National Assembly passes six bills
The National Assembly on Wednesday passed six bills. The House passed "The Electoral Rolls (Amendment) Bill, 2015" and "The Delimitation of Constituencies (Amendment) Bill, 2015".
The House also passed "The Safeguard Measures (Amendment) Bill, 2015, The Countervailing Duties Bill, 2015", "The Anti-Dumping Duties Bill, 2015" and "The National Tariff Commission Bill, 2015". These four bills have already been passed by the Senate. The bills were moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad.
Earlier, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the House during question hour that the government accords top priority to domestic sector and uninterrupted gas supply is being ensured to the domestic consumers in the country. He that low gas pressure may occur due to some technical problems which are timely resolved through round the clock customers' services and field teams. He said the government is making efforts to stop theft of gas and enhance recoveries. He said 91.2 percent losses in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa are in law and order affected areas.
Answering a supplementary question by Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said there is no hurdle in provision of gas for any project or scheme in Balochistan. He said the government is giving connection on merit. He said under Sui Northern Gas Pipeline, domestic gas connections are being given to those who had applied in third quarter of 2012 and in some areas to the applicants of 2013.
The Minister said the price of LNG will be made public after the signing of contract for the import of the commodity from Qatar. He said so far no contract has been made for this purpose.
To a question, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that the proposed Peshawar-Kabul Motorway is designed for four lanes. He said the major portion of the proposed 265 kilometre motorway is in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan government has contacted Afghan government to sign their experts for preparing a feasibility study of the project but so far the Afghan government did not send their experts. He said whole expenditure of the project will be borne by Pakistan.
On the other hand the Senate was informed that sixteen new oil and gas exploration blocks over 31,700 square kilometers are under process for award to attract new investment in the sector.
During question hour, Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the Upper House that forty- six new exploration licences covering over ninety four thousand square kilometers have been granted to different companies during the present Government. He said 202 wells have been spudded since June 2013. Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif told the House that thirty one solar projects with cumulative capacity of 711 MW have been given letter of intent.