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COMMITTEE MEETING'S Press Release

Meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held today - September 21, 2017

Islamabad the 21st September, 2017:  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Water Resources was held on 21st September, 2017 at 1:00 p.m in the Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad for the election of its Chairman.

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

3.         Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA proposed the name of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA as the Chairman of the Standing Committee. Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal, MNA and Rao Muhammad Ajmal, MNA seconded it. Since no other member was proposed so Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA was elected as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Water Resources.

4.         Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA/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. 

5.         Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, Chief Whip and following members Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Nawab Muhammad Yusuf Talpur, Mr. Salim Rehman, Mr. Abdul Qahar Wadan and Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal were present in the meeting.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change Meets - September 21, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on the 21st September, 2017 at Parliament House, Islamabad for election of its Chairman/Chairperson.

2.         The Special Secretary, National Assembly, thanked the honourable Members for their participation and apprised them of the procedure for election of Chairman. Therefore, the process commenced and Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA proposed the name of Mr. Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA for the Chairman of the Committee. Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA and Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA seconded the proposed name. There was no other candidate, therefore, Mr. Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA was declared as elected Chairman.

3.         The Special Secretary also congratulated the Chairman on behalf of the Honourable Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Secretary National Assembly; assured him full support from the National Assembly Secretariat.

4.         Thereafter, the Chairman upon his election presided over the meeting. He thanked all the Members for reposing confidence in him by electing him as Chairman of the Committee. The members reciprocated and assured him of their full support for effective conduct of business of the Committee for the achievement of objectives of its constitution.

5.         Members who attended the meeting Mr. Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA and Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA.


Meetings for the election of the Chairmen/Chairpersons of the Standing Committees - September 21, 2017

Meetings for the election  of the  Chairmen/Chairpersons of the Standing Committees on Housing and Works , Parliamentary Affairs , Religious Affairs & Inter-faith Harmony, Rules of Procedure & Privileges, National health Services, Regulations & Coordination, Climate Change and Water Resources were held today on 21st September, 2017 at 02:00—04:00 p.m, in Committee Room No. 02, Parliament House, Islamabad.

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

 

SL #

NAME OF STANDING

COMMITTEE

NAME OF

CHAIRMEN/CHAIRPERSONS

1.

Housing and Works

Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA

2.

Parliamentary Affairs

Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, MNA

3.

Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony

Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA

4.

Rules of Procedure and Privileges

Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA

5.

National Health Services,  Regulations and Coordination

Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, MNA

6.

Climate Change

Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA

7.

Water Resources

Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA

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

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

 


Meeting/Visit Of The Standing Committees On Defence Of National Assembly And Senate At GHQ, Rawalpindi - September 18, 2017

Islamabad, 18th September, 2017: The Standing Committees on Defence of National Assembly and Senate were briefed at GHQ, Rawalpindi by the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) on the ongoing Military Operations against Terrorism by emphasizing the commitment to do all that is required to uproot terrorism.

2. The Chief of Army Staff and the Parliamentarians held detailed question-answer session and addressed all the points raised during the discussion. Both civil and military leadership was unanimous on holding such like interactive sessions in the highest national interest for developing the policies and strategies to strengthen all institutions in the country.   

3. The briefing was attended by Shaikh Rohale Asghar, Chairman, National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence, and the following members of the National Assembly and Senate  Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara,  Ms Surriya Asghar, Mr. Sanjay Perwani,  Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Manais, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazri, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar MNAs and the Senators  Mr. Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Hidayat Ullah, Col. (R) Syed Tahir  Hussain Mashhadi, Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qayyum, Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Mrs. Sehar Kamran, and Mr. Saleem Mandviwala. 
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On States And Frontier Regions (Safron) Meets - September 12, 2017

Islamabad, the 12th September, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee discussed the issue of recruitment in Tribal Electric Supply Company (TESCO) of domicile holders other than FATA in detail. The Committee strongly recommended to the Ministry of Power to relax/change the policy of recruitment for FATA candidates and recruit FATA locals in TESCO as the FATA local will perform their duties in better way than the non locals. The Committee further directed the Director General, FDMA to appoint local in development projects in FATA.

2.         The Committee also discussed the Mines issue raised during meeting that around 50 locals in South Waziristan Agency martyred due to Mines in the area. The Committee urged the Federal Government/Ministry of SAFRON to look into the matter of public urgent importance and take appropriate action to search and defuse the Mines and save the lives of the FATA people.

3.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Ms. Ayesha Gulalai, Mr. Nasir Khan and Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik MNAs and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions meets - September 11, 2017

Islamabad, the 11th September, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee considered “The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) in detail. Almost all the members present at the meeting were of the opinion that regular Laws of Pakistan may also be extended to FATA instead of introducing The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017.  However the said Bill was deferred with the recommendation that next meeting of the Committee would be convened very soon on one point agenda “The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017” in order to finalize the said Bill.
 

2.         The Committee also considered the “Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of privy purses and Privileges) Bill, 2017” and approved unanimously with certain amendments.   
 

3.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, Mr. Shahab ud Din Khan, Al Haj Shah Jee Gul Afridi MNAs and Mr. Kamran Murtaza Ex-Senator and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Meets - September 11, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room of National Institute of Health, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA and “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA.
 

2.        The Committee deferred the “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA Bill; as Mover of the Bill was not present in the meeting.
 

3.        The Committee also deferred “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA; due to absence of representatives of Tobacco industry.
 

4. The Committee shown serious contentious over the abortion issues existing in Pakistan. Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Ms.Saira Afzal Tarar disclosed before the Committee that District Islamabad is in very miserable condition regarding health services and issues. The Committee appreciated the acknowledgment of the Minister in this regard and strongly recommended that for the purpose of District Islamabad, health services and issues may be bring under the umbrella of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination for better solutions of health issues.
 

5.        MNAs, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat and Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan attended the meeting.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - September 8, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 8th September, 2017 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee discussed the steps taken by the Forest Department, Government of Punjab to stop deforestation and what measures have been taken to address vulnerability of Climate Change in the Province. The S/C expressed dissatisfaction over the said briefing and suggested that a detailed briefing along with facts and figures on “Green Pakistan Programme” should be given to the Committee.

The Committee also showed displeasure and deferred the agenda regarding the report of addition of the poisonous substance to water in the Rawal Dam, Islamabad and recommended that the officials from CDA, CADD, Interior Ministry, Commissioner of MCI and ICT must be called to attend the next meeting. Later on the briefing was also given to the S/C on the recent monsoon in the country.

CONDEMNATION RESOLUTION

·        The Committee strongly condemned the killings, rape and massacres of Burmee Muslims in the hands of the Myanmar Government and urged the United Nations and International Community to condemn the massacre of the Burmee Muslims and play their role in preventing the atrocities of the Muslims of Burma.

·        The Committee also recommended to withdraw the Noble Price for Peace from the Aung San Suu Kyi who has been keeping quit on the Myanmar Muslims massacres.

Members who attended the meeting Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, Chiarman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA and Mr. Mushahid-ullah-Khan, Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).


Meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today - September 8, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room of National Institute of Health, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA and “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA.

2.        The Committee deferred the “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA Bill; due to absence of representatives of Tobacco industry.

3.        The Committee also deferred “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, introduced by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA; as Mover of the Bill was not present in the meeting.

4.        The Committee shown serious contentious over the abortion issues existing in Pakistan. Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Ms.Saira Afzal Tarar disclosed before the Committee that District Islamabad is in very miserable condition regarding health services and issues. The Committee appreciated the acknowledgment of the Minister in this regard and strongly recommended that for the purpose of District Islamabad, health services and issues may be bring under the umbrella of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination for better solutions of health issues.

5.        MNAs, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat and Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - September 7, 2017

Islamabad; 7th September, 2017. The Standing Committee on Energy meets in Conference Room of Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Blue Area, Islamabad this Afternoon with Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA in the chair.

The Committee considered “The Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and “The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and directed that M/o Power may hold a meeting with concerned stake holders to remove lacunas in the purposed legislation if any, and report back to the Committee so that Committee could consider them accordingly. The Committee therefore, deferred both the Bills till its next meeting for further discussion.  

The Committee expressed concern over the termination of contractual employees by Gas distributing companies and pointed out that although the matter is pending before the Court for adjudication, the concerned authorities may reconsider their cases on humanitarian ground under existing legislation and treat them equally to avoid any discrimination.

The Committee directed that M/o Power may direct to all electric supply representatives to keep proper liaison with the Parliamentarian of their respective areas to make them aware about the completed, ongoing and proposed electric schemes of their consequences so that development schemes could be implemented in a real sense.

Besides Mr. Abid Sher Ali Minister of State for Energy, the following MNA’s attended the meeting. Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Rana Afzaal Hussain, MNA, Mian Tariq Mehmood, MNA, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, MNA, Mr. Shehryar Afridi, MNA, Dr. Imran Khattak, MNA, Mr. Abdul Waseem, MNA, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA,
 


NA Standing Committee on Railways Meets - September 7, 2017

Islamabad, the 7th September, 2017: The 21st meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today at 11:00 a.m. in Committee Room of Pakistan Railways, Railways Headquarters, Lahore. Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, MNA presided over the meeting under rule 216(2) of the Rules of the Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007; as Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA, Chairman of the Standing Committee could not attend the meeting. 

2.         The Committee was given briefing on “Katchi Abadies” of the Railways’ land. It was informed that federal government announced in 1985 that all un-authorized hutments shall be regularized. On the cut off date of 23-3-1985, total number of 188 Katchi Abadies were existing on the Railways’ land. 39 NOCs have been issued. The Committee discussed the matter in detail and recommended that the proper viable / feasible policy should be formulated to resolve the issue. The Committee also directed Ministry of Railways to provide accurate / authentic figure of units of Katchi Abadies on the Railways land along with the complete detail of the area within fourteen days.

3.         Mr. Muhammad Riaz Malik, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil and Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Khawaja Saad Rafique, Minister for Railways and senior officers of the Ministry of Railways. 
 


National Assembly Standing Committee On Defence Meets Today - September 5, 2017

Islamabad, 5th September, 2017: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence met today in Committee Room of old PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Committee considered “The National Centre for Countering Violent Extremism Bill, 2017”in detail. During deliberations, the Committee observed that the said Bill pertained to the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics and recommended that the said Bill would be referred to the Cabinet Secretariat to determine the subject whether it pertains to the Ministry of Interior or Ministry of Defence. The Mover of the Bill, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA also participated in the meeting and briefed the Committee over the statement of objects and reasons of the Bill. The Minister and Secretary Ministry of Defence also told the Committee that the Bill does not pertain to the Ministry of Defence as the internal security matters of the country falls within the domain of the Ministry of Interior. They further expressed that it deals with the establishment of National Centre for Countering Violent Extremism in the country.
 
2.The Committee also took strong exception of the hostile and threatening statement made by the US President Donald J. Trump and Gen John W. Nicholson the top US commander in Afghanistan and adopted the following resolution unanimously:
                                                                                                 CONDEMNATION RESOLUTION
-  The Committee strongly condemns the hostile and threatening statement made by the US President Donald J. Trump and Gen John W. Nicholson the top US commander in Afghanistan against Pakistan.
-  The Committee rejects the claim of the US president regarding Pakistan’s safe haven for terrorists as 40% area of Afghanistan not under the control of the Afghan Government.
-  The Committee further rejects Trump's claim that billions of dollars in aid have been spent on Pakistan, stating that Pakistan's economy has suffered a loss of more than $123 billion.
 
3.The Committee also strongly condemned the massacre of Burma Muslims by the hands of the Myanmar Government and urged the United Nations and International Community to condemn the massacre of the Burma Muslims and play their role in preventing the atrocities of the Muslims of Burma.
 
4.The meeting was also attended by Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasool Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Shaikh Fayyaz ud Din, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Mr. Muhammad Ijaz ul Haq MNAs and Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA/Mover of the Bill and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - August 29, 2017

38th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research of the National Assembly was held today i.e 29th August, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Committee Room of the National Agricultural Research Centre, Park Road, Chak Shahzad, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

2.The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 29-03-2017.

3.Senior Director, National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology (NIGAB) briefed the Committee about the functioning of National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology (NIGAB). He said that this institution was established at NARC under the umbrella of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC). The major functions of National Institute for Genomics and Advance Biotechnology (NIGAB) was to give attention to the discipline of advance agriculture biotechnology and genomics (crops and animals).
He added that currently this institution was leading the research for security, food sovereignty and food safety in this country.

4.The committee appreciated the role of Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali, Sr. Director, NIGAB for playing vital role regarding to make the institution more valuable to this country. The Committee also emphasized that the research for development of new varieties of crops against disease, salinity and drought; selection of animal breed; and development of new drugs etc. should be continued on priority basis.

5.The Committee recommended that small farmers should be offered training/awareness programme for the betterment of agriculture sector. The Committee also recommended that government should provide subsidy to the farmers in this regard. The Committee further recommended that government should allocate maximum funds to this institution for growing and strengthening of agriculture sector in the country.

6.Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch, Dr. Fouzia Hameed and Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior Meets - August 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th August, 2017; 37th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, MNA.
 

2.      The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee offered Fateh on the death of Mr. Gulzar Khan, MNA and Mr. Khalid Ahmed Khan Kharal, Former Federal Minister. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. 
 

3.      The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 19-07-2017.
 

4.       The Committee considered the Bills on “The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2016” {Amendments in sections 2 & 5 of Act II of 1947} (Moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA), “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA), “The Religious Scholars, Ulema and Pesh Imams (Prayer Leaders) Welfare Bill, 2017 (Moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA) and decided that all above said Bills be deferred till the next Committee meeting.
 

5.      The Committee also considered two Bills “The Compulsory Solid Waste Management and Recycling Bill, 2017” (Moved by Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA) and “The Compulsory Sewage Water Management and Reprocessing Bill, 2017” (Moved by Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA) and decided that these two Bills may not be approved for further legislation.
 

6.      The representative from NADRA briefed the Committee about current status of blocked CNICs. The Committee showed its keen interest in the briefing and appreciated NADRA’s work for the nation. The Committee recommended that the Director General, NADRA in Karachi must be appointed on permanent basis. The representative from Ministry of Interior also briefed the Committee about the new license policy and extension of visa policy.
 

7.     Then the representative from National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) briefed the Committee about National Action Plan in view of recent wave of terrorism. The Committee appreciated the struggles made by armed forces against the terrorism as well as NACTA. The Committee directed the Authority that same message as we achieved our goals should be highlighted through reliable sources, so that, the American could be known about our struggles/sacrifices against the terrorism.
 

8.      The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under rule 224 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 under the Convenership of Kanwar Naveed Jameel, MNA with the Terms of References “To visit the Central Jail, Karachi and to probe the complaints/grievances of the prisoners”.
 

7.        Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Ms. Shazia Marri and Ms. Kishwer Zehra were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior, NACTA, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, Ministry of CADD, F.I.A and NADRA with their staff.  
 


Lowari Tunnel will remain operational for traffic during coming winter. NHA should timely complete work on Hassan Abdal – Hawelian Motorway - August 28, 2017

 

Lowari Tunnel will remain operational for traffic during coming winter

NHA should timely complete work on Hassan Abdal – Hawelian Motorway.

Delay in completion on Peshawar Northern By-Pass will not be acceptable. Standing Committee

 

Islamabad (                             ) Lowari Tunnel will remain operational for traffic during coming winter. NHA should complete work on Hassan Abdal – Hawelian Motorway. Delaying of completion on Peshawar Northern By-Pass shall not be acceptable. These announcements were made in today’s meeting of Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications.  It was told to the Committee that HassandAbdal – Hawelian Motorway will be operational by December, 2017. It was informed NHA wanted to complete the project by August, 2017 but it is not possible because of heavy rain. Committee directed to the Ministry for completion of project on time. Committee also directed for timely completion of Hawelian – Mansehra and Mansehra – Thakot road.

It was told to the Committee that construction of Peshawar Northern By-Pass has been divided into 4 Phases, Phase-1, from M-1 to Charsadda, had already been completed earlier. Remaining work on other phases will be completed on time as work is in process. Committee also directed that in case of delay by D.C. Peshawar or provincial government, Eng. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil and Usman Khan Tarkai may help by playing their roles, but no more delay is acceptable. Committee directed the NHA for preparing of the feasibility report about Southern By-Pass. It was also told to the members that Topi – Sawabi – Mardan road is 62 km long and connects important citiesand six districts to Peshawar. The public is facing problems because it is one-line road. Committee advised to connect this road with grand trunk road and check the possibilities for making it dual road on BOT basis. Committee appointed Usman Khan Tarkai to get latest update from provincial government.

The meeting was presided over by PTI’s MNA, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, whereas, Members National Assembly including Mr. Sarzameen, Mr. Mir Shabir Ali Bijarani, Mr. SaleemRehman, Mr. Usman Khan Tarkai and Ms. ShahjehanMunirMangrio attended the meeting. Similarly, the meeting was attended by Minister of State for Communications, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar, Secretary, Communications SadiqMemon and several senior civil officers.


NA Standing Committee On M/O Human Rights Meets Today - August 28, 2017

Islamabad, the 28th  August, 2017.  32nd meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 2:00 p.m. in the Briefing Hall of Tarbela Dam Rest House, Tarbela under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.
The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meetings held on 18th and 25th July, 2017.

The Director, PESCO informed the Committee that Chief Executive Officer could not attend the meeting due to official engagements in the meeting in Lahore and he will be responsible to accept the decision of the Committee, The Committee was assured to implement on the recommendation to minimize load-shedding from four to six hours.

The Committee was also assured by General Manager, Tarbela Dam Project to implement on    T-5 and the policy which will be prepared by the Standing Committee upon which Committee Members agreed and recommended that 30% quota of employments to the affectees of Tarbela Dam, Ghazi Brotha and Warsak Dam and 70% to the local people of the concerned areas be given. The Committee also clarified that there are three villages i.e. Hamlet Ghazi, 25 towns of Khalabat and Kangra Colony consisting on 13000 houses. Some are situated in hills, Soo Thathoo and in the areas of Punjab. The Committee also recommended that summary should be prepared by the General Manager Tarbela Dam Project on Tarbela and Warsak Dam affecttees and work on it promptly to to resolve the issues of affecttees.

The Committee dissatisfied on the reply of the WAPDA and expressed its displeasure on the non-provision of basic facilities like electricity, load-shedding by WAPDA from 16 to 18 hours in the Hamlet Colony, non-provision of jobs to the local people of Haripur, provision of only 10 to 15 voltage of electricity in upper Tanaawal, removal of electric meters from Warsak and submission of electric bills amounting to Rs.20,00000/- to the people on previous meters which destroyed in flood and non-installation of new electric meters to the affect tees of Warsak Dam Colony and its other areas. An Hon’able MNA also expressed displeasure on submission of electric bills of the factories by PESCO amounting to Rs.20,00,000/- to those people who have not provided any electric meters. He suggested that electric meters should be provided to the affecttees and take be action against the officials of PESCO who receive big amounts from factory owners. The Chief Finance Officer M/o Water and Power assured the Committee to register an FIR against the defaulter if some-one is found involved in corruption.

The Committee recommended that record of industries bills and meters readings of all the consumers since the year, 2014 to onward be provided to the Hon’able Member, Mr. Sajis Nawaz Khan within 15 days and report of record to the Committee in its next meeting so that blame could be proved or cleared.  The Committee also suggested to meet the Secretary, Minister for Water and Power and the Prime-Minister and show the bills amounting to Rs.20,00,000/-.

The Committee was informed on a query for supply of new electricity line from Tarbela Dam to the people of Haripur that it is the line of NTDC so net-work of NTDC will be observed due to voltage issue.  NTDC will be called in the next meeting of the Committee to resolve the issue of supply of electricity to Haripur.

The Committee also recommended the Ministry of Water and Power and General Manager, Tarbela to provide basic facilities of sewerage, drinking water, roads and streets to the affecttees of Tarbela Dam in Khalabat, Hamlet Ghazi and Kangra in accordance with the 1968-69 Policy. 

The meeting was attended by Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Water and Power and its attached department.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - August 28, 2017

Lowari Tunnel will remain operational for traffic during coming winter.

NHA should timely complete work on Hassan Abdal – Hawelian Motorway. 

Delay in completion on Peshawar Northern By-Pass will not be acceptable. Standing Committee

Islamabad (                             ) Lowari Tunnel will remain operational for traffic during coming winter. NHA should complete work on Hassan Abdal – Hawelian Motorway. Delaying of completion on Peshawar Northern By-Pass shall not be acceptable. These announcements were made in today’s meeting of Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications.  It was told to the Committee that HassandAbdal – Hawelian Motorway will be operational by December, 2017. It was informed NHA wanted to complete the project by August, 2017 but it is not possible because of heavy rain. Committee directed to the Ministry for completion of project on time. Committee also directed for timely completion of Hawelian – Mansehra and Mansehra – Thakot road.

 It was told to the Committee that construction of Peshawar Northern By-Pass has been divided into 4 Phases, Phase-1, from M-1 to Charsadda, had already been completed earlier. Remaining work on other phases will be completed on time as work is in process. Committee also directed that in case of delay by D.C. Peshawar or provincial government, Eng. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil and Usman Khan Tarkai may help by playing their roles, but no more delay is acceptable. Committee directed the NHA for preparing of the feasibility report about Southern By-Pass. It was also told to the members that Topi – Sawabi – Mardan road is 62 km long and connects important citiesand six districts to Peshawar. The public is facing problems because it is one-line road. Committee advised to connect this road with grand trunk road and check the possibilities for making it dual road on BOT basis. Committee appointed Usman Khan Tarkai to get latest update from provincial government.
 
The meeting was presided over by PTI’s MNA, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, whereas, Members National Assembly including Mr. Sarzameen, Mr. Mir Shabir Ali Bijarani, Mr. SaleemRehman, Mr. Usman Khan Tarkai and Ms. ShahjehanMunirMangrio attended the meeting. Similarly, the meeting was attended by Minister of State for Communications, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar, Secretary, Communications SadiqMemon and several senior civil officers.
 


NA Standing Committee on Energy meets - August 24, 2017

Islamabad; August 24, 2017: The 43rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Energy was held under the Chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA.
 

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

The Secretary, Ministry of Energy briefed the Committee about the performance of the Ministry after its re-organization. The Committee was also briefed about the following Bills:-
 

a.          “The Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power (Amendment) Bill, 2017”; and
 

b.          “The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (Amendment) Bill, 2017”
 

After detail deliberation on the Bills, the Committee decided to re-consider the Bills in the next meeting.
 

The Committee also emphasized that the department may accord the approval from the concerned competent authority to implement the decisions of the Committee relating to the requisite approval for enhancement of domestic gas connections to new localities from 200 to 300 connections and also directed that the Ministry should take immediate actions on the recommendations/directions which were made by the Committee in the last meeting held on 10th July, 2017.
 

Malik Ihtebar Khan, Syed Muhammad Saqlain Bukhari, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan, Mr. Shehryar Afridi, Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio  MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Minister of state (Petroleum Division), Minister of State (Power Division) and senior officers of the Ministry of Energy.
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production Meets - August 23, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in Committee room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 

2.         The Standing Committee discussed the working of the Leather Crafts Development Company (LCDC) and Spun Yarn Research & Development Company (SYRDC), Multan. During the meeting, presentation was given to the Standing Committee by the Chief Executive Officer LCDC and SYRDC about the working of the companies. The Standing Committee unanimously recommended that both companies LCDC and SYRDC showed be privatized.
 

3.         The Committee expressed its serious concern regarding the increase in Sugar Price for domestic markets and recommended that M/o Industries and Production, should refer the case to the Competition Commission of Pakistan to find out the reasons of the sugar price for domestic markets.
 

4.         Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA.
 


The NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today - August 21, 2017

Islamabad, the 21st August, 2017 The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the acting Chairmanship of Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA, as the Chairman Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi was not present due to his personal engagements.

2.The Committee briefed by NADRA representatives regarding Pakistan Origin Card (POC) and Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) issues. The NADRA officials informed the Committee that they have proposed amendment in NADRA Ordinance, 2000; in order to waive off the NICOP fees for the facilitation of the overseas working in Gulf States.      

3.Furthermore, Committee discussed several other miscellaneous issues and issued recommendations thereof.        

MNAs, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Ms. Aisha, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar and Ms. Suraiya Jatoi attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and NADRA.


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology meets - August 21, 2017

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology held today in Committee Room of Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) under the Chairmanship of Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA to consider “The National University of Technology Bill, 2017”.

After detail deliberations, the Committee unanimously recommended that “The National University of Technology Bill, 2017” as amended by the Standing Committee may be passed.

While briefing about the pros n cons of the Bill, Brig. Aftab Qureshi, apprised the Committee that technical manpower is the backbone and driving force of the economic development of a nation. In economically developed countries, knowledge based and technological education is therefore, accorded particular importance. However, in Pakistan technological education sector has generally remained ignored and under developed. It is a well-known fact that the non-availability of well-trained human resource in the technical fields, is seriously retarding our industrial growth. The situation is accentuated by the lack of recognition and virtual non-existence of the state of the art, higher education stream in the realm of technologies. In this backdrop, it has been conceptualized that a National University of Technology (NUTECH) be established to redress this deficiency. NUTECH envisions revolutionizing Technological Education Sector by introducing higher education in the technology streams. It shall also regulate and certify technical skill development in affiliated institutes to make it respective to the current and future needs of the industry and prospective opportunities offered by China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Establishment of NUTECH, being the first university in the fields of technology has the potential to all the existing vacuum on the lines of advanced countries, by providing platforms spread all over the Country. It would actualize the potentials of the large youth segment of our population to produce a productive and efficient workforce for the domestic requirements, as well as the export markets.

The following MNAs, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani and Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting.


N.A Standing Committee on Textile Industry meets - July 26, 2017

Islamabad, 26th July, 2017: A meeting of the Standing Committee on Textile Industry was held today in Committee Room of Ministry of Textile Industry,(1st Floor), Evacue Trust Complex, Agha Khan Road, Sector F-5/1 Islamabad. The meeting was chaired by Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, MNA. The Committee discussed the following Agenda:-

i) Briefing on Lahore Garment City;

ii) Discussion on the current alarming situation of the Textile Industry and proposals/suggestions to cope with the situation

2. The Committee showed satisfaction over the improving situation of different projects going on under the umbrella of Lahore Garment City. The Committee praised the revenue performance which has reportedly exceeded Rs. 125 million over the period of last four (4) years, regarding the issues being faced by the Textile Sector and particularly by the value added segments of the Textile Industry. The Committee stress that appropriate measures should be taken. The Committee recommended that the Federal Government should provide electricity at subsidized rates to the small and medium level Textile Industry.

3. The following members of the Committee attended the meeting; Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil,Mr. Jamshaid Ahmed Dasti, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat and Ms. Romina, Khurshid Alam, MNAs, Minister for Textile Industry and officers of the Ministry of Textile Industry.
 


N.A. Standing Committee Law & Justice meets - July 26, 2017

Islamabad, 26th July, 2017; 41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA.

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

3.Agenda Item No. i

  The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 02-05-2017.

4.Agenda Item No. ii

(a) The Committee considered “The Constitution (Twenty-ninth Amendment) Bill,2017”, in detail, due to divergent views of the Members of the Committee. The Committee remains unable to reach the consensus and decided to defer it till its next meeting for further deliberations.

(b) The Committee considered “The Arbitration and Conciliation Bill, 2015”,  (moved by Ms. Surriya Asghar, MNA) in detail. It was appraised by the Hon. Minister for Law and Justice that the Ministry has already done a detailed work for provision of separate Bill on Arbitration and Conciliation. Further, the Law Ministry has invited suggestions at its website from the public at large including Bar Councils and Legal Practitioners for up-gradation of Arbitration Act, 1940. As the up-gradation of the said Law is under its way, hence, there is no need to consider and approve the titled Bill. However, the Committee due to non availability of the Hon. Mover deferred the Bill till its next meeting. 

(c) The Committee considered “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017”(Amendment in Article 37) (Moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA) in detail and it was agreed by the Committee to defer the sai Bill till the opinion from the Minorities/Non-Muslims be obtain about the said amendment.

(d) The Committee considered “The Legal Practitioners and Bar Council(Amendment0 Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Saman Sultana Jafri, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

5.The Hon. Members/MNA/Mover Justice ® Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema, Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Mr. Muhammad Ahmed Tarar, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Syed Naveed Qamar, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Dr. Arif Alvi, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, Ms. Aisha and Minister for Law and Justice attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


NA House & Library Committee,meets - July 26, 2017

NA DEPUTY SPEAKER CHAIRS NA HOUSE AND LIBRARY COMMITTEE INSTRUCTS TO INITIAL LEGAL ACTION AGAINST FECHS FORMER PRESIDENT WON’T ALLOW ANYONE TO DEPRIVE EMPLOYEES OF
THEIR RIGHT: MURTAZA ABBASI

Islamabad: July 26, 2017:  The National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library expressed its annoyance over the delay in construction of additional suits and servant quarters in the Parliament Lodges, Islamabad and directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to resolve the matter immediately. Matters pertaining to possession of plots to members of NAECHS, budget and maintenance of Parliament House and up-gradation of National Assembly Library in addition to construction of suits for members of Parliament came under discussion in the meeting held here in Parliament House, today.

The Deputy Speaker resented the failure in construction of family suites at Parliament Lodges and said that the Project was started in May, 2011 and was to be completed in November 2013. However due to negligence of CDA and Construction Firm, the work on the said project could not be completed till date.  He said that despite several commitments before the Committee the construction firm did not make sincere efforts to complete the project. He said that due to the lethargic attitude towards the Contractor obligation and completion of the project within the stipulated time and extended time frame the project could not be completed till date.  He said that due to non-completion of this project the Parliamentarians who have not been provided residential accommodations are suffering for the last four years. He said that the contractor - in an attempt to put his incapability under the carpet and linger on the matter - has taken the matter the Arbitrator but the CDA is not seemed to be actively pursuing the case to dispose it off timely. The Committee directed the Chairman CDA to take personal interest in resolving the matter immediately and seek other possible legal solutions.

The members of the committee also expressed their grave concerns and expressed that not only the contractor failed to complete the project but also demolished the servant quarters and garages adjacent to Lodges resulting in severe difficulties for the residents.

The Committee also discussed the status of possession of plots to the Employees of the National Assembly Employees Cooperative Housing Society.  The Committee expressed its displeasure over delaying tactics in handing over the possession of plots to the National Assembly Secretariat employees by the Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society (FECHS).  The Committee also expressed its displeasure for not implementing Joint Venture Agreement between NAECHS and Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society for provision of plots to the employees of National Assembly and Senate. The Deputy Speaker held that according to the Joint venture, FECHS was bound to give possession of plots to 1096 members of Parliament but only 413 were awarded the possession. In addition to this negligence, the FECHS has been giving the possessions of expensive NAECHS land to irrelevant people instead of members of NAECHS.

The Deputy Speaker said that the FECHS former management did not implement the Joint Venture and is responsible for criminal negligence. He held that the former president of FECHS be held ineligible to take part in the FECHS elections and instructed the Registrar Cooperative House Societies, Islamabad to take action against him. He demanded to postpone the FECHS elections till an action is taken against the former president and FECHS’s current administrator be authorized to give allotment of plots. The Committee suggested initiating FIA investigations against the former President.
The Committee expressed its displeasure over poor cleanliness situation in the Parliament Lodges and directed the CDA to improve its maintenance department in this regard.

The Committee was attended by MNAs Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Dr. Ibadullah, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto and Mrs. Shahida Rehmani.
 


NA Standing Committee On Science & Technology meets - July 26, 2017

Islamabad, 26th July, 2017.

STANDING COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DISCUSSED THE PERFORMANCE OF PAKISTAN COUNCIL OF RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES (PCRET)

The Standing Committee expressed satisfaction over the performance of Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) however, the Committee was of the view that PCRET have the abilities to introduce modern technologies with their existing laboratories but unfortunately they could not able to perform well due to shortage of allocated funds. The Committee strongly recommended to enhance the budget of PCRET so that they could perform in the field of Research & Development. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology held today in Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) under the Chairmanship of Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA.

The Committee expressed dissatisfaction over non-cooperative attitude of the higher authority for not providing service protection to their employees and directed that PCRET should take appropriate steps to safeguard the interest of its employees so that they could able to perform their services for the betterment of the department.  The Committee also directed that PCRET should introduce their products in the market through public-private partnership so that the huge revenue could be added to government ex-chequer. The Committee was stunned to know that no project of PCRET has got approval by Planning Division in current PSDP however, the Committee directed the ministry to resubmit all proposed projects of PCRET to Planning Division for its approval.

MNAs, Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhary Armaghan Subhani, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Sajid Ahmad, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.       


NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets - July 25, 2017

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE PRODUCTION VISITS DEFENCE EXPORT PROMOTION ORGANIZATION

Islamabad; July 25, 2017: National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence Production visited Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO), Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA, this morning.

While briefing the delegation, the Director General DEPO Maj Gen Ahmad Mahmood Hayat, apprised about DEPO’s initiatives towards coordination, facilitation and promotion of exportable defence products of Pakistan’s public and private defence industries. In addition, Committee was also briefed about ongoing preparations for IDEAS-2018 to be held from 27-30 November, 2018 at Karachi Expo Centre. He stressed upon early resolution of subsidiary issue to facilitate participation of private defence manufacturers in IDEAS-2018 as well as devising a mechanism for their participation in international defence exhibitions in coordination with DEPO.
 
He further infomred the Committee that the export potential of Pakistan’s defence industry had grown substantially and was playing an increasing role towards country’s economic permanence. He said that through public private partnership, today these industries were capable to export their competitive defence equipment to perspective international buyers. To afford enhanced opportunities in new markets, Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) was the Premier Institution for promoting and showcasing initiatives services of Public & Private Defence Industry of Pakistan, he said. International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) under the flagship of DEPO was one of the mega events in the region with enhanced participation of both national and foreign defence manufacturers, venders and traders, he said.
 
The Committee while lauding DEPO’s efforts, emphasized on all relevant government ministries / departments for their all out support to DEPO to further enhance the defence exports of Pakistan. The Members of the Committee also visited DEPO Display Centre and highly appreciated the displayed products of various Pakistani defence industries.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Mr. Bhawan Das, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Sajid Hussain Tori and senior officers from Defence Defence Export Promotion Organization.
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets - July 25, 2017

Islamabad, the 25th July, 2017. 31st meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 11:00 am in the Committee Room of PIPS Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Acting Chairperson Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA. The Committee discussed the following agenda:

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING HELD ON 18TH JULY, 2017

The Committee, after recitation from the Holy Qur’an, decided to confirm the minutes of the previous meeting in its next meeting due to some minor changes.

TO REVIEW IMPLEMENTATION STATUS OF NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ACT, 2012 AND STATUTES, DEALING BY THE MINISTRY

The Committee reviewed the agenda subjected as above. The Secretary, National Commission for Human Rights briefed the Committee on it. The Committee recommended, on a query of an Hon’able MNA, that annual Special Report of the Commission should be provided through the M/o Human Rights to be reviewed in the Committee meeting in accordance with the Section 28 (Page-15) of the NCHR Act, 2012. It was replied that the report was ready and will be submitted to the Ministry of Human Rights. The Committee also recommended that the issue on the agenda should be revised and resolved to sit together with the Chairman, NCHR, Hon’able Minister for Human Rights in its next meeting. 

The Committee was also informed by the Secretary, NCHR that their Rules have been submitted to Establishment Division which are still under process.

The Committee recommended that Geneva Report should be provided to the Committee Members. The Committee also recommended that Standing Committee should be taken on board hence-forth to send at least its one Member with foreign delegation for the forth coming meetings of Geneva and other places.

The meeting was attended by Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - July 24, 2017

Islamabad; 24th July, 2017 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee unanimously recommended that “The National Air Transportation Safety Board Bill, 2014 (moved by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA) may not be proceeded further for legislation.  

The Committee expressed displeasure over the non-distribution of “Rashan” as Ramzan package during current year by Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) and directed that stringent measures may be adopted to ensure the distribution of Ramzan Package to the needy people every year.  The Committee further directed that PBM may give equal preference of all districts while providing financial assistance to the needy people as it had been observed that most of the beneficiaries belong to few districts. 

The Committee also considered the Resolution regarding allocation of separate quota of employment for domicile holders of Islamabad (moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA) and deferred it till its next meeting for further discussion.

The meeting was attended by Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, , Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA and Shiekh Aftab Ahmed, Minister in Charge Cabinet Secretariat and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


NA Standing Committee On Rules of Procedure and Privileges - July 20, 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
PRESS RELEASE
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RULES OF PROCEDURE AND PRIVILEGES MEETS TODAY
Islamabad, 20th July, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 a.m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.
PROPOSAL FOR THE NAME OF NEW ISLAMABAD AIRPORT AS QUAID-E-AZAM INTERNATION AIRPORT
2.      The Committee has unanimously recommended while passing a resolution that the name of new Islamabad Airport should be “ Quaid-e-Azam International Airport.
3.      The Committee disposed of the amendment moved by Ms.Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA in Rule 48 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 with the recommendation that there is no need to change this rule at this stage.
4.      The Committee pended the amendment moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechoho, MNA in Rule 122 and 244 and the Question of Privilege moved by Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, MNA against Mr. Muhammad Salman Khan, Baloch, MNA.
5.      The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahran, MNA against Mr. Babar Wahla, Assistant Director, Land, Gujranwala, with the direction to D.G, Land Record, Lahore to resolve the issue of the Hon. Member within one week otherwise the Committee would refer this issue to the Hon.Speaker.
6.      The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Mr.Ghulam Sarwar Khan, MNA regarding non-provision of loans to the Hon. Member by Financial Institutions and Private Banks with the recommendation that the Ministry of Finance should take some steps and make some amendments in rules regarding the definition of Political Exposed Persons.
7.      The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Dr. Nisar Ahmed Jatt, MNA against Mr. Akhtar Randhawa, CEO, HESCO with the recommendations that the Ministry of Water and Power should not re-hire the said Officer in his Ministry in future.
8.      On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA against PIA, constituted a Sub-Committee Committee under the convenership of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan, Legari, MNA and Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail as member.
9.      The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 22nd June, 2017 and re-confirmed the minutes of its meeting held on 13th April, 2017.
8.      The meeting was attended by Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Siyal, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khananakhail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Mir Aaijaz Hussain Jakhrani and Dr. Nisar Ahmed, MNAs/Mover.
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(Malik Khaleeq Ahmed)
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N.A. Standing Committee on Housing and Works - July 20, 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

PRESS RELEASE

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND WORKS DIRECTS FGEHF TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE OF DECISION OF THE FEDERAL CABINET REGARDING JV POLICY FOR LAND BANKING

 Islamabad; July 20, 2017: The Standing Committee on Housing and Works has directed Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) to ensure compliance of decision of the Federal Cabinet regarding Joint Venture policy for land banking in collaboration with private sector and concerns raised by the members of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works before initiation of development work on Thallian Interchange Joint Venture Housing Project. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Islamabad this morning.

The Committee was briefed about Thallian Interchange Joint Venture Housing Project in light of the observations of the Committee expressed in its previous meeting. The Director General, FGEHF apprised the Committee about the contents of the Summary submitted to the Federal Cabinet in year 2016 and the approval of the Cabinet, criteria for selection/pre-qualification of the companies, the detail of the participating companies and the Company finally selected for the Joint Venture Project. He also presented the documents of the land offered along with the detail of water availability and access to the project. He further informed that there was no irregularity committed in the project and the capability of Joint Venture Partner was thoroughly assessed before entering into agreement with him. He further informed that the issue was also under consideration of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the findings of the audit ordered by the PAC would be shared with this august Committee.

Members of the Committee expressed their concern about the capacity of the Joint Venture Partner to carry out the project in terms of availability of land with clear title and other amenities. The Committee directed FGEHF to ensure compliance of decision of the Federal Cabinet and concerns of the members of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works before initiation of development work on Thallian Interchange Joint Venture Housing Project. The Committee appreciated the efforts of Director Coordination, Pakistan Housing Authority Foundation (PHAF) and Director General, Quetta Development Authority for getting the encroached land of Kuchlak Project, vacated. The Committee directed the Managing Director, PHAF to ensure deployment of security guards on the site of the project to avoid its reoccurrence.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Nawabzada Mazher Ali,  Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal,  Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb,  Ms. Khalida Mansoor,  Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani,  Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Secretary M/o Housing and Works and other officers of the concerned departments.

  (MEHBOOB ALI GURMANI)

Director/Secretary Committee

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NA Standing Committee On Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage - July 20, 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
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NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON INFORMATION, BROADCASTING AND NATIONAL HERITAGE DISCUSSES “PROTECTION OF JOURNALISTS BILL, 2014”
Islamabad; July 20, 2017: The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage met in the Parliament House this afternoon under the chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA.
The Committee considered “The Protection of Journalists Bill, 2014”,  and deferred the Bill  along-with direction to the Information and Broadcasting Division  to complete all constitutional and legal requirements, in consultation with  Ministry of Law and Justice, Media Organizations and all other stakeholders without further delay as the legislation had already been delayed. The Committee was of the view that media persons and their families were vulnerable, therefore, measures from the State were imperative for their safety and welfare. The Committee further directed that the final draft Bill regarding the implementation of the law, up to the extent of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), after the consultation with Ministry of Law and Justice be presented in its next meeting, positively.
The Committee deferred “The PEMRA (Amendment) Bill, 2017” till its next meeting, due to the non-availability of Mover of the Bill. The Chairman of the Committee asked the members to meanwhile give valuable input.
The Committee was briefed about the performance and financial state of Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Company Limited (SRBC). The Committee was satisfied with performance of SRBC and its financial state. The Committee deferred the briefing on Agreement between SRBC and Sports Star International (SSI) regarding ATV channel for its next meeting.
The meeting was attended by MNAs; Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Jadoon, Ms. Saman Sultana Jaffri, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Secretary Information and Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.
 
(MEHBOOB ALI GURMANI)
Director/Secretary Committee
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NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination - July 20, 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
PRESS RELEASE
Islamabad, the 20th July, 2017
           
A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room of National Institute of Health, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider the Islamabad Compulsory Vaccination and Protection of Health Workers Bill, 2015 moved by Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA & The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017, (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA).
 
2.The Committee appreciated the immunization process being carried out by Provinces. The Committee discussed “the Islamabad Compulsory Vaccination and Protection of Health Workers Bill, 2015” in detail and passed the same as introduced by Dr. Zahra Wadood Fatami, MNA, unanimously.
 
3.The Committee recommended that the input would be received by the relevant departments before the next meeting for considering “the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA). The Committee deferred the Bill till its next meeting.
 
4.MNAs, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Qari Muhammad Yousaf, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan attended the meeting.
 
(ZUBAIR AHMED HAKRO)
Asst. Draftsman/Secretary Committee
 

 


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NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control Meets Meets - July 19, 2017

Islamabad, 19th July, 2017; 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Acting Chairpersonship of Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, 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 12-05-2017.

4.       The Committee considered the Bills on “The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new sections 167-A & 344-A, Act XLV of 1860) (Moved by Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA), “The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of sections 11, 13, 27, 67, 82, 89, 91, 95, 96, 97, 98, 115 & 117 Act X of 2015) (Moved by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA), “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of section 173, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, MNA), “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA), “The Religious Scholars, Ulema and Pesh Imams (Prayer Leaders) Welfare Bill, 2017 (Moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA) “The Compulsory Solid Waste Management and Recycling Bill, 2017” (Moved by Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA) and “The Compulsory Sewage Water Management and Reprocessing Bill, 2017” (Moved by Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA) and decided that all above said Bills be deferred till its next Committee meeting. The Committee considered and approved the request of Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA for his inability to attend the meeting due to her personal reasons.     

5.      The Committee considered the Bills on “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Shakila Luqman, MNA) and “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new section 364-B, Act XLV of 1860) and Amendment of schedule-II (Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA) and decided that both bills may not be approved for further legislation.

6.      The Committee considered the Bill on “The National Centre for Countering Violent Extremism Bill, 2017 (Moved by Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be referred to the Standing Committee on Defence through Hon. Speaker’s, office after adopting due process of law.

7.        The Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Syed Javed Ali Shah, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi and Ms. Kishwer Zehra were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control, I.C.T, Mayor, Islamabad, Ministry of Religious Affairs & Inter-Faith Harmony, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resources Development, Ministry of (CADD) and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.         
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - July 19, 2017

Pakistan Post needs reflective and immediate reforms to meet modern market needs: NA, Standing Committee Communication
Pakistan post office does concentration on postal life insurance to generate revenue
5 to 10% of profit of postal life is used for advertisement and development


Islamabad( ) Pakistan Post needs reflective and immediate reforms to meet modern market needs and Postal life Insurance (PLI) needs special awareness program in our society. Its 5 to 10 % of profit may be used for advertisement. These recommendations have been passed by Standing Committee on Communication. It was told to the Committee that Postal life had only 3% share in market whereas 58% state life and 39 % rest of companies. PLI has excellent opportunity to grow in market. Pakistani society has strapping Islamic values so Religious Scholars do give importance to PLI because its 100% shares are owned the by Govt. of Pakistan. Chairman & the Committee acknowledged that Pakistan Post required abrupt reforms for improvement of Pakistan Post this is market need

Secretary Communications and DG Pakistan Post also wanted such kind of reforms from grass root level. DG said, “We need Funds so that we can do for the betterment of Pakistan Post that we need.” The Committee also paid attention on Audit reports that is meager. Standing Committee said that PLI needed proper advertisement and the officials should pay attention to work on professional and commercial level. It was stressed that 10% of PLI’s profits must be used for advertisement. Members of Committee also emphasized on everlasting co-ordination of the Committee members and concerned officials, such kind of Practice may be accomplished for better results. It was informed to Standing Committee that PLI has won group insurance of Railway and WAPDA just because of its best performance. Standing Committee showed gratitude to the performance of PLI but desired for more attention, to earn billions for the nation.

The Standing Committee accentuate that it is important to implement the recommendation for horizontal results. Committee unanimously recommended to use iron hand to stop corruption.

MNAs Chaudhary Khalid Javaid Warraich, Ms, Maiza Hameed, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai and Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio attended the meeting beside Mr. Muhammad Sadeeq Memon, Frederal Secretary for Communications, Director General & Chairperson of Pakistan Post Office Department and other higher officers were also present.
 


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NA Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets - July 18, 2017

Islamabad, the 18th July, 2017. 30th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 11:00 am in the Committee Room of PIPS Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA. The Committee discussed the following agenda:
 

Agenda item No. 1

i) Confirmation of minutes of the previous meetings held on 4th and 13th July, 2017.
ii) Discussion on the issues of Human Rights violation in respect of allotment of plots to the effectees of Tarbella Dam and Warsak Dam
 

The Committee, after recitation from the Holy Qur’an, unanimously confirmed the minutes of the previous meetings.
 

The Standing Committee expressed its displeasure over view point of WAPDA that no violations of Human Rights have been committed by WAPDA with reference to allotment of plots to the effecttes of Tarbella and Warsak Dams whereas violations have been committed by WAPDA and a fair compensation was not paid to the affected person of Tarbella and Warsak Dams. It was informed by the two affected persons in the committee meeting that 70% affected persons have not been allotted substitution of land whereas 30% affected persons who were allotted substitution of land have been facing residential and other problems. It was also shared in the meeting that compensation was not given to the affected persons like peasants, landless fishermen, boats-men and gold extractors. It was stated that resettlement policy laid in the M/o Environment may be introduced.

Concession of 1100 unit electricity for three villages of Ghazi Hamlet, Kangra and Khlabat Township from the amount of Net Hydra was conditioned with the permission of NOC from the Chief Minister, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. PESCO and TESCO Chief Executive Officers were called in the next meeting which will be held on 28th July, 2017.   Chief Engineer WARSAK apprised the Committee that record of gardeners, Chowkidars, etc from scale1-2 who are appointed from local areas exists. The Committee recommended that 10 years’ record of appointment of scale.1-2 from WARSAK, Tribal Areas and Mehmand Agency be brought in the next meeting. The Committee also decided to visit the areas of WARSAK and TARbela Dams affected persons along with the WAPDA officers.


The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Penezai, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, M/o Water and Power, and its attached department. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Textile Industry Meets - July 18, 2017

STANDING COMMITTEE ON TEXTILE INDUSTRY DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF ALL PAKISTAN TEXTILE ASSOCIATIONS AND EXEMPTION OF LEASE CHARGES OF KARACHI GARMENT CITY

The Standing Committee on Textile Industry expressed strong displeasure over the frequent decrease in Export of the Country due to non-provision of Sales Tax refunds and non-availability of basic facilities resulting in the increase in trade deficit between Import and Export. The Committee was informed that the textile sector is facing difficulties in improving the export which needs to be addressed in order to improve the performance of Textile Sector. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Textile Industry held today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, MNA. 

The Committee expressed its reservation over the closure of 30 to 40% industry due high Tariffs of Electricity and Gas to value added associations and recommended that Tariff of Gas, Power and Wages should be brought down at par with regional competitors to make it competitive in the international market. The Committee directed the ministry to write a letter to Chairman, FBR for early release of Sales Tax Refunds to all Textile association in order to strengthen the Export of the Country. The Committee further recommended that implementation report on Prime Minister Package of Rs. 180 Billion announced for Textile Sector be submitted to the Committee on monthly basis.

The Committee expressed its concern over the taxes being imposed on Karachi Garment City in term of advance and withholding tax besides that it was the project of Federal Government. The Committee directed that the taxes imposed on Karachi Garment City should be exempted as Compared with other provinces. The Committee further directed to invite Chairman, FBR in the next meeting in order to resolve the said issue.

MNAs, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Col. (Redt) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam and Ch. Riaz-ul-haq attended the meeting, besides the officials of the Ministry.       
 


NA Standing Committee on Commerce Meets - July 18, 2017

Islamabad, 18th July 2017; 41st meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, 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 three previous meetings held on 27th March, 2017, 28th March, 2017 and 27th April, 2017.

4.         The Committee was briefed by the Ministry that no PTA/FTA has been signed by the present Government since 2013 to 2017. The Committee shows its concern about speedy trade deficit in exports. It was informed to the Committee that the Prime Minister has announced a package in recent past due to which the trade rate has been enhanced to 16% in the last month. The Committee recommends the Ministry that import of the commodities/products which are produced within Pakistan should be discouraged by imposition of taxes, tariffs and regulatory duties.

5.        The Committee was briefed by the Ministry that due to enhanced rates of oil, gas and electricity, the industries are facing problems to compete the international market resulting into decline of exports causing trade deficit in country. It was informed to the Committee that now the electricity and gas is regularly and continuously provided to the industries. It was recommended by the Committee that instead of giving cash subsidies to the industries, rebate on the rates of electricity and gas should be granted to all the industries. It was directed by the Committee that the exemption of General Sales Tax (GST) on exports of all commodities/products should be considered by the Ministry.

