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The Senate was informed on Friday that after the issue between PIA administration and PALPA has been resolved, PIA flights are now being operated normally.

Speaking on a point, Senator Talha Mahmood told the house that the issue was resolved with the intervention of Senate's standing committee on cabinet.

He said the problem was not big but it was complicated.

He said PIA suffered a loss of millions of rupees and passengers faced difficulties due to delay and cancellation of flights.

Responding to a call-attention notice, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid informed the House that PEMRA is playing its due role under the existing law and rules and regulations.

He said PEMRA is issuing notices and advices to the violators of its rules and regulations.

The minister stressed that the parliament should play a more proactive role and formulate laws to check character assassination of anyone.

Earlier during question hour, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed said twenty-six million unverified mobile phone SIMs have been blocked.

To a question, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir said all out efforts are being made to enhance agricultural exports to Russia.  

He said Pakistani products were introduced in Russian market.

He said rice, fruits, cotton fabrics, synthetic fabrics, hosiery and sports goods are major exports to Russia.

Later, the House resumed discussion on NEPRA report regarding poor performance of the Ministry of Water and Power.

Mushahid Hussain Syed, Shahi Syed, Farhatullah Babar, Nauman Wazir, Saeed Ghani, Sassui Palejo and Rehman Malik took part in the discussion.

They demanded that all the allegations put by NEPRA should be answered regarding alleged mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption in the Ministry.

The members stressed the need for stopping line losses and electricity theft. They also criticized the performance of NEPRA, as a regulatory body.


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