ISLAMABAD - Commencing the private member day here in the National Assembly on Tuesday, the parliamentarians have introduced more than a dozen bills including 20th Amendment Bill, 2012 that is about the formation of new provinces.
Central leader of MQM MNA Wasim Akhtar introduced the 20th Constitutional Amendment Bill in the lower house. The bill was later sent to the concerned committee for further proceedings. In the bill it is stated due to overpopulation, demand for the delivery of social services has become acute as the chief executive, his cabinet members and bureaucracy could not reach out to the far flung areas. Besides administrative inconvenience, the cultural and social diversity within the ideological unity also necessitates the creation of new provinces. MNAs from Hazara and South Punjab, Farzana Mushtaq, Jamshed Dasti and Shah Jahan Yousuf thanked the MQM leadership for introducing the bill and urged the committee to take up the bill as early as possible.
Earlier, MNA Nafisa Shah introduced the Political Parties Order (Amendment) Bill, 2012, seeking to form women parliamentary caucus according to which the political parties will be required to give 10 per cent quota of party tickets to women for general seats while 33 per cent representation in respective partyís elected general council and any associated party committee and forums at the federal, provincial and local levels of the party. MNA Bushra Gohar, Dr Nafisa Shah, Tasneem Siddiqui, Dr Attiya Anayatullah and Aasia Nasir were the movers of the bill.
MNA Khurram Jahangir Wattoo introduced a bill to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill, 2012). The bill excludes women and children under 15 years of age from death sentence. He introduced another bill to amend the National Database and Registration Authority Ordinance, 2000 (The National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2012. The bill says that the NADRA should issue national identity cards for lifetime.
MNA Azra Fazal Pechuho also introduced the National Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2012, seeking to provide facility of registration for those who do not know about their parentage.
Lawmaker from MQM Sufyan Yousuf introduced another bill to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 and the code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 (The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012) (Insertions of 297A, 297B).
According to 297A, whoever without prior permission from competent authority exhumes human corpse or any part of human corpse shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years and also be liable to fine while according to 297B whoever exhumes human corpse or any part of the corpse with intent to cook, eat or sell or use for magic shall be punished with imprisonment for life or with imprisonment of either description for a term which shall not be less than ten years and shall also be liable to fine.
It is pertinent to mention that neither of the bills was opposed and the bills were sent to the concerned committee.
Meanwhile speaking on the point of order, MNA Jamshed Dasti accused Minister for Housing and Works of taking bribe. He demanded a committee be formed to look into the matter. He said he would present evidence of ministerís wrongdoing to the committee. MNA Maqsood Abbas also seconded Dasti.
PPP MNA Noor Alam Khan pointed out despite several requests, meeting of Public Accounts Committee was not called, adding that it was the only platform that could make ministries accountable. He demanded an immediate appointment of the PAC chairman.
PPP MNA Abdul Qadir Patel informed the house that Iranian border forces targeted 15 Pakistani fishermen when they were fishing in the waters of Pakistan territory. But Iran claimed they were violating the territorial boundaries. He told the house that Iranian firing killed four Pakistanis and injured 11 others. And now the government of Iran was demanding huge amount for the return of the dead bodies and injured fisherman, under the head of treatment and other expenses. He urged the government to announce compensation for them.
Earlier responding to a calling attention notice regarding issuance of machine readable passports to its citizens for a period of five years instead of 10 years creating problems for Pakistanis abroad, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Rae Mujtaba Kharal assured the house that the government would prepare PC-1 for issuing the passport for two years with the options of five years.