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Govt believes in freedom of expression, says PM Imran Khan

Govt believes in freedom of expression, says PM Imran Khan
August 1, 2021 Web Desk

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the people to strictly observe Standard Operating Procedures, especially wearing of face masks, to prevent spread of 4th wave of Coronavirus.

Interacting with the public over the telephone in the live TV Programme "Aapka Wazir-e-Azam Aap Ke Saath" on Sunday, he said the 4th wave contains Indian variant of COVID-19 virus, which is very lethal as it spreads at a fast pace.

He said 60 to 70 percent spread of the contagion can be controlled by wearing face masks at crowded places.

The Prime Minister said, so far, 30 million people have been vaccinated and the government is making vigorous efforts to get rest of the population immunized at the earliest.

He said the government will ensure that there is no dearth of vaccine in the country. He, however, made it clear that the government would continue its strategy of smart lockdown instead of going for imposing blanket lockdown to protect economy and employment of the people.

Replying to a caller, Imran Khan said Ehsaas Program is being expanded and data of entire Pakistan has been compiled for the purpose and direct subsidy would be provided to 40 percent people by December this year.

Regarding a question about gruesome murder of Noor Makadam, the Prime Minister said he is personally following this matter and assured the nation that culprits will not be allowed to escape the law.

He termed the incident as tragic saying that irrespective of the citizenship or influence of the culprit, he will have to face the law.

To a caller, he said due focus will be given to promote sports culture in the country in next two years of his government.

Responding to a call made by renowned journalist Habib Akram, the Prime Minister said the government believes in freedom of expression as constructive criticism is a blessing for a vibrant society.

Talking about adverse impact of climate change, he advised the people to plant at least one sapling in this monsoon season.

The Prime Minister said the government has launched the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami project to provide a healthy environment to our future generations.

Imran Khan said no attention was given to prepare master plans of cities; instead we ruined the only planned city of Pakistan, the federal capital of the country.

He said now we are focusing on vertical construction to protect environment and to contain unplanned spread of cities.

Prime Minister said the idea of Ravi Urban City is aimed at protecting the River Ravi and green areas.

He said the government is working on setting up of three treatment plants to provide clean water to the residents of Lahore.