Saturday, November 17, 2018

Nawaz, Maryam names to be included in ECL: Fawad Chaudhry

PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Newly-elected federal minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry on Monday said that the names of former Prime Minister Nawaz and his daughter Maryam will be included in Exit Control List (ECL).

Talking to media, Fawad Chaudhry said that the process of accountability has been decided to start from PM Imran Khan and his cabinet. He said assets which have already been declared by Khan and the cabinet will be made public, adding that the additional cars in use of PM will also be put on auction.

No government office holder will be allowed to avail health facilities overseas on national exchequer while foreign tours of the ministers, except federal minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on the same expense have also been restricted, he added.

Fawad Chaudhry said PM does not intend to make any foreign tours over the next three months unless there is a pressing matter in need to be addressed.

He said two committees had been formed to review heritage and general property of the state in order to make them beneficial for the common people.

He said that the committee headed by Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood would decide the use of historical buildings while the other committee led by Finance Minister Asad Umar would approve measures for use of general government property.

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Avenfield properties are subject to ownership of the people of Pakistan. A task force led by Shehzad Akbar has been formed to recover all illegal assets stashed abroad, he continued.

PTI leader said that law and interior ministries have been directed to make arrangements to bring Hassan and Hussein and Ishaq Dar and present them before the court.

He further assured to record protest with the ambassador of Holland upon blasphemous cartoons. He said that the foreign minister was also asked to approach the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as this matter was hurting the sentiments of the entire Muslim world. These sketches were also in violation of the European Union laws which considered all the religions respectable, he continued.

Fawad Chaudhry said that renowned lawyer Shahzad Akbar had been appointed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability, who would supervise the process of repatriation of looted money.

He said that the budget of the Prime Minister House worth Rs 650 million was reflected in the budget and Nawaz Sharif’s claim of pay from personal pocket was contrary to facts.

About relations with India, he said that the apt government would follow the policy of government-to-government and not person-specific policy of the past.

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