Legal procedure to be adopted in ISI DG’s appointment, says Fawad

Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021

By News Desk

ISLAMABAD: The federal government would adopt legal and constitutional procedure over the appointment of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General (DG), said Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister had the authority to appoint DG ISI and had a detailed meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in that regard, he said at post-cabinet meeting media briefing.

The minister said both Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa enjoyed cordial and cooperative relationship and none of them could take any step which might undermine sanctity and honour of either side, adding the final decision on the matter would be taken with mutual consensus. “The Prime Minister’s Office will not take any step that will tarnish the reputation of the army and the sipah salar [army chief], and neither will the army or its chief take any step that will damage the civilian setup,” he said.

The minister said there was close liaison between Pakistan’s military and political leadership and relationships were ideal.

Fawad said the federal cabinet had accorded approval to the establishment of “Rehmatulil Aalmeen” Authority which would work for promoting the real image of Islam and give advice for the preparation of a curriculum for children in light of the life of the Holy Prophet (SAW). The minister said the authority would work for the promotion of the traits of tolerance and coexistence in the masses. It would not be a traditional authority, top scholars from not only Pakistan but from all over the world would be its members, he added.

He said the cabinet made a landmark decision for the approval of online power of attorney for overseas Pakistanis as this government had feelings for the problems faces by them in that regard.

Fawad said the cabinet had decided to include the traders coming from Afghanistan to Pakistan in visa list as the volume of goods being traded between the two countries had increased manifold.

The government, he said, was keen to encourage the legal entry of Afghan people coming to Pakistan by bringing ease in visa regime to the convenience of the Afghan nationals.

Similarly, the minister said the cabinet had okayed the code of conduct for visa issuance to Afghan nationals. The visa process for Afghan nationals had also been made online due to the huge influx of people coming to the Pakistan embassy for the issuance of visas, he added.

The minister said the cabinet also approved the proposal to give online visas to foreigners working on various China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects and decided to write off visa fee for Afghan nationals.

He said the cabinet also approved the reconstitution of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Council of Complaints, Islamabad.

He said at the outset, the federal cabinet offered “Fateha” for the soul of renowned nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan.

The minister said the cabinet was also given briefing on electronic voting machines. To a query, he said Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen was holding talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and would continue to extend his services as per law and the Constitution. He said the cabinet had given approval to the renewal of licenses for K2 Air and Air Sial.