Indian policies threaten regional peace: PM

Imran says special attention must be given to homeless people

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our correspondent

ISLAMABAD

Prime Minister Imran Khan cautioned on Monday that regional peace is facing serious threats due to the Indian government’s policies based on the RSS-ideology. Talking to a delegation of Virginia University here, he said the identity of Indian people themselves has been threatened by the Indian government’s fascist policies.

Strongly condemning the curfew continuing in occupied Kashmir for over 150 days, he said this tyranny of the Indian government has exposed its claims about democracy. PM Imran Khan said the present government believes in full protection of the rights of minorities and considering them as equal citizens of the country.

About economic situation in the country, the Prime Minister Khan said economy has been stabilised owing to the strenuous efforts of the PTI government, and now there is a clear improvement in the economic indicators. He said the government is making efforts to introduce a uniformed education system so that the social division caused by the prevailing education system could be eliminated.

Prime Minister Imran also launched a mobile-based application ‘Zindagi’ which provides necessary information for stopping the flow of narcotics and drug addiction across the country. Zindagi mobile application is being considered as an important development in measures to counter the spread of narcotics and drug addiction. PM Imran Khan, while addressing the launching ceremony of the mobile application, said the life of our youth is being destroyed through drugs and the federal government is making all-out efforts to eradicate the scourge.

The premier appreciated the launching of an awareness book on drugs and said that the application should also be introduced to schools across the country for giving the youth knowledge and awareness about of disastrous outcomes of the narcotics. He added that the usage narcotics usually starts from school and the drug addicts involved in other crimes as well. PM Khan has also highlighted the rise in child abuse cases in the country. To this, he urged the authorities to raise social awareness to end the menace.

The launching ceremony was addressed by Minister for Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi. He said that drug peddlers are enemies of the society and the usage of narcotics in educational institutions is alarming. He urged for giving awareness to the young generation about the hazards of narcotics.

Prime Minister Imran also urged the government representatives to give special attention to the homeless people. PM Imran Khan gave the instruction during a high-level meeting of the media strategy committee which was attended by Shafqat Mahmood, Babar Awan, Asad Umar, Murad Saeed, Moeed Yusuf, Shahzad Akbar and Faisal Javed Khan.

The premier directed the government representatives to make special arrangements for the needy people at shelter houses amid extremely cold weather conditions. He ordered the provision of food and shelter to the needy people. During the meeting, PM Khan was briefed over the government’s vision for 2020 and details of welfare schemes for public relief. PM has decided to initiate an organised welfare programme in January.

Earlier on January 1, Prime Minister Imran Khan had visited makeshift shelter homes in Islamabad aimed at providing living space to the homeless people in the winter season and inquired about the condition of the people living there.

Speaking at the occasion, the prime minister applauded the facilities given to the people living in shelter homes and said that it was good to see heaters working in it. The prime minister also interacted with those living there and asked as to from where they come to the capital for acquiring labour jobs?

“How is the current situation and are you people getting daily work?” asked the prime minister. He assured that the labourers would soon be able to get better wages for their efforts. The prime minister also scrutinized the record of those living at the shelter homes. In line with the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar ordered for setting up temporary homes across the province on Monday.

The chief minister directed authorities to establish temporary shelter homes in those districts where there were no permanent shelter homes. He said that protecting homeless people from extreme weather was a responsibility of the state. He directed concerned officers to sent reports to the CM Office after setting up the temporary shelter homes.

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