Prime Minister Imran Khan and PTI government - Performance watch thread

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    Nawaz Sharif to pay for his family’s illegal helicopter usage, says Fawad Chaudhry

    ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said that former premier Nawaz Sharif and his family members spent at least Rs25million from national kitty by using state helicopter and planes for personal errands, ARY News reported.



    Addressing media in Islamabad, the minister claimed that the Sharif family members including Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Hussain and Hassan Nawaz used state chopper and planes for personal errands so the government has decided to send the bill to former PM Nawaz Sharif.

    “We have decided to send the bill of this illegal usage to Nawaz Sharif. We will be sending notices to Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz Sharif and Hussain Nawaz Sharif in this regard,” announced Fawad Chaudhry.

    About RTS’ failure
    Speaking on the occasion, Senator Azam Swati demanded to remove Chairman NADRA immediately and investigate failure of Results Transmission system (RTS) in General Elections 2018.

    Swati said NADRA is responsible for the failure of RTS and said it was intentionally stopped to make elections controversial.




    https://arynews.tv/en/nawaz-sharif-helicopter-expense-fawad-chaudhry/
     
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    despite all the noise from the children clapping hands and screaming for attention in the sandpit in the corner, in terms of real politics, there are some incredibly optimistic things going on.

    https://videos.92newshd.tv/videogal...jp-raids-sharjeel-memons-hospital-1-sep-2018/

    this is an EXCELLENT programme highlighting lots of things that are happening, and putting some real facts on real impactful politics rather than ladies tea time gossip, childish speculation, and tear filled cognitive dissonance.

    my commiserations to the enemies of pakistan, whether supporting corrupt thieves and robbers, enjoying drinking the blood of innocents, purveyors of fantasy stories of a deep state, or whether psychologically unstable to teh degree that they care more for a little bit of attention over the success of a country in which poor people have struggled for so long.
     
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    Babar Awan has tendered his resignation as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s adviser on parliamentary affairs on Tuesday after the NAB filed a corruption reference against him.

    “Rule of Law begins with me,” Mr Awan said on Twitter. “Thank you, Insafians for standing by me always,”.



    In his resignation, Awan wrote: “I am resigning as advisor to PM to prove NAB’s baseless allegations wrong.”



    Earlier, the NAB filed a corruption reference against Babar Awan and PPP’s former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for delaying the Nandipur project.

    The accountability watch dog stated that the delay in the Nandipur power project caused a loss of Rs27billion to the national exchequer.

    https://www.samaa.tv/news/2018/09/babar-awan-resigns-as-pms-adviser-over-corruption-reference/
     
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    PM Imran Khan forced Advisor Babar Awan to resign: Sources

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Babar Awan on Tuesday resigned from the post of advisor to the prime minister on parliamentary affairs.

    “Upholding Prime Minister Imran Khan’s promise with the nation, I resign from the post of advisor to PM on parliamentary affairs so that I may disprove allegations levelled [against me] in the NAB reference,” read Babar’s resignation letter.

    However sources revealed that Babar was not willing to resign from the post, however, he was forced to do so by PM Khan.

    “Becoming the advisor on parliamentary affairs was not Babar’s first choice as he had kept his eyes on the coveted slot of Law minister.

    He had only accepted the position after Dr Farogh Nasim had been chosen over him,” they said, adding that differences between the prime minister and his advisor had surfaced after the incident.

    “Following the filing of a corruption reference against Babar, the premier left him with no other option but to step down,” sources said.

    https://timesofislamabad.com/04-Sep-2018/pm-imran-khan-forced-advisor-babar-awan-to-resign-sources
     
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    A very good move on part of IK.
     
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    NAB approves inquiry against defence minister, Speaker Sindh Assembly, Mayor Karachi

    KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau has approved action against defence minister Pervez Khatak, Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani and Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar, an official notification said on Wednesday.

    Chairman NAB Javed Iqbal presided over an executive board session, in which he gave approval for inquiry for 14 different cases.

    According to the notification, the authority gave approval for inquiry against Khattak, however, no details were present.

    The notification stated that approval for action against several others was also given, including famous industrialist Iqbal Z Ahmed.

