A ZTE Chinese delegation comprising of Mr. Zhang Renjun, EVP ZTE China, Mr. Peng Aiguang, President South Asia Region ZTE China and Mr. Fan Jiang, Vice President, ZTE Pakistan called on Former President Asif Ali Zardari at Zardari House Islamabad on Monday 20.04.2015. Vice President PPPP, Ms. Sherry Rehman was also present in the meeting.
Islamabad, 20 April 2015: Former President Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari has condoled the death of Abdul Jabbar husband of former Punjab Minister for Family Planning and Social Welfare and member Provincial Assembly Punjab Mrs. Neelum jabbar.
Former President in a condolence message to Mrs. Neelum Jabbar said that he was immensely saddened and grieved by the news of her husband’s death. Loss of a husband is a great tragedy.
He prayed to Almighty Allah to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and strength and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.
The PPP Human Rights Cell Central Coordinator and Member National Assembly Dr Nafisa Shah has expressed concern on the passing of the Cyber Crimes Bill in the National Assembly Standing Committee without input and feedback of the stakeholders, the consumers, the software and IT industry in the country.
“The strong reaction of the civil society, the social media and the IT industry who have termed this Bill a ‘draconian law’ indicates that the government has proposed a law that might further curb rights and freedoms and may give arbitrary and sweeping powers to the government to block internet content at whim, and to victimize and muzzle criticism in the social media” said the PPP HR Cell Coordinator.
“The Peoples Party and other political parties in the opposition have also not been involved in the consultation on implications of this law on the freedom of expression. The party fears that this law will provide space for censorship” she added.
“This government is particularly famous for its secrecy, its antidemocratic, anti consultative approach to both law and governance. It has unfortunately an abysmal track record in law making and most of the laws, from POPA, to 21st constitutional amendment, has only restricted fundamental rights.
“We urge therefore that this law is brought into the public sphere for a wider consultation where the controversial parts of this law are amended, and the law is thoroughly reviewed and revised before it is tabled on the floor of the National Assembly.”
کراچی 17 اپریل ، 2015
پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی پارلیمینٹرین کی نائب صدر شیری رحمان نے کہا ہے کہ 26 اپریل کو ککری گراؤنڈ لیاری میں منعقد ہونے والا عظیم الشان جلسہ عام ایک تاریخ ساز جلسہ ہوگا جو کراچی میں قیام امن کو مزید مستحکم بنانے میں ایک اہم سنگ میل ثابت ہوگا۔ وہ آج ککری گراؤند لیاری کے دورے کے موقع پر پیپلز پارٹی لیاری اور ڈسٹرک ساؤتھ کے کارکنان و عہدیداران سے خطاب کررہی تھیں۔ اس موقع پر کراچی ڈویژن کے جنرل سیکریٹری نجمی عالم، راشد حسین ربانی، وقار مہدی، قاسم بلوچ، شاہجہاں بلوچ، جاوید ناگوری، سردار خان، نادیہ گبول، اسلم سموں، خالق جان، سلمان مراد، فرزانہ بلوچ اور بلاول ہاؤس کے ترجمان اعجاز درانی سمیت متعدد عہدیداران موجود تھے۔ شیری رحمان نے وہاں موجود میڈیا کے نمائندوں سے گفتگو کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ 26 اپریل کو منعقد ہونے والا جلسہ عام 30 دسمبر 2007 کو ہونے والے جلسہ عام کا تسلسل ہوگا۔ جو شہید محترمہ بے نظیر بھٹو کی شہادت کی وجہ سے منعقد نہیں ہوسکا تھا۔ سابق صدر مملکت جناب آصف علی زرداری اور پارٹی کے دیگر مرکزی عہدیداران 26 اپریل کو ککری گراؤند لیاری سے ہی اس سفر کا دوبارہ آغاز کریں گے۔ لیاری پیپلز پارٹی کا قلعہ تھا، ہے اور رہے گا۔ جس طریقے سے پھول کو خوشبو اور دل کو دھڑکن سے جدا نہیں کیا جاسکتا بالکل اسی طرح سے لیاری کے غیرت مند لوگوں کو پیپلز پارٹی اور بھٹو خاندان سے جدا نہیں کیا جاسکتا۔ لیاری کے لوگوں نے جمہوری حاصلات کے لیے بے مثال قربانیاں دیں جس کی مثال دنیا میں کہیں نہیں ملتی۔
ISLAMABAD – In an apparent move to give more teeth to Senate by revamping its rules of business, the Upper House of the Parliament Thursday adopted a new set of rules, including one giving the powers to the house to constitute itself into a committee with the powers to summon any person under question or asking for production any record of government body before it.
