PM to preside over both meetings via video link

Cabinet, NEC to approve budget today

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will chair the meetings of the National Economic Council and the federal cabinet today afternoon through video link while being in the UK for medical treatment.
According to a PM House statement, the Prime Minister would also address both the meetings through video facility. He will chair the NEC through video link from Pakistan’s High Commission in London.
Meanwhile, a government spokesperson, in a statement, said the Prime Minister can nominate any cabinet member to chair meetings of the Cabinet or National Economic Council.
In a statement, he said under article-48 of the Constitution, in the exercise of his functions, the President shall act on and in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet or the Prime Minister.
The spokesperson pointed out that under the Constitution, the executive authority of the Federation is exercised in the name of the President by the Federal Government, consisting of the Prime Minister and the Federal Ministers.
Meanwhile a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar in Islamabad decided that as per instructions of the Prime Minister meetings of the National Economic Council and Federal Cabinet would be held today. The NEC would meet at 5.30 p.m. and the Federal Cabinet at 6.30 p.m.
President good wishes: President Mamnoon Hussain telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in order to inquire about his health. During the conversation, President Mamnoon expressed his good wishes for the Prime Minister.
“May Allah grant you a speedy recovery,” he said to PM Nawaz during their telephonic conversation. President Mamnoon also told Nawaz that the whole country was praying for his health.
In response, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reportedly expressed his good wishes for the nation and prayed for the safety of each Pakistani citizen. “May Allah protect and keep each and every Pakistani safe,” he said.

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