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Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar on Wednesday laid the Finance Bill 2013 containing annual budget statement before the Senate - a requirement under Article 73 of the constitution for making recommendations. After presenting annual budget for 2013-14, Ishaq Dar laid the bill before the upper house of parliament to provide an opportunity to members of the upper house to send recommendations to National Assembly for incorporating into the annual budget statement.

Chairman Senate Nayyar Hussain Bokhari referred the finance bill to Senate's Standing Committee on Finance for recommendations. He told the house that members can send their recommendations to the concerned committee by June 16. Later speaking on a point of order, Senator Raza Rabbani of Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) called upon the newly-appointed leader of the house, Raja Zafarul Haq, to take notice of brutal use of force by police against people, children and women in Faisalabad, who were protesting against loadshedding in the country.

Rabbani condemned the police for baton charging the people, saying it was the worst kind of state terrorism in which police broke entered houses and resorted to baton charge and injured people including women and children. Responding to the point of order, Raja said that the chief minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif had already taken notice of the incident and five police officers were suspended for misusing their authority. He assured the house that all possible steps would be taken and if anybody was found involved in torturing peaceful protesters would be brought to book.

Senator Babar Awan of PPPP demanded of the government to get deportation of expatriate Pakistanis living Saudi Arabia stopped. Quoting media reports, he said that over 50000 Pakistanis, working in Saudi Arabia, were being deported without any reasons, which is a matter of great concern as the country is facing enormous challenges. Awan called upon the government to take steps on war footing, using its good offices and relations with KSA to stop repatriation of Pakistanis, as these expatriates were remitting huge sums of foreign exchange to the motherland. The house was adjourned to meet again on Saturday at 4:00pm.

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