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Seven power projects of 3340 MW completed under CPEC: PAC informed

ISLAMABAD: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was informed on Tuesday that seven power projects of 3340 megawatt have been completed under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project. The secretary Power Division was briefing the committee chaired by Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif in Islamabad on Tuesday. The secretary told the committee that 13 projects of 7240 megawatt under the CPEC were in the execution phase. He said the circular debt in power sector had crossed 755 billion rupees. On this…

No gas load shedding being carried out: NA informed

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Tuesday that no gas load shedding was being carried out in any part of the country. Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Agha Hassan Baloch, Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan admitted there was issue of low gas pressure in different cities. However, he said, Sui Southern Gas Pipelines Limited was executing two projects of replacing the old pipelines with new ones at a cost of 2.28 billion rupees and the laying of new pipelines and installations of…

Govt increased import duties to depress imports: Senate informed

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Friday that the government had increased import duties to cut imports. Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Textile Abdul Razzaq Dawood told the house during question hour that import substitution policy had also been launched in order to increase domestic production and exports. He said duties on raw material would be reduced to support and strengthen the manufacturing sector. Razzaq Dawood said oil import substitution was a long term policy. He said refining capacity of…

Special unit set up to facilitate tribesmen to get CNICs, NA informed

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi on Friday said a special unit had been established to facilitate the people of tribal areas to get the computerized national identity card and address their issues relating to blocked CNICs. "The federal cabinet at its meeting on Thursday framed a policy to address issue of blocked ID cards at the earliest," he said while responding to a call attention notice in the National Assembly.  He said tribal people would be taken on board to address their genuine…

Imran informed about injustice with urban areas of Sindh: Khalid Maqbool

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui on Sunday said Prime Minister Imran Khan was apprised of injustice to urban areas of Sindh. He said development schemes for those areas were also decided upon, ARY News reported. "Karachi should get package according to its right and 500 million rupee are not enough for it. The city forthwith requires 500 billion rupee," he said while talking to media after meeting the PM in Karachi. MQM leaders Amir Khan, Kanwar Naveed, Faisal Sabzwari…

Pakistani prisoners in foreign jails to be provided legal assistance: Senate told

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed Thursday that a holistic approach would be adopted to provide full legal and humanitarian assistance to the Pakistani prisoners languishing in foreign jails. Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari told the house during question hour that consular services of our missions abroad will be upgraded for this purpose. She said a policy decision would also be taken to get in touch with different countries for repatriation of Pakistani prisoners. The minister for human rights said the…

Mechanism being evolved to check objectionable content on social media: Senate informed

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was apprised on Thursday that a mechanism was being evolved to check objectionable content on social media. “The Ministry of Interior has taken notice of the activities of banned outfits on the social media,” the Senate was informed. Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Karim Ahmad Khawaja and others, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab told the House that Federal Investigation Agency has been tasked to carry out investigation into the matter. He regretted that certain…