Islamabad: Taking part discussion in National Assembly , Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir said Pakistan is open for business despite all the difficulties and challenges it is faced with. The Minister said several projects have been launched across the country to overcome the electricity crisis.
He said the LNG terminal will also be shortly inaugurated to address the issue of gas shortages. He said process has also been started to boost trade relations with India, Iran and Afghanistan. Maulana Jamaluddin said development schemes should also be announced for the Tribal areas to bring them at par with the developed ones.
Syed Mustafa Mahmood said the government should encourage savings by reducing the inflation rate. Maryam Aurangzeb said though the health is a provincial subject yet the federal government has allocated money for the first time in the domain of mother and child health care.
Responding to a point of order, Minister for Religious Affairs, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf said Quran Boards are being established at all the four provinces as part of efforts to promote the teachings of Holy Quran. He said he has recently held a meeting with the concerned provincial ministers in this regard.
The Punjab government has already established the Quran Board while the other provinces are in the process of legislation to constitute the same boards. Mujahid Ali said the government should give priority to address the issue of load shedding. He said the government should arrange camps and provide ration to the Internally Displaced People of North Waziristan.
Ghous Bukhsh Mehr said development schemes should be launched in all the provinces without any discrimination. He regretted that next year’s budget carries insignificant amount for the development of Sindh and Balochistan provinces. This attitude, he said, spawns hatred and weakens the federation. He said low cost housing schemes should be started in the four provinces.
Parliamentary Secretary on Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said it is right of the opposition to criticize the government but it should be genuine and constructive and not misguide and confuse the people. He said incentives are being given to the foreign investors for establishment of new industries and generation of more job opportunities.
Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh appreciated the government’s efforts towards bringing affluent class into the tax net. He said special incentives should be announced for those who want to start their own businesses.
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