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The Senate held debate on the revelations made in Panama Leaks relating to a number of important personalities and dignitaries of Pakistan.

Taking part in the discussion, Mushahid Hussain Syed said that political point scoring and attempts to destabilise the government on the matter should be avoided.

He said a joint parliamentary commission should be constituted for across the board investigation of the people mentioned in the Panama Leaks. 

He said the present government has started mega development projects but certain elements are bent upon creating hurdles in their way. He said that investment is pouring in the country due to the prudent economic policies of the government.

Earlier during question hour, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said that a railway line of 682 KM will be laid between Pakistan and China from Havelian to Khunjerab under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

He said the actual cost of the project would be worked out after detailed feasibility study and design of the project.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House that a number of steps have been taken to improve security and check infiltration of terrorists on Pak-Afghan border. He said coordination between the militaries of two countries has been enhanced to ensure better management of the border.

He said Pakistan is also facilitating Afghan reconciliation process for peace and stability in the neighbouring country.

Responding to a question, Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman said that overall law and order situation has improved in the country as a result of successful implementation of National Action Plan on terrorism.

He said Punjab Police and Rangers are jointly conducting operation against gangsters in Rajanpur.

Balighur Rehman said the government has revisited its policy towards inclusion of names in Exit Control List. He said that names of 4,982 people have been removed from the ECL since September 2015.

Speaking to the Senate , Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the process of negotiations has been started with Switzerland authorities to get access to the money stashed by Pakistanis in Swiss Banks.

He said the FBR was authorized to hold the negotiations after getting approval from the Cabinet.

He said two meetings headed by the Chairman FBR have already been held with Swiss authorities.

The House will now meet on Monday afternoon at 15:30 p.m.


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