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15 Jun

KP Assembly approves 10 supplementary demands for grants

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Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly approved 10 Supplementary Demands for Grants for financial year 2016-17 on Thursday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

The KP Assembly met for three hour and 19 minutes. The sitting started at 1430 hours against the scheduled time of 1400 hours. 38 lawmakers (31%) were present at the start and 48 (39%) at the end of the sitting. The Speaker chaired the entire sitting. The Deputy Speaker was present.

The Chief Minister attended the sitting for two hours and 49 minutes while the Opposition Leader attended the entire sitting. The Finance Minister remained present during the entire proceedings. The parliamentary leaders of PPPP, JI and ANP attended the sitting. One minority member was present. Eight members applied for leave.

The House adopted a resolution to appoint female Professor as head of Girls Khyber Medical College and make amendments in rules for this purpose if necessary.

The House approved 10 Supplementary Demands for Grants for financial year 2016-17. The remaining 43 Supplementary Demands for Grants would be taken up in the next sitting tomorrow.

Minister for Finance presented the Audit Reports of the Auditor General of Pakistan on Accounts of Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the Year, 2014-15 which were referred to the Public Accounts Committee.

The House could not hold general discussion on Supplementary Budget for the Financial Year 2016-17 due to absence of relevant lawmakers who submitted their names for debate on it.

The Chief Minister and the Opposition Leader spoke about the Provincial Budget for 80 minutes and 15 minutes respectively.

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14 Jun

KP Assembly passes Finance Bill

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Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly on Wednesday passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Bill, 2017 and approved 55 demands for grants, reports Free and Fair Election Network in its daily factsheet.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly met for three hours and 48 minutes. The sitting started at 1412 hours against the scheduled time of 1400 hours. Forty-five lawmakers (36%) were present at the start and 80 (65%) at the end of the sitting. The Speaker chaired the entire sitting. The Deputy Speaker was present.

The Chief Minister and the Opposition Leader attended the entire sitting. The Finance Minister remained present during the proceedings. The parliamentary leaders of QWP, JI, ANP and PPPP attended the sitting. Two minority members were present.

The House passed the KP Finance Bill, 2017 and approved 55 more demands for grants of various government departments. Earlier, the House approved four demands for grants in the previous sitting. Minister for Finance laid the Authenticated Schedule of authorized expenditures for the year 2017-18 in the House.

The lawmakers withdrew their all cut motions related to various government departments.

Female lawmakers of PML-N walked out of the House for 30 minutes when the Chair did not allow one of their colleagues to speak about demands for grants.

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11 Jun

Education (RS128B ALLOCATED FOR PROMOTION OF EDUCATION IN KP)

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Peshawar: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has allocated about one hundred and twenty eight billion rupees for promotion of education in the province.

The amount will be spent on seventy-seven projects consisting sixty on-going and seventeen new projects in education sector.

These projects include construction of four hundred and ten primary schools; ten post graduate colleges, recruitment of fourteen thousand teachers, construction of boundary walls, repair of public libraries and provision of security & missing facilities in educational institutions. one hundred each primary, middle and high schools will be upgraded in the province.

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07 Jun

Rs603bn Provincial Budget Presented in KP Assembly

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Peshawar: The Provincial Finance Minister presented the budget for the financial year 2017-18 with an outlay of Rs 603 billion in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Wednesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly met for two hours and 19 minutes. The sitting started at 1423 hours against the scheduled time of 1400 hours. Eighty-two members (66%) were present at the start and 90 (73%) at the end of the sitting. The Speaker chaired the entire sitting. The Deputy Speaker was also present.

The Chief Minister and the Opposition Leader attended the entire sitting. The parliamentary leaders of all parties attended the sitting. Two minority members were present.

The Finance Minister presented the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Bill 2017 along with the Annual Budget Statement for the fiscal year 2017-2018 and the Supplementary Budget Statement for the year 2016-2017. The total volume of the Budget 2017-18 is rupees 603 billion.

