ISLAMABAD: The Members belonging to Opposition benches staged a token walkout from the House over the issue of law and order situation in the country. Members belonging to PPP, PML-Q and ANP staged a token walkout from the House over the issue of privatization of Pakistan Steel Mills. Members of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) did not join the opposition.
The 98th Session of the Senate began in Islamabad on Monday with Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari in the chair. MQM said that the death of member of the MQM Dilshad Ahmed occurred due to torture of law enforcement institutions and demanded of the Chief of Army staff and DG ISI for investigations into the matter.
The opposition members staged walk-out twice against the non-recovery of missing persons, throwing mutilated dead bodies, disorder and non-payment of the salaries of Steel Mills staff for the three months.
Pakistan People’s Party announced to resist against the privatization of the Pakistan Steels Mills while the MQM supported the decisions of the government for privatization of Steels Mills and Pakistan international Airlines (PIA).
Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi informed the House that government plans to privatize only 26 percent shares of Pakistan Steel Mills.
Responding to a point of order, the Minister said that after the privatization process no employee of PSM will be sacked because major share of the management will remain with the government.
Maula Bakhsh Chandio introduced before the House “The Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2013”. The bill provides to amend the Emigration Ordinance, 1979.The Chair referred the bill to the concerned committee of the House.
Replying to a motion moved by Farhatullah Babar regarding the situation arising out of non payment of compensation to decree holders of land acquired for AFV Ranges in Nowshehra for the last several decades, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that the matter is subjudice in the Supreme Court and after the decision the compensation will be made.
The Chair directed the concerned Minister to submit report on the matter.
The chair announced the panel of the Presiding Officers for the current session. Its members include Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana, Ahmad Hassan and Nuzhat Sadiq.
At the outset of the proceedings, the House offered Fateha for those killed in the earthquake in Balochistan and martyred in different incidents of violence in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Chairman, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Haji Muhammad Adeel presented before the House Report No. 1 of the Committee on the visit of delegations from China and Poland.