    The session also approved filing of reference against Vice Chancellor Abdulwali Khan University Dr Ahsan Ali and former KP minister Nawabzada Mahmood Zeb.

    NAB also approved filing of reference against former Balochistan food minister Izhar Hussain.

    Chairman NAB said that solving mega corruption cases is the priority and they are following the policy of ‘accountability for everyone’.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/209978-na...minister-speaker-sindh-assembly-mayor-karachi
     
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    there were lots of complaints from the usual thickos about IK not prosecuting Zardari. when the fact is pointed out that he is not the CJ, or a judge, or a barrister, but is the PM, it was considered excuses.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1795703/1-sc-decides-form-new-jit-probe-fake-accounts-case/

    now thats out, its noticeable but not surprising that these same thickos are entirely absent. no shame, no integrity, no honesty, no common sense.
     
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    Khatak will be next to resign.

    Some very important work is done being done behind the scenes, heard IK is extremely busy meeting people, forming committees, doing things quietly, I am anticipating slow and gradual but palpable change that is what will change this country hopefully.
     
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    Khattak will never resign. It is impossible
     
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    huge strides being made by the government, only days into its administration. the noose is closing quickly and tightly - they are delivering in massive, unprecedented ways. makes it all the more unbelievable that there are any supporters of the previous regimes.

    here's an astonishingly optimistic report, and even then from the explicitly anti-PTI tribune:

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1796414/1-bottleneck-accessing-crucial-information-removed/

    truly astonishing degree of progress already, and already significantly more cabinet meetings than the previous government at the same time.


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    ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday decided to activate diplomatic channels to accelerate the ratification of a bilateral treaty for exchanging information with Switzerland, removing a major bottleneck in accessing crucial information about hidden assets abroad .

    The federal cabinet, presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan, approved sending a delegation to Switzerland soon in this regard and announced initiating a probe into the previous government’s ‘criminal act’ of deliberately delaying the ratification of the treaty .

    The federal cabinet, which met for the fourth time, also discussed an eight-point agenda.




    PM forms CPEC body to resolve issues, complete projects on time

    Later, Special Assistant to the prime minister on Accountability Barrister Shahzad Akbar briefed the media, confirming that an Assets Recovery Unit had been set up for retrieving assets stashed abroad.

    Officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and intelligence agencies were among members of the new unit.

    “In the past, there was no inter-agency cooperation. This was one of the reasons why Pakistan never succeeded in bringing back the looted money,” Akbar said.

    Referring to new unit, Akbar said that in simple terms, one could say that the government had formed a Joint Investigation Team that would be assisted by all departments.

    The unit, he said, would submit a progress report on a fortnightly basis.

    “Initially, the government will target 100 top corrupt individuals who have piled up foreign assets by looting public money. These cases will be pursued with a focused approach for identifying where they have stashed the looted money and assets and how to bring it back,” he said.

    Answering a question about the government’s estimates about the value of such foreign assets, he said that it would be premature to comment at this stage.

    “So far, Pakistan has requested retrieval of $2 billion from foreign jurisdictions by way of mutual legal assistance. These requests are still pending. We also need to obtain restraining orders in connection with the Sharif’s Avenfield properties,” he said.

    Whistle-blower law

    The cabinet also approved the enforcement of a whistle-blower law via an ordinance, offering informants identifying and recovering such foreign assets a reward of 20 per cent of the recovered money.

    The advisor on accountability said that names of informants would be kept confidential.

    The cabinet also approved the issuance of another ordinance on mutual legal assistance which will help remove bottlenecks in the way of seeking information from foreign countries on illegal wealth.

    Shahzad Akbar said that the government would also hire international firms to help detect and recover illegal money.

    “Now every Pakistani can become rich by identifying corrupt elements and their assets abroad,” Information minister Fawad Chaudhry said on a lighter note.

    Govt to defend minorities

    “The state of Pakistan is bound to protect minorities … at all cost,” the information minister stated while responding on a question on the controversy over the inclusion of a renowned economist in the Economic Advisory Council.

    He said that people without mandate had no right to dictate the government about policy matters.

    Protecting minorities was also an integral part of Islamic teachings, he said.

    “We secured independence for protecting our rights. How can we deny rights to minorities in an Islamic state?” he asked.

