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The House passed a unanimous resolution strongly condemning the barbaric and brutal attack on the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri in Mastung.

The resolution moved by Talha Mahmood expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the incident.

The resolution also prayed for early recovery of those injured in the attack. It said that such cowardly acts cannot shake the determination of the nation against terrorism.

The House passed another unanimous resolution expressing deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Director Staff Senate Secretariat Iftikhar Ahmad Mughal in the terrorist attack in Mastung.

The resolution moved by Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq expressed heartfelt grief and condoled the death with the bereaved family.

The resolution eulogized the services spanning over 20 years of late Iftikhar Mughal saying he was known amongst his superiors and colleagues as a humble and a competent officer.

The resolution said the services of the officer will always be remembered.

At the outset, the House also offered Fateha for those martyred in terrorist attacks in Mastung and Gwadar.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb laid before the House "The Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017".

The Senate also passed "The Companies Bill, 2017" which was moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.

Elaborating the salient features of the bill, the Minister said it is aimed at ensuring that the procedures of doing business in the country are simplified.

He said it will encourage more investment in the country.

The House also passed "The Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, and "The Costs of Litigation Bill, 2017 ".

These bills were also moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.

The House passed another resolution condemning the brutal murder of 10 construction workers in Gwadar.

The resolution was moved by Taj Haider.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has said that Pakistan and Iran enjoy excellent relations and there is a desire on both sides to further cement these relations by enhancing their trade to five billion dollars.

Making a statement in Senate today, he said that recent statement of the Iranian Army Chief was highly inappropriate but the Iranian Ambassador in Pakistan has clarified that the statement was taken out of context. He said the Iranian side has retreated the statement.

About the recent Afghan firing near Chaman, the Minister said negotiations are underway at different levels in order to reduce the tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He said that recently two delegations are also visited Afghanistan and held positive talks with the top Afghan leadership.

Abdul Qadir Baloch said that CPEC is a project between Pakistan and China and no proposal is under consideration to change its name.

About the Indian government approaching the International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Yadav, the Minister said that Pakistan has properly prepared the case and will fight it at the ICJ.

The Minister said that the Prime Minister has accepted an invitation to attend the Arab Summit in Riyadh. He said the moot will be attended by heads of states from other Muslim countries and matters relating to Muslim Ummah will be discussed there.

The House has now been prorogued.


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