The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has proposed that a chip be installed on computerized national identity cards which will tell whether or not the CNIC holder wants to donate their organs.
The proposal was made during the Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice.
The Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice, which met with Senator Javed Abbasi, discussed “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2018” introduced by Senator Ateeq Sheikh.
However, the Committee members asked NADRA to come up with a simpler mechanism that is easier to comprehend for 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.
Foreigners in Pakistan:
The committee also discussed “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (insertion of Article 253A)” introduced by Senator Mushtaq Ahmed 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 is not disturbed.
The committee sought information as to what is the current mechanism of granting permission to foreign nationals or foreign companies. It was subsequently decided to call secretary interior and senior officials of provincial boards of revenue, Board of Investment and Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in the next meeting to discuss whether it falls under federal or provincial domain and how many foreigners currently have landed in Pakistan.
Regarding the matter of sit-in of the employees of State Life Insurance Corporation for their demands, the committee heard the general manager of the Corporation and decided to call Ministry of Commerce and SECP to discuss the matter.