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26th Amendment Bill tabled in National Assembly

By Our Staff Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: The 26th Constitution Amendment Bill that seeks to increase the number of national and provincial seats for erstwhile tribal areas has on Friday been tabled in the National Assembly.
The bill was presented by – Mohsin Dawar – an independent member from tribal areas, and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif started the debate. Khawaja Asif welcomed the step taken on private members’ day and said the whole House agrees with the bill.
“The tribal areas had been suffering from anarchy from four decades, and our beautiful cities became safe havens for terrorists.” “Pakistan had no conflict with Russia. Pakistan’s subjugation at the hands of a superpower was a sad chapter in country’s history. We compromise our independence for other benefits. America has been defeated in Afghanistan, and is now looking to escape.
“Special attention is needed to be given to the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) until the restoration of peace. Drone attacks were conducted at marriages and funerals in these areas.
This House is creating history today.” Defence Minister Pervez Khattak said we have owned the area that used to be referred to as ‘no-go zone.’ He said this step should have been taken 70 years ago, and was also delayed in Yousaf Raza Gillani’s tenure. Inhumane treatment was done under the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR), he added.
“All resources are present in these areas, and their people have served as our security personnel as well. I am very pleased that all parties have agreed over the merger of erstwhile FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and we shall ensure education reforms and other developments in the region.”
China agrees to provide over Rs35bn for New Gwadar Airport: Senate told
Senate on Friday was informed that Gwadar International Airport will be a modern airport with the facility of night navigation. Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan during the question hour told the house that China has agreed to provide over thirty five thousand million rupees for construction of the New Gwadar International Airport project. He said construction work on the airport is expected to begin by June this year and it will be completed in three years.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, responding to a question regarding Pak-Afghan trade relations, said Pakistan has always taken steps to create a peaceful environment so that trade may flourish between the two countries.
He said Pakistan has recently gifted Muhammad Ali Jinnah hospital worth of twenty four million dollars to Afghanistan as good-will gesture. Minister of State told the house that export to Afghanistan in the year 2016-17 was 1299m dollars and it has increased to 1301m dollars in the year 2018-19. Participating in the debate, the opposition members criticized the govt’s policies saying these have contributed to price hike in the country. Those who participated in the discussion include; Sherry Rehman, Javed Abbasi, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and Raza

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