ISLAMABAD:(APS)April 14, 2016-The National Assembly, Thursday was informed that 1210 million rupees have been disbursed to National Counter Terrorism Authority to ensure full implementation of National Action Plan on terrorism.
Minister of State for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman told the House during question hour that overall law and order and security situation has improved as a result of successful implementation of NAP. He said the successes achieved under the Plan are also being recognized and appreciated at the international level.
Balighur Rehman said NAP is a national strategy of evolved with consensus of all political parties and no effort will be spared to implement all its points in letter and spirit. He said that funds have also been given to the Joint Intelligence Directorate established with the NACTA for total eradication of the menace of terrorism.
The Minister said security situation has also improved in Karachi with marked reduction in criminal activities there. He further told the House that the government has launched a comprehensive campaign against food adulteration.
Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal told the House that the government is focusing to attract foreign direct investment and reduce fiscal deficit in order to put the economy on strong footings and reduce dependence on loans. He said the government is considering a proposal to reduce tax to GDP ratio from sixty percent to fifty percent for the period starting from 2018 to 2032.
Rana Muhammad Afzal said the government is fully following the issue of 200 billion dollars stashed in Swiss banks by Pakistanis. In this regard, two meetings have already been held with the Swiss. He said after gaining access to these accounts it will be ascertained whether this huge amount was smuggled to those banks. He said if the money has been transferred through illegal means, it will be our utmost effort to bring it back to the country as it will help resolve most of our economic woes.
Responding to a point of order raised by leader of the opposition regarding shortage of food items in GB, Minister for Climate Change, Zahid Hamid said relief goods are being sent to the rain affected areas of Gilgit Baltistan on daily basis.
He said NDMA has sent twenty four tons of relief goods including wheat to the area. The Minister said eight tons each have been dispatched to GB by Balochistan and Punjab governments. Army has also airlifted five ten food items for the area. He said the situation is now under control.
The Minister pointed out that clearance work is going on to clear the roads blocked by landslides triggered by recent rains.
Earlier, speaking on a point of order in the House, leader of the opposition Syed Khurshid Shah said that emergency should be declared in Gilgit-Baltistan as the area has been hit hard by the natural disaster.
Khurshid Shah said fair distribution of funds should be made amongst the provinces for a strong federation.
The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30.