- Prime Minister Imran Khan said the PTI government was “struggling in a historic battle for the rule of law”.
- Announcing the launch of PTI’s Ehsaas Program ‘Koi Bhooka Na Soye’ initiative in Peshawar, Lahore and Faisalabad.
- Free food to distribute to workers, day laborers and low-income people who may not have access to Panahgah and Langar Khanas.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has admitted that there is not enough money left to spend on people’s development anymore since Pakistan is “in debt”, Geo News reported on Sunday.
Speaking at the virtual launch event of the ‘Koi Bhooka Na Soye’ initiative of the ruling PTI’s flagship Ehsaas Program in three Punjab cities and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), PM Imran said the PTI government “is struggling in a historic battle to enforce the rule of law”.
Punjab and KP chief ministers – Usman Buzdar and Mahmood Khan, respectively – were also present at the virtual events being held simultaneously in Islamabad, Faisalabad, Lahore and Peshawar.
The ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye Program’ – to be launched in Peshawar, Lahore and Faisalabad – will distribute free food through mobile kitchens among workers, day laborers and low-income people who may not be able to access it. Arrowss and Langar khanas.
Pakistan is blessed if ‘the country feeds the poor’
The prime minister said the program would benefit the deserving and disadvantaged classes. A mobile kitchen network will be set up across Pakistan to provide food for hungry people, he added.
He also underlined that Pakistan – one of the few countries where people give a lot of charity – will be blessed when “the country feeds the poor”.
However, Pakistan, which remains “in debt”, “has less money left to spend on people’s development”, he added.
PM Imran said Pakistan was created in the name of Islam, which emerged as a new civilization in a very short time and Riyasat-e-Madinah – or the welfare state of Madinah under Islamic law – established itself as a model for rule of law. and services for humanity.
“God gives His blessings to those who feed the hungry and care for the poor,” he said.
Arrowss and Langar khanas, or shelters and alms houses, each run by the PTI regime in collaboration with the private sector.
Under the ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye Program’ initiative, four trucks in each city will distribute food to 500-1,000 people daily at certain service points.
‘This network of facilities’
The prime minister explained that while he was planning to set up the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Research Center and Hospital (SKMCH & RC), even doctors told him that it was difficult to run the facility.
Now, however, the hospital provides free treatment to 70% of cancer patients, he added. “We keep promises with the community and provide free treatment to cancer patients and arrange their meals and accommodation,” he said.
PM Imran mentioned that he first set up SKMCH & RC in Lahore with Rs700 million, with the cancer hospital having spent Rs 50 billion on treating people to date. The second, he added, will be built in Peshawar and the third will be built in Karachi.
People gave money for the construction of the three hospitals, he said, adding that the same would now make the ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye Program’ a success. “There will be a network of these facilities throughout Pakistan,” he added.
The prime minister underlined how, for the first time in Pakistan’s history, arrows were being prepared for workers who had come from other cities and had nowhere to stay. They also get food at the facility and send the money they save to their families back home, he added.
The Panahgah network will also be expanded, he assured.
Give Zakat, donations for Ehsaas programs
PM Imran also talked about how universal health coverage will be provided to everyone in Punjab and KP. Every citizen of the country will enjoy insurance worth Rs. 1 million to spend on their medical needs.
Conversely, in the next phase, the hospital network will be expanded and further reforms carried out in the health sector.
The PM praised CM Buzdar and Khan, Saylani Welfare International Trust (SWIT), and their aide for poverty alleviation and social protection, Senator Dr Sania Nishtar, for successfully running various components of the Ehsaas program, managing finances and ensuring transparency.
People should give Zakat and donations in the holy month of Ramadan for various Ehsaas programs, he urged.
Expansion of the program by the end of 2021
Initially, PM Imran Khan launched the ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye Program’ in Rawalpindi and Islamabad on March 10 – both of which have so far served food to more than 38,000 people via mobile kitchens.
The ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye Program’ is part of the prime minister’s vision for 2021. By the end of the year, the program will be expanded to various parts of Pakistan.
According to him, the program will ensure that no one can sleep at night on an empty stomach.
Dr Nishtar, the aide, explained to the participants about various aspects of the Ehsaas program. Bank account numbers will be announced Monday to allow benefactors to deposit their charity funds.
PM Imran met with the Saylani Trust delegation
Separately, the SWIT delegation – consisting of Maulana Bashir Farooq Qadri, Afzal Chamdia, Manzar Alam, and Farrukh Amin – visited PM Imran Khan today for a meeting which was also attended by PTI MP Farrukh Habib.
SWIT welcomed PM Imran Khan’s move, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office was read out. He offered to expand the scope of the program to various cities, he added.
“The Prime Minister appreciates SWIT’s role in the Ehsaas Langar Khanas ‘Koi Bhooka Na Soye’ Program,” he said.
“The Prime Minister is assured that all possible facilities will be provided to expand the program,” wrote the Prime Minister’s Office on Twitter.