Accountability to continue without pressure: PM

Premier says govt introduces unprecedented reforms in diverse sectors

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ISLAMABAD/ MIANWALI
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that Pakistan will have to follow a zero-tolerance policy for corruption otherwise it cannot progress. Addressing a ceremony after breaking the ground for the construction of a hospital at NAMAL Institute here, he said, they [opposition leaders] question what good the ongoing accountability will do to the public.
The Chinese example is in front of [us]. China’s president put more than 450 ministers behind the bars yet the country progressed. Pakistan won’t make progress until all those who looted the country are not held to account. The prime minister said investors were reluctant to come to Pakistan owing to rampant corruption in the past.
How could it happen that the country’s public debt increased to Rs6,000 billion over 60 years but jumped to Rs30,000 bn in just 10 years, he questioned. What development work did they carry out in the country, he asked. Like Lahore’s metro bus service, some projects were launched but they incurred losses, PM Khan said.
He said the construction of a state-of-the-art hospital in the backward area will help the local population get healthcare facilities at their doorstep. PM Khan said the NAMAL University was his vision to provide education to the people of the area as they had no such opportunities previously.
The Prime Minister said the construction of a state of the art hospital in a backward area will help the local population receive medical care. He said spiritual happiness is achieved after helping the mankind. He said the name of those people will always be taken with respect who work for humanity.
Imran Khan said NAMAL University was his vision of providing education to people in an area where people had no opportunities of getting higher education. The Prime Minister said the number of PHD holders in NAMAL faculty has increased to twenty two from eleven. He said 97 students in the university are studying on scholarships.
Blaming corruption for various economic challenges Pakistan is facing, he said the country cannot move forward unless this menace is curtailed. He said the country’s debt reached to 30,000 billion rupees from 6,000 billion rupees in a decade due to corruption and bad governance.
Addressing a ceremony after inaugurating Mianwali Express here, Prime Minister Khan says government top most priority is to provide facilities to the common man. He said train is the mode of travel used by common man to move from one place to another and it will be further improved. He said the economic challenges we inherited are being resolved.
He said under ML1 project the time to travel between Lahore and Karachi will be reduced to eight hours only. It will also reduce load of traffic on roads of Pakistan besides improving cargo handling by Pakistan Railways. He said he will ensure that youth of Mianwali are imparted technical skills in order to increase their employability. Imran Khan said there will be no compromise on process of accountability.
Later, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday inaugurated Mianwali Express to facilitate the people of Mianwali. Addressing the inauguration ceremony of Mianwali Express, the premier said that up-gradation of 1700 kilometers long ML-1 track will change the entire look of Pakistan Railways and bring economic revolution in the country.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said present government has introduced unprecedented reforms in social, economic and administrative sectors over the last ten months. He was talking to Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.
The Prime Minister noted the Information Ministry has an important role to play in highlighting the steps taken in the interest of the people and the country. He directed the Information Ministry to ensure flow of accurate information to the masses in cooperation with the media as well as to play more effective role in unmasking the negative propaganda.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said strengthening the tradition of accountability in public sector organizations is an important component of government’s reforms agenda. He directed that the different departments of the Information Minister be made more proactive to ensure access of information to the people and to effectively highlight the government’s reforms agenda. Information Secretary Zahida Parveen, Principal Information Officer Tahir Khushnood and other senior officials of Information Ministry were present on the occasion.

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