Removal of Pak-Iran misunderstandings necessary : Firdous Ashiq Awan
ISLAMABAD: Declaring Iran a brother neighboring country, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan here on Tuesday said, “Removal of misunderstanding between Islamabad and Tehran was necessary.”
Addressing a press conference following the cabinet meeting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said that both the countries would have to further strengthen trade relations. She said Prime Minister Imran Khan took the cabinet into confidence on his recent visit to Iran and facilitated the new members of the cabinet.
The minister said,” Our national responsibilities have increased in the current situation.”
Firdous Ashiq Awan said, “The cabinet endorsed the policies of PM Imran Khan and his vision of democracy that is free from corruption and functions only to empower the common man and reduces their issues.”
Referring to the prime minister’s upcoming visit to China, Firdous Ashiq Awan said a better free trade agreement would be signed with China in order to protect our local industry.
She said, “The previous agreement signed did not cater to the interests of local industry. However, due to successful diplomacy of the PM Irman, China has agreed to sign an FTA on the pattern of one that is with ASEAN countries and is on much better terms.
Firdous Ashiq Awan said, “Special Assistant to PM on National Health Services Dr. Zafarullah Mirza briefed the abinet on his findings regarding increase in prices of drugs and said a meeting with pharma companies and other stakeholders will be held soon to bring down the prices of medicines, so that people can afford their treatment.”
Additional amount charged by these companies will be recovered by the government and submitted in Pakistan Baitul Maal, the minister said and added that this amount will be used to provide free treatment to poor patients of various diseases.
The cabinet was briefed on inflation and rising prices of essential items, the minister said and added that the cabinet decided to check on prices of essential items during the holy month of Ramazan and keep an eye on hoarders and cartels.
She said, “The inflation during the last eight months of this government is still less comparing with the same period of previous two governments.”
Firdous Ashiq Awan said the prime minister directed all ministers to introduce policies in public interest and improve their performance in order to resolve the issues faced by public.
She further said, “The prime minister has already assigned targets to his economic team in order to create a people friendly budget.”
Firdous Ashiq Awan said the cabinet also discussed the LNG agreements signed by previous government which were expensive and not in interest of Pakistan. She said the new LNG agreements wold be transparent and based on competitive pricing.