Lahore: Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain (Chaudhry Fawad Hussain) stated that the opposition central leadership has been absconding, and once the absconding ceases, the government will hold talks.
While talking to the news conference today, he said how the government could hold talks with them, adding that Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz should engage in national politics.
The PPP had always played the Sindh card instead of strengthening the federation. Now the Sindh government had deprived the people of Sindh from the Sehat card, he said and added that PPP’s leadership was afraid of its own workers and was unable to face them.
He said the PPP had become unpopular due to its leadership’s negative policies. That was why it could organise a public gathering even at a 10-marla space, he added.
He said that victory or defeat were part of electoral process as the political leaders were answerable to people about their political efforts and commitments, adding that the PTI won elections in Sialkot and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Earlier, the minister stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan once again expressed his commitment to the people of the country and promised to make Pakistan a welfare state in accordance with the principles of Riyasat-e-Medina.
He said that the corrupt era of Pakistan’s successive governments is over, and now a people-centered government is working hard to put the country on a path of progress and prosperity.
He said that the opposition’s central leadership did not participate in the proceedings of the National Assembly, and they claimed that 29 members of the Pakistan Justice Movement had contacted PML-N.
But in fact, the entire opposition members are in contact with PTI, and even PML-N members are not opposed to the supplementary finance bill, he added.
Fawad said it was an irony that PML-N’s leader and former defence minister Khwaja Asif, who was employed in an organisation in Saudi Arabia and getting salary, was telling the PTI government about the threats and challenges to national security and integrity. People have been aware about the real faces of them, he asserted.
The minister said that the value of rupee against US dollar strengthened after presentation of finance bill, which would further help in reducing the inflation during the next three to four months, as the international factors causing inflation including commodities and energy products had shown a downward trend.
The PTI government introduced a largest social protection programme to bring improvement in people’s living standards besides strengthening the economy, he said and added that owing to the solid policies of the government, a significant improvement in Pakistan’s economic situation would be observed till August or September. Pakistan’s economy and defence as well as political situation were stable, he added.
Fawad Hussain said that Federal Minister for Planning & Development and Special Initiative Asad Umar and National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) deserved appreciation over achieving the Covid-19 vaccination set targets, adding that the PTI government had successfully handled the Covid-19 pandemic through its effective strategies and timely measures. An international publication ‘Economist’ also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts against Covid-19 and its conversion rate to normalcy after the pandemic
These days, on one side the foreign countries including United Kingdom, United States, Saudi Arabia and European countries were imposing travel restrictions but on the other side, Pakistan was the only country which effectively overcame the pandemic by consistent policies, he added
He also paid tribute to soldiers of the Pakistan Army who embraced martyrdom in an operation in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan and said that the soldiers of Pakistan Rangers, Police, Frontier Corps (FC) and other law-enforcement agencies, who sacrificed their lives to protect the motherland, deserved salute.
He also stressed the need to revive the film and drama industry for effectively projecting Pakistan’s positive image and narrative across world through quality content. He added that the government, in the supplementary finance bill-2021, has taxed the rich people while tax refund has been given on items used by the common man.
In a tweet, he said in the 350 billion rupees tax, the actual tax is 71 billion rupees which has been imposed on imported goods used by the elite class
In response to PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif’s inquiry about tax rebates, the minister stated that this is to promote a “documented economy” rather than a “black economy.”