ISLAMABAD:(APS)March 17, 2016-The National Assembly was told today that operation against terrorism is going on across the country under National Action Plan.
Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Maryam Aurangzeb informed the House during question hour that a number of terrorists have been arrested in Punjab during the operation.
She pointed out that combing operation, Madrasa registration and action against hate speech and material are being taken throughout the country.
The Parliamentary Secretary said steps of the government to control incidents of terrorism in Karachi resulted in significant reduction in incidents of terrorism.
To a question, she said a total of 251, 624 Pakistani nationals have been repatriated to Pakistan from abroad during the tenure of the present government from 1st June, 2013 to February this year.
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the House that total external debt of the country stands at 53.4 billion dollars. He said when the incumbent government took over, these were 48.1 billion dollars and there is an increase of 5.3 billion dollars during this period.
Rana Muhammad Afzal said through prudent policies, the government has succeeded to reduce fiscal deficit from 8.4 percent to 5.5 percent and it will further be reduced to 5.1 percent this year.
Replying to a question Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the House that safe city project Islamabad is being implemented at a cost of over 124 million dollars.
He said exit and entry points are being monitored under this project. He pointed out that 1,800 cctv cameras have been installed in the developed sectors of the federal capital under the project. He said the project is at trial stage and will be formally inaugurated next month.
Parliamentary Secretary for Planning Syed Saqlain Bukhari told the House that under CPEC three kinds of projects including energy, road and railways infrastructure and Gwadar development are being implemented.
He clarified that orange line train project in Lahore is not part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. He pointed out that Punjab government is implementing this project through bank loans.
Responding to a call attention notice moved by Asiya Naz Tanoli and others regarding dilapidated condition of IJP Road from Faizabad to Pirwadhai, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Maryam Aurangzeb said road will be completely rehabilitated.
The house adopted a resolution extending the Private Powers and Infrastructure Board (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 for a further period of 120 days.
The National Assembly today passed four bills including “The Corporate Restructuring Bill, 2015”, “The Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) (Amendment) Bill, 2015”, “The Deposit Protection Corporation Bill, 2015” and “The Financial Institutions (Secured Transaction) Bill, 2016”.
The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30.