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No consensus developed on Parliament Privilege Bill

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Law, Justice, Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs, Senator Muhammad Kazim Khan on Wednesday said that ‘Parliament and its Members’ Privilege Bill’ has been disposed off due to opposition of committee members.

Talking to media persons after chairing a senate standing committee’s meeting on Law, Justice, Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs, Senator Kazim Khan said that as no such law exists in any country due to which the committee members have opposed the bill.

Earlier, the bill introduced by Senator Wasim Sajjad was presented before the committee for further consideration of the Private Member’s Bill titled “The Parliament and its Member’s Privileges Bill, 2003 along with report of the Sub-Committee on the Bill. Senator Wasim Sajjad in support of the bill said that the Parliament has no contemporary power and there is a need to have such powers.

He said that there is no law to defend the parliament from any challenge and urged to have new legislation in this regard.
However, some committee members were of view point that not a single country of world has such laws while some members suggested certain amendments in the bill.

Discussing another bill titled “The Special Economic Zones Bill, 2010″ introduced on July 30, 2010, the Chairman committee directed the Chairman Board of Investment (BOI) to submit a detailed report within 15 days so that it could be circulated to the members of the committee for evaluation.

He said that such economic zones are essential to improve the economic situation of the country and assured that after receiving detailed document, the committee will consider the bill with the consultation of its members in its meeting due next month. Other committee members said that detailed report along with models of such economic zones of other countries will help them to consider the bill in more appropriate way.

Minister of State and Chairman BOI Salim Mandiwala apprised the committee that such economic zones have been established by many countries including India, China, Bangladesh and Malaysia and several models have been reviewed to maintain standard of such proposed zones in the country.

He said there will be three types of such zones included private zones, public zones and private-public zones. He added private zones will be established by investors in all provinces with the support of the government. He said these investors will avail the incentives to be offered by the government who will produce good products in the country and will be good source of revenue generation.

He said such economic zones are imperative for economic growth due to remittance and investment. He added the government will give legal security and cover to the investors while they will be responsible for internal security and other matters.The meeting was attended by Senators Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, Jehangir Bader, Syed Zafar Ali Shah, Wasim Sajjad and S.M Zafar.-SANA

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