The federal cabinet Tuesday decided to prove its mettle in the first 100 days and lay the foundation of the ‘new Pakistan’ under Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The cabinet meeting, chaired by PM Imran Khan, discussed the 100-day plan and constituted taskforces for its timely implementation to create 10 million jobs, build 5 million new houses, Fata's merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, review of China Pakistan Economic Corridor and amendments in accountability laws and civil laws.
Addressing a news conference after the meeting, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the cabinet approved a taskforce to oversee reforms in civil law and the National Accountability Bureau laws. He said Law Minister Farogh Naseem will head the taskforce to bring about effective NAB laws for across-the-board accountability.
In addition, committees were also formed to oversee formation of a new Southern Punjab province, formerly Federally Administrated Tribal Areas, as well related to creation of jobs and housing.
The South Punjab committee includes Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and PTI leader Khusro Bakhtiar, and will also contact other political parties for reaching consensus on a workable plan as two-thirds majority in the parliament was needed for the purpose.
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He said KP governor and chief minister and Prime Minister’s Adviser on Establishment Akbar Shahzad would take steps to remove hurdles in the merger of Fata in the KP and speed up that process.
A taskforce had also been formed for amendments in civil laws as there was great need to improve the system, the minister said. Amendments in the relevant laws would also be made to ensure the women got their due share in inheritance and social campaigns would be launched to create awareness among the people in that regard, he added.
He said the cabinet also formed a committee on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) headed by Minister for Planning Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar and Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed would be its member. It would present a complete review of the CPEC projects to the prime minister. Over $28 billion worth CPEC projects including $22 billion energy schemes were in progress while about $46 billion worth projects were in the pipeline.
He said the cabinet decided to remove National Bank of Pakistan chairman Saeed Ahmed Khan, who was involved in money laundering along with former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
Fawad said anti-terrorism laws would be reviewed and proposals would be submitted within 90 days while NACTA would be made more functional.
With the approval of the cabinet, the government also appointed new heads of Federal Board of Revenue, Intelligence Bureau and National Counter Terrorism Authority.
According to the establishment notifications: “Mohammed Jahanzeb Khan, a BS-22 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service, presently awaiting posting in Establishment Division is transferred and posted as Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)/Secretary Revenue Division with immediate effect and until further orders.’ Mohammed Suleman Khan, a BS-22 officer of Police Service of Pakistan presently posting in Establishment Division is transferred and posted as Director General Intelligence Bureau (IB) with immediate effect and until further orders.”
It said: “With the approval of federal government Mehr Khaliq Dad Lak, a BS-22 officer of Police Service of Pakistan, presently serving as Commandant, National Police Academy under Interior Division is transferred and posted as National Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Authority.”
Speaking on the occasion, Advisor on Climate Change Amin Aslam said a 10 billion tree tsunami will be launched across the country on the pattern of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf-led government's ‘Billion Tree Tsunami campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.’
He said ‘Plant for Pakistan Day’ will be observed on September 2 and on that day 1.5 million trees will be planted across the country. He said saplings will be provided free of cost from different locations across the country.
Later, responding to journalists’ questions, Fawad Chaudhry said the prime minister would be given review of the work of taskforces on the 100-day plan after every 15 days. He said reforms in governance and civil service were need of the hour and a report in that connection would be prepared within 90 days.
He said the issue of high prices of commodities could not be resolved merely by raiding traders and shopkeepers, rather through revival of the national economy.
He said the government had no plan to terminate the services of contractual employees in the government institutions. However he said that induction of favourites in the public sector organisations in the past ruined the economy and the institutions. The government’s job was to create employment opportunities and not to provide jobs, he added.
The minister said a committee headed by Akbar Shahzad was working on unlawful assets abroad and it would present its report within 15 days.
To a question, he said honest government officials should not worry as only those involved in corruption would have to face the music.
He said the opposition parties had offered to cooperate with the government on the condition that court cases against their leaders should be withdrawn, however, any compromise on the issue of accountability was out of question.
About the use of a helicopter by the prime minister, he said, he used helicopter once a week to avoid inconvenience to the general public and use of security vehicles. He clarified that transfer of District Police Officer of Pakpattan was a provincial matter and the prime minister had nothing to do with it.
The minister said that he was always available to help resolve problems of the working journalists.
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