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Senate was informed on Thursday that one hundred thousand less educated and unskilled youth will be imparted training in different market oriented trades under the fourth phase PM's Youth Skill Development Programme.

During the question hour, Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Trainings Balighur Rehman said the main objective of his programme is to meet national, regional and international market demand of skilled labour force.

To a question, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that the maintenance of Islamabad-Lahore Motorway [M-2] has been handed over to FWO for the next twenty years under an agreement.

The Minister said that the Prime Minister has approved a logistic company for Pakistan Post in order to improve its service delivery.

To a question, Minister for Ports and Shipping Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo told the House that Pakistan has signed a forty year agreement with China for the operations of Gwadar Port.

Under the agreement, China will carry out all development work on the Port.

Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz responding to a question told the House that Pakistan is continuing diplomatic efforts for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. He said that consular access is also being provided to the detainee.

Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar told the House that a total of two polio cases have so far been reported from Lodhran and Diamer this year.

She expressed the confidence that the country will be able to eliminate the virus this year.


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