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NA: (Pilot phase of Gwadar Port Free Zone to be completed by Dec 2017: NA told)

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that Hajj and Umrah Service Management Bill 2017 is being prepared to bring the affairs of Umrah under the ministry of religious affairs.

The House also offered fateha for army personnel who embraced martyrdom while foiling a terrorist activity in Dir.

The members paid glowing tributes to the sacrifices of the security forces in the war on terror.

They said the enemies are hatching conspiracies against Pakistan and the security forces deserve appreciation for thwarting their sordid designs.

Earlier, responding to the queries of the members during question hour, Parliamentary Secretary for Religious Affairs Khalil George said the bill will soon be laid before the house after consultation with the stakeholders.

He also clarified that no Hajj quota has specifically been allocated for the parliamentarians this year.

Minister for Ports and Shipping Hasil Khan Bizenjo told the house in a written reply that construction work on pilot phase of Gwadar Port Free Zone will be completed by December this year. Work on next phase will be started from January next year.

He said the federal government has allowed twenty three years tax incentives to the investors registered in Gwadar port free zone.

These include exemptions from paying federal taxes like import and export duties, sales tax, corporate income tax and federal excise duty.

Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Works Sajid Mehdi said there is acute shortage of houses for federal government employees in Islamabad and the government is taking steps on war footing to address the situation.

Parliamentary Secretary for Industries and Production Rao Mohammad Ajmal Khan said the Utility Stores Corporation registered about thirteen percent increase in sale during the last fiscal year. He said necessary steps are being taken to improve supply chain of the utility stores. The house has now been adjourned to meet again on August 17 at 03: 00 pm’

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