Govt again rejects demand for Shahbaz appointment as PAC chairman


ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry Thursday once again rejected the opposition’s demand for appointment of Mian Shahbaz Sharif as chairman of Public Account Committee (PAC).
He was briefing newsmen after the federal cabinet meeting, which chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan. “How will Shehbaz Sharif audit his brother Nawaz’s projects? This demand is as inappropriate as PML-N’s governance since five years,” he said, adding that the government offered to let audit the PML-N government’s projects by the PTI and the opposition then audit the projects of the PTI’s government.
Talking about federal cabinet meetings, he said that about 11 cabinet meetings have so far been held during last two months. He said that the prime minister briefed the cabinet about his successful visit to China and the agreements and memorandum of understandings signed between the two countries.
He said the cabinet approved revamping of the Evacuees Trust Properties Board to improve its functioning and better utilization of its properties.
It also approved appointment of Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera as Secretary of Investment Board. He said that the cabinet also approved constitution of Policy Board to devise policies of FBR.
Later, answering questions by journalists, the Information Minister took serious exception of the banner headlines by a section of media about so-called departure of Aasia Bibi to a foreign country. He said the newspapers acted irresponsibly on a very serious issue. He said the government will consider as to what action could be taken against such media outlets.
The Minister said a review petition is pending in the Supreme Court in Aasia Bibi case and the Apex Court is the competent authority to take a decision on this legal and constitutional matter.  Fawad said that she is in Pakistan and the media should stop irresponsible reporting. He said that the Supreme Court would take decision on the review petition.
He said that new board of SECP has been constituted, while appointment of Rizwan Memon as chairman of the Trading Corporation of Pakistan was also approved.
He said that the cabinet also sanctioned the issuance of a charter license to Liberty Air Ltd.
The cabinet also approved treaties pertaining to the exchange of prisoners with England.
The cabinet okayed a Pakistan-Sri Lanka coastguard agreement, and also endorsed the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee.
The meeting also reviewed the law and order situation in the country. Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi briefed the cabinet on the losses incurred during the three-day long countrywide protests in the wake of the Supreme Court’s acquittal of Asia Bibi.


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