India’s second largest terrorist network determined: the government – Journal

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• Cabinet gives green light to talks with Baloch tribes unrelated to India
• Camps will be set up at the border for Afghan refugees
• PM not to go to private functions with protocol, security

ISLAMABAD: The government said on Tuesday that India’s second-largest terrorist network had been unearthed and was involved in the recent explosion in Lahore. He also decided to hold talks with the angry Baloch tribes who had never sided with India during the uprising in Balochistan.

He also decided to establish camps on the border with Afghanistan in anticipation of an influx of refugees due to the ongoing violence in the country.

The decisions were taken at a federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday.

“It is the second largest Indian terrorist network after Kulbhushan Jadhav (Indian spy detained by Pakistan); we also succeeded in controlling the insurgency in Balochistan ”, announced the Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhry during his press conference after the government meeting.

He said security forces traced the links of terrorists and their masters involved in the recent Lahore bombing with India. Three lives were lost and 22 people were injured in the June 23 explosion in the Johar Town area of ​​Lahore outside the residence of Jamaatud Chief Dawa Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.

The minister said that the Punjab police and the Counterterrorism Department (CTD) jointly “exposed the network”, adding that more details, including bank accounts, names of those involved and banks in New Delhi through which the money was transferred would soon be shared.

Uprising in Balochistan

The minister said the government was ready to hold talks with the annoyed Baloch tribes to address their grievances and achieve permanent peace and progress in the province.

“But those with ties to India and involved in unrest in the province will not be taken into account for the negotiations,” he added.

During his visit to Gwadar on Monday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was considering speaking with insurgents in Balochistan, adding that he always expected that whenever his party came to power he would pay attention to the province. .

“When the province moves forward and peace reigns, the people of Balochistan will understand that Pakistan is also theirs and say that we will fight for the country because it has thought about their basic needs and problems. If development work had been carried out in the province, we would never have had to worry about the insurgents, ”he said.

“They may have had grievances in the past and have been used by other countries […] India may have used them to wreak havoc, but the situation [now] is not the same, “the Prime Minister said in his speech at an event.

Prime Minister Khan said the federal government planned to execute 131 projects worth Rs 731 billion in Balochistan, while the provincial government development program for this year was Rs 180 billion.

“Balochistan is close to the heart of Imran Khan,” Fawad Chaudhry said at the press conference.

Afghan refugee camps

The information minister said the cabinet feared an influx of Afghan refugees into Pakistan and therefore decided to set up camps in the Pakistan-Afghan border areas.

“Due to international obligations, we must welcome Afghan refugees if they seek refuge in Pakistan due to the war in their country,” the minister said, adding that this time, however, they would not be allowed to sneak in. in other parts of the country.

VIP protocol

Mr Chaudhry said Prime Minister Khan had announced that he would no longer go to any private function with protocol and security to save taxpayers’ money and avoid inconvenience to the public.

The prime minister also tweeted that he was reviewing the protocol and security available to ministers, governors and chief ministers belonging to the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) “to decide how we can minimize spending and put end to public inconvenience “.

He said the federal cabinet would decide on a comprehensive policy in this regard next week.

“We will end the colonial legacy of pomp and glory used to overwhelm the people,” the prime minister tweeted.

The minister further said that a four-member ministerial committee had been formed to ensure an appropriate testing mechanism for new hires on vacant posts in public sector departments.

“The existing test system was flawed and there was a need for a better and transparent system,” he added.

No account deficit

Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan would get relief of $ 3.7 billion for the repayment of foreign loans.

According to the latest index released by the Bureau of Statistics, prices for everyday items are stabilizing, the minister said, adding that in the past 10 years, the current account was in surplus for the first time.

He said the textile sector was operating at full capacity, which showed it had rebounded as the State Bank’s foreign exchange reserves reached $ 5.7 billion.

“An amount of 300 billion rupees is being invested in the construction of new factories and the collection of taxes has reached the mark of 4.6 trillion rupees, which would increase further by next year,” he said. added.

Mr Chaudhry said there would soon be good news regarding the reduction in the prices of small cars.

He said that since coming to power in 2018, the federal cabinet has held 141 meetings in which 3,776 decisions have been made.

He said 3,444 decisions had been executed while 66 were in the process of being implemented, adding that the rate of implementation of cabinet decisions was 91%.

The firm also decided to expand and modernize Skardu and Gilgit airports to make them all-weather facilities for tourists.

In a major development, the minister said the cabinet approved the proposal to convert the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) into a regulatory body and create a new institution to manage services at airports.

He said the prime minister also issued directives that 3G and 4G internet services should be provided to the category A districts of the former Fata, as the population of those areas could not be deprived of these facilities due to security concerns.

During the meeting, the Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony proposed that prayer leaders (Imams) of mosques in the federal capital receive monthly stipends on the model of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Minister Asad Umar informed the meeting that an international magazine, The Economist, had ranked Pakistan among the top three countries with New Zealand and Hong Kong for proper management. of the coronavirus.

The cabinet congratulated the National Command and Operations Center for this “historic achievement,” added Fawad Chaudhry.

He said Science and Technology Minister Shibli Faraz briefed the cabinet on progress on electronic voting machines (EVs), adding that they would be ready by July 15.

Posted in Dawn, July 7, 2021


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