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May 21, 2013

Caretaker govt must take notice of Altaf’s statement: Nizami

May 21, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Arif Nizami on Monday said he personally believed the caretaker government should take notice of MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s statement.
Talking to media persons after addressing a seminar here, Nizami said other stakeholders, including the PTI Chairman Imran Khan, had also expressed their reservations about Altaf’s statement. However, he said the caretaker government was impartial.
The minister said PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar was busy preparing the budget 2013-2014 that was likely to be announced in the first week of June.About power outages‚ he said apart from gap in supply and demand‚ the inability of the Finance Ministry to release funds to ensure uninterrupted supply of fuel to power plants was also a factor.
He said Khawaja Muhammad Asif‚ who was likely to be Minister for Water and Power, and a team of experts was preparing a plan to overcome power shortage. He suggested that the caretaker government should also seek input from this team to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
About postings and transfers‚ the information minister said he personally believed these were justified before elections but there was no room for them now. He‚ however‚ said he would not comment on the issue as the matter was sub judice.
To a question‚ Nizami said it was the prerogative of President Asif Ali Zardari to convene a session of the National Assembly. As for the caretaker government, he said it would not remain in power even a day longer than necessary.
Earlier‚ addressing the one-day seminar on “Creating Joint Social Media Policy for all Government Departments”, the minister said there was urgent need to benefit from the latest technology to put the country on the path to development.
He said social media could be utilized to resolve the problems being faced by the health and education sectors.The information minister said the print and electronic media still

commanded credibility than the social media.Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Global Strategies in Islamabad organized the seminar.

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