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The Senate unanimously passed a resolution calling upon the government not to compromise on the rights of women and minorities in the negotiations with Taliban.



The resolution moved by Nasreen Jalil also urged government to constitute a commission for protection of women from the illegal orders of Jirgas.



The Senate was informed on Wednesday that the government is giving a subsidy of 143 billion rupees to the electricity consumers using upto three hundred units.



Minister of State for Water and Power‚ Abid Sher Ali told the house during question hour that prices of electricity have gone up due to rationalization of tariff.



The Minister said several projects in the hydel and coal sectors are being implemented to reduce the cost of electricity generation and overcome the energy crisis.



He said feasibility study of Diamir Bhasha Dam has been completed and fifteen point one four eight billion rupees have been released in the current financial year for land acquisition and construction of the dam.



He said work on Neelum Jhelum hydel project and coal based Power Park at Gaddani has been expedited.



The commissioning of Gaddani project will add 6600 megawatt of electricity to the national grid.



Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the house that a programme has been launched to provide gas to the far flung areas of Balochistan.



On behalf of Advisor on Foreign Affairs‚ Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir expressed the confidence that transition taking place in Afghanistan this year will help further strengthen Pak-Afghan relations in different sectors.


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