Pakistan wants continued engagement with world powers:PM Abbassi

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Tuesday that Pakistan wanted a continued engagement with regional and international powers based on mutual respect, equality and partnership.

Chairing a meeting of the Cabinet here on Tuesday, he said the international community should acknowledge the huge sacrifices and contributions made by Pakistan for regional peace and stability.

The PM briefed the cabinet about his visit to the United States where he forcefully presented Pakistan’s point of view on gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, belligerent attitude of India, peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region, and the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

He also briefed the cabinet about his bilateral meetings on the side lines of UNGA Session, particularly the meetings with the US vice president, presidents of Iran and Turkey, prime minister of Sri Lanka, the CEO of the World Bank, the executive chairman of World Economic Forum and the UN secretary general and King of Jordan.

The Federal Cabinet appreciated the PM for his bold stance and forceful presentation of Pakistan’s case before the international community.

The Power Division secretary gave a detailed presentation on the current and future demand and supply situation of the power sector.

The Cabinet was informed that the present government would add more than 11,500 MW electricity into the system by June 2018. More than 6,100 MW had already been added to the system by June 2017.

The Cabinet was further informed that by November of this year, load-shedding would be reduced to negligible level. Improvements in transmission and distribution system were also presented to the Cabinet. The Cabinet discussed various issues related to the power sector and appreciated the efforts made by the Ministry of Energy.

The Cabinet approved five years extension of the lease contract of Saindak Copper Gold project, between Saindak Metals Limited and Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd. (MCC). The existing lease agreement term would expire on October 31, 2017.

The Cabinet approved the issuance of Policy Directive to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) under Section 8 of the PTA (Re-Organization) Act, 1996 to enable market testing of 5G technology within the regulatory environment and ensure that the new technology is ready of the market.

The appointment of Mr. Rizwan Mir was approved as the Chief Executive Officer, Universal Service Fund under the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication.

The Cabinet, on the recommendation of the Defence Ministry, approved the appointment of Air Commodore Shamsul Haq as member commercial and Air Commodore Aamir Habibullah Maken as member technical of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Board Kamra.

The Cabinet also accorded the approval of the appointment of Raja Pervaiz Akhter, district and session judge, as a judge of special court (Control of Narcotics Substances) Rawalpindi, on the recommendation of the Lahore High Court, Lahore. The Cabinet approved a proposal by the Finance division that would enable the Auditor General of Pakistan to sign an MoU with its Indonesian counterpart on Cooperation in public sector auditing.

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