PM Chairs cabinet meeting (Pakistan Press International)

Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif presided over the Federal Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday and Expressed his deep concern over the reports of alleged use of money and influence for the forthcoming Senate elections.
Prime Minister stressed that we must ensure that there is no horse-trading or use of money in the elections. He said that we attach great value to the sanctity of vital national institutions.
The Prime Minister termed all such reports as regrettable. He directed that immediate steps must be taken to make the process transparent, fair and in accordance to democratic norms.
The federal Cabinet decided that other political parties will be contacted in this regard and if necessary, amendments in Constitution and laws would be completed before the Senate elections.
The Prime Minister assigned the federal ministers the task to coordinate all necessary steps in consultation with other mainstream political parties.
The Prime Minister further directed for immediate formation of a Committee comprising of legal experts to deliberate on the legal position and submit its report and recommendations to the Prime Minister in the next 24 hours.
Earlier, the Federal Cabinet offered its condolences on the sad demise of Justice retired Rana Bhagwandas, former judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and ex-Chairman of Federal Public Services Commission of Pakistan, who died in Karachi early morning on Monday.
One minute silence was observed at the start of the meeting. The Prime Minister appreciated the role played by Justice retired Rana Bhagwandas for the service to the nation during his long tenure as a Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan. He said that Justice retired Rana Bhagwandas was a firm believer of rule of law, democracy and principles.
Secretary Water and Power and Secretary Petroleum and Natural Resources gave a detailed presentation to the Federal Cabinet on energy related issues.
The Cabinet was informed that LNG based 3600 MW power generation projects would be completed by December 2017. On this the Prime Minister said that action would be taken against all those responsible for any delay in the energy projects as the whole nation is suffering due to energy shortages.
He directed that the proposed projects should be completed by February 2017. He emphasized that each day is crucial for the development of the country and we have to work on fast track basis to complete the energy projects.
In a presentation, Chairman CDA briefed the Cabinet on the prospects of public-private-partnership for carrying out development work in the federal capital.
He informed that there are no sustainable sources of income for the organization which is impacting its capability to carry out required development work. He proposed that, public-private-partnership may be allowed to overcome financial constraints being faced by CDA.
He added that in the Public-Private-Partnership model, such projects would be initiated which will provide sustainable sources of income to the Authority. The Prime Minister, while approving the proposal in principle, directed CDA Chairman to work out necessary amendment required in the CDA laws for approval by the Parliament.
The Cabinet considered and approved initiation of negotiation for Preferential Trade agreement (PTA) between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Cabinet also approved for Signing of Loan Agreement for Energy Sector Reform Program between Government of Pakistan and Government of Japan/JICA
Formal approval of the Inter-Government Framework Agreement Signed between Government of Pakistan and China for Government Concessional Loan to Finance the Karachi Nuclear Power (K-2/K-3) Project was also accorded by the Cabinet.
The Cabinet further gave its formal approval for signing of the Reciprocal Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of Pakistan and Government of Iran.
The Cabinet considered and gave its approval, in Principle, to Start Negotiations with the Government of the State of Qatar for Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports Approval, in Principle, to Enter into Negotiations on an “Agreement on Transfer of Offenders/Sentenced Persons” between Pakistan and Malaysia was accorded by the Cabinet.
The Federal Cabinet gave its approval for signing the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Sultanate of Oman represented by the Royal Oman Police and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan represented by the Ministry of Interior and Narcotics Control in the field of Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances.
Ex-Post Facto approval of the Cabinet for the MoU Signed between the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation was also accorded.
Ex-Post Facto approval of the agreement signed between the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan for Cooperation in the field of agriculture was also given by the Cabinet meeting.
Approval, in Principle, of the Cabinet to start negotiations with South Africa for Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Application of Plant quarantine and Phytosanitary Measures was accorded.
The Federal Cabinet gave its permission, in principle, for initiating negotiations for Memorandum of Understanding with Government of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Field of Manpower
The Cabinet considered a summary of the ministry of Petroleum and Natural resources and gave its Ex-Post Facto Approval, in Principle, of the Cabinet to start negotiations with the Republic of Kuwait for Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The Cabinet further gave its approval for Signing of MoU between Ministry of petroleum and Natural Resources and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KUFPEC), Government of Kuwait and Award of Petroleum Rights to Kuwait Petroleum Corporation on Strategic Partner Basis Through its Subsidiary Kirthar Pakistan B.V.
The Cabinet considered and gave its approval to the Protocol Minutes of the Meeting with China National Petroleum Corporation of People’s Republic of China regarding Gwadar Nawabshah LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project.
The Cabinet also gave its Ex-Post Facto approval to agreement on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project cooperation between the Government of People’s Republic of China and the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.