If India imposes war, will respond befittingly: PM

Freedom movement to expedite after India’s anti-Kashmir move: PM Imran


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that Pakistan does not want war, however, if India imposes, then it will give a befitting response. PM Imran met with senior journalists today, where he spoke about the ongoing political situation after India revoked occupied Kashmir’s special status. PM Imran said that Pakistan will take the issue of Indian violence against Kashmiris to the United Nations.
He said that the international community will be apprised of the Indian tactics, such as ethnic cleansing and plans to change demography of occupied Kashmir. PM Imran said that he always spoke to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about peace, adding that the Indian PM has the mind set of ‘Hitler’. The prime minister said that this is a war of public opinion and Pakistan has to win it. He said that India can resort to any measure to divert attention from the situation in occupied Kashmir.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated the government›s commitment to provide all possible facilities to investors and the business community in the country. Talking to Global Vice Chairman of American Company Procter and Gamble Jon Moellor in Islamabad on Thursday, he said special incentives are being provided on the export-oriented products being manufactured in the country.
The Prime Minister said a large consumer market comprising 220 million population, geographical location of Pakistan, cheap labour, and the pro-business laws and rules introduced by the government provide the most suitable environment for business and investment, which should be benefitted by investors.
Jon Moellor briefed the Prime Minister about Procter and Gamble›s business and investment activities in the country. He also discussed future projects of his company in Pakistan. He said Procter and Gambel has been carrying out profitable business activities in Pakistan for thirty years, which will be further expanded. Jon Moellor said Procter and Gambel is also performing its role in social sector besides carrying out business activities in Pakistan, and Clean and Green Pakistan is an important program in this regard.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that Kashmir freedom movement will gain momentum following the Indian atrocities and anti-Kashmir move in IoK. PM Khan took to twitter saying that, Does the BJP govt think by using greater military force against Kashmiris in IOK, it will stop the freedom movement? Chances are it will gain momentum. He said that the whole world is waiting to see what would happen to oppressed Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir after the Modi government will lift curfew in IoK.
Question is: Will we watch another appeasement of fascism, this time in the garb of BJP govt, or will the int community have the moral courage to stop this from happening?
The National Development Council (NDC) has made important decisions for the ongoing development projects during a high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The meeting was attended by the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, chief ministers of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Special Assistant on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan, commerce adviser, Commander Southern Command and others.
The progress of ongoing development projects were reviewed by the participants including Gwadar master plan and establishment of the CPEC [China-Pakistan Economic Corridor] Authority besides matters related to KP-Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) merger and development plan for the fiscal year of 2019-20.
A briefing was given to the council’s members for making improvements in security arrangements in Balochistan province, border management and establishment of state writ. The briefing highlighted that Balochistan was kept unprivileged following the negligence of previous governments due to wastage of development budget up to 45 per cent, security challenges and misuage of resources.
It has been decided to expedite development working in various projects initiated in Balochistan and effective steps to be taken for reducing backwardness and hike in budgetary allocations for the next nine years, said the declaration released after the conclusion of the meeting.
The government will make concrete steps to raise income of Balochistan’s income after reducing its deficit by bettering communication system and infrastructure. It was decided to immediately complete M-8 Motorway project, Basima-Khuzdar Road, 124-kilometre Awaran-Bela Road and 819-kilometre-long Chaman-Quetta-Karachi motorway.
On development of coastal areas of the province, the council gave approval in principal after undertaking feasibility studies for port at Gaddani and establishment of Special Economic Zone at Hub.
The forum also approved constitution of National Coastal Development Authority for development of tourist resorts and promoting tourism along the coastal areas of the province including Jiwani, Gawadar, Pasni, Makola, Ormara, Kund Malir, Hingol Park and Miani Hor.
Furthermore, the proposal for the development of eight landing sites at ports and promoting local boat industry including provision of 10,000 Green Boats were endorsed.
It was apprised to the NDC members that the Balochistan province will be divided into four zones (Chagai Zone, Quetta-Duki, Khuzdar-Lasbella and Coastal Zone) and appropriate model will be put in place to encourage private investment in large-scale mining for the development of mines and mineral resources.
The government also reviewed the progress of oil and gas sector and briefed that efforts are underway develop 4 new blocks including Block-28, Zhob, Zorgarh, Jandran & Kohlu for exploration, in addition to carrying out seismic survey at 30 onshore sites.
The meeting was also briefed about various plans for improvement of agriculture and water-management in the province.
A major decision was taken for the constitution of CPEC Authority to ensure fast track implementation of the projects.
Discussing development of Gwadar and Master Plan of the city, the forum approved the conceptual framework of Gwadar Special Economic District.
Moreover, the council discussed the accelerated 10-year development plan for erstwhile FATA.
The forum reiterated the commitment of the federal government to ensure availability of allocated funds, timely releases and special dispensation for procurement of specialized execution agencies including National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK), Frontier Works Organization (FWO), National Highway Authority (NHA) and facilitation for screened non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to operate within merged tribal areas for smooth and uninterrupted development.

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