A meeting of the Federal Cabinet was held in Islamabad under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
The federal cabinet took serious note of the May 25 long march by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and the entry of PTI workers into Islamabad with arms, expressing concern.
The Cabinet also paid tributes to the Interior Ministry and law enforcement officials for their services during the long march.
The meeting also appreciated the performance of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in keeping the public informed of the real facts regarding the Long March through the media.
The Home Minister told the Cabinet that the May 25 Long March by Kopi TI was not a political activity but a deliberate act against the state and government. Using the resources of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, the PTI had gathered armed men in Islamabad a day earlier and disturbed the law and order situation.
Federal Minister for Water Resources Syed Khurshid Shah expressed grave concern over the breach of peace caused by the long march and said that any attempt at riots would not be allowed to succeed.
The Federal Cabinet took note of the statement of the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and expressed grave concern in which he said that this time we will enter the Federal Capital with full force.
In the meeting, the cabinet members approved the formation of a committee headed by the federal interior minister and consisting of federal law minister, federal information minister, economic affairs minister, communications minister and adviser to the prime minister on Kashmir affairs to maintain law and order situation. This committee will formulate a strategy in this regard.
The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Energy to formulate a National Energy Saving Policy and the Ministry of Information to conduct an effective public awareness campaign in this regard.
The Cabinet also approved to provide Rs. 2.44 billion to the Ministry of Religious Affairs for the Government Hajj Scheme 2022 for providing facilities to Hajj pilgrims. After this approval, it will be possible to reduce the expenses of 32,453 pilgrims under the official Hajj scheme by Rs 1.5 lakh per person.
The meeting also approved to start the process of appointment of members in the National Commission for Human Rights from Islamabad Capital Territory.
Cabinet approves repeal of Railway Amendment Ordinance 2022 Following the repeal of this ordinance, new amendments will be made in the rules of Pakistan Railways. The aim is to bring innovation and improvement in the railway system which will be possible with the participation of experts in the Railway Board. In this regard, professionals will be deployed in Pakistan Railways under competitive procedure.
The meeting also approved the appointment of Iram Anjum Khan as Secretary Privatization Commission and Abdul Khaliq Sheikh as Inspector General of Police Balochistan.
The Cabinet also approved the appointment of Syed Zainul Abidin Shah as Member Finance and Salman Izad as Member Electric City in the Appellate Tribunal under NEPRA Act 1997.
The meeting also approved a one-time waiver on visa classification to facilitate Chinese personnel working on ongoing projects in Pakistan and ratified the decisions taken at the meeting of the Economic Co-ordination Committee held on May 28, 2022.