PM Imran says govt distributed funds in interior Sindh on merit
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday despite the fact that usually, he visited Karachi, it had always been his desire to visit interior Sindh, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a Kamyab Jawan Programme in Sukkur, the prime minister said the reason why he wanted to visit parts of interior Sindh was the province’s extreme backwardness and the ‘Wadera’ culture; where the poor were at the mercy of their landlords; they had no rights. “If we see Mohenjaro, which has a history of five thousand years, and compare it with Larkana and other cities of the province, there is a difference,” he regretted.
He said he was glad that when Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government came to power, Pakistan was under huge debt.
PM Imran said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government repaid loans worth Rs20, 000 billion while we paid back Rs35, 000 billion.
He reminded this was nothing to cheer about since if we had spent that money we returned on people’s welfare, we could have improved their living standards.
The prime minister said that the country had a huge population; most of which were youth.
He said if impart training to these youth, they will become our asset.
He said the purpose of the distribution of cheques under the Kamyab Jawan Programme was to make these youth stand on their own feet.
PM Imran regretted that there were fewer playgrounds in Pakistan. “That’s why sports standards are declining.”
“The entire population of New Zealand is merely 5 to six million. But ours is 22 crore,” he said, and added, “The reason why we are lagging behind others in sports is that we do not have enough grounds in our country.”
PM Imran said when the lockdown was imposed following a surge in the coronavirus cases, the poor and the downtrodden were affected. “Seeing that, we preferred smart lockdown to complete lockdown. Still, poverty started increasing in the country. And in order to deal with that problem, we launched the Ihsas programme,” he said, and claimed, “Under the programme, we distributed cash on merit, and even in Sindh where we do not have the government of our own.”
He said when a country’s currency strengthened, its economy improved.
Earlier, the prime minister distributed cheques among the youth under the Kamyab Jawan programme.