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NA Standing Committee On Information, Broadcasting, National History And Literary Heritage Meets - April 19, 2018

Islamabad; April 19th, 2018: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage met under the chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in Islamabad.

The Committee expresses their deep condolences on the death of Chairman Pir Muhammad Aslam Boadla’s mother and offered fateha for the departed soul.

The Committee while discussing the issue of missing paintings of renowned painters from Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), directed Director General (PNCA) to devise a mechanism to avoid such instances in future. The Committee was apprised that 104 paintings were reported missing in the year 2015. Representative of the FIA stated that PNCA has shared only a partial record on the matter with FIA, if a complete information and inquiry report would have been submitted to the FIA; a delay would not have been possible. On his this contention DG PNCA answered that a complete inquiry report done on the matter has already been shared with the FIA and to avoid such instances in future evaluation and authentication of Paintings process has already initiated by the PNCA. 

Ms. Arifa Khalid Pervaiz and Dr. Azhar Khan Jadoon stated that they are extremely disappointed how PNCA and FIA are shifting responsibility to each other. The committee recommended that the PNCA should also share inquiry report with the committee as well.  To which Secretary of Information and Broadcasting said that the division with the help of PNCA will share the inquiry report with the Committee within three days and the FIA representative also committed that the FIA will also going to prepare an inquiry report and present to the Committee before its next meeting.
Secretary Information and Broadcasting briefed the committee about the status of establishment of new channels i-e. PTV Kids and PTV Parliament. It was briefed to the committee that Annual Development Program (ADP) has already approved the proposals regarding PTV Parliament and it will be up and running within four months after the budget and for the PTV Kids channel, PC1 has been established and the work on the establishment of the said channel is under process.

Minster for State Ms. Maryam Aurengzeb briefed the committee about the film and culture policy and stated that ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage has proposed Income tax (export duties and sales tax) exemptions on export of equipment for film and drama industry. Loan schemes are also introduced to support and encourage new film makers who are interested in making films, theatre or art academies. Artist assistant fund is also going to be made to financially assist Artists for their health care. The Minister stated that tackling and regulating Pirated material is going to be their priority because of that cinema industry is having financial troubles since long. The committee appreciated the hard work of Minister of State and Secretary Information Broadcasting on their dedication towards building a strong film industry supporting Pakistani culture and traditions and decided that the Committee shall write a letter to the Finance Ministry requesting that the proposals made by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage for budget may be approved as it is.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Saman Sultana Jaffri, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, besides Minister of State, senior officers of the Ministry of Information Broadcasting Division, Pakistan National Council for Arts (PNCA) and officers of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) attended the meeting.
 


Standing Committee On Cabinet Secretariat Meets - April 19, 2018

Islamabad; April, 19, 2018: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the Chair. 
 
The Committee unanimously recommended that following Private Member’s Bills may be passed.
 
i)  The Pakistan Rights of Persons with Disability Bill, 2017 (moved by Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA)
ii) The Compulsory Drug Test of Students Bill, 2018  (moved by Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, MNA)
iii) The Prevention of Drugs in Educational Institutions Bill, 2018 (moved by Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA)
 
The Committee while appreciating the performance of NEPRA has directed that NEPRA may take stringent measures to keep proper check & balance on K-Electric to stop the unscheduled load shedding in Karachi and come up with the proposals so that Committee could take them appropriate forum for their amicable solution. 
 
The Committee expressed strong displeasure over the unnecessary delay in finalizing the case of Grand Hyyat Hotel, Islamabad and directed that FIA may pursue the Court Case affectively for early adjudication so that culprits could be penalized without further delay.
 
CDA may take stringent measures to stop the mushroom growth of Kachi Abadies and illegal Housing Societies in Islamabad. The Committee however, directed that CDA may allow for construction of double stories in Kachi Abadies which had been legalized by CDA to fulfill their domestic needs and report to the Committee in its next meeting.
 
The Committee directed that CA&DD may take stringent measures for issuance of an Ordinance to resolve the issue of affectees of E-12 if not possible, a Bill may be introduced in the Senate of Pakistan so that issue could be resolved without further delay.

CDA may finalize the plan to accommodate the affectees of nurseries of Islamabad at the earliest and report be presented to the Committee within 15 days of the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA Malik Ibrar Ahmad, MNA Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, , Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddique, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA,  Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA and mover Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA and Additional Secretaries of Capital Administration & Development Division (CA&DD), Capital Development Authority (CDA), and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage meets - April 19, 2018

Islamabad; April 19th, 2018: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage met under the chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in Islamabad.

The Committee expresses their deep condolences on the death of Chairman Pir Muhammad Aslam Boadla’s mother and offered fateha for the departed soul.

The Committee while discussing the issue of missing paintings of renowned painters from Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), directed Director General (PNCA) to devise a mechanism to avoid such instances in future. The Committee was apprised that 104 paintings were reported missing in the year 2015. Representative of the FIA stated that PNCA has shared only a partial record on the matter with FIA, if a complete information and inquiry report would have been submitted to the FIA; a delay would not have been possible. On his this contention DG PNCA answered that a complete inquiry report done on the matter has already been shared with the FIA and to avoid such instances in future evaluation and authentication of Paintings process has already initiated by the PNCA.        Ms. Arifa Khalid Pervaiz and Dr. Azhar Khan Jadoon stated that they are extremely disappointed how PNCA and FIA are shifting responsibility to each other. The committee recommended that the PNCA should also share inquiry report with the committee as well.  To which Secretary of Information and Broadcasting said that the division with the help of PNCA will share the inquiry report with the Committee within three days and the FIA representative also committed that the FIA will also going to prepare an inquiry report and present to the Committee before its next meeting.

Secretary Information and Broadcasting briefed the committee about the status of establishment of new channels i-e. PTV Kids and PTV Parliament. It was briefed to the committee that Annual Development Program (ADP) has already approved the proposals regarding PTV Parliament and it will be up and running within four months after the budget and for the PTV Kids channel, PC1 has been established and the work on the establishment of the said channel is under process.

Minster for State Ms. Maryam Aurengzeb briefed the committee about the film and culture policy and stated that ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage has proposed Income tax (import duties exemptions and reduction on sales tax) exemptions on import of equipment for film and drama industry. Loan schemes are also introduced to support and encourage new film makers who are interested in making films, theatre or art academies. Artist assistant fund is also going to be made to financially assist Artists for their health care. The Minister stated that tackling and regulating Pirated material is going to be their priority because of that cinema industry is having financial troubles since long. The committee appreciated the hard work of Minister of State and Secretary Information Broadcasting on their dedication towards building a strong film industry supporting Pakistani culture and traditions and decided that the Committee shall write a letter to the Finance Ministry requesting that the proposals made by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage for budget may be approved as it is.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Saman Sultana Jaffri, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, besides Minister of State, senior officers of the Ministry of Information Broadcasting Division, Pakistan National Council for Arts (PNCA) and officers of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets today - April 19, 2018


3rd meeting of the Special Committee on Delimitation of Constituencies (SCDC) was held today in Parliament House - April 18, 2018

Islamabad, 18th April, 2018: 3rd meeting of the Special Committee on Delimitation of Constituencies (SCDC) was held today in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Deputy Speaker.

2.         The main objective of the meeting was to consider/discuss the report of the Working Group of the SCDC. Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Minister for Privatization/Convener of the Working Group of SCDC presented the report. The Committee discussed the following recommendations of the report of the Working Group at length and breadth:-

1)         That Constitutional Amendment Bill may be passed by deleting the provision of constitutional amendment along with the provisional census data being used; as there is no threat of the final census data being available before the election. Therefore, the question of delay of elections does not arise and we are well before the election schedule;
 
2)         That the amendment to the section 20 of the Elections Act, 2017 be made as an Ordinance to bring the sub-rule (5) of rule 10 of Election Rules, 2017 into the main text of Act, and for blocking the fractionalization at the district level and clarifying the administrative boundaries north, clock wise and zigzag as well as cognate matters;
 
3)         To institute an inquiry under the Pakistan Commission of Inquiry Act, 2017 under the retired Judge to inquire in to the gross violation of law and rules by the Delimitation Committees and its motivations including but not limited to the movement of the members of the Committees, their communication as well as their examination under oath. Further, the reasons for the Commission to over look such gross violation of uniformity in applications of the law and rules. As explained in the Report of this Group, also the inquiry will cover the detailed chronological of events with regards to the recent census and compare previous PES norms and standards and processes with regards to delimitation of final publication of census results, and the reasons and the motivation misleading this Committee and the Parliament leading to the constitutional amendment for provisional census data delimitation;
 
4)         Filing of public interest litigation under Article 184 of the Constitution in the public interest to adjudicate on the gross violation of law and tempering of rights by the ECP and its motivators; and
 
5)         Resolution by the Parliament itemizing the grave violations by the ECP and FBS, and providing for its remedy by the respective Institutions.

3.         The Committee also agreed on the findings made by the Working Group on the Delimitation of Constituencies by ECP. It was decided that the report may be circulated to all the members of the SCDC for their views and comments.

4.         The Hon. Members/MNA’s Mr.Daniyal Aziz, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan and Ms.Naeema Kishwar Khan attend the meeting.


STANDING COMMITTEE ON RULES OF PROCEDURE AND PRIVILEGES - April 17, 2018

Islamabad, the 17th April, 2018: A meeting of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges held today at 11.00 a.m. in the Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.         The Committee offered Fatiha on the sad demise of Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Somroo, MNA

3.         The Committee considered the amendment moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA, in Rule 48 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 and deferred for further discussion.

4.         The Committee considered the Question of Privileges raised by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, MNA regarding allegedly launching of malicious campaign in media by Mr. Noor-ul-Ameen Mangal, Ex-DCO, Faisalabad, against the Hon. Member and recommended to dispose of it.

5.         The Committee considered the amendment moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA in Rule 69, sub-rule (1) of Rule 158 and Omission of Rule 250 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. The Committee recommended to dispose of the amendment in Rule 69, (1) while, the amendments in Rule 158 and 250 were referred to Ministry of Law and Justice for vetting. 

6.         The Committee considered the amendment moved by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA in Rule 122 and 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 and recommended to approve the amendments.

7.         The Committee considered the Question of Privileges raised by Mr. Ghalib Khan Advocate, MNA regarding irresponsible attitude of Political Agent, South Waziristan with the Hon. Member and deferred for further discussion.

8.         The Committee considered the matter ancillary to the Question of Privileges raised by Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, regarding withdrawal of Security Guards from the Security of Hon. Member and deferred for further discussion. The Standing Committee appointed a Committee under the convener-ship of Secretary M/o Interior and Inspector General of Police of all the provinces including Home Secretary to formulate Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) for the deployment of Police personal with the Hon. Parliamentarians and other then Parliamentarians. 

9.         The Committee considered the Question of Privileges raised by Dr. Fehmida Mirza, MNA regarding indifferent and irresponsible attitude of Managing Director, Sindh Irrigation & Drainage Authority (SIDA) with the Hon. Member and recommended to dispose of it.

10.      The Committee considered the matter regarding provision of Medical Facility to the dependents/ parents of Members of the National Assembly (Amendment to be made in the Members of the Parliament (Salaries & Allowances) Act, 1974, referred by the Finance Committee of the National Assembly and deferred it for further discussion.

11.      The Committee considered the Question of Privileges raised by Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, MNA regarding disrespecting / abusing the authority of the Chair and sanctity fo the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping by Mr. Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch, MNA and deferred for further discussion.

12.      The Committee considered the amendment moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA in rules 66 & 224 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 and recommended to approve the amendment in Rule 66 while Rule 224 was disposed of.

13.      The Committee considered the Question of Privileges raised by Mr. Muhammad Jamal-ud-Din, MNA regarding alleged refusal by Mr. Zafar-ul-Islam,   Political   Agent,   South   Waziristan   for   not   starting   work  on  the development schemes in South Waziristan as identified by the honourable Members. The Question of Privilege was settled.

14.      The Committee considered the amendment moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA, in sub-rule (1) of rule 200, rule 206, sub-rule (1) of rule 208, rule 210, rule 212, sub-rule 244A, 244B and 244C of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in National Assembly, 2007 and deferred for further discussion.

15.      At the end, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Chairman Standing Committee announced resignation from the Chairmanship of the Committee.       

16.      MNAs Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and the movers of Question of Privileges Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Ghalib Khan Advocate, Mr. Muhammad Jamal-ud-Din, Shaikh Salahuddin and Special Invitee Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal attended the meeting.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile - April 16, 2018

Islamabad; April, 16, 2018: The Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile met under the chairmanship of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA, in Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee discussed the draft Trade Dispute Resolution Act, 2018 aimed at providing swift and effective resolution of disputes relating to the Export as well as Import. It will help in promoting international trade in Pakistan by aligning trade governance with international best practices (WTO & United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) models). Proposed means, for dispute resolution, include negotiations, conciliation, arbitration, determinations, alternative dispute resolution mechanism and referral of disputes to commercial benches. Under this Act, Trade Dispute Resolution Commission will be established with its Headquarters at Islamabad and Regional Offices at Provincial Capitals including AJK. However, the detailed rules are under preparation. The Committee desired that the rules should be framed keeping in view expeditious resolution of the disputes.

The Committee was apprised that Intellectual Property Organization (IPO), in compliance with Committee’s directions, is in coordination with the concerned quarters to establish its Regional Offices at Peshawar and Quetta. Draft IPO Rules are under review at Establishment and Finance Divisions. For complaint resolution, IPO has established Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting Cells at Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. IPO is actively coordinating with IP tribunals, Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore for timely disposal of IP cases. The Committee desired IPO finalize its rules at the earliest.

The Committee considered the petition, filed by Royal Group, for promotion of the pharmaceutical exports to non-traditional markets. Pharmaceutical sector plays a vital role in manufacturing sector by generating employment and attracting investment. Despite a declining trend in the overall exports, the pharmaceutical export has registered an increase of 26% over the last 5 years from US $ 169.6 million (2012-13) to US $ 213 million (2016-17). They invited attention of the Committee towards the following grievances:

i.  Their customs rebate has not been paid for the last 5 years.

ii. Similarly payment of sales tax is pending for the last 3 years.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Shazia Marri, Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, Ms. Sajida Begum, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, and Senior Officers of the concerned Division/Departments.


N.A. Standing Committee on Interior meets - April 11, 2018

N.A Business Advisory Committee Meets - April 10, 2018

Islamabad; April 10, 2018: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assemblymet in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 55th Session of the National Assembly.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 55th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 13th April, 2018. It was also decided that the Private Member’s Day will be observed on 13 April 2018 instead of today.

The meeting was attended by the Sheikh Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs, Mr. Zahid Hamid, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Nasir Khan and Sheikh Salahuddin.
 


NA Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today in Islamabad the 6th April, 2018 - April 6, 2018

43rd meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:30 am in the Committee Room No. 07, 4th Floor Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 3rd April, 2018.

The Committee condemned the incident of murder case of a journalist in Sialkot and 100 martyrs during drown attack. The Committee also asked prayer of peace for their bereaved souls in heavens. The Committee also decided to move resolution on the brutal killing of Palestinians and Syrians on the floor of the National Assembly. The Committee also directed to write a letter to the Foreign Office in this regard.

The Chairman, Nab apprised the Committee that he has to give a detailed briefing on the status of the cases of missing persons being a time-consuming so this agenda should be deferred for its next meeting. The Committee deferred it for discussion in its next meeting.

Then the Committee was informed by the DPO, Mardan that the murder case of Mashal Khan in Mardan University has been referred to FIA for investigation upon which Committee recommended that this case should be completed as early as possible after giving punishment to the culprits. DPO also informed the Committee that influential persons involved in this case has been included in schedule 4. And university administration will be informed after completion of this procedure. He further informed that necessary steps have been taken and punishment will be awarded to the criminals. Vice Chancellor, Higher Education Commission Islamabad also gave briefing on it and satisfied the Committee. The Committee was given answers on the reservations of the Members. Member Operational Wing, HEC, Islamabad also shared the information with the Members of the Committee. Director General, Ministry of Human Rights apprised the Committee that our institutions will be ruined in case we have not any policy decision for implementation. He apprised the Committee that we have to take steps to observe the students’ offenses, prevent the conflicts amongst the students and nation which we have been ignoring and there is need to monitor the policy and implement on it. He urgedto reinforce the policy by developing it for enforcement. Member Operational Wing, HEC, Islamabad apprised the Committee that they have adopted the policy and social work on it is being done. Social work is being made the part of the curriculum for the students so that they can learn it for their best future.

The Committee was further informed by the Member, National Commission of Human Rights that Annual Reports of the Commission for the Years, 2016 and 2017 will be laid on the table of the National Assembly in its ensuing sessio

ANY OTHER ITEM WITH PERMISSION OF THE CHAIR

The Committee again discussed the implementation status of recommendations of the Committee for resolving the issues of affectees of Terbela and Warsik Dams so that action could be taken to resolve their issues and allotment of plots to the 2000 affectees of Terbela Dam from the royalty of 94 trillion which was deposited to Federal Government and paid to KPK with the help of Committee of Common Interest. It was reported by him that 30,000 acres of land was due to be allotted to the affectees of Terbela Dam in Sindh and Punjab which has not so far been allotted to them since the last fifty years.

Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA stated in the meeting of the St. Committee on Human Rights today that a gathering of all the nazimeen, notables of the area was held in the hujra of Sajid Nawaz,MNA on 4th April, 2018 where issues relating to electricity were discussed in the presence of PESCO officers including Xen, Operation, PESCO, all SDOs and the PESCO staff. A conducive and fruitful discussion was made at length. After the meeting a joint visit of different areas was conducted falling under his constituency for site verification of the billing issue of the residents of these areas. It was observed at many premises the meters were missing. However, the people were using electricity through direct hooks instead meters. Due to this reason, they had been billed on estimated basis since last 20 to 25 years. According to his reservations they have been billed very high as compared to their actual use of electricity. In the absence of the meters it was difficult to assess the actual use of electricity accurately. However, the reservations of the Honourable Member were as under:-

i)                    Load-shedding duration in these areas have always been 16 to 18 hours or more since long;

ii)                   Damaged transformers have always been repaired by the public;

iii)                 Several waive off cases as were announced by the PESCO during the incentive package are still lying pending despite the fact that incentive amount had already been deposited by the consumers;

iv)                 Frequent police raids have been conducted in the area, the people arrested on account of direct hooks and heavy fines imposed;

RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE HONOURABLE MEMBER

i)                    A Committee comprising S.E., Xen, DCM & SDO concerned be constituted immediately to revise the electricity bills of the Warsik Dam Affected areas on sanctioned load basis and the unjust amount may kindly be waived off;

ii)                   The calculated remaining arrears may kindly be received in 20 to 30 or more installments as permissible under the rules;

iii)                 The Committee shall also conduct survey to ascertain the exact number of missing meters;

iv)                 The Committee shall complete its task and submit recommendations within two weeks; and

v)                  Meanwhile the arrears be set aside and the installation of meters be started to the residents of these areas whose meters are missing.

The Committee constituted a sub-committee under the convener ship of Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, MNA comprising Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr Sajid Nawaz, Begum Tahira Bukhari, MNAsto resolve the above issues of the affected people of Terbela and Warsik Dams as early as possible. The Committee also directed the sub-committee to provide MOU signed by WAPDA and the Provincial Government of KP in the shape of subsidy given by KP to WAPDA for the grid-stations of the affected people of the Dams. 

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Munaza Hassan,    Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fetemi, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr Sajid Nawaz,             Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Kishwar Zehra, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai , Dr. Shazia Sobia and Begum Tahira Bukhari, MNAs and officials of the Ministry of Human Rights and Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


N.A S.C on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan meets - April 5, 2018


N.A S.C. on National Food Security and Research meets - April 5, 2018

Islamabad, the 05th April, 2018: 44th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

2. Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research brief the Committee about the implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee. The Committee deferred “The National Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Authority Bill, 2017” till its next meeting.

3. The Committee was given briefing by the Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research on National Food Security Policy (NFSP). He informed that Food Security is first and foremost element of National Security and this requires a robust policy framework. He said that objective of NFSP is to ensure a modern and efficient food production and distribution system that can best contribute towards food security and nutrition, in terms of availability, access, utilization and stability. He further said that more specific objectives of the policy are alleviation of poverty, eradicating hunger and malnutrition, promotion of sustainable food production systems and making agriculture more productive, profitable, climate resilient and competitive. He further informed about the measures to be taken under NFSP. He added that policy will focus on the access of farmers to quality inputs like seed, fertilizer and agricultural machinery. He said that policy will also include plans to address emergencies and disaster management. It was informed that Cabinet has accorded approval to the National Food Security Policy (NFSP) and Ministry of National Food Security and Research is now initiating process for its implementation and preparation of an Action Plan accordingly.

4. Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mr. Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla and Dr. Fouzia Hameed MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Minister for National Food Security and Research and other senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research.
 


S.C. on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets - April 5, 2018

Islamabad, 5th April, 2018; 38nd meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Darishak, MNA.
 
2. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 28-02-2018.
 
3. “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017” moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA was withdrawn by the Mover on the recommendation of the Committee as the recent SRO issued by the Ministry has served the same purpose for which the said Bill was moved in the National Assembly. Whereas, the Committee deferred “The HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013” moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuhu, MNA; till its next meeting as mover of the bill was not present in the meeting.
 
4. The Committee while receiving the briefing from Registrar of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council recommended that we are pending this briefing for next meeting so that any higher authority should represent the institute and may give briefing on election of chairman,  sub-standard medical education is being imparted in the colleges controlled under PMDC, uniformity in fees are being ensured or not and should brief the committee about status of rules; whether they are being followed in running the PMDC properly or not. All above issues will be included in the next meeting’s agenda items.
 
5. The Committee took the briefing on performance of National Council for Tibb and the Committee showed satisfaction on the progress of Council. Further Committee recommended that Capital Development Authority (CDA) should take measures to allot land to the Council for constructing the head office in Islamabad.
 
6. In the last, the Committee paid visit to the National Institute of Health (NIH) whereby the briefing was given by Executive Director, NIH on its working, performance and ongoing projects. The Committee appreciated the progress of NIH and encouraged the institute for its future endeavors.
 
7. Hon. Members, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman,      MS. Zehra Wadood Fatemi, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan (Member/Mover) and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council, National Council for Tibb and National Institute of Health.
 


N.A. Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly meets - April 5, 2018

April 05, 2018, 70th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e April, 2018 in Committee Room No. 7 (4th Floor), Parliament House Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Shaikh, MNA.
 
2. While considering the implementation status of the recommendations made by the Committee with regard to the deduction of markup rates on agriculture loans to the farmers, the Committee once again recommended to Ministry of Finance to reduce the markup ratio on the said loans up to single digit. The Committee recommended that payment of WHT @ of 2% adjustable for industrial importer at import stage for raw material following under chapter 25 to 55. No Exemption Certificate would be issued to industries, Commercial importers importing raw material under chapter 25 to 55 will pay @ 4% WHT as full and final. However, rest regime of WHT will remain the same.

3. The Committee once again recommended to Federal Board of Revenue to reduce tax rates (236k, 236c) and increase should be made where required. The Committee further recommended that FBR should directed their field offices to rectify pending anomalies i.e. Port Qasim, Karachi, where FBR values are much more than market values. The Committee recommended that in the first instance FBR should take measures towards documentations for bringing DC values and raised those by 15% and notify as FBR value by removing upper cap of 236w, as it will increase massive collection of revenue. The Committee strongly recommended to FBR to resolve the issues pertaining to FBR valuation table with the consultation of Pakistan Real Estate Investment Forum (PREIF), Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD) and other concerned stake holder from different cities.

4. The Committee consider the “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and decided that subject bill would be discussed in its next meeting after consultation with concerned departments.           

5.  The Committee recommended that the matter pertaining to Eradication of Riba should be resolved according to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Committee also discussed the IMF report on Pakistan Economy, while considered the issues regarding Free Trade Agreement with China, the Committee members have expressed their apprehensions about the local industry and business community, however, it was ensured by the Minister of State for Finance and Revenue that all stake holders would be taken on board in this regard. The Committee also directed to Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce to provide the analysis details of import and export between Pakistan and China. The Committee further decided that a joint meeting should be convened with Standing Committee on Commerce to discuss the Foreign Trade Agreement (FTA). The Committee discussed (in camera) the causes of current devaluation of Pakistani currency against Dollar and other currencies.

6. The Committee discussed the calling attention notice moved by Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA regarding inadequate laws for recovery of loans from the defaulters including waived off loans. The Committee recommended to State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to inquire about the matter referred by the Member regarding waive off loans by the Government. The Committee directed the SBP to provide the details in this regard within 15 days for further necessary action. The Committee recommended to Ministry of Finance to provide the details of write off loans of last 10 years, from the amount of 100 million rupees and above.       
 
7.  The meeting was attended by Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil and Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, Ministry of Commerce, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Auditor General of Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue and Controller General of Pakistan.
 


N.A. Standing Committee On Commerce And Textile Meets - April 5, 2018

Karachi; April 5, 2018: The Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile met under the chairmanship of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA, in Karachi.
 
The Committee was apprised that the Chairman Pakistan Textile City Limited (PTCL) is abroad and its CEO has resigned recently. The Chairman, Port Qasim Authority and the Representative of National Bank of Pakistan, the other stakeholders, were present. As fruitful discussion was impossible in the absence of the appropriate authority, from PTCL, the agenda item was deferred.
 
During discussion on State Life Insurance Corporation (SLIC), it transpired that they are registered with Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan, contrary to the Postal Life Insurance. The Committee desired that a meeting of Postal Division, Commerce Division and Finance Division should be held at the earliest to ensure level playing field for both i.e. SLIC and Postal Life Insurance. As regards hiring policy of SLIC, the Committee was shown a newspaper advertisement, containing a large number of vacancies, wherein considerable seats were allocated against the underdeveloped areas quota. The Committee expressed satisfaction over the proper representation of the marginalized areas in jobs of Corporation.
 
The Chairman, SLIC also briefed the Committee about the performance on their Legal Affairs. He informed that there are 1445 cases and well renowned law firms have been taken on panel to pursue these cases. As regards the embezzlement case of Rs.106 million, the Chairman said that the case was reported to NAB in October 2015, main accused was dismissed from service and Rs.37 million have been recovered from him.

Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) took the position that the Sub-Regional office was established in 1974, however, closed in 1980 in view of its depleting operational activities. Its revival will be counterproductive. Agreeing to their solid reasoning, the Committee recommended opening Commodity Procurement Centers on requirement basis.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, and Senior Officers of the concerned Ministries/Divisions/Departments.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications meets - April 5, 2018

Multan(                       ) A meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications was held on 5th April 2018 in Regional Office of National Highway Authority (NHA), Multan. The meeting was presided over by honorable Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, MNA. The NHA authorities briefed the Committee on Pindi Bhatian – Multan Motorway (M-4) in detail. The authorities informed that the project of M4 had been divided in four parts. Two parts will be completed in next month whereas M4 will be open for traffic by 31st August 2018.

The Standing Committee was also briefed on Multan – Sukkar Motorway (M5) and informed that the project would be completed timely and its some portion would be opened for traffic by the next month. Moreover, the member of the Committee showed their displeasure on the absence of the Chairman NHA and the Minister for Communications from the meeting. The Committee directed them to attend the next meeting of the Committee. The Standing Committee was also briefed, in detail, on tree plantation on M3 and M4 and informed that the department has allotted land for nursery. The Committee was informed that 40,000 trees would be planted. Moreover, proper plantation of fruit trees and flower plants will also take place, for the first time. The Committee directed that big factories, on the National Highways might be bound for plantation in their area. Similarly, they should open their dispensaries for general public. So that the mortality rate on the highways due to road accidents could be reduced. The Standing Committee constituted a Sub-Committee on this issue. The Sub-Committee will monitor the project and will seek briefing from the authorities. The Standing Committee recommended that the issue of deprivations of Multan and South Punjab should be addressed in letter and Spirit. Moreover, there should be share of this area in CPEC too.
 
The meeting was presided over by honorable Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, MNA and attended by Members National Assembly Mr. Salim Rehman, Sardar Jaffar Laghari, Ch. Khalid Javed Warraich, Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Shah, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Molana Qamar-ud-Din. Moreover, Secretary Communications and several senior civil officers attended the meeting.
 
 


N.A Standing Committee On Defence Meets Today - April 4, 2018

Islamabad, 4th April, 2018: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence met today in Committee Room of Old PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Committee Considered the Bill titled “The Joint Maritime Information Organization Bill, 2018” in detail. After detailed deliberations the Committee approved the Bill with slight amendments with vote of majority except Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA who opposed the Bill and gave the note of dissent. The Committee was informed while giving briefing on the Bill that the main purpose of the Bill is to formalize the mechanism for effective exchange of Maritime related information and coordination between all stakeholders. The Ministry further informed that Joint Maritime Information Organization will work as a focal point for collecting, fusing and disseminating information related to Maritime domain to all stakeholders. Therefore a Bill passed by Parliament is considered imperative to achieve seamless integration of all the organizations. The Committee was further briefed on the powers and functions of Joint Maritime Information Organization in detail.

2.The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Sheikh Fayyaz ud Din, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Sanjay Perwani and  Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.
 


N.A. Standing Committee on Statistics meets today - April 4, 2018

Islamabad, 4th April, 2018; 5th meeting of the Standing Committee on Statistics was held today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA.
 
2.The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.
 
3.The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 20th March, 2018.

4.The Federal Secretary, Ministry of Statistics, Ms. Rukhsana Yasmeen gave a briefing regarding the compliance report on the recommendations of the previous meeting of the Committee. The positive response of the Ministry on the said recommendations was appreciated by the Chair. The Committee discussed in detail the issues pertaining to the collection and compilation of the Census of Manufacturing Industries (CMI) 2015-2016, especially with regards to the Sindh Province. The Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Government of Sindh and the Director General, Sindh Bureau of Statistics briefed the Committee on their respective roles and strategies to conduct CMI 2015-2016 in Sindh. It was told that the retrieval of duly filled survey forms had become the biggest hurdle in collection of data as the manufacturing industries were reluctant to provide the requisite information due to misperceived apprehensions about government taxation policies. However, the Director General Sindh Bureau of Statistics assured the Committee that a new strategy had been developed to collect the requisite data by taking the District Administration and Environment Protection Agency on board. The Committee appreciated the efforts being made by the Sindh Bureau of Statistics. The Committee also directed to take appropriate steps in creating awareness amongst the manufacturing industries regarding the importance of statistical data required by the government for developing resultant policy and projects for the betterment of people.

5.The Ministry also gave a detailed briefing on Population Census-2017 and the problems related to its validation. It was told that the validation process of Census had remained in a state of limbo due to the difference between the directions issued by the Council of Common Interest (CCI) and the decisions of Monitoring & Oversight Committee of Senators regarding the mechanism to be adopted for the audit of the Census-2017. It was also told that the matter had again been presented before the CCI in its meeting held on 27th March, 2018. However, a concrete decision in that regard was awaited. The Ministry also expressed its concern over the misconceived controversies being created over the exhaustive exercise of the recently held Census. It was told that the whole process was done according to the best of the Ministry’s abilities. The Committee supported the Ministry’s view point in that regard.

6.The meeting was attended by the Honorable MNA/Members Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Mr. Sarzameen Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub MNA and senior officers from the Ministry of Statistics and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics
 


N.A. Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today - April 4, 2018

Islamabad; April 04, 2018: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee regarding the comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee. He informed that Ministry has compliance on the directions of the Committee and also sent letters to the concerned department for implementation on the direction of the Committee.

The Committee considered “The Elections (Amendment) Act, 2017” moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA. After discussion Committee deferred the said Bill.

The Representative from Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs also briefed the Committee about the functioning of Prime Minister’s Public Affairs and Grievances Wing. It was informed that Prime Minister’s Public Affairs and Grievances Wing process complaints received regarding the financial assistance sought by the poor/needy, affectees of natural disasters and terrorism, employment and services issues, matters related to police, property, land and family disputes, provision of basic amenities like infrastructure and utilities and also deals with requests and recommendations referred by the Parliamentarians.

Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), briefed the Committee regarding the issue of delimitations in respect to proposals / objections received from the general public and plans for their disposal. He informed that number of representations filed against preliminary delimitations-2018. He said that ECP uploaded all representations and provided facility to check representations, map other relevant information on website. After detailed deliberations Committee recommended that dates of hearing should be finalize and uploaded on website as early as possible.

Chief Operating Officer (COO), Pakistan International Airline (PIA) briefed the Committee about the suspension of flights / routes to New York, USA. It was informed that due to incurrence of heavy losses on NYC routes since very long PIA is in the process of restructuring its routes to minimize them and expand through capacity swapping on economically viable routes.

Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works briefed the Committee regarding the detail of officers residing in Lodges, Hostel and Family Suites in Islamabad. After discussion Committee recommended that quality of services and maintenance should be improved at any cost in Federal Lodges/Hostels, and Gulshan-e-Jinnah Complex, Islamabad.

Malik Ihtebar Khan, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Sayed Essa Nori and Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Law & Justice, Housing and Works, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Pakistan International Airline (PIA
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - April 3, 2018

Peshawar; April 3, 2018: Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in Peshawar.
 
The Committee strongly opposed plan of outsourcing of PIA and recommended that government may take stringent measures for the revival of PIA in order to save the national flag carrier.
 
The Committee appreciated the efforts of present Management of PIA which able to reduced the accommodating losses of PIA from Rs.32 billion to Rs.26 billion during the recent years and their efforts to bring it on Rs.18 billion during the current year. The Committee pointed out if such efforts would be carried on, the PIA would be able to regain its status very soon.
 
The Committee expressed grave concern over the open sky policy and landing rights even to the foreign flights which able to grape potential of PIA. The Committee directed that PIA/CAA may provide complete detail within 7 days of the meeting.
 
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Sardar Irfan Dogar, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Nighat Parveen, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, Special Secretary, Cabinet, Secretaries Civil Aviation Authority and Representatives of the concerned departments
 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances Meets - April 3, 2018

Islamabad(                              ) The ICT Police should be paid honoraria to those employees of ICT Police, Islamabad who were on duty in the Parliament House, Islamabad during Budget Sessions 2016-17 and 2017-18. This recommendation was given in the meeting of the Standing Committee on Government Assurances. The Committee was informed that the then Minister for Finance announced honoraria for the employees, of different departments, who performed duty in the Parliament House, during Budget Sessions 2016-17 and 2017-18. All departments have paid honoraria to its employees except ICT Police. The Committee showed its grave concern about the non-payment of honoraria to the employees of ICT Police. The Committee directed that the honoraria should be paid to them within fifteen days. However, an interim progress report may be furnished within seven days. The Committee directed that if the honoraria would not be paid then the Secretary Finance and Secretary Interior would be held responsible. The Committee was informed that the employees of PTVC have been paid the honoraria. The Committee appreciated the action taken by PTVC authorities. However, the Committee recommended that Chairman, PTVC may pay honoraria to the employees, if any, who performed the duty and could not be paid honoraria. However, any payment in this regard should be strictly be made in accordance with the rules. The Committee directed Power Division to address the issue of load shedding in the District Buner within four weeks and submit weekly reports to the National Assembly. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of Housing and Works, might give equal status to the employees of National Assembly Secretariat and Senate Secretariat, equal to the other Civil Servants with respect to the allotment of houses and plots. The Committee directed Ministry of Commerce to give briefing to the honorable Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh about the steps taken to enhance exports and submit report within seven days to the National Assembly. The Standing Committee on Government Assurances constituted a Sub-Committee under Convenership of honorable Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana, MNA to monitor all pending Assurances and get them implemented. Other Members of the Sub-Committee will be honorable Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA and Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, MNA. The honorable Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana presented two reports of two Sub-Committees to the Standing Committee and informed the delayed Project of Bridge over river Ravi at Syedwala Patan, District Nankana Sahib has been completed due to efforts of the Sub-Committee. However, National Highway Authority (NHA) did not make the payment for land compensation to the affected people of the Bridge. Similarly, all departments have paid honoraria to their employees except the ICT Police, ABL and the Souvenir Shop. The Committee directed the Sub-Committee to get these Assurances implemented too.     
 
