ISLAMABAD Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday alleged that some politicians for their own interests were exploiting the people by urging them to stage protests in twin cities against the increase in public transport fares. Talking to media persons outside the National Assembly, Malik accused that these politicians had gathered the people, hailing from other cities, in twin cities to create law and order situation. He told that he had directed the Chief Commissioner Islamabad to take strict action against the culprits. Earlier in the National Assembly, Rehman Malik said the Government believed in resolving problems through amicable ways and the matter regarding protest of the people of Bhara Kahu had been resolved. Responding to a point of order, he said the students and the people of Bhara Kahu agitated against raise in public transport fares, which resulted in law and order situation. He said the Government showed patience and made it possible to settle down the issue and now all roads, which were closed due to agitation, had been opened for traffic. The Minister said that Rawalpindi Transport Authority issued the notification regarding transport fares, which were also implemented in Islamabad, however the recent notification regarding increase in transport fares had been withdrawn. He informed the House that transporters had also called off their strike and public transport had been restored on the roads. He said that a constable had to open fire last night when some demonstrators tried to catch him. However, I have called an enquiry, Malik told the Lower House. MNA Dr Tariq Fazal on the point of order said that the residents of twin cities were on roads protesting against the increase in fares of public transport while the attitude of the police was quite irresponsible to handle the situation. He said the demonstrators had again blocked the roads near Faizabad and protesting against the increased fares. Minister of State for Education Ghulam Farid Kathia told the National Assembly that Government had decided to regularise the contract employees of the Federal Directorate of Education and their salaries would soon be released. Responding to a calling attention notice, regarding non-payment of salaries to 2000 employees of Federal Directorate of Education, the State Minister told that these employees were hired in 2005 on contractual basis. He said that some of them were hired to teach English and Science subjects. We have decided to regularise them, Kathia said. He further told that the second group was of the Computer teachers who were asked to come through Federal Public Service Commission for regularisation but they had gone to court while the third group was of the lower staff. The Education Ministry has also requested the Establishment Division to regularise all of them and it was under process. The Government is serious in regularising all this staff while Accountant General of Pakistan Revenues has also ensured the Ministry that it would release the salaries of these employees within two or three weeks, the Minister told the House. MNAs Jamshaid Dasti, Sher Mohammad Baloch and others moved the calling attention notice. Later, State Minister for Law and Justice Mehreen Anwar Raja laid two ordinances including 'The National Vocational and Technical Education Commission Ordinance, 2009 and 'The Nation Database and Registration Authority (Amendment) Ordinance, 2009 in the Lower House. While Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghauri introduced The Gwadar Port Authority Bill, 2010. On a point of order, Sajid Ahmad said that Prime Minister Gilani had announced to give residential flats for two girls who won gold medals for the country but it was not yet given to these girls. Earlier during the question hour, Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar told the House that economic situation of the country was improving gradually due the efforts made by the Government. Answering a supplementary question, she said that extra expenditure of Rs 110 billion on war on terror had resulted in reduction of annual development programme. She said that despite this expenditure the Prime Minister had directed to complete development projects of public importance on priority. She added that the Prime Minister had approved reallocation of PSDP worth Rs 300 billion against actual allocation of Rs 421 billion. Khar said the Government was also committed to reduce budget deficit by 4.8 percent by the close of financial year. She said the Government had adopted a policy of austerity in its expenditures and overall only five to six percent of total budget was being spent in administrative heads. The Minster said that a committee of the Cabinet had been formed to review the waived off loans of the banks and final decision in this regard would be taken in the light of its report. Advisor to Prime Minister Nawabzada Ghazanfar Ali Gul informed the House that the Government had completed 11,849 development schemes throughout the country up to June last year under the Peoples Works Programme at a cost of twenty eight billion rupees. He said that the programme was being implemented to ensure provision of basic amenities of life to the people. Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar informed the House that the Federal Government had launched a special development programme in the drought-affected areas of South Punjab and Cholistan at a cost of thirty billion rupees. To another question, she said World Bank had provided two point six billion dollars since 2007 to improve socio-economic sectors. This amount has been spent in sectors like power, energy, roads, education, health and poverty alleviation. Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amin Faheem answering questions told that an increasing trend in Pakistani exports had been noted since October last year. He said that Trade Development Authority was focusing on developing new markets for enhancing Pakistans exports. The Minister to a question said that there was no plan to sign transit trade agreement with Central Asian Republics. He said that mobile phones worth 916 million dollars had been imported. Minister of State for Interior Tasneem Qureshi informed the House that technical fault in the Passport machinery had been removed and the backlog regarding issuance of passports would be cleared within 15 days. He said that 10 new passport offices were being set up at various places that would be operational by June this year. The legislators congratulated the NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza on completion of two years in her office as the first female speaker not only in Pakistan but also in the Muslim world.