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Government making efforts for release of 6000 imprisoned expatriates: Malik Ammad Khan.

ISLAMABAD, February 18, 2010 (Frontier Star): The State minister for foreign Affairs, Malik Ammad Khan has informed the Senate that government was making efforts for the release of about 6000 imprisoned expatriates. He also informed the Senate that about 5000 of these were in prisons while 1, 201 were under trail. He informed that Pakistani diplomats carried out periodical visits and inspection of these imprisoned expatriates, and provide them legal counselling. Replying to a question by Ismail Buledi, he said that the Foreign Office officials travelled abroad, after due official permission and requirements, while special allocations were made for the purpose. Speaking on the occasion, the health minister informed that drugs court had fined about Rs. 32 million in a sped up drive against spurious drug manufacturers. Relying to a question of Begum Kulsoom Parveen He also informed the session that the health ministry was also initiating a drive against elements selling sheesha tobacco, and also raise public awareness about its injurious effects. Replying to a question of Chaudhry Shujaat, the food minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal said that government had raised the price of sugarcane due to less supply of the harvest, and underlined that all issues pertaining to sugarcane and sugar, fell under sugar factory control act, which was purely a Provincial matter. The State minister for industries and production, Ayatullah Durrani informed the House that due to less harvest of sugarcane, the government would be importing 7,50,000 tons of sugar under TCP. The minister also informed that the appointment of chairman of Pakistan steel mills (PSM) was authorized by the federal government in accordance with article 88 of memorandum and articles of association, and was approved by PM.

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Date:Feb 18, 2010
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