Firdous Awan rejects reports that PM told party members not to let parliament function
PM’s Special Assistant on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan rejected the reports in strong terms that Prime Minister Imran Khan has instructed party members to not let the parliament function.
Addressing a press conference today, Firdous Awan denied “the baseless, fabricated, and negative propaganda being circulated by the media that premier had issued explicit instructions for parliamentary proceedings to be disrupted.
“The prime minister believes in the supremacy of institutions and in his dream to empower institutions, the parliament comes foremost,” said Awan.
However, in the same breath, she went on to say: “If the parliament does not rid itself of this hostage taking group then it will be unable to empower itself to guarantee the protection of the fundamental rights of the people.”
“Therefore, the PM’s dream for the supremacy of the constitution, the sovereignty of the law and the autonomy of the institutions will come true.”
Awan then proceeded to take a stab at “opposition members who are no longer in power”, without naming anyone in particular.
“All those individuals who with a lot of grief in their heart take part in the APC (All Parties Conference), who have remained outside of the corridors of power and who enter the parliament through backdoor, will not be able to derail Prime Minister Imran Khan from his mission,” she warned.
Then, in a veiled reference to Bilawal, the special assistant on information said: “Those who with their sleeves rolled up were saying they will not let the budget pass, [PM] Imran Khan had said at that time too, that the budget is the custodian of the rights of the people. It is the guardian of the nation’s safety and its defence and the rights of the people of all four provinces.
“Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, KPK, through this budget are beneficiaries of the NFC (National Finance Commission) award so you will all see — the entire nation and the media — that these people who are out to bully us, will not be able to hurt the passing of the budget and it will be passed by the representatives of the government,” she vowed.
‘Interim Wage Board Award’
PTI Government has announced 8th interim wage board award to address media persons’ difficulties.
She said that 325 percent increase equal to 8,500 rupees has been proposed for special grade, 306 percent equal to 6500 rupees for Grade 1-4, and 355 percent equal to 5,000 rupees for grade 5-8.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said it is a step forward for permanent award. She said the interim award is being announced after having consensus of all the stakeholders.
The Special Assistant said Prime Minister Imran Khan is committed to provide workers their due right. He said the government has fixed minimum wage as 17,500 rupees, which shows prime minister’s determination in this regard.
Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said the government is also going to announce a media and advertising policy on 14th of August in consultation with all the stakeholders.