The National Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution extending the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance 2014 for another 120 days. Meanwhile the opposition parties staged walk out against the passage of the resolution for extending the PPO for another 120 days. The opposition parties also raised slogans against the government.
The resolution was moved by Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid.
The Minister said it is very important bill for the defense and security of country and the prime minister has given directions to get it passed through consensus.
The opposition staged walk out from the house over the extension of Protection of Pakistan Ordinance.
The House also adopted another resolution extending the Gas Theft Control and Recovery Ordinance, 2014 for a further period of one hundred and twenty days.
The resolution to this effect was moved by Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahzadi Umarzadi Tiwana.
Later, the House resumed debate on the law and order situation in the country with particular reference to the acts of violence occurred during the last few weeks.
Earlier, the house was informed on Wednesday that the government has accelerated the exploration of indigenous gas in the country to meet the demand and supply gap.
Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahzadi Umarzadi Tiwana told the House during Question Hour that licenses have been issued for exploration of oil and gas at 43 blocks during the last three months.
She said there is no ban on domestic gas connections. The ban has only been imposed on the new industrial and commercial gas connections in view of the huge gap between demand and supply of natural gas.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that it is utmost effort of the government to provide timely funding to the National Highway Authority for the completion of its ongoing road projects.
The house passed a unanimous resolution calling upon the provincial governments to prepare a plan of action for protection of street children.
The resolution moved by Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada expressed its deep appreciation for the team that won Bronze medal in Street Child Football World Cup in Brazil.
Players of the Street Child Football team also witnessed the proceedings of the House.
Responding to a call attention notice Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus is a revolutionary and feasible project launched for the poor commuters who cannot afford their own vehicle.
He said this project will provide speedy and cheap traveling facilities to the people of the twin cities. He clarified that this project has been launched after getting approval from the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency in writing.
Terming the Lahore Metro Bus project as a success story, Shaikh Aftab said it was completed in a record ten months’ time and seven hundred thousand people daily use this service now.
Shaikh Aftab said the government will fulfill all promises in its five year term.
Taking the floor, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique urged the opposition to do the politics of issues and not entangle the government in nonissues.
He warned that the politics of agitation could push the country into chaos and confusion at a time when positive changes are taking place.
He said the opposition should demonstrate maturity in its conduct and show their performance in their respective provincial governments.
On the dialogue process with Taliban, the Minister said this process will be taken forward after taking into confidence the political leadership. The Interior Minister regularly briefs about the progress made in this regard and this process will be continued in future as well. He said talks with armed insurgents is a complex and time consuming matter but it is the endeavor of the government to achieve peace and stability without shedding bloodshed. He said the dialogue process has the backing of all state institutions as well as the political leadership.
Participating in the debate on law and order, Asiya Naz Tanoli appreciated the government’s efforts towards protecting the lives and properties of the public. She expressed the confidence that these efforts will yield positive results to make the country an abode of peace.
Voicing concerns over existing law and order situation, Shaikh Rashid Ahmad said security institutions form backbone of the country’s defense and they should not be made controversial.
Mahmood Khan Achakzai said the country is passing through difficult time and onus lies with the political parties to stand united to pull the country out of the current situation. He said if any effort was made to harm the parliament then it could prove last parliament. He said there are rumors of installing technocrats’ government instead of political government in country.
Mehmood Khan Achakzai said he and his elders never backed the dictators in country. He said that the decision to launch military operation against the Taliban has been made, adding that one thousand times should be thought on this decision, adding that this could be tactic of any country to drag Pakistani forces. He said that the country is passing through a difficult period, adding that if we will not act wisely we could loose Pakistan.