Victory over ‘corrupt mafia, status quo’ leads to Naya Pakistan’: PM Imran

Premier while addressing Pakistani diaspora in Jeddah says country is passing through a decisive moment


APP May 09, 2021
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing at the ceremony in connection with celebrating $1 billion mark in Roshan Digital Accounts, launching of Roshan Apni Car and Roshan Samaaji Khidmat, in Islamabad on April 29, 2021. PHOTO: PID

JEDDAH:

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the country was passing through a decisive moment in its history and the victory in ongoing struggle against “corrupt mafia and status quo” would lead to the creation of ‘Naya Pakistan’.

He made these remarks while addressing a special session on Roshan Digital Account, which was attended by the Pakistani Community in Jeddah on Sunday.

The prime minister, who is on a three-day official visit to Saudi Arabia, said his government’s struggle was aimed to establish the rule of law in the country.

“It is a decisive moment, the old status quo and mafias were resisting and trying to save themselves. But public supported my party and the government in the struggle for the rule of law,” he added.

The system based upon humanity survived and ensured prosperity whereas the “rule of jungle leads to nowhere,” he said. “Those countries prospered where there is a rule of law and justice,” he stressed.

The prime minister said the corrupt elements had been united in their efforts to save their skins.

“No one can stop this change, due to mass awareness. Social media has brought a significant change as information moves very fast. The youth and social media have been the main ingredients of our party’s success,” he said.

Due to my government’s efforts, the country is moving on right track to achieve its real destiny, he added.

Appreciating the role of about 9 million overseas Pakistanis in the prosperity of the country, he said, they possessed huge potential and had been the biggest asset.

He said their potential was not fully tapped and no efforts were made in the past to pursue them to invest in the country.

The prime minister said the country’s economy was being stabilised after bearing through the most difficult times with consistent strengthening of foreign exchange reserves.

He mentioned that government was making efforts to further offer the overseas Pakistanis different products like Roshan digital account because the world was changing at fast pace with the use of latest technology.

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About his visit, the prime minister lauded leadership of Saudi Arabia that always supported Pakistan in the most difficult times.

“They supported Pakistan and provided oil on deferred payment, similarly, the United Arab Emirates also supported the country, otherwise, Pakistan would have defaulted, entailing severe consequences,” he observed.

After Covid-19 pandemic, the prime minister said, the fragile economies suffered worldwide, adding in the neighbouring country, India, daily caseloads were increasing at alarming level.

Pakistan was among the few countries, which had navigated in the Covid scenario with much difficulty, he said, adding, Pakistan’s exports were on the rise and the economy had recovered.

The prime minister said the economic indicators of the country were showing improvement. Construction industry was providing jobs and the low-cost housing imitative would provide housing facilities to low-income groups.

Prior to it, there was no concept of such housing facility in Pakistan, the government was slowly and gradually unfolding such facilities.

Earlier, Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Reza Baqir informed that so far, more than 100,000 accounts had been opened under Roshan digital initiative.

He said that country’s current account was now in surplus and the reserves had surged to over 16 billion dollars.

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