Govt, opposition agree not to indulge in blame game in National Assembly

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly resumed its session at the Parliament House in Islamabad Thursday with Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri in the chair as the opposition supported the government’s proposal for code of conduct for the members.
Defense Minister Pervez Khattak suggested to run the parliament without indulging in blame game and personal attacks by members of treasury and opposition against each other.
He said rumpus in parliament gives a negative message to the public and world.
Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif endorsed the suggestion by saying that decent and appropriate language should be used in parliament to keep its sanctity.
He further complained that some ministers were “in the habit of leveling allegations without presenting any evidence” to back their claims with.
He said that the use of abusive language by members of the Parliament was “creating an air of despondency among the people”. “For the past few days, we have turned this house into a fish market,” Shahbaz said.
“If we want respect for this house, we should use parliamentary language and our conversation should be based on facts. We should talk on national issues instead of wasting time.”
Former prime minister and PPP leader Raja Pervez Ashraf also supported the suggestion and said that the PPP was ready to support any positive step of the government for the welfare of the people.
Maulana Abdul Wasay also endorsed the views.
Replying to a Calling Attention Notice, Minister of Energy (Power Division) said there has been no increase in electricity rates for the consumers using up to 300 units. He said task forces have been set up led by respective Deputy Commission for high loss areas. They will conduct raids and apprehend big defaulters of electricity. He said planning is also being made to install Aerial Bundled Cables. Besides, the services of tribal elders and Jirga will be used to influence on people to stop stealing electricity.
The Minister said load-shedding will occur in areas where there is high rate of electricity theft.
Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain informed the National Assembly that Radio Pakistan’s board of directors is a competent forum and it takes the decisions regarding the assets of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation.
In a written reply to a question, the minister also informed the Lower House about the contents and transmission duration of Radio Pakistan.
Later, speaking on the issue the Minister said the unutilized properties of state institutions will be used for better purposes. He said the government is going to bring mega reforms which will be unprecedented in the history of the country.
Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul has said billion tree Tsunami project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has changed the outlook of the province and now it is being replicated in other areas of Pakistan.
Zartaj Gul said the issues raised in audit report regarding billion tree Tsunami project will be addressed.
The Minister said Green Volunteers are already working at district level to protect the planted trees. She said use of paper will be reduced in the national assembly in order to stop wastage of trees.

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