Senate: (Senators urge all institutions to work within constitutional ambit)

ISLAMABAD: The Senators on Thursday called upon all the institutions to work within their constitutional domain. Speaking on points of order in the Upper House, , they said it is the responsibility of every citizen and Institutions to protect the constitution. They recognized the sacrifices rendered by the security forces in the war against terror.

Speaking on a point of order, Leader of Opposition Aitizaz Ahsan said he is the biggest critic of the government’s performance but he along with other opposition will always stand by the government in difficult times.

The chair also reiterated that all the institutions should work within their ambit. He once again advised the government to summon an in-camera session of the Parliament or the Senate to discuss the issues relating to foreign policy and National Action Plan (NAP) on terrorism.

The House also held discussion on the first biannual report on the implementation of National Finance Commission (NFC) Award. Members emphasized the composition of new National Finance Commission should be completed at the earliest to finalize the Award.

They said the new NFC award should transfer resources to the provinces not only on the basis of population and backwardness but also keeping in view the Sustainable Development Goals.

Earlier, during the question hour, the House was informed that Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has recently developed solar dryers for the preservation of fruits and vegetables.

Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada told the House that PARC in collaboration with Japan has also started a training programme for growers for fruit value addition.

Minister of State for Education and Training Mohammad Baligh-ur-Rehman told the House that a programme has been designed for the promotion of technical and vocational training. Under this programme vocational secondary schools will be set up in which students from class six to ten will be imparted technical education.

Baligh-ur-Rehman said the government is planning to establish either a new university or a sub-campus of the existing universities in each district during the next three years. The Chairman constituted an eighteen member committee to review the performance of Pakistan International Airline (PIA). The House will now meet today (Friday).