Vowing humanitarian assistance, Federal cabinet decides to send medical aid to Palestine

PM underscores importance to realize potential of Pak-KSA ties


Islamabad- Federal cabinet has decided to send medical aid to Palestine on humanitarian grounds in view of the medical emergency faced by the Palestinians as a result of Israeli aggression.


The meeting of the federal cabinet was held in Islamabad today (Tuesday) with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair.


Later briefing the media persons about the decisions taken in the cabinet meeting, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said Prime Minister Imran Khan has provided leadership to the Muslim Ummah from day one on the Palestine issue. This is also recognized by the Muslim Ummah. He said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah laid the foundation of Pakistan’s policy on Palestine and Imran Khan is now trustee of it.

The Information Minister said the Palestinian leadership also acknowledges Pakistan’s firm stance on the matter.

Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said the nation will observe solidarity day with the Palestinians on Friday.

He said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is in Turkey and he along with some other Foreign Ministers of the Muslim countries will go to New York to attend the UN General Assembly session.

The cabinet felicitated Prime Minister Imran Khan on his successful visit to Saudi Arabia.

Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said the cabinet was also briefed about the investigation into the Rawalpindi Ring Road project. He said the preliminary investigation reveals that the alignment of the project was changed to benefit some housing societies.


However, he said, the investigation carried out so far shows that no minister or advisor is involved in it. He said Zulfi Bukhari resigned as Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis on high moral ground and he has no link with the issue. He said Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan also does not own any land in the area.


Referring to electoral reforms, the Information Minister said the government is committed to introduce electronic voting machines to ensure transparency in elections and give right of vote to overseas Pakistanis. He regretted that the opposition is not serious in electoral reforms and the PML-N and the PPP have not made their position clear on the right to franchise to overseas Pakistanis.


The Minister said PTI government aims to revitalize the agriculture sector through provision of 110 billion rupees in next three years. He said in this regard, Ministry of National Food Security & Research has provided various recommendations for the development of livestock sector.


While sharing some good news of country’s economy, the Minister said mobile phone users have been increased to 180 million while users of cellular network have risen to 100 million.


Prime Minister Imran Khan has underscored the importance of diligently follow-up to realize the true potential of the special relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.


Chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad on the follow-up of his successful visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Prime Minister urged the Ministries to ensure quick and robust follow-up on the outcomes.


Recalling the warm hospitality and keen interest of the Saudi leadership in forging closer cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields, particularly bilateral economic and investment ties, the Prime Minister laid special emphasis on initiating agreements to promote Saudi investments in Pakistan.


He also tasked the Ministries to develop close liaison with their Saudi counterparts to develop tangible outcomes for the benefit of both countries, within a time-bound manner.


Imran Khan stressed that significant potential existed in bilateral cooperation in trade, commerce, energy, tourism, and manpower export to Saudi Arabia.


Highlighting the potential of Saudi vision 2030, the Prime Minister said the prospects of job opportunities for Pakistanis in the coming decade, if optimally utilized, can help transform Pakistan’s economy and development.

Earlier in a tweet, Prime Minister Imran Khan on praised overseas Pakistanis for sending a record $2.8 billion in remittances in April, “I have always believed Overseas Pakistanis to be our greatest asset,” the premier said in a Twitter post today.


“In April, your remittances rose to an all-time high of $2.8bn. Remitting $24.2bn in first 10 months of FY21, you have broken the record level achieved in the entire FY20,” he said and added, “Thank you for your faith in Naya Pakistan.”


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