NA standing committee on defence meets

Islamabad: The Standing Committee on Defence Production met in the Parliament House on Thursday under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA regarding briefing on Directorate General Defence Purchase by Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP).

The Committee Members were apprised by Brig Asif Hussain Nizami, Deputy Director General Defence Purchase regarding the creation and functions of Directorate General, Defence Purchase (DGDP) Ministry of Defence Production. He informed the Committee about the process of procurement adopted by the Directorate General for Defence requirements.

Federal Minister for Defence Production told the Committee that Pakistan can grab 80% business of engineering works from golf by establishing shipyard at Gwadar Port.

It was also informed by the Minister that Honourable Prime Minister has issued directions to all law enforcement agencies for given first right to procure any defence equipment. The Committee appreciated the deliberation of Pakistan Navy on providing business to Karachi Shipyard.

The Committee was told by the DDG (Director of Procurement) that Chief of Army Staff has authority to approve the purchase upto US$ 25 million, however, purchase of major defence equipment and weapon system having value more US$ 25 million is headed by the Secretary, DP alongwith other representatives.

Meeting was attended by Mr. Muhammad Khan Daha, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Chaudhary Hamid Hameed, Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah, Mr. Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Ms. Amra Khan, Ms. Iffat Liaqat, Mr. Bhawan Das,Mr. Shehryar Afridi, Ms. Asyia Nasir, Mr. Bilal Rehman and Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi, MNAs and besides senior officers from Ministry of Defence Production.

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