ISLAMABAD - State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Malik Amad Khan, on Thursday told the National Assembly that positive outcome about reopening of consulates in India was expected during Foreign Minister Qureshi's visit to New Delhi. Responding to a query posed during NA question-hour session, Malik Amad said that a team from Pakistan had also visited India (Mumbai) in May for reopening of two consulates. He added that India had also given assurance to provide a piece of land in Mumbai for the construction of Pakistani consulate. He further said that the dialogue process between two countries had been suspended since Mumbai attacks 2008. He said that South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Ministerial Conference was being held on 8th and 9th of this month in Bhutan. To another question, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in a written reply told that as many as 317 officials had been appointed in various cadres in the ministry since 2008. All-out efforts have been made to observe five per cent quota fixed for minorities in all these appointment and eight officials from minorities were also recruited, it was added. To another question, it was informed that 257 destitute Pakistanis were provided air tickets out of Pakistan Community Welfare and Education Fund by different Pakistan missions abroad including Serbia, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bangladesh, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, France, Los Angeles (USA), Bahrain, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Ireland, Nepal, Thailand and Oman. To another question about Pakistan Railways (PR), State Minister of Railways Muhammad Afzal Sindhu said that 191 acres of railways land was under illegal occupation in Hyderabad while 0.71 acres of land had been retrieved from encroachers. Sharing details, it was informed that unauthorised Katchi Abadis had been built on 185 acres of land. The ministry has taken many steps to retrieve the land under illegal occupation and FIRs have been lodged, besides seeking assistance of District Coordination Officers (DCOs) for deployment of district police with railways police for effective actions against encroachers, it was added. Regular anti-encroachment operations are also being conducted with the help of district and railway police, it was further told. To another question, the ministry told that there was no loco shop at Hyderabad, however, carriage and wagons shop was functioning in the district. He said that at present major repairs of locomotives, passenger carriages and freight wagons were being carried out at locomotive workshops Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi and Hyderabad. To a supplementary question on Railways, the minister said that the organisation was facing much loss and all-out efforts were under way to make it a profitable corporation.