ISLAMABAD – The federal cabinet on Tuesday approved the formulation of a separate court system for overseas Pakistanis to ensure summary trial.
So said Information and Broadcasting Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain as he briefed the media here on the decisions taken at Tuesday’s meeting of the federal cabinet which convened here under the presidency. of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In addition, the cabinet approved a 15% disparity reduction allowance in 2022 for federal government employees in grades 1 through 19 and civilian armed forces personnel, he added.
Overseas Pakistanis are seen as an important support base of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). Fawad said these laws will be enacted in view of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision to facilitate Pakistanis abroad who are the country’s prized asset. He said a similar judicial system will also be established in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, where the PTI is in power. “We [cabinet] have given their approval for a separate court system for overseas Pakistanis, continuing our tradition of thinking and working to their advantage,” he said, adding that under this system, summary trials would take place for cases of overseas Pakistanis.
He said that a law for the implementation of this system in Islamabad had been sent to the Council for Common Interests and that later Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa would pass the same law. After that, he said, the system would be installed where the PTI is in government, including Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
In this regard, he recognized that speedy trials were the right of every citizen. “But overseas Pakistanis come from overseas…they can’t stay here for long so this was made for them,” he explained.
Responding to a question on the occasion, the minister said oil prices in the country needed to rise as prices had skyrocketed in the international market following the Ukraine crisis.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the firm has also expressed concern over the massive stay orders due to which the Federal Board of Revenue is unable to collect revenue over three trillion rupees. He said the Justice Department has been asked to raise this issue with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Chief Justices of the High Courts. He said it was recommended that there be a separate forum to resolve these policy issues.
He said the firm hopes the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will present a serious perspective from the judiciary on this issue. He said the country was facing an “administrative crisis” due to the large number of suspension orders and that the Ministry of Justice had been asked to raise this issue with the Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief Justices high courts.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the cabinet called for enacting strict laws against the use of foul language and hate speech on social media. He said the firm had decided to address the derogatory language used on social media and some TV stations. The government, he said, intends to develop laws in this regard and take strict measures.
Without specifying what he was referring to, the minister said it was “not only about individuals but also about institutions and the security of Pakistan”. “Propaganda campaigns are launched on topics that pose a threat to Pakistan’s national security,” he said. But no action could be taken against those involved in such activities as they were bailable offences, he said, adding that the Justice Ministry had been urged to improve laws relating to these issues and to develop laws under which strict measures could be taken.
The minister also talked about a re-ballot in the first phase of local body elections in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which recently concluded with the opposition Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) in the lead . JUI-F came out on top securing 24 mayor/chairman of tehsil council spots, followed by the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf which secured 17 seats. Independent candidates won 10 seats, the National Awami Party seven, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz three, Jamaat-i-Islami and Tehreek-i-Islahat Pakistan two each and the Pakistan People’s Party parliamentarians one.
Chaudhry said he was pleased with the results of Sunday’s election and argued the results showed once again why there was a need for electronic voting machines (EVMs) – an issue that has remained a bone of contention between the government and the opposition for a very long time. The information minister pointed out that the number of votes cast down in recent polls in Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan was greater than the “margin between winners’ and losers’ votes”.
Chaudhry Fawad Hussain also claimed that the ‘corrupt leadership of the opposition’ would fail in their bid not to trust as they would land in jail for their looting and plundering of the national wealth.
They could submit a motion of no confidence if they manage to save themselves from the corruption cases, but he had not planned such a decision because they would be in prison before embarking on the misadventure, he said during the press conference after the cabinet meeting.
As a result, Fawad said, the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Farrukh Habib, will propose a resolution to the National Assembly for an in-depth debate on the live broadcast of the case of the head of state. opposition Shehbaz Sharif. It was all the more important to show the public how billions of rupees had flowed into the accounts of junior employees at his (Shehbaz) factories, he added.
With regard to decisions taken in the Council of Ministers, the Minister underlined the need to set up a forum for consultation between the federal government and the senior judiciary on national issues, which would help put an end to unnecessary delays in important administrative matters.
Among the outstanding outstanding cases, Fawad explained, cases related to tax collection, investment and administrative appointment suspension orders have been included, which have caused irreparable loss to the country.
At present, he said, cases worth Rs 300 trillion from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Rs 250 billion from regulators were pending in various courts.
He said the cabinet approved the reconstitution of the board of the State Life Insurance Corporation (SLIC) on the recommendation of the Department of Commerce. Apart from SLIC, representatives from the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance along with economic experts Humayun Bashir, Poro Sadwa, Moin Foda and Anwar Mansoor Khan, independent members, would be part of the board. He said the cabinet had authorized an international company “Peugeot” to start importing its vehicles for testing to start an automotive business in Pakistan.
The cabinet, he said, also approved the export of 34,500 metric tons of Moong pulses to Afghanistan for humanitarian purposes under the World Food Programme. He said he also approved the $821.80 million deferred debt payment agreement with Saudi Arabia. Payments of some $4 billion would be deferred until 2027, which could be used for development activities.
Fawad said the cabinet also approved the extension of the deadline for international bonds issued for the country’s economic stability, ordering the ministries of finance and law to hold consultations to grant them administrative and institutional protection.
The cabinet, he said, approved the appointment of Dr Naveed Hamid as a member of the Monetary Policy Committee for a further three-year term.
On the recommendation of the Ministry of Law and Justice, he said, the cabinet approved the appointments of Justice (Retd) Mian Muhammad Ajmal, Justice (Retd) Faisal Arab, Justice (Retd) Muhammad Sair Ali and lawyer Syed Ayaz Zahoor in the Law Department and Justice Commission.
The minister said the cabinet had approved the transfer of 33.5% working and operating shares of China Zenhua Oil to Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) in the Baska block.
He said he had also agreed to the appointment of Brigadier (R) Tofique Ahmad as Director General of the National Institute of Electronics.