Two years tenure was the biggest struggle of his life against crashed economy, foreign debts and power crisis. says Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 19 : On the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the performance of police department will be evaluated and show cause notices would be issued to irresponsible officials having poor performance record.

According to a directive issued by the Prime Minister Office that evaluation performance reports of officers regarding the redressal of complaints at PM’s Citizen Portal would be received from Inspectors Generals (IGs) of Punjab and Khyber Pukhtankhwa .

Three Divisional Police Offices (DPOs) from Punjab stationed in Rahim Yar Khan, Nankana Sahib and Bhakkar have been given notices seeking a reply to be submitted within a week. In case of no reply, strict action will be taken, the PM Office said.

According to report, the Punjab IGP appreciated the police officials with good performance including DPO Mandi Bahauddin, Superintendent Police Gulgasht Multan and Additional IG Special Branch. Thirty-one police officers of Punjab have been placed in red category of Delivery Unit. The KPK IGP issued notices to six police officials of the provincial police department on poor performance, the PM Office said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday stressing the importance of making youth stakeholders in economy said job opportunities would be provided to young people to exploit their potential. He expressed these views in a meeting with Adviser on Finance Hafeez Sheikh and Special Assistant on Youth Affairs Usman Dar.

He was given a briefing on the latest facts and figures of Kamyab Jawan Programme besides consultation held on expediting the distribution of money among the youth under the programme.The prime minister was updated that within a few days, more than 30,000 young people applied for the money and for their convenience, 21 banks would be handling the disbursement process. So far, one billion rupees have been distributed among the youth while request for more than Rs53 billion have been received.

The prime minister directed distribution of funds be completed in a more expeditious and transparent manner. He termed the programme very important to eliminate the negative impact of coronavirus on national economy. The prime minister stressed exercising transparency and merit while making financial assistance.

Imran Khan said he was himself monitoring Kamyab Jawan Programme and decided to hold a monthly briefing on its progress. He expressed satisfaction over the progress made so far in the programme and directed Special Assistant Usman Dar to submit review report every month.

Prime Minister said his biggest achievement in the last two years of government was setting Pakistan’s direction towards becoming a welfare state. “If someone asks me what I did for the country during my tenure, I will say that I have set its direction right to realize the dream of its forefathers,” the prime minister said. He said his tenure as prime minister was the ‘biggest struggle of his life filled with challenges’, including crashed economy, foreign debts and power crisis. “From sports to politics, my entire life is all about struggle. Even in government, I confronted the challenges with a spirit to never give up,” he added.

As regards the economic instability, the prime minister said the current account deficit of $20 billion was the biggest challenge as it caused currency devaluation. Corrective measures were taken to bring it down to $3 billion. One of the steps was to squeeze the expenditures for economic stability, he said, adding currently the government had achieved the balance of primary budget.

Regarding the energy crisis, Imran Khan said Pakistan was generating the most expensive electricity due to the power contracts inked by the previous governments for kickbacks. The recent agreement of his government with Independent Power Producers (IPPs), he said, would help overcome the problems of power sector. The future of industries in the country was linked with cheap electricity generation. He said the government was also working on public sector power plants and a comprehensive power policy would be revealed in two weeks.

He regretted that the elite culture prevailed in the country, where the rich avoided taxes and the businessmen got rebates in the name of exports. He said the mafias had the clout and power as they even tried to get a court stay on the Commission’s report. He said it was discovered that a huge quantity of sugar was being exported to Afghanistan, which did not have such a high demand. There were also reports of sugar being hoarded in Punjab, against which strict action would be taken, he added.

The prime minister dismissed the impression that Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia were getting sour. The Kingdom had helped Pakistan in difficult times. He said Pakistan’s future was linked with China, which was going to become a big financial power. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a big opportunity for Pakistan’s economic revival.

He said Chinese President Xi JInping, whose had postponed his visit to Pakistan in May due to the coronavirus pandemic, would come in the winters. He regretted that many European countries were supporting India against China.

 

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