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NA Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi hosts Dinner in the Honour of Chinese Delegaion from Xinjian Province - September 20, 2017

Islamabad September 20, 2017:   The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed  Abbasi hosted a dinner in honour of Chinese Delegation from Xinjian Province.  Talking to the Delegation the Deputy Speaker  has said that Pakistan values high its relations with China and desired to further solidify its deep rooted strategic partnership of cooperation for mutual benefit of both the countries.  He said that Pakistan appreciate the strong support and selfless assistance from the Chinese Government and people for its economic and social development.

Appreciating the Chinese Leadership commitment for implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC) the Deputy Speaker said that this project will prove a game changer and it would create massive economic activities in the region resulting in progress and prosperity for the people of both the countries.  He said that pragmatic cooperation between both the countries could bring more tangible benefits to Pakistan and China.

He thanked the Chinese Government for assistance to set up Solar Power Project at Parliament House.   He said that Solar Power Project gifted by the Chinese Government for the Parliament of Pakistan is a symbolic of friendship between the two countries.  He also appreciated plan for promoting cooperation and partnership between Xinjian Province and Gilgit-Baltistan in various fields,  installation of solar lamps in Hazara Division and timely assistance to overcome the energy shortage in Pakistan.

The Head of the Chinese Delegation thanked the Deputy Speaker for hosting a dinner in the honour of his delegation and termed  CPEC project is the win-win opportunities for the both the countries.  He assured the Deputy Speaker of Chinese commitment for its early completion.  While  apprising  him regarding engagements  of his delegation.


The Deputy Speaker expresses his displeasure over delay in construction of Grid Station at Hawalian - September 13, 2017


NA Acting Speaker Directs For Investigation of Anonymous Letter Delivered to Member of Parliament - July 13, 2017

Islamabad; July 13, 2017: Acting Speaker, National Assembly has taken strict notice of delivery of an anonymous letter to the Parliamentarians residing in Parliament Lodges. He termed the contents of letter, misleading, a propaganda and a nefarious attempt to sabotage the brotherly relations between Pakistan and China. Capt (R) Muhammad Safdar, Chairman, Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication (IT) met the Acting Speaker along with other members of the Committee and present the letter.
 
The Acting Speaker expressing his serious concern said that the enemies of Pakistan were trying to destabilize Pakistan internally and also sabotaging the brotherly Pak-China relations. He said that we must expose conspiracy against Pakistan. He directed Director, CDA and DSP, Parliament Lodges, and other concern departments to inquire in to matter and submit their report.
 


NA Acting Speaker directs to investigate incident of chairlift accident - June 30, 2017


Governor Sindh Calls on Deputy Speaker National Assembly - May 31, 2017

Islamabad: 31 May 2017 Governor Sindh Mr. Muhammad Zubair called on Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Parliament House, this morning.

Deputy Speaker congratulated Mr. Muhammad Zubair for his appointment as Governor Sindh. He expressed confidence that under his leadership, the province will lead towards progress and prosperity.

The Governor Sindh thanked the Deputy for his valued remarks and said that his appointment was a sacred trust of the people of Sindh and he would work for their betterment. 

The matters related to federal budget 2017-18, and on-going development projects in the country including CPEC were discussed. The Deputy Speaker said that the federal budget for the next year was a pro-people and developmental budget. He said that government had allocated substantial funds for provision of basic amenities, infrastructure development, power generation, health and job creation.

Governor Sindh agreed with the Deputy Speaker saying that Government was cognizant of the economic situation in the country and its policies were pro-investment. He was confident that investment in power sector would address power shortages in the country and generated economic activity. The matter related to Bengali community living in Sindh was also discussed. Both the leaders agreed to take up this humanitarians issue at appropriate level.
 


Deputy Speaker National Assembly Inaugurates Dannah Road at Goreeni District Abbottabad - May 19, 2017


NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSE AND LIBRARY EXPRESSES DISPLEASURE OVER FAILURE IN CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONAL FAMILY SUITES AT PARLIAMENT LODGES - May 16, 2017

Islamabad: 16th May, 2017:  The National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library expressed its displeasure over the failure in construction of additional family suites and servant quarters at parliament lodges. The Committee, therefore, decided to write a letter to Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) to blacklist the Construction Firm on its poor performance.  This decision was taken in a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library which met under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi at Parliament House, today.

The Deputy Speaker resented the failure in construction of family suites at Parliament Lodges and said that the Project was started in May, 2011 and was supposed to be completed in November 2013. However due to negligence of CDA and Construction Firm, the work on the said project could not be completed till date.  He said that despite several commitments before the Committee the construction firm did not make sincere efforts to complete the project. He said that due to the lethargic attitude towards the contractual obligation, the project could not be completed within the stipulated time and extended time frame.  He said that due to non-completion of this project the Parliamentarians who have not been provided residential accommodations are suffering for the last four years.   The members of the committee also expressed their grave concerns over failure in completion of additional family suites and unanimously recommended for strict action against the responsible for inordinate delay and blacklisting of construction firm by PEC.

The Chairman (CDA) informed the committee that the CDA issued several notices to Contractor for expediting the slow progress of work.  However, the Contractor failed to expedite the work progress.  He said that the Contractor is largely responsible for the delay of completion of project. He informed that CDA has imposed 10% penalty on the Construction, however the Contractor pleaded to Arbitrator against the CDA.  He assured the Committee that after the decision of the Arbitrator, fresh tenders will be called to complete the project and CDA will also request to PEC to black list the construction firm across the country.

Later, the Committee discussed the status of possession of plots to the Members of the National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society.  The Committee expressed its displeasure over delaying tactics in handing over the possession of plots to the National Assembly Secretariat employees by the Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS).  The Deputy Speaker National Assembly directed the president federal employees   housing society to honour its commitments and  to hand over the possession of available plots to the employees of the National Assembly who had deposited the full payment of the plot as per the seniority list. Earlier the president FECHS informed the committee that only 45 plots are available with FECHS at present. The Deputy Speaker also directed the Registrar cooperative housing society to submit a detailed report regarding the appropriate action can be taken against the FECHS administration for not honouring the commitment made in the Joint Venture with NAECHS. The Committee also expressed its displeasure over the absence of Member, Admin CDA from the committee meeting without intimation.

The Committee was attended by MNAs Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Dr. Ibadullah, Dr. Mehreen Razaque Bhutto, Mr. Mehboob Alam and Molana Qamar ud Din
 


NA Deputy Speaker stresses the need for regular interaction between the Parliamentarians of Pakistan and Kuwait - May 11, 2017

Islamabad; May 11, 2017:  Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has expressed desire to further strengthen warm relations between Pakistan and Kuwait through enhancing people to people and parliamentary contacts.  He said that Parliaments of both the counties could bring both the brotherly countries more closer.  He was talking to Mr. Nassar Abdul Rehman Jasser Almutairi, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait who called on him in Parliament House, today.

The Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan values high its relations with Kuwait which are based on strong bonds of religion, fraternity and culture.  He stressed the need for regular interaction between parliamentarians of both the countries.  He said that the Parliamentarians could play a pivotal role for strengthening of existing bilateral relations.  He said that Pakistan rich in professionals in Engineering, Medical and Education sectors and Kuwait could take advantage of their expertise.   He emphasized for closer cooperation between both the countries in Defence and economic sectors.   He invited Kuwaiti investors to take benefit from pro-investment policies introduced by the present government in diverse fields. He asked the Ambassador of Kuwait to persuade the business community of the Kuwait to take advantage from these business friendly policies.   

The Deputy Speaker also stressed the need for forging unity amongst the Muslim Countries to cope with the challenges confronting by the Ummah.  He said that terrorism and extremism were biggest threat to entire Muslim world and needed joint strategy to combat this bane.

The Ambassador of Kuwait said that Kuwait attaches great importance to its relations with Pakistan   and considered it as a brother.  Terming Pakistan, an important country of the Muslim world, the Ambassador said that Kuwait wanted to see a stable, strong and prosperous Pakistan.  He assured his Government’s all out support to Pakistan in diverse fields.  While appreciated the contributions of Pakistani expatriate working in Kuwait, he said that Pakistani expatriate in Kuwait had a major contributions in the economic growth of his country.  The Ambassador praised the sagacity of present Pakistani leadership for leading the country on the path of economic progress.


Mr. Zardar asks for forgiveness from Pakhtoon People rather blaming others: Murtaza Javed Abbasi - April 26, 2017


NA Acting Speaker inaugurate supply of Sui Gas at Kokal Barseen Havlian - April 24, 2017


Prime Minister has established a new democratic tradition by offereing three generations for accountability: NA Acting Speaker - April 23, 2017


The Supreme Court's Decision will be the Final Nail in the Coffin of Opponents: NA Acting Speaker - April 22, 2017


NA Deputy Speaker stresses need for Regular Interaction between the Parliamentarians of Pakistan and Portugal - April 18, 2017

Islamabad: 18th April, 2017: The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Pakistan and Portugal enjoy cordial relations and Pakistan wants to further strengthening them. He expressed these views while talking to Charge’ d Affairs of Portugal Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa who called on him in Parliament House, today.

The Deputy Speaker stressed need for enhanced Parliamentary contacts between the parliaments of both the countries. He said that regular interaction between Parliamentarians of the both country could play a vital role to further consolidate the existing bilateral relations. He also underlined the need for increase in bilateral trade. He viewed that volume of trade between the two countries at presents did not commensurate with the existing potential. He said that incumbent Government has introduced investment friendly policies in the country Portuguese companies could benefit from those policies. He also urged for enhancing people to people and cultural exchanges.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that Pakistan is combating against the menace of terrorism and extremism that resulted in restoration of confidence of foreign and national investors to invest in Pakistan. He highlighted the landmark CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) project that has recently been commissioned in Pakistan and said that CPEC would prove to be a game-changer in greater regional economic and commercial activities. He asked the Charge’d Affairs to play his due role in persuading his fellow countrymen business community to look for investment opportunities in Pakistan.

Charge’ d Affairs of Portugal Embassy thanked the Deputy Speaker for his remarks and said that his country also values high its relations with Pakistan. He agreed that interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries could play an important role to bring both the nation closer. He appreciated the resilience shown by the people of Pakistan in war against terrorism and assured all out support of his country in this regard.


Ambassador of Vietnam Calls on The Deputy Speaker NA - April 14, 2017

Islamabad: April 14, 2017: Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly has said that Pakistan and Vietnam enjoy friendly relations and Pakistan wanted to further strengthen bilateral  relations through enhanced parliamentary, economic and people to people contacts. The Deputy Speaker said this while talking to Mr. Nguyen Xuan Luu, Ambassador of Vietnam who called on him in the Parliament House today.

The Deputy Speaker stressed upon regular interaction between the Parliamentarians of both the countries.  He said that the Parliamentarians of both the countries could play an important role to create better understanding and bring both the nations more closer.  He said that the incumbent democratic setup has introduced pro-investment policies in the country due to which foreign investment has enhanced and economy of the country has been growing rapidly.  He said that there are immense potential of investment in diverse fields in Pakistan especially in energy, minerals, industries and infrastructure sectors.    He said that the Vietnami’s investors should take benefit of huge economic potential in Pakistan.   He stressed the needs for regular interaction between the business communities of both the countries and  asked the Ambassador to persuade the vietnams’ investors to invest in Pakistan..   He appreciated the Vietnam’s economic progress in recent past and underlined the needs for expending volume of trade between two countries.

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Luu, Ambassador of Vietnam said that Vietnam also attaches great importance to Pakistan and wants to further cement the existing ties. He said that Vietnam wanted to see a strong and prosperous Pakistan.  He said that strong and prosperous Pakistan is in best interest of region as well as world.   He agreed that exchange of parliamentary delegations would help enhance better understanding between both the countries.  He said the Vietnamese’ investors were keen for investment in Pakistan and trade and economic ties between the two countries are growing rapidly.  
 


Member KPK Assembly Mr. Javed Naseem along-with delegation Calls on Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi - April 13, 2017


Iman of Ka'aba vows to fortify Muslim Ummah - April 8, 2017

Islamabad: April 8, 2017; Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, Murtaza Javed Abbasi called on Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Saleh Bin Ibrahimin Parliament House, today.Imam-e-Kaabawas received by Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Ministers and large number of Parliamentarians.

Deputy Speaker has said that entire Muslim Umma is  facing menace of terrorism and extremism which has disrupted civic life of citizens and economic activities. He opined that it was the conspiracy designed by our common enemies who did not want the development and prosperity of Islamic World.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi stated that the people and government of Pakistan have the greatest regard for Saudi Arabia and they will never tolerate any aggression against it. “We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the protection of Harmain Sharefain” the Deputy Speaker assured. He said that the relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are deep rooted and time tested and the same level of relationship exists between the peoples of both countries.

Speaking on the occasion, Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Saleh Bin Ibrahim said that deep rooted relations between the two brotherly countries are based on strong foundations. He stated that Parliamentarians and people of Pakistan have great love for Harmain Sharefain as well as Saudi government. He said that the objectives of both the countries are the same.

Imam Sahib said that Muslims across the world should promote unity in order to seek resolution of their problems.He said that enemies want to hurt Muslims by creating divisions within their ranks, and that the unity of the Muslim Ummah is the need of the hour.

Earlier, the Imam-e-Kaaba led the Asr prayer at the Parliament House. Parliamentarians, journalists, officers and the large number of staff of Parliament House offered prayers behind the Imam-e-Kaaba. After the prayer, Sheikh Saleh Bin Ibrahim offered special prayers for the progress, prosperity and development of Pakistan and also for the sovereignty and stability of Muslim Ummah. Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Minister of State for CAAD Mr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary and other Parliamentarian were also present.


NA Deputy Speaker Address to a Public Meeting at Rawalpindi - April 1, 2017


NA Deputy Speaker Hosts reception in honour of Diplomats of Islamic Countries - March 31, 2017

Islamabad:   March 31, 2017:  The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi urged upon the Muslim Countries to devise a unified strategy in information technology to handle the online blasphemous material against Islam and Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him). He said that Muslim Ummah needs to shun its differences and unite for a common cause of peace and prosperity and utilize its potential for uniform growth of entire Ummah.  He expressed these views while addressing the luncheon hosted in the honour of Diplomats of Islamic Countries in connection with Pakistan Day by him at Parliament House on Friday.

The Deputy Speaker said Islam accord equal respect to all other religions, however in the garb of freedom of expression, Muslims are subjected to ridicule and hate speeches. He said that this issue poses a great challenge to all of us needed to be handled collectively.  He said that Parliament of Pakistan is determined to play a leading role in restraining the onslaught of hatred against Islam.  He said that the engineered propaganda against Islam and its religious symbols necessitates for a unified front. He asked the guest diplomats to highlight this critical issue in their respective countries’ parliament.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that Pakistan’s relationship with the Muslim countries forms the corner stone of our foreign policy.   He said that Muslim Ummah today stands at the cross roads of its history and the confronting unprecedented challenges.

The Deputy Speaker said that 23rd March has great significance for the people of Pakistan and 77 years ago on this day the Muslims of Sub-Continent resolved to create a separate homeland where they could live freely and practice their religion with liberty.

The Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan is fast emerging as a linchpin in fostering regional connectivity in the form of transcontinental game changing corridor of prosperity.  He said that Pakistan is witnessing a paced economic prosperity under the current political leadership that is implementing business-friendly policies leading to further strengthening of our financial triumph. He apprised the participants regarding work on historic Pak-China Economic Corridor and said that this project would not only bring prosperity to the people of Pakistan but will usher the entire region into a new era of progress and development.

The luncheon was attended by the diplomatic community from 26 Muslim countries besides Leader of House in Senate Raja Zafar ul Haq, Minister for Religious Affair Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, MNAs Ejaz ul Haq, Dr. Ibad ullah, Malik Ibrar, Sahabzada Tariq Ullah and senior government officials.


Press Release Deputy Speaker National Assembly - March 16, 2017


NA Deputy Speaker Distributing posession letters of National Assembly Employees Co-operative Housing society among the employees of the National Assembly and Senate of Pakistan. - March 15, 2017


NA Deputy Provision of Basic Amenities to Masses is Top Priority of the Present Government - March 2, 2017


Deputy Speaker directed NADRA to expedite the verification process of blocked cards - February 23, 2017


NA Deputy Speaker kick off tree plantation campaign in NA-18 Abbotabad. - February 17, 2017


The role of the business community in the country's economy is of the utmost importance: Deputy Speaker - January 6, 2017


The Life of Holy Prophet (PBUH) is Complete Code of Conduct Says NA Deputy Speaker - December 16, 2016


N A Deputy Speaker Address to Public Gathering - December 15, 2016


Deputy Speaker Addresses the Jirga Convened for Conflict Resolution - December 14, 2016


Pyhsical Activities Essential for a Healthy Life: NA Acting Speaker - November 24, 2016

Islamabad: 24th November, 2016    The Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that physical activities and regular exercise are essential for living a healthy life.  He said that due to lack of time and hectic schedules, people tend to ignore physical activities leading to different diseases and complications. He expressed these views while inaugurating a gym for women parliamentarian at Parliament Lodges today. The Minister for State of Information and Broadcasting, Maryum Aurangzeb, women parliamentarians and senior officers of National Assembly and CDA were also present on the occasion.



Appreciating the performance of women parliamentarians, the Acting Speaker said that women law-makers were playing an affirmative and commendable role in the Parliament. He said that due to security reasons and other engagements, the Parliamentarians could not avail the opportunity to take part in physical activities.  He said that with set up of the gym not only the women parliamentarians but female members of the families of the male parliamentarians can also take benefits from it.  

The women parliamentarians present on the occasion thanked the Acting Speaker and appreciated the efforts of Acting Speaker in establishment of the Ladies gym at Parliament Lodges. The demand for setting up a gym at the lodges had been pending for a long time that materialized with personal interest of the Acting Speaker. The female instructor deputed at gym apprised the Acting Speaker about the facilities provided to the members in gym.


P M approves 250 Beds Hospital in Havalian - November 2, 2016


NA Acting Speaker Expresses Annoyance Over The Delay In Construction Of Additional Family Suite At Parliament Lodges - October 23, 2016

Islamabad 23 October 2016: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has expressed annoyance over the delay in construction of Additional Family Suite and servant quarters for the accommodation purpose of Parliament and their staff. He said that due to incompetence, non cooperative attitude and negligence of officers of Capital Development Authority (CDA) the project which suppose to be completed in 2013 cannot finished  till date. He expressed these views during his meeting with Chairman CDA Ansar Aziz at Parliament House.

