Chairman Senate of Pakistan, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani expresses concern over the infighting among different factions in Sudan during the holy month of Ramadan

Islamabad, April 15, 2023 (PPI-OT): Chairman Senate of Pakistan, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has expressed his deep concern over the ongoing infighting among different factions in Sudan, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan. In a message to leaders and citizens of Sudan, he has urged all parties involved to stop the violence immediately and avoid any further escalations or troop mobilisations.

Chairman Senate has emphasised that violence and conflict not only violate the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan but also undermine the peace and stability of Sudan. He has called upon all actors to continue engaging in meaningful dialogue and negotiations to resolve outstanding issues and conflicts, which is the only way to achieve a lasting and sustainable peace in Sudan.

In his message, Chairman Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has extended his support to the people of Sudan and has called upon all communities to work together towards a brighter future for Sudan, where all citizens can live in peace, harmony, and prosperity.

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The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting convened at PTV Headquarters in Islamabad today, chaired by Senator Faisal Javed

Islamabad, April 11, 2023 (PPI-OT):The meeting commenced with a briefing from the Chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on the recent suspension of transmission of certain channels and the prohibition on broadcasting speeches of specific political figures.

Senator Faisal Javed emphasized that halting the transmission of channels is tantamount to impeding freedom of expression. The Chairman PEMRA clarified that authority has not stopped transmission of any channel.

However, as per the information received from media channels, PEMRA officials order to halt transmissions via WhatsApp calls. The Chairman PEMRA urged the channels to file written complaints with the organization, promising to take appropriate action in response.

The Committee also discussed the issue of the appearance word “delayed” on the screen during the transmission of speeches of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, as word “delayed” was seen on the screen during the broadcast. Senator Aun Abbas pointed out that this phenomenon occurred only during Imran Khan’s speeches.

The Chairman PEMRA responded that all channels are subject to the same code of conduct, which mandates delayed transmission in order to exercise editorial control. However, the Chairman of the Committee expressed surprise that former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speeches were particularly targeted in this regard.

The Committee directed PEMRA to ensure that all political leaders’ speeches are broadcasted live, without interruption, in compliance with the High Court’s decision. The Chairman of PEMRA could not provide a satisfactory answer to the Committee’s questions on this matter. The Committee further decided to invite the owners and representatives of the media channels to attend the next meeting, to review the ongoing situation regarding the closure of channels.

The committee received a briefing from the Director-General of Radio Pakistan regarding the issue of non-payment of pension to retired employees of the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC). The Director-General informed the committee that the required amount has been received by the institution, and the pension for the retired employees for the last two months will be paid before Eid.

However, due to a lack of funds, the institution was unable to pay commutation to the employees for the last four years. In response to the Chairman Committee’s inquiry, it was disclosed that the institution requires approximately 1.5 billion rupees to settle all outstanding payments.

The committee unanimously recommended that the government provide the necessary funds to the institution to ensure that the retired employees receive their rightful payments promptly.

The Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Maryam Aurangzeb, informed the committee that no policy had been issued by the Ministry regarding the privatization of Radio Pakistan’s land and buildings or the unauthorized visits to the radio stations.

The subcommittee has already been established under the chairmanship of Senator Irfan Siddiqui, to investigate the matter further and submit its findings to the standing committee shortly.

Senator Syed Waqar Mehdi brought to the committee’s attention the issue of Radio Pakistan’s property in Karachi, which is currently being used by the Rangers. The committee was informed that a letter had been written to the Ministry of Interior to address the matter.

In response, Federal Minister Maryam Aurangzeb instructed the officials to prioritize contacting the Ministry of Interior to resolve the issue as soon as possible. The committee was also briefed on Radio Pakistan’s recent establishment of four new, modern podcast studios.

Regarding the closure of the Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Company’s YouTube channel, the committee was informed that the private company’s contract for managing the channel had expired. As a solution, an application called PTVFlix had been developed, where all the old programs and dramas are available to the public.

The Chairman of the committee commended the Ministry’s efforts in this regard and directed the officials to ensure that the programs are also made available on YouTube.

The committee meeting was attended by Senators, Anwar Lal Din, Fawzia Arshad, Irfan Siddiqui, Syed Waqar Mehdi, and Aun Abbas, along with the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Maryam Aurangzeb, Secretary Information, and the Director-General of Radio Pakistan.

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Meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change held at Parliament House with Senator Seemee Ezdi in Chair

Islamabad, April 11, 2023 (PPI-OT):The Senate deliberated on point of public importance raised by Senator Asad Ali Junejo regarding Tailpipe emission in cars and its effects on climate change. Senator Asad Ali Junejo stated that recent studies showed that transport and industries contribute highly in deteriorating climate effects.

He added that regulations should be made to make it mandatory for vehicles to get their emission test after every three years so that transport industry effects could be reduced on climate. Senator Seemee Ezdi stated that a bill has already been passed on same subject matter and is lying in National Assembly for consideration.

Mussadiq A. Khan Additional Secretary In charge for MoCCC said that Vehicles Inspection cell which exclusively deals with vehicles should be made part of this project. However, Senator Asad Ali Junejo opined that besides vehicles inspection cell, Excise and Taxation should also be invited to shed light on it. The committee deferred the deliberations and directed the ministry to hold meeting with Excise and Vehicles Inspection cell and report committee afterwards.

The Committee also taken up a matter referred by Chairman Senate relating to calcium carbonate factory operating in Rawalpindi District. The petitioner apprised the committee that chemical factory named Silver Lac Chemical and Allied Industries is operating in Rawalpindi residential area without obtaining NOC.

