ECP studying proposal for holding elections through EVM; Private sector free to import LNG: NA informed

ISLAMABAD, Apr 23 (INP): The National Assembly was informed Thursday that the Election Commission is studying the proposal whether or not to hold the next general elections through Electronic Voting Machines.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House during question hour that the commission is reviewing merits and demerits of EVM system. He said this system is only working in India and they are also not satisfied with the system. He said EVMs have not been purchased.
      
Answering a question, Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said that Faisalabad-Multan Motorway is being constructed in four phases. He said the first phase of Faisalabad-Gojra Motorway has already been completed, work on the rest three phases is going on and hoped that it will be completed in the stipulated time. He said Overlay and Modernization of 357 KM Islamabad-Lahore Motorway will be completed in 24 months.

To a question regarding pending cases in Civil Courts at Islamabad Capital Territory, Minister for Law and Justice Pervaiz Rashid told the House that Civil Courts are governed by the Islamabad High Court. He said the principle of independence of judiciary is sacred in our system and the Ministry of Law and Justice does not interfere in this matter.

To another question, Pervaiz Rashid said that in wake of 18th Constitutional Amendment, the subject of women and children has been transferred to the provinces. However, he said enhanced funds have been allocated for the welfare of women and children by his Ministry and Capital Administration and Development at Islamabad Capital Territory level.

Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahzadi Umarzadi Tiwana while replying a question told the House that there is no ban on the installation of gas meters for domestic consumers. She said the government has allowed private sector to import LNG and incentives have also been given in the private sector for this purpose.      
 
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal told the House that the price of imported LNG will be a bit higher than CNG and lesser than fuel price.