offered in the hospital. The Executive Director (ED) Poly Clinic apprised the Committee about the ongoing expansion and up gradation work of various facilities. 

The Committee was later briefed about the healthcare facilities available in the hospital. The Executive Director apprised that the hospital was doing its best with available financial and human resources. He said that construction of Jinnah Poly Clinic in sector G.11 Islamabad has been planned to ease down burden on the existing health facilities. He further apprised that a case for recruitment on vacant posts has been prepared and submitted to the Ministry for approval. The ED also apprised that presently hospital does not offer cardiac, paediatric and neurological surgeries. He also apprised about the dispensaries operating in different areas of Islamabad. 

The Committee directed the ED to recall all the employees on deputation to other provinces or departments in order to replenish the HR pool. The Committee also directed for addressing complaints of harassment at work place. The Committee stressed for running campaign through media to create awareness for prevention of diseases.

The Committee was attended by MNAs Dr. Samina Matloob, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatehmi, Dr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Special Secretary M/o NHSR&C, Executive Director and heads of the departments of the Poly Clinic.


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - November 17, 2022

The Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meets - November 16, 2022

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue was held in the Committee Room 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA. 

The Committee was briefed about actions taken by State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) against earned treasuries of eight banks for exorbitant profits. The Committee showed its reservations regarding slow pace of inquiry. Deputy Governor, SBP assured committee that the process is in closing stages, various banks have been charged, and it will be concluded by the end of current month. Furthermore, SBP has tightened monitoring and no further complaints regarding manipulation is coming to them. The Committee reiterated that it expects strict punishment and fines will be meted out to accused Banks. 

The Committee was also briefed regarding steps taken by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) regarding allocation of funds and essential items provided to the flood affectees. The Committee showed its displeasure over non presence of Chairman, NDMA. It also showed dissatisfaction over non availability of accurate data regarding flood affectees. 

President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank (ZTBL) also briefed Committee regarding ZTBL operations and performance. The Committee showed apprehensions regarding unsatisfactory performance of bank. It also showed its concern regarding reports of victimization of some employees of ZTBL. The Committee said that it wants ZTBL to get its affairs in order and brief committee again after rectification of outstanding issues. 

The meeting of the Committee on Finance and Revenue was presided over by its Chairperson Mr Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA and attended by Members of National Assembly; Ms Nafisa Shah, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Mr Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Chaudhary Khalid Javed and Mr Khalid Hussain Magsi. The meeting was also attended by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Finance, Mr Tariq Bajwa, Secretary Ministry of Finance, President ZTBL and other government officers.

 


NA Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meets - November 15, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

(Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue)
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
*Sales Tax and Custom Duty targets have not been achieved due to import compression*
 
Islamabad (15th November 2022) Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has not been able to achieve Sales Tax and Custom Duty targets due to import compression. This was communicated to the Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue in its meeting held in the Committee Room 7, Parliament House,  Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA. 
2. The Committee was briefed regarding tax targets achieved by FBR. There has been an increase in income tax target collection however sales tax and custom duty targets have not been achieved. The main cause is import compression (of about 16.9 percent till end of October for current fiscal year).
Additionally, the Committee was also told that as of yet, 2.581 million tax filers have submitted returns opposed to 3.6 million filers last time (although time in filing returns is still remaining). The committee showed its concern regarding lack of increase in tax filers and taxes being taken from existing filers only. 
The committee also showed its apprehension regarding tax regime in flood inundated areas such as Khairpur. 
3. The Committee was also briefed regarding meetings with IMF and World Bank. It was informed that government has had fruitful discussions with all multilateral stakeholders regarding economic situation of country after massive flooding. The committee was informed that 30 billion dollars economic cost to Pakistan has been estimated by multilateral institutions due to recent floods. Furthermore, it was estimated that Pakistan’s financial needs will be around 15 to 16 billion dollars, nine million people are expected to go below poverty line and growth rate will be lowered by 2 percent. Multilateral institutions have been receptive to the economic situation of Pakistan due to floods and talks are ongoing for 
frontloading certain programmes. A positive response from Multilateral institutions such as Asian Development Bank, World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is anticipated. 
3. The meeting of the Committee on Finance and Revenue was presided over by its Chairperson Mr Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA and attended by Members National Assembly; Ms Nafisa Shah, Ch. 
Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Mr Nasir Iqbal Bosal and Chaudhrary Khalid Javed. The meeting was also attended by Minister of State for Finance and Revenue, Ms Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Secretary Finance, Charmian Federal Board of Revenue and other government officers.

The Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination meets - November 10, 2022

The Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination met this afternoon 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.

The Committee appreciated the performance of the Pakistan Cricket Team for reaching the Final of T20 World Cup, 2022 and prayed that the Pakistan Cricket Team would win the Final Match and bring the World Cup Trophy to Pakistan as well.

The Committee directed that M/o IPC may provide proper supervision to other sports like, Baseball, Handball, Athletic, Golf and Football etc. as it had been reported that the associations of different games were organizing international events on private venues instead of National grounds. The Committee also directed the heads of different sports organizations to submit their proposals to the Committee so that the Committee could take them an appropriate forum for their amicable solution.

The Committee expressed concern over the poor performance of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) during the last two years as it failed to promote sports activities in Pakistan Sports Complex due to mis-management and lack of coordination with different National & International Sports Organizations. The Committee therefore, constituted a Four Members Sub-Committee headed by Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA “To examine the overall performance of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB)” especially;

i. Detail of ongoing Projects.

ii. Initiating the civil work after installation of precious Astotroph.

iii. Detail of International visits of Director General and other officials of PSB without getting NOC from the Competent Authority. 

iv. Efforts made by the current management of PSB to promote sports activities at Sports Complex.

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

The meeting was attended by Ch. Zulfiqar Ali Bhindar, MNA, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA, Syeda Nosheen Iftikhar, MNA, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA, and Senior officers of the concerned Ministry/department.


The meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets - November 10, 2022

Vacant positions in PIMS be filled in on merit and the officers & the staff members existing in promotion zone be promoted forthwith. These instructions were passed by the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination. The meeting of the Standing Committee was held today under the Chairmanship of its Chairman honourable Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, MNA. The Standing Committee visited all sections of PIMS. Thereafter a meeting of the Committee was held in Seminar Room No. 2 of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad. The Standing Committee was informed that there are 4029 sanctioned strength of Doctors, Charge Nurses, Paramedics and other staff. Out of which 25% posts are vacant. The PIMS authorities informed that the Federal Public Service Commission takes 2-3 years for appointment of doctors. Due to which they are facing a shortage of staff. The Standing Committee noted that more than 200 doctors and other staff members were in the promotion zone but they were not being promoted due to one reason or the other. The Standing Committee directed that all of the doctors, charge nurses, paramedics and other staff members who qualify to be promoted and the posts available be promoted forthwith and all other vacant posts should be filled in by direct recruitment on merit. However, the Standing Committee recommended that the posts which are to be filled in through FPSC be filled in on contract basis or daily wages. However, the case for appointment on permanent basis may be initiated through FPSC, so that permanent doctors be appointed, on merit, in PIMS and the compliance report be furnished to the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee was informed that PIMS wanted to open OPD in the evening because a huge number of patients cannot be completely handled in the morning. The Committee appreciated the idea and recommended that evening OPD may be started on priority basis. The Standing Committee was informed that a new state of the art emergency ward is going to be constructed in the PIMS. However, the Ministry of Planning has some reservations regarding the drawings of the emergency ward. Hence, the constructed work has been halted. The Standing Committee directed that the construction work of the emergency be started on priority basis. However, the Standing Committee decided to hold a meeting to probe into the matter of construction of the new emergency building of PIMS. It was decided to invite the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives to attend the meeting.     

The meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was presided over by its Chairman Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla and attended by the Members of National Assembly; Mr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Shams-un-Nisa, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro and Mr. Ramesh Lal. The meeting was also attended by the Special Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and senior officers of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and PIMS.

 


NA Standing Committee on Energy (Petroleum Division) Meets - November 9, 2022

Islamabad November 10, 2022: Standing Committee on Energy (Petroleum Division) met in Parliament House, this afternoon in Parliament House, Islamabad with Mr. Aamir Talal Gopang, MNA in the chair. The Committee directed the Ministry of Petroleum to take provinces on board on Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (PURA) Bill. The Committee was of the view that provinces are part of federation and their concerns need to be addressed. The Committee was apprised that PURA Bill was initiated in order to bifurcate regulatory and policy making functions of the Directorate General of Petroleum Concessions (PC). The Director General PC informed that presently policy making functions and regulation of exploration activities were being handled by DGPC which was not in line with the international best practices. He further informed that PURA will constitute of representatives of provinces and the federation to oversee the exploration activities. The Committee decided to take up the Bill in its next meeting in presence of the representatives of the provinces.
 
The Committee after briefing by the Ministry on its preparedness to address the issues of demand and supply of gas during current winter seasons, directed to chalk out comprehensive strategy to overcome the issue of gas load shedding. The Committee also asked the Ministry to work on exploring other sources to meet growing Gas demand of domestic and industrial sectors. The Secretary M/o Energy (Petroleum Division) apprised the Committee that 10% depletion was occurring every year in gas reservoirs of the country which was quite concerning. He further informed that due to international situation, prices of gas had already gone up due to which it was not feasible for government to subsidize the commodity. The Secretary informed that as per gas management plan for the current winter season, domestic consumers will be provided gas for 8 hours only. The Director PC informed that vast scope existed in off shore exploration and a package for incentives had been prepared which was waiting for approval of the Federal Cabinet.
 
The Committee disposed of the matter raised by Agha Rafi Ullah, MNA regarding gas shortage in NA-238. The Committee directed Managing Director SSGCL to at least ensure supply of available gas to the domestic consumers in NA-238. The Managing Director apprised about the measures taken by the company to improve the situation. The Committee while discussing not accommodating local people in job in exploration of natural resources in North Waziristan, Lucky Marwat and Bannu Districts moved by Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA, the Committee directed Ministry to ensure compliance of their contractual obligation in that regard. The Committee also asked for provision of lists of people employed with their complete details. The Director General PC apprised that as per contract awarded to exploration companies 80% of the unskilled jobs are required to be offered to people of that area. The Committee pended issues referred to the Committee regarding load shedding of gas in Hyderabad and sale of Iranian gas in Balochistan moved by MNAs Syed Hussain Tariq and Ms. Rubina Irfan, respectively for its next meeting.
 
The Committee while discussing the performance of OGDCL viz-a-viz its exploration and production activities, directed the Ministry to resolve the issue of recoverable by the OGDCL from other sectors otherwise paucity of financial resources will impede the activities of the company. The Managing Director OGDCL apprised the Committee about scope of its activities, new discoveries and its future plans. He informed that Wali Gas filed in North Waziristan was its major discovery and production will be started in coming months. He informed that OGDCL was contributing towards 27% of oil, 45% of gas and 25% of LPG of country’s needs. The Committee also directed ODGCL to strictly adhere to the performance appraisal and promotion policies of the Company.

 


Standing Committee on Industries & Production Meets - November 1, 2022

Islamabad; 1st November, 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 unanimously recommended that “The Exports Processing Zones Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019” (moved by Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA) may be withdrawn. 

3. The Committee highly appreciated the SME Policy, 2021 as it would help to promote the trade culture in Pakistan and would motivate the Pakistani youth to start their business. The Committee deemed that the new SME Policy was the need of the hour as it could help to enhance the economy and would help to reduce the unemployment of the country as well. The Committee directed that M/o Industries & Production may follow the patterns of our neighboring countries like, Bangladesh to encourage Pakistanis to start their own business at small scale and ease the procedure of loans in collaboration with financial institutions so that maximum people could get benefit from the said policy introduced by the present government. The Committee further directed that the Ministry may launch a proper media campaign about SME Policy, 2021 to motivate people especially, living in remote and far-flung areas of Pakistan to bring its benefit at gross root level and to reduce the involvement of middlemen as well.

4. Earlier, Secretary, M/o Industries & Production briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to bring benefits of their policies at gross root level by easing the procedural complications for small & medium businessmen and problems faced by them in this regard.

5. The meeting was attended by Mahar Irshad Ahmad Khan, MNA, Mr. Usama Qadri, MNA, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA, Mr. Nawab Sher, MNA & Ms. Saira Bano, MNA/Mover and senior officers of the concerned Ministry/departments.
 


Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony meets - November 1, 2022

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
Islamabad, 1st November, 2022:  The National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony discussed the Zaireen Management Policy in detail. The Committee was informed that visit of zaireen to India is governed under a protocol however no such protocol or framework is available for visit of zaireen to Iran, Iraq, Syria and other countries. The Committee recommended that a facilitation desk should be established at the airports to facilitate the zaireens.
 
2. 18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony was held today the 1st November 2022, at 2:00 pm in Committee Room of M/o Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony  (1st Floor), Kohsar Complex, Pak Secretariat Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA.         
 
3. The Committee appreciated the efforts of M/o Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony to made quality Hajj arrangements this year. The Committee asked that the quality food should be provided in the future.
 
4.The Committee discussed the issues of Sikh Yatries and recommended that the fee of Yatries should be reduced.
 
 5. MNAs, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, Begum Tahira Bokhari, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Mr. Naveed Aamir Jeeva, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Muhammad Anwar, Ms. Shahida Akhar Ali, Ms. Saira Bano and senior officers/officials from the M/o Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony attended the meeting.

Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting meets - October 31, 2022

Islamabad, the 31st October, 2022:    The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting strongly condemns the brutal killing of senior journalist Mr. Arshad Sharif in Kenya and demanded a fair and transparent investigation to unearth the facts behind the brutal killing. The Committee also expressed regret over the sad demise of a Reporter of a local private TV news channel, Ms. Sadaf Naeem, who died in an accident while covering the event of Long March near Sadhoke.

2.         The 34th meeting of the Standing Committee was held today at 3:00 p.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer, MNA.

3.         Hon. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting expressed deep sorrow over the tragic death of Reporter of a local private TV news channel; Ms. Sadaf Naeem and acknowledged her services as a hardworking journalist. On the issue of murder of senior journalist, Mr. Arshad Sharif, who was killed in Kenya, she requested the Committee to hold a separate briefing as the Government is investigating the said matter. The Hon. Prime Minister of Pakistan has also formed an Inquiry Committee for Kenya to investigate the circumstances behind the murder of Mr. Arshad Sharif, she added. The Hon. Chairperson (Ms. Javaria Zafar Aheer, MNA) and Committee Members strongly condemn the brutal killing of senior journalist Mr. Arshad Sharif in Kenya and demanded a fair and transparent investigation to unearth the facts behind the brutal killing. The Committee also expressed regret over the sad demise of Lady Reporter, Ms. Sadaf Naeem, who was died in an accident while covering the event of Long March near Sadhoke. The Committee directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to present a detailed report and brief the Committee on the said issues in its next meeting.

