Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Sunday that the government would take important decisions on the report of the Pakistani delegation, which would hold the strategic dialogue with the United States. Talking to journalists after laying the foundation of the Rs 2.77 billion workers complex project to provide homes to shelterless workers and labourers at the Industrial Estate Area in Multan, he said the Pakistani delegation, headed by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, would inform the US government about its stance and brief the US officials on all issues, including terrorism. He said Pakistan wanted good relations and the resumption of the composite dialogue with India. He said he hoped that India, keeping in view the ground realities of the region, would restart the composite dialogue with Pakistan. Earlier, addressing the ceremony participants, he said it was the vision of Benazir Bhutto and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to construct labour colonies for workers.
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He said soon the PPP would form a labour policy to protect the labour rights. The premier said the Industrial Relations Act 2010 would soon be announced. He said price hike was a global phenomenon, adding the government was formulating policies to check rising prices. He promised relief would be extended to the people very soon. He said relief would be provided to the people from loadshedding. He ordered all ministers, MNAs and advisers to visit different areas and resolve problems of the people on their doorsteps. Prime Minister Gilani asked the provincial governments to ensure that workers get at least Rs 6,000 salary in accordance with the minimum wage policy of the federal government. Labour Minister Syed Khursheed Ahmad Shah said on the occasion that the new Industrial Relations Act 2010 and unveiling of national labour policy were around the corner while 27,000 homes would be built for workers across the country within the next fiscal year 2010-11.
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He said the national labour policy would be announced on or before May 1. Replying to questions by journalists about the arrest of the Afghan Taliban, the prime minister said their cases would be decided by the Pakistani courts in accordance with the law. Referring to Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent visit to Islamabad, he said Pakistan would provide complete support to the Afghan reconciliation strategy. Later, addressing a delegation of lawyers, Prime Minister Gilani said the government believed in the supremacy of the law and the Constitution. He said: “We want the judiciary, parliament and the administration to work within their parameters.” “We have to strengthen institutions. Benazir Bhutto had also envisaged strengthening of institutions in the Charter of Democracy,” he added. The prime minister gave a cheque for Rs5 million to the Multan High Court Bar Association and another cheque for Rs5 million to the District Bar Association Multan. Prime Minister Gilani also gave a cheque for Rs10 million for the lawyers welfare fund. Prime Minister Gilani, talking to a delegation, led by Poverty Alleviation Fund Chief Executive Kamran Akmal, here at the Circuit House, said the government was committed to providing maximum relief to the masses at the grassroots level.
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He said the masses welfare was on the top of the government agenda. He added the Ministry of Social Welfare and the Works Department had launched programmes for the well-being of the masses. “Besides other programmes, Wasila-e-Haq and the Benazir Income Support Programme are benefiting the masses and are a proof of the government efforts to serve the masses,” he added. Prime Minister Gilani also gave away keys of 15 buses to principals of nine colleges. The premier also attended the Valima reception of Barrister Syed Mudassir Shah, the son of PPP leader and MPA Syed Nazim Hussain Shah.He will administer the oath to newly-elected office-bearers of the National Press Club on Monday (today) at the Prime Minister Secretariat.
By: The News
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