Tag: Committee

Senate committee smells a rat in optic-fiber contract

ISLAMABAD - Expressing dissatisfaction over awarding contracts to different firms for optic-fiber lines, the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology on Monday directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to probe into the issue thoroughly otherwise the matter would be referred to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for investigation. The committee said that the contracts were given to different companies in violation of rules and the PTA should probe the

Government forms committee to resolve seniority issues at FBR

ISLAMABAD - The government has finally decided to resolve seniority issues which had triggered problems among customs and income tax group officers for the last few months. The government has constituted a departmental committee to submit recommendations within three weeks. A notification, issued by the Federal Board of Revenue on Thursday, said that the FBR chairman has constituted a committee to resolve issues of integration of the Inland Revenue Service.
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Committee to resolve FBR seniority issues

ISLAMABAD - The government has decided to ponder over the seniority issues which were causing frustration among the customs and income tax group officers since last few months by constituting a departmental committee to get recommendations within three weeks.
A notification issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Thursday said that the FBR chairman had constituted a committee to resolve the issues of integration of the Inland Revenue Service. Administration Member Tahir

Office-bearers deny Amn Committee being ‘disbanded’

KARACHI - The People's Amn Committee (PAC) is not being disbanded, nor has there been any official or unofficial discussion in this regard, PAC second-in-command Shakeeb Baloch told Pakistan Today on Thursday.
After a meeting on Sunday with the PAC in Lyari, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza had said that as per the Muttahida Qaumi Movement's (MQM) long-standing demand, the PAC would be 'disbanded' and merged with the Pakistan People's Party's (PPP) 'youth groups'.

Judges’ term – SC warns committee of ex-parte proceedings

ISLAMABAD - Hearing a joint petition against the Parliamentary Committee's (PC) rejection of one year extension in the service of four additional judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC), the Supreme Court on Thursday expressed dismay and warned the committee of ex-parte proceedings, when it came to know that no representative of the committee had turned up to pursue the matter.
The four-member bench of Justice Mahmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji

Lyari’s Amn Committee to be disbanded on MQM demand?

KARACHI - The People's Amn Committee (PAC) might be abolished on MQM's demand and merged with the PPP's Youth Wing, Pakistan Today has learnt. "It was not included in our explicit demands, but it would be better to abolish the PAC since it is a gang of criminals who are involved in extortion and the Sher Shah incident," said MQM Rabita Committee member Waseem Aftab. Sources said that since the PAC is not formally affiliated with the PPP, no official announcement of PAC's abolishment

NA committee rejects JC’s extension for two SHC judges

ISLAMABAD - The parliamentary committee for the appointment of judges on Tuesday rejected the Judicial Commission's proposal of one year extension in the tenures of two additional judges of the Sindh High Court (SHC). The committee, headed by Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, met in the Parliament House and discussed the proposal.
The committee approved the names of Justice Imam Bakhsh, Justice Azhar Rizvi, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Nisar Ahmed. However, it rejected the

Independent ECP – JUI-F’s status delays announcement of joint committee

ISLAMABAD - With the Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (JUI-F) in search of its status in the Parliament - either to join the treasury or the opposition - Speaker National Assembly (NA) Dr Fehmida Mirza finds herself in a difficult position about announcing the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) for the constitution of an independent Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The proposed committee, under Article 213 of the Constitution after the passage of 18th Amendment, shall comprise equal

Joint action committee slams doctor’s thrashing

KARACHI - The Joint Action Committee of Doctors (JACD) has condemned the thrashing of a doctor at the Sindh Government Hospital, Saudabad. In a press statement issued on Saturday, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Karachi President and JACD Chairman Dr M Idress Adhi stated that a hostile group of people, armed with wooden sticks, barged into the office of Deputy Medical Superintendent (DMS) Dr Kazim Raza.
They beat up the doctor and warned him that he should not come to the

Core committee taking decisions in violation of PPP Constitution?

ISLAMABAD - The PPP core committee's decision of replacing Fauzia Wahab with Qamar Zaman Kaira as the PPP information secretary has raised questions about the legality of the body which is not part of the ruling party's organisational structure as envisaged in its constitution.
The core committee was neither notified nor was it approved by the party's top decision-making body - the central executive committee. This body was created by PPP co-chairman and that too without

Committee for judges’ appointment suffers first setback

LAHORE - The Parliamentary Committee (PC) for judges' appointment witnessed its first setback on Thursday and a big question mark hangs on its role under the 18th Constitutional Amendment after the Supreme Court (SC) suspended its decision sacking four ad-hoc judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC), renowned jurists said on Thursday.
The jurists criticised the SC order saying, "If the SC does not accept decisions of the parliamentary committee then what is its utility in the whole

Committee calls for ethics for artists going abroad

ISLAMABAD - Senate Sanding Committee on Culture and Tourism here on Tuesday strongly demanded of the ministry to devise a code of ethics for artists going abroad for performance. The committee, while appreciating the ongoing Iranian exhibition week at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), observed that the ministry and PNCA were playing a commendable role in promoting friendly relations between Pakistan and other countries.
Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar, while presiding, directed

Lyari’s troubles continue with Amn Committee activist’s death

KARACHI - Hundreds of Lyari residents marched towards the Chief Minister's House on Monday afternoon after a People's Amn Committee activist - under treatment at the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) after being critically wounded in crossfire between two groups in Moosa Lane, Lyari on February 12 - succumbed to his injuries earlier in the morning.
Apart from the Amn Committee activist Jamshaid, an activist of the Kutchi Rabita Committee had also been killed in the skirmish and the

NA committee fails to report FDE corruption

ISLAMABAD - Despite the passage of over three months, a sub-committee of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Education has failed to submit its report to the committee on irregularities in the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) during recruitment of teachers.
The said sub-committee was constituted under Dr Nadeem Ehsan to look into various irregularities made by the FDE in recruitment of the teaching staff in MTT and TUGT cadre and other matter. However, the

Anti-Basant committee takes out protest

LAHORE - All Pakistan Basant Affected Committee's president Mian Muhmmad Azam said that hundreds of people have been slaughtered, thousands being injured, whereas various grit stations were burnt due to the metal wires. He said that the current government does not know the damages of Basant as the Chief Minister Punjab was not in the country during Musharraf's era.
He further said that the cases were never registered against those were involved in the illegal use of fireworks.

Yet another committee formed for bund breaches

KARACHI - The Sindh government has constituted a committee for determining the actual figure of breaches in the embankments of Indus River and different canals during the last year's flood and the amount required for their repair works. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah held at the CM House to review the rehabilitation process in the flood-affected areas of the province.
The decision comes when two committees are

Parliamentary committee on MDGs on the cards

ISLAMABAD - A committee comprising MNAs from all the parliamentary parties is to be formed in the next few days to ensure achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the country by 2015. In 2000, the leaders of 189 countries, including Pakistan, had signed the Millennium Declaration, agreeing to do everything in their power to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and also promised to achieve other seven goals of the MDGs by 2015.
The remaining seven MDGs are: universal