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263rd Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 26-05-2017
Session prorogued on = 09-06-2017
Number of working days = 15
Number of actual sittings = 11
Maximum attendance = 74%
Minimum attendance = 52%
Average attendance = 62%
Total hours of sittings = 30 hours & 15 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 04 hours
Minimum hours of sitting = 01 hours & 30 minutes

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

Order of Precedence Name of the Members
1. Senator Col (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
2. Senator Ahmed Hassan
3. Senator Nehal Hashmi

CONDOLENCE / CONDEMNED RESOLUTIONS

The following resolutions were passed by the House:-

  1. Condolence resolution on the sad demise of former Senator Abdul Rahim Khan Mandokhail, moved by Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Haq, Leader of the House.
  2. Condemning resolution for the terrorist incident on the Parliament of Iran and the mousseline of Imam Khomeini moved by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja.

OFFERING OF FATEHA

  1. The House offered Fateha for the departed souls of former Senator Abdul Rahim Khan Mandokhail and sister of Senator Taj Muhammad Afridi.
  2. The House offered Fateha for the departed souls in the incident of terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PRESENCE

The Chair recognized the presence of a group of 31 students along with three faculty members from Government High School Nara, District Kahuta.

PRIVILEGE MOTION

Senator Shahi Syed moved Privilege Motion against Mr. Mohsin Fawad S.H.O Police Station Katling District Mardan due to his illegal actions by entering in his ancestral House on the pretext of search and taking into possession the licensed weapons and registering of false FIR against his brother and nephews.
After hearing the Member, the Chairman Senate held the motion in order and referred the same to the Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges for consideration and report.

RULING OF THE CHAIR

The Chairman read out the detailed Ruling on the matter of tendering of resignation by Senator Nehal Hashmi and its subsequent request for withdrawal by the Senator.

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Following Government Bills were referred to the Standing Committees concerned on 9th June, 2017:

  1. The Post Office (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  2. The Compulsory Teaching of the Holy Quran Bill, 2017

Following Government Bill was passed during 263rd Senate Session on 9th June, 2017:

  1. The Illegal Dispossession (Amendment) Bill, 2017

LAYING A COPY OF THE FINANCE BILL, 2017

On 26th May, 2017, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate a copy of the Finance Bill, 2017, containing the Annual Budget Statement, under Article 73 of the Constitution and moved that the Senate may make recommendations, if any, to the National Assembly on the Finance Bill, 2017 under Article 73 of the Constitution. Chairman Senate read out the procedure for giving proposals for recommendations and the cut of date for submission of recommendations by the Members and the presentation of report by the Committees.
In the meanwhile, the House started consideration of the following motion:
"That the Senate may make recommendations to the National Assembly on the Finance Bill, 2017, containing the Annual Budget Statement, under Article 73 of the Constitution.".
Following Members spoke:

  1. Senator Saleem Mandviwala
  2. Senator Ch. Tanvir Khan
  3. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak
  4. Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi
  5. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati
  6. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum
  7. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh
  8. Senator Sherry Rehman
  9. Senator Aurangzeb Khan
  10. Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq
  11. Senator Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
  12. Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi
  13. Senator Farhatullah Babar
  14. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari
  15. Senator Saud Majeed
  16. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz
  17. Senator Ahmed Hassan
  18. Senator Osman Saifullah Khan
  19. Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour
  20. Senator Nuzhat Sadiq
  21. Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini
  22. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah
  23. Senator Gul Bashra
  24. Senator Nehal Hashmi
  25. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed
  26. Senator Sehar Kamran
  27. Senator Sitara Ayaz
  28. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Salahudin Tirmizi
  29. Senator Saleem Zia
  30. Senator Gianchand
  31. Senator Zafarullah Dhandla
  32. Senator Nisar Muhammad
  33. Senator Sirajul Haq
  34. Senator Mohsin Aziz
  35. Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja
  36. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik
  37. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar
  38. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi
  39. Senator Najma Hamid
  40. Senator Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate
  41. Senator Sassui Palijo
  42. Senator Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar
  43. Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi
  44. Senator Shibli Faraz
  45. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel
  46. Senator Taj Haider
  47. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan
  48. Senator Hamza
  49. Senator Samina Abid
  50. Senator Hari Ram
  51. Senator Kalsoom Perveen
  52. Senator Khalida Perveen
  53. Senator Maullana Hafiz Hamdullah
  54. Senator Rubina Irfan
  55. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood
  56. Senator Momin Khan Afridi
  57. Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhel

Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization wound up the debate and the Motion was thus talked out.
Thereafter, Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, presented report of the Committee on the proposals for making recommendations on the Finance Bill, 2017, containing the Annual Budget Statement.
Subsequently, Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved for leave to withdraw recommendation Nos.110, 112 and 117 of the recommendations of the Committee presented before the House on the Finance Bill, 2017.
The Leave was granted and the recommendation Nos.110, 112 and 117 of the recommendations of the Committee presented before the House on the Finance Bill, 2017 were treated as withdrawn.
Thereafter, Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved that the recommendations on the Finance Bill, 2017, containing the Annual Budget Statement as reported by the Committee, be adopted.
The Motion was put to the House and the Recommendations were adopted unanimously.

DISCUSSION ON THE INCIDENT OF BATON CHARGE BY POLICE TO FARMERS

Following Members spoke:-

  1. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati
  2. Senator Sirajul Haq
  3. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar
  4. Senator Khalida Parveen
  5. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz
  6. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif
  7. Senator Nehal Hashmi
  8. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum
  9. Senator Taj Haider
  10. Senator Sassui Palijo

CONSIDERATION OF ADMISSIBILITY OF ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Admissibility of the following Adjournment Motions was determined:-

Adj. Motion No. 1 (1-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja to discuss the matter of issuance of notices by the police to transgender persons to evict Swat, Nowshera, Mardan and Bannu Areas, as reported in the press Chairman held the motion out of order as it is a provincial issue, however, the Chairman directed the Functional Committee on Human Rights to take up the issue.
Adj. Motions No. 2 (2,5,6 and 8-263/2017-M), notices given of by Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Syed Shibli Faraz, Liaqat Khan Tarakai, Nauman Wazir Khattak, Samina Abid, Brig. (R) John Kenneth Williams, Sherry Rehman, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh and Sirajul Haq to discuss the unofficial meeting of the Prime Minster of Pakistan with Mr. Sajjan Jindal, an Indian businessman, without involvement of Foreign Office. Chairman held the Motion out of order as its subject matter is an offshoot of an issue already discussed during 262nd session.
Adj. Motion No. 3 (3 and 19-263/2017-M), notices given of by Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati and Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi to discuss the shortage of safe drinking water in the Country with particular reference to Islamabad Capital Territory. Chairman held the Motion out of order as it is primarily a provincial issue.
Adj. Motion No. 1 (4-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja to discuss the imposition of ban on foreign tourists to visit Gilgit Baltistan without getting NOC from the Ministry of Interior. The Chairman directed the Member to withdraw the motion and move a Calling Attention Notice. The motion was withdrawn by the Mover.
Adj. Motion No. 1 (4-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja to discuss the imposition of ban on foreign tourists to visit Gilgit Baltistan without getting NOC from the Ministry of Interior. Since the Provincial Assembly of Balochistan has already passed three resolutions in this regard, therefore, the Chairman deferred the motion till tomorrow to further examine the case.
Adj. Motion No. 1 (4-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja to discuss the imposition of ban on foreign tourists to visit Gilgit Baltistan without getting NOC from the Ministry of Interior. Since the issue was provincial, therefore, the Chairman directed the Member to withdraw the motion and see him in his Chamber.
Adj. Motion No. 1 (7-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel and Gul Bashra to discuss the alarming rise in the occupation of land by Military and Air Force in district Quetta, causing disharmony among the people. Chairman referred the motion to the Standing Committee on Defence with the direction report back within one month.
Adj. Motion No. 2 (11, 13, 15 and 18-263/2017-M), notices given of by Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Nauman Wazir Khattak, Sirajul Haq, Sherry Rehman and Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, to discuss the incident of firing by the Afghan Security Forces on a census team operating inside the residential areas of Pakistan at Chamman which resulted into loss of precious lives of civilians as well as armed forces personnel. Chairman held the motion in order for two hour discussion.
Adj. Motion No. 1 (12-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Sirajul Haq to discuss the shortage of food and lack of medical facilities in Thar due to which 121 children have lost their lives during the current year. The adjournment motion was held out of order with the suggestion to move a motion under rule 218 to discuss the issue.
Adj. Motion No. 2 (14-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, to discuss the alarming rise in corruption in the country and the inability of the Government machinery to deal with this menace in the light of the remarks made by the Prime Minister on 8th May, 2017. The Adjournment Motion was held out of order with the observation that the statement of the Leader of the House cannot be made subject of an adjournment motion. The Member may use some other parliamentary tool to bring the issue in the House.
Adj. Motion No. 3 (16 & 17-263/2017-M), notices given of by Senators Atta Ur Rehman and Sirajul Haq to discuss the incident of terrorist attack on the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri at Mastung on 12th May, 2017, which resulted into death of 25 persons. The Motion was held out of order under rule 87(d) of the Senate Rules, 2012.
Adj. Motion No. 1 (20 & 22-263/2017-M), notices given of by Senators Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah, Brig. (R) John Kenneth Williams and Sirajul Haq to discuss the media reports regarding seizure of heroin from an aircraft of PIA at Heathrow Airport, London, by the National Crime Agency of United Kingdom. Held out of order as the Special Committee on performance of PIA is already seized of the matter.
Adj. Motion No. 2 (21-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Syed Shibli Faraz, Brig. (R) John Kenneth Williams, Samina Abid, Liaqat Khan Tarakai, Nauman Wazir Khattak and Mohsin Aziz to discuss the failure of the Government to Table FATA Reforms which is against the aspiration of the people of FATA. The adjournment motion was held out of order with the suggestion to move a motion under rule 218 to discuss the issue.
Adj. Motion No. 3 (23-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Sirajul Haq to discuss the decision of the International Court of Justice to stay the execution of death sentence awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav. The Chairman held the Motion in order for two hours discussion with the direction to issue notice to the Attorney General for Pakistan as well for date when the motion will be fixed for discussion
Adj. Motion No. 1 (24-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senators Farhatullah Babar and Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, to discuss the implications of Pakistan’s foreign policy in general and for our relations with Iran in particular, after the recently held Arab-IslamicAmerican Summit in Riyadh. The Adjournment Motion was dropped due to absence of concerned Members.
Adj. Motion No. 2 (25-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Sirajul Haq, to discuss the use of drugs in the educational institutions in Lahore as reported in media. The adjournment motion was held out of order with the suggestion to move a motion under rule 218 to discuss the issue.
Adj. Motion No. 3 (26-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja, to discuss media reports that 41 out of Pakistan’s 64 banned outfits are operating on Facebook. The adjournment motion was held out of order with the suggestion to move a Calling Attention Notice with the direction to the secretariat to club the Member’s name with the Calling Attention Notice already given by Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on the same Matter.
Adj. Motion No. 1 (27-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, to discuss the implications of the statement made by the External Affairs Minister of India that legally Pakistan cannot take the Kashmir issue in the International Court of Justice. The adjournment motion was held out of order with the suggestion to use other parliamentary tools to discuss the issue.
Adj. Motion No. 1 (28-263/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, to discuss the need to review the existing foreign policy of Pakistan with particular reference to India, Afghanistan and Iran. The adjournment motion was held out of order with the suggestion to move a motion under 218 to discuss the issue.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEES - PRESENTATION OF:

  1. Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi, Chairman, Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council Ordinance, 1962 [The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Bill, 2017].
  2. Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, presented report of the Committee on Point of Public Importance raised by Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini in the House on 10th January, 2017, regarding amnesty scheme for motor vehicles.
  3. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat presented report of the Committee on the issue of "an advertisement whereby the outsourcing of the airports of the country has been advertised" pointed out by Senator Taj Haider on 16th February, 2017.
  4. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2012 [The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017], introduced by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh on 13th March, 2017.
  5. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat presented report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 203, asked by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on 17th March, 2017, regarding the details of cases and violation of CDA by-laws etc. by various shopping malls and hotels in Islamabad during the last two years including Safa Gold Mall and Grand Hayat.
  6. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat presented report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for the wellbeing, comfort and dignity of the senior citizens in the Islamabad Capital Territory [The Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Board Bill, 2017], introduced by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan on 13th February, 2017.
  7. Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi, Chairman, Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for the regulation of health care services in the public and private sectors, and to protect the rights of patients [The National Health Care Bill, 2017] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on 10th April, 2017.
    Since, the Committee has recommended that the Member may withdraw his Bill as the Government is also bring a Bill on this issue, therefore, the Chairman took serious notice of such recommendations and observed that it is not the right of the Government to ask a Private Member to withdraw his Bill due to the reason that the Government is also bringing a Bill on the same issue. Chairman urged the Mover of the instant Bill to proceed further under the Rules.
  8. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, presented report of the Committee on the breach of privilege of the Senate by the Joint Secretary (Legal), Ministry of Interior, by obstructing the proceedings of the House by not providing reply to Senate starred question No. 7, asked by Senator Nisar Muhammad, regarding the compensation paid to the heirs of martyrs of Army Public School, Peshawar, which was set down for answering on 11th April, 2017.
  9. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, presented report of the Committee on the breach of privilege of the Senate due to non-provision of reply to part (c) of starred question No. 23, asked by Senator Farhatullah Babar on 11th April, 2017, as well as missing of the same in the brief for the Minister.
  10. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, presented report of the Committee on the breach of privilege of the Senate by the Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research and by the Heads of PARC, PASSCO, FWMC, DPP, NVL, PODB, API, LDDB, AQD, FDB and FSC&RD by providing incomplete reply to Senate starred question No. 55, asked by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, set down for answering on 12th April, 2017.
  11. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, presented report of the Committee on the breach of privilege of the Senate by the Secretary, Ministry of Defence, by not providing reply to Senate starred question No. 90, asked by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, set down for answering on 19th April, 2017.
  12. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman, Standing Committee on Defence, presented report of the Committee on a point of public importance raised by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel on 20th December, 2016 regarding "Ministry of Defence has ordered the residents of Cantonment areas of Loralai to vacate the same despite the fact that the land has been allotted to them for 100 years".
  13. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman, Standing Committee on Defence, presented report of the Committee on the mid-year review of budget of the Ministry of Defence, in terms of sub-rule (4) of rule 166 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012.
  14. Senator Kamil Ali Agha, Chairman, Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for the right to information in transparent and effective manner, subject only to reasonable restrictions imposed by law [The Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017].
  15. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Illegal Dispossession Act, 2005 [The Illegal Dispossession (Amendment) Bill, 2017].
  16. Senator Farooq Hameed Naik on behalf of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Defamation Ordinance, 2002 [The Defamation (Amendment) Bill, 2017], introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 10th April, 2017.
  17. Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Chairman, Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research, presented 15th follow up report of the Committee regarding proposed conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) / Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) into residential/commercial plots.
  18. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, presented report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 55, asked by Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak on 10th January, 2017, regarding the number of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Established / Notified in the country so far.

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Following Calling Attention Notices were taken up in the 263rd Session:

  1. SENATOR FARHATULLAH BABAR was to draw attention of the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs towards the statements of Saudi Authorities that the Islamic Military Alliance will not restrict only to terrorist organizations like ISIS and Al-Qaeda but it will also take action against the rebel groups posing threat to any Member Country, on the request of that Country, as reported in media.
    However, the Chairman took serious notice of non-acceptance of the subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice by the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs and its referring back to each other time and again, the Hon’ble Chairman Senate summoned the Minister for Defence and the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs to appear before the House on Wednesday, the 31st May, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
    The Chairman also directed to issue notice of breach of privilege to the Secretary Defence and Secretary Foreign Affairs.
  2. Senators Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi and Sherry Rehman drew attention of the Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, towards the malfunctioning of 70 water pumps and 13 water tankers and overall shortage of water in Islamabad, which is reportedly 21 million gallons per day.
    Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control made statement and the CAN was disposed of.
  3. SENATOR FARHATULLAH BABAR drew attention of the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs towards the statements of Saudi Authorities that the Islamic Military Alliance will not restrict only to terrorist organizations like ISIS and Al-Qaeda but it will also take action against the rebel groups posing threat to any Member country, on the request of that country, as reported in media.
    Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, made statement and the Calling Attention Notice was thus disposed of.
    The Chairman directed that the whenever the ToRs will be finalized the same shall be laid before the Parliament before its ratification by the Cabinet.
  4. SENATOR SEHAR KAMRAN drew attention of the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs towards the killing of fifteen Indians in the recent massive ordnance air blast attack by the US military in Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan which shows the involvement of India in terrorist activities in the region in collaboration with Taliban.
    Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, made statement and the Calling Attention Notice was thus disposed of.
  5. Senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel and Gul Bashra drew attention of the Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control towards the non-functioning of Passport Office established in Harnai, District Musakhel.
    Minister of State for Interior made Narcotics Control made statement and the Calling Attention Notice was disposed of.
  6. Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja drew attention of the Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control towards the imposition of ban on foreign tourists to visit Gilgit Baltistan without getting NOC from the Ministry of Interior.
    Minister of State for Interior made Narcotics Control made statement and the Calling Attention Notice was disposed of.
  7. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi drew attention of the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources towards the alleged embezzlement of Rupees 134 billion by National and International Gas Companies which extracted and sold oil for last 6 years while according to law they can extract and sale oil only for two years.
    Mr. Jam Kamal Khan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources made the statement and the Calling Attention Notice was disposed of.
  8. Senators Sassui Palijo and Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi drew attention of the Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training towards the rustication of students belonging to Sindh and Balochistan by the administration of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.
    Mr. Muhammad Baleegh ur Rehman, Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training made the statement.
    The Chairman observed that the Senate is not infringing upon the powers of the University, however, the Chairman drew attention of the Minister towards the failure of the Police in controlling such incidents despite prior notices of the tension.
    The Chairman directed the Secretariat to schedule the meeting of the Committee of the Whole which is already seized of the issue of revival of Student Unions.
    The Calling Attention Notice was thus disposed of.
  9. Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja on his behalf and on behalf of Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi drew attention of the Minister In-charge of the Cabinet Division towards the activities of 41 banned outfits operating openly on the Facebook.
    Mr. Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs on behalf of Minister Incharge of the Cabinet Division made the statement and the Calling Attention Notice was thus disposed of.
  10. Senator Sherry Rehman drew attention of the Minister for Climate Change towards the report of World Health Organization (WHO) according to which Pakistan is ranked as 4th worst country affected by air pollution.
    Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change made the statement and the Calling Attention Notice was disposed of.

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER

Ch. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms made statement on the Provincial allocations for PSDP in the Financial Year 2016-17, details of releases therefrom and the Provincial allocations for PSDP for the Financial Year 2017-18.

STATEMENT BY THE FINANCE MINISTER ON FATA REFORMS

Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance made detailed statement on the issue of FATA reforms and assured that after Budget session he will convene a meeting of the four provincial Finance Ministers to take up the issue.
The Chairman offered the Minister that the forum of the Committee of the Whole House can also be used for this issue.
The Minister while accepting the offer acknowledged the importance of the forum of Committee of the Whole.

STATEMENT MADE BY THE DEPUTY CHAIRMAN SENATE

Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Deputy Chairman Senate, made detailed statement with reference to suicide attack on his convoy in Mastung and the steps taken by the Government after the incident. He urged the Provincial and Federal Government to give monetary package to the victims of the incident. He also thanked the Chair and the House on the solidarity shown by them to him on this tragic incident.
The Chairman assured the Deputy Chairman that he will take up the matter with the Federal and Provincial Government.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE SECRETARY

The Secretary Senate made the following announcements:-

  1. Announcement regarding receipt of messages from the National Assembly regarding the passage and rejection of the Bills. [The Chairman appreciated the Senate and the Committee of the Whole on passage of certain Private Members’ Bills which have now been passed by the National Assembly as well i.e. The Senate Secretariat (Services), Bill, 2017, The Witnesses Protection Bill, 2017, The Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill, 2017, National Counter Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Representation of Peoples (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017]
  2. Announcement regarding Public Petitions.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRESIDING OFFICER

The Presiding Officer made the following announcements:-

  1. The Presiding Officer apprised the House that the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms has sent two booklets titled "Brief on PSDP 2017-18" and "PSDP 2017-18 important projects" for information of the Members which are being laid on the Tables.
  2. With reference to a Calling Attention Notice regarding the killing of innocent Pakistanis in the recent outbreak of violent firing on Line of Control by the Indian Forces, the Presiding Officer announced that some classified information has been kept by the Defence Ministry in the Chamber of the Chairman which will be available for perusal of the Members on 18th June, 2017 after assumption of charge by the Chairman Senate of the Office of the Chairman.

DISCUSSION ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTION

  1. Discussion on the admitted adjournment motion moved by Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Nauman Wazir Khattak, Sirajul Haq, Sherry Rehman and Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, on 31st May, 2017, regarding the incident of firing by the Afghan Security Forces on a census team operating inside the residential areas of Pakistan at Chamman border which resulted into loss of precious lives of civilians as well as armed forces personnel.
    Winding up speech by the Minister is pending.
  2. Discussion on the admitted adjournment motion moved by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh on 20th April, 2017, regarding the disappearance of Col. (R) Habib, resident of Rawalpindi in the hands of the Indian forces on his visit to Nepal.
    Winding up speech by the Minister is pending.

MINISTERIAL RESPONSE

  1. Mr. Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Water and Power made statement on the following points of public importance, raised on 30th May, 2017:-
    (i) Regarding the extensive load shedding of electricity in Sindh during Sehar and Iftar timings especially in Karachi Division, raised by Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz. The matter was disposed of in view of the statement of the Minister.
    (ii) Regarding the protest made by the people in Dargai, Malakand Division, against the extensive load shedding of electricity and the killing of two persons during that protest, raised by Senator Nisar Muhammad. The matter was disposed of in view of the statement of the Minister.
    (iii) Regarding the extensive load shedding of electricity and non-installation of transformers and poles in the area of Senator Sirajul Haq, as raised by him. The matter was disposed of in view of the statement of the Minister.
    The Matters were disposed of in view of the statement of the Minister.
  2. Mr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division made his statement on the point of public importance raised by Senator Professor Sajid Mir on 12th and 19th April, 2017, regarding non-payment of salaries to the technicians working in the Federal Government Hospital Islamabad for last 7/8 months.
    The Matter was disposed of in view of the statement of the Minister.
  3. Mr. Jam Kamal Khan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources made his statement on the point of public importance raised by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel on 19th April, 2017, regarding the continuous absence of Director General, Geological Survey of Pakistan from the Head Office of the department situated at Quetta.
    The Matter was disposed of in view of the statement of the Minister.

MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE RAISED DURING ZERO HOUR

  1. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz spoke about the extensive load shedding of electricity in Sindh.
  2. Senators Sirajul Haq spoke about extensive load shedding and non-installation of transformers and poles in Lower Dir.
  3. Senator Nisar Muhammad spoke the extensive load shedding of electricity in Dargai, Malakand Division and killing of two persons during protest against load shedding.
    The Chairman referred the points regarding load shedding to the Minister for Water and Power with the direction to fix the same for Thursday.
  4. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed spoke about the inhuman attitude and behavior of the Indian Army towards the Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir.
  5. Senator Sherry Rehman spoke about the announcement made by the foreign office that Prime Minister will deliver speech in Arab Summit but later on Prime Minister was not given opportunity to speak.
  6. Senator Nehal Hashmi spoke about the decision of the Sindh Government not build the building more than ground plus one height whereas there is no restriction on builders’ mafia to construct high rise buildings.
    Senator Taj Haider responded the issue on behalf of the Government of Sindh.
  7. Chairman enquired from Senator Nuzhat Sadiq about present condition of KAVAN the elephant in Margalla Zoo. The Chairman directed the Secretariat to arrange a meeting of Senators Nuzhat Sadiq, Samina Abid, Mushahid Hussain Sayed and the Mayor of Islamabad to settle the issue once for all.
  8. Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja condemned the recent incidents of terrorism in the Parliament of Iran and the mousseline of Imam Khomeini and urged that the House should pass a resolution to condemn the incidents and to show solidarity with the people of Iran.
    The Presiding Officer advised the Member to draft a resolution in consultation with the leaders of other parties.
  9. Senator Sassui Palijo pointed out the taking into custody of four persons from Badin whose whereabouts are not known.
  10. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini pointed out that the Member NHA Balochistan is terminating the local engineers and hiring the engineers from other provinces.
    The presiding Officer referred the matter to the Standing Committee concerned.
  11. Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamadullah pointed out the incident of committing of suicide by an official of Interior Ministry in order to secure the job for his son from the quota of the Government whereby job is awarded to the son/daughter of a Government employee dies during service. He further condemned the blasts in Iran and the prevailing situation due to ISIS in the whole world. He also spoke about the Afghanistan-Taliban Conference held in Moscow. He further pointed out the lack of security in the Parliament lodges.
    The Presiding officer asked Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, Parliamentary Leader of PML-N to take up the issue of committing of suicide by an employee with the concerned quarters so that his son may get job at-least now. As far as the matter of lack of security in the lodges is concerned, the Presiding Officer referred the matter to the House Committee on Parliament Lodges.
  12. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed spoke about the appeal made by the father of Mishal Khan to relocate them to Islamabad due to increased security threats to their family and to help their daughters secure admission in a Medical College.
  13. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Leader of the Opposition pointed out an incident involving Mr. Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed that happened yesterday i.e. 8th June, 2017 in parliament precincts where a person got involved in physical violence with the Honorable Parliamentarian. Senator Aurangzeb Khan also spoke in this regard and condemned such behavior and the poor security system in Parliament House. Chaudhary Tanvir Khan also spoke in this regard.
    Mr. Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman apprised the House about the notice taken by the Lower House and Interior Ministry in this regard. The matter was referred to Standing Committee concerned for thorough investigation.
  14. Senator Sehar Kamran pointed out the matter of hacking of Bilawal House Media Cell Website by Indian hackers. She further pointed out about the tracking of social media accounts by FIA which amounts to restricting the right of expression.
  15. Senator Taj Haider pointed out the under transfer of funds to the Sindh by the Federal Government on account of NFC share.
  16. Senator Sitara Ayaz pointed out the naming of the Universities under the ideologies instead of naming the same with the names of National Heroes which is promoting ethnicity and political discrimination.
  17. Senator Sassui Palijo pointed out the matter of non-issuance of NFC awards to concerned provinces.
  18. Senator Samina Abid pointed out the shortage of water supply in Islamabad.
  19. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif pointed out the transfer of administrative control of National Commission for Human Rights to the Ministry of Human Rights which against the spirit of the Act whereby NCHR was established.
  20. Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi pointed out that the Finance Minister has not addressed the points raised by him during his Budget speech. He further pointed out the non-availability of NADRA office or mobile van in Bulaida area of Makran Division despite assurance by Chairman NADRA before the Committee. He also condemned the incident that happened with Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed.
    The Presiding Officer referred the matter of non-provision of mobile van of NADRA in Bulada Makran Division to the Minister for Interior for report.
  21. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar pointed out that Member NHA Balochistan is terminating the local engineers and hiring the engineers from other provinces. He further spoke about the non-implementation of recommendations of the Senate on Finance Bill. He further stated that there should be a criterion to title someone as National Hero.
  22. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel pointed out the non-implementation of recommendations made by Senate. He further raised the point of inequality in distribution of Budget for Balochistan province.
  23. Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamadullah pointed out the missing of Mufti Ameer Zaman from Attock at the hands of the Agencies. He further spoke on the matter of naming universities after National Heroes. He also spoke about the lingering on of the case of one Khadija who was stabbed in Lahore. The Presiding Officer referred the matter of missing of Mufti Ameer Zaman and some persons from Badin to the Functional Committee on Human Rights for report.
    Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Leader of the Opposition, stated that he will use his influence in Bar for disposal of Khadija stabbing case.
  24. Senator Farhatullah Babar also spoke on the matter of missing persons. He also stated that investigation should be made in the alleged nuclear proliferation from Pakistan.
  25. Senator Pervaiz Rasheed pointed out some words used by the Presiding Officer which were disturbing for him. The Presiding Officer expunged those remarks.
  26. Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja condemned the kidnapping and killing of Chinese Couple at the hands of ISIS.

LAPSE OF BUSINESS

The pending Notices of questions, resolutions, motion 218, calling attention and adjournment motions were lapsed.

  • On 9th June, 2017, the Presiding Officer prorogued the Senate Session on conclusion of its business at 12:45 p.m.

262nd Session (Requisitioned Session)


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 11-05-2017
Session prorogued on = 15-05-2017
Number of working days = 5
Number of actual sittings = 3
Maximum attendance = 72%
Minimum attendance = 55%
Average attendance = 63%
Total hours of sittings = 12 hours & 30 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 04 hours & 50 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 03 hours & 40 minutes
Average hours of sitting = 04 hours & 10 minutes

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

Order of Precedence Name of the Members
1. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah
2. Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari
3. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif

THE REQUISITION AGENDA ITEMS WHICH WERE CLUBBED DISCUSSED DURING THE 262ND SESSION BY WAY OF MOTION UNDER RULE 218

  1. The tragic incident of lynching of Mishal Khan and the rise in such incidents in the country.
  2. The physical blocking of leaders of a political party from holding of Press Conference in the Press Information Department (PID).
  3. The issue of DAWN leaks, the removal of Federal Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rasheed as well as the matter of non-publication of the Report of the inquiry Committee on that issue and; The alleged bugging of the official meetings held in the Prime Minister’s House by its media cell.
  4. The alleged tendency of advancing transnational business interests by the Chief Executive of the Country and the ongoing investigation into Panama case and Government’s alleged attempts to influence and manipulate the constitution of the JIT on that issue.
  5. Discussion on the alleged unconstitutional interference of Governor Sindh in political matters; the dropping of discussion on implementation of Article 158 of the Constitution from the delayed meeting of CCI of 2nd May, 2017; the alleged misstatement by the Minister of State for Water and Power in the Senate regarding the supply of irrigation water to the Provinces and the failure/delay in tracing the whereabouts of Mr. Ghulam Qadir Marri and others who are close to former President of Pakistan.

CONDOLENCE / CONDEMNED RESOLUTIONS

  1. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood moved resolution condemning the incident of terrorist attack on the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate of Pakistan.
    The resolution was put to the House and passed unanimously.
  2. Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, Leader of the House moved condolence resolution on the sad demise Mr. Muhammad Iftikhar Mughal, Director Staff Senate of Pakistan in the incident of terrorist attack on the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate of Pakistan.
    The resolution was put to the House and passed unanimously.
  3. Senator Taj Haider moved resolution condemning the incident of terrorist attack in Gwadar and Kharan killing the innocent laborers.
    The resolution was put to the House and passed unanimously.

OFFERING OF FATEHA

  1. The House offered Fateha for the victims of 12th May, 2007 incident.
  2. The House offered Fateha for the departed souls in the incident of terrorist attack on the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate of Pakistan at Mastung and the incident of killing of laborers in Gwadar and Kharan at the hands of the terrorists.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PRESENCE

  1. The Chair recognized the presence of a group of 55 students along with 4 faculty members from National Defence University, Islamabad.
  2. The Chair recognized the presence of 27 students and 6 faculty Members of Al-Meezan School, Bharakahu, who were present in the Galleries to witness the proceedings.
  3. The Chair recognized the presence of 38 students and 2 faculty Members of Best Law College, Rawalpindi who were present in the Galleries to witness the proceedings.
  4. The Chair acknowledged the presence of Governor Punjab who was present in the Galleries to witness the proceedings.
  5. The Chair acknowledged the presence of a group of 13 Members of Youth Parliament Islamabad Chapter who were present in the galleries to witness the proceedings.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEES - PRESENTATION OF:

  1. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to reform and re-enact the law relating to companies and for matters connected therewith [The Companies Bill, 2017].
  2. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for alternate dispute resolution [The Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, 2017].
  3. Senator Nisar Muhammad, Convener, Special Committee on Marginalized Segments of Society presented 4th Interim report of the Special Committee on marginalized segments of society.
  4. Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah, Chairman, Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance, 1981 [The Ehtram-e-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill, 2017] introduced by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, on 16th January, 2017.
  5. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Islamabad Rent Restriction Ordinance, 2001 [The Islamabad Rent Restriction (Amendment) Bill, 2017] introduced by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, on 13th February, 2017.
  6. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Islamabad Consumers Protection Act, 1995 [The Islamabad Consumers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2017] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 10th April, 2017.
  7. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Islamabad Capital Territory Shops, Business and Industrial Establishments (Security) Ordinance, 2000 [The Islamabad Capital Territory Shops, Business and Industrial Establishments (Security) (Amendment) Bill, 2017] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 10th April, 2017.
  8. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010 [The Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2017] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 13th March, 2017.
  9. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of Articles 63, 177 and 193), introduced by Senator Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan, on 20th February, 2017.
  10. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of Article 37), introduced by Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah, on 6th March, 2017.
  11. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on Behalf Of Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Partnership Act, 1932, in its application to the Islamabad Capital Territory [The Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2016], introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 26th September, 2016.
  12. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on Behalf Of Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, presented special report of the Committee on payments made to clear the circular debt of power sector amounting to Rs.480 billion during the year 2013.

DIRECTION OF THE CHAIRMAN

The Chairman Senate directed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may prepare brief on the following points for its presentation before the House by a Minister on Monday the 15th May, 2017:-

  1. Recent hostile statements by Iran.
  2. Recent tension on Pak-Afghan Border at Chamman.
  3. Statement made by the Chinese Ambassador in India regarding the changing of name of CPEC.
  4. Reported approaching of International Court of Justice by the Indian Government against the sentence awarded to Kalbooshan Yadev and media reports in this regard.
  5. Upcoming visit of the Prime Minister to attend the Arab Summit wherein his meeting with the President of America is also expected.

Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for SAFRON on behalf of the Advisor to the Prime Minster on Foreign Affairs made the statement on the above mentioned issues of National importance as directed by the Chairman Senate.

OBSERVATION OF THE CHAIRMAN

The Chairman drew attention of the Minister for Law and Justice towards an agenda item in the Orders of the Day of the National Assembly whereby an Ordinance was being extended with retrospective effect. The Chairman observed that it is unconstitutional to extend an ordinance after its expiry.
The Minister stated that he will look into the matter.

DISCUSSION ON THE SAD INCIDENT OF SUICIDE ATTACK ON THE CONVOY OF DEPUTY CHAIRMAN SENATE, MOLANA ABDUL GHAFOOR HAIDERI AT MASTUNG, BALOCHISTAN.

The Chairman apprised the House about the sad incident of suicide attack on the convoy of Deputy Chairman Senate, Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri at Mustang, Balochistan and strongly condemned the incident. The House offered Fateha for the departed souls in the incident and prayed for early recovery of the injured persons. Discussion was made in the House.

GOVERNMENT BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

The following Government Bills were passed by the Senate:

  1. The Companies Bill, 2017 (passed on 15th May, 2017)
  2. The Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, 2017 (passed on 15th May, 2017)
  3. The Costs of Litigation Bill, 2017 (passed on 15th May, 2017)
  4. The National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill, 2017 (passed on 15th May, 2017)
  5. The Explosive Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (passed on 15th May, 2017)
  6. The Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (passed on 15th May, 2017)

BILL INTRODUCED

The following Government Bill was introduced in the Senate:

  1. The Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017
    The Chairman referred the Bill to the Standing Committee concerned with the direction to report back in the next session.

WITHDRAWAL OF BILL

The following Government Bill was withdrawn:

  1. The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2017

MOTIONS [Under Rule 194(1)]

  1. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for rehabilitation and re-organization of distressed corporate entities [The Corporate Rehabilitation Bill, 2017] introduced on 19th January, 2017, may be extended for a further period of sixty working days with effect from 12th May,2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  2. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance, 2001 [The Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) (Amendment) Bill, 2017], introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on 13th March, 2017, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 13th May, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  3. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Protection of Economic Reforms Act, 1992 [The Protection of Economic Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Saleem Mandviwala, on 3rd October, 2016, may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 23rd May, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  4. Senator Hidayat Ullah on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2012 [The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017], introduced by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, on 13th March, 2017, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 15th May, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  5. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Substitution of Article 251), introduced by Senator Sassui Palijo on her behalf and on behalf of Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz, on 19th December, 2016 may be extended for a period of thirty working days.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  6. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Amendment of Article 251), introduced by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja, on 19th December, 2016 may be extended for a period of thirty working days.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  7. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of Article 255), introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 20th March, 2017, may be extended for a period of sixty working days with effect from 20th May, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

  1. Senator Baz Muhammad khan pointed out the lodging of FIR against Senator Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate and his cousin Zamurd Khan Achakzai Member Provincial Assembly.
    The Chairman took notice of the matter as it pertains to the honorable Senator Daud Khan Achakzai and directed the secretariat to take all details from the Secretary Home and IGP Balochistan and present it to the Chair by night.
  2. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel spoke about the injustice being done by the Federal Government in the Federal Budget on account of funds allocated for the small provinces especially the Province of Balochistan.
  • The Chairman prorogued the Senate Session on conclusion of its business on 15th May, 2017.

261st Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 10-04-2017
Session prorogued on = 21-04-2017
Number of working days = 12
Number of actual sittings = 10
Number of private Members’ days = 02
Maximum attendance = 70%
Minimum attendance = 34%
Average attendance = 60%
Total hours of sittings = 29 hours & 30 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 04 hours & 10 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 01 hours & 20 minutes
Average hours of sitting = 02 hours & 57 minutes

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

Order of Precedence Name of the Members
1. Senator Col (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
2. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini
3. Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq

STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 467
Admitted : 425
Disallowed : 22
Lapsed : 20
Replied : 208
Referred to Committees : 04
Carried Forward : 213

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 60
Received : 01
Admitted : 01
Discussed in the House : 01
Lapsed : 00

SUBJECT OF THE MOTION UNDER RULE 60 DISCUSSED DURING THE 261st SESSION

  1. "Regarding the disagreement of FBR with the case of promoting the pioneer industry of Engineering Sector forwarded by the Government to FBR."
MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218
Received : 64
Admitted : 48
Disallowed : 06
Lapsed : 10
Discussed in the House : 04
Dropped in the House : 03
Admitted but lapsed : 41

SUBJECTS OF THE MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218 DISCUSSED DURING THE 261st SESSION

  1. The overall performance of National Highway Authority with particular reference to the steps taken by it to ensure transparency in its projects.
  2. The need for effective measures to boost industrial growth in the country.
  3. The report of the United Nations Development Programme on the water scarcity issue in Pakistan.
  4. The present status of implementation of Sustainable Development Goal No. 3 to ensure universal access to quality treatment at affordable rates.
RESOLUTIONS
Received : 76
Admitted : 59
Disallowed : 08
Lapsed : 09
Passed by the House : 05
Dropped in the House : 02
Admitted but lapsed : 50
Withdrawn in the House : 01

SUBJECTS OF THE RESOLUTIONS PASSED DURING THE 261st SESSION

  1. Recommending that the Government should take effective steps for promotion of wind energy in the country.
  2. Recommending that the Government should take effective steps to implement the provision of clause (3) of Article 172 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in letter and spirit.
  3. Recommending the Government should appoint a Minister for the Ministry of Textile Industry in order to promote the growth of textile exports and sustainability of the textile sector.
  4. Recommending the Government should take effective steps to promote the celebration of traditional Islamic religious festivals and days of religious significance in the schools and educational institutions to mark the religious outlook of our society.
  5. Recommending the Government should take effective steps to control the indecent and vulgar material on electronic and print media and on web.

OFFERING OF FATEHA

  1. The House offered Fateha for the departed souls who lost their lives in terrorist attack in Parachinar on 31st March, 2017.
  2. The house offered Fateha for the departed soul of the brother in law of Senator Aitzaz Ahsen (Leader of the Opposition).

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PRESENCE

  • The Chairman recognized the presence of a group of 35 students from Department of Media Studies along with three faculty members from Islamia University Bahawalpur.
  • The Chair recognized the presence of former Senator Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Aviation.
  • The chair recognized the presence of a group of 8 international wrestlers who are present in Pakistan to promote sports in Pakistan.

OBSERVATIONS OF THE CHAIRMAN

  • The Chairman took serious notice of the absence of the Ministers whose Business was on the agenda and stated that he will not tolerate such attitude in future. The Leader of the House assured his cooperation in this regard.
  • The Chairman drew attention of the Minister for Finance towards the vacancy of the post of Auditor General of Pakistan after the retirement of the existing Auditor General which has created a Constitutional Vacuum.
    The Finance Minister stated that he has initiated the summary for appointment of most senior officer of the Department till the selection of a suitable candidate for the post and notification in this regard will be issued very soon.
  • The Chairman apprised the House on receiving a letter from the Prime Minister Secretariat on 17th April, 2017 which states that it has been directed to all the Federal Ministers and Federal Secretaries to treat Parliamentary Business as top priority.

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS INTRODUCED

  1. The Defamation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  2. The Islamabad Capital Territory Shops, Business and Industrial Establishments (Security) (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  3. The National Health Care Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  4. The Islamabad Consumers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.

GOVERNMENT BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

  1. The National School of Public Policy (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
  2. The Limited Liability Partnership Bill, 2017.

BILLS WITHDRAWN [Under Rule 115]

The following Bill was withdrawn by the concerned Mover:-

  1. The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS [Under Rule 100]

The following Private Members’ Bills were passed by the House:

  1. The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of section 323)
  2. The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of sections 273, 274 and 275)

CELEBRATION OF 10TH APRIL AS THE CONSTITUTION DAY

The House celebrated and commemorated the Constitution Day on 10th April, 2017.

FORMING OF QUESTION OF LAW

The Chairman framed the following question of law:-
"Whether there is inconsistency in paragraph (c), sub-rule (1) of Rule 100 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012 regarding referral of a Bill, reported by the Standing Committee, to a Select Committee? Does it amount to undermining the recommendations/report of a Standing Committee?"
and directed Senators Aitzaz Ahsan, Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Javed Abbasi, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif and Saifullah Magsi to advance their arguments and assist the Chair on the same.
The Members advanced their arguments on 13th April, 2017 and after hearing the Members, the Chairman gave his detailed ruling on the issue on 18th April, 2017.

REPORT LAID BEFORE THE SENATE

Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of SENATOR MOHAMMAD ISHAQ DAR, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the Second Quarterly Report for the year 2016-2017 of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan on the state of Pakistan’s Economy, as required under section 9A (2) of the State Bank of Pakistan Act, 1956.

MOTION (Under Rule 172A)

Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Haq, Leader of the House, moved under rule 172A of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the House may constitute itself into a Committee of the Whole to develop a strategy that addresses the increasing threat of Water scarcity to the Federation.
The Motion was put to the House and adopted.

CONSIDERATION OF ADMISSIBILITY OF ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

  1. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi moved Adjournment Motion No. 1- 261/2017-M to discuss the present threat to the people of Pakistan as witnessed in recent terrorist attacks in Peshawar, Mohammad Agency, Lahore and Sehwan Sharif and the State’s knee-jerk response to the new spate of terrorist acts and outrages.
    After hearing the Mover, the Chairman held the Motion out of order.
  2. Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati and Sirajul Haq moved Adjournment Motion No. 5, 8-261/2017-M, to discuss the recent price hike in basic food items which has further exacerbated the financial position of poor people.
    After hearing the Movers, the Chairman held the Motion in order and fixed the same for two hours discussion on 18th April, 2017.
  3. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi was to move the Adj. Motion No. 1 (2-261/2017-M), to discuss the alarming rise in the use and selling of drugs among university students.
    However, the Chairman suggested the Member to move a Motion under rule 218 so the Member withdrew his motion.
  4. Senator Mohsin Aziz was to move the Adj. Motion No. 2 (4-261/2017-M), to discuss the decision of the Government to privatize three international airports of Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad through an executive order which could be a security threat to the strategic assets of the country.
    However, the Chairman informed the Member that the matter has already been referred to the Standing Committee, therefore, the Adjournment Motion was withdrawn by the Member.
  5. Senator Syed Shibli Faraz was to move the Adj. Motion No. 3 (6-261/2017-M), to discuss the serious structural issues in power sector resulting into perpetual crisis affecting the daily lives of general public.
    However, the Chairman suggested the Member to move a Motion under rule 218 so the Member withdrew his motion.
  6. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh moved the Adj. Motion No. 2 (9-261/2017-M), to discuss the implications, causes and motive behind suicide attack on a census team at Lahore resulting into death of seven personnel.
    After hearing the mover, the Chairman held the Motion out of order.
  7. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh moved the Adj. Motion No. 1 (11-261/2017-M), to discuss the unjustified over billing to the domestic as well as commercial consumers by MEPCO in order to cover huge losses.
    The member explained the salient features of the Adjournment Motion.
    The opposition benches staged a walkout due to absence of Minister concerned.
    The Chairman took serious note of non-attendance of ministers as a matter of routine and directed that it will not be accepted that Senate be treated or degraded this way.
    The Chairman adjourned the Senate Sine Die in terms of rule 23, sub rule 2(a), Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012.
  8. Senator Sirajul Haq moved the Adj. Motion No. 1 (7-261/2017-M), to discuss the baton charge and firing by the Police on a peaceful sit-in lodged by Jammat-e-Islami at Shahrah-e-Faisal Karachi against over billing and unscheduled load shedding of electricity by K-Electric.
    The Chairman held the motion out of order as it pertains to Law and Order which is a provincial subject.
  9. Senator Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi moved the Adj. Motion No. 2 (10- 261/2017-M), to discuss the implications of the decision of World Bank’s Tribunal namely Court for International Dispute Settlements regarding a case between the Government of Balochistan and Tethyan Copper Company.
    The Chairman held the motion in order and fixed the same for discussion on Thursday the 20th April, 2017 as last item.
  10. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh moved the Adj. Motion No. 1 (12-261/2017-M), to discuss the disappearance of Col. (R) Habib, resident of Rawalpindi in the hands of the Indian forces on his visit to Nepal.
    Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs made a statement explaining the facts of the case and the steps taken by the government in this regard so far.
    After the statement by the Advisor, the Chairman asked the Mover that whether he still presses his Motion or not.
    The Mover pressed his Motion.
    The Chairman held the Adjournment Motion in order and fixed the same for discussion on 21st April, 2017 as last item but the same could not be discussed on 21st April, 2017.
  11. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh withdrew his Adj. Motion No. 1 (13-261/2017-M), to discuss the alarming rise in the borrowing activities of the Government.
  12. Adj. Motion No. 2 (18-261/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Sherry Rehman to discuss the incident of arrest of a man from Sargodha who was reportedly involved in child pornography for unlawful gain putting the lives of innocent children at stake was dropped due to absence of the Member.

ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS DISCUSSED DURING THE SESSION

Following adjournment motions were discussed in the House during the Session:-
  1. The recent price hike in basic food items which has further exacerbated the financial position of poor people.
  2. The implications of the decision of an Arbitration Tribunal of the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on the arbitration claims filed by Tethyan Copper Company against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in relation to the denial of a mining lease for the Reko Diq project.

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Calling Attention Notices on the following subjects were taken up in the House during the session:-

  1. The permission granted by the Government to the recently retired Army Chief to join the Saudi-Led Multi nation Islamic Military Alliance to fight against terrorism moved by Senator Farhatullah Babar.
    The Chairman clubbed the adjournment motion of Senator Mohsin Aziz on the same issue with the instant Calling Attention Notice.
    Senators Farhatullah Babar and Mohsin Aziz made statements on the subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice.
    The Minister of Defence made statement on the subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice. The Chairman directed the Minister to lay before the Senate the ToRs of Pakistan’s engagement with the alliance when the same will be finalized.
  2. The mechanism introduced on no profit no loss basis for the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation Scheme Thalian as advertised by the Government, moved by Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Mohsin Aziz And Ilyas Ahmad Bilour.
  3. The recent attack on mines in Mohmmand Agency and the sufferings of the people of FATA from terrorism and failure of the Security Agencies to provide security to them, moved by Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Mohsin Aziz, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar And Hidayat Ullah.
  4. The refusal of Pakistani Banks to accept old design US $ 100 Notes whereas there is no official restriction on accepting the same and the money changers are charging upto 4% fee to exchange these bills, moved by Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.
  5. The decline in remittances due to deportation of huge number of labourers from the Gulf Countries especially from Saudi Arabia which has deported around 40,000 labourers, moved by Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.
  6. The ranking of Pakistani Passport as second last in Global Indexing Arton Capital Passport Index, moved by Senator Saleem Mandviwala on his behalf and on behalf of Senators Farhatullah Babar, Farooq Hamid Naek and Karim Ahmed Khawaja.
  7. The increasing trade deficit during July-March (FY 2016-17) as reported by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics as well as independent research reports which shows a bleak picture of Pakistan’s economy whereas the Government is claiming that the economic indicators are improving, moved by Senator Sherry Rehman.
  8. The maltreatment of a female PIA passenger, her sister and daughters while traveling to Oslo, Norway from Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad by a Lady Officer of FIA and staff on 15-04-2017, moved by Senator Nehal Hashmi on his behalf and on behalf of Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh.
  9. The recent brutality by the Indian forces in Indian occupied Kashmir and the steps taken by the Government of Pakistan to safeguard the rights of Kashmiris, moved by Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.
  10. The high electricity tariff for new power projects that will have a negative impact on the viability of industrial sector as well as on the exports of the country as the tariff is much higher as compared to the regional competitors, moved by Senator Mohsin Aziz.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEES - PRESENTATION OF:

  1. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 [The National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2017].
  2. Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to make provisions for the incorporation, regulation and winding up of limited liability partnerships as body corporate and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto [The Limited Liability Partnership Bill, 2017].
  3. Senator Samin Abid on behalf of Senator Nasreen Jalil, Chairperson, Functional Committee on Human Rights, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for constitution of a National Commission on the Rights of the child and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto [The National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill, 2017].
  4. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 [The Costs of Litigation Bill, 2017].
  5. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Explosive Substances Act, 1908 [The Explosive Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2017].
  6. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of Article 130) introduced by Senator Saeed Ghani, on 20th February, 2017.
  7. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of Article 101) introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 6th March, 2017.
  8. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Code of Civil Procedure 1908 [The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of sections 80 and 82) introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 6th March, 2017.
  9. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Pakistan Citizenship Act, 1951 [The Pakistan Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2017] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 13th March, 2017.
  10. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 [The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of sections 154 and 156 and Insertion of new section 154A) introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 13th March, 2017.
  11. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 [The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of sections 46 and 57) introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 13th February, 2017.
  12. Senator Mohsin Leghari on behalf of Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Chairman, Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research, presented 14th follow up report of the Committee regarding proposed conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) / Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) into residential/commercial plots.
  13. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, presented report of the Committee on the question of breach of privilege of the House by the Secretary, Aviation Division by providing incorrect reply to Senate starred question No. 119, set down for answering on 17th January, 2017, asked by Senator Farhatullah Babar.
  14. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, presented report of the Committee, on the breach of privilege of the House by the Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms by not briefing any Minister to respond the point of public importance raised by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel.
  15. Senator Mohammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Cost and Management Accountants Act, 1966 [The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2017].
  16. Senator Mohammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, presented report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 79, asked by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh on 22nd December, 2016, regarding the import of auto parts in the shape of scrap from Japan and re-assembling of the same into cars.
  17. Senator Maulana Tanveer-Ul-Haq Thanvi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Housing and Works, presented report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 109 asked by Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on 25th November, 2016.
  18. Senator Saeed Ghani on behalf of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of Fourth Schedule) introduced by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, on 13th February, 2017.
  19. Senator Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar, Chairman, Standing Committee on Water and Power, presented special report of the Committee on theEconomic priority and the sources of energy; over expenditure in the projects-logic of escalation; and Comparative study and analysis of energy mix.
  20. Senator Nehal Hashmi On Behalf Of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of Article 70) introduced by Senator Saleem Mandviwala, on 13th March, 2017.
  21. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum on behalf of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman, Standing Committee on Defence, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Pakistan Air Force Act, 1953 [The Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill, 2017]
  22. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum on behalf of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman, Standing Committee on Defence, presented report of the Committee on the subject matter of Calling Attention Notice of Senators Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Muhammad Yousaf, Shahi Syed, Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani, Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate, Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail and Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini regarding termination of services of 21 Trainee Apprentices (BPS-07) from Survey Training Institute under the Survey of Pakistan.
  23. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum on behalf of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman, Standing Committee on Defence, presented second interim report of the Committee on a point of public importance raised by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, on 20th December, 2016, regarding orders of the Ministry of Defence to the residents of Cantonment areas of Loralai to vacate the land despite the fact that the same has been allotted to them for 100 years.

