National Counter Terrorism Authority fully functional and ensuring timely threat alerts, Senate informed

Islamabad, November 10, 2021 (PPI-OT):The Senate was informed today [Wednesday] that a multi-layer security mechanism has been developed for ensuring provision of security to CPEC projects and Chinese nationals. Responding to a question during the Question Hour, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said that National Counter Terrorism Authority is fully functional and ensuring timely threat alerts.

Talking about the steps being taken by the government to improve internal security of the country in relation with situation in Afghanistan, he said a border management wing for security on borders is working in the Ministry of Interior. He said the National Crisis and Information Management Cell has been established in the Ministry of Interior which is directly dealing with internal security of the country.

The Minister of State said that a special group comprising representatives of all concerned departments have been established to tackle the influx of foreigners and Afghans in Pakistan. He said the Afghan authorities have assured that Afghan soil will not be allowed to be used for carrying out terrorist activities against Pakistan.

Responding to a question, Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati said that the tentative deadline for operationalization of modern Karachi-Circular Railways on public private partnership mode is end of 2023 and there will be 4,75,000 commuters per day.

He said the Nowshera-Mardan track will be operationalized in the next couple of weeks, while the Mardan-Dargai track will be started in three months. The House unanimously adopted a resolution, calling for restoration of 9th November, the birthday of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, as public holiday. The resolution was moved by Kamil Ali Agha.

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