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The Senate resumed its session in Islamabad on Monday after two days break with Mian Raza Rabbani in the chair.

Convener Special Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Taj Haider laid second Interim report of the committee on CPEC in the house.

Minister of State for Interior Muhammad Balighur Rehman said 22 additional wings of Civil Armed Forces will be raised to ensure security of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.

Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Abdul Qayyum, he said that 17280 personnel will be hired for this purpose. Over three thousand personnel have already been hired. He said funds have also been allocated for the procurement of arms and ammunition for these wings.

The Minister of State said that six more wings of civil armed forces would be formed for the Special Security Division, which has also been established for the security of CPEC.

He pointed out that the civil armed forces are playing a pivotal role to meet border management challenges and security threats. He said the government will provide all possible resources to further enhance the capacity of these forces.

The budget of the Senate for the next financial year and the expenditures incurred during the previous four financial years were also laid before the House.

Meanwhile, taking part in the debate on budget, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh proposed 25 percent increase in salaries to address the problems faced by the government employees. He said the ratio of indirect taxes should be reduced in order to provide relief to the common person.         

Saleh Shah said the amount allocated in the budget for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of tribal areas is not sufficient and the government should review these allocations to honour the sacrifices rendered by the tribal people for peace and security of the country.

         


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