Acting Speaker said that the project was started in 2011 and final completion date of the project was stipulated December 2013, however CDA had extended the time period and granted extension to construction firm twice.   He said that  National Assembly  Standing  Committee on  House and Library had  instructed the CDA time and again to bound the construction firm to expedite pace of work  on the project and   to complete it with in extended completion period which was 30th  of  September to 2016.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that former Chairman CDA Maroof Afzal and Member Engineering CDA has made repeated commitments before  the committee that  project will be completed within stipulated time, however on ground no practical steps was taken to  fulfill their commitments. He said that former Chairman and Member Engineering had made false statements and mislead the committee during last 3 year in this regard.

He said that there are more than 100 Parliamentarians who have no official accommodation and demanding for it from last 3 year. He said that it was very embarrassing for him and other member of  the committee to  satisfied them as CDA gave new date of completion of the project in every meeting of the committee.

He lamented the non cooperative and irresponsible attitude of CDA toward the committee decisions and directed Chairman CDA to conduct an inquiry to investigate the reasons of  delay in construction of  Additional Family Suite and take stern action against the officers who were responsible of this  failure. The Chairman CDA assured the Acting Speaker that he would personally look into matter and will submit detail report regarding the non- implementation of committee decisions and  delay in construction of Additional Family Suite within 15 days.


Acting Speaker condemned character assisnation of the veteran political leader Baba Haider Zaman by the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhutunkhwa - October 21, 2016


The role of business community in the country's development is of utmost importance: Acting Speaker NA - October 20, 2016


NA Acting Speaker Expressed Displeasure over FECHS' Delaying Tactics in Handing Over plots to the NA Employees - October 19, 2016

Islamabad; October 19, 2016: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has expressed his displeasure over delaying tactics in handing over the possession of plots to the National Assembly Secretariat employees by the Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS). He directed the FECHS President to handover the possession of 226 plots to the employees, as assured by him previously to Committee, before 27th October, 2016 and in case of noncompliance, the Committee would recommend stern actions and also move Privilege Motion against him in National Assembly on grounds of submitting false statements to the Committee and alteration in society records. The National Assembly Standing Committee on House & Library met in Parliament House, today under chairmanship of Acting Speaker.


 

The President of FECHS, Islamabad had assured the committee that the possession of 226 plots would be handed over to the employees - who had deposited the full payment of land - before June 2016. The management had also committed to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on this matter.

The Acting Speaker said that the FECHS management has disappointed the august Committee by not abiding to its own commitment and put the matter in abeyance. He added that the continuous lethargic behavior on the management’s part has resulted into embarrassment of the committee before the employees. He said that this matter has been lingering on since 1988 and despite, the deposition of savings of the employees they have not got the possession of plots. He made clear that no one would be allowed to deprive the employees of their life-long savings.

The Acting Speaker asked the President of FECHS to take every possible measure to honour his commitment by ensuring implementation of the directions of the Committee within the given time. At that occasion, he also directed NAB and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) representatives to take actions against President of FECHS in case of his failure to abide by the directions.

The Committee also expressed its displeasure over Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) dismal performance on maintenance of Parliament House and Lodges. It pointed out the pertaining issue of ineffective janitorial services and non-implementation of the decisions of the Committee for the said buildings. The Committee expressed its annoyance over delay in construction of 104 family suits and servant quarters for the accommodation purpose of Parliamentarians and their staff.

The Committee expressed its confidence in Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation elected mayor/Chairman CDA Ansar Aziz to lead his offices in implementation of Committee’s directions. The Committee asked Mr. Aziz to take special interest in implementation of Committee’s decisions pertaining to Parliament House and Lodges. The Committee expressed hope that as people’s representative Mr. Ansar Aziz would be able to counter bureaucratic delaying tactics and streamline the smooth working of the organization. Mr. Aziz ensured the Committee to take measures in fulfilling the directives of the NA body and would submit a report on the matter in its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Malik Abrar, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Chaudhary Jafar Iqbal, Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari, Dr. Ibad Ullah, Dr. Mahreen Razzak Bhutto, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat, ICT and CADD administration.


Kashmir Issue is a Flash Point for Global Peace: NA Deputy Speaker - October 7, 2016


Ambassador of Azerbaijan Calls on Deputy Speaker NA - October 7, 2016

Islamabad: 7th October, 2016:  The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Kashmir dispute was a flash point for global peace and dream of durable peace in the region cannot be fulfill without its resolution.  He urged upon the international community to take notice of atrocities and violations of human rights by the Indian Security Forces in Occupied Kashmir and play its due role for the resolution of this cure issue.   He expressed these views while talking to Ambassador of Azerbaijan, Mr. Ali Rebecca Alizadeh who called on him at Parliament House today.

While talking about the relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan the Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan and Azerbaijan tied in bond of religion brotherhood, history and culture and both countries has similar perception on regional and global issues and stood with each other at regional and international forums. He said that Pakistan give immense importance to its close relations with Azerbaijan and wanted to further strengthening existing relations through Parliamentary and economic cooperation. Stressing upon the close cooperation between the Parliaments of both the countries he said that the Parliamentarians of both the countries could play a pivotal role for strengthening the bilateral relations.  He underlined the needs for people to people contacts and exchange of cultural delegations.  While inviting Azerbaijan’s investors to invest Pakistan he said the incumbent Government in Pakistan has introduce pro-investment policy in the country. He said that there were a immense opportunities for investors to invest in energy, industry and infrastructure sectors in Pakistan.

The Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan is a peace loving country and wanted to good relations with its neighbours.   He said that Pakistan abhor the terrorism and extremism in all its kind and manifestations and wanted to resolve all disputes through dialogue.

The Ambassador of Azerbaijan Mr. Ali Rebecca Alizadeh thanked the Deputy Speaker and said that Azerbaijan values high its relations with Pakistan and wanted to further expanding the existing relations.  He also expressed his gratitude to people and Government of Pakistan to support Azerbaijan at regional and international forum during Azerbaijan and Armenia conflict.  He said that Pakistan is an important country of Muslim world and Azerbaijan wanted to see a strong and prosper Pakistan.


NA Acting Speaker expresses grief over the loss of precious lives in result of Suzuki Van Accident at Havalian - September 21, 2016


Youth are real asset of the Nation: Says N A Deputy Speaker - September 1, 2016


Hazara Motor Way Express Way is A Gift of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif For The People of Hazara Division: NA Deputy Speaker - August 25, 2016

Islamabad 25th August, 2016:  The Chairman, National Highways Authority, Shahid Ashraf Tarar called on Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi at Parliament House, today.  The former Governor, KPK  Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi, General Manager NHA E-35 Saqlain Haider and Member Northern NHA were also present on the occasion.  The matters pertaining to Hazara Motorway Express Way and widening of existing Highway from Havalian to Abbottabad were discussed during the meeting. 

The Deputy Speaker said that provision of best travelling facilities to the masses was the top priority of the present democratic set up in the country and robust steps are being taken in this regard.   He said that Hazara Motorway Express Way project was a long standing demand of the people of Hazara Division. He said that it is a gift by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for the people of Hazara and expressed his confidence that new era of progress and development will be started in the region with the completion of this project.   

The Chairman NHA briefed the Deputy Speaker about  the progress of work on Hazara Motorway Express Way project.  He informed that the project from Bohran to Havalian was divided into three sections and contract was awarded to three different firms for its timely completion.  He assured that the project will be completed by June, 2017 with cost of amounting to Rs. 32 billion.  He further informed that five interchanges will also be built from Bohran to Havalian.  While apprising about the Havalian to Thakot section he informed that work on the project has been started and as per schedule it will be completed within three and half years, however, he assured that Havalian to Mansehra section will be completed before May, 2018. 

The Deputy Speaker said that existing Highway was insufficient for smooth flow of traffic and often remained blocked, especially in Abbottabad city.   He said that due to blockage of Highway the people of the area was under gone lot of inconvenience.  He directed the NHA Authorities to expedite the pace of work for widening the existing Highway from Havalian to Abbottabad and take immediate steps to remove the bottleneck to expanding the road in Abbottabad city.  The Deputy Speaker also proposed for the construction of elevated road in Abbottabad City for the smooth flow of the traffic in the city.  He also appreciated the performance of the NHA.  

The Chairman, NHA informed the Deputy Speaker that to overcome the traffic problems in Abbottabad City a comprehensive plan has been prepared and NHA has hired a Special Consultant for the survey for expanding the road in Abbottabad City.  He said that the Prime Minister of Pakistan has approved special grant for the project.  The Revenue Department has been started  acquisition of land for this project “ he said.  He assured that the work on the project will be started shortly.
 


Pakistan Strongly Condemns Israeli Aggression Against Innocent Palestinian People: Says NA Deputy Speaker - August 23, 2016

Islamabad August 23, 2016: Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed has said that people and Government of Pakistan strongly condemns Israeli aggression against innocent Palestinian people and fully supports their struggle for a separate homeland. He reiterated Government of Pakistan’s unwavering support for early resolution of core issue of Palestine. He expressed these views while talking to Imam of Masjid-e-Aqsa, Sheikh Akrama Saeed Sabri, who called on him at Parliament House, today.

The Deputy Speaker said that resolution of problems of Muslim Ummah was foremost priority of Pakistan’s foreign policy and would continue its dimplomatic efforts for their resolution. While appreciating the holding of Hurmat Harmain Sharifan Conference in Pakistan, he said that participation of Ulma, Mushaikh and Intellectuals from Muslim Countries in such a large numbers was an honour for us and Pakistan endorses the stance of Huramat Harmain Sharifan Conference. The Deputy Speaker said that security of Harmain Sharifan was integral part of our faith and the people of Pakistan will not withhold any sacrifice for the security of Holy places.

Murtaza Javed Abassi said that Pakistan would never host the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference being its Member since it would not extend invitation to Israel being Member of the IPU. He underlined the need for unity amongst the Muslim Ummah to confront the challenges presently being faced by Muslim World.     

Imam of Masjid-e-Aqsa, Sheikh Akrama Saeed Sabri thanked the people and government of Pakistan for their continued support for the resolution of core issue of Palestine. He said that the people of Palestine gave immense importance to the Pakistan. He said that Pakistan always supported Palestine in difficult time and did not recognize Israel. He also commended role of Pakistan Parliament in this regard. He said that Parliament of Pakistan raised the voice against the Israeli aggression in Palestine and passed numerous resolutions against it. He prayed for unity and solidarity amongst Muslim Ummah. 


National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library Decides to Move Privilege Motion Against Chairman CDA - August 9, 2016


Deputy Speaker NA instruct to relevant department's officials to call a meeting for removal of obstacles of Hazara Express Highway - July 27, 2016


Pakistani Expatriates are the real Ambassador of the Country: NA Acting Speaker - July 21, 2016

Islamabad; July 21, 2016:  A Delegation of Pak-US Business Forum to Pakistan headed by Mr. Hafeez Khan President of Pak-US Business Forum called on Acting Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Parliament House, today. The matters pertaining to Pak-US trade in context of and available investment opportunities in Pakistan were discussed during the meeting.

Talking to the delegation, Acting Speaker said that Pakistani expatriates were the real ambassador of the country and they have excelled the name of their motherland through their hard work and talent all over the world. He said that Pakistan and America are strategic partners and close cooperation exits between both the countries in diverse economic fields.

The Acting Speaker said that today’s Pakistan is different from June, 2013. He said that under sagacious leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif the incumbent democratic setup in the country had led the nation on the path of progress and prosperity. He said that due to investment friendly policies of the present government, the foreign investment had rapidly increased in the country. He said that US Business Community could benefit from the ample investment opportunities generated by Pak-China Economic Corridor. He said that the terrorist activities in the country declined remarkably due to Operation Zarb-e-Azb which was started with the consensus of all the political forces of the country. He said that all the political parties in the Parliament are on the same page on the issues related to national interest. He asked the participants of delegation to play their due role in highlighting the real soft image of Pakistan in US and pursue US investors to invest in Pakistan. He appreciated the patriotism of the Pakistani community residing in US and assured all out cooperation at the government level in that regard.

Mr. Hafeez Khan, President Pak-US Business Forum thanked the Acting Speaker and appreciated the efforts of the government to curb the terrorism in the country. He also eulogized investment friendly policies of the government and told that Pakistani Business Community residing in America is keen to invest in Pakistan. He also assured the Acting Speaker of all out cooperation of PaK-US Business Forum to Pakistan to set up cardiac center at Ayub Medical Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad. He informed the Acting Speaker that the purpose of their recent visit to Pakistan was to explore available business opportunities in Pakistan including investment by US based individuals and business organizations.


NA Acting Speaker Directs the Security Agencies to Investigate the Matter of Break of Ventilator at The Flat of Sassui Palijo at Parliament Lodges and Submit its Report Within in 24 Hour - July 19, 2016

Islamabad July 19, 2016:  The Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has visited the Parliament Lodges to inspect the flat of Senator Sessui Palijo after the news telecasted by the different TV channels about the incident of theft at her flat.  The Acting Speaker met with Senator and inquire about the details of  incident.  Informing about the details of the Senator told that she was in her native place in Sindh for the last one month and today when she returned to |Islamabad she found that a ventilator of  her bed room has broken and papers were scattered on the floor.  She denied the news telecasted by electronic media regarding theft of valuables in her flat.

The Acting Speaker inspected the place of incident and directed the Security Agencies and  CDA to investigate the  matter and submit its report within 24 Hour.  He also directed DSP Security to submit the report of incident of theft in the flat of Talal Chaudhry, MNA along with report of recent incident. He said that no compromise on the security of the Parliament Lodges would be tolerated.  He directed for fool proof security arrangements at Parliament Lodges. 

He instructed the Director Parliament Lodges to install iron grills on all windows and ventilators of   family suites of Parliament Lodges. He also directed to ensure that all security cameras installed at Parliament Lodges to be functional.  The Acting Speaker also expressed his reservation on the cleanliness condition of Parliament Lodges. 

The DSP Security Parliament Lodges informed the Acting Speaker about the details of security measures taken by Islamabad Police in Parliament Lodges.


Deputy Speaker NA demands Water and Power to end Load Shedding in Hazara Division - June 15, 2016


NA Deputy Speaker meets PM to enquire about his health - May 31, 2016

Islamabad, May 31, 2016: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi held a meeting with Prime minister in his London residence before the PM underwent open heart surgery. During the meet, the Deputy Speaker prayed for his successful operation and complete recovery. He said that the whole nation was praying to Almighty Allah for his recuperation and waiting for his return to Pakistan. He said that Pakistan was impatiently waiting for its beloved leader to return and lead the nation to its journey towards development.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his gratitude for Deputy Speaker’s wishes and prayers. He said that by the blessings of Allah and prayers of the nations he will recover from his ailment and will soon be among his beloved people.


A Two Member Parliamentary Delegation Led by Deputy Speaker National Assembly will Visit Philippines - May 6, 2016

Islamabad: May 6, 2016:  The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, will proceed to Philippines tomorrow on a three days visit along with two member Parliamentary delegation to observe general election being held in Philippines.  The Delegation will comprise of members of the National Assembly Syed Naveed Qamar and Dr. Arif Alvi besides Deputy Speaker National Assembly. 

The Deputy Speaker and members of the Delegation would observe the general election apart from meeting with the political hierarchy of Philippines and Pakistani expatriates. The  Pakistani delegation is undertaking this visit on the invitation of Philippines Government.


NA Deputy Speaker Chairs The House & Library Meeting - May 6, 2016

Islamabad: 6th May, 2016: The National Assembly Standing Committee on House & Library met under the Chairmanship of Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Parliament House today.

Expressing annoyance on the inordinate delay in construction of additional family suites and servant quarters at Parliament Lodges, the House and Library Committee directed CDA to accelerate the pace of work on the project and ensure its completion up to September, 2016. The |Committee unanimously decided that no further extension in the completion deadline would be tolerated since the project had already considerably been delayed. The Members of the Committee were of the view that CDA should have evaluated the credibility and capacity of the firm before awarding construction contract. They said that instead of cancelling the contract, CDA granted multiple extensions to the firm.

The Member Engineering CDA while apprising the Committee about the present status of work said that 45% civil work on the project had been completed till date, however, the Contractor failed to open letter of credit to import the elevators and chillers despite provision of required funds. The Deputy Speaker directed for serving legal notice to Construction Firm if it does not open LC within 10 days. The Project Manager Parliament House while apprising the Committee about the status of HVAC and Lift equipment said that the Company approved by the Consultant for purchase of chiller in the Parliament Lodges did not principally exist and spare parts were not available in the market.

The Committee expressed its serious concerns and directed CDA to resolve the matter within 3 days in consultation to Project Manager, National Assembly and save the national exchequer from any loss. The Committee also expressed its annoyance over non-implementation of Committee’s decisions regarding rectification of matters related to Parliament Lodges and directed Chairman CDA to personally intervene and address those issues. The Committee members also complained about the standard of maintenance work carried by CDA at Parliament Lodges and supply of substandard and low quality furniture.

The Committee expressed their annoyance over the non submission of report regarding the incident of fire at Parliament Lodges and directed for rationalizing the strength of staff at Parliament Lodges.  The Deputy Speaker warned CDA to rectify all matters related to Parliament Lodges otherwise Parliament would be constrained to look for an alternative system for maintenance of Parliament Lodges.   He directed the National Assembly Secretariat to prepare a feasibility report and legal frame work for the alternative set up in that regard. 

The meeting was attended by MNAs Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Dr. Ibaad Ullah, Mr. Mehboob Alam , Maulana Qamar ud Din and senior officers of the CDA, ICT and National Assembly Secretariat.  


NA Deputy Speaker Chairs House & Library Committee - May 5, 2016

Islamabad: 5th May, 2016:   The National Assembly Standing Committee on House & Library met under the Chairmanship of Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Parliament House today.

 

The Committee expressed its annoyance over the absence of Chief Commissioner ICT and Circle Registrar Cooperative Societies during the visit of Committee to site of National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society and decided to move a privilege motion in the National Assembly against the non-serious attitude of Chief Commissioner, Islamabad toward the Committee.  The Committee also decided to write a letter to Prime Minister and Minister for Interior to bring the callous attitude toward the Committee of the Chief Commissioner ICT into their notice.  The Deputy Speaker National Assembly apprised the Committee that Chief Commissioner Islamabad try to make legal position of the Committee controversial and did not pay heed toward the Committee decisions for which the National Assembly Secretariat had to proceed to Islamabad High Court to determine the legal position of the Committee’s decision regarding National Assembly Employees Housing Society. The Islamabad High Court in its verdict has decided that the Committee can interfere into Society matters and its function is not contrary to the Cooperative Societies Act, 1925.  The Committee members expressed serious concerns over the non-serious attitude of Chief Commissioner Islamabad and recommended serious action against him.  The Committee also expressed its grave concerns over the absence of the President of Federal Employees Housing Society during the its visit to the site of NAECHS despite his commitments.   

