Ban on licences of automatic weapons will continue: Senate informed

Ban on licences of automatic weapons will continue: Senate informed
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ISLAMABAD:The Senate was informed on Tuesday that due to effective measures of the government the net enrolment rate of school children has improved from 68 percent to 77 percent in last four years.

Minister of for Federal Education and Professional Training Baligh-ur-Rehman informed the House during questions hour that an additional capacity of about five million children has been created to enroll children in public sector schools across the country.

He said that about four million out of school children has been enrolled in schools. He said free primary education is being provided in all public sector schools across Pakistan and provincial governments are providing required funding for this purpose.

Baligh-ur-Rehman said that Punjab government has incentivized parents of children working on brick kilns in the province for sending their wards to schools.

To another question, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch informed the House that 10,715 Pakistanis are imprisoned abroad.

He said that 36,832 Pakistani prisoners have been released and repatriated to Pakistan during the last four years.

Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry has said that issuance of licenses for automatic weapons has been banned to check illegal weapons in the country.

He was winding up a discussion on a motion moved by Senator Muhammad Usman Kakar and others regarding government's policy of banning the issuance of licenses for automatic weapons in the country.

Talal Chaudhry said that illegal weapons are sold and purchased in the garb of licensed automatic arms.

He said that these weapons are usually used in terrorism and other crimes in the country. He said that banning issuances of licenses for automatic weapons is a good step taken in the right direction.

He, however, said that positive suggestions from the Parliamentarians will be welcomed in this regard.APP?AFP

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