Production of clean, renewable energy top priority of Govt: PM

Federal Cabinet approves Hajj Policy 2019, Senior Citizen Bill


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the Road to Makkah project at Islamabad airport on July 5. Under the Road to Makkah project, at least ten immigration counters have been set up at the airport to provide immigration facilities to Pakistani pilgrims.

The Saudi Arabia government initiated this project on the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

A delegation comprising 51 immigration officials of Saudi Arabia paid a visit to these counters to review the arrangements ahead of the beginning of Hajj flight operation. It is for the first time that Pakistani pilgrims will get immigration and customs facilities at Pakistani airports before heading for Hajj as they will no longer have to go through the immigration process upon arrival at Saudi airports.

 Moreover, the Federal Cabinet, Tuesday, formally approved Hajj Policy 2019. Meeting of Federal Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed overall political and economic situation of the country. The meeting reviewed the Asset Declaration Scheme, expiring today.

 This was stated by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, flanked with Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, in a media briefing here. She said the Prime Minister directed to make Hajj-2019 scandal free and provide all possible facilities to the intending pilgrims.

 She said Imran Khan will himself inaugurate Hajj flight operation and for the first time, Pakistani pilgrims will leave Islamabad airport after completing all formalities of immigration for a hassle-free journey to the holy land. The Special Assistant said that the cabinet also approved Senior Citizen Bill 2019 for the welfare of senior citizens.

 She said Old Age Home will be established in Islamabad, which will be later on extended to other parts of the country. She said the cabinet approved National Commission on Rights of Child to prepare a database of abducted and missing children, the procedure for work visas with North Korea, and appointment of Zubair Gilani as the new chairman of Board of Investment.

 Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the prime minister directed Capital Development Authority to prepare a new master plan to address housing and other civic issues in the federal capital. 

She said the cabinet approved abolishing of the prize bond with the denomination of 40,000 rupees to check black money.

 She said it has been decided that Pakistan Steel Mills will not be privatized. She said PSM will be revamped with new vision and approach. She said PSM is a national asset and it will be run on a public-private partnership basis. The Special Assistant said it is prime minister’s vision to forge a partnership with overseas Pakistanis.

 She said the prime minister has directed establishment of facilitation counters for overseas Pakistanis at all airports. Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said for the first time Saudi Arabia is extending e-visa facility to Pakistani Hujjaj. He said this time 200,000 Pakistani pilgrims will perform Hajj and the government has made excellent arrangements for their transportation, food, and accommodation.

 He said a sum of 25,000 to 58,000 rupees will be returned to Pakistani pilgrims under government Hajj Scheme as the government has successfully saved the amount from excellently bargaining in transport and accommodation matters. Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said latest model air-conditioned buses have been hired for the transportation of Pakistani Hujjaj. He said food of Pakistani taste will be provided to Pakistani pilgrims.                                                              

Moreover, Prime Minister Imran Khan says production of clean and renewable energy is top priority of the government. He said this during a meeting with American experts related to clean energy department of Rocky Mountains here on Tuesday. Prime Minister Imran Khan said we will welcome the technical support of American experts for structuring green buildings in our Naya Pakistan Housing Program.

 He said the clean energy project will not only mitigate the negative environmental impacts but also ensure proper and useful utilization of natural resources. Meanwhile, talking to participants of National Security Workshop Balochistan here, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Balochistan will become a prosperous province once governance, health, and education system are improved for which government is taking vigorous measures.

 Highlighting the importance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor for Balochistan, he said the project will provide opportunities of job and development to the people of the province.

He assured that Balochistan’s share will be increased in income to be generated from natural resources.

 Later Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here.

According to details, matters related to the overall political situation of Punjab and other issues came under discussion during the meeting. It must be noted that PM Khan had specially summoned Punjab governor for the meeting.


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