Category: Government Institutions

Grant of Advance Pay/ Pension to all Muslim government employees of Provincial Government on the eve of “Eid-ul-Fitr”

Karachi, June 12, 2017 (PPI-OT): The Government of Sindh has decided that full pay and allowances / pension for the month of June 2017 shall be paid in advance to all Muslim employees / pensioners of Provincial Government (including work-charged and co…

Israel plans to build 67,000 housing units in West Bank

Jerusalem (IINA) � Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Israel’s Council of Settlements in the West Bank approved large settlement plans, under the guise of trying to solve the housing crisis in the West Bank’s Gush Dan settlement bloc.

The plans, made in agreement with Israeli Housing Minister Yoav Galant, were presented in the Israeli Knesset, and aim to construct around 67,000 settlement units in the western part of the West Bank, said the newspaper.

“Leaders of settlers called for building more housing units to solve the country’s housing crisis which isn’t something new, but the recent plan which was presented to the Israeli Knesset was made in cooperation with the Housing Minister, it added.

Palestinian News Agency WAFA reported that hundreds of thousands of Jews live in about 140 settlements built on land which the Palestinians claim for a future state.

Despite the illegality and the international community’s disapproval of the settlements, Israel announced recently more plans to construct thousands of new houses in the West Bank settlement blocs.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

OIC chief, Kuwaiti FM discuss latest regional, international developments

Kuwait (IINA) � Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah met here on Monday with Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to enhance joint cooperation as well as the latest developments in the regional and international arenas, especially the efforts exerted in the fight against terrorism, extremism and Islamophobia. They also underlined the need to highlight the values of Islamic religion of justice, moderation and peaceful coexistence.

Al-Othaimeen reviewed the plans and initiatives of the Secretariat in the coming phase and the preparations for the 44th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) to be held in Abidjan, CAte d’Ivoire, this month and the Islamic Summit on Science and Technology in Astana, Kazakhstan, in September.

For his part, the Kuwaiti official affirmed his country’s support for the OIC’s efforts in various fields. He noted the importance of concerted efforts to address the current challenges faced by the Islamic world.

Also, during the meeting, both sides agreed to continue consultations and coordination on matters of mutual concern.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

G7 urges ‘inclusive political dialogue’ in Libya

Taormina (IINA) � Wrapping up their two-day summit in Taormina, Italy, leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) called for a comprehensive political dialogue and national reconciliation in Libya, without making any pledges of collective assistance.

In their final communique, the G7 leaders said it is urgent to advance on the path of inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation in Libya.

“We welcome the recent meetings between key Libyan players. All Libyans must engage with a spirit of compromise and desist from actions that would fuel further conflict,” they said.

While warning against the temptation of military settlements of the situation, we reiterate our full support for the institutional framework laid out in the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) as the framework within which political solutions can be found, including possible adjustments to the LPA that may advance reconciliation, the leaders said in the final communique.

“We support the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) mediation effort. We also support the Presidency Council and the Government of National Accord (GNA) in their effort to consolidate State institutions, alleviate human suffering, protect and expand infrastructure, strengthen and diversify the economy, manage migration flows and eradicate the terrorist threat,” they added.

The summit was attended by leaders of African countries linked to Europe’s migration crisis. In his speech to the summit, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou urged the G7 to take urgent measures to end the crisis in Libya � the point of departure for hundreds of thousands of migrants looking for a better life in Europe. He also criticized them for not honoring aid promises to fight poverty in West Africa’s poorest regions.

“Be it Niger, a transit nation, or the countries of origin, it is only through development that we will prevent illegal migration,” Issoufou said.

The G7 is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are the seven major advanced economies as reported by the International Monetary Fund.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

OIC calls on international community to intensify efforts to contain cholera in Yemen

Jeddah (IINA) – The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called upon the international community, the international organizations and the civil society organizations to intensify their efforts in supporting Yemen to cont…

Corruption subside merit and deprives deserving persons of their it’s due right

Islamabad, May 21, 2017 (PPI-OT): Mr. Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman NAB said that the initiatives taken by the present management of NAB has started yielding very good result as today NAB’s conviction ratio is respective Accountability Courts is about 76 percent which is a remarkable achievement in investigation of White Collar Crimes in the world. He said today NAB has rejuvenated to eradicate corruption in all its forms and manifestations. He said corruption is mother of all evils.

NAB is committed to root out corruption with iron hands by using all its resources. NAB has adopted Zero Tolerance Policy across the board as Corruption is one of the major hurdle in the progress and prosperity of Pakistan which subsides merit and depriving deserving persons of its due right. He said that Corruption is not only an obstacle in way to economic development but also causes delays in development projects because money earned from corruption and corrupt practices concentrates in a few hands.

He said that the hard work being put in by NAB officers is commendable. Nation has proud upon you as during the last 3 years, NAB recovered Rs. 45/- billion which is a record achievement. The figures of complaints, inquiries and investigations are almost double as compared to the same period of 2014, 2015 to 2016. The comparative figures for the latest three years are indicative of the hard work and commitment of all ranks of NAB staff in an atmosphere of renewed energy and dynamism, where fight against corruption is being taken as a national duty. Increase in the number of complaints also reflects enhanced public trusted in the NAB.

