Minister for Data and Broadcasting Fawad Chauhdry addressing a post-cabinet media briefing in Islamabad, on August 31, 2021. — YouTube/HumNewsLive

ISLAMABAD: Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Well being Dr Faisal Sultan will communicate at size this week about Pakistan’s coronavirus testing mechanism with UK’s chief medical scientist, as Pakistan eyes exiting Britain’s journey crimson checklist. 

This was introduced by Minister for Data and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday throughout his post-cabinet assembly media briefing.

Chaudhry stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan had spoken to his British counterpart Boris Johnson, who believed that deliberations must be held over the testing mechanism in Pakistan.

“We’re placing in all our efforts to have Pakistan moved out of UK’s crimson checklist, because it impacts quite a few Pakistani households,” the data minister stated.

Pakistan was retained on the crimson checklist within the newest overview of the nation’s journey ban, regardless of a diplomatic offensive by a number of prime authorities officers.

The British authorities stated that it had determined to maintain Pakistan on the journey ban crimson checklist as a result of the true variety of COVID-19 circumstances are doubtless a lot increased than reported throughout the nation, a leaked letter written by Britain’s well being minister revealed.

US troops presence in Pakistan

The data minister stated he hopes for peace to prevail in Afghanistan, hours after the final United States troops left the war-torn nation, leaving the Taliban in cost.

The Taliban celebrated their complete return to energy on Tuesday with gunfire and diplomacy. US’ longest army battle drew to a detailed on Monday night time when its forces deserted Kabul’s airport, the place it had overseen a frenzied airlift that noticed greater than 123,000 folks flee life underneath the Taliban.

Taliban fighters then rapidly swept into the airport and fired weapons into the sky throughout the town in jubilation — an astonishing return after US forces invaded in 2001 and toppled them for supporting Al Qaeda.

In the meantime, the data minister wished for the “unhappy tales” of the Afghan folks to come back to an finish, as he promised on behalf of Pakistan that it might do all it could actually to offer reduction to them.

Talking about evacuations, he stated 10,302 folks belonging to the North Atlantic Treaty Group (NATO) had been delivered to Pakistan and 9,032 of them have departed to their respective international locations.

“As many as 1,229 individuals who got here from Afghanistan are current in Pakistan and they’ll go away inside a day or two,” the data minister stated, including that of the 1,229, 545 are Afghan nationals, whereas 684 are foreigners.

The data minister added that of the 155 evacuees from the US, solely 42 are nonetheless current in Pakistan.

Ten thousand folks have made their technique to Pakistan by way of the Chaman border, the data minister stated, including that “all American troops will quickly go away Pakistan”.

“Pakistan will [continue to] assist those that want to go away Afghanistan,” he stated.

Booster photographs

The data minister stated the federal cupboard desires to make the COVID-19 booster shot, which at the moment prices Rs1,270, free for labourers.

The cupboard has determined to begin vaccinating folks aged 17 and under in levels, stated Chaudhry, whereas praising the Nationwide Command and Management Centre for Pakistan’s response to the virus and its roll-out of vaccines.

Dr Ishrat Hussain resigns

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr Ishrat Hussain has determined to resign from his put up on account of private causes, Chaudhry stated.

The previous adviser turned part of the cupboard with the standing of a federal minister since August 2018 and had established an Institutional Reforms Cell (IRC) on the PM Workplace.

‘Opposition would even strike a cope with the satan’

Shifting on to native political issues, the data minister stated the Opposition “will strike a cope with the satan in the event that they should”, as he slammed the Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM) and PPP.

The data minister reiterated that the federal government was prepared to speak about electoral reforms with the Opposition — after the PDM rejected them.

“We need to talk about electoral reforms with the Opposition, however they don’t seem to be […] Opposition simply desires to criticise [the government],” Chaudhry stated.

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