PM lauds industries minister for averting edible oil crisis

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday commended the efforts of the Federal Minister for Industries and Production Makhdoom Murtaza Mehmood for making timely arrangements for the import of edible oil from Indonesia.

In a meeting with the industries minister and Secretary Imdadullah Bosal, he said the import would help reduce the prices of edible oil in the country.

PM Shehbaz said the visit of the minister of industry to Indonesia at his own expense to sort out the import of edible oil was commendable. On the directive of the prime minister, Makhdoom Murtaza visited Indonesia with the objective to defuse the impending crisis of edible oil import.

The efforts led to the supply of 2.5 million metric tonnes through 10 ships from Indonesia. The first consignment of edible oil was dispatched from Indonesia to Pakistan during the visit of the Industries Minister.

Meanwhile, Minister for Defence Production Israr Tareen called on PM Shehbaz and discussed the political situation in the country. Tareen paid tribute to PM Sharif for presenting a public-friendly budget, the PM’s office said.

Earlier in the day, PM Shehbaz said that Pakistan’s accession to the Apostille Convention would facilitate and ease a significant burden on Pakistanis, travelling and living abroad.

The prime minister, in a tweet, said that creating a smooth process for Pakistani citizens was the government’s priority.

“Now Pakistani notarized documents will be accepted in 100+ countries,” he remarked.

Shehbaz said that Pakistani citizens would be able to notarize their important legal documents such as marriage certificates, degrees and more through officials designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pakistan.

Such documents would be internationally accepted without the need for any further verification, he added.

The Apostille Convention is an international treaty intended to simplify the procedure through which a document, issued in one of the contracting states, can be certified for legal purposes in all the other contracting states.