NUMC formed to promote inter-faith, sectarian harmony

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Senate unanimously passes ‘Criminal Laws Amendment Bill’

Islamabad—The Senate was informed on Friday that National Ulema and Mashaikh Council (NUMC) has been formed to promote inter-faith and inter-sectarian harmony in the country. Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Aminul Hasnat Shah told the House during question hour that a curriculum committee has also been constituted to remove hate material from the syllabus of religious seminaries.
He said that festivals of different religions are also commemorated at the official level in order to promote harmony in the society. Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael told the House that the present government has introduced different legislation including anti-rape and honour killing acts for the protection of women folk. He said we are not oblivious to the empowerment of women and all out efforts are being made to also implement in letter and spirit the women specific laws.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that work on Bhara Kahu Housing Scheme will soon be started and completed without further delay. He said the Election Commission of Pakistan has completed the task to procure Electronic Voting Machines and the award of contract activity is in progress. He said these machines will firstly be tested in by-elections of national and provincial assemblies as pilot project.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar and others, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhary told the House that 320 MW Chashma Nuclear Power Plant is in testing phase and it will be made fully functional next month. He said that Chashma-Zhob transmission line is being implemented in two phases. He said that Chashma-D I Khan Transmission line phase-I is under construction along with 220KV grid station and this likely to be completed by the end of the next year.
He said the phase-II D.I.Khan-Zhob transmission line PC-I has been approved by ECNEC. He said an amount of 500 million rupees has been allocated in the federal budget. He said work on this project will be completed by October, 2018. The Senate also passed a resolution congratulating and appreciating Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for meeting the genuine demands of the parliamentarians on the matter of increasing their remuneration.—SABAH