PM urges facilitating masses with benefits of economic stability

PM underscores protection, preservation of tourist spots in country

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 11 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday stressed the need for taking measures on priority basis to help reach the benefits of economic stability to common the common man.The Prime Minister expressed these views while chairing a meeting of his economic team that included Federal Minister for Finance Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Advisers Abdul Razzaq Dawood, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Special Assistants Nadeem Babar and Waqar Masood besides senior officers. The Prime Minister was given a detailed briefing on improving economic situation of the country. The Prime Minister was informed that in the current financial year witnessed a surplus in primary balance, five percent increase in revenues of Federal Board of Revenue, current account surplus of $1.2 billion, 27 percent increase in foreign remittances and 9.1 percent increase in foreign direct investment. Also, an increase was noted in reserves of State Bank of Pakistan to $13.4 billion and significant boost in production of automobiles and fertilizer industries. The meeting was also informed that due to smart lockdown policy during the first wave of coronavirus pandemic, the country suffered less damage compared to the world. Prime Minister Imran Khan has underlined the need for protection and preservation of environment of tourist spots in the country. He was addressing a ceremony in Islamabad today after witnessing an agreement signing between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and World Bank for ECO Tourism. The Prime Minister emphasized that the model of development of tourist resorts should benefit the local population and provides livelihood opportunities to them. He said it will made our tourism sector sustainable and help in preserving the tourist spots. Imran Khan said unplanned tourism has badly affected our tourist spots such as Murree, Naraan and Nathia Gali. He said the initiative taken by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government today which involves Waste Collection, Management and Recycling activities will go a long way in protecting our picturesque sites. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that domestic tourism has reached record levels in the country.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that highlighting the issue of Islamophobia and the sensitivity with regards to sanctity of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wa Sallam Khatim un Nabiyeen at the international level is a real service of Islam.

He was talking to Special Representative on Inter-religious Harmony Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi who called on him in Islamabad today (Friday).

 

The Prime Minister said the followers of all religions in Pakistan enjoy equal rights.

They also discussed matters pertaining to the involvement of religious scholars in the awareness campaign against Covid-19.

Today the Prime Minister Imran Khan has also reshuffled its cabinet with a newly assigned role to Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed as Interior Minister. According to Prime Minister Office, the portfolio of Finance Minister has been given to Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh while Azam Khan Sawati appointed as Railways Minister and Brigadier Retired Ijaz Ahmad Shah as Minister for Narcotics Control. Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad has expressed the determination to make efforts to improve overall law and order situation in the country.

Addressing his maiden news conference in Islamabad today after assuming the charge of interior ministry, he vowed to introduce modern border management system, provide passport facilities to the poor and bring improvement in the matters of immigration. The Interior Minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan will succeed in its mission to steer the country out of all challenges. He said rule of law and constitution will be ensured in the country and we are committed to fight money laundering.

Sheikh Rashid said there is no restriction on the opposition parties to hold a gathering in Lahore. He, however, said they will fail in their designs to fan anarchy in the country.

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