Government is ready to engage Opp leaders: Fawad

Muhammad Asad

ISLAMABAD: Governm-ent is ready to engage the opposition leaders who are currently part of the parliament not those Absconders who flee out the Country to evade the justice. It was shared by the Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting in a news conference after the Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Fawad was of the view that government wants to engage the opposition in a meaningful dialogue on the issue of Electoral reforms including use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and internet voting and governance issues. If opposition do not agree with the government proposals on electoral reforms than it can bring its own suggestion, added Fawad Chaudhry.

Fawad informed the media men that government has suggested about 49 amendments to opposition parties in governance sector of the country and expected positive contribution from them.

Fawad observed that Government is in contact with opposition parties on electoral reforms and other issues and noted that a free and fair electoral process is in the best interest of all political parties and democracy of the country.

Fawad said few opposition leaders including Nawaz Sharif, Maryum Nawaz and JUI (F) Chief Maulana Fazl-Ur-Rehman, who are not part of the parliament do not want improvement of Pakistan’s democratic process.

While talking about recent elections in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Fawad Chaudhry criticized the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) for trying to create controversy over AJ&K Elections.

Chaudhry Fawad said that PML-N was in the government in the Azad Kashmir, and it is accusing Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) of rigging the recent elections. Fawad criticized the Sindh government for imposition of lockdown in the province and advised PPP government to improve its governance in the province.

Fawad observed that Federal government is monitoring the situation of pandemic and vaccine drive in Sindh and would not play the role of a spectator if the situation does not improve.

Fawad Chaudhry said that 28 Pakistani prisoners had returned back to Pakistan from Saudi Arabia due to the efforts of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has given special instructions for well-being of overseas Pakistanis to Pakistan missions abroad.

Fawad said that Cabinet has permitted the extradition of Mujahid Pervaiz to United States of America, after investigation by the state agencies. While responding to media query Fawad said that United States and Pakistan have an extradition treaty whereas Pakistan do not have similar agreement with UK.

Fawad said that federal cabinet also discussed the encroachment in different sectors of Islamabad and directed the various departments to remove their fencing/ boundary walls from the green belt of the city.

Fawad shared the media that Federal Cabinet has rejected the recent increase in the salaries of Ministers and Ministers for State and approved the salaries incr-ease of the civil servants.

While responding to media query regarding ongoing load shedding problem in the country, Fawad said that PML-N had focused only on generation of the electricity and ignored the transmission system dur its tenure.

He further added that currently Pakistan is generating about 1500 MG extra energy but unable to transmit power to the end users due to weak distribution system.


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