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The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad this morning with Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the chair.

The House is transacting private members' business.

Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Asiya Naz Tanoli and others, Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Dr Darshan told the house that tuberculosis control cells have been established in the public sector hospitals in order to check the disease. He said these cells also provide medicines to the TB patients.

The parliamentary secretary said that legislation has been done in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to regulate the treatment of TB cases in the private sector. Punjab and Balochistan are also in the process of enacting laws in this regard.

Bills:

Several bills were laid before the House on Tuesday.

These are "The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2017", "The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017", "The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017", "The Islamabad Birthing Centre and Hospital Maternity Services Bill, 2017", "The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017", "The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2017", "The National Commission for Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2017", "The National Centre for Countering Violent Extremism Bill, 2017" and "The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2017".

The National Assembly passed "The Senate Secretariat Services Bill, 2017" on Tuesday.

The bill was moved by Sajid Mehdi.

The House rejected the Panama Papers Inquiries Bill, 2016.

Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said that the bill formulated by the opposition was discriminatory in nature and was designed against the Prime Minister.

He said that the Supreme Court has already given its decision on the issue.

He said that Pakistan Commission of Inquiry Bill has already been passed by the both the Houses which will look into investigation of other persons named in Panama Papers.

Points of Order:

Rising on points of order, the opposition members demanded that inquiry report into Dawn leaks should be presented before the Parliament.

They said that the Parliament is the supreme institution and all the matters should be discussed in the House.

Resolution:

The National Assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday, strongly condemning the recent killing of fourteen labourers in Gwadar and Kharan.

The resolution moved by Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch expressed heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved families.

It urged the federal and provincial governments to use all available resources to trace the culprits and bring them to justice.

Earlier, responding to a calling attention notice, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary said that a survey is being carried out in Islamabad to assess the requirement of new schools in the capital territory.

He said that enrollment ratio in the public sector schools has increased following the execution of PM's Education Reforms Programme in Islamabad.

He said that evening classes have also been started in order to accommodate maximum number of children in the schools.

The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30.


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