Cabinet extends repatriation support to registered Afghans

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday - February 21, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Tuesday, chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet, the cabinet discussed in detail the issue of repatriation of Afghan refugees, noting that the cabinet has twice granted extension in validity of proof of residence (POR) card, it was decided that the government will extend all possible facilitation towards voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees holding POR cards.

According to an official statement, the cabinet considered various recommendation for addressing the issue of Afghan refugees. It was emphasised that the international community should also fulfil its obligations towards shouldering this responsibility to ensure smooth repatriation and rehabilitation of the refugees.

On tariff rationalisation for the power sector, the cabinet rejected the recommendation of national electric power regulatory authority (NEPRA) for upward revision of power tariff and decided to maintain the existing tariff.

The cabinet approved nomination of director on the board of directors of Sui southern gas company (SSGL). Re-constitution of the board of directors of export processing zones authority (EPZA) and ex-officio members in case of utility stores corporations (USC).

The cabinet approved appointment of general manager (engineering) Karachi port trust. Proposal for grant of additional charge of the post of chairman earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation authority (ERRA) was approved.

The meeting approved appointment of executive member of Pakistan electronic media regularity authority (PEMRA). Pakistan origin card (POC) rules were approved.

Discussing the issue of land lease between Pakistan steel mills (PSM) and national industrial parks development and management company (NIP), the cabinet reiterated its resolve to promote foreign investment in the country which will help in the growth of economy and creation of job opportunities in the country.

It was decided to constitute a committee, headed by privatization minister, to look into the matter and present its recommendations during next meeting.