ISLAMABAD - The upper house of Parliament was informed on Wednesday that there were 20 bulletproof vehicles of different categories on the charge of Cabinet Division, the central pool of cars.

During the question hour session in the Senate, Sheikh Aftab told the house that these vehicles were not being misused. He also mentioned that one of these vehicles was provided to former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on the orders of Islamabad High Court. The Senate was also informed that the government will have to pay subsidy on Islamabad-Rawalpindi Metro Bus project to provide affordable travelling facilities to the people. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs said that the project was purely for the poor and as per estimate around 150,000 people will be benefited through this project. Aftab also told the house that work on different coal based power projects was in progress on fast track basis. He said new projects will be completed in Tharparkar, Port Qasim and Jamshoro. He said as a result of reduction in oil prices at international level, the government had reduced the electricity prices by 5.82 rupees per unit to give relief to the masses. During the question hour, Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastgir told the House that the government will directly purchase cotton from the farmers to facilitate them and bring stability in the prices. He said there is no restriction in import or export of the commodity. Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Anusha Rehman, informed the House that a Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 is lying with the National Assembly Standing Committee for final consideration.     

She said the government has established National Response Centre for Cyber Crimes under the control of FIA with expertise and capabilities for investigation of hi-tech crimes including those committed through the use of computer, Internet, mobile phones, VoIP and electronic mediums in general. She said You-tube was blocked on the orders of the Supreme Court because there is no mechanism or technical solution to remove the objectionable material from the site.

Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights, Pervez Rashid, laid before the House the reports of the Council of Islamic Ideology for the years 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12.