Remarks on envoys: Fawad says PM stands by labourers instead of ruling elite
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Referring to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent instructions to Pakistani envoys to look after their compatriots living in their respective countries, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said on Friday that Imran Khan was the first prime minister in the country’s history who cared for overseas Pakistanis, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he said by directing the Pakistani diplomats to resolve the issues of overseas Pakistanis, particularly labourers, the prime minister had shown that he stood by these people.
Fawad regretted that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and some other leaders of the party were criticising PM Imran for giving instructions to the Pakistan ambassadors regarding overseas Pakistanis.
He said he was surprised to hear Shehbaz taking sides of the diplomats instead of helpless labourers working abroad. “PML-N president had said that the prime minister ought not to have talked about the labourers,” he said, and questioned, “Don’t these embassies deserve action for neglecting the Pakistanis living overseas?”
Giving the background for the instructions given by the prime minister to Pakistani envoys, the information minister said that situation had come to such a pass that in some of the embassies even the entry of labourers and workers had been banned.
“Similarly, in one of the instances when a Pakistani woman, who worked as a maid in a house in an Arab country and was being repeatedly raped there, went to Pakistan’s embassy in that country, the concerned embassy staff, instead of addressing her complaint, threatened her with handing her over to the police; leaving for her no option but to return to the same home where she was being raped,” Fawad elaborated.
Regarding allegations of rigging in by-election in NA-249, Karachi, he said it was his view that re-polling, and not recounting, should be done in the constituency. “Each and every vote cast in the election was tampered with,” he alleged.
He called upon the opposition to cooperate with the government in the introduction of electoral reforms so that such situations where political parties have locked horns could be avoided.
Journalist Protection Bill passed
Congratulating journalists on the approval of the Journalist Protection Act by the federal cabinet on Thursday night (May 6), the federal minister said under the Act, the journalists would be provided with the protection of sources of their news. “Besides that, a separate cell would be set up for listening to their complaints,” he explained.
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Similarly, he added, Rs40 crore had been released to the media houses on the eve of Eidul Fitr. “The purpose of releasing such a hefty amount was to make sure that media personnel could get their salaries ahead of the religious festival,” he explained.