Federal Minister for Information Senator Shibli Faraz has said that the federal cabinet had approved the ordinance of severe punishments against the accused of rape.
In a media briefing after the meeting of the federal cabinet in Islamabad, Shibli Faraz said that the cabinet considered the prevention of rape incidents and approved severe punishments for the rape perpetrators.
Shibli Faraz said that the Prime Minister has decided to take strict action against the recent incident of rape in Sindh. The Cabinet has approved the new rape law, the law recommends the death penalty for rape.
Shibli Faraz said he hoped the draft law against rape accused would be completed soon.
Replying to a question, he said that the release of PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif on parole for five days would be confirmed shortly.
He clarified that there is no restriction on Nawaz Sharif, his sons Hassan and Hussain and Ishaq Dar coming to Pakistan and attending the funeral prayers of Begum Shamim Akhtar.
“When we warned about the coronavirus, the opposition called it a political ploy,” Shibli Faraz said of the growing number of coronaviruses in the country.
“The corona pandemic should be taken seriously, the second wave of coronavirus could be terrible,” he said.
“It would be a serious violation to hold a rally in these circumstances,” he said.
Addressing the opposition, Shibli Faraz urged them to “listen to the fact that some hospitals in Islamabad are getting out of space”.
On the occasion, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Hamad Azhar has said that legislation will be enacted to discourage the sugar mafia in which a daily fine of Rs 5 million will be imposed instead of Rs 50,000.
Hamad Azhar said that 1.5 million tonnes of sugar were imported.
He said that agriculture was a very bad sector which needed to be reformed and at present, the Sugar Reform Committee was also doing its job.
Regarding the reduction in sugar prices, Hamad Azhar claimed that the ex-mill rate and wholesale rate have come down by Rs 10 to 12 per kg in the last 10 days.
He said that sugar is available at Rs 68 per kg at utility stores.
Citing market experts, the Minister for Industry and Production expressed hope that sugar prices would come down further in the coming days.
He said that the supply of imported sugar would continue for the next few weeks.
He further said that the government is making every effort to ensure that farmers across the country get the full price of sugarcane and in this regard, the provincial governments have also given assurances.
He said that sugar mills of South Punjab have come close to full capacity while crushing of sugarcane in Punjab would start from November 10.
In addition, Federal Minister for Food Security and Research Khusro Bakhtiar has said that the shortage of 2.2 million tonnes of wheat is being met through imports and on this basis, prices have started falling.
He said that 295,000 metric tonnes of wheat would be imported in the last week of November.
He said that 445,000 metric tonnes of wheat would be imported in December, 455,000 metric tonnes in January, 390,000 metric tonnes in February and 165,000 metric tonnes in March.
He said that the wheat supply process was facing difficulties but government measures would end the artificial flour crisis in a few days.
Khusro Bakhtiar said that during the PML-N era, the subsidy price of wheat was Rs. 1300 while the present government has brought the subsidy price to Rs.