Ministers banned from getting treatment abroad

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan, chairing the Cabinet meeting on Thursday, barred federal ministers from going abroad for medical treatment on state expense.
The ban placed on medical treatment of federal ministers would be stretched to senior officials, advisers and federal secretaries as well. A notification was soon issued subsequent to the directives conveyed by PM Khan.
The prime minister also took the members into confidence on his visit to China, briefing them of the agreements, the memorandum of understandings that were signed.
During the course of the meeting, a 21-point agenda was also approved by the cabinet members who also appraised the execution of decisions made in past meetings.
Furthermore, a summary, authorizing the Federal Board of Revenue of issuing a tax directory, was also approved by the premier.
It was also revealed that a separate tax directory for members of the parliament will be published by the FBR.
The cabinet approved an agreement pertaining to the exchange of prisoners with the United Kingdom.The PM also took the cabinet into confidence over the decisions taken by the National Security Committee.
In October, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar had met British Home Secretary Sajid Javid in London to discuss issues related to the provision of mutual legal assistance, extradition requests, prisoner transfer agreement and steps to curb money laundering as well as recovery of assets acquired through illegal means.
The federal cabinet also gave the green signal to a two-way agreement to promote diplomatic relations with Nigeria.
The federal cabinet also gave a go-ahead to the appointment of a chairman at the Trading Corporation of Pakistan, and sanctioned the issuance of a charter license to new airline Liberty Air Ltd.
While approving the interior ministry’s appeal to take suspicious persons into custody, the cabinet gave approval for protective custody of Rasool Khan, Waseem Akhtar, Abbas Hafeez, Mohammad Mushtaq and Sajjad Ali Mohra.
In the meeting, Finance Minister Asad Umar gave a briefing on the agreements signed with China. The cabinet approved a Pakistan-Sri Lanka coastguard agreement, and also endorsed the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee.
Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry spoke to media where he highlighted the matters discussed in the federal cabinet session.

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