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The National Assembly was informed on Monday that Pakistan Railways has recently imported 55 locomotives from the United States to further improve its service.

Parliamentary Secretary for Railways Syed Muhammad Ashiq Hussain Shah told the House during question hour that that 32 locomotives have been received while remaining 23 are in transit and expected to reach Karachi by end of July this year.

He said a tender of 20 more locomotives has been finalized and letter of intent has been issued in favour of General Electric, US.

The Parliamentary Secretary said that main track from Karachi to Peshawar will be upgraded under the multi-billion dollar CPEC project.

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhary told the House that the Prime Minister's Education Reforms programme in the federal capital is being executed as per the timeframe.

He said that three billion rupees are required for the upgradation of remaining 200 public sector schools in the capital territory.

He expressed the confidence that this amount will also be released before the December this year.

The Minister of State said that Cardiac Surgery Centre is being upgraded at the Capital Hospital.

He said that equipment for the centre has been purchased and recruitment of human resource is under process which will be completed in next six months.

To a question, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb told the House that PTV booster project for Buner will be completed by December this year.

She said the project faced delays mainly due to land dispute, late revision of PC-I and law and order situation in the area.

Three bills were introduced in the National Assembly today.

These are "The Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill", "The Constitution (Twenty-Ninth Amendment) Bill, 2017", "The Constitution (Thirtieth Amendment) Bill, 2017".

The Tribal areas Rewaj bill is aimed at bringing the tribal people into the national mainstream. Under the bill, proper judicial system will be established wherein the role of tribal Jirga will be duly legalized.

The bill is in line with the recommendations furnished by FATA reforms committee formed on the directions of the prime minister to bring the tribal people into the mainstream. The committee had held a series of meetings in FATA and KPK with various tribes including their elders to reach a consensus document.

Speaking on the Tribal Areas Rewaj Bill, the FATA members said that the tribal people are patriotic Pakistanis and they have always given sacrifices for the country. They said that it is time that the tribal areas are fully integrated into Pakistan. They said if anybody has reservations on tribal areas Rewaj bill, they may express them and give their inputs before the relevant standing committee.


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