INTERNATIONAL - PTI confident about winning Pakistan presidential election

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U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo pressed new Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan in a phone call to take "decisive action" against "terrorists" operating in Pakistan, the State Department said Thursday.

As per a report in Dawn News, the decisions were taken during a second meeting of the federal Cabinet in a week presided over by Khan. These top-class officials include the President of the country, Chief Justice, Senate Chairman and the National Assembly speaker.

Chaudhry said that the Army chief was not allowed first class travel and always used business class.

Describing about the cabinet's decision to abolish discretionary funds, the information minister said former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had spent Rs51 billion government funds only in one year by exercising his "discretionary powers". Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Instead, they would have to make do with business or club class. He refused to use elaborate official protocol. While the span of working hours will remain same - eight hours - the new office timing will be 9 AM to 5 PM.

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"Secretary Michael R Pompeo spoke Friday with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and wished him success".

One of the reasons cited for the decision is that flights being operated from Pakistan do not offer the first-class category and foreign airlines charge fares for this category which are almost three-hundred times higher than fares for business or club class. Similarly, President Mamnoon Hussain also distributed public money of 90 million Pakistani rupees on his own discretion. "That was taxpayers' money which was lavishly used by the ex-prime minister". The information minister said that as part of the government's austerity plan, the cabinet chose to dissolve the CADD ministry and the departments working under it would be merged into other ministries.

PTI along with other political parties had worked on electoral reforms and now it is ready to work on further strengthening the electoral system, said, adding, all political leaders should work together for strengthening democracy in the country.

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