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On a point of order raised by Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah, the Speaker said that no request was received for issuance of production order for MNA Jamshed Dasti by last Friday.

He said the request from Jamshed Dasti was received today and his production order has been issued.

The members belonging to opposition parties staged a walk out from the House to press their demand for live broadcast of speech of Opposition Leader on PTV.

Journalists covering the session staged a walk out from the House to record their protest against the martyrdom of a journalist in Haripur and other issues.

On the assurance of Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb for resolution of their problems, the journalists ended their protest.

Later, speaking at the floor of the House, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said the government is committed to resolve all the problems facing the journalist community and to ensure their safety and security.

She said the federal government will provide all possible assistance to the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for investigation into the murder of the journalist martyred in Haripur. 

She said the issues including Wage Board award and journalist quota in the Federal Housing Schemes are being taken up seriously with the concerned ministries and departments.

Later, the House started general discussion and consideration of the recommendation made by the Senate on the budget for the next fiscal year.

Taking part in the debate, Qari Muhammad Yousuf proposed that more funds should be allocated for education sector. He demanded that a university should be set up in Batghram to meet the higher education demands in the area.

Malik Muhammad Pervaiz lauded government's efforts for presenting a balanced and people friendly budget. He said that measures should be taken to enhance exports of the country and subsidies should be given for this purpose.

Naeema Kishwar said that the proposals given by the Senate should be given due consideration and maximum recommendations should be accommodated. She said that small farmers should be given interest free loans and subsidy for the agriculture sector should be enhanced.

The House will now meet tomorrow at three in the afternoon.


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