Amendments in Pakistan Army Act 1952 bill also presented in NA
Voting for passage of the 28th Constitutional amendment will be held today
Nisar says politics should not be done on the verification process of Computerized National Identity Cards
ISLAMABAD, Mar 20 (SABAH): Amendments in 28th Constitutional amendment bill 2017 aimed at extending tenure of military courts has been presented in National Assembly here on Monday. The amendments in Pakistan Army Act 1952 bill has also been presented in National Assembly. Law Minister Zahid Hamid presented the amendments in NA. Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party Chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai has opposed the bills. The voting for the passage of the 28th Constitutional amendment will be held today (Tuesday).
The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad this afternoon with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.
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.
On the occasion Mehmood Khan Achakzai said all the meetings on the issue were held in-camera, adding that he had presented his stance during these meetings. He said through current bill we are showing no confidence on all the courts of the country. He said Pakistan is a federation, adding that the constitution is a document to unite us. He said that time and again constitution was violated; adding that martial laws were imposed and people were hanged. He said that this bill will be injustice with the judges who have quitted their perks and privileges and rendered sacrifices for the constitution.
Mehmood Achakzai said that we have taken oath to defend the constitution, adding that the oath of armed forces and judges is like us. He said Pakistan is a federation and it should not be touched. He said the country should be run the according to the constitution. Achakzai said his party will support Nawaz Sharif under the constitution.
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 National Assembly was informed on Monday that no foreigner will be allowed to get Pakistani citizenship through forged documents.
Minister for Interior Chaudhry 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.
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.
“The Auditor-General’s (Functions, Powers and Terms and Conditions of Service) (Amendment) Bill, 2017” was introduced in the National Assembly on Monday.
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.