6.        The Hon. Members/MNA Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Zeb Jaffar, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Ms. Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana, Dr. Mehreen Razaque Bhutto, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Dr. Fouzia Hameed and Minister for Commerce attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Commerce with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee On Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatizatiion - July 14, 2017

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT

 

PRESS RELEASE

Dated: 14th July, 2017

 

57th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 14th July, 2017, in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

Agenda No. 1

i).                 Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 01-06-2017

Agenda No. 2

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

ii).                To consider “The Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Ms. Sajid Begum, MNA) (Referred on 07-03-2017).

iii).               To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) (Referred on 07-03-2017).

iv).               To consider “The Investment Corporation of Pakistan (Repeal) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 15-05-2017)

Agenda No. 3

i).                  Briefing by Governor State Bank of Pakistan on “The State of Pakistan’s Economy” for the year 2016-17.

ii).                Post Budget discussion regarding difficulties being faced by the exporters, industrialists, stakeholders and suggestions in this regard, if any.

iii).               Briefing by the Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), on the targets achieved by the FBR during current fiscal year 2016-17.

 

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 01-06-2016.

 

3.            The Committee considered the Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and directed to State Bank of Pakistan for properly advertisement of ongoing loaning schemes already launched by the government for disabled persons. The Committee further recommended to SBP for issuance of necessary directions to all banks for providing disclosure of loaning details to disabled persons on quarterly basis. The Committee unanimously recommended that the Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017 may be passed by the Assembly as reported by the Committee, introduced by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA.  

 

4.            The Committee considered the Investment Corporation of Pakistan (Repeal) Bill, 2017 and recommended that it may be passed by the National Assembly as reported by the Committee.

 

5.            While considering the matter regarding difficulties being faced by the exporters, industrialists and stakeholders the Committee directed the Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and State Bank of Pakistan to sit with the President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industries for resolving the problems of exporters. The Committee Members were informed by the stakeholders of textile industries they were of the view that government should restructure the loaning to the textile industry in lieu of the collateral provided by the stakeholders. After detailed discussion the Committee decided that a joint of the Standing Committees on Commerce, Textile and Finance & Revenue of the National Assembly would be called shortly in this regard. The Committee unanimously recommended that concerned Ministers should be requested to attend the said meeting. The Committee also discussed the issues regarding Pakistan Steel Melters Association and recommended to FBR to sit with them for resolving the problem facing by the Steel industry.      

 

6.            The Committee welcomed the Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on his posting and extended its well wishes. The Committee also appreciated the role of Dr. Muhammad Irshad Khan, former Chairman FBR. 

 

7.            The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mr. Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha,  Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Syed Naveed Qamar,  Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil and Ms. Sajida Begum, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Industries & Production, Ministry of Law & Justice, FBR and  SBP.

(AMIR OMER MALIK)

Secretary Committee


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production Meets - July 13, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in Committee room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad.
 

2.         The Committee discussed the matter pertaining to closing down Engineering Development Board (EDB) and during the meeting the consensus was developed between all the stake holders to revive EDB and a Sub-Committee was constituted under the Convenership of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA to probe into decision of its closure.
 

3.         The Committee also considered the report of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Standing Committee on Industries & Production on Pakistan Gems & Jewelry Development Company of (PGJDC), Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) and Furniture Company of Pakistan. The Committee recommended that all these three Departments i.e. PGJDC, PASDEC and furniture of Pakistan may be run by outsource.
 

4.         The Committee expressed its serious concern regarding the rehabilitation plan of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi and unanimously recommended that Steel Mills employees pensions and salaries should be released at the earliest. The Committee further expressed its displeasure on the disconnection of its gas for almost two years and for not taking any decision about its closure/fate. The Committee also recommended to file a reference in NAB on the deliberate delay regarding Steel Mills rehabilitation. 
 

5.         The Committee expressed its dissatisfaction over the devising policy on the consumer protection mechanism in Auto Policy and recommended that after the submission of Sub-Committee’s report on EDB,  another Sub-Committee may be constituted to examine the issue regarding the Auto Policy.
 

6.         Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Asad Umar, MNA (Chairman), Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, MNA, Dr. Shezra Sardar Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Ch. Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA and Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, MNA.
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets - July 13, 2017

Islamabad, the 13th July, 2017. 29th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.
 

The meeting commenced with recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee discussed the following agenda:
 

Agenda item No. 2
 

ii)                  Briefing on implementation status of Action Plan for Human
 

Briefing was given by the Director General, M/o Human Rights on the above subject in detail. He apprised the Committee that the Hon’able Prime-Minister, Islamic Republic of Pakistan approved the Action Plan for Human Rights on 13th February, 2016. In pursuance of its implementation, the Prime-Minister has constituted a National Task Force(NTF) under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Human Rights, comprising of federal ministries, provincial departments and members of parliament for prompt implementation of Action Plan to improve human rights situation in Pakistan in May, 2016. He added that two meetings of National Task Force have been held on 27th September, 2016 and 10th May, 2017. Provincial Task Forces have also been constituted in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and AJK to review and monitor the implementation of the Action Plan at provincial level.
 

The Hon’able Chairman, Standing Committee apprised the Committee that they have already visited Lahore. Now the Committee may visit to Peshawer and Mardan to check the jails position and talk to Chief Minister and Minister for Human Rights therein. He added that Committee Members will visit all the Chief Ministers of five provinces with reference to Task Force to resolve the issues of human rights.


Director General M/o Human Rights also mentioned that they have established Help Line for free of cost legal advice to the human rights violation cases and referral for redressal. He added that total calls received 74098 and legal advice as also provided to 2644 victims, etc.  He also added that implementation cell is also being prepared by the Ministry to resolve all the work of human rights. 


Asiya Naz Tanoli, MNA apprised the Committee that many vulgar and based on immorality programs like Chuingum Drama, Cartoon, Kala Jadoo and Naagan aur spaera programs are being shown in different media channels should be stopped by PEMRA which air to human violation in the society.
 

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Kishwer Zehra,  Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department.
 


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication Meets - July 12, 2017

Islamabad, 12th July 2017: The 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication (M/o IT&T) was held under the Chairmanship of Captain (Retd.) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

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

3.      The representative from Special Communication Organization (SCO) briefed the Committee regarding existing and future plans of SCO and also functioning of SCO. He informed the Committee that SCO was raised in July, 1976 on the directions of the Prime Minister in which it was decided that transfer communication responsibility of the AJ&K /NAs and parts of the Tribal Territories to Army. This also includes the construction and maintenance of roads. The requirements of Defence are paramount. Please work out extent and modalities of the transfer.

4.       He also informed the Committee that SCO was made part of legislation through section 40 of Pakistan Telecom (Re-organiztion) Act- 1996. Special Communications Organization Notwithstanding anything contained in section 39, the telecom services, within the Northern Areas and Azad Jammu & Kashmir shall be operated by the SCO and the Authority shall issue a license to the organization accordingly.

5.       He further informed the Committee about the launching of NGMS Services in Gilgit-Baltistan. It was informed that they are also working in FATA and trying to get grant of necessary mandate spectrum and required funds to operate in FATA.

6.      The Hon. MNAs/Member Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication were also attended the meeting.


NA Sanding Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan met today - July 11, 2017


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met in Parliament House, Islamabad. - July 11, 2017

The Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat met in Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Committee unanimously recommended that “The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) may be passed with proposed amendments.

The Committee directed that Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) may expedite the process of procurement of printing machinery as per PPRA rules to meet the requirements of printing especially during the upcoming general elections.

The Committee directed that CA&AD may pursue the case with CDA effectively to get the possession of remaining land for extension of NIRM hospital and report to the Committee in the meeting.

The expressed strong displeasure over the failure of Liver Transplant Center, PIMS which could not be functional due to lack of coordination and mismanagement of PIMS administration. The Committee decided to fetch kind attention of the Hon. Prime Minster of Pakistan towards the said issue in order to make it functional without further delay. The Committee also expressed concern over the stoppage of visa by Indian embassy to the patients of liver transplant and recommended that concerned authorities may take up the issue with Indian embassy for amicable solution.

The Committee, therefore, constituted four Members Sub-Committee headed by Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, MNA to probe the reasons of failure of Liver Transplant Center and fix responsibility against the responsible to penalize the culprits accordingly.

The following MNAs i.e Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Syed Javed Ali Shah, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Ms. Parveen masood Bhatti, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem,         Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. FArhana Qamar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Qasim Noon, Dr. Marheen Razaq Bhutto, Mr. Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and mover the Bill Dr. Fouzia Hameed were present in the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication (M/o IT&T) met today - July 11, 2017

Islamabad, 11th July 2017: The 27th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication (M/o IT&T) was held under the Chairmanship of Captain (Retd.) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

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

3.     Agenda item i.

        The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its last meeting held on 09th May, 2017.

4.     Agenda item ii.

          The representative from Universal Services Fund (USF) gave detail briefing on USF ongoing and future projects along-with completion date and fund utilization up to 30th June, 2018. He also explained the year-wise receipts and expenditure position as of June 30, 2017 approximately 36,877,965,355 Billion. USF also briefed the programs to utilize the fund for its intended purpose. In this regards they have been designed the programmes to cater for the needs of unserved and underserved segment of population across Pakistan. USF also intends to provide coverage to the unserved areas in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, headed. Further more USF is also gathering data from telecom operators regarding their existing coverage in the country and also design projects to upgrade existing infrastructure to provide 3G services.

5.      Agenda item iii.

          The representative from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) informed the committee that PTA had already established a web analysis cell where 25 personnel are working solely on identifying unlawful content on internet including the blasphemous. In this regard, PTA blocked 12,977 URLs Blasphemous URLs and more than 6000 complaints were reviewed and processed accordingly. Facebook has also designated focal person to coordinate with PTA for prompt action against the reported material. Facebook reiterated their commitment toward removal/blocking of the blasphemous and objectionable content and assured that they will improve the cooperation and response time. The Committee expressed displeasure over the absence of DG, FIA in the meeting and decided to take serious action, in this regard.

 6.     The Hon. MNAs/Member Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Shazia Mubashar Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Nouman Islam Shaikh, Amjid Ali Khan, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and Federal Investigation Authority were also attended the meeting.


Meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Climate Change - July 10, 2017

Islamabad the 10th July, 2017: A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 10th July, 2017 in Parliament House.

The Standing Committee discussed the following agenda.

i.        Precautionary measures taken by the Ministry of Climate Change for current monsoon season.

ii.      Briefing by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) regarding updated working policy of growing seeds.

iii.    Briefing by Forest Department, Government of Punjab regarding cutting of precious trees alongside Murree Expressway and what steps have been taken against those culprits.

iv.    Briefing on implementation of Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Project.

v.      Briefing by Forest Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regarding losses of life and property caused by wildfire in Buner, KPK.

The Committee suggested that the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) should be strengthen.

The Standing Committee further recommended that soil accepted species of plants should be planted. The Committee also expressed concern over the Buner fire accident wherein no timely and proper measures were taken to control this fire.

Members who attended the meeting: Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, Chiarman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, MNA,Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA and Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).


NA Standing Commitee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony meets today - July 10, 2017

Islamabad, the 10th July, 2017. A meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony met today at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room of Ministry of Religious Affairs & Inter-faith Harmony Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Hafiz Abdul Kareem, MNA to discuss the following agenda:-

i)                     Recitation from the Holy Quran;

ii)                   Confirmation of the minutes of the previous meeting.

iii)                  Briefing on the award of quota to Hajj Tour Operators especially after directions of Supreme Court of Pakistan

iv)                  Current status of arrangements for Hajj, 2017 both in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

v)                   Any other item with the permission of the chair.

The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting after recitation of the Holy Quran. The Committee had already recommended in the previous meeting of 3rd July, 2017 to reject the list of 29 new companies which was approved by the Federal Cabinet in the Policy formulation Committee and asked the Ministry to reframe the policy to distribute the quota of private Hajj scheme keeping in view the small provinces like KPK, Balochistan and Azad Jamu and Kashmir  with the formula that  40% Private Sector quota of 71684 pilgrims out of which 10% quota of pilgrims should be decreased of those who have more than 150 pilgrims, which becomes 7168 pilgrims whereas new tour operators should not be given quota of more than 50 pilgrims. and report to the Committee in its next meeting of 10th July, 2017.  But the M/o Religious Affairs has repeated the same list in its next meeting and could not taken the Standing Committee into confidence due to which the committee expressed displeasure and walked out having protest against the M/o Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony for non-implementation on the recommendations of the Standing Committee.

The meeting was attended by Malik Abdul Ghafar Dogar, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr, Ramesh Lal Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Molvi Agha Muhammad Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, , and Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony besides senior officers from the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on P&NR Recommends enhancement of New Gas Connections to one Million per year - July 10, 2017

Islamabad; July 10, 2017: Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources has recommended enhancement of new domestic gas connections up to one million per year enabling the gas distribution companies to provide gas connection to the gas consumers. The Committee also recommended enhancement of domestic connections to new localities by 100 connections. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee recommended enhancement of new gas connections in wake of huge number of pendency with the gas distribution companies. The committee was apprised that OGRA had allowed 0.5 million new domestic gas connections to the gas distribution companies per year, however, due to huge number of pendency, the companies were unable to meet the demand. The Committee was further apprised that 200 connections were allowed to be provided to new localities. The Representative of OGRA informed the Committee that the Regulatory Authority had no objection on the increase as recommended by the Committee in case of the gas companies had the capacity to carry out the task.

The Committee while discussing the performance of Pakistan State Oil expressed its satisfaction, however, directed PSO to aggressively pursue measures to realize its recoverable from government departments. The Committee expressed its satisfaction on the performance of Pakistan Minerals Development Corporation (PMDC) and Hydro-Carbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP).

While discussing the implementation status of action taken by OGDCL on recommendations made in the previous meeting of the committee, directed the OGDCL Management to pursue the inquiries on irregularities in disbursement of WPPF, misuse of medical facilities and theft of diesel and apprise the Committee about their outcome.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Laghari, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Syed Muhammad Saqlain Shah Bukhari, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich,  Nawab Ali Wassan, Mr. Imran Khattak Mr. Abdul Waseem, Mr. Sajid Ahmed,  Secretary M/o P&NR, Senior Officers of the concerned departments. 


Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today - July 10, 2017

Islamabad, the 10th July 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the acting chairmanship of Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, as the Chairman Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi was abroad.

2.         The representative of M/o Law & Justice informed the Committee that the Bills, “the Domestic Workers (Employment Rights) Bill, 2016” (moved by Dr.Azra Fazal Pechuho MNA), “the Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (moved by Ms.Aliya Kamran, MNA) and “the Children (Pledging of Labour) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) fall under the ambit of M/o Interior. Therefore, the Committee referred the said Bills to the M/o Interior.

3.         The Committee discussed “the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017” moved by Dr. Shazia Sobia, MNA in detail. The Secretary M/o OP & HRD assured the Committee that the proposals of honourable MNAs would be incorporated in another Government Bill, which is under consideration in the Ministry.

4.         The Committee was informed by Employment Old Age Benefits Institute (EOBI) that the FIA started 18 inquiries, out of which 16 cases were registered by lodging FIRs against the private individuals and officials involved in the transactions including Mr. Zafar Iqbal Gondal, Ex-Chairman. The Committee recommended that the FIA may provide the details of 16 cases registered against the responsibles in the next meeting. The Committee recommended that the EOBI Legal Team would pursue the cases actively and properly in the Supreme Court.

5.         The Committee further recommended that the yearly financial report of EOBI must be presented in the National Assembly.

         MNAs, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Syed Sajid Mehdi, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Shaguft Jumani, Ms Aliya Kamran, Mr. Nasir Khan, Ms. Aisha and mover of the Bills Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA and Dr. Shazia Sobia, MNA attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and M/o Law and Justice.    


NHA and Motorways Police may improve the Road’s Safety Laws. Court cases, with foreign investors may be concluded soon - July 10, 2017

Islamabad the 10th July, 2017: Safety laws for National Highways and Motorways. NHA and Motorway Police should submit a piece of draft law for consideration of the Committee and for legislation by the Parliament, these instruction were given by the Standing Committee on Communication of National Assembly during its meeting held in the Parliament House.

The Committee asked the Ministry of Communications about the machinery available near the Burhan Laboratory. The Committee was informed that the machinery belonged to a Turkish Company while a Court Case is also in progress between NHA and the company for the last ten years. The Standing Committee directed that all such cases may properly be perused and got decided soon. The Standing Committee was informed that it has purchased some 800 kanals of land for a state of the art laboratory. It was informed to the Committee that, previously we used to follow the constructions standards of USA. Thereafter, it was thought that Pakistan should have its own standards because the environmental conditions of the Pakistan are different from that of USA. The Standing Committee was informed that JAICA has been informed about cooperation our laboratory and now Ministry of Communication has signed an agreement with China to improve the laboratory. The laboratory will not only fulfill the needs of the country but it will serve the region too. The Standing Committee was informed that Fort Minro, in the Hilly area of Balochistan, NHA has constructed the road on latest bridges which are example of its own. The meeting was attended by several MNAs and senior officers of NHA and Motorway Police.


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology Meets - July 6, 2017

STANDING COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CONSIDER THE REPORT OF MINISTRY REGARDING THE COLLECTION OF SAMPLES OF GHEE, MILK AND BOTTLED WATER
 

The Standing Committee expressed its concern that out of 22000 items only 108 products are included in the mandatory list of Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) despite the fact, that these items have licenses but the department could only take actions against the mandatory products. The Committee directed that PSQCA should formulate a policy in order to keep check & balance on non-mandatory products so that the quality of these products could not be compromised. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology held today in Ministry of Science and Technology under the Chairmanship of Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA.

The Committee was informed that overall results of open market surveillance reveal that in Islamabad and its peripheries the conformance level to the relevant PSS is quite good except Bottled Drinking Water which is significantly less than the average level of overall performance. The Committee directed that PSQCA should take strict action against those manufacturers who did not fulfill the required criteria and its report be submitted to the Committee on monthly basis. The Committee further directed that PSQCA should coordinate with media personals in order to expose the sub-standard manufacturers.

MNAs, Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Sajid Ahmad, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Shahjahan Muneer Mangrio and Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.       
 


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works Meets - July 6, 2017

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND WORKS SEEKS COMPREHENSIVE BRIEFING ON THALIAN JV PROJECT
 

Islamabad; July 6, 2017: The Standing Committee on Housing and Works has sought a comprehensive briefing by the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) on Thalian Joint Venture Housing Project in its next meeting. The Committee directed for presentation of all substantiating documents in that regard. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning.

The Committee decided to have a comprehensive briefing from the FGEHF on Thalian Joint Venture Housing Project in view of the concerns raised by the Members of the Committee regarding availability of water, title of land, access from the Islamabad-Lahore Motorway and eligibility of the Joint Venture (JV) Partner. The Members of the Committee were of the view that neither Joint Venture Partner was selected as per approval of the Cabinet and laid down procedures by the Government nor JV partner had the capacity to carry out the project. They also raised their concerns about the feasibility of the project in terms of availability of water, title of land and access from the Islamabad-Lahore Motorway.

The Committee while discussing the progress on the implementation of recommendations of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works on PM’s Low Cost Housing Project in Kuchlak, Balochistan expressed its dissatisfaction and directed M/o Housing and Works to initiate immediate actions as suggested by the Sub-Committee in its report. The Committee also directed Pakistan Housing Authority to assist Quetta Development Authority (QDA) for removal of encroachments from the land of the said project. The Committee was apprised by the Director General, QDA that said land was massively encroached and till the removal of encroachers feasibility of the project could not be carried out. He assured Government of Balochistan’s support for removal of encroachers and conduct of feasibility study. The Committee directed for removal of encroachers within 15-days under intimation to the Committee.

The Committee after briefing on the policy of PHA for allotment of plots for Mosques in its projects directed the Ministry to take representatives of all disgruntled sects on board who had been disregarded during the allotment process of such plots. The Chairman informed the Committee that he had received various complaints regarding allotment of plots for Mosques by PHA to representatives of only one sect. The Committee directed the Ministry to formulate a policy in this regard and also work on the proposal of constructing Mosques through its own resources in all its future projects instead of allotting plots for the purpose, creating disgruntlement and litigation.

Earlier, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, MNA presented report of the Sub-Committee on Estate Office under his convenership. The Committee appreciated his efforts for presenting a comprehensive report on the malpractices and irregularities in the Estate Office. The Committee decided to discuss the said report in its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch,  Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan,  Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb,  Ms. Khalida Mansoor,  Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani,  Mr. Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani,   Mr. Sajid Nawaz Khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan,  Molana Ameer Zaman, Secretary M/o Housing and Works and other officers of the concerned departments.
 


CDA is not looking serious to develop Sector, E-12 Islamabad: (Standing Committee on Government Assurances); The most beautiful capital of the world is likely to be converted into most ugly capital of the world due to poor performance of CDA; Governm - July 5, 2017

Islamabad (5th July, 2017 ) “CDA is, apparently, not serious to develop Sector E-12; this observation is made by the standing Committee on Government Assurances in its meeting held in Parliament House. The meeting of the Standing Committee was attended by nine MNAs including Muhammad Afzal Khokar, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, Sardar Muhmmad Irfan Dogar, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azghar, Syed Sajid Mehdi, Abdul Hakeem Baloch, Mr Shafqat Mahmood, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan and Ms. Shagufta Jummani. The meeting was also attended By Mrs Nargis Ghaloo, Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD). Senior officers of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Water and Power, CEO of HESCO and CEO of SEPCO also attended the meeting.

The Standing Committee was informed that periods of more than thirty years have been passed but the CDA did not develop Sector E-12 of Islamabad. The Committee took very serious notice of the absence of Chairman CDA in the meeting. The Committee directed Chairman CDA to attend next meeting of the Standing Committee in person and explain the reasons of not developing the Sector E-12, failing which appropriate action would be initiated under the rules. The Standing Committee observed that the Islamabad, being the most beautiful capital of the world, was likely to be the ugliest capital of the world in next thirty years due to poor performance of CDA.

The Committee also considered the performance of Ministry of Water and Power. The Committee was informed that sometimes electricity bills were received to the consumers after the due date. And if the bills are received before the due date these are received just before the due date. So, it creates problems for the consumers. The Standing Committee on Government Assurances directed the Ministry of Water and Power to improve the billing system and come up with a mechanism to deliver the bills at least two week before the due date.

The Standing Committee was informed that during 2013 to October 2016 some 578 Assurances were given on the floor of the House. The implementation reports of the Assurances are regularly being demanded by different Divisions. During last three months implementation reports of 85 Assurances have been received from different Divisions. The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran and concluded with mutual vote of thanks. 


NA Standing Committee on Ministry of Human Rights meets today - July 4, 2017

Islamabad, the 4th July, 2017. 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 11:00 am in the Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The Committee discussed the following agenda:

Agenda item No. 1

i)                    Confirmation of minutes of the previous meetings;

Agenda item No. 2

i)                   Considered the Bill titled as “The Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 15-05-2017);

ii)                  Considered the Bill titled as “The Juvenile Justice System Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 24-05-2017)  

Agenda item No. 3

ii)                 Discussion on the issues of Human Rights violation in respect of allotment of plots to the affect tees of Tarbella Dam;

iii)                Briefing on investigations of the murder case of Bakhshish Elahi, Journalist, Haripur;

iv)                 Any other item with permission of the Chair.

2.         The Committee, after recitation from the Holy Qur’an, unanimously confirmed the minutes of the previous meetings.

3.         The Committee unanimously decided to move the privilege motion on the issue of wrong propaganda of smile Frontier Post, Siyaq, ARY and News Channel against the honour and dignity of the honourable Chairman, Standing Committee on the M/o Human Rights. 

4.         The Committee considered the Bill titled as “The Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 15-05-2017) and approved unanimously with the amendment in sub-section (b) of section 5 as “is unattended, victim of an offence, child domestic & such other workers found begging, imprisoned with the mother or lives in immoral environment”.

5.         The Committee also considered the Bill titled as “The Juvenile Justice System Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) (Referred on 24-05-2017) and approved unanimously with the minor amendment in sub-section 1 of section 8.

6.         The Committee discussed the agenda No.3 (i) on the issues of Human Rights violation in respect of allotment of plots to the affect tees of Terbela Dam. The Committee was briefed by General Manager Terbela Dam Project and apprised that the affect tees who applied at that time they were allotted plots and compensation was also given to them. The Committee expressed displeasure on the statement of the General Manager, Tarbella Dam Project and shared its views that 52,000 people have not yet been provided their rights of compensation by constructing illegal dam. It is the violation of human rights that one austro-turf spread in the area worth Rs.4billion is also being wasted. No school facility has yet been provided to the people in that area. The Committee dissatisfied with the briefing of the General Manager, (TDP) and directed the Ministry of Human Rights to direct WAPDA to bring the complete record of all the dams. The Committee also invited the two special invitees to explain the situation of affect tees of Tarbella Dam in the next meeting on the issues of human rights violation in respect of allotment of plots to the affect tees of all the dams.

7.         The Committee was also given briefing by the District Police Officer, Haripur on investigation of the murder case of Bakhshish Elahi, Journalist, Haripur. He apprised the Committee that they have picked up many people to investigate the murder case, it will be complete merit based investigation. He added if someone runs out of the country, they may capture the culprit to issue black warrant through Interpol and investigation will be done within a couple of days.

8.         The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department.


N.A.Standing Committee on Religious Affairs & Interfaith harmony meets - July 3, 2017

 

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SECRETARIAT
Committee Wing
PRESS RELEASE

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON RELEGIOUS AFFAIRS AND INTERFAITH HARMONY MEETS TODAY

Islamabad, the 3rd  July, 2017. A meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony met today at 02:00 p.m. in the Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Hafiz Abdul Kareem, MNA to discuss the following agenda:-
i)                     Recitation from the Holy Quran;
ii)                   Confirmation of the minutes of the previous meeting.
iii)                  Briefing on the award of quota to Hajj Tour Operators especially after directions of Supreme Court of Pakistan
The Committee confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting after recitation of the Holy Quran. The Committee discussed the agenda item No. III in detail. The Chairman, Standing Committee apprised the Committee that Government have 60% whereas Private Tour Operators have 40% quota for pilgrims. According to the direction of Supreme Court of Pakistan Quota of pilgrims should be given to new tour operators who had already given applications and some out of them who have been deprived of their Haj Quota are trying to appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.  The problem lies with the old tour operators who have not reserved booking of their 50,000 Hajj flights. Its decision should be made within two days.

The Joint Secretary, M/o Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony briefed on the agenda and apprised the Committee that 2% quota was provided by the Hajj Policy Formulation Committee constituted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to the top most new 29 Companies on merit basis The Committee expressed displeasure on the provision of wrong quota to the new companies by the M/o Religious Affairs ignoring the high powered committee constituted by the Prime-Minister, Islamic Republic of Pakistan consisting on the Chairman, St. Committee of the Senate on the M/o Religious Affairs, Chairman, St. Committee of the National Assembly on the M/o Religious Affairs, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and the M/o State for Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony.

The Committee unanimously decided to reject that list of 29 new companies and suggested that M/o Religious Affairs have 40% Private Sector quota of 71684 pilgrims out of which 10% quota of pilgrims should be decreased of those who has 150 pilgrims or more than it, which becomes 7168 pilgrims whereas new tour operators should not be given quota of more than 50 pilgrims. Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA also suggested to include the small provinces like Balochistan, Kashmir and others while fixing the quota of pilgrims. The Committee decided to convene its meeting on 10th July, 2017 at 11:00am in the committee room of M/o Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony.

The meeting was attended by Malik Abdul Ghafar Dogar, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah,  Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mr, Ramesh Lal Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Molvi Agha Muhammad, and Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony besides senior officers from the Ministry.
(ASGHA JALAL)
D.S/Secretary Committee

 


National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today - June 23, 2017

Islamabad, the 23rd June, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee was briefed on the Bill titled “The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) by the Ministry of SAFRON in detail. However the said Bill was deferred for its next meeting with the suggestion for further study the Bill and share with the people of their constituencies. The Committee was informed that after enactment the Bill, it will repeal the FCR Law in FATA as it was the long standing demand of the people of FATA.

2.         The Minister for SAFRON also briefed the Committee over the salient features of the said Bill in detail. He also readout the recommendations finalized by the Reforms Committee on FATA and approved by the Cabinet before the Committee as well. To a question regarding the word of merger of FATA in KP, he told the Committee that there were total 26 recommendations made by the FATA Reforms Committee for reforms in FATA wherein the word used of bringing the FATA in mainstream in next five years. He further said that the Committee has the mandate to pass or reject the said Bill.

3.         The issue of tax extension to FATA also came under discussion and the members from FATA raised their strong reservations over it and demanded from the Federal Government to review on it. Mr. Bismillah Khan, MNA also did token walkout on the decision of imposing tax in FATA and said that the FATA is war torn area and it will be great in justice with the people of FATA if not withdrawn the decision by the Federal Government.

4.         The Committee also decided that FATA members who are not the members of the Committee would also be invited in the next meeting to obtain their point of view/input regarding the aforementioned Bill.

5.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Mr. Nasir Khan, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Usman Tarakai, Marri, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali MNAs and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure & Privileges meets today - June 22, 2017

Islamabad, 22nd June, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room No.2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.

2.      The Committee pended the amendments moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA in rule 122 and 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

3.      The Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, MNA regarding non-provision of loans to the Hon. Member by Financial Institutions and Private Banks, the Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Nisar Ahmed Jatt, MNA, regarding alleged decline of Mr. Akhtar Randhawa, CEO, HESCO, the Question of Privilege raised Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA regarding indifferent attitude of flight crew of PK-711, the Question of Privilege raised by Mir Aijaz Hussein Jakhrani, MNA, regarding disrespecting/ abusing the authority of the Chair and sanctity of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping were also pended by the Committee.

4.      The Committee disposed of the issue related to non-action on the letter of Hon. Member by Mr. Khizar Hayat Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and Mr. Qasim Khan, Secretary, Workers Welfare Fund regarding irregular appointments, promotions and absorption of Mr. Abdul Hameed Jumani, Director General Education and Welfare, Syed Nauman Shah, Director and Mr. Zubair Malik, Assistant Director, Workers Welfare Fund.

5.      On the Question of Privilege raised by Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, the Committee expressed its displeasure for not-attending the meeting by I.G.P, Sindh and his concerned Police Officers. The Committee directed the I.G.P, Sindh to provide the detail of security personnel deputed with the Parliamentarians and the others alongwith their duration of postings.

6.      The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 28-4-2017.

7.      The meeting was attended by Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Mr. S. A. Iqbal Quadra, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Salahuddin, MNAs/Movers.


NA Standing Committee On Information & Broadcasting Directs For Early Completion Of Consultation On Journalists Protection Bill - June 20, 2017

Islamabad June 20, 2017: Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage met in the Parliament House this afternoon under the chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA.The Committee while discussing “The Protection of Journalists Bill. 2014”, directed Information and Broadcasting Division to complete consultation with the stakeholders and media organization without further delay as the legislation had already been delayed. The Committee was of the view that media persons and their families were vulnerable, therefore, measures from the State were imperative for their safely and welfare. The Committee deferred “The PEMRA (Amendment) Bill, 2017” till its next meeting, providing Members of the Committee, an opportunity to give their valuable input.

The Committee was not satisfied with the performance of Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) and directed to assert its authority provided under the PCP Law to check pervasive violation by print media. The Committee also sought details of suo moto actions initiated by PCP against print media. The Committee decided to hold another meeting on the working and performance of PCP.

The Committee expressed displeasure on the PTV Engineering department on non-competition of TV Transmission Boosters despite lapse of considerable time. The Committee asked the Secretary Information Division currently holding the charge of Managing Director (PTV) to inquire into the delay and identify the persons responsible for that inordinate delay causing loss to national exchequer and submit his findings to the Committee within one month.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Mr. Waseem Akthar Sheikh, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Mr. Murad Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Jadoon, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, CH. Muhammad Tufail, Dr. Fouzia Hameed (Mover), Secretary Information and Broadcasting Division and heads of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training meets - June 20, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform Meets - June 19, 2017

Islamabad, the 19th June, 2017, The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at 11.00 a.m. in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Secretary M/o Planning, Development and Reform informed the Committee that the independent Project Directors would be appointed for those projects which are approved by Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC).  The Committee recommended that Ministry may provide a complete list of Project Directors to the Committee for its perusal.

The Chief Executive Officer (FESCO) assured the Committee that the electrification work in NA-73 under Pakistan SDGs and Community Development program will be completed by end of July, 2017. The Committee recommended that the M/o Water & Power may submit its funds execution policy before the Committee in the next meeting.

The General Manager NESCOM informed the Committee that 33% work of the project of National Electronics Complex of Pakistan (NECOP) has been completed.

The Committee was informed that the remaining issue of construction of bridge on River Indus to link Kallur-Kot with Dera Ismail Khan would be resolved before the next meeting. Moreover, it was informed that the PC-I of project has been prepared and submitted in CDWP for approval.

The Chairman Wapda informed the Committee that 87% of the total land has been acquired for Diamer Basha Dam Project.

MNAs, Ch Jaffar Iqbal, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Mr Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari and Mr. Sher Akber Khan attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, M/o Water & Power, WAPDA and Fasialabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO).
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - June 19, 2017

Motorway Police should be equipped to meet the needs of CPEC. Western Route should be completed timely. No delay will be tolerated. Standing Committee on Communication.

19th June 2017:Motorway Police should be equipped to meet the needs of CPEC. This direction is issued by the Standing Committee on Communications of National Assembly of Pakistan to the Government of Pakistan. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Communications. The Committee was informed that Western Route of CPEC has been divided in to five zones and the work has been started on all five zones. FWO, NLC and some other contractors have started the work on site. The Western Route will be completed by June-2018. The Committee was shown the Arial view of onsite progress of the construction work, which was captured with the help of drone technology. The Committee was briefed that some more than ten thousands human resource is needed to meet the requirements of all newly built Highways, Motorways and CPEC. The Committee directed that creation of the required posts and appointment against vacancies on merit should be completed by December 2017. It was informed to the Committee that Prime Minister of Pakistan announced 20% of basic pay as special pay of the employees of Motorway Police but only 10% has been paid. The Committee took very serious notice of it and observed that it was very objectionable. Because, the Prime Minister of Pakistan  announces some benefits to employees of a department but the bureaucracy creates hinders. The Committee directed that remaining 10% allowance might be paid to the employees of National Highway and Motorway Police forthwith. Similarly, it was brought to the notice of the Committee that the special allowance is being paid to the employees of National Highway and Motorway Police equal to the basic pay. But the same  has been frozen on the basic pay of 2008. The Committee directed that the special pay allowance should be given according to the current basic. The meeting was attended by MNAs Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Usman Khan Tarrakai, Mr. SalimRehman, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, MolanaQamarud Din, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Sanjay perwani, Ms. MaizaHameed, Mr. ShahidTarar, Secretary Communications. Several Senior Officers and Officers of Motorway Police also attend the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Meets - June 19, 2017


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today - June 13, 2017

Islamabad, the 13th June, 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the acting Chairmanship of Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA, to consider “the Children (Pledging of Labour) (Amendment) Bill, 2017,”  “the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017” and briefing/discussion on role of Parliamentarians in Board of Governors (BOG) of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) and Workers Welfare Fund (WWF).

2. The Committee deferred “the Children (Pledging of Labour) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA due to her absence. The representative of M/o Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development however informed the Committee that the subject Bill relates to M/o Interior. The Committee decided to invite Secretary, Interior in the next meeting to discuss the subject matter.

3. The Committee also discussed “the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017” moved by Dr. Shazia Sobia, MNA in detail and deferred due to the absence of Mover.

4. The Managing Director (OPF) informed the Committee that after the promulgation of Public Sector Companies (Corporate Governance) Rules, 2013, in pursuance of Rule 3(7) of the said Rules, appointment of honourable members of the Parliament has been discontinued, now, by the Government.

5. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the Chairmanship of Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan to examine the legal status of OPF with reference to his creation under Immigration Ordinance 1979.

MNAs, Ch. Abid Raza, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Aisha, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar and Syed Sajid Mehdi attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and M/o Law and Justice.


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today - June 12, 2017

Islamabad, the 12th June, 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the acting Chairpersonship of Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, MNA, to consider “the Domestic Workers (Employment Rights) Bill, 2016,” “the Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill, 2016” and the issue of re-instatement/regularization, non-payment of salaries and formulation of structure for M. Tech employees of Workers Welfare Board, Punjab, Lahore.

2.The Committee deferred the Domestic Workers (Employment Rights) Bill, 2016 moved by Dr.Azra Fazal Pechuho due to her absence.

3.The Committee however, discussed the Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill, 2016 moved by Ms.Aliya Kamran, MNA in detail. The representative of M/o Law & Justice informed the Committee that the subject Bill relates to M/o Interior.

4.The Secretary, Workers Welfare Fund informed the Committee that the salaries of employees of Workers Welfare Board KPK have been released till June, 2017. The Committee recommended that the issues of employees of M. Tech project Punjab should be resolved, at the earliest.

MNAs, Mian Imtiaz Ahmad, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Aisha and Ms. Aliya Kamran attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and M/o Law and Justice.  
 


56th meeting of the NA Standing Committees on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization was held today - June 1, 2017

56th meeting of the Standing Committees on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today, the 1st June, 2017 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA.

The Committee Members have given their views regarding Budget Speech. The Committee appreciated the decision made by the government for providing a huge allocation of funds to agriculture sector. Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research has given few more suggestions on fertilizer subsidy, tractors, fisheries and livestock sector.

The Committee also discussed the status of the recommendations made by the Committee during its previous meetings. Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) assured the Committee that all suggestions would be considered thoroughly. 

Meeting was attended by Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik,            Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Jehangir Khan Tareen, Ministry of Finance & Revenue, National Food Security & Research, NBP, SBP and stakeholders.


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC meets: 9 SEZs are CPEC specific, wind and solar energy being added to national grid - May 25, 2017

Islamabad, May 25, 2017:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, which met here today, at the Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, was briefed on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to be established under the CPEC.  The Chairman of the Privatization Commission, Miftah Ismail briefed the Committee on criterion for establishing SEZs as well as the establishment of such SEZs under the CPEC.  He said that 9 sites for SEZs have been declared priority sites under the CPEC and each province plus Federal area, Gilgit-Baltistan have been allocated SEZs.  These sites have been identified by the provincial governments and there is close coordination between the federal and the provincial governments.  A high level Chinese delegation will visit Pakistan in the first week of June to see these sites and discuss their feasibilities.  The final decision will be made in consultation between the Chinese and Pakistani sides.  The sites include Rashakai in Noshera, Hattar, Sheikhupura, Faisalable, Bostan near Quetta, Khuzdar, Thebaji and Keti Bandar plus Gilgit and a federal industrial zone in Islamabad as well as one near Port Qasim.

The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC said that it should be ensured that the less-developed areas of Pakistan be given priority in development so they are brought at par with the more developed areas of Pakistan.  The purpose of the SEZs which are being open to all investors both Pakistani and foreign, is also to attract the companies from China which will be relocated abroad in the coming years.

The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC also directed the Ministry of Water & Power to carry out wind corridor survey in KPK and Balochistan which is being done and necessary monitoring stations have been established in both provinces.

The Ministry of Water & Power briefed the Committee that 700 MG of electricity of wind power have been connected to the national grid while another 300 MG of solar energy is now connected to the national grid which is for the first time as renewable energy has also become a factor in the energy mix in Pakistan.

Earlier the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed briefed the committee about his participation in the highly-successful Belt & Road Forum in Beijing which was held on May 14-15, 2017.  The Committee welcomed the pro-active participation of Pakistan’s delegation in the Belt & Road Forum led by the Prime Minister which included the Chief Ministers of the 4 provinces. He added that CPEC is the flagship project of the Belt & Road Initiative. The Chairman also welcomed the new member of the Committee Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi.

The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC decided that the next meeting would be devoted to a briefing by the Minister for Planning & Development on the long term plan of CPEC. 

The meeting was attended by Mr. Akram Khan Durrani, Federal Minister for Housing and Works, Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Senator Lt. Gen. (Retd) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Shibli Faraz, Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms, Ministry of Water & Power, Board of Investment of the Pakistan and Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC also attend the meeting.
 


NA House And Library Committee Refers Inquiry Of Substandard Maintenance Work Of Parliament Lodges Cafeteria To FIA - May 24, 2017

Islamabad: 24th May, 2017:  The National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library expressed its annoyance over the action taken by the CDA on inquires ordered by the Committee related to maintenance and renovation of Parliament Lodges. The |Committee opined that officers responsible for dereliction of their duties causing loss to exchequer were either exonerated of the charges against them or were awarded minor penalties. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker National Assembly Mr. Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Parliament House, this morning.

The Committee while discussing the inquiry report regarding maintenance and renovation of Parliament Cafeteria expressed dissatisfaction over the outcome of the inquiry and directed referring the same to Federal Investigation Agency for further probe. The Committee observed that Rs.43 million were spent on sub-standard renovation and maintenance of Cafeteria which was initially estimated for Rs.9 million thus causing loss of Rs.34 million to the national exchequer.
 
The Committee also expressed its displeasure on the dismal state of affairs of CDA Parliament Lodges Directorate and directed Chairman to immediately take appropriate action to rectify the situation. The Deputy Speaker said that he had been receiving multiple complaints from Members of the Parliament on daily basis regarding pathetic cleanliness, maintenance work and horticulture services at Parliament Lodges.

The committee rejected inquiry report submitted by CDA on fixing of responsibility on the failure of non-completion of 104 family suites and quarters in time in Parliament Lodges and directed CDA and Project Director, National Assembly to physically assess the work done by the Contractor and fix responsibility on the persons responsible for that failure and submit their findings within 10 days. The Chairman CDA informed the Committee that the Contractor had taken the matter to the Arbitrator and CDA was waiting for his decision to be announced in the month of June. He assured the Committee that necessary action would be taken against the Construction firm in light of the directions of the Committee.

While discussing the matter of handling over plots of the employees of National Assembly/ Members of NAECHS, the Committee directed Inspector General of Police (ICT) to take necessary action to get the possession of the illegally occupied land of NAECHS. The Committee was apprised that Chief Commissioner had written letter to the IG (ICT) for taking action against the illegal occupants; however, the action by ICT Police was still pending. The Committee also expressed its displeasure for not implementing Joint Venture Agreement between NAECHS and Federal Employees Cooperative Housing Society for provision of plots to the employees of National Assembly and Senate. The Committee said that the FECHS had acquired precious land of NAECHS and provided only 458 plots out of 1096 plots, thus violating the agreement. The Committee directed the Chief Commissioner and Inspector General of Police, ICT to ensure their presence in the next meeting of the Committee so that the Committee may discuss and give appropriate directions.
 
The Committee was attended by MNAs Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Mrs. Shahida Rehmani and Ms Kiran Haider.
 


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - May 24, 2017

Islamabad; May 24, 2017: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 43rd Session of the National Assembly.
 
The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 43rd session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House.  It was decided that current session of the National Assembly will be continued as Budget Session.  The Minister of Finance and Revenue will present the Budget for year 2017-18 on 26th May, 2017 and general discussion on the budget will be started from 29th May, 2017.  The Finance Minister will wind up the general discussion on the Budget on 9th June, 2017 and after that the voting on demands of grants will be started on 10th June, 2017 The Budget session will be remained continued till 14th June, 2017.

The meeting was attended by the Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice and Climate Change, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, MNAs Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Shahab-ud-Din Khan, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Sheikh Salahuddin and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets today - May 23, 2017

Islamabad, the 23rd May, 2017.  27th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 3:00 pm in the Committee Room of PIPS of the Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The Committee, after brief discussion, deferred the bill titled as “The Islamabad Capital Territory Child Protection Bill, 2017” for detailed discussion in the next meeting.

The Committee considered the bill titled as “The National Commission for Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2017” ((Amendment in section 3 & 5, Act XVI of 2012) (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA) (Referred on 16-05-2017) in its meeting and recommended/passed unanimously to fix the age limit of retirement as not more than 65 years, for the Chairman and the members of the commission. The Mover of the bill, Mr. Muhammad Muzzamil  Qureshi thanked the Honorable committee members for consideration of his bill.

The Committee also deferred to review the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), Act, 2012, for its next meeting.

The Committee was given briefing by Director General, Ministry of Human Rights on implementation status of action plan for Human Rights but the committee members expressed their concerns over the performance of four action plans. The committee decided to defer the implementation status of action plans for Human Rights. The committee also directed the Ministry to discuss the performance of four commissions since February, 2016, Mashaal case, and purpose of allocation of funds in the action plan, etc.

The meeting was attended by Sayed Essa Nori, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms Kiran Haider, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, the mover of the bill, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department.


NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON STATES AND FRONTIER REGIONS (SAFRON) MET - May 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th May, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee considered “The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, 2017) (Government Bill) in detail however, did not develop consensus among the members on the said Bill and deferred for next meeting for further consideration. Majority of members were of the view that they should be given some time to study and consult the Bill with the people having legal background. It was further decided that next date of meeting will be communicated by Chairman Standing Committee after consultation with the Hon. Mr. Speaker, National Assembly.

2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir  Khan, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr.Muhammad Kamal Malik, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Mr. Nasir Khan, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din,  Mr. Usman Tarakai, Ms. Shazia Marri, Mr. Shahab-ud-Din Khan, Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NATIONAL ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND REFORM - May 16, 2017

Islamabad, the 16th May, 2017: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at 2.00 p.m. in Conference Room of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Quaid Azam University Campus Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee was informed that Rs: 10 billion will be allocated for the financial year 2017-18 to widen the Prime Minister Health Insurance Scheme all over the country.  

The Committee recommended that the land issues of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics may be resolved by Capital Development Authority under the Prime Minister directions.

The Committee showed serious reservations over the absence of Secretary M/o National    Health Services, Regulations and Coordination and directed that he would clear his position before the Committee otherwise proceedings of breach of privilege should be taken against him.

The Committee was informed that 9 Special Economic Zones were agreed in the 6th JCC meeting under CPEC in December, 2016.  

MNAs, Ch Jaffar Iqbal, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Ms Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, and Mr. Sher Akber Khan attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, M/o Water & Power and Fasialabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) Fasialabad.


Meeting of the Standing Committees on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization - May 16, 2017

Islamabad, the 16th May, 2017: 55th meeting of the Standing Committees on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today, the 16th May, 2017 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA

2.   The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 26-04-2017.

3.   The Committee deferred “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” (moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA) and “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA) on the request of the Honorable Movers.

4.   The Committee considered “The Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA) and recommended that State Bank of Pakistan will prepare a proposal regarding to offer special care to disable persons of society by providing loans on soft terms and conditions.

5.   The Committee considered “The Auditor-General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms & Conditions of Service) (Amendment) Bill, 2017) and recommended that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly, as reported by the Standing Committee.

6.   The Committee discussed the issues regarding Dairy sector in Pakistan and recommended that Dairy sector should be considered on zero rating instead of exemption of tax. The Committee also discussed the challenges to local wire and cables manufacturers and supported the view point of the local cable industry. The Committee strongly recommended that local wire and cables manufacturers should be considered in zero rated tax net. The Committee further recommended that proposal received from cables sector should be sent to Federal Board of Revenue for further consideration.

7.   The Committee was briefed by the representative of Karachi Timber Merchant Group on the proposals prepared by the Timber Merchants. The Committee supported that the same may be forwarded to FBR for its consideration to incorporate in the upcoming budget.  

8.   The Committee was informed by the representative of Pakistan Plastic Manufacturer Association regarding the problems being faced by the industry due to custom tariff of polymeric MDI. The Committee strongly recommended for downward revision of custom tariff on polymeric MDI (further PCT 3909-3000 in the upcoming budget).

9.   The President, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) assured the Committee that issues relating to pensioners would be taken up in the Board meeting for its positive solution, shortly. The Committee was informed by the Director, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) about the actions taken by the NAB after filing the reference of NBP Bangladesh scam against the accused. The Committee recommended that details of the actions taken by the NAB in this regard may be provided to this Committee.    

10.  Meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Sher Akbar Ali Khan, MNAs and besides senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, NBP, SBP and AGP.


National Assembly Standing Committee On Defence Meets Today - May 15, 2017

Islamabad, 15th May, 2017: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence met today in Committee Room of old PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Committee considered “The National University of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2016” at length. The Committee also heard the viewpoint of Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA (mover of the Bill) over the proposed amendments in the said Bill. While briefing the Committee, she said that it is imperative for the  National University of Medical Sciences being a University of Medical education in the public sector should also submit to the oversight and guidance role of the PMDC. The Executive Director of HEC and President of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) told the Committee that the oversight role is clearly defined in their respective ordinances and did not support the proposed amendments in the Bill. After detailed deliberations the Committee unanimously disapproved the proposed amendments in the said Bill.

The Committee further directed the Ministry of Defence to arrange briefing on the current situation at Chaman border, LOC and challenged the death sentence of Kulbhushan Jadhav before the International Court of Justice by India.

The meeting was also attended by MNAs; Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Ms. Kishwer Zehra and Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Mover of the Bill and Officers/Officials of the Ministry


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

Islamabad, 12th May 2017; 35th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, 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 03-05-2017.

4.  The Committee considered “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new section 364-B, Act XLV of 1860) and Amendment of schedule-II (Acvt V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred till its next Committee meeting. The Committee considered “The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015” (Insertion of new sections 7-A & 47-A and Amendment of sections 50 & 53 W.P. Ordinance XIX of 1965) (Moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and passed it with majority of the Committee. On this the Hon. Members Dr. Arif Alvi and Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel objected and recorded their Note of Dissent.

5.  The Committee considered “The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of sections 6 & 8, Axt XIX of 2013) (Moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA) and unanimously decided that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. The Committee considered “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA) and decided that the Bill be deferred till its next Committee meeting. Departmental Representative of NADRA briefed the Committee. The Committee satisfied and appreciated the progress of NADRA and on the request of Departmental Representative the Committee reconsider its previous decision related to the inquiry and action against the Mr. Ehtisham Shahid, P.S.O to Chairman, NADRA and directed to withdraw the order in this regard and restore him.

6.  The Committee did not take up the remaining agenda and deferred it till its next Committee meeting.

7.  The Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Syed Javed Ali Shah, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Khial Zaman Orakzai, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi and Ms. Shazia Marri were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control, NACTA, NADRA, I.C.T and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.                                              


NA Standing Committee on Defence Production meets today - May 12, 2017


National Assembly Standing Committee on M/o Human rights meets today - May 11, 2017

Islamabad, the 11th May, 2017. 26th meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Human Rights met today at 11:00 am in the Committee Room of PIPS in the Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

The Committee discussed, after recitation of the Holy Qur’an, on the recruitment policy, financial rules and annual audit report, etc., of the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR). The Committee expressed displeasure that Chairman, National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) has not taken the St. Committee into confidence on submission of the secret shadow report to USA which was different from that of the Government. The Committee stressed to review the report in its next meeting. The M/o Human Rights was directed to submit detailed shadow report with reference to visit of USA. The Committee also directed the Chairman, NCHR to provide hard copy to Secretary, M/o Human Rights and Committee Members.

The Committee also ascertained the Chairman, NCHR to submit replies of the 14 questions of previous recommendations of the Committee.

The Committee also directed the Ministry of Human Rights to constitute a committee consisting on the representatives of M/o Human Rights, Law and Justice Division, Finance and Establishment Divisions to support making financial rules of NCHR and report to the Committee.

The Committee reconsidered the Bill titled as “The women distress and detention fund (Amendment Bill, 2017) (Amendment of section 6, Act XV of 1996) (Government Bill) and approved unanimously.