The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Government Assurances Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar and the meeting was attended by Members National Assembly Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, Ms. Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar, Syed Sajid Mehdi, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Dr. Fouzia Hameed and Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA, Mover of the question about load shedding in district Buner. In Addition, Minister of State for Commerce, Secretary Housing and Works, Secretary Parliamentary Affairs, and Additional Secretary, Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage and others senior Civil Officers were also present in the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - April 3, 2018

42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:30 am in the Committee Room No. 07, 4th Floor Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.
 
The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 21st March, 2018.
 
The Committee discussed the implementation status of recommendations of the Committee for resolving the issues of affectees of Terbela and Warsik Dams. The report of the 15 members Committee on affectees’ record was presented by its President, Mr. Ejaz Khan and provided to the Committee so that action could be taken to resolve their issues and allotment of plots to the affectees from the royalty of 94 trillion which was deposited to Federal Government and paid to KPK with the help of Committee of Common Interest. It was reported by him that 30,000 acres of land was due to be allotted to the affectees of Terbela Dam in Sindh and Punjab which has not so far been allotted to them since the last fifty years. The Committee recommended that the Chief Secretary, Government of the Punjab and Chairman, Wapda sit together and issue orders to allot the land to the affectees of Terbela Dam with the approval of Board Revenue of Punjab out of the land available in Bahawalpur and Coolistan.

The Committee also recommended that Xen, Peshawar along-with his staff and the Honourable MNA, Mr. Sajid Nawaz should visit in his constituency, Peshawar on 4.4.2018 at 10:30am to resolve the issues of affectees of Warsik Dam and installation of meters to the consumers therein and report to the Committee on 6th April, 2018 in its next meeting. The Committee also recommended that Chief Executive Pesco shoul also resolve the issues of affectees and report to the committee in its next meeting for signing MOU on 6th April, 2018. 
 
The Report of the Sub-Committee”To discuss the steps taken by the Government to control pollution created by the industries of Hattar, District Haripur,Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan and the Labour Policy of the Government” was presented by its Convener, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, MNA which was accepted and adopted by the Committee. The Committee recommended that Fauji Cement Factory and Best Way Cement Factory which are being set up should not be established in the populated areas of Khoee Nara Khanpur Road, Haripur.     
 
The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fetemi, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr Sajid Nawaz, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai , Dr. Shazia Sobia and Begum Tahira Bukhari, MNAs and officials of the Ministry of Human Rights and Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhw.    
 


NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets - April 3, 2018

The Standing Committee on Defence Production met today i.e 3rd April, 2018 under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA at 2:00 p.m. in Parliament Lodges, Islamabad.
 

2.         The Chairman Pakistan Ordinance Factories briefed the Committee about the vision and performance of the Wah Industries. The Committee highly appreciated the efforts done by the management and workers of POF Wah for achieving 100% targets of production. The Committee recommended that Rs-1.2 billion grant for construction of new accommodation and rehabilitation of industrial building should be released to POF Wah. The Committee further recommended that  up-gradation of POF hospitals, allotments of residential flats to the next of kin of shuhada of twin suicidal blasts, up-gradation of technical force on the lines of other Ministerial cadres as already upgraded by the Government and permission of housing scheme for the employees of POF Wah should be granted to POF Wah.  
 

3.         Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ms. Asyia Nasir, Mr. Bhawan Das, Mr. Shehryar Afridi, MNAs, besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Defence & Production and POF Wah.
 


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology meets - April 2, 2018

The Standing Committee on Science and Technology met in Conference Room of M/o Science & Technology on 2nd April, 2018 at 2:00 pm to consider the various issues pertaining to M/o Science & Technology. Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA/Chairman presided over the meeting.
 
The Committee discussed “The COMSATS University, Islamabad Bill, 2017” (passed by the Senate) in detail. After detailed deliberations on the said Bill, the Committee unanimously recommended the Bill as passed by the Senate.
 
The Committee also discussed the budgetary proposals of the Ministry relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2018-19 in detail. The Committee endorsed all the budgetary proposals of the Ministry for the year 2018-19 with the direction to complete their on-going projects as it has been observed that delay in completion of the projects caused huge loss to the Government ex-chequer.
 
The Committee further discussed the Report of the Sub-Committee on Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) Bill, 2016. The Committee appreciated the efforts of the Sub-Committee to finalize the Report in short span of time. The Committee adopted the Report of the Sub-Committee on Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) Bill, 2016.    
 
The meeting was attended by the following Members; Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Sajid Ahmad, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai.
 


N. A. Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges meets today - March 30, 2018

Islamabad, the 30th March, 2018: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 10:30 a.m.in Committee Room No.2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhamamd Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.  The Committee offered Fatiha for the departed soul of Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, MNA.

3.  The Committee welcomed Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA for becoming a new member of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges.

4.  The Committee pended the amendment moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA in Rule 48, the amendment moved by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA in Rule 122 and 244 and Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA in Rule 200, 206, 208, 212, 244A, 244B and 244C of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

5.  The Committee disposed of the amendment moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar khan, MNA in Rule 61 with the recommendation that the same had already been recommended in the amendment moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA.

6.  On the amendment in Rule 66 moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA, the Committee recommended that the Hon. Mover should give in writing further in this regard. So, the amendment was pended till next meeting of the Committee.  

7.  The Committee pended the amendment in Rule 224 moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA till its next meeting.

8.  The Committee pended the amendment moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Quraishi, MNA in Rule 69,158 and 250 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 till its next meeting.

9.  The Committee pended the Question of Privilege moved by Mr. Muhammad Ghalib Khan, MNA and Mr. Muhammad Jamal-ul-Din, MNAs against Mr.Zafar Ul-Islam, Political Agent, South Waziristan, the Question of Privilege of Dr. Famida Mirza, MNA against M.D (SIDA), the Question of Privilege of Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, MNA.

10.  The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege moved by Mr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Dr. Arif Alvi, and Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr.Ramesh Lal and Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNAs.

11.  On the Question of Privilege raised by Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, the Committee directed the Inspector Generals of Police (IGPs) of the Provinces of Punjab, Sindh, KPK and Balochistan and the Secretaries, Home Departments of the said Provinces to brief the Committee in its next meeting on the issue of deployment of Police personnel with the Hon. Parliamentarians and other than Parliamentarians.

12.   The Committee directed the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs to prepare a draft pertaining to the breach of Privilege of the Members, the Committee and the Parliament.  

13.   On the matter regarding provision of medical facilities to the dependents/parents of Members of the National Assembly, the Committee directed to invite the Chairmen of Standing Committees of the National Assembly on Parliamentary Affairs and Finance & Revenue alongwith the Secretaries of the said Ministries.

14.  The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 2-2-2018. The compliance Report on the previous recommendations of the Committee was also seen by the Committee.

15. The meeting was attended by Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ch. Khadim Hussain, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhamamd Akram, Ms. Kiran Haider, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. S.A.Iqbal Quadri, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, Ms.Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members.

16.   The meeting was also attended by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan Advocate, Mr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Sheikh Salahuddin, Dr. Arif Alvi, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, Mr.Sher Akbar Khan and Mr. Jamal-ul-Din, MNAs
 


N.A. Standing Committee On States And Frontier Regions (Safron) met today - March 29, 2018

Islamabad, 29th March, 2018: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Committee Room of old PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee considered “The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017” briefly and recommended that the said Bill may not be passed by the Assembly. Members of the Committee were of the view that a Bill regarding the extension of jurisdiction of Peshawar High Court and The Supreme Court has already been passed by the Assembly and be tabled in the Senate in due course of time. The Committee also discussed the issue of delay in transfer of posts of 89 Badarga Force of the Gomal Zam Dam project of South Waziristan Agency, FATA from Water Wing to Power Wing in detail and recommended that the Chairman, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) resolve the issue of their regularization on priority basis and submit report to the Committee accordingly.

2. The Committee also discussed the issue of disparity in salaries, allowances of the Federal Levy and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police and recommended that the Ministry of SAFRON, FATA Secretariat and other stakeholders look into the matter and prepare proposals for the Committee to bring the salary of the Federal Levy at par with the KP Police and Islamabad Police and submit report to the Committee within fifteen days accordingly.

3. The Committee showed its great concern on the delay of the development projects/schemes in FATA and recommended that the Finance Division release the third quarter without any further delay in order to complete the ongoing schemes in FATA in time.

4. The Committee further discussed the issue of non-regularization of staff of FATA Education Foundation in detail and recommended that the Ministry of SAFRON, FATA Secretariat and FATA Education Foundation look into the matter and regularize the staff of FATA Education Foundation as per decision of the Court.  

5. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Mr. Shahjahan Baloch, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Nasir Khan, Muhammad Kamal Malik, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mr. Bilal Rehman and Mr. Bismillah Khan MNAs, Minister of State and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.
 


NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON INFORMATION, BROADCASTING, NATIONAL HISTORY AND LITERARY HERITAGE MEETS - March 28, 2018

Islamabad; March 28, 2018: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage met under the chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in Islamabad.

The Committee expressed its concern on the telecast of baseless and misleading irresponsible reporting in hourly news bulletin on Jaag TV regarding members of the National Assembly. The Committee directed PEMRA to assert its regulatory role to discourage such irresponsible and baseless news reports which causes disrepute to the Members of the National Assembly. The Committee stressed upon the Media Houses to check the veracity of the news before its telecast.

The Committee while discussing the issue of missing paintings of renowned painters from Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), directed Director General (PNCA) to devise a mechanism to avoid such instances in future. The Committee was apprised that 104 paintings were reported missing in the year 2015. Taking cognizance of the issue the Board of Governors of PNCA directed for a probe by Committee constituted under Director General, Cyber Wing of the Ministry. Later the BoG directed for referring the inquiry repot along with its recommendations to the Federal Investigation Agency for further probe and legal action which was still pending with the FIA. The Committee expressed its concern on the delay in finalization of the probe and decided to invite Director General (FIA) in its next meeting to get an update on the issue.

The Committee unanimously decided not to recommend “The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017” moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA for passage by the Assembly since the existing defamation law and PEMRA code of conduct were affectively catering the amendment proposed by the Mover.

While discussing the agreement of airtime of Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Company (SRBC), the Committee directed the Ministry to ensure transparency while awarding the contract. The Committee was apprised that the agreement with the company currently holding the airtime of SRBC was expiring in August, 2018 and the process for inviting bids for the new agreement would be initiated shortly and direction of the Committee in that regard would be complied.

 The meeting was attended by MNAs; Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Additional Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.


NA BODY TOOK NOTICE OF SLOW PACE RECOVERY OF EMBEZZLEMENT CASES OF PAKISTAN POST FORWARDED TO (NAB) AND (FIA) - March 28, 2018

Islamabad the, 28th March, 2018: The Committee expressed its concern over the non-serious attitude to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) towards the embezzlement cases of Pakistan Post. The Committee observed that due to non-coordination of ministry with FIA and NAB the recovery process of embezzlement cases were affected badly. The Committee directed the Ministry that consolidated list of embezzlement cases must be shared with each other and briefed the Committee in the next meeting. The Standing Committee on Postal Services met today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, MNA.

The Committee was further briefed about the initiative of the ministry to introduce the projects through Public-Private partnership in order to generate the revenue. The ministry contradicting the news of privatization of Pakistan Post and informed that Prime Ministry has accord approval to initiate some projects on Public-Private partnership with the direction to ensure the protection of their assets. The Committee directed that ministry may submit the complete details of Public-Private partnership and also invite them to brief the Committee about the projects.

The following MNAs, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Ch. Khadim Hussain, Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, Mr. Shah Jehan Baloch, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Engineer Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Ms. Aisha Syed and Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir were present in the meeting.


One Day National Consultation to Reflect on the Legislative, Representative and Oversight Role of Women Parliamentarians - March 28, 2018

Islamabad, 28 March 2018:  The Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) in the Parliament of Pakistan is about to conclude its second tenure, which means that it is successfully completing its 10 years of existence. As the general elections of 2018 are drawing closer in Pakistan, the WPC is in the process of documenting the lessons learnt including the best practices for the members of the next women parliamentary caucus. For the purpose, a one day National Convention was organised on 28th March at the Marriott by the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus to reflect on the opportunities provided by the WPC in the fulfilment of their legislative, representative and oversight roles as women parliamentarians.

The Convention was organised in collaboration with Trocaire Pakistan and the Government of Australia. Over one hundred participants attended including women parliamentarians from across Pakistan as well as Gilgit Baltistan and AJK Legislative Assemblies, representatives of provincial women commissions, women development departments, civil society and academia attended.

Mr. Mumtaz Ahmad Tarar, Federal Minster for Human Rights was invited as the chief guest for the occasion, while MNA Dr. Nafisa Shah, former secretary and founding member of WPC delivered the Key Note Address.

Honorable Chief Guest, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmad Tarar, in his address stated that Human Rights are an important issue for any government and his government is no different. He stated that the Ministry of Human Rights has been working towards the protection of the rights of the weak and the undermined. In this regards, a number of bills and acts have been formulated and passed among other efforts for the access to justice. The Minister also acknowledged the frequent interaction between the Ministry and WPC in supporting the human rights issues.
 
MNA Shaista Malik, Secretary WPC, in her welcome address highlighted the significance of WPC and stated that the Convention provides most pertinent and timely opportunity to deliberate on the lessons learnt since its inception. She said that the WPC must continue to provide a strong forum to the women parliamentarians in the attainment of a meaningful legislative, representative and oversight role.

Dr. Nafisa Shah shared the early challenges and achievements of the WPC. She said that the WPC in past not only tackled ground issues like violence against women and economic empowerment of women, but also issues regarding terrorism and women’s role in peace negotiations etc and evolved strategies for law making through consensus building. She said that the caucus was able to connect beyond borders and reached out to women parliamentarians across borders like the UK, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and also placed the foundation of a women parliamentarians forum at the SAARC level.

Australia’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson in her address stated that “I am pleased that Australia continues to support the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, which does wonderful work rallying women legislators around legislation that protects women’s rights and advances the cause of gender equity. Since its formation, the Caucus has played a vital role in the passage of legislation on domestic violence, workplace harassment, acid crimes, honour killings, and in many other areas.”
 
John O'Brien, Trócaire's Country Director in Pakistan, lauded the role that women parliamentarians continue to play in influencing policy and legislative measures, especially in increasing women’s political participation across the country. He further commended the role of WPC in advancing gender equality and driving inclusive and sustainable development.

The consultation resulted in a set of recommendations that will, once put together, will serve as a strategic road map on how to optimally make the legislative business gender responsive and to transform the parliamentary democracy into an institutionalized and inclusive system. The Report of the Consultation will bring out strategic directions for the future members of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucuses across Pakistan.


Meetingb of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - March 28, 2018

Show cause of absence may be issued to Federal Secretary, Health: Standing Committee Delays in the development projects will not be tolerated.

Islamabad, 28th March, 2018: Show cause of absence from the meeting of the Standing Committee may be served to Federal Secretary, Health and delays in the development projects will not be tolerated at all. These remarks were given by the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform in its meeting held in Committee Room of Parliament Lodges, Islamabad. The Committee was apprised that due to slow working of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Finance Department and the Finance Division of Federal Government, the construction of Khyber Institute of Child Health and Children Hospital has been delayed. The Committee was told that Secretary, Health was also invited to attend the meeting and to give his input in this regard but the Secretary Health did not attend the meeting. The Standing Committee showed its displeasure upon the absence of Secretary, Health and directed to serve a show cause notice to the Secretary. The Standing Committee was told that due to slow working of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines, several development schemes were suspended. The Committee directed that all such schemes should be completed with national zeal and on apolitical basis. The Committee observed that due to slow speed and delays, the cost of development increases may folds which causes irreparable loss to the Country. So, in this regard, any delay will not be tolerated at all. 

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee of National Assembly on Planning, Development and Reform Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail and attended by Members National Assembly Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Sheikh Salahuddin, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din. Moreover, Secretary Petroleum and several senior civil officers attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Railways met today - March 26, 2018

      Islamabad, 26th March, 2018: 25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today in Committee Room No.2, Parliament House, Islamabad. Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA presided over the meeting under rule 216(2) of the Rules of the Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 as Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA, Chairman of the Standing Committee could not attend the meeting.
 
2.    The meeting started with the recitation of the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 29th December, 2017.
 
 
3.      The Committee was given briefing by Ministry of Railways on its budgetary proposals relating to the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the financial year, 2018-19. It was informed that the Ministry has proposed an amount of Rs.7.300 billion for the ongoing and new projects. The Ministry has allocated 96% of the total amount for the completion of ongoing projects and 4% for the new projects. It was informed that the most of the running projects would be completed during current financial year.
 
4.      The Committee recommended that the projects of Pakistan Railways may be given priority by the government, specially the Main Line 2 (ML-2) for its early completion.
 
5.     The  Committee  decided  to  appoint  a  Sub-Committee  under  the   convenership of Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA to examine the issue of encroachment on Pakistan Railways’ land.
 
6.     The Hon. Members/MNA’s Syed Muhammad Saqlain Bukhari, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Dr Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr Sajid Ahmed, Qari Muhammad Yousaf and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Railways along with their staff.


NA Standing Committee On Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony Met today - March 26, 2018

         A meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony held today in the Committee Room # 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairperson of Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA.

2.    The Committee considered the comprehensive report/implementation status of the recommendations of the previous meetings.

3.         The Committee considered “The Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015” (moved by Ms. Beelam Hasnain, MNA), “The Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, MNA) and “The Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sanjay Perwani, MNA). The Sub-Committee was constituted to consider the said Bills in detail, under the Convener-ship of Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA. The Sub-Committee will submit its report in one week.

4.       Hajj policy, 2018 was also considered in detail. The Committee directed that the policy should be formulated to facilitate the public and foolproof arrangements should be done keeping in view the previous experiences.

5.        The Committee also considered the issue of Mujamla visas for the Hujj 2017 in detail. Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony informed the Committee, that five-hundred Mujamla visas were issued by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a courtesy on the last date to accommodate Hujjaj.

6.        MNAs Ch. Nazeer Ahmed, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Sahibzada Faiz-ul- Hassan, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Molvi Agha Muhammad, Ms. Shaida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi and Ms. Belum Hasnain, mover of the Bill attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee On Commerce and Textile Met today - March 26, 2018

         Islamabad; March 26, 2018: The Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile met under the chairmanship of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA, in Parliament House, Islamabad.

    The Committee was briefed about Pakistan’s trade and investment relations with Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Committee was briefed that the ASEAN is geopolitical and economic organization encompassing 10 countries with vastly different stages of developing economies and all sharing immense growth potential. The Committee was further apprised that ASEAN was a major global hub of manufacturing and trade with huge market worth over US $ 2.6 trillion and collectively seventh largest economy in the world and third largest in Asia. The Committee was informed that currently Pakistan holds observer status however, strategy of bilateral engagement with major ASEAN countries has been adopted in order to strengthen the case for full dialogue partnership.
 
    Apprising about the current engagement of Pakistan with ASEAN member states, the Representative of Commerce Division informed that Pakistan had been trading partner with Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines and had been exporting cereals, textile articles, cotton, sea food, leather, machinery and other items whereas, palm oil, coffee, rubber, machinery, chemicals were major imports. Keeping in view the emerging status of ASEAN as global hub for manufacturing, Pakistan desires to strengthen its relations and was confident to achieve, full dialogue partnership status, the Representative added. The Committee appreciated the performance of the ministry in that regard however, directed for accelerating the pace of negotiations at political and ministerial level to achieve the target.
 
    The Committee while discussing the performance of Trade Officers in Pakistan’s Trade Missions abroad directed for monitoring of trade officers and exploring potential markets for Pakistani products. The Committee also directed for relocation of trade missions to countries where demand of Pakistani products existed. The Committee expressed its satisfaction on the performance of Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD). The Committee recommended for inviting businessmen to share their diverse experience with the under training newly inducted Trade Officers and officers posted in trade missions abroad. The Committee also recommended for expanding training facilities in trade to the private sector.
 
    The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Minister for Commerce and Textile, MNAs; Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Ms. Sajida Begum, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, Additional Secretaries, Commerce and Textile Divisions and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Met today - March 26, 2018

             Islamabad; March 26, 2018: Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad.
The Committee directed Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal to take stringent measures to ensure distribution of Ramzan package to the needy in the coming month of Ramzan. The committee was apprised that Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal distributed 50 thousand Ramzan packages containing food items to the destitute throughout the country and the number would be enhanced in the coming Ramzan.                                                
    The Committee discussed and unanimously approved the Services Tribunal (Amendment) Bill, 2017 whereas, deferred discussion on The Capital Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2018 till its next meeting. The Committee disposed of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (Amendment) Bill, 2017 moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA terming it a non-feasible legislative proposal, whereas directed Establishment Division and Federal Employees Benevolent Fund  and Group Insurance Organization (FEBF & GI) to conduct a study to evaluate financial impact in case the Committee recommends the legislative proposal of Dr. Nighat Shakeel Khan, MNA to amend the FEBF & GI (Amendment) Bill.

    The Committee directed the Cabinet Division to carryout comparative study on the Pakistan Rights of Persons with Disability Bill, 2017 moved by Ms. Shaista Pervez, MNA and the legislative proposal prepared by the Government and present the same before the Committee in its next meeting. The Committee directed the Capital Administration & Development Division to conduct an inquiry on the issue of harassment of PIERA staff by Chairman and Member Academics and present its report before the Committee in its next meeting.
           
    The meeting was attended by MNAs; Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Nighat Parveen, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem Malik, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Movers of the Bills Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Special Secretary, Cabinet, Additional Secretaries of CADD, Establishment Divisions and Representatives of the concerned departments.


Improvement In The Infrastructure Of The Education Sector Is Our Priority: Malik Ibrar Ahmed - March 22, 2018

The 37th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was held today in Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA.
   
2.According to the agenda, the Secretary (Education), Government of Gilgit Baltistan gave a detailed briefing regarding the challenges, development activities and reforms in the education sectors to the Committee. During the meeting, the Members of the Committee asked several questions to understand the issues presented by the Secretary (Education), Government of Gilgit Baltistan. The Chairman while concluding the meeting directed the concern authorities to make such comprehensive plans in education sector which can increase the capacity of the common people resulting in improvement in their living standard so that whole nation can progress simultaneously.

3.The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Mr. Khalil George, Ch. Abid Raza, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Syed Waseem Hussain, Molvi Agha Muhammad, MNAs and Senior Officers of the Ministry of KA&GB, Government and Gilgit Baltistan Government.
 


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training meets - March 21, 2018

Islamabad; March, 21, 2018: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training was held in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad today with Col. ® Dr. Amirullah Marwat , MNA in the chair. 

The Committee was told that “The Sir Syed Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) Institute of Technology Islamabad Bill, 2016” is under evaluation at HEC. The decision will be taken after ensuring the standard academic, financial and infrastructural facilities on the site of the Institute i.e. Sector B-17, Islamabad.

The Committee recommended “The Institute for Art and Culture Bill, 2018” giving due consideration to the NOC granted by HEC in favor of the Institute.

The Committee considered “The Minorities Access to Higher Education Bill, 2018” (moved by Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNA) aimed at allocation of minorities quota @ 5% in all the Universities as well as Degree Awarding Institutes. HEC did not support the Bill, it being contrary to the spirit of merit and HEC’s Model University Ordinance No. CXX of 2002 which reads, “University shall be open to all persons of either gender and of whatever religion, race, creed, class, color or domicile and no person shall be denied the privileges of the University on the grounds of religion, race, caste, creed, class, color or domicile” as the minorities have already been getting admission, on merit, in all the Higher Education Institutions. Accordingly, the Committee did not recommend the Bill.

The Committee was told that the Hon. Governor, Khyber Pakhtun Khwa, on the recommendations of HEC, has directed the V.C Women University Swabi to reverse the recruitment process initiated in the pursuance to their advertisement dated 11th December, 2017 and follow the standard recruitment procedure as pointed out by the HEC. Moreover, the Committee directed to submit the case, promotion against the post of Professor, to the University Syndicate for its early settlement. 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - March 21, 2018

41st meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:30 am in the Committee Room of PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 27th February, 2018. The Committee Members were asked to examine the Comprehensive Report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee and give their reservations to discuss each recommendation of the Committee in its next meeting which will be held in May, 2018.
 
The Committee was informed by the Director General, Internal Coordination, Ministry of Human Rights as well as Assistant Draftsman, Law and Justice Division that “The National Commission for Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2018 related to Capital Administrative Development Division whereas CADD was not agree to accept this Bill with reference to rights of the disabled persons upon which the Committee directed to decide its possession through the source of National Assembly.   
 
The Committee was given briefing by the DPO, Khyber Pkhtunkhwa, on the issue of murder of Mashaal Khan. The Committee expressed concern on this issue and decided to call another meeting on 6th April, 2018 by calling all the stake-holders for proper conclusion. The Committee also asked the Member, National Commission for Human Rights to submit the Annual Report of its Commission as early as possible to discuss it in its next meeting. 
 
The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar and Begum Tahira Bukhari, MNAs and officials of the Ministry of Human Rights and Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
     
 


NA Standing Committee on Privatization Meets - March 21, 2018

Islamabad 21st March, 2018: The 6th meeting of the Standing Committee on Privatization was held under the Chairmanship of Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA.

2.         The meeting was started with the recitation of the Holy Quran and proceeded with given Agenda.

3.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 5th meeting held on 28th February, 2018.

4.         The Hon. Minister of Privatization briefed the Committee regarding the implementation status of previous recommendations of the meetings held on 28th February, 2018. He briefed regarding the procedural steps and recommendations made by the Financial Advisory Consortium (FAC) for Privatization of PIA and the steps had been taken up by the Ministry. He briefed about the historical background of PIACL transaction, formational of restructuring and divestment strategy and its implementation (Phase-I), facilitating private sector partnership in the core operations of PIAC leading to successful closure of the transaction. He briefed about the statutory provisions of PIAC (Conversion) Act, 2016. He briefed the restructuring plan of PIACL through which PIA Investment, Hotel, Real Estate etc. which shall be segregated from Aviation, Engineering, Landing & Handling, TES & Health Care and Flight kitchen. He briefed regarding the core and non-core liabilities of PIACL and options/modes to implement this segregations. He briefed regarding the classification of assets and liabilities contemplated under Section 4 of PIAC (Conversion) Act. He briefed about the current status of PIAC (Transaction) and the efforts for the extension of Advisor. He also briefed about the decisions of CCoP regarding the transmission of scheme of Arrangement/Orders to PIACL, pursuant Section 4 of PIAC (Conversion) Act 2016, valuation of assets pertaining to Airline Business, advertisement Seeking Expression of Interest of Private sector partners, share holder agreement and PC to re-engage the services of Financial Advisors under the same terms and conditions. He briefed Privatization of Utility Stores Corporation is relevant to the Phase II of the Privatization of entity list, hence, the plan of Privatization of Utility Stores Corporation is not an active plan. Therefore, the briefing regarding the Privatization of Utility Stores Corporation is not possible. The Committee appreciated the overall performance of Ministry and its briefing. At this movement Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA/Member dissented with the briefing of the Privatization of PIAC. The Committee decided that the Ministry shall brief regarding the Privatization of Pakistan Postal Services in its next meeting.

5.         The Honorable MNA/Members Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA, Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, MNA, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Riaz Malik, MNA, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA, Dr. Imran Khattak, MNA, Mr. Abdul Waseem, MNA and Minister of Privatization attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Privatization were also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets today - March 20, 2018

Islamabad, 20th March, 2018: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence visited this morning to the Headquarters of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency, Karachi under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Committee was welcomed by Director General, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency.

2.    Thereafter, the Committee was briefed on the functions, role, challenges and future plans of the PMSA in detail. The Committee appreciated the role of the PMSA and vigilant monitoring the area of responsibility and coastal line. The Committee recommended that the Federal Government should allocate the requisite budget in the forthcoming budget as requested by the PMSA through Ministry of Defence to meet future requirements of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency.

3.    The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Ms. Surriya Asghar, SardarMuhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Lt. Col (R) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais,Sheikh Fayyaz ud Din, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Mr. Tahir Bashir Cheema and   Mr.Muhammad Ijaz-ul- Haq MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA).


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets today - March 20, 2018

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works was held under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA, today i.e 20th, March, 2018, at 10:30am in Qasre Naz Conference Room Karachi.

The Committee offered fathia on demise of  Honourable Muhammad Ayaz Somroo, MNA. and admired the role played by the member for strengthening The democracy in the parliament.
  
The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 15th February, 2018.
The Committee discussed the calling Attention Notice regarding allotmentof government accommodation to National Assembly employees,?moved by Ms Khalida Mansoor , MNA.The Committee was informed by the Chairman that after enacted the Act , All employees of National Assembly have entitlement for obtaining the accommodations from Estate Office.

While, considering the matter pertaining to  the issues being faced by the Allottees of MAYMAR project in Karachi, The committee expressed its displeasure on the attitude of MAYMAR Group towards their allotties. The Committee was informed by the allottees that management was creating hurdles for obtaining Electricity connections etc
The Committee highlighted the project/Construction quality of  ARKADIANS ,AKD Group in Karachi , where in they have built, model Apartments within high raised buildings. The Committee appreciated the role of ARKADIANS, AKD Group for offering State of the Art project to the local and overseas Pakistani and foreigners  living in  Pakistan .The Committee give an example of the leadership of Mr Aqeel Karim Dhedhi Group Chairman ARKADIANS, AKD and supervision of Ms Ayesha Dhedhi, CEO, ARKADIANS AKD Group in Construction Work
The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Madam Shahida Rehmani to look into the issues of MAYMAR Group .
The Committee vist The sites of Carlton hotel Karachi and expressed its satisfaction for perusing  the court case by the Housing Authorities to resolve the matter.
The  meeting was attended by Ms Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms Nighat Parveen Mir , Ms Khalida Mansoor and Engineer Mohammad Usman Badini, MNA/Member besides seniors officers from Ministry of Housing and Works.


NA House and Library Committee meets - March 20, 2018

Islamabad: March 20, 2018:  Standing Committee on House and Library which met under the Chairmanship of Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Parliament House, today has expressed its annoyance over the absence of Managing Director of the M/S Habib Rafique from the meeting who was called by the Committee for personal hearing in connection with construction of 104 additional family suites and servant quarters at Parliament Lodges.

While expressing displeasure over the inordinate delay in construction of 104 additional family suites and servant quarters at Parliament Lodges, the Acting Speaker has said that the project was started in May 2011 and supposed to be completed in 2013, however due to poor performance of Construction Firm, it could not be completed till date. He said that the House and Library Committee had extended all out support to Construction Firm for early completion of the project and issued directions to CDA  to resolve if there was any hurdle in completion of project.   He said that Contractor had been provided sufficient opportunities for personal hearing but he always made lame excuses and misled the Committee.  He further said that the Contractor has made several commitments before the Committee, for timely completion of the project but he could not fulfill his commitment. He said that on the request of Construction Firm the Committee had extended time period for completion of project six times but the firm unilaterally terminated the contract without any reason. He said that the Committee had cooperated with the firm in all respect but the Firm failed to complete the project.  Resultantly the Committee has unanimously recommended for blacklisting the firm for executing any project of National Assembly in future. However, the Firm had approached the Court and got stay order against the Committee’s decision. The Firm had been using delaying tactics for the last four years and whenever any action was taken against the firm, it tried to hide behind the Stay Orders of the Honourable Court or the Arbitrator, he added.

The Acting Speaker said that the Firm had been provided several opportunities to clarify its position but it could not present any plausible reason to justify the delay. He said that in the light of the directions of honourable High Court the Committee has given another chance to MD of M/S Habib Rafique to appear before the Committee in presence of CDA to clarify his position but he did not bother to appear before Committee to clarify his position. The Committee was of the view that  the contractor did not want to  complete this project intentionally and using delaying tactics to gain the time.   The Committee also expressed that due to non-completion of the project, several Parliamentarians could not be provided to official accommodation for last four and half years. The Committee expressed its dissatisfaction over the reply of the representative of M/S Rafique Habib who was present before the Committee on behalf of the Firm. The Acting Speaker said that the Firm has failed to give any solid reason of inordinate delay and objection raised by it were of very petty nature. He directed the National Assembly Secretariat and CDA to actively pursue the case of blacklisting of Firm for executing any project of the National Assembly in future and submit record of committee meeting in this regard before the Honourable Court.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Malik Abrar Ahmed, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Maulana Qamar-ud-Din, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Chairman CDA and Senior Officers of CADD, CDA and National Assembly Secretariat.


3rd meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Statistics held today - March 20, 2018

Islamabad, 20th March, 2018; 3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Statistics was held today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA.

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

3.         The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 27th February, 2018.

4.         The Federal Secretary, Ministry of Statistics, Ms. RukhsanaYasmeengave a briefing regarding the compliance report on the recommendations of the previous meeting the Standing Committee. It was told that the issues being faced by the Ministry in framing the Terms of References and hiring the services of a third party to conduct audit of the 6th Population Census of Pakistan shall be tabled before the Council of Common Interest in its upcoming meeting for obtaining a conclusive decision in that regard. The Committee appreciated the steps taken by the Ministry to reflect the activities of the Standing Committee on Statistics on its web sites.

5.         The Ministry also gave a detailed briefing on the Primary Sources of Data. It was told that the Industrial and Agricultural Surveys of Pakistan were being conducted every 10 years. The Committee, while stressing the importance of the statistics in policy making and planning, recommended the Ministry to conduct both the said surveys at least every 5 years. It was further recommended to explore new avenues of collecting and preparing statistical data involving issues such as working women, use of internet, water resources and consumption, climate change etc. The Committee also recommended that the Ministry should take appropriate measures to overcome the problem of non-provision of data by the provinces as it was primarily the responsibility of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics to collect and maintain statistical data. The Ministry apprised the Committee regarding its plan to engage via MOUs the Statistical Departments of various Universities and Colleges to develop and introduce a text book on statistics. The Committee also considered and disposed of, on the recommendation of the Ministry, “The General Statistics (Reorganization) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 referred to the Committee on 2nd Oct, 2017 by the Government.

6.         The meeting was attended by the Honorable MNA/Members Dr. ShezraMansab Ali Khan Kharral, Ms. RominaKhurshidAlam, Ms. SabihaNazir, Dr. Nafeesa Shah, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi and Mr. AqibUllah KhanMNA and senior officers from the Ministry of Statistics and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets today - March 20, 2018

قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ

(مجلس قائمہ برائے مواصلات)

پریس ریلیز

 

چیئرمین این ایچ اے  کی اجلاس میں عدم شرکت پر مجلس قائمہ کی برہمی۔ اجلاس ملتوی کردیا ۔

 

اسلام آباد (                             ) چیئرمین این ایچ اے کی مجلس قائمہ کے اجلاس میں عدم شرکت کی وجہ سے مجلس قائمہ برائے مواصلات نے انتہائی برہمی  کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے قرار دیا کہ  موجودہ چیئرمین این ایچ اے مجلس قائمہ کے اجلاس میں سے مسلسل عدم حاضری  سے کمیٹی کی ہدایات پر بالکل عمل درآمد نہیں ہورہا۔ مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا گیا کہ قراقرم ہائی وے اتھارٹی نے کیال بریج کے متاثرین کو ابھی تک ادائیگی نہیں کی۔ اس طرح گذشتہ اجلاس میں ہدایت کی گئی تھی کہ قبہ سعید  خان  شہداد کوٹ میں NHA نے روڈ کے لئے جو زمین  حاصل کی تھی اُس کے متاثرین کو ابھی تک جزوی ادائیگی ہوئی ہے باقی لوگوں کو ادائیگی نہیں کی گئی۔ مزید برآں دیر میں بھی متاثرین کو ابھی تک ادائیگی نہیں کی گئی۔ کمیٹی کو بتایا گیا کہ ضلع لکی مروت میں سرائے نورنگ  میں سابق ایم این اے کے پیٹرول پمپ پر ڈپٹی ڈائریکٹر NHA  اور متعلقہ پولیس نے جو کارروائی کی تھی اُس کی بھی مکمل رپورٹ موصول نہیں ہوئی۔ کمیٹی نے اس معاملے کو قانون کے مطابق حل کرنے کی ہدایت دیتے ہوئے کہا کہ چونکہ  چیئرمین این ایچ اے مجلس قائمہ کو مسلسل نظر انداز کر رہے ہیں ۔ لہذا اُن کے خلاف تادیبی کارروائی کی جائے۔ مجلس قائمہ نے اس کے ساتھ ہی اجلاس ختم کر دیا۔

 

مجلس قائمہ کا اجلاس، صدر نشین عزت مآب محمد مزمل قریشی ، ایم این اے کی صدرات میں ہوا جس میں ممبران قومی اسمبلی            جناب سرزمین، محترمہ مائزہ حمید، جناب نذیر احمد بگھیو، جناب رمیش لال، جناب سلیم رحمٰن، انجینئر حامد الحق خلیل، جناب سنجے پروانی ، مولانا قمر الدین، صاحبزادہ طارق اللہ، محترمہ نسیمہ حفیظ پانزئی، انجینئر عثمان خان ترکئی اور محترمہ شاہجہاں منیر  مانگریو کے علاوہ سیکرٹری مواصلات اور دیگر اعلیٰ سول افسران  نے شرکت کی ۔

 


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform meets - March 15, 2018

Islamabad 15th March, 2018: The 66th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, MNA.

