Federal cabinet agrees to further ease lockdown restrictions

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ISLAMABAD: Federal cabinet yesterday agreed to further ease lockdown restrictions. The decision was made during a meeting of the cabinet presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad.

It was also decided that the prime minister and his cabinet members, including all federal ministers, the premier’s advisers and special assistants will donate their one month’s salary to the PM’s Corona Relief Fund.

Later, while briefing media in Islamabad on decisions made in the cabinet meeting, Information Minister Shibli Faraz said that a meeting of the National Coordination Committee will be held in Islamabad tomorrow to take decision regarding relaxation in lockdown after Saturday.

He said all four chief ministers will attend the meeting to deliberate on next strategy.

The minister said the cabinet decided to donate its one month salary to Prime Minister s Relief Fund for COVID-19, adding that the gesture has been made in view of the prevalent situation and difficulties faced by the people.

The cabinet allowed export of hand sanitizers made in the country. Shibli Faraz said Planning Minister Asad Umar gave a comprehensive presentation to the cabinet regarding COVID-19 situation in the country.

Shibli Faraz said relaxation in lockdown will still require that people take precautions. He said war against corona pandemic can be won only by staying at homes. He said the Prime Minister listened to the suggestions given by various cabinet members.

The information minister said the prime minister wants election process to be transparent and trusted by people. To ensure this end, Law Ministry has been directed to prepare a report on holding of elections on transparency. The prime minister directed the Ministry of Interior to take steps to improve the situation of police stations.

Shibli Faraz went on to say that the cabinet deliberated on the issue of ban on import of goods from India, except life-saving drugs, adding that the PM Imran directed to make sure that there is no violation of this ban. The forum also accorded approval to reconstitution of National Commission for Minorities.

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