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NA session: India is not fully abiding by the provisions of the Indus Water Treaty

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ISLAMABAD:(APS)August 15, 2016-The National Assembly was informed on Monday that India is not fully abiding by the provisions of the Indus Water Treaty in its true letter and spirit.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House during question hour that India is constructing a number of run-of-river hydroelectric plants on the western rivers. He said these plants are mostly in violation of the design criteria specified by the Indus Waters Treaty.

He said all the cases where the violations are being noticed the issues are being taken up with India for amicable resolution at the level of Permanent Indus Commission. He said in case of non-cooperation by India at this level, the matter is taken up at both the governments level. He said in case of failure at this level the cases are referred to the World Bank for appointment of neutral experts or the Court of Arbitration as per the provision of the treaty.

Abid Sher Ali said that the government is fully cognizant of all the issues and these are being taken up at appropriate forums according to the procedure laid down in the treaty.

To a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Industries and Production Rao Ajmal Khan told the House that no compromise can be made on the quality of items being sold at the outlets of Utility Stores Corporation of Pakistan. He said quality of stocks at stores is checked by the Local Administration and committees.

Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Works Syed Sajid Mehdi told the House that National Housing Authority, Ministry of Housing and Works in collaboration with NESPAK, Pakistan Engineering Council and other stakeholders formulated Building Code of Pakistan 2007.

He said implementation of the building codes is under the domain of respective provincial governments and municipalities.

He said in case of Islamabad, the Islamabad Capital Territory and Capital Development Authority are responsible for enforcing the building codes.

Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services Dr Darshan told the House that Prime Minister’s National Health Programme is focusing on people living below the poverty line in 23 districts of the country in the first phase. He said the programme will be launched in other districts within few months.

To a question, he said that government is taking effective steps for control of the polio virus and considerable improvement has been seen in this regard. He said by 2018 Pakistan will be made polio-free country.

Responding to a call attention notice moved by Shah Jee Gul Afridi and others regarding destruction of property as a result of Zarb-e-Azb, Khyber-I and Khyber-II operations and reconstruction, Parliamentary Secretary for States and Frontier Regions Shaheen Shafiq told the House that five billion rupees have been allocated for reconstruction of  destructed houses during these operations.

The Parliamentary Secretary said the government has given four hundred thousand rupees for the each more damaged house and one hundred and sixty thousand rupees for each less damaged house. She said the Temporarily Displaced Persons were also given 35000 rupees for transportation and ration.

Responding to different point of orders, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said that a Parliamentary Committee will be constituted to look into the affairs of NADRA and passport related issues.

He said that three mega centres will be opened in Karachi that will start working by the end of this year. He said three to four NADRA mobile vans will be sent in Korangi to address the registration issues.

Chaudhry Nisar said that 3.5 million Afghan refugees are residing in Pakistan. He said there is a need to evolve a national policy to address the issues of Afghan refugees and their repatriation. The House will now meet tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.

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