KALAYA, April 19 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan while referring to Thursday’s reshuffle, Friday hinted at more changes in the federal cabinet besides directing the chief ministers of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to put their respective teams under the scanner.
“A good captain keeps a constant eye on his team. A good captain has to win the match. Sometimes, he has to change the batting order… Sometimes, he has to replace a player with a new one. The captain has the only target of making the team win,” he said addressing a public gathering here at the headquarters of the erstwhile Orakzai Agency.
The prime minister, who arrived here from Peshawar where he visited Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, was accompanied by KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan, Governor Shah Farman, parliamentarians and party leaders.
He said being the prime minister he had the only objective of uplifting his nation as he was answerable to Allah.
“For this I have changed the batting order in my team and made a couple of changes too. I will do it in future as well. I want to tell all the ministers that anyone being of no use for my country would be replaced with the one who is beneficial,” the prime minister warned.
He asked KP chief minister to keep an eye on his team. The rulers would be held accountable by Allah Almighty for the sufferings of the poor people for not affording their children’s education, medical treatment in government hospitals and sudden increase in prices of the medicine.
Referring to the destruction caused by the war against terrorism and deprivation faced by the people of tribal region, the prime minister said he was the only politician who had been opposing the military operation in the region on behest of America.
The prime minister who wore tribal turban said unfortunately the then ruler was naïve to the nature, traditions and history of the tribal people. What actually happened to the tribal area (during war against terrorism) was not fully known to those living outside the region, he remarked.
He said it was the that time ruler, not the Pakistan Army, responsible for military operation in the tribal areas making the people suffer.
He said no Pakistani prime minister ever visited the tribal areas so frequently like him as he knew the area better than all.
Mentioning the losses to the houses, cattle and businesses faced by the people in Orakzai area, the prime minister said the government would not ignore their sacrifices and compensate them.
He said though the demands by the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) for protection of Pashtuns’ rights were genuine, the slogans they had been raising against the army was of no use.
Instead of fueling the flame, he said it was time to mull over as how to move forward and uplift the people by providing them education, health and employment opportunities.
He said the government would promote tourism to cash in on the potential of the Orakzai area and directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister to facilitate tourism to open up business and job opportunities for youth.
He told the gathering that Malaysia and Turkey earned $22 billion and $40 billion respectively out of tourism but Pakistan’s earning was minimal.
Terming provision of jobs to youth as the biggest challenge, Imran Khan said under Rozgar scheme, the youth would be given interest free loans to establish their businesses.
He said 60 percent of Pakistan’s population was below 30 years of age and if they were properly educated and imparted skill training, they could boost the economy. Even the women could be trained in information technology (IT) to make them earn living while being at home and maintaining their traditions.
The prime minister said government’s main focus and effort would be to promote education and bring foreign investment to explore gas, copper and other mineral resources in the area.
He said the government had decided to provide Insaf Sehat Card to every family in tribal region to provide health insurance cover of Rs 720,000.
He said for the first time, his government would be consulting the associations of seminaries to introduce contemporary education like science and engineering there to provide equal opportunities to 2.6 million students to become doctor, judge or general.
He said during the last decade, the previous governments had increased the debt burden from Rs 6,000 billion in 2008 to Rs 30,000 in 2018.
He said the country’s economic outlook would have been far better had Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari were not given an NRO closing their cases of money laundering.
He said Bilwal Bhutto, Asif Zardari and Maulana Fazlur Rehman had been threatening to remove the government to conceal their corruption. No country could progress amid corrupt rulers, he remarked.
He said the fear of jail was haunting them and factually, it was not the democracy but their looted money under threat.
He said during his visit to Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Peshawar he had come across two Afghan nationals getting cancer treatment. Wishing the return of peace in Afghanistan, the prime minister said he had asked the administration of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital to mull over the possibility of establishing a similar facility in Afghanistan.