2041 temporary displaced families still in Baka Khel camp, NA told

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan Monday informed the National Assembly that a total 2041 families comprising over ten thousand Temporarily Displaced Persons are still residing at Baka-Khel Camp.
Responding to a question during the question hour, he said currently the camp is used as a transit hub of TDPs who fled to Afghanistan and it will be de-commissioned as soon as areas of their return are declared safe and repatriation of these families commences. He said the TDPs will continue to get assistance under TDPs status till they are repatriated and settled at their places.
Minister of State for Communication Murad Saeed said that the government wastaking several steps for well-being of Pakistani workers in the Gulf countries.
Responding to a question , he said numbers of community welfare attaches are being increased to safeguard Pakistani workers’ interest. He said Pakistani Missions abroad are providing legal assistance to resolve issues of Pakistani Diaspora. He said it is also being ensured that benefits under work agreements of Pakistani citizens will be protected.
Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Andleeb Abbas told the House that Pakistan has been continuously raising the issue of Pakistani prisoners detained in Afghanistan. She said it is regrettable that Afghan government has not provided information about the number of Pakistani nationals imprisoned in Afghanistan. She said the government is also working on a MoU for transfer of offenders. She said Pakistan Embassy and Consulates in Afghanistan, through other sources like International Committee of Red Cross and released prisoners, get information about Pakistani detainees and extend all possible assistance.
Responding to a question, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Andleeb Abbas said that fifteen agreements and MoUs relating to various sectors were signed between Islamabad and Beijing during the recent visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China.
She said the focus of MoUs is on enhancing cooperation in socio-economic development, agricultural cooperation, poverty reduction, strengthening trade and economic relations and expanding, ties in Science and Technology, Climate Change and Security fields.
The National Assembly started its session at the Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday evening with Speaker Asad Qaiser in the chair.

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