NA passes unanimous resolution condemning Indian claim in UNGA

The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad on Tuesday with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.

The House is transacting private members’ business.

Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Khalida Mansoor and others, Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Works Sajid Mehdi told the House that the retiring Federal Government Employees have been issued NOCs and other relevant papers of their quarters within three days after completing formalities. He said steps have been taken that the retiring employees clear their dues before getting NOCs.

Rising on a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah demanded convening of joint session of the Parliament for discussion on Kashmir issue in the wake of bellicose statements issued by Indian leadership.

He said India is raising new issues to pressurize Pakistan. He said Kashmir issue has acquired importance due to increased atrocities by the Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir. He said there is a need to hold a thorough debate in the Parliament on the issue.

Five bills were introduced in the National Assembly on Monday.

These are “The Prevention of Mal-practices in Academia Bill, 2016”, “The Pakistan Minorities Rights Commission Bill, 2016”, “The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016”, “The Protection of Minorities Bill, 2016” and “The Technical Educational Institutions, Medical Educational Institutions and Universities (Regulation of Fee) Bill, 2016”. These bills were moved by Shakila Luqman, Sanjay Perwani, S.A. Iqbal Quadri and Nikhat Shakeel Khan.

The chair referred these bills to the Standing Committees concerned.

The chair referred an amendment to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.

Moved by Sher Akbar Khan, the amendments provides for restricting the allotted days for discussion of the Presidential address to ten days.

The National Assembly today passed a resolution urging the government to take steps to abolish interest on House Building Advance being given to the federal government employees. It was moved by Parveen Masood Bhatti.

Taking part in the discussion on the resolution, the mover, Tahir Iqbal, Sher Akbar Khan, Maulana Gohar Shah, Ayaz Soomro, Sahibzada Tariqullah, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Ghulam Rasool Sahi, Maulana Qamaruddin, Malik Aamir Dogar, Tahira Aurangzeb, Ayesha Syed, Maulana Amir Zaman, Qari Muhammad Yusuf and Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani demanded abolition of interest on house building advance and provision of interest-free advance to the government employees.

They were of the view that generally low paid employees obtain house building advance and emphasized that installments for repayments should be kept minimum.

They also demanded for establishment of low cost housing colonies for low paid employees. Members also demanded measures for making economy of the country interest-free. They said interest is a curse and haram in Islam and there is need to get rid of it.

Law Minister Zahid Hamid said that no interest is being charged on House Building Advance from government employees of grade 1-15 since 1978. He said interest on house building advance is also not being charged from government employees of grade 16 and above who do not claim interest on their GP Funds.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the House that India cannot alternate or revoke the Indus Water Treaty unilaterally.

Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Shireen Mazari and others, he said there is no provision of suspension in the treaty. He said according to international law, India cannot unilaterally revoke the treaty.

The Advisor said if India tries to violate the treaty, there will be a befitting reaction from Pakistan.

He said Pakistan is gaining support of international community on the issue. He said Pakistan is considering to brief P-5 countries and international community about the dangers of suspending the treaty.

Sartaj Aziz said the Indus Water Treaty is binding on both the countries and there is no provision of unilateral exist. He said the treaty was not suspended even during wars between the two countries.

Sartaj Aziz said the provocative statements and actions from Indian leadership on Indus Water Treaty are violation of international laws and breach of water treaty.

The Advisor said Pakistan will not accept any pressure from India and continue to expose brutal Indian atrocities being perpetrated in Occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces. He said Pakistan will continue to highlight worsening human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

The National Assembly today passed a unanimous resolution condemning the Indian claim in the UN General Assembly that Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India.

The resolution moved by Syed Naveed Qamar said Indian External Affairs Minister in her speech in the UNGA ignored the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is still on the agenda of UNSC and Indian Occupied Kashmir is universally accepted disputed territory.

The House resented the parallels drawn between Jammu and Kashmir, a recognized disputed territory and Balochistan, an integral part of sovereign Pakistan. The House warned foreign perpetrators of terrorism inside Pakistan to look towards their own policies of terror funding and terror peddling.

The resolution said the Modi government has a history of threats with the misguided belief that Pakistan will move away from its support to innocent Kashmiris being butchered by Indian forces.

The House believes that peace and progress is depended upon good neighborly relations and the only way forward is through constructive dialogue and not the current threats being issued by Indian Prime Minister to unilaterally terminate the Indus Water Treaty agreement.

The resolution said the hostile environment being perpetuated by the present Indian government and creating war hysteria will not be in the best interest of peace and stability in the region.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in a policy statement told the House that Pakistan has become 104th member of multilateral convention of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development by signing the agreement on 14th of this month in Paris.

The Minister said it is a comprehensive multilateral instrument available for all forms of tax matters and tackle tax evasion. He said it is a convention against tax havens.

Ishaq Dar said after operationalization the convention next year there will be flow of information about tax evasion and tax havens.

The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30. -RadioPakistan