Govt to challenge ECP’s verdict in Maryam Nawaz case

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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday said that the one-point agenda of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s US visit is to raise Kashmir issue.

Talking to media after federal cabinet meeting on Tuesday, she said that the prime minister took the cabinet into confidence over his upcoming visit to the United States. “Imran Khan apprised the cabinet about his agenda and priorities to highlight the Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly session and during his interactions with the international leadership and the media,” she said.

The special assistant further said that the PM Imran Khan and the government believe in facilitation and empowerment of media, adding that the establishment of media tribunals is an attempt to introduce best practices, norms and code of conduct of the democratic societies of the world.

She said: “Media tribunals will replace Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority s Council of complaints to resolve issues pertaining to media and other stakeholders, adding that the tribunals will decide a matter within 90 days. She said a bill in this regard will be tabled in the National Assembly.”

Dr Awan said the cabinet has also decided to file a review petition against Election Commission of Pakistan s recent decision declaring PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz eligible to hold office of Vice President of the party.

She said Maryam Nawaz is a convicted person and cannot hold office of a political party under the law.

The Special Assistant said that the cabinet approved health cards for transgender class, across Pakistan, adding that around 5000 such people exist in Pakistan and their data is being compiled with the help of NADRA.

“The cabinet decided to establish old age homes in the name of  Maskan at district level under Ehsas programme for the elderly people in the country,” she said and added first  Maskan  will be established in Sialkot as a pilot project, which will be replicated in rest of the country at a later stage.

The prime minister has directed the concerned ministry to prepare priorities in this regard, she added.

She said the Prime Minister also directed to fully implement the deadline for filling the vacant posts in various government departments.

The Special Assistant informed that the cabinet approved transfer of erstwhile FATA s Zakat funds to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, while 244 rehabilitation centres will be established for the treatment of drug addicted people.

She said prevention from drugs will be made part of the syllabus to save youth from falling prey to such menace.