Show patience, Pakistan to become a powerful country: Imran
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said spending money on one city did not produce development and he was laying his focus on underdeveloped areas. He also asked people to show patience, saying Pakistan would become a powerful country of the world soon, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a ceremony at Cadet College Esa Khel in Mianwali, Imran said there neither teachers in schools for girls nor doctors and nurses in the health facilities of the area. The government was making all-out efforts to check the trend, he said and added, the government will strive to provide drinking water in all union councils of Mianwali.
How those receiving treatment in London can feel about backward regions, the prime minister questioned and recalled that the state of Madinah’s principle was that everyone should be equal before the law.
Imran told the gathering that his government was focused on developing Mianwali, Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan.
He said the people of Mianwali stood by him when no one was with him and gave him a National Assembly seat from Esakhel. They backed him when others used to say how the player would do politics, he remarked.
Imran Khan said the government’s top priority is the development of backward areas. The prime minister said the government is keen to transform the police into such a dynamic force that protects the weak segments of the society. “I have directed IG Police to ensure that there is no exploitation of poor in police stations as the government wants rule of law in the country,” he said.
Imran declared water availability as Mianwali’s biggest issue and said he is fully aware of the problems being faced by residents of the city. The government has worked on improving the provision of basic facilities, he added.
The premier said a new system has been evolved to ensure the presence of doctors in the hospitals of far-flung areas.
Imran emphasized the need for a knowledge-based economy terming it imperative to put the country on the path of progress and development. He was optimistic that Pakistan will emerge as a strong country and the dream of Naya Pakistan will come true.
Imran Khan said the federal government has approved a Rs3.15 billion scheme to ensure the provision of water for residents of Mianwali. “I am aware that the biggest problem of the people of Mianwali is water,” he remarked, saying “When I used to visit the area 24 years ago, many people used to come to me and file complaints. I received the most complaints on water provision, followed by fake FIRs against farmers and education.”
“People told me that there were no teachers posted at the girls’ schools in the area,” said the PM. “Punjab CM Usman Buzdar and I are working on a plan to hire teachers for schools here. We have to bring teachers and set up basic health units too,” he added.
“Many people ask me why I appointed Usman Buzdar as Punjab CM, I did it because I have spent a lot of time in places such as Mianwali. People who haven’t been to these places, how will they know about the lives of the people here?”
Dera Ghazi Khan is one of the most impoverished areas in Punjab, he said. We have to work on developing it too, the PM said.
The rulers in the past used to spend all the money on a few cities but that is not how countries develop, he explained. “When we speak about the State of Madinah, there were many rules that people were required to follow there and one basic rule was that no one is above the law.” People who looted the country have gone abroad and now consider themselves to be above the law, the premier added.
Earlier in a day, PM Imran on the occasion of 75th Anniversary of United Nations (UN), said Pakistan will continue to play a leading role in the UN for peaceful settlement of international disputes and developing friendly relations amongst nations based on the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples as enshrined in the UN Charter.
The premier said Pakistan remains committed to supporting the UN for realization of our shared objectives of maintaining international peace and security, economic and social development including the achievement of sustainable development goals.
Pakistan is proud to play its part in upholding universal values to protect and safeguard human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, he added.