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 194(1) FOR EXTENSION IN TIME TO PRESENT REPORTS

  1. Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill to reform and re-enact the law relating to companies and for matters connected therewith [The Companies Bill, 2017], may be extended till the next session.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  2. Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on a point of public importance raised by Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini on 10th January, 2017, regarding amnesty scheme for motor vehicles, may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 25th April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  3. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the Bill further to amend the Islamabad Rent Restriction Ordinance, 2001 [The Islamabad Rent Restriction (Amendment) Bill, 2017], may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 25th April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  4. Senator Kalsoom Perveen on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the Bill to provide for the well-being, comfort and dignity of the senior citizens in the Islamabad Capital Territory [The Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Board Bill, 2017], introduced by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, on 13th February, 2017, may be extended for a period of ten working days with effect from 14th April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  5. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for alternate dispute resolution [The Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, 2017], may be extended till the next session.
    The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  6. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of Articles 63, 177 and 193), introduced by Senator Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan, on 20th February, 2017, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 21st April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  7. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, Chairman Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on starred question No. 73, asked by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan on 12th January, 2017, regarding the details of income and expenditures of the Pakistan Cricket Board during the last five years, may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 25th April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  8. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on Privilege Motion No.01(257)/2016-M, moved by Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah against the Chairman CDA for not implementing the recommendations of the Standing Committee on National Food Security & Research on the matter of proposed conversion of 1400 acres of NARC land by CDA into residential / commercial plots, may be extended for a further period of forty five working days with effect from 25th April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted. However, the Chairman asked the Chairman Committee to take strict action against the delinquents as it’s the matter of breach of privilege of the House. The Chairman assured his full support to the Chairman Committee.
  9. Senator Kalsoom Perveen on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 203, asked by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on 17th March, 2017, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 20th April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  10. Senator Kalsoom Perveen on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on a point of public importance raised by Senator Taj Haider on 16th February, 2017, regarding an advertisement pertaining to the outsourcing of the Airports of the country, may be extended for a further period of twenty working days with effect from 26th April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
    [At this stage, Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood pointed out the Quorum. The count was made but the House was not found in order, therefore the bells were rung for five minutes. Again the count was made and the House was found in order]
  11. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 55, asked by Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak, on 10th January, 2017, may be extended for a further period of twenty working days with effect from 22nd April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  12. Senator Brig. (R)John Kenneth William on behalf of Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah, Chairman, Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony and Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committees on the Premarital Blood Screening (Family Laws Amendment) Bill, 2016, referred by the House for joint consideration, may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 24th April, 2017, in order to enable the Committee to extensively deliberate on the Bill.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  13. Senator Najma Hamid on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Board Bill, 2017, introduced by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, on 13th February, 2017, may be extended for a further period of twenty working days with effect from 27th April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.

MOTION UNDER RULE 196(1) FOR ADOPTION OF REPORTS

Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved under subrule (1) of rule 196 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 79, asked by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh on 22nd December, 2016, regarding the import of auto parts in the shape of scrap from Japan and re-assembling of the same into cars, presented in the House on 18th April, 2017, be considered and adopted.
The Motion was put to the House and the report was adopted.

MINISTERIAL RESPONSE

  1. Mrs. Anusha Rahman Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication made statement on the suspension of mobile phone services in Bajore and Mohammand Agencies and suspension of internet services in District Qallat, Balochistan. (raised by Senators Hidayat Ullah and Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi on 28th March, 2017).
  2. Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs made statement on the discriminatory treatment with the Pakistani citizens at Saudi Airports as only Pakistani citizens are forced to intake polio drops before entry into Saudi Arabia. (raised by Senator Mohsin Aziz on 28th March, 2017).
  3. Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs made statement on the deportation of staff of Pak-Turk schools from Pakistan. (raised by Senator Farhatullah Babar on 28th March, 2017)
  4. Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice made statement on the non-appointment of Sessions Judge in District Musakhel and Judicial Magistrate in Tehsil Darug despite sanctioning of these posts. (raised by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel on 28th March, 2017).
  5. The Minister for Defence made statement in the House regarding the awarding of death sentence to Kalbushan Yadev and Indian Spy.
    The Chairman observed that due process of law has been observed in the case of Kalbushan Yadev.
  6. Mr. Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control made statement on the point of public importance regarding the attack by the students of Islami Jamiat Tulaba in the Punjab University on a cultural event arranged by the Pakhtun students of the university. (raised by Senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel and Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi on 28th March, 2017)
  7. Mr. Abid Sher Ali, Minister of state for Water and Power made a statement regarding the acute shortage of water in the Province of Sindh due to which major crops i.e. sugar, cotton and rice are badly affecting. (Raised by Senators Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamra @ Aajiz, Sassui Palijo, Taj Haider, Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari and Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail on 28th March, 2017).
    After hearing the honorable minister, the Chairman referred the matter to Standing Committee concerned with direction to report back in fifteen days.
  8. Mr. Muhammad Baleegh ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control made a statement regarding the disappearance of Mr. Ashfaq Leghari and Ghulam Qadir Muree at the hands of Law enforcement Agencies. (Raised by Senator Farhatullah Babar on 10th April, 2017).
    Since the Parliamentarians belonging to KPK and FATA had also lodged a sit-in outside the Parliament as protest against the blocking of CNIC, therefore, the Chairman asked the Minister to go to them and address their grievances.
    Following members spoke on this issue at various occasions:
    1. Senator Farhatullah Babar
    2. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar.
    3. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel.
    4. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak.
    5. Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhel.
    6. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini
    (Opposition benches also staged a token walkout as protest against the blocking of CNICs)
    At this stage, the Minister of State for Interior informed the Chair that an officer of the Ministry has been suspended due to non-replying of number of questions listed for 11th April, 2017 and enquiry against one officer is under process.
  9. Mr. Jam Kamal Khan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources, made a statement on the announcement of 97 new gas schemes by the Prime Minister out of which 77 schemes have been announced for the Province of Punjab despite the fact that share of Punjab in total production of gas is only 3 percent. (raised by Senator Saeed Ghani on 28th March, 2017)
    The matter was disposed of.
  10. Mr. Jam Kamal Khan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources, made a statement on the violation of Article 158 of the Constitution concerning less supply of gas to the Provinces of Sindh and Balochistan and the statement of Chief Minister of Sindh in this regard. (raised by Senators Sassui Palijo, Sherry Rehman, Taj Haider and Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi on 13th April, 2017)
    The matter was disposed of.
  11. Mr. Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Commerce, made a statement on the reduction in purchase of wheat by PASSCO due to non-permission by the Ministry of Finance to PASSCO to dispose off their stock in open market or to the flour mills. (raised by Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah on 12th April, 2017)
    The matter was disposed of.
  12. The following point of public importance set for Ministerial response in the name of Senators Kalsoom Perveen and Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini was withdrawn by the Movers:
    "Regarding the mismanagement in the affairs of PMDC relating to its elections. (raised by Senators Kalsoom Perveen and Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini on 11th April, 2017)".
    Hence, the Matter was disposed of.

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER (Under rule 265)

Engr. Khurram Dastgeer, Minister for Commerce made statement under rule 265 of the Rules of procedure and conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012.

DISCUSSION ON THE MURDER OF A STUDENT OF ABDUL WALI KHAN UNIVERSITY MARDAN

Following Members spoke on the matter of the recent murder of Mishaal Khan, a student of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan:

  1. Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour
  2. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar
  3. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati
  4. Senator Sirajul Haq
  5. Senator Farhatullah Babar
  6. Senator Sassui Palijo
  7. Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum
  8. Senator Sitara Ayaz
  9. Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq
  10. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi
  11. Senator Mohsin Aziz
  12. Senator Taj Haider
  13. Senator Nehal Hashmi
  14. Senator Saleem Zia
  15. Senator Kamil Ali Agha
  16. Senator Shahi Syed
    Mr. Muhammad Baleegh ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control wound up the debate.

The discussion was over.

PROTEST BY THE OPPOSITION BENCHES

Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Leader of the Opposition recorded protest on behalf of the joint opposition against the decision of the Supreme Court whereby two senior judges have declared the Prime Minister as incompetent to remain prime minister. He was of the view that the Prime Minister has no legal and moral standing to remain as prime minister of Pakistan.
Following Members also spoke on this issue:-

  1. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  2. Senator Sirajul Haq.
  3. Senator Saeed Ghani.
  4. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak.

At this stage, the opposition benches chanted slogans against the Prime Minister. The Chair ordained the Members not to chant slogans. The Chair ordained Senator John Williams not to raise military calls/voices in the House.

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

  1. Senator Farhatullah Babar pointed out taking into custody of Mr. Ashfaq Laghari and Mr. Gulam Qadir by the Law enforcement Agencies and their non-production before the courts of law within 24 hours. Senators Hari Ram and Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamra @ Aajiz also spoke on the same issue.
    The Chairman asked the Member to take up the matter in the Functional Committee on Human Rights. The Chairman further directed to send the verbatim to the Minister for Interior.
  2. Senator Sajad Hussain Turi spoke about the less amount of compensation being given to the affectees of terrorist activities in FATA which is less than the compensation being paid in other parts of the country.
  3. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel spoke about releasing of funds allocated by the Federal Government.
  4. Senator Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi spoke about heavy load shedding of electricity in the country. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamra @ Aajiz also spoke on the same issue.
  5. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar pointed out the arrest of his party worker only due to pointing out of suspension of internet services. He further pointed out the agitation lodged by the women in Press Club Loralai
  6. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini pointed out that National Commission of Human rights funds were not provided by the government.
  7. Senator Nehal Hashmi pointed out the demolishing of heritage building of a school in Karachi by unknown persons. Senator Taj Haider responded the issue and assured that he will inform the house after getting report from the government of Sindh.
  8. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamra @ Aajiz appreciated the efforts of the Government towards the release of a Pakistani engineer in Sudan.
  9. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati pointed out the non-releasing of funds for the coal power project initiated by Dr. Samar Mubarak Mand. Senator Taj Haider submitted the point of view of Sindh government in this regard.
  10. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed spoke about the possible reaction of the Indian government in the wake of decision to hang Kulbushan Yadev.
  11. Senator Taj Haider spoke about the disappearance of close allies of Mr. Asif Ali Zardari from Sindh and their non-production before the courts.
    The Chairman directed the Minister of State for Interior to respond the issue tomorrow.
  12. Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi spoke about the missing persons belonging to MQM.
    The Opposition staged walkout as protest against enforced disappearances.
  13. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel pointed out the non-payment of salaries to paramedical staff of Poly Clinic for last nine months.
  14. Senators Kalsoom Parveen and Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini spoke about the issues relating to elections in PMDC.
    The Chairman directed to send the verbatim to the Minister concerned with the direction to respond the same in the House on Friday the 14th April, 2017.
  15. Senator Taj Haider submitted report in the House regarding the incident of demolishing of a heritage building of school in Karachi and assured that the Government of Sindh will take serious action in this regard.
  16. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati drew attention of the Government towards Free Trade Agreement with Turkey which is affecting the local manufacturing industry in Balochistan, FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
  17. Senator Kalsoom Perveen pointed out that PIA is using grounded ATR aircrafts for their outbound flights from Islamabad to Quetta.
    The Chairman directed the Member to come in his Chamber so that the matter can be resolved.
  18. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah pointed out the reduction in the purchase of wheat by PASCO from the provinces due to the reasons that their disposal has become low.
    The Chairman directed that the verbatim may be sent to the Ministry of Finance for ministerial response.
  19. Senator Nehal Hashmi raised that 12 Pakistanis detained in Indian jails and are not being released despite the fact they have completed their sentences. He condemned the Indian government and anti-Pakistan statements of Foreign Minister of India.
  20. Senator Sassui Palijo raised the matter of extensive load shedding in Sindh and also pointed out the shortage of Sui Gas in the province.
  21. Senator Professor Sajid Mir pointed out that the technicians hired in Federal Government Polyclinic Hospital Islamabad are not being paid their respective salaries since last 7 months.
    The Chairman directed that the matter be sent to the Minister for CADD but not for ministerial response but only for his information.
  22. Senator Sherry Rehman raised the matter of shortage of Sui gas and the extensively high pricing of Sui gas in Sindh province. She further pointed out the matter of load shedding in Sindh. Furthermore she raised multiple issues relating to Foreign Policy of Pakistan and criticized the weaknesses in the Foreign Policy of Pakistan. She also condemned the recent aggressive statements by the Indian Foreign Minister.
  23. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar stated that transparency should be observed during collection of data for population census in Balochistan and FATA and the foreigners should not be counted in that. Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini also spoke on the issue.
  24. Senator Lt. General (R) Salahudin Tirmizi appreciated the efforts of the Chair and the House in resolving the issue regarding New Balakot City Project.
  25. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati pointed out the spurious drug in the market that creates the artificial hype and over pricing of the Hepatitis Drug in the market.
  26. Senator Sassui Palijo pointed out the violation of article 158 and the matter of electricity and Sui Gas load shedding in Sindh.
  27. Senator Sherry Rehman also spoke on the matter of extensive electricity and Sui Gas load shedding in Sindh. She further pointed out that all the foreign scholarships are being offered only to Punjab. She pointed out lack of diplomatic abilities of the Government.
    The Chairman directed the secretariat to call on the Minister of state for Petroleum tomorrow i.e. 14th April, 2017 to respond on the question raised by Senator Sassui Palijo and Senator Sherry Rehman.
  28. Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi pointed out the non-availability of Hepatitis Drug in the country. He further raised the issue of Sui Gas in Balochistan.
  29. Senator Nehal Hashmi pointed that employees of Workers Welfare Board KPK have not been paid their due salaries since last ten months.
    The Chairman directed to refer this matter to Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  30. He further pointed out various issues of bad governance in Sindh.
  31. Senator Taj Haider pointed that worker welfare funds have not been released by the Federal government. He further pointed out that no action has been taken by the government in the case of disappearance of close allies of Mr. Asif Zardari. He also spoke on the matter of blocked CNICs.
  32. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel pointed out the discriminatory allocation of posts in the Geological Survey of Pakistan. He further pointed out that the Director General Geological Survey of Pakistan does not attend his office in Quetta and he usually remains present in Islamabad.
    The Chairman referred the matter to the Minister concerned with the direction that the same may be fixed for ministerial response on Friday i.e. 21st April, 2017.
  33. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar pointed out that the imposition of ban on supply mof fertilizers in Balochistan and FATA.
  34. Senator Taj Haider pointed out the serious matter of 3500 missing people in the Country. He urged the House to take some initiative to resolve this issue.
  35. Senator Sherry Rehman pointed out the extensive load Shedding and power crisis in the Country.
  36. Senator Sassui Palijo also pointed out the matter of extensive load shedding in Sindh and Punjab. She further spoke about the joining of terrorist organization by one Naureen Leghari through social media and urged the Government to keep a watch on such websites.
  37. Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi pointed out the posts lying vacant in ZTBL in Balochistan. He further criticized the working of ZTBL in Balochistan and stated that the farmers of Balochistan are not getting any support from ZTBL.
  38. Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini pointed out the need of electricity in District Panjgoor Balochistan which is very rich in dates production. He further spoke about the need of installation of a grid station in Tehsil Dagh Esa Chah District Naushkee Balochistan.
  39. Senator Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi pointed out the delay in completion of two projects of Water and Power in Jhal Magsi due to non-releasing of funds by the Federal Government i.e. Pat Feeder Canal extension and RBOD-3.
    The Chairman directed the member to move a Calling Attention Notice.
  40. Senator Nehal Hashmi pointed out the matter of lack of nutrition in Thar for which the State is collectively responsible.
  41. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif pointed out the worse condition of PIMS Hospital Emergency unit, Islamabad. He criticized the Government on spending of the money on State advertisements. He further pointed out the incident of killing of Mishaal Khan a student of AWKU Mardan and urged the Government to refer his case to Military Court to set an example.
  42. Senator Prof. Sajid Mir pointed out the non-payment of salaries to the technicians in Poly Clinic Federal Hospital Islamabad.
    The Chairman directed that the verbatim be sent to the Ministry once again.
  43. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel pointed out that Qatar promised the Prime Minister of Pakistan to give jobs to one lac Pakistanis but the promise has not been fulfilled yet. He further pointed out that Districts Musakhel, Chagi and Qilla Saifullah have been allotted as hunting sites for Qatri princes by the Federal Government while bypassing the provincial Government.
  44. Senator Taj Hiader spoke about the high rates of solar energy in Pakistan as compared to other regional countries like Dubai.
  45. Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja pointed out sea intrusion in some areas of Sindh and Balochistan.
  46. Senator Samina Abid pointed out that the invasion by terrorists from areas of Afghanistan and nooristan to the Chitral valley. She urged the Government to make arrangements for security of the people of the area.
    The Chairman suggested the Member to move a Calling Attention Notice.
  47. Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini pointed out that marine life of coastal area Balochistan has been destroyed by international trailers.
  48. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik pointed out the killing of a Pakistani national who came from abroad but he was killed by some masked women at Sialkot on the allegation of blasphemy.
    The Chairman directed the Secretariat to send the verbatim to the Minister of State for Interior for ministerial response in the House.

The Chairman prorogued the 261st session on 21st April, 2017 on conclusion of its business.




260th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 03-03-2017
Session prorogued on = 28-03-2017
Number of working days = 21
Number of actual sittings = 14
Number of private Members’ days = 03
Maximum attendance = 83%
Minimum attendance = 43%
Average attendance = 63%
Total hours of sittings = 40 hours
Maximum hours of sitting = 05 hours
Minimum hours of sitting = 01 hours & 25 minutes
Average hours of sitting = 03 hours & 25 minutes

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

Order of Precedence Name of the Members
1. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah
2. Senator Ahmed Hassan
3. Senator Sitara Ayaz

STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 549
Admitted : 466
Disallowed : 23
Lapsed : 60
Replied : 235
Referred to Committees : 01
Carried Forward : 230

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 60
Received : 03
Admitted : 01
Discussed in the House : 01
Lapsed : 02

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218
Received : 94
Admitted : 80
Disallowed : 07
Lapsed : 07
Discussed in the House : 11
(detail of subjects is as under)
Dropped in the House : 01
Admitted but lapsed : 68

SUBJECTS OF THE MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218 DISCUSSED DURING THE 260TH SESSION

  1. The ways and means to make Islamabad clean and beautiful on permanent basis.
  2. The dilapidated condition of roads in ICT, with particular reference to Service Road from Golra Mor to Riphah International University.
  3. The reasons for decline in the exports of the country.
  4. The need to eradicate the increasing number of quacks practicing in ICT.
  5. The situation arising out of the forced acquisition of land by the ICT administration in mozas Tamma and Mohriyan of Islamabad, for the housing society of the lawyers launched by the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation.
  6. The present status of Telephone Industry of Pakistan (TIP) established in Haripur.
  7. The need for enforcing Islamic Banking System in the country.
  8. The implications of the statement made by the Federal Minister for Interior in the Senate on 10th January, 2017, in which he made a distinction between the banned terrorist outfits and the proscribed sectarian organizations in the country.
  9. The situation arising out of unabated increase in smuggling of electronics, textile products and other goods and their sale in bara markets with particular reference to its negative impact on the local industry and overall economy of the country.
  10. The role of the Pakistan Sports Board in the promotion of sports in the country.
  11. The recent mysterious disappearance and re-appearance of some bloggers in Islamabad and other parts of the country.
RESOLUTIONS
Received : 84
Admitted : 72
Disallowed : 02
Lapsed : 10
Passed by the House : 09
(detail of subjects is as under)
Rejected by the House : 01
Dropped in the House : 05
Admitted but lapsed : 57

SUBJECTS OF THE RESOLUTIONS PASSED DURING THE 260TH SESSION

  1. Condemning the recent terrorist attack on a mosque in Quebec, Canada in which six persons were killed and seventeen got injured.
  2. Condemning the recent attacks on mosques in USA and Canada which are sheer violation of International Human Rights Charter.
  3. Recommending the Government to take necessary steps to register minors in domestic employment, if any, and the street children in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and to protect their fundamental rights as guaranteed in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
  4. The concern on the phrase "Islamic Terrorism" being used by the US President, Mr. Donald Trump.
  5. Recommending that the Waseela-e-Haq and Waseela-eRozgar schemes launched under the Benazir Income Support Programme during the previous regime which have been discontinued by the present Government may be revived forthwith.
  6. Recommending the Government should take necessary steps to regulate the working hours, fees and other charges of private hospitals and clinics in Islamabad.
  7. Paying tribute to the Pakistan Navy on successfully conducting the biggest International Naval Peace Exercise in Pakistan in collaboration with 37 countries.
  8. On the occasion of International Women’s Day.
  9. Condemning the circulation of objectionable material regarding the Holy Prophet (peace be upon Him) and Sahaba Kiraam on social media.

OFFERING OF FATEHA

  1. The House offered Fateha for the departed soul of husband of Senator Nasreen Jalil.
  2. Senator Taj Haider drew attention of the House towards the terrorist attack on the check points of law enforcement agencies from across the border at Mohmand Agency. The House offered Fateha for the martyrs who laid their lives for the defence of the country.

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS INTRODUCED

  1. The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  2. The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017, (Amendment of sections 273, 274 and 275), moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  3. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017, (Amendment of Article 101), moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  4. The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2017, (Amendment of sections 80 and 82), moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  5. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017, (Amendment of Article 37), moved by Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah.
  6. The Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  7. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of Article 70), moved by Senator Saleem Mandviwala.
  8. The Pakistan Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  9. The Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of section 2), moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  10. The Anti-Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of section 4), moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  11. The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of sections 154 and 156 and Insertion of new section 154A), moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
  12. The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh.
  13. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of Article 255), moved by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.

GOVERNMENT BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

  1. The Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2016.
  2. The Public Private Partnership Authority Bill, 2016.
  3. The Pakistan Council for Science and Technology Bill, 2016.
  4. The Pakistan National Accreditation Council Bill, 2016.
  5. The Pakistan Climate Change Bill, 2017.
  6. The Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
  7. The Constitution (Twenty-Third) (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

BILLS WITHDRAWN FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEES
[Under Rule 166(3)]

Following Private Members’ Bills were withdrawn from the concerned Committees due to non-presentation of reports within the stipulated time:-

  1. The Bill further to amend the Police Order, 2002 [The Police Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016]
  2. The Bill further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 [The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Insertion of new sections 320A and 337JJ)
  3. The Bill to prohibit the employment of children and to restrict the employment of adolescents in certain occupations and processes [The Islamabad Restriction on Employment of Children Bill, 2016]
  4. The Bill further to amend the Registration Act, 1908 [The Islamabad Registration (Amendment) Bill, 2016]
  5. The Bill further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 [The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Amendment of section 364A)
  6. The Bill to prevent and Combat Trafficking in persons, especially Women and Children [The Trafficking in Persons Bill, 2016]
  7. The Bill to combat the smuggling of migrants by land, sea and air [The Smuggling of Migrants Bill, 2016]

BILLS WITHDRAWN [Under Rule 115]

The following Bills were withdrawn by the concerned Movers:-

  1. The Right to Information Bill, 2016
  2. The Police Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016

MOTION (Under Rule 157 (2)

The following report was discussed in the House under rule 157(2):-

  1. The Annual Report of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) for the year 2015-2016, laid on the Table of the House on 14th February, 2017.

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS [Under Rule 100]

The following Bill was rejected by the House:-

  1. The Bill to amend the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad Act, 2013 [The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad (Amendment) Bill, 2016], introduced by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel

CONSIDERATION OF ADMISSIBILITY OF ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

  1. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh moved Adjournment Motion No. 1- 260/2017-M to discuss the causes and consequences of corruption scandals in Pakistan’s Cricket especially with respect to the Pakistan Super League.
    The Mover advanced his arguments on the admissibility of the Motion.
    After hearing the Mover, the Chairman held the Motion out of order.
  2. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar on his behalf and on behalf of Senators Nisar Muhammad, Baz Muhammad Khan, Shahi Syed, Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate and Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel moved Adjournment Motions No. 2, 4 and 5-260/2017-M, to discuss the actions taken by the Government of Punjab and Punjab Police against the Pakhtun Community on the pretext of crackdown against terrorists.
    The Mover advanced his arguments on the admi ssibility of the Motion. Leader of the Opposition also spoke on the issue.
    The Chairman ruled that it is a provincial issue so adjournment motion cannot be allowed on it. The Members may raise the issue on Monday during zero hour. The Chairman directed the Leader of the House to ask the Minister for Interior to come prepared on Monday after getting all relevant information from the Punjab Government. Calling Attention Notices on the same issue were also clubbed with the instant issue.
  3. Adjournment Motion No. 3-260/2017-M in the name of Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi to discuss the threat to the general public in the wake of recent wave of terrorism and response of the State in this regard was dropped due to absence of the concerned Member.
  4. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi moved the Adj. Motion No. 1 (6-260/2017-M), to discuss the collapse of entire structure of recently completed 4.8 MW Hydropower Project at the Upper Chenab Canal in district Sheikhupura which resulted into suspension of supply of irrigation water to huge chunk of agricultural land in several areas.
    The adjournment motion was withdrawn by the member.
  5. Senator Sirajul Haq moved the Adj. Motion No. 2 (7-260/2017-M), to discuss the media reports that Pakistan has suffered trade deficit of 14 billion dollars in the trade between India and Pakistan during the last ten years.
    The adjournment motion was withdrawn by the member.
  6. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh moved the Adj. Motion No. 3 (8-260/2017-M), to discuss the serious flaws in information sharing mechanism of the Government authorities to the general public with particular reference to the facts and figures of any unfortunate terrorist attack.
    The Mover advanced his arguments on the admissibility of the Motion.
    After hearing the mover, the Chairman advised the mover to bring a Bill for legislation and the adjournment motion was withdrawn by the member.
  7. Senator Sherry Rehman moved the adjournment motion to discuss the sectarian hatred being promoted through acts of racial profiling which may provide a fertile ground to the extremists Daesh group to spread its ideology in Pakistan by recruiting militants particularly in Punjab.
    The Mover advanced her arguments on the admissibility of the adjournment motion.
    The adjournment motion was opposed by the Minster for Law and Justice.
    After hearing the mover, the Chairman held the motion in order.
  8. The adjournment motion to discuss the up-loading of material against the religious, social and ethical norms on the social media affecting the youth, notice given by Senator Chaudhry Tanvir Khan.
    Deferred due to admissibility of the Adjournment Motion in name of Senator Sherry Rehman.
  9. The adjournment motion to discuss the up-loading of material against the religious, social and ethical norms on the social media affecting the youth, notices given by Senators Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum and Mohsin Aziz.
    Deferred due to admissibility of the Adjournment Motion in name of Senator Sherry Rehman.
  10. The adjournment motion to discuss the up-loading of material against the religious, social and ethical norms on the social media affecting the youth, notice given by Senator Chaudhry Tanvir Khan.
    Motion was dropped due to absence of the concerned Member.
  11. The adjournment motion to discuss the confession of Mr. Hussain Haqqani, Ex-Ambassador of Pakistan to USA through his article published in Washington Post on 10th March, 2017, with regard to facilitation of CIA agents’ discrete induction into Pakistan with the approval of the leadership of the ruling party at that time, notices given by Senators Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum and Mohsin Aziz.
    The Mover advanced his arguments on the admissibility of the adjournment motion.
    After hearing the Mover, the Chairman held the Motion in order and fixed for discussion on 21st March, 2017 as last item.
  12. The adjournment motion to discuss the failure of the Government to address significant issues pertaining to the census exercise such as the questionable use of forms that exclude carbon copies or any form of cross verification by 3 enumerators, the exclusion of Form 2A which will leave out significant data and social indicators and the aspect of secrecy / confidentiality of the matter, notices given by Senators Sherry Rehman, Aitzaz Ahsan and Farooq Hamid Naek.
    Deferred due to admissibility of the Adjournment Motion in the name of Senators Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum and Mohsin Aziz.

DIRECTION OF THE CHAIRMAN ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURMENT MOTION

On reconsideration, the following Adjournment Motion moved by Senator Sherry Rehman on 15th march, 2017, which was admitted by the presiding officer on the same day, was held out of order in terms of the rule 87 (d), Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business in the Senate 2012:-
"To discuss the sectarian hatred being promoted through acts of racial profiling which may provide a fertile ground to the extremists Daesh group to spread its ideology in Pakistan by recruiting militants particularly in Punjab."

DISCUSSION ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTION

Following adjournment motions were discussed in the House during the Session:-

  1. The recent increase in the prices of petroleum products by the Government which would result into increase in inflation rate.
  2. To discuss the confession of Mr. Hussain Haqqani, Ex-Ambassador of Pakistan to USA through his article published in Washington Post on 10th March, 2017, with regard to facilitation of CIA agents' discrete induction into Pakistan with the approval of the leadership of the ruling party at that time.

OBSERVATION OF THE CHAIRMAN

Chairman observed that the Witness Protection Bill, 2015 and Anti-Terrorism Bill, 2015 that were passed by the Senate on 18th January, 2016 are still pending in the National Assembly, had the Bill been passed timely then extension would not be needed in constitutional amendment.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE SECRETARY

The Secretary Senate made announcement in the House to inform that Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2014 (Private Members Bill) as passed by the Senate on 12th May, 2014 and that the National Assembly in its sitting on 14th March 2017 has rejected the Bill.

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Calling Attention Notices on the following subjects were taken up in the House during the session:-

  1. The blocking of CNIC’s of Pakistani nationals belonging to FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan which is creating a sense of discrimination amongst the people of those areas moved by Senator Saleem Mandviwalla on his own behalf and on behalf of Senators Shahi Syed, Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini and Muhammad Yousaf.
  2. Non-functioning of tube wells and water filtration plants installed in various sectors of Islamabad moved by Senators Shahi Syed, Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, Muhammad Yousaf and Saleem Mandviwalla.
  3. The mentioning of Azad Jammu and Kashmir territory as ‘Pakistani occupied area of Jammu and Kashmir’ in the course books being taught in private schools in Islamabad which is highly objectionable and against the national interest moved by Senator Sehar Kamran.
  4. The due dates of payment of electricity bills in the last days of every month causing problems to the general public especially salaried persons having limited income moved by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan.
  5. The soaring of circular debt pertaining to IPPs and the threat of exercising of legal remedies by such IPPs to call on the sovereign guarantees moved by Senators Syed Shibli Faraz, Nauman Wazir Khattak and Mohsin Aziz.
  6. The decision of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) to allow the export of flour / wheat products in dollars in response to which the Flour Mills owners purchased wheat from the Government of Punjab which retained Rs. 650 per ton as security which was to be released on production of export documents and after release of that amount the State Bank of Pakistan was to pay $70 per ton to those exporters but the Government of Punjab is not releasing the said amount of security on the pretext that the wheat was exported after purchasing the dollars from the local market moved by Senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour.
  7. The excessive billing by K-Electric Company and the Distribution Companies from the consumers moved by Senators Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi and Sirajul Haq.
  8. The forty-seven stranded Pakistanis in Azizia Camp for the last seven months and non-payment of financial assistance, as announced by the Government of Pakistan, to the families of Pakistanis stranded in Dammam and other cities of Saudi Arabia moved by Senator Nighat Mirza.
  9. The lack of transparency in the census exercise moved by Senator Saleem Mandviwala on his behalf and behalf of Senator Taj Haider.
  10. The air pollution caused by the Steel Mills in the Federal Capital despite the fact that the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) had sealed the Steel Mills five months ago but they have resumed their activities without getting clearance from the concerned authorities moved by Senator Sherry Rehman.
  11. Functioning of about one hundred guest houses, private schools, media houses, hostels for men and women in residential areas of Islamabad Capital Territory despite a ban imposed on such business activities in those areas by the Supreme Court of Pakistan two years ago moved by Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.
  12. The air pollution caused by the Steel Mills in the Federal Capital despite the fact that the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) had sealed the Steel Mills five months ago but they have resumed their activities without getting clearance from the concerned authorities moved by Senator Sherry Rehman.
  13. The non-completion of following electrification schemes for the villages of Talka Mir Sakro, District Thatta, approved under the village electrification program, funds for which were released by the Sindh Government to HESCO and work order was also issued for the execution of these schemes in 2012 moved by Senator Sassui Palijo.
  14. The continuous delay in finalization of 9th NFC Award moved by Senator Sassui Palijo on her behalf and on behalf of Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz.

PRIVILEGE MOTIONS

Following Privilege Motions were moved in the House during the session:-

  1. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar raised a question of breach of his privilege arising out of inadequate behavior of security forces at a check post at Khwaza kheila wherein he was not allowed to enter that area. The Chairman ruled that, prima facie, it does not fulfill the conditions of a Privilege Motion, however, stated that the matter can be settled in the Chamber.
  2. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati moved privilege motion against the officers of Co-operative Society Peshawar for not providing him the information. The Chairman through his detailed ruling held the motion out of order.

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEEs - PRESENTATION OF:

  1. Senator Najma Hameed on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, present report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred questions Nos. 45, 46 and 47, asked by Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, on 7th September, 2016, regarding the PAS and PSP officers in BPS-20 and 21 belonging to the Province of Balochistan and the policy for their posting in the country and abroad.
  2. Senator Sitara Ayaz on behalf of Senator Nisar Muhammad, Convener, Special Committee on Marginalized Segments of Society presented 3rd Interim report of the Special Committee on marginalized segments of society.
  3. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to provide a regulatory and enabling environment for private participation in provision of public infrastructure and related services through fair and transparent procurement [The Public Private Partnership Authority Bill, 2016].
  4. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on behalf of Senator Osman Saifullah Khan, Chairman, Standing Committee on Science and Technology, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for establishment of the Pakistan National Accreditation Council [The Pakistan National Accreditation Council Bill, 2016].
  5. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on behalf of Senator Osman Saifullah Khan, Chairman, Standing Committee on Science and Technology, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for establishment of the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology [The Pakistan Council for Science and Technology Bill, 2016].
  6. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, presented the report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the National School of Public Policy Ordinance, 2002 [The National School of Public Policy (Amendment) Bill, 2017].
  7. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Convener, Special Committee on 24 Demands made by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, presented report of the Special Committee on those demands.
    The Chairman appreciated the efforts of the Committee. The Chairman further directed that the committee may continue working as an oversight committee for these 24 demands made by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
  8. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, Convener, Special Committee on the performance of PIA, presented second interim report of the Special Committee regarding the overall performance of PIA.
    The Chairman appreciated the work of the Committee and directed that the Special Committee will keep on working as oversight Committee to monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the Committee. The Chairman directed the Secretariat to notify the same.
  9. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, Convener, Special Committee on the performance of PIA, presented report of the Special Committee on the matter pertaining to the aircrafts obtained by PIA on wet lease from Turkey.
  10. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi on behalf of Senator Nasreen Jalil, Chairperson, Functional Committee on Human Rights, presented report of the Committee on "Torture on a domestic servant minor girl, Tayyaba".
  11. Senator Farhatullah Babar on behalf of Senator Nasreen Jalil, Chairperson, Functional Committee on Human Rights, presented report of the Committee on "torture on two boys, who were subjected to brutal torture by Islamabad Police and were forced to confess various crimes"
  12. Senator Hamza on behalf of Senator Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri, Chairman, Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources, presented report of the Committee on the budgetary allocation and its bi-annual utilization (JulyDecember, 2016) by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources for the fiscal year 2016-17, in terms of sub-rule (4) of rule 166 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012.
  13. Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, presented report of the Committee on a point of public importance raised by Senator Muhammad Saleh Shah on 15th February, 2017, regarding discrepancies in the forms issued by the Statistics Division for the upcoming population census of the country and devising a proper mechanism for counting of IDPs of FATA who are scattered throughout the county.
  14. Senator Farhatullah Babar, Chairman, Select Committee on the Right to Information Bill, 2016, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for the right to information in a rapid and low-cost manner subject only to reasonable restrictions established by law [The Right to Information Bill, 2016], introduced by Senator Kamil Ali Agha on 21st November, 2016.
    Following members spoke on the report:-
    a. Senator Farhatullah Babar
    b. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah
  15. Senator Samina Abid on behalf of Senator Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, Chairman Standing Committee on Climate Change, presented the report of the Committee on the Bill to meet Pakistan’s obligations under international conventions relating to climate change and address the effects of climate change[The Pakistan Climate Change Bill, 2017].
  16. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati on behalf of Senator Osman Saifullah Khan, Chairman, Standing Committee on Science and Technology, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to upgrade the status of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad into COMSATS University [The COMSATS University Islamabad Bill, 2017].
  17. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Provincial Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1965 [The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, on 9th January, 2017.
  18. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 [The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of Sections 292, 293 and 294) introduced by Senator Sirajul Haq, on 16th January, 2017.
  19. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Control of Narcotic Substances Act, 1997 [The Control of Narcotic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2017] introduced by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, on 13th February, 2017.
  20. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 [The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of Section 323) introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 6 th March, 2017.
  21. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 [The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017] (Amendment of sections 273, 274 and 275) introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 6 th March, 2017.
  22. Senator Kamil Ali Agha on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, presented special report of the Committee on the performance of Gun and Country Club Islamabad with particular reference to the recent strike / protest by the employees of the Club.

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 194(1) FOR EXTENSION IN TIME TO PRESENT REPORTS

  1. Senator Maulana Tanveer-Ul-Haq Thanvi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Housing and Works, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 109, asked by Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, on 25th November, 2016, regarding the Bhara Kahu Housing Scheme for Government Employees, be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 7th March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  2. Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah, Chairman, Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the Bill further to amend the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance, 1981 [The Ehtram-eRamazan (Amendment) Bill, 2017], introduced by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, on 16th January, 2017, may be extended for a period of sixty working days with effect from 14th March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  3. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel on behalf of Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, Chairman, Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 73, asked by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, on 12th January, 2017, regarding the details of income and expenditure of the Pakistan Cricket Board during the last five years, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 12th March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  4. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 55, asked by Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak, on 10th January, 2017, regarding number of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) established / notified in the country, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 13th March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  5. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the Bill further to amend the Provincial Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1965 [The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017], introduced by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, on 9 th January, 2017, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 10th March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  6. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik, Chairman, Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the Bill further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 [The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017], introduced by Senator Sirajul Haq, on 16th January, 2017, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 15th March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  7. Senator Mohsin Aziz on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on a point of public importance raised by Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini on 10th January, 2017, regarding amnesty scheme for motor vehicles, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 12th March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  8. Senator Mohsin Aziz on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the Bill further to amend the Partnership Act, 1932, in its application to the Islamabad Capital Territory [The Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2016], introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 4th April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  9. Senator Mohsin Aziz on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, to move under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 79, asked by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh on 22nd December, 2016, regarding the import of auto parts in the shape of scrap from Japan and re-assembling of the same into cars, may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 5th April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  10. Senator Rahila Magsi, Chairperson, Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice moved by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq on 20th January, 2017, regarding the granting of equivalence certificates to O and A level students by Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC), may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 21st March, 2017. The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  11. Senator Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the question of breach of privilege of the House by Secretary Aviation by providing incorrect reply to Senate starred question No. 119, set down for answering on 17th January, 2017, asked by Senator Farhatullah Babar, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 18th March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  12. Senator Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the question of breach of privilege of the Senate by the Ministry of Finance and National Bank of Pakistan by not acting upon the ruling of the Chairman Senate regarding taking action against the officials who drafted and approved the misleading answer to Senate starred question No. 4, set down for answering on 6th September, 2016, for placing the same before the Parliament, may be extended for a further period of sixty working days with effect from 7th April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  13. Senator Muzaffar Hussain Shah on behalf of Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, Convener, Special Committee on the performance of PIA, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Special Committee on the matter referred by the House on 15th February, 2017, regarding “the sale of PIA Airbus A-310 to a German Firm in violation of PPRA rules”, may be extended for a period of sixty working days.
    The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  14. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi on behalf of Senator Nasreen Jalil, Chairperson, Functional Committee on Human Rights, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Functional Committee on the Bill to provide for protection of rights of transgender persons and their welfare and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto [The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016], introduced by Senator Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan, on 9th January, 2017, may be extended for a period of sixty working days with effect from 10th March, 2017.
    The motion was put to the house and the requisite extension was granted.
  15. Senator Osman Saifullah Khan, Chairman, Standing Committee on Science and Technology, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on the Bill to upgrade the status of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad into COMSATS University [The COMSATS University Islamabad Bill, 2017], may be extended for a period of ten working days with effect from 10th March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  16. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice on his behalf and on behalf of Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah, Chairman, Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committees on the Bill to curb inherited blood disorders and birth defects [The Premarital Blood Screening (Family Laws Amendment) Bill, 2016], referred by the House on 25th July, 2016, for joint consideration and report by the Standing Committees on Law and Justice and Religious Affairs and Inter-Faith Harmony, may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 10th March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  17. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Standing Committee on a point of public importance raised by Senator Taj Haider on 16th February, 2017, regarding an advertisement whereby the outsourcing of the Airports of the country has been advertised, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 15th March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  18. Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, to move under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for rehabilitation and re-organization of distressed corporate entities [The Corporate Rehabilitation Bill, 2017], may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 21st March, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  19. Senator Mohsin Aziz, Convener, Special Committee to examine the dilapidated condition of Bacha Khan Airport, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee to examine the existing conditions and the need for expansion and renovation of the Bacha Khan Airport, Peshawar, may be extended for a period of sixty working days with effect from 1st April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  20. Senator Ayesha Raza on behalf of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Substitution of Article 251), introduced by Senator Sassui Palijo, on her behalf and on behalf of Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz, on 19th December, 2016, may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 3rd April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.
  21. Senator Ayesha Raza on behalf of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the time for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Amendment of Article 251), introduced by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja on his behalf and on behalf of twenty-seven other Senators, on 19th December, 2016, may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 3rd April, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 196(1) FOR ADOPTION OF REPORTS

Following reports of the Committees were adopted during the session:-

  1. The reports of the Special Committee on the performance of PIA.
  2. The report of the Special Committee on 24 Demands made by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
  3. The report of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization on a point of public importance raised by Senator Muhammad Saleh Shah on 15th February, 2017, regarding discrepancies in the forms issued by the Statistics Division for the upcoming population census of the country and devising a proper mechanism for counting of IDPs of FATA who are scattered throughout the county.

AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE RULES (Under Rule 278)

Following amendment to the senate rules moved by senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan was referred to the House Business Committee:
"To seek leave under sub-rule (4) of rule 278 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, to move that in sub-rule (2) of rule 191 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012,-
(i) the words "on demand" shall be omitted; and
(ii) For the full stop occurring at the end a colon ":" shall be substituted and thereafter the following proviso shall be added, namely:-
"Provided that in sensitive matters the minutes shall be provided to the Members on demand, with the permission of the Chairman Senate."

MINISTERIAL RESPONSE

  • Mr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control made Statement regarding the reported actions taken by the Government of the Punjab and Punjab Police against the Pakhtoon Community on the pretext of crackdown against terrorists.
  • Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization made statement regarding the agreement between Government of Pakistan and Switzerland to sign a treaty for exchange of information.
  • Mr. Abid Sher Ali, Minister for Water and Power made a detailed statement on the following point of public importance raised by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel on 7th March, 2017:- "Regarding the non-filling of 3500 various posts lying vacant in QESCO, Balochistan, by the Government."
  • Mr. Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister for Defence Production requested for 2 weeks extension to respond in detail on the following point of public importance:- Regarding the employment of convicted people in Pakistan Ordinance Factory, Wah. (Raised by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Sawati on 13th March, 2017)
  • Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources made a statement on the point of public importance raised by Senator Taj Haider on 16th March, 2017, regarding decrease in consumption of furnace oil in the country and its overall effects.
  • Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs made a statement on the point of public importance raised by Senator Farhatullah Babar on 16th March, 2017, regarding death of Pakistani transgender in police custody in Saudi Arabia. Senator Farhat Ullah Babar also spoke in this regard.

POLICY STATEMENT

Ms. Anusha Rehman, Minister of State for Information Technology made a policy statement regarding the achievement of GSMA leadership award by the Ministry of Information Technology on behalf of government of Pakistan.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE SECRETARY

Secretary Senate made announcement regarding Public Petitions received and disposed of during the intervening period from 258 and 260th sessions. The Secretary further announced that a document titled "Road to General Elections, 2018" transmitted by the Election Commission of Pakistan has been tabled for recommendations, if any, by the Members.

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIRMAN

  1. The Chairman made announcement about the request made by the Members belonging to FATA desiring to sit in the Opposition Benches. The Chairman stated that due to administrative problems the seats of the Members cannot be shifted to Opposition side however, they will be treated as independent opposition group of Members from FATA.
  2. The Chairman made announcement regarding the upcoming events i.e. the seminar at the conclusion of parliamentary year 2016-17, opening of a mural constructed in recognition of sacrifices of various segments of society for the restoration of democracy, APA Conference.
  3. The Chairman announced that the Members whose notices of privilege motions are lying pending with the Secretariat may move their motion till the adjournment of session on Friday the 10th March, 2017 as after that time all the pending notices will lapse.

RULING OF THE CHAIRMAN

The Chairman gave detailed ruling regarding interpretation of rules 99, 100 and 166(3) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF SERVICES

The Chair acknowledged the services of Haji Mohammad Ilyas, Chamber Attendant who is being retired today after serving for 39 years in the Senate Secretariat. The Chair directed the Secretariat to pen down his memories to include the same in the history of the Senate.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PRESENCE

  • The Chairman recognized the presence of Ms. Hadiya Khalaf Abbas Honorable Speaker of the Syrian’s Peoples Assembly and their delegation.
  • The Chairman acknowledged the presence of delegates from 22 Parliaments of Asia who are in Islamabad to attend the APA conference being hosted by the Senate of Pakistan.
  • The Chairman acknowledged the presence of delegation of Members, officials and secretaries from Provincial Assemblies of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh.
  • The Chair recognized the presence of Mr. Muhammad Murtaza Arain, President of Pakistani Physicians of North America.
  • The House acknowledged the presence of a group of 17 students and faculty members of Institute of Early Childhood Education and Development Karachi who were present in the visitors’ gallery to witness the proceedings.
  • The House acknowledged the presence of a group of 49 students and 4 faculty members of Government Boys Degree College Nushki Balochistan who were present in the visitors' gallery to witness the proceedings.

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

  1. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel pointed out the overall unemployment in Balochistan which is a major contribution to the rising terrorism in the country. He further pointed out that 3500 posts in QESCO Quetta are lying vacant but the Government is not taking any step for filling up of the same. The Chairman directed that the verbatim should be sent to the concerned minister for response.
  2. Senator Aitzaz Ashan, leader of the opposition, pointed out various incidents of ransacking of Christian localities on the pretext of various allegations in the recent past especially in Punjab. He showed his concern over the acquittal of the accused persons from the cases registered for such incidents. He wanted to know that whether the Government has filed appeal against acquittal in any such case. The Chairman also showed his concern on such incidents and stated that the Constitution of Pakistan fully guarantees the rights of minorities.
    The Chairman directed that the Minister for Interior be asked to get information from the Punjab Government that whether the Government has filed appeal in any such case or not with particular reference to case filed for incident of Jacobs Lines Lahore.
  3. Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamadullah pointed out the matter of kidnapping of almost 150 women from Rawalpindi who were trafficked to Afghanistan for ransom. He particularly referred the case of one Mst. Farzana whose case is not being registered by the Police. He further spoke about the increasing number of theft cases of donkeys in Punjab which are reportedly being used for supply of their flesh to restaurants and trading of their skin.
    The Chairman directed that the matter pertaining to kidnapping of women be referred to the concerned Ministry for report.
  4. Senator Nighat Mirza spoke about the problems being faced by Pakistani workers working in Bin Laden Group of Companies in Saudi Arabia after the incident of falling of a crane during Hajj, 2016. She stated that after the incident the Company was banned and a number of workers belonging to Pakistan were unemployed without payment of salaries. The Government committed to compensate such workers but did not compensate all of those workers. She urged the Government to compensate all such people. She further spoke about the case of one Mr. Zulfiqar in Indonesia whose death sentence was deferred by intervention of Foreign Office of Pakistan.
    The Chairman asked the Member to move a Calling Attention Notice to have proper response.
  5. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari spoke about the lowering of water level in the country.
  6. Senator Nehal Hashmi spoke about revival of International Cricket in Pakistan and urged the Political leaders not to politicize this issue.
  7. Senator Mohsin Aziz spoke about the cheap frauds in the name of BISP. He also criticized the Government to hold final of PSL by imposing curfew like situation in the country.
  8. Senator Ghaus Muhammad Khan Niazi spoke about nth problems being faced while getting visa for Middle East countries especially on official passports.
    The Chairman observed that this issue has been taken up at various forums but it can only be resolved when Pakistan will also adopt the same policy for officials of those countries.
  9. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi spoke about the problems being faced by the students of Khuzdar Engineering University as the University is not holding winter camp to give opportunity to those students whose subjects have been failed in terminal exams.
    The Chairman asked Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Minister for Ports and Shipping to look into the matter.
  10. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak spoke about soaring of new circular debt in power sector.
    The Chairman asked the Member to move a Calling Attention Notice.
  11. Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhel spoke about the non-releasing of fund allocated in Federal PSDP for establishment of I.T University in Zhob.
    The Chairman directed the Member to come in his chamber with all relevant details.
  12. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh pointed out the increasing number of snooker clubs in ICT which operates round the clock resulting into wastage of time of young generation.
  13. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar spoke about the problems of people of Balochistan due to blocking of CNICs.
  14. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati pointed out the employment of convicted people in Pakistan Ordinance Factory, Wah.
    The Chairman directed that the verbatim should be sent to the concerned minister for response on Thursday the 16th March, 2017.
  15. Senator Taj Haider pointed out that the IM2 form of the census must not be kept confidential.
    The Chairman directed the Member to move a Calling Attention Notice for ministerial response.
  16. Senator Kalsoom Perveen pointed out the blockage of CNICs of around 3.5 lac people of Balochistan. She further added that the census data should be accessible through SMS service.
  17. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati urged the government to allocate the NFC Award as the extension of previous award is resulting in financial losses to the provinces.
  18. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamra @ Aajiz pointed out that the Census forms are filled with pencils. The Complaint Center has not taken notice of this matter.
    The chairman directed Senator Raja Zafar ul Haq (Leader of the House) to talk to government about appointing a point minister for the matter of census and report in the House by tomorrow i.e. 16th March, 2017.
  19. Senator Farhatullah Babar pointed out the arrest of 35 trans genders of Pakistani origin in Saudi Arabia. 29 out of which were released and the remaining 6 were kept in police custody. 1 of the transgender lost his life due to physical torture in the police custody. He further pointed out the decline in trade and the problems faced by people as Pak-Afghan border is closed.
    The chairman directed the Secretariat to provide the verbatim regarding the issue of death of transgender to the Advisor to the Prime Minister and ask him to apprise the House in this regard on Tuesday i.e 21st March, 2017.
  20. Senator Aurangzeb Khan raised that the Census must be conducted when the IDPs have returned to their respective homes. As there is no population left in Upper Orakzai Agency of FATA due to the recent wave of terrorism.
  21. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Laghari pointed out the hydro power projects initiated by the Indian Government in Occupied Kashmir and urged upon the Government to give importance to the issue of water in Pakistan as well.
    The chairman directed the member to move a Calling Attention Notice.
  22. Senator Sasui Palejo raised that the census information must not be kept secret and be shared with the respective provinces.
  23. Senator Mohsin Aziz pointed out the media campaign that has started regarding sugar mills.
    Chairman directed the member to move a motion so the Minister can respond
  24. Senator Nehal Hashmi pointed out that the provincial governments must provide adequate facilities and infrastructure to the civil courts so they can enhance their capacity.
  25. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi pointed that the points of public importance raised in the House and during Committee meetings are not given proper media coverage.
  26. Senator Taj Haider pointed out the decline in import of Furnace Oil and less storage capacity in the Country.
    The chairman directed the Minister for Petroleum to make a statement in this regard in the House on Monday i.e. 20th March, 2017.
  27. Senator Farhatullah Babar pointed out that Rawaj Act and local bodies law in FATA reforms must be done by consulting the Parliament.
  28. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati appreciated the report by the special Committee on PIA and stated that it’s a big achievement that foreign PIA CEO name has been listed in ECL due to corruption allegation.
  29. Senator Aurangzeb Khan pointed out that the Ministry of Housing And Works should facilitate the low grade officers in the down payments of allotted plots.
  30. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz pointed out that Ayaz Ali Jamali, from Badin, Sindh, has been kidnapped in South Sudan by a kidnapper from Anti South Sudan Group since three years. He urged the government to help in bringing him back to Pakistan.
    Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs apprised the House regarding the latest situation in this regard.
  31. Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail pointed out the brutal torture on students of Balochistan and Khyber Pakkhtunkhwa in Punjab University by Police. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Senator Ilyas Bilour and Senator Aitzaz Ahsen (Leader of the Opposition) also spoke on this matter.
  32. Senator Sitara Ayaz condemned the brutal torture on these students. She further pointed that Islamabad and specifically Parliament Lodges have become polluted and no action is being taken in this regard by the Mayor of Islamabad.
  33. Senator Sehar Kamran congratulated the House and people of Pakistan on the account of Resolution Day 23rd march and paid a tribute to the martyrs who lost their lives in services for Pakistan.
  34. Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi pointed out that an issue was raised in Senate about offering permanent employment to officers in Balochistan but despite assurance of the Minister concerned, they have been transferred to Islamabad and are being discriminated due to the fact that their cases were taken up in the Senate.
  35. Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja pointed out the discriminatory posting transfers of ambassadors, belonging to the Province of Punjab only, in various countries by the Foreign Office.
  36. Senator Hari Raam urged the government to open PASCO Centers in Sindh.
  37. Senators Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz and Sassui Palijo pointed out the water crisis in Sindh that even drinking water is not available for people.
  38. Senator Hidayat Ullah pointed out the suspension of Mobile Services in Bajor and Mohmmand Agency since last two weeks.
  39. Senator Saeed Ghani pointed out that Prime Minister launched 97 relief schemes out of which 77 were for Punjab which creates discrimination among provinces.
  40. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar pointed out the physical torture on the Pakhtoon students studying in the Punjab University Lahore.
  41. Senator Mohsin Aziz pointed out the discriminatory behavior of Saudi officials towards Pakistani citizens upon arrival on Saudi Airports.
  42. Senator Farhatullah Babar pointed out that Turkish schools were closed and their staff was forced to leave Pakistan and he further pointed out the water crisis in Sindh.
  43. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel pointed out the lack of session judges in Musakhel and he further pointed out the physical torture on students in Punjab University.
  44. Senator Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi pointed the decision of World Banks Tribunal Namely Court for International Settlements dispute regarding government and government of Balochistan with Tethyan copper company owned by Antofagasta of Chile and Barrick Gold of Canada.
  45. Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari pointed out that Tarbela Dam is at dead level and there will be shortage of water because water storage is not the priority.
  46. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi pointed out that the attack on students of Punjab University were pre planned before exams and further added that internet services be provided in Kalat.
  47. Senator Taj Haider pointed out that an operational criterion for water reservoirs should be made.
  48. Senator Saeed ul Hassan Mandokhel pointed out that the provincial government should buy water if they are using other province water.
    The Chairman referred the matters at Serial Number 37-48, to the concerned Ministries for ministerial responses and directed that the verbatim should be sent to concerned Ministries.

