ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan has said country’s integrity and prestige will not be put at stake with reference to Raymond Davis issue. Information minister was giving briefing to the media men on the decisions taken in the first meeting of cabinet after right sizing here Thursday.
She told all the participants of the meeting were taken on board with respect to Raymond David matter and consultation at length was made in regard to all the legal complications of this issue. It was decided that the matter was in the court and it was full mandate of the court to render decision in this case. The fate of U.S. citizen would be decided by the court, she added.
She went on to say that Raymond Davis issue was a sensitive matter and not a simple case. Law ministry, foreign ministry and interior ministry were engaged in consultation on this issue, she pointed out.
Responding to a question she said had Raymond Davis issue been so simple then its reply would have also been so simple. Statement given by U.S. Senator John Kerry was his personal opinion. On the other hand president and prime minister had made it clear on him during the meetings that “when we can not interfere in the court of any other country then no other country can interfere in our courts”.
She observed that Pakistan was not an affected party in Raymond Davis matter and there was no out of court solution to this issue. Replying to a question she said PPP did not want to open any new Pandora box. Government would not give in to any pressure in Raymond Davis case.
It was decided in the cabinet meeting one hour would be allocated in every meeting of the cabinet with reference to price list to check prices of food items, she said adding performance of all the ministries would be reviewed in perspective of resolution of problems facing the people. Finance minister briefed the participants on progress made so far on 10-point agenda of PML-N while the ongoing talks on economic reforms were described positive, she pointed out.
She told if any member of PPP including Fouzia Wahab had breached discipline then party leadership would decide in this respect. About the fate of contract employees, government would present its stance in the court in better way, she said adding it was prime responsibility of government to respect verdicts of court.
She was of the view that country needed institution like National Counter Terrorism Authority so that it could play its role with reference to mindset and causes of terrorism. Due to reservations voiced by some members of cabinet, the matter was deferred and a 4-member committee was constituted on this count, she told. Committee would comprise interior minister A Rehman Malik, law minister Babar Awan, minister for inter-provincial coordination Raza Rabbani and minister for SAFRON, she informed. The committee would again review all the matters and make consultation with provincial governments, she maintained.-ONLINE