4.         While briefing on the pending legislative business referred to the Standing Committee, the Hon. Federal Minister informed the Committee that the Cabinet Committee on Legislation has thoroughly examined the legislation pertaining to 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”. She said that the work of Cabinet Committee on legislation has almost completed and the said legislation, in the form of Bills, will be referred soon to the Standing Committee from the House.

5.         The meeting was attended by Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Dr. Nafisa Shah, and Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Behan, Hon. MNAs. The senior officers from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Law & Justice, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) and Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) were also present in the meeting.


Standing Committe on Climate Change meets - October 28, 2022

Islamabad, 28th October, 2022: The Standing Committee lauded the efforts of the Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan for including the advocacy of Climate Finance, loss & damages and adaptation to bring on the agenda of 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27) for the first time. The Ministry of Climate Change shared their schedule which includes Prime Minister’s Speech, Joint Chairing of the round table with Prime Minister for Norway, bilateral engagements at ministerial level, negotiation on eight dedicated streams, side events by Pakistani delegation and Civil Society Members.

2. 31st meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change held today in the Parliament House Islamabad under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, MNA.

3. Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change gave a comprehensive briefing on the upcoming 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 27). He apprised the Committee about the stance of the Ministry of Climate Change on the issue of adaptation mechanism during the Conference. He also informed that Pakistan is in the front line of the advocacy of the Climate Finance Issues along-with other developing Countries. He said that an unprecedented Climate-induced disaster in Pakistan hitting 84 Districts across the Country. The World Bank has estimated Pakistan’s flood losses around $40 Billion. Pakistan will emphasize on seeking $100 Billion as promised in 2009. Pakistan will be suggesting to develop a Transparency mechanism for defining Climate Finance needs. In the end, the Committee decided to hold its next meeting on 29th November, 2022 at Gawadar to witness the marine pollution and waste management at sea site.  

4. The Committee deferred “The Pakistan Trade Control of Wild Fuana and Flora (Amendment) Bill, 2022” (Govt. Bill) and “The Environmental Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (moved by Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, MNA) due to non-presence of its mover. The Committee also deferred the Question No. 146 (moved by Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, MNA) and Question No. 117 (moved by Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA) till its next meeting.

5. Besides, the Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Ms. Naaz Baloch, MNA, the following MNAs; Mr. Kesoo Mal Kheeal Das, Ms. Shakila Luqman, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Zulfiqar Bashani, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Mr. Afreen Khan, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani. and the Senior officers of the Ministry of Climate Change and its attached Departments/Organizations attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations And Coordination meets - October 27, 2022

Islamabad October 27, 2022: Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination had recommended summoning of an emergent meeting of Pakistan Medical Council (PMC) to take up the extension in the date of MDCAT examination and preparation of similar paper for KPK, Punjab and Islamabad Capital Territory candidates. The Committee also recommended for establishing more examination centres for Overseas students seeking examinations in Medical and Dental undergraduate programs at other stations. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Dr. Muhammad Afzal Dhandla, MNA in Parliament House, today.


The Committee was briefed that the PMC had arranged MDCAT 2022 through public sector universities in the all provinces and in ICT on a single day and time. The Member PMC apprised that MDCAT exam will be paper based and will be held on 13th November 2022. He informed that two centres had been established at Saudi Arabia and UAE for overseas students. He informed that students residing in other countries had either opted for taking exams in UAE , Saudi Arabia or in Pakistan.

The Members of the Committee apprehended that due to short time given by the PMC for change of examination centres to local as well overseas students a large number of students will not be able to get their centres changed thus would not be able to take the exams. They suggested for giving them an opportunity to get their centres changed. The secretary of the Ministry said that he would discuss the recommendation of the Committee with the management of PMC and would apprise the committee accordingly.

The Committee while taking up another matter raised by Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan MNA regarding discrimination by Pharmacy Council of Pakistan (PCP) against a private Pharmacy College, directed PCP to give level playing field to all institutions imparting pharmacy education in pakistan. The Committee directed the Ministry to examine the issue and submit its findings before the Committee within 15 days. The mover of the matter informed that PCP unilaterally reduced the numbers of seats in imran idress college of Pharmacy.

The Committee allowed the Ministry to withdraw Pakistan Nursing  Council(Emergency Management) Bill 2021 on its request. The Committee was apprised that a comprehensive bill was being prepared to strengthen the management and role of Pakistan Nursing Council. The Committee also pended ICT Tuberculosis Bill moved by Dr. nisar Cheema MNA for its next meeting. The Committee also directed Ministry to take all the stakeholders on  board and present its recommendations on Unani, Ayurvedic and Homeopathic Practitioners (Amendment) Bill moved by Mr. Sajid Mehdi MNA within one month. The Committee was of the view that the unani, Ayurvedic and homeopathic education should be brought at par with the international standards.

The Meeting was attended by MNAs Dr. nisar Ahmad Cheema, Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, Dr. Samina Matloob, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatehmi, Dr.  Mahesh kumar Malani, Ms. Shams un Nisa, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, secreatry NHSR&C, Member PCP and other senior officers of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on States & Frontier Regions meets - October 27, 2022

Islamabad: October, 27. 2022: The National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) summoned the Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Chief Secretary or Secretary Administration Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for briefing regarding the issue of handover the possession of the FATA House, Islamabad to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which was constructed from annual budget of FATA for official use by the Parliamentarians Officers of erstwhile FATA and to make mechanism for better utilization of the said house.

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

3. The Committee deferred the matter regarding disbursement of funds to the traders/shopkeepers in Miran Shah. North Waziristan as raised by Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNA on Point of Order May 16, 2022, due to not present the Honourable Member at the meeting.

4. The Special Secretary, Elementary and Secondary Education Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alongwith all concerned officers gave a detailed presentation on the agenda. After detailed briefing, the Committee recommended that the concerned MNAS/MPAS of erstwhile FATA may be consulted, whenever going to construct schools/colleges in their constituencies. The Committee further recommended that the schools/colleges of erstwhile FATA, occupied by the law enforcement agencies may be vacated at the earliest and to make functional without any further delay. The Committee also recommended that the educational institutions should only be used for education purpose not for other purpose.

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


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - October 26, 2022

 Press Release

 
 
Islamabad, the 26th October, 2022:
 
 
28th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held today, in the Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mir Khan Muhammad Jamali, MNA.
 
2.        The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) briefed the Committee on the Steps taken to address the Cyber-Crime complaints. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) updated the Committee on actions taken for the improvement of Cyber Security and Social Media Rules.
 
3.       The Committee Observed failure of concerned departments in the protection of consumers’ personal data, Privacy and respect of Human Right. Hon. Members of the Committee expressed serious concern on the huge Rise of cybercrime Complaints during the last three 4 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 Committee directed the department to improve the online complaints system and ensure fast follow-up and speedy relief to the complainants.  
 
4.        The Hon. Members expressed concern on nonstop negative campaigns against public representatives and institutions on social media. The Members emphasized on the capacity building of the staff working in the cybercrime wing of FIA.
 
5.        The Chair directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to depute a liaison officer for coordination of Hon. Members of the Parliament complain with regard to their complaints on cybercrime.
 
6.        The Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication assured the Committee that the recommendation on Social Media Rules will be presented before the Cabinet soon for the approval and further legislation. The Committee 
 
 
urged the ministry to take in-confidence all the stakeholders and include their proposals for a better legislation on Social Media Rules. 
 