259th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 13-02-2017
Session prorogued on = 20-02-2017
Number of working days = 08
Number of actual sittings = 06
Number of private Members’ days = 02
Maximum attendance = 73%
Minimum attendance = 50%
Total hours of sittings = 22 hours 10 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 04 hours 40 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 02 hours 35 minutes

STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 502
Admitted : 442
Disallowed : 31
Replied : 118

RESOLUTIONS
Passed by the House : 11

MOTION UNDER 218
Discussed in the House : 07

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

Order of Precedence Name of the Members
1. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
2. Senator Nehal Hashmi
3. Senator Samina Abid

OFFERING OF FATEHA

  1. The House offered Fateha for the departed soul of Bano Qudsia famous novelist.
  2. The House offered Fateha for the departed soul of Dr. Hameeda Khoro, former Education Minister.
  3. The House offered Fateha for the departed soul of mother in law of Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.
  4. The House offered Fateha for the departed souls in the incident of suicide attack at Sehwan Sharif. The proceedings of the House were suspended for five minutes in order to pay tribute to the sacrifice of lives of innocent citizens in the unfortunate incidents of terrorism.

CONDOLENCE RESOLUTIONS PASSED BY THE HOUSE

  1. Condolence resolution on the sad demise of famous novelist, Bano Qudsia, mover by Senator Syed Shibli Faraz.
  2. Condolence resolution on the sad demise of former Education Minister, Dr. Hameeda Khoro, moved by Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Haq, Leader of the House.

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS INTRODUCED

  1. The Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Board Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan.
  2. The Control of Narcotic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan.
  3. The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  4. The Islamabad Rent Restriction (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh.
  5. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017, moved by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh.
  6. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of Articles 63, 177 and 193), moved by Senator Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar Awan.
  7. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Amendment of Article 130) moved by Senator Saeed Ghani.

MOTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION OF FOLLOWING BILLS IN JOINT SITTING
[Under Rule 126(7)]

  1. The Un-attended Orphans (Rehabilitation and Welfare) Bill, 2016, as passed by the Senate and transmitted to the National Assembly but not passed by the National Assembly within ninety days of its laying in the National Assembly, moved by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja.
  2. The Torture, Custodial Death and Custodial Rape (Prevention and Punishment) Bill, 2015, as passed by the Senate and transmitted to the National Assembly but not passed by the National Assembly within ninety days of its laying in the National Assembly, moved by Senator Farhatullah Babar.

PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS PASSED

Following Private Members' Bills were passed during the session:-

  1. The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Senator Nuzhat Sadiq.
  2. The Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2016], moved by Senator Saleem Mandviwala.

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS WITHDRAWN UNDER RULE 115

Following Private Members Bills were withdrawn by the Movers during the session

  1. The National Commission for International Law and Commitments Bill, 2016, introduced by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja.
  2. The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2016], moved by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed
  3. The National Cyber Security Council Bill, 2014], moved by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed
  4. The Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2016], moved by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  5. The Islamabad Prohibition of Sheesha Smoking Bill, 2016, moved by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  6. The Juvenile Justice System (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  7. The Islamabad Prohibition of Expressing Matters on Walls Bill, 2016, moved by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  8. The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.

GOVERNMENT BILLS PASSED BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND TRANSMITTED TO THE SENATE

Following Bills were transmitted by the National Assembly to the Senate which were referred to the concerned Standing Committees of the Senate:-

  1. The Limited Liability Partnership Bill, 2017.
  2. The Pakistan Climate Change Bill, 2017.
  3. The Explosive Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
  4. The Costs of Litigation Bill, 2017.
  5. The Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, 2017.
  6. The Companies Bill, 2017
  7. The Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
  8. The National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill, 2017.
  9. The Cost and Management Accountants (Amendment) Bill, 2017

GOVERNMENT BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

  1. The Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016, passed by the Senate with an amendment moved by Senator Farhatullah Babar that Schedule "A" be made part of the Bill.

UNANIMOUS RESOLUTION PASSED BY THE HOUSE

The House passed unanimous resolution moved by Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, Leader of the House regarding enhancement of role and powers of the Senate of Pakistan to protect the rights of the federating units and provide a meaningful participation to the provinces and other territories in the affairs of the Federation.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PRESENCE

  • The House acknowledged the presence of 23 students and their faculty Members of Roots Millennium school F-10 Branch Islamabad who were present in the visitors' galleries to witness the proceedings of the House.
  • The Chair acknowledged the presence of Mr. Mati Ullah Agha, former Speaker Balochistan Assembly and Mr. Amir Zaman, Member National Assembly in the visitors' gallery.
  • The House offered Fateha for the departed souls of terrorist incidents at Lahore, Quetta and Karachi.
  • The House acknowledged the presence of a group of 72 students and 12 faculty members of Premier Law College Gujranwala who were present in the galleries to witness the proceedings.
  • The House acknowledged the presence of a group of 21 short term internees who worked in the Senate Secretariat and the Committee. The Chair acknowledged their work and contributions and wished them best of luck in their future endeavors.

CONSIDERATION OF ADMISSIBILITY OF ADJOURNMENT MOTION

The admissibility of the following adjournment motions was determined in the House:-

  1. The adjournment motion to discuss the alarming decrease in production and operational capacity of Pakistan pharmaceutical industry from 16% to 8% per year, notice given by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh.
    The Mover advanced his arguments on the admissibility of the adjournment motion.
    The Motion was opposed by Ms. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination
    After hearing the Mover and the Minister, the Deputy Chairman held the motion out of order with the direction that the Member may move a Motion under rule 218 to discuss the issue in the House.
  2. The adjournment motion to discuss the non-existence of fire safety equipment in commercial buildings in Islamabad, notice given by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
    The Mover advanced his arguments on the admissibility of the adjournment motion.
    After hearing the Mover, the Deputy Chairman held the motion out of order with the direction that the Member may move a Motion under rule 218 to discuss the issue in the House.
  3. The adjournment motion to discuss the situation arising out of the suspension of import of Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) by fertilizer importers as consequence of non-payment of over Rs.5 billion subsidy by the Government, notice given by Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari.
    The Mover advanced his arguments on the admissibility of the adjournment motion.
    After hearing the Mover, the Deputy Chairman held the motion out of order with the direction that the Member may move a Calling Attention Notice to draw the attention of the Minister concerned towards the issue.
  4. Adj. Motion No. 1 (2-259/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh to discuss the need for investigation of plane crash incidents by an independent investigating body.
    After preliminary arguments, the Mover withdrew his motion.
  5. Adj. Motion No. 2 (6-259/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati to discuss the incident of death of an infant in the women’s barrack of Central Jail Adiala, Rawalpindi whose mother was imprisoned along with the baby.
    After preliminary arguments, the Mover withdrew his motion.
  6. Adj. Motion No. 3 (10-259/2017-M), notice given of by Senators Farhatullah Babar, Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate, Nisar Muhammad, Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari, Mohammad Azam Khan Swati and Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh to discuss the situation prevailing throughout the Country in the light of Article 140-A whereby the Constitution mandates not only the establishment of local Governments but also delegation of political, administrative and financial powers to the local Government representatives.
    Motion was moved by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
    Following Members spoke on the admissibility of the Motion:-
    1. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
    2. Senator Farhatullah Babar.
    3. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh.
    4. Senator Taj Haider.
    5. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar.
    6. Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini.
    7. Senator Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.
    8. Senator Sirajul Haq.
    9. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi.
    10. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif.
    11. Senator Abdul Qayyum.
    12. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah.
    13. Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Haq, Leader of the House.
    After hearing the Members, the Chairman held the Motion out of order by way of his detailed ruling announced in the House. The Chair suggested the Member to move a resolution expressing opinion of the Senate in this matter.
  7. Adj. Motion No. 1 (3-259/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh to discuss the vulnerability of Pakistan to climate change as according to the latest Global Climate Risk Index 2017, Pakistan stands 7th most vulnerable country to climate change.
    After preliminary arguments, the Member withdrew his motion.
  8. Adj. Motion No. 2 (8-259/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati to discuss the media reports that substandard stents are being used in Government and private hospitals.
    After preliminary arguments, the Member withdrew his motion.
  9. Adj. Motion No. 3 (15-259/2017-M), notices given of by Senators Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi and Sassui Palijo to discuss the reservations of small provinces in the wake of upcoming population census in the country.
    Following Members spoke on the admissibility of the adjournment motion:-
    1. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi.
    2. Senator Sassui Palijo
    After hearing the Members, the Chairman held the motion out of order due to the reason that already the Matter has been referred to the Standing Committee on Finance for report within one month. The Chairman further directed that the Committee shall invite Senators Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Sassui Palijo, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Ilyas Ahmed Bilour, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar and every other Member who is desirous to attend the meeting of the Committee on this issue. The Chairman further directed that when the meeting of the Committee for this issue will be scheduled, SMS should be made to all the Members.
    Adjournment motion was disposed of in the above terms.
  10. Adj. Motion No. 1 (4-259/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh to discuss the decision of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) to extend the imposition of ten paisa per unit surcharge for another one and half year for Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project.
    The Member advanced his arguments on the admissibility of the adjournment motion.
    After hearing the Member, the Chairman held the motion out of order and advised the Member to move a Calling Attention Notice to discuss the issue.
  11. Adj. Motion No. 2 (13 & 18-259/2017-M), notices given of by Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati and Sassui Palijo to discuss the arbitrary decision of Trump administration regarding the imposition of travel ban to the USA for the citizens of seven Muslim countries.
    The Members advanced their arguments on the admissibility of the adjournment motion.
    After hearing the Members, the Chairman held the motion out of order vide his detailed ruling announced in the House.
  12. Adj. Motion No. 3 (16-259/2017-M), notice given of by Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi to discuss the consumption of contaminated water throughout the country causing number of diseases.
    The Member advanced his arguments on the admissibility of the adjournment motion.
    After hearing the Member, the Chairman held the motion out of order with the suggestion to move a resolution suggesting the measures to resolve the issue.

REPORTS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES

The following reports of the Committees were presented in the House:-

  1. Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi, Chairman, Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, presented report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 2010 [The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on 19th December, 2016.
  2. Senator Syed Shibli Faraz, Chairman, Standing Committee on Commerce, presented report of the Committee on the budgetary allocation and its utilization by the Ministry of Commerce for the Financial Year 2016-17, in terms of sub-rule (4) of rule 166 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012.
  3. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Chairman, Functional Committee on Devolution, presented report of the Functional Committee on a matter referred by the House on 23rd December, 2016, regarding "Placement of Regulatory Authorities under the Line Ministries".
  4. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, presented report of the Committee, on the contempt of the House by Mr. Muhammad Ayub Khan, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Finance, by referring the matter raised by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel on 4th October, 2016, regarding unequal distribution of funds in PSDP and non- releasing of funds allocated for small provinces, at the last moment to the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms.
  5. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, presented report of the Committee, on Privilege Motion No. 1(255)/2016-M, moved by Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour, on 16th January, 2017, regarding conversion of building constructed for surgical ICU ward of Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, into offices without consulting the Member as the building was constructed out of the development funds provided by the Member.
  6. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Chairman, Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research, presented 13th follow up report of the Committee regarding proposed "conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) / Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) into residential/commercial plots".
  7. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, presented report of the Committee on the subject matter of Point of Public Importance raised by Senator Farhatullah Babar on 20th December, 2016, regarding fate of Area Study Centre, Islamabad.
  8. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to amend the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad Act, 2013 [The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad (Amendment) Bill, 2016], introduced by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel on 21st November, 2016.
  9. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, presented report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 103 asked by Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on 23rd December, 2016, regarding allocation and utilization of funds for construction of the Chirah Dam in Islamabad.
  10. Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, Chairperson, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, presented report of the Committee on the mid-year review of budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in terms of sub-rule (4) of rule 166 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012.
    The Chairman appreciated the work of the Committee.
  11. Senator Sitara Ayaz on behalf of Senator Nisar Muhammad, Convener, Special Committee on Marginalized Segments of Society, presented report of the Committee on the matter regarding the violation of fundamental rights of transgender community in the country raised by Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamadullah on 22nd November, 2016.
    At this stage, the Chairman directed the Standing Committee on Law and Justice to submit its report on the bill on the instant subject within three weeks.
  12. Senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Convener of the Special Committee on the implementation of the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Bill, 2015, presented a report of the Special Committee in terms of rule 196 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, read with Standing Order No. 1.48.
  13. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman Standing Committee on Law and Justice, presented report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for the constitution of commissions of Inquiry [The Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2016].
  14. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman, Standing Committee on Defence, presented report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 1, asked by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, on 20th December, 2016, regarding the number of doctors, paramedical and administrative staff working in the Cantonment Board Hospital, Rawalpindi, on regular and ad-hoc / temporary basis with department-wise breakup.
  15. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman, Standing Committee on Defence, presented an interim report of the Committee on the matter raised by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, on 20th December, 2016, regarding orders of the Ministry of Defence to the residents of Cantonment areas of Loralai to vacate the land despite the fact that the same has been allotted to them for 100 years.
  16. Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privation presented report of the Committee on the Money Bill further to amend the Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses and Privileges) Order, 1972 [The Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses and Privileges) Bill, 2017.

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 194(1) FOR EXTENSION IN TIME TO PRESENT REPORTS

Following Motions for extension in time were moved in the House:-

  1. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Chairman, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the period for presentation of report of the Committee on Privilege Motion No. 1(257)/2016-M, moved by Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, against the Chairman CDA for not implementing the recommendations of the Committee on National Food Security and Research on the matter of proposed conversion of 1400 acres of NARC land by the CDA into residential / commercial plots, may be extended for a period of forty five working days with effect from 21st February, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  2. Senator Saleem Mandviwalla, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill to provide a regulatory and enabling environment for private participation in provision of public infrastructure and related services through fair and transparent procurement [The Public Private Partnership Authority Bill, 2016], as passed by the National Assembly and referred to the Committee on 21st December, 2016, may be extended till the next Session.
    The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  3. Senator Saleem Mandviwalla, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Partnership Act, 1932, in its application to the Islamabad Capital Territory [The Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2016], introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 18th February, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  4. Senator Saleem Mandviwalla, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the period for presentation of report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 79, asked by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh on 22nd December, 2016, regarding the import of auto parts in the shape of scrap from Japan and re-assembling of the same into cars, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 21st February, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  5. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the period for presentation of report of the Committee on a Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Substitution of Article 251), introduced by Senator Sassui Palijo, on her behalf and on behalf of Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz, on 19th December, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 18th February, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  6. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Chairman, Standing Committee on Law and Justice, moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the period for presentation of report of the Committee on a Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Amendment of Article 251), introduced by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja on his behalf and on behalf of Senators Taj Haider, Shahi Syed, Liaqat Khan Tarakai, Kamil Ali Agha, Saeed Ghani, Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Sehar Kamran, Hari Ram, Syed Shibli Faraz, Haji Momin Khan Afridi, Rubina Khalid, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Gianchand, Abdul Rehman Malik, Muhammad Zafarullah Khan Dhandla, Samina Abid, Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate, Farhatullah Babar, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Hidayat Ullah, Taj Muhammad Afridi, Ahmed Hassan, Kalsoom Perveen, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar and Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi , on 19th December, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 18th February, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and requisite extension was granted.
  7. Senator Mohsin Aziz on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization moved under sub-rule (1) of rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Protection of Economic Reforms Act, 1992 [The Protection of Economic Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Saleem Mandviwala, on 3rd October, 2016, may be extended for a period of sixty working days with effect from 25th February, 2017.
    The Motion was adopted and the extension was granted.
  8. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Chairman, Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, moved under sub-rule (1) of Rule 194 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the period for presentation of report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred question Nos. 45, 46 and 47, asked by Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi on 7th September, 2016, regarding the PAS and PSP officers in BPS 20 and 21 belonging to the province of Balochistan and the policy for their posting in the country and abroad, may be extended for a further period of ten working days with effect from 21st February, 2017.
    The Motion was put to the House and the requisite extension was granted.

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Following Calling Attention Notices were moved in the House:-

  • Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, drew attention of the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources towards the problems being faced by thousands of domestic, commercial and industrial consumers across Hazara Division due to closing down of 120 CNG stations in the Division.
    Mr. Aftab Sheikh, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs on behalf of Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, made the statement and notice was disposed of.
  • Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, drew attention of the Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control towards the illegal sale of unhygienic milk mixed with chemicals, both in open and packed form in Islamabad.
    Mr. Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control, made the statement and notice was disposed of.
  • SENATOR COL. (R) SYED TAHIR HUSSAIN MASHHADI drew attention of the Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination towards the non-availability of life saving drugs like Florinif tablet, Hydrocartizan and T.B. medicines in the Country particularly in Islamabad.
    Engrr. Khurram Dastgir Khan Minister for Commerce made statement on behalf of the Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination.
    The Calling Attention Notice was disposed of.
  • SENATORS SALEEM MANDVIWALLA, SHAHI SYED, MIR MUHAMMAD YOUSAF BADINI AND MUHAMMAD YOUSAF drew attention of the Minister In-charge of the Aviation Division towards the sale of PIA Airbus A-310 to a German Firm in violation of PPRA rules.
    Following Members also spoke on the matter:-
    1. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan.
    2. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah.
    Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Minister-In-Charge Aviation Division made statement.
    After the statement by the Minister, the Chairman referred the subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice to the sub-committee of the Special Committee on Performance of PIA with the direction to report back in the next session of the Senate.
  • SENATORS DR. JEHANZEB JAMALDINI, MUHAMMAD DAUD KHAN ACHAKZAI, ADVOCATE, MUHAMMAD YOUSAF, SAEEDUL HASSAN MANDOKHAIL AND SHAHI SYED to draw attention of the Minister for Defence towards the termination of services of twenty one Trainee Apprentices (BPS-7), most of them possessing the domicile of Balochistan, during their probation period which were to be recruited in different trades after completing their mandatory trainings from Survey Training Institute, Islamabad.
    Mr. Abid Sher Ali on behalf of the Minister for Defence made statement. The Chairman referred the matter to the Standing Committee on Defence with the direction to make sure that transparent re-examination of the candidates will be conducted by the Ministry.
    The Calling Attention Notice was disposed of.
  • SENATOR AGHA SHAHBAZ KHAN DURRANI to draw attention of the Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control towards the non-payment of salaries to the Immigration and Passport Officers posted in various Pakistani missions abroad and disparity in the benefits being provided to them and the officers of other Ministries posted in those missions.
    Mr. Muhammad Baligh-Ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Interior made statement.
    The Calling Attention Notice was disposed of.
  • Senators Saleem Mandviwalla on his behalf and on behalf of Senators Shahi Syed, Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini And Muhammad Yousaf drew attention of the Minister In-charge of the Aviation Division towards the transfer of employees of Pakistan International Airline Corporation (PIAC) to its subsidiary company, Pakistan Airways Limited (PAL).
    Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs made statement.
    The Calling Attention Notice was disposed of.
  • Senator Syed Shibli Faraz to draw attention of the Minister for Communications towards the non-completion of long standing project of Takht Bhai Fly Over in the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
    Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs made statement.
    The Calling Attention Notice was disposed of.

REPORT LAID

Mr. Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination laid before the Senate the Annual Report of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) for the Financial Year 2015-2016, as required under clause (4) of Article 153 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

MONEY BILL LAID

Mr Zahid Hamid Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for States and Frontier Regions, laid before the Senate a copy of the Money Bill, the Rulers of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses and Privileges) (Amendment) Bill, 2017, under Article 73 of the Constitution.

CONDEMNATION OF TERRORIST INCIDNET

On behalf of the House and on his own behalf, the Chairman Senate strongly condemned the terrorist incident at Peshawar and all the recent terrorist incidents throughout the country and urged that such coward acts cannot shatter the determination of the Nation.

MOTIONS
[Under Rule 196(1)]

Following reports were adopted by the House:-

  1. Report of the Functional Committee on a matter referred by the House on 23rd December, 2016, regarding "Placement of Regulatory Authorities under the Line Ministries"
  2. Special report of the Standing Committee on the privatization of Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC), be considered and adopted.

MINISTERIAL RESPONSE

  1. Mr. Muhammad Baligh-Ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Interior made statement regarding the recent wave of terrorist incidents throughout the country.
  2. Regarding the less allocation of funds in PSDP for the small provinces and non-releasing of the same, raised by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Muskhel on 4th October, 2016. (Matter pertains to the Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms)
    Due to absence of the concerned Minister and non-briefing to some other Minister, the Chairman directed to issue notice of breach of privilege to the Secretary Planning Division.
  3. Regarding the granting of extension in time to submit tax returns by the exporters involved in Pak-Afghan Trade as previously approved by ECC, raised by Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail on 15th February, 2017. (Matter pertains to the Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization) Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of the Minister for Finance made statement. The matter was disposed of in terms of the statement by the Minister.
  4. Regarding the appointments against five posts for the Balochi News Service, raised by Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini on 16th February, 2017. (Matter pertains to the Minister for Information and Broadcasting) Ms. Marryam Aurangzeb, Minister for Information made statement. The matter was disposed of in terms of the statement by the Minister.
  5. Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar made statement about the pioneer industry policy as the matter was raised by Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak. He also updated the House about the progress towards the demand of the Members to release development funds.

OBSERVATION OF THE CHAIRMAN ON ABSENCE OF THE MINISTERS IN THE HOUSE

The Chairman took serious notice of absence of the concerned Ministers in the House and observed that if the Government is not serious in the parliamentary business then there is no purpose to summon the sessions.

POINT RAISED BY SENATOR SYED MUZAFFAR HUSSAIN SHAH

Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah drew attention of the Chair towards the consultative process going on between the Government and the Parliamentary party leaders in the National Assembly but the Parliamentary Party Leaders in the Senate have not been involved in any consultation process.
Following Members spoke on the issue:

  1. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  2. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.
  3. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini.
  4. Senator Sirajul Haq.
  5. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar.
  6. Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice.
  7. Mr. Chairman stated that he had already sensitized the Government about the concern of the Senate in this regard.
  8. Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance submitted the background of the consultation and the stance of the Government. He asked the Chairman to provide the list of the members to whom the invitations will be sent at the earliest.
  9. Chairman said that list of Parliamentary Party Leaders has already been provided to the Law Minister.

RULING OF THE CHAIRMAN

The Chairman announced his ruling on the issue of transferring of administrative control of the following Regulatory Authorities from Cabinet Division to their respective line ministries by the Government through Memorandum No. 7-2/2016-Min-I dated 19th December, 2016:-

  1. National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA).
  2. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
  3. Frequency Allocation Board (FAB).
  4. Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA).
  5. Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE RAISED DURING ZERO HOUR

Following points of public importance were raised during the session:-

  1. Senator Mian Ateeq Shaikh and Kamil Ali Agha spoke about the strike by the pharmaceutical companies and chemists throughout the country sue to which the general public is badly suffering.
  2. Senator Hafiz Hamadullah and Usman Kakar spoke about the attacks on the Pakhtoon and Baloch students of Punjab University Lahore by the students of Jamiat Talaba Islam. The Chairman asked the Leader of the House to speak to the Government of the Punjab.
  3. Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour pointed out the non-implementation of the recommendation of the Committee on FATA Reforms constituted by the Government under the chairmanship of Mr. Sartaj Aziz. The Member stated that the Committee has recommended the merger of FATA with the province of KPK but the Government is reluctant to implement the recommendation.
    Following Members also spoke on the matter:-
    1. Senator Sirajul Haq.
    2. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
    3. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel.
    The Opposition benches staged walkout as protest.
  4. Senator Sardar Mohammad Azam Khan Musakhel pointed out the less allocation of funds in PSDP for small provinces and non-releasing of such allocated funds.
    The Chairman stated that the response of the Minister will come in periodical report.
  5. Senator Farhatullah Babar pointed out the incident of missing of two young boys from Islamabad. The parents of the children when called on their phone calls they were responded by some unknown person whose location was traced which was traced near Sector G-9 Islamabad and finally the boys were recovered from the Police Station G-9 Islamabad who were apprehended by the Police and were subjected to brutal torture. As per the boys they were forced to confess various crimes which they have never done.
    The Chairman referred the matter to the Functional Committee on Human Rights with the direction to report back in next session.
  6. Senator Farhatullah Babar further spoke about the allotment of land to the retired Government officers which raises many questions in the minds of ordinary people as the people are not aware of such rules and the criteria of such allotments. The Member urged that the Committee of the House should review all such policies.
    The Chairman stated that he will look into the matter as the individual cases cannot be examined but a holistic review of the policies can be made.
  7. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah drew attention of the House towards the aircrafts obtained by PIA on wet lease from Turkey. He stated that he had an experience of traveling in one of such aircraft. These crafts are so congested and the seating as well as moving capacity is so bad that even a man of average stature cannot comfortably travel in these planes. He urged the House to enquire that why such faulty designed aircrafts were obtained on wet lease.
    The Chairman referred the matter to the Special Committee on performance of PIA with the direction to report back within one month.
  8. Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail pointed out that the Exporters who are involved in Afghan Trade may be given some extension in time to submit their tax returns due to bad weather condition in the areas of their operation. He further stated that since these exporters are filing their returns for the first time so they are not very much familiar with the process so extension in time may be granted to them.
    The Chairman directed that the verbatim may be sent to the concerned Ministry for report back by the Minister.
  9. Senator Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi spoke about the non-availability of gas to domestic consumers in morning, afternoon and evening hours due to which they are unable to run their domestic affairs.
  10. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik drew attention of the House towards a video which has become viral on social media wherein the spokesman of Tehreek-ul-Ahrar is declaring war against the State of Pakistan. He urged the Minister for Interior to brief the House that what is the background of this Organization and weather it is in the list of proscribed organizations or not. He criticized the involvement of Afghanistan Government in the harboring of terrorist who operate in Pakistan.
    The Chairman asked Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan to convey the Minister of State for Interior to come in the House tomorrow and brief the House on this issue.
    The Member further appreciated the Chairman on his stance over the refusal of visa by USA to the Deputy Chairman Senate.
  11. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar pointed out the non-payment of money to the land owners whose land was acquired by CAA for Kanjoo Airport Swat.
    The Member also objected upon the statement made by Senator Rehman Malik about the Afghanistan Government.
    Senator Rehman Malik made his personal explanation.
  12. Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamldini spoke about the termination of 21 trainee officers of Survey of Pakistan under the Ministry of Defence.
  13. Senator Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani stated that he was in Bangkok where he fell ill. He tried to contact the Ambassador in Bangkok but despite repeated efforts no one from Embassy could be contacted. He stated that on third day the Ambassador contacted him and that too just for formality. He urged that in every consulate/Embassy/Mission abroad a desk should be established to respond the calls of Pakistani citizens abroad.
  14. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi spoke about the spreading of Hepatitis B and C rapidly due to use of contaminated drinking water throughout the country.
  15. Senator Muhammad Saleh Shah pointed out that Statistics Division has issued some forms for the upcoming Population Census whereby at the time of visit of Government officials for census, only those persons will be counted who will found present in their homes at that time. He further stated that the IDPs of FATA are scattered throughout the country so Government should make a proper mechanism for their counting otherwise the results of the census will not be conclusive
    The Chairman referred the matter to the concerned Standing Committee with the direction to report back within 30 days.
  16. Senator Nehal Hashmi stated that he along with other Senators met the media representatives in Islamabad Press Club. The media persons demanded that the owners of the Media Houses should be directed to get every employee insured. The Member further spoke about the increasing road accidents in Karachi due to mismanagement of roads. He also spoke about the law and order situation and the efforts of the present Government to control the same.
  17. Senator Mohsin Aziz spoke about the supply of contaminated milk in the country both in open milk sale as well as in packaged milk. He stated that the issue has been raised in the House on various occasions but no proper response from the Government has been made in the House.
  18. Senator Shahi Syed stated that IGPs and the Chief Secretaries of the Provinces should be called and they should be asked about their problems and the requirements to control the terrorism in their provinces.
  19. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel stated that the law enforcement agencies conduct raids in the areas of District Musakhel adjacent to D.I Khan on the pretext of intelligence reports and they loot the properties of the residents in the name of checking. He assured that the people of District Musakhel are peace loving.
  20. Senator Hafiz Hamadullah criticized the lifting of ban on the display of Indian Movies in Pakistan. He stated that when we put blame of each and every incident on India and the India is also doing brutalities in Kashmir then why we display their movies in the country. He stated that this dualism of policies is very damaging. He urged that matter should be taken up in the Committee so that the PEMRA may be asked that under what circumstances the permission of display of Indian Movies has been given.
  21. Senator Taj Haider drew attention of the House towards an advertisement whereby the outsourcing of the Airports of the country has been advertised.
    The Chairman referred the matter to the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat with the direction to report back within one month.
  22. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Salahudin Tirmizi stated that under the Prime Minister’s internship programme every MNA is being provided with one intern for assistance in parliamentary duties but the Senators have been ignored.
    The Chairman informed the Member that the Secretariat is already in negotiation with the concerned quarters but no reply has yet been received from them. The Chairman asked the Leader of the House to take up the matter with the in-charge of the program. The Chairman directed to provide the copies of the correspondence to the Leader of the House.
  23. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini stated that every policy of the Government should be brought before the Parliament for approval. He further drew attention of the Chair towards the appointments made by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for the Balochi News Service but the persons appointed for the said job have not been offered joining for the said service.
    The Chairman directed to send the verbatim to the Minister concerned for report back to the House.
  24. Senator Nehal Hashmi spoke about the blasting work being carried out in the mountain near village LORA District Abbottabad KPK which is causing harm to the environment and climate.
  25. Senator Shahi Syed spoke about the very specific threat alert issued by the Government for Karachi whereby the vehicle type, its make and color has been told. The Member stated that when the Government has that much accurate information then why the culprits are not arrested.
  26. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel stated that the female officers should be appointed in the Passports offices in Balochistan.
  27. Senator Sherry Rehman spoke about the recent terrorist incidents and the course of action of the Government after the incidents.
  28. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan spoke about the recent terrorist incidents throughout the country and urged the political parties not to use the incidents for point scoring. He criticized the bad governance in Sindh which was exposed after the incident at Sehwan Sharif.
  29. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar criticized the actions taken by the Government of Punjab against the Pashtoons after every terrorist incident.
  30. Senator Shahi Syed spoke about the hardships and miseries of the families of the victims of terrorism. It is the responsibility of the State to look after them but no one takes care of such victims.
    The Chairman directed the Member to raise the issue in next session.
  31. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel read out an application in the House addressed to him wherein it has been complained that the illegal hunting is being carried out in the Districts of Balochistan under the supervision of FC and the MNAs. When the locals ordained them not to do so they threatened the locals and injured them.
  32. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini spoke about the situation on Sindh and Balochistan boarder wherein FC in the wake of checking of Iranian oil takes out the oil from the fuel tanks of the travelers.

CARRYING FORWARD OF BUSINESS

The notices of questions, resolutions and motions under rule 218 received for the current session but could not be taken up will not lapse and will be carried forward for the next session.
The Chairman read out the prorogation order on 20th February, 2017 on conclusion of business.


258th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 09-01-2017
Session prorogued on = 20-01-2017
Number of working days = 12
Number of actual sittings = 10
Number of private Members’ days = 02
Maximum attendance = 79%
Minimum attendance = 52%
Average attendance = 64.4%
Total hours of sittings = 31 hours 41 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 04 hours 19 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 01 hours 46 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 03 hours 10 minutes

STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 385
Admitted : 338
Disallowed : 07
Replied : 240

RESOLUTIONS
Passed by the House : 06

MOTION UNDER 218
Discussed in the House : 07

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

Order of Precedence Name of the Members
1. Senator Ahmed Hassan
2. Senator Nuzhat Sadiq
3. Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill / Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2015 9-01-2017 Private Member Bill Senate
2. The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 9-01-2017 Private Member Bill Senate
3. The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2016 9-01-2017 Private Member Bill Senate
4. The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill, 2016 17-01-2017 Government Member Bill National Assembly

GOVERNMENT BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The COMSATS University Islamabad Bill, 2017 10-01-2017 National Assembly
2. The Pakistan Council for Science and Technology Bill, 2016 10-01-2017 National Assembly
3. The Pakistan National Accreditation Council Bill, 2016 10-01-2017 National Assembly
4. The Corporate Rehabilitation Bill, 2017 19-01-2017 National Assembly

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFFERED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 9-01-2017 Senate
2. The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 9-01-2017 Senate
3. The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016 14-01-2017 Senate
4. The Ehtram-e-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill, 2017 14-01-2017 Senate

BILLS FOR MOTION UNDER RULE 100

On 16th January, 2017 The Chairman explained the purpose behind setting down of the Order Nos. 8 to 14 and urged the Members whose Bills have been mentioned in the Order Nos. 8 to 14 to either give notices under rule 100 with respect to their Bills or withdraw the same in the House. The following Bills were set down in Order Nos. 8 to 14. The Chairman observed that such Bills will be set down on the Orders of the Day till giving of notices by the concerned Members under rule 100 or otherwise till the time they withdraw their Bills:-

  1. The National Cyber Security Council Bill, 2014, introduced by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed on 14th April, 2014 and reported by the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications on 18th December, 2015.
  2. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (Omission of Article 182), introduced by Senator Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan on 11th January, 2016 and reported by the Standing Committee on Law and Justice on 8th September, 2016.
  3. The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduced by Senator Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan on 16th May, 2016 and reported by the Standing Committee on Law and Justice on 8th September, 2016.
  4. The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduced by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed on 18th July, 2016 and reported by the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination on 16th December, 2016.
  5. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Amendment of Article 28), introduced by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja on 25th July, 2016 and reported by the Standing Committee on Law and Justice on 4th November, 2016.
  6. The Islamabad Prohibition of Sheesha Smoking Bill, 2016, introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on 26th September, 2016 and reported by the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination on 16th December, 2016.
  7. The Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on 26th September, 2016 and reported by the Standing Committee on Law and Justice on 21st December, 2016.

ORDINANCE TO BE LAID

On 10th January, 2017 Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice, laid before the Senate the National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 (Ordinance No. II of 2017) as required by clause (2) of Article 89 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

  • Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Leader of the Opposition pointed out that since a Law when promulgated becomes the public property so there is no need to lay it on the Tables in so formal manner.
  • The Chairman referred the Ordinance to the Standing Committee on Law and Justice while treating it as a Bill in terms of Clause (3)(b) of Article 89 of the Constitution as it was first laid in the Senate.
  • The Chairman further directed the Secretariat that in future whenever the Government is to lay an Ordinance before the House the same should prior be placed on the Tables.

On 18th January, 2017 Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Minister-In-Charge Cabinet Secretariat, laid before the Senate the National School of Public Policy (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 (Ordinance No. I of 2017) as required by clause (2) of Article 89 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

  • The Chairman referred the Ordinance to the Standing Committee concerned while treating it as a Bill as it was first laid in the Senate.

RULES TO BE LAID BEFORE THE SENATE

On 18th January, 2017 Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Minister-In-Charge Cabinet Secretariat, laid before the Senate the Civil Servants (Service in International Organizations) Rules, 2016, as required by sub-section (2) of section 10A of the Civil Servants Act, 1973.


AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE RULES (Under Rule 278)

Mover Amendments Status Date
Senator Saleem Mandviwala In rule 182 of the said Rules, for the full stop occurring at the end a colon ":", shall be substituted and thereafter, the following new proviso shall be added, namely:-
"Provided that the Chairman of a Committee or the Member presiding in his absence shall not cast his vote in the event of the equality of votes in case he is a mover of a matter under consideration of the Committee."
The leave was granted and the Motion for amendment was carried. The proposed amendment was adopted. 16-01-2017

REPORTS OF THE STANDING/SPECIAL/FUNCTIONAL/PARLIAMENTARY/WHOLE COMMITTEES, PRESENTATION OF:

Sr. No. Name of the Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Date
1. Devolution Process & Inter-Provincial Coordination Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Establishment of permanent Secretariat of the Council of Common Interests (CCI), in terms of statement made by the Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination on 22nd December, 2016, in the House 09-01-2017
2. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Report of the Committee on a matter raised by Senator Farhatullah Babar on 22nd December, 2016, regarding review of section 25 of the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 (Ordinance No. XVIII of 1999), which deals with voluntary return and plea bargain 09-01-2017
3. Commerce Senator Syed Shibli Faraz Report of the Committee on the subject matter of starred question No. 25, asked by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, on 29th September, 2016, regarding import of huge quantity of Powdered Milk 09-01-2017
4. Petroleum and Natural Resources Senator Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri The problems being faced by the Oil Sector and Industry in Pakistan 09-01-2017
5. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Report of the Committee, on Privilege Motion No. 3 (250)/2016-M, moved by Senator Atta Ur Rehman on 26th July, 2016, against irresponsible, insulting and threatening attitude of police officials deputed near Chashma Hydropower check post of Kundian and DPO, Mianwali. 10-01-2017
6. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwalla Report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for prohibition of holding property in benami [The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill, 2016]. 11-01-2017
7. National Food Security and Research Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah 12th follow up report of the Committee regarding proposed “conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) / Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) into residential/commercial plots”. 17-01-2017
8. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Report of the Committee, on Privilege Motion No. 2 (255)/2016-M, moved by Senator Kalsoom Parveen on 25th November, 2016, against the Federal Public Service Commission for conducting interviews against the post of Executive Director, Federal Government Poly Clinic, Islamabad, which was of promotion quota, in violation of rules and recommendations of the concerned Senate Standing Committee 18-01-2017
9. Interior and Narcotics Control Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik Report of the Committee on the subject matter of supplementary question asked by Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini to starred question No. 8 on 20th December, 2016, regarding issue of closure of NADRA center in Buleda, Balochistan 18-01-2017
10. Interior and Narcotics Control Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik Report of the Committee on a Bill to prohibit the expression of matters on walls in the Islamabad Capital Territory [The Islamabad Prohibition of Expressing Matters on Walls Bill, 2016] 18-01-2017
11. Interior and Narcotics Control Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik Report of the Committee on the Bill to make provisions for prohibition of corporal punishment against children [The Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Saleem Mandviwala, on 29th February, 2016. 19-01-2017
12. Federal Education and Professional Training Senator Rahila Magsi Report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Act, 1975 [The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (Amendment) Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, on 21st November, 2016 19-01-2017
13. Information Technology and Telecommunications Senator Shahi Syed Special report of the Committee on the problems faced by the USF company in execution of its projects in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. 19-01-2017
14. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Report of the Committee on the matter raised by Senator Saeed Ghani on 14th June, 2016, regarding recalling of Order by the Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) wherein acting or current charges were given to various officers of NAB, in violation of rules, and reappointment of same officers, on the same day, in the Own Pay Scale (OPS) 20-01-2017
15. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for the establishment of the National Commission for International Law and Commitments [The National Commission for International Law and Commitments Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja on 21st November, 2016. 20-01-2017
16. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Amendment of Article 209) introduced by Senator Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar Awan on 21st November, 2016. 20-01-2017
17. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Report of the Committee, on Privilege Motion No. 3(252)/2016-M, moved by Senator Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, on 27th September, 2016, on his behalf and on behalf of Senators Rozi Khan Kakar, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif and Liaqat Khan Tarakai, regarding not attending meeting of the Standing Committee on Communications by Chief Secretary Balochistan, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Secretary FATA, Senior Member Board of Revenue Balochistan, Senior Member Board of Revenue Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Secretary Ministry of Communications and M.D FWO 20-01-2017
18. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Report of the Committee, on breach of privilege of the House by the Secretary Aviation and concerned Director of PIA for holding up the proceedings of the House and for not coming forth and giving information regarding the incident of crash of PIA ATR aircraft on 7th December, 2016 20-01-2017
19. Human Rights Senator Farhatullah Babar on behalf of Senator Nasreen Jalil Report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for solemnization of marriages by Hindu families and for matters ancillary and incidental thereto [The Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016] 20-01-2017
20. Human Rights Senator Farhatullah Babar on behalf of Senator Nasreen Jalil Report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance, 2000, in its application to the Islamabad Capital Territory [The Juvenile Justice System (Amendment) Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on 21st November, 2016. 20-01-2017

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice Name(s) of the Mover(s) Direction of the Chairman at the end of statement, if any Date
1. The non-provision of nutrition and health services to children under five years of age and increase in child mortality rate in the country. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed of 10-01-2017
2. The low pressure of gas in various areas of district Qallat, Balochistan due to which the people of the area are forced to cut down the trees from the Arboi forest, Qallat. Senators Dr. Ashok Kumar, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar and Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi The Chairman referred the subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice to the Standing Committee concerned with the direction to report back in 45 days and the notice was disposed of 11-01-2017
3. The dilapidated condition of Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar, which has recently been declared as one of the worst Airports in Asia Senator Mohsin Aziz The Chairman ruled that a Special Committee be formed comprising all the Members belonging to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa who will examine the exisiting condition of the Airport and the requirement of expansion work at the Airport and the notice was Disposed of. 11-01-2017
4. The alarming increase in local and foreign loans Senator Syed Shibli Faraz Disposed of 12-01-2017
5. Open sale of Petroleum products without license especially of Petrol which is not only violation of rules but also a severe danger to the lives and properties of common people Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Disposed of 12-01-2017
6. The death of five infants in Khyber Agency after having polio drops. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Disposed of 13-01-2017
7. The statement of the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs that the case of Dr. Shakeel Afridi is pending in the courts otherwise Government is willing to proceed further in the matter Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah Disposed of 17-01-2017
8. The out of turn allotment of plots by the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) to sixty officers of the Islamabad Police and the District Administration which caused Rs. 389 million loss to the national exchequer as the Housing Foundation compensated them under the professional quota instead of allotting them the plots from their respective cadres. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed of 17-01-2017
9. The issuance of special hunting permits to the Qatri Princes for hunting of Houbara Bustard, illegal occupation of the lands of the locals by the representative deputed by the Federal Government to provide security to the princes and constant harassment to the local community by damaging their crops and excessive hunting of precious and rare birds. Senators Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani, Ilyas Ahmed Bilour, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar And Rozi Khan Kakar The Chairman asked the Leader of the House and the Minister for Law and Justice to sit with the Members and address their grievances and the notice was Disposed of 18-01-2017
10. The manufacturing of substandard LPG cylinders causing a serious life threat to the domestic consumers of LPG Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Disposed of 18-01-2017
11. The renting out of an inn “Saray-i-Awam” located in sector G-7, Islamabad, to the National Accountability Bureau by the Capital Development Authority, whereas the purpose of that inn was only to provide boarding facility on a cheap rate to low income individuals who visit the city for a short stay and could not afford to stay in hotels. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed of 19-01-2017
12. The high fees being charged by the private educational institutions in Islamabad Capital Territory Senator Nehal Hashmi Disposed of 20-01-2016
13. The granting of equivalence certificates to O and A level students by Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) which is discrimination and has adverse effects on those students while applying for higher studies in the country. Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq Disposed of 20-01-2016

ADJOURNMENT MOTION

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Concerned Ministry Ruling of the Chairman Date
1. The new amnesty scheme under consideration of the Government which would allow amnesty to those who hold wealth abroad by bringing the wealth back into the country without the fear of penalty other than paying a nominal amount of tax on the value of the declared asset. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Motion was held in order and fixed for two hours discussion on 17th January, 2017 12-01-2017

DISCUSSION ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Wind up by (Minister/Advisor) Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. The new amnesty scheme under consideration of the Government. Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice Talked out 17-01-2017

MOTION
[Under Rule 157 (2)]

On 18th January, 2017 Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, to move that the Senate may discuss the third Quarterly Report for the year 2015-2016 of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan on the state of the Economy, laid on the Table of the House on 20th July, 2016.
Minister for Law and Justice drew attention of the Chair towards the fact that a fresh report of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan on the state of the Economy has been laid in the House during the current session and it would be more appropriate to discuss that latest report which contains the latest facts and figures of economy.
The Chairman agreed the suggestion of the Minister and directed that the latest report be set down in the Orders of the Day for discussion.
On 19th January, 2017
Mr. Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs on behalf of Senator Kamran Michael, Minister for Human Rights, moved that the Senate may discuss the Annual Report of the National Commissions on the Status of Women for the year 2014, laid on the Table of the House on 1st March, 2016.
Following Members spoke: -

  1. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  2. Senator Farhatullah Babar.
  3. Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq.
  4. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.
  5. Senator Sassui Palijo.
  6. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah.
  7. Senator Taj Haider.
  8. Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi.
  9. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar.
  10. Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum.
  11. Senator Rubina Khalid.
  12. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi.
  13. Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail.
  14. Senator Shahi Syed.
  15. Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, Leader of the House.

The discussion was over.
On 20th January, 2017
The 2nd Biannual Monitoring report on the Implementation of National Finance Commission (NFC) Award (January-June, 2016), laid on the Table of the House on 21st December, 2016 was discussed by the House.
Following members spoke:

  1. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  2. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari.
  3. Senator Saleem Mandviwalla.
  4. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar.
  5. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini.
  6. Senator Taj Haider.

Mr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control wound up the debate.
The Motion was thus talked out.

RULINGS/DIRECTIONS OF THE CHAIR

  • On 9th January, 2017 The Chairman directed the Minister for Defence to brief the House on the following issues:
    • Whether the former Chief of Army Staff has accepted any position in the Saudi lead Military alliance of Islamic States?
    • If yes, what are the rules which govern the acceptance of any position by a retired COAS?
    • Whether such rules were observed by the former COAS while accepting the position?
    • Whether he has availed NOC from the Federal Government, if yes, who issued such NOC?
    • The Minister confirmed that he will brief the House on the issues on Wednesday, the 11th January, 2017.
    • The Chairman further directed the Law Minister to ask the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs to brief the House about the impact of acceptance of such position by former COAS on the Foreign Policy of Pakistan and the stand taken by the Parliament of Pakistan in Joint Sitting.
  • On 12th January, 2017 The Chairman drew attention of the Law Minister towards the abduction of another Member of Civil Society and directed him to ask the Minister for Interior to come in the House on 13th January, 2017 (Friday) and inform about the increasing number of cases of abduction.
  • On 13th January, 2017 The Chairman announced that upon recommendations of the Senate of Pakistan, the Government of Sindh has revised its curriculum and the benefit of democratic system has now been highlighted whereas previously the benefit of dictatorship was being highlighted in the curriculum.
  • On 16th January 2017 The Chairman expressed his serious concern on the statements made by the Foreign offices of United Kingdome and United State of America on the incidents of recent missing persons in Pakistan and stated that these Governments have no right to interfere or comment on the internal affairs of a sovereign country and specially when these Governments have never took notice of human rights violations, missing persons and extra judicial killings in Indian occupied Kashmir and Palestine.

DISCUSSION ON THE INCIDENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OF A MINOR GIRL IN ISLAMABAD AND THE ABDUCTION OF FOUR MEMBERS OF CIVIL SOCIETY

On 9th January, 2017 The following members spoke on the issues:-

  1. Senator Sehar Kamran.
  2. Senator Taj Haider.
  3. Senator Osman Saifullah Khan.
  4. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  5. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.
  6. Senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour.
  7. Senator Mohsin Aziz.
  8. Senator Samina Abid.
  9. Senator Sitara Ayaz.
  10. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi.
  11. Senator Sirajul Haq.
  12. Senator Khushbakht Shujat.
  13. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar.
  14. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif.
  15. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi.
  16. Senator Rubina Khalid.
  17. Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamadullah.
  18. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan.

After the discussion, the Chairman observed that the case of domestic violence cannot only be attributed to judiciary just because of the reason that a sitting Judge is the accused in the case but the fact of the matter is that such incidents happens in every segment of society for which we are collectively responsible. The Chairman further observed that to meet the ends of justice, the Judges who are involved in the inquiry should be suspended till completion of the enquiry.

  • The Chairman referred the matter incident of domestic violence to the Committee on Human Rights.
  • As far as the incidents of abduction of four members of civil society is concerned, the Chairman asked the Leader of the House that the Minister for Interior may be asked to brief the House tomorrow and if any information is to be fetched from the Provincial Government that may also be obtained and the House may be briefed on the circumstances under which the persons were abducted and the steps taken by the Government so far for their recovery.

RESOLUTION
[Under rule 145 (2)]

On 18th January, 2017 Senators Aitzaz Ahsan, Leader Of The Opposition, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Khanzada Khan, Saleem Mandviwala, Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Syed Shibli Faraz, Brig. (R) John Kenneth Williams, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Mohsin Aziz, Gianchand, Ms. Sitara Ayaz, Shahi Syed, Liaqat Khan Tarakai, Hilal-Urrehman, Baz Muhammad Khan, Taj Haider, Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Kamil Ali Agha, Ms. Samina Abid, Mrs. Rubina Khalid, Farhatullah Babar, Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate, Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri, Ahmed Hassan, Ms. Sassui Palijo, Abdul Rehman Malik, Sajjad Hussain Turi, Mrs. Naseema Ehsan, Malik Najmul Hassan, Taj Muhammad Afridi, Haji Momin Khan Afridi, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Nauman Wazir Khattak, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, Mrs. Sehar Kamran, Mst. Gul Bashra, Hari Ram and Haji Saif-Ullah Khan Bangash, moved the following resolution: -
"This House disapproves the National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017. (Ordinance No. II of 2017)."
The Resolution was opposed by Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice. Resolution was put to the House which was voted upon and Resolution was carried by 33 votes to 21.
Thereafter, the Resolution was passed and the Ordinance stands disapproved.