The PML-N lawmakers staged a token walkout for five minutes against the Budget 2017-18. The lawmakers raised two points of order consuming five minutes of the proceedings.

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25 May

KP Assembly Takes Up Heavy Legislative Agenda

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Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly took up heavy legislative agenda during 14-sitting session held between April 11, 2017 and May 23, 2017. It passed 17 bills, including four private members’ bills, adopted nine resolutions after suspending rules and referred two bills to the relevant committees for further deliberations.

With an average of 36 lawmakers (29% of the total membership – 124) present at the start and 32 members (26%) at the end of each sitting, the 24th session of the provincial assembly transacted most of the agenda appearing on Orders of the Day. A maximum of 53 (43%) members, on average, attended the session along with the presence of one minority legislator. The quorum was pointed out eight times during the session while the Chair had to adjourn the sittings on five occasions. One sitting remained suspended for 10 minutes and the quorum was found complete upon counting on two occasions.

The Speaker and the Deputy Speaker remained present during three and 13 sittings and presided over 25% and 72% of the proceedings, respectively. Three percent of the session’s time was spent in breaks or suspension of the proceedings. The Leader of the House remained present in three sittings and attended 21% of the session’s time, while the Opposition Leader attended six sittings and remained present in 41% of the session’s time. Among the Parliamentary leaders, the ANP lawmaker attended 11 sittings, followed by JI (10), PML-N (9), QWP-S (3) and PPPP (2).

The House observed heavy legislative agenda and passed 17 bills. Rules were suspended several times to accommodate non-agenda items, especially the resolutions, as the Assembly adopted nine resolutions during the reporting period. None of the adopted resolutions was on the List of Business.

According to Rule 124 of the Rules of Procedure of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, a Private Member, who wishes to move a resolution, shall give 15 days’ notice of his intention to do so and shall submit, together with the notice, a copy of the resolution which he intends to move. However, the members frequently took the advantage of Rule 240, requesting the Speaker to suspend the relevant rules and accommodate their resolutions.

Low interest of lawmakers was observed during oversight of the executive, as 53 percent starred questions were lapsed due to the absence of lawmakers or relevant ministers. However, the House took up 13 out of 17 Calling Attention Notices (CANs) appearing on the Orders of the Day.

The bills passed included four private members’ bills, as well as government’s bills including four seeking amendments in KP Local Government Act 2013 while other bills were the KP Mental Health Bill, 2017; the KP Civil Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the KP Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the KP Minerals Sector Governance (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the KP Private Schools Regulatory Authority Bill, 2017; the KP Food Safety Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the KP Vaccination (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the KP Free Compulsory Primary and Secondary Education Bill, 2017 and the KP Public Private Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

Four private members’ bills passed during the session were the KP Health Foundation (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the KP Medical Teaching Institutions Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the KP Employees of Transport Department (Regularization of Services) Bill, 2017 and the KP Ehtesab Commission (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017. Two bills – the KP Societies Registration (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the KP Dowry, Bridal Gift and Marriage Functions Restriction Bill, 2017 – were referred to the Select Committee for further deliberations.

Another government bill – the KP Provincial Ombudsman (Amendment) Bill, 2016 – was withdrawn while two bills, including the KP Establishment of Information Technology Board (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the Kaghan Development Authority Bill, 2017 were introduced in the House. The House did not consider the KP Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The House passed nine resolutions to condemn attacks in Syria, ensure legislation to stop circulation of blasphemous content on the social media, demand resignation of the Prime Minister in the wake of Supreme Court’s decision in Panama Papers case, appointment of female staff at NADRA offices in Hazara division and south districts of KP, construct an overhead bridge in Abbottabad under CPEC, compensate the affectees of Sukhi Kinari Dam, start PIA flights from Peshawar to Lahore on daily basis; ensure PIA’s compliance with the flights schedule and hang the Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadev for his involvement in espionage activities and terrorism in Pakistan.

