ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday apprised the federal cabinet in detail of his visit to the United Nations, his meetings with various heads of government and state, and other stakeholders.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan briefed the media on cabinet decisions. According to Ms. Awan, the prime minister said many of the world leaders had no idea of the facts on Kashmir situation. His meetings helped them change the perception they had about Kashmir and India.
PM Khan said he interaction with more than seventy personalities while the foreign minister also held more than fifty meetings. The agenda of the meetings was to counter the Indian narrative on the situation in Kashmir, expose it before the world community, and get the right of self-determination for oppressed Kashmiris according to UN resolutions.
Imran Khan also informed the cabinet about the combined efforts of Pakistan, Turkey, and Malaysia on stopping Islamophobia and their agreement to start a modern English channel to present the true image of Islam to the world. The channel will also depict dramas, films, the culture of the three countries and rich Islamic values and traditions.
The cabinet congratulated the prime minister at his successful visit to the UN, particularly his address at the UN General Assembly in which he highlighted the issue of Kashmir.
Briefings on price control, dengue epidemic
Prime Minister Imran Khan also directed to control the price of flour in order to reduce burden on common man. He directed the Ministry of National Food Security and provincial governments to take steps to avoid shortage of wheat and control the price of bread.
PM Khan, while taking notice of the spread of dengue in the country, said efforts should be maximized to control the virus. The meeting was given a detailed briefing on the spike areas of dengue, relevant data and the steps being taken to overcome it. He directed the Ministry of National Health to provide all facilities to provincial governments also in this regard.
First e-commerce policy approved
The Federal Cabinet also approved the first ever e-commerce policy of the country. Ms. Awan said the meeting considered the rising trend of e-shopping and expanding reach of smartphones in the country.
The prime minister directed to plan a roadmap for rules, regulations and the basic structure of e-commerce in the country.
Imran Khan also urged the Pakistan Halal Food Authority to hold meetings with various stakeholders and industry representatives to work out in this area. The cabinet also approved exemption of Gwadar Port from taxation.
The prime minister was also briefed on the performance of Pakistan Citizen Portal. It was informed that more than 1,173,000 citizens have registered with this app and more than a million complaints have been disposed of successfully.