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ RESOLUTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Resolution Name(s) of the Mover(s) Adopted/Rejected unanimously or with majority Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. This House recommends that the Government should take effective steps for poverty alleviation in the country. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood Resolution was passed being not opposed. 9-01-2017
2. This House recommends that the domicile certificates of the persons belonging to Balochistan who are working in various Ministries / Divisions and Federal Government Departments may be sent to the concerned authorities in the Province of Balochistan for verification of the same Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Resolution was passed being not opposed. 9-01-2017
3. This House recommends that the Government should make legislation to provide for preferential treatment to the women engaged in business and trade related activities in the country Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Resolution was passed being not opposed. 9-01-2017
4. This House strongly condemns the statement of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi attributing terrorism to Pakistan and drawing a parallel between India and Israel evoking a parallel between Kashmir and Palestine, during the recently held BRICS Summit held in Goa, India.
The House appreciates the reaction of International Community to this baseless propagenda by the Indian Prime Minister.
The House believes that the statement made by the Indian Premier was an effort to divert the attention of the International Community from the Indian atrocities against the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir.
The House reiterates that there will be no compromise on the sovereignty and defence of Pakistan and our resolve to fight against terrorism and contribute towards bringing peace and harmony in the world
Senator Sehar Kamran Resolution was passed being not opposed. 16-01-2017
5. This House recommends that the Government should launch a scheme for provision of interest free loans to farmers for installation of solar tube wells in the country Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Resolution was passed being not opposed. 16-01-2017
6. This House recommends that evening and night shifts may be started in the dispensaries in the rural areas of Islamabad in order to make the medical facility available round the clock to the people living in those areas Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood Resolution was passed being not opposed. 16-01-2017

MOTION UNDER RULE 60

Sr. No. Subject Matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Name of Speakers Wind up by Minister / Advisor Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. Regarding the tests conducted by NTS for appointments against various posts in Utility Stores Corporation, advertised in 2015 and 2016. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateq Shaikh Senators Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, Kalsoom Perveen, Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah, Rubina Khalid and Muhammad Ali Khan Saif Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi, minister for Industries and production Talked out 11-01-2017
2. Discussion on the following matter of public importance arising out of answer to starred question No. 77, replied on 12th January, 2017: - "Regarding the names and addresses of the owner (s) of the service stations established at both sides of the River Indus on Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway, the name of authority which approved the establishment of those service stations and the date and terms and conditions of the agreement made for the same." Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati and Sirajul Haq Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs The Motion was thus talked out. The Minister was directed to provide the relevant document to the Member. 18-01-2017

COMMENCED MOTION 218

On 9th January, 2017 Discussion on the following motion moved by Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, on 25th July, 2016:-
"The House may discuss the situation arising out of constantly lowering water table in the country and the steps to control the same."
The following members spoke:

  1. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan.
  2. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi.
  3. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar.
  4. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari.
  5. Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum.
  6. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel.
  7. Senator Nehal Hashmi.
  8. Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq.
  9. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.
  10. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak.
  11. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz.
  12. Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi.
  13. Senator Kalsoom Perveen
  14. Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister for Water and Power wound up the debate.

The motion was thus talked out.
On 16th January, 2017 Senator Sehar Kamran moved that the House may discuss the situation arising out of the continuing Indian violations of the Line of Control (LoC) and cease fire on the working boundary, which has resulted in the loss of precious lives of Pakistanis.
Following Members spoke on the Motion:-

  1. Senator Sehar Kamran.
  2. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum.
  3. Senator Sassui Palijo.
  4. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.
  5. Senator Mohsin Aziz.

Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Defence wound up the debate.

The Motion was thus talked out.

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218

Sr. No. Subject Matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Wind up by Minister / Advisor Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. The current political situation in the country Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood The motion was talked out 9-01-2017
2. The need for making changes in the procedure laid down for CSS examination. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Mr. Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs The Chairman observed that if the Members want to take it up in the Committee of the Whole then they can approach the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition for inclusion of a Motion in the Orders of the Day in this respect and the motion was talked out 16-01-2017
3. The present status of Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC). Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, Minister for Industries and Production The Chairman directed the Secretariat to provide him detailed report of the status of the report and its reply from the Government, if any. And the motion was talked out 16-01-2017
4. The situation arising out of drastic increase in production and sale of low quality and non-duty paid cigarettes in the country Senator Mohsin Aziz Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice The motion was talked out. 16-01-2017
5. The situation arising out of high rate of unemployment in the country. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms The motion was talked out. 16-01-2017

MOTION
[Under Rule 204]

On 18th January, 2017 Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Haq, Leader of the House, moved under rule 204 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that a Special Committee comprising of all Members of the Senate from the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa may be constituted to examine the existing condition of Bacha Khan Airport and the need for expansion and renovation work at the said Airport. The committee shall elect its Convener in its first meeting. The report of the committee shall be presented not later than two months from the date of notification of the committee.
The Motion was put to the House and adopted

POINT OF PERSONAL EXPLANATION BY THE CHAIRMAN

On 18th January, 2017 The Chairman Senate apprised the House about the receipt of a parcel in his residential address at Karachi whereby a Term Deposit Receipt of rupees 100 million in his name in SME Bank was sent to him. The Chairman clarified that he has never maintained any account with the SME Bank and he also spoke to the President SME Bank to check the record as it is a fraudulent transaction and he also spoke to DG FIA and asked him to hold an enquiry into the matter.

REPORTS LAID

  • On 11th January, 2017 Mr. Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister-In-Charge of the Cabinet Secretariat, laid before the Senate the Annual Report of the National Economic Council for the Financial Year 2014-15, as required under clause (5) of Article 156 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
    • The Chairman ruled that discussion on the report will be made on 12th January, 2017. The Chairman further ruled that discussion on the reports of CCI, NFC Award, Board of Directors of SBP and Report of the Commission on Status of Women shall also be discussed during the current session.
  • On 13th January, 2017 Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the First Quarterly Report for the year 2016-2017 of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan on the state of the Economy, as required under section 9A (f) of the State Bank of Pakistan Act, 1956.
  • On 13th January, 2017 Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the Progress Report of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) for the period 2014-2016, as required under section 17 of the Benazir Income Support Programme Act, 2010.

MOTION
[Under Rule 157 (2)]

On 12th January, 2017 Discussion on the Annual Report of the National Economic Council for the Financial Year 2014-2015, laid on the Table of the House on 11th January, 2017 was made in the House.
The following members spoke: -

  1. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  2. Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari.
  3. Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq.
  4. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan. (Leader of the Opposition)
  5. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar.
  6. Senator Syed Shibli Faraz.
  7. Mr. Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs wound up the debate.

The Motion was thus talked out.

MINISTERIAL RESPONSE

  • On 9th January, 2017 Mr. Zahid Hamid minister for Law and Justice categorically stated that the Government has deliberately not pressed the Civil Court (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and a fresh Bill will be introduced after further consultation
  • On 10th January, 2017 Mr. Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control made statement on the matter referred by the Chairman on 9th January, 2017 regarding the incidents of abduction of four members of civil society.
  • The Minister also spoke about the negative criticism made in the House about his Ministry and personal remarks given by some Members about him. He urged the Members to speak while relying on facts and figures.
  • On 11th January, 2017 Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Defence, made a brief statement in response to observations made by the Chairman on 9th January, 2017 about acceptance of any position by former Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Shareef in Saudi lead coalition of armed force of Muslim States.
    • He briefed the House regarding the rules and laws of Ministry of Defence on acceptance of any post by former Chief of Army Staff. He said that an NOC is required by retired army personnel from Ministry of Defence to obtain any posts in any Government institution and there has been no law for obtaining any foreign posts.
    • He further added that former Chief of Army Staff has not approached the Ministry of Defence for this purpose.
    • The chair asked Minister for Defence, if Former Army Chief had approached his parent institution for an NOC and if Ministry will look in the matter to amend its rules and make a policy for retired personnel seeking posts outside the Country.
    • Khawaja Muhammad Asif replied that the Former Army Chief has not sought any permission for clearance from GHQ and Ministry of Defence. Honorable Minister assured the House that the ministry will look in the matter to amend its rules and make policy for obtaining posts outside the Country.
    • Mr. Sartaj Aziz, advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs made no statement.

The following members spoke on this matter:

  1. Senator Farhatullah Babar
  2. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati
  3. Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour
  4. Senator Mohsin Aziz
  5. Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for States and Frontier Regions
  6. Senator Brig. (R) John Kenneth Williams
  7. Senator Taj Haider
  • On 12th January, 2017 Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Minister for National Food Security and Research made a statement on the matter raised by Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari during zero hour on 10th January, 2017 about the withdrawal of subsidy by the Government on fertilizers.
  • On 13th January, 2017 Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice made a statement on behalf of the Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control regarding the latest incident of abduction of a Member of Civil Society as well as the feedback on previous incidents of abductions. The Minister made statement about the latest incident of abduction whereas he was not aware of the update of previous incidents of abduction for which the Chairman again directed him to ask the Minister for Interior to apprise the House on Monday the 16th January, 2017.
  • On 16th Januray, 2017 The Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control submitted his report on the incidents of abduction of members of civil society. The Minister stated that no considerable development has so far been made in the cases.
    • The Chairman expressed his concern on the situation which is very threatening that the State has not been able to make any progress in the cases.
    • The Chairman further said that the matter was also referred to the Human Rights Committee but the Islamabad Police did not appear before the Committee on the excuse that the Ministry has not directed them to appear. The Chairman urged the Minister to direct the Islamabad Police to appear before the Committee.
    • Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari stated that the Punjab Home Department is also not responding to the Committee.
    • The Chairman directed the Secretary Senate to speak to the Secretary Home Department, Government of the Punjab.
  • On 16th January, 2017 Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization made statement about the practice of variation in the petroleum products by the Government on the initiation of summary by OGRA. He particularly provided the facts and figures of the recent summary moved by OGRA in this respect and informed the House about the increase proposed by OGRA in prices of various petroleum products. He urged the Opposition Members to do the positive criticism but not to mislead the people by quoting wrong facts and figures and while discussing the economic issues one must speak with full knowledge and honesty.
  • On 17th January, 2017 Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources made statement on the point of shortage of gas in snow affected areas of Balochistan raised on 16th January, 2017.
  • On 19th January, 2017 Mr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control, made statement on the incident of fight between the students in Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, the point was raised by Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz on 18th January, 2017.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PRESENCE

On 10th January, 2017 The House acknowledged the presence of a group of 46 students and 20 faculty members along with Chancellor of Sindh Madrassa Tul Islam University who were present in the visitors’ gallery to witness the proceedings.

On 12th January, 2017 The House acknowledged the presence of a delegation of ten Members Delegation of State Council of Oman led by the Chairman of the State Counsel of Oman.

On 13th January, 2017 The Chair recognized the presence of 17 students along with 7 teachers from ABF School System, Loralai, Balochistan in the visitor’s gallery.

On 14th January, 2017 The House acknowledged the presence of 211 students and 10 faculty Members of Super Wings College Kallar Syedan who were present in the visitors’ galleries to witness the proceedings of the House.

On 17th January, 2017 The House acknowledged the presence of 19 Officers of Training institute of National Savings Islamabad along with the Principal of the Institute, who were present in the visitors’ gallery to witness the proceedings of the House

On 19th January, 2017 The House acknowledged the presence of the following: -

  • A group of 32 Imams and 1 professor of Dawah Academy who were present in the Visitors’ Gallery to witness the proceedings.
  • A group of 20 students and 4 teachers of Federal Government Boys College, Wah Cantt who were present in the Visitors’ Gallery to witness the proceedings.

On 20th January, 2017 The House acknowledged the presence of a group of 100 students and faculty members of Islamabad Model College G-6 Islamabad who were present in the galleries to witness the proceedings of the House.


POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Sr. No Name of Mover Issue in Brief Directions of the Chairman Date
1. Senator Sardar Fateh Muhammad Hassani Pointed out the hunting of TILOUR in Balochistan by the Arab princes and violations of Baloch traditions by the outsiders. He further pointed out the land grabbing in Balochistan under the supervision of Federal Government which is totally uncalled for and the Tribesmen of Balochistan will not allow such grabbing The Chairman directed the Member to move a Calling Attention Notice so that response of the concerned Minister may be obtained. 9-01-2017
2. Senators Kalsoom Perveen, Nisar Muhammad and Ahmed Hassan Pointed out the repeated incidents of at Gaddani Ship Breaking Yard resulting into death of many people. Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Minister for Ports and Shipping made statement on the matter 10-01-2017
3. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Pointed out the use of spurious herbal drugs as alternate medicines. 10-01-2017
4. Senator Syed Shibli Faraz Pointed out the use of low quality gas appliances which results into accidents as well as wastage of gas. 10-01-2017
5. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Urged the Government to re-visit the Local Governments Act in order to empower the elected representatives 10-01-2017
6. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak Spoke about the announcement of amnesty schemes 10-01-2017
7. Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Urged the Federal Government to help the provincial Government to resolve the water crisis in the province especially in Karachi. 10-01-2017
8. Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini Pointed out the amnesty schemes announced by the Government whereby the smuggled vehicles were got registered but now after audit it has been transpired that the FBR collected less taxes from vehicle owners and now the Government is issuing notices to 18000 vehicle owners to deposit the differential amount Chairman referred the matter to the Standing Committee concerned. 10-01-2017
9. Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari Pointed out the withdrawal of subsidy by the Government on fertilizers. Chairman directed to refer the matter to the concerned Minister with the direction to come in the House on Friday the 13th January, 2016 and brief the House 10-01-2017
10. Senator Nehal Hashmi Pointed out the bad sewerage condition in front of Jinnah Hospital Karachi. 10-01-2017
11. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Stated that there are various check posts of different agencies in Balochistan which collects illegal taxes from the traders and transporters. He urged the Government to give facilities in Chaman and Taftan as available in Wagha and Thar sectors of trading. 10-01-2017
12. Senator Abdul Qayyum He urged the Chairman to hold a discussion on Pak-America relationships in the wake of change in leadership of America. He also urged the Government to give briefing in the House about the latest situation on western boarder and the requirements of it further strengthening. 10-01-2017
13. Senator Mian Muhammad Atteq Sheikh Pointed out the adulteration in petrol by the petrol pumps. 11-01-2017
14. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Urged the Government to take on board all stakeholders before finalizing the FATA Reforms package 11-01-2017
15. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Pointed out the importance of forests and urged that the Federal Govt. should help the province of Balochistan in preservation of the forests in the province. 11-01-2017
16. Senator Sitara ayaz Pointed that the coins of paisa denominations are no more in existence but whenever the Govt. reduce/increase the prices of petroleum products it is done so in the paisa denominations which is very strange. 11-01-2017
17. Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhel Pointed out the low capacity power transmission lines in Balochistan. 11-01-2017
18. Senator Nehal Hashmi Pointed towards the vulgarity in the advertisements advertised on television. Govt. should make a policy so that Islamic traditions must be observed while making such advertisements. 11-01-2017
19. Senator Mohsin Aziz Pointed out the trend of importing every sort of goods from China which has shut down the local industry which is an alarming situation. 11-01-2017
20. Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini Pointed out that according to NADRA only 43% people are registered in Balochistan so the before the population Census the Govt. should make arrangements for registration of full population of Balochistan. 11-01-2017
21. Senator Farhatullah Babar Pointed out the expiry of term of Military Courts and urged the Govt. to look into the procedures adopted by Military Court while sentencing the criminals. The Chairman observed that there is a contradiction of terms as the Govt. is of the stance that terrorism has been curtailed and if so there is no need to extend the term of Military Courts 11-01-2017
22. Senator Dr. Ashok Kumar Pointed out the non-availability of fuel with PIA to fly their planes The Chairman observed that Special Committee on PIA may also look into the issue. 12-01-2017
23. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Pointed out the matter of missing people of civil society. The Chairman observed that he has already directed the Minister for Interior to brief the House on the issue. 12-01-2017
24. Senator Atta Ur Rehman Pointed out that lift of parliament lodges is out of order The Chairman said that he will look into the issue. 12-01-2017
25. Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari Pointed out the expiry of the constitutional provision regarding quota 12-01-2017
26. Senator Syed Shibli Faraz Pointed out the use of low quality gas appliances which results into accidents as well as wastage of gas. 12-01-2017
27. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Pointed out the death of people in Christian community due to consumption of spurious alcohol so alcohol should be banned in Pakistan. Chairman said that the Member may move a Private Member Bill 12-01-2017
28. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Spoke about the hunting of Hobara Bustard in Balochistan 12-01-2017
29. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar. Spoke about the grabbing of lands by armed forces in Balochistan 12-01-2017
30. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Spoke about the engagement of people of Balochistan in smuggling from Iran due to the reason that they have no other source of income. He urged the Govt. to legalize the import of oil from Iran. 12-01-2017
31. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Pointed out the low pressure of gas to domestic users in Rawalpindi Islamabad The Chairman advised the Member to give a calling attention notice 13-01-2017
32. Senator Rubina Khalid Urged the Government to clarify and publish the report on the incident of death of infants in Khyber Agency as the impression in tribal areas about polio vaccination is already negative and if the Government does not clarify such incidents then this negative impression will become more firm in the minds of the people which is not good for polio eradication. The Chairman drew attention of the Government towards the point raised by the Member 13-01-2017
33. Senator Sassui Palijo Pointed out the delay in schemes in the Coastal areas of Sindh. She also urged the Govt. to compile the data of legal/illegal immigrants before population census. Further pointed that census 13-01-2017
34. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak Drew attention of the House towards the wrong quoting of facts and figures by the Ministers in the House. The Chairman said that if the Member has any concrete evidence then he can move a Privilege Motion 13-01-2017
35. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakkar Spoke about the blocking of CNICs of Pakhtoons. He urged the Govt. to make a mechanism of de-blocking the blocked cards after due verification. 13-01-2017
36. Senator Samina Abid Pointed out the non-availability of gas to residents of Farash Town Islamabad. She also spoke about the bad condition of KAVAN the elephant in Margallah Zoo whose rehabilitation has not been made by CSA despite the direction from the Senate Chairman advised the Members to visit the zoo on Monday and report back the present condition of the elephant 13-01-2017
37. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Pointed out the less number of flights from Quetta to Karachi and Islamabad causing great problems to the people of Balochistan 13-01-2017
38. Senator Kalsoom Perveen Requested the Chair to make some mechanism that the points of public importance raised by the Members should be responded by the Ministries. The Chairman directed the Secretariat to transmit all the points to the Ministries. 13-01-2017
39. Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Stated that the people of Balochistan are being ignored for employment in every department. 13-01-2017
40. Senator Farhatullah Babar Spoke about the missing persons which seem a threatening signal to the Parliament that whatever law you may make the missing persons cannot be recovered. Chairman observed that no one can threaten the Parliament and restrict the parliament to perform its duty. 13-01-2017
41. Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini Pointed out the low fleet of PIA for domestic flights. He further stated that the Members should have been given the facility to use other airlines where the PIA does not provide service. The Chairman informed the Member that Rules are being amended in this regard. 13-01-2017
42. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari Pointed out the pending rebate cases of importers of fertilizers. 16-01-2017
43. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Appreciated the new dress code of the Table Officers and also urged the Chairman to change the designs of gowns of the Chairman and the Secretaries to have a better and dignified look The Finance Minister liked the idea of new gowns and stated that the Finance Ministry will provide the supplementary grant for the cost of such gowns 16-01-2017
44. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Pointed out the heavy snow fall in Balochistan and the problems of shortage of electricity and gas faced by the people of the province The Chairman directed to refer the matter to the Minister for Water and Power and the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources with the direction to respond the issue in the House on Tuesday. 16-01-2017
45. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Requested the Finance Minister to write off the agricultural loans of the farmers of Balochistan 16-01-2017
46. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak Drew attention of the Finance Minister towards the non-clarity in the Policy of the Government for pioneer industry The Finance Minister stated that no such policy is under consideration of the ECC 16-01-2017
47. Senator Khushbakht Shujaat Pointed out the incident of committing of suicide by a student of 7th class by falling in love with his teacher. She stated that such incidents reflect the decline in ethics in the society as a whole. 17-01-2017
48. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Pointed out the provisional order issued by the Federal Government asking the business community of provinces to deposit the taxes amount in the offices of FBR situated outside their respective provinces. 17-01-2017
49. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Spoke about overall un-employment in the country and about the non-observance of Balochistan quota in employments and non-advertisements of many vacancies lying vacant in the federal government departments. 17-01-2017
50. Senator Hafiz Hamadullah Spoke about the overall decline in ethical standards and use of narcotics in educational institutions. He further pointed out the use of liquor in the parliament lodges which is very shameful 17-01-2017
51. Senator Farhatullah Babar Appreciated the voting by Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Salahudin Tirmizi as per his conscious against the party direction while voting on The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill, 2016 17-01-2017
52. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Spoke about the sale/purchase of human organs in Rawalpindi/Islamabad. He also urged the NDMA to provide helicopter service in the snow affected areas in Chitral 17-01-2017
53. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Spoke about the incidents of abductions of liberal people of the society which is against the basic concept of creation of the State and is a stigma on the face of the Nation 17-01-2017
54. Senator Nehal Hashmi Urged that the Government should monitor the advertisement policy in print and electronic media and the matter should be discussed in the Committee of the Whole. 17-01-2017
55. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan Expressed his views about the points raised by Members. 17-01-2017
56. Senator Shahi Syed Condemned the general trend of lying in the society and also stated that the people are not willing to work honestly which is also a reason of unemployment 17-01-2017
57. Senator Mushahid Hussian Syed Paid tribute to late Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed, a legend cricketer of Pakistan and urged the Government that a cricket stadium should be named after him. 17-01-2017
58. Senator Taj Haider Spoke about the globe affixed at the end of Constitution Avenue. The Member pointed out that the globe has been affixed straight whereas the globe of the world naturally has a tilt of 23.5 degrees, therefore, such scientific mistakes should be looked into. The Chairman referred the matter to Chairman CDA.
The Chairman also pointed out the wrong arrangement of slogan of Quaid-e-Azam affixed on the Islamabad Highway near Karal Chowk.
18-01-2017
59. Senator Sirajul Haq Spoke about the detention of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui in USA and stated that if the Government of Pakistan take the matter seriously and send a formal request to President Obama in this respect she could be released. The Chairman asked the Minister for Law to look into the matter who in response stated that he will take up the matter with the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs 18-01-2017
60. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Spoke about the consultation process initiated between the parliamentary leaders in National Assembly for the extension of Military Courts. The Member pointed out that the Senate is not being taken on board on this issue. The Chairman asked the Minister for Law and Justice to look into the issue who assured that her will check the details and let the House know. 18-01-2017
61. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz Pointed out the happening of fight between the students in Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad wherein the students belonging to Sindh are being attacked by outsiders and the University administration is not playing its role in the issue. The Chairman asked the Leader of the House to look into the matter and inform the House. 18-01-2017
62. Senator Kalsoom Parveen Spoke about the non-availability of gas in snow affected areas of Balochistan. 18-01-2017
63. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Spoke about the hunting of Haubara Bustard in Balochistan by the Qatri princes without taking permission from the provincial Government. 18-01-2017
64. Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail Also spoke about the heavy snow fall in Balochistan and asked the Federal Government to help the provincial Government in rescue and relief work. 18-01-2017
65. Senator Sitara Ayaz Spoke about the increasing incidents of violence against women and she urged that the laws in this regard should be strictly implemented 18-01-2017
66. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif Spoke about the allotment of plots by Government in Islamabad to the parties for construction of schools and hospitals with the condition to provide low cost education and low cost medical facilities but the hospital and schools having been constructed on such plots are charging very high rates of schools fee and hospital charges which is violation of the basic agreement. He urged the Government to look into the issue The Chairman observed that the matter is already pending with a committee and directed that the report from the Committee be obtained and provided to him. 18-01-2017
67. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari Pointed out the pending rebate cases of importers of fertilizers. 20-01-2017
68. Senator Kalsoom Perveen Spoke about the forcible occupation of land in villages Tamma and Mohrian by FGEHF in collaboration with the Supreme Court Bar Association. 20-01-2017
69. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Stated that the Oil and Gas exploration companies are bound to spend 10 percent of their profit in the areas where exploration work is carried out but such companies are not doing the same. 20-01-2017

  • The Chairman Senate prorogued the session summoned on 9th January, 2017 at 01:10 p.m.

Islamabad, the
20th January, 2017


257th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 19-12-2016
Session prorogued on = 23-12-2016
Number of working days = 05
Number of actual sittings = 05
Number of private Members’ days = 01
Maximum attendance = 73%
Minimum attendance = 46%
Average attendance = 69.55%
Total hours of sittings = 19 hours 23 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 05 hours 37 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 02 hours 22 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 03 hours 53 minutes

STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 339
Admitted : 264
Disallowed : 06
Replied : 112

UN-STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 01
Disallowed : 01

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 60
Received : 01
Admitted : 01
Discussed : 01

RESOLUTIONS
Received : 80
Admitted : 72
Disallowed : 01
Lapsed : 07
Passed by the House : 03
Dropped by the House : 02
Admitted by lapsed : 67

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218
Received : 100
Admitted : 86
Disallowed : 04
Lapsed : 10
Discussed in the House : 05
Admitted but lapsed : 81

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

Order of Precedence Name of the Members
1. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari
2. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi
3. Senator Sitara Ayaz

PRIVILEGE MOTION

On 21st December, 2016 Senator Muzafar Hussain Shah moved Privilege Motion against the Chairman CDA for non-implementation of the direction of the Standing Committee on the subject matter of 1400 acres of land of NARC.

After hearing the Member the Chairman referred the motion to the Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill / Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Corporate Rehabilitation Bill, 2015 19-12-2016 Private Member Bill Senate
2. The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2016 20-12-2016 Government Member Bill National Assembly
3. The Companies (Appointment of Legal Advisers) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 21-12-2016 Government Member Bill National Assembly
4. The National Command Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 22-12-2016 Government Member Bill National Assembly

GOVERNMENT BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2016 20-12-2016 National Assembly
2. The Public Private Partnership Authority Bill, 2016 21-12-2016 National Assembly

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFFERED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2016 19-12-2016 Senate
2. The Islamabad Capital Territory Private Educational Institutions (Registration and Regulation) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 19-12-2016 Senate
3. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 19-12-2016 Senate
4. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 19-12-2016 Senate

AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE RULES (Under Rule 278)

Mover Amendments Status Date
Senators Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, Leader of the House, Taj Haider, Mushahid Ullah Khan and Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini i. in sub-rule (1), -
(a) for the words "Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs" the words "Minister for Law and Justice" shall be substituted;
and
(b) for the words "included in" the words "the ex officio members of" shall be substituted;
ii. in sub-rule (2), the word "other" shall be omitted; and
iii. The existing sub-rules (4) and (6) shall be omitted and thereafter the existing sub-rule (5) shall be re numbered as sub-rule (4).
The leave was granted and the Motion for amendment was carried. The proposed amendments were adopted. 23-12-2016

REPORTS OF THE STANDING/SPECIAL/FUNCTIONAL/PARLIAMENTARY/WHOLE COMMITTEES, PRESENTATION OF

Sr. No. Name of the Standing Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Date
1. Defence Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed The Bill further to amend the National Command Authority Act, 2010 [The National Command Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016] 19-12-2016
2. Defence Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed Public Petition No. 1471of Mr. Muhammad Tariq, JSO, College of E&ME, Rawalpindi 19-12-2016
3. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Civil Courts Ordinance, 1962, in its application to Islamabad Capital Territory [The Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2016], introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on 26th September, 2016 21-12-2016
4. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Civil Courts Ordinance, 1962, in its application to Islamabad Capital Territory [The Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2016] 21-12-2016
5. Interior and Narcotics Control Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik Report of the Committee on the matter raised by Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum, on 15th June, 2016, regarding murder of Prof. Dr. Shahid Nawaz, Cardiologist of PIMS 21-12-2016
6. National Food Security and Research Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah To present 11th follow up report of the Committee regarding proposed "conversion of 1400 acres’ land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) / Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) into residential/commercial plots" 22-12-2016
7. Delegated Legislation Senator Taj Haider To present third quarterly report of the Committee, for the period from October to December, 2016 22-12-2016
8. Special Committee on Marginalized Segments of Society Convener, Senator Nisar Muhammad To present 2nd Interim report of the Special Committee on marginalized segments of society 23-12-2016

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice Name(s) of the Mover(s) Direction of the Chairman at the end of statement, if any Date
1. 3000 posts lying vacant in Federal Government Educational Institutions Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed off 20-12-2016
2. The requirements for NGOs and Foreign Delegates to get NOC for visiting/working in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Disposed off 20-12-2016
3. The non-protection of Margalla Hills National Park, which is being badly affected due to anti -environmental activities Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed off 21-12-2016
4. The non-functioning of Central Laboratory for Environmental Analysis and Networking (CLEAN) which is used for sampling and analysis of air pollution Senator Saleem Mandviwala Disposed off 21-12-2016
5. The non-availability of burial and funeral place for the Hindu Community residing in Islamabad due to which that community is facing serious problems Senator Samina Abid Disposed off 22-12-2016
6. The inconvenience caused to the residents of Islamabad due to the blockage of the roads by the Government and Private Offices and Embassies located in the residential areas of Islamabad Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed off 22-12-2016
7. The crash of PIA ATR plane coming from Chitral to Islamabad on 7th December, 2016, which resulted into the deaths of forty-eight persons Senator Samina Abid Since no Minister was present in the House to respond the Calling Attention Notice, therefore, the Chairman while taking serious notice of the issue directed to issue notice of breach of privilege to the Secretary Aviation Division and the concerned Director of PIA for not briefing any Minister. 23-12-2016
8. Carrying out the Indo-Pak trade despite repeated violations of ceasefire by the Indian forces at LoC resulting into deaths and injuries to dozens of innocent Pakistani citizens Senator Saleem Mandviwala Disposed off 23-12-2016

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Concerned Ministry Ruling of the Chairman Date
1. Report of the Commission on the incident of terrorism at Civil Hospital Quetta, on 8th August, 2016. Senators Sherry Rehman, Aitzaz Ahsan, Islamuddin Shaikh, Karim Ahmed Khawaja, Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz, Sassui Palijo, Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate, Sehar Kamran, Gianchand, Taj Haider, Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Farhatullah Babar, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar and Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Interior Motion was held in order and fixed for two hours discussion on 21st December, 2016. 20-12-2016

DISCUSSION ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Wind up by (Minister/Advisor) Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. Report of the Commission on the incident of terrorism at Civil Hospital Quetta, on 8th August, 2016 Mr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior Talked out 22-12-2016

RULINGS/DIRECTIONS OF THE CHAIR

  • On 20th December, 2016 Due to absence of the concerned Ministers whose business is on the Orders of the Day, the Chairman passed stricture and warned the Ministers to remain careful in future otherwise he will pass an order under the Rules.
  • On 20th December, 2016 The Chairman asked the Leader of the House to make sure presence of the Minister In charge of the Cabinet Division in the House on 21st December, 2016 to apprise the House about the circumstances due to which the Government has transferred the administrative control of five Regulatory Bodies to the line Ministries which amounts to bypassing the CCI as well as killing of the basic concept of Regulatory Bodies.
  • On 20th December, 2016 The Chairman announced for the information of the Members about the new mechanism regarding Calling Attention Notices that from next session onward a Member can give only three Calling Attention Notices for a week which will be lapsed after the week, however, the Member may revive his notices for the next week.
  • On 22nd December, 2016 The Chairman took serious notice of using of Chairs of the Leader of the House and Leader of the Opposition. The Chairman stated that sanctity is attached with the positions of the Leader of the House and Leader of the Opposition so the Members should take care of this aspect and should not use their Chairs in their absence.

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ RESOLUTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Resolution Name(s) of the Mover(s) Adopted/Rejected unanimously or with majority Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. The Government should take necessary steps to withdraw high denomination Rs. 5000 notes from circulation in order to reduce illicit money flow, encourage the use of bank accounts and reduce the size of undocumented economy Senator Osman Saifullah Khan The Resolution was opposed by the Law Minister. However, the Resolution was passed with the majority of votes. 19-12-2016
2. The Government should augment the efforts of the Provincial Government of Balochistan to rehabilitate the affecttees of earthquake hit areas in the province Senator Kalsoom Perveen Unanimously passed 19-12-2016
3. The Government to make necessary amendments in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, to empower the Senate of Pakistan to pass the Money Bill, including the Finance Bill Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati The Resolution was opposed by the Law Minister. However, the Resolution was passed with the majority of votes 19-12-2016

MOTION UNDER RULE 60

Sr. No. Subject Matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Name of Speakers Wind up by Minister / Advisor Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. Regarding non implementation of 5% minorities quota by the Evacuee Trust Property Board. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati and Gianchand Mr Pir Amin Ul Hasnat, Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony 20-12-2016

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218

Sr. No. Subject Matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Wind up by Minister / Advisor Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. The steps being taken by the Government to safeguard the religious freedom in the country Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Mr. Pir Amin Ul Hasnat, Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony The motion was talked out 19-12-2016
2. Planning and performance of the capital development authority Senator Syed Shibli Faraz Mr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Minister of state for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) The motion was talked out 19-12-2016
3. Situation arising out of conducting of tests for recruitments in the Government Departments through NTS and other agencies. Senator Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for SAFRON The motion was talked out 19-12-2016

REPORTS LAID

  • On 21st December, 2016 Mr. Zahid Hamid minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the report on 2nd Biannual Monitoring on the Implementation of National Finance Commission (NFC) Award (January-June, 2016), as required under clause (3B) of Article 160 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973.
  • On 22nd December, 2016Mr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms, laid before the Senate the 2nd interim report of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms.

PERIODICAL REPORTS ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE FUNCTIONAL COMMITTEE ON DEVOLUTION PROCESS AND STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER UNDER RULE 265 (A)

Sr. No. Name of the Minister/Advisor The issue in brief Any special direction or mention by the Chairman after the statement Date
1. Mr. Riaz Hussain Pirzada federal minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination i. The Government shall establish a permanent and independent Secretariat of CCI within a period of two months

ii. The Government shall ensure provincial and regional representation while appointing/placing staff in the said Secretariat
The chairman advised the minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination to present the summary and minutes of CCI meeting before the House on 22nd December, 2016 in the House.
On 22-12-2016, the Chairman referred the matter to the Standing Committee on IPC and Functional Committee on Devolution Process for consideration and report in next session.
21-12-2016 and 22-12-2016

MINISTERIAL RESPONSE

  • On 21st December, 2016 Mr. Zahid Hamid minister for Law and Justice made statement on the matter referred by the Chairman on 20th December, 2016 regarding the issuance of Notification by the Cabinet Division whereby five Regulatory Bodies were merged with their line Ministries.

The following members spoke on this matter:

  1. Senator Aitzaz Ahsen Leader of the Opposition
  2. Senator Sehar Kamran
  3. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati
  4. Senator Sassui Palijo
  5. Senator Farhatullah Babar
  6. Senator Saleem Mandviwala
  7. Senator Taj Haider
  8. Senator Nehal Hashmi
  9. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif
  10. Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum
  11. Senator Mushahid Ullah
  12. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar
  13. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi
  14. Senator Col (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
  15. Senator Lt. General (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi
  16. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini

On request of the Minister for Law and Justice, the Chairman deferred the matter to 23rd December, 2016 for winding up speech by the Minister.
On 23rd December, 2016 Mr. Zahid Hamid Minister for Law and Justice,
made statement on the issue of transfer of Regulatory Bodies to the line Ministries.
After hearing the Minister, the Chairman reserved his ruling on the legal aspects.
The other factual aspects of the matter were referred by the Chairman to the Functional Committee on Devolution Process for report.


MOTION [Under Rule 203 (2)]

On 23rd December, 2016 Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Haq, moved under sub-rule (2) of rule 203 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that the Select Committee to consider “The Right to Information Bill, 2016” may comprise of Senators Mushahid Ullah Khan, Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Nehal Hashmi, Pervez Rashid, Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Hidayatullah, Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz, Farhatullah Babar, Rubina Khalid, Syed Shibli Faraz, Khushbakht Shujaat and Ilyas Ahmed Bilour. The Minister for Law and Justice, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting and the Chairman Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting shall be the ex-officio members of the Committee. The Committee shall elect its Chairman in its first meeting.


POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Sr. No Name of Mover Issue in Brief Directions of the Chairman Date
1. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati About non-giving of pledge to the farmers belonging to NA-154 as announced by the Prime Minister 20-12-2016
2. Senator Sherry Rehman Pointed out the implementation of CDA rule by orders of court that residential areas should be free of commercial activities. Real estate business is boosting up because people are looking for place in commercial plazas. Chairman stated that move Calling Attention Notice so that Minister for CADD will be in house to answer. 20-12-2016
3. Senator Farhatullah Babar Pointed out that Area Study Centre of Islamabad was under Federal Government but after 18th amendment it was asked under which they work, so it was under Cabinet Division and Quaid e Azam University. But now QAU is statuary institution, legally can’t work under that and university is interfering in their work. Chairman referred it to Standing Committee on Cabinet to report back in 2 months. 20-12-2016
4. Senator Sassui Palijo Pointed out that 130 fishermen are in different prisons of India. It’s a human right issue so what measures are taken by government in this regard. Chairman asked Senator Farhatullah Babar to take up the matter in the Committee on Human Rights 20-12-2016
5. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi., Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Senator Kalsoom Parveen, Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail Spoke about the non-availability of gas and electricity in various Districts of Balochistan especially in the winter season when temperature is below -8 degrees. 20-12-2016
6. Senator Lt. General (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi Pointed out the long standing issue of construction of new Balakot City which has not yet constructed due to non-cooperation of Government of KPK. Chairman directed that check the status of the Audit to be conducted by the Auditor General of Pakistan of the foreign donations for the new Balakot City Project. He asked the Member to come in his Chamber and he will make a call to the Chief secretary KPK. 20-12-2016
7. Senator Sehar Kamran Pointed out that 17 sailors are stuck in Swiss canal in ship. Some sailors are severely ill whose passports have also been confiscated by the Egyptian government. 20-12-2016
8. Senator Nehal Hashmi Pointed out that Sindhi sugar cane farmers are pressurized by police to give cane to few factories. Shahra e Faisal road is damaged. Vice Chancellors of different universities in Sindh are not yet appointed. Honest officers should be protected. 20-12-2016
9. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Pointed out Science Conference being held in Karachi wherein 45 countries are participating but the Federal as well as Provincial Government is not taking any interest in it. 20-12-2016
10. Senator Samina Abid Pointed out that after Chitral ATR flight crash all ATR were grounded. The only way to travel was by road but Lawari tunnel is also close. C130 should be hired to facilitate people of chitral. She also pointed out that civil award should be given to late DC Usama Warraich who worked for the people of Chitral. Chairman asked the Leader of the House to look into the issue of awarding any civil award to the deceased Deputy Commissioner and to speak with the Secretary Defence for availability of a C-130 for Chitral as well. 20-12-2016
11. Senator Khushbakht Shujat Pointed out the miseries of the intellectuals in the country and urged the Government to allocate some funds for welfare of such people. 20-12-2016
12. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Stated that the Ministry of Defence has ordered the residents of Cantonment areas of Loralai to vacate the same despite the fact that the land has been allotted to them for 100 years lease. Chairman referred the matter to the Standing Committee of Defence 20-12-2016
13. Senator Nisar Muhammad Pointed out that the Ministries while replying to the questions do not provide the annexures to the Members The Chairman directed the Secretariat to make sure that the annexures should be on the Tables of the concerned Members 21-12-2016
14. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Pointed out the acquiring of land by NHA in KPK for CPEC at very unjustified prices Since the matter is provincial so the Chairman directed the Member to take it up with the Provincial Government 21-12-2016
15. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi National highway connecting Quetta and Karachi is in its worse condition 21-12-2016
16. Senator Atta ur Rehman Bald allegations in a TV program on the channel BOL about owning of flat in London by leader of JUI-F The Chairman said that he will take up the matter with Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting 21-12-2016
17. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Pointed out the non-construction of High court building in Quetta 21-12-2016
18. Senator Nehal Hashmi Non-appointment of VC in Karachi University 21-12-2016
19. Senator Farhat Ullah Babar Pointed out the corruption case of Mushtaq Raisani and the recovery of a huge amount of money from his house which was recorded on camera. NAB accepted the plea bargain and disposed of the case. NAB is promoting corruption rather than setting examples of justified accountability The Chairman asked the Member to move a motion on this matter tomorrow as it is an important issue to be debated on. The Chairman pointed out that NAB has failed as an institution to prevent corruption. Moreover, the Chairman referred Section 25A of NAB Ordinance 1999 to the standing committee on Law and Justice and asked the members to make their suggestions and recommendations and present a report in the House by 9th January, 2016 22-12-2016

  • The Chairman Senate prorogued the session summoned on 19th December, 2016 at 12:56 p.m.

Islamabad, the
23rd December, 2016


256th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 15-12-2016
Session prorogued on = 16-12-2016
Number of working days = 02
Number of actual sittings = 02
Number of private Members’ days = 0
Maximum attendance = 87%
Minimum attendance = 69%
Average attendance = 78%
Total hours of sittings = 06 hours 25 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 03 hours 57 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 02 hours 38 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 03 hours 12 minutes

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

Order of Precedence Name of the Members
1. Senator Muzaffar Hussain Shah
2. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif
3. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed

REPORTS OF THE STANDING/SPECIAL/FUNCTIONAL/PARLIAMENTARY/WHOLE COMMITTEES, PRESENTATION OF:

Sr. No. Name of the Standing Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Date
1. Climate Change Senator Samina Abid on behalf of Senator Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini Construction of LNG Terminal in Bundel Island, causing threats to Defence installations in the area. 15-12-2016
2. Industries and Production Senator Hidayat Ullah Periodic report of the Committee for the period from 9th June 2015 to 27th October 2016. 19-12-2016
3. National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi Chairman Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination The Bill further to amend the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Nonsmokers Health Ordinance, 2002 [The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Nonsmokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2016]. 21-12-2016
4. National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi Chairman Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination The Bill to provide for the prohibition of Sheesha smoking in the Islamabad Capital Territory [The Islamabad Prohibition of Sheesha Smoking Bill, 2016]. 21-12-2016

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill / Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Panama Papers Inquiries Bill, 2016 15-12-2016 Private Member Bill Senate

RULINGS/DIRECTIONS OF THE CHAIR

On 16th December, 2016 With reference to the sunset clause in the 21st Constitutional Amendment, the Chairman sensitized the Government that the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Witness Protection Bill, 2015 as passed by the Senate should be passed by the National Assembly in order to fill up the legal vacuum that might be created after the expiry of the 21st Constitutional Amendment.

RESOLUTION

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Resolution Name(s) of the Mover(s) Adopted/Rejected unanimously or with majority Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. This House disapproves the Companies Ordinance, 2016 (Ordinance No. VI of 2016) Senators Saleem Mandviwala, on his behalf and on behalf of 40 other senators 50 senators stood in favor of the resolution and 18 senators stood to oppose the resolution. 19-12-2016

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Wound up by Minister/Adviser Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. Resolution on formation of Parliamentary Committee on National Security Senators Saeed Ghani, Ahmed Hassan, Gianchand, Haji Saif- Ullah Khan Bangash, Islamuddin Shaikh, Karim Ahmed Khawaja, Khanzada Khan, Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, Muhammad Yousaf, Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz, Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi, Osman Saifullah Khan, Abdul Rehman Malik, Saleem Mandviwala, Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani, Sherry Rehman, Aitzaz Ahsan, Farhatullah Babar, Farooq Hamid Naek, Rozi Khan Kakar, Taj Haider, Khalida Parveen, Rubina Khalid, Sassui Palijo, Sehar Kamran, Hari Ram, Shahi Syed, Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate, Sitara Ayaz, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Kamil Ali Agha, Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail, Rubina Irfan, Syed Shibli Faraz, Nauman Wazir Khattak And Mohammad Azam Khan Swati The motion was talked out 15-12-2016
2. Discussion on Political Prisoners Senators Saeed Ghani, Ahmed Hassan, Gianchand, Haji Saif Ullah Khan Bangash, Islamuddin Shaikh, Karim Ahmed Khawaja, Khanzada Khan, Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, Muhammad Yousaf, Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz, Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi, Osman Saifullah Khan, Abdul Rehman Malik, Saleem Mandviwala, Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani, Sherry Rehman, Aitzaz Ahsan, Farhatullah Babar, Farooq Hamid Naek, Rozi Khan Kakar, Taj Haider, Khalida Parveen, Rubina Khalid, Sassui Palijo, Sehar Kamran, Hari Ram, Shahi Syed, Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate, Sitara Ayaz, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Kamil Ali Agha, Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail, Rubina Irfan, Syed Shibli Faraz, Nauman Wazir Khattak And Mohammad Azam Khan Swati The motion was talked out 15-12-2016
3. Discussion on Political Prisoners Senators Abdul Rehman Malik, Saeed Ghani, Ahmed Hassan, Gianchand, Haji Saif-Ullah Khan Bangash, Islamuddin Shaikh, Karim Ahmed Khawaja, Khanzada Khan, Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, Muhammad Yousaf, Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz, Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi, Osman Saifullah Khan, Saleem Mandviwala, Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani, Sherry Rehman, Aitzaz Ahsan, Farhatullah Babar, Farooq Hamid Naek, Rozi Khan Kakar, Taj Haider, Khalida Parveen, Rubina Khalid, Sassui Palijo, Sehar Kamran, Hari Ram, Shahi Syed, Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate, Sitara Ayaz, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Kamil Ali Agha, Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail, Rubina Irfan, Syed Shibli Faraz, Nauman Wazir Khattak And Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Mr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control The motion was talked out 16-12-2016

  • The Chairman Senate prorogued the session summoned on 15th December, 2016 at 01:13 p.m.

Islamabad, the
16th December, 2016


255th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 18-11-2016
Session prorogued on = 25-11-2016
Number of working days = 08
Number of actual sittings = 06
Number of private Members’ days = 01
Maximum attendance = 68%
Minimum attendance = 54%
Average attendance = 63%
Total hours of sittings = 19 hours 22 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 04 hours 22 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 02 hours 09 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 03 hours 22 minutes

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

Order of Precedence Name of the Members
1. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini
2. Senator Ahmed Hassan
3. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif

STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 389
Admitted : 320
Disallowed : 22
Replied : 152

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PRESENCE

  • On 22nd November, 2016 The House acknowledged the presence of a group of 37 students and 5 faculty members of Dawa’h Academy International Islamic University Faisal Masjid Campus, Islamabad who were present in the visitors’ gallery to witness the proceedings.
  • On 23rd November, 2016 The House acknowledged the presence of Mr. Akbar Khan, Secretary General of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Assistant Director (Programs) CPA who were present in the Gallery to witness the proceedings.

CONDOLENCE RESOLUTIONS

The House passed the following Condolence resolutions:

  • On 18th November, 2016 Senator Taj Haider moved condolence resolution on the sad demise of former Senator Dr. Muhammad Jahangir Bader.

Following Members paid tribute to the former Senator Dr. Muhammad Jahangir Bader:

  1. Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour
  2. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati
  3. Senator Taj Haider
  4. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini
  5. Senator Saleem Mandviwala
  6. Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haideri
  7. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan
  8. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum
  9. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan
  10. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar
  11. Senator Maualana Hafiz Hamdullah
  12. Senator Farhatullah Babar
  13. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi
  14. Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar
  15. Senator Nehal Hashmi
  16. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel
  17. Senator Syed Shibli Faraz
  18. Senator Shahi Syed
  19. Senator Saleem Zia
  20. Senator Gianchand
  21. Senator Sehar Kamran
  22. Senator Najma Hameed
  23. Senator Pervez Rashid
  24. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood
  25. Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo
  26. Senator Muhammad Saleh Shah
  27. Senator Khanzada Khan
  28. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik
  29. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed
  30. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan
  31. Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar Ul Haq
  • On 18th November, 2016 Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar Ul Haq moved condolence resolution on the sad demise of former Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel.
  • On 21st November, 2016 Mian Raza Rabbani The Chairman Senate of Pakistan welcomed the family Members of former Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel who were present in the galleries to witness the proceedings.

Following Members paid tribute to the former Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel:

  1. Ilyas Ahmad Bilour
  2. Nauman Wazir Khattak
  3. Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah
  4. Col. (R) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
  5. Mushahid Hussain Syed
  6. Sirajul Haq
  7. Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar
  8. Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini
  9. Mohammad Azam Khan Swati
  10. Ahmed Hassan
  11. Kalsoom Perveen
  12. Sehar Kmaran
  13. Farhatullah Babar
  14. Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah
  15. Shahi Syed
  16. Muhammad Javed Abbasi
  17. Mohsin Aziz
  18. Aurengzeb Khan
  19. Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum
  20. Pervaiz Rasheed
  21. Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel
  22. Prof. Sajid Mir
  23. Nisar Muhammad
  24. Khalida Parveen
  25. Abdul Rehman Malik
  26. Sherry Rehman
  27. Mushahid Ullah Khan
  28. Aitzaz Ahsan (Leader of the Opposition)

DIRECTION OF THE CHAIRMAN

The Chairman directed the Secretariat to transmit the video recordings of today’s proceedings to the families of former deceased Senators Dr. Muhammad Jahangir Bader and Haji Mohammad Adeel along with the copies of the condolence resolutions and suggested that in future in case of any such unfortunate occasion, the family of the deceased Senator may also be invited to witness the proceedings.

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUE

  • On 18th November, 2016 Mian Raza RabbaniThe Chairman framed the following question of law:

"Whether in terms of Clause (3) of Article 56 of the Constitution, 1973, the annual presidential address to the Joint Sitting of Parliament shall be on the beginning of each year i.e. in the month of January or otherwise?"

  • On 24th November, 2016 Following Members gave assistance on the law point and The Chair reserved it’s ruling:
  1. Muhammad Javed Abbasi
  2. Muhammad Ali Khan Saif
  3. Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah
  4. Farooq Hamid Naek (sent written position, read by Chairman)
  5. Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs
  6. Aitzaz Ahsan (Leader of the Opposition)
  7. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill / Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Pakistan Engineering Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 22-11-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
2. The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2016 22-11-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
3. The Central Law Officers (Amendment) Bill, 2016 22-11-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
4. The Islamabad High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2016 22-11-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
5. The Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill, 2016 23-11-2016 Government Bill National Assembly

Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control on behalf of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, moved that the Bill further to amend certain laws [The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016], as reported by the Standing Committee, be taken into consideration at once. The Chairman observed that there is clause 7 in the Bill which pertains to amendment of Protection of Pakistan Act. It is astonishing that the said Act is no more in the field then the Ministry should have either withdrawn this clause in the Committee stage or the Committee should have taken its notice and omit it from the Bill. But the Ministry as well as the Committee has overlooked the same which is not a good thing.

Following Members spoke on the Bill:-

  1. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control.
  2. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.
  3. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati.
  4. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik.

Thereafter, the House started second reading of the Bill i.e. clause by clause consideration. The Bill was finally passed by the House with amendment i.e. omission of clause 7 of the Bill.

GOVERNMENT/PRIVATE MEMBERS BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEES:

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad (Amendment) Bill, 2016 21-11-2016 Senate
2. The Right to Information Bill, 2016 21-11-2016 Senate
3. The Juvenile Justice System (Amendment) Bill, 2016 21-11-2016 Senate
4. The Islamabad Prohibition of Expressing Matters on Walls Bill, 2016 21-11-2016 Senate
5. The National Commission for International Law and Commitments Bill, 2016 21-11-2016 Senate
6. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016. 21-11-2016 Senate
7. The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (Amendment) Bill, 2016 21-11-2016 Senate
8. The Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016 23-11-2016 National Assembly

ORDINANCES LAID IN THE SENATE

Sr. No. Business Direction of the Chair Date
1. Companies Ordinance, 2016 (Ordinance No. VI of 2016) Laid 22-11-2016

AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE RULES (Under Rule 278)

Mover Amendments Status Date
Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati The proposed amendment in rule 196 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012 Withdrawn 21-11-2016
Senator Saleem Mandviwala The proposed amendment in rule 182 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012 Deferred 21-11-2016
Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Haq, Leader Of The House and Senator Aitzaz Ahsen, Leader of the Opposition i) In rule 172, the existing subrule (3) shall be re-numbered as sub-rule (5) and after the renumbering, the following new sub-rules shall be inserted, namely:
(3) The Committee shall also act as ‘Committee on Ethics’ and review the Code of Conduct, from time to time and ensure that the Code is implemented.
(4) The Committee on Ethics shall provide for its rules of procedure.
ii) that after rule 226, the following new rule 226A shall be inserted, namely:
"226A. Code of Conduct for the members. There shall be a Code of Conduct for the members to assist them in the discharge of their duties and obligations to the House, their constituents and the public at large."
The leave was granted and the motion was carried 24-11-2016

REPORTS OF THE STANDING/SPECIAL/FUNCTIONAL/PARLIAMENTARY/WHOLE COMMITTEES, PRESENTATION OF:

Sr. No. Name of the Standing Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Date
1. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Rehabilitation and Restructuring of Corporate Entities [The Corporate Rehabilitation Bill, 2015] 18-11-2016
2. National Food Security and Research Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati on behalf of Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah To encourage the development of new plant varieties and to protect the rights of breeders of such varieties (The Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill, 2016) 18-11-2016
3. Joint Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi on behalf of the Chairmen Committee Third report of the Joint Committee on the Aftermath of the drone strike against Mullah Akhter Mansoor and its impact on Pakistan-US security relations 18-11-2016
4. Housing and Works Senator Maulana Tanveer-ul- Haq Thanvi Starred question No. 121 asked by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, on 27th July, 2016, regarding "the number of members of Executive Committee of the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation which approved purchase of land for housing Scheme, Phase IV, Bhara Kahu, Islamabad, during the year 2009" 21-11-2016
5. Defence Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed The National Command Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 23-11-2016
6. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2016 23-11-2016
7. Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Kamil Ali Agha Various details of official vehicles being used by officers / officials of Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, its attached departments and Sub ordinate offices 23-11-2016
8. National Food Security and Research Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah Conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) / Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) into residential/commercial plots. 24-11-2016
9. Interior and Narcotics Control Senator Abdul Rehman Malik The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 24-11-2016
10. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Bill further to amend the Companies (Appointment of Legal Advisors) Act, 1974 [The Companies (Appointment of Legal Advisers) (Amendment) Bill, 2016]. 25-11-2016
11. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi A matter referred by the House on 10th November, 2015, regarding "Implementation of Building Code, with particular reference to provisions regarding earthquake, for suggesting penal provisions, measures and mechanism regarding violation of said Code". 25-11-2016

REPORT TO THE HOUSE BY THE CHAIRMAN ON A MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTACE

  • On 23rd November, 2016 The Chairman Senate apprised the House about his discussion with the Chief Minister Sindh and the steps taken by the Government of Sindh regarding the incident of subjection to torture of a student of Larkana Cadet College.

