ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday took the federal cabinet into confidence regarding his consultations with political parties, especially coalition partners, to present a draft of the 20th amendment in the National Assembly.
Following a cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister, Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan told reporters that the premier took the cabinet and coalition partners into confidence regarding by-polls and their legal and constitutional aspects.
Prime Minister Gilani held consultations with the cabinet members on the overall constitutional requirements of the Election Commission with regard to holding by-polls, she added
Responding to a question regarding the recent increase in petroleum prices, Awan said, “The government was compelled to increase POL prices as the prices of petroleum products in the international market are rising”.
Approval of MoUs
The minister also said that the federal cabinet has given a nod to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) and Qatar’s Ministry of Energy.
The cabinet approved the signing of a MoU between Pakistan and Russia on scientific cooperation. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar was authorised by the cabinet to sign the document during her forthcoming visit to Russia.
Gilani meets PML-Q chief
Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Gilani held talks with Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Ch Shujjat Hussain over the proposed amendment.
The premier while referring to the seat adjustment in the Senate elections assured the PML-Q that their reservations would be addressed, according to the sources.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd, 2012.
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@Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
My Dear friend!! Do you know any other way of running the affairs of state during the present economic melt-down happening around the globe? It's a global village and there is a war going on in Pakistan and people are not used to pay taxes especially the business and agricultural class. How on earth you can think that prices of Oil are going down in the world market. They are on the rise everywhere. Please take things positively. It's the impact of global recession that our weak economy is facing now a days but even the strong economies of Europe and North America are no exception. They are also facing the impact.
Can someone explain in plain English what is in the 20th "proposal"?
After the disasterus mistakes in the 18th amendment , we should know exactly what they are after?
18th was disasterous because it created unprecedented alienation amongst non- Pushtoons in NWFP by giving the province an ethnic name; because key areas that should not be devolved were devolved , like confusion on drug regulation , Education ( ptovinces can now make their own syllabus), Energy ( oil and gas should have remained wholly with the centre to endure energy security and equitable development) etc., etc.
This is not the way to run the government.
The state of affairs have gone from bad to worse and a common man is the most affected person today in Pakistan.
I don't understand when the petroleum prices in the international market are decreased they whey government do not give benefit to the end users?