Pak-Eng cricket series will not be televised in-country, tells Fawad Chaudhry

Federal Minister for Information Fawad Hussain Chaudhry has said that the Pakistan-England cricket series will not be aired in Pakistan as PTV had to sign a contract with an Indian company for it.

He told that the request of PTV seeking approval from the federal cabinet to sign the contract has been turned down.

Briefing reporters after the federal cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Fawad Chaudhry further said that Pakistan’s relations with India be contingent on the withdrawal of the August 5 step in Kashmir.

He lamented the killing of a Pakistani-origin family in Canada, saying "those who ridicule Muslims for extremism should look into their own pockets."

He also called for overcoming Islamophobia in countries that lecture Muslims.

Referring to the Prime Minister's speeches, he said that Imran Khan had drawn the world's attention towards Islamophobia.

During the presser, Fawad Chaudhry once again acknowledged the importance of overseas Pakistanis and said that their role is very important for the country's economy.

Mr Chaudhry said that the governmnet wanted to bring electronic voting for overseas Pakistanis but the opposition was not cooperating in this regard.

According to him, the PML-N does not want to give Pakistanis the right to vote. Referring to the Ehsas program, he said that it is the third-largest emergency cash program in the world.

Fawad Chaudhry also said that the cabinet meeting also approved the merger of telephone industries in the National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC), for which an inter-ministerial committee has been formed.

"No employee will be fired but will be adjusted in the NRTC."

Federal Minister Chaudhry told that the meeting also approved the appointment of Tariq Malik as NADRA chairman.

He said that the electoral reform government was going to order 500 electronic machines.

Asked about the condition of the railways, he said that such a large institution could not be repaired by ‘blowing the whistle’.

At the same time, once again blaming the PML-N for Railways condition, he said that instead of investing money in tracks during their tenure, they built the Orange Line.

Referring to the forthcoming budget, he said that there would be no difficulty in getting it approved.

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