    Protecting minorities was not solely the responsibility of the government, but of all Pakistani citizens.

    “We are making a mockery of ourselves in the world by propagating hatred against our minorities. We have to decide whether we want to remain backward or chose to move forward,” he said.

    “The state of Pakistan will decide how to run the country’s affairs. To our understanding, the country’s constitution binds us to protect minorities. This will be done at all costs,” he said.

    Health/Education

    The information minister said that the government was planning to institute a uniform basic education across the country, removing the disparity in education standards.

    “A uniform school education and certification system will be enforced throughout the country. It has been decided to consult with provinces regarding the increase in school fees by private schools, which is uneven,” Chaudhry said.

    Federal cabinet abolishes NCGR

    He said another task force on education had been set up which would be led by Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood.

    Prominent educationalists and representatives of Madaris would be among its members, he said. The task force’s first priority would be to bring 25 million out of school children into the education network .

    Fawad Chaudhry said by imposing a ban on all discretionary funds at the disposal of the Prime Minister, the government had saved at least Rs80 billion.

    He said that all schemes, initiated by the previous governments that used discretionary funds, including the PM’s laptop scheme, had been discontinued.

    The PM’s Inspection Team had been ordered to investigate media reports about the premature inauguration of Tarbela Dam extension project that allegedly resulted in a loss of Rs25 billion.

    He said in the light of a report compiled by the Human Rights Ministry, orphanages would be built for street children and destitute women. The first orphanage, he said, would be built in Islamabad at a cost of Rs64 million.

    Elaborating upon other steps approved by the cabinet, he said that abuse of children, child trafficking and child labour would be curbed. He said that the cabinet had approved a complete ban on corporeal punishment in educational institutions across Pakistan.

    He said that the government had also approved recommendations for protecting the rights of domestic workers.

    All government and private buildings would now have to make their respective premises friendlier for persons with disabilities.
     
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    WOOT !!! this shows the eagerness of Khan to bring back looted money. On one hand we've this rookie Gov, which is making strides already and on another hand we had PML-N and PPP Gov in past, who didn't heed toward this vital issue and always used to go to IMF with their begging bowl.

    This is called difference in intentions.
     
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    yes but far more important to focus on where IK is living, even though its a fraction of the expense of predecessors, or how often he uses a helicopter, even though its a fraction of how much time predecessors used it, or who he picks for his cabinet, rather than what they are doing.

    and of course, whilst not mentioning these monumental changes that are happening, dont forget to ignore the fact that the sharifs appeals in the LHC failed, and that more and more of the last regimes are being either rejected by the people in the popular vote, or are being convicted and thrown into jail by a judiciary criticise for not doing even more, even though they have done more in the past three years than in the previous 30.

    - "neutral" opinions.
     
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    Prime Minister Imran Khan’s green revolution
    The prime minister’s massive reforestation drive aimed to plant 1.5 million trees in one day. It ended up planting 2.5 million.

    Soon after coming into office, Prime Minister Imran Khan kicked off a massive reforestation drive across Pakistan, just as he promised before the July ballot. Over a million tree saplings were distributed in an effort to restore the country’s depleting forests and fight the effects of climate change. Pakistan is amongst the six countries that will be most affected by global warming and has one of the lowest forest covers in the region, much below the United Nation’s recommended 12 per cent.

    Geo.tv talks to Malik Amin Aslam, the newly-appointed advisor to the prime minister on climate change, about his tree plantation drive and about what can be realistically achieved for a green future. Excerpts:

    How many trees have been planted in the first phase of the tree plantation drive?

    Our target, in the first phase, was to plant at least 1.5 million trees. But we ended up receiving an overwhelming response from across the country. In just one day we planted over 2.5 million saplings. There was an encouraging response from the youth to our campaign. In fact, #PlantforPakistan stayed the top trending hashtag on social media for three days. Most surprising was the positive feedback we were receiving from the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Gwadar. At the end of the day, we actually ran short of saplings to distribute.



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    What is the target for the next five years?


    We aim to plant a total of 10 billion trees in five years, in keeping with the prime minister’s promise. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone, till now, upward to 118 million new trees have been rooted. Imran Khan also promised to designate a Plant for Pakistan Day. Moreover, he will be holding periodic meetings to review the campaign’s progress.