The meeting was attended by Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, MNAs and senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and its attached department.


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets today - May 11, 2017

Islamabad (May 11, 2017) We are committed to address the issue of affectees of E-12. These views were expressed by the Chairman Standing Committee on Government Assurances in the meeting of the Standing Committee, while he was presiding over the meeting of the Committee. It was briefed to the Standing Committee that those, who were allotted plots about thirty years ago, have died or have become old citizens. The allottees are looking towards the government for the possession of the developed plots.Similarly, the Committee was informed that, the old villagers were also not properly compensated and their problems were also not addressed, since 80’s. Hence there are two kinds of affectees, one who spent millions of rupees for purchase of plots and one who gave land and houses to CDA but they did not receive proper compensation. So these people could not shift to the new places. It was informed to the Committee that some of them were properly paid monies and plots against their lands and houses. So, they shifted in 1987 and settled in new locations. Those who could not shift, due to one reason or the other, their grandsons have been grown up, now. So, the villagers are suffering a lot. The Committee directed to solve the problems of all the affectees by developing Sector E-12, without further delay. The Committee was informed that, with the exception to the Council of Islamic Ideology and SAFRON, the Ministries and Divisions were not sending briefs in Urdu. The Committee took its very serious notice. The Committee all of the Ministries/Divisions to send briefs in Urdu too, otherwise, the responsible ones will be held answerable.  The meeting of the Committee was attended by Honorable Chairman Mr. AfzalKhokhar, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Moulana Muahmmad Khan Sherani and one mover Mr. Sher Akbar Khan MNA, Secretary Capital Administration Development Division (CADD), Member CDA and several other senior civil offices participated in the meeting.

 


NA Standing Committee On Communications Meets - May 10, 2017

Islamabad, the 10th May 2017. National Highway Authority (NHA) is going to hold survey to connect Astore to Azad Kashmir. This has been stated by NHA authorities during a briefing given to Standing Committee of National Assembly on Communications. The meeting was presided over by the Chairman Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi. It was briefed to the Committee that the Skardu-Gilgit road will be constructed in a shortest period of seven months. There are three bridges of Gilgit-Skardu road two of the bridges of the road will be imported from England and tenders and other process of the road has been completed and the road will be constructed by FWO in seven months. It was added that the work of the road will be started in August 2017. It was informed that Jaglot to Skardu road is part of Gilgit-Skardu road, which is going to be started. Its PC-I has already been approved and passed by the competent authority. NHA informed that mega projects of M-9, Green Line and Lyari Expressway will be completed within the decided time period. The standing Committee on Communications directed that no delay in any national project will be tolerated. The Committee showed its displeasure on the fact that there are several encroachments on the right of way of NHA especially on N-50 but NHA is not going to remove any encroachment because of one reason or the other. The Committee directed that all of the encroachments should be removed without any further delay. The Committee also directed that recommendations of the Committee should be implemented in letter and spirit. The Committee directed that the Ministry of Communications should give a complete and detailed report of all encroachments on the roads of NHA and the actions taken by NHA. The Committee meeting was attended by 14 MNAs including Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, Mr. Sarzameen, Ccahudry Khalid Javed Warraich, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Molana Qamar-ud-Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai. 


National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today - May 9, 2017

Islamabad, 9th May, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 11:00 a.m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.

2. The Committee pended the amendments moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA in rule 122 and 244 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 and the  Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, MNA regarding non-provision of loans to the Hon. Member by Financial Institutions and Private  Banks.

3. The Committee disposed of the issue of briefing by Inspector General of Police, Islamabad regarding security matter in Parliament Lodges Islamabad, the amendment in rule 122 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA and the Question of Privilege moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA regarding disconnection of electricity by WAPDA, Islamabad.

4. On the Question of Privilege raised by Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNA, the Committee decided to invite the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs in its next meeting. The Committee also directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to provide the detailed list of those who performed Hajj on Mujamla Visa and the detail of staff on Hajj Duty in 2016.

5. On the Question of Privilege of Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, MNA, the Committee decided to issue summons/warrants of Director General, Land Record Computerization Authority, Lahore and Mr. Babar Wahla, Assistant Director, (Land), Nowshera Virkan, District Gujranwala for not attending the meeting of the Committee and assure their presence in its next meeting.

6. The Committee also pended the matter pertaining to the medical facilities to the dependents/parents of the Members of the National Assembly.

7. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 28-4-2017.

8. The meeting was attended by Ch. Khadim Hussain, Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, Mr. Najaf Abbas Siyal, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahran, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho and Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, MNAs/Movers.


NA Standing Committee On Information Technology and Telecommunication Meets - May 9, 2017

Islamabad, 09th May 2017: The 26th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication (M/o IT&T) was held under the Chairmanship of Captain (Retd.) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

 


2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.
3.     Agenda item i.
        The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its last meeting held on 10th April, 2017.
4.     Agenda item ii.
        The Committee unanimously showed their serious concerns on the issue of blasphemous/objectionable material posted on social media and asked the Ministry, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) representatives about the actions taken till date and the progress to mitigate the issues relating to this important subject. The representatives from the M/o IT&T, PTA and representative from the FIA briefed the Committee against blasphemous/objectionable material on social media. They also briefed about the culprits arrested across the country in connection to posting and propagation of blasphemous material. The Committee appreciated the efforts being undertaken so far by the M/o IT&T, PTA, FIA and other agencies to tackle the issue.
6.      Agenda item iii.
          The representative from Universal Services Fund (USF) gave detail briefing on USF ongoing and future projects along-with completion date and fund utilization up to 30th June, 2018.
7.      Agenda item iv.
          The Committee approved the report of the Sub-Committee appointed under the convener-ship of Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA.
8.     The Committee also appointed a Sub-Committee under the convener-ship of Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA to look after the performance of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB).
9.      The Hon. MNAs/Member Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Shazia Marri, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio attended the meeting. The senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and Federal Investigation Authority were also attended the meeting.


Meeting Of The Standing Committee On Industries & Production Meets - May 5, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in the Committee room of Industries and Production A-Block, Pak-Secretariat to discuss, finalized proposed line of action regarding  Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) rehabilitation by Privatization Commission, Implementation status on the recommendation of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production regarding legislation to enforce and impose the compulsory penalty upon the Auto Mobile Industry for delayed delivery of vehicle, Implementation status on the recommendation of the Standing Committee on Industries & Production regarding regularization of the employees serving on daily wages/contract in Utility Stores Corporation and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) and its projects to contributing in the growth of economy, energy efficiency and also a blue print proposing development in Pakistan’s Small and Medium Industry through linkage with China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Standing Committee recommended that pays and gratuity funds must be provided to the employees of Pakistan Steel Mills before starting the Holy month of Ramadan. The Standing Committee also suggested to make a policy on the consumer protection issue regarding legislation to enforce and impose the compulsory penalty upon the Auto Mobile Industry for delayed delivery of vehicle. The Standing Committee further suggested that Ministry of Industries & Production to provide a solution based proposal after doing analytical study regarding regularization of the employees serving on daily wages/contract in Utility Stores Corporation. The Standing Committee also suggested that Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) should provide complete reports about its projects to contributing in the growth of economy, energy efficiency and also a blue print proposing development in Pakistan’s Small and Medium Industry through linkage with China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Members who attended the meeting; Dr. Shezra Sardar Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Ch. Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, MNA and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA.
 


National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Meets - May 4, 2017

Islamabad, the 4th May, 2017. A meeting of the Standing Committee on M/o Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony met today at 10:00 am in the Committee Room of the Ministry of  Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Hafiz Abdul Kareem, MNA to discuss the following agenda:-

i)   Reconsideration of the Education of the Holy Quran according to Recitation by Sighting and with Translation, Learning by Heart and with Correct Pronunciation Bill, 2014 (moved by Sahibzada Tariqullah, MNA);

ii)  The National Commission for Minority Bill, 2015 (moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA);

iii) The National Commission for Minority Rights Bill,  2015 (moved by Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, MNA);

iv)  The Pakistan Minorities Rights Commission Bill, 2016 (moved by Mr. Sanjay Perwani MNA);

v)   Detailed Briefing on Hajj arrangements on Hajj, 2017; and

vi)  How much new Tour Operators have been given the Hajj Quota during this year.

2.     The Committee reconsidered the Bill titled, “ The education of Holy Quran according to Recitation by Sighting and with Translation, Learning by Heart and with Correct Pronunciation Bill, 2014 (moved by Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA)  and approved in the following form as vetted by the Law Division:-

“The Holy Quran (Education and Propagation, Recitation by Sighting, Translation, Learning by Heart and Correct Pronunciation) Act, 2017”

3.     The Committee discussed the Minority Rights Bill titled, “ The National Commission for Minority Rights Act, 2015” which was moved by Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, MNA.  Mr. Tariq Christopher Qaiser, MNA recommended to increase the members of the Commission to make it useful, effective and give representation to all the minority communities of Pakistan. He also suggested to give the rights to the minorities to elect their representatives directly.

4.     The Committee constituted its Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA including three MNAs Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Tariq C. Qaiser and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub to discuss the minority rights bill 2015 in its meetings and give their suggestions to the main Committee.

5.     The Committee also discussed the Private Member’s Bill titled,”The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA in the meeting and rejected it unanimously.

6.     Then the Committee was given comprehensive briefing by the Ministry on the Hajj Arrangements.   

7.     The Committee appreciated the working performance of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and recommended to resolve the issues of Hujjaj as well as the Ministry on priority basis.

8.     The meeting was attended by Begum Majeda Wayne, Malik Abdul Ghafar Dogar, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Mr, Ramesh Lal, Mr. Tariq C Qaiser,  Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Mr. Bismillah Khan, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Molvi Agha Muhammad Mr. Pir Bux Junejo, a mover of the bill Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA and Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony besides senior officers from the Ministry.


Standing Committee on Science and Technology Consider the Report of Ministry to Stop the Sale of Sub-Standard Edible Items and Performance of National Institute of Oceanography - May 4, 2017

Islamabad, 04th May, 2017: The Standing Committee expressed its displeasure for not providing the Report of the Ministry regarding to stop the sale of sub-standard edible items for advance study of the Members. The Committee was of the view that they should have to prepare regarding agenda item considering the sensitivity of the issue therefore, the Committee decided to defer the agenda items till its next meeting. The Committee directed the Ministry to submit the Brief atleast 03 days before the meeting for advance study of the Members. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology held today in Ministry of Science and Technology under the Chairmanship of Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA.

MNAs, Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Chaudhary Armaghan Subhani, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ms. Shahjahan Muneer Mangrio and Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways - May 3, 2017

Islamabad, the 3rd May, 2017: The 20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today at 2:30 p.m. in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad. Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA presided over the meeting under rule 216(2) of the Rules of the Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007; as Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA, Chairman of the Standing Committee could not attend meeting. 

2.         The Committee was given briefing on budgetary proposals relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2017-18 along with its total utilization of budget and year of completion. The Committee was informed that nine projects would be completed by the end of June, 2017. The total proposed allocation for ongoing and new projects would be 67.252 billion out of which 92% has been allocated for the completion of ongoing projects, and 8% for new projects. The Committee recommended that projects may be completed within specified time period.

3.         The Committee was also given briefing on unauthorized occupation of “Katchi Abadies” on the Railways’ land. It was informed that about 188 Katchi Abadies exist on Railways’ land all over the country. For the regularization of Katchi Abadies on Pakistan Railways’ land the department had issued 95 number of N.O.Cs. 

4.         The Committee decided to appoint a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA to examine the encroachment on Pakistan Railways’ Land in Balochistan and Sindh.

5.         Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Malik Ghulam Rabbani Khar, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr. Sajid Ahmad and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Khawaja Saad Rafique, Minister for Railways and senior officers of the Ministry of Railways.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control - May 3, 2017

Islamabad, 03rd May 2017; 34th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, MNA.

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

3.      Agenda Item No. 1

        (i)      The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 02-05-2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. 2
     
(i) The Committee considered “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017”(Insertion of new section 364-B, Act XLV of 1860) and Amendment of schedule-II (Acvt V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA) and decided that the Bill be deferred till its next Committee meeting due to the removal of all   lacunas.

(ii) The Committee considered “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new section 377, Act XLV of 1860) and Amendment of schedule-II (Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly. The Hon. Member disclose that the identical   Bill has previously been passed by Joint Session so for there is no need to proceed for this Bill.

(iii) The Committee considered “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA) and decided that the Bill be deferred till its next Committee meeting.

(iv)  The Committee showed grave concerned on the negligence of Mr. Ehtisham Shahid, PSO to Chairman NADRA and recommended that the said officer shall be removed from his post after making him OSD and departmental inquiry shall be initiated against him. Chairman, NADRA briefed the Committee on the issue of blocked CNIC and the progress of services centers across the country. The Committee directed to the Chairman, NADRA to improve their progress for the welfare of public effectively. Departmental Representative of FIA also briefed the Committee on the issue of misbehaving with females on Benazir InternationalAirport, Islamabad and the illegal trade of Human Organs across the country. The Committee satisfied by the given briefing of F.I.A Departmental Representative on the above said issue. Departmental Representative of the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control briefed the Committee about the security measures taken for the protection of Hon. Member Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, MNA. The Committee directed to the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control to take serious, effective and immediate action and steps in this regard.

5.        The Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Mr. Ghalib Khan, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi and Ms. Shahida Rehmani were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control, NADRA, F.I.A and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - May 3, 2017

Islamabad, the 3rd May, 2017: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at Old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee was informed that Prime Minister of Pakistan has approved the Charter of Technology University. The objective of Prime Minister Programme for Development of PhDs in Science and Technology is to develop a pool of 390 PhDs for National University Science & Technology (NUST) and M/o Science & Technology and its Organizations. 

The Committee showed dissatisfaction over the briefing given by Secretary M/o Planning, Development & Reform regarding the allocations/disbursements made under PSDP program during 2016-17 as allocations are likely to lapse during current financial year. The Committee also expressed its concern over the non-finalization of Audit Reports of the Ministry since July, 2014 till date and recommended that Director General Audit should be invited in the next meeting.

The Committee further showed dismay over the absence of Secretary M/o Finance and directed that the Secretary Finance and Secretary Petroleum and NR may ensure their presence in the next meeting for briefing on Gas Infrastructure Development Fund (PSDP#727).

The Secretary M/o PD &R assured the Committee that the widening & blacktopping of road from Terich to Lot Owir with four bridges in District Chitral (NHA Project) should be included in the next PSDP 2017-18 as per  direction of the  Prime Minister.             

MNAs, Ch Jaffar Iqbal, Mr. Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Ms. Shazia Sohail Mir, Ms Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms Asiya Nasir, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, M/o Federal Education, NUST, M/o Water & Power and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) Peshawar.


Standing Committee on Water and Power Urged to Minimize the Load Shedding in Upcoming Summer Season - May 3, 2017

The Standing Committee on Water and Power directed the Ministry to make all out efforts to maximize the power generation and properly manage the load to overcome the load shedding in upcoming summer season. The Standing Committee on Water and Power met today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNA.

The Members of the Committee raised the issues of un-scheduled load shedding and outdated infrastructure throughout the country especially in their respective constituencies. In order to resolve the issues, the Committee appointed a Sub-Committee to be headed by Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA to look into the issues of electricity in the DISCOs of Sindh and water related issues with IRSA Sindh and will submit its recommendations to the main Committee. The Committee also adopted the report of the Sub-Committee formed to resolve the issue of electricity in PESCO.  

Earlier, Mr. Yousuf Naseem Khokhar, Secretary, Ministry of Water and Power briefly apprised the Committee about the different projects of electricity which was initiated to overcome the shortfall of the electricity.

MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhary, Malik Ihtehar Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Malik Ghulam Rabbani Khar, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, Mr. Abdul Qahar Wadan, Dr. Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaquband attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets - May 2, 2017

Islamabad, 2nd May, 2017: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence met today in Committee Room of old PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Committee considered “The National University of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2016” in detail and deferred due to absence of Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA (mover of the Bill) in the meeting. It was also directed that representatives of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) should also be invited in the next meeting to be held on 11th May, 2017 to have their view point on the said Bill. The Committee further directed the Ministry of Defence to arrange visit for the members of the Committee to LOC, Siachen and North Waziristan Agency to have briefing on the current situation at borders and interaction with the Armed Forces deputed there in order to boost their morale.
 

2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Ms. Kishwer Zehra and Mr. Mahmood Khan Achakzai MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control Meets - May 2, 2017

Islamabad, 02nd May 2017; 33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, 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      21-02-2017. The Committee deferred agenda Item No. 2 till further meeting of the agenda item.

4.        The Committee took up the agenda Item No. 3 and deferred the (i), (vi) and (ii),(iii) be passed/approved and (iv),(v) were decided not to be approved. The Committee unanimously confirmed the report of the Sub-Committee appointed under the Convenership of Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA.

5.         The Committee discussed the issue of violence with female passengers on Benazir International Airport by the officials of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Departmental Representative briefed the Committee but the Committee dissatisfied and directed to the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control that the officer not below the rank of D.I.G shall attend the Committee meeting scheduled to be held on 03rd May, 2017, positively, for the briefing on above issue as well as the issue of illegal trade of Human Organs across the country. The Committee took up the issue related to the security as well as the threatening calls and messaging to the Hon. Member and directed the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control that the effective and serious steps shall be taken in this regard and ensure the security of effected Hon. Members on priority as well as immediate basis. The Committee also directed to the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control that the Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Chairman, NADRA and D.G NADRA with all concerned officers shall attend the Committee meeting scheduled to be held on 03rd May, 2017, positively.

6.        The Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Mr. Ghalib Khan, Dr. Ibadullah, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan and Ms. Surriya Asghar were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice Meets - May 2, 2017

Islamabad, 02nd May 2017; 40th meeting of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was held today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA.

2.      The meeting started with recitation from Holy Quran and decided to proceed with the agenda.

3.       Agenda Item No. i

          The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 18-01-2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. ii

(a) The Committee considered “The Constitution (Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2017”, and decided that the Bill be deferred till its next Committee meeting; for further discussion and deliberation by the members.

(b) The Committee considered “The Law Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Moved by Ms. Surriya Asghar, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

(c) The Committee considered “The code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Moved by Ms. Surriya Asghar, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be         passed by the Assembly.

(d) The Committee considered “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015” {insertion of new Article 19-B} (Moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA) and decided that the Bill may not be passed by the Assembly.

5.      The Hon. Members/MNA/Mover Justice ® Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Dr. Arif Alvi, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Ms. Aisha and Minister for Law and Justice attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.                                                   
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - May 2, 2017

Why huge amount of 50 million has been spent on restoration of Muree post office. Standing committee Pakistan post should establish a weak & chairing house to settle payments of its different GPOS.

Pakistan post should hire law officer to get its buildings clear from land mafia.

Islamabad () why huge amount of Rs. 50. Million has been spent on restoration of Muree post office this observation was given by the standing committee in its meeting held in Postal College Islamabad. The Committee was informed that the Pakistan Post department has spent Rs. 50 million without following codelformalities. The money was spent on the restoration GOPO Muree. The Committee was examing fraud cases and action takenby the administration of Pakistan post office department. The commit observe that there is no mechanism in Pakistan post otreconcile their accounts. The committee directed that the Pakistan post office department should develop a mechanism, like clearing house of state bank of Pakistan, to settle the accounts of different GPOs. The Committee observedthat more than 150 properties of PPOD had been encroached by the land grabbers. Similarly in Lahore more3 than 100 properties of PPOD had been encroached by the land grabbers. It was observed that the PPOD does not have any budget to hire that services of a lawyer. So, PPOD have to depend upon the lawyer being provided by law division. The committee took very serious notice of the encroachments of the properties of the Pakistan post office. The Committee decided to disuse the performances of the postal lif insurance in next meeting. The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Khalid JavaidWarraich, Ms. MaizaHameed, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. SalimRehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Engr. Usman Khan Taraki& Ms. ShahjehanMuneerMangrio. Moreover, Aditional Secretary, Communication, Post Master General, Peshawar and Post Master General Lahore and other Senior Civil Officers also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting and National Heritage Meets. - April 28, 2017

      Islamabad; April, 28, 2017:  The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has directed Information and Broadcasting Division to complete consultation with media organizations and finalize the draft Journalists Welfare and Protection Bill and present it to the Committee in the month of May, 2017. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in Islamabad, this morning.
 
    The Director General (IP), Information and Broadcasting Division briefed the Committee about the progress on the Bill. The Committee was apprised that the Private Members Bills moved by Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA and Senator Professor Ghafoor Ahmad relating to protection and welfare of Journalists were clubbed together and process of consultation was carried out with Media Organizations, Civil Society, Media Houses and other stakeholders and their input was incorporated therein to bring a comprehensive legislative proposal that would ensure welfare and protection of media workers. He assured the Committee that the Information Division would complete the process and present the draft legislative proposal within the given time frame. The Chairman asked the Members of the Committee to give their input, if any to the Division so that it could be incorporated therein.
 
    Later, the Chairman Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) briefed the Committee about working and scope of activities of the Academy. He apprised that PAL was working aggressively in accordance with its mandate for promotion of literature and literary activities within the country besides welfare of the writers. He briefed the Committee about the publications by PAL and criteria adopted for selection of publication of literary work of Writers. The Chairman informed that the Academy had established its Bureau of Translation with its indigenous resources for translation of literary work into regional and national language. He also informed the Committee about the literary activities organized by PAL and measures initiated for welfare of indigent Writers during last three years.
 
    The Committee appreciated the performance of PAL and extended its all-out support for achieving its objectives. The Committee opined that Pakistan Academy of Letters could play a vital role in making peaceful society Literature and Writers. The Committee later visited the Library of the Academy and Writers House.
 
    The meeting was attended by MNAs;  Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mian Muhammad Farooq,  Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Mover, Secretary NH&LH Division and heads of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Meets - April 28, 2017

     The 37th meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in Meeting Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad today under the Chairmanship of
Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA to Consider and discussed the Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013(Private Member, Bill) moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA.

2.    The Chairman explained that this meeting was specifically called for consideration of private member bill moved by Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA and before starting the discussion and view point of Hon. Members I would like to invite the mover and the other Members beside the views of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. All the participants were given opportunity to comment and present their considered opinion on the proposed bill throwing light on its importance, objectives as well as its legal implications if any. Moreover, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cabinet were specifically asked to explain the present procedure and steps in details at each stage and their opinion about the proposed bill in order to understand the scope and intention of the mover for increasing the parliamentary oversight on this particular aspect of the foreign policy/relation in the best public interest.

3.     Later on, the Chairman while concluding the debate requested the mover to correct the text of the bill which was highlighted during the meeting and submit the same for further consideration in the next meeting.  

4.    The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law & Justice also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets. - April 28, 2017

     Islamabad, 28th April, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 10:30 a.m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.

INSPECTOR  GENERAL OF  POLICE, ISLAMABAD TO BE APPEAR BEFORE THE COMMITTEE IN-PERSON
2.      On the suo-moto of the Committee regarding  Security matters in Parliament Lodges, on the  absence of  I.G.P, Islamabad in the meeting, the Committee took serious notice  of  it and directed the  in the next meeting  of  the Committee, the I.G.P, Islamabad should appear before the Committee in person.

CHIEF SECRETARY, KPK TO BE APPEAR BEFORE THE COMMITTEE IN-PERSON
3.      On the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan,  MNA/Mover,  the  Committee took serious  notice regarding dis-respecting the Hon. Member and for not starting the development Projects of the Hon. Mover in his constituency. The Committee directed that the Chief Secretary, KPK  should be appear in the  next meeting of the Committee alongwith all concerned Officers  and brief the Committee in this regard.

SECRETARY, HOME DEPARTMENT KPK, TO COMPLETE THE INQUIRY  WITHIN TWO  WEEKS
4.      On the Question of Privilege of raised by Dr. Azhar Jadoon,  MNA/Mover, the Committee directed the Secretary, Home Department,  KPK to finalize the inquiry pertaining to the said Question of Privilege and report  to the Committee within  two  weeks. 

5.      The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, MNA against Foreign Office, Molana Gohar  Shah, MNA against CDA, the amendments moved by Dr. Arif Alvi, Dr.Shireen Mahrunnisa Mazari, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan,MNAs.

6.      The Committee also finalized the amendment moved by Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani,  MNA in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in  the National Assembly, 2007 pertaining to definition of Formal Character.

7.      The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 13-4-2017.

8.      The meeting was attended by Ch. Khadim Hussain, Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Ms.  Kiran Haider,  Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Dr. Arif Alvi, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan and Dr. Azhar Jadoon,  MNAs/Movers.


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets - April 27, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room of M/o National Institute of Health, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2017. (moved by Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan,  MNA), The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smoking Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017, (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA), briefing by the Representative of Tobacco Industry on amendments proposed in “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA), briefing on the performance of NIH, Islamabad, briefing on the performance of Central Health Establishment, Islamabad and briefing on measures taken by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination to control Pollen Allergy in Islamabad.  

2. The Committee considered the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA in detail. The mover willfully withdrawn from his Bill on the request of Hon. Minister for NHSR&C. As the Ministry has consolidated five different HOTA Act amendment Bills to make them one Bill and to be presented in the National Assembly of Pakistan as a Government Bill, moved by Hon. Members are as under:-

i)    Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA (Amendment 2014)
ii)   Ministry of Human Rights (Amendment 2016)
iii)  Mr. Azam Khan Swati, Senator (Amendment 2016)
iv)   Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA (Amendment 2016)
v)    Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA (Amendment 2017)

3. The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smoking Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017, (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and briefing by the Representative of Tobacco Industry on amendments proposed in “The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) has been differed by the Committee due to non presence of Hon. Mover of the said Bill in the Committee meeting.

4. Briefing on the performance of NIH and Central Health Establishment, Islamabad has been given by the heads of the both institutes to the Committee. The Committee does not showed satisfaction over the performance of NIH and Central Health Establishment, Islamabad. The Committee recommended that strong measures should be taken to enhance the performance of the NIH and Central Health Establishment, Islamabad. 

5. The Committee showed satisfaction on measures taken by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination to control Pollen Allergy in Islamabad.  

6. MNAs, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Ms. Rida Khan and Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan attended the meeting. Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA/Mover of the Bill also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee On Cabinet Secretariat Meets - April 27, 2017

    Islamabad; 27th April, 2017 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 
 
    The Committee expressed strong displeasure over the illegal aggression of lady official of FIA on female passengers at Islamabad Airport dated 15th April, 2017 which badly damaged the prestige of the country. The Committee directed that concerned authorities may take stern action against culprits by removing them from their services to avoid such incidents in future.
 
     The Committee expressed grave concern over the passive and non-professional attitude of PIA/CAA officials as they were ill prepared and unable to convince the Committee by their answers. The Committee decided to invite the attention of the Hon. Prime Minister of Pakistan in this regard.
 
    Earlier, the Committee was briefed about the commercial restructuring of PIA and efforts made by the present management to bring PIA back on track and problems faced by them in this regard. 
 
    The meeting was attended by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, and movers of the Bill Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training Meets - April 27, 2017

     Islamabad, 27th April, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Committee Room of NAVTTC, Evacuee Trust Complex, Agha Khan Road, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA. In start of meeting, the Committee discussed the incident of barbaric and cold blooded murder of Mashal Khan which took place on 13th April, 2017 at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan in detail. The Committee termed the total failure of the Administration of the said university and recommended to the quarters concerned to give exemplary punishment to all the involved persons in the Mashal khan murder case. The Committee showed its great concern over the incident and expressed that there is lack of character building of our future generation at universities. In this regard the Committee stressed upon the need and directed the HEC to take steps for character building of our young generation at universities. The Registrar and other representatives of the Abdul Wali khan University also briefed the Committee over the Mashal Khan murder case. The Committee was informed that on the direction of the Apex Court the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is probing into the case which is still under process. The Committee also recommended to the Provincial Government, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to appoint permanent Vice Chancellors in the Universities where the VC post is vacant on priority basis.
 
2.       The Committee considered “The Apprenticeship Bill, 2017” and approved unanimously with certain amendments. 
 
3.       The Committee also discussed “The Sir Syed (Centre for Advance Studies in Engineering) Institution of Technology, Islamabad Bill, 2016 and deferred with the direction that the HEC and CASE Administration look into the deficiencies/legal requirements as highlighted by the HEC and resolve it on priority basis before next meeting.  
 
4.       The Committee also considered the question asked by Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA in the National Assembly on 2nd February, 2017 regarding Swat University and referred to the Committee for consideration. The Committee directed the HEC to complete the inquiry report regarding alleged irregularities in awarding contract of the Swat University project, acquiring land for the Swat University and excess/over payment to the contractor of the project in lieu of escalation within a month positively.

5.       The Committee also took serious notice after notification issued by the Karachi University and declared fake the Ph.D degree of the Prof. Dr. Suleman D Muhammad, Vice Chancellor of Federal Urdu University, Karachi and urged the Federal Government to move summary to the President of Pakistan on immediate basis to appoint new Vice Chancellor of the Federal Urdu University, Karachi.

6.       The meeting was attended by Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr. Zulfikar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Chaudhry Hamid Hameed, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai and Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddique MNAs and Ms. Mussarrat Ahmed Zeb MNA/mover of the question and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


The NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets - April 26, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - April 26, 2017

54TH meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 26th April, 2017, at 02:00 p.m, in Committee Room No. 2,  Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Shaikh, MNA on the following agenda:-

i)   Confirmation of minutes of last meeting of the Committee held on 18-04-2017
ii)   To consider “ The Auditor –General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms & Conditions of Service) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Government Bill)
iii)  To consider “The Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA)
iv)  To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA)
v)   Discussion on the proposals/suggestions received from Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FPCCI), various Chambers of Commerce & Industries (CCI), Real Estate Stakeholders. Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association, Phthalic Anhydride (PA), Di-Octyle Phthalate and Alkyd Resin and Energy Renewable Association of Pakistan (REAP), etc. for the Budget 2017-18 and the proposals of Committee Members for the upcoming Budget.

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 18-04-2017.

3.            The Committee deferred Agenda. Item .No. ii, iii, iv, due to short of time.

4.            The Committee recommended that Plastic Industries, Printing & Graphics Industries and Textile Industries representatives/stakeholders would be called in its next meeting to discuss the rehelabation of value added Textile Industry Structure. The Committee directed the Ministry of Finance and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to make necessary preparation for the said meeting.

5.           The Committee discussed the Proposals received from Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industries and various Chambers of Commerce & Industries.

6.           The Committee discussed the Proposals received from Real Estate Stakeholders (PREIF) & (ABAD), Pakistan Cotton Ginners Associations (PCGA), Pakistan Renewable Energy Association of Pakistan, and recommended that the same may be forwarded to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for necessary action.

7.           While considering the matter pertaining to Pthalatic Anhydride (PA), Di-Octyle Phthalate and Alkyd Resin. The Committee recommended to FBR to resolve the matter with the consultation of the Stakeholders.

8.           The meeting was attended by  Mr. Saaed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudhary, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmood, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, Ms. Sajida Begum (Mover), MNAs, besides the senior officers from M/o Finance, State Bank of Pakistan, Auditor General of Pakistan, President PREIF, President Chambers of Commerce & Industries. etc.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Communication - April 24, 2017

(مجلس قائمہ برائے مواصلات)

1) لیاری ایکسپریس وے سروس روڈ کے بغیر با قابل قبول ہے۔

2) ایم-9 پر 9/8 اپریل 2017 کو ہونے والے ٹریفک جام کی رپورٹ طلب۔

3) مرکزی حکومت کے ترقیاتی منصوبوں میں تاخیربرداشت نہیں کی جائے گی۔

محمد مزمل قریشی

کراچی (              ) ان خیالات کا اظہار سٹینڈنگ کمیٹی برائے مواصلات کے چیرمین جناب مزمل قریشی نے کمیٹی کے 57واں اجلاس چیف سیکرٹری کراچی کے دفتر میں منعقدی اجلاس کے دوران کیا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ لیاری ایکسپریس وے کے رقبہ پر قابض لوگوں کو وہاں سے فی الفور اٹھایا جائے اور لیاری ایکسپریس وے 30 جون سے پہلے مکمل کیا جائے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ لیاری ایکسپریس وے یا سروس روڈ کو کئی دفعہ خالی کیا جا چکا ہے لیکن بدعنوان عناصر کی وجہ سے بار بار سروس روڈ کے رقبہ پر قبضہ کیا جا رہا ہے۔ لہذا یہ قطعی طور پر برداشت نہیں کیا جا سکتا۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ این ایچ اے زمہ دار لوگوں کے خلاف بروقت کارروائی کرتی تو نوبت یہاں تک نہ پہنچتی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ کمیٹی میں یہ بتایا گیا کہ 8 اور 9 اپریل کو 16 گھنٹے تک ایم-9 پر ٹریفک جام رہا۔ وہاں پر نہ تو موٹروے پولیس کا کوئی آدمی نظر آیا۔ اور نہ ہی این ایچ اے کا کوئی آدمی نظر آیا اسی طرح ایف ڈبلیو او نے بھی بروقت ٹریفک بحال کرنے کے لیے کوئی اقدام نہ کیا جسکی وجہ سے بہت سے لوگوں کو تکلیف ہوئی۔ بعض لوگوں کی طبیعت خراب ہوئی اور بعض لوگوں کو بھوکا رہ کر ایک ہی جگہ 5،5 نمازیں ادا کرنی پڑیں۔ کمیٹی نے وزارت مواصلات کے سیکرٹری کو حکم دیا کہ وہ ایک ہفتے کے اندر انکوائری کر کے ان کے خلاف تادیبی کارروائی کرے۔کمیٹی کو گرین لائن بس سروس کے بارے میں بھی بریف کیا گیا اور بتایا گیا کہ گرین میں یہ منصوبہ کام کرنا شروع کر دیگا۔ کمیٹی نے 2017لائن بس سروس سے ساڑھے چار لاکھ لوگ مستفید ہونگے۔ اور ہدایت کی کہ منصوبے کو بروقت مکمل کیا جائے اور کسی بھی منصوبے میں تاخیر برداشت نہیں کی جائے گی۔ کمیٹی نے کہا کہ وفاقی گورنمنٹ کے منصوبے پوری قوم کے منصوبے ہیں لہذا ان کو سیاست کی نذر کرنے کی اجازت نہیں دی جا سکتی۔ کمیٹی نے حکم دیا کہ جو 7000 پودے گرین لائن کی وجہ سے کاٹے گئے ہیں۔ ہر پودے کے بدلے 3،3 پودے لگائے جائیں تاکہ کراچی شہر کا حسن بحال ہو۔ کمیٹی نے ہدایت کی کہ گرین لائن منصوبے کا فیز-2 بھی بروقت مکمل کیا جائے۔ کمیٹی کے چیرمین جناب مزمل قریشی نے ہدایت کی کہ ڈاک یارڈ اور نیوی کے علاقے میں بھی گرین لائن کا منصوبہ بھی جلد شروع کیا جائے۔ کمیٹی نے ہدایت کی کہ ہر ضلعی چیرمین سے اسکے ضلع میں ہونے والی تبدیلیوں کے بارے میں مشورہ لیا جائے اور گرین لائن کو پورٹ اتھارٹی کے بورڈ آف ڈائریکٹر نے شہر کراچی کے ناظم وسیم اختر کو بالا حاضر عہدہ شامل کیا جائے۔ اور جب تک باضابطہ شامل نہیں ہو سکتے انہیں بطور خصوصی مندوب بلایا جائے۔


53rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today - April 18, 2017

Islamabad, the 19th April, 2017: 53rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 18th April, 2017, at 02:00 p.m, Committee Room No. 7,  Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Shaikh, MNA on the following agenda:-

i)       Confirmation of minutes of last meeting of the Committee held on 13-04-2017

ii)      To consider “ The Auditor –General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms & Conditions of Service) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (government Bill)

iii)     To consider “The Microfinance Institutions (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (moved by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA)

iv)    To consider “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill, 2017” (moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA)

v)      Discussion on the proposals/suggestions received from Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FPCCI), various Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Real Estate Stakeholders etc. for the Budget 2017-18 and the proposals of Committee Members for the upcoming Budget.

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 13-04-2017.

3.            Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Shaikh, Chairman of the Committee apprised the Hon. Members about the vital role of this Committee for facilitating the Ministry of Finance and Revenue to prepare the upcoming Budget. He said that this Committee should thoroughly consider the suggestions /proposals received from various business forums/stake holders for onward submission to Finance Division. The Committee unanimously decided that its next meeting would be held on 26th April, 2017, to discuss the budgetary proposals, exclusively. The Committee also decided that stakeholders and FBR would be called in the said meeting. 

4.            While considering the suggestions received from Karachi Chamber of Commerce. The Committee decided that Tax Reforms Commission Report should be discussed in detail in its next meeting, because the Committee members were of the view that recommendations of the Karachi Chamber have already been addressed in the tax reforms Commission Report.

5.            The Committee recommended that 0.8% GDP on Federal Government expenditures for education should be consider, as announced by the Finance Minister in his last budget speech.

6.            The Committee also discussed that direct wealth tax / net wealth tax @ 0.5% (adjustable) should be charged by the Government for increasing the revenue collection. The Committee also discussed that digital money promotion mechanism should be considered by the FBR and State Bank of Pakistan for increasing the revenue.

7.            The Committee considered the proposals of Pakistan Real Estate Investment Forum (PREIF) and recommended that Government should allow the real estate sector for declaration of actual property value and taxation on the said value should be minimized. The Committee also supported the proposals of real estate sector on some extent; however, the Committee decided that real estate stakeholders would be invited in the next meeting for further discussion in this regard. 

8.            The Committee also discussed the proposals received from Cotton Ginners Association and supported the suggestions of the industry. The Committee also decided that representatives of Cotton Ginners Association should be called in the next meeting.

9.            The Committee discussed the replies received from FIA, SECP on the questions raised by the Hon’able Member of the Committee regarding transfer of funds to abroad. The Committee has shown its concerns on the replies and decided that FBR, FIA, SECP and NAB should be called in the meeting of Standing Committee shortly.

10.          The Committee unanimously decided that all proposals would be furnished to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for comments.

11.          The Committee deferred the agenda item (iii) and (iv) due to absence of the Movers and on the request of the departments.

12.          The meeting was attended by Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, MNAs, besides the senior officers from M/o Finance, State Bank of Pakistan, Auditor General of Pakistan etc.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - April 13, 2017

Islamabad, 13th April, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 am in Committee Room of PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.
 

SECRETARY,  AVIATION DIVISION TO PROBE INTO THE MATTER OF CH.ABID RAZA, MNA
 

2.      On the Question of Privilege of raised by Ch. Abid Raza, MNA regarding stopping the Hon. Member to travel abroad by an official at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore, the Committee directed the Secretary, Aviation Division to probe into the matter and report to the Committee within fifteen days.
 

3.      The Committee pended the Motions of amendments moved by Dr. Arif Alvi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari and Ms. Naeema Kishwar, MNAs in rules 118 and 120 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.
 

4.      The Committee disposed of the Questions of Privileges moved by Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali and Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNAs.
 

5.      The Committee re-constituted the Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr.Raza Hayat Harraj, MNA with the same composition and terms of reference on the Question of Privilege of Rana Muhammad Afzal, MNA against Mr.Noor Ul Amin Mangal, Ex.DCO, Faisalabad.
 

6.      The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 28-3-2017. The Committee also decided to hold its next meeting on 27-4-2017 in the Parliament House.
 

7.      The meeting was attended by Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Muhammad Raza Hayat Harraj, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr.Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Gulzar Khan and Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Arif Ali and Ch. Abid Raza MNAs/Movers.
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - April 13, 2017

Islamabad, 13th April, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization was held today at 2:00 am in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. QAISER AHMAD SHEIKH, MNA.
 

2.      The Committee considered the “ the Auditor General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms & Conditions of services) (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Committee discussed the Bill clause by clause and directed the M/o Finance for providing the comparative statements in this regard for further deliberations on the same in its next meeting.
 

3.      The Committee also considered the Micro Finance Institutions  (Amendment Bill) 2017 moved by Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA and appreciated the cause of the said Bill, however, it was unanimously decided that Micro Finance Institutions and State Bank of Pakistan would be called in the next meeting for its fruitful consideration.
 

4.      The Committee deferred the “ The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition Money Lending Bill, 2017 moved by Mr. Sajid Nawaz, MNA for its next meeting.
 

5.      The Committee also deferred agenda item No. 3 pertaining to discussion on the proposals/suggestions received from Federation Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industries ( FPCCI), various Chambers of Commerce and Industries ( CCI), Real Estate Stake Holders and Pakistan Cotton Ginners etc for Budget 2017-18 for its next meeting. However, it was unanimously decided that all stakeholders will be informed through Media to submit their recommendations for upcoming budget.
 

6.      The Committee was briefed by the President Women Bank with regard to the functioning and working of the Bank. The Committee expressed its grave concern on the performance of the said Bank. The Committee Members were of the view that its management should be given to private sector for the betterment of the institution. The Committee was informed by the Additional Secretary, M/o Finance that subject matter was already under consideration in the Privatization Commission with the approval of Cabinet Committee.
 

7.      The Committee Members were briefed by the Managing Director, House Building Finance Corporation on its performance. The Committee has shown its observation on the presentation given to it. The Committee was also informed by the Additional Secretary, M/o Finance that privatization of  HBFC was also  under consideration by the Privatization  Commission. However, the Committee Members were of the  opinion that management of HBFC should be privatized instead of complete privatization.
 

8.      The Committee unanimously decided that another meeting would be called on the privatization of said institution, shortly.
 

9.      The students of LUMS University witnessed the proceedings of the Committee, earlier the Chairman welcomed the students in the meeting.
The Committee unanimously approved the agenda of Poverty Alleviation for its next meeting. The Committee approved to invite the representatives from PILDAT, etc.
 

10.    The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahemd Khan Manais, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Dir. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmood MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Ms.Sajida Begum and Mr.Sajid Nawaz, MNAs/Movers.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication - April 10, 2017

Islamabad, 10th April 2017: The 25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Capt. ® Muhammad Safdar, MNA.
2. The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then, the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.
3.  Agenda item i.
The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its last meeting held on 24th January, 2017.
4. Agenda item ii.
The Committee unanimously showed their serious concerns on the issue of blasphemies/objectionable material posted on social media and asked the Ministry, PTA and FIA representatives about the actions taken till date and the progress to mitigate the issues relating to this important subject.
5. The representatives from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Chairman, PTA and representative from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) briefed the Committee against blasphemous/objectionable material on social media. They also briefed about the culprits arrested across the country in connection to posting and propagation of blasphemous material. The Committee appreciated the efforts being undertaken so far by the MoIT&T, PTA, FIA and other agencies to tackle the issue. To further strengthen the efforts the Committee directed Chairman, PTA to establish a separate wing within a PTA and to strengthen existing systems to monitor proactively the appearance of blasphemous/objectionable contents and posts on social media and to take remedial actions. The Committee also directed to the concerned quarters to raise this issue and highlight it further with the Ambassadors of other Muslims countries to enable joint diplomatic efforts for effective dealing of the issue by social media platform providers. An important recommendation was made to take the matter up through the platforms of OIC and relevant agencies of the United Nations. The Committee also suggested consultation with Islamic Ideology Council for establishing all inclusive and sound approach to the sensitive subject. It was also decided to recommend a public awareness campaign through SMS messages by all Mobile companies and similar messages through print & electronic media. In the context of addressing the financial and funding sources of the blasphemers the Committee also directed to strengthen the regulatory mechanism to regulate the activity of local and foreign NGOs in Pakistan.  
6. The Committee deferred the agenda item No. iii & iv.
7. The Hon. MNAs/Member Mian Muhammad Farooq, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting besides the Minister of State, Chairman PTA, senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and Federal Investigation Authority with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets - April 7, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 7th April, 2017 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee discussed the “Cloud Seeding, Implementation of Green Pakistan Project, Pollution created by the use of coal in brick kilns and its alternative measures and disadvantages of plantation of poplar tree alongside the highways.”

The Standing Committee suggested that a detailed report regarding the implementation of “Green Pakistan Project” should be taken from the provinces. The Standing Committee also directed to the M/o Climate Change to provide a detail study to the Standing Committee in its next meeting regarding the coal in brick kilns and its bad effects on the Climate/atmosphere. 

Members who attended the meeting Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, Chairman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, MNA,  Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, MNA, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA, Mr. Shah Jahan Baloch, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA and Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).
 


NA Standing Committee on Water and Power Meets - April 7, 2017

STANDING COMMITTEE ON WATER AND POWER PASSED THE “INDUS RIVER SYSTME AUTHORITY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2017” MOVED BY MS. SURRIYA ASGHAR, MNA WITH PROPOSED AMENDMENT
 

The Standing Committee on Water and Power discussed the “The Indus River System Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017” in detail and considered the amendments proposed in the draft further to amend the Indus River System Authority Act, 1992(Act No. XXII of 1992). After detailed deliberations on the said Bill, the Committee agreed with the proposed amendment of the Mover for insertion of new section 15(A) (Act XXII of 1992). The Standing Committee on Water and Power met today in M/o Water and Power under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNA.

The Committee was briefly apprised about the Daragai Hydropower Projects I&II, located in Malakand Agency. The Committee was informed that there are total 03 hydropower stations in District Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Upper Swat Canal having a production of 121 MW. While discussion about the shortfall of electricity the Additional Secretary of the Ministry responded that there are 5000 to 6000 MW gap between demand and supply and expecting that it would be approximately the same in peak season of summer. He said that Government has started the different projects of Hydro, Thermal and Wind which is expected to start its generation after 2 to 3 months. The Committee directed that Ministry should ensure to lessen the shortfall of the electricity in order to give relief to the public especially in holy month of Ramadan.

Earlier, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister of Water and Power briefly apprised the Committee about the different projects of electricity which was initiated to overcome the shortfall of the electricity.

MNAs, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, Syed Kazim Shah and Ms. Surriya Asghar, MNA/Mover of the Bill attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works meets - April 6, 2017

Islamabad; April 6, 2017: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works was held under the convenership of Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch in Parliament House, Islamabad, this afternoon.

The Committee was briefed by the Director General, Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) with regard to the acquisition of land process of Thallian Interchange Joint Venture Housing Project, availability and access from Islamabad-Lahore Motorway along with its site plan, maps etc. He informed the Committee that fifteen companies had participated in the prequalification process, out of 15 companies, 7 companies were short listed. Later on, one company was qualified for the Thallian Interchange Joint Venture Housing Project. He added that an agreement was signed with the commitment that qualified company will provide 7000-10,000 kanal land in specific areas, accordingly they have been provided 1400 kanal land till date, which is under survey process by the FGEHF. He further stated that they have been offered 4800 kanal more land so far.

Director General, FGEHF apprised the Committee that government was not paying any funds in advance to party B (land provider), therefore, government has zero risk for building of that project. However, the Committee was of the view that government was collecting public money for the development etc. The Director General, FGEHF said that FGEHF will provide premium on the deposit of public money, instead of deduction at the time of refund, if required by someone. He said that negotiations for construction of interchange at Thallian with FWO and NHA were under process. He also informed the Committee that government will subsidize the cost of development from commercial areas to the said project.

The Committee has shown its apprehensions on the awaited title of project and procedure adopted by the government for acquisition of land and selection of land provider. The Committee has shown its observation on the distribution of commercial area by the ratio of 10% and 90% for government and land provider, respectively. The Committee has directed the Director General, FGEHF for providing the following documents to the Committee for its consideration, before the next meeting.

i.                     Copy of the summary submitted to the Cabinet in 2016.

ii.                   Approval of the Cabinet in this regard.

iii.                 Details of 15 companies participated for prequalification.

iv.                 Details of 7 short listed companies along with their offers.

v.                   Details of selected company along with offer.

The Committee decided that next meeting would be convened shortly and remaining agenda pertaining to Bhara Kahu Housing Scheme will be considered, however, Director General informed the Committee that FGEHF have been informed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that mediation process adopted by the NAB for resolving the issue between developer and government has been failed, therefore, necessary legal action should be taken in this regard.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal,  Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb,  Ms. Khalida Mansoor,  Mrs. Shahida Rehmani,  Mr. Sajid Nawaz Khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan,  Molana Ameer Zaman, Secretary M/o Housing and other senior officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - April 5, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today i.e 5th April, 2017 at 11:00 a.m in PIPS Seminar Hall-2, PIPS Building Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA.
 
The Committee offered prayers for the martyred of bomb blast incident occurred at Badian Road Lahore today, which causes casualties of valuable life of four army personnel and two civilians.
 
The Committee recommended to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for providing the details of parliamentarians, who have been submitted their assets declaration forms to ECP. The Committee decided to call the Secretary ECP in its next meeting for briefing on the election procedure and strengthening of ECP.
 
The Committee was informed by the Additional Secretary, ECP that delimitation is prerogative of ECP. He added that delimitation could be made by ECP in the month of September, 2017, if required. 
 
The Committee members have shown their concern on the limit defined by the ECP for election expenditures. They were of the view that it should be enhanced. A question was raised by the honourable member regarding permission of political rallies during the election days. The Additional Secretary, ECP replied that it could be considered after the consultations with political parties.
 
The Committee was of the firm opinion that each party and their leaders should be held responsible to reply the queries/questions made by the Election Commission of Pakistan. The Committee reiterated that dedicated ROs (staff) should be appointed for effective and efficient functioning of ECP.
 
The Committee unanimously decided that next meeting of the Committee would be convened on 18th or 19th April, 2017 on the same agenda.
 
Meeting was attended by Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Malik Ihtebar Khan and besides senior officers from Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, ECP, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Law.


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today - April 5, 2017

Islamabad, the 5th April, 2017: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at Old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The committee was informed that on the direction of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, 13 hospitals are being constructed out of 46 in the first phase of Public Private Partnership Program. In addition, the construction of 250 beds hospital in Chitral has been delayed owing to the land issues.

The committee recommended that the poverty survey would be conducted in order to scrutinize the Benazir Income Support Program Cards given to the needy people. Moreover, there are 35 projects in total out of which 28 are complete under the Federal Program under Access to Justice Program.

The Committee appreciated the efforts of Chairman WAPDA on timely completion of 132 K.V. Grid Station and Transmission Lines of Golan Goal Project.          

MNAs, Ch Jaffar Iqbal, Ms. Shazia sohail Mir, Sayed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Ms Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms Asiya Nasir Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din,  attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform.


Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs discussed Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations - April 5, 2017

The 34th meeting of Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in-camera in the Parliament House, Islamabad today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA to discuss Pakistan – Afghan relations as per the agenda.

2.     In his opening remarks the Chairman said that last year our committee prepared and sent the recommendations on Pakistan-Afghan relations encompassing different complex nature of these relations. We hope that the Foreign Office might have benefitted from these suggestions. However, since the situation is changing at a very fast pace, therefore, it is once again being felt that our Committee should understand the Foreign Office’s view and then put their recommendations for handling the relations between the two neighbor countries. Later he invited the Foreign Advisor to brief the Committee in the light of latest information available with him.

3.    The Advisor on Foreign affairs extemporarily briefed the present situation of the Pakistan-Afghan relations from all dimensions including his latest meetings abroad and concluded that things are moving in right directions now and an emerging approach of regionalism and connectivity is surfacing which is binding the other stake holders to avoid any miscarriage realizing the facts of past experiences and new realignments.

