Govt to complete construction of Faiz Ahmad Faiz library, Senate informed


Islamabad, Sep 28 (TNS): Minister for Federal Education Shafqat Mehmood says government will complete construction of Faiz Ahmad Faiz library despite its meager resources.

Responding to a calling attention notice in the Senate, the Minister said the decision to construct the said library was made in 2011 and a piece of land had been allocated for the purpose at F-10 sector of Islamabad. Initially, a sum of 370 million rupees was allocated for this project which was later revised to 460 million rupees.

The calling attention notice was moved by Senator Ateeq Sheikh of MQM.

Speaking on a matter of public importance, independent candidate from erstwhile FATA Senator Aurangzeb said the issue of pensions of FC personnel needs to be resolved.

Senator Rehman Malik of PPP said Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj made unsubstantiated allegations on Pakistan in her speech at the United Nations.

However, no befitting reply was given by the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. On another point, he said media trial and character assassination of politicians needs to be stopped. The Chairman referred the matter to standing committee concerned.

Senator Ateeq Sheikh said in many areas of Pakistan, dangerous power lines are hanging near the homes of people and pose a direct danger to their safety. The matter needs to be resolved in the public interest.

Taking part in debate on Finance Supplementary (Amendment) Bill 2018, Senator Azam Khan Musakhel of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party said the development work in FATA and Balochistan will be hurt due to slashing of PSDP.

Senator Ruskhsana Zuberi of PPP said a very small window has been set up for overseas Pakistanis in the finance bill, negating them an opportunity to play a more productive role in the country’s economy. She said the sector of agriculture has been ignored in this bill.

Senator Chaudhry Tanveer Khan of PML-N said lower and middle classes will bear the additional burden of taxes proposed in the bill.

The Chairman adjourned the session till 3 pm on Monday due to lack of quorum in the house.