MPs hail govt for holding successful PSL final

164,712 cases pending in High Courts; 3434 posts lying vacant in Pak Post; necessary amendments required to revise EOBI pensioners payment: NA told

Islamabad

Parliamentarians on Monday hailed the government for holding successful Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore. Talking to media persons outside the Parliament House, they said the revival of cricket in the country was a good sign for the nation. The senators urged the nation to forge unity among them against the terrorism and defeat it by supporting security forces.
They also lauded the efforts of Najam Sethi for organizing this mega event to entertain the masses. The government, they said has fulfilled its commitment to defeat terrorism by holding PSL final in Lahore. The Senators and Members National Assembly (MNA’s) stressed that from next year all matches of PSL should be played in the Pakistan. The people of Pakistan were brave and united against the enemy and also proved that they cannot be defeated or harassed through blasts, politicians added.
164,712 cases pending in high courts Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid Monday informed the National Assembly that some 264,712 cases of various nature including murder, kidnapping and terrorism were still pending in five high courts of the country.
Giving details of the pending cases during question hour, the minister said that out of the total, 159,577 cases were pending in Lahore High Court, 83,937 in Sindh High Court, 1,363 in Peshawar High Court, 6,091 in High Court of Balochistan and 13,744 in Islamabad High Court.
To another question, the minister said the superior courts had been requested repeatedly through reminders letters and telephone calls to provide details of dual nationality of the judges but the information was still awaited.
While, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed Monday informed the National Assembly that currently some 3434 posts were lying vacant in the Pakistan Post office department. Responding to a question during a Question Hour, the minister said that the Pakistan Post has total 31337 posts and summary has already been sent to fill the vacant post.
Recruitment against all the vacant posts in BPS-1 to 15 under the Pakistan Post Office Department was made as per prescribed departmental recruitment rules, he said. He said for the time being as per policy of the Federal Government the recruitment was being done through testing agencies.
Screening tests and merit based recruitment in Pakistan Post Office Department has been assigned to “Pakistan Testing Service” after open bidding through Ministry of Communications, he said.
National Assembly was informed Monday that necessary amendments were required in relevant laws to revise pension of retired employees by the Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI).
Parliamentary Secretary for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Shafqat Baloch informed the house in response to a Calling Attention Notice that certain amendments in the relevant laws were annulled by the apex court and in case the pension of stated employees was to be revised, it would need fresh amendment in laws.
He said the present government had increased the pension of employees being paid under EOBI to Rs 5250 from previous pension of Rs 3600 and Rs 853 million were also allocated for the department for payment of pensions on the directive of the prime minister.
He said revision of pension to employees under the EOBI was linked to minimum ages and revised after proper evaluation in proportion to price hike or inflation. Baloch said after 18th Constitutional Amendment the Labour Department had been devolved to provinces. However, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan government had desired that this subject should remain with the federal government.
He said after the decision of the court the government was helpless in increasing the pension to employees under the EOBI. “If the parliament makes an amendment to the relevant laws, the government shall have no objection in payment of pension on revised rates.”

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