ISLAMABAD ( Web News )
The government has “removed” several reservations of the UK on the Pakistan’s COVID data, Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said Tuesday, as the country seeks to exit Britain’s travel red list.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan spoke at length about Pakistan’s coronavirus testing mechanism with Britain’s chief medical scientist, Chaudhry said, as he addressed a post-cabinet meeting media briefing.
“We hope the British government will review its policy,” he added. Pakistan was retained on the red list, in the latest review of the country’s travel ban, despite a diplomatic offensive by several top government officials.
The British government said that it had decided to keep Pakistan on the travel ban red list because the true number of COVID-19 cases are likely much higher than reported across the country, a leaked letter written by Britain’s health minister revealed.
Chaudhry said a detailed discussion was held on electoral reforms, with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz, and Minister for IT and Telecom Syed Amin ul Haq giving detailed briefings to the cabinet in this regard.
The information minister reiterated the claim that “no sitting government” had proposed electoral reforms, and PTI is the “first” to do so. “Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N has never won an election without rigging, which is why they are not interested in changing the system.”
If the system fails and becomes neutral then the Sharif family has “no future” in politics, he added.
“[PML-N Vice-President] Maryam Nawaz and [PPP Chairman] Bilawal Bhutto Zardari can become the prime ministers in case Pakistan’s fortunes take a turn for the worst or there is intense rigging — there is no other way for them to become prime ministers,” he said.
The information minister said no Opposition member has held talks with the government over electronic voting machines, nor have they reviewed the bills in this regard.
“Sitting at their homes, they reject all electoral reforms saying ‘we don’t accept it’,” he lamented, adding such an “inept” and “incompetent” Opposition had “never existed” in Pakistan.
Cabinet accorded approval for signing of Intergovernmental Protocol on Establishment of Joint Security Commission between Pakistan and Uzbekistan.
Cabinet ratified the decisions taken by Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases.