Cabinet accords 30 days’ extension for POR cards

Staff Report
Thursday - January 4, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet, on Wednesday, whereat the cabinet considered a proposal for granting extension in the proof of registration (POR) cards and tripartite agreement, Pakistan – Afghanistan – united nations high commission for refugees (UNHCR), for Afghan refugees beyond December 31st, of last year; an official statement said.

After detailed discussion, the cabinet agreed to grant only 30 days’ extension for POR and decided that the issue of early repatriation of Afghan refugees shall be raised with UNHCR and with the international community.

Pakistan’s economy has carried the burden of hosting Afghan refugees since long and in the present circumstances cannot sustain it any further, cabinet emphasised.

Foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif briefed cabinet regarding the background of recent American leadership statements and the discussion held during the 17th meeting of the national security committee (NSC), held earlier on Tuesday.

Cabinet viewed that the American statements as detrimental to bilateral relationship between Pakistan and United States (US), a relationship that has developed over generations.

Pakistan has rendered huge sacrifices, both in terms of loss of precious human lives and substantial damage to the economy.

Achievements made by Pakistan in curbing the menace of terrorism have been acknowledged throughout the world, cabinet reiterated.

The cabinet accorded approval for publication of block level provisional results of census 2017.

The agenda item of approval of maximum retail prices (MRPs) of additional pack sizes of already registered drugs, approval of increase in maximum retail prices of drugs under para 8 of the drug pricing policy-2015 and threshold limits of lower priced drugs under para 11 of the drug pricing policy-2015 were discussed at length and the cabinet accorded approval as per Drug Pricing Policy 2015.

In addition, cabinet accorded approval to placement of “Institute for Arts and Culture Bill, 2017” before the Parliament, permission to allow transit of 01x40 feet container STC containing 51 package of spare parts for vehicles of united nations assistance mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) from Karachi to Kabul, signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) on bilateral consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs of Pakistan and the Portuguese republic, signing of memorandum of intent (MoI) between Pakistan stone development company (PASDEC) Pakistan and Confindustria Marmomacchine of Italy for cooperation in stone sector.

Cabinet, furthermore, accorded approval to signing of MoU between ministry of defence of Egypt and Pakistan on the field of defence, ratification of “Agreement on Military, Technical, Science and Education Cooperation” between the government of Pakistan and Bosnia Herzegovina, execution of gas development schemes during the present government and ratification of recommendations of cabinet committee for disposal of legislative cases (CCLC) in respect of gas infrastructure development cess (amendment) bill, 2017.