RAWALPINDI, May 11 (APP):Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was taking measures for the welfare of underprivileged segments of the society, like establishment of shelter homes for the homeless people.

Setting up shelter homes was the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and the First Lady as they did not want the people sleeping on roads under open sky and suffer from weather vagaries, she said talking to media persons during her visit to Raja Bazaar Shelter Home here.

Firdous said the prime minister had instructed the cabinet members to spend time with the masses at Sehri and Iftar times and she came there in pursuance of that directive.

The people being accommodated in the shelter homes would be imparted skills to become useful citizens, who could play their role in the country’s development, she added.

The government, she said, was making all-out efforts to provide relief to the masses, and Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team were striving hard to break the status quo.

Firdous said the government had fulfilled its duty by providing shelter and food to the people sleeping on the footpaths and roads. The measures being taken for the people’s welfare were the government’s top priority, which were aimed at changing their fate as per the revolutionary approach of Imran Khan, she added.

She said Imran Khan became prime minister with the support of poor masses, who stood with him and his ideology despite difficulties.

“We understand that the difficulties of the poor people have increased but the incumbent government cannot be blamed for the same as the policies of the rulers, who governed the country during last 10 years and even last 70 years, were responsible for the economic problems, Pakistan is facing today.”

Firdous said the PTI had challenged the status quo and its government would change the system. “When you try to change the system, you have to face difficulties and some elements sitting in different government departments create hurdles in the way.”

She said long term and sustainable policies would be introduced, which would make the people partner of the government.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, she said, was not accommodating his relatives and family members, rather he was working for the relief of 220 million people of Pakistan and ensure their due rights.

She urged the opponents to avoid undue criticism and support the government in resolving the national issues. Those, who were making a hue and cry over the government’s policies, were in fact themselves responsible for all the issues being faced by the country, she added.

She said the entire nation knew that the “thieves” were crying for fear of accountability. They had got the country trapped in the quagmire of foreign debts and their hue and cry was aimed at to get away with the looted public money, she added.

Firdous said strong and autonomous institutions, eradication of corruption and development of backward areas were the incumbent government’s priority. It was the goal of Prime Minister Imran Khan to find a permanent cure of the cancer that had ingrained in the system. The people should back his policies steadfastly to sail through troubling times, she added.

She said media was the think tank of the society. It was very important partner of the government and a responsible role played by it was very important for the country’s development. 

To a question about the problems being faced by the media persons, Dr Firdous said an effective consultation was being made with all the stakeholders. All the organizations were on board and the government was trying to resolve the issues of media persons.

To another question, she said the government had announced a Rs 2 billion Ramadan package to provide relief to the citizens. Sasta Bazaars were established and the administration was trying to ensure availability of essential items on approved rates and subsidized prices in the Ramadan Bazaars, she added.