ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Textile Aliya Hamza Malik told the National Assembly on Thursday that the government has expedited its work on industrial zones in order to ensure their timely completion.
“Our government is paying special attention to the country’s exports,” she said, adding that the exports have already witnessed an increase, due to which the trade deficit has come down significantly.
Housing Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema informed the house that work on various housing projects has commenced under the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme. He said the allocation of Rs5 billion interest-free loan has been made which would be utilised for low-cost housing. “The federal government employees will be accommodated in these housing schemes.”
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that Pakistan Railways has earned a profit of Rs4 billion on passenger trains. “The department plans to induct new passenger coaches, in addition to indigenously built coaches through joint ventures,” he added.
Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri told the house that Saudi Arabia has waived 2000 Riyal fee on Pakistanis performing more than one Umrah within two years.
Moreover, Parliamentary Secretary for Food Muhammad Ameer Sultan said that aerial sprays have been carried in Karachi to control the locust attacks. The chair directed the federal government to fully assist the Sindh government in this regard.
Two bills were laid before the house, including the ‘Islamabad Capital Territory Prohibition of Interest on Private Loans Bill, 2019’ and ‘The Control of Narcotics Substances Amendment Bill, 2019’.
Speaking on the occasion, Communications Minister Murad Saeed claimed that former finance minister Ishaq Dar and other members of the Sharif family were “absconders” in different cases. “The PTI government is committed to building a welfare state where the rich and poor will be equal before the law,” he added.
Saeed maintained that Pakistan was changing under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said the economy was achieving stability, as evident from record positivity in the stock market.
“After diplomatic success in $1.2 billion Karkey rental power case, the country will soon witness a positive development on Reko Diq case,” he added.