PM underscores, peaceful political resolve ultimate solution Afghan crisis
Country's economic indicators on positive trajectory: PM
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday reiterated his conviction that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and a negotiated political settlement was the only way forward.
After Afghanistan, Pakistan was the most desirous of restoration of peace in that country as it was deeply affected by the conflict, he added.
The prime minister was talking to Ahmad Wali Massoud, Head of Massoud Foundation, Afghanistan, who called on him here, a press release issued by the PM Media Wing said.
He extended warm welcome to Ahmad Wali Massoud and stated that Pakistan and Afghanistan were bound by a fraternal relationship, rooted deep in shared history and commonalities of faith, culture and traditions.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the country’s economic indicators are onpositive trajectory despite many challenges including that of the Covid-19.
He was addressing a ceremony in Islamabad today (Thursday) in connection with Roshan Digital Account crossing five hundred million dollars mark in remittances.
Imran Khan said the present government has made record repayments of twenty billion dollars in foreign loans over the last two and a half years.
The Prime Minister expressed his pleasure over the record increase in the country’s exports at a time when the economies around the world were badly affected by the breakout of the pandemic. He said our exports have increased more than our competitors including India and Bangladesh. He said the country’s textile sector is witnessing a boom and new textile mills are being opened.
Imran Khan noted that the conscious efforts to improve exports as well as remittances including those in Roshan Digital Pakistan Account have helped stabilize the rupee.
The Prime Minister said that eighty eight thousand Roshan Digital Accounts have been opened in ninety seven countries. He pointed out that the overseas Pakistanis are our biggest asset and it has been his endeavor to tap this potential to take forward the country.
Imran Khan directed the State Bank of Pakistan to open a special cell to fully facilitate the overseas Pakistanis in opening the Roshan Digital Account. He said the more we facilitate the expatriates, more amounts will come in the Roshan Digital Account.
He also stressed for a focused and innovative media campaign for overseas Pakistanis to apprise them about this new initiative. He was confident that this will help increase the number of accounts.
The Prime Minister said the banking sector has an important role in Naya Pakistan Housing Program as well as the promotion of small and medium enterprises. He said these two sectors have the potential to accelerate the economic growth.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor State Bank of Pakistan Reza Baqir announced that Naya Pakistan Certificates will now also be available to expatriate Pakistanis in UK pound and Euro.
He said there are about seven to nine million overseas Pakistanis, expressing the confidence that more people will become part of the Roshan Digital Account. He said under this initiative the overseas Pakistanis can open their accounts without going to the bank or the embassy. He said these accounts have been made repatriable as part of efforts to facilitate the overseas Pakistanis.
Imran Khan says protection and restoration of forests is part of government’s priorities as trees and their plantation are pivotal to contain adverse impact of climate change.
He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad today (Thursday) regarding protection and restoration of forests in Punjab.
The Prime Minister instructed to utilize modern technology for the conservation and restoration of forests. He advised to formulate a coordinated policy for restoration of jungles in the province.
Imran Khan directed to ensure coordinated measures to stop illegal hunting and cutting of trees in Punjab.
The Prime Minister was briefed about steps taken for the revival of Chhanga Manga and other jungles. It was told that 25,000 acres of Chhanga Manga jungle were turned into barren land by cutting trees.
The meeting was informed that plantation on one thousand acres of land has been completed under Ten Billion Tree Tsunami, while forestation on another 2,5000 acres of land will be completed by 2023.