PM lauds Sialkot business community for financial support to Kumara’s widow

PM directs to finalize master plans of big cities to ensure restoration of green areas

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday appreciated the generous gesture of the Sialkot business community and Rajco Industries for extending financial assistance to the widow of late Priyantha Kumara, who was killed by a violent mob last year.

The prime minister in a tweet posted, “I want to appreciate the Sialkot business community for transferring $100,000 to account of Priyantha Kumara’s widow & Rajco Industries for transferring monthly salary of $2000 to her account – which they will do for 10 yrs (years).”

The Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry had announced $100,000 for the family of slain Sri Lanka national besides, financial assistance by the Rajco Industries, where Kumara served as manager.

Adding to this, Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to finalize the master plans of all big cities on a priority basis to ensure restoration of green areas in the cities and discourage land encroachments.

This was announced by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain along with Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar while briefing media about the decisions taken by the Federal Cabinet, which met in the Federal Capital today with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair.

Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said the cabinet was briefed on the production and availability of Urea in the country. It was informed that the demand of Urea was increased due to an increase in the cultivation of Wheat and overall increase in prices of Urea around the globe. It was apprised that Urea prices are six times higher than Pakistan.

The meeting was also briefed on the electricity transmission system. It was informed that first time in the history circular debt will witness decline from this year.

The Minister said federal cabinet also recommended that Senate and National Assembly should constitute standing committees while keeping in view the element of conflict of interest.

About Omicron situation, the Minister was briefed that daily cases of the virus have reached to five thousand per day while 30 percent increase of patients in ICU was recorded. Till date vaccination worth two billion dollars has been imported.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar said major reason of gas shortage in Sindh is the stay order taken by local industrialists from Sindh High Court.

He expressed the hope that soon the stay will be vacated and around 100mm (standard cubic foot) will be added in the system for household consumers.

Regarding legislation on State Bank of Pakistan, the Minister said our legislation is aimed at ensuring independency of the central bank.

The Minister said independency of the State Bank will not only decrease inflation but also strengthen country’s economy through sustainable growth rate. Further, The Senate was informed on Tuesday that two hundred and thirty new train bogies have been procured to provide better services to the commuters.

Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati told the house during question hour that the country will receive the first consignment of these bogies in a matter of three to four months.

Azam Swati expressed the commitment to revive Pakistan Railways. He said Pakistan Railways is amongst the state owned enterprises which were ruined in the past due to political appointments. He said we have introduced a computerized system to improve the performance and efficiency of the department.

Responding to a question, Azam Swati said several meetings have been held with Chinese authorities for initiation of work on up-gradation of ML-1 from Karachi to Peshawar. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting Beijing early next month and he has requested him to take up this project with the Chinese President on priority basis. He said this is a win-win project both for Pakistan and China which will help avert train accidents and cut losses of Pakistan Railways.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan laid before the house two ordinances. These included: The Diplomatic and Consular Officers (Oath and Fees) Amendment Ordinance 2021 and Islamabad Capital Territory Trust Amendment Ordinance 2021.

Responding to the points of PPP leader Raza Rabbani, Leader of House in Senate Shahzad Waseem said it is the first government that has framed national security policy. He said inputs from all stakeholders on it were invited. He said we are ready to present the policy at every forum of the parliament. The house will now meet on Friday at ten thirty am.

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