    What is the total budget allocated for this program?

    When we started off in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, our budget for the first phase was Rs22 billion, but we managed to complete it in Rs12 billion.

    We still have to plan out the budget for this project since it much larger. As for the plants being distributed amongst the public, there are over 22 different kinds of varieties, and almost all are indigenous to Pakistan, taking into consideration the country’s varying topography.



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    What is Pakistan current percentage of forest cover and by how much can it be extended with the help of the campaign?

    The overall green cover is an estimated four per cent of the land. There is no exact figure on what we can achieve at the moment. But take Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s example. The green belt in the province was only 20 per cent when we started in 2014. We aimed to have that stretched out to 22 per cent. To our surprise, the project was so successful that it went up to 26 per cent. However, it is important to remember here that the northwestern province already has a large forest footprint, while the other provinces do not. Hopefully, this challenge can be addressed in the coming years.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/210221-prime-minister-imran-khans-green-revolution
     
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    No other Gov has done something similar in history of Pakistan, and unfortunately people don't realize the benefits it will have. But sooner or latter I know few educated people will find a way to bash this revolution too. - always baffling to see educated people come up with illogical arguments, at times worse than the ones who aren't educated.
     
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    its an absolutely fantastic campaign. dont expect the usual suspects to be able to prioritise the important from the trivial though.

    these are the kinds of people they prefer to support:

    https://arynews.tv/en/funds-omni-group-frozen-bank-accounts/
     
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    Good Lord, this guy Anwar majeed and his sidekicks need some serious "Danda" now.
     
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    Imran Khan is doing some very good work which is going unnoticed. The general people don't really appreciate the planting of a billion trees or getting funds from overseas Pakistanis for the water dam.
     
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    I appreciate the Government for removing Atif Mian from that Committee. They were wrong in selecting him in the first place but rectified their mistake. So Kudos to them.
     
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    Great. Now we can ask our Muslim brothers of Saudia Arabia and middle East to send their best economist to replace him. Like they sent someone to replace Abdus Salam and that guy won the noble prize for putting up a revolutionary theory.
     
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    Are they both the only scientist available in the World?
     
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    Abdus Salam is the only Pakistani 'scientist' who was awarded the noble prize. Atif Mian is an expert in economy. I briefly saw some videos of his lectures, regarding the book he wrote, he is actually discussing and pointing out faults of the current capitalist economy of the world where the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting weaker. His work is based on factual data and he also presents the solution. He is among the best of the best. It is a shame he won't be able to serve Pakistan because of the people who haven't achieved as much as he has achieved have been able to play the religion card and have forced the government to make him step down.
     
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    He is also active member of the Qadyani movement whose goal is to take out the Khatam e Nabuwat clauses from the constitution of Pakistan. I would personally never let such a guy come close to any Government committee no problem how good is he in his field.
     
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    @Disco Lemonade - you have to admit that this is a very fair argument to take.

    some may view (1) atif's expertise as more important than the risk to 'Khatam e Nabuwat' (if I can term the issue like that), others may view (2) the risk to this statute as more important than his expertise, particularly given the clandestine way in which it was attacked previously - thats just a judgement call, I dont think its possible to say one is definitively right and one is definitively wrong.

    I think it is factual to say that the majority opinion in pakistan, across all social strata is aligned firmly towards (2) - thats something that has to be respected and is the will of the majority, surely?

    its perhaps sub-optimal from the point of view purely of economic strategising, but thats not an insurmountable set back.

    personally I think the issue has been blown out of proportion on both sides, the correct decision has been made with respect to the current state of pakistani society and its time to move on. just my two cents.
     
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    Bhai I did see a video before elections where someone asked a question to imran khan regarding Atif Mian. He said he only knew that he was a well known economist and didn't know if he is an Ahmadi activist aswell.

    My question is, is he really an 'activist'? I went through his Twitter account and didn't find anything related to religion. I saw a tweet where Abdus Salam's name was removed or replaced from some university and he said that's why Pakistan will never progress in science it doesn't respect it's scientist's. Maybe just like any sane and really educated person he understands that the misuse of religion of also a reason we lack behind others.

