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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - March 6, 2019

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Standing Committee on Privatization meets - March 6, 2019

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Special Committee on Kashmir meets - March 1, 2019


Standing Committee on Narcotics Control - March 1, 2019

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - February 27, 2019

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs meets - February 22, 2019

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - February 14, 2019

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

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

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


NA Standing Committee on SAFRON meets - February 14, 2019

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


NA Standing Committee on Interior meets - February 13, 2019

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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