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

Minister of State for Interior Balig-ur-Rehman told the House during question hour that the smart cards 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.

To a question, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervez Rashid said 399 officers and officials were promoted in Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation 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.

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 Baligur 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.

Winding up discussion on a motion moved by Samina Abid, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Aftab Ahmed Sheikh said that Lowari tunnel project would be completed by the end of 2017.          

He said implementation of the project lingered on for decades and therefore, its cost has escalated from the original seven billion rupees to twenty seven billion rupees.         

The mover and other speakers highlighted strategic significance and socio-economic relevance of the tunnel for people of Chitral and wanted removal of bottlenecks in its early construction.

Winding up debate on another adjournment motion relating to demolition of Katchi abadi of I-11 in Islamabad, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Aftab Ahmed Sheikh said action against the illegal settlement was taken on the direction of Islamabad High Court.

He said CDA had alloted the said land to the affectees of Islamabad and its employees way back in 1985.

Thereafter the land was illegally occupied and the affected people went to the court which decided in their favour.

The House will now meet tomorrow at 3 p.m. 


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