Federal cabinet discuss economic challenges, austerity measures

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday chaired the first meeting of the new federal cabinet in Islamabad, following the swearing-in ceremony of its members.
Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired the cabinet meeting, which discussed economic challenges and austerity measures, among other matters.
The meeting also focused on implementation of the policy measures announced by PM Imran in his address to the nation on Sunday.
Meanwhile, former deputy prosecutor National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Mirza Shahzad Akbar was appointed as special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on accountability.
“In terms of rule 4(6) of the Rules of Business, 1973 read with serial number 1A of Schedule-VA of the said rules, the prime minister has been pleased to appoint, with immediate effect, Mirza Shahzad Akbar as special assistant to the prime minister on accountability, with the status of Minister of State,” said a notification issued in this regard.
Last night during his first address to the nation after assuming office, PM Imran took aim at corrupt politicians and said that a high-powered task force would be formed to recover the money taken out of Pakistan illegally.
The prime minister stressed that there was a need to concentrate our efforts on corruption and that he would meet with the NAB chairman and discuss what help was required.
Calling on the need to fix the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, the prime minister said he had kept the Ministry of Interior under him because he wanted to monitor money-laundering. “We will pass the whistleblower act. Anyone identifying corruption in any sector, a whistleblower, will get 20 to 25 per cent of money taken back.”
PM Imran also told the nation told that people stealing the country’s money are our enemies and destroying us. “Those stealing the country’s money are destroying you. You have to help protect this money. It is your responsibility to stop these people and help me. You need to keep a check on us on how we spend your tax money. I want to assure everyone that Allah has given our country everything and we have to protect it,” he said.

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