Bill for 28th Constitutional Amendment to extend Military Courts period moved in NA
Minister for Law says government will fulfill commitment of formation of Parliamentary Committee on National Security.
Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid presented "The Constitution (Twenty-eighth Amendment) Bill, 2017" in the House for consideration.
Speaking on the first reading of the bill, Mahmood Khan Achakzai of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party opposed the bill conditionally while Shaikh Rashid Ahmad of Awami Muslim League, Syed Naveed Qamar of PPP and Shah Mahmood Qureshi of PTI supported the bill conditionally explaining that government should fulfill the commitments regarding fair trial, formation of national security committee and reforms in the judicial system.
The chair announced that after the discussion the process of voting on the bill will be held on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said that the government will fulfill the commitment of formation of Parliamentary Committee on National Security.Law Minister Zahid Hamid also presented before the House "The Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill, 2017" for consideration.
The house was that no foreigner will be allowed to get Pakistani citizenship through forged documents.
Minister for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan told the House during question hour that politics should not be done on the verification process of Computerized National Identity Cards.
He said CNICs are mainly blocked in suspect, confirmed aliens and under verification categories.
He said generally CNICs are blocked on the report of intelligence agencies, which can be unblocked on clearance and by submitting valid identification material like driving license, old ration card or any proof of property.
Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said that verification process should not be linked with any community, language or group. He said that over thirty thousand Pakistani passports, illegally obtained by foreigners, have been cancelled and no one has challenged this in any court of law because they were blocked on solid grounds.
To a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development Ibadullah told the House that China is agreed to form a mechanism on the development of hydro projects along the North Indus River including the Diamer-Bhasha Hydropower project. He said both sides have agreed that preliminary work should be done as soon as possible on the development hydro projects.
To another question, he said Keti Bunder Sea Port Development Project has been included in CPEC project.
Answering a question, Ibadullah said that Rail-Based Mass Transit Systems in provincial headquarters has been included in the CPEC portfolio. He said these systems include Lahore Orange Line Metro Mass Transit Project, Karachi Circular Railway, Greater Peshawar Region Mass Transit System and Quetta Mass Transit System.
Replying to a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said that adhoc relief will be given to government employees and pensioners in the upcoming budget in proportion with the inflation.
"The Auditor-General's (Functions, Powers and Terms and Conditions of Service) (Amendment) Bill, 2017" was introduced in the National Assembly today.
The bill moved by Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan provides to further amend the Auditor-General's (Functions, Powers and Terms and Conditions of Service) Ordinance, 2001.
The chair referred the bill to the concerned Standing Committee.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Sher Akbar Khan and others regarding closure of PESCO Transformers Repair Workshop, Thana Chakdara due to non-payment of bill by PESCO, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House that 31 out of 62 million outstanding rupees have already been paid in this regard while rest of the amount will be paid in four to five days. He said this will enable PESCO to pay the bills.