PM Imran takes cabinet into confidence over ‘successful’ visit to China

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday briefed the federal cabinet about his maiden visit to China.

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PM Imran chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet today, where various points were discussed during the meeting.

The cabinet approved a 21-point agenda, and reviewed the implementation of decisions taken during cabinet meetings in the past.

Briefing the media outside the Parliament, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said the cabinet approved revamping of the Evacuees Trust Properties Board to improve its functioning and better utilization of its properties.

The minister said Finance Minister Asad Umar is also engaged with IMF to seek further financial package to overcome the financial crunch.

To a question, Fawad Chaudhry said there is a deadlock on appointing the chairman of Public Accounts Committee.

He said the opposition is insisting to appoint Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Mian Shehbaz Sharif as Chairman PAC but will it not be ridiculous that Shehbaz Sharif, who is facing corruption charges himself, is given this position.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a ban on overseas medical treatment of ministers and other top government officials.

Federal ministers, state ministers, cabinet members and all advisers and assistants can no longer go abroad for medical treatment at the government’s expense. The ban has come into place with immediate effect.

Information Minister rejected the departure news of Aasia Bibi, adding that a review petition is pending in the Supreme Court in Aasia Bibi case and the Apex Court is the competent authority to take a decision on this legal and constitutional matter.

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.

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