NA passes Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill

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Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad

National Assembly Friday passed “The Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, 2017” with some amendments proposed by Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaaf.
Law Minister Zahid Hamid who moved the bill termed the bill important, historic and according to the manifesto of PML-N. He said under the bill Alternate Dispute Resolution will be introduced both in civil and criminal cases. He said the system will be compulsorily applicable to twenty-three types of cases. The system will have components of conciliation, arbitration and panchayat.
He pointed out on Thursday the House passed a revolutionary “Cost of Litigation” Bill, which will help provide inexpensive and speedy justice to the people. He said the bill is according to the vision of the Prime Minister and manifesto of PML-N.
He said under the bill neutral person will be appointed by the government after consultation with the High Court with consensus of the parties involved in a dispute. He pointed out that initially the legislation will be implemented in the federal capital.
PPP MNA Nafeesa Shaha objected to the Bill saying that women were exploited in the Jirgas. She complained that women were not given representation in the Alternate Dispute Reposition forum.
PTI lawmakers Arif Alvi, Shafqat Mehmood and Shireen Mazari opined that the Bill needed to be improved further.
Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada laid before the House Annual report of the Council of Common Interests for the year 2015-16.
Rana Afzal Khan told the house that tax collection has increased by 62 percent during the last three years. He said transparency is being brought into property transactions by adopting latest technologies and principles.
On a supplementary question that some departments covering the National Assemblies budget sessions have not received honorarium announced by the Finance Minister, Speakers directed the Parliamentary Secretary to ensure payment of the honorarium to the concerned departments.
To a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla told the House that FIA has launched a country wide crackdown on human smugglers and traffickers and arrested 3009 criminals since November, 2015.
He said steps taken against human traffickers including temporary blockage of CNIC, cancellation of passport and placement of their names on ECL.
To a question, he said as a result of measures taken by the government there is considerable decline in terrorism incidents.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch informed the House that rehabilitation and reconstruction work is being carried out in FATA at a cost of 80 billion rupees which will be completed next year.
He was responding to a calling attention notice moved by Qaisar Jamal and others regarding non-inclusion of NA-47 in the (RRU) for rehabilitation and reconstruction works.
The Minister said priority is being given to North and South Waziristan where more destruction has been caused due to terrorism.
He said Frontier Regions have been included in this programme and assured that reconstruction and rehabilitation work will soon begin in NA-47.
The House will now meet on Monday afternoon at four.

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