The matter was raised by Senator Khushbakht Shujat on 22nd November, 2016.

REPORT BY THE ADVISOR TO THE PRIME MINISTER ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • On 22nd November, 2016 Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs made implementation report on the policy guidelines issued by the Committee of the Whole in view of the latest situation developing between Pakistan and India.

STATEMENT BY THE FINANCE MINISTER

  • On 23rd November, 2016 Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance made statement in the House regarding the enhancement of salaries of the parliamentarians including the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Speaker and the Deputy Speaker.

REPORT LAID

  • On 24th November, 2016 Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the Annual Report for the year 2015-2016 of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan on the state of the Economy along-with the Statistical Supplement, as required under section 9A (f) of the State Bank of Pakistan Act, 1956.

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice Name(s) of the Mover(s) Direction of the Chairman at the end of statement, if any Date
1. The irregularities in issuance of consent letters to the registered retired employees of Constitutional Bodies for allotment of plots in Sectors F-14 and F-15 under categories I, III and V against the reserved quota while ignoring the list of registered retired employees of said bodies falling in category II Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Disposed Of. 18-11-2016
2. As many as 12000 patients have been tested positive for Hepatitis- C at PIMS during the last one year which is 20% increase as compared to the previous year and the problems being faced by such patients to get treatment in PIMS Hospital Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed Of. 22-11-2016
3. Train accident at Landhi Railway Station which resulted into loss of more than twenty precious lives of innocent citizens and injuries to many Senator Saleem Mandviwala Disposed Of. 23-11-2016
4. The news item published in print media on 20th October, 2016, that the narcotics business is being run in the public and private sector educational institutions in Islamabad and a large number of students are directly involved in its sale and purchase which reflects that the Government has totally been failed to control the situation Senator Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah Disposed Of. 23-11-2016
5. Soaring of circular debt of power sector as reported in “Business Recorder” dated 3rd October, 2016 Senator Syed Shibli Faraz Disposed Of. 24-11-2016
6. The non-construction of Chashma-Zhob transmission line despite its approval and inclusion in PSDP Senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel and Gul Bashra Disposed Of. 25-11-2016
7. The cancellation of the visas of Turkish teachers and staff of Pak-Turk Schools by the Ministry of Interior on the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Senators Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Ahmed Hassan and Mohsin Aziz Disposed Of. 25-11-2016

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Concerned Ministry Ruling of the Chairman Date
1. The infliction of huge loss of Rs. 4.46 billion by Nandi Pur Power Plant in the month of June, 2016. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Water and Power. The Motion was deferred on written request of the Member. 18-11-2016
2. The privatization policy of the Government in the light of sub-section (2) of section 16 of the Privatization Commission Ordinance, 2000. Senator Syed Shibli Faraz Privatization Division The Motion was withdrawn by the Member. 18-11-2016
3. The 36% increase in the gas prices by the Federal Government as reported in newspapers dated 10th October, 2016. Senator Kamil Ali Agha Petroleum and Natural Resources The Motion was deferred to the next date. 18-11-2016
4. Infliction of huge loss of Rs. 4.46 billion by Nandi Pur Power Plant in the month of June, 2016. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Water and Power The motion was held out of as it does not pertain to a matter of urgent public importance. 22-11-2016
5. The 36% increase in the gas prices by the Federal Government as reported in newspapers dated 10th October, 2016. Senators Kamil Ali Agha, Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi and Sirajul Haq, Petroleum and Natural Resources The Motion was held out of order being infructuous as OGRA has already clarified that no increase is being made in gas prices 22-11-2016
6. The need of introduction of waste-to-energy incinerators to produce energy from waste produced every day in the country which could play a vital role to meet the energy needs of the country from local resource. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Water and Power The Motion was held out of order. The Chair suggested the Member to use some other parliamentary tool. 22-11-2016
7. The unfortunate incident of bomb blast at Civil Hospital, Quetta which resulted into loss of nearly hundred lives and injuries to over one hundred and fifty people. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Interior The Motion was held out of order as the matter has already been discussed in the House 23-11-2016
8. The Tobacco Industry’s advertisement, promotion, sponsorship and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) i.e. funding in charity to cover up the fact that they sell deadly products. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Information and Broadcasting The Motion was held out of order as the matter pertained to a Policy for which a Motion under rule 218 is more appropriate tool. 23-11-2016
9. The report of the Auditor General of Pakistan for the year 2014-15 in which the financial irregularities of 182 billion rupees has been pointed out in Federal Board of Revenue’s Inland Revenue Service. Senator Sirajul Haq Finance Due to absence of Member Motion was dropped. 23-11-2016
10. The energy crisis in Balochistan. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Water and Power The Motion was held out of order. The Chair suggested the Member to use some other parliamentary tool. 24-11-2016
11. The recruitments in Federal Government Departments through NTS and other testing agencies in the provinces. Senator Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate Federal Education and Professional Training T The Motion was held out of order 24-11-2016
12. The terrorist attack on the Shrine of Syed Sakhi Shah Bilawal Norani situated in far flung area of district Khuzdar, Balochistan, which resulted into death of more than sixty people and injuries to more than hundred Senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, Gul Bashra, Sirajul Haq and Maulana Hafiz Hamdullah Interior Motion was held in order and fixed for two hours’ discussion on the same day 24-11-2016
13. The Saudi labour crisis and the sufferings of Pakistani labour force working in Saudi Arabia. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development The Motion was held out of order as the matter has already been discussed in the House. 25-11-2016
14. The report of the Auditor General of Pakistan for the year 2015-16 in which the financial irregularities of billions of rupees in various Government departments have been pointed out. Senator Sirajul Haq Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs and Statistics Due to absence of Member Motion was dropped. 25-11-2016
15. The failure of the Government to improve its macro-economic fundamentals as the exports, home remittances and foreign direct investments (FDI) are falling and the country’s external debt is becoming unsustainable. Senator Mohsin Aziz Commerce The Motion was held out of order. The Chair suggested the Member to use some other parliamentary tool. 25-11-2016

DISCUSSION ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Wind up by (Minister/Advisor) Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. The terrorist attack on the Shrine of Syed Sakhi Shah Bilawal Norani situated in far flung area of district Khuzdar, Balochistan, which resulted into death of more than sixty people and injuries to more than hundred Mr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control Talked out 24-11-2016

OBSERVATIONS/CLARIFICATIONS BY THE CHAIRMAN

  • On 18th November, 2016 With reference to taking of notice by the Supreme Court of the appointments and absorptions in NAB, the Chairman observed that it was the Senate of Pakistan which initially through various parliamentary tools highlighted this issue but the Government did not pay any heed and now they have to face the restraining order of the Supreme Court. The Chairman stated that the ideal situation would have been that the Government should have taken action when the Parliament pointed out the issue.
  • On 21st November, 2016 The Chairman clarified the electronic media reports telecasted yesterday regarding the hibernation of Corporal Punishment Bill in the Senate of Pakistan.
  • On 21st November, 2016 The Chairman provided the dates of passage of the Bill by the National Assembly, its transmission to the Senate and its lapse due to dissolving of the National Assembly.
  • On 21st November, 2016 The Chairman urged the reporters to have some facts and figures before reporting on such sensitive issues about the highest Constitutional Bodies.

MINISTERIAL RESPONSE ON THE POINT OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

  • On 21st November, 2016 Statement by the Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization on the following point of public importance: "Regarding the unequal distribution of funds in PSDP for all the Provinces and non-releasing of the funds allocated in PSDP for small provinces." (Raised by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Muskhel on 4th October, 2016)
  • The Ministry of Finance has referred the matter to the Planning Division at the 11th hour so the Chairman issued notice of contempt to the D.S (Council) Finance Division.

REPORT BY THE ADVISOR TO PRIME MINISTER ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • On 22nd November, 2016 Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs made implementation report on the policy guidelines issued by the Committee of the Whole in view of the latest situation developing between Pakistan and India

RESOLUTION

  • On 22nd November, 2016 Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar Ul Haq, Leader of the House moved a resolution condemning the launching of a ballistic missile towards Makkah Al-Mukarramah region on Thursday the 27th October, 2016 which fortunately was intercepted by Air Defence Forces of the Kingdom and destroyed

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ RESOLUTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Resolution Name(s) of the Mover(s) Adopted/Rejected unanimously or with majority Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. The women should be given adequate in the Council of Islamic Ideology and the relevant law / rules should be amended for this purpose, if required Senator Sehar Kamran Amended resolution was passed being not opposed 21-11-2016
2. Government should include the subject of Climate Change in the curriculum for class One to Matric in all Government Educational Institutions in Islamabad Senator Samina Abid Resolution was passed being not opposed 21-11-2016
3. Government should bring changes in National Accountability laws to discover moveable and immoveable Benami properties / companies and announce a handsome reward or percentage of amount for those who identify and inform the NAB about detail of such properties / companies, keeping the name of informer confidential. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Resolution was passed being not opposed 21-11-2016
4. Agricultural loans presently outstanding against the farmers in Balochistan be waived off in view of the deteriorating condition of agricultural sector due to law and order situation, low water level and excessive load shedding in that province Senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel and Gul Bashra Resolution was passed being not opposed 21-11-2016

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Wound up by Minister/Adviser Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. The need and importance to review the Master Plan of Islamabad. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Minister of State for CADD Motion was talked out 21-11-2016
2. The recruitment policy of the Government with particular reference to the appointments made / being made on contract basis. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Mr. Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Motion was talked out 21-11-2016
3. The Government’s stance about delay in conducting census in the country. Senator Mohsin Aziz Mr. Zahid Hamid, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Motion was talked out 21-11-2016
4. The steps taken by the Government for rehabilitation of the internally displaced persons in FATA. Senator Kalsoom Perveen Lt. General (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Motion was talked out 21-11-2016

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 194(1) FOR EXTENSION IN TIME TO PRESENT REPORTS

Sr. No. Name of the Member Nature of Motion Rulings of the Chair
For extension of time
1. Senator Saleem Mandviwala The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Partnership Act, 1932 [The Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2016] introduced Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on26th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of sixty working days with effect from 26th November, 2016, as the concerned Ministry has sought time for response, therefore, more time is needed. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
2. Senator Saleem Mandviwala The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Protection of Economic Reforms Act, 1992 [The Protection of Economic Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Saleem Mandviwala, on 3rd October, 2016, may be extended for a period of sixty working days with effect from 3rd December, 2016. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
3. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Civil Courts Ordinance, 1962, in its applications to the Islamabad Capital Territory [The Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 26th November, 2016, as the Committee has not been able to finalize its report due to absence of the Mover in the Committee Meetings. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
4. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Privilege Motion No. 03(252)/2016-M, moved by Senator Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate on his behalf and on behalf of Senators Rozi Khan Kakar, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif and Liaqat Khan Tarakai, on 27th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of forty-five working days with effect from 27th November, 2016. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
5. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Registration Act, 1908 [The Islamabad Registration (Amendment) Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 26th November, 2016, in order to enable the Committee to finalize its report. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
6. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 [The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Insertion of new sections 320A and 337JJ) introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 26th November, 2016, in order to enable the Committee to finalize its report. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
7. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 [The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016] (Amendment in section 364A) introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 26th November, 2016, in order to enable the Committee to finalize its report. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
8. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill to prohibit the employment of children and to restrict the employment of adolescents in certain occupations and processes [The Islamabad Restriction on Employment of Children Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 26th November, 2016, in order to enable the Committee to finalize its report. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
9. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill further to amend the Police Order, 2002 [The Police Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 26th November, 2016, in order to enable the Committee to finalize its report. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
10. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill to combat the smuggling of migrants by land, sea and air [The Smuggling of Migrants Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 26th November, 2016, in order to enable the Committee to finalize its report. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
11. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill to prevent and Combat Trafficking in persons, especially Women Children [The Trafficking in Persons Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 26th November, 2016, in order to enable the Committee to finalize its report. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
12. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for the constitution of a Commission of Inquiry to inquire into the revelations made by the disclosures contained in the Panama Papers [The Panama Papers Inquiries Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Aitzaz Ahsan on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 26th November, 2016, in order to enable to the Committee to extensively deliberate on the Bill. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was rejected.
13. Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi The period for presentation of report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for the prohibition of sheesha smoking in the Islamabad Capital Territory [The Islamabad Prohibition of Sheesha Smoking Bill, 2016] introduced by Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, on 26th September, 2016, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 26th November, 2016. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
14. Senator Syed Shibli Faraz The period for presentation of report of the Committee on starred question No. 25 asked by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh, on 29th September, 2016, regarding import of huge quantity of powdered milk, referred by the House, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 29th November, 2016 in order to enable the Committee to present its report. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
15. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah The period for presentation of report on “the recommendations made by various Senate Standing Committees on twenty-four demands made by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”, which were referred by the House on 20th January, 2016, may be extended for a further period of sixty working days with effect from 6th December, 2016. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.
16. Senator Kalsoom Parveen on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood The period for presentation of report of the Committee on subject matter of starred question No. 27, asked by Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, on 7th September, 2016, regarding the amount of loan outstanding against the Pakistan International Airlines, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 27thNovember, 2016. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.

MOTION UNDER RULE 196 (1) FOR ADOPTION OF PRESENT REPORTS

Sr. No. Name of the Member Nature of Motion
For adoption of report Rulings of the Chair
1. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Report regarding “Implementation of Building Code, with particular reference to provisions regarding earthquake, for suggesting penal provisions, measures and mechanism regarding violation of said Code”, be considered and adopted. The Motion was carried and Report was adopted.
2. Senator Muhammad Saleh Shah on behalf of Senator Hilal-Ur-Rehman The Special Report of the committee on States and Frontier Regions on the schemes of Health and Education Departments in South Waziristan, which were deleted from Umbrella Schemes of FATA, ADP, be considered and adopted. The Motion was carried and Report was adopted.
3. Senator Syed Shibli Faraz The period for presentation of report of the Committee on starred question No. 25 asked by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh, on 29th September, 2016, regarding import of huge quantity of powdered milk, referred by the House, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 29th November, 2016 in order to enable the Committee to present its report. The Motion was carried and requisite extension was granted.

MINISTERIAL RESPONSE

Minister for Industries and Production responded the matter raised by Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak on 23rd November, 2016 regarding non-incentivizing of the pioneer industry.

RESOLUTION

Senator Saleem Mandviwala moved resolution commending the efforts of Senator Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance for welfare of the parliamentarians i.e. enhancement of their salaries.

MATTER OF BREACH OF PRIVILEGE

Senator Kalsoom Parveen pointed out the violation of the directions of the Committee by SECP. The matter was referred by the Chairman to the Committee on Privileges.

ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING PUBLIC PETITIONS

  • On 22nd November, 2016 The Secretary Senate made announcement regarding the receipt and disposal of public petitions during the intervening period of 253rd and 255th session.

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Sr. No Senator's Name Matters of Public Importance Chairman’s Remarks Date
1. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Pointed out the miserable condition of “Kavan” the elephant in Margalla Zoo The Chairman narrated the background of the issue and the steps taken by the House in resolving the miseries of the animal. The Chairman directed the Minister of State for CADD to look into the matter and apprise the House about the latest situation. 22-11-2016
2. Senator Nasreen Jalil Pointed out the repatriation of teachers of Pak- Turk School system on the instigation of Government of Turkey Chairman stated that Calling Attention Notices have also been received in the Secretariat on the issue which will be set down in the Orders of the day on priority 22-11-2016
3. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Pointed out the enforced disappearances of the innocent persons in Balochistan after the recent wave of terrorism in the province but the Government is not apprehending the real culprits The Chairman directed the Secretariat to refer the matter of enforced disappearances to the Minister of State for Interior who shall appear in the House tomorrow and submit report on the same 22-11-2016
4. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Pointed out the violation of rights of transgender and exploitation of that community throughout the country whereas the State has remained unable to protect their fundamental rights being humans and citizens of the State The Chairman referred the matter to the special committee on marginalized segments of the society with the direction to report back within two months and suggest that what legislative measures are required to be taken to give rightful place to such segments in the society. The Chairman suggested the Mover as well as the Members of the Functional Committee on Human Rights to appear before the Committee 22-11-2016
5. Senator Khushbakht Shujat Pointed out the subjection to torture of a student of Larkana Cadet College. She has stated that only the statements are being given by the authorities but neither his treatment has started nor the culprits have been identified The Chairman stated that he will personally speak to Chief Minister Sindh and report back to the House 22-11-2016
6. Senator Shahi Syed Pointed out the nonregistration of some departments of Dawood university of engineering Sindh so the future of the students is at stake. Chairman stated that University belong to provincial charter so raise this matter with provincial government 23-11-2016
7. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Spoke about the non-implementation of the decisions of the House either in the House or in the Committees and also about the non-implementation of the Resolutions passed by the House. Chairman urged the Leader of the House and other Parliamentary party leaders to devolve some mechanism of categorization of the resolutions as the resolutions are the will of the House which should be respected and implemented. The Chairman suggested to discuss the issue in the Business Advisory Committee as well as in Council of Chairman 23-11-2016
8. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Spoke about the USF Fund and irregularities therein Chairman stated that Subcommittee of the main Committee is already seized of the matter so let them furnish any report 23-11-2016
9. Senator Nauman Wazir Pointed out that the pioneer industry is not being incentivized by the Government under CPEC. The Chairman directed that the verbatim be sent to the Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms with the direction to appear in the House on 24th November, 2016 and respond the matter 23-11-2016
10. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed Appreciated the interception of Indian submarine by Pakistan Navy and urged the Government to enhance the funds for maritime security agency. - 23-11-2016
11. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif Spoke about the traffic blockages in Karachi due to VIP movements - 23-11-2016
12. Senator Nasreen Jalil Put on record the demand of students to raise the number of opportunities for CSS examination from 3 to 5 - 23-11-2016
13. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Appreciated the interception and destruction of Indian drone at LoC by Pakistan Army and also raised questions that why the number of drone attacks in FATA was never been intercepted and destroyed by our agencies. He spoke about the collateral damage in FATA - 23-11-2016
14. Senator Sherry Rehman, Aitzaz Ahsan and Kamil Ali Agha Pointed out the recent wave of aggression/violation of ceasefire by the Indian Forces across the LoC and bombardment on the civilian population as well as the passenger coaches which resulted into deaths of civilian population and the armed forces personnel. The Members vehemently criticized the dormant response from the Civilian Government in this regard. The Chairman Senate directed that the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs may be asked to appear in the House tomorrow i.e. the 24th November, 2016 (Thursday) and make statement on the actions taken by the Government on the recent wave of aggression by the Indian Forces at LoC and also apprise the House that why the Government of Pakistan has not raised the issue of violations of ceasefire by India with the United Nations Security Council. 23-11-2016
15. Senator Raja Zafar ul Haq (Leader of the House) Stated that the Opposition should criticize the Government but in a reasonable way and not in a way that they in order to achieve their political ambitions malign the whole face of the country. - 23-11-2016
16. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Pointed out the inclusion of an unethical question in the question paper of 10th standard held under the AIOU. Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training responded that the Ministry has already taken notice of the issue and an enquiry Committee has been constituted which will submit its report soon. 25-11-2016
17. Senator HidayatUllah Pointed out the long standing issues of nonpayment of salaries and gratuity to the employees of Pakistan Steel Mills. Chairman stated that move Motion in next session regarding this matter. 25-11-2016
18. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Pointed out that the Ministry of Defence has ordered the residents of LoralaiCantt. to vacate their places immediately which is not fair. 25-11-2016
19. Senator Dr. Ashok Kumar Urged that the loans of ZTBL of the farmers of Balochistan may be written off. Chairman stated that Resolution has already been passed on the issue. 25-11-2016
20. Senator Samina Abid Spoke about non availability of burial place for Hindu community in Islamabad. Chairman asked to move CAN . 25-11-2016
21. Senator Shahi Syed Spoke about the problems of pensioners of PTCL 25-11-2016
22. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Spoke about the problems being faced by the Pashtoons to get CNIC 25-11-2016
23. Senator Rubina Khalid Spoke about the restriction imposed by Government of Saudi Arabia on transgender to perform Umrah. Chair asked the Member to move CAN 25-11-2016

  • The Chairman Senate prorogued the Senate session summoned on 18th of November, 2016 at 12:55 p.m.

Islamabad, the
25th November, 2016


254th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Date and Day = 04-11-2016
Commenced at = 03:32 p.m.
Adjourned at = 07:35 p.m.
Presided by = Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman, Senate of Pakistan
Attendance = 75
Total working hours = 3 hours & 48 minutes

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

Order of Precedence Name of the Members
1. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah
2. Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari
3. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed

CONDOLENCE RESOLUTIONS

Following Condolence/condemning resolutions were unanimously passed by the House:

  1. Condolence resolution on the sad demise of former Senator Syed Qamar Uz Zaman Shah.
  2. Condolence resolution on the sad demise of former Senator Raja Nargis Zaman Kyani
  3. Condemning resolution on the sad incident of terrorism on Police Training College Quetta.

FATEHA

The House offered Fateha for the departed souls during the incidents of Police Training College Quetta, breaking up of fire at Gaddani ship yard, train collision incident at Karachi, Motorway accident and the death of daughter of Senator Rubina Irfan.

RULING OF THE CHAIR

The Chairman Senate of Pakistan announced a detailed ruling on the matter of withholding of information from the Parliament.

REPORTS OF THE STANDING / SPECIAL AND OTHER COMMITTEES, PRESENTATION OF

Sr. No. Name of the Standing Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Direction of the Chairman
1. Parliamentary Affairs Senator Saeed Ghani The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2016 The report stands laid
2. Science and Technology Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum on behalf of Senator Osman Saifullah Khan The Pakistan Engineering Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 The report stands laid
3. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 The report stands laid
4. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The Central Law Officers (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The report stands laid
5. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The report stands laid
6. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The Islamabad High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The report stands laid
7. Marginalized Segments of Society Senator Nisar Muhammad First interim report of the Special Committee on Marginalized Segments of Society. The report stands laid
8. China Pakistan Ecoomic Corridor Senator Taj Haider 3rd interim report of the Special Committee on China-Pakistan Econimic Corridor The report stands laid
9. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Proposed amendments in rules 56, 198 and 209 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, The report stands laid

MOTIONS UNDER 194

Sr. No. Name of the Member Nature of Motion Rulings of the Chair
For extension of time
1. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik The time for presentation of report regarding the murder of Prof. Dr. Shahid Nawaz, Cardiologist of PIMS, moved by Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum, on 15th June, 2016, may be extended for a further period of thirty working days with effect from 10th November, 2016, in order to enable the Committee to finalize its report. The motion was carried
2. Senator Kamil Ali Agha on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood The time for presentation of report regarding the starred question Nos. 45, 46 and 47, asked by Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, on 7th September, 2016, regarding the PAS and PSP officers in BPS-20 and 21 belonging to the Province of Balochistan and the policy for their posting in the country and abroad, may be extended for a period of thirty working days with effect from 8th November, 2016. The motion was carried

MOTION UNDER RULE 218

Discussion on the following motion moved by Senators Sherry Rehman on her behalf and on behalf of Senators Abdul Rehman Malik, Farhatullah Babar, Sassui Palijo, Rubina Khalid, Haji Saif-ullah Khan Bangash, Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz, Farooq Hamid Naek, Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi, Sehar Kamran, Saleem Mandviwala, Sardar Fateh Muhammad Hassani, Karim Ahmed Khawaja, Gianchand, Khanzada Khan, Saeed Ghani, Aitzaz Ahsan, Taj Haider, Islamuddin Shaikh, Khalida Parveen, Rozi Khan Kakar, Shahi Syed, Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari, Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini, Sitara Ayaz, Naseema Ehsan and Ahmed Hassan:-

"The House may discuss the continued brutal crackdown on political workers in violation of Fundamental Rights, the intended closure of Islamabad and the violation of orders of Honorable Islamabad High Court on the 27th October, 2016, by the Government".

The following members spoke:

  1. Senator Taj Haider
  2. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakkar
  3. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
  4. Senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour
  5. Senator Siraj ul Haq
  6. Senator Syed Shibli Faraz
  7. Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini
  8. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum
  9. Senator Saeed Ghani
  10. Senator Shahi Syed
  11. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif
  12. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari
  13. Senator Mohsin Aziz
  14. Senator Sitara Ayaz
  15. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan
  16. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh
  17. Senator Kamil Ali Agha
  18. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi
  19. Senator Kalsoom Perveen
  20. Leader of the Opposition Senator Aitzaz Ahsen

Mr. Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control wind up the debate thus the motion was talked out.


LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

  • Mr. Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, MOS Interior on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance moved that The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill, 2016, as passed by the National Assembly, be taken into consideration.

The Chairman referred the Bill to the Standing Committee concerned for consideration and report.


PROROGATION

The Chairman Senate prorogued the session on conclusion of its business.


Islamabad, the
4th November, 2016


253rd Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 26-09-2016
Session prorogued on = 07-10-2016
Number of working days = 12
Number of actual sittings = 08
Number of private Members’ days = 02
Maximum attendance = 78%
Minimum attendance = 56%
Average attendance = 68.5%
Total hours of sittings = 23 hours 53 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 04 hours 38 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 01 hours 18 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 03 hours

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

Order of Precedence Name of the Members
1. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi
2. Senator Col.(R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
3. Senator Samina Abid

STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 549
Admitted : 492
Disallowed : 01
Replied : 86

UN-STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 02
Admitted : 02

PRIVILEGE MOTION

On 27th September, 2016 Privilege Motion moved by Senator Daud Khan Achakzai under Rule 70 (ii) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, against the Chief Secretary, Balochistan, Chief Secretary, KPK, Chief Secretary, FATA, Senior Member BOR, Balochistan, Senior Member BOR, KPK, Secretary Communication, Government of Pakistan and CEO, FWO, who were formally invited to attend the meeting of SSC on Communication but the said officers did not attend the meeting.


LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill / Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The State Life Insurance Corporation (Re-organization and Conversion) Bill, 2016 07-10-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
2. The Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2016 07-10-2016 Government Bill National Assembly

GOVERNMENT MEMBERS’ BILLS REFFERED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill, 2016 04-10-2016 National Assembly
2. The National Command Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 04-10-2016 National Assembly
3. The Central Law Officers (Amendment) Bill, 2016 07-10-2016 National Assembly
4. The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2016 07-10-2016 National Assembly
5. The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2016 07-10-2016 National Assembly
6. The Islamabad High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2016 07-10-2016 National Assembly
7. The Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2016 07-10-2016 National Assembly
8. The Companies (Appointment of Legal Advisers) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 07-10-2016 National Assembly

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFFERED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The Police Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016 26-09-2016 Senate
2. The Islamabad Prohibition of Sheesha Smoking Bill, 2016 26-09-2016 Senate
3. The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016 26-09-2016 Senate
4. The Islamabad Restriction on Employment of Children Bill, 2016 26-09-2016 Senate
5. The Islamabad Registration (Amendment) Bill, 2016 26-09-2016 Senate
6. The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2016 26-09-2016 Senate
7. The Trafficking in Persons Bill, 2016 26-09-2016 Senate
8. The Smuggling of Migrants Bill, 2016 26-09-2016 Senate
9. The Panama Papers Inquiries Bill, 2016 26-09-2016 Senate
10. The Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2016 26-09-2016 Senate
11. The Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2016 26-09-2016 Senate
12. The Protection of Economic Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2016 03-10-2016 Senate

AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE RULES (Under Rule 278)

Mover Amendments Status Date
Senators Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, Leader of the House and Mushahid Hussain Syed In rule 187, for sub-rule (3), the following shall be substituted, namely:- "(3) A Committee may hold Public Hearing for seeking input from the public at large or any relevant stakeholder and may also invite or summon any person or member having special knowledge to give an expert opinion or give evidence in relation to any matter under its consideration." Motion was adopted and amendments were approved. 27-09-2016

REPORTS OF THE STANDING/SPECIAL/FUNCTIONAL/PARLIAMENTARY/WHOLE & OTHER COMMITTEES, PRESENTATION OF:

Sr. No. Name of the Standing Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Date
1. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016 26-09-2016
2. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016. 26-09-2016
3. Special Committee on the performance of PIA Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan The overall performance of PIA 29-09-2016
4. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Report on the Privilege Motion No. 01(250)/2016-M, moved by Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood, on 25th July, 2016, against the alleged misbehavior of Deputy Commissioner, Gawadar with Mover. 30-09-2016
5. Commerce Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar on behalf of Senator Syed Shibli Faraz The State Life Insurance Corporation (Re-organization and Conversion) Bill, 2016 04-10-2016
6. National Food Security and Research Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah 9th follow up report of the Committee regarding proposed “conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre / Pakistan Agricultural Research Council by CDA into residential/commercial plots” 04-10-2016
7. Government Assurances Senator Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani The irrational figure about teacher-student ratio in many Government schools of the Federal Government 04-10-2016
8. Cabinet Secretariat Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2015 07-10-2016
9. Delegated Legislation Senator Taj Haider Second quarterly report for the period from July to September, 2016 07-10-2016
10. Committee of the Whole Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq Policy Guidelines in view of the latest situation developing between Pakistan and India 07-10-2016

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice Name(s) of the Mover(s) Direction of the Chairman at the end of statement, if any Date
1. Non-regularization of two hundred contractual employees of Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) for the last ten years Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed Off 27-09-2016
2. Failure of the Ministry of Commerce to increase exports by 35 billion Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Disposed Off 29-09-2016
3. Decision of the Government to roll back Pakistan Textile City project at Port Qasim, Karachi Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed Off 29-09-2016
4. The emergence of new circular debt of Rs. 250 to 300 billion at present Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Disposed Off 30-09-2016
5. Mismanagement in the affairs of EOBI which is seemingly at the verge of collapse due to wrangling between the Federal Government and Provincial Governments over its ownership Senators Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi and Syed Shibli Faraz Disposed Off 04-10-2016
6. Illegal selling of Government owned residential quarters situated in old Federal residential colonies in Karachi by their occupants in collaboration with the officers and inspectors of PWD, South Zone and Estate Office Senator Maulana Tanveer-Ul-Haq Thanvi Disposed Off 04-10-2016
7. Non-establishment of Passport Offices in Districts Musakhel, Ziarat and Harnai whereas the staff has been recruited for the said offices and the non-functioning of Passport Offices in various districts of Balochistan including Qilla Saifullah, causing serious problems to the people of the province Senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel and Gul Bashra Disposed Off 07-10-2016

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Concerned Ministry Ruling of the Chairman Date
1. Detrimental consequences of introduction of new amnesty scheme after every two years by the Government due to which the black money holders are getting richer day by day and the lack of punishment mechanism in this regard Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Opposed by Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq LOH, on behalf of Minister for Finance The motion stands out of order in terms of Rule 87 30-09-2016
2. Destruction of record of oil consumption at Nandipur Power Plant by setting the same at fire Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati The motion was dropped due to absence of mover 30-09-2016
3. The submission of a Bill by two Members of American Congress with the objective to get declared Pakistan as a State which supports terrorism Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Mover was advised to move a calling attention notice, hence motion was held out of order 30-09-2016
4. Devastations of floods / rains in the Country particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where recently twenty six people lost their lives and the non-utilization of billions of dollars aid given for the victims of floods in the year, 2010. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Opposed by Mr. Zahid Hamid Minister for Law and Justice The Motion was ruled out of order in terms of Rule 87 04-10-2016
5. Decision of the Government to impose an additional surcharge of 70 paisa per unit on power consumers of Punjab and Sindh for the next twenty five years Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Opposed by Mr. Abid Sher Ali Minister of State for Water and Power The Motion was ruled out of order in terms of the statement given by the Minister of State that no such additional surcharge has been levied 04-10-2016
6. Continuous killing of innocent Kashmiris at the hands of Indian forces and the unrest created by India on LOC Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati The Motion was held as infructuous as the House and Committee of the Whole is already seized with the matter 04-10-2016

DISCUSSION ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTION

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Wind up by (Minister/Advisor) Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. Illegal border crossing by Pakistani Citizens with assistance of human traffickers leading to severe consequences - Talked out 30-09-2016

RESOLUTION

On 26th September, 2016 The Senate of Pakistan, meeting at a time when there is an on-going popular, spontaneous, indigenous and widespread uprising of the oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir,-
Expresses its strong solidarity with the Kashmiri people for valiantly resisting the brute repression of the Indian occupation forces and acknowledges that they are writing a glorious chapter in the annals of historical freedom movements, through their determination, will and spirit of sacrifice;
Strongly Condemns the India’s use of bullets and pellets which are killing, maiming and wounding a whole new generation of unarmed boys and girls, which is a crime against humanity;
Reiterates that the only way out is to grant the people of Jammu and Kashmir their inalienable right of self-determination in accordance with the relevant United Nations’ Resolutions, to which India and Pakistan are signatory;
Urges the international community to immediately take notice of the grave human rights violations in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir to prevent India to desist from war hysteria to distract attention away from India’s crimes against humanity in Jammu and Kashmir;
Urges the United Nations to hold independent inquiry into the ‘Uri incident’ to take it to its logical conclusion;
Resolves that if the Indian government dares to embark on any military adventure against Pakistan, the people, the Government and the Armed Forces of Pakistan will stand united as one to face and defeat any form of aggression with all the might of their command.
The Resolution was passed unanimously

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ RESOLUTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Resolution Name(s) of the Mover(s) Adopted/Rejected unanimously or with majority Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. To take strict action against Altaf Hussain and others for chanting slogans against Pakistan and instigating his party workers to attack on media houses in Karachi on 22nd August, 2016 and violating the law of the land, attacking media houses and creating law and order situation in the country. Senator Saeed ul Hassan Mandokhail Adopted unanimously The subject matter of the instant Resolution is distinguishable from the previous resolutions. The instant speech of Mr. Altaf Hussain is not a political statement rather it undermines the existence of the State. Therefore, notwithstanding the earlier Rulings of the Chair, the instant Resolution is admitted for moving in the House as an exception to the general rule. 26-09-2016
2. Government should take necessary steps to do away with all the unauthorized slums in Islamabad and construct low cost housing units for the residents of the same. Senator Col.(R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Adopted unanimously Passed 26-09-2016
3. Government should take immediate steps to stop brain drain from the country. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Adopted unanimously Passed 26-09-2016
4. House felicitates Pakistan Cricket Team on the achievement of number one position in Test Cricket Rankings. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Adopted unanimously Passed 03-10-2016
5. Government should give incentives to local car manufactures in order to boost up production of low priced vehicles in the country. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Opposed by Shaikh Aftab Ahmad Passed 03-10-2016
6. 250 KM highway be constructed along the coast from Sircreek to Karachi to serve as a wall against sea intrusion. Senator Sassui Palijo Adopted unanimously Passed 03-10-2016

MOTION UNDER RULE 60

On 4th October, 2016 Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini moved for discussion on matter of public importance arising out of the answered to starred question no. 4 replied on 6th September, 2016 "Regarding the names of the persons / firms who obtained loans of Rs. 5 Million and above from the National Bank of Pakistan during the last five years."
The following members spoke on this matter:

  1. Senator Saeed ul Hassan Mandokhail
  2. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak
  3. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar
  4. Senator Lt. (R) General Abdul Qayyum
  5. Senator Saleem Mandviwala
  6. Senator Taj Haider
  7. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah
  8. Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq
  9. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan Leader of the Opposition
  10. Mr. Zahid Hamid Minister for Law and Justice

Chair reserved the ruling on the issue and the discussion was over.

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218

Sr. No. Subject Matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Wind up by Minister / Advisor Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. Multiple problems being faced by agricultural sector in the country Senator Taj Haider - May be taken up for discussion on next private members’ day i.e. 3rd October, 2016 26-09-2016
2. Need to protect the rights of Tax Filers in the country Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh - May be taken up for discussion on next private members’ day i.e. 3rd October, 2016. 26-09-2016
3. State of relations between Pakistan and India especially after the recent statements made by the Indian Prime Minister regarding Pakistan Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs Motion was talked out 26-09-2016
4. Multiple problems being faced by agricultural sector in the country. Senator Taj Haider Mr. Sikandar Hayat Bosan, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Motion was talked out 03-10-2016
5. The House may discuss the need to protect the rights of tax filers in the country. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Minister for Finance Motion was talked out 03-10-2016
6. The procedure laid down by the Ministry of Housing and Works for acquiring land from private sector to develop its housing schemes and make suggestions to bring transparency in acquiring land and developing such schemes. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Mr. Akram Khan Durrani, Federal Minister for Housing and Works Motion was talked out 03-10-2016
7. The plight of Pakistani labourers in Saudi Arabia. Senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel and Gul Bashra Mr. Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Motion was talked out 03-10-2016
8. The situation arising out of transparency concerns on the loan of $408 million taken by the Government of Pakistan from Switzerland based financial group, Credit Suisse without competitive bidding. Senator Sehar Kamran Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Minister for Finance Motion was talked out 03-10-2016

REPORTS LAID

On 27th September, 2016 Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs / Chairman, Committee on FATA Reforms, laid before the Senate the report of the Committee on FATA Reforms, 2016.

The report stands laid & referred to the Committee of Whole.

  • The Chairman Senate while taking note on going situation between India and Pakistan especially regarding Indus Water Treaty. The Chairman referred the matter to Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power with the direction to report to Committee of Whole till 3rd October, 2016.

On 29th September, 2016 Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the Federal Accounts for the Financial Year 2013-14 and the reports of Auditor General thereon for the Audit Year 2014-15, as required under Article 171 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973.

The report stands laid.

On 4th October, 2016 Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the Federal Accounts for the Financial Year 2014-15 and the reports of Auditor General thereon for the Audit Year 2015-16, as required under Article 171 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973.

The reports stand laid.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DEMOCRACY

On 29th September, 2016 Special mention and discussion to commemorate the International Day of Democracy.
The following members spoke:

  1. Senator Sehar Kamran
  2. Senator Azam Khan Sawati
  3. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
  4. Senator Karim Khawaja
  5. Senator Taj Haider
  6. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah
  7. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel
  8. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik
  9. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum
  10. Senator Jahanzeb Jamaldini
  11. Senator Nehal Hashmi
  12. Senator Saeed ul Hassan Mandokhail
  13. Senator Usman Khan Kakar
  14. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan
  15. Senator Farhat Ullah Babar

MOTION OF THANKS

Mr. Shaikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs moved the following motion:

"This House expresses its deep gratitude to the President of Pakistan for his address to both the Houses assembled together on 1st June, 2016".

The following members spoke:

  1. Senator Taj Haider
  2. Senator Siraj ul Haq
  3. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan

On 29th September, 2016 the motion was carried.

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Sr. No Senator's Name Matters of Public Importance Chairman’s Remarks Date
1. Senator Maulana Tanveer-ul-Haq Thanvi The Islamic scholars who worked with Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for the independence of Pakistan in Pakistan movement may be nominated for civil awards and their opinions should be considered for policy making issues. - 26-09-2016
2. Senator Kalsoom perveen Mayor/Chairman CDA has fired 160 employees of CDA belonging to Balochistan province. Chairman directed Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, LOH that after taking brief from Minister of State for CADD, to brief the House on the issue on the 30th of September, 2016 29-09-2016
3. Senator Choudhry Tanveer Khan At the end of Blue Area road containers may be removed, it gives a wrong message. Some beautiful thing may be installed/constructed. It has been learnt that a park is to be constructed in the prescribed area 30-09-2016
4. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Condemn the statement of General Musharraf against Democracy - 03-10-2016
5. Senator Daud Khan Achakzai Advocate Chinese Ambassador made a statement regarding the denial of western route in CPEC project published in Jang Newspaper on 3rd October, 2016. The secretariat should wait until tomorrow i.e. 4th October, 2016 for the clarification from the ambassador otherwise secretariat will write a letter for clarification on the matter to the Federal Minister concerned 03-10-2016
6. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamra @ Aajiz Prime Minister should call CCI meeting every three months. The said meetings have not been called. According to the 18th Amendment, if the federal government is reluctant, the provinces are empowered to call a CCI meeting on their own 03-10-2016
7. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Discriminating behavior of Government towards the Afghan refugees in Punjab & Balochistan. 03-10-2016
8. Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Government assured the establishment of new Passport offices in KPK and Balochistan, the said offices have not been established yet. The mover was advised to move a Calling Attention Notice. 03-10-2016
9. Senator Sherry Rehman The reconstitution of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security The Government may reconstitute the Committee as soon as possible 04-10-2016
10. Senator Nasreen Jalil Overall deteriorating condition of prisoners in jails; PEMRA should launch awareness programs on television channels regarding the free legal aid provision by the government. A number of prisoners have been held in prisons for years without any legal assistance. Chairman shared that a report on the issue was prepared by himself and Senator Farhatullah Babar (when both of them were members of the Senate Human Rights Committee). The Human Rights Committee should look into the said report and ask the Government about progress on these cases. 04-10-2016
11. Senators Farhatullah Babar and Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Missing persons and their killings in Balochistan - 04-10-2016
12. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Allocated budget of Balochistan is not released timely by the Federal Government. Referred to the Ministry concerned. 04-10-2016
13. Senator Kamil Ali Agha Extensive load shedding in Lahore and major cities of Pakistan. Advised to move an adjournment motion. 04-10-2016
14. Senator Shahi Syed The recent raid in Karachi where Police and Rangers recovered large amount of ammunition. The law Enforcement Agencies involved in this successful raid should be awarded and the Federal Government should fully extend its support to Sindh Government and Law Enforcement Agencies. - 07-10-2016

  • The Chairman Senate prorogued the Senate session summoned on 26th of September, 2016 at 11:19 a.m.

Islamabad, the
7th October, 2016


252nd Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 05-09-2016
Session prorogued on = 09-09-2016
Number of working days = 05
Number of actual sittings = 05
Number of private Members’ days = 01
Maximum attendance = 79 (on 05-09-2016)
Minimum attendance = 53 (on 09-09-2016)
Average attendance = 64.80%
Total hours of sittings = 17 hours 05 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 05 hours 12 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 02 hours 31 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 03 hours 25 minutes
STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 510
Admitted : 384
Disallowed : 34
Replied : 104

UN-STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 08
Admitted : 04

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

GOVERNMENT BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The Pakistan Engineering Council (Amendment) Bill,2016 06-09-2016 National Assembly
2. The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 09-09-2016 National Assembly

COPIES OF THE MONEY BILLS LAID

  • On 6th September, 2016, Mr. Zahid Hamid Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016, under Article 73 of the Constitution.
  • On 6th September, 2016, Mr. Zahid Hamid Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved that the Senate may make recommendations, if any, to the National Assembly on the Money Bill, the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016, under Article 73 of the Constitution.
    The Chair referred the Bill to the Committee on Finance and directed the Members to submit their recommendations if any to the Committee within three days.
  • On 8th September, 2016, Mr. Zahid Hamid Minister for Law & Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016, under Article 73 of the Constitution.
  • Mr. Zahid Hamid Minister for Law & Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved that the Senate may make recommendations, if any, to the National Assembly on the Money Bill the Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016, under Article 73 of the Constitution.
    The Chairman referred the Bill to the Committee on Finance and directed the Members to submit their recommendations if any to the Committee within three days.

REPORTS OF THE STANDING / FUNCTIONAL / SPECIAL / OTHER COMMITTEES' PRESENTATION OF

Sr. No. Name of the Standing Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Date
1. Human Rights Senator Farhatullah Babar on behalf of Senator Nasreen Jalil The Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace (Amendment) Bill, 2016 06-09-2016
2. Cabinet Secretariat Senator Kamil Ali Agha on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood The Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2016 06-09-2016
3. National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi Non-functioning of the College of Medical Lab Technology 06-09-2016
4. Information Technology and Telecommunications Senator Shahi Syed Non-availability of mobile phone service in various areas of the Province of Balochistan 06-09-2016
5. Communications Senator Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai Advocate Non-payment from FWO to petty contractors. 06-09-2016
6. Water and Power Senator Taj Haider on behalf of Senator Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar Construction and maintenance of Dams, the details of expenditure indicating the amount, allocated and spent during last three financial years included in PSDP 06-09-2016
7. Delegated Legislation Senator Taj Haider Quarterly report of the Committee 06-09-2016
8. Devolution Process Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Establishment of permanent Secretariat of CCI—a Constitutional Requirement 06-09-2016
9. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Mushahidullah on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala Budgetary allocation and its utilization in respect of finance, privatization divisions, auditor general of Pakistan and central directorate of national savings 07-09-2016
10. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Proposed amendments in the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority Act, 1996. 07-09-2016
11. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Mushahidullah on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala Taxes levied in the electricity bills 07-09-2016
12. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Mushahidullah on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala To ensure representation of Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA in the Board of Functional Members and Governing Council of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. 07-09-2016
13. Climate Change Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed on behalf of Senator Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini The role of Pakistan Metrology Department 07-09-2016
14. Government Assurances Senator Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani Provision of facility of issuance of passports in Pakistan Embassy, Manila 07-09-2016
15. Government Assurances Senator Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani Furnishing the results of the inquiry conducted in the matter of issuance of passport to the Non-Pakistanis in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 07-09-2016
16. Government Assurances Senator Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani Completion of recruitment process for the vacant posts in the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan 07-09-2016
17. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Breach of privilege arising out of the alleged behavior of Mr. Arif Khan, the then M.D., Utility Stores Corporation and for not furnishing the information to the Senator pertaining to the Utility Stores. 08-09-2016
18. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Amendments in rules 143 and 196 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012 08-09-2016
19. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Report of the Committee on the Privilege against the Director, CDA, Parliament Lodges, due to non-compliance of written request of the mover for some repairing work in the mosque in those lodges 08-09-2016
20. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 08-09-2016
21. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The Contempt of Court (Amendment) Bill, 2016 08-09-2016
22. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Number of Judges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 08-09-2016
23. Petroleum and Natural Resources Senator Baz Muhammad Khan on behalf of Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri On the subject matter of the sale of Petroleum products by PSO to some selected consumers during the last days of August, 2012. 08-09-2016
24. Joint Committee of Defense and Foreign Affairs Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and Senator Nuzhat Sadiq Aftermath of the drone strike against Mullah Akhter Mansoor; impact on Pakistan-US security relations 08-09-2016
25. National Food Security and Research Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah Conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) into residential/commercial plots 09-09-2016
26. Cabinet Secretariat Senator Kalsoon Perveen on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood The number of commercial plots auctioned by the CDA during the last twenty years 09-09-2016
27. Cabinet Secretariat Senator Kalsoon Perveen on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood Regarding the New Balakot City project and amount spent by ERRA in AJK, Mansehra, Abbotabad, Batagram, Kohistan and other areas for rehabilitation and reconstruction in the wake of 2005 earthquake 09-09-2016
28. States and Frontier Regions Senator Sitara Ayaz on behalf of Senator Hilal-ur-Rehman To present special report of the Committee for the period from 20th May, 2015 to 27th July, 2016, containing key recommendations made by the Committee during the said period 09-09-2016
29. Cabinet Secretariat Senator Kalsoom Perveen on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood Public Petition No. 1040 submitted by daily wages Lecturers and Junior Lady Teachers serving under Federal Directorate of Education, Islamabad 09-09-2016

PERIODICAL REPORTS ON THE RESOLUTIONS PASSED BY THE HOUSE

Sr. No. Mover & Date The issue in brief Name of the Minister/Advisor Direction of the Chair Date
1. Senator Samina Abid
12th October, 2015
Special development package for Amb (Tanawal area situated in Districts Mansehra and Haripur) in order to remove its backwardness Minister Sheikh Aftab Ahmed for Parliamentary Affairs The matter was disposed off 06-09-2016
2. Senator Kalsoom Parveen
2nd November, 2015
Concession in Customs duties and taxes for the importers of the province of Balochistan Mr. Zahid Hamid Minister for Law & Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Minister The matter was disposed off 06-09-2016
3. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati
21st December, 2015
The Government should establish a regular full-fledged Secretariat of the CCI and ensure representation of all provinces in its staff Mr. Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination The matter was disposed off 08-09-2016

MINISTERIAL RESPONSE ON MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE REFERRED BY THE CHAIRMAN

Sr. No. Name of the Member(s) Subject Matter Response By Directions of the Chair Date
1. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamra @ Aajiz Extensive load shedding of electricity in Nusrat Colony, Hyderabad, due to the disconnection of twelve transformers at a time which resulted into death of four people. Mr. Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Water and Power Matter was referred to the concerned Committee 08-09-2016
2. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Irregularities and non-observance of quota in recent appointments in PTV. Mr. Pervaiz Rasheed, Minister of Information, Mass-media Broadcasting, and National Heritage The matter was disposed off 08-09-2016
3. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Demolishing of Katchi Abbadis around Sibbi Railway Station. Mr. Pervaiz Rasheed, Minister of Information, Mass-media Broadcasting, and National Heritage on behalf of Mr. Saad Rafique, Minister of Railways The matter was disposed off 08-09-2016

REPORT LAID

On 8th September, 2016 Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the report on 1st Biannual Monitoring on the Implementation of National Finance Commission (NFC) Award (July-December, 2015), as required under clause (3B) of Article 160 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973.

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice Name(s) of the Mover(s) Direction of the Chairman at the end of statement, if any Date
1. The delay in release of non-development funds to the newly established Islamabad Metro Politian Corporation, due to which the same is almost non-functional Senators Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh & Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed off 06-09-2016
2. Notifying of 2% increase in 80,000 registered drugs/medicines by the Drug Registration Board which will result into shortage and overpricing of life saving drugs in the Country Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed off 08-09-2016
3. Decline of sports in Pakistan which was reflected in recent Olympics wherein smallest Contingent of the History of Pakistan participated Senators Mushahid Hussain Syed and Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Disposed off 08-09-2016

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Concerned Ministry Ruling of the Chairman Date
1. Implication of the recent proposal of the Government to replace the existing Sui and Northern Gas Companies with four provincial gas distribution companies and one gas transmission company Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh - Held out of order under the rules 06-09-2016
2. Reported secret crackdown on Lal Masjid elements. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi - Held out of order under the rules 06-09-2016
3. Pakistan may face food shortage in near future Senator Taj Haider - Motion withdrawn 06-09-2016

RESOLUTIONS

On 5th September, 2016 The Senate of Pakistan strongly condemns the cruel and barbaric acts of terrorism in Quetta on 8th August, 2016 and expresses deep sorrow over the killing of more than 60 lawyers including the son of Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini and other innocent people in the gruesome incident.
The terrorists again perpetuated another cowardly attack on the District Courts and lawyers in Mardan.
The Senate of Pakistan expresses its deep sorrow and grief over the sad incidents and shows solidarity with the families of the victims and prays for the early recovery of the injured.
The House expresses heart felt grief with Senator Dr. Jahanzeb Jamaldini and his family on loss of his son in the incident.
The Senate of Pakistan stands side by side with the lawyers’ community, civil society, law enforcement agencies and journalists on this occasion of grief and loss sustained by them and shows solidarity and full support to defeat the terrorist elements in achieving their illicit objectives and calls upon the Federal Government 2 and the Governments of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as the law enforcement agencies to deal with such elements with iron hands.
The Senate of Pakistan resolves that such cruel/cowardly incidents of terrorism cannot shake the determination and commitment of this nation against the terrorism.
May Allah bestows His infinite mercy upon the departed souls and give courage to the families to bear such an irreparable loss.
The following members spoke on the matter:

1. Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo 17. Senator Rubina Irfan
2. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed 18. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel
3. Senator Sehar Kamran 19. Senator Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai Advocate
4. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood 20. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi
5. Senator Col. ( R ) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi 21. Senator Dr. Ashok Kumar
6. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati 22. Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum
7. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar 23. Senator Gianchand
8. Senator Taj Haider 24. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini
9. Senator Nauman Wazir 25. Senator Naseema Ehsan
10. Senator Shahi Syed 26. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi
11. Senator Siraj ul Haq 27. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah
12. Senator Mushahid Ullah 28. Senator Gul Bashra
13. Senator Agha Shehbaz 29. Senator Syed Muhammad Nehal Hashmi
14. Senator Kulsoom Parveen 30. Senator John Kenneth Williams
15. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan 31. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ AAjiz
16. Senator Farhat ullah Babar 32. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control

On 6th September, 2016 Senator, Raja Zafar ul Haq Leader of the House moved a resolution on his behalf and on behalf of Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Leader of the Opposition, Senator Taj Haider, Senator Col (R) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Senator Sirjul Haq, Senator Nauman Wazir Khatak, Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini and Senator Usman Khan Kakar with regard to the Defense Day i.e. the 6th September.
The resolution was passed unanimously by the House.
The following members spoke on the Resolution:

  • Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
  • Senator Lt. General (R) Sallahuddin Tirmizi

MOTIONS

On 6th September, 2016, Mr. Zahid Hamid Minister for Law and Justice moved under rule 204 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012 that this House authorizes the Chairman Senate of Pakistan to make nominations of the Members of Senate of Pakistan, in consultation with the Leader of the House and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate to the committee compromising upon twenty members to be appointed by the Speaker National Assembly, in terms of the motion adopted by the National Assembly on 17th August, 2016 to revisit the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 and recommended necessary amendments therein. The nominations shall be in proportion to representation of Parliamentary Parties in the Senate.
The Committee shall present its report within three months from the date of notification of the committee.

