Sindh top HR violations, Senate told
ISLAMABAD: There were 2,722 human rights violation complaints all over Pakistan from 2002 to 2006, the Senate was told on Thursday. These complaints were received by the Human Rights Wing of the Law Ministry, its regional offices and provincial headquarters, Law Minister Wasi Zafar said in a written reply to the Senate, while answering a question from Liaquat A Bangulzai. Sindh topped the provinces in terms of human rights violations (1,255), followed by the Punjab (988), the NWFP (262) and Balochistan (154). Ports and Shipping Minister Babar Ghauri informed the House that President Gen Pervez Musharraf would inaugurate the Gwadar port on March 23. He said a reputed Singaporean company, which was engaged in 40 similar operations worldwide, would operate the port.
He said the development of the port at Gwadar helped uplift the area where one acre of land, used to cost just Rs 10,000, was now valued at Rs 50 million. Several jobs have been created for the local people. Ghauri said Pakistan needs four seaports by 2025. The fourth port and a tax-free city would be developed. Education Minister Lt-Gen (retd) Javed Ashraf told the Senate that 12 consultants and others were appointed from January 2000 to July 2006 on contract in BPS-17 and above in his ministry for review of the national education policy and the curriculum.
They included two consultants, Javed Hassan Aly and Prof Dr Muhammad Tahir. Both were placed in MP-I at a monthly salary of Rs 130,000, utility expenses of five per cent of the pay coming to Rs 6,500, monthly house rent of Rs 50,000, 340 litres of petrol and a 1,300cc car. They are also entitled to travelling and daily allowances on official domestic and foreign tours and medical facilities as admissible to civil servants. Zareen Jamshed, Dr Seemal Jelani and Dr Firdous Zahra Bashir had similar packages. They are paid a monthly pay of Rs 50,000, monthly house rent of Rs 30,000, utility expenses of Rs 2,500, a 1300cc car, 270 litre petrol and travelling and dearness allowances on official domestic and foreign tours, and medical facilities as admissible to civil servants.
In reply to a question, from Dr Muhammad Said, Communications Minister Shamim Siddiqui said that there has been 90 per cent progress on Dera Ismail Khan-Mughalkot road, 58 per cent progress on two bridges, 98 per cent progress on another two bridges, 86 per cent progress on DI Khan-Zhob road and 76 per cent progress on four bridges.
Senator Raza Mohammad Raza of the Pukhtoonkhawa Awami Milli Party disputed the minister’s claim about the progress on the DI Khan-Zhob road. He said a small section of it has been constructed, a toll plaza has been set up. Chairman Mohammadmian Soomro made a lot of efforts to pacify the senator, but in vain. However, he agreed to Raza’s proposal that a group of senators should visit the road to verify claims made by him and the minister.
Soomro said he too was ready to accompany the group. He asked the minister to coordinate the visit so that the senators could themselves see the progress, if any. Raza said that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) ministers were making a fun of the House. He said they had not lived up to their commitments. However, Babar Ghauri asked the senator in a lighter vein that he should have stopped the bifurcation of his Communications Ministry into communications and ports and shipping ministries as a result of which he was given the ports and shipping. APP adds: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sher Afghan Khan Niazi informed the Senate that as per existing electoral rolls there were 72,260,958 voters in the country. In a written reply to a question from Senator Liaqat Bangulzai during Question Hour, he said there are 41,319,653 registered voters in the Punjab, 16,419,998 in Sindh, 8,875,270 in the NWFP, 3,952,907 in Balochistan, 1,301,549in Fata and 391581 in Islamabad.
Source: The News