National Assembly condemns terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

National Assembly condemns terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka

The National Assembly was informed on Monday that due process is followed before placing a person on the Exit Control List.

Responding to a question during Question Hour, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said that the interior ministry always takes an action in view of country’s security and defence instead of targeting anyone else.

He said so far 461 people have been placed on ECL by the PTI Government. He said cabinet’s approval is attained for placing a person on the ECL.

Replying to another question, Ali Muhammad Khan said NADRA is making all out efforts to unblock the blocked CNICs after verifying the data.

He said NADRA issues CNICs to Pakistani nationals only and it had blocked identity cards of non-nationals, which succeeded to obtain the same through illegal means.

Ali Muhammad Khan said over 120 employees have been terminated during last five years on the charge of illegal processing of CNICs to foreign nationals. 

Answering another question, Ali Muhammad Khan said that removal of debris of encroachments, which were dumped during the campaign against encroachments in Islamabad and its surrounding, will be completed after fulfillment of necessary codal and legal formalities.

He said notices are being served for early removal of debris from the site where operations have been conducted.

To a question, Ali Muhammad Khan said any foreign women, who marries to a Pakistani national and intends to acquire citizenship of Pakistan can apply for grant of Pakistani citizenship certificate. 

Minister of State for Parliamentary told that such a woman has to complete her stay in Pakistan for an aggregate period of five years in addition to other mandatory requirements.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan has said that National Disaster Management Authority has dispatched an aid of 204.053 million rupees in form of blankets, tents, plastic sheets, water coolers, food packs to rain affected areas of Balochistan and Sindh.

Responding to a calling attention regarding damage caused to the crops due to recent rains in the country, he said Provincial Disaster Management Authority Balochistan has also moved a summary of 280.07 million rupees to help the rain affected people in the province.

Ali Muhammad Khan said crops spreading over 12,940 acers of land have been affected in Punjab and the provincial government is undertaking a survey in this regard to finalize a proper strategy to mitigate sufferings of the farmer community.

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that his party will continue exposing lies and anti-poor policies of the government.

Speaking on a point of personal explanation, he said PPP cannot be scared of cases, coercion, and mudslinging. He said the ruling party resorted to his character assassination by mocking his personality, language, and accent.

He said the rulers should seek apology from the people of Pakistan for wasting eight months and doing nothing for the public. He said masses are sinking in the tsunami of inflation and the government is busy in hurling accusations on the opposition.

He said the rulers dislodged their finance minister just one week before finalizing a deal with the IMF and one month prior to next budget.

The House approved extension in the Elections (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 for a period of one hundred and Tenety days with effect from first of the next month.

The National Assembly unanimously approved a resolution condemning the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka killing over 200 people.

The resolution moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, extended heartfelt condolence to the people of Sri Lanka. It said that as victims of terrorism, we understand pain and sorrow of victims and their families.

The resolution stated that Sri Lanka bravely fought the scourge of terrorism for years to emerge a strong nation striving for peace and stability.

It saluted the resilience of Sri Lankan people and assured them of the support of Parliament of Pakistan during these testing times. The House has been adjourned to meet again at 11 am tomorrow.