Pakistan Railways revenue jumps from Rs 18b to Rs 35b, NA told

The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that revenue of Pakistan Railways has increased from 18 billion rupees to 35.181 billion rupees as a result of steps taken by the government.

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique told the House during question hour that they are meeting fiscal target every month.Answering a question, he said 11 railway stations including that of Bahawalpur are being upgraded.

He added that eight railway stations which were part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor including Karachi Cantt and Havelian will also be upgraded.

To a question, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that Pakistan Airways is being launched to create an atmosphere of competition.

He said Roosevelt Hotel in New York is an asset of Pakistan and the government has no intention to sell it.

Replying to a question, Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that 5634 tourists visited Pakistan during the last year.

He said prevailing law and order situation of the country reduced tourists flow thus reducing Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation’s revenue during 2015.

However, he said the law and order situation has improved in the country and the government is making efforts promote tourism.

Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that all international airports in Pakistan are satisfied in accordance with international civil aviation organization standards.

He said after the passage of a resolution by the National Assembly, the government is considering to make the Khuzdar airport functional which was closed earlier due to non-availability of passengers in required numbers. He said efforts are underway to make the new International Islamabad Airport operational during this year.Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rahman Khan informed the House that Foreign Direct Investment has increased from 160.8 million dollars in 2012-13 to 908 million dollars in 2014-15 in telecom sector registering 60 percent increase.

She said realizing the full potential of Information and Communication Technologies in socio-economic development, Ministry of IT’s special focus is on ICT skills development, capacity building and entrepreneurship initiatives for youth.

Earlier, National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad with Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi in the chair. The House offered Fateha for those martyred in the Peshawar Bus blast.

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