No operation in FATA for the present: Nisar

Islamabad: The Prime Minister is convening a meeting of all the four Chief Ministers next week with the aim to seek their inputs on the internal security policy.

Speaking in the National Assembly on Friday during question hour Interior Minister‚ Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said genuine suggestions of the Chief Ministers will be incorporated in the policy.

He said the national security policy envisages allocation of 32 billion rupees for the strengthening of internal security network. He said all available resources will be used to deal with terrorism as it is the most serious issue.

The Minister emphasized the need for greater coordination amongst the provinces to cope with the issue of terrorism. He said the provinces and federation should hold joint meetings every month.

About the compensation for the security personnel martyred in terrorist attacks‚ the Minister said the compensation package will be enhanced besides giving a special package to those seriously injured.

He informed the House that 1017 terror incidents took place in different parts of the country during the last six months claiming the lives of 878 people including 232 security personnel.

On a point of order raised by Dr. Arif Alvi‚ Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan categorically stated that neither a military operation is being carried out in the tribal areas nor any decision of this sort has been taken as yet. He said the decision of military operation will be taken with consultation.

About the plight of people migrating from the tribal areas‚ the Minister assured that a policy framework will be evolved in the next few days to provide all possible relief to these people.

A committee under Minister for SAFRON has already been constituted to look into the matter of fleeing people. He said the Interior Ministry‚ FATA and Governor Secretariat will support the effort of the SAFRON Ministry.

He‚ however‚ said that the flow of people from the tribal areas is not as much as has been reported. Those moved from the tribal areas have also preferred to live with their relatives in Bannu‚ Peshawar and other areas. He said it was our utmost effort to ensure zero collateral damage during the precision or targeted strikes carried out in recent days.

To a question‚ Nisar Ali Khan said that Rawalpindi Metro Bus project costing 38 billion rupees will provide modern transport facilities to the residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. He said the federal and Punjab governments will share cost of the project.

The Interior Minister said that consultations have also been made on linking Islamabad and Rawalpindi through alternative Leh Express.

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said that two nuclear power plants are being built in Karachi in collaboration with China. He assured Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has taken additional safety and precautionary measures for the nuclear plants.

Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal informed the House that a process has been initiated to gradually transform the financial system in accordance with the Islamic principles.

He said a steering committee has been constituted to formulate proposals and recommendations for the transformation of the banking system in line with Shariah principles. He said 20 percent financial transactions have already been shifted to Islamic banking.

About the privatization policy of the government‚ Rana Afzal said Oil and Gas Development Company Limited and Pakistan Petroleum Limited are not being privatized.

He said restructuring of various institutions including PIA and Pakistan Steel Mills is being initiated in consultation with the stakeholders. The restructuring plan of Pakistan Steel Mills is likely next month.

Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Division Raja Javed Ikhlas said the government is committed to eliminate load-shedding during its tenure.

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