2.  The Committee considered the issue of transfer of land for the establishment of University of Thal, Kallur Kot, District Bahakkar and establishment of 132 KV Grid Station at Kallur Kot.  The DCO, District Bhakkar assured the Committee that the land would be transferred to Fasialabad Electric Supply Company for the establishment of 132 KV Grid Station at Kallur Kot and also land will be transferred to HEC for the establishment of University of Thal, Kallur Kot, District Bhakkar within a month.

3.   The Committee considered the issue of construction of Bridge on River Indus connecting Kallur Kot with D.I. Khan. The representative of National Highway Authority assured the Committee that the contractor might be mobilized after fulfilling formalities of the contract.

4.    The Committee recommended that the central rout of CPEC might be finalized for the sake of progress of back ward areas of South Punjab. While it was also pointed out that the central rout will be the shortest possible rout of CPEC.

5.  The Honorable MNA/Members Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms meets today - March 14, 2018

Islamabad 14th March, 2018: The 65th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, MNA

2.    The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and proceeded with given Agenda.

3.  The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 64th meeting held on 27th February, 2018.

4.    The Committee was informed that China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC) has completed feasibility study for the construction of 1000 meter long new terminal with 5 additional berths. The Chines Company installed a sanitation plant with the capacity of two lac gallon in the Gwadar.

5.    The Committee was informed that the paper work of the Pakistan Railway project ML-1 is completed and up-gradation of the ML-1 would be started within 3 months. 

6.   The Honorable MNA/Members Malik  Ibrar Ahmed,  Dr. Asma Mamdot,  Ms. Shazia Sohil Mir,  Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa,  Ms. Shaheen Shafiq  and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform also attended the meeting.


1st meeting of the Special Committee on Delimitation of Constituencies was held today - March 14, 2018

1st meeting of the Special Committee on Delimitation of Constituencies was held today i.e. 14th March, 2018, at 02:30 P.M, in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad. The main purpose was to elect the Chairman of the Committee. The Committee unanimously elected Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MNA/ Deputy Speaker, as Chairman of the Special Committee.

2.         While discussing agenda item no. III pertaining to the issue of grievances/ reservations of the Members of the National Assembly regarding  recently carried out delimitation by the Election Commission of Pakistan, the Committee expressed deep concern on the delimitation; and consituted nine (9) Members Working Group under the Convenership of Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Minister for Privatization. The Group will make suggestions/proposals within three (3) days to address the issue of new delimitation of constituencies which would be sent to the Election Commission of Pakistan; for resolution.

3.         The Committee discussed the following issues:-

    Clock wise delimitation;
    Stark discrepancies while determining the boundaries of the Constituencies on different criteria of population;
    Issue of Sections 20/21 of Election Act; 2017;
    Constitution of Election Tribunals for hearing appeals against the delimitation of Constituencies; and
    Poor Performance of Election Commission of Pakistan with regard to provision of Maps of the Constituencies to the General Public

4.         The meeting was also attended by Lt. Gen. (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for State and Frontier Regions, Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Minister for Privatization, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affaris, Mr. Mehmood Bashir Virk, Minister for Law and Justice    Mr. Miftah Ismail, Advisor to P.M. on Finance, Mr. Zahid Hamid, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Arif Alvi, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Ms. Ayisa Nasir, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mr. Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi, MNAs, and Officers of the ECP, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Statistics.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Indusries & Production meets - March 13, 2018

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

The Standing Committee discussed the comprehensive report of the previous recommendations of the Committee and recommended to approve all the projects regarding Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19 except projects related to the Aik Hunar Aik Nagar (AHAN).

The Standing Committee also discussed “the progress report on the letter of Chairman, Standing Committee dated 18-12-2017, regarding investigation of Management/Defalcation in Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi, by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to fix the responsibility for the losses to country”. The Secretary Ministry of Industries & Production briefed the Committee that work has been started on the said issue. 

The Standing Committee further discussed the Khadi Crafts Development Company (KCDC) on the working of the company and recommended that Secretary of Ministry of Industries & Production should give briefing based on the reasons either KCDC should go to the National / Punjab Government.

Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Mr. Mehboob Alam, MNA, Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Ch. Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-din, MNA.


NA House and Library Committee meets - March 7, 2018

Islamabad: March 7, 2018:  National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library  met  under the Chairmanship of Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Parliament House, today.

The Committee while discussing the construction of 104 family suites and servants quarters at the Parliament Lodges, the Deputy Speaker expressed his displeasure over the inordinate delay in completion of this project.  He said that the project was supposed to be completed in 2013, however due to poor performance of Construction Firm, it could not be completed till date. He said that contractor despite making several commitments before the Committee for timely completion of the project, he could not honour his commitments. He said that on the request of Construction Firm the Committee had extended time period for completion of project thrice but the firm unilaterally terminated the contract without any reason. He said that the Committee had cooperated with the firm in all respect but the Firm failed to complete the project.  Resultantly the Committee has unanimously recommended for blacklisting the firm for executing any project of National Assembly in future. However, the Firm had approached the Court and got stay order against the Committee’s decision. The Firm had been using delaying tactics for the last four years and whenever any action was taken against the firm, it tried to hide behind the Stay Orders of the Honourable Court or the Arbitrator, he added.  He said that the Firm had been provided several opportunities to clarify its position but it could not present any plausible reason to justify the delay. He said that the Committee was giving a chance to the construction firm as per direction of the Honourable Islamabad High Court to appear before the Committee in presence of CDA to clarify it position on next Wednesday.

While discussing the progress on handing over the plots to the Members of the National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society (NAECHS) by the Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS), the Committee expressed its annoyance over the delaying tactics used by FECHS in implementation of joint venture agreement between FECHS and NAECHS.   The Deputy Speaker directed the Registrar Cooperative Societies Department, Islamabad to retrieve and hand over precious land of NEACHS to its management Committee along with the payments deposited by the Employees of the Parliament in case the FECHS Administration was not serious in implementation of joint venture agreement. The Committee also constituted a three member sub-committee under convenership of  Malik Abrar Ahmed, MNA to monitor the implementation of joint venture agreement between FECHS and NAECHS and submit its report to the committee within one month.

The matter regarding arrears in the utility bills of Parliament Lodges was also discussed in the meeting.  The Director General (Lodges), CDA informed the Committee that CDA had paid arrears of Rs.6.8 millions on account of utility bills of parliamentarians of previous regime and no arrears of previous regime were being included in new bills. The Deputy Speaker expressed his concern over issuance of NOCs to Parliamentarians without clearance of utility bills and directed the CDA to conduct an inquiry to identify the person responsible for issuing NOCs to Parliamentarians without clearance of their utility bills and submit its report to the Committee. He also directed the CDA to submit a comprehensive report about the officer who approved the installation, their design and purchase of LED lights at Parliament Lodges.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Malik Abrar Ahmed, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Maulana Qamar-ud-Din, Mian Muhammad Rasheed and Senior Officers of CADD, CDA and National Assembly Secretariat.


The N.A. Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets on - March 6, 2018

Islamabad; March, 06, 2018: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning. Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 
 
The Committee expressed concern that CDA was unable to compensate the affectees of nurseries and affectees of land of Sector E-12, Islamabad and constituted a four Members Sub-Committee headed by Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA to monitor the implementation status of the Committee recommendations so that long lasting issues of CDA could be resolved without further delay.
 
The Committee endorsed all the budgetary proposals of Capital Administration & Development Division (CA&DD) and its attached departments relating to the PSDP for the financial year 2018-19.

The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA,  Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA and mover Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA and Secretaries of Establishment Division, Cabinet Division, and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


The NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets - March 1, 2018

قومی اسمبلی سیکرٹریٹ

(مجلس قائمہ برائے حکومتی یقین دہانیاں)

پریس ریلیز

 

چیئرمین پی ٹی وی  کو مجلس قائمہ برائے حکومتی یقین دہانیاں   کے اجلاس میں طلب کر لیا گیا۔

پاکستان  بیت المال  کے سویٹ ہوم اور گریٹ ہوم منصوبے ،انسانیت کی عظیم خدمت ہے۔مجلس قائمہ

وزارت ہاؤسنگ نے قومی اسمبلی کے ملازمین کو مکانات اور پلاٹوں کی الاٹمنٹ کی یقین دہانی کرادی۔

اسلام آباد (                  ) چیئرمین پاکستان ٹیلی وژن، آئندہ اجلاس میں بنفس نفیس حاضر ہو کر بعض ملازمین کو اعزازیہ نہ دینے کی وجوہات بیان کریں۔ یہ ہدایت قومی اسمبلی کی مجلس قائمہ برائے حکومتی یقین دہانیا ں کے اجلاس میں دی گئیں۔  اجلاس میں کمیٹی کی توجہ اس طرف مبذول کرائی گئی کہ وزیر خزانہ نے بجٹ اجلاس کے دوران پارلیمنٹ ہاؤس میں ڈیوٹی دینے والے ملازمین کے لئے اعزازیے کا اعلان کیا تھا۔ مگر پاکستان  ٹیلی وژن کی انتظامیہ نے اپنے بعض من پسند اور منظور نظر لوگوں کو اعزا یے  دے دیئے مگر انجینئرنگ کے شعبے سے تعلق رکھنے والے کسی بھی ملازم کو اعزازیہ نہیں دیا گیا۔ اسی طرح  کیمرہ سیکشن اور رپورٹنگ ڈیسک کے بھی بعض ملازمین کو اعزازیہ نہیں دیا گیا۔ مجلس قائمہ نے اس بات کا سخت نوٹس  لیا اور ہدایت کی کہ پاکستان ٹیلی وژن فی الفور انجینئرنگ ، کیمرہ اور رپورٹنگ کے شعبہ  جات سے منسلک اُن ملازمین کو بھی  اعزازیے ادا کرے جنہوں نے حقیقی طور پر بجٹ سیشن کے دوران پارلیمنٹ ہا ؤس میں خدمت سرانجام دی ہیں۔ مجلس قائمہ نے ہدایت کی کہ چیئرمین پی ٹی وی اور ایم ڈی ، پی ٹی وی آئندہ اجلاس میں ذاتی طور پر حاضر ہو کر یقین دہانی پر عمل درآمد کے بارے میں رپورٹ دیں۔ مجلس قائمہ کو پاکستان سویٹ ہوم کے بارے میں بھی بریفنگ دی گئی۔ مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا گیا  کہ اس وقت ملک میں 37 سویٹ ہومز اور دو گریٹ ہومز خدمات سر انجام دے رہے ہیں۔ 37 میں سے 7 سویٹ ہومز صوبہ خیبر پختونخواہ میں قائم ہیں۔ جبکہ اسلام آباد میں قائم سویٹ ہومز میں فاٹا کے بچوں کو کثرت سے داخلہ دیا جاتا ہے  کیو نکہ فاٹا کے علاقے میں سہولیات نسبتاًً کم ہوتی ہیں اور اسلام آباد  میں  اُن بچوں کی بہتر خدمت ہو سکتی ہے۔ کمیٹی کو بتایا گیا کہ عنقریب لنڈی کوتل میں بھی سویٹ ہوم  شروع کردیا  جائے گا۔ کمیٹی نے سویٹ ہومز پراجیکٹ کی بہت تعریف کی اور گریٹ ہومز کی کارکردگی پر بھی اطمینان کا اظہار کیا۔ کمیٹی نے اس خواہش کا اظہار کیا کہ پاکستان بیت المال اسی جذبہ سے اپنی خدمات جاری رکھے۔ مجلس قائمہ کو بتایا گیا کہ وزارت ہا ؤسنگ نے قومی اسمبلی کے ملازمین کو مکانات دینا بند کردیئے ہیں اور اُنہیں ہاؤسنگ فا ؤنڈیشن پلاٹ بھی کم دیئے جاتے ہیں۔ وزارت  نے بتایا کہ پہلے بعض قانونی مسائل کی وجہ سے ایسا ہوا تھا۔ البتہ اب قومی اسمبلی کے ملازمین کے لئے پارلیمنٹ سے منظور ہونے والے ایکٹ کی وجہ سے ہر قسم کی رکاوٹ دور ہو گئی ہے۔ لہذا آئندہ کسی قسم کی کوتاہی نہیں برتی جائے گی اور شکایت کا موقع نہیں دیا جائے گا۔ مکانات اور پلا ٹوں کے معاملے میں قومی اسمبلی کے ملازمین کو دیگر تمام سرکاری ملازمین کے مساویانہ بنیادوں پر مکانات اور پلاٹ دیئے جائیں گے۔ اس یقین دہانی پر مجلس قائمہ نے معاملے کو نمٹا دیا۔

          مجلس قائمہ کے اجلاس کی صدارت  ، چیئرمین  جناب محمد افضل کھو کھر نے کی، جبکہ ممبران مجلس قائمہ برائے  حکومتی یقین دہانیاں   چوہدری محمد منیر اظہر،  جناب عبدالحکیم بلوچ، سید مصطفیٰ محمود ، جناب شفقت محمود، محترمہ ڈاکٹر فوزیہ حمید  کے علاوہ جناب قیصر احمد شیخ، محرک نے  بھی شرکت کی۔  اجلاس میں محترمہ شائستہ سہیل، سپیشل سیکرٹری ، کیبنٹ ڈویژن، جناب ملک طاہر، سیکرٹری پارلیمنٹری افیئرز   ڈویژن،  عبد الخالق، چیئرمین ، این ٹی سی اورایڈیشنل سیکرٹری واپڈا  کے علاوہ دیگر کئی اعلیٰ سول افسران نے شرکت کی۔

 


 


S.C . on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination meets today - February 28, 2018

Islamabad, 28th February, 2018; 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today under the Chairmanship of Dr.Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, MNA.
 
2. The Committee considered Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) in detail and approved the same with some suggestions. The Committee highlighted the loopholes in on-going and new projects of the Ministry for PSDP 2018-19 in reply of which, Ministry assured the Committee that Ministry will consider the suggestions in letter and spirit.

3. The Committee considered the “HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013” (moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA) and after detail deliberation recommended that the Bill may be deferred till next meeting.

4. The Committee also considered the “The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan- (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA) in detail and rejected the bill. Further the Committee recommended that Ministry may investigate the matter of open milk being sold at Sunday Bazaars which is injurious to the health of Childs.
 
5. All other agenda items deferred till next meeting of the Committee.
 
6. The Hon. Members/MNA/Mover Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal, MNAs, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA/Mover and Ms. Saira Afzal Tarrar, Minister for NHS,R&C attended the meeting, besides members, senior officers of the Ministry of NHS,R&C and National Institute of Health (NIH), attended the meeting.
 


S.C. on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage meets today - February 28, 2018

Islamabad, 28th February, 2018; 48th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage was held today under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA.
    
2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.
 
 
3. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 28th December, 2017.
 
4. The Committee examined the PSDP proposals for financial year 2018-19 in detail. After detailed deliberation the Committee approved the projects with following directions/recommendations;

    (1)     That the Government should give maximum funding to Ministry of Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage to promote Pakistani         Culture, Heritage, Film Industry, Drama, Performing Arts and etc.
    (2)     That the Ministry shall complete the process of on airing PTV Kids Channel and PTV Parliament Channel on priority basis. 
    (3)     That the Ministry should include matter of building external Boundary of Bahawalpur Radio station in 2018-2019 PSDP.
5. The Committee discussed the matters of Missing Paintings of renowned painters from PNCA, Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ensures the Committee that he will follow up and inquire about the matter and will brief the Committee in 10 days time. The Committee appreciated Minster for State Ms. Maryam Aurengzeb and Secretary Information Broadcasting on announcing new cultural and film policy and hoped that it will boost Pakistani film industry not only within Pakistan but Internationally as well. The Committee also appreciated dubbing of Pakistani Drama’s in Pashto and Dari Languages.
 
6. The Committee deferred the “Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017 moved by Dr. Fauzia Hameed, MNA and briefing on new agreement of air-time rent of Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Company (SRBC) owned television Channel A-TV till its next meeting.
 
7. The Hon. Members/MNA Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ch. Muhammad Tufail,Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA attended the meeting, besides Minister of State, senior officers of the Ministry of Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage, officers of PEMRA, IP, SRBC attended the meeting.
 


S.C. on Federal Education and Professional Training meets today - February 28, 2018

Islamabad, the 28th February, 2018: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. The Committee considered the budgetary proposals of the Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2018-19 in detail. The Ministry briefed the Committee over the objectives and importance of the schemes in detail. After detailed deliberations, the Committee approved the budgetary proposals of the Ministry for Financial Year 2018-19 with recommendation for allocation of PKR 11833.988 Million for 11 Ongoing and 5 New un-approved schemes as submitted by the Ministry before the Committee.
 
2. The Members of the Committee raised their great concern over not removing Salman D Muhammad from his post as Professor in the Federal Urdu University, Karachi despite a number of recommendations made by the Standing Committee in its previous meetings against him as his PhD degree already proven fake by the HEC and Karachi University, Karachi. The Committee directed the Secretary, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to convey the recommendation of the Standing Committee to the President of Pakistan to suspend the Senate of the Federal Urdu University, Karachi as the Senate appointed the Salman D Muhammad as Professor and approval for payment the Pay and privileges to the fake degree holder. The Committee further directed the Executive Director, HEC to conduct an enquiry into the alleged irregularities made during Salman D Muhammad period as Vice Chancellor of the Federal Urdu University, Islamabad and submit report to the Committee within one month accordingly.
 
3. While giving briefing on the compliance of recommendations of previous meeting held on 31st January, 2018, The Director Regional Planning CDA informed the Committee that the CDA and Survey of Pakistan held meeting on 06-02-2018 in the office of the Member (P&D) CDA and verified the survey carried out by the Survey of Pakistan of the Quaid-e-Azam University land. Thereafter, the Committee directed the Director, Regional Planning CDA to complete the on ground demarcation of the university land by the deadline given by the Committee. It was further decided that the Committee would visit along with the Chairman, CDA, Deputy Commissioner, ICT and Inspector General of police, Islamabad to the Quaid-e-Azam University to check the actual position of demarcation on ground.
 
4. The Committee also considered “The Institute for Art and Culture Bill, 2018” in detail and deferred for its next meeting with the suggestion to study the Bill in detail. 
 
5. The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms Amra Khan, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.
 
 
 
 


S.C. on Privitization meets today - February 28, 2018

Islamabad, 8th February, 2018; 45th meeting of the Standing Committee on Privatization was held today under the Chairmanship of Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA.
 
2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.
3. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 28-02-2018.
 
4. The Committee was briefed about the agenda item No. 2 and it was informed by the Secretary concerned that all the recommendation are noted for the compliance and these will be implemented in letter and spirit. However regarding agenda item No. 3 it was a briefed to the committee that PSDP for financial year 2018-19 may be treated as nil.
 
5. The Committee was briefed about Privatization of Pakistan International Airline (PIA). It was informed that the process of Privatization was initiated under the Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (Conversion) Act, 2016. The said Act was unanimously passed by the Assembly. All the steps regarding sales and purchase of the assets of PIA will be treated strictly in accordance with the parameters prescribed under the said Act. However the Privatization of PIA is quite distinguishable then any other Privatization i.e. PTCL etc., because of the fact that neither the control on the employees nor more than 49% of the shares are going to be Privatized. In this way the Federal Government would remain the capital share holder even after the Privatization.
 
6. It was recommended that Committee be briefed in its next meeting about the procedural steps and recommendations made by The Financial Advisory Consortium (FAC) for Privatization of PIA. It was also recommended that the Committee shall be briefed about the steps taken by the Ministry regarding Privatization of Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan alongwith reasons and justifications whereof.
 
7. Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Dr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Abdul Waseem, attended the meeting besides the minister for Privatization and senior officers from the Ministry of Privatization with their staff.
    
 


S.C. on Narcotics Control meets today - February 28, 2018

Islamabad the 28th February, 2018.  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Narcotics Control on held today in the Committee Room of Ministry of Narcotics Control, Emigration Tower, Mauve Area, G-8/1, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA to scrutinize budgetary proposals relating to PSDP in respect of the Ministry of Narcotics Control and its attached departments for the next financial year 2018-19.

2. The Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics Control apprised the Committee that there are 3 on-going projects costing Rs.128.857 million, 3 extended/revised projects of Rs.2894.012 million and 15 new projects costing Rs.2578.855 million were put before the Committee for its approval. The total budgetary proposals regarding PSDP for the Financial Year 2018-19 were Rs.5601.724 million including Rs.2193.284 million foreign aid. After detailed discussion and certain observations of the Committee, the budgetary proposals were unanimously approved. The Committee showed their reservations over the un-due cuts made in the projects approved by the Standing Committee by Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms.

3. The Director General, Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) briefed the Committee that during 2017 ANF approached the Press Information Department for publication of ANF Awareness Message “Say No to Drugs” on all public sector advertisements and PEMRA was also approached for furnishing ANF video clips/messages to air the ANF Awareness Messages in all electronic media sources as a national cause. The Chairman, Higher Education Commission apprised the Committee that the HEC has advised the Higher Educational Institutions in Pakistan to undertake the task by arranging awareness raising programs in order to create awareness against the drug abuse for students, teaching faculty and parents through lectures, seminars, debates, workshops, sports and cultural events etc.

4. The Committee recommended that the proper infrastructure facilities including accommodation buildings, scanners etc. may be provided to the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) for their efficient working. Moreover, the Committee also recommended that the ANF should be given access in WEBOC Scanning System of Custom Department on the import and export at Port Qasim for having enough grip over the un-wanted items bringing bad name to the country.

5. The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, and Mr. Sher Akbar Khan MNAs, Federal Minister for Narcotics Control and Senior Officers from Ministry of Narcotics Control and Chairman, HEC also.
 


S.C. on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly meets today - February 28, 2018

68th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e February 28, 2018 in Conference Room of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, Parliament House Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Shaikh, MNA.

2. The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 14th February, 2018.
           
3. While considering the implementation status of the recommendations made by the Committee with regard to the criteria under the State Bank of Pakistan, fit and proper test for appointment of President NBP and qualifying of present incumbent against the fit and proper test. The Committee expressed its displeasure for not receiving the reply from SBP in this regard, however the Committee was informed by the Director, State Bank of Pakistan that present incumbent (President NBP) was fulfilled the criteria of said post. The Committee decided that in writing reply may be provided to the Committee at the earliest. The Director, SBP ensured the Committee that reply on the said recommendation would be furnished in next week.
 
4. The Committee discussed the Banks (Nationalization) (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and unanimously recommended that the same Bill may be passed by the National Assembly with some amendments.
 
5. The Committee discussed the remaining projects of Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Finance Division and recommended that required funds may be provided according to the projects details presented by the Finance Division. While considering the Higher Education Commission (HEC) PSDP projects the Committee recommended that allocation for FATA university should be enhanced upto Rs. 250 million instead of Rs. 150 million. The Committee further recommended that HEC should give priority to KPK, southern Punjab, interior Sindh and Balochistan, when considering the proposals for new projects and early completion of ongoing projects in said areas.  
 
6. The Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance briefed the Committee regarding current account deficit, debt servicing and financial strategy of the Government. The Committee recommended that financial plan presented by the Ministry of Finance and Revenue should be revisited at the earliest. The Committee also recommended that short term borrowing should be eliminated within next five months to control the current account deficit in the country.
 
7. The Committee decided that Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) would be called in the next meeting to discuss the status/registration of China Overseas Ports Holding Company Pakistan (COPHC-Pakistan).  The Committee further recommended that Ministry of Finance should be asked to give a comprehensive briefing on the issue of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), decision with regard to Pakistan in the same meeting.
 
8. The meeting was attended by Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, SBP and HEC.
 
 


S.C. on Water Resources meets today - February 28, 2018

Islamabad, 28th February, 2018.
 
INDIA TO HALT THE DECISION OF WORLD BANK ON INDUS RIVER TREATY TO COMPLETE KISHAN GANGA & RATLAY HYDRO POWER PROJECTS, NA BODY TOLD
 
The Committee was informed about the latest status of alleged construction of Kishan Ganga and Ratlay Hydel Projects by India. Pakistan has approached the World Bank to resolve the mutual disputes between India and Pakistan with regards to Indus Water Treaty in the International Court of Arbitration rather than appointing neutral experts as it does not come under the jurisdiction of the later. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held today in Federal Flood Commission under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA.
 
The Committee also discussed the reservations of some of the provinces over the distribution of water through Water Apportionment Accord 1991. The Committee expressed concern over the absence of Secretaries of Water & Irrigation Department of provinces and decided to discuss the said agenda in the next meeting with the direction to ensure presences of all the concerned Secretaries.
 
The Committee was briefly apprised about the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the next financial year 2018-19. The Committee endorsed all the budgetary proposals of the Ministry and directed to complete their on-going projects on top priority basis.
 
MNAs, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Rana Muhammad Ishaq, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Nawab Ali Wassan, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, Moulana Gohar Shah, Syed Kazim Ali Shah, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan and Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.
     
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On Defence Meets - February 27, 2018

Islamabad, 27th February, 2018: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence met today in Committee Room of Old PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Committee considered the budgetary proposals of the Ministry of Defence relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2018-19 and approved the same unanimously. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform include the 31 New Un-approved and 4 on-going projects estimated cost        Rs. 31683.163 Million in the PSDP and also allocate the requisite funds for the on-going and new approved schemes in order to complete the development schemes in time.
 
2. The issue of Pakistan map also came under discussion that the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K) was shown disputed area on the map of Pakistan. In this regard, the Secretary M/o Defence informed that the issue has already been rectified and the hard and soft copy of the map of Pakistan has already been forwarded to all the Ministries/Divisions and Departments including the Foreign Missions of Pakistan abroad. Thereafter, the Committee recommended that the Prime Minister of Pakistan would be requested to issue directions to all the Ministries/Divisions and Departments to display the latest map of Pakistan on their websites.

3. It was also decided that the Committee would visit Karachi in March to see the Maritime Patrolling Vessels purchased by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency. In this regard the Committee recommended to the Secretary M/o Defence to arrange visit for Members of the Standing Committee on Defence to see the Maritime patrolling Vessels recently received by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency at Karachi.   

4.The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Lt. Col (R) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Sheikh Fayyaz ud Din, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Ms. Kishwer Zehra and Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On Inter Provincial Coordination Meets Today - February 27, 2018

Islamabad the 27th February, 2018.  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA to scrutinize budgetary proposals relating to PSDP in respect of the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination and its attached departments for the next financial year 2018-19.
 
2. The Secretary, Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination apprised the Committee that there are 11 on-going projects costing Rs.2071.546 million, 15 new projects (un-approved) of Pakistan Sports Board worth Rs.1241.64 million and 02 projects of M/o IPC amounting to Rs.88.000 were put before the Committee for its approval. The total budgetary proposals regarding PSDP for the FY-2018-19 were Rs.3401.185 million. After detailed discussion and certain observations of the Committee, the budgetary proposals were unanimously approved.
 
3. The report of the Sub-Committee was submitted by Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, MNA/Convener before the Committee. The Committee after a detailed deliberation approved the recommendations of the Sub-Committee with slight amendments.
      
4. The meeting was attended by Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Syed Kazim Ali Shah, Mr.Mujahid Ali, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, and Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan MNAs, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination and Senior Officers from Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination.
 


S.C. on National Food Security and Research meets - February 27, 2018

Islamabad, the 27th February, 2018: 43rd meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

2.Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research brief the Committee about the implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee and also briefed about the Bill “The National Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Authority Bill, 2017”. After detail deliberations the Committee deferred the said Bill till its next meeting.

3.The Committee was given briefing by the Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research on Ministry’s Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year, 2018-19. He informed that there are 18 On-going Projects costing Rs.6471.285 million, 10 New-Approved Projects amounting Rs. 546.184 and 26 Un-Approved Projects worth Rs. 8846.214. The total budgetary proposals regarding PSDP for the FY-2018-19 were Rs.4183.441 million. After detailed discussion and certain observations of the Committee, the budgetary proposals were unanimously approved.

4.The Committee also directed, the Ministry to complete all the projects relating to the PSDP in due time to avoid lapses of funds and un-necessary delay.

5.Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmed, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Pir Shafqat Hussain Jillani, Mr. Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani and Dr. Fouzia Hameed MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Minister for National Food Security and Research and other senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research.
 


S.C. on Planning Development & Reform meets - February 27, 2018

Islamabad 27th February, 2018: The 64th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, MNA

2.The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and proceeded with given Agenda.

3.The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 63rd meeting held on 7th February, 2018.

4.The Committee examined the PSDP proposals for financial year 2018-19 in detail. After detailed deliberation the Committee approved the projects as given below:-

i).     Centre of Excellence for CPEC, PIDE, Islamabad.
ii).    National Endowment scholarship for talent.(PSDP#716)

5.The Committee  constituted a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of  Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNA, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din and Mr. Junaid Akbar as its members, the ToRs of the Sub-Committee will be to look into:-        

i)                   “Distribution and System Augmentation Program STG, DOP, ELR (PESCO) in   District Buner under PSDP Program”
ii)                “Status of PC-I of electrification work at different vallies of Chitral. Establishment of 132 KV Grid Station to 132 K.V  in Chitral, Chitral Hydel
Power capacity enhancement and status of PESCO, PEDO and WAPDA agreement and steps taken for provision of electricity to upper Chitral by 25th December, 2017 (PSDP #1048 & 1054)”

6.The Committee   directed the quarters concerned to expedite the construction work of 132 KV Grid Station Kallur Kot, District Bhakkar, and MDGs/SDGs program in NA-73.
 
7.The Committee recommended that the Secretary Federal Education and Professional Training, Islamabad may submit a comprehensive report alongwith monitoring mechanism of Basic Education Community Schools. 

8.The Honorable MNA/Members Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Ms.Shazia Sohil Mir,  Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Ms. Asyia Nasir and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform also attended the meeting.
 


S.C. on Statistics meets today - February 27, 2018


Islamabad, 27th February, 2018; 3rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Statistics was held today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA.

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

3.The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 6th February, 2018.

4.The Federal Secretary, Ministry of Statistics, Ms. Rukhsana Yasmeen gave a briefing regarding the compliance report on the recommendations of the previous meeting the Standing Committee. It was told that the collection and preparation of the statistical data was being given due importance by the Ministry. The Standing Committee was also briefed regarding the process for hiring the services of a third party for audit of the census survey based on the directions issued by the Council of Common Interest (CCI). The said process for audit of the 7th Census of Pakistan conducted in 2017 was expected to be completed in April 2018. While discussing the credibility of the statistical data being prepared and provided the Ministry, it was told that as Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) had the most comprehensive scale to conduct any given survey, therefore, even while conducting independent surveys all national and international institutions usually seek its assistance to obtain sampling data in Pakistan. The Standing Committee praised the performance of PBS and stressed on its projection at national and international level. The Standing Committee also recommended that in order to evade any doubts regarding data, the survey teams while conducting their surveys should also meet with representatives of the people such as Member of National or Provincial Assembly or Nazim of the area concerned area. The Standing Committee scrutinized and approved the Public Sector Development Project (PSDP) for the Financial Year 2018-19 of the Ministry of Statistics.

5. The meeting was attended by the Honorable MNA/Members Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, S.A. Iqbal Qadri, MNA and senior officers from the Ministry of Statistics and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics
 


S.C. on Human Rights meets today - February 27, 2018

Islamabad, the 6th February, 2018.  38th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 02:00 am in the Committee Room of Ministry of Human Rights, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.
 
The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 18th January, 2018. The Committee Members were asked to examine the Comprehensive Report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee and give their reservations on it.
 
Then the Committee was given briefing by the Director General Development, Ministry of Human Rights on the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the Ministry of Human Rights financial year 2018-19. He informed the Committee that Ministry of Human Rights has no project staff of lawyers whereas legal work is being taken up with the help of two lawyers deputed for Helpline 1099. He added that Ministry of Human Rights needed restructuring to develop and strengthen it. They need to develop strategy paper upon which the Standing Committee expressed displeasure on the briefing and performance of the Ministry of Human Rights. The Committee unanimously decided to hold another meeting after the ensuing session of the National Assembly with all the stake-holders like Ministry of Planning and Development, Ministry of Establishment, Law and Justice Division, CDA for allotment of land for establishment of National Institute of Human Rights as well as the Commissions of the Ministry of Human Rights to resolve the major issues of the Ministry.
 
The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Mr. Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar,  Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms.Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs, Minister for Human Rights and officials of the Ministry of Human Rights and Planning and Development.       
 


S.C. on Religious Affairs & Inter-Faith Harmony meets today - February 27, 2018

Na Standing Committee On States And Frontier Regions (Safron) Met Today - February 26, 2018

Islamabad, 26th February, 2018: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee considered the proposed 6 major schemes of FATA for PSDP 2018-19 in detail. After detailed deliberations, the Committee approved the said projects in addition to the projects as detailed below:

1. Clean drinking water schemes in South Waziristan Agency (estimated cost Rs. 500 Million).
2. 200 KM Jeepable track in hilly areas of Mahsood areas of South Waziristan Agency.
3. Construction of 15 KM black top road from Chalwashtai to Mantoi, South Waziristan Agency (estimated cost Rs. 150 Million).
4. Construction of 60 KM black top road from Jandola to Gambila Bridge, Lakki Marwat.
5. Construction of 15 KM black top road from main Karikot road to Kalotai, Tehsil Bermal (estimated cost Rs. 150 Million).
6. Construction of 20 KM black top road from main Angoor Ada road to khangai, Tehsil Bermal (estimated cost Rs. 200 Million).

2. The Committee recommended that the above mentioned projects may be included in the PSDP for Financial Year 2018-19. The Committee also discussed the problems being faced by the Malakand Levy regarding their salaries, pension, accommodation and training center. The Committee recommended to the M/o SAFRON to look into the above said problems and bring salaries and allowances of the Malakand Levy at par with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police.

3. The Committee also discussed the Minerals Policy of FATA in detail. Thereafter the Committee recommended to the FATA Secretariat to compensate the families of the deceased workers who died during working in the mines and also take measures to extend the Labor Act and Social Security Act to FATA. 
    
4. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Mr. Shahjahan Baloch, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Nasir Khan, Muhammad Kamal Malik, Mr. Bilal Rehman and Mr. Bismillah Khan MNAs, Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached Departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - February 26, 2018

Islamabad; February 26, 2018: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee regarding the comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee. He informed that Ministry has compliance on the directions of the Committee and also sent letters to the concerned department for implementation on the direction of the Committee.

The Committee considered “The Elections (Amendment) Act, 2017” moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA. After detailed deliberation on the Bill the Committee directed Ministry to provide more detail in the next meeting.

Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs also briefed the Committee about the status of encashment of PIA tickets to the Parliamentarian. After discussion Committee directed that Rs. 3 lacs (without any deduction) should be given to the parliamentarians instead of vouchers and also recommended that number of tickets should be increased from 20 to 30.

Acting Chairman, Pakistan International Airline (PIA) briefed the Committee about the profits made by Roosevelt Hotel in New York, USA during the last year. He informed the Committee that Roosevelt Hotel Revenue for the year 2016 is $ 96.450 million and Profit figure is $ 1.540 million. He said that Aviation Division has no plan to sell the Roosevelt Hotel.  He further informed that experts / professionals have given proposal to give Roosevelt Hotel on lease for the period of 30 to 40 years to earn more profit. The Committee showed annoyance on the above proposal and strongly recommended that Roosevelt Hotel should not be given on lease at any cost.  The Committee also decided to invite CEO, PIA to brief the Committee about the suspension / cancellation of flights / routes to New York, USA.

Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works briefed the Committee regarding the budget and maintenance of government rest houses. He informed that at present Ministry of Housing and Works / Pak. PWD is not maintaining any rest house. He also provided detail of Lodges, Hostel and Family Suites working under the Ministry of Housing and Works. The Committee directed Ministry of Housing and Works to provide detail of officers residing in Lodges, Hostel and Family Suites in Islamabad in the next meeting.

Malik Ihtebar Khan, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak and Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Law & Justice, Housing and Works, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Pakistan International Airline (PIA).
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - February 26, 2018

Islamabad, 26nd February, 2018; 41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 14-02-2018. The concerned department informed the Committee that the recommendations made in its previous meetings were implemented.

2.       The Committee examined “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new sections 167-A & 344-A, Act XLV of 1860) (moved by Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA); and decided that the Bill may not be recommended.

3.         The Committee examined “Islamabad Birthing Center and Hospital Maternity Services Bill, 2017”,(moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA); and “The West Pakistan Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, (moved by Ms. Aisha Syed, MNA);and deferred it till the next meeting.

4.         The Committee examined “The Prevention and Control of Human Trafficking (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (sections 2 and 3)”,(moved by Ms. Nafeesa Inyatullah Khan Khattak, MNA) and “The Trafficking in Persons Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA); and decided constitute a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur.

5.         The Secretary, Ministry of Interior apprised the Standing Committee that budgetary proposals relating to PSDP total demand of Rs.20286.411 billion for Rs. 13123.482 billion has been demanded by the Ministry and its attached departments for on-going projects and Rs.7162.929 billion for new projects.

6.         The Committee approved the PSDP for the financial year 2018-19. The Committee recommended that on-going projects should be given priority. The Committee also recommended that the Ministry of Finance should release funds timely for completion of projects.

7.         Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Shaikh Salahuddin, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Dr. Arif Alvi, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, Ms. Aisha Syed, Ms. Nafeesa Inyatullah Khan Khattak attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and its departments, Ministry of Law and Justice, Passport Office with their staff.  
 


NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets - February 26, 2018

The Standing Committee on Defence Production met today i.e 26th February, 2018 under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.         The Committee was briefed by the Managing Director, Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS & EW) about the ongoing and new Public Sector Development Program (PSDP). He said that ECNEC and CDWP have already approved two projects i.e Up-gradation of ship lifting system and infrastructure development of Karachi Shipyard. The Committee strongly recommended to Ministry of Finance and Revenue for providing the requisite funds on priority basis, due to the importance of said projects. The Committee appreciated the role of KS&EW under the supervision of its management and Minister for Defence Production.      

3.         Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ms. Amra Khan, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the MoDP & Karachi Shipyard.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - February 26, 2018

Sihala Flyover, to be started in first week of March.
All national highways and Motorways will be constructed with national zeal.
Backward and less developed areas should be given special attention.
Standing Committee on National Assembly approved projects of Rs. 805/- Billion

 

Islamabad(                  ) All national highways and motorways will be constructed with national zeal and less developed areas should be given special attention. These recommendations were passed by the Standing Committee on Communications in its meeting. The meeting of the Standing Committee was held in National Highways Headquarters NHA, in Sector G-9, Islamabad. The Standing Committee was apprised that during financial year 2018-19 the NHA will work on 100 projects and an amount of Rs. 790.656 billion will be expensed on the projects. The Standing Committee approved all of the projects and recommended that the projects in the less development and backward areas might be completed on priority basis. Moreover, the Committee recommended that Jandola-Zoab road, Quetta-Kuchlak to Zoab Road, Shahdad Kot by-pass, Karachi Northern by-pass and the projects of other less developed areas might also be included in PSDP of NHA for the period 2018-19. The Standing Committee was apprised that the foundation stone of Sihala flyover, would be laid in first week of March 2018 and the work would start there forthwith. The Standing Committee on Communications also considered and approved all projects including of National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP), Green Line Project of Karachi and National Transport Research Centre (NTRC) for the year 2018-19. The Standing Committee resolved that National Projects and Highway might be completed with apolitical way and above all political and other affiliations. However, the Committee recommended, that less developed and backward regions might be given special priority. The Standing Committee constituted a Sub-Committee to check the condition of the roads of South Punjab and Sindh and submit its report within thirty days.
 
The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee on National Assembly on Communications Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi and attended by Members National Assembly Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, Molana Qamar-ud-Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai and Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio. Moreover, Secretary Communications, Mr. Furqan Bahadur Khan, Deputy Commissioner Qamber Shahdad Kot, DPO Laki Marwat and several senior civil officers attended the meeting and gave briefing to the Committee upon the agenda related to their areas and departments
 


NA Special Committee on Child Abuse meets - February 26, 2018

Islamabad, 26th February, 2018; 2nd meeting of the Special Committee on Child Abuse was held today under the Chairmanship of Ms. Mariym Aurangzeb, MNA. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 19-02-2018.

2.       The Director General, M/o Human Rights informed that to effectively coordinate, monitor and promote the Rights of the Child, the National Commission on the Rights of the Child Act, 2017 has been promulgated. The Human Rights proposed to include the issue of Child Abuse in curricula and schools may conduct teacher’s trainings on protection of children from abuse. 

3.         The MD PCTB Lahore briefed about steps taken by the provincial government regarding educating parents, children and community regarding for Child Protection. The Chariperson appreciated work done by the PCTB Lahore.

4.         The Committee recommended enforcing the implementation of laws, and speedy processing of the cases for punishing the culprits. It was also recommended that IG Punjab and IG KPK shall be directed to brief the Committee regarding the recent Child Abuse Cases in the next meeting.

5.         Hon. Members Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Ms. Kishwer Zehra and Sahibzada Tariqullah attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Law and Justice.         
 


National Assembly Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights meets Today - February 23, 2018

Islamabad, the 23rd February, 2018.  39th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:30 am in the Committee Room 7, 4th Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran.

The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meetings which were held on 1st and 6th February, 2018.

Secretary, Capital Administration and Development Division was asked as to why 3 acres of land was not allotted to the Ministry of Human Rights despite making requests time and again. He informed the Committee that it has been decided that one acre of acquired land in Sector H-8/I, Islamabad will be allotted to the Ministry of Human Rights for the construction of the building of National Institute of Human Rights after getting its approval in the next Board meeting of CDA within 15 days. Hence, letter of allotment will be given to the Ministry on the payment of the land. Chairman, CDA apprised the Committee that its covered area will be fulfilled by the CDA and the Ministry of Human Rights may build 10 or 20 stories according to the rules.

Director General (Development), Ministry of Human Rights informed the Committee that they have been working in a rented building for the National Institute of Human Rights. This Institute required 2048000 Sqf. of land whereas they had worked rationally on the Institute for which land demanded land was less than the required land. In accordance with our assessment, they had to build three huge blocks for this Institute of the Ministry of Human Rights will be the face and prestige of the nation of Pakistan. He added that this Project is a part of Action Plan of the Ministry of Human Rights and European Union was also agreed to help out.

The Committee recommended that acquired land should be allotted by the CDA to the Ministry of Human Rights for the Building of National Institute of Human Rights within 30 days. The Committee also recommended that rest of the desired land should also be allotted by the CDA to the Ministry of Human Rights on its request.

It was apprised that staff for helpline was recruited four months ago and they are working 16th hours a day which will be increased up to 24 hours. Joint Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat informed the Committee that they had no lawyers so they should help from their own staff or they should consult with the Law and Justice Division for the recruitment of lawyers. Joint Secretary, Establishment Division apprised the Committee that existing Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights had not submitted any requisition for recruitment of legal staff. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights apprised the Committee that they are taking up the matter of recruitment of legal staff for this institute.

The Committee recommended that Ministry of Human Rights should submit its requisition to the Ministry of Establishment Division for the posts of required project employees. The Committee also recommended on the issue of two women hostels that representatives of the Ministry of Human Rights should sit together with the Chief, Planning Commission, Physical Planning and Housing Section, M/o Housing and works on 26th February, 2018 and resolve the issue of construction of two women hostels in Islamabad by keeping this agenda in the meeting and inform the Committee within a month. Its copy should be submitted to the Minister for Human Rights and Prime-Minster of Pakistan. The Committee also approved the Budget of the Public Sector Development Program of the Ministry of Human Rights.

The meeting was attended by Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Surriya Asghar,  Ms. Kiran Haider,  Ms.Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz and Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, MNAs, and officials of the Ministry of Human Rights, Planning and Development, CDA, CADD, Establishment Division and Cabinet Secretariat.


N.A Standing Committee on Energy meets - February 21, 2018

Islamabad; February 21, 2018: Standing Committee on Energy met under the Chairmanship Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, this afternoon.

The Committee after thorough discussion recommended the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Power Division, Ministry of Energy amounting to Rs.193,730.550 million for the financial year 2018-19.

The Committee while discussing implementation of its previous recommendations related to Power Division directed for devising centralized procurement policy for procurement of material for electricity infrastructure development schemes. The Committee was apprised that development schemes being carried out under PM Sustainable Development Program were facing shortage of required material resulting in delay of their completion due to lengthy procurement procedures and limited number of suppliers of construction material.                                                                                                                          

The Committee while discussing recommendation of the committee regarding enhancement of quota of new domestic gas connections by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to meet the pending demand with Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), directed OGRA to expedite the matter in order to meet the public demand. The Chairperson OGRA apprised the Committee that the Authority had received petition of SNGPL for enhancement which was under consideration and decision thereon would be taken during a week time.

The meeting was attended by Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, Federal Minister for Energy (Power Division) MNAs; Malik Ihtebar Khan, Syed Muhammad Saqlain Shah Bukhari, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, Mr. Shehryar Afridi, Mr. Imran Khattak, Secretary Petroleum Division, Additional Secretary Power Division and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committees on Climate Change meets - February 20, 2018

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 20th February, 2018 in Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Standing Committee discussed and approved the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the financial year 2018-2019 of the Ministry of Climate Change.

The Committee also discussed the measures being taken to preserve the most endangered species of Pakistan regarding “Markhor and Murgzar animals and suggested to coordinate with the Provincial Government to take up the said issue.

Members who attended the meeting: Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Chairman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA, Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA and Minister for Climate Change
 


NA Special Committee on Child Abuse meets - February 19, 2018

Meeting for the election of the Chairman of the Special Committee on Child Abuse was held today on 19th February, 2018, at 10:30 a.m, in Committee Room No.02, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
2.         The meeting commenced with recitation of Holy Quran. The Honourable members were welcomed by the Deputy Secretary (Co-ordination) and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman. The name of Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA was proposed for Chairperson of the said Committee by Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam MNA and subsequently seconded by Mr. Zahid Hamid MNA. Accordingly, the Committee unanimously elected Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA, as Chairperson of the Special Committee on Child Abuse. 
 
3.         The Deputy Secretary (Co-ordination) congratulated the newly elected Chairperson on behalf of the Honorable Speaker, Secretary and Special Secretary National Assembly Secretariat. He also assured them of full support of the Secretariat for effective and efficient functioning of the Committee under the supervision of the Honorable Speaker.
 
4.         The Committee recommended that detail report may be obtained regarding the latest laws including delegated legislation and judgment on the Child Abuse for further proceedings during the next meeting of the Committee.
 
5.         The meeting was attended by the Members concerned of the said Committee and officers from National Assembly Secretariat.
 


NA SC on Housing & Works meets - February 15, 2018

42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works of the National Assembly was held today i.e 15th February, 2018, in Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA.

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 31st January, 2018.

3.         The Committee considered the Calling Attention Notice No. 9 regarding policy decision of the government not to allot government accommodation in future to the employees of constitutional bodies move by Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA. However, it was informed by the Honourable Chairman that a Bill in this regard has been approved by the National Assembly.

4.         The Committee considered the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP), as required under the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly and recommended the projects presented by the Ministry of Housing and Works. The Committee also decided that the projects regarding dualization & improvement of Mandra-Chakwal road (64 Km), dualization & improvement of Sohawa-Chakwal road (66.405 Km) and Mosa Khail Tonsa Road (35 Km) strength road Zhob would be discussed in the upcoming meeting of the Committee.

5.         The Committee directed Ministry of Housing and Works to provide the details of cases registered against the employees of Housing and Works by the different agencies i.e. FIA and NAB.

6.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, MNAs, besides the senior officer from Ministry of Housing and Works.

 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Meets - February 14, 2018

67th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e. February 14, 2018 in Women’s Parliamentary Caucus Conference Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Shaikh, MNA.
 
2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 9th February, 2018. While considering the implementation status of the recommendations of the Committee, which were made in previous meetings regarding lowest mark up ratio/interest to farming sector. The Committee recommended that Government should give exemptions to ZTBL and other commercial banks on lending for farmers. The Committee also directed to Ministry of Finance & Revenue to provide the details of ZTBL quantifying figures.
 
3.         The Committee deferred agenda item pertaining to “An Eradication of  Riba Bill, 2015” (Moved by Mr Sher Akbar Khan, MNA).
 
4.         The Committee discussed the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Finance Division for financial year 2018-19. While considering the ‘Financial Inclusion and Infrastructure Project’, the Committee unanimously recommended that Finance Division will provide PC-I of the said project for further consideration of the Committee. The Committee disapproved the project regarding Renovation & Repair of Audit Complex, Lahore (Old PT&T Building). The Committee Members have shown their observations for not providing satisfactory reasons in this regard. However, the Committee recommended all other projects presented by Finance Division.
 
5.         While considering the PSDP of Revenue Division, the Committee Members have expressed their concerns about the performance of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) towards their objectives. However, the Committee recommended the projects submitted by the Revenue Division.
 
6.         The Committee decided that its next meeting would be convened on 28th February, 2018 for consideration of pending PSDP, highlighted above. The Committee was briefed by the Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance regarding current account deficit, debt servicing and financial strategy of the Government. 
 
7.         The meeting was attended by Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Syed Naveed Qamar, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, MNAs Mr. Sher Akbar Khan (Mover) MNA besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - February 14, 2018

Islamabad, 14th February, 2018; 41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

2.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 02-01-2018.

3.         The Committee examined “The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2017”(Amendment of Sections 11, 13, 27, 67, 82, 89, 91, 95, 96, 97, 98, 115 & 117 Act X of 2015) (Moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be recommended, with minor amendments, for submission to the National Assembly for passing the Bill.
 
4.         The Committee examined “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new sections 167-A & 344-A, Act XLV of 1860) (Moved by Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred till its next meeting for further discussion.
 
5.         The Committee examined “The Employment of children (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Amendment of section 2, Act V of 1991) (moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA) and recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
 
6.     The Committee examined “The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017 Section10 (moved by Suriya Asghar, MNA); and recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
 
7.         The Committee examined “The Children (Pledging of Labour) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of Sections 4, 5 & 6, Act II of 1933) (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
 
8.         The budgetary proposals, relating to PSDP for next financial year, of the Ministry of Interior were discussed in the meeting. It was directed by the Committee that concerned Heads/in-charges of the departments shall attend the next meeting of the Standing Committee for detailed discussion and finalization of the projects. 
 9.         The Report of the Sub-Committee on Interior, appointed under the Convener-ship of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, “to review Visa Policy relating to Pakistani origin having dual Nationality” was adopted by the Standing Committee.
 
10.       The issue of banning prohibited Arms licenses was again discussed by the Committee. It was pointed out that the arms licenses is a source of income for state, and ban on prohibited Arms licenses is also resulting in an increase in corruption as people try to use unfair means to get favor regarding prohibited Arms Licenses. Due to the prevailing law and order situation, the Committee suggested that public may be facilitated with the Licenses for their self defense.
           
11.       Hon. Members/Movers Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Shaikh Salahuddin, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Aliya Kamran, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, NACTA, Ministry of Law and Justice, NADRA and Passport Office.         
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production Meets - February 13, 2018

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

The Standing Committee discussed the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the financial year 2018-2019 of the Ministry of Industries & Production and its attached departments. The Committee recommended that Planning Division should give output regarding the said projects and also suggested that the projects recommended during Standing Committee’s previous meetings should be given priority.

Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-din, MNA
 


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - February 12, 2018

Islamabad; February 12, 2018: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 52nd Session of the National Assembly.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 52nd session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 20th February, 2018.

The meeting was attended by the MNAs Mr. Zahid Hamid, Sheik Salahuddin and Mr. Nasir Khan.
 


Standing Committee On Commerce And Textile Recommends PSDP Proposals Of The Ministry For Financial Year 2018-19 - February 9, 2018

Islamabad; February 09, 2018: The Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile recommended PSDP proposals of M/o Commerce and Textile amounting to Rs.25,626.577 million for the financial year 2018-19 in its meeting held in Islamabad, today under the chairmanship of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA.

The Committee was separately apprised about the proposed PSDP of Commerce and Textile Divisions. The Additional Secretary, Commerce Division informed that the Division had proposed allocation of PSDP fund amounting to Rs.8550 million for financial year 2018-19 for seven projects relating to establishment of new Exp-Centers at Islamabad, Quetta and Faisalabad, expansion/remodeling of Expo-Center at Karachi, provision hostel and transport facility to student at Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore and an ongoing project relating to Expo-Center at Peshawar.

Later the Secretary, Textile Division apprised the Committee about the proposed PSDP allocation for the project of Textile Division. He informed that Rs.11012.372 million had been proposed for 5 new projects whereas Rs.6064.205 had been proposed for 7 projects which were being resubmitted for approval by the Planning and Development Division. Apprising the Committee about the new projects, the Secretary said that those projects related to establishment of National Textile University (NTU) Campus at Quetta, Garment City Project at Karachi, construction of new library at NTU campus at Faisalabad and implementation of system for standardization of high quality cotton. Apprising about the projects being resubmitted for approval related to PM Skill development program for Textile Industry and studies for climatic change, recycling of organic wastes, restoration of soil fertility and cost management in cotton production and marketing.

The Committee after thorough discussion recommended the entire proposed PSDP of the Ministry for inclusion in Budget for next financial year. The Committee expressed satisfaction on the progress/implementation of the Committee’s recommendations by the Divisions concerned. The Committee directed Commerce Division to expedite the proposed amendment in Pakistan Tobacco Board Act which would ensure supply of registered and certified Tobacco seed to the growers.

The meeting was attended by Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Minister of State for Commerce and Textile, MNAs; Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, Ms. Sajida Begum, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Secretaries Commerce and Textile Divisions and Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice meets - February 8, 2018

Islamabad, 8th February, 2018; 45th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Muhammad Ashraf, MNA.
 
2. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.
3. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 25-10-2017 and 25-01-2018. The members of the committee jointly congratulated the Hon. Chairman for his appointment as chairman.
 
4. Regarding agenda item Number 2, it was informed by the Ministry that letters has been issued to all the concerned Bar Councils and it will be placed before the committee as and when it will be received to the Ministry. The Committee was briefed about the budgetary proposal of the ministry relating to the public sector development program (PSDP) for the financial year 2018-19. After detailed deliberations the committee approved the proposals however the PSDP regarding the National Accountability Buru was deferred till its next meeting. The Committee considered all the Bills relating the National Accountability Ordinance. After detailed deliberations the committee decided to defer the same till its next meeting.
 
5. The Committee considered the Bills “The Evening Courts Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment in Article 25A) Moved by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khatak, MNA and decided that the Bills may be deferred till its next meeting for deliberations.
 
6. The Committee considered the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of Article 51 and 106 of the Constitution) Moved by Mr. Tariq Christopher Qaiser, MNA. After detailed deliberations the committee decided to recommend that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.
 
7. Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Kiran Haider, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Ms. Aisha Syed, Dr. Arif Alvi, and Sheikh Salahuddin attended the meeting besides the minister for law and justice and senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committees on House and Library meets - February 8, 2018

Islamabad: February 8, 2018:  National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library met under the convenership of  Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA at Parliament House on Thursday.

The Committee expressed its concerns over the non-implementation of decisions/ recommendations made by the Committee during its various previous meetings and directed the CDA  to implement the decisions/recommendations of the Committee with letter and spirit.  While discussing the delay in delivery of NTC bills to Parliamentarians  at Parliament Lodges the Committee members complaint that the NTC bills are delivered to Parliamentarians at Parliament Lodges after due date.  The Chair expressed displeasure over the delay in delivery of NTC bills at Parliament Lodges and directed the Divisional Engineer NTC to ensure delivery of the NTC bill in time.  The Committee also discussed the non-functioning of lifts of Parliament Lodges and non-provision of heaters in the family suites at Parliament Lodges during winter season.  The Committee members expressed that lift of various blocks of Parliament Lodges are out of order and not functioning properly and lift operators also oftenly  remained absent from their duty place. The Chair said that such petty matters should be resolved by concerned authority by its own without taking up them into Committee’s meeting.  He also directed the CDA to address the complaints of the Parliamentarians according to rules and regulations and on merit without any discrimination or favouritism      

The meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Mehboob Alam, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Dr. Ibadullah and Senior Officers of CADD, CDA and National Assembly Secretariat.
 


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - February 8, 2018

Islamabad, 08th February 2018: The 31st meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

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

3.     The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its two previous meetings held on 24th October, 2017 and 11th December, 2017.

4.     The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication tabled the status of previous recommendations given by the Standing Committee, but the Committee directed that in the next meeting all the heads of the Cellular companies must be attended the Committee meeting and be brief the Committee about the status of their issued Cell Phone Sims, working Internet 3G & 4G service and installed “Antina Tower” across the country.

5.     The Committee considered the proposed PSDP for the financial year 2018-19 of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and its attached departments/organizations. After thorough consideration the Committee unanimously approved the proposed PSDP for the financial year 2018-19.

6.     The Committee also considered the report of the Sub-Committee appointed under the Convener-ship of Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA and approved unanimously.

7.     The Committee took up and listening the alleged audio tape of supply of Rs. 50 million to the leader of Faizabad Dharna etc. The Committee showed its grievances on such type of discussion which was viral on social media. The Committee directed Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to investigate the matter through F.I.A, P.T.A and I.B and submit its detail report within 10 days. 

8.     The Hon. MNAs/Member Mian Muhammad Farooq, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi and Ch. Muhammad Tufail were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and its attached departments/organizations with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform meets - February 7, 2018

Islamabad 7th February, 2018: The 63rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, MNA

2.       The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and proceeded with given Agenda.

3.       The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 61st & 62nd meeting held on 3rd & 4th January, 2018.

4.       The Committee took serious notice of the absence of the Chief Executive Officer FESCO and recommended that the CEO, FESCO appear before the Committee in the next meeting and explain his position why remained absence from the meeting.

5.       The Committee examined the PSDP proposals for financial year 2018-19 in detail. After detailed deliberation the Committee approved all the projects except the two projects as given below:-

                        i).  Centre of Excellence for CPEC, PIDE, Islamabad.
                        ii). Research Study on Cluster Development Based Industrial Transformation Plan Vision 2025.

6.       The Honorable MNA/Members Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Mr. Sheikh Salahuddin attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Meets - February 7, 2018

STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS VOTED AGAINST THE BILL MOVED BY DR. SHIREEN MEHRUNNISA MAZARI, MNA.

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held today at Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, MNA.

2.    According to the agenda, the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP 2018-19) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the “Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013(Private Member, Bill) moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA” were the two main items. The PSDP (2018-19) comprised one item; endorsement of the Committee regarding Feasibility Study (PC-II) costing Rs.100/- million related to the Margall International Convention Centre having facility for holding the big international conferences in Islamabad. The Chairman direction the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give a comprehensive briefing in the next meeting scheduled for 16-2-2018 which may include the following as well:-

i.    Improving existing infrastructure both at country and international levels;
ii.    Officers accommodation;
iii.    Public diplomacy;
iv.    Specialized campaigns to pursue our national interests;
v.    Discretionary funds;
vi.    Total budget in comparison with that of India, Bangla Desh, Sri Lanka etc.

3.    As per the rule 222 Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, the proposed Private Bill titled “Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013(Private Member, Bill) moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA” was presented for voting. The proposed Bill was rejected by the majority, however, one Member abstained.

4.    The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNAs. Senior Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law & Justice and Cabinet Division also attended the meeting.
 


2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Statistics was held today - February 6, 2018

Islamabad, 6th February, 2018; 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Statistics was held today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA.

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

3.         The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 25th January, 2018.

4.         The Federal Secretary, Ministry of Statistics, Ms. Rukhsana Yasmeen briefed the Standing Committee regarding the working, subjects, scope and future plans of the Ministry. The Chairman Standing Committee upheld that preparation and maintenance of statistical figures should be considered as a priority in national interest. It was reiterated by the Standing Committee that the Ministry must ensure timely and accurate calculation of statistics. It was also agreed that the statistical figures are very essential to determine the quality in every walk of life and then subsequent planning supply and demand of the available resources for the population of a country. Therefore, it was recommended that steps may be taken to ensure transparent and accurate collection of statistical data from time to time and then conduct of census from every five to ten years. The efforts made by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics in collecting and updating the data on monthly basis were also appreciated by the Members of the Standing Committee.

5.         The meeting was attended by the Honorable MNA/Members Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, S.A. Iqbal Qadri, MNA and senior officers from the Ministry of Statistics and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.


The 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was held today - February 6, 2018

Islamabad 6th February, 2018: The 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was held under the Chairmanship of Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, MNA.

2.       The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and proceeded with given Agenda.

3.       The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 35th meeting held on 4th January, 2018.

4.       The Committee unanimously approved the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr, Shazia Sobia, MNA) with some amendments.

5.       The Migrant Resource Center was established in collaboration with ILO in October, 2015 and providing counseling services, pre-departure orientation to migrants and arranging orientation session on safe and informed migration.

6.       Pakistan is a member of ILO since 1947, Pakistan signed 8 Fundamental Conventions and also ratified 36 ILO conventions.

7.       400 refund payments had been made to the affectees of Al-Watan Scheme for Overseas Pakistanis in Eastern Industrial Zone of Port Qasim Authority.      

8.       The Honorable MNA/Members Mrs. Suraiya Jatoi, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ch. Muhammad Munir Azhar, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Mr. Nasir Khan, Ms. Aisha, Dr. Shazia Sobia mover of the Bill, and Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Overseas were also attended the meeting


National Assembly Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights meets today - February 6, 2018

Islamabad, the 6th February, 2018.  38th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 02:00 am in the Committee Room of Ministry of Human Rights, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 18th January, 2018. The Committee Members were asked to examine the Comprehensive Report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee and give their reservations on it.

Then the Committee was given briefing by the Director General Development, Ministry of Human Rights on the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the Ministry of Human Rights financial year 2018-19. He informed the Committee that Ministry of Human Rights has no project staff of lawyers whereas legal work is being taken up with the help of two lawyers deputed for Helpline 1099. He added that Ministry of Human Rights needed restructuring to develop and strengthen it. They need to develop strategy paper upon which the Standing Committee expressed displeasure on the briefing and performance of the Ministry of Human Rights. The Committee unanimously decided to hold another meeting after the ensuing session of the National Assembly with all the stake-holders like Ministry of Planning and Development, Ministry of Establishment, Law and Justice Division, CDA for allotment of land for establishment of National Institute of Human Rights as well as the Commissions of the Ministry of Human Rights to resolve the major issues of the Ministry.

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Mr. Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar,  Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms.Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs, Minister for Human Rights and officials of the Ministry of Human Rights and Planning and Development.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - February 2, 2018

Islamabad, the 2nd February, 2018: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 10:30 a.m.in Committee Room No.2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhamamd Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.  The Committee prayed for the departed souls of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Ex.MNA and his wife due to their sudden death.

3.  The Committee welcomed Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, MNA for becoming new member of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges.

4.              On the amendment moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA in Rule 48 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, the Committee directed the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and the Ministry of Law and Justice to further go through the amendment and report to the Committee in its next meeting.

5.              On the complaint of Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Sheikh Salahuddin, MNAs, regarding non giving the time of meeting by Chairman, NADRA, the Committee took suo-moto of the matter and decided to discuss it in the next meeting of the Committee.         

6.              The Committee directed the Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs to suggest proposals for the Committee for making amendments in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 on monthly basis.

7.              The Committee also decided that in future, no such compromise would be made by the respondents and the Movers outside the Committee. All the decisions would be made by the Committee within the presence of all the concerned during the meeting.

8.              The Committee disposed of the Questions of Privileges moved by Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Mr. Siraj Ahmed Khan, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, MNAs.

9.  On the Question of Privileges, raised by Mr. Ghalib Khan, Advocate and Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ul Din, MNAs against Mr. Zafar Ul Islam, Political Agent, South Waziristan, the Committee expressed its displeasure for irresponsible attitude of Mr. Zafar Ul Islam with the Hon. Members and said that this was the third Question of Privilege against Mr. Zafar Ul Islam. The Committee unanimously decided that the Chief Secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) should inquire into the matter as per Efficiency and Discipline (E&D) Rules by dis-continuing the MCMC training of Mr. Zafar Ul Islam in National Institute of Management (NIM), Peshawar and report to the Committee in its next meeting. However, the Committee pended the agenda till its next meeting.

10.            On the Question of Privilege raised by Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, the Committee directed the Inspector General of Police, Sindh to attend the next meeting of the Committee in person and submit the reply of all the questions raised by the Committee Members during the meeting within the presence of Mr. Sarwar Jamali, DIG (Admn), Sindh before the next meeting of the Committee.

11.            On the Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Fehmida Mirza, MNA, the Committee expressed its displeasure on non-satisfactory reply given by the representative of Sindh Irrigation Department regarding non-availability of drinking water in Baddin, Sindh. The Committee directed that the Secretary, Irrigation Department, Sindh should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person and brief the Committee about the shortage of water in Sindh and particularly in Baddin. The Committee pended its discussion till its next meeting.

12.            On the matter of medical facilities to the dependents/parents of Members of the National Assembly, the Committee directed the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs to work on this matter and on the points raised by Ms.  Shagufta Jumami, MNA, during the meeting. The Committee pended the amendment till its next meeting.

13.            On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA, the Secretary, Ministry of Energy and the concerned Project Director were directed to resolve the issues of the Hon. Mover and report to the Committee in its next meeting.

14.           On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, the Committee was not satisfied with the reply given by Mr. Zahid, M.D (OGDCL) and directed him to establish a Cell under the supervision of any good officer for the facilitation of the Hon. Members of the Parliament. The Committee pended the Question of Privilege till its next meeting.

15.            The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 2-1-2018. However, on the request of Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA, the Committee unanimously decided to again discuss the amendment moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA regarding amendment in Rules 122 and 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007. The compliance Report on the previous recommendations of the Committee was also seen by the Committee.

16. The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhamamd Akram, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr.S.A.Iqbal Quadri, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, Ms.Asiya Nasir,MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan Advocate, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Sheikh Salahuddin, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Jamal Ul Din, Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNAs.
 


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - February 2, 2018

Islamabad; February 02, 2018: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee regarding the comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee. He informed that Ministry has compliance on the directions of the Committee and also sent letters to the concerned department for implementation on the direction of the Committee.

The Committee unanimously deferred the Bill “The Elections (Amendment) Act, 2017” moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA.

Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) briefed the Committee regarding the delimitation of constituencies. He informed that ECP is delimiting the territorial constituencies for elections to the National Assembly and each Provincial Assembly in accordance with the provision of the constitution, the Act, and the rules framed there under. He said that provisional results of the population census 2017 published by the Federal Government in accordance with the article 51(5) of the constitution as amended vide constitution (twenty fourth) amendment Act 2017 shall be used for the said delimitation. He further informed that a fraction of more than 0.5 shall be ignored and ECP can deviate from this principle in exceptional cases for reasons to be recorded. He further brief the Committee about the determination of quota, time line of delimitation and quota per seat in National / Provincial Assembly.

Secretary, Statistics Division briefed the Committee regarding provision of data of last census block along with description. In this regard, he informed the Committee that the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan dated 7th December, 2016 and on the direction of the Council of Common of Interest (CCI) dated 16th December, 2016 the population and Housing Census-2017 was started throughout the country on 15th March, 2017 and completed on 24th May, 2017. He said that Pakistan Bureau of Statistics has compiled Provisional Summary Results containing total number of Males, Females, Transgenders and total population alongwith urban / rural breakdown at National, Provincial, Administrative districts and tehsil level from REN-2 forms (Summary sheet) developed for each enumeration block.     

Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Rabaira, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parves, Dr. Shazia Sobia and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.


 


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research Meets - February 1, 2018

Islamabad, the 1st February, 2018: 42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 10:30 a.m. in Committee Room of Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA. 

2.         Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research brief the Committee about the implementation status of the previous recommendations made of the Committee and also briefed about the Bill “The National Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Authority Bill, 2017”. After detail deliberations the Committee deferred the said Bill till its next meeting.

3.         Head Credit, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) briefed the Committee on total budgetary allocation for agriculture loans to farmers by ZTBL during financial year 2017-18.  He informed that State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has assigned agri lending target of Rs. 125.000 billion to ZTBL with province wise share. He further informed that the bank provides credit facilities primarily to small farmers having 25 acres of irrigated land or 50 acres of un-irrigated area.   

4.         Managing Director, Kisan Support Services Limited (KSSL) also briefed the Committee about the functioning of the department. He informed that KSSL provide support services in an efficient manner to ZTBL for the last 11 years and capable of providing support services in other areas as defined in the memorandum and article and association, depending upon the requirements of ZTBL. He further informed that during the last 11 years of operations, KSSL has accumulated profit of Rs. 487.863 million against the ZTBL’s investment of Rs. 100 million.

5.        Capt. (Retd.) Muhammad Safdar, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Mr. Faqir Sher Muhmmad Bilalani and Dr. Fouzia Hameed MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research, KSSL and ZTBL.
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - February 1, 2018

Islamabad, the 1st February, 2018.  37th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:30 am in the Committee Room of Ministry of Human Rights, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 9th January, 2018 in its meeting. The Committee Members were asked to examine the Comprehensive Report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee and give their reservations on it.

Then the Committee was given briefing by the Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights and Minorities Affairs. He informed the Committee that they have made Task Force to protect the child rights at district level and Provincial Minister for Law has held meetings that how they can use the Punjab Information Technology to make the system alert and protect the women and child rights in the areas of the province so that the work of sensitization should be enhanced. Some certain questions were raised by the Committee Members. The Committee was also given briefing on the issues of Asma of Mardan and Naqeebullah of Karachi, the Committee urged to investigate the case with full efforts and give report about the culprit in its next meeting.
 
The Committee could not satisfy on the performance of the Punjab Government on zero results of the rape murder cases in the Province of Punjab and recommended that all the stake-holders should hold a meeting with the Ministry of Human Rights to make amendments in the Bill for constitution of such a law to give due punishment to the culprit up-to 28th February, 2018.  The Secretary, M/o Human Rights ascertained the Committee that death punishment exists against child pornography and implementation on the punishment should be given. 

The Committee recommended that Kainaat lying in the Comma position should be sent abroad for treatment so that she could live a normal life again.  The Committee further recommended that such a forensic Center should be established in all the provinces like that in Foreign countries. The committee urged that National Commission of Human Rights should have record of all the provinces on the rape and murder issues.

The Committee further urged that National Commission of Human Rights should submit its three year annual report through M/o Human Rights to the Committee. The Committee also urged the National Commission of Human Rights to hold a meeting with the provinces after three months on the issues. The Committee urged that awareness programs should be arranged in the schools and universities to give information through their help lines  at Federal and Provincial level.
 
