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Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan, has said that time has come for the world to 'do more' over Occupied Kashmir issue. Briefing media about the federal cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Awan said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has become the voice of Kashmiri people and it's about time the world did more over the IoK issue.
She said that PM Khan took cabinet into confidence about his address to the nation over the Kashmir issue. The special assistant said that the cabinet has endorsed the decision of the government for showing solidarity with people of Kashmir every week. "An effective message would be sent to India on Friday when the entire nation will express solidarity with Kashmiris," she added. She further said that the incumbent government has constituted the 'focal group' over the Occupied Kashmir issue, adding that two members from the opposition, Mushahidullah Khan and Naveed Qamar, have been included in the focal group.
Awan said that the government has decided to create facilities for the transgender people and a legislation would be introduced soon for their rights in this regard.
Awan said that cabinet has approved the decision for allocating mandatory seats for disabled people traveling from one city to another. She said that now old people, aged above 75 years, would be able to get four free railway tickets in a year.
During the cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister directed to speed up the process of completion of public development projects. He urged the cabinet members to make a distinction between project planning and project implementation.
The cabinet was also informed of measures to register home-based workers with EOBI after setting up a new database. Similarly, a database of overseas Pakistanis will also be set up. A special police station for overseas Pakistanis has already been set up in Islamabad to address their grievances and issues.
The cabinet was also apprised that bill payment deadline of gas bills will be extended by a fortnight to give people sufficient time for payments.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019

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