ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said Wednesday Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari have served as a warning to others for their deeds.
“Public money (which was stolen) is a curse of Allah. I have seen Nawaz and Zardari face (Allah’s) punishment by going in and out of prison, moving to Saudi Arabia or London just to cover up their theft and corruption, “he said in a speech to the newly appointed Cabinet member Gilgit-Baltistan.
Referring to the opposition’s alleged corruption, he said despite having appointed their man as chairman of the NAB and signed a Democracy Charter (CoD) with a rival party, PML-N’s corruption scams were discovered through the Panama Papers. He said corrupt people as well as their children have to lie all their life just to cover up their theft.
The prime minister said that to that end, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) held public gatherings despite the sharp spike in COVID and reported more than 70 deaths on Tuesday as the country’s highest death toll for the past two and a half months. He said doctors and nurses were concerned about the increasing pressure at the hospital, but the PDM insisted on holding public meetings, which showed they didn’t care about people.
Calling stress the root cause of all major ailments like heart disease, blood pressure and even cancer, the prime minister referred to the beating of former finance minister Ishaq Dar by BBC host Stephen Sackur in an interview on Tuesday in which he (Dar) was seen. under tremendous pressure from facing questions about his assets and returning to Pakistan.
“If you want to see stress, you should see Ishaq Dar’s face yesterday,” said the prime minister, mocking the PML-N leader and calling his interview a lie.
He said that when the new Gilgit-Baltistan government was in place, the federal government would immediately launch a job to provide temporary provincial status for its appointment on par with other provinces.
The prime minister said an exclusive committee would be tasked with drafting time-based temporary provincial status formalities that would meet long-standing demands of the people. The ceremony was attended by the Minister for Kashmir Affairs and GB Ali Amin Gandapur, GB Governor Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon and the newly elected Chief Minister, Barrister Khalid Khursheed. After the national anthem and the recitation of verses from the Koran, the GB governor gave an oath to 12 cabinet members.
The newly appointed cabinet members include Obaidullah Baig and Raja Muhammad Zakria Khan Maqpoon as senior ministers, and 10 ministers including Fathullah Khan, Javed Ali Manwa, Muhammad Kazim, Wazir Muhammad Salim, Raja Nasir Ali Khan, Raja Muhammad Azam Khan, Haji Shah Baig, Haji Gulbar Khan, Mushtaq Hussain and Haji Abdul Hameed.
This is the prime minister’s second visit to GB in months as during his previous tour on November 1, he had announced his government’s decision to grant temporary provincial status to the region that befell India. The prime minister congratulated the new GB government hoping that they would set a new precedent and standard of public service there to win the hearts of the people and their prayers. He decided that the PTI government would put the GB area on the development path, which would change the lives of the community as a whole through various projects in tourism, power generation, economy and health projects.
Reiterating his vision of a Madina State model for Pakistan of uplifting the poor, he announced to launch the Ehsaas anti-poverty program at GB, in addition to providing a Health Insaf card of Rs10 million health insurance coverage for the entire population of GB. He said the appointment of the weaker segment was the government’s top priority and the government wanted to set new standards in this regard.
The prime minister said his government another major focus was exploiting the enormous tourism potential of GB which attracts large numbers of local and foreign tourists, especially in the summer. He said the government would provide easy loans to people to build guest rooms to accommodate tourists and help build an economy where the federal government would update the chief minister in detail.
In addition, the prime minister said the federal government was also in talks with Austrian companies, which specialize in developing ski resorts, which have shown interest in GB, observing that the area could host skiing for a longer time due to prolonged snow cover. right there, contrary to that. Other region.
In such a case, tourism will also flourish even in winter, he added. The prime minister said a 250-bed hospital in Skardu would be completed soon which would be expanded further according to local needs. He said that given the enormous potential in GB, two hydropower plants were in progress, two more in pipeline and two others had been approved for a total of 300MW of power generation to meet all of GB’s needs.
“In addition, PLTMH will also be installed in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa model villages,” he added. The prime minister said because the area is connected to China and is an important part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a special economic zone will also be developed there. He advised the newly elected GB government not to give up the principles of truth and honesty which are the essence of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and the vision of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He said that they have been given the power to change people’s lives and it is the best chance to get congregational prayers which will also bring mental peace and the pleasure of Allah SWT.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced two new highland national parks in GB covering a large area of 3,600 square km covering five percent of the total area of GB.
The newly announced ‘Himalayan National Park’ and ‘Nanga Parbat’ comprise a unique ecological area with extremely rich highland biodiversity and valuable flora and fauna, including snow leopards, Himalayan brown bears, Ladakh urials, ibex, markhors and blue sheep.
According to data provided by the Ministry of Climate Change, these two national parks have been declared under PM’s ‘Protected Area Initiative’ which aims to ensure the protection and preservation of natural assets.
With the announcement of these two national parks, a globally unique ‘Nature Corridor’ has also been established, which crosses a highland area (over 10,000 feet) and connects KP and Azad Jammu and Kashmir via GB.
“This will provide a protected and managed corridor to conserve wildlife in the area including the iconic snow leopard and a national animal marker,” the data said.
The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has also briefed the prime minister and said this highland natural corridor is an initiative of high global significance. He also informed him of an initiative to save the endangered Ladakh urial whose captivity is being built in Skardu in the natural habitat of this dwindling species to increase its numbers.
Meanwhile, in a tweet, Imran Khan said that as a result of effective government intervention, the price of milled sugar fell by Rs20 per kg within 20 days.
The prime minister tweeted that “due to effective intervention by the government, the price of ex-factory sugar fell by Rs20 / kg. The distribution of imported sugar at a controlled rate and the timely start of the crushing season are also ensured. I have asked the province to ensure fair and speedy payments for sugarcane are made to farmers ”.
In another tweet, he said, “I highly recommend Yunus Emre’s series be featured on PTV for everyone interested in Sufism (Marayfat).”