 The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem,     Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr. Sajid Nawaz ,Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mr.Kanwar Naveed Jameel, MNAs, Minister for Human Rights and officials of the Ministry of Human Rights and Provincial Government of the Punjab, Sindh and KPK.  
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries & Productions meets - January 31, 2018

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

i.                    Briefing regarding PC-1for expansion of Agro Food Processing Company by Managing Director, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) as decided in the last meeting dated 29-12-2018.

ii.                  Progress report on the letter of Chairman, Standing Committee dated 18-12-2017, regarding investigation of Management/Defalcation in Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to fix the responsibility of losses to the country.

iii.                Discussion on the issue of Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC). To call the representatives of All Pakistan Marble Industries Association (APMIA), Pakistan Machine Tools Factory (PMTF), and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) as decided in the meeting of the Committee held on 23rd November, 2017.

iv.                Briefing on the performance of Utility Store Corporation (USC) and grievances of its employees by Managing Director, USC.

v.                  Briefing on the future plans of National Fertilizer Marketing Limited (NFML) by Managing Director, NFML.

vi.                Report of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production under the Convenership of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA to further look into the matter pertaining to close down of Engineering Development Board (EDB) and to make suggestions thereof for improving/restructuring of the EDB.

The Committee recommended that Government should provide once time all payments to pay off the retired employees’ liabilities of the Pakistan Steel Mills. The Committee also suggested to include in the PSDP 2018-19, the issue of PC-1for expansion of Agro Food Processing Company by Managing Director, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA).

The Committee directed to the Ministry of Industries & Production to submit the report within 3 months regarding investigation of Management/Defalcation in Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to fix the responsibility of losses to the country.

The Committee also suggested to hold / organize a meeting by the representatives of All Pakistan Marble Industries Association (APMIA), Pakistan Machine Tools Factory (PMTF), and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), regarding financial banking rules.

The Committee further directed to the Managing Director Utility Store Corporation USC to submit the report regarding the 3649 daily wages employees update and subsidy requirement for the USC.

Later on, the Committee directed to the Managing Director of National Fertilizer Marketing Limited (NFML) to provide the list of Managing Directors for the period of last 10 years including the details of price control about urea.

            Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA, Ch. Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Mehboob Alam, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA.


Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan endorsed the PSDP for the Financial Year 2018-19 - January 31, 2018

The 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was held today in Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Malik Ibrar Ahmed.

2.    The Secretary Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan and Senior Officers of the concerned Ministries of AJ&K and Gilgit Baltistan briefed the Committee about the development projects especially; energy, health, education, tourism and forest sectors and requested to enhance their allocations.

3.     After the briefing, the Members put various questions regarding the proposed projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19 and finally endorsed the proposals of the Ministry of KA&GB with the remarks that all projects should be completed according to prescribed specifications & standards within time frame in the best public interest.

4.    Appreciating the efforts of Gilgit Baltistan Government in afforesting the area, the Chaired desired to share the Detailed Plantation Schedule as well as its monthly progress with the Committee. The Chair also desired the Committee to visit the proposed road site which will connect Gilgit Baltistan with Tajikistan. The Committee showed satisfaction over the performance of Gilgit Baltistan Government for initiating public service projects. The Chair asserted that the Committee, on behalf of Government of Pakistan, wants to convey to the people of Gilgit Baltistan that their development is given due priority.

5.    The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Mr. Khalil George, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Syed Waseem Hussain, Molvi Agha Muhammad, MNAs, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir and Senior Officers of the Ministry of KA&GB, AJ&K Government and Gilgit Baltistan Government.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training - January 31, 2018

Islamabad, the 31st January, 2018: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Conference Room of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. The Committee considered the Bill “The Institute for Art and Culture Bill, 2018” in detail and approved the same unanimously.

2.         Thereafter, the Committee discussed the issue of illegal encroachment on the Quaid-e-Azam University land by influential land grabbers in detail. After detailed deliberations, the Committee directed the Chairman, CDA to extend full support to the management of Quaid-e-Azam University in proper demarcation of the land acquired by CDA in 1967 and complete the process of demarcation within 45 days. The Committee further directed the Member Planning, CDA to submit progress report regarding the demarcation to the Honorable Chairman of the Standing Committee on weekly basis. In this regard, the Committee also directed the Deputy Commissioner, ICT to provide administrative support and security cover while undertaking the demarcation process to the management of the university which was assured by the Deputy Commissioner who was present during the meeting.

3.         The Committee also discussed the issue of the students of Indus International Institute, Dera Ghazi Khan regarding awards of degrees and transcripts to them in detail. The Committee was informed that the said Institute was earlier affiliated with National College of Business Administration and Economics (NCBA&E) w.e.f. spring semester 2013 as per the MoU of affiliation dated 28.02.2013 and later on de-affiliated from NCBA&E and got affiliation with the Government College University, Faisalabad in 2015. The Chairman HEC while briefing the Committee on the said issue apprised the Committee that private university not entitle to give affiliation to any Institute and the earlier affiliation was given in violation of the HEC Rules. Whereupon the Committee directed the representative of the Government College University, Faisalabad to resolve the issue of the International Indus Institute students regarding awards of their degrees/transcripts within one month and submit report to the Committee accordingly.       

 4.        The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Asyia Naz Tanoli, Ms. Amra Khan, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Ms. Surriya Asghar,       Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets today - January 31, 2018

The Standing Committee on Housing and Works opined that Ministry of Housing and Working initiated the Thallian project without any preparation as there were many issues.

2.         The Standing Committee on Housing and Works met today i.e. 31st January, 2018, under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, in Committee Room No.07, Parliament House, Islamabad.

3.         The Committee discussed the problems being faced by the National Assembly employees for allotment of Government accommodation. The Committee once again took serious a notice on the non-allotment of Government accommodation to Constitutional Bodies, especially for Senate and National Assembly employees.

4.         The Director General, Housing Foundation briefed the Committee about Bhara Kahu and Thallian projects.  He told the Committee that Bhara Kahu project was under consideration by the Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan due to some reasons. The Committee also decided that projects of Bhara Kahu and Thallian would be discussed again in its next meeting to be convened on 9th February, 2018.

5.         The Director General, Housing Foundation further briefed the Committee regarding G-13 Sector project. He told the Committee that there will be constructed 15 storey building. The Booking policy was adopted i.e 75% government officials with the payment of 4000 per square foot and 25% private members with the payment of 8000 per square foot. He added that government employees have been given subsidy in this project. 

6.         The meeting was attended by Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Ms. Tahira Auranzeb, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani, Mr. Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani, Mr. Sajid Nawas and Engineer Muhammad Usman Badini, MNA besides the senior officer from Ministry of Housing and Works.


Standing Committee On Science And Technology Meets - January 30, 2018

The Standing Committee on Science and Technology met in Conference Room of M/o Science & Technology on 30th January, 2018 at 11:00 am to consider the various issues pertaining to M/o Science & Technology. Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA/Chairman presided over the meeting.

The Committee discussed “The COMSATS University, Islamabad Bill, 2017” (passed by the Senate) in detail. The Committee directed that Secretary, M/o Science & Technology, Chairman, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Rector, COMSATS to examine the observations raised by some of the Members of the Committee and stake holders and submit proposals, in this regard within Seven days so that Committee could consider them accordingly. Therefore, the Committee deferred further discussion on the Bill till its next meeting.
 The Committee later constituted a four members Sub-Committee headed by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA to suggest measures for resolving problems faced by the employees of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR). The Sub-Committee would submit its report within 30 days.

The Committee expressed concern over the misappropriation in National Testing Services (NTS) and directed that Ministry may hold an impartial inquiry to bring the culprits behind the bars. The Committee decided to have comprehensive briefing on the performance of NTS and deferred the issue till next meeting for further discussion.
 
The meeting was attended by the following Members; Chaudhary Armaghan Subhani, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Sajid Ahmad, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On Inter Provincial Coordination Meets Today - January 30, 2018

Islamabad the 30th January, 2018. A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA, for comprehensive briefing on Livestock and Dairy Development, Animal Quarantine Department regarding export of animals to Iran and Afghanistan through Baluchistan, Establishment of independent and permanent Secretariat of Council of Common Interest (CCI) with Provincial representation, Working and performance of Inter Provincial Coordination Committee (IPCC), Criteria for posting of officers and staff in the offices of Education Attaches abroad including number of Pakistani students studying there, status of preparation of hockey teams (men and women’s) for upcoming events during the years 2018-19 and HEC over the scholarship quota for veterinary education (Clinical Purposes) etc.

2. The Honorable Minister for IPC briefed the Committee about the steps taken by the Ministry for flourishing the sports activities in the country. He also agreed with the Committee that incentives should be awarded to the hockey players and also the independence/free hand should be given to the hockey federation. He further said that Pakistan is loosing in all the sports activities due to the federal control over the respective sports association.

3. The Director, Animal Quarantine Department (AQD) apprised the Committee that the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on a summary moved by the M/o National Food Security and Research imposed ban on the commercial export of live animals since 2013. The export of processed halal meat to the Muslims countries witnessed a quantum upsurge. Pakistan earned US $ 214.5 million on export of processed/value added meat during 2012-13 as compared to US $ 20 million on export of live animals. The acting Executive Director, Higher Education Commission (HEC) briefed the Committee that the HEC scholarships are open under all major disciplines and there is no bar for candidates to apply under any selected field. He further replied that in compliance of recommendations made by the Committee all the foreign scholarship holders are now bound to get NOC from their respective Pakistani Embassy.     

4.The Committee recommended that the Pakistan Boys Scouts Association and the Pakistan Girls Guide Association may be transferred back to M/o Federal Education and Professional Training and in this regard the Ministry of IPC recorded that they have no objection over this matter. The Committee recommended that the government should initiate steps so that in future no private school should be awarded NOC without fulfilling the requirement of a reasonable play ground and sports facilities to the students. The Committee further recommended that the sports federations should be made independent and their funds should be enhanced and like other sports the private sponsors should also be hired by the Pakistan Hockey Federation for boosting the hockey in the country. The Committee also constituted a Sub-Committee to set the criteria for the selection of new Director General, Pakistan Sports Board. The Committee also recommended that the import of dry milk should be banned in Pakistan. The Committee strongly recommended that the National Testing Services (NTS) should not be approached for the selection of employees for the Ministries as the services of NTS are not upto the mark. 

5.The Meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Dr. Mahreen Razzaque Bhutto, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Engineer Muhammad Usman Badini and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani MNAs, Federal Minister and the Officers of the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, Secretary, Livestock Sind and KPK, Director, AQD, Executive Director, HEC, President, Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC) and others.
 


National highways will be built with apolitical spirit: Peshawar Northern bypass should be completed forthwith. (Standing Committee) - January 30, 2018

Peshawar() National Highways will be built with apolitical spirit. Peshawar Northern bypass should be completed forthwith. These recommendations were made by the Standing Committee on Communications of National Assembly in its meeting held today at NHA headquarters, Peshawar. The Committee was informed that N-55 is going to be built in phases. Three phases will be financed by the soft loan being issued by the Exim Bank Koria. The Committee recommended that the road from Chakdara to Lawari Tunnel may be improved on priority basis. The Committee was appraised that the road from Gilgit to Shandoor to Chitral has been made part of CPEC. However, the said area is not in the control of NHA. Rather it is under provincial control. The Committee recommended that Provincial Government and the NHA should immediately take necessary steps to federalize the Gilgit-Chitral road. It was informed to the Committee that Provincial Government is constructing Swat Expressway with the help of FWO. However, NOC to make interchange on motorway is yet to be given. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee to look into the matter and make it possible that the NOC is issued without further delay. The Committee declared that all the national projects, especially, the roads would be constructed with apolitical spirit.

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee on National Assembly on Communications Mr. Muhammad MuzammilQureshi and attended byMembers National AssemblySahibzada Tariq ullah, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. SalimRehman, Mr. Sarzameen and Ms. NaseemaHafeezPanezai. Moreover, Deputy Commissioner, Peshawar and  senior officers from National Highways and Provincial Highways, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa attended the meeting. 


Meetings for the election of the Chairmen of the Standing Committees on Statistics and Law & Justice were held today - January 25, 2018

Meetings for the election  of the  Chairmen of the Standing Committees on Statistics and  Law & Justice were held today on 25th January, 2018, at 02:00—02:15 p.m, in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad.

2.         The meetings commenced with recitation of Holy Quran. Mr. Qamar Sohail Lodhi, Special Secretary National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the Honorable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman/Chairperson. The following MNAs were elected as Chairmen of the Committees mentioned against each:-

 

SL #

NAME OF STANDING COMMITTEE

NAME OF CHAIRMAN

1.

Statistics

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

2.

Law and Justice

Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf

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

4.         The meetings were attended by the Members concerned of the said Standing Committees and seniors officers from National Assembly Secretariat.  


NA SC on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly meets - January 23, 2018

China to firmly stand by Pakistan, CPEC to be strengthened, taken forward, says Ambassador Yao Jing. - January 22, 2018

Islamabad, January 22, 2018:  The new Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing has termed Pakistan as China’s “most important partner”, adding that “CPEC has a pivotal position in China’s foreign policy.”  He made these remarks during a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC which was convened in Parliament today under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain.  He said that China and Pakistan would protect their “common interests together”, with CPEC gaining “more significant and greater attention in the region as it is also a project for regional cooperation and connectivity”.

Introducing Ambassador Yao Jing as “an old friend of Pakistan” who knows the region like the “palm of his hand”, Senator Mushahid Hussain said that Ambassador Yao Jing had served in Islamabad, Kabul and New Delhi and “we are fortunate that now he is posted as Ambassador in Islamabad at a time of tremendous transformation.”

Ambassador Yao Jing said that among the priorities of China’s foreign policy viz –a-viz CPEC are to keep funding CPEC so that it can move forward, “making CPEC more sustainable, meeting the satisfaction level of both sides, making CPEC more understandable for the media with transparency and access to information, establish a framework to build Special Economic Zones (SEZs) through joint ventures with the private sector as well as investors from other countries and promote regional cooperation and broaden CPEC to include Afghanistan and Central Asia.”  The Parliamentary Committee welcomed these initiatives and Ambassador Yao Jing thanked the Parliamentary Committee for playing a key role in promoting consensus among provinces, political parties and parliament on CPEC.  All the members of the Parliamentary Committee representing different parties and provinces said that they were “hundred percent supportive of CPEC”

The Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, Shoaib Siddiqui, also briefed the Parliamentary Committee about the recent visit of a high-level delegation which he led from the Pakistani side to take forward the decisions of the last JCC meeting held in November 2017, including focus on such areas as building the Western route of the CPEC, the Karachi Circular Railway and Main Line-I of the Pakistan Railway which is a project of dualization and upgradation of Pakistan Railways.  The meeting lasted for over two and a half hours with a productive interaction of the members with the Chinese Ambassador.

The meeting was attended by Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, MNA, Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi, MNA, Senator Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani and Secretary Committee and Senior Officers of the different Ministries and Departments. The Chairman, Parliamentary Committee also presented report of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC to the Ambassador of China.


National Assembly Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights meets today - January 18, 2018

Islamabad, the 18th January, 2018.  36th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:30 am in the Committee Room No. 07, 4th Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. It was decided by the Committee to confirm the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 9th January, 2018 in its next meeting.

The issue of the Protection against Harassment of Women at Work places (Amendment)Bill, 2017 was discussed in the meeting. The Committee unanimously rejected the Bill by consulting the same with the Members of the Committee, Mover of the Bill, Chairperson, Federal Ombudsmen Secretariat for the Bill and representative of the Law and Justice Division.

The Committee was given briefing by the Additional Chief Secretary, Punjab, Additional Inspector General Police, Punjab and District Police Officer, Kasur on the painful incident of Kasur due to sensitivity of the issue. Some certain questions were raised by the Committee Members. The Committee was assured that the culprit of the incident will be arrested within two weeks of time. Then the instant agenda of the meeting was deferred due to session of the National Assembly and decided to call it again on the same agenda.

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar,     Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr. Sajid Nawaz ,Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Naseema Hafeez Panezai, MNAs, Mover of the Bill (Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) and officials of the Ministry of Human Rights and Provincial Government of the Punjab. 


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - January 12, 2018

Islamabad; January 12, 2018: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 51st Session of the National Assembly.
 
The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 51st session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 25th January, 2018.

The meeting was attended by the Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Science and Technology and Defence Production, Sheik Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), MNAs, Mr. Zahid Hamid, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Seikh Salahuddin and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah.
 


NA Standing Committees on Climate Change meets - January 9, 2018

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 9th January, 2018 in Committee Room of Environment Protection Agency, Quetta.

The Standing Committee discussed the matter regarding cutting of precious 800 years old Juniper trees in Quetta and recommended that Ministry of Climate Change should work with the forest department to protect the old and precious trees.

The Standing Committee further discussed the matter regarding protection of endangered species of plants and animals, particularly those found out at the mountains of Ziarat, Khuzdar and Toba Achakzai, Balochistan.

The Standing Committee also constituted Sub-Committee to look into the matter of addition of the poisonous substance to water in the Rawal Dam, Islamabad. The Sub-Committee consisting on the following Members.

1.     Ms. Shiasta Pervaiz                      Convener
2.     Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo    Member
3.     Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan           Member
4.     Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb             Member

Members who attended the meeting: Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Chairman, MNA, Syed Waseem Hussain, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA.
 


NA Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - January 9, 2018

Islamabad, January 09, 2018: 41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs was held in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad at 02:30 pm today, under the Chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA, to discuss the agenda circulated vide Notice No.11(1)/2017-Com-I. dated 04/01/ 2018.

2.         The ministry of Maritime Affairs presented their budgetary proposals related to the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the Financial Year 2018-19. A total of 30 projects; of which 15 ongoing and 15 new, proposed for the next financial year, were presented.

3.         The Secretary and different departments’ heads gave individual presentations for Ministry of Maritime Affairs (Main), Gawadar Port Authority, Port Qasim Authority, Pakistan National Shipping Corporation, Pakistan Marine Academy, Korangi Fish Harbour Authority, Marine Biological Research Laboratory and Government Shipping Office Karachi. The Committee unanimously approved all the proposals with the emphasis to meet the timelines as well as codal formalities. The Chairman Karachi Port Trust (KPT) assured the committee that its recommendations will be followed in letter and spirit.

4.          The meeting was attended by the Minister Maritime Affairs, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and  members (MNAs) namely, Ch. Muhammad Tufail,   Chudhary Hamid Hameed,  Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Khalil George, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Mr. Muhammad Jamal-u-Din and  Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel besides Secretary and Senior Officers from the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony meets - January 8, 2018

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony held today in the Committee Room # 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairpersonship of Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA.
 

2.          The Committee considered the comprehensive report/implementation status of the recommendations of the previous meetings.
 

3.         Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony informed the Committee that Cabinet has constituted a Special Committee consisting of 8 Ministers for supervisions, troubleshooting and implementation of Hajj Policy, 2018 with reference to observations of Cabinet members and directions of Cabinet.
 

4.         The Committee was briefed about the visit of the official high level delegation to pay homage to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on behalf of people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan at Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) during 8-14 December, 2017.
 

5.         The Committee discussed in detail the issue of the conversion of 500 service visas into Mujamla visas by the Ministry. Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony clarified that Mujamla visa was a courtesy visa offered by the Government of the Kingkom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and was directly managed by the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad. The Ministry had no relevance/concern with issuance of Mujamla visa.
 

6.         Hajj Organizers Association of Pakistan (HOAP) also briefed the Committee about the concerns of the Private Tour Operators. The Committee recommended that the previous percentage of Hajj quota which was 60/40 percent might be restored for Hajj, 2018.
 

7.         All the concerned assured the Committee that all out efforts would be made to facilitate the Hujjaj during the ensuing Hajj-2018.          
 

8.         MNAs Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hussan, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Muhammad Kamal Malik, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Shaida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi and Molvi Agha Muhammad attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - January 8, 2018

The laws and rules about road safety may be revised. Standing Committee
The Committee noticed poor performance of Pakistan Public Works Department.
NTRC is directed to furnish its research about road safety.

 

Islamabad(             ) The laws and rules about road safety may be revised and a briefing of the same may be given in the next meeting. These directions were issued by the Standing Committee on Communications in its meeting held today in National Transport Research Centre (NTRC), Islamabad. The Committee was appraised that NTRC has conducted five researches during Fiscal Year 2016-17, spending five million rupees. The Committee directed that the research reports may be shared with the Committee and on the basis of the recommendations of the reports and new legislative proposals may be initiated. The Committee was briefed that National Highway Safety Ordinance – 2000 is being revised. The Committee directed that all laws and rules related to roads may be revised extensively. The Committee was informed that Pakistan PWD had received the total approved budget for water tank of NTRC twice but did not complete the water tank since long. The Committee showed its grave concern on the poor performance of Pakistan PWD. The Committee directed to PWD to submit its report in this regard. The Committee directed the PWD authorities including Director General to attend next meeting and explain its position for poor performance.

National Highways and Motorway Police informed the Committee that out of 24 recommendations made by the Committee, the department had implemented 20. Whereas rest of four recommendations are being implemented. The Committee showed its dissatisfaction about the closure of service area on M-1 near Indus River. The Committee directed that KPK government may be invited to attend next meeting and give its input on development of Gilgit-Chitral road.

The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee on National Assembly on Communications Mr. Muhammad MuzammilQureshi and attended byMembers National Assembly Ms. MaizaHameed, Mr. SalimRehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, MolanaQamar-ud-Din, Ms. NaseemaHafeezPanezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakaiand Ms. ShahjehanMuneerMangrio. Similarly, Secretary Communications andseveral senior civil officers attended the meeting. 
 

 


36th Meeting of the S.C on National Health Services, and Coordination meet to day - January 5, 2018

Islamabad, 5th January, 2018; 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, MNA.

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

3.The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 26th October, 2017.

4.The Committee considered “The Health Services Academy (Restructuring) Bill, 2017” and “The Islamabad Healthcare Regulation Bill, 2017” in detail and unanimously recommended that the Bills may be passed by the Assembly.

5. The Committee considered the “Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA) and after detail deliberation recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

6.The Committee also considered the ““Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and “HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013” (moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA) and decided that the Bills may be deferred till its next meeting due to non-availability of the Movers. The briefing on the Comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee meeting held on 26th October, 2017 is deferred till its next meeting.

7.The Hon. Members/MNA/Mover Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col.(Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat and Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti MNA attended the meeting, besides members, senior officers of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination attended the meeting.


Meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - January 4, 2018

Lahore, the 4th January, 2018: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today in the Lahore College for Women, Lahore under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA. The Vice Chancellor, Lahore College for Women, Lahore briefed the Committee over the performance, development work, achievements and future goals of the University in detail. After detailed briefing, the Committee shown its satisfaction over the performance of the University and made the following recommendations:-

The Committee directed the quarters concerned to expedite the construction work of the new campus of the said University at Kala Shakaku, Lahore in order to complete the construction work in time.

The Committee recommended the Punjab Government/HEC, Punjab to appoint Vice Chancellor in the Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan on regular basis so as to improve the performance/standard of the University.

The meeting was also attended by, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development - January 4, 2018

It is responsibility of Government to take care the rights of overseas Pakistanis. Standing Committee

Commission of Overseas Pakistanis may be established in Islamabad, like Punjab.

Islamabad (                 ) It is responsibility of Government to take care of the rights of overseas Pakistanis. Therefore we will not tolerate anything regarding this. These remarks are given by the Chairman Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development in today’s meeting. The Standing Committee said that overseas Pakistanis are the backbone of our economy. Overseas Pakistanis works hard for the stability of their beloved country and earns foreign exchange for the country. Therefore we cannot permit bureaucracy to disturb overseas Pakistanis and also from whom who occupies properties of overseas Pakistanis. The Standing Committee took notice and recommended that the government should take care of overseas Pakistanis, especially, their properties and the government should make an automated system to register their complaints. Moreover, the Committee recommended that not only a commission like Punjab may be set up to address the grievances of the overseas Pakistanis, but other Provinces may also be motivated to set up such Commissions.

The Standing Committee examined the agreement between OPF and Gulberg Housing Scheme and recommended to implement the agreement according in letter and spirit. Otherwise Committee shall take disciplinary action against the culprits.

The meeting of the Standing Committee was presided over by Honourable Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, Chairman Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and attended by Ch. Abid Raza, MNA, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar, MNA, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, MNA, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, MNA, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, MNA, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA, Mr. Khial Zaman Orakzai, MNA, Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA and Ms. Aisha, MNA. Moreover, Secretary, Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Dr. Hashim M. Popalzai and other senior civil officers attended the meeting.


The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today - January 3, 2018

Islamabad; January 03, 2018: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee regarding the comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee. He informed that Ministry has compliance on the directions of the Committee and also sent letters to the concerned department for implementation on the direction of the Committee.

Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) briefed the Committee regarding the delimitation process, delimitation in terms of existing law and progress of delimitation of constituencies for the General Election, 2018. He informed that delimitation law can have two dimensions one of them is laws of enfranchisement as to population total number of representatives to be elected and the other is to actual drawing of boundries and enclosing people with the constituency. He further informed that the seats in the National Assembly shall be allocated to each province and the Federal Capital on the basis of population in accordance with the last preceding census. He also informed the Committee about the allocation of seats to the provinces before and after the 24th amendment. He added that total number of seats in the National Assembly before the 24th amendment was 43 for KPK and increased to 48 after the amendment, 183 for Punjab decreased to 174 after the amendment, 75 for Sindh remains unchanged after the amendment, 17 for Balochistan increased to 20 after the amendment, 12 for FATA remains unchanged after the amendment and 02 for ICT increased to 03 after the amendment. He informed the Committee that ECP has constituted a Delimitation Committee    for each province with Provincial Election Commissioner as the Convener and a separate delimitation Committee has been constituted for ICT and Tribal Areas which shall prepare draft proposals for delimitation of constituencies of National Assembly from these areas. The Committee was shortly briefed about the timeline of delimitation, determination of quota and quota per seats in the National Assembly.

Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Rabaira, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Shazia Sobia and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak and Syed Essa Nori MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
 


Summery Has Been Forwarded To The Prime Minister For Increment In Postal Dak’s Rate - January 3, 2018

The Standing Committee on Postal Services was apprised that a summery has been forwarded to the Prime Minister for increment in Postal Dak’s rate which result in 4 to 5 Billion increases in the revenue of Pakistan Post. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Postal Services was held today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, MNA.

The Director General, Pakistan Post informed the Committee that the perception is totally wrong that Pakistan Post is running in loss besides the fact, the revenue of Pakistan Post was increased with the rate of 5% at every year but due to increase in Salaries & Pensions the 80% of the current budget was allocated for the pensioners and salaries of the employees and the remaining 20% is not quite enough to meet the operational challenges. The Committee decided to invite the representatives of the Finance & Planning Division in the next meeting in order to brief the Committee on the issue.

While briefing about the Up-gradation of the Post Office the D.G, Pakistan Post has informed the Committee that ministry has signed MOU with South Korea to improve the infrastructure of Post offices. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Engineer Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil to examine the issues of Pakistan Post and float proposals for its betterment.

The following MNAs, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Ch. Khadim Hussain, Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Mr. Shah Jehan Bolach, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Engineer Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil and Ms. Aisha Syed were present in the meeting.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs - January 3, 2018

Islamabad; January 03, 2018: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

Additional Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee regarding the comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee. He informed that Ministry has compliance on the directions of the Committee and also sent letters to the concerned department for implementation on the direction of the Committee.

Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) briefed the Committee regarding the delimitation process, delimitation in terms of existing law and progress of delimitation of constituencies for the General Election, 2018. He informed that delimitation law can have two dimensions one of them is laws of enfranchisement as to population total number of representatives to be elected and the other is to actual drawing of boundries and enclosing people with the constituency. He further informed that the seats in the National Assembly shall be allocated to each province and the Federal Capital on the basis of population in accordance with the last preceding census. He also informed the Committee about the allocation of seats to the provinces before and after the 24th amendment. He added that total number of seats in the National Assembly before the 24th amendment was 43 for KPK and increased to 48 after the amendment, 183 for Punjab decreased to 174 after the amendment, 75 for Sindh remains unchanged after the amendment, 17 for Balochistan increased to 20 after the amendment, 12 for FATA remains unchanged after the amendment and 02 for ICT increased to 03 after the amendment. He informed the Committee that ECP has constituted a Delimitation Committee    for each province with Provincial Election Commissioner as the Convener and a separate delimitation Committee has been constituted for ICT and Tribal Areas which shall prepare draft proposals for delimitation of constituencies of National Assembly from these areas. The Committee was shortly briefed about the timeline of delimitation, determination of quota and quota per seats in the National Assembly.

Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Rabaira, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Shazia Sobia and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak and Syed Essa Nori MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).


Meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training - January 3, 2018

Islamabad, the 3rd January, 2018: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Conference Room of International Islamic University, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. The Rector, International Islamic University, Islamabad comprehensively briefed the Committee over the performance, achievements, mission and futuristic vision of the university. He informed that this is the only International University in Pakistan where 2400 foreign students out of 30,000 students from different countries are getting education from this university. After briefing, the Committee recommended that the universities alongwith other subjects also should focus on character building of students which is the need of the hour. The Committee further recommended that the International Islamic University should construct additional hostels for male students within the precincts of the university as many male students are forced to leave in private hostels outside the university.

2.         The Committee was also briefed by the Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University over the illegal encroachment of the university land by the influential and land mafia. The Committee showed its great concern over the encroachment by the land mafia and recommended that in next meeting, the Chairman CDA, Commissioner/Deputy Commissioner ICT, Revenue Department, Islamabad would be invited in the meeting to discuss the said issue.

3.         The meeting was attended by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai and Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui MNAs and Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence Production - January 3, 2018

Islamabad, 3rd January, 2018: 47th meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence Production was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr.Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA.

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

3.       The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 28-12-2017.

4.       Before proceeding with the agenda the committee strictly condemned the statement of the President of United State of America Mr. Donald Trump. It was observed by the committee that as the Pakistan is independent sovereign state hence no one shall be allowed to interfere in the internal and external affairs of the state. On this issue Pakistani nation and the armed forces are on the same page. Statement of the President of United State of America is the part and parcel of the internal and external intrigues to destabilize the Pakistan. Twenty six million Dollars are not the blood money / consideration for the sacrifices made by the nation in war against terrorism. Committee unanimously declared that Pakistan does not requires any such aid/funds as a cost of the sacrifices.

7.       Representative of Karachi Ship and Engineering Works (KS & EW) Public Limited Company established in 1956 presented detailed briefing about Fast Attack Craft (Missile) No. 3 (for Pakistan Navy) and the working and progress of the company. Committee was briefed about Ship Building Projects, Ship Repairing Department, General Engineering Department, Financial Overview, Profit and Tax, Accumulated (Loss & Profit), Upgradation Projects with Budget Overview, Progress of Civil Works, EPC Turnkey Contract, Infrastructure upgradation of Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works LTD, Establishment of New Shipyard in Gawader etc. Committee was also briefed about Global Business Prospects and integration with CPEC. Committee appreciated the efforts, progress and working of the Karachi Ship and Engineering Works (KS & EW) Public Limited Company. Committee also appreciated the efforts and dedication of the Ministry for making the said institution as profitable with recommendation to upgrade the plant according to the International needs and new technology to compete at International level.

8.       Hon. Chairman/Members Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, MNA, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, MNA, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah, MNA, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, MNA and Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNA attended the meeting besides the Hon. Minister senior officers from the Ministry of Defence Production with their staff.


Meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) - January 2, 2018

Islamabad, 2nd January, 2018: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Committee Room of Old PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee while considering “The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017”, the Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) pointed out that the said Bill pertains to the Ministry of Law and Justice as it involved/required amendments in the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) which was also endorsed by the Assistant Draftsman Muhammad Aslam M/o Law and Justice who was present during the meeting. Thereafter, the Committee recommended that the said Bill may be referred to the Standing Committee on Law and Justice for further consideration in the matter. The Committee also discussed the recruitments recently made in the TESCO and directed the head of TESCO to appoint local candidates on non technical posts in FATA.

The Additional Chief Secretary while giving briefing on approval of Schedule of New Expenditures (SNEs) informed the Committee that the proposals for creation of 5545 posts of different categories, pertaining to different departments of FATA had been submitted to the Finance Division in 2015-16 and 2016-17 for approval. Later on 2293 posts prioritized on the direction of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance as made in its meeting held on 3rd October, 2017 in first phase, wherein Finance Division agreed to the creation of 1440 posts only and proposals for creation of 4210 posts of different categories scales in under process with the Finance Division, Islamabad. Whereupon the Committee strongly recommended to the Federal Government (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of SAFRON) to get approval for proposals for creation of the remaining 4210 posts of different categories pertaining to different departments of FATA on priority basis as pending with the Finance Division, Islamabad for the last 4-5 years. While endorsing the said recommendation of the Committee, the Federal Minister for SAFRON also assured his full support in this regard and asked the Additional Chief Secretary, FATA to work out all the posts of different categories and he would try at his level best to include the remaining posts in the FATA Reforms.

The meeting was also attended by Begum Tahira Bukhari, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din,       Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Shahjahan Baloch, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Nasir Khan, Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works of the National Assembly - January 2, 2018

Islamabad, 2nd January, 2018: 40th meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works of the National Assembly was held today i.e 2nd January, 2018 at Pak-PWD Office, Karachi, under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA.

The Committee was briefed by the Director General, Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation about the status of already completed projects in Karachi. He said that they were facing problems due to unsatisfactory coordination of Karachi Electricity and Sui Sothern Gas. He further informed the Committee about details of the sector-wise projects and their areas.

The Committee unanimously decided that Sui Northern Gas, Sui Southern Gas, IESCO, K-Electric, Managing Director Water Board, Chairman CDA, Secretary Planning Division would be called in the meeting of the Standing Committee. The Committee also decided that next meeting of the Committee would be held in the second week of January, 2018 to discuss the Thalian Project and problems being faced by the government in this regard. The Committee directed to Director General Pak PWD that updated status of Mosa Khel road should be provided to this Secretariat at the earliest. The Committee also decided that another meeting would be convened in Karachi by the end of January, 2018 for detailed visits of all ongoing and completed projects by the Federal Government.

The meeting was attended by Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani and Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Housing & Works.


Meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges - January 2, 2018

Islamabad, the 2nd January, 2018: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m.in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhamamd Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.  On the Question of Privilege raised by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, MNA, the Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Sheikh Muhammad Akram, MNA and Mr. Shagufta Jumani, Rana Umar Nazir Khan and Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, MNAs as its members.

3. The Committee disposed of the Question of Privileges of Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Ms. Shazia Marri, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Maulana Fafzal-ur-Rehman, Ch. Abid Raza and Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNAs.

4.  The Committee disposed of the amendment moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho in Rule 122 and 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

5. The Committee pended the Questions of Privileges raised by Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan Advocate, MNAs and the matter moved by Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, MNA.

6.On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNA, the Committee directed that the Inspector General of Police, Punjab should attend the next meeting of the Committee in person.

7.  The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 29-11-2017. The compliance Report on the previous recommendations of the Committee was also seen by the Committee.

8.  The Committee took suo moto on the matter of not attending the telephone calls of the Hon. Chairman of Privilege Committee Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA and not even calling back by Mr. Ghulam Mahboob Rabbani,  XEN, Irrigation , Canal Lodhran Division, Punjab.

9. In any other item, the Committee pended the amendment moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA in Rule 48 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

10. The meeting was attended by Ch. Khadim Hussain, Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhamamd Akram, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms.

Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr.S.A.Iqbal Quadri, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, Ms.Asiya Nasir,MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Rana Muhamamd Afzal Khan, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan Advocate, Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan and Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, MNAs/Movers.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior - January 2, 2018

Islamabad, 2nd January, 2018; 39th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee offered Fateh on the death of General (Retd.) Khalid Shamim Wyne, Ex Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee, in a road accident. The Committee welcomed Shaikh Salahuddin MNA, the new member of the Committee. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 24-10-2017. The concerned department informed the Committee that the recommendations, made in its previous meeting held on 24-10-2017, were implemented.

