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Cabinet approves proposals for electoral reforms

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposals for the electoral reforms in the country.

Talking to the media after the federal cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhary said that the cabinet had appointed Dr Ashfaq as chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue.

“Babar Awan and Shibli Faraz briefed the cabinet about the electronic voting machine (EVM). The PML-N is a hurdle in transparent elections,” he maintained.

He said that the PDM’s future had been restricted to weddings in London.

Fawad Chaudhary said that the cabinet also discussed the Greater Iqbal Park incident.

“We are in contact with Turkey and China over the Afghanistan issue. We are playing a responsible role with regard to Afghanistan,” he added.

He said that wanted terrorists were hiding in Afghanistan and Pakistan want their custody.

“Unfortunately, Pakistan’s stance on the situation in Afghanistan has not listened,” he added.

The Minister said PIA has evacuated around 1500 people. He said our air and land borders are open for the foreigners stranded in Kabul and we welcome those who are coming on valid reason to Pakistan.

He said the cabinet condemned the attitude of the opposition for creating hurdles in government’s electoral reforms agenda.

The Minister said our electoral agenda is in line with the recommendations of judicial commission that was appointed for reviewing transparency in 2013 elections.

Fawad Chaudhary said regarding Coronavirus pandemic situation, the cabinet was informed that due to increase in Corona cases almost 70 percent of Oxygen supply capacity is being utilized at the moment and the health systems of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab are under great pressure due to increasing number of Corona patients.

He said a high-level committee is being formed comprising Ulema, intellectuals and members of civil society to make recommendations for legislation to protect women and get rid of such incidents similar to Minar-e-Pakistan incident on 14th of August.

He said the cabinet also fixed the prices of 37 new medicines whose manufacturing has been started in Pakistan.

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