 
7.        The Committee decided to visit the cybercrime wing in the next meeting. The Committee also decided to take up pension issues of the retired employees of PTCL in the next meeting.
 
8.        The Committee expressed displeasure on the poor networking services of cellular companies and directed to invite them in the next meeting.
 
9.        The Committee deferred discussion on IT Park Projects and Briefing on the measures taken by the Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication regarding the training of young software engineers / I.T. Professionals for their effective role in the economic development of the country.
 
10.      The Committee unanimously approved the minutes of its previous meetings held on 21st September, 2022.
 
11.        The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Gohar Khan, Ms. Ayesha Rajab Ali, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, Ms. Naz Baloch, Ms. Shamim Ara Panhwar, and Syed Mehmood Shah, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by the Minister for information Technology & Telecommunication, Secretary and Senior Officers/officials from the Ministry of Information Technology & Telecommunication, senior officers from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
 

NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets - October 26, 2022

 NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RULES OF PROCEDURE AND PRIVILEGES MEETS TODAY, Islamabad, the 26th October, 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.  
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA / Hon. 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 with the direction that Secretary Establishment all Cheif Secretaries must be call in the next meeting. The committee recommended that the action maybe taken according law/ rule 227, the Committee also Summon with the name of Zubair Niazi, EX-DC Bannu and directed the Cheif Secretary Kpk to take action against him within ten days. 
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, MNA / Hon. Deputy Speaker regarding absence of Federal Secretaries of Ministries of Communications, Human Rights, Law and Justice, Petroleum, Power, Parliamentary Affairs and Science & Techonology from their Rota Day from the sitting of National Assembly held on 19th October, 2022; The Committee pended the Question of Privilege. 
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 because the matter is subjudice.
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), 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 due to Flood Emergency. 
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 with the direction that Agha Abdul Raheem, EX. D. G Shewan, Jamshoro, Sindh maybe issued Summon. 
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; Then Committee dispose of the Question of Privilege due to satisfaction of Hon. MNA/mover in convening with DAC within fifteen days. 
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Usama Qadri, MNA regarding not-responding the telephone calls of Hon. MNA by Mr. Taha Saleem, Deputy Commissioner, Central Karachi and Mr. Saif Abbas, Senior Director, Land, Karachi Municipal Corporation; The Committee pended the Question of Privilege. 
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 with the direction ti issue Summon with the name of Ex-Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi and Ex- federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed. 
The Question of Privilege raised by Chaudhary Faqir Ahmed, 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. 
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, with the direction to issue Summon to Mr. Ali Raza Bhutta, CCI and Dr. Nawaz Addl. Secretary. 
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. 
The Question of Privilege raised by Makhdoom Syed Sami ul Hassan Gillani, MNA regarding alleged non-update the Hon. Member by XEN, Public Health Department, Bahawalpur regarding Provincial Fund year 2021-2022 and not responding the telephone calls; The Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that Secretary Highways South Punjab, Secretary Public Health, Cheif Engineer South Punjab, Secretary Planning and Development punjab,Secretary Local Government, Secretary Finanace, Addl. Cheif Secretary South Punjab and XEN Public Health Department, Bahawalpur to attend the next meeting in person. 
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ali Nawaz Shah, MNA regarding alleged registration of false cases against the workers/supporters of Hon. MNA to malign, defame the him and damage his reputation in his constituency by Mr. Shafique Shah, Chief Municipal Officer (CMO), Mir Pur Khas City, Chaudhary Asad, Superintendent of Police, Mr. Manzoor Lakhi, Deputy Superintendent of Police, City Mir Pur Khas, Mr. Khuda Bux Thebo, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shujaabad, Mr. Rasool Bux Thaheem, Station House Officer, Taluka Mirwah, Mr. Shahjehan Lashari, Station House Officer, Satellite Town, Mr. Khuda Bux Rajani, Station House Officer and Mr. Munawar Arain, Assistant.   Sub-Inspector/MTO, Satellite Town, District Mir Pur Khas; The Committee The Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction to coordinate with the Hon. Mover/ Member with in fifteen days and report must be submitted to the Standing Committee. 
The Question of Privilege raised byMs. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNAregarding alleged baseless propaganda on social, print and electronic media that a 25 person delegation attended the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference in Canada; The Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that Secretary Information must hold a meeting with PAMRA, Cyber Crime Wing FIA, Ministry of IT and Hon. Ms, Romina Khurshed Alam, MNA aslo be invited in the meeting. The Committee also directed to issue notice to Ms. Shandana Gulzar, MNA.
The Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA regarding alleged tweet of Ms. Aliya Hamza Malik, MNA mailing Regional Seminar for the Asia Pacific Region Parliaments on Achieving the Sustainable Developments held on 13th and 14th September, 2022; The Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that Ms. Aliya Hamza, MNA maybe issued Summon. 
The Question of Privilege raised by Nawabzada Iftekhar Ahmed Khan Babar, MNA regarding allegedly not attending the telephone calls of Hon. Member by Maher Allah Yar Baharwana, CEO, MEPCO, Multan; The Committee dispose of the Question of Privilege.
The Question of Privilege raised by Syed Mehmood Shah, MNA regarding misbehaviour of Dr. Amjid Ali Khan, Resident Manager, PPL, BME, Khuzdar with the Hon. Member; The Committee dispose of the Question of Privilege with the satisfaction of Hon Mover. 
Application regarding provision of record of Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges. (Matter referred by the Hon. Speaker); The Committee dispose of the matter with the direction that the Committee observed that the proceedings of the House and Committee are protected under Article 69 of the Constitution. Further the rules of National Assembly adios not allow to public any document of relating to business on the House or Committee unless it is laid before the House. Hence the Committee recommended not share any information in derogation of rules and contest the the case vigorously. It was also recommended by the Committee that National Assembly Secretariat shall opt to avail appropriate remedy available under the law to challenge the order of information commission. It was also recommended by the Committee that in addition to that Secretary Parliamentary Affairs, shall be hold a consultation session in collaboration with the Secretary National Assembly Secretariat and Secretary Law and Justice to propose amendment in the said law to exclude National Assembly Secretariat and Senate from the definition of public bodies. Further amendment as and where required may also b proposed during that consultation. 
Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with State Bank of Pakistan and Ministry of Finance regarding using the words “Politically Exposed Persons (PEP) while opening the new accounts and not provision of credit cards to the Hon. MNAs; The Committee dispose of the issues of the Hon. Members, with the direction that house building loans, Credit cards maybe issued to the Hon. Parliamentarians irrespective of age limit of 60years and also directed that ABL Parliament House Branche maybe upgraded as model branch. The Committee also recommended the expansion of the ABL branch by requesting to Hon. Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan. 
Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL); The Committee dispose of the issues of Hon. Members. 
Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with National Highway Authority (NHA); The Committee dispose of the issue of Hon. Members with the direction to extention of extended time of one month to Sub-Committee. 
Issues of Hon. Members of the Committee with Pakistan International Airline (PIA); The Committee pended the Issues of Hon. Member. 
The issue of Contempt of Parliament; The Committee pended the Issue. 
To discuss Articles 66 and 69 of Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973; The Committee pended the Article discuss in the Committee. 
The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA regarding not-responding the telephone calls of Hon. Member by Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Abbasi, Chief Engineer, Guddu Barrage, Sukkur and Mr. Assadullah Sheikh, Superintendent Engineer of Guddu Barrage, Sukkur; The Committee pended the Question of Privilege with the direction that Cheif Secretary Sindh, Secretary irrigation Sindh, Cheif Engineer Guddu Barrage and SE Guddu Barrage Sukkur should attend the next meeting in person. 
The Question of Privilege raised by Syed Agha Rafiullah, MNA regarding supply of incorrect reply to his Question No. 6 included in the list of un-starred Questions for 20th May, 2022 regarding departmental promotions of Associated Press of Pakistan (APP); the Committee pended the Question of Privilege. 
The Question of Privilege raised by Syed Agha Rafiullah, MNA regarding misbehavior of Dr. Aamir Sheikh, Managing Director, Overseas Pakistanis Foundatoin (OPF) with the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary; The Committee pended the Question of Privilege. 
The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Usama Qadri, Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, Mr. Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Mr. Muhammad Sajjad, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani and Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNAs/Members.
The meeting was also attended by Mr. Zahid Akram Durrani, Ch. Faqir Ahmed, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Ms. Romina Khurshed Alam, Nawabzada Iftikhar Amed Khan Babar, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar and Syed Agha Raffiullah, MNAs/Movers. 