The Committee also discussed the construction of Additional Family suites of Parliament Lodges. The Committee expressed its displeasure over the slow pace of work and directed CDA to ensure its completion up to September, 2016.  The Committee also directed CDA to declare the Construction Firm black listed and banned to work throughout the country in case it failed to complete the project within stipulated time.   The Member Environment CDA apprising the Committee about the present status of work. He said that 45% work on the project had been completed and CDA was monitoring the progress on daily basis.  The Committee also expressed its annoyance over the non-implementation of Committee’s decisions and substandard repair/maintenance work carried out by CDA at Parliament Lodges.  The Committee postponed its meeting due to non-preparation of CDA regarding the affairs of the Parliament Lodges and absence of Chairman CDA from the Committee meeting and decided to convene the meeting

again tomorrow to discuss the matter pertaining Parliament |Lodges and directed the Chairman CDA to ensure its presence in the meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, Maulana Qamar-ud-din, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Secretary National Assembly and senior officers of the CDA, ICT and National Assembly Secretariat. 


NA Acting takes Notice of Blasphemous Content on Internet - April 21, 2016


Murtaza Javed Abbasi To Act As Speaker, National Assembly - April 18, 2016

Islamabad:  April 18, 2016: In pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly shall act as Speaker National Assembly vice Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker, National Assembly who has proceeded on a visit abroad.


NA standing Committee on the House and Library visit the site of NAECHS - April 13, 2016


NA Deputy Speaker Condoles the death of son of Superintendent of NA Secretariat - April 6, 2016

Islamabad: April 06, 2016:  Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has visited the house of Superintendent National Assembly Secretariat, Shahzad Razaq and condoled the death of his son who died in a road accident last week.

The Deputy Speaker expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the death of his son.  He offered Fateha for the departed soul and prayed for granting strength and courage to Mr. Shahzad and other members of bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Promotion Of Spirit Of Tolerance And Patience Imperative For Addressing Challenges Of Extremism And Terrorism: Says NA Deputy Speaker - March 29, 2016

Islamabad March 29, 2016: The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that 23rd March is the Day to renew our commitment to develop the country in accordance with the principles of justice and equity, the real objective of the creation of Pakistan. He expressed these views while addressing a widely attended Event by Pakistanis residing in USA in connection with 23rd March celebrations in Dallas Texas, USA which was organized by the Pakistani Society of North Texas (PSNT) according to a message received from Texas, USA.

The Deputy Speaker Addressing the gathering congratulated Pakistani community residing in United States of America on this auspicious occasion.   He stated that the creation of Pakistan within seven years after the passage of the 1940 Lahore Resolution reflected the wisdom and tenacity of our founding fathers. He said that under the impeccable and sagacious leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Muslims of the sub-continent realized their dream. “It is now our utmost responsibility to make Pakistan a true welfare state as envisioned by the Quaid-e-Azam”, he added.

The Deputy Speaker highlighted the efforts that the Pakistani people have made toward consolidating democracy, stimulating economic growth, and defeating the forces of extremism. He also presented a positive review of Pakistan-U.S. relations, citing a strong strategic partnership defined by strong economic and energy cooperation, defense and security relations and people-to-people contacts. The Deputy Speaker appreciated the services of  PSNT for the Pakistani Community residing in USA

 He also paid tribute to the Father of the Nation and other leaders of the Freedom Movement who facilitated the creation of Pakistan by uniting the nation through their earnestness, wisdom and unparalleled sacrifices.

“Let me remind you on this important occasion that Pakistan came into being through a long democratic struggle and now the key to its stability and development also lies in democracy. Therefore, it is essential to promote the spirit of tolerance and patience which are the fundamentals of democracy so that the existing challenges of extremism and terrorism can be overcome by the nation, the Deputy Speaker added”.

He further added that ‘It is unfortunate reality that terrorism has affected all segments of the Pakistani society. The terrorists have not spared educational institutions, public places and even places of worship, which demonstrate their negative and destructive mindset, however  it is matter of happiness and satisfaction that the Pakistani nation is united against this menace and fully determined to eradicate all forms of terrorism. “We can win this battle by putting an end to our differences, promoting brotherhood and tolerance” he said. He said that  it is imperative to promote education in the country and transfer the fruits of development to every Pakistani in order to achieve this objective.  He  prayed to Almighty Allah to bless the people of Pakistan with the spirit to sincerely serve the homeland to take Pakistan to the heights of glory by following the footprints of our great forefathers.

The event was also addressed by the President of the PSNT Nadeem Zaman, Dr. Hashmi Hassan Hashmi, Member Executive Committee of the PSNT. The Counselor General of Pakistan in Huston was also present on this occasion.


NA Deputy Speaker Stresses the need for Public, Private Partnership for promotion of Education in the Country - March 22, 2016


NA Deputy Speaker Chairs House & Library Committee - March 16, 2016

Islamabad: 16th March, 2016:   The National Assembly Standing Committee on House & Library met under the Chairmanship of Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Parliament House today.  The Committee discussed the matters pertaining to non-implementation of recommendations of the House & Library Committee regarding the election of Management Committee of National Assembly Employees Cooperative Society (NAECHS) and handing over the possession of plots to the members of the NAECHS.

The Committee expressed its concern over the election of Management Committee of NAECHS in which casual members of the Society were elected unopposed as the office bearers of the Society. The Committee observed that neither of the Office bearers were Employees of the National Assembly or Senate Secretariat. The Committee directed the ICT Administration to find a legal solution to declare the election of Management Committee null and void. The Committee observed that Casual Members of the Society cannot protect the interests of the Employees of the Parliament.

The Chief Commissioner ICT apprised that committee that the elections were held on the advice of the Legal Advisor of the Cooperative Department and the AGM of the Society can only annul the decision. However, he assured that the handing over of plots to the members of the Society who had deposited full payment of the plots would be ensured.

The Committee decided to visit the site of the Society to examine the development work and physical position on ground besides distribution of the allotment letters to the Members.  The President Jinnah Cooperative Housing Society informed that 226 plots were ready to be handed over to the Members and the rest would be handed over in due course of time. The Committee did not agree with the President Jinnah Housing Society and directed him to fulfill his earlier commitment.

The progress of construction of Additional Family suites of Parliament Lodges was also discussed. The Committee directed CDA to accelerate the pace of work on the project and to ensure its completion up to September, 2016. The Member Engineering CDA apprising the Committee about the present status of work. He said that 40% work on the project had been completed and CDA was monitoring the progress on daily basis.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Malik Abrar Ahmed, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Dr. Mahreen Razzaque Bhutto, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, Maulana Qamar-ud-din, Secretary National Assembly and senior officers of the CDA, ICT and National Assembly Secretariat.  


NA Deputy Speaker Pays Gratitude to the Chairman and Members of NA S/C on Defence - March 3, 2016


NA Deputy Speaker announces a grant of Rs. 22 Million for completion of Phalkot Bridge - February 24, 2016


Clarification by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi - February 23, 2016


CCP Chairperson Calls on the Deputy Speaker National Assembly - February 19, 2016

Islamabad, 19 February, 2016: The Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, called a meeting in his chamber in the parliament house on Friday in which the Chairperson, Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP), Vadiyya Khalil, briefed the Deputy Speaker on the mandate and performance of CCP in the enforcement of Competition Law.

While briefing the Deputy Speaker on the Law, Vadiyya Khalil said that the Competition Act, 2010 is a state-of-the-art law passed by the parliament and the CCP has been set up as an autonomous body under the law. The Competition Act is in line with the competition laws of over 150 countries that have implemented the modern competition regimes. Under the Competition Act, CCP is empowered to take action against abuse of dominant position under Section 3, cartelization under Section 4, deceptive marketing practices under Section 10 and approval of mergers under Section 11 of the Act. Moreover, CCP has the power to review the policies of the Government of Pakistan under Section 29 of the Competition Act and suggest/recommend changes in the policies where it is required for protecting competition. Furthermore, CCP has also been empowered to strike a balance between enforcement and advocacy through creating awareness of the law. She briefed the Deputy Speaker on the recent National Road Show on Competition Law held by CCP in 23 cities of the country to create awareness and facilitate the business community in resolution of competition issues.

Vadiyya Khalil said that the enforcement of the Competition Law fosters the economy by creating conducive environment for investment, more innovation, lower prices, higher choices, better quality, and bringing the country at par with the global competitors.

While briefing the Deputy Speaker on the enforcement work, Vadiyya Khalil informed him that CCP had imposed penalties of over PKR 26 billion on various undertakings for different violations of the Competition Act, 2010. These undertakings include companies and trade associations from across sectors of the economy and were involved in anti-competitive practices such as abuse of dominant position, cartelization and deceptive marketing practices, thus harming the consumer interest as well as inflicting huge losses on the national economy. Under the law, the penalties imposed by CCP have to be deposited in the National Exchequer of the Federal Government.

She also briefed the Deputy Speaker on the enforcement procedure saying that the orders are passed after following the due course of law that include transparent and impartial inquiries conducted by the inquiry committees, full opportunity of hearings to the undertakings and then issuing the orders and making them public as per the law. Under the Competition Act, appeals can be filed against the orders passed by CCP in front of the Commission and then the Competition Appellate Tribunal (CAT).

The Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi appreciated the efforts of CCP in effectively enforcing the Competition Law thereby creating a level playing field in all sectors of the economy. He said that the Competition Law is an important law for consumer protection. The Chairperson Vadiyya Khalil appreciated the Deputy Speaker for his interest and support to the CCP in enforcement of the Law.
 


NA Deputy Speaker Congratulates newly Elected Deputy Mayors of Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad - February 17, 2016

Islamabad:  February 17, 2016:  The Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has visited the residences of the newly elected Deputy Mayors of Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation Syed Zeeshan Ali Naqvi & Muhammad Azam Khan and congratulated them on  their election as Deputy Mayors of Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation.  

Talking to Deputy Mayors the Deputy Speaker has said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of Party leadership and elected representatives of Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation.   He said that local bodies could play a significant role to resolve the issues of the people at local level.    He expressed his confidence that newly elected representatives will come up to the expectations of citizen of Islamabad and do their best to address the problems being faced by the citizen.  He was hopeful that under the leadership of the newly elected Mayor and Deputy Mayors the Capital territory will become the model city.

The newly elected Deputy Mayors thanked the Deputy Speaker and assured him that they would make all possible efforts to come up the expectations of  the citizen and to address the problems being confronted to them.  

They Deputy Speaker prayed for their success during their tenure.


Press Release - February 16, 2016


By Using Latest Technology and Research in Agricultural Sector we can bring Green Revolution in the Country: NA Deputy Speaker - February 10, 2016


Current Government is Taking Various Measures to Maximize Welfare of The Farmers: Deputy Speaker - February 9, 2016

Islamabad, February 9, 2016: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that the economy of Pakistan was concretely based on agricultural production and major chunk of its population directly or indirectly is relied on agronomics. He said that current government was taking various measures to maximize welfare of the farmers. He expressed these views during the briefings on New Agriculture Methods by the delegates from the Australian High Commission to the Members of the Parliament led by Deputy Speaker in Parliament House, today.

While talking to the delegation, Deputy Speaker said that agriculture sector in Pakistan haf been facing constraints related to soil management, irrigation systems, climatic conditions and salinity of surface and groundwater. He appreciated Australian Government’s technical cooperation and assistance in advancing agricultural development in Pakistan. He said that Australia and Pakistan could share useful insights to counter the common challenges related to agriculture sector including inefficiency in water use and low economic returns to the community and the country from irrigation investments.

The Australian delegation expressed its gratitude for the invitation. The visiting delegation was led by Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Jurek Juszczyk. Dr. Evan Christen, Project Manager, Australian Centre for International Agriculture Reseatch (ACIAR) briefed the parliamentarians about Australia’s continuous assistance in agriculture sector in Pakistan initiated in 1980s. He apprised the legislators about legislation in Australian parliament to address the issue of Land cadastral registration creating a balanced and efficient approach in the lessee and lessor rights. He said that recently Agriculture Sector Linkages Program (2005-2015) has been completed in Pakistan with the coordination of experts and research agencies from both the countries. He also informed the parliamentarians that Dairy and Livestock sectors had been agreed as a priority area for future coordination by both the countries. The presentation was followed by Question/Answer Session.

The briefing was attended by MNAS, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Abdul Majeed Khanan Khel, Babar Nawaz Khan, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal and senior officers from Ministry of Food Security & Agriculture, and Climate Change.


NA Deputy Speaker address to Public Gathering on the occasion of inauguration of Ghamber, Rakhala Road - February 8, 2016


NA Deputy Speaker Chairs the House and Library Meeting - February 3, 2016

Islamabad: 3rd February, 2016:   The National Assembly Standing Committee on House & Library met under the Chairmanship of Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Parliament House today.

The Committee members expressed their reservations over the delay in construction of additional family suites and servant quarters for the Parliamentarians and their staff and directed the CDA to accelerate the pace of work on the project and to ensure its completion up to September, 2016. The Member Engineering CDA apprising the Committee about the present status of work said that 31% work on the project had been completed and contractors had assured that remaining work would be completed within given time. The Deputy Speaker directed the CDA to make sure completion of work within stipulated time and strictly monitor the quality of work. The Member Engineering assured the Committee that incase the contractor fail to complete the work within given time, the firm will be declared black listed besides imposition of penalty. The Committee also expressed its displeasure over absence of Secretary CADD from the meeting and directed to attend the next meeting of the Committee.

The Committee also expressed its annoyance over the supply of low quality furniture and substandard maintenance work at Parliament Lodges. The Committee expressed its displeasure over the non-implementation of recommendations of Sub-Committee headed by Dr. Ibadullah, MNA which investigated substandard job of renovation/fixing of tiles in Cafeteria and other maintenance work in the suits of Parliament Lodges. The Committee directed initiation of inquiry against the officers and concerned technical staff of CDA who had approved the project of the Cafeteria/maintenance work for further legal action against the culprits.

The Deputy Speaker directed Chairman CDA to update the Committee about the actions taken in that regard in next its meeting. He said that the members had lodged complaints about the substandard furniture supplied in Parliament Lodges. He directed the CDA to take action against the authority that checked the quality of furniture at the time of its purchase. He said that the issue in question would also be brought into the notice of honorable Prime Minister and Speaker National Assembly. The Deputy Speaker warmed that if CDA failed to take any action against its responsible officers; the Committee would hold the CDA responsible for abetting the delay in investigation and would be compelled to refer the issue to FIA and NAB.

The issue of possession of plots to the members of National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society also came under discussion. The President Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society apologized for delay in the handing over the possession of the plots to the members and assured the committee to allot the plots till April. The Deputy Speaker said that further delay in this regard will not be tolerated.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Dr. Ibaad Ullah, Mr. Aqib ullah Khan, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, Maulana Qamar ud din and senior officers of the CDA, ICT and National Assembly Secretariat.

 


NA Deputy Speaker invites Swedish Investment in Power Generation, Telecommunication and Manufacturing - January 28, 2016

Islamabad, January 28, 2016: The Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Pakistan and Sweden could cultivate bilateral relations through enhanced parliamentary exchanges and collaborations in education and economic sectors.  He was talking to Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden, Tomas Rosander who called on him at Parliament House today.

The Deputy Speaker underscored the need for regular interaction between political leadership, parliamentarians and business communities of both the countries that would provide the opportunity to share views and learn from each other’s experiences.  He said that an active Pak-Sweden Friendship Group has been established in the National Assembly which was working in expanding interactions between legislators to strengthen the relations.

The Deputy Speaker said that revival of economy through investment favorable policies and enhancing trade with other countries are the top most priorities of the government.  He said that Pakistan has lot of potential for investment in power generation, telecommunication, trade and manufacturing sectors and asked the Swedish ambassador to energize the business community of Sweden to invest in these sectors.  He also commended the consistent support of Sweden to Pakistan’s quest for GSP Plus status  and  significant contributions of Swedish companies operating in Pakistan’s economy.

The Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan was fighting against extremism and terrorism since last two decades which badly affected its economy besides claiming lives of more than 7000 people including personnel of law enforcing agencies. He said that Pakistan was a peaceful country and only few areas of the country had been facing militancy, however, the western media negatively portray image of Pakistan.  He asked the Ambassador to play his role to highlight the soft image of Pakistan in Sweden through positive portrayal in media.

Reciprocating good gesture of the Deputy Speaker, Ambassador Mr. Tomas Rosander said that Sweden also considers Pakistan its close friend and economic partner. He said that huge economic potential exists in both the countries which needed to be grabbed for mutual benefit. He appreciated Pakistan’s sacrifices in fight against terrorism and assured full cooperation from Sweden to deal with crisis confronting its progress and prosperity. He agreed for enhancing parliamentary ties between both the parliaments to strengthen the bilateral relations.


"Mehfil-e-Milad" held at Pakistan Sports Complex - January 21, 2016


Deputy Speaker NA Expresses Displeasure over the delay in Construction of Additional Family Suites and Servant Quarters for Members Parliament - January 20, 2016

Islamabad: 20th January, 2016:  The Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has expressed annoyance over the delay in construction of additional family suites and servant quarters for the Parliamentarians and their staff and directed the CDA to accelerate the pace of work on the project and to ensure its completion within given time.  He expressed these views during his visit to construction site to inspect pace of work

He expressed his reservations over the poor performance of the Construction Firm and said that due to delay in completion of the project those Parliamentarians who were not provided accommodations in Parliament Lodges were facing difficulties and compelled to reside in hostels/hotels.  He said that the said project was initiated in 2011 and was scheduled to be completed in 2013, however, due to slow pace of work the project could not complete in stipulated time. He said that time of completion of project was extended and the Construction Firm was directed to complete the project till September, 2016. However, only 30% work has been done so far.

The matter was repeatedly brought into the notice of CDA and directions were conveyed for getting the family suite completed without further delay, however, construction work was far behind the schedule. He said that no further delay in revised scheduled of construction will be tolerated and strong administrative measures will be taken in that case.

Earlier, the Member Engineering CDA briefed the Deputy Speaker about the development in the project. Deputy Speaker directed CDA to submit a detailed report on the progress in the project to the National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library.


NA Deputy Speaker Stresses for Strong Commonwealth Cooperation - January 12, 2016

Islamabad 12 January 2016: (According to a message received from KotKinabalu,  Malaysian). Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbassi, has called on the Commonwealth Member states to forge unity to make a common cause against illiteracy, hunger and disease, the core issues affecting the 54 Member organization. He expressed these views during his various sideline meetings at the 23rd Conference of the Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth Countries (CSPOC), being held in the Malaysian city of KotKinabalu.                  