He maintained that despite requesting the local administration and Environmental department Punjab, no action has been taken against the factory. Senator Seemee Ezdi stated that matter fall under the domain of Province and committee is not authorised to take up the matter.

However, as to news regarding the government proposal of placing Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) under the ministry of interior. Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman categorically repudiated the news and claimed that IWMB exclusively deals with environment issues and will remain under the ministry as well.

Moreover, the senate committee was briefed on carbon credits of billion trees tsunami including mangrove forest in Sindh. Officials said that production of mangrove trees increase 300 p.c. since 1990 and one hectare of mangrove create eight credits annually.

Senator Seemee Ezdi questioned about the feasibility of other forests located in different provinces of the country. Officials informed that provinces are conducting feasibility of other forests and it will be concluded soon.

Furthermore, the committee also discussed the steps taken by ministry to promote circular economy for plastics. Officials apprised that, in 2022, around three million tons of plastic waste was generated in Pakistan and if no urgent action has been taken the number is expected to reach 12 million by 2040. However, ministry informed that Government of Pakistan has joined Global Plastic Action Partnership to reduce plastics wastes and to work on different projects, which helps in recycling plastics waste.

Chairman Committee opined that instead of banning plastic necessary efforts should be made in finding its substitute. Officials also told that ministry is working with international partners to find environmentally friendly solutions for recycling of plastics wastes.

The meeting was attended by Senator Taj Haider, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Senator Dr. Mohammad Humayun Mohmand, Senator Keshoo Bai, Senator Imam Uddin Shaqueen, Senator Asad Ali Junejo, Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman along with representatives from ministry.

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Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani extends heartfelt felicitations to the nation on the occasion of Constitution Day

Islamabad, April 10, 2023 (PPI-OT):Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has extended warm greetings to the citizens of Pakistan on the occasion of Constitution Day. In his message, Chairman Senate highlighted the significance of the Constitution of Pakistan as the cornerstone of our democracy, which upholds justice, equality, and freedom for all. He reiterated the need to work together to build a stronger and prosperous Pakistan while upholding the principles of our Constitution.

Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of reflecting on the progress made so far and the challenges that lie ahead. He renewed his pledge to uphold the Constitution of Pakistan and urged the nation to do the same. Chairman Senate expressed his sincere prayers for the continued prosperity of our beloved country, Pakistan.

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Chairman Senate of Pakistan, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has extended Easter Greetings to Christian Brothers and Sisters in Pakistan and all around the world

Islamabad, April 09, 2023 (PPI-OT):Chairman Senate of Pakistan, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has extended his warmest greetings and best wishes to Christian brothers and sisters and their families on the occasion of Easter.

In his message, Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani highlighted that this occasion provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the message of love, compassion, and forgiveness that is central to both our faiths. He also emphasized the importance of working together towards creating a society that is inclusive, tolerant, and respectful of all beliefs and backgrounds. Chairman Senate acknowledged the active and positive role being played by the Christian community in the development of the country.

Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani concluded his message by expressing his hope that this Easter will bring peace, happiness, and blessings to our Christian brothers and sisters, and that our bond of brotherhood and sisterhood will continue to grow stronger with each passing day.

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WHO Representative in Pakistan underscores importance of Non-Communicable Diseases prevention during a meeting with Senator Kauda Babar

Islamabad, April 07, 2023 (PPI-OT): The WHO Representative in Pakistan, Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala, called on Senator Kauda Babar, Convener of the Senate Committee for Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases in Karachi on Friday. Dr Mahipala reiterated the significance of prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), as these diseases account for a significant portion of the mortality rate in Pakistan, amounting to 57%.

He emphasized the role that policy makers and legislators can play in their prevention and expressed gratitude to the Honourable Chairman Senate for taking this step and establishing this committee.

Senator Kauda Babar highlighted the imperative nature of bringing all stakeholders together to develop a consensus and work collectively for NCDs prevention, despite health being a provincial subject. He further informed that a letter had been dispatched to all Provincial Governments by his office for consultations.

The two sides engaged in a detailed discussion regarding mutual cooperation, with the Senate Committee identifying specific areas where the WHO’s assistance, leveraging their expertise, would be most beneficial. The engagement plan for the next six months will be shared, and progress will be closely monitored. The WHO will offer technical support to the committee since the organization has expertise in the area.

It was agreed upon that the collaboration would start with a campaign against tobacco use, and a consultation in Islamabad is scheduled in the upcoming month, inviting all relevant stakeholders. Senator Kauda Babar, as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on IT, will take up the issue of awareness campaign against tobacco through telecom service providers.

Senator Kauda Babar also expressed his opinion that, given WHO’s global engagement on NCDs, the organization can connect the Senate Committee with other parliamentary forums worldwide that have effectively worked on NCDs. The potential role of Parliament with Federal structure like Pakistan for NCDs prevention was also examined.

Both sides were enthusiastic about their shared endeavour of NCDs prevention, particularly the initial focus on tobacco use. The meeting was fruitful and laid the groundwork for future initiatives.

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Chairman, Senate of Pakistan, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani emphasizes the importance of healthcare on World Health Day

Islamabad, April 07, 2023 (PPI-OT): On the occasion of World Health Day, Senate Chairman, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has issued a message emphasizing the critical role that healthcare plays in our lives and the need to prioritize health and well-being at all times.

Chairman Senate highlighted the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought the importance of access to quality healthcare to the forefront. He stressed the need for increased investment in healthcare systems, greater collaboration between nations, and a renewed focus on research and innovation.

“As a nation, we must come together to prioritize healthcare and ensure that everyone has access to the resources they need to live healthy and productive lives,” said Chairman Senate. “This World Health Day, let us recommit ourselves to this important goal and work towards a healthier, happier future for all.”

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