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35 percent increase in salaries has been allowed by the Punjab Cabinet.

The cabinet meeting chaired by caretaker CM Mohsin Naqvi also approved a 17.5pc hike in pensions. The increase in salaries, however, will be made on the current basic salary of the government servants.

Amid an increase in the price of sugar, CM Naqvi also directed “lasting measures” to curb sugar smuggling and to bring stability to the prices of the commodity.