4.     The Members raised searching questions and tried to understand the direction, strategy and a focus on long term formal structured bilateral relations with Afghanistan. While acknowledging the concerns and valuable inputs from the Committee Members, the Adviser said that the Foreign Ministry will continue to seek guidance from the Parliamentary body and also in favor of promoting Parliamentary diplomacy in this particular area of interest.

5.     The Chairman thanked the Advisor and all the Committee Members for a very thoughtful, condensed and positive debate on a very vital issue for Pakistan’s Foreign policy. He further added that we shall hold more meetings in this connection and forward our latest recommendations very soon.

6.    The Members who attended the Meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law & Justice met today - April 5, 2017


NA Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources Met today. - April 4, 2017

Islamabad; April 4, 2017: The Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources met under the Chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Islamabad, this afternoon.
 
      While considering the issues pertain to grant of NOC by Pakistan State Oil (PSO) to the owners of the petrol pumps after expiry of their lease agreement. The committee members have shown their displeasure on the procedural delayed of the PSO management. However, the Managing Director, PSO informed the committee that PSO was doing its best for resolving the such kind of problems. The Committee directed the Managing Director for release of leased land of Iqbal Fuel, Wahdat Road, Lahore at the earliest. The General Manager, PSO ensured the Committee that needful would be done within one month. He further ensured that NOC in this regard would be issued unconditionally by PSO. The Committee also directed that delay of NOC matter for Abdullah Filling Station, should be resolved on priority basis.
 
      The Committee discussed the matter regarding theft of crude oil from oil field in District Karak, KPK. The Home Secretary, KPK informed the Committee that they have made their efforts to stop the theft in question areas, however, due to short of security staff they were unable to stop the theft of oil. Moreover, he stated that the matter of oil theft should be referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) because he was of the opinion that it seems loss of national exchequers. The Committee decided that NAB should be called in the next meeting for their views on the matter. The Committee directed to FIA and Home Secretary, KPK for further consultation before the upcoming meeting of the Committee. The Committee has also shown its concern on the cooperation of provincial government (KPK) in this regard.
 
       While considering the measures taken by the KPK government to address the theft of gas in districts Hangu and Karak. The Committee was informed by the honourable Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources that KPK government has not fulfilled its agreement for release of 10 % funds from royalty collection to the protection of gas sector in KPK. The Committee unanimously decided that legal experts from KPK government and Federal Government would be called in the next meeting of the Committee to resolve the matter. The Honourable Chairman of the Committee has shown its displeasure on the delaying tactics using by the concerned. 
 
     The meeting was attended by Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, MNAs;  Malik Ihtebar Khan, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan,  Mr. Shehryar Afridi,  Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Abdul Waseem,  Mr. Sajid Ahmed,  Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Secretary M/o P&NR, Senior Officers of the concerned departments. 


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Met today. - April 4, 2017

          The 33rd meeting of Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in the Parliament House, Islamabad today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA to discuss Pakistan – Iran relations with a focus on economic, trade and security aspects as per the agenda.

2.      The Chairman while welcoming the Hon. Members and the Senior Officers of the respective Ministries informed the Committee about the background and the need to discuss this important matter of our foreign policy. He further congratulate the newly appointed Foreign Secretary Ms. Tehmina Janjua with best wishes for her to run the affairs of the Ministry in an appropriate manner and also extended full support of the Committee in shaping the foreign policy of Pakistan in best national interest.
 
3.      Later, the Chairman invited the Foreign Secretary to brief the Committee on Pak-Iran relations. Beside an advance copy of the briefing, the Foreign Secretary elaborates in detail the dynamics and sensitivities of these relations with particular reference of two major sects. She further informed the Committee that the Foreign Ministry do realizes these facts and we shall continue to observe the neutrality aspect in relations with our brotherly Islamic countries. At present the world is passing through a transitory phase and re-alignment of relations among different states are in process. In this connection, we have challenges as well as opportunities to tap the potential of these fast changing international scenarios. In the last she welcomed the views and inputs of the Hon. Members on the subject and hope that the support of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs in the form of its recommendation will be a guiding line for maintaining its delicate relations with its neighbors and other important power poles of the present time.

4.      The Chairman appreciated the briefing and also acknowledged the keen interest demonstrated by the Members and further informed the Committee that we shall keep on discussing this subject in our next meetings in the presence of Experts invited by the Committee with their consent.

5.      In response to agenda item No. (iv) the Chairman directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explore the possibilities of setting up a NADRA Office in the Pakistan High Commission, Malaysia in consultation with the Ministry of Interior to solve the problems of the Pakistan community living in Malaysia and also placed on record a document containing the names of the country having dual nationality arrangement with Government of Pakistan.

6.      The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ch. Salman Hanif Khan, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and Senior Officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law & Justice also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan Met today. - April 4, 2017

The 29th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was held today in the Old PIPS (PRC Hall), Parliament Lodges, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA.

2.      Accordingly to the agenda item No. (ii) “Comprehensive briefing on the improvement of the tourism sector by the Government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir/Gilgit-Baltistan in the light of the last year experiences”. The concerned Secretaries briefed the Committee in detail regarding historical background, present potential, latest policy, strategy including challenges and way forward. The Members took keen interest and suggest different ways to improve the tourism sector in these areas while comparing it with international standards to attract the common people for in land tourism.

3.     The Chairman while concluding the meeting recommended the respective government to engage the private sector with some incentive to build basic infrastructures and different facilities required for improving tourism. He further advised the Ministry to sincerely consider the recommendations made by the concerned Secretaries in order to implement and improve the present state of affairs and any impediments causing the developmental process should be resolved expeditiously. Moreover, the Ministry may keep the Standing Committee in picture about their recommendations and different questions raised by the Members during the meetings on regular basis.  

4.     The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Mian Imtiaz Ahmad,  Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Syed Waseem Hussain, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Senior Officers of the Ministry, Azad Jammu & Kashmir Government and Gilgit-Baltistan Government also attend the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Met today. - April 3, 2017

Islamabad, 3rd April, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee considered “The Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Government Bill) in detail and approved with certain amendments. While briefing the Committee on the Bill, informed that the Ex-Rulers of the acceding states had been allowed maintenance allowance, after abolishing the Privy Purses in section 5 of the Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses and Privileges) Order, 1972 taking into account the average annual income generated by a state at the time of its accession. Since the present maintenance allowance is meager and as such needs enhancement in view of inflation and status of Ex-Rulers. Therefore, it is appropriate that a suitable increase may be allowed. The Committee also considered the case of alleged illegal appointment of 159 SST teachers, posted in FATA Secretariat and appointed a Sub-Committee with the following Composition and TORs:   
Composition: 1.   Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, MNA        Convener
                    2.   Mr. Qaiser Jamal, MNA               Member
                    3.   Mr. Nasir Khan, MNA                  Member
                    4.   Muhammad Kamal Malik, MNA    Member
 
TORs:        i)   “To probe into the case of alleged illegal appointment of 159 Secondary School Teachers (SST) posted in Education Department FATA”.
                 ii)  “To examine the progress of development works of Zawa dam Bara, Khyber Agency and electrification worksin FATA”.
                 iii)  “ To submit report to the main Committee within one month”.

2.         The Committee while giving briefing on compliance on the directives made by the then Governor, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during his visit on 26-27 November, 2015 to South Waziristan Agency by the FATA Secretariat, the Committee showed its great concern over the slow implementation process and directed the FATA Secretariat to ensure early compliance over the directives of the Governor KP without any further dely. 

3.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Ghalib Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Nasir Khan, Muhammad Kamal Malik and Mr. Bilal Rehman MNAs and Minister for States and Frontier Regions and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Communications Met today. - April 3, 2017

WAPDA and Communications authorities need to improve coordination to solve mutual issues.

Delay in the Projects cannot be tolerated at all: Standing Committee on Communications.

The issues of Right of Way (RoW) in Lahore, Abbottabad and Sheikhupura have been solved.

Islamabad (        ) WAPDA and Ministry of Communications authorities need to improve mutual coordination to solve their issues and report to the Standing Committee on Communications. The Committee gave these directions during its meeting. The Standing Committee observed that delay in the decided projects could not be tolerated. The Standing Committee was informed that issues of RoW and transfer of electric poles related to Lahore region have been amicably solved. Moreover, there are two newly proposed interchanges in the area of Sheikhupura, and the issues of electric poles of these interchanges would be solved within four weeks. The Committee directed that the compensation amount of Rs.13 million might be paid to Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) to shift the electric poles from Heripur to Abbottabad, to new locations. Similarly, PESCO and NHA authorities are directed to hold survey of Karakuram Highway (KKH) of Abbottabad area and beyond where the electric poles are to be transferred and the road is to be widened, within one week. Thereafter, the compensation amounts may be paid to the WAPDA authorities, so that, the KKH can be widened without further delay. The Standing Committee directed that National Transport Policy may be furnished, forthwith.The meeting of the Standing Committee was presided over by Chairman Standing Committee, Mr. Muhammad MuzammilQureshi, whereas, Mr. Sarzameen Khan, Ms. MaizaHameed, Dr. Darshan, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, Ms. ShahjehanMunirMangrio, MNAs, Secretary, M/o Communications and other senior officers attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology Met today. - April 3, 2017

The Standing Committee was briefly apprised about the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the next financial year 2017-18. The Committee endorsed all the budgetary proposals of departments and directed to complete their on-going projects on top priority basis. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Science and Technology held today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, MNA. Carried out

The Committee informed that amount of Rs. 1776.872 Million for 21 projects were allocated for the year 2016-17. The Committee was of the view that due to delay in completion of the projects, its cost increased which resulting in huge loss to the Government ex-chequer. The Committee was informed that Rs. 3103.372 Million has also been demanded for 66 projects for the current financial year 2017-18. The Committee decided to approach Finance and Planning Divisions for allocation of proposed funds of the Ministry.

Earlier, Secretary M/o Water & Power briefed the Committee about the detail of the projects included in the forth-coming Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18.    

MNAs, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Chaudhary Armaghan Subhani, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Mehboob Alam, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry. 


NA Standing Committee On Overseas Pakistanis And Human Resource Development meets - March 31, 2017

Islamabad, the 31st March, 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was met today under the chairmanship of Mir. Aamer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA, to consider the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Children (Pledging of Labor) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the status of Grand Hayatt Plaza (BNP), Constitution Avenue, Islamabad and its allottees (Overseas Pakistanis) after the decision of the Islamabad High Court.

2. The committee deferred the Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2017 due to absence of the Mover of the Bill. The Committee discussed the Children (Pledging of Labor) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and also deferred till its next meeting.

3. The committee discussed the issues of Grant Hayatt Plaza (BNP), Constitution Avenue, Islamabad in detail and recommended that, the project should be completed, whatever the circumstances may arise.

4.  MNAs, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Ms. Aisha, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Ch Abid Raza, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar, Sardar Kamal Khan Banggulzai, Mr. Khial Zaman Orakzai, Mr. Nasir Khan attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination meets today - March 30, 2017

Islamabad, the 30th March, 2017: A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held today in the Committee Room of M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, G-5/2, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider the HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013 (moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA, Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016,  (Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA), the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (moved by Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan,  MNA),The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smoking Health (Amendment) Bill 2017 (Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA), and compliance report on the issue of sub-standard/un-registered stents Human Organs Transplantation Authority Bill, 2016, and comprehensive briefing/latest update & progress on Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. 

2.        The Committee considered the HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013 (moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA in detail. The Committee passed the Bill unanimously.

3.        The Committee considered the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA) in detail, the mover of the Bill maintained that the human organ donations will give new lease of life to persons in need of such organs and tissues. However, the Committee deferred the Bill. The Committee also deferred the Prohibition of Smoking and protection of Non-Smoking Health (Amendment) Bill 2017.

4.        The Committee showed satisfaction over the compliance report on the issue of sub-standard/un-registered stents. The Committee recommended that the strict check should be observed by the Department on permanent basis. The Secretary, M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination assured the Committee that the issue of the salaries of the employees of DRAP would be resolved within one month.  

5.        MNAs, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Qari Muhammad Yousaf, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Mir, Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal, attended the meeting. Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA/Mover of the Bill also attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - March 29, 2017

Lahore, the 29th March, 2017: 37th meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 10:30 a.m. in Pakistan Agricultural Storage & Supplies Corporation (PASSCO) Head Office, Lahore under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

2. The Committee was briefed about the step taken by the PASSCO on implementation status of Committee recommendations during its meeting held on 18th March, 2014.
 
3. Managing Director (MD), PASSCO apprised the Committee that PASSCO procure wheat every year as per target allocated by the Government by issuing bardana without security to small growers’ upto 50 bags on personal guarantee of member of supervisory Committee. Bardana will be issued to the genuine growers / farmers by depositing Rs.150/- per bag in shape of demand draft / pay order. The amount of draft / pay order will be returned to the framer immediately by the Center Incharge on receipt of wheat at the purchase centre. PASSCO has made concerted efforts to determine the general grower and eliminate the role of Arthies/ middleman. It was also informed the Committee that the sufficient stock of wheat is available to meet our future requirement till the new corps arrived in the market.

4. Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad, Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Tahir Iqbal Ch., Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Pir Shafqat Hussain Jilani, Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch and Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research and PASSCO.


Standing Committee on Defence Production Meets - March 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th March, 2017: The Standing Committee on Defence Production paid its visit today, on 29th March 2017, to Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF), Wah, at 12:00 (noon) under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA.

2.         The Committee Members were welcomed by Chairman Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF). The Committee was briefed by the Chairman (POF) regarding functioning and working of  (POF’s). He informed the Committee about the development made by the Institution, since last three years. He also informed the Committee about the installation of new Commercial Project of brose factory in POF.

3.      The Committee witnesses the working of various Departments of POF. The Committee appreciated the efforts done by the management of POF for making the institution one of the best supporting industry of Pakistan Armed Forces and Civil Forces. The Chairman Standing Committee thanks the management of POF on warm welcome and hospitality.  The Committee once again recommended that all Provincials Government should be asked to give the first right of refusals for procurement of equipments to National Defence Industries.

3.         Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Watto, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNAs, besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and  POF.


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances Meets - March 29, 2017

NADRA IS DIRECTED TO COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION OF ILLEGAL ALIENS LIVING IN PAKISTAN

STANDING COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT ASSURANCES DEMANDED OUTSTANDING CLAIMS OF DISCOS AGAINST PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS

IN THE LIGHT OF JUDGMENT OF SUPREME COURT THE MINISTRIES SHOULD ALSO PREPARE BRIEFS IN URUD.

Islamabad, 29th March, 2017: Meeting of Standing Committee on Government Assurances was held in the Parliament House. Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokar MNA was in the chair. NADRA and Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control are advised to complete registration of un-authorisedaliens with the help of Ministry of SAFRON, and make necessary arrangements to send them back to their country. The Standing Committee was also briefed by the Ministry of standing on Water and Power and informed that the duration of load management was linked with the losses of the feeders. Where there are high losses the during of load shedding is longer. The Ministry of Water and Power informed the committee their 38348 applications to register FIRs were given in the Sindh but only 109 FIRs were registered against the power Steelers. The Standing Committee directed IG Sindh to submit report in this regard by 26th of April 2017. The Committee was also informed by the WAPDA authorities that the Provincial Governments of KPK, Sindh, Balochistan, FATA and Kashmir have to pay billion of rupees to WAPDA. If they pay to the WAPDA then the issue of circular Debt (CD) can easily be addressed. The committee directed to call all of the Chief Secretaries on 26th of April 2017 to give their view point in this regard. The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad AfzalKhokar, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanakhil Ms. Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar Malik Ibram Ahmad, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Mr. ShafqatMehmood, Moulana, Muhammad Khan Sherani. MNAs and Mr. Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Water and Power.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training Meets - March 29, 2017

Islamabad, 29th March, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today at Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, C Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA.

2.       The Committee discussed the question asked by Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA in the National Assembly on 2nd February, 2017 regarding Swat University and referred to the Committee for consideration. During discussion the Committee raised its serious reservations on the grass violation of Rules in acquiring land for establishment of Swat University and awarding contract without provision of drawing and design of the project. The Committee directed the HEC to conduct inquiry in the alleged irregularities in acquiring the land and awarding the contract of the Swat University project and submit report within 15 days to the Committee and then the Committee would decide to send the case to the investigation agency.

3.       The Committee also considered “The Apprenticeship Bill, 2017” in detail. After detailed discussion, the Committee deferred the said Bill with the direction to incorporate the amendments proposed by the Committee and also correct the language and spelling mistakes in the Bill as highlighted by the Committee.     

4.       The meeting was attended by Muhammad Nazir Khan, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Surraiya Jatoi, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, and Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai MNAs and Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb MNA/mover of the question and Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - March 28, 2017


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Meets - March 27, 2017

EDUCATIOIN REFORMS IN AZAD JAMMU & KASHMIR AND GILGIT-BALTISTAN DISCUSSED IN THE 28TH MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON KASHMIR AFFAIRS & GILGAT BALTISTAN
 

The 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was held today in the Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA.
 

2.         Accordingly to the agenda item No. (ii) “Comprehensive briefing by the respective Secretary, Education Government of the AJK/GB regarding reforms, improvement of standard and broaden the base of the Education sector being priority of the present Governments” were discussed in the meeting while the Senior Officers of the concerned Ministry, AJ&K and Gilgit-Baltistan participated and presented a complete picture through slides for perusal of the Members. The Members put many questions about the briefing which was answered by the concerned officers while noting their different suggestion for improvement. The Chief Secretary, AJ&K informed the Committee about the new steps being taken by the present Government in order to improve the standard of Teacher’s minimum education, merit based recruitment through Public Service Commission and continuation on ban on adhoc appointments of Teachers. He further said we are facing many challenges from different quarters to carry out our improved agenda but we are determined to change the present deteriorating education system. The representative from Gilgit Baltistan also apprised the Committee about the reforms and initiatives taken by the new Government after 2016 to bring basic structural changes to meet the challenges of the modern era and to come up to the expectation of the people who have elected them. These reforms includes Establishment of Private School Regularity Authority, Establishment of Directorate of Technical & Vocational Education and Establishment of Teachers’ Certification & Licensing Authority.
 

3.         The Chairman appreciated the briefings and advised the concerned authorities to work hard on these lines to improve the education system which is the only way to change the fate of the country and to face the challenges ahead.
 

4.         The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Major (Rtd) Tahir Iqbal, Ch. Abid Raza, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Mr. Junaid Akbar and Senior Officers of the Ministry, AJ&K Government and Gilgit-Baltistan Government also attend the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - March 27, 2017

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON CABINET SECRETARIAT DIRECTS NEPRA TO ESTABLISH ITS SUB-OFFICES AT DISTRICT LEVEL FOR RESOLUTION OF CONSUMERS’ COMPLAINT AGAINST OVERBILLING 
 

Islamabad; March 27, 2017: Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat has directed National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to establish its Sub-Offices at district level within three months to affectively address the complaints of electricity consumers regarding over billing against power distribution companies. The Committee also asked the government to revisit NEPRA Law to empower it to affectively play its role as Regulator. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee directed NEPRA to take cognizance of over billing and issuance of detection bills on agricultural and domestic consumers. The Committee also directed NEPRA to strengthen its complaint resolution mechanism and investigate overbilling in respect of an instance pointed out by the member of the Committee in LESCO Region. The Committee also asked NEPRA to present average differential between the tariff of K-Electric for last twelve months.

The Committee decided to invite Mayor/Chairman CDA in its next meeting to discuss the measures being taken by the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad on sewerage disposal and Waste Management. The Members of the Committee expressed their concerns on the spread of diseases due to reported disposal of sewerage waste in Nallahs and wrecked sewerage pipelines in Islamabad. The Additional Secretary CADD apprised the Committee that the sanitation and water supply comes under the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation, therefore, the Mayor would be in better position to brief the  Committee about the rehabilitation plan of old sewerage lines. 

The Committee directed Secretary Aviation Division to brief the Committee about the commercial restructuring plan of PIA and outsourcing of services at all airports in its next meeting of the Committee. The Committee also directed Secretary Aviation to apprise the Committee about the outcome of the investigation carried out into incident of smuggling of heroine through PIA Aircraft.

The Committee adopted the report of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat on National College of Arts, Lahore and decided to discussthe same in its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Pir Shafqat Hussain Shah Jilani, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Secretaries of CADD, Cabinet and Establishment Divisions and Representatives of the concerned departments
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization - March 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th March, 2017: 51th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 16th March, 2017, at 02:00 p.m, Committee Room No. 2,  Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA on the following agenda:-

i)    Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 15-03-2017.
ii)     To make the budgetary proposals in consultation with the Chambers of Commerce and Real Estate

Stakeholders for upcoming Budget 2017-18.

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 15-03-2017.

 3.            The Committee considered the remaining agenda of the meeting held on 15-03-2017 regarding briefing on the outcome of the export package announced by the government in the light of FBR policies. The Chairman, FBR informed the Committee that FBR was supporting the exporters in this regard. However, the Committee strongly recommended that income tax and sales tax refunds should be released to the concerned on priority basis for the improvement of export volume in the country. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Chairman of the Committee informed the Honorable Members that business community was facing problems due to delay for release of refunds by the FBR.  The Chairman, FBR informed the Committee that FBR was doing its job efficiently and devotedly. The Chairman of the Committee appreciated the efforts done by FBR under the supervision of Dr. Muhammad Irshad, Chairman FBR.

4.            The Committee was informed by the Chairman, FBR about the implementation status on the recommendation of the Standing Committee regarding reduction in differential of income tax between commercial and industrial importers.  He said that FBR was waiting for the comments from the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries in this regard. Mr. Zubair F. Tufail, President (FPCCI) was also present in the meeting. He informed the Committee that FPCCI has already forwarded a letter to FBR for supporting the proposals already recommended by the Committee. The Committee once again directed the Chairman FBR for implementing the unanimous decision/recommendation of the Committee, at the earliest.

5.            While considering the budgetary proposals with the consultation of stakeholders for upcoming budget 2017-18. The proposals from FPCCI and various chambers of commerce & industries were discussed in detail. The Committee decided to constitute 04-Members Sub-Committee for further deliberations with the stakeholders for finalizing the budgetary proposals. The Sub-Committee will prepare its report to the main Committee within 30 days for onward submission to the Ministry of Finance & Revenue.    

6.            Dr. Muhammad Irshad, Chairman FBR replied the questions raised by the Honorable Members of the Committee and stakeholders. He also stated that FBR was doing its responsibility, honestly and devotedly for the betterment of this country.              

7.            The meeting was attended by Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil MNAs, besides the senior officers from M/o Finance, FBR and stakeholders.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - March 15, 2017

50th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 15th March, 2017, at 02:00 p.m, Committee Room No. 2,  Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA on the following agenda:-
 

i)                   Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 22-02-2017.
ii)     Briefing by Director General, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and President, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) on the inquiry status of NBP Bangladesh scam.
iii)   To discuss the issues of NBP pensioners regarding periodical increase in pension.
iv)   Presentation by President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) on the actions taken by the Bank regarding suitable reduction in high markup rates on the loans of agriculture sector alongwith their regional comparison.
v)     Briefing by Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on the outcome of export package announced by the Government in the light of the FBR polices.
vi)   Implementation status of the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Finance & Revenue regarding reduction in differential of income tax between commercial and industrial importers. 
 
2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 22-02-2017.
 

3.            Director General NAB informed the Committee about the inquiry status with regard to NBP Bangladesh scam. He said that NAB has completed his work for launching reference against the accused. However, its final approval was awaited from the executive board and Chairman NAB. He added that NAB would be able to register the references in the court after two weeks. The Committee expressed its displeasure on the slow performance of NAB. The Committee was of the view that NAB has already taken lot of time for preparing the references. The Committee unanimously decided that a letter would be written to Chairman NAB for quick disposal of the matter. The Committee was informed by the President, NBP regarding their efforts for recoveries of funds in this regard.
 

4.            While considering the petition regarding NBP pensioners for periodical increase in pension. The Committee was informed by the petitioners that since last more than 07 years NBP has increased only 3% in 2012. However, government has increased pensions approximately 15 % for each year. The Committee has shown its deep concern on the issue and recommended to NBP for increasing the pension to their retired employees. The President, NBP assured the Committee that matter would be considered on priority basis, however they need atleast one month in this regard.
 

5.            The Committee was briefed by the President, ZTBL and CFO regarding actions taken by the Bank for suitable reduction in high markup rates on the loans of agriculture sector alongwith their regional comparison. President, ZTBL informed the Committee that currently ZTBL was dealing about five hundred thousand customers by providing micro finance upto 2—2.5 lac. He said that ZTBL was also paying 7.5 % interest against 56 Billion lending to SBP, which was the major cause for higher markup ratio on agriculture sector. After thread bear discussion the Committee unanimously recommended that government should reduce the interest ratio for agriculture loans upto single digit. The Honorable Members were also of the opinion that markup ratio on agriculture lending should be equal to industrial loans.
 

6.            The Committee was informed by the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) ZTBL with regard to revamp strategy of government for ZTBL. He said that a dedicated team was working for making the institution as technology based organization under the supervision of Ministry of Finance. He said that agri bonds would also be introduced in the market and retail functioning of the Bank may be initiated shortly. He further informed that ZTBL will install ATMs for their customers/farmers.      
 

7.            The Committee deferred agenda item No. V & VI for its next meeting, which has already been fixed for tomorrow i.e 16-03-2016 and directed the Chairman, FBR to attend said meeting. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - March 14, 2017

Islamabad, 14th March, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 3:00 p.m in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA

1. CONCLUDING THE DISCUSSION ON PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS IN ONE SESSION

On the issue of discussion on yearly address of the Presidential to both Houses assembly together referred by the Hon. Speaker and on the amendment moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA on the same issue, the Committee has recommended that the discussion on the Motion of Thanks shall be concluded in a session summoned immediately after the session in which President addresses both Houses assembled together except the Budget Session.

2. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 14th February, 2017.

3. The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Ms.Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq, Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, MNAs/Leaders of Parliamentary Parties and Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA/Mover.
 


Women’s Parliamentary Caucus - International Conference on Role of Women Parliamentarians in Strengthening Democracy & Social Justice - March 13, 2017

PRESS RELEASE - March 13, 2017: Inaugural session - A momentous 3-day International Conference on the Role of Women Parliamentarians in Strengthening Democracy and Social Justice was inaugurated by Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan earlier today; Amidst a galaxy of 29 women parliamentarians from 12 countries and a large gathering of MNAs, Senators, academia, diplomatic corps and civil society, Ms. Mariyam Nawaz Sharif and Ms. Marriyum Aurengzeb were also present.

Organised by the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC), the participating countries include Australia, Iran, Iraq, Indonesia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Sri Lanka and Turkey. The Conference aims at initiating a dialogue amongst women parliamentarians on developing mechanisms, legislations and policies to prioritize women empowerment among governments of respective countries.

The key note speakers in the inaugural session held on Monday morning highlighted on the basic question as to how Women Parliamentarians’ networks can build alliances to effectively support their oversight, legislative & representative roles at the Parliament to achieve social justice for all in democratic societies. The panelists identified the need for a new social contract based on solidarity between all segments of society is imperative for achieving sustainable.

Mohtarma Maryam Nawaz Sharif graced the inaugural session as Guest of Honour on behalf of her mother Ms Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif while the Chief Guest of the occasion was Honorable Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. The Patron of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, former Speaker National Assembly and Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus Shaista Pervaiz Malik also spoke on the occasion. The event was widely attended by parliamentarians, diplomats, representatives from media, civil society organizations, universities & activists.

The event opened with National Anthem & recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. Secretary Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) Pakistan Ms Shaista Pervaiz Malik while addressing the occasion said that “today, we the women parliamentarians, from across political divide, have come a long way”. Commenting on the diversity of the conference she said that the colorful flags placed at the dais not only brightens the human diversity but depicts a common hope. Secretary Caucus thanked the Australian Government for extending its gracious support in the organisation of this International Conference.

The WPC Patron, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, emphasized that “As the first woman Speaker of National Assembly, I have seen what determined women are capable of”. Commenting on the event she said that this conference serves as a tribute to all women who stayed determined & achieved heights in face of insurmountable difficulties. Shaista Pervez Malik thanked all participating parliamentarians and termed the galaxy of nations standing together as champion of women empowerment and reiterating keen resolve to work in unison for mutual goal of securing peaceful and happy societies through social well-being of all strata of society including women, children, old and the disable beyond any discrimination of gender, creed or social status.

The Guest of Honor Ms. Maryam Nawaz Sharif warmly welcomed all the delegates to Pakistan who came to participate in the event. Sharing her insights on the role of women parliamentarians, she said that “the struggle of women in all parts of world, especially ours, has never been an easy one”. Recognizing the achievements and contributions of women in Pakistan’s history, she said that “we celebrate the women heroes of our country like the first muslim women Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, airforce pilot Maryum Mukhtiar, youngest noble peace prize winner Malala Yousufzaia and Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. It’s the women who serve as the agents of change, and even our Islamic history is full of exemplary women leadership.”  She felt proud to acknowledge the services rendered by her mother Kulsum Nawaz Sharif in leading the country’s struggle against dictatorial rule, a legacy she plans to take forward. Maryum Nawaz Sharif concluded with recognition and drawing inspirations from Prophet Muhammad (SAW)’s pious wife Bibi Khadija who had been leading entrepreneur of Arabia on to Mohtarma Fatimah Jinnah who led the movement for the creation of Pakistan, step by step alongside the father of the nation,  Quaid Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Chief Guest of the occasion, Honorable Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq applauded the role of women Parliamentarians in Pakistan as well as around the world. “Women have paid a heavy price for their unwavering struggle and resilience” said Speaker Ayaz Sadiq. Sharing the statistics, he said that the Women Parliamentarians around the globe make up 23% of legislators and 8% of peace agents. “Our WPC has been highly effective and efficient being the instrument of change always actively involved in crucial legislation on issues of women, children and vulnerable segments of society”. Honorable Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also shared that in the present National Assembly of Pakistan women parliamentarians have performed exceptionally as 60% parliamentary business was conducted by them He was proud to share that women Members of Parliament are performing their roles in various different capacities such as parliamentary secretaries always well prepared as compared to men counterparts, ministers and chairs of parliamentary committees. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also shared the setting up and working of sustainable development goals parliamentary taskforce that has helped push the human rights and social security agenda in Pakistan in a big way. The Inaugural session concluded with a group photo of delegates from all the participants countries with the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor.


NA Standing Committee on Textile Industry Meets - March 3, 2017

STANDING COMMITTEE ON TEXTILE INDUSTRY ENDORSED ALL THE BUDGETARY PROPOSALS OF THE MINISTRY FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR 2017-18
 

The Standing Committee was briefly apprised about the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the next financial year 2017-18. The Committee endorsed all the budgetary proposals of the ministry for the current financial year 2017-18. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Textile Industry held today in M/o Textile Industry under the Acting Chairmanship of Haji Akram Ansari, MNA.
 

The Committee appreciated the efforts of the ministry for encouraging the growth of cotton by using modern techniques and methods however, recommended that awareness should be given to the cotton growers and farmers through electronic and press media which could be helpful to increase the cotton growth in the Country. The Committee also recommended that Government should ban the establishment of sugar mills especially in cotton growing areas so that the growth of cotton could not be affected. The Committee further recommended that incentives should also be given to the cotton industry to develop the interest of farmers in cotton growing so that the huge revenue could be added to the Government exchequer.
 

Earlier, Mr. Hassan Iqbal, Secretary, M/o Textile Industry briefly apprised the Committee about the detail of the projects included in the forth-coming Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18.    
 

MNAs, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Ms . Belum Hasnain, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Mr. Jamshaid Ahmed Dasti, Col. (R) Dr. Amir Ullah Marwat attended the meeting, besides the officials of the Ministry.       
 


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Meets - March 3, 2017

Islamabad, the 3rd March, 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the Chairmanship of Mir. Aamer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA. 

The Committee recommended that the issues of gratuity of the employees of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) would be resolved as per Board decisions.

The Committee recommended that the water issue at OPF Housing Scheme Zone-V would be resolved at the earliest. The Committee was informed that the removal of surplus soil from the plots areas and leveling of land at OPF Housing Scheme Zone-V, Islamabad is expected to be commenced shortly. The work for construction of boundary wall and security posts around the OPF Scheme is awarded at a total cost of Rs/49.98 million.  

The Committee invited DCO Islamabad, Revenue Officers Islamabad, Chairman CDA and FWO to resolve the issues of OPF Housing Scheme Zone-V, Islamabad for timely completion.

Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Aisha and Ms. Aliya Kamran MNAs attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.               
 


The NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - March 2, 2017

Islamabad; 2nd March, 2017 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of the financial year 2017-18 relating to Cabinet Division, Establishment Division and Capital Administration & Development Division (CA&DD) and their attached departments. The Committee directed that all policies might be devised keeping in view the ground realities instead of estimated figures in order to bring their benefits at gross root level. The Committee appreciated all the proposals of the Divisions however, directed that concerned authorities may ensure the completion of ongoing projects before initiating new projects and also ensure equality among all provinces while making new policies to bring their benefits across the country. The Committee therefore, unanimously passed the budgetary proposals of PSDP of Cabinet Division, Establishment Division and CA&D Division of the upcoming financial year 2017-18.
 
 The Committee expressed displeasure over the failure of Lever Transplant project, PIMS which was started in 2010 with the total cost of Rs. 200 Million but could not be functional due to lack of planning and mis-management. The Committee directed that the management of PIMS may take stringent measures to make it functional within three months and report to the Committee.

 The meeting was attended by Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, MNA Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


The bureaucracy of Ministry of Water and Power needs to improve its efficiency. (Standing Committee) record of WAPDA dues against Sindh Government, record of load shedding in Sindh called. The implementation report of 562 assurances made in the House - February 28, 2017

Islamabad, the 28th February 2017:The meeting of the Standing Committee on Government Assurances was held today on February28th 2017 at 11:00 am in old PIPS Committee Room, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad. The meeting was presided over by Honourable Mr. Muhammad AfzalKhokhar, Chairman, Standing Committee on Government Assurances.

The Standing Committee on Government Assurances observed that the bureaucracy of Ministry of Water and Power needs to improve its efficiency. The Committee was informed that despite the notice and three reminders, the brief by the Ministry could not reach timely. The Committee ordered the Ministry to submit its report about the outstanding dues of WAPDA against Sindh government and details of its settlement. The Committee also demanded details of loadshedding management in the Sindh rural. The Committee directed Secretary Water and Power to attend the next meeting of the Committee in person. The Committee directed to call for reports of assurances given different ministers in the House from time to time.

MNAs Abdul Majeed Khan KhananKhail, Ms. Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar, Syed Sajid Mehdi, Malik Ibrar Ahmed and Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch attended the meeting. In addition Mover Ms. Shagufta Jumani, MNA was also present in the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage approves PSDP proposals of NH&LH Divison amounting to Rs. 845.465 Million for inclusion in the Budget 2017-18 - February 28, 2017

Islamabad; February 28, 2017:  The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has approved budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of National Heritage and Literary Heritage Division (NH&LH) and its attached departments for the year 2017-18 amounting to Rs.845.465 million. The proposals would be forwarded to the M/o Planning and Reforms and Finance Division for inclusion in the Federal Budget for year 2017-18. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in Islamabad, this morning.

The Committee thoroughly discussed and scrutinized the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of National Heritage and Literary Heritage Division and its attached departments for the year 2017-18. The Committee was apprised that National Heritage and Literary Heritage Division had demanded allocation of Rs.845.465 million for its 20 new projects that mainly pertain to construction of Auditorium at National Academy of Letters, preservation of National Heritage and up gradation of existing infrastructure at National Library, Braille Press, Iqbal Academy and Mazar-e-Quaid. The Committee was apprised that four projects of the Pakistan Academy of Letters, National Book Foundation, Department of Archeology and Urdu Dictionary Board, respectively were ongoing and would be completed in the current fiscal year upon grant of budgetary allocation. The Committee also stressed upon the Ministries of Planning and Finance to allocate budgetary grant for upkeep of Mazar-e-Quaid.

The Committee appreciated the performance of the NH&LH Division for its efforts for preservation of national history and heritage. The Chairman and Members of the Committee lauded the futurist headship of Mr. Irfan Siddiqui as head of the NH&LH Division and a renowned literary personality and expressed their optimism that the departments under his administration would flourish. The Committee was surprised to note that the subject of Pakistan Chairs in foreign universities & National Archive Center and Lok Virsa & Pakistan National Council for Arts were presently under the administrative control of Cabinet Division and Information and Broadcasting Division, respectively, therefore, recommended to the Government to transfer the same to National Heritage and Literary Heritage Division owing to their relevance with the NH&LH Division.

The Committee supported the proposal of Construction of Pakistan Park in the peripheral area of Mazar-e-Quaid that would depict national cultural and cohesion. The Committee also directed the Division to submit report of inclusion or non-inclusion of the PSDP budgetary proposals in the federal budget within thirty days of the Committee’s recommendation required under rule 7 of rule 201 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Irfan Siddiqui, Advisor to PM on National History and Literary Heritage, MNAs; Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Mr. Murad Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Secretary NH&LH Division and heads of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets - February 27, 2017

Islamabad, February 27th, 2017; 25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

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

3.       Agenda Item No. i.

          The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 20.02.2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. ii.

          The Committee considered three Bills as per agenda and unanimously recommended that these three moved Bills may not be considered for further legislation in National Assembly.

5.       Agenda Item No. iii.

           The representative from Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefed the Committee about the efforts made by the Ministry regarding violations of Indian Forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir at International Forum. The Committee appreciated the briefing and directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to keep continue the efforts at International Forums. Further, the Committee recommended the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to arrange visits to Azad Jammu and Kashmir for the brother countries’ Ambassadors in Pakistan, so that; they could meet the peoples there and know about the situation of Indian Occupied 1Kashmir from neighborhood. Furthermore, the Committee recommended that International Media must be kept engaged on Human Rights violation issues in Indian Occupied Kashmir.    

6.      The Hon. MNAs/Members/Movers Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Phyllis Azzem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Ms. Saman Sultana Jafri and Dr. Fouzia Hameed were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination meets - February 27, 2017

Islamabad; 27th February, 2017 Meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination was held in committee room of the ministry, G-5/2, Islamabad this Morning with Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA in the chair. 

The Standing Committee discussed the proposals of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of the financial year 2017-18 relating to M/o National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination and its attached departments. The Committee appreciated all the proposals however, directed that M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination may ensure the completion of ongoing projects before initiating new projects and also ensures timely completion of new projects in order to avoid financial losses. The Committee therefore, unanimously passed the budgetary proposals of M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination of the upcoming financial year.

The Committee observed that policies were confined to papers only as their implementation seemed to be invisible at gross root level especially in remote and far flung areas of the country. The Committee therefore, directed that policies might be devised keeping in view the ground realities instead of estimated figures to bring their benefits at gross root level and ministry may develop a proper working relationship with the provinces so that policies could be implemented in real sense.

The Committee expressed grave concern over the sale of sub-standard/un-registered stents in the government hospitals and directed that M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination may coordinate with the investigating Agencies in order to bring the culprits behind the bars. The Committee directed that ministry may ensure the usage of auto disable syringes in all over the country as well.

The meeting was attended by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, MNA, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, MNA, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, MNA, Ms. Shakeela Khalid Luqman, MNA, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, MNA, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, MNA, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, MNA, Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, MNA, Dr. Nikat Shakeel Khan, MNA, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal, MNA, and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice Meets - February 27, 2017

Islamabad, the 27th February, 2017: The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to consider the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18, The Constitution (Twenty-Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA).

2.         The Committee considered the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18 in detail. The Committee recommended to approve all the 12 project consisting on construction of Islamabad High Court, Islamabad, contraction of office & official Residence for Hon. Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO), Federal Program under Access to Justice Program etc.

3.         The Committee considered the Constitution (Twenty-Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2017 and recommended to approve. The amendment was proposed in the fifth seclude of the Constitution regarding to increase the entitlement of pension of widows of the Judges of Supreme Court of Pakistan and High Courts from 50% to 75%.   

4.         The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA) was also discussed in detail. The amendment was regarding the provision of right to social security to all the citizen of the country. The social security will cover the basic necessities like food, clothing and health cover through the system.

5.         The meeting was attended by MNAs Justice (Retd.) Iftikhar Ahmad Cheema, Muhammad Moeen Watto, Mr. Muhammad Raza Hayat Harraj, Ms. Kiran Haider, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Engr. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Dr. Arif Alvi, Ms. Aisha Syed and Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri. The Officials of the M/o Law and Justice were also present in the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - February 27, 2017

The 54th meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee Room of National Highway Authority (NHA) Headquarters, 27-Muave Area, G-9/1, Islamabad, to consider the agenda items i.e) land compensation issues (Shorkot – Garhmahraja Bridge, Lowari Tunnel access Road, Roads of District Kohistan); Trauma Centre at Khanozai (N-50 Road); Karachi Northern Bypass and WAPDA Poles on RoW, Relocation of utilities. The Meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.

2.         The Secretary, M/o Communications/Chairman (NHA) informed the Committee that almost 95 % payment have been made to the claimants of Shorkot – Garhmahraja Bridge, Lowari Tunnel and Khuwakhela – Bisham (N-90) District Kohistan. Some effectees filed references in the Court for enhancement of compensation award and not willing to take payments. Due to inheritance matters, some claims are pending before revenue authorities. A few remaining claims will be paid on posting of Land Acquisition Collector (LAC). The Committee strongly recommended to the Government of Punjab for posting of LAC.

3.         The Chairman (NHA) also briefed the Committee that Executive Board has granted in principal approval for establishing nine Emergency Response Center (Trauma Centers), two at N-50, four at N-25 and three at N-85. This facility is extended by NHA to provide rescue, relief and first aid in remote areas in case of any road accident happens. Karachi Northern Bypass and collapsed portion of Sher Shah Bridge has completed and open for routine traffic. Shifting of electric poles/utilities was consulted with the WAPDA representatives Section-I from Muslimabad to Fawara Chowk, Abbottabad. The Committee directed to invite M/o Water and Power and WAPDA authorities in the next meeting.

4.         MNAs, Mr. Sarzameen Khan, Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Molana Qamar-ud-Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and officials of the NHA attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform Meets - February 27, 2017

Islamabad, the 27th February, 2017: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee was informed that, during the 6th GCC meeting, the Chinese Government showed satisfaction over the security arrangements of the CPEC.
 
The Committee unanimously approved all the 33 PSDP projects of Planning, Development and Reform. The Committee recommended that the all Tehsil & District Headquarter Hospitals must be included in the Prime Minister Health Insurance Scheme.
 
The Committee recommended that it is foremost and utmost to build Pedestrian Bridges, under passes and U-turns in order to save the lives of people on the Rawalpindi-Lahore. G.T. Road.
 
The Committee was informed that the feasibility report of the two-way railway track from Rawalpindi to Peshawar had been completed.
 
The Committee recommended that the periodic review of policies should be carried out, and while formulating polices, the debate and meaningful consultation would be conducted before the Committee.
             
MNAs,Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Malik Ibrar Ahmad,  Dr. Asma Mamdot, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Shazia Farid,  Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa,  Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin and  Mr. Sher Akber Khan attend the meeting, besides officials of M/o Planning, Development and & Reform and M/o Water & Power.
 


NA Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources meets - February 27, 2017

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON PETROLEUM AND NATURAL RESOURCES (P&NR) APPROVES PSDP PROPOSALS OF MINISTRY OF P& NR AMOUNTING TO RS.2172 MILLION FOR INCLUSION IN THE BUDGET 2017-18
 

Islamabad; February 27, 2017: The Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources has approved budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of M/o Petroleum and Natural Resources for its attached departments for the year 2017-18 amounting to Rs.2172 million. The proposals would be forwarded to the M/o Planning and Reforms and Finance Division for inclusion in the Federal Budget for year 2017-18. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Islamabad, this afternoon.

The Committee thoroughly discussed and scrutinized the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Geological Survey of Pakistan and Hydro-Carbon Development Institute of Pakistan for the year 2017-18. The Committee was apprised had project of Geological Survey of Pakistan pertain to evaluation of 3D Mineral Survey, Coal Bed Methane and Ground Water Potential and investigations for Geothermal Energy in Pakistan. The Committee was further apprised that the proposed projects were located in Balochistan.

While discussing the PSDP proposals of Hydro-Carbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP), the Committee was informed that three projects of expansion, up-gradation and strengthening of HDIP infrastructure and testing facilities at Karachi and other major cities had been proposed to capacitate the Institute to effectively carry out its mandate. The Committee was further informed that in order to test POL products, imported and produced indigenously, up-gradation and strengthening of HDIP testing facilities was imperative.

The Committee after briefing by the representative of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on theft of crude oil from oil field in District Karak, KPK decided to summon Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Police, KPK, Commissioner Kohat Division, Deputy Commissioners and District Police Officers of Kohat and Karak Districts and Representative of MOL in the next meeting of the Committee to discuss the non-cooperation of KPK Police and MOL Company with FIA in conducting the inquiry.

The Representative of FIA briefed the Committee about the progress on the inquiry. He informed that FIA was facing difficulties in conducting a thorough probe due to non-cooperation of MOL Administration and KPK District Police. He said that FIA did not have the authority to get the 65 cases transferred from the police to FIA, therefore, the inquiry could not be brought to its logical conclusion. He informed that upon initial inquiry, private persons, MOL Management, the oil transporters and local police were found equally involved into the theft.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, MNAs; Malik Ihtebar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Nawab Ali Wassan, Mr. Imran Khattak Mr. Abdul Waseem, Secretary M/o P&NR, Senior Officers of the concerned departments. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Ports & Shipping meets today - February 24, 2017

Islamabad, the  February 24th, 2017; 34th meeting of the Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping was held at Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad at 03:00 pm today, under the Chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA. The agenda of the meeting was as under:-

i.    Confirmation of the minutes of previous meeting.
ii.    To discuss/scrutiny of the budgetary proposals relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping and its attached departments for the financial year 2017-18 if any.

2.    The Committee offered Surah Fatiha for the Shuhda of Sehwan Sharif blast and blasts occurring in Lahore as well as in other parts of country. The Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping was briefed on PSDP for the year 2017-2018. The Committee showed its reservation on the pace of the works project related to Gwadar and CPEC. The Minister re-affirmed the commitment of the Government towards the CPEC projects and provision of electricity and water for Gwadar. The Committee was told that two new projects related to CPEC are going to be launched very soon. Briefing was also given on projects related to Marine Fisheries Department, Port Qasim Authority (PQA), Pakistan Marine Academy and Marine Biological Research Laboratory. The Committee recommended to the Government that the amount of Rs.22,358.433 million requested by the Ministry may kindly be given for the timely completion of projects related to Gwadar and CPEC. The Committee also gave its nod of approval for the ongoing projects.
 
3.    The meeting was attended by Minister Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo and the Members (MNAs) namely, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Ch. Hamid Hameed, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Rana Muhamamd Hayat Khan, Mr. Sohail Shoukat Butt, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Khalil George, Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Mr. Mohammad Salman Khan Baloch, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Secretary, M/o Ports & Shipping and other senior officers.


NA Standing Committee on States & Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today - February 23, 2017

Islamabad, 23rd February, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Committee Room of old PIPS, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee considered the proposed 38 un-approved new development projects under the PSDP for financial year 2017-18 in detail. The Committee in principal approved the said development projects however decided that the members belonging to FATA will prioritize the projects in their respective constituencies and will forward the same to the Chairman Standing Committee within three working days which will subsequently be forwarded to the Ministry of SAFRON for further necessary action. Earlier the Chief Economist, FATA Secretariat briefed the Committee on the objective and importance of the said proposed development projects for inclusion in the PSDP for financial year 2017-18 in detail. He informed that FATA warrants special attention for inclusion of maximum development projects in the PSDP 2017-18 and requested the Committee that the Federal Government may be recommended that the allocation for block allocation in the PSDP 2017-18 be doubled then the current year. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform should include the proposed development projects of FATA in the coming PSDP for financial year 2017-18 and allocate the requisite budget in the PSDP in order to complete the development projects of FATA in time.

2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Nasir Khan, Mr. Bilal Rehman and Mr. Bismillah Khan MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training - February 22, 2017

Islamabad, 22nd February, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training on Wednesday unanimously passed “The Compulsory Teaching of the Holy Quran Bill, 2017” (Government Bill).

2.         The committee met here at Parliament Lodges under the chairmanship of MNA Col. (Retd) Dr. Amirullah Marwat.

3.         The meeting was  attended by MNAs members of the committee including  Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr. Zulfikar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Rida Khan, Ms Amra Khan, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, and Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai MNAs and Minister of State for Federal Education & Professional Training, Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.

4.         Chairman of the Committee said that “The Compulsory Teaching of the Holy Quran Bill, 2017” is one of the good steps which would benefit the students from grade 1 to 12th class. All the members of the committee appreciated the bill and approved it unanimously.  Chairman Amirullah Marwat said that from first class to 5th Quran will be taught with Nazra and from 6th class to 12th students will be taught Quran with translation.

5.         Minister of State Baligh ur Rehman thanked the Chairman and members of the committee for approving the bill. In his remarks, he highlighted the importance of the bill. He said that it was people demand and need of the hour to introduce this bill.

6.         The committee recommended allocation of PKR 3205.039 million for 10-ongoing and 07-new unapproved schemes of ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training for the year 2017-18 under Public Sector Development Programme.

7.         The committee also discussed the “The Apprenticeship Bill, 2017” (Government Bill) and decided to further discussed it in next meeting.

8.         The committee recommended that adequate security should be provided to all the educational institutions across the country. The Committee recommended that the budget for education should be increased by 3 percent of the total budget for the year 2017-18. Chairman of the committee said that education is basically the real game changer and more budgets should be spent on the education.

9.         The committee also discussed the case of harassment with a female staff COMSATs Institute of Information Technology and directed the Rector COMSATs to take strict exemplary action against the accused in the said case after fulfillment of legal requirements.

10.       The committee said that it is unacceptable and such elements should be punished strictly to provide working environment to our female workers in educational institutions. The committee also stressed for improvement of educational curriculum.

11.       Earlier, the senior officials of Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training briefed the committee about the steps taken for the improvement of education system in the country.

12.       Minister of State said that number of schemes was in pipeline for the improvement in the vocational and technical education system. The officials of Pakistan Manpower Institute also briefed the committee.


Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan endorsed the PSDP for the year 2017-18 - February 22, 2017

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan was presided by Acting Chairman Mr. Khalil George, MNA, today in the Parliament House, Islamabad under Rule 216 (2) of the Rules of Procedures and conduct of business 2007.

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

3.     The Committee expressed their concern over the fact that the Ministry has not provided the names of those Committee Members who changed the original design of Rathoa Haryam Bridge as recommended by the Committee in its last meeting. The Secretary assured the Committee to provide the requisite information at the earliest. Moreover, the matter regarding the provision of additional budget amounting Rs. 2 billion is under consideration at PM office and will be resolved soon.

4.     After the briefing the Members put various questions regarding the proposed projects under PSDP 2017-18 and finally endorsed the proposals of the Ministry of KA&GB with the remarks that all projects should be completed according to prescribed specifications & standards within time frame in the best public interest.