The Motion was adopted

On 9th September, 2016 Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Leader of the House moved under rule 172F of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, that this House authorizes the Chairman Senate of Pakistan to make nominations of Members Senate of Pakistan to the Public Accounts Committee, in consultation with the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. The Chairman shall also be authorized to make changes in the nominations, as and when required.

The Motion was carried

MOTION OF THANKS

Discussion on the following motion moved by Mr. Shaikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, on 6th September, 2016:

"This House expresses its deep gratitude to the President of Pakistan for his address
to both the Houses assembled together on 1st June, 2016".

Following members spoke on the motion:

  • Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
  • Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi
  • Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum
  • Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak
  • Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi
  • Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar
  • Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Sr. No Senator's Name Matters of Public Importance Chairman’s Remarks Date
1. Senator Taj Haider Senator Taj Haider provided in the House the reply of the Sindh Government submitted in the Supreme Court in the Land Reforms Case. - 09-09-2016

251st Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Commenced at = 03:33 pm
Adjourned at = 07:00 pm
Session summoned on = 05-08-2016
Session prorogued on = 05-08-2016
Number of working days = 01
Number of actual sittings = 01
Total attendance = 61
Presided by = Mian Raza Rabbani, Chairman Senate
Total hours of sittings = 03 hours 27 minutes

PANEL OF PRESIDING OFFICERS

  1. Senator Nuzhat Sadiq
  2. Senator Sitara Ayaz
  3. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi

  • Chair recognized the presence of the following dignitaries:
  1. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Speaker National Assembly
  2. Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari Former Chairman Senate
  3. Mr. Khalil-ur-Rehman Former Deputy Chairman Senate
  4. Mr. Sabir Ali Baloch Former Deputy Chairman Senate
  5. Mr. Jan Muhammad Jamali Former Deputy Chairman Senate
  6. Senator Mrs. Saeeda Iqbal Former Senator
  7. Senator Muhammad Enver Baig Former Senator
  8. Senator Mrs. Razina Alam Khan Former Senator
  9. Senator Afrasiab Khattak Former Senator
  10. Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shaikh Former Senator
  11. Senator Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Former Senator
  12. Senator Abdul Raziq Former Senator
  13. Senator Abdul Malik Qadri Former Senator
  14. Senator Dr. Abdul Hayee Former MNA

COMMEMORATION OF SENATE'S 44TH FOUNDATION DAY AND DISCUSSION
ON ROLE AND POWERS OF THE SEANTE OF PAKISTAN

The following Members spoken:

1. Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan
2. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, LOO
3. Senator Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Deputy Chairman
4. Senator Hasil Khan Bizenjo
5. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed
6. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood
7. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi
8. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar
9. Senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour
10. Senator Sirajul Haq
11. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini
12. Senator Syed Shibli Faraz
13. Senator Saeed Ghani
14. Senator Hidayat Ullah
15. Senator Sehar Kamran
16. Senator Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Abdul Qayyum
17. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi
18. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh
19. Senator Nehal Hashmi
20. Senator Saleem Zia
21. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi
22. Senator Taj Haider
23. Senator Sitara Ayaz
24. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik
25. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel
26. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi
27. Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi
28. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif
29. Senator Shahi Syed

  • During the speeches, Senator Aitaza Ahsan, Leader of the Opposition moved the following resolution, which was passed unanimously:-

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS the long and arduous struggle of the people of Pakistan for federalism and bicameral parliament was reflected in the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, and as a result, the Senate of Pakistan, on 6th August, 1973, came into existence as a House of the Federation, giving equal representation to the Federating Units;

WHEREAS the drafters of the Constitution, 1973, considered it the most important introduction in the Constitution to provide for a truly and genuinely federal form or federal Constitution in the country notwithstanding the huge disparity in the population of various provinces;

WHEREAS the Senate of Pakistan keeping in view the concept of unity through diversity; provides for the blossoming of different cultures within the Federation, so as to synthesize it into one Pakistani culture; thus playing an important role in promoting inter-provincial and federal-provincial harmony;

WHEREAS the Senate of Pakistan commemorates its 44th Foundation Day;

THEREFORE, the Senate of Pakistan, on this historic day and keeping in view the significance of evolving and safeguarding parliamentary traditions,-

REITERATES its commitment to play its Constitutional role of defending and safeguarding the rights and interests of the Federation, Federating Units and citizens of Pakistan;

PAYS TRIBUTE to,-

  • the unsung heroes of democracy; political workers and common people of Pakistan, who sacrificed their lives and liberty to uphold the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973;
  • our predecessors who worked hard to maintain the dignity and status of the Senate of Pakistan;

APPRECIATES the inclusion of Members of Senate in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC); a step forward in strengthening the democracy and participatory federalism, which had become the constitutional requirement after the Constitution (18th Amendment) Act, 2010;

RESOLVES to continue its struggle for,-

Enhancement of the role and powers of the Senate in order to make Pakistan a true federation as envisaged by the Constitution, 1973;

Protection and representation of interests and rights of the,-

  • Federating units and the people of Pakistan;
  • Marginalized Segments of Society; and
  • Ethnic minorities

Transmitting fruits of democracy to the people of Pakistan;

Undertaking legislation that translates policies for the welfare and betterment of the Federation, the Federating Units and its citizenry.

Ensuring that devolution of subjects and powers takes place within the constitutional parameters; and

Safeguarding the interest of the federation in view of the emerging regional realities.


250th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 18-07-2016
Session prorogued on = 29-07-2016
Number of working days = 12
Number of actual sittings = 10
Number of private Members’ days = 02
Maximum attendance = 75
Minimum attendance = 53
Average attendance = 64%
Total hours of sittings = 35 hours 41 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 04 hours 59 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 02 hours 26 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 03 hours 34 minutes
STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 341
Admitted : 255
Disallowed : 16
Replied : 161

UN-STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 06
Admitted : 06
Replied : 01

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill / Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (Amendment) Bill, 2016 19-07-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
2. The Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 21-07-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
3. The Credit Bureaus (Amendment) Bill, 2016 21-07-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
4. The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2016 21-07-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
5. The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2016 21-07-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
6. The prevention of Electronic Crime Bill, 2016 29-07-2016 Government Bill National Assembly

GOVERNMENT BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The State Life Insurance Corporation(Re-organization and Conversion) Bill, 2016 19-07-2016 National Assembly
2. The Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2016 19-07-2016 National Assembly

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFFERED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-07-2016 Senate
2. The Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-smokers Health (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-07-2016 Senate
3. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (Substitution of Article 28) 25-07-2016 Senate
4. The Premarital Blood Screening (Family Laws Amendment) Bill, 2016 25-07-2016 Senate

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND DEFFERED

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Deferred on Bill originated in
1. The Protection of Economic Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-07-2016 Senate
2. The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-07-2016 Senate
3. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-07-2016 Senate

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILL REJECT IN THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Rejected on Bill originated in
1. The National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2015 18-07-2016 Senate

SENATE BUSINESS

Sr. No. Title of the Draft Decision of the house Date
1. Draft Code of Conduct for Members of the Senate of Pakistan Laid Laid 19-07-2016

  • On 26-07-2016, following Members participated in the discussion on the existing situation, laws and policies relating to marginalized segments of society; vulnerable children, women, handicapped, transgender and minorities:
  • Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed
  • Senator Sassui Palejo
  • Senator Brig. (R) John Kenneth Williams
  • Senator Mian Muhammad Atiq Shaikh
  • Senator Gianchand
  • Senator Col. (R) Tahir Hussain Mashahdi
  • Senator Nasreen Jalil
  • Senator Rubina Irfan
  • Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shhai
  • Senator Saeed ul Hassan Mandokhail
  • Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja
  • Senator Samina Abid
  • Senator Sehar Kamran
  • Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati
  • Senator Usman Khan Kaker
  • Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini
  • Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayum
  • Senator Nehal Hashmi
  • Senator Hafiz Hmadullah
  • Senator Hamza

The House approved the formation of Special Committee and TOR’S stated by the Chairman Senate. The Special Committee will present report after every two months in the House and the House will overview the progress of the Special Committee.

AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE RULES (Under Rule 278)

Sr. No. Mover Amendments Status Date
1. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan The proposed amendments in rules 56, 198 and 209 in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012 Referred to the concerned Committee 18-07-2016
2. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati The proposed amendments in rules 143 and 196 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012 Referred to the concerned Committee 18-07-2016
3. Senator Raja Zafar ul Haq (Leader of the House) Insertion of rule 172F in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, pertaining to membership of Senators in the Public Accounts Committee, consisting of 6 Members; one from each province, one from FATA and Islamabad Capital Territory Adopted and passed 28-07-2016

REPORTS OF THE STANDING/SPECIAL/FUNCTIONAL COMMITTEES, PRESENTATION OF

Sr. No. Name of the Standing Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Date
1. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-07-2016
2. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Credit Bureaus(Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-07-2016
3. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-07-2016
4. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala Salaries and Allowances of the Election Commission of Pakistan 18-07-2016
5. Water and Power Senator Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasa Replacement of old transmission lines in Talash Feeder (PESCO). 18-07-2016
6. States and Frontier Regions Senator Taj Afridi on behalf of Senator Hilal-Ur-Rehman Recent transfer of Political Agents in various Agencies of FATA 18-07-2016
7. Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Senator Professor Sajid Mir Budgetary allocations and its utilization by the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan for the financial year 2015-16 19-07-2016
8. Communications Senator Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai Special report of the Committee for the period from June, 2015 till date 19-07-2016
9. Interior and Narcotics Control Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2016 20-07-2016
10. Interior and Narcotics Control Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan on behalf of Senator Abdul Rehman Malik The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 20-07-2016
11. Commerce Senator Syed Shibli Faraz The budgetary allocation and its utilization by the Ministry of Commerce and its allied / attached Departments. 21-07-2016
12. Commerce Senator Syed Shibli Faraz The special report of the Committee for the period from May, 2015 to May, 2016. 21-07-2016
13. National Food Security and Research Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah The proposed “conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) into residential/commercial plots” 21-07-2016
14. Information Technology and Telecommunications Senator Shahi Syed The Bill to make provisions for prevention of electronic crimes [The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2016]. 27-07-2016
15. Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi The special report of the Committee for the period from February to June, 2016. 27-07-2016
16. Defence Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed Current Pakistan-Afghanistan border situation 28-07-2016
17. Cabinet Secretariat Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood the flaws in the design of runways of new Islamabad Airport 29-07-2016
18. Cabinet Secretariat Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood Mismanagement in the affairs of Polyclinic and PIMS. 29-07-2016
19. Cabinet Secretariat Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood miserable condition of the animals and specially the elephant in the Marghazar / Margalla Zoo, Islamabad 29-07-2016
20. Human Rights Senator Nasreen Jalil non-settlement of longstanding issue of peasants of Okara Farms 29-07-2016
21. Human Rights Senator Nasreen Jalil the incidents of burning alive of the women folk in the country and to suggest mechanism for curbing this menace by providing provision in the Chapter “Offences against Women” in the Pakistan Penal Code 29-07-2016

REPORT LAID

  • On 20-07-2016, Minister Zahid Hamid on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the Third Quarterly Report for the year 2015-2016 of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan on the state of the Economy, as required under section 9A(f) of the State Bank of Pakistan Act, 1956. Report stands laid.

MOTION UNDER RULE [157 (2)]

On 29-07-2016, Minister-In-Charge Cabinet Secretariat, to move that the Senate may discuss the Annual Report of the National Economic Council for the Financial Year 2013-2014, laid on the Table of the House on 23rd December, 2015.

The Motion was talked out.

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice Name(s) of the Mover(s) Direction of the Chairman at the end of statement, if any Date
1. The jobs security of teachers and employees of Colony Boards and T & T Colony Harripur, which stood dissolved w.e.f. 30th June, 2016 Senator Samina Abid Disposed off 19-07-2016
2. The obsolete flood warning radars in Pakistan and non-implementation of Early Warning System Project Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Disposed off 19-07-2016
3. The non-functioning of Colleges of Medical Lab Technology due to lack of teachers, equipment’s and basic facilities. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Issue was referred to standing committee on health 20-07-2016
4. The quotas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in total power generated in the country and actual supply of electricity Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak Dropped due to absence of the Mover 20-07-2016
5. The recent data issued by Labor Force Survey (LFS) 2014-15 according to which 3.7 million minors / children between the ages of 10 to 17 years are involved in child labor. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Disposed off 21-07-2016
6. The disparity between the quotas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in total power generated in the country and actual supply of electricity Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak Deferred on request of the Mover 21-07-2016
7. The continuous delay in 8th NFC Award. Senator Sassui Palijo Disposed off 22-07-2016
8. Senators Hafiz Hamdullah, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh The acute shortage of water in various Sectors of Islamabad. Disposed off 22-07-2016
9. Senators Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz The repeated statements of the Chairman WAPDA in the print/electronic media regarding construction of Kala Bagh Dam. Deferred 26-07-2016
10. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed the stranding of twenty two Pakistani citizens in Yemen due to the conflict in that country Disposed off 27-07-2016
11. Senators Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh, Mohammad Azam Khan Swati And Sheher Bano Sherry Rehman, the mismanagement involved in treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in public sector hospitals as well as in TB Centers working under national TB control program and the shortage of anti-TB medicines in the country Disposed off 28-07-2016
12. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi The increasing threats of natural disasters in the country and the policy of the Government to save lives and properties of the people of Pakistan from such natural calamities. Disposed off 28-07-2016
13. Senator Sassui Palijo The decision of Higher Education Commission (HEC) to make it obligatory for students to appear in NTS test for taking admission in Master degrees. Disposed off 29-07-2016

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Concerned Ministry Ruling of the Chairman Date
1. The need to boost up efforts to convince the Member States of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to get Membership for Pakistan Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh - The Member withdrew the motion, as Chairman informed the Member that the issue would be discussed in Committee of the Whole 19-07-2016
2. Pakistan may face food shortage in near future Senator Taj Haider - The Member withdrew the motion. Chairman directed the Mover to bring matter through Motion under Rule 218. 19-07-2016
3. The recent wave of aggression by the Indian Forces in occupied Kashmir which resulted into killing and injuries of innocent Kashmiris Senators Sassui Palijo, Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Sirajul Haq, Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chaudhary Tanvir Khan and Shehar Bano Sherry Rehman Foreign Affairs The Motion was held in order and admitted for 2 hour discussion. It was fixed for discussion on 21th July, 2016, as last Item 19-07-2016
4. The need to take trust building measures to address the water issues between India and Pakistan Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh - The Mover withdrew the motion. 20-07-2016
5. The disconnection of gas to Pakistan Steel Mills and nonpayment of salaries and gratuity to its employees Senator Sirajul Haq - Dropped due to absence of Mover 20-07-2016
6. The salient features of agreement between Pakistan and China. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini - Deferred on request of Mover 20-07-2016
7. The pressure by the United States Government on the Government of Pakistan to shut down some parts of its atomic program. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh - The Mover withdrew the Motion. 21-07-2016
8. The killing of the alleged master mind of APS Peshawar attacks in Afghanistan as a result of a drone attack which has signaled the world that there are safe heavens for the terrorists on either side of Pak Afghan border. Senator Shehar Bano Sherry Rehman - Dropped due to absence of the Mover. 21-07-2016
9. The recent terrorists’ attack in Saudia Arabia particularly in Makkah and Madina which amounts to an attack on Muslim Ummah Senator Atta Ur Rehman - Dropped due to absence of the Mover. 21-07-2016
10. The loss of 112 Billion US Dollars sustained by Pakistan during the war on terror which was imposed by America upon Pakistan. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh - The issue has been debated at various occasions, therefore, it doesn’t fall within the ambit of rule 87 and thus held out of order 22-07-2016
11. The public statement made by Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) that the military coup in Pakistan will be welcomed by the people of Pakistan. Senator Nehal Hashmi - Motion was held out of order as Constitution guarantees freedom of speech 22-07-2016
12. The salient points of agreement between Pakistan and China. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini - The Motion was held in order and admitted for 2 hour discussion. It was fixed for discussion on 27th July, 2016, as last Item. 26-07-2016
13. The decision of FATA Secretariat to close down 497 schools of FATA under the rationalization plan. Senators Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Muhammad Saleh Shah and Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi - The Motion was held in order and admitted for 2 hour discussion. Time and date for discussion will be fixed later. 27-07-2016
14. The news item published in daily "The News" dated 25th July, 2016, that over 1837 persons lost their lives in target killings or sectarian violence in Balochistan and nearly 1000 bullet ridden corpses have been recovered. Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja - Held out of order 28-07-2016

DISCUSSION ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Wind up by (Minister/Advisor) Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. The recent wave of aggression by the Indian Forces in occupied Kashmir which resulted into killings and injuries of innocent Kashmiris Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Foreign Affairs - 21-07-2016
2. The salient points of agreement between Pakistan and China. Mr. Shaikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs - 27-07-2016
3 The decision of FATA Secretariat to close down 497 schools of FATA under the rationalization plan Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadir, Minister for States & Frontier Regions - 28-07-2016

RULINGS/DIRECTIONS OF THE CHAIR

  • On 21-07-2016, the chair informed house that it has been decided that during the passage of a Bill the Minister and Chairman Committee concerned will brief the House about the content of Bill.
  • On 21-07-2016, The Chair directed to the Senator Shehr Bano Sherry Rehman and Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed that bring a resolution regarding the killing of children’s, use of massive weapons and non-implementation of UN resolutions in occupied Kashmir.
  • On 25-07-2016, detail ruling of the Chair was announced on the issue of "Inordinate delay in laying of Ordinance".

STATEMENT BY THE ADVISOR TO PRIME MINISTER ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • On 19-07-2016, In compliance of direction of the Chairman Senate, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor for Foreign Affairs, briefed the House regarding the remarks given by Congress Committee of United States against Pakistan.

BRIFING BY THE MINISTER OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

  • On 28-07-2016, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, briefed the House regarding the question of agreement between China and Pakistan on CPEC. The Minister also provided copy of MoU to Chairman Senate for inspection of Senators.

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 263

  • On 20-07-2016, 21-07-2016, 22-07-2016, motion under Rule 263 was moved to suspend rules 25,26,29,30, 133 in order to pass following resolutions:-


RESOLUTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of Resolution Name of the Mover Direction by the chair Date
1. Turkey coup attempt and nation’s response. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Motion was carried and resolution passed. 20-07-2016
2. Condemnation against recent terrorist attack in Madinah. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Motion was carried and resolution was passed. 21-07-2016
3. Approaching the UN and other international organizations to play their role in resolving of Kashmir Issue. Senator Raja Zafar ul Haq (Leader of House) The Motion was carried and resolution was adopted. 22-07-2016

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ RESOLUTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Resolution Name(s) of the Mover(s) Adopted/Rejected unanimously or with majority Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. A 250 KM highway be constructed along the coast from Sir Creek to Karachi to serve as a wall against sea intrusion. Senator Sassui Palijo - Deferred on the request of the Mover 18-07-2016
2. Necessary legislation to regulate the Mental Health Act on priority basis Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja - Deferred on the request of the Mover. 18-07-2016
3. A model jail / rehabilitation center of international standard for prisoners in Islamabad Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan - Dropped because of the absence of the Mover 18-07-2016
4. Effective steps to promote religious harmony, unity and brotherhood in the country Senator Col. I Syed Tahir Hussain Mashadi - Passed 18-07-2016
5. The increasing number of child beggars in Islamabad and to make arrangements for their proper education. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan - Dropped because of the absence of the Mover 18-07-2016
6. The increasing number of child beggars in Islamabad and to make arrangements for their proper education Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Passed unanimously - 25-07-2016
7. Provision of quality services to patients in all Federal Government hospitals. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Passed unanimously - 25-07-2016
8. A policy to get rid of foreign loans Senator Siraj-ul-Haq - Deferred on request of the Member 25-7-2016
9. National Safety Plan and National Transport Policy for National Highways and Motorways in the country to protect and facilitate commuters, improve traffic discipline and introduce compulsory short courses for motorists Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Passed unanimously - 25-07-2016
10. Provision of benefits of the Local Government System to masses in ICT in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. Senator Siraj-ul-Haq - Deferred on request of the Member 25-07-2016

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218

Sr. No. Subject Matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Wind up by Minister / Advisor Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. The steps being taken by the Government for Poverty alleviation in the country Senator Col. (R)a Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice Motion was talked out. 18-07-2016
2. The failure of concerned officials in providing proper assistance and services to common Hajis in Saudi Arabia Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood Motion was dropped because of the absence of Mover 18-07-2016
3. The matters relating to Universal Service Funds (USF) Senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel and Gul Bashra Anusha Rehman, Minister of State of Information Technology and Telecommunication Motion was talked out 18-07-2016
4. The overall performance of Benazir Income Support Programme Senator Col. I Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi The Minister has already answered the matter, so the Motion was withdrawn by the Mover. 18-07-2016
5. The issues being faced by the business Community regarding their refund claims in FBR Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law and Justice Motion was talked out. 18-07-2016
6. The present position of development work of Bakrial city meant for 2005 earthquake affectees of Balako. Senator Lt. Gen. I Salahuddin Tirmizi Deferred as the matter is already pending before Standing Committee. 25-07-2016
7. Non-vacation of government quarters by the Estate Office Islamabad from the unauthorized occupants Senator Col. I Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Talked out 25-07-2016
8. The situation arising out of constantly lowering water table in the country and the steps to control the same. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Deferred 25-06-2016
9. The need for provision of adequate salary, fringe benefits and other facilities to the Islamabad Police personnel Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior Talked out 25-06-2016

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Sr. No Senator's Name Matters of Public Importance Chairman’s Remarks Date
1. Senator Col. I Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Regarding the electricity load shedding problem in Pakistan. - 18-07-2016
2. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Regarding the baggers issue on the roads and signals. - 18-07-2016
3. Senator Aitazaz Ahsan Regarding the Honor killing of Model Qandeel Balouch and women rights. - 19-07-2016
4. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Regarding the banners on the invitation to General Rahil Sharif. Regarding the teaching against Islam by the Head of Department of Islamabad Model College for Boys. - 19-07-2016
5. Senator Kamran Sehar Regarding the killing of innocent Kashmiris. - 19-07-2016
6. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kaker Regarding the Military Coup in Turkey - 19-07-2016
7. Senator Farhatullah Babar Regarding the posters of invitation to the General Rahil Sharif. - 19-07-2016
8. Senator Col. (R)Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Regarding the fake cases against the political workers of MQM. - 19-07-2016
9. Senator Nehal Hashmi Regarding the Kashmir issue and observance of Black day. Measures taken by the Government for flood. - 19-07-2016
10. Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja Regarding the Military Coup in Turkey - 19-07-2016
11. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Regarding the deprived condition of women in Pakistan. Regarding the poor condition of Road from Hassan Abdaal to District Mansehra. - 19-07-2016
12. Senator Shahi Syed Regarding the non implementation of National Action Plan. - 19-07-2016
13. Senator Siraj ul Haq Regarding the Military Coup in Turkey. Regarding the Killing of Political workers of Jamait Islami in Bangladesh. - 19-07-2016
14. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed Regarding the Military Coup in Turkey. Regarding the Historical victory of Pakistan Cricket Team in Lords, England Regarding the victory of Boxer Muhammad Waseem Khan in South Korean Boxing. - 19-07-2016
15. Senator Farhatullah Babar The unjust response by law enforcement agencies against peasants of Okara farms during protest. - 20-07-2016
16. Senator Khushbakht Shujaat Rise in kidnapping of children in country, particularly in Lahore - 20-07-2016
17. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Ineffective precautionary measures, particularly absence of sufficient CCTV cameras, taken by Ministry for Interior to control crimes - 20-07-2016
18. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari Constitutional vacuum created by neither abolition nor protection of quota system Chairman directed the Senator to raise issue in presence of Minister of Law 20-07-2016
19. Senator Sitara Ayaz i)Educational reforms should not be limited to religious institutions rather expanded to private and government schools and colleges ii)The need to spread education in remote areas of Pakistan iii)Mistreatment of women The Chairman drew attention of Leader of the House towards the ill treatment of siblings by policemen and urged to make an example out of them 20-07-2016
20. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah i)Attempt of terrorist attack on Majid-e-Nabwi ii) Recovery of son of Chief Justice of SHC. Iii) Urged similar speedy actions for poor iv) Insufficient implementation of Law to control Honor killing - 20-07-2016
21. Senator Col ® Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Regarding the use of forces by the Federal Government against the provinces. - 20-07-2016
22. Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja The Bill regarding PMDC will be taken up in the joint session, as reported in the newspapers. Matter pertains to CCI and the Senate has been deprived intentionally by the Government The Chairman would examine the issue 22-07-2016
23. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah Unscheduled and unjust electricity load shedding in Sindh and the consequent public protests. - 22-07-2016
24. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh The loss of job of 158 employees due to ending project of “Save Drinking Water” Issue has already been referred to Standing Committee 22-07-2016
25. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed i) Regarding the need to create a website enlisting the details of gifts arriving in treasury shop at Parliament ii) Pakistan’s financial loss in War on Terror must be shared by allies. Secretariat was directed to update Senate’s website in reference to the gifts received by the Senators 22-07-2016
26. Senator Nehal Hashmi i) Regarding heaps of garbage and litter in Sindh and inadequate response by the provincial government. Ii)Regarding widening rift between rangers and Sindh government - 22-07-2016
27. Senator Samina Abid Regarding rise in gastric diseases and inadequate precautionary measures taken by the concerned ministry The Honorable Senator was asked to bring up the matter using the tool of Calling Attention Notice. 22-07-2016
28. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar i)Regarding the in-transparency in Ghazi-Barotha Hydropower Project Jobs ii)Problems being faced by Pakistani community in renewal of visa in Qatar The Chairman asked the Honorable Senator to use adequate instrument so that issue must be brought in the notice of concerned Ministers 22-07-2016
29. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Regarding the condition of juvenile system in the country - 22-07-2016
30. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Regarding the decrease of water level in Guddu Barrage, which is one of main sources for supplying water to Balochistan. - 22-07-2016
31. Senator Hafiz Hamdullah i)Regarding the 20 hour long loadshedding in Balochistan and unjust bills of the same. Ii)Regarding the breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty and loss of thousands of innocent lives as a result of drone attacks iii)Condemnation of reservations by American Ambassador against PTI funding to Madrassa Haqqania and John McCain’S views on Army Chief’s extension, as this is interference in Pakistan’s internal affair - 22-07-2016
32. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Excessive load shedding in agricultural areas of Balochistan - 22-07-2016
33. Senator Taj Haider Regarding withholding income tax, affecting the poor. - 22-07-2016
34. Senator Usman Khan Kakar Regarding the parliamentary will, particularly the Senate’s recommendations being ignored by both the government and bureaucracy - 25-07-2016
35. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah Regarding the 8 day long load-shedding in Nusrat Colony in Hyderabad and consequent deaths of 2 citizens Referred to concerned Ministries 25-07-2016
36. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Regarding high charges being charged by patients in PIMS - 25-07-2016
37. Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini Regarding the irregularities in induction process in PTV, ignoring quota system Referred to concerned Ministry 25-07-2016
38. Senator Nighat Mirza The possible execution of Pakistani national Zulfiqar Ali as Indonesia has rejected appeals from the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) to halt the execution. The Chairman asked Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar to take up the matter with Prime Minister. 28-07-2016
39. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan The delay in compensation promised by Air Blue Airline to families of deceased who passed away in crash of airplane of said airline, six years back. The Chairman would follow up the matter to ensure speedy action 28-07-2016
40. Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi To destroy the Kachi Abbadi’s in Railway Colony by Railway Authority in district Sibbi. The Chair Directed to the Secretariat to write to the Railway Authorities. 28-07-2016

249th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 02-06-2016
Session prorogued on = 17-06-2016
Number of working days = 12
Number of actual sittings = 12
Maximum attendance = 76%
Minimum attendance = 59%
Average attendance = 66%
Total hours of sittings = 34 hours 46 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 05 hours 28 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 50 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 03 hours 02 minutes
STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 626
Admitted : 479
Disallowed : 22
Replied : 27
Admitted but lapsed : 452

UN-STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 02
Admitted : 02
Replied : 02

LAYING A COPY OF THE FINANCE BILL, 2016

On 03-06-2016, SENATOR MOHAMMAD ISHAQ DAR, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, to lay before the Senate a copy of the Finance Bill, 2016, containing the Annual Budget Statement, under Article 73 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


Stands Laid

MOTION FOR MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON THE
FINANCE BILL, 2016 CONTAINING THE ANNUAL BUDGET STATEMENT

On 03-06-2016,SENATOR MOHAMMAD ISHAQ DAR, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, moved that the Senate may make recommendations, if any, to the National Assembly on the Finance Bill, 2016, under Article 73 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Following Members spoke on the Motion:


i) Senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour xliv) Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar xlv) Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum
ii) Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed xlvi) Senator Saeed Ghani xlvii) Senator Osman Saifullah Khan
iii) Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan xlviii) Senator Muhammad Zafarullah Khan Dhandla xlix) Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel
iv) Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak l) Senator Shahi Syed li) Senator Abdul Rehman Malik
v) Senator Aurangzeb Khan lii) Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Khan Jamaldini liii) Senator Hidayatullah
vi) Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi liv) Senator Sirajul Haq lv) Senator Hari Ram
vii) Senator Azam Khan Swati lvi) Senator Sheher Bano Sherry Rehman lvii) Senator Gul Bashra
viii) Senator Taj Haider lviii) Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq lix) Senator Nuzhat Sadiq
ix) Senator Ahmed Hassan lx) Senator Farhatullah Babar lxi) Senator Kalsoom Perveen
x) Senator Saud Majeed lxii) Senator Shibli Faraz lxiii) Senator Nuzhat Sadiq
xi) Senator Lt. General (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi lxiv) Senator Talha Mehmood lxv) Senator Karim Khawaja
xii) Senator Saleem Zia lxvi) Senator Aitezaz Ahsan, Leader of the Opposition lxvii) Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Leader of the House
xiii) Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah lxviii) Senator Sitara Ayaz lxix) Senator Taj Muhammad Afridi
xiv) Senator Hamza lxx) Senator Khalida Parveen lxxi) Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi
xv) Senator Khanzada Khan lxxii) Senator Dr. Ashok Kumar lxxiii) Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi
xvi) Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh lxxiv) Senator Muhammad Saleh Shah lxxv) Senator Rubina Khalid
xvii) Senator Col (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi lxxvi) Senator Advocate Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai lxxvii) Senator Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan
xviii) Senator Gianchand lxxviii) Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhel lxxix) Senator Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar
xix) Senator Sehar Kamran lxxx) Senator Khushbakht Shujat lxxxi) Senator Mohsin Aziz
xx) Senator Kamil Ali Agha lxxxii) Senator Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi lxxxiii) Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari
xxi) Senator Najma Hameed lxxxiv) Senator Rahila Magsi lxxxv) Senators Mushahid Ullah Khan
xxii) Senator Saleem Mandviwala

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill / Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Constitution (Twenty-second Amendment) Bill, 2016 02-06-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
2. The Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2016 16-06-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
3. The Corporate Restructuring Companies Bill, 2016 16-06-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
4. The Financial Institutions (Secured Transactions) Bill, 2016 16-06-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
5. The Deposit Protection Corporation Bill, 2016 17-06-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
6. The National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill, 2016 17-06-2016 Government Bill National Assembly

GOVERNMENT BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The Credit Bureaus (Amendment) Bill, 2016 02-06-2016 National Assembly
2. The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2016 02-06-2016 National Assembly

ORDINANCES LAID

Sr. No. Business Direction of the Chair Date
1. National Command Authority (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 (Ordinance No. I of 2016) The ordinance was being laid after 92 days of its promulgation, which violated the rule 145 (1). Secretariat was directed to formulate a question in this regard and issue notices to Minister for Law and Justice, Minister for Defence, Leader of the Opposition, Senators Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Javed Abbasi, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Zaheer ud-din Babar Awan and Attorney General of Pakistan to assist the Chair in this regard 15-06-2016

REPORTS OF THE STANDING/SPECIAL/FUNCTIONAL/JOINT COMMITTEES PRESENTATION OF:

Sr. No. Name of the Standing Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Date
1. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala On demand No. 18 (out of the 24 Demands) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government. 02-06-2016
2. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala The budgetary allocation and its utilization in respect of Statistics Division, Economic Affairs Division, Federal Board of Revenue, Custom and Inland Revenue, Revenue Division, Controller General of Pakistan, Accountant General of Pakistan Revenues, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and Pakistan Mint 02-06-2016
3. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala The matter related to privatization of Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC). 02-06-2016
4. Railways Senator Taj Haider on behalf of Senator Sardar Fateh Muhammad Hassan Report of the Committee on demand No. 24 (out of the 24 Demands) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government 06-06-2016
5. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Mohsin Aziz on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2016 07-06-2016
6. Information Technology and Telecommunications Senator Shahi Syed The special report of the Committee for the period from 13th May, 2015 to 6th April, 2016 07-06-2016
7. Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Senator Lt. Gen (R) Abdul Qayum on the behalf of Senator Baz Muhammad Khan The special report of the Committee on the problems being faced by Overseas Pakistanis 08-06-2016
8. Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Kamil Ali Agha The report of the Committee on budgetary allocations and its utilization by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage for the current financial year 2015-16 (up to 31st March, 2016). 09-06-2016
9. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala The establishment and regulation of corporate restructuring companies [The Corporate Restructuring Companies Bill, 2016]. 10-06-2016
10. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala The creation of security interests over movable property and to establish a secured transactions registry [The Financial Institutions (Secured Transactions) Bill, 2016]. 10-06-2016
11. Special Committee on China-Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) Senator Taj Haider 2nd Interim Report of the Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) 13-06-2016
12. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala Interim Report of the Committee on a matter of Members of Election Commission of Pakistan have been paid salaries for last five years without an Act of Parliament 13-06-2016
13. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala The report of the Committee on the Bill to provide for the establishment of Deposit Protection Corporation, as a subsidiary of the State Bank of Pakistan and for the management and control thereof [The Deposit Protection Corporation Bill, 2016]. 14-06-2016
14. Water and Power Senator Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (Amendment) Bill, 2016 15-06-2016
15. Planning, Development and Reforms Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Sea intrusion causing land erosion in coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan. 16-06-2016
16. Defence and Foreign Affairs Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed and Senator Nuzhat Sadiq Defence and Foreign Affairs in compliance with the Ruling of the Honourable Chairman Senate dated 12th May, 2016 16-06-2016
17. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Failure of the Secretary, Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Islamabad in submitting reply to the Senate regarding the funds allocated for food processing industry in the Country during the last two years. 16-06-2016
18. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini Non-presence of officers in BPS-20 and above of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination in the official gallery of the Senate during the sitting held on 19th May, 2016 16-06-2016
19. National Food Security and Research Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah Proposed “conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) into residential/ commercial plots”, as directed by the Chairman Senate, in the Senate sitting held on 11th November, 2015. 16-06-2016
20. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala Proposals for making recommendations on the Finance Bill, 2016, containing the Annual Budget Statement 16-06-2016
21. Water and Power Senator Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar The National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill, 2016 17-06-2016

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice Name(s) of the Mover(s) Direction of the Chairman at the end of statement, if any Date
1. The World Higher Education ranking issued by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British Ranking Agency, which ranked Pakistan’s Higher Education system at No. 50 Senators Saleem Mandviwala, Mohsin Aziz, Kamil Ali Agha, Islamuddin Shaikh And Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari Disposed off 02-06-2016
2. The sale of sub-standard products at Utility Stores throughout the country as well as their higher prices Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Disposed off 02-06-2016
3. The import of whey powder and meat due to which the local industry is being badly affected Senator Saleem Mandviwala Deferred on written request of the Minister 06-06-2016
4. The decision of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) about 8% increase in the prices of medicines. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Disposed off 07-06-2016
5. The unscheduled load shedding of electricity in those cities / areas wherein the Climate change department has predicted intensive heat wave Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Disposed off 08-06-2016
6. The delay in finalization and implementation of much needed FATA reforms. Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum Disposed off 08-06-2016
7. The non implementation of notification issued by the Government regarding 46% increase in the pension of EOBI pensioners w.e.f. April, 2015 Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Disposed off 09-06-2016
8. The delay in finalization and implementation of much needed electoral reforms. Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum Disposed off 09-06-2016
9. The construction of an LNG Terminal in obstruction of Bundel Island causing threats to security and safety of the Island as well as the defense infrastructure in the area. Senators Sheher Bano Sherry Rehman, Karim Ahmed Khawaja And Taj Haider referred to Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change 10-06-2016
10. The import of whey powder and meat due to which the local farmers are being badly affected as more than eight million families are associated with livestock, majority of which are small holders and landless. Senator Saleem Mandviwala Deferred on written request of the Mover 10-06-2016
11. The decrease in the exports of textile and clothing by 3.5% during the first ten months of current Fiscal Year Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Deferred on the request of Minister for Commerce. 13-06-2016
12. The delay in reorganization and fresh raising of civil armed forces to enhance their capacity in order to meet border management challenges and security threats both during war and peace Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum Disposed off 13-06-2016
13. Lack of transport facility and other basic facilities, electricity and clean drinking water in most of the Government schools under the administrative control of the CADD. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Disposed off 14-06-2016
14. Delay in long awaited population census which is a Constitutional requirement Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum Disposed off 14-06-2016
15. The decrease in the exports of textile and clothing by 3.5% during the first ten months of the current Fiscal Year Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Disposed off 15-06-2016
16. The reduction in supply of drinking water by the Military Engineering Service (MES) Department, Rawalpindi, to the residents of the area from Morgah More to Noor Mehal Hotel, Jhelum Road, Rawalpindi. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Disposed off 15-06-2016
17. The import of whey powder and meat due to which the local farmers are being badly affected as more than eight million families are associated with livestock, majority of which are small holders and landless. Senator Saleem Mandviwala Disposed off 16-06-2016
18. Regulations and Coordination towards the bad effect on the efficacy of drugs due to non-maintenance of temperature by the Pharmaceutical Companies during transportation of drugs. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Disposed off 16-06-2016
19. Blockage of almost 400,000 web links by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on account of containing porn material whereas most of them do not contain such material. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Deferred 17-06-2016
20 the jobs security of teachers and employees of Colony Boards and T & T Colony Harripur, which are going to be dissolved w.e.f. 30th June, 2016 and will be handed over to National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) and PTCL, respectively Senator Samina Abid Deferred 17-06-2016

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Concerned Ministry Ruling of the Chairman Date
1. The discrepancies involved in the distribution mechanism of DISCOs, especially lack of up gradation in transmission lines and feeders that cannot bear the additional load Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Water and Power The Member has other Parliamentary tools, such as Motion 218 to discuss that kind of issues. The Adjournment Motion was held out of Order 02-06-2016
2. The environmental impact of the proposed construction of cricket stadium at Shakarparian, Islamabad Senator Syed Shibli Faraz Capital Development and Administration The Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change already has taken up the issue. Adjournment Motion was held out of order. 02-06-2016
3. The situation arising out of the drone strike on 22nd May, 2016, in Balochistan reportedly resulting into killing of Mulla Akhtar Mansoor. Senators Farhatullah Babar, Sheher Bano Sherry Rehman, Gianchand, Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail, Nehal Hashmi, Sirajul Haq, Mohammad Azam Khan Swati and Muhammad Javed Abbasi Foreign Affairs The Motion was admitted for 2 hours discussion as last item agenda for today i-e 2 nd June, 2016 02-06-2016
4. The report of the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) about more than thirteen hundred deaths of infants and children in Thar during the last thirty months Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaik The Member had other appropriate parliamentary tool under rule 218. The matter pertains to Provincial Government, therefore, held out of order. 06-06-2016
5. The six days long protest of nurses of Nishtar Hospital, Multan to which the Government did not pay any heed Senator Sirajul Haq Deferred on request of the Mover 06-02-1016
6. The recent test of intercept Missile by India contributing to an unhealthy arms race in the region. Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Foreign Affairs The Advisor to Prime Minister made the statement on the issue on 19th May, 2016. However, the House did not discuss the matter. Motion was, therefore, held in order and fixed for discussion on 7th June, 2016. 06-06-2016
7. The report of the NEPRA presented in the CCI revealing that the Government had collected Rs. 65 billion from electricity consumers on account of various surcharges in the year 2015. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh _ The Mover did not specify the urgency and reasons for which the House should be adjourned to discuss the issue; therefore, the Motion is hit by Rule 87 and held out of order 07-06-2016
8. The six days long protest by nurses of Nishtar Hospital, Multan to which the Government did not pay any heed Senator Sirajul Haq - Dropped due to absence of Mover 07-06-2016
9. The problems the people of Pakistan might face in consequence of the decision taken by the Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control regarding re-verification of the CNICs of all the citizens of the country Senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, Gul Bashra and Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Interior and Narcotics Control Motion was held in order, due to its importance as a national issue. It was fixed for discussion on 9th June, 2016, as last Item. 07-06-2016
10. The collection of money by the Government from the electricity consumers on account of unjustified surcharges e.g. Excise Duty, PTV fees, GST, Extra Tax, Neelum Jhelum Surcharge, Sales Tax, GST/IT/ED/ST on FPA. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Water and Power The motion stands withdrawn 08-06-2016
11. The non-development of Sector G-14 by the Federal Government Housing Foundation due to which there is frustration in the Federal Government employees in resolving their housing concerns Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Ministry of Housing & Works The issue is not of an urgent importance and it do not fulfill the criteria of an adjournment motion, Therefore, it is held out of order. 10-06-2016
12. The media reports that an alleged target killer belonging to a political party has disclosed during interrogation that he had been given a task of target killing of Senator Shahi Syed and others. Senators Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail, Nisar Muhammad, Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari, Syed Shibli Faraz, Karim Ahmed Khawaja and Muhammad Zafarullah Khan Dhandla The Chairman directed the movers to discuss the issue in his Chamber 16-06-2016

DISCUSSION ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Wind up by (Minister/Advisor) Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. The situation arising out of the drone strike on 22nd May, 2016, in Balochistan, reportedly resulting into killing of Mulla Akhtar Mansoor. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs The subject matter of instant Adjournment Motion is pertaining to the National security, therefore, the same is referred to the joint Committee comprising of Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Standing Committee on Defense. 02-06-2016
2. The recent test of intercept Missile by India contributing to an unhealthy arms race in the region Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Disposed off 07-06-2016
3 The process of re-verification of the CNICs of all citizens of the country and the problems the people of Pakistan might face as a consequence Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister of State for Federal Education, Professional training, Interior and Narcotics Control Disposed off 09-06-2016
4 The agreement signed by India, Iran and Afghanistan for development of Chah Bahar Port and its negative impact on Pakistan particularly on Gawadar Port Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minster on Foreign Affairs Disposed off 13-06-2016

RULINGS/DIRECTIONS OF THE CHAIR

  • On 09-06-2016, The Chairman directed the Secretariat to convey to Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs to brief the House about Indian Prime Minister’s address to U.S Congress and U.S support to India’s bid for membership in NSG, on 13th June, 2016.
  • On 09-06-2016 The Chairman condemned the rise in incidents of burning women alive in the country. He referred the issue to Human Rights Committee and directed that these offences must be included in Pakistan Penal Code. Following Members spoke on the matter:
  1. Senator Shehrbano Sherry Rehman
  2. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini
  3. Senator Lt. General (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi
  4. Senator Farahatullah Babar
  5. Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum
  6. Senator Talha Mehmood
  7. Senator Nuzhat Sadiq
  8. Senator Karim Khawaja
  9. Senator Saleem Zia
  10. Senator Aitezaz Ahsan, Leader of the Opposition
  11. Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Leader of the House

The proceedings of the House were suspended for five minutes to condemn the incidents.

  • On 15-06-2016, The Minister for Defense was directed to brief the House regarding the Pak-Afghan border clashes, which is a matter of urgent national importance on 16th June, 2016.
  • On 16-06-2016, The Chair informed that the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill passed by National Assembly and referred to Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power will complete its promulgation period on 13th July, 2016 after 90 days. As the Government has not passed any motion to seek relaxation in the time period, the Bill may lapse before the 250th session starting from 18th July, 2016. The Government was, therefore, directed to look into the matter.

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR RELIGIOUS AFFAIR AND INTERFAITH HARMONY

  • On 07-06-2016, in compliance of direction of the Chairman Senate, Mr. Sardar Muhammad Yousuf, Minister for Religious Affair and Interfaith Harmony, briefed the House regarding moon sighting by the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee disharmony between Muslims/ countries all over the world in the initiation of holy month of Ramadan.

BREIFING BY THE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE

  • On 16-06-2016, Mr. Khawaja Asif, Minister for Defense briefed the House regarding the Pak-Afghan border clashes.

The Chairman directed the Chairperson of Standing Committee on Defense to take up the matter.


POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Sr. No Senator's Name Matters of Public Importance Chairman’s Remarks Date
1. 1. Col.(Retd) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi 2. Mhammad Usman Khan Kakar 3. Mir Kabir 4. Saeed Ghani 5. Ilyas Ahmead Bilour 6. Muhammad Ali Khan Saif 7. Saleem Mandviwala 8. Muhammad Azam Khan Swati 9. Farooq Hamid Naek 10.Ms. Sheher Bano Sherry Rehman 11.Mohammad Ishaq Dar Laying of Reports of Auditor General under Article 171 of Constitution before both Houses of Parliament and constitution of joint Public Accounts Committee of both Houses. The issue would be taken up by the Minister for Finance after return of the Prime Minister. 03-06-2016
2. Senator Azam Khan Swati Regarding difference in Directed the Secretariat to 3 sightseeing of moon between Pakistan and other Muslim states Directed the Secretariat to inform the Minister of Religious Affairs about the issue and to brief the House tomorrow. 06-06-2016
3. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Regarding the severe load shedding in Karachi and unavailability of water, in this hot weather, affecting the people badly. - 06-06-2016
4. Senator Saeed Ghani i)Regarding celebrating Eid separately in different parts of country ii) Regarding the articles written in favor of Kala Bagh dam by Chairman WAPDA. - 06-06-2016
5. Senator Saud Majeed Regarding litigation of property of Nawab Sadiq’s family in Bahawalpur. SAFRON must be directed not to intervene in the matter as there exist a Supreme Court petition on the matter. The Senator should bring calling attention notice on the matter 06-06-2016
6. Senator Khusbakht Shujaa Regarding the Pakistan Studies paper containing anti state and anti national contents from O level students of Pakistan Directed the Senator to bring issue through Motion 218 as the issue is extremely serious 06-06-2016
7. Senator Sheher Bano Sherry Rehman Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari Members of Election Commission of Pakistan have been paid salaries for last five years without an Act of Parliament. The Secretariat convey to Senate Standing Committee on Finance, that the Committee shall submit its interim report in the House by 31th June, 2016, while considering the Finance Bill, 2016, containing the Annual Budget Statement. The interim report should be limited to the salaries of the Members of the Election Commission, however, the Secretariat make research regarding the laws under which salaries are paid to the Members of Election Commission 09-06-2016
8. Senator Sheher Bano Sherry Rehman Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed Constitution of Public Accounts committee of the Senate The issue will be taken up after two weeks after the arrival of Prime Minister. From abroad. 10-06-2016
9. Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi Imposition of a fine regarding disputed Kashmir in India - 10-06-2016
10. Senator Brig (R) John Kenneth Williams Regarding the alternative syllabus of Quran Majeed for Non-Muslim students in schools - 10-06-2016
11. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Salahudin Tirmzi Regarding 25 percent increase in the pension for the persons less than 85 years of age Senator Muhammad Moshin Khan Leghari was directed to take up the issue in SSC on Finance to the Standing Committee on Finance 14-06-2016
12. Senator Zaheer ud Din Baber Awan Failure of government regarding burning and harassment of women and children. Matter is already referred to the Standing Committee on Human Rights 14-06-2016
13. Senator Kalssom Perveen 1).Regarding the upcoming monsoon season followed by floods. 2). Regarding the PMDC ordinance, the same will affect recognition of certain hospitals in Balochistan The Chair directed that the Leader of the House to discuss the flood issue with the Government 14-06-2016
14. Senator Khushbakht Shujat Regarding picture of Chief Minister Punjab on Matriculation Certificate of BISE Faisalabad The Chair directed that the Leader of the House to investigate the matter. 14-06-2016
15. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak Disparity towards KPK for giving electricity less than the quota. The Chair directed the Member to bring the Calling Attention Notice on this matter 14-06-2016
16. Senator Saeed Ghani Re appointments of the officers of NAB on acting charge The matter referred to SC on Law & Justice with the direction to present its report in next session 14-06-2016
17. Senator Farhatullah Babar Misusing Judicial process by executive in Gilgit Baltistan - 14-06-2016
18. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed Regarding the hate crimes against transgender and marginalized community The Chair assigned a day in next session to discuss the issue 14-06-2016
19. Senator Aitezaz Ahsan To withdraw the IGP appointed by the Government of Pakistan in AJK The Chair directed that the Minister for Kashmir Affairs to come and brief the House 14-06-2016
20. Senator Samina Abid Regarding the poor conditions of Marghzar Zoo, Islamabad The issue was referred to the Cabinet Committee to present its report in three weeks. 14-06-2016
21. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Hurdles in the way of construction of a University in Balochistan - 14-06-2016
22. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Regarding the load shedding in agri- feders of Balochistan The Chair directed the Leader of the House to arrange a meeting of Member with Minister for Water & Power 14-06-2016
23. Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja Regarding the Load shedding in Sindh - 14-06-2014
24. Senator Sitara Ayaz Regarding children on the road side selling different things - 14-06-2016
25. Senator Khalida Perveen Regarding lack of drinking water in Cholistan causing deaths of humans and animals - 14-06-2016
26. Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah i) Regarding non availability of funds for Pakistan Human Right Commission ii) Regarding the vacant post of Chairman of National Commission on women - 14-06-2016
27. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari i)Regarding the working of Committee on electoral reforms ii)Regarding the delay in completion of local body elections in Punjab and Sindh - 15-06-2016
28. Senator Aurangzeb Regarding the problems being faced by Pakistani nationals in UAE in reference to Pakistani consulate located only in Dubai. The consulate is unable to function properly and entertain large number of people at a time, resulting in undue delays The Secretariat to forward extract of the verbatim of Senator’s speech to Foreign Office for consideration 15-06-2016
29. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi i)The Senator stated Sindh government was grossly violating the Article 140A (1) of the Constitution as it was not allowing local bodies to work independently. ii) Regarding the delay in oath taking ceremony of elected representatives in the province of Sindh, thus hindering them to fulfill their duty. - 15-06-2016
30. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Regarding dilapidated situation and lack of facilities in PIMS Referred to concerned Committee to report back within 3 weeks 15-06-2016
31. Senator Javed Abbasi Regarding the frequent traffic jams on road leading to BaraKahu The same issue was raised through Calling Attention Notice upon which Minister CADD gave various assurances. Secretariat was directed to refer it to Assurance Committee 15-06-2016
32. Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum Regarding murder of cardiologist in the premises of PIMS Referred to Standing Committee on Interior 15-06-2016
33. Senator Ahmed Hassan Regarding problems being faced by people due to dilapidated situation and encroachments on Noshera-Dir-Chitral Road - 15-06-2016
34. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Regarding unavailability of mobile services to various areas of Balochistan. This transcript may be sent to Standing Committee on IT 15-05-2016
35. Senator Sardar MuhammadAzam Khan Musakhel Regarding unavailability of basic facilities and roads for the people of Musakhel and Waran Districts in Balochistan - 15-06-2016
36. Senator Farhatullah Babar Regarding the reasons behind in laying National Command Authority (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 - 15-06-2016
37. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed 1). Regarding the role of IT connectivity and USF should be use in remote areas. 2). Regarding the utilization of telecommunication funds. - 15-06-2016
38. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Regarding the power outrage of electricity and high increase in electricity bills - 15-06-2016
39. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar 1). Regarding the massive accidents in Gharbi to Zhob road. 2). Non construction of roads in Balochistan - 15-06-2016
40. Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed Regarding Kalash girl’s forced conversion to Islam - 17-06-2016
41. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Regarding the delay in Islamabad Signal Free Corridor project. Senator was directed to bring Calling Attention Notice 17-06-2016
42. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari Regarding the decision by Election Commission to postpone local bodies’ elections indefinitely in various cities across the country. ii)Updates on the working of Committee on Electoral Reforrms - 17-06-2016
43. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Regarding the possible overflow of Nullah Lai in the coming Monsoon season and insufficient precautionary measures - 17-06-2016
44. Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak Senator Saud Majeed Regarding the flawed design and serious technical mistake of new Islamabad Airport Referred to Standing Committee concerned to give report in first week of coming Session 17-06-2016
45. Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi Regarding the water logging in adjacent areas in Thal Canal. 17-06-2016
46. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Regarding the delay of hours in flight to Quetta on 10th June, 2016 - 17-06-2016
47. Senator Shahi Syed Regarding the leaked JIT report of Dr. Asim - 17-06-2016
48. Senator Kulsoom Parveen Regarding the renewed verification process of CNIC The Secretariat was directed to provide Senator with the verbatim of Minister of State on this issue. 17-06-2016
49. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Regarding the schedules flights of PIA to Quetta and Gwadar - 17-06-2016
50. Senator Lt. General (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi Regarding the delay by NHA in local tenders for construction of roads Referred to concerned Standing Committee 17-06-2016
51. Senator Chaudhry Tanvir Khan Regarding the PHA Housing Scheme’s balloting without any advertisement and computerized procedure. Prime Minister had already taken notice of the issue. 17-06-2016
52. Senator Sehar Kamran Regarding the uniform of Air Hostess of PIA which does not reflect Pakistani culture. - 17-06-2016
53. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Regarding the protest against prolonged load-shedding in Swat and crackdown by the police. - 17-06-2016

248th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 09-05-2016
Session prorogued on = 20-05-2016
Number of working days = 10
Number of actual sittings = 9
Number of private Members’ days = 2
Maximum attendance = 78
Minimum attendance = 61
Average attendance = 69.55%
Total hours of sittings = 23 hours 53 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 3 hours 01 minute
Minimum hours of sitting = 26 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 3 hours 01 minute
STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 487
Admitted : 398
Disallowed : 08
Replied : 188

UN-STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 02
Admitted : 02

PRIVILEGE MOTION

On 11-05-2016, Privilege Motion moved by Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif against the Secretary Interior due to his continuous absence from the meetings of the Standing Committee on Law and Justice was referred by the Chairman to the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges.


LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill / Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Unattended Orphans (Rehabilitation and Welfare) Bill, 2016 20-05-2016 Private Member Bill Senate

GOVERNMENT BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill Originated in
1. The Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2016 13-05-2016 National Assembly
2. The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2016 17-05-2016 National Assembly

ORDINANCES LAID IN THE SENATE

Sr. No. Business Direction of the Chair Date
1. Credit Bureaus (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 (Ordinance No. II of 2016) Laid 11-05-2016
2. State Life Insurance Corporation (Re-organization and Conversion) Ordinance, 2016 (Ordinance No. III of 2016) Laid 11-05-2015

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFFERED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill Originated in
1. The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 16-05-2016 Senate
2. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 16-05-2016 Senate
3. The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016 16-05-2016 Senate

AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE RULES (Under Rule 278)

Mover Amendments Status Date
Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Haq, Leader Of The House The proposed amendments in rules 12, 42, 55, 65, 70, 94, 96, 130, 131, 138, 165, 210 and 278 and insertion of new rule 31A and new Chapter XIIA (new rules 131A, 131B and 131C) Motion was adopted and Amendments were approved unanimously. 19-05-2016

REPORTS OF THE STANDING/SPECIAL/FUNCTIONAL/PARLIAMENTARY/WHOLE COMMITTEES, PRESENTATION OF:

Sr. No. Name of the Standing Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Date
1. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on the behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Rehabilitation and Restructuring of Corporate Entities [The Corporate Rehabilitation Bill, 2015]. 12-05-2016
2. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari on the behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala The subject matter of starred question No. 6, asked by Senator Saeed Ghani on 14th May, 2014, regarding the inquiry conducted by NAB on the privatization of MCB. 12-05-2016
3. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The subject matter of starred question No. 12, asked by Senator Kalsoom Parveen on 25th January, 2007, regarding steps taken / being taken by the Government against illegal Housing Societies in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). 12-05-2016
4. Textile Industry Senator Mushahidullah on the behalf of Senator Mohsin Aziz Special report of the Committee for the period from 19th June, 2015 to 30th March, 2016 12-05-2016
5. Rules Of Procedure And Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini The report of the Committee, on Privilege Motion No. 2 (109)/2014-M, moved by Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour against the behavior of Mr. Sajid Hussain, Ex-Director General, Trading Organization, Islamabad 13-05-2016
6. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The report of the matter of a Motion under rule 218, moved by Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood, regarding “the affairs of cooperative housing societies in Islamabad particularly the violations committed by them in planning and allocation of land for community services 13-05-2016
7. Defense Senator Lt. General (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi on behalf of Senator Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed The visit and meetings of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence at Pakistan Navy installations Karachi, Ormara and Gwadar 16-05-2016
8. Foreign Affairs Senator Sassui Palijo on the behalf of Senator Nuzhat Sadiq The mid-year review of budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in terms of sub-rule (4) of rule 166 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012. 19-05-2016
9. Electoral Reforms Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Interim Report 19-05-2016
10. House Business Advisory Committee Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Haq The Unattended Orphans (Rehabilitation and Welfare) Bill 19-05-2016
11. Committee of Whole Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Haq Mode of elections of Members of Senate, pros and cons of single transferable voting system, alternates and poll reforms. 20-05-2016
12. National Food Security and Research Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah fifth follow up report of the Committee regarding proposed “conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) into residential/commercial plots” 20-05-2016

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice Name(s) of the Mover(s) Direction of the Chairman at the end of statement, if any Date
1. Imposition of heavy taxes on Telecom Sector i.e. 20% custom duty on hardware and 10% on software which is a major impediment on this sector. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Dropped due to absence of Mover 10-05-2016
2. Proposed privatization of two berths / dockyards of Port Qasim, causing grave concern among the thousands of registered dockworkers Senator Saleem Mandviwala Dropped due to absence of Mover 10-05-2016
3. The media reports regarding issuance of offer letters by the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation only to some blue eyed bureaucrats. Senator Aurangzeb Khan Dropped due to absence of Mover 11-05-2016
4. The continuous delay in 8th NFC Award Senator Sassui Palijo dropped due to absence of Member 11-05-2016
5. The corruption scandal of Rs. 2.32 billion surfaced in foreign ministry involving embezzlement of huge money by the Ambassadors from the funds allocated for education and welfare purposes Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Dropped due to absence of Mover 12-05-2016
6. A letter written by Mike Rogers, Chairman, Sub-Committee on Strategic Forces and Ted Poe, Chairman, Sub-Committee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation and Trade, of the Congress of the United States stating that defense cooperation between the Governments of Pakistan and China would represent a threat to the nationals security of the United States and its allies. Senator Sehar Kamran Dropped due to absence of Mover 12-05-2016
7. The incident of brutal killing of a young girl in Abbotabad in execution of the decision of a fake/illegal Jirga. Senators Kalsoom Perveen, Col.(R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Saleem Mandviwala, Islamuddin Shaikh, Saud Majeed, Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari and Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani, Disposed off 13-05-2016
8. The announcement of posts of Junior Engineer (BPS-17) in MEPCO for which tests/interviews were conducted by NTS in November, 2015, but so far the result of the candidates who had applied against the reserved quota of Balochistan has not been declared whereas the candidates belonging to other provinces/territories have already joined the said posts Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Disposed off 13-05-2016
9. The lowest ranking of Pakistan in the use of bio technology in agriculture sector. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh Dropped due to absence of the Mover. 17-05-2016
10. The failure of the Government to fill 600 vacancies of doctors, nurses, paramedics, security personnel and other staff occurred after up-gradation of PIMS as Medical University in the year 2013. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Disposed off 17-05-2016
11. The loss of 5.1 million bales of cotton worth Rs. 200 billion during 2016 causing an irreparable loss to the country’s economy Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Disposed off 19-05-2016
12. The shifting of Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) Central Reservation Control Center and Crew’s duty allocation system from PIA Headquarters Karachi to Islamabad. Senators Rubina Khalid, Saleem Mandviwala, Islamuddin Shaikh, Mohsin Aziz And Saeed Ghani Disposed off 19-05-2016
13. The wastage of taxpayers’ money by the Federal Government for the personal campaign in electronic/print media of the Prime Minister with respect to Panama Leaks Senators Rubina Khalid, Saleem Mandviwala, Islamuddin Shaikh, Mohsin Aziz And Saeed Ghani Dropped due to absence of the Movers 20-05-2016
14. The non-functioning of training center for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Quetta established under the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme, whereas the training centers established under the said Programme at Peshawar, Multan and Gilgit-Baltistan are fully equipped and functional. Senator Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani Deferred 20-05-2016

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Concerned Ministry Ruling of the Chairman Date
1. The strategic vision of Foreign Policy of Pakistan as outlined by the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Senator Sassui Palijo - Dropped due to absence of the Member 10-05-2016
2. The serious shortage of important lifesaving drugs in the country Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh - Dropped due to absence of the Member 10-05-2016
3. The need of reformation of political parties in the country through better regulation by the Election Commission of Pakistan and effective monitoring by the party activists to hold their party leaders accountable Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh - Dropped due to absence of the Member 10-05-2016
4. The need to raise the issue of Panama Leaks at International forums especially in collaboration of China and other friendly countries to investigate the matter in the context of the fact that super powers for ages have used various tools to exert their influence on the affairs of neighbors far and wide Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh - Dropped due to absence of the Member 11-05-2016
5. The ineffective mechanism and lack of oversight by the Government to protect the interest of millions of wheat growers due to which they are forced to sell their wheat crop on less than support price fixed by the Government. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati - Deferred on written request of the Member 11-05-2016
6. The withdrawal of proposed subsidy on sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan by the United States Administration Senators Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari, Sassui Palijo, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Col. (R ) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi and Sehar Kamran - Motion was held in order and fixed for discussion in the House on 12th May 11-05-2016
7. The non-settlement of long standing issue of peasants of Okara farms and the decade’s long atrocities, tortures and arrests Senators Sassui Palijo, Rubina Khalid, Islamuddin Shaikh, Mohsin Aziz, Saleem Mandviwala, Saeed Ghani and Farhatullah Babar - Deferred on the request of the Members 12-05-2016
8. The implications of the incident of custodial death of a political activist in Karachi at the hands of the Law enforcement agencies. Senators Farhatullah Babar and Col. (R )Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi - Deferred on the request of the Members 12-05-2016
9. The long standing service issues of the teachers from FATA and non-fulfillment of the assurances given by the Government to them in this regard time and again Senators Saleem Mandviwala, Sirajul Haq, Ata Ur Rehman, Hafiz Hamdullah, Chaudhry Tanvir Khan and Lt. Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum Held as infructuous as the matter has already been settled. 12-05-2016
10. Taking into custody of 171 workers belonging to MQM whose whereabouts, current condition in which they are living and the reasons of their arrest are not known to anyone. Senator Col.(R ) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhad Deferred on the request of the Member 13-05-2016
11. The incidents of hanging to death of the old aged leaders of Jamat-eIslami, Bangladesh, by the Government of Bangladesh in execution of the decisions of so-called tribunal and the dormant response by the Government of Pakistan in this regard. Senators Sirajul Haq and Nehal Hashmi Held out of order under the rules 13-05-2016
12. The ineffective mechanism and lack of oversight by the Government to protect the interest of millions of wheat growers due to which they are forced to sell their wheat crop on less than support price fixed by the Government. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Food & Agriculture Admitted and fixed for discussion as last item agenda for today i-e 19th May, 2016 19-02-2016
13. The implications of the incident of custodial death of a political activist in Karachi at the hands of the LEAs. Senators Farhatullah Babar and Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Held out of order as the matter pertains to provincial government. 20-05-2016

DISCUSSION ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Wind up by (Minister/Advisor) Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. The mismanagement of affairs in the Pakistan Cricket Board Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC)/ President, Pakistan Sports Board Talked out 10-05-2016
2. The withdrawal of proposed subsidy on sale of F- 16 fighter jets to Pakistan by the United States Administration Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minster on Foreign Affairs Referred to Standing committee of Foreign Affairs & Defense. The Committees shall report at least once in every session to the House on their progress. 12-05-2016
3 The ineffective mechanism and lack of oversight by the Government to protect the interest of millions of wheat growers Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Minister for National Food Security And Research Talked out 19-05-2016

RULINGS/DIRECTIONS OF THE CHAIR

  • On 10-05-2016 The Chairman ruled that the Standing Order No.1.28 dealing with Adjournment Motion is amended to the extent that only one adjournment motion of a Member shall be taken up on a particular day.
  • On 17-05-2016 The Chairman directed that Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minster on Foreign Affairs, shall brief the House on Thursday, the 19th May, 2016, about successful test of indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile by India.
  • On 19-05-2016 The Chairman directed Secretariat to issue notices to Secretary National Health Services and Secretary National Food Security and Research on their absence during the proceeding of the session and referred the matter to the Privileges Committee

STATEMENT BY THE ADVISOR TO PRIME MINISTER ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • On 19-05-2016, in compliance of direction of the Chairman Senate, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minster on Foreign Affairs, briefed the House about successful test of indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile by India.

DISCUSSION ON ANNUAL REPORT OF CCI FOR THE YEARS 2013-14 AND 2014-15

On 17-05-2016, Following Members spoke on the Report:-

  • Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati
  • Senator Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum
  • Senator Sassui Palijo
  • Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari
  • Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja
  • Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar
  • Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi
  • Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini
  • Senator Zaheer-ud-din Babar Awan
  • Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel
  • Senator Taj Haider
  • Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 263

  • On 19-05-2016 and 20-05-2016, motion under Rule 263 was moved to suspend rules 25,26,29,30, 133 in order to pass resolutions.

RESOLUTION

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Resolution Name(s) of the Mover(s) Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. Regarding CCI, establishing its permanent secretariat, ensure regular meetings and its effective role. Senator Raja Muhammad Zafarul-Haq and Senator Aitzaz Ahsan resolution was adopted 19-05-2016
2. Regarding Orphan and Unattended Children and stated that Government should declare 15th of Ramadan as the day of Orphan and Unattended Children Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq The Motion was carried and resolution was adopted 20-05-2016

  • On 20-05-2016: To suspend rules 25,26,29,30, 133 in order to pass the motion under rule 204 authorizing the Chairman Senate to make nominations in consultation with the honorable Speaker, National Assembly, Leader of the House and Leader of the Opposition and leaders of the Parliamentary parties to the Parliamentary committee being constituted pursuant to the motion passed in the National Assembly.
Motion was carried
  • On 20-05-2016: To suspend rules 25,26,29,30, 133 in order to pass the motion under rule 183 to enable the Committee on Delegated Legislation to constitute more than one Sub-committee which will not be liable to dissolution at the expiration of two month.
Motion was carried

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ RESOLUTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Resolution Name(s) of the Mover(s) Adopted/Rejected unanimously or with majority Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. Provision of 3.15 billion for 58 projects of Ministry of Science and Technology under Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) for financial year 2016-2017 Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Dropped due to absence of the Mover 09-05-2016
2. Supply of natural gas to the residents of Circles Lora, Baghan, Bakot and Upper and Lower Galyat . Senator Muhammad Javeed Abbasi Passed 09-05-2016
3. Reduction in the prices of petroleum products in proportion to the reduction of its prices in International market. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Dropped due to absence of the Move 09-05-2016
4. Establishment of branches of Allergy Centre of the National Institute of Health in Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi and Lahore. Senators Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar And Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Dropped due to absence of the Move 09-05-2016
5. Condemnation of the continuous sponsoring and financing terrorism in Pakistan by Government of India for through their spies. Senator Abdul Rehman Malik Dropped due to absence of the Move 09-05-2016
6. The provincial Governments of Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to make necessary legislation to regulate the Mental Health Act. Senators Karim Ahmed Khawaja, Kamil Ali Agha, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Gianchand, Samina Abid, Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani, Rozi Khan Kakar, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Shahi Syed And Sitara Ayaz Deferred on the request of the Mover 16-05-2016
7. The practice of holding written test for admission in Grade One in primary schools working under the administrative control of the Federal Directorate of Education Islamabad be abolished forthwith in view of Article 25-A of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Dropped due to absence of the Mover. 16-05-2016
8. The immediate steps for handing over Kuchlak-Zhob Highway (N-50) and SarananChaman Highway (N-25) to National Highways and Motorway Police. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Passes unanimously - 16-05-2016
9. The effective steps to open more air routes with Iran. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Dropped due to absence of the Mover 16-05-2016
10. The preparation of a complete dossier about the Indian interference in Pakistan's internal affairs fomenting unrest, instability and terrorism and send the same to key international countries and institutions Senator Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Abdul Qayyum Passed unanimously - 16-05-2016

COMMENCED RESOLUTION

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Resolution Opposed by the Government or not If opposed, by whom Adopted unanimously or with majority/ Rejected Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. Provision of an amount of Rs. 8 billion out of the budget for fiscal year (2016- 17) for conversion of tube wells installed in Balochistan for agricultural purposes to solar energy Opposed by Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister for Water and Power Passed with majority of votes Favor=37 Against=18 - 09-05-2016

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218

Sr. No. Subject Matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Wind up by Minister / Advisor Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. The means to stop smuggling and control its adverse effects on the economy of the country. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan - Motion was talked out 09-05-2016
2. The financial position of Oil and Gas Development Corporation Limited (OGDCL) Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Jam Kamal Khan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Motion was talked out 09-05-2016
3. The need to include safety and security related subjects in the curriculum of private and public educational Institutions in Islamabad Capital Territory Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, Minister of State for CADD Motion was talked out 09-05-2016
4. Construction of reservoirs/dams at Margalla Hills, Islamabad, under a rainwater harvesting program to meet the water needs of the Islamabad Capital Territory. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary Motion was talked out 09-05-2016
5. The need to increase intra-regional trade especially with neighboring countries for economic development Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh - Motion was dropped due to absence of the Mover 16-05-2016
6. The situation arising out of the involvement of India in terrorism and anti-state activities in Pakistan and the steps being taken by the Government in this regard. Senator Sehar Kamran - Motion was dropped due to absence of the Mover 16-05-2016
7. The trade policy of the Government Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood - Motion was dropped due to absence of the Mover 16-05-2016
8. The situation arising out of reduction in the production of natural gas in the country. Senator Col. Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi - Motion was dropped due to absence of the Mover 16-05-2016

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Sr. No Senator's Name Matters of Public Importance Chairman’s Remarks Date
1. Senator Muhammad Usman Kakar Regarding delay in various developmental and economic projects in Baluchistan which were mentioned in PSDP - 10-05-2016
2. Senator Mohsin Leghari The member inquired about the progress in appointment of new members of the Election Commission of Pakistan Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs will brief the House on 11-05-2106 10-05-2016
3. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan the awareness of Thalassemia among the public the Honorable Member can bring a Private Member’s Bill on the matter 11-05-2016
4. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari wheat procurement policy that affects poor farmers - 11-05-2016
5. Senator Kulsoom Parveen the tragic death of girl in Abbottabad on Jirga’s order Calling Attention notice in this regard has been admitted; same will be brought on the orders of the day. 11-05-2016
6. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Mohammad Shahi the policy of Government on ban on new Gas connections which specially affects the people living in cold areas - 11-05-2016
7. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini unequal representation of candidates from Balochistan in reference to the vacancies in MEPCO. The Honorable Member can bring issue through Calling Attention Notice 11-05-2016
8. Senator Nehal Hashmi Shortage of water in various parts of Karachi, the unscheduled load shedding and the dilapidated sewerage system. - 11-05-2016
9. Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi the mistreatment with Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, exChairman Senate - 11-05-2016
10. Senator Lt. General Salahuddin Tirmizi On 7th March, a resolution was adopted unanimously to increase the interest rate of National Saving Scheme for old citizens. However, on 1st April, interest rate was further reduced. the Secretariat is directed to inform him about the report on the issue so that the matter can be taken up 11-05-2016
11. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahid the non-availability of electricity by KEC - 13-05-2016
12. Senator Saud Majeed Regarding the reduced price of support prices and target of wheat production. - 13-05-2016
13. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari The house should discuss the problems of farmers and the prices of wheat. - 13-05-2016
14. Senator Dr. Ashouk Kumar Regarding the problems faced by members in Parliament Lodges - 13-05-2016
15. Senator Usman Khan Kaker Regarding non-consideration of recommendations of Senate on Finance Bill, by the Government - 13-05-2016
16. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kaker 1) Regarding the unscheduled agricultural load shedding in Balochistan. 2) Civil Aviation Authority to reconsider the schedule of flights between Quetta and Islamabad Senator Raja Zafarul Haq to look into the matter of Civil Aviation 19-05-2016
17. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif Distribution of dates by Cabinet Division before Ramadan. - 19-05-2016

247th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 14-04-2016
Session prorogued on = 22-04-2016
Number of working days = 9
Number of actual sittings = 7
Number of private Members’ days = 1
Maximum attendance = 73
Minimum attendance = 63
Average attendance = 68.57%
Total hours of sittings = 25 hours 9 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 4 hours 40 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 2 hours 11 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 3 hours 58 minutes
STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 399
Admitted : 298
Disallowed : 20
Replied : 136
Referred to Standing Committee : 03
Admitted but Lapsed : 159

UN-STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 02
Admitted : 02
Replied : 02

OATH BY THE MEMBER ELECT

Senator Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar, Member Elect, took oath before the Senate and signed the roll of Members on 14-04-2016.


LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill / Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (Amendment) Bill, 2016 14-04-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
2. The National University of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2015 18-04-2016 Private Member Bill National Assembly
3. The Offences in Respect of Banks (Special Courts) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 22-04-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
4. The Equity Participation Fund (Repeal) Bill, 2016 22-04-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
5. The Banks (Nationalization) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 22-04-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
6. The National University of Sciences and Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 22-04-2016 Government Bill National Assembly

GOVERNMENT BILL DEFERRED

On 22-04-2016, MS. SAIRA AFZAL TARAR, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, moved the Bill further to amend the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council Ordinance, 1962 [The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016. after moving the Motion , the opposition side opposed the Bill. after hearing both sides ,The Chairman deferred the Agenda item No. 8 and 9.


GOVERNMENT BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Referred on Bill Originated in
1. The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 14-04-2016 National Assembly
2. The National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Bill, 2016 14-04-2016 National Assembly
3. The Corporate Restructuring Companies Bill, 2016 15-04-2016 National Assembly
4. The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2016 22-04-2016 National Assembly
5. The Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 22-04-2016 National Assembly
6. The Deposit Protection Corporation Bill, 2016 22-04-2016 National Assembly
7. The Financial Institutions (Secured Transactions) Bill, 2016 22-04-2016 National Assembly

PRIVATE MEMBERS BILLS

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Status Government Member Bill / Private Member Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016 Leave was not granted by the Senate to introduce the Bill Private Member Bill
2. The National Accountability (Amendment) Bill, 2015 Deferred on request of the Member Private Member Bill

LAYING A COPY OF THE MONEY BILL

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Minister/Advisor Any instruction of the Chairman after laying of the Bill Date
1. The Members Election Commission (Salary, Allowances, Perks and Privileges) Bill, 2016 Minister of State for Parliamentary Affair, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed laid the Bill The Members can submit recommendations till 17th of April. The Committee will present its report, containing recommendations, to the House within 10 days 14-04-2016

AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE RULES (Under Rule 278)

Mover Amendments Status Date
Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini The proposed amendments in rules 2, 89 and 165 and addition of new rule 264A in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012. Motion was adopted and Amendments were approved unanimously. 21-04-2016

REPORTS OF THE STANDING/SPECIAL/FUNCTIONAL COMMITTEES, PRESENTATION OF:

Sr. No. Name of the Standing Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Date
1. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala Privatization of Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC). (Deferred) 14-04-2016
2. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The number of persons presently working in the Ministry of Law and Justice, its attached departments, corporations, subordinate offices and institutions with grade wise and province wise breakup. 15-04-2016
3. National Food Security and Research Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah Conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) into residential/commercial plots. 15-04-2016
4. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Fateh Muhammad Hassani on behalf of Senator Saleem Mandviwala The examination of facts and figures reported by the custom Authorities about the import and export from Iran. 15-04-2016
5. Defense Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed The proposed construction of the Cantonment at Khawazakhela Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 15-04-2016
6. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Offences in Respect of Banks (Special Courts) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 19-04-2016
7. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Equity Participation Fund (Repeal) Bill, 2016 19-04-2016
8. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Banks (Nationalization) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 19-04-2016
9. National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 19-04-2016
10. Defense Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed The mid-year review of budget of the Ministry of Defence 20-04-2016
11. Petroleum and Natural Resources Senator Hamza on behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood the collection and payment of royalty on LPG to the Provinces. 21-04-2016
12. Science and Technology Senator Osman Saifullah Khan, The National University of Sciences and Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 21-04-2016
13. Science and Technology Senator Osman Saifullah Khan, The budgetary allocation and its utilization by the Ministry of Science and Technology for the Financial Year 2015-16 21-04-2016
14. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini The breach of Privilege of the House due to inappropriate/irresponsible reply submitted by the Joint Secretary, Cabinet Division, on the report of the Senate Special Committee on Devolution process. 21-04-2016
15. Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini The breach of Privilege of the House due to failure of the Secretary, Ministry of Defence Production, in briefing some other Minister to respond the calling attention notice on behalf of the Minister for Defence Production 21-04-2016
16. National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi Increase made in the prices of medicines by the national and international pharmaceutical companies in the country. 22-04-2016
17. Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala Money Bill to provide for salary, allowances and privileges of the Members, Election Commission of Pakistan [The Members, Election Commission (Salary, Allowances, Perks and Privileges) Bill, 2016] 22-04-2016

REPORTS LAID

  • Shaikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, laid before the Senate Federal Public Service Commission’s Annual Report for the year, 2014 ,on 15-04-2016.
  • Zahid Hamid, Minister of Law, Justice and Human Rights, on behalf of Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, laid before the Senate the Second 3 Quarterly Report for the year 2015-2016 of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan on the state of the Economy on 15-04-2016.

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice Name(s) of the Mover(s) Direction of the Chairman at the end of statement, if any Date
1. Discontinuation of Prime Minister’s Scholarship Program depriving the students of Balochistan to study in higher educational institutions. Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Disposed off 14-04-2016
2. Media reports regarding involvement of National Police Foundation in China cutting and conversion of residential plots into commercial plots. Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Disposed off 14-04-2016
3. Stranding of more than hundred Pakistani businessmen at Moscow Air Port causing grave concerns amongst public Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Disposed off 15-04-2016
4. Leftover portion of 8 km of Khanpur road by NHA due to which the people of the area remained stuck during recent rainfall. Muhammad Talha Mehmood Notice was dropped due to absence of mover. 15-04-2016
5. unfortunate incident of rape committed by a male nurse with a female patient admitted in the ICU Ward of PIMS Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Deferred 19-04-2016
6. non-convening of meeting of the National Finance Commission for the constitution of new NFC Award Senator Saleem Mandviwala Disposed off 19-04-2016
7. shifting of summit on Science and Technology from Pakistan to Kazakhstan and the proposed shifting of Head Quarter of COMSTECH from Pakistan to some other country by the OIC, due to non-serious approach of Pakistan Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed Deferred due to non-availability of the Minister. 20-04-2016
8. Non-payment of salaries to the employees of Pakistan Steel Mills for the last five months. Senator Saleem Mandviwala Disposed off 20-04-2016
9. Recent rainfall, flood and land sliding in various areas of Gilgit Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtun khwaand the performance of Disaster Management Authorities in this respect. Senators SirajulHaq, Shahi Syed, Baz Muhammad Khan, Nisar Muhammad, Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai, Advocate, Rubina Khalid and SitaraAyaz Disposed off 21-04-2016
10. non-initiation of the process of appointment of new members of the Election Commission of Pakistan by the Government despite of the fact that the incumbents will be retiring in June, 2016 Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari Disposed off 21-04-2016
11. Depleting water resources in the country particularly in Balochistan. Senator Saleem Mandviwala Disposed off 22-04-2016
12. The non-custom paid vehicles plying on the roads throughout the country involving huge amount of tax evasion Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Disposed off 22-04-2016

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Concerned Ministry Ruling of the Chairman Date
1. The consequences of construction of a 1200 MW coal power plant at Sahiwal which will incur hugh transportation cost leading to high tariff as well as negative ecological effect Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Ministry of Water and Power.
(opposed)
The matter is not primarily the concern of Federal Government. It is, therefore, hit by rule 87(f) and so held out of order. 19-04-2016
2. The arrest of a high profile spy of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) operating across the country especially in Baluchistan. Calling Attention Notices of Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari and Senator Farhatullah Babar were also clubbed with the Adjournment Motions. Senators Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Mohsin Aziz, Sehar Kamran and Hafiz Hamdullah Ministry of Defence.
(opposed)
The Concerned Committee has already been given an in-camera briefing on this matter. There is not a sufficient reason to not brief the House. The Motion is held in order and admitted for 2 hour discussion on 20th April, 2016 19-04-2016
3. The recent sit-in at D-Chowk by an unlawful mob which caused damages to the public properties and failure of the law enforcement agencies to control the same Calling Attention Notice of Senator Mohsin Aziz was also clubbed with the Adjournment Motions Senators Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Ilyas Ahmad Bilour and Sitara Ayaz - Motion was held in order and fixed for discussion in the House on 21st April, 2016 20-04-2016
4. The terrible incident of suicide blast at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore. Senators Col. (R) Syed TahirHussainMashhadi, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif and Saeed Ghani Motion was held in order and was fixed for discussion in the House, second last agenda 21-04-2016
5. The continuous absence of Director General Geological Survey of Pakistan, Quetta and his misbehaviour with the staff. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Jam Kamal Khan, Minister for State Petroliam and Natural Resources.
(opposed)
Motion was held out of order. 22-04-2016
6. The poor performance of Pakistan Cricket team in recent T-20 World Cup and the mismanagement of affairs in the Pakistan Cricket Board Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Not Opposed Motion was held in order and fixed for two hours discussion in the next session. 22-04-2016

DISCUSSION ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name of speakers Wind up statement by (Minister/Advisor) Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. The terrible incident of suicide blast at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore Senator Saeed Ghani, Lt. General (R) Abdul Qayyum , Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh ,Nehal Hashmi, Taj Haidar, Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail, Dr Jahanzaib Jamaldini, Usman khan kakar, Khalida Parveen, Ayesha Raza, Mohsin khan Lagari, Javeed Abbasi, Mukhtar Ahmed Dharma, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, Hamza, Aitzaz Ahsan Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs The Motion was talked out. 21-04-2016
2. The arrest of a high profile spy of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) operating across the country especially in Baluchistan. Calling Attention Notices of Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari and Senator Farhatullah Babar were also clubbed with the Adjournment Motions. Senators Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Mohsin Aziz, Sehar Kamran and Hafiz Hamdullah Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Defence The Motion was talked out. 20-04-2016
3 The recent sit-in at D-Chowk by an unlawful mob which caused damages to the public properties and failure of the law enforcement agencies to control the same Calling Attention Notice of Senator Mohsin Aziz was also clubbed with the Adjournment Motions Senators Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Ilyas Ahmad Bilour and Sitara Ayaz - No one spoke on the Motion so the same was disposed off by the Chairman. 22-04-2016

MOTION

On 20-04-2016, Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-Ul-Haq, Leader of the House, moved that the House may approve the Senate Finance Committee Rules, 1973, framed under Article 88 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, as amended till April, 2016. The motion was adopted and Rules were approved unanimously.

MOTION

On 22-04-2016,Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Chairman, Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, to move that recommendations on the Money Bill to provide for salary, allowances and privileges of the Members, Election Commission of Pakistan [The Members, Election Commission (Salary, Allowances, Perks and Privileges) Bill, 2016], as reported by the Committee, be adopted.
The motion is adopted unanimously.

RULING OF THE CHAIR

  • Chairman Senate announced his ruling on 19-04-2016 which was reserved on 14th April, 2016, wherein certain Members raised certain issues regarding a report of the Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization on the matter of “Privatization on of Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC)”. The report was referred back to the Committee and Standing Orders with respect to procedures regarding preparation and adoption of reports of Committees and Sub-Committees were also issued.
  • On 20-04-2016, The Chairman directed the Secretariat to write to all the ministries that with effect from next Session; the Chair will not allow invoking of provision of the collective responsibility, until it is imperative. Concerned Ministers shall be present in the House in relation to business relating their Ministries/Divisions.

RESOLUTION

On 21-04-2016,Senators Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, Aitzaz Ahsan, Saeed Ghani, Nauman Wazir Khattak, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Siraj-ul-Haq, Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Muhammad Talha Mehmood And Ilyas Ahmad Bilour moved the following resolution:

"Whereas the Senate of Pakistan came into existence in 1973, with the promulgation of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; And whereas since its first oath-taking session that commenced on 6th August, 1973, the Senate has convened as many as 247 Session to date;
And whereas unconstitutional suspensions of its functioning through illegal constitutional deviations imposed prolonged periods during which it was denied existence;
And wherefore the serial numbering of the Senate Sessions was reinitiated after each revival so that the current session is numbered the 127th Session of the Senate of Pakistan;
As whereas in actual fact it is the 247th Session of the Senate of Pakistan as the House of the Federation; and Now therefore the Senate of Pakistan resolves to designate the current Session as the 247th Session and all preceding and succeeding Sessions will be designated numbers accordingly."

Resolution was passed unanimously.

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ RESOLUTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Resolution Name(s) of the Mover(s) Opposed by the Government or not Adopted/Rejected unanimously or with majority Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. Appointment of an administrator for the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Minister In charge informed the House that an advertisement had already been published for the appointment, the Mover did not press the resolution 18-04-2016
2. The Prime Minister's scheme for provision of opportunities of quality education to the talented students of Balochistan and FATA Senator Mohammad Usman Khan Kakar Not opposed Adopted unanimously - 18-04-2016
3. Discontinuation of the facility of provision of free of cost electricity to the employees of WAPDA. Senator(Col).(R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Opposed by Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Water & Power. Rejected with majority - 18-04-2016
4. The Government should take necessary steps to empower the elected representative body of the ICT to elect its representatives to the Senate of Pakistan on the analogy of elected representative bodies of other federating units.
(Deferred on Private Members Day; 18-04-2016)
Senator Muhhamad Mohsin Khan Laghari ? Passed with Majority - 22-04-2016

COMMENCED MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218 OF PREVIOUS PRIVATE MEMBERS' DAY

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Motion Mover(s) Wind up by (Minister/Advisor) Direction of the Chair Date
1. The sufferings and hardships being faced by the employees of Frontier Constabulary due to inadequacy of basic facilities. Senator Shahi Syed Lt. G. (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Federal Minister for States & Frontier Regions on behalf of Minister of State for Interior The Motion was talked out. 18-04-2016
2. The situation arising out of the closure of the BOL media group as a consequence of action against an IT company. Senator Taj Haider Mr. Pervaiz Rasheed, Minister for Information The Motion was talked out. 18-04-2016

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218

Sr. No. Subject Matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Wind up by Minister / Advisor Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. The overall performance of the National Accountability Bureau Senator Saeed Ghani Zahid Hamid, Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights The Motion was talked out 18-04-2016
2. The situation arising out of the demolition of kiosks in green belts / sectors in Islamabad and their reconstruction and its impacts on environment. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Lt. G. (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for States and Frontier Regions The Motion was talked out 18-04-2016
3. The Prime Minister’s Youth Business Loan Scheme Senator Syed Shibli Faraz - The Motion was dropped, due to the absence of Mover 18-04-2016
4. The Implications of former dictator Gen. (R ) Pervez Musharraf’s departure from the country. Senator Farhatullah Babar Minister of Interior and Minister of State both are absent, the Motion will be taken up on Government day as the Leader of the House has agreed 18-04-2016
5. The need to include safety and security related subjects in the curriculum of private and public educational Institutions in Islamabad Capital Territory and make them compulsory as well. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Deferred on the written request of Mover 18-04-2016
6. The implications of former dictator Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf’s departure from the country. Senator Farhatullah Babar Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Minister of State for Interior Talked out 19-04-2016
7. “The House may discuss the revelations made in “Panama Leaks” relating to a number of important personalities/dignitaries of Pakistan.” Mushahid Hussain Syed The Motion was talked out. 21.04.2016

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Sr. No Senator's Name Matters of Public Importance Chairman’s Remarks Date
1 Senator Nighat Mirza Regarding the matter of passport & CNIC of Bengalis & FIR against the political workers of MQM. The verbatim will be sent to the Ministry of Interior for action. 19-04-2016
2 Senator Aurangzeb Khan Teacher’s protest of FATA. The Chair directed the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs to ask the concerned Minister that why matter has not been resolved till date despite his assurance. The Chair ruled that the concerned Minister shall come to the House tomorrow in this regard. 21-04-2016
3 Senator Aitzaz Ahsan The arrest of local farmers of Okara by Pakistan Army. 21-04-2016



246th Session


Sitting Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 29-02-2016
Session prorogued on = 11-03-2016
Number of working days = 12
Number of actual sittings = 10
Number of private Members’ days = 2
Maximum attendance = 70 on 01-03-2016
Minimum attendance = 51 on 07-03-2016
Average attendance = 62%
Total hours of sittings = 31 hours 25 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 5 hours 12 minutes on 08-03-2016
Minimum hours of sitting = 1 hour 55 minutes on 04-03-2016
Average hours of sittings = 3 hours 8 minutes
STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 418
Admitted : 371
Disallowed : 04
Lapsed : 43
Replied : 189
Admitted but withdrawn : 01
Admitted but Lapsed : 181

UN-STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 19
Admitted : 19
Replied : 16
Admitted but Lapsed : 03

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill / Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Futures Market Bill, 2015 03-03-2016 Government Bill Senate
2. The Domestic Workers (Employment Rights) Bill, 2016 07-03-2016 Private Member’s Bill Senate
3. The Civil Servants (Amendments) Bill, 2016 08-03-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
4. The Patient(Amendment) Bill, 2016 08-03-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
5. The Pakistan Health Research Council Bill, 2015 09-03-2016 Government Bill National Assembly
6. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2015 11-03-2016 Government Bill National Assembly

BILLS REJECTED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Rejected by the Senate on Government Bill / Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (Conversion) Bill, 2015 04-03-2016 Government Bill National Assembly

GOVERNMENT BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEE

Sr. No. Title of The Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The Offences in Respect of Banks (Special Courts) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 02-03-2016 National Assembly
2. The Equity Participation Fund (Repeal) Bill, 2016 02-03-2016 National Assembly
3. The Banks (Nationalization) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 02-03-2016 National Assembly
4. The National University of Science and Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 11-03-2016 National Assembly

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFERRED TO STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Title of The Bill Referred on Bill originated in
1. The Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2016 29-02-2016 Senate
2. The Representation of The People (Amendment) Bill, 2016 07-03-2016 Senate
3. The National Counter Terrorism Authority(Amendment) Bill, 2016 07-03-2106 Senate
4. The Contempt of Court (Amendment) Bill, 2016 07-03-2016 Senate

AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE RULES (Under Rule 278)

Mover Amendments Status Date
Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq, Leader of the House on his behalf and on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition. Amendment in Rule 184, in Sub-Rule (1) in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, after the word "fix", occurring at the end, the words "but a Committee may not sit without the leave of the Chairman at a time when the Senate is sitting", was inserted; and Passed 07-03-2016
Amendment in Rule 210, in Sub-Rule (2), in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, the words "during a session of the Senate", occurring at the end, shall be omitted Passed 07-03-2016

REPORTS OF THE STANDING/SPECIAL/FUNCTIONAL COMMITTEES, PRESENTATION OF

Sr. No. Name of the Standing Committee Report presented by Subject matter of the report Date
1. Standing Committee on Law and Justice. Senator Saeed Ghani on behalf of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi The Patents (Amendment) Bill, 2016 29-02-2016
2. Standing Committee on Natural Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh on behalf of Senator Sajjad Hussain Turi The Pakistan Health Research Council Bill, 2015 29-02-2016
3. Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala The Futures Market Bill, 2015 29-02-2016
4. Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood The Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill, 2015 29-02-2016
5. Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood Delay of Karachi-Lahore bounded PIA flight no. PK-302 for two hours on 17th July, 2013. 29-02-2016
6. Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and Natural Heritage Senator Kamil Ali Agha The point of order raised by Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar on 15th January, 2016, regarding the issue of coverage of the proceedings of the House by the PTV. 29-02-2016
7. Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood The Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (Conversion) Bill, 2016. 01-03-2016
8. Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala Report on the staggering increase in airfares by the private airlines, which was referred by the Chairman Senate in his Chamber to the Committee for consideration and report. 01-03-2016
9. Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Privilege Motion regarding misbehavior by Mr. Hanif Gul, D.S. Railways, Quetta, during telephonic conversation with the mover. 01-03-2016
10. Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Privilege Motion regarding the careless behavior of Chief Secretary, Secretary Planning and Development, Secretary Coastal Development Authority and Secretary Disaster Management Authority, Government of Balochistan, and not attending meeting of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms held on 8th January, 2016. 01-03-2016
11. Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Privilege Motion regarding misbehavior by Mr. Hanif Gul, D.S. Railways, Quetta, during telephonic conversation with the mover. 02-03-2016
12. Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Privilege Motion No. 01(123)/2016-M, moved by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja, on 20th January, 2016, regarding the careless behavior of Chief Secretary, Secretary Planning and Development, Secretary Coastal Development Authority and Secretary Disaster Management Authority, Government of Balochistan, and not attending meeting of the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms held on 8th January, 2016. 02-03-2016
13. Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization Senator Saleem Mandviwala Regarding the Annual Report for the year 2014-15 of the Central Board of Directors of the State Bank of Pakistan on the State of Economy along-with the Statistical Supplement. 02-03-2016
14. Functional Committee on Human Rights Senator Nasreen Jalil The Bill further to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 and Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 [The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2015]. 03-03-2016
15. Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Regarding the matter of public importance raised by Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel, on 20th January, 2016, on the issue of nonobservance of quota for the handicapped persons in all the provinces. 04-03-2016
16. Standing Committee on Commerce Senator Syed Shibli Faraz Calling Attention Notice moved by Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, on 12th January, 2016, on the issue of import of various vegetable and fruits from Iran affecting the local farmers. 08-03-2016
17. Functional Committee on Human Rights Senator Nasreen Jalil Regarding the matter of motion under rule 218, moved by Senator Farhatullah Babar, on 21st December, 2015, that thishouse may discuss the functioning of the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR). 08-03-2016
18. Special Committee on the performance of PIA Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan Regarding the number of aircrafts obtained on lease by PIA 09-03-2016
19. Water and Power Senator Ahmed Hassan on behalf of Chairperson Heavy load shedding of electricity in various areas of Mansehra Division, Balochistan and other parts of the country 09-03-2016
20. Water and Power Senator Ahmed Hassan on behalf of Chairperson Scientific suggestions made by the Member for implementing the decision of the Government regarding early shutting down of commercial centers/shops. 09-03-2016
21. Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs Senator Saeed Ghani Number of employees working in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and its attached departments, Corporations, Sub-Ordinate Offices and Institutions with grade-wise and province-wise details, referred by the House to the Standing Committee for consideration and report. 11-03-2016
22. Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat Senator Osman Saifullah Khan on the behalf of Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood The Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (Amendment) Bill, 2016 11-03-2016
23. Law and Justice Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Second Interim Report on "Implementation of Building Code, with particular reference to provisions regarding earthquake, for suggesting penal provisions, measures and mechanism regarding violation of said Code" 11-03-2016

REPORTS LAID

Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Human Rights, laid before the Senate the Annual Report of the National Commission on the Status of Women for the year 2014, as required under section 16(2) of the National Commission on the Status of Women Act, 2012.
Mr. Zahid Hamid on behalf of Mr Riaz Hussian Pir Zada, Minister for IPC laid before the Senate the Annual Reports of Council of Common Interests (CCI) for the Financial Year 2013-14 and 2014-15 as required under clause (4) of Article 153 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.


PERIODICAL REPORTS BY THE MINISTERS ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES AND THE MATTERS REFERED BY THE HOUSE (under Rule 265A)

Sr. No. Number of Recommendations Concerned Standing Committee Concerned Minister Date
1. 13 Committee for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage 08-03-2016
2. 37 Committee for State and Frontier Regions Minister for State and Frontier Regions 08-03-2016
3. 5 Committee for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan 08-03-2016
4. 10 Committee for Interior and Narcotics Control Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control 08-03-2016
5. 10 Committee for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination 09-03-2016
6. 4 Committee for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination 09-03-2016

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Calling Attention Notice Name(s) of the Mover(s) Direction of the Chairman at the end of statement, if any Date
1. Missing of one hundred and eighty-nine Pakistani nationals detained in Indian jails as reflected from the difference in the figures in the statement of prisoners exchanged by two countries. Senator Sehar Kamran Disposed off 01-03-2016
2. National importance regarding the attack on PIA offices in New Delhi (India) and Dammam (Saudi Arabia). Senator Saleem Mandviwala Disposed off 01-03-2016
3. The dilapidated condition of Federal Lodges, Peshawar and non-payment of salaries to its staff on regular basis. Senator Farhatullah Babar - 02-03-2016
4. The Annual Report of Transparency International which reflected that Pakistan is at S. No. 53 in the list of 168 most corrupt countries in the world. Senator Siraj-ul-Haq Deferred on the written request of the Mover. 02-03-2016
5. The dropping of proposed deal of sale of JF-17 Air crafts by Pakistan to Sri Lanka due to negative propaganda and influence by the government of India. Senator Sehar Kamran The Secretariat was directed to issue notice to Secretary Defence and Production for not nominating/ informing any minister to respond on behalf of Minister for Defence and Production. 03-03-2016
6. The matter arising out of the European Union’s recent report commenting on various issues of human rights in Pakistan ranging from enforced disappearance, murder of human rights activists, violence against religious minorities, absence of legislation against torture and ratification of some key treaties. Senator Farhatullah Babar
(The notice was not taken up)
- 03-03-2016
7. The matter arising out of the European Union’s recent report commenting on various issues of human rights in Pakistan ranging from enforced disappearance, murder of human rights activists, violence against religious minorities, absence of legislation against torture and ratification of some key treaties. Senator Farhatullah Babar Disposed of 04-03-2016
8. Regarding the upcoming rainy season which may cause flood situation in Islamabad and Rawalpindi if proper cleaning of drains / Nulahs was not done. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Disposed off 04-03-2016
9. The Closure of Colleges of Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Lahore Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi Disposed off 08-03-2016
10. Regarding the issue of postponement of population census in the country Senators Nasreen Jalil, Ilyas Ahmad Bilour and Mukhtar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz Disposed off 08-03-2016
11. The performance of Pakistani Cricket Team in Asia Cup, 2016 and the actions taken by the Government on poor team selection by PCB. Senator Sassui Palijo Disposed off 09-03-2016
12. The advertisement published by Government on 10th February, 2016, in all national newspapers showing all terrorists having Pathans’ peculiar cap or turban with beard. Senators Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and Hafiz Hamdullah Disposed off 09-03-2016
13. The Annual Report of Transparency International which reflected that Pakistan is at No. 53 in the list of 168 most corrupt countries in the world. Senator Siraj-ul-Haq Deferred 10-03-2016
14. The Approval of a summary by the Prime Minister whereby the posts of LDC, UDC and Assistant have been upgraded. Senator Maulana Tanveer-ul-Haq Thanvi Disposed off 11-03-2016
15. The steps taken by the Government to compensate the victims of an accident of train with a Mazda pickup on route from Tando Jam to Lahore which resulted into death of twelve people and the steps taken for prevention of such accidents in future. Senator Mukhtiar Ahmed Dhamrah @ Aajiz Deferred 11-03-2016
16. The arbitrary transfers of officers in Election Commission of Pakistan as reported in the daily Tribune, dated 10th March, 2016. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Disposed off 11-03-2016

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Concerned Ministry Ruling of the Chairman Date
1. Regarding the recent visit of Prime Minister and Army Chief to Iran and Saudi Arabia for the purposes of Mediation to defuse the tension between two Muslim countries Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(Not Opposed)
On 12th January, 2016, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed moved the adjournment motion on the same subject and was admitted for discussion in camera session on 13th January, 2016, same was discussed. The current motion is hit by rule 87 (d) and as the issue has already been discussed within the period of four months. The Chair held the motion out of order. 01-03-2016
2. Regarding the incident of terrorist attack on Bacha Khan University Charsaddah on 20th January, 2016 in which twenty persons lost their lives and various stood injured Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Ministry of Interior.
(Not Opposed)
The incident occurred on 20thJnauary, 2016 during 123rd session. 38 members debated and the mover also spoken. The Resolution was moved by Leader of the House Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari, Senator Col.(R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Senator Shahi Syed, Senator Sassui Palejo, Senator Sherry Rehman and passed by the House unanimously. The Chairman also observed that the motion is hit by rule 87 © and (d) and therefore, not held in order. 01-03-2016
3. Regarding the statement of the Foreign Secretary of America that Saudi Arabia can purchase nuclear bomb from Pakistan in which case Pakistan can face consequences of violation of Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
(Opposed by the Minister for Commerce on behalf of Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs)
The concerned Minister has presented transcript of CNN interview of John Kerry and read out the relevant question asked and answer given by John Kerry. Nonetheless, the motion is fixed and held in order for hearing and discussion for 2 hours for coming Tuesday, 01-03-2016
4. Adj. Motion No. 04 (126)/2016-M
To discuss the following matters:
(i) Sales Tax on agriculture inputs should be abolished;
(ii) Support price of agriculture products must be ensured;
(iii) Electricity and Diesel should be provided to farmers at subsidized rates;
(iv) Farmers should be compensated for damage in yields and drop in prices of their produce;
(v) Duty free import of Fertilizers should be allowed;
(vi) New water reservoirs should be made; and
(vii) Import of agricultural products from India should be stopped immediately.
Senator Kamil Ali Agha,
Senator Shahi Syed,
Senator Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail,
Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi,
Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak
Senator Saeed Ghani
1. Ministry of Finance
2. Ministry of Water and Power
3. Ministry of Commerce
One of the Movers has been heard on behalf of other Members and Minister Incharge has opposed the admissibility of the motion in reference to item (i) and (v) as they essentially pertain to legislation. The said adjournment motion may broadly fall under the category of agriculture but seven items listed are subjects within themselves. The sub rules (b), (c) & (k) of 87 are attracted, therefore, motion is not held in order. The Movers may use other Parliamentary tools to discuss the said issues in the House. 02-03-2016
5. Adj. Motion No. 05 (126)/2016-M
to discuss the behavior of the staff of the Pakistani Foreign Missions working in developing countries while dealing with the overseas Pakistanis when they approach the embassies/missions for renewal of their passports, visas, CNIC and other issues
Senator Liaqat Khan Tarakai - Dropped due to absence of Movers. 03-03-2016
&
08-03-2016

DISCUSSION ON THE ADMITTED ADJOURNMENT MOTION

Sr. No. Subject matter of the adjournment motion Name of speakers Wind up statement by (Minister/Advisor) Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. The statement of Foreign Secretary of America that Saudi Arabia can Purchase nuclear bomb from Pakistan Senators Hafiz Hamdullah, Sehar Kamran, Sheher Bano Sherry Rehman, Mushahid Hussain Sayed Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs stated that adjournment motion is based on the newspaper, which has misreported and fabricated story. He read the extract of interview of John Kerry conducted by CNN. He assured the House that Pakistan has strong nuclear policy and there is no threat to it. Disposed off 08-03-2016

CONDOLENCE RESOLUTION

Sr. No. Name of the deceased Position/ Designation Resolution moved by Any special direction or mention by the Chairman Date
1. Nisar Muhammad Khan Former Senator Senator Col.(R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi The Secretariat was directed to send the copy of resolution to the bereaved family. 29-02-2016

