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Rs1m each provided to families of private security guards martyred in PSX attack, NA told
July 09, 2020

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The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that one million rupees each has been provided to the bereaved families of the private security guards martyred in the terrorist attack on Karachi Stock Exchange.

Responding to the calling attention notice of Nusrat Wahid today, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Shaukat Ali Khan said one policeman was also martyred in the terrorist attack and his family has been provided Shuhada Assistance Package.

The Parliamentary Secretary said the government is also considering bringing a legislation to make it binding on the private security companies to provide assistance to their guards  in case of their deaths in such incidents.

He said our security personnel valiantly foiled the terrorist attack on Karachi Stock Exchange in a matter of eight minutes. He said our security forces were alert as there were intelligence reports of a terrorist attack.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan laid before the house the annual report of Universal Service and Research and Development Fund of the federal government.

The annual report of National Economic Council for the Financial Year 2018-19 was also laid before the house.

Responding to a calling attention notice, Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan said the federal government has taken steps to improve the power supply in Karachi in order to address the problems of the people of the provincial capital.

He said we are providing additional one hundred megawatt of electricity to the K-electric more than the contract agreement signed with it. Thirty thousand metric tons of furnace oil and 100 mmcfd gas have been provided to the company. He said we will provide more gas to the K-electric which will help it generate two hundred megawatts of power. The Minister however regretted the K-electric did not upgrade its system over the years and it has constraints to take additional electricity from the national grid. He said the federal government will help K electric to build its capacity.

Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar lamented that the past governments did not pay attention to address the issue of load shedding in Karachi. He said the present government will implement in record time the project to improve power transmission and distribution system in Karachi.

Speaking in the National Assembly, Minister for Communications Murad Saeed read out the confessional statement of Uzair Baloch saying the gangster was patronized by the PPP leadership. Referring to the JIT reports, he said Uzair Baloch was involved in the killing of innocent people and extortion. He said Karachi is the economic hub of Pakistan and it is our responsibility to talk on the issues faced by it.

The House will now meet tomorrow at 11 am.