5.    The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Mr. Khalil George, Ch. Abid Raza, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Senior Officers of the Ministry of KA&GB and AJ&K Government.


49th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today - February 22, 2017

49th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 22nd February, 2017 in Resource Centre, Old PIPS Hall, Parliament Lodges Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA on the following agenda:-

i)                   Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 21-02-2017.

ii)     Discussion on suitable reduction in present high markup rates on loans of agriculture sector alongwith possibility for open import of fertilizer in the country.

iii)   Briefing by President, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), on the status of NBP Bangladesh scam inquiry.

iv)   Briefing by Governor State Bank of Pakistan on the potential of implementation on proposal of trade between Pakistan and Iran in their respective local currency.

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 21-02-2017.

3.            The Committee discussed the matter pertaining to suitable reduction in present high markup rates on loans of agriculture sector alongwith possibility for open import of fertilizer in the country. The Committee directed the Ministry of Finance and Revenue and ZTBL to review its markup policy for agriculture sector. The Committee was of the firm opinion that markup ratio on agriculture lending should be equal to industrial loan ratio. The Finance Secretary assured the Committee that government is planning to give the subsidy package to farmers in the upcoming budget. He further added that NBP and ZTBL have already been reduced its markup rates for agriculture sector. Governor, SBP informed the Committee that only 22 % lending to agriculture sector was made by the ZTBL and rest of 78 % was lying with commercial banks.

4.            The Committee discussed the possibility for open import of fertilizer in the country. The Committee was informed by the representative from Ministry of Industries & Production that fertilizer sector was exporting urea (fertilizer). The Committee has shown its concern on the export of urea by the fertilizer industries.  The Committee was informed by the representative from Industry that government was supplying gas and LNG to fertilizer units. The Committee has shown its observation that on the policy defined by the government. While, it was asked by the representative from Ministry of National Food Security & Research, whether the comments were obtained from NFS&R by the Ministry of Industries & Production at the time of making the policy for export of urea. He categorically said that Ministry of NFS&R opposed the said export policy of fertilizer. The Committee strongly recommended that gas price should be charged on the export volume of fertilizer from the exporter and same should be provided to farmers as subsidy.

5.            The Committee was informed by the senior Director, NAB regarding NBP Bangladesh scam inquiry status. He said that reference in this regard has been finalized, which will be presented to the NAB Board by tomorrow for its final approval. The Committee has shown its displeasure for not completing the reference by the NAB for last one year. The Committee directed the NAB for providing the details on the matter in the next meeting of the Committee. The Group Chief from NBP informed the Committee that NBP has already been taken necessary action against the accused. However, the Committee was of the opinion that matter was lying with NAB for taking further action in this regard.

6.            The Committee was briefed by the Governor, SBP regarding implementation on the proposal of trade between Pakistan and Iran in their respective local currency. He said that the matter was discussed in the Cabinet meeting and Cabinet has decided to open the trade relations with Iranian Banks, however, the approval of the minutes of said Cabinet meeting is awaited for further necessary action. He stated that hopefully the matter will be resolved, soon.

7.            The Committee recommended the PSDP of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and appreciated the role of HEC in the education sector. The Committee also recommended to HEC for launching/establishing a campus of GC University, Faisalabad in District Chiniot (Punjab) at the earliest.  

8.            The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Ms. Shiza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Mr. Asad Umar, , MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Privatization, Statistics,  SBP, NBP, ZTBL and HEC. 


NA Standing Committee on Housing and Works Meets - February 21, 2017

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND WORKS APPROVES PSDP PROPOSALS OF M/O HOUSING AND WORKS AMOUNTING TO RS.12343.118 MILLION FOR INCLUSION IN THE BUDGET 2017-18
 

Islamabad; February 21, 2017: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Housing and Works was held in Islamabad, this morning with Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari in the chair to discuss/scrutinize budgetary proposals relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Ministry of Housing and Works for the financial year 2017-18.

The Committee discussed and approved PSDP of M/o Housing and Works for financial year 2017-18 amounting to Rs.12343.118 million to be spent on 149 schemes and executed through Pakistan Public Works Department (Pak-PWD). The Ministry proposed cost of 179 projects amounting to Rs.17199 million, however, the Committee directed for exclusion of 46 projects amounting to Rs.4854.88. The Committee was of the view that 46 excluded project were unnecessary and should be taken up after necessary need assessment and completion of the ongoing projects.

The Committee while going through the PSDP proposals, observed that delay in execution of work on the schemes resulted in PC-I revision, cost escalation and over-burdening the national exchequer. The Committee, therefore, directed the Ministries of Planning and Finance to ensure timely release of budgetary allocations so that the work on projects could be initiated or completed, thus avoiding wastage of public money. The Committee further directed the M/o Housing and Works to submit report of inclusion or non-inclusion of the PSDP budgetary proposals in the federal budget within thirty days of the Committee’s recommendation required under rule 7 of rule 201 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Lali, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mr. Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani, Mr. Sajid Nawaz Khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Molana Ameer Zaman, Secretary M/o Housing, Director General (Pak-PWD) and other senior officers of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control Meets - February 21, 2017

Islamabad, 21st February 2017; 32nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, MNA.

2.  The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee offered “Fateh” of the innocent peoples who “Martyred” in Sehwan Sharif including other incidents across the Pakistan. Then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda.

3Agenda Item No. i

   The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous two meetings held on 28-12-2016 and 14-02-2017 but the confirmation of the minutes dated 14-02-2017 was made subject to change of composition in the Members of already constituted Sub-Committee dated 14th February, 2017.

 4Agenda Item No. ii       

    The Committee approved the PSDP proposals for the year of 2017-18 unanimously. 

5.  Any other item with permission of the Chair.         

    The Committee unanimously passed a resolution which was moved by Mr. Ghalib Kkan, Member/MNA i.e. the Committee appreciated the sacrifices of armed forces and supported all acts done by armed forces against the terrorists. Further, the Committee agreed with the decisions took by the Political and Military leadership pertaining to country defense and protection. Hon. Chairman Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control moved his proposal jointly with the consent of the Committee that the effected persons by the terrorist attacks data should be established with the consultation of all Provincial Governments and be presented before the Committee till April, 2017 in which effected person’s, family’s dependent and the persons those martyred from Security Forces and the persons those become disables. So that, the Committee may move its recommendations to the Hon. House for the welfare of these effectees. The Committee re-composed already constituted the Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan.

6.  The Hon. Members/MNA Mr. Ghalib Khan, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan and Mr. Sher Akbar Khan were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control with their staff.

 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - February 21, 2017

49th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 21st February, 2017 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA on the following agenda:-

i)     Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 07-02-2017.
ii)    Consideration of “The Public Interest Disclosures Bill, 2017” (Govt. Bill)
iii)   Discussion on the report of the Sub-Committee appointed under the Convenership of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA, to resolve the anomalies of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) valuation table on property tax with consultation of the stakeholders.
iv)   Discussion on the proposals relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Finance Division, Revenue Division, Economic Affairs Divisions, Statistics Division and Privatization Commission for making recommendations thereof.
v)    Discussion on the launching of amnesty scheme for overseas Pakistanis on repatriation of their funds/assets in the country for making recommendations therefore.
vi)   Briefing by Chairman FBR on the selection of parties for audit according to FBR policy.  
vii)  Briefing by Chief Statistician, Statistics Division regarding preparation of implementation status of up-coming census in the country.

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 07-02-2017.

3.         The Committee discussed the PSDP of Finance Division, Revenue Division and Statistics Division, in detail.  The Committee recommended that new projects proposed by the Finance Division should be allocated requisite funds on priority basis. The Committee also recommended that requisite funds may be provided to Revenue and Statistics Division. However, the Committee could not consider the project of HEC due to short of time and decided to discuss the same in its next meeting on 22nd Feb, 2017.

4.         While considering the report of the Sub-Committee appointed under the Convenership of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA, to resolve the anomalies of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) valuation table on property tax with consultation of the stakeholders. The Committee directed to Chairman FBR for resolving the anomalies issues in light of the recommendations made by its Sub-Committee.

5.         The Committee Members were briefed by the Member (Audit) FBR about the audit policy adopted by the FBR. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Chairman Standing Committee informed the Committee about the grave concern among the industrialists on discriminatory and uneven audit policy of FBR. He was of the opinion that FBR should facilitate the business community and general public by providing confidence for bringing them in tax net. It was also discussed that a separate institution should be established for auditing of industries etc. instead of FBR. The Committee recommended to FBR for offering their views in this regard in the next meeting. The Committee recommended that FBR should revisit its audit policy for the improvement of business environment in the country.

6.         The Committee discussed the launching of amnesty scheme for repatriation of funds/assets from overseas in the country. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh informed the Committee that said matter was raised by the President, Federation Chamber of Commerce during his speech in Karachi in the presence of Honorable Finance Minister and other business community. The Committee unanimously recommended that in writing proposal will be obtained from business forum in this regard and will be forwarded to FBR for its further consideration, lateron.  

7.         The Committee was requested by the representative from Ministry of Law & Justice that the Public Interest Disclosures Bill, 2017 may be deferred because the same would be considered in the upcoming meeting of the Ministry of Law on 27-02-2017.

8.         The Committee was briefed by Mr. Asif Bajwa, Chief Statistician/Chief Census Commissioner, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) about the queries, apprehensions raised by Mr. Farooq Sattar, Mr. Muzzamal Qureshi and an Honorable Member from FATA. The Committee recommended that questionnaire received from Dr. Farooq Sattar will be forwarded to PBS for its replies. The Committee recommended to PBS that census issues pertaining to north Waziristan/FATA for IDPs census should be resolved with the consultation of Parliamentarians from FATA. The Chief Statistician informed the Committee that a meeting has been scheduled to be held on 28-02-2017 at FATA secretariat in this regard. The Committee also recommended that IDPs/FATA matter should be taken as an exceptional case, due to its current circumstances.                      

9.         The meeting was attended by Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudhary, Mr. Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Mian Abdul Mannan,  Ms. Shiza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Muahmmad Ali Rashid, Dr. Farooq Sattar, Mr. Muhammad Muzzamal Qureshi, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Privatization, Statistics,  Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Ministry Law & Justice. 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets - February 20, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Meets - February 20, 2017

Islamabad, the 20th February, 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the Chairmanship of Mir. Aamer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA. 

The Committee strongly recommended that the Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) should resolve the issues of Governing Board on priority basis; So that the salaries of the employees will be released timely.

The Committee strongly recommended that the WWB Punjab to evaluate the performance of the M. Tech Project Punjab in the light of rules and regulation given to them prior. The Committee was also recommended that the issues between the Federal Government and Punjab Government should be resolved for the betterment of socio-economic condition of a country and also the long lasting of this project.  

The Committee was informed that Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) being non-profit government organization does not have profit and loss account. It was also informed that the investment income for the period July, 2016 to January, 2017 is Rs. 30.20 billion against the budgeted amount of Rs. 19.495 billion. 

The Committee was informed that according to UN- Recommendations on “Census” each individual and set of living quarters is enumerated separately. The census should cover precisely defined territory. The population census should include every person present and/or residing within its scope.  The Committee was also informed that during the Census- 2017, all persons living in the country on the Census reference day that i.e. 18th March will be counted and there socio-economic details will be recorded.  

Ch Abid Raza, Syed Sajid Mehdi, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Aliya Kamran, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Mr, Nasir Khan, Ms. Aisha MNAs and Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & HRD attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.                                    


NA Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research Meets Meets - February 20, 2017

Karachi, the 20th February, 2017:   The meeting of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 10:30 a.m. in the office of Department of Plant Protection, Jinnah Avenue, Malir Halt, Karachi under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

2.         The Committee was given briefing on the working and functioning of “Department of Plant Protection”. It was informed that the main function of the department is to Register Pesticide and its Regulations, Plant Quarantine, Aerial Wing, Locust Survey Control & Standardization and Import of Pesticides. 

3.         The Committee was briefed that Southern Zone Agricultural Research Centre, Karachi is working on the cultivation of crops using latest technology to increase the production of crops per acre in region. The Committee directed the Ministry to streamline all the pending matters of both departments.

4.         After detail deliberation the Committee endorsed the budgetary proposals of the Ministry relating to Public Sector Development Program for the financial year, 2017-18.

5.         Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad, Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Tahir Iqbal Ch., Rao Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti and Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research and its attached departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Commerce Meets - February 20, 2017

Islamabad, the 20th February, 2017: The 37th meeting of the Standing Committee on Commerce was held today at 3:00 P.M. in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA.

2.         Fateha was offered for the departed souls of people who martyred during the recent terrorist attacks in the different parts of the country.

3.         The Committee was briefed on the working and functioning of the Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO). The Committee directed that the Members from all Provincial Government may be appointed in the IPO Policy Board as per IPO-Pakistan, Act, 2012. All the Provincial government may be coordinated while making legislations on the subjects/matters relating to provinces.

4.         The Committee considered “The State Life Insurance Corporation (Re-organization and conversion Bill, 2016” as passed by the Senate with amendments referred to the Committee by the House on the 2nd February, 2017 and deferred for the next meeting. 

5.         Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Shazia Marri, Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, Ms. Sajida Begum, Mr. Sanjay Perwani, Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi and Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by the senior officers of the Ministry of Commerce and its allied Organizations. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets today - February 17, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Climate Change was held on 17th Jan, 2017 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee discussed the “Scrutiny of the budgetary proposal of Climate Change Division relating to the Public Sector Development Programme (P|SDP) for the Budget 2017-18.

The Committee also suggested that the (Forest Policy) should be implemented with letter and spirit and monitoring system must be improved in this regard.

The Standing Committee further directed to the Ministry of Climate Change to provide the list of visits abroad by the officers/officials of the Ministry of Climate Change during the last and present year.

Members who attended the meeting Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Khan Drishak, Chiarman, MNA, Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, MNA,Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Khalida Manzoor, MNA, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA and Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).


24th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - February 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th February, 2017; 24th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

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

3.         Agenda Item No. i.

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 13.02.2017.

4.         Agenda Item No. ii.

             The Secretary National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) briefed the Committee about their existing recruitment policy. However, the brief from the NCHR was not received to the Committee for advance study, therefore, the Committee showed its displeasure and directed to the Chairman, NCHR that necessary directions for this briefing had already been given to NCHR by the Committee but still NCHR did not bother to send the brief in time. Then, the Committee decided that a meeting with same agenda will be held in the first week of next month and directed to the Chairman, NCHR to make sure the attendance of all NCHR Members to attend the next meeting and no negligence will be tolerated in this regard.

5.         Agenda Item No. iii.

            The Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) briefed the Committee as per given agenda. The Committee appreciated the given briefing and directed that there should be established a female desk in approximately all police stations across the country, further, the Committee directed that we should have to do efforts for the comprehensive legislation for the transgender. 

6.         The Hon. MNAs/Members Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) and National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets today - February 16, 2017

Islamabad; 16th February, 2017 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in new International Airport, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair.

The Committee discussed the proposals of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of the financial year 2017-18 relating to Civil Aviation Division and its attached departments. The Committee appreciated all the proposals however, directed that Civil Aviation Division may ensure the completion of ongoing projects before initiating new projects and also ensure their timely completion in order to avoid financial losses. The Committee therefore, unanimously passed the budgetary proposals of Civil Aviation Division of the upcoming financial year.

The Committee highly appreciated the performance of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) however, directed that CAA may ensure the completion of new Islamabad International Airport within given time frame and also ensure the provision of International facilities at Airport. The Committee also appreciated the completion of Ramma Dam at new Islamabad International Airport in short span of time and directed that the management of Airport may also ensure the availability of other basic facilities before its inauguration likely to be held on 14th August, 2017.

The Committee deemed that medical machines of dialysis, ventilator, MRI, City Scan etc of PIMS, Poly Clinic, NIRM and CDA Hospitals are insufficient as most of them are obsolete and non functional. Consequently, the patients are being referred towards private labs to obtain tests on heavy costs. The Committee directed that CA&DD may ensure the availability of new medical machines in all government Hospitals of Islamabad to cope with the requirements of the patients.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets today - February 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th February, 2017: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence met today in Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Shaikh Rohale Asghar, MNA. The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals of the Ministry of Defence relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2017-18 and approved alongwith the recommendation that the development project of Kamra Hospital regarding provision of modern equipments in the hospital as well as the project regarding accommodation facility for the Kamra employees should also be included in the PSDP for financial year 2017-18 respectively. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform include the New Un-approved 49 projects estimated cost Rs. 9138.242 in the PSDP and also allocate the requisite funds for the on-going and new approved schemes in order to complete the development schemes in time.

2.         The Honorable Deputy Speaker, National Assembly also participated in the meeting. He expressed great displeasure over the poor response by the Ministry of Defence and pointed out that the Secretary, Ministry of Defence had assured to the Standing Committee in its meeting held on 3rd March, 2016 that funds would be provided by the ministry of Defence for the development schemes in the Civil abadi area of Cantonment Board, Havelian but he did not honor his commitment made before the Committee. Thereafter, the Additional Secretary-II, Ministry of Defence also assured the Committee that he will personally look into the matter and will inform the Honorable Deputy Speaker within one week.

3.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Isphanyar M. Bhandara, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, Mr. Sanjay Perwani and Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Information Broadcasting & National Heritage approves PSDP proposals of IB&NH Division amounting to Rs. 3008.02 million for inclusion in the Budget 2017-18 - February 16, 2017

Islamabad; February 16, 2017:  The Standing Committee on Information has approved budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Information and Broadcasting Division and its attached departments for the year 2017-18 amounting to Rs.3008.02 million. The proposals would be forwarded to the M/o Planning and Reforms and Finance Division for inclusion in the Federal Budget for year 2017-18. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNAin Islamabad, this morning.

The Committee thoroughly discussed and scrutinized the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Information and Broadcasting Division and its attached departments for the year 2017-18. The Committee was apprised that Information and Broadcasting Division had demanded allocation of Rs.447.9 million for 12 ongoing projects besides Rs.2560.12 million for 28 new projects. The Committee was apprised that 10 and 2 projects of Pakistan Television and Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation respectively were ongoing and would be completed in the current fiscal year upon grant of budgetary allocation.

The Representative of Information and Broadcasting Division apprised the Committee that PTV had submitted 3 new projects which mainly relate to establishment of rebroadcast stations, replacement of obsolete equipment and construction of auditorium at PTV Academy, Islamabad. The Committee was further apprised that the Division had demanded budgetary allocation for 25 new projects of PBC, PNCA, PID, APPC, DEMP, ISA and PEMRA which mainly relate to establishment of infrastructure, replacement of obsolete equipment and capacity enhancement of above mentioned departments.

The Committee directed the Information and Brocading Division to direct PTV and PBC to complete the ongoing project within current fiscal year. The Committee also directed the Division to submit report of inclusion or non-inclusion of the PSDP budgetary proposals in the federal budget within thirty days of the Committee’s recommendation required under rule 7 of rule 201 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

The meeting was attended by MNAs. Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mian Muhammad Farooq,  Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Ch. Muhammad Tufail Ms. Belum Hasnain,

Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Secretary, Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Division and ther senior officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Petroleum & Natural Resources discusses PSDP proposals for year 2017-18 of M/o P&NR - February 16, 2017

Islamabad; February 16, 2017: Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources met under the chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad, this afternoon to discuss/scrutinize the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and its Attached Departments for financial year, 2017-18.

While discussing the PSDP proposals of Geological Survey of Pakistan and Hydro Carbon Institute of Pakistan, the Committee directed both the departments to review and bring their revised PSDP proposals before the Committee in its next meeting to be held during next week. The Committee observed that the PSDP proposals of the both the departments lacked necessary details.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, MNAs; Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, Mr. Imran Khattak Mr. Abdul Waseem,   Mr. Sajid Ahmed,  Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio,  Secretary M/o P&NR, Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony meets today - February 16, 2017


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - February 15, 2017

Islamabad; 15th February, 2017 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee recommended that The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad (Amendment) Bill, 2014 (moved by Major ® Tahir Iqbal, MNA) may not be proceeded further as the Government has decided to introduce a Bill of identical nature for legislation.

The Committee discussed the proposals of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of the financial year 2017-18 relating to Capital Administration & Development Division (CA&DD) and its attached departments. The Committee appreciated all the proposals however, directed that CA&DD may endorse the recommendations of the Committee especially availability of clean drinking water and establishment of new Hospitals for the residents of Islamabad so that Committee could pass them accordingly. The Committee therefore, deferred the issue till its next meeting for further discussion

The Committee deemed that medical machines of dialysis, ventilator, MRI, City Scan etc of PIMS, Poly Clinic, NIRM and CDA Hospitals are insufficient as most of them are obsolete and non functional. Consequently, the patients are being referred towards private labs to obtain tests on heavy costs. The Committee directed that CA&DD may ensure the availability of new medical machines in all government Hospitals of Islamabad to cope with the requirements of the patients.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Ms. Seema Muhiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA,  and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Water and Power Meets - February 15, 2017

STANDING COMMITTEE ON WATER AND POWER ENDORSED ALL THE BUDGETARY PROPOSALS OF THE MINISTRY AND ITS ATTACHED DEPARTMENTS FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR 2017-18

The Standing Committee was briefly apprised about the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the next financial year 2017-18. The Committee endorsed all the budgetary proposals of departments/DISCOs and directed to complete their on-going projects on top priority basis. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Water and Power held today in Parliament House under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNA.

The Committee informed that amount of Rs. 216 Billion for 173 projects was proposed but only 25 to 30 percent of proposed funds were released for the year 2016-17. The Committee was of the view that due to delay in completion of the projects, its cost increased which resulting in huge loss to the Government ex-chequer. The Committee was informed that Rs. 231 Billion has also been demanded for 180 projects for the current financial year 2017-18. The Committee decided to approach Finance and Planning Divisions for allocation of proposed funds of the Ministry.

Earlier, Mr. Abid Sher Ali, State Minister for Water & Power briefed the Committee about the detail of the projects included in the forth-coming Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18.    

MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhary, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Malik Ghulam Rabbani Khar, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Syed Waseem Hussain, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, Dr. Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.       
 


NA Standing Committee on Textile Industry Meets - February 15, 2017

STANDING COMMITTEE ON TEXTILE INDUSTRY ENDORSED THE BUDGETARY PROPOSALS OF 03 PROJECTS HOWEVER; 07 PROJECTS WERE PROVISIONALLY APPROVED FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR 2017-18

The Standing Committee was briefly apprised about the budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the next financial year 2017-18. The Committee endorsed the budgetary proposals of 03 projects however, 07 projects of the ministry were provisionally endorsed with the view point to re-examine the projects in the next meeting. The meeting of the Standing Committee on Textile Industry held today in M/o Textile Industry under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, MNA.

The Committee was informed by the ministry that Rs. 150 million were released for installation of 01 thousands Industrial Stitching Units for the year 2016-17 and Rs. 6183.690 Million has also been demanded for 10 projects for the current financial year 2017-18. The Committee was of the view that due to delay in completion of the projects, its cost increased which resulting in huge loss to the Government ex-chequer.

Earlier, Mr. Hassan Iqbal, Secretary, M/o Textile Industry briefly apprised the Committee about the detail of the projects included in the forth-coming Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18.    

MNAs, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Ms . Belum Hasnain, Mr. Aqib Ullah Khan, Mrs. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Jamshaid Ahmed Dasti, Col. (R) Dr. Amir Ullah Marwat, Ms. Romina Khursheed Alam, Ch. Riaz-ul-haq, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.
 


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform Meets - February 14, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control Meets Meets - February 14, 2017

Islamabad, 14th February, 2017; 31st meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA.

2.        The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee offered “Fateh” of the innocent peoples who martyred in the different incidents recently happened in Pakistan. Then the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.

3.         The Committee took up five Private Members Bills and deferred till the outcome from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and Ministry of Law and Justice. Then the Committee was briefed about the PSDP projects for the year 2017-18 for the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control. The Committee with majority of votes approved the PSDP projects for the year 2017-18 of the Narcotics Control Division and deferred the PSDP projects for the year    2017-18 pertaining to the Ministry of Interior till its next meeting expected to be held on 21st February, 2017. Then, the Committee unanimously passed the presented Sub-Committee report which was constituted in the meeting of the Committee dated 28th December, 2016 under the Convenership of Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA. The Committee directed Narcotics Control Division to stop provision/sale of drugs/narcotics in all Educational Institutions. The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA to consider all remaining Private Member’s Bills before the Committee.

4.        The Hon. Members/Mover/MNA Mr. Ghalib Khan, Dr. Ibadullah, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan Gillani, Ms. Tahmina Daultana, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza and Ms. Aisha Syed were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - February 14, 2017

Islamabad, 14th February, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 p.m in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA.
 

1.         FOREIGN OFFICER TO CALL THE HIGH-UPS OF AMERICAN EMBASSY
On the Question of Privileges raised by Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, MNA regarding not allowing the Hon. Member to depart for Canada, the Committee directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to call the high-ups of American Embassy and record its protest and report to the Committee within thirty days.  
 

2.            CDA TO GIVE REPORT ON THOSE LIVING IN SERVANT QUARTERS OF PARLIAMENT LODGES
On the issue of CDA matters pertaining to allotment of new and old servant quarters, Fire incident in “D” Block, and issues of maintenance in Parliament Lodges, Islamabad, the Committee pended the issue with the directed to CDA to give a detailed report to the Committee on those living in the servant quarters of Parliament Lodges. The Committee also directed the CDA to give detailed report on the funds released to CDA pertaining to the maintenance of Parliament Lodges.
 

3.             CONSTITUTIONAL OF INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE TO PROBE INTO THE QUESTION OF PRIVILEGE OF  CH. ABID RAZA, MNA
On the issue of Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Abid Raza Raza, MNA regarding stopping of Hon. Member to travel abroad by an official at Allama Iqbal Airport, Lahore, despite having valid passport and ticket, the Committee expressed its displeasure on the reply given by the concerned and constituted an Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) comprising the Secretary Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and Secretary Aviation Division to probe into the matter and report to the Committee within fifteen days.
 

4.            The Committee pended the Question of Privilege of Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA, Briefing by Inspector General of Police, Islamabad regarding security problems/issues faced by the Hon. Parliamentarians in Parliament Lodges, Islamabad. The Committee disposed of the issue of Medical facilities provided to the Hon. Parliamentarians in Parliament Lodges with the direction to Drug Regularity Authority Pakistan, to get test of all the medicines available in the dispensary of Parliament Lodges with a report to the Committee within fifteen days.
 

5.            The Committee also disposed of the Questions of Privilege raised by Dr. Mahreen Raqaque Bhutto, MNA against Mr. Fayyaz Abbasi, DCO, Khairpur and the Question of Privilege of Mr. Nazir Khan, MNA against Mr. Zafar Islam, Political Agent, South Waziristan Agency and Assitant Political Agent South Waziristan (Tank).   
 

6.         The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 3-1-2017.
 

7.            The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr.Muhammad Raza Hayyat Harraj, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanan Khail, Mr.Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Ms.Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri and Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Mr. Nazir Khan and Ch. Abid Raza, MNAs/Movers.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - February 13, 2017

    The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee room of Parliament House, Islamabad, to consider the detail budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18 of National Highway Authority (NHA). The Meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.
 
2. The Committee recommended to approve the projects of worth Rs. 700 billion consisting of 50 ongoing and 26 new projects. The Committee considered the progress on all the ongoing projects in details. The Committee was informed that the majority of the projects would be completed till the end of 2018.  The Committee directed that the remaining work of Lyari express way must be completed on priority for its timely completion and inauguration in the month of April, 2017.  
       
3. MNAs Mr. Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq- Khalil, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, Molana Qamar ud Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and officials of the M/o Communications attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights Meets - February 13, 2017

Islamabad, 13th February, 2017; 22nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran, after introduction of the participants. The Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.   

3.       Agenda Item No. i
         The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 10.02.2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. ii
         The Committee unanimously approved the proposals relating to PSDP for 2017-18 of Ministry of Human Rights and directed the Ministry of Human Rights to arrange a briefing pertaining to develop Human Right awareness in general public including Child rights. Further, the Committee directed the Ministry of Human Rights to provide detail of updated changes those were made in the existing laws of Human Rights etc to the Committee. 

5.       Agenda Item No. iii, iv & v
         The Committee deferred other agenda items. 

6.      The Hon. MNAs/Members/Movers Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Asiya Nasir and Dr. Fouzia Hameed were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW),  Ministry of Planning and Development and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination Meets - February 13, 2017

Islamabad the 13th February, 2017.  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Committee Room of Pakistan Sports Board, Sport Complex, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA to scrutinize budgetary proposals relating to PSDP in respect of the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination and its attached departments for the next financial year 2017-18.

2.         The D.G. Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) briefed the Committee about the on-going, new approved and un-approved projects of the Ministry and its attached departments. During the discussion over the construction of Narowal Sports Complex, the Committee showed their dis-satisfaction over the time consumed for its revised estimates. The Minister informed the Committee about the reason of delaying work and assured that 70% work of the Complex has been completed and the remaining will complete shortly.

3.           The Secretary, Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination apprised the Committee that there are 13 on-going projects costing Rs.2119.728 million, 10 new projects (un-approved) of Pakistan Sports Board worth Rs.896.184 million, one project of Pakistan Cricket Board of Rs.100.00, one of M/o IPC amounting to Rs.38.00 million and 5 Pakistan Boy Scout Association amounting to Rs.216.601/- are put before the Committee for its approval. The total budgetary proposals regarding PSDP for the FY-2017-18 were Rs.3370.513million. After detailed discussion and certain observations of the Committee, the budgetary proposal was unanimously approved with the direction to consult the honorable Member Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khan & Moulana Amir Zaman for inclusion of in-complete work of Sports Complexes in their constituency.

4.        The Committee also discussed the corruption elements in the Pakistan Supper League matches currently held in Dubai and showed their concern over the poor performance of the Pakistan Cricket Board who failed to refrain the players form the bookies/gamblers. It was decided unanimously that the inquiry already ordered by Pakistan Cricket Board/ICC may be held impartially and its out-come may also be shared with the standing Committee on IPC in its next meeting for its consideration/further action. The Committee stressed the need to eliminate the corrupt elements from the Pakistan Cricket Board to save the good name of the country.      

5.         The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Moulana Amir Zaman and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani MNAs, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination and Senior Officers from Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination.
 


21st meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - February 10, 2017

Islamabad, 10th February, 2017, 21st meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

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

3.       Agenda Item No. i

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 23.01.2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. ii

          The Committee visited various sections of Pakistan Sweet Homes i.e. Great Home, Class rooms and Hostel of the orphans and homeless children’s. The Committee was given a presentation on the overall activities of the Pakistan Sweet Homes than Patron-in-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes Mr. Zamurd Khan briefed the Committee about the issues and measures taken by the organization to improve the conditions of the children’s. The Committee appreciated the struggles and work did by Mr. Zamurd Khan for orphans and homeless children’s and assured that the Committee will soon be launched a Bill for the protection and registration of the orphans and homeless childrens.

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Members, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Phyllis Azeem Ms. Amra Khan and Kanwar Naveed Jameel were attended the meeting besides the senior officer from the Ministry of Planning & Development, Patron-in-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes and their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - February 7, 2017

47th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 7th February, 2017 in Committee Room No. 2, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-
 

i)     Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 26-01-2016
ii)    To discuss the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) of Finance Division, Revenue Division, Economic Affairs Divisions, Statistics Division and Privatization for making recommendations.
iii)   To discuss the suitable reduction in present high markup rates on loans of agriculture sector. (Governor State Bank of Pakistan and President, National Bank of Pakistan may also be invited)
iv)   Briefing by Chief Statistician, Statistics Division regarding preparation of implementation status of up-coming census in the country.
 

2.            The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 26-01-2016.
 

3.            The Committee has shown its displeasure on the absence of Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, President (SBP), National Bank of Pakistan and President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited and decided to call the said Officers in the upcoming meeting of the Committee, in-person. The Committee once again directed to Ministry of Finance & Revenue to ensure the compliance of the directions of the Standing Committee for providing brief of the meeting well in time, in future for advance study of the Honorable Members.
 

4.            The Committee unanimously decided that agenda item No. ii should be deferred till its next meeting, due to late receiving of PSDP’s brief from Ministry of Finance & Revenue.
 

5.            The Committee was briefed by the representatives of ZTBL, NBP and SBP regarding the reasons of high markup rates on agriculture loans. The Committee was informed by the representative of ZTBL that   8.5 % were charged on its administrative expenditures. The Committee has shown its concern on the high markup rates charged by the ZTBL and recommended that single digit markup rates should be charged to agriculture sector.
 

6.            The Committee was briefed by the Chief Statistician regarding preparation of implementation status of upcoming census in the country. He informed the Committee that Council of Common Interest (CCI) in its meeting held on 29th February, 2016 deliberated the issue and decided to hold the Census under the supervision of Armed Forces at man to man level. He told the Committee that due to non-availability of requisite number of Armed Forces by March/April 2016, Census cannot be held in March/April, 2016 and postponed. He told the Committee that CCI in its meeting held on 16th December, 2016 decided that Census may be held on traditional method using paper based questionnaires starting from 15th March, 2017. He added that Census is going to be held phase wise in the country.
 

7.            After detailed discussion, some Members have shown their apprehensions regarding the increase in blocks and double entry during the census process. The Committee has also shown its concern about the verification of Afghan refugees, identity. The Committee recommended that disabled persons should also be highlighted in the census form. The Committee unanimously directed the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics to ensure the accuracy and transparency during the census process. The Committee decided that next meeting of the Committee would be convened, shortly. Chairman, NADRA would also be invited in the said meeting. 
 

8.            The meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Mr. Mohsin  Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Mian Abdul Mannan,  Ms. Shiza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Mr. Muahmmad Ali Rashid, MNAs, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Privatization, Statistics,  Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), NBP and Zarai Taraqiati Bank (ZTBL). 
 


NA Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources meets - February 2, 2017

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON P&NR DIRECTS FIA TO REOPEN INQUIRY INTO CASH PAYMENTS TO NON ENTITLED EMPLOYEES FROM OGDCL WPPF

Islamabad; February 2, 2017: Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources had directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to reopen inquiry into cash payments of Rs.266 million out of OGDCL Workers Profit Participation fund to non-entitled employees of Oil and Gas Development Corporation Limited. The Committee directed OGDCL to formally lodge a complaint in this regard and provide requisite information to investigation agency. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Islamabad, this afternoon.

The Committee was informed that Rs.98 million and Rs.238 million was paid in cash to employees of OGDCL in years 2006-07 and 2007-08, respectively by the office bearers of OGDCL Collective Bargaining Agent (CBA) for which record was not available with the Company. The Committee directed OGDCL management to also hold an internal inquiry and identify persons who received the money for its subsequent disbursement to the employees. The Managing Director (OGDCL) apprised the Committee that an inquiry was conducted by FIA in year 2010 on a complaint initiated by 3rd party employees regarding disbursement of WPPF Funds who had either received less payment or the payments were made to non-entitled employees, however, the inquiry was closed by the FIA due to non-availability of concrete evidence.

While expressing its displeasure on the disclosure of spending of huge amounts on medical treatment of OGDCL employees, directed OGDCL management to hold an inquiry against the employees involved in misuse of medical facility at different stations of OGDCL. The Committee also directed FIA to assist OGDCL in recovery of embezzled/misused medical funds by employees and medical facilities on the panel of OGDCL. The Committee was apprised that Rs.890 million were incurred on medical treatment of employees during last five years. Taking cognizance of the massive expenditure on medical treatment, an inquiry was conducted which identified involvement of 77 employees in misusing of medical facility at head office and field establishments. The Managing Director further apprised that inquiry was in progress and disciplinary action would be taken against those held responsible.

The Committee while discussing the logistic operations, budget and spending of OGDCL, directed National Accountability Bureau to present latest update on a case of theft of diesel at Tando Alam field amount to Rs.328 million against Hussain Bux Narejo and others in next meeting of the Committee. The Managing Director OGDCL informed the Committee that the company had saved substantial amount of money due to stringent measures initiated to address the theft of fuel. The Committee disposed off the complaint of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA regarding delay in opening of regional office of SNGPL at Mardan since it had been made functional and was catering to the gas consumers of the area. The Committee directed SSGCL management to complete gas pipeline by 31st March, 2017 which would supply gas to Sanghar city and its adjoining areas. The Managing Director SSGCL apprised the Committee about the measures initiated to address the problem of low pressure of gas in Sindh and assured that the situation will improve in coming days.

The meeting was attended by MNAs;  Malik Ihtebar Khan, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich,  Mr. Roshan Din Junejo,  Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr.  Akram Khan Durrani,  Mr. Pir Bux Junejo,  Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Secretary M/o P&NR, Senior Officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Meets - February 2, 2017

32ND MEETING OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS PASSED A RESOLUTION TO DEMONSTRATE SOLIDARITY WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN.
 

            The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was held in the Parliament House, Islamabad today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA to discuss the agenda items accordingly. The Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law & Justice briefed the Committee on the agenda item No.(ii) “The Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013” moved by the Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA who also formally introduced the bill with its salient features to the Committee for further discussion.
 

2.         The Chairman asked the respective Ministries/Divisions to prepare more comprehensive briefing regarding the proposed bill in the next meeting and also send their inputs in-writing to the Committee for perusal of the Committee Members.
 

3.         During the meeting the Chairman remarked on agenda item No.(iii) (a) “Budgetary proposals relating to PSDP for the financial year 2017-18” that since the PC-II is not part of the information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, therefore, consideration on this agenda item cannot proceed unless it is provided in the next meeting for formal consideration and approval.
 

4.         The briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on agenda item No.(iii) (b) “China, Russia and  Pakistan trilateral talks on Afghanistan issue” also deferred for the next meeting.
 

5.         The Chairman also introduced a Resolution to demonstrate Solidarity with the Government and People of the Republic of Azerbaijan which was unanimously approved by the Standing Committee. The text of the resolution is as under:-
 

             The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the National Assembly of Pakistan also endorsed the resolution which is as follows:

i)              The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs condemns the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia and the genocide committed by Armenian armed forces in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly on February 26, 1992 against civilian population.
ii)            The Committee re-affirms the sovereignty and  territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan within its internationally recognized borders.
iii)          The Committee demands implementation of resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly on immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of all Armenian forces from all the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and calls upon the international community and international organizations to urge Armenia for the implementation of these decisions.
iv)          The Committee supports the efforts of the Republic of Azerbaijan to resolve the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means.
 

6.         The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Division and Ministry of Law & Justice also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee deemed the suspension of XENs and SDOs of PESCO as an Illegal Offense - January 31, 2017

The Standing Committee on Water and Power deemed the suspension of XENs and SDOs of PESCO as illegal offense and directed that M/o water and power may withdraw the Show Cause/Termination Notices immediately. The Standing Committee met today in Parliament House. Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA presided over the meeting in the absence of Chairman concerned.

The Deputy Speaker, National Assembly also attended the meeting as special Invitee and expressed his concern over the non-serious attitude of the Ministry & M. D, PEPCO towards the official affairs. He stated that Show Cause/termination Notices to 9 SDOs and 2 XENs were issued on account of wrong reading as it was based on fake photos taken by meter readers. He further stated that ministry may terminate/suspend the officials concerned who were involved in such illegal offense instead of initiating any action against senior management.

The Committee directed that ministry may probe into the matter by identifying the culprits and report to the Committee within two days. The Committee decided to hold its next meeting on 2nd February, 2017 to re-consider the said issue.

Nawab Yousuf Talpur, Convener of the Sub-Committee presented the report on the performance of DISCOs of Sindh. The Committee adopted the report of the sub-Committee and directed the ministry to submit the reply of the sub-Committee’s report within 15 days of the meeting.

MNAs, Lt. Col. (R) Ghulam Rasool Sahi, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry. 


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - January 26, 2017

Islamabad; January 26, 2017: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 39th Session of the National Assembly.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 39th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 7th February, 2017.

The meeting was attended by the Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice and Climate Change, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Sheik Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs/Chief whip of Pakistan Muslim League (N), Mr. Jam Kamal Khan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources MNAs, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Sheikh Salahuddin, All-Hajj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah and Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema.


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication meets - January 24, 2017

Islamabad, 24th January 2017: The 24th meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

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

3.Agenda item i.

The Committee examined the minutes of its previous meeting held on 10th January, 2017 but the Hon. Chairman decided to sign and confirm the minutes after consultation with the Hon. Minister concerned.

4.     Agenda item ii.

The representatives from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and its attached departments/organizations had given briefing one by one to the Committee on PSDP ongoing and proposed projects for the financial year 2017-18. The Committee conditionally approved some projects subject to their completion in due time and with the approval of the Ministry Information Technology and Telecommunication. Further, the Committee decided to visit to different Ministries/Divisions and Prime Minister Secretariat to examine the installation of E-filling project in near future. 

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Member Mian Muhammad Farooq, Sardar Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, Ms. Shazia Farid, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting besides the Minister of State and senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication with their staff.


Meeting of NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today - January 23, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today in the Committee Room of M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, G-5/2, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016,  (Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA), the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA), the draft Human Organs Transplantation Authority Bill, 2016 and comprehensive briefing/latest updates & progress on Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. 

2.        The Committee considered the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA) in detail. The Committee unanimously recommended to approve the amendment with the objective to transplant the human organs or tissues in the case of accidental deaths. The Human Organ donations will give new lease of life to person in need of such human organs and tissues.

3.        The Committee also discussed in detail the latest updates & progress on Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP). The Committee was informed regarding the Institutional Framework and Statutory Structure of DRAP. The Committee appreciated the new regulations introduced recently by the DRAP.

4.        MNAs Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Shaista Khalid Luqman, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Qari Muhammad Yousaf attended the meeting. Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA/Mover of the Bill also attended the meeting.


20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - January 23, 2017

Islamabad, January 23rd 2017; 20th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran, after introduction of the participants. The Committee decided although a privilege motion had been already moved against the Mr. Justice ® Ali Nawaz Chohan, Chairman, NCHR, in the National Assembly Secretariat; even then, the Committee allowed Mr. Chohan to join the today meeting in the National interest. Then the Committee decided to proceed with the given agenda.  

3.       Agenda Item No. i

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 16.01.2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. ii

          The representatives from the Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chairman, NCHR briefed the Committee about the present status of Pakistani initial report on the implementation of the ICCPR. The Committee was informed by Ministry of Human Rights that pertaining to compliance of this report, Ministry of Human Rights had been written many letters/reminders to the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and all Provincial Governments, but so far they did not given their response, that’s why; the aforesaid report is going delay. The Committee examined the matter thoroughly and directed that all the concerned should be responsed properly, so that, the report must be submitted within given time. Further, the Committee recommended that before signing any International Treaties on Human Rights by the Government of Pakistan both Parliamentary Committees on Human Rights in Senate and National Assembly must be taken on board.

5.       Agenda Item No. iii

        As per agenda the Committee invited the representative from Government of Baluchistan to brief the Committee about “Quetta Carnage” issue, but unfortunately no relevant person was available in the meeting. Therefore, the Committee showed its displeasure and decided to issue Summon to the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and

 

Secretary Health, Government of Baluchistan to present in the next meeting in person. The Committee also acknowledged that the Government of Baluchistan had been called three times before for giving their briefing on this issue but they did not bother Then, the Chairman, NCHR briefed the Committee on this issue but he could not satisfy to the Committee with the given briefing, the Committee directed him to submit comprehensive report with recommendations on this issue in the next upcoming meeting.

6.      The Hon. MNAs/Members Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza and Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Commission for Human Rights with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Water and Power Meets - January 20, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committees on Water and Power was held today in Committee Room No. 7, Parliament House Islamabad under the chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNA.

2. The Committee was briefed on the agenda “Indian threat on Indus Waters Treaty and to chart out a course of action for Pakistan”. After a detailed discussion, it was unanimously decided to demand the Government of Pakistan to ask the World Bank that:

                •    “It must be in accordance  with its responsibilities under the IWT, without further delay constitute a Court of Arbitration to adjudicate on the issues raised by Pakistan against India’s ongoing construction of Kishan Ganga and Ratle Hydro-Electric plants.
                •    Till the World Bank constitute the Court of Arbitration, it must demand of India an immediate halt to ongoing construction of Ratle Dam till the issue is resolved”.

3.  MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Lt. Col. Redt. Ghulam Rasool Sahi, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Saleem Rehaman Syed Waseem Hussain, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, Syed Kazim Ali Shah, Dr. Syed Ghazi Ghulab Jamal and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Meets - January 20, 2017

The Standing Committees on Foreign Affairs and Water and Power were briefed by the Foreign Secretary, Secretary Water & Power and Special Invitee/Expert on International Treaties Mr. Ahmer Bilal Sofi on a common agenda titled “Indian threat to Indus Water Treaty and to chart out a course of action for Pakistan” adopted by the both Committees together during the meeting held today in the Parliament House Islamabad. The meeting was Co-Chaired by Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari and Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNAs respective Chairman of the Committees. The Chairman and Committees also highly appreciated the briefings by the Senior Officers particularly Mr. Ahmer Bilal Sofi who throws the light on overall Water disputes among the states in different parts of the world and particularly on IWT with different legal dimensions and available options and recommendations for Pakistan.

2. During the meeting, the Members of the both Committees, asked many critical questions on the subject which were answered by the relevant Officers satisfactorily. On a question the Chairman also endorsed that the Members should keep themselves within the agenda item and not discuss national water issues as the present  discussion is about IWT so that a clear and strong message of unity is given to world particularly India at this point of time.

3. Before concluding the meeting a draft resolution was presented before the Committees and unanimously approved by the Members belonging to the different political parties to demonstrate the unity and one voice on the issue. The text of the resolution is as under:

               i.    It must in accordance with its responsibilities under the IWT, without further delay constitute the court of Arbitration to adjudicate on issues raised by Pakistan against India’s ongoing construction of KG and Ratle Hydro Electric plants.

              ii.    Till the World Bank constitutes the court of Arbitration, it must demand of India an immediate halt to ongoing construction of Ratle Dam till the issue is resolved.

4. The Members who attended the meeting are: Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Ms. Tahmina Daultana, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Dr. Muhammad Farooq Sattar, Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Maher, Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, Mr. Mehmood Khan Achakzai and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Water & Power also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets today - January 19, 2017

Islamabad, the 19th January, 2017: The meeting of the Standing Committee on Government Assurances was held today on January 19, 2017 at 11:00 am in old PIPS Committee Room, Parliament Lodges, Islamabad. The meeting was presided over by Honourable Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Chairman, Standing Committee on Government Assurances.

The Committee was informed by the Secretary, Information, Secretary, Religious Affairs and Secretary, Council of Islamic Ideology that they had a meeting to chalk out a plan to safeguard the sanctity of the Holy Verses being printed in Newspapers. The Committee was informed that APNS, CPNE and PBA have agreed to publish a note on the Newspapers to give due respect to the Holy papers and the Holy names printed in the Newspapers. It is pertinent to mention that on 10th of November, 2016the Standing Committee on Government Assurances directed “that the desecration of Holy Verses of the Holy Quran which are printed in the newspapers be stopped. Standing Committee on Government Assurances has directed, Ministry of Information Broadcasting, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony and Council of Islamic Ideology to sit together and come up with a workable solution ensuring the stoppage of desecration of Holy Verses of the Holy Quran, which are printed in the newspapers.

The Committee was informed that a delegation consisting upon Honourable MNAs and their families have visited Roza Mubarak of Hazrat Muhammad (ﷺ)on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awaland paid Salam and homage on behalf of Peoples Republic of Pakistan.

It was observed by the Committee that Secretary, SAFRON was regularly attending the meeting. However, the Secretary, Cabinet and Chairman, NADRA did not attend the meeting. So, the Committee took serious notice and directed that Secretary, Interior and Chairman, NADRA should attend next meeting in person.

The Committee appreciated the performance of Secretary SAFRON for his interest to solve the issue of registration of foreigners living in the country as refugees. The Committee directed NADRA that the issue of blocking of CNICs of Pakistani citizens be solved on priority basis.

The Committee directed CDA to boost the development work and hold regular meetings to solve the issue of development of E-12 and report the Committee on daily basis. The Committee has appointed a Sub-Committee under the Convener-ship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan KhananKhail whereas Malik Ibrar Ahmed and Sardar Muhammad IrfanDogar will be members of the Sub-Committee. The Sub-Committee will monitor the progress of CDA and submit its report in fifteen days.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Abdul Majeed Khan KhananKhail, Sardar Muhammad IrfanDogar, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Mr. Shafqat Mahmood and Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani. In addition the Mover Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA was also present in the meeting.


19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways held today - January 19, 2017

Islamabad, the 19th January, 2017:      The 19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today at 2:00 p.m. in Committee Room of Ministry of Railways, “D” Block, Pak-Secretariat, Islamabad under the chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA.

2.         The Committee was briefed on the frequent / common trains accidents at unmanned Railways crossings in the country occurred during the last three years along with measures taken for the safe operations of trains. It was informed that the department had also conducted inquiries and fixed responsibilities on the persons / officials who found responsible.

3.         The Ministry presented an overview of the budgetary proposals relating to the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the financial year 2016-17 along with its total utilization of budget and year of completion to the Committee. The Committee recommended that the Ministry of Finance may release the funds for the said projects in due time for timely completion of the projects.

4.         Briefing on the Ministry’s budgetary proposals relating to the PSDP for the financial year, 2017-18 deferred for the next meeting on the request of Ministry.

5.         Hafiz Abdul Kareem, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, and Ms. Naseema Hafeez, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Khawaja Saad Rafique, Minister for Railways and senior officers of the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform.


NA Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training - January 18, 2017

Islamabad, 18th January, 2017: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training held meeting/visit today at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (R) Dr. Amirullah Marwat. The Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University briefed the Committee over the performance, achievements and challenges faced by the University in detail. He informed that Quaid-e-Azam University ranked No.1 throughout Pakistan and within 57 states of the Organization of Islamic cooperation (OIC). He further said that 79% of faculty holds a Ph.D degree and published 1163 research publications in impact factor journals in 2016. He also highlighted the issue of encroachment on the Quaid-e-Azam University land before the Committee. The Committee directed the Vice Chancellor to prepare the master plan of the university as well as PC-1 of the boundary wall around the university in one month in order to include in PSDP for financial year 2017-18. The Committee also took serious note of the news against the Chairman HEC in print and electronic media by the spokes person of the university. Whereupon the Vice Chancellor apologies for it and told the Committee that he was not taken onboard about it and given to media without his prior permission. The Committee further urged the Vice Chancellor of Quaid-e-Azam University to overcome the short comings regarding financial management problems and administrative issues and focus on the quality and standards of research as well.  The Committee assured its full support at every forum to make the university in top ten universities at world level.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Dr. Zulfikar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai MNAs and Minister for Federal Education & Professional Training, Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping was held today - January 18, 2017

Islamabad, the  January 18th, 2017; 33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping was held at Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad at 02:00 pm today, under the Chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA.

The agenda of the meeting was as under:-


                                i.            Confirmation of minutes of previous meeting.
                              ii.            Briefing on the recent up-gradation of Pakistan Marine Academy (PMA);
                            iii.            Briefing on the purchase of new vessels for Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC).

