PM expresses support, solidarity for fraternal people of Afghanistan: PM

Federal cabinet approves Lease and Tenancy Policy 2020

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ISLAMABAD, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that in the current situation, great responsibility rested on the Afghan leaders to work constructively together to lead Afghanistan on the path of sustainable peace, stability and development. He underscored the importance of all sides working to secure an inclusive political solution. The Prime Minister expressed these views during the meeting here with a delegation of political leaders from Afghanistan.

Welcoming the delegation, the Prime Minister expressed strong support and solidarity for the fraternal people of Afghanistan, linked to the people of Pakistan through immutable bonds of faith, history, geography, culture and kin-ship.

He underlined that no other country was more desirous of peace and stability in Afghanistan than Pakistan. Reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, the Prime Minister assured the country’s steadfast support for efforts in that direction.

The delegation members thanked the Prime Minister for receiving them and appreciated Pakistan’s support for the peace efforts.

They emphasized the multi-ethnic nature of Afghan society and the importance of an inclusive dispensation.

The Afghan delegation also reiterated the desire to further strengthen the brotherly relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan. On the other hand, the federal cabinet has approved the Lease and Tenancy Policy 2020 for efficient utilization of dead properties of public sector entities.

This was announced by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain while briefing media about decisions taken in the meeting of federal cabinet that met in Islamabad today (Tuesday) with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair.

The Minister said under the policy, 21 properties of Pakistan Postal Services will be given on lease in first phase.

Regarding ensuring transparency in the electoral process, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said Prime Minister’s Advisor on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan briefed the cabinet about legislative framework for Electronic Voting Machine.

He said in next 15 days, important decisions will be taken to finalise the legislation regarding use of EVM in next general elections.

Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said our government is committed to make the next general elections fully transparent and that would only be possible through the use of EVM as the technology of voting machine has been appreciated at all stages.

The Minister urged the opposition parties to come up with recommendations instead of baseless criticism regarding electoral reforms.

He said cabinet members appreciated Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood for his efforts to implement the single national curriculum that is not less than a milestone in educational reforms.

Expressing pleasure over this initiative, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said it would be implemented throughout the country including Madrassas.

The Minister said third year of PTI government’s tenure completes tomorrow and whole nation is satisfied with our performance as most of the promises have been fulfilled. He said celebrations in this connection have been cancelled due to Muharram-ul-Haram.

He said the cabinet expressed displeasure over the performance of sports boards, the Prime Minister directed to formulate an efficient yet comprehensive sports policy.

Talking about the situation in Afghanistan, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said our policy regarding establishing relations with the new government in the neighbouring country will be based on multilateralism and we are in contact with all regional and international players in this regard.

He said being a responsible state in the comity of nations, Pakistan will not take any unilateral decision.

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