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Children Born in Here Have Right To Be Called Pakistani: PM

Islamabad (September 18, 2018): Prime Minister on Tuesday sought recommendations from parliamentarians over the government’s proposal to grant citizenship to all Afghan and Bengali children born in the country.

Taking to the floor of the House, the premier said, “A final decision has not yet been made in this regard and the proposal is up for discussion.”

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“Children born in Pakistan have the right to be called Pakistani,” the premier asserted. “Several people have been living in Karachi for decades without any nationality,” he lamented.

The premier said that the laws are different for temporary immigrants. “But those Bengalis who have been residing here for 45 to 50 years are being wasted. They are neither granted citizenship nor do they move back,” he upheld.

Working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for voluntary repatriation of Afghan Refugees to their homeland, PM asserted.“Immigrants are also humans,” PM Imran said. “If we do not take a decision regarding immigrants then we will have to face severe problems.”

Upholding that he is saying all this on the basis of humanity, PM Imran questioned, “If we do not take a decision on migrants then when will we?”

Prime Minister said that 1951 Act also stipulates that the children born in the country are citizens of Pakistan.

Responding to the points of Akhtar Mengal regarding the status of Afghan refugees and Bengalis, the Prime Minister said his party had signed an agreement with BNP-Mengal for the return of these refugees.Earlier today, a resolution was presented in the National Assembly for the formation of an investigative commission to probe rigging allegations during the July 25 polls.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi presented the resolution which is being currently discussed by parliamentary members.

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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Shazia Marri took to the floor and recommended that the leader of the opposition in NA should chair the commission to ensure transparency.

Syed Naveed Qamar demanded that the head of this committee should be from the opposition.

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khurram Dastgir echoed similar sentiments and demanded that leader of the opposition in NA be made the head of the commission.

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In response, FM Qureshi said, “We do not want to keep anything hidden. It is the opposition’s right to protest and their reservations have been registered.”

Asking the leader of the opposition in NA to present his viewpoint, Qureshi said, “Transparent elections are essential for democracy.” Further, he assured that the commission will be empowered.

“We have to move forward despite our differences,” he asserted.Information MInister Fawad Chaudhry Speaks in A Session Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said the committee is being constituted on the special directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan which shows his graciousness.

He said Imran Khan had demanded the opening of only four constituencies in the wake of 2013 general elections but the PTI had to protest for it for four years.

The Information Minister said that the government has accepted the demand of the opposition for the constitution of the committee.

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NA Speaker Asad Qaiser is chairing the session which is attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan, federal cabinet members and leaders of opposition parties.

The government is expected to present the “mini-budget” after it was approved by the federal cabinet earlier today.Federal Cabinet Approves Finance BillIt is expected that new taxes, including super tax, worth Rs158 billion will be levied.

The development budget will be reduced by Rs450 billion and recommendations in this regard are in their final phase, sources said.

Sources further said, “The amendments in Finance Act 2018 should bring down the budget deficit from 6.6 per cent to 5 per cent.”

For the budget deficit to be decreased, it is necessary that expenditure is brought down from Rs608 billion which is why new taxes are being levied and development budget is reduced, sources added.The budget also includes recommendations to lower the income tax exemption slab. The exemption limit will be lowered to Rs0.8 million per year from the existing Rs1.2million per year, sources said.

Further, the tax exemption slab for other incomes will also be changed accordingly.

Earlier on September 12, it was revealed that federal government would present mini-budget.

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Earlier on May 18, the National Assembly passed the Finance Bill 2018 giving legal cover to the budgetary proposals for the next financial year.

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