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At the arrival of the Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani, the members warmly welcomed him by thumping the desks.

Leader of the House Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq and other Senators congratulated the Chairman for his successful efforts to uphold the supremacy of the House.

The Chairman said that successful dialogues were held with the Government representatives and they assured that his grievances regarding the business of the House will be properly addressed in future.

The Senate today passed "The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The bill moved by Muhammad Azam Khan Swati provides to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (Section 323). 

The House also passed "The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The bill moved by Muhammad Azam Khan Swati provides to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (Sections 273, 274 and 275).

Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi has said that the government is taking effective measures to boost industrial growth in the country.

He was winding up discussion on a motion moved by Ayesha Raza Farooq and others in the Senate today.

He said that due to the steps taken by the government, the industrial growth which was 4.8 percent last year has reached to 6.8 percent this year. He said there is almost zero gas and power load-shedding in the industrial sector.

The Minister said that under the CPEC, nine economic zones have been approved by the 6th Joint Coordination Committee while work on 42 others is underway. He said the approved nine zones will be set up one each at the provincial capitals, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and FATA while two zones at Islamabad and Karachi will serve as the federal economic zones.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has called for strict legislation regarding water use to address the water shortage issue in the country.

He was winding up discussion on a motion moved by Mohsin Aziz and others regarding the report of the United Nations Development Programme on the water scarcity issue in Pakistan.

He said that there is need of construction of reservoirs to preserve the rain water for future use. He said all the provinces should sit together to address the water issue in the country and make future strategy in this regard.

The chair referred the matter to the Committee of the Whole of House for deliberations.

The members of the Senate today strongly condemned the incident of lynching of a student Mashal Khan in Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan.

Speaking on a point of order, they said that nobody has right to take law into hands in the name of blasphemy. They said that the culprits involved in the crime should be brought to justice under the terrorist act at the earliest.

Winding up discussion, Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman said that FIR has been registered against the accused persons and 16 out of 20 of them have been arrested. He said another six out of 12 suspects have also been arrested. He said total arrests are 22 including six university employees.

The Minister of State said that no individual or any mob can be allowed to take law into hands under any situation.            

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad has said that government has allocated 35 billion rupees for providing basic health facilities to common man.

He was speaking on a motion moved by Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh regarding the present status of implementation of Sustainable Development Goals No. 3 to ensure universal access to quality treatment at affordable rates.

He said the programme will benefit people of the less-developed areas of the country.

The Senate today passed a resolution recommending the government to take effective steps to promote the celebration of traditional Islamic religious festivals and days of religious significance in the schools and educational institutions to mark the religious outlook of our society. 

The resolution was moved by Mohsin Aziz.

The House also passed another resolution recommending the government to take effective steps to control the indecent and vulgar material on electronic and print media and on web.

The resolution was moved by Siraj-ul-Haq.

Responding to a point of public importance, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal told the House that the Prime Minister has relaxed moratorium on gas schemes and announced 97 new schemes including 77 in Punjab depending upon the priority of the representatives of those areas. He said under PSDP some representatives demand for the roads and electricity projects while some give priority to gas schemes and same has happened in this case.

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


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