ISLAMABAD: In a huddle with the caretaker PM in the chair here on Wednesday the Federal Cabinet has approved the postings of new chief secretaries and IGs of Police.
The decision was made by the Cabinet in consultation with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the respective provincial governments in order to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.
Punjab: Akbar Hussain Durrani;
Sindh: Retired Major Azam Suleiman Khan;
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Naveed Kamran Baloch;
Balochistan: Dr Akhtar Nazir.
Inspector Generals of Police:
Punjab: Dr Kaleem Imam;
Sindh: Amjad Javed Saleemi;
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Muhammad Tahir
Balochistan: Mohsin Hassan Butt
Islamabad: Lt Retired Jan Muhammad (IG);
Jodat Ayaz Chief Commissioner.
Institutions working against corruption: Chohan
ISLAMABAD: Provincial Minister for Information and Culture Fayaz-ul-Hassan Chohan today held that all institutions of the state were working sans pressure.
He told that crackdown would continue against corrupt figures. He informed that all elements were under observation and the party would not allow any corrupt person to escape from punishment for their crimes against the motherland.
He underlined that opposition’s hue and cry the main purpose to escape from punishment but they will not succeed in their malingering.
The Minister revealed that PTI govt did not appoint the Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), he was appointed in the tenure of previous government n.
“The NAB is an independent institution of the state like others and government will assist it according to the law,” he added.
The NAB detained Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique in connection with the Paragon Housing Society scam, he mentioned.
Replying a question regarding opposition leader Hamza Sharif said , today he cleverly tried to escape from the country but unfortunately he was not able to leave Pakistan when FIA authorities off loaded him and did not allow to left the country.
Fayaz ul Hassan was questioned why the leader of PML-N was trying to flee the country, he replied NAB has been carrying out a probe against the member of Sharif family as their wrongdoings were surfacing.
Hamza Shahbaz is a big liar and corrupt person, even he didn’t follow his own statements, Fayaz added.
Fayaz said , “The PTI has taken up the task of making all the law enforcement agencies and institutions depoliticized including FIA and NAB.”.
“We have only one agenda that there will be no compromise on the issue of the country’s security and will make the country secure and we will have to take some tough decisions,” he said.
The people of Punjab have now realized that the opposition, mainly the PML-N has nothing to do with democracy, democratic institutions, and the parliamentary politics, he added.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan already had vowed that whenever PTI came to power, each and every corrupt person would be arrested and punished and looted public wealth would be recovered .
He urged people to be part of PTI’s struggle against the corrupt system and said that time had come for the public to resist and play its role to change this system.
PTI govt facing no political challenge, Fawad
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Tuesday said that the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf government faced no political challenge as main opposition leaders Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari have already contested their last elections.
Talking to media persons outside the Parliament House, the minister said that the challenges being faced by the present government were governance and economy and pragmatic steps were being taken to improve those. Fawad said that history was created by the special meeting of federal cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan to review the performance of ministries on Monday.
Chaudhry Fawad quoted Prime Minister Imran Khan as saying that the government sincerely believed in changing the lot of the poor. He said that the main difference between the present and the previous governments was that the present government was sincere in changing the lot of the poor. He said the performance of ministries would be reviewed after every three months. Each ministry would be given more targets to achieve during the stipulated time frame, he said. He said the PM told the cabinet that foundation of new Pakistan had been laid during last 100 days and stressed for devising a strategy to achieve the targets within the stipulated time frame. To cope with the current situation of the country extraordinary work needed to be done, he said.
He said that the Prime Minister considered power as a sacred trust of the people and that was the concept of the state of Madina. He said there was no doubt about the intentions of the Prime Minister for serving the masses and bring real change in the lives of the poor. He said in the past the performance of the ministers and ministries were never reviewed as the ministers used to enjoy the perks at the cost of public money. He said that PTI government believed that it was answerable to the people of Pakistan and it was committed to improving governance and economy, the two big challenges being faced by the country due to the misrule of past ten years by mediocre political leadership.
Mediocre leadership of the past ruined politics, governance and institutions, he said adding that the former rulers came to power without any struggle. On the contrary, he said that Imran Khan came to power after 22 years of political struggle and knew the importance of coming to power and serving the masses. He said that the decision to sell luxury vehicles and buffaloes in the Prime Minister House was a message that the government believed in austerity and all ministries will have to follow the policy.
Referring to the spending of taxpayers money on treatment of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, he said that about Rs40 million were spent on his treatment in London while almost Rs40 million were wasted on the special PIA plane on which he traveled to the United Kingdom. He said that Nawaz Sharif which claimed to be a billionaire did not pay a penny during his rule. Even when he was not the prime minister, refreshment bills at Punjab House meetings were paid by Punjab government headed by his brother Shahbaz Sharif. This showed the mentality of the former rulers whereas Prime Minister Imran Khan was mindful of the use of every rupee from the national exchequer, he remarked.
The Minister said that a portion of the population was living below the poverty line and stunted growth in children was a major issue in the country and the government was duty bound to improve the situation. Fawad stressed that tax payment culture needs to be promoted to take forward the country. He justified taxation on imported mobile phones saying the country is importing cellular phones worth two billion dollars and the wealthy people who purchase costly imported phones and makeup item have to pay taxes so that the poorest segments of the society could be provided health and education facilities.
He said as per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and his economic team, tax net would be increased so that the dependence on foreign loans should be ended. To a question, he said that it was prerogative of the prime minister to change portfolios of the minister, though in the cabinet meeting he did not give any impression of the reshuffle in the cabinet.
Fawad for countering fake news spread
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Monday stressed the need for evolving a strategy to counter fake news being spread through media.
“We were facing problems regarding fake news having a negative impact on the country’s economy”, he stated. He said figure and facts of news coming from government’s sources should be authenticated or correct. He said that anybody could quote such piece of a news item for vested interest. There is a need to tackle that type of news, he stressed.
Commenting on Prime Minister’s cabinet meeting held today, he said the premier Imran Khan was happy over the performance of State Minister for Communication, Murad Saeed, adding that he [PM] was contemplating to give Mr. Murad Saeed a portfolio as a full minister.
He said that prime minister had asked the ministers about future plan of their respective ministries. He added that premier was more concerned about the performance of the ministries given to the concerned public representatives.