2.         The Members of Standing Committee offered Fateha and condolences on the sad demise of the Mother-In-Law of Chairman, Standing Committee. The Committee’s efforts were lauded and appreciated by the Ministry and the Commandant PMA for taking interest in the up-gradation of PMA. They unanimously said that this up-gradation has been done in a short span of 14-months on the recommendations given by the Standing Committee. But more support will be needed to make it at par with academies of the developed world. The Committee was told that 50-trainees under the Prime Minister Youth Skill Development Program have joined PMA with effect from January, 2017.

3.         The Chairman PNSC said that the rating of PNSC has doubled and the load capacity has gone upto 700,000 ton. The issue of duties which was a big hindrance in acquiring vessels has been resolved on the recommendation of Standing Committee. Three Ferry Services are going to commence very soon from Karachi to Port Qasim, Gwadar and Chah Bahar, Iran.

4.         The meeting was attended by the Members (MNAs) namely, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Ch. Hamid Hameed, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Rana Muhamamd Hayat Khan, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Mr. Khalil George, Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Mohammad Salman Khan Baloch, Ch. Tariq Bashir Cheema, Mr. Mohammad Jamal-ud-Din, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Secretary, M/o Ports & Shipping and other senior officers from the ministry attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries & Production meets today - January 18, 2017

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Chairmanship of Mr. Asad Umar, MNA in the Committee room of Industries and Production A-Block, Pak-Secretariat to discuss the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the Financial Year 2017-18 and briefing by the Managing Director, on the working of ENAR Petrotech Services Ltd, Karachi.

The S/C discussed the PSDP for the Financial Year 2017-18 and suggested that a detailed presentation along with its brief should be given in the next standing committee meeting. The committee also discussed the working of  ENAR Petrotech Services Ltd, Karachi  and suggested to make a business proposal regarding its strengthening.

Members who attended the meeting; Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Syed Muhammad Asghar, MNA, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, MNA, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA.
 


The NA Standing Committee On Planning, Development And Reform meets - January 17, 2017

Islamabad, the 17th January, 2017: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.
 
2. The Secretary, M/o Planning, Development and Reform comprehensively briefed the Committee over the updated status of CPEC projects post 6th Joint Committee on CPEC (JCC) meeting held on 29th December, 2016 at Beijing co-chaired by professor Ahsan Iqbal Minister for PD & R and Mr. Wang Xiaota, Vice Chairman National Development Reform Commission (NDRC). He informed that this meeting was unique as all Chief Ministers of Provinces attended the meeting and presented new project proposals and preferred sites for special economic zones. He further informed that there are 12 energy projects under the CPEC which is expected that 5000 MW of CPEC energy will be put into operation by 2017-18 whereupon the Committee directed the Secretary M/o PD &R to submit project wise details along with breakup in the next meeting. The Committee also recommended that all concern departments would be invited in the next meeting to brief the Committee over the said energy projects under CPEC in detail.
 
3. The Secretary also briefed the Committee over the Transport Infrastructure, Rail Based Mass Transit System, Railways, new Provincial Projects and new Gwadar Projects in detail. Rail Based Mass Transit System includes the Karachi Circular Railway, Greater Peshawar region Mass Transit Quetta Mass Transit and Orange Line- Lahore, however he informed that the Orange Line Lahore is not part of the CPEC, it is the Punjab Government Project.  
          
4. MNAs, Syed Muhammad Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr Sher Akber Khan and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din attend the meeting, besides officials of M/o Planning, Development and & Reform and M/o Water & Power.


NA Standing Committee on Communication Meets - January 17, 2017

Islamabad; January 17, 2017, Meeting of the Standing Committee on Communication held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Afternoon with Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA in the chair.
 
The Committee highly appreciated the performance of National Highway Authority (NHA) however, directed that NHA may complete the ongoing projects at the earliest.
 
The Committee was pleased to know that Hon. Prime Minister of Pakistan will inaugurate Hyderabad to Karachi Road (M-9 project) in near future however, the Committee was of the view that it would be appropriate if the said project would be inaugurated after its completion.
 
The Committee expressed satisfaction over the completion of Larkana-Moen-Jo-Daro Road however, directed that NHA may ensure the completion of its maintenance work i.e. completion of shoulders display of Traffic Signs and Reflective Studs etc. in order to make it functional at the earliest.
 
The Committee also directed that NHA may ensure the involvement of local Engineers and Consultants etc. while initiating new government projects to avoid frustration among the local masses.
 
Earlier, Chairman, NHA briefly apprised the Committee about the efforts made by them to ensure the completion of the projects within given time frame and problems faced by them in this regard.
 


NA Standing Committee On States And Frontier Regions (Safron) Met Today - January 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th January, 2017: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Committee took serious notice of the absence of the Additional Chief Secretary, FATA and directed the Ministry of SAFRON to write a letter and convey the reservation of the Standing Committee to the Governor, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and to make sure his presence in the next meeting positively otherwise the Committee will move privilege motion against him. The Committee was also briefed on the compliance of recommendations made in its last meeting held on 24th October, 2016 and other agenda items regarding steps taken by the FATA Secretariat for improvement of education in FATA in detail. The Secretary Social Sector department, FATA apprised the Committee that they have initiated a number of initiatives for improvement of education in FATA. He further said that to check teacher’s absenteeism, Independent Monitoring Unite (IMU) is being established in FATA to make sure 100% attendance of teachers.   
 
2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Ghalib Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Mrs. Surraiya Jatoi, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Mr. Muhammad Kamal Malik, Mr. Bilal Rehman, Mr. Nasir Khan, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah and Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights - January 16, 2017

Islamabad, January 16th 2017; 19th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

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

3.       Agenda Item No. 1

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 11.01.2017.

4.       Agenda Item No. 2

The Committee discussed the incident happened in Gaddani, Baluchistan but the all invited departments could not attend the meeting due to bad weather excepted Labour and Manpower Department, Govt. of Baluchistan. The representatives from Labour and Manpower Department could not satisfy the Committee pertaining to their briefing/views. The Committee showed its displeasure and directed them not to repeat this exercise next time. Further, the Committee directed that all the departments including Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Government of Pakistan must be attended the next meeting in which the Gaddani incident issue would be taken up.

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Members Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza and Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and the representatives from Labour and Manpower Department, Government of Baluchistan with their staff.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Science & Technology - January 16, 2017

Islamabad, 16th January, 2017: STANDING COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY MET UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF CH. TARIQ BASHIR CHEEMA, MNA TO DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING AGENDA
 
I)  Confirmation of minutes of the meeting held on 24th August, 2016

II) To discuss the performance of Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA).

III) To discuss “Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies Bill, 2016”

The Standing Committee on Science and Technology was briefly apprised by the ministry about the functions of Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority (PSQCA). The PSQCA is certified with 108 products for testing, inspection and certification according to international standards. The Committee expressed its reservations that most of the products available in market are not certified and upto the mark however, directed the PSQCA to keep check and balance over certified products.  The Committee also directed the ministry to collect the samples of their mandatory items like Milk, Water and Cooking Oil and submit the comprehensive report regarding their standard and qualities within one month.

The Committee discussed the “Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies Bill, 2016” in detail however, the Committee was of the view that the said Bill is against the employees of the institution so the Committee unanimously opposed the said Bill. The Committee directed the Ministry to revisit the Bill and come up with the proposals of an attached department otherwise the Bill would be rejected.

MNAs, Syed Athar Hussain Shah Gillani, Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Chaudhary Armaghan Subhani, Ms. Shazia Mubashir, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Mr. Aftab Shahban Mirani, Ms. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, Mr. Aqib Ulla Khan, Mr. Sajid Ahmed, Mr. Mehboob Alam and Ms. Aliya Kamran, Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


Ahsan Iqbal briefs Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, consensus among all provinces on CPEC, Mushahid welcomes ‘breakthrough’ on CPEC. - January 16, 2017

Islamabad, January 16, 2017:  The Parliamentary Committee on CPEC met today under the Chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed.  This was the 20th meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC and it received a detailed and comprehensive briefing by Minister for Planning, Ahsan Iqbal on the recently concluded 6th meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) in Beijing on December 28-29, 2016, which was attended by Chief Ministers of KPK, Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
During the briefing, Ahsan Iqbal said that they have achieved total consensus among the provinces as to the way forward on CPEC where Bhasha Dam would also be part of the CPEC and he said that 11000 MW of electricity would be added to the national grid by 2018, 5000 MW under CPEC and 5000 MW under non-CPEC projects and he said that this was the biggest energy investment in the history of Pakistan.

Ahsan Iqbal told the committee that the for the first time, Thar coal which had a huge capacity would be used for electricity for the next 400 years and there were two transmission lines being installed between Matiari-Lahore and Matiari-Faisalabad which would evacuate electricity from south and will be connected to the national grid benefitting all parts of Pakistan.

Additionally, there was agreement on giving priority, construction of the Western route of CPEC as well as up-gradation and dualization of Karachi-Torkham railway line at a cost of $ 8 billion.  This would be the biggest railway modernization project in the history of Pakistan.
The Minister informed the Parliamentary Committee that industrial zones proposed by the provinces as well as Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan had been accepted and proper feasibility would be carried out as well as the proposal by Sind government for an additional port at Ketti Bandar.  He said that all four provincial capitals, Lahore, Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar would have rail-based mass transit system as part of CPEC.  He added that the November 13 Kashgar-Gwadar karvan that had carried goods from Kashgar to Gwadar had travelled on the Western route and he said that the establishment of this road link had slashed the travel distance from Quetta to Gwadar from 2 days to 8 hours.

Ahsan Iqbal briefed the Committee that people to people exchanges including media, academia, universities, think tanks and cultural exchanges as well as training in Chinese languages and transfer of knowledge in different sectors particularly industrial zones, rural and urban development, water resource management and agriculture.
He also thanked the Parliamentary Committee for its relentless efforts throughout 2016 to forge consensus on CPEC through consultation of all its members representing different provinces and areas of Pakistan and the Parliamentary Committee’s role had positive results on CPEC.

In his remarks, Senator Mushahid Hussain welcomed the breakthrough at the JCC meeting regarding CPEC meeting and said that CPEC was already on the road of consolidation and in 2017, it would be the year of takeoff for CPEC as all key projects, in consultation with provinces, were being pursued according to the specific timeframe and impediments have been removed.  The members also underlined the need to expose and counter any baseless propaganda about CPEC by forces inimical to the interests of Pakistan and Pakistan-China strategic partnership. 

On the recommendation of some of the members, it was decided that there would be a comprehensive briefing by the Ministry of Water & Power on the energy plan till 2020 as well as the construction of transmission lines by NTDC for the evacuation of electricity that are likely to be produced particularly in KPK.  Ministry of Planning would also give briefing on the long terms plans of CPEC which will be going to run through till 2030.
The meeting was attended by Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Mr. Akram Khan Durrani, Rana Mohammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Isphanyar Bhandara, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Mr. Ghous Bux Mahar, Mr. Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi, Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Shibli Faraz, Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman, Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan, Mr. Qamar Sohail Lodhi, Special Secretary and Mr. Nasim Khalid, newly appointed Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC.
 


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets today - January 13, 2017

Islamabad; January 13, 2017, Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Committee Room of Cabinet Division,  Cabinet Block, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair.

The Committee expressed grave concern over the obsolete condition of machinery and lack of trained staff of Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) and directed that government may inject PCP to make it profitable unit and to meet the requirements of the country as well.  The Committee directed that Cabinet division may move a summary regarding provision of financial assistance to PCP so that Committee could take them at appropriate forum for their amicable solution.

The Committee expressed strong dissatisfaction over the poor result of CSS exams, 2016 as only 2% students were able to pass the exams. The Committee directed that Federal Public Service Commission may determine the reasons of decline in percentage of pass students  and  come up with the proposals so that talented students could pass the CSS exams in future .

The meeting was attended by Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddique, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms.Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Ms. Seema Muhiuddin Jameeli, MNA, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA,  Mr. Roshan Din Junejo, MNA and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today - January 12, 2017

Islamabad, the 12th January, 2017: The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee room of Parliament House, Islamabad, to consider the detail budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18 of Ministry of Communication, Pakistan Post Office Department, National Transport Research Center, Construction Technology Training Institute and National Highways and Motorway Police. The Meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.

2.         The Committee expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of National Transport Research Center (NTRC) and directed to make it viable in terms of challenges coming in the shape of C-PEC.

3.         The Committee discussed the development projects of Pakistan Post Office for inclusion in P.S.D.P of Ministry of Communications for the year 2017-18 in detail. The Committee directed that rural and remote areas must be focused by the Pakistan Post Office in terms of the provision of quality services.

4.         The Committee also discussed the budgetary proposals for the National Highways and Motorway Police. The approved and upcoming PSDP projects were considered in detail. The Committee directed that the strength of the Motorway Police on the Karachi-Haydrabad-Sukker section might be increased for the better management of traffic and control of accidents.

5.         The Committee recommended that the revised PC-I of the Green Line Karachi Project might be approved on priority basis for the timely completion.

6.         MNAs Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq- Khalil, Molana Qamar ud Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio and officials of the M/o Communications attended the meeting.


25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development held today - January 12, 2017

25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was held today, 12th January, 2017 at 3:p.m in Committee Room No. 5, under the Acting Chairperson of Ms. Aisha MNA.

The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting, which was held on 5-01-2017.

Secretary worker welfare fund  briefed the Committee about the pension of employees of Workers Welfare Fund (WWF). He said that the services of WWF, employees are non-pensionable and there is  no proposal to make the services of the employees of the fund as pensionable. He added that regular employees of fund secretariat are eligible for gratuity in lieu of pension. He further informed the Committee that WWF employees are satisfied with their salary package.

While considering the matter of establishment of new technical and vocational institute by WWF, the Secretary, WWF informed the Committee that it is core responsibility of the provincial   Government to place the requirement of the  institutions in the province. He added that Balochistan Government has submitted a PC-I for establishment of polytechnic institute for girls at Zhob. 

The Committee recommended to WWF for submission of  break-wise project details in all province. The Committee further recommended that WWF will furnish details of flats owned by WWF with their occupants in the country. The Secretary brief the Committee about the budgetary procedure of WWF .

The Committee members have shown their concern about the non-payment of salaries to the provincial welfare employees by the Government. However the Committee was informed by the Secretary WWF that legal employees have been issued salary in KPK.

The Committee recommended that trained workers should also be given opportunities to work abroad, especially skilled workers.

The Committee recommended to WWF for coordinating with the honourable members of the

Committee  regarding  their visits to local offices of WWF.

Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Ch. Abid Raza, Chaudhry Muhammad Munir Azhar, Syed Sajid Mehdi, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mian Imtiaz Ahmad, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Sheikh Salahuddin, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai and  Mr, Nasir Khan MNAs were present in the meeting, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and HRD.


NA Standing Committee on Climate change meets today - January 12, 2017

A meeting of the S/C on Climate Change was held on 12th Jan, 2017 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee discussed the Think tank terms and policy regarding Climate Change. The Standing Committee also suggested that think tank should reviewed / broadened and all provinces should be given the equal nomination.

Members who attended the meeting are Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Khalida Manzoor, MNA, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, MNA, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, MNA and Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).


Meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Communications held today - January 11, 2017

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee room of Parliament House, Islamabad, to consider the detail budgetary proposals relating to Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18 of National Highway Authority (NHA). The Meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.

Secretary M/o Communication/Chairman, NHA informed the Committee that during the fiscal year 2017-18 all the ongoing project of the M/o Communication will be completed and no new project will be commenced. The Committee considered the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for the year 2017-18 National Highway Authority (NHA) and expressed satisfaction over the performance of NHA. The Committee also directed to complete the ongoing projects as soon as possible.      

MNAs Mr. Sarzameen, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq- Khalil, Molana Qamar ud Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai and officials of the M/o Communications attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets today - January 11, 2017

Islamabad, January 11th 2017; 18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from Holy Quran. The Committee welcomed Ms. Rabiya Javeri Agha newly posted as Secretary (In-charge) Ministry of Human Rights along with special invitee of Mr. Zummrad Khan, Ex- M.D Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal and Pattern-in-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes. The Committee acknowledged and appreciated the efforts and achievements of Mr. Khan being Pattern-in-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes. 

3.       Agenda Item No. 1

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 07.12.2016. Further, the Committee unanimously acknowledged that the Sub-Committee which was constitute on 28th September, 2016 under the Convenership of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA had been completed its life time of thirty days. Therefore, it is not remaining effective, so that, the pending business as per ToRs of the Sub-Committee will be considered by the main Committee. 

4.       Agenda Item No. 2

        The representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs briefed the Committee about the existing policy of Government of Pakistan on Kashmir issue but the Committee recommended that we should fight more effectively on this issue especially at International Forums. The Committee also acknowledged that Kashmir is aorta of Pakistan and we will get it back at any rate INSHA-ALLAh.   

5.     Agenda Item No. 3

        Mr. Zummrad Khan, Pattern-in-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes briefed the Committee about the existing child beggers issues and their solutions. The Committee appreciated the given suggestions and asked many questions pertaining to this issue from the Ministry of Human Rights and the representative from Islamabad Police department because this issue was already took up in one of Committee’s previous meeting. Therefore, the Committee recommended that Government of Pakistan might grant sufficient fund to Ministry of Human Rights for making Child Protection Centre, so that; we should be provided International Level facilities to the miner Childs. Further, on invitation of Mr. Khan the Committee unanimously decided to take a visit of Pakistan Sweet Homes in future.       

6.      The Hon. MNAs/Members Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sayed Essa Nori, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz and Ms. Kishwer Zehra were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights and the representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Islamabad Police with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication Meets - January 10, 2017

Islamabad, 10th January 2017: The 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

2.      The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. The Committee welcomed a newly elected Member of the National Assembly Ch. Muhammad Tufail as a Member of the Committee. Thereafter, the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 26th September, 2016.

3.       The Managing Director, Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) & Chief Executive Officer, National I.C.T Research and Development Fund briefed the Committee about their performance. The Committee showed its deep interest in the both briefings and recommended that we should meet international standard in I.T and Telecom Sector. Further, the Committee directed the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to get performance report of the Commercial Consulars posted in Pakistani Embassies abroad from the last two years pertaining to I.T Sector.

4.     The Committee dissolved its already constituted Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA/Member. Consequently, the Committee constituted another Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA/Member.

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Member Major (Retd) Tahir Iqbal, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Shazia Farid, Mr. Amjid Ali Khan, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Syed Ali Raza Abidi and Ch. Muhammad Tufail attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, PSEB and National I.C.T Research and Development Fund with their staff.
 


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Meets - January 10, 2017

NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - January 10, 2017

Islamabad, the 10th January, 2017: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee recommended that the revised PC-I shall be submitted in two days by the M/o Defence to Planning Commission for Water Distribution Network of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board and Chaklala Cantonment Board based on Khanpur Dam water sources phase-III.

The Committee was informed that Rs. 16,085.10 Million had been approved by ECNEC for Green Line Bus Transit System from Muncipal Park, Saddar to KESC Power House, Chowrangi, Surjani, and Karachi and the project would be completed in the next year.

The Committee was informed that Lowari Tunnel would be completed in June, 2017; it was informed that 85% development work of Lowari Tunnel had been completed till date.

The Committee was informed that Rs. 140 million has been allocated in PSDP 2016-2017 for improvement and widening of Chitral, Ayun and Bumborate road on the direction of Prime Minister of Pakistan.

MNAs, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Dr. Asma Mamdot, Ms. Shazia Farid, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Mr Sher Akber Khan, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din and Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA (special invitee) attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and Ministry of Communication.                                                                                
 


NA Standing Committee on Petroleum & Natural Resources directs OGRA not to allow conversion of CNG Station to LPG till clearance of outstanding dues of Utility companies - January 9, 2017

Islamabad; January 9, 2017: Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources had directed Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to serve notices to companies granted LPG Marketing Licenses and LPG Construction Licenses to LPG auto refueling station co-located with CNG Stations for recovery of outstanding bills of gas distribution/utility companies. The Committee further directed OGRA not to allow conversion of defaulter CNG Stations to LPG till they clear the dues of utility companies. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Ch. Bilal Ahmad Virk, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee was apprised that OGRA in pursuance of OGRA Ordinance, 2002 and LPG (Production and Distribution) Rule, 2001 granted 35 LPG Construction Licenses to sites co-located with CNG Stations and 7 LPG marketing licenses. The Chairperson OGRA further apprised that in line with the earlier decision of the Standing Committee, OGRA had obtained affidavits from the applicant companies confirming that no liability/default against the bills of any department/company were pending against applicant/CNG Station owner and were sent to respective gas companies for verification and response from them was awaited. She assured the Committee that no defaulter company applicant would be granted license until clearance of outstanding dues.

The Committee expressed its concern on the low pressure of gas during peak hours in various parts of the country. The Committee directed the M/o Petroleum to direct management of SNGPL and SSGCL to address the issue of low pressure of gas. The Committee decided to take up the issue in its next meeting. The Committee appreciated the introduction of Altron Premium and Altron X fuels by PSO. The Committee termed it a positive step in reducing carbon monoxide contamination of the environment besides improving mileage and efficiency in vehicles. The Committee also approved the social welfare guidelines for utilization of social welfare fund by Oil Exploration and Production Companies.

The Managing Director PSO apprised the Committee that introduction of environmental friendly fuel was an initiative taken by the M/o Petroleum in improving the quality of fuels in the country to meet international standards. He said that petrol and diesel available for vehicle was resulting in higher pollution, damage to engine and poor air quality. He further informed that both the fuels were available at all PSO outlets across Pakistan. 

The meeting was attended by MNAs;  Malik Ihtebar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Afzal Khokhar, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Syed Muhammad Saqlain Shah Bukhari, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan, Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich,  Nawab Ali Wassan, Mr. Roshan Din Junejo,  Mr. Shehryar Afridi,  Mr. Imran Khattak, Mr. Abdul Waseem,  Mr. Sajid Ahmed,  Mr.  Akram Khan Durrani,  Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio,  Mr. Nasir Khan Khattak, special invitee, Secretary M/o P&NR, Senior Officers of the concerned departments. 


The Standing Committee on Defence Production paid its visit to Heavy Industries Taxila, today - January 9, 2017

The Standing Committee on Defence Production paid its visit today, the 9th January, 2017, 2016, to Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT), Taxila, at 12:00 (noon) under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA.

The Committee once again appreciated the peerless performance of Gen. Raheel Sharif,  COAS (Retd). The Committee reiterated that his efforts for making Pakistan a peaceful and urbanized country were admirable. The years he has served in Pakistan Army have been marked by unsurpassed efficiency and excellence. The Committee said that his role being courageous commander of Pakistan Army was an inspiration for Pakistan Army and Pakistani nation. The Committee added that he has taken Pakistan Army to the leading edge of the world. The Committee extended their warm welcome to new Chief of Army Staff and shown its full confident on the capabilities of Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, COAS, being a new commander of Pak Army.

The Committee was briefed by the Chairman, Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) with regard to its creation and functioning. He said HIT was received in early seventies with the objective to rebuild T-59 tanks of Chinese origin. Presently it compromises of six production units, a support facility and a research & development centre. The Committee was further briefed by the Chairman, HIT regarding its mission and performance. The Committee appreciated the role of HIT for supporting Pak Defence Forces.

The Committee recommended that HIT Board should be provided autonomy for improvement of commercial activities etc.. The Committee recommended that first rights of refusal should be given to MoDP’s attached departments including HIT. The Committee once again decided that a meeting would be called shortly regarding procurement of equipments by the law enforcement agencies. The Committee also decided that all Chief Secretaries, IGPs, Secretary Interior, Secretary Finance, DG Rangers, IG FCs and all heads of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authorities would be called in said meeting.   

Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Ms. Asyia Nasir, Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNAs, besides the senior officers of the Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and  HIT.


The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today - January 9, 2017

Islamabad, the 9th January, 2017:  The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to consider the Constitution (Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, 2016, the Costs of Litigation Bill, 2016 and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA).

The Committee considered the Constitution (Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2016 and recommended to approve it as previously there was no provision for appeal against an order of the Supreme Court in exercise of its original jurisdiction under clause (3) of Article 184 of the Constitution. The proposed amendment provides for an appeal within thirty days of an order of the Supreme Court to be heard by a Bench larger than the Bench which had passed the order under appeal.

The Committee also considered the Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, 2016 in detail. The Bill was introduced with the objectives to introduce the mechanism for redressal of grievances of litigants and to provide for speedy dispensation of justice and reduce burden on Courts. The Committee proposed several amendments and deferred the Bill for further discussion to make it more viable.      

The meeting was attended by MNAs Justice (Retd.) Ifitkhar Ahmad Cheema, Ms. Kiran Haider, Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Sherazi, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Dr. Arif Alvi, Ms. Aisha and Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri. The Mover of the Bill Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA and Minister for Law and Justice also present in the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Housing & Works directs FGEHF to ensure water availability and access to the Thalian Joint Venture Partner Housing Project from the Motorway before its formal launch - January 6, 2017

Islamabad; January 6, 2017: National Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Works has directed Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) to ensure water availability and access to the Thalian Joint Venture Partner Housing Project from the Motorway before its formal launch. The Committee also decided to invite Joint Venture Partner of the project, officials from National Highway Authority and F.G.E. Housing Foundation for a comprehensive briefing on the issue. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Islamabad this morning.

Director General (FGEHF) apprised the Committee that feasibility of water availability was carried out by Geo-physics Department of Quaid-i-Azam University which had confirmed ample amount of water was available for the project. He further apprised about the Foundation’s plan for construction of a mini dam for water storage and installation of tube wells that would supply water to the Housing Project. He informed that development work would not be initiated until observations of the Committee had been addressed.

The Committee directed the Housing Foundation to increase quota for widows of deceased Federal Government employees from 1% to 3% keeping in view their hardship. The Committee also directed to expedite the land acquisition and process of verification of the data of the potential members of Housing Scheme in sector F-14 and F-15. The Committee was apprised that lists/data (quota and category wise) of membership drive phase-II had been uploaded on the website of the FGEHF and consent letters have been issued to members in categories 1-3. He said that the development work would be initiated upon acquiring physical possession of the land from the District Administration, Islamabad and would be completedwithin two years.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Abdul Sattar Bachani, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Mr. Sajid Nawaz Khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Secretary M/o Housing and Works, Director General, FGEHF and other officers of the concerned departments.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development meets - January 5, 2017

Islamabad, the 5th January, 2017: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today. The Meeting was presided over by Ms. Aisha, MNA.

The Qatar Government will recruit additional 100,000 skilled and unskilled Pakistani workers which had been decided during the visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan to Qatar in February, 2016.

The committee recommended that the National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) should be abolished for the overseas workers in Gulf Countries Club (GCC) countries. In addition, the committee was informed that there are 78 Pakistani prisoners detained in Saudi jails for minor crimes.

The Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) had sent 6189 Pakistani workers to Republic of Korea and 5742 to other countries during the last 10 years. Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment informed the committee that only 417 persons went to Turkey for employment from 1971- 2016.

Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Syed Sajid Mehdi, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Sheikh Salahuddin, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Mr. Nasir Khan MNAs and Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & HRD attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.  


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Directs CDA to compile lists of cases of pending payments of compensation to the affectees of Islamabad - January 4, 2017

Islamabad; January 4, 2017: Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat expressing its displeasure on the pending payments of compensation to the affectees of Islamabad under Islamabad displaced rehabilitation policy, directed CDA to compile lists of pending cases of payment of affectees and identify persons responsible for that inordinate delay and the reasons, thereof and submit the details to the Committee within 30 days. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in Parliament House, this morning.

The Committee was apprised that under the rehabilitation policy, CDA had been providing compensation/alternate land in lieu of the acquired land under CDA Ordinance, 1960. The CDA representative apprised the Committee that after enforcement of CDA land acquisition and rules policy, 2007, the policy had been applied in sectors C-13, 15 & 16, D-13, E-13 and F-13 and one developed plot of one kanal was allotted to affectee/land owner for every four kanals of land acquired from them. On a query of the member the Committee, CDA representative informed that not a single case of compensation/payment had been process during last three months. The Committee observed that prevalent corruption in Estate and Land departments of CDA had deprived the effectees from their due right.

The Committee after briefing by the representative of the Capital Administration & Development Division constituted a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA to visit the educational institutions in Islamabad to physically monitor the reforms been carried out under PM’s Education Reforms Program in ICT and submit its report to the Committee. The members of the Committee expressed their concern on the dismal state of educational infrastructure and lack of teachers in schools in different sectors of Islamabad. The representative of CADD informed the Committee that necessary provision/rehabilitation of physical infrastructure, merit based recruitment of teaching staff and their capacity building, monitoring/evaluation of staff for qualitative output, buses for various school and colleges in ICT and initiation of Montessori classes and provision of free meals to kids was the features of that Educational Reforms Program and implementation of the program was in progress.

The Committee while discussing the problems of nurseries in Islamabad directed the CDA to provide alternate substitute land to the affected nurseries and resolve other issues in consultation with the representative of Islamabad Nurseries welfare Association.

The Committee unanimously approved the Federal Public Services Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2016 moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA bringing recruitments in Civil Services in BPS-11 and above within the purview of Federal Public Service Commission. The Committee pended its further discussion on National Conflict of Interest Bill, 2016 moved by Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA till approval of the proposed amendments in Government Servants (Conduct) Rules, 1964 by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The Compulsory Education of Arabic Bill, 2014 moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA was also deferred for discussion till next meeting of the Committee.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Malik Ibrar Ahmad, Syed Javed Ali Shah, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Mrs. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Mr. Asad Umar, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Syed All Raza Abidi, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, Mr. Murad Saeed, Secretary, CADD, Secretary FBSC, Chairman CDA and Representatives of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Industries & Production meets - January 4, 2017

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

The Committee briefed by the Chairman, Privatization Commission on the issue of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi.

The Standing Committee showed displeasure over the daily losses regarding the Steel Mills and strongly recommended to solve the issue of PSM on priority basis, either it should be privatized or sold.

Members who attended the meeting; Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, MNA, Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, MNA, Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA, Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA, Chaudhry Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, MNA, Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA and Alhaj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, MNA.


NA Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Meets - January 3, 2017

Islamabad; January 3, 2017: The Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, keeping in view the facts and unsatisfactory reply given by the Government of Punjab, on the Question of Privileges raised by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, MNA, appointed a four members Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Muhammad Raza Hayat Harraj, MNA, to further inquire into the issue as contained in the Question of Privilege. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA, in the Parliament House, this morning.

While discussing the Question of Privilege raised by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, MNA, regarding allegedly launching of malicious campaign in media by Mr. Noor-ul-Ameen Mengal, Ex-DCO Faisalabad, against the Hon. Member, the Committee heard the points of view of both the complainant and the respondent. The Committee directed the District Collector, Faisalabad, to inquire into the issue of leakage of baseless information from the DC office to the media against the Hon. MNA, fix responsibility against the person(s) found responsible and submit report within 15 days.

The Committee while discussing the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, MNA, against Mr. Babar Walah, former Assistant Director (Land), Nowshehra Virkan, District Gujranwala, expressed displeasure on the delayed compliance of its earlier directions by the authorities. The Committee directed the Commissioner Gujranwala to submit copies of transfer orders of the said Assistant Director (Land) alongwith his communication with the Chief Secretary Punjab in this regard.

While discussing the Question of Privilege raised by Sahibzada Muhammad Nazir Sultan, MNA, regarding raid of police on his residence, the Committee directed the Additional Inspector General of Police, Punjab, to conclude inquiry being conducted against SDPO, Tehsil Ahmedpur Sial and SHO, Police Station Garh Maharajah within three weeks and submit the same to the Committee.

The Committee decided to summon Ms. Kiran Khursheed, Additional Secretary, Finance/ES, Government of Punjab in its next meeting to further discuss the Question of Privilege raised by Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, MNA, as it was not satisfied with the written reply submitted by the said officer. The Committee disposed off the Question of Privilege raised by Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, MNA, on acceptance of unconditional apology rendered by Mr. Jameel Ahmed Jameel, Additional Deputy Commissioner General/Administrator Baldia District Rahimyar Khan, to the Hon, Member as well as the Committee.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmad Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Mohammad Ayaz Soomro, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid, Ms. Asiya Nasir and officers from M/o Parliamentary Affairs, Inter Provincial Coordination, Establishment Division, FIA, representative from Government of Punjab and other concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Communications meets - January 2, 2017

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee room of Parliament House, Islamabad, to consider the Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 (moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA), precautionary measures taken for dangerous and bloody road curves at N-50 Khanozai and briefing on land acquisition issues including payment of compensation to owners of land acquired for construction of Shorkot-Garhmahraja Bridge. The Meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.

2.         The Sub-Committee was constituted under the convener-ship of Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, MNA with Mr. Salim Rehman, MNA and Ch. Khalid Javaid Warraich, MNA its members to further consider the Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 in detail and present the report to the Committee in thirty days.  

3.         Considering the issues of precautionary measures taken for dangerous and bloody road curves at N-50 Khanozai, the Committee was informed that the road was being re-aligned and converted into four lanes. Moreover, the chevrons and other safety signs were also being installed to facilitate the commuters during traveling.

4.         Further considering the issues of land acquisition including the payment of compensation to owners of land acquired for construction of Shorkot-Garhmahraja Bridge, Secretary M/o Communications assured the Committee that the funds were released and will be disbursed to the land owners in a week.      

5.         MNAs Mr. Sarzameen, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Salim Rehman, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq- Khalil, Molana Qamar ud Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai, Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, Ms. Belum Hasnain (Mover of the Bill) and officials of the M/o Communications attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee On Commerce meets - December 30, 2016

Islamabad; December 30, 2016: The Standing Committee on Commerce has asked the M/o Commerce to address the declining trend in exports of the country especially exports of textile products to the international markets. The Committee asked the M/o Commerce to explore international markets for Pakistani products through its representatives posted in Pakistani mission abroad. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA in Islamabad, this morning.

           The Committee while expressing its concern over the declining trend in exports to foreign countries; said that necessary policies were imperative for export promotion. The Committee also stressed the need for value addition in the raw products for export to the international markets to capitalize the massive potential in the country. The Committee also expressed its concern on decrease in cotton production in the country which had led to the import of cotton from foreign markets. The Committee decided to get a briefing from M/o Textile and APTMA in its next meeting. The Committee observed that exports encouraging policies of the government would help capitalize the GSP+ status granted by European Union to Pakistan.

           The Secretary, M/o Commerce apprised the Committee that decrease in exports owe to multiple factors, however, government had initiated various short and long term measures for incentivizing manufacturing and export sectors. He said that exports during the current year have witnessed substantial increase. He was confident that the situation would further improve in coming years. He informed that cotton production was due to decrease of cotton area and non-availability of pest-resistant seed in the country.

 The Committee after briefing by the M/o Commerce and discussion thereupon, approved the Marine Insurance Bill, 2016 referred to the Standing Committee by the House. The Committee viewed that Bill, an encouraging step for promotion of marine insurance sector in Pakistan. The Committee deferred briefing on issues and concerns of APTMA regarding exports and import policies for its next meeting due to inability of Chairman APTMA to attend the meeting.

           The Meeting was attended by MNAs; Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman, Mian Muhammad Rasheed, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Mussarat Ahmad Zeb, Ms. Sajida Begum, Dr. Fouzia Hameed, Secretary M/o Commerce and Representatives of concerned departments.

 


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets - December 29, 2016

Islamabad, 29th December, 2016: In the morning, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence visited Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra by helicopter and held meeting with the Chairman and other officers of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex. The Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex comprehensively briefed the Committee over the activities/achievements and future challenges in detail. He apprised the Committee that the Super Mushaq Air Craft is being manufactured 100% in Pakistan. He further informed that agreement has been made with Nigeria, Qatar for providing the Super Mushaq Air Craft to that countries and they are hopeful that in the near future will get contracts from other countries as well. The Committee appreciated the Chairman of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex on having those capabilities and assured its full support to him. Thereafter, the Committee came back to Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Headquarters and held meeting with the Chief of Air Staff at 02:30 PM. The Committee during the meeting considered the Bill tilted “The Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill, 2016 at length and approved the same unanimously. The Chief of Air Staff also briefed the Committee over the importance, responsibilities and future challenges of Pakistan Air Force. The Committee thanked the Chief of Air Staff on arranging the visit and also assured its full support and reiterated no compromise on defence.

 

2.         The meeting was also attended by Ms. Surriya Asghar, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam Rasul Sahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan, Syed Mustafa Mehmud, Mr. Sanjay Perwani and Mr. Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Meets - December 28, 2016

Islamabad; December 28, 2016: Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has directed M/o Information to take up the matter of grant of pensions to the retired employees of Pakistan National Council for Arts (PNCA) and Lok Virsa with the M/o Finance and report back to the Committee within one month. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in PNCA, Islamabad this afternoon to discuss calling attention notice moved by Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani regarding nonpayment of pension to retired employees which was referred to the Standing Committee.

The Executive Director, Lok Virsa briefed the Committee that pension scheme for retired employees of Lok Virsa was initiated in 1997 and discontinued in 2014. She further informed that the scheme was discontinued due to exhaustion of the available funds since large number of senior employees retired and were granted pension and pensionary benefits/commutation at the rate of pension admissible to the civil servants. She informed that the pension to the retired employees had not been discontinued and were being paid pension at the rate approved by Lok Virsa Board of Governors. She informed that some of the employees approached Court asking for pension at the rate of pension granted to civil servants, which was still pending for decision. She informed that employees of the Lok Virsa entitled to Medical Facilities and provision of House building advance.

The Director General, PNCA apprised the Committee that PNCA had taken up the matter of grant of pensions to its retired employees with the M/o Finance through M/o Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage and the case was pending with the M/o Finance for decision. He informed the Committee that PNCA had enough resources to grant pensionary benefit to its employees subject to approval by the M/o Finance. He informed that PNCA employees were entitled to medical facilities and house building advance.

The Committee decided to discuss the issue in its next meeting with the direction to Lok Virsa and PNCA to pursue the matter with the M/o Finance. The Committee also directed management of both the organizations to explore possible venues of funds generation to fulfill their mandate instead of relying on government grant. The Committee also asked the M/o Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage to invigorate the Artist Welfare Fund for extending financial assistance to the destitute artists. The Committee also recommended to the government for transferring of Pak-China Friendship center and Arts and Craft village to the PNCA. 

The meeting was attended by MNAs, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mian Muhammad Farooq, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ch. Muhammad Tufail, Mr. Murad Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Secretary, M/o Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Executive Director, Lok Virsa, Director General PNCA and other senior officers of the concerned departments.
 


Meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control - December 28, 2016

Islamabad, December 28th 2016; 30th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, MNA.

2.        The meeting was started with the recitation from Holy Quran. Then the Committee offered Fateh on the death of Late Mr. Jehangir Badar, Late Ex-Senator Haji Adil and the others innocent peoples those were recently dead in different incidents throughout the country.

3.         The Committee with majority of votes confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 27.10.2016. However, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, MNA/Member of the Committee submitted his note of dissent in this regard.

4.         The Committee took up ten different Government and Private Members Bills, some of them were approved some disapproved and deferred. But Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, MNA/Member of the Committee opposed the Government Bill “The illegal Dispossession (Amendment) Bill, 2016” however, it was passed by the Committee with majority of votes.

5.         The Committee also discussed the issue of the approval of Arms Licenses to the Hon. Members of National Assembly and general public, the Secretary, Interior responded and apprised the Committee that the recommendations/suggestions had been prepared in this regard which will be finalized till the end of January, 2017.

6.       The Committee constituted a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Syed Javed Ali Shah, the Sub-Committee will be considered all the Private Members Bill lying pending before the main Committee and submitted its report within thirty days to the main Committee.

7.        The Hon. Members/Mover/MNA Syed Javed Ali Shah, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Asiya Nasir and Ms. Surriya Asghar were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control and the Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - December 27, 2016

Islamabad, the 27th December, 2016: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan will inaugurate Chashma Nuclear Power Project Unit C-3 on 28th December, 2016. The Chairman Wapda informed the Committee that the case of irregularities in the Mangla Dam Raising Project had been referred to NAB.

The Committee recommended that the names of the technical committee be provided to the committee which changed the design of Rathoua Haryam Bridge. The Ministry of Water & Power assured the committee that the issue of creation/operation of FESCO Division Darya Khan and two Sub-Divisions at Dulley Wala and Jandanwala would be resolved at the earliest. The feasibility study of the construction of Bridge on River Indus to link Kallur Kot with D.I. Khan is completed.

MNAs, Ch. Jaffar Iqbal, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Shazia Farid, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Sheikh Salahuddin, Mr Sher Akber Khan, Mr. Qaiser Jamal and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and Ministry of Water & Power.


NA Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs meets - December 27, 2016

Islamabad; December 27, 2016: The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met under the chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon. The Committee discussed the Election Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014 moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA. The Amendment Bill seeks amendments in Representation of People’s Act, 1976 and the Election Commission Order, 2002 for improving transparency and accountability in funding and expenditures for the election.

The Committee after a briefing by the Election Commission of Pakistan decided that members of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs in particular and members of the Parliament in general may forward their recommendations on the Bill to the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms for consideration.

The Committee while discussing parking problems faced by honourable Parliamentarians at Karachi Airport, directed Aviation Division and Civil Aviation Authority to provide parking space for the honourable Parliamentarians and their easy access to the drop lane at Karachi airport.

The Committee expressed its displeasure of the state of cleanliness, security and catering services at Parliament Lodges and government hostel, Islamabad. The Committee directed the CDA Administration to focus on cleanliness of the premises and security of the parliamentarians since some of the parliamentarians were facing potential security threat. The Committee asked the CDA Administration to conduct surprise checks on the cafeterias for improvement in the quality of food and services.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Dr. Nisar Ahmed Jatt, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Rabaira, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, Mr. Nasir Khan Khattak, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Secretary M/o Parliamentary Affairs and Representatives from the Election Commission of Pakistan, Aviation Division, Capital Development Authority and Civil Aviation.
 


The Meeting of the NA Standing Committee on Communications held today - December 26, 2016

Islamabad, the 26th December, 2016: The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee Room # 7, Parliament House, Islamabad, to consider the Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 (moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA) and case of suicide of an official of National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) on 30th August, 2016. The Meeting was presided over by Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA.

2.         The Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 (moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA) was considered in detail. The Committee directed to invite all the stakeholders including leading Courier Companies to inform the Committee regarding their concerns. The Committee recommended that the comprehensive Bill be drafted which should be acceptable to all the stakeholders.

3.         The issue of suicide of an official of NH&MP was also discussed in detail. The Inspector General NH&MP informed the Committee that the incident of suicide was might be the result of immense stress due to the repatriation from the NH&MP to his parent department or due to the domestic issues. However, the inquiry was underway to probe the real cause of the suicide.

4.         MNAs Mr. Sarzameen, Chaudhry Khalid Javaid Warraich, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, Mr. Sanjay Parwani, Molana Qamar ud Din, Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Engr. Usman Khan Tarakai and Ms. Shahjehan Muneer Mangrio, attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination meets today - December 26, 2016

Islamabad the 26th December, 2016.  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Committee Room of  Pakistan Sports Board, Sport Complex, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA a detailed briefing by the Secretary, Ministry of IPC.

2.         The Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination apprised the Committee about aims, objectives, functions of various programs concerning Youth Exchange, Pakistan Boy Scouts and Pakistan Girls Guide Associations. The youth selection criteria was briefly discussed by the Committee with regard to their selection form Provincial/Regional levels. The Committee desired that to boost up the exchange of youth with other countries specially the neighboring countries may be given priority and the youth at the age between 15 years to 21 years may be given preference. All the selections may be made on merit before sending them to other countries there training may be arranged for their awareness/discipline during visits abroad.

3.         The Committee after detailed discussion directed the Ministry of IPC to take over entire system containing selection of youth in their ministry on purely merit basis. In the youth exchange programe females may also be given the due representations. A batch of at least 25 members may be selected for each programe instead of huge number of youth containing 100to save the public money. The Girl Guide selection may be made on merit and their awareness programe may also be arranged through Public Representative on each level. It was also directed that the Ministry of IPC may approach to PEMRA to give suitable time for universal campaign for promotion of Girls Guide and Boys Scouts in the country.

4.         The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, Moulana Amir Zaman MNAs, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination and Senior Officers from Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination.


NA Standing Committee on House and Library Demands Probe In Failure in Construction of Suits - December 21, 2016

Islamabad: 21st December 2016: The Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi expressed his displeasure over the failure of completion of Additional Family Suite and servant quarters at parliament lodges and directed the Chairman, Capital Development Authority (CDA) to conduct an inquiry and fix the responsibility against the responsible for this failure and submit report to the Committee in its next meeting. He expressed these views while chairing the meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library.

The Deputy Speaker said that the Project was started in May, 2011 and was supposed to be completed in November 2013. However on the assurance of construction firm and CDA the Committee recommended extension in the date of completion twice. He said that despite several commitments before the Committee neither the construction firm nor the CDA management made any sincere efforts to complete the work within extended time. The members of the committee expressed their grave concerns over the delay and unanimously recommended for strict action against the responsible for inordinate delay.

Earlier the Chairman (CDA) informed the committee that the contractor has served notice for termination of his contract on 13-12-2016 with the CDA without completion of the project. The Deputy Speaker remarked that the contractor had breached the privilege of the Committee and dishonored his commitment. He said that the contractor has wasted 6 years and due to his irresponsibility the members of parliament suffered. He directed the Chairman (CDA) to initiate an investigation to hold accountable those responsible for this failure whether, it was CDA department, the contractor or consultant. 

The Committee also expressed its annoyance over the non implementation of decision/recommendation and enquires ordered by the House and Library Committee since 2013 and respect of Parliament Lodges. The Committee Members said that the committee had recommended a number of enquiries regarding dismal state of affairs at Parliament Lodges during last 3 years and only two inquiry reports have been finalized so far. The Committee remarked that the actions taken against the responsible in those inquires were very lenient. It directed the Chairman CDA to review the reports and   also take action against those who determined such minor penalties. The Deputy Speaker also took notice of the cleanliness condition and substandard maintenance work at Parliament lodges and directed the Chairman CDA to examine it personally. 

The Committee was attended by MNAs Malik Ibrar Ahmed Dr. Ibadullah  Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto and  Molana  Qamar ud Din.
 


NA Standing Committee on Industries and Production Meets - December 21, 2016

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production was held under the Acting Chairpersonship of Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA, in Committee Room of Parliament House, Islamabad.

The Standing Committee discussed on the current status and steps taken by the Government for the revival of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Karachi, the Technology Up-Gradation & Skill Development Company (TUSDEC), Lahore, and the National Industrial Development Parks (NIP), Karachi.

The Standing Committee showed displeasure over the daily losses regarding the Steel Mills and strongly recommended to solve it on the priority basis after having a meeting with the Chairman of Privatization Commission.

The Standing Committee also suggested that institution like TUSDEC, NIP and PIDC should be reorganized / restructured.

Members who attended the meeting; Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, Ms. Sajida Begum, MNA,  Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din, MNA, Chaudhry Riaz-ul-Haq, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, and Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MNA. 
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance Expresses need for Amendments in the competition Act, 2010 for Strengthening of Competition Comission of Pakistan against Cartelization and Anti Competitive Practices - December 20, 2016

Islamabad; December 20, 2016: The Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Statistics and Privatization has directed the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) to suggest amendments in the Competition Act, 2010 for its strengthening and fostering Competition in all spheres of economic activity and to protect consumers from anti-competitive practices. The Committee was of the view that Competition Commission of Pakistan should be vigilant against cartelization and anti competitive behavior. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA in Parliament House, this afternoon.

The Committee after briefing by the Chairperson (CCP), suggested that Competition Act, 2010 needed amendments for affective functioning of the Commission besides giving force of law to its punitive actions against anyone found in anti competition practices. The Committee further directed the CCP to adopt aggressive communication strategy to aware the consumers against anti competitive practices. The Committee further directed CCP to provide the list of the pending litigation of different economic sectors in the Courts.

The Chairperson, CCP apprised the Committee about the prohibitions that CCP enforces under the Act which mainly encompass check on abuse of dominance, anti competitive agreements, deceptive marketing practices, mergers and acquisitions which subsequently reduced competition.  She informed that CCP could enforce prohibitions through various measures and issues remedial measures and imposes penalties, however, majority of the penalties were challenged in Courts. She also informed about the advocacy and research functions of the Competition Commission of Pakistan.

Earlier, Secretary, Statistics Division briefed the Committee about the working and performance of the Division and its attached departments. He also briefed the Committee on the preparation for holding of national census. The Secretary apprised that Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) had been mandated to conduct national census in March, 2017 throughout the country in two phases. He further informed that in compliance to the decision of Council of Common Interest, PBS had geared up to take-up this national assignment and had completed most of the arrangements that include coordination meetings with provincial authorities, setting up of district census offices, appointment and training of field staff  and publicity campaign for the awareness of the general masses. He informed the Committee that compilation and tabulation of collected data would be completed in seven months, however, summary of the census would available in two months.

A delegation from Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) also attended the meeting. The President, LCCI apprised the Committee about the industrial activity in the Punjab and problems of the Industrial sector. He suggested that a national industrial policy should be formulated and new avenues should be explored to increase exports. He also suggested for incentivizing local industrial sector and inclusion of local investors in the Special Economic Zones.  The Committee appreciated the concerns of the industrial sector and assured them that their concerns would be taken up at the appropriate forum.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz, Malik Mian Abdul Mannan,  Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Mr. Asad Umar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Secretary, Statistics Division, Additional Secretary, Finance Division, Chairperson, CCP and Representatives from the concerned departments.


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - December 14, 2016

Islamabad; December 14, 2016: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 38th Session of the National Assembly.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 38th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 21st     December, 2016.

The meeting was attended by the Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination, Sheik Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs/Chief whip of Pakistan Muslim League (N), MNAs, Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Syed Naveed Qamar, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan,  Maulana Muhamad Khan Sherani and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah.
 


Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgat Baltistan meets - December 14, 2016

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

2. According to the agenda the Acting Secretary, M/o Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit Baltistan presented the report of the inquiry committee and its recommendations. He further replied the different questions of the Members of the Committee. The Senior Officers of the AJ&K Government also briefed the Committee about the inordinate delay of the completion of the Rathoa Haryam Bridge across reservoir channels on Mirpur Islamgarh Road, Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

3. The Chairman pointed out that beside the delay and escalation of the cost of the proposed Bridge its non completion also disappointed the general public against the promises of the political Governments. Although, the Government has spent a considerable amount from the public treasury to facilitate the people of the area but their expectations are not met and they are still suffering from the pain of covering long distance due to non completion of the project.

4.The Chairman while concluding the meeting directed the Acting Secretary, M/o KA&GB to arrange a site visit during the month of January, 2017 in order to understand the issues in the project and physically examine and observe the work done by the contractors so far.

5.The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Mr. Khalil George, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Senior Officers of the Ministry, AJ&K Government, WAPDA and NESPAK.


NA Standing Committee on Climate Change meets today - December 13, 2016

A meeting of the S/C on Climate Change was held on 13th Dec, 2016 in Parliament House. The Standing Committee discussed “The Pakistan Climate Change Bill, 2016” (Government Bill). 

