‘Hunting permits to Arab dignitaries issued after approval of PM’

Khurram DastagirISLAMABAD: Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir told the National Assembly Friday that the policy of hunting permits to the Arab dignitaries is reviewed every year by the Government.  He said hunting permits are issued on receipt of request from respective embassies and after approval of the Prime Minister. He said most of these dignitaries have taken keen interest in the development of the areas allocated to them for hunting.

The Minister said it is purely a matter of goodwill and Pakistan is not compromising its sovereignty.

Answering a question, Khurram Dastagir told the House that Pakistan has shown restraint in responding to India’s acts of aggression, resulting in the loss of fourteen innocent lives.  He said Director General Military Operations contacted his Indian counterpart to devise ways and means for de-escalation but his efforts were cold shouldered.  He said our leadership has reached out to the global community in an effort to highlight Indian intransigence and belligerence.  Pakistani envoys in different capitals around the world raised the issue of ceasefire violations by India with their interlocutors and expressed Pakistan’s desire for a peaceful and stable neighbourhood.  Foreign Office has also taken different steps at diplomatic level to highlight this issue.

Parliamentary Secretary for States and Frontier Regions Raja Javed Ikhlas informed the House that the Government has taken steps to provide medical and education facilities to the Temporary Displaced Persons of North Waziristan.

He said Capital Administration and Development Division established a field hospital at DHQ Bannu with fifty-five doctors and paramedical staff to provide medical treatment to the TDPs.  He said a Basic Health Unit has been established at Bakka Khel Camp and five mobile Health Units provided for TDPs at Bannu.  He said free medical services were being extended to the TDPs residing with the host families.
He said to provide education facilities in camps two High Schools one each for male and female have been established in the TDPs Camp Bakka Khel FR Bannu where about  three thousand students are getting education.

Commerce Minister told the House that according to decision taken by the previous Government on 29th February 2012, all except 1209 items can be traded with India. He said the present Government has not added or withdrew any item from the Negative List of 1209 items.

He said the Ministry of Commerce is in the process of consulting the stakeholders both from public and private sectors for elimination of Negative List.  He said the Ministry will submit the case to the Cabinet for elimination of Negative List after completion of the said consultation process.

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