PM Imran Khan says money laundering is biggest curse in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that money laundering is the biggest curse in the country.
Speaking on the floor of the House on Saturday, he congratulated Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar for presenting the budget successfully. He also thanked the allies for their support in the
He said that the cabinet minister had reduced their salary by 10 percent.
The prime minister announced that the government introducing a new program for farmers. “We gave 75 percent electricity to consumers in addition to a subsidy of Rs217 billion.”
Criticizing PPP co-chairman Asif Zardari and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister said that how those facing the charges of money laundering can make speeches in the house.
Prime Minister Imran Khan specially thanked Pak Army. “The Army has not increased the budget first time in the history. We reduced the budget despite tension on the Line of Control.
“Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa has said that the saved money will be spent on Balochistan and the FATA,” he said.
The PM said that a detailed package would be announced next week for the uplift of the agriculture sector. “Pakistan has signed an agreement with China for cooperation in the agriculture sector. Under this agreement, China will cooperate with us in seeds production and technology transfer which will help bolster our agriculture production.”
He said that they would expand the industrial base in the country to create job opportunities and enhance their exports. “It is the first time after 1960 that a government has taken steps to uplift the industry. We have given incentives to the industrial sector and they will be given more incentives in future as well.”
He appreciated his economic teams for taking the steps that brought down the current account deficit by 30 percent.
Regarding the government housing project, the prime minister said that different schemes would be launched in the next week which would create job opportunities. “We have also cut our imports and import of exotic food items will be discouraged,” he added.
The prime minister said that special emphasis have been given in the budget for the development of neglected areas, including Balochistan and tribal districts.
He appreciated the Armed forces for freezing their budget. “This amount will be used for development of the tribal district. We have initiated an austerity drive,” he added.
Imran Khan said that a separate package of Rs45 billion had been allocated for the development of Karachi. “We will allocate more funds for the metropolitan.”
The prime minister also reminded the PPP about revelations made by former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice in her book about the role played by the US in the NRO between Musharraf and the PPP.
He appreciated the quality speeches made by his party members in the house on the budget. He thanked the allied parties for standing with the PTI in the passage of the budget.