NA Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture meets - October 25, 2022

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture summons Chief Secretary Punjab, Inspector General of Police Punjab, Secretary Archives Department Punjab and Deputy Commissioner Sheikhupura, in the next meeting to explain as to why the possession of first floor of Allama Iqbal Complex Muridke; allocated for temporary set up of sub-campus of National Skill University Islamabad, was cancelled?

33rd meeting of the Standing Committee held today in the Constitution Room of the Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Makhdoom Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, MNA. 

During the course of discussion on the agenda concerning National Skill University (NSU) Islamabad, the Committee was informed that NSU; being the first public sector University was established on the premises of fast job transformation challenges associated with the fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) which will involve both trainings in the University’s Laboratories as well as working in the field with industrial collaborators through co-opt programs. For achieving these goals, the University initiated the process to establish its 1st campus at Muridke. After fulfilment of codal formalities, S&GAD Punjab allocated 1st floor of Library Complex Muridke. Accordingly, the University allocated 250 training slots in collaboration with National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) for Skilled Development Program, procured necessary equipment worth six million rupees and recruited initial staff to make the sub-campus functional. All of a sudden, S&GAD (Archives & Library Wing), Punjab, cancelled the allotment without prior intimation to the NSU and also destroyed the equipment. The local administration was requested by the NSU to look into the matter but none paid attention. Even when the Ministry brought the matter to the knowledge of Chief Secretary Punjab, he also expressed his inability. The Secretary, Archives Department Punjab, informed the Committee that she had recently assumed charge, however, she will inquire into the matter and submit report to the Committee. The Committee; after going through the stated facts, decided to summon Chief Secretary Punjab, IGP Punjab, Secretary Archives Department Punjab and Deputy Commissioner Sheikhupura, in the next meeting to explain as to why the possession in question was cancelled? 

Taking cognizance of the issue regarding holding of “Jalsas” by political parties in public Universities, the Committee directed HEC to endeavor for imposition of restrictions on such practices in future as these were leading towards wastage of precious time of students. Regarding mushroom growth of educational institutes/ universities in Punjab, the Committee decided to summon Chairman Punjab Higher Education Department in the next meeting to obtain briefing on the matter. The Committee also directed the HEC to stop funding of all those institutes/universities whose NOCs for sub-campuses vis-à-vis disciplines were yet to be issued by the HEC as these were causing immense problems for the students in terms of attestation of their degrees/transcripts. The Committee also directed the HEC to launch public awareness campaign about such institutes/universities so that innocent students are be saved from such frauds in future.  

Regarding the issue of repatriation of 300 female teachers working on Wedlock Policy in Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), the Committee was informed that pursuant to the decision of the Hon. Court, the matter was being considered in the Ministry on case-to-case basis and all out efforts would be made to accommodate these teachers as per existing rules/regulations. The Committee appreciated the Ministry for showing sympathetic response to the deputation teachers.   

On the issue of missing admission forms of BA 1st Annual Exam of 2000 from Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB), the Committee was informed that the inquiry, appointed on the directions of the Committee, had finalized its report however the same; after due concurrence by the syndicate of IUB, would be presented to the Committee. The Committee, taking note of the response, directed the Registrar IUB to get completed due process at the earliest and submit the requisite report in the next meeting.  

The Committee rejected “The NCS-Institute of Science Bill, 2021” due to continuous non-attendance of the Mover by Mr. James Iqbal, MNA. 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) was however deferred by the Committee as the Mover was not present in the meeting. The Committee deferred “The National University of Security Sciences Islamabad Bill, 2022” (moved by Mr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, 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) with directions to the Movers and HEC to sit together and sort out all the issues therein. 

Regarding payment of arrears for the period 2013-18 to the employees of National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), the management informed the Committee that pursuant to the directions of the Hon. IHC, all the codal formalities were fulfilled and presently the matter was with the Ministry. The Ministry assured the Committee that the arrears in question would be given to the employees in the third quarter of the financial year 2022-23. The Committee noted the assurance and appreciated the Ministry for showing this spirit. 

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Dr. Samina Matloob, Dr. Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, Mrs. Farrukh Khan, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi and Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer. Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar and Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNAs/Movers were also present. Besides the Hon. Minister for Federal Education & Professional Training, senior officers of the Ministry and its attached Departments/Organizations attended the meeting. 


Pak-Iran cooperation critical to regional economic growth and stability: Mohsin Dawar - October 24, 2022

Islamabad, the October 24th, 2022 : The Chairman of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Mohsin Dawar and Iran’s ambassador to Pakistan Syed Muhammad Ali Hussaini exchanged views on deepening Pak-Iran relations and making joint efforts to uplift regional economic growth, promote trade, contain conflicts and address humanitarian crisis across the region. Mohsin Dawar stressed that synergies between Pakistan and Iran were critical to the regional stability and sustained economic growth. Iran’s ambassador Syed Muhammad Ali Hussaini remarked that Pakistan-Iran ties were deep-rooted in shared culture, geography, history and challenges.
The meeting took place at Parliament House, Islamabad and matters pertaining to evolving situation in the region particularly Afghanistan, regional instability and potential for cooperation to accelerate regional economic growth came under discussion.  Both sides reaffirmed commitment to strengthen people-to-people relations and underlined the need to exchange parliamentary delegations as a tool to cement bilateral relations amidst the dynamic regional and global challenges.


Pakistan should expand its commercial and diplomatic footprint in Africa: NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs - October 24, 2022

Islamabad, October 24th, 2022: A Meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs took place on Monday, 24 October, 2022 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad. The Ministry briefed the Committee on Pakistan’s relations with African countries. The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Mohsin Dawar presided over the meeting. The Committee stressed that Pakistan should expand its commercial and diplomatic footprint in Africa.  
The Committee members, at the outset of the meeting, raised the matter involving the death of renowned Pakistani journalist Mr. Arshad Sharif in Keyna and sought details from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The Committee was informed that the Kenyan ambassador was called to the Foreign Office and the Kenyan government has been requested to extend maximum facilitation in the case in question. The Committee stressed that Arshad Sharif’s death was a high-profile case and must not be treated as a routine case. The Committee urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to keep the Committee updated about unfolding developments regarding Arshad Sharif’s death in Kenya. One of the members underlined the need for sending Pakistani officials who are expert in investigation to assist the Pakistan High Commission to pursue the case with the Kenyan Government.
The Committee was informed that Pakistan’s “Engage Africa” rejuvenated the trajectory of Pakistan’s relations with the African countries. It was highlighted that prior to Engage Africa policy, Pakistan had only 14 missions in 54 African countries. The COVID-19 crisis and the emergence of Africa as a vibrant emerging market laid the foundation of Pakistan’s new pivot to Africa. It was highlighted that Pakistan opened 5 new missions in Africa; relocated 6 commercial wings; appointed 26 Honorary Councils; established Rs.100 million Africa Fund; expanded bilateral consultations and made significant progress on visa abolition agreements and defense cooperation with a number of African countries.  It was observed that Pakistan should expand bilateral political and engage business communities in Joint Commissions and business forums. It was also revealed that Pakistan’s high-level engagements and delegation exchange with the African countries need to expand. The Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also underlined the need for expanding Pakistan’s presence in UN Formed Police Units in Africa.   

