PM directs to accelerate development projects in KPK

PTI's parliamentary party meeting, discusses overall political situation of the country

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ISLAMABAD, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday stressed expediting the development projects in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and said he would personally visit the province to review the progress.
The Prime Minister expressed these views in a meeting with KPK Governor Shah Farman, who called on him here.
The KPK Governor briefed the Prime Minister about the olive cultivation, Billion Tree Honey and Billion Tree Dried Fruit projects in the province. He also briefed the Prime Minister on reforms in the administration of universities in KPK.
While Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz has said the economy stands stabilized as a result of effective policies of the government.
Talking to the media persons in Islamabad today (Wednesday), he said the benefits of improvement in economic indicators will reach the masses.
The Information Minister said that the inflation has been brought down to single digit and the prices of essential commodities are coming down.
He said our remittances and exports have increased whilst the imports have decreased. He said the large scale manufacturing is witnessing a major growth. He said we have brought the current account deficit to zero and for few months, it also remained positive. The country’s foreign exchange reserves have also improved.
On the other hand, Shibli Faraz said the opposition is resorting to negative propaganda on the issue of loans taken by the present government. He said six trillion rupees were used to pay back the past loans and the interest on them. He said 1.2 trillion rupees were provided to support different sectors especially the disadvantaged segments of the society in the wake of breakout Covid-19.
When asked about the upcoming Senate elections, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting said the government believes in holding the exercise in the most transparent manner. He said the government has sought guidance of the Supreme Court on the open balloting. He said we have also prepared a bill on the matter and it will be seen whether or not the opposition supports the legislation.
To another question, Shibli Faraz said there is no consensus amongst the opposition parties as they are pursuing conflicting narratives and interests.
When asked about Broadsheet issue, the Information Minister said an inquiry commission to be headed by Azmat Sheikh will investigate into it. He said the past rulers were involved in corruption and money laundering on a large scale and this should be investigated.
In addition, Interior Minister, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad here Wednesday said peace has been achieved after a lot of sacrifices and no one would be allowed to disrupt peace and law and order situation in the country.
He expressed these views while jointly presiding over a high-level meeting along with Chief Minister Khyber Pakthunkhwa Mahmood Khan on the law and order situation in the province here at civil secretariat.
Chief Secretary KP, Dr Kazim Niaz, Inspector General of Police, Dr Sanaullah Abbasi and others senior officials of law enforcement agencies, district administration and police attended the meeting.
While highly appreciating the sacrifices of law enforcement organizations, police and districts administration for restoration of peace in the province, the Interior Minister said KP has played a frontline role for establishment of peace in the country and the entire nation held sacrifices of its people and law enforcement agencies in high esteem.
He said unprecedented sacrifices have been given for achievement of durable peace in Pakistan and enemy would not be allowed to disrupt peace in the country.
The Interior Minister said Government was well aware of problems of KP and all necessary resources would be provided to it.

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