Govt To Adopt Constitutional, Legal Procedure On ISI, DG's Appointment: Fawad
Muhammad Irfan 9 days ago Tue 12th October 2021 | 08:18 PM
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Tuesday said the federal government would adopt legal and the constitutional procedure over the appointment of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General (DG).
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Oct, 2021 ) :Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Tuesday said the federal government would adopt legal and the constitutional procedure over the appointment of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General (DG).
The Prime Minister had the authority to appoint ISI, DG and had a detailed meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in that regard, he told media persons in a post Cabinet briefing.
Both the leaders enjoyed good and close cooperation with each other and the final decision would be taken with mutual consensus, he added. The minister said there was close liaison between Pakistan's military and political leadership and relationships were ideal.
This unit would be well trained and equipped with latest technology including drones and cameras to ensure that the residents of the capital were protected from such riots and they do not face inconvenience of road closures every now and then, he added.
He said that Supreme Court had imposed ban on protests at D-Chowk but still a handful people block the road there whenever they like. The new unit would be a very good initiative to protect the capital from protesters, he added.
The government, he said was keen to encourage the legal entry of Afghan people coming to Pakistan by bringing ease in visa regime to the convenience of the Afghan nationals. �� Similarly, the minister said the Cabinet had okayed the code of conduct for visa issuance to Afghan nationals.
The minister said the cabinet also approved the proposal to give online visas to foreigners working on various China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects and decided to write off visa fee for Afghan nationals.
He said the Cabinet also approved the reconstitution of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Council of Complaints, Islamabad. Syed Muhammad Ali Bukhari would be the chairman of the council while Journalist Mazhar Barlas, Naeem Khan, and three women Nighat Saeed, Batool Zain, and (Tallat Azeem) had been made members to the council, he added. Fawad Chaudhry said the Cabinet had approved the Islamabad Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2020 for regulation and promotion of the real estate sector and to protect the interest of buyers in the sector.
He said the federal cabinet had accorded approval to the establishment of 'Rehmatulil Aalmeen' Authority which would work for promoting the real image of islam and give advice for preparation of a curriculum for children in light of the life of the Holy Prophet (SAW).
The minister said that the authority would work for promotion of the traits of tolerance and coexistence in the masses. The love for the Holy Prophet was part and parcel of faith of every Muslim, who was 'Rehmatulil Aalimeen' not 'Rehmatulil Muslimeen' but unfortunately this image could not be highlighted in Pakistan in the past, he added.
Fawad said objective of this authority would be to mold the characters of the young generation in the light of the 'Seerat-un Nabi' (SAW). It would not be a traditional authority, top scholars from not only Pakistan but from all over the world would be its members, he added.
The minister said that the narrative that Islam spread through love, affection and respect and honor of the other people would be promoted and rights of minorities, women and children should be protected.
He said that at the outset, the federal cabinet offered 'Fateha' for the soul of renowned nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. Over 15 ministers including National Assembly Speaker, Senate Chairman, Chairman of Joints Chiefs of Staff Committee, and Naval chief attended the funeral.
He appealed to the journalists to demonstrate responsibility and verify the news circulating on social media before reporting to their respective organizations to counter fake news and propaganda. The minister said that cabinet was given briefing on electronic voting machines. In almost all cabinet meetings, the issues of Electronic Voting Machines and grant of voting rights to overseas Pakistanis' were discussed, he added.
To a query, he said Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen was holding talks with International Monitory Fund (IMF) and would continue to extend his services as per law and the constitution.
In response to another question, he said the Prime Minister was himself holding the portfolio of Minister of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development. He said that the cabinet gave approval to renewal of licenses for K2 Air and Air Sial. The Establishment Division informed the cabinet that out of 80 top posts, 40 had been filled through the process of competition whereas 18 top posts were abolished, he added.
He said that the PTI government had reconstituted board of Directors and named about 80 top level appointments and none of them was done in violation of merit, adding no appointment done by PTI government was challenged. The minister said in the past almost all appointments were challenged as merit was violated and this was a big change.
He said that the cabinet gave approval to ECC meeting decisions taken on October 7 except a demand of Rs 2.4 billion for a special economic zone had been deferred. The cabinet, the minister said constituted a sub-committee comprising Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar and Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi which would take up decisions of transport logistics committee meeting on October 4 on dredging gat Port Qasim would give proposals.