Says Indian brutalities have increased in Valley after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani last year
ISLAMABAD, April 20 (SABAH): Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Pakistan is carrying out an intensive campaign to effectively highlight the Kashmir dispute at the international level.
The Senate resumed its session in Islamabad with Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani in the chair.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, the Advisor said that letters were written to the UN, Organization of Islamic Cooperation and other world forums to acquaint the world community about the ongoing India brutalities in Occupied Kashmir. The Advisor urged them to play their role to end the bloodshed of Kashmiri people and resolution of the lingering dispute in accordance with aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
The Advisor pointed out that the Indian brutalities have increased in Valley after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani last year. Giving an overview of the Indian persecution of Kashmiri people, Sartaj Aziz condemned the Indian forces for using the Kashmiri people as human shield.
The Advisor said that all the missions abroad have been instructed to bring into notice these atrocities with the human rights groups and matter is also being raised during the visits of foreign dignitaries. He said the OIC Secretary General during his visit to Pakistan stated that the Kashmir dispute is high on the agenda of the organization and regretted that the Indian government did not allow an OIC fact finding mission to the Occupied Kashmir to get a firsthand knowledge of the situation there.
Meanwhile, the House admitted for discussion an adjournment regarding the disappearance of Col retired Habib in Nepal.
The Advisor on Foreign Affairs told the House that Pakistan is making consistent efforts in cooperation with the Nepalese Government to locate the missing Col [R] Habib. FIRs have also been lodged separately in Nepal and Pakistan. He said that the family of the Colonel has also written a letter to UN Working Group on the matter.
The Advisor said that preliminary investigation reveals that all those who made arrangements for the travel of the Colonel and received him were Indians. He said this information has been shared with Nepalese Government.
The Senate was informed 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.
Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Trainings Muhammad Balighur Rehman told the House during question hour that PC-I of this phase has been prepared. He said that three batches under this programme have already successfully been completed.
He said the main objective of his programme is to meet national, regional and international market demand of skilled labour force. He said the government is also expecting jobs for skilled labour particularly in the construction sector in projects launched under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
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. He said that the FWO has already re-carpeted the motorway.
The Minister said that the Prime Minister has approved a logistic company for Pakistan Post in order to improve its service delivery.
To another question, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar informed the House that work in Cancer Hospital in Islamabad will be started after its approval from ECNEC. She said that a summary has been sent to the Capital Development Authority for the acquisition of land for the hospital. She said the hospital will not only cater to the residents of the capital but also people of other provinces.
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 the development work on the Port. Ninety-one percent of revenue from the port will go to China and nine percent to Pakistan.
Answering a question, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the House that Pakistan is continuing diplomatic efforts for the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Mentioning a few steps in this regard, 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 pointed out that there has been gradual reduction in polio cases over the last few years and expressed the confidence that the country will be able to intercept the virus this year.