The Committee examined “The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017” Section 10 (Moved by Ms. Suriya Asghar, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred till its next meeting for further discussion.

The Committee examined “The Minimum Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be recommended for submission to the Assembly for passing the Bill.

The Committee directed the Director General, NADRA to conduct an inquiry regarding the complaint against the Director NADRA Multan. The Committee also directed to submit the Departmental inquiry report alongwith the report of the Deputy Commissioner Multan regarding the Director NADRA Multan.

The Committee took serious notice of closed NADRA office at Uch Sharif and directed that the concerned Operational Head of NADRA HQ alongwith NADRA divisional and District heads visit the NADRA office Uch Sharif and make the office operational within the time limit prescribed by the Committee.

The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under rule 224 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 under the Convenership of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA with the Terms of References “To visit the jails of the Province of Sindh and to observe the condition and treatment of prisoners in context of recently escaped prisoners.”

Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Khial Zaman Orakzai, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Shaikh Salahuddin, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Ms. Suriya Asghar, Ms. Fouzia Hameed, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam and Malik Abdul Gaffer Dogar attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, NACTA, Ministry of Law and Justice, NADRA, Passport Office with their staff.


Authorities are directed to remove encroachments on service road of Lyari Expressway. Standing Committee takes notice of traffic jam on M-I. Government should increase 20% allowance to Motorway Police - January 1, 2018

Islamabad () NHA, FWO and Commissioner Karachi, are directed by the Standing Committee on Communications to remove encroachments on service road of Lyari Expressway. The Committee showed its serious concerns on the fact that the Government had already paid compensation to the land owners of the service road of Lyari Expressway but the land grabbers have again encroached the land of the service road. The Committee directed that comprehensive report should be submitted in next meeting. It was informed to the Standing Committee on Communications that there is serious traffic jam on M-1 toll plaza at Islamabad. It was observed that, previously, there was only one toll plaza. But now the Communications Division and NHA have started to collect toll at two places i.e. at the end of M-1 and at M-2. In this way due to double charge of toll the traffic jams has started to occur. The Standing Committee directed that there should be only one time toll receiving on whole of the the motorway. So, the Standing Committee directed that Communications Division should take necessary steps to solve the issue. The Committee was informed that the Communications Division and Finance Division have not yet paid increase in 20% allowance to Motorway Police as approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Committee directed that the allowance should be paid to the employees of Motorway Police forthwith as approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in letter and spirit. The Committee further directed that while paying the allowances to National Highway and Motorway Police the inflation rate should be kept in mind and all frozen allowances should be defreeze.

 
The meeting was presided over by Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi and attended by Members National Assembly Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhry Khalid Javid Warraich, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai and Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio. Secretary Communications and several senior civil officials were also present in the meeting.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was held today - January 1, 2018

Islamabad, the 1st January, 2018: A meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was held today in Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the chairmanship of Malik Ibrar Ahmed.
   
2.    Main agenda were construction of Diamer Basha Dam (DBD) and forests-related issues in Gilgit Baltistan. WAPDA gave a detailed presentation on DBD. It is a Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) dam rising to the maximum height of 272 m. Its PC-I was approved in 2009 at the cost of US $ 11.17 Billion which was revised to US $ 14.29 Billion in November, 2017. Its completion period is 8.5 years. The project was approved unanimously by Council of Common Interests (CCI) on 18-07-2010. It will add cheap 18,100 GWh on annual basis, to the National Grid. Having live storage capacity of 6.4 MAF, it will help in meeting the irrigational needs during the KHARIF as well as RABI cropping seasons. Moreover, besides flood mitigation,   it will enhance the life of Tarbela Dam by
35 years by reducing sediment accumulation. The project is mainly located in Gilgit-Baltistan. However, it will also cover some area of KPK. Total required land is 37,419 acres; out of which 31,696 acres (85%) have been acquired.

 3.    To win the confidence of local population, 44 different schemes in Education, Health and Heritage sectors are underway. Eight (08) JIRGAs have been held to address the grievances of the affectees for their resettlement Composite Model Villages (CMVs) at Harpan Das, Sagachal Das and Thak Das are to be developed to accommodate the affectees. Gilgit Baltistan/Local Administration is expected to finalize the Resettlement/Allotment Process in due course of time. After the approval of Financing Strategy by the Prime Minister, the project can be initiated as early as August, 2018. The Committee showed serious concern regarding the sufferings of the affectees. The Committee desired to hold its next meeting in Gilgit-Baltistan wherein the Chief Minister, Gilgit Baltistan Government, Chief Secretary, Gilgit Baltistan Government, the concerned MLAs will also be invited. The representatives of affectees will also be discussed to know the level of their satisfaction on the compensation plan.

4.    Next followed the presentation on Curbing the Menace of Illegal Cutting and Smuggling of Forest Wood in Gilgit Baltistan. Natural forests are spread over 2,492 km i.e. 3.5% of the total land cover (72,900 km) of Gilgit Baltistan. After promulgation of Gilgit Baltistan (Self Governance and Empowerment) Order 2009, the subject of Forestry was transferred from Ministry of  KANA to Gilgit Baltistan Council. There are two types of forests i.e. Private Forests and Protected Forests, wherein harvesting is regulated by Gilgit Private Forest Regulations 1970 and Concession Rules for Protected Forests 1983 respectively. Ban, imposed on legal harvesting in 1993, resulted into illegal cutting encouraging smuggling of timber. It not only reduced forests revenues but also affected health of forests through deforestation and degradation.

5.    It has been curbed through community based Sustainable Forest Management. Cutting is managed keeping in view economic needs of community as well as regeneration cycle of forests. Severe action is taken against illegal cutting. The offenders are arrested and jailed. Under Forest Act, 1927, Divisional Forest Officers have magisterial powers (1st Class). In the revised Forest Act 2017, both the fine and imprisonment period stand enhanced

6.    Aforestation is given due priority. During the Spring Season almost, 1.00 Million sapling are planted through Green Pakistan Programme Social Forestry is encouraged. It is inevitable to ensure Sustainable Forest Management. The Committee emphasized to curb the illegal cutting of forests through speedy trials. Every effort should be made to popularize forestry in view of its economic as well as environmental value for the country.
 
7.    The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Mr. Khalil George, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Dr. Shazia Sobia,
Mr. Junaid Akbar, Syed Waseem Hussain, Molvi Agha Muhammad, MNAs, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan and Senior Officers of the Ministry of KA & Gilgit-Baltistan, AJ&K Government and Gilgit Baltistan Government.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production - December 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th December, 2017: 32nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr.Asad Umar, MNA.

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

3.       The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 23-11-2017.

4.       The departmental representative of SMEDA briefed the committee regarding implementation status of the previous recommendations of the committee and presented the comprehensive report. The committee observed that the SMEDA has initiated steps for implementation of recommendation about expansion of Agro Food Processing Company. It was intimated to the committee that the PC-1 in this regard is under process. The committee recommended that that the PC-1 shall be completed and presented before it till the end of January 2018.

5.       It was informed by the Hon. Chairman that in furtherance to the recommendations of the committee for sending reference regarding Pakistan Steel Mills Karachi to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), a letter dated 18-12-2017 has been sent to the concerned quarters for further necessary action. Representative of NAB informed the committee that the said latter has not yet been received at relevant section. Copy of the said letter was handed over to the representative of NAB with direction to follow up the same and update the committee in next meeting.

6.       The departmental representative of the Furniture Company of Pakistan briefed the committee regarding the implementation status of the recommendation of the committee dated 13-07-2017. The committee appreciated the progress about all the recommendations with direction to initiate steps for further progress and upbringing the Furniture Company of Pakistan including the recruitment of deficient staff. It was also recommended by the committee to finalize recruitment till 31st March 2018 and submit report before the committee.

7.       The departmental representative of the ENAR briefed the committee about the business plan of the department as directed by the committee. The committee appreciated the positive contributions of ENAR. It was recommended by the committee that all the financial/non financial barriers shall be removed for improvement. It was recommended that the state shall ensure active participation of state owned companies like ENAR etc in next phase of CPEC. The committee recommended that outstanding dues, arrears and all other benefits of the retired employees of Pakistan Machine Tool Factory be released immediately.

8.       Hon. Members Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA,Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon MNA,Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Mehboob Alam, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Industries and Production with their staff.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways - December 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th December, 2017: 23nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today in Committee Room No 2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA, Chairman of the Committee.

2.    The meeting started with the recitation of the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 04th December, 2017.


3.    The Committee was briefed about encroachment on railway land. It was informed by the Ministry that 3698.814 Acres of railway land has been retrieved/regularized till date. Railways Engineering Code is used to determine valuation of land. The Ministry also informed that some variation is expected in figures after automation of record.

4.     The Committee rued lack of initiative by Ministry on the issue of encroachment. The committee directed Ministry to furnish it with final and exact figures on retrieved encroached land, its possession and policy governing the entire issue.

5.    The Hon. Members/MNA’s Sardar Muhamad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Dr Nisar Ahmad Jatt, , Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr Sajid Ahmed Mr. Ramesh Lal and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Railways along with their staff.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs - December 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th December, 2018” 64th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e December 29, 2017, in Committee Room No.07, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA.
 
2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 23-11-2017.
 
3.         The Committee deferred pertaining to “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) and “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA).
 
4.         While considering the matter pertaining to promotion policy for National Bank of Pakistan’s employees and details of recently promoted officials/officers and criteria adopted the NBP. The Committee expressed their concern on the absence of President NBP. The Committee Members told the Committee that they have received the numerous complaints from their constituencies regarding currently promotions of the NBP employees made by the National Bank of Pakistan according to new promotion policy. After thread bear discussion, the Committee unanimously recommended to Governor State Bank of Pakistan to thoroughly probe the alleged misappropriations in the promotions of the NBP and report about its findings to this Committee in writing within 15 days, positively.
 
5.         The Secretary, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) briefed the Committee about the role of EAD. He told the Committee about foreign loaning and aids etc. The Committee has shown its displeasure on the absence of the Finance Minister, Finance Secretary and Finance Advisor.
 
6.         The Acting Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) briefed the Committee on Insider Trading in stock exchange. The Committee was concern and showed its displeasure on the performance of the SECP as not a single criminal case of insider trading against any Stock Exchange dealer has been filed by SECP in the Court of Law since 2015. The Acting Chairman of the SECP told the Committee that SECP has taken cognizance on the offence of Insider Trading and accordingly has filled 04 criminal complaints before the Court of Sessions.
 
7.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Ms. Khalid Mansoor, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Syed Naveed Qamar, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, EAD, SECP, NBP and Ministry of Law & Justice.
 


NA Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Meets - December 28, 2017

Islamabad, 28th December, 2017; 47th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage was held today under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA.

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

3.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 29th November, 2017.

4.         The Committee considered “The Redistributive Land Reforms Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA) and after detail deliberation the Committee unanimously recommended that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly. The Committee also considered the Report of the Sub-Committee on “the Protection of Journalists Bill, 2014 (moved by Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA) and approved the recommendations of the Sub-Committee and recommended that Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

5.         The representative of Lok Virsa briefed the Committee at length about the steps taken by Lok Virsa for the promotion, preservation and protection of Cultural History and National Heritage. The Committee appreciated the steps and efforts made by the Lok Virsa Management for uplifting, promotion and protection of Culture Heritage including National Languages. The Representative of the Lok Virsa presented budgetary allocation and its utilization by Lok Virsa in written form for perusal of the Honorable Members of the Committee. It was recommended by the Committee to present the same at power point in its next meeting.

6.         The Committee visited the Culture Heritage Museum maintained by the Management of Lok Virsa. The Committee was also briefed by the representative about the Diorama’s and various others monuments displayed in the museum representing various Cultural Heritage and Civilizations. The Committee appreciated the efforts and steps taken and planned to be taken by the Lok Virsa Management. The Committee recommended that the short video clips from the Lok Mela or other events organized by Lok Virsa for promotion of Culture should be uploaded at YouTube so that it will be easily accessible to public at large. It was also recommended by the Committee to initiate Lok Mela festivals at district level across the country so that the young generation will be well aware about the Cultural History of the country.

7.         The Hon. Members Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, MNA’s attended the meeting besides Minister of State, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA/Mover, senior officers of the Ministry of Information Broadcasting and Lok Virsa attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets - December 28, 2017

The Standing Committee on Defence Production met today i.e 28th December, 2017, under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, in Committee Room No. 07 at 2:00 p.m. in Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
2.         The Committee offered Fateha on the Martyred of Army Public School (Peshawar) and Pakistani soldiers, recently Martyred at Line of Control. The Chairman, HIT informed the Committee about the working and production capacity of the HIT and its organizational structure.
 
3.         The Committee highly appreciated the efforts made by HIT, Taxila regarding enhancement of its production capacity. The Committee also admired the role of Chairman, HIT under the overall supervision of Minister for Defence Production on making this Institution a pride of Pakistan Defence Industry.   
 
4.         Meeting was attended by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, MNA, Mr. Bhawan Das, MNA, Ms. Asyia Nasir, Ms. Amra Khan, MNA, Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the MoDP.
 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances Meets - December 28, 2017

Meeting of the Standing Committee on Government Assurances was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan KhananKhail, MNA in Committee Room of old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad at 11:00 a.m.

PIMS administration informed that as per order of the Committee the Hospital staff took notice and legal actions and the guy is in prison, who did an immoral activity in the ICU of PIMS Islamabad.

Hospital Management also ordered that male staff would not check the female patients in future, similarly PIMS has installed cameras and BIO matric system for checking the staff activities.

It was informed to the Committee that dropout rate has been reduced in Government Schools, Islamabad. The government schools of Islamabad are being upgraded. Two hundred schools are being furnished and more than two hundred schools will be upgraded in near future. It was informed that in rural areas new schools would also be constructed. The Committee was informed that the educational standard in Islamabad is better than all other provinces. Minister of State for Health briefed the Committee about medical stores and laboratories. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee to monitor the issue of the delay is the construction of the bridge. The Sub-Committee consists upon ShahzadiUmerzadiTiwana, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA and Ch. Muhammad MunirAzhar, MNA.

The meeting was attended by Ms. ShahzadiUmerzadiTiwana, Member, Chaudhry Muhammad MunirAzhar, Member, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Member, Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Member, Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, Member, Dr. ShezraMansab Ali Kharal, Mover and Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister for National Healthand severalsenior civil officials were also present in the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Privatization - December 27, 2017

Islamabad, 27th December 2017: The 3 rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Privatization was held under the Chairmanship of Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda. The Chairman welcomed Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, MNA being a new member of the committee.

3.      The committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 2nd meeting held on 29.11.2017.

4.      The Secretary Privatization briefed the Committee about the pending cases in the court and outstanding amounts regarding   Privatization of the government entities/ units. He also briefed the legal, financial and technical aspects of Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) regarding PTCL’s Privatization and transparency of this project.  He also briefed about the efforts regarding recovery of outstanding amounts by the concern defaulter companies.

The Committee recommended that the ministry shall respond the question asked by the Hon, members in its next meeting. The committee also recommended that the comprehensive briefing shall be presented regarding the PTCL’s Privatization by the ministry in its next meeting. The committee also recommended the matter regarding the recovery of outstanding amounts shall be referred to the (NAB) National Accountability Bureau against the defaulter companies. The committee also recommended that the matter shall be referred to the (NAB) National Accountability Bureau regarding the determination and punishment of the responsible persons of fiscal deficit and destabilization of   the Pakistan Steel Mills, Karachi, immediately.      

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Members Justice (Retd.) Iftikhar Ahmed Cheema, Ms Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Munaza Hassan,Dr. Imran Khattak, Mr.Abdul Waseem, Engineer Mohammad Usman Badini, and parliamentary Secretary  for Privatization  attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Privatization were also attended the meeting.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets today - December 26, 2017

      Islamabad, the 26th December, 2017.  34th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:00 am in the Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

    The meeting commenced with the recitation from the Holy Qura’n. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting. The Committee could not satisfy on the comprehensive report/implementation status of the recommendations of the previous meeting and recommended that comprehensive report on the previous recommendations of all the previous meetings should be provided by the M/o Human Rights to the Committee in its next meeting positively. The Committee decided to defer “The Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Amendment Bill, 2017” on the request of the mover of the Bill, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA and the Chairperson, National Commission for the Status of Women for its next meeting after proper discussion and opinion of the Commission.  

    Agenda Item No. V was also deferred by the Committee due to absence of Labour Secretaries of the Provinces and The Committee recommended that Minister of State for Human Rights should issue letters to all the Chief Secretaries of the Provinces that all the Labour Secretaries of all the Provinces have not attended the meeting of the Human Rights dated the 26th December, 2017 to respond on the agenda and that they should attend the next meeting of the Committee as and when its notice is issue summons to all the Labour Secretaries of the Provinces to attend the next meeting by force and ensure that they will have to pay the expenses being borne by the Government on its next meeting, if they do not attend the meeting.

    The Committee was then given briefing on the agenda item No.VI on the issue of Human Rights violation in occupied Kashmir by the Indian Forces. The Committee could not satisfy on his briefing and recommended that briefing on the issue should be given by the representative of the M/o Foreign Affairs in Urdu. The Committee also recommended that all the relevant maps of Pakistan should be brought back from United Nations and be shown the areas of occupied Kashmir in the map of Pakistan.

    The Committee also deferred the agenda Item No. VII on the briefing of G.S.P Plus Status  for its next meeting.

    The meeting was attended by Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs, mover of the Bill, Dr. Fouzia Hamee, MNA, Minister of State for Human Rights and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, Industries and Commerce.


NHA will inaugurate its three roads in next two week. Committee briefed - December 26, 2017

Secretary Local Government, Sindh and the Commissioner Karachi are directed to attend next meeting in person.

Service Road of Lyari Expressway may be completed soon. Standing Committee

     Islamabad(  ) NHA will inaugurate its three roads in next two weeks. This information was given to Standing Committee on Communications by National Highway Authority (NHA) and Communications Division during the meeting of the Standing Committee. The Committee was informed that Hazara Motorway would be inaugurated on 27th of December 2017. Similarly, Lyari Expressway would be completed by 5th of January 2017. Moreover, Motorway, M-9 would also be inaugurated in the beginning of 2018. In this way, the Committee was told, that three roads would be inaugurated in next two weeks in the country. The Committee observed that Lyari Expressway had been completed but the service road of Lyari Expressway was not completed. The Committee declared that without service road, the Lyari Expressway would be meaningless. The Committee took very serious notice of the absence of Commissioner Karachi and Secretary Local Government, Sindh from the meeting. The Committee directed the two officers to attend next meeting of the Committee, in person. The Committee directed Chief Secretary Sindh to esure the presence of the two officers in next meeting. It was informed to the Committee that 12000 new posts would be created in National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP). However, in Phase-I three thousand new posts have been created and the process of recruitment would be started in the days to come. The Committee took notice of Traffic Jam on the Toll plaza at M-1. The Committee directed that NHA should give detailed briefing in next meeting on the construction of the Toll plaza and the situation of traffic jam on the plaza. 

    The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Standing Committee on National Assembly on Communications Mr. Muhammad MuzammilQureshi and attended by Federal Minister for Communications, Hafiz Abdul Karim, Members National Assembly Ms. MaizaHameed, Dr. Darshan, Mr. SalimRehman, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, MolanaQamar-ud-Din, Ms. NaseemaHafeezPanezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. ShahjehanMuneerMangrio,Chairman NHA Mr. JawadRafique Malik and Secretary, Communications Mr. Saeed Ahmed Malik attended the meeting. Similarly, several senior civil officers attended the meeting. 


63rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - December 19, 2017

63rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e December 19, 2017 in Committee Room No.07, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

Agenda No. 1

·         Confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting held on 23-11-2017.

·         Comprehensive report/implementation status of the previous recommendations of the Committee.

Agenda No. 2

i)                                         To consider “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) (Referred on 24-11-2015)

ii)                                       To consider “ The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 07-08-2017)

ii).            To consider “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) (Referred on 19-09-2017)

iv).           To consider “The Loans for Agriculture Commercial and Industrial Purposes (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 19-09-2017).

Agenda No. 3

i).             Briefing by Governor State Bank of Pakistan regarding current de-valuation of Pakistan’s rupee against dollar/other currencies and preventing measures taken by the Government in this regard;

ii).            Briefing by the President, NBP on promotion policy for National Bank of Pakistan’s employees and details of recently promoted officials/officers alongwith criteria adopted by the NBP Management for individuals.

iii).           Briefing by the Secretary, Economic Affairs on working and functioning of Economic Affairs Division.

iv).           Briefing by the Chairman, SECP on Insider trading in stock exchange, role of Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and preventing measures taken by the Government in this regard.    

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 23-11-2017.

3.         The Committee deferred Agenda item No. 2 (i) & (iii) pertaining to “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) and “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA).

4.         The Committee unanimously recommended that “The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and “The Loans for Agriculture Commercial and Industrial Purposes (Amendment) Bill, 2017” may be passed by the National Assembly.

5.         While considering the matter pertaining to promotion policy for National Bank of Pakistan’s employees and details of recently promoted officials/officers and criteria adopted the NBP. The President, NBP informed the Committee that NBP has prepared promotion policy based on promotion assessment scoring system for different categories. He said that promotion interviews were conducted for those employees who met the minimum eligibility criteria for promotion. However, the Committee expressed its grave concern on the promotions made by the NBP. The Committee unanimously recommended that NBP should revisit the promotions made by the promotion Committee under the current policy. The Committee was of the firm opinion that said promotion policy was against the ruling of the apex court and it will create injustice among the employees of the NBP. The Committee recommended that the matter should be forwarded to Ministry of Law and Justice whether National Bank of Pakistan can revise its promotion policy while the ruling of the apex court was there in similar case. The President and Legal Advisor of NBP informed that said judgment was not related to the current promotion policy and NBP Board was fully empowered to frame its policies. He further informed that SSR not fall in the purview of the said policy.

6.         The Committee has shown its displeasure on the interview score i.e. 50% of total number of 100 marks which was on the discretionary powers of the NBP promotion Committee. The Committee further recommended that NBP will furnish the breakup details (i.e ACRs marks and Interview marks etc.) of individuals, who were promoted according to this policy. The President NBP informed that 50% interview marks were only for 236, senior officers who were promoted from VP to SVP and SVP to EVP.  The Committee discussed that State Bank of Pakistan may be recommended to review the promotion criteria implemented by NBP management for 236 senior officers of NBP.

7.         The Secretary, Economic Affairs Division (EAD) briefed the Committee about the role of EAD. However, due to short of time the Committee decided that an exclusive meeting should be convened on the foreign loaning and aids etc. An in-camera briefing was convened regarding to discuss the current de-valuation of Pakistan’s rupee against dollar/other currencies and preventing measures taken by the Government. Governor State Bank of Pakistan briefed the Committee in this regard.    

8.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, EAD, SECP, FBR, SBP, NBP and Ministry of Law & Justice.


National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Defence Meets - December 12, 2017

Islamabad, the 12th December, 2017: The members of the National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Defence met today in the evening with the State Duma Committee on Security and Counter Corruption of the Russian Federation headed by H.E. Mr. V. I. Piskarev Chairman of the Committee in the Parliament House, Islamabad. The National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees were led by Shaikh Rohale Asghar MNA and Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed. The issues of illicit drugs trafficking, terrorism and extremism were discussed in the meeting at length.  Both sides were of the view that this is the common enemy of both the countries. Both sides were agreed to join hands for combating the terrorism and extremism and eradicating the illicit drugs trafficking which are the menace crimes from our society. They further agreed to hold such kind of interaction between the Parliamentarians and exchange of delegations to discuss the issues of mutual interest. They further stressed upon the need to promote bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation in the field on Defence, Counter Terrorism, Trade and Economic cooperation.        

The meeting was attended by Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat khan, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Sanjay Perwani and Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq MNAs.


NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control - December 12, 2017

Islamabad, the 12th December, 2017: The members of the two National Assembly Standing Committees on Interior and Narcotics Control led by Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA and Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA met with the delegation of State Duma Committee on Security and Counter Corruption of the Russian Federation headed by H.E. Mr. Vasily I.PISKAREV today evening in Constitutional Room (Old Committee Room No. 5), Parliament House, Islamabad.
 

The Committees welcomed each others. The issues of illicit drugs trafficking, terrorism and extremism were discussed in the meeting at length. Both sides were of the view that this is the common enemy of both the countries. Both sides were agreed to join hands for combating the Terrorism, Drugs trafficking and Money Laundering which are the menace crimes from our society. They further agreed to hold such kind of interaction between the Parliamentarians and exchange of delegations to discuss the issues of mutual interest. They further stressed upon the need to promote bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation in the field on Terrorism, Drugs and Money Laundering issues. Both were agreed to meet again in future on these issues and be cooperative with each other on Terrorism, Drugs and Money Laundering issues. At the end; Both Committees were unanimously declared “Long Live Pak-Russian Friendship”. 

   
The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the National Assembly Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Shaikh Salahuddin, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Mr. Qaisar Jamal, Mr. Sohail Mansoor Khawaja, Minister for Narcotics Control and Minister of State for Interior.


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC meets - December 11, 2017

Parliamentary Committee on CPEC briefed on Long Term Plan, new CPEC focus will be on agriculture, poverty alleviation and tourism/culture.
Islamabad, December 11, 2017:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC met today under the chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed. The Minister for Planning & Development, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal gave a briefing to the Members of the Committee regarding the Long Term Plan of CPEC which has been agreed to by both Pakistan and China at the last meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) on November 21, 2017 in Islamabad.  Mr. Ahsan Iqbal said that this plan was approved after a 18-month long consultation process and it was shared with all the provinces and endorsed it before it was sent to China and now it is an official document of the CPEC.
 
During his briefing, the Minister of Planning and Development said that agriculture, poverty alleviation, tourism & culture and improvement in people’s livelihood had been added in the CPEC profile for the future to ensure the wellbeing of the local communities.
Agricultural research would be undertaken so that agricultural products could be value-added with modern technology from China.  Since Chinese tourists are increasing in large number, it was decided to promote tourism projects with the building of tourists resorts on the Makran coast and there will be also encouragement of people to people exchanges between Pakistan and China within the framework of culture and education.
 
In January 2018, a delegation of Pakistan’s exporters would go to China to enhance Pakistan’s export potential and this delegation is being facilitated by the Government of Pakistan.  During the current JCC meeting, the Minister briefed the Committee that all the Chief Ministers were present as well as, for the first time, representatives of Chambers of Commerce and Industry.  He also informed that the groundbreaking of Gwadar International Airport will be done in March 2018.  The meeting was informed that contrary to the speculation in the media, the reports of shelving three infrastructure projects is not correct, rather, Chinese side was reviewing the financial mechanism of these projects and these would be started upon receipt of approval from the Chinese side.  The Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project has been approved as CPEC project while similar projects for Quetta and Peshawar will be reviewed upon receiving technical feasibility reports of the project. 

The Parliamentary Committee was also briefed by the Ministry of Power regarding the Early Harvest energy projects which are on track.  The Thar coal project would be operational by June 2019 based on mining of indigenous coal from Thar.  The Port Qasim power project would be completed by February 2018 while the other projects including the Hubco 1320 MW project and two hydro power projects in Sukki Kinari (870 MW) and Karot (720 MW) are proceeding ahead for completion as scheduled.
 
The Committee expressed satisfaction with the progress of the Early Harvest Projects as well as the development of the Gwadar Port.  The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain welcomed the inclusion of agriculture sector in CPEC since agriculture is the backbone of the Pakistan economy, and he said this will give boost to the economy and also provide Pakistan’s farmers with the latest technology in collaboration with China. He also welcomed the inclusion of Tourism and Culture, adding that the portfolio has been broadened to include these key elements of promoting people-to-people understanding.
 
The meeting was attended by Senator Lt. Gen. (Retd) Salahuddin Tirmizi,  Rana Muhammad Afzal, MNA, Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Mr. Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi, MNA and Minister Incharge for Planning, Development and Reform
Mr. Ahsan Iqbal and Senior Officers of the different Ministries and Departments.

 


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - December 11, 2017

Islamabad, 11th December, 2017: The 30th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication as schedule to be held today in Committee Room No. 07 (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad.

2. However, due to lack of quorum the meeting could not be started.

3. Hon. under the Chairmanship of Capt ® Muhammad Safdar. Ms. Shazia Marri, Member, Minister for State and Secretary of IT& T with staff including senior officers from I.B, PTA and F.I.A were reached to attend the meeting.


French Parliamentary Delegation Met the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs - December 11, 2017

Islamabad, 11th December, 2017: A five Members of French Parliamentary delegation headed by Mr. Jean-Bernard Sempastous, President of France-Pakistan Friendship Group in the French parliament met the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs at the Parliament House, Islamabad.  The meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee was presided by the Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA who welcomed the French delegation in his opening remarks and stress the need to further cement and expand the already existing friendly relation particularly in the field of commerce and trade. She further said Pakistan attachés great importance to its relations with France being a key European country.

Both the sides also agreed to condemn the terrorist activities whether perpetrated by individuals groups or states resulting in violence or threat of violence. They further negate the terrorism in its all manifestation and determined to eradicate the radical and extremist elements in our societies. The Committee Members apprised in detail to the French delegation about the efforts of the people of Pakistan and their scarifications by civil and personals of law enforcing agencies to crush the on menace of terrorism. The French side appreciated the Pakistan view point and emphasized to further enhance the exchange of Parliamentary delegations between the two countries in order to promote friendship and cooperation. The Pakistani side also particularly mentioned the atrocities being committed by the Indian armed forces in Kashmir and demanded the French Parliamentarians being a permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council to play their role to support the Pakistan’s principled stand on longstanding unresolved dispute of Kashmir poses a grave threat to international peace and security.

The Members who attended the meeting are: Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNAs and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the meeting.


Visit Of The Standing Committees On Defence Of National Assembly And Senate To North Waziristan Agency, Fata - December 6, 2017

Islamabad, the 6th December, 2017: The National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Defence today visited Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan Agency under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar MNA and Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed which was welcomed by Major General Azhar, General Officer Commanding 7 Division along with other senior officers of Pak Army. The lawmakers were briefed on the geographical position of the area, border management, rehabilitation and socio economic uplift in the North Waziristan Agency in detail. It was informed that 100KM fence has already been completed out of 830 Km fence and the remaining will be completed by 2019. It was further informed that solar light alongwith CCTV cameras will also be installed along the fence for effective monitoring of the cross border terrorism on Pak Afghan Border. After briefing the Committee also visited the model village and the newly constructed market by the Pak-Army and also the Younas Khan Sports Complex at Miranshah. It was informed that about 1500 shops have already been completed on the place of the old bazaar of Miranshah and will be handed over to the locals very soon. The lawmakers appreciated the Pak Army on development works and clear the area from the terrorists. Thereafter the Committee also visited the forward post on Pak Afghan Border and examined the fence work physically and also made interaction with the Army jawans deputed on the Pak Afghan border. The Parliamentarians praised the Army jawans on safe guarding the frontiers of the country.

2.            The visit/briefing was attended by Mr. Tahir Bashir Cheema, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Shaikh Fayyaz ud Din, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar and Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar MNAs and Senator Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qayyum, Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi and Senator Atta ur Rehman.


Visit Of The Standing Committees On Defence Of National Assembly And Senate At Chakothi, LOC - December 5, 2017

Islamabad, the 5th December, 2017: The National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Defence today visited at the forward post Qabranwali, Sector Neza Pir, LOC under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar MNA and Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed. The lawmakers were briefed on the prevailing situation at LOC in detail. While briefing, the Committee was informed that 2200 times, Indian Army did cease fire violation and targeted the civil population living across the LOC in the current year. The main purpose cease-fire violation by the Indian forces is to divert the attention of the International Community from the atrocities against the innocent Kashmiries in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. The Committee was also briefed about the causalities of military men and civilian. The Committee also made interaction with the Army jawans deployed their on the forward post and appreciated them on protecting the frontiers of the country. 

2.The Committee also visited the Chakothi-Ori crossing point and briefed the Committee over the civilian and trade service between AJK and Indian Occupied Kashmir in detail. Thereafter the Committee visited the trade facilitation center established at Chakothi and the D.G Trade and Traveling Authority briefed the Committee on the traveling of civilians and trade services between the AJK and Indian Occupied Kashmir in detail.

3.The visit/briefing was attended by Mr. Tahir Bashir Cheema, Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Shaikh Fayyaz ud Din, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar and Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar MNAs and Senator Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qayyum, Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi. 
 


The NA Standing Committee On Planning, Development And Reform meets - December 4, 2017

60th meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform was held today on 4th December, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan KhananKhail, MNA.

The Committee took the notice of the absence of the Minister for Planning, Development and Reform (PD& R) and Secretary PD&R and directed that their presence be assured in the upcoming meeting. The Committee discussed the issue of recruitments of LDCs in Pakistan Institute of Development Economic (PIDE) and examined the relevant record.

The Committee was informed that the 1200-MW LNG based power plants Baloki and Haveli Bahadur Shah would be functional till February, 2018. The Committee appreciated the efforts of the Managements for timely completion.

The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA and Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Ms. Shaheen Shafiq as its members, the ToRs of the Sub-Committee will be to look into:-        

i) “Distribution and System Augmentation Program STG, BOP, ELR (PESCO) in District Buner under PSDP Program”

ii) “Status of PC-I of electrification work at different vallies of Chitral. Establishment of 132 KV Grid Station to 132 K.V  in Chitral, Chitral Hydel Power capacity enhancement and status of PESCO, PEDO and WAPDA agreement and steps taken for provision of electricity to upper Chitral by 25th December, 2017 (PSDP #1048 & 1054)”
 
Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari,  Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din and Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNAs attended the meeting, besides the officials of the concerned institutions.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training meets - December 4, 2017

Islamabad, the 4th December, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Committee Room of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, H-8/4, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. The Committee again reconsidered The Sir Syed (Centre for Advance Studies in Engineering) Institute of Technology Islamabad Bill, 2016 in detail. The representative of the Centre for Advance Studies in Engineering (CASE) informed the Committee that they had made complete payment to Multi Professional Cooperative Housing Society and submitted the allotment letter and No Demand Certificate to HEC along with the copies of possession letter, construction plan and shifting plan of CASE to new building on November 6, and November 14, 2017 for issuance of NOC. Thereafter the Committee deferred the said Bill with the direction to the CASE management to fulfill the pre-requisite requirements as pointed out by the HEC during meeting as well as obtaining NOC from CDA for construction of building of the institute as soon as possible.
 

2.         The Chairman Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) also briefed the Committee over the initiatives, responsibilities and future targets of the Board in detail. The Committee appreciated the Chairman of FBISE on taking various initiatives in the examination system.
 

3.         Dr. Muhammad Usman Awan, Advisor, Quality Enhancement Cell University of Punjab, Lahore also gave presentation to the Committee on The Development of Educational Supply Chain Management Concept in detail. The Committee lauded him on voluntarily share his concept/idea and decided that he would again be invited in next meetings where all the Vice Chancellors of the universities available in the meeting.   
 

4.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms.Amra Khan, Ms. Surriya Jatoi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan MNAs Moulana Muhammad Gohar Shah MNA/Mover of the starred question and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Railways Meets - December 4, 2017

Islamabad, 04th December, 2017:  22nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today in Committee Room of Old PIPS Hall, Parliament lodges, Islamabad. Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA presided over the meeting under rule 216(2) of the Rules of the Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 as Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA, Chairman of the Standing Committee could not attend the meeting.
 

2.       The meeting started with the recitation of the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 07th September, 2017.
 

3.       The Committee was briefed about “Katchi Abadis” on Railway land. The Committee was also briefed on encroached land of Pakistan Railways in Kasur district and its regularization. The Committee discussed the matter in detail and directed the Ministry to provide it with detail of the board constituted by the Ministry to look into the matter of Katchi Abadis. 
 

4.       The Committee decided to appoint a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA to examine the issue of encroachment on Pakistan Railways’ land.
 

