RAWALPINDI: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday admitted the country was undergoing difficult situation, but asserted that “its future is bright”.
Addressing a gathering after inaugurating rail tracking system and Thal Express train, the Prime Minister said his government would continue waging a crusade against corruption.
Imran Khan stated that gas companies were at the brink of closure had the government not raised gas prices. “We’ve witnessed wastage of money [at government level], hence we first need to curtail our own expenses,” he underlined.
The prime minister said even the banks refused to grant loans to gas sector. “Annual gas theft of around Rs 50 billion has been detected, which is alarming,” informed Khan.
He said he had curtailed expenses of the Prime Minister House by 30 percent. An auditor has also been employed at the PM House tasked with suggesting measures to further reduce expenditure, he added.
In the last 10 years, people had no fear of law. “NRO 1 and NRO 2 had eradicated fears of being caught for corruption”, said the PM.
Talking about increase in Hajj expenses, PM Khan said his government would have offered free Hajj facility had there been no huge pending loans.
“We want cooperation from China in every sector under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor”, he added. He was of the view that commuting by trains was least expensive everywhere in the world. “And we are also taking measures to making life easy for the poor.”
Khan said under Railways Main Line-1 (ML1) project, people would be able to travel from Peshawar to Karachi in eight hours.
The life of a common man should be easy in Naya Pakistan, he stated.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that the government increased the expenses of Hajj in compulsion.
He said this in his meeting with Members National Assembly (MNAs) from Rawalpindi division including Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid, Federal Minister Health Amir Kayani Federal Minister for Petroleum, Ghulam Sarwar Khan.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry was also present in the meeting.
The lawmakers apprised the prime minister about issues of the constituencies.
PM Imran Khan while directing the parliamentarians said that the issues of masses should be resolved on priority basis, adding that efforts were underway to bring positive change in the lives of the general public.
Sources said that the prime minister the Hajj expenses have been increased in Saudi Arabia, adding that he knew people save money all over the year for Hajj but the government pays Rs6 billion interest on daily basis over the debt.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to review its policy pertaining to construction of high-rise buildings and their designs within 10 days.
Presiding over a high-level meeting, PM Imran directed CDA to prepare rules for converting building into skyscraper. He underscored the need to change rules and regulations about high-rise buildings and directed CDA to present a comprehensive plan for the approval of design for multi-storey buildings.
Keeping in view the rising population, PM Imran Khan directed the CDA to take measures to protect the green areas in the federal capital. The prime minister also imposed ban on construction of skyscrapers in sensitive areas of Islamabad.
Earlier, the Supreme Court, on December 11, had withdrawn its restraining order against the construction of high-rises in Karachi and ruled that new buildings with more than six storeys can be built as per the relevant building laws.
Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a bench of the apex court was hearing a case pertaining to the construction of high-rises at its Karachi registry. – NNI