Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed serious reservations on the process for acquiring land of poor people in Islamabad to distribute plots among bureaucrats, journalists, and judges.
This was stated by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, while briefing the media about the decisions taken in the meeting of the federal cabinet held in Islamabad with Prime Minister Imran in the chair.
Fawad said that the prime minister constituted a committee under the chairmanship of Planning Minister Asad Umar that will evolve a comprehensive policy to check exploitation of the poor people.
He said the policy will formulate a system so that lands of common people cannot be acquired to appease bureaucrats, journalists and judges.
The minister said that the government is pursuing a policy to turn SOEs into profitable organisations.
He said that as a result of prudent policies of the government, all state-owned enterprises, except National Highway Authority, have become profitable. He added that SOEs earned Rs31 billion so far.
The minister said that the cabinet also approved a security plan for New Zealand’s cricket team during upcoming tour to Pakistan. He said that extraordinary security will be provided to the visiting cricketers.
He further said that enforcement of Essential Services Act in Radio Pakistan was also approved. He added that the government is also working on reviving the cinema industry for which import of foreign movies, except Indian films, will be allowed.
Fawad said that port charges on exports have been reduced by 50 percent. He said that voluntary retirement and golden handshake scheme for the employees of Pakistan Medical Council also got cabinet’s nod. It was approved to establish a joint security commission between Pakistan and Uzbekistan, he added.
The minister said that the cabinet approved funds for the payment of outstanding expenditure of Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
Fawad said that the cabinet held detailed discussion on the electoral reforms to ensure free, fair, and transparent elections in the country. He said that it is the first government, which is itself calling for electoral reforms, but it is unfortunate that opposition has no interest in this regard.
He also said that opposition’s leading parties, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan People’s Party do not have any interest in making the electoral system transparent as they have never come to power without rigging.
Fawad , however, said that Prime Minister Imran and his government are committed to go ahead with the electoral reforms, including introduction of electronic voting machines.
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