The Deputy Speaker congratulated the newly appointed Secretary General of Commonwealth Mr. Akbar Khan and noted that his appointment would be a good omen for the Commonwealth parliamentary fraternity. He briefed the Secretary General about the developing democracy of Pakistan and the numerous initiatives taken by the parliamentary leadership. These include the initiation of a parliamentary studies course in 53 universities of Pakistan, the shifting to solar energy through the “Green Parliament Programme”, the founding of Legislative Drafting Council and the various youth engagement programs. The Secretary General praised the efforts and assured his complete support in further strengthening of parliamentary mechanisms.,

Mr. Abbassi, during his meeting with the Speaker of Sabah State Assembly, Malaysia, Syed Abas Syed Ali, thanked him for the hospitality and urged on strong linkages between Malaysia and Pakistan. He referred to the presence of a strong Pakistani diaspora in Malaysia and noted that even the ancestors of the Chief Minister and the Speaker of Sabah had also come from areas now constituting in Pakistan. He considered these linkages as natural connections between the two countries, which could be useful in the development of bilateral trade, commerce, tourism and human resource development. The Deputy Speaker called for a fair balance of between the two countries and noted that Pakistan could provide qualified medical doctors and medical education to Malaysia. He also informed that after the international halal food certification, Malaysian firms could consider importing quality meat from Pakistan.

The Deputy Speaker also held side meetings with the Speakers of Sri Lanka, Maldives, Cayman Islands and  Uganda and discussed the matter pertaining to bilateral relations and mutual interest.

The 23rd CSPOC was opened here amidst great fanfare by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dr. Ahmad ZahidHamidi along-with the Speaker of Malaysian House of Representatives Pandikar Amin bin Haji Mulia, and the Foreign Minister of Malaysia Mr. AnifahAman. 44 Speakers and Presiding Officers from all over the Commonwealth Countries are attending the Conference.


NA Deputy Speaker underlines the need for unity among Muslim Ummah and early Resolution of Tension in Middle East - January 5, 2016


Deputy Speaker NA Urges INGOs to Focus Development towards Disaster Affected Areas of KPK - December 22, 2015


Islamabad December 22, 2015: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has asked United Nation institutions working in development sector and the International Non-Government Organizations to focus their resources on development of disaster affected areas of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. He said that a large area of KPK in particular Hazara Divison had been stricken by earthquakes and floods and needed special attention for rebuilding and rehabilitation process. He expressed these views while talking to Mr. Neil Buhne, the United Nations Resident Coordinator who called on him in Parliament House, today.

The Deputy Speaker said that the incumbent government had initiated several development ventures in KPK and looked forward to international partners for assistance in different sectors mainly communication, health and girls’ education. He said that illiteracy and school drop out in the area remained a challenge for the government as resources were inadequate to address the issues faced in this regard. He said that currently more than 70% area of KPK did not have sufficient girls’ high schools resulting in higher rates of school drop outs and illiteracy. He said that social sector could provide us assistance in addressing these issues through collaboration with the government.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that Pakistan was committed to eradicate terrorism and extremism and had successfully launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb against this menace. He said that terrorism was a global challenge and Pakistan was rendering sacrifices to make this world peaceful. He expressed his hope that international partners would continue supporting Pakistan in war against terrorism.

While reviewing the progress on the development projects by United Nations, the Deputy Speaker appraised their commitment and said that international development partners had made valuable contributions in assisting the government. He said that with the consistent cooperation from the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals would be achieved in the stipulated time. He also appreciated UN sports in Scio-economic development of Pakistan. 
   
The United Nations Resident Coordinator Mr. Neil Buhne assured his all-out support in development projects in Pakistan. He said that United Nations was determined to keep assisting Pakistan in education, social and development sectors. He briefed the Deputy Speaker about on-going support of UN to Pakistan in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. He apprised the Deputy Speaker that UN was focusing on providing assistance in strengthening democratic process in the country by supporting the Parliament of Pakistan.
 


Pakistan Committed To Eliminate Terrorism And Extremism Says NA Deputy Speaker - December 18, 2015

Islamabad; December 18, 2015: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Pakistan and United States are strategic partners with long history of cooperation in diverse fields. He said that Pakistan values high its relations with US and desires to further consolidate existing relations. He expressed these views while talking to Mr. Ian McCary, Political Counselor of the Embassy of United States of America who called on him in Parliament House, this morning.

The Deputy Speaker underlined the need for enhanced cooperation between the Parliaments of both the countries. He viewed that the Parliamentarians could play a significant role to promote better understanding and bring both the nations closer. He also stressed for a frequent people-to-people contact, which would further augment the existing relations between two countries. He appreciated US cooperation in the development of socio-economic sectors and said that US assistance in educational, social and development sectors are highly appreciable. He asked for US support to overcome energy constraints in Pakistan.

He said that both countries were allies in War against Terrorism and collaborating at every level to fight against this menace. Highlighting Pakistan’s sacrifices rendered during this battle, he said that terrorism has claimed more than 70,000 lives in Pakistan apart from huge economic losses and damage to infrastructure. He said that incumbent government is committed to eradicate terrorism and had launched Operation Zarb-e-Azab in 2014 which successfully entered into its final stage. He informed about strong legislative measures taken by the Parliament including laws enacted for paced prosecution of terrorists. He said that Pakistan believes in having cordial relations with neighboring countries and resolution of disputes through peaceful means. He said that US could play a vital role for peace and stability in the region.

Mr. Ian McCary expressed that United States also considers Pakistan one of the most trusted allies and strategic partner in Asia. He said that US is collaborating with Pakistan in education, polio eradication, health sector and women empowerment. He said that US strongly support democratic process in Pakistan and appreciated recently held local body elections across the country. He said that US highly acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in War against Terrorism and assured all out support to eradicate this menace from the country.


NA Deputy Speaker Stresses Need For Regular Interaction Between The Parliamentarians Of Pakistan And Portugal - December 15, 2015

Islamabad: 15th December, 2015. The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Pakistan and Portugal enjoy cordial relations and Pakistan wants to further strengthening them. He expressed these views while talking to Charge’ d Affairs of Portugal Joao Paulo Marques Sabido Costa who called on him in Parliament House, today. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA and member Pak-Portugal Friendship Group was also present on the occasion.

The Deputy Speaker stressed need for enhanced Parliamentary contacts between the parliaments of both the countries. He said that regular interaction between Parliamentarians of the both country could play a vital role to further consolidate the existing bilateral relations. He also underlined the need for increase in bilateral trade. He viewed that volume of trade between the two countries at presents did not commensurate with the existing potential. He said that incumbent Government has introduced investment friendly policies in the country Portugalise Companies could benefit from those policies. He also urged for enhancing people to people and cultural exchanges.

    Charge’ d Affairs of Portugal Embassy thanked the Deputy Speaker for his remarks and said that his country also values high its relations with Pakistan. He agreed that interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries could play an important role to bring both the nation closer. He appreciated the resilience shown by the people of Pakistan in war against terrorism and assured all out support of his country in this regard. He apprised the Deputy Speaker about the seminar being organized by Portugalise Government to promote economic relations between Pakistan and Portugal which will be held in January next year.
 


NA Deputy Speaker Kick of Tree Plantation Campaign in District Abbatabad - December 14, 2015


Acting Speaker-Government is Focusing on Development of Rural Areas - December 2, 2015


Murtaza Javed Abbasi to Act as Speaker, National Assembly - November 26, 2015


NA Acting Speaker Announces Grant of 6 Million For Road Construction - November 26, 2015


NA Deputy Speaker Addresses to public gathering at village dubran in District - November 16, 2015


NA Deputy Speaker Directs CDA to stop Operation Against Cabins in Islamabad - November 10, 2015


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq file Nomination Paper for the election to the office of Speaker National Assembly - November 8, 2015


Acting Speaker NA directs NHA for timely completion of Hazara Motorway Expressway - November 8, 2015

NA Acting Speaker Condoles The Death Of Senior ANP Leader and Ex-Federal Minister Afzal Khan - November 1, 2015


NA Acting Speaker Expressed Displeasure Over FECHS’ Delaying Tactics In Handing Over Plots To The NA Employees - October 29, 2015

Islamabad; October 29, 2015: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has expressed his displeasure over delaying tactics in handing over the possession of plots to the National Assembly Secretariat employees by the Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS). He directed the FECHS management to transfer 226 plots to the employees before 31st October, 2015 and remaining ones before 31st December, 2015. He said that FECHS management has failed to fulfill its commitment made in meeting of the House and Library Committee held in September 10, 2015. The National Assembly Standing Committee on House & Library met in Parliament House, today under chairmanship of Acting Speaker.

The President and management of FECHS, Islamabad had assured the committee in its previous meetings that the possession of 287 plots out of 1093 would be handed over to the employees who had deposited the full payment of land before October 31st, 2015. The management had also committed to handover the remaining plots before December 31st, 2015.

The Acting Speaker said that the FECHS management has disappointed the August Committee by not abiding to its own commitment and put the matter in abeyance. He added that the continuous lethargic behavior on the management’s part has resulted into embarrassment of the committee before the employees. He said that this matter has been lingering on since 1988 and despite, the deposition of savings of the employees; they have not got the possession of plots. He made clear that no one would be allowed to deprive the employees of their life-long savings.

The Acting Speaker asked the President of FECHS to take every possible measure to honour his commitment by ensuring implementation of the directions of the Committee within the given time. He also showed his displeasure over transferring of funds of about 1700 plots instead of 1093 plots by the NACHS Administrator to the FECHS management. He directed the ICT management to strictly monitor the process.

Later, the FECHS President apprised the committee about the development work being carried out in the society. He said that 226 plots have been developed and were ready for possession. Moreover, he assured the committee that rest of the plots would be handed over to the employees after development within time prescribed by the Committee.
 
The meeting was attended by MNAs Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, Dr. Mahreen Razzak Bhutto, Molana Qamar ud Din, senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat and ICT administration


Acting Speaker National Assembly Inspects Under-Construction Solar Power Parliament Project At Parliament House; Acting Speaker Condoles The Death Of Father-In-Law Of Mian Raza Rabbani - October 28, 2015

Islamabad, October 28, 2015: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi inspected under construction Green Parliament Solar Power Project, this morning. He expressed his satisfaction on the pace of work and directed for early completion of the construction of solar power infrastructure. The project manager briefed the Acting Speaker in detail about the ongoing work at the project and assured that the construction work would be completed within the stipulated time. He said that the state of the art solar project would generate 1 MW power which would meet the substantial energy requirements of the Parliament House besides providing an aesthetically designed parking area in harmony with the surrounding buildings.

Acting Speaker said that Parliament of Pakistan is indeed grateful to their Chinese friends for their everlasting gift of meeting energy requirement of the Parliament through renewable resources. He said that China is a time tested and all-weather friend of Pakistan and has always supported government of Pakistan in its development endeavors. He said that after commissioning of this project, the Parliament of Pakistan would have the distinction to be the first ever green parliament relaying on renewable energy resources.

Later, the Acting Speaker visited and examined the work on the under construction main entry gate of the Parliament House. He directed the CDA for completion of the project within two months given the difficulties faced by the staff of the Parliament House, visitors and media persons entering into the Parliament premises.

Earlier, Acting Speaker visited the Chairman Senate in his chamber to condole the death of his father in law Late Yawar Saeed. Acting Speaker offered Fateha for the departed soul and prayed for the grant of fortitude to the bereaved family to bear the loss. He also paid rich tributes to Late Yawar Saeed for his services rendered in promotion of cricket in the country.


Acting Speaker NA has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives and destruction due to earthquake - October 26, 2015


NA Acting Speaker Condoles The Death Of Father-In-Law Of Mian Raza Rabbani - October 22, 2015

Islamabad, October 22, 2015: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has condoled the death of Yawar Saeed, the father-in-law of Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani.

In his condolence message to Mian Raza Rabbani, the Acting Speaker expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise and paid tribute to Mr. Yawar Saeed for his services rendered to the betterment of Pakistan cricket in his capacity as cricketer and later as Manager, Chief Operating Officer and Director Cricket Operations in PCB.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant coverage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Acting Speaker Expresses Grief Over Deaths in Karachi Incident - October 13, 2015

NA Acting Speaker Visits Gilgit-Baltistan Condoles the Death of Mother of Chief Minister GB - October 2, 2015

Islamabad, October 02, 2015: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi and Chairman Standing Committee for Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan Affairs Malik Ibrar Ahmed visited Gilgit Baltistan and met Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman, today. Acting Speaker and Mr. Malik Ibrar Ahmed condoled the death of mother of Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They offered Fateha and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to bereaved family to bear the loss with patience and forbearance. The mother of CM Gilgit-Baltistan had died earlier this week due to heart attack.

Speaking to CM Gilgit-Baltistan, the Acting Speaker said that Mr. Hafeez ur Rehman is a hardworking, sincere and honest politician who enjoys confidence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He said that Almighty Allah has bestowed upon Gilgit-Baltistan with abundant natural resources and this region has great potential for tourism and exploitation of energy resources which can ensure development and prosperity to this region. He expressed his hope that Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman would lead Gilgit-Baltistan on its path of progress and development.

CM Gilgit-Baltistan expressed his gratitude to Acting Speaker and Mr. Malik and briefed them about his government’s endeavor in promoting tourism in the region where more than 500,000 people visited last year which is far more than previous years.


NA Acting Speaker Visits The Residence Of Sahibzada Tariqullah To Condole The Death Of His Son - October 1, 2015

Islamabad: September 30, 2015: The Acting Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi has visited the residence of Member of National Assembly Sahibzada Tariqullah  at Rehankot Bala, Lower Dir and condoled the sad demise of his son who had died in an road accident.

The Acting Speaker expressed deep sense of grief and sorrow over the untimely death of his son and offered Fateh for the departed soul. He also prayed to Almighty Allah to grant fortitude and patience to Sahibzada Tariqullah and other members of the bereaved family to bearthe irreparable loss with equanimity.
 


Eradication Of Terrorism And Energy Crises Are Top Priorities Of The Government - October 1, 2015

NA Acting Speaker Condoles the Death of Son of MNA Sahibzada Tariqullah - September 29, 2015

Islamabad: September 29, 2015: The Acting Speaker, National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi has condoled the death of Sabibzada Waqas Ahmed Son of Sahibzada Tariqullah, Member National Assembly and Parliamentary Leader of Jamat-e-Islami in the National Assembly.

2.    In his condolence message to Sahibzada Tariqullah, the Acting Speaker expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the untimely death of his son. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Acting Speaker Directs NHA not to Construct Toll Plaza At Chamba Pull Havelian - September 29, 2015


NA Acting Speaker Condoles The Death of Mother of Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan - September 29, 2015

Islamabad: September 29, 2015: Acting Speaker National Assembly,  Murtaza Javed Abbasi has condoled the death of mother of Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan, Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman.

In his condolence message to Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman, the Acting Speaker expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his mother. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity (Amin).


Acting Speaker, NA return back after performing Hajj - September 28, 2015

NA Acting Speaker congratulates Pakistani Aazmeen-e-Hajj - September 23, 2015


NA Acting Speaker Condoles the Death of Wife of Senior Reporter, Azhar Farooq - September 21, 2015

Islamabad:   September 21, 2015:   The Acting Speaker, National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi has condoled the death of wife of Senior Reporter ARY News, Azhar Farooq.

In his condolence message to Azhar Farooq, the Acting Speaker expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise of his wife. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to him and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


Visit of NA Acting Speaker to Residential Sectors of Pakistani Hujjaj at Azizia Makkah Mukarama - September 21, 2015


Acting Speaker NA Presided over Hajj Supervisory Committee at Pakistan House Madina Munawara - September 18, 2015


Democracy Is The Only Way Forward For Pakistan: Says NA Acting Speaker - September 15, 2015

Islamabad: September 15, 2015: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that democracy is the only way forward to a brighter future of Pakistan as it ensures rule of law, constitutionalism and good governance in the country. He said this in his message on International Day of Democracy, being observed under the auspices of United Nations, today.

Acting Speaker said that democracy protects the rights of masses to determine their political, social and economic courses and thus, guarantees their active participation in all aspects of their lives through their chosen representatives. He said that only an elected government can truly reflect the aspirations and will of the people, and address their concerns.

Highlighting the democratic journey of Pakistan, Acting Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that the people of Pakistan strived for democracy in the past and reclaimed their right to be governed by their chosen representatives in 2008. He said that in year 2013, Pakistan witnessed the first ever peaceful transition of power from one democratically elected government to another that reflects that Pakistan is on its way to flourishing democracy and consolidating constitutionalism. “All the political forces have shown firm commitment to strengthen democracy in Pakistan and we will continue our endeavor of developing a more tolerant, progressive and just society”, he added.


NA Acting Speaker And Secretary Condole The Death Of Father Of NA Deputy Secretary - September 11, 2015

Islamabad: September 11, 2015:  The Acting Speaker, National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi has condoled the death of father of Arshad Mansoor ul Haq, Deputy Secretary National Assembly Secretariat.

In his condolence message to Arshad Mansoor ul Haq, the Acting Speaker expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the death of his father. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength and courage to him and other members of bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.

The Secretary National Assembly, Muhammad Riaz Khan has also condoled the death of father of Arshad Mansoor-ul-Haq and prayed for the solace of departed soul.


Speaker National Assembly to Hold Presidency of PIPS Board of Governors for next Three Years - September 10, 2015


NA Acting Speaker terms 7 September 1974 an important day in the Parliamentary History of Pakistan - September 10, 2015


Murtaza Javed Abbasi Calls for Unity among Muslim Countries to Counter Terrorism and Foster Brotherhood - September 9, 2015


NA Acting Speaker Addresses Pakistani Community (USA) - September 8, 2015


NA Acting Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi Stresses Greater Role of PUIC in Fostering Brotherhood and Cooperation Among Muslim Ummah - September 8, 2015

Islamabad; September 8, 2015: Acting Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi chaired the concluding session of the 34th Meeting of the PUIC Executive Committee in Islamabad, this afternoon.
 
While addressing the participants, the Acting Speaker said that highly important agenda has been discussed in past two days where some of the crucial challenges facing the Islamic world were also highlighted. He appreciated the efforts of the Executive Committee for giving a concrete shape to the draft of the PUIC Charter on Terrorism.

