PM announces slashing prices of petroleum products, electricity to provide relief to people
Independent policy in the best interest of the people of Pakistan: PM
Islamabad: The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of interfaith harmony, religious tolerance and affinity amongst the peoples of different faiths. He reiterated his government’s resolve to protect the rights of minorities as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan. The Prime Minister conveyed that Pakistan was a culturally diverse country and is home to various religious minorities including Hindus and Christians and all of them are living peacefully and contributing to the development of Pakistan. He lamented that minorities in India, including Muslims were being subjected to the worst kind of religious discrimination and intolerance. The Prime Minister shared that his government has established the Rehmatul lil Alameen Authority to promote the true message of Islam which is inter-faith harmony and peaceful co-existence of mankind. The Archbishop of Canterbury said that religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence of mankind is the need of the hour. Earlier the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby participated in the Sunday mass at Peshawar’s All Saints Church and delivered a message of peace and religious harmony. Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a historic announcement, has announced slashing prices of petroleum and electricity to provide massive relief to the people. In his address to the nation on Monday, he said prices of petrol and diesel will be reduced by ten rupees per liter and electricity by five rupees per unit. The Prime Minister also announced to award internships to all jobless graduates worth 30,000 rupees per month. He said 26,000 scholarships, costing 38 billion rupees will be given to students. He said his recent visits to China and Russia will have a far-reaching impact on the country’s economy. The Prime Minister said we are going to import two million tons of wheat and gas from Russia, while we have a better understanding of the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Imran Khan said he believes in an independent policy in the best interest of the people of Pakistan. He urged the people to not vote for a party, whose leader is involved in corruption as such parties cannot pursue an independent foreign policy. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that facilitating the Information Technology (IT) sector to create huge employment opportunities for the tech-savvy youth in the country was the government’s top priority. “Special Technology Zones are being established in major cities to facilitate IT professionals. For this purpose, Compliance Regime has been introduced in place of NOC Regime”, he added. The Prime Minister was chairing the 4th meeting of the Board of Governors of Special Technology Zones Authority (STZA). He highlighted that youth constituted around 68% of the country’s population, and the IT sector had the full potential to engage them productively for socio-economic uplift. Earlier the Board of Governors approved to declare various technology and innovation clusters in Islamabad as Special Technology Zones to create enabling environment for the IT sector to utilize existing infrastructure for the growth of tech startups and freelancers. The Prime Minister directed the authorities concerned to take all possible measures for the creation of a tech-friendly ecosystem in the country. These measures include tax holidays for the registered Tech Startups and freelancers, the launch of the Pakistan Technology Startup Fund, and attracting local and foreign Venture Capital funding in startups. The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, Information Minister Ch Fawad Hussain, Energy Minister Muhammad Hammad Azhar, Industries Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Special Assistant to PM (SAPM) on Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar, SAPM on Political Communication Dr. Shehbaz Gill, Chairman STZA Amir Hashmi, Chairman CDA Amir Ali Ahmed and other senior officers concerned.