ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday chaired the last meeting of the incumbent Cabinet at Prime Minister’s Office. The cabinet ratified decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet in its meeting held on May 30 and 31. Further, the decisions taken by Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) in its meeting held on May 29 and 30 were also approved.
The cabinet accorded approval to sign Agreements of Shanghai Cooperation Organization during the Heads of State Meeting at Qingdao China to be held on June 9 and 10 of this year.
Appointments of Drug Court Balochistan chairman, Quetta and appointment of Capital Development Authority member (Engineering) were approved.
Approval for placement of University of Islamabad Bill, 2017 before Parliament was also accorded as well as that of Auditors for Financial Year ending on 30th June 2018 in Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).
Sher Afgan Khan was nominated as Director Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) on the Board of Directors. Furthermore, Amendment in Rules of Business, 1973 in Pursuance of Cabinet Decision in Case No.249/17/2018 dated 25th April 2018 was approved.
Cabinet also accorded approval for the establishment of Public-Private Partnership Authority.
While discussing the paucity of water for the Kharif season crops, the cabinet approved a proposal for the provision of power to the farmers operating tube-wells at a flat rate for next three months.
Reforms package for the purpose of transforming Kashmir Council into an advisory body, as decided by the National Security Committee, was also presented before the Cabinet. The Cabinet accorded approval for the tabling of the reforms before the Azad Jammu &Kashmir (AJ&K) Legislative Assembly.
Reduction in regulatory duty on export of copper scrap from 25 % to 15 % was also approved by the Cabinet.
The cabinet decided to re-impose regulatory duty on import of cotton with effect from July 25, 2018.
The cabinet also approved the recommendations of a Committee constituted by it earlier regarding LNG Terminals at Port Qasim and referred the matter to the Board of Directors of Port Qasim Authority for further consideration and implementation.