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Govt introduced zero-rating regime for leather, textile & other goods to boost exports, Senate informed

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed today (Friday) that the government is taking various steps to enhance exports of the country.

Replying to a question during the questions hour, Minister for Commerce and Textile Muhammad Pervaiz Malik said that trade development authority is undertaking export promotional activities through trade exhibitions and delegations.

He said that to promote exports of the value-added sectors, the government has introduced a zero-rating regime for five export sectors. These include textile, leather, carpets, surgical and sports goods.

To another question, the minister said that major exports items include, Rice, Leather manufactures, Fish & Fish preparation, fruits and made up articles.

Answering a question, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said that PIA has formally started its flights to Bangkok and Najaf.

He said PIA is rationalizing its routes network from time to time and in light of that policy some loss-making routes have been closed, while additional flights are introduced on viable routes.

Minister of State for Inter-Provincial Coordination Dr. Darshan has said that the government is taking steps for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

He was responding to a calling attention notice moved by Tahir Hussain Mashhadi regarding the increase of epidemic disease of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan.

The Minister of State said twenty-six treatment facilities, twelve prevention centres and various community centres have been established across the country where diagnostic and treatment facilities are available.

He said the federal government is also cooperating with provinces for the treatment and diagnosis of HIV/AIDS.

Senate today passed “The Marine Insurance Bill, 2017”.

The Bill is aimed at regulating the business of marine insurance.

The House resumed discussion on the state institutions and their role in the scheme of tracheotomy of Power.

Participating in the debate, the Senators said that Parliament should be held supreme as it reflects will of the people.

Members stressed the need for better understanding, coordination and harmony among all state institutions to strengthen democracy and rule of law.

The chair in his remarks said that all the institutions must play their role within the ambit of the constitution.

Speaking on an adjournment motion, Senators said that ideology and teaching of Sufi Saints should be promoted to reject extremist mindset.

Expressing concerns on extremist ideology and access of students to the literature. They said that educational institutions should be strictly monitored to check their activities.

The Lawmakers emphasized the need for amending the curriculum to curb extremist tendencies among youth. They also called for providing correct material of history of Pakistan to the students.

The House has now been adjourned to meet again on Monday at 3:30 p.m.

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