No request received from ex-army chief for NOC: says Asif
ISLAMABAD: The government has received no formal request so far from former Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to grant No Objection Certificate (NOC) before his appointment as chief of Islamic military alliance led by Saudi Arabia.
It was stated by Minister for Defense Khawaja Muhammad Asif while giving a policy statement in Senate on Wednesday about new role of army chief. He said that rules will be followed in case of receiving any such request.
Meanwhile, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that implications of the appointment on the Pakistan’s foreign policy cannot be discussed at this moment as no formal request has been received for NOC so far.
During the sitting, the entire opposition staged a walkout for five minutes against silence of the government over dilapidated condition of Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar. The Senate Chairman constituted a committee, comprising all Senators from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to visit the airport and submit its recommendations to the House.
Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance Senator Saleem Mandviwala presented report on the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill, 2016. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed presented the Annual Report of the National Economic Council for the Financial Year 2014-15.
Following a motion under Rule 194(1), the House gave extension of 14 days to present report on the Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2016. Eleven lawmakers, including Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi discussed a motion under Rule 60 for 27 minutes. The motion was regarding the tests conducted by NTS for appointments against various posts in Utility Stores Corporation, advertised in 2015 and 2016.
The House took up two Calling Attention Notices (CANs). The first CAN was about low pressure of gas in various areas of district Qallat, Balochistan, while the other notice was regarding the dilapidated condition of Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar.
Fifteen out of 29 Starred Questions appearing on the agenda were taken up. In addition, lawmakers asked 25 Supplementary Questions.
Two Adjournment Motions (AMs) were rejected for being in contravention with the rules while one AM was dropped due to absence of the mover.
Later, the House was adjourned to meet again on Thursday.