5.       The Hon. Members/MNA’s Sardar Muhamad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Dr Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr Sajid Ahmed and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Railways along with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committees on Climate Change meets - December 4, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 4th December, 2017 in Committee Room of Ministry of Climate Change, Islamabad.

The Standing Committee discussed the issue regarding the implementation status of Climate Change Act, 2017 and suggested that the issue must be followed on priority basis.

The Standing Committee also discussed the measures being taken to improve air quality of Pakistan and recommended that the money regarding fine should be increased on those who are not abiding laws regarding to keep the the air quality of Pakistan. The Committee further suggested that hybrid and electric cars should be tax free.

Members who attended the meeting Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Chiarman, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Mst. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, MNA, Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA and Mr. Mushaid-ullah-Khan, Minister for Climate Change(Ex-officio Member).
 


NA Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - November 30, 2017


S.C on Cabinet Secretariat meets - November 29, 2017

Islamabad; 29th November, 2017: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Committee Room of Establishment Division, Cabinet Block, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair.  

The Committee deferred The Service Tribunal (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) and The Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) till its next meeting for further discussion.  

The Committee unanimously recommended that the following Bills may not be passed by the Assembly.

i)         The Health Insurance for disabled Persons (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA)

ii)         The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr. Imran Khattak, MNA)

The Committee expressed strong displeasure that concerned authorities were unable to initiate any action against culprits for taking PIA aircraft to Germany illegally which caused huge loss to the government ex-checker and damaged the prestige of the country as well. The Committee decided to invite the kind attention of the Hon. Prime Minister of Pakistan towards the issue so that culprits could be penalized without further delay. The Committee further directed that FIA authorities may be requested to finalize the inquiry report at the earliest to bring the culprits behind the bars and report to the Committee within 30 days.

The meeting was attended by Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA, Dr. Mahreen Razzaque Bhutto, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, and movers Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA and Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA and Secretaries of Establishment Division, NIHS, and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.

 

 


N.A. Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges meets - November 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29thNovember, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhamamd Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.  The Committee pended the Questions of Privileges raised by Rana Muhamamd Afzal khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Ms.Shazia Marri, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, Dr. Fahmida Mirza, Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, and Rana Muhamamd Qasim Noon, MNAs till its next meeting.

3. The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Ayesha Gulalai, MNA regarding malicious and vilified campaign in the social media against the Hon. Member.

4.  On the question of privilege moved by Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, MNA, the Committee unanimously decided to invite Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage. The Secretary, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage to attend the meeting in persons.

5.  The Committee pended the amendment moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA.  

6.  The Committee recommended that:

·         Visit of Members of the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges to all Provincial Assemblies to share mutual experiences.

·         To constitute a Parliamentary Committee of both Houses on Rules of Procedure and Privileges by the House.

·          Visit of Members of the Standing on Rules of Procedure and Privileges to UK and EU Countries to share mutual experiences and to enhance the working capacity of the Committee of Rules of Procedure and Privileges at International Level.

7.  The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 29-9-2017.

8.  The meeting was attended by Ch. Khadim Hussain, Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Rana Muhamamd Afzal Khan and Mian Imtiaz Ahmed MNA/Mover.


N.A Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage meets today - November 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th November, 2017; 46th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage was held today under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA.

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

3.         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 25th October, 2017.

4.         The Committee considered “The Redistributive Land Reforms Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA) and deliberated that the subject Bill is not relates to the Committee and decided that the Bill may be deferred until its next meeting.

5.         The Committee also deliberated on the Installation status of new TV Boosters by PTV and inquires about the delay in the completion of projects, it was briefed to the committee that the delay was on the part of the contractors; therefore the Committee recommended that the inquiry may be conducted against the persons responsible of the delay.

6.         The Committee also discussed the matter regarding ‘Off Airing’ of transmission of news channels by PEMRA during operation against Sit-in Protestors at Faizabad, Minister of State condemns the act of Off Airing the News Channels and stated that the action taken by Ministry was imperative and the Committee can be briefed in-camera with all the facts and figure, if required.

7.         The Hon. Members Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Syed Amir Ali Jamote, Ms. Belum Husnain, Mr. Murad Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Saman Sultana Jaffri, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, MNA’s attended the meeting besides Minister of State, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA/Mover, senior officers of the Ministry of Information Broadcasting and PTV attended the meeting.

 

 


N.A Standing Committee on Privatization meets today - November 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th November 2017: The 2nd meeting of the Standing Committee Privatization was held under the Chairmanship of Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA.

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

3.  The committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its 1st meeting held on 11.10.2017. 

3.  The Hon, Minister of Privatization briefed the Committee about the structure, tasks and existing strength of tasks. The structure of ministry based upon privatization division and privatization commission. He also pointed out the requirements to perform more better of the ministry's functions as the ministry of privatization has recently been separated from the ministry of finance so the ministry shall respond the every requirement, question and recommendation of the committee as per rule. The director general privatization commission also briefed the committee about the nature, kind and transarant procedure of the previous and under process projects of the ministry. The Committee appreciated the given briefing and ensured that full cooperation will be given at their end. Further, the Committee recommended that the ministry shall respond the questions asked by the Hon, members in its next meeting.

4.  The Hon. MNAs/Members Sardar Ashiq Hussain Gopang, Justice (Retd.) Iftikhar Ahmed Cheema, Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Lt.Col.(Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi,  Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Munaza Hassan,Dr. Imran Khattak, Mr.Abdul Waseem, Engineer Mohammad Usman Badini, and Minister for Privatization  attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Privatization including Director General Privatization Commission were also attended the meeting.

 

 


The Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications meets - November 27, 2017

Standing Committee on Communications offered Fateha Prayer for the martayerd of “Khatam-e-Nabuwat” and those of Khairpur accident.

Government should construct flyover on the Railways crossing at Sihala.

Ministry of Communications should hold inquiry about the incident of Khairpur.

Islamabad (       ) The Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications was briefed that a flyover will be constituted over Railways crossing at Sihala on Sawan Camp-Kahuta Road. Hazara Motorway which starts from Hassanabdal and its most of the work has been completed till Shah Maqsood Interchange and in February 2018 it will be completed till Abbotabad and by June 2018 the road will be completed till Mansehra. The Committee directed that Ministry of Communications may hold an inquiry about the tragic incident of Khairpur where twenty one people lost their lives. The Committee directed that the services of a fransic expert may also be had for the inquiry, if necessary. It was informed to the Committee that Sawan-Kahuta road is the only link between Pakistan and four districts of Kashmir including Kotli, Sandhnoti, Rawalakot and Forward Kahuta. Similarly, this road is used as supply line for several sensitive border areas including Nakyal sector. The Standing Committee on Communications directed that PC-I of the flyover may be completed and report may be submitted to the Committee forthwith. The Committee was informed that the Prime Minister of Pakistan announced the construction of flyover and dualization of Sawan-Kahuta road but the Ministry of Communications could construct the flyover. The Ministry of Communications informed that they were preparing PC-I. The Committee directed that the PC-I of the project should be completed forthwith and report may be given to the Committee, accordingly. The Committee was appraised that Hazara Motorway has been completed till Shah-Maqsood and rest of the part upto Mansehra will be completed till June 2018. The Committee directed that the work on Hazara Motorway should be expedited and completed as soon as possible.
 
The meeting was presided over by Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi and attended by Members National Assembly Mr. Sarzameen, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Saleem Rehman, Engineer Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Shahjehan Munir Mangrio, Secretary Communication Mr. Muhammad Siddique Memon and Chairman NHA Mr. Shahid Tarar and other senior Civil Officers.
 


62nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly - November 23, 2017

62nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e November 23rd, 2017 in Committee Room No.07, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-
Agenda No. 1
i).   Confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting held on 07-11-2017
Agenda No. 2
i)    To consider “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) (Referred on 24-11-2015)
ii).  To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) (Referred on 07-03-2017).
iii). To consider “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) (Referred on 19-09-2017)
iv).  To consider “ The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 07-08-2017)
v).   To consider “The Loans for Agricultural Commercial and Industrial purposes (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 02-11-2017)
 Agenda No. 3
i).   To discuss the issues pertaining to investments in domestic real estate sector and actions taken by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in this regard.
ii).  To discuss the implementation status on the recommendations made by the Committee from 1st July, 2016 till date; and 
iii). Any other item with permission of the Chair.
 2.   The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 10-10-2017.
 3.   The Committee discussed “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) and directed the Ministry of Finance to provide details regarding the measures taken by the government for eradicating the interest from banking sector. The Committee recommended to SBP for expediate the matter to eliminate the interest in the banking sector, as early as possible.
4.   The Committee considered “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) and disapproved the subject Bill, however, the Ministry of Finance and Revenue assured that Government Bill on the matter would be introduced, shortly.
5.   While considering “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA). Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance informed the Committee that same Bill was already under consideration by the Standing Committee on Finance of the Senate and the said Committee of the Senate has recommended that all concerned departments will complete their work till January, 2018. The Committee decided that Ministry will also present the outcome of the Senate Committee in this Committee as well.
 
6.   The Committee discussed “The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” however it was decided that the same would be reconsider in the next meeting.
 7.  The Committee discussed the issues pertaining to investments in domestic real estate sector and actions taken by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in this regard. The Committee was of the view that FBR should remove the upper limit cap, imposed by the FBR under Income Tax Act, 2016. The Committee recommended that FBR should allow the real estate sector for declaration of actual price of the land. The Committee Members were of the opinion that said measures will eliminate the chances of corruption. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh strongly recommended the view point of the Committee. The Committee also directed the Federal Board of Revenue to convene meeting with Real Estate stakeholders for resolving the matter. The Committee also discussed the matter, already under consideration by the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee pertaining to investment in UAE, real estate sector by the Pakistanis residents. However, the committee decided that said matter would be discussed, while the report of the Sub Committee will be considered.
 
12.  The meeting was attended by Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan (Mover) and Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, FBR, SBP.
 
 


The Standing Committee On Industries & Production Meets - November 23, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in Committee room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Standing Committee not only discussed the matter about Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi regarding release of Provident Fund and Gratuity Fund to 3500 retired employees of PSM but also recommended that this issue must be solved on priority basis.

The Standing Committee also discussed the implementation status on the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production given in its meeting held on 13th July, 2017 regarding Pakistan Gems and Jewelry Development Company (PGJDC), Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) and recommended to call representatives of Marble Association of Pakistan and State Bank of Pakistan in the next S/Cmeeting.

The Standing Committee further discussed the matter regarding Al-Tawairqi Steel Mills Karachi, on proposal for restarting Al-Tuwairqi plant in Port Qasim and recommended to follow up the said proposal.

Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA, Mr. Sahabzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, MNA, Ch. Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Mehboob Alam, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-din, MNA and Minister for Privatization Commission.


NA Standing Committees on Parliamentary Affairs meets - November 22, 2017

Islamabad; November 22, 2017: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

Mr. Shahid Ahmed Sandhu, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee about the Government assurances of National Assembly and Senate and said that it is the responsibility of the Committee to process government assurances, obtains implementation status on the government assurances and maintains records of pending and disposed off government assurances. He also informed the Committee that since 2013, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs has given total 152 assurances on behalf of various ministries/departments/organization including Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. It was informed that out of 152 assurances, only 6 Government assurances relate to Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and no assurances are pending pertaining to this Ministry.

Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) briefed the Committee regarding “The Election Act, 2017” and delimitation process. It was informed that ECP shall constitute a Delimitation Committee for each province consists of not less than 3 officers of ECP, one of them shall be designated as convener and that Committee shall prepare draft proposals for delimitation of constituencies of National Assembly / Provincial Assembly of its province. It was also informed that separate Delimitation Committee shall be constituted for ICT & Tribal Areas which shall prepare draft proposals for delimitation of constituencies of National Assembly from these areas.

The Acting Chairman, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) briefed the Committee about the mismanagement and delay / cancellation of flights and problems being faced by the parliamentarians. The Committee expressed grave annoyance over the poor performance of PIA and directed the management to take concentrated measures to improve the existing deteriorated situation of PIA.                                                                                                                           

Malik Ihtebar Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Dr. Shazia Sobia and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Pakistan International Airline (PIA).
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony held today - November 20, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony held today in the Committee Room # 2, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairperson of Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA.

2. The Committee considered “the National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 (moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA)”, “the National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 (moved by Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, MNA); and  “the National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2016 (moved by Mr. Sanjay Perwani, MNA” in detail. The Committee constituted the sub-Committee under the Convener-ship of Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA to consider the Bills and submit the report within 30 days.

3. The Committee discussed in detail the arrangements being made to organized to celebrate Eid-Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) including annual Seerat Conference and visit to Saudi Arabia as per resolution of Assembly passed on 22-11-2016 to organize the ceremony to pay homage on the Roza-i-Rasul (SAW) by the MNAs/High level delegates.  

4. Committee also discussed the performance of Ministry alongwith its associated bodies for Hajj 1438 Hijri (2017 A.D) and recommended the following recommendations thereafter:-

a) that the buildings for Hujjaj be hired for long period .
b) that large buildings be hired which could accommodate at least 1000 Hujjaj.
c) that the other International Air-lines be contacted for Hajj operation for competitive rates to facilitate Hujjaj.
d) that the proper arrangement should be made for the transportation of Hujjaj from Mina to Arafat.     

5. MNAs Mr. Bismillah Khan, Muhammad Kamal Malik, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub and Molvi Agha Muhammad attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works Meets - November 15, 2017

Standing Committee on Housing and Works met today i.e. 15th November, 2017, under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad. The Committee was briefed by the Director General, Pak PWD regarding ongoing and proposed projects by Ministry of Housing and Works. He also briefed the Committee about the HR strength of Pak PWD.

The Committee considered the matter with regard to Calling Attention Notice on policy decision of the Government, not to allot Government Accommodation in future to the employees of Constitutional Bodies. The Secretary Ministry of Housing and Works informed that a Summary in this regard has already been forwarded to the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan to lift the said sanction. The Committee directed that the subject matter should be expedited by the Ministry on Top Priority.

The Committee also directed the Ministry of Housing and Works to renovate the Federal Lodges at Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi. The Committee members have shown their concern about the worst condition of Chamba House Punjab, Lahore. The Committee members were of the opinion that a Sub-Committee should be constituted on the ongoing projects i.e. Bhara Kahu, Thallian, F-14 & F-15, G-13, G-14 and G-10/2 Flats.  However, the Committee decided that an exclusive meeting would be convened to discuss the Housing Foundations’ issues. The Committee has shown its displeasure on the delay of construction of Moosa Khail Tounsa Road (35 KM), which is was also called Zhob Link Road in Balochistan. The Committee directed the DG Pak PWD for renovation of Fatima Jinnah Hostel, Islamabad.

The Committee recommended that new housing project should be started for the Federal Government employees, at the earliest.
 


61st meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - November 7, 2017

61st meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e November 07, 2017 in Committee Room No.07, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA,

on the following agenda:-

Agenda No. 1

      i).                         Confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting held on 27-10-2017

Agenda No. 2

     i)               To consider “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) (Referred on 24-11-2015)

    ii).            To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) (Referred on 07-03-2017).

    iii).           To consider “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) (Referred on 19-09-2017)

    iv).           To consider “ The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 07-08-2017)P

    v).            To consider the “The Establishment of Federal Bank of Cooperatives and Regulation of Cooperative Banking (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 17-08-2017)

    vi).           To consider “House Building Finance Corporation (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 17-08-2017).

Agenda No. 3

    i).             To discuss the export policy, issues being faced by the exporters regarding refunds/rebate and proposals to enhance the export for improvement in economy.

   ii).            How to reduce the cost of doing business, being a competitor of regional countries.

   iii).           To discuss the matter pertaining to imposition of regulatory and dumping duties without consultation of the Parliament by the FBR.

   iv).           To discuss the suggestions and measures taken by the concerned departments for increasing of remittances and scope of Pakistani overseas groups for investment in Pakistan.

   v).            To discuss the role of Board of Investment for facilitating the foreign investor with regard to CPEC and general category alongwith details of the foreign investment in Pakistan for last 4 years.

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 10-10-2017.

3.         The Committee discussed “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) and directed the Ministry of Finance to provide details regarding the measures taken by the government for eradicating the interest from banking sector.

4.         The Committee was informed by the Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance that Ministry of Finance has already convened a meeting to discuss “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) with Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Commerce. The Committee directed to Ministry of Finance to invite the Honorable Mover when next internal meeting of the Ministry of Finance would be held in this regard. Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance assured that Honorable Mover would be invited as per the directions of the Committee.

5.         While considering “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA). Additional Secretary Ministry of Finance informed the Committee that same Bill was already under consideration by the Standing Committee on Finance of the Senate and the said Committee of the Senate has recommended that all concerned departments will complete their work till January, 2018. The Committee decided that Ministry will also present the outcome of the Senate Committee in this Committee as well.

6.         The Committee discussed “The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and directed the State Bank of Pakistan to provide a comprehensive brief and powerpoint presentation on the subject matter in its next meeting.

7.         The Committee considered “The Establishment of Federal Bank of Cooperatives and Regulation of Cooperative Banking (Repeal) Bill, 2017” and recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly as reported by the Committee.

8.         The Committee considered “House Building Finance Corporation (Repeal) Bill, 2017”. The Committee unanimously recommended that the “House Building Finance Corporation (Repeal) Bill, 2017” may be passed by the National Assembly as reported by the Committee.

9.         Mr. Saeed Ahmed Qureshi former Secretary Commerce was present in the meeting as financial expert. He suggested that this forum should be highlighted the main areas of economy, where the problems were being faced to the country. He further suggested that government should provide one window operation in all segments of life. Mr. Abdullah Yousuf, former Chairman FBR remarked that government should focus three main areas i.e causes of fiscal deficit, privatization and power sector.  He said that circular debt in 2013 was about US$580 Billion, which has been increased, again at same level. He also suggested that government should resolve the causes of tax gap by taking administrative measures and comprehensive tax policies should be launched in the country. He stated that CNIC should be used to expend the tax net in the country.  The Committee appreciated the view points of the financial experts.

10.       The Committee recommended to Ministry of Finance and State Bank of Pakistan to provide the replies on the following at the earliest:

             o   Increase in financial year debt and liabilities from June 30, 2016 to October 31, 2017.

             o   Decline in State Bank of Pakistan financial year reserves from October 31, 2016 to October 31, 2016.

             o   Forecast for financial year debt and liabilities for June 30, 2018 and State Bank of Pakistan reserves for June 30, 2018.

             o   Mitigation plans for averting external account crisis.

             o   SBP data for credit swaps from June 30, 2016 to October 31, 2017.

11.       The Secretary Board of Investment informed the Committee about the special economic zones in the country. He said that special economic zones will be developed by public sector, private sector and public partnership basis. He added that one time exemption from all custom duties and taxes plant and machinery imported into Pakistan for the development, operation and maintenance of the SEZ would be provided to the industrialist. The Committee recommended that BOI should facilitate the foreign investors by providing all possible facilities in Pakistan including their boarding and lodging to attract the investors in the country for development of the SEZ under the umbrella of CPEC.     

12.       The meeting was attended by Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Syed Mustafa Mehmud and Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, SECP, FBR, SBP and stakeholders.


Meeting/Visit Of The Standing Committees On Defence - October 31, 2017

Karachi, 31stOctober, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committees on Defence visited today to Shah Bandar Sir Creek, Karachi under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Commander Coast briefed the Committee over the Sir Creek dispute in detail. After briefing, the Committee visited to the forward check posts through Boats and did interaction with Pak Marines. The Committee paid tribute to the Pak Marines on making affective defence of Coastal Areas of Pakistan.  

2. The Visit/meeting was attended by Ms. Surriya Asghar, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Ms. Kishwer Zehra and Shaikh Fayyaz Ud Din MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


S.C. on Narcotics Control meets - October 31, 2017

Islamabad, 31st October 2017: The 1st meeting of the Standing Committee on Narcotics Control was held under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, MNA.

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

3.      The Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics Control and Director General (ANF) briefed the Committee about the structure, tasks and existing strength. They also pointed out their requirements to perform more better of their functions. The Committee appreciated the given briefing and ensured that they will be given full cooperation at theirs end. Further, the Committee recommended that Government of Pakistan may consider the requirements of ANF on priority basis, so that they could perform more efficiently.  

4.      The Hon. MNAs/Member Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Chaudry Armaghan Subhani, Mr. Qaisar Jamal, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan and Minister for Narcotics Control attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Narcotics Control and ANF were also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights meets today - October 27, 2017

Islamabad, the 27th October, 2017.  33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 10:00 am in the Committee Room of PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting which was held on 28th August, 2017. The Committee recommended that “The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2017 be withdrawn as the Honorable Speaker has given his consent for withdrawal of the Bill.

The Committee expressed its displeasure on the absence of the representative of Foreign Affairs in the meeting as he had to brief the Committee on Agenda Item No. iv regarding discussion on the Human Rights violation in occupied Kashmir by the Indian Security Forces. The Committee recommended that a letters should be written to foreign Affairs, Minister for Human Rights and Prime-Minister of Pakistan that a representative of the Foreign Affairs could not attend the meeting to brief the Committee with reference to Human Rights violation in occupied Kashmir. The Committee also expressed displeasure on the absence of officers from M/o Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan. An hon’able Member suggested to bring resolution from the Standing Committee on Human Rights in the House on Human Rights violation in Occupied Kashmir by the Indian Forces. The Committee recommended that a resolution from the Standing Committee on Human Rights in the House on Human Rights violation in Occupied Kashmir by the Indian Forces should be brought in the House as the Kashmir Resolution is the key to peace, prosperity and stability in South Asia.

The Committee was given briefing by Director Labour, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Agenda Item No.v regarding discussion on the Human Rights violation by mills owners of Hattar Industrial Areas, for not paying wages (as per Labour Policy of the Government) to the labours but the committee members dissatisfied on his briefing and expressed their concerns over the performance of the Labour Department, KPK. The Committee also expressed concern over the issue of falling of seven tones of melted iron of a factory on twenty labours in KPK and no report was given. The Committee recommended that a complete report on the issue should be given to the Committee after proper investigation in its next meeting. The Secretary, M/o Human Rights gave suggestion to make Environmental Audit of Industries in various Industrial Zones of Pakistan upon which the Committee recommended that Environmental Audit of Industries in various Industrial Zones of Pakistan should be made. The Committee recommended to call the rest of 16 industrial zones in the country to bring report with reference to their environment in its next meeting. The committee decided to defer the agenda with reference to Labour, Kashmir and Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad for its next meeting

The Committee further recommended that contract system in the factories/industries should be abolished and proper salary of Rs.15,000/- should be given to the each laborer in the factories. The Committee also expressed displeasure on the establishment of a school beneath the mill due to which students have become sick of asthmatic disease and black water of industry is running near the school and they breathe in the polluted air which is the violation of human rights. The Committee also recommended that a complete report of that school located beneath the mill in KPK should be given to the Committee in its next meeting. The Committee recommended for a surprise visit of that school along-with ADC, Hatar KPK.

The meeting was attended by Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar,     Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Ms Kiran Haider,   Ms. Phyllis Azeem, MNAs, Minister for Human Rights and senior officers from the provincial departments of KPK, Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department.


60th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today - October 27, 2017

60th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs of the National Assembly was held today i.e October 27, 2017 in Committee Room No.02, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

Agenda No. 1

i).                         Confirmation of minutes of the previous meeting held on 10-10-2017

Agenda No. 2

i)               To consider “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) (Referred on 24-11-2015)

ii).            To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) (Referred on 07-03-2017).

iii).           To consider “The Controller General of Accounts (Appointments, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) (Referred on 19-09-2017)

iv).           To consider “ The State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 07-08-2017)

v).            To consider the “The Establishment of Federal Bank of Cooperatives and Regulation of Cooperative Banking (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 17-08-2017)

vi).           To consider “House Building Finance Corporation (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 17-08-2017).

Agenda No. 3

i).             Consensus of political parties on economic policy.

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 10-10-2017.

3.         The Committee deferred agenda item No. 02, till its next meeting. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Chairman of the Committee informed the Members regarding the importance of agenda on economic policy. He said that currently business community was facing several issues such as cost of business, refund blockage, high interest on agriculture lending and increase in corruption. He added that government should manage to utilize the skills of our youth which was high in ratio, approximately 60 percent. He also stated that bureaucratic reforms should be made to enhance the performance of government institutions. He was of the opinion that performance of foreign trade attaches should be evaluated by the government towards their objectives.

4.         The Committee was informed by the President, Federation Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry regarding the route causes of declined in export sector. He informed that a delegation of business community was met Honorable Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan in this regard. He stated that a proposal was initiated by the business community that electricity rates should be reduced upto Rs. 09 from Rs. 12.  He further stated that another request was made to the Honorable Prime Minister with regard to reduce the GICT at Rs. 50 for next five years. He also informed that Honorable Prime Minister was of the concern to increase the export volume upto US$25 Billion within six month, however it was informed to the PM that it could be possible for next one and half year.

5.         The leading businessmen were of the firm opinion that government should provide low rate energy to industries for bringing them to regional competition of export. Mr. Javed Malik, President of Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) and Mian Anjum Nisar former President of LCCI were of the opinion that government should withdraw regulatory duty, which was recently imposed on different products by issuing SRO. They stated that this kind of unrealistic measures will attract the public towards smuggling. They were also of the suggestion that input tax adjustment/refund on packing material should be allowed to exporter/exporter houses or in alternative.

6.         Mr. Arif Habib a leading businessman drew the attention of the Committee about the growing of current account deficit, need for long and short term policies. He said that government should attract overseas Pakistani businessmen group for investment in Pakistan. The Committee recommended to FBR to sit with the businessmen for resolving the problems being faced by the business community owing to regulatory and anti dumping duty, imposed by the government on the import of different items, which were on way and already reached in Pakistan.  

7.         Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Finance ensured the Committee that FBR will arrange a meeting, today with businessmen for resolving the regulatory duty issues. The Committee recommended that another meeting of the Committee would be convened to formulate the discussion points about economic policy. The Committee also decided that leading industrialists, businessmen and stakeholders from stock exchange would be called in its meeting.

8.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil and Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue,  SECP, FBR, SBP and stakeholders.


US Should seek the truth in its Afghanistan strategy and not allow our difference to turn into disputes: Khusro - October 26, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held today presided by its new Chairman, Makdum Khusro Bakhtyar.

2.    In his opening remarks, the Chairman said Pakistan’s response to President Trump’s South Asian policy dated 21st August, 2017 has been collective, measured and based on realistic assessment of the situation. Chairman said it is a moment of truth for the US in Afghanistan. He underlined importance of not turning our differences into disputes. 

3.    The Chairman appreciated the steps taken by Pakistan to improve border management along the Pak-Afghan border and the need for repatriation of Afghan refugees and their settlement in Afghanistan.

4.    The Chairman emphasized the importance of engaging the US in promoting peace in Afghanistan. He expressed the hope that the U.S will not see Pakistan through the Afghan prism and work on a broad based relationship which will be to the benefits of both countries.

5.    The Chairman thanked the Foreign Minister for his comprehensive briefing on the agenda items relating to President Trump’s statement and the visit of the Foreign Minister to China, Iran, Turkey and Russia.

6.    Members of the Committee appreciated the briefing giving by the Foreign Minister and raised questions on Pakistan-US relations, situation in Afghanistan, relations with regional countries.

7.    The Committee criticized the statement made by the President of Afghanistan relating to CPEC. The Committee expressed serious concern over the remarks made by U.S Secretary of State in Kabul and Dehli with regard to Pakistan.

8.    The Committee taking note of Black Day on 27th October condemned atrocities and grave human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir and denial of the rights of self determination of the people of Kashmir under UN Resolutions.

9.    On agenda regarding Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case in the International Court of Justice, the Additional Attorney General briefed the Committee on current status of the case before the ICJ and Pakistan’s legal options.

10.    The Members who attended the meeting are: Minister for Foreign Affairs, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Dr. Muhammad Farooq Sattar, MNAs and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Additional Attorney General also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination - October 26, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room No. 7 (Fourth Floor),Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, MNA, to consider “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA ; “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA, and to receive comprehensive briefing on the working and performance of the Ministry of National Health Service, Regulations and Coordination and its attached departments.

2.        The Committee deferred the “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA Bill; as Mover of the Bill was not present in the meeting.

3.        The Committee also deferred “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA; as Committee decided that  the briefing by ICT and CAAD will  be taken before finalizing the Bill. The Federal Minister of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, requested the Committee that the Bill may be rejected as it is practically impossible to implement the provisions of the bill, rather Ministry can issue SRO/Administrative order to restrict the sale of loose Cigarette  packets. The Mover of the bill denied accepting the request, by saying that it is problem of the government how to implement it or not. We the Members of National Assembly are legislators; we will suggest legislation on the issues of society.

4. The Committee was comprehensively briefed by the officials of the Ministry on the working and performance of the Ministry of National Health Service, Regulations and coordination and it attached departments. The Committee was informed that after 18th Amendment this Ministry has been created on 4th May, 2013. Through creation of this Ministry various subjects of “Health” parked in different divisions has been consolidated to meet the challenges of regulation and coordination of efficient, effective and equitable health and population welfare initiatives. The Committee showed overall satisfaction on the performance and working of the Ministry and also suggested that the Committee is interested to take detailed briefing on the Prime Minister’s Fatal Diseases Program Fund in its next meeting.

5.        MNAs, Dr.Hafee-ur-Rehman Khan Darishak, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr., Ms.Mehreen Razaque Bhutto, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ch.Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Ms.Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms.Zehra Wadood Fatimi,Mr.Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat and Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Water Resources meets - October 26, 2017

The Standing Committee on Water Resources met today in the Committee Room of Federal Flood Commission, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA to discuss the performance of M/o Water Resources and its attached departments.

The Committee highly acknowledged the viability of Nelum Jehlum Hydel Power Project and 4th Extension project of Terbella and urged upon the need for their early completion in order to meet the requirement of Electricity in Pakistan.

The Committee recommended that ministry may ensure the completion of all projects within given time frame as it had been observed that unnecessary delays escalated the cost of the projects which caused huge losses to the Government ex-checqure. The Committee further recommended that ministry may avoid initiating new projects before the completion of ongoing projects to ensure the proper utilization of funds.

The Committee expressed concern that the mandate of some departments like National Transmission and Dispatched Company (NTDC) had been assigned to M/o Energy after the change in nomenclature of the ministries concerned which could affect on their overall performance as they mainly interlink with M/o Water Resources.

Earlier, Federal Minister for Water Resources, Secretary and Chairman, WAPDA briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to complete the ongoing projects within given time frame and problems faced by them in this regard.

MNAs, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Pir Aslam Bodla, Rao Muhammad Ajmal, Mr. Abdul Sattar Bachani, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, Moulana Gohar Shah and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production meets - October 26, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in Committee room of Agro Food Processing Company, Multan.

2.         The Standing Committee discussed the working of Agro Food Processing Company, Multan and showed satisfaction on the working of the company. The Committee also discussed the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) on the setting up of Regional Facilitation Office (SMEDA) in Multan and recommended that SMEDA to prepare a study so that in other parts of the country this kind of project could be started. The Committee further discussed the latest position / development of National Industrial Parks (NIP) and suggested to establish industrial park at Multan.

3.         The Committee expressed its concerns regarding not sending reference to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) about corruption and irregularities of Steel Mills.

4.         Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA and  Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.


NA Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage meets - October 25, 2017

Islamabad, 25th October, 2017; 45th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage was held today under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA.
2.The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.
 
3.The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meetings held on 20th July, 2017 and 28th September, 2017.
 
4.The Committee considered “The Protection of Journalists Bill, 2014” (moved by Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA) in detail and decided to constitute a Sub-Committee under rule 224 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 under the Convenership of Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA on the said Bill. The Committee also considered “The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) and after detail deliberation decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly. The Committee also considered the “Redistributive Land Reforms Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred till its next meeting.
 
5.The briefing by National History and Literary Heritage Division for preservation of National History and Heritage was deferred by the Committee due to the non-availability of Mr.Irfan Siddiqui, Advisor to the Honourable Prime Minister.
 
6.The Hon. Members/MNA/Mover Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah and Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA attended the meeting, besides Minister of State, senior officers of the Ministry of Information Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage, officers of PEMRA attended the meeting.


S.C. on Planning Development & Reform meets - October 25, 2017

The Meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform was held today on 25th October, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Regional Office of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Karachi, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

 

The Committee was briefed regarding the physical progress of PSDP projects relating to Bahria University Karachi, IBA Sukkur and Shaheed Mohtarma Benzair Bhutto Medical University Larkana.  The Committee showed its satisfaction over the developmental progress of IBA Sukkur and Bahria University Karachi. However, the Committee directed HEC to hold an inquiry in the alleged irregularities in the PSDP funded project of Shaheed Mohtarma Benzair Bhutto Medical University Larkana by fixing responsibilities against responsibles and submit its report to the Committee.

The Committee was informed that 97.3 physical work of Lyari Expressway has been completed and the rest of work will be completed by December, 2017.

The Committee showed its concerns over the non completion of Sewerage Scheme (SIII) and Karachi Water Supply Scheme (K-4) and directed the concerned authorities to ensure the completion in line with the scheduled time frame.

 Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Mrs. Shams-un-Nisa, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Asiya Nasir and Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNA’s attended the meeting besides the official of the concerned institutions.

 


S.C on Law & Justice meets - October 25, 2017

Islamabad, 25th October, 2017; 43nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA.

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

3.      The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 16-10-2017.

4.       The Committee considered “The Constitution (Twenty-ninth Amendment) Bi1l, 2017” (Government Bill); Ministry of law and justice withdrawn the Bill to the extent of amendment in Article 48 and 193. The Committee recommends with the majority that rest of the Bill may be passed by the Assembly, however, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA submitted his note of dissent. The Committee considered “The Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of Section 6B, Ordinance XIV of 1979) (Government Bill) and decided that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly unanimously.

5.     The Committee considered the Bill on “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment in Article 37) moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly. The Committee considered the Bills on “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment in Article 160) moved by Dr. Muhamad Farooq Sattar, MNA and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill,  2017 (Amendment in Article 198) Moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA and decided that the Bills may not be passed by the Assembly, however, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA favor the Bills.

6.      The Committee considered the Bills “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of Article 51 and 106 of the Constitution) Moved by Mr. Tariq Christopher Qaiser, MNA ”The Constitution (thirtieth Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill), “The Evening Courts Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment in Article 25A) Moved by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khatak, MNA and decided that the Bills may be deferred till its next meeting for further deliberations.

7.        Hon. Members/MNAs/Movers Justice (Retd) Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema, Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Kiran Haider, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Ms. Shagufta Humani, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Ms. Aisha Syed, Mr. Tariq Christopher Qaiser and Ms. Kishwer Zehra attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.

 

 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets today - October 25, 2017

A meeting of Standing Committee on Government Assurances was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khan, Chairman, Standing Committee on Government Assurances to discuss Assurance number 512 about making of horrible example to the responsible who did an immoral act with a young girl admitted in I.C.U. of PIMS, Islamabad, Assurance number 446 about the gap in standard education between Public and Private School and the payment of honoraria to the employees of different departments.

on the request of the representative of PIMS. The Committee directed that the Voice Chancellor of PIMS or such senior officer of PIMS should attend the next meeting along-with the SOPs of the Hospital.

The Committee observed that the reply of the Capital Administration and Development Division was unsatisfactory. The Committee showed its displeasure over the poor performance of education department. The Committee directed that CA&DD should come up with complete details in next meeting.

The Standing Committee on Government Assurances constituted a Sub-Committee headed by Honourable ShahzadiUmerzadiTiwana consisted upon Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA and Abdul Majeed Khan Khankhail, MNA. The Committee disposed of fifty Assurances, whose implementation report had been received to the National Assembly Secretariat.