The Acting Speaker was convinced that PUIC can play a pivotal role in uniting Islamic world on a single platform by engaging in multi-lateral consultations, and consolidating Islamic brotherhood in this critical juncture. He said that PUIC is doing tremendously well in this regard and hoped for rigorous efforts towards ensuring meaningful and effective cooperation.

He also thanked all the PUIC member states for their unwavering support to the Kashmir cause and expected their continued advocacy for the right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir in accordance with the UN resolutions in the future as well.
 
Mr. Abbasi thanked the delegates and Secretary General PUIC for coming to Pakistan and sharing their valuable thoughts and experiences at this important PUIC meeting. He hoped that such meetings would help open new avenues for future collaborations amongst the member states.


Nation Needs Valor and Courage of September 1965 to Confront the Present Day Challenges: Says NA Acting Speaker - September 5, 2015


NA Acting Speaker Condoles the Death of Mir Abdul Jabbar Khan - September 4, 2015

Islamabad: September 04, 2015: Acting Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has condoled the death of former Speaker, Balochistan Assembly and former Deputy Chairman, Senate, Mir Abdul Jabbar Khan.

In his condolence message to the members of bereaved family, the Acting Speaker paid rich tribute to political and social services of Mir Abdul Jabbar Khan. He expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise and also prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear
the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Acting Speaker Condoles the Death of Mehmood Saleem Mehmood - September 3, 2015

Islamabad: September 3, 2015: The Acting Speaker, National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi  has condoled the death of Executive Director, Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) and former Secretary of National Assembly of Pakistan, Mehmood Saleem Mehmood.
        
In his condolence message to the members of the bereaved family the Acting Speaker expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family, to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.


NA Acting Speaker Condoles the Death of Abdul Hafeez Pirzada - September 2, 2015

Islamabad September 2, 2015: Acting Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi has condoled the death of former Parliamentarian and senior legal expert, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada.

 

In his condolence message to the family of Abdul Hafiz Pirzada, the Acting Speaker expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with equanimity.

 

Paying rich tributes to the services of Late Pirzada sahib, the Acting Speaker said that he was an eminent legal expert who had always been vocal for the supremacy of law and protection of legal and constitutional rights of people of Pakistan in general and marginalized segments of society in particular. He said that contributions of Pirzada sahib will always be remembered in annals of history as an Author of 1973 Constitution.


NA Acting Speaker leads Parliamentary Delegation to world Speakers’ Conference - August 30, 2015


NA Acting Speaker Condoles The Death Of Father-In-Law Of Dr. Fehmida Mirza - August 28, 2015

Islamabad; August 28, 2015: Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker, National Assembly has condoled the death of father-in-law of Dr. Fehmida Mirza, former Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan.

In his condolence message to Dr. Fehmida Mirza, the Acting Speaker expressed deep sense of grief and sorrow over the death of her father-in-Law. He prayed to Almighty Allah to shower his blessing on the departed soul and grant fortitude to her and other members of the family to bear the irreparable loss.


NA ACTING SPEAKER INQUIRES GODIL’S HEALTH - August 27, 2015


Acting Speaker directs Chairman, NHA for early completion of Shahiya Bridge - August 27, 2015


Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly, shall act as Speaker, National Assembly, with effect from 22nd August, 2015. - August 26, 2015

Democracy is our Salvation and Destiny: Says Deputy Speaker - August 18, 2015


The Country is progressing by virtue of good governance and better policy: Deputy Speaker, NA - August 11, 2015


Government Committed To Resolve Energy Crises: Says NA Deputy Speaker - August 2, 2015

Islamabad; August 2, 2015:  Deputy Speaker Murtaz Javed Abbasi has welcomed announcement Ministry of Water and Power to build a grid station in District Mansehra. The grid station will be built with cost of 20 million US dollars.  This project will be built by National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) and 120 kanal of land has already been acquired for this purpose.

The construction of the grid station is scheduled to be initiated from September, 2015 and will be completed in December 2016.The decision was made in the light of long lasting demand of the locals due to severe issue of low voltage of electricity being transmitted in the area that resulted in distribution crises of power.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly, has congratulated the people of Mansehra and said that the government was committed to resolve the issues of energy crises and poverty in the country and was taking all possible measures to provide basic amenities to masses at their door step. He said that Unfortunately, previous governments had neglected Hazara Division in the past but the current government was taking keen interest for development and to resolve power shortage of area. He assured that similar projects will be started in other parts of the Hazara Division in future to fulfill the electricity needs. He thanked the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Minister for Water Power for approval of grant for construction of grid station in District Mansehra.


Ms. Judith Herberston, Deputy Head. UKaid called on Deputy Speaker National Assembly - June 23, 2015

Islamabad: 23rd June, 2015:  Ms. Judith Herberston, Deputy Head. UKaid called on Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi at Parliament House today.

The Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan values high its relations with United Kingdom and wanted to further expand the existing relations through enhanced Parliamentary and economic cooperation The Deputy Speaker appreciated UKaid assistance for socio-economic development of Pakistan.  He said that Pakistan was badly effected by the terrorism especially the Khyber Pakhtonkhawa Province. He said that terrorists were against the girls education and targeted educational institutions especially girls schools in KPK.  He also said that the present infrastructure in education and health sectors is insufficient in the Province.   He suggested for for construction of new school  buildings and hospitals besides upgradation of existing schools and hospitals.

Ms. Judith Herberston, Deputy Head apprised the Deputy Speaker about the UK support programme to Pakistan especially KPK.  She told that the Department for the International Development is currently providing a portfolio of programme worth over 403 million UK Pounds to KPK Province for education, health, infrastructures, (including schools and bridges), finance management reforms, support of  civil society and responding to humanitarian needs.


NA Deputy Speaker Stresses upon the Parliamentarian to play their due role to create awareness amongst the masses regarding HIV/AIDS - June 17, 2015

Islamabad June 17, 2015: Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has stressed upon the Parliamentarian to play their due role to create awareness amongst the masses regarding the HIV/AIDS.    He said that to sensitize the public about HIV/AIDS is our national obligation and we all must play our role to eradicate this crippling disease from the country. He expressed these views while chairing a presentation regarding HIV/AIDS presented by the representatives of UNAID at Parliament House, today.

The Deputy Speaker has said that HIV/AIDS was the issue of concern for whole the world and this crippling disease were also spreading rapidly in Pakistan.  He said that according to statistical survey more than 80,000 people in Pakistan was suffering from this fatal disease. He said that lack of awareness and education was the major cause of spreading of this disease.  He further said stringent efforts and comprehensive strategy were needed to get rid of this deadly disease. He was of the opinion that Parliamentarian could play vital role to create awareness amongst the masses about this deadly disease.  He appreciated the role of UNAIDS for their efforts and support to eradicate this crippling disease from Pakistan.

Mr.  Marc Saba, UNAIDS Regional Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan highlighted issue related to HIV/AIDS in Pakistan and expressed his concerned regarding the current picture of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan. He said that national leadership can play vital role to curtail this issue.  He assured all out technical and financial support and cooperation of USAIDS to find way out for HIV/AIDS.  Dr. Rajwal Khan representative of UNAID gave a detailed briefing on HIV/AIDS and presented facts and figures about this disease.  He said that the situation regarding epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan was alarming and needed special attention

The members of National Assembly gave their suggestions and decided to constitute a committee which will work at Divisional level under the supervision of concerned member of the Parliament who sensitize the public about HIV/AIDS.

The Presentation was attended by the MNAs Mr. Talal Chaudhry, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Shiekh Rohail Asghar, Dr. Darshan, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Ramesh Kumar, Dr. Azhar Jadoon, Mr. Shaheryar Afridi, Ms. Aisha Syed and Dr. Nighat Shakeel Khan.

 


We should work togehter while forgettng the mutual differences for the develpment of the country - June 16, 2015


Murtaza Javed Abbasi to act as Speaker, National Assembly - May 30, 2015

Islamabad; May 30, 2015: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abassi will act as Speaker National Assembly with effect from May 30, 2015 during the visit of Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, abroad. The Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has proceeded to Qatar on a three days official visit.
 
The Deputy Speaker will act as Speaker in pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


Imam of Kaaba Ends Visit - May 1, 2015

Islamabad: May 1, 2015; Imam e Kaaba Sheikh Khalid Al- Ghamdi has departed from Pakistan after completion his nine-day historic visit to the country, today.

Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi was present at Islamabad Airport to see Imam e Kaaba off.

During his visit to Parliament House, Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called on Imam-e-Ka,aba Sheikh Khalid al-Ghamdi. Parliamentary heads in the National Assembly also called on Imam e Kaaba.

Imam-e-Kaaba also witnessed the proceedings of the Session of National Assembly.

Imam-e-Kaaba led the Maghrib prayer at the Parliament House. Parliamentarians, journalists, officers and the large number of staff of Parliament House offered prayer behind the Imam-e-Kaaba.

During his stay, Imam e Kaaba met President Mamnoon Hussain, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and leaders of the political parties of Pakistan; and also engaged with people from a wide spectrum of society.

Imam e Kaaba Sheikh Khalid Al- Ghamdi led Jumma Prayer at Shah Faisal Mosque where hundreds of thousand Namazis were present.


Government believes in the provision of instant justice - April 30, 2015


Murtaza Javed Abbasi To Act As Speaker, National Assembly - April 29, 2015

Islamabad; April 29, 2015: In pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker shall act as Speaker National Assembly during visit of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker, National Assembly, abroad.


Murtaza Javed Abbasi meets Chinese and Iraqi Counterparts in Vietnam - March 29, 2015

Islamabad: March 29, 2015; Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan Murtaza Javed Abbasi has met with Mr. Chen Zhu, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Congress and Sheikh Dr. Humam Hamoudi, First Deputy Speaker of Council of Representatives of Republic of Iraq on the sidelines of the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly meeting in Hanoi, according to a message received from Vietnam. During these meetings, a number of issues of common interest between the countries and ways of strengthening relations were discussed in cordial atmosphere.
 
Talking to the Chinese counterpart, the Deputy Speaker said that that friendship between Pakistan and China is time tested and has roots in history. This fact cannot be denied that China has always been a friend in need and stood by Pakistan in difficult times. The Deputy Speaker underlined the need for enhanced interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries for further cementing the fraternal relations between the two countries. He said that establishment of Pak-China Economic corridor would be beneficial for both the countries. He said that present government is committed to bring the region in mainstream by providing economic activity, education and provision of basic amenities. He further said that establishment of Pak-China Economic Corridor is a step forward in relation of the commitment of the incumbent political leadership of China and Pakistan.
 
Mr. Chen Zhu, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People's Congress said that Chinese government always regards Pakistan its closest friend and wants to further deepen China-Pakistan friendship and pass it on from generation to generation. He assured that China would carry on its perpetual support to Pakistan whenever required. He said that China would assist Pakistan in exploitation of its immense economic potential through public and private investment in diverse fields.
 
While talking to the Deputy Speaker of Council of Representatives of Iraq, Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that Pakistan and Iraq are intertwined in eternal bonds of religion, brotherhood and culture and give immense importance to its relations with Iraq. He said that the bonds of brotherhood could further be cemented through parliamentary friendship. He said that terrorism and extremism are the common problems confronting Pakistan and Iraq and we will have to counter these problems united.
 
Sheikh Dr. Humam Hamoudi, Deputy Speaker of Council of Representatives of Republic of Iraq, acknowledging the sentiments of the Deputy Speaker and said that Iraq also considers immense importance to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further strengthen them. He said that law and order situation in Iraq has largely improved and the government is actively pursuing the reconstruction and rehabilitation process. He said that parliamentary relations between both the countries would induce impetus to strengthening of existing bilateral relations.
 

Earlier, the Pakistan Parliamentary Delegation attended the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi is leading the Delegation. 


NA Deputy Speaker To Lead Parliamentary Delegation To 132nd Assembly Of Ipu Being Held At Hanoi, Vietnam - March 27, 2015

Islamabad: March 27, 2015; Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly will lead Parliamentary Delegation in 132nd  Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) being held from 28 March to 1 April 2015 at Hanoi, Vietnam. The delegation will proceed to Hanoi today, i.e. March 27, 2015.

The delegation comprises MNAs; Mr. Mohammad Raza Hayat Harraj, Mrs. Shahjehan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Rafiq Ahmed Jamali, Mr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Dreshak, Ms. Fouzia Hameed, and Mr. Mohammad Riaz, Secretary, National Assembly.

The delegation will participate in the Assembly of the IPU and its related meetings. The delegation will also meet their counterparts on sidelines of the Assembly from 159 countries and exchange views and experiences.
 


Ambassador Of Vietnam Calls On The Deputy Speaker NA - March 24, 2015

Islamabad: March 24, 2015: Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly has said that Pakistan and Vietnam enjoy friendly and cooperative relations and Pakistan wanted to further strengthen bilateral  relations through enhanced parliamentary, economic and people to people contacts. The Deputy Speaker said this while talking to Mr. Nguyen Xuan Luu, Ambassador of Vietnam who called on him in the Parliament House today.

The Deputy Speaker said that Parliamentarians of both the countries could play an important role to bring the two nations more closer.  He stressed the needs for regular interaction between the Parliamentarians and business communities of both the countries.  He said that ther were a lot of opportunities for investment in Pakistan in diverse fields. The Deputy Speaker said that the Vietnami’s investors should take benefit of huge economic potential in Pakistan.  He appreciated the Vietnam’s economic progress in recent past and also stressed the needs for expending volume of trade between two countries.  He also appreciated Vietnam’s support for Pakistan to become the full dialogue partner with ASEAN.  He briefed the visiting dignitary about the working of parliament and its standing Committees.

Mr. Nguyen Xuan Luu, Ambassador of Vietnam said that Vietnam also attaches great importance to Pakistan and wants to further cement the existing ties. He said that Vietnam wanted to see a strong and prosperous Pakistan.  He said that strong and prosperous Pakistan is in best interest of region as well as world.   He agreed that exchange of parliamentary delegations would help enhance better understanding between both the countries.  He said the Vietnamese’ investors were keen for investment in Pakistan and trade and economic ties between the two countries are growing rapidly.   He appreciated Pakistan’s sacrifices in war against militancy.


Country's Progress is only Possible by Achieving Quality Education: Says NA Deputy Speaker - March 23, 2015

 


Development of Backward and Remote areas of the Country is the top priority of current Government: Deputy Speaker NA - March 7, 2015

 


Government is Determined to give Favourable Environment for Investment: Deputy Speaker NA - February 19, 2015

 


Press Release of Deputy Speaker - February 4, 2015


The Federal Government has great interest in the development of Province KPK badly effected in the war against Terrorism - February 3, 2015


The preference of Government is to elimination of the shortage of Electricity - February 2, 2015


House & Library Committee of National Assembly met today in Parliament House - January 28, 2015

 


National Unity is need of the hour to Eliminate Terrorism from the Country: Acting Speaker NA - January 20, 2015

 


Murtaza Javed Abbasi To Act As Speaker, National Assembly - January 18, 2015

Islamabad; January 18, 2015: In pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly shall act as Speaker National Assembly w.e.f. 17 January, 2015 vice Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker, National Assembly who has proceeded on a visit abroad.


Deputy Speaker NA Directed Standing Committee on Defense to visit Havelian Cantonment Board - January 15, 2015

 


Deputy Speaker expresses his grief over the human loss in a Road Accident in District Abbotabad - December 26, 2014


Provision of Basic Facilities to People is Top Priority of Government: Deputy Speaker - December 20, 2014

 


Deputy Speaker Felicitates Malala Yousafzai For Winning Nobel Prize - December 10, 2014

Islambad; December 10, 2014:  Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi felicitated Malala Yousafzai for winning Nobel Peace Prize. In his felicitation message, the Deputy Speaker said that Malala Yousafzai is the pride and identity of the nation and the entire world recognised her efforts for peace. She has won laurels for Pakistan all over the world by playing a leading role at such an early age. He said that Malala is an inspiration for the whole nation and a symbol of Pakistan's determination to carry on her struggle to empower women and less privileged, especially the right of Pakistani girls to modern education.

The Deputy Speaker said that now the whole world paid tributes for awarding Nobel peace prize to Malala Yousafzai, the daughter of Pakistan, on her bravery, courage, unflinching determination and her passion for education.


NA Deputy Speaker Orders Inquiry into the Fire Incident at Parliament Lodges - December 7, 2014

Islamabad December 7, 2014: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abassi taking serious cognizance of the fire incident which occurred in Parliament Lodges on Saturday night, has ordered an immediate inquiry.

The Deputy Speaker directed the CDA authorities to immediately conduct a detailed inquiry to ascertain the causes leading to the incident and damage occurred. He also directed to fix responsibility on the CDA Staff if they are found negligent. He also directed CDA to take precautionary measures and equip the fire fighting system with latest gadgetry to deal with such incident in future.


North Waziristan IDPs will soon return to their homes: Deputy Speaker NA - November 23, 2014

 


New era of Prosperity begins in Hazara Divison by the Construction of Hazara Motorway: Deputy Speaker NA - November 21, 2014

 


NA Deputy Speaker Directs Strict Observance of Joint Venture Contract between NAECHS and FECHS - November 20, 2014

Islamabad; November 20, 2014: The Deputy Speaker, National Assembly
Murtaza Javed Abbasi has directed for strict observance of the joint venture contract between National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society (NAECHS) and Federal Employees Housing Cooperative
Housing Society. He out rightly rejected the demand of the FECHS for
enhancement of the prices of plots being provided to the employees of National Assembly. He was chairing a meeting of the National Assembly Committee on House and Library in Parliament House, this afternoon.

While discussing the status of implementation of the joint venture contract between FECHS and NAECHS, he observed for strict adherence to the contract in question. He observed that any amendment in the actual contract may be decided by the elected body of the NAECHS when it is
will instituted. The demand of enhancement of the prices of plots was raised by the management of FECHS in view of increase in land prices and development charges. The Deputy Speaker said that Committee on House and Library was duty bound to protect the interests of the
Employees of the Secretariat who had deposited their hard earned money with the Housing Society. He said that in the instant case plots to the Members should be handed over at the earliest who have already deposited full payment.

Taking strict view of the delay in construction of additional family suites, directed the CDA to expedite the pace of construction work keeping in view the accommodation problems of Members of the Parliament. The Chairman CDA apprised the Committee about the delay in
construction work. HE said that work on the site has been halted due to the protest by a political party. The Deputy Speaker also directed for investigation into the matter pertaining to the use of substandard material in renovation of Cafeteria in Parliament Lodges. He also constituted a three Member Sub-Committee comprising of Members of the Committee on House and Library to probe into the matter within 15 days.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Mrs. Shahida Raehmani, Mr. Meboob Alam, Maulana Qamar urd Din, Malik Ibrar Ahmed and Chairman CDA, Chief Commissioner ICT, Additional Secretary, Cabinet Division and other senior functionaries of National Assembly and CDA. 


