ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said Monday the recovery of looted money transferred illegally abroad is the government’s top priority.
He expressed his views during a meeting with economist Dr Shahid Kardar.
Federal Minister Hammad Azhar, Financial Advisor Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and Special Assistant Dr Waqar Masood attended.
Imran said illegal money transfers from developing countries were the main cause of their poverty.
The meeting focused on measures to prevent money laundering, recover looted money and improve the overall economic situation.
Meanwhile, while chairing a National Tourism Coordination Committee meeting, Imran called for rules and regulations for timely solutions to problems including prevention of encroachment at tourist attractions across the country and proper sanitation and construction arrangements according to the approved maps.
Special Assistant Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari and senior government officials attended the meeting.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan, Chief Advisor to Punjab Tourism Minister Asif Mehmood and chief secretaries of all provinces, including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir, participated via video link.
The meeting was attended by the Punjab government on upgrading the Taxila and Lahore Museum, the development of the Gurdwara Panja Sahib with financial support from the World Bank, the opening of Fort Attock for tourists, the development of mobile applications for 511 tourist destinations across the province and the removal of waste from these places.
Details of the outsourcing of 144 government residences by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, demolition of encroachment at tourist destinations, development of new tourist destinations and providing loans to local people to build houses for tourists with their homes were shared in the forum.
The meeting was also briefed on steps being taken by Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan for tourism promotion.
Briefings were given on geo-mapping of 868 tourist destinations in Sindh, desert safaris in the Thar Desert and steps being taken to promote tourism activities on Kanjhar Lake.
Apart from establishing 5 beach parks in Balochistan, briefings were given on various initiatives for tourism promotion.
Imran said Pakistan is rich in natural resources in terms of tourism. He said tourism promotion would help improve the country’s economy and alleviate poverty.
He directed the restoration of historical tourist sites to their original form. He also directed the construction of chairs or pedestrian paths as a substitute for vehicles for access to all tourist attractions in order to restore the natural beauty of the place.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the provision of financial assistance to fishermen as well as taking steps to raise them.
He made this point in a meeting with Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, who updated him on the overall port situation.
The meeting also discussed providing soft loans to fishermen under the Kamyab Jawan Program. The Karachi metropolitan situation was also a subject of discussion.
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