He said that during the regime of present management, NAB has moved with new zeal and effort. Through detailed introspection and analysis of organizational weaknesses, overhaul of procedures and business processes, all pillars of the organization i.e. Operations, Prosecution, Human Resource Development and Awareness and Prevention have been reactivated. Due to this reason, the performance of NAB is being appreciated by all reputed national and international independent organization which given more courage and devotion to NAB officer to perform their national duty by doubling their efforts.

He said that the quality of inquiry and investigation of NAB has been improved due to establishment of NAB’s first Forensic Science Lab (FSL) in Islamabad which has facilities of Digital Forensics, Questioned Documents and Fingerprint Analysis.

To create Awareness against the ill effects of corruption among the youth of Pakistan, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Over 45, 000 Character Building Societies (CBSs) have been established with the help of NAB and HEC in the country in universities/colleges and schools to create awareness against corruption as youths are considered a vanguard in this fight. We have set target for 2017 that the number of Character Building Societies (CBS) should reach at least at 50 thousands in order to aware students about the ill effects of corruption so that more and more students/youth should be involved in NAB’s nationwide campaign in order to aware student/youth at an early age.

He said that the present management initiated a dialogue of the anti-corruption authorities of the SAARC countries with a proposal to set up a SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum. NAB hosted the first meeting of its kind in Islamabad where the heads of SAARC anti-corruption authorities agreed to the creation of the proposed SAARC anti-corruption Forum. This was a reorganization of NAB’s excellent work during the tenure of present management.

He said that Pakistan’s Apex Anti Corruption Agency, NAB is the only Organization in the world with whom China has signed a MoU to streamline our cooperation in the field of anti-corruption and oversee projects to be undertaken under CEPC. He said that signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Pakistan and China is specially significant in the backdrop of increasing economic and trade cooperation between Pakistan and China with the resolve by both the Governments to work in a fair, impartial and corruption free environment in order to share their experiences to eradicate corruption.

He said that NAB has established Internal Accountability Mechanism (IAM) and had initiated disciplinary proceedings against 83 officers / officials of NAB during the last two and half years, out of which 61 cases have been finalized with 23 major penalties, 34 minor penalties and 4 exonerated. He said that NAB is committed to eradicate corruption from Pakistan. NAB hopes that joint efforts of all stakeholders can collaborate to check corruption before happening with the help of all stakeholders.

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Attaturk Avenue G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
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35th meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control held

Islamabad, May 12, 2017 (PPI-OT): 35th meeting of the Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control was held today under the Chairmanship of Rana Shamim Ahmad Khan, MNA. The meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Then the Committee decided to proceed with the agenda. The Committee unanimously confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 03-05-2017.

The Committee considered “The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Insertion of new section 364-B, Act XLV of 1860) and Amendment of schedule-II (Acvt V of 1898) (Moved by Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi, MNA) and decided that the Bill may be deferred till its next Committee meeting. The Committee considered “The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015” (Insertion of new sections 7-A and 47-A and Amendment of sections 50 and 53 W.P. Ordinance XIX of 1965) (Moved by Dr. Nikhat Shakeel Khan, MNA) and passed it with majority of the Committee. On this the Hon. Members Dr. Arif Alvi and Mr. Kanwar Naveed Jameel objected and recorded their Note of Dissent.

The Committee considered “The National Counter Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017” (Amendment of sections 6 and 8, Axt XIX of 2013) (Moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, MNA) and unanimously decided that the Bill may be passed by the National Assembly. The Committee considered “The Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017” (Moved by Ms. Shazia Marri, MNA) and decided that the Bill be deferred till its next Committee meeting.

Departmental Representative of NADRA briefed the Committee. The Committee satisfied and appreciated the progress of NADRA and on the request of Departmental Representative the Committee reconsider its previous decision related to the inquiry and action against the Mr. Ehtisham Shahid, P.S.O to Chairman, NADRA and directed to withdraw the order in this regard and restore him. The Committee did not take up the remaining agenda and deferred it till its next Committee meeting.

The Hon. Members/MNAs/Mover Syed Javed Ali Shah, Mr. Ghalib Khan, Mian Shahid Hussain Khan Bhatti, Mr. Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari, Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur, Mr. Khial Zaman Orakzai, Dr. Arif Alvi, Kanwar Naveed Jameel, Ms. Naeema Kishwer Khan, Mr. Sher Akbar Khan, Ms. Zahra Wadood Fatemi and Ms. Shazia Marri were attended the meeting besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control, NACTA, NADRA, I.C.T and Ministry of Law and Justice with their staff.

For more information, contact:
National Assembly of Pakistan
Automation Centre,
National Assembly Secretariat,
Parliament House,
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9221082-83
Fax: +92-51-9221106

Speaker, Provincial Assembly of Sindh nominates Members of Provincial Assembly of Sindh

Karachi, May 11, 2017 (PPI-OT): The Speaker, Provincial Assembly of Sindh has nominated following Members of Provincial Assembly of Sindh:1. Dr. Suhrab Khan Sarki, MPA.2. Mir Aurangzeb Panhwar, MPA.3. Ms. Saira Shahilani, MPA.4. Mrs. Farhat Seemi, MPAO…