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Tuesday Oct 22 2019

Cabinet okays promulgation of eight ordinances


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a cabinet meeting at the PM Office on Tuesday.

The meeting took up the agenda related to development projects and other issues of importance, the PM Office said.

The cabinet gave green light for promulgation of eight ordinances to uplift the living standard of common man.

“It is a defining moment for Pakistan as the Federal Cabinet has approved eight laws of public interest,” Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Farogh Naseem said while addressing a press conference.

Flanked by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, he said the laws included The Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates, The Enforcement of Women''s Property Rights Ordinance 2019, The Benami Transaction (Prohibition) (Amendment) Ordinance 2019, The Superior Courts (Courts Dress and Mode of Address) Order (Repeal) Ordinance, 2019, The National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance 2019, Legal Aid and Justice Authority Ordinance, 2019 and ordinances related to the Whistle Blower Act and amendments in the Civil Procedure Code.

He said the amendments in the CPC would ensure speedy and expeditious justice for masses who had been enduring year-long lawsuits in civil courts.

The provision of speedy justice was the only way forward to change the status quo, prevailing in the country, he added.

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the federal cabinet had approved an agreement between the Ministry of Housing and Akhuwat Islamic Microfinance in an effort to build five million housing units for low-income people.

She said under the accord, a fund of Rs 5 billion would be utilized to give interest-free loans of Rs 100,000 to Rs 1 million to the poor people.

Priority would be given to those homeless people who were registered under the ''poverty score card survey'', she added.

Dr Firdous said the cabinet also approved an internship programme under which the Ministry of Communications would give technical training and employment to some 35,000 students every year.

She said the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan approved solar power projects to meet electricity needs of army on build-operate-transfer basis.