NA session meets



Islamabad September 28 (APP): The National Assembly met Today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair in Parliament House.

Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada told the House that the meeting of Council of Common Interests will soon be held as a summary in this regard has been sent to the Prime Minister.

Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan informed the House that unprecedented incentives were announced for the promotion of agriculture sector in the current fiscal budget.

He said that negotiations are at advanced stages for signing free trade agreements with Thailand and Turkey.

Parliamentary Secretary for Overseas Shafqat Baloch told the House that Pakistan has signed MoUs with four Gulf countries including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and UAE for the export of significant number of skilled manpower.

Initiating the debate on FATA reforms, Shahabuddin appreciated the committee on FATA Reforms for framing the recommendations on reforms in the tribal areas after holding extensive talks with all the relevant stakeholders.

Haji Bismillah said that the tribal people have always rendered sacrifices for Pakistan and there is dire need to bring them into the national mainstream.

Nasir Afridi said FCR should be abolished and future status of the tribal areas should be determined as the aspirations of the local people.

Ghazi Gulab Jamal said that process of change should be gradual keeping in view the ground realities in the tribal agencies.

Sajid Toori said the representatives of FATA fully endorse FATA reforms package.

Muhammad Nazir Khan termed the FATA Reforms Package as a historic achievement, hoping it will help improve the lot of the tribal people. He emphasized the need for building health, education and other basic infrastructure in the FATA.

The House will now meet tomorrow morning at 10:30.

APP/ Saima/VNS/ Islamabad