NA refuses to mandate special committee on Kashmir
* Resolution for 39 standing committees passed
By Shahzad Raza
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) has refused to mandate a special committee on Kashmir to find ways to settle the dispute between India and Pakistan.
Federal Labour and Manpower Minister Abdul Sattar Lalika moved a resolution saying that under rule 225 (B) of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business 1992 the NA should form a committee.
The resolution said that the committee should be mandated to monitor violations of human rights and atrocities being committed by Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir and mobilise world opinion in support of the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination as well as the Pakistan government’s stance.
It said the committee should be mandated to solicit and provide political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle for their right to self-determination according to the United Nations (UN) resolution.
Member of the National Assembly (MNA) of the Pakistan Muslim League (Quaid-e-Azam) MP Bhindara proposed that the committee must also be mandated to review the official and unofficial dialogue between India and Pakistan. “We should try to settle the dispute,” he added.
Dr Sher Afgan Niazi said that mandating the NA committee to review the Pakistan-India talks would mean deviation from the ‘principled’ stance on the issue.
Mr Lalika endorsed Dr Niazi’s objection and said Pakistan would continue to provide moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris.
The lower house of parliament on Monday passed two separate resolutions unanimously to elect members of 39 Standing Committees (SCs) and to form a special 26-member committee on Kashmir.
The special Kashmir Committee has Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Maulana Fazalur Rehman, Imran Khan, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Sardar Farooq Khan Leghari, Dr Tahirul Qadri, Sardar Nasrullah Dreshak, Wasi Zafar and Dr Attiya Inayatullah among others.
The SC on the Cabinet Secretariat consists of Ahmad Raza Maneka, Malik Allah Yar Khan, Tanzeela Aamir Cheema. The SC on Commerce consists of Rai Mansab Ali Khan, Sardar Muhammad Asif Nakai, Hina Rabbani Khar. The SC on Communications consists of Muhammad Tahir Shah, Muhammad Ali Malkani, Syed Gulzar Sibtain.
The SC on Minorities consists of Gayan Chand Singh, Akram Masih Gill, Rai Azizullah Khan.
The SC on Culture Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs consists of Rai Azizullah Khan, Chaudhry Bilal Ejaz, Ghias Ahmed Mela.
The SC on Industries consists of Rai Mansab Ali Khan, Bilal Ahmad Virk, Omar Ayub Khan.
The SC on Defence consists of Main Shamim Haider, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Mehmood Khan Achakzai. The SC on Economic Affairs and Statistics consists of Mazhar Ahmad Qureshi, Rasheed Akbar Khan, Mushtaq Ali Cheema.
The SC on Education has Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, Chaudhry Muhammad Asim Nazir, Aasiya Azeem. The SC on Environment consists of Malik Amin Aslam Khan, Rozina Tufail, Fiza Junejo.
The SC on Finance and Revenue consists of Riffat Amjad, Malik Muhammad Saifullah Khan Tiwana, Sardar Muhammad Nasrullah Dareshak.
The SC on Food, Agriculture and Livestock consists of Muhammad Tahir Shah, Ishaq Khan Khakwani, Muhammad Ali Malkani. The SC on Foreign Affairs consists of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Umar Ahmad Ghumman, Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar.
The SC on Health consists of Sardar Muhammad Asif Nakai, Dr Donya Aziz, Raja Nadir Pervez.
The SC on Housing and Works consists of Chaudhry Nazir Ahmed Jatt, Chaudhry Bilal Ejaz, Dr Junaid Mumtaz Joya.
The SC on Production consists of Rifat Javed Kahlon, Saeed Ahmad Chaudhary, Aftab Ahmad Khan Khichi. The SC on Information and Broadcasting consists of Ahmed Raza Maneka, Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Chaudhry Haroon Qaiser. The SC on Information Technology and Telecommunication consists of Dr Noor Jehan Panezai, Engineer Muhammad Shahid Jamil Qureshi, Gayan Chand Singh.
The SC on Interior consists of Rajab Ali Khan Baloch, Syed Tasnim Nawaz Gardezi, Muhammad Saeed Virk.
The SC on Kashmir Affaris, Northern Affairs and Safron consists of Makhdoom Syed Ali Hassan, Fiza Junejo, Pir Muhammad Shah Khagga. The SC on Labour, Manpower and Overseas Pakistan consists of Chaudhry Shahbaz Hussain, Sardar Tufail Ahmad Khan, Chaudhry Nazir Ahmed Jatt.
The SC on Law, Justice and Human Rights consists of Zahid Hamid, Saima Akhtar Bharwana, Chaudhry Shahid Akram Bhinder.
The SC on Local Government and Rural Development consists of Zeb Gohar Ayub, Akram Masih Gill, Shahzadi Umerzadi Tiwana.
The SC on Narcotics Control consists of Khawaja Sheraz Mehmood, Ali Nawaz Khan Mahar, Mr. Rasheed Akbar Khan. The SC on Parliamentary Affairs consists of Bushra Rahman, M.P. Bhandara, Zahid Hamid.
The SC on Petroleum and Natural Resources consists of Makhdoomzada Basit Bokhari, Muhammad Saeed Virk, Chaudhry Liaqat Abbas Bhatti.
The SC on Planning and Development consists of Sardar Bahadur Ahmed Khan Sihar, Chaudhry Rehman Naseer, Brig (r) Zulfiqar Ahmad Dhillon.
The SC on Population Welfare consists of Dr Attiya Inayatullah, Farzeen Ahmed Sarfraz, Zeb Gohar Ayub. The SC on Privatization consists of Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai, Main Shamim Haider, Engineer Muhammad Shahid Jamil Qureshi.
The SC on Railways consists of Pir Muhammad Shah Khagga, Ishaq Khan Khakwani, Shibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan.
The SC on Religious Affairs, Zakat and Ushr consists of Chaudhry Shahbaz Hussain, Rai Muhammad Aslam Kharal, Saeed Ahmad Chaudhry.
The SC on The SCientific and Technological Research consists of Chaudhry Liaqat Abbas Bhatti, Dr Saira Tariq, Chaudhry Haroon Qaiser. The SC on Public Accounts consists of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Begum Tehmina Dastee, Mr. Zahid Hamid.
The SC on House and Library consists of Sardar Muhammad Yaqub, Sardar Bahadur Ahmad Khan Sihar. The SC on Government Assurances consists of Chaudhry Anwar Ali Cheema, Syed Gulzar Sibtain, Sardar Bahadur Ahmed Khan Siharf. Finance Committee of the National Assembly consists of Chaudhry Amir Hussain, Sardar Muhammad Nasrullah Dreshak, Rai Aziz Ullah Khan.
Each committee also consists of minister in charge of its related ministry as an ex officio member. Earlier, labour minister introduced a bill to amend the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (The Code of Civil Procedure Amendment Bill, 2003).