‘No cabinet meeting goes without mention of overseas Pakistanis’ voting rights’

ISLAMABAD:  Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday said that the PTI-led government has always talked about the rights of overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes.

Speaking during a post-cabinet press conference in Islamabad, the minister said matters related to electoral reforms, the issue of the electronic voting machine (EVMs), and the voting rights of overseas Pakistanis, among other issues, came under discussion during the cabinet meeting. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“No cabinet meeting goes without the mention of overseas Pakistanis’ right to vote,” Fawad said.

He also talked about the economic affairs of the country and said that Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin is in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“Tarin is in the United States right now to speak to the IMF, and he will continue to perform his duties in line with the law and the Constitution of Pakistan,” he said.

Shedding light on the issue of Afghanistan, the information minister said that the government has decided not to charge any visa fees from Afghan citizens.

“We have also decided to issue business visas to Afghan traders,” he said, adding that the government wants to encourage Afghan citizens to opt for legal means to enter Pakistan. 

On the issue of Balochistan, the federal minister said that the government wants peace and stability to prevail in the province.

“The governor of Balochistan has briefed the premier about the ongoing political situation there,” he said.