The Pakistani Army reportedly runs as many as 50 commercial entities in the nation.
In a written reply to the question asked by Senator Farhatullah Babar on Wednesday, Pakistani Defence Minister, Khwaja Asif , informed the house that there are as many as 50 commercial entities which include housing units and projects thast are run by various wings of the Army.
The entities being run by the Army are administratively under one of the following foundations: Fauji Foundation, Shaheen Foundation, Bahria Foundation, Army Welfare Trust (AWT) or Defence Housing Authorities (DHAs). Eight DHAs have been created in cities like Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi-Islamabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Peshawar and Quetta. These are created through the Ordanance wing of the Army.
Along with these, there are 16 projects under AWT, 15 under the Fauji Foundation and 11 under the Bahria Foundation. In the reply, it was mentioned that even though Bahria Foundation was not managing any housing project in the nation, an offshore LNG project is under the said foundation.
Projects under AWT include two stud farms in Pakpattan and Okara, Army Welfare Sugar Mills, Badin, Askari Project (shoes and woolens), Army Welfare Mess and Blue Lagoon Restaurant, Fauji Security Services, etc. Apart from these, the Pakistani Air Force also runs the Shaheen Foundation which has established several air academies and aviation schools in the country.
Later in the house, at the same session, a unanimous resolution was passed to support the Turkish people. The resolution read,
The Senate admires, congratulates and pays its tribute to the brave people of Turkey who displayed an uncommon courage by upholding democratic norms and defeated military coup and saved their country from anarchy and civil war.
It admired the steps taken by all the parties in Turkey to protect democracy. It further read,
It was so moving to see common Turks took to the streets and world witnessed that human flesh stopped steel tanks on just a single call of its leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Law Minister Zahid Hamid also informed the house that India has made a 406 km long fence along the border and the continuous boundary violations by India have been brought to the notice of the UN Security Council through a letter.