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December 7, 2019

PM Imran Khan on Sindh govt: It’s not faltering, it has failed

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December 7, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said governance in the Sindh province was not only dissatisfactory, but also unsuccessful, as all were worried after billions of rupees corruption came to the surface.

The prime minister expressed these views while talking to a delegation of the allied parties led by the Sindh Governor Imran Ismail.

Imran said he had launched a Jihad against corruption and there would be no deal with or relaxation for the corrupt people.

“Record corruption has been done in Sindh in the last 10 years. There is no room for corrupt people in Pakistan. Nobody will be spared… all will face the long arm of the law. Our agenda is to eliminate corruption root and branch. It’scorruption that has deprived our country of development and prosperity. The process of indiscriminate and uninterrupted accountability will continue,” the prime minister continued.

He said the federal government believed in the media freedom adding that ensuring the ease of doing business was atop his agenda. He maintained that the development of Sindh province was one of the topmost priorities of the government and it would take every possible measure for this purpose.

The meeting was briefed on the ongoing welfare and development projects in the province. The participants from Sindh apprised the prime minister of the difficulties in implementation of the roadmap of development.

The prime minister was requested that the gas royalty amounts should be paid for usage of areas, which had the right thereon. To this, the meeting agreed on appointment of focal persons in the federal government ministries for resolution of issues, concerning the Sindh province.

Kishwar Zehra, Naveed Jamil, Faisal Sabzwari, Khawaja Izharul Hasan, Muhammad Hussain Khan, Hameeduz Zafar, Muhammad Rashid from the MQM, Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Ghous Bakhsh Mehar, Arbab Ghulam Rahim, Murtaza Jatoi, Safdar Abbasi, Ayaz Palejo, Zulfiqar Mirza, and Ali Gohar from the GDA and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, Omar Ayub Khan, Ali Haider Zaidi, Saleem Adil Sheikh, Muhammad Aslam Abro, Khurram Sher Zaman, Amir Bakhsh Bhutto, Jay Parkash, Ashraf Qureshi, Ali Junejo and Hasnian Mirza from the PTI attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, chairing a meeting of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with regard to reforms in the ministry, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government believed in the media freedom, being the fourth pillar of the state.

The forum also deliberated on the role of the Press Information Department (PID) with regard to the projection of government’s initiatives for the masses’ welfare and the future strategy thereon.

“The present government believes in the freedom of media, as it is the fourth pillar of the state and hence holds key position in the society, and its role is important regarding forming the public opinion about the government’s measures and policies,” he maintained.

He directed the ministry to take effective measures for the projection of government’s projects aimed at welfare of the masses, economic development and the government’s foreign policy in the comity of nations and its rising status.

He also asked the ministry to make the best possible use of the latest technology and how to more effectively exploit the social media and the officers’ abilities be utilized on this count.

This, he contended, was imperative for effective countering of propaganda on the internal and external horizon with logic and reason and facts.

The prime minister also directed the ministry for protection of rights of the media workers and called for taking appropriate measures in this connection.

Among others, the meeting was participated by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Shahbaz Gill and Secretary Information Zahida Parveen.

The prime minister was given a briefing on the performance of the ministry, its manpower, and on the issue of projection of performance of various ministries and on the need for creation of more coherence.

Moreover, various proposals were shared with the meeting on making best possible use of digital media. Meanwhile, Chairman Shura Council Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Sheikh called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Friday. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood and other high officials were also present during the meeting.