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The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution urging the government to take steps to improve and regulate education in seminaries.

Speaking on the resolution, Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf said the government is consulting with Ittehad-e-Tanzeemat-e-Madaris to bring reforms in seminaries. He said over eight thousand seminaries are already providing contemporary education and the government is ready to facilitate other seminaries to introduce contemporary subjects in their curricula. He said that negotiations are being held with the stakeholders to establish a Regulatory Authority for seminaries.

The House also adopted another resolution urging the government to impose immediate ban on telecasting of immoral programmes by private and public TV channels.

On the resolution, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said that ban was imposed on content sharing YouTube website following uploading of blasphemous material on it.

He said the government now wants to lift ban on the website with necessary safeguards in order to avoid repetition of incidents which hurt the sentiments of Muslims.

Speaking on a motion, Parliamentary Secretary Finance Rana   Muhammad Afzal Khan said that every year an amount is allocated for grant of House Building Advance to the government employees. He said this loan is given to the employees on the basis of their seniority and length of service.

He said every effort will be made to enhance this allocation in the next budget.

He said five hundred thousand low-cost houses will be constructed by the Federal Government as part of the PML-N’s election manifesto. He said similar schemes are also being executed by the provincial governments in which government employees will get preference. Earlier, the members called upon the government to increase the amount of house building advance for the government employees.

The House also held discussion on eradication of polio in the country.

The members proposed the government to make anti polio vaccination part of talks with the Taliban. They said religious leaders should be involved in anti polio drive and campaigns should be launched to raise awareness among people about different diseases particularly polio.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad laid before the House “The State Bank of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2014”.

The House will now meet on Wednesday (March 2) morning at 10.30


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