Pak-Irish Parliamentary Cooperation To Bring Both The Countries More Closer: Murtaza Javed Abbasi - November 7, 2014

Islamabad November 7, 2014: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has stressed the need to enhance parliamentary and economic cooperation between Pakistan and Ireland. He said that existing Pak-Irish relations should be further reinforced through cooperation in diverse fields. Ambassador of Republic of Ireland Mr. Ken Thompson called on Acting Speaker in Parliament house, this morning.

Acting Speaker while talking to the Ambassador said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its decade old relations with Ireland. He underlined the need for regular interaction between Parliamentarians from either side. He said that Pakistan-Ireland Parliamentary Friendship Group in National Assembly has been activated. He asked for interaction of Parliamentarians on this forum for deliberating issues for promotion of bilateral relations.

Apprising about the present political setup in the Pakistan, Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that present parliament comprised enlightened and progressive forces which were working for the betterment of masses. He said that multitude of problems was inherited by the present government, however, due to sagacious policies of the leadership, long term and short policies were devised to address those issues. He was confident that the problems confronting the economic growth in the country would be addresses in the coming days. He asked for active engagement in economic sectors from both countries for mutual benefit.

The Ambassador Mr. Ken Thompson agreed with the Acting Speaker saying that present Irish Leadership also desires to further augment its relations with Pakistan. He said that enhancing Parliamentary relations between both the countries would bring Pakistani and Irish people more closer. He apprised about the ongoing cooperation between Pakistan and Ireland. He praised the vibrant Pakistani community in Ireland for their active contribution in Irish economy. He said that Irish companies were actively engaged in oil exploration and power generation sectors. He informed that Irish investors were keenly looking towards pro-investment policies in Pakistan and would come forward and tap the potential.


Participants of International Investment Conference Call on Deputy Speaker NA - October 28, 2014

Islamabad October 28, 2014:   Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has said that pro-investment policies of the present government has created conducive environment for the local and foreign investment. He urged the local and foreign investors to avail the incentives and put in their investments in Pakistan in diverse fields of economy.    He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of participants of International Investment Conference who called on him in the Parliament House today.
 
The Deputy Speaker said that Pakistani expatriates are an asset of the country and they were rendering valuable contributions in the development and prosperity of the country.  Their aspirations for their homeland were commendable, “he added”. He further said that Pakistani expatriate were true ambassadors of the country.    He said the western media has portrayed a negative image of Pakistan in western world.   He stressed upon the participants to work for highlighting the soft image of the country abroad. He urged upon the overseas Pakistanis investors to convince the business community for investment in Pakistan. 
 
The participants of the delegation appreciated the Government's initiatives for arranging the conference. They said that Pakistan is a safe heaven for investment. They appreciated the policies of the government terming it a way forward to bring Pakistan on path of progress. They expressed their desire to invest in Pakistan and wanted to contribute in progress and prosperity. 

Meeting of National Assembly House & Library Committee adjourns as a Protest on Continuous Absence of Chairman CDA - September 16, 2014

Islamabad; September 16, 2014: NA Standing Committee on House and Library which met here under the Chairmanship of Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has adjourned its meeting as a protest against rowdy attitude of Chairman, CDA towards the Committee and non implementation of decisions of the Committee made during its previous meetings. The committee was convened to discuss the progress report regarding the construction of additional family suites and servant quarters at Parliament Lodges and implementations of decisions/recommendations of the Committee made during its previous meetings.
 
 
The Deputy Speaker National Assembly expressed his grave concern over the continuous absence of Chairman, CDA from the Committee meetings. He termed it a breach of privileges of the Members of the Committee and warned the Chairman, CDA that privilege motion will be moved against him on the floor of the House. The Deputy Speaker said that Chairman, CDA had attended only two meetings of the Committee during last 16 months. He directed Chairman, CDA, Secretary Cabinet and Secretary Finance to ensure their presence in the next meeting of the Committee which will be held on 30th September, 2014. He also expressed his displeasure over the non-implementation of decisions of the Committee and directed the CDA to submit comprehensive report on the implementation of decisions/recommendations of the Committee in next meeting.
 
The Deputy Speaker also expressed its reservations on the delay of construction of additional family suites. He said that there was acute shortage of accommodation for the Member of the Parliament and National Assembly Secretariat has to face embracement when the Members of the Parliament demanding for the provision of the accommodation. He said that according to PC-1 the project has to complete by November, 2013, however, CDA has failed to complete the work till date. He directed to take strict action against the responsible of this negligence.
 
The Members of the Committee while expressing their displeasure over the absence of the Chairman, CDA from Committee’s meetings suggested to move privilege motion against the rowdy attitude of the Chairman, CDA on the floor of the House. They also expressed their grave concerns over the incompetence of CDA in implementation of the decisions of the Committee and warned that they will resign from the membership of the Committee if the decisions of the committee will not be implemented.
 
The members who attended the meeting were MNAs Nawabzada Mazhar Ali, Hafiz Abdul Karim, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani and Moulana Qamar ud Din.   

The Unity of Democratic Powers Failed the agenda of Leaders of Azadi and Inqilab March: Deputy Speaker NA - September 4, 2014

 


The people demanding dissolution of the Parliament are not sincere to the Nation; Deputy Speaker - August 26, 2014


Deputy Speaker exchanges his views on political situation in the country - August 19, 2014


A Group Of Businessmen Calls On The Deputy Speaker NA - August 8, 2014

Islamabad: August 8, 2014: Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Iran and wanted to further cement these relations through enhanced economic and Parliamentary relations. The Deputy Speaker said this while talking to an Iranian Business Community delegation headed by Seyed Reza Dehnad, Ex-Governor of Lorestan Province Republic of Iran, who called on him in the Parliament House today.

The Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan and Iran were tied in the strong bonds of religions, history, culture and traditions and their relations went from strength to strength with the passage of time.

The Deputy Speaker said that both brotherly countries have immense economic potential which can be utilized for the benefits of both the nations.  He said that incumbent Government has introduced investment friendly policies and the Iranian investor can benefit from them.  He stressed the need for regular interaction between the business communities of the both countries to explore the new vistas of economic cooperation between the two countries.  He said that business community of both countries could play a key role to enhance volume of trade between two neighbouring countries and bring them more closer. He appreciated the Iranian support to Pakistan during natural catastrophes.    

The Leader of the Iranian delegation Seyed Reza Ehnad, said that Iran gives great importance to its relations with Pakistan and considered it as Brother.  He said that Iranian business community was taking keen interest to take advantage from the vast economic opportunities in Pakistan and wanted to invest in diverse fields.  He agreed with the Deputy Speaker that the regular interaction between the business communities of the both countries could play an importance role to bring both countries most closer and enhance the business volume of trade.


NA Deputy Speaker visits PIMS - August 7, 2014

Islamabad; August 7, 2014: Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi today visited Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to enquire the health of father of former MD Bait-ul-Mall Mr. Zamurd Khan. The father of Mr. Zamurd Khan is under treatment in PIMS.



The Deputy Speaker remained there for some time and inquired about his wellbeing. He prayed for his speedy recovery. The Deputy Speaker also directed PIMS Administration to provide best medical care to the father of former MD Bait-ul-Mall.


NA Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi Leaves For Tehran To Attend Meeting Of PUIC - July 22, 2014

Islamabad: July 22, 2014; Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has departed from Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad to Tehran today to attend the meeting of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Members Countries (PUIC) being held in Tehran, Iran on July 22, 2014.

During his stay in Tehran, he will participate in the meeting of the Parliamentary Union of OIC Members Countries (PUIC) on the ongoing brutalization and innocent killings being waged by the Zionist regime on the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip and Israeli occupied Palestinian territories.

The primary purpose of the meeting is not only to express solidarity with the Palestinian nation but also condemn the barbarism and flagrant violation of the international law by the Israeli forces.

In this meeting, Member Parliaments of the PUIC will urge international community and United Nations to take effective and appropriate political measures in order to stop the extensive killing of the innocent people of Gaza, destruction of their houses and their urban installations.


Unaids Country Director Calls On Acting Speaker - July 11, 2014

Islamabad: 11 July, 2014.  The Acting Speaker, Murtaza Javed Abbasi has stressed the need for stringent awareness campaign among the masses to control the HIV virus.  He said that   HIV Aids is a fatal epidemic and large number of people has become its victims annually across the world.   He expressed these views while talking to Marc Saba, UNAIDS Country Director for Pakistan and Afghanistan who called on him in the Parliament House, today.

The Acting Speaker has reiterated pledge of the present government to accord top priority to the HIV/AIDS prevention strategies and interventions. The Acting Speaker on this occasion emphasized the need for greater collaboration between the UNAIDS and the parliament for active role of parliamentarians to cope with the increasing number of HIV cases in Pakistan particularly among people who inject drugs.

The Acting Speaker also urged for strengthening linkages among the key actors, institutions and universities to create awareness among the masses about HIV/AIDS.   He assured all out support and patronage to the HIV response in the country particularly legislations that can help to prevent HIV/AIDS and Drug use.  He called for continued and concerted measures from the parliamentarians, Provincial governments, Non-Government Organizations, Civil societies, Religious scholars, media and other stakeholders in this regard.

He thanked the UNAIDS for their support in devising National strategy and mobilizing resources for the HIV response in Pakistan.  He also called upon the international community to play even greater role in this collective responsibility to complement efforts aimed at reduction of new infections and focus the attention towards Zero new infections, zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS related deaths.


Chairman ERRA meets with Acting Speaker National Assembly - July 10, 2014


Acting Speaker NA visited NHA Head Office - July 4, 2014

 


Murtaza Javed Abbasi To Act As Speaker, National Assembly - July 3, 2014

Islamabad; July 3, 2014: In pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly shall act as Speaker National Assembly w.e.f. 3rd July, 2014 vice Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker, National Assembly who has proceeded on a visit abroad.
 


NA Deputy Speaker Meet with Chairman State Duma and Deputy Speaker Grand National Assembly of Turkey - June 27, 2014

Islamabad; June 27, 2014: Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi who is on official visit to Moscow, Russia to attend Third International Parliamentary Forum, has said that Pakistan values high its relations to Russia and wanted to further strengthen the existing relation though enhanced parliamentary and economic cooperation. He expressed these views in his meeting with Mr.  Sergey Naryshkin, Chairman State Duma of Russian Federation in Moscow, today.

The Deputy Speaker has stressed upon the need to further enhance the ties between Pakistan and Russia in diverse fields. He also underlined the need for frequent high level contacts between leadership of both the countries as well as parliament to parliament and people to people interactions. The Deputy Speaker said that both the countries had similar views on various international issues and were already supporting each other in various global fora. He also emphasized the need of closer cooperation between Russia and Pakistan to effectively combat the menaces of drug trafficking and terrorism and to ensure peace and stability in the region.

Chairman of State Duma Mr.  Sergey Naryshkin said that Russia attaches importance to its relations with Pakistan and wanted to further fortify them through enhanced cooperation in all fields. He also agreed for enhancing parliamentary cooperation between State Duma and National Assembly of Pakistan.

The Deputy Speaker also met with the Deputy Speaker Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Talking to Deputy Speaker Turkish Grand National Assembly the Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that Pakistan considers Turkey its brother and a trusted friend who has always stood by in times of need. He said that religion, history and culture bind both the nations in fraternal bonds. He lauded the unwavering Turkish support to Pakistan at regional and international level. He appreciated Turk assistance in socio-economic sectors in Pakistan. He stressed the need for enhanced interaction between the parliamentarians of both the brotherly countries.

The Deputy Speaker Grand National Assembly of Turkey has said that Turkey gives immense importance to its warm and brotherly relations with Pakistan and wanted to further cemented them through enhanced parliamentary cooperation. He said that Pak-Turk parliamentary friendship group in Turkish Grand National Assembly exists and its Members were keen to interact with their Pakistan counterparts. He was confident that such interaction would further cement ties between both the brotherly countries.

The Deputy Speaker, Murtaza Javed Abbasi also met with Deputy Speaker, Indonesia, Deputy Speaker Algeria, Deputy Speaker Austria and Parliamentary Delegation of German Bundestag on the sideline of Third International Parliamentary Forum on “New Dimensions of Parliamentary Dialogue in Modern Age” being held in Moscow from 25-27 June, 2014 and discussed the matters pertaining to common interest and share experiences. 


3-Member Parliamentary Delegation will attend the 3rd International Parliamentary Forum being held in Moscow, Russian Federation - June 24, 2014

Islamabad: June 24, 2014:  3-Member Parliamentary Delegation led by Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi will leave for Moscow, Russian Federation today i.e. 24th June, 2014 to attend the Third International Parliamentary Forum on “New Dimensions of Parliamentary Dialogue in Modern Age” being held in Moscow, Russian federation from 25-27 June, 2014.
 
During their stay in Moscow the members of delegation will participate in the Third International Parliamentary Forum on New Dimensions of Parliamentary Dialogue in Modern Age and its related meetings. The sidelines of the forum the delegation will also meet their counterparts and will exchange views and experiences.
 
Besides, the Deputy Speaker the delegation comprises MNAs; Mr. Ibadullah and Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan.

Private & Public Cooperation is necessary to meet Residential deficiency in the Country: Deputy Speaker NA - June 18, 2014


Deputy Speaker pays his tributes to Martyr Assistant Sub-Inspector - June 15, 2014


National Assembly House & Library Committee Meets - June 13, 2014

Islamabad; June 13, 2014: The Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has expressed serious concerns on the weak and ineffective security arrangements around the Parliament House, Parliament Lodges and MNAs Hostel in Islamabad. He therefore directed Islamabad Police to beef up the security keeping in view the law and order situation. The Deputy Speaker was chairing a meeting of the Standing Committee on House and Library in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Deputy Speaker asked the Ministry of Interior and Islamabad Police to enhance the police force responsible for security of the Parliament and Lodges and equip them with required paraphernalia. He directed for collection of data of people residing in the servant quarters in Parliament Lodges and Government Hostel. He also directed for submission of report of the Judicial Inquiry into 23rd May’s incident at the earliest for consideration of the House and Library Committee. 

Taking strict view of the delay in construction of additional family suites, directed the CDA to either get the project completed by November, 2014 or cancel the contract and blacklist the contractor. He said that the Contractor has failed to justify the delay despite provision of mobilization fund. He also directed for investigation into the matter pertaining to substandard maintenance work of Parliament Lodges. He also expressed his displeasure over delay in award of contract of supply of furniture despite release of funds by the M/o Finance. He also directed for shifting of Tanker Water Supply near Government Hotel from its present location to some other place which he termed a security threat to the residents of the area.

The meeting was attended by members of the Committee, Additional Secretary M/o Interior, Chairman CDA, Chief Commissioner ICT, DIG Police and other senior functionaries of National Assembly and CDA.


Islamabad Police Directed To Intensify Security Of The Parliament - June 5, 2014

Islamabad June 5, 2014: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has directed M/o Interior to ensure foolproof Security of the Parliament House and observed that Islamabad Police has failed to stop the intrusion of protestors on four different occasions in the premises of the Parliament House. He was chairing a meeting of the Standing Committee on House and Library in Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Deputy Speaker said that there was no resistance from the police personnel to stop the Protestors to break into the precincts of Parliament House. He termed it sheer negligence of the Islamabad Police whereby sanctity of the Parliament was compromised. He directed Islamabad Police to strictly implement zero tolerance policy of M/o Interior in terms of protests in the Red Zone and no one should be allowed to cross the threshold. He also directed M/o Interior to submit reports of incidents happened earlier and earmark space for protests in future.

The Additional Secretary M/o Interior and Chief Commissioner Islamabad Capital Territory admitted the failure of Police on 23rd May’s incident. The Chief Commissioner apprised the Committee that seven police personnel have been suspended on the preliminary investigation report and action against other negligent officers would be taken on conclusion of the Judicial Inquiry. The Additional Secretary further informed the Committee that M/o Interior was committed to make the security of Islamabad specially the Red Zone, impeccable by deployment of extra police personnel, intensifying surveillance by Security Agencies and installation of extra surveillance cameras.

While discussing the matters pertaining to construction of additional family suites and servant quarters for Parliamentarians and their staff, the Deputy Speaker lamented the lethargy of CDA to get the work done within stipulated time. He warned the CDA and the contractor to complete the construction work within timeline. He said that the National Assembly Secretariat has to face embarrassment when Members approach for provision of accommodation. He also noted with concern the continuous absence of Chairman CDA from the meetings of the Committee terming it a breach of privilege of the Parliament and the Committee.

The Director General (Works), CDA apprised the committee about the update on the Construction work. He admitted the negligence of his department saying that the construction of additional block should have been completed within the timeline however; still 68% work was still pending. He assured the committee that work would be expedited for early its completion.

The Deputy Speaker directed the CDA to submit a comprehensive report on the issue to the Secretariat within 24 hours. He also directed for issuance of work orders to the contractor assigned the contract for supply of furniture for the Parliament Lodges despite release of required funds by the M/o Finance.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Molana Qamar ud Din, Dr. Ibadullah, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, Additional Secretary (A) National Assembly, Additional Secretary M/o Interior, Chief Commissioner ICT, Senior Officers of CDA, ICT Police and District Administration.


NA Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi Inaugurates Nadra Office At Lora, Abbottabad - June 4, 2014


“Youm-E-Takbeer” Is The Pride Of The Nation: Says NA Acting Speaker - May 28, 2014

Islamabad: May 28, 2014; Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Pakistan had detonated nuclear blasts on May 28, 1998, 16 years earlier at Chaghi, Balochistan and earned the honour of becoming first nuclear power of Muslim World. He expressed these views while addressing a public gathering on the occasion of celebrating Youm-e-Takbeer at Lora near Abbotabad, today.

He said that May 28 is a historic day for the Pakistani nation as defence of the country was made invincible. “The Pakistani nation, under its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, defied international pressure and made a crucial decision on May 28, 1998, that made the country’s defence impregnable,” the Acting Speaker said. He said Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence is a big achievement on which whole nation bows before Allah Almighty with gratefulness.

Congratulating the nation on this occasion, he said Pakistan being a responsible nation could not be oblivious of the threats posed to its national security and regional peace. He said Youm-e-Takbeer symbolizes our firm belief in unflinching determination to defend the country and national self-respect. The Acting Speaker said that Pakistan is a peace loving nation having no aggressive designs against any country.