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ RESOLUTIONS

Sr. No. Subject matter of the Resolution Name(s) of the Mover(s) Opposed by the Government or not Adopted unanimously or with majority Direction of the Chairman, if any Date
1. Special package for economic and educational development in FATA Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar, Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel and Gul Bashra Not opposed Passed
(unanimously)
29-02-2016
2. Enhancement of the quota reserved for Balochistan in appointment in OGDCL under Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan and the filling of posts on priority basis. Senators Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Dr. Ashok Kumar and Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi If the Minister concerned provides a list of persons appointed in the OGDCL under Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan to the Mover and the Mover is satisfied then the Resolution will not be pressed. List was provided and the Mover, upon satisfaction, withdrew the Resolution. 29-02-2016
&
07-03-2016
3. The tube wells installed in Balochistan for agricultural purposes may be converted from electricity to solar energy Senator Hafiz Hamdullah Dropped—Due to the absence of Mover
4. The representation of Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA in the Board of Functional Members and Governing Council of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics in order to hold an equitable and transparent population census-2016. Senator Sassui Palijo Opposed
(By Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change)
Referred to Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization, report to the House within one month
5. Increase the profit rates on National Saving Schemes particularly on those relating to pensioners and senior citizens Senators Lt. Gen. (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi and Muhammad Javed Abbasi Not opposed Passed
(unanimously)
- 07-03-2016
6. A Day Care Centre for the children of female employees in every Federal Government institution. Senator Sitara Ayaz Not opposed Passed
(unanimously)
- 07-03-2016
7. Government should revisit Indus Waters Treaty, 1960, in order to make new provisions in the treaty Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja Opposed
(By Minister of State for Water and Power)
Passed
(unanimously)
- 07-03-2016
8. The Government should buy electronic voting machines for Election Commission of Pakistan. Senator Mohammad Azam Khan Swati Not opposed Passed
(unanimously)
- 07-03-2016
9. The Government to facilitate the Balochistan Government in its efforts to overcome the problem of water shortage in Quetta. Senator Kalsoom Parveen - - Dropped—Due to the absence of Mover 07-03-2016
10. Tribute to Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy for winning her Oscar Award for short-term documentary titled “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness Senator Nasreen Jalil Passed
(unanimously)
04-03-2016
11. Regarding dilapidated condition of Federal Lodges in the country and non-payment of salaries to its staff on regular basis. Senator Farhatullah Babar Passed
(unanimously)
07-03-2016
12. To condemn the bomb blast in Charsadda Senators Syed Shibli Faraz, Sheher Bano Sherry Rehman, Leader of the House Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq Passed
(unanimously)
08-03-2016
13. International Women Day Senator Sheher Bano Sherry Rehman Passed
(unanimously)
04-03-2016

MOTION UNDER RULE 60

Sr. No. Subject Matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Name of Speakers Wind up by Minister / Advisor Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. Regarding construction of high rise buildings in E-11, Islamabad without obtaining NOC /permission from CDA. Senator Farhatullah Babar Mian Muhamad Ateeq Shaikh, Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, Baz Muhammad Khan, Zaheeruddin Babar Awan and Mohsin Aziz Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, the CADD Minister stated that CDA has cancelled the license of illegal societies. The Government is taking action against owners of these illegal societies and societies are being regulated through proper channel. Disposed off 10-03-2016

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218

Sr. No. Subject Matter of the Motion Name(s) of the Mover(s) Wind up by Minister / Advisor Direction of the Chairman at the end of discussion Date
1. The Prime Minister’s Health Program and its impact on common man in the country Senator Syed Muhammad Nehal Hashmi Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs. The motion was talked out. 29-02-2016
2. The situation arising out of the closure of the BOL media group as a consequence of action against an IT company Senator Taj Haider Deferred due to absence of the Mover. 29-02-2016
3. The privatization of PTCL with particular reference to delay in payment of $800 million to the Government by its buyer. Senators Syed Shibli Faraz Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change The motion was talked out. 29-02-2016
4. The role and responsibility of government with regard to religious tolerance, unity and harmony in the country Senator Nighat Mirza, Muhammad Ali Saif and Khushbakht Shujat Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs. The motion was talked out. 29-02-2016
5. The causes of delay in the opening of the new Islamabad International Airport. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Deferred 29-02-2016
6. The national and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with particular reference to the new regulations being proposed for them. Senator Farhatullah Babar Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Talked out 07-03-2016
7. The situation arising out of commercial activities in residential areas / sectors in Islamabad and the need to carry out an operation against the same. Senator Chaudhary Tanveer Khan Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Talked out 07-03-2016
8. The sufferings and hardships being faced by the employees of Frontier Constabulary due to inadequacy of basic facilities like residences, uniforms, shoes, salary and allowances being provided to them. Senator Shahi Syed - Deferred for next session 07-03-2016
9. The performance of Islamabad police with particular reference to increase in the cases of theft and street crimes in Islamabad. Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood - Due to absence of the Mover, the motion was dropped 07-03-2016
10. The situation arising out of the closure of the BOL media group as a consequence of action against an IT company. Senator Taj Haider - Deferred 07-03-2016

MOTION UNDER RULE 196

Sr. No. Senator’s Name For adoption of any report Status Date
1. Senator Mohsin Aziz Report of the Standing Committee on Textile Industry to monitor the implementation of Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Bill, 2015 Carried
(by majority)
10-03-2016

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Sr. No Senator's Name Matters of Public Importance Chairman’s Remarks Date
1. Senator Sehar Kamran Regarding the future of contract and daily wages employees in the wake of privatization. - 01-03-2016
2. Senator Saeed Ghani Regarding the letter issued to The employees of NBP by the government, declaring that they are not government employees of Pakistan The Minister of Parliamentary Affair will address the House tomorrow, in this context.
Follow up:
On 2nd March, 2016, Minister of the States for Parliamentary Affairs briefed the House regarding the matter of public importance about the status of employees of national Bank of Pakistan raised by Senator Saeed Ghani in previous sitting on 1st march 2016.
01-03-2016
3. Senator Aajiz Dhamra Regarding the advertisement of Islamabad Police that has opened job vacancies with no quota for provinces There is no law for distribution of quota 01-03-2016
4. Senator Sassui Palijo Regarding the unsatisfactory response by Interior Minister regarding NACTA The concerned Minister has conveyed message that he is available to make statement during the Session; date will be fixed in the due course. 01-03-2016
5. Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah Regarding the non-provision of pays to oversees Pakistani teachers. Senator may move a Calling Attention Notice in order to have an appropriate reply. 01-03-2016
6. Senator Tanveer-ul-Haq Regarding the poor services of PIA airlines affecting both the common and VIPs. - 01-03-2016
7. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari Regarding the extension of last date of Tax Amnesty Scheme. - 01-03-2016
8. Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari Regarding GIDC Bill, discussion was held in May and consensus was reached. 4 meetings have been held in this context but no implementation has been observed. The report has been submitted but not adopted. As it is not adopted so it can’t be enforced. Ask one of the members to move the report 01-03-2016
9. Senator Sitara Ayaz Regarding the delay in hiring of the Chairman of National Commission on Status of Woman , vacancy is vacant since one year Minister of State for Parliamentary Affair to apprise the House. 01-03-2016
10. Senator Ashok Kumar Regarding delay in paying of Steel Mills employees, leading to severed financial crisis. - 01-03-2016
11. Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi The Government has given relief of only 8 rupees in petrol price. There is, however, no plan of trickle-down effect of such a relief given to other sectors for benefits of poor - 01-03-2016
12. Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Regarding the inefficiency of Motorway Police about early announcement of fog. - 01-03-2016
13. Senator Nehal Hashmi Regarding the land given for opening of “bachat bazars” without any check and balance and unchecked marriage halls in cities, leading to traffic jams - 01-03-2016
14. Senator Muhammad Ali Saif Regarding the design flaws in Motorway near Kalar Kahar leading to serious accidents. - 01-03-2016
15. Senator Farhatullah Babar Regarding the Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chenoi who was ensured by Prime Minister to pass the concerned Bill. National Assembly could not pass Senate’s Bill in this regard. The Bill will be discussed in joint sitting of the Parliament 8 Bills including the Honor killing Bill have been transmitted by Senate to NA whereby those Bills have been lapsed; the same can be taken up in Join Sitting of the Parliament. Leader of the House may request the Prime Minister in this regard.
Furthermore, I think then other activist women who have been struggling on the roads for women rights and in particular, for this Bill of Honour Killing and if we are going to pass a resolution and the Senate is going to give its weight behind then there should be a mention of those women who have practically bear the dandas and the lathis of the police, they should also be reflected rather than just an Oscar Award being given by the United States.
01-03-2016
16. Senator Aitezaz Ahsan Regarding Indian Defence Minister’s claim that non-state actors involved in Pathan Kot incidents had support from government. The Pakistani government has filed an FIR in Gujranwala. This implies that Government has indirectly confirmed the foreign narrative. He also raised the issue regarding news article which accuses Pakistan of negative involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan Advisor to Ministry of Foreign Affairs remarks that Pakistan has considerable influence on Afghan Taliban. This is a matter of serious concern as this is a kind of implicit confession by the Advisor. The Senator stated that he admitted an adjournment motion in reference to NPT, on 2nd March, 2016. The Advisor to Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to be directed to address the House on following issues: (i) his alleged statement regarding Afghan Taliban (ii) On statement of Indian Defence Minister (iii) his Press Conference with Secretary of State. 02-03-2016
17. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi Regarding the definition of Baloch in Intermediate Sociology book part II. - 11-03-2016
18. Senator Nehal Hashmi Regarding the pollen allergy problems faced by the Islamabad residents in the month of March and April - 11-03-2016
19. Senator Sitara Ayaz Regarding Pakistan cricket team decision - 11-03-2016
20. Senator Chaudhary Tanvir Khan Regarding Public transport issues faced by women in Islamabad Leader of the House to look into the matter 11-03-2016
21. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Regarding adaptation of girls for education - 11-03-2016
22. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Regarding the unsatisfactory response by Interior Minister - 11-03-2016
23. Senator Mohsin Aziz Regarding divert attention towards unemployment in Pakistan - 11-03-2016
24. Senator Farhatullah Baber Regarding the recommendations of the Committee of Whole, which were adopted by the House, on missing peoples & news related to DAISH Matter regarding recommendations of the House on legislation pertaining to missing people will be taken up during the next Session. 11-03-2016
25. Senator Mushahid Hussain Regarding double standard of British foreign Secretary - 11-03-2016
26. Senator Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi Regarding Islamabad police transport facilities - 11-03-2016
27. Senator Sehar Kamran Regarding US Senate resolution for not to sale F-16 to Pakistan was rejected - 11-03-2016
28. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif Regarding Quaid-e-Azam University strike against administration and statement of Saudi Prince in which he mentioned that we have nuclear technology and we can use it anytime. The Chairman directed Leader of the House to look into the matter 11-03-2016
29. Senator Col (R) Tahir Hussain Mashadi Regarding decreases of oil prices and demand of Judicial inquiry by the parents of Army public school and Bacha Khan university victims - 11-03-2016
30. Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour Regarding Judicial Inquiry of Army Public school and Bacha Khan University attack - 11-03-2016
31. Senator Shahi Syed Regarding confrontation between rangers and police in the province of Sindh particularly in Karachi - 11-03-2016
32. Senator Mohsin Khan Leghari Regarding preventions of floods in Balochistan and KPK - 11-03-2016
33. Senator Lt. General (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi Regarding difficulties being faced by the earthquake affected residents of Balakot - 11-03-2016

245th Session


Sittings Hours and Attendance
Session summoned on = 18-02-2016
Session prorogued on = 18-02-2016
Number of working days = 01
Number of actual sittings = 01
Number of private Members’ days = 0
Attendance = 72
Total hours of sittings = 2 hours 30 minutes

COMMITTEE REPORTS PRESENTED

Number of Reports of Standing Committees = 01

LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

GOVERNMENT BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Bill Originated in
1. The Electoral Rolls (Amendment) Bill, 2015 18-02-2016 National Assembly
2. The Delimitation of Constituencies (Amendment) Bill, 2015 18-02-2016 National Assembly
3. The Pakistan Halal Authority Bill, 2015 18-02-2016 National Assembly
4. The Publication of Laws of Pakistan Bill, 2015 18-02-2016 National Assembly

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS
Total received = 16
Placed on the Orders of the Day = 03
Dropped = 03

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES
Total received = 23
Placed on the Orders of the Day = 02
Statement by Mover and Minister concerned = 01
Dropped due to absence of Member = 01

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Sr. No Senator's Name Matter of Public Importance Chairman’s Remarks
1. Senator Saeed Ghani Regarding the tragic incident in Kotli where an innocent person lost his life in a rally as a result of clash between supporters of two political parties.
2. Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati Reports as to non-willingness on the part of Government to conduct census.
3. Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh Regarding the increase in prices of medicines by 60% & 100% by various companies Referred to the Standing Committee concerned.
4. Senator Nehal Hashmi Regarding the shortage of water in Karachi affecting areas of Baldia Town, Kiamari. Consequently, the price of water has been increased by tankers mafia. Chairman Senate will talk to Chief Minister in this regards and inform the House.
5. Senator Dr. Ashok Kumar Regarding accident at the railway track near Hyderabad where 6 people lost their lives.
6. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif Regarding the joint military exercises with KSA, amidst the tensions in Middle East. He requested the government to clarify the position at all forums.
7. Senator Sitara Ayaz Regarding the inauguration of grid station in Swabi which is being delayed, due to the tussle between Provincial Federal Government. Directed Senator Iqbal Zafar Jhagra to look into the matter.
8. Senator Khushbakht Shujat Drew attention of the House towards the announcement in the flights before landing at Quaid-e-Azam International Airport Karachi. Cabin crew only announces “Jinnah” International Airport. Notified Name of the said airport will be checked.
9. Senator Farhatullah Babar Seconded by Senator Aitzaz Ahsan Drew attention of the House that the Minister for Defence had to make statement at the floor of the House regarding the visit of Army Chief to Afghanistan. The concerned minister will be present in the next session to answer the questions.
10. Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Regarding termination of services of employees of PIA working on daily wages. The workers who protested against privatization are being fired.
11. Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel Regarding the strict policies in issuance of NICs & Form-B of Pakhtuns in Punjab which affects education.
12. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar Regarding the incident of Punjab University where students belonging to Balochistan especially with the Pashtoon origin were attacked and injured in Hostels. Requested Leader of the House to look into the matter
13. Senator Farhatullah Babar Regarding the recent statement of the Prime Minister regarding NAB. The NAB Chairman declined to meet the Prime Minister, as a meeting was scheduled to be held today.
14. Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif Regarding the workers being fired by the Ministry of Interior.

244th Session (Requisitioned Session)


Sittings Hours and Attendance
Requisition received on = 02-02-2016
Session summoned by the Chairman Senate on = 10-02-2016
Session prorogued on = 12-02-2016
Number of working days = 03
Number of actual sittings = 03
Number of private Members’ days = 0
Maximum attendance = 83 on 10-02-2016
Minimum attendance = 63 on 12-02-2016
Average attendance = 74%
Total hours of sittings = 9 hours 48 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 4 hours 17 minutes on 10-02-2016
Minimum hours of sitting = 2 hours 19 minutes on 12-02-2016
Average hours of sittings = 3 hours 12 minutes

ISSUES/ MATTERS MENTIONED IN THE REQUISITION WERE
DISCUSSED THROUGH MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218


Sr. No. Discussed on Brief Subject
1. 10-02-2016 • Brutal killing/injuries of PIA workers including media person.
• The enforcement of Pakistan Essential Services (Maintenance) Act, 1952.
2. 11-02-2016 • The House may discuss the matter of depriving masses of benefits of gross reduction in petroleum prices in International Markets.
• The House may discuss the Government’s decision to further burden the gas consumers in the country with Rs.101 billion.
3. 12-02-2016 • The House may discuss the matter of depriving masses of benefits of gross reduction in petroleum prices in International Markets.
• The House may discuss the Government’s decision to further burden the gas consumers in the country with Rs.101 billion.

RULINGS OF THE CHAIR ANNOUNCED DURING THE SESSION

Sr. No. Date Subject
1. 10-02-2016 Ruling regarding transaction of business during the requisitioned session.
2. 11-02-2016 Ruling on Adjournment Motion No.01(122)/2015-M, moved by Senator Taj Haider on 22nd December, 2015 (122nd session) regarding the decision of the sponsors of Tuwairqi Steel Mills Limited (TSML) to dismantle the project because of the dispute on imposition of GIDC by the Federal Government.
3. 12-02-2016 Ruling regarding situation arising out of non-convening of the meeting of the Council as required under clause (3) of Article 154 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

SENATE BUSINESS TRANSCATED DURING 124TH SESSION OF THE SENATE

Committee Reports Presented

Number of Reports of various Standing Committees = 14

CONDOLENCE RESOLUTIONS PASSED DURING THE SESSION

Sr. No. Passed on Names
1. 10-02-2016 Mr. Intezar Hussain, famous literary figure
2. 11-02-2016 Malik Muhammad Ali Khan, former Deputy Chairman Senate
3. Fatima Surya Bajia, renowned Urdu novelist, playwright and drama writer of Pakistan

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS TRANSCATED DURING 124TH SESSION OF THE SENATE


BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill/ Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Bill, 2015 10-02-2016 Government Bill National Assembly

ORDINANCE LAID AND TREATED AS BILL INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE IN TERMS OF CLAUSE (3)(B) OF ARTICLE 89 OF THE CONSTITUTION

Sr. No. Laid on Title
1. 10-02-2016 The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 (Ordinance No. XVI of 2015)
(the Ordinance was treated as Bill introduced in the Senate and referred to the Standing Committee concerned)

PAPERS LAID

Sr. No. Laid on Title
1. 11-02-2016 Annual report of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan for the Financial year 2014-15, as required under sub-section (6) of the section 25 of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Act, 1997 (Act No. XLII of 1997).

POINTS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

Senator Saeed Ghani raised an issue regarding Local Government Elections in Sindh, he pointed out weaknesses of Election Commission and lacunas of Law.
Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati pointed that essential medicines prices have increased upto 25% therefore, there is a shortage in the market.
Senator Kalsoom Parveen pointed out that during the strike of PIA private airlines had raised air fares more than three times of routine airfare. The Chairman informed the Member that he had already referred the matter in his Chamber to the Standing Committee on Finance for consideration and report.

243rd Session


Sittings and hours etc.
Session summoned on = 11-01-2016
Session prorogued on = 22-01-2016
Number of working days = 12
Number of actual sittings = 10
Number of private Members’ days = 2
Maximum attendance = 73 (on 14-01 and 22-01-2016)
Minimum attendance = 48 (on 15-01-2016)
Average attendance = 67%
Total hours of sittings = 35 hours 15 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 4 hours 45 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 1 hours 53 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 3 hours 31 minutes

BUSINESS TRANSACTED DURING 123RD SESSION OF THE SENATE


BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE

Sr. No. Title of the Bill Passed by the Senate on Government Bill/ Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Foreigners (Amendment) Bill, 2016 15-01-2016 GOVERNMENT BILL SENATE
2. The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 15-01-2016 GOVERNMENT BILL SENATE
3. The Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Bill, 2016 18-01-2016 PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL SENATE
4. The Law Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-01-2016 PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL SENATE
5. The Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-01-2016 PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL SENATE
6. The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-01-2016 PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL SENATE
7. The Supreme Court (Number of Judges) (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-01-2016 PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL SENATE
8. The Anti Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-01-2016 PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL SENATE
9. The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016 18-01-2016 PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL SENATE
10. The Arbitration and Conciliation Bill, 2016 18-01-2016 PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL SENATE

BILL INTRODUCED IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (UNDER ARTICLE 73 OF THE CONSTITUTION)

The Senate also made recommendations on the Money Bill, further to amend the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 [The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016].


GOVERNMENT BILL RECEIVED FROM NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND REFERRED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE

Sr. No. TITLE OF THE BILL REFERRED ON BILL ORIGINATED IN
1. The Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (Amendment) Bill, 2016 15-01-2016 National Assembly

PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL INTRODUCED IN THE SENATE AND REFERRED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEES

Sr. No. TITLE OF THE BILL REFERRED ON BILL ORIGINATED IN
1. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 20116.
(Omission of Article 182) (Senator Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar Awan)
11-01-2016 Senate

AMENDMENTS IN THE RULES OF PROCEDURE AND CONDUCT OF BUSINESS IN THE SENATE, 2012.

DATE REMARKS
20-01-2016 Amendment in rule 173 in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, regarding substitution of word “four”, with the word “five”, making provision for a Senator to be a member of five Standing / Functional Committees at the same time.
Amendment in rule 257 in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, regarding insertion of sub-rule (3) for making provision of a detailed report of the business transacted by the Senate during a session after prorogation of every session and also a detailed report during a parliamentary year shall also be made public at the end of each Parliamentary Years.
22-01-2016 Amendment in rule 184 in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, regarding substitution of sub-rule (1) for making provision relating to fixation and change of date and time of a Standing Committee by the Chairman Standing Committee and a Secretary of concerned Ministry/ Division which shall not vary the original date and time for more than one week.
Amendment in rule 198 in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012, relating to the time table of business of a Committee and determination of its the agenda without consultation with the Minster concerned.

Committee Reports Presented

Number of committee reports presented in the House = 11

DIRECTIONS ISSUED BY THE CHAIRMAN SENATE

  1. On 12.01.2016, considering the issues of Saudi Iranian conflict and recent visit of Saudi Foreign Minister and Defence Minister and talks of four countries on Kabul question, Mr. Chairman directed the Advisor on Foreign Affairs to appear before the House on 13.01.2016 and inform the House about the issues that he had underlined. Mr. Chairman further directed that a copy of issues be provided to the Advisor on Foreign to make a statement.

  2. On 14.01.2016, the Chairman Senate directed the Senate Secretariat that the name of the province of Sindh should be spelled as "Sindh" not "Sind".

RULINGS OF THE CHAIR

Sr. No. Date Subject
1. 11-01-2016 Need for revival of Students Unions in the Country particularly in colleges and universities
2. 21-01-2016 Question of absence of the Minister for Defence from the House

RESOLUTIONS
Received : 45
Admitted : 35
Disallowed : 04
Lapsed : 06
Passed by the House : 09
Dropped in the House : 01
Admitted but lapsed : 25

RESOLUTIONS WERE PASSED ON THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS / MATTERS

Sl. No. Passed on Brief Subject
1. 11.01.2016 Recommending to the Government to establish new residential Sectors in Islamabad.
2. 11.01.2016 Recommending to the Government to provide an additional amount of Rs. 2 billion to NACTA.
3. 11.01.2016 Recommending to the Government to explore new markets abroad for Pakistani goods.
4. 11.01.2016 Recommending to the Government to immediately ban the VIP Protocol in the country.
5. 11.01.2016 Recommending to the Government to improve the performance of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council.
6. 18.01.2016 Recommending to the Government to depute female staff in all departments of gynaecology, breast cancer and mammogram in all Government hospitals in the Federal Capital.
7. 18.01.2016 Recommending to the Government o explore new reserves of oil and gas in the country.

Consensus resolution passed by suspending rules:    02

Sl. No. Passed on Brief Subject
1. 12.01.2016 On the eve of birthday of Ahmed Faraz.
2. 20.01.2016 To condemn the terrorist attack on Bacha Khan University, Charsadda on 20th January, 2016. The Senate demanded for constitution of an oversight committee of the Parliament to monitor the efforts of the Federal and Provincial Governments as well as the agencies concerned to further improve their performance in relations to control terrorism in the country.

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 218
Received : 63
Admitted : 52
Disallowed : 07
Lapsed : 04
Discussed in the House : 05
Referred to Committee : 01
Admitted but lapsed : 46

MOTION UNDER RULE 218 WERE DISCUSSED IN THE HOUSE ON THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS / MATTERS

Sr. No. Discussed on Brief Subject
1. 11.01.2016 Revival of student unions in the educational institutions in the country.
2. 11.01.2016 The present position of balance of trade of the country.
3. 18.01.2016 Establishment of new public hospitals in Islamabad.
4. 18.01.2016 Performance of Private Hajj tour operators during Hajj 2015.
5. 18.01.2016 The overall performance of the Ministry of Housing and Works with particular reference to failure of PHA Foundation to complete the work on Officers’ Housing Scheme, Kurri Road Islamabad.

Matters of Public Importance
11-01-2016 03
12-01-2016 08
15-01-2016 12
20-01-2016 08
22-01-2016 05
Total = 36

Matters of Public Importance
Date Name of the Senator & Matter Directions/Remarks
11-01 2016 Point of Public Importance Raised by Senator Saeed Ghani regarding arrest of workers of Phillip Morris Tobacco Company under MPO in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Mr. Chairman stated that it is a provincial matter but I ask Senator Shibli Faraz to take up this matter with the government of PTI in KP and inform the House accordingly.
Senator Taj Haider raised a matter of Non-Issuance of CNIC to the orphan children in Eidhi Center. Chairman Senate stated that this issue was solved in past but temporarily and for long term solution, a bill moved by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja which was pending, and I directed to see that bill to amend or to bring fresh law. He directed Secretariat to give full brief about the status of the bill so that it could be taken up further.
Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif raised a matter regarding holding a person as criminal prior to a trial by the Court of Law. The Chairman directed him to bring this issue through relevant instrument so that it could be taken up in the House.
12-01 2016 Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati raised a matter regarding food adultration. The Chairman informed him that the issue and other related issues have already been taken up by Standing Committee on Law and Justice and you can attend tomorrow’s meeting of standing committee and contribute your suggestions as Committee is amending the laws.
Senator Nasreen Jalil raised an issue regarding prediction of another heat wave in Karachi. The Chairman asked Senator Taj Haider to look into this matter and accordingly Senator Taj informed the House that the heat wave is expected in middle of April and the Ministry of Environment of Sind has arranged workshop next month to spread awareness about the measures to be taken in this regard.
Senator Nasreen Jalil raised a matter regarding undue shifting of few shops at Karachi airport. The Chairman asked Leader of the House, Senator Raja Zafar ul Haq to take this issue with Civil Aviation Authority and inform accordingly.
Senator Usman Khan Kakar raised a matter regarding a delegation of 30 landlords has come from Balochistan to Islamabad. ---
Senator Chaudhry Tanvir Khan raised a matter regarding incidents of blasts of LPG cylinders in Rawalpindi. The Chairman said that it is the provincial matter, but you can prepare a calling attention notice so that it could be put before Minister for Petroleum and then he can take some measures to check quality.
Senator Taj Haider raised an issue regarding acute problems of nutrition in Thar. Senator Gianchand also spoke on the matter. Senator Gianchand also spoke on the matter. ---
Senator Nihal Hashmi raised a matter regarding scarcity of civic amenities in Thar. ---
Senator Mushahidullah Khan rasied an issue regarding choking of sewerage lines in Karachi. ---
15-01-2016 Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Muhammad Shahi raised an issue regarding fixing of interview venue at Karachi for Balochistan candidates. The Chairman asked the Minister to do the needful and ensure to facilitate the candidate hailing from Balochistan.
Senator Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari raised an issue regarding status of quota system. The Chairman observed that he is delaying his ruling in this case till next session, if the bill is not passed in National Assembly then he will give his ruling.
Senator Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan raised an issue regarding regularization of contract teachers in Islamabad. The Chairman informed that a public petition from teachers has also been referred to CADD.

The Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs sheikh Aftab Ahmed replied that I will convey the matter to concerned Minister and Secretary CADD as well look into it and he further stated that directions from the Prime Minister are also there on the issue.
Senator Hidayatullah raised an issue regarding passport office, Bajaur Agency. The Chairman directed to send the verbatim of Senator Hidayatullah to the Leader of the House with a request to take up this issue with the Ministry of Interior.
Senator Khushbakht Shujat raised a matter regarding issues of teachers on daily wages and overall quota system. ---
Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar raised a matter regarding live telecasting of speeches of all Senators on website of the Senate. The Chairman directed Secretary Senate to ensure the live streaming on website and secondly he referred the matter of coverage of Senate by PTV to the Standing Committee on Information.
Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel raised an issue regarding installation of 132KV line and opening of passport office in District Qila Saifullah. The Chairman directed to send the verbatim to Leader of the House with a request to take it up.
Senator Kamil Ali Agha raised an issue of recruitment in the Ministry of Petroleum. The Chairman directed to send the verbatim of Senator Kamil Ali Agha to the Minister for Petroleum with a direction that he should appear before the House on Tuesday and give the exact position vis a viz these recruitments.
Senator Hamdullah raised an issue regarding provision of arms licenses for security. ---
Senator Ahmed Hassan raised an issue of posts in Federal Government on Merit. ---
Senator Khalida Perveen raised an issue regarding spreading of Hepatitis and TB diseases and unscheduled gas load shedding in South Punjab. ---
Senator Gianchand raised an issue regarding unbalanced distribution of resources to backward areas like Tharparker. ---
20-01-2016 Senator Ashok Kumar raised a matter regarding misbehaviour of the Principal of a private school with the student and her parent. Mr. Chairman directed the Leader of the House to look into this matter and inform the House accordingly.
Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel raised an issue regarding the injustice done to the handicapped. Mr. Chairman referred the matter to the Standing Committee on Inter Provincial Coordination with a direction to present report in 45 days in the House.
Senator Kalsoom Perveen raised a point of public importance regarding renewing of Cancelled Arms Licenses. Mr. Chairman stated that matter will be taken up with the Minister of Interior when he comes to the House.
Senator Kamil Ali Agha raised an issue regarding reducing the prices of petroleum products. The Chairman directed to send the issue to the minister for Petroleum.
Senator Kamil Ali Agha raised an issue regarding provision of vaccine of swine flue. The Chairman directed him to sign the calling attention notice on the same issue submitted by Senator Abdur Rehman Malik.
Senator Lt. Gen Abdul Qayyum raised an issue regarding murder of Dr. Shahid Malik, a Cardiologist in PIMS. The Chairman took this matter with the Leader of the House then he decided that he himself will talk to the IG, Islamabad.
Senator Muhammad Daud Khan Achakzai raised an issue regarding termination of contract of NADRA employees in Balochistan. The Chairman referred this issue to the Minister of State for Interior with a direction to reply on Friday.
Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar raised an issue regarding establishment of Trauma Centers in Government Hospitals. The Chairman stated that the Minister for CADD had replied to same issue once before, if the issue of trauma centers is there in his reply then send him that with a request to explain the status of trauma centers in Islamabad.
22-01-2016 Point of Public Importance raised by Senator Atta ur Rahman regarding holding the Madrassas responsible for terrorist activity under National Action Plan. ---
Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Mosakhail regarding load shedding of gas in Balochistan. ---
Senator Siraj ul Haq regarding establishment of a Commission for Truth. Mr. Chairman requested by the Leader of the House to look into the matter
Senator Kushbakht Shujahat regarding non provision of security to educational institutions by the state. ---
Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif regarding acceptance of responsibility of Pathan Kot attack in a news conference by Commander of Mutehidda Jehed Council. Mr. Chairman asked the Minster for Interior as to whether he is aware to the matter. The Minister expressed his unawareness therefore Mr. Chairman asked him to look into the matter and report.

STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 483
Admitted : 409
Disallowed : 09
Lapsed : 65
Replied : 125
Referred to Standing Committee : 03
Admitted but lapsed : 281

UN-STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 13
Admitted : 08
Disallowed : 02
Lapsed : 03
Admitted but lapsed : 08

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 60
Received : 01
Withdrawn by the Member : 01

PRIVILEGE MOTIONS
Total received = 03
Admitted and referred to the Privileges Committee = 03

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS
Total received = 06
Held in order = 03
i)   Admitted for two hours discussion and discussed in the House = 03
Held out of order = 03

Subject of Adjournment Motions admitted & discussed in the House

  1. Recent tension in the relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
  2. Concerns of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan about the Western route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
  3. Regarding the speech delivered by US President Barak Obama wherein he mentioned the name of Pakistan in the context of terrorism / extremism and stated that instability will continue for decades in parts of Pakistan.

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES
Total received = 20
Held in order and statement made in the House = 15
Held out of order = 03
Lapsed = 02

Subjects of Calling Attention Notices on which statements were made in the House

  1. Regarding non-supply of sui gas to the residents of Farash Town Phase-I & II, Islamabad.
  2. Regarding acute shortage of gas supplies to domestic consumers all over the country especially in Punjab Province.
  3. Non-increase in pension of employees of PIA and minimum pension @ Rs. 6000/- per month is not being paid to the employees of PIA.
  4. Decision of ECC to give a subsidy amounting to Rs. 6.5 billion to the sugar mills to export 500,000 tons of sugar.
  5. Regarding the tension created between Iran and Saudi Arabia and to the possible results thereof.
  6. Dumping of garbage and waste in Nullah Lai in Islamabad.
  7. Regarding import of various vegetables and fruit from Iran affecting the local farmers.
  8. Production of expensive electricity at Nandipur Power Plant.
  9. Recent acute shortage of wheat (Atta) in Gilgit Baltistan.
  10. Disconnection of power supply to WASA (Hyderabad) by HESCO.
  11. Reduction in profit rates of National Saving Schemes pertaining to pensioners and senior citizens.
  12. Regarding the wastage of precious time of students due to the protests being carried out by the Teachers in Islamabad for many days.
  13. On Non-giving of equal representation to smaller provinces and FATA in the Governing Council and Functional membership of the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
  14. On delay in completion of Islamabad Citizens’ club F-9 Park Islamabad.
  15. On terrorist attack on Polio Vaccination team in Quetta.

VISIT OF STUDENTS TO THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE

SR. NO. NAME OF INSTITUTION DATE
1. Visit of National Savings Regular Course Participants. 12-01-2016
2. Visit of a group of students and staff of Government High School, Bandat Musa-Zai, Qillah Saifullah, Balochistan 13-01-2016
3. Visit of a group of students and faculty members of National Law College, Lahore. 14-01-2016
4. Visit of a group of students and faculty members of University of Management Sciences and Information Technology, Kotli, Azad Jammu & Kashmir. 18-01-2016
5. Visit of a group of Trainee Sub-Editors/faculty members of Pakistan Broadcasting Academy, Islamabad. 18-01-2016

MATTERS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEES

Sr. No. Standing Committee Subject Matter Referred Date
1. Standing Committee on Law and Justice [The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015] (Omission of Article 182), moved by Senator Zaheer ud Din Babar Awan 11-01-2016
2. Standing Committee on Law and Justice Motion Under Rule 218 moved by Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood "The Senate of Pakistan may discuss the affairs of cooperative housing societies in Islamabad particularly the violations committed by them in planning and allocation of land for community services." 11-01-2016
3. Standing Committee on Law and Justice The un-attended orphans (rehabilitation and welfare) Bill, 2013, moved by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja (The Chairman while showing resentment on the long pendency of the Bill entrusted it to the Standing Committee on Law and Justice with the direction to report back in the next session along with a draft Bill to the extent of ICT.
The Chairman further directed the Standing Committee on Law and Justice to draft a model Bill within a period of two months for the provinces which can be sent to the provincial Government as recommendation.)
12-01-2016
4. Standing Committee on Commerce
As far as the overall Trade Policy is concerned, to that extent the matter is referred to the Standing Committee on Commerce for consideration that whether the Trade Policy should remain intact or not. Chairman directed that the Committee shall submit its report in the next session of the Senate.
Calling Attention Notice of Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi regarding import of various vegetables and fruit from Iran affecting the local farmers 12-01-2016
Standing Committee on Finance
As far as the facts and figures reported by the Custom Authorities regarding the import and export from Iran, the matter was referred to the Standing Committee on Finance to examine the facts and figures and report back to the House in next session of the Senate.
5. Cabinet Secretariat Bill further to amend the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Act, 1991 [The Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (Amendment) Bill, 2016], as passed by the National Assembly 15-01-2016
6. Information broadcasting Issue raised during zero hour by Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar regarding discrimination by the PTV in live telecasting of proceedings of the House. 15-01-2016
7. Standing Committee on Inter-Provincial Coordination Issue raised by Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel during Zero Hour non-observance of quota of the handicapped people in all the provinces. 20-01-2016
8. Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Maulana Tanveer Ul Haq Thanvi moved his privilege motion against the Rangers who conducted at his Madrasah in Karachi 14-01-2016
9. Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja moved his privilege motion against the Chief Secretary Balochistan, Secretary Planning and Development, Secretary Coastal areas Balochistan and Secretary Disaster Management Authority who were invited to attend the meeting of the sub-committee of Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms but they did not attend the same without any cogent reason 20-01-2016
10. Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Motion against the officials of Islamabad Airport by Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi 21-01-2016
11. Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Senator Kalsoom Perveen moved the privilege motion against Mr. Haneef Gul D.S Railways Quetta due to his rude behavior. 21-01-2016

CONSTITUTION OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE UNDER RULE 204

During the Senate sitting held on 20.01.2016, the Secretary Senate presented consolidated statement of the status of 24 demands of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which were referred to various Standing Committees.

After laying of the statement on the Tables, the Chairman constituted a Special Committee on the issue comprising Senator Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah as Chairman and the Chair persons of all the Committees to whom the matters were earlier referred as Members of the Special Committee and directed that the Special Committee shall submit its report to the House within a period of 60 days.


DISCUSSION ON THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COUNCIL OF ISLAMIC IDEOLOGY
UNDER RULE 157 (2)

Discussion on the annual report of the Council of Islamic Ideology under Rule 157 (2), 18 members discussed the report for one hour and forty minutes. On the question of existence of Council of Islamic Ideology Mr. Chairman referred to Clause (4) of Article 230 of the Constitution and observed that it did not emanate that the final report is submitted or not the Council will cease to exist.

242nd Session


Sittings and hours etc.
Session summoned on = 14-12-2015
Session prorogued on = 01-01-2016
Number of working days = 15
Number of actual sittings = 13
Number of private Members’ days = 3
Maximum attendance = 73 (on 14-12-2015)
Minimum attendance = 51 (on 29-12-2015)
Average attendance = 61%
Total hours of sittings = 42 hours 45 minutes
Maximum hours of sitting = 4 hours 12 minutes
Minimum hours of sitting = 2 hours 10 minutes
Average hours of sittings = 3 hours 27 minutes
Discussion on the President’s Address
Motion moved on = 15-12-2015
Discussion held on = 17th and 18th December, 2015
Winding up on = 21-12-2015
Number of speakers = 11

SUMMARY OF THE BUSINESS TRANSACTED
LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Bills passed:    04

Details of the passed Bills are as follows:-

Sl. No. Title of the Bill: Passed by the Senate on Government Bill/ Private Members Bill Bill Originated in
1. The Islamabad Subordinate Judiciary Service Tribunal Bill, 2015 15-12-2015 GOVERNMENT BILL National Assembly
[Passed with amendments proposed by the Standing Committee]
2. The Federal Judicial Academy (Amendment) Bill, 2014 23-12-2015 GOVERNMENT BILL SENATE
3. The Islamabad Compulsory Vaccination and Protection of Health Workers Bill, 2015
(Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq)
28-12-2015 PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL SENATE
4. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2015 01-01-2016 GOVERNMENT BILL SENATE

Government Bills introduced in the Senate and referred to Standing Committee:    01

Sl. No. TITLE OF THE ORDINANCE LAID / INTRODUCED ON
1. The Future Market Bill, 2015 30-12-2015

Private Members’ Bills introduced in the Senate and referred to Standing Committees:    02

Sl. No. TITLE OF THE BILLS INTRODUCED ON
1. The National University of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2015
(Farhatullah Babar And Atta Ur Rehman)
14-12-2015
(122nd Session)
2. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2015
(Sassui Palijo)
21-12-2015
(122nd Session)

Bills transmitted by the National Assembly and referred to the Standing Committees:    08

Sl. No. TITLE OF THE BILLS REFERRED ON BILL ORIGINATED IN
1. The Pakistan Health Research Council Bill, 2015. 22-12-2015 National Assembly
2. The Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers (Amendment) Bill, 2015. 22-12-2015 National Assembly
3. The Publication of Laws of Pakistan Bill, 2015. 23-12-2015 National Assembly
4. The Pakistan Halal Authority Bill, 2015. 23-12-2015 National Assembly
5. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2015. 23-12-2015 National Assembly
6. The Patents (Amendment) Bill, 01-01-2016 National Assembly
7. The Delimitation of Constituencies (Amendment) Bill, 2015. 01-01-2016 National Assembly
8. The Electoral Rolls (Amendment) Bill, 2015. 01-01-2016 National Assembly

Ordinances Laid in the Senate:    04

Sl. No. TITLE OF THE ORDINANCE LAID ON
1. The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.

(Ordinance No. XI of 2015)
15-12-2015
2. The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.

(Ordinance No. XIV of 2015)
15-12-2015
3. The Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (Conversion) Ordinance, 2015.

(Ordinance No. XVII of 2015)
15-12-2015
4. The Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015.

(Ordinance No. XVIII of 2015)
22-12-2015

Ordinance disapproved by the Senate:    01

The Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (Conversion) Ordinance, 2015, (Ordinance No. XVII of 2015) was laid in the Senate on 15th December, 2015 which stood disapproved upon passage of a resolution in this regard on 31st December, 2015.


STATEMENTS MADE BY THE MINISTERS IN PURSUANCE OF CHAIRMAN’S DIRECTIONS

Date and direction Minister concerned Date of statement Discussion
28-12-2015 Mr. Sartaj Aziz 29-12-2015 Regarding Indian Prime Minister’s Visit to Pakistan and Talks between Pakistan Army Chief and Afghan Authorities.
14-12-2015 Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan 30-12-2015 On the National Action Plan. The Chairman allowed the Senators to ask questions relating to implementation of that plan. 22 Senators spoke and asked various questions. The verbatim of proceedings was sent to the Minister and the Chairman directed that the replies to the questions will be given in the next session. Discussion will also be held on the matter during the next session.
28-12-2015 Khuawja Muhammad Asif 31-12-2015 On the visit of Chief of Army Staff in Afghanistan

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER

Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, made a statement on the Prime Minister’s Health Programme.

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER UNDER RULE 265

Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Minister for Commerce, made a statement under rule 265, regarding the 10th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Nairobi, Kenya.


MATTERS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEES BY THE CHAIRMAN AND ACTION TAKEN THEREON

The matter raised by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed pertaining to the report submitted by CDA in Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding settlement of Christian community in Kachi Abadis in Islamabad.
The matter was referred to the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat report of which was laid in the House on 21st December, 2015
Due to some lacunas and contradiction in the statement of CDA authorities the matter was referred to the Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges which submitted its report on 28th December, 2015.


MATTERS RAISED BY MEMBERS AND SOLVED DUE TO INTERVENTION OF THE CHAIRMAN SENATE

Issue of promotion of teachers of FATA raised by Senators Muhammad Taj Afridi, Mir Kabeer Ahmad Muhammad Shahi and Usman Khan Kakar.
The Honourable Chairman called the Minister and Senators concerned and the representatives of teachers in his chamber. The matter was resolved.


DIRECTIONS ISSUED BY THE CHAIRMAN SENATE

The Chairman Senate directed the Senate Secretariat to issue notice to the MD PTV for not telecasting live the remaining part of proceedings after airing the statement of the Minister for Defence.


Amendments in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Senate, 2012.
DATE REMARKS
28-12-2015 Amendments in rules 43, 65, 86 for making a provision for notices of questions, calling attention notices and adjournment motions through e-mail. Now the Members can submit the notices of these items through e-mail.
Amendment in rule 158 and insertion of new rules 172C, 172D, 172E for making provision for committee on delegated legislation. This committee will examine the rules, regulations and orders etc. made/issued by the executed under the authority of law.
Insertion of new rule 212A regarding pending business of former Members. There was a lot of business of the former Members which has been disposed of under this provision.

Committee Reports Presented

Number of committee reports laid in the House = 30

Committee Reports Discussed and Adopted by the House

Adoption of the report of the Committee of the Whole and formation of bipartisan special oversight committee

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ RESOLUTIONS
Received : 40
Admitted : 30
Disallowed : 08
Passed by the House : 14
Dropped in the House : 04
Carried forwarded : 14

Private Members Resolutions passed:    08

1. To show solidarity with the families of martyrs of Army Public School, Peshawar.
2. Strict implementation of law to disallow the resurrection of banned outfits with new names.
3. To provide gas to the areas near to the gas fields (Article 138)
4. To provide basic facilities to the residents of KatchiAbadies in Islamabad.
5. To correct the name of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Urdu.
6. To establish a regular Secretariat for Council of Common Interest (CCI).
7. Accountability system for the Private Hajj Tour Operators.
8. Provision of financial assistance to the families of victims of terrorism incidents.

Consensus resolution passed by suspending rules:    06

1. On the eve of first anniversary of Army Public School, Peshawar Attack.
2. On the eve of Working Women Day.
3. To pay tribute to Malka-e-Tranum Noor Jehan.
4. On the eve of death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.
5. Principles of khutaba-e-Hijat-ul-Wida.
6. To congratulate the Christians on eve of Christmas.

Motions under Rule 218
Received : 44
Admitted : 32
Disallowed : 05
Under process : 07
Discussed : 09
Dropped in the House : 02
Referred to Committee : 01
Carried forwarded : 20

Subjects / matters which were discussed through motions under Rule 218

1. To improve the efficiency of Pakistan Embassies.
2. Award to LNG Terminal to Elengy Pvt. Limited without completing codal formalities.
3. Situation arising out of non-construction of new Dams.
4. The domain and jurisdiction of CCI and delay in convincing of its meeting.
5. The hardships of overseas Pakistanis due to terror incidents in west and remedies to lessen them.
6. The foreign policy of Pakistan and its successes and failures.
7. Human trafficking from Pakistan.
8. Procedure for appointment of Chairman and Members of FST.
9. The present situation of circular debt and smooth provision of electricity to the consumers.

Matters of Public Importance
14-12-2015 09
17-12-2015 01
22-12-2015 04
23-12-2015 18
28-12-2015 01
29-12-2015 01
Total = 34

Point of Public Importance
Date Name of the Senator & Matter Directions/Remarks
14-12 2015 Point of Public Importance Raised by Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Leader of the Opposition Regarding Briefing on the National Action Plan by the Interior Minister Mr. Chairman informed the House that the Interior Minister has asked for a briefing on National Action Plan on the same day.
Senator Aurangzeb Khan on the Problems of Teachers in FATA. Chairman Senate asked him to bring the demands of teachers to his Chamber and we will look into it.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed regarding prejudice shown against Christians by CDA. The Chairman expressed his shock and grievance over this issue and gave references from the Constitution of Pakistan which are protecting the fundamental rights of the citizens of Pakistan. He referred this matter to the Standing Committee with instructions to present report in one week and then House will decide what action is to be taken against CDA and persons who are responsible for making these observations.
Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Mohammad Shahi regarding the salary of Security Guards on Bolan Manjo Shori Pipeline. Chairman Senate asked them to come along with the Senator Aurangzeb Khan into his Chamber who was to come with the list of demands from the teachers of FATA.
Point of Public Importance raised by Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Mohammad Shahi regarding the issues of FATA Teachers. Chairman Senate asked him to bring calling attention notice, so that the relevant Minister may answer this.
Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini regarding the price of rice in the country and non-procurement by PASCO.
Senator Shahi Syed Regarding Powers of the Rangers in Sindh The Chairman also stated the same and appealed to both the Sindh and Federal government to avoid discussions in media and the reservations of Chief Minister should be addressed out of the light of media.
Point of Public Importance Raised by Senator Saleem Zia Regarding Police Raid on the House of a Journalist in Sindh The Chairman asked Senator Taj Haider to look into this matter.
Senator Saeed Ghani Regarding Delegation of Powers to Rangers
17-12-2015 Senator Sassui Palijo, regarding political victimization in Sindh by the NAB.
22-12-2015 Senator Farhatullah Babar regarding CPEC being made controversial. Mr. Chairman stated that the answers were there but government requested for next rota day as they mentioned that the Minister Incharge cannot answer the supplementary questions. So tomorrow is the next rota day.
Senator Robina, regarding the fate of newly born babies kidnapped from hospitals. Mr. Chairman stated that there is no Minister to answer this. Minister can tell the figure of Islamabad only, they have to get figures from provinces. He suggested that all the women Senators can discuss this issue and bring some legislation or an amendment in existing laws. Bring a private member bill here and then we can send that to provinces to legislate accordingly. This is the constructive way forward.
Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini, regarding the newly explored gas in Balochistan. Mr. Chairman asked him to bring a calling attention notice, so that the concerned Minister can answer your questions.
Senator Shahi Syed raised a matter of public importance regarding implementation of National Action Plan. Mr. Chairman informed him that the concerned Minister will come in next week. Senator Farhatullah Babar has also given a calling attention notice in this regard. The Minister will answer your questions in next week.
23-12-2015 Senator Saeed Ghani on the Issue Conferring Power to Rangers in Sindh
Senator Mashahid Hussain Syed Regarding Establishment of an Institute for Culture and Music in Recognition of Constitution made by Madam Noor Jehan for Music and for Pakistan’s Soft Image. Mr. Chairman stated that until and unless we don't recognize our heroes we will not be able to develop a culture or history. He directed to a resolution for her.
Senator Sassui Palejo on the Issue of Provisional Quota Chairman Senate directed the Senate Secretariat that prepare a list of quota matter raised by Hon'ble Senators from March 12th, 2015 to date. Moreover, the Chairman directed the Secretary Senate to make a statement in the House on my observations regarding the same issue.
Senator Sehar Kamran regarding paying Tribute to the father of the Nation
Point of Public Importance Raised by Senator Saeed Ghani Regarding Payment of Salary to the Employees of HMC and Pakistan Steel Mills
Point of Public Importance Raised by Senator Col. (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi Regarding Conducting Operation in Whole Pakistan but not only in Karachi
Point of Public Importance Raised by Senator Lt. Gen. (R) Salahuddin Tirmizi Regarding Delay in the Development Work in District Mansehra. Senate Chairman directed the Secretariat to give a reply on the matter on Monday.
Point of Public Importance Raised by Senator Mir Kabir Ahmed Mohammad Shahi Regarding Problems of Balochistan.
Senator Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini Regarding Difficulties Caused by Deployment of Military at Gwader.
Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak regarding attendance of the members in the House.
Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak regarding analysis of Financial Trade Agreements signed by other countries.
Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak regarding closure of Bara Markets in the country.
Senator Kalsoom Parveen regarding flight schedule of PIA for Balochistan.
Senator Khalida Parveen regarding the 12th Rabi-ul-Awal.
Senator Khalida Parveen regarding the Birth Anniversary of Quaid-i-Azam on 25th December.
Point of Public Importance raised by Senator Khalida Parveen regarding the Death Anniversary of Benazir Bhutto on 27th December.
Point of Public Importance raised by Senator Hafiz Hamdullah regarding the 12th Rabi-ul-Awal.
Senator Nasreen Jalil Proposed for Moving a Unanimous Resolution Regarding the Following Events Especially 12th Rabi-ul-Awal.
28-12-2015 Senator Seher Kamran regarding sudden visit of Indian Prime Minister. Mr. Chairman directed Senator Jhagra to make a request to Leader of House on his behalf that Advisor on Foreign Affairs should brief the House on two issues, one is the surprised visit of the Indian Prime Minister and the other is the just concluded talks in Kabul between the COAS and Afghan leadership. Tomorrow he should come to the House and he should brief the House on both issues.
29-12-2015 Shahi Syed Regarding Incident of Bomb Blast in Mardan

STATEMENT OF QUESTIONS, MOTIONS UNDER RULE 60, PRIVILEGE MOTIONS,
ADJOURNMENT MOTION AND CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES

STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 407
Admitted : 345
Disallowed : 08
Under process : 54
Replied : 228
Referred to Committee : 02
Carried forwarded : 115

UN-STARRED QUESTIONS
Received : 08
Admitted : 08
Replied : 08

MOTIONS UNDER RULE 60
Received : 02
Admitted : 01
Lapsed : 01

PRIVILEGE MOTIONS
Total received = NIL
Pending (from previous sessions) = 02

ADJOURNMENT MOTIONS
Total received = 21
Held in order = 13
i)   Admitted for two hours discussion = 08
ii)   Discussed in the House = 11

(03 were admitted in 121st session)
iii)   Dropped due to the absence of member = 05
Held out of order = 04
Lapsed = 04

CALLING ATTENTION NOTICES
Total received = 26
Held in order = 14
i)   Moved and Statement made = 09
iv)   Dropped in the House
        (due to absence of members)
= 02
ii)   Admitted but Lapsed = 02
i)   Referred to the Committee = 01
Held out of order = 02
Lapsed = 10

VISITS BY THE STUDENTS / YOUTH DURING THE SESSION

Sl. No. date Name of Institution No. of Students/staff
1. 17-12-15 NDU, Islamabad 7
2. 18-12-15 GDC for Women 30
3. 29-12-15 FATA 48
4. 29-12-15 Iqra, Quetta 31
5. 30-12-15 Lora lai, Balochistan 42

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