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Federal Cabinet Decides To Put Nawaz, Maryam, Safdar on ECL

Islamabad (August 20, 2018): Information Minister and Broadcasting Minister, Fawad Chaudhry on Monday said that government has decided to place Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz and Captain Retired Safdar’s names on ECL.

This he stated while briefing the newsmen after maiden federal cabinet session, which was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan today.

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The cabinet also directed the law and interior ministries to implement red warrants against Nawaz’s sons, Hassan and Hussain, and former finance minister Ishaq Dar and bring them back to Pakistan, Chaudhry added.Information Minister said the law ministry has also been directed to contact the British government over the Avenfield properties.

“Avenfield properties belong to Pakistan,” the info minister said, referring to one of the corruption cases against the Sharif family in which Nawaz was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison while his daughter Maryam was given eight years’ sentence by an accountability court earlier in July.

“Eliminating corruption is an important part of our [government’s] policy,” Chaudhry continued, adding that there will be no political appointments under PTI’s rule.

He said it has been decided that the process of accountability will be started from the Prime Minister and the cabinet members for which they will again declare their assets before the people of Pakistan.

The Minister said the cabinet has withdrawn medical facility abroad for ministers and members of the parliament.

He said auction of extra luxury vehicles of the Prime Minister House was also approved.

He said two committees have been formed to review heritage and general properties of the state to make them beneficial for the common people.

Fawad Chaudhry made it clear that employees working on these properties will be given complete service protection and they will not be deprived of their jobs.He said ministers and bureaucrats will restrain themselves from foreign visits and Prime Minister Imran Khan will himself not go on any trip abroad for next three months.

He said the Minister of Water Resources has been directed to present a report regarding Diamer-Bhasha dam and other reservoirs.

The Minister said the cabinet has approved placing names of Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Marriyum Nawaz on ECL, while legal procedure to bring back Ishaq Dar, Hussain Nawaz, and Hassan Nawaz should be initiated.He said the Law Ministry has been directed to take proper steps to get back ownership of Avenfield properties in London, which were made by the previous rulers by plundering state money.

Fawad Chaudhry said an accountability task force has been established to bring back all illegal assets made by Pakistanis abroad.

The Minister also condemned blasphemous caricatures.

Earlier today, the swearing-in ceremony for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s new 16 members federal cabinet held at the President House.

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President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to the cabinet members.

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The new federal ministers and their portfolios are: Shahd Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Asad Umar, Minister for Finance Revenue and Economic Affairs; Pervez Khattak, Minister for Defence; Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Information and Broadcasting; Shafqat Mahmood, Minister for Education and National History and Literary Heritage; Shirin Mazari, Minister for Human Rights; Amir Mehmood Kiyani, Minister for National Health Services; ; Khusro Bakhtiar, Minister for Water Resources; Noorul Haq Qadri, Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony; Farogh Naseem, Minister for Law and Justice; Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication; Chaudhry Tariq Bashir Cheema, Minister for States and Frontier Regions; Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Petroleum Division; Zubaida Jalal, Minister for Defence Production; Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Minister for Railways; and Fehmida Mirza, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination.The cabinet also includes five advisors namely, Muhammad Shehzad Arbab, Advisor on Establishment; Abdul Razak Dawood, Commerce, Textile and Industry; Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Institutional Reforms and Austerity; Amin Aslam, Climate Change; and Babar Awan, Advisor on Parliamentary Affairs.

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