Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Monday, 11 April 2016 20:46

ISLAMABAD: A joint session of the Parliament chaired by National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Monday unanimously approved a bill to convert Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) into a public limited company.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar told the House that the committee has made amendments to the bill with consensus. 

Dar ensured that all administrative actions against the employees will be withdrawn by Tuesday.

Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid stated that genuine demands of opposition members have been accommodated in the proposed bill and rights of employees have been duly protected.

Apart from the bill relating to PIA, the other bills that the committee discussed included the Emigration (Amendment) Bill 2014, the Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill 2014, the Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill 2015, the Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill 2015 and the Privatisation Commission (Second Amendment) Bill 2015.

Of all the bills on the agenda, only emigration and civil servants bills were adopted with consensus.

Initially, the government had planned to convene the joint sitting for considering the PIA bill, but it included five other bills on the agenda after the Senate passed a resolution and its chairperson, Raza Rabbani, directed the government to consider the bills already passed by the Senate and not the National Assembly.

Constitution of 1973 to be Implemented rigorously

Further, the Parliament unanimously passed a resolution reiterating the resolve to protect and implement 1973 Constitution at all costs, Radio Pakistan reported.

The resolution, moved by Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, felicitated the nation on the Constitution Day and recognized the sacrifices rendered by the people of the country and political parties for upholding the constitution.

“The history of 1973 Constitution demonstrates the sagacity shown by our political leaders to reach a consensus document,” he said.

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