Cellular operators in Pakistan directed to abolish anti-social packages

Cellular operators in Pakistan directed to abolish anti-social packages | PakistanTribeISLAMABAD – The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that the mobile companies had been directed to discontinue those night packages which were considered against the norms of social structure and moral values of the society.

The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House during the question hour that a number of complaints had also been received from various quarters against the packages. However, the companies took the matter to the courts and it is with Islamabad High Court at present. However, all other packages are in place.

On a supplementary question, he said the issue of foreign SIMs has been referred to the provincial governments and the Ministry of Interior is also considering taking measures on it.

To a question, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on behalf of Minister for Information and Broadcasting told the House that Pakistan Television follows the policy of truth with responsibility and only gives authenticated and verified news and views to audiences.

He said moreover PTV’s editorial policy ensures diversity of opinions to enrich viewers’ experience.

The Minister said the Media Commission constituted by the Supreme Court in its report while evaluating performance of Public Sector Media Corporations has recommended reconstitution of their Board of Directors. He said Information Ministry is currently reviewing the composition of existing Board of Directors and is contemplating the expansion to bring in diversity of views by incorporating representatives from various sectors.

To a question, Minister for Railways has said the performance of Pakistan Railways considerably improved in terms of punctuality of trains, revenue generation position, number of passengers and public facilitation.

The Minister said the revenue generated in October this year is 1.86 billion rupees which was 1.40 billion rupees in the same period last year.

Similarly, he said, over six hundred thousand more passengers traveled in trains in October comparing with the same period last year.

Khawaja Saad Rafique said Railways will continue recovering its lands from the encroachers and no pressure or influence will be accommodated in this regard. He said he has serious reservations on the suggestion of providing alternate land to encroachers.

Replying to a question, Minister of State for National Health Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar said that 2.61 billion rupees were allocated by the Higher Education Commission to public sector universities for research purposes during the last five years. She said in order to check the mushroom growth of private medical colleges in the country and their deteriorating standards a new system will be introduced in Pakistan Medical and Dental Council soon.

To a question, Minister of State for Education Muhammad Balighur Rehman said there no uniform curriculum is being taught in the educational institutes in the country. He suggested to form a national curriculum commission towards this end.

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Afrah Kamran

Graduate in Media Sciences, Afrah Kamran is PakistanTribe's Correspondent in the United States. She writes on current affairs and latest happenings across U.S., especially from New York and Washington. She was part of PakistanTribe's editorial desk before leaving for United States.

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