Gas to provinces being supplied as per constitutional provisions

Islamabad: The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that the government is working on a proposal to constitute National Curriculum Council after consultations with the provinces to introduce uniform syllabus in the country.

Minister of State Jam Kamal told the House on during question hour that the Council will have equal representation from all the provincial and federal governments.

He said a committee would also be constituted to draft the terms of references of the Council, which will be fully autonomous.

The Minister of State said the government plans to enhance primary enrolment from sixty eight percent to ninety one percent by 2015.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said the process of installation of CCTV cameras is underway at the New Islamabad Airport. He said action has also been taken against those encroaching land close to the airport.

The Minister said the network of Sweet Homes under Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal will be extended to the entire country to provide free of cost education and accommodation to the orphans.

He said Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal is running a comprehensive programme for the assistance of less privileged segments of the society.

To another question, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said Civil Aviation Authority is carrying out a survey for construction of airport at Mansehra.

Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman said Telephone Industries of Pakistan will be privatized as the organization is running into losses for the last several years.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq said efforts are afoot to improve operations of Pakistan Railways.

He said under Pakistan-China corridor, trains from Lahore to Karachi will be run through electricity.

Parliamentary Secretary Javed Ikhlas said the Punjab government is continuing an effective campaign against dengue which has proved successful.

Responding to a call attention notice, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said gas is being supplied to the provinces as per the constitutional provisions. He said gas has been shifted from some sectors to the power plants to reduce electricity load-shedding.

Khaqan Abbasi said it is for the first time in the country’s history that those involved in gas pilferages were arrested and prosecuted.

Speaking on the floor of the house Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafiq rejected the statistics of the PTI Chairman about rigging in general elections. He said the PTI has only hurled accusations of rigging but has not come up with any solid proof.

Khawaja Saad Rafique said that sit-ins should not be staged to malign and dictate the judiciary for the independence of which we all struggled. He said a fact finding committee comprising members from all political parties should be constituted to probe into allegations of rigging in elections.

He offered that four constituencies of PML (N) and four proposed by the PTI should be investigated by the fact finding committee.

He said Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf wants to achieve some other motives through the planned sit-in in Islamabad. He said had the party been interested in electoral reforms it would have come up with an election reforms package.

The house debated law and order in the country with particular reference to the recent terror acts.

Taking part in debate on law and order situation in the country, Maulana Muhammad Gohar Shah said the government should sincerely pursue dialogue with the Taliban and also take the tribal jirgas on-board.

Sher Akbar Khan said that sense of deprivation among the people of small provinces should be addressed.

Shahida Rehmani opposed the peace process with Taliban saying it has given time to the Taliban to regroup.

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