Federal Minister for Data and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry addressing a press convention, on September 21, 2021. — APP

 Federal Minister for Data and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on  Tuesday stated Islamabad was paying the worth of claiming “completely not” and the international locations that intention to maintain their head excessive, pay this value. 

His remarks observe  the England and New Zealand cricket groups cancelling their Pakistan excursions because of what they stated had been safety issues.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had, again in June, clearly stated that Pakistan will “completely not” give its army bases to the USA for operations in Afghanistan after the latter’s withdrawal of troops — months earlier than the Taliban took over the nation.

The knowledge minister, addressing a press convention, stated he and Minister for Inside Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed would temporary the media on what has been transpiring currently. “You will note how faux information and hybrid warfare are inter-linked.”

Chaudhry stated his briefing with Rasheed would spotlight the matter with charts and different related information.

“PTV alone has suffered losses price Rs220 million and we are actually in search of our attorneys’ steering on the way to drag [New Zealand] to courtroom,” he stated.

“If you wish to preserve your head excessive, then you need to pay the worth, and I imagine that the Pakistani nation is able to face this,” the knowledge minister stated.

His remarks come a day after the England Cricket Board (ECB) introduced that it was cancelling its staff’s tour of Pakistan following New Zealand’s last-minute resolution to drag out because of a “safety alert”.

In a blistering response to the cancellation of the tour by the ECB, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja stated he was extraordinarily upset with England.

“…it was fairly anticipated because the western bloc will get united in an try to again one another, sadly. England withdrawal is unjustified; Pakistan cricket will prevail,” he stated in a video assertion.

Raja had additionally vowed to get compensation from New Zealand Cricket (NZC) in any respect prices in reference to the monetary loss the PCB suffered as a result of pull out.

Seventh census

The seventh census of Pakistan, which is within the approval section, would be the first one to be carried out through know-how, the minister stated, including that it could be accomplished inside 540 days or 18 months.

“We nonetheless want a couple of extra particulars on this regard, and to get them, the prime minister has constituted a committee which is able to look into the matter and revert to the cupboard,” he stated.

Electoral reforms

Chaudhry stated it has been determined that the following election, together with utilizing know-how, might be held beneath new delimitations, additionally noting that it was crucial to work on electoral reforms.

The knowledge minister stated if the Opposition doesn’t agree with the electoral reforms, then it ought to carry its personal proposal — not sit idle and create hurdles within the authorities’s means.

“Their politics solely revolves round cash. If we drop their circumstances then they are going to retire and depart politics,” the knowledge hit out on the Opposition by saying.


The knowledge minister stated inflation is at the moment a world phenomenon and that the greenback is depreciating — and each of those mixed have hit Pakistan. “The federal government has taken some large steps on this regard — the Ehsaas Programme and subsidy progammes for the poor.”

Fawad rejected the notion that folks’s salaries had not elevated. “The revenue of farmers’ has elevated by Rs1,100 billion, of masons has gone up thrice, plumbers two instances, and labourers two instances,” he stated.

The knowledge minister stated the textile business — which was virtually shut down in 2018 — has now began receiving orders and so they have employed quite a lot of labourers.

Revival of cinemas

The knowledge minister stated he aspired for cinemas to reopen instantly as coronavirus circumstances witness a gradual decline within the nation.

The federal government will enable Canadian Punjabi, Iranian, and Turkish films to be performed in Pakistani cinemas, he stated, including that the federal government goals to revive the cinema business.

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