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Pakistan won’t take unilateral decision regarding new Afghan government: Information Minister

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said that our policy regarding establishing relations with the new government in Afghanistan will be based on multilateralism and we are in contact with all regional and international players in this regard.

Talking about the situation in Afghanistan in a briefing to media about decisions taken in the Federal Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, the minister said that being a responsible state in the comity of nations, Pakistan will not take any unilateral decision.

The information apprised that the Federal Cabinet has approved the Lease and Tenancy Policy 2020 for efficient utilization of dead properties of public sector entities. He said that under the policy, 21 properties of Pakistan Postal Services will be given on lease in the first phase.

Regarding ensuring transparency in the electoral process, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan briefed the Cabinet about the legislative framework for Electronic Voting Machine (EVM).

The minister said that in the next 15 days, important decisions will be taken to finalize the legislation regarding the use of EVM in the next general elections.

Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that our government is committed to make the next general elections fully transparent and that would only be possible through the use of EVM as the technology of voting machine has been appreciated at all stages.

The information minister urged the opposition parties to come up with recommendations instead of baseless criticism regarding electoral reforms.

The minister told that the Federal Cabinet expressed displeasure over the performance of Sports Boards, the prime minister directed to formulate an efficient yet comprehensive Sports Policy.

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