Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Prime Minister Justice (R) Nasir-ul-Mulk Wednesday chaired a meeting of the caretaker Federal Cabinet at Prime Minister’s Office.
In order to ensure free, fair and transparent elections in the country, the Federal Cabinet, in consultation with the Election Commission of Pakistan and the respective provincial governments, has approved posting of the following officers as Chief Secretaries and IG Police/PPOs;
Punjab – Mr. Akbar Hussain Durrani
Sindh – Mr. Azam Suleman Khan
KP – Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch
Balochistan – Mr. Akhtar Nazeer
*Inspector General of Police*
Punjab – Dr. Kaleem Imam
Sindh – Mr. Amjad Javed Saleemi
KP – Mr. Mohammad Tahir
Balochistan – Mr. Mohsin Hasan Butt
Earlier, Prime Minister Justice (Retd.) Nasir-ul-Mulk met Caretaker Chief Ministers of the four provinces at Prime Minister’s Office Islamabad.
Chief Minister Punjab Mr. Hasan Askari Rizvi, Chief Minister Sindh Mr. Fazal-ur-Rehman, Chief Minister KPK Mr. Justice (R) Dost Mohammad Khan and Chief Minister Balochistan Mr. Alauddin Mari attended the meeting. Caretaker Federal Minister for Interior Mohammad Azam Khan was also present during the meeting. Matters relating to General Elections 2018 came under discussion during the meeting.
The meeting reiterated that the caretaker set ups at the Federal and Provincial levels are firmly committed under their mandate to take all possible steps towards holding free, fair and transparent elections.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Justice (R) Nasir-ul-Mulk was briefed today about the working of Ministry of Religious Affairs with a special focus on Hajj Operations 2018. The briefing held at Prime Minister’s Office was attended by Minister for Religious Affairs Mr. M. Yousaf Shaikh, Secretary to Prime Minister Mr. Suhail Aamir, Secretary Religious Affairs Mr. Khalid Masood Ch., Secretary Evacuee Trust Property Board Mr. Muhammad Tariq and senior officials.
Secretary Religious Affairs apprised the Prime Minister about various functions of the Ministry including formulation and operationalization of Hajj Policy, Ziaraat and Umrah, collection and disbursement of Zakat, policy formulation for promotion of inter-faith harmony, management of Evacuee Trust Property, Ruet-e-Hilal and ensuring error-free printing and publishing of the Holy Quran.
The Secretary also briefed the meeting about the preparation made for ensuring smooth Hajj operations 2018. It was informed that 374,857 Hajj applications this year under the Government Hajj Scheme reflected the confidence of general public in Government managed Hajj operations. The Prime Minister was informed that 10000 seats were reserved this year for the applicants over 80 years of age along with one physically fit attendant.
Similarly, 12,235 applicants who remained unsuccessful continuously for the last three or more years have been declared successful to perform Hajj. The Prime Minister was also briefed about pre-departure trainings of the Hujjaj, transportation and accommodation and other facilities that have been arranged to facilitate pilgrims.
The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made so far by the Ministry for ensuring smooth Hajj operations. The Prime Minister directed that especial attention should be paid and maximum facilitation should be extended to the aged pilgrims and to those with special needs. The Prime Minister said that comprehensive feedback on all aspects of Hajj arrangements should be fully utilized to further improve the affordability, arrangements and facilitation of Hujjaj in future.