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National Assembly Standing Committees on Parliamentary Affairs meets

Islamabad, October 17, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met today under the Chairpersonship of Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal, MNA to discuss the proposed agenda. The Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs briefed the Committee about the functioning and working of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. He informed that that Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs was created in 2012, after bifurcation of its business from the Ministry of Law and Justice. He added that Public Affairs and Grievance Wing was transferred from Prime Minister’s Office to Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs on 11.06.2013.

He further apprised the Committee that Ministry of Parliamentary Affair was playing vital role amongst the organs of the state, namely, the executive and legislature with the objective of holding sessions of the parliament, leading to smooth passage of Law, including summoning and prorogation of both the houses of the Parliament, introduction of Bills, transmission of Bills between the Houses and seeking assent of the President to notify enactments.

The Committee considered the “The Representation of the people (Amendment) Act, 2016”. The Additional Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan informed the Committee that subject clauses have already been incorporated in the Election Act, 2017. Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA/mover of the Committee withdraws the Bill. The Committee directed the ECP for comprehensive briefing on the Election Act, 2017 in its next meeting. The Committee also recommended that PIA management would be called in the next meeting to discuss the problems being faced by the Parliamentarians.

The Committee directed the ECP to brief the Committee with regard to delimitation process in its next meeting. The Committee also directed to ECP for the training their Returning Officers (ROs) and District Returning Officers (DROs). The Committee was informed by the Additional Secretary, ECP that 50 newly appointed officers/officials would be joined ECP, shortly.

Malik Ihtebar Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mian Tariq Mehmood, Mr. Rasheed Ahmad Khan, Ch. Salman Haneef Khan, Ms. Shazia Mubashar, Ms. Arifa Khalid Parvez, Ms. Belum Hasnain, Ms. Shahida Rehmani, Dr. Shazia Sobia, Ms. Saman Sultana Jafri, Sayed Essa Noori and Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan MNAs attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

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National Assembly of Pakistan
Automation Centre,
National Assembly Secretariat,
Parliament House,
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9221082-83
Fax: +92-51-9221106
Email: assembly@na.gov.pk
Website: www.na.gov.pk

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Western Imperialism and Colonialism Distorted and Fragmented the Inter-Cultures and Inter-Ethnic Harmony in the Regions they ruled: Raza Rabbani addresses Inter Parliamentary Union

Islamabad, October 17, 2017 (PPI-OT): Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that Islam is the religion of peace which teaches us compassion, love, brotherhood and tolerance while the Muslim Ummah believes in peaceful co-existence in the world community. Today the world is talking about promotion of culture pluralism, inter-faith peace and inter-ethnic dialogue but it was the western imperialism and colonialism that distorted and fragmented the inter-cultures and inter-ethnic harmony in the regions they ruled.

He was addressing 137th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly at St. Petersburg, Russia, which is being participated by the heads of the parliaments, parliamentarians and delegates from around the globe. Chairman Senate is leading a parliamentary delegation of the country comprising of seven members of National Assembly, four Senators, Secretary Senate and the senior officers from both the Houses of Parliament.

Mian Raza Rabbani said that a Charter of Madina (Misaq-e-Madina) is the first constitution of the human history which enshrines the message of peace and co-existence among comity of nations and laid basics for protection of minorities. He said that Islam spread the message of tolerance and harmony against the cruelty of the imperialism and colonialism in the Asia and Europe. “We are not barbarian and have opened the doors of culture and civilization”, he added.

He said that throughout the course of history lack of communication and dialogue as well as mistrust and misunderstanding among the peoples of different faith, culture and ethnicities has led to bloodshed, suffering and pain destroying individual societies and countries. He reminded that from Crusades to the French Religious wars of 15th century and the Thirty Years wars that devastated Europe in 16th century, and from lingering Palestinian and Kashmir conflicts to Bosnian war and the current violent unrest in Middle East, peace has remained hostage to intolerance, racial, ethnic and religious discrimination, xenophobia, extremism, national rigidities, and non-recognition of religious and cultural pluralism.

Mian Raza Rabbani said that Kashmir is an unfinished agenda of partition of the Sub-Continent. He said that silence of the World over the human atrocities being committed by Indian occupied forces which are using pallet guns and shells against the peaceful Kashmiris is unprecedented. Pakistan has suffered substantial loss to its economy and offered human sacrifices more than any nation in the war against terrorism, which must be recognized.

He said that the peace can only be restored by solving the outstanding issues of Kashmir and Palestine as well as eradicating the transnational terrorism and extremism which is on rise throughout the World, even in western societies and established democracies. He asserted that interfaith and intercultural dialogue is a crucial dimension of international understanding and thus of conflict resolution.

Chairman Senate said that there are no borders when it comes to hatred towards other faiths and ethnicities. The people who indulge in such sentiments are clearly victims of brainwashing and confusion. It is imperative that nations do not just address the issue internally, but should collaborate with each other to get rid of this menace.

Mian Raza Rabbani emphasised the world parliamentarians that it is time to learn from the harsh lessons of the past and agree on ethics, norms, principles and ideals of peace and peaceful coexistence in which all religions, cultures and ethnic denominations are free. At the IPU’s platform, we must join hands in developing new approaches to intercultural dialogue that go beyond the limitations of the ‘dialogue among civilizations’ paradigm. Dialogue must be conducted on a platform of democracy, especially parliamentary democracy, on the basis of rule of law and respect for human rights since totalitarianism is an anathema to dialogue. Chairman Senate had separate meetings with the heads of delegation from Turkey, Iran, China, Oman and Belarus on the sideline of the IPU Assembly proceedings.

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H.No.7, Cat-II, G-8/2,
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E-mail: senate@comsats.net.pk

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Movement order

Karachi, October 16, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Chief Justice has directed Syed Nasiruddin Shah, District and Sessions Judge, Umerkot to join his new assignment as Judge, Banking Court -I, Hyderabad.For more information, contact:Information and Archives Departm...

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Condolence of Chief Justice of Pakistan and other Judges on sad demise of Justice Ajmal Mian, Former Chief Justice of Pakistan

Islamabad, October 16, 2017 (PPI-OT): Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, other Hon’ble Judges and Registrar have expressed deep sorrow and grief on the sad demise of the Hon’ble Mr. Ajmal Mian, Former Chief Justice of Pakistan. They have extended their heartfelt condolences and sincere sympathies to members of grieved family of departed soul.

Hon’ble Chief Justice and Hon’ble Judges prayed to Almighty Allah to shower His blessings upon the departed soul and to give patience to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.

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Public Relations Officer
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 9204184, 9220581
Fax: +92 51 9213452
Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

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Pakistan Navy ex-Chief of the Naval Staff conferred with Honorary Award of Malaysian Armed Forces Order for Valour and Gallant by King of Malaysia

Islamabad, October 15, 2017 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Navy ex-Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah conferred with “Honorary Award of Malaysian Armed Forces Order for Valour – Gallant Commander of Malaysian Armed Forces, First Degree” by King of Malaysia, Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV Sultan Muhammad V.

The Award has been bestowed in recognition of untiring efforts and dedication of Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah in strengthening bilateral relationship and mutual cooperation between the Pakistan Armed Forces and the Malaysian Armed Forces. The award was conferred during an impressive ceremony, held at National Palace, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in connection with 84th anniversary of Malaysian Armed Forces.

For more information, contact:
Directorate of Public Relations,
Pakistan Navy
Naval Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-20062326
Cell: +92-300-8506486
Website: www.paknavy.gov.pk

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