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Prosperity sans effective rule of law impossible, says PM

10:23 PM | 1 Feb, 2021
Prosperity sans effective rule of law impossible, says PM

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has stressed that holding the influential and powerful people accountable is important to uplift the country.

Interacting with the general public on telephone in a program titled 'Aap Ka Wazir-e-Azam  Aap Kay Sath' in Islamabad today (Monday), he said  the country cannot be taken forward and achieve prosperity without effective rule of law.

No NRO for Opposition

He said the alliance of opposition parties has come together and is pressurizing the government over the last two and a half years to get an NRO. He however said that giving an NRO to the corrupt elements will be tantamount to treason with the country. He said we are paying the price of the NRO given by former President Pervez Musharraf to the corrupt leaders.  He said the Broadsheet exposes the whole saga of corruption.  He said former Judge of Supreme Court Justice retired Azmat Saeed who has the relevant expertise, has been entrusted the responsibility to probe into the matter and bring the facts before the public, Radio Pakistan reported.

Senate Elections

Regretting the malpractices in the Senate elections, the Prime Minister said the government is bringing a constitutional amendment in the National Assembly this week to hold the elections of upper house through open ballot. He said the nation will itself witness as to who does not want an end to buying and selling of votes in the elections. He recalled that it was the PPP and the PML (N) which had committed through the Charter of Democracy to hold the Senate polls through open ballot.

Foreign Funding Case

Responding to a caller, the Prime Minister said the Election Commission of Pakistan should take the case of foreign funding of political parties to its logical conclusion. He said the opposition parties have no record of donors. He said these parties themselves stand trapped as Nawaz Sharif cannot deny of receiving money from Osama Bin Laden and JUI (F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman from Libya. He said PTI is the only party which has transparent record of its donations.

CPI Declining Due Govt Policies

When asked about the inflation, the Prime Minister said the government is fully cognizant of the problems being faced by the people due to price hike. He, however, said he is regularly holding meetings on the issue, and the consumer price index has now started witnessing a decline due to the policies of the government.

Revamping State-run Entities

Alluding to the losses of State Owned Enterprises, the Prime Minister said the present government is determined to revamp them and run on modern lines.  He said PIA will be turned into a professional and profitable entity.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Prime Minister Imran Khan said it is effort of the government to administer anti-covid vaccine to the whole population during the current year.

He said the vaccine has arrived in Pakistan. He said our policy is to administer the vaccine to the frontline health workers in the first phase. In the next phase, the vaccine will be given to those above sixty years of age or faced with some serious illness. He assured the vaccine will be administered as per the laid down criterion without any discrimination.

State of Madina

The Prime Minister said the State of Madina was based on modern concepts such as rule of law, meritocracy and protection of human rights. He said the last sermon delivered by Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wa Sallam Khatim un Nabiyeen is the charter of humanity.  He expressed the commitment to build Pakistan on the principles of State of Madina as there is no other way.  He said Pakistan is on the course of becoming a great nation by pursuing that path.  He said the subject of Seerat un Nabi (SAW) will now be taught in the classes of seven, eight and nine in order to orient students of the life and teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wa Sallam Khatim un Nabiyeen.

Kashmir Issue

On Kashmir dispute, the Prime Minister voiced concerns over the grave human rights situation in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and LOC violations in which a number of innocent people have been martyred and injured.  He said he has raised the issue at every international forum to sensitize the world community about the gravity of the situation. He said he will also talk to the new US President Joe Biden to urge him to pressurize India to stop its campaign of oppression in the occupied territory.  On Kashmir solidarity day being observed on Friday next, Imran Khan said he will address a public gathering in Kotli to express solidarity with the oppressed Kashmiri people.

When asked about Islamophobia, the Prime Minister stressed all the Muslim countries will have to unitedly raise voice to address the issue. He said he has also written letters to the heads of Muslim countries in the wake of France incident. He said under the garb of freedom of expression, the western countries are hurting the sentiments of Muslims.

Historic Package for Balochistan

To a question, the Prime Minister said developing backward areas of the country, including Balochistan and tribal districts, is the foremost priority of the government. He said we have given a historic package for the development of South Balochistan and it envisages a whole range of different projects including those related to connectivity.  He said we have also decided to provide 3G and 4G facility in these areas to bring improvement in the living standards of the people there.

Naya Pakistan Housing Program

Imran Khan said the government has initiated Naya Pakistan Housing program to provide low cost housing units to the low income groups. The government has also launched a policy of concessionary loans, so that people could build their own houses.

GB to be converted into Tourism Hub

Responding to a question about Gilgit Baltistan, the Prime Minister said the government will make all out efforts to turn this region into a tourism hub. He said several projects have been envisaged for this purpose which will bring prosperity in the lives of the people.  He said a grid station and small hydro power projects will be established in Gilgit Baltistan to address its electricity issues. He said road infrastructure projects will also be executed to open the region for tourism.

About cricket, the Prime Minister said our effort is to promote cricket at the regional level. He was confident that the performance of our national team will also improve in the days to come.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 20 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains marginally same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 20, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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