Federal Cabinet retains ban on TLP
| Fawad Ch says KSA releasing 85 Pakistani inmates on Eidul Azha | Govt wants consensus on e-voting | Cabinet gives approval to fix 49 medicines’ retail price
File photo of TLP protest.
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the meeting of the federal cabinet on Tuesday which was held in Islamabad.
After the cabinet meeting, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry along with Dr Faisal Sultan informed the media about the decisions taken in the meeting.
He said that the meeting approved the summary prepared by a committee recommending to retain a ban on the TLP. The cabinet maintained that the TLP had violated the law. Its activists beat up the policemen and damaged properties. In the second phase, the government would approach the Election Commission of Pakistan asking it to abrogate the TLP’s election symbol, he said adding that the law ministry would look into the matter.
He said that the cabinet was briefed on the e-voting. He stated that the Senate committee had deliberated on the issue of e-voting saying that the government wanted consensus on it. He was of the view that the government wanted to make elections transparent.
He told the presser that on the occasion of Eidul Azha, Saudi Arabia was releasing 85 Pakistani inmates. He said that a special plane was being sent to the Kingdom to bring them back. He informed that hundreds of Pakistani prisoners had been released up until now.
Dr Faisal Sultan gave briefing on the coronavirus situation in the country. He said yesterday, 0.15 million doses of vaccines were administered. He cautioned that Covid-19 cases were rising in Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It is extremely important that people should follow the Covid-19 standard operating procedures, he added.
He said that the cabinet gave approval of three-day holidays on Eid while the NCOC recommended five days holidays.
Mr Chaudhry said that the cabinet also gave approval to fix the retail price of 49 medicines.
On the curtailment of security protocol of ministers and important persons, the information minister said that a detailed report in this regard would be submitted next week. He held that bureaucrats and judges had lot of security detail.
He informed that 500 million trees would be planted in the monsoon season.
The cabinet was also briefed about the anti-encroachment drive in E-9 and restoration of green belt.
He said that cabinet also decided to ask Navy and Air Force to leave green areas empty.
Mr Chaudhry informed that the cabinet also approved the formation of a joint investigation team on the request of Opposition leader in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh. The Sindh government has made cases against him.
Reporter Awais Kiyani