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Senate Body Urges Nilofer Bakhtiar to Withdraw Resignation

04 June, 2007

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ISLAMABAD, June 4 (Online): The Senate Standing Committee on Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs which met under the Chairmanship of Senator Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry has eulogized the services of Mrs. Nilofer Bakhtiar for the promotion of tourism in the country and has urged her to withdraw her resignation as Federal Minister for Tourism. The Committee made this appeal while having a briefing by the Ministry of Tourism on the details of expenditure (Development and Non-development) incurred during the current financial year and the proposed budgetary allocation for the next financial year. The Committee during its Monday session also had detailed presentations by the Ministries of Sports and Youth Affairs on the expenditures incurred by them during the current financial year as well as the proposed budgetary allocations for the financial year 2007-08. The Committee while reviewing the development projects undertaken by the Ministries of Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs underlined the need for completion of ongoing development projects within the stipulated time. There existed complete unanimity of views among the Members of the Committee that the funds allocated for the development projects must be utilized judiciously and it should be ensured that they are not lapsed. The Committee called upon the authorities to ensure fair distribution of funds, keeping in view the importance of the projects and the needs of the people. The Committee, while underlining the need for improving the condition of Youth Hostel Islamabad pointed out that Youth Hostels all over the country were in a very dilapidated condition. The Committee decided to quarterly review the performance of the Ministries of Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs The meeting was attended, besides the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry by Senators Mrs. Razina Alam Khan, Ms. Kausar Firdous, Mr. Haroon Khan and Mrs. Fauzia Fakhar-uz-Zaman. Senior functionaries of the Ministries of Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs were also present.

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