36 public welfare projects launched in 8 months: PM

PM Imran, Shabbar Zaidi discuss economic situation

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf-led federal government launched as many as 36 public welfare projects within a short span of eight months. The prime minister in a statement said the government made all-out effort to implement its manifesto. He said the government accelerated work on some key projects to boost economic growth and launched a programme named Ehsas for alleviation of poverty for the first time. This programme will help provide healthcare, education and jobs to the poor, he said.

PM Khan said the state will fulfill needs of the underprivileged segment of society and that the utilisation of government resources in an organised manner would be ensured for public welfare. He said efforts are being made to promote tourism in the country at international level. The prime minister said the PTI government introduced a new local government system to empower the people.

Meanwhile, newly-appointed chairman of Federal Board of Revenue Shabbar Zaidi called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and discussed with him several affairs, including economic situation of the country. The meeting also had Adviser to PM on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh in presence, according to a press statement issued afterwards. The prime minister apprised Zaidi of his vision pertaining to reforms in the country’s revenue authority.

Khan appointed Zaidi a renowned chartered accountant and tax affairs expert as the FBR chief earlier this week. Zaidi is a senior partner at AF Ferguson and Co, a leading accountancy and advisory company in Pakistan and a Price Waterhouse Coopers member firm. He has previously served as provincial finance minister in the Sindh caretaker cabinet in 2013.

He has also served as president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and as chairman of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA) in the past. Zaidi has also authored several books, including Panama Leaks A Blessing in Disguise Offshore Assets of Pakistani Citizens, A Journey for Clarity and Pakistan: Not a Failed State

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