NA: (Rs 80 billion will be incurred for RDPs’ rehabilitation)

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Monday that an amount of Rs 80 billion will be incurred for the rehabilitation of the temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) over a period of three years.

Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Secretariat Raja Javed Ikhlas informed the House during the Question Hour that Rs 20 billion have so far been released in this regard and the remaining amount will be released accordingly.

He said that 191,183 TDPs have been repatriated to FATA so far. He said the work is also underway for the reconstruction of the destroyed infrastructure.

He said that an amount of four hundred thousand rupees is being paid for each completely destroyed house while one hundred and sixty thousand rupees for the partially destroyed houses.

To a question, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan said that 21 percent increase has been witnessed in the Pakistani exports to European Union during the last year.

Responding to a question, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said an invitation has been sent to the Russian President Vladimir Putin for visit to Pakistan.

He has accepted the invitation in principal but a mutual convenient date for the visit has not yet been made. He said during the visit cooperation projects in the field of energy, defence and commerce will be materialized.

The National Assembly passed two separate unanimous resolutions expressing deep grief and sorrow over the Naltar and Karachi incidents. The first resolution expressed complete solidarity with the bereaved families of the diplomats killed in the Naltar incident. It also prayed for the martyred army personnel in the incident.

The second resolution expressed deep grief and sorrow over the Karachi incident. It expressed complete solidarity with the bereaved families. It called upon the government to take stern measures to bring the culprits involved in the attack to justice at the earliest.

Responding to a Point of Order raised by the Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah, Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif said the government has no intent to change the route of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor road infrastructure. He said that almost all the important areas of the country are being linked through the road network under CPEC.

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