ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday decided to introduce comprehensive reforms in the criminal justice system.
Minister for Law Farogh Naseem gave a detailed briefing to the meeting about the proposed criminal law reforms.
Briefing the media about the decisions taken in the cabinet meeting in Islamabad, Minister for Information Minister Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said these reforms will change the entire criminal justice system and address matters relating to delay in trials and registration of FIRs.
The information minister said that improving the justice system was on the agenda of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said the matter would now be discussed in the Cabinet Committee on law and then these reforms will be enforced.
The cabinet rejected the proposal to give ten percent ad hoc relief in basic salaries to the Chairman Senate, the Deputy Chairman Senate, the Speaker National Assembly, the Deputy Speaker and other parliamentarians.
Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said the decision was in line with the government’s austerity drive.
During the cabinet meeting, PM Imran Khan expressed his resentment over delay in procurement of wheat. He directed the provinces including Punjab to take steps for the release of wheat stocks.
Chaudhary Fawad Hussain was confident that the prices of wheat flour will gradually come down in the wake of issuance of wheat release schedule by Punjab.
The cabinet was informed that 5G will be launched in the country next year and several companies are showing interest in it.
Imran Khan directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to ensure quality telecom services in every nook and corner of the country.
Alluding to the cyber-attack on the website of FBR, the information minister said that inquiry had revealed that most of the data remained safe. He said the FBR had now hired a company for protection of data.
He said the Ministry of Information Technology informed the cabinet that one million attacks had so far been carried out on our websites this year, which were foiled by the NTC. He said Pakistan has a comprehensive framework for cyber security which is further being strengthened.
On the proposal of tariff policy board, the cabinet approved reduction in additional customs duty on auto parts from seven to two percent to promote indigenous production of vehicles. Fawad Chaudhry said additional customs duty on heavy commercial vehicles has also been reduced from seven to two percent.