Won’t compromise on corruption cases: PM

Premier bars party members from issuing statement about Nawaz’s health

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ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan, Tuesday, made it clear that the government was neither a part of any deal nor any compromise will be made on corruption cases. The prime minister expressed that the government has provided all possible treatment facilities to former premier Nawaz Sharif. Premier Imran also directed his party members not to give statement regarding Nawaz’s health.
Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan complained to the Prime Minister over the attitude of the ministers and said that the government members criticized the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority‘s (PEMRA) decision as if they were in opposition. SAPM Awan called the criticism on the PEMRA’s decision shameful where Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, while speaking on the issue said that if decisions are withdrawn then they get subjected to shame.
Meanwhile, the Azadi March was also discussed in the cabinet meeting. PM Imran Khan made it clear to the cabinet that government will not settle on graft references. PM Imran was briefed at the meeting that the committee is monitoring the Azadi March on daily basis. The participants of the march assured to follow the agreement.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that it was a good decision to sign a pact regarding Azadi March. The negotiating committee is empowered to make decisions related to the JUI-F’s Azadi March, he added. The protests will not be obstructed if they are peaceful and within the purview of the law, he asserted adding there will be strict action if the agreement is violated.
The Federal Cabinet approved to constitute anti-money laundering Special Committee on Tuesday. This was announced by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan at a media briefing in Islamabad on Tuesday.
She said the cabinet granted approval for construction of high-rise buildings in different cities of the country, including Karachi, Peshawar, and Lahore, after identifying the air-routes by the Civil Aviation Authority. Dr Firdous said the cabinet also approved resolution of all the pending issues with Russia under various Memorandums of Understanding.
She went on to say that the board of directors of several companies including Sui Southern Gas Pipeline Company will be reorganized. The special assistant said that the cabinet approved suspending the contracts of Pakistan LNG Limited CEO, MD and PLL. The federal cabinet also approved appointment of National Savings Director General and members of Pakistan Veterinary Council, she said.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said Ehsas Under Graduate programme will be launched in November and the cabinet approved giving 50,000 scholarships in next four years. She said scholarships will be awarded on merit-cum need basis and students of 120 public sector universities will be eligible for the award. She said children hailing from a family with an income of less than 45,000 rupees will be eligible for the programme. She said fifty percent of the scholarships will be given to female students, while two percent quota be reserved for minorities and disabled.

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