Govt not to pay ministers’ foreign medical expenses

Cabinet approves exchange of prisoners agreement with England and Ireland

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

ISLAMABAD

Federal Cabinet appreciated performance of government and decided to continue 100 day plan with vigour on Thursday.

The meeting also banned medical treatment of federal ministers abroad on government expense.

The told that in the last two months, cabinet met 11 times, and 120 decisions were made, implementation of 72 decisions are complete.

The cabinet approved a variety of international agreements chiefly exchange-of-prisoners treaties with England and Ireland.

The meeting was presided over by Prime Minister at the PM office.  Cabinet considered and approved 21 points agenda.

PM Imran informed the federal cabinet that his maiden official visit to China was “more successful than expected” and that the host country has “assured every kind of assistance to Pakistan”. The PM, while briefing the cabinet, said that for the first time in the history of Pak-China bilateral relationship, the latter assured the former its full support in the agriculture sector.

During the meeting, the premier also approved a summary empowering the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to issue a tax directory.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry informed media that Prime Minister Imran Khan took the Federal Cabinet into confidence about his very successful visit to China.

He said the cabinet noted that with this visit Pakistan would be in a position to handle the issue of balance of payments effectively.

He said technical matters would soon be chalked out to finalize the modalities of Chinese assistance for Pakistan.

He said the cabinet approved revamping of the Evacuees Trust Properties Board to improve its functioning and better utilization of its properties. The cabinet also approved a protocol for prisoners’ swap between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

It also approved appointment of Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera as Secretary of Investment Board.

To another question he said that the government is working to bring reforms in the NAB laws and a task force headed by Law Minister Ferogh Naseem is finalizing its proposals to this effect. The FBR will publish a separate tax directory for members of parliament.

Furthermore, the federal cabinet approved the appointment of Rizwan Memon as chairman of the Trading Corporation of Pakistan, and sanctioned the issuance of a licence to Liberty Air Ltd. Additional input by Ikram Bukhari

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