PM takes cabinet into confidence over China visit

November 8, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Thursday took the federal cabinet into confidence regarding his maiden official visit to China, Media reported.

The prime minister chaired a meeting of the cabinet earlier here on Thursday, where he briefed the members about his visit to China and the agreements and memorandum of understandings signed between the two countries, sources said.

The cabinet approved a 21-point agenda, and reviewed the implementation of decisions taken during cabinet meetings in the past.

PM Imran approved a summary empowering the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to issue a tax directory. The bureau will publish a separate tax directory for members of the parliament.

The federal cabinet also gave a go-ahead to the appointment of a chairman at the Trading Corporation of Pakistan, and sanctioned the issuance of a charter license to Liberty Air Ltd.

The cabinet also approved treaties pertaining to the exchange of prisoners with England and Northern Ireland, and gave the green signal to a two-way agreement to promote diplomatic relations with Nigeria.

Approval was also given to take several individuals into protective custody.

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. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a ban on medical treatment of federal ministers abroad on the government’s expense, sources informed here on Thursday. In the meeting it was discussed that the ban on treatment abroad on national exchequer will also be applied to senior officials, advisers, and federal secretaries, sources said. Monitoring Desk