ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his latest move on Wednesday decided to compensate those who suffered losses during the country-wide protests, which took place last week following a Supreme Court verdict acquitting Aasia Bibi.
According to a statement released from his office, PM Khan has asked government of Punjab to chalk out comprehensive compensation plan, so that people, whose properties were vandalized during protest of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) can be compensated.
Yesterday, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri met Prime Minister Imran Khan and briefed him about successful dialogue with the protesters and current situation of the country.
In a meeting that took place in the federal capital, the prime minister decided to keep himself in touch with religious scholars and declared clerics’ proposal vital for transforming the country into a state like Madina. He said they wanted to show the world a picture of real and peaceful Islam.
On the other hand, countrywide crackdown against the rioters is under way and as per the Ministry of Interior, nearly 1800 rioters have been apprehended so far by law enforcement agencies for being allegedly involved in destruction and harassment of citizens during protests that broke out after acquittal of Aasia Bibi.
In Islamabad, 700 people had been booked in cases, 56 arrested and 26 had been remanded. The order to imprison 19 rioters under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) had also been issued.
Moreover, 70 rioters were taken into custody from Sheikhupura.
In Karachi, cases have been registered in 34 police stations across the metropolis against rioters. In Lahore, eight suspects were sent on 4-day physical remand.
The Ministry of Interior has set up a complaint cell, urging citizens to share pictures and videos of those involved in damaging state and private properties in the name of protests. They have been asked to share such pictures and videos on 03315480011 to help identify the rioters.
Meanwhile, Emphasizing that all stakeholders must engage in dialogue process, Prime Minster Imran Khan on Wednesday called for opening channels of humanitarian assistance for the people suffering from famine in Yemen.
“The conflict in Yemen affects the regional peace and stability and no military solution can resolve it,” he said during his meeting with Ambassador of Yemen to Pakistan Mohammed Motahar Alashabi, who called on him in Islamabad.
Imran Khan has reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to play its role in bringing all the parties on the negotiating table for a political settlement of the Yemen conflict.
He assured the ambassador of unwavering support of Pakistan for an early resolution of the conflict, in light of UN Security Council Resolution 2216 and restoration of the legitimate government of President Abdurabuh Mansour Hadi in Yemen.
The PM also called for more concerted and coordinated efforts at the global level to alleviate the sufferings of Yemeni people and to ensure their safe return to their homes.
The Yemeni envoy conveyed the felicitations of their leadership to the prime minister on his election and conveyed best wishes for the success of his government in achieving the goal of building a prosperous, progressive and forward looking Pakistan.
PM Imran also wished for an early end of hostilities for lasting peace in Yemen.
Earlier in a statement, Imran had announced that Pakistan would endeavour to play the role of a mediator in the Yemen war.
He said his government was playing a positive role in mediating matters, especially on Yemen, to unite the Muslim World.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan says the government wants a sustainable solution to poverty reduction by creating employment opportunities and bringing reforms in various sectors.
He was chairing a meeting on poverty reduction and related reforms in Islamabad Wednesday.
The Prime Minister said the local government system needs to be utilized at the grassroots level to reduce poverty, so that needy people are promptly reached and resources are not wasted.
The Prime Minister said immediate steps are needed to be taken to resolve the issue of stunted growth which deprives our children of equal development opportunities.
Imran Khan directed to create harmony among health, education, food, environment and other sectors in order to find a solution to this issue of serious magnitude. The meeting was briefed on steps relating to poverty reduction and reforms in this regard.
The Prime Minister was also given a detailed briefing on promotion of technical education, increase in employment opportunities, access to financial assistance, inexpensive accommodation, social protection and Sehat Insaf Card. – NNI