Senate condemn Modi’s statement attributing terrorism to Pakistan
Two bills were introduced in the Senate on Monday.
"The Ehtram-e-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill, 2017" was moved by Chaudhry Tanvir Khan. It deals to amend the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance, 1981".
The chair referred the bills to the concerned committees of the House.
The Senate on Monday passed a resolution unanimously strongly condemning 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 in Goa, India.
The resolution moved by Sehar Kamran appreciated the reaction of International Community to this baseless propaganda by the Indian Prime Minister.
It said 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 Occupied Kashmir.
The resolution reiterated 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.
The House passed another resolution recommending the government to launch a scheme for provision of interest-free loans to farmers for installation of solar tubewells in the country.
The resolution was moved by Chaudhry Tanvir Khan.
The House passed another resolution recommending the government to start evening and night shifts 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.
The resolution was moved by Muhammad Talha Mahmood.
Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that Pakistan will continue political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination.
He was speaking on a motion moved by Sehar Kamran regarding the situation arising out of the continuing Indian violations of the Line of Control and ceasefire on the Working Boundary, which has resulted in the loss of precious lives of Pakistanis.
The Minister said the India is making failed attempts to link the Kashmir freedom movement with cross border infiltration and terrorism. He said India's this campaign has failed at the diplomatic fronts.
Khawaja Asif said India is also afraid of Pakistan's success in fight against terrorism. He said Pakistan's success has been recognized by the world and world bodies. He said the valiant armed forces of the country have successfully eliminated the terrorists and their sanctuaries from the country.
He said that India carried out 330 ceasefire violations including 290 violations on Line of Control and 40 on the Working Boundaries till December last. He said 45 civilians were martyred and 138 injured in these violations. He said the frequency of the violations have been reduced after December.
The Defence Minister said the violations were effectively responded by the armed forces of the country. He said these violations were reported to United Nations Military Observer Group at the Line of Control and Working Boundaries to appraise the UN for investigations. He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also raised the issue at the diplomatic and bilateral levels.
He said India also claimed to carry out surgical strikes but these were faked. He said if India tried to make any effort to carry out surgical strikes in future these will be responded with full force and they will forget to carry out even faked strikes in future.
Speaking on the motion, the Senators strongly condemned the ceasefire violations by India on the Line of Control and Working Boundary.
The members described the violations as cowardice act by the Indian forces. They said that India is also involved in such violations with other neighbouring countries including Nepal and Bangladesh.
They said that killing of the innocent people is leading towards instability in the region. They said that the evil designs of Indian government should be highlighted at all the international fora.
Speaking on a motion moved by Chaudhry Tanvir Khan regarding making changes in the procedure laid down for CSS examination, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad has said that government have made some changes in CSS procedure last year.
He said the motion should be sent to committee for detailed deliberations and recommendations and the government will follow accordingly.
Speaking on the motion, the members said that the quota of the urban and rural candidates should be continued for another decade because of the difference in education system and opportunities available in the urban rural divide.
Speaking on a motion moved by Muhammad Azam Khan Swati regarding the present status of Heavy Electrical Complex, Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi said that the company was establishhed in 1997 at a cost of 1.15 billion rupees for production of power transformers.
He said since that time the company has prepared 317 transformers worth seven billion rupees and handed over to WAPDA. He said at presently the company is at privatization list.
Speaking on a motion moved by Mohsin Aziz regarding the situation arising out of drastic increase in production and sale of low quality and non-duty paid cigarettes in the country, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said that government has taken strict measures at the sea and land routes to stop the smuggling of cigarettes and culprits involved are being brought to justice.
He said the government earns 114.2 billion rupees revenues in this industry.
Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman informed the House that all out efforts are being made for the recovery of five missing social activists.
He said that the Ministry of Interior has directed all the police departments to work in close liaison with the intelligence agencies for the recovery of the activists.
Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has expressed dismay over the statements made by United States and United Kingdom regarding missing of five activists in Pakistan.
He said this is Pakistan's internal issue and we will deal it internally and no one will be allowed to indulge into our internal affairs.
He said US and UK should take notice of the missing persons and extra-judicial killing issues in Kashmir and Palestine. He said they should focus on the human rights violation in Kashmir and Palestine.