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National Assembly Lauds Establishment of Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs

The National Assembly today passed a resolution congratulating the speaker and the parliamentarians on the initiative of establishing a parliamentary task force on Sustainable Development Goals.
The Resolution was moved by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb.
The resolution also pointed out that Pakistan’s parliament is the first one which established the SDGs secretariat to oversee the implementation of development goals. The resolution also recommended the parliamentary task force on SDGs be made a permanent part of future parliaments.
In another resolution moved by Malik Abrar, the house demanded that 15 Ramadan be observed as a national day of orphans. It pointed out that there are 4.2 million orphan children in Pakistan and there is need to create awareness about their rights.The resolution said that concrete steps should also be taken for the proper upbringing of orphans and provision of better health and education facilities to them.
Earlier, responding to a point of Asiya Nasir about the rights of Minorities, the chair stated that the minorities are equal citizens of Pakistan. He said they are as dear to us as any other people.
Meanwhile, responding to a calling attention notice regarding the investigation into Faizabad Dharna, Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhary said that twenty-seven cases were registered into the incident and the cases are being heard in courts.
Responding to another resolution, Minister of State for Finance Rana Muhamamad Afzal Khan said the federal cabinet will consider today the matter regarding non-payment of honorarium equivalent to three basic pays for the financial year 2017-18 to all employees of the federal government.
He said the cabinet can either approve or reject the proposal.
The House will now meet again tomorrow (Wednesday) at 11 a.m.