NA passes resolution condemning Indian ceasefire violations at LoC

National Assembly

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly resumes its session in Islamabad on Wednesday with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.
The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that the government is actively working to encourage foreign investors to view Pakistan as a long-term investment destination.
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the House during question hour that with relatively young population and a consumption-driven economy, Pakistan offers foreign investors a ready market.
He said the government has announced various incentives to foreign investors including no restrictions on withdrawal of investment or repatriation of profits, duty-free import of textile machinery, and a lower duty rate for import of machinery related to food sector.
The Parliamentary Secretary said better law and order is a prerequisite for foreign investment, which has reasonably been improved in the country. He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be a game changer in the region and attract other foreign investors to Pakistan. He said uninterrupted power supply is being ensured to industrial sector for economic growth.
To a question, Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman told the House that the government has initiated a process to improve criminal justice system. He said all stakeholders, including the four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, have agreed on terms of reference regarding revamping of criminal justice system under the point 20 of National Action Plan. He said the final shape of the finding would be completed by the end of this year.
Answering a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development Saqlain Bukhari told the House that CPEC is not meant for any particular district or province instead it is a project for the whole country including AJK and GB.
To another question, Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman informed the House that passport offices in remaining eight districts of Balochistan will be established by February next year. He said these districts include Awaran, Dera Bugti, Lasbela, Kohlu, Naseerabad, Sherani, Washuk and Jaffarabad. He said the offices are being established to facilitate the people of Balochistan so that they can acquire or renew their passports with ease.
The National Assembly on Wednesday passed a unanimous resolution expressing deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
The resolution moved by Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain stating that the House honoured Fidel Castro’s struggle for the establishment of an egalitarian society.
The resolution said Pakistan values Fidel Castro’s unconditional support to Pakistan during the earthquake of 2005 and granting over one thousand scholarships to medical students of Pakistan.
The National Assembly today passed three bills including “The Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2016”.
The bill was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid.
The bill aimed at setting up fact-finding Commissions on a number of important national issues in the past with greater powers.
It provides for the constitution of a powerful commission for investigation into various issues including Panama Papers.
The scope of this commission bill will be wider and it will have all the authority to constitute special teams of experts as well as international teams to get the required information.
The other two bills are “The Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016” and “The Public Private Partnership Authority Bill, 2016”. These were also moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid.
The members belonging to PPP opposed these bills and walked out of the proceedings.
The House passed a unanimous resolution condemning ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and gross human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir by Indian troops.
The resolution was moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid.
The resolution urged the international community take notice of the atrocities being perpetrated by the Indian forces on the people of Kashmir.
It strongly denounced the Indian escalation of the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in an effort to divert the world attention from the tense situation in Occupied Kashmir.
The resolution also condemned the continued unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian Occupied forces on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary resulting in the loss of innocent human lives including women and children.
It said deliberate targeting of a civilian bus carrying women children in Azad Kashmir is deplorable.
The resolution said India’s lack of cooperation and limited access to UN Military Observer Group to fulfill its mandate like monitoring of ceasefire violations on LoC is appalling.
It lauded the bravery and unwavering commitment of the armed forces of Pakistan for befitting response to Indian unprovoked firing along LoC.
It called upon the UN Security Council to take immediate notice of unprovoked Indian actions and statements that are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to strategic miscalculation.
The resolution condemned the brutal unabated use of force by the Indian Occupied forces in Kashmir resulting deaths of more than 150 innocent people in recent past.
It said the use of pellet guns by the Indian forces has resulted in severe eye injuries of more than one thousand people.
The resolution also expressed concerns over the arrest of Hurriyat leaders, human rights activists, journalists and other political activists by the Indian administration.
It said the people of Pakistan stand united with the just struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to achieve their birth right to self-determination.
The House has now been prorogued.

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