Amendments to Electoral Reforms Bill 2017 moved by Dr Arif Alvi

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Dr Arif Alvi has moved 65 amendments to the Electoral Reforms Bill and they will come up for discussion in the National Assembly on 21st August 2017. PTI believes that there are four very major issues which will not allow free and fair elections unless our recommendations are accepted:

  1. Biometric Identification
  2. Overseas Pakistanis Voting
  3. Reconstitution of ECP as the new bill is passed
  4. Setting up of Caretaker government in consultation with all parties
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JIT Report 1st Volume pages 1-254

JIT.jpgThe 1st volume of the JIT report (from pages 1-254) is being published here as a Pdf file. All those interested in a corruption free Pakistan must read this and form their own fair opinion on how cleverly the Sharif family has pilfered money from Pakistan and has acquired huge wealth based on corruption, money laundering and misuse of his office.

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Chaotic & corrupt Sindh Govt vehicle management system Karachi

Protocol.jpgThis survey was conducted by concerned citizens of Karachi, Nazim Haji, Naeem Sadiq & others, due to serious issues of use of illegal number plates and unregistered vehicles plying on our streets. It is indeed shocking to note that the Sindh Govt, Karachi Police and all officials are a major party in this illegal activity.

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Panama Judgement Reviewed by Dr Arif Alvi

Dr Arif Alvi has closely studied and read through the entire 549 page Panama Case Judgement given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the order of which only, was read out in the open court on April 20th 2017.  He has highlighted some important aspects in YELLOW, while some very important parts are highlighted in RED. He was also present during the preparation of the case by PTI and physically attended the majority of the hearings in the Supreme Court during almost all the hearings.

In a Facebook half an hour live session he explains his findings.  The full judgement with highlighted sections is below the Facebook session.

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Arif Alvi speaks in NA about Saudi Alliance

Arif Alvi speaks on the floor of the National Assembly on the Saudi lead Military Alliance on an Adjornment motion moved by PTI

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Dr Arif Alvi on International Womens Day

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Only because we stood for the rights of Karachi, Sindh

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In the Meeting of the NA Standing Committee of Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control on 14th February, I had objected that the PSDP budget of the Ministry, for Sindh was a paltry Rs 48 Million compared to Rs 400 Million in Punjab and Rs 180 Million in Islamabad. I made a strong statement to the Ministry and refused to sign or approve the budget.

Because of my protest, within days, the Ministry added a project worth Rs 625 million in Karachi. Frequently we see that the parties who claim the mandate from Sindh compromise on these issues. This is a victory for the rights of Sindh and getting a benefit for Karachi in forums that matter.

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Elections Bill 2017 Amendments proposed by Dr Arif Alvi

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The Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms was formed after the PTI's relentless struggle against Electoral Rigging.  Four members represented the party: Dr Arif Alvi, Dr Shireen Mazari, Mr Shafqat Mehmood and Senator Shibli Faraz. In its long deliberations there was an attempt to evolve a consensus. A sub-committees was formed to draft a new bill and do away with 9 existing laws, to have everything comprehensively in one place. Another sub-committee that was chaired by Dr Arif Alvi was formed for three important projects, that of Voting of Overseas Pakistanis, Electronic Voting Machines and Biometric Identification of the voter.  More than 80 meetings of the sub-committees were held and with a lot of hard work by PTI members, the Bill was formulated. Because it still carries a lot of flaws which PTI pointed out during its formulation, amendments have been tabled by Dr Alvi after comprehensive party deliberations. A report was also submitted by Dr Alvi to the main committee on the excellent work done by his sub-committee on EVM's, Overseas voting, and Biometric IDs. This report would be posted later.

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Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill

It was matter of great pride for me when the Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill introduced by me in 2015 (see the full text here - http://www.na250.com/mediation_bill ) it was passed in the National Assembly during the last session.  The bill went through the committee where the government brought its own version and both the bills were then clubbed together.

I must acknowledge that the real efforts over the years on this issue were made by the late Mr Justice (R) Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui, however typically the government neither recognised its own Governor nor the prime mover of the bill, that was me, for the efforts made. 

However the Bill in its final form is a good piece of legislation and has the potential of reducing the burden on the courts. It will be used in civil disputes and encourage people to resolve their problems through mediation and reconciliation.  In my speech I tried to make the parliamentarians understand the merits of the bill and the concept of mediation itself which few people can really grasp. It is different from arbitration. Must watch:

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Sindh neglected in Interior Ministry's PSDP budget 2017-18

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In the National Assembly Standing Committee on Ministry of Interior & Narcotics Control of which I am a member, the PSDP budget for 2017-18 was presented on 14th February 2017. It was really shocking to see that there were no projects for Sindh and very little funds were earmarked as compared to other provinces.  I raised a strong protest on the issue and refused to pass such a budget proposal. My objections are as follows:

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