ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that in order to divert global attention from gross rights abuses in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ & K) and the fascist agenda in New Delhi, the Indian media is using baseless and negative propaganda against Pakistan.
The prime minister said this while chairing a meeting on Indian propaganda against Pakistan, especially about the hybrid warfare being waged by the Indian media. The meeting reviewed misinformation and negative propaganda by the Indian media against Pakistan.
The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister of Information Senator Shibli Faraz, Minister of Home Affairs Shaikh Rashid Ahmed, Minister of Communications Murad Saeed, Special Assistant to Dr Moeed Yousaf, Focal Person for Digital Media Dr Arsalan Khalid and others.
Imran Khan said that the illegal actions carried out by the Indian government at IOJ & K, serious human rights violations and the Hindu fascist agenda are a threat to regional peace and order. He stressed that to divert attention, baseless and negative propaganda was spread by the Indian media against Pakistan with the aim of not only distracting global attention but also spreading chaos in the country.
The prime minister directed all possible steps to be taken to thwart the negative propaganda of the Indian media and to create better awareness among the people in this regard. Meanwhile, the prime minister expressed his satisfaction with reforms in the energy sector and asked to continue to provide relief to domestic consumers.
He observed this during the briefing he was given here on the energy sector at the meeting. The meeting was attended by federal minister Omar Ayub, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, special assistant Tabish Gohar, Nadeem Babar, Waqar Masood and related senior officials.
The forum focuses on improving power generation and transmission and making the energy mix better and more environmentally friendly. The meeting was also informed about the progress of ongoing projects.
The prime minister stressed that reforms must take a long time and future needs must be considered. Meanwhile, Imran Khan, while reiterating his belief that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, stressed the need for a negotiated political solution.
He also stressed the need for all parties to take steps to reduce the violence leading to a ceasefire. The prime minister expressed this view during a meeting with Afghanistan’s Minister of Industry and Trade Nisar Ahmed Faizi Ghoryani, who summoned him here.
Imran Khan, while highlighting the close brotherly relations between the two countries, reiterated Pakistan’s consistent support for peace and stability in Afghanistan. He added that peace in Afghanistan would benefit the entire region by enhancing regional connectivity and providing new opportunities for economic cooperation.
The Afghan trade minister conveyed a greeting from President Ashraf Ghani and highlighted the progress made with regard to transits and bilateral trade. He appreciated the positive role played by Pakistan in facilitating the Afghan peace process, and stressed Afghanistan’s desire to improve trade and economic ties between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Imran Khan called stabilizing food prices a top priority for the government and directed close scrutiny of supply and demand indicators to avoid a crisis. The prime minister also directed the Ministry of National Food Security to prepare an annual plan in collaboration with the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, keeping in mind the demand for wheat, current stocks and the upcoming harvest. He gave instructions to identify the sugar factories involved in tax evasion in the sugar industry and ensure legal action against them. The prime minister provided this direction while chairing a summit on daily commodity prices.
Imran Khan also reiterated his ‘Involve Africa’ policy which aims to forge closer ties with the continent by broadening Pakistan’s diplomatic footprint and deepening economic engagement.
The National Assembly of the President of the Republic of Djibouti Mohamed Ali Houmed, accompanied by a parliamentary delegation, visited Imran Khan. The prime minister warmly welcomed the visiting delegation and noted that the bonds of shared beliefs and values and the convergence of views on regional and international issues are binding on the two brotherly countries.
The two sides affirmed the common desire to expand bilateral cooperation in various fields. KP Governor Shah Farman and PTI senior leader Saifullah Khan Nyazee also summoned the prime minister and discussed the political situation in the country and future actions.