Thursday, April 8, 2010

Take Permission from Sindh before supplying gas to power stations in Punjab, says MQM

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for overseas Pakistanis and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Parliamentary Leader in the National Assembly DR. Farooq Sattar said that permission should be taken from Sindh before supplying gas to power stations in Punjab.

Initiating debate on 18th amendment Bill 2010 here in the National Assembly on Wednesday, he said, 90 million cubic feet gas is being supplied to three power stations in Punjab from Sindh due to which industrialists in Karachi would be shut down soon.

Farooq Sattar demanded of the Government that sales tax should be handed over to Provinces because true Provincial autonomy is incomplete unless all the Provinces are given fiscal and financial Powers to run their business.

He said, Sindh is the highest Sales Tax payer Province whereas Punjab gets the major share of the tax on the basis of population. Real autonomy is financial autonomy.

He demanded to give powers to people for writing their own fate and only then the caliber and potential of all provinces will be utilized in its true spirit.

He was of the view that now the role of Council of Common Interests (CCI) will be more affective and the CCI will have expanded ambit to exercise its powers. Farooq Sattar appreciated the step to give equal share in the royalty of oil and gas to provinces with the addition of a clause in Article-172.

Highlighting Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package, he said this would help in mitigating the sense of deprivation from the province. He said that their party wrote a note of reiteration in Article -37 regarding the quota system in jobs as it is against merit system.

MQM Parliamentary Leader demanded to give representation to overseas Pakistanis in Senate, National Assembly and all the provincial assemblies as they are playing an important role in country’s building.

He maintained that most of the times it has been said that law and order is a provincial matter but on the contrary, the appointments of IGs, CCPs, ASPs and SSPs are made from Islamabad and their party opposes this and these appointments must be made a provincial subject

He was of the view that their party supports formation of more provinces with simple majority as it will help in solving people’s problems at lower level.

We have to resolve our problem before resolving Kashmir and water issue with India, he said.

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