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PM Imran Says Pakistan to be Made a Strong Industrial, Agro-based Economy

-- Lays foundation stone of Rs18 billion development projects in Sahiwal

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SAHIWAL– Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday
said that the government was taking steps to ensure sustainable
economic growth by promoting industrial and agro-based economy.

Addressing here at the ceremony of cheque distribution under Ehsaas
programme and provision of tractors under Kamyab Jawan programme, the
Prime Minister said that  the government was collaborating with China
in learning techniques in agriculture under the China Pakistan
Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Prime Minister said Pakistan, particularly Punjab had immense
potential in development in agriculture and livestock sectors, which
could be exploited for the benefit of people.

He said that due to prudent policies of the government, the industrial
units in Gujranwala, Sialkot and Faisalabad industries experienced
boom even during the pandemic.

On launch of Rs 18 billion development projects in Sahiwal, he said
the government was firm on the uplift of under-developed areas of the
country.

Imran Khan said Sahiwal would be provided best facilities in the
fields of health, education, road infrastructure and social welfare.

He announced that every household across Punjab would get health
insurance worth Rs 0.7 million by December.

He said the inauguration of Rs 400 million sewerage plant in Sahiwal
would provide treat waste water, which would be diverted towards
irrigation of the adjoining forest area.

The Prime Minister said reforestation was priority of the government
as 10 billion tree plantation project was in progress on full swing.

He said the upcoming local government system would ensure power
devolution and result in providing facilities to people at their
doorsteps.

Imran Khan lauded Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar and his team
including Chief Secretary and Inspector General Punjab for nabbing the
powerful illegal land occupants, some backed by a former prime
minister and his family.

“This is the real change when big dacoits are taken to task and
brought to justice,” he said, adding that only those nations prosper
that uphold the supremacy of law.

He said Islam’s first socio-welfare State of Medina was also based on
the principles of justice and equality for all.

The Prime Minister said the government would introduce uniform
educational syllabus across the country, which would mainstream all
students especially those from poor backgrounds.

He said Ehsaas programme worked as a safety net for underdeveloped
people, ensuring their free health, education and employment
opportunities. Also, the Kamyab Jawan project has been serving poor by
providing them easy loans, he added.

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar said the province’s
agro-based ministries were efficiently working as per the vision of
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for the uplift of common man.

He said not only Sahiwal, but also Chicha Watni and Harappa would be
provided best municipal services.

Under the directive of Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said, the
provincial government would hold consultations with National Highway
Authority for connecting Sahiwal with motorway.

Adviser to PM on Youth Affairs Usman Dar said as agriculture was the
backbone of the country, the government was keen to uplift farmers
through relief packages.

On the other hand, he said, exploitation of farmers in the
neighbouring India was on rise as hundreds took to streets in protest.

To get tractors in the government’s scheme, he said farmers in the
country could apply through a portal and assured transparency in
distribution.

PM’s Special Assistant on Social Welfare and Dr Sania Nishtar said Rs
180 billion has so far been disbursed in the country under Ehsaas
programme, with 504,000 households benefiting in Sahiwal.

She said several segments under the umbrella of Ehsaas project
including Emergency Cash programme, Ehsaas Kifalat and stipends for
primary school students were being carried out in a transparent
manner.

Adviser on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said Sahiwal would get 30
water filtration plants and would benefit 0.5 million people and a
forest area spread on 100 acres.

He said Chicha Watni would be declared as sanctuary to preserve forestation.

Country going through ‘historic battle’ for rule of law: PM

Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said
the country was going through a historic battle to establish rule of
law and nab the plunderers, who considered themselves above law.

“This is a historic battle for rule of law. These
thieves consider themselves above law… They just accept the court
decisions favouring them. This historic battle will ensure the rule of
law and put the dacoits in jail, which is their real abode,” the prime
minister said while talking to the media here.

He said in the past, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
(PML-N) leaders used to get the court verdicts in their favour either
by bribing the judges or by ransacking the Supreme Court.

He said while trying to enmeshing the Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), the opposition parties had entangled themselves
in the foreign funding case.

“We want the Election Commission to take this case to
the logical end. It should scrutinize the funding of all political
parties. I foresee, they will find only one party, which is the PTI,
which has provided the complete record of names and addresses of
around 40,000 donors,” he commented.

Anyone could contact those donors to ask whether they
had donated money to the PTI or not, he added.

The prime minister also challenged the opposition
parties to just furnish detail of just 100 donors, what to talk of
1,000.

“This will also expose who had got funding from Osama
Bin Laden. There is a public statement of Khalid Khwaja’s wife,” he
said and questioned the source of Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s properties
worth billions of rupees. No government touched him ever either
because he had been part of that setup or fearing any “decree” by him,
he remarked.

Even, he said, Nawaz Sharif had laundered money in the
name of party fund.

PM lays foundation stone of Rs18 billion development projects in Sahiwal

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday laid
the foundation of Rs 18 billion development projects for the provision
of basic amenities, including clean water, sewerage, improved climate
change and the construction of parks in Sahiwal.

The projects, initiated under the Punjab Intermediate
Cities Improvement Investment Program, have the potential of
fulfilling the needs of clear water and sewerage for the next 25
years.

The prime minister, who was on a day-long visit to the
city of southern Punjab, laid the foundation stone for the
construction of a world class cardiology and cardiac surgery block at
the District Headquarters Hospital, Sahiwal.

The construction of cardiology block will help provide
the healthcare facilities of international standards to the local
people in their area.

The prime minister inaugurated the Solid Waste
Segregation, Treatment and Disposal project. He also laid the
foundation of Solid Waste Management Academy.

Imran Khan inaugurated “Sarayai Qutub” – a Langar Khana
established near the shrine of Baba Fareeduddin Ganjshakar in
Pakpattan.

PM directs strict action against land grabbers to stop exploitation of poor

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday
directed strict action against the mafia involved in illegal
occupation of land so as to stop exploitation of the poor and weaker
sections of the society.

The Prime Minister issued directives to the local
administration to hold Open Kutchery (forums) every month for
resolution of the public issues on priority basis.

He stated this while holding a meeting with
parliamentarians and members from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
belonging to the Sahiwal Division during his visit to the city.

Those, who met the prime minister, included Rai
Muhammad Murtaza Iqbal, Syed Samsam Ali Bukhari, Malik Hauman Ahmed
Langrial, Chaudhry Muhammad Nauraiz Shakoor, Sheikh Muhammad Chauhan,
Malik Faisal Jalal Dhakoo, Mehr Irshad Hussain Kathia, Waheed Asghar
Dogar Syed Muhammad Muzaffar Shah Khagga, Rai Hassan Nawaz Khan,
Faizullah Kamoka, Shakil Ahmed Niazi, Rana Aftab Ahmed, Nabeela Awan,
Dr Mazhar Shirazi  and Waseem Ramay.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and Chief
Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar were also present in the meeting.

The meeting also discussed several issues, including
political matters, public welfare, and development projects relating
to health, education and agricultural sectors.

Imran Khan regretted that in the past, development
funds were diverted to few cities of Punjab only, ignoring the entire
province.

He recalled that the government faced fiscal deficit
when it came to power, however its prudent policies improved the
economy.

The parliamentarians presented proposals to the prime
minister regarding relief for farmers keeping in view the agricultural
importance of Sahiwal.

They also apprised the prime minister about the issue
of land grabbing and the action taken against the persons involved.

SOURCE: APP