The outgoing Senate chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari on Wednesday accepted the apology tendered by Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) for not being able to come to house due to busy schedule. Bokhari, who also happens to be a lawyer, had sought the details of a bulletoof car given to the former chief justice Iftikhar MoHAMMAD Chaudhry on the directives of a local court and other perks and privileges, fuel expenses, maintenance, etc, being borne by government after his retirement.
However, the AGP could not come to the house due to some engagements in Supreme Court of Pakistan and in a letter addressed to chairman Senate assured the house that he would come to the house in its next session summoned for March 12.
RESIDENCY PERMIT ISSUE The adviser to prime minister on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, informed the house that issues related Iqamas or residency permits of around 900,000 Pakistanis in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been resolved to a great extent. Replying to a question, he said 112 Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia were awarded different punishments, including death sentences, between 2010 and 2012. He said that Pakistan cannot interfere in the laws of any other country.
However, he said the foreign affairs ministry is making allout efforts to get Pakistanis imprisoned in Saudi jails, but those involved in heinous crimes have to bear the brunt as per law of the country. He said that eleven Pakistani prisoners are awaiting capital punishment for drug trafficking while one is set to be hanged for committing robbery. He said that efforts are also made for the release of the Pakistani prisoners facing petty charges under the Royal Amnesty given during Ramazan.
He has said about 1,600 Pakistani prisoners are detained in the United Arab Emirates. He said the community welfare wing of Pakistan Embassy in the UAE is working for the release and facilitating the Pakistani prisoners. The state minister for parliamentary affairs Shaikh Aftab said that that the number of accidents on National Highways has decreased due to strict measures taken by the Motorway Police. He said majority of accidents on national highways take place mainly due to overloading, adding the number of accidents has decreased by 50 percent.
The state minister of national health services, regulations and coordination Saira Afzal Tarar told the house that all public sector hospitals and Atomic Energy Centres have started giving treatment to cancer patients in the country. She said that the incidence of breast cancer among women and prostate cancer in men is high in Pakistan. She said that cancer is spreading fast in youngsters aged between 18 and 22. She said that in Karachi mouth cancer is common because of excessive use of Paan and chewable tobacco. The state minister for education and trainings Balighur Rehman said that disaster management curriculum would be made mandatory in universities. He said that a curriculum in this regard was first introduced in 2014 by Higher Education Commission (HEC). He said that disaster management is an important subject, however, HECaccredited universities are not bound to teach any specific course in this regard. The house was prorogued sine die.