Govt working to improve human rights situation: Rashid
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif informed the house that ceasefire violations by India in September and October last year resulted in casualties
National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.
The house was informed today that the government is preparing an action plan to improve human rights situations in the country in consultation with the relevant stakeholders including provincial governments.
Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights Pervaiz Rashid told the House in a written reply that the legal aid support programme on prohibition of torture through the Bar Councils is also being included in the plan.
He said his Ministry is launching a project titled "Establishment of Help Line for legal Advice on Human Rights Violations" in the country.
Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif informed the House that firing violations by Indian troops between September and October last year not only resulted into military and civilian casualties but also raised tensions between India and Pakistan particularly along the Working Boundary.
He said Pakistan Army is maintaining high level of vigilance and exercising restraint in order to uphold ceasefire and tranquility along LoC and Working Boundary.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House that funds amounting to over 1.9 billion rupees required for land acquisition of Hasanabdal-Haripur-Havelian Expressway [E-35] have been released and over 1.6 billion rupees have so far been disbursed to the affectees of E-35. He said the contracts have been awarded and the works will commence by 15th of this month on the project and will be completed in two year-time.
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal told the House that total of 62 oil and gas discoveries have been made during last five years in the country. He said as per report of Geological Survey of Pakistan, coal reservoirs were also discovered in the country during this period.
He said steps have been taken to discover new hydrocarbon reserves. For this purpose, he said 45 new exploration licenses have been granted to different companies since June 2013. The government is also making all-out efforts to pave way for exploration of unconventional reserves including Tight Gas, Shale Gas, marginal fields and Low BTU Gas.
Jam Kamal told the House that the price of import of LNG has not been fixed so far since the negotiations with the Qatar Gas have not been concluded yet. He said the government is committed to procure LNG for the country and reviewing different aspects. He pointed out that 95 percent work of LNG terminal has been completed and hoped that Pakistan will start importing LNG by 31st of next month.
To a question, Jam Kamal told the House that full impact of decrease in petroleum prices is being passed on to the people.
To another question, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal told the House that after 40 per cent reduction in petroleum products, the revenue collection by the government has decreased.
Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights Pervaiz Rashid introduced before the House "The Islamabad Subordinate Judiciary Service Tribunal Bill, 2015". The law will provide for the establishment of Islamabad Subordinate Judiciary Service Tribunal.
The House will now meet on Monday at 4pm.