Meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights

Islamabad: Super session of National Assembly Secretariat’s Press Release dated 16-08-2011, revised Press Release is issued.

56th meeting of the Standing Committee on Human Rights was held on 16th August, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Committee Room No.07, Parliament House, Islamabad. Mr. Riaz Fatyana, MNA/ Chairman Standing Committee on Human Rights chaired the meeting. The agenda of meeting was as under:-

1) Present Status of Human Rights.

2) Complaint against discrimination and violation of Human Rights in grant of promotions, recruitment and utilization of Welfare Fund in National Bank of Pakistan (NBP).

3) Progress report on:-

a) Implementations of two conventions ratified in 2010 i.e. Covenants Against Torture (CAT), International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and International Covenants on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCP).

b) Briefing on inclusion of new portfolios and responsibilities in M/O Human Rights.

4) Briefing on: –

a) Facilities of Local Purchase medicines to the Federal Govt employees and their dependents in addition to reimburse as per Ministry of Finance (Regulations Wing) letter No.F.6(1)R-10/2010-171-2011 dated 24th March, 2011.

b) Discrimination due to fixation of age limit in provision of free vaccination/medicines from Federal Government to patients of Hepatitis “C” in Government Hospitals.

5. Consideration/approval of minutes of meeting of Sub-Committee on Human Rights (Food Adulteration) held on 25-07-2011 under convenership of Ms. Fouzia Habib, MNA.

6. Consideration /approval of minutes of meeting of Sub-Committee (Capacity Building) held on 28-07-2011 under convenership of Dr. Mehreen Razzaque Bhutto, MNA.

7. Any other item with the permission of the Chair.

Mrs. Samina Mushtaq Pagganwala, MNA, Mrs. Shakeela Khanam Rashid, MNA, Ms. Raheela Baloch, MNA, Ms. Fauzia Habib, MNA, Dr. Mehreen Razzaque Bhutto, MNA, Mrs. Sumaira Yasir Rashid, MNA, Dr. Araish Kumar, MNA and Mrs. Kishwar Zehra, MNA, were present in the meeting.

The Committee expressed dissatisfaction on briefing of Dr. Mirza Abrar Bag SEVP/ Group Chief NBP on affairs of NBP. The Committee expressed concern that merit and transparency is not ensured by National Bank of Pakistan in recruitment, promotions policy and distribution of Welfare fund, which is a violation of Human Rights as per Article of 125 of Constitution.

How come huge amounts of Rs 4 to 10 Million were awarded to officers of NBP. SEVP, NBP admitted that all Group Chiefs were granted cash award ranging from Rs. 20 lack to Rs. 80 lacs. He informed that President NBP was awarded Rs. 01 Crore and 20 lacs excluding the perks, privileges/salary. Rs. 80 lacs were awarded to Dr. Mirza Ibrar Baig SEVP.

The SEVP, NBP could not give facts and figures about Provincial quota, gender quota, minority quota and employees/son quota in the Bank, on which the Committee expressed serious concern as NBP was not well prepared for the briefing before the Committee. The Committee directed NBP to furnish full details relating to recruitment made in NBP since 2003, (Provincial, gender, minority and employees/ son quota in NBP) and details of distribution of welfare fund to officers. The matter was deferred for two months, President as well as Dr. Mirza Ibrar Baig, SEVP, NBP will attend the meeting.

The Committee directed Secretary Ministry of Human Rights that necessary formalities for Budgeraty provisions in view of new Port folios of Ministry of Human Rights should be completed without further delay.

With regard to implementation of (ICCPR) in CAT ratified in Pakistan in 2010, the Committee directed Ministry of Human Rights to initiate the consultative process with all concerned stake holders at National and Provincial level to implement the provision of these treaties. It is further desired that the Pakistan obligations to submit initial reports on status of implementation of above mentioned treaties should also be started immediately.

The Committee approved minutes of meeting of Sub-Committee on Human Rights (Food Adulteration) held on 25-07-2011 under Convenership of Ms. Fouzia Habib, MNA. The Committee also approved minutes of meeting of Sub-Committee (Capacity Building) held on 28-07-2011 under convenership of Dr. Mehreen Razzaque Bhutto, MNA.

For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament House, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 922 1082 -83
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