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November 29, 2019

Senate panel for law on permission to foreigners to buy land


November 29, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice Thursday called for an independent law on permission to foreigner to buy land anywhere in Pakistan.

The committee met here at the Parliament House and its Chairman Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi presided over deliberations. It had lively discussion on the bill, introduced by JI’s Mushtaq Ahmad for insertion of Article 253A regarding permission to foreigners to purchase land in any part of Pakistan. The committee members were of the view that this should be brought as an independent law and not as a constitutional amendment so that the constitutional amendment was not disturbed.

The committee members sought information as to what was the current mechanism of granting permission to foreign nationals or foreign companies and it was subsequently decided to call Secretary Interior, provincial Boards of Revenue, Board of Investment and SECP to next meeting to discuss whether it falls under federal or provincial domain and how many foreigners currently have land in Pakistan.

The meeting was attended, among others, by Senators Musadik Malik, Mushtaq Ahmed, Dr GhousNiazi, Mushahidullah Khan, Sana Jamali, Mian Ateeq Sheikh and officials from the ministries of Law and Justice, National Health Services and Regulations and State Life Insurance Corporation.

While discussing ‘The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2018, introduced by Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Sheikh, the committee was told by Nadra that a chip could be installed in the National Identity Card which will be indicative of the fact that the owner has expressed his or her will to donate organs.

However, the committee members asked Nadra to come up in the next meeting with a simpler mechanism which is easier to comprehend by the general people. This bill was reported by the Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination and has also received approval of Council of Islamic Ideology and Federal Shariat Court.

Regarding the matter of sit-in of the employees of the State Life Insurance Corporation for their demands, the committee heard the General Manager of the Corporation and decided to call the Ministry of Commerce and SECP to discuss the matter.

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