PAK-KSA have expressed the commitment to strengthen bilateral cooperation

Government aims to ensure transparent and credible elections of the upper house

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Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have expressed the commitment to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.

The resolve was expressed during a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Saudi Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.

The Prime Minister conveyed warm sentiments for the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman and the fraternal Saudi people.

Prince Salman conveyed condolences over the sad demise Late Chairman of Sultana Foundation Naeem Ghani.

The Prime Minister also lauded his selfless devotion to the foundation.

The Prime Minister appreciated the social welfare and educational projects of the Sultana Foundation in Pakistan patronized by Prince Sultan. He also praised the Foundation’s philanthropic ideology which is aimed at socio economic welfare of the vulnerable segments of the society.

Imran Khan assured support and cooperation for the foundation in pursuit of its noble mission.

Federal Cabinet has decided to seek guidance of Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding holding the upcoming Senate elections through show of hands.

Its meeting was held in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair.

Later briefing the media persons about the cabinet decisions, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz said our aim is to ensure transparent and credible elections of the upper house.

The Information Minister said a bill has also been introduced in the parliament regarding the Senate elections with the aim to check the horse trading. He said it is also in the interest of all political parties so that only those candidates who are nominated by the parties come to the house and that the parties get the seats as per their strength in the Electoral College.

A report of inquiry commission into the shortage of petroleum products that hit the country earlier this year was also presented before the cabinet today.

The Information Minister said the Prime Minister has constituted a committee headed by Minister for Planning Asad Umar to fix the responsibility on those behind the crisis. Other members of the committee are Shafqat Mahmood, Shireen Mazari and Azam Swati. The committee will put forward its recommendations in the next cabinet meeting.

The Cabinet also discussed in detail the National Finance Commission and the share given to the provinces under it.

Shibli Faraz said the cabinet has stressed that a mechanism be evolved to ensure transparency and accountability not only in the funds spent by the provinces but also encourage them to raise their own revenues.

The Minister for Information and Broadcasting said data has been developed under the Ehsaas program to achieve the goal of targeted subsidies.

He said the database will be effective which will help ensuring subsidies reaching the deserving people.

He said the entire nation has witnessed the failure of PDM’s Lahore public gathering. He said the people are fully cognizant and united for the national cause.

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