Senate passes ‘The Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2016’

ISLAMABAD: Two bills were introduced in the Senate on Monday.

These are “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017”, envisaging amendments in Article 63, 177 and 193 and “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment in Article 130).

The bills were moved by Zaheeruddin Babar Awan and Saeed Ghani.

The chair referred the bills to the standing committees concerned.

The Senate today passed “The Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2016”.

The bill moved by Saleem Mandviwalla makes provisions for prohibition of corporal punishment against children.

The House offered Fateha for the departed soul of former Senator Kazim Khan who passed away today.

Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said that any constitutional amendment regarding extension in Military Courts will be finalized after taking into confidence the Upper House of the Parliament.

Responding to the concerns of the members including the Chairman that the Senate has been kept in the dark on the matter, the Minister clarified that the government is aware of its obligations and cannot ignore the Upper House in any manner.

He elaborated that only preliminary meetings have so far been held on the matter and the parliamentary leaders of this House will also be taken on board.

Earlier, the Senators said that the Upper House has always played an important role on important matters including the national security.

They said that it is the responsibility of the government to keep the House aware of the developments pertaining to peace and security of the country.

The Senate today passed a resolution condemning the barbaric bomb blast in Parachinar, Kurram Agency, in which more than 22 people died and 63 others injured.

In an another resolution moved by Azam Khan Swati, the House recommended that quota reserved for the provinces of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan in appointments in government departments be implemented through a constitutional amendment.

Through another resolution moved by Kalsoom Parveen, the House recommended that compensation package announced by the government for the heirs of martyrs of terrorist attacks in Civil Hospital and Police Training Centre, Quetta should be paid immediately.

In yet another resolution moved by Chaudhary Tanvir Khan, the House recommended the government should take immediate steps for establishment of a Federal Food Authority to control sale of substandard food items in Islamabad.

Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman told the House that the government is already in the process of establishing Islamabad Food Authority to ensure strict action against those selling substandard items in the capital.—Radio Pakistan