ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Barrister Ali Zafar here on Thursday said the caretaker government in Punjab had made security arrangements for Nawaz Sharif’s arrival keeping in view the ground realities to maintain peace on July 13.
“We need to balance this situation,” he said talking to media persons after attending the concluding session of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA)’s National Youth Conference entitled “Countering Violent Extremism on Universities Campuses.” To a question about arrival of leaders and workers of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) at the Lahore Airport, he said it was responsibility of Punjab government to facilitate National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for implementing court’s verdict as former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were coming to Pakistan for their arrest and on another side NAB would be there to arrest them.”
The minister said he was a representative of the federal government, however, the provincial government was in a better position to answer about the arrangements they had made to maintain law and order. Barrister Ali Zafar said he had complete confidence in provincial government, which had made all arrangements according to the prevailing situation, and “We should support them.” When asked whether Nawaz Sharif and his daughter would be taken directly to jail, he said as per law they should be produced before the court, but it would be the discretion of NAB either to produce them before the court or to send them to jail.
Regarding some reservations of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and PML-N on caretaker set-up, Barrister Ali Zafar said under Article 19, each and every person had the right to freedom of speech.
PM directs for JIT on all fire incidents!
LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan today directed the Punjab cabinet members to work without any weekend holidays.
He has also asked the provincial government to form a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe into and bring out the facts regarding all of the fire incidents took place at various buildings in the past. Chairing a meeting of the provincial cabinet during his visit here, the prime minister directed the cabinet members to expose the corruption committed in the past. During the meeting, the prime minister was briefed about the update on implementation of 100-days agenda of the PTI government.
He said the ministers should apprise the people of the situation of their respective departments and tell them as for how the rulers had been living luxurious lives using the public money. He said the people had re-elected the PTI in KP just because the party had focused their uplift and established meritocracy by depoliticising the institutions of education, health, and police. The prime minister told the cabinet that the people were keenly observing their performance as they had pinned high hopes at them and they never expected them to carry out old-style politics. He said the PTI had given the people a new thinking and focused the human development.
Premier Imran asked the Punjab cabinet to tell the people as for how the previous governments took heavy loans compelling the new government to take more loans to pay the interest amount on previous loans. The ministers should explore the out-of-box solutions of the problems and carry out the audit of all mega projects besides publicizing the performance of previous government during last ten years, he said. The prime minister also directed to establish a complaint cell at the Chief Minister Office to address the complaints of the people as well as their representatives. He also called for finalization of the local government system within 48 hours as the devolution of powers to the lowest level would bring about the real change.
During the briefing, the prime minister was told that the process for distribution of Health Insaf Cards in 36 districts of Punjab would be accomplished within the next two months. The health card would provide a medical cover of around Rs 360,000 to each family and around six million families would benefit from the program. The meeting was told that the process for recruitment of 7,000 doctors, 2,500 nurses and improvement of equipment in 40 hospitals had been completed to ensure uplift of healthcare facilities int he province. The prime minister was also briefed on the measures taken for the uplift of the other sectors including agriculture, water resources, labor and workers welfare, tourism and education.
Operation against encroachments ordered!
LAHORE: Senior Provincial Minister Abdul Aleem Khan has directed the local government department to launch a comprehensive operation to remove encroachments in Punjab.
He said that apart from it, a cleanliness drive would also be launched through which thousands of trees would be planted and people would also be educated about the benefits of a clean environment. He expressed these views while presiding over a high-level meeting in which the decision on the campaign was made. It was also decided that the attached and administrative departments would also be taken on board. It was also decided in the meeting that a concrete strategy would be evolved to start the anti-encroachment campaign at the same time in all divisions of Punjab. Abdul Aleem Khan said that no one would be given any margin and any building constructed beyond the sanctioned drawings would be demolished.
He said that action would be taken against mafias, who had extended their houses and buildings without any lawful permission, adding that after divisional headquarters, all districts would launch the campaign, taking it to the town level soon, he added. The senior minister said that all streets and roads would be restored to their original positions which would also help maintain the flow of traffic in big cities. Abdul Aleem Khan said that he himself would visit different cities to supervise the anti-encroachment drive.
CM issues directions to cope with flood threats
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that keeping in view predictions of heavy rainfall and floods, all arrangements should be completed in order to cope with the threats.
He said that provincial and federal institutions concerned should work in an integrated manner to ensure the best arrangements for any emergency-like situation.
The CM said that all departments should perform their duties under the best coordination and keep close contact with the Meteorological Committee for Floods.
Information on climate situation should be received on a daily basis, he said and further directed the officials to devise an emergency plan regarding rain and expected floods. He said that he would personally supervise the arrangements and would not tolerate any laxity in this regard.