Of 17 CANs appearing on the Orders of the Day, the House took up 13, among these three were not taken up while one was withdrawn by the mover. The taken up CANs were related to TMA employees’ strike in Bannu; retention of Area Director Center at Peshawar University despite court’s order; killing of laborers by a landlord in remote area of Buner district; restoration of male mobilizers in Population Welfare Department; notification for expanding jurisdictions of the Forest Institute; implementation on KP Whistleblower Protection and Vigilance Commission Act 2016; non-completion of Jalozai Housing Scheme; closing certain primary schools in the province; poor drainage system in a Degree College at Charsadda; review of educational curriculum; regularization of the services of employees at Regional Blood Center in Peshawar; corruption charges against Deputy Commissioner Tank and recruitment of IT teachers and Lab In-charges in the Education Department against sanctioned posts.

Sponsored by PPPP lawmaker, the House discussed an Adjournment Motion (AM) to revise the scale of staff at Union and Village Councils. Six lawmakers, two of QWP and one each of PPPP, JI, ANP and PML-N, spoke on the motion for 18 minutes. The Chair admitted an AM for debate regarding inquiry report of the government on corruption in Bank of Khyber, its performance and illegal appointments made.

The lawmakers raised 27 Points of Order (POs) consuming an hour and 54 minutes. Out of 163 Starred Questions, 76 questions (47%) were taken up and responded to by the relevant ministries/departments, while the legislators raised 62 supplementary questions to gain further clarity on government’s responses. Of the total starred questions, 23 were related to Elementary and Secondary Education Department, followed by Health and Finance Departments (15 each), Communication & Works and Environment Departments (14 each) and Irrigation and Local Government Departments (11 each).

Two privilege motions – one each submitted by PTI and JUI-F lawmaker – against the government officials were referred to the relevant committee. The House did not consider another privilege motion of a PTI lawmaker.

Three instances of walk outs were witnessed during the session. A JUI-F lawmaker staged a walkout for two minutes during the 6th sitting over ministerial absence in the House while the same sitting witnessed another walkout for 25 minutes by the opposition lawmakers for not being allowed to move a resolution against PTI lawmaker, who used objectionable language against women.

Similarly, the opposition lawmakers staged another walkout for 12 minutes during eighth sitting over non-availability of hard copies of the List of Business in the House.

The entire opposition protested within the House for 10 minutes during 3rd sitting on the passage of resolution against Prime Minister. The opposition benches also protested for seven minutes during 5th sitting over unjustified distribution of development funds. Two protests were witnessed during 6th sitting for three minutes each. The first protest was against the use of objectionable language against women while the other was against denying permission by the Chair to speak on a Point of Order.

The House witnessed presentation of 10 reports by various committees and adoption of a report of Standing Committee on Procedure and Conduct of Business Rules, Privileges and Implementation of Government Assurances.

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16 May

Transvestites announce replacement of their president with transgender Laila

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Peshawar: Transvestites from different Districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa has alleged that President of She-male association Farzana Jan is misusing the slot and announced to replace the president with transgender Laila.

Speaking at a press conference here at Peshawar Press Club (PPC) on Tuesday, the transgender unanimously made Laila as an Acting president of the she-male association and announced elections amongst them after upcoming holy month Ramadan.

The acting president on the occasion said that they had made Farzana Jan as their president for working for the rights of transvestites, which they added were passing through critical lives as they are maximum of transgender as homeless and starvation.

The transgender accused Farzana of taking extortion money from other she-males being used power of presidential slot and in case anyone of them refused to give, face beating and torture.

We have videos against Farzana for usurping rights of transgender, beating and torture them, the newly acting president added that the rejected president has got Rs0.3million as an extortion money by threatening her to severity if she failed to give. “On someone guarantee of giving Rs0.3million to Farzana, I was released, but the guarantor is now demanding for the money, and I have no even a single penny to give”, Anwar alleged.

Responding to different questions, Laila said they had lot expectations from the provincial government to provide them financial assistance because also, they are Pakistani citizens and have the same rights. However, Ms Laila maintained the PTI-led provincial was morally bound to create opportunities of employments for them in order avoid taunting and hissing after them while performing at a function.

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