PM Khan orders more facilities to banks, overseas Pakistanis

India heading towards racial supremacist ideology: PM

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ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the government’s economic team to provide more facilities to banks for the promotion of remittance and concessions to overseas Pakistanis.
PM Imran Khan issued the directives, while chairing a session of economic team here on Thursday, to review overall financial situation and economic affairs of the country.
The economic team headed by the premier took a review of the government’s latest steps for expediting the revival process of the national economy.
He said that the government wants to provide every possible facility to the overseas Pakistanis to send their incomes to their relatives in Pakistan through legal channels so that the country’s economy gets strengthened.
The premier was given a briefing over strategies for creating jobs for skilful nationals and youths. He was informed regarding the promotion of the construction sector and issues being faced by builders. Later, PM Khan directed the chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to ensure resolution of fair issues of builders and constructors on priority basis.
He said that approximately 40 industries are linked with the construction sector and it is possible to create job opportunities through promoting it. It is the federal government’s priority to remove hurdles of the sector. The premier directed for utilising government land for the construction of Naya Pakistan housing scheme.
During the meeting, PM Imran Khan said that overseas Pakistanis are assets of the country and facilities must be given to them for easy transfer of funds. He ordered provision of concessions to the nationals residing in foreign countries who showed willingness to strengthen the national economy.
A committee has been established comprising representatives of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Zulfiqar Bukhari, Shaukat Tareen and finance secretary to finalise recommendations for concession package. A special briefing was also given over the establishment of e-gateway for electronic payments. He also directed to provide facilities to banks in order to promote remittance.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday shared on social media the ‘prophetic words’ of renowned Indian author and journalist Khushwant Singh “who foresaw where India was headed with its racial supremacist ideology”.
The prime minister took to Twitter to share the excerpts from the book ‘The End of India’ written by Khushwant Singh in 2003, a year after the Gujarat riots, where a number of Muslims were killed.
After the passage of controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill in India this month that aims at marginalization of minorities particularly Muslims, Imran Khan shared the words of Singh, who being an Indian citizen rightly foresaw the lurking threat of racism many years ago.
Khushwant Singh wrote: “Every fascist regime needs communities and groups it can demonize in order to thrive. It starts with one group or two. But it never ends there. A movement built on hate can only sustain itself by continually creating fear and strife. Those of us today who feel secured because we are not Muslims or Christians are living in a fool’s paradise. The Sangh is already targeting Leftist historians and Westernized youth.
Tomorrow it will turn its hate on women who wear skirts, people who eat meat, drink liquor, watch foreign films, don’t go on annual pilgrimage to temples, use toothpaste instead of Danthmanjan, prefer allopathic doctors to vaids, kiss or shake hands in greeting instead of shouting ‘Jai Sri Ram….’ No one is safe. We must realize this if we hope to keep India alive”.

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