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The Senate was informed on Wednesday that a proposal is being analyzed to issue NADRA's smart card at reduced rates.

Minister of State for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman told the House during question hour that the smart card with inbuilt security features is presently being provided against fifteen hundred rupees.

To another question, he said under safe city project being implemented in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, thousands of cameras are being installed to monitor suspicious activities.

Baligh-ur-Rehman said a joint force comprising rangers and police has played a very important role in improving security situation in Islamabad.

To a question, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervez Rashid said 399 officers and officials were promoted in Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) during the last three years.

He said merit is being upheld in promotions and recruitments in PBC. He said interviews of the candidates were recorded on camera during recent process of recruitment to ensure complete transparency.

To another question, the Minister said K-Electric is defaulter of 1.138 billion rupees of PTV and legal course is being adopted for recovery of the amount.

An adjournment motion moved by Sitara Ayaz regarding demolition of Katchi Abadi in sector I-11 Islamabad was held in order by the Chairman and he will fix a date for debate on it.

Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir laid before the House a copy of Money Bill, the Income Tax (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015 for making recommendations on it. The Bill was referred to the standing committee concerned for report.

He also laid before the House third quarterly report for 2014-15 of the State Bank of Pakistan on the state of the economy.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed laid before the House a copy of the address of the President to the joint session of the Parliament.

Responding to a call attention notice moved by Mushahid Hussain Syed regarding a UK based organization's report titled "Tipping the Scales" security and surveillance in Pakistan, Minister of State for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman said the government would look into the contents of the report. The mover wanted to know the steps taken by the government to secure Pakistan's interest especially security of our nuclear assets.


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