ISLAMABAD - Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad on Tuesday informed the Upper House of the Parliament that Hassanabdal-Havelian Expressway would be completed within two years time with the estimated cost of Rs. 30 billion.

Replying to a question, in Senate, Aftab Ahmad further informed the house the government has allocated Rs 30 billion for the expressway.

He said, length of road from Hassanabdal-Havelian is 59 kilometres. To a supplementary question he informed that government has allocated Rs 4 billion for the maintenance of the roads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sheikh Aftab said National Highway Authority (NHA) has devised a mechanism for Police Fine Collection on Motorways and National Highways.

Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Syed Riaz Hissain Pirzada informed the Senate that Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) has established nine facilitation counters at various airports to facilitate Overseas Pakistanis.

During the question hour, he said facilitation counters had been established in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar, Multan, Sialkot, Turbat, Gwadar and Islamabad airports. He said around 65 officials are performing duties at these facilitation counters.

He said no serious complaint has been received against the persons posted at these airports.

Only one complaint against Rao Farman, Assistant Director posted at Islamabad Airport was received in 2014. A fact finding inquiry was conducted against him and he was issued a warning to be careful in future, he added.

Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Baligh-ur-Rehman said training of the focal persons from universities is also arranged every year to continuously acquaint and train them in execution of the policy against plagiarism and usage of the Turnitin plagiarism software and service.

He said the HEC also offers online support for effective use of the Turnitin Service by the users and universities and added plagiarism complaints received at HEC are forwarded to concerned universities for investigation as per policy.

The minister said in case of unsatisfactory disposal of plagiarism complaints by the universities within three months, the HEC Plagiarism Standing Committee considers and decides the cases as per policy.

He said recently many such cases have been settled through HEC Plagiarism Standing Committee, and 34 faculty members were blacklisted.

Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar informed the Senate that IMA appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate polio in the country.

In question hour, she said, after launching of operation Zarb-e-Azb and Karachi operation, the ministry has gained accessibility in areas like North Waziristan, South Waziristan and, Karachi and receiving positive results of vaccinations drives.

Answering a question, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan informed the house that presently there are 134 Pakistani fishermen are imprisoned in India.

He said arrest of the fishermen is a humanitarian issue and remains high on the priority list of the government.  He pointed out that the issue is constantly raised with India for release and repatriation of the fishermen.