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Bilawal Bhutto says Jiyalas will always be onboard in Party’s decision-making

KARACHI, October 05: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party has said that consultative meetings with Jiyalas from all over the country will continue and they will be taken onboard in all decision-making processes in the Party to reinvigorate and recharge its cadres.

Chairman was presiding over two separate meetings of PPP office-bearers from Thatta and Sujawal Districts here at Bilawal House today.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had started the consultation process from Larkana, Islamabad and Lahore a couple of months back to keep a close liaison with the Party workers including leaders of Ladies Wing, Youth Wing, PSF and other sister organizations and listen to their ideas and proposals as traditional carried out by the past leaderships of the PPP.

Today’s meetings were attended among others by Chief Minister and President PPP Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, MNA Faryal Talpur, Senator Sherry Rehman, Senior Information Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Local Government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah, and Political Secretary to Chairman Jameel Soomro.

Meeting discussed organizational and development matters of the respective districts with particular reference to upcoming Local Bodies elections.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari stressed upon the workers to mobilize the masses and carry the message of Bhuttoism to every door-step. PPP leaders and workers are ought to remain together with the people and share their happiness and pain. He also directed the elected representatives of the Party to resolve the issues faced by the people of their concerned constituencies.

He said that PPP belongs to the roots of masses and its struggle for the rights of the downtrodden, peasants, labourers, students and common man will continue in all seasons without any break.

PPP Chairman also urged the workers to prepare for the local bodies elections and ensure that people are given better choices in the form of Party candidates to serve them at the local tier of government.

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Senate sends three bills to joint sitting of Parliament

Bills passed by Senate but not by National Assembly in 90 days of laying

Islamabad October 5, 2015: The senate today adopted three motions moved by ppp senator Farhatullah Babar and sent three bills it already passed in March this year but could not be passed by the National Assembly within 90 days of its laying, to the joint sitting of Parliament.

The three bills referred to the joint sitting include The Privatization Commission (Amendment) Bill,, the anti Honor killing (amendment) Bill and the Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, all initially moved by PPP former Senator Sughra Imam and passed by the senate in March this year but not passed in the national assembly.

The first bill that was referred to the joint session was Privatization Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2013 that seeks to bring transparency in the privatization process. The amendment requires that all officials involved in, or overseeing, the privatization process must be free from any personal interest, prejudice or conflict of interests otherwise the entire privatization process will become an exercise in controversy.

The other bill referred to joint sitting pertaining to murders in the name of honour and sought to make amendments to overcome the loopholes in the existing laws. At present murder in the name of honor is committed by one member of the family who is then promptly pardoned by another member of the same family. The amendment seeks to remove this lacuna in the law.

The third bill referred today to the joint sitting aims at strengthening the law against rape. The Anti-Rape Laws Amendment Bill seeks amendments to the Pakistan Penal Code and the Qanoon-i-Shahadat to make rape prosecution free of loopholes.

A critical amendment pertains to mandatory DNA test within twenty-four of hours of receipt of rape report and to make the results of the test admissible as evidence. Other amendments pertain to resolution of rape cases within six months, protection of the identity of rape victims and penalties for disclosures of personal information of rape victims.

Talking to media Senator Farhatullah Babar said that mandatory DNA testing would not only overcome a serious loophole in terms of producing witnesses in rape case but the amendment will also provide an effective response to the proclamation of the Council of Islamic Ideology last year rejecting the importance of DNA tests in rape cases. The CII is merely an advisory body whose recommendations are not binding on the parliament, he said.

The amendment also seeks to protect the identity of the rape victims and holding of trials in camera and restrictions to print or publish the proceedings of the case except with the prior permission of the court.

The bill also requires a three year sentence and/or fine for a public servant who fails to “properly and diligently” carry out an investigation. Police officers and public servants who take advantage of their position to rape women in their custody will be given a mandatory life imprisonment.

Farhatullah Babar said that according to the ruling of the Chairman senate given in August last if the motion is carried it will be mandatory for the president to summon the joint sitting without reference to the parliamentary affairs ministry or a summary form the prime minister. The chairman ruling had said, “ the procedure to be adopted once a request/ advise under clause (3) of Article 70 of the Constitution, 1973, read with relevant Rules of Procedure of either House, has been tendered by the Chairman or the Speaker of the Senate or the National Assembly, respectively, the President shall summon a joint sitting with the sole purpose of taking into consideration the Bill or Bills so referred. While coming to a conclusion on the date of such summoning, he may or may not, seek the advise of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, to the extent of the date of such summoning, only”.