He also paid rich tributes to Armed Forces and renowned nuclear scientists for their services to strengthen country's defence.
 


NA Acting Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi takes serious notice of entry of Protester into precinct of Parliament House - May 23, 2014

Islamabad May 23, 2014:  The Acting Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi taking serious notice of the failure of Islamabad Police to stop the protesters to enter into the precinct of the Parliament House, has sought report from Ministry of Interior and Inspector General Police.

He termed the incident a failure and incompetence of Islamabad Police who has failed to devise any strategy in this regard.  He directed the Ministry of Interior to enquire into the incident and take appropriate action against the responsible. He also sought report of the investigation of two such incidents which took place in recent past.


Murtaza Javed Abbasi To Act As Speaker, National Assembly - May 20, 2014

Islamabad; May 20, 2014: In pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly shall act as Speaker National Assembly during visit of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker, National Assembly, abroad.
 


Pakistan Blind Cricket Team Calls on Deputy Speaker, NA - May 14, 2014

Islamabad; May 14, 2014.  The Pakistan’s Blind National eleven visited the National Assembly on the invitation of Deputy Speaker Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi. On arrival the team was welcomed by Honorable Murtaza Javed Abbasi, along with other senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat.

The Honorable Deputy Speaker lauded victories of the team and encouraged them to further improve their game. The team was accompanied by officials of Blind Cricket Association. The Deputy Speaker exchanged pleasantries with the members of team and later on hosted a lunch in their honor.
 


Bahraini Parliamentary Delegation Accorded Warm Welcome - May 5, 2014

Islamabad: May 5, 2014; A five member Bahraini Parliamentary Delegation led by Chairman Council of Representatives, Kingdom of Bahrain H.E. Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al-Dhahrani arrived at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad today. The delegation is on a three days official visit to Pakistan.

Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi along with Convener of Pak-Bahrain Parliamentary Friendship Group Pir Shafqat Hussain Shah Jillani and senior officials of the National Assembly Secretariat received the delegation.

While talking to the Chairman Council of Representatives, Kingdom of Bahrain, Deputy Speaker said that Bahrain and Pakistan are bonded in the eternal ties of religion, culture & history and there is commonality of views and perceptions of both the countries on all regional and global issues. He also expressed the need for increase of contacts between the Parliamentarians and political leadership of the two countries as well as people to people contact.

Chairman Council of Representatives, Kingdom of Bahrain H.E. Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al-Dhahrani said that Pakistan is our second home and we are brotherly countries. “Pakistan’s strength is Bahrain’s strength and we wanted to see Pakistan strong and prosperous”, he said. He said that Bahrain also values high its relations with Pakistan and wanted to further strengthen the bilateral relations.

 


Chairman Council Of Representatives Kingdom Of Bahrain Arrives On 5th May 2014 On A 3-Days Official Visit To Pakistan - May 3, 2014

Islamabad; May 3, 2014: Chairman Council of Representatives, Kingdom of Bahrain H.E. Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al-Dhahrani will arrive in Islamabad on 5th May, 2014 on a 3-days official visit to Pakistan. A four-member Parliamentary delegation will accompany the Chairman. H.E. Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al-Dhahrani is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.

The Chairman Bahraini Council of Representatives will be received by Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi and Convener of Pak-Bahrain Parliamentary Friendship Group Pir Shafqat Hussain Shah Jillani along with senior officers of the National Assembly Secretariat at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad.

The Chairman Council of Representatives Kingdom of Bahrain, during his stay in Islamabad besides meeting his Pakistani counterpart will also meet President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari as well as interact with Pakistani Parliamentarians.

During these meetings, matters pertaining to enhancing cooperation between the legislative bodies of Pakistan and Bahrain and exploring possibilities of economic cooperation between both the countries will be discussed.

The delegation will visit Parliament House, witness the proceedings of the National Assembly and address the Members of Pak-Bahrain Friendship Group. They will also visit Shah Faisal Mosque, Islamabad.

 


Deputy Speaker instructs the Gallayat Authority to take the local population to confidence before operation in Gallyat - April 9, 2014


National Assembly House & Library Committee Meets - April 8, 2014

Islamabad; April 8, 2014: NA Standing Committee on House and Library has expressed grave concern over the substandard maintenance work at Parliament Lodges and Government Hostel and non implementations of decisions of the Committee. The Committee also expressed its displeasure over the supply of low quality furniture and fixtures in the Parliament Lodges. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the Parliament House today.

The Committee while discussing the agenda item regarding the poor maintenance of Parliament Lodges and Government Hostel the Committee expressed its reservation over the quality of maintenance work carried out by the CDA in Parliament Lodges and Government Hostel. It also expressed annoyance over the cleanliness and seepage in the Parliament Lodges. The members observed that due to the seepage the roofs and walls of the family suites of the Parliament Lodges are in pathetic state. The Deputy Speaker expressed displeasure over the non-implementation over the decisions of the Committee and directed CDA to address the complaints of the members of the Committee in letter and spirit. The Deputy Speaker instructed the CDA to take prompt action on the complaints made by the Parliamentarians and strictly monitor the quality of food and tidiness in the cafeteria at Parliament Lodges. He also directed CDA to sort out a complete survey for permanent solution of seepage at Parliament Lodges.

The Committee also took a serious note over delay in construction of additional family suites and directed the CDA to make concrete measure to complete the construction of the said family suites before November, 2014. The Deputy Speaker also directed CDA to investigate the matter pertaining to misappropriation in the substandard maintenance work of Parliament Lodges and low quality furniture provided to Parliamentarians at Parliament Lodges and submit report to the Committee within 10 days. The Committee also expressed its reservations over the unauthorized occupants in the Parliament Lodges and directed CDA to take action to vacate the family suites in Parliament Lodges and Government Hostel from unauthorized occupants.

The Committee also took a serious note about the false report by the CDA staff to Deputy Speaker about the action against unauthorized occupants in Government Hostel and directed CDA to take strict actions against the responsible. The Committee also expressed its reservation over the absence of Chairman, CDA from the Committee meeting and directed to ensure his presence in the next meeting of the Committee.

The members who attended the meeting were MNAs Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Mian Abdul Manan, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Special Secretary (A), National Assembly Secretariat Syed Munwar Abbas, Member (Engineering) CDA and other senior functionaries of National Assembly and CDA.


Address of Deputy Speaker at inaugural ceremony of High School at Nagir Totyal, Abbottabad - March 29, 2014


A Group of Students of London School of Economics Call on Deputy Speaker - March 27, 2014

Islamabad; March 27, 2014:  The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Pakistani youth were highly talented, competent and hardworking and they have proved their abilities across the globe.  He expressed these views while talking to a group of students of London School of Economics who called on him in Parliament House today.

The Deputy Speaker said that democracy in Pakistan was gaining strength and democratic institutions in the country were functioning smoothly. He said that incumbent Government has set its priorities for the welfare of the people of the country. He said that provision of education, health care and social amentias were the top priorities of the government. He apprised the students about the constitutional history of Parliament as well as working and functioning of the National Assembly and its standing committees. He said that the standing committees are important organs of the Parliament and play vital role in legislation, besides over sighting the policies of concerned Ministries. He also appreciated the contributions of overseas Pakistanis for the development and progress of the country.

The students of London College of Economics took keen interest in legislative procedure and posed various questions about the working and functioning of National Assembly.  Later on they also witness the proceedings of the House.


Members of National Youth Assembly Call on Deputy Speaker NA - March 25, 2014

Islamabad; March 25, 2014: Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has said that youth is real asset of the country and its active participation in the politics is imperative for strengthening the democratic process in the country. He said that youth can play vital role to strengthen the democracy in the country through its active participation in political process. He expressed these views while talking to the members of National Youth Assembly, today at Parliament House.

The Deputy Speaker said that continuity of democratic process is essential for the prosperity and progress of the country. He opined that the real politics needed a lot of efforts and hard work. He said that challenges confronted by the country at present was due to disruption of democratic process in past. They underlined the need for joint efforts for strengthening the democracy. He apprised the participants about the political system in Pakistan and structure and functioning of the National Assembly and its standing committees.

Later, the Additional Secretary (Legislation) briefed the participants of the meeting about the organizational setup, formation and working of National Assembly and its Standing Committees. The Members of the Youth Parliament also posed various questions which were replied by the Deputy Speaker, National Assembly and the Additional Secretary (Legislation).

Mr. Hanan Abbasi, President, National Youth Assembly thanked the Deputy Speaker for providing opportunity to the Members of the Youth Assembly for a comprehensive briefing about the functioning of Parliament. He also apprised the Deputy Speaker about the functioning of National Youth Assembly.  He invited the Deputy Speaker to participate in Session of the National Youth Assembly.


NA Acting Speaker Underlines the Need to Enhance Parliamentary and Economic Cooperation Between Azerbaijan and Pakistan - March 13, 2014

Islamabad; March 13, 2014: Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly has said that Azerbaijan and Pakistan were intertwined in bonds of religion, culture and history, therefore, Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Azerbaijan. He expressed these views in a meeting with Ambassador of Azerbaijan H. E. Dashgins Shikarov during his to Embassy of Azerbaijan, Islamabad today.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that both the countries have huge economic potential which needs to be exploited for mutual benefit. He said that huge investment opportunities were exist in Pakistan especially in energy, industry, technology and infrastructure sectors. He said investors of Azerbaijan can be benefited from these opportunities. He said regular interaction between the political leadership, parliamentarians and people of both the countries would be helpful in exploring avenues of possible cooperation. The Acting Speaker said that parliamentarians of both the countries could also play an important role in creating better understanding between both the countries. He apprised the Ambassador that a Pak-Azerbaijan friendship group has been constituted in the National Assembly to further strengthening the relations between the Parliaments of both the countries. He also thanked Azerbaijan for gracious assistance during 2005 earthquake. He also suggested to declare Nosherwan town in District Abbottabad and Nosherwan town in Azerbaijan as a twin town.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan H. E. Dashgins Shikarov agreed with Acting Speaker said that his government also strongly desires to have congenial relations with Pakistan. He said that a stable Pakistan was imperative for the peace in the region; therefore, it has always supported Pakistan on all regional and international forums. He assured the Acting Speaker of all out support of Azerbaijan to meet the energy crises in Pakistan. He informed that negotiations between both the governments for setup of Five Thermal Power Projects in Pakistan were under process. He was confident that the agreement in this regard will be signed soon. The Ambassador also apprised the Acting Speaker about the orphanages which have been established with the support of Azerbaijan in Pakistan. He presented an invitation on behalf of Deputy Speaker of Azerbaijani Majlis (National Assembly) to Acting Speaker to visit Azerbaijan.


Murtaza Javed Abbasi To Act As Speaker, National Assembly - March 10, 2014

Islamabad; March 10, 2014: In pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly shall act as Speaker National Assembly during Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker, National Assembly visit abroad.
 


Murtaza Javed Abbasi lead NA delegation to 9th session of PUIC being held at Tehran, Iran - February 16, 2014

Islamabad: February 16, 2014:  Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi will lead Pakistan Parliamentary Delegation in 9th Session of Parliamentary Union of Islamic Countries (PUIC) being held from 14-19 February, 2014 at Tehran, Iran. The delegation will proceed to Tehran on 17th February, 2014. The delegation comprises MNAs; Syed Kazim Ali Shah, Dr. Asma Mamdot and Dr. Mahreen Razzaque Bhutto.

The delegation during its stay in Tehran will participate in the Conference of PUIC and its related meetings. The Members of the delegation will also meet their counterparts on sidelines of the Conference and exchange views and experiences. The Conference will ponder upon variety of issues and challenges confronting to Muslim Ummah and strengthening the cooperation and coordination among the Parliaments of Members States. A separate meeting of the Women Parliamentarians PUIC Members State will also be held as a sideline meeting of the Conference.

 


NA Committee on House & Library Meets - February 13, 2014

Islamabad; February 13, 2014: The House and Library Committee of the National Assembly expressed its serious reservations on the quality of maintenance work carried out by CDA in different blocks of Parliament Lodges. It also expressed its concern over the supply of substandard furniture and fixtures in Parliament Lodges. The House and Library Committee met under the Chairmanship of Murtaza Jaed Abassi, Depuuty Speaker National Assembly in Parliament House today.

The Committee while deliberating upon the agenda observed that the CDA staff deputed at the Lodges remained absent from their duties and never properly responded on the complaints of the MNAs residing in the Lodges. The Deputy Speaker directed CDA to address the complaints of the members and ensured the quality of the maintenance work.

This was maiden meeting of the committee with a heavy agenda related to the progress report of construction work of additional family suites and servant quarters, maintenance of accommodation and current status of National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society (NAECHS) and allocation of funds for maintenance as well as supply of furniture to the Parliament Lodges.

The committee expressed its displeasure on the delay in construction of additional family suites at Parliament Lodges. The Committee was informed that the CDA was committed to complete the initial phase of the project by the end of March 2014 but on ground however, due to slow construction work, the completion of the project would be delayed. Deputy Speaker directed to the CDA authorities to bear the expenses of the accommodation rent for Parliamentarians as per their entitlement that were waiting for allotments of suites.

Murtaza Javed Abassi, therefore, constituted a sub-committee comprising MNAs Mr. Iqbal Mehdi Khan, Nawabzada Mazhar Ali, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani and Malik Ibrar Ahmad to monitor the maintenance work in Parliament Lodges, sub standard furniture and other fixtures used in lodges and asses the required CDA staff for this purpose. The Committee will also scrutinize the enquiry report submitted by the CDA authority for irregularities in accommodation and other maintenance work.

The Deputy Speaker also instructed that the CDA will provide the detail of the allottees of the Parliament lodges as well as the servant quarters and additional rooms. He also directed for displaying these details on the notice board in the Parliament Lodges. He also directed the concerned officials of Ministry of Finance and CDA to look into the matter for the release of maintenance grant and their proper utilization.

Later, the administrator of the NAECHS informed the committee that the additional land for the society has been acquired and possession letters to the members of the society who completed the required criteria have been awarded. The Deputy Speaker decided to discuss the progress on the issue in next meeting of the committee.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Iqbal Mehdi Khan, Nawabzada Mazhar Ali, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Hafiz Abdul Karim, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Molana Qamar ud din & Malik Ibrar Ahmad, MNA on special invitation and senior officers of the National Assembly, CDA and Finance Ministry.


The Arrival of Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a great blessing for whole world - January 13, 2014


US Consul General at Peshawar Calls on NA Deputy Speaker - January 7, 2014

Islamabad; January 7, 2014: The Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with USA and both the countries have similar perceptions on many regional and global issues. He said this while talking to Mr. Gabriel Escobar, US Consul General at Peshawar who called on him in Parliament House, today.

The Deputy Speaker has said that Pakistan believed that peace and stability was essential for promoting progress and prosperity in the region. He said that terrorism and extremism were biggest threats to peace and stability which could be countered by closer co-operation amongst the stakeholders. He said that poverty illiteracy and unemployment were the root cause of this menace. He stressed the need for addressing the root causes to curb this bane.

The Deputy Speaker said that Khyber Pukhtunkhwa legs behind in health and education sectors and provision of other social amenities were affected in Hazara Division due to Afghan refugees camps. He stressed the need for up-gradation of education sector especially infrastructure for girls education in Hazara Division. He also stressed the need for including the opinions of elected representatives in developmental projects. He was of the opinion that elected representatives could identify the problems confronting to the masses in a better way.

Gabriel Escobar, Consul General agreed with the proposals of the Deputy Speaker. He apprised the Deputy Speaker that US is initiating various projects for the promotion of investment in Khyber-Pukhtunkhwa and FATA. He said that US wanted to see a strong and prosperous Pakistan He appreciated the role of Pakistan in war against extremism and terrorism and assured the Deputy Speaker all out support of his country for economical and social uplift of Pakistan.
 


NA Deputy Speaker Congratulates The Newly Elected Office Bearers Of Hazara Journalists Association/Forum, Islamabad - January 6, 2014

Islamabad; January 6, 2014: The Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has congratulated the newly elected office bearers of Hazara Journalists Association/Forum, Islamabad(HJAFI).

In his congratulatory messages to the newly elected Mr. Muhammad Riaz, Patron-in-Chief, Mr. Changaiz Khan Jadoon, President, Mr. Asghar Ch., General Secretary, Mr. Shams-ur-Rehman Abbasi, Finance Secretary and other office bearers of HJAFI, he said that their election was an evidence of trust and confidence of Journalist fraternity reposed in them.

The Deputy Speaker hoped that they will work for welfare of Journalist Community and freedom of press. The Deputy Speaker said that freedom of expression was essential for strengthening democracy in the country. He expressed the hope that under the new leadership the problems of Journalist’s community would be resolved. He prayed for their success during their tenure.


Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly alongwith the Members of Legislative Council call on Deputy Speaker, NA - January 2, 2014

Islamabad; January 2, 2014: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that proper utilization of immense economic and tourism potential in Gilgit-Baltistan could lead Pakistan in especially Gilgit-Baltistan to progress and prosperity. He said that establishment of Pak-China Economic corridor would be beneficial for achieving the above targets. The Deputy Speaker said this while talking to Mr. Wazir Baig, Speaker Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly who called on him alongwith the delegation comprising Deputy Speaker,  Ministers, Gilgit-Baltistan, Members of the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council at Parliament House today.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi said that Gilgit-Baltistan was an important part of the country and rich in natural resources and human potential. He said that present government was committed to bring the region in mainstream by providing economic activity, education and provision of basic amenities. He said that establishment of Pak-China Economic Corridor was a step forward in relation of the commitment of the incumbent political leadership.

The Deputy Speaker said that administrative and financial autonomy has been ensured to the GB. He was confident that the political leadership of GB was aware of the problems of the area, therefore, would devise policies for socio-economic development of the area. He assured all out support of the National Assembly Secretariat for the capacity building of members and staff of Legislative Assembly.

Qamar Sohail Lodhi, Additional Secretary (Legislation) briefed the participants of the meeting about the organizational setup, formation and working of National Assembly and its Standing Committees.

The Speaker of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly thanked the Deputy Speaker for organizing comprehensive briefing about the working of the National Assembly for the members Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council.

 
 


Murtaza Javed Abbasi to Act As Speaker, National Assembly - December 19, 2013

Islamabad; December 19, 2013: In pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly shall act as Speaker National Assembly, with effect from the 19th December, 2013 vice Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly who has proceeded on an official visit abroad.
 


