ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain has said the demonstration process of Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs), under government’s electoral reforms agenda, will be completed within a week.

 

He was briefing media about the decisions taken in the Federal Cabinet that met here on Tuesday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair. The Minister said initially we have ordered 500 EVMs for trials in the elections of Bar Councils and press clubs. He said all the 36 conditions of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) have been fulfilled in the initial trials of the EVMs. The EVMs are being manufactured by three companies.

 

He said PML-N has filed a petition in the court to deprive the overseas Pakistanis of their right to vote while it is among our top priorities to give them basic right of voting as we consider them an integral part of the country. He said we are waiting for PPP’s response in this regard to finalize the legislative procedure.

 

The cabinet prayed for the martyrs of Ghotki train accident and victims of a Pakistan origin family in Canada. Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said the incident of Canada vindicates Prime Minister Imran Khan’s reservations regarding rising trends of Islamophobia in the West.

 

Condemning the incident, the cabinet stressed on western countries to take immediate steps to root out the major cause of Islamophobia. The Prime Minister directed the Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi to finalize the reforms in transportation and logistics. The Law Minister Farogh Naseem briefed the cabinet about reforms in criminal law.

 

The Cabinet was informed that around 17 million people are getting benefits of Ehsaas program. The data of Ehsaas program is being digitalized to make it more transparent. The Cabinet was briefed that Utility Stores Corporation is making sales of over 100 billion rupees and first time it has come out of loss. The Cabinet approved the Corona relief package for Tajikistan to help fight against the pandemic.

 

The Cabinet also accorded the approval to record the National Anthem of Pakistan in modern vogue. To a question, Minister for information and Broadcasting said we are ready to negotiate with opposition but there would be no compromise on bargaining with corrupt elements.

 

He said it is condemnable that PML-N does not want to give right of vote to the overseas Pakistanis. He said Mubashir Hassan has been appointed as Managing Director of Associated Press of Pakistan. He said Tariq Malik has been re-appointed as Chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).