By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: Constituency level awareness sessions will be organised as a next step
with the constituents of members of Parliamentary Working Groups The Parliamentary Working Group of Punjab Assembly established by Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO) to strengthen legislative oversight for building peace and sustainable development
in Punjab has submitted 40 questions and 5 resolutions in the assembly
regarding implementation of National Action Plan.
It was told by Syed Kausar Abbas, Executive Director of Sustainable Social Development
Organization (SSDO) while briefing the media that these questions and resolutions are related to the performance of District and local governments to implement the laws made under National Action Plan to
counter violent extremism in Punjab. The questions are related to details of members of District, Tehsil and Union Council Vigilance Committees under Punjab Vigilance Committees Act 2016, mechanism to implement Temporary Residents Act to register the tenants, status of
implementation of Countering Hate Speech law by banning the organizations creating hate speech, ban on using of loud speaker and mechanism to address the issue of misuse of loud speaker at local
level. The resolutions are also related to same laws focusing on implementation of these laws and amend the laws to address the challenges of implementation.
These questions and resolutions are submitted by MPA Raheela Khadim Hussain, MPA Barrister Waseem Badozai, MPA Rana Abdul Manan, MPA Sania Aashiq, MPA Seemabia Tahir, MPA Farah Agha, MPA Abida Raja and MPA Saadia Sohail.
As a next step, SSDO will facilitate the members of Parliamentary Working Groups to organize awareness seminars in their respective constituencies. These awareness sessions will be organized with the local communities of the constituency to educate the local communities about the laws made under National Action Plan to counter violent extremism at local level in Punjab. The engagement of local communities can help in countering extremism and promoting peace and sustainable development at local level in Punjab. SSDO will organize the constituency level sessions in 15 constituencies of Punjab initially and will be further extended to other constituencies as well.
The Parliamentary Working Group aims to strengthen the legislative oversight for building peace and sustainable development in Punjab. This group contains Members of Punjab Assembly (MPAs) from different political parties and working on the issues of peace and sustainable development besides their party affiliation. The initiative encourage the members to play a proactive role to address the issues through legislative oversight in Punjab.
Sadia Sohail Member of Punjab Assembly and Spokesperson of Punjab Government said that National Action Plan needs to be implemented in its true spirit and all the stakeholders needs to work together to address the issues of countering violent extremism in Punjab. The previous government could not implement National Action Plan in its true spirit due to which the laws made under National Action Plan could not be implemented by the respective district and local governments. The current PTI led Government of Punjab has taken serious steps to implement National Action Plan.
Raheela Khadim Hussain, Member of Punjab Assembly from PMLN said that the previous government has made several legislations under the National Action Plan and these legislations needs to be implemented at all levels to ensure its effective implementation. Some laws needs to be changed because they do not encourage the participation of elected local and provincial government representatives. The peace process cannot be ensured until the local stakeholders including the elected representatives of local and provincial governments are included in the local level committees.
Barrister Waseem Badozai, Member of Standing Committee for Home Affairs said that there is a need for comprehensive reforms in the curriculum of the educational institutions. The extremism is promoted in educational institutions during recent past incidents which needs to be addressed by a comprehensive curriculum reforms and training of the teachers. He said that the Government needs to take proactive measures to create peace and harmony among youth and other segments of the society.