E-commerce urgent need of domestic economy: PM

Prime Minister warns of disastrous consequences if Middle East, South Asia tensions escalate

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PM to jet off Davos next week
ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that e-commerce is the most urgent need of the domestic economy as the government’s goal is to remove the barriers of the business community. He said the e-policy aims to facilitate small and medium-sized businesses. It also aims to remove barriers facing the business community.
The Prime Minister said that the State Bank and the Ministry of Finance should facilitate freelancers, educated and skilled youth to earn employment. “Both institutions should eliminate the barriers between the implementation of e-policy.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the finance ministry to ensure the provision of uninterrupted funds to cope with the needs of the higher education sector regardless of the economic difficulties confronting the country.
Chairing a meeting to review the matters related to the Higher Education Commission (HEC), he directed to transfer financial powers to the HEC executive director, also the principal accounting officer of the institution, to avoid any delay in release of funds, a Prime Minister Office press release said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that it is a tragedy for the region that India has been taken over by the extremist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and warned global audiences that the nuclear-armed country was being run by extremists.
In an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), the premier remarked that India had been taken over by an extremist ideology known as Hindutva which is inspired by the German Nazis, and its [Hindutva’s] founding fathers believed in racial supremacy.
“It is a tragedy for India and for its neighbours that the country has been taken over by RSS, an organisation which also assassinated the great Mahatma Gandhi. A nuclear-armed country is being run by extremists, and Kashmir has been under siege for over five months,” he said.
The remarks came in response to questions about tensions in South Asia and the occupation of Kashmir by Indian troops. “Just as the Nazi ideology was built on hatred for minorities, the RSS ideology is also based on hatred for Muslims and other minorities, including Christians,” PM Imran said.
“I was the first leader to warn the world about what is happening in India. India has been taken over by an extremist ideology known as Hindutva. It is the ideology of RSS. The RSS, a political organisation founded in 1925, inspired by the German Nazis,” he noted.
In the interview, PM Imran was also asked a series of foreign policy questions about Pakistan and the importance Islamabad attached to balancing ties with Beijing and Washington, while trying to negotiate a peace deal for war-torn Afghanistan.
“It’s true that we live in a difficult neighborhood and we have to balance our actions. For instance, Saudi Arabia is one of Pakistan’s greatest friends and has always been there for us. Then we have Iran, with which we have always maintained a good relationship,” the premier said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will likely undertake a visit to Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum slated to get underway next week. According to details, the prime minister is expected to depart for the Swiss city on Jan 21.
A meeting was convened today to discuss his upcoming visit and schedule for his meetings with world leaders on the sidelines of the summit. Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the PM House attended the meeting.
Sources said the prime minister will meet foreign investors to apprise them of untapped investment opportunities Pakistan boasts. They said a meeting of the federal cabinet scheduled to take place next week will likely be postponed due to the prime minister’s visit. Prime Minister Imran Khan will return upon completion of his visit on Jan 23.

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