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Federal cabinet meets today to discuss 20-point agenda

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has summoned a meeting of the federal cabinet today (Tuesday) to discuss the country’s economic and political situation, ARY News reported.

The cabinet will take up a 20-point agenda. The prime minister will brief his cabinet about Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s three-day visit of Pakistan.

Finance Minister Asad Umar will apprise the cabinet about agreements signed with Malaysian officials during Prime Minister Mahathir’s trip. The cabinet will also discuss progress on the extension of New Delhi bus service.

It will likely discuss and approve summaries with regard to the constitution of Board of Investment and Infrastructure Board Development Board afresh.

The cabinet will also approve a new aviation policy and appointments in different institution.

Earlier, on March 19, the prime minister chaired a five-hour long meeting of the federal cabinet which took several key decisions including the approval of a Rs278 billion National Agriculture Emergency Programme.

Read More: Govt to return Rs 2.5bn to consumers for gas overbilling: Fawad Chaudhry

Endorsing the Rs278 billion programme, the cabinet recommended that steps be taken across Pakistan for the improvement of agricultural sector.

Briefing the media after federal cabinet meeting, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said inflated gas bills were being sent to consumers from 2016-17. He said additional charges were imposed in 3.2 million bills. The government is now returning Rs 2.5 billion to the consumers who were overbilled.

He said names of some bigwigs will also unearth in gas theft. “There is an organised network behind this malpractice,” he added.

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