The members raised concerns about Pakistan’s growing trade deficit vis-à-vis the African countries. It was highlighted that the growing demand for coal and petroleum products caused a spike in Pakistan’s imports from Africa resulting in trade deficit. The Committee was informed that Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa constituted Pakistan’s top export partners and South Africa, Kenya and Morocco were Pakistan’s key import partners. The members underlined the need to diversify Pakistan’s export basked in terms of market and product exported as Pakistan’s majorly relied on the export of Rice to the African countries. The members urged the Chair to invite both the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to identify obstacles to expanding Pakistan’s trade with Africa and in the light of such briefing make recommendation to address those concerns.
 

The Chairman of the Committee Mohsin Daawar, MNA Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, MNA. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA Syed Abrar Ali Shah, MNA Zulfiqar Ali Behan, MNA Muhammad Abubakar and MNA Ramesh Kumar Vankwani attended the meeting.
 
 


NA Standing Committee on Commerce Meets - October 19, 2022

 The Standing Committee on Commerce, unanimously elected Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, MNA as its new Chairman.

 
A meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce held today, in the Parliament House, Islamabad. The Additional Secretary Legislation informed the Committee that Mr. Raza Rabbani Khar, MNA has tendered his resignation as Chair of the Standing Committee on Commerce, as he was appointed as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister. He briefed the Committee about the procedure for election of the Chairman.
 
 
Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, MNA/Member of the Standing Committee on Commerce, proposed the name of Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, MNA as the Chairman of the Committee. The proposal was seconded by Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, and Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, MNAs/Members of the Committee. Accordingly, Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, MNA was unanimously elected as the Chairman Standing Committee on Commerce in the National Assembly of Pakistan.
 
 
Honourable Minister for Commerce and 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 expressed his strong commitment towards meaningful working of the Committee.
 
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Usman Ibrahim, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Syed Javed Ali Shah Jillani, Ms. Wajiha Qamar, and Mr. Ahmed Hussain Deharr, MNAs. The meeting was also attended by Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Commerce and Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah MNA.

NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs Meets - October 19, 2022

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STANDING COMMITTEE ON PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS MEETS TODAY. 
 
Islamabad 19th October, 2022 meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs held today in Parliament House, Islamabad for the removal of Ex-Chairman & re-election of Chairman Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.
 
The Committee removed the Mr. Mujahid Ali, Ex-Chairman of the said Standing Committee and unanimously elected Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar, MNA as its Chairman.
 
The Addl. Secretary (Legislation) National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the Hon. Members and briefed them about the procedure for the election of the Chairman. Mr. Abdul Qadir Khan Mandokhel, MNA proposed the name of Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar. MNA. As Chairman of the Committee. Ms. Javairia Zafar Aheer seconded the name of Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar, MNA as Chairman of the Committee. Mr. Muhammad Abu Bakar, MNA was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.
 
The Addl. Secretary (Legislation) National Assembly Secretariat, congratulated the new elected Chairman on behalf of the Hon. Speaker and assured him full support from this Secretariat for the effective and efficient functioning of the Committee.
 
The Hon. Chairman expressed his gratitude to the Members for posing confidence upon him and assured them to run the business of the Committee with consensus.
 
The meeting was attended by Mr. Mahesh Kumar Malani, MNA, Ms. Shamsun Nisa, Mr. Abdul Qadir Khan Mandokhail, Molana Abdul Akbar Chitrali, and Ms. Javeria Zafar Aheer, MNAS.

Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - October 17, 2022

16th 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 items.

The Committee considered the Bill titled “The Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2021” in its meeting. The Hon Federal Minister for Law and Justice briefed the Committee regarding the Bill. He informed the Committee that the purpose of the Bill is to protect the rights of women, children, elders and other vulnerable persons who resides together at one place and are victims of domestic violence. The Bill aims to establish an effective system of protection, relief and rehabilitation of the victims, of domestic violence, who are in domestic relationship.  

The Hon. Federal Minister further informed that the provincial Governments of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have already enacted legislation at their respective provincial levels. Similarly, the Ministry of Human Rights proposed the legal and institutional framework for the territorial jurisdiction of Islamabad Capital Territory. The Committee was further informed that the Bill was passed by the Senate with amendments and introduced in the National Assembly for consideration, the Standing Committee considered the Bill and after detailed discussion, the Committee recommended that the bill may be passed by the National Assembly, the honorable member Ms. Aliya Kamran expressed her reservations and submitted note of dissent on the Bill.

Honourable Federal Minister for Human Rights Mr. Azam Nazeer Tarar and Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ms. Shams Un Nisa, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Mr. Mohsin Dawar, MNAs, attended the meeting.
 


The 1st meeting of Special Committee on Sacked Employees was held in Parliament House - October 13, 2022

Islamabad, 13th October 2022; 1st  meeting of the Special Committee on Sacked Employees was held today in the Constitution Room (Old Committee Room No.5).

2.    The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran then the Committee decided to proceed with the election of the Chairman. Mr. Nawab Sher MNA proposed the Name of Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail MNA as Chairman. Mr. Naveed Amir Jeeva Seconded the proposal. As there was a single proposal for the Chairmanship hence      Mr. Qadir Khan Mandokhail MNA was declared as the successful candidate for the Chairman of the Committee. Hon. Chairman extended their thanks to all the members for the honor and election as Chairman.

3    After exchanging thanks and congratulations to the Chairman, the Committee decided that a list of all sacked employees shall be obtained from the Establishment Division along with their comments within three days to proceed further in the matter.

4.    Hon. Members/MNAs, Mr. Naveed Amir Jeeva, Mr. Nawab Sher, Mr. Ali Gohar, and Ms. Kishwar Zehra attended the meeting.


