ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed today that the government is committed to ensure human rights of its citizens, as envisaged under the Constitution as well as international commitments.

Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael told the House in a written reply to a question that all possible measures are being taken for protection and promotion of rights of women, children, persons with disabilities and minorities.

He said an action plan for human rights is being implemented in collaboration with federal and provincial governments to improve human rights situation in the country.

He pointed out that in total 4054 human rights violations cases have been taken up by the Ministry of Human Rights during January to June this year.

To a question, Law Minister Zahid Hamid informed the House that free legal aid to the poor is being provided under Access to Justice Development Funds and through Pakistan Bar Council at District level.

Answering a question, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the House that due to efforts of the government petrol is being provided at cheaper rate in the country.

Regarding import of Ethanol-10, the Minister said Pakistan State Oil discontinued marketing of the commodity due to non-availability of Fuel Grade Ethanol. However, he said there is no hurdle if anyone wants to import this commodity.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that National Highway Authority has taken up the feasibility study and detailed design of four-lane expressway from Lower Topa to Kohala via Chijana and Sri Bandi. This proposed expressway will be the extension of Islamabad-Murree dual carriageway. He said after approval of PC-I, the project will be completed within three years.