ISLAMABAD Government of Pakistan owed a total amount of Rs 1,651 billion to some 70 banks and financial institutions in the shape of different bonds, while over 350,000 businessmen had also taken loans from different banks from January 2008 to June 2009. The details of these bonds and loans were submitted, in black and white, by Ministry of Finance in the questions hour in the National Assembly on Friday. In its report, Finance Ministry informed the Lower House that the Government owed Rs 1651 billion in the shape of Market Treasury (T) Bills, Pakistan Investment Bonds and Civic Bonds. The Government has to pay Rs 7.80 billion to Zarai Taraqiati Bank, Rs 10.12 billion to Meezan Bank, Rs 52.67 billion to Allied Bank, Rs 35.77 billion to Askari Bank, Rs 64.94 billion to Bank Al-Falah, Rs 80.43 billion to Bank Al-Habib, Rs 7 billion to Bank of Khyber, Rs 23.53 billion to Bank of Punjab, Rs 39.22 billion to City Bank, Rs 15.88 billion to Faisal Bank, Rs 74.20 billion to Habib Bank, Rs. 2.77 billion to House Building Finance Corporation, Rs 43.52 billion to Habib Metropolitan Bank, Rs 131.33 billion to MCB Bank, Rs 136.48 billion to National Bank, Rs 5.89 billion to Pak-Kuwait Investment Company, Rs 26.14 billion to Royal Bank of Scotland, Rs 74.90 billion to Standard Chartered Bank, Rs 66.42 billion to United Bank, Rs 16.63 billion to NIB Bank, Rs 3.67 billion to Atlas Bank, Rs 1 billion to Islamic Bank, Rs 2.48 billion to Pak-China Investment Company, Rs 5.48 billion to Silk Bank and Rs 5.70 billion to Deshays Bank. The National Assembly was also informed that nearly 355,922 businessmen have taken loans from different banks and financial institutions in the tenure of January 2008 to June 2009. The Finance Minister in a written answer told the National Assembly that 231,128 businessmen have taken loan up to Rs 10 million from January 2008 to December 2008. About 4,833 businessmen have taken loans from Rs 10 million to Rs 20 million, 4,329 people have taken loans from Rs 20 million to 50 million, 1,919 businessmen got loans from Rs 50 million to Rs 100 million, while 3,863 businessmen taken loans over Rs 100 million from January 2008 to December 2008. Another 101,369 people obtained loans less than Rs 10 million from January 2009 to June 2009, 2,457 businessmen have taken loans from Rs 10 million to Rs 20 million, 2,440 people got loans from Rs 20 million to Rs 50 million, 1,177 people took loans from Rs 50 million to Rs 100 million, while 2,407 businessmen took loan of more than Rs 100 million. Meanwhile, Minister for Labour and Manpower Syed Khursheed Shah said that important measures were suggested under the new export policy to enhance exports and increase access of Pakistani products to global markets. Replying questions in National Assembly on Friday, he said that the countrys exports stood at over $ 18 billion and the imports at $ 31 billion at present. He said the textile exports had increased while leather exports registered a decrease. He informed the House that the price of the wheat was increased to discourage smuggling of the commodity and give fair return to the farmers. He said the Government was working to establish agro-based export zones to boost exports of agriculture products particularly fruits and vegetables. The Minister said availability of fertilizers would be ensured and the Government was importing four percent more urea than the domestic needs so that the commodity would be available at fixed price in the future. The Minister to a question informed the House that during 2007-08, the only privatisation was Initial Public Offering of 7.5 percent shares of Habib Bank Limited to General Public to stock exchange and Rs 12.1 billion were received as privatisation proceeds. Another amount of Rs 5.1 billion as instalment of 3.62 percent shares of United Bank Limited Global Depository Receipts was received during this period. He said the Government was implementing policy to make the sick industries profitable to create job opportunities. He suggested that annual targets to Commercial AttachTs be given and action should be taken against them in case of failure to achieve these targets to give boost to countrys exports. In response to a question, he said that Pak-Afghan Transit Trade Agreement would not affect on revenues, however a new agreement to be signed and it would increase amount to be achieved under Road Tax. He said if Afghan trucks are to be allowed to use Wahga border under the new agreement, it would be a security risk for Pakistan and the Trade Ministry should avoid doing this. Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Ghulam Mujtaba Kharal informed the House that during the last three years, 45,000 Pakistanis were repatriated from UAE, 6,200 from Britain and 533 from the United States due to various reasons.