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NA wants govt to move SC against Imran’s ‘anti-state’ remarks

The National Assembly on Monday demanded the government approach the Supreme Court (SC) for legal action against former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan over his “anti-state” remarks related to the country’s security and its atomic programme.

The house unanimously adopted a resolution moved by Economic Affairs Minister Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, condemning former prime minister Imran Khan’s remarks given in a television interview about the country’s “disintegration, strategic assets and the armed forces”.

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The resolution said the house was very well aware of the fact that the armed forces were not only discharging their responsibilities according to the constitution and laws but were also the guarantor of defending Pakistan’s geographical boundaries. It acknowledged the sacrifices rendered by the army personnel for the defence of the country and tackling the issue of terrorism.

The NA also passed four bills, including the establishment of the National Rahamatul-Lil-Aalameen Authority with certain amendments.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Murtaza Javed Abbasi on behalf of Education Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain moved the National Rahmatul-Lil-Aalameen Authority Bill, 2022 which was unanimously passed after incorporating certain amendments.

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The House passed another bill – the State-Owned Enterprises (Governance and Operations) Bill, 2022. The bill was moved by Minister of State for Finance and Revenue Dr Aisha Ghous Pasha.

The bill focuses on governance and operations of the state-owned enterprises to ensure the quality of service delivery and fiscal discipline, besides good governance and accountability.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Javed Abbasi moved the Public-Private Partnership Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021 on behalf of Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhry that was passed with a majority vote.

The house also passed the National Highways Safety (Amendment) Bill, 2021. This bill was also moved by Abbasi on behalf of Ahsan Iqbal.

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