Senate condemns Modi’s statement attributing terrorism to Pakistan

Senate condemns Modi’s statement attributing terrorism to Pakistan

Modi Statement  About Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday passed a resolution unanimously strongly
condemning the statement of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attributing
terrorism to Pakistan and drawing a parallel between India and Israel evoking a
parallel between Kashmir and Palestine, during the recently held BRICS Summit in Goa, India.

 The resolution moved by Sehar Kamran appreciated the reaction of International
Community to this baseless propaganda by the Indian Prime Minister.

It said that the statement made by the Indian Premier was an effort to divert the
attention of the International Community from the Indian atrocities against the
people of Occupied Kashmir.

The resolution reiterated that there will be no compromise on the sovereignty
and defense of Pakistan and our resolve to fight against terrorism and contribute towards
bringing peace and harmony in the world.

The House passed another resolution recommending the government to launch a scheme
for provision of interest-free loans to farmers for installation of solar tubewells in the country.

The resolution was moved by Chaudhry Tanvir Khan.

The House passed another resolution recommending the government to start evening
and night shifts in the dispensaries in the rural areas of Islamabad in order to make the
medical facility available round the clock to the people living in those areas.

The resolution was moved by Muhammad Talha Mahmood.

Khawaja Muhammad Asif

Minister for Defense Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that Pakistan will continue political,
diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle for right to self-determination.

He was speaking on a motion moved by Sehar Kamran regarding the situation arising
out of the continuing Indian violations of the Line of Control and ceasefire on the Working
Boundary, which has resulted in the loss of precious lives of Pakistanis.

The Minister said the India is making failed attempts to link the Kashmir freedom
movement with cross border infiltration and terrorism. He said India’s this campaign
has failed at the diplomatic fronts.

Khawaja Asif said India is also afraid of Pakistan’s success in fight against terrorism. He
said Pakistan’s success has been recognized by the world and world bodies. He said the
valiant armed forces of the country have successfully eliminated the terrorists and their
sanctuaries from the country.

He said that India carried out 330 ceasefire violations including 290 violations on
Line of Control and 40 on the Working Boundaries till December last. He said 45 civilians
were martyred and 138 injured in these violations. He said the frequency of the violations
have been reduced after December.

The Defense Minister further said the violations were effectively responded by the armed forces
of the country. He also said these violations were reported to United Nations Military Observer
Group at the Line of Control and Working Boundaries to appraise the UN for investigations.
He said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also raised the issue at the diplomatic and bilateral levels.

He said India also claimed to carry out surgical strikes but these were faked. He also said if India
tried to make any effort to carry out surgical strikes in future these will be responded with full
force and they will forget to carry out even faked strikes in future.

Senators strongly condemned the ceasefire

Speaking on the motion, the Senators also strongly condemned the ceasefire violations by India
on the Line of Control and Working Boundary.

The members further described the violations as cowardice act by the Indian forces. They said that
India is also involved in such violations with other neighbouring countries including Nepal
and Bangladesh. They said that killing of the innocent people is leading towards instability
in the region. They said that the evil designs of Indian government should be highlighted at
all the international fora.

Speaking on a motion moved by Chaudhry Tanvir Khan regarding making changes in the
procedure laid down for CSS examination, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab
Ahmad has also said that government have made some changes in CSS procedure last year. He
said the motion should be sent to committee for detailed deliberations and recommendations
and the government will follow accordingly.

Speaking on the motion, the members also said that the quota of the urban and rural candidates
should be continued for another decade because of the difference in education system and
opportunities available in the urban rural divide.

Furthermore, speaking on a motion moved by Muhammad Azam Khan Swati regarding the present status
of Heavy Electrical Complex, Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan
Jatoi said that the company was established in 1997 at a cost of 1.15 billion rupees for production
of power transformers. He also said since that time the company has prepared 317 transformers worth
seven billion rupees and handed over to WAPDA. He said at presently the company is at privatization list.

Speaking on a motion moved by Mohsin Aziz regarding the situation arising out of drastic
increase in production and sale of low quality and non-duty paid cigarettes in the country,
Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said that government has taken strict measures at the sea and
land routes to stop the smuggling of cigarettes and culprits involved are being brought to justice.
He said the government earns 114.2 billion rupees revenues in this industry.

Speaking on a motion moved by Muhammad Azam Khan Swati regarding unemployment
situation in the country, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal also said the government
is focusing on technical development of the manpower. He said five thousand general degree
holder youth will be imparted technical training of one semester to make their qualifications
relevant to the job market. He also said the government has already started a number of projects for
capacity building of the youth.

The Minister further said that the economy of the country is moving upward and it will further
strengthen in future due to development projects initiated by the government. Moreover, he said the
completion of these projects will open new job opportunities in the country that will significantly
reduce unemployment.

Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman further informed the House that all out
efforts are being made for the recovery of five missing social activists.

He also said that the Ministry of Interior has directed all the police departments to work in close
liaison with the intelligence agencies for the recovery of the activists.

Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has also expressed dismay over the statements made by
United States and United Kingdom regarding missing of five activists in Pakistan. He also said
this is Pakistan’s internal issue and we will deal it internally and no one will be allowed to
indulge into our internal affairs.

Kashmir and Palestine

He also said US and UK should take notice of the missing persons and extra-judicial killing issues
in Kashmir and Palestine. He said they should focus on the human rights violation in Kashmir and Palestine.

Taking the floor, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar further said that in order to maintain stability,
prices of petroleum products have been maintained since April, 2016 despite an
increase of around 43 percent in international oil prices during last year. He also said that the
government has been absorbing the negative financial impact due to the government’s
decisions not to pass on price increases to the end consumers.

Furthermore, he said the price of Petrol and High Speed Diesel has been increased while the prices
of Kerosene Oil and Light Diesel have been kept intact. He also said the Ministry of Finance
will bear a revenue loss of approximately 2.75 billion rupees as a result of this decision
not to pass on the actual increase in petroleum products’ prices to the people of Pakistan.

Moreover, two bills were introduced in the Senate .”The Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment)
Bill, 2016″ was moved by Siraj-ul-Haq. It provides to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860.

“The Ehtram-e-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill, 2017″ was moved by Chaudhry Tanvir Khan.
It deals to amend the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance, 1981”.

The chair referred the bills to the concerned committees of the House.

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