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The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that Radio Pakistan has always contributed to the national development and responded to the natural calamities.

During question hour, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid told the House that special programmes were aired during elections-2013 campaign.

He said Radio Pakistan also played its role in the relief and rehabilitation of Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Swat and other affected areas, and people affected by floods and epidemic diseases including dengue fever. An emergency radio station was also established at Attaabad.

He said Radio Pakistan also created awareness among the people on socio-economic, cultural, educational and religious issues in programmes aired from sixty-seven broadcasting units.

The Minister said the entire Chitral district is being covered by the medium wave transmitter of 400 KW installed in Peshawar and of 100 KW power transmitter operating from Dera Ismail Khan. In near future, Chitral district will also be covered by 500 KW power transmitters being installed at Faqirabad.

To another question, the information minister told the House that PEMRA took cognizance of violations of prescribed code of conduct by private satellite television channels. 

To a question, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that sixteen billion rupees have been injected for debt servicing and other measures to improve the performance of PIA.

He said the government also plans to divest 26 per cent share of PIA to a strategic partner.       

To a call attention notice, Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said a committee has been constituted to survey the markets and check the prices of drugs.

She said prices of life saving drugs have not been increased significantly.

Earlier, members belonging to MQM staged a token walkout from the House over the killing of its members in Karachi.

The House will meet again on Friday morning at 10.30 a.m.

 

 


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