Govt wants to hold Senate elections before time, says PM Imran

Directs KP Govt to extend Kamayab Jawan Programme to merged areas: Says universal health coverage to revolutionize system

By: News Desk      Published: 06:11 PM, 16 Dec, 2020
Govt wants to hold Senate elections before time, says PM Imran

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the PTI believes in transparent elections that is they are moving to the Supreme Court so that the Senate polls should be conducted through show-of-hands voting, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

“We want to hold Senate elections before time,” Imran Khan said and added “It is very easy for the government to go for horse-trading in the Senate elections.”

Speaking in Peshawar, the prime minister said the PTI wants fair elections as it had already expelled 20 lawmakers from the party.

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He said the cases against the opposition leader were not introduced by the PTI government. “Our government faces no threat from the opposition. Everyone saw what I was doing during the opposition’s Lahore rally,” he added.

Kamyab Jawan Programme

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed the KP government to extend the ambitious Kamayab Jawan Programme to merged tribal districts. He also directed improving internet and mobile network’s coverage in merged tribal districts for benefits of tribal people.

The Prime Minister passed these directives while chairing a high-level meeting of the KP cabinet in Peshawar. Governor Shah Farman and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan were also present on the occasion.

The Prime Minister also directed the KP Government to take more steps for promotion of tourism to generate employment opportunities and enhance the province’s revenues. He said people have high expectations from PTI government and directed ministers and members provincial assembly to frequently visit their respective constituencies to monitor development projects on ground and address people’s problems at their doorsteps.

Universal health coverage

Prime Minister Imran Khan said universal health coverage under Sehat Insaf Cards in Khyber Pakthunkhwa would eventually revolutionist the healthcare system and termed it a major step towards welfare state under sublime principles of Riyast-e-Madinah.

Addressing opening ceremony of 262-bed state-of-the-art Peshawar Institute of Cardiology (PIC), he said Sehat Insaf Cards was a landmark initiative of the PTI tgovernment that could greatly facilitate thousands of poor and weak segments of the society who could not afford spending additional money for their treatment.

Replying to some critical persons, he said in Riyast-e Madinah the state had the sole responsibility to look after weak and marginalized segments of the society which brought positive changes in mindset of the people.

He said health reforms, introduced by the PTI government, were focused to further improve quality of the healthcare system by introducing reward and punishment system at government hospitals on the pattern of private hospitals. “We want to bring government sector hospitals at par with private hospitals in terms of quality treatment by improving its infrastructure and management system through reforms,” he added.

He said opening of PIC was a significant project accomplished by PTI government that would facilitate thousands of heart patients in KP as well as patients from Afghanistan.

He said the decision to provide health insurance to all citizens would immensely help encourage private sector to construct new hospitals in remote and far-flung areas, knowing that people would come for treatment under Sehat Insaf Cards.

He said it was unfortunate that elite class was proceeding abroad for treatment while poor continued to suffer due to lack of financial resources to get quality treatment at private hospitals, adding Sehat Insaf Cards had given the confidence to poor to get free quality treatment up to Rs1 million in case diagnosed with fatal ailments.

He said directives had been issued for provision of lands for private hospitals on reasonable prices, enabling them to expand healthcare facilities to people at their doorsteps. Referring to misconceptions of health workers at PIMS Hospital Islamabad, he said health reforms were not meant for privatization of the government hospitals in any manner but were solely aimed at improving their performance.

He said the objective of health reforms was to operate government hospitals in line with reputable private hospitals which had reward and punishment adding no institution would succeed unless it opted for this system.

The Prime Minister said the health reforms were meant to improve management system of the government hospitals through constitution of boards of directors on the pattern of private hospitals.

Imran said the highest standard had been set by Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital for public and private hospitals in terms of quality treatment, maintenance and healthcare service delivery and that patients should be given utmost respect.

Hayatabad Sports Complex

Prime Minister Imran Khan also inaugurated Rs994 million Hayatabad Sports Complex expansion project to develop it as per the international quality and standards of International Cricket Council.

Provincial Secretary Sports Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad Abid Majeed while briefing about the project said the international standard Cricket Stadium of Hayatabad Sports Complex would be completed by June 2021 that would offer all the facilities including main pavilion, general stands and digital scoreboard as per International Cricket Council standards.

Fitness gym and all-weather international standard swimming pools are also parts of Hayatabad Sports Complex project. The project is also underway to provide indoor sports facilities for women athletes at a cost of Rs 100 million and to be completed in December 2021.

Similarly, playgrounds have been constructed in 66 Tehsils have already been completed while work on 10 other playgrounds in underway in 10 others. 50 playgrounds have been constructed in 50 Union Councils and projects are underway in 209 Union Councils.