ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan’s Leader of the House in Senate Raja Muhammad Zafarul Haq on Thursday (today) has assured to present the ‘Internal National Security Policy’ before Senate soon.
Responding to a point of order raised by Mian Raza Rabbani, Leader of the House in Senate Raja Muhammad Zafarul Haq assured that the document of Internal National Security Policy will soon be presented before the House. He said the policy should have been tabled before both houses of parliament at once.
The Senate resumed its session in Islamabad on Thursday with Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari in the chair.
Raja Zafarul Haq said this matter was raised twice in recent days and the chair also gave directions for producing the document in the House. He said the national security policy has already been presented before the Lower House and the same will be presented in the Senate before the prorogation of current session.
On a point of order raised by Babar Ghauri of MQM that dialogue should not be held with the terrorists, the Leader of the House reminded that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement was part of All Parties Conferences which favoured the dialogue process.
Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf told the House that the Hajj Policy 2014 will be announced later this month. He said the Hajj Quota of Pakistan for the current year is 143,368 as per bilateral agreement signed with the Saudi Kingdom. 40 percent pilgrims will proceed to Hajj under government scheme while 60 percent through private hajj operators. He said the 20 percent reduction in Hajj quota is due to ongoing expansion plan of Haram Sharif and is applicable to all countries including Pakistan.
Meanwhile the Senate was informed on Thursday that the government is taking short and long term measures to tackle the problem of circular debt in power sector on permanent basis.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch on behalf of Minister for Water and Power told the House during question hour that the measures include conversion of oil based plants to coal, installation of hydel plants, provision of gas to gas-based plants and controlling pilferage of electricity.
He informed the House that the circular debt currently stands at 246 billion rupees. Efforts are afoot to recover outstanding bills from the provincial governments and departments to reduce the circular debt.
The Minister said the payment of 500 billion rupees in circular debt helped enhance power generation by 1700 megawatt.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the House that the moratorium on the death penalty is not amongst the pre-condition to qualify for or continue GSP Plus status.
He said Pakistan is signatory to several UN conventions. He said the Prime Minister has constituted a committee to review implementation of these conventions.