Punjab PA passes seven bills in absence of opposition
LAHORE: With the opposition absent from the house, the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday passed seven bills while referred four others to the standing committees concerned for their reports in this regard.
One of the bills passed included The Punjab Holy Quran (Printing and Recording) Bill 2011, which aims at ensuring publication of the text of the Holy Quran free from errors of printing and recording and proper disposal of damaged or Shaheed copies of the Holy Quran.
The other bills passed included: “The Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill 2011, The Trusts (Amendment) Bill 2011, The Transfer of Property (Amendment) Bill 2011, The Partition (Amendment) Bill 2011, The Employment (Record of Services) (Amendment) Bill 2011 and The Punjab Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (Amendment) Bill 2011.”
After passage of the Punjab Holy Quran (Printing and Recording) Bill 2011 into The Punjab Holy Quran (Printing and Recording) Act 2011, the earlier law The Punjab Publication of Holy Quran (Elimination of Printing and Recording Errors) Act 1973 will stand repealed.
Under the new law, the Punjab government will register publishers and recording companies for purposes of publishing or recording of the Holy Quran while it shall constitute a Quran Board comprising prominent Ulema, Huffaz and Qaris of all schools of thought amongst Muslims.
According to the new law, no translation of the Holy Quran shall be published or recorded without its Arabic text. It also states: “A publisher may print the Holy Quran in off-set, photostat, photo-block or any other modern system of printing but he shall not print it in litho process.”
Earlier, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah introduced four bills in the Punjab Assembly, which were referred to relevant standing committees of the house. The Lahore Ring Road Authority Bill 2011, which was referred to the Standing Committee on Communication and Works, while, the Antiquities (Amendment) Bill 2011 was referred to the Standing Committee on Culture and Youth Affairs.
Rest of the two bills, which were referred to the Standing Committee on Social Welfare, Women Development and Baitul Maal, included the Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) (Amendment) Bill 2011, and the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) (Amendment) Bill 2011.
Source: The News