Khursheed Shah urges lawmakers for taking interest in NA proceedings
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said government will respect any unanimous decision to ban demonstrations at D-Chowk.
Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, Syed Khursheed Shah rising on a point of order criticized the government for not taking interest in the proceedings of the House. He said the Ministers and treasury members should attend the session and take interest in the proceedings of the parliament to discuss the problems of the people. He was of the view that lack of interest in the proceedings by the treasury benches will lead to making the decisions on roads. He said the parliament is reflective of our thinking and it should be respected.
The chair said all the members should realize that the people have given them mandate to represent them in the House and resolve their problems. He said the presence of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and Chairmen Standing Committees are necessary whose business is on the agenda.
FATA members staged a token walkout from the House for not listening to their problems by the government. Shah Jee Gul Afridi on a point of order said they are being ignored and not being taken into confidence on important national issues. PPP in support of FATA members also staged a token walkout.
Mahmood Khan Achakzai said FATA members should be taken seriously as all members of the House are equal.
He said that immediate legislation should be carried out to ban every kind of protest, demonstration or public meeting at D-chowk in Islamabad. He was of the view that preparations are being made to stage another drama at D-Chowk.
Rashid Godil said FATA should be made a province and all rights should be given to the people of the area. He demanded for holding of local bodies elections to resolve people's problems at gross root level. He criticized Sindh government for not giving development funds to Karachi.
Sher Akbar Khan demanded development funds for his constituency, Bunair.
Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani and Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani said Pak-China Economic Corridor should be constructed according to its original plan for the benefit of the far flung and under developed areas.
Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights, Pervaiz Rashid while replying to point raised by Mahmood Khan Achakzai said the government will respect any unanimous decision of the House to ban demonstrations and public meetings at D-Chowk.
He assured the House that he will look into the matter of non-payment of salaries to the PIA employees, the point raised by Shazia Mari.
Mian Abdul Mannan Chairman Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs presented report of the Standing Committee on the Bill further to amend the Political Parties Order, 2002 (The Political Parties Order [Amendment] Bill, 2013).
The chair referred the Bill further to amend the Emigration Ordinance, 1979 (The Emigration [Amendment] Bill, 2014) to the Standing Committee concerned for further discussion. The Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada said the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource wants to give its input on the Bill.
The Bill was moved by Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani. It was already passed by the Upper House.
The House also referred the Bill to make provisions for the rights of special citizens (The Special Citizens Bill, 2015) to the Standing Committee concerned.
The Bill moved by Belum Hasnain is aimed at providing facilities to the special persons.
The House has now been adjourned to meet again tomorrow morning at eleven.
Earlier, National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad on Tuesday with Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the chair.
The House is transacting private members business.
At the outset, the Deputy Speaker announced that PTI MNAs Amjad Ali Khan, Sajid Nawaz, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Arif Alvi and Shireen Mazari are absent from the House without leave of the Assembly for forty consecutive days with effect from 8th August last year.