The majority of the Members passed the said Bill. However, a Member of Committee Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA requested the Committee that he would like to go to through the proposed legislation and will inform his point of view on the same later on. The Minister for Climate Change was agreed on it.

Members who attended the meeting are Malik Ihtebar Khan, MNA, Mr. Salman Hanif, MNA, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Maiza Hameed, MNA, Mr. Murad Saeed, MNA, Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb, MNA, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA and Minister for Climate Change (Ex-officio Member).


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development & Reform meets today - December 8, 2016

Islamabad, the 8th December, 2016: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at Office of the Chief Executive Officer, Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project (NJHPP) Muzaffarabad (AJK) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee visited different sites of the Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project (NJHPP) and monitored the physical progress of the project. The Committee was apprised that the Neelum Jhelum Project will be operational by December, 2017

The Committee directed that all efforts be made to complete the project in line with the given time frame 

MNAs, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal and Sheikh Salahuddin attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and Ministry of Water & Power.


NA Committee on Information, Boradcasting and National Heritage meets - December 8, 2016

Islamabad; December 8, 2016: Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to provide requisite information to Secretary, National Assembly who was a complainant on behalf of Speaker, National Assembly in a complaint lodged with PEMRA against Mr. Rauf Kalasra for casting allegations on him in a program on Channel 92 News. The Committee further directed PEMRA to expedite the hearing of the complaint through its Council of Complaints for an early decision. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in Parliament House this afternoon.

The Committee after hearing the points of view of Secretary, National Assembly and Mr. Rauf Kalasra, directed Chairman, PEMRA to provide the attested copies of the additional documents pertaining to the matter to the complainant for submitting rejoinder on the reply received from the respondent channel. The Chairman PEMRA assured the Committee that the required documents would be provided and the matter would be referred to the Council of Complaints, Karachi region to hear the complaint as the tenure of Council of Complaints, Islamabad region had expired and was in process of reconstitution.

The meeting was attended by Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Ch. Muhammad Tufail Ms. Leila Khan, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Mr. Murad Saeed, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Malik Muhammad Aamir Dogar, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Secretary, M/o Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Chairman PEMRA and other senior officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee Federal Education and Professional Training meets - December 8, 2016

Islamabad, 8th December, 2016: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training met today in Higher Education Commission (HEC) Headquarter, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Col. (R) Dr. Amirullah Marwat. The committee discussed the agenda points including minutes of last meeting of the committee held on 29-08-2016, consideration of calling attention notice moved in the House regarding stoppage of salaries of more than 60 teachers and staff of Federal Urdu University Islamabad. The committee took serious notice of the absence of Vice Chancellor of the said University in the meeting and directed to attend the next meeting positively. The committee also directed Federal Urdu University to release the salaries of the 60 teachers and staff with immediate effect and decided that the issue would be discussed in next meeting to be held at Karachi University, Karachi. The Committee further asked the Chairman HEC to carry out academic audit of the Karachi University on immediate basis and submit the report to the Standing Committee at the earliest. The Committee also took serious note of not cancelling the Ph.D degree of the Vice Chancellor of Federal Urdu University, Karachi by the Vice Chancellor of Karachi University which has already been proven fake by the HEC but the VC Karachi University sit silent on it. Thereafter the Committee asked the Vice Chancellor Karachi University, Karachi to cancel the Ph.D degree of the Acting VC of Federal Urdu University, Karachi as directed by the HEC.

2.       The committee also discussed the Bill titled “The Prevention of Mal Practices in Academia Bill, 2016, moved by Ms. Shakila Luqman, MNA and recommended that the HEC would prepare draft bill incorporating the points on which  the consensus was made in the public hearing held in PIPS last month on the above mentioned Bill. The committee further discussed The Sir Syed (Center for Advance Studies in Engineering) Institute of Technology Bill 2016 in detail and deferred till the fulfillment the pre requisite which was required for awarding Institute and NOC by the HEC. The committee also directed the Members Capital Development Authority (CDA) to avoid vacating the Sir Syed Center for Advance till the completion of the on-going semester of students.

3.       The Committee expressed its great concern over the unlawful upgradation of the administrative officer on the recommendations of the Standing Committee but without seeking prior approval of the Federal Government and HEC. The Vice Chancellor was biased in implementing the recommendations which suited to him and left the other recommendations unimplemented and the Senate and Syndicate are also being misused for recruitment of employment.

4.       The meeting was attended by Dr. Zulfikar Ali Bhatti, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Ms. Asyia Naz Tanoli, Ms. Amra Khan, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Surriya Jatoi, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Imran Khattak and Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali MNAs and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqoob, Ms. Shakila Luqman MNA/Mover and Minister for Federal Education & Professional Training, Officers/Officials of the Ministry and its attached departments.


NA Standing Committee on Housing & Works recommends release of sufficient fund for maintenance of Government owned Buildings - December 7, 2016

Islamabad; December 7, 2016: National Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Works has recommended to the M/o Finance to release sufficient funds to Ministry of Housing and Works for maintenance of government owned residential accommodations, offices and Federal Lodges. The Committee observed that the funds released by the Ministry of Finance were insufficient for maintenance of government owned buildings which were in dire need of maintenance and renovation. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Islamabad this morning.

The Committee while discussing the implementation status of its recommendations made in its previous meetings regarding Pakistan Public Works Department directed Pak-PWD to prioritize the maintenance work and resubmit its demand for allocation of funds for the purpose to the Ministry of Finance. The Director General, Pak-PWD apprised the committee about the variation in funds demanded and released by the Finance Division for the current financial year that had incapacitated his department to carry out the work. The Committee expressed it satisfaction on the implementation status of its remaining recommendations.

The Committee expressing its dissatisfaction on fact finding inquiry report on spending of Rs.50.596 million by Pak-PWD without concurrence of Pakistan Housing Authority Foundation on Kuchlak Low Income Groups Housing Project, Quetta, directed the M/o Housing and Works to conduct a thorough inquiry and fix responsibility on the responsible persons. The Committee also directed for registration of FIR on illegal retention of official vehicle by a former Joint Secretary of M/o Housing and Works currently working in M/o Water and Power.

The Committee also ordered an inquiry to be conducted by M/o Housing into illegal occupation of Christian community resettlement housing project at Quetta. The Committee further directed the Ministry to submit a comprehensive report on the death incident occurred in Chamba House, Lahore to the Committee. The Committee also sought a briefing on Thalian Housing Project of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation in its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb, Ms. Khalida Mansoor,  Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari,  Mr. Sajid Nawaz Khan, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Molana Ameer Zaman,  Secretary M/o Housing and Works and other officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development & Reform met today - December 7, 2016

Islamabad, the 7th December, 2016: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today at Office of the Chief Executive Officer, Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project (NJHPP) Muzaffarabad (AJK) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee expressed its dissatisfaction over the inordinate delay in the completion of the Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project (NJHPP) despite several assurances given by Wapda & Project Authorities. The Committee also expressed its concerned over the extraordinary cost overrun of the project. The Committee was informed that third party validation will be conducted to assess how the cost of (NJHPP) inflated to Rs: 414 billion.

The Committee criticized the poor monitoring of NJHPP by the M/o Water & Power and M/o Planning, Development and Reform. The Committee directed that CMEC income tax issues be resolved in coordination with AJK Government.

The Committee further directed that all efforts be made for the completion of the project by the end of 2017.

MNAs, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Qaiser Jamal, Sheikh Salahuddin, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform and Ministry of Water & Power. 


17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - December 7, 2016

Islamabad, December 07th 2016; 17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from Holy Quran.

3.       Agenda Item No. 1

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 02.12.2016.

4.       Agenda Item No. 2

With the permission of the Chair, almost 6 Members of NCHR told the Committee that approximately all the decisions taken by the Chairman, NCHR had not been taken with their consent. The Committee showed its displeasure on the behave/attitude of Chairman, NCHR and directed that in future Chairman NCHR may be gotten all Hon. Members NCHR on board before taking any decision. Then, the Secretary, NCHR briefed the Committee as per given agenda, but the Committee did not satisfy with the briefing. The Committee directed to Secretary, NCHR to submit detail report within one month i.e. updated list of all recruited/working employees with their basic pay scales & salary/perks and privileges along with detail of total numbers of vehicles provided by the Government of Pakistan to NCHR with and their usage. Further, the Committee directed to Secretary, NCHR to make sure External Audit of NCHR as earlier as possible by the Auditor General of Pakistan and also directed the Ministry of Human Rights to fully cooperate in this regard with the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR).

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Members Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Human Rights, 6 Members and Secretary, NCHR and the representative from Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


Standing Committee on Defence Production met in the Parliament House today - December 7, 2016

The Standing Committee on Defence Production met in the Parliament House today, the 7th December, 2016, in Committee Room No. 7, at 11:00 a.m., under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA, regarding the briefing on the agreement of Super Mushshak Aircraft with Nigeria and Turkey.

2.         The Committee appreciated the peerless performance of General ® Raheel Sharif, former COAS especially his concentration towards Zarb-e-Azab, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Line of Control (LOC) situation. The Committee paid homage on his unsurpassed efficiency and excellence being a courageous Commander of Pakistan Army. The Committee Members have stated that he has taken Pakistan Army to the leading edge of the world.

3.         The Committee Members have passed their best wishes for General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS). The Committee has shown its full faith on the capability and experience of General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The Committee hopes that he will carry on the mission and vision of his predecessor for the betterment of Pak Army and Pakistani nation.

4.         The Committee appreciated the Secretary, Ministry of Defence Production  and cooperation of all services chiefs for holding a successful and meaningful exhibition, IDEAS-2016. The Committee appreciated the role of Honorable Minister for Defence Production for supervising a huge event. The Secretary, MoDP once again thanked the Honorable Members of the Committee on their participation in IDEAS-2016.

5.         The Chairman, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra has informed the Committee about the successful sale deal of Super Mushshak Aircraft to Nigeria and Turkey. He also informed the Committee that PAC has vast experience and capacity for manufacturing the Super Mushshak within agreed time frame. He further informed the Committee that PAC’s engineers have repaired Awacas Aircrafts, which were damaged during the terrorist attack. The Chairman, PAC further added that seventy (70) JF-17 thunder aircrafts have been handed over to Pakistan Air Force for its operational activities.

6.         The Committee unanimously recommended that next meeting of the Committee would be convened shortly and all enforcement agencies i.e Police, Rangers, Frontier Constabulary, all Chief Secretaries would be invited to discuss the arms procurement etc. from local industries. The Committee decided that MD, PPRA and provincial heads of PPRA would also be called in this regard. The Committee appreciated the Chairman, PAC for delivering a comprehensive briefing to the Committee.     

7.         Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Chudhary Hamid Hameed, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Bilal Rehman, MNAs and besides the senior officers of the MoDP & PAC, Kamra.


NA Standing Committee on House & Library meets - December 7, 2016

Islamabad: 7 December 2016 Deputy Speaker National Assembly, Murtaza Javed Abbasi expressed his displeasure over the inordinate delay in construction of Additional Family Suite and servant quarter at parliament lodges and directed Chairman, Capital Development Authority (CDA) to initiate inquiry against the responsible and submit report to the Committee in its next meeting. He expressed these views while chairing the meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on House and Library.

The Deputy Speaker said that the Project was started in May, 2011 and was supposed to be completed in November 2013. However on the assurance of construction firm and CDA the Committee recommended extension in the date of completion twice. He said that despite several commitments before the Committee neither the construction firm nor the CDA management made any sincere efforts to complete the work within extended time. The members of the committee expressed their grave concerns over the delay and unanimously recommended for strict action against the responsible for inordinate delay.

Earlier the Chairman (CDA) informed that on the direction of Committee a series of meetings were held between him and representative of the construction firm. He said the contractor had assured him that block B of the project will be handed over by 31st March 2017 while the rest of project will be completed by 30th June, 2017.

The Committee also expressed its annoyance over the non implementation of decision/recommendation and enquires ordered by the House and Library Committee since 2013 and respect of Parliament Lodges. The Committee Members said that the committee had recommended a number of enquiries regarding dismal state of affairs at Parliament Lodges during last 3 years and had directed CDA management to take action against the responsible however, no action has been taken so far. The Deputy Speaker directed the Chairman CDA to prepare a detail report regarding the enquires ordered by House and Library Committee and submit his report to the committee within one month.

The Deputy Speaker said that House and Library Committee has recommended to reduce the strength of staff deputed at the Parliament lodges as the major chunk of the budgetary allocation for repair and maintenance work for the Parliament Lodges were spent on their salaries and allowances. He said that mostly work at Parliament Lodges was carried out by out-sourced as the CDA staff did not perform their duties properly. He said that some of the staff member had approached to the Court against the decision of the Committee. He said it was an administrative decision and directed the CDA to pursue the case and take action against the staff members who had created hurdles in implementation of administrative decisions

The Committee was attended by MNAs Malik Ibrar Ahmed Mian Muhammad Rasheed Dr. Ibadullah  Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto Mrs. Shahida Rehmani and Mr. Mehboob Alam Molana  Qamar ud Din.


Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today - December 6, 2016

A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today in the Committee Room of M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, G-5/2, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013 (moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA), The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA) and to discuss the admission policy of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) in MBBS/BDS for Private Medical Colleges.


2.        The Committee considered the HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013 in detail. The Committee recommended that the media campaign be launched for the awareness of the public to control the menace of HIV/AIDS in the country. Moreover, the Civil Society might also be activated for that purpose. The Committee decided to take all the Provinces on board while framing the laws pertaining to the subjects related to Provinces.     

3.        The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was also considered in detail. The Committee directed that the comprehensive Bill be drafted as it was the sensitive legislation dealing with the transplant of human organs.

4.        The Committee also discussed the admission policy of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) in MBBS/BDS for Private Medical Colleges. The Committee directed that the admission policy for the private medical colleges be framed according to the rules and regulations of the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council alongwith keeping in view the interest of students.

5.        MNAs Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti, Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Choudhry Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Shaista Pervaiz, Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Qari Muhammad Yousaf, Syed Ghazi Gulab Jamal, MNA/Mover of the Bill also attended the meeting.


Standing Committee on Textile Industry met today - December 6, 2016

Standing Committee on Textile Industry met under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Ghulam Rasool Koreja, MNA to Discuss the Following Agenda:

i)                   Presentation of the Report of the Sub-Committee;

ii)                 Briefing on the closure of Pakistan Textile City Project, Karachi, along with the policy to sale out its land.

iii)              Briefing on Plastics Technology Center (PTC).

iv)               Any other item with the permission of the Chair.
 

The Committee expressed its reservations over the closure of Pakistan Textile City Project, Karachi and observed that due to mismanagement and corruption the debt of textile city is exceeding to Rs. 2.4 Billions. The Committee directed the ministry to sale out 250 acers of its land for payment of its outstanding debt and efforts should be made for make it operational by involving Chinese/Foreign companies for its betterment. 

The Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry presented the report on the performance of Plastic Technology Center (PTC). He was of the view that unfortunately the PTC was in terrible condition and needs to be focused. The Committee unanimously of the view that new campus of National Textile University should be established at PTC in order to make it profitable organization.

MNAs, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Ms. Asiya Nasir, Mr. Jamshaid Ahmad Dasti, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony meets today - December 6, 2016

Islamabad, 6th December, 2016: A meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony met this evening in Committee Room No. 7, 4th Floor, Parliament House, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Hafiz Abdul Kareem, MNA. The Committee congratulated and appreciated the Federal Government and especially the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony on the better arrangements for this year Hajj. The Committee also recommended to the Federal Government to talk with the Saudi Government for the Quota of Pakistan Pilgrims which was reduced due to construction/extension of Haram Shareef to restore the said quota and add to the Government Hajj Scheme. The Committee also discussed the matter related to alleged favoritism in the distribution of Hajj Quota Hajj, 2016 referred to the Standing Committee by the House.

The Members of the Standing Committee also urged the Government either abolish the hardship quota of Hajj or make it transparent and crystal clear for the next Hajj. The Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony assured the Committee that the Ministry would hold inquiry in the matter and would take strict action against the defaulters. In the end the Committee also discussed the Bill titled “The Education of Holy Quran according to recitation by sighting and with translation, learning by heart and with correct pronunciation Bill, 2014” moved by Sahibzada Traiq Ullah, MNA in detail and approved the same without any amendment. The Committee also discussed and deferred the following Bills for its next meeting to read the Bills clause by clause in presence of the two movers who were not available in the meeting:-  

1.      The National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 moved by Me. Belum Hasnain, MNA

2.      The National Commission for Minorities Bill, 2015 moved by Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, MNA

3.      The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2016 moved by Ms. Kishwer Zehra, MNA

4.      The Pakistan Minorities Rights Commission Bill, 2016 moved by Mr. Sanjy Perwani, MNA

2.         The meeting was also attended by Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Sahibzada Faiz-ul-Hassan, Mr. Bhawan Das, Ms. Kiran Imran Dar, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Mr. Muhammad Ali Khan, Mr. Lal Chand Malhi, Mr. Muhammad Kamal, Molvi Agha Muhammad, Ms. Shahida Akhtar Ali, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, MNAs, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Capt. Muhammad Safdar, Mr. Abdul Sattar Bachani MNAs/Special Invitees and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


24th Meeting of Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs & Gilgat Baltistan - December 6, 2016

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

2. During the meeting the concerned Secretaries and Managing Director, NESPAK briefed the Committee on agenda items. According to the agenda item (ii) the MD, NESPAK informed the Committee through presentation about the ongoing projects and their progress. The Chairman and the Committee Members pointed out the issue of re-designing which causes the escalation of cost and delay in projects, particularly in the case of Rathoa Haryam Bridge across reservoir channels on Mirpur Islamgarh Road, Azad Jammu & Kashmir. The Chairman further directed the Secretary, M/o KA&GB to submit a detailed report on said project to the Committee in its next meeting.

3. The Additional Chief Secretary of the AJ&K briefed the Committee about the losses caused by the continuous unprovoked firing by the Indian Army at Nelum Valley with data. He also apprised the Committee that the honourable Prime Minister is visiting AJ&K to distribute the compensation amount to the affectees as well as to express solidarity with Kashmiris. The Committee also recommended to consider increase in the compensation amount.

4. The concerned Secretaries of the Forestry and wild-life of AJ&K and G.B also briefed the Committee on the overall well-being of natural environment and preservation of Jungles and wild-life in GB/AJ&K regions. The Additional Chief Secretary also highlighted the damages and affect on environment due to heavy firing and fencing the border by the Indian side across the line of control in the last few months.

5. The meeting was attended by the Hon. Members of the Committee namely; Mr. Khalil George, Ch. Abid Raza, Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, Sardar Mumtaz Khan, Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nissa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Syed Waseem Hussain, Molvi Agha Muhammad and Senior Officers of the Ministry.


NA Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges decided to summon the CEO BOL TV Channel and Anchor Mr. Amir Liaqat Hussain in its next meeting to discuss the question of Privilege raised by Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, MNA - December 6, 2016

Islamabad; December 6, 2016: The Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges decided to summon CEO Bol TV and Anchor Mr. Amir Liaquat Hussain in its next meeting in connection with the Question of Privilege raised by Maulana Fazal Rehman, MNA, regarding baseless allegations leveled against him by the Anchor in his program. The Committee also directed PEMRA to check pervasive violation of media code of conduct and initiate necessary action against TV Channels and Anchors found guilty of casting false allegations on public office holders and elected representatives. The Committee met under chairmanship of Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhary, MNA, in the Parliament House, this afternoon.

While discussing the Question of Privilege raised by Maulana Fazal Rehman, the Committee observed that no one should be allowed to cast false allegations on anyone without evidence. The Committee further observed that the PEMRA should assert its regulatory authority to check such violations. The Chairman PEMRA apprised the Committee about the action initiated against the TV Channel and Anchor on complaint lodged by the mover of the Question of Privilege.

The Committee, while discussing the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Abdul Qayyum Nahra, MNA, against Assistant Director (Land), Nowshera Virkan District Gujranwala regarding misconduct of the officer with the Hon. Member, decided to summon Chief Secretary Punjab, Senior Member Board of Revenue Punjab and Project Director, Land Record Computerization Project, Punjab to further discuss the issue.

The Committee disposed of amendments in Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, moved by MNAs Sheikh Salahuddin and Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi. The Committee, however, deferred its discussion on the Questions of Privilege moved by MNAs Mian Imtiaz Ahmed and Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan till next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, Mr. Najaf Abbas Sial,  Mr. Mohammad Raza Hayat Harraj, Mr. Muhammad Arshad khan leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra,  Sheikh Muhammad Akram,  Mr. Mumtaz Ahmad Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Mohammad Ayaz Soomro,  Ms. Shagufta Jumani,  Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid,  Ms. Aasiya Nasir,   Secretaries of Ministries of Parliamentary Affairs and Inter Provincial Coordination, Chairman PEMRA and other officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - December 5, 2016

Islamabad; December 05, 2016, Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee expressed strong displeasure over the poor results of Central Selection System (CSS) exams, 2016 as only 2.09% students were able to pass their exams during the current year. The Committee therefore, directed that FPSC may take stringent measures to increase the percentage of pass students instead of criticizing education system and come up with the proposals to bring certain amendments so that talented students could pass their exams easily. The Committee further directed that FPSC may prepare an analytical report to find out the reasons of decline in percentage and report to the Committee within 30 days.

The Committee appreciated the performance of National Collage of Arts (NCA) and directed that the management of NCA may come up with the proposals to expand its network in other cities so that Committee could support them accordingly.

The Committee discussed the role of OGRA regarding import, agreements and fixation of prices of LNG. The Committee constituted a four member Sub-Committee headed by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon to examine the issues of OGRA and NCA. 

The meeting was attended by Mr. Asad Umar, MNA, Mr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan, MNA, Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddique, MNA, Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms.Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Ms. Seema Muhiuddin Jameeli, MNA,  and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


16th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - December 2, 2016

Islamabad, December 02nd 2016; 16th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.



2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from Holy Quran.

3.       Agenda Item No. 1

The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 08.11.2016.

4.       Agenda Item No. 2

The Committee thoroughly examined “The Protection of Minorities Bill, 2016” (Moved by Mr. Sanjay Perwani, MNA) and unanimously decided to disapprove it. Further, the Committee acknowledged that by force conversion of religion at any age is totally illegal. The Committee also decided to take suo-moto by itself, if any case of such type will be pointed out in future.

5.       Agenda Item No.3

          The Committee was deferred this agenda and decided to take up this matter in next meeting expected to be held in January, 2017 positively.

6.      Agenda Item No.4 (Any other item with permission of the Chair)

        The Committee dissolved a Sub-Committee which was constituted under the Convenership of Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA. Further, the Committee discussed the Kashmir issue and the transgender torture case which was recently happened in District, Sialkot and decided to take up these two issues in other meeting.               

7.      The Hon. MNAs/Members/Mover Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Amra Khan, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Munaza Hassan, Mr. Sajid Nawaz, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza and Mr. Sanjay Perwani were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from Ministry of Human Rights and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.


44th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today - December 1, 2016

44th meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 1st December, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

i)     Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 22-11-2016

ii)    To consider “The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015’’ (Government Bill)

iii)   To consider “The Companies Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. VI of 2016) (Government Bill)

iv)    Briefing on the inquiry status of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) Bangladesh scam by the President, NBP and Director General, National Accountability Bureau (NAB).



 

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 26-10-2016.

3.         The Committee considered “The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015”. The Committee members were apprised by the Secretary Ministry of Finance. He said as desired by the august Committee in its meeting held on 22nd November, 2016 regarding omission of word Chartered from each clause of the subject Bill, the same has been done accordingly. The Committee unanimously recommended that the Bill as amended by the Standing Committee may be passed by the House.

4.          The Committee considered “The Companies Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. VI of 2016). Chairman Security and e brief the Committee about the salient features of the said Bill. He said that the companies ordinance, 2016 intends to replace the companies ordinance, 1984 (XLVII of 1984) (Ordinance) in order to consolidate and amend the laws relating to companies so as to encourage and promote corporatization in Pakistan based on best international practices.

5.         He further added that the said Ordinance will ensure maximum participation of members in the decision making process of the company through use of modern electronic means of communication and aims to address the issues relating to protection of interest of minority shareholders and creditors.

6.         The Committee unanimously decided to constitute a 04 Members Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, MNA for further consideration on the said Bill. The Sub-Committee will comprise the following Members:-

            1.         Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA

            2.         Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA

            3.         Mr. Asad Umar, MNA

7.         The Committee has shown its displeasure on the performance of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) with regard to the delay for investigation against officers/officials involved in NBP Bangladesh scam.  The Committee has directed the NAB for completion of inquiry at the earliest. The Committee recommended that another meeting of the Committee would be held on 22nd December, 2016 and NAB will present its inquiry report before the Committee.  The Committee also directed the NAB for providing details in this regard. The Committee unanimously decided that concerned DG,NAB would be called in person in the next meeting.

8.         The Committee has taken a serious notice on the news issued by a newspaper regarding investigation of NAB from sitting President of NBP on Bangladesh scam. The Committee Members were of the view that NAB should issue rebuttal about the said news. The President, NBP informed the Committee that he has already given refutation to the concerned news agency in this regard. He further stated that this kind of irresponsible attitude of media will affect the interest of Pakistan including NBP.

8.         The Committee Members have shown their concern about the appointment and promotion policies of the Bank. Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh Chairman of the Committee informed the Members that NBP has adopted discriminated policies for appointment and promotion. He said that NBP was given higher rating to the candidates having LUMS and other rich culture institutions.

9.         The Committee unanimously decided that NBP will furnish its appointment and promotion policies to this secretariat and same matter would be thoroughly discussed in the upcoming meeting of the Committee.

10.       The Committee unanimously decided that a recommendation would also be forwarded to the Standing Committee on Science & Technology for issuing of special invitation to Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA/Member of the Committee on the matter of NTS. The Committee was of the view that being former convener of the sub-committee on NTS, the honorable member will give his input on the said issue. Mr. Asad Umar MAN/Member of the Committee has shown his concern on the advertisement published in the newspaper regarding marketing of property in UAE. He was of the opinion that Committee should call the State Bank of Pakistan for briefing on the transfer of funds by the individuals or company to UAE. The Committee unanimously agreed with the proposal given by the Honorbale Members and decided to call SBP and PID in the next meeting of the Committee.     

11.       Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Mr. Muhammad Tallal Chaudry, Mian Abdul Mannan, Mr. Asad Umar and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, MNAs were present in the meeting, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Meets - November 22, 2016

43rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 22nd November, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

i)      Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting held on 26-10-2016
ii)     Consideration of ‘’The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015’’ (Government Bill)
iii)   To consider “The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001) (Government Bill)
iv)   Consideration of ‘’An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015’’ (Moved by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA)
v)     Consideration of ‘’The Point of Order’’ (raised by Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNA) regarding fee collection by National Testing Service (NTS) from the candidates.
vi)   Briefing by President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) on the performance and functioning of ZTBL for last three years.

2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 26-10-2016.

3.         The Committee considered “The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2015” and unanimously decided/recommended that same may be deferred for further vetting from Ministry of Law & Justice.

4.          The Committee considered the Report of the Sub-Committee of Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics & Privatization with regard to the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001) and recommended that subject Bill may be passed by the National Assembly with insertion of the recommendations made by the said Sub-Committee.

5.         The Committee deferred the agenda regarding “An Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015” till the finalization of steering Committee’s report by the Ministry of Finance. It was agreed by Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, MNA/mover of the agenda.  

6.         The Committee recommended that Auditor General of Pakistan may be requested for the auditing of National Testing Service (NTS) funds. The Committee further recommended that SECP may be directed for inquired the matter of funds in detail. The Committee also directed to CEO, NTS for reducing the fee charges.

7.         After thread bear briefing by the President, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) on the performance and functioning of ZTBL for last three years. The Committee strongly recommended that interest ratio on agricultural loans should be reviewed and support package may also be given to the farmers.

8.         The Committee also considered the petition regarding appeal/representation of National Bank of Pakistan Pensioners regarding periodical increases in pension; the Committee recommended that NBP may be called in the regard.

9.         Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Dr. Shizra Mansab Ali Khan Kharral, Sheikh Fayyaz Ud Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Ms. Leila Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, MNAs were present in the meeting, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Zarai Taraqiati Bank (ZTBL), Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), National Testing Service (NTS). 
 


(AMIR OMER MALIK)
Secretary Committee


NA Business Advisory Committee meets - November 18, 2016

Islamabad; November 18, 2016: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 37th Session of the National Assembly.

 

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 37th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 29th   November, 2016.

The meeting was attended by the Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Sheik Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs/Chief whip of Pakistan Muslim League (N), MNAs, Syed Naveed Qamar, Sheikh Salahuddin, Maulana Muhamad Khan Sherani and Al-Hajj Shah Jee Gul Afridi.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Meets - November 11, 2016

NA STANDING COMMITTEE ON CABINET SECRETARIAT DIRECTS ASF TO INTRODUCE STRINGENT SECURITY PROCEDURES TO PREVENT SMUGGLING OF DRUGS

Islamabad; November 11, 2016: Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat expressing its displeasure on the state of inquiry order into the recovery and seizure of 27 kg Heroine from PIA Aircraft, decided to bring the issue into the notice of Prime Minister of Pakistan for necessary instruction to the concerned departments for bringing the culprits behind the bars. The Committee expressed its displeasure on lack of coordination between departments responsible for security and smuggling prevention on Airports. The Committee met under the chairmanship of Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in Parliament House, this morning.

The Representative of Custom Intelligence apprised the Committee that two of the accused as identified by Joint Investigation Committee had been arrested, whereas efforts were being made to arrest the remaining accused. It was further informed that M/o Interior had been requested to place the names of all accused on ECL and details of properties and bank accounts of the absconders have been sought from State Bank of Pakistan and Baharia Town for further appropriate legal action against them and their associates/facilitators.

The Committee observed that there was lack of coordination between the departments responsible for security of Airports, prevention of smuggling and Narcotics which resulted in recovery of huge quantity of drugs from PIA aircraft. The committee directed concerned departments for strengthening of coordination, vigilance and mechanism for countering air carriage of drugs and contrabands to foreign countries. The Committee also directed Airport Security Force to enforce stringent security procedures to prevent recurrence of such instances in future. The committee decided to discuss the issue in its next meeting.

Later, the Chief Executive Operating Officer, Pakistan International Airline briefed the committee about the financial state of PIA and its plan for induction of new aircrafts. The CEO apprised that under the guidance of the present government, PIA was in process of recovery and its financial state had improved besides improvement in flight operation, and passenger facilitation. He further apprised that due to initiation of PIA Premier Service from Lahore and Islamabad, the airline was gaining its market share which it lost during turbulent period. He informed that presently PIA was operating with 33 aircrafts which would be brought to 50 till June, 2018 and flights to major destinations would also be started. The Committee directed PIA administration to give a detailed briefing on financial state of the airline in its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Nighat Parveen, Ms. Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Mr. Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, Dr. Mahreen Razaque Bhutto, Moulvi Agha Muhammad and Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Joint Secretary Aviation Division and Representatives from FBR, ANF, ASF and other senior officers of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination meets today - November 10, 2016

           A meeting of the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination held today in the Committee Room of M/o National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, G-5/2, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, MNA, to consider HIV/AIDS (Safety and Control) Bill, 2013 (moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA), The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) and The medical consultancy and other services (rationalization of fees) Bill, 2016 (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA).  

2.        The Committee considered the medical consultancy and other services (rationalization of fees) Bill, 2016 (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) in detail. The Mover was of the view that the consultancy by the private medical practitioners and other medical services all over the country were becoming out of the reach of the common people and need to be rationalized. The Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination appreciated the objectives of the Bill and informed that the identical bill was drafted by the Ministry and was in the process of approval. Therefore, the Committee decided that the said Bill might not be processed for further legislation.

3.        The Committee also considered the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (moved by Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA) in detail. The Ministry assured the Committee that the amendments moved by the honourable Member will be incorporated in the Schedule of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Bill, 2012 as it was in the ambit of the Ministry to amend the Schedules according to the requirements.

4.        MNAs Dr. Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt, Choudhry Muhammad Shahbaz Babar, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Dr. Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, Syiad Ghazi Gulab Jamal, Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan and Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination attended the meeting. Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA/Mover of the Bill also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurrances Meets - November 10, 2016

Islamabad the 10th November, 2016: The desecration of Holy Verses of the Holy Quran be stopped, which are printed in the newspapers. Standing Committee on Government Assurances has directed, Ministry of Information Broadcasting, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony and council of Islamic Ideology to sit together and come up with a workable solution ensuring the stoppage of desecration of Holy Verses of the Holy Quran, which are printed in the newspapers. The Committee was briefed by Saba Mohsin, Secretary Information. The Secretary information stated that the Ministry, in compliance of the Assurance, has already wrote letters to presidents of All Pakistan Newspapers Society”,  APNS, Council of Newspapers Editors, CPNE and the Chairman Pakistan Broadcasting Association, PBA, requesting the media bodies, to help the Government achieve this laudable objective. The Secretary, Religious Affairs informed the Committee that the Ministry was already pro-actively writing to all concerned to play their role in this regard. It was suggested to the Committee that a notice should be written on all newspapers telling to the public to keep the Holy Verses, printed in the Newspapers, with proper care and respect. The Committee directed that Ministry of Information, Ministry of Religious Affairs, and Council of Islamic Ideology should have a meeting together with the representatives of APNS, PBA and CPNE and all other stakeholders and come up with a workable solution of the issue with in thirty days. The Committee also considered the Assurance given by Minister of state for Health Services, Regulation and Coordination on floor of the House is response to a calling attention notice whereby the House was Assured that no negligence whatsoever would be committed to eliminate unmonitored blood banks in Islamabad. The Committee was brief by the senior officials of ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination. The Committee was informed that, in compliance to the Assurance, the Government has established Islamabad Blood Transfusion Authority (IBTA) which is responsible for regulating the blood banks and ensuring the quality blood transfusion. The Committee disposed off the agenda item as the compliance was made in letters and spirit. The Committee also took the Assurance given by Minister for textile industry that any sort of obstacle in the expansion of exports would be removed. The Committee took serious notice of the fact that FBR did not pay the claims of exporters despite the government’s announcements. The Committee directed that Authorities of Finance and FBR to give complete details of the exporters alongwith the outstanding amounts and the reasons thereof. The Committee also considered the Assurance given by Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Water and Power. The senior officials of Ministry of Water and Power and the CEO of LESCO appraised the Committee that the Assurance has already been complied. So, the Committee disposed off the agenda item, according. The Committee considered the Assurance given by the Federal Minister for Finance, Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Dar about the establishment of branch of ZTBL at Zafarwal. The Committee was informed that the branch of the Bank was established timely and is fully functional. The meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Afzal Kohkhar MNA, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Moulana Muhammad Khan Shrani, MNA, Mr. Rjab Ali Khan Baloch, MNA, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA, Ms. Shahzadi Umar Zaidi Towana, MNA, Syed Sajjad Mehandi, MNA and Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA. Several senior civil servants also attended the meeting including Mr. Sohail Aamir, Secretary Religious Affairs, Saba Mohsin, Secretary Information Broadcasting, Muhammad Humyian, Secretary Parliamentary Affairs, Syed Tallat Mehmood, President ZTBL, Wajid Ali Kazmi, Chief Executive LESCO, Abdul Akber Sharif Zada, Additional Secretary Finance, Aamir Mehmood, Additional Secretary Commerce, Ahmed Warrach, Director General Foreign Affairs, Saleem Sajid, Joint Secretary Food and Agriculture, Muhammad Saleem, Joint Secretary Water and Power, Tamoor Tajmal, Joint Secretary Commerce, Sajid Ahmed Sandho, Joint Secretary Parliamentary Affairs, Fozia Naeem, Deputy Secretary Parliamentary Affairs, Khalid Mehmood, CSD Water and Power, Ayesha Tasdaq, Director Information and Broadcasting, Ahmed Buksh, Member PARC, Muhammad Farooq, Member PARC, Khalid Mehmood Gill, Senior Vice President ZTBL, Muhammad Naeem Chohan Senior Vice President ZTBL participated in Standing Committee on Government Assurance representing their departments.


NA Standing Committee on Railways meets - November 9, 2016

Islamabad, the 9th November, 2016: The 18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today at 2:30 p.m. in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA.
 

2.  Fateha was offered for the departed soul of father of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA/ Chairman of the Standing Committee.
 

3.  The Committee was briefed about the trains accidents occurred during the last three years along with causes / reasons. It was also informed that the 50% of the accidents were caused due to unmanned level crossing and unauthorized Railways crossing. The Ministry also presented a provisional report on the recent trains’ accident at Karachi. The Ministry informed that the matter is under investigation and complete final report will be submitted to the Committee before the next meeting.
 

4.  The Committee heard the views on issue of Royal Palm Golf and Country Club from the Ministry and representatives of the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club. The Committee directed the Ministry to provide the complete details of advertisement for inviting the bidders for leasing the said land / club, the procedure adopted for short listing of the bidders, and the terms of the conditions of lease agreement along with other relevant materials as the ministry may deem fit to the Committee before the next meeting.         
 

5.  Syed Muhammad Saqlain Bukhari, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Dr. Nisar Ahmad Jatt and Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by the Minister for Railways, senior Officers of the Ministry of Railways and representative of the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club.
 


NA Standing Committee on Housing & Works directs FGEHF to display lists of Allotees in Sectors F-14 & F-15 on its website for ensuring Transparency - November 8, 2016

Islamabad; November 8, 2016: National Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and Works has directed Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) to place lists of allottees in sector F-14 and F-15 on Website of FGEHF to ensure transparency in the allotment process. The Committee also directed for perpetual action against encroachments and non-conforming use of residential and commercial properties in sectors under its administrative control. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, MNA in Parliament House, Islamabad this morning.

The Standing Committee while discussing the progress on preparation and finalization of lists of membership in Housing projects in Sectors F.14 & F-15 Islamabad, directed Housing Foundation for ensuring transparency by displaying lists as per laid down criteria and quotas for various categories of employees of federal government, constitutional bodies and media etc on website of the Housing Foundation. The Committee further directed to expedite the development process for handing over the possession of the plots.

The Representative of FGEHF apprised the Committee that in result of the membership drive, more than 79000 Federal Government Employees & others have been registered as member since April, 2015 to May, 2016. However as per instruction of the Committee, quota wise & category wise, lists for allotment of plot of sector F-14 & F-15 have been prepared and consent letters have been issued to members in categories 1 to 3. The FGEHF Representative further apprised that land acquisition process with District Collector was also being pursued.

While discussing the actions against encroachers in Sector G-13 and G-14 by FGEHF Enforcement Directorate, the Committee expressed its dissatisfaction on the progress and directed FGEHF for perpetual action against encroachers and non-conformers. The Committee also expressed dissatisfaction on the progress of the Masjid Committee for retrieval of land encroached or illegally occupied for Mosques in both the sectors. The Committee directed for keeping it posted with the progress of the Masjid Committee on monthly basis.

The Committee constituted a 4-member Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, MNA to probe into the allotments to Estate Officers and Deputy Secretary (Estate), M/o Housing made in contravention of Rules, failure of Estate office to retrieve government accommodations illegally occupied by encroachers, trespassers and retired government employees. The Sub-Committee had been directed to complete the task within thirty days.

The meeting was attended by MNAs; Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Rana Zahid Hussain Khan, Mr. Nasir Iqbal Bosal,  Ms. Tahira  Aurangzeb,  Ms. Khalida Mansoor,  Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan,  Molana Ameer Zaman, Secretary M/o Housing and Works and other officers of the concerned departments.


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights met today - November 8, 2016

Islamabad, 08th November, 2016: The Standing Committee on Human Rights met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA in Committee Room of Ministry of Human Rights, Islamabad to consider the following agenda:-

Agenda Item No. 1

i)             Confirmation of minutes of previous meeting held on 20-10-2016.

Agenda Item No. 2

                                     i.        “The Women in Distress end Detention Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2016" (Amendment of section 6, Act XV of 1996) (Government Bill).

                                    ii.        “The Protection of Minorities Bill, 2016” (Moved by Mr. Sanjay Pervani, MNA). 

Agenda Item No. 3

                                     i.        To review the existing law of Human Organ Transplant Authority (HOTA).

                                    ii.        Any other item with permission of the Chair.

 2.                The Standing Committee on Human Rights considered “The Women in Distress end Detention Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2016" (Amendment of section 6, Act XV of 1996), a  Government Bill.  The Committee,  a after  thorough  discussion on the aforementioned Bill unanimously  recommended that the said Bill may be passed with certain amendments therein.

3.                The Committee recommended “The Protection of Minorities Bill, 2016” Moved by Mr. Sanjay Pervani, MNA may be deferred till the next Committee meeting  so that the bill in question may be considered deeply.

4.                Thereafter the Standing Committee on Human Rights considered to review the existing law of Human Organ Transplant Authority (HOTA). The Committee after thorough discussion on aforementioned Bill unanimously recommended that the said Bill may be passed with certain amendments therein.                

5.                MNAs/Movers Sayed Essa Nori, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Surriya Asghar, , Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Ms. Amra Khan,  Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza and Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai, Ms Kishwar Zehra, Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Begum Tahira Bukhari Mr.Sanjay Pervani, attended the meeting.


Press Release Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan - November 8, 2016


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today - November 7, 2016

Islamabad, the 7th November, 2016: The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to consider the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA), the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Section 35-A, Act V of 1908] (Moved by Ms. Shahida Rehmani, MNA), the Islamabad High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 77] (Moved by Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA).

The Committee considered the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 77] (Moved by Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA) in detail. Mr. Sajid Ahmed, MNA was of the view that the delegating powers for the issuance of SROs might be withdrawn to avoid excessive taxation and to facilitate the public. The Committee also considered the Islamabad High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA). The mover was of the view that one fourth of the total number of the Judges of the Islamabad High Court should be women to encourage gender equality in the country. The Committee emphasized that the strict merit might be observed in all the spheres of life and there should be no discrimination. The Committee recommended that the above mentioned Bill might not be further processed for further legislation.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Justice (Retd.) Ifitkhar Ahmad Cheema, Sardar Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Ms. Shagufta Jumani and Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri. The Movers of the Bills Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Mr. Sajid Ahmed were also present in the meeting.


Standing Committee On Communication meets - November 1, 2016

The meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications held today in the Committee room of Postal Staff College, Sector G-8/4, Islamabad, under the Acting Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA, to consider the Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 (Moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA) and the Post Office (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

2. The Committee unanimously recommended to approve the Post Office (Amendment) Bill, 2016 with the object to provide for the issuance of postal orders having their value more than fifty rupees for the use and benefit of general public.

3. The Committee considered the Pakistan Private Courier Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015 (Moved by Ms. Belum Hasnain, MNA) in detail and recommended to involve all stakeholder in the process of legislation. Therefore the Bill was deferred.

4.   The Committee took notice of the increase in the accidents on the M-9 Motorway and directed to take measures to control the accidents on the diversion area of M-9 project.     

5.  MNAs Mir Shabbir Ali Bijrani, Dr. Darshan, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Bughio, Mr. Ramesh Lal and Mr. Salim Rehman, attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Government Assurances meets - October 31, 2016

Islamabad the 31st October, 2016: The time has come to deliver to the public and everyone should fulfill his duties and responsibilities. CDA, NADRA and Commerce division need to expedite their efforts. It is duty of parliament to make the executive including bureaucracy to implement the policies of Parliaments and Assurances of Government to the Parliament, in letters and spirit. It was declared by Chairman and members of the Standing Committee on Government Assurances in a heavy agenda meeting of Standing Committee on Government Assurances which took place in Parliament House, Islamabad. The Committee showed its serious concern that despite the lapse of 31 years, Capital Development Authority remained fail to deliver plots to its allottees and failed to give payment or compensations to the land owners and affectees of E-12. The Committee appreciated the efforts made by recently elected Mayor of Islamabad, Sheikh Ansar Aziz who is also Chairman CDA and hoped that his recent efforts are on the right direction to solve the chronological delayed issue of Development of Sector E-12. The Committee directed the Chairman CDA Mr. Ansar to submit a road map with clear cut targets and planning to address the issue. The Committee directed the Chairman to develop the road between Sector F-11 and F-12. The Chairman informed the Committee that the tender to repair the road had already been lounged and repair of the road would be completed shortly. Discussing the Agenda related to decline in export of rice to Iran during last five years, the Committee showed its serious concern and anger due to poor performance of official of Commerce who could not manage the issue properly and hence the export were reduced from 124.768 million US dollars in 2010 and 3.479 million US dollars in 2015. The Committee directed the M/o Commerce to come up with solid suggestions to solve the issue and directed the Ministry of Finance to develop banking relations with Iran forthwith so that the exporters could be facilitated properly. The Ministry informed that Government of Pakistan would give incentives to the exporters to establish warehouses both in Saudia and Iran. The Committee considered the issue of registration of Afghanis and other Aliens. The Committee directed Secretary Interior to attend the next meeting and explain that why Ministry of Interior have failed to register the un-registered Afghanis. Moreover, the Committee showed grave concern about the issue of non registration of around 50 million citizens. The NADRA authorities explained that during last 15 years NADRA has issued about 107 million CNICs and more than 35 million children have also been registered; however, rest of the public is yet to be registered. NADRA informed that now a special campaign has been lounged to register the unregistered ladies. The NADRA women teams go from door to door and facilitate the women at their door steps. The Committee directed the NADRA not to create problems of genuine Pakistanis. The Committee appreciated National re-verification Program ordered by the Minister Interior through which more than one hundred thousand fake CNICs have been identified and are being cancelled. The Committee was informed that Pakistan and Iran would establish trade cities on border areas. Moreover, the Committee directed the Chairman CDA that the issue of common land (Shamlat) of Sector E-12 the issue of build up houses and their payment to affectees and the issue of succession should be given due priority to reduce the problems of the affectees. The Committee was briefed by DG Passports to remove all sold of Khokhas |Mafia and to discourage the mafia by several steps about 18 employees of passports have been terminated because they were helping the mafia. The DG passport informed that in all Districts of Pakistan new passport offices are being established recently 55 offices have been established and 20 more offices would be established by February 2017. He informed that in 15 big cities, including  all branches of NBP have been authorized to collect passport fee more over the passport fee can be deposit through Mobicash and by using such other easy transfer modes. It was informed by the authorities that, in days to come, the Government is going to lounge online application system for renewal of passports where the money could be deposited through credit card and by this way renewal of passport would become very easy job. The Committee directed that some other alternate modes of payment should also be made available because every citizen, especially the villagers, do not have credit card facility.  The Committee observed that had the CDA performed its duty timely the Government and the public would have not seen this day that affectees of E-12 are still waiting for their compensation. The meeting was attended by 7 MNAs including Chairman of the Standing Committee Hon. Muhammad Afzal Kohkhar, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, MNA, Mr. Rjab Ali Khan Baloch, MNA, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail,MNA Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, MNA and Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA whereas around three dozen senior Government officials including Secretary Parliamentary Affairs, Secretary SAFRON, DG Passports and Immigration, DG NADRA, DG Foreign Affairs, Additional Secretary WAPDA, SEVP ZTBL and Additional Secretary finance attended the meeting. The Committee has disposed off three chronologically long pending Government Assurances including the assurance given by Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Interior The assurance given by on the floor of the House on 15th August, 2013, in response to a Supplementary Question asked by Mr. Ali Muhammad Khan, MNA, that a proactive major operation would be launched against mafias and vested interests working in and around the passport offices as the committee was satisfied by the explanations given by the DG Passports. Similarly, the assurance given, on behalf of Minister for Foreign Affairs, by Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Commerce, on the floor of the House on 16th August, 2013, whereby in response to a supplementary question asked by Engineer Usman Khan Tarakai, MNA, under starred question No. 41, the House was assured that the Pakistani schools situated abroad would be upgraded so that Pakistani students, especially girls, are facilitated for their admissions in graduation/bachelor classes. The Committee disposed off the assurance as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have explained the situation in detail moreover the mover did not attend the meeting. Moreover, the committee directed to bring four following Government Assurances in the next meeting. the assurance given, on behalf of Minister for Textile Industry, by Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs on the floor of the House on 16th August, 2013, whereby in response to a supplementary question asked by Sheikh Salahuddin, MNA, under starred question No. 34, the House was assured that the business, whether in government sector or private sector, would be made corruption free, any sort of obstacle in the expansion of exports would be removed and new markets for exports would be explored; similarly, the assurance given by Lt. General (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for States and Frontier Regions on the floor of the House on 16th August, 2013, that registration of illegal refugees living in the suburb of Karachi would be carried out so that planning can be made for their repatriation. Moreover, the statement of Ch. Abid Sher Ali, Minster of State for Water and Power on the floor of the House on 19th December, 2013, in response to a supplementary question to the starred question moved by Ms. Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, wherein the Minister stated that the facility of free power units being provided to the employees of WAPDA would be withdrawn and an equivalent amount in lieu thereof would be paid to. lately, the assurance given by the Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization on the floor of the House on 11th August, 2014 in reply to the un-starred Question No. 13  wherein the House was assured that Zafarwal Branch of ZTBL would be made fully operational on or before June 30th 2014 under ZTBL Annual Branch Expansion Plan, 2014. The Committee will appreciate a briefing on over all Zone Wise corporate performance of ZTBL, cases of corruption and misconduct, the action taken against the responsible’ separately. The issue of non-development of Sector E-12, Islamabad by the CDA despite lapse of twenty thirty one years will also be discussed. 

 The comprehensive meeting which was started with the recitation of Holy Quran was ended with mutual vote of thanks to and from the chair.

 


NA Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Meets - October 28, 2016


Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research meets - October 27, 2016

Islamabad, the 27th October, 2016: The meeting / visit of the Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held today at 11:30 a.m. in Salahuddin Olive Farms, Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) under the Chairmanship of Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, MNA.

2.The Committee was given briefing on the progress of the Salahuddin Olive Farms. It was informed that the total area of the farm is 50 acres consisting of 12000 olive plants. The plants have been provided by the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC).

3.The Committee visited the various sections of the Salahuddin Olive Farms and appreciated the efforts made by the PARC and Mr. Salahuddin (Grower) for the cultivation of the olives in Nowshera, KPK.

4. Choudhary Iftikhar Nazir, Syed Essa Nori, Ms. Khalida Mansoor, Ms. Shahnaz Saleem, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Mr. Faqir Sher Muhammad Bilalani, and Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Minister for National Food Security and Research, senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
 


NA Standing Committee on Water and Power meets - October 27, 2016

Standing Committee on Water and Power met under the Chairmanship of Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, MNA to discuss the following Agenda:-

i)                    Confirmation of minutes of the meeting held on 25-07-2016.

ii)                  Comprehensive briefing by the Alternative Energy Development Board on the projects under taken by the Board from 2013 to enhance the production of electricity in the country, their date of commencement, present status and expected date of completion.

iii)                Present status of development Projects/Schemes of National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC).

iv)               Briefing by MEPCO on development Projects/Schemes, line losses, transformers and meters etc.



The Committee was briefly apprised by CEO, Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) about the different projects to enhance the production of electricity however, the Committee expressed its satisfaction over the ongoing projects and directed the ministry to ensure the timely completion of the projects in order to overcome the shortfall of the electricity.

