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Imran Khan vows for making country a welfare state

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan Sunday vowed for implementing the true spirit of the welfare state in the country as was introduced by the Last Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him after coming into the power.

Addressing ‘Strengthening of Pakistan Convention’, organized by Chaudhry Rahmat Ali Foundation, he reaffirmed his commitment for bringing out the under the privileged and weak segment of the society from poverty trap by providing them special incentives as was offered by the welfare state.

He said that the humanity and justice were the two main principles, which distinguishes the human society from the animals and said that PTI would pay special focus on social justice and human development, if the public reposed confidence on them and vote on July 25 in general election.

The existing development model as making the developed areas more developed and prosperous, besides pushing the underprivileged and less developed areas towards further backwardness and less development, he observed.

The Chairman PTI criticized the development model of outgoing Punjab government and said that it had spent all the resources in already developed areas and neglected the development and uplift of underdeveloped areas of the province.

Imran Khan said that the Government of Pakistan Muslim League had spent half of its developmental budget on the development of Lahore city, whereas the other areas of the province, particularly Southern Punjab was badly ignored.

Out of the total budget allocation for the fiscal year 2017-18, comprising Rs 635 billion, the government had spent Rs 350 billion on the development of Lahore and deprived the other areas of the province from the development expenditures.

If the PTI comes into power it would give special emphasis on health, education, clean drinking water, social justice, merit and would allocate a special quota for disabled and feeble persons of the society to enable them to spend a respectable life like others.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.