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چیئرمین پی پی پی بلاول بھٹو زرادی کی نیپرا کی سالانہ رپورٹ کے حوالے سے پانی اور بجلی کی وفاقی وزارت کی ناقص کارکردگی پر تنقید

 پاکستان پیپلزپارٹی کے چیئرمین بلاول بھٹو زرادی نے نیپرا کی سالانہ رپورٹ کے حوالے سے پانی اور بجلی کی وفاقی وزارت کی ناقص کارکردگی پر تنقید کی ہے اور کہا ہے کہ نندیپور پاور پروجیکٹ اور قائداعظم سولر پارک منصوبوں کے اسکینڈل سامنے آنے کے بعد یہ منصوبے حکومت پر بوجھ بن گئے ہیں، نیپرا کی سالانہ رپورٹ نے موجودہ ذمیداران کی نااہلیت اور بدانتظامی کے پول کھول دیے ہیں اور ساتھ ساتھ 2013کے الیکشن میں عوام سے کیے گئے واعدوں کی پاسداری میں وفاقی حکومت کی ناکامیوں کو ظاہر کردیا ہے۔
نیپرا نے اپنی سالانہ رپورٹ میں انکشاف کیا ہے کہ پانی اور بجلی کی وزارت نے بجلی پیدا کرنے والی کمپنیوں جنکوز کی پیداوار میں کمی کا کوئی نوٹس نہیں لیا اور نہ ہی بجلی فراہم کرنے والی کمپنیوں ڈسکوز کی کرپشن کو نظر میں رکھا جو کہ صارفین کواوور بلنگ کے توسط سے لوٹ کر اپنی بدانتظامی کا خمیازہ پورا کر رہی ہیں، کیونکہ چکاس کے بعد معلوم ہوا ہے کہ 70فیصد میٹرز ناقص ہیں۔
پاکستان پیپلزپارٹی کے پارلیامینٹرین کی جانب سے ایوان میں اس حوالے سے تحریک التوا جمع کروانے کو سرہاتے ہوئے چیئرمین بلاول بھٹو زرادی نے مزید کہا کہ مسلسل تین سالوں سے ہم سنتے آرہے ہیں کہ بجلی اور پانی کے مملکتی وزیر مختلف صوبوں کے عوام پر ’’ چور‘‘ کا الزام لگاتا آرہا ہے، کیا اب وزیر موصوف مہربانی کرکے بتائیں کہ اصل چور کون ہے؟ پانی اور بجلی وزارت ایوان کو اعتماد میں لیے بغیر زخموں پر نمک چھڑکتے ہوئے نیپرا سے وضاحت مانگ رہی ہے یہ بات مضحکہ خیز ہے جبکہ حقیقت میں پانی اور بجلی کی وزارت کو اس سلسلے میں عوام کے سامنے اپنی وضاحت پیش کرنی چاہیے تھی،کیا پانی اور بجلی وزارت یہ بتائیں گی کہ تیل کے نرخوں میں بڑے پیمانے پر کمی کے باوجود بجلی کے نرخ صارفین کی برداشت سے باہر کیوں ہیں؟ کیا وزارت یہ بتائیں گی کہ بجلی کمپنیاں ناقص میٹرز کے ذریعے صارفین سے زائد وصولی کرکے اپنی نا اہلیت اور لائین لاسز کو کیوں چھپا رہی ہیں؟ کیا وزارت عوام کو یہ معلومات فراہم کرے گی کہ بجلی پیدا کرنے والی کمپنیاں جنکوز کم پیداوار کیوں دے رہی ہیں؟ وفاقی حکومت نندیپور سمیت دیگر مختلف پاور کمپنیاں بند کرنے پر کیوں زور دے رہی ہے؟
بلاول بھٹو زرداری نے مطالبہ کیا کہ پانی اور بجلی وزارت زائد وصولیوں کے مد میں صارفین کو معاوضہ ادا کرے اورقوم کے سامنے ایمانداری سے بجلی سیکٹر کی ناکامیوں کی حقیقی تصویر دکھائے۔ 

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Bilawal Bhutto denounces abysmal performance of Water & Power Ministry __ asks Water & Power Ministry to compensate overbilled consumers


Bilawal Bhutto denounces abysmal performance of Water & Power Ministry

__ asks Water & Power Ministry to compensate overbilled consumers

KARACHI, October 04: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party has denounced the abysmal performance of the Ministry of Water and Power as reported by the power sector regulator NEPRA recently. He stated that after the scandalous Nandipur and Quaid-e-Azam solar park projects, both of which have become liabilities for the government, the NEPRA Annual Report  lays bare all the inefficiencies, mismanagement and corrupt practice of the present incumbents and exposes the government’s total failure to address the problems as it promised it would in 2013 elections.

