ISLAMABAD:(APS)March 13,2017-The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad on Monday afternoon with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.
The National Assembly was informed on Monday that new factories of Urea are being set up in the country to meet the increasing demand of the fertilizer in the country.
Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce Najeebuddin Awaisi told the House during question hour that during the last four years 2.24 million metric ton of Urea worth 876 million dollars has been imported. He said no urea was exported from the country during the last four years.
To a question, the Parliamentary Secretary said there is no restriction on import of rice from Pakistan by the United Arab Emirates and Iran. He said the Iranian government imposes a seasonal ban on the import of rice every year from July to December in order to protect their domestic growers but this year due to unknown reasons the ban was lifted last month.
Answering a question, Najeebuddin Awaisi informed the House that Pakistan-China volume of trade which was four billion dollars in 2006-07 has reached at 13.77 billion dollars last year. He said Pakistan’s exports have jumped to 1.69 billion dollars from 575 million dollars in the same period. He said a number of steps have been taken by Ministry of Commerce for balance of trade with China.
To a question, he said Pakistan did not sign any trade agreement with United Kingdom during the last three years. He said owing to the GSP Plus arrangement between Pakistan and European Union, Pakistani exports enjoy duty free access in all member states of EU including UK.
To another question, the Parliamentary Secretary said Trade Development Authority of Pakistan will participate in Comex Oman Exhibition of IT products in May this year in Oman. He said MoU between Omani Centre for Investment Promotion and Export Development of the Sultanate of Oman and TDAP is under process. He said Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry have agreed to sign an MoU for the establishment of a Joint Business Council.
Replying to a question, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada said that test ranking of Pakistan Cricket team in 6th, the One-Day International ranking of Pakistani team is 8th while the T-20 ranking of Pakistan is 6th in the world ranking.
To a question, the Minister said that Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen is a body dealing with local and all international qualifications including O and A Levels Equivalence certificates.
Responding to a question, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the House that there are 126 diplomatic missions of Pakistan abroad consisting of Embassies and Consulates. He said the allocated budget for the Embassies and Consulates last year was 11.67 billion rupees while the expenditure of last year was 11.72 billion rupees. He said the government has also taken a number of steps for the welfare of the Overseas.
The House today passed a motion of thanks expressing deep gratitude to the President of Pakistan for his address to both Houses assembled together on 1st June, 2016.
Concluding the discussion, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said that the government will make all out efforts to fully implement the directions given by the President in his address to the Joint Sitting.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Asiya Naz Tanoli and others regarding clinics and hospitals functioning in the rural areas of Islamabad having no basic facilities and qualified and licensed Doctors, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla told the House that there are 18 facilities in the federal capital and only 15 out of 32 doctors are working there. He said a requisition has been sent to Federal Public Service Commission for filling the vacant posts.
Responding to another calling attention notice moved by Junaid Akbar and others regarding non-increase in the salaries of Levies Forces, Parliamentary Secretary for States and Frontier Regions Shaheen Shafiq told the House that a summary has been sent to the Prime Minister for increase in the salaries of Levies Forces. She said their salaries and allowances will be enhanced in the next budget.
Speaking on a point orders, the members strongly condemned blasphemous material appearing on social media and demanded the government to take effective measures to block such contents. They also demanded the government to take stern action against those involved in this crime.
The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30.