ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Wednesday directed the authorities to review National Action Plan and formulate a comprehensive strategy in consultation with the provinces to curb terrorism and ensure security in the country.

Briefing media about the decisions taken by the Federal Cabinet, which met in Islamabad on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said these instructions have been given to the Interior Ministry.

She said the Prime Minister also directed to convene an immediate meeting of the National Counter Terrorism Authority Pakistan to review the NAP.

She said the Prime Minister also instructed to review security plan of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The Minister for Information said the cabinet was given a detailed briefing about the security situation in the country in the wake of recent terrorist attack on Chinese nationals in Karachi.

She said Chinese Embassy has been told that thorough investigations will be carried out to nab the culprit and to take them to task.

She said that Chinese nationals and organisations working in Pakistan will be provided foolproof security.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the Federal Cabinet approved review of Civil Servant service rules, which were earlier used to pressurize the bureaucracy.

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The Minister for Information said the cabinet approved appointment of Asim Ahmed as chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue.

Marriyum Aurangzeb also rejected PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s demand for early elections, saying that general elections will be held on time. She was addressing a press conference after the federal cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif here. She told the media persons that the detailed report of the recent Karachi terror blast incident in front of the Confucius Institute has been sought in the cabinet meeting.

Marriyum said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has given orders to tighten the security of Chinese and other foreigners working on different projects in the country. The federal minister said PM Shehbaz Sharif has also issued instructions to the Interior Ministry regarding a comprehensive plan against terrorism.

 

She said during Imran Khan’s regime, media workers were made unemployed and ribs of the journalists were broken.

The Information Minister said electricity, gas, and other necessities have become expensive because of just the incompetence of the last regime of Imran Khan. She said the previous regime of Imran Khan has terrorized the national economy and victimized the opposition politically. She said Imran Khan’s only fear is the popularity of Shehbaz Sharif due to his spirit of service to the nation.

Marriyum also presented a review of the two-week performance of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and said what Shehbaz Sharif did in two weeks Imran Khan could not even think of in four years. She said the provision of subsidised goods to the people had started, adding Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reduced the price of sugar from Rs85 to Rs70 per kg, and also the price of 10kg flour bags from Rs550 to Rs400. “Inflation, which had reached an all-time high in four years, has begun to decrease gradually,” she said, adding the prime minister had also ordered to eliminate the power loadshedding from May 1.

The information minister said in two weeks, 20 out of 27 defunct power generating units had been made functional, adding steps had also been taken to supply oil and gas in record time to run power plants. “Factories that have been lying closed for more than a year due to technical glitches are becoming made functional,” she stated, adding the Islamabad Metro Bus project that had been lying closed for four years became operational in four days. “The preparation of a feasibility has also been started for connecting the metro bus from New Islamabad Airport to the Motorway and Faizabad, and its extension to Bhara Kahu and Rawat,” Marriyum said.

She said the government has also initiated the construction of a metro station on the motorway.

Marriyum also stated that the government has accelerated the construction of Diamer Bhasha Dam and set 2026 as a new deadline for its completion instead of 2029. She said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of Section-1 and Section-2 of Khuzdar-Kuchlak highway and ordered its extension from two to four lanes, and then six lanes in the following phase.

She said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also announced providing financial assistance to the poorest 500,000 people of Balochistan through Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP). “Imran Sahib! This is called practical service with Pakistan speed,” she said while addressing the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Earlier, the information minister while speaking at the meeting of Senate Standing Committee for Information and Broadcasting here said that the incumbent government does not believe in any restriction on the freedom of expression.

 

She said no channel, programme or newspaper will be closed. She, however, called for practical steps to curb fake news in the country. She said fake news was run about Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to Saudi Arabia.

 

Marriyum Aurangzeb said Shehbaz Sharif as chief minister of Punjab had paid all the expenses of his foreign tours from his own pocket. She said the prime minister will also bear expenses of his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia.

On the occasion, Chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) informed the committee that PEMRA has issued no directions to close any channel.