ISLAMABAD - Rejecting 101 cut motions by the opposition, the National Assembly on Monday passed the demands of grants worth over Rs 17 billon for the ministries of Foreign, Information and Broadcasting and Petroleum and Natural Resources. Four demands worth Rs 12.06 billion for the Foreign Ministry, 6 for the Information Ministry (Rs 4.2 billion) and the other demands of more than Rs 700 million for the Petroleum Ministry were presented in the House. Thirty-three cut motions were submitted on the demands for the Petroleum Ministry, 35 for the Information Ministry and 33 for the Foreign Ministry all were rejected. Opening debate on the demands for the Foreign Ministry, PML-Ns Mehtab Abbasi said the US-forced war on terror claimed 35,000 lives and caused a loss of over 68 billion dollars, but the country is being maligned due to the weak foreign policy. Due to poor lobbying by Islamabad, India grabbing permanent membership of the United Nation Security Council would further destabilise the region. MNA Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the security agencies cannot draw the foreign policy of the country as it was the duty of the government. Ahsan Iqbal demanded the audit of all foreign missions of Pakistan. Tell us what have they done for foreign investment, he said. Others who spoke included MNA Barjees Tahir (called for full-time foreign minister), Anusha Rehman, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Zahid Hamid and Raja Asad. Winding up the debate, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar said that a group of 34countries, including Pakistan, was against the permanent membership of India at the UNSC. She said that the Prime Minister, the President and heads of other departments have been visiting different countries to boost international relations. Concluding debate on the demands for the Petroleum Ministry, Minster Dr Asim said that the government was about to bring Electricity and Gas Theft Act in the Lower House. He said gas was found in Sui and the PPL would drill it in the next 3 months while 300 meter drilling has been done in Zim Block from which 1000 cubic feet gas would be available on a daily basis. Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that secret funds are used for the welfare and rehabilitation of media persons and not for any personal projection. She said that law of secret funds was not new as it had been functional for the last 60 years and its audit was also conducted. She said that those who are speaking about secret funds, should first recall the history and check who used the funds in 1993, during the Nawaz government, for personal projection. She said that if the Punjab chief minister can pay million of rupees under the head of advertisements to the APNS and the print media, why the Federal Ministry of Information is being targeted for doing the same. She said if PEMRA serves notice to any channel, the opposition makes hue and cry. She said the previous governments used payment against advertisements as a blackmailing tool to make the media hostage for their own personal interests.