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PM Shehbaz, cabinet members will not draw salaries

  • Cabinet also discusses overall economic and security situation of the country
Published March 20, 2024

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and members of his federal cabinet have decided on Wednesday not to draw salaries or enjoy any perks as part of the government’s efforts to promote austerity, Aaj News reported.

This was decided in a meeting of the federal cabinet which was chaired by PM Shehbaz in Islamabad.

The cabinet discussed the overall economic and security situation of the country.

It took up different agenda items including the briefing on the staff-level agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the constitution of PIA Holding Company and others.

The development comes after President Asif Ali Zardari also decided not to draw his presidential salary.

“He took this decision to encourage prudent financial management in the country.

“The President considered it essential not to burden the national exchequer and preferred to forgo his salary,” President Secretariat Press Wing said in a press release on Tuesday.

Pakistan carries out anti-terrorist operations inside Afghanistan, confirms FO

Meanwhile, addressing the cabinet today, PM Shehbaz said that the country will not tolerate any terrorism from across the border “under no circumstances”.

“Unfortunately, again, terrorism has reared its head. The reality is that despite such great sacrifices and resources expended, our martyrs and warriors are risking their lives to eliminate terrorism,” he said.

The premier’s statement comes after at least seven Pakistan Army soldiers embraced martyrdom on Saturday after terrorists attacked a security forces’ post in the general area Mir Ali of North Waziristan District.

On Tuesday, Pakistan carried out intelligence-based anti-terrorist operations in the border regions inside Afghanistan in response to multiple terrorist attacks in Pakistan which caused deaths of hundreds of civilians and law enforcement officials, the Foreign Office (FO) said.

“The prime target of today’s operation was the terrorists belonging to Hafiz Gul Bahadur Group, which – along with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – is responsible for multiple terrorist attacks inside Pakistan,” the FO said.


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John Khan Mar 20, 2024 02:34pm
Makes no difference. They are gong to make tons of money in any case.
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EQ Mar 20, 2024 02:49pm
Also say no to lavish perks and protocol. Will help more than no salaries.
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KU Mar 20, 2024 03:00pm
Not enough, only symbolic. Downsize the 3.2 million civil servants who live like monarchs and the horde of advisors working on million rupees salary. Along the way, jail the electricty/gas thieves.
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Maqbool Mar 20, 2024 05:34pm
It’s a good start, follow up is needed to trim the fat in all walks of the Administration and executive. But that’ll be a battle of wits that the any person paid out of government funds never loses.
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BK Mar 20, 2024 07:27pm
Stop fooling people with these theatrics. Do the job that a PM is required to do- difficult but necessary reforms. Not much hope from PM that stole the mandate, he will just do these cheap theatrics.
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Ch K A Nye Mar 20, 2024 08:28pm
@Maqbool , Good start? It's optics. Nothing else.
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Ch K A Nye Mar 20, 2024 09:18pm
@Maqbool , Good start and also the end of any further effort to curtail expenses. It's all about optics and these chaps think that the public will be fooled by optics.
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Ch K A Nye Mar 20, 2024 09:21pm
@EQ, They won't say no to all the lavish perks and protocol as they think that people will still be fooled by optics.
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Rozilla Khan Mar 20, 2024 11:34pm
Stop the perks of free gas and electricity , and cars to the bureaucracy and govt. and also monitor their and their dependants wealth
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Bashir A Aziz Mar 21, 2024 12:15am
They do not need salary, they steel many fold more than their salary.
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Bashir A Aziz Mar 21, 2024 12:19am
@Maqbool , the start should come by giving up the lavish protocols and perks like overseas trips with their entourage and free electricity. We need radical changes not just a good start to fool public
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Aan Mar 21, 2024 08:10am
May I ask the finance minster what will be amount in terms of savings and what will be the percentage of savings with reference to budget figures. We need real austerity measures not symbolic ones.
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