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January 24, 2020

My govt is most transparent: PM Imran Khan

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January 24, 2020

DAVOS: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said his government is most transparent and his vision for a strong Pakistan is revival of industries for wealth creation, to be spent on the uplift of underprivileged segments in a welfare-oriented society.

Speaking at ''Breakfast at Davos'', an event jointly organised by Pathfinder Group and Martin Dow Group on the sidelines of World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Swiss resort, the prime minister said he is not worried about criticism for his tough decisions. He said advised people not to read newspapers and don’t watch TV shows and everything will be alright.

The premier shared his vision about Pakistan’s progress and related subjects including strategic vision, fighting corruption, poverty alleviation and geopolitical balance.

Imran Khan said the country’s founding and ideological fathers Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal wanted Pakistan to be a humane and just society and vowed to set the direction of society on similar trajectory.

"Pakistan is about hope and I believe that with its immense potential and determination, the nation will thrive," he added.

Stressing the importance of good governance, he said institutions could get deteriorated quickly, but their revival always takes a lot oftime and efforts. He mentioned corrupt system as the biggest challenge in slow implementation of reforms of institutions.

"It is like everyone wants to remove the tumour, but does not want to have the pain of surgery," he said, adding the moment nation realised the importance of good governance, the country would make progress.

Imran Khan said big dreams lead to bigger achievement if supported by struggle and commitment. "Going after a big mission, never ever think of compromising," the prime minister said as he shared the main principle of his life, adding that he wanted the nation to never give up in difficult times and be patient.

The prime minister said the military agencies knew about corruption of former governments that is why that governments remained worried and wanted to control the military. He said there is no issue between the present government and the military. He said rumours are being spread everyday because the corrupt mafia doesn’t want his government to succeed.

The premier mentioned that foreign debts by previous governments resulted in putting undue pressure on common man and said he would soon take up the matter with stakeholders on how to reduce burden on electricity consumers.

Imran Khan highlighted his government’s export-oriented approach to attain economic stability and mentioned reduction in current fiscal deficit by 75 percent which ultimately reflected in 200 percent increase in foreign investment.

"I am confident that Pakistan is on the right track," he said, adding that staying steadfast during challenges was important to achieve goals.

He said Pakistan's large human resource, its copper, gold and coal reserves and the most fertile land gave the country an edge to make progress, provided correct use of technology and advanced means.

Imran Khan termed overseas Pakistanis a "valuable resource" with capable minds and acclaimed expertise and expressed his desire to create a favourable environment for them within their homeland.

“Once Pakistan ease-up and improve its business modalities and procedures, the foreign investment will come from overseas nationals with great prospects for the country’s development,” he added.

The prime minister also shared his inspiration from the development models of China and Malaysia, saying Pakistan would like to follow these footsteps leading towards progress. He said China wanted to relocate industries in Pakistan, as a major boost to the latter’s economy with possibilities of development sky-high. He said tourism sector of Pakistan had big potential to attract followers of ancient civilisations from around the world.

The prime minister thanked analyst Ikram Sehgal of Pathfinder Group and Martin Dow Group for sponsoring the event in expensive Davos, saying, he would not have otherwise burdened the national exchequer.

"This is the cheapest official visit to Davos unlike those by former rulers," he said. He recalled that his trip to United Nations General Assembly last November was the least costly with $160,000 as compared to former president Asif Zardari’s 1.4 million expenditure, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s $1.3 million and even $800,000 of former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

Imran Khan emphasised on uplift of underprivileged segments of society, which he said proved their mettle when given proper opportunities and platform. He said the Namal University, set up by him, provided quality education to poor boys and girls to help them enter the mainstream in society.

"It is the drive that actually pushes the people to accomplish and the people with humble background, have enough potential to make their mark if given support and encouragement," he said.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the WEF 2020 summit where global leaders, politicians, businessmen and activists gather to engage with one another.

A picture of the two world leaders exchanging pleasantries was shared by the state-run TV official Twitter account. As per the tweet, Merkel invited Imran Khan to visit Germany.

"Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the #WEF20 at Davos. The German chancellor extended an invitation to Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Germany," reads the tweet.