The move is part of the efforts of the newly elected Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani to make the Senate an effective and powerful house and to bind the government to implement its recommendations or assurances given by the government to the house. “The house may constitute itself into a committee of the whole on a motion by the leader of the house or leader of the opposition. When the house constitutes itself into a committee of the whole, it functions as one committee acting upon any matter(s) referred by the house and conducts its proceedings like a regular committee with its membership composed of all members of the house,” said newly inserted Rule 172A in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012.
The house also adopted a new rule 256A in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012 which says that federal ministers shall, after every three months, appear before the house and make reports on all matters referred by the house and recommendations made by the committees.
The house passed the amendment in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012 that substituted Rule 58 and under the amended rule, answers to questions given by minister “shall be electronically sent to members” two hours before the commencement of the question hour session but not be released for publication until answers are actually given on the floor of the house.
Soon after prime minister reached the house on Thursday, Chairman Senate appreciated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for attending proceedings of the house and remarked, “it is welcoming that ministers attend sittings and today PM was also present.” It will help Senate improve its performance. Later, PM left the house without uttering any remarks on the floor of the house. The opposition benches for long had been protesting over the absence of PM and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the house. Nisar also paid a visit to the house the other day.
The chair referred the matter of killing of suspected killers of 20 labourers in Turbat, Balochistan to the House Functional Committee on Human Rights on the demand of the opposition benches after the government failed to assure that it would hold any judicial inquiry into the matter. Speaking on his motion, Senator Farhatullah Babar from the PPP had questioned the government whether it was considering to hold a judicial inquiry into the killing of suspected killers of these labourers by security agencies what he said in a retaliatory mode. He expressed concern over the extra judicial killings in Balochistan by the security agencies saying that the state was resorting to the same tactics as that of the militants and lawless elements.
Taking part in the discussion on the CCI report, Senator Farhatullah Babar called for taking up the issues of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and the equal rights of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the federal government over oil and gas discovered in the province. He said that the CCI after 18th amendment had fundamentally altered the power balance between federal government and the provinces but the provinces had not yet fully appreciated this huge shift of power in their favour.
Senator Taj Haider went on to suggest the house to reject the report what he said expressing lack of confidence on CCI and the delay of the government in presenting the report.
Source: The Nation
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has invited the European Union countries to increase their trade with Pakistan, saying that Karachi’s traders are keen to do business with them.
“We are democratic and working for strengthening democracy in the country,” he said while talking to a delegation of German parliamentarians, who called on him under the leadership of Niels Annen along with the German consul general at the CM House on Thursday evening.
Shah said the law and order situation in Sindh was under control and the province was now safe and secure for investment.
He said the Sindh and federal government were enjoying good working relations within the ambit of constitution.
The PPP, which was the dominating political party in Sindh and had formed its governments at the centre earlier, was following the reconciliation policy of Benazir Bhutto and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari to strengthen democracy.
Shah, who is also the PPP president in Sindh, said Pakistan has been blessed with many constitutional reforms brought about by the PPP government during its last government at the centre.
He added that the 18th amendment was one of important among the reforms. “Now we the provincial governments are enjoying complete provincial administrative and financial autonomy and we are empowered to inter into agreements directly with any country to promote social, cultural and economic relations.”
The chief minister further said that by virtue of this empowerment, the Sindh government had signed many agreements and memorandums of understanding with England, China, Turkey, Australia, Korea and other countries for the implementation of the projects of infrastructure, development and energy in the province.
In the past, because of unrepresentative governments in the country, Pakistan could not make substantial progress in many sectors.
“Sindh is rich in natural resources and it has a great potential of investment. We are producing cotton, cotton, yarn, fabric and other agro items, including rice and fruits, which are popular in Europe.”
He invited the European Union countries to increase the trade volume with Pakistan, saying that Karachi’s traders were keen to trade with them.
Talking about the menace of terrorism, Shah said that it started soon after the 9/11 incident and an operation against terrorists in South Waziristan was launched.
He said that after launching the targeted operation and the National Action Plan with the support of the federal government, his government had almost curbed crime and now the entire province was much safe for investment.
Responding a question, he said that because of his democratic government, the size of the development budget had been increased from Rs25 billion to Rs168 billion and priority was being given to education, health, communication and water sectors.
The leader of the delegation, Niel Annes, said that during the visit to Pakistan, they had seen many places and held meetings with their counterparts.
They met President Mamnoon Hussain, representatives of civil society, business community and political parties to create a better understanding between Pakistan and Germany.
Annes said that their country was democratic and liked democracy in Pakistan. He said that apart from politics, they also impressed by the economic opportunities in Pakistan, especially in Sindh, because of its major city Karachi.
Source: The News International