ISLAMABAD: The Imam-e-Kaaba, Dr Saleh Bin Humaid, was invited on Wednesday to attend the opening session of the federal cabinet as a special guest by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
According to a press release from the PM House, the Imam-e-Ka’aba said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia shared historical and brotherly bonds.
“Success lies in unity and best decisions are made for the benefit of the people,” he said.
Later, the cabinet approved the establishment of a drug court at Quetta, appointing Justice Aftab Ahmed Gorar as the Judge of the Special Appellate Court under Section 46(1) of the Prevention of Smuggling Act, 1977, in Sindh.
The Cabinet decided to place the Delimitation Bill before the National Assembly for debate.
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Earlier, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) gave a presentation to the Cabinet on Census conducted this year.
The meeting also approved the appointment of the Secretary of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication as the Chairman of the Management Board of the National Telecommunication Corporation.
It also ratified recommendations of the Cabinet’s Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases suggested during a meeting held earlier this month.
The Cabinet also assented to the reconstitution of the board of governors of the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC).
The Cabinet accorded ex-post facto approval to initiate negotiations and for signing of an agreement on scientific exchange and cooperation between PARC and the Lanzhou University of China.
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Amendments in rules of origin under Malaysia-Pakistan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (MPCEPA) were also approved by the Cabinet.
The meeting also approved the signing of an MoU between the government of Mozambique and the government of Pakistan in the domain of defence.
The meeting also approved the signing of the convention for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income between Pakistan and Bulgaria.
The cabinet also approved extension in the period of deputation of Bebu Ram, the Deputy Chief Engineer of the Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL), Karachi.
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