ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Standing Committee on Government Assurances was told on Tuesday that 149.6 million Pakistanis had NICs while cards of 155460 persons were blocked by NADRA.
Director General Operations of NADRA Brig (Retd) Nasar Ahmed Mir told the committee that most of the blocked cards were of those persons who failed biometric tests, were not cleared by security agencies or courts issued orders against them.
On the instructions of Ministry of Interior, District Level Committees (DLC) was formed to either unblock or cancel cards of the citizens, he said adding these committees unblocked cards of 38,000 citizens while 7000 cards of aliens were canceled in the country.
He said members of National Assembly could oversee the work being done by the district committees headed by deputy commissioners and comprising members from intelligence agencies. The members of the committee belonging to erstwhile federally administered areas told that their constituents came to them with complaints of blocked cards.
The committee also took up the issue raised by MNA Ahmad Hussain Dehar through a calling attention notice in the National Assembly regarding maintenance of Pakistan Code by the Ministry of Law and Justice with regard to the amendment made in section 182 of Pakistan Penal Code.
An official of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa told the committee that no citizen was detained in the province in the name of regional responsibility.
The committee chair Amir Dogar directed that members from erstwhile FATA areas should be invited to the meetings for development activities.
The committee was given assurance by NADRA that shortage of staff and buildings in Khazai and Bazai areas of FATA would be met. Some members were of the view that the process of verification of a citizen should be made easy while others held the opinion that lowering guard on the issue could endanger security. The committee was told that a person could present seven types of documents to prove his citizenship, he added.
Those rejecting budget harmed economy in past: Dr Firdous
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has said that the opposition harmed the economy in past and were now criticising the budget.
In a tweet, Dr Firdous said that opposition is doing politics on budget and hindering the path of constitution.
“Budget is prepared for Pakistan and its people,” she added.
She said that proceedings in parliament and opposition leaders’ salaries can also be ensured after approval of the budget. Those who have destroyed economy now want to harm people, she continued.
SC upholds ban on recruitment in PIA
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has ordered the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to submit a petition seeking withdrawal of another SC decision on regularisation of contract employees in Karachi.
The move by apex court came after PIA counsel Naeem Bukhari sought permission for recruitment in the airline in today’s hearing. On March 31, 2018, the apex court had placed a ban on new recruitment in the airline.
The counsel argued that the SC’s Karachi registry had ordered the PIA administration to regularise all the airline’s contract employees in Karachi. He contended that the SC’s earlier order on ban on recruitment refrained the airline from executing its latter order to regularise the employees.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that the PIA had already inducted much more employees than it requires.
Sami Ibrahim incident: PFUJ appreciates the rejoinder posted by Fed. Min. Fawad Ch.
KARACHI: PFUJ in a statement appreciated the rejoinder posted by Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry regarding the slapping incident:
According to minister, the background of the incident of slapping Sami Ibrahim was that for advertisements government had formed categories A, B, C and D according to the ratings of channels.
“Due to that, 70% of the channels were dropped from A and B categories. Hence they were endeavoring (despite low rankings) to get themselves in the A and B categories.
“Sami Ibrahim claiming since BOL had done a lot for us they should be put in A category. Problem was that if I had given BOL Rs. 20million category, other channels would have also asked for it. That would have simply nullified the basic idea of forming categories itself.
“On my refusal, Sami Ibrahim had started a perpetual campaign against me. Meanwhile, I received an application from a senior reported that BOL was not paying his dues. Does a channel that could not pay Rs. 40,000 to its employee deserve to remain in business?
“After that, the drive against me was accelerated and I was declared RAW’s agent. Today when I came across this man he started insulting me. There is a limit to tolerating abuse. I slapped him and that is the only answer to blackmailing.”
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