Islamabad: The Upper house began discussion on a motion moved by Minister-in-Charge Cabinet Secretariat regarding the Annual Report on the Observance and Implementation of the Principle of Policy in relation to the affairs of the Federation for the year 2011-12.
Initiating the discussion, Farhatullah Babar said Article 38 of the Constitution has directed that Pakistan will have to be a welfare driven state.
However, he said unfortunately over the last sixty-six years instead of promoting the concept of welfare state, we have moving to become a security state.
He said all the stakeholders should sit together to revisit the theories of national security.
Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah said there has been violation of rights of minorities in many parts of the country. He said the government must take coercive measures to ensure that minorities in Pakistan are safeguarded and their rights are protected.
He said the economic development should take place on equitable basis throughout the country. He said forty-six billion dollars development package as a result of Chinese President’s visit to Pakistan will be a game changer and great opportunity for the country.
Meanwhile,Replying to a calling attention notice moved by Ilyas Ahmad Bilour regarding disparity in rates of electricity being charged by PESCO from the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in comparison to IESCO, Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali informed the House that NEPRA is the regulator and determined the electricity tariff. He said there is no disparity of any kind in this regard.
The House deferred for tomorrow another calling attention notice moved by Sassi Palijo regarding delay in announcement of 8th NFC award.