ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday expressed its issues over interviews of convicted people being aired on tv channels and decided to soak up the problem with the Pakistan electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra).

speaking for the duration of the cabinet meeting, top Minister Imran Khan stated tv channels have to no longer be allowed to present airtime to any convicted person.

The development comes within the wake of tv channels airing the information conference and interviews of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vp Maryam Nawaz, who turned into convicted via an duty courtroom in the Avenfield corruption reference in July last yr.


The cupboard turned into additionally knowledgeable that former president Asif Ali Zardari and deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif had spent Rs3.26 billion on overseas visits among 2008 and  2017.

The high minister said the former rulers would be held responsible for every penny of the taxpayers’ money that they had squandered.

Briefing the media after the assembly, Federal Minister for schooling Shafqat Mehmood said the authorities could raise the issue of television channels giving airtime to convicts and underneath-trial prisoners, a clean reference to Zardari, whose interview on personal television information channel changed into taken off air a few minutes after it began.

“a person who faces charges of making billions illegally misusing his workplace and stashing that cash overseas offers an interview to the media,” the minister lamented.

“Nowhere in the world in which there may be democracy is the media allowed to offer insurance to beneath-trial prisoners.”

The minister stated an under-trial prisoner could deliver an interview to the media in the event that they have been out on bail. “but, you're out for a quick length [through a production order to attend parliamentary proceedings] and also you start giving interviews and feature plants showered on you.”

The minister maintained that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) authorities believed in the freedom of press but would no longer allow some thing to take area that become unseen in a democracy anywhere in the global.

Giving information about the former rulers’ trips overseas, Mehmood said Zardari had spent Rs1.Forty two billion on his 134 foreign excursions – at some point of which he stayed 257 days overseas — from 2008 to 2013.

He additionally travelled abroad 59 instances in his private capability, forty eight of these visits had been to Dubai.

The minister added that Zardari spent Rs100 million on those non-public visits, gave away gifts well worth Rs45 million while he become overseas and his inn prices were round Rs55 million.

round three,227 human beings followed Zardari at some stage in his trips at separate instances.

Giving information about the overseas tours of Nawaz, Mehmood said Nawaz had spent   Rs1.84 billion on journeys abroad throughout his four-12 months tenure as high minister from 2013 to 2017. He stayed overseas for 9 months throughout this period. The minister said Nawaz travelled to London 24 instances, and 20 of these trips had been in his personal capability. He spent round Rs223.9 million on his trips to London, Rs177.Five million on his 12 visits to Saudi Arabia, Rs205.8 million on 9 times he went to China and Rs360.Eight million on his five trips to america. Mehmood stated the former high minister had spent Rs30 million on tips and gave away gifts really worth Rs60 million.

The minister maintained that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Khawaja Asif, while he was retaining the portfolios of foreign affairs, defence and power ministries, turned into additionally working as adviser to a organization the use of an Iqama and drawing a profits of as much as Rs1.6 million. Mehmood stated Asif had violated his oath and the cupboard had ordered the Federal investigation company to probe into the problem.

The minister stated former high ministers belonging to the PML-N and Pakistan Peoples party (PPP), Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, had also wasted taxpayers’ money on foreign visits.

Mehmood said top Minister Imran Khan could attention on maintaining fees to a minimum throughout his upcoming ride to the united states on the invitation of President Donald Trump.

The overseas affairs minister and security personnel could stay in 3-famous person lodges.

speakme approximately different cabinet decisions, the minister said a committee had been fashioned for the implementation of the guidelines of Dr Ishrat Husain for cutting down authorities prices and departmental reforms. Dr Husain’s document recommends transferring the property of privatising forty three departments and handing over 14 departments to the provincial governments, the Islamabad Capital Territory and Gilgit-Baltistan. It has further advocated abolishing eight departments, merging 35, revamping 17 and the federal authorities keeping 324 of them.

The minister said prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered preserving a check at the fees of essential gadgets. Except, it has also been determined that residents of Qatar would be facilitated by using issuing them a visa on their arrival to the u . S . A ..