NA: National Assembly informed 60 banned outfits under watch

Islamabad: The National Assembly was informed on Friday that sixty banned organizations are being kept under watch as part of efforts to counter terrorism in the country. Briefing the House during question hour about the steps taken so far to cope with terrorist acts, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior, Maryam Aurangzeb said that NADRA is also assisting in providing identification services in matters of countering terrorism and crime.

She said that all the unverified SIMs have been blocked and cellular mobile companies have initiated biometric verification system according to agreed time lines.

She said that Jail Management System has been installed at Karachi Central Prison to identify prisoners and keep track of their visitors. About the situation in Karachi, the Parliamentary Secretary said enhanced coordination among law enforcement agencies has led to success of the ongoing action.

Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Afzal Khan told the House that the government is confident not only to achieve but also exceed the tax collection target set for the current financial year. The figures upto February showed that ninety nine percent revenue collection target was achieved. He said due to government‘s policy Rupee has appreciated against dollar by six point five percent in the month of March.

On prices of medicines Rana Afzal Khan said drug Regulatory Authority is exploring different options to stabilize prices in the market. The Parliamentary Secretary for Finance said inflation has been brought down to single digit and it is currently hovering between eight to nine percent due to better management of resources. Later the house was adjourned till Monday afternoon at 4:00 pm.

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