Reforms to bring economic growth, improve revenue system: PM

PM Khan chairs session of party spokespersons, leaders

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the basic purpose of bringing reforms was to speed up economic growth, improve revenue system and restore the confidence of the business community. Talking to Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, Federal and Provincial Ministers and Chairman Federal Bureau of Revenue Shabbar Zaidi, he said the government was fully aware of the reservations of the business community and a reform process is continuing in Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to restore the confidence of the business people.

PM Imran Khan said despite economic difficulties, the government has presented a balanced budget in which focus has been made on the promotion of the industrial sector and uplifting of weaker segments of society. He directed government’s economic team, including Chairman FBR, to hold meetings with various commerce bodies and apprise them about reforms in the economic and tax system in detail. The Prime Minister was briefed about various steps taken to promote industrial, agriculture, and tourism sectors, establishment of special economic zones in Punjab.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has praised party spokespersons over responding befittingly to criticism made by opposition leadership during the post-budget sessions. PM Imran Khan valued efforts of leaders belonging to the ruling political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) while chairing a high-level session which was attended by party spokesperson and senior leaders.

The session was organised to review the overall political situation of the country and hold consultations after the arrests of opposition leaders, sources said. While addressing the meeting, PM Khan said that the government has no connections with the arrest of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah. Politic of revenge is not the ideology of PTI, he said.

The premier reiterated that the national institutions and courts are now working independently in Pakistan. Those facing cases should answer to courts. Opposition leaders want to divert the nation’s attention from their crimes by leveling baseless allegations against the government.

Prime minister has also discussed opportunities given to the nationals who are possessing benami [undisclosed] properties. He said, the government has provided maximum chance to the individuals having benami properties. From now on, the concerned authorities will make indiscriminate actions against the benami assets and properties. PM Khan also took party leaders into confidence over his upcoming visit to the United States (US). He expressed hopes that his visit to Washington will bring improvement in Pakistan-US bilateral ties and regional situation.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) secretary general has notified constitution of the party’s core committee with endorsement of the party chairman and Prime Minister Imran Khan. PTI core committee comprises of 21 members including central secretary general Arshad Dad. Prime Minister Imran Khan will head the committee while Arshad Dad, PTI Secretary General, will carry out duties as secretary of the core committee.

The party core committee will discuss key national, political and organizational matters in its sessions. The committee will also convene its sessions to discuss the policy making. The core committee comprises of Abdul Aleem Khan, Arshad Dad, Asad Umar, Babar Awan, Fawad Choudhary, Naeem ul Haq, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mehmood Khan, Pervaiz Khattak, Qasim Khan Suri, Saifullah Khan Niazi, Shafqat Mehmood, Shireen Mazari, Ali Zaidi, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Atif Khan, Mohammad Mian Soomro, Sardar Usman Buzdar, Sardar Yar Mohammad Rind, Shibli Faraz and Murad Saeed.

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