Prime Minister Imran Khan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talked about the grave situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir in a phone call on Tuesday. According to reports in the Arab media, PM Khan during his phone call with the Saudi crown prince informed him about the recent situation in occupied Kashmir which has been under lockdown since August 5. This was the third phone call between the prime minister and the Saudi crown prince in three weeks.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government was striving hard to provide maximum facilities to business community and taking step to ensure business-friendly environment in the country.
Talking to a delegation of eminent businessmen, who called on him in Islamabad, PM Imran said that the government was focusing on ease of doing business so as to boost the country’s economy. Poverty elevation and creating healthy business opportunities were the top most priorities of the government, said PM Imran.
On the occasion, the prime minister urged the business community to present their proposals and suggestions for the betterment of the economy. He maintained that the proposals given by the business community will help take the process of policy making and planning forward in an effective manner.
PM Imran said that business community expressed trust in government’s economic policies and hailed the efforts of its economic team. He reiterated that government will continue consultation process in all sectors of economy and the meetings will be held with business community on regular basis.
Prime Minister Khan also took notice of about Rs208 billion written off to fertilisers on account of Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC). Chairing a meeting of the federal cabinet here, the prime minister directed Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan and Special Assistant on Petroleum Nadeem Babar to come up with an explanation in this regard.
He directed them to try to clear up ambiguity surrounding the GIDC waiver and explain to the people why this tax was written off to fertilisers. Sources relayed members of the cabinet raised questions on the decision to waive off GIDC to industrialists and were subsequently given a detailed briefing in this regard by the prime minister’s economic team.
PM Khan further said the masses need to be informed about the true facts concerning the GIDC. No one would be given undue advantage as it is up to the government to guard the national exchequer, he stated in clear terms. The premier stressed the need for informing the people about the GIDC, saying it was not waived to benefit any individual. Sources said the federal cabinet took up a seven-point agenda in today’s meeting. However, no decision was taken on closure of Pakistan’s airspace to India yet.