Taking people out of poverty govt's top priority: PM

The Nation  |  Aug 02, 2021

Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday said that the first priority is to pull the people from poverty as 25 percent of the total population of the country is living under the poverty line whereas another chunk of 25 percent is living on the margins of this line.

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, Imran Khan said that the government was fully committed to encourage and facilitate different sectors of the economy for the purpose of wealth creation to permanently overcome the financial challenges.

The prime minister said that the government was vigorously implementing its plans to promote the construction industry and incentivized the export sector because when the economy moved on, the revenues were generated leading to jobs creation and revenue generation.

The prime minister regretted that there was a time when the Asian tigers looked towards Pakistan in terms of progress and development as it was considered ‘as a model for development.

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But then the country went hurtling down from the path of unprecedented development, he said, adding Pakistan was blessed with huge potential and its various entities performed outstandingly in the past.

The prime minister expressed the resolve that the government would take Pakistan to its real destination.

Underling the need to become self-reliant, the prime minister said when a system became corrupt, it ultimately putrefies the society. “It is called a system of corruption,” he observed.

The prime minister said those countries that had become bankrupt were ruling and elite classes reveled in corruption without having rule of law. In those societies a small fragment of society became richer, pushing the poor segments into further poverty.

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