ISLAMABAD - Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs informed the National Assembly on Wednesday that the corruption cases against 11 parliamentarians, including Hamza Shahbaz, Javed Hashmi and Aftab Sherpao, were pending in courts while inquiries against three parliamentarians had been closed down.
In a written statement, the minister said the cases against MNA Rana Nazeer Ahmad, MNA Tariq Anees, Makhdoum Javed Hashmi, MNA Malik Salahuddin Dogar, Zafar Baig Bhithani, Senator Ghulam Ali, MNA Aftab Sherpao, MNA Nawab Yusuf Talpur, MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, MNA Ghulam Ali Nizamani and Federal Minister Abdul Rehman Malik were pending in NAB courts, high courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan.
He stated that inquiries against MNA Khawaja Saad Rafique, MNA Mian Muhammad Asif and MNA/ Minister Ch Anwar Ali Cheema had been closed down during the period from January 2007 to January 2011. He further informed the house that no reference related to these inquiries had been closed down from the courts.
Responding to a supplementary question during the question hour, Advisor to
Prime Minister on Human Rights Mustafa Nawaz Khokar informed the house that the number of missing persons in Balochistan increased, as in 2010, 102 people went missing while in 2011 the total number of missing persons was 206.
He added that the SC was playing a vital role in missing persons case, while the government had also formed a commission that recovered almost 40 persons during the last year.
He said that Balochistan was facing poor law and order situation and the cases of target killing, sectarianism and drug addiction had been increasing.
He said that 90 per cent of poppy was being produced in Afghanistan that was also affecting Balochistan. He said the government did not yet fully implement Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package, however he was quite optimistic that 100 per cent implementation would be ensured in the current year.
To another question, the Advisor to Prime Minister on Human Rights told the house that the Government is planning to reduce the age of criminal responsibility from seven years to 12 years and in this regard Interior Ministry and other related ministries would be taken on board after which the legislation would be made.
Responding to another supplementary question regarding camel jocky, he said that recently no children were being smuggled to UAE for the said purpose. He informed that the Government of UAE has also extend its cooperation in this regard and has also paid compensation to the relatives of those children who were smuggled for the purpose.
Giving details of registered cases of violence against women and children, he told that during 2008 7658 cases of violence against women were registered while in 2011 the number of cases has reached to 9422 beside 2275 cases of violation against children were registered in 2008 and 1660 were registered in 2011.
Minister of State for Human Resource Development Sheikh Waqqas Akram meanwhile responding to a supplementary question told the House that around 2600 Pakistani that were sent to Korea on working visa have been living there despite their term of employment has been expired.
He told that the Government of Korea has conveyed Pakistan that they would not take more labour from Pakistan till these 2600 do not go back to their country.
However, he told that after taking charge of the Ministry, he negotiated with Korean Government after which the process has once again started and till now 150 people have been sent.
Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum Tariq Khatak informed the House that Pakistan has increased its gas production and during last three years 350mcf was increased while the Government was hopefull for more production from Kohat and Sindh.