Special Committee on Sacked Employees - October 12, 2022

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND WORKS - October 12, 2022

The Standing Committee on Housing and Works directs the Ministry of Housing and Works to get engaged the Capital Development Authority (CDA); prior to undertake the Urban Regeneration Project in Islamabad, especially, around Kohsar Market in F-6/3 Islamabad, in order to avoid any inconvenience in future.
22 meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works held today at 11:00 am. in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Dr. fhadullah, MNA
On an agenda item concerning future plan of Ministry of Housing and Works regarding Federal Government Owned Accommodations (FGOAS) located at prime locations in Islamabad, the Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works, informed the Committee that they had moved a summary for the Hon. Prime Minister through Secretaries, Finance and Cabinet Divisions. respectively, proposing utilization of Abandoned Properties Organization Houses (APO); especially around Kobsar Market in F-6/3 Islamabad, through Public Private Partnership (PPP), for Urban Regeneration and Gentrification Schemes, by way of construction of executive apartments, boutique hotels, to promote tourism and upscale restaurants through Joint Venture (JV) agreement/leasing while maintaining the ownership of the property and generating maximum revenue for the govemment according to the prevailing market price. Moreover, an International Housing Expo-2022 was being organized by the Ministry during December 8-11, 2022. he added. The Committen; taking note of the same, directed the Ministry to get engaged the CDA prior to undertaking the requisite Urban Regeneration Project in order to avoid any inconvenience in future.
Regarding the issue of additional constructions in Federal Government Owned Residential Accommodations (FGORAs) and their subletting by the allottees, the DG, Estate: Department, informed the Committee that a Coordination Committee; constituted by the Ministry under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary, was looking into these issues. The Standing Committee inquired that how many times the administration of ICT was got engaged by the said Coordination Committee for demolishing of such unauthorized constructions. The DG (Estate) could not give satisfactory reply, however, the Deputy Commissioner ICT, in his response, assured the Committee their fullest support to the Coordination Committee in that regard. The Standing Committee directed that the chairman of the Coordination Committee should get accomplished the long outstanding task of survey concerning illegal constructions in FGORA and their subletting, take all sorts of actions with the help of ICT and submit report on weekly basis to the Committee.
About the agenda item relating to determination of rates for development schemes of roads and solarization, the DG, PWD, claimed that their rates were lower than other government departments both in the Federation and the Provinces. The Committee, refuting the claim, directed the DG, PWD, to provide in the next moeting, a detailed comparison of rates of different Federal and Provincial Departments in respect of development schemes.
On the issue of commercial units (petrol pumps and shops) leased out by Este Department, the Committee referring to a decision of the Hon. Supreme Court of Pakistan directed the DG (Estate) 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 containing names of allottees of all the commercial units with their location and rental changes in the next meeting.
The Join Secretary of the Ministry informed the Committee that following the directions of the Committee; made during its previous meeting, the matter regarding shifting the administrative control of Pakistan Environmental Planning & Architectural Consultants (PEPAC) from Ministry of Housing and Works to Ministry of Planning & Development was dully taken up with the Ministry of Planning & Development. In response, they informed that the
Hon. Minister for Planning was desirous to have a briefing on the issue but unfortunately the said hriefing could not be taken by the Hon. Minister due to his engagements. The Committee; reiterating its earlier stance, again directed the Ministry to vigorously pursue the Ministry of Planning & Development for the briefing in question and get concluded the issue.
Besides the Hon. Minister for Housing and Works, the meeting was attended by Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms Seema Mohiuddin Jumeeli, Syed Agha Rafiullah, Syed Mehmood Shah, Mr. Muhammad Abu: Bakar and Makhdooms Syed Sami-ul-Hassan Gillani, MNAs/Members. The senior officers of Ministry of Housing and Works, Pak. PWD, PHAF, PEPAC and Estate Office were also present in the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs meets today - October 10, 2022

Islamabad, the October 10th, 2022: A Meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs took place on Monday, the 10th October , 2022 at Parliament House, Islamabad. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce jointly briefed the Committee on Pakistan’s trade with Russia and Central Asian Republics and the Institutional Structure, Procedures and Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Mohsin Dawar presided the meeting.  

The Chairman highlighted the significance of Central Asian market for expanding Pakistan’s trade and urged the need to accelerate efforts to expand trade within the region and beyond. He stated that unhindered trade was vital to the region’s quest for shared prosperity. He further added that after a series of consultation on trade with Russia and Central Asian Republics, the Committee would compile comprehensive recommendations to assign substantive meanings to Pakistan’s quest for regional connectivity and trade and investment flow.  The members of the Committee raised questions regarding preferential trade agreements, dispute resolution mechanisms, establishment of banking channels to facilitate formal trade, customs procedures, flight operations and implications of the sanctions imposed on Russia in the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine War and Pakistan’s negotiation with the EU for extension of GSP plus Scheme.  

The Committee was informed that the Government attached immense importance to regional connectivity, trade and investment in the region and beyond. It was revealed that as a block the region has produced highest growth rate in trade expansion during the last few years. It was highlighted that institutional arrangement in the form of Joint Working Groups have been put in place and preferential bilateral trade agreements, business forums, trade exhibitions, and business friendly custom procedures were pursued to facilitate trade and transit opportunities in the region.   

The members urged the Chair to invite Aviation Division to brief the Committee on status and potential of direct flights from Pakistan to Central Asian Republics. The members also sought an in-camera briefing on the procedures of dealing with diplomatic cyphers. The members sought details about the number of Pakistani officials posted in various missions under different headings.   

The Chairman of the Committee Mohsin Daawar, MNA Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, MNA. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA Ali Nawaz Shah and MNA Ahmad Hussain Deharr attended the meeting.  

 

 


Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly meets - October 10, 2022

Islamabad, October 10, 2022:  The ongoing session of the National Assembly would likely to continue till October 21,2022. The Committee decided  that situation arising out of recent floods in Pakistan and efforts for the relief and rehabilitation of flood affectees would remain top agenda item of the session. Besides, the session would also take-up certain key bills and other issues of public importance on daily basis.

These decisions were taken by the House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly in it's meeting held under chairmanship of the Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday at the Parliament House, Islamabad.

It was also decided that no regular session of the Assembly would be held on Tuesday, October 11,2022 owing to the Joint Session of the Parliament. The session would then resume from October 12,2022. Moreover, Wednesday, October 13,2022 would be  dedicated for private business of the House.

The meeting also discussed annual calendar for the upcoming sessions of the National Assembly. It was decided that the calendar would hopefully be finalized and approved prior to the next meeting of the Advisory Committee.

Apart from the Speaker, the meeting was attended by National Assembly Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Minister for Commerce Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister, Minister for Narcotics Control Nawabzada Shazain Bugti, and MNAs' Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Mr. Mohammad Aslam Bhootani, Mr. Noor Alam Khan, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Nawab Sher, Ms. Rubina Irfan, Dr. Fehmida Mirza and Moulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali.


Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - October 7, 2022

Islamabad, 7th October, 2022: The Standing Committee on Climate Change expresses concerns over site selection for plantation of trees while discussing the agenda item regarding Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Program (TBTTP) and directs the Ministry to provide detailed report on the criteria of choosing 17000 sites where the plantation was made in the next meeting. The Committee decided to invite Chief Secretaries of all the Provinces in its future meetings to brief the Committee about their contribution in the Green Pakistan Program.

2. 30th meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change held today in the Parliament House Islamabad under the Chairperson of Ms. Nuzhat Pathan, MNA.

3. Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change gave a comprehensive briefing on the performance of Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Program (TBTTP). He informed the Committee that the title of the Program has been revised from TBTTP to Green Pakistan Program. It was informed that initially the plantation target was 100 million but later it was increased upto 10 billion. Total Program cost was Rs.125.184 billion sharing 50% cost each with Federal and Provinces. He apprised that the purpose of the Program was to enhance the forest cover area in the country and revive wildlife resources.

4. I.G (Forests), M/o Climate Change briefed the Committee that 607.27 trees were distributed amongst the general public/institutions. The Committee took serious notice upon the statement and asked to clarify the distribution process. The Committee inquired about the present status of the planted trees especially in the light of recent floods across the country.

5. The Committee also directed the Ministry of Climate Change to prepare a complete case study on Monal and other Restaurants on climate change issues and gave their suggestions/proposals to the Committee in the next meeting. The Committee also decided to invite Forestry Departments of all the Provinces in the next meeting to apprise the Committee about the rapidly decreasing forest area.


6. The Committee decided to defer all the pending legislative business referred to the Standing Committee for consideration and report.