    He was advisor in an ECONOMIC committee, not a religious committee. Don't you understand one needs to pass a bill in parliament to get that law removed or amended from constitution. He could not have done that. Forget it our parliamemt doesn't have the balls to get it amended anytime soon. Do you know two more people, Muslims, have stepped down following his resignation.

    It is not about Atif Mian, it is just sad to see that we keep on loosing to this really 18th century British india mentality. FFS our children are out of school, we don't have money to build dams, and we still persist with this soch.
     
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    I don't believe there is any risk of khatm e nabuwat not atleast in Pakistan. I believe we have once again succumbed to this delusional concept that Islam needs to be saved in a Muslim majority state, just like our neighbour's, funnily, have fallen to Hinduism needs to be saved in a Hindu majority state. The opinion is clearly divided.
    I do agree that it is blown out of proportion but I think it would have been a great step towards meritocracy had he not been removed.
     
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    fair enough. do you think there was a chance of civil unrest had he not resigned?
     
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    It's actually quite ironic considering he had a child out of wed-lock but then pea-brain Khan probably doesn't know any better that in his so-called ideal "Medina state" he would have been flogged and if he were to go with the interpretation of some of the people he is in bed with, possibly get his head chopped off. :). Not to mentioned his buddy Sheikh Rasheed who quite often boosts about his "ishqs".
     
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    Maybe khadim rizvi would have put up a small show but army would have dealt with him. I am sure no civil unrest.
     
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    ‘Naya Pakistan’ receives $3.9 billion in two-month remittances by overseas Pakistanis

    KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan on Monday released the figures of remittances sent by overseas Pakistanis amounting to US $3.9 billion, showing a growth of 13.45% compared with $ 3.4 billion received during the same period in the preceding year.

    According to SBP, overseas Pakistanis remitted US $3.9 billion in the first two months of fiscal year- 2018-19.

    During August 2018, the inflow of worker’s remittances amounted to US$ 2037.33 million, which is 5.60% higher than July 2018 and 4.24% higher than August 2017.

    The country wise details for the month of August 2018 show that inflows from Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, UK, GCC countries (including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman) and EU countries amounted to US$ 465.53 million, US$ 461.2 million, US$ 316.89 million, US$ 278.84 million, US$ 193.17 million and US$ 59.64 million, respectively, compared with the inflow of US$ 511.28 million, US$ 440.38 million, US$ 260.34 million, US$ 249.14 million, US$ 230.22 million and US$ 62.75( million respectively in August 2017. Remittances received from Malaysia Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan and other countries during August 2018 amounted to US$ 262.06 million together as against US$ 200.35 million received in August 2017.

    The rise in remittances is being seen in context of Imran Khan’s appeal to overseas Pakistanis to donate for dams.

    On Sep 7, Prime Minister Imran Khan had urged the overseas Pakistanis to donate generously for construction of dams in Pakistan to avert the looming water crisis.

    The PM urged the Pakistanis working abroad to donate at least 1000 dollars to the dam fund so that the water reservoirs could be constructed within time and within the estimated cost.

    “Our debt today stands at 30,000 billion. But one of our biggest issues today is the looming water crisis. When Pakistan was created; every Pakistani had 5600 cubic-metres of water. Today that stands at only 1000 cubic-metres,” said the PM.

    He was of the view that delaying such projects increases the cost so his government wants to build water reservoirs on time.

    https://arynews.tv/en/naya-pakistan...two-month-remittances-by-overseas-pakistanis/
     
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    CPEC deals with China 'unfair' to Pakistan, says Imran Khan government: Report

    https://m.timesofindia.com/world/pa...overnment-report/amp_articleshow/65753066.cms

    LOL. So he thinks the Chinese will now allow a renegotiation when they have already invested billions under the earlier contract! Keep dreaming. :D

    The good news is that the CPEC rip off has finally started to sink in.
     
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    CPEC in itself isnt a bad thing but way too much levarage has been given to China in those deals. Its a myth that we will never understand and has been taught since school that China is our brother.

    In corporate world, no one is your brother and no one is your enemy. Your own benefits are your own brothers sisters etc.