The Committee appreciated the efforts of National Transmission Dispatch Company (NTDC) for commissioning different projects and improving infrastructure which would be helpful to increase the production of electricity from 22882 MW to 34090 MW by the end of year 2018. The Committee directed the ministry to more focus on FATA and tribal areas by initiated different projects of electricity to eliminate the factor of load shedding.

The Committee also appreciated the management of MEPCO for giving comprehensive briefing about the development projects / schemes. The Committee lauded the efforts of the MEPCO to improve the performance & efficiency by controlling the line losses and steps being taken by them to recover the outstanding amount from the defaulters. The Committee directed the MEPCO to complete all pending schemes of village electrification before June, 2017.

Mr. Abid Sher Ali, Minister for State briefly apprised the Committee about different power projects of (Hydel, Solar, Wind, Coal etc) which were initiated by the present Government to overcome the shortfall of the electricity.

MNAs, Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Rao Muhammad Amjal Khan, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Malik Ghulam Rabbani Khar, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Mr. Salim Rehman, Syed Waseem Hussain, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah, Dr. Syed Ghazi Ghulab and Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub attended the meeting, besides officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control meets - October 27, 2016

A meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control of the National Assembly was held today i.e 27th October, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, MNA, on the following agenda:-

AGENDA.NO.1

i.               Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 21-07-2016.

 
AGENDA.NO.2

i.              ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013’’ {Insertion of new section 177A and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1860} (Moved by Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, MNA).

ii.             ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Amendment of section 82, Omission of section 83, Insertion of new sections 292A, 292B, 292C, 328A, 369A, 377A & 377B, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Marvi Memon, MNA).

iii.            ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Amendment of section 379, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA).

iv.            ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Insertion of new section 389A, Act XLV 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA).

v.             ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Substitution of section 489F, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898 (Moved by MS. Kishwar Zehra, MNA).

 
AGENDA.NO.3

i.              ‘’The Illegal Dispossession (Amendment) Bill, 2016’’ (Government Bill) moved by  Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Interior & Control.

ii.             ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Insertion of new section 297-A Amendment of second schedule Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA).

iii.            ‘’The Anti Honor Killings Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015’’(Amendment of sections 309, 310, 311, 338E, 345 and Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA).

iv.            ‘’The Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015’’ (Insertion of new sections 218A & 228A and Amendment of section 376, Act XLV of 1860, and Insertion of new sections 53A, 164A & 344A and Amendment of sections 352 & 417 and Schedule II, Act V of 1898, and Amendment of Article 21 &151, Order X of 1984) (Moved by Dr.Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA).

-           Any other item with permission of the Chair.

2.         The Committee offered Fateha/prayer for the martyr of Quetta incident. The Committee firmly condemned and unanimously passed a resolution against the illegal rally of a political party towards Islamabad. The Committee members were of the opinion that such kind of rallies will create hurdles for the working of schools, hospitals and Govt. and private offices. Hon. Islamabad High Court has already passed an order about to stop such kind of rallies. The Secretary Ministry of Interior informed the Committee that Government will take all legal measures to stop the all illegal actions in this regard.

3.        The Secretary Ministry of Interior excused on the absence of Ministry in the meeting of the Standing Committee dated 21-07-2016, he said it was mis-communication. The Committee decided to withdraw the privilege motion.

4.        The Committee considered the i) ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Amendment of section 379, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA). ii) ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Insertion of new section 389A, Act XLV 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Kishwar Zehra, MNA). iii) ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Substitution of section 489F, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898 (Moved by MS. Kishwar Zehra, MNA) and directed the Ministry of Interior for obtaining the views/comments from all provinces.

5.        The Committee considered and appreciated the efforts of the Hon. Members for bringing the ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Insertion of new section 297-A Amendment of second schedule Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Aliya Kamran, MNA). However, it was decided that Ministry of Law and Justice will furnish its comments on the Bill.

6.        The Committee discussed that the ‘’The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014’’ (Amendment of section 82, Omission of section 83, Insertion of new sections 292A, 292B, 292C, 328A, 369A, 377A & 377B, Act XLV of 1860 and Amendment of Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Marvi Memon, MNA) will be lastly taken up on the agenda of the next meeting, because despite of repeated request the Hon. Mover have not attended the meeting.

7.        The Committee also decided that following two Bills would be rejected in the next meeting. However, Secretary Committee or Secretary to the Chairman will contact to the both Hon. Members, i)‘’The Anti Honor Killings Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015’’(Amendment of sections 309, 310, 311, 338E, 345 and Schedule II, Act V of 1898) (Moved by Dr. Nafisa Shah, MNA). ii) ‘’The Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2015’’ (Insertion of new sections 218A & 228A and Amendment of section 376, Act XLV of 1860, and Insertion of new sections 53A, 164A & 344A and Amendment of sections 352 & 417 and Schedule II, Act V of 1898, and Amendment of Article 21 &151, Order X of 1984) (Moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA).

8.        The Committee unanimously decided to constitute a Sub-Committee under the Convenership of Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA with the following ToRs: -

 ”The Committee will considered the all Private Members Bills and will submit its recommendations to the main Committee within 30 days”.

The said committee will comprises the following Members: -

1.   Syed Javed Ali Shah, MNA           Convener

2.   Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, MNA        Member

3.   Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA       Member

4.   Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, MNA  Member

9.        The meeting was attended by following MNAs/Movers Syed Javed Ali Shah, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Syed Iftikhar-ul-Hassan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Nauman Islam Shaikh, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Mr. Salman Khan Baloch, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akber Khan, Ms. Kishwer Zehra, Ms. Aliya Kamran and Ms. Mussarat Ahmed Zeb and senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Law and Justice.


NA Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination meets today - October 26, 2016

Islamabad the 26th October, 2016.  A meeting of the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination held today in the Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Qahar Khan Wadan, MNA a detailed briefing by the Chairman Executive Committee, Pakistan Cricket Board.



2.         The Chairman Executive Committee, Pakistan Cricket Board apprised the Committee about the cricket development programs in the country. The aims/objective and future plans were also discussed in detail. The youth development program in nationwide U-16 and U-19 and method of their selection was explained. Open trails including age verification, medical and doping test before selection of players have been conducted in 52 remote areas/district annually. The matters relating to Pakistan Super League have also came under discussion. The Members keenly interest to hold cricket series in the country but the Chairman responded that the law & order situation in the country does not allow for international cricket. However, they have a close contact with some country for playing matches which will be arranged after the improvement of law & order situation.

3.         The matter relating to budget and administration of Cricket Board was also discussed. The Chairman responded that some Members of Cricket Board including the Chairman has not drawn any perks/privileges at the present. The Committee directed that the internal audit system in Pakistan Cricket Board may be strengthen to boost up the credibility of the Board. It was also directed that in camera meeting over the affairs of Cricket Board may be convened in PCB Headquarter at Lahore.   

4.         The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mr. Khalid Hussain Magsi, Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Mr. Siraj Muhammad Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Syed Kazim Ali Shah, Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmed, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani and Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais MNAs, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination and Senior Officers from Ministry of Inter-provincial Coordination besides Chairman Executive Committee, Pakistan Cricket Board and others officers also attend the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization met today - October 26, 2016

42nd  meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 26th October, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

         i.                  Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 05-10-2016.

        ii.                  To consider “The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001) (Govt. Bill).

       iii.                “The General Statistics (Reorganization) (Amendment) Bill, 2016”. (Moved by Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNA)

       iv.                  Discussion on the briefing given by the Chairman, FBR and Chairman SECP and State Bank of Pakistan on Panama Papers issue.

       v.                   Briefing by the Chairman, FBR regarding Tax imposition and its implementations on real estate transactions in the light of amendments made in the Finance Bill, 2016-17.

      vi.                   Discussion on briefing/replies by the Chairman, FBR on National Revenue Collection (NRC).

     vii.                   Discussion on 30% regulatory duty on import of Prime Quality Steel Wire Rod, imported under H.S. Code 7213-9190 and 7227-9000. 



2.         The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 05-10-2016.

3.         The Committee unanimously recommended that “The General Statistics (Reorganization) (Amendment) Bill, 2016”   Moved by Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNA may be passed by the National Assembly.

4.         The Committee discussed the matter regarding Tax imposition and its implementations on real estate transactions in the light of amendments made in the Finance Bill, 2016-17. Stakeholders were also present in the meeting after detailed discussion, the Committee constituted 4-Members Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, MNA, on the following ToRs:-

           i.          To make the recommendations with the consent of stakeholders for resolving the issue on imposition of tax and enhancement of fee on real estate transactions. 

5.         The Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) briefed the Committee about the Panama Papers issue and actions taken in this regard. He clearly stated that the main role of FBR was to monitor the tax related matters on income and transaction of funds by the citizens of Pakistan. He told the Committee that FBR has taken some important measures with regard to the investigation on Panama issue. He said that Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigation was given a task to investigate the said issue.

6.         Director General, Intelligence & Investigation informed the Committee that certain constraints were there before starting the assignment on Panama Leaks, because incomplete information was published by media. However, 444 cases were found by Intelligence & Investigation, accordingly FBR investigated and traced 303 addresses. He further informed that notices were issued under income tax section 176, Ordinance, 2001, to these 303 individuals asking about different information. However, FBR has received 94 responses in this regard, so far.

7.         The Chairman, SECP informed the Committee that SECP has provided required information to FBR about the companies registered with SECP. He said that SECP was regulator for inland companies only and SECP has no concerned with foreign companies. However, SECP has been issued the directions to the local companies for providing the details of their companies registered abroad in the name of same directors.

8.         The Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) informed the Committee that applications under equity investment abroad upto US$ 5.00 Million were approved by SBP and applications for equity investment abroad above US$ 5.00 were recommended to ECC for their approval. He further informed the Committee that US$ 85 Million have been invested in offshore companies with the intimation of SBP. He added that SBP was working as regulator not an investigator. However, SBP will provide required information to FBR in this regard.

9.         The Committee discussed the matter regarding 30% regulatory duty on import of Prime Quality Steel Wire Rod, imported under H.S. Code 7213-9190 and 7227-9000. The Committee directed the Chairman, FBR to arrange a meeting with stakeholders and resolve the issue under intimation to this Committee. Chairman, FBR ensured the Committee for resolving the matter.

10        The Committee considered the matter regarding differential of income tax between commercial importers and industrial importers and once again strongly recommended and directed to FBR for implementation on the recommendations of the Committee for the betterment of business community. The Committee deferred the agenda item No.  vi, owing to shortage of time.

11.      Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNAs were present in the meeting, besides the senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, FBR, SECP, SBP. 


Parliamentary Committee on CPEC meets: Western route being built as per APC guidelines & will be completed by 2018, JCC to meet on November 28 in Beijing - October 26, 2016

Islamabad, October 26: Parliamentary Committee on CPEC met today at the Parliament House under its Chairman, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed. The Committee got a detailed and comprehensive briefing from Minister for Planning and Development, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, who informed the members present that the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC), which is the apex body for the CPEC, will hold its 6th meeting in Beijing on November 28-29, 2016. Before that meeting, the Joint Working Groups will be held during the early part of November.
He also announced that 5 joint Pakistan-China workshops will be held to learn from the Chinese experience in urban and rural development, poverty alleviation and industrial parks.
Mr. Ahsan Iqbal said that as per the directions of the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC, all the provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan would be invited to the JCC meeting in Beijing.

2.         Senator Mushahid Hussain appreciated this initiative of Mr. Ahsan Iqbal to hold workshops and include the provinces in the JCC meeting, as he said 'CPEC should move forward with full consensus, transparency and inclusive development particularly that of less developed areas like Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan. He also said that Gilgit-Baltistan was being fully included in CPEC through Eco-friendly economic projects in different areas. He said a regional grid for G-B was being established, plus a plan for tourism on Attabad lake, Khunjerab-Islamabad fibre optic cable, initiative for mining of minerals, Hydel projects, upgradation of KKH highway, establishing an Engineering University and a Medical College. He said every province would have a special industrial zone under CPEC.

3.         Mr. Ahsan Iqbal also briefed the Parliamentary Committee on his recent visit to China, along with the Railways Minister, Kh Saad Rafiq, where the decision was taken for upgradation and dualization of the Pakistan Railways main line track from Karachi to Torkham, at a cost of $ 8 billion, of which $ 5.5 billion would be a concessional loan from China.
Senator Shibli Faraz asked some CPEC-related written questions from Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, to which he said the answers would be provided by November 1.

4.         Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Hafiz Hafeez ur Rahman, who attended on special invitation, thanked the Parliamentary Committee for including Gilgit-Baltistan in all its deliberations. He said Gilgit-Baltistan had potential to generate over 30,000 megawatts of electricity, which should be harnessed.

5.         Chairman, NHA, briefed the Parliamentary Committee on progress towards the construction of the Western route of the CPEC, which he explained with detailed maps and statistics, that the policy guidelines of the APC of May 28, 2015 and January 15, 2016, were being fully implemented. He also assured that the Western route was being given priority and it be completed by August 2018.
 

6.         Secretary, Water and Power, briefed on the national data transmission lines, and the Parliamentary Committee directed the NTDC to provide details of new transmission projects, with their respective locations and timelines of completion, as well as their capacity to transmit electricity, at the next meeting.


7.         The meeting was attended by Mr. Mehmood Khan Achakzai, MNA, Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MNA, Alhaj Shahji Gul Afridi, MNA, Mr. Aijaz Hussain Jhakhrani, MNA, Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch, MNA, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, MNA, Mr. Aftab Sherpao, MNA, Senator Shibli Faraz, Senator Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Talha Mehmood, Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, and Special Secretary of the National Assembly, Mr. Qamar Sohail Lodhi, and JS/Secretary of the of Parliamentary Committee, Mr. Khalid Mahmood were also present.


NA Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Meets - October 24, 2016

        
Islamabad, the 24th October, 2016: The Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development met today under the Chairmanship of Mir Aamer Ali Khan Magsi, MNA.

The Committee considered the issue of BNP Building and expressed concern over it. The Committee was informed that the OPF had sent a reference to CDA for taking further necessary action regarding the BNP Building.

The Committee also considered the issue of detained Overseas Pakistanis in Sadui Arabia Emirates (UAE) jails due to minor crimes. The Committee was informed that there were 1834 Pakistanis detained in various jails in Saudi Arabia and 550 were in UAE, due to some minor and major crimes.

The Committee also discussed the attitude/behavior of Kafeels/employers towards Overseas Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia/United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Committee was informed that the attitude/behavior of the majority employers and owners of big companies is good and the workers including Pakistanis are satisfied with their work. However, there are some issues regarding the direct employment visas.

Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Mian Najeebuddin Awaisi, Mian Imtaz Ahmed, Ms. Sabiha Nazir, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms.Shagufta Jumani, Ms. Suraiya Jatoi, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms. Aliya Kamaran, Sardar Kamal Khan Bangulzai, Ms Shakila Khalid Luqman, Ms. Aisha MNAs and Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & HRD attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.   

(NAZAR ABBAS)
Section Officer/Secretary Committee


NA Standing Committee on Law and Justice Meets - October 24, 2016

Islamabad, the 24th October, 2016: The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to consider The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 224A] (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 77] (Moved by Mr.Sajid Ahmed, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 106] (Moved by Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNA) and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 {Amendment of Article 51, in clause (6)} (moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA).

2. The Committee considered The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 224A] (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi, MNA) was considered in detail and recommended that the Bill might not be process for further legislation as there was logic in the Constitutional provision while its omission  would create a vacuum. The Committee considered the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 106] (Moved by Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNA) in detail. The Committee recommended not to process it further for legislation with the view to move the amendment after the population census in the country. The Committee also discussed the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 {Amendment of Article 51, in clause (6)} (moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, MNA) in detail and recommended not to approve the said Bill with the view that prevailing procedure for nomination on women reserved  seats in the Assemblies was according to the law. The Committee deferred the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA) and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 77] (Moved by Mr.Sajid Ahmed, MNA) for further discussion in the upcoming meeting.       

3. The meeting was attended by MNAs Justice (Retd.) Ifitkhar Ahmad Cheema,  Ms. Kiran Haider, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri, Ms. Aisha and Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Ms. Asiya Nasir MNA/Mover of the Bill were also present in the meeting.

(ASHIQ NAWAZ)
Section Officer
 


NA Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions Meets - October 24, 2016

Islamabad, 24th October, 2016: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) met today in the Ministry of SAFRON, “S” Block, Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Jamal ud Din, MNA. The Political Agent of South Waziristan Agency while briefing the Committee regarding Agency Development Fund (ADF) informed that proper Rules for the collection and utilization of Agency Development Fund have been notified by the FATA Secretariat dated 11th April, 2014 and same has been followed by the Political Agent Office, South Waziristan Agency. The Committee while going through the external audit report pointed out that the compliance on the audit observations by the FATA Secretariat is still awaited for the last seven months and expressed its great concern over it. Thereafter, the Committee directed the FATA Secretariat to complete the audit process of the Political Agent offices of South Waziristan and North Waziristan Agency in one month and remaining agencies/FRs in two months respectively. 

2.         The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Nazir Khan, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Begum Tahira Bukhari, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Mr. Aftab Shaban Mirani, Mr. Muhammad Kamal and Sahibzada Tariq Ullah MNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.
 

(WALAYAT KHAN)
Secretary Committee
 


Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets - October 20, 2016

Islamabad; October 20, 2016, Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA in the chair. 

The Committee expressed concern over the illegal lease agreement of Grand Hayat Hotel and directed that CA&DD may take stringent measures to recover the investment of Pakistani & overseas communities as they are suffering badly due to uncertain situation. The Committee directed that CDA may identify the black sheep of their department who were involved in the illegal lease agreement and pursue the court cases effectively so that culprits could be penalized accordingly.

The Committee expressed strong displeasure over the mushroom growth of illegal housing societies and directed that CDA may ensure that each housing society may get NOC from CDA before selling a single plot. The Committee further directed that CDA may strengthen its enforcement wing to remove all encroachments in Islamabad without any discrimination.   

The Committee deferred the remaining agenda items till its next meeting.

The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA,  Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms.Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA,  Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Ms. Seema Muhiuddin Jameeli, MNA and senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.
 


14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today - October 20, 2016

Islamabad, October 20th 2016; 14th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA.
 

2.      The meeting was started with the recitation from Holy Quran. The Committee considered “The Women in Distress and Detention Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Amendment of section 6, Act XV of 1996) (Government Bill) in detail. However, keeping in view the volume/length of the Bill, the Committee decided to defer the Bill till upcoming meeting.

3.      The Committee considered “The National Commission on the Status of Women (Amendment) Bill, 2016” {Amendment of sections 4 & 8, Act VIII of 2012}, moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA in detail. Thereafter, the Committee recommended that the afore mentioned Bill be passed without amendments.

4.      The Committee reviewed the existing law of Human Organ Transplant Authority (HOTA) in detail and recommended/proposed certain amendments therein.       

5.      The Hon. MNAs/Members/Mover Sayed Essa Nori, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar, Ms. Aliya Kamran Murtaza, Mrs. Naseema Hafeez Panezai and Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan were attended the meeting besides the senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


NA Standing Committee on Defence meets today - October 19, 2016

Islamabad, 19th October, 2016: The National Assembly Standing Committee on DefencevisitedNaval base, Gwadar from Jinnah Naval Base,Ormara. The Committee was briefed over the role, activities and challenges of the Pakistan Navy in details. The Committee was informed that the role and responsibilities of the Pakistan Navy has been increased in regard the CEPEC. The Committee also witnessed the live exercise of Pakistan Navy of Zulfiqar Warship in the sea. The Committee appreciated on the operational preparedness.The committee also visited the Gwadar port Authority and briefed on the progress of the Gwadar port.

The meeting was also attended by Dr. Fehmida Mirza,Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Lt. Col. (Retd) Ghulam RasulSahi, Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Mr. Nawab Ali Wassan,Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar and Shaikh Fayyaz-ud-DinMNAs and Officers/Officials of the Ministry.


NA Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping meets - October 18, 2016

Islamabad, the  October 18th, 2016; 31st meeting of the Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping was held at Committee Room No. 07, Parliament House, Islamabad at 11:30 am today, under the Chairmanship of Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, MNA. The agenda of the meeting was as under:-
i. Confirmation of minutes of previous meetings.
ii.To have in-depth probe into the affairs of KPT inclusive of External Audit Issues, Encroachment of Land of KPT and employment of officers/officials on discretionary quota.
2. The Standing Committee appointed a Sub-Committee under the Convenorship of Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, MNA to further probe into the issues of encroachment of KPT land and employment of officers/officials on discretionary quota. The Committee directed the Ministry to submit a comprehensive report on the issue of External Audit. The Minister Ports & Shipping, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo assured the Committee that his Ministry will fully cooperate with the Sub-Committee and they are in the process of making an amendment in the law of KPT, which will make external audit binding on KPT on yearly basis. The Minister further added that the KPT will be needing the backing of the Standing Committee to get the KPT land vacated from encroachers and Land Mafia.
3.The meeting was attended by the Members (MNAs) namely, Haji Muhammad Akram Ansari, Mehar Ishtiaq Ahmad, Mr. Khalil George, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, Mir Aamir Ali Khan Magsi, Mr. Mohammad Salman Khan Baloch, Mr. Mohammad Jamal-ud-Din, Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Secretary, M/o Ports & Shipping, Chairman KPT and other senior officers from the ministry attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Meets - October 18, 2016

NA Committee on Information to Summon TV Channels for Airing Baseless Allegations Against Public Office Holders
 
Islamabad; October 18, 2016: Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has decided to summon TV license holders, anchor persons and editorial staff of TV channels, “92 News” and “Channel 24 News” on airing baseless allegations against public office holders and members of the Parliament in its next meeting. The Committee met under the Chairmanship of Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA in Parliament House this afternoon.
 
The Committee, while discussing airing of baseless and false allegations against public office holders and members of the Parliament on TV Channels, had a consensus that no one should be allowed to cast accusations without any documentary evidence. The Committee was also of the view that PEMRA had failed to exercise its role as effective electronic media regulator. The members of the Committee observed that PEMRA should have taken stern actions against anchor persons and TV Channels for broadcasting such nefarious allegations and making mockery of chosen representatives that depicts their mala fide intentions.
 
Chairman PEMRA informed the Committee that PEMRA had forwarded complaints received against above mentioned TV anchorpersons to its Council of Complaints and the proceedings were in progress. The news channels have been repeatedly cautioned to abide by the PEMRA code of conduct, however, few channels have failed to comply with instructions against which necessary actions have been initiated. He suggested that the Parliamentary Committees were supreme and had the inherent powers to summon the violators. Therefore, the Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage may summon TV license holders, anchor persons and editorial staff of TV channels Channel 92 and Channel 24 News for airing baseless allegations, he added.
 
Later, the Standing Committee directed the M/o Information to complete consultation process with Media organizations for their input and submit draft of the “Media Protection and Welfare Bill” after institution of PFUJ. The Director General M/o Information apprised the committee that the process of consultation could not be completed due to postponement of elections of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists that would be held as per latest information in January 2017.
 
The meeting was attended by MNAs, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Mr. Waseem Akhtar Shaikh, Mr. Tahir Iqbal Ch., Ms. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Syed Amir Ali Shah Jamote, Mr. Imran Zafar Leghari, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan and other senior officers of the concerned departments.
 


NA Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform - October 18, 2016

Islamabad, the 18th October, 2016: The Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform met today under the Chairmanship of Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanan Khail, MNA.

The Committee discussed the progress of different Hydro Power Project including Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project, Chitral Hydel Power Station and Golan Gol Hydro Power Project and directed the concerned authorities to ensure their completion within scheduled timeframe.

The Committee was informed that the Lowari Tunnel and Neelum Jhelum Transmission lines will be completed by the mid of next year. It was also informed that the PC-I of Bridge connecting Kallur Kot to D.I. Khan will be completed by December, 2016.

MNAs, Ch.Jaffar Iqbal, Mr. Nadeem Abbas Rabaira, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Shaheen Shafiq, Ms. Shazia Farid, Mrs. Shamas-un-Nisa, Mr. Junaid Akbar, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ms Asyia Nasir, Mr. Sher Akber Khan and Mr. Iftikhar-ud-Din attended the meeting, besides officials of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, Ministry of Water & Power and M/o Communications.                                                             
 


NA Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources meets - October 17, 2016

17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today in the Parliament House - October 14, 2016

Islamabad, the 14th October, 2016:    The 17th meeting of the Standing Committee on Railways was held today at 11:30 a.m. in Constitution Room, Parliament House, Islamabad under the chairmanship of Syed Naveed Qamar, MNA.

 

2.         The Committee was giving briefing on step taken by the Ministry of Railways for the retrieval of Pakistan Railways’ land from illegal occupants. It was informed that 3550.974 acres of Pakistan Railways’ land have been retrieved from illegal occupants.

 

3.         The Committee was also given briefing on recent Railways accidents. It was informed that the 60% of the accidents were caused due to unmanned level crossing, unauthorized Railways crossing and manned level crossing. In order to ensure the safety of trains operations, Pakistan Railways had conducted a joint venture surveys for the up-gradations of existing unmanned level crossing in collaboration with Provincial and Local District Governments.  The Committee recommended that the proper steps may taken by the Ministry to avoid these type of incidents in future.

 

4.         The Committee also decided to appoint a Sub-Committee under the convenership of Mr. Ramesh Lal, MNA to examine the encroachment of Railways’ Land in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 

5.          Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Mr. Ramesh Lal, Engr. Hamid-ul-Haq Khalil, and Ms. Naseema Hafeez Panezai MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Railways.


NA Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat meets today - October 14, 2016

Islamabad; October 14, 2016, Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat held in Parliament House, Islamabad this Morning with Rana Muhammad Hayat Khan, MNA in the chair.

The Committee discussed “Third Party Audit on Account of People Works Programme-II for the period 2008-13” and expressed concern that office of the Auditor General of Pakistan was unable to finalize the audit report despite the lapse of considerable period. The Committee, therefore, directed that the said report may be finalized within 30 days of the meeting under intimation to this secretariat so that culprits could be penalized accordingly.

The Committee discussed the performance of SNGPL, LESCO & PWD and expressed strong displeasure over the slow pace of development work as the concerned authorities were unable to complete the development schemes within prescribed time frame. The Committee took serious notice for providing the wrong facts and figures about the completion of development schemes by the LESCO and directed that LESCO may provide complete detail of development schemes of Punjab especially District Kasur in the next meeting.

The Committee discussed the issues of overbilling, theft of electricity & line losses and directed that WAPDA may take stringent measures to overcome such issues in order to reduce the duration of load shedding. The Committee recommended that WAPDA may introduce the prepaid meters to overcome the issues of overbilling and theft of electricity etc.

The meeting was attended by Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon, MNA, Dr. Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, MNA, Sardar Muhammad Irfan Dogar, MNA, Sardar Mansib Ali Dogar, MNA, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, MNA, Ms. Farhana Qamar, MNA, Ms. Shehnaz Saleem, MNA, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, MNA, Ms.Nighat Parveen Mir, MNA, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, MNA,  Syed Ali Raza Abidi, MNA, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddique, MNA and movers of the bill and Secretaries of Cabinet Division, and other senior officers of the concerned Ministries/departments.


Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met in the Parliament House today - October 14, 2016

The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met in the Parliament House today i.e 14th October, 2016 at 02:30 pm in Committee Room No. 07 under the Chairmanship of Mian Abdul Mannan, MNA, according to the following agenda:

 i). Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting of the Committee held on 19-07-2016.

ii). “The Elections Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2014 [Amendment of sections 49 and Insertion of new section 51A, Act LXXXV of 1976] [Amendment of section 13, C.E Order No. 18 of 2002] [Insertion of new section 7C, C.E Order No. 1 of 2002]” (Moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA).

iii). “The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of section 29]” (Moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA)

iv). Discussion about the enhancement of the salaries of the Parliamentarians, as already promised by the Federal Minister for Finance in his budget closing speech.

v). Discussion to clarify the confusion about the use of air ticket, for Parliamentarian families and dependents.

 

The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 19-07-2016.

Agenda item No. ii deferred due to the absence of Honorable Mover. The Committee members were apprised by the Additional Secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan with regard to the proposed amendment in section 29, 51 of ROPA. He said that 190000 persons are disabled in the country as per NADRA record, whom NADRA has issued special Identity Cards with symbol of disability. He added that draft unified laws has been proposed by the Sub Committee on electoral reforms in this regard wherein, the disable persons may be given right to use postal ballot in an election with the criteria that a person having any disability, which would be shown in his/her CNIC issued by NADRA. Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA mover of the Bill requested the Committee that subject Bill may be pended till the finalization of electoral reforms unified laws.

2.         The Committee members were informed by the Secretary, Civil Aviation that PIA staff has already been directed for providing facility to use the air tickets for Parliamentarian’s families and dependents. However, it was unanimously decided that honorable Parliamentarians will furnish their request on personal letterhead.

3.      While considering the matter with regard to enhancement of salaries, the Committee members were apprised by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance & Revenue. He said that Finance Division has already moved a summary for the Cabinet, suggesting further rationalization through upward revision of basic pays of the public Representatives/ Parliamentarians. However, the decision of the Cabinet is still awaited in this regard. The Members of the Committee were of the opinion that members salaries package should be considered according to the warrant of precedent, column 16. After detailed discussion on the matter the Committee recommended to Ministry of Finance to expedite the matter with Cabinet Division for an early response.

4.         Meeting was attended by Sardar Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ms. Arifa Khalid, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Ms. Saman Sultana Jafri, Malik Ihtebar Khan, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan (Mover), MNAs and besides senior officers from Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, ECP, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Law.


National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges meets today - October 13, 2016

Islamabad, 13th October, 2016: A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 11:00 am in Committee Room No. 2, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.

1.         ADOPTION OF AMENDMENTS MOVED BY MR. S.A IQBAL QUADRI, MNA

The Hon. Chairman Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhry and the other Members of the Committee unanimously adopted/approved the amendments in Rule 169 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 moved by Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri, MNA.

2.            PROVISION OF HAJJ RECORD BEFORE THE COMMITTEE

On the Question of Privilege raised by Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, MNA regarding non-obtaining of Hajj Visa by the Ministry of Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony for the Hon. Member, the Committee directed the Ministry to provide the relevant record pertaining to Hajj, of this year. The Hon. Chairman Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhry and the other Members of the Committee also decided to invite the Hon. Federal Minister and Minister of State on Religious Affairs in its next meeting.   

3.            CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE, PIAC TO ENSURE THEIR PRESENCE IN THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE

On the Question of Privilege raise by Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNA regarding alleged misbehavior of Ms. Nuzhat, Air Hostess of PIA in Air Bus PK-734, on 16th August, 2016 with the Hon. Member while his travelling from Paris to Lahore, the Hon. Chairman Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhry and other Members of the Committee expressed their displeasure about the wrong reply submitted by PIA and pened the issue till its next meeting with the direction that a strict action would be taken against those who have submitted such reply before the Committee.

4.            The Committee unanimously disposed of the Question of Privilege raised by Mr. Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch, MNA regarding misbehavior of Mr. Arbab Anas, Manager (H.R), Karachi  Port Trust (KPT) with the Hon. Member and non-attendance of his telephone calls by Chairman, KPT, subject to submission of written apology by the Ministry.

5.            The Committee pended the Question of Privilege raised by Dr. Shazia Sobia, MNA regarding non-attending the meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights on 29th & 30th August, 2016 at Lahore by Justice ® Ali Nawaz Chuhan, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) despite the fact that he had committed to attend the said meetings. The Committee also expressed its displeasure against one of the Officer of NHRC who came in the meeting without any invitation.  The Hon. Chairman Mr. Junaid Anwar Chaudhry and the other Members of the Committee also directed the Chairman Human Rights Commission to give a detailed report about the performance of the Commission. The Committee also expressed its displeasure regarding increasing trend of Human Organs Transplantation in Pakistan and directed the Ministry to provide the detail of such cases dealt by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

6.            The Committee also pended the Question of Privilege of Mian Imtiaz Ahmed, MNA regarding usage of abusive language by Mr. Jameel Ahmed Jameel, ADCG, Administrator Baldia, Rahim Yar Khan with the Hon. Member.

7.         The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 20-9-2016.

8.            The Committee also adopted the report of the Sub-Committee regarding two Question of Privilege against Sindh Police, moved by Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Shirazi, MNA.

9.            The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Khadim Hussain, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanan Khail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr.Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Ms.Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri, Mr. Muhammad Ali Rashid and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Muhammad Salman Khan Baloch, Syed Imran Ahmed Shah, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Pir Muhammad Aslam Bodla, MNAs/Movers. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA/Chairman Standing Committee on Human Rights as a Special Invitee.


NA Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Meets - October 6, 2016

BRIEFING BY THE FOREIGN SECRETARY TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS ABOUT THE PREVAILING GROUND SITUATION REGARDING THE KASHMIR DISPUTE.

The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs was briefed by the Foreign Secretary Mr. Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Pakistan India relations in current situations, latest Indian aggression along Line of Control (LoC) and postponement of Islamabad SAARC Summit, during the meeting held today in the Parliament House Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, MNA.

2. After the recitation of the holy Quran, the Chairman welcomed the Committee Members particularly Dr. Nafisa Shah who replaced Dr. Fehmida Mirza and was attending the Committee meeting for the first time. Later, the Chairman also read out the agenda and then deferred the agenda item No.I (The Ratification of International Treaties Bill, 2013) in the next Committee meeting as the mover Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, MNA was not present. He further apprised the Committee about the prevailing ground situation regarding the Kashmir dispute and asked the Foreign Secretary to give a comprehensive account of latest official version of the Foreign Office’s on remaining agenda.

3. The Foreign Secretary informed the Committee in detail about the atrocities committed by the Indian Armed Forces from the last three months in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and actions taken by the Government of Pakistan so far including the speech of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to United Nations General Assembly, progress on the initiative of the PM regarding sending of Special Envoys to different countries, decision of the last Cabinet meeting on Kashmir, unanimous resolution issued by heads of the Parliamentary Leaders in the Prime Minister Secretariat last week and deliberation of the Joint sitting of the Parliament. While replying a question regarding postponement of SAARC summit in Islamabad he assured that such move by India is not tantamount to Pakistan regional and global isolation. 

4. The Members raised a number of questions and also shared their experiences during their visit abroad and meetings with different parliamentarians, important government functionaries, think tanks and Pakistani Kashmiri Diaspora. The Chairman also highlighted his visit to Geneva and concrete initiatives taken by the United Nations Human Rights Commission while issuing a statement regarding sending of fact finding mission to the both sides of the Line of Control by the High Commissioner of Human Rights Commission which is considered an excellent achievement on diplomatic front for Pakistan. Further, the Chairman also reminded the Committee about the recommendations made by this Committee on Pakistan-India relations a few months back which was also sent to Ministry of Foreign Affairs for implementation. But the Chairman regretted that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not taken it seriously otherwise we can avoid some of the issues being confronted by the country right now. He also said that the Committee will again recommend some suggestion like water diplomacy as well as a need to conduct as study/assessment to manage damage control strategy  in case India revoke unilaterally Indus river water treaty.

5. The Members who attended the meeting are: Mr. Muhammad Asim Nazir, Sahibzada Muhammad Nazeer Sultan, Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah and Senior Officer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the meeting.
 


NA Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization - October 5, 2016

41st meeting of the Standing Committees on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization of the National Assembly was held today i.e 5th October, 2016 in Committee Room No. 7, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, MNA, on the following agenda:-

i. Confirmation of minutes of last meeting held on 08-09-2016.
ii. Consideration of “The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. V of 2016) (Govt. Bill)
iii. Consideration of “ The Limited Liability Partnership Bill, 2016” (Govt. Bill)
iv. Consideration of “The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001) (Govt. Bill).
v. Consideration of “The General Statistics (Reorganization) (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Moved by Mr. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, MNA)
vi. Discussion on the proposal regarding differential of Income Tax between Commercial Importers and Industrial Importers.
vii. Briefing by the Chairman, FBR regarding Tax imposition and its implementations on real estate transactions in the light of amendments made in the Finance Bill, 2016-17.
viii. Discussion on replies by the FBR in last meeting of the Committee regarding National Revenue Collection (NRC).
ix.  Briefing by the Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Chairman, Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) on Panama Papers issue and actions taken in this regard. 

2. The Committee approved the minutes of the last meeting held on 08-09-2016.  The Committee considered the “The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. V of 2016)”. Chairman, FBR briefed the Committee about the salient features of the said Bill. He said that in order to provide parity between conventional TFCs and shariah compliant companies the Bill has proposed to grant similar tax concessions and incentives to the shariah compliant companies. He added that The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. V of 2016) sub-section (4) was inserted in section 236C by providing exemption from the application of this section to the dependents of Shaheeds belonging to Pakistan Armed Forces and those who die, while in the service of the Pakistan Armed Forces or Federal and provincial governments. He further stated as the language of this sub-section was misinterpreted and intended scope was being enlarged. Therefore, it is proposed to redraft this sub-section as to clearly manifest the intended scope of this provision. After detailed discussion the Committee recommended that “The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Ord. No. V of 2016)” may be passed by the National Assembly.

3. The Committee considered the “The Limited Liability Partnership Bill, 2016” and recommended that said Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. The Committee also considered the “The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” (Ordinance No. XLIX of 2001). Chairman, FBR apprised the Committee about the main purposes of the Bill. He said that prior to Finance Act, 2016; fair market value for the purpose of probing the source of investment in acquisition immovable property was determined by the Commissioner. After number of the meetings with business community and various associations of realtors, Pakistan Federation Chambers of Commerce and industries and Chambers of Commerce of all four provinces it was agreed that instead of valuation to be made by approved valuers of State Bank of Pakistan. The FBR will notify fair market valuation table itself after consultation all stake holders. The Members were of the opinion that principally it was a good decision by the government. However, the Committee Members have shown their concern about the valuation procedure proposed by the government.
Therefore, it was decided by the Committee that the Honorable Members will send their recommendations for onward submission to FBR, and FBR will revisit the Bill, accordingly. The Committee also decided that said Bill would be considered in its next meeting. The Committee decided that all stakeholders will be invited in the meeting.

4. The Committee deferred agenda item No. (v), above due to the absence of Honorable Mover. While considering the proposal regarding differential of income tax between commercial importers and industrial importer. The Committee unanimously recommended the subject proposal and directed FBR for further necessary action in this regard. The Committee deferred agenda (viii), above.

5. The Chairman, FBR briefed the Committee about the Panama Papers issue and actions taken in this regard. He clearly stated that the main role of FBR was to moniter the matter whether the tax has been paid on the income and transaction of funds by the citizens of Pakistan or not? He told the Committee that FBR has taken some important measures with regard to the investigation on Panama issue. He said that Directorate General of Custom Intelligence was given a task to investigate the matter. Director General, Custom Intelligence informed the Committee that certain constraints were there before starting the subject assignment, because incomplete information was published by media. However, 444 cases were found by custom intelligence, accordingly FBR have investigated and traced 303 addresses. Later on, notices were issued under income tax section 176, Ordinance, 2001, to these 303 individuals asking about different information. However, FBR has received 94 responses in this regard, so far. Chairman, FBR ensured the Committee that FBR will do its job with devotion and honestly without any discrimination.

6. The Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) have shown its concern about the media news, wherein the integrity of the institutions has been targeted by some politicians. Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, Member of the Committee has shown its displeasure about the statement given by the Chairman, SECP. Mr. Godil was of the firm opinion that Chairman, SECP should disclose the name of politicians.

7. The Chairman, SECP informed the Committee that SECP has provided required information to FBR about the companies registered with SECP. He said that SECP was regulator for inland companies only and SECP have no concerned with foreign companies. SECP has been issued the directions to the local companies for providing the details of their companies registered abroad in the name of same directors. The Deputy Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) informed the Committee that SBP has no role with regard to the Panama Papers.

6. Meeting was attended by Mr. Saeed Ahmed Khan Manais, Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan, Mr. Daniyal Aziz, Mr. Muhammad Pervaiz Malik, Sardar Muhammad Jaffar Khan Leghari, Sheikh Fayyaz-ud-Din, Mian Abdul Mannan, Ms. Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Ms. Leila Khan, Dr. Nafisa Shah, and Mr. Abdul Rashid Godil, MNAs and besides senior officers from Ministry of Finance & Revenue, SECP, SBP. 


Standing Committee on Law and Justice Met Today - October 5, 2016

Islamabad, the 5th October, 2016:   The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to consider The Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2016, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 224A] (Moved by Mr. Muhammad Muzamil Qureshi, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 77] (Moved by Mr.Sajid Ahmed, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 106] (Moved by Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNA) and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 [Amendment of Article 51, in clause (6)] (Moved by Ms.Asiya Nasir, MNA).

2. The Committee recommended to approve the Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2016 with the object to make the Commission more powerful conferring the powers under Code of Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure Code. Moreover, the protection of action taken in good faith to the Commission or any member had also been given under the law.

3. The meeting was attended by MNAs Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Mohsin Shah Nawaz Ranjha, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Sardar Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khan Khosa, Ms. Kiran Haider, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Mr. Rajab Ali Khan Baloch and Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri. Mr. Muhammad Muzammil Qureshi, MNA/Mover of the Bill and Mr.Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice were also present in the meeting.


Parliamentary Committee on appointment of the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women meets - October 5, 2016

For National Commission on the Status of Women, Ms. Khawar Mumtaz has been confirmed for appointment as its Chairperson during a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on appointment of the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women, chaired by Ms. Tahmina Daultana MNA, on 05th October, 2016 at 02:30 p.m. in Parliament House, Islamabad.

2. The Agenda before the Committee was to hear and confirm the nominations received from the Prime Minister of Pakistan for appointment of Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women.

3. The Chairperson briefed the Committee with reference to nominations made by the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan in consultation with the Leader of the Opposition.

4. The Committee having discussed and considered the nominations, with consensus confirmed the name of Ms. Khawar Mumtaz for appointment as the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women. The Committee decided that the name of Ms. Khawar Mumtaz may be forwarded to the Honourable Prime Minister for her appointment as the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of
Women.


Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today - October 3, 2016

The Standing Committee on Law and Justice met today under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, MNA in the Parliament House, Islamabad to consider The Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2016, The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Insertion of new Article 19-B) (moved by Ms. Munaza Hassan, MNA), The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 {Insertion of new Proviso in Article 92 in clause (1)} (moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of Article 11) (moved by Ms. Nafessa Inayatullah Khan Khattak, MNA).

The Committee recommended to approve the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 moved by Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak and Asad umer Members of the National Assembly as a Private Members Bill for amending Article 11 to raise the age limit for child employment from fourteen to sixteen. However, the Committee did not recommend to approve the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 Insertion of new Proviso in Article 92 in clause (1), moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA regarding the fixation of 17% quota of women in Cabinet among the women members of Parliament.

The meeting was attended by MNAs Chaudhary Muhammad Ashraf, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Eng. Ali Muhammad Khan Advocate, Mr. S.A Iqbal Quadri and Movers of the Bills Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan and Ms. Nafeesa Inayatullah Khan Khattak.


NA Standing Committee on Human Rights meets - September 29, 2016

Islamabad, 29th September, 2016: The Standing Committee on Human Rights met today in Committee Room 7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Babar Nawaz Khan, MNA to consider the following agenda:-

i)          Confirmation of minutes of the meeting held on 19th September, 2016.

            ii)         To review the existing law of Human Organ Transplant.

            iii)        Any other item with permission of the Chair.

 2.        The Standing Committee on Human Rights commenced its proceeding with recitation from the Holy Quran. As the Ministry of Human Rights started its briefing on the agenda item, the Committee was informed that the sitting of the House had been withhold due to lack of quorum therein. In accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business 1973, the Committee was compiled to suspend its proceeding for ten minutes. Its remained suspended for more than an hour. Therefore, as the House adjourned its sitting, the Chairman, Standing Committee on Human Rights came in the meeting and announced that meeting of the Standing Committee had been postponed and its next date will be announced later on.

 3.        MNAs Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Phyllis Azeem, Ms. Surriya Asghar, Ms. Kiran Haider, Ms. Asiya Naz Tanoli, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Musarat Rafique Mahesar and Munaza Hassan attended the meeting.


NA Standing Committee on Textile Industry met today - September 27, 2016

Islamabad, 27th September, 2016: A meeting of the Standing Committee on Textile Industry was held today in Committee Room No. 7, (4th Floor), Parliament House, Islamabad. The meeting was chaired by Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, MNA. The Committee discussed the following Agenda:-

i)                   Presentation of the Sub-Committee Report to the main Committee on the issue of Value Added Textile Association.

ii)                 Detailed briefing on Plastics Technology Centre (PTC).

iii)              Implementation status of recommendations made during the meeting of this Committee held on 2nd June, 2015, regarding Cotton Intervention Price.

2.         The Agenda item no. 1 mentioned above, was deferred by the Committee as the Hon. Convener of the Sub-committee concerned could not present his report.

3.         The Director PTC briefed the Committee in detail about the issues being faced by his organization, referred to in Agenda No. ii mentioned above. The Committee, in response, assured its full support to resolve all its issues. Therefore, in order to find a better solution of the issue the Committee directed the Secretary Textile Industry to personally visit the PTC. Consequent upon submission of the report of the Secretary, the Committee will visit the PTC at a later stage. Further, in this regard, the Committee directed the Director PTC to take all stakeholders on-board and consider their recommendations.

4.         The Committee deferred the Agenda item no. iii till its next meeting. In which, the representatives of other important divisions like, Food Security and Research, Finance, Commerce, TCP, and Agriculture Departments of Sindh and the Punjab.

The following members of the Committee attended the meeting; Sardar Muhammad Shafqat Hayat Khan, Malik Shakir Bashir Awan, Col. (Retd.) Dr. Amirullah Marwat, Ms. Romina Khurshid Alam, and Malik Abdul Ghaffar Dogar, MNAs.


Parliamentary Committee briefed on security and role of Ministry of Commerce on CPEC: Government urged to settle TOR issue soon - September 26, 2016

Islamabad, September 26th, 2016:  Parliamentary Committee on CPEC met today under the Chairmanship of Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed.  The Committee was briefed by the Ministry of Interior on security of CPEC and the various steps that the Government has taken to protect Chinese nationals and Chinese project under the CPEC.  The Committee was informed that a 15,000 dedicated strong force, comprising over 9000 regular soldiers of the Pakistan Army plus 6000 personnel of the para-military force would comprise the Special Security Division (SSD) that has been entrusted with the duty of protection of Chinese personnel and projects under the CPEC. Ministry of Interior further informed SSD is not a standalone arrangement. It is interlocked with Provincial Police. All provincial governments were called by the Federal Government on terms of deployment of SSD. The Parliamentary Committee conveyed its concerns on delay on the issue and strongly recommended the government urgently to convene a meeting of all provincial governments for the finalization of Terms of References (TORs) of SSD on priority basis.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed also presented the report of the Parliamentary Committee’s visit to Gilgit-Baltistan and said that Gilgit-Baltistan is the entry point of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor from the Chinese province of Xinjiang into Gilgit-Baltistan.  Hence, Gilgit-Baltistan must be given top priority in promoting development in various sectors in Gilgit-Baltistan.  In this context, the Chairman directed that a meeting would be especially held by the Parliamentary Committee on CPEC on Gilgit-Baltistan issue where the Chief Minister, Gilgit-Baltistan will be invited to interact with the Ministry of Planning and Development so that projects of Gilgit-Baltistan on CPEC are pushed swiftly and substantially.

Briefing the Committee on role of Ministry of Commerce, the Additional Secretary, Policy and Planning, informed the Ministry is negotiating Phase-II, China-Pak Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) which covers goods, services and investments. Using Pakistan China FTA Phase-II, the Tariff Reduction Modality (TRM) can be linked with guided investment from China into the manufacturing sector in CPEC. There have been various efforts at investments from China in auto, textiles and electronics in Pakistan. FAW Dongfeng group is manufacturing pickups and vans. They have also set up a new plant to manufacture 1300 cc cars. Haier is assembling laptops and mobile phones. There is also a new joint venture in knitwear in Faisalabad, the first in the textile sector from China. Pakistan has to position itself to attract investment from China in labour intensive sectors e.g textiles, garments, foot wares and paper, as rising labour costs have lead to decline in China’s competitiveness.

Responding to the different queries and questions regarding Survey Report on Wind Power Generation Capacity in Baluchistan and KPK, the representative of Ministry of Water and Power stated that Alternative Energy Development Board has boosted the efforts on the already taken steps and measures for the development of wind and solo energy in the subject provinces. Wind and solar resource assessment is already being carried out in Baluchistan and KPK along-with the others part of the country through Energy Sector Management assistance programmes of the world bank. Under the programme a total of 12 wind measuring masts are being installed in different parts of the country where potential for wind power generation has been identified through satellite data analysis so that renewable energy projects can be promoted.

The Secretary Planning also briefed the Parliamentary Committee on the vsit to China of the Ministers for Planning and Development and Railways who are there to prepare a comprehensive plan for the up-gradation and dualisation of Pakistan railways as part of CPEC from Karachi to Peshawar with the project being worth for 8 billion dollars.

The meeting was attended by its members, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan, MNA, Dr. Ibadullah, MNA, Mr. Ghous Bux Mahar, MNA Mr. Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, MNA, Senator Sardar Fateh Muhammad Hassani, Senator Lt. Gen. (Retd) Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Talha Mehmood, Senator Shibli Faraz and Secretary of the Committee, Mr. Khalid Mahmood.


NA Business Advisory Committee Meets - September 26, 2016

Islamabad; September 26, 2016: The House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly met in Parliament House, today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the Chair to discuss the business for the 36th Session of the National Assembly.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 36th session of the National Assembly. The Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding business in the House. It was decided that the current NA Session will continue till 7th October, 2016.

The meeting was attended by the Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law & Justice, Ch. Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination, Sheik Aftab Ahmed Minister for Parliamentary Affairs/Chief whip of Pakistan Muslim League (N), MNAs; Mr. Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan and Sheikh Salahuddin, Maulana Muhamad Khan Sherani, Al-Hajj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, and  Sahibzada Tariq Ullah Khan.


NA Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication - September 26, 2016

Islamabad, 26th September 2016: The 22nd meeting of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was held under the Chairmanship of Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Safdar, MNA.

2. The Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication briefed regarding taxation on Telecom Sector and proposal. The Minister of State stated that the Companies including the telecommunication Companies had to file their annual income tax return declaring their net income/receipt. The rate of income tax applicable for Corporate Sector is 32% for tax year 2016, 31% for tax year 2017 and 30% for tax year 2018.

3. She informed that Telecom Sector is one of the highest with holding agent on behalf of Federal Government and collect With Holding Tax @14% from Customer at the time of recharge of scratch card or easy load.   

4. At present certain legal issues arising from income tax assessment of Telecom Sector are pending with Supreme Court. She further described that Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication had decided that a five hundred beds hospital will be constructed at Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP) to provide medical treatment facilities/incentives for the workers/labours of the TIP.

5. The Committee further recommended that all Cellular Companies may develop and to provide all necessary facilities to the respective areas where service of Cellular Companies are available.    

6. The Hon. MNAs/Member Major (Retd) Tahir Iqbal, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Farhana Qamar, Ms. Shazia Marri attended the meeting besides the Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication and the Chairman PTA along with their staff.


NA Standing Committee on Defence Producation meets - September 22, 2016

The Standing Committee on Defence Production met in the Parliament House today, the 22nd September, 20