SWAT, Nov 6 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that ensuring rule of law and making Pakistan a socio-welfare State is his foremost priority to achieve the goals of prosperity and development.
“The country will prosper only when all of its citizens are treated equally before the law and given across-the-board basic facilities of life”, the Prime Minister said in his address to the public gathering where he distributed the Sehat Insaf Card amongst the poor.
Under the programme, every household in the province will get free medical treatment up to Rs 0.1 million. The Prime Minister said the provision of facilities to the public is however, linked with the strength of the national exchequer previously plundered by the governments. He regretted that all such ‘dacoits of the country’ have gathered at a platform to put pressurise him to acquit them from their crimes.
“They know that Imran Khan is never going to give them an NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance), so they have started a dirty game of ridiculing the State institutions just to save their looted money”. he said.
He said the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is using bad language about the armed forces and intelligence agencies. “As a social norm, we give respect to women, however she is taking advantage of this”, he said, adding that in any other country, such remarks could have landed her into prison.
The Prime Minister said it is a decisive moment for the country to take to task its leaders who plundered billions of the nation’s money, but insisted they be considered above the law. He recalled that misappropriation of the national kitty during previous tenures resulted in multiplying the foreign debt from Rs 6,000 billion to Rs 30,000 billion, putting burden on the nation.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said the health card scheme is important in facilitating the common man to have easy access to public and private hospitals for free treatment. He said the government is also working on providing affordable housing for people. He said legal limitations that resulted in a delay in implementing the low-cost housing scheme have now been resolved and expressed confidence that the project would materialise soon. He mentioned the Civil Procedure Act passed in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa bound cases to be resolved within one year.
He said a Prime Minister is like a father figure who can guide his nation towards the path of righteousness. He said that following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him), who was the greatest of humans in general and leaders in particular, can bring about good both in this world and the next. He said the model of the State of Medina is a guiding principle, where rule of law was supreme and all people enjoyed equal rights regardless of social status.
He said Swat will undergo massive development due to the opening of the motorway and the prospects of tourism destinations. He lauded Chief Minister KPK for making Gabeen Jabba in Swat a new tourism destination and added that tourism would prove an important sector to attract foreign investment at a fast pace.
Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan said the Sehat Insaf programme would cover the areas in four phases, i.e. Malakand in October, Hazara in December, Peshawar in January and then the south region by the end of January. He said the project is another milestone in Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of emulating the social-welfare State of Medina.
Minister for Communications Murad Saeed who is a Member of National Assembly from Swat, said the journey of prosperity has begun in Swat and Malakand with the setting up of new educational institutions and health facilities.
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