The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Na­tional Assem­bly was in­formed on Fri­day that the gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing to raise the is­sue of In­dian agency RAW's in­volve­ment in Pak­istan es­pe­cially in the province of Balochis­tan and FATA with the United Na­tions and other in­ter­na­tional fo­rums.

Ad­viser on Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Af­fairs Sar­taj Aziz told the House dur­ing ques­tion hour that Pak­istan has taken up the is­sue of RAW's ac­tiv­i­ties in Pak­istan with var­i­ous for­eign lead­ers.

He said dur­ing the for­eign sec­re­tary level talks held in March this year, the for­eign sec­re­tary had raised the is­sue with the In­dian coun­ter­part. He said the Prime Min­is­ter will also raise this is­sue at the Gen­eral Assem­bly.

Re­ply­ing to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion, he said the gov­ern­ment has al­ready con­demned the re­cent ter­ror­ism in­ci­dent took place in Gur­daspure In­dia and re­jected the In­dian al­le­ga­tions of Pak­istan's in­volve­ment in it. He said it has also been made clear that Pak­istan has the ca­pa­bil­ity to give be­fit­ting re­ply in case of any threat from In­dian side.

An­swer­ing a ques­tion, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Muham­mad Shafqat Hayat Khan said there are ap­prox­i­mately 3.8 mil­lion Pak­ista­nis cur­rently work­ing in the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil coun­tries and ef­forts are be­ing made to fur­ther in­crease man­power ex­port to this re­gion.

To a ques­tion, Shafqat Hayat Khan said Kuwait has not stopped re­newal of visas to Pak­ista­nis who are re­sid­ing or work­ing in Kuwait.

Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion, Min­is­ter of State for In­te­rior Muham­mad Ba­ligh-urRehman told the House that new trade pol­icy will be an­nounced soon fo­cus­ing on in­creas­ing ex­ports of the coun­try.

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for States and Fron­tier Re­gions Sha­heen Shafiq in­formed the House that 7384 reg­is­tered fam­i­lies of TDPs from South Waziris­tan have been re­turned to their homes while 63740 are re­main­ing. She said 9006 un­reg­is­tered TDP fam­i­lies from South Waziris­tan have also been re­turned to their homes.

Ad­viser on Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Af­fairs Sar­taj Aziz told the House that there are 2309 Pak­ista­nis im­pris­oned in Saudi Ara­bia.

Speak­ing on a point of or­der, Ma­lik Ibrar and Tahira Au­rangzeb ap­pre­ci­ated the op­er­a­tion car­ried out in Is­lam­abad to re­move the illegal Katchi Abadis af­ter giv­ing prior no­tices. They said this lo­ca­tion was a den of crim­i­nals and most of them are Afgha­nis. They said the op­er­a­tion was car­ried out on the or­ders of Is­lam­abad High Court. They said now the al­lot­tees of plots in this sec­tor can get their plots.

The Min­is­ter of State for Par­lia­men­tary Af­fairs Sheikh Aftab Khan said that the gov­ern­ment is re­spon­si­ble to main­tain law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try and take ac­tion against crim­i­nals. The house will now meet at five pm on Mon­day.

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