ISLAMABAD (APP) - The federal cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, on Friday approved Rs8,500 per 40 kilograms as the support price of cotton to make the crop profitable for the growers.
On the Finance Ministry’s recommendation, the cabinet also granted ex-post facto approval to 15 bilateral and two multilateral MoUs of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan with different countries and international institutions.
It also approved the winding down of the SME Bank on the recommendation of the State Bank of Pakistan while instructing to ensure the protection of consumers’ deposits.
The federal cabinet instructed that the protection of the customers’ deposits should be ensured during the winding down process. It was decided that all of the bank customers would be paid Rs5.557 billion, in the first phase.
The cabinet also approved the Lawyers Protection Bill 2023 for its onward tabling before the parliament. The prime minister said that the lawyers had played a key role in the constitutional evolution of Pakistan.
It approved the constitution of an inquiry committee under the Additional Deputy Commissioner for the extradition of a citizen Muhammad Waseem, son of Muhammad Aslam, to Saudi Arabia under the Extradition Act 1972.
Muhammad Waseem Aslam is wanted by the Saudi government in a murder case. An agreement for the extradition of criminals between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia already existed.
The body approved the reconstitution of the Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbadhak Committee, on the recommendation of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. The 13-member committee would consist of Sikh community representatives from all the provinces.
The committee would be mandated to take care of the Gurdwaras, facilitate Sikh pilgrims, and run other administrative matters.
The federal cabinet endorsed the decisions of the Cabinet Committee on Legislative Cases made in its meeting held on March 13, 2023, including the approval of the Lawyers Protection Bill 2023 which was drafted on the lawyer community’s request for their protection.