The Senators and MNAs from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) met with the Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar at the Finance Ministry.
The Finance Minister shared with them the details of his recent visit to Afghanistan for attending the 9th session of Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Commission. He informed the Parliamentarians that he had a very useful visit to Afghanistan where he met with the political leadership and shared Pakistan’s vision for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
The Finance Minister also briefed the Parliamentarians on his visits to the major under construction developmental projects, undertaken by Pakistan in Afghanistan under its bilateral assistance program including recommencement of works on Torkham-Jalalabad additional carriage way, Nishtar Kidney Center in Jalalabad and the Liaqat Ali khan Engineering Faculty of Bulkh University in Mazar-i-Sharif. The Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar informed the Parliamentarians that Nishtar Kidney Center will soon be equipped with the relevant apparatus on priority basis.
The Senators and MNAs from FATA said that with the Finance Minister’s visit to Afghanistan will generate a lot of good will for Pakistan and it will help improve relations between the two countries. The Parliamentarians requested the Finance Minister for the early release of the third quarter of the development fund for FATA region. The Finance Minister said that the development of FATA and other backward areas is the priority of the government and all steps will be taken to ensure smooth release of fund for projects in their agencies. He assured them of his full cooperation in the matter.
The meeting was also attended by senior officials of the Finance Ministry.