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.
Only 56% of women carry CNICs in in rural areas of Punjab: survey
ISLAMABAD: A Survey conducted by Punjab Commission on Status of Women here Friday reveled that in rural areas of Punjab only 56 percent of young women have Computerized National Identity Cards (CNIC).
According to a survey as compared with rural peers, urban women have 64 percent of CNICs of women age 18 years and above.
Fewer CNICs were issued to women in Punjab (41 %) as compared to men (59 %), it said.
In General Election 2018, 69 percent of all young women have voted, compared to 32 percent in the elections of 2013.
It said that 69 percent of political participation has been noted during the year 2010 to 2018 and only 39 percent of women were aware of political parties and 1.9 percent were active members of these political parties.
62 percent of young women are using cell phones in Punjab (71% urban) while 34 percent have computer literacy.
21 percent young women have access to internet and out these 82 percent participate in social media forums, it added.
Survey stressed that NADRA should actively seek to eliminate the gender gap in CNICs and voter registration through extensive outreach campaigns especially in high schools and colleges.
Anyone with ‘unsatisfactory performance’ will be removed: PM
PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that he would not hesitate from changing portfolios of ministers or showing them the door if their performance is not up to the mark.
“I have changed the batting order of my team,” he said while addressing a rally in Orakzai, adding that he would do the same if he finds performance of his team members unsatisfactory.
“If someone is not working, his batting order will be changed,” Khan said
The premier asked chief ministers of Khyber Paktunkhwa and Punjab to keep an eye on their teams as well.
“It is our duty to keep an eye on our teams,” he advised Usman Buzdar and Mahmood Khan. “We are answerable to the Almighty for this responsibility.”
Pakistan, China to sign initial design of ML-1 project
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China will sign the preliminary design of ML-1 project during the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Beijing.
This was stated by Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed while talking to Vice-Governor of China’s province Hubei, Huang Chuping in the federal capital on Friday.
He said completion of Peshawar to Karachi Main Line 1 project will bring revolution to railways in Pakistan.
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor have ushered in a golden era between the two countries.
Last week, the federal minister had said the mainline-1 (ML-1) project will provide jobs to 150,000 people of the country.
Rasheed had claimed that he would step down if he failed to give employment to 150,000 people after completion of the ML-1 project.