Senate recommends Balochistan quake victims’ early rehabilation

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Shows concern over delay in conducting mobile phone service surveys in FATA

Islamabad

The Senate on Monday unanimously recommended to the federal government to augment the efforts of the Balochistan government for rehabilitation of the people of earthquake hit areas.
A resolution in this respect was moved by Kalsoom Perveen, which was supported by all the senators. Leader of the House Raja Zafar-ul-Haq also did not oppose it.
Earlier speaking on her motion, Kalsoom Parveen said the devastating earthquake badly affected the people of Quetta and Awaran district of Balochistan on September 24, 2013.
Some 825 people lost their lives while several thousands received injuries, she said, adding that the Awaran district was the worst affected as 80 per cent of its population had become homeless.
She said the people of the area were already living a miserable life and the earthquake doubled their miseries. Due to poverty and unavailability of basic amenities of life, the people were joining banned organizations, which was a matter of concern, she added.
Kalsoom Parveen urged the government to take concrete steps and provide relief to the earthquake-affected people. She also demanded the Senate Chairman to constitute a committee of the House to monitor the situation.
Meanwhile, Sub-Committee of Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication Monday expressed serious concern over delay in conducting surveys for mobile phone services in FATA, Bajour and Khyber agencies.
Senator Taj Muhammad Afridi was the convener of the committee. The committee revealed that the reserved funds Rs 500 million for Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were being used to build a stadium in Sialkot.
In committee the projects launched by the Universal Services Fund (USF) in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces and FATA were discussed in detail. The committee directed to take steps for the welfare and security of the people of FATA and Balochistan.
The convener of committee said, “Government has released the funds Rs 1.55 billion for telecommunication sector of Backward areas of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and FATA.”
The committee was informed that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be beneficial for the whole region but the telecom services were poor in the region creating hurdle in the development.—APP

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