Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has reiterated the resolve of his Government to leave no stone unturned and take all possible measures to mitigate the suffering caused to the people affected by the recent floods in the country. This was stated by him while presiding a Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister Office here today.
The Prime Minister also issued directives to the concerned authorities to evaluate the damage caused by the floods and make an estimate as early as possible. He also directed National Disaster Management Authority to take necessary preventive measures to protect the province of Sindh where flood waters are expected to reach in the next few days.
Earlier the cabinet was given a detailed briefing on the flood situation and the relief and rescue efforts being carried out in the affected areas by NDMA Chairman, Major Gen. Muhammad Saeed Aleem. Prime Minister also directed NDMA to present a comprehensive disaster management plan before the cabinet in next meeting.
A total of 274 persons died due to recent floods and heavy rains across the country and 43000 houses have been damaged, according to preliminary estimates. A total number of 1.9 million Persons in 10 districts and three thousand villages have been affected by the floods. Pakistan Army is also helping in rescue and relief activities in flood hit areas, the Cabinet was informed.
The Prime Minister took a serious notice of reports of overbilling in electricity bills during last two months across the country and directed the Ministry of Water and Power to redress genuine grievances of the consumers, if any. In this connection, the Prime Minister also constituted a committee chaired by Advisor to the Prime Minister Mr. Mussadiq Malik which will submit its report within a week and shall come up for discussions in the next cabinet meeting.
The Cabinet was also briefed on law and order situation in Islamabad by Mr. Shahid Khan, Secretary Interior.
Federal Ministers updated the cabinet on the dialogue process with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that his government is firmly committed dialogue process and believes that all issues can be resolved through dialogue. “All constitutional and legal demands of the PTI and PAT have been discussed and government is ready to pay heed to such demands but the unconstitutional and illegal demands cannot be accepted,” said the Prime Minister.
Cabinet also discussed and approved the following agenda items:
Cabinet gave formal approval to sign the protocol between Pakistan and Turkey on disaster management.
It also approved starting of Negotiations for Signing of Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) between Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Republic of Nigeria.
Cabinet also granted approval for starting negotiations and signing of a MoU between Pakistan and United States of America on joint efforts to enable the economic empowerment of women and to promote women’s entrepreneurship.
Cabinet granted approval for negotiating the draft Memorandum of Understanding (mou) between the government of Thailand and the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Cabinet also approved negotiating the draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of National Defense of Canada and the Canadian Forces (as represented by the Directorate of Military Training and Cooperation) and the Ministry of Defense of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan concerning the Canadian Military Training & Cooperation Program.
The Cabinet also granted approval for Signing of Charter of Business of the – Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.
The Cabinet granted permission to elevate Pakistan’s status from associate to full member in North Indian Ocean Hydrographic Commission (NIOHC)
The cabinet also granted permission to start negotiations on the establishment of Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) between Government of Pakistan and Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
The Cabinet also approved Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Pakistan on the Status and Operations of the British Council in Pakistan, and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Government of the Republic of Mauritius in the field of health and medicine.
The Cabinet approved signing of MoU between State Bank of Pakistan and Polish Financial Supervision Authority (PFSA) on banking supervision matters.
The Cabinet approved cultural exchange programme between the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Government of the Republic of Korea for the period 2012-2015 signed in December, 2012. It also approved starting negotiations for renewal of the cultural exchange programme between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for the Year 2014-2019. It also approved of the programme for exchanges in the fields of education, science, culture, mass media, youth and sports between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 2013-2016, the cabinet gave approval for the agreement between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the Establishment, Functioning and Activities of Cultural Centers and to start negotiations on the programme of cooperation between government of the Republic of Poland and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the Areas of Science, Education and Culture for the Period 2014-2018.
The cabinet approved to start negotiations on the culture agreement between the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the period 2014-2018 were also approved in the cabinet meeting.
The cabinet approved MoU on Cooperation between Ministry of Information Technology of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies of the Republic of Tunisia in the Field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTS).
Cabinet considered and approved signing agreement on Re-Admission of Persons Residing without Authorization and Implementing Protocol to the Re-Admission Agreement between Pakistan and Russia.
Cabinet granted permission to enter into Negotiations on an “Extradition Treaty” Between Pakistan and Tajikistan.
Cabinet approved signing the negotiated agreement on transfer of sentenced persons between Pakistan and Iran and approval for ratification of the agreement on transfer of sentenced persons.
Cabinet also granted approval of starting negotiations on an agreement between Pakistan and Belarus on cooperation in the field of Education.
Cabinet granted approval for First Executive Programme in Educational, Higher Education and Scientific Research Fields for the Culture, Scientific Technical, Educational and Media Cooperation Agreement between the Government of State of Qatar and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for the Academic Years (2014/2015 - 2014/2016 - 2016-2017).
The cabinet approved in principle agreement between the Government of Pakistan and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Education Cooperation was also approved by the cabinet.
The cabinet has granted permission for negotiation and signing of the agreement and approval for ratification of the agreement on establishment of South Asian University.
The Cabinet approved initiating negotiations on ‘Agreement on Legal and Judicial Cooperation between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria’.
The Cabinet granted approval of ratification of the agreement of establishing the SAARC Seed Bank Signed during the 17th SAARC Summit on 11th November 2011 at Addu, Maldives.
The Cabinet granted permission to initiate negotiations on ‘Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement between Pakistan-Iraq’.
The Cabinet also ratified convention between Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Czech Republic for avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.
The Cabinet approved signing the draft convention between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Ireland for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.
Cabinet also granted permission to initiate negotiations on a memorandum of understanding (mou) on statistical cooperation between Government of the Republic of Iraq and the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
Board of investment presented a summary before the Cabinet for approval to sign and ratify the bilateral investment agreement with Bahrain. Cabinet approved the summary and allowed BOI sign bilateral investment agreement.
Cabinet also confirmed the decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Privatization (CCOP) in its Meeting held on 10th May 2014.