ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Wednesday said Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had received a letter from the Supreme Court Registrar in the NRO implementation case and sent it to the law minister to submit his opinion at the earliest to the federal cabinet. However he added that as per the constitution, the government could not write the Swiss letter.
While responding to the queries of media persons after the cabinet meeting, he said “Since we just got a new law minister and secretary law, they need some time to review the issue and submit their report so that the government could give their stance to the Supreme Court.” He further said that as soon as they received the recommendations of the law ministry, a special meeting of the federal cabinet would be convened to decide the matter.
Kaira said framing of the constitution and enactment of laws was the domain of Parliament only, adding that the Supreme Court had itself admitted in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case that only the government had the right to legislate.
Kaira said that the cabinet had approved the increase in the number of seats reserved for non-Muslims in assemblies proportionate to their population. In this regard, Kaira said that the cabinet had constituted a committee comprising the law minister, minister forinterfaith harmony and minister for religious affairs to submit a comprehensive report to the cabinet to move a constitutional amendment in this respect.
Kaira further said that the cabinet also approved Rs2.5 billion relief package for Ramazan as subsidised food items would be provided to the masses through 5,700 utility stores. He said that PM also directed the ministry concerned to open new utility stores in Fata before the start of Ramazan.
Talking about the energy crisis, Kaira said that during the last month, production of electricity had been increased to 13,650MW, bringing down the shortfall to 3,500MW and very soon 2,000MW more electricity would be added to the national grid. He said that the cabinet had decided that there would be no loadshedding during Taraveeh, Sehr and Iftar during the month of Ramazan.
To a query, Kairae replied that the Sharif brothers were raising the slogan of Punjab while blaming the federal government for targeting the province with regards to loadshedding. He said that he believed that he was a better Punjabi and no one was being discriminated. He said that Punjab being the biggest province was getting 66 per cent of the total production of electricity and if there was loadshedding, it would get the share as decided a long time ago. He regretted that despite knowing all the facts, the chief minister Punjab was deceiving the masses. “Punjab can easily generate 800MW from different canals and they have a minister for this purpose but cannot produce even a single unit,” he added.
When he was asked about the MQM opposing the contempt of court bill and the ANP resisting the dual nationality bill, Kaira replied that they were in a coalition government and had never claimed that the allies would always agree on every issue, though in a democracy issues would be solved mutually.
Updated at: 20 May 2013
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