Cabinet approves open trial of Nawaz in NAB references

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Security situation reviewed

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad

The federal cabinet on Wednesday approved open trial of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the remaining two references-Azizya Steel Mills and off- share Flagship investments- lodged against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
The meeting chaired by PM Nasirul Mulk approved withdrawal earlier order for Nawaz’s in Adiala Jail.
During the meeting, the interior secretary briefed federal ministers on measure taken to ensue security and law and order situation ahead of the general elections including deployment of over 42, 000 civil armed forces, and information sharing with provincial governments through National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), provision of aviation support and technical assistance by the Federal Investigation Agency and NADRA.
The Cabinet stressed upon the need for the provincial governments to ensure that the Election Code of Conduct and the security protocols are strictly followed and that the political leaders are kept on board by the administration about the security measures being taken to ensure security during corner meetings and political gatherings,” read the statement.
A proposal by the finance division to facilitate the implementation anti-money laundering and countering terror-financing plans was approved. The Cabinet also endorsed a proposal for “contributions by the employees of the federal government towards construction of Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam” which outlines donating “two days’ salary of officers (BS 17-22) and one day salary of officials (BS-1-16)” for the cause.
The Cabinet also approved issuance of notification regarding exemption of federal taxes in the areas of erstwhile FATA/PATA, initially for a period of three months.”
Briefing the media about the decisions of federal cabinet, Information Minister barrister Ali Zafar stated that the caretaker federal government has decided not to collect sales tax on electricity and manufacturing and income tax on profits in business from the FATA and PATA areas as part of implementation of tribal areas’ merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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