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Meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights

Islamabad: 65th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights, National Assembly was held on 21st February, 2012 at 01:30 pm in the Committee Room No.02, Parliament House, Islamabad. Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA/ Chairman Standing Committee on Human Rights presided the meeting. The agenda of meeting was as under:-

i) Human Rights violations and discrimination in National Bank of Pakistan.
ii) Implementation status of recommendations of Standing Committee on Human Rights meeting dated 12-12-2012 including “Provision of free higher education to students from Parachinar and other war affected areas of FATA.

iii) Two Years progress Report of the Standing Committee on Human Rights.
iv) Any other item with the permission of the Chair.

Mrs. Shakeela Khanam Rasheed, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaque Bhutto, MNA, Mrs. Nisar Tanveer, MNA, Dr. Araish Kumar, MNA, Mrs. Kishwar Zehra, MNA, Mrs. Yasmeen Rehman, MNA, Ms. Jamila Gillani, MNA, MNA, Syed Mumtaz Alam Gillani, MNA, Ms. Sabeen Rizvi, MNA Mrs Nisar Tanveer, MNA, Ms. Kahmal Tariq and Mr. Mustafa Nawaz Khokar were present in the meeting.

The Chairman Standing Committee on Human rights informed that NBP has requested to give some more time to implement the recommendations of meeting of Standing Committee dated 16-8-2011. Hence, agenda item No. 1 was deferred and not cancelled.

With regard to Parachinar issue, the Committee expressed concern that Pakistan is a welfare state but utilization of funds on education is very small and negligible. The Committee recommended Government of Pakistan to issue notification for provision of free education. The Committee decided to call meetings of Provincial Minister of Human rights on quarterly basis and for better coordination.

The Committee recommended to Ministry of Human Rights, Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, Ministry of Human Rights and Ministry of Finance to arrange necessary funds for students of Parachinar and other war affected areas of FATA in connection with grant of admission fees, tuitions fee, boarding expenditures, and Stationary/books.

The Committee recommended to Ministry of Human Rights to enhance the Human Rights Revolving funds. The Committee expressed its concern over the killing of 1100 persons in Parachinar. Recently 43 persons killed in Parachinar due to explosion.

With regard to Two Years progress Report of the Standing Committee on Human Rights the Committee appreciated that this report is the First ever report in the history of the National Assembly’s Standing Committees and before this no such report was published on behalf of the Standing Committee.

For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
Secretary
National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament House, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 922 1082 -83
Fax: +9251 922 1106

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