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Far-reaching decisions of Cabinet

THE Federal Cabinet, at its meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday, took decisions of far reaching importance including a proposed amendment to the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) to meet conditions of some countries and the European Union (EU) by waiving the death penalty for extradition of wanted people, including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain, former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, former Premier Nawaz Sharif’s sons, Hassan and Hussain, and others; empowering the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) to deal with money laundering cases, revamping of Pakistan Steel Mills, renewal of licenses of cellular phone companies and empowering the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) to deal with money laundering cases and offering of jobs from grade one to five through open ballot and removal of a quota system.
The decision to waive death penalty for extradition and empowerment of CTD to deal with money laundering cases is reflective of the resolve of the government to tackle the issue of money laundering. However, there should not be an element of political vendetta and the law should be applied across the board without exceptions, otherwise it would lose its steam. The decision to revamp the ailing PSM would be appreciated by all patriotic Pakistanis as there was absolutely no justification to let this national institution crumble because of lack of ability of the successive governments to manage its affairs successfully. Steel production would remain relevant for all times to come and the institution can be made profitable provided it is reformed and allowed to be run on professional lines. There is logic in abolishing quota for posts from grade one to five but there would be little difference between balloting and quota system if these posts are not filled through open merit and competition. The cabinet discussed complaints against National Testing Service (NTS) but these apparently remained unproductive as no decision was taken. NTS, as per frequent media reports and perception, has lost its utility because of wrong-doings in the process of testing and these reports should lead to major penalties as these amount to betrayal of trust.