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The Senate was informed that a proposal is under consideration to open model religious seminaries for girls in the provinces.

Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf told the House during question hour that one model seminary is currently imparting religious education to female students in the federal capital.

He said madrassah education board has discussed the proposal to open more such model seminaries in other parts of the country.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali informed the House that electricity connections of major defaulters have been disconnected.

He said that seventy three billion rupees are outstanding against Sindh Government and sixty three billion rupees against the Azad Kashmir Government.

In its drive against defaulters, the connections of ministries have also been cut and recovered billions of rupees.

He said some cases have also been sent to the National Accountability Bureau for recovery of outstanding amounts from the defaulters.

The House admitted for discussion an adjournment motion moved by Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and others regarding the decision of FATA Secretariat to close down four hundred and ninety seven schools in tribal areas under the rationalization plan.

Responding to a call attention moved by Mushahid Hussain Syed Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan clarified that there are no stranded Pakistanis in Yemen.

He said special flights were operated to bring back the Pakistanis from Yemen in the wake of breakout of civil war there.

He said there are reports that about ten Pakistanis are languishing in Yemeni jails and the country will pursue the legal action if proved that they were detained unjustly.

The delegates of Asian Parliamentary Assembly's Standing Committee witnessed the proceedings of the House on Wednesday.         

Welcoming the delegates, Leader of the House Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq said there is greater realization that Asia has the potential and the minds to work together for the economic development of the continent.         

Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan said all the Asian countries need to forge close cooperation and unity in order to achieve the goal of greater economic development in the continent.

The government has once again assured that all the provinces will benefit from 46 billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

Winding up discussion on an adjournment motion moved by Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini in the Senate regarding the project, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that construction work on the western route is continuing and in the next two years the entire Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province will be connected with Gwadar.

He said special economic zones will be set up in all the four provinces in consultation with the provincial governments which will help attract foreign investment.

He said that a special economic zone will also be set up in Gwadar. He said a master plan has been evolved to develop Gwadar.

Those who spoke on the motion include Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini, Mir Kabir, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Usman Khan Kakar, Nauman Wazir, Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Sardar Azam Khan Musakhel, Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Taj Haider, Sassui Palijo, Javed Abbasi, Farhatullah Babar, Muhammad Ali Saif, Saud Majeed, Mian Ateeq Shaikh, Daud Khan Achakzai, Nehal Hashmi and Mukhtiar Ahmad Dhamrah.         

The House will now meet tomorrow at three in the afternoon.


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