ISLAMABAD - Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Palwasha Behram Thursday informed the National Assembly that 4,832 Pakistanis were deported from various countries during the last two years.
Responding to a supplementary question during the question hour, she said these people were deported on legal grounds. She said FIA and the Interior Ministry dealt such cases, however Pakistani missions abroad were sometimes informed about illegal entrances or illegal residences of any Pakistani by the respective country, after which they facilitated to send them back.
According to details, out of total 4,832 deported Pakistanis, 1467 were deported from the UK, 2,865 from Greece, 134 from Cyprus and the rest from other countries including Russia, Belarus, Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine, France, Switzerland and Germany.
To a supplementary question regarding Pakistan’s relation with Russia and Bangladesh, Palwasha informed that Russia showed its interest in improving Pakistan Steel Mill and Thar Coal while Pakistan wanted Russia to help Pakistan in nuclear generation for peaceful purpose.
To a supplementary question regarding calling back those Pakistani workers from Korea who have completed their term of employment and were illegally living, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Sheikh Waqqas Akram told the house that the Korean Government asked his ministry to form a cell to advise the parents or relatives of these illegal Pakistani residents to call them back to Pakistan. He said the suggestion was not worked out, however the ministry asked the Korean Government to provide the names of private promoters of these people, as they could cancel their licensees.
Meanwhile, responding to a supplementary question regarding his failure to make Pakistan Railways profitable, Minster for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said his resignation was not a resolution to the matter, however those who did not issue funds for buying locomotives should resign as they were responsible. He said that electric signals would soon be installed on Railways crossings that would reduce the accidents ratio.
To another question, the minister said PSO provided diesel of Rs 1 billion to Pakistan Railways on loan and the ministry was now trying to extend it from Rs 1 billion to Rs 2 billion.
To another supplementary question regarding illegal occupation on Railways land, the minister said that the government was now vacating this land from illegal occupants following the direction of Supreme Court of Pakistan. He however said that only those lands would be vacated which were occupied after 1985.
To another question, the minister said corruption cases in Pakistan Railways had been sent to NAB, besides the ministry was trying to reduce the incidents of diesel and tickets theft.
Talking about the locomotives, the minister said in 2000, the government only purchased locomotives but not the spare parts and as a result a number of locomotives could not be repaired. He said now the spare parts had been bought and a number of locomotives were functional.
He informed the house that the ministry signed an agreement with a private firm, which would repair 30 locomotives, following which 15 would be used by Pakistan Railways and the remaining 15 would be used by them until the repairing amount was returned. He also informed that soon another public-private partnership based train would be started.