PESHAWAR: On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) priorities conflict with the country’s interests as the opposition coalition wants to shut down corruption cases against its leaders.
In a conversation with the PTI’s Governor’s House social media team here whose video was posted to Facebook, the premier said the opposition was planning a drama that was destined to fail.
Two and a half years earlier, he added, he had expected that opposition parties would get together to defend their vested interests.
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They’re big dacoits trying to bribe me, but I’m never going to give them an NRO,” said the prime minister.” “If I were to give them an NGO, what is the crime of common people who have been languishing for years in prison?”
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In response to a comment, Mr. Khan said that the government was preparing to hold Senate elections ahead of its deadline and will go to the Supreme Court to do so.
He said everyone understood that in the previous Senate election, money was used to buy votes, and that’s why the government decided to conduct the election this time by a show of hands.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan’s Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had ejected its 20 MPAs in the previous Senate polls on charges of selling their votes.
He said that the PTI had a majority in parliament and should secure the Senate election comfortably.
In response to another issue, he affirmed that the government was prepared to participate in dialogue with the opposition, but that it should not pursue an NRO.
On the day the PDM held its public meeting in Lahore, Mr. Khan said that he felt relaxed, which was evident from his actions that day.
Without calling Pakistan’s Muslim League-N Supreme Nawaz Sharif, the PM said he was telling people to take to the streets because he was busy shopping in London.
“I don’t think people are fools to take to the streets,” Mr. Khan said, adding that he might stage a greater rally than the PDM, but that he didn’t want to place the lives of the masses at risk.
Earlier, speaking at a ceremony to distribute cheques among Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s youth under the Kamyab Jawan flagship programme of the PTI government, Prime Minister Khan said that the government had initiated an ambitious programme to provide financial assistance to unemployed youth and professional workers.
He said Pakistan’s youth had tremendous ability to succeed in various fields of life, and his government was supporting small and medium-sized enterprises through the country’s sustainable economic growth programme.
He said KP had great tourism potential and investing in this sector could generate huge revenue. He said the hilly areas of KP, including the divisions of Malakand and Hazara, were ideal for adventure sports and mountain tourism.
Skiing was an important winter sport and the upper areas of Pakistan were ideal for winter sports, he said.
Speaking at the Peshawar Institute of Cardiology (PIC) inaugural ceremony, the prime minister said cancer and heart disease caused more deaths than other diseases worldwide.
Two years ago, because of the high mortality rate, we had to close the cardiac department at the Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, during which the local people became inhuman. For the citizens of the province, it is a blessing that a long-delayed initiative has finally materialised,” he said.
The shortage of funds had delayed its completion, but we have now completed a state-of-the-art institution that will expand services not only to the KP people, but also to those from Afghanistan,” he said.”
The PIC quality was excellent, he said, and it should be sustained so that the institute could compete with private hospitals and better care could be given to patients.
The PM also talked about expanding the Sehat Sahulat Initiative to the KP community as a whole. “It is a model of a welfare system under which people in public and private hospitals obtain free services.”
Prime Minister Khan unveiled the Hayatabad Sports Complex expansion project during his day-long activities in Peshawar, which aims to build the sports complex at a cost of Rs994 million according to international standards, including International Cricket Council standards.
Accompanying the premier is KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and provincial ministers.
Offering a briefing on the scheme, KP Sports Secretary Mohammad Abid Majeed said construction on the cricket stadium at the sports complex will be completed by June 2021 and would include all amenities, including the main pavilion, general stands and the interactive score board.
He said a gym and all-weather swimming pools were components of the Hayatabad Sports Complex project that would provide women athletes with indoor sports facilities as well. At a cost of Rs100m, the scheme will be completed in Dec 2021.
In addition, the official said, construction on playgrounds in 66 tehsils had been finished while work was underway on 10 others. He said 50 playgrounds in 50 union councils had been built and similar schemes were being initiated in 209 union councils.
Mr. Majeed claimed that monthly scholarships were granted to medal winners of the 33rd National Games and that a grant was awarded to grant sports scholarships to medal winners of the U21 Games immediately after conclusion of the second phase of the U21 Games, to be arranged at district level.
He said the building of Peshawar’s Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium will be completed at a cost of Rs1.377 million by November 2021.
He said KP led the development of nine Astroturf hockey grounds and four international level squash courts were built at the Peshawar Sports Complex, while another 10 were being built at various educational institutes.