266,412 Pakistanis deported during last three years, Senate told

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Senate was informed on Wednesday that during the last three years, 266,412 Pakistanis were deported to Pakistan due to various reasons and they were dealt in accordance with law.

During the Question Hour in the Upper House, the Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control Muhammad Balighur Rehman told that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed all the Pakistani embassies to provide every possible assistance to the stranded Pakistanis (in foreign countries).

The minister said 37 deportees were returned to the European Union countries because they were sent to Pakistan without due process of law i.e. verification of their national status as required under standard operating procedures (SOPs) for deportation from abroad.

Balighur Rehman further said that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had installed 37 water filtration plants in Islamabad to provide clean drinking water to the residents. He said that the 34 plants were fully operational while only three were closed due to the repair work of the tube-wells.

The minister said the operation and maintenance of water filtration plants was contracted out. A fresh contract for 2016-17 was under process. He said that plants’ maintenance at present was being carried out departmentally under the administrative control of deputy director with a team of supervisory staff.

Regarding encroachment of the CDA land, the minister said there were some huts along the road and a proposal regarding their removal was earlier formulated but due to restraining order passed by the Supreme Court the action against said illegal encroachments could not be actualized.

The minister said the action outside the mandate of Katchi Abadis (slums) was being taken by the respective team on daily basis, precisely for the movable encroachment.

Balighur Rehman said some land of the CDA was under adverse possession. In order to determine exact acreage of the detail field a survey was being started, he added.

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