Policy regarding refugees to be devised after consultation with opposition parties: Shireen


Islamabad, Sep 25 (TNS): Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari has said a policy regarding the future status of refugees and immigrants will be devised after consultation with the opposition parties.

Responding to a call attention notice in the National Assembly today (Tuesday), she said this matter involves a lot of legal, political and humanitarian obligations which will be considered before taking final decision on the citizenship.

She said the issue of Beharis is different from those of Afghan refugees.

She said the government has started the process of data collection of refugees and immigrants.

To another calling attention notice, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said task force headed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor is working to remove bottlenecks and accelerate the process of merger of erstwhile FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said the tribal agencies have been re-designated as districts and sub divisions of KPK.

Similarly, he said that the posts of political agents and assistant political agents have also been re-designated as deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners.

Ali Muhammad Khan said federal government will provide the resources for the development of these tribal districts.

National Assembly today resumed discussion on the Finance Supplementary (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

Syed Naveed Qamar of Pakistan Peoples Party said PTI government had promised not to overburden the common man but it has increased the price of gas which will have inflationary impact.

Responding to the points of Naveed Qamar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said gas price has only been increased by ten percent for the poor segments of the society.  One hundred and 43 percent increase is for high gas consumers.

Taking the floor, Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said that Radio Pakistan has no money to pay salaries to its employees whilst it has to pay two hundred million rupees to the pensioners.

He said seven hundred contractual staff is working in the organization and it will not be a good policy to fire them.

The house will now meet tomorrow morning at eleven.