Federal Cabinet Meets

Federal Cabinet Meets


Islamabad, February 20, 2013 (PPI-OT): A Cabinet meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf here today. In his opening remarks, the Prime Minister said that he was extremely sad over the Quetta Blast which resulted in loss of precious lives and property.

The Cabinet expresses its deep sympathies with the bereaved families and reiterates its resolve to continue its fight against terrorism and remain un-deterred till its logical end. The Cabinet also resolves to bring to book the culprits behind such brutal acts.
The Prime Minister requested all the patriotic Pakistanis to keep an eye on any suspicious activity and inform the law enforcement agencies for stern action against them. He said that fight against terrorism is a national issue and national approach is required to be adopted for solution.

Support and strength of all the political leadership of the country is required for addressing grave areas. Pakistan continues to confront courageously the menace of terrorism and we will continue to fight till it is wiped out.

The Prime Minister stated that the Government comes and go but the country will Insha Allah remain stable. We all are the servants of Pakistan, its people and will serve to the best of our ability. Scarifies of the leaders of PPP and those of its Allies will be written in history of democracy with golden words.

The Prime Minister further said that with the blessings of Allah and because of laudable efforts of the Parliamentary Committee, focused and targeted operation against the culprits and placement of new Provincial Police Officer in Balochistan, the negotiations with the victim brethren were successful. It is the Government’s resolve that all steps would be taken to protect lives and property of our brothers.

He said that a wrong impression is being created by the enemies of the democracy that the Government has not done anything during the last five years. In fact, the Government has taken all possible measures for improvement in the law and order situation and economy despite many constraints.

He said that main purpose of his recent official visit to UK was to interact with British Government on matters of mutual interests and also to meet our Pakistani Community settled in the U.K. Pakistan and Britain enjoy cordial relations and this visit promoted it further. Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with UK, which is an important member of European Union and Pakistan’s second largest trading partner.

The matter of bilateral interest, including Afghanistan situation, following the withdrawal of NATO troops, came under discussion. Pakistan huge sacrifices in the war against terror were greatly appreciated by Mr. Cameron and he committed that his country would continue to stand by Pakistan to carry on the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue. Mr. David Cameron reiterated his earlier stance and said “your friends are our friends, and your enemies are our enemies.’’

The Prime Minister added that during his visit to the United Kingdom he thanked the British Prime Minister for his country’s support on the issue of Securing GSP plus Status for Pakistan from the countries of European Union.

The British Prime Minister was also apprised of the investment opportunities in Pakistan and the economic reforms and policies initiated to facilitate investors by providing a conducive environment.

Commenting on the improving ties between India and Pakistan Mr. David Cameron observed that there was need to open market to harvest economic bonuses. Mr. Cameron, hailing the recently concluded trilateral meeting said that Pakistan’s role was constructive and he would visit Pakistan this summer to carry the process forward.

The Prime Minister stated that it was also highly satisfying that Pakistani Community settled in the U.K reiterated their resolve in strengthening Pakistan on economic fronts and working for the betterment of their county. He assured the Pakistani community that Government of Pakistan would continue to look after them with more focus and attention.

The Cabinet reviewed status of implementation of cabinet decisions pertaining to IT and Telecommunications and Inter Provincial Coordination Divisions. The Cabinet was informed that 9 out f 16 of the decisions taken by the Cabinet have been implemented while the rest are under different stages of implementation by Ministry of IT and Telecommunication. The cabinet accorded its confirmation to the decisions taken by the ECC meetings held on 29 January 2013.

The Cabinet also considered and accorded its approval to start negotiations for a Reciprocal Agreement between Pakistan and Sri Lanka and Memorandum of Understanding between the Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU), Pakistan and Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Sri Lanka. Approval was also accorded to start negotiations for a Reciprocal Agreement between Pakistan and Seychelles and Memorandum of Understanding between the Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU), Pakistan and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), the Seychelles.

The Cabinet also considered and gave approval to initiation of negotiations for a reciprocal agreement between Pakistan and Turkey and MoU between the financial monitoring unit Pakistan and Financial Crimes Investigation Board of Turkey.

The Cabinet also gave approval to initiation of negotiations for a reciprocal agreement between Pakistan and Indonesia and MoU between the FMU Pakistan and the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre of Indonesia.

The Cabinet considered and accorded approval to the Futures Trading Bill, 2013. The bill will provide comprehensive framework encompassing all regulatory requirements with regard to the futures markets. The Cabinet accorded approval to the Draft Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill, 2013.

The Cabinet considered and accorded approval for signing of MoU between EV-K2-CNR, Italian autonomous and non-profit organization and Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCSC) on Climate Change and Adaptation Measures. EV-K2-CNR is coordinating and promoting scientific research and cooperation initiatives in climate vulnerable environments particularly focusing the development countries of the Hindu Kush-Karakorum-Himalaya Region. GCISC is proposed to participate as their scientific partner in the research projects including installation of a high altitude atmospheric monitoring station in Pakistan.

The Cabinet ratified the framework agreement for grant aid between Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Republic of Korea. The agreement aimed at institutionalizing the development cooperation relating to grant assistance between the two countries.

The Cabinet considered policy guidelines under Section 21 of OGRA Ordinance 2002 and decided that the decision of the Cabinet Committee on this issue will be implemented.

The Cabinet also gave its approval to shale gas framework for the first three pilot projects through open international bidding and directed the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to finalize a criteria for the shale gas exploration.

The final report of Water Sector Task Force established by the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FODP) in 2010 was submitted to the Cabinet. The main objective of this report is to develop a mechanism to dealing with water issues in Pakistan.

Earlier, before the start of formal proceedings of the Cabinet Fateha was offered for the martyrs of Quetta Blast and for those who embraced Shahadat outside a mosque in Hangu and martyrs of militant attack on Army Camp at Lakki. The Cabinet also paid its tribute to the sacrifice of Mr. Bashir Ahmad Bilour and decided to recommend his name for the Noble Prize for Peace.

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