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Chairman Senate for details on Raheel Sharif’s appointment as head of Saudi-led force

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Published: January 9, 2017 09:20 pm

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has asked the Minister for Defense to provide details about appointment of former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Raheel Sharif as chief of Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism.

The Senate Chairman asked the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense to submit reply until coming Wednesday on the appointment of former COAS Raheel Sharif as chief of Islamic military alliance and its overall impact on foreign policy.

He also inquired about the rules under which a retired officer may do such a job. Rabbani asked to tell whether former COAS sought permission prior to taking up the job or an NOC was issued to him and who issued it.

The House of Federation also discussed recent disappearance of four rights activists and alleged torture of 10-year-old child maid Tayyaba in Islamabad. Eighteen lawmakers and Senate Chairman spoke on the subject for an hour and 34 minutes.

The House adopted three resolutions for effective steps to alleviate poverty; verification of domicile certificates of the persons belonging to Balochistan and working in various Ministries / Divisions and Federal Government Department and legislation to provide for preferential treatment to the women engaged in business and trade related activities.

Two resolutions about steps to control price hike and measures to stop incidents of forced conversion of Hindus to Islam were dropped due to absence of their mover.

The House witnessed introduction of two bills including the transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 and the Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Both bills were forwarded to the relevant committee for further deliberation.

Three private members’ bills were passed by the House including the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2015; the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of Article 203F) were deferred on the request of mover.

Another bill – the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 – was dropped as the similar bill has already been introduced by the government.

A report of the Joint Committees including the Functional Committee on Devolution Process and Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination was presented in the House. It was regarding establishment of permanent Secretariat of the Council of Common Interests (CCI).

Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice presented report regarding review of section 25 of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 which deals with voluntary return and plea bargain.

Chairman, Standing Committee on Commerce presented report on a Starred Question regarding import of huge quantity of powdered milk.

On behalf of the Chairman, Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources, an Independent lawmaker Taj Muhammad Afridi presented special report on the problems being faced by the Oil Sector and Industry in Pakistan.

The House concluded debate on a commenced motion under Rule 218 which was about constant lowering of water table in the country. Fourteen lawmakers including Minister for Water and Power spoke on it for an hour.

A motion about Indian violations of the Line of Control (LOC) and ceasefire on the working boundary was deferred. The House debated a motion about current political situation in the country while three other motions under Rule 218 were dropped due to absence of their movers. These motions were about controlling supply of unhygienic food by the hotels in Islamabad; security situation in Islamabad with particular reference to crimes detected through installation of CCTV cameras and gap between demand and supply of electricity to Balochistan.

The House was adjourned to meet again on Tuesday at 1430 hours.

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