Gwadar Port to be fully operational by 2017, Senate informed

Islamabad:,,, The Senate was informed on Friday that there is consensus to keep the Higher Education Commission a federal subject to promote quality education at higher levels.

Minister of State for Education Balighur Rehman said standard of higher education has improved significantly over the years due to innovative policies and reforms undertaken by the government.

He said this year seven universities of Pakistan ranked amongst the top three hundred Asian universities against five universities last year.

Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael told the House that Gwadar port will be fully operational by 2017. First phase of the port has been completed and its three berths are currently functional.

He said 2,281 acres of land will soon be provided to a Chinese company on lease for development of free trade zone in Gwadar. This zone will include construction of container yards, warehouses, container freight stations and light industrial units.

Minister for Ports and Shipping said the government has approved nine projects for development of Gwadar Port at a cost of $17 million.

Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada said milk production in the country is growing by 2.7 percent per annum. Currently the annual production of milk stands at 51 million tons.

Meanwhile,the House unanimously passed two bills. These are: The National Judicial Policy Making Committee (Amendment) Bill, 2014 and The Federal Court Repeal Bill.

The Bills were moved by Federal Minister Zahid Hamid.

Later, the House resumed discussion on the political situation developed recently in the country due to certain reasons.

Federal Minister for States and Frontier Region, Abdul Qadir Baloch, urged all the political parties and media to play their role for national security and further strengthening of democracy in the country.

Winding up debate on a motion regarding the latest political situation, he said no political party wants derailment of democracy in the country.

It is the responsibility of political parties to come forward and defend the democracy against those who enter the corridors of power through backdoors.

On the issue of a private channel, the Federal Minister assured that the government is in a position to amicably solve the problem after announcement of verdicts by the judiciary in this regard.

Taking part in the debate, Mushahidullah Khan said every institution particularly the armed forces have rendered matchless sacrifices for the country.

He, however, said all the institutions should also hold themselves accountable if they want to take the country forward.

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