PM directs for enhancing job opportunities in tribal districts

Imran Khan expresses confidence to efface status quo, resistance of corrupt mafia

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our correspondent
PESHAWAR
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the incumbent government has allocated record funds for the development of the tribal districts to remove the sense of deprivation of people.
Addressing the provincial cabinet here on Saturday, he said the purpose of merging tribal districts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) is to bring these areas equal to the developed parts of the country. Imran Khan said that moving the process of merging of tribal districts and provision of jobs opportunities for the youth of these areas are the top priorities of the government.
Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities to take effective steps to enhance trade and business activities for the socio economic development of merged districts. Imran Khan also directed for focusing on promotion of tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and all efforts should be utilized for this purpose.
The premier also directed for enhancing employment opportunities in the erstwhile FATA areas to ensure socio-economic progress of the region.
He said Saudi Arabia has expressed interest to invest in tourism sector and the KP Government should focus on fully exploiting the tourism potential in the province.
Meanwhile, addressing the inauguration ceremony of the 42nd annual winter meeting of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA) and Khyber Medical College Alumni Association (KMCAA), Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his resolve to eliminate the status quo resisting the reforms being introduced in different sectors of the country and said they would face all resistance and pressures of corrupt mafia who had been taking advantage from the stalemate administrative systems.
He said the corrupt and old mafia was offering resistance to his government’s efforts to introduce reforms in the ailing government departments.
“The government will not budge from its reforms at any cost,” he declared in unequivocal words.
Leave aside such resistance in the health and education system, such elements had been working in Federal Board of Revenue, among the traders and those doing business through the smuggled goods, adding, ‘whenever you bring about reforms and changes’ to the old system, they created wrong impressions among the masses.
The prime minister reminded the nation that they should not be depressed with such a scenario as ultimately, they would win this war against corrupt mafia.
Dilating upon the difference between functioning of two sets of governments, he said his government wanted to bring about reforms and thus facing pressure and resistance.
On the other hand, in the past, different governments just focused on completing their five years term.
“It is our responsibility to face this pressure,” he said and urged the nation to support his government’s endeavours in bringing about the change with new reforms and administrative structures.
Citing the prevalent rustic administrative system and bureaucratic hurdles, he said bringing about a change would be a difficult task, but those nations had succeeded that faced it and referred to successful reforms introduced in Malaysia and Turkey by their political leadership.
The prime minister urged the members of APPNA to effectively highlight the ongoing Indian government’s brutalities in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) which had turned the whole occupied valley into an ‘open air jail’ for last five months.
He said whatever, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-Bharatiya Janata Party (RSS-BJP) led fascist and racist Indian government had been doing in the occupied Kashmir and across its country had been sheer violations of the international laws.
The prime minister likened these patterns of oppression and ethnic cleansing of minorities to those of Hitler Nazi’s regime.
It was unprecedented in the modern history that about eight million Kashmiris had been put under open air prison, he said adding, the controversial Citizens Act was also being strongly opposed by all communities living inside India as it was aimed to target Muslim minority.
The prime minister said it was a crucial time for the whole world and Pakistan because fearing from the backlash after lifting of curfew in IOJ&K and home agitation, the Indian government could resort to some kind of misadventure ‘false flag operation’ against Pakistan to divert increasing global attention from its burning domestic issues.
“But the genie had come out of the bottle,” he said, adding that in Myanmar similar acts were taken for the ethnic cleansing of the Muslims.
The ceremony was also attended by Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, provincial ministers, provincial assembly members and high officials.
The prime minister said his government was committed to bring investment in the country through ease of doing business initiatives.
He cited a report of the World Bank which marked the progress the country had made in the ease of doing business and economic outlook.
The prime minister said they were aware of the issues faced by the overseas Pakistanis and were making all out efforts to facilitate them.
He said Allah Almighty had gifted Pakistan with immense potential and natural resources including water, minerals and gold which required to be tapped for the prosperity of the country.
The prime minster welcomed the delegates and appreciated their expertise and mentioned his experiences in the establishment of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospitals in Lahore and Peshawar.
In Pakistan, the corrupt system wanted to create hurdles in the way of reforms programme introduced by his government in the public sector hospitals by misguiding it as privatization attempt and pushing the people to agitate and sabotage it.
Efforts were being made in the KPK hospitals with reforms so that the public sector hospitals could compete with the private hospitals, in provision of quality health facilities and efficient administration system.
The prime minister said 2019 had been the year of challenges for his government but they stabilized the country economically by overcoming the current and fiscal accounts deficits.
Now the investment had been on the increase, stock market showing brisk business, and the bleeding corporations now turned into profit making entities.
Declaring the year, 2020, as the brighter year for the country, the prime minister said China had been assisting and supporting Pakistan through various China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects, besides provision of latest technical and scientific education to the country’s youth.

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