Published On: Thu, Jan 9th, 2014
Published in Category: Government

Govt taking steps to address deep rooted issues of sectarianism, Senate informed

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate, Wednesday, informed that the government is taking long term measures to address deep rooted issues of terrorism‚ extremism and sectarianism.

Concluding the discussion on current political and security situation‚ Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman said overall situation remained satisfactory during the month of Muharram except Rawalpindi incident.

He said action against the guilty will be taken after the inquiry into Rawalpindi incident is completed. He said steps are also being taken to improve law and order situation in Balochistan. The government is working on legislation to address the issue of missing persons.

The minister of state said the government after consultation with the political parties decided for dialogue with Taliban and use of force was kept as second option. Unfortunately the US drone attack sabotaged the process.

He said the government has again started the dialogue process with Taliban. Balighur Rehman said the government cleared the backlog of passports in record time.

He said there is complete ban on the issue of new arms licenses while old licenses are being computerized. Reforms are also being done in jails of the country.

He said the government is working on National Security Policy and the draft has been prepared and submitted to the Cabinet for approval.

Earlier during question hour‚ The Senate was informed that Pakistan receives one point five dollars per year from the United States under Kerry-Lugar Bill.

Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman said that in 2012-13‚ 102 million dollars were used in government sector while the remaining amount was utilized by the private sector development organizations.

To a question‚ Balighur Rehman said different countries including United States‚ UK‚ France‚ Germany‚ China‚ Saudi Arabia‚ European Union‚ Japan and South Korea provided a grant of six billion dollars to Pakistan since 2002.

He said these countries also provided loan worth 6.7 billion dollars to Pakistan during the same period. To another question‚ the minister of state said the new SIMs are being issued under Biometric System in Karachi and the system is being extended to all other parts of the country. The house will now meet at 10:30 on Friday morning.
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