Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi chairs NA session



ISLAMABAD, Aug 12 (APP): The National Assembly resumed its session with Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the chair here at the Parliament House on Friday.
The House offered fateha for the departed soul of legendary cricketer Hanif Muhammad who died on Thursday.
The National Assembly was informed on Friday that the government is committed to ensure human rights of its citizens as envisaged under the Constitution as well as international commitments.
To a question, Law Minister Zahid Hamid informed the House that free legal aid to the poor is being provided under Access to Justice Development Funds and through Pakistan Bar Council at district level.
Replying to a question, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the House that due to efforts of the government petrol is being provided at cheaper rate in the country.
Regarding import of Ethanol-10, the Minister said Pakistan State Oil discontinued marketing of the commodity due to non-availability of Fuel Grade Ethanol. However, he said there is no hurdle if anyone wants to import this commodity.
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that National Highway Authority has taken up the feasibility study and detailed design of four-lane Expressway from Lower Topa to Kohala via Chijana and Sri Bandi. This proposed Expressway will be the extension of Islamabad-Murree dual carriageway. He said after approval of PC-I, the project will be completed within three years.
The question hour is continuing when the proceedings of the House were suspended due to lack of quorum pointed out Mussarat Ahmadzeb of PTI.
Later, the House was adjourned due to lack of quorum to meet again on Monday afternoon at 5. p.m.
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VNS/ Islamabad