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Senate, NA sessions to take up various issues today

03 February, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The Upper House of the Parliament, Senate, on the commencement of its 101st session today (Monday) will take up the question of establishment of Constitutional Court to decide constitutional matters for the sake of implementation of charter of democracy (CoD) between Nawaz Sharif and late Benazir Bhutto. The resolution in this regard has been moved by Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Senator Karim Ahmad Khawaja and is placed on the agenda for the day since it would be private member's day.

The House will also take up PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar's resolution already commenced for recommending the government to publish names of those judges of the superior judiciary who have dual nationality.

Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari will preside the sitting as 15 point agenda would be placed before the Senate. The House will also take up the resolution moved by Senator Syeda Sughra Imam submitted last month and asked the House to call upon the government to include all water disputes of Pakistan with India in the Composite Dialogue or in any other talks or dialogue process that is revived or instated with that country.

A resolution by MQM Senator Col Tahir Hussain Mashhadi is also part of the agenda where it has been impressed upon the government to take effective steps to control menace of narcotics. Yet in another resolution Senator Farhatullah Babar has moved that calling upon the government to revisit the Official Secrets Act, 1923 and to make suitable amendments in it to make it consistent with the constitutionally guaranteed right to information, fair trial and fundamental rights.

Col Tahir Hussain Mashhadi has asked the House to recommend through a resolution that the government may take immediate steps to conduct a forensic audit of PIA. The JUI Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood through his resolution asked for effective steps to be taken by the government to overcome unemployment in the country.

In the meanwhile National Assembly that is also commencing its sitting on Monday afternoon simultaneously would initiate discussion on the bills to be tabled by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan regarding provision for protection against waging war against Pakistan and the prevention of acts threatening the security of Pakistan while another bill will also be moved by him for further amending the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

The House is likely to see steaming debate regarding three bills. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker of the National Assembly will chair the sitting.The opposition parties have decided to put up formidable resistance against adoption of bills to be presented by the interior minister.

Five members belonging to the ruling groups Ms Nighat Parveen Mir, Ms. Shamim Shafiq, Ms. Parveen Masood Bhatti, Ms. Shazia Mubashar and Ms. Shahnaz Saleem have moved the House through calling attention notice inviting attention of the minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination to a matter of urgent public importance regarding increase in the prices of drugs by the pharmaceutical companies on their own, causing grave concern amongst the public.


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