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ISLAMABAD:(APS)FEB 3,2017-The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.

The National Assembly was informed today that all arrangements have been made to conduct new Population and Housing Census from 15th of next month.

Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the House during question hour that the process will begin at the same time across the country.

He said provincial governments have appointed their representatives as focal persons for census activities and 14.5 billion rupees have been allocated for census operation.

Answering a question, there is no need to seek new loans from the International Monetary Fund since the country has stable economic conditions.

He pointed out that there are over 57 billion dollars total foreign debt. He said when the present government took over the debt was two to three percent more than the limit described in Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation Act and it was 63 percent to GDP. He said the present government has brought it under 63 percent. He said country’s GDP has now been improved and its pay back capacity has increased.

To a question, Rana Afzal Khan told the House that out of 46 billion dollars, CPEC project 35 billion dollars are private investment which is being extended by Chinese government to its companies for energy projects. He said Pakistan will buy electricity from these companies. He said there are about 11 billion dollars soft loan having interest rate of about two percent. He said these loans will be spent on roads and railway projects.

Replying to a question, he said tax collection has increased by 62 percent during the last three years. He said transparency is being brought into property transactions by adopting latest technologies and principles.

On a supplementary question that some departments covering the National Assemblies budget sessions have not received honorarium announced by the Finance Minister, Speakers directed the Parliamentary Secretary to ensure payment of the honorarium to the concerned departments.

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To a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Muhammad Afzal Khan Dhandla told the House that FIA has launched a country wide crackdown on human smugglers and traffickers and arrested 3009 criminals since November, 2015.

He said that convictions were also made of the human traffickers by the courts.

He said steps taken against human traffickers including temporary blockage of CNIC, cancellation of passport and placement of their names on ECL.

To a question, he said as a result of measures taken by the government there is considerable decline in terrorism incidents.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch informed the House that rehabilitation and reconstruction work is being carried out in FATA at a cost of 80 billion rupees which will be completed next year.

He was responding to a calling attention notice moved by Qaisar Jamal and others regarding non-inclusion of NA-47 in the (RRU) for rehabilitation and reconstruction works.

The Minister said priority is being given to North and South Waziristan where more destruction has been caused due to terrorism. He said Frontier Regions have been included in this programme and assured that reconstruction and rehabilitation work will soon begin in NA-47.

The National Assembly today passed “The Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill, 2017” with some amendments. The bill was moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.

Law Minister termed the bill important and historic and according to the manifesto of PML-N. He said under the bill Alternate Dispute Resolution will be introduced both in civil and criminal cases. He said the system will be compulsorily applicable to twenty-three types of cases. The system will have components of conciliation, arbitration and panchayat.

He pointed out that yesterday the House passed a revolutionary “Cost of Litigation” Bill, which will help provide inexpensive and speedy justice to the people. He said the bill is according to the vision of the Prime Minister and manifesto of PML-N. He said under the bill neutral person will be appointed by the government after consultation with the High Court with consensus of the parties involved in a dispute. He pointed out that initially the legislation will be implemented in the federal capital.

Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada laid before the House Annual report of the Council of Common Interests for the year 2015-16.

The House will now meet on Monday afternoon at four.

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