The Federal Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif met in Islamabad on 30th September 2016. The situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir and ceasefire violations by India on the LoC came under discussion.
The Prime Minister, at the very beginning of the meeting, said that we wanted to focus our energies for the betterment and welfare of our people, and the development of our country. He said that his government was committed to eliminating poverty and unemployment. To achieve these goals, peace was essential. However, we would defend our homeland against any aggression. The entire nation is standing shoulder to shoulder with our armed forces. Kashmir is the unfinished agenda of Partition, which cannot be wished away. The Indian atrocities cannot suppress the passions of the Kashmiri people. The Prime Minister said that the Indian aggression poses a serious threat to the regional peace and security. The Prime Minister added that the leadership and people of Pakistan are united in their resolve to counter any aggressive Indian designs.
The Cabinet joined the Prime Minister in completely rejecting the Indian claims of carrying out “surgical strikes”. The Indian Occupation forces had resorted to unprovoked firing on the LoC in complete violation of India’s commitments under bilateral arrangements as well as international law.
The Cabinet praised the brave and valiant Jawans of the armed forces of Pakistan for their befitting response to the Indian aggression. The Cabinet also offered fateha on the shahadat of two armed forces personnel and expressed sympathy to their families on this irreparable loss.
The Cabinet expressed deep concern over the continued killings and grave human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Occupation Forces have killed more than 110 Innocent civilians’ including women, children and elderly persons. The Cabinet appreciated the courage, valour and commitment of the Kashmiri people who continue their just struggle for the realization of the right to self-determination, in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions. The Cabinet reiterated Pakistan’s call for free, fair and impartial investigation into the killings of innocent civilians, under the UN auspices. It called upon the international community to take notice of the massive human rights violations being perpetrated by the Indian occupation forces in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Cabinet welcomed the decision of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to send a Fact Finding Mission to the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
The Cabinet expressed Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to provide political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The Cabinet also decided to continue to highlight Indian brutalities, excesses and state sponsored terrorism in IOK at the international level.
The Cabinet deplored the provocative statements of the Indian leadership alleging Pakistan for the Uri attack, without any evidence. The false Indian accusations were completely rejected. Indian statements and actions are aimed to deflect international community’s attention from the situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Cabinet noted that the statements of the Indian Prime Minister have provided fresh evidence of Indian involvement in subversive and terrorist activities in Pakistan, which is a clear contravention of the UN Charter and international law.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed that Pakistan’s commitment for peace must not be construed as weakness. In case of any aggression or violation of LoC, Pakistan will take all necessary steps to protect its people and territorial integrity.
The Federal Cabinet considered and accorded approval to the following:
1. Ban on Import of Flavored/non-Flavored Sheesha (Tobacco and Tobacco Free) and related Substance in Compliance with order passed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
2. Prime Minister’s Global Sustainable Development Goals Achievement Programme.
3. Proposed Legislation/Draft Bill for Regulation of the Benami Transactions.
4. Exemption from Levy of CVT on Immovable Property Transferred to and from the Third Pakistan International Sukuk Company Limited.
The Federal Cabinet considered and accorded approval to the following MOUs and Agreements:
1. Inter-government Framework Agreement Signed between Government of China and Pakistan for Financing of Metro Rail Transit System on the Orange Line in Lahore.
2. Approval for signing of memorandum of Understanding/Agreements between Pakistani and Belarusian Educational Institutions.
3. Approval for signing of Agreement on Collaboration on the Establishment of Urdu and Belarusian Language Chairs (Centers) between the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, Pakistan and Minsk State Linguistic University (MSLU), Minsk, Belarus.
4. Approval for signing of Agreement between Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Mutual Recognition of Educational Certificates.
5. Approval for signing of MoU for Cooperation in the field of Vocational Education between the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
6. Ex-post Facto approval for Initiation of Negotiations and approval for Signing of Agreement on Air Services between Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Republic of Belarus.
7. Approval for signing of MoU for Cooperation in the Sphere of Postal Services between Pakistan and Belarus
8. Approval for Initiation of Negotiations for signing of MoU between State Bank of Pakistan and the National Bank of Belarus (NBB-The Central Bank of Belarus).
9. Memorandum of Cooperation between Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and National Centre of Marketing & Price Study (NCMPC) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.
10. Approval in Principle to Amend the Convention between Pakistan and Belarus for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income.
11. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU) of Pakistan and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Japan in the Field of Anti Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT).
12. Approval for signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) and PT KOPELINDO of Indonesia.
13. Approval for signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Office of the Auditor General of Pakistan and the Turkish Court of Accounts (TCA) on Auditing in Public Sector.
14. Approval to commence negotiations on Protocol on Bilateral Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.
15. Approval for signing of MoU between Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority of Industries & Production Division Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Organization of Republic of Turkey.
16. Constituency Agreement for Board of Directors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
17. Approval for signing of Exchange of Notes/Loan Agreement of Polio Eradication Project (Phase-II) between Government of Pakistan and Government of Japan/JICA.
18. Approval for signing of Agreement on Economic Cooperation between Pakistan and Hungary.
19. Ex-post facto approval of the signing of Warsak Rehabilitation Project Financing Agreement between Government of Pakistan and Germany (KFW, AFD, EIB).
20. Ex-post facto approval for signing of MoU on Cooperation in the field of Small and Medium Enterprises Development between Small and Medium Enterprises Development authority (SMEDA) Pakistan and Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA) Bulgaria.
The Federal Cabinet also took note of the measures taken by the Finance Division to Curb Terrorism Financing (National Action Plan).
The Federal Cabinet also confirmed the following decisions:
1. Confirmation of Decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet in its meetings on 23rd September & 26th September, 2016.
2. Confirmation of the Decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE) dated 30.08.2016 and 15.09.2016.
3. Confirmation of Decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) dated 31st August, 2016.
4. Confirmation of the Decisions taken by the Cabinet Committee on Privatization (CCOP) in its Meetings held on 15-09-2014, 5-11-2014 and 8-11-2014