The NEPRA report states that the Ministry of Water and Power has failed to the check the underutilization of power generation companies (Gencos) and corrupt practices of distributing companies (DISCOs) who have been covering up their mismanagement by robbing the consumers by overbilling, as 70 per cent of the inspected meters are found faulty by the regulators.

Appreciating PPP lawmakers for submitting adjournments motion in the house, the PPP Chairman stated that for three years we heard the State Minister for Water and Power accusing the people of different provinces as ‘thieves’. Will the Minister now please answer who the real thieves are?

To add insult to injury, instead of putting its house in order the Ministry of Water and Power is now calling for explanations of NEPRA, which is ironical as it is the Ministry which has to give explanation to the nation.

Will the Ministry explain why despite massive oil price falls, electricity is still unaffordable for the consumers? Will it also explain why the power companies are hiding their inefficiencies, and line losses by overcharging the consumers due to faulty metering? Will it inform the nation why Gencos are working under capacity and why government is forcing shutdowns of power companies, including Nandipur.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari demanded that the Ministry of Water and Power compensate the consumers who have been overbilled and honestly inform the nation about the true picture of the power sector failures.


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Former President Zardari condoles death of Justice Javed Iqbal

Islamabad October 03, 2015: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of Justice Javed Iqbal and also paid rich tributes to the services rendered by late Justice Javed Iqbal for the legal fraternity of Pakistan.

Justice Javed Iqbal son of Shair-e-Mashriq Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal died in Lahore after a prolonged illness on Saturday morning. He served as former Chief Justice of Lahore High Court and a judge at the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Former President in a condolence message said that he was shocked and grieved by the news of death of Justice Javed Iqbal who served with great distinction and dedication and was a prominent name of legal fraternity.

May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace and grant patience to the members of bereaved family to bear the loss with equanimity, Asif Ali Zardari prayed.

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Sindh Minister for Local Government Nasir Hussain Shah called on PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

KARACHI, October 2: Sindh Minister for Local Government Nasir Hussain Shah called on Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party at Bilawal House and briefed him about the Karachi Package being initiated on the instructions of the Chairman.
A comprehensive discussion followed the briefings where Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari wanted that all the stake-holders, especially the business community should be taken into confidence and on-board during planning and execution process of Rs 150 billion Karachi Package to be launched after December 2015.
PPP Chairman said that along with the Karachi Beautification Plan, special arrangements and mechanism should be made for cleanliness in the city.
He said PPP has pledged to the citizens of Karachi to provide them a peaceful environment with complete security and equal opportunities to progress and prosper without any fear. “We want Karachi to be compared to the world’s most-developed, well-organized and well-maintained cities of the world and an international hub of trade, business and tourism,” he added.

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VIOLATION OF CODE OF CONDUCT IN NA-122: EC should take action to restore confidence: Senator Ghani

Karachi. 2.10.2015: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Parliamentary leader in the Senate of Pakistan Senator Saeed Ghani while expressing grave concern on election commission of Pakistan over ignoring the open violation of the code of conduct in bye-election on NA-122 in Lahore said that the two parties, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz and Tehreek-e Insaf are lavishly spending money to secure the seat.
He said that no candidate under any circumstances could spend more than Rs.2 million on electioneering but the situation in NA-122 is self-explanatory as the code of conduct is fully ignored and violated.
Senator Ghani said the contesting candidates from both sides, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Aleem Khan have crossed all limits for self-projection and they both have spent hefty money on electioneering.
He said the what is more regrettable in this situation is the overall failure of the election commission that has ignored the violations of the code of conduct and deliberate abstinence from initiating any legal or disciplinary action in this regard.
The PPP Parliamentary leader in the Senate of Pakistan Senator Saeed Ghani demanded of the election commission of Pakistan to take action against the two parties/candidates for gross violation of the code of conduct so that the peoples’ confidence on it should be restored.


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