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    Cabinet to approve ‘Assets Recovery Unit’ in key meeting tomorrow

    ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet meeting under Prime Minister Imran Khan will be held tomorrow with several key decisions on the agenda.

    According to sources, the Cabinet is expected to give approval for formalising Assets Recovery Unit (ARU) announced by the government for retrieval of unlawful moneystashed abroad.

    Under the ToRs of the ARU, the body will be empowered to get any kind of information from any federal or provincial department and the relevant department will share the information within seven days.

    The ARU through the law-enforcement agency (LEA) or any relevant department may seek such assistance and information including but not limited to bank accounts, records of companies, revenue records, travel record or data from the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA).

    The Cabinet also has on agenda the approval for appointment of chairman Board of Investment.

    It is also expected that the meeting will give the go-ahead for amendment into Pakistan Navy Act 1961. An amendment has also been proposed in the Income Tax bill, which will subsequently be presented in the National Assembly for passage.

    On Sept 5, the government had established a task force to bring back money illegally shifted abroad from Pakistan.

    Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said the decision in this regard was taken during the federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

    Addressing the presser, the minister said a unit had been established at the PM House for coordination in measures for bringing back looted money from abroad.

    The unit comprises officials from National Accountability Bureau and Federal Investigation Agency, he added. He also informed that Rs 80 billion had been saved days after abolishment of the discretionary fund. The public money was retrieved into the public exchequer after projects like laptop scheme were shelved.

    The federal cabinet in its previous meeting on August 24, had revised working hours in government departments, abolished discretionary funds of the prime minister, federal ministers and members of the national and provincial assemblies and imposed a ban on first-class air travel by the president, head of the government, chief justice, Senate chairman, NA Speaker and other top government officials.

    https://arynews.tv/en/cabinet-to-approve-assets-recovery-unit-in-key-meeting-tomorrow/
     
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    how much do you want to bet on this given you seem to have so much conviction?
     
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    Mind your own business.
     
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    There is a break news everywhere on TV channels right now, according to which, UK GOVT has rejected Ishaq dar deportation petition. As per UK GOVT, there is no such agreement in between UK and Pakistan to hand over such individuals.

    What a shame !!!
     
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    Fawad Chaudhry Press Conference About Shahbaz Sharif Metro Bus ||Metro Bus Lahore and Multan



     
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    Punjab govt paying Rs8 billion in subsidies for metro bus project

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led federal government has decided to conduct an audit of metro bus projects in Punjab which were initiated by the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government.

    During a news briefing following the federal cabinet meeting on Thursday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry outlined the costs associated with metro bus projects in Islamabad, Lahore and Multan. “The government of Punjab is giving a subsidy of approximately Rs8 billion on these projects, If this subsidy is not given, all of these projects would close,” Chaudhry said.

    The federal minister informed reporters that yearly the Punjab government gives a subsidy of Rs4.2 billion on the Lahore metro bus. He added that the Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus was built at a cost of approximately Rs39 billion and the government was paying a subsidy of Rs2 billion on this project. The cost of the metro bus in Multan was Rs29 billion while the subsidy being given on it was Rs2.1 billion.

    Chaudhry further said that the cost of constructing the metro project in Peshawar would be Rs67 billion, however, unlike the projects in Punjab there would be no requirement for a subsidy and the buses were owned not rented.

    Commenting on the Orange Line project, the minister said the cost of this had reached Rs250 billion. “In this cost or a little more we could have doubled the track going from Khyber to Karachi. We do not know about the subsidy on this project. It seems when it is completed we will need to pay a subsidy of over Rs3.5 billion to run the train.”

    The expenditure of the Prime Minister House in the last five years was Rs2.30 billion, meanwhile, CM Punjab house spent Rs2.90 in the same time, said the information minister.

    'No increase of income tax on salaried class'
    Responding to a question regarding reports of a planned increase of the income tax rates for salaried individuals, federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that no such plan was under consideration as yet.

    "Often times, newspapers print headlines about things that never happen. They said the price of gas and electricity is being increased, but it wasn't true. There were newspaper reports today of the government increasing income tax rates for the salaried class. Nothing like this has happened either," he said.

    Fawad Chaudhry said that the finance bill would be sent to parliament for approval.

