NA passes anti-drone resolution urged US to halt drone attacks

The lower House of the Parliament on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution demanding an immediate halt to drone attacks on Pakistani territory.
The resolution moved by Naeema Kishwar Khan and others‚ strongly condemned the US drone attacks saying these constitute violation of the principles of the Charter of United Nations‚ international laws and humanitarian norms.
Speaking on the resolution Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch said the present government has strongly opposed the drone strikes from day one and maintained that these amount to violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. He said the government is using diplomatic channels for halt of drone attacks which are proving counter-productive for peace and security in the region.
The Minister regretted that some political parties resorted to sit-ins and other political gimmicks on the matter. He said their tactics have proved counter-productive during the last ten and fifteen days. He said we need to adopt appropriate diplomatic channels.
Leader of Pakistan Tehrik Insaf Arif Alvi clarified that his party blocked NATO’s supplies to express resentment on drone attacks and this move has no political motives.
The House passed resolution urging the government to take steps to alleviate poverty from the country.
Speaking on the resolution‚ Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said the government is giving priority to the industrial sector for generation of employment opportunities and promotion of exports.
Those who spoke on the resolution include Imran Khattak‚ Sher Akbar Khan‚ Shafqat Mahmood‚ Yusuf Talpur‚ Sajid Ahmad‚ Shaikh Rashid Ahmad and Ghulam Ahmad Bilour.
The House passed two resolutions urging the government to establish a university in Hyderabad and an agriculture university in Sahiwal.
Speaking on the resolutions‚ Minister of State for Education Muhammad Balighur Rehman said Pakistan is lagging behind in higher education and there is a dire need for establishment of universities in public and private sectors to enhance percentage of higher education from eight to fifteen percent.
Earlier‚ Minister of State for National Health Services‚ Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar has said that there is no shortage of medicines in the country.
Responding to a call attention notice moved by Dr. Raja Aamer Zaman‚ she said that some manufacturers try to create artificial shortage of medicines to raise their prices. But the Drug Regulatory Authority is fully cognizant of its responsibilities towards the matter.
About the purchase of different vaccines including those of polio‚ measles and Hepatitis‚ the Minister of State said that ninety percent purchase of vaccines is done by the UNICEF. She said a programme has recently been launched to track the vaccination process right from the purchase of vaccine to its administration.
Muhammad Ayaz Soomro introduced before the House “The Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill‚ 2013” to amend the code of criminal procedure 1898.
The Chair referred the bill to the concerned committee.

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