The Senate resumed its session in Islamabad with Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari in the chair.
Minister of State for Interior Affairs Muhammad Balighur Rehman told the House during the question hour that the bill prepared by the Ministry of Information Technology will soon be presented before parliament for enactment.
He said five national response centers for Cyber Crimes are already operational in Federal Capital and the four provinces to counter these crimes. He pointed out that cyber crimes have witnessed an upward trend due to the latest technological advancement and the response centers for cyber crimes are working vigilantly to tackle this menace.
Their performance against grey trafficking has remained excellent during the current year which helped avert losses of 1500 million rupees.
The Minister of State told the House that Nadra has undertaken a number of overseas projects, earning about 17.30 million dollars.
To a question, Balighur Rehman said that a mobile verification system has been introduced at pickets in the federal capital to control incidents of car theft. He said that pickets have been established at all the important entry and exit points, besides patrolling has been enhanced to curb the theft incidents. He said that 989 culprits were arrested in car and bike stolen cases during the last six years.
When asked about the number of rape cases in Islamabad Balighur Rehman said that 103 rape cases were registered in the capital territory during the last five years. He regretted that no culprit was convicted in these cases and he has directed the concerned authorities to improve prosecution process to bring the culprits of these incidents to justice.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said that he will direct the state-owned media outlets to give proper coverage to the province of Balochistan. He said the Balochistan is geographical an important province and there is a need to highlight its issues and activities at the national level.
To a supplementary question, the Minister made it clear that no foreign company is allowed to own a media house in the country.
About the advertisement policy, Pervaiz Rashid said government ads are fairly being given to both the national and regional press under a broad-based comprehensive and balanced policy. He said quota of over 25 percent is allocated to the local and regional newspapers.
Chairperson Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat and Capital Administration laid before the house the report of the committee on ‘Civil Servants (Amendment) bill 2013.
Responding to a call attention notice moved by Maula Bakhsh Chandio, Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said the government plans to purchase 58 new locomotives during the current financial year to improve the freight and passenger service. He pointed out that most of the locomotives of Pakistan Railways have lived their age and we need to repair them or bring in new locomotives. He said recently 35 old locomotives were brought into the system after necessary repair.
Khawaja Saad Rafique said that the four provincial governments are reluctant to handover land of Pakistan Railways. This issue will be taken before the Council of Common Interests for resolution.
Later, the House began debate on the government’s foreign policy.
Initiating debate, Raza Rabbani sought answers from the government over its policy with particular reference to talks with Taliban and the Afghan issue. He asked the government to specify the groups it plans to hold negotiations with besides clarifying its position on the preconditions set by the Tehreek-e-Taliban for talks.
Haji Adeel said that talks should only be held with those groups who accept the state and constitution of Pakistan. He said foreign elements should be ousted from the tribal areas. He said Afghanistan is a sovereign country and its people can only decide their future. Pakistan should extend full support in the reconciliation process there. The House will now meet today (Friday) at 10:30 am.