    CADD abolished
    Chaudhry said Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) had been abolished and its departments would be given to other ministries.

    “An example would be that CDA would work under the interior ministry. The reason for this is that CDA is reclaiming government land,” the information minister said.

    Dam fund to be tax exempted
    The information minister said efforts of the chief justice for the dam fund were commended during the cabinet meeting.

    Chaudhry added that the dam fund would be exempted from income and withholding tax.

    Formation of a recovery unit
    Fawad Chaudhry further said that for bringing back money stashed illegally abroad, it has been decided to form a recovery unit. The incharge of the unit will be prime minister’s special assistant Shahzad Akbar.

    100,000 tonnes of Urea to be imported
    The federal information minister said that the former government did not provide gas to the fertiliser plants, which led to a halt in Urea production.

    “Now the government will have to import 100,000 tonnes of Urea,” he said.

    PTV Board of Governors
    The cabinet also approved the formation of a Board of Governors (BoGs) for Pakistan Television (PTV), the chairman of which will be a minister and for the first time eight independent people will be included.

    According to Chaudhry, the board would comprise a minister who would be the chairman, secretary information broadcasting division would be the vice chairman, chairman Higher Education Commission, additional secretary finance, DG ISPR, MD PTV.

    The minister informed the press of some members which included Barrister Ali Zafar, Arshad Khan who was being considered for PTV MD, Zohair Khaliq, Shela Roth, Professor Ijaz ul Ehsan, Dr Humayun Ehsan and Savail Hussain.

    The information minister further said Mustafa Nawaz Khokar and Qamar Zaman Kaira will be included in PTV’s editorial board.

    According to Chaudhry, the government will stand beside media workers and journalists, defending their rights.

    The federal information minister also said that in the cabinet session today, prayers were offered upon the tragic demise of former first lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz.

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    Govt rejects reports of tax increase for salaried class

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has rejected media reports that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government was planning to increase income tax on salaried individuals, saying no such proposal was under consideration.

    Chaudhry's comments came after newspaper reports that the government was planning to reverse tax concessions of the previous government and bring down the threshold of income tax exemption on salaried class.

    Responding to a question during a press conference here in Islamabad on Thursday, the minister also denied reports of an increase in gas and electricity tariff.

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    PTI government to investigate cost of metro projects: Chaudhry

    "Often times, newspapers print headlines about things that never happen. They said tariff of gas and electricity was being increased, but it was not true. There were newspaper reports today of the government increasing income tax rates for the salaried class. Nothing like this has happened either," he said.

    Chaudhry said that proposed amendments in the Income Tax ordinance were not on the agenda of the cabinet session chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier in the day.

    He dispelled the impression that federal cabinet had rejected the amendments in the Income Tax ordinance, adding that a decision has been taken to bring the proposed amendments in the next parliamentary session.

    'Rs 8 billion in subsidies'
    The PTI government has decided to conduct an audit of metro bus projects in Punjab which were initiated by the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government.

    Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry outlined the costs associated with metro bus projects in Islamabad, Lahore and Multan. “The government of Punjab is giving a subsidy of approximately Rs8 billion on these projects, If this subsidy is not given, all of these projects would close,” Chaudhry said.

    The federal minister informed reporters that yearly the Punjab government gives a subsidy of Rs4.2 billion on the Lahore metro bus. He added that the Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus was built at a cost of approximately Rs39 billion and the government was paying a subsidy of Rs2 billion on this project. The cost of the metro bus in Multan was Rs29 billion while the subsidy being given on it was Rs2.1 billion.

    PTV Board of Governors
    The cabinet also approved the formation of a Board of Governors (BoGs) for Pakistan Television (PTV), the chairman of which will be a minister and for the first time eight independent people will be included.

    According to Chaudhry, the board would comprise a minister who would be the chairman, secretary information broadcasting division would be the vice chairman, chairman Higher Education Commission, additional secretary finance, DG ISPR, MD PTV.

    The minister informed the press of some members which included Barrister Ali Zafar, Arshad Khan who was being considered for PTV MD, Zohair Khaliq, Shela Roth, Professor Ijaz ul Ehsan, Dr Humayun Ehsan and Savail Hussain.

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