Cabinet approves import of three million metric tons of wheat

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet, which met here on Tuesday with Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the chair accorded approval to the import of three million metric tons wheat.

Briefing media about the decisions taken by the Federal Cabinet, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said the Prime Minister also directed to introduce an incentivized agricultural policy that would enable the country to curtail wheat import.

She said the Cabinet approved revocation of multiple foreign passports under Passport Act, 1974. She said the Cabinet decided that such passports should not only be revoked but also a strategy should be adopted to prevent it in future.

Last date for the cancellation of dual foreign passport is 31 December of this year. She said till the date all procedural and administrative arrangements will be finalized to take legal action against dual foreign passport holders.

The cabinet also decided to continue the fixed rates of flour and sugar under the Ramadan package. Under that package, a 20 kg bag of flour was reduced from 950 rupees to 800 rupees, similarly sugar was reduced from 85 rupees per kg to 70 rupees per kg.

In this regard, the Prime Minister directed to ensure its full implementation. The Information Minister said Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has completely banned the export of Sugar. She said the ban is aimed at ensuring the smooth supply of sugar in the country at affordable price. She said sufficient stock of sugar is available in the country to meet the demand till the completion of this season.

Marryium Aurangzeb said the cabinet was briefed on Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. She said it was informed that first time a government made visit to these two brotherly countries with a complete strategic partnership plan.

She said under this plan, through joint ventures, investments will be made in different programs. She said the Federal Cabinet approved the appointment of Fawad Asadullah Khan as Director General Intelligence Bureau (IB). The Cabinet also accepted the resignation of Lieutenant General (r) Muzammil Hussain from the post of Chairman WAPDA.

Speaking on the occasion, Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar said the cabinet expressed its reservations over the recent decisions of President Dr Arif Alvi and Governor Punjab Omer Sarfraz Cheema. He said the Cabinet approved the advice of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for the removal of Omer Sarfaraz Cheema from Governor Punjab’s office.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Power, Khurram Dastagir Khan said Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif directed to formulate a new energy policy. He said the government is working vigilantly to eradicate load-shedding from the country utilizing all available resources.

He said power plants are now, producing 22634 MW and Nuclear power plants are also generating electricity. He said there was a zero Load shedding during the tenure of PML-N led government while due to incompetency of previous government many factories had been closed.

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