Senate: (Senate winds up debate on Peshawar incident)

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Wednesday concluded debate on the motion regarding attack by terrorists on Army Public School Peshawar.

The Senate had resumed its session with Chairman Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari in the chair. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed introduced the bill to amend “The Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010″ in the House.

The chair referred the bill to the Standing Committee concerned for examination and report. Responding to points of order, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Mohammad Asif said that electricity price was reduced by Rs 2.92 due to falling prices of petroleum products and some management measures.

He said out of this Rs 2.32 have been passed to the consumers while sixty paisa has been adjusted. About increase in levy of GST on POL products by five percent, he said there was an import duty loss of seventy billion rupees due to reduction in prices of oil in the international market.

He said the loss is apprehended to reach Rs 175 billion if we take into account the loss of taxes at sale points. He said five percent increase in GST has been made to compensate that loss.

Earlier, Mian Raza Rabbani, Zahid Khan and Kamil Ali Agha criticized increase in GST rates for POL products and less than due relief passed on to electricity consumers.

Taking part in the debate, Suriya Amiruddin of PPP said Islam exhorts its followers to acquire knowledge about terrorists are targeting schools and students. She said the dastardly act has brought bad name to Pakistan in the comity of nations. She appealed to the nation to get united to fight the menace of terrorism for our secure future.

Syed Zafar Ali Shah of PML (N) said terrorists are sparing no institution and their targeting of Peshawar school united the entire nation. He said the Prime Minister immediately invited the national leadership to sit together and find answer to the situation. He however was of the view that military officers should not preside over special courts as they are not trained for the purpose.

Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI (F) regretted that the federal government issued an alert to the provincial authority about possible attack on Army Public School in August but no measures were taken to prevent the tragedy. He said those guilty of dereliction of duties should be held accountable.

Winding up debate on Peshawar terrorist incident, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the present government has taken concrete measures to address the challenge of terrorism.

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