Indo-Pak Affairs

Some progress on Sir Creek issue settlement

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Amaad Khan informed the National Assembly that Pakistan and India have been engaged in composite dialogue since 2004 but this process has been suspended by India in the aftermath of Mumbai attacks. He said some progress was made towards the settlement of Sir Creek issue besides increase in trade and people to people contact in result of dialogue with India.

To a question he said Indian leaders are engaged in issuing irresponsible statements against Pakistan as elections are heading in India and they want to gain cheap popularity. However Pakistan responds in befitting manner to these irresponsible statements.

Parliamentary Secretary for Food and Agriculture Liaquat Ali Khan informed the House that the government has made elaborate arrangements for procurement of each grain of wheat this year. He said the federal government has allocated two hundred billion rupees for this purpose and has directed all concerned provincial governments and PASSCO to ensure procurement of wheat from the growers.

To another question he said the government will launch a project to produce organic cotton and twelve thousand acres of land has been allocated in Uthal, Winder, Bela and Khuzdar area of Balochistan for this purpose. He said government will also take measures to ensure marketing of organic cotton to encourage the growers.-SANA

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