$12bn loan paid back this year: Fawad


Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhary has strongly criticised the previous governments for the economic woes of the country.
In a tweet on Friday, the information minister said, “$12 billion loan which we paid this year could have been used for giving subsidies on oil and electricity.” He said the effects of international increase in prices that Pakistan faces today are the outcome of those disastrous ten years of past governments.
Separately, Fawad said on Friday that the lawyers’ productive role for the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution is part of history. Talking to a delegation of District Bar Council Jhelum here he said lawyers are defenders of democracy, human rights and constitution.
Briefing the lawyers on the details of the NAB Ordinance, he said the president issued the NAB (Second Amendment) Ordinance 2021 under Article 89 of the Constitution. Fawad said that under the ordinance accountability courts will be constituted with the consultation of the President and Chief Justice of Pakistan.
The powers of the Prosecutor General have been enhanced in the NAB Ordinance, he said adding that under this ordinance, the power of bail will now be vested in the lower courts. Most of the amendments to the NAB ordinance that were being criticized by the opposition today, were included in this ordinance on their proposals.
The government is well aware of the problems of the legal community, said Fawad, adding that new chambers would be set up for District Bar Jhelum. He said young lawyers would be given loans under the Kamyab Jawan program for construction of chambers. He said that the government is also considering providing health cards to the lawyers community.