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Former leader of the opposition in Senate, Sherry Rehman has demanded that government should brief the house regarding a release of Indian spy Nehal Ansari and on the matter of Kulbhushan Jadhav. Senator Sherry Rehman stated that matter of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was running in International court and government high-ups should inform the house regarding progress on this matter.
“We knew through newspapers that Pakistan has released Indian spy Hamid Nehal Ansari upon completion of his prison term” she stated. She said capture and release of a spy after three years raised several questions. Indian spy Hamid Ansari had illegally entered Pakistan and was involved in anti-state crimes and forging documents.
Ali Muhammad Khan said the election will be held in tribal districts next year to elect sixteen members for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly from the area.
Earlier responding to a calling attention notice moved by Mir Kabeer Ahmed and others regarding a shortage of gas supply in Sindh and Balochistan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Ghulam Sarwar Khan said there is no curtailment of gas to domestic consumers and general industry in Sindh.
He said at present, CNG sector is fully operational in Sindh. He said the only sufferer is captive industry and it has been decided that Sui Southern Gas Company will provide fifty percent indigenous gas of Sindh while rest will be made available from other sources.
Ghulam Sarwar Khan said total production of Pakistan’s petroleum production stands at fifteen percent, while eighty-five percent of the commodity is imported.
He said total production of all the four provinces is three thousand five hundred MMCFD, while LNG of eight hundred MMCFD is imported. He said Punjab produces one hundred fourteen MMCFD, Sindh two thousand three hundred MMCFD, Balochistan six hundred eighty MMCFD, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa four hundred five MMCFD.
The Minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan has also taken notice of the issue and an inquiry is also underway in this regard. The Chair referred the matter to the concerned Standing Committee for further deliberations.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said all possible measures are being taken to fulfill the commitments made with the people of erstwhile FATA. He said 1.35 billion rupees will soon be released under Agency Development Fund.
He said FBR has taken steps regarding tax exemptions announced for the tribal people. Ali Muhammad Khan said the election will be held in tribal districts next year to elect sixteen members for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly from the area.