ISLAMABAD: Several prominent members of Prime Minister Imran Khan's cabinet held a press conference on Tuesday to explain the achievements of the PTI government during its two-year’s tenure.
Information Minister Shibli Faraz said the aim of the ruling party PTI politics was to bring in a welfare state. “Our goal is to create a state that prioritizes public service first.”
He said government policies revolve around the welfare of thousands of people and workers, rejecting those who prioritize the public interest by turning businessmens in politics. “We must fight the challenges in the external and internal spheres as everyone has ignored the Fifth Generation War,” he warned our enemy of harming Pakistan and its economy in all ways.
“The first two years of the PTI government were difficult but now the good days have begun,” said Shibli Faraz.
‘Kashmir dispute internationalized’
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the PTI government had taken up Indian plans to focus on the Kashmir dispute and isolate Pakistan globally to provide power.
He recalled how Prime Minister Imran Khan had highlighted the Jammu and Kashmir issue in his address to the nation after his victory in the general elections. “The Kashmir dispute is internationalized today because of our effective policy of the last two years.”
FM Qureshi said the UN Security Council discussed the dispute three times a year. Addressing the UN General Assembly and other international forums, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the controversy would be strongly raised. He said that Pakistan had played its role in the forthcoming Afghan talks and that the PTI government had seen a change in its narrative over the past two years and now it seemed to be a peace partner.
“We thought about financial diplomacy to increase our financial presence,” Shah Mahmood said. “We have also strengthened our ties with friendly countries as China has become a strong economic partner.”
Qureshi recalled that the world had accepted the Prime Minister’s global debt relief program for developing countries.
‘Economic policies that bear fruit’
Prime Minister’s Advisor on Finance and Revenue, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh said that when PTI came to power, there was a crisis-like situation in the country and there was a risk of bankruptcy. He said the current account deficit at the time was $ 20 billion.
“Our first effort is to lift the country out of the crisis and stabilize it. The government has taken major decisions and reached a milestone agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF),” he said, adding that allied countries had also helped Pakistan go bankrupt.
Hafeez Sheikh said the PTI government had repaid Rs 5,000 billion of previous debts and, following religious austerity, had cut government spending, including Prime Minister Housing, to reduce the budget deficit.
He said the government had given a big package of Rs 140 billion to tackle the Covid-19 crisis. He said the package was given to the poor and people could not get employment due to the lockdown.
“Our financial performance is acknowledged by international organizations including the International Monetary Fund, Moody’s and Fitch. The Pakistani stock market has been recognized by Bloomberg as one of the best performing markets in the world,” he said.
The adviser said the government’s economic policies were beginning to bear fruit.
The consultant said exports rose 6 per cent in July, sending a record $ 2.8 billion. In the first month of the current fiscal year, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) raised taxes by Rs. 300 billion.