Country suffered a loss of 69 billion dollars in war against terror: Senate informed

Country suffered a loss of 69 billion dollars in war against terror: Senate informed

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): The Senate was informed on Tuesday that the country has suffered a loss of 69 billion dollars in the war against terror.

The Senate resumed its session with Deputy Chairman Sabir Ali Baloch in the chair.

Minister of State for Interior Imtiaz Safdar Warraich told the House during question hour that the loss occurred to the economy of the country due to reduction in the foreign investment, GDP growth and employment opportunities. He said the economy of the country has  also been badly affected due to the factors including damage of buildings, compensation paid to the victims of terrorism, settlement and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons and security measures and similar other factors.

To a question, he said that 145 cases of murder, kidnapping and dacoity have been registered in the two police stations of the city circle Islamabad during the last five years. He said 225 accused persons have been arrested in these cases and 21 cases have been decided while the trial of the remaining is underway.

To another question, he said 50 complaints regarding obnoxious calls were received by the police stations of the city circle Islamabad. He said 33 accused have been arrested in this regard and 10 cases decided by the court.

Replying to a question, Minister of State for Interior Imtiaz Safdar Warraich said that NADRA is an institution of international repute and according to the IT World rating its name has been put in top fifty suppliers of passports and ID cards. He said NADRA offices have been established at almost all the Pakistan embassies to facilitate the overseas Pakistanis.

Senator Saeed Ghani moved adjournment motion regarding Election Commissions’ decision making out of their mandate under certain media’s pressure. He said according to Constitution’s Article 218 (3) Election Commission enjoys its freedom, but cannot go beyond its ambit.

Talking about motion, Senator Jaffar Iqbal said government is not practically doing enough to facilitate ECP working.

Senator Maula Bukhsh Chandio ECP did not have right to stop release of developmental funds and ban on new appointments before the issuance of election schedule. He said the Election Commission should work within its ambit.

Law Minister Farooq H. Naek presented before the House “The Medical and Dental Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013 (Ordinance No. II of 2013”.

Meanwhile Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed two bills. “The Federal Ombudsmen Institutional reforms Bill, 2013” provides for making institutional reforms for standardizing and harmonizing the laws relating to Federal Ombudsmen Institution and the ancillary or akin matters.

The bill was moved by Law Minister Farooq H. Naek.
“The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2013” provides to amend the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Act, 1997.

It was moved by Finance Minister Saleem Mandviwala. Replying to a call attention notice moved by Nuzhat Sadiq regarding delay in construction work on Kashmir Highway Islamabad expansion and renovation project, Finance Minister Saleem Mandviwala told the House that the project is delayed due to its revisions and increase in cost. The House will now meet Wednesday at four pm.

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