Govt takes serious steps to tackle poverty: PM

Prime minister lauds Queen Maxima for visiting Pakistan, taking interest in Ehsaan program

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ISLAMABAD
The federal government is taking steps to tackle prevalent poverty in the country, said Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Tuesday. The prime minister was addressing an Ehsaas Program event where he said that the government knew about the prevalent poverty in the country. We are making policies keeping in mind the poverty that exists in Pakistan, he said.
Prime Minister Imran said that before becoming a politician, he was a social worker. He said that it was social work that inspired him to become a politician and do something for the poor of the country. The prime minister heaped praise on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and said that the state of Medina was the first Islamic welfare state in the world. “For the first time, orphans and widows were given their rights.”
Prime Minister Imran also expressed gratitude for Saudi Arabia’s economic support to Pakistan and the initiatives which were underway to build a stronger economic relationship between the two countries. The prime minister was talking to Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud who called on him, PM Office media wing in a press release said.
The Saudi Prince is visiting Pakistan in connection with his charity projects in Islamabad.
The prime minister also underscored that the relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were unique and based on shared religion, culture and history. The prime minister highlighted the tourism and economic potential of Pakistan and noted the macro-economic improvements, achieved by the government including the current account surplus.
He apprised Prince Sultan about the gross human rights violations by India in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K), especially the inhuman lockdown of over eight million people for more than one hundred days.
He said the international community should stand with the innocent Kashmiris in their just struggle. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Minister for Food Security Makhdoom Khusru Bakhtiar, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood were also present during the meeting. The prime minister appreciated the contributions of the Saudi royal family for the welfare work in Pakistan. He lauded the progress made by Saudi Arabia under the wise leadership of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud highlighted the close affinity between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and deeply appreciated the role played by Pakistani professionals, especially doctors and engineers in the progress and development of Saudi Arabia. Prince Sultan underscored the need for Islamic Ummah to better understand its cultural and religious heritage and to project it to remove misperceptions about Islam. The prime minister also underscored the importance of effective counter-narrative and concerted efforts to combat Islamophobia. He underlined the need for greater engagement of the youth in this process and enhancing their pride in the history as well as achievements of the Islamic civilization.
Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked Queen Maxima of the Netherlands for visiting Pakistan and taking keen interest in the Ehsaas program. Addressing the launching ceremony of “Ehsaas Financial Inclusion Initiatives” in Islamabad, he said that it is his vision to turn Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state on the pattern of Madina. The prime minister said that the PTI government has taken range of measure to lift women out of poverty, adding that we will help to take them out of poverty.
PM Imran regretted that gap between rich and poor has increased during the last two decades with separate education, health and other systems for rich and poor. Imran Khan expressed the government is working to improve the economic situation of the country. In her address, Queen Maxima said that Ehsaas program is a good initiative of the government of Pakistan to lift the people from poverty.
UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development Queen Maxima has stressed that financial inclusion is pivotal for the development and economy of Pakistan. Addressing Pakistan Innovative Finance Forum in Islamabad on Tuesday, she said the financial inclusion will also create more opportunities for the people of Pakistan.
She pointed out that according to a survey, Pakistan has expanded financial inclusion from thirteen percent to twenty one percent. She stressed that there is great potential of more rapid change particularly for women and the poor.
The Queen of the Netherlands was appreciative of the government’s revised financial inclusion strategy targeting sixty five million active digital accounts by 2023 including twenty million to be held by women.

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