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NA defers COMSATS University Bill after opposition by lawmakers

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Published: January 17, 2018 06:51 pm

NA defers COMSATS University Bill after opposition by lawmakers

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday deferred the COMSATS University Islamabad Bill, 2017 after getting opposed by the opposition lawmakers who demanded it to be referred to the relevant standing committee of Federal Education and Professional Training.

PPPP lawmaker Aijaz Hussain Jhakrani said that this bill relates to the Higher Education Commission and it should be forwarded to the relevant committee. The Deputy Speaker, Murtaza Javed Abbasi, said that this bill has been passed by the Senate but Mr. Jhakrani insisted to forward it to the relevant standing committee by saying that it is not obligatory on the National Assembly to pass the bill forwarded or passed by Senate

PTI lawmaker Dr. Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari endorsed Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani and said that this bill relates to Higher Education Commission and should be forwarded to the concerned committee.

MQM legislator Sheikh Salahuddin also demanded the same and opposed to present the bill in the House. Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi announced to defer the bill when State Minister for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan and others requested the Chair to defer it over the Opposition’s demand.

It is to mention that this bill appeared for third time on the agenda during the ongoing 51st session but could not be taken up by the House.

This bill seeks the up-gradation of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad to COMSATS University, being a significant link in the chain of quality seats of higher learning in the country. According to Statement of Objects and Reasons, it  would most definitely contribute towards transmission as well as generation of new knowledge, which in turn would help prepare an educated an enlightened citizenry that is fully equipped in bringing about a quantum change in the destiny of the nation’s physical as well as intellectual wealth.

Meanwhile, the House passed three government bills including the Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the Marine Insurance Bill, 2017 and the Corporate Rehabilitation Bill, 2017.

During the proceedings, the House discussed a commenced motion under Rule 259 regarding the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kasur. PML-N lawmaker Shaista Pervaiz and PTI MNA Mussarat Ahmadzeb got teary while mentioning Zianab and demanded strict punishment to all those involved in such heinous crime.

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