Federal Cabinet Meets

Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani presided over the meeting of the Federal Cabinet here today.

The Prime Minister took the Federal Cabinet into confidence over his visit to Maldives in connection with 17th SAARC Summit and his meeting with the Indian counterpart.

The Cabinet also condemned the murder of three minority community members in Sindh and expressed its sympathies with the bereaved family. The Prime Minister said perpetrators of this heinous crime will be brought to justice.

The Cabinet assured the minorities in Pakistan that the government will provide security of life and property to their communities. The Prime Minister directed the Minister for Religious Affairs Mr. Khurshid Shah to visit the homes of the deceased and offer condolences on behalf of the Federal Government.

The Cabinet reviewed the implementation of previous cabinet decisions pertaining to Ministry of Defense and Defense Production Division.

The Cabinet approved initiation and Signing of MoU between Board of Investment (BOI) Pakistan and the State Committee on Investments and the State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan.

During the visit of the Tajik President to Pakistan in March 2011, the Tajik side proposed signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Board of Investment (BOI) Pakistan and the State Committee on Investments and the State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan to enhance bilateral investment relations between the two countries.

The MoU will provide opportunities for Identification of areas of mutual cooperation, work together to increase bilateral investment ties, exchange information and experiences regarding the development of policies to attract investment between the parties and exchange information and experiences regarding the legal framework that regulate investments in each of the Parties.

The Cabinet approved the Signing of Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Consultations Mechanism between Pakistan and Chile.

The Cabinet approved Enhancement of Weight Limit of Printed Papers (Test Books and Fixation of its Tariff) for the sake of dissemination of knowledge. The maximum weight limit of this category of postal articles is required to be enhanced from 2 Kg. to 7 Kg.

This step coincides with the Government’s policy to enhance the literacy rate in the country and also to facilitate the users of postal services engaged in the dispatch of text books prescribed for study in schools, colleges, universities and written exercises to and from the institutions recognized by the Government which conduct correspondence courses.

The Cabinet gave approval of Memorandum of Understanding for Import of Electricity from Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan: CASA-1000. The project proposal called CASA-1000 was approved for import of 1000 to 1300 MW surplus hydropower from Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan.

During the visit of the Prime Minister to Dushanbe, Tajikistan in November, 2010 emphasis was laid on early implementation of CASA-1000 Project. The President of Pakistan during the visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 02.09.2011 declared our commitment to the Project and has given a directive on CASA-1000 project.

The Progress report on implementation of energy plan and load management in respect of supply of electricity was also presented in the Cabinet. The Cabinet was informed that DESCOS and GENCOS boards have been reconstituted.

Vacancies of CEOs have been advertised and three candidates for each post have been short listed. It was also informed that financial plan to deal with the issue of circular debt would be submitted to the Cabinet in the next meeting by high powered energy committee of the Cabinet.

The Cabinet also accorded approval in principle to sign the signing of supplementary loan agreement in respect of procurement of equipment under NTDC Development Programme 220 KV-Ghazi Road Grid Station Pak-2 under EDCF Loan Assistance.

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