National Assembly unanimously condemns Quebec City mosque attack
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday passed a unanimous resolution condemning terrorist attack on Islamic Cultural Centre in Québec City of Canada targeting innocent Muslims resulting in loss of six precious lives and injuring others.
The resolution moved by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid, expressed deepest condolences to the bereaved families.
A Canadian political science student known to have nationalist sympathies was charged for the shooting on worshippers on Sunday night. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau had also condemned it and called it a terrorist attack.
The NA also passed five bills. These include ‘The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill, 2017’, ‘The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2016’, ‘The Companies (Appointment of Legal Advisors) (Amendment) Bill, 2016’, ‘The Explosive Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2016’ and ‘The Limited Liabilities Partnership Bill, 2016’.
Law Minister Zahid Hamid moved these bills.
During question hour, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Chaudhary Jaffar Iqbal informed the National Assembly that a number of dams are under construction across the country which will be completed next year.
He said the under construction dams included 100 delay action dam in Balochistan, 20 small dams in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, small storage dams and delay action dams in Sindh.
He said these dams are on various stages of completion.
To a query, Jaffar Iqbal said currently Pakistan is importing 74 MW of electricity from Iran. He said a contract has also been signed with Iran for import of 100 MW electricity for Gwadar.
To another question, he said eight percent decrease in export of Basmati Rice has been registered due to non-competitiveness in prices. He said the exports have not been decreased due to rice quality.
The parliamentary secretary for defence told the House that Kisan Package announced by the prime minister earmarked many concessions and incentives for the progress of agriculture sector.
Iqbal also said Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has registered more than 1500 drug molecules with more than 70,000 registered products. He said the directions have already been given to the concerned firms for uninterrupted availability of life-saving and essential medicines.
Parliamentary Secretary for Ports and Shipping Mian Imtiaz Ahmad said Pakistan National Shipping Corporation is intending to start passenger-cum cargo ferry service within the country.
Responding to a calling attention notice regarding charging of 16.50 percent markup by Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited from the farmers, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the House that the figures are not correct.
He said there are three categories of agriculture sector loan by Zarai Taraqiati Bank. Under Kisan Dost Scheme, loan is being provided at rate of 12.5 markup. Production loan is also being given on the same rate. He said the development loans are being provided at the rate of 14.8 percent markup.
Rana Afzal told the House that the matter of agriculture loan markup has been referred to the select committee of the House and recommendations of the committee will be considered to reduce the markup rate. He said the agriculture is backbone of the country’s economy and it is the effort of government to bring the markup on agriculture loan to minimum level.
The parliamentary secretary said GDP growth has increased from 3.4 percent to 5.4 percent during the last three years.