ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan said Sunday that his government is taking all steps to ensure the rule of law in the country so that a uniform legal system must be applied to the weaker and stronger segments of society.
He brought Mufti Raheem, Mohtamim from Jammia Rahimiya Karachi who called him, said a press release issued by the PM’s Office on Sunday. The prime minister observes that the system of rewards and punishments in office can improve the system.
“It is a priority for the government to strengthen the rule of law by correcting a system that has facilitated corrupt elements,” the press release quoted the prime minister as saying.
Sindh governor Imran Ismail, opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Shaikh, Rafi ud Din, Zubair Moti, Colonel (retired) Abdul Mughani and Kahlil ur Rehman Molakhail, also attended. The meeting also discussed the prime minister’s vision of the state of Madinah and increased foreign investment due to business-friendly government policies.
Food kitchen on castors
Also, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced Sunday to expand the “Ehsaas Koi Bhooka na Soye Program” to three Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cities including Peshawar, Lahore and Faisalabad.
Under this program, free meals will be distributed through mobile kitchens among workers, daily breadwinners, and low-income people who are unable to access government-run Panahgaah and Langarkhanas in collaboration with the private sector.
In a virtual event held simultaneously in Islamabad, Faisalabad, Lahore and Peshawar, the prime minister together with Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar and chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan started the distribution of food among people via kitchen trucks in three cities.
In his remarks, the prime minister said Pakistan was created in the name of Islam which rose as a new civilization in a very short time and Riyasat e Madinah established itself as a model for rule of law and service to humanity. He said Allah’s blessings rained down on those who fed the hungry and took care of the poor.
Pakistan is among the top countries whose people make generous contributions, he said.
He said when he planned to set up the Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, he was even told by doctors that it was difficult to run the cancer hospital. Now the hospital provides free treatment to 70 percent of cancer patients, he added. “We keep appointments with people and provide free treatment to cancer patients and arrange their meals and accommodation.”
He said that initially he set up a cancer hospital in Lahore with a fund of Rs 700 million and has spent Rs 50 billion so far on treating people. A second cancer hospital will be built in Peshawar and a third will be built in Karachi.
The Pakistani people gave money to build three hospitals, he said adding the same people would make the Koi Bhooka Na Soye Program a success and there would be a network of these facilities all over the country.
Imran Khan said that for the first time in Pakistan’s history, Panahgaah was established for workers who came from other cities and had no place to spend the night. They also get food in this Panahgaah and save money to send it to their families back home. The Panahgaah network will also be expanded, he believes.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also said that there was little money left for the government to spend on the poor because of the enormous debt. He said the country’s economic situation was very difficult because of high debt.
He said universal health insurance would be provided to all residents in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. A citizen will have insurance of Rs one million to spend on his medical needs.
At a later stage, the hospital network will be expanded and further reforms will be carried out in the health sector, he explained.
He praised the chief ministers of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Senator Sania Nishter and Saylani Trust for successfully running the various components of the Ehsaas program, to manage finances and ensure transparency.
He appealed to the public to give zakat and donations in the month of Ramzan for various Ehsaas programs.
Under the new food program, four trucks in each city will distribute food to 500 to 1000 people each day at certain service points.
Initially, the prime minister launched the Koi Bhooka na Soye Program in Rawalpindi and Islamabad on March 10. So far the mobile kitchen has served food to more than 38,000 people. Food is being prepared in the truck kitchen which is equipped with all cooking utensils.
The Koi Bhooka na Soye program is part of the prime minister’s vision for 2021.
According to the prime minister, the program will ensure that no one goes hungry.
At the end of the year, the program will be expanded to various parts of the country.
Senator Sania Nishter’s Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection explained to the participants about various aspects of the Ehsaas program.
He said on Monday the bank account numbers will be announced so that benefactors can deposit their charity amount into it.
The PM decided to review 155,000 complaints
Prime Minister Imran Khan decided on Sunday to review the 55,000 complaints from citizens registered from July 2020 to December 2020 on the Prime Minister’s Citizen Portal.
Complaints will be reopened gradually, said the press release of the Prime Minister’s Performance Delivery Unit. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, senior officials in the government will review the complaint.
During the review of the complaint, contact with the relevant citizen and the competent authority in the case will be made. In the first stage, cases of disputes over property, law and order and human rights will be reopened. About 68,000 complaints relating to the federal department and 53,000 from Punjab will be examined. While 15,000 complaints from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 13,000 from Sindh, 1800 from Balochistan and 1200 from Islamabad will be included in the review.
The prime minister has prioritized solving public problems and reopening cases is an attempt to achieve that goal. He stated that negligence would not be tolerated during the process of resolving citizen complaints.
Call of Saylani Trust delegation to PM
The Saylani Trust Sunday delegation visited Prime Minister Imran Khan and appreciated his government’s “Eat on a Wheel, no one sleeps hungry” program.
Bashir Farooq, Afzal Chimdia, Manzar Alam, Farraukh Amin, Irfan Wahid, Salman Iqbal, Imtiaz Hussain and Yousaf Lakhani were among the delegation, the PM office’s media wing said in a press release. Farrukh Habib, a member of the National Assembly, was also present at the occasion.
The delegation offers its services in expanding this program to other cities in the country.
The prime minister praised Saylani Trust’s services in Ehsaas Langar Khana and the ‘no one sleeps hungry’ initiative. He also assured the delegation of the government’s full facilitation during the extension of this program.