ISLAMABAD: The first meeting of cabinet was held under Chairmanship of the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi here today.
Prime Minister Abbasi congratulated the federal ministers and ministers of state for joining the cabinet.
While outlining his future plans, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi promised to continue the journey of progress and democracy initiated by ex-PM Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He reiterated that all projects including CPEC, energy infrastructure to rid of load shedding, economic revival; and fight against terrorism to promote peace in the region and world would be carried out in letter and spirit.
The prime minister assured moral and diplomatic support of Pakistan to the people of Kashmir in their fight for self determination.
The Prime Minister vowed to complete the developmental plans of 10 years in next 10 months. He showed his gratitude to PML (N) leadership for trusting him to run the country as its premier.
He was of the view that the cabinet will work both on short term goals and long-term targets simultaneously. He directed all ministers to give presentations on their ministries in coming days to apprise him about their working. He told the cabinet that all ministers can approach him day and night and he would always be accessible to the cabinet members.
It was decided that Cabinet meetings will be convened almost once a week.
Prime Minister Abbasi told the participants that they are free to raise any issue in the meeting so that we can address those issues. The future meetings of the cabinet will be held in the evening to avoid disruption in office workings said the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister encouraged the use of technology to enhance efficiency in the government departments. The message of our performance must be translated into action, the Prime Minister asserted categorically. He also desired maximum participation of cabinet members in Parliament sessions.
He assured cabinet members that he would also be attending all sessions of the Parliament. Prime Minister asked cabinet members to take decisions regarding their own ministries themselves as he delegated powers to them.
The procedure of sending summaries to Prime Minister Secretariat via Cabinet Division must be expedited to avoid delays. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi asked all Ministers to present their short term goals to the cabinet and entire cabinet will work as a team to accomplish those goals. At the end, Cabinet vowed to take forward the vision of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif.
The 32 point agenda was approved by the cabinet in its entirety.
Story first published: 4th August 2017