Deputy Speakers of Sri Lanka and Kuwait meet Speaker NA - December 10, 2013

Islamabad December 10, 2013: Deputy Speaker of Sri Lanka Parliament Chandima Weerakkody called on Speaker, National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, this afternoon. Various issues of mutual interest and strengthening of bilateral parliamentary relations came under discussion.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq praised the active participation of Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation in Asian Parliamentary Assembly meeting. He said that Sri Lanka could play an important role in bringing Asian Nations together for devising common strategy for problems commonly by Asian countries. He praised sagacity Sri Lankan leadership in tackling terrorism and bringing the country back to development and prosperity. He expressed the desire to further deepen the relations through enhancing parliamentary cooperation with Sri Lankan Parliament.

Sri Lankan Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said that his country also greatly values its friendship with Pakistan and desires to consolidate and deepen its deep-rooted, all-weather friendship. He said that holding of Asian Parliamentary Assembly in Islamabad was a step forward in forging unity amongst Asian nations to tackle issues confronting stability and prosperity in the region.

Later, Deputy Speaker of Kuwaiti National Assembly Mr. Mubarak Al-Khurainej met Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on sidelines of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly being held in Islamabad. He said that Pakistan and Kuwait were intertwined in bonds of religion, history and culture and these bonds could be further strengthened by parliamentary cooperation. He called for greater interaction between business communities of both the countries to tap the immense economic potential especially in the trade and manufacturing sectors.

Reciprocating good gesture of Speaker, the Kuwaiti Deputy Speaker said that Kuwait also considers Pakistan its closest friend who has always been a friend in need and stood by Kuwait in turbulent times. He agreed with Speaker and said that Kuwaiti Parliament would be delighted to enhance its relations with Pakistani Parliament so that understanding and cooperation between both the countries could be further pursued. He said that Kuwait strongly desires to see a prosperous, stable and economically vibrant Pakistan. He also extended invitation to the Speaker to visit Kuwait which he accepted.

 
 


Japanese Ambassador calls on Deputy Speaker, National Assembly - December 6, 2013

Islamabad; December 6, 2013: The Ambassador of Japan H.E. Hiroshi Inomata called on Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the Parliament House, today.

Talking to the Ambassador Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan values high its relations with Japan and desires to further strengthening the existing relations through enhanced economic and Parliamentary Cooperation. He said that Japan was a country with tremendous expertise and technological advancement that can be of great benefit to Pakistan. He expressed his gratitude to the Japan Government for assisting Pakistan in economic sector. He also thanked the people and government of Japan for their gracious support to Pakistan during the natural calamities especially during the 2005 earthquake. He stressed the need for enhanced parliamentary cooperation between the Parliaments of both the countries. He said that regular interactions between the parliamentarians would provide the opportunities to share the views and benefit from each other experiences besides, strengthening bilateral cooperation. He also apprised the Ambassador about the ongoing developmental projects with collaboration of government of Japan in district Abbottabad. 

H.E. Hiroshi Inomata said that Japan attaches great importance to its relations with Pakistan and wanted Pakistan a strong and prosperous country. He assured the Deputy Speaker of his government’s support for socio-economic development of Pakistan. He said that Pakistan was an important country of the region. He appreciated Pakistan’s role in promoting peace in the region, curbing terrorism and extremism.

 


Capacity Building of Parliamentary Staff is Essential for Better Legislation: Deputy Speaker NA - December 5, 2013

Islamabad: December 5, 2013; Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly has said that proactive and dynamic legislation is necessary for progressive and welfare oriented societies and that could be possible only when legislators are equipped with latest legislative research and knowledge. He expressed these views while addressing the 3rd Annual National Parliamentary Workshop for Parliamentary Researchers at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) Islamabad today.

He said that like other Parliaments, we also needed better research and analysis facilities, latest equipment and capacity building of members and staff of legislative assemblies. He said that these areas have remained our priority and various steps have taken in this regard through initiation of such capacity building workshops in PIPS.

He urged that the Parliamentarians represent will of the people of Pakistan and they needed a strong support based research for better legislation and strengthening of democratic institutions. "Research has no limits, it is quest of knowledge that assists learning and development” he added.

He advised the PIPS team to remain committed to their values of integrity, professionalism, non-partisan, accessibility and anticipation in performing quality oriented services to the parliamentarians and the staff. Later on, Deputy Speaker awarded the certificates to the participants of the workshop. Executive Director PIPS and senior officers of National Assembly, Senate and PIPS were also present on the occasion.


Iraqi Parliamentary Delegation Accorded Warmly Welcome - December 5, 2013

Islamabad; December 5, 2013: An Iraqi Parliamentary Delegation led by Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives Mr. Osama Abdul Aziz Al-Nujafi arrived at Nur Khan Airbase today on a three days official visit to Pakistan.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly along with Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Convener of the Pak-Iraq Friendship group and senior officials of the National Assembly Secretariat warmly welcomed the visiting delegation.

While talking to the Speaker of the Iraqi Council, Deputy Speaker said that Iraq and Pakistan are bonded in the eternal ties of religion, culture and history and there is commonality of views and perceptions of both the countries on all regional and global issues. He also expressed the need for increase of contacts between the Parliamentarians and political leadership of the two countries as well as people to people contact.

Speaker of the Iraqi Council said that Pakistan is our second home and we are brethren countries. “Pakistan strength is Iraq strength and we wanted to see Pakistan strong and prosperous”, he said. He said that Iraq also values high its relations with Pakistan and wanted to further strengthen the bilateral relations.


Pakistan has a very Rich, Diverse and Colourful Culture: Chinese Delegation - November 30, 2013

Islamabad, November 30, 2013: The Chinese parliamentary delegation headed by Ms. Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress visited Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage) here at Shakarparian on Saturday. On arrival, the distinguished guests were warmly received by Lok Virsa senior officials and briefed them about important aspects of Pakistan’s traditional culture and heritage. Shen Yueyue and his team members took keen interest in the museum hall, showing contributions of the Muslims towards promotion of musical heritage, diorama on wedding rituals of Cholistan desert and link passage presenting cultural affinities and influences with the People’s Republic of China with artifacts contributed by the Chinese side as a gift to the people of Pakistan. While exchanging their views with Lok Virsa’s officers, Shen Yueyue said “we are very much impressed to see the culture of Pakistan which has been presented beautifully in this museum”. A short live musical performance by folk artists and folk musicians was also presented to entertain the Chinese delegation at Lok Virsa. The delegates enjoyed the music with great pleasure and enthusiasm. Earlier, they visited the Faisal Mosque and remained there for some time and appreciated the architectural grandeur of the Mosque. The senior officials of the mosque briefed the delegation on the salient features of the mosque on the occasion. Later, the delegation also paid a visit to the Pakistan National Monument at top of Shakarparian hills, depicting history, struggle for freedom, birth and development of Pakistan as a progressive state. The delegation took keen interest in the displays portraying the contributions of national heroes and their contributions. Meanwhile Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly hosted lunch in honour of Chinese delegation. Federal Ministers, Parliamentarians, Members of the Pak China Friendship Group and senior officers were also present on the occasion.

Steps will be taken to provide better transport facilities - November 29, 2013


Chinese Ambassador Calls on Acting Speaker NA - November 22, 2013

Islamabad November 22, 2013: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abassi has said that parliamentary contacts between Pakistan and China would reinvigorate the existing warm relations between both the brotherly countries. He said that Pakistan and China were not only neighbors but time-tested and all-weather friends whose hearts beat together. The Acting Speaker was talking to Mr. Sun Weidong, Ambassador of Peoples Republic of China who called on him in Parliament House, this afternoon.


The Acting Speaker said that friendship and cooperation between both the brotherly countries serve the fundamental interests of the two countries and contribute to peace, stability and development in the region and beyond. He said that Pakistan strongly desire to further consolidate and deepen its deep-rooted and all-weather strategic partnership of cooperation through parliamentary contacts. He said that forth coming visit of Madam Shen Yueyue, Vice Chairperson of the Chinese National Peoples Congress along with a high level parliamentary delegation would prove a landmark in further consolidation of the Pak-China relations. The delegation will arrive in Islamabad on 28th November and will meet their Pakistani counterparts besides calling on President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chairman Senate and other senior political figures.
 

The Chinese Ambassador Mr. Sun Weidong said that Chinese government always regards Pakistan its closest friend and wants to further deepen China-Pakistan friendship and pass it on from generation to generation. He said that Chinese political hierarchy strongly supports enhancing parliamentary contacts. He said that Chinese parliamentarians were looking forward to meet their Pakistani counterparts. He was confident that their discourse would provide a way forward in exchanging views for enhancing cooperation between to nations.

 


Special Persons are Important Part of the Society: Says Acting Speaker NA - November 22, 2013

Islamabad November 22, 2013: Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has said that the government is cognizant of the problems being faced by special persons and is working to empower them and to address their problems. He expressed these views while addressing the concluding ceremony of a 3-day International Conference on Person with disability organized by Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) at a local Hotel, Islamabad today.
 


The Acting Speaker said that special persons are important part of the society. He said that to take care of their needs and to eliminate the barriers they were facing in their daily life is the responsibility of every citizen. He further said that country was facing challenges like terrorism, poverty and natural disasters and these problems not only disturbing our daily life but also increasing the risk of disability. He assured that all possible measures will be taken to overcome these problems.

He appreciated the endeavours of CBID management for organizing such an important and fruitful conference. He assured them all out support to enactment of laws for the people with disabilities to make them useful and productive citizen of the society. He also eulogized the contributions of National and International Scholars which participated in the Conference and expressed hope that this Conference will prove an important milestone in highlighting the problems faced by the special person and devising the policies for them.

 


Pak Saudi Relations are not of Today but of Long Standing Yester Years: Acting Speaker NA - November 20, 2013

Islamabad: November 20, 2013; Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Acting Speaker National Assembly has said that we are two sides of the same coin and as such, we share in each other’s happiness and pain. The relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are not of today but of long standing yester years. He was addressing the launching ceremony of Visa processing centre for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Islamabad, today. Prince Faisal Al Saud and Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin Ibrahim Bin Salih Al-Ghadeer were also present at the occasion.

 
He said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are brotherly countries and we stand with them shoulder-to-shoulder at all time. These relations are very strong based on love, affection and care for each other and with time these relations have strengthened further. “Both the countries are tied in the eternal bonds of religion, history and culture. Saudi Arabia has always supported Pakistan in difficult times” he added. He said that the security in Red Zone area is hardening step for common citizen to reach Saudi Embassy and get the visa. The creation of this Centre for the provision of visa especially for Hajj and Umrah is admirable.
 
The Saudi Ambassador Abdul Aziz Alghadeer said that the hearts of the people of the two countries beat in unison. It’s a popular fact that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan have keenly and generously looked out for each other whenever the occasion has called for it. “We are decided to form such kind of centre in federal capital as well as in all provincial capitals” he added. He assured that more centers will be added in different cities as required.
 

Murtaza Javed Abbasi to Act as Speaker, National Assembly - October 3, 2013

Islamabad; October 3, 2013: In pursuance of the provisions of clause (3) of Article 53 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker National Assembly shall act as Speaker National Assembly, with effect from the 3rd October, 2013 vice Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly who has proceeded abroad to attend 129th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) being held at Geneva, Switzerland.


NA Deputy Speaker emphasizes Active Role Of Parliaments For Enhancing Cooperation In South Asia - September 22, 2013

Islamabad September 22, 2013: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abassi has emphasized the active role of parliaments for building bridges of friendship and conflict resolution in the south Asian region. He said that amicable and peaceful resolution of conflicts and enhancing cooperation between neighbors would usher in peace and development in the region and the world.

He was addressing inaugural session of the China-South Asia Peace and Development Forum being held in Kunming, China according to a message received from China. Murtaza Javed Abassi is leading a Parliamentary delegation to China to attend the meeting of the Forum.

In his key note address, the Deputy Speaker said that developing cooperative relations in the region and avoiding conflicts was imperative for peace. He said that Parliaments of the region could play active role in this regard. He said that Pakistan has offered tremendous sacrifices for the regional peace and is ready to take all to promote peace and development in the region. He said that Government of Pakistan was committed to peace with all neighbors.  He was confident that with the active support of China, peace will come to the region. He expressed gratitude to the Government of China for hosting the meeting.
 


NA Deputy Speaker to Lead Pak Parliamentary Delegation to China - September 18, 2013

Islamabad; September 18, 2013: A seven member Pakistan Parliamentary delegation headed by Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi will visit China from 20th September, to 29th September, 2013. The members of the delegation will participate in trilateral dialogue among Pakistan, Afghanistan and China besides meetings with their Chinese counterpart.

A briefing session presided over by the Deputy Speaker was held in Parliament House, today to brief the members of the delegation about trilateral dialogues and relations between Pakistan and China. Ambassador of China Mr. Sun Weidong also attended the briefing besides, the members of the delegation.

While addressing the briefing session Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan and China enjoyed exemplary relations. He said that China is a time tested and all-weather friend of Pakistan and people of Pakistan were proud to be a such devoted friends. He appreciated the role played by the China for peace and stability in the region. He also appreciated Chinese support for social and economic development in Pakistan.

The Ambassador of China has said that Pakistan and China were very close neighbour and friends and share cordial relations. He said that the forthcoming visit of Pakistan Parliamentarian to China is very important and it will open new avenues of mutual cooperation. He said that their visit will provide them opportunities to see the latest development in China besides participating in trilateral dialogue and meetings with their Chinese counterparts. The representative of Foreign Office briefed the meeting about the trilateral dialogue among Pakistan, Afghanistan and China and Pak-China relations.

The MNAs who attended the briefing were   Mr. Sar Zameen, Mr. Amir Haider Khan, Mr. Shahab ud Din Khan, Mr. Akram Khan Durrani, Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi and Mr. Shehryar Afridi. 


NA Deputy Speaker Visits Parliament Lodges - September 17, 2013

Islamabad; September 17, 2013: Deputy Speaker, National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has directed CDA to complete the construction work of additional family suites for the Parliamentarians within stipulated time. He issued these instructions during his visit to the construction site of additional family suites for Parliamentarians at Parliament Lodges today.

The Deputy Speaker said that due to shortage of accommodations the Parliamentarians are facing a lot of hardship. He directed the CDA and construction firm that construction work must be completed within stipulated time and lapse in this regard would not be tolerated.

Earlier the Member (Engineering), CDA briefed the Deputy Speaker about the progress on pace of work of under construction work. He also informed the Deputy Speaker that construction work of 500 servant quarters for drivers and staff of Parliamentarians has been completed and construction firm has handed over the same to CDA.

The Deputy Speaker also visited Parliament Lodges to inspect the cleanliness and maintenance work at Parliament Lodges. He expressed his grave concern over the lack of cleanliness and directed the CDA to take appropriate measures for proper cleanliness at Parliament Lodges. He also asked Superintendent Police (Security), Islamabad to ensure foolproof security at Parliament Lodges.

The Member (Engineering), CDA, DG (Works), CDA, Superintendent Police (Security), Islamabad, senior officers of National Assembly and CDA and representatives of construction firm were present on the occasion.


NA Deputy Speaker urged KP Govt.to take concrete steps to control Epidemic - September 13, 2013

Islamabad; September 12, 2013: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi has ex­p­r­essed deep concern and sorrow over the outbreak of co­ngo virus and deaths from the disease in Hazara division and demanded of the provincial government to take concrete steps to control the epidemic.
 
He expressed these views during his visit to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on Thursday to inquire after the health of two congo virus patients namely Mu­hammad Yousuf and Mu­hammad Asif belonging to Abbottabad district. The deputy speaker expr­essed displeasure on slackness and carelessness tow­ards congo virus patients on the part of staff of Ayub Teaching Hospital Abbottabad and lack of diagnostic and treatment facilities in the hospital for the victims of virus. He demanded of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa chief minister to conduct an inquiry against the concerned authorities.
 
He also demanded of the health minister to visit the affected areas, send medical teams and ensure provision of required medicines to the patients to control the outbreak of disease and avoid further loss of lives. During the visit of the hospital, the relatives of the patients told the deputy speaker that congo virus was spreading rapidly in the area and two persons have lost their lives due to the disease and negligence of the staff of Ayub Medial Teaching Hospital. They apprised him about their difficulties and causes of the deaths. They demanded provision of proper diagnostic and medical facilities for their area.

 


Deputy Speaker expresses his concerns over the wide spread of Cango Virus at Hazara Division - September 12, 2013

NA Delegation to Attend 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Assembly to be held in South Africa - August 31, 2013

Islamabad, August 31, 2013: Deputy Speaker, National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi will proceed to Johannesburg, South Africa on 1st September, 2013 to attend 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Assembly (CPA).

The 59th Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Assembly is being held from 28th August to 6th September, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pakistani Parliamentary delegation with representation from Senate, National Assembly and four Provincial Assemblies will participate in the Conference.

The Deputy Speaker will be leading delegation from National Assembly comprising Rana Afzal Hussain, MNA and Secretary, National Assembly. The delegation will attend the General Assembly and its allied meetings. The delegation will also interact with delegations from the other member states of the Commonwealth.


Saudi Arabian Ambassador calls on Deputy Speaker, National Assembly - July 4, 2013

 Islamabad: July 4, 2013:  Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker, National Assembly has said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed unique cordial relations and Pakistan wanted to further strengthening the existing bilateral relations through enhanced Parliamentary and economic cooperation. He expressed these views while talking to the Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Islamabad Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin Ibrahim Bin Salih Al-Ghadeer who called on him in Parliament House, today.

 
The Deputy Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relations with Saudi Arabia since both the countries were tied in eternal bonds of religion, brotherhood, history and culture. He said that people of Pakistan have great attachment with Saudi Arabia and every year a large number of Pakistani visited Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj and Umrah and for the Ziyaraat of Harmain Sharifain. He said that both the countries have similar perceptions over important regional and global issues and Saudi Arabia always supported Pakistan’s stand at every forum. He appreciated the unwavering support of Saudi government to Pakistan as and when required. He underlined the need for enhanced interaction between the parliamentarians of both the country to further strengthening the relations between the two brotherly countries.
 
The Saudi Ambassador congratulated Murtaza Javed Abbasi on his election as the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan. He appreciated the sentiments of the Deputy Speaker and assured his Government’s all-out support to Pakistan in diverse fields. He said that Saudi Shoora was also keen to enhance its cooperation with National Assembly of Pakistan and in this connection Saudi-Pak friendship group has been established in Saudi Shoora. He was confident that fraternal relations between both the countries would further cemented by frequent interaction between the parliamentarians of both the countries. While appreciating the services of Pakistani community residing in Saudi Arabia he said that a large number of Pakistani emigrants residing in Saudi Arabia were playing an important role in progress and development of Saudi Arabia. He also extended invitation to Deputy Speaker to visit Saudi Arabia.
 

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