ISLAMABAD:(APS)January 11, 2017-The Senate was informed on Wednesday that during the last three years 266,412 expatriate Pakistanis have been deported from different countries.
Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman told the House during question hour that these Pakistanis were deported due to different reasons. He said it is discretion of the host country to deport any foreigner without any reason. He said on their arrival in Pakistan the deportees are interrogated by FIA and if they are innocent then they are released but if found involved in any crime then arrested for trail.
He said these Pakistanis were deported from 133 countries for 113 reasons. He said Pakistan Embassies in different countries have been directed to provide full assistance to the Pakistanis for the solution of their issues.
To a question, Baligh-ur-Rehman said that due to the revolutionary measures NADRA has been made state-of-the-art and free from corruption. He said smart cards have been introduced by NADRA that have the capacity to store huge data. He said a joint investigation directorate is being established under NACTA and the smart cards will be best utilized in future for reconciliation of the information.
Replying to a question, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique told the House that the work on restoration of Sibi-Khost line, which is closed since 2006, is in progress and it will be completed at a cost of three billion rupees. He said it will be completed in March next year.
To a question, he said strict action is being taken against the railway drivers and co-drivers and other concerned employees who were responsible for different train incidents.
He said that the communication system of Pakistan Railways is being improved and 730 million rupees have been allocated for this purpose. He said all the unmanned crossings are being converted into signaled crossings. He said with the help of IT companies these signals will be digitized to reduce accidents and make the crossings more safe and secure.
Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif made a statement in the Senate today clarifying that no formal request for grant of No Objection Certificate has been received from the former Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif regarding acquisition of any post in Saudi Arabia. He said that if any request is received in this regard it will be dealt according to the rules.
Speaking on the occasion, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that since no formal request has been received for NOC so far, the implications of the appointment on the Pakistan’s foreign policy cannot be discussed at this moment.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Usman Khan Kakar and others regarding the low pressure of gas in various areas of district Kalat, Balochistan due to which the people of the area are forced to cut down the trees from the Arboi forest of the area, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the House that there are 10500 gas consumers in Kalat. He said the demand during the winter is three million cubic feet and one million cubic feet in summer. He said 12 million cubic feet of gas is being supplied to Kalat at present but due to gas theft some areas are not receiving proper pressure. He said there is a need to control the gas theft so that the consumers could get the required pressure.
The chair referred the matter to the concerned committee of the House for deliberation.
Responding to another calling attention notice moved by Mohsin Aziz regarding the dilapidated condition of Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that three billion rupees have been allocated for the maintenance and renovation and the work will be completed during this year. He said another 157 million rupees have already been incurred in this regard.
The chair constituted a special committee consisting of the members from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to review the rehabilitation work.
Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi has said that the Utility Stores Corporation is moving towards profit and after its stability within two to three months, its vacant posts will be filled on merit.
He was concluding the discussion on a motion moved by Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh regarding the tests conducted by NTS for appointments against various posts in Utility Stores Corporation, advertised in 2015-16.
Speaking on the motion, the members said that special measures should be taken to stop corruption in NTS. They said that huge amounts are received from the candidates again and again in the name of tests. They said there should be some mechanism to stop this practice of receiving huge amounts from poor candidates. They said that there should be some regulatory mechanism to check the quality and standard of NTS.
The Chair announced that the meeting the Committee of the Whole will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m.
He Committee will discuss beside other matters, the student unions in the light Supreme Court judgment.
The house will now meet tomorrow at three in the afternoon.