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Cabinet rejected summary proposing increase salaries of lawmakers: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet rejected a summary proposing an increase in the salaries of lawmakers.

Addressing a press conference after a meeting of the federal cabinet on Tuesday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that the summary proposing a 10 per cent Adhoc allowance in the salaries of the lawmakers had been rejected on the basis of austerity.

He said that instructions had been issued to release wheat to provinces. “The custom duty is being waived from big vehicles,” he added.

Fawad Chaudhry said that the cabinet was briefed about the electronic voting machine and overseas Pakistanis’ right to vote. “The 5G technology will be launched next year.”

He said that the communication system will be introduced in remote areas as well. “Hackers’ effort did not bear fruit and the FBR data remained safe,” he added.

Minister for Information Minister Chaudhary Fawad Hussain has said that the cabinet decided to introduce comprehensive reforms in the criminal justice system. These reforms will change the entire system of criminal justice and address matters relating to delay in trials and registration of FIRs.

The Information Minister said that improving the justice system is on the agenda of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said this matter will now be discussed in the Cabinet Committee on law and then these reforms will be enforced.

The cabinet rejected the proposal to give ten per cent Adhoc relief in basic salaries to the Chairman Senate, the Deputy Chairman Senate, the Speaker National Assembly, the Deputy Speaker and other parliamentarians.

Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said this decision is in line with the government’s austerity drive.

During the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his resentment over the delay in the procurement of wheat. He directed the provinces including Punjab to take steps for the release of wheat stocks.

Chaudhary Fawad Hussain was confident that the prices of wheat flour will gradually come down in the wake of the issuance of the wheat release schedule by Punjab.

The cabinet was informed that 5G will be launched in the country next year and several companies are showing interest in it.

Prime Minister Imran Khan directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to ensure quality telecom services in every nook and corner of the country.

Alluding to the cyber-attack on the website of FBR, the Information Minister said that inquiry has revealed that most of the data remained safe. He said the FBR has now hired a company for the protection of data.

He said the Ministry of Information Technology informed the cabinet that one million attacks have so far been carried out on our websites this year, which were foiled by the NTC.  He said Pakistan has a comprehensive framework for cyber security which is further being strengthened.

On the proposal of the tariff policy board, the cabinet approved a reduction in additional customs duty on auto parts from seven to two per cent to promote indigenous production of vehicles. He said additional customs duty on heavy commercial vehicles has also been reduced from seven to two per cent.

The cabinet approved the proposed Quaid-e-Azam Foundation Act for the establishment of the Quaid-e-Azam Foundation.

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