7. The meeting was attended by MNAs; Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Musarrat Asif Khawaja, Ms. Shakila Luqman, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani. Senior officers of the Ministry of Climate Change and its attached Departments/Organizations also attended the meeting.
 


PAC Press Release - October 5, 2022

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 Maritime Affairs. The Committee, as usual, discussed the audit paras and examined the grants for the year 2019-2020. The Committee decided that next meeting would be held in Gawadar and Port Qasim Authority and KPT would also be visited. The Committee, however, gave the following recommendations:
The Honourable Chairman, PAC constituted four Sub-Committees of PAC consisting each of four Members. The Sub-Committees would be headed each by Honourable Members Ms. Wajiha Qamar, MNA; Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, MNA; Senator, Saleem Mandviwalla; and Senator, Mushahid Hussain Sayed.

The Committee while examining the Audit Report expressed displeasure over bad governance of the former Chairman KPT Board and requested the Prime Minister not to post him anywhere because he, interalia, committed several irregularities while awarding contracts to disqualified bidders and giving government land on lease on unimaginable lowest rates. However, the Committee appreciated the performance of the incumbent Chairman, KPT. One of the Honorable Member desired to know as to how many officers have been placed on deputation in the government departments during last six months;

The Committee directed the Secretary, Ministry of Maritimes Affairs to provide the PAC with a list showing how many trucks are strucked up in KPT shipyard; and

The Committee directed the Secretary to strive hard to make recoveries and directed to pursue court cases vigorously. Two paras were also referred to NAB for inquiries and directions were also issued to the Secretary to fix responsibility on the officer(s) for violating law.


Standing Committee on Railways meets - October 5, 2022

Islamabad, the 5th October, 2022: 29th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Mueen Wattoo, MNA in the Committee Room of Ministry of Railways, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad.

2. The Committee expressed its sorrow over the losses caused by recent floods, and extended solidarity with flood affactees and prayed for their speedy recovery.

3. Secretary, Railways briefed the Committee about financial losses of Railways due to floods and gave suggestions to avoid such losses in future.

4. The Committee also discussed the issues related to pays and pensions, allowances of Railways Police and its employees.

5. The Committee emphasize to get evacuate Railways Land from land mafia.

6. The meeting was attended by Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Ch. Muhammad Hamid Hameed, Pir Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jillani, MNAs and the senior officers from the Ministry of Railways.


Public Accounts Committee meets - October 4, 2022

A meeting of the Public Accounts Committee was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Noor Alam Khan, MNA, in the Parliament House pertaining to M/o Industries & Production. The Committee, as usual, discussed the audit paras for the year 2019-2020; justification of increasing vehicles’ prices as well as briefing on Utility Stores Corporation (USC) were also on the agenda of the Committee. The Committee gave the following recommendations:
The Committee took severe notice of those employees who were appointed on fake degrees and directed the Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Production to lodge FIRs against them and initiate a drive to make recoveries from them as well. Action may also be taken against the officers who appointed them and did not verify their educational degrees before and after their appointments and asked the Secretary to submit a Report to PAC within 7 days. The Committee directed the Auditor General of Pakistan to conduct performance audit of all the public sector companies within one month;

On a question raised in the meeting, the Committee issued directions to NAB to utilize polite and civilized words in communications while seeking help of other departments in the proceedings of inquiries and one of the representative of audit department be also included in the inquiries been conducted by FIA & NAB;

While discussing the distribution of food items at Utility Stores, the Chairman said that subsidized items are the right of only poors and under privileged segment of society and its distribution should be quite transparent through computerized mechanism;

This made the Committee astonished that subsidized atta/flour bags were issued in the name of the Honorable Chairman, PAC himself in Peshawar which shows that distributing mechanism of Utility Store Corporation is flawed and directed the Secretary to probe into the matter as to why subsidized atta/flour bags were fraudulently issued in the name of Honorable Chairman. The Committee also advised the Secretary, Ministry of Industries & production that ladies should not be humiliated outside Utility Stores. The distribution of food items be made targeted to make it specific to poors only. The Committee directed the Managing Director, Utility Store Corporation to visit the pathetic condition of utility stores especially in the far flung areas of Sindh and Balochistan like Rojanmazari, Dera Ghazi Khan etc to see whether the utility stores are fulfilling the needs of people, besides, to check whether only the approved food items are being sold out over there or not. Public Representatives be also given weightage while distributing subsidized food items to poors; and

Lastly, the Committee expressed displeasure over the non presence of Presidents and CEOs of automobile companies. The Honourable Chairman directed the Secretary, Ministry of Industries & Production to make sure presence of Heads of automobile companies in the next meeting of the Committee. The Chairman FBR, Member Custom and Inland Revenue (FBR), Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Governor, State Bank of Pakistan and Chairman SECP were also directed to attend the next meeting. Since the prices of vehicles/cars are going beyond the control of the Ministry of Industries & Production, the Committee requested the Prime Minister of Pakistan to open the import of vehicles/cars to overcome the monopoly of automobile companies in the country. 


Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue meets - October 4, 2022

Islamabad; 4th October, 2022:  The Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue has directed the State Bank of Pakistan to take appropriate action against all the Banks and exchange companies that were involved in volatility in the exchange rate. The State Bank has also been asked to assess the extent of violation by both the entities and take appropriate action so that no one has the audacity to play with the economy of the country. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee was of the view that during recent volatility in the exchange rate and the difference between the interbank rate and the rate offered by Exchange Companies, the Banks earned exorbitant profits. The Committee was apprised that few banks and forex exchange companies were suspected of volatility in exchange rate. The SBP taking cognisance initiated strict monitoring of the foreign exchange operations of banks and exchange companies and inquiry proceedings into the violations of SBP regulations. He assured that violators would be penalised upon finalisation of inquiry. The Governor State Bank further apprised that the SME sector was the backbone of the country’s economy which had not been extended finances which it deserved. He said that there was no condition of financing against collateral only. He said that on the basis of cash flow the SME sector can avail credit from commercial banks. He said that a scheme is being fine tuned and would be launched for the SME sector soon. The Committee directed SBP to monitor that credit is extended to the SME sector.
 
Regarding incentives given to the industrial and trading sector during COVID-19, the Governor State Bank said that the Bank adopted a multi pronged approach to facilitate the industrial and trading sector. He said that those measures included debt rescheduling, financing to large and medium industries for carrying out their operations besides avoiding retrenchment. He also informed that export based industries were also promoted.

The Committee pointed out that the measures taken by the SBP were exceptional but the benefits did not trickle down and financial incentives were mostly availed by large scale industry. The Committee directed State Bank to provide sector wise detail about who benefited from those incentives.

The Committee also decided to discuss the proposed measures for rehabilitation of the flood affectees, agriculture and commercial sectors in its next meeting. The Committee was of the view that devastation caused by floods was massive and it needs proper thinking and perpetual fiscal policy measures.

While discussing the issues of SBP restriction on import of fork-lifters, the Committee was of the view that the industry was suffering and the bank should look into this. The Representatives of the Importers Association apprised that due to restrictions imposed by SBP, Commercial banks had stopped confirming letters of credit. The Governor State Bank informs that there was no restriction on LCs opened before 5th July, 2022.

The Committee also asked the FBR to look into the restriction of pasting invoices and packing lists in the containers of PVC resin.

The Committee meeting was attended by Members of the Committee, Minister of State for Finance, Secretary Finance, Chairman FBR, Governor State Bank and other senior officers of the concerned departments.


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 als