Government ready to hold talks with opposition parties for electoral reforms: Fawad

Islamabad, May 07, 2021 (PPI-OT): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain has said the government is ready to approach and hold talks with the opposition parties for the electoral reforms. Addressing a news conference along with Adviser on Commerce Razzak Dawood in Islamabad on Friday, he said the opposition parties will have to demonstrate seriousness whilst rising above political point scoring in order to remove loopholes from the electoral system. He said we want such elections which are acceptable to all.

He, however, said the opposition will have to face their cases in the courts. Regarding the NA-249 Karachi by-election, the Information Minister said we were demanding re polling from day one and now other political parties including the PML (N) are also demanding the same. Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said the promises made by the PTI are being fulfilled. He said he is compiling a data on the jobs provided to the people during the tenure of present government. He was confident that this year will see construction of housing units on a large scale. Already, he said, the banks have received applications for loans worth fifty two billion rupees. Twelve billion rupees have been disbursed. Chaudhary Fawad Hussain it is the first government which is standing with the weak segments of the society and focussing on their uplift.

The Information Minister said the federal cabinet has approved Journalists Protection Act under which it will be responsibility of media organizations to provide safety equipment to the journalists before sending them to the conflict zone. He said a body will also be formed to address the complaints of the journalists. He said payments of four hundred million rupees have been released to the media organizations so that they could timely disburse salaries to the media workers. He said that a program will be started this year to support the media.

In his remarks, Adviser on Commerce Razzak Dawood said Amazon will be opening seller’s registration of Pakistan companies very soon. He said it is a big opportunity for our companies including the SMEs to use the platform of Amazon to connect with the global market and export their products. Razzak Dawood said the private sector logistics companies have an opportunity to scale up businesses and develop international partnerships for effective delivery. He said Pakistan Post is also having automation and preparing itself for parcel deliveries.

For more information, contact:
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
4th Floor, Cabinet Block, Pak. Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9103557

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