ISLAMABAD:(APS)April 17, 2017- Observers say that 50 percent of the country’s population is living below the poverty. However, today told the National Assembly that 30 percent of the country’s population is living below the poverty.
The National Assembly was informed on Monday that 29.5 percent population of the country is living below the poverty line.
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development Ibadullah told the House during question hour that according to the estimates based on 2013-14 data about 55 million people of Pakistan are below the poverty line.
He said according to the latest survey Pakistan’s poverty line has been set up at 3030 rupees per adult per month.
To a question, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid told the House that the first draw of the premium prize bond of forty thousand rupees denomination will be held on 12th June. He said there will be one prize of eighty million rupees, three prizes of thirty million rupees each and six hundred and sixty prizes of five hundred thousand rupees each.
Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah has termed exploiting the name of Holy Prophet [PBUH] is the biggest blasphemy.
Speaking on a point of order, he said 65 people have been killed since 1990 on the charges of blasphemy but not a single person has been hanged. He said the government should bring a resolution against lynching of a student of Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan to a give strong message against mob violence. Shireen Mazari also urged the government to bring a resolution condemning lynching of the student.
Members belonging to PPP staged a walkout from the House to protest over the issue of missing persons in Sindh and increased power load-shedding in the province.
Later, the House was adjourned due to lack of quorum to meet again tomorrow morning at 10:30.