ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet on Tuesday approved funding of 410 million rupees to the Ministry of Interior to stop the possible “long march” of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The cabinet meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, during which the cabinet expressed deep concern over the shooting incident at a school bus in Swat and condemned it in strong and recited Fateha for the martyrs and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured children.
The cabinet said cheap electricity would be generated from the Thar Coal project, which will help reduce the energy import bill by $24 billion.
Referring to his recent visit to Thar, the Prime Minister said cheap electricity can be generated through the Thar Coal project. In the past, there were unnecessary delays in this project which is nothing less than a national tragedy, but now this project is of the highest priority. The Prime Minister further said that this project will help reduce the energy import bill by $24 billion.
The Prime Minister also paid tribute to all stakeholders working in this regard and ordered to hold an important review meeting next week.
On the recommendation of the Ministry of Housing and Works, the Federal Cabinet has approved the allocation of 23 land canals in Nabha Road, Lahore to the Supreme Court of Pakistan for the Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
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On the recommendation of the Ministry of Interior, the Federal Cabinet has included the countries in the list of business visas in order to promote business relations with them. These countries include: Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Rwanda, Belarus and Slovakia.
The federal cabinet also approved the extension of the family visit visa from one year to two years. The cabinet also approved the issuance of a 30-day non-extendable single-entry visa under the category of family visits on travel/asylum/temporary documents certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ‘Interior.
The Federal Cabinet has also approved the following additions to the Pakistan Online Visa System (POVS) on the recommendation of the Ministry of Home Affairs, which include: (i) fields showing applicants’ address and place of stay, intended port/border/airport of entry, place of work, contact details including sponsor details can be made mandatory. The same fields will also be made mandatory for individuals other than CPEC projects. (ii) In the case of a business visa, the contact details of the sponsor may be made compulsory.
The Prime Minister has ordered to form a committee under the chairmanship of Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif regarding the energy efficiency and conservation measures implementation roadmap presented by the Ministry of Energy ( division of energy).
For Industry and Production, Syed Murtaza Mehmood, Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique, Minister of Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Law Nazir Tarar, Minister of Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of climate change Sherry Rehman, Minister of Investment Office Chaudhry Salik Hussain will be the members. This committee will review the proposed plan and formulate long-term, medium-term and short-term strategies in this regard.
The Prime Minister said that raising public awareness about this energy saving is very important and a proper awareness campaign should be launched in this regard.
The Prime Minister has ordered the Ministry of Energy (Energy Division) to give a detailed briefing on the theft of electricity, line losses and their solution next week.
The federal cabinet approved the decisions taken at the meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (CEC) on 30-09-2022 and 10-10-2022.
The committee also condemned the arrest warrant against Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah. The anti-corruption department obtained the arrest warrant for a bad case, the cabinet members added. The cabinet also discussed the PM’s house audio leak investigation and the lost figure from the PM’s house file. The cabinet has approved an investigation and legal action into the PTI President’s recent audio leaks regarding diplomatic encryption.
According to the details, the federal cabinet approved the recommendations of a cabinet committee by circulation that was formed to investigate the matter. The cabinet committee recommended that legal action is necessary as it is a matter of national security. He recommended forming a committee of senior officials from the Federal Investigation Agency to investigate the matter. The FIA may also include officers and personnel from intelligence agencies in the team.
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