Rs 10b provided for capacity building of civil armed forces: NA told

ISLAMABAD, Sep 2 (APP): Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Maryam Aurangzeb on Friday informed the National Assembly that Rs 10 billion have been provided for capacity building of civil armed forces in order to effectively confront the menace of terrorism.

During question hour, she said that 28 wings of civil armed forces have been raised as per the National Action Plan at a cost of about Rs 30 billion.

Raising of rapid response force for Islamabad Capital Territory is also underway at a cost of Rs 2.7 billion, she added.

She pointed out that the civil armed forces are fighting side by side Pakistan Army at forward positions under Zarb-e-Azb. Sindh Rangers have played a commendable role in restoring writ of the state in Karachi, she added.

She said the provinces are also striving to enhance capacity of police for maintaining law and order and for combating terrorism.

All the provinces have now counter-terrorism departments to pro-actively fight terrorism, she added.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said the government is giving special incentives to attract foreign investment in the country. As a result of these steps, Pakistan has become one of the most attractive destinations for the investment.

Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said that China has given loans to Pakistan on concessional rates and it extended the loan for fiber optic at two percent interest rate.