The National Assembly on Monday rejecting all the cut motions presented by opposition approved 11 demands for grant of ministry of interior and four demands for grant of ministry of petroleum.

Winding up debate on demands for grant of interior ministry, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid said that counter-terrorism policy would be fruitful to deal with terrorism.

About the objection raised by opposition benches, he said that no licence would be given before making comprehensive policy. He said the concerned department was clearing backlog by issuing 20,000 passports on daily basis. “Still there is backlog of over 150,000 which will be cleared in coming days,” he added. About drone strikes, the minister said that he could not be able to share address and names who were killed in drone strikes. He further said that incumbent government would try to resolve the issue of missing persons.

Later, Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khakan Abbasi winding up debate over the ministry of petroleum said that they were facing wrongdoings of previous government as their mismanagement has created a mess. About Pak-Iran gas pipeline project, he said that it was government-to-government agreement and this after removing anomalies will be shared with the Parliament. “This government will resolve this matter,” he added.

About gas connection, he said that now the connection will be given to masses only on merit basis. He said that gas connection would not be given on priority basis.

About CNG stations, he said this previous government had awarded a large number of permits despite ban on it. He said around 61 per cent vehicles have been converted on CNG. The house also discussed the matter of appointment of Najam Sethi as the interim chairman of the PCB.

The opposition benches criticised the appointment of person who was not well aware of PCB affairs. However, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan clarified that that Najam Sethi has been appointed as ad hoc chairman Pakistan Cricket Board and soon a permanent chairman will replace him.

About an SMS received by a member of opposition, which states that some forces wants to remove interior minister, Nisar said that he would not comment on it as it was not confirmed either it was genuine or not.