PESHAWAR - Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaiser Tuesday took notice of the absence of administrative secretaries from the House and asked Chief Minister Pervez Khattak for ensuring their presence in the assembly.

He issued these directives while presiding over the proceedings of the provincial assembly. He also asked the legislators for participation in the proceedings of the House. Nighat Orakzai of PPP on a point of order took up the matter of the arrival of Ebola virus and for its prevention called for arranging scanning at all airports, especially for passengers coming from African countries.

Senior Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tarakai told the House that the health authorities had already held a meeting with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) while teams of the World Health Organisation (WHO) had also visited different hospitals. He said that in this connection a special unit has already been established in the Hayatabad Medical Complex (MHC).

Uzma Khan of JUI-F said that she was given assurance on the floor of the House but despite passage of two weeks her meeting with the management of Bank of Khyber (BoK) was not arranged. Parliamentary leader of PPP Syed Mohammad Ali Shah Bacha said that on his adjournment motion the House had constituted a committee regarding Zakat Committees in the province. But, so far no meeting of the said committee had been convened.

In response to the point of order, Provincial Minister for Usher, Zakat and Relief Affairs Haji Habib-ur-Rehman told the House that chief minister was the chairman of the said committee and he can convene the meeting of the committee whenever he desires. However, he made it clear that in capacity of the minister he is not authorised to convene meeting of concerned committee.

Mufti Said Janan of JUI-F on a point of order raised the issue of the non-implementation of the assurances given on the floor of the House.

The speaker directed the health minister for the implementation, who assured the House of the same.

Earlier, on pinpointing of the Provincial Minister for Information Mushtaq Ghani and on the directive of Speaker Asad Qaiser, Mufti Said Janan offered fateha over the death of the mother of Provincial Minister for Revenue Sardar Ali Amin Gandapure. The speaker adjourned the proceedings till Wednesday 2:00pm.