ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Media Affairs Iftikhar Durrani Tuesday said that previous governments were responsible for the current financial crisis in the country and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government was committed for economic revival.
In an interview, he said the previous governments had done many objectionable activities which had damaged the economy of Pakistan, adding, our government is determined to put Pakistan’s economy on the right path.
He explained , Pakistan is facing current fiscal deficit and has been trying to introduce economic reforms, adding, going to IMF for a bailout package is the need of the hour.
He further appreciated that the historic address of Prime Minister Imran Khan at World Governments Summit.
He said the inherited balance of payment is due to negligence of previous governments and there is no other available option other than approaching the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but this will be last time in this regard.
He said everyone is aware of the difficult economic conditions left by the previous governments for the country, which was why the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led (PTI) government had decided at the start of its term to take measures to bring the country out of the crisis.
Iftikhar Durrani said , Pakistan now needs IMF support to overcome fiscal deficit as Pakistan is now in a better position to negotiate with IMF because the government will aim to have a minimum impact on low-income classes, he added.
As a result of previous economic policies, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer but the incumbent government will try to abolish discriminatory economic policies across the country, he mentioned.
Pakistan to retaliate immediately if India goes for any misadventure: PM
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, while warning India, has said that Pakistan was capable of responding to any kind of threat and was always ready to retaliate in case of any misadventure.
In a televised address to the nation, the premier reacted to the sabre-rattling, in particular by the Indian media, calling for a surgical strike against Pakistan, and expressed the hope that “better sense will prevail.”
He said “if Indians believe that they can launch an attack against Pakistan, they should understand that Pakistan would not think, but retaliate immediately.”
Khan said “no law in the world allows one to be the “judge jury and executioner” and said if India offered any proof, Pakistan would cooperate.
“We all know that it is easy to start a war, but very difficult to end. And we do not know where it all will lead to.”
Imran Khan also offered India for a dialogue to address all the issues between the two nations.
Qureshi writes UN to intervene after Indian rhetoric on Pulwama incident
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to step in to defuse tension between Pakistan and India which was fomented by India in the aftermath of baseless allegations over Pulwama attack.
In a letter addressed to the UN secretary general, the Foreign Minister said that India must be asked to conduct an open and credible investigation on Pulwama incident.
“It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from the threat of use of force against Pakistan by India,” he added.
“You may also consider asking India to refrain from further escalating the situation and enter into dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris to calm the situation down,” according to contents of the letter shared by Foreign office in a press release on Tuesday.
Qureshi further said that the Pulwama attack on Indian Central Reserve Police Force was ostensibly and even by Indian accounts carried out by a Kashmiri resident of Indian Occupied Kashmir.
“Attributing it to Pakistan even before investigations is absurd,” he added.
The Foreign Minister said for domestic political reasons, India had deliberately ratcheted up its hostile rhetoric against Pakistan and created a tense environment.
It has also hinted that it might abandon the Indus Waters Treaty. This would be a grievous error, the minister cautioned.
Emphasizing upon Guterres, he said it was imperative to take steps for de-escalation.
“I request that this letter be circulated to members of the Security Council and General Assembly,” he added.
PIA announces massive cut in fares on Beijing-Islamabad-Beijing route
BEIJING: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced a substantial reduction in fares for its Beijing-Islamabad-Beijing route besides offering special fares and packages to passengers traveling in groups as part of the skilled manpower for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in Pakistan.
“We have reduced fares for both economy and business classes and passengers can now buy return economy class tickets for 3620 Chinese Yuan and business class for 8039 Chinese Yuan respectively,” PIA Country Manager to China, Nasir Jamal Malik said.
He said that PIA’s fare was lowest as compared to Air China and other regional airlines operating from China to Pakistan.
Nasir Jamal said the national flag carrier was actively participating in the CPEC framework and was extending unprecedented support and services to its valued Chinese travelers.
“Special fares and packages have been offered to passengers traveling in groups as part of the skilled manpower for CPEC projects in Pakistan while serving delicious Chinese meals onboard the aircraft,” he added.
The country manager said that the national airline was operating two direct flights a week on Beijing-Islamabad-Beijing route on Monday and Friday with the in time departure from Beijing and better service to its valued customers.
The country manager said that currently Air China and China Southern are operating flights from Beijing to Islamabad and Guangzhou to Lahore, respectively.
Nasir Jamal informed that PIA was also providing a discount on airfare to Pakistani students studying in China and over 22,000 Pakistani students were the beneficiary of this relief.
Responding to a question he said, that PIA was the only airline which was allowing 40 KG baggage to each passenger on direct flights between China and Pakistan.