The meeting was attended by Ms.Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana, MNA, Sardar Muhammad IrfanDogar, MNA, Chaudhry Muhammad MunirAzhar, MNA and Syed Sajid Mehdi, MNAand severalsenior civil officials were also present in the meeting


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

Islamabad, 24th October 2017: The 29th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held in the Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad. Sr. P.S to Hon. Chairman informed the Committee that due to some personal engagements the Hon. Chairman could not attend the today meeting. Therefore, the Committee unanimously decided that Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA/Member may proceed the Committee meeting as the Chairman under rule 216(2) of the Rule of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

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

3. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 12th July, 2017.

4. The Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication (PTA) briefed the Committee about the actions taken by PTA against the Blasphemous material on social media. When the Committee called the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) about their actions against the Blasphemous material on social media; nobody was present in the meeting to respond.  The Committee showed its displeasure on FIA for not attending the meeting and directed that FIA must be attended the next meeting and brief the Committee about the Blasphemous material on social media.

5. Then, the departmental representative from Universal Services Fund (USF) briefed the Committee about their performance during the financial year 2017-18. The Committee appreciated the performance of the USF. Thereafter, the representative of Special Communication Organization (SCO) briefed the Committee about their performance during the financial year 2017-18 along with they showed their some grievances with the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication. The Committee appreciated the performance of SCO and directed the Ministry that SCO may be treated equally as per other private national or international organizations. Further, the Committee directed that in next meeting of the Committee SCO may be taken on Agenda.
 
6. The Committee took up the TIP employee’s issues and directed that TIP employee’s issue will also be taken on next meeting agenda. Further, the Committee directed Chairman, PTA to launch public awareness through media that who we could get raid of from the curse of “Blue Whale Game”.  

7. The Hon. MNAs/Member Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, PTA and S.C.O were also attended the meeting.
 


N.A. Standing Committee on SAFRON meets - October 24, 2017

Islamabad, the 24th October, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Committee Room of Ministry of SAFRON, “S” Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee reconsidered “The Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and passed the same unanimously.

2.         While briefing the Committee on the Schedule of New Expenditures (SNE’s), informed that SNEs proposals for creation of 2292 posts of different Departments/Directorates had been prioritized and recommended in the meeting held on 16th October, 2017 in SAFRON Division in the first phase in the current Financial year. In this regard the Committee was further informed that a meeting has been convened tomorrow in SAFRON Division to finalize the prioritized SNEs proposal for creation of 2292 posts of different departments of FATA. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of SAFRON, Finance Division and FATA Secretariat finalize the SNEs proposals for creation of 2292 posts on priority basis as the SNEs proposals pending since long.

3.         The Committee was further informed while giving briefing on the issue of hiring of non locals in FATA that all the concerned authorities (Development Partners and Implementing Partners) have already been issued instructions through various correspondences from time to time to hire number of employees belonging to FATA. The Committee observed that the NGOs working in FATA are still hiring non locals instead of the recommendations of the Committee. The Committee further recommended that ensure 100% employment of locals of FATA on non technical posts in FATA as the unemployment is on peak in FATA due to the militancy.    

4.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Ms. Iffat Liaquat, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Nasir Khan, Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik and Sahibazda Tariq Ullah MNAs and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


N.A. Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development meets - October 24, 2017

The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development discussed the “Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr. Shazia Sobia, MNA” in detail however; the Committee was informed that Government has contemplating to introduce a Bill on proposed legislation. The Minister ensured the mover to incorporate her amendments in the draft Bill. The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today in site office of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, Housing Scheme Zone-V, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, MNA.

The Committee expressed displeasure over the agreement made between the administrations of OPF Housing Society & Gulburg Greens for giving approach to the OPF Housing Society. Despite the transfer of 500 Kanal land to Gulburg Greens, the approach has not been given to the OPF. The Committee directed the ministry to take local administration onboard for resolving the matter and report to the Committee. The Committee was informed that 395 Kanal land of OPF housing society is in possession of illegal occupants however, the case was pending before the  Court. The Committee directed the administration of the OPF to pursue the litigation case and also try to make settlement before the Court.

Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, Minister of State informed the Committee that the possession of Block C would be given to the owners by the end of this year.

The meeting was attended by the following Members; Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Ch. Abid Raza, Ch. Muhammad Munir Azhar, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Mr. Nasir Khan and Ms. Aisha.


S.C on Interior meets - October 24, 2017

Islamabad, 24th October 2017: The 38th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, MNA.

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

3.   The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 19th September, 2017.

4.   The Committee considered the “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly. However, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA oppose the Bill and recorded her dissent. The Committee considered “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of section 173, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.

5.   The Committee also considered the Bills “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new sections 167-A & 344-A, Act XLV of 1860) (Moved by Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA) and “The Federal Witness Protection Bill, 2015” (Moved by Ms. Aisha Syed, MNA) and decided that the Bills may not be passed by the Assembly. The Committee considered “The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of sections 11, 13, 27, 67, 82, 89, 91, 95 96, 97, 98, 115 & 117 Act X of 2015) (Moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred till its next meeting.

6.    The senior officers from Punjab Police attended the meeting for briefing. The Committee unanimously pended the briefing with observation that the next date and time will be communicated to the department for meeting and briefing.

7.   The Committee considered the Bills “The Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Amendment of section 2, Act V of 1991) (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA) and “The Children (Pledging of Labour) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of Sections 4, 5 & 6, Act II of 1933) (Moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and decided that the Bills may be deferred till its next meeting. The Committee considered”The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of sections 292C, 377B, Act XLV of 1860) (Moved by Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be passed by the Assembly.

8.    The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under rule 224 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 under the Convenership of Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA with the Terms of References “To review Visa Policy relating to the Pakistani Origin having dual nationality”.

9.   The Hon. MNAs/Members/Movers Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Ms. Shazia Marri, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Ms. Aisha Syed, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb attended the meeting besides the Minister of State for Interior and senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law and Justice, Punjab Police, were also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs Meets - October 23, 2017

        The Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony met today i.e 23rd October, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
2.     The Committee approved the minutes of its last meeting.
 
3.     The Committee deferred agenda item No. 3 pertaining to the National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 and Pakistan Minorities Right Commission Bill, 2016 due to absence of Movers on the said Bills.
            
4.     The Committee has shown its displeasure about the implementations of its recommendations, which were issued by the Committee before the Hajj 2017. However, the Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony informed that said recommendations were received to Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony from this Committee, while the Cabinet had approved the Hajj policy 2017. He further assured that recommendations of the Committee would be considered on priority basis in future. Some Members of the Committee were of their opinion that third party audit should be recommended to inquire about the Hajj 2017, expenditures/funds etc.
 
5.    The Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony informed the Committee that a Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Minister of State for reassessment of all private tour operators. The Committee was also briefed by the Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs regarding issuance of Mujalma Visas and matters relating with them. He said that the Mujalma Visas were issued by the Embassy of Saudi Arabia on its discretionary authority.  He further informed that Saudi Arabia Government had offered 5000 Mujalma Visas to Government of Pakistan, which were regretted due to shortage of time for necessary arrangements at Saudia. However, a request was made to Saudia Government for enhancement of said numbers of Visas in Hajj 2018 quota.
 
6.    While considering the matter regarding problems being faced by the Hujjaj who were travelling from Quetta by Pakistan International Airline (PIA). The Secretary informed that these problems were occurred due to mismanagement of PIA. The Committee decided that Civil Aviation would be called in its next meeting to discuss the future planning for Hajj 2018. The Committee recommended that Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony will provide the details of last 03 years hardship Hajj quota issued on the recommendations of the Members of the National Assembly.
 
7.    Meeting was attended by Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Ms. Shahid Akhtar Ali, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Religions Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony.
 


Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony met today - October 23, 2017

             The Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony met today i.e 23rd October, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 
2.         The Committee approved the minutes of its last meeting.
 
3.         The Committee deferred agenda item No. 3 pertaining to the National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 and Pakistan Minorities Right Commission Bill, 2016 due to absence of Movers on the said Bills.
            
4.         The Committee has shown its displeasure about the implementations of its recommendations, which were issued by the Committee before the Hajj 2017. However, the Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony informed that said recommendations were received to Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony from this Committee, while the Cabinet had approved the Hajj policy 2017. He further assured that recommendations of the Committee would be considered on priority basis in future. Some Members of the Committee were of their opinion that third party audit should be recommended to inquire about the Hajj 2017, expenditures/funds etc.
 
5.         The Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony informed the Committee that a Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Minister of State for reassessment of all private tour operators. The Committee was also briefed by the Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs regarding issuance of Mujalma Visas and matters relating with them. He said that the Mujalma Visas were issued by the Embassy of Saudi Arabia on its discretionary authority.  He further informed that Saudi Arabia Government had offered 5000 Mujalma Visas to Government of Pakistan, which were regretted due to shortage of time for necessary arrangements at Saudia. However, a request was made to Saudia Government for enhancement of said numbers of Visas in Hajj 2018 quota.
 
6.         While considering the matter regarding problems being faced by the Hujjaj who were travelling from Quetta by Pakistan International Airline (PIA). The Secretary informed that these problems were occurred due to mismanagement of PIA. The Committee decided that Civil Aviation would be called in its next meeting to discuss the future planning for Hajj 2018. The Committee recommended that Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony will provide the details of last 03 years hardship Hajj quota issued on the recommendations of the Members of the National Assembly.
 
7.                     Meeting was attended by Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Ms. Shahid Akhtar Ali, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Religions Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony.


NationalAssembly Standing Committee on on Inter Provincial Coordination Met today - October 23, 2017

Islamabad the 23rd October, 2017. A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Pakistan Sports Board, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA, for comprehensive briefing on National Internship Programme, Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association and Pakistan Hockey Federation etc. 

2.    The Director General, National Internship Programme briefed the Committee about the aims and objectives of the programme in detail. This programme has been assigned to the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination since September, 2014.  He informed the Committee that NIP has successfully offered almost 100,000 Internships during the years 2007 to 2012 to the un-employed educated youth of the country, with an amount of Rs.12 billion incurred on account of payment of stipend to these interns. He further apprised the Committee that currently NIP is also the executing agency of the Prime Minister’s Youth Training Scheme. This scheme was approved at the cost of Rs.23.5 billion for consecutive financial years 2015 to 2017 which has now been proposed to be revised upwards to Rs.26.6 billion. The scheme has been carried out with the objective to enhance the capacity and employability of educated youth for their better professional career. The NIP conducts online verification of educational degrees from HEC etc. and CNIC verification from NADRA and then scrutinize the same as per approved criteria. About 50,000 thousand interns are hired under the operations of this scheme each year.  The amount of the stipend paid to the interns has been enhanced from Rs.12000/- to 15000/- per month. The Committee recommended that the communication system adopted for online registration of the candidates for Prime Minister’s Youth Scheme should be evolved specially in far flung areas of Balochistan. The Committee also recommended that an evaluation form for Prime Minister’ Youth Training Scheme should also be initiated in which the data of successful interns who got the jobs and also a column should be added in which the income of the parents of the candidates may be mentioned to make the process more transparent.    

3.         The Co-Chairman, Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association briefed the Committee that PBSA has been instrumental in arranging for employment of players in various department and corporation. Moreover, PBSA has established Snooker Academies at Faisalabad Agricultural University and at the Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad which have been a nursery for discovering talent and honing the skills of established players. PBSA has successfully organized several international, regional and national championships. He further briefed the Committee that despite of the financial constraints, the Pakistani players have won 46 medals in which about 60 countries were participating. The Minister for IPC directed the concerned to provide the rooms to PBSA in Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad for enhancing their activities in the Capital. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of IPC should revive the annual and special grant of PBSA at least to the previous level.       
4.         The Ministry of IPC apprised the Committee that the financial rules of Pakistan Hockey Federation have been formulated and submitted before the Ministry of Finance for its approval. The Representative, Asian Games briefed the Committee that 18th Asian Games will be held at Jakarta & Palembang (Indonesia). Pakistan participated in 24 disciplines in 17th Asian Games and got 05 medals. The Committee suggested that a financial consultant may be hired for formulating the required demands in the upcoming budget. 

5.         The Meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Dr. Mahreen Razzaque Bhutto, Mr. Rafique Ahmed Jamali, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Mujahid Ali, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Engineer Muhammad Usman Badiani and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani MNAs, Minister and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, DG, National Internship Programme, Co-Chairman, Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association, Secretary, PHF and representative of Asian Games also.


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change Meets - October 20, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 20th October, 2017 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee briefed by Focal Person on Green Pakistan Project. The Committee recommended that third party evaluation and monitoring policy / mechanism should prepare in this regard. The Committee also expressed its concerns over cutting the precious trees on the embassy road Islamabad and also recommended to take strict action against those who are involved into it.

2.       The Standing Committee briefed by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) regarding updated working policy of growing seeds. The Committee recommended that Climate Resilient Policy should be prepared in this respect.

3.       The Standing Committee also briefed on the report of addition of the Poisonous Substance to water in the Rawal Dam, Islamabad. The Committee showed dissatisfaction over the briefing regarding Rawal Dam Islamabad and recommended that all departments related to this issue should present a combined report on the same.

4.       Members who attended the meeting Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Chiarman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Mst. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA, Mr. Maiza Hameed, MNA and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research Meets - October 20, 2017

            Tharparker, the 20th October, 2017:  The Meeting / visits of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 10:30 a.m.at Pakistan Council of Research Water Resources, field station, Mithi, Tharparker under the chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

 

2.         The Director Incharge, Pakistan Council of Research and Water Resources (PCRWR) briefed the Committee about the creation and functioning of the Department. He informed that the Department is working to carry out a comprehensive survey to document the existing status of water resources management and agriculture activities.  He also informed that the project purpose is to identify fresh groundwater pocket in Thar area using geophysical method and also to develop and modify existing rainwater harvesting techniques.

3.         The Committee appreciated the efforts made by the PCRWR and recommended for more improvement and efficiency in the project. The Committee recommended that Ministry may provide more funds to PCRWR for the enhancement of the project.

4.         The Committee visited various sections of PCRWR, Check Dam for Rain Water Harvesting, Nangarparker and Thar Coal Project, Chachro.

 

5.         Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, and Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research and its attached departments.


NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets - October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017.The Standing Committee on Defence Production met today i.e 19th October, 2017 under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad.
2. The Committee Members were briefed by the Managing Director, National Radio Telecommunication Company (NRTC) regarding its products especially Information & Technology sector. He informed that NRTC would be the first manufacturer of laptop and tablets in Pakistan. He told that under Sales Tax Act 1990, FBR has not provided any exemption to NRTC, likewise there was no exemption to the Income Tax of NRTC in Income Tax Ordinance, 2001. He added that there was no exemption on the import of equipment, material, etc.. He stated that NRTC occupies, the sensitive nature of its business concerning national security and the fact that its primary objective was to provide goods and services to the armed forces of Pakistan and law enforcement agencies. He apprised the Committee that in the interest of national security NRTC should be provided relief/exemption for strengthening of its manufacturing of various products within Pakistan. 
3. The representatives from Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) were also present in the meeting. The Committee unanimously recommended that NRTC representatives and FBR officers will further coordinate to resolve the issue. It was also decided that FBR will response to the Committee within 30 days in this regard.
4. The Committee deferred agenda item No.II related to DEPO on the request of the Ministry of Defence Production.
5. Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Chudhary Hamid Hameed, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Ms. Asyia Nasir, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the MoDP, NRTC & TDAP.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security & Research meets - October 19, 2017

Karachi, the 19th October, 2017:The meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 10:30 a.m. in the office of Department of Plant Protection, Jinnah Avenue, Malir Halt, Karachi under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.
 
2. The Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research briefed the Committee about the performance of the Ministry and its attached Department. The Committee was also briefed about the following Bill:-
    a. “National Food Safety, Animal and plant Health Regulatory Authority Bill, 2017
            After detail deliberation on the Bill, the Committee decided to defer the Bill on the request of Ministry.
3.  The Committee was briefed about the implementation of recommendations which were made in its meeting held on 20th and 21st February, 2017. The Committee was satisfied on Ministry’s performance regarding implementation of recommendations. The Committee also emphasizes to take quick actions on their recommendations.
4.  Director General, Department of Plant Protection also briefed the Committee about the Performance of “Department of Plant Protection”. It was informed that Department is working on the Registration of  Pesticide and its Regulations, Plant Quarantine, Aerial Wing, Locust Survey Control & Standardization and Import of Pesticides. 
 
5. Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad, Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti,Pir Shafqat Hussain Jilani, Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani and Dr.Fouzia Hameed, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research and its attached departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communication meets - October 19, 2017

Islamabad(                              ) Charging of high prices and selling of low quality things on the Motorway may be stopped forthwith. And M-9 may be brought to the level of other Motorways. These directions were passed by Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications. The Committee was informed that high rates are being charged on the Motorways. Similarly, several things, especially, the food items related to chicken and beef are of below standard. The Standing Committee directed NHA to take action and stop such practices and report back to the Committee. Moreover, the Standing Committee was informed that those facilities on M-9 are not available which are available on M-2 and other Motorways. People are making entry points without permission and use M-9. The Standing Committee recommended that M-9 may also be brought to the general standards of Motorways.
    The Committee was briefed that several new Highways and Motorways have been constructed in the area of Sindh and Balochistan. But Motorway Police could not be deployed on newly constructed Highways and Motorways because Finance Division did not approve the necessary funds. The Committee took serious notice of it and directed that Communications Division should properly follow the case and solve it within a month, otherwise, both the Finance Division and the Establishment Division will be called to attend the meeting to explain that why they failed to perform their duties. The Committee observed that the CPEC is about to complete but the Communications Division is still in need of more time to organize its work force to look after the Motorways. The Standing Committee recommended that special interest may be shown in this regard. The Committee was informed that no road signs have been placed on Lyari Expressway and Northern Bypass. The Committee directed NHA to properly perform its duties. Similarly, it was informed that the rise in the pay and allowances of Motorway Police is less than that of the Provincial Police. So, no one is ready to come on deputation from the Provincial force. The Standing Committee directed that the pay and allowances of the employees of National Highways and Motorway should be enhanced as per approval and direction of Prime Minister of Pakistan.
     The meeting was held in the Headquarter of National Highways and Motorway Police, G-13/3, Islamabad. The meeting was presided over by Chairman, Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications, Mr. Muhammad MuzammilQureshi and attended by Minister of State for Communications Mr. Muhammad Anwer Chaudhary, Members National Assembly Mr. SaleemRehman, Engineer Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Mrs. NaseemaHafeezPanezai, Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, Mr. ShahjehanMunirMangrio, Chairman, NHA Mr. ShahidTarar and many senior Civil Officers.
 


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges meets - October 19, 2017

Islamabad, 19th October, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Rana Muhamamd Qasim Noon, MNA.

2.  The Committee pended the Questions of Privileges raised by Rana Muhamamd Afzal khan, Mr.Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Ms.Shazia Marri, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani and Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, MNAs.

3.  On the amendment moved by Dr.Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA the Committee unanimously decided that after taking in writing by Dr.Azra, as per Rules, Dr.Nafeesa Shah, MNA would be invited on this agenda in the next meeting of the Committee as a Mover on the amendment in Rule 122 and 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

4.  While taking suo-moto against Vice Chancellor of the University named (Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture Multan), regarding not properly inviting Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, in the Seminar on Promotion of Oil Seeds & IPM in Cotton 2017 held on 7th October, 2017, the Committee unanimously directed that the Vice Chancellor should attend the next meeting of the Committee in this regard.

5.  On the complaint of Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, MNA regarding not-giving the time of meeting by President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) to the Hon. Member, the Committee took suo moto of it and directed that the President, ZTBL should attend the next meeting of the Committee in this regard.

6.  On the Question of Privilege raised by Ms. Ayesha Gulalai, MNA, the Committee directed that in the next meeting of the Committee, only FIA should report to the Committee in the said matter. The Chairman, PTA is not required to attend the next meeting on the said matter yet.

7.  On the matter regarding issuance of Gratis Passports to the Spouses of Ex.MNAs, the Committee unanimously that the Gratis Passports should be given to the Spouses of Ex.MNAs.

8.  The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 29-9-2017.

9.  The meeting was attended by Ch. Khadim Hussain, Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Rana Muhamamd Afzal Khan, Ms. Shazia Marri, Ms.Naeema Kishwar Khan MNAs/Movers.

 


NA Standing Committee on Ports & Shipping meets - October 19, 2017

October 19, 201. A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping was held at KPT Head Office today which was attended by all the committee members as well as the Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo under the chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah. The agenda of the meeting was to confirm minutes of previous meeting held on 7th September 2017, to discuss and present report on starred question number 44 moved by Dr. Arif Alvi regarding the encroachment in Chinna Creek related to KPT which was referred to the Standing Committee on 10th August 2017, to present report of sub-committee of Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping under the Convenership of MNA Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, to take steps on the recommendations made by the Standing Committee during meeting held on 4th May 2016 for checking the dumping of waste in sea waters and their impact on marine life. During the meeting the Committee was informed that 480 million gallons of waste is daily dumped in sea.

The report of the Sub-Committee was presented by Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani (Convener) which was endorsed/approved by the Committee. During the proceedings of the Committee meeting, the federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo also informed the members of the committee about the vigilant Port Security Force squad of KPT patrolling the encroached land and the steps that the port has taken so far to thwart the encroachment from the Chinna Creek area in line with the prevailing rules and regulations of government. With regards to the dumping of waste in sea waters, he further informed the Committee that this can be resolved through recycling of the waste falling in sea waters through various culverts of the city and work in this regard is already underway and that meetings with Governor Sindh and Chief Minister for K-IV project has taken place and that Chairman KPT Mumtaz Ali Shah has also met Governor Sindh recently in this regard.

It was decided to call all the stakeholders, the Provincial Governments of Sindh and Balochistan, Marine Fisheries Department, the departments of Fisheries and Ports in the next meeting to resolve the pollution issues amicably. Moreover, the issues pertaining to territorial waters jurisdictions will be discussed in the next meeting. It was also decided that a PAC sub-committee headed by Dr. Arif Alvi is already working on this issue and its report will be taken into consideration by the Standing Committee in its next scheduled meeting.

Besides the Minister for Maritime Affairs, Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, the MNAs Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Mehr Ishtiaque Ahmed, Ms Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms Shaheen Shafique, Ms Rumina Khursheed Alam, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodhla, Mr Khalil George, Mir Amir Ali Khan Magsi, Mr. Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Dr. Arif Alvi (Mover) and Secretary Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Senior Officers of Ministry and KPT attended the meeting.

 


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

Islamabad, the 18th October, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Committee Room of Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, “C” Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. The Committee took serious notice of the closure of the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad from last two weeks due to protest of students of the University. The Committee recommended to the Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University to reopen the University from tomorrow in order to save the ongoing semester of the students. The Committee further asked the Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University to redress the justifiable demands of the students and take serious action against the students who are involved in serious crimes at the University. The Committee also recommended that the local administration, Islamabad should cooperate with the University Administration in providing security cover against the miscreants and maintaining law and order situation in the University.

2.    The Committee also discussed the issues of Federal Urdu University, Islamabad and asked the Vice Chancellor of the said University to attend the upcoming Senate meeting and face the alleged allegations leveled by the Senate of the said university against you.

3.    The meeting was attended by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Asyia Naz Tanoli, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Dr. Imran Khattak, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali and Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.
 


NA Standing Committees on Parliamentary Affairs meets - October 17, 2017

Islamabad; October 17, 2017: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda.

The Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee about the functioning and working of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. He informed that that Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs was created in 2012, after bifurcation of its business from the Ministry of Law and Justice. He added that Public Affairs and Grievance Wing was transferred from Prime Minister’s Office to Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs on 11.06.2013.

He further apprised the Committee that Ministry of Parliamentary Affair was playing vital role amongst the organs of the state, namely, the executive and legislature with the objective of holding sessions of the parliament, leading to smooth passage of Law, including summoning and prorogation of both the houses of the Parliament, introduction of Bills, transmission of Bills between the Houses and seeking assent of the President to notify enactments.

The Committee considered the “The Representation of the people (Amendment) Act, 2016”. The Additional Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan informed the Committee that subject clauses have already been incorporated in the Election Act, 2017. Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA/mover of the Committee withdraws the Bill. The Committee directed the ECP for comprehensive briefing on the Election Act, 2017 in its next meeting. The Committee also recommended that PIA management would be called in the next meeting to discuss the problems being faced by the Parliamentarians.

The Committee directed the ECP to brief the Committee with regard to delimitation process in its next meeting. The Committee also directed to ECP for the training their Returning Officers (ROs) and District Returning Officers (DROs). The Committee was informed by the Additional Secretary, ECP that 50 newly appointed officers/officials would be joined ECP, shortly.

Malik Ihtebar Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Saman Sultana Jafri, Sayed Essa Nori and Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - October 17, 2017

Islamabad; October, 2017: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 
 

    The Committee unanimously recommended that “The Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2017” as introduced in the National Assembly may be passed.
 

     The Committee unanimously recommended that the following Bills may not be passed by the Assembly.
 

i)                   The National Conflict of Interest Bill, 2016 (moved by Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA)
ii)                 The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Dr. Fauzia Hameed, MNA)
 

    The Committee expressed strong displeasure over the unnecessary delay in separation of PIMS from Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad and directed that CA&DD may take stringent measures to resolve the issue within one month and report back to the Committee. The Committee further directed that M/o State for CA&DD may hold a meeting to call off the strike of PIMS employees as patients were suffering badly due to non availability of Doctors in OPD.
 

    The Committee also directed that PIMS may take affective measures to restart the Lever Transplant Center, PIMS at the earliest and report to the Committee within one month.
 

    The Committee expressed concern over the issue of affectees of Nurseries and non-payment of compensation amount to the affectees of Land and directed that CDA may take stringent measures to stream line its system to address the grievances of the affectees properly. The Committee therefore, constituted a four members Sub-Committee headed by Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA to examine the pertaining issues of CDA.   
 

    The meeting was attended by Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, MNA Mr. Asad Umar, MNA Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, MNA Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA and movers Dr. Fauzia Hameed, MNA & Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA Maj and Secretaries of Establishment Division, CA&DD, and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


NA Standing Commitee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan meets - October 16, 2017

قومی اسمبلی کی قائمہ کمیٹی برائے امور کشمیر اور گلگت بلتستان کا اجلاس

 

            قومی اسمبلی کی قائمہ کمیٹی برائے امور کشمیر اور گلگت بلتستان کا 33 واں اجلاس چیئرمین  ملک ابرار احمد کی صدارت میں OLD PIPS HALL پارلیمینٹ لاجز ،اسلام آبادمیں منعقد ہوا۔

          دوران اجلاس اپنے افتتاحیہ کلمات میں چیئرمین نے کمیٹی کی نئی ممبر ڈاکٹر شازیہ ثوبیہ کی شمولیت پر ان کوخوش آمدید کہتے ہوئے مبارکباد پیش کی اور امید ظاہر کی کہ وہ کمیٹی کی کار روائیوں میں اپنی مکمل صلاحیتوں کے ساتھ بھرپور حصہ لیں گی۔ چئرمین نے مزید کہا کہ ہماری موجودہ میٹنگ کمیٹی کی گزشتہ میٹنگ اور سکردو / بلتستان ڈیویژنکے دورے کا تسلسل ہے جس میں ست پارہ ڈیم اور گلگت سکردو روڈ کی اہمیت اور ان سے متعلق مسائل کی نشاندہی کی گئی تھی  اور اس ضمن میں وزارت کو ہدایات دی گئی تھیں کہ وہ متعلقہ اداروں سے مل کر تمام معاملات کا جائزہ لیں اور اپنی سفارشات اور پراگریس سے آئندہ میٹنگ میں کمیٹی کو آگاہ کریں۔ آج کی میٹنگ میں سیکریٹری واٹر اینڈ پاور گلگت بلتستان نے اس سلسلے میں ہونے والی پیش رفت سے آگاہ کیا۔  سیکریٹری وزارت  نے بتایا کہ کمیٹی کی ہدایات کو مد نظر رکھتے ہوئے گلگت بلتستان حکومت اور واپڈا کے حکام کے درمیان ست پارہ ڈیم سے متعلق تمام مسائل کو ایک فریم ورک کے زریعے حل کر دیا گیا ہے اور آئندہ 6 ماہ کے اندر ست پارہ ڈیم پروجیکٹ مکمل طور پر گلگت بلتستان حکومت کے حوالے کر دیا جائے گا۔ جس پر  چیئر مین نے کمیٹی کے ارکان اور موجود افسروں کی کوششوں کو سراہا اور مزید ہدایت کی کہ اس سلسلے میں پیش رفت سے کمیٹی کو آگاہ رکھا جائے اور کسی قسم کی کوتاہی و لا پرواہی سے گریز کیا جائے کیونکہ پراجیکٹ عدم توجہی کی وجہ سے پہلے ہی علاقے کے عوام کافی نقصان اٹھا چکےہیں اور ایک قومی اثاثہ زوال پزیر تھا۔

3.         ایجنڈہ آئیٹم نمبر 3 کے حوالے سے این ایچ اے کے نمائندے نے  گلگت۔ سکردو  روڈ کی تعمیر سے متعلق تفصیلی بریفنگ دی  جس کے مطابق جولائی 2017   سےسڑک کی تعمیر کا باقائدہ آغاز ہو چکا ہے اور اس کا کنٹریکٹ فرنٹئیر ورکس آرگنائیزیشن کو دیا جا چکا ہے جو اسے 164 کلو میٹر طویل  سڑک  31 بلین کی لاگت سے جولائی 2020 تک مکمل کر لے گی۔  انھوں نے مزید بتایا کہ اس سڑک کی چوڑائی 40 فٹ ہو گی جس میں دونوں جانب 8 فٹ شولڈرز رکھے جائیں گے جہاں ٹریفک 90 اور 60 کلومیٹر فی گھنٹہ کی رفتار سے سفر کر سکے گی۔ ممبران کی طرف سے سڑک کے ڈیزائن کو مزید بہتر بنانے کے لئے مفید تجاویز دی گئیں تاہم چئیر مین صاحب نے ہدایت کی کہ سڑک کی تعمیر میں تکنیکی مسائل کو مد نظر رکھنا چاہیے اور ترقی یافتہ  ممالک میں پہاڑی علاقوں میں بنائی جانے والی سڑکوں سے متعلق تجربات  اور  بین الاقوامی میعارات سے استفادہ اٹھانے کی ضرورت پر زور دیا۔  

4.         سیکریٹری وزارت کشمیر اور گلگت بلتستان  پیر بخش جمالی صاحب نے  کمیٹی کی ہدایت پر رٹھوعہ ہریام  پل کی تعمیر کے سلسلے میں پراگریس سے آگاہ کرتے ہوئے بتایا کہ وزیر اعظم پاکستان نے پل سے متعلق اضافی تخمینے کی منظوری دے دی ہے اور چین کی ایک فرم سے سٹیل بریج بنوایا جا رہا ہے جو انشا ء اللہ مارچ 2018 تک مکمل ہو جائے گا۔ جس کے بعد اسے عام لوگوں کی سہولت کے لئے کھول دیا جائے گا۔ انھوں نے مزید نیلم ویلی میں نوسہری روڈ اور کرن بائی پاس سڑکوں کی جلد تعمیر سے متعلق کمیٹی کی طرف سے  ہدایات جاری کرنے کی سفارش کی جس پر چیئرمین نے ریمارکس دیے کہ اس سے متعلق فیصلہ و سفارشات ہم اپنے آئندہ  مجوزہ اجلاس جو کہ آزاد کشمیر، نیلم ویلی میں ہو گا میں مکمل بریفنگ اور علاقے کا دورہ کرنے کے بعد کریں گے۔

5.         اجلاس کے اختتام پر دہشت گردوں کی طرف سے کرم ایجنسی میں بارودی سرنگ میں دھماکے کے نتیجے میں شہید ہونے والے کیپٹن حسنین، سپاہی جمعہ گل ، سعید باز اور قادر خان  اس کے علاوہ گزشتہ ماہ سے  لائن آف کنٹرول پر بھارت کی طرف سے بلا اشتعال فائرنگ کے نتیجے میں  شہید ہونے والے سویلن اور فوجی جوانوں کے خاندانوں کے ساتھ اظہار یک جہتی کیا گیا اور ان کے ایصال ثواب کے لیے فاتحہ خوانی کی گئی اور اس عزم کا اظہار کیا گیا کہ پاکستانی عوام اپنے تمام دشمنوں کے خلاف پاک فوج کے ساتھ کھڑی ہے۔  جو دشمن کے ناپاک عزائم کو ملیا میٹ کرنے کے لئے پورے عزم و حوصلے سے برسر پیکار ہیں۔

6.         آخرمیں چیئرمین صاحب نے ممبران اور افسران   جنہوں نے کارروائی میں شرکت کی اور بھرپور حصہ لینے  پر  ان کا شکریہ ادا کیا۔

         اجلاس میں کمیٹی کے ممبران: میجر ریٹائرڈ طاہر اقبال، چوہدری عابد رضا،  سردار ممتاز خان، ڈاکٹر شازیہ ثوبیہ، جناب ناصر خان خٹک، جناب سید وسیم حسین، مولوی آغا محمد، جناب جنید اکبر، جناب خلیل جارج اور محترمہ شمس النساء   اور وزارت کے سیکریٹری اور اعلی افسران نے شرکت کی 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice Meets - October 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th October, 2017; 42nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA.

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

3. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 26-07-2017.

4. The Committee considered the Bills on “The National Accountability Ordinance (Amendment) Bill, 2015” {Omission of Section 28, Ordinance XVIII of 1999} (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, MNA) and “The National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2016” {Amendment of Sections 6,25,26,31B and 33D, Ordinance XVIII of 1999) (Moved by Dr. Arif Alvi, MNA) and decided that the Bills may be referred to the Hon. Speaker for its approval to transmit the same to the Parliamentary Committee on NAB for its consideration. “The Constitution Amendment Bill 2015” {Amendment of Article 63, insertion of Article 63-B} (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Raza Hayat Harraj, MNA) and “The holders of Public Exchequer (Accountability) Bill, 2015” {Repeal of NAB Ordinance 1999} (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Raza Hyat Harraj, MNA) due to non-availability of Hon. Mover, the Committee unanimously decided that the Bills may not be passed by the National Assembly. The Committee considered “The National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2016 {Amendment of Sections 5,25,27,33B,33C and 36, Ordinance XVIII of 1999} (Moved by Mr. Imran Zafar Laghari, MNA) as the Hon. Mover has withdrawn the bill, hence, the Committee unanimously decided that the Bill may not be passed by the National Assembly.

5. The Committee considered the “The Constitution (Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2017. After detailed deliberations the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. Hon. Members/MNAs, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Qadri and Ms. Aisha Syed submitted their note of dissent and did not satisfy with the amendments proposed in the Bill.
 6.     The Committee considered the “The Constitution (Twenty-ninth Amendment) Bill, 2017. After detailed deliberations the Committee deferred the Bill for its re-consideration in its next Committee meeting.

7. The Committee considered the “The Supreme Court and High Court (Extension of Jurisdiction to Federally Administrated Tribal Areas) Bill, 2017. After detailed deliberations the Committee recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly with amendments that the expression “Islamabad Capital Territory” where ever occur will be substituted by the “Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” and the expression “Islamabad High Court” where ever occur will be substituted by the “Peshawar High Court Peshawar”.

8.The Committee considered “The Legal Practitioners and Bar Council (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2017” (Amendment in Article 5) (Moved by Mr. Kishwer Zehra, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the National Assembly unanimously.

9. Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover/Special Invitee Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Kiran Haider, Mr. Shahab-ud-Din Khan, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, Ms. Aisha Syed, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi and Minister for Law and Justice attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


NA Standing Committees on Narcotics Control, Privatization and Postal Services meets - October 11, 2017

            Meetings for the election  of the  Chairmen of the Standing Committees on Narcotics Control, Privatization and Postal Services were held today on 11th October, 2017 at 01:30—02:00 p.m, in Committee Room No. 02, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 

2.         The meetings commenced with recitation of Holy Quran. Mr. Qamar Sohail Lodhi, Acting Secretary National Assembly Secretariat welcomed the Honorable Members and briefed them about the procedure for election of Chairman/Chairperson. The following MNAs were elected as Chairmen of the Committees mentioned against each:-