Cabinet firm on fighting terrorism
ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Wednesday reviewed the security situation and reiterated the government’s resolve to combat terrorism in Pakistan.
The cabinet, which met with Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali in the chair, directed the Interior Ministry, the provincial governments and the law enforcement agencies to coordinate their efforts to track down terrorists and their abettors in Pakistan.
The prime minister was displeased with reports regarding the harassment of small loaners by the House Building Finance Corporation. The cabinet approved Pakistan’s rejoining the Danish and Icelandic Joint Financing Agreement to provide greater safety and efficiency of operation on North Atlantic air routes.
The cabinet ratified the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between Pakistan and Morocco. The cabinet also approved drafts of Carriage of Goods by Sea and the Supplementary Carriage of Goods by Sea acts. The adoption of these acts will have positive impact on sea route trading.
Shujaat and Chattha elected: Pakistan Muslim League President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and former speaker of the National Assembly (NA) Hamid Nasir Chattha were elected chairmen of parliamentary committees on defence and Kashmir respectively on Wednesday.
Chaudhry Shujaat’s name was proposed by Lt Col (r) Ghulam Rasool Sahi and seconded by Mr Chattha for chairmanship of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence.
Sardar Talib Hasan Nakai proposed Mr Chattha’s name for chairman of a special committee on Kashmir and Dr Noor Jehan Panezai seconded it. Mr Chattha said Kashmir was a national issue and the party divide should not affect the committee’s working. NA Speaker Chaudhry Amir Hussain was present on the occasion.