ISLAMABAD: The federal government has so far released Rs470.2 billion for various ongoing and new social sector uplift projects under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19 as against the total allocation of Rs675 billion.
Under its development program, so far the government had released an amount of Rs192.714 billion for federal ministries, where as Rs219.757 billion for corporations and Rs37.6011 billion for special areas, according to latest data released by Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform.
Out of these allocations, the government released Rs208.835 billion for National Highway Authority (NHA) out of its total allocation of Rs185.197 billion.
Under annual development agenda, the government had also released Rs10.921 billion have been released for NTDC and PEPCO for which an amount of Rs33.365 billion was allocated under PSDP 2018-19.
Similarly, Rs6.632 billion have been released for Communication Division (other than NHA) as the government had earmarked Rs13.977 billion in its PSDP 2018-19.
Railways Division received Rs16.999 billion out of its total allocation of Rs28.06 billion whereas Aviation Division received Rs1039.540 million out of total allocation of Rs3.65 billion.
The government had also released an amount of Rs18.510 billion for various development projects of Higher Education Commission as against the total allocation of Rs30.961 billion for current fiscal year.
PM Imran ‘working as ghost employee’: Bilawal
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto called Prime Minister Imran Khan ‘ghost employee’ of the National Assembly.
“If the National Assembly session is so expensive then we expect the leader of the house to be present”,” Bhutto said.
He asserted that PM takes salary and acts as a ghost employee of the house. He also said that Imran Khan should attend every meeting and be answerable.
PPP chairman clarified that government protested yesterday not PPP as protesting is the work of opposition.
Bilawal said: “Opposition thumps the desk if I deliver a speech in English and they scream when I talk in Urdu.”
Bilawal further claimed that government has appointed controversial people in the cabinet. “We believe that it is in the benefit of Pakistan and the government that those individuals who are controversial and have links with outlawed organizations should be dismissed.”
Saudi assistance defence minister meets COAS, discusses security cooperation
RAWALPINDI: Saudi Arabia’s Assistance Minister of Defence Muhammad Bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh called on Chief or Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters on Tuesday, said Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The military’s media wing said that During the meeting views were exchanged on issues of mutual interest including defence and security cooperation between both the countries.
They also discussed the overall regional security situation, read the statement.
Earlier, Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on February 18, had met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and discussed the matters of mutual interest.
During the meeting, the two dignitaries had also discussed the ongoing cooperation between the two countries in the fields of defense. They had also discussed the military training collaboration in the meeting.
It is pertinent to mention here that the role of Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa in furthering ties between the two countries was an important driving force.
PTI committed for making corruption-free Pakistan: Nadeem Afzal
ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson to Prime Minister, Nadeem Afzal Chan Tuesday said every corrupt politician including top bigwigs had to give answer of corruption as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government was committed for making corruption-free Pakistan.
The corruption would not be tolerated and that transparency and rule of law would prevail in Naya Pakistan , he said during an interview .
Opposition raising questions towards Imran Khan should themselves give answer to public about their own involvement in record corruption cases, he criticized.
“After Quaid-e-Azam, we have a leader who is sincere, honest, dedicated and handwork. No one can point out Imran Khan that he is involved in corruption”, he added.
“No corrupt person will be let go,” he said, adding, present government was elected by the nation on the promise that PTI will “put the corrupt people in jails”.
The country had no future until and unless corruption was rooted out, he added.
Nadeem Afzal said reshuffling in the cabinet was a good step of the Prime Minister Imran Khan after reviewing the performance and it was the right of the PM to bring change within the cabinet.
He also hoped that the reshuffling in the cabinet would have positive impact on overall situation in the country.
Replying to a Question , he said former finance minister Asad Umar had no corruption charges and he did hard work for improving economic situation .
He said the PTI government, under dynamic leadership of Imran Khan was committed to streamline the system as national economy was improving.
Pakistan would rise under the leadership of Imran Khan in the coming months, he added.
“PTI has an agenda for efficient, transparent and free corruption governance and will weed out corruption because the poor is the end victim of corruption and injustices. Prime Minister is making sincere efforts to bring the culprits into Justice who have been involved in the menace of corruption,” he said.