PESHAWAR -  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly through a resolution passed on Tuesday asked the Interior Ministry to abolish No Objection Certificate (NOC)’s condition for foreigners visiting the province.

The KP Assembly met with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair. Senior Minister Inayatullah Khan raised the issue on the floor of the house, and demanded that the Interior Ministry should remove NOC’s condition for foreigners who wanted to visit the province. He said country director of Department for International Development (DFID) could not come to the province after the Interior Ministry refused to give him NOC. He questioned that why the foreign delegates are required to get NOC from the Interior Ministry only for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as such delegates can freely visit Punjab. He said the federal government should stop discrimination with the province.

He moved a resolution which was passed. Majority of the members condemned the Interior Ministry for not giving NOC to the country director of the DFID who wanted to come to the province for attending a meeting.

The lawmakers through the resolution demanded abolition of the condition of the NOC for foreign delegates wishing to visit KP. 

The resolution said foreign delegates should be facilitated to visit the province and the provincial government would provide security to them.

Senior Minister Inayatullah, PPP’s MPA Saleem Khan and JUI-F lawmaker Mufti Fazal Ghafoor said that the NOC condition was discouraging donors to come to the province.

On this occasion, Speaker Asad Qaiser asked the PML-N Parliamentary leader Sardar Aurangzeb Nalota to use his party office for getting the NOC’s condition for foreign delegations removed.

Through another resolution, the House demanded of the federal government to take steps to give right of vote to transgender individuals. PML-N MPA Amna Sardar moved the resolution, asking the federal government to take steps for easing registration process of transgender individuals so that they have the right to vote in the upcoming general elections in 2018.

Meanwhile, through another resolution, the Assembly asked the federal government to resolve the computerised national identity cards’ issue of people of the province and those belonging to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Senior Minister Inayatullah Khan moved the resolution in the house which was adopted unanimously. The resolution said that hundreds of CNICs of the people of KP and Fata have been blocked by NADRA, which had made these people suspicious and they are unable to travel.