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Govt making strategy to mainstream tribal districts, NA told

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan that the federal government has chalked out a comprehensive plan to streamline the integration process of tribal districts.

He said a number of actions have been initiated in financial, security, judicial and administrative domains.  He said funds are being released for the rehabilitation of displaced families of the tribal districts.

Parliamentary Secretary for Overseas Pakistanis Javaria Zafar told the House that a policy is being finalized for promotion of overseas employment. She said Pakistan has signed MoUs in the fields of manpower and employment with Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Oman and Malaysia.

Efforts are being made to sign the MoU with Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and other potential labour receiving countries.  She said that a special task force has also been constituted to work towards the welfare of expatriate Pakistanis.

Responding to a calling attention notice, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said that the National Disaster Management Authority has provided relief assistance of over 204 million rupees to the flood affectees in Balochistan.

He said we provided ten thousand ration packets, tents, five hundred blankets and fifteen hundred plastic mats to the flood affectees. He said the provincial disaster management authority also played its part to provide immediate relief to the affected families.

He said the National Disaster Management Authority has been directed to devise a robust response mechanism in order to effectively cope with any disaster like situation.

Responding a calling attention notice, Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce, Shandana Gulzar Khan said that Pakistan’s exports to India had shrunk significantly after the Pulwama incident due to the imposition of two hundred per cent duties on Pakistani products by the Indian government.

She said Pakistan used to export ninety-eight per cent of its dried dates to India and this export has also got affected due to the enhanced Indian duties. She said we have also increased duties on certain Indian products. She said we are exploring other markets to export our dates.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari laid before the house The Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Bill, 2019 to make provisions for raising an alert, response and recovery of missing and abducted children.

Responding to the points raised by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari the other day in the house about the performance of PTI government, Senior PTI leader Asad Umar recalled that four finance ministers were changed in the PPP government between 2008-13. He said in the PPP era, the growth rate remained 0.4 percent, inflation 12.3 percent and budget deficit seven percent.

He said the present government has taken difficult decisions with good intention to put the country on the path of sustainable growth trajectory.  He was confident that Pakistan will emerge strongly from the current situation.

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